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West Virginia Wing Completes Successful Week of Cadet Encampment

Kingwood, W.Va. –  The West Virginia Wing of Civil Air Patrol conducted its 2015 Cadet Summer Encampment from June 20-27 at Camp Dawson. Camp Dawson is located in Kingwood, W.Va, and is the training base for the West Virginia National Guard and Army Special Forces. The base provided lots of interesting activities and tours for the participants.

Encampment Commander Major Sixto Velez said that 107 cadets experienced one of the greatest times of their life. Activities included cadets participating on the 

WV Wing Encampment

rappelling tower, the leadership development course, and the firing range was on the schedule again this year. This is addition to the land and water survival courses, and orientation flights with the West Virginia Army National Guard in black hawk helicopters. 

The West Virginia Wing of Civil Air Patrol has 13 units in the state. It is commanded by Col Paul G. McCroskey, II. Pictures and videos from the encampment found on W

V Wing CAP Facebook page.

Civil Air Patrol, the official 
auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft.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 an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction 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 the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit or for more information.