The Civil Air Patrol recently conducted a promotion ceremony at Delta Middle School, the first to be held in Delta in many years.
Cadet/Senior Airman Jezreel Couch, Cadet/Tech Sgt. Micah Yeager, Cadet/Airman Bolton Couch and Cadet/Chief Master Sgt. Jack Jones were promoted to their current ranks.
Their advisor, Second Lt. Tom Jones, is excited to announce the formation of a squadron known as the Delta Flight. Delta had its own squadron many years ago but most recently has been a component of the Grand Junction Composite Squadron.
"The Civil Air Patrol is part of what they call the total force of the Air Force," Jones explained. Senior CAP members are involved in search and rescue efforts and disaster relief; for juniors, CAP focuses on education, fitness and leadership.
The Delta squadron will be comprised only of juniors, Jones explained. Cadets between the ages of 12-18 meet at 6 p.m. every Monday in the bandroom at Delta Middle School. Boys and girls from throughout the county are invited to stop by to learn more. Senior members who are interested in sharing their expertise with the cadets are also welcome. Jones is particularly looking for retired aerospace professionals or individuals who fly their own drones.
The cadets have formed a color guard and a cyber patriot team that competes against teams across the country. They help out at air shows, parades and community activities. On Saturday, they helped VFW members hand out gifts to veterans at the VA Hospital. They also helped decorate the American Service Women's Memorial in Collbran for Christmas.
In the summer, cadets attend camps. Over Christmas, several will attend a winter encampment at Fort Riley in Kansas.
One of the program's most popular draws is the chance to fly. "We get them up and let them handle the controls of an airplane," Jones said. "We also have our own flight simulator so they can practice year-round."
Teens interested in learning more about careers in aviation, space or the military are encouraged to contact Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 275-3572.