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Cadet Training Schools  (June 2019)
  • The rain clouds kept everyone on alert this year and we did have to alter some plans but this was a very successful year for CTS as a whole. This year 3 cadets graduated from Basic Encampment and one graduated from Leadership Development Course. Next year some of our cadets will be eligible to be on staff. 
World War II Weekend  (June 2019)
  • We made it a weekend event this year. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the work and festivities. We brought the sunscreen but didn't need much with the cloud cover but the rain stayed away. Check out the photos on the Nittany Composite Squadron Facebook page.
PA Wing Conference & Banquet  (May 2019)
  • This year, Col Gary Fleming steps down as the PA Wing Commander (a 4 year term). Col Kevin Berry has been approved as the next PA Wing Commander. The change of command ceremony took place Saturday, 18 May, during the Banquet. Nittany had some members attend the conference and banquet for the day while others stayed for the weekend.
Winter Cadet Training Schools (CTS)  (March 2019)
  • This event was held in Centre County this year and hosted by the Army Reserve Center in Pleasant Gap. (Thank you!). Winter CTS is a mini-encampment weekend and cadets from all over travel to attend or staff one of these awesome training schools: Basic Cadet Orientation Program, Non-Commissioned Officers Course, or the Cadet Officers Training Course.
First Aid Weekend  (February 2019)
  • A hand full of members needed their basic first aid (new or renewed) for their ground search and rescue qualifications. A course was held at Nittany for anyone who wanted to attend.
Wing Aircrew Training  (December 2018)
  • Aircrew training was held at the Capital City Airport. Nittany flew an aircraft down to the event with 2 pilots and 2 aircrew.
Wing Search and Rescue Evaluation (September 2018)
  • Those who have been in training were able to participate in the weekend long Search and Rescue training evaluation. Many members were able to get achievements signed off allowing them to advance their training to the next level.
Cadet Training Schools  (June 2018)
  • Nothing starts the summer quite like attending the Pennsylvania Wing Cadet Training Schools in Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA. Cadets from all over travel to attend or staff one of these awesome training schools: Basic Encampment, Leadership Development Course, Region Cadet Leadership School or the STEM Academy. Every year, Nittany sends a handful of cadets and a few seniors to these amazing event. Keep an eye out for the pictures on their Facebook page.
World War II Weekend  (June 2018)
  • If you are into WWII aircraft and events, this is the place to be. Nittany took a van load of members down to this event for the day and it was hard to leave. Everyone wanted to stay. Not only do you get to see these amazing aircraft, but the festivities and camaraderie with other Civil Air Patrol members is fantastic. We will need to make this a weekend event next year.
Udvar Hazy Center (24 February 2018)
  • Nothing beats a cold winter like a trip to the Udvar Hazy Center. While Nittany went for a day trip, you could easily turn this into a weekend. Exhibits like Destination Moon (relive and commemorate the achievements of the early space program), Clouds in a Bag (18th century discovery of ballooning), and a wide display of aviation in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), World War II German aviation, Ultralight Aircraft (concept of gliders propelled by small engines), American aircraft, satellites exhibits, human space flight exhibits, and so much more. You can also visit the fastest plane on earth, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. The Blackbird has held it's record of 2,193.2 mph since 1976. Imagine, that is 36.55 miles per minute.

Boot Drive Success (25 November 2017)
  • Nittany had another successful year with the annual Boot Drives at the Wal-Mart, Benner Pike. We plan to use the funds raised to (1) cover registration costs for cadet and senior attendance at conferences, (2) take a trip to the Udvar-Hazy center in Chantilly, VA, and (3) participate in a weekend Winter FTX at Seven Mountains.

Nittany participates in Bellefonte Homecoming Parade (28 September 2017)
  • Civil Air Patrol was invited to participate in the Bellefonte Homecoming Parade the evening of 28 September. Nittany was scheduled to be the 3rd in line after the lead parade car and a fire engine. We were the first color guard and marching squadron in the parade. A few members from Williamsport Composite Squadron came down to join us in our event. This allowed us two vehicles in the parade, seniors who called the march and others who passed out flyers and candy. It was a great time and we hope to participate again next year.
Emergency Services Training (9 September 2017)
  • Nittany took to the surrounding mountains this weekend to test out compass and ELT training skills. While these skills are instructed in class and often reviewed, it is good to get hands-on experience. Through trail and error, we have learned how power lines that flow across mountains can really interfere with ELT signals even if we use a compass correctly. This is why we continually practice.

Change of Command for Nittany Composite Squadron (8 August 2017)
  • Maj Jim Blow accepts command of Nittany Composite Squadron as Capt Matt Bisgaier moves to Virginia to take on medical school. We wish him well with his future endeavors.

Loss of Cadet Nate Bolich (10 July 2017)
  • It is with a very sad and heavy heart that Nittany Composite Squadron must say goodbye to Cadet Nate Bolich. He passed away this morning in a vehicle accident. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you.

Cadet Training Schools - Encampment  (18-25 June 2017)
  • Each year, over one hundred senior staff and cadet cadre come together from across the Northeast United States in order to forge a program that many regard as one of the best Civil Air Patrol cadet training programs in the nation.  We focus on developing America's youth into responsible citizens and future leaders. (Maj Dane Carroll - CTS Commander)
  • Every year Nittany sends new cadets to basic encampment and while they are nervous and excited to attend, everyone comes home with a great story to tell and a long list of new friends.

Change of Command for Nittany Composite Squadron (12 August 2016)
  • Capt Matt Bisgaier accepts command of Nittany Composite Squadron as Major Paul Anderson moves to New York to take on a new and challenging job opportunity. We wish him well.
Nittany Composite Squadron moves (July 2016)
  • Nittany has moved to another building on the University Park Airport grounds. The airport manager offered Nittany a dedicated space just for the squadron. This space is not shared with any others and allows Nittany a bit more freedom. Look for our new signs on the building and the relocation of the CAP van.
PA Wing CTS Winter BCOP/NCOA and TLC West (2-3 April 2016)
  • We had 2 cadets graduate from BCOP this spring as another cadet tested their leadership skills as a Cadet Flight Leader.
Change of Command for Nittany Composite Squadron (25 July 2015)
  • Major Paul Anderson has stepped forward to take command of Nittany Composite Squadron 338 as Major Suzanne McBride has stepped forward to take command of Group 5.
Civil Air Patrol Volunteer Magazine (April-June 2015)
  • To read the Volunteer Magazine, please click here.
Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal Family Members - 
  • You can watch the ceremony at http://www.speaker.gov/live
  • Forty five living CAP WWII veterans will attend the ceremony and 55 families of deceased and other CAP WWII veterans will also attend.   We hope you are able to watch the ceremony and help us celebrate.