Next meeting, Wednesday 3/29/17, St. Mary’s Composite Squadron is having an open house! Come join us to find out more about Civil Air Patrol! We are hosting at Saint Mary’s County Regional Airport, and are excited to introduce young cadets to the exciting worlds of Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, and Cadet Programs!
This evening cadets had their monthly PT. This PT consisted of pushups, curl-ups, a sit and reach, and a mile run; along with various stretches. Due to the weather, only the mile run was outside, and the rest of the PT was administered indoors.
After the PT, C/2ndLt. Wood gave a brief talk on personal fitness, and how it fits into the cadet life. She talked about the importance of exercising daily, and how changing their exercises so they exercise all the different muscle groups.
C/2dLt McKean gave a class with paper airplanes, splitting cadets into groups, and having them compete with their airplane designs. After the competition, cadets were able to listen and give input as to what pros and cons each plane had.
Tonight cadets were taught by Captain Webster about competence and integrity. He taught how to be competent, and how to use it in life. He also told how integrity is important to you and others in life.
Congratulations to the following cadets for being promoted to the following ranks
- C/Amn Ochoa to C/A1C
- C/AB Hannah Shephard to C/Amn
Congratulations also to C/CMSgt Heisey
Tonight, cadets were able to receive a demonstration of a Calvert K-9 unit. They demonstrated two kinds of dogs, a Bark-and-stay dog and a Sit-and-stay dog. Saber, a sit-and-stay dog, did his job by running to a lost person and running back to his handler to let him/her know that he has found someone. He would sit to let her know he’s found someone, and when released would run towards the lost person, guiding his handler. Bennie, a bark-and-stay dog, stayed with the lost person and barked loudly and repeatedly, to signal his handler. These dogs were able to learn as they did by having a strong play drive, learning that if they found someone they could play and have fun with their toys.
Cadets were also given a briefing on O.R.M., or Operational Risk Management. ORM is a method to assess the situation and to take in your goals and to calculate risks and figure out whether or not to do their task.
Congratulations to the following cadets for receiving their promotions:
C/SSgt Vallejo to C/TSGt
This evening cadets were prepped for their their first assessment on their OIs. They were quizzed on drill, aerospace education, leadership, etc. After the inspection cadets were given a routine uniform inspection.
Later, they had the opportunity to listen to a talk by Alumni Cadet Mr. Sam Morgan. He talked to cadets about what it is like to be a mechanic for one of the only three privately owned Harriers in the U.S.A. He told a couple stories about life as a mechanic, including the strangest thing he has ever found in a jet engine; half of a lizard.
Tonight, we also appraised the work of the CyberPatriot team, having achieved second place in the state in the highest tier (Platinum)!
Congratulations to the following cadets for receiving their promotions
- C/SrA Gemmel to C/SSgt
- C/SrA Plunk to C/SSgt
- C/AB Krall to C/Amn
- C/SrA Michael Hayden to C/SSgt
Tonight cadets were able to participate in the monthly PT which consisted of a mile run, push-ups, sit-ups, and a sit and reach exercise.
After PT, Capt. Webster gave a talk on Drug Demand Reduction, DDR for short, and talked to cadets about Over The Counter drugs (OTC), and gave several flying scenarios for cadets to analyze. He talked about the side effects associated with OTC drugs, and how they can affect your ability to correctly operate an airplane. He also talked about how drug dealers often help someone become addicted to drugs, so they become almost like a slave, often forcing the addict into stealing to buy more drugs.
Today cadets were given a class about Encampment and ALS. It was a chance for cadets to learn about what happens at Encampment, and told about the benefits of ALS. This included getting a ‘head start’ at Encampment, knowing more about what to do, and having a better chance at succeeding.
Next, Col Trick gave a class on Character Development. This class was centered around personal problems. The cadets were told to write down problems they have, and worked together to come up with solutions.
Congratulations to the following cadets for being promoted
- C/AB Horner to C/Amn
- C/MSgt Bush to C/SMSgt
Tonight cadets were able to listen to three presentations about eServices, high temperature injuries, and the gear necessary to go out on a ‘sortie’, an Emergency Services mission. They were also given a tour of C/CMSgt Morgan’s 24 hour and 72 hour packs.
Congratulations to C/SrA Michael Hayden to C/SSgt
Congratulations also to C/CMSgt Hardman and C/CMSgt Schnitker for staying in the program long enough to receive their service awards.
Congratulations as well to C/SMSgt Krall for recruiting two cadets, and earning his recruiter ribbon.
This meeting Group Commander Colonel Davis arrives at the squadron to be a part of the squadron change of command, from Colonel McKean to Colonel McGovern. He also announced that Captain Trick has been promoted to the rank of Major. The now Major Trick announced that the first cadet to reach the Spaatz Award, to become a senior member, and dedicate themselves to helping cadets achieve what they achieved i.e. the Spaatz Award would be awarded Captain Trick’s old epaulets. Also, C/2ndLt. Petschk and C/2ndLt. Marshall were awarded their Mitchell Awards, and challenged cadets to reach the Mitchell Award. After the ceremonies, cadets and parents were treated to cake and ice-cream.
C/2ndLt. McKean taught a aerospace education class, and had cadets build wooden airplanes to fly in a competition. Cadets were taught about the basics of airplane flight.
Congratulations to the following cadets for being promoted:
- C/TSgt Logan Carter to C/MSgt
- C/TSgt Joshua Carter to C/MSgt
- C/SSgt Henry Schnitker to C/TSgt
- C/SMSgt Hardman to C/CMSgt
Tonight, cadets were able to participate in Physical Training. Most cadets were able to pass their physical fitness tests, and step forward to progressing towards their promotions.
Captain Webster was able to give a class today on Drug Demand Reduction, talking about eyesight and the effects of alcohol on and drugs the eyesight.