Squadron Member Receives Award

February 6, 2017 by · Comments Off on Squadron Member Receives Award
Filed under: Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, Squadron News 

One of our squadron’s Senior members was recently presented an award in recognition of his actions during 2016 in support of CAP’s Emergency Services program at a ceremony held in the squadron’s facilities at North Texas Regional Airport (NTRA).

2nd Lt Michael Schroeder received a CAP Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding service to a member’s squadron, group, or wing. Lt Schroeder earned this award by successfully establishing and building the squadron’s aircrews and flight capabilities, which in turn expanded and enhanced CAP’s ability to support communities in the local Texoma area and across North Texas during emergencies.

2d Lt Michael Schroeder (L) receives a CAP Achievement Award from Squadron Commander Capt Michael Bernier (R)

Beginning in March 2016, Lt Schroeder re-established his personal aircrew qualifications as a Transport Mission Pilot, Mission Scanner, and Mission Observer. Following this, he attended the annual Lone Star Emergency Services Academy (LESA) in Nacogdoches, where he successfully completed qualification as a Mission Pilot. He then organized a Flight Clinic at NTRA, during which additional senior members from both our squadron and others were able to complete or continue work toward their aircrew qualifications. Additional training activities later in the year continued to build on this work. By December, the squadron’s aircrew capabilities had increased from zero to 1 Mission Pilot, 2 additional Transport Mission Pilots, 4 Mission Observers, and 5 Mission Scanners, with additional members working toward aircrew qualifications including Airborne Photographer.

Lt Schroeder’s efforts resulted in establishing Texoma Composite Squadron as a “flying” squadron with the capability of providing trained aircrews for missions. This in turn allowed the squadron to begin hosting an aircraft in December at NTRA for the first time in many years.

In addition, he organized and conducted numerous Orientation flights for Cadets both here and at neighboring squadrons.

In recommending him for the award, our Squadron Commander, Capt Michael Bernier, said, “Lt Schroeder has kept a consistent focus and unwavering commitment to building and supporting the Air Operations mission of Civil Air Patrol. He maintains a positive rapport with all other squadrons, offering to help them whenever his schedule allows. I have received nothing but the highest praise from everyone he has worked with, and we are very glad to have him as a member of our squadron.”

Group II Commander Lt Col Bill Schroder added, “Lt Schroeder is a driving force in the Group for Cadet Orientation flights and Emergency Services missions.”

Honoring Veterans at the Vietnam Wall

September 10, 2016 by · Comments Off on Honoring Veterans at the Vietnam Wall
Filed under: Cadet Activities, Squadron News 

by Lt. Col. Jeff Harrell

On September 9th, TX-262 cadets volunteered to assist at the Vietnam War Memorial Wall traveling exhibit in Plano, Texas. It is an 80% replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. and contains the names of all those who lost their lives in the war. Our squadron searched to find the 24 men from our own Grayson County, Texas whose names were on the Wall. A cadet would then do a pencil etching of the name when it was found. We also visited the boot memorial that Grace Outreach Church in Plano set up in honor of the service men and women from North Texas who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We were privileged to have this opportunity to show our respect and to give thanks to our Vietnam Veterans for their service and sacrifice. We are thankful for all our military service men and women who have served and are serving our nation around the world.

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Christmas In July!

August 3, 2016 by · Comments Off on Christmas In July!
Filed under: Cadet Activities, Events, Squadron News 

by Lt. Jamie Biasi

Texoma Composite Squadron was given the opportunity to participate in our first recruitment event, which was held in Downtown Sherman on July 9th. “Christmas in July” was celebrated throughout the community with fun crafts, games, and a visit from St. Nick! According to the Herald Democrat, “this is the fourth year of the event and it brought about 62 booths to the area around the courthouse as well as surrounding streets. Each booth had a free activity or toy for children.” Our squadron provided children with a fun ornament to make and bring home as well as coloring pages. We would like to thank Downtown Sherman NOW! and all of the organizers for putting together this event and allowing us the opportunity to be a part of it.

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