Shelby Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

Shelby Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol The Shelby Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol 832 College Ave Shelby, North Carolina Volunteer Based The Civil Air Patrol is an all-volunteer, civilian organization of the U.S.

Mission: Supporting North Carolina and surrounding communities with emergency response, various aviation and ground services, youth development, and promoting the education of air, space and cyber power.

Operating as usual

May we never forget those who have served this country....

May we never forget those who have served this country....

Due to the Presidential election we will not be meeting this Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.

Due to the Presidential election we will not be meeting this Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.


Join us tonight via zoom or at the squadron for Character Development

Start time 1800

See you then!

Aerospace Engineers -- What is it?

Aerospace Engineers -- What is it?

Aerospace Engineering is the field of engineering surrounding the science, design, construction, development and testing of aircraft and space craft. The fie...


Join us via zoom or in person on Tuesday, September 29th for Leadership and our Cadet Change of Command Ceremony from 1800-2030.


Exciting news at the Shelby Composite Squadron~

Recently, our squadron was cleared to start having in person meetings within the Civil Air Patrol National guidelines. Our meetings (weather permitting) and drill will be conducted outdoors for social distancing and please bring a mask if attending in person.

We had a Change of Command Ceremony for 2 of our senior members with the assistance of Major Fitzpatrick from NC Wing.

A huge “thank you” goes out to 1st Lt Mark Motto for his commitment, dedication, and service to the Civil Air Patrol Program over these past 4 years. We are happy to say even though he is stepping down as squadron commander, he will not be leaving the squadron.

Congratulations to 2nd Lt John Higdon who is now serving as our new squadron commander. We are looking forward to working with him and serving under his leadership.

Lastly, we want to take a moment to recognize C/Capt Chloe Patterson for completing Phase 3 of the CAP Cadet Program and receiving the Amelia Earhart Award. She is now promoted to the grade of cadet captain. This is quite an accomplishment and we are so proud of her, congratulations!

A friendly reminder we will have a regular scheduled meeting from 1800-2030. For those who cannot attend there will be a...

A friendly reminder we will have a regular scheduled meeting from 1800-2030. For those who cannot attend there will be a zoom link provided in an email. Tonight's topic is Aerospace!

What to do at home during the COVID-19 outbreak?

What to do at home during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Hello : ) This video goes over four categories of things you can do at home while the corona-virus outbreak is happening. I hope you enjoy the video and are ...

We are following closely all Civil Air Patrol National guidelines which has been changed to 25 people indoors and up to ...

We are following closely all Civil Air Patrol National guidelines which has been changed to 25 people indoors and up to 50 outdoors. We are taking every precaution including wiping down of the building, social distancing, and wearing masks.
Join us tonight via zoom or at the squadron for our senior member Change of Command starting at 18:30!

Tonight is PT night. We will be meeting under our Civil Air Patrol National Commander's Guidelines in a small group of n...

Tonight is PT night. We will be meeting under our Civil Air Patrol National Commander's Guidelines in a small group of no more than 10 (this includes adults and youth). You will need to sign up with 2nd Lt Cheryl Ayala to see if a time slot is available. Please bring a mask if attending.
For those who cannot attend, please exercise to the best of your ability at home to stay fit mind, body, and spirit. More announcements to come soon!

Don't forget to join us on our weekly zoom meeting for Character Development and more tomorrow at 19:00!

Don't forget to join us on our weekly zoom meeting for Character Development and more tomorrow at 19:00!


While we are still in the process of waiting to gather together for meetings, it is important to remind everyone to stay physically and mentally fit. This can be difficult at times but isn't there a saying that goes like this "no pain, no gain?"

According to multiple university studies, there are 5 major benefits of exercise.

Help for depression and anxiety
Decreased stress
Increased self esteem and self confidence
Better sleep
Brain boost

As members of the Civil Air Patrol, we would like to encourage and challenge everyone to stay fit....mind, body, and soul.



While the situation with COVID 19 and restrictions has taken longer than we expected, please stay encouraged that this will pass.

In the mean time, please stay connected with us via email and joining the weekly zoom meetings if possible. It is important to us that you do not feel disconnected and we want to make sure we are helping provide you with opportunities to learn and grow in the CAP Program even though we cannot yet meet.

If you need any help or have any questions please contact senior member Cheryl Vagnozzi at [email protected]

Splashdown! SpaceX And NASA Astronauts Make History
Splashdown! SpaceX And NASA Astronauts Make History

Splashdown! SpaceX And NASA Astronauts Make History

NASA and SpaceX are welcoming home two astronauts who splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico after several months on the International Space Station.

At Wreaths Across America, the entire month of July is dedicated to sharing the mission to REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH by...
Giving In July Benefit Concert

At Wreaths Across America, the entire month of July is dedicated to sharing the mission to REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH by highlighting those giving back in their local communities. We call this annual celebration #GivingInJuly, and we wanted to invite you to join us by giving to other like-minded charities, community programs, and civic groups who are contributing to your local community right now.
Since its start, Wreaths Across America has given back more than $12M through our Group Sponsorship Program. Groups Like Shelby Composite Squadron MER-NC-050 are able to support national, state and local participating cemeteries across the country while benefiting from the $5 back received for every $15 veteran's wreath sponsored through their page.

This year, we're especially excited to be hosting a VIRTUAL Giving in July Concert Event LIVE on the Wreaths Across America - Official page, on Sunday, July 19th, from 7-10pm EST! Now, more than ever, we think it is important to come together, face these difficult times, and remain, as always, America Strong! At our LIVE event you'll enjoy featured music artists who embody patriotism, are supportive of our country's veterans and their families, and who are actively involved in furthering the mission to REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH.
In addition, we'll be highlighting our volunteers from all across the country and their stories of giving back to their local communities.
RSVP for Sunday's concert on Facebook and use the easy sharing link below to share with your network along with the group you'll be supporting. We've also included a quick link here if you would like to once again support Shelby Composite Squadron MER-NC-050.
We hope you can tune in to join us on July 19th!

Remember. Honor. Teach.
With Gratitude,
WAA Team

Join Wreaths Across America on July 19th Live on Facebook.


Volunteering describes volunteering as

the policy or practice of volunteering one's time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one's community.

While we cannot meet, there are still ways you can keep yourself busy helping the community which in turn helps you.

Here are a few suggestions...

Collect, cut, sort, and mail coupons to military families

Help a neighbor with yard work, grocery run, or even walk their dog

Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food bank

Make cards, notes, or goodie bags for our first responders, nurses, doctors, and police officers

Collect or make dog and cat treats and toys for the local animal shelters

If you would like more information on volunteering email Cheryl Vagnozzi at [email protected]

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde


How To Have A Positive Attitude (In The Midst Of A Pandemic)

Given the world has been taken over by a virus that has seen communities locked down and people shut away in their homes, it’s easy to see why some people are finding it hard to keep positive.

While we do need to take this virus seriously, we also need to try to focus on the positive, or the silver lining, for the sake of our own mental health and those around us. Here are a few things you can do to stop the spread of negativity, while also stopping the spread of the virus by staying at home.

This might seem impossible considering what the world is facing at the moment, but it’s imperative. The best way to do this is to watch some funny videos on YouTube. There are plenty available, and even more now the world is isolated.

Don’t obsess over the news....
It’s okay if you want to watch the news to find out what’s been going on in the world or your local area- just try to avoid watching it all day and night. Choose one source, set a time, and stick to it. Whether that’s the evening news at 6pm or checking local pages at lunchtime.

Take care of each other....
You might not be able to go out and visit your friends, family and neighbors, but you can still check in and ask them how they are doing. Offer them a care package to let them know you’re thinking of them. If they are elderly, see if they need anything picked up while you’re on your weekly shopping trip. Helping others is not only good for them, but also good for us. It makes us happier and creates stronger communities.

Take care of yourself....
The best part about being stuck at home is that you have more time to do the things that are important to you. More time to start a new hobby, like painting or writing; more time to take a bath and listen to music; more time to read and watch your favorite TV shows; more time to play with the kids or clean out your clutter. Meditate. Learn healthy new recipes. All these things will have a positive impact on your mental health, creating positivity in a negative environment.

Consider the good things in life and how lucky we are....
This can be tough, particularly given the current world circumstances, but if you’re reading this – you’re alive. That’s extremely lucky. You might not be able to see your loved ones or friends in person, but you can through other virtual methods. You’ve already overcome so much adversity in life – from floods to hurricanes, 9/11 to financial meltdowns in the economy. You’re still here and while difficult, you’re still in this so-called game of life! Always remember the good things in your life and appreciate them.

Remember, we’re all in this together....
You’re not alone. In fact, almost every person in every country in the world is with you. And we’re all simply trying to do our part in assuring we have a healthy and happy future. If you are feeling unsure, lonely, depressed, talk to someone close to you.


Lastly, remember all senior members from the Shelby Composite Squadron are here for our cadets and cadet families. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any one of us for support and help us continue to keep our youth engaged by logging onto the weekly zoom meetings.


Update from our National Commander

For the last few weeks we have discussed the civil unrest that has broken out across the United States and what we in Civil Air Patrol can do to make a positive difference in ourselves and in our great organization. Our efforts in this vital area will continue, and I will work with our senior leaders on specific actions we will take to help move the organization forward.

Our very long journey on this path called COVID-19 continues, though I find it encouraging to see how much progress we have made in moving forward from our Phase 0 levels of restrictions. As of this morning, seven wings have already moved into Phase II and 22 wings are in Phase I. Plans from several more wings are under evaluation for movement into Phases I and II.

In the meantime, your actions in support of our communities, states, and nation have reached epic levels and continue to grow every day. In Civil Air Patrol’s largest campaign since World War II, you have contributed over 19,000 volunteer days. You have delivered some 4.2 million meals, 1.5 million masks, 556,000 pounds of bulk food, and done so much, much more on 2,224 ground sorties and 585 air sorties. On top of that you are innovatively engaged in doing the business of Civil Air Patrol. You are plugged in virtually, training, educating, and advancing. You amaze me and inspire me! Thank you for your wonderful contributions and dedication to this great organization.

I believe that the peak of the pandemic is behind us, but that doesn’t mean we are out of the woods or we can quickly get back to the way things were before March. The recovery will be slow, there will be spikes in numbers of infections in parts of the country, and we very well may live with some levels of restrictions until an effective vaccine is available and widely administered. In the meantime, continue to exercise wise safeguards. Taking care of yourselves will help you to take care of your loved ones and allow you to make a difference in your communities, states, and our nation.

Thank you. Please be well, be safe, and be strong.

Maj. Gen. Mark Smith
National Commander/CEO


Communicating during a pandemic and after - 12 Helpful tips for zoom calls

While video is not as good as face-to-face interaction, it can be efficient. Some use of video meetings will stick around long after the pandemic burns itself out.

1. Use Device Agnostic Software
Some video software can only be used on certain types of computers or requires effort to download and set up. Avoid it. There are too many packages that work well and install easily across any device that can access the Internet. Service Nation has been satisfactorily using Zoom for years.

2. Be On Time
This should be obvious. Nothing is worse what waiting for someone to start a video meeting. Video is uncomfortable for most people as it is. Being the only person on a video call compounds it. Your objective with video is to
put people at ease. Thus, you should be early. If you are on time, you are late. If you are early, you are on time.

3. Worry About Your Appearance
You should look sharper for video than meeting someone face-to- face. Shave. Make sure your hair is combed. Wear the proper uniform attire for each meeting.

4. Landscape
If using your phone, hold it sideways so the video is landscape, not portrait. It should be the same as a computer screen.

5. Choose a Background
Choose your background for video calls. Look at what will be on the screen behind you. Make sure you are presenting a professional image. With some video software and some computer processors, it is possible to automatically remove your background and replace it with an image from your computer. Do not select a background that distracts or takes the focus away from you as a speaker.

6. The Camera Should Be At Eye Level
Set your computer on a box if necessary, to elevate the camera. If the ceiling of the room you are in appears in the frame, the computer is too low. People do not want to look up your nose. Your head and shoulders should be visible. Do not cut off the top of your head. Do not cut off everything from the chin down.

8. Use Good Lighting
Lighting should be in front of you and not behind you. Make sure the lighting shows your face clearly.

9. Talk To The Camera
When speaking, look to the camera. In laptops, the camera is an LED light at the top of the screen. Even though the person you are conversing with is on the screen, to the left or right, speak to the LED light and the camera. Remember, people don’t trust people who won’t look them in the eye. The camera is the customer’s eye.

10. Use Mute When Not Speaking
Get good at toggling the mute feature, either from your computer or using the software. This removes
unwelcome background noise and is especially needed in group meetings.

11. Do Not Speak Over Others
Be careful not to speak over other people. Let people finish, then start talking. This is a good practice in any situation and will force you to be a better listener.

12. Remember To Smile
When you are not talking, smile. It can be hard to remember to smile when you are concentrating on the technology. It all seems so cold. Smiling makes you appear friendlier. It helps you build rapport.


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