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Connecticut Wing - Annual Report (2010)

Connecticut Wing - Annual Report (2010)

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Civil Air Patrol cadets recognized by Connecticut House of Representatives
he floor of the Connecticut House of Representatives was transformed into a military ceremony full of pomp and circumstance as Civil Air Patrol cadets from New Fairfield High School were honored as the firstschool-based CAP program in the state. The cadets were welcomed by State Reps.Mary Ann Carson and Jan Giegler and State Sen. Mike McLachlan, all honorary CAPmembers with the rank of major.As the cadets stood at attention on the floor, several representatives gave accolades,including one from State Rep. Ted Graziani, who called the cadets “role models” and thanked them for giving to their community and state as members of CAP. The cadetsreceived a standing ovation from the entire House as they left the floor.During their visit, the cadets were given the VIP treatment with a tour of the stateCapitol, the opportunity to explore the Senate chamber, discussions with their representatives and an awards ceremony with Gov. Jodi Rell in her personal office.The CAP cadet program at New Fairfield High School has been an overwhelmingsuccess and is expected to double in size over the next year, with more than 40 studentsexpressing interest in participating.
2010 Statistics
Volunteer Members:
370adult members371cadets406voting-age members81 aircrew personnel371emergency responders
16locations statewide
5 single engine
15 vehicles
Interoperable Communications:
8 VHF-FM repeaters8 VHF-FM fixed stations64 VHF-FM mobile stations9 HF fixed stations1 HF mobile station
9search and rescue missions3 finds1 life saved6 counterdrug missions14 other state support missions
Cadet Flying
593 cadets flown343 hours flown
Total Hours Flown:
$0in state funding$2.5Mvalue of wing’s volunteer hours
Connecticut Wing cadets stand at attention in the state Capitol while waiting to meet Gov.Jodi Rell. The cadets from New Fairfield High School were treated to an awards ceremonyin Rell’s Office.
Wing address:
P.O. Box 1233, Middletown, CT 06457-1233;
Civil Air Patrol’s
Wing commander 
Col. Cassandra B. Huchko (chuchko@juno.com)
Government relations advisor 
Col. Frederick Herbert (fredgherbert@att.net)
National commander 
Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter (courtera@earthlink.net)
Region commander 
Col. Christopher J. Hayden (chayden@ner.cap.gov
The Surrogate Predator ball attached beneath a Civil Air Patrol plane’s wing allows theaircraft to function as a tool to train U.S. military personnel before they
deploy overseasto combat zones. CAP planes outfitted this way
participate in air warrior exercisesknown as Green Flag, based in Louisiana and Nevada. Using this cutting-edge 21st-centurytechnology is just one way CAP plays an active role in homeland security. CAP aircrewsalso act as mock targets on air defense missions, provide air escorts for Navy ships alongwaterways and assist border patrol efforts.
Congressionally chartered mission No. 1: Emergency Services
Like clockwork, spring 2010 brought flooding to much of the Midwest, OhioValley and Northeast. CAP was on the scene, working from the air to takephotographs used to make critical decisions about threats to lives andinfrastructure; on the ground, members helped with sandbagging anddelivery of essential goods and services. 2010 was also marked by CAP’sresponse to another emergency: The Hawaii Wing’s airborne warnings abouta possible tsunami triggered by an earthquake in Chile drew rave reviewsand widespread publicity.
When Civil Air Patrol ground teams arrived on the sceneof this Navy helicopter crash in West Virginia, thechance there would be survivors looked bleak.Miraculously, all 17 on board were alive, though mostwere injured. CAP volunteers worked for 20 straighthours in blizzard conditions, often in darkness, on aremote mountainside to extract the victims andtransport them to medical facilities. In Arizona, enduringsimilar weather, CAP members helped save 54 peoplestranded by a sudden snowstorm. While CAP totaledfewer search and rescue flying hours in 2010, more liveswere saved. That is due, in part, to advances made byCAP members in radar and cell phone forensics, whichhelped reduce search areas and allowed CAP to locatesurvivors more quickly.
Civil Air Patrol’s expertise in aerial photography got a workout in 2010with the organization’s response to the Gulf oil spill. CAP’s low-and-slow aircraft provide the perfect vantage point for photos officials useto assess damages and deploy assets. During the oil spill crisis,thousands of photos were taken by multiple CAP aircrews along theGulf’s shoreline every day for months. CAP devised special softwareto speed the processing time for this enormous quantity of photos to just a handful of hours, while a private company under contract to thefederal government threaded the photos together to provide a big-picture view. Above, a representative of the U.S. Coast Guarddiscusses oil spill data with CAP members.
he role of Civil Air Patrol in the Gulf oil spillresponse — CAP’s single largest mission since World War II — led the organization’s 2010 emergencyservices missions in numbers, length and intensity. Involving morethan 278 volunteers from 10 wings over a 118-day period, the oilspill response reaffirmed CAP volunteers’ ability to support amajor, extended operation that included a crushing demand for thousands of aerial photos each day. 2010 also saw CAP credited with saving 113 lives across thenation — the 10th-highest number of saves in CAP’s 69-year history. Meanwhile, CAP provided disaster relief duringunprecedented flooding in the Midwest and the eastern half of thecountry, assisted law enforcement agencies in seizing $1.36 billionin illegal drugs and drug money and performed critical homeland security missions by posing as intercept and enemy targets for Air Force fighters.
Congressionally chartered mission No. 2: Cadet Programs
Civil Air Patrol develops youth through self-paced study of theart of leadership. Cadets learn how to lead through formalclassroom instruction and a laboratory of hands-on experienceswhere they apply leadership principles to real-world challenges.Through a graduated curriculum, they first learn to follow, thento lead small groups, ultimately experiencing command andexecutive-level leadership, advancing in rank and earning honorsalong the way. Topics include how to think critically, communicateeffectively, make decisions, motivate and manage conflict. Self-discipline and teamwork are also emphasized.Eager to show off their aerospace knowledge, physical fitness and precision on thedrill field, cadet drill teams and color guards vie against one another in competitionsat the state, regional and national levels. Rising to the occasion with goodsportsmanship, cadets amaze spectators with their skill and esprit de corps. Thecompetitions are varied, but this activity is all about character. Each year, 144 cadetsearn the right to compete for national honors, and about 800 more compete locally.
Cadets in Civil Air Patrol enjoy opportunities not readily available for many youth. For instance,these cadets are visiting the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., while taking part in CAP’s CivicLeadership Academy. Participants study the federal government and explore public service careersduring an unforgettable week in the nation’s capital. With a curriculum emphasizing persuasiveleadership, cadets develop skills they will need to become consensus-builders in their communities. As a capstone activity, cadets visit Capitol Hill and help articulate CAP’s value to America.
Civil Air Patrol cadets experience flight firsthandthrough the efforts of CAP adult volunteers, aviationenthusiasts eager to share their love of flying. Often,it is through CAP that a young person receives thefirst flight of his or her life. Aviation education isdelivered in both the classroom and the cockpit.Cadets gain an understanding of the complex forcesthat cause an aircraft to achieve lift and other fundamental topics, such as navigation, engines andaerospace history.
ivil Air Patrol inspires youth to be responsible citizens.Cadets serve their communities by helping with CAP’sreal-world humanitarian efforts. In addition, they gainan appreciation for America’s role in the global community byserving as goodwill ambassadors abroad or hosting aviation-minded youth from around the world. During visits to Washington, D.C.,cadets display their respect for America and commitment to publicservice. Responsible citizenship is the cornerstone of cadet life.As a testament to its relevance and appeal, the cadet programgrew 9.5 percent over the past year, from 23,888 cadets in 2009 to26,157 in 2010. Whether as members of school- or community- based squadrons, cadets, ages 12-20, benefit from a completecurriculum that teaches respect, leadership, community service and aerospace education. The opportunity to fly is a major attractionfor cadets, and 28,608 took advantage of orientation flights in2010, a 10 percent increase over 2009.

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