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
Group 7 Composite Squadron of the Year 2000, 2003
Squadron of Distinction 2000
Founded October 1968
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.
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 & Game, 16525 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 email@example.com
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.
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
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.
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.
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 held at the Corporals Course on Camp Pendleton.
Article & Photos: Maj. Audrey DiGiantomasso, Sq47.
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.
On Wednesday, November 28th, the City Council and Mayor of Oceanside California took time from their City Council meeting to recognize and Honor the Civil Air Patrol on it’s 71 st Birthday and to recognize their local Squadron, Skyhawks Composite Squadron 47. Council Member Jerome Kern presented 1st Lt. Jessi Puffenberger of Skyhawks Composite Squadron 47 (Camp Pendleton) with a Proclamation recognizing Civil Air Patrol and all of it’s missions. Lt. Puffenberger accepted the award and took some time to first thank the Mayor and City Council for the Proclamation, and then give an overview of the Missions of the Civil Air Patrol and our “Service to Community, State, and Nation”. It was warmly received by everyone attending the meeting. By Maj. Audrey DiGiantomasso, CAP
On November 9, 2012 a team from SQ47 conducted the squadron’s first Red Ribbon Leadership Academy (RRLA) at Saddleback Valley Christian School in San Juan Capistrano, CA. RRLA is a official outreach component of CAP’s Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) program with the purpose of providing leadership education to middle school students while promoting the drug free ethic.
The SQ47 Team consisted of six cadets and three seniors:
- C/ SrA Michael Bresnahan
- C/ TSgt Dillon Holcombe
- C/SrA James Fuimaono
- C/TSgt Justin Johnson, RRLA Project Commander
- C/SrA Morgan McMillion
- C/TSgt Alex Puffenbarger
- 2dLt Laurie Bresnahan
- 2dLt Bob McMillion
- 2dLt Jessi Puffenbarger
The twenty students who attended the RRLA were selected by the Vice Principal of the school based on their participation in a school mentorship program for younger students called WEB. Students received multimedia training with interactive participation in the areas of teamwork, various leadership practices like situational leadership, servant leadership, goal setting and problem solving in challenging circumstances.
Through the RRLA experience SQ47 cadets had the opportunity to utilize their integrated leadership and DDR training in a real community outreach project—not an exercise. The students who attended the RRLA had a fun afternoon working together with each other and our cadets developing themselves as leaders. Further, they heard the wisdom and merit of CAP’s drug free ethic. Finally, these students were given a stimulating invitation to become Civil Air Patrol cadets themselves through a recruiting message delivered at the close of the RRLA.
I am so proud of the Skyhawks comprising our staff for this Saddleback Valley Christian School RRLA event. They have individually and corporately executed the mission of DDR Excellence. Utilizing their education and training our cadets successfully participated in an RRLA outreach activity that has the potential to positively affect the lives of middle school aged children in our community. CAP, SQ47 RRLA Cadets and DDR Rock!
Civil Air Patrol has always had a long standing mission in Emergency Services. Recently that mission has included in its focus the knowledge and training on how to be an emergency responder with CPR and now the addition of hands on CERT Training for CAP members. The North County CERT Team graciously gave up two weekends to train cadets and senior members of Skyhawks Composite Squadron 47, California Wing, in the knowledge and art of what it takes to be a part of a Community Emergency Response Team. The training took place at Camp Talega on Camp Pendleton USMC.
The first weekend was spent learning about Medical Triage, Incident Structure, and reporting Procedures. The cadets were surprised with an early evening fire drill to practice their preparedness and keep them on their toes. The second weekend the students learned about cribbing and were even able to lift up an entire garbage dumpster one foot off the ground using nothing but a lever and blocks of wood. They also learned about terrorism and the psychology involved in a disaster both as a responder and a victim. After all of this learning the students were able to put into practice what they learned in two fun activities.
First, a scavenger hunt where they deciphered clues to find locations to their hidden flags which ended in an UDF search for a simulated “downed plane”. The CAP members also had the opportunity to practice their radio communication skills by using the radios to let the know about their progress in the task along the way. The second activity was a simulated disaster. The class room was turned into a simulated damaged building complete with simulated victims that needed to be triaged and Incident Commanders that needed to take charge and lead their teams.
The Skyhawk members learned valuable lessons when putting their skills into play. They learned how to recognize and treat signs of shock, how to splint, and most importantly clear and effective communication. The CERT Team had a graduation ceremony and presented the students an official CERT pin and graduation certificate. The Skyhawks had completed in two weekends what it takes most people weeks to complete.