21 OCTOBER 2012

Inside this issue:
Camp Curry 41 Commander’s Corner DC’s Column Promotions Wreaths Across America 1 2 3 4 5 TX-802 had their first Camp Curry of the year on October 19th - 21st and it was the smallest Camp Curry since the first Camp Curry. The benefit of having a smaller Camp Curry is that much more can be accomplished. Friday evening around 5:30pm the cadet staff arrived to perform last minute preparations for a challenging weekend ahead of them. The cadets arrived around 7:00pm and their bags were checked for contraband as usual, medication was taken and documented for distribution throughout the activity. The safety briefing thereafter was given by Captain Applegate followed by Col. Levesque and his speech of expectations. Friday night was just a breeze, the cadets were instructed to get plenty of sleep. The next morning cadets woke up at about 0500 hours for PT tests! PT tests consist of the mile run, push-ups, sit-ups and sit & reach. Throughout the course of Saturday the cadets went through many classes and spent a lot of time on the drill pad. Training is the sole purpose of this activity and the goal is for every cadet to get promoted. The Sheldon Cadet Squadron welcomed parents and cadets to a Parent Orientation and MiniCamp Curry during the day. Participants were introduced to the CAP program, missions and its history. Participants then ate lunch with Camp Curry cadets, followed by a brief question and answer period. We appreciate all of our parents who came. Saturday evening the cadets played “capture the flag” for their physical fitness training.


Key Events

Promotion Ceremony, Thursday, 25 October 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Salute to Veterans Pass and Review, 9 November, 10 am at Crenshaw Stadium Aerospace Education Weekend, 9-10 November, including field trip to the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, TX Mini-Aerospace Education Camp, 10 November, 10-2 at King Middle School Camp Curry 42, 14-16 December at King Middle School


Deadline to pay for and turn in your persmission slip for AE Weekend is 2 November 2012.

October brings us the first Camp Curry of the year and the one that gets us focused on our goals and objectives. There were 65 cadets present and that represents the smallest Camp Curry since 2002 when we had about 40 cadets present. Our new, leaner, proactive approach targets a higher promotion rate and greater satisfaction with our program. We have a new first with holding an open house for those cadets that did not make the qualification for the first Camp Curry and their parents to learn about CAP and join us for our lunch. This is the start of new mini activities to provide greater exposure to CAP. The fall fundraiser is off to an excellent start with over 300 cases of soda sold. The fundraisers are the backbone that allows buying special equipment such as telescopes, hand sanitizers, dining facility equipment and providing activity fee stipends through our booster club. Everyone is expected to participate by selling 2 or more cases of soda in a single year. For those not meeting the standard this time, there will be a second fundraiser in the Spring. Participation is mandatory to receive booster club activity stipends such as encampment where the minimum savings is $160.

Col. Levesque and Cadet SSgt Galvan

The DC Column
This year is shaping up to be an exciting year at Sheldon Cadet Squadron. Our Squadron is leaner and meaner than ever. As a result there are more opportunities available to cadets than ever before. With more hands on training and fun activates planned cadets need to work hard to take advantage of these new and exciting events. My advice to cadets young and old is to buckle down and work hard on your personal and professional development. Hard work is rewarded in Sheldon Cadet Squadron with perks and privileges. The harder you work for yourself, the harder we will work for you. Following are Capt Gates’ 3 tips for staying on track and out of trouble:
1. Check the Board! Everything that is important is written down on a white board or posted on a bulletin board. Get in the habit of checking around the room for important info. Check every day! 2. Write it Down! You know you’re not going to remember! Write everything you think is important or interesting down! Part of your uniform should include a writing device and pad of paper. If it’s the school day you should have your agenda. 3. Stay positive! Sometimes all the work can get you down. Just remember, the hard work will pay off! Capt Richard Gates Deputy Commander of Cadets Sheldon Cadet Squadron

September Promotions:
Mitchell C/SMSgt C/TSgt Sanchez, E Gallegos, A Cazares

October Early Promotions:
C/SMSgt C/SSgt McClinton Rodriguez Zuniga

TX802 Boosters
Our first general meeting of the year will be this Thursday, October 25th, 2012, at 6:45 p.m. (before the promotion ceremony at 7:00 p.m.). The Coca~Cola Fundraiser ended last Friday, October 19, 2012 and was a great success. For those who participated, don’t forget delivery will be at CE King Middle School, Monday, November 12, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. We would also like to thank the parents who came at breakfast, lunch and dinner, to help prepare, serve and clean-up for meals. Without parent support we would not be able to prepare hot meals for our cadets. THANK YOU FOR HELPING MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Wreaths Across America - Houston
Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice. The Wreaths Across America mission is to “Remember, Honor, and Teach”. The annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery started in 1992 is now performed around the country.

Wreath Season is Here!
There is just a month to go in the 2012 season. It won’t be long before thousands of volunteers begin to lay wreaths upon so many of our fallen heroes at the Houston National Cemetery. Every dollar makes a difference since a wreath is only $15.00 and there are so many of our fallen that need a wreath.

This summer Sheldon Cadets helped kick-off the annual wreath fundraising drive by participating in the Wreaths Across America-Houston Reading. Sheldon Cadets helped read the names of over 78,000 men and women buried in the Houston National Cemetery. Service members from every American war are buried in the Houston National Cemetery and Sheldon Cadet Squadron is proud to honor our fallen heroes. If you are interested in purchasing a wreath to place at the headstone of a service member buried at the Houston National Cemetery you can purchase a wreath through the squadron (by turning in this form into your cadets instructor), until Friday, 9 November 2010 or you can find the link in the news section at our squadron website (www.tx802.com). Payment can be made online, through a secure connection, using the link on the squadron site. You can request for a specific individual to receive a wreath, but you need to note the specific grave location. To find the specific location, go to the Nationwide Graveside Locator @ http:// gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1. Gravesite specific requests can only be made for the Houston National Cemetery through us. To place a wreath in another National Cemetery visit http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/.

Wreath Sponsorship Form
Name/Company _________________________________________________ Address Phone__________________________________________________ City State Zip ___________________________________________________ Email: ______________________________________________________ WAA-Houston does not sell, rent, or otherwise disclose any personal information. Thank you for your Sponsorship and joining us in our mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.

Wreath Sponsorships
Individual Wreaths Qty ________ @ $15 each Total $___________ $___________ $___________

Other Donation............................................................ Amount Grand Total

If you wish to sponsor using a secure online credit card transaction please visit the news section of our web site at: www.tx802.com

Special Request Wreath - Donated in Memory of...
Sponsored wreaths will be placed on the grave markers at the Houston National Cemetery. Only Houston National Cemetery will be serviced by WAA-H. *Wreath sponsorship required for each special requested wreath.

Name exactly as it appears on headstone ________________________________________________ HNC Section ____________________________ HNC Site Location ____________________________ Name exactly as it appears on headstone ________________________________________________ HNC Section ____________________________ HNC Site Location ____________________________ Name exactly as it appears on headstone ________________________________________________ HNC Section ____________________________ HNC Site Location ____________________________ Not buried at Houston National Cemetery Wreaths Across America-Houston Make checks payable to: TX802 Boosters
There is a $30 NSF fee charged on all returned checks.

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