Niemi named Cadet Commander of Fox Cities Composite Squadron

Cadet First Lieutenant (C/1st Lt) Matthew Niemi accepted the position as Cadet Commander of Fox Cities Composite Squadron – Civil Air Patrol, during a Cadet Change of Command Ceremony on June 22, 2018.

C/1st Lt Niemi has been an active member of Fox Cities Composite Squadron since 2013. Niemi previously held the position as Cadet Deputy Commander and replaces Cadet Captain William Voelker.

As Cadet Commander, C/1st Lt Niemi is responsible for overseeing the growth of the squadrons 52 cadet members. Assisting with the administration of the Cadet Program is a huge responsibility that Phase III & IV cadets strive to achieve.

Fox Cities Composite Squadron is currently the largest squadron in the state of Wisconsin. Our Cadets and Officers (adult members) actively train in all three of the Civil Air Patrol missions; emergency services/disaster relief, aerospace education, and cadet programs. The Cadet Program focuses on advanced leadership training, aerospace education – including orientation flights, and character development. The program is open to teenage girls and boys between the ages of 12-18.

The Fox Cities Composite Squadron meets on Tuesday evenings (7:00-9:00pm) at the Civil Air Patrol training facility located on the south side of the Appleton International Airport. For more information please visit our Contact Us page or visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/FoxCitiesCAP

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Voelker awarded the Earhart Award, earns promotion to Cadet Captain


Appleton, WI – Cadet Captain (C/Capt) William Voelker, was awarded the coveted Amelia
Earhart Award during the Fox Cities Composite Squadron Awards Banquet, March 6th.

The Earhart Award is accompanied by promotion to the grade of Cadet Captain.  Voelker has been in Civil Air Patrol for two and a half years and has been constantly motivated to take that “next step”. Voelker is currently the Cadet Commander of Fox Cities Composite Squadron. In his CAP career he has attended two Wisconsin Wing Summer Encampments, Region Cadet Leadership School (RCLS), and is an active member in the squadron. Now that he has earned this milestone, he is eligible to apply for participation in the International Air Cadet Exchange which he looks forward to applying to next year. “Each promotion is like a short-term goal which eventually leads up to a long-term goal such as your Wright Brothers or Billy Mitchell Award” said Voelker “If you have the motivation to reach those short-term goals every time, then eventually you will meet the long-term goal.”

To highlight the significance of this accomplishment, only 5% of cadets have earned this award since its inception in 1964. Cadets who receive this award and later enter CAP’s Senior Member program, are eligible for immediate promotion to CAP 1st Lieutenant at age 21. Cadets who receive the Amelia Earhart Award also enjoy all the benefits gained from earning the General Billy Mitchell Award (advanced placement in the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enlist in the US Air Force, advanced credit in the Air Force ROTC program, and the opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships and CAP special activities.

The Amelia Earhart Award honors the late Amelia Earhart, aviatrix, advocate, and pioneer, who set many records for women aviators in aviation’s infancy, and then disappeared in 1937 near Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean while trying to circumnavigate the world in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra. Her disappearance is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. “The stars seemed near enough to touch, and never before have I seen so many, she said after one of her record-setting flights. I always believed the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, but I was sure of it that night.”

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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).

Cadets
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).

Cadets
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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