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Civil Air Patrol meeting discusses terrorist attacks

Staff reports

At a recent meeting of the Civil Air Patrol, Mayor Don McCormack addressed the cadets and senior members on the topic of the recent terrorist attacks in our country.

He encouraged them to do their very best in school and continue their education. “Our country needs strong and intelligent leaders,” he said.

The mayor also told cadets that it was all right to feel pain and sorrow over the many who had died, but warned them against letting pain turn into feelings of revenge.

Chaplain Mark Della also gave words of comfort and reflection.

The cadets, who are trained in ground and air search and rescue, were reminded of the effort they have been trained in to save just one survivor. The idea of thousands of lost people was truly an overwhelming concept for the teenage cadets to comprehend, as it was for most adults.

Lt. Ron Kato reported that although the Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron was not needed for participation, it was put on one hour alert.

Other CAP squadrons closer to the disasters were used to transport medical supplies, blood, and other equipment and personnel to the scenes of the attacks.

The skills in first aid, CPR and search and rescue that the cadets have been developing may be useful in the local community.

Captain Tony DeSantis of American Airlines closed the meeting with a discussion on airport and airline security. Many questions were asked about future terrorism avoidance techniques.

Cadets were then treated to a video on United States air power and weaponry. Many left the meeting feeling uplifted and better informed.

For more information on the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, call Lt. Ron Kato at 550-9798.


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