Guest Speaker – 23 March

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The Orange County Cadet Squadron

is pleased to welcome

Kirt Squires

Meteorologist, National Weather Service

Central Weather Service Unit (CWSU)

March 23, 2021

Kirt Squires is National Weather Service Meteorologist at the ZNY ARTCC Center Weather Service Unit in Ronkonkoma NY.  He is the most senior forecaster in the office and has been working there for 14 years.

The Center Weather Service Unit is a weather forecast office embedded within an FAA Air Route Traffic Control Center.  This is a branch of the National Weather Service contracted to the FAA.

Mr. Squires will present about the National Weather Service (NWS), NWS aviation forecasting products and services, and the role the NWS plays in the safety and economic enhancement of the national airspace.

Mr. Squires is a native New Yorker from Mastic NY, on the the east end of Long Island.  He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Meteorology.

His interest in weather began at age three when Hurricane Gloria caused his family to evaluate Long Island, and that memory led him to study meteorology.  His married with three children and enjoys surfing and racing motorcycles and cars.


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Pennsylvania Wing has been tasked to support a Type 1 FEMA Vaccination Site in the Philadephia area and is requesting support from CAP members across the Northeast Region. Details as follows:

Mission Location: Philadelphia Convention Center
Mission Dates: Immediately – 30 Apr 2021
Number of CAP Personnel Requested Daily: up to 50
Requested Participation Days of the Week: Monday-Friday
Minimum # of Days to Commit: 3 days in a row

Duties will include assisting with screening for COVID symptoms, assisting people with disabilities, and directing people through lines to the correct stations in the clinic. Work will be 10-12 hour days beginning at 0730 each day. Food will not be provided, but a per diem rate will be provided to help with food costs. There are multiple locations to obtain food across the street from the location. Uniforms are required. Remain Overnight (RON) is funded to cover hotels. Details will be forthcoming. Cadets are permitted to participate.

If you would like to assist with this mission, contact me at and cc Maj Bill Carroll (CMG/DC) at In your email, verify that you have a uniform and specify which dates you are able to help. For cadets interested in helping, please have your parent contact me. Once I get our response coordinated I will let you know if your assistance is needed for the dates that you are available.

Commander’s Intent and Goals for 2021

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Good Morning OCCS Members

Please review the attached document found at this link – Commander’s Intent and Goals. It is designed to set the tone and goals of our journey together as we move forward. I am sure that you have expectations and goals as well, and I welcome you to share them with me at any time. You can reach me at any time via email at or by phone at (845) 238-1944. I look forward to working with each of you in the next phase of our unit’s development.

Semper Vigilans!

Capt Kuliszewski

Guest Speaker – 23 February 2021

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The Orange County Cadet Squadron is pleased to welcome Dr. Alison Chalker Air Race Classic Pilot Member of the 99s. Alison Chalker (Moorestown, NJ) has been a pilot since 1990, and is a member of Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of The Ninety-Nines.

She has a Commercial pilot’s license, single-engine land, with an instrument rating, complex, high-performance and tailwheel endorsements.

Alison is a general aviation pilot who flies for fun and has more than 1500 hours flown. She has a four seat single engine Cessna 182, and enjoys flying to meet friends for lunch around the East coast region; taking passengers for airplane rides to raise funds for the Chapter scholarships in our annual Pennies-a-Pound event; and flying her husband Ray and dogs Einstein and Piper to visit friends and family around the country.

Her favorite aviation activity is the Air Race Classic. In this annual adventure, teams of two women fly a four day, 2000 nautical mile cross-country route that is different every year, competing against their own handicap.

Alison works in the pharmaceutical industry and moved to the US from the UK in 1996. Over the last 30 years, she has worked with teams to help develop new drugs for infectious diseases, cardiovascular conditions, and neuropsychiatric illnesses.

Her local 99’s chapter will also be in attendance!


Please come prepared with questions and have your camera on.

SERE Specialist 16 February, 2021

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TSgt Matt Stevens will be presenting to our squadron and our group on 16 February 2021.
TSgt Stevens is a United States Air Force SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape)  Specialist.  He will be discussing survival mindset and will be answering questions about his work and experiences.
A bit about SERE:
Please take a look at the website and watch the videos.  These will provide a glimpse into the work SERE specialists do!
C/1st Lt William LaCombe

Guest Speaker 1/26/21

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The Orange County Cadet Squadron is pleased to welcome Captain Karen Kahn Pilot & Author Presenting “Turning Pro…Have You Got What It Takes”

Captain Kahn has been actively involved in the aviation industry for 50+ years. A pioneer in her field, she was one of the first female pilots hired by a major US airline.

Prior to starting her airline career in 1977, she instructed at the Sierra Academy in Northern California and operated her own weekend ground school teaching Private, Commercial and Instrument courses.

She holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, including type ratings on the Boeing 757/767, McDonnell-Douglas MD-80. She was the first woman to be type-rated in a Lockheed JetStar.

Her other ratings include: CFII MEI, Flight Engineer, Turbojet, Seaplane, Helicopter (IFR), and has qualified seven times for the Master CFI (now Emeritus) designation.

As an author, speaker and career counselor, Captain Kahn also specializes in helping pilots improve their career preparation.

More recently she has expanded her business to provide career development beyond aviation.

Her book “Flight Guide for Success: Tips and Tricks for the Aspiring Airline Pilot” is the basis for her career counseling sessions and the basis for her presentation.


Please come prepared with questions.



C/1st Lt LaCombe

NY030 Cadets Compete in Cyber Security Competition

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Cadets from the Civil Air Patrol Orange County Squadron recently tested their ability to defend a computer network against cyber-attacks.

The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition is known as CyberPatriot.  It was created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. 

The Orange County cadets earned 212 of a possible 300 points in the competition.  The local cadets placed in 3rd out of 9 New York Civil Air Patrol teams. 

“Preparing for the competition taught us invaluable skills to protect our homes and squadron from cyber-attacks” said Team Captain and Squadron Cadet Commander Cadet 1st Lieutenant Brian Connell. 

CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition challenges teams of high school and middle school students to find and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities in virtual operating systems. Using a proprietary competition system, teams are scored on how secure they make the system. Top teams advance through the online round of competition, and the best of the best advance to the in-person National Finals Competition.

The national youth cyber defense competition is an online, tournament-structured event in which teams of 2-6 students are scored on how well they identify and secure known vulnerabilities on a virtual network. Through a partnership with Cisco, they are also tested on a networking curriculum and are required to build secure, virtual networks. All rounds of competition, except for the National Finals Competition, take place online

Cisco defines Cybersecurity as the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes.

CyberPatriot, the nation’s largest and fastest growing youth cyber education program, is AFA’s flagship STEM program dedicated to strengthening cyber skills among students. The program features the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition for high school and middle school students, AFA CyberCamps, and an Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative.

Additional Information about the CyberPatriot program may be accessed at:

View our press release: Local CAP Cadets Compete in Cyber Security Competition

8 December Guest Speaker

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The Orange County Cadet Squadron

is pleased to welcome

Romero Iral

Commander, US Navy, Retired

Transportation Security Administration

December 8, 2020

Romero Iral was born in Heidelberg, Germany and grew-up all over the world.  He is the son of a career soldier who served in the Intelligence field and in the Special Forces (Green Berets) of the US Army.   

Upon graduation from high school in 1977, he enlisted in the US Navy and then attended the US Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI.  He then attended the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1982.  He also attended the US Naval War College in Newport, RI where he earned a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies which included studies in: Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) / Terrorism, the CIA, and Intelligence gathering systems. 

As a surface ship warfare specialist, he served on a wide variety of ships including: an amphibious warfare ship, logistics ships, a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser, and a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (USS Dwight D Eisenhower) and operated in areas such as: Beirut, Lebanon; Mogadishu, Somalia; and the Arabian Gulf.  His naval career has been primarily in Planning and Operations and he has experience and training in counter-terrorism and defense against chemical, biological, and radiological agents.  His last active duty assignment was as the Director of Operations for Joint InterAgency Task Force West located in the San Francisco Bay area where he conducted counter-drug operations throughout the Eastern Pacific Ocean and South East Asia.  He directed the tactical operations of US Navy, US Coast Guard, and US Customs Service ships and aircraft; and coordinated bi-lateral training operations with host country law enforcement elements and US Army Special Forces. 

He retired from the US Navy as a Commander on 1 September 2001 after 20 years of active duty and began working in the Transportation Security Administration on 23 September 2002 overseeing security operations at Westchester County Airport, and then later also at Stewart International Airport; and has since worked at LaGuardia Airport and is now working at John F Kennedy Airport. 

He is an aviation enthusiast (licensed private pilot, qualified glider pilot and static line parachutist; and was a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol at the Hampton Roads Composite Squadron in 1986 during a shore tour of duty at COMNAVBASE Norfolk, Virginia while still on active duty in the US Navy.


Please come prepared with questions, and with your uniform and camera on.

17 November Guest Speaker

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The Orange County Cadet Squadron

is pleased to welcome

Steve Neuhaus

County Executive, Orange County NY

November 17, 2020

Steve Neuhaus is Orange County’s sixth County Executive since the office was established in 1970.  As County Executive, Neuhaus has focused on revitalizing Orange County’s economic development, enhancing its public health and safety, improving its infrastructure and stabilizing its budget.

A life-long Orange County resident, and the son of immigrants, Neuhaus and his two sisters were raised on a working farm in Southern Orange County that is still operational today.  He graduated from Monroe-Woodbury High School and took courses at SUNY Orange during his senior year.  Neuhaus went on to receive a Bachelor Degree in History/Political Science from Mount Saint Mary College as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College.  He is also a graduate of Orange County’s Leadership Orange program.

Neuhaus is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves, currently assigned to a Naval Special Warfare team as Executive Officer.  He has earned two warfare designations:  Seabee Combat Warfare (SCW) Officer and Navy Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer (NESCO) and holds graduate certifications from the Naval War College in National Security Studies and the Joint Special Operations University.  His overseas service includes Korea, Africa, and throughout the Middle East including Iraq.

Neuhaus was sworn into office on January 1, 2014 after having served as the Town of Chester’s Supervisor for six years.  He continues to be active in the community, serving in various volunteer organizations including: American Legion Post 1167, the Military Officers Association of America/Mid-Hudson Chapter, and the Fraternal Order of Police/Jason Conklin Lodge 957.

In addition, Neuhaus is a founding member and former chairman of the Families of War Veterans Committee, and is a supporter of the Hudson Valley Honor Flight.  Prior to joining the Navy Reserves, he was an active member of the Lakeside Fire Department in Monroe.  Neuhaus currently serves on the County Executives of America (CEA) Board of Directors.

Neuhaus lives in Chester with his wife and four children.



Meeting Agenda 10/20/20

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Location: Zoom
Time: 1900 – 2030
Join link will be published at 1830

1900 – Briefing (C/CMSgt Hines)
1905 – Safety (C/CMSgt Narain)
1910 –Character Development (Maj Racite)
2010 – Leadership (Leadership Group)
2030 – Closing (Capt Kuliszewski)


Come ready to ask questions and participate. Notify your flight sergeant if you will not be in attendance. If you have someone in mind interested in being a guest speaker for the squadron, please email C/2d Lt LaCombe at

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