Mankato Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

Cadet May a Distinguished Graudate from Basic Cadet Training School PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 December 2008 13:08
After months of preparation, cadet staff from the 130th, Valley and Mankato composite squadrons stood ready at their assigned stations while cadets arrived at Airlake Airport in Lakeville for the 2008 Basic Cadet Training School.

Basic Cadet Training School, or BCTS, is an intense training weekend that began with just four students and four staff in early 2007. A year later, the program has grown to more than 40 cadet students and staff.

"Cadets were instructed by the cadet staff in all programs the CAP has to offer," said Capt. Billy Hoffman of the 130th Composite Squadron, cadet commander for the event. "The weekend provided all the building blocks for those new to CAP to succeed as cadets and at encampment."

Hoffman noted that the weekend was mentally and physically intense, but with the teamwork of their peers, the cadets were able to conquer the challenge.

Cadets began the weekend by pulling into the airport’s main gate, equipment in hand, at which point they were quickly loaded into a CAP van and driven to the hangar where the cadet staff waited. The cadets were in-processed, assigned to one of three flights and sent right into the weekend with drill instruction.

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