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Cadets Excel at NCC, Other Activities

Patriotism Leads Volunteers Into CAP

CAP Postures Cadets For Next Level

                   September-October 2006

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
                                                                             The annual subscription rate is $25. To subscribe, mail a
   IACE takes youths across the globe.
                                                                             check to Volunteer subscription, CAP Public Affairs, 105 S.
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

                                          Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   2   September-October 2006
                                                                                                     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

                                           Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   3   September-October 2006
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.” ▲

                                        Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   4   September-October 2006
[ 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”!
                 Semper vigilans!

                 Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   5   September-October 2006
Before HASC
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

                                         Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   6   September-October 2006
                                                                                                                                           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.

                                              Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   7    September-October 2006
                                                                                                                                EDITORIAL STAFF
                         Final Salute To Aviation Legend                                                                        CIVIL AIR PATROL NATIONAL COMMANDER
                                                                                                                                Maj. Gen. Antonio J. Pineda
                                                                                                                                EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
                                                                                                                                Don R. Rowland
                                                                                                                                MANAGING EDITOR
                                                                                                                                Julie M. DeBardelaben
                                                                                                                                ASSOCIATE EDITOR
                                                                                                                                James F. Tynan
Photo by Paul Glenshaw

                                                                                                                                GRAPHIC DESIGN
                                                                                                                                Barb Pribulick
                                                                                                                                STAFF WRITER
                                                                                                                                Neil P. Probst
                                                                                                                                CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
                         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                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                Drew Steketee
                                                                                                                                Executive Director, CAP Historical Foundation

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                                                                      Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   8   September-October 2006
CAP Celebrates
Red Ribbon
   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-
                                                                                                      free attitude.
                                                                                                         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.

                                            Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   9   September-October 2006
“     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             ▲

                                        Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   10   September-October 2006
Georgia House
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. ▲

                                        Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   11    September-October 2006
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.

                                         Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   12   September-October 2006
                            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.

Tracking Success
             MOUNTAIN LIONS
             PROVIDE UNIQUE
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

                                           Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   13   September-October 2006
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
Sturgis, S.D.

                                           Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   14   September-October 2006
McArdle’s expertise in
aerospace education

                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Andrea Johnson
felt nationwide
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.
diately flourished.
   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

                                             Civil Air Patrol Volunteer              16   September-October 2006
fortes, includes an

                                                        Photo by Connie Reeves
innovative guide for                                                             McArdle’s Milestones
teaching aerospace
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                                                      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

                                        Civil Air Patrol Volunteer                 17   September-October 2006
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,
                     Maine? Bangor-Brewer
                     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.
                               Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   18   September-October 2006
   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. ▲

                                          Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   19   September-October 2006
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.” ▲

                                         Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   20    September-October 2006
Cadets Sizzle
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.
                                                                             Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   22   September-October 2006
                                                                             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

                                           Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   23    September-October 2006
Taking Charge
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:

                                            Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   24   September-October 2006
                                                                                                  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.” ▲

                                       Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   25   September-October 2006
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.

                                         Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   26    September-October 2006
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.

                                       Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   27    September-October 2006
                              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.

                                                                                               Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   28   September-October 2006
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.

                                                     Edinburgh, Ind.

                                                       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

                                        Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   32   September-October 2006
                       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

                                                                             Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   33   September-October 2006
NCC Showcases Top CAP Cadets

                       rder ARMS!”

  “Right FACE – left FACE –
about 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.

                                            Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   34   September-October 2006
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-
                                                                                                      national Airport.
                                                                                                         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.

                                           Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   35   September-October 2006
   • 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. ▲

                                        Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   36    September-October 2006
                                                                            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-
                                                               son, Mont.
                                                                  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.

                        Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   37   September-October 2006
                                                The Spitzer Space
                                                Telescope at Lockheed
                                                Martin is shown before
                                                being shipped to Florida
                                                for launch.

                                                                                                   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
                                          University professor
                                                                                                   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

                                        Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   38   September-October 2006
                                                                                                      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.

                                           Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   39   September-October 2006
    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,

                                                  Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   40                                           September-October 2006
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,

                                              Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   41    September-October 2006
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,

                                           Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   42    September-October 2006
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.

                                           Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   43    September-October 2006
Marking’s Moments
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
          Commander’s Commendation
2004      Public Affairs Officer of the Year
2003      Amelia Earhart Award
          Cadet Public Affairs Officer of the Year
          Find Ribbon
2002      Commander’s Commendation Award
          Gen. Billy Mitchell Award
2001      Community Service Ribbon
          Recruiter Ribbon
Leaving the
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.

                         Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   46    September-October 2006
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. ▲
                                         Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   47    September-October 2006
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-
                                                                                                                       souri Wing
                                                                                                        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

                                               Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   48    September-October 2006
                                   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-
                                                                               emy appointment)
                                                                               Erinn E. Scott, Alabama Wing (also accepted into U.S. Air Force

                                             Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   49    September-October 2006
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
                                                                                appointment) ▲
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.
Naval Academy)
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.

                                              Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   50     September-October 2006
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
                                                                                                  and June.
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
officers listed
                                      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

                                      Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   51    September-October 2006
      Discover all the benefits of
       Civil Air Patrol!
                      The Civil Air Patrol offers challenging opportunities for
                      youths 12-18 years old, chaplains, aerospace educa-
                      tion enthusiasts and adults with an interest in home-
                      land security, search and rescue, disaster relief and
                      humanitarian missions. Leadership training, technical
                      education and an opportunity to participate in avia-
                      tion-related activities are just a few of the exciting
                      benefits of CAP membership.

                      Become a CAP volunteer! For more information, visit
                      our Web site at or call (800) FLY-2338.

                                               [ region news ]

                                               Great Lakes

                                                                                                                                                     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

                                                                                          Civil Air Patrol Volunteer   53   September-October 2006
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                                                                North Central

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                       Down ELTs
                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                       lost hikers.

                                                                                                        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

                                              Rocky Mountain
                                              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
training program.
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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