The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Oklahoma Wing held its cadet competition at Tinker AFB in Midwest City Saturday, March 8, where Grove Flight (OK-123) competed against Oklahoma City Composite Squadron (OK-113). After seven events of very close competition, Grove Flight emerged victorious as the 2008 Oklahoma Wing Color Guard Champions. They have now earned the right to represent the state of Oklahoma in the upcoming Southwest regional cadet competition.

Cadet team members who competed in the events where: riflemen Benjamin Goodman and DeAngelo Reyes, state flag-bearer Levi Proctor and U.S. flag-bearer Nathan Webb whom performed as the color guard commander. Cadet Webb also won the Fleet Foot Award for the best time in the mile run and will officially be presented the award for this achievement at the Oklahoma Wing Conference next month. In addition, award commendations will be presented to other members of the Grove Flight CAP.

The cadet commanders/coaches are Cadet 2nd Lt. Grant Roberts; Senior sponsors are DCO Lt. George Kellison and squadron commander Major Dave Roberts. Members of the United States Air Force hosted and judged the competition. CAP is an auxiliary of the USAF.

State Representative Doug Cox M.D. said, “As a pilot and a Major in the Legislative Flight of the Civil Air Patrol I am very proud of the Grove CAP. These young men represent the type of youth that give our nation a bright future.”

Roberts and Kellison said both teams were remarkably close in points towards the end of the competition. Grove Flight gained the edge in the Posting of the Colors (flag raising ceremony) and the mile run where Reyes ran a close second to Webb followed by other team members, they said.

The team will now travel to Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 27-30, to represent the Oklahoma Wing in the Southwest Region Color Guard Competition. The cadets will have less than two weeks to practice their drills and prepare for what promises to be strong competition. They will compete against the champions from Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and a team from Arizona that fielded last year’s regional champions. The regional winners will then advance to the national cadet competition to be held in Washington D.C.

The unit is now accepting donations to help offset the various expenses involved in attending the regional competition. The Oklahoma Wing is providing a CAP van and fuel for travel. However, they still could use additional support. The team needs several items of equipment such as parade pistol belts, as well as Oklahoma and CAP ceremonial flags. The cadets will stay and eat on the base at an estimated cost of about $50 each and more expenses for meals on the way down to Louisiana and the return trip are expected, Maj. Roberts said.

“Also, the cadets will be attending the Oklahoma Wing Conference the weekend after they return from Barksdale to receive their awards and ribbons as state champions.” he said. “This is not funded by Oklahoma Wing, the cost is paid entirely by the cadets and their families.”

If you, your company, or your organization would like to help support Grove Flight with donations of equipment, money, time, etc., you can contact Maj. David Roberts at (Office) 918-786-4202, (Cell) 918-521-9137 or send donations to CAP Grove Flight P.O. Box 450451 Grove, OK 74345-0451.

“Any donations, no matter how small, to help support these fine young cadets will be greatly appreciated,” Maj. Roberts added. “Also, those interested in finding out what the Grove Flight CAP is all about are welcome to speak with me or any other members of Grove Flight.”

"I'm very proud of this outstanding achievement by these Grove Civil Air Patrol cadets in winning this color guard competition," state Senator Charles Wyrick said. "I fully support these young cadets, and all those who donate to their efforts, in representing our state in the regional competition. I wish them good luck in their endeavors!"