Stevens Point Civil Air Patrol Cadets Place Second in State Color Guard Competition
STEVENS POINT– The cadet color guard from the Stevens Point Composite Squadron took second place in the 2012 Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol Cadet Competition.
The event was held in West Bend on Saturday, February 25.
This was the first year in which the Stevens Point squadron’s color guard has taken part in the competition. They were edged out of first place by less than a quarter point.
The goal of the competition is to increase cadet training in leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and teamwork, as well as to build a sense of belonging to a larger organization.
Teams were scored on events including in-ranks uniform inspection, indoor and outdoor presentation of the colors, proper flag folding, and performing 25 memorized drill movements in order. Cadets were also challenged with a written exam and panel quiz on aerospace knowledge and Civil Air Patrol history, and a mile run to demonstrate physical fitness.
The Stevens Point Squadron Color Guard took first place in the individual events of the written exam and panel quiz.
A cadet color guard team is composed of four cadets, usually two cadet airmen (the guards) and two cadet NCOs (the flag bearers). The Stevens Point Composite squadron team members are Cadet Master Sergeant Tony Kulp from Stratford (team captain), Cadet Master Sergeant Daniel Lang from Stevens Point (lead rifleman), Cadet Senior Airman Cameron Kulp from Stratford (Civil Air Patrol flag bearer), Cadet Senior Airman Joshua Joyce from Edgar (rifleman), and Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Jacob Joyce (alternate).
The Timmerman Composite Squadron Color Guard took first place overall in the color guard competition and will advance to the Great Lakes Regional competition in April. The National CAP Cadet competition will be held in June at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
The Stevens Point Composite Squadron is one of 28 squadrons based in local communities throughout Wisconsin. It was chartered in 1985 and has 49 members, 27 of which are cadets. The current squadron commander is Captain Terese Barta. Cadet First Lieutenant David Feig serves as cadet commander.