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"
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.
Check out photos from our January Emergency Services Training here.
4th in Inspection, 4th in the Team Leadership Problem, 7th in Outdoor Drill, 7th in the Obstacle Course, 9th in Public Speaking, 10th in Junior Jeopardy, 11th in Indoor Drill, 12th in Regular Jeopardy, and 16th in Written Exam. Overall the team came in 7th Place and earned the Team Spirit Award. Besides our team representing Ohio, the competing teams came from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia. Our team consisted of C/2d Lt Matthias Lewis (Team Commander), C/SMSgt Allyson Spay, C/TSgt Carissa Hartley, C/TSgt Amanda Vyse, C/SrA Brent Pollard, and C/A1C Jonathan Rice. Maj William Hrinko and Capt Patricia Hrinko served as team escorts. Check out our photos from the competition here.
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!