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Civil Air Patrol conducts search and rescue training mission
Cadets train for emergencies in the wilderness
Civil Air Patrol cadets attending the Search and Rescue Exercise recently were, from left, Cadet Airman 1st Class Jimmy Garcia, Cadet Airman 1st Class Matthew Love, Cadet Airman 1st Class Chandler Love, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Elizabeth Audry and Cadet Airman Austa Nicholson. Major Chris Auger, back row, was a groundsmen leader.
Most kids spend their weekends playing sports or video games, but for 27 local youth weekends are a time for search and rescue training and scouring the wilderness for simulated airplane crashes. Late last month, the Civil Air Patrol conducted a ground team-focused Search and Rescue Exercise at the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area. More than 200 people — many members of the CAP’s cadet program for youth between the ages of 12 and 20 — from across Georgia spent three months preparing for the exercise, which is considered by the project officer, Capt. Ross Statham, to be a “graduation exercise.”