Civil Air Patrol

Cadets fly high without leaving ground

Photo by Lt. Col. Steve Michaels - Captain Ralph Johnson, USAF (upper right) instructs Cadet Staff Sergeant Garrett Reeves (left) and Cadet Master Sergeant Xavier Correa (lower right) on flying the KC-135 simulator.

Oak Creek, Wis. – Recently, four cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5, located in Oak Creek, flew an Air National Guard Stratotanker.  Well, almost.  The cadets flew a KC-135 flight simulator, belonging to the 128th Air Refueling Group at Milwaukee’s General Billy Mitchell International Airport.

Cadet Master Sergeant Xavier Correa, Cadet Staff Sergeants Samantha Albright, Zachary Marek and Garrett Reeves responded to stalls and engine fires as they took turns flying missions over Lake Michigan.  The cadets’ flight instructor was Captain Ralph Johnson, USAF National Guard pilot, and former cadet officer from Fox Cities Composite Squadron.

The simulator is one of ten across the country which presents a wide variety of training scenarios on demand for nearly 3,000 pilots, co-pilots and boom operators, without spending money on fuel, maintenance and flying hours.

The cadets also got up close and personal with the real thing.  Each received a tour of a KC-13 as it was receiving an engine upgrade in the 128th’s maintenance hangar.

Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5, Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a non-profit organization with over 40 members serving Milwaukee’s south side.  Its volunteers perform search and rescue, disaster relief, and homeland security missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.  Squadron members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to young people participating in the CAP cadet program.  Squadron 5 coordinates Wreaths Across America at Wood National Cemetery, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

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