Squadron 31 Headquarters Moves to New Location

 (8 October 2013)





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After nearly 15 years of community service from our base location at the Rialto Airport, Billie L. LeClair Cadet Squadron 31 is proud to announce our relocation to Flabob Airport in the City of Jurupa Valley, Riverside County.  Squadron 31 is excited about this new venture with Flabob Airport and we are looking forward to meeting new faces and providing continued support from this new location. Through generous support by the Thomas Wathen Foundation (owner of Flabob Airport), Squadron 31 secured the use of an appropriate sized facility at cost that demonstrates the Wathen Foundation’s continued support towards youth programs in aviation. This new partnership has paved a new road for increased opportunities for Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 31 and the youth of the communities we serve.


We are excited to join the Flabob family and welcome everyone to come by.  Our first meeting was held tonight, Monday, October 7th.  We are scheduling an Open House to coincide with the Veteran’s Day event on 9 November 2013. As always Squadron 31 welcomes any and all CAP and CAWG members to stop on by and check out our new facility.


Squadron 31 Earns 2012-2013 Quality Cadet Unit Award

(31 August 2013)

The Quality Cadet Unit Award (QCUA) was established to recognize those cadet and composite units that display strong program fundamentals that lead to their having one of the strongest cadet programs in their wing.  The award is purely objective and the award is based on units meeting at least five of nine milestones in Adult Leadership, Aerospace, Cadet Achievement, DDR Participation, Encampment, Unit Enrollment, Unit Growth, Orientation Flights and Retention of First Year Cadets.


The recipients of the Quality Cadet Unit Awards for 2013 have been announced and Billie LeClair Cadet Squadron 31 was 1 of 22 squadrons in the California Wing to receive the award. Squadron 31 was 1 of 3 squadron's within Inland Empire Group 3 and ranked #2 of the 3 in terms of criteria met for the award.

The criteria required consisted of a minimum of 5 out of 9 different areas had to be met. The following are the areas with the bold and italicized ones that were met by Squadron 31:
- Cadet Achievement: 30% of Cadets on roster have attained the Wright Brother's Award
- Orientation Flights: 60% of cadet on roster have participated in at least 1 flight
- Retention: Unit retained 40% of first year cadets during previous year
- Adult Leadership: Unit has at least 3 Training Leaders of Cadets graduates on its roster
- Encampment: 50% of cadets on roster have completed encampment

- Growth: Unit's cadet roster increased by 10% or 10 cadets during previous year
- Aerospace: Unit earned the Aerospace Excellence Award (AEX) during previous year
- Enrollment: Unit has at least 35 cadets listed on its roster
- DDR: 20% of cadets on roster have completed DDRx or unit participated in RRLA
Squadron 31 Command Staff Complete Level 4

17 July 2013 
After several years of working towards achieving the requirements for Level 4 of the Civil Air Patrol Professional Development Program, Squadron 31's Commander and Deputy Commander formally completed the requirements upon completion of attendance at the Pacific Region Staff College at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada from 1-6 April 2013. The following is a summary of requirements met by both members:

Squadron Commander - Major Chris Mattson
Master Ratings - Finance and Logistics
- Various Command and Staff Assignments to include two times as Squadron Commander, Deputy Squadron Commander and a variety of other staff positions within different squadrons and Inland Empire Group 3
- Pacific Region Staff College - April 2013

Deputy Squadron Commander - Technical Sergeant Paul Barone
Master Rating - Cadet Programs
- Deputy Squadron Commander and a variety of other staff positions within Squadron 31
Pacific Region Staff College - April 2013

The Paul E. Garber Award is given to Civil Air Patrol members who complete Level IV of the Senior Member Professional Development Program.  It recognizes those members who have dedicated themselves to leadership and personal development in the CAP.  This award was first given in 1964 and honors the late Paul E. Garber.  Mr. Garber was a noted aviation pioneer, curator emeritus of the National Air and Space Museum, and early champion of Civil Air Patrol.

Civil Air Patrol is the Auxiliary of the United States Air Force. CAP has a three-fold mission.  It includes emergency services, the cadet program, and aerospace education.  CAP professional development provides technical skills and leadership training to senior members age 18 and over to support CAP’s mission.  The program enables these adults to develop these skills while providing a vital public service to our nation.

As the member progresses through the program, he or she completes five increasingly complex training levels.  Each level requires the member to become more involved in CAP activities, master skills in one of 23 technical areas, and develop leadership ability.  As he or she completes these levels, the member receives awards, chances for promotion, and selection for more important roles within CAP.

The fourth milestone is the Garber Award.  It is earned after receiving the Grover Loening Award.  In addition, members must inform their communities about CAP. They must train fellow members in a variety of courses.  They must serve in command or leadership positions for at least two years.   Finally, they must complete CAP’s mid-level leadership course, Region Staff College, or approved equivalent.

Of CAP’s 35,000 senior members, less than 200 earn the Paul E. Garber Award annually.  Receipt of the award and completion of rank and time-in-grade requirements also makes the member eligible for promotion to CAP Lieutenant Colonel.

Cadet Receives his first promotion to Cadet Airman
(Photo Left: Cadet Wagh receives his Cadet Airman stripes from Squadron Deputy Commander TSgt Paul Barone and Squadron Leadership Officer SM Armando Celaya)

7 January 2013

After only a few short months and several tests, Cadet Airman Basic Sai Wagh finally received his promotion to Cadet Airman. Pinning was performed by Squadron 31's Deputy Commander Technical Sergeant Paul Barone and Squadron Leadership Officer Senior Member Armando Celaya. Please congratulate C/Amn Wagh and bestow encouragement as he continues to progress in the CAP cadet program.
New Website posted
7 January 2013

After many years of hosting an old, non-updated website, Billie L. LeClair Cadet Squadron 31 has finally gone out with the old and in with the new. Over the course of the past two months, Squadron Commander and Webmaster, Capt. Chris Mattson, has been slowly developing and designing a new, more functional website for use by squadron members, other CAP members, and members of the general public.

This site is still in the initial developmental phases and will continually be updated as squadron activities occur. Please stay tuned for the latest updates!