Civil Air Patrol Recognizes Outstanding Cadets

By Michelle Costanza

Civil Air Patrol Recognizes Outstanding Cadets

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Awards and congratulations were extended to deserving cadets on Thursday night.

Over 35 cadets of the Broome-Tioga Civil Air Patrol were recognized for their ambition and achievements in four key areas.

Excellence in aerospace education, physical fitness, leadership, and character developments are the facets concentrated on through several activities and experiences at CAP.

Aside from studying in-depth material involving rocket engines, drift, weather, instruments, and navigation, cadets are also given the opportunity to attend encampments during the summer, and even introduced to the thrill of flying.

Lt. Col. William Shafer says that the opportunities are almost endless.

"Part of the program is to strap our airplane on their backsides and take them up and show them what the birds look like from the top down. Through a series of flights, orientation flights we call them, they will be introduced to the airplane," he said.

A few of the special recognitions that were given to cadets on Thursday included the Billy Mitchell, Wright Brothers, and General Curry Achievement awards.

Some of the cadets even moved up in rank.

Increased responsibility, further education, leadership roles, and special badges are all honors of the higher ranks.

The Broome-Tioga Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. They help with search and rescue missions and natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes.

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