Posted by Peggy Strom on Jan 04, 2023
Today's meeting was Zoom-only due to yet another snowstorm moving into town!  We were fortunate that Lt. Col. Mary Albright with the Anoka County Civil Air Patrol was able to join us to discuss the mission and activities of CAP.  Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary to the United States Air Force.  The organization is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation with chartered missions of aerospace education, emergency services and cadet programs.  Lt. Col. Albright, daughter of member Joe Ziskovsky, has been responsible for Cadet development since her daughter joined the group 12 years ago.  Cadets can join between ages 12 and 18.   The cadet program is designed to develop young people into leaders of tomorrow. As cadets progress through the program, they build on skills learned and move from being a follower and learning the skills of self-leadership, to becoming a leader and developing the skills of direct, indirect and executive leadership.  The Anoka County CAP is based at the Anoka County Airport and is the 5th largest unit in the U.S.  It ranks nationally in several areas including Cyber Patriot and High Altitude Balloon programs.  CAP units receive no government funding and are on their own to raise money to support their activities.