Meeting 5/20

The focus of this week’s meeting will be character development. The uniform will be BDU’s.

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Communications Exercise and CPR Class

IMG_0648IMG_0645On Saturday May 16 Saint Mary’s Squadron assisted in support with the Constant Watch communications exercise. Four senior members and five cadets participated by setting up the MICP (Mobile Incident Command Post) and establishing HF and VHF communications links. Cadets were trained in the setup and teardown of the MICP as well as the VHF and HF antennas. Cadets and seniors trained and honed their skills on MRO and ICUT tasks and several radio messages were passed to various stations throughout the state. The squadron received a surprise visit from a Brownie Troop that had come to the airport for a tour of other facilities. The Troop and accompanying parents were given a tour of the communications setup and were able to see our cadets in action.

After the exercise wrapped up, several cadets and seniors stayed for an AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR Class. During this class four senior members, four cadets, and two family members learned the skills necessary to save a life in a cardiac emergency. All the attendees were trained in scene safety, bloodborne pathogens, patient assessment, pulse and breathing checks, compressions and ventilations for adults, children and infants. The participants trained on lifelike Prestan manikins and also practiced on the use of an AED (Automated External Defribrilator). Each of these members and family members will receive a two year certification card, but most of all they now have the confidence to act and save a life in an emergency.

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Encampment Applications are Open

Tri-Wing Encampment Applications are now open for cadets! Sign up now before space runs out. More information about encampment can be found HERE


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Open House 4/29

The St. Mary’s Composite Squadron will be having an open house this week, April 29, during the normal meeting time (1900-2100). This is an opportunity to invite family members and friends to see what the Civil Air Patrol is all about! Parents are encouraged to stay and watch how their cadets have progressed and what they’ve achieved in the cadet program. Cadets are also encouraged to bring a friend with them too! Uniform is dress blues. Hope to see you there!

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St. Mary’s Contributes to Virginia Open House

St. Mary’s Composite Squadron recently contributed to the MER tenet of “no boarders no boundaries”. Last Saturday Capt Dennis Villar and C/Capt Austin Dillow flew N9983H to New Kent Airport (W96) in Virginia for the Byrd Field Composite Squadron Open House. After one lap in the holding pattern for the VOR-A approach, CAP Flight 1883 touched down on runway 11. The squadron’s cadet commander, C/2d Lt Williams, and the squadron commander, Captain Braukhoff, met our aircraft on the tarmac. C/Capt Dillow showed the open house guests our Cessna 182, and gave them the inside scoop on all that CAP has to offer.

After the aircraft tour, C/2d Lt Williams and Lt Col Girardi, the Virginia Group 4 Commander, gave a presentation on CAP’s main missions followed by a Q&A session. C/2d Lt Williams then booted up the airport’s Red Bird simulator for guests to fly. Along with a fully glass cockpit and wide field of view monitors, the simulator was able to pitch, roll, and shake the pilot to simulate a real flight. After saying goodbye, Capt Villar and C/Capt Dillow flew N9983H back to St. Mary’s just in time for the afternoon’s O-Flights.

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Mitchell Award

Congratulations to C/2d Lt Dichter on his promotion and receiving of the Mitchell Award.
He is the fifth alumni of the Esperanza Middle School unit to attain this award.

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Meeting 4/22

The focus of this week’s meeting will be physical fitness, and the uniform will be black shorts with a black/brown T-shirt and tennis shoes.

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Meeting 3/15

This week’s uniform is BDU’s. Just as a reminder, if you would like to be promoted, please contact your Flight Sergeant as soon as you can so the staff can make the necessary arrangements.

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Meeting 4/1

We will be having a meeting tonight. The uniform is Blues. We will be having a tour of the state police helicopter.

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No Meeting 3/25

There will be no meeting this Wednesday. If you have signed up for ALS, please email C/Maj Morgan Edwards, and inform her if you will be attending.

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