Wreaths Across America
On Saturday, Dec 16th, our squadron will take part in a wreath placing ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery
The wreaths will be placed on veteran's graves on the 16th and 17th. Wreaths may be purchased for $15 apiece.
You have the option of ordering online using a bank card. The secure address for sponsoring a wreath through Aurora Composite is:
https://goo.gl/2hbTng (a condensed link that will take you to the above address)
Or you may use the attached document "2017_WreathSponsorshipForm". It may be mailed in or brought to the squadron where it will be combined with other sponsorships and submitted. Our last day to turn in order forms for placement on the 16th is Nov. 27th.
Wreaths Across America provides the following description of their mission:
Our mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. We also organize a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and a week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia where we stop along the way to spread our message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.
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.
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.
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.
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:
November 7: BDUs/ABUs
November 14: Blues
November 21: BDUs/ABUs
November 28: PT
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.
18:00 Staff Arrives
18:30 Opening Ceremony
- Physical Training
- Promotion Board
21:00 Closing Ceremony
Note: Use this link to sign up for Oregon Wing Notices.
The November 2017 issue of CyberSentinel is available.
The October/November 2017 issue of Air Force Magazine is available.
The Special Edition: Air, Space, & Cyber Conference Air Force Magazine is available.
The October 2017 Safety Beacon is available.
- Capt Marc Minato
- Lt Col J Boyd
Deputy Commander for Cadets
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
- Maj M Rosenberg
Drug Demand Officer
- Lt Col I Rosenberg
Personnel Officer, Public Affairs Officer
- 1st Lt P Proffitt
- 2d Lt P Mann
- 2d Lt C M Verkest
Emergency Services Officer, Health Services Officer
- 2d Lt H A Miller
- 2d Lt H D Bates
- C/Maj Proffitt
Wreaths Across America, Saturday, December 16, Willamette National Cemetery.
Squadron Banquet, Tuesday, December 19, in the Columbia Aviation Association clubhouse at Aurora airport.
Use this link for directions: https://goo.gl/maps/GEhqhbjitdN2