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Civil Air Patrol Squadron offers orientation this weekend for youth, adults

MARQUETTE — An orientation for residents interested in joining the new Civil Air Patrol Squadron that is coming to Sawyer International Airport will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Greg Durand, president of the Marquette County Flying Club, will host the orientation at the Sawyer Heritage Museum.

Youth can join for free and will be a part of the CAP Cadet Squadron and adults can join for a nominal fee and be part of the Air Force Auxillary Adult Squadron.

The Civil Air Patrol was formed in the early days of World War II by the citizen airmen who committed to serving the nation.

It eventually evolved into a public service organization, officials said.

“Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power” is the mission of the organization, according to the CAP website.

The organization has a 75-year legacy of holding aerospace education, cadet and emergency services programs across 1,400 communities in the U.S.

The group has an estimated 60,000 members and is governed by 11 board members.

For more information on Civil Air Patrol volunteering, visit www.goairpatrol.com.

For more information on the local CAP, contact Durand at 906-458-2261.

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