Welcome

2017 Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Photo
Welcome to the website of the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron, a local unit of the Civil Air Patrol.  Our Adult and Cadet members carry out all three of Civil Air Patrol's congressionally chartered missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services.  Based at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, we have been serving the Mahoning Valley for over 50 years. 
Our unit vision: "Building Tomorrow's Leaders...Fulfilling Today's Missions"
Our unit motto: "Learn, Lead, Serve"
  • 2016, 2014, 2012, 1989 Unit Citation Award
  • 2005 Squadron of Distinction
  • 2013, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1994 Squadron of Merit
  • 2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 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 the Base Gym and then Building 201 on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Please consult the squadron calendar.
  • All other Mondays from 1900-2100 (7:00pm-9:00pm) at Building 201 on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

Summer Recruiting Drive for 10 July 2017

posted Jun 14, 2017, 10:06 AM by William Hrinko

Are you a middle school or high school student looking for a great activity to start this summer? Maybe you're an adult wanting to help build the future leaders of our country? If so, check out the United States Air Force's Auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol! Whether you want to develop your leadership skills, mentor the next generation of aerospace leaders, experience exciting aviation topics, or help your community when it is in need, we have a place for all good citizens who would like to be a part of the team. We are looking for both new cadet and adult members age 12 and up to join the Civil Air Patrol at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

We invite you to learn hands-on what Civil Air Patrol is like at our Information Night on Monday, 10 July 2017 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Deadline to reserve your place in this meeting is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, 25 June 2017. 

Don't miss out! Visit our recruiting page to learn more and register to attend.

Military Service is not required as a Civil Air Patrol Member.

Spring 2017 Recruiting Drive

posted Mar 14, 2017, 7:02 AM by William Hrinko

Spring 2017 Recruiting Drive
It is that time again - we are looking for new members to join our team! Are you a middle school or high school student looking for a great after-school activity? Maybe you're an adult looking to help build the future leaders of our country? If so, check out the United States Air Force's Auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol! Whether you want to develop your leadership skills, mentor the next generation of aerospace leaders, experience exciting aviation topics, or help your community when it is in need, we have a place for all good citizens who would like to be a part of the team. We are looking for both new cadet and adult members age 12 and up to join the Civil Air Patrol at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Particularly, we are looking for adults with a background in journalism or the media to join our Public Affairs team. We need people to share our story to the public and let them know all of the beneficial things we do.

We invite you to learn hands-on what Civil Air Patrol is like at our Information Night on Monday, 10 April 2017 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Deadline to reserve your place in this meeting is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, 26 March 2017. 

Don't miss out! Visit our Join CAP page to learn more and register to attend.

Military Service is not required as a Civil Air Patrol Member.

Squadron Visits National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

posted Mar 14, 2017, 6:52 AM by William Hrinko

Squadron Photo in front of F-22
WWII Civil Air Patrol Aircraft
On 25 February 2017, our squadron took a trip down to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH.  The purpose of the trip was twofold - to visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force and to shop for uniforms at Military Clothing Sales.  It was a huge success on both parts!  The 32 participating members enjoyed touring the museum and seeing all the aircraft used by the Air Force over the years, in addition to those used by other nations.  It was a treat to see both historic Civil Air Patrol aircraft back on display in their World War II markings.  As for uniform shopping, nearly every member was able to purchase a set of ABU's from either Clothing Sales or the Base Thrift Shop.  It was a great bargain.  After a long day, we stopped for dinner at the Polaris Fashion Mall in Columbus before finishing the trip home.  It was 19 hours of quality time spent as a unit.  Thank you to 2d Lt Heidi Holk and 2d Lt William Holk for organizing the trip!

Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Earns 4th Unit Citation Award

posted Mar 13, 2017, 8:44 PM by William Hrinko

Unit Citation Award
Civil Air Patrol's Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron based at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station has just received another National Award from CAP. This is the fourth time the unit has earned the ”Unit Citation Award” since the squadron’s founding in the mid 1950's. This prestigious national level decoration is awarded to very few units. The Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron received the award for sustaining excellence in a number of areas for the period of 7 August 2013 to 8 April 2016, and was just recently approved and awarded. The squadron participated in over 100 activities annually outside of their normal weekly meetings in the Civil Air Patrol’s three missions of Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, and Aerospace Education. Examples of some of these activities during that time period are the following:


CADET PROGRAMS:
  • The Cadet Drill Team won the National title in 2013 and the Cadet Competition Team returned to the National Competition in Alabama in 2015 representing the Great Lakes Region which includes Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
  • The cadets fielded two CyberPatriot teams competing with teams across the country. Both local teams reached the Platinum Tier level. One of our female team members was recognized as having the highest score at the Cyber Defense Training Academy at Joint Base San Antonio.
  • The Color Guard provided over a dozen community color guards each year.
  • Cadets assisted with placing of flags at veteran’s graves and cemetery cleanups.
  • The Squadron was one of only 17 units nationwide to earn the Quality Cadet Unit Award each year of the awards existence.

EMERGENCY SERVICES:
  • The squadron has a robust search and rescue ground team that is called upon to locate aircraft that are transmitting a distress signal. The team participated in multiple training missions each year so that they were always ready. Proving their readiness, the team was activated twice within a 24 hour time period to locate two separate planes that were transmitting distress signals. They were named the Ohio Wing Ground Team of the Year in 2016.
  • Members flew dozens of hours each summer in support of counter drug missions.

AEROSPACE EDUCATION:
  • Cadets completed over 140 orientation flights with qualified CAP pilots in both fixed wing and glider aircraft. During these training flights, the cadets actually flew the aircraft under the supervision of the CAP pilot during non-critical phases of flight. 
  • Completed orientation rides in Ohio Air National Guard C-130 aircraft at Mansfield.
  • Model rocketry education and launches.
  • Promoting STEM education to local youth through community outreach programs.
“This is a huge honor and it was truly a team effort that led to this recognition,” said the squadron’s commander, Civil Air Patrol Lt Col William Hrinko, Jr. “That is one of our biggest strengths. Bringing together dedicated people from all walks of life that all pitch in to make things happen in a smooth, professional manner.” The unit is the largest Civil Air Patrol squadron in the state of Ohio.

We are looking for new cadet and adult members to join the team. To find out more information regarding local membership criteria for cadets (age 12-21) and adult members (age 18 and above) please visit the recruiting page at http://oh051.ohwg.cap.gov/join-cap The next New Member Information Night will be on April 10, 2017 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Registration to attend the Information Night must be completed by March 26th on our squadron’s website. Civil Air Patrol membership does not require military service.

IMPORTANT: MEETING CANCELLED FOR 13 MARCH 2017

posted Mar 12, 2017, 6:05 PM by William Hrinko   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 8:31 PM ]

The squadron meeting for Monday, 13 March 2017 is cancelled due to the inclement weather coming through the area Monday night. We hate to have to do it, but we want to error on the side of safety. Squadron Members, please check your e-mails for further information.

Winter 2017 Recruiting Drive

posted Dec 16, 2016, 4:55 PM by William Hrinko

Are you a middle school or high school student looking for a great after-school activity? Maybe you're an adult looking to help build the future leaders of our country? If so, check out the United States Air Force's Auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol! Whether you want to develop your leadership skills, mentor the next generation of aerospace leaders, experience exciting aviation topics, or help your community when it is in need, we have a place for all good citizens who would like to be a part of the team. We are looking for both new cadet and adult members age 12 and up to join the Civil Air Patrol at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

We invite you to learn hands-on what Civil Air Patrol is like at our Information Night on Monday, 9 January 2017 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Deadline to reserve your place in this meeting is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, 25 December 2016. 

Don't miss out! Visit our Join CAP page to learn more and register to attend.

Military Service is not required as a Civil Air Patrol Member.

2016 Group III Training Leaders of Cadets Course

posted Dec 16, 2016, 4:38 PM by William Hrinko

Training Leaders of Cadets Course
On Saturday, 10 December 2016, adult members from around Ohio Wing gathered for the 2016 Group III Training Leaders of Cadets Basic Course. This activity, which is the introductory level of two follow-on courses, serves to develop the skills in these adult leaders to better manage the cadet program at local squadrons. The format is largely discussion based with a number of exercises to reinforce the topics of squadron meeting and activity planning, cadet staff design, program fundamentals, and cadet advancement. Despite a last minute venue change due to power issues at the primary location, the students reported that they left the day with a much better knowledgebase to draw from when leading cadets. We are grateful to BSHM Architects in downtown Youngstown for lending their conference room on short notice. Graduates included Capt Beatty (GLR-OH-051), 1st Lt Link (GLR-OH-210), 2d Lt Aikman (GLR-OH-210), 2d Lt Luther (GLR-OH-051), and SM Kulper (GLR-OH-051). The course director was Lt Col Hrinko.

Pearl Harbor and Beyond: Remembering the Home Front

posted Dec 16, 2016, 4:34 PM by William Hrinko

Cadets and senior members attended Kent State University at Trumbull for the Pearl Harbor and Beyond: Remembering the Home Front event sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle, Warren OH. Cadets served on color guard detail and cadets and senior members served as ushers for the evening.

2016 Gear Hike Provides a Great Joint Training Opportunity

posted Dec 16, 2016, 4:29 PM by William Hrinko

2016 Gear Hike
2016 Gear Hike
On Saturday, 5 November 2016 our squadron conducted our annual Gear Hike in Mill Creek Park. The purpose of the hike was to learn various emergency services skills in a hands-on field situation, sharpen existing skills, and build teamwork. This year we changed things up a little: we conducted it as a joint operation with the Knighthawk Squadron-US Naval Sea Cadet Corps. This gave their cadets a chance to see a little of how the Civil Air Patrol operates and to do something a little different. Working as an integrated team, members of both organizations carried a litter and stokes basket loaded up with around 80 pounds of equipment each over a roughly 8 mile route throughout the park. Along the way, there were various stations to teach and practice electronic direction finding, radio communications, signal panels, hasty searches, and patient evacuation. Everyone had a great time and got a good workout. We look forward to doing more activities with them in the future!  For more photos, click here.

Powered Orientation Flights 29 October 2016

posted Dec 16, 2016, 4:22 PM by William Hrinko

Cadet Orientation Flight
Cadets had the opportunity to take flight in a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182-T airframe to learn about aviation. Special thanks to Lt Col Ullman and Maj Miller for being the pilots today and to Winner Aviation for hosting us!  For more photos, click here.

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