Local Civil Air Patrol Squadron hosted Change of Command Ceremony

Appleton, Wisconsin – First Lieutenant Lisa Bastian assumed command, January 2nd, of the Civil Air Patrol’s Fox Cities Composite Squadron.

Bastian, the squadron’s former Deputy Commander for Seniors, replaces Captain James Lange, who will assume the position of Emergency Services Officer. Fox Cities was honored to have Northeast Group Commander Lieutenant Colonel John Hoffmann, Wisconsin Wing Chief of Staff for Mission Support Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Gaylord, and Wisconsin Wing Vice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Harvey Moss join them for the ceremony.

Fox Cities Composite Squadron – Civil Air Patrol is part of the all civilian, all volunteer U.S. Air Force Auxiliary; which offers a Cadet program for teenage youth between the ages of 12-18. The Cadet program includes multiple orientation flights, leadership training, and a community oriented aerospace education program. The Fox Cities Squadron also has an active Emergency Services team which aids in search and rescue and disaster relief missions.

The Fox Cities Composite Squadron meets on Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm. We are located at: W6558 Pathfinder Drive, Appleton, WI 54914, on the south side of the Appleton International Airport. For more information about the Fox Cities Composite Squadron, contact Second Lieutenant Shawn Zinke at shawnzinke@gmail.com or visit our website at www.foxcitiescap.org.

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Fox Cities promotions skyrocket during the fourth quarter

Cadets as well as Senior Members are strongly encouraged to promote in each of their programs. Cadets must complete a Drill Test, Physical Fitness Test, Aerospace Test, and Leadership Test, as well as attend a monthly safety briefing and character development class. For this quarters cadet promotions we have many cadets getting their first promotion which is a requirement to attend encampment. Also Cadet Staff Sergeant Aschenbrenner earned his Wright Brothers Award which is a big milestone in the cadet program. The following is the list of Cadets and Senior Members who have earned promotions in the fourth-quarter (October-December).

Cadet First Lieutenant Voelker
Cadet First Lieutenant Bastian
Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Steeneporte
Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Coulombe
Cadet Master Sergeant Matthew Peroutka
Cadet Master Sergeant Jerred
Cadet Technical Sergeant Andrew Peroutka
Cadet Staff Sergeant Aschenbrenner
Cadet Senior Airman Weaver
Cadet Airman 1st Class Schumacher
Cadet Airman 1st Class Tuchscherer
Cadet Airman Gresens
Cadet Airman Hoffmann
Cadet Airman Litkey
Cadet Airman Weir

Senior Members
Flight Officer Nicholas Zinke

-Cadet Master Sergeant Matthew Peroutka

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Have you taken the #75for75Challenge?

The #75for75Challenge is a structured, well-marketed fundraising campaign to encourage cadets to raise money for their local squadrons. The goal is to have each cadet who accepts the challenge raise $75 or more which will allow the cadets to earn many rewards such as a challenge coin, a free pair of ABU’s, or even a educational scholarship. Although cadets are not required to create a fundraiser, they are highly encouraged to as it will bring additional resources to their local squadron for things like color guard equipment, scholarships, recruiting materials, and uniforms. This challenge increases public visibility of the CAP Cadet Program while promoting CAP’s history and contributions to the public. Cadets in Fox Cities Composite Squadron who have already accepted the challenge include Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Bastian, Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Niemi, and Cadet Master Sergeant Peroutka. We hope that many more cadets accept this challenge as your contribution will help future cadets after the fundraiser is over. This fundraising opportunity runs through January 31, 2018! Are you ready to contribute?

To learn more about the #75for75Challenge or to create your own fundraising page, you can visit the website at: https://cap75for75.org/

-Cadet Master Sergeant Matthew Peroutka
Cadet Public Affairs Officer

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3rd Quarter Promotions

Cadets as well as Senior Members are strongly encouraged to promote in each of their programs. Promotions within Civil Air Patrol are a way for our members to know they have done a “job well done”. Cadets must complete a Drill Test, Physical Fitness Test, Aerospace Test, and Leadership Test, as well as attend a monthly safety briefing, character development class, and be active in meetings and activities. It is great to see many new cadets getting their first promotions to Cadet Airman, as this first step is required to attend an encampment. Below is the list of cadets and senior members that have promoted during the 3rd Quarter (July-September).

Cadet Master Sergeant Peroutka
Cadet Airman First Class Weaver
Cadet Airman Gonzalez
Cadet Senior Airman Aschenbrenner
Cadet Airman Schumacher
Cadet First Lieutenant Voelker

Senior Members
First Lieutenant Lisa Bastian
Captain James Lange

Let’s continue to encourage each other to complete the steps necessary to promote, learn, and develop your skills within Civil Air Patrol!

~C/MSgt Peroutka

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Fox Cities prepares for CyberPatriot Competition Round

Searching through file directories, looking for the “malicious files” that need to removed in order to secure our computer. Meticulously scanning folder by folder, yet nothing has turned up. The search continues through each program that is running, and there it is: a computer virus running on the system. Immediately we delete the virus and points are scored. This is how the Cyber Patriot competitions and practice rounds work as we go through the tasks of securing and protecting a virtual computer.

“CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company.”

For each round the CyberPatriot team is given a virtual computer simulation that runs on a member’s personal computer. Members are then tasked with the security and protection of that system. Our team then works together to find the answers and fix the problems to gain points for our team. There are four separate images we get in a competition round, those being Windows, Windows Server, Linux and Cisco. In order to do them all, our team is divided into groups to work on each one more separately. The Fox Cities Composite Squadron CyberPatriot team consists of:

Cadet Second Lieutenant Matthew Niemi and Cadet Second Lieutenant Isaiah Bastian – Windows Team.
Cadet Technical Sergeant Joshua Jerred and Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Jacob Coulombe – Linux Team.
Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Karl Steenepoorte and Cadet Airman Alec Tuchscherer – Cisco Team.

The Fox Cities Composite Squadron CyberPatriot team is preparing for the first round of actual competition in November, and we hope to do well this year. The technical knowledge of our team is well rounded; with some brand new to CyberPatriot and system security and some who are more experienced. We are excited to see how our team places this year! Stay tuned for team updates!

For more information on CyberPatriot visit: http://ae.capmembers.com/programs/cyberpatriot/ or https://www.uscyberpatriot.org/home.

Article written by: C/CMSgt Steenepoorte

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Fox Cities Cadets attend Aerospace Education Weekend in Oshkosh

Picture and article by C/2d Lt Matthew Niemi

Oshkosh, Wi- Approximately 84 Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members from 12 different units around the state attended Aerospace Education Weekend on September 8-10. This STEM-based weekend held annually at the CAP National Education and Training Center located at Wittman Field in Oshkosh. Fox Cities cadets spent the weekend exploring the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in aerospace as well as experiencing aviation first hand. Cadets conducted experiments with hot air balloons, paper airplanes, model rockets, and more. Experiments and training opportunities like these help members learn about the science and engineering that goes into space travel and flight. The annual weekend has been held for more than 20 years. Congratulations to Cadet Airman Sellers for completing the model rocketry program and earning his model rocketry badge during the weekend. We also had two cadets attend as staff members. Cadet Second Lieuteanant Bastian served as Bravo Flight Commander, and Cadet Second Lieutenant Niemi served as Cadet Public Affairs Officer (PAO).

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Summer Wraps up with Wisconsin Wing Encampment

The main highlight for the month of August would have to be encampment. This is a week of training for the cadets to develop their skills. During this week Cadet Second Lieutenant (C/2d Lt) Matthew Niemi attended as Squadron 2’s Cadet Executive Officer/ First Sergeant. His job was to make sure his squadron ran as smoothly as possible, such as washing the squadron laundry or checking on the flight commanders. “It was an awesome experience watching the cadets grow through the week” stated Niemi. Cadets that staffed alongside Niemi include, C/2dLt Jacob Chanda as a flight commander, and Cadet Colonel (C/Col) Evan Thomsen as the Encampment Cadet Commander.

Cadet Senior Master Sergeant (C/SMSgt) Karl Steenepoorte attended the Wisconsin Cadet Academy (WCA). This is a second year school available to cadets attending Wisconsin Wing encampment. It is a high intensity, high stress week that focuses on testing your leadership skills while under pressure to ensure you have the capability of responsibly handling a flight of basic cadets at an encampment as staff. This year also included a Region Cadet Leadership Course, credit for which is necessary for promotion to Cadet Major. Steenepoorte stated “The biggest takeaway I had from WCA was how to deal with stress, and understanding my personality along with those around me. At WCA, when you make a mistake, you know right away since the instructors immediately start “yelling” at you for your mistake. Freezing like a deer in the headlights is not an option, and you must quickly make a decision.”

Sergeant Steenepoorte also stated “Cadets who haven’t attended WCA believe that it is “the worst week ever”, and that is just not true. As long as you can keep your head up when under pressure, and be able to listen to the criticism, you will do fine. The first few days are the hardest, but if you learn from your mistakes and those of others, the week will go by quickly.” Along with Sergeant Steenepoorte, C/2dLt Isaiah Bastian also attended WCA.

Finally C/Amn Jack Weaver attended basic encampment. Throughout the week Weaver said he learned many things such as customs and courtesies, making his bed, and wearing his uniform to perfection as well as correcting others uniform. He said that he made so many new friends and that he hopes to attend encampment next year. Cadet Airman First Class (C/A1C) Josef Aschenbrenner also attended basic encampment, during the week C/Aschenbrenner’s determination and commitment to helping fellow Cadets was recognized by him receiving Honor Cadet of the week for his Squadron.

~ Cadet Technical Sergeant Matthew Peroutka

C/2d Lt Bastian with Col Hunt

C/SMSgt Steenepoorte with Col Hunt

C/Amn Weaver with Col Hunt

C/Amn Aschenbrenner with Col Hunt

More pictures from Wisconsin Wing Encampment can be viewed on the Wings Flickr account at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wiwgcap/

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No Meeting July 4th

Fox Cities Composite Squadron will not be holding a regular Tuesday evening meeting on July 4th.  We encourage all of our members (family and friends) to spend the day enjoying the Freedoms we have been granted!  Cook-outs, fireworks (safely!) and fun!

We will resume our Tuesday evening meetings on July 11th, and if you have been on the fence about joining us, we’d love to have you stop in!  Cadets begin with drill and ceremony practice at 6:30pm, with our regular opening ceremonies at 7:00pm.

Happy 4th of July!


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Cadet Staff Sergeant Peroutka Earns Solo Wings

Green Bay, WI – The Great Lakes Region (GLR) Powered Flight Academy was held at Wittman Field in Oshkosh the week of June 10-19.  This National Flight Academy is a rigorous flight instruction academy that takes Cadets through approximately 12 hours of ground school instruction with the goal of Cadets being able to solo in a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cessna 172 at the end of the week.

Green Bay native, Andrew Peroutka, a member of the Fox Cities Composite Squadron – Civil Air Patrol, was one of fifteen Cadets that were selected to attend this academy.  Peroutka along with fellow CAP Cadets spent approximately 5-6 hours per day observing or flying a Cessna 172 over the skies of Oshkosh and the Fox Cities.  Cadets practiced multiple take-offs, landings, patterns, and radio operations all with the end goal of being able to solo (or pre-solo).  Peroutka mentioned that, “the ground classes and days were long and you got a lot of information at once.”  He was able to complete his solo on Friday afternoon, being one of the Cadets that required the fewest hours to be ready.

Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol had seven aircraft that were made available for this week-long learning experience. Civil Air Patrol flight instructors volunteer their time to these flight academies, with approximately eight flight academies held throughout the United States.  Cadets participating in the GLR Flight academy range in age from 16-19 and came from as far away as Puerto Rico, Alaska, and California.  With other Cadets coming from Utah, New Jersey, and Oklahoma.  Three Cadets, including Peroutka were from Wisconsin.

Since 1942, the volunteer members of Fox Cities Composite Squadron – Civil Air Patrol has been committed to advancing all of our members within our program offering training opportunities including; disaster relief, search and rescue, model rocketry, Cadet leadership, and aerospace/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics) classes. For more information regarding Fox Cities Composite Squadron please feel free to visit our website at: www.foxcitiescap.org or you can find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Fox-Cities-Composite-Squadron-121698567919154/. We welcome anyone with interest to visit any of our meetings which are held Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

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Fox Cities Cadets partner with local Boy Scout troop

In early May the Cadets at Fox Cities Composite Squadron hosted the Boy Scout Troop 3161 for a night of “flying”!  As part of the Civil Air Patrol STEM kit program each Squadron is able to take advantage of a quad-copter STEM kit.  This specific kit comes with the electronics needed to build and fly the quad-copter!  Members from both groups assembled, and practiced flying the quad-copter in the closed hangar at Fox Cities Composite Squadron as well as participated in a little bit of drill and ceremony.  The Boy Scout Troop was lined up in a flight and our senior Cadets shared a little taste of CAP style drill.  It was an amazing evening of learning and sharing and a great time was had by all!

Civil Air Patrol is tasked by Congress to share Aerospace Education within our Communities and as a Squadron we look forward to these type of events!  STEM Kits are available to CAP Members as well as AE Members, which can include homeschool groups, teachers, or other educational groups.  For more information on becoming an AE Member please contact Fox Cities Composite Squadron or visit: http://ae.capmembers.com/programs/stem_kits/stem-kits/


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