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Hundreds of Civil Air Patrol Cadets Attend Encampment

Hundreds of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets from across Virginia are enhancing their minds and strengthening their bodies this week during an eight-day encampment at Blackstone Army Airfield.  The cadets are taking academic classes as well as outdoor adventure experiences that include rappelling from a 50-foot tower, ropes courses and the highlight activity of an orientation flight in one of the CAP’s aircraft.

Earlier this week, DOAV Director Greg Campbell joined Del. David Reid and the delegate’s chief of staff, Marina Pugh, for a briefing by Virginia Wing CAP Col. Elizabeth Sydow and a tour of the day’s activities led by CAP Lt. Col. Bud Oakey.

The annual event ends Sunday, July 31.

The Virginia Department of Aviation provides 87% of the annual operational funding for the Virginia Wing of the CAP, which has more than 1,000 cadets in squadrons across the Commonwealth. 

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