Aurora Composite

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Approximately 30 Civil Air Patrol cadets, ages 12-18, from Clackamas, Washington, Multnomah and Marion Counties attend Aurora Squadron's weekly meetings for training and activities that focus on youth leadership.

Our cadets receive structured training with materials derived directly from the United States Air Force, Military Academies, and Air Ground Schools. This program provides learning opportunities in a safe, challenging, and real-life environment. Skills are developed in teamwork, public speaking, improved study habits, organization, and task completion. Exercise is encouraged through physical training. In addition, we stress the value of America’s military, and the importance of its air-power and science programs, through our aerospace education classes.

Our ultimate goal in training these youth is to shape them into our nation’s future leaders. We desire to see them become functioning members of society utilizing themselves to their full potential. Please join us in this valuable endeavor.

If you are not familiar with Civil Air Patrol and this is your first contact with us, please take a moment to visit the About CAP section of the website.

Orientation Rides

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Civil Air Patrol cadets have the opportunity to take Orientation Rides (O-Rides) in CAP aircraft, including Cessna 172s, 182s and gliders.

We have O-Rides on a regular basis throughout the year as weather permits.

Color Guard

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Aurora Squadron has a Color Guard team that participates in July 4th, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day parades around the Portland area.

Participation on the team is open to all cadets in the Squadron.

See the Photo section to see pictures of previous events.

 

Iwo Jima Flag Raising Ceremony

Saturday, February 18, Canby

 

The Aurora Color Guard participated in the ceremony to commemorate the 1945 raising of the flag on Iwo Jima at the Canby Adult Center.  Cadet Reed and his family joined us as well.

 

BME

Basic Marksmanship Encampment

Twice a year we participate in the Basic Marksmanship Encampment (BME) hosted by the Lewis County Squadron in Centralia, WA.

This is an official NRA Junior Division program that enables cadets to fire and qualify with .22 caliber rifles.

The next BME will take place in May, 2017.

StellarXplorers

 

Aurora Composite StellarXplorers selected as STLX03 finalists

Oregon Wing is proud to announce the selection of Aurora Composite Squadron's team as a finalist in the Air Force Association's StellarXplorers National High School  Space Competition.

After three qualifying rounds, Aurora's Africanized Killer Bees(AKB) scored enough points to place 4th overall.

The all expense paid event, held in Colorado Springs, CO, will take place from April 5th through the 9th. The top ten teams will also tour the Air Force Academy and the United Launch Alliance, and attend  the 33rd Annual Space Symposium.

The competition will occur on Friday, the 7th. The teams will be sequestered for 8 hours. In that time they will be presented with a problem which can be solved by either placing a satellite into a specific orbit, designing a satellite with a specific capability or launching a satellite on a specific launch vehicle. They must select the best launch vehicle, decide which satellites will accomplish the mission, protect the satellites, stay within the weight constraints and stay under  budget. They must also calculate the correct launch window and take into account postponements due to bad weather. Postponements tend to drain the budget.

There is an academic quiz, which must be completed in one hour.

Finally, they must present their solution to the judges using a team created powerpoint presentation.

Team AKB is made up of Annapolis bound C/Capt Simon Chuang,  C/SrA Douglas Clayton, C/A1c Jarek Jellison, and C/SrA Rhett Miller. Adult supervisors are Capt Marc Minato, Maj Rick Koon, 2Lt Peter Mann, and Maj Carl Knox.

The AKBs are the only CAP team in the finals this year.

We wish to especially thank David F. Waggoner and Willamette Aviation Service, LLC, Mentor Graphics and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Northwest for their generous support.  It is greatly appreciated.

 

For more about StellarXplorers click here

 

Uniform of the Day

Uniform of the day (UOD) for this month's meetings:

December 5: BDUs/ABUs
December 12: BDUs/ABUs
December 19: Blues
December 26: No meeting

Visitor Information

You are invited to visit our meetings on Tuesday evenings.  Our members will show you around and answer any questions.

There is no military service obligation for joining Civil Air Patrol as a Cadet or Senior Member.

Meeting Schedule

18:00 Staff Arrives
18:30 Opening Ceremony
19:00 Activities
        - Classes
        - Drill
        - Testing
        - Teamwork
        - Physical Training
        - Promotion Board
21:00 Closing Ceremony

Publications

Note: Use this link to sign up for Oregon Wing Notices.  

The December 2017 issue of CyberSentinel is available.  

The January 2018 issue of Air Force Magazine is available.   This issue contains an interesting story about the 24th Air Force, the USAF component of US Cyber Command.

The Special Edition: Air, Space, & Cyber Conference Air Force Magazine is available.

The October 2017 Safety Beacon is available.

 

Squadron Staff

  • Capt Marc Minato
    Squadron Commander
  • Lt Col J Boyd
    Deputy Commander for Cadets
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    Deputy Commander for Seniors
  • Maj C Knox
    Testing Officer, Character Development Instructor
  • Lt Col D Richards
    Professional Dev Officer
  • Col T Kyle
    Aerospace Education Officer
  • Capt D Rosenberg
    Safety Officer
  • Maj M Rosenberg
    Drug Demand Officer
  • Lt Col I Rosenberg
    Personnel Officer, Public Affairs Officer
  • 1st Lt P Proffitt
    Administrative Officer,
  • 2d Lt P Mann
    Transportation Officer
  • 2d Lt C M Verkest
    Emergency Services Officer, Health Services Officer
  • 2d Lt H A Miller
    Finance Officer
  • 2d Lt H D  Bates
    Communications
  • C/Maj Proffitt
    Cadet Commander

Upcoming Events

Wreaths Across America, Saturday, December 16, Willamette National Cemetery.  The event starts with an indoor ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Chapel at 13:00, followed by an outdoor ceremony starting at 14:30.  The uniform is ABUs/BDUs.  Dress warmly (thermals, gloves, coats, etc).  After the outdoor ceremony, we will place wreaths at specific grave sites as requested by our wreath sponsors.

 

Squadron Banquet, Tuesday, December 19, 18:00 - 21:00.  This year’s banquet will be held in the Willamette Aviation Education hangar (the building adjacent to our normal hangar).  All Aurora members, together with parents, siblings, and invited guests, are welcome to join us next week as we welcome back cadets currently attending one of the Academies or ROTC programs, including Cadet Boyd (ROTC, Embry Riddle, AZ), Cadet Briggs (US Air Force Academy), Midshipman Chuang (US Naval Academy), Cadet Farner (ROTC, Embry Riddle, FL), Cadet Irving (West Point), Cadet Parker (ROTC, Oregon State), and Cadet Candidate Pizzuti (US Air Force Academy Prep School).  Distinguished guests include Oregon Wing Commander Col Ray, and Academy Liaison Officers for the Air Force, Army, and Naval Academies.

 

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