Civil Air Patrol Georgetown open house has community support
Civil Air Patrol youth welcomes the Georgetown community with an open house
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2019
FRANKFORT, Ky. –
The newest Civil Air Patrol squadron participated in a Kentucky Wing Statewide Open House this past weekend at the Scott County Airport. The Statewide Open House is a series of events across the Commonwealth where 17 participating squadrons welcome the community and demonstrate what this Civil Air Patrol can do for Kentucky’s youth, ages 12 to 18, and adults. Georgetown’s Elkhorn Cadet Squadron had over almost 200 people in attendance including members from the Lexington and Danville squadrons. Five of the attendees were dignitaries.
A special appearance from Congressman Andy Barr, Brigadier General Ben Adams who is the Commissioner of Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, Georgetown’s Mayor Tom Prather, Phill Pittman that serves as the President of the Kentucky Honor Flights, and Scott County Judge Executive Joe Covington.
Congressman Andy Barr said a few words to the crowd. “It is exciting to celebrate all of these young people who are stepping up and demonstrating a willingness to learn more about aviation, about the Civil Air Patrol, and a potential future in the service.”
The Cadet Program, for ages 12-18, centers around its core the values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence, and respect. They have the opportunity to become exceptional leaders and many develop a passion for flying, field medic, cybersecurity as well as many other careers that they are exposed to while serving their communities.
“I had a chance to talk to many of them and our future and the future of our country is in good hands if the young people of America look like this.” Congressman Barr said as he pointed to the Georgetown and Lexington cadets.
Demonstrations and displays from partnering agencies including two helicopters from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department and Air Methods-KY2. A firetruck from the Scott County Fire Department, and an ambulance from Scott County EMS and EMA, and police vehicle from the Georgetown Police Department.
Youth and adults get to experience flying, participate in missions with emergency services, develop leadership skills, explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects, and so much more. Each of these activities were represented at this event. Several tables were set up that displayed the benefits of Civil Air Patrol. One of these tables had STEM kits that educators can receive that are provided at no cost to educators that become aerospace education members.
The Civil Air Patrol aerospace program provides many opportunities for adults and youth to experience everything from rocketry, quadcopters, astronomy to flying Cessna planes.
In Emergency Services, members train for disaster, search and rescue, and humanitarian missions. They develop skills in radio communications, first aid, and train to help our community in a state of crisis. These experiences are open to youth and adults alike.
Civil Air Patrol offers teens and adults with experiences that build skills while serving their community. Mayor Prather thanked the Georgetown cadets for their service with Georgetown’s community projects. He continued, “We cannot overstate the service nature of what these young men and women mean to the community… We are proud of you and what the future holds for you.”
Georgetown’s squadron meets every Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Scott County Emergency Management System (Station 1) at 2200 Cincinnati Road.
There is something for everyone from ages 12-102. There are 19 squadrons are throughout the state from Paducah to Lexington. Time and locations for other squadrons can be found at kywg.cap.gov/squadrons/
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information
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