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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

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.