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T/Sgt. Naraidu flanked by unit members(Photo credit: Lt. Col. Trevor H. Stewart).

By Lt. Col. Trevor H. Stewart,

During its regular weekly meeting on Saturday, 26 August 2017, at the Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, the Opa-Locka Cadet Squadron extended a warm welcome to visiting USAF-CAP representative, TSgt Lionel Naraidu, a USAF Reservist.

Following his introduction by Unit Commander, 1st Lt Miguel de la Fuente, TSgt Naraidu began by explaining the role of USAF-CAP in the support it provides to local CAP units, especially those with assets issued by the US Air Force. He went on to share his experiences as a NYPD officer and a USAF flight engineer.

During the ensuing open discussion, he fielded questions from the cadets on the requirements to qualify for careers in the Air Force, and stressed the importance of attention to detail and the quality of being loyal. He also thanked the members of the group for their dedication to voluntary service as exhibited by their attendance at the meeting on a very rainy Saturday morning.

In their response, the members of the unit expressed their appreciation to him for the visit and for the valuable information he shared.

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