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!

Sheldon Cadet Squadron Participates in Wreaths Across America Reading

For the NewsFix Story about the event “Names of 78,000 servicemen read aloud in Houston National Cemetery” (Click Here)

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.

This year Sheldon Cadet Squadron will be participating in and selling wreaths for Wreaths Across America – Houston. Make sure you keep an eye out for details on how you can help!

If you would like to purchase a wreath or sponsor a cadet, please see our WAA site (Click Here). If you prefer not to make your donation or purchase online, please send in your information to your cadets instructor.

Sheldon Cadet Squadron wins First Place at the 2012 National Cadet Competition!

photo by James Kalemis, Maj, CAP

The Sheldon Cadet Squadron, Texas Wing and Southwest Region, drill team is proud to announce it placed first overall in the 2012 National Cadet Competition of the Civil Air Patrol held at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, June 20-23.

The drill team, all members of the Sheldon Cadet Squadron of Houston, Texas competed against the best-of-the-best from around the nation. The drill team competed against six other drill teams in In-Ranks Inspection, Standard Drill, Innovative Drill, Written Examination, Panel Quiz, Mile Run, and Volleyball. The team earned first place in the Mile Run, Panel Quiz and Innovative Drill, second place in In-Ranks Inspection and third place in Volleyball.

Since 1948, highly skilled and motivated Civil Air Patrol cadets from across America have gathered for National Cadet Drill Competitions. Since 2005, the Sheldon Cadet Squadron has competed four times in NCC and each time it improved going from 6th in 2005, to 5th in 2009, 4th in 2011 and finally national champions in 2012. This is the eighth time the Southwest Region has won a National Cadet Competition, the third time for Texas Wing (and the first since 1975).

The team has been training for the past ten months to earn their spot as the #1 team in the nation. Team members are team commander C/Major Joshua Philips and primary team members: C/Capt Tristan Edwards, C/Capt Daiquon Lucas, C/2Lt Jorge Galvan, C/2Lt Arianna Gonzalez, C/2Lt, Marcus Johnson, C/2Lt, Christian Pena, C/2Lt Chrisabel Rocha, C/2Lt Monica Salazar, C/2Lt Lewis Yarbrough, C/CMSgt Morgan Fletcher, C/CMSgt Elizabeth Sanchez and C/MSgt Anthony Galeano; along with C/MSgt Darion McClinton who served as the team’s alternate. Team sponsors were: Lt. Col James Peace and First Lieutenant Amber Manfredi.

We would like to thank and congratulate our fellow competitors in the drill team and color guard competitions. Our cadets always enjoy meeting new cadets and it was an honor to compete with 115 of our nation’s top cadets.

Written and edited by: Capt Mathis and 2Lt Gates