2003-01-11 / Community

Cadets Will Sign Up At M.S. 198

Cadets Will Sign Up At M.S. 198

Cadets Will Sign Up At M.S. 198

The Floyd Bennett Senior Squadron, a unit of the United States Air Force Auxiliary-Civil Air Patrol (CAP), will be signing up its first group of new cadets on Wednesday, January 15 at the Benjamin Cardozo School (Middle School 198), located at 365 Beach 56 Street in Arverne. The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the school.

This is the first time that a CAP unit in New York City has recruited students directly from a New York middle school, and MS 198 is the first school in School District 27 to become part of the Squadron’s Cadet Program.

A program was set up under the mutual auspices of the School District 27 Superintendent’s office and local CAP leadership. The Cadet Program for the Floyd Bennett Squadron is headed by 2d Lieutenant Diane S. Hatry, who is also an Assistant Principal at the Virgil Grissom School (M.S. 226) in South Ozone Park.

According to 2d Lieutenant Hatry, "I feel this program will assist in developing responsibility and self-respect in these young people. This, in turn, will help prepare the cadets for their future choices in life."

Expectations are high for the continuing success of the program, which has been under development since the late spring 2002. Students at M.S. 198, who must be 12 years of age or older, will have an opportunity to enhance their education and outlook by joining the United States Air Force Auxiliary (CAP), which is Congressionally-chartered civilian arm of the United States Air Force.

Cadets will have the opportunity to study and learn about aerospace, aeronautics, military and aviation history, and be directly involved with an operational arm of the United States Air Force, which now under the Air Force’s Homeland Security office.

Cadets will have the opportunity to participate in a structured physical education program, and eventually be able to participate in local, regional, and national color guard and drill team competitions. Interaction with the military establishment, particularly local Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units, as well as participation in search and rescue operations and exercises and emergency services, will be a part of the program.

The Floyd Bennett Squadron, commanded by First Lieutenant Matthew J. Bentz, is headquartered at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY. The Squadron is one of seven active squadrons under the New York City Group of CAP.

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