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Travis Hoover Squadron - Sep 2012

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Dinner With Major Bill Knotts
Profile of a 50 Year Member 
“I’ve always found something tolike about every place I’vebeen…and it’s mostly the peo-ple.” Bill and I are sitting down
for dinner together at the Sir-loin Stockade, along with hiswife Caroll. He just finished along list of mostly South andCentral American countries hewas stationed at during a 24-year tenure in the US Army.The statement was made after acomment about how most of his friends would complainabout the unfamiliar surround-ings. That is not Bill!William was born February 20,1946 in Carthage, Arkansas toEdward Van and Mary Sue
Knotts. In the early 50’s, after
his mother and father divorced,he moved with his mother andtwo siblings (Kenneth and Cath-erine) to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. His father was anenlisted ground school instruc-tor for the Army Air Force andlater a commercial pilot. Need-less to say, he and his family didnot see much of his father afterthe divorce. In fact, Bill tells thestory of his father attending his
brother’s wedding (20+ years
after the divorce) and his
mother saw him but didn’t rec-ognize him…and doesn’t know,
to this day, that her ex-husband
attended his son’s wedding.
 Listening to Bill talk about hisfamily history is a reminder of the way things used to be. Hisgrandparents were lumber com-pany kids who lived most of their lives in the deep woods of Arkansas. Imagine having towalk more than a mile throughthe woods to the nearest road-side school bus stop every day
for school and your “town”
moving every 2-3 months whenall the houses were loaded onflat cars and transported ontemporarily-lain rail tracks tothe next work site. Some of thestories he tells about his grand-mother are priceless.Bill grew up with an interest inflying and search and rescue.When he was 14, living in Pasca-goula, Mississippi, he inquiredabout Civil Air Patrol (CAP).
National HQ at the time(Ellington AFB) informed himthat the nearest squadron wasat Keesler AFB, which was toofar away for his single/workingmother to drive him to every
week. That didn’t hinder Billfrom pursuing a pilot’s license.
When he was 16, he sold hisshotgun and went to the Jack-son County Airport and beganflight instruction in a Piper J-3Cub. When money ran out, hewashed planes and did justabout anything else at the air-port in exchange for flying time.Eventually he was hired as a lineboy and then mechanics helper.It turns out, that airport was aCAP WWII Coastal Patrol Base.
It wasn’t long after he started
flying lessons that Bill was ap-proached by one of the flyingclub members about starting aCivil Air Patrol squadron at the Jackson County Airport. Hewas one of the charter mem-bers of the Jackson CountyComposite Squadron (laternamed the Singing River Com-posite Squadron).As a cadet in the Civil Air Pa-
trol, Bill joined as an “acting 2dLt”, though he never earned the
Mitchell Award. He says he hasnever been concerned aboutrank, but joined because of hisinterest in flying and search andrescue. Only a few monthsafter he joined, he participatedin his first real search and res-cue mission. The details of themission are not appropriate tomention, but it was an experi-ence that exposed Bill to nearlyevery aspect of search and res-cue in CAP, to say the least. Heexperienced what it was likeworking with other organiza-tions before there was realcoordination and how CAP wasthe only group focused onsearching for survivors insteadof bodies. The year after he joined, he earned his CAP Pi-
lot’s Wings and attended a CAP
multi-state encampment at Max-well AFB in Alabama. He real-ized later that basic drill andceremony at the squadron com-bined with encampment areexcellent training for entry intothe military.As a senior member in the CivilAir Patrol, early on, it was abalance between his Army ca-reer and CAP activities. Bill hasendured and remained activethroughout the years despitemilitary and family responsibili-ties.With the Army SpecialForces, he was stationed in atleast 13 countries throughout
his 24 years of service…all the
while, remaining active in CivilAir Patrol whenever and wher-ever it was possible.
Continued on page 2
September 19, 2012Volume 1, Issue 6
Col. Travis Hoover Composite SquadronNewsletter 
Upcoming Events:
29 September: Alpha
Air Center’s Inaugural
Annual Fly-In
 JoplinMunicipal Airport
13 October: FitnessChallenge Celebration
19-21 October: WingConference
15 December:Wreaths AcrossAmerica Ceremony
Inside this issue:
Dinner With Ma- jor Bill Knotts...
(Continued frompage 1)
September Awards
Fitness Goals 2012
Aerospace WordSearch
Webb City
Farmer’s Market
Benefit Breakfast
And to reiterate his feelingabout rank, once he joined anew squadron as a 2dLt. Thesquadron commander refusedto recognize any rank that he,himself, did not promote. Bill
didn’t argue, he just took off hispips and got to work. “I couldcare less, the pay is the same”,
that is how he puts it.All four of his children joinedCAP as cadets, two continuedon as senior members, though
none are currently active. Bill’s
wife, Caroll, joined CAP earlyon in their marriage, so most of his favorite moments in CAPhave to do with being active asa family. When asked why hestays involved today, he says,
“Same reason I joined in the
first place. Search and rescue,
training, I’ve got the experience
that I can use to train the sen-
ior members and cadets with”.
“If I could just figure out how
to operate the blasted com-
puter…” That stands out inBill’s discussion of how CAP
has changed over the years.He talks about his perspectiveof how computers and theinternet seem to have added just another layer of bureauc-racy to mission operation andreporting. He had hoped itwould be more like Star
Trek…you would just feed
information in (plane type,
pilot’s experience, flight plan,
last known position, fuel onboard, etc.) and the computerwould tell you the most likelyareas to search. He says it
hasn’t worked out that way.
 To get a full appreciation of 
who he is, and what Bill’s char-
acter and experience have andcontinues to offer the Civil AirPatrol, you have to know abouthis flying hobby and his careerin the Army Special Forces.You already know Bill obtained
his pilot’s license as a teenager.
Last he checked (which wasyears ago) he had logged over1500 hours of flight time. Istopped listing the differentplanes he has flown at 20. Hehas personally owned fourairplanes (a Piper Cub, a Lus-comb 8A, a Citabria, and hecurrently owns a Slebcev
Storch). He isn’t able to do
this now, but his favorite typeof flying is aerial aerobatics.Not only flying, but jumping outof airplanes is another skill of his.In the Army Special Forces, hetaught high altitude low open-ing (HALO) techniques. TheHALO maneuver is a way tointroduce troops into criticalareas undetected by jumpingout of an airplane at very highaltitudes, gliding to a muchlower altitude, then openingthe parachute just in time toland safely and precisely whereneeded. Bill was assigned as aninstructor at the Special ForcesAdvanced Medical School andto the Defense Attaché Systemin Mexico, Venezuela, andYemen. He is fluent in theSpanish language and has ex-perienced, first hand, living inthe South and Central Ameri-can cultures. Whereas conven-tional soldiers go overseas to aU. S. Base, in effect a miniatureU.S. community complete withU.S. stores, theaters, bowlingalleys, craft shops, etc., SpecialForces go overseas and livewith the local populations intheir villages or military bases,eating the local food and speak-ing the local language. Evenwhen he and his family wereoverseas, with the Embassies,they lived in local housing(sometimes even slightly modi-fied with flush toilets andscreen windows!). Theybought their food from localmerchants, and the kids wentto the local/internationalschool.Our meal is complete and ourdiscussion has transitioned towhat is planned for our nextsquadron meeting. I assuredBill that there is no way I willbe able to do his story justice.Between our 2-hour long dis-cussion over dinner and theinformation he provided mebeforehand, I have too muchinformation to summarize.
And I know we’ve only
touched the surface of most of his experiences. My goal willbe to pique the interest of cadets, in particular, so theywill want to approach him. Hehas an amazing life story andwe can all learn a lot from whathe has experienced and accom-plished in his life thus far.
Dinner With Major Bill Knotts...
(Continued from page 1) 
Page 2 Col. Travis Hoover Composite Squadron Newsletter 
“I’ve always
found something tolike about
everyplace I’vebeen...and it’s
mostly the
 - Major BillKnotts
Cadet Knotts BeingPresented His CAP Pi-
lot’s Wings
September Awards: C/Capt. Rouse, Major Knotts
This month, C/Captain CalebRouse was officially presentedhis Amelia Earhart award byState Representative CharlieDavis.We also celebrated the 50 yearmembership anniversary of Major Bill Knotts. CommanderWorkman had a plaque madefor the occasion ...along with acake.
Rep. Charlie Davis Presenting Plaque to Major Knotts
 Article Submitted By:1st Lt Andi Edwards
In August, the squadron dis-cussed a topic near and dear to
a nurse’s heart— 
fitness. Of allthe topics that Health ServicesOfficers can cover, the value of regular exercise is the onething that can most change a
member’s life. Almost all the
other topics are meant for
helping to save another’s life.
Exercise is something one does
to save one’s own life. It is the
closest thing to a magic bulletthat medicine has for prevent-ing disease, prolonging life,improving mood, boostingenergy and an endless list of other benefits. One of thebenefits not often considered,but greatly valued in this in-stance, is the ability of exerciseto develop character and per-severance.After a conversation of thebenefits of exercise, the squad-ron then covered setting fitnessgoals for the fall. The goalswere to be SMART: Specific,Measurable, Attainable, Rele-vant and Time Bound. A largenumber of both senior mem-bers and cadets set out towrite goals that they felt wereimportant to their fitness lives.A lot of the goals for cadetswere set in areas in which theyare struggling to pass PT. Someare improving their times in themile and shuttle run or increas-ing their push-ups and sit-ups.Others are working on a newgoal for running a 5k or 10k.The senior members also setgreat goals. Examples includewalking, running, playing tennis,swimming and biking multipletimes a week. Several seniormembers are also working ondoing a 5k or 10k program.The time limit for attaining thegoals is October 9. Each mem-ber also chose a buddy to pro-vide encouragement and ac-countability.This past Tuesday marked theone month line for the goals.Each participant reported onwhere they and their buddy areat in their training. Some havealready achieved their goal andare working to improve it.Several members are right ontrack at a halfway point. Otherssaid they sure are working hardat push-ups and sit-ups
unfortunately their goal is inrunning! Well, they still have amonth, anyways. As extra in-centive, those who completetheir goals will be recognized ata party celebrating the end of the goal time on October 13.More to come on the excitingevents planned for that day.Several of the members willhave something extra to cele-brate as they will be participat-ing in the annual Maple Leaf Festival 5k and 10k that morn-ing.Whether the goal is in running,PT exercises, or some otherform of fitness, the true aim isthe same. Setting a habit of healthy living for a lifetime willreap great rewards. Thechoices made each day about
getting up and disciplining one’s
body also helps bring discipline
to the rest of one’s life. The
Travis Hoover CompositeSquadron is set on becoming anexample of fitness in all areas of life. This is just step one.Find 34 Aerospace-related words. List them here: ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________  ___________ ___________ 
Fitness Goals 2012Aerospace Word Search
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Fitness: The Magic Bullet

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