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
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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 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!
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.
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.
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!