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
  • 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.

Squadron Members Receive Awards at Wing Conference

posted Jun 17, 2016, 9:13 PM by William Hrinko

Our squadron Color Guard retires the colors at the 2016 OHWG Banquet.
On the weekend of 13-15 May, 2016, several of our squadron's members traveled to Mansfield for the annual Ohio Wing Conference. We were honored to have our squadron's Color Guard present the Colors for the General Sesion and the Banquet. 2d Lt Luther and 2d Lt Meals attended and graduated from the Squadron Leadership School. 

In addition, our squadron picked up a few awards. C/1st Lt Kanning was named the 2016 OHWG Cadet Officer of the Year and a Commanders Commendation Award. Capt Hrinko was named the 2016 OHWG Safety Officer of the Year and a Commanders Commendation Award. 1st Lt Gruber was award the 2016 OHWG Frank Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award forSenior Members and a Commanders Commendation Award. 2d Lt Meals received an Achievement Award for being a Senior Member of the Year Nominee. C/CMSgt Spay received an Achievement Award for being a Cadet NCO of the Year Nominee. Maj Hrinko received the 2016 Great Lakes Region and OHWG Cadet Programs Officer of the Year Award and a Commanders Commendation Award. Most notably, our Squadron received the 2016 OHWG Ground Team of the Year Award for our performance on various SAREX's and our back-to-back finds over the course of two days last year! Great job to all the honorees and thank you to the hardworking staff who made the conference possible! Click here for photos.

Squadron Change of Command on Senior and Cadet Side

posted Jun 17, 2016, 9:07 PM by William Hrinko

Maj Hrinko accepts command of the squadron.
C/1st Lt Kanning accepts cadet command of the squadron.
This spring our squadron experienced changes in leadership on both the adult and cadet sides of the program.

On 9 May 2016, we hosted both a squadron and group change of command. Maj Paul Creed transferred command of our squadron to Maj Bill Hrinko. Shortly thereafter, Maj Creed accepted command of the Ohio Wing Group 3. Col Theodore Shaffer, the Ohio Wing Commander, presided over both ceremonies. We wholeheartedly thank Maj Creed for his four years of tireless service and dedication as our commander. 

A few weeks earlier, C/1st Lt Gentile transferred cadet command authority to C/1st Lt Kanning during a cadet change of command ceremony on 25 April 2016.  Thank you to C/1st Lt Gentile for his successful tenure as cadet commander and congratulations to C/1st Kanning on assuming the cadet commander position.

An ambitious vision has been laid out for the whole unit and we look forward to what is in store for the squadron!

Goodyear Blimp Tour

posted Jun 17, 2016, 8:54 PM by William Hrinko

Group photo in front of the Goodyear blimp.
On 26 March 2016, squadron members had an opportunity for a private tour of Goodyear Tire & Rubber's Airship Facility in Suffield, OH. Everyone learned about the history of lighter-than-air craft and then got an up-close view of the Spirit of Goodyear airship that was docked while finishing assembly before delivery to its home base.  The tour was led by one of Goodyear's blimp pilots, giving a first-hand perspective in what it takes to fly one of these airships.  After the tour at the Airship Facility, the group paid a visit-at-a-distance to the Akron Airdock, formerly owned by Goodyear and now owned by Lockheed Martin.  View the photos from the activity here.

First Squadron Athletic Challenge Day a Success!

posted Jun 17, 2016, 8:46 PM by William Hrinko

Cadet Mcneely rappels down the rock wall.
Cadets and Senior Members participated in our first ever Squadron Athletic Challenge Day held Saturday, 12 March 2016 at Youngstown State University. During the day, cadets went through the new cadet physical fitness program that the squadron is beta testing for Civil Air Patrol, participated in the High Ropes Challenge Course to build teamwork and leadership skills, and rappelled down an indoor rock climbing wall.  Check out the pictures here.  We also made a video highlighting the day's events- take a look on our Facebook page.  We look forward to making these an ongoing activity!

Squadron CyberPatriot Teams Compete in Category Round

posted Jun 17, 2016, 8:30 PM by William Hrinko

Team Hercules and Team Vader compete in the CyberPatriot VIII Category Round.
Team Vader competes in the CyberPatriot VIII Category Round.
On Sunday, 21 February 2016, the squadron's two CyberPatriot teams, Team Hercules and Team Vader, competed in the Category Round in the Platinum Tier of the CyberPatriot VIII youth cyber defense competition.  This is the highest competition level in the second highest echelon of competition.  The teams needed to secure compromised Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Windows 8.1, and Ubuntu images along with a quiz on Cisco networking and a Cisco Packet Tracer exercise. 

The teams made history for the squadron, the Ohio Wing, and the Great Lakes Region by having two teams - both from the same squadron - competing in the Platinum Tier, the highest possible tier in the All-Service Division of the competition.  The teams unfortunately did not place high enough to make it to the national competition, but scored extremely well.  Team Hercules once again came in first place for the All Service Division in Ohio and Team Vader came in third place in Ohio.  Team Hercules was comprised of C/1st Lt Michael Gentile (Team Commander), C/2d Lt Emma Kanning, C/2d Lt Ethan Lint, C/SMSgt Jonathan Meals, and C/SSgt Kira Bowman. Team Vader was C/CMSgt Allyson Spay, C/MSgt Amanda Vyse, and C/SSgt Kaitlyn Johnson.  Maj Paul Creed III was the Coach for both teams and C/MSgt Sean Beatty was the team advisor.  Click here for photos from the competition.

February 2016 - Field Trip to 179th Airlift Wing

posted Jun 17, 2016, 8:14 PM by William Hrinko

Cadets Parent and Wells fly the multi mission crew simulator.
Cadets and senior members from our squadron joined other cadets and senior members from around Ohio Wing for a field trip to the 179th Airlift Wing at the Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base in Mansfield to learn about the mission of the Air National Guard and the C-130 Hercules aircraft stationed there.

While there, the cadets and senior members heard briefings from the wing commander, Col McCue, other Guardsmen who had been CAP cadets and joined the Air National Guard, toured a C-130, and spent time flying the Multi-Mission Crew Trainer - a C-130 simulator.  Check out more photos from the tour by clicking here.

January 2016 Ground Team Training Weekend

posted Jun 17, 2016, 8:07 PM by William Hrinko

Training in the Structural Collapse Simulator
Eleven squadron members spent the weekend of 30-31 January 2016 conducting ground search and rescue training at the Camp Ravenna Joint Regional Training Facility.  The weekend consisted of the Structural Collapse Simulator in which the personnel trained in the extraction of a simulated natural disaster victim. The personnel also spent time at the Leadership Reaction Course which helped teach teamwork and creative thinking to solve problems in field conditions.  Check out photos from our January Emergency Services Training here.

Squadron Competes in 2015 National Cadet Competition

posted Jun 17, 2016, 8:00 PM by William Hrinko

Our 2015 Cadet Competition Team poses with their awards.
After earning the right to advance by winning the Great Lakes Region Competition, our squadron competed in the 2015 National Cadet Competition held at Maxwell AFB, AL from 29 December 2015 through 2 January 2016.  This was the first year of the new competition format, so it was a new experience to all involved.  The cadets competed hard throughout the week and placed 1st in Model Rocketry, 3rd in Physical Fitness, 4th in Inspection, 4th in the Team Leadership Problem, 7th in Outdoor Drill, 7th in the Obstacle Course, 9th in Public Speaking, 10th in Junior Jeopardy, 11th in Indoor Drill, 12th in Regular Jeopardy, and 16th in Written Exam.  Overall the team came in 7th Place and earned the Team Spirit Award.  Besides our team representing Ohio, the competing teams came from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia.  Our team consisted of C/2d Lt Matthias Lewis (Team Commander), C/SMSgt Allyson Spay, C/TSgt Carissa Hartley, C/TSgt Amanda Vyse, C/SrA Brent Pollard, and C/A1C Jonathan Rice.  Maj William Hrinko and Capt Patricia Hrinko served as team escorts.  Check out our photos from the competition here.

Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 75 Years

posted Feb 25, 2016, 5:41 PM by Paul Creed III   [ updated Feb 25, 2016, 5:42 PM ]

Squadron Meeting Cancelled for Monday, 15 February 2016

posted Feb 15, 2016, 12:41 PM by William Hrinko

Due to the forecasted freezing rain and heavy snow moving into the area this evening, the Squadron Meeting for Monday, 15 February 2016 is cancelled.  We will see you all on 22 February for the next meeting!

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