Squad gets national award

by | November 16, 2019 5:00 pm

Last Updated: November 13, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Members of the Ace Basin Composite Squadron received the Aerospace Education Excellence Award from the National Headquarters of Civil Air Patrol, based at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.
In the last six months, cadets and senior members have had the opportunity to experience really unique aerospace training events and perform cool aerospace and aviation experiments through Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace Education Program.
“Civil Air Patrol recognizes the need for cadets to become adults who have STEM-based education, which will allow them to look critically at challenges and how to solve them,” said Maj. Tina Peterson, South Carolina Wing’s cadet programs director. “The Aerospace Education program offered through Civil Air Patrol is a tremendous benefit to cadets whose primary education is supplemented by this program.”
In April, members of the squadron completed a rocketry egg drop challenge to see how well-prepared their rocket was to safely land a payload (a raw egg). In May, cadets and senior members from the squadron participated in an emergency services preparation exercise and got to fly on a C-17 across the state and back. During June, cadets interacted with Blackhawk helicopter pilots, explored the helicopter, and also flew on another C-17 — learning from loadmasters and pilots about careers in aviation and aerospace.
During the summer, cadets began working to earn their Civil Air Patrol rocketry badges, and have performed hands-on aerospace education experiments including making fizzy rockets and rubber-band powered propulsion rockets.
Cadets 12 and older have had at least one orientation flight in a Cessna airplane — their membership entitled them to five free flights by age 18. A large contingent of cadets spent the night on the USS Yorktown to learn about aviation in World War II.
Last, cadets and senior members have taken their aerospace education experience and performed outreach: serving at the Colleton County Historical Society’s Apollo 11 Hangar Party and working together with Women In Aviation’s Palmetto Pride Chapter at the Charleston-based Women in Education Day. All these aviation and aerospace-related activities are part of the basis for the squadron earning the Aerospace Education Excellence Award for 2019.
The ACE Basin Composite Squadron meets on Tuesday nights 6-8 p.m. at the Lowcountry Aviation Hangar (637 Aviation Way) on the campus of the Lowcountry Regional Airport. Prospective cadets must attend three meetings and are eligible to complete their membership paperwork on the third visit. Senior members, who are adults 18+, are eligible for membership upon completing the required paperwork and background checks. Senior members need not have pilot experience nor military experience — there is a place for all sorts of backgrounds within Civil Air Patrol — whether a lawyer, journalist, mechanic, accountant or a parent simply wanting to make a difference.
For more information about the ACE Basin Composite Squadron, contact Maj Tina Peterson, CAP, at (843)460-7445 or tina.peterson@scwgcap.org.

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