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Overcoming Adversity

November 21, 2020

Throughout this year, CAP members have truly learned what it means overcome adversity. Cadets have dealt with abruptly canceled meetings, virtual gatherings on platforms never before used, and canceled encampments. No one would say that it has been easy, but we will likely look back and find that these moments have taught us so much and have sharpened our flexibility and our different ways of teaching and leading than ever before.

One such example was given this past Tuesday at the online virtual meeting for Virginia Wing’s Newport News Composite Squadron. Virginia Wing was unexpectedly moved back down to 25 person meetings due to the governor’s directive; given the large size of the Newport News squadron the decision was made to go virtual again.

During this meeting, there were two special guests that the cadets had been looking forward to hearing from in-person: two members from the Langley Air Force Base F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, Maj Joshua “Cabo” Gunderson, the team’s commander and pilot, and 2d Lt Sam Eckholm, the team’s Public Affairs Officer. The two gentlemen spoke for about an hour regarding their mission, their team, their education, and more.

Maj Gunderson talked about his career of flight, along with his past duty stations and education. He gave valuable advice and answered all of the questions the cadets asked.

Lt Eckholm talked about his love for public affairs and his job of making sure his team is properly represented. He also spoke of the team’s YouTube channel, which can be found under the title, “F-22 Demo Team”.

The cadets of the Newport News Composite Squadron are very thankful for the time these gentlemen spent with us, and for their flexibility in offering quality training using a virtual platform. The cadets were left challenged and motivated to continue to pursue their goals both during this time of adversity and for times to come.

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C/1st Lt Rachel Sherrod, Newport News Composite Squadron

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