On 23 March, cadets from the Mount Vernon Composite Squadron (MVCS) traveled to Fort Pickett, Va. to compete in the Civil Air Patrol’s Middle East Region color guard competition.
Seven cadet teams participated in the competition. The MVCS joined teams from West Virginia, Maryland, North & South Carolina, Delaware, and Virginia for the event.
The cadets began their first events after arriving on Friday night and competed throughout Saturday. Events included inspection, indoor standard drill, indoor presentation, outdoor presentation, the mile run, a written exam, and a panel quiz.
The MVCS team placed second in the outdoor presentation and were in fourth place overall at the end of the competition.
The MVCS cadets were selected to attend the competition after winning the NatCap Wing color guard competition last month.
The MVCS cadets on the team were C/CMSgt Thomas Murphy (Team Captain), C/CMSgt Hunter Harlow, C/A1C Mewael Haile, C/A1C Dylan Sjostrom, and C/Amn Mary Ruscoe.
The team trained every weekend from February through March with members from the Air Force Honor Guard.
Special thanks to the lead MVCS mentor, 2d Lt John Fornshell, the NatCap Wing lead, Lt Col JD Ellis, and MVCS Squadron Commander, Maj John Held.