CAP to Hold Cadet Competition in Pierre
Pierre - South Dakota Wing, Civil Air Patrol, will hold its annual “cadet” youth program competition in Pierre on Saturday, March 26 The competition includes eight events, six of which will be held in Pierre.
“Judges will evaluate three teams of cadets in categories that reflect the leadership skills and military aspects of the program,” said Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, CAP director of cadets for South Dakota Wing. “The South Dakota winners will advance to regional and possibly national competition.”
In Pierre, the cadets will be subject to a uniform inspection and evaluated on their ability to prepare uniforms and insignia for proper wear, will give an impromptu speech, and will perform presentation of the colors indoors and, weather permitting, outdoors. Before arriving in Pierre, the teams will be tested for fitness training in their home units and take a proctored written test.
“The CAP youth program develops young leaders, ages 12 and up,” said Col. Michael Marek, South Dakota Wing commander. “Our cadet members are challenged and rewarded with the confidence, self-worth, and accomplishment that comes from rising to the occasion and making a real and measurable difference. You’ll find former CAP cadets throughout the military, as well as in a wide range of aviation and STEM-related fields business and industry.”
The day-long competition will be at the Community Bible Church on Harrison Avenue.
Civil Air Patrol in the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force with missions focusing on emergency services, the cadet program and aerospace and STEM education. With close to 400 members in South Dakota with units in Brookings, Custer, Miller/Faulkton, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish and Tea, the wing can deploy its six aircraft, ground teams and small search drones to assist in disaster response and other support to local, state, tribal and federal agencies.