Chicagoland/O'Hare Chapter 142

                             Air Force Association

                 ROTC, JROTC, AND CAP NEWS 



Leaders, you may go to our "Aerospace Education" page to find contact information for a Cadet's AFA Medal through our National Awards Department, in care of Alex Edgar.  

For JROTC squadrons, he would like to have the requests in NLT February 15th of each year for end of school year presentations.

Since C.A.P. may present at different times of the year, please order the award and certificate a few months in advance

Direct contact with Alex is:, or  The toll free number is:                800-727-3337, Ext. 4807

News items, as sent by individual squadrons, by order of activity.

Bolingbrook H.S. JROTC - IL-091

May 2016:  Chapter President, Jerry Ashley, presenting cadet Leslie Reyes 

Hernandez with AFA Medal and Certificate

Lincolnway Central/West JROTC - IL 961

May 2016:  Chapter President, Jerry Ashley, presenting Cadet with AFA 

Medal and Certificate

Lockport H.S. JROTC IL-761

May 2016:  Chapter President, Jerry Ashley, presenting AFA Medal and 

Certificate to Cadet Dhiann Vandebogart.

Illinois Institute of Technology ROTC

April 2016:  Chapter President, Jerry Ashley, presenting AFA Medal 

and Certificate to cadet Erik Hammer 

Thunder Composite Squadron IL-317

Thunder Composite Squadron IL-317

February 3rd, 2016:  Chapter President, Jerry Ashley, with Maj Gary Sprigg, CAP, presenting the AFA Medal and Certificate to Cadet/Capt. Nush at the C.A.P meeting. 

Saturday, 28 December 2013, Fox Valley Composite Squadron

Commander John W. Fletcher, Capt CAP, USAF AUX, and his cadets attempted to break the Guinness world record with a launch of a high altitude balloon.  Attached to the balloon was a GPS and camera to record the event and it is my understanding that an official judge was there to witness the flight.  

Although this attempt to break a record fell about five miles short, Commander Fletcher is very proud of his squadron members for what they have accomplished to date.  This was a wonderful learning experience for everyone involved with the project and another attempt to break the record will take place this spring.

                                          Thursday, 28 February 2013,  Lewis Composite Squadron

Chapter President, Jerry Ashley, presented the AFA Medal to cadet Capt. Michael Christopher.  (Pictures and a bio to follow with their information release)

                                         Thursday, 20 September 2012, Lewis Composite Squadron

Once again, our Vice-President, Jerry Ashley, visited Lewis Composite Squadron's  Annual Open House.  This year the event was held at the Plainfield Fire Department Headquarters, 23748 W. 135th Street, Plainfield, IL 60544.  The doors opened at 1800 hours with the ceremonies beginning at 1930 hours. 

Directly after the main portion of the open house ended, parents and visiters were invited to stay to witness the presentation of awards and promotions for the cadets and senior staff.

An important note of interest is the fact that last year Cadet Capt. Michael Christopher developed the syllabus for which a cadet's acomplishments towards earning the Air Force Association medal are based on.  Our congratualtions are extended to this bright young man for his great work in developing this program, which has already benefited his squadron. 

If we have any other Civil Air Patrol Squadron that hasn't taken advantage of the AFA Medal program, or may need help with developing a program along these lines, I would suggest you contact Squadron Commander Major Brian S Cramer at: for more information.  I'm sure he would be more than happy to provide assistance or suggestions.

January 12th, 2018, C.A.P. Group 2

On January 12th, 2018, C.A.P. Group 2 had their annual Wing Banquet at the Orland Chateau in Orland Park.  After the great dinner, awards were given, including the top AFA award to the most deserving cadets from four of the squadrons.   Pictures are below.  

Pres. Jerry Ashley addressing the banquet attendees.


Rev. Don Ashley, V.P. of Aerospace Education and Chapter Pres. Jerry Ashley with Awarded cadets. 

Coffey Composite Squadron - C/Capt Jesse Marr

Magnus Composite Squadron - C/CMSgt Kathryn Nowak

Shorty Powers Composite Squadron - C/LtCol Jacob Floresca

Thunder Composite Squadron - C/MSgt Elliot Basem