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Eastern Iowan to attend Civil Air Patrol's leadership school


A Cedar Rapids teen has been selected to travel to Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama to attend Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Officer School. Cadet 1st Lieutenant Katelyn Mishmash of the East Iowa Cadet Squadron out of Cedar Rapids will join Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Jacob Eimers of the Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron in attending the school.

The training, offered by the U. S. Air Force auxiliary, is patterned after the Air Force Squadron Officer School. Cadets compete for placement in the program, only the top 15% of all cadets are selected to attend.

"In COS, these cadets learn to take diverse skill sets and weave them together to solve problems," said U.S. Air Force Brigadier General James K. "Kevin" McLaughlin. "They gain confidence and learn to work with others. From the Air Force perspective, I love COS and the cadet program for the basic leadership skills and discipline they give cadets, some of whom may not get those skills elsewhere. It makes a positive difference, whether they end up in the military or not. It builds our nation's future leaders, no matter what they end up doing." 

This year, 120 cadets will attend, including the two from Iowa. The training is a 10-day executive level course combining lectures, seminars and hands-on training. Cadets will learn about the Air Force, air power history, leadership, teamwork, communication skills.

The training starts Saturday in Alabama, with graduation ceremonies scheduled for July 18th.


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