The Coonskin unit of Civil Air Patrol cadets has 40 students participating.
"We are constantly getting new members," Lt. Higgs said. "New members are always welcome."
Another cadet, Tag Morgan, who is a sophomore at Capitol High School, looks forward to participation by more cadets.
"The program has grown greatly since I joined," Morgan said. "I joined because it looked like a great opportunity, and I have been able to learn a lot about discipline because of it."
The history of the Civil Air Patrol goes back about 60 years.
Founded in the late 1930s, the Civil Air Patrol program was established by volunteers with a love of aviation. They wanted a program for people to build skills to use in defense of the United States.
Civil Air Patrol was able to help with many critical wartime missions, including response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
By July of 1946, Civil Air Patrol was officially designated as a nonprofit, and two years later the organization was designated as the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.
Primary focus points for the program included aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. Today, these operations are still part of the program.
For more information, contact George Null at 304-343-6040 or go to the website www.gocivilairpatrol.com.