Squadron History

Squadron Chartered Date: September 1993

Squadron Name: Northwest Arkansas Composite Squadron (Per Charter) or 115th Composite Squadron – Northwest Arkansas (Per NHQ)

Charter Number: 03115

Unit Designation: SWR-AR-115

Squadron Commanders

  • Lt Col Byron McLaird – October 1993 thru October 1996
  • Lt Col Fred Jamin – October 1996 thru October 1998
  • Maj David Winslow – October 1998 thru January 2002
  • Lt Col Max Gore – January 2002 thru November 2009
  • Maj John McDaniel – November 2009 thru November 2010
  • Lt Col Arthur Formanek – November 2010 thru January 2012
  • Lt Col Chris McLellan – January 2012 to June 2014
  • Maj Charles Rine – June 2014 to August 2018
  • Capt Jerome Grotts – August 2018 to Present

 

Squadron Awards

Unit Citation Award

Awarded for exceptionally meritorious service or exceptionally outstanding achievement which clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units. Members are awarded the Unit Citation ribbon if they were members of the unit during the time period for which the citation is awarded.

  • Unit Citation Award – January 2002 (for 1 JAN 2000 to 24 NOV 2002
  • Unit Citation Award – December 2003 (for 1 OCT 2002 to 30 SEP 2003)
  • Unit Citation Award – March 2006 (for 1 JAN 2004 to 31 OCT 2005)
  • Unit Citation Award – March 2017 (for 1 OCT 2015 to 30 SEP 2016)

Squadron of Distinction Award

The CAP Squadron of Distinction Program is an annual program established to recognize the top CAP composite or cadet squadron regionally and nationally for distinctive accomplishments in the cadet program during the preceding calendar year. Region commanders will determine a Squadron of Distinction for each of the eight CAP regions. When forwarding the region nomination to National Headquarters, the region commander shall provide a short narrative explaining what this unit has done that distinguishes this cadet or composite squadron from all others within the region. The narrative should address the actions, results and impact the unit has had in the community and/or within Civil Air Patrol. One of these eight squadrons will then be selected to receive recognition at the annual Annual Conference and presented a $500 honorarium sponsored by the family of the late Brigadier General F. Ward Reilly, CAP. All Squadrons of Distinction will receive a distinctive certificate and streamer.

  • Squadron of Distinction – Regional – 1994
  • Squadron of Distinction – Regional – 2003
  • Squadron of Distinction – Regional – 2007
  • Squadron of Distinction – National – 2016

Squadron of Merit Award

Squadron of Merit is an annual award established to recognize the top cadet or composite squadron in each wing. The same criteria used to select the Squadron of Distinction will be used to determine Squadrons of Merit. Each squadron selected will receive a distinctive certificate and streamer.

  • Squadron of Merit 2000
  • Squadron of Merit 2001
  • Squadron of Merit 2002
  • Squadron of Merit 2003
  • Squadron of Merit 2005
  • Squadron of Merit 2006
  • Squadron of Merit 2007
  • Squadron of Merit 2008
  • Squadron of Merit 2009
  • Squadron of Merit 2011
  • Squadron of Merit 2012
  • Squadron of Merit 2016
  • Squadron of Merit 2017

Arkansas Wing Awards

  • Squadron of the Year – 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Squadron Commander of the Year
    • Maj Max Gore, 2007
    • Maj Max Gore, 2008
    • Maj Charles Rine, 2016

 CyberPatriot Awards

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cyber security vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.  Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

  • Cyber Patriot All Services – State Champion – 2012 to 2013
  • Cyber Patriot All Services – State Champion – 2013 to 2014

Squadron Spaatz Cadets

  • Cadet Col Annika Fitzpatrick – 1 July 2002 – #1462
  • Cadet Col Jonathan D. VerHoeven – 10 April 2004 – #1528
  • Cadet Col Jeffery D. VerHoeven – 20 September 2010 – #1772
  • Cadet Col Benjamin Parmer – 19 June 2014 – #1956
  • Cadet Col Robby E. Jeffries – 12 May 2016 – #2042
  • Cadet Col Zane G. Phillips – 28 January 2017 – #2088
  • Cadet Col Logan C. Romero – 4 July 2018 – #2184