Raleigh Wake Composite Squadron Cadet Meeting: April 2015

By: Josh Thompson C/1st LT, Flight Commander
4/28/15,

National Guard Armory – What a successful meeting!  Tonight was the last meeting of the month, dubbed “blues week.”  This is because cadets come to the meeting wearing Air Force style “Blues” uniforms.  The night started out with opening formation.  Attendance was strong, with about 30 cadets.  Afterwards, the flights were dismissed to proceed with inspections, a process in which a cadet’s uniform is checked in accordance with CAP regulations.  Next, the cadets moved on to character development.  Captain Sunman and Lieutenant Cozzolino gave a compelling presentation on “Relationships in the CAP.”  The class lasted for about an hour.  Afterwards, the squadron moved onto a squadron wide drill block.  The cadets touched up on their stationary facing movements and practiced some advanced marching movements, such as columns and flanks.  This gave the flight sergeants of the squadron a chance to instruct drill, which is a very valuable skill.  Afterwards, the cadets headed to closing formation.  On Blues Nights, promotions ceremonies are held.  Cadet Second Lieutenant Josh Thompson was promoted to Cadet First Lieutenant and Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Evans was promoted to the rank of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. At the conclusion of left for the night, thus ending another successful meeting.

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Cadet Colorguard Regionals

FORT PICKETT, VA— On September 25 and 26, the Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron travelled to Fort Pickett, VA for the Middle East Region Cadet Competition. The team had to compete against several other color guards from around the region in multiple events including the Cadet Physical Fitness Test, the Written Exam, Indoor posting of the colors, Outdoor posting of the colors, a spot inspection, and a Team Leadership problem. Cadets also participated in elective events. Prepared speeches, impromptu speeches, and jeopardy were introduced to the competition this year. The team’s victory makes them the top seed to represent the region at the National Cadet Competition over the new years holiday at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. After the awards ceremony, C/Maj Browning said  “This was a great opportunity for our team and also a great challenge, Our team has a lot of work to put in before the National Competition, but we are very confident in our ability to be the first North Carolina team to win NCC in over a decade.” The National Cadet Competition will begin December 27th, 2015.

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2015 Change of Command

The Raleigh Wake Composite Squadron of Raleigh, NC, said their farewells to the former cadet commander, C/1Lt Ari Brown, as he relinquished command of the squadron on 30 Jun 2015, to C/Capt Holden Browning.

 

C/CMSgt Brannan Massey served as the guide-on bearer in the change of command ceremony. After the ceremony, Major Laviano swore in Captain Browning, binding him to defend the duties of CAP and to help Raleigh-Wake become an absolutely outstanding squadron. C/Capt Browning shared his thoughts on the squadron, discussing his commitment to excellence that his predecessors had shown, and his dream of the future of the squadron, which included visions of a tighter-knit squadron with professionalism higher than ever before. After wrapping up his speech with a particularly powerful closing, he proceeded to lead the cadets in the Raleigh-Wake chant, serving as an excellent start to the new cadet commander’s term.

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Raleigh-Wake Cadets Build Rockets; VFW Presents Awards: 2/10/2015

 

2/10/2015 — Raleigh, NC — Tonight, the cadets arrived in their dress blues uniform for a special meeting. In attendance tonight were the commander and vice commander of the Cary VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). They were here to present the VFW cadet officer award and the VFW cadet NCO award.

The  VFW awards are awarded by the VFW and are given to a cadet Non-Commissioned Officer and a cadet officer to commemorate their exceptional service to CAP. The cadets who received the awards this week were Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Zoe Vestal, Raleigh-Wake’s Cadet First Sergeant with the Cadet NCO of the Year Award. The VFW Cadet Officer of the Year Award was given to Cadet Captain Holden Browning, Raleigh-Wake’s Cadet Deputy Commander. Also presented at this meeting were the cadet of the month and the cadet staff member of the month awards which were presented to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Nicholas Stone and  Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Toby Vestal respectively.

After the awards were presented, the cadets moved to a presentation by Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Evans about Aerospace Education in preparation for the upcoming AE specialty track in which cadets are able to learn more about certain aspects of the CAP. This presentation included an activity in which cadets constructed and sent off rubber band rockets. The cadets learned about the basics of aerospace, the parts of an airplane, and about aerospace current events such as the Rosetta probe. After the class, the cadets proceded into the first activity needed for the Model Rocketry badge. The objective of the activity was to successfully build and fly a rubber band rocket. The main body of each rocket was made of a foam tube. Other parts needed were foam cut-outs for the fins, tape, zip-ties and a rubber band attached to the front for launching it. After building and testing their rockets, the cadets lined up and launched their rockets at the same time to see who’s could go the farthest.

In the class and activity held that night, cadets gained a better understanding of the basics of aerospace. Through experience they learned why rockets are built the way they are. They also took a first step toward their Model Rocketry badges.

While that was going on, several cadets practiced for their National Cadet Special Activity review boards. After the conclusion of these events, the cadets had their closing ceremonies. Overall, it was a very educational and outstanding meeting for the Raleigh-Wake cadets.

Authors:

C/SMSgt Nicholas Stone, CAP

Cadet Information Technology NCOIC, Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron

C/TSgt Dominic Coletti, CAP

Cadet Public Affairs NCOIC, Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron

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Cadet Captain Holden Browning receiving the cadet officer VFW award (All photos credit: C/TSgt Dominic Coletti)

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The cadets constructing their rubber band rockets.

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Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Zoe Vestal preparing to receive the VFW Cadet NCO award.

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Durham Bulls Game: April 15, 2015

By: C/MSgt Dominic Coletti, Cadet Public Affairs NCOIC, Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron, CAP

 

April 15, 2015 Durham, NC—Tonight, the Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron color guard had a special invitation to present the colors at the Durham Bulls home opener. At 8:45 PM, the Raleigh-Wake color guard marched out onto the field, proudly bearing the North Carolina and United States flags. They presented the colors and acted very professionally all throughout. The crowd was quite impressed with their professionalism and gave a hearty round of applause.

The color guard’s purpose is to ensure the protection of the colors. They are also called upon to render honors to the color during the playing of the national anthem, as they did tonight. This job is one that requires incredible attention to detail, practice, and precision. This makes the job one that is incredibly prestigious and available only to those who are truly dedicated. The Raleigh-Wake color guard was commanded by Cadet Captain (C/Capt) Holden Browning, who has an affinity for everything related to drill. Captain Browning says, “The Durham Bulls Color Guard posting really gives our team to showcase the hard work we put into practicing and allows us to represent Raleigh-Wake, and NC Wing to people both inside and outside of Civil Air Patrol.”

The team, consisting of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant (C/CMSgt) Zoe Vestal, Cadet Second Lieutenant (C/2dLt) Max Matthews, C/CMSgt William Smith, as well as Capt. Browning, did an outstanding job and positively represented not only Raleigh Wake but also the Civil Air Patrol. This event showcased many of the themes of CAP including leadership and professionalism.

After the color guard presented the colors, they returned to their seats satisfied with a job well done and were met with cheers from the squadron who had witnessed the performance from the stands. Then, they all enjoyed a time of fellowship watching a great game of baseball.

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At the ready: The Raleigh-Wake color guard prepared to present the colors at the DBAP. (Photo credit: 1st Lt Roy Vestal, ITO, Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron)

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Careful Planning: Captain Woody Browning shows C/Capt Holden Browning where the color guard is to go to present the colors. (Photo credit: 1st Lt Roy Vestal, ITO, Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron)

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“Present, Arms”: The color guard during the presentation of the colors at the Durham Bulls home opener. (Photo credit: 1st Lt Roy Vestal, ITO, Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron)

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Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron Tent Cleaning

On a wet and cold day, cadets arrived to help clean the Raleigh Wake tents. These cadets went through the trailer which was used for airman school and cleaned almost every item individually: whether tent or sleep kit, no dirty item was safe from the soap and pressure washer. A severe lack of volunteers and the weather prevented these cadets from finishing the cleaning that day, but there were more opportunities to finish in upcoming weeks. In the end, all of the equipment was washed allowed to dry, and prepared for future camping trips.

Cadets Smith and Matthews powerwashing sleeping pads.

Cadets Smith and Matthews powerwashing sleeping pads.

Cadets power washing tables as cadet Vlack looks on.

Cadets power washing tables as cadet Vlack looks on.

 

Toby Vestal, C/CMSgt, CAP

Cadet Administrative NCOIC

Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron

 

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Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron Holds Annual Banquet

 

Dec. 13, 2014 — GARNER, N.C. — Saturday, December 13 was a night cadets had been awaiting for months…. the annual squadron banquet!  After an exciting afternoon of cooking turkeys, roasting ham, creating stuffing, casserole, and dessert by Mrs. Fletcher, Mrs. Stone, Lt. Browning, Captain Langley, and Lt. Col. Langley, as well as advanced set-up by some of the cadet staff, the Civil Air Patrol members and their families arrived at the First Baptist Church of Garner looking sharp in their blues and corporate uniforms.  One of the biggest events and fundraisers at the Raleigh-Wake Composite squadron, it was attended by a majority of cadets and senior members from the squadron.

To begin the exciting evening, the Region Champion Raleigh Wake Color Guard presented the colors and led the room in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Next, Squadron Commander Maj. Richard Laviano, Lt Col Langley, Lt. Browning, and their families were announced and paraded through the hall to their place at the beautifully decorated head table.  The MIA/POW table ceremony was presented, and all took their seats.

The night’s ceremonies began with Squadron Commander Maj. Richard Laviano congratulating the squadron in its accomplishments and inviting guests to begin on the wonderful food.  After a time of fellowship, food, buying tickets for the raffle, and viewing items for the silent auction, the room was called to order, and a slideshow created by the public affairs cadet staff that showed a year in review was presented.  The executive staff led a “year in review” slideshow and highlighted successful Raleigh Wake activities including Airman School, emergency services activities, O-Flights, Rocketry, Encampment, CyberPatriot, and Color Guard, as well as showing just a few of the NCSA’s cadets had participated in including Civil Engineering Academy, Cadet Officer School, Hawk Mountain Ranger School, National Emergency Services Academy, and Flight Academy.

A short presentation on CyberPatriot was presented by the CyberPatriot cadets and they presented Capt. Sunman and Lt. Vestal with Amazon and Whole Foods gift cards as thanks for all they did for the team.  After a brief coffee and dessert break (and a chance to participate in the silent auction), promotions were held that included C/CMSgt. Sam Smith and C/CMSgt. Josh Thomson receiving C/2d Lt., C/2d Lt. Ari Brown recieving C/1st Lt., and C/1st Lt. Holden Browning receiving C/Capt. A special note by the cadet testing officer Capt. Vlack was that Thompson had promoted minimum time for every one of his promotions since C/Amn.

Senior members were recognized for their contribution to the cadet program and given a mug with a CAP plane and their name painted on the side.  Finally the time of the night cadets had been waiting for arrived… of the year awards.  Each of the year award cadet was given an engraved pocket knife and a plaque in recognition.

Cadet Alexis Roehrig received the Cadet Respect Award, Cadet Ari Brown Cadet Officer of the Year, Cadet Josh Thompson received Cadet Staff Member of the Year, and Cadet Browning received Cadet of the year.   Lieutenant Browning was the recipient of the Cadet Programs Senior Member of the Year Award.  The banquet was an overall success, and one of the best in Raleigh-Wake history.

Authors:

Toby Vestal, C/CMSgt, CAP

Cadet Admin NCO

Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron

Hannah Fletcher, C/2d Lt, CAP

Cadet Executive Officer

Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron

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Raleigh-Wake Squadron Commander Major Rich Laviano and his wife, Linda.

Photo credit: C/TSgt Dominic Coletti

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The Cadet Change of Command ceremony, led by Major Laviano (far right).  The outgoing Cadet Commander, C/1st Lt Devyn Williams (2nd from left), prepares to hand off command of the squadron to the incoming commander, C/2nd Lt Ari Brown (far left).  C/2nd Lt Brick Ingle (2nd from right) serves as the guidon bearer.  Photo Credit: C/TSgt Dominic Coletti

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Cadet Josh Thompson is promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant, with help from his parents.  Photo credit: C/TSgt Dominic Coletti

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Raleigh Wake Composite Squadron Cadet Meeting: 8/25/15

By: C/A1C Gabriella Stapel

8/25/15, National Guard Armory – What a successful meeting!  Tonight was the last meeting of the month, called “blues week.”  Cadets came to the meeting wearing Air Force style “Blues” uniforms.  The night started out with an opening formation.  Afterwards, the flights were dismissed to proceed with inspections, a process in which a cadet’s uniform is checked in accordance with CAP regulations.  Next, the cadets moved on to character development.  Captain Sunman and Lieutenant Cozzolino gave an interesting presentation on loyalty, and what that means in different areas of life.  Afterwards, the squadron moved onto a drill block.  The cadets practiced both stationary drill and advanced marching movements, such as columns and flanks.  This gave the flight sergeants of the squadron a chance to instruct drill, which is a very valuable skill.  Afterward, the National Guard allowed cadets to view a Humvee and try night vision goggles. Finally, the cadets headed to closing formation.  On Blues Nights, promotions ceremonies are held.  Four cadets were promoted, making this a successful night for the squadron. Also, C/1st Lt. Josh Thompson received a flight suit for achieving his solo wings.  At the conclusion of promotions, the cadets left, thus ending another fantastic meeting.

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Sergeant Fackrell of the NC Army National Guard discusses the possibilities within the National Guard.  (Photo credit: C/SMSgt Dominic Coletti, PAO, Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron)

 

 

 

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Cadet First Lieutenant Thompson receiving his flight suit recognizing his completion of his solo flight. (Photo credit: C/SMSgt Dominic Coletti, PAO, Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron)

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Senior meeting changes: no meeting on sept 18th

The Senior meeting scheduled for Thursday Sept 18th has been moved to Thursday Sept 25th, same time (1830 hours)

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Cadets and Senior Members Gather to Recognize Accomplishments

By: C/Amn Samuel Ward, cadet PAO and 1st. Lt. Bryan Weil, squadron PAO

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, was a big night for cadets, seniors, and their families to get together to celebrate the successes of the last six months.  Prior to the ceremony, everyone feasted on a variety of dishes and delicious desserts brought by the families, and plenty of time was given for everyone to meet each other’s friends and families while they ate. The agenda for the evening included a change of command ceremony, award presentations and promotions. Cadets and their families brought delicious home cooked meals and takeout food.

Major Laviano adresses those assembled for the evening prior to dinner.

Major Laviano adresses those assembled for the evening prior to dinner.

During the change of command ceremony, C/Lt Col Peter Soares was relieved as his position as Cadet Commander after completing his six month tour, handing over responsibilities to  C/1st. Lt Devyn Williams who took over as commander for the next six months. Soares offered the following when asked about his time as company commander, “It was one of the best experiences of my life especially since we got the opportunity to start from scratch which thought us as executive staff how to go about and implementing procedures. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be commander and will always be in debt to the squadron.” Williams was able to address the audience after accepting the command flag from Soares and offered, “I hope to see an increase of 10 new, active cadets. Additionally I would like to increase our visibility in the community through community service and recruiting.” Williams also stated that the cadet program will be reintroducing specialty tracks so that the cadets can choose what they want to focus their training to emphasize.”

C/Lt. Col Soares hands Maj. Laviano the flag of command

C/Lt. Col Soares hands Maj. Laviano the flag of command

 

C/1st. Lt Devyn Williams accepts command of the cadet squadron.

C/1st. Lt Devyn Williams accepts command of the cadet squadron.

 

C/ 1sr. Lt. Williams addresses those assembled after assuming command of the cadet squadron

C/ 1st. Lt Williams addresses those assembled after assuming command of the cadet squadron

During the award ceremony, 2nd. Lt. James Browning was awarded the Mitchell Award, which is earned after the completion of the first eight achievements of the cadet program. In addition, the cadet must pass a comprehensive 100-question examination covering leadership theory and aerospace topics. C/Capt. Steve Soares was awarded the Earhart award, which is earned after the receipt of the General Billy Mitchell Award and the completion of the first eleven achievements of the Cadet Program. C/Lt Col. Peter Soares was awarded the Eaker award which denotes successful completion of all of the achievements of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.

 

Cadet promotions were announced next, and  Rijel Evans was promoted from C/Sr. Airman to C/SSgt;  Zoey Vestal was promoted from C/SSgt to C/TSgt; Brannan Massey was promoted from C/TSgt to C/Msgt; and Matthew Fletcher was promoted from C/TSgt to C/Msgt. Senior member promotions were announced next, and  Raleigh Wake Squadron Commander Richard Laviano was promoted from Captain to Major. Tracie Langley was reinstated to Captain following a leave of absence, and Ryan Almich was promoted to 2nd Lt.

Following the promotion ceremony 2nd. Lt. Browning presented Maj. Laviano with the championship trophy which the color guard received during a Middle East Region color guard competition earlier this year and 2nd. Lt. Vestal presented Major Laviano with awards received in this year’s cyber patriot competition. The cyber patriot team placed first place in local competition, third in region competition, and finally placing seventh in the nation out of 1500 teams competing. Vestal also presented Laviano and Lt. Col. Jay Langley, with briefcases from the competition and a challenge coin.

2nd. Lt. Browning presents Maj. Laviano with trophy

2nd. Lt. Browning presents Maj. Laviano with trophy

1St. Lt Vestal presents Maj. Laviano with certificates denoting the achievements of the cyber patriot team

1St. Lt Vestal presents Maj. Laviano with certificates denoting the achievements of the cyber patriot team

Deputy Commander of Cadets Lt Col J Jay Langley said when summing up the entire evening and the progress the cadet corps has made over the last year, “I am very proud of how well each group within our cadet program has rallied and excelled in their own respective areas; how well our cyber patriot team did this year and how much the ground team, communications, emergency services and ranger team members have learned, grown and excelled in their chosen specialty.” Langley added “I am very impressed and proud of how well our line and support staff have worked together to grow the squadron, train and promote new cadets and provide a healthy exciting fast paced training program four our cadets to participate in. I am so very excited about this new staff and how much incredible potential exists in their leadership and enthusiasm.”

Squadron Commander Maj. Rich Laviano expressed his gratitude to Lt. Col Langley and his staff of dedicated senior members who have greatly “impacted the lives of the cadets through their tireless efforts over the last year.” Laviano also added “each of these young men and women who participate in the cadet program will have their lives positively changed in so many ways, both seen and unseen”, and that ” the leadership skills learned in CAP will certainly help them to be successful in whatever career they choose down the road.”

 

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