Civil Air Patrol

Wisconsin Wing to send Drill Team to Great Lakes Region Competition

Photo by Capt. Jeri Gonwa, WIWG PAO: The 2012 Wisconsin Wing Drill Team

Madison, Wis. – The annual Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol Cadet Competition was held February 25 at the West Bend National Guard Armory.  Fox Cities Composite Squadron, with their multi-squadron drill team, will advance to the region competition by representing Wisconsin Wing.

They will compete at the 2012 Great Lakes Region Competition to be held at the Illinois Military Academy in Camp Lincoln, Illinois National Guard, Springfield, Ill. on April 27-29.  Teams from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin will vie for the coveted spot of region champion for Drill Team.  Teams who win region competition advance to the Civil Air Patrol National Cadet Competition to be held in June.

The Fox Cities Composite Squadron Drill Team, located at the Outagamie County Airport, Appleton, Wis. is composed of cadets from Fox Cities, Ozaukee and West Bend Composite Squadrons.  Made up of half cadet officers and half new cadets, the challenge for the team was to work together as well as support one other.

“The cadets on the team should feel accomplished, and I am proud to say that I am the commander of those fine cadets” stated Cadet Major Scott Steele, drill team commander. “We have made a lot of progress over our 6 weekend practices. Not many other cadets below C/A1C can drill like the airmen on the Spartan Drill Team.”  (The Spartan Drill Team is their team name that the cadets adopted.)

Steele also stated that “Our team is proof that one does not need a team filled with non-commissioned officers (NCO’s) and officers to compete and succeed.”

Though the team did not have another drill team competing against them, it was not a given that they would move on to region competition.  They still needed to prove to the judges that they could represent Wisconsin in a positive manner.  They went through the drill team events just as if they had others competing against them and were scored in each category accordingly.  If they failed to perform well enough and reach a threshold of a predetermined score, they would not advance to region competition.

“Although we did move on to region, we realized that we did make mistakes, but we are prepared to fix them” admitted Steele.  “The day was a great training tool, and I know that the cadets and I will be amply preparing for regional competition at the end of April.”

The Wisconsin Wing Drill Team:

  • Cadet Major Scott Steele, drill team commander, Ozaukee Composite Squadron
  • Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Jacob Reuter, deputy drill team commander, Fox Cities Composite Squadron,
  • Cadet 1st Lieutenant Cassie Martin, Fox Cities Composite Squadron
  • Cadet 1st Lieutenant Mitchell Lemons, Ozaukee Composite Squadron
  • Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Jenny Pitz, West Bend Composite Squadron
  • Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Evan Thomsen, Fox Cities Composite Squadron
  • Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Alex Roberts, Fox Cities Composite Squadron
  • Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Michael Lang, Fox Cities Composite Squadron
  • Cadet Airman 1st Class Cody Kuether, Fox Cities Composite Squadron
  • Cadet Airman Randy Bialcik, Fox Cities Composite Squadron
  • Cadet Airman Lennon Mauel, Fox Cities Composite Squadron
  • Cadet Airman Basic Michael Chanda, Fox Cities Composite Squadron
  • Cadet Airman Basic Isaac Wilke, Fox Cities Composite Squadron
  • Cadet Airman Basic Collin Hilker, alternate, Fox Cities Composite Squadron
  • Cadet Airman Basic Jeffrey Kelley, alternate, Fox Cities Composite Squadron
  • Majors Terry and Nina Schmitt, escorts, Fox Cities Composite Squadron
  • 2nd Lieutenant Rebekkah Daniels, escort, Fox Cities Composite Squadron

Fox Cities Composite Squadron won third place overall last year with their color guard team at the Civil Air Patrol National Cadet Competition.  Their hope is to win region this year as a drill team and go back to national competition.

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