Archive for August 30, 2016

A look into a Civil Air Patrol Mission

Cadet Rocketry Launches – 2016

CAP 75th Anniversary Tribute

OCS Cadets excel during 2016 summer activities

C/2dLt Gerot rapelling at the Minnesota Wing Encampment


Nine Omaha Composite Squadron Cadets attended national and international activities during the summer months.

Missouri Wing Encampment

Four Cadets attended the Missouri Wing Encampment in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO from July 10th to 17th.

The following cadets completed the 2016 MO Wing encampment:

  • C/1stLt Elizabeth Nelson (Cmdr. Commendation)
  • C/SrA Chaim Hayward (PT Award)
  • C/SrA Noach Hayward (Cadet of the Day)
  • C/Amn Patrick Kealey (Squadron award)

C/1stLt Nelson was member of the staff at the Missouri Wing Encampment.

C/SrA Chaim Hayward received the PT award at MOWG Encampment









C/SrA Noach Hayward participates in a team building exercise at MOW encampment.

Cadets pose for a photo in front of a Blackhawk helicopter at MOWG Encampment.








North Central Region National Flight Academy

Three Cadets attended the North Central Region National Flight Academy and successfully completed their ground and flight training which culminated with approximately 10 hours per cadet and each soloing in a CAP Cessna 172.

The Following cadets attended the NCR National Flight Academy:

  • C/2dLt Sara Pineda
  • C/CMSgt Bryce Moran
  • C/CMSgt Gregory Matya

C/2dLt Pineda after her first solo flight.

24 cadets from across the country (some as far as Hawaii) flew in Cessna 172s throughout the two week flight academy.










C/2dLt White from Lincoln and C/CMSgt Moran, C/2dLt. Pineda, C/CMSgt Matya from the Omaha Composite Squadron all graduated from the NCR National Flight Academy with their solo wings!

C/CMSgt Matya receiving his Solo tags after his flight

Each Instructor was assigned 3 students. Here is C/CMSgt Moran with his flight team, led by Maj. Justin Ingersoll.


Minnesota Wing Encampment

One Cadet attended the Minnesota Wing Encampment from July 23rd through 30th, 2016.  Activities included helicopter flights and confidence building activities such as rappelling and obstacle course.

Cadets memorize Civil Air Patrol basic knowledge items such as core values and cadet oath.

Cadets participate in a week long “basic training” style encampment which gives them an introduction to Air Force-style military training, customs and courtesies and exposes the cadets to the many benefits of working together as one team.

The following cadet attended the MN Wing Encampment:

  • C/CMSgt Thomas Gerot


C/2dLt Gerot sits in a Blackhawk helicopter prior to takeoff as part of the Minnesota Wing encampment.

International Air Cadet Exchange

Four Cadets Represented the Civil Air Patrol in the United Kingdom during the 2016 International Air Cadet Exchange, including our very own C/Capt. Ethan Copple.

One cadet was selected to attend the International Air Cadet Exchange and participate in The Royal Cadets’ 75th anniversary parade in the United Kingdom with representatives of other air cadet organizations also marking their 75th anniversary this year as well as celebrating the Queen of England’s 90th birthday.  Coincidentally, this year Civil Air Patrol is also celebrating its 75th anniversary.  Only four cadets from the entire nation were selected to represent the United States Civil Air Patrol for this special anniversary celebration, and having one of our very own cadet members representing us overseas is a testament to the quality of our local cadet program!

The following cadet attended the IACE visit to the U.K.:

  • C/Capt. Ethan Copple

C/Capt. Ethan Copple and C/Maj Jared Del Orfano pose in front of London Bridge.

C/Capt Copple in front of Big Ben

C/Capt Copple, C/Col. Olcott, C/Col Pendergrass and C/Maj Del Orfano prepare for the Royal Cadets 75th anniversary parade in the U.K.

RAF Fighter Command Headquarters during WWII. 

Cadet Orientation Rides

Several cadets participated in the CAPs Orientation Flight Program with our Squadron Pilots.  Each cadet completed one of their syllabus flights which focus on various aspects of flight and aircraft handling.  Cadets are allowed to take the controls to understand stability and the forces acting upon the aircraft as well as how the control inputs affect the maneuvering in the air.

There OCS cadets pose before their Orientation Flight in the squadron’s Cessna 182.


Offutt Air Force Base Air Show

The 2016 Offutt AFB Airshow gave the Curtis LeMay and Omaha Composite Squadron a chance to show off CAP’s Cadet and Aerospace Education Programs to the Public.  Several Seniors were present to guide visitors through the aircraft display and educate them on the various missions we participate in throughout the nation.

Offutt and Omaha Composite Squadron Cadets pose in front of the CAP Display Aircraft along with a stranger from a galaxy far, far away.

Semper Vigilans – Always Vigilant

One member’s experience as a Civil Air Patrol Volunteer:

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Video by Airman 1st Class Treven Cannon
27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs 
Clovis, NM