Officially the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, CAP is chartered by Congress and receives federal funding as a nonprofit corporation. A volunteer organization, CAP’s headquarters is at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.
The organization performs three missions assigned by Congress: emergency services, which include search and rescue (by air and ground), disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth. In addition, CAP has recently been tasked with homeland security and courier service missions.
Hannah Imel said she had an extensive opportunity to speak with U.S. House Rep. Luke Messer who left a meeting to talk with cadets and lead them on a tour of the U.S. Capitol, that included a visit to the floor of the House of Representatives.
Because their trip was cut short, the girls didn’t have many sightseeing opportunities, but they did make it to Arlington National Cemetery and were particularly impressed and humbled by the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
“I thought that was a really great experience when you can actually see how our soldiers are so dedicated to our country to do that and watch over the tomb of the unknown soldier. It’s just a really good experience,” Katie Cox said.
The Washington trip also reinforced the importance of leadership skills the students have as cadets at APA.
Unlike some of the other girls, Julianna Sulc isn’t sure if she wants to pursue a career in the military, but knows her experience as a cadet has value.
“Whatever I do, I know that CAP teaches specific things like responsibility and respect. Basically anything I’m going to want to do, CAP will prepare me for it,” she said.
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