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Press releases from Public Affairs Officer Lt Blanca Applewhite and Public Affairs Officer Assistant Capt Lana Holub

Dallas Air Force Auxiliary Assist Harvey Recovery by Air and Ground

posted Sep 18, 2017, 5:53 PM by Scott Carter   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 6:00 PM ]

SPR 05-09-17
391st Composite Squadron
Group III, Texas Wing
Civil Air Patrol
Dallas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Dallas Air Force Auxiliary Assist Harvey Recovery by Air and Ground

 Dallas, TX – September 5, 2017 -  Civil Air Patrol’s 391st Composite Squadron in Dallas, along with the 76th Composite Squadron in Grand Prairie and 390th Composite Squadron in Addison, conducted emergency missions to support the disaster response to Hurricane Harvey. Among volunteers from Dallas-Fort Worth who are have been assisting are flight and ground crews who train year-round to respond and serve their community, state and nation when called.

 On Friday, August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey slammed cities including Rockport, Port Aransas and Corpus Christi and was followed by torrential rain and devastation in Houston and the Southeast Texas coastal region. Immediately, thousands of volunteers and groups mobilized to assist in the recovery efforts.

 Several flight crew members of the 391st who accepted current missions recently earned the distinction of First Place Flight Crew in the Southwest Region Civil Air Patrol (CAP). On August 5, 2017, crews from six different states in CAP’s Southwest Region met in San Marcos, Texas and competed in a rigorous and timed evaluation that tested each crew’s knowledge and practical skills in search and rescue, disaster response, and mission operations. The highest scoring crew was from the 391st Composite Squadron at Dallas Love Field. The 391st represented the State of Texas after placing first in the Texas Wing Flight Evaluation on March 6, 2017.

 The members of the top-scoring 391st team are Lieutenant Colonel Don Gulliksen, Major Scott Knightly, Captain Brian Relin, and Captain Mark Holub. Relin announced that the big lesson he learned from Holub is to “do it with a purpose.” Holub stated the areas evaluated are keys to success during a critical incident response mission: crew resource management, teamwork, crew coordination, and delegation of responsibility.

 The competition helped to highlight the rapid response needed in an actual emergency mission which includes plotting the flight route, filing the flight plan, inspecting the plane before takeoff, flying the route precisely and staying focused on safety at all times. Additionally, these intense simulations help CAP flight crews and mission staff train for response to real world situations such as what Texas is now facing. Following the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey, these CAP volunteers who have trained with a purpose were ready to proudly serve their community and state.

 Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, has a track record of being called to support the State of Texas and has supported other federal disasters. Many people remember CAP volunteers assisting the search for debris after the Columbia Space Shuttle crash over Texas and Louisiana in 2003. CAP was also involved in disaster relief assistance after Hurricane Ike in 2008. And, most recently, CAP volunteers flew countless hours providing aerial photography following the flooding on Memorial Day in 2015.

 Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 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.com for more information or contact:                                       

                                             Blanca Applewhite, 1nd Lt CAP
                                             Public Affairs Officer
                                             391st Composite Squadron
                                             Civil Air Patrol
                                             bdallascap@gmail.com 214 287 8381

Briefing with United States Representative Pete Sessions

posted Jun 28, 2017, 6:44 AM by Scott Carter

SPR 31-05-17

391st Composite Squadron

Group III, Texas Wing

Civil Air Patrol

Dallas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Pictured with U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions are Texas Wing Group III Civil Air Patrol members, left to right: (back row) Lt Col Phillip Crawford, Maj John Stafford, Maj Don Gulliksen, (front row) 1st Lt Blanca Applewhite, Lt Col Kelley Johnson, and C/Capt Madison Applewhite.




















Pictured with U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions are Texas Wing Group III Civil Air Patrol members, left to right: (back row) Lt Col Phillip Crawford, Maj John Stafford, Maj Don Gulliksen, (front row) 1st Lt Blanca Applewhite, Lt Col Kelley Johnson, and C/Capt Madison Applewhite.



DALLAS – Members of Group III Texas Wing of Civil Air Patrol held a briefing with United States Representative Pete Sessions, on Thursday, May 11, 2017.  The briefing included a report on the State of Texas Wing and squadrons in the North Texas area.  Congressman Sessions joined the Congressional Squadron and is authorized by CAP regulations to fly in CAP aircraft, visit unit meetings and social events, and also receive the honorary grade of Lieutenant Colonel. 

Sessions was actively engaged in the discussion on the status of the aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services missions.  CP Members routinely undertake U.S. Air Force tasked search and rescue missions, aerial photography missions, Joint Task Force counter drug/counter narcoterrorism operations, as well as educate and mentor young members in leadership, character development, safety, and aerospace education lessons.  Equally impressive was the list of National Cadet Special Activities in which the Texas CAP Cadets will be participating this summer throughout the country, including Cyber Defense Training Academy, Powered Flight Academy, National Blue Beret at EAA Airventure Oshkosh, and Air Force Pararescue and Survival Orientation Course.  Both cadets and senior members support Wreaths Across America, fulfilling the goal of remembering veterans with memorial wreaths at National Cemeteries during the months of November and December.

 

Texas Wing is comprised of seventy-four squadrons and flights, which makes it one of the largest in the nation.  Because of that, the squadrons are divided into seven groups within the wing. Representing Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol were six members of Group III:  Lieutenant Colonel Philip Crawford, Group III Commander; Lieutenant Colonel Kelley Johnson, Group III Deputy Commander; Major John Stafford, Dallas Composite Squadron Commander; Major Don Gulliksen, Texas Wing Recruiting/Retention Officer; First Lieutenant Blanca Applewhite, Dallas Composite Squadron Public Affairs Officer; and Cadet Captain Madison Applewhite, Dallas Composite Squadron Cadet Commander.  Sessions explained in the “Congressman Sessions Hill Report” for the week of May 8th: “The men and women of this all-volunteer force freely give of their time because they believe in the mission of service to our country, and I am honored to stand with them and support them as a member of the Congressional Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.”

 

Prior to joining CAP, Lt Col Sessions has been a staunch supporter of CAP in many ways.  As the son of a U.S. Air Force veteran, Sessions recognized the importance of CAP’s emphasis on integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect as core values for the future leaders of the United States.  Sessions has met numerous times with CAP commanders and congressional liaisons, and encouraged CAP cadets to pursue training in the U.S. military and U.S. service academies.  In 2014, Sessions cosponsored the congressional act to honor the World War II members of Civil Air Patrol with a Congressional Gold Medal for their wartime missions and protection of the home front.

 

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and 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. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 75 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information or contact:                                       

                                             Blanca Applewhite, 1nd Lt CAP

                                             Public Affairs Officer

                                             Group III Texas Wing

                                             Civil Air Patrol

                                             bdallascap@gmail.com

         (214) 287-8381

 

Wreaths Across America 2015

posted Feb 12, 2016, 7:30 AM by lana mark

                                                             Headquarters

                                                      Group III Texas Wing

                                                           Civil Air Patrol

 

                                                                                                                                      15 December 2015

GPR 15-12-15                                                                                                              

Group III Texas Wing                                                                     

Civil Air Patrol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAP CADETS TAKE PART IN WREATH LAYING

Dallas-It  was a cool gray, overcast and rainy day on which to recognize and remember fallen American heroes. It was the one day set aside each year to place wreaths on the grave sites and  columbariums of veterans at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prarie Texas.  Slightly more than 2,000 Civil Air Patrol cadets, Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, Young Marines and Senior Members answered the call to join civilians on this day of recognition.  This year, Saturday December 12th marked the day to place the honors for the men and women of all of the nation’s armed services.

Overseeing the North Texas project was 2nd Lt  Joan L. Gulliksen assisted by Capt Lana Holub both members of the 391st Composite Squadron Group III Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol.  According to Lt Gulliksen  over  10,000  wreaths were placed on graves and at  columbariums  in the National Cemetery”.  She  said “It was an honor to be chosen to be the North Texas coordinator for such a gesture that means so much to so many”.  Captain Holub commented “It is always impresses me to see how many cadets and civilians participate in this solemn ceremony” and Cadet/CMsgt Emelia McLaughlin said  “As a cadet this is a big project with an even bigger reward.  We look forward each year to honoring the veterans who gave everything for  us and asked for little in return”.


C/A1C S. Goldfarb places a wreath

C/CMSgt E. McLaughlin, C/A1C S. Goldfarb, and C/A1C C. Gray honor fallen heros


Civil Air Patrol the longtime all volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard  and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees.  CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and 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.  Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug intervention missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.  Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program.  Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans  Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the  sacrifices of U.S. Military veterans.  Visit www.capmembers.org.com for more information

 For more information contact:  Bob Bruton Capt CAP, Public Affairs Officer Group III Texas Wing Civil Air

Patrol bobbruton@sbcglobal.net (H) 817 494 8600 (C) 817 688 4940

Wreaths Across America 2014-Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery

posted Feb 12, 2016, 6:49 AM by lana mark   [ updated Feb 12, 2016, 6:50 AM ]

December 13, 2014, Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, TX.
The Dallas Composite Squadron attended the annual Wreaths Across America event at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.  The mission of Wreaths Across America, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.  The message is about the importance of remembering fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

This is made possible by thousands of volunteers who organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponsor wreaths, and participate in the events. No government funding is used. The cost of the program is paid by individual wreaths sponsors, corporate donorsand volunteer truckers.

SM J. Gulliksen of Dallas Composite Squadron organized the event. Major Don Gulliksen, also of Dallas Composite Squadron was the Master of Ceremonies.



          For more information, please contact:

                                             Blanca Applewhite, 1nd Lt CAP

                                             Public Affairs Officer

                                             Group III Texas Wing

                                             Civil Air Patrol

                                             bdallascap@gmail.com 214 287 8381

 

Civil Air Patrol Flooded with Requests for Assistance

posted Jan 26, 2016, 4:24 PM by lana mark   [ updated Feb 12, 2016, 6:42 AM ]


DALLAS-Civil Air Patrol squadrons in North Texas were flooded with requests for assistance by both federal and local officials during the recent bad weather that blanketed the nation’s   midsection.

In particular the 391st composite squadron was requested to photograph the upper reaches of the Trinity River basin.  Over 1500 photos were taken by aircrews of the 391st   and rather than delivering the photos electronically the crew was requested to deliver the photos in person in Austin.  These photographs were used by the Corp of Engineers specialists to evaluate erosion damage to the area.  Missions were flown at altitudes ranging from 500 feet AGL to as high as 2,500 feet.   Aircrews included Maj Donald A. Gulliksen aerial photographer, 1st Lt Brian K. Relin pilot in command, and  1st Lt Ryan J. Giancomino observer.  Deputy Commander of Cadets, Capt Lana Holub, commented “this is what we train for every day, being ready, when called to duty.”


In addition to aircraft and aircrews the 391st furnished ground mission specialists both senior and cadets to the effort.  These specialists are a vital part of the mission who staff the Incident Command Headquarters located in various cities throughout the state.  As the situation changed the Incident Headquarters was moved to different cities. Initially the office was established in El Paso and later moved to Denton to better serve changing needs.  Other   Groups and squadrons in North Texas furnished additional facilities, aircraft and aircrews to the Wing effort.


Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 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 80 lives annually. Its volunteers 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 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information


Release by Capt Bob Bruton
For more information contact:

                                             Blanca Applewhite, 1nd Lt CAP

                                             Public Affairs Officer

                                             Group III Texas Wing

                                             Civil Air Patrol

                                             bdallascap@gmail.com 214 287 8381

 



Civil Air Patrol joins Total Force ‘Airmen’

posted Sep 3, 2015, 4:37 PM by lana mark   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 4:38 PM ]

Wednesday, 2 September 2015 By Staff Sgt. Whitney Stanfield Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

Civil Air Patrol joins Total Force ‘Airmen’

WASHINGTON – Following 74 years of support to emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs, the Civil Air Patrol, when conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force Auxiliary is now included in the Air Force’s definition of the Total Force.

The Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, Leadership, in August 2015 expanding the Air Force’s descriptions of Total Force and Airmen to now consist of regular, Guard, Reserve, and Auxiliary members.

Historically, the broader term Airmen referred to uniformed and civilian members of the US Air Force (officer or enlisted; regular, Reserve, or Guard) regardless of rank, component, or specialty.

With this newest change, Air Force leaders should consider each part of the Total Force, including the Auxiliary, when determining the most effective and efficient ways to complete the mission. CAP has approximately 57,000 volunteers and 550 aircraft assigned to more than 1,500 units stateside available or currently supporting non-combat missions on behalf of the Air Force.

“As a strategic partner, these unpaid professionals have boldly served our nation saving the Air Force almost 40 times the cost of using military assets for each hour served,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “Inclusion in the Total Force reflects the continuing key contributions of this highly trained and equipped organization.”

The Auxiliary members who fly the nearly 100,000 hours per year performing disaster relief, counterdrug, search and rescue, fighter interceptor training, aerial observation and cadet orientation flights will now be included in the Total Force and referred to as Airmen during the performance of official duties in recognition of their contributions to the Air Force.

“Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez, CAP National Commander. “Our ability to augment the Air Force is second to none. We provide 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions and disaster-relief support to local, state and national agencies as well as aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, and remain continually postured to offer more.”

Beyond CAP’s support to achieve its homeland responsibilities for non-combat operations, the organization has been recognized for their efforts to inspire hundreds of thousands of cadets and K-12 students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and training.

“Civil Air Patrol’s increased exposure has a direct impact on attracting youth interest in STEMbased activities which are skills necessary to develop the innovative Airmen our Air Force needs,” said Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III. “We proudly welcome the Air Force Auxiliary by extending our badge of honor as Airmen.”

Wing Conference 2015 Fort Worth, TX

posted May 4, 2015, 9:33 AM by lana mark   [ updated May 4, 2015, 9:35 AM ]


Fort Worth, TX- Texas Wing Conference was held Saturday, April 18 2015 at the DFW Marriott South.  Senior members and cadets attended various classes and had opportunities to see presentations by exceptional speakers including Air Force personnel, Lockheed Martin engineers, and Wing Command.  Highlights included the presentation of Congressional Gold Medal replicas to WWII CAP honorees, meeting CAP member and aviation pioneer, Col Mary Feik, and observing the Change of Command Ceremony installing Col Steve Hudson as Texas Wing Commander.

Pictured below from left to right: Col Mary Feik, fellow Texas Wing cadet, C/Amn A Applewhite, and C/CMSgt M Applewhite











Pictured right: Capt Lana Holub and Col Mary Feik

Feik is credited with becoming the first woman engineer in research and development in the Air Technical Service Command’s Engineering Division.

She's accomplished so much but here's what she says about her proudest moment, in 2003: "My ultimate honor [is] the Civil Air Patrol cadet achievement created in my name."

  

C/2d Lt Zachary Holub earns the Mitchell Award

posted Apr 19, 2015, 11:03 AM by lana mark

SPR 30-03-15

391st Composite Squadron

Group III Texas Wing

Civil Air Patrol

Dallas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CIVIL AIR PATROL CADET ACHIEVES HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER AWARD

 

DALLAS-Cadet/CMSgt Zachary Holub was presented the prestigious “General Billy Mitchell” award in

ceremonies at the Civil Air Patrol’s  391st Composite Squadron located at the Business Jet Center, Dallas Love Field.  Group III Commander,  Lt Col Thomas Bishop, who presented the award, in later remarks commented, “This is one of Civil Air Patrol’s highest awards and I am confident that his parents Capt Mark Holub and Capt Lana Holub are extremely proud of their son's achievement.”  As a result of his achievement, Cadet Holub has been promoted to the rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant.  He is the current Cadet Commander of the squadron’s cadet component. 

C/2d Lt Zach Holub and Group III Commander Lt. Col Tom Bishop

The “General Billy Mitchell” award is named for aviation pioneer General Billy Mitchell, an early advocate of airpower and an independent Air Force.  To earn the award, cadets must successfully complete phase 1 and phase 2 of the cadet program and pass a comprehensive Leadership and Aerospace exam.  The award can only be authorized by CAP National Headquarters located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery Alabama.







 






Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force is a nonprofit organization with over 61, 000 members operating a fleet of 550 aircraft.  CAP in its Air Force auxiliary role

performs over 80 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited with saving more than  80 lives annually.

Volunteers 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 26,000 young people currently participating in the

CAP cadet programs. 

 
For more information contact Bob Bruton Capt CAP Public Affair Officer for Group III, Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol @  bobbrutonsbcglobal.net 817 494 8600 or 817 688 4940

 

                                   

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CR Smith Flight Museum, Fort Worth, TX

posted Mar 10, 2015, 6:42 AM by lana mark   [ updated Mar 10, 2015, 6:46 AM ]

Dallas Composite Squadron -C.R. Smith Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

On Saturday, February 21, 2015, the Dallas Composite Squadron, Texas Wing, headed to the C. R. Smith Museum located near American Airlines Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas for an Aerospace and Aviation field trip.

Dallas’s own Lt. Ryan Giacomino, an employee of American Airlines in the Flight Training Program Development department at the Flight Academy, made arrangements for an afternoon of fun.  The tour began with a brief film highlighting the history of American Airlines and the role American Airlines played in aviation. Following the history lesson, Lauren Giffin, Education/Program Coordinator and museum docent, led the group on a personal tour of the museum.  The pinnacle of the museum tour was the Douglas DC-3 “Flagship Knoxville”.  Cadets and Senior Members were allowed inside the aircraft.  The cockpit was an amazing sight! Cadet Airman M. Adams had this to say about the plane: It took a lot of space to carry all the electronic equipment in the old planes.  Having the tail wheel made traveling up and down the fuselage much more interesting because it was so steep.”

After the tour, the group moved to the theatre to watch several vignettes noting the contributions of African-American pilots in celebration of Black History Month.  The Master of Ceremonies, historian Mr. Price, expounded the historical significance of pioneers such as Bessie Coleman, Eugene Jacques Bullard, Charles Bolden, and Emory C. Malick. The presentation concluded with a door prize, a Tuskegee Airman jacket.  Luckily, Captain L. Holub, Deputy Commander for Cadets for the Dallas Composite Squadron, won the jacket! Captain Holub remarked, “I am honored and I can’t wait to wear it to an air show!”

First Sergeant Applewhite summed up the excursion with this comment: “It was extremely interesting to learn about how much aviation has developed through the years. I enjoyed it and would do it again if I could!”
Pictured from left to right: Capt L. Holub, SM M. Eisenberg, Cadet A. Applewhite, C/SMSgt M. Applewhite, C/A1C N. Williams, C/Amn E. Early, C/SrA N. Mars, C/SrA M. Adams, Lt R. Giacmino, and Lt B. Applewhite

December 2014 Awards and Promotions

posted Jan 9, 2015, 5:54 PM by lana mark   [ updated Jan 17, 2015, 11:19 AM ]

Capt Mark Holub, squadron commander, opened Monday night’s meeting by thanking all CAP members for the volunteer service given to 391st squadron throughout the year.  Capt Holub recounted the success of this year's Wreaths Across America.  2nd Lt Joan Gulliksen coordinated this year’s distribution of Holiday wreaths at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.  8,500 wreaths were funded through donations collected throughout this year. The wreaths were individually placed at veteran’s gravesites by almost 400 members of Civil Air Patrol, Young Marines, Sea Cadets, and Boy Scouts of America.

Promotions as a result of the Great Start Program:
    Cadet Grey Friend to C/Amn    Cadet Christian Gray to C/Amn    Cadet Alec Morgan to C/Amn
    C/Amn Noah Allen to C/A1C  C/Amn Nathaniel Mars to C/A1C  C/Amn Emilia McLaughlin to C/A1C
    C/A1C Alex Chu to C/SrA  CA1C Spencer McGreer to C/SrA   C/TSgt Madison Applewhite to C/MSgt
    C/C/TSgt Matthew Dykes to C/MSgt   C/SMSgt Luke Langlais to C/CMSgt    
    C/SMSgt Aditi Panvelkar to C/CMSgt   CSMSgt Luke Schlenker to C/CMSgt


Following are the special year-end awards presented by Commander Captain Mark Holub and Deputy Commander Major Seth Grenke:

Certificate of Appreciation – John Williams, Cyber Patriot Team Coach, parent 

Squadron Commander’s Certificate of Merit – C/A1C Nick Williams

Air Force Association Squadron Cadet of the Year – C/MSgt Madison Applewhite

Commander’s Commendation – Capt Scott Knightly (not pictured), Maj John Krogstad, 2nd Lt Blanca Applewhite, Capt Lana Holub, and Commander, Capt Mark Holub



The evening concluded with the Dallas Composite Squadron cadets presenting Dallas Love Field Business Jet Center employees a gift of appreciation followed by Holiday Celebration with food and refreshments shared by all squadron members.


For more information contact:

Bob Bruton, Capt CAP Public Affairs Officer, 391st Composite Sq, Group III, Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol, bobbruton@sbcglobal.net, 817-494-8600 or 817-688-4940.                     




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