JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Civil Air Patrol began in the 1940s for civil defense but has since evolved to focus on community missions.
The nationally chartered nonprofit company focuses on emergency services, including finding missing aircraft and documenting flood events for MEMA or FEMA. They also have a Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.
Lt. Col. Harvey Yarborough says the program focuses on aerospace and aviation careers, including piloting, air traffic controllers, in-flight rescue and any aviation-related field.
Participants will learn about core values, integrity, respect, excellence and volunteer service. Lt. Col. Yarborough says they use aviation as a teaching tool.
“By using cadets in academic programs, they also help in emergency services. It gives them a real-time opportunity to practice the leadership we teach them. We use military, Air Force customs and courtesies in particular as a tool to teach respect and excellence. We use the uniforms for attention to detail,” he adds.
The aim of the program is to give young people confidence in their abilities and also to cultivate an interest in careers in aviation. Participants can obtain a pilot’s license and a drone operator’s license.
Youth ages 12-18 interested in learning more about the opportunities available in the program should attend the open house scheduled for Monday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at 1635 Airport Drive in Jackson.
Lt. Col. Yarborough says volunteers will demonstrate how students use flight simulators to earn a pilot’s license. Students will learn how search and rescue teams interact with government agencies when a team is sent on an air rescue mission.
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