On 12 Feb 11, actives took up their brooms, shovels, rakes, and muscle to help clean the Rubidoux Nature Center's trails and creeks in Riverside. The Rubidoux Nature Center needed assistance from our squadron to help clean their trails and creekl. In the picture to the left C/Penrod can be seen sweeping one of the center's trails. The center's staff consists of two park rangers and could not have completed the task without our help and the general public wouldn't have had as nice a visit without a cleaned park. Not only did our hard work benefit the general public but it also helped the local wildlife who depend on that ecosystem for survival. Among all the animals who inhabit the area the creek houses the Santa Ana Sucker, an endangered species in California. The creek clean up is particularly vital to it's survival and the Risner Squadron is proud to have done it's part to aid in its preservation. Job well done actives!
~ C/Maj Brian R. Velasquez
Candidate Class: The Experience
Entering candidate class for the first time, I had one goal in mind; to thoroughly prepare myself for field training. However, little did I know, the training was going to allow me to develop into not only a better cadet, but overall a stronger and more confident individual. Throughout my ventures in this class, my fellow candidates and I faced countless challenges along the way: from difficult problem solving, to physical exhaustion as well as emotional struggles. We had to work together to overcome these obstacles. However, at the end of the day, there was nothing left but a sense of satisfaction. Candidate class taught me a lot of things that I never would have figured out on my own. The most important principle that I took with me out of candidate class was the true meaning of teamwork. If we each acted individually and tried to accomplish the task on our own, the mission would fail; however, if we all worked as a whole, anything was possible. The old saying two heads are better than one, most certainly applied to this case. Aside from teamwork, I also learned a lot about myself that I was previously unaware of. What I discovered while doing candidate class, were my own weaknesses. Utilizing these weak points, I strived to strengthen them, resulting in an overall growth as not only an individual but as a cadet as well. What makes a person strong is to know their weakness and be able to overcome them. It was, and still is, a battle to fully overcome my weaknesses but I feel that I became stronger and more confident as a result of all this fighting. Overall I have achieved positive results from my experiences with candidate class. As I look back upon it, I can say that I learned a lot and even with all the hardships, found it a worthwhile experience. I entered candidate class as an individual, with personal goals and dreams. I left with a stronger sense of teamwork and a higher level of confidence.
~C/3C James Liu
C/Maj Jessica Zetina, SQ/CC, Editor and Chief