Coal Valley News

KINGWOOD, W.Va. - A Boone County Civil Air Patrol cadet took top honors on Saturday at the WV Wing CAP 2019 Summer Encampment held at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, West Virginia. Cadet Airman Weslee Adkins was selected as the Col. Dennis D. Barron Outstanding Honor Cadet, an award given annually to the most outstanding first-time attendee at the encampment.

The award recipient is selected by the Encampment Cadet Staff, made up of seasoned cadets filling command and leadership positions during the week-long activity.

Another Boone Cadet, C/CMSgt Chloe Lucas, who served as the Encampment First Sergeant, stated that "as early as the second day of the Encampment, the Cadet Staff had taken notice of Cadet Adkins and were saying that we should keep an eye on him because he was going to be a great cadet."

Lucas went on to explain that the cadet who receives this award must be outstanding in every way - have a positive attitude, excel in customs and courtesies, show dependability, integrity, responsibility, respect - each of these characteristics are considered when selecting the Outstanding Honor Cadet.

Cadet Adkins was overwhelmed at receiving the award and stated several times that he couldn't believe he was selected. He stated to his local CAP leaders "I am so honored to receive this award." Adkins was selected from approximately 50 first-time attenders.

Including Adkins, four cadets from the Boone CAP Squadron attended the July 6 13 Encampment, with a total of 125 Civil Air Patrol cadets from West Virginia and surrounding states. Each of the cadets from the Boone squadron either held a position of leadership or were recognized for excellent performance.

Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Chloe Lucas served as the Encampment First Sergeant, and as such, was part of the nine-member Cadet Staff who provided leadership for the remaining 116 cadets.

Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Noah Lucas served as the Flight Sergeant for his flight of approximately 15 cadets.

Cadet Airman Chase Broughton was selected, from the 125 cadets, as Cadet of the Day for one day of the week-long event.

In addition to being chosen as the Encampment Honor Cadet, Cadet Airman Weslee Adkins was also chosen as Cadet of the Day for one day of the Encampment.

The annual Summer Encampment includes living in the barracks at Camp Dawson, eating in the mess hall, and taking part in numerous activities, including, but not limited to, flying in a Black Hawk helicopter, flying in a C-130 transport aircraft, marksmanship at the shooting range, rappelling, climbing wall, a hands-on class about snakes in WV, various obstacle courses, competitive activities between flights, swimming and lots more! Nineteen adult Civil Air Patrol members were present at the Encampment to provide oversight of all cadet activities.

The Boone cadets thoroughly enjoyed the week and plan to attend next year's Encampment. To see more pictures of the week's activities, you may go to the WV Wing Civil Air Patrol Facebook page at facebook.com/WV-Wing-Civil-Air-Patrol

Persons interested in contacting the Boone Composite Squadron, may call Major Carol Martin at 304-860-1747 or the squadron office at 304-369-5150 and leave contact information. The local unit meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Senior Citizens building on Lick Creek Road. A young person may become a cadet at 12 years old. Adult members may join at age 18 or older. All visitors are welcome.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP's 63,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP's Cadet Programs. Visit GoCivilAirPatrol.com or CAP.news for more information.