Seventeen Civil Air Patrol squadrons statewide will host open house events with from Monday through Aug. 29. Locally, Unit KY-011 will host its open house at 6 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Armed Forces Readiness Center at 8000 Old U.S. 60 north of Barkley Regional Airport in West Paducah.

The event is open to adults and teens interested in taking part in Civil Air Patrol or seeking information about it. The unit commander is Lt. Cmdr. Tom Hines.

"The open house is a good opportunity to see the cadets and Civil Air Patrol activities," he said. "It will help people understand what Civil Air Patrol is all about: developing leaders, citizenship and patriotism. The cadets are young people learning about professional behavior and demeanor.

"There is always the aviation piece of it, as far as knowledge and skill sets. It's a good way to test the waters and see if they are interested in things related to aviation or the military. Cadets who go through the program are better prepared and eligible to get into the Air Force Academy and those types of military programs."

The Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Program, for ages 12 to 18, focuses on leadership, aerospace, character development, emergency services, drill and ceremony and physical training. It centers around its core values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect.

Young adults get to experience flying, go on missions with emergency services, develop leadership skills, explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) projects and more.

Civil Air Patrol cadets range in age from 12 to 21 and meet at 6 p.m. every Monday at the Armed Forces Readiness Center. Hines invited those who might be interested in joining to attend the meetings and see if it is something that they would want to be part of.

More information about the Civil Air Patrol in Kentucky can be found at www.kywg.cap.gov.

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