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TAK Composite Squadron
2393 COLVIN EXT
TONAWANDA, NY 14150
TAK Squadron team participates for first time in Cyberpatriot competition
Cadets from TAK Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, recently participated in the first round of the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot VI competition. CyberPatriot is the premier national high school cyber defense competition created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. The first round competition was held the weekend of November 15-17 at Mercy Flight. There are 1537 teams competing across the country and from several military bases around the world. There are two divisions, an Open Division encompassing public and private high school teams, and the All Services Division, composed of teams from Junior ROTC, Naval Sea Cadets, as well as Civil Air Patrol. This was the first year in the competition for the TAK Squadron team. Members of the team are C/TSgt Charles A Erckert, C/TSgt Domenic Mazziotti, C/SSgt Luke A Erckert, S/SSgt Daniel Erckert, Cadet Christopher B Bullington and C/Amn Matthew J O’Connor. Mentoring the cadets is Capt Thomas Leach and the coach of the team is Capt Charles A Erckert III, CAP. The team trained for several months, learning how to identify security risks on computer operating systems and correcting those issues. During the competition, they had six consecutive hours in which they had to complete certain tasks, including identifying and fixing security issues on a Windows 7 workstation and a Windows 2003 server. The team scored 170 out of a possible 220 points. The TAK Squadron team tied for 13th place out of 863 All Service Teams and was in 5th place among all the Civil Air Patrol teams. The second round of the competition will be held December 6-8.