Civil Air Patrol Cadets Graduate from Encampment at Stratton Air National Guard Base Saturday

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Civil Air Patrol Cadets preparing to board an aircraft during their encampent at Stratton Air National Guard Base on July 25.

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, SCOTIA, NY (07/26/2019) (readMedia)-- The New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing will host graduation ceremonies for 200 Civil Air Patrol cadets attending the Civil Air Patrol annual encampment at Stratton Air National Guard Base on Saturday morning, July 27.

Members of the media are invited to cover the cadets as they are recognized for their accomplishments

WHO: Civil Air Patrol Cadets aged 12 to 20 from New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut will participate in the ceremonies. This marks the conclusion of the Civil Air Patrol Leadership Encampment at Stratton Air National Guard Base throughout the week.

WHAT: The graduation event will mark the conclusion of the Civil Air Patrol Leadership Encampment at Stratton Air National Guard Base which began on July 20. Throughout the week the cadets have worked together, learned new leadership skills, and gotten the chance to ride on UH-60 helicopters, LC-130 cargo planes and the C-17 strategic transport. Cadets will be recognized with awards during the ceremony.

WHEN: Media should arrive at the base at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 27 to cover the 10 a.m. ceremony.

WHERE: Stratton Air National Guard Base, 1 Air National Guard Rd., Scotia, N.Y.

Members of the media MUST contact Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara by calling 518-248-3799in order to gain access to the secure facility.

Media Opportunity:

Media members will have an opportunity to interview cadets and Civil Air Patrol Leaders. There will be still and video imagery opportunities with cadets marching in formation and receiving awards.


The Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit corporation and is also the auxiliary service of the Air Force. Civil Air Patrol volunteers conduct search and rescue missions, assist the Air Force as required, and assist in disaster relief missions.

The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program allows young people -- ages 12 to 21-- 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).

Stratton Air National Guard Base is the home of the 109th Airlift Wing. The wing flies the largest ski-equipped aircraft in the world, the LC-130, and provides support to research in the Antarctic and in Greenland.