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A unit's history makes it what it is today.  This site is dedicated to preserving and distributing the rich history of our unit.  Due to the nature of these pages, they will be continually updated.  If you have any corrections, additions, or suggestions, please submit them to william.hrinko@ohwg.cap.gov.  Thank-you and enjoy.

This page contains a historical selection of our squadron's appearances in the local news media.  Some of the articles have no indication of where they were taken from, but wherever possible credit is given to the Newspaper that ran the story.


CAP Organized 24 Years Ago
Tribune Chronicle; November 1965

The Warren Squadron 304C of the Civil Air Patrol will join with more than 2,300 other CAP units throughout the United States in observance of the 24th anniversary of the organization Dec. 1.

From national headquarters at Ellington AFB, Houston, Tex., the CAP National Commander, Col. Joseph L. Mason, said; "1965 has been a year of significant achievement in Civil Air Patrol."  He urged its members to "even greater achievements in 1966."

Mayor Raymod Schryver of Warren has proclaimed Dec. 1 as Civil Air Patrol Day here.

Warren Squadron is commanded by 1st Lt. Charles F. Cole, is located at the Youngstown AFB, in Vienna and meets every Tuesday from 7-9:30 p.m.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend and apply for membership.

Senior members, especially veterans of the armed forces, are urged to look into the program in which they can be of service to community and youth of the nation.

CAP senior members operate some 4,442 light aircraft, all but 864 of them are privately owned, in flying search and rescue missions.

Besides the senior program, there is the Cadet program, in which boys and girls ages 13 through 17 are taught to actively participate in the aerospace program, which teaches military discipline and fundamental basic training of an Air Force recruit.

OFFICIAL TOUCH  - Warren Mayor Raymond E. Schryver is seen adding his signature to the list of dignitaries which includes President Lyndon B. Johnson, and others who join together in congratulating the Civil Air Patrol on its 24th anniversary.  CAP officials witnessing the signing are from left to right; 1st Lt. Charles F. Cole, Squadron Commander; C-B Charles Formi, C-Sgt. Richard Ross, 2nd Lt. Joan M. Cole, information officer, and SM Alvin Easton, information officer. (Tribune Photo)

Aerospace Certificates Go To 3 CAP Cadets Here
Tribune Chronicle; March 1, 1966

Three cadets from the Warren Composite Squadron 304, Civil Air Patrol, were recently awarded certificates for the completion of studies in the Aerospace Program.

They are: Cadets Miss Bette Haag, master sergeant; Reggie Cozadd, master sergeant, who received certificates in proficiency (COP); and Cadet Gerald Martini, first lieutenant, who was awarded the Amelia Earhart Award.

Miss Haag is the first female cadet in the squadron to recieve the certificate of proficiency since the squadron has been activated.

Martini has enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and will leave for Lackland AFB, Tex., in May.  Having the COP from Civil Air Patrol gives Martini an advantage as he will receive an airman third class rank when he reports for active duty.

Any cadet who completes the program and obtains his COP is awarded this first stripe if he should choose to enlist in the Air Force.

The Warren CAP will meet tonight at 7 to test cadets on the current aerospace phase they have been studying.

Applications are now being processed for new members.  Interested boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 18 are welcome to attend the meeting at the Youngstown Air Reserve Base.

WARREN CAP CADETS - Three Warren civil Air Patrol cadets recently completed studies in the CAP Aerospace Program.  Shown above from left to right are: Miss Bette Haag, cadet master sergeant; Reggie Cozadd, cadet master sergeant and Gerald Martini, cadet first lieutenant.  At right is 1st. Lt. Charles F. Cole, commander, who presented certificates of proficiency to the three cadets marking completion of the program.


CAP Cadet Officer Will Attend N.C. Conference
Tribune Chronicle; Tuesday, July 5, 1966


Roger Harshman, a cadet major in Warren Squadron 304C, Civil Air Patrol, has been selected by the Ohio Wing Selection Board, to attend the Spiritual Life Conference at Ridgecrest, N.C., Sept. 1-6.

The special activity appointment is offered qualified cadets of the Protestant faith who show outstanding ability.  At the end of the conference, cadets will be eligible to wear the CAP special activity ribbon.

The conference is conducted by the chief of the Air Force chaplains.  On the agenda will be speakers of national prominence, a program of recreational activities, sightseeing tours, and daily discussions.

C/Maj. Harshman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Harshman, North Jackson.  He will be flown to and from Ridgecrest by the Air Force.


200 in CAP Take Part in Cleveland "Atom Attack"
Youngstown Vindicator; Section B; Sunday, October 2, 1966

A Simulated 20-megaton atomic bomb attack on Cleveland brought nearly 100 members of the Civil Air Patrol's Area 3 to the Youngstown Air Base Saturday for a civil defense test.

The event was coordinated by the CAP and the Trumbull County Civil Defenseorganization and involving some 12 CAP airplanes and decontamination units from Northeastern Ohio.

The event will last through today and before completed will involve some 200 district residents.  Besides decontamination drills, the exercise also included practice in ground rescue operations.

Lt. Col. Gerald Tartaglione of South Euclid was in charge of local operations manned by members of some 20 squadrons in Area 3.

Lt. Charles F. Cole, Warren Squadron commander, assisted along with Harry St. Clair, Trumbull County Civil Defense director.

Out of this heaped material was created a decent living quarter for these girls participating in the CAP-Civil Defense test Saturday at the Youngstown Air Base.  The girls (left to right) are: Betty Haag of Warren, Mary Louise Carrier of Hartford, Chris Botos of Colebrook, and Kathy Botos of East Orwell.