About Our Squadron - IA129 Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron
The Squadron continues its long-standing support of all three CAP missions. Furthermore, the squadron continues its history as the largest CAP squadron in the Iowa Wing with 68 members.
For Cadet Programs, our program continues to mentor and lead cadets into being successful aerospace leaders. The squadron sent three members to the Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) course at Camp Dodge. This course helped CRCS members become more effective senior leaders in the Cadet Program. In addition, several cadets participated in the Wisconsin Wing Encampment. C/Maj Holt was serving on the Standardization and Evaluation Team during the encampment. For his dedication and efforts, he was commended on the final day of the encampment. The squadron also supported the Kansas Wing Winter Encampment by sending three cadets. Lastly, Cadets Madden, Breitbart, and Abdoney earned the NRA “Pro Marksman” Badge for successfully completing the required course of fire on the M-16 rifle simulator. C/CMSgt Holt completed Honor Guard training, while C/A1C Madden completed Color Guard training at the Kansas Wing Ceremonies School.
Of particular note, our very own CyberPatriot Team will compete with the Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron and the Big Sioux Composite Squadrons in the final rounds of the CyberPatriot VII National Championship. Team members began training for this event in August 2014 and their hardwork pulled off in the regional rounds. The Squadron scored 196 points in the CyberPatriot VI Regional Round, which earned them the distinction of the Midwest Regional Runner-Up. Their coach was Marshall Barker. They’ll be competing in late March 2015 with JROTC teams from the Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps programs and the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
For Emergency Services/Operations, the Squadron continues its active program by ensuring various training opportunities were available to cadets and senior members. For orientation flights, the squadron offered four power O-flights and nine glider O-flights. Des Moines Composite Squadron (IA-002) helped support the activity by sending Capt Kirschman, Capt Sanders, and Capt Kaufmann. In addition, 1st Lt Pisini provided power O-flights. The Squadron participated in the Evaluated SAREX at Boone, Iowa and helped the Wing score a “Successful” rating. Two additional cadets, Cadet Breitbart and Cadet Abdoney, earned their ground team member qualifications. Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron participated in the “Thunder in the Valley II Airshow” in Waterloo, Iowa.
The Squadron looks forward for next year and hopes to continue its long-standing support in Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services. In addition, it anticipates that will hold the distinction as Iowa’s largest squadron.