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 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
  • 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 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.

Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 75 Years

posted Feb 25, 2016, 5:41 PM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Feb 25, 2016, 5:42 PM ]

Squadron Meeting Cancelled for Monday, 15 February 2016

posted Feb 15, 2016, 12:41 PM by William Hrinko

Due to the forecasted freezing rain and heavy snow moving into the area this evening, the Squadron Meeting for Monday, 15 February 2016 is cancelled.  We will see you all on 22 February for the next meeting!

Looking for New Members to Join Us in 2016!

posted Dec 24, 2015, 8:32 AM by William Hrinko

Join the Civil Air Patrol in 2016!
Plot your course for a great 2016 with 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.

Visit our Cadet Recruiting Page or Adult Recruiting Page to learn more.

Military Service is not required with Civil Air Patrol Membership.

Both Squadron CyberPatriot Teams Ranked in Platinum Tier

posted Dec 24, 2015, 8:26 AM by William Hrinko

Team Hercules and Team Vader
With the first two rounds of CyberPatriot VIII in the books, the national rankings are out.  We are proud to announce that both of our Squadron's CyberPatriot Teams, Team Hercules and Team Vader, have been ranked in the Platinum Tier of the All Service Division!  This places them both in the top 30% of teams nationwide competing with the Civil Air Patrol, JROTC, Naval Sea Cadet Corps.  From here they will compete in the State Round in late January to see who moves onto the next level - the Category Round.  Being that both teams are in the Platinum Tier, they each have the chance to advance to the National Competition depending on their scores in the next two rounds.  CyberPatriot is a national cyber defense and security competition hosted by the Air Force Association.  It is designed to develop important cyber skills in our nation's youth to protect our future digital infrastructure.  We wish them all the best of luck!

Powered Orientation Flights

posted Dec 24, 2015, 8:13 AM by William Hrinko

Civil Air Patrol Cadet prepares for an Orientation Flight.
On 29 November 2015, our squadron's cadets got to further their aerospace training through powered Orientation Flights in a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182.  Depending on which flight they were on in their syllabus, the cadets got hands on experience flying the plane through basic and advanced maneuvers, emergency procedures, and learning about weather in flight.  After the day was completed, the squadron changed it's total to 42 Orientation Flights flown in Calendar Year 2015 thanks to the great pilots at the Akron-Canton Senior Flying Squadron.

2015 Gear Hike a Success!

posted Dec 24, 2015, 7:58 AM by William Hrinko

Civil AIr Patrol Cadets load a "patient" onto a Stokes Basket.
Our Emergency Services cadets took advantage of the great resources at Mill Creek Park on Sunday, 15 November 2015 and carried out the 2015 Gear Hike. The trainees carried a Stokes Basket (rescue stretcher generously donated by the Eagle Joint Fire District) for 9+ miles, 7+hours and the total step count was around 25,000 for the day. They coordinated multiple training classes, found a simulated missing person and spent time building leadership skills, team building and furthering their Emergency Services training.

Great job to everyone who participated.

Squadron Members Teach Rocketry at Local Library

posted Dec 24, 2015, 7:52 AM by William Hrinko

Civil Air Patrol presents Model Rocketry to the public at the Hubbard Public Library
As part of a community outreach in Aerospace Education, squadron members 1st Lt Gruber, C/2d Lt Kanning, C/CMSgt T. Gruber, and C/SMSgt DiTommaso presented a model rocketry program at the Hubbard Public Library on Saturday, 24 October 2015.  They presented portions of Civil Air Patrol's Model Rocketry Program to the general public which allowed them to build and launch rubber band rockets and small motor rockets outside the library.  A great time seemed to be had by all! (Photo by Hubbard Public Library.)

Cadet Competition Team Wins Great Lakes Region Cadet Competition

posted Dec 24, 2015, 7:44 AM by William Hrinko

Team 051 poses for a team photo before the Awards Ceremony at the 2015 GLR Cadet Competition.
On October 10th, our squadron competed in the 2015 Great Lakes Region Cadet Competition as the representative from Ohio Wing. We are proud to say that out of five teams, we came in First Place Overall! We are even more proud of the hard work each of our cadets on the team put into this and how much they have improved as a result. In all, we won First Place in Inspection, the Cadet Physical Fitness Test, the Team Leadership Problem and second place in Indoor and Outdoor Presentation of the Colors. C/MSgt Spay also had the top female mile time in the competition. Our team will now head to Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama this December to compete in the first-ever National Cadet Competition under the redesigned rules. Joining us will be the team from Grand Rapids Metro Cadet Squadron (MIWG) as the two representative teams from Great Lakes Region. Cadets on the team are C/2d Lt Lewis (Team Commander), C/MSgt Spay, C/SSgt Hartley, C/SSgt Vyse, C/SrA Pollard, and C/Amn Rice. Senior Escorts are Maj Hrinko, Capt Hrinko, and 2d Lt Lewis. Good luck and carry on the legacy of our past teams at the National Cadet Competition!

Are you ready to become a CIvil Air Patrol Cadet?

posted Jul 28, 2015, 1:32 PM by William Hrinko   [ updated Sep 19, 2015, 7:21 AM by Paul Creed III ]

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, 12 October 2015. The deadline to register is Sunday, 4 October 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 Jul 28, 2015, 1:24 PM 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.

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