Squadron News

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.
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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!
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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 …

A Busy Summer for FCCS

June has already escaped us; with only six days left we will have found July already. Our Squadron has been busy with Parades, training, new Cadets, and Encampment.

11 June, Fox Cities along with Brown County Senior Squadron and Door County Composite Squadron marched in the Appleton Flag Day Parade.







It was hot, but we stood proud, looked great, and had an excellent time. Following the parade members were able to have some down time and enjoy a picnic in the park with games, great food, and even better company.

We have had a few Cadets participating in National Cadet Special Activities; National Flight Academy in Oshkosh, Model Aircraft & Remote Control Flight Academy also in Oshkosh, and this week Cadets are attending Wisconsin Wing Encampment. Cadets will take part in a week long training; learning leadership skills, drill and ceremony, and meeting new friends from all over the State!

Summer also brings High-School Graduations, which mean change within every Squadron. Last Tuesday, we had to bid farewell to Cadet Staff Sergeant Gossen as he prepares to leave for an appointment with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Gossen has been with our Squadron for roughly two years and we will greatly miss his positive attitude. God Speed Gossen and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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The Captain Thomas J. Hudner, USN Retired, Scholarship of Honor

Fox Cities Composite Squadron (FCCS) is excited to announce that Cadet Second Lieutenant (C/2d Lt) Michael Chanda has earned the Captain Thomas J. Hudner, USN Retired, Scholarship of Honor, sponsored by the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation. Cadet Second Lieutenant Chanda has actively been a member of Fox Cities Composite Squadron for 4 1/2 years. In that time he has excelled, showing great leadership and dedication to the Civil Air Patrol mission.

C/2d Lt Michael Chanda and Lt Col Stephen Kohler

C/2d Lt Michael Chanda and Lt Col Stephen Kohler

The Scholarship of Honor presented through the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation “recognizes a graduating high school senior with plans to enlist in the military or pursue a career in public safety or community service. These fields include law enforcement, fire safety, nursing, teaching, police science, ministry, social work, etc. The award is in honor of the service and selfless sacrifice of our past and present military heroes.”

C/2d Lt Chanda has served within various positions at our Squadron including; Cadre for Basic Cadet Training, Cadet First Sergeant, Cadet Deputy Commander, and he currently serves as the Cadet Commander. His commitment to Civil Air Patrol also extends outside of our Squadron level; he has attended 4 encampments at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, the Advanced Technology Academy at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; and Powered Flight Academy in Oshkosh where he earned his solo wings. Cadet Chanda also previously served as the Fox Cities Composite Squadron’s representative to the Wisconsin Wing Cadet Advisory Council. He was named the 2015 C/Lt Col Christopher R. Koehler Leadership Award recipient for FCCS. Michael has further served on staff at the Non-commissioned Officer School run by our squadron, sharing his knowledge with cadets across the Wing.

C/2d Lt Chanda enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and is scheduled to report to Basic Military Training in July. He will then attend AF Technical School at Keesler AFB, Mississippi for a 72 week Air Traffic Control course.

Please take a minute to Congratulate C/2d Lt Michael Chanda; FCCS is proud of your accomplishments and your drive and dedication to serving our country. Well done C/2d Lt Chanda!

For more information on the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation please visit their website at: http://www.briansjourney.com/

Ready for the “News”

Our Squadron newsletter is just a little behind this quarter; I’m going to blame the nice weather that seems to have disappeared! However, if you are patiently waiting for some Fox Cities Composite Squadron news, the newsletter is officially posted! You can find it on the website for download/viewing here: http://www.foxcitiescap.org/downloads

FCCS is excited to welcome quite a few prospective families to our meetings lately, we are hoping to be able to add a whole list of new members to our next newsletter! We also have quite a few upcoming events, First Aid Training, Professional Development Weekend, our Spring Field Training Exercise, Memorial Day Parade, and the Appleton Flag Day Parade just to name a few! We have a busy and exciting summer ahead of us so please check back often for pictures, blog posts, and fun!!

The Skies the Limit

FCCS is very excited to welcome a new aircraft to our squadron, a brand-new-from-the–factory Cessna 182T Skylane! Thanks to our very active squadron, especially Mission Pilots, Mission Observers, and Mission Scanners, Fox Cities Composite Squadron was chosen to receive Wisconsin Wing’s newest aircraft, which is equipped with the Garmin G100 glass cockpit with integrated GFC700 autopilot, Becker direction finder, and CAP FM radio. This aircraft will be used to support our emergency services mission, train with USAF aircraft, and fly cadet orientation flights.
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Character Development & Civil Air Patrol

In preparing for our next quarterly newsletter, Major Jerry Jessick wrote a great article on Character Development and how Civil Air Patrol plays into our growing teens. I have been contemplating FCCS’ next blog post for awhile now and I don’t think there is a better post than his article!

“Hello Everyone;
Just for fun, open the Google window on your computer or handheld device and write principles of youth leadership development in the search box.  Of course, people have put a lot of time into figuring out what it takes to teach our kids how to be good followers, and leaders, or both.  No matter which article you open from the list of Google responses, I think you’ll agree that Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program is an excellent forum for connecting our kids to positive character-building experiences.
But the Civil Air Patrol cadet program is nothing more than words on paper, until it is put into action by parents, cadets, officers and volunteers like you and me.  When our sons and daughters participate in Civil Air Patrol squadron meetings and other events, they experience things first-hand that are almost impossible to tell them about at the dinner table.  But experience is just the first step.
Having experienced something challenging or fun or awesome, cadets are then able to share the experience by describing it to you (if you weren’t one of the senior member officers who was there).  And while sharing their highly valuable experiences, our cadets make the experience part of themselves and their real-life character. This is character development!
Where else can your daughter or son find safety, structure, belonging, membership, self-worth, responsibility, self-awareness, social skill building, and meaningful roles that are all supported by proven core values (excellence, respect, integrity, & community service)?  The character development value of our Civil Air Patrol programs is absolutely enormous.  But it is also time sensitive; the opportunities do not last forever.
Let’s have a sense of urgency, and recognize the importance of character development within the Civil Air Patrol, by participating in all that we can.  Time does not stand still.  Our twelve year-olds will be eighteen-plus before we know it.
Pick one of those articles from the Google list, and read it.  Every article seems to reinforce that when it comes to character development, participation in Civil Air Patrol is just as important as learning to read, write, and do your math homework; because, with strong character, you can be a winner at just about anything!”

-Maj. Jerry Jessick

And the Award goes too …

Saturday, the 5th of March, FCCS celebrated last years achievements with our Annual Awards Banquet! As promised the food was great, camaraderie was strong and fun was had by all! Fox Cities Squadron would like to thank our guest speaker, Sean Elliott (Vice President of Safety & Advocacy at EAA) for an exciting presentation and look into the history of EAA! We look forward to sharing more events with Mr. Elliott & the EAA in the future! We would also like to thank those who traveled to be with us; Col. Rose Hunt (WI Wing Commander), and Lt Col Patrick Gaylord (NE Group Commander); as well as all the family and friends who support our Civil Air Patrol missions everyday. The annual Awards Banquet is to honor those within our Squadron who have selflessly given their time and energy to our great cause as well as to thank those who support them!

Color Guard Thank you to our Color Guard team (pictured front to back): C/CMSgt Franklin, C/2nd Lt J. Chanda, C/CMSgt Niemi, C/SSgt Gossen for starting our evening! A well trained color guard signifies a sense of teamwork, confidence, pride, alertness, attention to detail, esprit de corps and discipline. Job well done!

Of course we have to get to the Congratulations! Our night was not only full of food and good friends, we also recognized those members who have given CAP a little extra. We appreciate all those who dedicate their time and energy to our Squadron as we couldn’t do it without each and every one of you!
A special Congratulations (and thank you for your hard work) goes to:


Squadron Senior of the Year & Commander’s Commendation Award:
Capt. Stacey Kreitz

Meritorious Service Award:
Maj. Robert Koehler

Squadron Cadet of the Year
(C/Lt Col Christopher R Koehler Leadership Award):
C/2nd Lt. Michael Chanda

Billy Mitchell Award:
C/2nd Lt Jacob Chanda

Squadron Cadet NCO of the Year & Red Service Award (for 2 years of Service):
C/CMSgt Matthew Niemi

10-Year Red Service Awards:
Maj. Donna Daniels
Capt. Rebekah Daniels

Achievement Awards:
Maj. Jerry Jessick
1st Lt. James Lange
2nd Lt. L. Merck

Certificate of Appreciation:
2nd Lt. Maryellen Merck
2nd Lt. Lisa Bastian

Not only are we able to celebrate these amazing accomplishments, this year we are celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Civil Air Patrol! December 1, 1941, CAP was congressionally chartered as the Official Auxiliary to the US Air Force. Want to learn more? Check out this CAP Video! and be sure to watch for Upcoming Events to help us Celebrate!

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Pictured left to right: Ryan Elliott, Cadet Peroutka, C/AB Welch, C/SrA Bastian, C/CMSgt Merck, C/SrA Voelker, C/Amn Jerred

2016 Awards Banquet

It is almost that time of year again! The Fox Cities Composite Squadron will be hosting the annual Awards Banquet for 2016 at the Bridgewood Resort & Conference Center on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Join us for a formal evening of fun, awards, and camaraderie. There is more information regarding this event found on the 2016 Banquet page.

If you have any questions regarding this Banquet please feel free to contact the Squadron directly. We look forward to seeing all of our friends, old and new!

February 2nd Meeting Cancelled

Our regularly scheduled Squadron meeting has been cancelled due to the pending snowstorm.

If you have any questions or would like information about the meeting on February 9th, 2016 please feel free to contact us through our contact form. Please be safe in the coming weather and we look forward to seeing everyone back next week.

If you are interested in reading our updated Newsletter in the absence of a meeting you can find it uploaded to our Download page at: www.foxcitiescap.org/downloads

Emergency Services Training in Full Swing

Fox Cities Composite Squadron has taken a large interest in qualifying members, both Cadets and Senior Members, in Emergency Services. We have been doing training on the radios, safety, and in the use of maps and coordinates. While we are still busily learning all things Aerospace related and working hard on Cadet promotions, Emergency Services has for a few months been very busy.

This past weekend (January 29 – 31), Volk Field hosted the Mission Base Staff & Communications Training. Which was an in-depth training opportunity for members all over the state. 30 members from various Squadrons around the state participated in this specialty track training; which covered a large number of tasks from advanced Communications Training to IC (Incident Command) training. C/SrA Bastian, C/MSgt Merck, and C/Amn Jerred, as well as 2d Lt M. Merck, 2d Lt L. Merck, Maj Niemi, Cap Kreitz, and SM Bastian all participated from FCCS. Their training allowed them the opportunity to complete their MSA (Mission Staff Assistant) training as well as Communications training, Ground Branch Training, and Public Information Training. Cadets and Senior Members were able to use their classroom training to do a hands-on project allowing them to set up radio communications in the Wing Mobile Command Center.
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Simultaneously, Senior Members working on Mission Base Staff tasks was hard at work using their FEMA ICS courses for a hands-on mock mission including a request for Aerial Photos, a missing aircraft, and an ELT search in less than great weather conditions. This mock mission allowed members training in Incident Command (IC) as well as all support positions.

014 The training provided this weekend strengthened our Civil Air Patrol commitment to Emergency Services (ES) allowing many members to receive new ES qualifications. These qualifications allow us, as a group, to perform these vital missions when called upon. If you have any questions regarding our Emergency Services commitment or our other missions within Civil Air Patrol we would love to hear from you! You can reach us through the contact form on the “Contact” page of our website.