About 160 Civil Air Patrol cadets and 40 officers will be in Oshkosh this year as CAP's National Blue Beret Encampment again provides emergency services and other assistance for AirVenture 2012. One of 30 National Cadet Special Activities provided each summer by Civil Air Patrol, Blue Beret gives participants an opportunity to see AirVenture up close while providing critical support for the event.
"Blue Beret is a cadet activity that is second to none," said Lt. Col. James Peace, the activity's director. "Blue Beret allows CAP cadets to hone their emergency services capabilities while also developing their leadership skills. At the same time, the cadets enjoy the aerospace education experience of a lifetime."
Each participant works several areas of AirVenture, including the flightline and exhibits, learning techniques of aircraft marshaling and electronic direction finding. Cadets are also encouraged to take advantage of events, such as the opportunity to meet legendary aviators and aviation professionals, and become immersed in aviation with thousands of aircraft of all kinds on display.