ivil Air Patrol members
pride themselves on being
the very best volunteers they
can be. They accomplish this because
they train constantly, at night and on
weekends, especially in the summer.
And all for the sake of being prepared
once an emergency occurs.
CAP boasts three of the finest training venues in the country Hawk
Mountain Ranger School in eastern
Pennsylvania, the National Emergency
Services Academy at Camp Atterbury
in Indiana and the Johnson Flight
Academy in southeastern Illinois.
Those three, collectively in operation
for more than 130 years, have served
The first female squadron, shown here
preparing for an exercise, attended Hawk
Mountain in 1972.
What started out as a simple concept has evolved into a yearlong, multicourse school that has trained more
than 15,000 Civil Air Patrol cadets
and senior members. Hawk Mountain
Ranger School in Kempton, Pennsylvania, was created in 1956 and is the
oldest search and rescue school in the
school has had as many as
350 said Lt. Col. DeEtte
Riley. staff members have
been attending for more than 40
One of those returning is Cadet
2nd Lt. Najaye Davis of the Pennsylvania Wing, who has attended two
summer schools and has also participated
in weekend training as a staff member.
a basic cadet, difficult and
physically demanding. Plus, getting up early and going to bed
Davis said. staff, a different
experience, because you are the leader
and you need to know what to
Sitting on 70 acres, the grounds
and facilities have also evolved since
poses for a photo with her father, U.S.
Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Isabella Altieri
Hawk Mountain Ranger School
Army Col. Jayson Altieri, who serves as
chairman of Board of Governors.
The Altieris are graduates of the most
recent Hawk Mountain Ranger School,
held in July.
1956. When Hawk Mountain started,
cadets slept in tents, bathed in the creek
and brought their own food. Cadets
and senior members still sleep in tents,
but also under lean-tos and in parachute
shelters. For years hamburgers and hot
dogs were available, but the kitchen
has been modernized, and a base
exchange is now available for cadets.
Summer school is the largest training session and is offered in mid-July.
Cadets and senior members are
divided into squadrons. When the
course begins, students cover wilderness skills, navigation, shelter building,
fire building, rappelling and map
symbols and interpretation along with
other skills to manage ground search
and rescue in the field. By the middle
The Ranger Creed
is my duty, as a member of the
rangers of the Civil Air Patrol
ground search and rescue
service, to save lives, aid the
injured and protect their property.
In order to do this, I will keep
myself physically fit at all times. I
will be prepared at all times to
perform my assigned duties
quickly and efficiently, placing
these duties before my personal
desires and comfort. These things
I do that others may
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