Group 1 Offers TLC Basic

posted Oct 17, 2018, 7:56 PM by Group 1   [ updated Oct 17, 2018, 8:00 PM ]

Maj Earl Gardner, Group 1 CC, invites all Group 1 Squadron Commanders, Deputy Commanders, and CP Officers to join us for a session of Training Leaders of Cadets (Basic). The course will be held on Sun, 4 Nov in Waynesburg. Registration closes on 29 Oct. The link to register, with more information, is below.

Image courtesy of Vanguard, SKU CAP-1903. Members must purchase the coin on their own. Group 1 will not award the coin to graduates.

Sq 712 Changes Hands

posted Jun 10, 2018, 9:11 PM by Group 1   [ updated Jun 10, 2018, 9:13 PM ]

“Repeat after me. ‘I, state your name,”

“I, Eric Klemm,”

These words sound familiar to anyone who has heard the CAP change of command ceremony. 1st Lt Eric Klemm took command as his Seniors and Cadets watched a heartfelt change of command on 4 June. On 4 June, Squadron 712 wished Lt Col Michael S. Lazaroff, JD, well as he relinquished his command, due to being promoted to the Assistant Wing Director of Communications. At the time, MSgt Eric Klemm was asked to take the reigns of leadership, and he accepted the challenge.

Lt Col Lazaroff served as Sq 712’s Commander for 18 months. In this time, the squadron rebuilt its communications center and radio station, crowned the 2016 PAWG Group 1 SM of the Year, and the 2017 PAWG Cadet of the Year, C/Lt Col Ceara Berry, who is now studying at the United States Air Force Academy with Pennsylvania’s sole Congressional appointment. In addition, Lt Col Lazaroff produced three Captains and numerous Second and First Lieutenants and saw exceptionally high rates of Cadet promotions. In addition, Lazaroff was bestowed with two Achievement Medals and a National Commander’s Commendation while he was the Commander, and was also awarded a Wing Commander’s Commendation for a successful stint as the Commander. He has attained all five levels of the SM PD program. Lazaroff served for twenty years in the Air Force, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant and receiving the Purple Heart for his service.

1st Lt Eric Klemm is a veteran of the United States Army, having spent 23 years as a combat medic and attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class. Upon joining Sq 712, MSgt Klemm ws appointed as the Sq 712 NCO. Klemm stepped up as the Commander graciously after also serving as a Cadet Activities Officer in Sq 712. In this role, Lt Klemm served as the Emergency Services guru and mentor for the physical fitness programs. He is working toward the Technician rating on the Emergency Services and Cadet Programs specialty tracks. Lt Klemm holds the Red Service Award and an Achievement Medal for his outstanding work as the Sq 712 Supply Officer.

The change of command was an enormous night for the Klemm family, as C/CMSgt Logan Klemm, his son, held the guidon for the ceremony. C/Amn Hannah Klemm was also promoted to C/A1C. When it came time to promote 2d Lt Klemm to 1st Lt, his wife and Michelle Klemm, each changed out his shoulder loops.

C/Capt Andrew Myers, the Cadet Commander, gave a speech that left no dry eyes reflecting on his time working with Lt Col Lazaroff. He expressed deep gratitude for Lt Col Lazaroff for his mentorship, officership, and availability. He called Lt Col Lazaroff a friend in his speech. C/Capt Myers expressed, on behalf of the Cadets, his best wishes to Lt Klemm as he begins his new role.

The ceremony was presided by Maj Earl Gardner, the PAWG Group 1 Commander. Everybody enjoyed cake after the ceremony.

2018 Jeep Festival Sign-Ups

posted May 31, 2018, 7:29 PM by Joshua Nussbaum   [ updated May 31, 2018, 7:30 PM ]

The 2018 Bantam Jeep Festival Committee has tasked CAP with parking and directing traffic at the 2018Jeep Festival. The Festival will run from 8 Jun to 10 Jun at Cooper's Lake in Slippery Rock, PA. There will be a piece of the festival also operating in Butler on Friday, 8 Jun.

The Festival Committee has offered CAP thousands of dollars, to be split among those units participating based on number of hours worked. The Festival is a great way to FREE ADMISSION into the Festival, have some time playing on the radios, and have some fun! There will be camping available and units are encouraged to carpool.

More details and registration can be found at this link:

Sq 712 Conducts Cadet Change of Command

posted Feb 4, 2018, 4:45 PM by Group 1   [ updated Feb 4, 2018, 4:52 PM ]

BUTLER, PA: 29 Jan was a BIG day in Squadron 712. It is not often that you see the Wing Vice-Commander and the Group Commander at a squadron meeting! Not only was a Cadet presented his Amelia Earhart certificate, the squadron also held a Change of Cadet Command ceremony.

C/Capt Andrew G.S. Myers reported to Lt Col Kevin J. Berry, PAWG CV, for formal acknowledgement of his attaining Cadet Captain. As part of his presentation, Lt Col Berry, also a pilot, gave Sq 712 a brief history of Amelia Earhart, who flew into and out of the Butler airport for her last flight. Maj Earl Gardner, the Group 1 CC, also attended the ceremonies.

Once Myers received his Earhart certificate, he and C/Maj Brian Weitzel reported again to Squadron CC Lt Col Michael S. Lazaroff, JD, for the Change of Command ceremony. C/MSgt Logan Klemm officiated the ceremony. 1st Lt Joshua M. Nussbaum, Sq 712 CDC, thanked C/Maj Weitzel for his service as the Cadet Commander.

After the ceremonies for the evening were concluded, everyone helped themselves to pizza and soft drinks, courtesy of Lt Col Lazaroff.

Weitzel reports to the Commander, for the final time, as Cadet Commander.
From left to right: Lt Col Kevin Berry, Lt Col Michael Lazaroff, Maj Earl Gardner
Lt Col Kevin J. Berry presents Myers with his Earhart certificate.

Group 1 Attends Washington DC STEM Expo

posted Jan 28, 2018, 3:49 PM by Group 1   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 3:50 PM ]

GROUP 1 HQ: As we have done in previous years, Group 1 will go to the STEM Expo in Washington DC the weekend of 7-8 April 2018.

Signups and more information can be found at this link here.

Group 1 Conference Registrations Coming Due

posted Dec 28, 2017, 10:49 AM by Group 1   [ updated Dec 28, 2017, 10:50 AM ]

Squadron Commanders should have sent their members information several weeks ago regarding the Group 1 Conference, which will be held on Saturday, 13 Jan. More information can be seen on the attached PDF and on the Group Events Calendar.

The conference will have a general session, a fun Cadet activity (for the first 40 Cadets who register), networking seminars, and an awards banquet. The evening will conclude as we congratulate Major Edward Silassy on a successful tour of duty as the Group 1 Commander and pass command to Major Earl Gardner, in a ceremony which will be officiated by Colonel Gary Fleming, the Commander of the Pennsylvania Wing.

Please be reminded that registration for the Conference closes at 0000 on Monday, 1 Jan. To register, please email Lt Malisa Silassy at and copy your Squadron Commander (or their designee).

Group 1 Plans STEM Trip, Requests for Funding

posted Oct 29, 2017, 5:10 PM by Group 1   [ updated Oct 29, 2017, 5:11 PM ]

GROUP 1 HQ: We are excited to announce a new fundraising opportunity we've put together to help raise funds for our planned trip to Washington DC for the STEM expo in April.

We took this trip in 2015 and it was a a great success. The cadets and seniors all enjoyed the trip and got to experience a wide range of activities in the STEM fields. This is the largest expo of its kind in the country!

Details and registration for the trip will be forthcoming. The expo itself will be April 7 & 8 and we are hoping to have a lot of participants. Last year we were able to do a two-day trip with overnight accommodations for only $80.00 per cadet. This year we are hoping to take Cadets from all over Group 1 and our goal is to get the trip FULLY FUNDED!

Our GoFundMe goal is $3000! The only way we can reach this is if you share, share, share our site. Share on your Facebook Page, share on a Twitter feed, share by e-mail to friends and family, and ask them to share too! You can also print the poster that is attached and post it up in the community. We want to get the word out. Please help us reach our goal!

The GoFundMe link is here.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me. Thank you all for your support!

1st Lt Melissa Parker, CAP

Air Heritage Sponsors Community Dinner and Dance

posted Oct 24, 2017, 6:48 PM by Group 1   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 6:48 PM ]

BEAVER FALLS- Please see the attachment below about a 1940's-themed dinner and dance on Saturday, 4 Nov. Air Heritage is a huge supporter of CAP and has given CAP numerous tours for our Cadets.

Sq 606 Hosts Hangar Dinner

posted Aug 11, 2017, 6:08 PM by Group 1   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 6:09 PM ]

GREENE COUNTY- Squadron 606, Greene County, will be hosting a Hangar Dinner to celebrate National Aviation Day on 19 Aug 2017. Please direct any questions to the contact information located in the document.

Group Assistance Requested for Visible Veteran Memorial

posted Jul 12, 2017, 4:16 PM by Group 1   [ updated Jul 12, 2017, 4:17 PM ]

BUTLER- Captain Sean O'Neil, CDC in Squadron 712, is acting as the OIC for a Vietnam Veteran Memorial Service to take place over 24-25 August in Butler, PA. He has requested aid from Groups 1 and 6 (the western third of PAWG) in helping to properly staff this event.

Please see the attached flier with more details, contact information, and UOD.

To sign up, please click here

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