Cadet Squadron Members Successfully Complete Sandbag
Having the opportunity to put training into practice feels good
to a member of the US Civil Air Patrol. The Parma Cadet Squadron
had an opportunity recently to feel really good.
Heavy storms, rain and wind had been pelting the region for
days. With flooding threatening residents of northwestern Ohio,
Parma Cadets responded to the need with a sandbagging mission.
"We train for moments like these," said 1st Lt Flo McKinley,
squadron commander. "There was no hesitation on the part of my
family, who are all members of CAP. We jumped at the chance to
As is typical for CAP, everyone rolled up their sleeves and got
to work, rank notwithstanding. The flooding of the Maumee River
wasn't going to wait for a salute. More than 40 members volunteered
for the mission.
The operation was originally supposed to take place in Paulding,
but had to be relocated to Ottawa due to rapidly advancing
floodwaters. Getting to Ottawa was a mission in itself because
roads were closing so fast, authorities couldn't keep up, according
At least 25 tons of sand was bagged in Ottawa and that's not
counting what was bagged in Paulding.
Lt. Col. Dick Neuwirth of the Defiance Area Composite Squadron,
CAP incident commander, described the mission with two words: "Team
"They shoveled, they filled, they did everything they were asked
to do," he said. "I transported a couple of cadets who, when asked
how they were doing, said they were scared. This was their first
Some of the cadets were only 13 or 14 years old, Neuwirth
So appreciative of their efforts were the local residents, they
kept the Wing supplied with cold water, ice, hamburgers and