Aurora Composite


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


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

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.



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.



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:

September 5: BDUs/ABUs
September 12: Blues
September 19: BDUs/ABUs
September 26: PT

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


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

The September 2017 issue of CyberSentinel is available.

The October/November 2017 issue of Air Force Magazine is available.   

The August 2017 Safety Beacon is available.

CAP’s 2016 Report to Congress.

Squadron Staff

  • Capt Marc Minato
    Squadron Commander
  • Lt Col J Boyd
    Deputy Commander for Cadets
  • Maj R Koon
    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
  • C/Maj Proffitt
    Cadet Commander

Upcoming Events


Oregon Wing Conference, September 29 - October 1, Florence, OR.

Cadets, Are you planning on going to wing conference but don't want to pay more money for a hotel room?

Great news, we have free (yes, that's right FREE) billeting available for you. The only things extra you need to bring are a foam or camping pad, and your sleeping bag.

Our Wing Chaplain, Chaplain Owen, is the pastor of a church in Florence, and has graciously agreed to open the church doors and let us sleep there. If you are planning on staying at the church, you must register for the wing conference on EventBrite. Your wing conference registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, as well as Sunday breakfast.

In Summary: FREE BILLETING FOR CADETS, bring your floor sleeping gear.  

Senior members - Want to chaperone the cadets? I need a few more volunteers, even if you can only help one night. Please let me know, Maj Andrew Lucas -

Great Start and NCO School, Saturday - Sunday, 14 - 15 October, at Aurora.  Aurora Squadron will host the 3rd Annual Oregon Wing Great Start Weekend and NCO School.  Applications for instructors are now being accepted:

The 3rd Annual Oregon Wing Great Start Weekend and NCO School is now accepting staff/instructor applications. The activity will be held at the Aurora Composite Squadron meeting hangar at Willamette Aviation Services, Aurora, Oregon, from Saturday, 14 October 2017 to Sunday, 15 October 2017. The activity cost will be $25.00 dollars, which includes supplies, meals, and lodging.

Instructors should be Achievement 7 or 8 (C/CMSgt) at the time of the activity. They must be able to communicate digitally before the event to prepare classes and activities. Most of the curriculum is already made, however some adjustments are necessary. Instructors must have prior student experience at an encampment or an NCOS.

To apply, complete a CAP resume as well as a cover letter in memorandum format that includes the following:

1. Which school (Great Start or NCOS) would you rather instruct and why?

2.What are your leadership strengths? What can you bring to the position that others can't

3.What traits do you look for in an instructor?

When completed, attach both documents to an email and copy it to the following email address: .  Please use the following subject line: Great Start/NCO Schools Staff Application.