NC Wing Kicks off Glider Program
Yesterday (March23, 2013) capped a nearly 9 month effort in the initial phases of the launch of the NCWG Glider program. Alarge contingent of NC wing members traveled to Danville VA to participate in an intense glider operation that at the end of theday paid off in terms of productivity. As of now, NC is fully prepared to launch its glider program. We have a full cadreincluding 2 wing tow pilots (plus Col. Ragland, Middle East Region Commander), 2 glider pilots, a glider operations coordinator (Air Boss) and a fully trained and qualified ground operations team.Yesterday marked several milestones in the growth of the NCWG glider program. Lt Col Craig Winkelmann (MER-NC-048) andCapt John Cole (MER-NC-022) completed their training and were signed off as glider tow pilots. Capt Cole received his 4required glider rides with CFI-G and National Vice Commander, Brig. Gen. Vazquez. Additionally 2nd Lt. Calvin Mayo (MER- NC-079) received his Form 5 in the L-23 glider with Brig. Gen. Vazquez serving as check pilot.1st Lt Ricky Jones, MER-NC-079/CC who was NCWG's first Form 5'd glider pilot - flew his first Cadet Orientation flight in theglider with a cadet from VAWG.Capt. Marcus Howard (MER-NC-048) also received 2 instructional flights with Brig. Gen. Vazquez in the L-23 glider.Ground personnel who completed their training include Capt. David Nelson (MER-NC-079), Capt. Marcus Howard (MER-NC-048), Capt. Cory Johnson (MER-NC-121), Lt. Col. Craig Winkelmann (MER-NC-048), 2nd Lt. Calvin Mayo (MER-NC-079), 1stLt. Ricky Jones (MER-NC-079) and Capt John Cole (MER-NC-022). Additionally I qualified as Glider Operations Coordinator (aka Air Boss).Thanks to the support from VAWG over the last 9 months as well as Gen Vazquez and the coordination efforts of Capt ShawnMcComas (NC/DO) and Lt Col Craig Winkelmann, NC is now in position to jump start its glider program with a fully qualifiedcadre of personnel.There will be much more information coming out about the glider program and its implementation. In the meantime please join incongratulating Lt. Col. Winkelmann, Capt. Cole, 1st Lt. Jones and 2nd Lt. Mayo on their accomplishments in completing their training in support of the glider program.The NCWG Members: Left to Right - Capt Johnson, Capt Howard, Capt Nelson, Lt Mayo, Lt Col Winkleman, Capt Cole, ColCrawford, Lt Jones, Col Ragland.Lt Calvin Mayo rolling out after his first O-Pilot CAPF5 check ride. Calvin's in the front seat. His check pilot is the General.Photo by 1
Lt. Ricky JonesGroup Photo by:DAVID E CRAWFORD, Colonel, CAPCommander, North Carolina WingLt Calvin Mayo rolling out after his first O-Pilot CAPF5 check ride. Calvin's in the front seat. His check pilot is Brig. Gen. Vazquez.