Nebraska Civil Air Patrol – Report to Congress

The 2016 Nebraska Civil Air Patrol Report to Congress is available.

Click on the image to download the document. (Large download)

Click on the image to download the report

Drones, Quadcopters, RC Planes & Gliders part of Aerospace education at OCS.

One of the various quadcopters that took part in the presentation.

A Cessna RC airplane used to demonstrate RC control surfaces and channels / servos

The Omaha Composite Squadron held its monthly Aerospace Education evening on March 13.   OCS Aerospace Education Officer, 2dLt Kirk Rasmussen, led the evening by demonstrating the basics of RC aircraft operation, required equipment, and the theory of flight behind each type of craft that was being demonstrated to the cadets.

Some of the RC equipment brought in for the demonstration

Cadets get a better view of the Servo mechanism via the bottom of the aircraft.

The cadets were able to see first-hand, the new technologies that are being introduced into the RC world, such as the new FPV (First Person View) miniature cameras which allow the user (pilot) to fly the aircraft, while wearing a set of goggles that display the path of the aircraft across the air as transmitted by the FPV camera mounted on the aircraft itself.

Cadets take turns at looking through the FPV goggles from one of the aircraft.

The Omaha Composite squadron plans to expand the Aerospace Education program over the next few months to include some exciting, never before seen activities at the squadron level.  More details will be forthcoming as we work on securing the equipment and manage the logistics of these activities.  Stay tuned!

A Captive Audience listens attentively as two OCS cadets brief them on RC aircraft operations.

OCS Cadet and Senior Change of Command

C/2dLt receives his Mitchell Achievement award

On March 6th, 2017, the Omaha Composite squadron held its monthly promotions ceremony and a combined Cadet and Senior member change of command ceremony.

C/Capt. Elizabeth Nelson led her final promotion ceremony as Cadet Commander.  The ceremony culminated with her own promotion to the rank of C/Capt and reaching the Amelia Earhart achievement milestone.  The following cadets were recognized before a large audience of squadron and Wing representatives, as well as family members:

  • C/A1C Nathan Ireland – Promoted to C/SrA
  • C/SSgt Noach Hayward – Promoted to C/TSgt
  • C/2dLt Meredith Wichman – Promoted to C/1stLt
  • C/CMSgt Bryce Moran – Billy Mitchell Milestone
  • C/1stLt Elizabeth Nelson – Amelia Earhart Milestone
  • Cadet of the Month: C/TSgt Noach Hayward

Congratulations to all the cadets who promoted for their hard work and dedication!

C/SrA Ireland gets some advice and recognition from LtCol McCartney

C/TSgt Hayward is congratulated for his achievement

C/1stLt Wichman continues her unprecedented 58 day promotion record.

C/2dLt Moran receives his epaulettes from his parents.

C/Capt Nelson was accompanied by family and friends as she receives the rank of Cadet Captain, and the culmination of the Earhart achievement award.

Following the Promotion Ceremony, C/Capt Nelson relinquished her command and was transferred immediately to C/2dLt Bryce Moran.  C/2dLt Moran, who will lead the Cadet corps for the next half year, was selected as the new Cadet Commander based on his exceptional resumé of CAP achievements, participation, community service, qualifications and vision for the cadet program.

Both the outgoing and incoming cadet commanders addressed the audience and wished each other well as they assume their next role.

C/Capt Nelson addresses the squadron as outgoing Cadet Commander.

Incoming Cadet Commander, C/2dLt Moran and C/Capt Nelson exchange a congratulatory handshake.

The Senior change of Command took place immediately afterward.  Outgoing OCS Commander, LtCol Robert McCartney handed the squadron flag to LtCol Darrell McMillan, Wing Vice Commander, and relinquished his command.  Maj. John Pineda accepted command of the squadron by receiving the OCS flag.  The Squadron owes a HUGE debt of gratitude to Lt. Col McCartney for his exceptional leadership in leading the squadron for nearly 5 years.  Maj. Pineda plans to continue this trend, and will strive to continue expanding both Senior and Cadet programs to realize the goal of making every volunteer member of the squadron feel that they are an integral part of the entire Civil Air Patrol organization.

LtCol. McMillan, Wing Vice Commander, LtCol McCartney (Outgoing CC) and Maj. John Pineda (incoming CC)

Semper Vigilans!

Civil Air Patrol – Flight’s Best Kept Secret


Civil Air Patrol – Developing Cadets into Leaders


NCR/Nebraska Wing Conference – March 24-26, 2017



Click on the image to go directly to the Conference registration page.

OCS Dining Out 2016

By C/1stLt Michael Pineda

OCS Color Guard presenting the colors at the 2016 Dining Out

On December 5th, Omaha Composite Squadron held their 7th annual Dining Out at Arbor Hall. Every year, cadets, seniors, families and friends are invited to the Dining Out: a formal military style dinner in place of the night’s meeting. A special guest is always invited to the dinner to give a speech; this year’s guest being the Senior Enlisted Leader of U.S. Strategic Command, Chief Master Sergeant Patrick McMahon. Among the other honored guests was the NE wing commander, Colonel Darrell Nelson.

Before dinner, various ceremonies took place. First was the presentation of the colors by the cadet color guard team. The color guard processed through the room in formation with the American flag and the squadron flag, setting the flags on either side of the honored guest’s table. Following the presentation of the colors were the national anthem and toasts. Afterwards came the POW-MIA Table Ceremony, which honors the United States’ prisoners of war and servicemen missing in action.

Squadron Commander “tests” the quality of the beef before it is served for dinner

Finally came the presentation of Le Beouf, where the beef to be eaten that night was presented to Colonel Robert McCartney, President of the Mess, to confirm that it was fit for human consumption.
During the dinner, cadets were expected to follow the “Rules of the Mess,” found in their Dining Out Handbook. Many of the rules are old traditions; for example, males were required to rise from their seats when a female departed from or arrived at their table; no clapping was allowed; glasses must be kept half-full; and the Queen’s English was required to be strictly abided by. In the event that a rule was broken, any cadet could bring the rule-breaking to the attention of the Vice President of the Mess (also known as “Mr./Ms. Vice”), C/1stLt Nelson. If Ms. Vice found that the rule-breaking cadet had no excuse for breaking the rule, the cadet would be sent to “Mr. Grog” as “punishment.”

A cadet is sent to The Grog for violating “the rules of the mess”

The Grog was located in the middle of the floor, resting on a table before the honored guests, and filled with an assortment of juices, sodas, and breakfast cereal. Also, Mr. Grog is a toilet. When sent to The Grog, cadets had to fill their cup to a designated fill line, raise the cup while toasting “to the mess,” and drink the whole contents without lifting the cup from their lips. Once finished, they would turn the cup upside-down over their head, and, if a drop fell on their head, would repeat the process again.

CMSgt Patrick McMahon addresses the squadron after dinner

After dinner, the special guest, Chief Master Sergeant Patrick McMahon, gave a leadership-focused speech. After his speech, the awards ceremony began.

C/CMSgt Moran receives the cadet of the year award for the Omaha Composite Squadron

Various cadets and seniors were called up to the front of the room to receive awards. As always, there were some less serious awards, including an award to a cadet for running away as a model rocket flew toward his head, as well as an award for the cadet who launched the rocket. Afterwards, the squadron color guard retired the colors. Shortly after, the annual squadron video was premiered, showcasing all of the Squadron’s activities in 2016. The 75th anniversary Civil Air Patrol video was also played, since 2016 was also the 75th year of CAP’s operation. Finally, the cadets, seniors, families and friends were free to go, as the last meeting of the year came to a close.

This article was written and published by C/1stLt M. Pineda
as part of the Staff Duty service requirement for his 
current achievement.

Civil Air Patrol Cadet testimonies

Glider Flights for OCS cadets

Nebraska and Iowa Wing offer Powered and Glider Orientation flights for cadets in September

In the early morning of Saturday, September 10th, Several Omaha Composite Squadron and Burke High Schoool cadets, along with pilots from the Nebraska Wing, departed in two CAP aircraft and headed towards Ames, Iowa for combined NE-IA  Glider Orientation flights.

Cadets soar in the midwest skies as part of the Nebraska/Iowa Wing Orientation Flight program.

The CAP glider was provided by the Iowa Wing, and the CAP  Cessna 172 with a qualified tow pilot was used to tow the glider into the air.  Each Cadet was accompanied by a certified CAP glider  pilot.  Cadets were familiarized with preflight checklists, glider launch and release operations as well as the principles of soaring once inside the cockpit.  Each cadet received at least one Powered and two Glider orientation flights.

Cadets learn about glider launch operations and serve as wing walkers during launch.

Cadets are taught how to assist the towing operation by holding the wing of the aircraft parallel to the ground and running along as the aircraft begins to roll and gain enough speed that the aircraft control surfaces become effective in controlling the glider.

Cadet Rodriquez and LtCol Peterson prepare for one of the many glider flights.

The squadron would like to thank Lt. Col Dan Peterson and Capt. Whit Bonifant for taking time out of their weekend to dedicate an entire day to introduce our cadets to one of the most amazing aspects of flying.

Cadet Fuller smiles through the cockpit air vent prior to launch.

Cadets are taught that the preflight checklist is an integral part of every flight.

OCS Cadets work on their Private Pilot licenses

Several OCS cadets are currently working on their Private Pilot licenses, after having completed the North Central Region Flight Academy earlier this summer.   Cadets are paired up with a CAP Flight Instructor who will help them perfect the skills and training required for an FAA Private Pilot certificate.  Cadets will receive ground training, and flight training in one of the squadron’s aircraft.

The cadets are fortunate enough to be trained in the latest Cessan G1000 digital “Glass Cockpit” aircraft, which exposes them to the latest avionics and autopilot technology.  Hands-on ground training is conducted in the aircraft while connected to a ground power supply so that the cadets are able to maximize their understanding of the G1000 systems prior taking to the air.

Maj. C Schwartz conducts G1000 ground training with cadets at the squadron’s hangar.

OCS Cadets learn in one of the squadron’s newest aircraft as part of their training.

Maj. Schwartz gives equal hand-on time to each cadet in the left seat.

Cadets learn to navigate the avionics in one of CAP’s Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA)