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When Los Alamos High School student Justin Dunn is not carrying out his duties as vice president of student council, he can often be found at the airport leading his fellow cadets as a member of the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol, Composite Squadron.
CAP a nonprofit auxiliary unit of the U.S. Air Force, best known for helping in search and rescue operations. CAP’s Cadet Program is for youth from 12 to 20.
“The Civil Air Patrol does specialize in emergency services, but we also use that aspect to teach cadets about aerospace and give the experience within the aerospace field,” Dunn said.
The cadets meet at the Los Alamos Airport every Monday at 6 p.m. to receive training in leadership, aerospace, fitness and character development. They also engage in flight training on gliders as well as powered flight at various airports in the region.
Dunn recently reached a milestone few in the squadron’s cadet program have achieved. On Monday, Dunn received the “General Billy Mitchell Award,” which is given to cadets that have completed eight crucial steps in the 16 step training program. Besides having to demonstrate exemplary leadership skills within the cadet program, Dunn had to pass a comprehensive examination that included answering 100 questions about aerospace and leadership theory.
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