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Cadet Training Mission Simulates Lifesaving Situation

OWOSSO, Mich. (WLNS) -- Imagine jetting off in a plane, in the heat of a search and rescue mission, looking for a downed air craft and a missing pilot.

Junior cadets did just that this weekend. Although the simulated mission was not exactly real, for nearly 60 cadets, it felt like it.

"It's very real to us, very stressful, very intense," said Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Chelsea Graham.

Youth cadets, ages 12 to 21, spent yesterday training and today took the reins, leading, running and executing the mission, Operation Wolverine.

"It's a huge learning opportunity for them to fill in positions normally held by adult members during missions," said Cadet Major Jessica DeAngelo.

The mission teaches them communication, leadership and technical skills used in life saving situations.

It's one of its kind in the nation and it's made such an impression that wing members from Ohio and Florida came to check out the event.

"They'd like to set up a mission based on what we do here in Michigan," said DeAngelo.

No matter where it's at, Civil Air Patrol members create a fast-paced, life-like environment for cadets to learn and prepare for situations they may face down the road.

"This gives the cadets a chance to preview and get experience in different areas that they might be interested in the future," said Graham.

A future landing a job, thanks to the experience gained in the cadet program.

This year marks the 28th mission, and the Civil Air Patrol is already excited for next year.

For more information, or to find out how to sign up for a future training mission, visit the Civil Air Patrol's website.

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