Sunday, 14 August 2011 Edition 2
Welcome to Alpena!As I said to you last night in the wel-come briefing,
I wanteveryone to know that my staff and Ihave spent the last year planning, justfor this one week. They have dedicatedtheir time to make your week here themost memorable. I think by the end of
the week you’ll agree, they’ve succeed-
ed.We have lots of awesome activitiesplanned for you. While it may seem bor-ing and tedious right now, the week willget better. Trust me when I say that
you won’t want to go home at the endof the week. We’ll laugh, play, learn and
grow.After spending this week together with
the members of your flight, you won’t
want to leave them. There is a goodpossibility that the friends you makehere this week could end up beingfriends for life.I hope that you are not feeling the bluesabout being here. Alpena is a place thatwe come to every year to teach, learnand most of all enjoy. It is a place of memories and a place of the future.Since you are the generation of the fu-ture, you are our future.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Even thoughthe heat wave that has been affectingmost of the country may be over you allare keeping busy during the day and canquickly get dehydrated. All cadets aredoing PT every morning, It is not enoughto just drink water on the way to PT, youneed to be drinking water throughout theday. Even sitting in class indoors cancause you to become dehydrated. If youfeel sleepy during class have a drink ortwo of water this will not only help hydrateyou but will help keep you awake. Duringmeals you want to only drink water or juice, NO coke! It will actually dehydrateyour faster.Be aware of your surroundings this week,We are on an active military base and assuch there are other personnel out runningand driving, we do not want to march aflight into a unit doing PT or trying to drivedown the road.Road guards should be wearing theirorange safety vests at all times when outmarching around. Flights need to payattention when crossing roads because adistracted driver may not see the flight,always be proactive.Senior members when you are driving onbase be sure to follow the speed limits, thebase is patrolled by the Sherriff and theygive real tickets, Not only will you be outthe money but you can jeopardize Civil AirPatrols relationship with the base. Youcan NOT use your cell phone while drivingon base without a hands free devise.If you see any issues during the weekplease let the safety staff know.
Welcome To Encampment!
By Major Dave Watts, Commander
What is the Gold Brick?
By C/MSgt Surgalski
By Major WoolstonAh, the infamous gold brick. Perhaps you haveheard of it before; perhaps you have not.Either way, the gold brick is an essential andhilarious part of encampment. You see, yourcadet staff members are fantastic leaders.They are intelligent and very knowledgeable inthe Civil Air Patrol life. However, even the best
leaders make mistakes. That’s why the gold
brick was created for our encampment: it justhappens to point out these mistakes toeveryone! The brick is presented to an unluckycadet staff member each and every day in theevening PT session, and for the next 24 hoursthat member must carry around his or herbrick until it is given to another individual.However, if he or she happens to lose or
“misplace” their brick while carrying it around,
they must not only report they have lost thebrick at the next mail call, but they get to havea two bricks for the next day! Losing a brick issomething every cadet staff member dreadswhile it is in their care. So, keep your eye outfor gold bricks around the encampmentcomplex, and if you see one lying aroundsomewhere, you may want to return it to itsrightful owner or they could be in for anexciting mail call!
You’ve Got Mail
By C/MSgt SurgalskiAlthough much of your time here willbe taken up by vari-ous activities, therewill be a few pre-cious free timeminutes in your daywhere you will havethe ability to writeletters to your fellow cadet members at en-campment. The letters distributed among en-campment members is known as mail call.With mail call, you can write a letter to anyone
on the base, and have it “mailed” out to them
at evening PT. That way, you can keep in con-tact with a friend, even if they might not be inyour flight or squadron. Cadets can also getmail from outside the encampment from par-ents, friends or relatives. Sometimes, just afew words of encouragement from family canreally help you make it through the week. Let-ters can be dropped off in the gold mailboxduring meals, and will be delivered to each andevery cadet by your flight commander.