The TX-388 Fort Worth Phoenix Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is proud to announce it has earned the 2018 Quality Cadet Unit Award (QCUA). This is the third consecutive year the squadron has been given the award, and the fourth time out of the last six years. One of the best measures of an active, flourishing Cadet Program, the QCUA is a banner achievement.

Though the criteria changes slightly from year to year, the core measurements remain the same. Award winners are determined by their performance from 1 September 2017 through 31 August 2018. In order to successfully earn the QCUA, a squadron should excel in the following key areas:

  • Cadet Achievement (Promotions)
  • Orientation Flights – majority of cadets take an initial flight
  • Retention – year over year membership renewal
  • Adult Leadership – trained and equipped
  • Encampment – cadet participation in basic encampment
  • Growth – the unit roster is increasing
  • Aerospace – the unit is actively pursuing aerospace educational activities
  • Enrollment – the unit actively maintains a minimum of 35 cadets
  • Outside Activities – the unit is availing itself of one of the many activities outside the squadron (CyberPatriot, Red Ribbon Leadership Academy, etc.)
  • Emergency Services – Cadets within the unit are earning their General Emergency Services certification early in their CAP career

Achieving Quality Cadet Unit Award status is an excellent gauge of the health of the Cadet Program. Wing leaders often use the program data to identify squadrons that are flourishing, and perhaps use leaders of those outstanding units to mentor leaders in nearby units that have not yet earned the award.

Fort Worth Phoenix Squadron Deputy Commander for Cadets, Capt Shirrel Schramm is extremely proud of the unit’s accomplishments this year. “I am extremely proud of both our cadet and senior members for their dedication to executing the cadet program. This award represents the hard work and dedication of every member of Phoenix Squadron.”

While the unit’s leadership is excited about everything that was accomplished during the past year, their eyes remain fixed on the future of the squadron. Their goal is to continue to serve the Fort Worth community through continued Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services for many years to come.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit or for more information.

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