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Cadet Corner

On Nov 19, 2021, Giansiracusa, Maile S C/SMSgt wrote:


Cadets of the Tahoe-Truckee Composite Squadron recently attended the Nevada Wing conference in October, where our First Sergeant, C/SMSgt Maile Giansiracusa, was named Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year and served as Master of Ceremonies. Cadets attended lessons in drone operations and emergency services, and were afforded the opportunity to participate in a cadet debate competition with other cadets around the wing.


This Veteran's Day, Tahoe-Truckee Cadets performed a color guard service for the Town of Truckee's service at Victory Plaza. As well, the deputy commander of the squadron, Patrick McDonough, an Army and Navy veteran, spoke as the keynote speaker at the event. In the afternoon of that same day, the squadron also performed a color guard at the Tahoe Yacht Club in Tahoe City.


Two cadets were sent down to Las Vegas to participate in the Nevada Wing's Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer School, a leadership school focused on turning cadets from followers into the next leaders of the program, in Las Vegas, Nevada. C/Capt Mon Père, a graduate of the same school in 2017, served as the primary instructor for the program, teaching lessons on presentation techniques, feedback, communication, ceremonies and other matters. Multiple other cadet and senior member personnel instructed the cadets on topics such as drill, résumé writing and a variety of other topics important to leadership. C/SMSgt Giansiracusa participated and became one of the ten graduates of 2021's Nevada Wing Non-Commissioned Officer School.


The squadron has recently experienced a significant uptake in cadet programs. Within the past months, 4 of our Non-Commissioned Officers have promoted, including Cadets Kyle and Spencer Sonne attaining the ranks of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant, and Cadets Bryce Anderson and Maile Giansiracusa promoting to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant. As well, the squadron extends a warm welcome to its two newest members, Cadets Sierra Demarest and Thomas Greenwood!


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