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’s StellarXplorers team has been selected to the National Finals, from April 5-9, in Colorado. This is an outstanding accomplishment for our team and coach!
Oregon Wing Commander Col Ray, Pacific Region Commander Col Stokes, and CAP National Commander Gen Vazquez received the following briefing from Susan Mallett, the Youth Development and AFA Programs Coordinator:
The AFA’s StellarXplorer semi-finals are completed and ten teams across the United States will be competing in the national finals to be held in CO Springs 5-9 April. ONE CAP team will be representing our organization- PCR’s own, the Aurora Composite Squadron from Portland, Oregon. Congratulations to this amazing team!
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
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.
Uniform of the Day
Uniform of the day (UOD) for this month's meetings:
May 30: Civies
June 6: BDUs
June 13 Blues
June 20: Blues
June 27: PT
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 https://www.vanguardmil.com/collections/cap-abu-uniform.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or me.
- Capt Marc Minato
- 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
- Maj M Rosenberg
Drug Demand Officer
- Lt Col I Rosenberg
- 1st Lt P Proffitt
- Public Affairs Officer
- 2d Lt P Mann
- 2d Lt C M Verkest
Emergency Services Officer, Health Services Officer
- 2d Lt H A Miller
- C/Maj Chuang
Members in the News
Cadet Chuang, Wilsonville Spokesman, November 09, 2016
Cadet Chuang, Wilsonville Spokesman, August 11, 2016
Cadets Irving and Parker, Tigard Tualatin Sherwood Times, January 15, 2016
Cadet Proffitt, Lake Oswego Review, August 20, 2015
Cadet Parker, Tigard Tualatin Sherwood Times, July 09, 2015
Cadet Parker, Tigard Tualatin Sherwood Times, April 23, 2015
Cadet Color Guard, Portland Tribune, June 05, 2014
Cadets Proffitt & Parker, Oregon Pilots Assocation's Propwash, November, 2013
Cadets Irving & Minato, Wilsonville Spokesman, August 14, 2013
July 4 Parade, Molalla, 09:30 - 12:00. Aurora’s Color Guard will present the colors during the parade. All other members are welcome and encouraged to march along with the Color Guard.
Note: Use this link to sign up for Oregon Wing Notices.
The May 2017 issue of CyberSentinel is available. This issue includes a picture of the Colorado CAP team that won the Service Division of the CyberPatriot IX national competition.
The June 2017 issue of Air Force Magazine is available. This issue includes an almanac, which lists details like how many active duty airman there are by rank/gender/region, pay scales, aircraft inventories, base locations, aircraft details, etc.
The May 2017 Safety Beacon is available.
CAP’s 2016 Report to Congress.
18:00 Staff Arrives
18:30 Opening Ceremony
- Physical Training
- Promotion Board
21:00 Closing Ceremony
Aurora Squadron has a team of cadets competing in the CyberPatriot Competition.
CyberPatriot is the premier national high school cyber defense competition created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.
Aurora's CyberPatriot team won 1st place in Oregon in the All Service Division State Round for CyberPartriot VI (2013), and CyberPatriot VII (2014). For CyberPatriot VIII (2015), Aurora added a second team, and won 1st and 2nd place in Oregon. In addition, Aurora placed third in the CyberPatriot VI West Regional Recognition Round.
Aurora's two CyberPatriot teams competed in Qualification Round 2 of the CyberPatriot competition last weekend. Scores from this round are expected next week. The State Round is scheduled for January 14.