Summer always brings change to a squadron, we get busy with training events and family vacations sometimes limit our numbers. This summer we have seen a different change; through the first 2 months of summer we have seen our Squadron grow with new members. Welcome to all of our new members, this is a great time to be part of the Fox Cities Composite Squadron!
Along with Squadron training events increasing in these warm months, National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA’s) explode in excitement this time of year. There have been many NCSA’s that have taken place already this summer; National Flight Academy held in Oshkosh was attended by Cadet Chief Master Sergeant (C/CMSgt) Jessick. C/CMSgt Jessick was able to pre-solo, which only leaves a few more required hours for him to receive his private pilot license. Model Aircraft & Remote Control Flight Academy also took place in Oshkosh in June, and was attended by C/CMSgt Niemi and during AirVenture (EAA) in July National Blue Beret will be attended by C/Second Lieutenant Vassios. To be able to attend any NCSA each Cadet must complete a Wing Encampment. June 25-July 2, Wisconsin Wing held Encampment at Volk Field Air National Guard Base. Cadets at various levels met from across the state with a common interest … learning leadership and teamwork, and having some fun along the way! Cadet Technical Sergeant Voelker, Cadet Master Sergeant Vassios, and Cadet Technical Sergeant Steeneporte attended the Cadet Development Course at Encampment. While Cadet Technical Sergeant Bastian, Cadet Senior Airman Peroutka, Cadet Airman First Class Peroutka, Cadet Airman First Class Laudolff, Cadet Airman White, Cadet Airman Schlaeger, Cadet Senior Airman Jerred, and Cadet Senior Airman Coulombe attended their first level of Encampment, Wisconsin Basic School. Their dedication and desire to excel within Civil Air Patrol is evident. If you are interested in learning more about the Cadet Special Activities that are offered throughout the U.S., please visit: www.ncsas.com. There is also a Flickr account that shows the excitement of Encampment, if you are interested in seeing some of the “behind the scenes” fun, check out: www.flickr.com/photos/wiwgcap.
As mentioned in our previous blog post, summer also brings changes to a squadron in terms of graduating Cadets. Fox Cities Composite Squadron is currently preparing to bid farewell to another of our Cadet Staff members as former Cadet Commander, Cadet Second Lieutenant Michael Chanda begins his career in the United States Air Force. C/2d Lt. Chanda will be leaving the end of July for 7 weeks of basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Upon completion of basic training, C/2d Lt. Chanda will be headed to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS for 72 days of advanced training to begin his military career as an Air Traffic Controller.
In preparation for C/2d Lt. Chanda’s departure FCCS held a Cadet Change of Command Ceremony on, 5 July 2016. Cadet 2d Lieutenant Michael Chanda passed on Command to his younger brother, Cadet 2d Lieutenant Jacob Chanda. 2d Lt J. Chanda has been with CAP for 4 years and has attended various training events in order to grow his leadership skills. While we look forward to C/2d Lt Jacob Chanda’s leadership within our squadron, we will all miss Lt. Michael Chanda’s willingness to help and infectious smile. Please help me in wishing Michael Chanda well on his new adventure … Godspeed Lt. Michael Chanda and we look forward to an occasional visit when you find yourself back this way!
As July continues on our Squadron is looking forward to our work with Brennand Airport – EAA Chapter 41, EAA – Airventure, continued training opportunities, and welcoming new members! Stay tuned for some exciting times …