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Los Alamos Squadron - Jun 2003

Los Alamos Squadron - Jun 2003

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Civil Air Patrol - New Mexico Wing
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Note from the PAO:
 The spring and summerwere extremely busy times for my family and me.Therefore, I was not able to publish the “Spring2003 Mountain Wave.” Hopefully, with thisissue, I will be able to get back on track.
CONFERENCEThe NM Wing Conference will be held theweekend of 19-21 September at theRadisson in Santa Fe. Wing CommanderCol James Norvell will host his last WingConference and will turn over the reins of the Wing to Lt Col Frank Buethe of Albuquerque on Saturday evening.“Of the Year” awards will be presentedduring Saturday evening. The last item of business for the evening will be the Changeof Command.TRANSPORTATION(The following article was written by Lt ColHerbert A, Traulsen—the one responsible toWing and National for maintaining ourrecords)After reviewing the completed NM WingForm 73’s, CAP Vehicle Operator’s Logand Inspection Guide it is apparent that theWing drivers “can not” or “will not” readinstructions on how to complete this form.Partial instructions are attached to the CAPform 75 when it is issued to the driver.Complete instructions are in the vehiclelogbook located in each vehicle.Areas requiring improvement are:a.Vehicle inspection by 1st person drivingeach day and sign off on front of NM WingForm 73.b.All drivers should sign in on the front of NM Wing Form 73.c.Complete back of NM Wing Form 73 atthe completion of the trip. This entrée is tobe made in whole numbers; no fractions of hours or minutes will be used. If vehiclewas used for 1/2 hour you will log 1 hour.d.Credit cards in vehicles are to be usedonly when a mission number has beenassigned.e.If at a multi-day activity and the vehicleis driven each day an entry will be madeeach day in the NM Wing Form 73. Do notlump several days into one entry.CAPR 77-1 paragraph 7a states: “prior touse, the first operator of the day willperform a safety check on COV’s or TUV’susing CAPF 73 CAP Vehicle InspectionGuide and Justification. Any item(s) ondaily inspection checklist that are not in safeworking order, especially tires, brakes andsteering must be repaired before vehicle isused for any CAP mission/activity. When aPOV is used as official CAP transportationit will also have a safety check performedprior to use.”This means that each day the vehicle isdriven it will be inspected and signed for onthe front of NM Wing Form 73.
The completion of NM Wing Form 73 andthe Monthly Vehicle Report are NationalHeadquarters requirements and canimpact our receiving new vehicles. Asresponsible adults these reports should besubmitted accurately and on time. TheWing has recalled vehicle 3008 becausethe Squadron failed to submit therequired monthly vehicle reports. Thismonthly report is to be received at Wingon or before the 5th of the next month.
If improvements are not made in thecompletion of NM Wing Form 73 drasticaction will be taken. National Headquartershas sent a message concerning tire pressureand load range rating, they point out:a.Tire pressure and load rating are criticalelements of tire safety.b.Tires should be inflated in accordancewith the vehicle manufacture’srecommendations. All tires should beinflated to the same pressure when tires arecold (this includes the spare).c.Check tire pressure monthly.
Summer 2003Volume 1, Issue 3
The Mountain Wave
Quarterly Newsletter for the Los Alamos Composite Squadronof the Civil Air Patrol 
Civil Air PatrolP.O. Box 741Los Alamos, NM87544
LA SQUADRON WEBSITEhttp://sulphurcanyon.com.lacap/NM WING WEBSITEhttp://nmwg.cap.gov/NATIONAL CAP HQWEBSITEhttp://www.cap.gov
Cpt David L. McClard
Lt Col Larry L. Tellier
Lt Mark Peters
2d.Never inflate beyond maximumpermissible inflation pressure.e.Air pressure should be checked with apressure gauge (CAP vehicles in NewMexico are equipped with pressure gages).f.Tire balance and alignment are critical totire operation.g.Tires should be checked for adequatetread, cuts, slashes and other irregularities.h.12 and 15 passenger vans tend to havethe center of gravity rise as they fill up withpeople. Roll over is easier with a fullload—Drive accordingly.2003 WINTER ENCAMPMENTLt Col Paul BallmerThe Eagle Composite Squadron is againhosting the Winter Encampment for NewMexico Wing, December 26-30, at KirtlandAFB. The dost of this encampment isestimated to be $50.00.This encampment will be similar to lastyear’s winter encampment with cadetssleeping on the floor in sleeping bags as wehave done the past two years. This results ina quite rustic but acceptable setting.We expect to be able to accommodate up to60 cadets including staff so applicationsshould be made as soon as possible.Encampment fees will need to be paid nolater than 15 December 2003.Members interested in attending thisencampment should submit an application(CAP Form 31) to the following address:Lt Col Paul J. Ballmer, CAP6544 Pine Park Place NEAlbuquerque, NM 87109Individuals who would like to serve on staff (cadets or seniors) should also include aletter indicating that they would like to be onstaff and what position(s) they would like tofill. Encampment staff positions will befilled based on earned rank and experiencegained in individual squadrons and priorencampments.In order to attend the encampment, cadetsmust be a current member of Civil AirPatrol, have completed the CurryAchievement, and earned the rank of CadetAirman.Cadets who have never before attended anencampment will have the first priority forattendance. Others, including staff applicants, will be accepted if there isenough room for them to attend.This encampment will give cadets fullencampment credit. The schedule has beenset up following the Required MinimumCourse Content Chart (Fig. 51) in CAPM52-16. Although four and one half days isnot a long period of time, it does provide thetime to complete the forty hours requiredtraining outlined for an encampment.If you have any questions, please feel free tocontact me via e-mail(PJBallmer@worldnet.att.net) or by phoneat 505 323-6069.
SAFETY REPORTLt C. Lee KnoellSept. 2, 2003, we held our monthly safetymeeting with 11 members present.Topics of discussion included the:1)August 03 issue of the CAP Sentinel thatincluded the 5th CAP accident for the year.An Indiana C-172 that bounced hard onlanding damaging the prop and firewall.Also in the issue, was the sad news thatanother CAP Chaplin from Idaho was killedduring a vehicle strike with a freight train atan unguarded crossing. The Chaplin wasdriving a CAP van at a SAREX and was inprocess of placing targets for the exercise
Los AlamosCompositeSquadron
Gerald Merkey
Dorothy Brown
Dave McClard (acting)
Brian Smith
Kenneth Jones
Tom Marshall
Lee Knoell
Tom Marshall
Brian Smith
John Sutton
Crew Chief 4842G
Lee Knoell
Crew Chief 6319H
Richard Pearson
Roger Kruse
Dave McClard (acting)
John Veilleux
Gretta Christensen
Annette Peters
Roger Kruse
An ignorant person talks about other people. An averageerson talks about events. But an intelligent person talks about ideas.Teddy Roosevel
3when the accident occurred. The Sentinelincluded an article regarding drinking anddriving as well as brief descriptions of HeatCramps, Heat Exhaustion, and Heat Strokeas well as the associated first aid for each.Everyone is encouraged to visit the NationalCAP web page and view the Sentinel.2) A brief discussion also took placeregarding the recent (last week) aircraftaccident involving another NM CAP C-172(36L). Details are sketchy at this time, butapparently a low time pilot attempted landon runway 8 at Albq. International afterreceiving ATC clearance. The pilot had tocontend with an 18 knot crosswind onlanding. The aircraft sustained damages.Everyone is reminded that most of our CAPaircraft are limited to a 15 knotdemonstrated crosswind component.Attempting to land with an 18 knotcrosswind is a violation of CAPR 60-1requirements.3) We had a guest speaker at last night'smeeting - Chuck Mansfield. Chuck is aformer smoke jumper from Oregon andprovided everyone with a video tape andslides of last year's Biscuit Fire in SWOregon.4) Dave McClard also furnished an AOPAvideo on Airport Security. Anyone who hasnot seen the video is encouraged to talk withDave and arrange to view the video.CADETS SURVIVE SUMMERLt. Gretta ChristensenBe Safe! Safety first! These are the sloganswe see on many of our CAP publications.The Los Alamos Cadet Squadron isbreathing a collective sigh of relief as thesummer of 2003 comes to an end. Itsmisfortunes, however, had nothing to dowith Civil Air Patrol. Rather, they hadeverything to do with very active youngpeople.What could go wrong with a harmless paintball game where all of the participants hadon the correct protective gear? AskC/SMSgt Jonathan Roybal who was out onthe afternoon of August 2 with several otherfriends (many of whom are fellow cadets).Innocently enough, Jonathan was sneakingup on his opponents. He jumped over asmall bush and quickly realized that therewas no solid footing available on the otherside. Slipping off of the edge, Jonathan fell70 feet to the bottom of one of the many LosAlamos craggy canyons.Jonathan found himself wadded up in a ball,passing in and out of consciousness. Eachtime he tried to call for help, he immediatelypassed out again. Hearing his feebleattempts to solicit help, the opposing team,thinking he was trying to trick them, ran theother direction. Eventually, the tragedy wasdiscovered and the emergency rescuepersonnel were contacted.Following hours of tests, x-rays, and MRIs,all were “relieved” that he had
fractured two vertebrae, completely crusheda third one, and severely sprained his ankle.Many would say that Jonathan is lucky to bealive. Neurosurgeons in Albuquerque areamazed that he is not paralyzed. However,Jonathan’s parents, his church body, andfellow cadets agree with one of theAlbuquerque physicians, “He is blessed!” Itwill be a long time, but he is expected tomake a complete recovery.Bicycle riding has its inherent dangers. Butwho would have thought that falling off of acliff was one of them? C/2nd Lt CurtisChristensen can attest to the fact that if oneis riding along, enjoying the spectacularscenery, singing songs and otherwise beingdistracted, cliffs can be a formidable foe.August 15th proved to be this cadet’s day of misfortune.Riding his mountain bike, Christensen failedto properly negotiate the trail when he gotdistracted by the beautiful panoramic view.He fell approximately 10 feet into a pile of 
Los Alamos CadetSquadron
C/2nd Lt Shannon Kruse
C/2nd Lt Marit Christensen
C/2nd Curtis Christensen
C/SMSgt. Jesse Peters
C/2nd Lt Curtis Christensen
C/CMSGT Josh Roybal
C/2nd Lt Curtis Christensen(acting)
C/SMSgt Jesse Peters
C/SMSgt Jonathan Roybal
Victor StearnsJonathan KressinRose Parker
2nd Lt Nicolas Walker
2nd Lt Ron Roybal
2nd Lt Louella Roybal
2nd Lt Bob BartholomewCSM Kirk Christensen
Private Pilot Ground School
 Class commencesTuesday, September 9th, at UNM-LA.
Cadet Camping Trip:
 TBA (October)
Winter Encampment:
 26-30 December 2003

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