CAPE FEAR CIVIL AIR PATROL TEACHES TEENS TO FLY HIGH IN LIFE WITH LEADERSHIP SKILLS
For 1st Lt. Rick Paxton, leadership is one of the most important strengths to possess. During the past two years he has been commander of the Civil Air Patrol Cape Fear Composite Squadron, teaching cadets the skills offered by the Cadet Program as well as how to be successful leaders .There are currently 17 cadets, ages 12 to 21, who meet every Monday evening at the VFW Post 2573 on Carolina Beach Road. There, they get an introduction to aviation through various drills, special activities and training, which includes flying lessons. The cadets need no prior experience before joining the program except the willingness to work hard and progress under the supervision of senior members.
The Cadet Program encourages teenagers to seek promotion through a system of ranks based on that of the Air Force. To do so, they must first attend encampment, a weeklong training during the summer where they participate in activities such as ground team training, leadership training and flight line marshaling. Encampment is led by higher-ranking cadets. This summer, three cadets from the Cape Fear Composite Squadron will be on staff, including Cadet Madison Paxton, 1st Lt. Paxton's daughter.