Squadron members receive aerospace awards

Submitted photo Left to Right, 2nd Lt. Carol Whetsell, C/SSgt. Clark Bailey, 2nd Lt. Roger Tysor, c/2nd Lt. Tyler Chewning, C/CMSgt. Ravyn Weirich, C/SrA. Cody Gibson, WV Wing Aerospace Education Officer Maj. Margaret Dilley, C/Amn. Alex Garcia, Elkins Composite Squadron Aerospace Education Officer Capt. Bruce Dawson, C/CMSgt. Nathaniel Whetsell, C/Amn. Chase Watson, Elkins Composite Squadron Commander Maj. Kathleen Dawson and Capt. Debbie Tysor.
Capt. Bruce Dawson teaches aerospace principles to cadets during a squadron meeting.
Cadet Whetsell cuts out an aircraft template.

ELKINS — Twelve members of the Elkins Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol received the Aerospace Education Excellence award at the Elkins-Randolph County Regional Airport on Sept. 25.

West Virginia Wing Aerospace Education Officer Maj. Margaret Dilley presented members with their awards, noting that the squadron “should take great pride in their achievements.”

The AEX program is offered through Civil Air Patrol and brings hands-on experiences in aviation and space-related activities to its members. Awards are based on completion of six approved activities and one two-hour field experience.

This year, members toured Bombardier Aerospace and Pratt and Whitney during the West Virginia Wing Aerospace Education Weekend. Cadets also completed activities such as constructing a wooden aircraft, building an electric motor, creating a replica of the solar system and learning about principles of flight through simulated plane landings and plane flight contests.

The Elkins Composite Squadron meets weekly at the Elkins-Randolph County Regional Airport. Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/capelkins/ for more information.