January 17, 2019

West Georgia Composite Squadron visits Fort Benning

(Fort Benning, GA) — Cadets for the West Georgia Composite Squadron visited the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Fort Benning, the home of the infantry.

The museum tells the story of the United States Army infantryman, from the American Revolution to Afghanistan. The many galleries house artifacts from all eras of American history and contain interactive multimedia exhibits.

In addition to galleries, Cadets also tried out the EST 2000 Rifle Range, the same simulator that soldiers use in U.S. Army training. Others mounted a HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) to providing cover for the convoy to rescue humanitarian aid workers in the Virtual Army Experience Simulator.

The museum extends beyond the confines of the building. Outside, the Patriot Park campus also houses the World War II Company Street where cadets learn how soldiers lived during the war.

During the 1940s, Fort Benning rapidly expanded to meet the demands of the WWII. These “series 700” buildings were intended to last only as long as the war. But they were solidly constructed; they were kept in use well into the 1990’s.

The museum was able to rescue them from demolition then reassembled the barracks, mess hall, orderly room, supply room, chapel, sleeping quarters and headquarters used by Gen. George S. Patton prior to his deployment to North Africa next to the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.

The museum provides education and training to soldiers, families, and the general public on the history of the Infantry, the origin and development of Fort Benning, and an overview of the U.S. Army by the values that define the infantryman, loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

unnamed (3)These are similar to the Civil Air Patrol values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect, which serves as the framework for Cadet’s service to America.

Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit organization dedicated to three missions — Cadet Programs, Emergency Services and Aerospace Education. The Cadet Program is a 16-step structure based on Air Force ranks. Cadets between the ages of 12-21 study leadership, management skills and Air Forces values/doctrine.

For more information on Civil Air Patrol, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.

West Georgia Composite Squadron is the LaGrange chapter of Civil Air Patrol. They meet on meetings are Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the end of Aerotron Parkway in LaGrange. More information is available at www.ga153.com.

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