Color Guard Takes Third Place in State Competition
The Stevens Point Composite Squadron returned from the Wisconsin Wing Color Guard Competition with a third place award. The competition was held February 23, 2013, at the West Bend National Guard Armory.
Members of the color guard are Cadet Master Sergeant Michael Kulp (color guard commander), Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Tikvah Kulp (rifle guard), Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Erik Beckland (rifle guard), Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Kyle Rentmeester (junior flag bearer), and Cadet Airman First class Dylan Kulp (alternate). Cadet Kyle Rentmeester received special recognition for the highest score on the written exam portion of the competition. Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5 won first place in the competition, and will advance to represent Wisconsin in the Great Lakes Region competition April 5-7 in Springfield, Illinois.
Stevens Point squadron observes CAP anniversary
Stevens Point. – The Stevens Point Composite Squadron will mark Civil Air Patrol’s 71st anniversary at their meeting December 3. The celebration commemorates the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s rich history of helping protect America over the past seven-plus decades.
The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization of more than 61,000 members was founded on Dec. 1,
1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in World War II. Its members soon proved their worth by conducting aerial patrols on their own, heroism
that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks in American waterways. Fifty-nine members died, 26 were lost at sea and seven others were seriously injured while carrying out CAP
missions during the war.
Much as they did in CAP’s early days, modern-day members are becoming more and more involved in homeland security, regularly acting as targets in various air defense exercises that support training for both U.S. air defense forces and the nation’s ground forces. Over the past two years, CAP has used its planes to help train the nation’s military ground forces in remotely piloted aircraft operations before they deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Each day, our members provide a valuable service to their communities,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr. “They help mentor America’s youth through our outstanding aerospace education and cadet programs and save lives and preserve liberty for all through search and rescue missions and emergency service, disaster relief and homeland security missions nationwide. As this anniversary approaches, be sure to say ‘thanks’ to these unsung heroes in your communities who provide such selfless service, often without fanfare.”
The Stevens Point Composite Squadron was chartered in 1985. The squadron has 30 cadets and 27 adult members. The current unit commander is Captain Terese Barta.
As the Air Force auxiliary, today’s Civil Air Patrol performs a multitude of missions in communities throughout the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico:
- CAP provides disaster relief during and after hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes and countless other emergencies – like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago, the largest modern-day mission in CAP history until the organization’s response this fall to Hurricane Sandy, which is still ongoing. To date, CAP aircrews have taken more than 150,000 aerial images to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal, state and local agencies involved in cleanup and recovery from the superstorm, which ravaged the coastlines of several states in the Northeast, including New Jersey and New York.
- CAP responds day or night when planes are overdue and emergency locator transmitters go off. Its volunteer professionals perform 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions, as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and are credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Members of the Oregon Wing were honored recently with the AFNORTH Commander’s Award for locating the crash site of well-known air show performer Jacqueline “Jacquie B” Warda, who survived the accident.
- CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education and mentors nearly 27,000 young Americans through its cadet program. By partnering with more than 2,000 educators nationwide, members nurture the talents of generations of the nation’s sons and daughters with aerospace education programs that stress leadership and character development and teach aviation and emergency response skills. CAP’s award-winning aerospace education program uses national standards-based materials to help nearly 200,000 school-aged children in grades K-12 to excel in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. In addition, CAP’s cadets are involved in a wide variety of activities, including CyberPatriot, the national cyber defense competition won by cadet teams in 2011 and 2012.
- CAP is a major partner of Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. This year, CAP is teaming up with the Maine-based nonprofit organization to raise funds to place Christmas wreaths on veterans’ graves at nearly 700 locations throughout the nation as well as in several countries overseas.
The Stevens Point Composite Squadron is part of the Wisconsin Wing and is one of more than 1,500
squadrons in Civil Air Patrol. Contact us through this web page for more information.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Squadron Cadet Joins the Air Force Academy Class of 2016
July, 2012. As the Waldo Canyon Fire raged to the south, Cadet Second Lieutenant Clayton Reid joined the “long blue line” as part of the United States Air Force Academy Class of 2016.
Cadet Reid, a native of Plainfield is a graduate of the Tri-County Area Schools. He joined Civil Air Patrol in 2007, and was a member of the Stevens Point Composite Squadron’s ground team.
He bid farewell to the squadron on June 18. At that last meeting, he also received his solo wings from his flight instructor Capt. John Thompson. Reid’s first solo flight took place June 6 in Cessna N910CP.
A week after saying goodbye, Reid was en route to Colorado Springs with his parents, Dan and Marie Reid. Although the wildfire forced them to evacuate the hotel they had been staying in, inprocessing took place at the Academy as scheduled June 28.
Reid received notification of his acceptance into the Air Force Academy on May 12, by phone call from Senator Ron Johnson. Reid was one of 1035 appointees this year. Less than one in ten applicants are offered admission.
Reid had also been accepted to three other military academies, including the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy at Anapolis MD, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.
Needless to say, the Air Force Academy was his first choice. He wants to study aerodynamics and become an Air Force pilot.
Marie Reid reported that her son is doing well in his first pressure-filled weeks. Although cell phone usage is restricted, cadets can write letters home.
The hardest part for him, she says, is eating while at attention. “It’s hard to get enough to eat,” she said. The cadets put in long days, and always awake the next morning hungry.
Basic Cadet Training lasts six weeks, and classes with the rest of the Cadet Wing commenced August 9.
Awards and Promotions
We are pleased to announce the promotions and awards of our members.
Congratulations to our cadets promoted March 19.
Promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeant and recipients of the Wright Browthers Awards:
Promoted to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant and recipient of the Gen. Jimmy Doolittle Award:
Promoted to Airman First Class: Michela Kohnen
Promoted to Cadet Airman: Dylan Kulp
Cadet Color Guard Places Second in State Color Guard Competition
STEVENS POINT, March 6, 2012 – The cadet color guard from the Stevens Point Composite Squadron took second place in the 2012 Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol Cadet Competition.
The event was held in West Bend on Saturday, February 25.
This was the first year in which the Stevens Point squadron’s color guard has taken part in the competition. They were edged out of first place by less than a quarter point.
The goal of the competition is to increase cadet training in leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and teamwork, as well as to build a sense of belonging to a larger organization.
Teams were scored on events including in-ranks uniform inspection, indoor and outdoor presentation of the colors, proper flag folding, and performing 25 memorized drill movements in order. Cadets were also challenged with a written exam and panel quiz on aerospace knowledge and Civil Air Patrol history, and a mile run to demonstrate physical fitness.
The Stevens Point Squadron Color Guard took first place in two individual events, the written exam and panel quiz.
A cadet color guard team is composed of four cadets, usually two cadet airmen (the guards) and two cadet NCOs (the flag bearers). The Stevens Point Composite squadron team members are Cadet Master Sergeant Tony Kulp from Stratford (team captain), Cadet Master Sergeant Daniel Lang from Stevens Point (lead rifleman), Cadet Senior Airman Cameron Kulp from Stratford (Civil Air Patrol flag bearer), Cadet Senior Airman Joshua Joyce from Edgar (rifleman), and Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Jacob Joyce (alternate).
The Timmerman Composite Squadron Color Guard took first place overall in the color guard competition and will advance to the Great Lakes Regional competition in April. The National CAP Cadet competition will be held in June at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
The Stevens Point Composite Squadron is one of 28 squadrons based in local communities throughout Wisconsin. It was chartered in 1985 and has 49 members, 27 of which are cadets. The current squadron commander is Captain Terese Barta. Cadet First Lieutenant David Feig serves as cadet commander.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. Civil Air Patrol, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the Civil Air Patrol cadet programs. Civil Air Patrol received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. It also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information. For Wisconsin Wing information, please visit http://wicap.us.
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