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Civil Air Patrol Active In Northwoods

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The Eagle River squadron of the Civil Air Patrol provides youth, and others, to assist in area missions of the air force and participate is personal leadership growth, character development, aerospace education, and if they choose, learn to fly.

Operating out of a hanger at the Eagle River Union Aiport, there are 13 registered cadets in the current program that include 11 males and 2 females from surrounding communities, according to 1st Lt. Daniel Erickson, deputy commander of the cadets. “Our current cadets are from Eagle River, St. Germain, Minocqua, Mercer, and Bruce Crossing,” Erickson said. “You only have to be 12 years old to join and there is no military requirement.”

Commander Lt. Duke Stepp indicated the squadron has been called on for several missions that were for lost or downed aircraft and lost people and recent flights to take photos of rivers looking for ice jams in their Skyhawk plane. “We are a voluntary organization and depend mostly on local donations with some assistance from Vilas County,” Lt. Erickson said. “Persons interested in learning more about our program or contributing support can contact me at 715-479-2900.”

Public meetings to explain the role and responsibilities of the civil air patrol are being planned for area libraries.

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