7-6 Air Cav r -CAP e Group 13, Texas Wing, South Western Region, Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary May 2004 Volume 2, Number 4 April News May News CONGRADULATIONS C/1st LT WALLS! Civil Air Patrol is By C/Capt Justin Mcelvaney the United States Air Force Auxiliary e- 7-6 Air Cav r CAP is the newsletter of the: 7-6 Air Cavalry Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron, Group 13, Texas Wing. Commander: Maj. S. Dicker 4724 S. Parkway Conroe, TX 77303-4355 Lone Star Executive Airport Cell Phone: (Captain Jeremy Hooper Left, C/Bobby Walls Right) (713) 504 7154 Pager : 713-684-8385 Conroe, Texas -- Congratulations goes to C/1st Lt Bobby Walls of the 7-6 Air Fax: Cavalry Composite Squadron. Today, 22 May 2004, at about 1830 at Lonestar (713) 218-5560 Executive Airport (CXO) Cadet Walls made his first solo flight in N235TX. E-mail: stephen.dicker@cityof For over a month now, C/Walls has been working with instructor, Captain Jeremy houston.net or Hooper, also of the 7-6 AirCav, on reaching this first step in earning a pilots cap76aircav@hotmail. license. com "The weather, and aircraft, finally cooperated today," said C/Walls. For the past We’re on the Web! week C/Walls and Capt Hooper have been trying to get the solo flight done but due www.7-6aircav.com to weather and aircraft maintenance, today was the first time everything came together. Capt Hooper leaves for Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB in Alabama on Sunday and will be gone for several months. After OTS, he will attend USAF flight school and become a C-5 pilot with the Air Force Reserve. After C/Walls had secured the aircraft, the traditional bucket of water was bestowed upon C/Walls and his shirt tail was taken to be decorated by his instructor. Cadets in Civil Air Patrol may use Civil Air Patrol aircraft to conduct flight training. The instructor must be a CAP Instructor Pilot and the cadet is responsible for the cost of the aircraft, fuel, and of course wiping the never ending supply of bugs off the aircraft after the flight. However, the opportunity to train in some of the nicest light general aviation aircraft around is an opportunity no cadet should pass up. So, once again, congratulations Cadet Walls on your accomplishment! Our Website 7-6 Website is up and Running! By Capt. Ray Hischke The new 7-6 AirCav website is ready for your use.........the address is either www.7-6aircav.com or "tx176.bfcs.org".........note there is no "www" in front if you use the latter......... The site was designed for you to be a useful tool in education, training, and communication in pursuit of your CAP goals..........therefore, we need your input as to its effectiveness in that respect...........ALL inputs, positive or negative, will be considered and we will try to accommodate your suggestions and requirements to further improve its usefulness...........the site is meant to be dynamic and will change to meet your needs............. You will see several links still "TBS"..........these will be completed in the near future.............. Note that any files containing personal information (e.g., phone numbers, addresses, etc.) are password-protected and require a "user id" and password for their access.........the user id and password are to be treated as confidential, so if you have need to access some of those files, please drop an e-mail to the webmaster (below) and he will forward you the id & pw........... Our thanks goes to 1Lt Sean Kinner, of the Berry Field Composite Squadron, Nashville TN, for his assistance in the development, publication and maintenance of this web site. Please forward your inputs directly to Capt. Ray Hischke at firstname.lastname@example.org ...........thanks in advance for your comments............ Group 13 Staff Assignment Group 13 Staff Assignment By Major Stephen Dicker Please allow me to be the first to congratulate Capt. David Ayre whom has been selected by Group 13 Commander, Maj. Rand Woodward, to assume the duties as Flight Operations Officer for Group 13. Capt. Ayre's has decided not to leave the 7-6 Air Cavalry Composite Squadron as he is very attached to the unit and personnel. Capt. Ayre will continue to be the Deputy Commander of Cadet's with the additional Group 13 duty. Congratulations Capt. Ayre! Additionally, Capt. Ted Tessitore has been asked and accepted from Group 13 Commander Maj. Rand Woodward, the duty assignment of Group 13 Emergency Services Officer. Capt. Tessitore like Capt. Ayre, will not be leaving the squadron but will assume this as an additional duty assignment. Congratulations Capt. Tessitore These appointments to Group Staff exemplifies the outstanding personnel assigned to the 7-6 Air Cavalry Composite Squadron. This will make a total of four Senior Members handling double duty for Group 13 and two doing double duty for Texas Wing Staff. My thanks to each of you for making the Air Cav shine! Any comments, news or information to communicate? Please contact Sgt Kyle Joncyk, The Editor, at email@example.com Quote of the month Quote of the Month: "If a man does his best, what else is there?" - General George S. Patton (1885-1945) Commander’s Call Squadron Commander’s Call by Major Stephen Dicker Summer time will be quickly upon us and its going to be just too hot to do much training outdoors. Unfortunately, we still must conduct our physical fitness tests every third Tuesday. Cadets need to be bringing drinks other than just water that’s in their canteens to replace electrolites. Water is good for hydration but does not replace the electrolites your body needs. Cadet’s need to be bringing a bottle of drinks like Gatorade and others posted "Plus Electorlites" on the label. Do not put these drinks in your canteens. Place only water in the canteens. Eating right is also a requirement to remain healthy and at your peak strength. This is not just for CAP meeting days but for everyday in order to remain healthy. For those of you who only exercise on every third Tuesday of the month, your not helping yourselves. Walking, running, swimming or bicycling are great ways to remain in shape. Organized sports such as baseball, basketball and volleyball are another way to keep fit and healthy. I need each of you Cadet and Senior members to vow to get out from behind those video games and computers and work on keeping yourself healthy and fit. I really enjoy seeing each of your smiling faces every week. Upcoming events and activities Upcoming Events & Activities Texas Wing Conference: June 4 – June 6 Texas Wing Training Encampment: June 18 – June 27 Congratulations! Congrats!!!! Congratulations to: C/1st Lt Walls on his solo flight! Congratulations to: ~Captain~ Ayre on his promotion and assignment to Group Staff! Congratulations to Capt. Ted Tessitore on his assignment to Group Staff. Congratulations to 1Lt. Nick Terry on his promotion to 1Lt. Senior Member Spin Senior Member Spin Tuesday May 11th we had a 7/6 Air Cavalry thank you and farewell to Capt Jeremy Hooper and 1Lt Nick Terry. Capt Hooper who is leaving us for Reserve Officer Pilot Training in the USAF starting with Officer Training School, at Maxwell AFB 27th May. Capt Hooper will go onto to pilot training in San Antonio. 1Lt Nick Terry departs for initial training in the US Army Reserves at the same time in the U.S. Army Infantry. We also said goodbye to Maj. Doug Walker and his son, Airman Walker, who are moving to Wyoming and will be leaving CAP as no squadrons are located within 60 miles of their new home. They will be missed and CAP’s loss. Flight Ops Flight Operations by Capt. Jeremy Hooper This is my final article for the newsletter. As I write this from Montgomery, Alabama, I am merely a few hours away from reporting in to Officer Training School and will become property of the U.S. Government. I've already said my "good byes" to everyone who shows up regularly at the meetings, but I'd like to thank you all once again for wishing me the best at training. I am looking forward to the challenge. At the end of the first week of the month, it appeared as though we were on our way to a record-breaking month of flying activities, with over 20 hours logged in N235TX in the first few days alone. We did a number of cadet pilot training flights with C/1LT Bobby Walls and C/TSgt Kyle Joncyk, two sets of Air Force ROTC cadet orientation flights (at Texas A&M), and C/Capt Justin McElvaney flew a number of cross-country proficiency sorties. Unfortunately, we had to ground the plane for maintenance right before the Wing- monitored SAREX. The left tire was balding, and when we attempted to replace it, our maintenance officer 1LT Astrid Phillips discovered a cracked wheel base. Since we had to order replacement parts, the plane didn't go back into service until May 22. Congratulations go out to C/1LT Bobby Walls for making his first solo flight at Lone Star Executive Airport on May 22! You can read more about this event at the Texas Wing Cadet Page (http://www.texascadet.org). -== Will MISS YOU CAPT HOOPER!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck in your new career, we are so happy you are getting to live your dream! Sincerely, The 7-6 ==- Aerospace Education Aerospace Education By: C/TSgt Kyle Joncyk nd This month in Aerospace Education, 2 LT Roland Illerhaus, taught a class on Air Environment and how it affects flying. This class was a power point presentation taken from Module 3, in the cadet AE program. Cadet Programs Cadet Programs By 1Lt. David Ayre C/1Lt Walls and C/TSgt Joncyk attained their CAP Solo Pilot status by obtaining their FAA Medical, Student Pilot’s License and starting on a course of FAA Private Pilot Instruction. Both were being instructed by Capt Hooper. C/1Lt Walls actually went solo on Saturday 22nd May. Congratulations C/1Lt Walls!!! We received 4 mock rifles for honor guard drill training and hope to put them to use in the near future. The rifles were secured by Capt. Fred Laughlin through a Business Donation/Membership. Capt. Fred Laughlin attained his NRA Firearms instructor’s certification, which is another step along the path to being able to offer a Firearms Training Course. This months testing was quite successful with 20 Cadets taking 25 exams, and achieving a 76% pass rate. The following Cadets passed the courses indicated below Name TEST Score Brown, M Goddard 72 Brown, M AE Dim 6 72 Cadwallader, K AE Dim 4 100 Cadwallader, K Feik 72 Cadwallader, Z AE Dim 5 80 Formanek, A AE Dim 4 96 Formanek, A Rickenbacker 100 Foster, S Curry 76 Goerlich, A Curry 79 Handfelt, M Goddard 76 Hsu, C Arnold 84 Magby, B Feik 72 Magby, D Rickenbacker 80 McKenzie, J Curry 79 Roland, T Arnold 72 Weber, N Curry 79 Williams, K Feik 72 Williams, L Lindbergh 72 Williams, L AE Dim 4 96 Several of our cadets have encampment staff duties and were selected to attend NCSA events over the Summer. They are as follows: C/Capt Justin McElvaney will be TX Wing Training Encampment Executive Officer, and was selected for the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) to Turkey C/Capt Eric Mabry has been invited back to be Cadet Commander of the Cadet Officers School (COS) at Maxwell AFB AL C/1Lt William Walls will be TX Wing Training Encampment, OIC Cadet Medical Assistants, and he also is selected to attend the Honor Guard Academy (HGA) at Camp Pendleton VA C/TSgt Kyle Joncyk will be TX Wing Training Encampment, Cadet Medical Assistant, and he also is selected to attend Hawk Mountain SAR School as Alpha, or advanced level, in Hamburg PA, and the National Blue Beret (NBB) event at the Oshkosh Air Show, Oshkosh WI C/TSgt Jimmy McCann is selected to attend Hawk Mountain SAR School as Alpha in Hamburg PA. These selections for Staff at National Level Schools and Events show that the 7-6 Air Cavalry Composite Squadron is developing quality young men and women who will be our leaders of tommarrow. Both Cadet’s and Senior’s, keep up the outstanding work! Maj. Dicker. Emergency Services Emergency Services On May 1st and 2nd Lt. Col. Terry Alexander (Group 13 Director of Comms), Capt. Ted Tessitore and Capt. David Ayre participated in an ELT / UDF search (Mission 04M0875) for an elusive ELT. What transpired was that an aircraft had crashed in the San Antonio area close to a microwave tower, which radiated the ELT signal all over the State. Aircrews comprised of Lt. Col. William “Bill” Williams, and Captains Ayre, Clyde Domengeaux, Ray Hischke, Jeremy Hooper, and Max Taylor, participated in SAREVAL Silver Phantom May 7& 8th. The exercise simulated a natural disaster / flood damage in the local area. The aircrews participated in photo recon exercises, with the photos relayed back to the incident command post in Kerrville. On May 21st Lt. Col. Don Brown (TX Wing CISM Coordinator), and Capt Jeremy Hooper participated in a UDF/ELT mission in the Navasota / Lake Summerville area, coordinating with an aircraft from Group 8’s Georgetown Squadron Admin Admin / Personnel Matters by 1Lt. Brumlow Seniors in this Unit: 43 Cadets in this Unit: 60 Happy Birthday to: Renewals are due for: Kyle Avocato Kathleen Cadwallader Jason Ayre Zachary Cadwallader Kathleen Cadwallader Stephen Cornell Rebecca Capps Jeffrey Durham Stephen Cornell Jessie Durham Jeffrey Durham Ty Elms Benjamin Magby Ray Hischke Michael Threadgill Caleb Hook Gale Tynefield Eric Mabry Kimberly Williams Justin McElvaney William Williams James Sumner Kevin Zieschang Christopher Thomas Matthew Whatley Caleb White You may renew on line https://net.capnhq.gov/OnlineRenewals If you have questions regarding your renewal, please call Membership Services toll free at (877) 227-9142 for further information and assistance. For those of you who need to purchase uniforms, badges, books, training material and or accessories, please go to the attached web site for your order. http://www.capmart.org . I know how important promotions are, and in order to be promoted your file must be up to date. I encourage all cadets to ask to review their files. Seniors and Parents Seniors & Parents Comments & Questions Q. How did CAP respond to the 9/11 attacks? A. September 11th and Civil Air Patrol’s Response • Immediately after the terrorist attacks on September 11th , the CAP National Commander placed all 52 wings on a state of alert. Wings activated and manned their operations center on a 24/7 schedule. Many aircrews were placed on one-hour rapid response standby. • Over 8,700 CAP members mobilized nationwide. • CAP aircraft were in the air within 6 hours of the attacks. • The Bose Corporation donated 40 acoustical headsets to aid rescuers in their search for survivors. CAP had the headsets on site at the World Trade Center in just a few hours after Bose announced the donation. CAP also flew in special robotic equipment to assist rescuers in searching through the rubble. • At the request of the Governor of New York, on September 12th CAP provided the first direct perspective of the World Trade Center disaster site. The photographs the aircrew provided were of immediate value to rescue and security personnel at Ground Zero. • 21 wings (states) were involved in transport missions. • 564 hours were flown in support of 9/11. 48 sorties were flown in the first 72 hours alone. • 450 CAP members manned their designated positions at the FEMA Region Operations Centers and state Emergency Operations Centers, Many for as long as 4 weeks. • NY CAP Wing stepped up existing reservoir reconnaissance. • CAP provided civil consequent management assistance. • Volunteer CAP members from the North Carolina Wing transported 50 cases of blood from Raleigh, NC to the American Red Cross facility in Baltimore, MD, on September 11th . • State officials from Florida tasked CAP members to monitor the state airports and provide advisories to pilots at uncontrolled fields of the flight restrictions in place - 61 airports/284 CAP personnel were used. The wing also provided transportation to government officials, as needed. • Volunteer CAP members in California provided air transportation to government officials. • Members of CAP’s New Mexico Wing were placed on alert for blood transport flights. • Kentucky Wing members answered the call for help by flying blood platelets from Kentucky to New Jersey on the afternoon of September 11th . • Members of the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Wings flew 12 sorties and delivered 3,000 pounds of blood and medical supplies to JFK Airport for delivery to Mount Sinai Hospital. • The Idaho Wing transported blood and medical supplies to California and Nevada for the American Red Cross. • Volunteer CAP members of the Virginia Wing manned the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC). • The Pennsylvania Wing provided manpower and communications support to the Allegheny County Emergency Management Agency and FEMA’s mobile EOC. They were also on standby to provide aerial imaging to authorities of the crash site of the fourth plane. • CAP personnel from the North East Region provided communications and coordination support to the FEMA Region 1 Regional Operations Center. • South Carolina CAP personnel provided communications support to the state EOC. • FEMA Region III placed Delaware Wing members on a one-hour, rapid-response standby. • The New York Wing flew a mission on September 12th for the state to take digital photos of disaster site in New York and provided communications and manning support to the state EOC. • Georgia Wing transported robotic supplies from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia to Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts for robots used by the U.S. Army at the disaster site. • Illinois Wing members assisted local airports that had commercial flights diverted into them and were not prepared to handle them. CAP aircrews were placed on standby for additional support. • Louisiana Wing flew missions for the U.S. Coast Guard District 8 to support the U.S. Coast Guard’s efforts to secure the deep-water ports of Beaumont, Port Arthur TX and Lake Charles LA. • Maryland Wing members assisted the North Carolina Wing by providing lodging for their personnel transporting supplies to Baltimore, and manned the state EOC and provided communications support. • Michigan Wing provided manpower and communications support to the state EOC and was prepared and expected to fly real-time video imaging missions. • Oregon Wing provided transportation for blood and blood samples from Portland to Los Angeles and San Diego via relay with the California Wing. • Pacific Region alerted each of its wings, contacted each state governor to offer support, and established command posts in each wing with aircraft and crews on alert. • Southeast Region alerted each of its wings to be on standby for additional support, and had personnel monitoring communications throughout the region, as needed. • Tennessee Wing members flew camera equipment (real-time video system) to Trenton, NJ from McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base, TN and also expected to be flying blood transport flights. • Texas Wing was fully manned and prepared to fly blood transport missions. • West Virginia Wing members provided manning and communications support to the state EOC. • During September and October, the Puerto Rico Wing flew almost daily missions in support of increased port security requirements for the U.S. Coast Guard Greater Antilles Command. The missions provided daily reporting of marine vessel reconnaissance in the vicinity of pre-designated strategic coastal targets off the waters of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Any parent having questions, concerns or suggestions should feel free to email the Squadron Commander, Maj. Stephen R. Dicker at firstname.lastname@example.org . Maj. Dicker can also be reached on his cell phone at 713-504-7154 for immediate needs. Q and A Questions & Answers Question: My child has received a blues uniform by FedEx from Exchange Catalog Sales. What am I supposed to do with it? Answer: This distribution of uniforms is part of the CAP Cadet Uniform program from the Army Air Force Exchange Service. Your child should have already been issued a uniform from the squadron. You may swap out any previously issued items with the new items from the package, but the balance, a complete blues uniform must be returned to the squadron for issue to other cadets. We are loosing a lot of uniforms as cadets leave CAP and do not return their uniforms. We are initiating steps to recover uniforms from those cadets who have left us. However as of April 1st, we have started charging a $25 one time deposit for any item of uniform drawn from the Squadron’s Connex Supply.
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