San Marcos Cadets Attend Weeklong, Statewide Training Camp
San Marcos, Texas — Ten cadet members of the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron in San Marcos, TX, recently attended the Texas Wing 2015 Summer Encampment.
The weeklong training camp took place from June 21-29 at Camp Bowie in Brownwood, TX, home to the Texas National Guard's training center. Over two hundred cadets from across the state participated in military drills, team building exercises, physical training and educational sessions in aerospace, character development and leadership.
Encampment staff member Cadet Captain Kyler Hearn of Thunderbird Composite Squadron in Houston spoke of how the annual event shapes the youth in attendance. "This encampment will take a group of individuals and turn them into a well-organized and disciplined team," Hearn said.
Four cadets from the "Tex" Hill squadron served as encampment staff members, including Cadet 2nd Lt. Brisco Swisher, who worked as the assistant firearms range safety officer. Cadet Swisher spoke highly of the experience, highlighting his favorite parts. "The camaraderie between cadets and support staff, getting to know all of them, making friends and training others," Swisher said.
San Marcos Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Jack Baker served as flight sergeant for Charlie Flight, which was honored with distinctions during the encampment.
About Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.
Lt. Col. Ron Diana, CAP
Squadron Commander & Public Affairs Officer
David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron, SWR-TX-435, Texas Wing
(512) 710-8435 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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