Former Cadet Killed In Iraq

 Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffery Holmes in his dress uniformSaturday, 27 November 2004 - Lebanon, NH — Former c/CMSgt Jeffery Holmes has been killed in the line of duty in Fallujah on Thanksgiving Day.

Holmes was a member of the Lebanon Composite Squadron for four years. He was always very excited about military service and he joined the Marines after graduating from high school.

Holmes visited the squadron last spring. He was very happy in the Marines and very happy about what he was doing for his country.

Our thoughts and prayers go with his family in their time of sorrow.

Read more in Saturday's Valley News.

Friday, 3 December 2004 — Members of the Lebanon squadron joined friends and family of the late Jeffery Holmes at his memorial service at the Greater Hartford United Church of Christ and his burial at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. Read more in the 4 December 2004 Valley News.

CAP Posts Colors for the First Lady

Laura Bush speakingThursday, 21 October 2004 - Lebanon, NH — Cadets from the Lebanon Composite Squadron today posted the colors for First Lady Laura Bush. Bush and her daughter Jenna were visiting the Upper Valley on a bus tour of New Hampshire in support of the President's bid for reelection.

Upon learning of the opportunity only this week, c/SMSgt Daubenschmidt, c/2Lt Rich, c/1Lt Bauder, c/CMsgt Bracy, c/SSgt Rock accepted the challenge. They spent time at our Monday night meeting practicing and again later in the week.

Today at the Lebanon Opera House our color guard presented the US flag along with the New Hampshire state and Civil Air Patrol squadron flags. They remained on stage throughout the speech. Following her presentation, the First Lady personally thanked each of the members of the color guard for a job well done.

Read Laura Bush's speech on the White House site.

PT Night at The Wall

By c/Amn Filiano

On Monday, 4 October, the squadron held the monthly Physical Training (PT) night at The Wall in Quechee, Vermont. Everyone had a lot of fun climbing and got to see each other get better and better as the night went on. This was the first time I was able to make it over the overhang on one of the more difficult climbs.

The got off to a bit of a rocky start with some people forgetting to bring their permission slips, but as soon as we got that detail straightened out we were all able to have lots of fun. It sure beat PT at the high school track!

Gliding Program

Our Maule about to tow the gliderAfter a summer full of flying, many cadets and senior members were introduced to the joys of gliding.

All cadet members receive five orientation flights with our professional glider instructors free of charge. The Lebanon Composite Squadron has playing a large part in getting this program off the ground at Parlin Field in Newport, NH.

Senior members are also able to participate in the gliding program as tow pilots, wing runners, and ground support staff. They will also have the opportunity to fly the glider at minimal cost. Lebanon squadron member 1Lt. Robert O'Neil has been particularly busy this summer and on 29 October he received his commercial glider rating.

Although gliding is over for this year, we will be soaring again next summer starting in May. Contact us to find out more about this new addition to our list of activities.

Putting CAP Through Its Paces

Saturday, 10 July 2004 - Lebanon, NH — The Lebanon Composite Squadron hosted the July search and rescue exercise at the Lebanon Municipal Airport on 10 July 2004. The exercise, organized by 1Lt. Joshua McGary and Maj. Terry Terry tested the skills of pilots, ground crew, and staff alike.

Valley News reporter Jodie Tillman and photographer Tom Rettig were present at the exercise. Read the full story in the Valley News.

Airport Awareness Day

Saturday, 19 June 2004 - Lebanon, NH — Eight members of the squadron helped support the second annual EAA Airport Awareness day at the Lebanon Municipal Airport. Cadets Bauder and White were present along with senior members Adams, Cohen, George, Keen, McCabe, McGary. We assisted by parking cars, directing guests, and providing security for the static displays.

We had our aircraft and van on display and set up our information table. We had quite a lot of interest in the squadron, especially from potential cadets.

Cadet and pilot in experimental aircraft
c/1Lt Joshua Bauder gets a briefing before his flight.

The EAA flew 63 youngsters in privately owned aircraft of all types. Both of the cadets in attendance were able to get a flight.


Monday, 31 May 2004 - Lebanon, NH — Members from the Concord Composite Squadron joined the us for a visit to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART). About 15 members attended and all had a chance to take a ride in the helicopter emergency egress simulator. We also had a tour of the DHART facilities and got a close up view of the helicopter.

DHART helicopter tour
Maj. Charlie Freeman gives a tour of the DHART EC-135.

Memorial Day Parade

Sunday, 30 May 2004 - Norwich, VT — Our cadet color guard marched in the Memorial Day parade in Norwich, Vermont.

Color guard
The Lebanon color guard marching in the Memorial Day parade.

Rocket Competition

Lots of rocketsSaturday, 8 May 2004 - Concord, NH — Five members of the squadron joined members of other New Hampshire Wing squadrons for the annual rocket competition. Held at the New Hampshire Technical Institute's athletic fields, everyone had a day filled with excitement.

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Radio Tower Donation

Capt. Freeman lowering a section of the towerApril, 2004 - Lebanon, NH — Jean Clark Townsend donated a 96 foot radio tower to the squadron. Maj. Charlie Freeman scaled the tower and brought it down piece by piece with the help of 1Lt. Jeff Adams, 1Lt. Brian George, and Capt. Thomas Ferranti. With the 28 foot whip atop the tower which was mounted on top of the former Townsend Garage building, the top was in the clouds at almost 150 feet.

Twelve 8' sections comprised the main structure of the tower. Maj. Freeman used a gin pole from the local amateur radio club to remove each section and lower them down to the others on the ground.

The squadron does not have a place to install the tower immediately, but we hope to set it up when we build our new headquarters.

On a side note, Maj. Freeman, 1Lt. Rob O'Neill, and 1Lt. Rangi Keen spent time on the weekend of the rocket competition fixing and tuning the antennas on the roof of the south ramp hangar. Our radio room now has full FM, AM air band, and SSB-HF capabilities again, all of which we'll be using when we host the July SAREX here in Lebanon. See our calendar for dates and times for this and other upcoming events.

Open House

Monday, 26 April 2004 - Lebanon, NH — With over 50 people in attendance including NH senator Clifton Below, our first open house of 2004 was a great success.

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New Recruits
1Lt. Robert O'Neill speaks with some prospective members.

If you missed our open house, you are welcome to visit us during any of our weekly meetings.