At an open house for the Alexandria Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, attendees could make and fly paper airplanes, as well as try their hand at the flight simulator along with other activities.

The event was held to not only educate the community on the organization, but also to hopefully recruit more members.

Dave Bartlow, communications officer with the Alexandria Composite Squadron, said the Civil Air Patrol is always actively recruiting adult members, as well as youth members. The organization has a cadet program for those between the ages of 12 and 18. That program is designed to build character and inspire youth leadership through an interest in aviation.

The Civil Air Patrol is an aviation-oriented volunteer organization that is a federally chartered auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. It is comprised of volunteers, with chapters across the United States. The Civil Air Patrol helps with 95 percent of the nation’s search and rescue missions.

The Alexandria Composite Squadron was formed in June 2016. It meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Chandler Field at Alexandria Municipal Airport, 2604 Aga Drive. For more information about the Civil Air Patrol, visit its website at