OCS Cadet Earns her Spaatz Achievement Award

On the 10th of July, 2018, the Omaha Composite Squadron was notified that C/Col Meredith Wichman had successfully completed the rigorous knowledge and physical requirements for advancement to the position of Cadet Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program.   This was the culmination of 3 ½ years of outstanding leadership and volunteer service, not only with Civil Air Patrol, but also as part of her extracurricular involvement at school and in the community.   Cadet Wichman has also distinguished herself as the current Nebraska Wing Cadet of the Year.

Immediately after receiving the results of her Spaatz achievement examination, C/Col Wichman departed for the National Blue Beret encampment in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to take part in the busiest airshow in the world; by far, the most visible national activity for the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. It was during her second week at the EAA AirVenture airshow, that CAP’s National Commander, Major General Mark E. Smith surprised C/Col Wichman and presented the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Achievement Award certificate and triple diamond rank to C/Col Wichman, in the presence of the 155 cadets present at the activity. Cadet Wichman was able to pay one last visit to her cadet peers a the Omaha Composite Squadron, and give words of encouragement prior to departing for College.

Cadet Wichman is currently attending Oklahoma State University on a U.S. Air Force ROTC as well as an academic scholarship to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, as well as a Professional Aviation degree. Her goal is to receive a commission in the United States Air Force. We wish her the best of luck in her studies and future endeavors.

OCS crews help with Low Level Route Surveys


During the Month of August, the SD Civil Air Patrol approached the Nebraska Wing for assistance in flying the Low Level Route Surveys for several of the Military Operating Areas and Training Routes that the South Dakota Air National Guard uses for training purposes. Crews from various units in Eastern Nebraska, including the Omaha Composite Squadron, were briefed on the mission to locate any new towers or structures that have appeared in the area over the past year. Using GPS equipped cameras and GPS loggers, crews flew the predetermined routes, plotted, photographed and logged the details of every new tower, feedlot, confinement area, etc that could be a potential noise sensitive area or hazard to flying in general. This information is used to update the FAA charts, as well as the military charts used for training purposes.   Among one of the most useful skills developed during the flights, was the ability to transfer flight plans from crewmembers’ mobile apps into the G1000 system in the aircraft, which provided a critical timesaving tool for future flights.

OCS Recognized as Nebraska Wing Outstanding Unit and Squadron of Merit

Congratulations to the Omaha Composite Squadron for the following Nebraska Wing Conference unit and individual awards:
– Arthur C. Storz Victory Award, Best Unit, 2017
– NE Wing Squadron of Merit 2017
– NE Wing Cadet of the Year
– NE Professional Development Officer of the Year
– NE Public Affairs Officer of the Year
– NE Frank G Brewer AE Cadet of the Year
– North Central Region AE Cadet of the Year
– NE Frank G Brewer Senior AE Officer of the Year
– AFA Evelyn Sharpe Aerospace Educators of the Year
– NE Pilot of the Year
– NE ES Cadet of the Year
– AFA Outstanding Cadet
– 2 NEWG Commander’s Commendations
– NCR CyberPatriot 3rd place team

Thanks to the hard work of our Senior & Cadet volunteer members.  NONE of this would have been possible without the contributions of each and every member!

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Outstanding Unit and Squadron of Merit Nebraska Wing Civil Air Patrol

Nebraska Wing Arthur C. Storz Outstanding Unit Award

OCS Cadet Commander, C/Maj Wichman, was selected as the Nebraska Wing Cadet of the Year.

OCS awarded the NE Wing Squadron of Merit for 2018

2017 OCS Year in Review Video

OCS Year in Review2017 – Omaha Composite Squadron Year in Review Video

Posted by Omaha Composite Squadron on Monday, December 12, 2017

 

 

2016 OCS Year in Review video

 

OCS Year in Review2016 – Omaha Composite Squadron Year in Review Video

Posted by Omaha Composite Squadron on Monday, December 5, 2016

 

 

Busy Summer for OCS

by C/Capt Sara Pineda

NEWG Encampment Participants from OCS

The summer of 2017 will be a yet another busy one for the members of the Omaha Composite Squadron, jam-packed with excellent opportunities to perform community service and gain valuable experience. Cadets and senior members alike will be able to participate in many activities that will both serve the community and provide valuable training. Some of those activities have already been completed, and some are are currently underway!

Cadets passing out Poppies in Support of American Veterans

Poppies for American Legion

 

 

 

 

 

 

As for the activities that have previously taken place this summer, the first was Omaha Composite Squadron’s opportunity to help the American Legion raise funds for disabled veterans. On the cold, humid day of May 20, Armed Forces Day, OCS cadets and seniors gathered outside a Baker’s grocery store to distribute small paper poppies, handmade by veterans of the American Legion. OCS members requested that all who accepted a poppy would wear it proudly in honor of American veterans who have sacrificed their own health, peace, freedom, or lives for the sake of preserving America’s peace and freedom. OCS members also made donation jars available to those willing to donate to the American Legion’s efforts to provide rehabilitation and therapy to veterans in need.

OCS members manning the CAP tent at ‘Sand in the City’ 2017

From June 7 through 12, OCS members provided security presence for the Nebraska Children’s Home Society’s Sand in the City fundraising event. On each day of the event, cadets and senior members were present around the clock to ensure that the impressive sand sculptures remained undisturbed and safe from crowd interference.

NEWG SAREX training

OCS members participated in each Nebraska Wing Search and Rescue Exercise held from April through June, and may participate in further SAREX’s later this summer. The April 22, May 13, and June 10 SAREX’s provided invaluable preparation and training to the attendees, including damage assessment, ELT search, basic first aid, and aircrew training. SAREX attendance will count toward the attending members’ search and rescue qualifications and certifications. Recently, C/Capt Michael Pineda became Omaha Composite Squadron’s newest Ground Team Member 3 certified member.

NCR National Flight Academy graduating class included C/Capts Wichman and Pineda

Five OCS cadets will be attending various National Cadet Special Activities this summer. Two cadets are currently attending the North Central Region National Powered Flight Academy, which began on June 15 and will see each of its cadet students complete approximately ten hours of flight time and a solo flight before the end of the Academy on June 29. From July 8 through 16, one cadet will attend the Hawk Mountain Search and Rescue school, where cadets will be provided with exceptional search and rescue and emergency services training. Beginning July 10 and ending July 22, another cadet will attend Cadet Officer School, where cadet students will study an in-depth Air Force approach to the skills of leadership. Finally, one more cadet will attend the Engineering Technologies Academy of Robotics from July 22 through 30, where cadets will learn to design, engineer, construct, program, and operate robots.

C/2dLt Matya attended Hawk Mountain Ranger School in PA.

C/Capt S. Pineda attended Cadet Officer School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama with nearly 100 other cadets.

C/SMSgt Hayward attended the E-Tech Robotics National Cadet Activity in Camp Pendleton, CA.

C/Capt Nelson staffed the Joint Dakotas Encampment

As for upcoming events this summer, Omaha Composite Squadron’s CyberPatriot Team, still growing, with a current number of seven cadet members, will begin training this summer for upcoming state, regional, and, hopefully, national competitions. “CyberPatriot aims to introduce middle school and high school students to several different computer operating systems, and to teach them how to secure those systems,” said Maj John Pineda, OCS’s CyberPatriot coach. “In six-hour competitions, teams of students are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems, then they must find cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and strengthen the system while maintaining critical services. Teams who find the most vulnerabilities will move on to the next round.” Teams first compete for the top placement within their state, then that of the region, and finally, the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, Maryland for the National Finals Competition, where teams can earn national recognition and scholarship funds.

C/SrA Rodriquez at NEWG Encampment

Rappelling tower at Wing Encampment…

… and the Firing range.

In July, fifteen Omaha Composite Squadron cadets will attend encampments in three Wings within the North Central Region. June 24 through July 1 will see two OCS cadets attend the Missouri Wing Encampment. One cadet will have the experience of staffing the Joint Dakota Encampment from July 7 through 16. Finally, from July 9 through 15, twelve OCS cadets will participate in the Nebraska Wing Encampment, with two of those cadets serving on encampment staff. “I’m looking forward to the great activities my first encampment will provide,” said Omaha Composite Squadron’s C/SSgt Andrew Pineda, speaking about the upcoming Nebraska Wing Encampment. “I think I’m going to have a lot of fun during the marksmanship and rappelling lessons!”

Wingnuts flying circus Color Guard at Tarkio, MO

OCS Color Guard at the College World Series

For many of OCS’s cadets and seniors alike, the Wingnuts Flying Circus Airshow in Tarkio, Missouri will be the highlight of the summer. According to C/Col Christopher Pineda, the Tarkio airshow is the squadron’s “favorite aviation event of the year,” and OCS members will agree! Members will arrive on July 6, two days prior to the airshow itself, to assist airport personnel in preparing the small airport for the show. On day 1, many unique and impressive aircraft will begin arriving for their upcoming show performances. The next day, members will be able to help direct arriving aircraft toward airport personnel for parking, and will provide a presence for the spectacular night airshow of July 7. On July 8, members will yet again provide assistance and cleanup, this time for the much longer main airshow. Following the show, members will help airport personnel by directing departing aircraft toward the runway, and tidying up the airport. Before departing for Omaha on the morning of July 9, cadets will have an incredible opportunity to tour many of the World-War-II-era trainer aircraft.

OCS present at the NE State Fly-In in Norfolk, NE

Members also participated or are currently scheduled to participate in other activities, including: Nebraska State Fly-In, Unit Commander’s Course, Region Staff College, Squadron Leadership School, NE Wing Pathfinder Ground Team Academy, and Minnesota Ground Team Academy in Camp Ripley, MN.  One Cadet, who is currently an ROTC student at the University of Nebraska also attended Marine Corps Officer training school, in Quantico, VA.

Squadron Leadership School participants

Finally, at the end of July, cadets had the opportunity to wind down by having a kayak outing at the squadron lake and try their skills on one of our member-provided Segways.

Cadets heading out in groups of kayaks on the lake

A cadet tries to master the Segway challenge.

With so many activities and opportunities taking place in 2017, there will be some form of training or community service for every member of OCS. Whatever the activity, any member who participates will gain invaluable experience for future use in further Civil Air Patrol, and possibly civilian, events.

C/2dLt Sarvis attends Officer Training School in Quantico VA.

 

 

Happy 40th Anniversary OCS!

On May 2nd, 1977, the Omaha Composite Squadron was given its official charter by Civil Air Patrol.

The squadron began as the Omaha Cadet  Squadron, and eventually grew into a Composite squadron as Senior members began fulfilling the many missions of the Civil Air Patrol.

40 years later, the Omaha Composite Squadron has 64 volunteer members (31 Cadets and 33 Seniors) and has custody of two modern G-1000 Cessna aircraft.  Our members volunteer in support of local, state and national activities such as Cadet Flight Training, Orientation flights, Aerospace Education, Search and Rescue operations, Emergency Services training, Senior Professional Development and recurring training, Cadet CyberPatriot competitions, support of Federal and State Emergency agencies, and a variety of Community Support activities.

Congratulations to all our members on this special occasion!

OCS Charter - 1977

Nebraska Civil Air Patrol – Report to Congress

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

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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!