Three Rivers Squadron

Civil Air Patrol

Chartered 6 May 2010

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3RCS next meeting is Tuesday, 25 November, 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center.

Activities are Promotions, Awards & Safety. Uniform for cadets is blues. Cadets need to bring to every meeting: CAP ID card, water or sports drink, writing paper and writing utensil.

Looking for an exciting volunteer opportunity that you can do as a family? Anyone 12 and older are eligible to join. CAP stresses STEM topics and incorporates them into CAP's 3 missions: aerospace education,emergency services, and cadet programs. For more information, go to

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   If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining the Civil Air Patrol, click on the Contact Link at the top of this page for more information.

   Three Rivers Squadron can now offer CERT training, in-house. If you are interested in getting the CERT certification for Emergency Services, please contact us.

Who we are

   The Three Rivers Composite Squadron is looking for new members. The Civil Air Patrol is a 501(c)3 organization comprised completely of volunteers. While there is no pay for the "job" you'll be doing, there is great satisfaction in helping others, being a part of the action, and meeting people who have a like-minded spirit. The Civil Air Patrol has both cadet and senior memberships available. Cadets are between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age, and are included in all activities undertaken by the Civil Air Patrol to include Search and Rescue, Emergency Services, Aerospace, and of course, Cadet Programs. Senior members must pass an FBI fingerprint screening and be willing to spend time with cadets, learn new skills, and enjoy helping others.

Wreath's Across America - Grape Creek CemeteryWreath's Across America

Three Rivers Composite Squadron will be hosting a Wreath Across America ceremony on December 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the
Grape Creek Cemetery on West Grape Creek Rd.

Wreaths Across America's goal is to place a wreath on every veteran grave across the nation. Three Rivers Squadron's goal is to place a wreath on every veteran grave at Grape Creek Cemetery, Water Valley Cemetery, and Pioneer Memorial Park. Our goal is 300 wreaths.

There is still time to sponsor a wreath at the following:

Morey's Sports Bar 

I'm In Stitches! Uniform Alterations

7886 N. FM 2288 in Grape Creek

1444 S. Bell St. in San Angelo
Donation jar on counter Donation jar on counter and all tips through December 1 will be donated to Wreath's Across America

Wreath sponsorship's are $15 each. You can sponsor a wreath at the link above. Click on the link, complete the form and submit.

Or you can order by sending a check or money order made out to: Wreath's Across America
In remarks: TXGRPC/TX0077P
And mail to:
Three Rivers Composite Squadron
P.O. 292
Carlsbad, TX 76934

Thank you for your support!

Promotions & Awards

At the 28 October regular meeting of the Three Rivers Composite Squadron, one member was promoted and another received a membership award, two members received aerospace awards, and four cadets were awarded certificates of completion for the Aerospace Education Excellence (AEX) program. Cadet Airman Jamison Vest was promoted to the rank of Cadet Airman First Class. His parents assisted with his pinning during the ceremony. He was also presented the Henry "Hap" Arnold award ribbon for his accomplishment. "Hap" Arnold expanded the military pilot corps by sending military pilots to civilian flight schools.

Senior Member Tony Ramirez was awarded the membership ribbon for completing Level 1 training, and the Yeager ribbon for completing the Yeager Award requirements. The Yeager Award is an elective of the Civil Air Patrol Senior Member Aerospace Education program.

2nd Lt. Laurie McCallum also received her Yeager ribbon for completion of the Yeager Award requirements. 

The squadron also completed the requirements for the Aerospace Education Excellence (AEX) program and certificates were presented to the cadets present at the meeting. The AEX program involves completion of six hands-on aviation and space-related activities with cadet and senior members of the Civil Air Patrol.

Congratulations to Cadet Airman Russell

Congratulations to Cadet Airman Isabelle Russell, who received her Curry Award and promotion to the rank of Cadet Airman on 5 May 2014. The Curry Award is named after Maj Gen John F. Curry, who was the Civil Air Patrol first national commander. Because of Maj Gen Curry's leadership, Civil Air Patrol crews were tasked with missions that were of national importance, but which the military did not have the time or ability to complete. This achievement is the first for cadets and makes them eligible for many more Civil Air Patrol activities.

Three Rivers participates in West Texas Family & Education Expo 2014

Three Rivers Composite Squadron members held a class for pre-teen boys at the West Texas Family & Education Expo 2014 hosted by the San Angelo Home School Association. The 2 1/2 class covered map reading, compass usage, and flying on the aircraft simulator. Maj. Dave Augustine, C/Maj Cody McCallum, C/SSgt Connor McCallum, and C/Amn Isabelle Russell assisted the students.

The Expo was held at the McNease Convention Center in San Angelo, June 6 and 7. Squadron members also had the opportunity to speak to prospective members.

NONDISCRIMINATION letter from Gen. Carr

21 May 2014



SUBJECT: Nondiscrimination

1. Civil Air Patrol is committed to equality of opportunity in offering access to its educational and operational programs and activities. Nondiscrimination and diversity are critical to our success as an organization. 

2. CAP provides an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members and ensures that educational, membership and operational decisions are based on each individual’s abilities and qualifications.  Consistent with this practice and applicable laws, it is CAP policy not to discriminate in offering access to its programs and activities, or with respect to membership terms and conditions, on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability. This policy ensures that only relevant factors are considered and that equitable and consistent standards of conduct and performance are applied. 

3. Commanders at all levels are responsible for ensuring that members under their command are aware of and adhere to CAP’s nondiscrimination policy.  

4. Allegations of violations of the CAP Nondiscrimination Policy will be sent to the Equal Opportunity Officer (EOO), Lt Col Walter Vertreace. Submission of allegations and/or complaints directly to the CAP/EOO will not be considered a violation of the chain of command. 

      a. Those wishing to submit a discrimination complaint should review CAPR 36-2 for procedures and guidance. Additional guidance may also be obtained by contacting the EOO.
      b. The CAP/EOO can be contacted at 971-9442, or by writing to Equal Opportunity Officer, 105 South Hansell Street, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112. 
5. Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to the CAP/EOO. 

Major General, CAP 
National Commander

Congressional Gold Medal

Congress approved the Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol. Read more here.

Aerospace Education & Interesting CAP articles

Here are a couple of interesting links for aerospace from the NASA website and Air Force Magazine regarding the value of the Civil Air Patrol as a Force Multiplier. online streaming HDEV link Interesting CAP article

Vector & Volunteer Magazine

You should have received your new version of the Volunteer magazine in the mail. If not, contact Maj. Johanna Augustine for more information.

January 2014 Promotions & Awards

C/SSgt Connor McCallum receives his Wright Bros. certificateC/SSgt McCallum and parentsCadets Connor McCallum and Chris Stroud were promoted during the monthly promotion ceremony on January 27.

Cadet Senior Airman McCallum completed the requirements for the Wright Brothers Award and received the Wright Brothers certificate and ribbon and was promoted to Staff Sergeant during the January ceremony. Mr. Sean McCallum and 2nd Lieutenant Lauri McCallum, parents of Cadet McCallum, pinned on the new rank. Maj. Johanna Augustine, squadron commander, presented the certificate and ribbon.

McCallum was the 20,060 Civil Air Patrol Cadet to receive the Wright Brothers Award. The award is given upon completion of Phase I of training. The cadet must pass a comprehensive exam covering information from the first 3 chapters of the leadership module, a drill test, a physical fitness test, be able to recite the cadet oath, and be an active member in the CAP.

Cadet McCallum also received the Red Service Ribbon for 2 years service in the CAP.

C/A1C Chris Stroud is pinned to A1CCadet Airman Stroud completed the requirements for the Hap Arnold Achievement and was promoted to Airman First Class. Stroud passed tests on leadership, drill, aerospace, physical fitness, and participate in a character development lesson, recite the cadet oath, and be an active member. Cadet Commander Maj. Cody McCallum and Squadron Commander Maj. Johanna Augustine pinned on the new rank.

Three Rivers participates in Midland Airsho 2013

B253RCS at Midland Airsho 2013Three Rivers Composite Squadron members participated in the Midland Airsho for the fourth year. The Airsho, held at Midland International Airport, and hosted by the Commemorative Air Force.

Seniors and cadets worked the bomber ramp and had the opportunity to get up close and personal with bombers from WWII. The most famous aircraft on the ramp was Fifi, a B-29 Superfortress, and the only one in the world currently flying. Squadron members also had the opportunity to talk to pilots and their crews, and even meet spectators who flew during WWII. Along with all that, 3RCS even received tasking for an Urban Direction Finding (UDF) mission and was able to locate and silence an ELT at the airsho.

Other Group 1 squadrons participating were El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, San Angelo, and Texas Charter Leadership Academy.

For more information about the CAF, go to airsho.html.  To see all of the pictures from the Airsho, go to media/set/?set=a. 475686892538528.1073741866. 120929678014253&type=1&l= 840699fa32

 Cadet Promotions and Awards for September 2013

C/SrA Connor McCallumC/Amn Chris StroudCadet Airman First Class Connor McCallum completed all of the requirements for achievement 3, Mary Feik and was promoted to senior airman during the monthly ceremony.  Also, Cadet McCallum was presented the Mary Feik certificate, signed by Mary Feik.
Cadet Airman Christopher Stroud received his first o'flight certificate.
Squadron members have been working on their second STEM kit from CAP National HQ - 2 aircraft simulators. Cadets who completed the minimum 6 hours were Amn Stroud, Amn Schlake, CMSgt Griggs, Amn Brumley, SrA McCallum, and Maj McCallum.

R/C Certified fliersThe National Defense Education Program, as managed by the Air Force STEM Outreach Coordination Office at the Pentagon, is partnering with CAP, CAP-USAF, and AFJROTC to provide financial support to promote increase STEM education for America's youth in the 21st century.
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Cadet Promotions for August 2013

C/Amn Brumley  C/SMSgt Augustine
Two cadets were promoted on August 26, 2013.  Cadet Airman Basic Noah Brumley completed all of the requirements for achievement 1, Major General John F. Curry and was promoted to airman.  Cadet Brumley's parents, Justin and Christine,  assisted with pinning on the new rank.

  Cadet Master Sergeant A.J. Augustine completed all of the requirements for achievement 6, General Jimmy Doolittle and was promoted to senior master sergeant. Cadet Augustine parents, Major Dave and Johanna Augustine assisted pinning on the new rank.

First Orientation Flight for TX-123 CadetCadets McCallum & Stroud ready for o-flights

Cadets Airman First Class Connor McCallum and Airman Christopher Stroud received an orientation flight from Midland Composite Squadron pilot Major Randy Auburg.

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Three Rivers Composite Squadron tours Dyess AFB, TX

Summer is a busy time for most Civil Air Patrol members and that includes members of the Lubbock and Three Rivers Composite Squadrons. Those who weren't attending encampments or National Cadet Special Activities took time out of their busy schedules and were treated to a tour of Dyess AFB on July 31. Senior Airman Charles Rivezzo, 7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs, planned a full day of activities and was our tour guide for the day.

Upon arriving at Dyess, members of the 7th Security Forces provided a military working dog demonstration. Two dogs assigned to the unit charmed the group with their abilities to be a regular dog one moment and a working police dog the next. Both dogs look like your typical household pet, but they were all business when asked. Demonstration included escorting a detainee, and preventing the detainee from running away, even when the detainee tried to jump a fence.

Next on the agenda was a tour of a B-1 hangar and B-1. Maintainers were providing regularly scheduled maintenance on the aircraft and took time from their schedule to explain the capabilities of the aircraft and what their job entails.

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FreedomFest 2013

3RCS FreedomFest 13 boothThree Rivers Composite Squadron participated in Freedom Fest on 4th of July for the 2nd year in a row.

Major Dave and Johanna Augustine and Cadets Master Sergeant A.J. Augustine and Airman First Class Connor McCallum manned the recruiting booth. Using the RC aircraft simulator software and controller provided with the STEM kit from CAP National HQ, squadron members assisted future pilots who lined up to try their hand at flying.

As dusk approached, the joint squadron color guard prepared to present the colors. San Angelo Composite Joint Color GuardSquadron Cadets Major Brian DeLaughter and Second Lieutenant Luke Harper and Three Rivers Composite Squadron Cadets Major Cody McCallum and Airman First Class Connor McCallum presented the colors during the singing of the National Anthem.

Future pilots in trainingAs the verse "the Rockets Red Glare" rang out, fireworks began bursting in the sky over Foster Stadium. The crowd cheered as the color guard left the stage and the fireworks began. Patriotic music rang throughout the stadium as the fireworks exploded overhead bringing the crowd to their feet as the music reached a crescendo.

Freedom Fest is hosted by Paul Ann Baptist Church and sponsored by local San Angelo businesses.

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Civil Air Patrol, National Commander

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Completing the STEM

3RCS STEM cadetsThree Rivers Composite Squadron completed the first of five STEM kits available from the Civil Air Patrol.     3RCS  requested the Model and Remote-controlled Aircraft kit and received the following: Popular Sky Streak. Cub, and/or Stinson model aircraft are included in the Model and Remote-controlled Aircraft kit for building and learning to fly RC aircraft via Real Flight Simulator computer program, hand-held controller, curriculum, and two DVDs: Wings Aircraft and Aerolab.

RC practiceCadets had the opportunity to assemble and fly two different types of aircraft and use the RC aircraft simulator.  The squadron will continue with the RC aircraft program by purchasing and building remote-controlled foam gliders.   The kit is designed to promote a beginning interest in aviation and/or remotely-piloted aircraft vocations and avocations and by complementing the kit with future aerospace activities, the squadron hopes to instill an interest in aerospace in all of the cadets.

Other kits available from the Civil Air Patrol are: Astronomy, Flight Simulator Trainer, Robotics, and Rocketry.  Kit3RCS requested the Flight Simulator Trainer and was it approved on June 25 and should receive the kit in approximately two weeks.

This program complements the new CAP AEX Model Aircraft and Remote-Controlled (MARC) module development by a CAP volunteer which are included in the kit.  The kit is intended to take advantage of the added bonus of the opportunity for you to receive a free membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautic (AMA) and work with area AMA clubs for mentorship in learning to fly real remote-controlled airplanes in TAG (Take-off and Grow) programs. 

Delta DartReady, set, flyCivil Air Patrol was designated as a recipient of National Defense Education Program (NDEP) to initiate a nationwide CAP science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education program beginning January 25, 2013. Managed by the U.S. Air Force STEM Outreach Coordination Office (AFSOCO) in Washington, D.C., the funds are distributed on a yearly basis to organizations that create programs to build interest in STEM education and careers, an effort paramount to maintaining America's future defense and economic strength in a globally competitive environment.  The NDEP funds are intended to help develop the next generation STEM workforce, especially for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the United States Air Force (USAF).

Winding upAway we go!As the Auxiliary of the USAF, CAP was a natural fit to receive funds to promote a nationwide STEM program. CAP was selected as a recipient of NDEP funds by the AFSOCO due to CAP's: position as the official Auxiliary of the USAF, working under the oversight of CAP-USAF; strong connection to and support of the Air Force Junior Reserve Training Corps (AFJROTC) due to the functionality structure of CAP/USAF and AFJROTC at the Jeanne M. Holme Center for Officer Accession and Citizen Development located at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL; structured national network comprised of 52 Wings in 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and overseas CAP squadrons that could ensure a wide disbursement of STEM resources; and stellar STEM/aerospace education and youth development programs for CAP Cadets (ages 12 & above) and K-12 students/teachers.

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