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CAP Hagerstown Squadron has busy summer

September 07, 2008

The Hagerstown Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol had a very active summer. During June, 14 cadets assisted with the Reading (Pa.) Air Show and several cadets attended encampments. Encampments are usually one week and are meant to enhance leadership skills and aerospace knowledge. Colby Robinson, Brenden Roberts and Zoe Garcia attended the Tri-Wing encampment and Michael DiMercio attended the West Virginia encampment.

Several events happened during the month of July. Four cadets, Colby Robinson, Kyle Lahr, Stephen Spinder, and J.R. Paterno attended Leadership Academy at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. At this academy, Civil Air Patrol and Air Force personnel share in the instruction of leadership skills to cadets.

Also, nine members of the squadron attended the National Honor Guard Academy, held at McDaniel College, Westminster, Md. The Academy prepares cadets to precipitate in military funerals. Senior advisers were Meredith Phares, Sharon Rea and Jay Robinson. Cadets were Tommy Tippet, Paul Rea, Esther Rea, Sam McQuaid, Colby Robinson and Kyle Lahr. West Virginia Air National Guard member Kristin Berry attended as an adviser.

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Cadet Stephen Spinder attended the Hawk Mountain encampment in Pennsylvania. This encampment teaches rescue skills.

During August, cadets Rea, McQuaid, Commer, Lahr and Paterno attended Air National Guard Brigadier Gen. Morgan's retirement ceremony as a representative of the Maryland Wing Honor Guard.

Senior member Sandra Fox was promoted to the rank of captain.

The Hagerstown Squadron meets every Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jarkey Drive, Washington County Airport. The building is behind Nick's Airport Inn. The age to be a cadet is 12 to 18.

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