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Cadet Matt Skelton Earns Eaker Award

posted May 8, 2014, 3:56 PM by John Hughes   [ updated May 8, 2014, 3:56 PM ]

C/Lt Col Matthew Skelton receiving his Ira C. Eaker Award from CPT Scott McMahan.
Congratulations to Cadet Lt Col Matt Skelton on receiving the General Ira C. Eaker Award this week. C/Lt Col Skelton has been a member of Overlake Squadron CAP for over 4 years and is currently the squadron C/XO. He has numerous achieveme
nts to his credit including;

Staffed 2 WAWG summer encampments, cadet commander at the 2013 Arlington Fly-In, graduate of CAWG Cadet Officer Basic Course 2013, AFA Unit Cadet Officer of the Year 2013, and he is traveling to Great Britain this summer with the International Air Cadet Exchange program. 

C/Lt Col Skelton will also attend the Pararescue & Survival Orientation Course (PJOC) at Kirtland AFB this summer.

Matt graduates from LWHS next month with a very high GPA and is a varsity track athlete.

The award was presented by CPT Scott McMahan, US Army, himself a former Overlake cadet commander and holder of the Eaker Award.

Redmond Rotary Scholarship Supports Cadet Flying Program

posted Jul 27, 2013, 11:05 AM by John Hughes   [ updated Aug 6, 2013, 11:39 AM by John Hughes ]

By Mike Holliday
-July 17, 2013

C/MSgt Lila Balakrishnan speaks to the Redmond Rotary about her flying experiences with Civil Air Patrol

-A dozen Overlake Squadron members attended the launch event for #Redspoke this morning at the Redmond Hyatt House.  This grueling 5-day bike ride will take 58 riders across the Cascades to Spokane.   Cadets helped to load luggage and supplies while our cadet Color Guard presented the colors during breakfast.

Cadets from US and Canada working together at local air show

posted Jul 27, 2013, 11:03 AM by John Hughes   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 11:15 AM by John Hughes ]

By Mike Holliday
-July 11, 2013

An Overlake Cadet marshalls an aircraft at the Arlington Fly In


-140 cadets from the Civil Air Patrol and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets are working side by side at the Arlington Air Show this week.

Local Cadets Win State Color Guard Competition

posted Jul 27, 2013, 11:01 AM by John Hughes   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 11:01 AM by John Hughes ]

By Mike Holliday
May 08, 2013

The Overlake Color Guard during the outdoor practical competition at Camp Murray, WA
The Redmond-based Overlake Squadron Color Guard is preparing to attend the regional competition in California next month after winning the Washington State cadet competition this weekend at Camp Murray near Ft Lewis.

Overlake Cadet Completes Solo Flight

posted Jul 27, 2013, 10:58 AM by John Hughes   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 10:58 AM by John Hughes ]

By Mike Holliday
July 31, 2012

Cadet Davis receiving his traditional "dunking" from other pilots after his first solo flight.
Congratulations to our own C/CMSgt Geoffrey "Blower" Davis of Duvall, WA who went solo in a glider on Saturday. This accomplishment earns him a set of CAP Glider Solo Wings and marks the completion of the first major milestone in a student pilot's career.

Darcy Burner takes a side trip to her roots

posted Jul 27, 2013, 10:56 AM by John Hughes   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 11:06 AM by John Hughes ]

By Chad Shue
July 10, 2012

Darcy Burner and Captain Mike Holliday
In a “returning to your roots” moment last week, 1st CD Democratic candidate Darcy Burner delivered a keynote speech for the change of command ceremony for a local Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron. As a youth growing up in Nebraska Burner was CAP National Cadet of the Year in 1989. She received the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, the highest award bestowed on a cadet, when she was 16 years old.

Overlake Composite Squadron Undergoes Change of Command

posted Jul 27, 2013, 10:53 AM by John Hughes   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 10:53 AM by John Hughes ]

By Ashley Walls
July 07, 2012

Cadet Captain Mitchell Holliday is the new Cadet Commander of the Overlake Composite Squadron, located in Redmond, Washington. Having been an active member of the Squadron for nearly five years, he is taking over command from Cadet Captain Kelly Walls. Both C/Capt. Walls and C/Capt. Holliday are decorated members of the Squadron, having attended a multitude of local and national cadet activities including Desert Eagle Flight Encampment, and the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course (SUPTFC).  C/Capt. Walls was the advisor to the Color Guard team from Overlake that won the Washington Wing Color Guard Competition and placed second at the Pacific Region Competition earlier this year. C/Capt. Holliday earned the Air Force Association Cadet Officer of the Year Award in 2011.

20 Overlake Squadron Members Support Kirkland 4th Parade

posted Jul 27, 2013, 10:51 AM by John Hughes   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 10:51 AM by John Hughes ]

By Mike Holliday
July 05, 2012

20 Overlake Squadron Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members each devoted over 5 hours to help make the Kirkland July 4th Parade a success.  

Local Cadet Flies Solo at 15

posted Jul 27, 2013, 10:48 AM by John Hughes   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 10:49 AM by John Hughes ]

By Mike Holliday
June 17, 2012

Cadet Christine Shoemaker wearing her brand new Cadet Solo Glider Pilot Wings
An impressive aviation event occurred on Sunday June 10th when 15-year-old Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Christine ‘Tumbleweed’ Shoemaker of Bellevue flew solo in a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) glider at Chehalis, WA. 

Christine joined an elite group of cadets who have flown solo in an aircraft before they were old enough to drive solo in the family car...





Local Civil Air Patrol Squadron Recognized at City Council Meeting

posted Jul 27, 2013, 10:45 AM by John Hughes   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 10:45 AM by John Hughes ]

By Ashley Walls
June 07, 2012

C/1st Lt Kelly Walls and C/2d Lt Matt Skelton
This Tuesday, the Overlake Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol was recognized at the biweekly Redmond City Council meeting. Mayor John Marchione personally presented the Squadron Commander, Captain Mike Holliday, with a Proclamation of Recognition, commending the squadron’s achievements.

Overlake Composite Squadron was named as the “Outstanding Unit” in Washington out of 27 squadrons across the state, and was also honored with the “Quality Cadet Unit” Award for 2011. With a membership of near 100 cadets and senior members, the squadron has drastically increased its enrollment, only having 40 members two years ago.


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