Patriots and Volunteers.
The Cache Valley Composite Squadron (CVCS) is comprised of both teen cadets and adult senior members, bound together by a desire to serve both our country and community as well as a love of aviation. We believe and follow the core values of the Civil Air Patrol: Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect. We are called a composite squadron because we have both cadets and senior members programs. Senior members oversee the cadet program, but it’s led by the cadet officers, and the adults in the squadron participate in their own training and activities on their own as well.
We invite you to visit one of meetings, every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Military Sciences building on USU’s campus.
The cadets learn and train in a number of different areas. Along side learning the principals of aviation in the classroom, they’ll get the opportunity to fly the CAP C-182s, and can even earn their private pilots license. Our cadets are also studying a model rocketry curriculum, led by senior members who work at Space Dynamics lab and Thoikol.
The cadets follow an Air Force model in much of their activities, leadership training being a foundation to all they do. They work in military formations wearing Air Force uniforms and practice drill & ceremonies. The CVCS cadets have a strong belief in being physically strong, so military PT is a big part of their program.
In 2007, the cadets formed a Color Guard team. The team entered the Utah Wing competition and won, earning the right to represent Utah in the Rocky Mountain Region competition. They won that event as well, and went on to the National Cadet Competition as ambassadors for Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.
While not all the cadets have aspirations of military service, a number of our cadets have plans to join the ranks of the US Armed Forces. There are several former CVCS cadets that are currently serving or in training in the Air Force, Army & Marines. When a cadet earns field officer rank (2nd Lieutenant or higher) they qualify for an initial promotion when enlisting, jumping to an E3 in the Army and Air Force or E2 in the Marines. They are also given special consideration for their service when applying to our nations military colleges.
Adults in the CVCS come from a variety of backgrounds, some military and some not. We wear either Air Force uniforms or Civil Air Patrol uniforms and follow a rank system that is modeled after the USAF.
Some of our members advise and oversee the cadet program, but there’s more to CAP than that. We have a wide variety of jobs and training available from Emergency Services to Public Affairs to Operations. Each senior member can choose from a variety of specialty areas to focus their training on, with opportunities to advance in each.
Emergency Services is one of CAP’s three missions. Cadets and senior members in CVCS train and participate in aircrew and ground teams for Search & Rescue missions. Aircrews are composed of a Pilot, Observer, and Scanner, and they fly overhead relaying information to the mission base, directing the teams on the ground where to search for downed aircraft or lost people. Aircrew rated members may be called on to work with the DEA on Drug Demand Reduction missions, providing a valuable asset in the fight to keep our community free from drugs.
You’ll also find CVCS members helping the community in other ways. We provide crowd control and help direct traffic at community events. If a natural disaster strikes the valley, we’ll be on the front lines working with other agencies to maintain the safety and well-being of our neighbors.