Civil Air Patrol Meeting, Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mt Airy Composite Squadron began it’s regularly scheduled Thursday night’s meeting with opening ceremony at Mt airy Veterans of Foreign wars meeting room at 6:30 p.m. This second week in November is scheduled for Aerospace education. Uniform inspection was conducted after opening ceremony and was followed by drill instruction outside.

Two aerospace classes were conducted this evening. Under the mentoring form aerospace officers 2nd Lieutenant Buchheit and Captain Smith-Velazquez, cadet 2nd lieutenant Pitt taught a class to cadets about clouds. Cadets were separated into groups, given a bag filled with pictures of clouds, names of clouds, and facts about them to see what was already known before the lesson began. The lesson explained that clouds are made of tiny water droplets and there are three basic types:

  • Cumulus – Cotton ball- like, fair weather clouds
  • Stratus – Uniform, thin, light rain
  • Cirrus – Thin, fair weather

There are ten universally recognized types of clouds. Descriptive discussions included Cumulus congests, Nimbostratus, and Altocumulus. After the lesson, cadets were once again separated into groups and the same game was played to see what was learned from class.

The second aerospace class was conducted from Module 1, Aerospace Dimensions, Introduction to Flight. Cadet Captain Flanick covered Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion and Daniel Bernoulli’s pressure differential theory. The three axis of a plane and an explanation on how a wing lifts.

This structured Cadet Program is divided into sixteen segments, called achievements, involving study and performance in five program areas. Senior cadets have progressed through at least the first eight achievements. With their experience and the assistance of adult mentors, they engage, teach and inspire their peers. Service leadership; leading by example. The Civil Air Patrol cadet program is celebrating 75 years of making a difference and mentoring leaders.

Photos by 2nd Lt Alvarado and C/1st Lt Buzzard,
Article contributions by C/SSgt Franklin and C/1st Lt Buzzard.

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