Young cadets flying high at Scotia summer camp

July 19, 2018 12:22 PM

SCOTIA – Call it an ultimate summer camp field trip but the camp itself is pretty grueling to begin with. A few dozen kids who are part of the Civil Air Patrol annual encampment at the Stratton Air National Guard Base got a chance to board an aeromedical evacuation training flight with the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron on Wednesday, July 18.

Cadets from New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut, ages 12-21, load-up on a C-17 Globemaster III from the 105th Airlift Wing, Stewart Air National Guard Base.


The Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit corporation and is also the auxiliary service of the Air Force. Civil Air Patrol volunteers conduct search and rescue missions, assist the Air Force as required, and assist in disaster relief missions.

CAP cadets progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others.

Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Stratton Air National Guard Base is the home of the 109th Airlift Wing. The wing flies the largest ski-equipped aircraft in the world, the LC-130, and provides support to research in the Antarctic and in Greenland.


WNYT Staff

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