Lt. Col. Paul Hertel (from left), government relations adviser for the Illinois Wing; Capt Tommy Whang; U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-8th); Cadet 2nd Lt. Michael Carpenter; Col. Rickey Oeth, Illinois Wing commander; and Col Robert Karton, Great Lakes Region commander. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 29, 2013 6:02AM
Oak Lawn Community High School senior Michael Carpenter was one of five Civil Air Patrol cadets from Illinois selected to travel to Washington, D.C., to spend the day meeting with members of Congress.
Carpenter is a volunteer in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary-Civil Air Patrol.
While in Washington, Carpenter had the opportunity to meet U.S. representatives with the CAP program and to ask for their support.
Congresswomen Tammy Duckworth met with Carpenter and other members of the contingent as part of Civil Air Patrol’s Legislative Day, “Walking The Hill.”
The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, chartered by Congress on Dec. 1, 1941. It began as a group of aviation volunteers who flew coastal patrols during World War II looking for German U-boats or any of their victims.
Today, the program focuses on providing emergency services, promoting aerospace education and training cadets.