School sponsors civil air patrol unit

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSMay 13, 2009 

— The N.C. Civil Air Patrol is chartering its first squadron sponsored by a high school.

Patrol officials were scheduled to hold a ceremony Tuesday night at Southeast Raleigh High School to charter the Bulldog Flight, named for the school's mascot. Several members of the unit also were to receive promotions.

Officials said several cadet units meet in schools in North Carolina, but this will be the first sanctioned as a school-sponsored organization. The squadron has 20 regular members.

Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the Air Force and has more than 56,000 members nationally. The patrol performs inland search-and-rescue missions, as well as disaster relief and counterdrug missions.

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