Cadets and members from Civil Air Patrol Sugar Land Composite Squadron attend the Texas Wing Winter Encampment

Sixteen cadets and senior members from the Civil Air Patrol Sugar Land Composite Squadron TX-360 (SLCS) attended the Texas Wing Winter Encampment from December 27, 2013 – January 3, 2014 at Camp Bowie near Brownwood, TX.

Activities included classroom sessions on Civil Air Patrol and U.S. Air Force topics, aerospace education, and emergency services.  In addition cadets trained in drill and ceremonies and experienced Orientation flights.  Special congratulations go out to C/A1C Emily Smith for winning the Encampment Honor Cadet award!  She beat out over 100 other Basic Cadets for this top award.  Squadron Commander Maj. Jim Douglas remarked that “SLCS has a reputation of sending outstanding qualified cadets to Encampments, both Basic and Cadet staff, and Cadet Smith has continued that tradition”.  Congratulations to C/SrA Zachary Aasgard and C/SrA Noah Jones who completed Basic Encampment as well.

The history of the CAP Encampment dates back more than 50 years.  Encampment is an opportunity for cadets to develop self-discipline, confidence, and teamwork while broadening their understanding of aerospace.  Cadets learn how to drill as part of a flight, teamwork, aerospace and other leadership opportunities and knowledge of the other areas that cadets can get involved in during their cadet career.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide,  CAP, in its Air Force Auxiliary role, performs 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 113 lives in fiscal year 2010,  Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter –drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.  The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs.  CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 70 years.

The Sugar Land Composite Squadron TX-360 meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:45- 9:15 PM at the Anson Aviation facility in the Sugar Land Regional Airport.  Membership is open to adults and cadets ages 12-20.  For information, contact Squadron Commander Major Jim Douglas at 281-723-5861 or jimdouglas76@gmail.com.

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