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Cadet Flight Fest and Ground Team Extravaganza 2014

posted Apr 19, 2014, 3:00 PM by lana mark   [ updated Apr 19, 2014, 5:53 PM ]

MCKINNEY-Another successful Cadet Flight Fest and Ground Team Extravaganza!  Cadets and adult senior members from as far away as Arkansas, San Marcos, and Austin attended the third annual Cadet Flight Fest.  Originally focused on orientation flights for cadets and emergency services training at Thunderbolt Composite Squadron, "Flight Fest" has expanded into a much larger event sponsored by Texas Wing.

It was held March 21-23 in Anna, TX, at the YMCA Collin County Adventure Camp where the cadets and senior members camped out in tents and lodged in cabins.  There were 84 participants, 50 of which were cadets. Cadets spent time training in Search and Rescue and Disaster Relief exercises, focusing on Ground Team and Urban Direction Finding (UDF) tasks as part of the National Emergency Services Curriculum.  Some cadets participated in the Aerospace Education Program building and launching rockets. Others traveled to McKinney National Airport for flight line marshaling and orientation flights.  Cadets flew a Cessna 182 with the guidance of a trained pilot.  Newly joined cadets participated in the Great Start Program, which introduces concepts of character development, leadership, physical fitness, and drill.  At the end of the day, airport officials graciously provided a tour of the control tower.


Flight Line Marshaling

                Tower Tour

Plans are already in effect for next year, introducing additional activities for certification, training, and fun!

How is success defined?  Twenty-one participants achieved Ground Team 3/UDF certification, nine received Ground Team 2 certification, three achieved Ground Team Leader status, three individuals completed Introductory Communications User Training (ICUT), and five cadets completed the Great Start Program for their first stripe, promoting to Airman! 

Lt Lana Holub of Dallas Composite Squadron proclaimed, "Congratulations to everyone, and a very special THANK YOU to Lt Sandra Lacasio of Texas Wing, Group II, Thunderbolt Composite Squadron TX-295 for all of her hard work putting this fabulous event together for our cadets!"

                                                                Physical Fitness: Great Start Program

For more information contact:        


                                             Blanca Applewhite,   2nd Lt CAP

                                             Assistant Public Affairs Officer

                                             Group III Texas Wing

                                             Civil Air Patrol