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HISTORY OF
Tuskegee Cadet Squadron DC051
National Capital Wing
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016

HISTORY
of
TUSKEGEE CADET SQUADRON DC051
NATIONAL CAPITAL WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL
AUXILIARY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

Prepared By
Lt Col Kenneth M. Laursen, CAP
National Capital Wing Historian

Reviewed By
Maj Jacob Gerstein, CAP
Tuskegee Cadet Squadron Commander

TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION OF STAFF AND BRIEF NARRATIVE ............................................. 4
NARRATIVE ..................................................................................................................... 6
Chapter I – Emergency Services ..................................................................................... 6
Chapter II – Aerospace Education .................................................................................. 7
Chapter III – Cadet Programs ......................................................................................... 8
APPENDICES .................................................................................................................... 9
Appendix I – Unit Data And Statistics ........................................................................... 9
Map ............................................................................................................................. 9
Demographics ........................................................................................................... 10

TABLE OF FIGURES
Figure 1 – National Capital Wing Area of Operations ....................................................... 9
Figure 2 – Tuskegee Cadet Squadron Location .................................................................. 9

TABLE OF TABLES
Table 1 – Adult Membership Demographics .................................................................... 10
Table 2 – Cadet Membership Demographics.................................................................... 10

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INTRODUCTION OF STAFF AND BRIEF NARRATIVE
Commander
Deputy Commander

Maj Jacob Gerstein
Capt Sean Green (Jan – Jun)
Maj Kraig Smith (Jul – Dec)
SM James Austin (July – Dec)

Assistant Deputy Commander

In January 2016, Tuskegee Cadet Squadron was suffering from disorganization and
malaise. The commander, having been in place just over three months (following an
interim commander who'd stepped in after the previous commander was relieved), was
busily putting out various administrative fires. Typical squadron meetings were attended
by ten to twelve cadets and around eight senior members. By December 2016, the
atmosphere at the unit was much more one of excitement and progress. The cadets had
begun to see more and better emphasis placed upon their needs and progress. Due to a
progressive, out-of-the-box approach to recruiting, senior member candidates had flooded
in over the year and many positions were filled with active members – though critical
vacancies remained. Cadet numbers remained steady around a dozen for the duration of
the year.
The Tuskegee Cadet Squadron Subordinate Unit Inspection (SUI) occurred on 11 January
2016. Sixteen discrepancies were listed in eServices as of 5 March 2016. Discrepancies
were closed steadily from April through the 11 July 2016 deadline. Information
supporting closure of the final two discrepancies was input to eServices on 8 July; the
squadron was hours from being shut down when the final two corrective actions were
evaluated and closed on 10 July.
2016 Key successes:
• Built a consistent week and trimester planning cycle.
• Began the cycle of Open Houses followed by Great Start programs, with the first
set being held in fall 2016.
• Established a more consistent Professional Development program for senior
members.
• Initiated relationships with community organizations.
• Maj Kraig Smith was selected as the Squadron Chaplain of the Year at both
National Capital Wing and Middle East Region levels.
• Overall, the squadron ended the year on much more solid footing than it began it
with.
2016 Continuing challenges:
• Conversion of visits to members. Candidates come in expressing great interest, but
follow-through on their end is often lacking. (However, while the conversion of
visits to members has been low, the overall number of new members has been high
due to the extremely high number of visits.)

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Retention became less of an issue as the year went on due to more consistent
programming during squadron meetings, but still remained a concern at the end of
the year.
Participation in activities outside the squadron remains significantly lower than
desired, especially among the cadets.

2016 INDIVIDUAL SENIOR MEMBER AWARDS
National Capital Wing Public Affairs Officer of the Year
2Lt Jaime Loizzo, Tuskegee Cadet Squadron DC051

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NARRATIVE
Chapter I – Emergency Services
Tuskegee Cadet Squadron participation in National Capital Wing Emergency Services
training activities was overall light, though some members worked toward and/or earned
ground, air, and incident staff qualifications. For example, Tuskegee Cadet Squadron
held a series of Mission Scanner familiarization and preparatory training classes during
its regular weekly meetings in the late summer. National Capital Wing Commander
Colonel Bruce Heinlein served as instructor for the majority of the sessions.

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Chapter II – Aerospace Education
Aerospace Education classes were held on a regular basis by 2d Lt May Baratto.
On 24 Jun 2016, Capt McCormick and SM Sutherland (with assistance from National
Capital Wing External Aerospace Education Officer Colonel James Cooper)
represented the Tuskegee Cadet Squadron at the third annual FedServe STEM Volunteer
Fair held at the Department of Agriculture. They handed out flyers and spoke to more
than 50 individuals about Civil Air Patrol’s program and opportunities.
On 02 June 2016, Capt McCormick and FO Bellamy (with assistance from National
Capital Wing External Aerospace Education Officer Colonel James Cooper) represented
National Capital Wing and Tuskegee Cadet Squadron at the Boys and Girls Club of
Greater Washington’s STEAM Explosion Carnival, held at the Richard England
Clubhouse #14, 4103 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019. They spoke with
approximately 100 young people aged 6-18 about aerospace topics, aircraft, and the
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. They also distributed cadet program brochures
and assisted the attendees in the folding of paper airplanes.
On July 25, 2016, Capt McCormick and 2nd Lt May Barratto presented an Aerospace
Education module to the STEM Summer Camp with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater
Washington.

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Chapter III – Cadet Programs
In May 2016, approximately three members from Tuskegee Cadet Squadron, jointly with
Andrews Composite Squadron, ran a Great Start Weekend.
In July 2016, approximately four cadets and five senior members from Tuskegee Cadet
Squadron, jointly with Andrews Composite Squadron, obtained rubbings of Vietnam
Veteran names from the Vietnam Veteran Memorial in support of a National History
Program display at the 2016 National Conference for the 75th Anniversary year of
the Civil Air Patrol.
On 15 August 2016, Capt McCormick presented an interactive Drug Demand Reduction
lesson on cognitive loading, strategies for managing task saturation, and the negative role
that drugs and alcohol play in an individual’s capacity for task management.
Approximately seven cadets and two senior members participated.
In August of 2016, approximately six Tuskegee Cadet Squadron cadets and senior
members participated in the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling National Night Out. Tuskegee
Cadet Squadron members set up tables, passed out literature, and operated a Civil Air
Patrol information booth.
On October 10th 2016 from 1800-2115, Tuskegee Cadet Squadron senior members and
cadets, led by Capt Colleen McCormick and 2d Lt Jaime Loizzo, hosted an Open House
aimed at recruiting new cadets. The evening’s program featured presentations on the
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, fun activities, and guest speaker Dr. Bill Barry, Chief
Historian of NASA. Sixty visitors, senior members, and cadets attended. Two new cadets
joined the squadron as a result.
In December 2016, approximately five Tuskegee Cadet Squadron cadets and senior
members participated in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery.

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APPENDICES
Appendix I – Unit Data And Statistics

Map

Figure 1 – National Capital Wing Area of Operations

Tuskegee Cadet Squadron
Meets Monday nights at
Joint Base Anacostia
Bolling.

Figure 2 – Tuskegee Cadet Squadron Location

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Demographics

Table 1 – Adult Membership Demographics

Adult Members
Cadet Sponsor
Patron
Senior
Total

January 2016
0
1
10
11

December 2016
2
3
33
38

Change
+2
+2
+23
+27

December 2016
12

Change
-5




Table 2 – Cadet Membership Demographics

Cadet Members
Total

January 2016
17



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