Eight cadets and five senior members from the South Carolina Wing (SCWG) of Civil Air Patrol participated in the annual Civil Air Patrol Legislative Day on Thursday Feb. 27, including a cadet from Walterboro’s ACE Basin Composite Squadron.
During the day’s activities these members visited both South Carolina Senators and all seven representatives to deliver first-hand information about Civil Air Patrol. For Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Rachel Mercer from the ACE Basin Composite Squadron, meeting with representatives from the Colleton County/Walterboro area was a real treat.
The group to which Mercer was assigned got to meet with Rep. Jim Clyburn, who is a member of the Hiram Mann Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. Since the ACE Basin Composite Squadron meets at the former training area of the Tuskegee Airmen, this was a special connection for the cadet and Rep. Clyburn. In addition, Mercer was part of the team to meet with Rep. Joe Wilson and the representatives from the offices of several other South Carolina congressmen.
The day’s events were an opportunity for the cadets, who range in age from 12-18, to learn about the legislative process and the way in which bills become laws. While several meetings took place with the staffers and defense fellows of the congressmen, SCWG members did meet with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) to educate them further about the role of Civil Air Patrol in com-munities throughout the nation.
After a day of meetings in each of the congressional buildings in Washington, D.C., the group of cadets and senior members visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery at Arlington, Va. In addition, this group had the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History, tour the Capitol Building and visit the memorials and monuments along the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The cadets and senior members who attended Legislative Day represented squadrons throughout the state of South Carolina, including the ACE Basin Composite Squadron, Walterboro; Coastal Charleston Composite Squadron, Charleston; Emerald City Cadet Squadron, Greenwood; and Florence Composite Squadron, Florence.