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11/11/20 Lake Hood Update

November 11, 2020

First off, Happy Veterans Day!  To all of you who have served in this great country's armed services, Thank you for your service!

To Lake Hood Cadets, Parents, Senior Members & Guests,

See below for updates on...

  • New Cadet Commander
  • Zoom Link
  • Cadet of the Month Competition
  • SpaceX/Nik Butler's Contact Info 
  • Upcoming Meetings
  • Wreaths Across America
  • Earning Awards
  • Vanguard Discounts

New Cadet Commander: We are very pleased to announce that Lake Hood Cadet Squadron's new Cadet Commander is C/SMSgt Benjamin Walkup.   C/Maj Alan Padgett will officially relinquish command at our Tuesday, Nov 24 meeting.


Zoom: We are meeting by Zoom for the time being to see if that works better for all of us.  You can access the link via or directly through Zoom ID 9868 0088 366 Passcode 907093 (area code & charter number)


Cadet of the Month: Starting Nov 1, track your CAP-related activities! Keep track of your points.  Tell C/CMGst Mellerstig ( your points total by Nov 23 this month. This month only, everyone who has watched the ICUT videos and taken all the quizzes starts off with 25 points.  Details & points tracking will be available on a Google doc as the program evolves.


--Points for each activity will be as shown below, subject to change each month

--Cadets will track their own points on the honor system

--"Months" go from one CD/Awards Meeting to the next, so 4th Tuesday to 4th Tuesday.  

--This first month goes Nov 1-Nov 23, 2020


SpaceX/Nik Butler: Mr. Nik Butler from SpaceX presented some great information to us this week and answered our many questions.  One way to show guests how much we appreciate them is to ask lots of questions.  Great job, cadets! He was very generous in providing his contact information to any of you who have further questions for him.  Please copy me if you email him, especially if you are thanking him for participating.


Cell phone: 907-441-4751


Upcoming Meetings

Thur 11/12/20 7-8pm on Zoom: Senior Member Meeting--Professional Development for Senior Members--see what you can be working on next!

Sun 11/15/20 7-8pm on Zoom: Cadet Leadership meetings (C/MSgt and above & anyone presenting at the next meeting) You will be planning next few meetings & other activities, discussing if there's a better time for everyone to meet) "Uniform" is fun non-reg CAP-related clothing

Tue 11/17/20 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom: Monthly PT meeting.  Cadets & Midshipmen from the service academies may join us.

Tue 11/24/20 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom: Monthly Character Development/Awards Ceremony & Cadet Change of Command.  Cadets & Midshipmen from the service academies may join us.


Wreaths Across America: 

Please sponsor wreaths and ask friends, family & neighbor to sponsor wreaths at $15 each to REMEMBER...HONOR...and TEACH.  In January, cadets set a goal of getting 1000 wreaths sponsored by 12/15/20.  977 to go!

Details available here:


For other fundraising, remember to link your Fred Meyer card to "Civil Air Patrol - Lake Hood Cadet Squadron" (Code QP160)


Wing-Level Awards:

Starting Oct 1 of each year, cadets become eligible for multiple Squadron- and Wing-level awards such as VFW Officer, VFW NCO, AFSA NCO, AFSA Aerospace Ed, AFA Cadet of the Year, Achievement Awards, and Wing Commander's Commendations. If you (cadets) print the template in the website below and make notes on your accomplishments throughout the year, it is easier for leadership to nominate your for one of these awards.  Nominations are due in August of every year.

See example awards recommendations under "Cadet Templates" here:


Vanguard Discounts (

Vanguard Industries, the source of most of our insignia and decorations, posts discount codes each month on their Facebook Page.  The discount codes usually follow this pattern, and are usually for 10% off:


Also remember that orders $35 or higher earn free shipping.



Cadet of the Month Points:

Points awards:

ICUT Completion (25)

GES Completion  (3)

Achieving a Ground Team Rating (GTM3, 2, or 1) (25)

L,D,A test attempts and passes (3 for an attempt, 5 for a pass)

Attend a meeting (2)

Attend a non-Tuesday-meeting activity (2)

Bring a friend to a meeting (2)

Meeting participation (Commander’s discretion)

Uniform Competition (TBD)

Renew Membership (5)

Set up CAP Gmail & update eservices contact info to your CAP GMail (5)

Bring a friend to a meeting (5)

Earn a model rocketry, STEM, or other badge (10)

Win a Kahoot or Jeopardy (1st place gets 3, 2nd gets 2 and 3rd gets 1)

Create a Kahoot or Jeopardy (8)

Earn a Community Service ribbon (15)

Upload your photo to 101 card (5)

Misc. Points awarded at Commander’s discretion



*This & most Lake Hood Update messages posted on under the News tab for easy future reference


1st Lt Karen Padgett, CAP

Lake Hood Squadron Commander

(C) 907.350.8533

Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary


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