Coral Springs Cadet Squadron Claims First Place Overall in Florida Wing’s Ultimate Cadet Challenge


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, or by emailing


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.

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