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CAP Shadows JB Charleston

By Staff Sgt. Rion Ehrman | 1st Combat Camera Squadron | Feb. 20, 2020

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. —

Cadets from the Charleston Civil Air Patrol toured Joint Base Charleston, Feb. 15, 2020, to strengthen partnerships between Civil Air Patrol and the Air Force. 

“This was the first time the CAP and 373rd TRS, Det. 5 came together for training. The training provided the CAP with a first-hand look at the uniformed service side of aircraft maintenance,” said Tech. Sgt. Austin Barkdolle, a C-17 Globemaster III airframe propulsion generator craftsman assigned to the 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 5.

Barkdolle, a C-17 Globemaster III airframe propulsion generator craftsman assigned to the 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 5, was the lead maintenance Airman for the tour.

“It’s important to give back to the community,” said Barkdolle. “With 142 million dollars worth of trainers and equipment, we have a lot to provide whether it's hands-on training or just delivering information to these students.”

Instructors from the 373rd TRS, Det. 5, showed the cadets various flight simulators and gave them hands-on instruction.

The CAP is a federally funded volunteer organization that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The CAP performs three congressionally assigned key missions including emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs for teenagers. 

JB Charleston and the CAP plan to meet quarterly in an effort to expose the cadets to multiple career fields helping support operations on JB Charleston and across the Air Force.