Category Archives: Squadron Activity

TX802 Boosters: Bottles for Benefits

Today we kicked off a spring fundraiser!   Booster club funds are used to support cadet activities, purchase supplies, support the squadron and used to host the annual Military Ball.

From now until Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 the squadron will be selling Coca~Cola products for $22.00 a case. These are 20 oz bottles which are normally sold for $1.25 – $2.00 a bottle.

  • Parents & guardians are asked to sell these products to friends, family, co-workers and neighbors.  Please remember  if you allow your cadet to sell they should be safe!  Cadets should not sell to neighbors you don’t know or without your permission.  They should always let you know where they are going, and how long they will be gone.
  • All orders and money must be turned in by Wednesday, March 25th, 2015. Please verify your order and money, then seal in an envelope with the order from enclosed, and return the envelope to your cadet’s commander.
  • All orders must be between the hours of 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in front of the CAP Room as follows:
    • C.E. King Middle School will pick-up Monday, 13 April
    • New Caney Middle School will pick up Thursday, 16 April
  • If you need additional forms or the parent letter, please see:

http://www.tx802.com/boosterclub/OrderFormMar15.pdf

As always if you can help out at a weekend activity with meals, please let us know (you can e-mail the president, Mr. D. Michael Schulin, at president@tx802.com. If you are interested in running for the boosters board for the 2015-2016 year, please see the article below.

TX802 Squadron Boosters Board Elections

The executive board elections for the 2015-2016 year are scheduled for Friday, 24 April 2015.  This is a special meeting scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m., for booster club members, being held the Friday night of the April Camp Curry.  Per booster club bylaws, you must be a member of the booster club in order to vote.

Membership in the booster club is only $2.00 per person and there is still time to join.  The last day to become a member of the TX802 Squadron Boosters is Friday, April 17, 2015.

The executive board positions are: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian. For a complete description of board positions please see the current bylaws at www.tx802.com/boosterclub/BylawsApr13.pdf.  If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, please return the bottom portion of this page, no later than Friday, 17 April 2015.

For the annual membership flyer see: www.tx802.com/boosterclub/MembershipFlyer14.pdf. Please have your cadet return the form to their CAP instructor.

 

Operation Seguin I (Emergency Services Weekend)

Last weekend we traveled to Camp Floyd, just south of Seguin, TX for what we hope was the first of other Emergency Services Weekends there.  We took a few cadets from each grade level who were at the top of the squadron Merit of Order List (MOL).

It was a new adventure full of fun, and excitement!  Cadets got a chance to learn fundamentals of emergency services skills. We arrived at the property with the sun quickly falling and found ourselves with a challenge of finding a sleeping location and setting up camp in complete darkness. Let alone it being the first time majority of the cadets tried to set up a tent, but to have it done in complete darkness made this challenge almost unworldly. Teamwork and communication had to be at it its highest effectiveness to get the job done, but like Sheldon Cadet Squadron is known for,  we meet the challenge. The tents had a main sleeping section with two side sections connected to it. We found it more space efficient to put all of our gear into one of the side sections and use the main sections and other side section to sleep in.  We slept about 2-3 cadets in the side section and 4-5 in the main section. There was a second male tent set up for the remainder of the males.

The nights were cold with Friday night’s low of a warm 34°, and Saturday night’s low of 29°, you found yourself often snuggling with your battle buddy’s feet to keep warm. None the less after a few minutes within our sleeping bags, and just the noise of chattering teeth, we were able to drift into a nice sleep.

Air Force personnel explained to us the different uses of the vehicles their engineering team uses and showed us some key elements of how they were used. The Humvee was a favorite of mine. We learned where each person sat within the vehicle and learned the responsibility and roles each played in the Humvee.  Not only did they teach us about the vehicle but they let us get in.  We were able to take turns getting in the driver seat , and the gunner seats where you sit harnessed in the hatch at the top of the vehicle.  Already excited about our Humvee experience, once we were properly harnessed in, they took us on rides in the Humvee around the property. We received a chance that a lot of people in the Air Force, let alone the world get to do and experience.  After learning how a Humvee operates in person, the day was full of many more firsts for our cadets.  For lunch they ate MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), in the afternoon we participated in a land navigation course, practiced our compass skills followed by fishing.  For many of the cadets this was their first time to fish, but we all had a great time learning about alternative methods to fish and alternative bait (bread and hot dogs) and all tried to catch us a bass or catfish.

After fishing we had bar-b-q for dinner followed by grilled banana boats and S’mores.  Cadets then broke back up in to their teams to come up with an act for the talent show and performed for each other and the senior members.  Cadets then traveled through the field , over to the Air Force area and learned about night vision goggles.  All cadets were able to view through them and it was another new learning experience for all.  Sunday morning was extremely cold, but we awoke, broke up camp (it was much easier to pack up in the light of day) and then had eggs and biscuits for breakfast.  Our last activity was to perform a grid search of the areas we had been in to assure we left no trash behind.  Then we loaded up in to the bus and head back home to Houston.

As the squadron cadet commander this was a new experience for me too and a one I greatly enjoyed.  Many of the cadets who participated are our future squadron leaders and it was a great way for me to get to know them outside of Camp Currys.

~ By C/Maj Tristan Edwards, CAP

SWR-TX-802 Squadron Commander

Wreaths Across America – Houston

Wreaths Across America – Houston

Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice. The Wreaths Across America mission is to “Remember, Honor, and Teach”. The annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery started in 1992 is now performed around the country.

Wreath Season is Here!

There is just a month to go in the 2012 season. It won’t be long before thousands of volunteers begin to lay wreaths upon so many of our fallen heroes at the Houston National Cemetery. Every dollar makes a difference since a wreath is only $15.00 and there are so many of our fallen that need a wreath.

This summer Sheldon Cadets helped kick-off the annual wreath fundraising drive by participating in the Wreaths Across America-Houston Reading. Sheldon Cadets helped read the names of over 78,000 men and women buried in the Houston National Cemetery. Service members from every American war are buried in the Houston National Cemetery and Sheldon Cadet Squadron is proud to honor our fallen heroes.

If you are interested in purchasing a wreath to place at the headstone of a service member buried at the Houston National Cemetery you can purchase a wreath through the squadron (by turning in this form into your cadets instructor), until Friday, 9 November 2012 or you can do so securely online by clicking here or use the short url http://tinyurl.com/waatx802.

You can request for a specific individual to receive a wreath, but you need to note the specific grave location. To find the specific location, go to the Nationwide Graveside Locator. Gravesite specific requests can only be made for the Houston National Cemetery through us. To place a wreath in another National Cemetery visit the National Wreaths Across America site.

Sheldon Leadership Academy

 

by TX802 Public Affairs Staff
C/CMSGgt Elizabeth Sanchez, NCOIC

On the weekend of 14 Sept 2012 Sheldon Cadet Squadron had our first Squadron Leadership Academy, or SLA. Much like any other CAP activity, the sole purpose of SLA is to train cadets. What distinguishes this activity from the rest, is that SLA strictly trains cadets on how to perform staff jobs for our squadron. For the majority of cadets that attended, SLA will help them transition from being taught to being the one who teaches.

The time has come to worry about your people, instead of yourself and the cadet staff soon learned that. Capt. Gates briefed us all on safety, and his expectations of us; “Lead from the front, be aware, and be accountable,” he said. Cadets arrive at SLA prepared to learn and leave with the knowledge and confidence they need to teach our new cadets. Staff jobs taught included logistics, public affairs, supply, mess, administration, and operations. Topics covered included uniforms, communication, and leadership.

SLA provided great experience and learning opportunities to all of our cadet staff. We hope to have another very successful Squadron Leadership Academy in January of 2013.

For more information about squadron activities, please click here to see the first edition of the TX802 Buzz!