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9/11 CALLS MEMBERS
Patriotism Leads Volunteers Into CAP
CAP Postures Cadets For Next Level
CIVIL AIR PATROL
2 9/11 Impacts Membership
Five years later, members share inspiration for joining.
6 Border Sorties
National commander testifies before House committee.
9 Sea of Red
CAP members take part in Red Ribbon Week.
2 The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, had
11 Georgia Wing on Their Minds a profound effect on CAP membership.
Unit’s missions gain praise from State House.
12 Animal Instinct 40 Wings of Freedom
Feline friends help CAP hone search skills. Pilot of historic bombers says CAP gave him aviation
16 Aerospace and Beyond
CAP member spreads AE message across nation. 42 On the Marking
Cadet embodies, shares spirit of CAP.
18 Blind? No Problem!
Cadet shares his CAP experience. 46 Springboard to Success
Cadets sail from CAP to military academies.
20 Ham and CAP Go Great Together
Members promote CAP at Hamvention.
21 Seasonal Sensations DEPARTMENTS
Centerfold pullout features cadet summer programs.
5 From Your National Commander
22 Lead to Succeed
Cadet Officer School readies youth for careers, life. 51 Achievements
Officers, Cadets Honored
24 Egg-citing School
National Staff College prepares members to lead. 53 Region News
26 Greatest CAP Show on Earth
Blue Beret cadets perform missions at Oshkosh.
30 Worldwide Cadets
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IACE takes youths across the globe.
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32 A New Frontier Hansell St., Bldg. 714, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6332
Airline expands cadets’ horizons behind the scenes.
34 Full Body Workout
National Cadet Competition tests youths in every way.
ON OUR COVER
Cadet Eric Daniel Nelson of the Middle East Region's Color Guard
37 Chaplains at Work salutes during an outdoor presentation at Civil Air Patrol's National
CAP member fills in for deployed minister. Cadet Competition in Herndon, Va. Special coverage of the competition
38 Seeing Stars as well as other summer cadet activities begins on page 21.
CAP member talks telescopes. Photo by Marc Huchette, CAP National Headquarters
Civil Air Patrol Volunteer 1 September-October 2006
Five Years After
Volunteers Still Feel Strongly About Serving America
By Lenore Vickrey
he events of Sept. 11, after that day, he knew others would including as an operations officer,
2001, left an indelible soon be called to defend the coun- and recently, he and fellow CAP
mark on the psyche of try abroad, and he was compelled to members flew four sorties and more
America. Many citizens do his part. He joined CAP in than 11 hours in support of a new
were stirred by October 2002. Army and Navy joint homeland
a newfound patriotic “I looked at many missile defense system.
spirit to defend the U.S., organizations, but kept “I feel even more strongly about
and a significant number coming back to the Civil CAP than I did when I joined four
found that opportunity Air Patrol due to my love years ago,” Stokes said. “We play an
to serve in the Civil Air of flying,” he said. important role in our nation’s secu-
Patrol. Stokes obtained his rity and a vital role in support of
Statistics show mem- scanner and observer rat- the Air Force and the general avia-
bership increased by 11 ings within six months, tion community.”
percent within two years and has participated in 29 Like millions of other Americans,
after 9/11. Capt. Jon L. Stokes actual search and rescue 1st Lt. Gail Swanson watched in
Capt. Jon L. Stokes sorties, five homeland disbelief as the twin towers col-
was one of those who felt the call to security sorties and 12 counterdrug lapsed on her TV screen. Eighteen
CAP. Now commander of Senior sorties, accumulating more than months later, the writer found her-
Squadron 5, California Wing, he 160 flight hours as an observer. He self in New York City where she
had never joined the military, but has served in many capacities, spent three months interviewing
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Americans who helplessly watched as
rescue workers to in my hand,” she said. “I will
thousands died in the terrorist attacks of
help them docu- never forget these people.”
9/11 felt compelled to somehow make a
ment their stories. After her New York expe-
difference. For many, the answer was
Among them: rience, Swanson wanted to
volunteer service in the Civil Air Patrol.
Claudio, who per- help in some way. She
sonally evacuated stopped by a CAP display at
20,000 people out 1st Lt. Gail Swanson the Naples, Fla., airport and
of lower Manhattan; was intrigued to learn there “I joined CAP so I could help
a firefighter who survived by diving was an organization that helped in my country post-Sept. 11, and I
onto the back of a fire truck and preparedness, search and rescue, continue in CAP because I think it’s
pulling the fire hose on top of him; education and even homeland secu- a great way for a citizen to be a part
others who told of cars melting in rity. She joined up, and has since of the solution in helping the coun-
an underground parking garage and served as a squadron, group and try fight the war on terrorism,” said
of finding a pair of hands on a near- wing public affairs officer, the Flori- Swanson. “It’s also a great way to be
by firehouse roof. da Wing director of public affairs of assistance in times of disasters, be
“I can only liken it to being in an and as a ground team member. She they manmade or natural.”
operating room during open-heart was also named the 2005 Florida “The day after Hurricane Charlie
surgery and holding a beating heart Wing PAO of the Year. hit, I was tasked as a Naples senior
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squadron ground team member to in homeland security, she knew it A CAP aircraft was the first allowed to
go to Port Charlotte to help the was time to join. She has served as fly over Ground Zero, providing
Florida Wing ‘Recon One’ team,” her squadron’s aerospace education high-resolution digital images to
she said. “We performed a ground officer, and, like Swanson, has espe- the New York State Emergency
team search for victims needing cially enjoyed working with cadets. Management Office.
help. We found approximately 21 “The most meaningful part has been
families on one stretch of road who inspiring or contributing to the
were out of food, water and baby cadets’ interest in serving their coun- a role model. “CAP members are
formula. We reported back, and try and in flying,” she said. some of the best, most
those supplies were quickly brought She’s also been honorable and giving
to the families.” involved in CAP’s people I have ever
As a PAO she has been inspired counterdrug program known. It is a pleasure
by the dedication of CAP cadets, as a mission transport and a considerable
and the officers who help them pilot and has been an honor to serve with
become “leaders of tomorrow.” aircrew member on at them and especially to
Maj. Lynda Kilbourne, an associ- least four search and be asked to lead them.”
ate professor of management at rescue missions and “The work we do is
Xavier University in Cincinnati, also exercises. hugely important, and it
joined CAP after Sept. 11. She’d As a deputy com- Maj. Lynda Kilbourne gives special meaning to
considered joining while completing mander of officers, a my flying,” she said.
her private pilot license, but after vice commander and a squadron “My attachment to CAP is even
learning about CAP’s increased role commander, Kilbourne has served as stronger than when I joined.” ▲
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[ from your national commander ]
abulous! That’s the word that comes to mind when I reflect on
Civil Air Patrol’s 2006 annual conference in Reno last month.
With the theme “A legacy of service … poised for the future,” this
event was truly the best of the best. The national recognition cere-
mony, the general assembly, the learning labs, the exhibit hall –
every aspect of this notable gathering went off like clockwork and
was handled flawlessly by the host of volunteer members involved, especially those
in the Pacific Region, and our staff at CAP National Headquarters.
The conference highlights were many indeed. First, the CAP National Board
elected Brig. Gen. Amy Courter of the Michigan Wing to serve as national vice
commander. This marked a historical milestone for CAP – the first time a woman
has served in a national command position in the organization’s 65-year history.
Also, the Cessna-sponsored opening reception – a celebration of CAP’s 65th
birthday on Dec. 1 – was first class all the way. Custom-decorated cakes adorned
with images of CAP’s history were ceremoniously cut in the exhibit hall to kick off
our yearlong anniversary celebration.
The national recognition ceremony was a sterling tribute to our members and
their achievements. Congratulations to all of our award winners – especially adet
Lt. Col. David Maver, Cadet of the Year; Lt. Col. James Zoeller, Senior Member
of the Year; and members of the New Mexico Wing’s Gallup Raptor Composite
Squadron – this year’s recognized Squadron of Distinction.
In addition to individual awards, I’m proud to announce that CAP took home
a number of organizational awards. First and foremost, we were recognized with a
Summit Award by the American Society of Association Executives for Hurricane
Katrina relief operations in 2005. Also, CAP’s public affairs team took home nine
awards from the Southern Public Relations Federation, including two first-place
Lantern awards for the CAP Public Affairs Toolkit and the Van Don Williams
video; a certificate of excellence was presented for CAP’s new flagship magazine,
Civil Air Patrol Volunteer.
In closing, I want to tell you how pleased I am that, to date, CAP’s overall safe-
ty record has been excellent. With only one more month left in fiscal 2006, I
implore each and every CAP member to remain vigilant and think safety at all
times! Also, because of the focused effort on recruiting and retention at the unit
level, our membership stats in the officer category are now stable. We still have a
ways to go with retention in the cadet category, but it is getting better. What a
wonderful way to close out the fiscal year – on top and “poised for the future”!
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Border training prepares
CAP for follow-on request
ivil Air Patrol National Commander Maj. Gen. CAP Cessna 182 and a Gippsland GA8 Airvan.
C Antonio J. Pineda testified before the House
Armed Services Committee recently to answer
questions about CAP’s recent training flights along the
CAP gained valuable lessons on tactics and employ-
ment in the sometimes hostile Arizona flying environ-
ment. Additionally, Pineda said CAP’s aircrews reported
border between Arizona and Mexico. several instances of suspicious activity to border patrol
The meeting took place in Yuma, Ariz., where Pineda officials.
testified alongside federal and military officials, as well "CAP was called upon to perform these missions in
as a representative of south central Arizona Native order to help the state of Arizona spot immigrants in
Americans. distress and, in the process, prevent the loss of lives on
CAP was tasked by the U.S. Air Force to conduct the Mexican border," said Congressman Duncan
search and rescue training flights in Arizona to ensure Hunter, R-Calif., chair of the House Armed Services
the units are ready to conduct operational missions if Committee, whose district is located on the California-
requested by other governmental agencies. Mexico border. "The problem had reached epic propor-
CAP’s Arizona Wing began flying missions along the tions, with 70 deaths on the Arizona-Mexican border in
Arizona border on July 17, flying 94 flights and over recent weeks alone."
319 hours in a CAP Cessna 182 aircraft. In addition, Hunter has worked to seal the U.S. border to illegal
the New Mexico Wing flew two additional aircraft, a aliens and drug trafficking. He authored legislation in
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Photo by Jacob Lopez, courtesy of The Sun, Yuma, Ariz.
Civil Air Patrol National Commander Maj. Gen. Antonio J. Pineda speaks before the House Armed Services Committee in Yuma,
Ariz. Alongside Pineda, from left, are witnesses Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau; Col. Ben Hancock,
commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma; Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey Calhoon, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection; and Vivian Juan-Saunders, chair of the Tohono O’odham Nation.
1988 that led to construction of 40 miles of fencing and “CAP has performed admirably in its border patrol
border infrastructure. In 1995 he authorized an additional training operations, demonstrating our vast capabilities.
5,000 Border Patrol agents, and he recently successfully The success of these training missions contributed to a
added an amendment to the Border Protection, Antiter- very positive review by the committee,” he said. ▲
rorism and Illegal Immigration Act of 2005 that calls
for a total of 698 miles of fencing at the five most tran-
sited and problematic locations along the southern
“CAP’s proven track record in SAR missions and
our availability of large numbers of aircraft and
trained personnel uniquely positioned CAP to success-
fully conduct these type missions,” said Pineda.
During the CAP training flights on the border between Arizona
and Mexico, CAP’s eyes in the skies spotted and photographed Abandoned Vehicle
suspicious sights, such as this vehicle abandoned in the desert.
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Final Salute To Aviation Legend CIVIL AIR PATROL NATIONAL COMMANDER
Maj. Gen. Antonio J. Pineda
Don R. Rowland
Julie M. DeBardelaben
James F. Tynan
Photo by Paul Glenshaw
Neil P. Probst
The casket of A. Scott Crossfield, one of Civil Air Patrol’s most loyal advocates and Janet Adams, Jayson A. Altieri, Kimberly
supporters, is carried to the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia Barnhart, Kimberly Harper, Jennifer Kornegay,
on Aug. 15. Crossfield passed away on April 19 when his Cessna 210 crashed in
Victoria Terrinoni, Lenore Vickrey
Georgia. For comprehensive information on Crossfield’s aviation career and his
contributions to CAP, see the July-August issue of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer online
at http://www.cap.gov/capvolunteer ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Col. Virginia Keller
Adviser to the CAP National Commander
for Public Affairs
Rocket-Launching Cadets Lt. Col. Karen Copenhaver
Director of Public Affairs, Middle East Region
Meet Moonwalker John Desmarais
Deputy Director, CAP Operations
Lt. Col. Michael Marek,
Director of Public Affairs, North Central Region
1st Lt. Thomas Rehman
Former Chair, National Cadet Advisory Council
Capt. Steven Solomon
Public Affairs Officer, Maryland Wing
Executive Director, CAP Historical Foundation
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squadron and wing news.
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Drug Awareness Week
by Jennifer S. Kornegay
C AP’s nearly 57,000 mem-
bers will join military, law
enforcement and school
officials nationwide on Oct. 23-31 as
participants in Red Ribbon Week.
drug cartel members.
“It’s an annual, national celebra-
tion of his memory and an opportu-
nity for our members to rededicate
themselves to CAP’s drug demand
school programs. The overriding
objective of each is to instill a drug-
CAP has purchased more than
200,000 red ribbons that reads
The annual observance, which reduction mission,” said Jan Hoff- “Civil Air Patrol – United Against
encourages youths to say no to drugs, man, assistant program manager for Drugs,” which will be distributed to
also commemorates the supreme sac- CAP’s Drug Demand Reduction every wing for this year’s celebra-
rifice made by a 1986 casualty of the program. tion. Wing and squadron obser-
war on drugs – agent Enrique In addition to community out- vances will have common goals: To
Camarena of the U.S. Drug Enforce- reach, which includes Red Ribbon honor agent Camarena and to rein-
ment Agency, who was kidnapped, Week, the DDR program consists force the antidrugs message, said
tortured and murdered by Mexican of education and training and Hoffman.
Enrique Camarena Jr., son of slain DEA agent
Enrique Camarena, and Miss USA 2005, Chelsea
Cooley, emphasize the antidrug message at the
Civil Air Patrol’s Drug Demand Reduction booth
during the Pentagon’s 2005 Red Ribbon Week
festivities. In addition to the booth, the Middle East
Region Honor Guard performs there each year.
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“ Red Ribbon Week is a time when the
nation comes together, but CAP goes
beyond that. We do it every day. Our drug
demand reduction message makes people
realize CAP is an organization that is truly
helping the community and its families.
– Lt. Col. Jett Mayhew
Middle East Region DDR Coordinator
Lt. Col. Steve Levesque, the emergencies we face, and it is ongo-
Massachusetts Wing's DDR admin- ing,” she said. “Red Ribbon Week is
istrator, explained the importance of a time when the nation comes
CAP’s participation in Red Ribbon together, but CAP goes beyond
Week. that. We do it every day. Our drug
“It is at the core of our drug demand reduction message makes
demand reduction mission,” he people realize CAP is an organiza-
said. “The goals of Red Ribbon tion that is truly helping the com-
Week tie right in with CAP’s goals munity and its families.”
of promoting community aware- In her region, Mayhew said CAP
ness, forming community coalitions Red Ribbon Week activities range
and promoting drug awareness.” from partnering with schools for set up a display there as well.
“The whole idea of the red rib- “Just Say No” poster contests to “It is a wonderful opportunity.
bon campaign is to make it known, members marching in parades and We get the chance to talk to so
by wearing the ribbon, that you are handing out red ribbons. many people in fighting the drug
a part of a positive, drug-free “Since it is near Halloween, some war, including generals and admi-
lifestyle,” he added. members give out red ribbons and rals,” she said.
“It's in our bylaws," explained CAP materials with candy to trick- The event will feature a keynote
Lt. Col. Jett Mayhew, Middle East or-treaters,” she said. address by Camarena’s widow,
Region DDR coordinator. “It says In addition, the Middle East Geneva, on Oct. 23.
CAP will respond to all humanitari- Region Honor Guard annually per- For more information about
an emergencies.” forms at the Pentagon’s Red Ribbon CAP’s Red Ribbon Week activities
“The negative effect of drugs in Week festivities. CAP, along with and the DDR Program, go to
this country is one of the biggest other branches of the military, will www.cap.gov. ▲
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Singles out Wing for Praise
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue holds a reprint of the painting “We Were There,” presented by, from
left, Georgia State Legislative Squadron Commander and Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk, Georgia
Wing Commander then Lt. Col. Guillermo Heredia, CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Antonio J.
Pineda, outgoing wing commander Col. Don Green and Lt. Col. Thomas Smith.
he Georgia House of Representatives 290 sorties and 395 flight hours, and 10 disaster relief
expressed its appreciation to the Georgia missions, including post-hurricane relief.
Wing’s volunteers by presenting two res- Perdue, who is also a pilot, stated in a comment to
olutions during a recent gathering in the the more than 100 cadets and CAP officers gathered in
Capitol Rotunda. the rotunda, “If my ELT (emergency locator transmitter)
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and several state represen- is ever activated, please come find me.”
tatives joined CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Loudermilk recently took the helm of the Georgia
Antonio J. Pineda, outgoing Georgia Wing Commander State Legislative Squadron and began recruiting new
Col. Don Green and more than 100 Georgia Wing members, including Georgia state representatives Lester
cadets and officers for the occasion. Jackson, Melvin Everson and John Lunsford, who were
House Resolution 1699, presented by Geogria Rep. all in attendance.
Barry Loudermilk, honored the wing for its service to In response to the state’s outpouring of support, the
the state. House Resolution 1742 paid tribute to Green Georgia Wing presented Perdue and the Georgia House
for his accomplishments and contributions in support of and Senate reprints of the painting “We Were There” by
the Georgia Wing. artist Diane Kraus. The painting depicts a New York
In 2005, the wing participated in 60 search and res- Wing Cessna circling over Ground Zero on Sept. 12,
cue missions, 24 counterdrug missions, which included 2001, the first civilian aircraft flown after 9/11. ▲
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South Dakota State University graduate
assistant Dan Thompson holds
a young mountain lion about
2 years old that was shot
with a tranquilizer dart
at Camp Remington
in the Black Hills
of South Dakota.
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South Dakota State University
graduate assistant Dan Thompson,
left, and South Dakota Wing pilot Maj.
Leo Becht join forces to track the
behavior of mountain lions in the wild.
By Lenore Vickrey
ing the population of the animals pilot Maj. Leo Becht.
n South Dakota, pilots famil-
iarize themselves with the Black for SDSU in this unique, win-win The tracking process starts when
Hills – one of the most diffi- partnership. Thompson and South Dakota
cult areas to locate missing aircraft – Students in Jonathan Jenks’ Game, Fish and Parks personnel
and practice radio search patterns wildlife and fisheries sciences class tree the mountain lions with
by tracking mountain lions. If it rely heavily on CAP pilots to fly hounds, tranquilize them and fit
sounds cool, well, it is! them on research missions. SDSU them with radio collars. Some col-
Col. Mike Beason, South Dakota students use the data they gather to lars have a GPS receiver so the ani-
wing commander, obtained the learn about the lions’ interaction mal’s position can be monitored
tracking mission when he was the with other animals, determine several times a day by satellite, said
wing’s director of operations. “We when a female gives birth and even Beason. Because they never see the
learned South Dakota State Univer- when an animal dies. They can also animals from the air, the radio sig-
sity was conducting studies of estimate home ranges and popula- nal procedure is similar to tracking
mountain lions in our Black Hills tion size. an aircraft’s emergency locator
region and determined it would be SDSU graduate assistant Dan transmitter.
good training for our aircrews Thompson, who spends much of Since male lions can travel 30 to
because it’s a heavily forested area his time tracking the migration pat- 40 miles per day, knowing their last
and in rough terrain,” he said. terns of lions as part of his doctoral position is important for the mis-
For the past five years, the wing research, makes frequent flights over sion’s success, said Beason, adding
has played an integral role in track- the Black Hills, primarily with wing that females generally stay within 15
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miles of their location. When CAP first began flying one mile.”
“With a male lion that moves for the mountain lion research “Tracking swift fox, for example,
over a great distance in a short peri- project, only about eight lions requires the entire mission to be
od of time, the best way to locate were collared. Now there are 38. flown after sundown since the ani-
him is through aerial telemetry,” said Mountain lions aren’t the only mal only moves when it’s dark. We
Thompson, who has been tracking animals tracked in South Dakota fly these at about 6,000 feet above
lions for the past three years. with the help of CAP. A previous the ground and fly a grid search pat-
Becht flies the plane in the vicini- study tracked antelope, which num- tern to find them,” he said.
ty of the lion’s last known location, bered as many as 30 in Harding All of the information collected is
and if the signal isn’t acquired County. Other studies are tracking valuable to the South Dakota Game,
quickly, he circles, putting one the movements of turkey, sage Fish and Parks Commission in man-
antenna parallel to the horizon, grouse, swift fox and pine marten. aging wildlife populations in the
which gives the best reception. “Tracking the different animals state. Based on 2005 tracking data, a
Once the signal is picked up, he changes the way we conduct the hunting season was established to
flies toward it; Thompson then studies,” said Beason. “The size of manage the capacity of 145 moun-
switches between antennas to deter- the animal determines the size of tain lions in the Black Hills.
mine which side of the aircraft the the collar, which is important “In some instances, we could not
signal is coming from. because the larger collars for lions follow animals without CAP’s assis-
“Doing this, the plane can home have a stronger radio signal, which tance because of cost and the num-
in fairly accurately on the signal can be heard up to 30 miles away, ber of relocations,” said Jenks,
without much delay,” explained Bea- whereas the small collars for a pine adding, “CAP’s help is absolutely
son. “When close over the animal, marten can only be heard within essential.” ▲
both antennas are used simultane-
ously to determine the strongest sig-
nal strength, which lets the crew
know when they are over the animal.
With several passes over the animal
from different directions at 1,000 to
1,500 feet above the ground, the
crew can determine accurately where
the animal is without seeing it.”
A radio collar is partially visible in
this photo of a 174-pound male
mountain lion caught in the
northern Black Hills, south of
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McArdle’s expertise in
Photo by Andrea Johnson
By Lenore Vickrey
t. Col. Mike McAr-
dle’s involvement with
CAP began, appropri-
ately, in the classroom
when he was recruited
by one of his students, a CAP cadet.
As the school’s aviation and space
education teacher, he was an obvi-
ous candidate for membership in
the Wisconsin Wing, and the
Lt. Col. Mike McArdle's hot air balloon, Flower Power, flies high at an early morning
opportunity to apply his vast
ballooning rally in Erie, Colo. McArdle’s enthusiasm for aviation has strengthened
knowledge in this new venue imme-
CAP’s aerospace education program.
McArdle, who is also a colonel in space education officer at the
Photo by Connie Reeves
the U.S. Army Reserve, joined CAP squadron, wing and region levels,
in 1989. Over the years, his vast and is now serving as the Great
knowledge and expertise in aero- Lakes Region’s deputy chief of staff
space education have touched liter- for aerospace education. His impact
ally every aspect of CAP’s program includes a decade committed to
nationwide. CAP’s National Conference on Avi-
“Mike McArdle is an icon to ation and Space Education, where
those who know and work with the he has inspired hundred of teachers
CAP aerospace education program,” and, in turn, countless students
said Lt. Col. E.J. Smith of the with his presentations on such top-
Nevada Wing, the Pacific Region’s ics as “James Bond in the Class-
deputy chief of staff for aerospace room” and “From ‘Wings’ to ‘Top
education. “He is a great asset to Gun.’”
aerospace education.” McArdle starts the hot-air balloon burner McArdle’s contributions to cur-
McArdle has served as an aero- before takeoff. riculum development, one of his
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fortes, includes an
Photo by Connie Reeves
innovative guide for McArdle’s Milestones
education across the Lt. Col. Mike McArdle has received
curriculum, as well as many awards for his work in
a leadership role in aerospace education. Among them:
developing the • 2006 Frank G. Brewer Civil Air
National Aerospace Patrol Memorial Aerospace Lifetime
Education Officer Achievement Award
School, where he • Crown Circle for Aerospace Education Leadership
serves on the faculty. Award, presented by CAP, 2001
Lt. Col. Mike McArdle
He is also responsible • Carl E. Guell Aviation Educator of the Year Award,
for helping many AE presented by the Wisconsin Council on Aeronautics,
directors and program participants receive top rat- 1993
ings on their compliance and unit inspections. In • High School Teacher of the Year for Aviation-Space
addition, his aerospace reach includes leadership Education, presented by the Wisconsin Department of
in developing the National Cadet Aerospace Edu- Public Instruction, 1993
cation Academy at the Experimental Aircraft • Aviation Educator of the Year, presented by the Billy
Association in Oshkosh, Wis. The Wisconsin Mitchell Chapter of the Air Force Association, 1992
Wing’s AE Web pages – developed by • Wisconsin Wing and Great Lakes Region recipient of
McArdle – serve as a model for other wings. (See the Frank G. Brewer-CAP Memorial Aerospace Senior
www.wiwgcap.org/ae/index.htm) Member Award, 1992
“I always have the curiosity to learn something
new every day. Since there is so much to learn Wing awards attributed to his leadership:
about aviation and space, I am always learning,” • Outstanding AE Program, Wisconsin Wing, 2006
said McArdle of his devotion to the field. Compliance Inspection
“Lt. Col. McArdle's passion, vision and lead- • First place, 2005 National AE Mission Award
ership have revitalized the Wisconsin Wing’s • First place, 2005 Great Lakes Region AE Mission Award
aerospace education program and made it a • Third place, 2004 National AE Mission Award
model program for the rest of the country,” said • First place, 2004 Great Lakes Region AE Mission Award
Col. Donald J. Haffner, Wisconsin Wing com- • Outstanding rating, AE Program, Wisconsin Wing,
mander. “He is a true asset to the entire Civil
2002 Compliance Inspection
Air Patrol.” ▲
Lt. Col. Mike McArdle will discuss “Ten Ideas for Aerospace
Education” during the 2006 National Conference on Aviation
and Space Education slated for Oct. 19-21 in Washington,
D.C. For more information, go to www.ncase.info.
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Doing It All
With a Difference
By Janet Adams
Alex Parks, cadet commander of the Bangor-
Brewer Composite Squadron, has completed
every challenge the Maine Wing offers.
Since he joined CAP in 2002, he has
participated in four winter survival
overnighters and four summer encampments.
And he’s done it all without the gift of sight.
ow cold does it get in the great
north woods outside Bangor,
Composite Squadron Cadet
Commander Alex Parks knows –
upfront and personal. In February 2006, he
participated in an advanced winter survival Alex Parks joins his mother, 1st Lt. Susan Hall,
on her first aerial refueling mission.
challenge that left him chilled, but exhilarated.
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After a search of Parks, who is a member of
the encampment his unit’s honor guard team, is
area, Parks and his pictured during a Memorial
winter survival Day parade.
buddy found, in
his words, “the
coolest tree in the
world. Not only Parks. “I recommend the
could we climb it advanced course to all,
and use it as a and if you have never
multistory couch, been, go! It is an incredi-
but we used its ble experience – and you
lowest branch to will not be able to help
lean big sticks but live if the situation
against.” The two were ever real.”
placed layers of “CAP has given me a
pine boughs over sense of responsibility, a
the lean-to and fig- sense of leadership,” said
ured the shelter Parks, who enjoys being
would keep them part of his unit’s honor
protected from the guard team and a mem-
numbing cold of a ber of the encampment
long, dark winter staff.
night, with tem- “You learn so much
peratures dipping being around a squadron:
down to minus 20 self-confidence, how to
degrees. work with other people,
Because the advanced class simu- covered his damp earmuffs, stowed being accountable and the
lates a real-life survival situation, inside his sleeping bag, had frozen. importance of discipline. Even my
they were equipped with only water, In a philosophical vein, Parks notes, posture has improved,” he said.
a sleeping bag/ground cover, a knife, “All in all it was a very educational Parks’ mother, Susan Hall, echoes
some food, a change of clothes and, night.” those sentiments. She joined CAP
unfortunately, a shelter that was too In the morning, Parks discovered in July 2002, a few months after her
small. The inadequacy of their shel- he had left his hood and jacket out- son, and is now a first lieutenant.
ter became apparent when Parks got side the shelter. “Ever try to put on She has accompanied him on refuel-
in it first and realized the “shelter a jacket that is literally frozen stiff ing missions (KC-135 flights),
was too low for me to be able to zip when you are already shivering vio- watched him go up rock-climbs and
up my sleeping bag without taking lently?” he asked. But, a brisk walk rappel down from 40-foot heights.
out the whole thing.” Then, there with Lt. Col. James Jordan soon “In CAP, Alex is judged and val-
was the wind. “Our layer of pine warmed him up. ued for what he can do, not for
boughs was no match for the wind “This was my fourth winter sur- what he can’t. He has never been
and blowing snow. I kept relearning vival, and I learned a lot and had a babied or excused because of his
that all night!” he said. He later dis- good time despite the cold,” said blindness," his mother said. ▲
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It Up in Dayton
CAP, Ham Radio Operators
Perform Missions for America
By Kimberly Barnhart
ven as strong storms pounded their way Maj. Jim Jones of the Ohio Wing, left; Malcolm Kyser Jr., CAP
across Dayton, Ohio, thousands of peo- National Headquarters assistant chief of mission support; and
ple streamed into the 54th Annual Col. Moe Thomas, then special communications adviser to the
Hamvention. The 25,000 attendees are CAP national commander, stand ready to connect with ham radio
not the kind of people to be deterred by enthusiasts at the 54th annual Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio.
a little bad weather. Not this group. In
fact, tornadoes, hurricanes, times of war and times of
peace are when this special group really steps up and
provides an invaluable public service. They are known as adviser to the CAP national commander and a ham
amateur radio operators, a network of enthusiasts com- radio enthusiast. “And where best to search for potential
municating by ham radio. Their annual conference is CAP engineers, systems managers and communicators
none other than the Hamvention. than Hamvention!”
Ham radio has been around since the early 1900s and With this in mind, several CAP members and cadets
has made significant contributions to the economy, to hosted a booth at the convention to educate attendees
science and to society. In fact, when other methods of on the purpose of CAP. The booth was complemented
communications have failed, ham radio has been there, by the Wisconsin Wing’s Mobile Command Center, a
getting the information to those who needed it most. As high-tech communications vehicle.
a result, many lives have been saved by the information “We received a warm and welcoming response from
provided by ham radio operators. the people at Hamvention, and we invited the attendees
Since the Civil Air Patrol operates the largest single to share their volunteer spirit by joining CAP,” said
dedicated radio network in the nation, it is a natural Thomas. “Several participants signed up to become
draw for the “hams” of amateur radio. Together, the two members on the spot.”
groups use their talents, skills and resources to provide “Most importantly, CAP continues to work side-by-
federal, state and local agencies with communication side with amateur radio operators, emergency services
support for search and rescue and disaster relief missions. and other groups to provide successful missions for
“Most CAP missions require flexible and reliable America,” said Thomas, adding, “Together, CAP and
communications support, along with a host of dynamic the American Radio Relay League members can play an
and resourceful members who make that support a reali- even more dramatic and significant role in service to our
ty,” said Col. Moe Thomas, special communications nation and our communities.” ▲
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In Summer Programs
Summertime in Civil Air Patrol brings out the best of CAP’s
22,000 cadets, who take part in dozens of activities centered
on four basic themes — leadership, aviation careers,
Air Force careers and flight training. The programs are
not just fun and enriching for youths, they are also
vital to the future of America’s aerospace industry.
Ready, Set, Lead!
Cadet Officer School
Preps CAP Youths for Life
lamming volleyballs, Patrol, there’s never been any activi- instructors, the cadets are top-notch
crossing “minefields” ty like this,” said Schoessler, who and it’s such a great learning envi-
and immersing oneself attended lectures by prominent ronment. It’s a melting pot of good
in books and lectures experts of military and aerospace ideas and great solutions,” said
may seem an unlikely history, such as Lt. Gen. Stephen Maness.
summertime combina- Lorenz, commander of Air Universi- Maness worked closely with Lt.
tion for youth. ty at Maxwell. Col. Edward Lee, CAP’s Pacific
But for 102 highly motivated For adult CAP and Air Force Region director of cadet programs,
Civil Air Patrol cadets, Cadet Offi- leaders like Air Force Reserve Lt. to teach about 15 youths in their
cer School in Montgomery, Ala., Col. Jerry Maness, who helped flight how to lead others effectively,
was a chance of a lifetime, not to teach and guide the cadets, the a topic that resonated with cadets
mention a great bar- course also provided satisfaction. like Schoessler.
gain. Other topics of discus-
Photo by Mark Huchette, CAP National Headquarters
Youths like cadet sion included the history
Daniel Schoessler of of air and space power, as
the Ohio Wing came well as communication
from across the coun- skills and strategic think-
try to take advantage ing.
of training that would During the lectures,
cost thousands of dol- the cadets peppered
lars elsewhere. speakers like Dr. David
“The things I Sorenson of Air War Col-
learned here are not lege and Dr. Tom Hughes
just things I can use in of Air University’s School
Civil Air Patrol but of Advanced Air and
things I can also use Space Studies with ques-
the rest of my life as a tions, then discussed top-
business manager,” said Cadet Michael H. Dunn of the Illinois Wing makes a point during a Cadet ics afterward in groups.
Schoessler, who aspires Officer School class at Huntingdon College as Brandon Wegner of the Evenings found the
to be a private aviation Wisconsin Wing, left, and Daniel Palmquist of the Texas Wing look on. cadets hard at work read-
consultant following ing and writing essays on
college at Ohio State University. “I think it’s probably one of the air power, as well as serving and
“It was amazing. In my entire best experiences I’ve ever had with spiking volleyballs during matches
career as a cadet in the Civil Air CAP. It’s a wonderful group of between flights.
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Photo by Cadet Tiffani Heinreich, Nevada Wing
Cadet Officer School participants work to
solve a team challenge during the popular
Project X, a course that teaches cadets to
solve problems together within a set amount
of time and with a limited amount of materials.
Though the cadets sacrificed a and that really shows a lot of team- Air Force Reservists and CAP offi-
week of their summer vacation, they work,” she said. cers.
didn’t seem to mind the extra work. “It didn’t turn out as well as we During Project X, cadets impro-
In fact, cadet Devin Adams of planned, but we’re learning how to vised to scale physical obstacles like
the Alabama Wing was overjoyed work together, and not being able pools of water or "damaged bridges"
while reading about and writing an to speak makes it 10 times harder. with simple tools like ropes, barrels
essay about Gen. Benjamin O. So, we’re all learning about each and planks. In the end, they learned
Davis Jr., commander of the famous other and how to work with each valuable lessons about the difference
Tuskegee Airmen. other’s personalities,” said Batista, between practical and theoretical
He and the air war pioneer share an aspiring Air Force doctor. leadership.
a bond: Adams has already flown 19 Ultimately, the cadets did very Project X was the favorite part
hours at the controls of a CAP well, especially since they went for cadet Claire Patterson of the
Maule and Cessnas 172 and 182, almost two weeks without getting Indiana Wing. The course also sym-
not to mention a Cessna 152, a dirty, which even mature youth like bolized her COS experience.
Piper Cub and Bonanza. once in a while. “It was great. I would definitely
“Hopefully, I’ll go to the Air Their chance came during Pro- recommend it to anybody. I learned
Force Academy or West Point. I ject X, a leadership training exercise to read others’ leadership styles and
have a long life of studying ahead of conceived and first developed by the to evaluate how they are as a
me, but I like the studying part. My German Army and conducted at the leader,” said Patterson, who was
roommate’s cool. Everybody’s cool. U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer pleasantly surprised at the thrill
It’s a real good experience,” the School facility at Maxwell. COS gave her.
cadet said just before engaging in an Stomping, splashing and more “I thought it was going to be a
intricate team-building exercise. than a few cheers prevailed as the lot of hard work, and it was, but it
Minutes later, the cadets looked groups of cadets finished the course was fun at the same time,” she
like busy ants, silently traveling up that is orchestrated by SOS staff, said. ▲
and down hallways and in
and out of classrooms.
Cadet Alysandra Batista
of the Florida Wing
helped prepare her flight
by reading instructions.
“We’re putting together
puzzle pieces without Cadet Alysandra Cadet Daniel Cadet Claire Cadet Devin Lt. Col. Jerry
being allowed to speak, Batista Schoessler Patterson Adams Maness
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Top Volunteers Gain Leadership
Edge at National Staff College
By Kimberly Harper
n egg, drinking straws, a plas- niches to ones primed for leadership CAP leadership.
A tic cup and masking tape
served as simple tools in a
team-building exercise that was any-
in an organization evolving to meet
the needs of 21st century America.
Maj. Timothy Steppan of the
“Through the NSC, I was able to
broaden my vision and think out-
side the box,” he said.
thing but simple. The task – drop South Dakota Wing’s Sioux Falls Maj. Sonia Soto, testing and per-
an egg from 10 feet without break- Composite Squadron, the 2005 sonnel officer at Puerto Rico Wing
ing it using a dozen Headquarters, cher-
straws and masking tape. ished the opportunity
No matter the fate of the to work closely with
egg, the objective was for her peers in the conti-
the students to learn nental U.S.
about themselves, group “Just being here is a
dynamics and how to big accomplishment,”
bring out the best in oth- she said.
ers. Instead of merely
The weeklong listening to lectures in
National Staff College a sterile classroom
training gave the 52 par- environment, the
ticipants, some of CAP’s attendees brought life
Maj. Timothy Steppan, left, of the South Dakota Wing builds a balloon
finest volunteers, a com- to the concepts dis-
tower with Lt. Col. Betty LaGuire of the California Wing and Col. William
prehensive understand- cussed by interacting in
McManis of the Vermont Wing during a National Staff College leadership
ing of the organization’s a dynamic group set-
rich heritage and the var- ting without the divi-
ied challenges facing sions of rank or rib-
anyone in a position of responsibili- Moral Leadership Officer of the bons.
ty. This strong foundation fostered Year, credited the course with giving Lt. Col. John Eggen, the Arizona
the students’ development, from him a better grasp of strategic- Wing’s legislative liaison officer,
volunteers highly skilled in their thinking essentials for successful praised the multifaceted lessons:
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the best leaders they can possibly
Alabama Wing – Lt. Col. Rick Hasha be, CAP enlisted the services of 18
Alaska Wing – Maj. Kenneth Nestler, Maj. David Thompsen
instructors selected from business;
Arizona Wing – Lt. Col. John Eggen, Maj. Norman Rogers
Air University at Maxwell Air Force
Arkansas Wing – Lt. Col. Robert Britton, Lt. Col. Alfred Gore,
Base, Ala.; the CAP executive lead-
Maj. Guina Williams, Lt. Col. James Williams
ership; and the CAP National
California Wing – Lt. Col. Dennis Edmondson, Maj. Paul Gerst,
Maj. Charles Guthmann, Maj. Arthur King, Lt. Col. Betty LaGuire, Headquarters staff.
Lt. Col. James Sena, Maj. Michael Woods “We prepare them for the chal-
Colorado Wing – Maj. Daniel Lukensow, Lt. Col. Edward Phelka lenges of leadership by showing
Florida Wing – Maj. Richard Dean, Maj. Crist Fellman, Maj. P. Garman, them strategies for moving CAP
Maj. Deborah Grimes, Lt. Col. Herbert Schulman, into the future,” said Lt. Col. Peggy
Maj. John Vredenburgh Myrick, director of National Staff
Georgia Wing – Lt. Col. Andre Hance College and a member of the Cali-
Iowa Wing – Maj. Suzanne Tomlinson fornia Wing.
Maine Wing – Lt. Col. Jeffrey Weinstein “We’re not teaching them how,
Maryland Wing – Lt. Col. Wes LaPre, Maj. David Lawlor but showing them why things are as
Michigan Wing – Lt. Col. Franklin Newman they are and how they can effect
Mississippi Wing – Lt. Col. Othar Simmons, Maj. Howard Smith
change,” she added.
Nevada Wing – Lt. Col. David Jadwin, Lt. Col. Lorrie McCarty
“Learning about other personali-
New Hampshire Wing – Lt. Col. Donald Davidson
ties we work with really opened
New Jersey Wing – Maj. Robert Green, Col. Robert McCabe
things up for us,” said Steppan. “An
New York Wing – Maj. Christopher Smith
Ohio Wing – Lt. Col. Steve Canfil approach that might get the best
Oregon Wing – Maj. Ira Rosenberg response from me could shut anoth-
Puerto Rico Wing – Maj. Sonia Soto er person down cold.”
South Carolina Wing – Maj. Tommy Tucker “This was a tremendous privilege
South Dakota Wing – Col. Mary Donley, Lt. Col. Cynthia Merchant, to be able to learn and interact with
Maj. Timothy Steppan people who have the same vision,
Southeast Region – Maj. David Crockwell the same goal and the same desire
Tennessee Wing – Maj. Dale Lahrs, Lt. Col. George Melton to serve our country,” he said.
Texas Wing – Maj. George Klett, Lt. Col. Don Roberts The class not only formed strong
Vermont Wing – Col. William McManis bonds with like-minded peers from
Virginia Wing – Maj. Joseph Bateman, Maj. Thomas Portanova across the country, but also
Washington Wing – Maj. Shelly Norman strengthened the students’ bound-
Wisconsin Wing – Lt. Col. John Nagler less enthusiasm for CAP.
“The camaraderie has been ter-
rific,” commented Eggen.
“You can’t focus on any one area. Force Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lorenz. Soto echoed his sentiment: “The
It’s all important,” he said. About Lorenz, he mused, “Where experience of working together has
Eggen was particularly impressed have you been all of my corporate been a highlight of the class. We
with the pearls of wisdom presented life?” have learned a lot from each other
by Air University Commander Air To help students blossom into and the instructors.” ▲
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National Blue Beret
key part of
EAA Air Show
By Lenore Vickrey
mission. The cadets, all Blue Berets, were carefully
ore than a quarter million spectators
were treated to a spectacular air screened for the privilege of participating in the week-
show by the Blue Angels and an aer- long summer experience of a lifetime.
ial demonstration by the Air Force's “It's a very sought-after activity for CAP cadets,” said
newest jet, the F-22 Raptor. There Col. Austyn Granville Jr., activity director of National
were mass formations of vintage World War II aircraft, Blue Beret 2006 and a former cadet.
including the B24 Liberator and B29 Superfortress BLUE BERETS PERFORM REAL MISSIONS
bombers, and 50 Cessnas flying at the same time, which Blue Beret differs from typical CAP encampments,
ultimately joined acres and acres of airplanes, more than said Granville. “There are encampment-style barracks,
10,000 in all. Celebrities like Harrison Ford and John but we perform real missions. We operate emergency
Travolta mingled among the crowd, checking it all out. services, and we check on aircraft. There’s a lot of mis-
Participants in the Experimental Aircraft Association's sion work supporting an air show. It’s very unique.”
AirVenture Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wis., one of the The Blue Berets' main duties included directing air-
world's largest and most prestigious air shows, also craft to park after they landed. Volunteers also worked
included some 120 CAP cadets who were there for a in the airport towers, checked tail numbers against lists
very special purpose – to be exposed to the world of avi- and made sure the runways were safe, in addition to
ation while performing an important emergency services tracking down emergency locator transmitter signals.
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Beret Shaping 101: Members of
Bravo Flight shape their new berets.
“We worked the flight line, and we guarded a lot of and points in between.
the vintage aircraft and the ultralights that were here,” Building a team with people you’ve never known
said Cadet Lt. Col. Mark Harper, 17, of the Texas before is part of the challenge of Blue Beret, but it’s the
Wing. most important thing a participant can take from the
“Blue Beret is one of my favorite activities,” said experience, said Harper. “It’s what I learned the first
Harper, who has been in CAP four years. “I’m a student time I came. You’ve got to build a team when you don’t
pilot, so to be able to come to one of the greatest air know anyone, and you have a very short time to do
shows and work behind the scenes was awesome.” that. You’ve got to put the personalities away and do the
Cadet Col. Abby Pasinski of Nevada, 19, attended job that’s necessary.”
Blue Beret in 2004 and returned this year as cadet com- Apparently, Harper’s “attitude” trickled down to the
mander. “It was an amazing experience,” she said. “It other cadets. “There’s been a real cohesiveness among
was interesting to me how they combine all three aspects the whole operation this year,” said Granville. “There
of the cadet program – aerospace education, emergency have been clear lines of communication, and everyone’s
services and a cadet program – into one activity.” been enjoying the sights and sounds.” ▲
This year’s Blue Beret went very smoothly, said
Granville, with geographical representation of cadets Blue Beret Public Affairs Officer Teri Gregory
from Oregon and California to Florida and Pennsylvania contributed to this story.
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National Cadet Summer Activities
Aircraft Manufacturing and Maintenance Academy Advanced Technologies Academy
Aircraft Manufacturing and Maintenance Academy students learn At the Advanced Technologies Academy held at
by building and doing, as they work on a Cessna Mustang at the Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., cadets hone
Cessna Aircraft Co. maintenance training and manufacturing facility technological skills using sophisticated tools such as
in Independence, Kan. ARCHER, satellite-transmitted digital imaging and the
Satellite Tool Kit.
Honor Guard Academy
Photo by Loucendy Ball, Rocky Mountain Region
Air Force Air Education
& Training Command Air Force Space Command
Familiarization Course Familiarization Course
Students practice proper protocol for funeral
processions during the Honor Guard
Academy at McDaniel College, Westminster,
Md. Cadets were trained in four honor
guard elements: ceremonial/demonstration,
colors, funeral and drama.
Cadet Kristen Andree of the Michigan Wing
creates air and bottle rockets for test flights
A cadet enters a T-38 Talon during the Air Force Air
during an Air Force Space Command
Education & Training Command Familiarization Course
Familiarization Course held at the National
at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The course provides
Aerospace Technical Education Center at
cadets with flight training experience.
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
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Shape Tomorrow’s Leaders
Engineering Technologies Academy
National Emergency Services Academy
Photo by Gary Brockman, National Headquarters Wing
At the Engineering Technologies Academy held at
Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., students work
on the construction of a carbon-fiber airfoil, which
Advanced ground search and rescue students practice they will test in a smoke tunnel. The academy
triangulation with topographical maps during the National fueled the imagination of students interested in
Emergency Services Academy at Camp Atterbury, in pursuing careers in engineering and aviation.
Aerospace Education Academy
National Flight Academy
Cadets test their flight skills and embrace
Cadet 1st Lt. Corinne Simons checks to see if water is in
teamwork in a virtual cockpit at the Aerospace
Cessna 182’s fuel at the National Flight Academy in Oshkosh,
Education Academy in Oshkosh, Wis. Activities
Wis. Students at flight academies in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Virginia
included learning about aviation history,
and Nebraska were provided 10 hours of hands-on flight time.
model-airplane construction, overcoming
GPS challenges and flight in a CAP aircraft.
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IACE Opens Doorw
to World By Lenore Vickrey
“IACE is the epitome of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, opening doorways to the
world. As global messengers, our young men and women experience new cultures,
make new friends and also contribute toward a better understanding among the youth
of the world.” – Col. David Ellsworth, National IACE Director
Programs at CAP National Head-
ixty-one Civil Air Patrol cadets from the U.S.
got the chance to explore aviation and promote quarters. “Our youth learn what
international goodwill this summer as part of aviation is like in other countries,
the 2006 International Air Cadet Exchange. and other cadets come here to learn about aviation in
“It’s one of the top things a cadet can do,” said David the U.S.”
Maver, 18, of the New Jersey Wing. Maver, who was Since 1948, CAP has been a partner organization
recently named the CAP National Cadet of the Year, with the International Air Cadet Exchange Association,
spent two weeks in the Netherlands for his IACE experi- providing youth exchanges with 14 countries. CAP par-
ence. He’d originally been assigned to travel to the Unit- ticipates to help youth gain a global understanding of
ed Kingdom, his first choice, but when his assignment the interdependent nature of the aerospace industry as
changed to the Netherlands, he wasn’t disappointed. they learn about other people and cultures.
In fact, he said, “I couldn’t have asked for a better “This year, CAP hosted 12 countries: Australia, Bel-
program.” gium, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the
IACE has been held for 58 years, according to Rob Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey
Smith, deputy director of Aerospace Education & Cadet and the United Kingdom, for a total of 73 international
participants,” said Col. David Ellsworth, national IACE
Cadet David Maver, right, enjoyed
making friends from Canada, New
Zealand and Australia during his trip to
the Netherlands this summer as part of
the International Air Cadet Exchange.
director. “They were hosted by 12 CAP Maver said he made new friends during the exchange.
wings – California, Colorado, “On the last night there, we had a farewell party and
Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, barbecue with cadets from 12 countries,” he said. “We
Ohio, Oklahoma, Maryland, New Mexico, had a great time!”
Tennessee and Texas – for a total of 10 days and According to Maver, IACE is an experience all CAP
four days in Washington, D.C.” cadets should have. “It was phenomenal,” he said.
Maver said he wouldn’t trade anything for his IACE Ellsworth agreed: “IACE is the epitome of the Civil
experience, which included touring the Netherlands Air Patrol cadet program, opening doorways to the
with Dutch Air Force pilots who took him and his fel- world. As global messengers, our young men and
low cadets to all the major cities, including Amsterdam women experience new cultures, make new friends and
and Rotterdam. At each stop, they were given “almost also contribute toward a better understanding among
full access” to aviation facilities. the youth of the world.” ▲
“We got to see F-16 Fighting Falcons, and we got to
get 30 feet from the runway and watch them take off,”
he said. “The pilots and staff worked really hard to
make sure we had a good experience.”
He especially enjoyed visiting the Amsterdam airport
These IACE participants stand near the runway
and the Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe.
to watch F-16 Fighting Falcons take off at
Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands.
New Frontier Airlines Program
Promotes Aviation Careers
By Jayson A. Altieri
essential to airline operations, A panel discussion conducted by
ourteen CAP cadets experi-
enced some “stick time” in a including employees loading and selected senior leaders, including
cockpit simulator and much, marshalling aircraft, cleaning cabins two who graduated from the Air
much more during a Frontier Air- and catering. Force Academy and one from the
lines summer program designed to The behind-the-scenes experience Naval Academy, complemented the
promote careers in aviation. also included unprecedented access hands-on activities. And, as an
The new one-week program, the to maintenance facilities, flight atten- added bonus, Frontier treated the
brainchild of Lt. Col. Edward D. dant emergency procedures training cadets to suite passes for a Colorado
Phelka, the Colorado Wing’s direc- and airport operations centers. Rockies baseball game at Coors
tor of cadet programs and senior “When most people think of Field in downtown Denver.
manager of operations at Fron- jobs at an airline, careers as “The program was beneficial to
tier’s hub at Denver Internation- pilots, flight attendants or tick- me. It gave me a glimpse of what
al Airport, gave the cadets et agents leap to mind,” said the airline industry is really like,”
hands-on experience. They Phelka, “but there is so much said David Pankove of the New Jer-
worked alongside pilots, more that goes on behind the sey Wing. “I learned how hard it is
flight attendants, mechan- scenes to make an airline work. to clean an airplane and turn it
ics, customer service Cadets interested in careers in around in 40 minutes, and I got
agents, dispatchers, the airline or aerospace industry to see places the average traveler
schedulers and others need to know they can make doesn’t see and that was really cool.”
meaningful contributions in so
many different ways.”
Frontier Airlines NCSA
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Photo by Lt. Col. Edward D. Phelka, Colorado Wing
The expression on
their faces says it all.
Working behind the
scenes in the airline
industry is fun and
“It was an awesome program,” said summed up the experience best: “Fron-
Michael Hargis of the Missouri Wing, tier Airlines and its employees, who are
adding, “it gives you a lot of respect consistently involved in the communi-
for the people who work for the air- ty, were honored to be a part of this
lines.” program, especially as it pertains to
Frontier CEO Jeff Potter perhaps youth in aviation,” he said. ▲
When most people think of jobs at an airline,
careers as pilots, flight attendants or ticket agents
leap to mind, but there is so much more that goes
on behind the scenes to make an airline work.
Cadets interested in careers in the airline or aerospace
industry need to know they can make meaningful
contributions in so many different ways.
– Lt. Col. Edward D. Phelka
Colorado Wing director of cadet programs
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NCC Showcases Top CAP Cadets
“Right FACE – left FACE –
“Spike it, spike it!”
“On your mark, get set,
If it sounds hectic, it was for near-
ly 200 cadets who recently took part
in Civil Air Patrol’s 2006 National
Cadet Competition in Virginia.
Sixteen teams from eight regions
gathered to vie for the best color
guard and drill teams in CAP and to
compete in many other areas.
Winning took a lot more than
inspiration for the cadets who
competed in drill and color guard
as well as quizzes, volleyball and
The clatter of half-step
marches, the slams of volley-
balls and the gasps of cadets
completing a mile-run made
Color guard cadets
up just part of the excite-
from left, Austin Jeanneret,
Caitlin Mueller, Brian Weber
But, making it to NCC
and Dennis McFadden III of the Illinios Wingmarch are
first required surviving com-
shown in formation outside Town Hall in downtown Herndon, Va.
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petition at the squadron, wing
and region levels.
In the end, a Pacific Region
team from California won the
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff
Sweepstakes Trophy for the
color guard team, while an Ari-
zona contingent took the
Sweepstakes Trophy for the drill
The competition brought
Photos by Marc Huchette, National Headquarters
sweat and tears for partici-
pants like Toni Christen of
the Washington Wing.
“My team’s been
through a lot. We’ve
been staying up
every night polish-
ing shoes. We stayed
Excelling at National Cadet Competition stretches beyond cadence calls and ceremony. Here,
up until two in the
cadets participate in what is for many a grueling one-mile run.
morning last night
getting ready for
ing officer who wants to fly helicopters in the U.S. mili-
inspection. It’s really stressful and we’re working
tary, said concentration was one of the greatest chal-
hard, but it’s good to meet the other cadets,” she
lenges she faced in the competition because one slip of
the foot can spell disaster. Turning the wrong way, she
Christen, an experienced marcher and aspir-
said, was her worst fear
during her team’s showing
at the National Air and
Space Museum’s Steven F.
Udvar-Hazy Center near
Washington Dulles Inter-
The youths also had to
come prepared to show
their knowledge, answer-
ing questions like:
The competition includes
drills that emphasize proper
handling of the U.S. flag.
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• What three factors shape experience? carrying flags during drills that tested the proper retire-
• In mythology, who flew closest to the sun? and ment of colors, dozens of other cadets like Phillip Guisti
• What is the photosphere? of the New York Wing met near Town Hall to begin the
Cadets began studying CAP aerospace textbooks race.
months in advance, said Michael Piazza, a New Hamp- “I wanted to go (run) under six minutes, and I
shire Wing member who actually lives in Maine. accomplished that. It felt great,” Guisti said.
“We practiced, we pulled questions out of books, we By afternoon, after teams had belted out as much vol-
made up our own questions, and we did constant quiz leyball as their sinews would allow, rest had come.
bowling at the squadron,” he said. The evening was for celebration, one highlighted by a
“Every chance we got we were doing that or drill speech from Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Peterson, chief
practice. We’d practice our innovative drill or quiz bowl of warfighting integration and chief information officer
drill, then our innovative and quiz bowl, back and for the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force at the
forth,” said Piazza, whose brother, Robert, is also a Pentagon.
cadet. Peterson, whose home is Biloxi, Miss., said he knows
Piazza said the practices began in January and were CAP intimately because cadets helped family and friends
held three times a week, but his peers knew other teams of his last year when Hurricane Katrina swamped the
that started preparing before then. state.
That preparation evidenced itself on the final and “You’ve chosen a path that will lead you to success.
perhaps most rigorous day of the competition with a You are different. You have made a choice that will mat-
mile run in downtown Herndon, Va., followed by vol- ter for the rest of your lives,” Peterson told cadets, many
leyball matches. of whom would go home, hoping for another shot at
While color guards competed at raising, lowering and glory at next year’s national competition. ▲
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Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Samuel Dauer, left, performed
two weddings while filling in at the Army National
Guard’s Fort Harrison in Montana. One of those
weddings united Pfc. Derik Oshio to Kandace
Weston at Fort Harrison Chapel right before
Oshio left for Iraq.
haplain (Lt. Col.) Samuel Dauer
of the Beartooth Composite
Squadron in Billings, Mont., put
a lot of miles on his car during the past
year as he drove 106 miles round-trip to
get to squadron meetings and another 290
miles one way to fill in for the Army
National Guard chaplain at Fort Harri-
During his time with the Army
National Guard, Dauer said he has per-
formed 23 services as the stand-in for the Guard state chaplain, who was in Iraq
Special Ministry with a Montana National Guard battalion.
Dauer said he served as a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, not as a Guard chaplain.
Chaplain In that capacity, he performed two weddings at the Fort Harrison post chapel
before the 163rd Infantry Battalion went overseas, and he arranged for two other
fills in weddings at the county courthouse. He also offered benedictions at several events
and helped minister to a unit when one of their own was killed in Iraq.
Dauer has been a CAP squadron chaplain for 11 years. He goes to Billings,
for Guard 106-miles round-trip, three Thursdays a month for squadron meetings. He nor-
mally drives in excess of 5,000 miles on CAP business annually, he said.
chaplain He just retired from the Army National Guard as
a major, where he did not serve as a chaplain, even
deployed though he has been an ordained Southern Baptist
minister for 17 years. In the Army, Dauer served as
a tank driver, an artillery officer and in the nurse
to Iraq corps. He is also a registered nurse.
Dauer is one of the few CAP chaplains to gradu-
ate from the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff
by Vicki Terrinoni
College and Air War College, both held at Maxwell Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Samuel
Air Force Base, Ala. Dauer of the Beartooth
In his retirement from the National Guard, Composite Squadron in
Dauer said he is continuing to provide chaplain Montana served in place of an
services to Guard units in the Billings area while Army National Guard chaplain
remaining active in CAP. ▲ who was deployed to Iraq.
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The Spitzer Space
Telescope at Lockheed
Martin is shown before
being shipped to Florida
the atmosphere caused on optics. He
proposed a telescope in orbit around
the earth and controllable from the
The fourth and final of NASA’s
great telescopes and observatories,
Spitzer is designed to take images and
spectra of a wide range of astronom-
ical objects in the infrared (wave-
lengths of 3 to 180 microns). It con-
sists of a spacecraft, an 0.85-meter
telescope and three cryogenically
cooled science instruments — the
infrared array camera, infrared spec-
trograph and multiband imaging
photometer for Spitzer.
Launched from Cape Canaveral,
Fla., on Aug. 25, 2003, Spitzer is
performing an extended series of
science observations. The California
Institute of Technology, home of
the Spitzer Science Center, operates
the Science Operations System.
Barba leads the center’s observatory
By Jennifer Kornegay planning and scheduling team.
“We are in line-of–sight contact
ncouraging kids to reach for hand how exposure to the wonders with the observatory in space at all
E the stars may seem like a corny
cliché, but when California
Wing member Capt. Steve Barba
of space can inspire young people.
Spitzer is named after Princeton
times, scheduling two downlink/
uplink sessions per day using three
Deep Space Network sites across the
does it, it carries a lot of weight. Lyman Spitzer, who
As the scheduling lead for the was the first to suggest
Spitzer Space Telescope, Barba, who a telescope above the
is a strong supporter of CAP’s aero- atmosphere would
space education mission, knows first- limit the distortion
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inspiration to aim higher.
“I’m not a rocket scientist, but I
do work with them,” he said. “We
have astronomers who specialize in
our solar system, some that work on
the galaxy and some that work on
“The organics necessary for life, rather than being rare in
extra-galactic observations. So, there
the universe, are actually very common.” – Capt. Steve Barba are some very interesting conversa-
globe. Data is then brought back to so far away that we can no longer tions going on in the halls around
the center, where it is processed and control it. So, it could keep going here. Everyone has his or her area of
put in an archive and provided to until 2014 but, again, that depends expertise; no one person can know it
the scientist who requested it in the on funding.” all, so we have to all work together.”
first place,” said Barba. Attracting talent into the aero- “I love what I do,” he said,
Barba stressed the importance of space industry is important for its adding, “I’m really lucky.”
the work Spitzer is doing. “It is very future, said Barba, who believes So is CAP for having members
interesting stuff. It can be stressful, catching the interest of youth early like Steve Barba. ▲
but we know the data is information is the best way to do that.
that has not been seen before or has “Aerospace education is so
“Young people have to
not been interpreted in a certain way important, especially for kids. You be turned on to the
before,” he said. “We’ve seen evi- have to get them young,” he said.
dence of stars with planets orbiting “There aren’t enough real world, possibilities of this field,
them. One astronomer has found well-known applications of technol- and CAP, more so than
that the organics necessary for life, ogy where they can see themselves
rather than being rare in the uni- working in this industry. Young other activities they may
verse, are actually very common.” people have to be turned on to the
Discoveries like this should make possibilities of this field, and CAP,
get involved with, gives
the telescope’s value obvious, but more so than other activities they them the opportunity to
Barba knows scientists must be may get involved with, gives them
accountable to taxpayers. Future the opportunity to imagine them- imagine themselves in
funding will determine how long selves in this field.” this field.” Capt. Steve Barba
Spitzer keeps beaming information “I can see CAP expanding its
back to earth from outer space. education function to explore the
“Funding is the biggest issue,” he concepts of space and space tech-
said. “In order to get the higher res- nology even more at the local level,”
olution images we get by being in he added. “CAP should be looking
infrared instead of visible light, we forward to our cadets being part of
have to cool the instruments on the teams that do go back to the
board, and we do that by burning moon and to Mars.”
helium. It runs out of helium in Barba was humble as he praised
May 2009, and that will render two the other men and women who
of the three instruments unusable. have made Spitzer a success, and, California Wing’s Capt. Steve Barba leads
But the infrared array camera will who knows, some CAP cadet may the Spitzer Science Center’s observatory
remain usable until the spacecraft is one day credit Barba’s work as their planning and scheduling team.
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Wings of Freedom,
Wings of Dreams
By Janet Adams
Capt. Bob Oehl of the Florida Wing sits in the cockpit of
Photo by Joe Panza
the B-25 Mitchell he flies for the The Collings Foundation’s
Wings of Freedom Tour. Oehl, the nephew of World War II
hero Air Force Gen. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, got his
start in aviation as a CAP cadet in the Texas Wing.
this opportunity,” said Oehl, who first soloed at age 14,
ith a deep roar, the B-25
Mitchell speeds down the run- a year after he joined the CAP Group 13 Shamrock
way, shaking the ground and Squadron based at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston,
thrilling the crowd. Once air- Texas.
borne, Capt. Bob Oehl shows Oehl’s mother was a CAP member in 1942 during
off the agility of this grand dame of World War II. World War II. She loved to fly and give her son moral
Christened the Tondelayo by her original crew after a support, and the two often
character in the 1942 movie White Cargo played by pin- flew together. Oehl’s father
up favorite Hedy Lamarr, the B-25 is often joined by worked for Grumman Air-
her equally renowned sisters, Nine-O-Nine, a B-17 Fly- craft, a job that took the
family across the country.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force
ing Fortress, and Witchcraft, a B-24 Liberator.
Other vintage planes from World War II, Korea and While they were living in
Vietnam are also crowd-pleasers on the Wings of Free- Texas, Oehl was often in the
dom Tours, sponsored by The Collings Foundation of company of astronauts,
Stow, Mass. Thanks to these tours, a generation that has pilots and pioneers in avia-
known only jet aircraft has the opportunity to experi- tion. Among his heroes was
ence the sight and sound of these meticulously restored Oehl’s uncle, Air Force Gen. Gen. James H. “Jimmy”
and maintained warplanes at airfields across the country. James H. “Jimmy" Doolittle, Doolittle, an uncle on his
These majestic “round-engine warbirds,” as Oehl calls made history during World mother’s side of the family
them, are flown by about 100 pilots. War II when he led the and a famous World War II
“CAP helped me get started in aviation, (and) were it Doolittle Raiders on the first Pacific Theatre pilot who
not for the start I received with CAP, I would not have air strike over Japan. flew the first strike on Japan,
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an “impossible” mission against Tokyo in the B-25 include acquiring and displaying warbirds and other vin-
Mitchell. Doolittle trained his men to fly the big tage aircraft, along with collecting recordings of stories
bombers off incredibly short aircraft carrier flight decks. from the heroic men and women who flew them.
Oehl continued his association with CAP, joining the While flying the B-25 on the Wings of Freedom Tour,
Salt Lake City Squadron in Utah and later the Van Nuys Oehl said his deepest satisfaction has come from the
Squadron in California, where he was cadet commander opportunity and “the honor of meeting the members of
and received the coveted Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell the greatest generation who sacrificed so much to ensure
Award. This achievement was followed by 51/2 years in we have the quality of life today so many take for grant-
the U.S. Air Force, logging 900 days in Korea and Viet- ed.” It is that sense of dedication, commitment and
nam combat zones. After returning to civilian life, he was integrity he hopes to instill in the young men and
involved in research and design work with the Bendix women of the Gainesville squadron and to celebrate
Corp. before earning his captain’s wings flying Boeing through the Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum. ▲
727s, 737s and DC-8s worldwide for six commercial air-
After a 20-year hiatus from active CAP
involvement, Oehl rejoined CAP in Gainesville,
Fla., in May 1998. As owner of Express Air, a
flight school based at Keystone Heights Airport
near Gainesville that features both airplanes and
gliders, he spearheaded and managed a youth
soaring program. This evolved into the
Gainesville Composite Squadron Glider Pro-
gram under his direction. Since 1999, Oehl and
his glider team have hosted two International
Air Cadet Exchange glider encampments and
have flown 800 youths of all ages without an
In addition to his flight school and CAP
squadron duties, Oehl and his partner, 1st Lt.
Susan King, are in the process of setting up an
aviation museum and education center at Key-
stone Heights Airport. They were recently
awarded a grant from the Wolf Aviation Fund
to support the museum’s start-up. Appropriately
called Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum and
Photo by Jim Tynan, CAP National Headquarters
Education Center, the museum’s mission will
Oehl — one of only about 100 aviators flying the
World War II-era B-25 Mitchell bomber — believes
that were it not for the start he received in CAP as a
cadet, he would not have had the opportunity to fly
warbirds with The Collings Foundation out of Stow,
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South Dakota Cadet
Keeping CAP Spirit Alive
By Kimberly Barnhart
Under the leadership of Cadet Susanna Marking, second from right, the 2005 South Dakota Wing Drill Team practices for the North
Central Region Cadet Competition. The South Dakota Wing recently named Marking the 2006 Cadet of the Year.
hroughout the nation, cadets prove the 2006 Cadet of the Year. In just a few years, she has
themselves daily in character, service emerged as a talented leader, organizer and role model in
and dedication to the mission of CAP. CAP and her community. This South Dakota State Uni-
Within these ranks will come the versity honor student has a personal mission to keep the
future leaders of America, one of which spirit of CAP alive and to share her passion with others.
is a young college student named Susanna Marking. Her love for CAP began at an early age. As a young
The South Dakota Wing recently named Marking child, Marking joined her parents at squadron meetings,
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where she quietly did her homework. Her father, Lt. She also credits CAP with her strong work ethic and
Col. B.T. Marking, recalls, “She would sometimes watch enthusiasm for volunteering. “It’s everything to me,” she
the cadets drilling and mimic their marching, much to said.
their delight and amusement.” “Aside from life training, the greatest things CAP has
In the eighth grade, at the urging of a classmate, given me are the friendships! I have loved getting to
Marking attended a joint South Dakota/North Dakota know all the amazing cadets through wing events,
Wing encampment. The experience, which provides national cadet special activities and the International Air
youth the opportunity to perform drills; train in Cadet Exchange,” she said. “CAP members are like an
repelling, fire arms and emergency services; and socialize extended family to me whether I've met them or not,
with other cadets, was one she would never forget: “It because we all have common goals and experiences.”
grabbed a hold of me,” she said. From that point on, “I have met so many dedicated, talented and extraor-
Marking immersed herself in CAP. dinary people through this organization, and I cannot
Marking, who chairs the wing cadet advisory council, thank CAP enough,” she added.
is trained in emergency services and has assisted with This summer, Marking attended the same South
search and rescue missions in the Black Hills of South Dakota/ North Dakota encampment that inspired her
Dakota. “It’s a big thrill to pack up and leave in 10 min- commitment to CAP. This time, though, she participat-
utes – getting my gear and knowing I may be able to ed as the encampment cadet commander. She hopes the
save a life that day,” she said. In 2000 and 2002, she seven-day event was as memorable for attendees as it was
also helped her squadron transport and move evacuees for her and that it encourages them to keep the CAP
into temporary shelter when fires threatened the Black spirit alive.
Hills. Her advice to other cadet leaders is to “have a passion
“I can’t imagine how my life would be without hav- for what you are doing, believe in the program for it to
ing been a part of the CAP,” said Marking. “CAP has work, take advantage of the opportunities CAP offers
helped me be more assertive and organized.” and have an active interest in each cadet's progress.” ▲
Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Nicole Anderson,
left; 2nd Lt. Ann Ziegler; and Lt. Col.
Susanna Marking moderate a Cadet
Advisory Council meeting during the
2006 South Dakota Wing Conference.
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2006 Joint Dakota Cadet Leadership Encampment Cadet Commander
2004 Joint Dakota Cadet Leadership Encampment Cadet Deputy Commander
2003 Joint Dakota Emergency Services Encampment Cadet Executive Officer
2002 Joint Dakota Cadet Leadership Encampment Flight Commander (Honor Flight) - Honor Staff Member
2001 Joint Dakota Emergency Services Encampment Flight Sergeant
2000 Joint Dakota Cadet Leadership Encampment General Attendee
2005 National Cadet Competition – North Central Region Drill Team
International Air Cadet Exchange – United Kingdom
2003 Cadet Officer School (Honor Flight)
2002 National Emergency Services Academy – Advanced Search and Rescue School (Honor Flight)
2006 SD Wing Conference Conference Coordinator
Cadet Advisory Council Wing Chair
SD Cadet NCO School Instructor
2005 South Dakota Wing Drill Team Flight Member 1st Place
2004 Color Guard Competition Coach 1st Place
Cadet Advisory Council Vice Chair
SD Cadet NCO Leadership Academy Instructor
2003 South Dakota Wing Bulletin Editor
South Dakota Wing Magazine Staff Writer
2002 South Dakota Wing Bulletin Staff Writer
Color Guard Competition Head Coach 2nd Place
2001 Color Guard Competition Commander 3rd Place
2006 Cadet Advisory Council South Dakota Wing Representative
Region Drill Competition Judge
Current Position: Big Sioux Composite Squadron Cadet Executive Officer Cadet Lt.
Former Staff Positions: Cadet Advisory Council (Primary Squadron Representative), Col. Susanna
Supply/Administration Sergeant, First Sergeant, Cadet Commander, Marking
Cadet Public Affairs Officer, Leadership Officer and Color Guard Commander
2006 South Dakota Wing Cadet of the Year
2005 Ira C. Eaker Award
2004 Public Affairs Officer of the Year
2003 Amelia Earhart Award
Cadet Public Affairs Officer of the Year
2002 Commander’s Commendation Award
Gen. Billy Mitchell Award
2001 Community Service Ribbon
By Kimberly Barnhart
Brown, along with more than 100 other cadets from
n the days following the ter- wings across the nation, has been accepted into a U.S.
rorist attacks on Sept. 11, military academy this fall. Brown, who serves his wing
as a cadet second lieutenant and deputy cadet com-
2001, many Americans
mander, will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West
turned to news reports, look- Point.
ing for answers and mourning with Did Brown’s participation in CAP contribute to his
appointment? The Civil Air Patrol Volunteer asked some
those who lost loved ones. One of the academy-bound cadets this question and, not
teenager, while watching a local surprising, the answer was a unanimous, “Yes!”
“CAP has certainly given me a leg up on everyone,”
news story about the Civil Air
said cadet Maj. Erinn E. Scott of Hoover, Ala., who
Patrol’s role after the attacks, not joined CAP on a whim. Scott has been appointed to
only found his personal answer, the U.S. Air Force Academy. She said knowing about
drills and uniforms, as well as the leadership training
but also his future. Cadet Chris she was provided in CAP, will help her succeed.
Brown of Memphis, Tenn., had “Everyone in CAP is given a chance to succeed or to
long dreamed of joining the fail,” she said. “I have learned from my mistakes and
from others and have adapted my leadership style.”
military and now realized joining Scott hopes to one day work at the academy, but
CAP was going to be his first step until then, she will pursue an education in mechanical
engineering with a concentration in missile research and
toward reaching that goal.
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More than 100 Civil Air Patrol cadets are taking flight from their
local wings to attend the nation’s military academies.
In Prairie du Sac, Wis., cadet Tessa Knott is prepar- motivated cadets who were willing to put forth hard
ing to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Knott’s work. The program benefited me by allowing me to
dream is to be a pilot and to participate in search in res- experience a form of dedication. It was a way to moti-
cue missions. She said the Coast Guard Academy will vate me to reach my dream of attending the Air Force
help posture her to embrace that career field. Academy,” she said. “Eventually, I hope to successfully
CAP provided Knott with her first orientation flight graduate from the Air Force Academy and become a
last year. When she looked down and saw the snow- pilot/physician.”
covered landscape below, she said she knew her future CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Antonio J.
would be in flight. Pineda said he is impressed, but not surprised by the
Her CAP experience produced only one regret – she number of CAP cadets accepted into military acade-
didn’t join at an earlier age. mies.
From the air to the sea, Cadet Senior Airman Paulina “The Civil Air Patrol functions as a combined team
Kolic of California has been accepted to the U.S. Naval effort between the cadets, parents and senior members.
Academy in Annapolis, Md. If the cadets want to succeed, we are there to help
Kolic joined CAP in 2004, motivated by years of them,” he said. “By their senior year, they are comfort-
watching the hit TV drama “JAG.” She credits CAP for able in uniform and they know how to act, how to sit
giving her more self-confidence, and encourages all and how to answer questions correctly. They are ready
cadets to strive for excellence in school and to never to serve, wherever that may be – in the military, in the
give up. civilian community or in the corporate world.”
Self-proclaimed military brat Diana McVay of Wash- By providing discipline, motivation and leadership
ington, D.C., will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. skills, CAP and the influence of thousands of volunteers
“CAP was the starting point of my dream,” she said. have helped these cadets make a good impression,
“As a volunteer program, it allowed me to work with wherever or however they choose to serve. ▲
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Cadets selected for military academies
Anthony T. Hill, Arizona Wing
U.S. Air Force Academy
Sarah G. E. Hoh, California
Laura Abbott, Oregon Wing Wing
William Adorno II, New Jersey Wing Winston M. Jean-Pierre, Florida Wing
Christopher Applegate, California Wing (also Althea H. Johnston, Minnesota Wing
accepted into U.S. Military Academy at West
Point) Andrew M. Johnson, Alabama Wing
Kayla Beach, Florida Wing Dennis Peter Kaszynski, New Hampshire Wing
Jonathan M. Benson, Missouri Wing Rebekah Kepple, Iowa Wing
Nathan G. Brazzel, Texas Wing Tessa R. Knott, Wisconsin Wing (also accepted into U.S. Coast
Guard Academy. Accepted U.S. Coast Guard Academy appointment.)
Scott Brenner, Pennsylvania Wing
Paulina E. Kolic, California Wing (also accepted into U.S. Naval
Tegan Bukowski, Washington Wing Academy)
Adam M. Cain, Indiana Wing Chester N. Kraft, Alabama Wing (also accepted into U.S. Military
Justus S. Carey, Tennessee Wing Academy at West Point)
Patrick K. Collins, Florida Wing (also accepted into U.S. Coast Austin M. Krohn, California Wing
Guard Academy. Accepted U.S. Coast Guard Academy appointment) Jacob Lair, Missouri Wing
Anthony R. Lannigan, Mis-
Jason A. Lebahn, Minnesota Wing (also
accepted into U.S. Naval Academy. Accepted Naval Academy
Ryan McCoy, Pennsylvania Wing
Craig F. McGreal, Kentucky Wing
Diana L. McVay, National Capital Wing
Donald P. DeGarmo IV, New Jersey Wing Hannah Marcelo, Virginia Wing
Brian W. Dunlap, Alabama Wing (also accepted into U.S. Military Michael J. Masiello, Michigan Wing
Academy at West Point and U.S. Naval Academy. Accepted U.S. Air Angela Moronese, Colorado Wing
Force Academy appointment)
Eric Meyers, Arizona Wing
Robert A. Durbin, California Wing
Eric Nelson, Connecticut Wing
Kevin Finster, Indiana Wing
Christopher Ng, Massachusetts Wing
Peter R.N. French, Texas Wing
Kyle P. Novac, Georgia Wing
Gregory Fromknecht, Pennsylvania Wing
Kevin O’Brien, New Jersey Wing
Todd J. Gamiles, Oregon Wing
Matthew Orvis, Hawaii Wing
Christopher X. Giacomo, New Hampshire Wing
Melissa L. Perkins, Utah Wing
Christopher L. Hartman, Missouri Wing
Megan Peterson, Colorado Wing
Daniel E. Hartman II, Missouri Wing
Neil M. Pfau, Kansas Wing
Skylor Helm, North Dakota Wing
Peter G. Pfau, Kansas Wing
Chelsea L. Herzfeld, Minnesota Wing
Joshua Plocinski, Pennsylvania Wing
Lisa J. Higgins, Georgia Wing
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John Rebolledo, New Hampshire Jacob C. Wilson, Oregon Wing (also accepted into U.S. Naval Acade-
Wing my and U.S. Merchant Marines Academy)
Matthew W. Reynolds, Alabama Michael R. Winn, Virginia Wing
Diana Wong, North Dakota Wing
Tiffanie Richardson, Arizona Wing
Kelly Wright, Pennsylvania Wing
Joseph Roy, California Wing
David Young, Utah Wing
Daniel I. Ruffin, Ohio Wing (also accepted into U.S.
Zach Zimmerman, Arizona Wing
Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point,
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Coast Guard
Academy. Accepted U.S. Naval Academy appointment.)
U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis)
Benjamin D. Schimelfening, South Dakota Wing
Claire E. Clancy, Colorado Wing
Carl A. Scott, California Wing
Kellye R. Denney, Florida Wing
Erinn E. Scott, Alabama Wing (also accepted into U.S. Military
Jamie B. DeSpain, Alabama Wing (also
Academy at West Point and U.S. Naval Academy. Accepted U.S. Air
accepted into U.S. Military Academy at West
Force Academy appointment)
Point. Accepted U.S. Military Academy at
Christopher A. Smith, Washington Wing West Point appointment)
Shea Speer, Arkansas Wing Brian W. Dunlap, Alabama Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force
Academy and U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Accepted U.S.
Elizabeth Spencer, Oregon Wing
Air Force Academy appointment)
Linea M. Stuckey, California Wing
Nicholas Engle, New York Wing
Ruby A. Tamariz, California Wing
Ralph N. Grossman IV, New Jersey Wing
Carrie Tengelson, Colorado Wing
Kristin M. Hope, Utah Wing
Daniel Torgua, Hawaii Wing
Wesley Jahraus, Hawaii Wing
David Michael Waddell, Oregon Wing
Paulina E. Kolic, California Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force
Hannah Warren, Arkansas Wing Academy)
Jason Whitehead, Florida Wing Gabriella M. Leano, Texas Wing
Harrison Whiting, Florida Wing Jason A. Lebahn, Minnesota Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force
Academy. Accepted U.S. Naval Academy appointment)
Bridget Whitting, Minnesota Wing
Matthew D. Lowen, Virginia Wing
Reese M. Williams, California Wing
Jason Kamoku Mahuna, Hawaii Wing
Timothy “Alex” Williams, Texas Wing
Josh Mann, Arkansas Wing
Ralph (Ekolu) W. Miller III, Hawaii Wing
Daniel J. Moorman, Maryland Wing
Kenny O’Loughlin, Virginia Wing
Janell G. Peske, California Wing
Elizabeth A. Phillips, Idaho Wing
Gabrielle K. Quatse, Pennsylvania Wing (also accepted into U.S.
Military Academy at West Point)
Brian Glenn Rigez, Pennsylvania Wing
Daniel I. Ruffin, Ohio Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force Acad-
emy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy and U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Accepted U.S. Naval Acad-
Erinn E. Scott, Alabama Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force
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Academy and U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Accepted U.S. and U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Accepted U.S. Naval Academy
Air Force Academy appointment) appointment)
Kaitlin Torgerson, North Dakota Wing Daniel Ruiz, New York Wing
Richard T. Wells, New Jersey Wing Michael Seese, Pennsylvania Wing
Jacob C. Wilson, Oregon Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force Erinn E. Scott, Alabama Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force
Academy and U.S. Merchant Marines Academy) Academy and U.S. Naval Academy. Accepted U.S. Air Force Academy
Forrest L. Wallace, California Wing
Stephen J. Wathen, Kentucky Wing
Marisa C. Yarmie, Virginia Wing
Orlando R. Zambrano, Florida Wing
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Brock Hashimoto, Utah Wing
Timothy I. McDonald, Wisconsin Wing
Daniel I. Ruffin, Ohio Wing (also accepted into
U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy,
U.S. Military Academy at West Point and U.S.
Coast Guard Academy. Accepted U.S. Naval
U.S. Military Academy (West Point) Academy appointment)
Christopher Applegate, California Wing
Jacob C. Wilson, Oregon Wing (also accepted into U.S. Naval Acad-
(also accepted into U.S. Air Force Academy)
emy and U.S. Air Force Academy)
Christopher R. Brown, Tennessee Wing
Jamie B. DeSpain, Alabama Wing (also
accepted into U.S. Naval Academy. Accepted
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
U.S. Military Academy at West Point Patrick K. Collins, Florida Wing (also accepted
appointment) into U.S. Air Force Academy. Accepted U.S.
Coast Guard Academy appointment)
Brian W. Dunlap, Alabama Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force
Academy and U.S. Naval Academy. Accepted U.S. Air Force Academy Stephen Hills, New Hampshire Wing
Tessa R. Knott, Wisconsin Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force
Jesse A. Faugstad, Minnesota Wing Academy. Accepted U.S. Coast guard Academy appointment.)
Matthew J. Jadrnak, Indiana Wing Riley Matsco, Pennsylvania Wing
Joshua D. Knight, Texas Wing Paul Rigez, Pennsylvania Wing
Chester N. Kraft, Alabama Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force Daniel I. Ruffin, Ohio Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force
Academy) Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Accepted U.S. Naval Academy
Jonathan E. Lanier, North Carolina Wing
Phillip Linder, Kentucky Wing
Thomas McShea, New York Wing
David Meador, Oregon Wing
Joshua Olson, Colorado Wing
Gabrielle K. Quatse, Pennsylvania Wing (also accepted into U.S.
Daniel I. Ruffin, Ohio Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force Note: The names of the academy selectees cited in this list were provided
Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy by the Civil Air Patrol wings.
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Gill Robb Wilson Award Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award Gen. Ira C. Eaker Award
Highest award given to officers Highest award for cadets who Second-highest award for cadets
who complete Level V of the CAP complete all phases of the CAP who successfully complete all
Senior Member Training Program. Cadet Program and the Spaatz Phase IV requirements of the CAP
(Only about 5 percent of CAP offi- award examination. (Only about
Cadet Program. The cadets listed
cers achieve this award.) The offi- one-tenth of 1 percent of CAP
below received their award in May
cers listed below received their cadets achieve this award.) The
award in May and June. cadets listed below received their
award in May and June.
Maj. Jack W. Arnold GA Steven D. Marks CA
Maj. Daniel W. Stouch MA Michael A. Kelly (#1603) CO Cash A. Upton CA
Lt. Col. John T. Kelly NY Aaron Angelini (#1604) IL Diana L. McVay DC
Lt. Col. Gary W. Metz PA Micah J. LaVanchy (#1605) MO Martin L. Lohn FL
Ryan C. Strug (#1606) NC Anthony R. Davila GA
Heather R. Gallagher GA
Paul E. Garber Award Maj. Eric G. Haertel, MD Maggie C. Minton GA
Second-highest award given to Maj. Joseph J. Nicosia MN Benjamin H. North GA
officers who complete Maj. Michael J. Bocklage MO James T. Godar IL
Level IV of the Maj. Edward J. Leonard MO
Daniel P. Metcalf KS
CAP Senior Maj. David L. Roberts MO
James A. Krystaponis KY
Member Training Maj. James L. Stetzenbach MO
Joshua J. Waddell MN
Program. The Maj. Doris R. Van Hoven MT
Maj. Jason J. O'Brien NC Gregory R. Gullberg MO
Capt. Terrye L. Mitenko NE Chrishon A. McManus NC
below received their
award in May and June. Lt. Col. Donald C. Davidson NH Ryan C. Strug NC
Lt. Col. Ronald A. Bricker OH Laura M. Jones OH
Lt. Col. Thomas R. Holer AL Maj. Douglas M. Ray OH Jeremy A. Hanson OR
Maj. John W. Kruger AZ Maj. Edward L. Elliott OH Ryan M. Hoffman PA
Capt. William T. Lynam AZ Capt. Charles W. Sattgast OR Adaime Aviles PR
Maj. John R. Aylesworth CA Capt. Reginald McDonald PA Sam M. Imbriale RI
Lt. Col. Lawrence W. Kinch CT Lt. Col. Linda J. Martin TX Antonio G. More' TN
Capt. Sheri L. Browning-Lee CO Lt. Col. Matthew M. Johnson UT Charles E. Watson TN
Maj. John R. Kachenmeister FL Maj. Richard T. Edgerton WA Eric A. Mabry TX
Maj. James W. Martinez-Ruiz FL Maj. James N. Walsh WI Daniel W. Palmquist TX
Maj. Judith A. Healy IL Capt. James L. Childress WV Sabrina K. Scholla WA
Maj. William G. Duffey MA Maj. Michael Carlson WY
Distinguished Service Medal Col. Charles S. Glass MER (second bronze clasp)
Awarded for conspicuous performance of Col. Charles D. Greene GA
outstanding service in a duty of great Col. Clair D. Jowett WI
Col. James E. Palmer CT
responsibility where the position held
Col. Mitchell P. Sammons ME
and results obtained reflect upon the Col. Jan E. Van Hoven MT
accomplishments and prestige of CAP Col. K. Walter Vollmers ND
on a national scale. Col. Kathryn J. Walling MD
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Photo by Leslie Onusic, Ohio Wing
Patriotic Events Honor Veterans
OHIO – Members of the Ohio Wing’s Group III partnered with various community
groups recently to celebrate Flag Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.
During a Flag Day retirement ceremony, approximately 1,000 worn American
flags collected by members of the North Canton Composite Squadron, Medina
County Skyhawks Composite Squadron, Akron-Canton Senior Flying Squadron
and the Summit County Sheriff's Department were incinerated. Other participants
in the event included the Summit County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard, Akron
Police Color Guard, Marine Corps Reserve Unit Color Guard, Young Marines Cadets Joanne Stallard, left, and
Company, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Jacob Onusic, Capt. David Stone
and cadet commander Kaylen
Also, the North Canton Composite Squadron and Ohio High School Junior
Onusic, all of the Ohio Wing’s
ROTC decorated various sites in Green, Ohio, including the graves of veterans,
North Canton Composite
with American flags on Armed Forces Day. Working with Navy veteran Bill Brown
of the 1st Division Command, 10th District of the American Legion, the two Squadron, decorated veterans’
organizations carried out a memorable service for the city's annual Memorial graves with American flags on
Day parade by strategically placing more than 200 flags. Armed Forces Day.
Nine members of the North Canton Composite Squadron marched with JROTC members in the parade.
One squadron member honored veterans with a salute and presentation of a red, white or blue carnation.
The combined CAP/JROTC team won the parade’s Best Color Guard and Best Drill Team awards.
>> Capt. David Stone
Middle East Region
Ship in Distress Rescued
NORTH CAROLINA – During Fourth of July weekend, an aircrew participating
in the North Carolina Wing’s Sundown Patrol helped rescue a vessel in distress.
Photo by Capt. John Kay, North Carolina Wing
The cruiser, located in Bogue Inlet north of Wilmington, N.C., reportedly suf-
fered the loss of both engines within 15 minutes of the initial distress call and
was dead in the water.
An aircrew from Cape Fear Composite Squadron – consisting of 1st Lt. Glenn
E. Bailey, pilot; Capt. Glenn Drew, observer; and Capt. John Kay, scanner –
picked up the distress call, transmitted the craft’s location to the U.S. Coast
Guard and observed the rescue from the sky. The crippled ship was safely
towed to harbor.
A white cruiser boat in distress in
During the wing’s annual Sundown Patrol, which begins on Memorial Day
Bogue Inlet, N.C., is flanked by two weekend and continues through Labor Day, aircrews patrol recreational
U.S. Coast Guard emergency waterways throughout the state looking and listening for boaters needing
response boats. A North Carolina assistance and providing weather advisories and telephone contact with
Wing aircrew heard the cruiser's authorities when there is an incident on the water.
distress call and forwarded the
location to the Coast Guard. The
"The citizens of North Carolina are facing the threat of increased hurricane
activity, according to the National Weather Service, and our goal is to be at
boat in the lower right is closing
the peak of readiness for disaster relief missions both from the air and on the
in on the endangered craft to tow
ground," said 1st Lt. Victor Lewis, emergency service officer for the Raleigh-
it to harbor. Wake Composite Squadron.
“Sundown Patrol,” he added, “provides aircrews and radio operators with valuable training in preparation for
these missions.” >> 1st Lt. Don Penven, Maj. John Maxfield and 1st Lt. Elizabeth Butrim
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Photo by Lt. Col. Dave Waite, Nebraska Wing
Ham Fans Hone Radio Skills
NEBRASKA – People across the country heard the
radio call sign "Whiskey Bravo Zero Civil Air Patrol"
recently during Field Day, a national event organ-
ized by the Amateur Radio Relay League.
During Field Day 2006, members of WB0CAP Youth
Amateur Radio Club, a component of the Nebraska
Wing’s Gen. Curtis E. LeMay Offutt Composite
Squadron, teamed up with the Bellevue, Neb., Ama-
Maj. Ed Moss reaches
teur Radio Club to operate a “Get On the Air” station. The 14 participants included
out to fellow “hams”
CAP members and amateur radio operators, as well as members of the Boy Scouts
during Field Day 2006,
and Girl Scouts.
an emergency training
The radio operators mimicked situations in which electrical power is compromised, exercise organized by
and they tested their skills in setting up and operating radio communication equip- the Amateur Radio
ment under conditions that can occur during a hurricane, tornado or other disaster. Relay League.
They also attempted to swiftly make radio contact with as many participating stations
as possible, ultimately making 169 contacts in 42 states and four Canadian
provinces. >> Angel Waite
Rescuers Find Downed Plane, 3 Survivors
Photo by Tony Ghaffari , Centre County (Pa.) Sheriff’s Office
PENNSYLVANIA – Members of the Pennsylvania Wing,
searching with local volunteers, found three of four
passengers alive after a plane crash in central Penn-
sylvania north of Midstate Regional Airport in Centre
County, about seven miles east of Philipsburg, Pa.
The three injured passengers – Mohammed Abdel-
Khalik, 31, Fayez Abdel, 33, and Justin Hughes, 18 –
sustained multiple injuries; the pilot, Kaul Mitchell
"Mitch" Wilson, 21, died in the crash. All of the men are
from Springfield, Tenn.
Capt. Erin Long, 1st Lt. Roy Long and cadet John
This crashed plane in central Pennsylvania was discovered by a
Smith, along with Centre County Sheriff’s Office Search
team of CAP members and local volunteers. Three of the four
and Rescue team members Shannon Allison and Anya
people on board survived the crash. Ryba, discovered the plane a half mile northwest of
the airport in rough, tree-covered terrain. The search
team quickly started medical treatment for the sur-
vivors and called in additional emergency medical help. Ground search team members 1st Lts. Brian Bonner
and William Schlosser also assisted emergency staff at the scene.
According to Mission Incident Commander Lt. Col. William Geyer of Pennsylvania’s Group 1, 28 wing members
participated in the search and rescue mission. The Pennsylvania State Police and local EMS crews were also
involved in the search. >> 1st Lt. Linda A. Irwin
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Photo by 2nd Lt. Scott Maguire, Oregon Wing
Member Uses Modified Police Interceptor to Track
OREGON – There's a black police cruiser patrolling northern
Oregon, but instead of tracking criminals, the driver of this
car tracks signals that could come from downed aircraft or
2nd Lt. Robert Lawrence, emergency services officer and
pilot with the Oregon Wing's Columbia Composite Squadron,
configured a black Crown Victoria police interceptor to
search for emergency locator transmitter signals. Since
2nd Lt. Robert Lawrence stays vigilant with the help of a beginning operations with the vehicle, Lawrence has taken
specially adapted cruiser. part in more than a dozen successful ELT missions.
The vehicle features a laptop computer on a swivel mount, a
global positioning system, a wireless Internet link and three radios monitoring aircraft, CAP and mutual-aid fre-
quencies. In addition, the car is equipped with ground mission essentials, including hand-held radios, first-aid
gear and additional direction-finding equipment.
Lawrence said he also uses the car for cadet training: "When I have CAP cadets along, I like to let them do
most of the work," he said. "They operate the navigation system and learn how it works, and how to locate the
ELTs." >> Scott Maguire
Search Team Finds Crashed Plane, Injured Man
COLORADO – Colorado Wing members recently located a private plane that crashed near Alamosa, Colo., in
southern Colorado, and helped rescue the plane’s injured owner.
The aircrew members discovered the plane and its owner, David S. Cruden of Chandler, Ariz., in a field just
before dark, and then directed a helicop-
ter to the crash site.
Cruden, who sustained minor injuries, said
Photo by 1st Lt. Mark Young, Colorado Wing
the engine of his aircraft, a Piper PA-28-
150 built in 1965, had failed, forcing him
to make an emergency landing in a clear-
The plane was reported missing after the
pilot transmitted a Mayday call. An official
with the Air Force Rescue Coordination
Center at Langley Air Force Base, Va.,
contacted the Colorado Wing after receiv-
ing a signal from the downed plane’s Colorado Wing members located this downed Piper aircraft in a field in southern
emergency locator transmitter. Colorado. The owner of the aircraft suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Nine aircrew members participated in the search. The wing launched one aircraft from Durango, Colo., and
another from Westcliffe, Colo. A privately owned helicopter was also dispatched from Montrose, Colo., at the
request of the Conejos County Sheriff’s office. >> 1st Lt. Steve Hamilton
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6 Alabama squadrons test minds, muscles
in Iron Man Competition
ALABAMA – Members of the Alabama Wing’s Auburn Composite Squadron recently
Photo by Capt. Jimmy Mitchell, Alabama Wing
pumped up their wing by developing and hosting the first CAP Iron Man Competition,
with tasks tailored to test the physical and mental mettle of wing members.
Members of five other composite squadrons – Autauga-Elmore, Bessemer, Chilton County,
Maxwell and 117th Air National Guard – gathered for the event on the Auburn University
campus in Auburn, Ala.
The competition consisted of a variety of graded physical and skill events. Of the several physi-
cal challenges, the highlight of the event was the classic Iron Man run with a CAP twist – a four-
mile course around and through the campus with stops at 10 task stations, where members’
problem-solving and aerospace education skills were tested. Other activities included a uniform
inspection, a drill competition and a compass/direction finding course in which teams had to
travel to multiple target points using a compass and then employ directional and transmitter-find-
ing equipment to find and silence a beacon somewhere on campus.
An awards ceremony capped off the event. CAP-U.S. Air Force Commander Col. Russell
Hodgkins presented trophies to the overall and individual event winners. Team Bessemer, the
champions of the competition, won a traveling trophy, medallions and commander commenda-
tions signed by Southeast Region Commander Col. John Tilton. Team Maxwell
earned second place and Team 117th came in third. Cadet Gregg Michael of the
Alabama Wing’s 117th Composite
For organizing and hosting the event, the Auburn members earned a Benchmark
Squadron participates in the
Award from the CAP/CAP-U.S. Air Force compliance inspection team during a
recent inspection of the wing, and the squadron was asked to eventually make the “not-so-suicidal sprint” during the
contest a national annual event. Plans for the second competition, scheduled for first CAP Iron Man Competition.
April 14, 2007, are already under way, and the squadron plans to include regional The competition was developed
participants. >> 1st Lt. Christopher A. Tate and hosted by members of the
wing’s Auburn Composite
Cadets Take to the Virtual Skies
TEXAS – Ten cadets and officers from the Brownsville and Corpus Christi
Composite squadrons recently practiced flying on U.S. Navy T-45 Goshawk
simulators at Naval Air Station Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Maj. Fidel Alvarado, project officer and Photo by Maj. J.E. Carrales, Texas Wing
deputy commander for seniors. Simulator technician Bert Alvarez and his
brother, retired Air Force officer Art Alvarez, helped organize the unique
The Goshawk flight simulator graphically renders the south Texas geogra-
phy. Cadets made approaches to local runways, and others touched down
at a virtual Brownsville International Airport, complete with accurate repre-
sentations of the airport’s flightline, including the old Pan Am building the
Brownsville squadron calls home. Some tried their hand at landing on an Cadet Ruby Moreno of the Texas
aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Mexico, while others attempted aerial combat. Wing’s Brownsville Composite
Squadron concentrates on a difficult
The group also toured the new Model C or “Charlie” simulator, the eventual
landing in a U.S. Navy T-45
replacement for the current model, which features graphics based on com-
puter-enhanced satellite imagery and a glass cockpit with digital readouts. Goshawk flight simulator at Naval Air
>> Maj. J.E. Carrales Station Kingsville.
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