Archive for December 19, 2013

Third Annual OCS Dining Out

Lt. Col. Robert McCartney, Col. Rick “Ginzu” Ostermeyer and his wife Kim.

The Omaha Composite Squadron held its third annual Dining Out on December 9, 2013 at Omaha’s Arbor Hall to recognize the accomplishments of its members.  Close to 70 members, families and friends attended the event.

The evening began with traditional military courtesies, toasts, recognition of those who gave their lives in service to our country through the MIA/POW missing man table, and some fun as the cadet commander, Cadet Lt. Col. Matthew Haijsman, led the group in the grog bowl ceremony.

Honored guests included:

Col. Rick Ostermeyer, United States Marine Corps
Col. David Plum, Commander, Nebraska Wing, CAP
Lt. Col. Darrell McMillan, Vice Commander, Nebraska Wing, CAP



Col. David Plum, Lt.Col. Darrell McMillan, Col. Rick Ostermeyer and Lt.Col. Bob McCartney

After dinner, Col. Rick “Ginzu” Ostermeyer addressed those in attendance on his leadership experience as as a wartime pilot and Colonel in the United States Marine Corps, and personally recognized several cadets for their excellent demeanor, dedication and motivation.  He expressed his and his wife’s gratitude for the invitation and invited all the cadets to approach the head table and personally greeted each one of them.

Lt. Col. Bob McCartney, OCS commander, recognized the Nebraska Wing Commander and Vice Commander for their attendance and presented them with a special “Travel Award.”  Several seniors, parents and cadets were also awarded commendations and achievement certificates for their efforts.

The following Cadets were recognized:

  • C/LtCol. Matthew Haijsman – Cadet Officer of the Year Award
  • C/Capt. Matthew Norrie – Amelia Earhart Award
  • C/SMSgt McKenna L Krueger – Cadet NCO of the Year Award
  • C/TSgt Ty C Sarvis – Jr. Cadet of the Year Award
  • C/CMSgt. Mark Hoover – Commander’s Commendation Award

Cadet LtCol Haijsman receiving “Cadet Officer of the Year” Award

Cadet Capt. Matthew Norrie receiving the Amelia Earhart Award

C/SMSgt McKenna Krueger received the “Cadet NCO of the Year” award

Cadet TSgt. Ty Sarvis receiving the “Junior Cadet of the Year” award.

The following Seniors received Special Commander’s Commendations:

  • Maj. Thomas Pflug
  • 2d Lt. Monica Dwyer
  • Lt. Col. Jim Arbuckle
  • Maj. John Pineda

Lt. Col. Jim Arbuckle receiving one of the the Commander’s Commendation awards.

The Omaha Composite Squadron is located at the Chalco Hills Recreation Area, Omaha, NE, and meets weekly on Monday nights. The squadron’s website is



Civil Air Patrol, an official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide. 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 was credited by the AFRCC with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years.

More than 500 members of CAP serve in Nebraska. For more information, visit

OCS 2013 Year in Review Video

Omaha Composite Squadron
2013 Year in Review

2018 OCS Dining Out

OCS Dining Out Tickets

Date: 10 December 2018

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for online ticket sales.


1815 – Receiving Line
1845 – Presentation of the Colors National Anthem
1850 – Welcome
1855 – Toasts
1900 – POW / MIA ceremony
1915 – Dinner
2000 – Honored Speaker:
Brigadier General Jon F. Fago
Nebraska Air National Guard
2030 – Awards
2100 – Retire Colors          


Arbor Hall


Officers: Mess Dress or Service Dress
: Semi-Formal or Service Dress
: Cocktail Dress or Suit & Tie


Register for Dining Out

Major Awards

Cadet Amn of the Year

Cadet NCO of the Year

Cadet Junior Officer of the Year

Senior Member of the Year

Grog Bowl

Each flight will provide a representative who will add a
nonalcoholic and nondairy liquid to the grog.


– Fork Tender Roast Beef with Demi Glace
– Herb Crusted Chicken with Butter Sauce
– Asiago Mashed Potatoes
– Green Beans and Corn
– Rolls and Butter
– Assorted Holiday Dessert Table, Coffee, Tea, Water
– Lemonade provided
– No sodas offered and bar remains closed