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
  • 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 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.

Meeting Location Adjustment for Physical Fitness Night

posted by William Hrinko

Reminder: For tonight (5 December 2016) we will start the meeting at 1830 in the Base Gym and end at 2100 in Building 201. We will be outside for periods of time around 20 minutes maximum, so please be sure to dress for the weather and layer so that you don't overheat inside. Also, don't forget to wear non-marking shoes and make sure they are totally clean before entering the gym. If you need directions or further details, see the e-mail from Lt Meals. We hope to see you ready to max your Physical Fitness Test Scores!

Fall 2016 Recruiting Drive Kicks Off!

posted Sep 15, 2016, 12:37 PM by William Hrinko

Fall 2016 Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Recruiting Drive
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, 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.

A Full Day of Flying!

posted Sep 15, 2016, 11:07 AM by William Hrinko

2016 Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Powered and Glider Flight Day
2016 Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Powered and Glider Flight Day
2016 Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Powered and Glider Flight Day
The weather finally cooperated and our squadron was able to complete an outstanding day of glider and powered orientation flights on Saturday, 27 August 2016! The day started early with a 2.5 hour drive to Marion Municipal Airport in Marion, Ohio. The cadets received their introductory briefing and then it was time to fly! The cadets got 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. At the same time, cadets were completing powered orientation flights in a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 where they got hands-on control of the aircraft. 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 nine glider flights and 5 powered flights were completed before severe weather began moving into the area, forcing us to cut the day short. Cadets participating were C/1st Lt Kanning, C/SMSgt Mackall, C/MSgt Hartley, C/A1C Foust, C/A1C Kim, C/Amn McNeely, C/Amn Winston, C/AB B. Boerio, C/AB T. Boerio, C/AB E. Johnson, C/AB M. Johnson, and C/AB Nutt. Senior Excorts were Lt Col Hrinko, Capt Beatty, and Capt Hrinko. Special thanks goes out to the pilots Lt Col Yarbrough, Lt Col Flowers, Maj Moos, and 1st Lt McKenna for flying our cadets; Maj Rowe as tow pilot; Maj Mosher for coordinating the wing assets; 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!

High Adventure Learning on the River

posted Sep 15, 2016, 10:57 AM by William Hrinko

2016 Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Whitewater Rafting
2016 Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Whitewater Rafting
The squadron successfully completed its third annual Whitewater Rafting Leadership Lab on 31 July 2016! This activity was designed to put every principle taught in CAP's leadership curriculum into play during one continuous, exciting muli-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 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.

2016 Radio Controlled Flight Day a Success

posted Sep 15, 2016, 10:50 AM by William Hrinko

2016 Radio Controlled Flight Day
2016 Radio Controlled Flight Day
What a lucky break! After a week of thunderstorms, we ended up with a few hour window of good weather on the morning of Saturday, 13 August 2016 that just happened to coincide with our scheduled Remote-Controlled Flight Day. This activity was part of our Remote-Controlled Aircraft STEM Kit provided by 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.

Squadron Members Receive Awards at Wing Conference

posted Jun 17, 2016, 9:13 PM by William Hrinko

Our squadron Color Guard retires the colors at the 2016 OHWG Banquet.
On the weekend of 13-15 May, 2016, several of our squadron's members traveled to Mansfield for the annual Ohio Wing Conference. We were honored to have our squadron's Color Guard present the Colors for the General Sesion and the Banquet. 2d Lt Luther and 2d Lt Meals attended and graduated from the Squadron Leadership School. 

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.

Squadron Change of Command on Senior and Cadet Side

posted Jun 17, 2016, 9:07 PM by William Hrinko

Maj Hrinko accepts command of the squadron.
C/1st Lt Kanning accepts cadet command of the squadron.
This spring our squadron experienced changes in leadership on both the adult and cadet sides of the program.

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!

Goodyear Blimp Tour

posted Jun 17, 2016, 8:54 PM by William Hrinko

Group photo in front of the Goodyear blimp.
On 26 March 2016, squadron members had an opportunity for a private tour of Goodyear Tire & Rubber's Airship Facility in Suffield, OH. Everyone learned about the history of lighter-than-air craft and then got an up-close view of the Spirit of Goodyear airship that was docked while finishing assembly before delivery to its home base.  The tour was led by one of Goodyear's blimp pilots, giving a first-hand perspective in what it takes to fly one of these airships.  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.

First Squadron Athletic Challenge Day a Success!

posted Jun 17, 2016, 8:46 PM by William Hrinko

Cadet Mcneely rappels down the rock wall.
Cadets and Senior Members participated in our first ever Squadron Athletic Challenge Day held Saturday, 12 March 2016 at Youngstown State University. During the day, cadets went through the new cadet physical fitness program that the squadron is beta testing for Civil Air Patrol, participated in the High Ropes Challenge Course to build teamwork and leadership skills, and rappelled down an indoor rock climbing wall.  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!

Squadron CyberPatriot Teams Compete in Category Round

posted Jun 17, 2016, 8:30 PM by William Hrinko

Team Hercules and Team Vader compete in the CyberPatriot VIII Category Round.
Team Vader competes in the CyberPatriot VIII Category Round.
On Sunday, 21 February 2016, the squadron's two CyberPatriot teams, Team Hercules and Team Vader, competed in the Category Round in the Platinum Tier of the CyberPatriot VIII youth cyber defense competition.  This is the highest competition level in the second highest echelon of competition.  The teams needed to secure compromised Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Windows 8.1, and Ubuntu images along with a quiz on Cisco networking and a Cisco Packet Tracer exercise. 

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.

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