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Capt Lisa Myrick

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Hawaii Wing Cadet Competition 2017

By C/CMSgt Aiden Alvarez

Lyman Field Composite Cadets during the 2017 Hawaii Wing Cadet Competition

On March 4th and 5th, the Hawaii Wing Cadet Competition took place. It was held on the Big Island of Hawaii and was graciously hosted by Kona Composite Squadron. Three teams participated in the competition: Wheeler Composite Squadron, Lyman Field Composite Squadron, and Kona Composite Squadron. Throughout the two days of competition, the cadets participated in 9 different events. The first 7 events are consistent throughout every Cadet Competition: outdoor drill, uniform inspections, indoor drill, written exam, team leadership problem, physical fitness and uniform preparation. The final two events are electives that are chosen by the Cadet Competition Commander and differ throughout all the competitions; the Hawaii Wing electives this year were public speaking and jeopardy.

Outdoor drill was the first event in the competition. During the event, the competitors had to post and retrieve the colors with proper movements and ceremonial customs and courtesies as well as time their actions according to when “Reveille,” “To the Colors” and “Retreat” were sounded. The written exam consisted of 70 questions covering drill and ceremonies, leadership, aerospace, and current aerospace events. Cadet Second Lieutenant Braden Licciardi from Wheeler Composite Squadron and Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Jared Barrett from Kona Composite Squadron tied for the highest score on that event. For the team leadership problem, each team had to create a 3-foot tall structure capable of supporting a beach ball. To create the structure, they could only use the provided materials which were a box containing several sheets of tissue paper, a roll of scotch tape and a beach ball. Judges were able to truly see the differences in the communication and leadership skills throughout the teams as they couldn’t see the other teams progress or plans. In the physical fitness event, Cadet Second Lieutenant Lawrence Barrett of Kona Composite Squadron and Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Jared Barrett from Kona Composite Squadron tied with the highest scores.

Wheeler Composite Squadron won 5 out of the 7 main events: outdoor drill, uniform inspection, indoor drill, written exam and uniform preparation. Kona Composite Squadron won the physical fitness event and Lyman Field Composite Squadron won the team leadership problem event. The public speaking elective was won by Cadet Staff Sergeant Wiebe of Lyman Field Composite Squadron. The jeopardy elective was won by Cadet Second Lieutenant Benjamin Licciardi of Wheeler Composite Squadron. The final team standings are Wheeler Composite Squadron in first, Kona Composite Squadron in second, and Lyman Field Composite Squadron in third.

 

Wheeler Composite Cadets at the 2017 Hawaii Wing Cadet Competition

Traditionally, the top three members of the top two teams would go on to compete at the regional level. In this case, though, Kona Composite Squadron competitors decided all of Wheeler Composite Squadron competitors earned the privilege of going to regionals thus giving up their three slots. Please wish our Wheeler Composite Squadron Ohana the best of luck as they continue their journey in the competition as the Hawaii Wing Representative team at the Pacific Region Cadet Competition.

 

Editor’s note: Wheeler Composite Squadron went on to place 5th at the Pacific Region Cadet Competition in April. Thank you, C/CMSgt Alvarez for this article and photos!