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
  • 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 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.

Are you ready to become a CIvil Air Patrol Cadet?

posted by William Hrinko

2013 051 Drill Team
Are you ready to become a Civil Air Patrol Cadet in our squadron? If so, be sure to sign up for our New Cadet Introductory Meeting on Monday, 10 August 2015. The deadline to register is this Sunday, 2 August 2015 at midnight. Visit our New Cadets page for more details.  We hope to see you there!

Second Annual Whitewater Rafting Leadership Lab a Huge Success!

posted by William Hrinko

Whitewater Rafting Leadership Lab
After months of planning and approvals, the squadron successfully completed its second annual Whitewater Rafting Leadership Lab! This activity was designed to put every principle taught in CAP's leadership curriculum into play during one continuous, exciting 5 hour activity. In terms of leadership, the trip greatly strengthened skills in communication, teamwork, leadership, followership, problem solving, critical thinking, the decision making process, personal dynamics, and much more. Each cadet, and even senior members, also got a huge boost in self confidence. Leadership wasn't the only thing practiced though. Physical fitness definitely came into play as well as Aerospace Education. Similar to air, water reacts the same way in teaching the cadets about fluid dynamics. Seeing what is happening first-hand with their paddles acting much the same as a propeller, aileron, flap, and rudder all rolled into one to guide their rafts down the river.

After an early morning drive through the mountains to Ohiopyle State Park in southwestern Pennsylvania, the squadron members received an in-depth safety briefing for the day before hitting the Lower Youghiogheny River. Our squadron members divided into five rafts with one cadet in charge of each boat - leading their boat members and calling commands. The water levels were great: 2 feet at the river gage and 1050 cubic feet per second of water discharge. This allowed a fast pace and exciting thrills with less rocks to worry about getting stuck on, as opposed to last year. Quickly the teams learned to refine their communications so that everyone in the boat understood their roles and what each command meant. Before long, they were running each rapid skillfully, threading tight passages throughout massive boulders and submerged obstacles. There were a few out-of-boat experiences, but they were the best teachers in teamwork. Each boat worked quickly in conjunction with the river guides to get each swimmer back into their boats - building trust between teammates. There was also time to relax with several spots where the participants could get out and swim in the refreshing 67 degree water and jump off of boulders into deep sections of the river. Everyone had a great time and learned a lot!  In all, 25 squadron members and two family members participated.  Check out our Facebook photo gallery for more pictures.

Squadron Members Experience Army Training at Camp Ravenna

posted by William Hrinko

Squadron members practice their marksmanship skills on a firearms training simulator.
Sixteen squadron members spent the morning of 25 July 2015 with the Ohio Army National Guard at the Camp Ravenna Joint Regional Training Center learning about the Army National Guard and some of the systems they use to train their soldiers.

Squadron members had the opportunity to learn about soldiers' careers in the Army, what basic training is like, and what educational opportunities are available.

Special thanks to the soliders of Camp Ravenna for hosting us!  Check out our photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Honoring Our Heroes

posted May 18, 2015, 6:14 AM by Paul Creed III   [ updated May 18, 2015, 6:14 AM ]

On the evening of Thursday, 14 May 2015, thirteen of our squadron members paid tribute to our Country's deceased Veterans by assisting in the placement of flags at the Niles Union Cemetery in Niles, Ohio. Our services were requested by the Niles American Legion Post and we were happy to oblige. 

Each year we assist in this manner at a local cemetery as a way to pay tribute to the sacrifice of our service members in a meaningful way. The cadets and seniors placed several hundred flags in the span of a few hours. Thank you to those who were able to participate, you did a great job!

Squadron Meeting Cancelled for Monday, 6 April 2015

posted Apr 6, 2015, 8:47 AM by William Hrinko   [ updated Apr 19, 2015, 3:18 PM ]

Squadron Members,

Unfortunately, we have to cancel the the Squadron Meeting for Monday, 6 April 2015.  Cadet staff, please ensure all of your people are aware that we will not have a meeting.

Please watch your e-mails for further important information regarding this.

New Cadet Informational Meeting on Monday, 13 April 2015

posted Apr 2, 2015, 1:07 PM by William Hrinko

051 Drill Team after finishing Second Place at the 2012 National Cadet Competition
Are you ready to become a Civil Air Patrol Cadet in our squadron? If so, be sure to sign up for our New Cadet Introductory Meeting on Monday, 13 April 2015. The deadline to register is this Sunday, 6 April 2015 at midnight. Visit our New Cadets page for more details.  We hope to see you there!

Squadron Members Recognized for Excellence

posted Feb 20, 2015, 4:37 AM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 4:38 AM ]

Congratulations are in order for the following squadron members who earned Ohio Wing "of the Year" awards: 
  • C/CMSgt Lint: Cadet NCO of the Year 
  • Maj Hrinko: Cadet Programs Officer of the Year 
  • Maj Mullins: Professional Development Officer of the Year 
  • 1st Lt Hrinko: Safety Officer of the Year 
These squadron members will now be submitted to Great Lakes Region for consideration at the Region level.

Meeting Reminders

posted Dec 22, 2014, 7:39 AM by William Hrinko

As a reminder, there will not be a squadron meeting 22 December 2014 or 29 December 2014.  We will resume our normal schedule on Monday, 5 January 2015 with PT night.  Uniform for that meeting will be weather appropriate PT uniform for cadets and duty appropriate CAP Uniform for Seniors.  The meeting will be at Building 201 and the time will be 1830-2100.  Activities will include the cadet physical fitness test, group workouts, a Military Valor presentation, a hovercraft obstacle course, and a laser-based Team Leadership Problem.

We have a great first quarter of 2015 planned for everyone.   Enjoy the Holidays with your families and we'll hit the ground running (literally) in the new year!

Final New Cadet Informational Night of 2014 - Registration Deadline Nearing!

posted Oct 2, 2014, 2:49 PM by William Hrinko

CAP Cadets assist with aircraft pre-flight inspection.
Are you ready to become a Civil Air Patrol cadet in our squadron? Do you want to build yourself as a leader while experiencing some amazing opportunities? If so, the deadline to sign up for our final New Cadet Informational Night of 2014 is this Sunday, 5 October 2014 at midnight. The Informational Night will be held on Monday, 13 October 2014 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station Building 201. Please visit our New Cadets page for more information and registration.  You must register to attend. Don't miss out!

Glider Orientation Flights

posted Oct 2, 2014, 2:19 PM by William Hrinko

With only a day's notice, our squadron was able to complete an outstanding day of glider orientation flights on Sunday, 28 September 2014! The day started early with a 2.5 hour drive to Marion Municipal Airport in Marion, Ohio. The
CAP Glider Orientation Flight
cadets received their introductory briefing and then it was time to fly! The cadets each got a chance to get towed to 3,000 ft where they released from the tow plane and had the chance to fly an un-powered aircraft under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor pilot. Some of the cadets had never even flown in a plane before, and here they were, actually piloting a glider!  When they weren't in the air the cadets were helping launch the glider, recording the day's operations, and having fun getting to know their fellow cadets better.  A total of twelve flights were completed between C/TSgt Baluck, C/A1C K. Bowman, C/A1C Z. Bowman, C/A1C Holk, C/A1C Neff, C/A1C Shander, C/Amn Hartley, and C/Amn Holden. Senior Excorts were Maj Hrinko, 1st Lt Hrinko, SM H. Holk, and SM W. Holk. Special thanks goes out to our glider pilots Lt Col Flowers, Maj Moos, and Capt Hawk; our tow pilot Maj Rowe; and all others who helped make the day possible behind the scenes. It was a great day to build an appreciation of aerospace in our cadets!

Visit our squadon's Facebook album for more of the day's photos!

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