AUBURN – Seven cadets with the Lewiston/Auburn Squadron of Civil Air Patrol had the opportunity to take part in an exercise with local Army units.

The cadets, under the supervision of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Julia Farides, cordoned off a safety zone for a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter in front of Silver Wings Aviation.

They also had the opportunity to learn about the aircraft first hand. Flight medic SSgt Ken Charles took time out from instructing personnel from the Army Reserve’s 399th Combat Support Hospital to provide the cadets with an orientation to the Blackhawk and its missions.

Cadet Staff Sergeant Stephen Gagnon, an aspiring military rescue professional, said, “It’s a real experience.”

The Civil Air Patrol cadet program strives to provide young people with the opportunity to be involved in a variety of aviation experiences.

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