HISTORICAL NOTES NO. 14b
November 1998 –April 2008
By COL Leonard A. Blascovich, CAP Historian
“Give me some Men, who are stout hearted Men”
NATIONAL DRILL COMPETITION
In 1947 based upon the Civil Air Patrol cadet training program which required proficiency instandard drill "without arms". General Lucas V. Beau the National Commander instituted theNational Drill Competition with rules set up by the U.S. Drill Competition Committee, UnitedStates Air Force Ceremonial Detachment located at Bolling AFB, Washington DC and currentpractices used by the Army ROTC program.
National Drill Competition was held in 1948, at Mitchel, AFB, Garden City, New York the winner was the team from New York Wing, the team Commander was SGT George Cohn, No award was given just a certificate and announcement in the CAP Weekly Bulletin. This New York team went on to represent CAP in the first International Drill Competition held in conjunction of the inauguration of New York’s Idwild International Airport, later to be changed to John F. Kennedy Airport
Starting in 1949 the National Winners would receive the
Colonel George A. Stone MemorialTrophy
, donated in 1949 by Captain Frank Satenstein of the U.S. Drill Competition Committeestaff, to be competed for annually. Winners may hold it until June 30 of the year following theirvictory. Smaller replicas were presented to the winners starting in 1950.The design was made by the Revere Silversmiths, Masochists it approximately XX inch diameterand xx inch high. The base is hallmarked
Colonel George Andress Stone, CAP
1902-1948, was the first Chairman of the CAPBoard, August 1947 to August 1948 served as Ohio Wing Commander from 1942 to 1947.Colonel Stone was one of the authors plus an instrumental force in preparing and lobbing to getPublic Law 476 passed. It was approved, and signed in to law by President Harry S. Truman on 1July 1946. COL Stone was killed when he and the Ohio Wing Liaison Officer Captain Harry LeeKing, USAF were leaving National Headquarters at Bolling AFB to return to Ohio when theirairplane crashed just outside of Washington DC in August 1948. Colonel Stone and Captain Kingare buried in a common grave at Arlington National Cemetery the inscription on the headstone is"
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die
"COLONEL GEORGE A. STONE, CAP TROPHY 1949-1959"
COL STONE NDC TROPHY 1998-2008 Page 1 Col Blascovich CAP/HO