“Saluki Flight” is Preparing for Takeoff
For the past couple of years, the executive staff of the Shawnee Composite Squadron has been working with Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in an effort to bring the Civil Air Patrol to the SIUC campus. On November 2nd, members of the Shawnee Composite Squadron was at SIU and presented to a room full of aviation students who were interested in joining the Civil Air Patrol and interested in the possibility of the creation of “Saluki Flight”, a unit for SIU students and faculty that would be under the Shawnee Composite Squadron.
1st Lt Jared Ver Mulm, an SIU flight student and a member of the Shawnee Composite Squadron, has been heading these efforts. “Our goal of Saluki Flight is to give SIU students, especially flight students, opportunities that they will not have outside of SIU and to help bridge a gap in the aviation flight curriculum,” Ver Mulm said. Major Steven Goetz, chief flight instructor at Southern Illinois University and the Shawnee Composite Squadron’s Deputy Commander for Seniors, added, “We are also wanting to give the pilots of SIU an opportunity to actually use their pilot’s certificate and hone their skills in a way that they cannot get at a flight school all while serving their community.”
Currently, nearly twenty students have signed the petition to create “Saluki Flight”, double of what is needed to establish an RSO (registered student organization) on the SIU campus. As soon as the approval process is completed on the SIU and CAP sides, “Saluki Flight” will go from an idea proposed two years ago into reality.