A Tradition of Excellence!

Recipient of the Quality Cadet Unit Award 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

CAP National Color Guard 2003, 2006, 2011
Pacific Region Color Guard, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013
California Wing Color Guard 2001, 2002, 2014
Group 7 Composite Squadron of the Year 2000, 2003
Squadron of Distinction 2000
Founded October 1968

STEM Academy II – 2-4 May, 2014

 | 12-Apr, 2014 06:35

..and we’re back for STEM Academy Two! Building on the success of the STEM Academy One, we’ve put together another full weekend of seminar sessions and hands on lab activities building on the concepts we’ve covered previously as well as introducing more to build on.

CAD – Robotics – Programming – Basic Engineering Concepts – Math Origami

$35 for returning students* / $50 for first time students
Senior Staff – $35 / Returning Staff $25

Limited number of Senior Member-Student spots available too!

Location: Camp Pendleton.
Check in: 1700 – 2 May, 2014
Check out: 1300 – 4 May, 2014

Photos from the last event:

Application and current event information:


Questions? Contact Lt. Chung, project officer, hannaleechung@yahoo.com

Location: Oceanside/Camp Del Mar area of Camp Pendleton.
Checkin: 1700 – 31 Jan, 2014
Check out: 1300 – 2 Feb, 2014

Event Information Flyer: STEM ACADEMY TWO (PDF)

Swallows Day Parade & BBQ – 22 March, 2014

 | 14-Jan, 2014 13:51

Let’s Join Squadron 68 for the 2014 Swallows Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano!

Everyone loves a parade! It’s great fun!


…even better when followed by BBQ and Ping Pong!


Swallows Day Parade Flyer

Swallows Day Parade RSVP Here.

10:00 – 22-March, 2014!



STEM Academy Weekend 31 Jan-2 Feb, 2014

 | 29-Dec, 2013 23:59

As you may be aware, one of the goals for California Wing is more STEM activities for cadets. On the heels of a successful robotics day event, we’ve put together a full curriculum of sessions and hands on lab activities, creating a full weekend of STEM related workshops!

Cost: $35
Location: Oceanside/Camp Del Mar area of Camp Pendleton.
Checkin: 1700 – 31 Jan, 2014
Check out: 1300 – 2 Feb, 2014


Event Signup at:

Everything can be done online, including initial and completed CAPF 31

Schedule Draft:

Friday, 31-January 2014
The Six Basic Machine Types (Seminar/Demonstration)
Engineering Problem: Structural Integrity in a “T” (Seminar/Lab)

Math Origami (Lab)
Fundamentals of Lego Technic Construction (Seminar/Lab)
Common Technical Solutions with Legos (Seminar/Demonstration)
Lego Problem-Solving (Lab)
Strength and Integrity: Model Bridge Building (Lab)
Dinner and a Movie

Destructive Testing (Lab)
Basic Mindstorms Programming (Seminar/Lab)
Mindstorms Group Project (Lab)
Wrap-up and Evaluation (Lab)

We have a limited number of seats so it is important that you sign up quickly to secure your spot. The flyer with all the details is attached.

PDF Flyer: STEMAcademy2014
Electronic CAPF 31 / 160 / 161

Questions? Contact Lt. Chung, project officer, hannaleechung@yahoo.com

STEM Academy Registration here!

Sq. 47 – Open House 3-December, 2013

 | 26-Nov, 2013 04:00
Come one and all, come and see what Civil Air Patrol is all about!
Join us and celebrate Civil Air Patrol’s 72nd birthday, and Sq. 47’s 45th year!On tap for the evening will be the Sq. 47 Color Guard, a Cadet Drill Competition between flights.
A special presentation will be given regarding the Green Flag Program, presented by Lt. Col. Rick Woolfolk, deputy Commander of green Flag east and Major Stephen Robertson, who will also have a special presentation regarding NORAD’s Falcon Virgo Exercise.
Bring friends, family, neighbors and anyone else that might be interested in a fun evening where the cadets get to show their squadron pride and personal accomplishments!..and a special bagpipe Happy Birthday tribute to Civil Air Patrol by the Hamnquist Brothers.We should also mention there will be lots of food, refreshments, entertainment and lots of door prizes!Check back here for updated information!

NRA Bivouac 2013 – Basic Shooting Course

 | 03:49

It’s time once again! Come join us on the 13th through the 15th of December for a weekend of training by a team of NRA Certified Firearms Instructors in conjunction with Civil Air Patrol Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47 will once again host an NRA Basic Rifle Shooting course.  The 14-hour course deals with the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting.  Included in the course fee are the NRA “The Basic Rifle Shooting” textbook; NRA Safety Rules pamphlet, firearms use, ammunition, and NRA Course Completion Certificate.

  • Rifle Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling.  Principal parts of a rifle, action types, and how they function will be demonstrated. NRA rules for safe gun handling will be explained, applied and adopted through the class for future use when around or using rifles. Handling rifles in a safe manner will be demonstrated. Rifle Cleaning will be accomplished.
  • Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting. The different components of a rifle cartridge and their intended use will be explained. The five fundamentals of shooting a rifle will be identified and demonstrated.
  • Firing the First Shots. The knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to safely shoot a rifle on the range will be demonstrated. Students will shoot at a target using the five fundamentals of rifle shooting.
  • Students will learn to safely shoot from the following Positions: Bench Rest , Standing , Prone, Kneeling, and Sitting Rifle Shooting Positions.

The event starts with arrival between 1600 & 1900, on 13-December at Escondido Fish & Game16525 Guejito Road, Escondido, CA. 92027. (Directions from Hwy-78/Escondido

Full Event Cost includes (Learning Materials, Rifles, Ammunition, Meals, and Campsite): $ 80.00
Payable Online http://sq47.org/event-payments
or Check Payable to California Wing Civil Air Patrol.

Questions? Call; Maj. Dave McGregor Project Officer
@ 760-497-0188 or davemac92056@yahoo.com

Needed forms:

CAPF 31 / 160 / 161 Combination PDF
Escondido Fish & Game Persmission Slip

Sq. 47 Supports Wreaths Across America

 | 20-Nov, 2013 04:35
We have a wonderful opportunity to honor our fallen veterans at Fort Roscrans Cemetery and raise funds for our squadron at the same time through Wreaths Across America.
WAA began in 2007 when a small wreath company in Maine made too many holiday wreaths and decided, with the help of a CAP squadron, to place the excess wreaths on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery.  Each year since, the program has grown to cemeteries throughout the United States and Canada and honors our fallen veterans by placing wreaths on their graves during the holiday season.
Not only is WAA a way to honor our fallen veterans during the holidays, it is a way that our squadron can raise money for our activities.  Each wreath is $15 and for every wreath sold, we will receive $5. A $15 donation will ensure that a veteran’s grave, many that haven’t been visited in years, gets decorated for the holiday.
You can help in a couple of ways:
1)  Sponsor wreaths at Squadron 47 Team Page: http://waa.convio.net/goto/CACAP324
You can credit your sponsorship to any of our members.  Just type in the member’s name in the”Recognition Name” field.
2)  Share about WAA and our Team Page to your friends and family by and ask them to sponsorwreaths.
Please make sure to ask your friends and family to type in your name in “Recognition Name” field to ensure you get the credit for their purchase.
You can even create your own personal page under our Squadron 47 Team to track your fundraising effort.  If you would like to do that, click “Join Team” at the bottom of our Team Page: http://waa.convio.net/goto/CACAP324 and follow the instructions.  WAA has many tools on the personal page that will make your fundraising effort easier and more effective.
We have decided to award scholarships to all members who participate.  Scholarships will be given out as a form of discount for the future CAP activities, and the size of scholarships will be proportionate to how much you raise.
WAA is a year-round effort, and we will continue to sell the wreaths throughout next year as well.
Please join us in this effort to honor our fallen veterans and raise funds for our squadron.

Sq. 47 Hosting Group 8 BCS / ATS – 27-29 Sept.

 | 27-Aug, 2013 12:09

Group 8’s first BCS / ATS Event will be hosted by Squadron 47, on the weekend of Sept 27-29, 2013.

Basic Cadet School is targeted towards beginning cadets, typically early Phase 1 cadets, billed as kind of an introductory encampment, it’s an excellent introduction for encampment, and other overnight CAP activities.

Airman Training School is targeted towards cadets that have been to BCS, Encampment or  those early in Phase II, with more emphasis on leadership and mentoring.

Cost for either school is $40, which will include Saturday & Sunday meals, course materials and billeting.

All Staff Positions are available. Download the attached PDF for more information.

We can provide transportation from the Oceanside Transit Center (Sprinter / MetroLink / Amtrak) or the Oceanside Airport.

BCS ATS Group 8 – Sept 2013

Civic Leadership Academy & Legislative Day 2013

 | 1-Mar, 2013 18:27

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Outstanding Civil Air Patrol cadets interested in politics and careers in public service gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend to participate in the Civic Leadership Academy, one of the nation’s premier civic education activities.

Scheduled from Feb. 23 to March 2, the weeklong academy provides 24 CAP cadets from across
America an opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes tours and briefings at the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, State Department, CIA, Arlington National Cemetery and other places of interest in the nation’s capital.

“The Civic Leadership Academy is not your average field trip,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity afforded each year to our best cadets, providing them with a well-rounded understanding of government leadership, public service and the principles that guide our nation.”

A National Cadet Special Activity created by CAP in 2002, CLA allows a select group of cadets to experience the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government firsthand. It is an academically intense, interactive study of U.S. government in action, providing participants the opportunity to grow as citizens and young leaders through lessons in persuasive leadership, federal government, public service careers and American heritage.

In addition to a blend of field trips, lectures, seminars and assigned readings from historic and current sources, the cadets visit the Capitol, the Supreme Court; the State Department; Arlington National Cemetery, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; the CIA; the National Archives: legislative offices; and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, as well as the World War II, Korean War Veterans, Vietnam Veterans, Women in Military Service and Lincoln memorials. At each of these locations, they hear from VIPs who provide insights designed to deepen their understanding of government in action. Their CLA tasks culminate with a final project – a presentation on their CLA experience to their peers in their home squadrons and wings.

2013 Civic Leadership California Wing participants — Cadet 1st Lts. Nicholas Chun, Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47, Oceanside; and Andy D. Goodwin and Colton Priest, both of Los Alamitos Cadet Squadron 153

National Legislative Day 2013 - CAWG Fact Sheet (164)

Cadets Participate in Inaugural Color Guard Academy

 | 25-Jan, 2013 00:53

 Sq. 47 Color Guard Academy - 2012

Skyhawks Composite Squadron 47 has a very successful Color Guard program that has been years in the making and produced 3 National Champion Teams. Over the years they learned what it takes to train and compete as a Color Guard and wanted to share their knowledge with other teams. This led to the development of a Color Guard Academy and the first class has graduated! It was opened for all members from other squadrons with an interest in forming or improving a color guard.

Cadets Folding Flag

Pictured to the left: Cadet TSgt Soo Rim Choi, a member of Skyhawks Composite Squadron 47’s Color Guard that placed 2nd at the National Cadet Competition, Color Guard in 2012 helps C/Amn Sheldon Laney, C/A1C Daniel Mancilla, C/SrA Kelton Racker and C/A1c Alex Druse (from St. George Utah), practice folding the American Flag during the Color Guard Academy at the Corporals Course on Camp Pendleton. Cadet TSgt Soo Rim Choi, C/Amn Sheldon Laney, C/A1C Daniel Mancilla, C/SrA Kelton Racker and C/A1c Alex Druse.

The response was robust, Color Guard Teams and their Coaches from all over California and even a team from Utah applied to attend. The Color Guard Academy was held at Camp Pendleton. The first Academy was a weekend course that promised to be an intense, three-day camp with classroom presentations, practice drills and workshops, and excellent reference materials for them to take home  and share with their local unit. The Training Staff was very special as well, most staff were former competitors at the National Cadet Competition level.

Cadets and their coaches participated in classes and workshops with topics that ranged from  Starting a Color Guard, Manual of Arms, Flag Folding through “Panel Quiz”, the goal, to train as many cadets as possible and give them some tools to compete at a higher level.

The students were able to participate in discussions of each event and observed demonstrations from a Color Guard made up off previous years’ champions. After the classroom work it was off to the drill pad to practice what they had just learned. Every event in a Color Guard Competition was covered, hints and experiences were shared with the eager students.

Cadets Folding US Flag

C/SSgt Zach Beecher and C/Col Michael Chung, both former members of Skyhawks Composite Squiadron 47 Color Guards help students learn how to fold the American Flag at the Color Guard Academy at the Corporals Course on Camp Pendleton. C/SSgt Zach Beecher and C/Col Michael Chung

It was a long and busy weekend. The participants worked hard and focused on one thing, Color Guard.  What better way to end the weekend than with the graduation parade of Color Guards! It was an impressive sight and a great way to show off their improved skills.

The reviews from the students were good, and that makes it a success. Plans are already underway for the next Color Guard Academy, and next time it will be a week long. Congratulations to all the graduates. You did a great job!

 The Class of 2012, Color Guard Academy. This is the first class held at the Corporals Course on Camp Pendleton.

The Class of 2012, Color Guard Academy held at the Corporals Course on Camp Pendleton.
Article & Photos: Maj. Audrey DiGiantomasso, Sq47.

SQ 47 Christmas Cheer: Food, Fun and DDRx Awards

 | 12-Dec, 2012 16:08

December 4, 2012 at Squadron 47 was filled with all the trimmings of the Holiday Season and the best of Civil Air Patrol rolled into one exciting Open House and Parent’s Night. The diversity of SQ47’s cadets and seniors was reflected in the breadth of delicious food prepared for the event. Dishes like Fried Chicken, Sushi, and Enchiladas were just part of a nearly innumerable array of scrumptious dishes prepared by the families comprising Squadron 47. I can’t even speak about the deserts … you know, what happens at SQ47 stays at SQ47!

Cadet achievements, awards and promotions of all kinds were presented while the flashing of parent’s digital cameras and smartphones captured the moments of pride felt by our cadets— and some seniors—who received acknowledgements of their CAP service. During the awards presentations, DDR Excellence (DDRx) Certificates were issued to deserving cadets who had completed six DDRx activities. These DDRx Certificates are the first ones issued to SQ47 cadets since the program was initiated in late 2011. Congratulations to:

  • Jung Jin Choi
  • Soo Rim Choi
  • Christian Cortes
  • David Marshall
  • Stephen Marshall
  • Morgan McMillion
  • Marissa Torres

The Civil Air Patrol program of DDR was just one of several areas of CAP to be highlighted with a display during the Open House-Parent’s Night. Emergency Services and Aerospace Education also provided Table Top displays for visitors and parents. These displays provided insight into the purpose of these CAP Programs and helped to educate parents on the activities their children have available to them in Civil Air Patrol.

It is the goal of CAP’s Drug Demand Reduction program to provide cadets with the education and training they need to be leaders in promoting the drug-free ethic in their communities. SQ47 has embraced this program and is fully incorporating this training into the disciplines of our squadron.