Annual CAP drill competition held at Heritage Middle School

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information provided by Civil Air Patrol

LANSING, Ill. (January 17, 2018) – Cadet squadrons from Civil Air Patrol Illinois Wing Group 2 held their Annual Group 2 Cadet Drill Competition on January 6 at Heritage Middle School in Lansing with about 50 cadets participating. The competition consisted of a uniform inspection, drill, one-mile run, and written test. The first place traveling trophy was awarded to the Shorty Powers Composite Squadron based at Clow Airport in Bolingbrook. Lansing’s Thunder Composite Squadron placed first in the drill portion and second overall. Also participating in the event were cadets from Coffey Composite Squadron, Lewis Composite Squadron and Magnus Composite Squadron.

Thunder Composite Squadron
Cadets line up for the uniform inspection portion of the competition. (Photo provided by Carrie Steinweg)
Another portion of the event was a drill “knockout” round with about 40 cadets competing individually. In the competition, cadets are eliminated gradually following an error in commands until one cadet is left standing. The winner of the knockout competition was Tech. Sgt. John Morgan from Lansing’s Thunder Composite Squadron.

Thunder Composite Squadron
In the knockout round, cadets must follow commands and are eliminated when making an error, until one cadet is left standing. The knockout round is a fun event that does not factor into points for the squadrons competing in drill competition. Winner of the knockout round was Tech. Sgt. John Morgan from Lansing’s Thunder Composite Squadron. (Photo provided by Carrie Steinweg)

Drill competition winners were recognized at the Civil Air Patrol Illinois Wing Group 2’s Annual Winter Ball held in Orland Park.

Thunder Composite Squadron meets every Wednesday from 6:30–9:00pm at Heritage Middle School in Lansing, Illinois. Membership includes Lansing residents as well as individuals from throughout the south suburbs and Northwest Indiana, including Calumet City, Mokena, Lynwood, Dyer, Munster, and Schererville. For more information on membership in the Thunder Composite Squadron, contact Major Zalud with the Civil Air Patrol at 630-779-9313.

Thunder Composite Squadron
Lansing’s Thunder Composite Squadron—From left: Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Vanderwoude, Cadet Airman Arjon Odom, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Micah Carter, Cadet Tech. Sgt. John Morgan, Cadet Master Sgt. Elliot Ari Basem, Cadet Senior Airman Ian Steinweg and Cadet 2nd Lt. Carter Steinweg. (Photo provided by Carrie Steinweg)