2017 May Character Development

Mount Airy Composite Squadron gathered at the Mt Airy Senior and Community Center on May 18, 2017, for the weekly scheduled meeting. Commander Buzzard and Deputy Commander Trombley attended a unit commander’s course hosted by the West Virginia Wing this past weekend. The course proved to be re-energizing; the Colonels came back with new enthusiasm.The squadron has a new senior member, First Lieutenant Laura Smith-Velazquez.  She will be assisting in Aerospace and the Cyber Patriot program; the squadron is fortunate to have her experience, abilities and enthusiasm. Plans for the upcoming Cadet Change of Command are coming together. The VFW, Mt Airy Post, has graciously offered their meeting room for the event. The cadet program portion of the evening ran smoothly. Cadet Airman First Class Amy Franklin reports on the following activities:

Character development:
Cadets were separated into groups, and went over a case study that read about a cadet going for their Spaatz award (the highest award for a cadet), and how the cadet study hard to earn it. The cadet then put in a request to get approved for Spaatz, but the new commander is unsure to approve it or not since they haven’t been showing up at too many meetings or CAP events. After reading the case study, groups answered a series of questions about if the cadet’s request should be approved or not, and how other cadets will be affected by the decision.

Cyber Patriot:
Colonel Buzzard discussed the upcoming extracurricular event for cadets, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cyber Patriot competition. The competition will place cadets into teams where they receive training in cyber defense and then compete against other squadrons in the US to see which squadron is the best in the cyber defense and win the cyber defense trophy!

Awards:
C/SMSgt Pitt, C/A1C Albertson, and C/A1C Walker were awarded certificates for Cadets of the Month and C/SSgt Buchheit was awarded the Cadet of the Quarter certificate.

Thank you C/A1C Franklin for your reports and attention to detail. No photos were taken during the evening activities.

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