CAP's Youth Inspection and Drill Skills On Display at National Cadet Competition
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Highly skilled Civil Air Patrol cadets from 16 communities across America gather near Dayton, Ohio, this weekend for the 2018 National Cadet Competition, renewing a prestigious CAP inspection and drill event that has spanned eight decades.
Started in 1947, the National Cadet Competition has inspired generations of cadets to strive for excellence. Scheduled for June 30-July 2 at Wright State University, this year’s competition will be held in front of special guests that include senior U.S. Air Force and CAP personnel.
“These hard-working cadets will be in the national spotlight this week, and rightly so,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith. “They work year-round to get here.”
The 96 cadets participating in the competition earned the right to attend by winning local, state and regional competitions. Seven of CAP’s eight regions are represented, as well as the California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, National Capital, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Dakota and Wisconsin wings.
The cadets will be competing on six-member teams, demonstrating skills in events that involve precision and teamwork. These skills include indoor and outdoor color guard challenges, a written test of leadership and aerospace knowledge, a physical fitness test, team leadership problems (group problem-solving challenges) and a uniform inspection.
Each year, National Headquarters also chooses electives for the competition that represent all aspects of cadet life. This year, teams will participate in a pre-competition service project to be presented at the competition, as well as robotics, a panel quiz-style game and a test of color guard drill.
Judges will include members of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard and CAP officers and cadets.
The winning cadet team takes home the Air Force Chief of Staff Sweepstakes Award Trophy. Second- and third-place team trophies will also be presented, along with individual awards for cadets competing in several categories, including top written exam score and fastest mile-run time.
“As its name implies, this is the premier CAP cadet competition of the summer,” said activity director Lt. Col. Robert Shaw. “These teams train and compete throughout the year in order to compete against the best in the nation.”
Shaw said CAP members look forward to the competition at Wright State University. “Whether on staff, judging, or as a participant, these officers and cadets are prepared for three full days of intense competition, carrying on the tradition of excellence in all we do,” he said.
NCC is a unique national-level activity, similar to the nearly 50 National Cadet Special Activities, or NCSAs, sponsored by CAP this summer. Each NCSA allows young men and women ages 12 to 20 to hone their skills in specific areas like search and rescue, flight and emergency services, science, leadership fundamentals, citizenship and military courtesies, and gives them the opportunity to explore aerospace technology, STEM and aviation careers.
Last year, more than 1,500 youth participated in CAP-sponsored NCSAs.Teams participating in the 2018 National Cadet Competition:
New Jersey Wing
Raritan Valley Composite Squadron (Hillsborough)
New York Wing
Col. Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron (Bellport)
Middle East Region
National Capital Wing
Challenger I Cadet Squadron (Alexandria, Va.)
North Carolina Wing111th
Search and Rescue Cadet Squadron (Charlotte)
Pembroke Pines Composite Squadron (Miramar)
Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron (Lutz)
Puerto Rico Wing
Dr. Cesareo Rosa-Nieves Cadet Squadron (San Juan)
Great Lakes Region
Kyang Composite Squadron (Louisville)
Milwaukee Composite Squadron 5 (Oak Creek)
North Central Region
Anoka County Composite Squadron (Blaine)
Wentzville Composite Squadron (St. Louis)
South Dakota Wing
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Rocky Mountain Region
Vance Brand Cadet Squadron (Longmont)
Valkyrie Cadet Squadron (Denver)
No teams competing this year.
Pacific Coast Region
Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47 (USMC Camp Pendleton)
Salem Composite Squadron
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.