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Wyo. Unit Launches 'Superday' Recruitment Push

Cheyenne Composite Squadron Uses Car Show Entry as Opportunity

Tech. Sgt. Salvatore Chiporo
Public Affairs Officer
Cheyenne Composite Squadron
Wyoming Wing

Members of the Wyoming Wing’s Cheyenne Composite Squadron used the 35th annual Cheyenne Superday at Lions Park as a recruiting and networking opportunity – a campaign bolstered by the unit deputy commander’s entry in the event’s car show.

The activity, sponsored by HollyFrontier Refinery, annually celebrates Cheyenne and its culture. Such attractions as the car show, rides, live music, games, exhibits, arts and crafts and refreshment brought hundreds of Wyoming residents to the park.

The car show included “Sabrina,” the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am owned by Maj. Michael Heaberliln, the Wyoming Wing’s chief of staff as well as the Cheyenne squadron’s deputy commander and aerospace education officer. The vintage coupe provided a popular backdrop for the participating squadron members – Tech. Sgt. Salvatore Chiporo; Senior Members Parker Dunbar, Kathleen Larson and Matthew McClure; Cadet Airman 1st Class Austin Keenan; and Cadet Airman Alexandria Morris.

The squadron members handed out over 30 business cards, which featured the date and time of the unit open house set for Sept. 18, to prospective recruits. In addition, several members of the community approached the group and ask for information about Civil Air Patrol and its mission.

Throughout the day the team spoke to representatives of service organizations within the community, including ambulance companies and firefighters, as well as veterans.

The cadets and senior members also met with Richard Johnson of the Cheyenne City Council and discussed his project to restore the original city’s original fire bell, which has suffered from neglect, misuse and graffiti over the years. They talked as well with the volunteer team from Dogs & Tags, a nonprofit volunteer organization that trains and provides service dogs to military veterans suffering from traumatic b Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.