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Civil air patrol cadets graduate from cadet training schools

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July 23, 2019

Last month, thirteen Civil Air Patrol Squadron 307 cadets graduated from Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Training Schools held at the Fort Indiantown Gap training facilities.  The Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol hosts over 400 members annually that attend a variety of training courses.  At the graduation for the cadets, 1LT Donald Stoudt, Commander of Squadron 307, said “We are proud that thirteen of our squadron’s cadets successfully graduated from these rigorous cadet training schools.  The Pennsylvania Wing’s Cadet Training Schools are a top-notch learning experience and are helping to train our future leaders.”

Nine Squadron 307 cadets, including C/Amn Eli Bell, C/A1C Daniel Eby, C/SrA Gabrielle Eby, C/Amn Chloe Hains, C/A1C Reid Levengood, C/AB Daniel Rebert, C/A1C Hannah Rebert, C/AB Michael Slenker, and C/TSgt Destiny Whitmoyer successfully graduated from the rigorous cadet encampment course.  The cadet encampment course, taught in a manner similar to Air Force Basic Military Training, is designed to develop cadet leadership skills, expose cadets to aerospace related careers, promote the importance of regular physical exercise and to reinforce moral character.  Cadet encampment also provides these cadets with the basic knowledge to become successful during their Cadet Airmen ranks and beyond.

Three Squadron 307 cadets, including C/SSgt Nicholas Arnold, C/SSgt Nolan Harner, and C/SMSgt Mason Bennett successfully graduated from the Leadership Development Course.  The purpose of the Leadership Development Course is to expand on the leadership skills taught at cadet encampment and teach them to be “first line supervisors”.  Cadets that attend this school have advanced past the Cadet Airman ranks and are in the Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer ranks.  The goal of the Leadership Development Course is to provide these cadets with the skills necessary to be leaders at the Flight Sergeant and Flight Commander levels.

One Squadron 307 cadet, C/CMSgt Jacob Bell, graduated from the Region Cadet Leadership School.  This school is designed to allow cadet officers to become more effective leaders at their local squadron.  Cadet officers are exposed to leadership theory, given opportunities for hands on leadership training with other cadets, and presented leadership challenges which they are expected to solve.


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Civil Air Patrol Squadron 307 is a Composite Squadron consisting of approximately 40 Senior and Cadet members. Located at the Lebanon VFW, Squadron 307 conducts youth leadership and development activities though it’s Cadet programs as well as aerospace and STEM education.  The squadron is also active in conducting search and rescue training as well supporting other missions in collaboration with the United States Air Force, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Homeland Security, and other Federal agencies.



In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country.  As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.

After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies.  On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization.  On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.