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Two Thumbs Up for Civil Air Patrol's Tri-Wing Encampment

Captain Warren M. Weiss and his son, Cadet Max S. Weiss, at Camp Fretterd in Maryland
Captain Warren M. Weiss and his son, Cadet Max S. Weiss, at Camp Fretterd in Maryland

On July 2, Captain Warren M. Weiss, commander of the Civil Air Patrol’s 9th Suffolk Cadet Squadron, got to make a commendation that was as personal as it was professional.

Weiss had the good fortune to be his son’s commanding officer during the 2014 Tri-Wing Encampment. So, when his son, Cadet Max S. Weiss, successfully completed the week-long annual training maneuver at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown, Maryland, he found himself being commended by his father, the commanding officer.

The Tri-Wing Encampment serves as an introduction to the physical and mental challenges of military life and the missions of the Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force.  The encampment also establishes a baseline for the cadets’ future involvement as unit leaders and encampment staff members.  While its location caters to CAP members in the the Maryland, Delaware and DC region, the Tri-Wing Encampment also attracts and invites interested members nationwide.  All cadets who complete the encampment are eligible to attend specialized events and to become cadet officers.

At the encampment, Cadet Weiss learned about and experienced CAP and United States Air Force capabilities, participated in training seminars and attended an aerospace history lecture, presented by aviation pioneer, Colonel Mary S. Feik, CAP.  Additionally, he was able to develop his skills in leadership, competitive sports, rappelling and marksmanship.

In his home unit, Cadet Weiss assists with administering cadet activities and is the alternate delegate for the Long Island Group CAP Cadet Advisory Council.  He has nearly completed his second year of membership in CAP and has recently been promoted to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant.

Outside of CAP, Cadet Weiss attends the Jewish Academy of Suffolk County, where he has recently completed the seventh grade.  In school, Cadet Weiss engages in academic and Judaic studies.  He speaks fluent Spanish and is mastering Hebrew as a third language. 

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Its three congressionally chartered missions include Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and the Cadet Program.  CAP has over 61,000 members nationwide and operates a fleet of 550 aircraft.

The Cadet Program is designed to forge young leaders of the future aerospace industry through a curriculum of leadership, fitness and study.  The program follows a military model and emphasizes Air Force traditions and values.  

In its Emergency Services capacity, CAP performs 90 percent of inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC), and the organization is credited with saving an average of approximately 80 lives each year.  CAP also allocates resources to homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

The 9th Suffolk Cadet Squadron CAP meets Wednesday evenings at the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach.  For more information, please visit their website: www.squadron9.com


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