Civil Air Patrol


The Civil Air Patrol is an all volunteer organization which conducts numerous activities in emergency services, our cadet program and in aerospace education. On this website you will discover how our squadron participates in those activities. Feel free to browse and learn about the squadron and about the organization. If you have any questions, you may contact any of our command staff to learn more about us and how you can participate. Please feel free to visit us on our meeting nights. See our Contact Us page for directions and times. And please send us an email and let us know you’re…

Change of Command

On Monday 21 May 2018, Lt Col Gerry Baumgartner assumed command of the ​Col ​Shorty Powers Composite Squadron. Lt Col Baumgartner is serving​ as​ the ​interim commander until the next​ commander is selected​. ​Capt Valerie Espinili replaces​ Lt Col Baumgartner as Deputy Commander for Seniors and Lt Col Joshua Cunningham replace​s​ Capt Espinili as Deputy Commander for Cadets. ​Col ​Shorty Powers Composite Squadron wishes to thank Maj Curt Kmiecek for his dedication to Civil Air Patrol while serving as its​ previous commander. During Maj Kmiecek’s tenure as commander, the ​squadron was awarded ​Squadron Of Merit for showing excellence in member​…

CyberPatriot Competition ends for 2017-18

The 7 Cadet members of the Shorty Powers CyberPatriot team have concluded their 2017-18 CyberPatriot season. The teams worked on a total of 31 computer system images, learning techniques for securing these systems from “bad guys”. In addition they faced a series of Cisco network challenges from quizzes to using Cisco’s packet tracer to design secure networks.   The cadets faced 12 images during the two month long practice rounds (6 for each team), 4 images during Round 1 of actual competition (2 each),  6 more (3 each) for Round 2 of competition, and 6 more (3 each) during the…


6 Jan 2018 C/Capt Sara Schofield Civil Air Patrol Illinois Wing Group 2 held its annual drill competition at Heritage Middle School in Lansing, Illinois. Members of Lewis Composite Squadron, Magnus Composite Squadron, Colonel Shorty Powers Composite Squadron, Thunder Composite Squadron, and Cornelius R. Coffey Composite Squadron were all in attendance. A series of drill movements were performed in the Middle School’s Gymnasium.  Along with that, a basic knowledge test, uniform inspection, and Physical Training Test occurred. Members Colin Murphy, Nathaniel Zambrano, Michael Thompson, Nahum Arriaga, Carleigh Phelon, Hunter Brugler and Autumn Doyle of Lincoln-Way West’s AFJROTC unit judged all…


On 20 Jan, the Shorty Powers CyberPatriot team team completed round 3, or the State Round of competition. We have a high school level team consisting of: S Schofield, B Wilson, J Sun, A Lyonsford and a middle school level team consisting of A Prochaska, Y Brooks, and J Sienicki. Coach is Maj Ed Danley and Mentor is Capt Tom Schramka from the Lewis Composite Squadron. To reach the State Round, weekly training began in September to learn the basics of Cyber Security. After a couple of practice rounds, the first two actual competition rounds were held in November and…

Holiday Break

The Shorty Powers Composite Squadron will be taking a break until 9 Jan 2018! See you then!

Fifty Years in CAP

Shorty Powers has a lot to be proud of. We have 5 members with 50 or more years of service to Civil Air Patrol. Maj Allen Gerhard – 9 Sep 2017 Capt Thomas Skowronski – 28 Aug 2017 Lt Col James Bartel – 1 Jun 2017 Maj Timothy Markham – 1 Nov 2016 Lt Col James Lalumendre – 28 Feb 1999

Promotion – Capt Turek

The Shorty Powers Composite Squadron is please to announce the promotion of 2nd Lt Martin Turek to the rank of Captain effective 29 Sep 2017. The promotion is a professional appointment as Capt Turek is a fully certified professional educator and serves as assistant Aerospace Education Officer. Congratulations Capt Turek.


Last night, 4 Oct 2017 at about 8:45pm local I received a heads up “soft alert” of a possible REDCAP mission over the O’Hare area, an ELT going off. I posted a notice on both the Senior GroupMe list and the Cadet GroupMe list. Within 2 minutes we had a UDF team ready. Within about 15 minutes we had an aircrew ready. Within about 15 more minutes, Group 2 had readied 2 more Ground/UDF teams that were ready to roll. First I wish to thank Capt Steve Rodgers, Maj Gerry Baumgartner, 2nd Lt Emmit Hoosman and 1st Lt Chuck Newel for…


It is time once again to be thinking about CyberPatriot. From the website: WHAT IS CYBERPATRIOT? ​​​​CyberPatriot the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. ​The three CyberPatriot Programs are:   THE NATIONAL YOUTH CYBER DEFENSE COMPETITION​ At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds…

Promotion – 2d Lt Turek

I am proud to announce that SM Martin Turek has been promoted to the rank of 2nd Lt. 2nd Lt Turek has been very active in our Cadet program since he joined on 13 Dec 2016. SM Turek has done an excellent job in supporting the cadet program since joining.  He has taught some of the Curry classes; he presented several sessions of the cadet Wingman training and has recently presented several ES classes as well as encouraged the cadets to become more involved in emergency services On 22 Jun 2017 the promotion review board recommended his promotion to 2nd Lt….

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