We greatly appreciate the commitment from our Cadets, Senior Members and parents that help make this award possible. Thank you!
The difference between try and triumph is a little “umph”... Congratulations to Cadet Nick Chen on your promotion to Cadet Technical Sergeant! As Major Weiss delivered training on the lensatic compass, we applaud the inclusion of our newest of Cadets whom didn’t shy away from giving a ‘try’ and succeeding in handling this intimidating piece of equipment.
Cadet Jackson M. DeMasi achieved a significant milestone in his career at Civil Air Patrol. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Rogers, Director of Operations for New York Wing, flew in personally to deliver this honor. Alongside Major Warren M. Weiss, Commander of the 9th Suffolk Cadet Squadron and in presence of his family, DeMasi was awarded the Billy Mitchell Award. The Billy Mitchell Award requires the Cadet to complete eight promotions, pass rigorous leadership and aerospace examinations, demonstrate physical ability and attend a one-week long encampment. Prior to earning the award, Cadet DeMasi held the leadership position of first sergeant for the 9th Suffolk Cadet Squadron. Upon passing the Billy Mitchell Award requirement, Cadet DeMasi was promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant. In addition to demonstrating solid leadership within the Squadron, he maintains a life outside of CAP. DeMasi is a Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and holds the position of assistant senior patrol leader of his troop, equating to the troop's second-in-command. As a Life Scout, he is one rank away from Eagle Scout. Furthermore, DeMasi is on a Bible quiz team. Cadet Demasi states that, being the best cadet that I can be and making the most of the time I have in CAP, sums up his desire to consistently lead by example. DeMasi revealed that his grandfather was in the Air Force, and that influenced his decision at the age of 13 to join CAP, mainly to engage in emergency services. DeMasi's favorite subjects in school are math and science, identifying that math has many practical applications and science because [he] loves learning about how things work. DeMasi's long range vision is to either attend the Naval Academy or join ROTC at another college that includes physics and nuclear engineering in its curriculum. DeMasi is a consistent performer within the squadron and leaves these words - As for encouragement, trying hard will never hurt you, and you will not regret it. Also, make the most of the time you have, whether that be in school, CAP, or just life in general. Congratulations Cadet 2d Lt. DeMasi.
Excellence is not a spectator sport. Everyone’s involved! (Jack Welch). We encourage our cadets to become involved with CAP at all levels. C/Lt Col Max S. Weiss was appointed as the Chairman of the New York Wing Cadet Advisory Council. We present a royal blue chord as recognition for his new position. Congratulations, well done!!
In the spirit of National Preparedness Month, 2d Lt. Wojtas, our squadron Safety Officer, engaged the Cadets in recognizing the perils of this season and how to manage the risks associated with them. Disasters happen. Are you ready? Visit www.ready.gov for preparedness tools for your family.
Our squadron installed a new Color Guard this summer. They received their white cords for distinction last night. US flag bearer and color guard commander C/SMSgt Ostie; CAP flag bearer C/SMSgt Carrera; guard C/SSgt Chen; and C/SSgt Silva.
Emily Dickinson once wrote, “We never know how high we are till we are called to rise. As most organizations face retention issues, CAP’s programs encourage Cadets to go beyond their own expectation thus driving momentum in their achievements, commitments, and retention in CAP. C/SMsgt Ostie and C/Capt Weiss were awarded Red Service Ribbon and Cadet Advisory Council Ribbons, respectively, for their continuous excellence in years of service. Additionally, we welcome new Senior Member Elizabeth Silva who delivered an interactive ‘ice breaking’ exercise that was thoroughly enjoyed.
The key is to keep company with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best - Epictetus. Promotion Ceremony 22 August 2018: a testament to the leadership in this squadron that inspires and encourages the Cadets to strive forward. Congratulations to the following Cadets on your promotions. Robert J Bauer, Cadet Airman First Class; Emily E. Flores and Charles M. Elliott, Cadet Senior Airman; and Jose S. Valdivia, Cadet Technical Sergeant.
It’s known that physical fitness attributes to mental acuity. PT is an integral part of the cadet program. Our Cadets are assessed monthly on fitness goals.