November 24, 2020

West Georgia Composite Squadron hosts Basic Cadet Training

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(Lagrange, GA) — An early morning fog hovered over the ground as Lt. Daniel Barr and his staff woke cadets early to begin their long Basic Cadet Training weekend.

BCT is a weekend school geared towards new CAP cadets. It teaches basic skills of the Cadet Program. The weekend focuses on the fundamentals of teamwork, drill and ceremonies, wear of the CAP uniform, and basic customs and courtesies.

BCT staff and cadets conducted PT (physical fitness) stretching, calisthenics, team sports, and an obstacle course that was fun but still physically challenging.

Teamwork building teaches cadets how to work together with friends they have only known for a very short time, involves quick thinking, reacting to change and a willingness to trust your team members to make good decisions.

Civil Air Patrol is perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl.

This weekend Lt. Jacob Mellard trained cadets in direction finding to search for an aircraft ETL (Electronic Transmitter Locator).

The number one reason cadets join Civil Air Patrol is to fly. To motivate them to achieve in the Cadet Program, fly them regularly. During the weekend Major John Burgess flew several of the cadets for their first orientation flight.

CAP has been performing missions for America for 73 years. It is a major partner with Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

For more information on Civil Air Patrol, visit or

The West Georgia Composite Squadron is the LaGrange chapter of Civil Air Patrol. The meetings are Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. at the end of Aerotron Parkway in LaGrange.

Civil Air Patrol is a non-profit organization dedicated to three missions: Cadet Programs, Emergency Services and Aerospace Education. More information is available at

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