Y2Kids Event Wednesday, April 10th

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Our squadron will be manning a table at the Y2Kids career event on Wednesday, April 10th, and we need about 10 volunteers. This is the fourth year we’ve participated in this event, and it’s a great opportunity to introduce CAP to our area’s middle school students. More information can be found at the following linked flyer. If you’d like to volunteer, please download this Y2Kids Authorization Letter to get permission from your school.   

What:  Y2Kids – Careers from A to Z Program
When:  10 Apr 2019, from 8:30 am to 2 pm (lunch will be provided)
Location:  US Army 2nd Aviation Detachment hangar, 1005 First Street, Stewart Airport
Uniform:  A complete Blues or ABU/BDU uniform is required

Once you have authorization from your school, sign up here. If you have any questions, email 2d Lt Tom Flynn at flynntomj@gmail.com.

2019 Encampment, Staff Deadlines, and Financial Assistance

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The deadline to register for encampment this year is 15 June. Please go to the encampment page on our website for information and links to register online. Any cadets who’d like to attend and haven’t earned their Curry Award yet (first promotion) need to let senior staff know so they can work with you to promote. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Encampment is needed to attend a National Cadet Special Activity (NCSA)
  • Encampment is required to apply for any CAP scholarships
  • You’ll need encampment to promote beyond Chief Master Sergeant
  • You’ll learn a lot about CAP at encampment, and it will be a great experience you’ll always remember!

Financial aid is available again this year for cadets attending for the first time – see the link on the encampment page. Funds are limited and are awarded first come, first serve, so apply soon.

If you’ve previously been to encampment, are at least the rank of C/TSgt, and would like to return as part of the staff, you’ll need to start your application soon. The deadline for Part II of the application is 11 May for general staff and 6 Apr for command staff.

If you have any questions, email me at sean.flynn@ny030.org or see me at the next meeting. If you’ve never been to encampment, I strongly urge you to join us this summer!


C/Maj Sean Flynn

Reminder – NCSA Application Deadline is 15 Jan

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If you’ve attended encampment, you’re eligible to attend a National Cadet Special Activity (NCSA) this summer. NCSAs are a fantastic opportunity to learn more about aviation, engineering, leadership, emergency services, honor guard, cyber-defense, pararescue and survival, and many other things. If you haven’t attended encampment, plan on attending this summer to take advantage of winter and future summer NCSAs.

Applications must be completed through eServices by Jan 15th to be considered for priority placement. If you’re intending on applying or have any questions about NCSAs, please let 2d Lt Flynn know asap at deb.flynn@ny030.org. The link to NCSAs can be found on the bottom of eServices pages and is also below:



Flight and Academic Scholarships Deadline 15 Jan

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The deadline to apply for Academic, Flight, and the new Youth Aviation Initiative scholarships is Jan 15th. Applications are done through the CadetInvest link in your eServices account. All scholarships require completion of encampment, so if you haven’t been, make plans to attend this summer! Below are links to the scholarship main page and the three categories of scholarships. 


Academic Scholarships

Flight Scholarships

Youth Aviation Initiative (3 types)

  • Take-Off Program for Cadets (TOP) Flight – funds summer flight academies, both powered and glider
  • Cadet Lift – funds aviation related NCSAs 
  • Cadet Wings Flight – funds lessons leading to a Private Pilot Certificate

Below is a poster that outlines the YAI program:




Updated info for Christmas Party

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Just a few reminders for the Christmas party Tuesday.

  • Families and guests are welcome to attend.
  • The ugly sweater contest is optional, but there will be a prize!
  • Cadets who aren’t assigned a flight should bring chips or a similar snack.

Finally, we’ll be setting up tables, etc starting at 6 pm.  If you’re able to arrive early to help, it would be appreciated!

Deadline to Register for Winter RCLS

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Cadets:  The cut-off date to register for this year’s winter RCLS (Region Cadet Leadership School) in CT is 15 Dec 2018, and only 12 seats are left.  RCLS is designed for Cadet Officers to learn new skills and knowledge they need to be more effective leaders in their home squadrons and wings.  There are only two sessions held a year in the Northeast Region, and the next session is scheduled for the summer of 2019 in Massachusetts.  Cadets must be a graduate of either Cadet Officer School in AL or a Region Cadet Leadership School to earn the Eaker Award.

Winter RCLS:
Where: Camp Niantic,  East Lyme, CT
When: 26 to 31 December 2018
Cost: Approximately $120.00 (students) 
Uniform: Blues, ABU/BDU
Use this link for more information, to register, and for scholarship information:


Winter Ranger School at Hawk Mountain

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Registration is now open for Hawk Mountain Ranger School’s Winter Ranger School 2019
16-17 February 2019
Registration is open to all active Cadet and Senior Members!
Winter Ranger School is designed to prepare Emergency Services, CAP Aircrew, and Ranger Team members for operations and survival situations in cold weather environments for up to 72 hours.  There are four course options available depending on each individual’s experience.

CONDITIONS: There are no buildings to house students.  All students will be spending the duration of the school outdoors, regardless of weather conditions.  Due to limited utilities during the winter, food and water will not be provided nor available at the school; you are responsible and must pack accordingly.  Due to the nature of the school, all students must be PHYSICAL CATEGORY 1 as defined by CAPP 52-18. Click here for detailed packing list: http://www.pawg.cap.gov/sites/default/files/winter%20weekend%20packing%20list_0.pdf.pdf.


REGISTRATION: Visit https://www.capranger.org/winterrangerschool to register and upload your completed and signed CAPF 31, 160, and 161 to https://goo.gl/forms/rwnYRcGZ0IbCA3wO2.  Cadets must have signed parental permission and out of PA Wing members must be signed by your Wing Commander.  If you are unable to upload your forms, you may e-mail them to hawkmountain@cap.gov at least 3 days before the school begins.

For more information and to register visit

For more information please visit www.capranger.org or email hawkmountain@cap.gov.  If you’d like to subscribe to this and other CAP Ranger Program announcements, join our mailing list at https://groups.google.com/a/capranger.org/forum/#!forum/announcements/join.

Wreaths Across America Volunteer Opportunity

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This Saturday, Dec 1st, is the annual Wreaths Across America event at West Point. All CAP members and their families are invited to participate in placing wreaths at the West Point Cemetery. The event will start with a ceremony at noon at the Old Cadet Chapel inside the cemetery. The uniform for CAP members is ABU/BDUs if you have them, civilian clothes if not. Parking is available in the lot next to the cemetery. If you’re not familiar with West Point, use the GPS address 683 Buckner Loop, West Point.  

No sign up is necessary – just look for other CAP members when you arrive. Please contact Lt Deb Flynn if you have any questions at deb.flynn@ny030.org


Ground Team ES Familiarization Exercise on Nov 10

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On Saturday, November 10th, the squadron is doing a Ground Team Familiarization and conditioning exercise in Harriman State Park. We’ll hike up to Stockbridge shelter for lunch and classes.  Please make sure to have appropriate clothing for the weather. 

Details are as follows:

Event:  Ground Team ES Training
When:  Nov 10th, 0800, rain or shine 
Location:  meeting at Turkey Hill parking area, Harriman State Park, https://goo.gl/maps/af7KEz7z2ky
Uniform:  ABU or BDU
Signup deadline:  Thursday, Nov 8th

What to bring:

  • lunch, snacks
  • 2 qts of water minimum
  • hat, gloves, and layers are highly suggested
  • 24 hour pack if you have one, if not, bring what you have

Cadets must have Curry award and have completed the online GES training to participate (see website under Cadets/Training/101 Card). Contact 1st Lt Gessman at gessmanj@gmail.com or 845-337-9016 for more information.

Sign Up Sheet


Weekend Training Opportunity

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The following training is available this weekend.  You’ll need to have your Curry award and GES online training done (see this website under Training/101 Card) to participate.  The squadron has 24 hour packs you can use for GTM3 training.  Contact 1st Lt Gessman at gessmanj@gmail.com or 845-337-9016 for more information.

1. Initial GTM3 training [F/P]:  SAT 1200-1630 at MGJ Orange County Airport.  Members with GES may report at that time with gear listed below to obtain GTM3 Fam/Prep training.  No deployment off-airport will occur.  F/P training does not count toward mission participation, but anyone with GES and the required equipment may participate.There may be additional, post-F/P GTM3 training available on SUN.  You will be advised if this is scheduled.  Hunting season starts this weekend, and we are trying to find a suitable spot away from hunting areas.

Equipment needed:  24 hour pack, notebook, pen/pencil, plus snacks and drinks.  The only food source at MGJ is limited vending machines.  There are local area restaurants, but travel to/from would be required.

2. Aircrew training:  SAT & SUN 0800-1630.  Training will be conducted based on member need and WX.  Contact NY413/CC Maj Larry Wenz at commander@cap-ny413.org if planning to attend aircrew training.

3. Mission base training:  Available SAT & SUN at SEG, HPN Westchester County Airport, White Plains beginning at 0800.  Members must notify group through chain of command if going to HPN, so we can notify SEG.


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