Mount Vernon Superlatives

Lt. Col. Brian Porter welcomes squadron members and guests. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Patrick.
Lt. Col. Brian Porter welcomes squadron members and guests. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Patrick.

Last Thursday night following both wing aircrew and squadron meetings, senior members gathered with cadets and family members at Davison Army Airfield for an awards ceremony.  We were honored to have National Capital Wing’s Vice Commander, Lt. Col. J. D. Ellis, with us as a member of the official party to present awards.

Following the arrival of the official party, Mount Vernon’s commander, Lt. Col. Brian Porter, opened the ceremony.  C/2d Lt. Michael Brokate was presented with his Billy Mitchel Award certificate for which he had been recognized in a previous meeting.  Lt. Col. Lou Volchansky was presented with CAP’s Meritorious Service Award for his time as the squadron’s commander.  C/TSgt Ryan Porter was recognized for promotion to his current rank.  C/2d Lt. Brokate took a moment to call a departing cadet, C/SSgt Adam Nazar, front and center to be recognized, and thanked him for his service to the squadron.

Prior to the ceremony, the squadron’s safety officer, Lt. Col. Terry Pricer, reminded squadron members that school is back in session and to take extra care traveling during this busy time in our area.  Following what’s been one of the hottest summers in many years, avoiding heat injury gives way to the elevated risks of distracted driving, pedestrians in school zones, and loads of school work and after school activities for our cadets.  Lt. Col. Porter closed the ceremony by thanking family members for supporting their cadets.

Lt. Col. J.D. Ellis arriving as a member of the official party. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Patrick.
Lt. Col. J.D. Ellis arriving as a member of the official party. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Patrick.
C/2d Lt. Michael receives his Billy Mitchel award certificate from Lt. Col. J.D. Ellis. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Patrick.
C/2d Lt. Michael receives his Billy Mitchel award certificate from Lt. Col. J.D. Ellis. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Patrick.
C/SSgt Adam Nazar is recognized prior to his departure from the squadron by C/2d Lt. Michael Brokate. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Patrick.
C/SSgt Adam Nazar is recognized prior to his departure from the squadron by C/2d Lt. Michael Brokate. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Patrick.
Lt. Col. Lou Volchansky is presented the Meritorious Service Award by Lt. Col. J.D. Ellis. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Patrick.
Lt. Col. Lou Volchansky is presented the Meritorious Service Award by Lt. Col. J.D. Ellis. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Patrick.
Lt. Col. Brian Porter recognizes C/TSgt Ryan Porter for his recent promotion. Photo by Lt. Col Mark Patrick.
Lt. Col. Brian Porter recognizes C/TSgt Ryan Porter for his recent promotion. Photo by Lt. Col Mark Patrick.

MVCS Wins Quality Cadet Unit Award for 2013

Quality_Award__web_header_A94B478276543272 units earned the title “Quality Cadet Unit” for 2012-2013.  Once again Mount Vernon Composite Squadron was among the winners.  Click for a complete listing of awardees.

Any cadet unit that displays strong program fundamentals can earn the Quality Cadet Unit Award.  This award motivates squadrons to pursue goals that CAP senior leadership believes will inevitably lead to their having a vibrant Cadet Program.  The Quality Cadet Unit Award is purely objective.

Each September 8th, National Headquarters examines every cadet and composite squadron’s performance in nine specific criteria.  If the goals associated with five of the nine criteria are met, a unit automatically wins the award.  Criteria include adult leaders trained, aerospace excellence, cadet achievement, Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) programs, encampment participation, enrollment, growth, orientation flight completion, and retention.

Every cadet and composite squadron is automatically considered for the award – there is no application procedure necessary.

Cadets Soar at Glider Day

Cadet SSgt. ALexander Johnson prepares to launch on his first glider flight.  Photo by 1st Lt Kevin Geiss.
Cadet Alexander Johnson prepares to launch on his first glider flight. Photo by 1st Lt Kevin Geiss.

Nine cadets from the National Capital Wing experienced glider flight this past weekend.

Cadets from Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Andrews, and Tuskegee squadrons spent the day at Louisa County Airport near Lake Anna, Va.

For most of the cadets it was not only their first glider flight, but also their first time in a Civil Air Patrol aircraft.

“It was cool, it was almost noiseless,” said Cadet Kyle Jung.

Pilots from Civil Air Patrol’s Virginia Wing volunteered over five hours of their time to fly the tow plane and glider.

Each glider flight began with release from the tow plane at an altitude of 3500 ft and lasted for about 15 minutes before landing on the grass strip back at Louisa Airport.

“It was lots of fun,” said Cadet Alexander Johnson. When asked about the best part of the flight, Johnson replied, “probably the landing.”

Civil Air Patrol glider cadet glider flight concludes with landing on grass strip at Louisa County Airport.  Photo by 1st Lt. Kevin Geiss.
Civil Air Patrol glider lands at Louisa County Airport. Photo by 1st Lt. Kevin Geiss.