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
  • 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.

Squadron Members Recognized for Excellence

posted Feb 20, 2015, 4:37 AM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 4:38 AM ]

Congratulations are in order for the following squadron members who earned Ohio Wing "of the Year" awards: 
  • C/CMSgt Lint: Cadet NCO of the Year 
  • Maj Hrinko: Cadet Programs Officer of the Year 
  • Maj Mullins: Professional Development Officer of the Year 
  • 1st Lt Hrinko: Safety Officer of the Year 
These squadron members will now be submitted to Great Lakes Region for consideration at the Region level.

Meeting Reminders

posted Dec 22, 2014, 7:39 AM by William Hrinko

As a reminder, there will not be a squadron meeting 22 December 2014 or 29 December 2014.  We will resume our normal schedule on Monday, 5 January 2015 with PT night.  Uniform for that meeting will be weather appropriate PT uniform for cadets and duty appropriate CAP Uniform for Seniors.  The meeting will be at Building 201 and the time will be 1830-2100.  Activities will include the cadet physical fitness test, group workouts, a Military Valor presentation, a hovercraft obstacle course, and a laser-based Team Leadership Problem.

We have a great first quarter of 2015 planned for everyone.   Enjoy the Holidays with your families and we'll hit the ground running (literally) in the new year!

Final New Cadet Informational Night of 2014 - Registration Deadline Nearing!

posted Oct 2, 2014, 2:49 PM by William Hrinko

CAP Cadets assist with aircraft pre-flight inspection.
Are you ready to become a Civil Air Patrol cadet in our squadron? Do you want to build yourself as a leader while experiencing some amazing opportunities? If so, the deadline to sign up for our final New Cadet Informational Night of 2014 is this Sunday, 5 October 2014 at midnight. The Informational Night will be held on Monday, 13 October 2014 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station Building 201. Please visit our New Cadets page for more information and registration.  You must register to attend. Don't miss out!

Glider Orientation Flights

posted Oct 2, 2014, 2:19 PM by William Hrinko

With only a day's notice, our squadron was able to complete an outstanding day of glider orientation flights on Sunday, 28 September 2014! The day started early with a 2.5 hour drive to Marion Municipal Airport in Marion, Ohio. The
CAP Glider Orientation Flight
cadets received their introductory briefing and then it was time to fly! The cadets each got a chance to get 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. Some of the cadets had never even flown in a plane before, and here they were, actually piloting a glider!  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 twelve flights were completed between C/TSgt Baluck, C/A1C K. Bowman, C/A1C Z. Bowman, C/A1C Holk, C/A1C Neff, C/A1C Shander, C/Amn Hartley, and C/Amn Holden. Senior Excorts were Maj Hrinko, 1st Lt Hrinko, SM H. Holk, and SM W. Holk. Special thanks goes out to our glider pilots Lt Col Flowers, Maj Moos, and Capt Hawk; our tow pilot Maj Rowe; 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!

Visit our squadon's Facebook album for more of the day's photos!

Camp Ravenna Field Trip

posted Sep 24, 2014, 6:12 PM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Sep 24, 2014, 6:13 PM ]

Squadron members had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Camp Ravenna Joint Regional Training Center to learn about some of the high-tech training tools that the Army uses to train soldiers. 

After a briefing by Maj O'Connor and SSG Miller, the cadets marched about half a mile to the interior of Camp Ravenna to the Virtual Convoy Operations Trainer (VCOT) and the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST). 

The VCOT uses virtual reality technology to train soldiers in convoy operations in situations that mirror real-life combat situations that soldiers will encounter in current operational areas. The simulation requires that the trainees maintain proper vehicle distance, engage combatants, avoid hazards such as IEDs and non-combatants while maintaining constant radio contact with the rest of the convoy. 

The EST trains soldiers in the use of the M-4 carbine battle rifle and other weapons including the .50 caliber and the M249 SAW light machine gun. The weapons, constructed of the same material as their real-world counterparts and including an air-powered recoil system, allow soldiers to become familiar with the weapons they will be using in a safe environment, going through numerous virtual scenarios that similar to what soldiers will encounter in current operational theaters. 

Special thanks to all of the soldiers that spent their morning with us. More photos on our Facebook page

C-130 Orientation Flight

posted Sep 8, 2014, 12:22 PM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Sep 8, 2014, 1:20 PM ]

Nearly 30 squadron members had an opportunity to learn about Air Force aviation close-up with an hour-long flight on a C-130H cargo plane from the 179th Airlift Wing. The C-130 from the Mansfield Lahm ANG Base flew to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in a joint mission between the two installations. 

On the flight, the cadets got to see an Air Force aircrew in action as the huge aircraft flew to New York state and back. Members had an opportunity to tour the flight deck, try on a parachute harness, and learn about the forces of flight on a large, multi-engine aircraft. Everyone got on and off the C-130 while the engines were running, a procedure known as ERO - Engines Running On/Offload. 

Visit the Facebook photo album for more photos from the flight!

2014 Whitewater Rafting Trip

posted Jul 27, 2014, 7:18 AM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Jul 27, 2014, 7:20 AM ]

After months of planning and approvals, the squadron successfully completed its newest High Adventure Activity - Whitewater Rafting! 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 three rafts of six with one cadet in charge of each boat - leading their boat members and calling commands. The water levels were low which tamed down some of the rapids but it exposed a lot more rocks which forced each boat team to quickly decide their best lines through the river. After a "rocky" start with most of our rafts becoming stuck on underwater boulders, the teams worked to free themselves with help from the accompanying river guides in their kayaks. Quickly they 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 65 degree water and jump off of boulders into deep sections of the river. Everyone had a great time and learned a lot. Judging from the feedback so far this could be a recurring activity! Check out our Facebook album for more photos!

Participating were Maj Hrinko, 1st Lt Hrinko, 2d Lt J. Gruber, 2d Lt Smith, C/Col Beatty, C/Col Lindauer, C/CMSgt Lint, C/CMSgt Pipic, C/MSgt S. Gruber, C/MSgt T. Gruber, C/SrA Kennedy, C/A1C Kanning, C/A1C Smith, C/Amn Cain, C/Amn Holk, C/Amn Shander, C/Amn Soos, and Mr. Kennedy. Thank you to all that made it happen! All photos by our great river outfitter for the trip, Ohiopyle Tading Post.

Squadron Earns Unit Citation Award

posted Jul 6, 2014, 6:38 PM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 1:28 PM ]

For the third time in the squadron's history, a Unit Citation Award streamer has been added to the squadron guidon for outstanding performance in the three missions of the Civil Air Patrol - aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services. 

Ohio Wing Commander Colonel Theodore Shaffer presented the award to the squadron and tied the new streamer onto the squadron guidon during a recent ceremony. Over 150 current and former members of the squadron are now eligible to wear the Unit Citation Award on their uniforms in recognition of the teamwork that earned the squadron the award.

The citation for the award reads as follows: 

The Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron has distinguished itself between the dates of 1 May 2012 and 5 August 2013 with the following:
  1. Squadron drill team placing second at the 2012 National Cadet Cadet Competition
  2. Community events including Newton Falls Cemetery flag placement (May 2012 and May 2013), Boardman Cemetery cleanup (May 2012), the War on Hunger charity event (September 2012), and the 2013 910th Airlift Wing Family Day.
  3. Participation in the August 2012 and October 2012 ES training events, February and April 2013 Group III ES training, and the June 2013 Ohio Wing SAREVAL. 
  4. Nationally-ranked CyberPatriot team (#3 out of 200+ Civil Air Patrol Teams) in March 2013
  5. Co-first place champions with the squadron drill team for the 2013 National Cadet Competition.
  6. Only squadron in the Wing to field a competition-level color guard, drill team, and CyberPatriot team all in the same time period.
  7. Squadron members worked with other Wing members to plan, execute, and co-host (along with Camp Ravenna) the 2013 Ohio Wing Encampment.
  8. Both 2013 Brewer Awards were earned by squadron members.
  9. Two squadron members received Balsem Awards in 2013 for public affairs excellence.
The above items clearly show that the squadron far exceeds other squadrons in dedication to the three missions of the Civil Air Patrol and whose members tirelessly devote themselve to the Core Values of the Civil Air Patrol, especially the core value of Volunteer Service. It is the dedication of the entire unit working together that has made the squadron known around the nation as a leader in excellence of the Civil Air Patrol.  

Local Civil Air Patrol Cadets Receive Top Award from Generals

posted Apr 1, 2014, 9:33 AM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 9:33 AM ]

In a special awards banquet on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Community Activity Center at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, local Civil Air Patrol cadets Megan Beatty and Auby Lindauer received the General Carl A. Spaatz Award and promotion to Cadet Colonel from United States Air Force Major General Keith D. Kries and Civil Air Patrol National Commander Major General L. Charles Carr, Jr. The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor and is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.

Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self­discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology. On average, only 2 out of 1,000 cadets earn the award.

Cadet Colonel Beatty joined Civil Air Patrol in February 2010 and has served in many roles within the organization, including being a 3­time member of the squadron’s nationally­-ranked drill team and CyberPatriot team and currently serves as the cadet commander for the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron. "I am very honored to earn the General Carl A. Spaatz Award and am so thankful for the amazing people that helped guide me along the way and never let me give up on any of my goals," remarked Beatty.

Cadet Colonel Lindauer joined Civil Air Patrol in October 2009 and has also been a 4­time member of the squadron’s nationally­ranked drill team as well as the former cadet commander of the squadron; Lindauer was also recently named the Civil Air Patrol, Ohio Wing Cadet of the Year. “It takes a lot of determination and hard work to keep yourself on the path to achieving the Spaatz. It seems like such a lofty goal in the beginning, and it is. But, with some motivation and a plan to continuously push yourself to accomplish the goals you set along the way, it's completely possible to earn the Spaatz. The only thing that can hinder you in the process is doubt,” remarked Lindauer.

Major General Keith D. Kries is the mobilization assistant to the Commander, 8th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, NE. General Kries is also a former Civil Air Patrol Cadet who earned the Spaatz Award himself.

Major General Charles L. Carr, Jr., is the National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol and is a retired United States Air Force senior noncommissioned officer. General Carr is an Ohio native and is responsible for the leadership of the all­volunteer 61,000 members of the Civil Air Patrol, the Auxiliary to the United States Air Force.

CyberPatriot Team Finishes Season as Region Champions

posted Mar 29, 2014, 11:26 AM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Mar 29, 2014, 11:26 AM ]

The Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron’s CyberPatriot Team, “Team Hercules,” has ended the competition season as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Champions and has placed in the top 2% of all Civil Air Patrol teams in the nation competing in the CyberPatriot VI Cyber Defense Competition.

CyberPatriot began in 2008 and is sponsored by the Air Force Association, Northrup Grumman, Science Applications International Corporation, Institute for Cyber Security, Raytheon, and Microsoft to help build interest in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields and to build interest in the growing field of cyber security. Since the Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the Air Force and cyber security is a significant focus for the Air Force, it is a logical extension for Civil Air Patrol squadrons to field teams in this important area of technology.

The team from Youngstown consists of Sean Beatty, Joseph Dean, Michael Gentile, Carl Lester, Harry Pasku, and Andrew Stoneburner. Coached by Major Paul Creed III and assisted by 1st Lt Diana Beatty, the team has been meeting regularly to go over in-depth classroom lectures and hands-on labs focusing on Windows and Linux.

Team Captain Beatty says, “Cyber security has become very crucial in today's world. We use it in every aspect of our daily lives. CyberPatriot helps train the future of America how to defend our computers and other technology from malicious attacks.” “In today’s hyper-connected world, the security of all of the computing systems involved is critical to the nation’s infrastructure and defense. CyberPatriot prepares the next generation for that defense,” remarked Major Creed.

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