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CMA’s CAP activated for flood relief efforts

Posted: October 9, 2018 2:13 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2018 2:09 p.m.
1st Lt. Nicholas Paramore/CAP

MSGT Greg Volcy (left), Cadet Staff SGT Landon Stillitano (center), and Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Rodrigo Villalobos helped assist Federal Emergency Management Administration staff following post-Hurricane Florence flooding as part of Camden Military Academy's Civil Air Patrol.

Camden Military Academy’s Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron was recently activated for the first time in the squadron’s history.  Several CMA cadets used their training to assist the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) in a variety of ways.  The Camden cadets assisted FEMA by monitoring rising flood waters and reporting deteriorating road conditions by collecting data and taking photographs, which were then uploaded to a FEMA database.

Cadet Senior MSGT Rodrigo Villalobos, a dual citizen CMA student from Sao Palo Brazil stated, “I could not believe that the area received so much damage from the flooding.  I am proud to say that I had the training to be able to assist those in need as well as answer the call from our government.”

Squadron leader, 1st Lt Nicholas Paramore, stated, “Our cadets were proud to serve their nation and help FEMA with the Hurricane Florence relief in any way possible. All of the training they’ve gone through was put to use during our squadron’s first ever Ground Team mission. When we got the call, our cadets really stepped up by volunteering their free Saturday to be a part of the team. The mission was successful due to their confidence and competence from the hard work and training they’ve accomplished.”

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