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Grave of SP4 Daniel L. Elliott, Former NCWG Member (click image to view full size)
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50 Cadets Experience a Memorable Trip


Cadets and senior members from the Iredell Composite Squadron, Winston Salem Composite Squadron, South Charlotte Cadet Squadron, and the 111th Search & Rescue Cadet Squadron recently toured Washington DC and The United States Naval Academy.  The tour was hosted by the Iredell Composite Squadron and directed by Lt Kristin Osborne, Public Affairs Officer.  A total of 50 members took advantage of the highly educational trip.  
The group traveled by chartered bus with the first overnight stop at the Navy Lodge in Annapolis, Maryland.  The following day, the group toured the campus of the Naval Academy and watched the noon formation.  A group of cadets that expressed an interest in applying to the Naval Academy attended a very informative admissions briefing.  The group then boarded the bus for the National Air and Space Museum, Udvar Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. 
A few of the highlights of the museum included the SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet in the world, the Space Shuttle Enterprise, Gemini VII space capsule, B-29 Enola Gay, and the Redstone Rocket.  The next day began with various tours in Washington DC, including the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, National Archives, Capitol Building and a photo stop at the White House.  
After dark, the group visited the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.  “The monuments and memorials were spectacular to view at night,” said Lieutenant Kimberly Ammons.  
The last day of our trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery.  The cadets ceremoniously paid their respects to former North Carolina CAP cadet Daniel Lucas Elliott, who was killed in action last year in Iraq.  The cadets gave a slow salute and placed a cadet NCO cap device on his tombstone.  The trip concluded at the National Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia. 
Story and Photo Credits by Kristin Osborne 2d Lt, MER-NC-162