The past year was one of great change for Apex Cadet Squadron. We had to find a new meeting location which turned out to be very difficult but Capt Kearns was able to find a place for the squadron. We also saw a shift from 1-year terms to 6-month terms for our cadet staff. A big thank you and congratulations to both C/Capt Kearns and C/Capt Barrow for doing an outstanding job as commanders this year.
We also saw yet another Apex cadet earn the Spaatz award. Congratulations to C/Col Waters!
Apex was well represented with having three cadets (Waters, Regittko, and Willis) serve as staff members at the NC Wing Encampment. We also had Senior Members serve on staff at the NC Wing Encampment, NC Drill & Ceremonies Academy, and Middle East Region Honor Guard Academy. Apex also started to branch out to become a more multifaceted unit by having both cadets and senior members become certified as Ground Team Members, Rangers, Flight Release Officer, and Flight Line Marshaller. We one again competed in the CyberPatriot competition fielding two teams and welcoming cadets from two other squadrons as teammates. We finished third and fifth respectively in the state.
Our cadets participated in numerous powered and glider orientation flights throughout the year as well. We posted colors for various events, helped out Resurrection Lutheran Church with their Coffee House outreach program, and individual cadets donated many hours to different charitable causes. Just a few weeks ago we had one cadet and one Senior Member travel to Arlington National Cemetery as part of the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard to support Wreaths Across America.
For 2015 Apex Cadet Squadron will see may more changes as we welcome a new Cadet and Senior Commander. We are also working with other nearby squadrons to hold combined events to give our cadets for opportunities to learn and grow within the CAP program. Here are just some of the activities that are planned for 2015:
- Ranger Winter School
- Drill & Ceremonies Academy
- Bivouac with Fayetteville Composite Squadron
- Powered and Glider Orientation Flights
- Parades and Color Guard opportunities
- Search and Rescue Exercises (Squadron, Group, and Wing level)
- Middle East Region Search and Rescue Academy
- NC Wing Color Guard & Drill Team Competition
- NC Wing Encampment
- Wreaths Across America
I hope you enjoy this holiday season and look forward to seeing everyone for our first meeting of 2015 on January 8 for CPFT. We will also have our annual awards ceremony on January 29 (more details to come).