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
- 2012-2013, 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 113 on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
- All other Mondays from 1900-2100 (7:00pm-9:00pm) at Building 113 on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
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.
Congratulations to the squadron commander, Major Creed, on completing the highest level of the Senior Member Professional Development Program, Level V, and being a recipient of the Gill Robb Wilson Award.
Level V focuses on executive-level management. To complete Level V, Major Creed completed the prior four levels of the program in addition to providing mentorship to junior officers, providing support at CAP senior member professional development training weekends, serving as a staff officer for at least three years, and graduating from the National Staff College held at Maxwell Air Force Base.
Major Creed holds two master ratings (Administration and Information Technology), two technician ratings (Cadet Programs and Public Affairs), and a mission scanner qualification. Major Creed has been awarded a Meritorious Service Ribbon, two Commander's Commendations, and two Achievement Awards. Major Creed has served with the squadron since 2006, most recently as the squadron commander for the past year, and has served at all levels within Civil Air Patrol.
For tonight the pick up and drop off will both be at the Base Gym. Please be there promptly to sign in and begin at 1830. We will be outside all night from 1900-2100 so be sure to dress appropriately and bring a water bottle with your name written on it. Your cadet staff has devised a great PT Challenge Course for you and we look forward to seeing you there!
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!