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:

August 1: BDUs/ABUs
August 8: Blues
August 15: BDUs/ABUs
August 22: PT
August 29:Civies

Effective immediately, all members of Aurora Composite Squadron are authorized to purchase and wear the  Airman Battle Uniform (ABU). We have been unable to secure used uniforms.

The wearing of this uniform is optional, not mandatory. The Battle Dress Uniforms we currently wear are still authorized. We have more of them. You may continue to wear them until June 2021.

The ABU items are available at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Aloha Surplus, US Tactical Supply in Albany,  and through Vanguard at

The regulations on what is needed to wear this uniform can be found here:

Of particular importance are the cover(hat), undershirt, belt, and dark blue name tapes, which must also be purchased. Please read this document before purchasing the new uniform.

Any questions you have should be directed to our Supply Officer, LtCol Boyd,, or me.

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 August 2017 issue of CyberSentinel is available.  

The August 2017 issue of Air Force Magazine is available.   

The June 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, Communications
  • 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
  • 1st Lt P Proffitt
    Administrative Officer,
  • Public Affairs 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
  • C/Maj Proffitt
    Cadet Commander

Upcoming Events

We will attend the Garmin AT Open House this Thursday, August 17, from 16:00 - 19:00, in Salem. We will drive the Squadron van to Salem, departing at 15:30 from Aurora.  Participants currently scheduled are: Lt Miller, Maj Know, Capt Rosenberg, Cadets L Van Sickle, Miller, McDonald, Bates, and T. Clayton.  There are still some seats available in the van.  Dress is Blues.

The 2017 Open House will feature several free educational seminars taught by Garmin Associates from both our Salem campus and Garmin Headquarters in Olathe, Kansas.  Additionally, we encourage all attendees to join us for a tour of our facilities as we open our doors to you.  The tour is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about our avionics and what makes flying with Garmin a great and safe experience.

We encourage guests to stay at Garmin AT for a free dinner on us.  Dinner will be provided by The Flight Deck, a local restaurant located on McNary Field.  During dinner, we will have many great Garmin prizes and giveaways.  The Open House is scheduled to conclude at 7 pm PDT. 

Garmin thanks the aviation community for their instrumental role in Garmin’s success.  Without the loyal support of our many customers, Garmin would not be able to develop the world’s greatest aviation solutions.  This Open House event is our way of saying “thank you” to our incredible customers and community.  Garmin encourages you to spread the word of our Open House and invite as much of the aviation community as possible. 

The August Search And Rescue EXercise (SAREX) is scheduled for this Saturday at Aurora:

Our last programmed SAREX of the year will be Saturday Aug 19, two days before the solar eclipse. There are other activities happening at the same time! We will be flying daily sorties to survey road and airport conditions for the Oregon Department of Aviation between Friday Aug 18 and Tuesday Aug 22. These sorties will also be flown on Saturday, affecting plans at Aurora and Redmond. Also that day we will be participating in a multi-wing, multi-region communications exercise to practice mission management using all our radio resources.

So we will break the SAREX itself into three more or less independent components: Communications, Eclipse Survey flights, and basic training. Lt.Col. Ira Rosenberg will be the IC at Aurora base, and we will also work from staging areas at Redmond and Medford. If you plan to attend, please sign up using the SignUp Genius link below:

Glider Orientation Rides, September 2-3, Prineville, OR.  Maj Ireson’s announcement follows.  Note: All spots have been filled.

I am happy to confirm that we will be able to hold a glider O-ride weekend again this year. The earlier uncertainty regarding the availablilty of gliders has been resolved, and we will again have two gliders and other powered aircraft for O-rides on Labor Day weekend, at Prineville airport. Flights will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 2 and 3.

We expect that we will again be able to camp out in the Prineville EAA hangar as in the past, and that the EAA chapter will provide breakfasts and lunches for a nominal cost. For cadets planning on glider rides, there will be a $20 participation fee to offset organizational expenses.

Participation will be limited in order for everyone attending to have the ability to take one glider ride each day they  are present. If you want to register, contact Capt. Jerry Campbell now, at with your name, CAPID, squadron, weight, and dates attending. If you have questions, contact Capt Campbell at the email above or at 775-247-3442More detailed information will be provided in the near future.


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.