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Squadron History

Info

Chartered Date:  September 1993

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

Charter Number:  03115

Unit Designation:  SWR-AR-115

Commanders

  • Lt Col Byron McLaird – Oct 1993 to Oct 1996
  • Lt Col Fred Jamin – Oct 1996 to Oct 1998
  • Maj David Winslow – Oct 1998 to Jan 2002
  • Lt Col Max Gore – Oct 2002 to Nov 2009
  • Maj John McDaniel – Nov 2009 to Nov 2010
  • Lt Col Arthur Formanek – Nov 2010 to Jan 2012
  • Lt Col Chris McLellan – Jan 2012 to Jun 2014
  • Maj Charles Rine – Jun 2014 to Aug 2018
  • Maj Jerome Grotts – Aug 2018 to Oct 2022
  • Capt Greg Althouse – Oct 2022 to Present

Awards

Unit Citation Award

Awarded for exceptionally meritorious service or exceptionally outstanding achievement, which 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.

  • January 2002 – for 1 Jan 2000 to 24 Nov 2002
  • December 2003 – for 1 Oct 2002 to 30 Sep 2003
  • March 2006 – for 1 Jan 2004 to 31 Oct 2005
  • 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.

  • Regional – 1994
  • Regional – 2003
  • Regional – 2007
  • 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.

  • 2000 to 2003
  • 2005 to 2009
  • 2011 to 2012
  • 2016 to 2017
  • 2022

Aerospace Education Excellence Award

This award is presented to units that participate in an activity-based, voluntary aerospace/STEM education program that is part of criteria for the Quality Cadet Unit Award.

  • 2000 to 2004
  • 2007
  • 2010
  • 2012
  • 2019 to 2023

Quality Cadet Unit Award

Any cadet unit that displays strong program fundamentals can earn the Quality Cadet Unit Award. This award motivates squadrons to pursue goals that will inevitably lead to their having a vibrant Cadet Program. The award is purely objective. Cadet and composite squadrons who meet the challenging criteria automatically earn the award.

  • 2012 to 2014
  • 2016 to 2023

Air & Space Forces Association's Arkansas State Association

Civil Air Patrol Unit of the Year – 2023

Arkansas Wing Awards

Squadron of the Year – 2006 to 2008

Squadron Commander of the Year

  • Maj Max Gore – 2007
  • Maj Max Gore – 2008
  • Maj Charles Rine – 2016
  • Maj Jerome Grotts – 2021

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.

CyberPatriot All Services – State Champion

  • 2012 to 2013
  • 2013 to 2014

FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

  • Lt Col Max Gore –12 Apr 2017
  • Lt Col Greg Gempler – 18 Oct 2022

Retirement Award

  • Lt Col Marina Scott – 18 Apr 2023

Spaatz Cadets

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

United States Service Academies Appointments

  • 2019 – United States Military Academy (West Point) (1)
  • 2020 – United States Air Force Academy (1)
  • 2021 – United States Military Academy (West Point) (1), United States Naval Academy (1)
  • 2022 – United States Air Force Academy (2)
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