Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron, a local unit of the Civil Air Patrol.  Based at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, we have been serving the Mahoning Valley for over 50 years. Our motto: "Building Tomorrow's Leaders...Fulfilling Today's Missions"
  • 2014, 2012, 1989 Unit Citation Award
  • 2005 Squadron of Distinction
  • 2013, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1994 Squadron of Merit
  • 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2012, 2011 Quality Cadet Unit
We meet on the following time and location rotation:
  • First Monday of the month from 1830-2100 (6:30pm-9:00pm) at Building 201 on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
  • All other Mondays from 1900-2100 (7:00pm-9:00pm) at Building 201 on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

Squadron Earns Unit Citation Award

posted Jul 6, 2014, 6:38 PM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 1:28 PM ]

For the third time in the squadron's history, a Unit Citation Award streamer has been added to the squadron guidon for outstanding performance in the three missions of the Civil Air Patrol - aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services. 

Ohio Wing Commander Colonel Theodore Shaffer presented the award to the squadron and tied the new streamer onto the squadron guidon during a recent ceremony. Over 150 current and former members of the squadron are now eligible to wear the Unit Citation Award on their uniforms in recognition of the teamwork that earned the squadron the award.

The citation for the award reads as follows: 

The Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron has distinguished itself between the dates of 1 May 2012 and 5 August 2013 with the following:
  1. Squadron drill team placing second at the 2012 National Cadet Cadet Competition
  2. Community events including Newton Falls Cemetery flag placement (May 2012 and May 2013), Boardman Cemetery cleanup (May 2012), the War on Hunger charity event (September 2012), and the 2013 910th Airlift Wing Family Day.
  3. Participation in the August 2012 and October 2012 ES training events, February and April 2013 Group III ES training, and the June 2013 Ohio Wing SAREVAL. 
  4. Nationally-ranked CyberPatriot team (#3 out of 200+ Civil Air Patrol Teams) in March 2013
  5. Co-first place champions with the squadron drill team for the 2013 National Cadet Competition.
  6. Only squadron in the Wing to field a competition-level color guard, drill team, and CyberPatriot team all in the same time period.
  7. Squadron members worked with other Wing members to plan, execute, and co-host (along with Camp Ravenna) the 2013 Ohio Wing Encampment.
  8. Both 2013 Brewer Awards were earned by squadron members.
  9. Two squadron members received Balsem Awards in 2013 for public affairs excellence.
The above items clearly show that the squadron far exceeds other squadrons in dedication to the three missions of the Civil Air Patrol and whose members tirelessly devote themselve to the Core Values of the Civil Air Patrol, especially the core value of Volunteer Service. It is the dedication of the entire unit working together that has made the squadron known around the nation as a leader in excellence of the Civil Air Patrol.  

Local Civil Air Patrol Cadets Receive Top Award from Generals

posted Apr 1, 2014, 9:33 AM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 9:33 AM ]

In a special awards banquet on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Community Activity Center at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, local Civil Air Patrol cadets Megan Beatty and Auby Lindauer received the General Carl A. Spaatz Award and promotion to Cadet Colonel from United States Air Force Major General Keith D. Kries and Civil Air Patrol National Commander Major General L. Charles Carr, Jr. The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor and is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.

Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self­discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology. On average, only 2 out of 1,000 cadets earn the award.

Cadet Colonel Beatty joined Civil Air Patrol in February 2010 and has served in many roles within the organization, including being a 3­time member of the squadron’s nationally­-ranked drill team and CyberPatriot team and currently serves as the cadet commander for the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron. "I am very honored to earn the General Carl A. Spaatz Award and am so thankful for the amazing people that helped guide me along the way and never let me give up on any of my goals," remarked Beatty.

Cadet Colonel Lindauer joined Civil Air Patrol in October 2009 and has also been a 4­time member of the squadron’s nationally­ranked drill team as well as the former cadet commander of the squadron; Lindauer was also recently named the Civil Air Patrol, Ohio Wing Cadet of the Year. “It takes a lot of determination and hard work to keep yourself on the path to achieving the Spaatz. It seems like such a lofty goal in the beginning, and it is. But, with some motivation and a plan to continuously push yourself to accomplish the goals you set along the way, it's completely possible to earn the Spaatz. The only thing that can hinder you in the process is doubt,” remarked Lindauer.

Major General Keith D. Kries is the mobilization assistant to the Commander, 8th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, NE. General Kries is also a former Civil Air Patrol Cadet who earned the Spaatz Award himself.

Major General Charles L. Carr, Jr., is the National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol and is a retired United States Air Force senior noncommissioned officer. General Carr is an Ohio native and is responsible for the leadership of the all­volunteer 61,000 members of the Civil Air Patrol, the Auxiliary to the United States Air Force.

CyberPatriot Team Finishes Season as Region Champions

posted Mar 29, 2014, 11:26 AM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Mar 29, 2014, 11:26 AM ]

The Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron’s CyberPatriot Team, “Team Hercules,” has ended the competition season as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Champions and has placed in the top 2% of all Civil Air Patrol teams in the nation competing in the CyberPatriot VI Cyber Defense Competition.

CyberPatriot began in 2008 and is sponsored by the Air Force Association, Northrup Grumman, Science Applications International Corporation, Institute for Cyber Security, Raytheon, and Microsoft to help build interest in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields and to build interest in the growing field of cyber security. Since the Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the Air Force and cyber security is a significant focus for the Air Force, it is a logical extension for Civil Air Patrol squadrons to field teams in this important area of technology.

The team from Youngstown consists of Sean Beatty, Joseph Dean, Michael Gentile, Carl Lester, Harry Pasku, and Andrew Stoneburner. Coached by Major Paul Creed III and assisted by 1st Lt Diana Beatty, the team has been meeting regularly to go over in-depth classroom lectures and hands-on labs focusing on Windows and Linux.

Team Captain Beatty says, “Cyber security has become very crucial in today's world. We use it in every aspect of our daily lives. CyberPatriot helps train the future of America how to defend our computers and other technology from malicious attacks.” “In today’s hyper-connected world, the security of all of the computing systems involved is critical to the nation’s infrastructure and defense. CyberPatriot prepares the next generation for that defense,” remarked Major Creed.

Invitation for General Carl A. Spaatz Award Presentation Banquet

posted Mar 6, 2014, 9:39 AM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Mar 6, 2014, 10:07 AM by William Hrinko ]

The General Carl A. Spaatz Award
We cordially invite you to attend the General Carl A. Spaatz Award Presentation Banquet for Cadet Colonel Megan L. Beatty and Cadet Colonel Aubry M. Lindauer. The banquet will be held on Saturday, 22 March 2014 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station's Community Activity Center, Building 113. Social hour is from 1600-1700. Dinner will be served at 1700 with the Awards Presentations to directly follow. The buffet style menu is as follows: 
  • Salad 
  • Dinner Rolls & Butter 
  • Chicken Parmesan 
  • Sausage & Peppers 
  • Parsleyed Potatoes 
  • Dessert 
  • Soda / Tea / Coffee
Uniform will be Service Dress (or CAP Corporate Equivalent) for all Civil Air Patrol and Military personnel. Other guests are requested to wear formal attire (Suits or Dresses). Cost will be $20 per person. Payments must be made no later than Monday 17 March 2014. Cash or checks accepted. Checks should be made out to "CAP". 

If you can honor us with your presence at this special presentation ceremony of the Civil Air Patrol's top Cadet Program Award, we request your RSVP no later than Monday, 17 March 2014. 


We hope you can join us!

New Cadet Information Night Sign-Up Deadline

posted Jan 8, 2014, 6:10 AM by William Hrinko

Tonight (8 January 2014) at 2000 (8:00pm) is the deadline to sign up for our New Cadet Information Night on 13 January 2014.  The next chance will not be until 14 April 2014.  If you know someone who would like to join or want to become a cadet yourself, don't miss out!  Click here to get to our Cadet Recruiting Page.

2014 Activities Presentation and Meeting Announcement

posted Dec 16, 2013, 11:31 AM by William Hrinko

Tonight, 16 December 2013, is our annual presentation on the upcoming activities for 2014! We will cover all of the summer National Cadet Special Activities & their application procedures as well as nearby Encampments, Region Cadet Leadership Schools, and local activities. The meeting will begin promptly at 1900 in Building 113 so we can fit everything in. Be sure to be there on time and ready to take notes on the activities you would like to attend. There is more than enough planned to keep everyone busy and excited over the next year!

Also this is the final Squadron Meeting for 2013.  Meetings will resume on Monday 6 January 2014.

Squadron Drill Team Wins National Cadet Competition

posted Aug 11, 2013, 5:04 AM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Aug 11, 2013, 5:07 AM ]

After an intense three day competition in Dayton, Ohio, Youngstown’s 051 Drill Team emerges as the best in the nation.  This achievement makes them the first team from Ohio to ever win the National Cadet Competition and their name will be inscribed on the Air Force Chief of Staff Sweepstakes Award Trophy on permanent display at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

The Drill Team Competition consists of In-Ranks Inspection, Standard Drill, Innovative Drill, a Written Examination, Panel Quiz, a Volleyball tournament, and a team Mile Run.  Each event tests the cadets’ skills and resiliency in the core competencies of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program with equal emphasis on physical ability, academics, and character. This year Youngstown shares first place in the Nation with the Tennessee Wing Drill Team. 

Originally it was announced at the Awards Ceremony that the Youngstown team came in a very close second place finish overall.  However, a week later the competition staff uncovered a scoring error that changed the overall standings, now placing Youngstown as National Co-Champions with the Tennessee Wing Drill Team.  The Tennessee Team was comprised of top cadets from squadrons all over the state of Tennessee whereas the Youngstown Team is solely made up of cadets from the local Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron which meets weekly at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna.   Also competing were top teams from California, Colorado, New Jersey, and North Carolina.  All teams had to win first place in their respective states and regions in order to make it to the National Level.

Coached by Civil Air Patrol Major William Hrinko, Jr. and First Lieutenant Diana Beatty, the team has been training for the past eight months to earn their spot as the best team in the state, region, and at the national level.  Team members are Cadet Major Megan Beatty (Austintown),  Cadet Second Lieutenant Vanessa Betz (Greenville), Cadet Staff Sergeant Matthew Chamberlain (Wellsville), Cadet Captain Emily Conroy (Canfield), Cadet Second Lieutenant Caleb Durfee (Salem), Cadet Airman First Class Christian Durfee (Salem), Cadet Captain Nathaniel Forrider (Leetonia), Cadet Technical Sergeant Michael Gentile (Niles), Cadet Technical Sergeant Brian Haight (Salem), Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Aubry Lindauer (McDonald), Cadet Staff Sergeant Ethan Lint (Cortland), Cadet Airman First Class Cyrel Newcome (Salem), and Cadet Technical Sergeant Connor O’Kane (Poland), and Cadet First Lieutenant Austen Peters (Poland).  Cadet Staff Sergeant Brian Hunter Jr. (Brookfield) was on the team at the state and region level.  Forrider served as the Team Commander, leading the team through all seven events.
 
The team won first place in the Written Exam, Standard Drill, and Volleyball - their second straight undefeated Volleyball season.  Second place finishes were earned in Innovative Drill and the Mile Run.  Rounding out the competition was a third place finish in Inspection and a fifth place finish in the Panel Quiz.  In addition to the team events, awards are given to the individual top scorers on the Written Exam and Mile Run.  Cadet Technical Sergeant  Brian Haight won Male Fleetfoot with a mile time of 5:13.2.  He also won this award for fastest mile at the state and region competitions.

“Year after year it is amazing to see the progress these cadets make throughout the season.  Watching them come together as a very close knit team while working to develop their training plans, solve problems, and become leaders is very rewarding.  While we adults supervise things, it is the cadets who do the work to run the team.  Many credit Drill Team as one of the biggest contributors to the development of their self confidence.  It’s an honor to work with them and have a positive influence in their lives.” said team coach William Hrinko. 

Support from local entities such as the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station Community Council and the Youngstown State University has played a vital role in the team’s rise to success.  “This outstanding local support has allowed the talent of our cadets to shine, making them a strong contender on the national level.  The commitment shown to these future leaders of America is a true testament to the hard-working spirit of the Mahoning Valley.  We are extremely grateful for this.” said Hrinko.  This is the fifth consecutive year that the Drill Team has made it to the National Competition.  Last year they finished at Second Place nationally. “I am incredibly proud of the drill team for their performance and for their sportsmanship upon initially receiving second place and then upon learning of being co-champions. The team exemplified the Air Force and Civil Air Patrol Core Value of Integrity and continues to demonstrate that core value. The team brings great credit upon themselves, their squadron, the 910th Airlift Wing, and to the Mahoning Valley,” remarked Major Paul Creed III, commander of the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. 

The Youngstown Squadron has competition teams for CyberPatriot (Cyber Defense), Color Guard, and Drill Team. Each team trains hard to represent the local area, and has a record of achieving success at the state, region, and national levels.  Membership is open to youth between 12 and 18 years of age that are looking for exciting opportunities.

Major Creed Completes Highest Level of the Senior Member Professional Development Program

posted Jun 7, 2013, 7:57 AM by Paul Creed III

Congratulations to the squadron commander, Major Creed, on completing the highest level of the Senior Member Professional Development Program, Level V, and being a recipient of the Gill Robb Wilson Award.

Level V focuses on executive-level management. To complete Level V, Major Creed completed the prior four levels of the program in addition to providing mentorship to junior officers, providing support at CAP senior member professional development training weekends, serving as a staff officer for at least three years, and graduating from the National Staff College held at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Major Creed holds two master ratings (Administration and Information Technology), two technician ratings (Cadet Programs and Public Affairs), and a mission scanner qualification. Major Creed has been awarded a Meritorious Service Ribbon, two Commander's Commendations, and two Achievement Awards. Major Creed has served with the squadron since 2006, most recently as the squadron commander for the past year, and has served at all levels within Civil Air Patrol.

Location Adjustment for the 3 June 2013 Meeting

posted Jun 3, 2013, 12:17 PM by William Hrinko

For tonight the pick up and drop off will both be at the Base Gym.  Please be there promptly to sign in and begin at 1830.  We will be outside all night from 1900-2100 so be sure to dress appropriately and bring a water bottle with your name written on it.  Your cadet staff has devised a great PT Challenge Course for you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Drill Team Advances to National Competition for Fifth Consecutive Year

posted Apr 28, 2013, 4:16 PM by William Hrinko   [ updated Apr 28, 2013, 4:20 PM ]

051 Drill Team wins 2013 GLR Cadet Competition

For for the fifth year in a row, the drill team of the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has won the Great Lakes Region Cadet Competition held at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, IL, April 6-7.  The team earned this year’s trip to the Region Competition after retaining their title as top Civil Air Patrol Drill Team in Ohio for the tenth consecutive year.  At the region level, they competed against the best teams from Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Youngstown earned first place in six out of seven events and took home every individual award. The First Place Finish earns them a return trip to the National Cadet Competition later this summer.


The Drill Team Competition consists of in-ranks inspection, standard drill, innovative drill, a written examination, panel quiz, volleyball tournament, and mile run.  Each event tests the cadets skill and resiliency in the core competencies of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program with equal emphasis of physical ability, academics, and character.


Coached by Civil Air Patrol Major William Hrinko, Jr. and First Lieutenant Diana Beatty, the team has been training for the past four months to earn their spot as the best team in the region.  Team members are team commander Nathaniel Forrider (Leetonia), Megan Beatty (Austintown), Vanessa Betz (Greenville), Matthew Chamberlain (Wellsville), Emily Conroy (Canfield), Caleb Durfee (Salem), Christian Durfee (Salem), Michael Gentile (Niles), Brian Haight (Salem), Brian Hunter, Jr. (Brookfield), Aubry Lindauer (McDonald), Ethan Lint (Cortland), Cyrel Newcome (Salem), and Connor O’Kane (Poland).


In addition to the team events, awards are given to the individual top scorers on the Written Exam and Mile Run out of the field of 56 competitors.  Nathaniel Forrider received highest Written Exam Score while Vanessa Betz and Brian Haight received the female and male Fleetfoot Awards respectively for the fastest mile run times.  Haight also received the award for the fastest Mile Run time at the Ohio Wing Cadet Competition in March where the team swept first place in every event.  As an added surprise, aviation pioneer Mary Feik was on hand to present the team with their awards.


Now that they have won the at the Region level, they will advance to the National Cadet Competition in Dayton, OH on July 17-20 where they will compete against the best teams from each of the other seven Civil Air Patrol Regions.  Last summer the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Team finished an extremely close second place in the Nation with Texas taking first place.  The team has high hopes for this year but know that the competition will be tough.  “It is an honor for us to represent our Region and the state of Ohio for the fifth year in a row.  Especially since the National Competition is in our home state this year and we were so close to first place last time, we have a lot to prove.  Our cadets have worked very hard over the past few months and will be sticking to it through July.  Their sights are set and they will do their best.” said team coach Hrinko.

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