Ormond Civil Air Patrol Cadets
Win Southeast Region Championship
The Ormond Beach Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet Color Guard Team represented Florida and competed successfully against teams from three other states and won seven trophies, including first place overall, at the 2014 Civil Air Patrol Southeast Region Cadet Competition held last weekend at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
The Ormond Beach cadets, acting as the Florida Wing Color Guard Team since their victory at the state competition earlier this year, won first place in the "Mile Run,” "In-Ranks Inspection,” "Indoor Drill,” Outdoor Drill,” "Panel Quiz” and "Written Test” categories, and second place in the "Standard Drill” category. In the "Overall” category, the Florida Wing team took the first place trophy. Under the leadership of 1st Lt. Andrea Giles and 1st Lt. Kevin DeMarco, the cadets practiced drills, underwent physical training and intensive academic preparation at least ten hours each week, and spent two weekends of highly focused training at Patrick Air Force Base in preparation to compete at the regional level. The Florida Wing and now Southeast Region Color Guard Team is: Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Grace Regittko, Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Devon Giles (Team Leader), Cadet Master Sergeant Matthew Dye, Cadet Technical Sergeant Corey Spitz and Cadet Airman First Class Andrew Weiker. As a result of their victory at the regional competition, the Ormond Beach cadets will serve the entire CAP Southeast Region at the 2014 Southeast Region Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The team will also help train other cadets at the CAP Honor Guard Academy in Tennessee, and the Color Guard Academy at Patrick Air Force Base.
The Ormond Beach Composite Squadron wishes to acknowledge and thank the City of Ormond Beach for unwavering support of the CAP Cadet Program, and in particular the squadron wishes to thank Capt. Bill Giles, Ormond Beach Fire Department, for his extreme dedication to assisting and supporting the color guard team. The squadron also wishes to thank the many CAP members, family members and friends who travelled to Maxwell Air Force Base to encourage and support the team, including Col. Henry Irizarry - Florida Wing Commander, Lt. Col. Margarita Mesones - Florida Wing Chief of Staff, and Lt. Col. Joseph Wisniewski - Ormond Beach Squadron Commander.