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C/TSgt Kyle Tomaszewski
My experiences at Johnson Flight Encampmenthave been some of the bestmoments in my Civil Air Patrol involvement.This year, 2006 JFE, was muchdifferent from the last year I went. My instruc-tor pilots, CAPCapt's Wally Gleason and PatKlick, have beenremarkably help-ful to my gliderpilot career.Compared tolast year, this year was muchbetter with the weather situation. I remember last year oneday we walked outside and it lookedlike we were walking into the end of the world,the sky was black and theclouds stretched for as far as we could see. We were only weathered out oneday this year, but that didn't stop every gliderstudent from achievingtheir solo/pre-solo certification. Every glidercadet, except two, earnedtheir pre-solo wings, and three of us earnedour solo's. My first solo inany aircraft was on Thursday, June 15th,2006 at JFE. There was a nasty crosswind that day, but I held back my anxi-ety built up and completed the 9minute flight. It was funny because eventhough my instructor pilot was lessthan 100 LBS, the glider flew SO muchdifferently with him not in it withme. I released at 1500ft, and actually hit adecent thermal. "Hey, I couldride this thing for a while because no oneis telling me to take the gliderdown!" I thought to myself. But, the nicecadet that I am, I entered thepattern, greased the landing, and wassurprised to see that I wasn't greeted with a bucket of cold water. I did getnailed with the water at a later timeduring that day. The only problem that Ihad with my solo was that the back door on the glider flew half way open dur-ing my downwind leg. I almostreached back to close it, but instead con-tinued to fly the glider and makesure that I do not get distracted with my landing pattern. I had fun, workedhard, and amgoing to con-tinue my glider flightsat Sky Soaringuntil I earnmy PGL by the end of thissummer. With summer in full swing, and some morekey holidays coming up, the opportunity for Woodfield Squadron to partake inColor Guard activities is here. Only a few weeks ago, we were asked to present thecolors at the swearing in of new US citizensin downtown Chicago. There was a hugechance to get our faces in the media andmake more people aware of CAP. On July 4th, we will again have the opportunity tomarch in the 4th of July parade in Elgin.If you are able to attend, please do. Ask Lt. Gallman, or Capt. Snyder for moredetails and the place and time to meet.
Johnson Flight Encampment
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Color Guard and Drill Team Needed Johnson Flight Encampment
From June 9-17th, 3cadets from Wood-field Squadron partici-pated in the JohnsonFlight Encampment atColes County Memo-rial Airport inMattoon, IL. I wasn’tthere, so I’m not goingto ramble on and try to make stuff up.Here’s what one of thecadets in attendanceexperienced.
Cadets Brady and Tomaszewski withinstructors Capt. Gleason andC/Col AngeliniCadets Tomaszewski, Brady, andGreenlee at JFE, 2006
Members of Woodfield’s ColorGuard perform for onlookers