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May 15, 2021

Cadet 1stLt Acosta and Cadet TSgt Stritch earn national VFW medals

Cadet First Lieutenant Jurnee M. Acosta and Cadet Technical Sergeant Collin J. Stritch were presented medals and certificates May 15 by Bruce McCullough, commander of the Lititz Springs Post 1463, Veterans of Foreign Wars.  The ceremony was held during an extra meeting of Jesse Jones Composite Squadron 304 at the Venture Jets hangar on Lancaster Municipal Airport.

Cadet Lieutenant Acosta joined CAP in 2017 and is currently serving as the squadron’s cadet commander. Receiving the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award in 2020 the lieutenant has two brothers in the CAP cadet organization. She has attended two encampments at Fort Indiantown Gap, in 2017 and 2019 and has received one of nine “orientation flights” in CAP Corporate aircraft.  The cadet commander is a licensed cosmetologist and is attending Lancaster Bible College where she is majoring in healthcare management and is holding a 3.7 grade point average.

Cadet Sergeant Stritch is element leader for new recruits and cadet recruiting non-commissioned officer, having joined in 2019.  He has also flown in one O-flight and was awarded the Wright Brothers Achievement Award in 2020. He recently participated in the Air Force authorized Philadelphia Vaccine Management mission. Currently a freshman at Lancaster Catholic High School he is holding a 90.4% academic average and most of his classes are honors courses. He’s active in music and serves as an athletic trainer.

The squadron is named for local aviation pioneer and wartime member of Civil Air Patrol, Jesse Jones.

Meeting on Monday nights at the Venture Jets hangar off Millport Road at Lititz Pike, the squadron offers a Cadet Program for young men and women from 12 to 21 years of age as well as an Emergency Services and Aerospace Education Program for its members and the public.  When things open up again the public in invited to attend meetings and learn what Civil Air Patrol has to offer.  The meetings begin at 7 p.m. most Mondays.


April 21, 2021

Major Jerome "Pepper" Broad named new squadron commander

Civil Air Patrol Major Jerome “Pepper” Broad, of Marticville, is the new commander of Jesse Jones Composite Squadron 304 which is headquartered at the Lancaster Municipal Airport.  He replaces Major Thomas A. Waltz Jr., who has commanded the squadron since 2018.

Broad, a member of Civil Air Patrol since 2013, is a nurse and has been the squadron health services officer as well as deputy commander for seniors, emergency services officer and standardization/evaluation officer.  He also serves as the coordinator of the small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) program for the Pennsylvania Wing.

The squadron is named for local aviation pioneer and wartime member of Civil Air Patrol, Jesse Jones.

Meeting on Monday nights at the hangar off Millport Road at Lititz Pike, the squadron offers a Cadet Program for young men and women from 12 to 21 years of age as well as an Emergency Services and Aerospace Program for its members and the public.  When things open up again the public in invited to attend meetings and learn what Civil Air Patrol has to offer.  The meetings begin at 7 p.m.

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