flightline Civil Air Patrol

Shreveport Senior Squadron LA 013

United States Air Force Auxiliary

While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).

Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program. Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.

The call goes out. Ground teams grab their gear and check in at Mission base. Briefed, the teams are driven towards the objective. In contact with base and planes via radio and visual signals they narrow in the target using radio direction finders, GPS, or compass and maps. Rescue services are directed in by the ground teams who are trained in first-aid.

Another scenerio: Air traffic control asks assistance in finding a pesky ELT at the airport. Ground teams using radio triangulation locate the airplane and assist in silencing it, freeing up the emergency frequency. All searches are handled as real emergencies. Want to join the action?

Cadets work closely with adult supervisors to perform most of CAPs ground work. Communicating with aircrews via radio, visual signals, and more to locate targets for rescue services. They work radios at mission base, assist in checking crews and assets in and out. Keep the Operations manager or Incident commander up to date as well as flight line work, directing planes and helping crews before and after missions.

The local cadet squadron is the Barksdale Composite Squadron.
The main function of the squadron is centered around cadets age 12 to 18 years old. Led by Cadet officers and Adult Senior Officers, the Squadron meets every Monday night from 6:15pm - 8:45pm on Barksdale AFB, Bldg.4717, 2nd floor. Training in leadership, Emergency services, Aerospace education, Search and Rescue, CPR and First Aid are just a few of the ongoing training and activities that occur within the Squadron.

Cadets have an opportunity to get hands on training in all aspects of search and Rescue missions as well as summer encampments and joint activities with other Squadrons in and out of state. Many dedicated cadets go on to earn solo pilot wings and/or become productive members of the community as well as the United States Air Force.

Senior (adult) Officers play a major role in helping to guide and shape the lives of cadets. Adults are encouraged to join and experience the excitement and the accomplishment that being a part of the Squadron brings.

If you are 12 - 18 or an adult that would like to be a part of our worthwhile organization, Please contact them or feel free to come by during thier meeting time.