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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 Honors High School Seniors

On Friday, June 12, TAK Squadron had its annual Senior Recognition Night for the graduating high school seniors. The evening began with a Candle Ceremony, explaining the Civil Air Patrol Core Values. Squadron Commander Brad Erckert reviewed the accomplishments of the following cadets: C/SSgt Rebecca Giangreco, C/CMSgt Brianna Pichey,  C/CMSgt Lucas Post, C/SA William Simons, and C/2dLt Erik Soucy, TAK’s current Cadet Commander,  highlighting awards and experiences both in and out of CAP.

Each cadet then came forward to award a Legacy to a younger cadet. This most moving part of the evening demonstrated the maturity and growth of the cadets as each fully explained the symbolic nature of the legacy and the merits of the person to whom the legacy was bestowed. The celebration continued with a party held in the drill hall.

Kites for Vets

A crew of cadets and senior members from TAK Squadron and Buffalo 1 provided a parking detail at the Kites for Vets event at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda on Saturday, May 30th.
The 3rd Annual Kites for Vets is a fund-raiser for homeless veterans. All money brought in through the event will be donated to help local homeless veterans in whichever way they need it most, be it housing, food or mobility improvements. The money will be split between the Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition, Vets H.E.R.D. and the VA Homeless Project.  TAK Squadron’s Capt Roland Hayes, US Army retired, organized the Civil Air Patrol service activity.

Honor Flight Buffalo

On Saturday, May 30, fifty-one WWII veterans and one Korean War veteran experienced a trip of a lifetime in recognition of their service. They completed a trip to Washington, D.C. to view the WWII Memorial, the Viet Nam Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery through Honor Flight Buffalo. Upon their arrival home, they were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers, including several cadets and senior members of TAK Composite Squadron. CAP members participated in a cordon as the veterans were led in by bagpipe patriotic music. Saluting the veterans, members of CAP found it to be an emotional experience, as veterans often returned the salutes with tears in their eyes. All joined in singing God Bless America and an enthusiastic round of applause. Honor Flight Buffalo is supported by donations and encourages the public to attend the send off and/or welcome home of “the greatest generation” each time a flight is scheduled. Visit www.honorflightbuffalo.org  for information on future flights.

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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