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Change of Command at Civil Air Patrol's Woodfield Composite Squadron
02 Janurary, 2007

The new year brought several changes to the Woodfield Composite Squadron's leadership. During a short ceremony during their regular Tuesday night meeting, the squadron held a change of command ceremony, celebrated two prominent promotions, and recognized a new cadet commander.

Under the official eye of Illinois Wing's Group 14 Commander CAP Maj. Cardwell, Craig Knickerbocker (1st Lt. CAP) received the squadron flag from outgoing commander 1st Lt. Brumfeld. In a brief speech, Lt. Knickerbocker thanked Lt. Brumfeld for building the squadron into what it is today. "I'm looking forward to expanding on his efforts. We have a great squadron and I want to see it grow into the best squadron it can be.".

Tuesday night's meeting at the Schaumburg Regional Airport also represented one of C/2Lt J. Samuel Crupper's first meetings as Cadet Commander. He took command at age 16 after 3 years in the squadron. He hopes to go onto college and major in mechanical engineering while attending Ohio's Cedarville University. There he plans on joining the Army ROTC. Attending the meeting were the four previous cadet commanders who showed tremendous support and encouragement.

This meeting also saw two significant promotions. First, former Squadron Commander Steven Snyder was promoted to CAP Major. At the same time, former cadet commander Daniel Stark moved up to C/Major

Lastly, CAP 2nd Lt. Tom Thomas took over as the squadron's new Emergency Services Officer filling the position vacated by 1st Lt. Knickerbocker.

Many young people find Civil Air Patrol to be an important and useful first step towards learning to fly, wether in private, commercial, or military aviation. Other Cadets join as a step towards attending the military academies or joining college R.O.T.C units. The only real requirement is a love for and curiosity about aerospace.

The Woodfield Composite Squadron has been in operation since 1992 and is based out of Schaumburg Regional Airport in suburban Chicago. Civil Air Patrol, the official Air Force Auxiliary established Dec. 1, 1941, is a nonprofit organization performing more than 95 percent of inland search and rescue missions in the continental U.S. as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Our volunteers take a leading role in aerospace education around our community and serve as mentors to America's youth through CAP cadet programs. 

For more information about Civil Air Patrol and its various programs, go online to http://www.woodfieldcap.org or call 630-472-0365. Feel free to visit their meetings in the lower level of the Schaumburg Regional Airport on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Tuesdays as well as the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7 pm.

-by Michael Miley, Capt, CAP
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1) Maj. Cardwell passes the flag to 1st Lt. Craig Knickerbocker with 1st Lt. Brumfeld looking on
(left to right)
(photo H. Michael Miley)

change of command


2) Five Cadet Commanders (front to back)

C/Col Rosen (USAF Academy), C/Lt. Col Teope (USAF Academy), C/Major Stark, C/1Lt Wells, C/2Lt J. Samuel Crupper
(photo H. Michael Miley)

Five Cadet Commanders


3) C/Major Stark & CAP Major Snyder
(photo H. Michael Miley)

C/Major Stark & CAP Major Snyder


4) CAP 2nd Lt. Tom Thomas, the squadron's new Emergency Services Officer
(photo H. Michael Miley)

CAP 2nd Lt. Tom Thomas, the squadron's new Emergency Services Officer


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H. Michael Miley, Capt. CAP



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