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

Ground Team Training – 24 October 2020

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Location: Winding Hills Park, 2 Old St Rte 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549
Date: Saturday, 24 October 2020
Time: 0900-1630 (Staff 0800-1700)
UOD: ABU with cold-weather outerwear
CONOPS: The purpose of this training day will be to qualify Ground Team Leaders. Ground Team Members will have the opportunity to train with the Ground Team Leaders being evaluated and will receive sign-offs as possible.
– Required: Water (1 quart), lunch
– Recommended: Complete 24 hour pack
– Required: General Emergency Services
– Recommended: Ground Team Member Level 3 or UDF Team Trainee (minimum)
– Required: CAPF 161 (on person)


POC is Capt Ezra Kuliszewski CMG/DOS at or 845-238-1944

Food Distribution in Sullivan County 10/16/20

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On Friday 16 October 2020, Sullivan County Cadet Squadron will be conducting a Disaster Relief mission performing distribution of food to needy families in Monticello, NY.

Full details of the mission are as follows:

Date/Time: Friday, 16 October 2020 – 1200-1500 (note – usually ends very early)

Location: Action Toward Independence, 309 E Broadway, Monticello, NY 12701 (Link for Directions)

Participation Requirements: Qualified GES

Uniform: ABU with Reflective Vest (Cadets), ABU/Corporate Equivalent with Reflective Vest (Seniors)

Equipment Requirements: Bring a mask, water, and a snack

Paperwork Requirements: For cadets that have not previously participated in this mission, CAPF 60-80. For all members, CAPF 101 and CAPF 161 on your person.

Health Screening Requirement: All members will undergo a health screening, including a contactless thermometer temperature reading and the following questionnaire. Please review the questionnaire prior to departing for the mission and do not participate if you cannot answer “no” to all questions.


1. Do you have a fever (over 100.4 F) without taking fever-reducing medications?

2. Loss of smell or taste?

3. Muscle aches?

4. Sore throat?

5. Cough?

6. Shortness of breath?

7. Chills?

8. Headache?

9. Experienced gastrointestinal symptoms? (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite)

10. Had contact with someone diagnosed with or quarantined for COVID-19?

11. Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional?

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the Google Sign Up Form by 15 October 2020.

Additional questions: Captain Ezra Kuliszewski

Meeting Agenda – 22 September 2020

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Location: Zoom
Time: 1900 – 2010
Join link will be published at 1830

1900 – Briefing (C/CMSgt Hines)
1905 – Safety (C/CMSgt Borges)
1910 – Emergency Services(Capt Kuliszewski)
1955 – Aerospace (C/2d Lt LaCombe)
2015 – Kahoot(C/1st Lt Brian Connell)
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

Meeting Agenda 8 September 2020

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Location: Zoom
Time: 1900 – 2010
Join link will be published at 1830


1900 – Briefing (C/CMSgt Hines)
1905 – Safety (C/CMSgt Narain)
1910 – Character Development (Maj Racite)
1955 – Emergency Services (Capt Kuliszewski)
2015 – Closing (Capt Kuliszewski)


Please have both cameras and uniform (ABU or Corporate) on. 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

CyberPatriots Registration

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Hello All,

Registration is open for the squadron’s CyberPatriot CP-XIII competition. Basic computer skills (how to navigate file systems, familiarity with Windows operating system), and a computer running Windows that is capable of virtualization are all that is required. When you join the team, you must be committed to studying the materials on Windows Server, Cisco, and Ubuntu Linux. The training coaches are 2nd Lt Michael Connell and C/Lt. Col. Sean Flynn. During the competition, we will be competing with other squadrons and schools around the country. Based on previous years, competitions are held at Newburgh Free Academy on Fridays from 3:00 PM to 10 PM; however, this might be revisited given the current pandemic. Below is a link to the current competition timeline.


If you would like to participate contact me



Very Respectfully,

C/1st Lt Brian Connell


What is CyberPatriot?

At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money. – CyberPatriot Website. The video below provides an overview of the program.

CyberPatriot Video

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