Civil Air Patrol attracts youths, adults interested in aviation, volunteering


Drew Clift of Greenfield listens for the next drill instructions from Steve Schwartz of New Palestine, a deputy cadet commander, during physical fitness training for the youngsters taking part in Civil Air Patrol training. (Kristy Deer / Daily Reporter)

New Palestine High School senior Glenn Saylor learns the proper military protocol for saluting an officer during Civil Air Patrol training at the Indianapolis Regional Airport in Mt. Comfort. (Kristy Deer / Daily Reporter)

MT. COMFORT — With all his might, Drew Clift crossed his arms and pulled himself up repeatedly, trying to do as many sit-ups as he could in a minute’s time.

It was one of many drills the 13-year-old Greenfield resident performed during a recent training session for cadets enrolled in the Indiana Civil Air Patrol.

“I really like this,” Drew said before class started. “Probably like every other cadet, I want to be a pilot in the Air Force.”

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