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.
- 2012, 1989 Unit Citation Award
- 2005 Squadron of Distinction
- 2013, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1994 Squadron of Merit
- 2012, 2011, 2010 Quality Cadet Unit
We meet on the following time and location rotation:
First Monday of the month from 1830-1900 (6:30pm-7:00pm) at the Base Gym and from 1900-2100 (7:00pm-9:00pm) at Building 201 on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
Second Monday of the month from 1900-2100 (7:00pm-9:00pm) at Building 113 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.
for the fifth year in a row, the drill team of the Youngstown ARS
Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has won the Great Lakes
Region Cadet Competition held at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, IL, April
6-7. The team earned this year’s trip to the Region Competition after
retaining their title as top Civil Air Patrol Drill Team in Ohio for the
tenth consecutive year. At the region level, they competed against the
best teams from Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Youngstown earned
first place in six out of seven events and took home every individual
award. The First Place Finish earns them a return trip to the National
Cadet Competition later this summer.
Drill Team Competition consists of in-ranks inspection, standard drill,
innovative drill, a written examination, panel quiz, volleyball
tournament, and mile run. Each event tests the cadets skill and
resiliency in the core competencies of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet
Program with equal emphasis of physical ability, academics, and
by Civil Air Patrol Major William Hrinko, Jr. and First Lieutenant
Diana Beatty, the team has been training for the past four months to
earn their spot as the best team in the region. Team members are team
commander Nathaniel Forrider (Leetonia), Megan Beatty (Austintown),
Vanessa Betz (Greenville), Matthew Chamberlain (Wellsville), Emily
Conroy (Canfield), Caleb Durfee (Salem), Christian Durfee (Salem),
Michael Gentile (Niles), Brian Haight (Salem), Brian Hunter, Jr.
(Brookfield), Aubry Lindauer (McDonald), Ethan Lint (Cortland), Cyrel
Newcome (Salem), and Connor O’Kane (Poland).
addition to the team events, awards are given to the individual top
scorers on the Written Exam and Mile Run out of the field of 56
competitors. Nathaniel Forrider received highest Written Exam Score
while Vanessa Betz and Brian Haight received the female and male
Fleetfoot Awards respectively for the fastest mile run times. Haight
also received the award for the fastest Mile Run time at the Ohio Wing
Cadet Competition in March where the team swept first place in every
event. As an added surprise, aviation pioneer Mary Feik was on hand to
present the team with their awards.
that they have won the at the Region level, they will advance to the
National Cadet Competition in Dayton, OH on July 17-20 where they will
compete against the best teams from each of the other seven Civil Air
Patrol Regions. Last summer the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Team
finished an extremely close second place in the Nation with Texas taking
first place. The team has high hopes for this year but know that the
competition will be tough. “It is an honor for us to represent our
Region and the state of Ohio for the fifth year in a row. Especially
since the National Competition is in our home state this year and we
were so close to first place last time, we have a lot to prove. Our
cadets have worked very hard over the past few months and will be
sticking to it through July. Their sights are set and they will do
their best.” said team coach Hrinko.
Do you want to join CAP as a cadet in our Squadron? If so, don't wait! Tonight (6 March 2013) at 8:00 pm is the deadline to sign up for our March New Cadet Orientation Night that will be held Monday, 11 March 2013 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. This is the last start date available at our unit until August. Don't miss out on a great summer as a CAP Cadet! Click here for more info.
Tonight due to the cold temperatures and ice making the road march unsafe, we will be conducting our entire meeting at Building 201. We will still do the CPFT, Group Workouts, and various team leadership exercises. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather to do the shuttle run under the back canopy and bring water bottles. We hope to see you there for a fun evening!
Effective this Monday, 4 February 2013, we will no longer have after-hours access to the Base Gym. That said, we will need to change the structure of our PT night meetings. For every PT night (first Monday of the month) we will begin promptly at 1830 in the gym. That means we need everyone to try and get there 10 minutes early to sign in and be ready to go. Anyone who is not Safety Current (check in eServices for your monthly status) will not be permitted to take the CPFT even if they need it to promote. This is because by the time you get your remedial monthly training we will be out of the gym. Be sure to complete an online Safety Training in eServices if you are not current. We will be leaving the Base Gym at 1900 when they close and completing the PT meetings at Building 201. We ask that all parents stay to drive their cadets to Building 201 at 1900. The meetings will finish at Building 201 at the same time as usual, 2100. Please dress for the weather as you may need to spend some time outdoors. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility in this matter.
Team Hercules, the Squadron's CyberPatriot Team
, has advanced to the National Finals of the CyberPatriot V National High School Cyber Defense Competition to be held in National Harbor, Maryland March 14-16, 2013.
261 Civil Air Patrol (CAP) teams began the competition season last fall in the All-Services Division of CyberPatriot V; Team Hercules will be one of three remaining CAP teams to compete in the final round against 11 other teams in the All-Services Division that are from the Army JROTC, Air Force JROTC, Marine Corps JROTC, Navy JROTC, and Naval Sea Cadets. Team Hercules will compete against the other teams in network security, computer forensics, and network engineering.
CyberPatriot is a unique competition geared toward teenagers that replicates real life cyber security situations faced by computer administrators. Created in 2008 by the Air Force Association, CyberPatriot provides students hands-on learning about cyber security while exciting, educating, and motivating them to be the nation’s next cyber defenders.
The team consists of Sean Beatty, Megan Beatty, Brian Hunter, Michael Gentile, Austen Peters, and Team Captain Andrew Stoneburner. Major Paul Creed III and 1st Lt Brian Stoneburner have been coaching the team since summer.
As a reminder, there is no squadron meeting tonight, 17 December 2012. See you on 18 December at our Christmas Party instead!
As a reminder, we will be meeting in Building 201 and not Building 113 for 10 December 2012. Uniform is still Short Sleeve Blues with Tie and Ribbons and times are still 1900-2100. Since this is our final meeting of 2012, it will also be Promotions, Awards, and COP Graduations. We hope to see you there and be ready for a great 2013!
Our annual Christmas Party will be on TUESDAY,
18 December from 1900 to 2100 at the beautiful Byzantine Center at the
Grove banquet hall. The address is 3801 Shady Run Drive, Youngstown, OH
44502. Uniform is Civilian Business Casual
(Church Attire). This year, instead of everyone bringing food, we are
having the Byzantine Center prepare the food. The cost will be $5.00 per
person for everyone 12 years and older. It will be free for children 11
years old and younger. All family and former members in good standing
are also welcome and encouraged to attend as we celebrate our unit's
accomplishments over the past year. We need to know how many people
will be attending no later than midnight, Friday, 7 December.
want to pay by check, please make it payable to: CAP. In order to save
money on the usual cost of the food, prepared by the Byzantine Center,
we have agreed to do all of the setup before and cleanup afterwards, so
please plan on helping out. We hope to see you there!
Here is a link to the sign up form:
On 6 October 2012, some of our cadets got the opportunity to experience the thrill of soaring through our Civil Air Patrol Glider Orientation Flights. After being towed to release altitude, the cadets got to take control of the glider and learn hands on what it is like to fly without an engine. Although the weather was cold, it did not interfere with the good times and peer bonding. Overall it was a very successful day! The cadets participating were C/SMSgt L. Lindauer, C/TSgt Gochneaur, C/SrA Kruppa, C/AB Boyd, C/AB Hutz, C/AB Neff, C/AB O'Kane, and C/AB Pokopatz. Senior member escorts were Maj Hrinko, 1st Lt Hrinko, and SM Kruppa. Special thanks to Ohio Wing Staff Members Maj Moos for flying the cadets and Capt Rowe for flying the tow plane.
On the weekend of August 11-12th, four cadets and one senior member from our squadron began their journey towards qualification as a Civil Air Patrol Ground Team Member. Once certified, they will be ready to be called upon day or night to perform Search and Rescue, Disaster Relief, and many other missions for either the Air Force or other emergency management agencies. The first day of training covered an array of topics required to be a safe and effective member of a search team. These classroom lessons were augmented by hands-on demonstrations and practical examinations to ensure that the students understood the material. Some of these activities included a land navigation course, carrying a patient on a stretcher, locating a distress beacon, conducting a line search, and using ground to air signalling. The second day wrapped up the formal instruction and it was time for the students to prove what they could do. They were dispatched on a simulated mission to locate a "missing aircraft" and successfully located their target. This was a valuable experience in that it brought together all the topics they learned over the weekend and showed first hand how you must rely on your training to adapt to an ever-changing operational environment. Maj Hrinko, C/1st Lt Peters, and C/TSgt Gochneaur served as the instructors for the weekend. You can check out the photos here