Civil Air Patrol

La Crosse Squadron promotes CAP to thousands

Photo by Maj Todd Mandel – Cadet Major Michael Ebert shows Master Sergeant Cheryl Tomsovic how to operate the F-16 simulator.

VOLK FIELD ANGB, Wis. – Summer makes for a busy time for many CAP units, and the members of the La Crosse Composite Squadron are no different.  Recently 16 members of the squadron made time to help share the message about CAP, drug-free lifestyles and aerospace to the more than 3,000 people who attended the 2012 Volk Field Air National Guard Base open house.

The annual open house allows the public to visit Volk Field and learn about the mission of the Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) housed at the base.  The CRTC is one of four such centers around the country and provides military and civilian units a valuable training venue.  Besides highlighting the role of Volk Field, the open house also serves as a chance to familiarize the public with Air Force power and missions.  Included in that was the important role that CAP plays as part of the Air Force family.

The airshow featured a KC-135 Stratotanker, an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a number of F-15 Eagles, a UH-60 Blackhawk, as well as a B-1B Lancer.

The La Crosse Squadron members also brought along the squadron’s mobile F-16 simulator and allowed the public to try their hand at flying an Air Force jet fighter.  The Assistant Adjutant General for Air of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, Brigadier General John McCoy even stopped by to try his hand at flying the F-16 simulator.

Besides giving the public the chance to fly, the squadron members also provided opportunities to experience “Fatal Vision” goggles and learn about the impact of impaired driving.  The goggle experience was very popular and provided cadets an excellent opportunity to share CAP’s drug-free ethos with other youth.

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