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Civil Air Patrol holds open house

ARLINGTON We call ourselves the best-kept secret around, but we have no wish to stay a secret, said Maj. Mike Talley, of the Arlington Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.
To that end, the Civil Air Patrol is inviting young people and adults alike to attend their community open house at Weston High School, March 20, at 7 p.m.
Talley explained that they are an official Auxiliary of the Air Force, and their branch has already started a recruitment drive for cadets, from the middle school grades up to adults.
Youngsters can be active in the Civil Air Patrol from the ages of 12-18, so theres a lot of turnover, Talley said. They can come in young, but we expect to lose some of them when they get busy with cars, girls and sports. Its such a great opportunity for all our young people, whether they plan on a career in the military or not.
Talley identified the Civil Air Patrols objectives as performing homeland security and humanitarian missions on the local, state and national levels, as well as developing the countrys youth and educating citizens on the importance of air and space power.
Talley elaborated that the Civil Air Patrol supports the Northwest Experimental Aircraft Associations annual Arlington Fly-In, for which they will be encamped July 6-13 this year, as well as fly-ins at the Concrete, Bremerton, Skagit, Olympia and Anacortes airports.
Our cadets help with aircraft marshaling and crowd control, Talley said. We camp out at the Arlington Municipal Airport for a week to help with the show.
Talley added that the Civil Air Patrol conducts an annual flight academy every July, at their facility in Ephrata, Wash. Cadets that are at least 14 years old can learn to fly a glider, while those that are at least 16 can learn to fly Cessna-powered aircraft.
If students meet all their requirements, they may be allowed to make one solo flight, Talley said. The academy is about two weeks long and runs from July 16-27 this year, while our basic training encampment is a week-and-a-half-long event held in Fort Lewis in August.
The Arlington Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol meets at Weston High School every Thursday at 6 p.m., except March 20, when theyll be meeting 7 p.m. To learn more, you may call Simon Briant at 425-770-8296, or Mike Talley at 425-359-0133. You may also e-mail Talley at m.talley@juno.com.

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