Camp Blanding Joint Training
Center, Florida – October 3rd, 2015 – Coral Springs Cadet Squadron, the
award winning unit of the Civil Air Patrol, who is known for its competitive
nature placed first place overall in this year’s Ultimate Cadet Challenge
hosted by Florida Wing. The competition, which was designed to test cadets in all areas of Civil Air Patrol's three missions,
was held on October 2nd and 3rd at Camp Blanding Joint
Training Center in Starke, Florida. Eight teams from around the state
consisting of four cadets each competed for the title of ‘Ultimate Cadet’.
Events included Emergency Services activities, obstacle courses, a written
examination, uniform inspection, drill evaluation, and leadership reaction
courses. C/2d Lt Santiago Ledesma, the team commander, C/2d Lt Nicholas
Cassell, C/CMSgt Eric Harlow, and C/SrA Justin Friedlander were the cadets
chosen to represent the squadron in this competition.
In addition to first place overall, the
team also brought home the following trophies: First place in Drill Evaluation,
Uniform Inspection, Written Test, and Leadership Reaction Course number three,
and Third Place in Leadership Reaction Course number two, and Emergency
Services Direction Finding. This is the third consecutive year that the
squadron competed and took first place overall in Ultimate Cadet Challenge.
The Coral Springs Cadet
Squadron has been activity serving the community of Coral Springs since 1986,
most notably known for providing parking services for many of the City’s
events, such as OurTown America, volunteering with The Taste of Coral Springs,
and rendering honors during every years Veteran’s and Memorial Day ceremonies.
The squadron meets every Thursday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Coral
Springs Charter School, and welcomes all youth ages from 12 to 21. More
information can be found at www.capcoralspring.org,
or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a
nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550
aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of
continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force
Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average
of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security,
disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state
and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and
serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in
the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for the past 73 years,
CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic
efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across
America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of
U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.comfor more information.