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Wright State hosts the Civil Air Patrol National Cadet Competition to test the best cadets in the country

Almost 100 cadets on 16 teams from all around the country descended on Wright State University for the National Cadet Competition from July 13 through July 18.

The event is the culminating activity of the cadets’ competition season. Cadets and their squadrons competed in numerous team and individual categories, including drone maneuverability, indoor and outdoor formations, inspection, written exams and physical fitness.

Cadets ranged in age from 12 to 20 and traveled from as far away as Puerto Rico and Alaska to compete.

“I’ve had a great time,” said Sadie Schwartz, whose squadron is from Colorado and enjoyed exploring Wright State. “I had a lot of fun walking around the campus and exploring the tunnels.”

Cadets from the Puerto Rico Wing won the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Outstanding Team Championship Trophy after finishing first in the National Cadet Competition.

Founded in 1941 as a partner and auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, the Civil Air Patrol has evolved into a premier public service organization carrying out emergency service missions when needed, in the air and on the ground.

This was the seventh consecutive year Wright State hosted the national competition.

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