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In Our Community: Gainesville teen takes part in Civil Air Patrol encampment
Megan Robertson

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Civil Air Patrol cadets, including Cadet Megan Robertson from the Gainesville Composite Squadron, gathered in late June at McCrady Training Center at Fort Jackson, near Columbia, S.C., for a weeklong training program, South Carolina Wing Summer Encampment.

Most days started at 6 a.m. with physical training exercises before other activities at 7:30 a.m., including drill and classroom sessions on leadership, aerospace and core values.

Cadets visited the simulator rifle range at McCrady Training Center and toured aircraft at Shaw Air Force Base and Blackhawk helicopters at McEntire Joint National Guard Base.

They performed exercises, including climbing a rock wall and driving pedal cars along a marked course, while receiving and responding to text messages.

Brig. Gen. R. Van McCarty, assistant adjutant general of the South Carolina Army National Guard, and Col. Francis Smith, South Carolina wing commander of Civil Air Patrol, spoke to the cadets.

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