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Big Sioux Team Compete at National Cadet Competition

Sixteen teams of highly skilled Civil Air Patrol cadets from across America gathered near Dayton, Ohio, from 29 June to 4 July for the 2017 National Cadet Competition, renewing a prestigious CAP event that originated 70 years ago. This year’s competition was especially significant as it celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program.

Team Big Sioux, having won the South Dakota Wing cadet competition back in March, had the privilege of being one of the two teams that represented Civil Air Patrol’s North Central Region at the national competition.

The ninety-six cadet competitors demonstrated skills that included indoor and outdoor presentation of the colors, a written test of leadership and aerospace knowledge, a Jeopardy!-style CAP knowledge game, physical fitness test, public speaking, a pre-competition service project, two robotics challenges, a land navigation compass course, a team leadership problem and a uniform inspection. In individual events, the team placed 3rd in Physical Fitness, 5th in the outdoor presentation and 9th in both the indoor presentation and team leadership problem.

“This is one of CAP’s major annual cadet events,” said activity director Lt. Col. Robert Shaw. “Teams train and compete throughout the year in order to compete against the best. The teams making it to this level are the best each region has to offer. Officers and cadets look forward to participating, whether on staff, judging, or as a competitor, to carry on the tradition of excellence in all we do.”