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Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron Earns 4th Unit Citation Award

posted Mar 13, 2017, 8:44 PM by William Hrinko
Unit Citation Award
Civil Air Patrol's Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron based at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station has just received another National Award from CAP. This is the fourth time the unit has earned the ”Unit Citation Award” since the squadron’s founding in the mid 1950's. This prestigious national level decoration is awarded to very few units. The Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron received the award for sustaining excellence in a number of areas for the period of 7 August 2013 to 8 April 2016, and was just recently approved and awarded. The squadron participated in over 100 activities annually outside of their normal weekly meetings in the Civil Air Patrol’s three missions of Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, and Aerospace Education. Examples of some of these activities during that time period are the following:


CADET PROGRAMS:
  • The Cadet Drill Team won the National title in 2013 and the Cadet Competition Team returned to the National Competition in Alabama in 2015 representing the Great Lakes Region which includes Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
  • The cadets fielded two CyberPatriot teams competing with teams across the country. Both local teams reached the Platinum Tier level. One of our female team members was recognized as having the highest score at the Cyber Defense Training Academy at Joint Base San Antonio.
  • The Color Guard provided over a dozen community color guards each year.
  • Cadets assisted with placing of flags at veteran’s graves and cemetery cleanups.
  • The Squadron was one of only 17 units nationwide to earn the Quality Cadet Unit Award each year of the awards existence.

EMERGENCY SERVICES:
  • The squadron has a robust search and rescue ground team that is called upon to locate aircraft that are transmitting a distress signal. The team participated in multiple training missions each year so that they were always ready. Proving their readiness, the team was activated twice within a 24 hour time period to locate two separate planes that were transmitting distress signals. They were named the Ohio Wing Ground Team of the Year in 2016.
  • Members flew dozens of hours each summer in support of counter drug missions.

AEROSPACE EDUCATION:
  • Cadets completed over 140 orientation flights with qualified CAP pilots in both fixed wing and glider aircraft. During these training flights, the cadets actually flew the aircraft under the supervision of the CAP pilot during non-critical phases of flight. 
  • Completed orientation rides in Ohio Air National Guard C-130 aircraft at Mansfield.
  • Model rocketry education and launches.
  • Promoting STEM education to local youth through community outreach programs.
“This is a huge honor and it was truly a team effort that led to this recognition,” said the squadron’s commander, Civil Air Patrol Lt Col William Hrinko, Jr. “That is one of our biggest strengths. Bringing together dedicated people from all walks of life that all pitch in to make things happen in a smooth, professional manner.” The unit is the largest Civil Air Patrol squadron in the state of Ohio.

We are looking for new cadet and adult members to join the team. To find out more information regarding local membership criteria for cadets (age 12-21) and adult members (age 18 and above) please visit the recruiting page at http://oh051.ohwg.cap.gov/join-cap The next New Member Information Night will be on April 10, 2017 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Registration to attend the Information Night must be completed by March 26th on our squadron’s website. Civil Air Patrol membership does not require military service.
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