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 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Squadron drill team placing second at the 2012 National Cadet Cadet Competition
- 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.
- 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.
- Nationally-ranked CyberPatriot team (#3 out of 200+ Civil Air Patrol Teams) in March 2013
- Co-first place champions with the squadron drill team for the 2013 National Cadet Competition.
- Only squadron in the Wing to field a competition-level color guard, drill team, and CyberPatriot team all in the same time period.
- Squadron members worked with other Wing members to plan, execute, and co-host (along with Camp Ravenna) the 2013 Ohio Wing Encampment.
- Both 2013 Brewer Awards were earned by squadron members.
- 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.
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.
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.
We cordially invite you to attend the General Carl A. Spaatz Award Presentation Banquet for Cadet Colonel Megan L. Beatty and Cadet Colonel Aubry M. Lindauer. The banquet will be held on Saturday, 22 March 2014 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station's Community Activity Center, Building 113. Social hour is from 1600-1700. Dinner will be served at 1700 with the Awards Presentations to directly follow. The buffet style menu is as follows:
- Dinner Rolls & Butter
- Chicken Parmesan
- Sausage & Peppers
- Parsleyed Potatoes
- Soda / Tea / Coffee
Uniform will be Service Dress (or CAP Corporate Equivalent) for all Civil Air Patrol and Military personnel. Other guests are requested to wear formal attire (Suits or Dresses).
Cost will be $20 per person. Payments must be made no later than Monday 17 March 2014. Cash or checks accepted. Checks should be made out to "CAP".
If you can honor us with your presence at this special presentation ceremony of the Civil Air Patrol's top Cadet Program Award, we request your RSVP no later than Monday, 17 March 2014.
We hope you can join us!
Tonight (8 January 2014) at 2000 (8:00pm) is the deadline to sign up for our New Cadet Information Night on 13 January 2014. The next chance will not be until 14 April 2014. If you know someone who would like to join or want to become a cadet yourself, don't miss out! Click here to get to our Cadet Recruiting Page.
Tonight, 16 December 2013, is our annual presentation on the upcoming activities for 2014!
We will cover all of the summer National Cadet Special Activities &
their application procedures as well as nearby Encampments, Region
Cadet Leadership Schools, and local activities. The meeting will begin
promptly at 1900 in Building 113 so we can fit everything in. Be sure
to be there on time and ready to take notes on the activities you would
like to attend. There is more than enough planned to keep everyone busy
and excited over the next year!
Also this is the final Squadron Meeting for 2013. Meetings will resume on Monday 6 January 2014.
After an intense three day competition in Dayton, Ohio, Youngstown’s 051 Drill Team emerges as the best in the nation. This achievement makes them the first team from Ohio to ever win the National Cadet Competition and their name will be inscribed on the Air Force Chief of Staff Sweepstakes Award Trophy on permanent display at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
The Drill Team Competition consists of In-Ranks Inspection, Standard Drill, Innovative Drill, a Written Examination, Panel Quiz, a Volleyball tournament, and a team Mile Run. Each event tests the cadets’ skills and resiliency in the core competencies of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program with equal emphasis on physical ability, academics, and character. This year Youngstown shares first place in the Nation with the Tennessee Wing Drill Team.
Originally it was announced at the Awards Ceremony that the Youngstown team came in a very close second place finish overall. However, a week later the competition staff uncovered a scoring error that changed the overall standings, now placing Youngstown as National Co-Champions with the Tennessee Wing Drill Team. The Tennessee Team was comprised of top cadets from squadrons all over the state of Tennessee whereas the Youngstown Team is solely made up of cadets from the local Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron which meets weekly at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna. Also competing were top teams from California, Colorado, New Jersey, and North Carolina. All teams had to win first place in their respective states and regions in order to make it to the National Level.
Coached by Civil Air Patrol Major William Hrinko, Jr. and First Lieutenant Diana Beatty, the team has been training for the past eight months to earn their spot as the best team in the state, region, and at the national level. Team members are Cadet Major Megan Beatty (Austintown), Cadet Second Lieutenant Vanessa Betz (Greenville), Cadet Staff Sergeant Matthew Chamberlain (Wellsville), Cadet Captain Emily Conroy (Canfield), Cadet Second Lieutenant Caleb Durfee (Salem), Cadet Airman First Class Christian Durfee (Salem), Cadet Captain Nathaniel Forrider (Leetonia), Cadet Technical Sergeant Michael Gentile (Niles), Cadet Technical Sergeant Brian Haight (Salem), Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Aubry Lindauer (McDonald), Cadet Staff Sergeant Ethan Lint (Cortland), Cadet Airman First Class Cyrel Newcome (Salem), and Cadet Technical Sergeant Connor O’Kane (Poland), and Cadet First Lieutenant Austen Peters (Poland). Cadet Staff Sergeant Brian Hunter Jr. (Brookfield) was on the team at the state and region level. Forrider served as the Team Commander, leading the team through all seven events.
The team won first place in the Written Exam, Standard Drill, and Volleyball - their second straight undefeated Volleyball season. Second place finishes were earned in Innovative Drill and the Mile Run. Rounding out the competition was a third place finish in Inspection and a fifth place finish in the Panel Quiz. In addition to the team events, awards are given to the individual top scorers on the Written Exam and Mile Run. Cadet Technical Sergeant Brian Haight won Male Fleetfoot with a mile time of 5:13.2. He also won this award for fastest mile at the state and region competitions.
“Year after year it is amazing to see the progress these cadets make throughout the season. Watching them come together as a very close knit team while working to develop their training plans, solve problems, and become leaders is very rewarding. While we adults supervise things, it is the cadets who do the work to run the team. Many credit Drill Team as one of the biggest contributors to the development of their self confidence. It’s an honor to work with them and have a positive influence in their lives.” said team coach William Hrinko.
Support from local entities such as the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station Community Council and the Youngstown State University has played a vital role in the team’s rise to success. “This outstanding local support has allowed the talent of our cadets to shine, making them a strong contender on the national level. The commitment shown to these future leaders of America is a true testament to the hard-working spirit of the Mahoning Valley. We are extremely grateful for this.” said Hrinko. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Drill Team has made it to the National Competition. Last year they finished at Second Place nationally. “I am incredibly proud of the drill team for their performance and for their sportsmanship upon initially receiving second place and then upon learning of being co-champions. The team exemplified the Air Force and Civil Air Patrol Core Value of Integrity and continues to demonstrate that core value. The team brings great credit upon themselves, their squadron, the 910th Airlift Wing, and to the Mahoning Valley,” remarked Major Paul Creed III, commander of the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.
The Youngstown Squadron has competition teams for CyberPatriot (Cyber Defense), Color Guard, and Drill Team. Each team trains hard to represent the local area, and has a record of achieving success at the state, region, and national levels. Membership is open to youth between 12 and 18 years of age that are looking for exciting opportunities.