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Pell City Squadron - Dec 2012

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Civil Air Patrol - Alabama Wing
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Pell City Composite Squadron 118—Alabama Wing Civil Air Patrol
 
From Our Commander,
 
 As we enter the holiday season, we usually take some time to reflect on the year coming to an end. When I look back at the year for our Squadron, I have some mixed feelings. It has been a great year, but there have also been some painful moments. We have lost some close friends this year. We have lost a member who was a past Squadron Commander. We have lost a friend who was a past Wing Commander. We also have had several members who have lost friends and family members this year. These losses have affected us personally as well as our Squadron. We have lost family, friends, mentors, and teachers. These losses have left voids that will be difficult to fill. We have gained new members. We have been very fortunate to gain several new members that bring a great deal of skill and enthusiasm into our Squadron. I am looking forward to seeing what the new year brings in this area. We have grown professionally. Several of our members have completed new levels of professional development.
 
We have gained skill in Emergency Services. We have gained new Ground Team and Air Crew members. We have also had several members increase their qualifications.  Aerospace Education continues to be a priority. We have had several members complete the Yeager Award. We also have ongoing AE programs. Cadet Programs continues to be a very exciting area. We have developed an excellent environment for our Cadets. It has become a program that we are all very proud of.
 
Safety continues to be the backbone of all of our programs. We have had a very safe year. This is no accident. We have a great safety program because a lot of people work very hard. Every member is a Safety Officer. This motto fosters an environment of Safety. I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish in 2012. I am looking forward to 2013 with excitement. I would like to thank everyone who has helped our Squadron be successful. You are the reason we continue to improve. We would not be what we are without you. On behalf of all of the staff members of Squadron 118, I would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season. Jim Gosnell
 
Commander 
 
Vol. 3, No. 12 December 2012
Squadron Commander— Maj. Jim Gosnell
 
Deputy Commander for Cadet Programs
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Capt. Cindy Bennett
 
Inside this issue:
Commander’s Corner 
 
1
 
Calendar 
 
2
 
Safety
 
3
 
Safety Newsletter and Volunteer Magazine
 
4
 
Did You Know?
 
5
 
Data Burst
 
6
 
 Alabama Wing Conference
 
7
 
National and Regional News
 
8
 
Temporary Flight Restrictions
 
9
 
WESS Training
 
10
 
Character Development—Internet Links
 
11
 
CyberPatriot Program
 
12
 
Iron Man Winners
 
13
 
Cadet Staff and Quarterly Schedule
 
14
 
Newsletter Editor—2nd Lt. Elizabeth Shurbutt
 
 
 
Sun
 
Mon
 
Tue
 
Wed
 
Thu
 
Fri
 
Sat
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
Cadet Mt.
 
18:00
 
P.T.
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
Cadet Mt.
 
18:00
 
Leadership
 
(Blues)
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
Cadet Mt.
 
18:00
 
Character Development
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
Cadet Mt.
 
18:00
 
Aerospace
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31
 
Cadet Mt.
 
18:00
 
P.T. and Parade Practice
 
January 2013January 2013 
Calendar . . . (looking ahead) Page 2
 
Cadet Schedule and Uniform for January 2013:
 
January 3 — P.T. 18:00 at Lakeside Park
 
January 10— Leadership (Blues)
 
January 17—Character Development (BDU’s)
 
January 24—Aerospace (BDU’s)
 
January 31—Fun Night
 
WESS Training January 18
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20
 
Cadet Winter Conference
 
 
 
Safety . . . Page 3
 
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We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Safety Officer Ron Harlan and his family in the loss of his mother last month. In lieu of his article, Eddie Shurbutt has submitted a Safety Article.
 
hristmas Tree Safety
As most of you know, Ron Harlan usually writes the Safety article for our newsletter. As an early Christmas present, let me fulfill the task this month. Take a well-deserved break and we will hear from you again next month.
There is a lot that can be said about Christmas tree safety this year, most of which you have already heard or said yourself. When buying a live pre
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cut tree, make sure the tree is still alive and healthy. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from the branches, and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. Lift the tree and bounce the cut end on the ground, if a bunch of needles come tumbling off, it isn’t a safe tree to take home. The trunk should be sticky and the limbs should be very flexible. Keeping your thirsty Christmas tree well hydrated is the best way to prevent a tree fire. Keep the water in the stand well above the fresh cut bottom of the trunk. When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant”.
 
Christmas Lights – Inside and Outside
 
Unplug the lights and decorations when you are not home, or they are not in use. Real trees are highly flammable and lights and decorations can short out and start a fire. Check each set of tree lights for frayed wires, broken bulbs, and loose connections. Turn off lights before you go to bed or leave the house. Never run electrical cords under carpets or rugs, over nails, in traffic areas, or where there is a chance of water. Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted. Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use. To hold lights in place, string them through hooks or insulated staples, not nails or tacks.
Fireplace Safety
 
Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that the flue is open. Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely. Be sure to use a screen or shield if burning an open fireplace. One amber popping from the fire onto a dry tree can ignite and turn a Merry Christmas into a Fiery Nightmare.
 
So take a few minutes as you put up your tree and decorations, and make sure that they are still safe to use. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Safe New Year.
 
Eddie Shurbutt, Capt.
 
SER
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 AL
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118
 
Reminder: Read the newsletter and receive a Safety Briefing Credit. Please email Ron Harlan at
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 reh1685@aol.com
 

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