Fort Drum Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

Fort Drum Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol Civil Air Patrol, Fort Drum Composite Squadron. NER-NY-406
"Eagles of the North Country"

Operating as usual

10/21/2021

Cadet Change of Command is rescheduled for Friday 10/22/2021 at approximately 1830 hours. B-Uniform (blues without tie, no jacket). Those without the proper uniform should wear business casual civilian attire.

09/24/2021

The Cadet Change of Command previously scheduled for this evening is now cancelled. Please do not come to the Watertown Airport or the CAP building on Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Check your email for other information and updates. - Thank You, Major Mathew Billings

Congratulations to Cadet Ortiz!
08/07/2021

Congratulations to Cadet Ortiz!

Congratulations to our three newest Cadet Airmen who earned their first stripe tonight:C/Amn Jaden K. JoslinC/Amn Casey ...
07/31/2021

Congratulations to our three newest Cadet Airmen who earned their first stripe tonight:
C/Amn Jaden K. Joslin
C/Amn Casey Kunz
C/Amn Nathaniel Ortiz

Congratulations to our three newest Cadet Airmen who earned their first stripe tonight:
C/Amn Jaden K. Joslin
C/Amn Casey Kunz
C/Amn Nathaniel Ortiz

Some pictures of some recent activities of the Fort Drum Composite Squadron! 5/22 Land Navigation Training on Fort Drum....
06/13/2021

Some pictures of some recent activities of the Fort Drum Composite Squadron! 5/22 Land Navigation Training on Fort Drum. 5/31 Marching in the Memorial Day Parade in Gouverneur. 6/11 Our visit with the crew of the Life Net Helicopter at the Watertown International Airport in Dexter, NY and Cadets giving our CAP Aircraft a bath. 6/13 Visit with C Company, 3-10 GSAB MEDEVAC at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Been a busy couple of months! Hoping for more activities throughout the summer.

06/11/2021

Passed legislation along with Senator Brooks for the New York Wing, Civil Air Patrol. Members who are public employees will get paid leave for responding to natural disasters. This is one way we can thank members of the NY Wing for their service to our communities. https://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Donna-A-Lupardo/story/97473

Congratulations to our Cadet Commander, T. Noble, on his promotion this evening to 1st Lieutenant!
05/01/2021

Congratulations to our Cadet Commander, T. Noble, on his promotion this evening to 1st Lieutenant!

Shhhhh. The Science of Stealth - STEM in 30
03/08/2021
Shhhhh. The Science of Stealth - STEM in 30

Shhhhh. The Science of Stealth - STEM in 30

Wonder Woman has the invisible jet, Batman has the silent batwing, and the military has the B-2 and the F-117. Learn about actual stealth aircraft and the sc...

Congratulations to TSgt Germain and Capt Perkins on their promotions during the month of February.
02/28/2021

Congratulations to TSgt Germain and Capt Perkins on their promotions during the month of February.

Congratulations to TSgt Germain and Capt Perkins on their promotions during the month of February.

Photos from New York Wing, Civil Air Patrol's post
02/26/2021

Photos from New York Wing, Civil Air Patrol's post

Congratulations to our newest Legislative member!
02/19/2021

Congratulations to our newest Legislative member!

12/17/2020
The Fort Drum 406th Composite Squadron and Civil Air Patrol as a whole, mourns the passing of one of the greatest Airmen...
12/09/2020

The Fort Drum 406th Composite Squadron and Civil Air Patrol as a whole, mourns the passing of one of the greatest Airmen in the world, Brigadier General Charles (Chuck) Elwood Yeager at 97 years old. General Yeager, is the epitome of hero, bravery, selfless service and a champion of aviation innovation. General Yeager placed this Country first, above his own life so that the United States could compete in and win the Cold War. But even before that, General Yeager risked his life in the sky above Germany, shooting down more than a dozen enemy aircraft, five in one day - making him an ACE in a single day. Post WWII, he became a test pilot for the Air Force, breaking the sound barrier and going on to play an instrumental role in the Space Race with the Soviet Union. He also flew bombers in the Vietnam War. Altogether, General Chuck Yeager flew 341 types of aircraft and logged 18,000 flight hours! Truly a pioneer in aviation! Civil Air Patrol, Air Force Auxiliary, has honored him by awarding the Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager Award to its Senior Members as part of its Aerospace Education program. Rest In Peace Sir!

Think You Are Too Young To Fly A Plane?Currently, this Nation is facing a serious pilot shortage in commercial aviation ...
11/19/2020

Think You Are Too Young To Fly A Plane?

Currently, this Nation is facing a serious pilot shortage in commercial aviation as well as the U.S. Air Force. One initiative to address this looming shortage is through the Civil Air Patrol's Youth Aviation Initiative. There is a path for Cadets to learn to fly and earn their private pilot license at very minimal costs - certainly less than trying on their own through a CFI or Flight School. Youths can achieve getting their FAA Ground School Certificate at 16 years old and earn their pilot license at 17! To learn more about this opportunity go here to learn more about our Cadet Wings Program: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/cadets/cadetinvest/youth-aviation-initiative

Come join us at the USO at Building 10502, South Riva Ridge Loop on Fort Drum for our Super Sign Up Recruiting Event.
11/03/2020

Come join us at the USO at Building 10502, South Riva Ridge Loop on Fort Drum for our Super Sign Up Recruiting Event.

Come join us at the USO at Building 10502, South Riva Ridge Loop on Fort Drum for our Super Sign Up Recruiting Event.

Some great worth while land nav training for the Cadets and air crew training for Senior Members at CNY Group HQs today.
10/18/2020

Some great worth while land nav training for the Cadets and air crew training for Senior Members at CNY Group HQs today.

Congratulations to Major Mathew Billings, our new squadron commander. Major Chad Shelmidine was relieved after four year...
10/03/2020

Congratulations to Major Mathew Billings, our new squadron commander. Major Chad Shelmidine was relieved after four years as commander. The ceremony was officiated by Lt Colonel Robert Ormsbee, New York Wing Director of Education and Training. Following the change of command, Major Billings pinned Chief Master Sergeant Timothy Noble as squadron First Sergeant.

10/02/2020

Later today, our squadron will be welcoming a new commander, Major Mathew Billings. Read more about our new incoming commander below:

Major Mathew Billings began his career as an enlisted Soldier in 1990 and served in the active and reserve components until his retirement as a Major 25 years later. He served in a wide range of assignments in the Infantry and Military Police at various leadership levels from Team Leader to Company Command. Maj. Billings deployed to multiple training, operational and combat deployments. He spent a total of over 42 months deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Desert Shield / Storm (1990-1991), Operation Enduring Freedom (2004-2005), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007-2008), Operation New Dawn (2011) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2013-2014). He served two assignments at Fort Drum from 2000 – 2003 as Platoon Leader & Battalion Staff Officer, and 2008 – 2010 as Battalion S-3 and Garrison Staff Officer.

His awards include: Bronze Star for Service (2nd Award); Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award); Army Commendation Medal (4th Award); Combat Infantry Badge; Expert Infantry Badge; Combat Action Badge; Parachutist and Air Assault Badges. In the Civil Air Patrol, he has earned the Air Crew wings as Mission Scanner and Yeager Award.

Following his retirement in 2015, Maj. Billings returned to NNY and lives near Gouverneur. He served two years with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Police in Syracuse. He is currently employed as a Teaching Assistant with the Indian River Central School District at the Middle School where his wife is also an 8th Grade Math Teacher.

Maj. Billings has been married to the former Rebekah L. Bertrand for over 21 years. They have two sons, Alexander and Joshua, both CAP Cadets. Rebekah joined C.A.P. as an Aerospace Educator. Maj. Billings comes from a line of former C.A.P. members including both parents, an aunt, and a Grandfather, who was a C.A.P. Pilot and former Squadron Commander of the previous C.A.P. Squadron at Fort Drum.

A graduate of Gouverneur Central High School in 1990, Maj. Billings attended Jefferson Community College, earning his A.S. in Criminal Justice in 1997. He attended Clarkson University as an Army R.O.T.C. Cadet, earning his B.S. in Technical Communications. He earned his M.S. in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.

Maj. Billings attended many Army Schools including: Infantry Basic Training; Airborne School; Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Primary Leadership Development Course; Military Police Officer Basic Course; Advanced Military Police Officer Course; Combined Arms Services Staff School; Command & General Staff College ILE Course; Antiterrorism Program Manager Course; Advanced Transition Team Course; Security Force Assistance Advisor (SFAS) Course; Air Assault School; U.S. Air Force Air Load Planner Course; Hazardous Materials Transportation Course, and many others.
Other recent volunteer organizations that he is involved with include the Gouverneur Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter and EMT; and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6338 Gouverneur. Major Billings was also recently appointed as an Assistant Historian for the Town of Rossie, NY.

09/28/2020
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