Wisconsin’s Timmerman Composite Squadron Color Guard Advances to Great Lakes Region Cadet Competition
Madison, Wis. – Excitement filled the air as the annual Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol Cadet Competition was held February 25 at the West Bend National Guard Armory. Teams from throughout the state vied for the top honor of moving onto the Great Lakes Region Competition.
Timmerman Composite Squadron, located in Milwaukee at Timmerman Airport, took first place overall for the color guard team and advances to 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 color guard. The six region teams that win the competition at the region level will advance to the Civil Air Patrol National Cadet Competition to be held in June.
Timmerman Composite Squadron was part of a three way tie with Milwaukee #5 and Stevens Point Composite Squadrons until the final event. The teams however were not aware of the down-to-the-wire finish.
The mile run broke the three-way tie with merely a .28 difference in the scores between first and third place for the teams. It came down to the team that had the fastest run times.
The scores could not have been closer and at the award ceremony, the cadets were told of the tight race. Everyone held their breath in anticipation as the winners were announced.
“I am so proud of the hard work that my team has put in over the last few weeks” stated Cadet Master Sergeant Carter Welsh, color guard commander for the Timmerman team. “We are very excited for the regional competition!”
As for the other teams who competed, Welsh went on to say, “The other teams did great and they should be proud of how they performed on Saturday.”
Winning first place as the Wisconsin Wing Color Guard Team from Timmerman Composite Squadron:
- Cadet Master Sergeant Carter Welsh, color guard commander
- Cadet Airman First Class Jacob Fuiten, rifle bearer
- Cadet Airman Andrew Parr, flag bearer
- Cadet Airman Amber Wycklendt, rifle bearer
- Cadet Airman Avery Currie, alternate
- Major Thomas Kondziella, team escort and squadron commander
- Senior Member Nathan White, team escort
Timmerman placed first in the indoor and outdoor practical drill portion of the competition. Cadets Fuiten and Wycklendt, both from Timmerman, won the Fleet Foot award for the mile run in the male and female category respectfully.
Stevens Point Composite Squadron came in a tight second place. Team members were:
- Cadet Master Sergeant Anthony Kulp, color guard commander
- Cadet Senior Airman Michael Kulp, flag bearer
- Cadet Master Sergeant Daniel Lang, rifle bearer
- Cadet Senior Airman Joshua Joyce, rifle bearer
- Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Jacob Joyce, alternate
- Captain John Thompson, escort
- 1st Lieutenant Therese Barta, escort
The Stevens Point Composite Squadron won first place in the written exam and panel quiz while Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5 took first place in inspection and standard drill. The Milwaukee Squadron was also voted as the Esprit de Corps team for their sportsman-like conduct and encouragement to other squadrons.
Finishing a mere .28 points behind first place was the Milwaukee #5 Composite Squadron. Team members were:
- Cadet Staff Sergeant Zachary Merek, color guard commander
- Cadet Technical Sergeant Xavier Correa, flag bearer
- Cadet Staff Sergeant Samantha Albright, rifle bearer
- Cadet Master Sergeant Jasmine Grant, rifle bearer
- Cadet Staff Sergeant Garrett Reeves, alternate
- Lieutenant Colonels Steve and Danielle Michaels, escorts
- 2nd Lieutenant Greg Turdo, escort