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North Carolina Wing - Feb 2013

North Carolina Wing - Feb 2013

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Carolina WingSpan
The Official Newsletter of the NC Wing, CAP 
February 2013
NC Wing Members onCapitol Hill
See more on Page 3
Historians Meet atNCWG Headquarters
Story and photos on Page 4
Carolina WingSpan is published underthe direction of:
 NCWG Commander - Col. David E. Crawford NCWG Vice Commander - Lt. Col. Max NCWG Chief of Staff - Lt. Col.. Andy WiggsOffice of Public Affairs: NCWG Public Affairs Officer, Maj. Don Penvendpenven@ncwg.cap.gov NCWG Deputy PAO Lt.Col. James WilliamsJPBTW@carolina.rr.com NCWG Deputy PAO Lt. Col Conrad D'Cruzconrad.dcruz@netswirl.com NCWG Deputy PAO Capt. Carey Coxcarey.cox@gmail.com NCWG Deputy PAO 1st Lt. Larry Mathislarrymathis@northstate.net NCWG newsletter "Carolina WingSpan" editor -Maj. Donald PenvenSend submissions to:carolina.wingspan@ncwg.cap.gov"Carolina WingSpan" is the official newsletter of theCivil Air Patrol, North Carolina Wing HQ,U.S. Air Force Auxiliary
Major Howell BalsemCAP Public Affairs
Exceptional Achievement Awards
Attention, all Public Affairs Officers:
Mark your calendars now to enter the 2013 Balsem awards. On April 1, a template will be available oneServices to enter the competition, but NHQ/PA wanted to give you a heads-up so you can go ahead andmake preparations. Read over the attached guidelines
(See Page 14)
carefully and get ready to enter. A draftentry form is included so you will know what is needed for the competition. Please note that this is not anofficial entry form. It is simply for your information only, so you can prepare for the competition. We willremind you on April 1 when the official entry template is up and ready for your entries.Julie DeBardelaben, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, National Headquarters
Air Force cuts aviation support atpublic events
3/1/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- As the Air Force braces for  potential sequester, leadership has canceled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and isstanding down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to saveflying hours to support readiness needs.Effective today, active-duty, Reserve and Guard units will ceaseall aviation support to the public. This includes the cancellation of support to all air shows, tradeshows, flyovers (including funeralsand military graduations), orientation flights, heritage flights, F-22demonstration flights and open houses, unless the event includesonly local static assets.Additionally, the Air Force will cancel the Thunderbirds' entire2013 season beginning April 1.The Thunderbirds and Heritage Flight crews will complete their certification procedures for safely flying aerial demonstrations incase the budget allows resumption of scheduled events in 2013, but and the Air Force will cease participation in Heritage flightsfollowing certification.The Air Force will reduce flying hours by as much as 18 percent --approximately 203,000 hours -- and impacts will be felt across theservice and directly affect operational and training missions."While we will protect flying operations in Afghanistan and other contingency areas, nuclear deterrence and initial flight training,roughly two-thirds of our active-duty combat Air Force units willcurtail home station training," said Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A.Welsh III.Since all aerial support to public and military events is flown at noadditional cost to the taxpayer using allotted training hours, theAir Force had no choice but to cancel support to these events.
NC Wing Members Attend National Legislative Day
 NC Wing members attending included: Col. Larry J. Ragland. MER/CC; Col. David E. Crawford, NCWG/CC; Lt. Col. Shelley Chalmers , NCWG Legislative Officer and C/Maj. Taylor Wedell, Cape Fear Composite Squadron. The group visited all 13 U.S. House Representatives and both U.S. Senators from North Carolina.
Cover Photo: Cadet Wedell, Representative Mike McIntire, Col. Crawford 
The handout provided to our legislators is posted on the wing website:http://www.ncwg.cap.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.display&pageID=567
National Legislative Day
Left - Right: C/Maj. Taylor Wedell, U.S..Representative Mike McIntire, Col. David E.Crawford
L-R: Col. Crawford, Col. Ragland, C/Maj.Wedell, Lf. Col Chalmers

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