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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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 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
International Air Cadet Exchange
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.