Welcome

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.

Winter 2017 Recruiting Drive

posted Dec 16, 2016, 4:55 PM by William Hrinko

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, 9 January 2017 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Deadline to reserve your place in this meeting is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, 25 December 2016. 

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.

2016 Group III Training Leaders of Cadets Course

posted Dec 16, 2016, 4:38 PM by William Hrinko

Training Leaders of Cadets Course
On Saturday, 10 December 2016, adult members from around Ohio Wing gathered for the 2016 Group III Training Leaders of Cadets Basic Course. This activity, which is the introductory level of two follow-on courses, serves to develop the skills in these adult leaders to better manage the cadet program at local squadrons. The format is largely discussion based with a number of exercises to reinforce the topics of squadron meeting and activity planning, cadet staff design, program fundamentals, and cadet advancement. Despite a last minute venue change due to power issues at the primary location, the students reported that they left the day with a much better knowledgebase to draw from when leading cadets. We are grateful to BSHM Architects in downtown Youngstown for lending their conference room on short notice. Graduates included Capt Beatty (GLR-OH-051), 1st Lt Link (GLR-OH-210), 2d Lt Aikman (GLR-OH-210), 2d Lt Luther (GLR-OH-051), and SM Kulper (GLR-OH-051). The course director was Lt Col Hrinko.

Pearl Harbor and Beyond: Remembering the Home Front

posted Dec 16, 2016, 4:34 PM by William Hrinko

Cadets and senior members attended Kent State University at Trumbull for the Pearl Harbor and Beyond: Remembering the Home Front event sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle, Warren OH. Cadets served on color guard detail and cadets and senior members served as ushers for the evening.

2016 Gear Hike Provides a Great Joint Training Opportunity

posted Dec 16, 2016, 4:29 PM by William Hrinko

2016 Gear Hike
2016 Gear Hike
On Saturday, 5 November 2016 our squadron conducted our annual Gear Hike in Mill Creek Park. The purpose of the hike was to learn various emergency services skills in a hands-on field situation, sharpen existing skills, and build teamwork. This year we changed things up a little: we conducted it as a joint operation with the Knighthawk Squadron-US Naval Sea Cadet Corps. This gave their cadets a chance to see a little of how the Civil Air Patrol operates and to do something a little different. Working as an integrated team, members of both organizations carried a litter and stokes basket loaded up with around 80 pounds of equipment each over a roughly 8 mile route throughout the park. Along the way, there were various stations to teach and practice electronic direction finding, radio communications, signal panels, hasty searches, and patient evacuation. Everyone had a great time and got a good workout. We look forward to doing more activities with them in the future!  For more photos, click here.

Powered Orientation Flights 29 October 2016

posted Dec 16, 2016, 4:22 PM by William Hrinko

Cadet Orientation Flight
Cadets had the opportunity to take flight in a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182-T airframe to learn about aviation. Special thanks to Lt Col Ullman and Maj Miller for being the pilots today and to Winner Aviation for hosting us!  For more photos, click here.

Squadron Members Get to Fly in a C-130

posted Dec 16, 2016, 4:00 PM by William Hrinko   [ updated Dec 16, 2016, 4:01 PM ]

Squadron Members aboard the C-130Squadron Members aboard the C-130
CAP Members from around Ohio Wing got a chance to tour Mansfield ANGB and fly as a passenger in a C-130 on Friday, 14 October 2016. The flights took off from Mansfield, flew up to Cedar Point, and returned. Afterwards members got to visit different areas of the base including maintenance, the fire department, and life support.

Meeting Location Adjustment for Physical Fitness Night

posted Dec 5, 2016, 12:19 PM 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.

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