Updated: May 3, 2019
The 399th Composite Squadron hosted their first formal Dining Out Ceremony in over 20 years at The Armed Forces Reserve Center at 90 Wooster Heights Road. The event was a lighthearted way to say goodbye to departing Senior Cadets as they depart for school or military service. The event included POW/MIA table ceremony, Invocation, Toasts, Dinner, Historical Skits, Awards, and ultimately a Change of Command Ceremony.
Cadet 2nd Lt. Cassidy Murphy relinquished command to Cadet Captain Liam Waldron. Cadet Murphy will depart for basic and advanced training in 2 weeks on her path to become a mechanic on Chinook Helicopters in the Connecticut Army National Guard. Cadet Waldron has been in program for over 4 years and has worked hand in hand with Murphy to manage the growth of the squadron from 20 cadets to over 90 cadets.
Also honored on Sunday night were Cadets John Hayes and Nicolas Veloso as they begin on their path to become pilots, Cadet Jessica Resendes who is starting nursing school and Cadet Matthew Karun, who is beginning his path to become a pediatric oncologist.
The newest cadets of Training Flight Charlie served dinner with the help of the parent volunteers. Once done, however, Charlie flight was surprised to see that their dinner would be served by senior members of Civil Air Patrol. This action reminds them of servant leadership, and that those who lead should never eat before those they lead.
Highlights of the evening include The youngest member of the Squadron Cadet Brayden Cadovious (who turned 12 in February) cutting the cake with Colonel Lloyd Sturges aged 83, former squadron commander for the 399th Composite Squadron. Three skits were performed, one by each flight highlighting CAP's history during World War II and the contributions of CAP members.
A somber moment in the evening was the renaming of a Senior Member Award after 1st Lt. Christina Posca who passed away last week. The Award now known as the 1st Lt. Christina Posca Selfless Service White Paper Award is for Senior Members who do great work without the need for approval or awards. Their names do not go on the award but only inside the award frame.
Overall the cadets, senior members honored guests and parents had a wonderful evening at the formal dining out ceremony.
Members of the 399th Composite Squadron meet on Tuesday's from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Armed Forces Reserve Center, Danbury, CT.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP's 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP's Cadet Programs. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.comfor more information.