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Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron, is one of several squadrons serving under the command Florida Wing Civil Air Patrol.  As a cadet squadron, the unit's membership consist primarily of cadets (12-21 years old) with a senior member (18 years old and older) staff.  This squadron performs the tactical application of three of Civil Air Patrol's Congressional mandated missions:  Aerospace Education, Emergency Services and Cadet Programs.
 
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For Parents

Welcome, Parents!

This page is here for you to get information about Civil Air Patrol and about what your child is doing every Wednesday evening. If you don't see something that you want to see or know about, please use the "Contact Us" page to send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

What Civil Air Patrol Can Do For Your Child

The cadet program provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 a well rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. Many former cadets have gone into the military, government jobs, or private sector employment where they can and do make a difference, and really excel. There are many military general officers that were once CAP cadets. Senators and congressman, CEOs and corporate executives, and others credit their success to CAP. Many of the cadets from Naples Cadet Squadron have improved in their self discipline, leadership abilities, their knowledge of aerospace, and their physical fitness since they joined Civil Air Patrol.

Costs Of Being A Member

Fortunately the costs of being a member of Civil Air Patrol are minimal compared to other programs with the same goals. The first cost you will run into is membership dues. This is a small fee paid when you sign your child up and this recurs every year. In Florida wing, membership dues are forty-five dollars. This includes the basics of the Air Force style blues uniform- a flight cap, shirt, pants or skirt, and a belt- obtained through CAP's online resource, eServices. Cadets are required to purchase uniform items such as insignia and shoes to complete this uniform. This brings up the second cost - uniforms. Upon joining, cadets may receive the blues uniform, but to get the most out of CAP cadets will need to purchase the camouflage BDU uniform. This can range anywhere between next to free all the way up to (and sometimes over) one hundred dollars. We understand that this is a high price, and we do have some uniform items to supply those unable to purchase their own uniform. Other costs may include activity fees, which can range from around one hundred and fifty dollars (wing-level encampments, for instance) to over three hundred dollars for special national activities.

NOTE: The activity fees usually include lodging and meals for the duration of the activity (usually a week or more). Also note that smaller, squadron and group level activities usually cost no more than twenty five to thirty dollars, if anything at all.

What Goes On Each Week

Some parents might be wondering what Civil Air Patrol will be doing with their child. This is a general idea of what goes on each week.

  • Arrival- Cadets arrive and sign in.
  • Safety Briefing- A cadet safety officer or member of the cadet executive staff will give a safety briefing on a multitude of topics.
  • Meeting Opens- Cadet executive staff open meeting with Pledge of Allegiance and Cadet Oath.
  • Formation/Inspection- Cadets fall outside for a squadron formation and usually a uniform inspection. During the inspection cadets are graded on their overall appearance according to the Civil Air Patrol uniform manual.
  • Main Activity- Each week we have a main activity that ranges from physical training to knowledge testing to promoting in grade.
  • Secondary Activity- Another activity follows the main activity, which could be anywhere from a class on aerospace to an informal class on CAP history.
  • Drill and Ceremonies- Every week we do drill and ceremonies. This includes marching and doing stationary drill movements.
  • Announcements- Cadet and senior members give announcements such as encampment dates or the uniform for the next meeting.
  • Meeting Closes- Cadet executive staff closes meeting and cadets are dismissed.

Other Opportunities Within Civil Air Patrol

Cadet and senior members can participate in so many more activities than just weekly meetings. Cadets can attend activities throughout the year such as leadership encampments and high adventure activities. Here is a short list of some activities cadets can attend:

  • Encampments- CAP holds leadership encampments, which are kind of like basic training for CAP, every summer and winter. These events are held on a military base and consist of a week of intensive training in all things CAP. Cadets must attend an encampment to become a cadet officer.
  • National Blue Beret- This is one of CAP's National Cadet Special Activities. During this activity, cadets attend the nation's largest air show and conduct flight line marshalling, participate in flight line security, and conduct emergency services missions. It is two weeks long.
  • Pararescue Jumper Orientation Course- This activity lets your child spend a little over a week with Air Force Pararescue Jumpers, being trained in what they do and getting shown what day to day life for an Air Force Pararescue Jumper entails.
  • Honor Guard Academy- This is an activity entirely dedicated to drill and ceremonies. Cadets will learn all the ins and outs of a Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard, and upon graduation become a member of the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard.

Question: I Want To Stay At The Meetings With My Child, Can I Do This?

Quick answer- Yes.
Extended answer- There are a couple ways you can stay at the meetings with your child. You can stay as just a parent, and you will be allowed to watch what the cadets do at every meeting, or you can become a member of CAP. There are two types of adult members in CAP - sponsor member or full-fledged senior member. A sponsor member is an adult member of CAP that is not a full senior member, therefore cannot get all the benefits of being a senior member, but can still chaperon at cadet activities. To learn more about becoming a member of CAP, please visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or speak with a senior member in the cadet office at the next meeting.
 
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Commander's Corner


 Commander’s Corner

Welcome to the Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron whose inaugural meeting was October 21, 2009 with the actual charter date being November 9, 2009. The squadron was started by Steve and Joyce Lampasona with 6 senior members and 4 cadets. The squadron has grown significantly over the years and as of June 2016 the squadron has 15 senior members and 40 cadets on the roster.

 

I began my four year term as squadron commander in March 2015 and it has been an exciting journey (I have been a CAP member since 1997). In my first year, the squadron had been recognized in many ways for the outstanding dedication to the three missions of CAP: cadet programs, aerospace education and emergency services. In 2015, I was honored to be awarded The Exceptional Service Award in November 2015, Squadron Commander of the Year for 2015 as well receiving a Wing Commander’s Commendation. As you can see, I am all in and fully dedicated to the CAP program and cadets!


In September 2013, thanks to the valiant efforts of Maj. Joyce Lampasona, the squadron was awarded, by National Headquarters, with the Quality Cadet Unit Award and we have been the proud recipients of this award in 2014, 2015 and 2016 as well. In addition, in September 2013, thanks to the dedicated efforts of Capt. Todd Curabba, the squadron was awarded the Aerospace Excellence Award and we have been the proud recipients of this award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

 

In 2013, the squadron, thanks again to Maj. Joyce Lampasona and her team, was awarded as the Florida Wing Squadron of Merit (Squadron of the Year) and I’m proud to carry on the tradition as we were awarded it again in 2015. This award recognizes the top cadet or composite squadron in all of Florida Wing. In addition to this very prestigious award, the squadron was awarded the Squadron of Distinction for Southeast Region in 2015. This award recognizes the top cadet or composite squadron at the regional and national levels. 

 

Not only was the squadron as a whole recognized for their achievements but, individual senior members have been recognized as well for their contributions. Capt. Todd Curabba was awarded the 2015 Frank G. Brewer CAP Memorial Aerospace Award. This award recognizes the individual for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of youth in aerospace activities.  Along with this award, he also received a Wing Commander’s Commendation. In addition, Capt. Rhonda Curabba was awarded as the 2014 DDR Officer of the Year and received a Wing Commander’s Commendation in 2015. We have a lot of new senior members that have recently joined the squadron and I can’t wait to see what awards they receive in the future.

 

To all in the Wesley Chapel Community (and surrounding areas), we invite youth from 12 to 18 years old and their parents to visit the squadron and see if this program is right for you. The Civil Air Patrol program offers leadership, emergency services and aerospace education activities that will benefit anyone no matter what they chose as their career path. CAP teaches military discipline, customs and courtesies, respect and integrity as well as embracing physical fitness. We are the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and we were recently brought into the fold of Total Force in 2015.

 

Come and visit the squadron and let us tell you all about CAP!

 

Daia Jung, Captain, CAP

Commander, Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron FL 458

www.wesleychapelcap.com

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Spaatz & Eaker Recipients



GENERAL CARL A. SPAATZ AWARD

The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is the Civil Air Patrol's highest cadet honor.  It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.  

The fifth, and final, Milestone in the cadet program, the Spaatz Award is the result of years of effort and service.  To earn the General Carl A. Spaatz Award and the grade of Cadet Colonel a cadet must complete a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education.  

Any cadet who has earned this award, and who later enters CAP's Senior Member program, are eligible for promotion to Captain, credit for a Cadet Programs Office senior rating, and the Yeager Award at age 21.

Only 0.5% of cadets, or only two cadets in one thousand, earn the Spaatz Award.  Be sure to congratulate them on their outstanding achievement!

WESLEY CHAPEL CADET SQUADRON RECIPIENTS:

Captain Alec Lampasona

 

 


GENERAL IRA C. EAKER AWARD

 The General Ira Eaker Award is the fourth Milestone in the cadet program and marks the completion of Phase IV, the Executive Phase.  To earn the General Ira Eaker Award and the grade of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel a cadet must complete the promotion eligibility requirements.  This cadet has attended a Leadership Academy, written an essay, given a speech to their unit, written a Staff Duty Analysis, completed the Cadet Physical Fitness Test and met specific leadership expectations.  
Any cadet who has earned this award, and who later enters CAP's Senior Member program, is credited with Squadron Leadership School and completion of Level II.
Only 2% of all Civil Air Patrol cadets will obtain the Eaker Award.  Be sure to congratulate them on their achievement!
 

WESLEY CHAPEL CADET SQUADRON RECIPIENTS:

 

C/Lt Col Kyle Curabba

 

C/LT COL Austen King

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First Lieutenant Elena Lee, CAP

 

 

 


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