Hoffman Estates teen earns Blue Beret at Oshkosh air show

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Austin Lee

    Cadet Lt. Col. Austin Lee Courtesy of Kim Lee

  • Bill Wolf is sworn in as deputy police chief, village of Schaumburg.

    Bill Wolf is sworn in as deputy police chief, village of Schaumburg. Courtesy of Village of Schaumburg

  • Dana Tamez

    Dana Tamez Courtesy of District 102

Posted8/15/2018 12:01 PM

Cadet Lt. Col. Austin Lee of Hoffman Estates is a member of the Woodfield Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, which meets at the Schaumburg Regional Airport.

Lee, who is a student at Conant High School, recently earned his Blue Beret after participating at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


The National Blue Beret is a National Cadet Special Activity in the Civil Air Patrol, one of about 50 National Cadet Special Activities sponsored by CAP across the nation each year. The event is two weeks long and is set up so that the second week overlaps with the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh event. Participants are Civil Air Patrol cadet and senior members who must go through a competitive selection process in order to attend the event.

Lee and the other CAP cadets spent two weeks at Oshkosh. The first week was devoted to preparation and obtaining the qualifications required to serve on an intensive, high-tempo mission base. The second week was spent using those skills to provide support for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh by marshaling aircraft on the flight line, tracking and finding overdue aircraft and interacting with the public.

• Congratulations to the village of Schaumburg's Deputy Police Chief Bill Wolf, who was officially sworn in during a brief ceremony held Aug. 6, in front of family, friends and village staff. Wolf, who has 28 years of law enforcement experience, most recently served as the deputy chief and interim police chief with the city of Elgin.

• Dana Tamez joins Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102 as principal of Aptakisic Junior High School, replacing Eli Rogers who was promoted to Student Services coordinator. Tamez, who has administrative experience from early childhood through high school, most recently was principal at Henry Winkelman Elementary School in Glenview.

Tamez holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a master's degree in teaching and learning from DePaul University, and a second master's degree in administration and supervision from the University of Illinois.

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