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HISTORY OF
Challenger I Cadet Squadron DC060
National Capital Wing
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016

HISTORY
of
CHALLENGER I CADET SQUADRON DC060
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
1Lt Bebe Finkenstaedt, CAP
Challenger I Cadet Squadron Commander

TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION OF STAFF AND BRIEF NARRATIVE ............................................. 1
NARRATIVE ..................................................................................................................... 4
Chapter I – Emergency Services ..................................................................................... 4
Chapter II – Aerospace Education .................................................................................. 6
Chapter III – Cadet Programs ......................................................................................... 7
APPENDICES .................................................................................................................. 11
Appendix I – Unit Data And Statistics ......................................................................... 11
Map ........................................................................................................................... 11
Command and Staff Listing ...................................................................................... 12
Cadet Organizational Chart....................................................................................... 13

TABLE OF FIGURES
Figure 1 - Challenger Cadet Squadron Members Visit Norfolk Naval Air Station with Maj
Gen Joseph Vazquez and Lt Col Leslie Vazquez ....................................................... 1
Figure 2 – Cadet NCO of the Year C/CMSgt Isabella Altieri and Cadet Junior Officer of
the Year C/2Lt Sarah Himes ....................................................................................... 2
Figure 3 - Congressional Gold Medal Winner Elizabeth Haynes....................................... 7
Figure 4 - National Capital Wing Area of Operations ...................................................... 11
Figure 5 – Challenger I Cadet Squadron Location ........................................................... 11

TABLE OF TABLES
Table 1 - Cadet Leadership ............................................................................................... 12

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INTRODUCTION OF STAFF AND BRIEF NARRATIVE
Commander
Deputy Commander

1Lt Bebe Finkenstaedt
Lt Col Tom Place

Challenger I Cadet Squadron is pleased to share our history, highlights, and achievements
for the year of 2016. We had a spectacular time as Civil Air Patrol members and
especially enjoyed participating in cadet special activities, serving our community
through volunteerism and emergency services, and working hard to give opportunity to
area youth.
2016 HIGHLIGHTS








Squadron with most member participation in wing, steady growth to 56 members
at year end
Petitioned and received membership waivers for 3 cadets who are not US citizens
Transitioned a cadet to senior membership with First Lieutenant grade
Three cadets and one senior member joined sister squadron to form first CAP team
for Joint Services Cadet Academic Bowl (Round 1 in 2016, Round 2 in early 2017,
team advances to national finals in June)
Three cadets and one senior member joined sister squadron Arlington to form joint
“Charlington” cadet competition team (team formed up and trained in 2016, won
wing competition in Feb 2017 and go to region competition March 31-Apr 2, 2017)
Congressional Gold Medal awardee Elizabeth Haynes who rejoined as squadron
member
Norfolk Naval Air Station Tour with Maj Gen Joseph Vazquez and Lt Col Leslie
Vazquez

Figure 1 - Challenger Cadet Squadron Members Visit Norfolk Naval Air Station with Maj Gen Joseph Vazquez and Lt
Col Leslie Vazquez

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Safely conducted two high-adventure activities including trampoline jump and
rocks climb
Innovative aerospace activities - made CAP kites and attended National Cherry
Blossom Kite Festival as CAP team; physics of flight at Trampoline Park
Fostered inter squadron connections with sister squadrons in Wing and colleagues
in Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania
High safety education participation with cadet focused lesson content
Public affairs coverage to include Cadet Headshot Hub at National Capital Wing’s
Conference and Banquet, photos for annual video, photography and reports from
SAREX, NCSAs, and original video posts on CAP media at squadron, wing, region,
and national levels
Had 43 Wednesday squadron meetings and 3 Wednesday special field trips and
multiple other expeditions including overnight and out of town training and field
trips
One cadet earned private pilot license
Senior Members earned Master ratings in Cadet Programs and Aerospace
Education
Awarded Spaatz Leadership Grant to fund projection suite

2016 INDIVIDUAL CADET AWARDS
Middle East Region Air Force Sergeants Association Cadet NCO of the Year
National Capital Wing Cadet NCO of the Year
C/CMSgt Isabella Altieri, Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron DC060

Figure 2 – Cadet NCO of the Year C/CMSgt Isabella Altieri and Cadet Junior Officer
of the Year C/2Lt Sarah Himes

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National Capital Wing Cadet Junior Officer of the Year
C/2d Lt Sarah Himes, Challenger I Cadet Squadron DC060

2016 INDIVIDUAL SENIOR MEMBER AWARDS
Middle East Region Frank. G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award Senior Member
National Capital Wing Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award Senior Member
Col Richard Cooper, Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron DC060
2016 UNIT AWARDS
National Capital Wing Squadron of Merit
Challenger I Cadet Squadron DC060
National Capital Wing Ground Team of the Year
Challenger I Cadet Squadron DC060
Special Recognition
Several cadets have contributed to our history effort. These members have taken part in
not just creating notable squadron events but also in the capturing, sharing, and archiving
process. Cadet Historians C/CMSgt Isabella Altieri and C/Capt Kurt Finkenstaedt
assisted with collecting our squadron history going back to 2013. They have expanded
the historian’s role to include reporting on Civil Air Patrol and aerospace history such as
the 30 year anniversary of Challenger space shuttle tragedy. They led tours of Arlington
Cemetery landmarks and Army Old Guard. The Cadet Public Affairs team of C/2d Lt
Sarah Himes - creator of our squadron Facebook page - and C/MSgt Haseeb Khan - chief
photographer and videographer - assisted in coverage of notable events like the
Congressional Gold Medal Award Ceremony for former cadet Elizabeth Haynes and the
annual Civil Air Patrol Remembrance Tribute. Cadets helped record squadron firsts like
Kite Day, Wilderness Survival, and more. In addition, Challenger I Cadet Squadron
fostered history interest by sending our squadron patch to the National Conference last
summer, visiting the CAP 75th Anniversary historical display at the Pentagon, and
participating in memorial events.

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NARRATIVE
Chapter I – Emergency Services
Homeland Security
Lt Col Peter Hantelman served as program director coordinating and leading monthly
exercises with Air Force and Coast Guard; and other senior members participated as air
crew on FALCON VIRGO and FERTILE KEYNOTE missions.
Search and Rescue
Non-distress Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) Mission - at DC Armory, provided
ground team support in non-distress find.
Disaster Relief
1st Lt Finkenstaedt served with National Capital Wing team as airborne photographer
providing photos to FEMA in aftermath of national emergency Hurricane Matthew.
Emergency Services Training
Cadets and senior members participated in all events as ground team, air crew, mission
staff including DC and Delaware wing SAR Evaluations flying airborne photographer
missions and successfully delivering photos.
Challenger partnered with Mount Vernon Composite Squadron & Fairfax Composite
Squadron for several over-night, in-field training exercises. Qualified ES members
provided ground team leadership, cadet supervision, skills evaluation, and public affairs
coverage; trained numerous cadets in radio, ground team, mission staff assistants, first
aid, and ranger skills.
Cadets and senior member served as volunteer instructional assistants and as ‘dummy
victims” at American Red Cross first aid training events.
Challenger 1 provided van support including member transport for Middle East Region
Search and Rescue College. Members trained in air, field, and kitchen.
Challenger 1 initiated and led 3-day American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First
Aid certificate course at Blackburn Trail Center along Potomac Appalachian Trail.
Coordinated expert instruction and training exercise, facility and all logistics; lessons
included shelter making, fire making, foraging, and mindfulness exercises in addition to
simulated emergency responder scenarios; attended by 10 Challenger members and 3
Fairfax cadets, all received certification from American Red Cross; created video and
posted to Facebook.
Rock Climbing and Basic Life Support Course at Annapolis Rocks park in Maryland
with American Mountain Guide Association and American Red Cross Basic Life Support
attended by 8 Challenger members and 3 Fairfax cadets.
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Members participated in Constant Watch exercise and participated in weekly Net Control
even hosting four times for Wing Communications Director. Provided training and
evaluation for ICUT for 9 squadron members and as many from sister squadrons.

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Chapter II – Aerospace Education
Highly qualified AE Team - 2 Aerospace Officers each with Masters ratings; and one
AEO in training who is a professional engineer; affiliation with CAP member who gives
Orientation to Flight lectures and flies cadets on orientation flights
Physics of Flight Trampoline Jump - squadron led, wing approved high adventure AE
activity to trampoline park to experience the actual physical principles involved in flight
including conservation of energy, work and collisions; cadets enjoyed hands-on learning
and fitness fun
1st Ever CAP Kite Team - squadron AE workshop to understand design, build, test
process and graphic art production; culminated in Challenger 1 Kite Team flying handmade CAP-themed kites at the National Cherry Blossom Kite Festival; created and
posted video of kite day
1st Ever CAP X-STEM Team at the USA Science and Technology Festival - sent official
cadet delegation to attend science symposium and participated in lectures and discussions
about aerospace, physics, weather, and health
Norfolk Naval Air Station Tour - hosted Maj Gen Joseph Vazquez and Lt Col Leslie
Vazquez on a day long insider tour of an aircraft carrier, 2 submarines, and the VAW-120
hangar; overnighted on base at the Sea Cadets’ billeting, and spent next day on the beach
where our assistant AEO taught us about aerodynamics of flying objects and projectiles:
kites, Frisbees and balls
Maryland Rocketry Day - commander and cadets joined Maryland squadrons in
Woodstock, Maryland to build and launch model rockets; produced video for Facebook
and shared with Maryland Wing.
Fly into Summer Education Display - created exhibit to highlight CAP aerospace history
and education program at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center in Alexandria, Virginia;
reached out to at-risk youth and offered information about summer aerospace
opportunities
AE Officer in Community - Col Richard Cooper, AE Officer brought Civil Air Patrol
aerospace to community schools, churches and rec. centers and earned 2016 Senior
Brewer Award for National Capital Wing and Middle East Region.

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Chapter III – Cadet Programs
Twilight Tattoo Parade of US Army 3rd Infantry Battalion, (Old Guard) - Challenger 1
squadron was recognized guests at the summer event at Fort Myer-Henderson Hall where
our cadet historian met former CAP cadet of World War II who we later helped award the
CAP Congressional Gold Medal.
Arlington National Cemetery Historic Tour and Wreath Ceremony with GLR-MI-665 Challenger hosted friends from Ann Arbor, Michigan squadron for a weekend in our
capital; served as tour guide and shuttle service; organized and led insider’s history tour
for squadrons; helped lay wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier; attended Air Force
Memorial concert; posted photos and videos to Facebook on National Capital Wing and
Great Lakes Region pages
VIP Pentagon Tour with Lt Col Tom Place, USAF intelligence officer - organized by
Challenger Deputy Commander Lt Col Place, Challenger got a rare glimpse at Pentagon
operations and visited the CAP 75th Anniversary exhibit; posted stories to Facebook.
First CAP Cadet Team to run Army Ten Miler - Challenger 1 trained 8 members
throughout the year to run as first ever CAP team in the 10 mile race in Washington, DC;
team carried the squadron flag and wore custom-made Challenger 1-Civil Air Patrol
uniform shirts.
Squadron Leadership Building Lock-in - Challenger cadet leaders and cadets participated
in an overnight leadership exercise playing games and doing team building exercises
CAP Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) Award - Challenger 1 cadet historian helped
identify candidate Elizabeth Haynes, former cadet founding member of a DC squadron
for CGM; worked with National Historian to collect oral history and make living history

Figure 3 - Congressional Gold Medal Winner Elizabeth Haynes

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display; squadron facilitated information gathering for National to make award; partnered
with Wing’s Lt Col Ellis to produce ceremony and celebration which included Challenger
1 Cadet Color Guard, cadet master of ceremonies, cadet ushers, historical display and
resulted in local news feature and community coverage
Cadets advance in Military and Aerospace at College and Service - three cadets
graduated high school and attend college, altogether 7 graduates pursuing academic and
professional advancement in leadership and aerospace fields who continued to progress
and contribute in cadet program: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, University of
North Dakota Aviation Program, Citadel, Old Dominion University; two in reserved
officer training corps programs
Wing Commander’s Award for Academic Excellence - 17 cadets earned honor cords for
3.5 or better grade point averages including 3 with 4.0 or better
Veterans of Foreign Wars Alexandria Memorial Day - provided event support and flag
laying
Independence Day Celebration for City of Alexandria - event support to Parks and
Recreation for birthday event
Alive! Alexandria Food Distribution - numerous times Challenger teams volunteered
packing food and assisting at-risk senior citizens
National Capital Wing NCSA Review Board - assisted Director of Cadet programs with
senior member support and cadet supervision
Spaatz Awards Dinner - served in roles of chief registrar and cadet ushers; also supported
with paid attendees
National Capital Wing Conference and Banquet - provided majority of photos used in
annual review video, provided photography of meeting and dinner; provided Cadet
Headshot Hub taking high quality portraits for eServices of wing cadets, provided most
of the cadet presenters at cadet forum including NCSAs, CAC, DDR and Recruitment
and Retention topics
Civil Air Patrol Annual Remembrance at Air Force Memorial - provided cadet ushers,
honor guard members, public affairs team, created Facebook video for Wing and
National
National Memorial Day Parade - squadron PAO coordinated cadet photography team
under MD Incident Commander, cadets served as distinguished visitor escorts, primary
banner carriers; squadron commander supervised cadets and handled cadet medical
problem and safety incident reporting

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National Character Day Leadership Symposium of National Capital Wing - supported
with senior member and cadet participants at Wing Headquarters and George
Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate
Run Away from Drugs 5 K and Air Guard Tour - had most participation of any sister
squadron to Andrews Composite Squadron annual DDR and AE event
Air Force Association Convention - Challenger cadets served in Honor Guard and many
more supported event
Wreaths Across America - 16 Challenger members supported Wing operations
participating as mission staff, ground team, and radio operators
Holiday Message of CAP Chairman of Board of Governors - Challenger 1 provided cadet
presence in Col Jayson Altieri’s holiday message to entire membership
National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA) - 14 cadets attended special activities
including Hawk Mountain Ranger Course, Air Force Space Command Familiarization
Course, Cadet Aviation Ground School, Air Force Pararescue and Survival Orientation
Course, National Blue Beret, Regional Cadet Leadership School, International Air Cadet
Exchange, Glider Flight Academy
Senior Members Instructors/Leaders - served as instructors, safety officer, public affairs
officer and van support at Regional Cadet Leaders School, Flight Academy and Cadet
Aviation Ground School. Transported cadet students from sister squadrons at RCLS.
GLR E-Tech Academy - inaugural course at University of Michigan, attended by 5 cadets
including 3 senior members who served in roles as commander’s deputy leader,
engineering instructor, and tactical officer
Tri-Wing Encampment - 2 members served on cadet cadre, Challenger 1 provided
round-trip van transportation for full load of cadet students and assisted Wing Director of
Cadet Programs with cadet paperwork and preparation on first day
Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) - Challenger 1 commander led the National Capital
Wing Training Leaders of Cadets course in August 2016, graduating 2 squadron
members and helping train members of DC, VA, PA wing
Executive Officer of Army Old Guard, a former CAP cadet, visited to teach command
leadership
Sentinel of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a former CAP cadet, visited to lead drill and
offer training from enlisted and non-commissioned officer perspective

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World War II CAP veteran, a former CAP cadet and senior member, visited for
discussions of CAP history and careers in the Army Air Corps and early Air Force
weather unit
Army and Air Force pilots including a National War College professor and a masters
degree student visited squadron meetings to teach introductory aviation ground school,
principles of flight and talk about college and careers in the military
US Park Ranger visited to teach ranger skills including hiking safety and ropes and knots
course
Air Force Cyber Security professional visited to teach about threats and opportunities in
the cyber field

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APPENDICES
Appendix I – Unit Data And Statistics

Map

Figure 4 - National Capital Wing Area of Operations

Challenger I Cadet
Squadron Meets
Wednesday nights
at Nannie J. Lee
Recreation Center
Figure 5 – Challenger I Cadet Squadron Location

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Command and Staff Listing
Commander
Deputy Commander
Safety Officer
Chaplain
Aerospace Education
Emergency Services
Finance
Leadership
Operations
Special Activities
Supplies
Testing
Public Affairs

1Lt Bebe Finkenstaedt
Lt Col Tom Place
Lt Col Tom Place
Maj Donald Ehrke
Col Richard Cooper
1st Lt John Fornshell
Capt Sam Steiman
1st Lt Bebe Finkenstaedt
1st Lt Jake Aytes
1st Lt John Fornshell
2d Lt Zubeida Alawi
2d Lt Cindy Halim
Capt Chasen Glatz
1st Lt Michael Dechert
Lt Col Peter Hantelman
2d Lt Susan Hancuff-Sellers
2d Lt Cindy Halim
Lt Col Tom Place
2d Lt Zubeida Alawi
1st Lt Bebe Finkenstaedt



Table 1 - Cadet Leadership

Position
Cadet Commander
Cadet Executive Officer
Cadet Deputy Commander
Cadet First Sergeant




Jan – Jun 2016
C/2d Lt Sebastian Renda
C/CMSgt Sarah Himes
C/2d Lt Kevin Turcios
C/CMSgt Cliff Ehrke

Summer 2016
C/2d Lt Kevin Turcios
C/CMSgt Sarah Himes

C/CMSgt Cameron Sellers



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Sep – Dec 2016
C/2d Lt Sarah Himes
C/Capt Kurt Finkenstaedt
C/2d Lt Faizan Khurshid
C/CMSgt Isabella Altieri

Cadet Organizational Chart



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