RUTLAND - Volunteer Civil Air Patrol senior members and cadets from around Vermont gathered at CAP's Rutland Composite Squadron Headquarters located at the Rutland Southern Vermont Region Airport Nov. 20-21. CAP members that took part in a Wing Training Assembly exercise that included a training class, involving a hypothetical crashed aircraft rescue and survival exercise, for senior members and various cadet-level activities including physical training.
Over 40 cadets from around the state took part in the WTA. More than 20 senior members also were involved.
Several Rutland-area businesses contributed meals, snacks and beverages for the CAP WTA including the Freihofer Outlet of Rutland, Price Chopper of West Rutland, Stewart's Shops of Fair Haven and West Rutland, Shaw's Supermarket of Fair Haven and Hannaford Supermarket of Rutland.
The Rutland Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is part of the all civilian, all-volunteer U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.
The squadron has received several citations as one of the outstanding squadrons in the northeastern U.S.
Operating 530 single engine aircraft and 63 sailplanes, the Civil Air Patrol performs more than 90 percent of all U.S. Air Force-directed search and rescue missions utilizing aircraft and ground teams and an extensive radio communications network.