Civil Air Patrol cadets earn sharpshooter marksmanship badge

From front are c/SrA Lisa Whelan of Ware Shoals, c/Amn. Forrest McCoy of Greenwood, c/SrA Hope Lindner of Newberry, c/SMSgt. Rebecca Knight of Greenwood, Capt. Alan Lindner and Dr. Tim DuPont.

The Emerald City Cadet Squadron Civil Air Patrol’s second training session at the Upper Savannah Shooter’s Association was Sept 21.

Under the instruction of Dr. Tim Dupont, NRA Range Safety Officer, the four participating cadets achieved designation of Sharpshooter as defined by the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program. Cadets faced the challenge of successfully obtaining minimum scores of 165/200 over four courses of fire.

Membership in the Civil Air Patrol is available to students age 12-21, and to adults 18 and over. The Emerald City Cadet Squadron meets weekly on from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings at 1000 S. Main Street, Greenwood, (South Main Street Baptist Church, back entrance of old YMCA).

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit or for information.

Submitted by Lisa Madden