CAP to hold Cadet Competition in Pierre
Pierre - Three teams of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) youth members, known as cadets, will compete in nine categories June 18-19 in Pierre.
Best known for its search and disaster relief missions for the US Air Force, CAP also develops young leaders through its cadet program and promotes aerospace education. Cadet teams from Big Sioux Composite Squadron, Brookings; Rushmore Composite Squadron, Rapid City; and Sioux Falls Composite Squadron will be in Pierre for the state CAP competition.
“Goal of this competition is to promote teamwork,” said Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, CAP’s South Dakota Wing director of cadets. “The two top teams will move forward to the CAP’s North Central Region competition this fall and the winners there compete nationally.”
The cadet competition categories include physical fitness and mile run, a three-minute impromptu speech, and a team leadership problem on Friday. Saturday will begin with a CAP uniform wear inspection followed by standard military drill, a uniform preparation problem, indoor and outdoor presentations of the colors (flag), and a written exam.
“We challenge our cadets to work together and move into leadership roles,” said Col. Nick Gengler, South Dakota Wing commander, CAP. “Our program rewards young people with confidence, self-worth and accomplishment that can only come from rising to the occasion and making a real and measurable difference. You find former CAP cadets throughout the Air Force, but also in business, industry, science and education.”
The competition will be held at the Community Bible Church, 1516 N Harrison in Pierre, 8-10:40 pm Friday, June 18 and 7:30 am to 3 pm Saturday, June 19. Times for the individual competition categories are flexible, but members of the public are welcome to attend and learn about Civil Air Patrol.
CAP has over 400 members in South Dakota with units in Brookings, Custer, Miller, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish and Tea. The wing can deploy its aircraft, ground teams and small search drones to assist in emergency response and other support to local, state, tribal and federal agencies.