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"
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 October 2016 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Deadline to reserve your place in this meeting is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, 25 September 2016. This fall recruiting drive is the last opportunity to join our squadron until January 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.
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 misty 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 three rafts with a cadet in charge of each boat - leading their boat members and calling commands. There were storms the previous two days so the water was flowing great and a mist hung over the river the majority of the day. The water levels were the highest and fastest our squadron has run: 2.6 feet at the river gage and 1400 cubic feet per second of water discharge. This allowed for a fast pace and exciting thrills with even fewer rocks to worry about getting stuck on. Quickly the teams learned to refine their communications so that everyone in the boats 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.
We set a unit record for out-of-boat experiences, but they remain some of 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. The first swimmer of the day was our Cadet Commander C/1st Lt Kanning at Cucumber Rapid. Lt Col Hrinko even went for his first involuntary swim (along with his whole boat) at Double Hydraulics Rapid. That's what happens when you say you've never once fell out of the boat 15 minutes earlier! We even had an instance of transferring the entire crew of a raft into another raft (except Lt Holk who got washed down to the next pool of calmer water) before their boat capsized. All nine remaining squadron members worked together to get the remaining raft freed from a pinning rock and escape downstream. Teamwork in action! There was also time to relax and jump off of boulders into deep sections of the river. Since we got done earlier than expected, we then ventured into Ohiopyle to take in the sights, have a great pizza lunch, and top it all off with ice cream before the two and a half hour drive home. Everyone had a great time and learned a lot!
Participating were Lt Col Hrinko, Capt
Beatty, Capt Hrinko, 2d Lt H. Holk, 2d Lt W. Holk, SM Beatty, C/1st Lt
Kanning, C/2d Lt Lewis, C/SMSgt Holk, C/MSgt Boyd, C/MSgt Fabian, C/MSgt
Mackall, C/Amn Foust, C/Amn Metz, and C/AB Wells. Thank you to all that
made it happen! All on-river photos by our great river outfitter for
the trip, Ohiopyle Tading Post.
Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters. To accomplish this, we partnered with the Nighthawks Rc Club at the former Youngstown Executive Airport in North Jackson, OH. Their flight instructors expertly taught our cadets how to control the Calypso motor glider included in the STEM Kit. Later on in the day when the winds became too strong for the glider, some of their members volunteered their aircraft to allow the cadets to continue learning. In addition to our own RC flight education, we got to watch the club fly some of their other RC Aircraft and perform some exciting manuevers. We are very grateful to the NightHawks RC Club for their assistance and we look forward to working with them again in the future! Participating cadets were C/1st Lt Kanning, C/SMSgt Kennedy, C/SMSgt Mackall, C/SSgt Parent, C/A1C Foust, C/A1C Kim, and C/Amn McNeely. Senior escorts were 1st Lt Gruber and 2d Lt Gruber. Thank you to 1st Lt Gruber and C/SMSgt Mackall for organizing this activity and seeing it through.
In addition, our squadron picked up a few awards. C/1st Lt Kanning was named the 2016 OHWG Cadet Officer of the Year and a Commanders Commendation Award. Capt Hrinko was named the 2016 OHWG Safety Officer of the Year and a Commanders Commendation Award. 1st Lt Gruber was award the 2016 OHWG Frank Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award forSenior Members and a Commanders Commendation Award. 2d Lt Meals received an Achievement Award for being a Senior Member of the Year Nominee. C/CMSgt Spay received an Achievement Award for being a Cadet NCO of the Year Nominee. Maj Hrinko received the 2016 Great Lakes Region and OHWG Cadet Programs Officer of the Year Award and a Commanders Commendation Award. Most notably, our Squadron received the 2016 OHWG Ground Team of the Year Award for our performance on various SAREX's and our back-to-back finds over the course of two days last year! Great job to all the honorees and thank you to the hardworking staff who made the conference possible! Click here for photos.
On 9 May 2016, we hosted both a squadron and group change of command. Maj Paul Creed transferred command of our squadron to Maj Bill Hrinko. Shortly thereafter, Maj Creed accepted command of the Ohio Wing Group 3. Col Theodore Shaffer, the Ohio Wing Commander, presided over both ceremonies. We wholeheartedly thank Maj Creed for his four years of tireless service and dedication as our commander.
A few weeks earlier, C/1st Lt Gentile transferred cadet command authority to C/1st Lt Kanning during a cadet change of command ceremony on 25 April 2016. Thank you to C/1st Lt Gentile for his successful tenure as cadet commander and congratulations to C/1st Kanning on assuming the cadet commander position.
An ambitious vision has been laid out for the whole unit and we look forward to what is in store for the squadron!
After the tour at the Airship Facility, the group paid a visit-at-a-distance to the Akron Airdock, formerly owned by Goodyear and now owned by Lockheed Martin. View the photos from the activity here.
Check out the pictures here. We also made a video highlighting the day's events- take a look on our Facebook page. We look forward to making these an ongoing activity!
The teams made history for the squadron, the Ohio Wing, and the Great Lakes Region by having two teams - both from the same squadron - competing in the Platinum Tier, the highest possible tier in the All-Service Division of the competition. The teams unfortunately did not place high enough to make it to the national competition, but scored extremely well. Team Hercules once again came in first place for the All Service Division in Ohio and Team Vader came in third place in Ohio. Team Hercules was comprised of C/1st Lt Michael Gentile (Team Commander), C/2d Lt Emma Kanning, C/2d Lt Ethan Lint, C/SMSgt Jonathan Meals, and C/SSgt Kira Bowman. Team Vader was C/CMSgt Allyson Spay, C/MSgt Amanda Vyse, and C/SSgt Kaitlyn Johnson. Maj Paul Creed III was the Coach for both teams and C/MSgt Sean Beatty was the team advisor. Click here for photos from the competition.
While there, the cadets and senior members heard briefings from the wing commander, Col McCue, other Guardsmen who had been CAP cadets and joined the Air National Guard, toured a C-130, and spent time flying the Multi-Mission Crew Trainer - a C-130 simulator. Check out more photos from the tour by clicking here.