CAP Illinois Group 2 holds annual drill competition

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SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (February 23, 2019) – The five Civil Air Patrol squadrons within Illinois Group 2 were represented at the fourth Annual Group 2 Cadet Drill Competition held at Thornwood High School in South Holland last month. IL-067 Magnus Composite Squadron, IL-189 Colonel Shorty Powers Composite Squadron, IL-317 Thunder Composite Squadron, IL-329 Lewis Composite Squadron, and IL-332 Cornelius Coffey Composite Squadron participated.

The competition consisted of a uniform inspection, drill, relay run, and written test. The first place traveling trophy was awarded to the Shorty Powers Composite Squadron based at Clow Airport in Bolingbrook. The Shorty Powers team was made up of all female cadets, and it was their second consecutive win.

Also part of the event was a drill “knockout” round. Cadets compete individually and are eliminated whenever they make an error in command, until one cadet is left standing. Drill competition winners were recognized at the Civil Air Patrol Illinois Wing Group 2’s Annual Winter Ball held at Orland Chateau in Orland Park.

Cadets from Lansing’s Civil Air Patrol Thunder Squadron participate in the drill portion of the fourth annual CAP Illinois Wing Group 2 Drill Competition. (Photo: Carrie Steinweg)

Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary program of the U.S. Air Force founded in 1941. With 60,000 members nationwide who devote their time to their communities and to emergency and relief efforts, the program also promotes aviation and related fields through aerospace and STEM education. Adult and cadet volunteers are part of each squadron, supporting America’s communities with emergency response and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power.

CAP’s Thunder Squadron IL-317 meets weekly at Heritage Middle School on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. New members are welcome. For squadron information and updates, follow “CAP Thunder Composite Squadron” on Facebook. To learn more about CAP, visit gocivilairpatrol.com.