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:

Click on the play button to start the video

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

OCS Color Guard at 2016 College World Series

The Omaha Composite Squadron during the College World Series

The Omaha Composite Squadron Color Guard was invited once again to present the colors at the 2016 College World Series.   This year, OCS was required to present the colors during the singing of the National Anthem on June 22, 2016 prior to Game 9 which was being played between The university of Arizona Wildcats and University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB) Gauchos.

OCS Live on National TV during the singing of the National Anthem

The Color Guard Team for this event included:

  • C/2dLt Ty Sarvis
  • C/CMSgt Bryce Moran
  • C/CMSgt Thomas Gerot
  • C/2dLt Cat Garrett

Click on the video below to watch our Color Guard at CWS:


The Omaha Composite Squadron cadets train regularly to provide assistance at civic events to present our nation’s flag, and to provide the appropriate customs and courtesies.

Cadets & Seniors distribute Poppies to honor American Veterans

OCS Cadet Commander, C/2dLt Sarvis volunteered to help distribute Poppies on Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day weekend.

During the month of May, The Omaha Composite Squadron participated in the distribution of Poppies to honor our American Veterans, and collected donations for both the American Legion  Auxiliary – Omaha Unit #1, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2704.

The First volunteer activity took place on Armed Forces Day (May 21, 2016).  On that day, OCS collected a record $1210.31, which will go towards the rehabilitation of veterans and their families, as well as active duty men and women.  One of the new programs being funded by donations such as these, is the monthly birthday party at Victory Apartments for Veterans, and providing home cooked meals for veterans at New Vision.

LtCol. Robert McCartney and C/CMSgt Moran setup a collection table near the entrance of a local retail store.

The second activity took place during the Memorial Day weekend (May 28th).  OCS Cadets and Seniors collected approximately $900 for VFW Post 2704.  These proceeds help fund the activities of the VFW at the local level.

Cadets cycled throughout the day to make the fundraising effort successful.

OCS collected nearly $900 for VFW Post 2704

Certificate of Recognition from the American Legion

Update – OCS Cadets train local middle school Color Guard


Wilson Focus School’s new Color Guard team.

The Omaha Composite Squadron’s efforts to help establish a Color Guard at Wilson Focus School have far exceeded all our expectations.  The School now has a full-time Color Guard, along with the ceremonial items necessary to accomplish their duties.

Below are some photos of the training provided by members of the Omaha Composite Squadron, who volunteered their own time, during school hours, to help polish the final details with the students from Wilson Focus School.


For several Weeks, Cadets from the Omaha Composite Squadron helped train the Students in all aspects of Color Guard duties, formations, customs and courtesies.


Congratulations to Wilson Focus School for their support and dedication in fostering respect towards our nation’s Flag, and helping the youth to study and appreciate the rights as well as the duties of citizenship.

Color Guard prepares for their first ceremony.

Wilson Focus School Color guard presenting the colors at the team’s first official appearance

The color guard during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Note that the national flag does not dip.


Original – May 8th, 2016
Four cadets from the Omaha Composite squadron visited Wilson Focus School again last week to train students in Color Guard costumes and courtesies and the various techniques, formations and respects required when presenting the American Flag.

OCS Cadets demonstrating Color Guard formation

The Omaha Composite Squadron is proud to serve the local community and promote the activities that will help enhance students’ understanding of military customs and courtesies as well as the respect and etiquette required when handling our nation’s flag.


OCS Cadets teach flag etiquette

Omaha Composite Squadron cadets teach flag etiquette to Wilson Focus School students.  C/SMSgt Bryce Moran, who is also the First Sergeant for the squadron, gave a presentation to a group of SM Rhonda Hayward’s fifth and sixth graders with the assistance of C/SrA Noach Hayward and C/AB Evan Moran.

C/SMSgt Bryce Moran

Lowering the flag

The presentation started with historical facts about the American flag, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the proper way to stand at attention rendering the correct courtesies.  It was all about respecting the flag.  This was followed by some great interactive questions and answers with the students.

Folding the flag

The cadets then took the students outside to the school flagpole to learn about the customs and courtesies of raising and lowering the flag, making sure the American flag is always flying the highest and never letting it touch the ground when it’s removed from the flagpole. The students participated by raising and lowering it themselves while the other students stood with their hand over their hearts.  The Flag was created by 17 year old Robert G. Heft as a school project.

The final folds

Finally, the cadets showed the students how to properly fold the flag.  The students learned there are 13 folds, always ending with the blue Union end tucked into the triangular fold.  A salute was rendered by the cadets while it was passed from one cadet to the other to retire the flag for the night.

C/SrA. Hayward salutes the flag

Ms. Hayward’s students will now be responsible for the daily raising and lowering of the flag at Wilson Focus School. Thank you to the C/SMSgt Moran for making this happen and putting together a great lesson plan, and to cadets Noach Hayward and Evan Moran for your participation.  Outstanding job by all.


History of the American Flag

  • First created in 1776 and altered 27 times since then (last modified in 1960)
  • Originally contained a Union Jack in place of the Union known today
  • Has 13 stripes in honor of the colonies that rebelled

Symbolism for the American Flag

  • Represents America
  • Often called the “Star Spangled Banner”, or “Old Glory”
  • White represents purity and innocence
  • Red represents bravery, hardiness, and valor
  • Blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice
  • Combined, the Flag is a symbol of the United States

Flag Etiquette

  • The Flag is flown every day
  • Is NEVER dipped to anything or anyone
  • Must NEVER touch the ground
  • Cannot be flown at night without illumination
  • The Flag must ALWAYS be lit (sunshine or appropriate light source)
  • Is not for decoration
  • Never have any mark on it
  • Not for holding or carrying something
  • Must be kept clean and mended when required (or retire the Flag)
  • Must not be used as clothing
  • Is only at half-mast for times of mourning

Displaying the Colors

  • No flag may fly higher than the Flag of the United States
  • Is centered (and higher) when flown with other flags
  • The American Flag is raised first and lowered last when displayed with other flags
  • When flown at half-mast, it is first raised to peak, then lowered
  • The Flag is raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously
  • When displayed indoors, the Flag is placed in a position of honor

Showing respect for the Flag of the United States of America

  • The Flag is never displayed with the Union down except as a sign of distress
  • When being raised and lowered, those in uniform come to attention, face and salute. All other come to attention, face and put their right hand over their heart and remove any headgear
  • Whenever the national anthem is played, you are required to come to attention, face the Flag, and render courtesies

OCS Hosts NE Wing Flight Clinic

The Omaha Composite Squadron hosted the January 2016 Nebraska Flight Clinic at the Chalco Hills Natural Resources District building.

In attendance were 25 pilots.  Everyone arrived by 8am and Lt.Col Dan Peterson, also an FAA Safety Team representative, took charge of the activities.   Everyone in attendance was encouraged to join the FAA Wings Safety Program, as this clinic can be used towards the advanced topics credit in the program.

Topics covered included:

  • Flight Rules & Regulations – CAPR 60-1 and FAR Parts 61 & 91
  • Flight Procedures – Terminal Area Procedures/Flight Planning & Flight Plans
  • Flight Operations – Checklists, WMIRS/OPS QUALS/Flight Release & Approved Flight, Mission Profiles
  • Safety – Operational Risk Management/Checkrides & Safety Trends, Crew Resource Management/Aircraft Pre & Postflight Inspections
  • Special Interest Items – VIRB Camera/FEMA Image Uploader

Maj. Christopher Schwartz leads the discussion on CAP Regulation 60-1 and the various FAA regulations regarding Currency and Requirements

The new mission flight profiles for FEMA Damage Assessment photography were discussed.  These new flight profiles and equipment were on hand for all to see.   Some flight training missions will be necessary to bring all pilots up to date on the setup and mounting of the equipment.   Slides for the Flight Clinic Are available Below:

Flight Clinic Agenda and WMIRS-OPS-QUAL Brief procedures

Flight Clinic Presentation

Garmin Virb & FEMA ImageUploader Slides

Garmin Virb & FEMA Manual

CAPR 60-1 & FAR part 61 and 91 Briefing 

The new Garmin Virb GPS enabled camera will be mounted on the right wing of CAP aircraft and controlled by the aircrew using an onboard tablet.

The New FEMA Damage Assessment Missions require Civil Air Patrol crews to fly specific profiles with the new equipment mounted and setup in a very specific configuration.