02 June 2010
CTWG: Stratford Eagles at NER Cadet Comp
As many of you know, our Color Guard (Stratford Eagles, CT022) performed this past Memorial Day weekend at the Northeast Region Cadet Competition at Westover ARB in Massachusetts. For the last three years, we have had the honor of representing the CT Wing at this event and this year was our best ever.
The Stratford cadets worked extremely hard, practicing week after week for 4 to 5 hours at a time. C/CMSgt. Sean Decker is the Color Guard Commander and did an outstanding job of leading the team with confidence and enthusiasm. C/TSgt. Michael Rak is second in command and was accompanied by C/SSgt. Liam Decker and C/SrA John Riccio on rifles. C/TSgt. Michael Purcell and C/A1c Esra Jensen were alternates and also participated in the Mile Run and the Written Exam, both of their scores were critical in winning 1st place in the Mile Run. I want to thank Major Burrows for accompanying us on the trip; we could not have been as successful without his help at practice and stepping in as an escort for the trip itself.
All of their hard work and dedication paid off, Chief Decker and his team took 1st place in the Mile Run, 2nd Place in the Indoor Practical and 3rd Place in the Outdoor Practical. These cadets spent a lot of time and energy preparing for this, and I could not be more proud of their results. Our Region Commander, Colonel Hayden was on hand to present these awards.
Also during this weekend, Colonel Brian Cooper of NER staff assisted us in promoting Cadet Riccio to rank of Senior Airman, Cadet S. Decker received his Goddard award and Cadet L. Decker received his first milestone award and was promoted to Staff Sergeant for the Wright Brothers award. Congratulations to all those promoted, you certainly earned it.
Capt. Ian M. Schermann
Deputy Commander for Cadets
Stratford Eagles Squadron - CTWG