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TAK Composite Squadron

TAK Composite Squadron
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TAK Composite Squadron is a member of the Western New York Group, New York Wing, and North East Region.

Civil Air Patrol specializes in teaching young adults from age 12 and up in areas such as Aerospace Education, Leadership and Search and Rescue.

Our Cadet program is for 12-21 years of age and the adult program is from 18-Up years of age.

Our Squadron meets every Friday night from 7:00PM - 10:00PM except on Holidays.

TAK Squadron finishes learning about Robotics using robotic STEM kit

This past Friday saw the completion of the Robotics STEM training that is offered by the Civil Air Patrol.  The cadets enjoyed learning how robotic arms work and how to assemble them.  They worked in teams to build the arms and then at the end, they were able to use both the standard control and the computer to make the arm move.  They were also able to try creating a program to have the arm perform a function with the click of a button.

Good job to everyone who got to participate.  They will continue to try out the arms periodically. Click here to view pictures from their activities.

Great Leadership = Responsibility
Lt Col Janet Schachner, Character Development Instructor
The Mission of Civil Air Patrol calls each of us to continually develop our leadership skills. One extremely important quality of a great leader is responsibility. Nathaniel Branden concisely describes the relationship between great leadership and responsibility:
“If a leader is to inspire self-responsibility in others, he or she must be perceived to:
--> Take responsibility for every choice, decision, and action without blaming or finding alibis
--> Be fully accountable for all promises and commitments
--> Be able to bounce back from defeat, setback, or adversity and continue moving toward goals rather than surrendering to despair.”

When we take responsibility for fulfilling our promises and commitments we are upholding the CAP Core Values. Meeting our responsibilities shows that we have integrityand our word can be trusted, shows respectfor those to whom we made the promise or commitment, and helps us establish a reputation for excellence.
Volunteer serviceis admirable, but we need to be careful not to overextend ourselves by taking on more responsibilities than we can manage. It is better to decline a commitment than to agree to do something which we will be unable to complete. No one is perfect, and sometimes we might misjudge our ability to complete a project or fulfill a promise. If we break a promise it is critical that we take full responsibility for our failure to meet our commitment by acknowledging our error without blaming others.
We cannot let fear of failure keep us from accepting new challenges. Coach Pat Summit says it well, “In order to grow, you must accept new responsibilities, no matter how uncertain you may feel or how unprepared you are to deal with them.”
Only you can make yourself responsible, do not cheat yourself from greatness by failing to develop this important leadership trait.
Spring 2011

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