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2011 Texas Wing Color Guard & Drill Team competition results!!

TX-802 Sheldon Cadets competed at the Texas Wing Cadet Competition, March 11th-13th at Camp Swift, near Bastrop, TX. Our color guard placed second overall and our drill team placed first overall! The drill team will advance to the Southwest Region Cadet Competition.

Color Guard Results

It was a close color guard competition at wing this year, but in a tie-breaking decision the 2011 TX-802 Sheldon Color Guard team finished second. 

Congratulations to the Frisco Squadron for their First Place overall win in the 2011 Texas Wing Color Guard Competition.

Sheldon Color Guard cadets placed first in:

  • In-Ranks Inspection
  • Mile Run
  • Outdoor Presentation
  • Indoor Presentation

…and second in:

  • Standard Drill

• The Female Fleetfoot Award went to – C/SMSgt Miramontes

Drill Team Results

The drill team competition was also a close competition! But, the Sheldon Drill Team cadets earned the overall first place award by placing first in:

  • In-Ranks Inspection
  • Innovative Drill
  • Volleyball
  • Panel Quiz

• The Male Fleetfoot Award went to – C/CMSgt Coronado

• The Female Fleetfoot Award went to – C/SMSgt Salazar

We wish the Frisco Color Guard Team and the Sheldon Drill Team Cadets great success as they move on to the Southwest Region Cadet Competition and represent the state of Texas in San Antonio, TX.

GO BIG!

Sheldon Civil Air Patrol School Year Ends With Record Breaking Promotions

Preparation for this ceremony began months before, with confirmation of data entries and test dates, uniform upkeep and exchanges, then a weekend full of testing and physical training, into a school week of lining up cadet insignia and framing certificates. It wasn’t until one stood at the end of the awards table and looked down at the awards being lined up did it sink in what a successful year 2009-2010 has been for Sheldon Cadet Squadron TX802. 

The ceremony, which was held at here at Michael R. Null Middle School, began with introduction of some very prestigious guests present, Mr. Michael R. Null, principal of C.E. King Middle School, Mrs. Becky Zalesnik, principal of Michael R. Null Middle School, a member of the school board, Ms. Eileen Palmer, and last but not least the honorable Brigadier General James Jaeger, a retired Brigadier General from the United States Air Force. What the cadets did not even know was there were three new awards going to be presented and one being named the General Jaeger award after the distinguished guest. General Jaeger was the first cadet to receive the Spaatz Award as a CAP cadet then to advance in the Air Force to the rank of General Officer.

Promotions begin with eight cadets being promoted to cadet airman, twelve to cadet airman first class, fourteen cadet senior airmen, and then everyone looked on in awe when the names were read of the cadets being promoted to cadet staff sergeant. With the promotion to cadet staff sergeant, the cadets crossed a milestone and received The Wright Brothers Award for successfully completing the Phase I of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. It marks the transition of a cadet to the non-commissioned officer status in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, and accompanies the promotion to the rank of Cadet Staff Sergeant. The total count for the cadets receiving The Wright Brothers Award was thirty-seven, this includes cadets who had been promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeant this school year. Two Cadet Senior Master Sergeants were promoted and one Cadet Chief Master Sergeant finishing off the cadet enlisted promotions.

The night was just getting started after the enlisted promotions when, Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Levesque, TX802’s Squadron Commander asked General Jeagar to please join him in his next presentation which would compose of seven TX 802 cadets being presented with their General Billy Mitchell Award. The General Billy Mitchell Award is earned by Civil Air Patrol cadets who have successfully complete the second phase of the cadet program. It marks the end of the enlisted phase of the cadet program; cadets are promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenants upon receipt and, by extension, Cadet Officers.

The promotion ceremony finale would be Cadet Major Warren Geary getting promoted to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel with this promotion he receives the General Ira C. Eaker Award, it is given by the Civil Air Patrol in honor of the former Deputy Commander U.S. Army Air Forces and aviation pioneer. It is presented on behalf of CAP by CAP National Headquarters to cadets who have completed the specific requirements in the Phase IV of the cadet program.

With the promotions being complete it was time to honor those cadets whom went above and beyond their call of duties throughout the school year. Sheldon Cadet Squadron presented the “Colonel George M. Boyd Cadet Airman of the Year Award” to Cadet SSgt Dylan Ling, who started off this year as a Cadet Airman Basic and within nine months has advanced to the rank of Cadet SSgt, participated actively with our squadron competition drill team and did it with a great attitude and the drive to always seek more from within himself. The “Master Sergeant Roy B. Benavidez Cadet NCO of the Year” was then presented to Cadet MSgt Monica Salazar, who with her dedication and drive led her to hold the position of Flight Sergeant of her class throughout the year, then holding Flight Sergeant Positions at all weekend activities, while still being active with the Squadron’s competition drill team, and maintaining a positive attitude. The last award of the evening was the “Brigadier General James A. Jaeger Cadet Officer of the Year” award, named after tonight’s guest of honor and it was presented to Sheldon Cadet Squadron’s Cadet Commander Cadet Lt Col Warren Geary, who has spent this year active as the Cadet Commander, overseeing all the squadron’s weekend activities, and spending time training and passing on knowledge to his subordinates enabling them to progress successfully.

With the 2009-2010 School year coming to a close, the cadets of the Sheldon Cadet Squadron TX802 are poised to continue on their track as one of the premier student organizations at Sheldon Independent School Districts. With the education they gain on a daily basis from the all of the instructors at these campuses, to the discipline and self reliance they learn while being a member of the squadron, these young men and women are setting themselves up for a successful 2010-2011 school year and beyond.

By: Senior Member SSgt Amber N. Castro

Sheldon Cadet Squadron Camp Curry 32

The weekend of 16 April 2010 – 18 April 2010…

Camp Curry was here and marked its spot. On the weekend of April 16, 2010, Sheldon Cadet Squadron held Camp Curry XXXII. As well known, staff arrives earlier in the activity to have a meeting. As staff broke into their groups, they organize the school into a Civil Air Patrol training facility. Around 1900 hrs. the staff was ready and it was time to let the cadets in. The staff conducted sign in, bag check, escorting and instructions for all cadets which totaled 117 in all (including senior members). An hour later, Capt. Ray Hicks gave a safety briefing and Lt. Colonel Levesque gave a moral leadership briefing on the internal compass and how it is going to get busy at Camp Curry. Flight staff was ready to take off and begin with classes. As soon as it struck 2200 hours, it was time for personal hygiene, where all cadets take showers and go to sleep. While the cadets where asleep, the cadet staff was previewing in the cafeteria of how Camp Curry was going to accomplish its goals for the weekend.

At 0500 hours staff woke up from their deep sleep to attend to the morning staff meeting. At 0530 it was time for the cadets to wake up for their CPFT. The flight staff took their flights down to the gym to conduct push ups, sit and reach, sit ups, and the mile run. In the end, only 18 had to re-take their PT test. Right after a nice workout, the cadets were ready for a nutritious breakfast. After breakfast, all cadets took showers and changed and were ready to train and prepare them for the tests ahead. While some cadets were testing for Leadership or Aerospace, others were using their teamwork training. Afterwards, lunch came and went and the cadets continued their day of testing. Saturday night arrived when the ultimate fun came in. After dinner, the cadets headed off to the big gym and played dodge ball as well as sharks and mines. When the two hours of fun ended, it was time for the cadets to head to bed.

Sunday is finally here. Cadets who needed to re-take the CPFT were sent to the gym after waking up. After breakfast, cadets completed their tests and then sent to their barracks to pack, clean, and do whatever needed to be done before going home.

By: C/MSgt Cepeda, D, C/CMSgt Booker, & C/TSgt Morgan

Sheldon Cadet Squadron Camp Curry 31

The weekend of 19 February 2010 – 21 February 2010….

At this CAP activity, we accomplished many great things such as; two of our cadets achieved their Mitchell award. This is an award that is earned through hard work and dedication, this award marks the beginning of a cadet’s commissioned officer career. Also, we had some visitors at this activity, approximately thirty Air Force liaison officers, some were even graduates from the Air Force Academy. All and all, we had a fantastic Camp Curry everything was executed smoothly from the time the activity started to the cadets leaving to go home.

We woke up the cadets at 0500 to do PT, then we formed them up into morning formation, and then proceeded with stretching. After we dealt with that, we began the PT test. After successfully administering the pt test the cadets went on with a long day of instruction. These classes were well prepared by the flight staff and very informative for the cadets. After a long day of instruction the cadets were rewarded with a nice game of dodge ball. But, this is not ordinary dodge ball, this is Capt Hicks dodge ball. In Capt Hicks dodge ball there are two massive teams, after listening to detailed instructions courtesy of Capt Hicks, the teams are unleashed like a pair of relentless hurricanes. This PT is perfect for pre-bedtime; after using all their energy the cadets are tired and ready for bed with no problem.

Sunday morning before leaving the cadets took tests. The cadets successfully finished these tests with the majority of the 105 cadets in attendance passing. Following test taking the cadets cleaned the facilities; we left the school better than we found it. After clean-up the cadets were sent home.

This activity was a great success. The staff was greatly qualified for their assigned duties, and earned the respect of all of the cadets. The support staff was splendid. They managed to stay cool and calm in the face of a challenge. Even though many challenges were thrown their way, the support staff adapted and overcame.

From, TX 802 Public Affairs Department

Sheldon Cadet Squadron Receives Visit From A Tuskegee Airman

On Feb. 25, Sheldon ISD’s Civil Air Patrol (CAP) program welcomed American hero Col. George Boyd (Center) of the famed WWII Tuskegee Airmen (Class 45-G) to speak to the young cadets on the legacy he and his fellow airmen created.

Legendary Airman makes special visit to Sheldon ISD
By LANDON MCDONALD

M.R. Null Middle School’s Civil Air Patrol (CAP) program recently welcomed Col. George Boyd, an American hero with the famed World War II (WWII) Tuskegee Airmen (Class 45-G)

Boyd’s visit helped to educate the young cadets on the legacy he and his fellow Airmen created.

For more than 28 years, Boyd served with the United States Air Force, but nothing could have prepared him for the barrage of questions coming from a group of middle school students.

Those questions covered many subjects, from his time in the Air Force to why his watch was so shiny.

Boyd says he has heard it all and loves educating the youth on the difference his time in the service has made on America and its military.

“My job as a retired Airman and speaker is to share the history and values of what makes an American citizen,” Boyd says. “Working from experience I can share on how one can overcome challenges, because in the face of adversity, will you do the right thing?” Boyd was born and grew up in New Jersey, served in WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam. In WWII, he held various positions including that of all-weather jet fighter radar intercept officer, squadron commander and management engineer.

During that time , when segregation prevailed in the United States, the training of African-American military aviators was conducted at an isolated Army airfield near Tuskegee Institute, Ala.

Under the command of Col. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., 450 African-American fighter pilots fought in the aerial war over North Africa, Sicily, Southern France and Europe.

Those men became known as the Tuskegee Airmen, a name that to this day reminds society that against adversity and discouragement, with perseverance and persistence anyone can overcome any obstacle big or small.

The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America’s first black military airmen. Each one possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America to the best of his ability.

After retiring from the Air Force with the rank of major, Boyd created a successful career as the director of aviation for the Kansas Department of Transportation and held other executive titles in several Kansas corporations before becoming a motivational speaker in 2001.

After having been an active participant in the CAP on a national scale, and for his home state of Kansas, Boyd says the cadets of Sheldon ISD are the finest set of students with whom he has ever had the pleasure of speaking.

“The CAP program here is one of the best in the country,” Boyd said. “I see leadership at its best here. All the students here are on the right track to becoming good citizens. It’s an honor to come here and share history with the students the way I know it and love it.”

Tuskegee Army Air Field continued to train new airmen until 1946, with women entering the program in several support fields.

Large numbers of black airmen elected to remain in the service but because of segregation their assignments were limited.

Lt. Dennis Schulin, CAP instructor for Null Middle School says the opportunity to have such a decorated hero in his classroom was more than just a dream come true.

“I was honored to meet and speak with Col. George M. Boyd; he showed our cadets what success through determination, ability and service looks like. Col. Boyd answered the call to fight for our nation’s freedom while fighting against the nation’s prejudices. When I thanked him for his service, he simply stated, ‘I did what I could, and that’s all I could do.’

“From training to shoot down the Luftwaffe to changing policy in Vietnam, Col. Boyd is the epitome of what a man can accomplish for himself and for his country. I am truly privileged to stand at his side as a fellow American,” Schulin said.”

To be able to meet a living member of such a important part of American military history was an honor and a privilege that many will never get. Our cadets received a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I too was glad to be there.” said CAP Instructor Capt. Ray Hicks.

During Boyd’s visit, the CAP program named its first Cadet Airman of the Year in honor of the legendary Airman and promoted its first two African-American cadet officers Tristan Edwards and Daquon Lucas.

When asked what was some of the most significant accomplishments made in and out of war, Boyd replied, “Having a great family with a loving wife and two children and returning home.”

“Col. Boyd brought not only history from the greatest generation first hand, but he took the time to talk to every individual about what is really important; being an American, a patriot, using your vote, getting an education and making a difference with your life.” said Debbie Pilcher, public information officer for SISD.

Today, the common goal of all surviving Tuskegee Airmen is to motivate and inspire young people, without regard to race or creed, to seek and achieve successful careers in all they endeavor, including the fields of aerospace and aviation.

On March 29, 2007, the Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their WWII combat record and fighting prejudice and discrimination.

Note: Article from the The North Channel Sentinel – Published on the Houston Community News Website here.

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