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Pennsylvania Wing - Jul 2006

Pennsylvania Wing - Jul 2006

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Pennsylvania Wing Civil AirPatrolNEWS MAGAZINE
NOTE NEWWEB ADDRESS: www.pawingcap.com
JULY2006Vol. 25
Greetings,Around 2:30 AM, June 26, 2006, a 1973 Piper Arrow crashed with 4 people on board.Lt Col Bill Geyer was alerted about the missing aircraft an assumed the role of IncidentCommander. Captain Arnie Andresen and crews and teams from Group II positioned them-selves for the operation. Quickly a team of members from Squadron 1303 were deployed.The new Commander of the Juniata Valley Flight, 1Lt Roy Long and Lt.Erin Long, Lt.Brian Bonner and Cadet John Smith came upon the crash while conducting their searchpattern.The wreckage was located about 1 mile from the runway of Midstate Airport.The CAPand local SAR personnel were on the scene in minutes.ATV's, ambulancesan other rescue vehicle and crews were only minutes behind. The weather had been miser-able throughout the night. Aman was found wandering around the crash site trying to getaway from the crash and looking for help. Early reports indicate that he had 2 brokenankles and other wounds. The other 3 passengers were reported caught in the wreckageunable to exit the damaged aircraft. Two of the other personnel on board were still aliveand sent to a local hospital for treatment. The fourth member who was the pilot was founddeceased in the aircraft.This was a well executed mission from top to bottom. Ahearty well done to all! Inspeaking with our National Commander, General Tony Pineda, he passed along a messagefor the Wing. “Great job”, he said.Thanks to the dedication of these Pennsylvania volunteers - 3 people are still alivetoday.Regards,M. ALLEN APPLEBAUM, Colonel, CAPCommander, PAWG
Legislative Officerof the Year
As a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from Mercer County, SenatorRobert D. Robbins has championed the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol. In partic-ular, he has spearheaded the increase of the Pennsylvania Wing’s state appropriationfrom $300,000 to $450,000. And this year he lobbied the House and Senate toincrease the Wing’s appropriations once again.Senator Robbins first became aware of the Civil Air Patrol several years ago as amember of the Veterans Affairs Committee. When Senator Holl retired, SenatorRobbins enthusiastically continued the late Senator Holl’s support of PennsylvaniaWing Civil Air Patrol and has proudly served as our most vocal advocate in theLegislator.In his distinguished military career, Senator Robbins graduated from the U.S.Military Academy at West Point. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and was aninstructor for the U.S. Army Ranger School. He has been awarded the “SoldiersMedal of Heroism”, the “Combat Infantry Badge” and the “Bronze Star Medal”Senator Robbins was the driving force, a founding member and the number onerecruiter of new members into the Pennsylvania Legislative Squadron. This squadronregularly meets at the capitol and even though they are not required to serve in anofficial capacity, Senator Robbins has been organizing the Legislators into a fullyfunctioning Squadron. Legislators currently serve their squadron in administrativeand public affairs capacities. It is Senator Robbins’goal to have Legislators serve inall the positions needed to staff a squadron. Senator Robbins serves as the Recruitingand Retention Officer, a position he fills with zeal and passion.Senator Robbins is also an active supporter of the local Squadron in MercerCounty, Pa. He enthusiastically supports the cadet program and never misses anopportunity to publicly praise the achievements of the cadets and the opportunitiesthey have, not only to serve their community and State, but to become tomorrow'sfuture leaders. Senator Robbins often comments on the pride he feels knowing thathis participation in an organization like the Civil Air Patrol is helping to insure thefuture of Pennsylvania. It is through Senator Robbins’public support and the dedicat-ed work of the Mercer members that they were recognized last year as the squadronwith the number one recruiting and retention percentage of the entire Wing. SenatorRobbins makes it a point to present every Mitchell award and encourages the localnewspapers to report on the progress of the cadets. He has featured Civil Air Patrol’ssearch and rescue and aerial reconnaissance missions on his local television show. Heis a valued and trusted advisor to the Pennsylvania Wing Commander. SenatorRobbins has been a frequent speaker at several activities and banquets throughout theCommonwealth. Senator Robbins has brought great honor to the State and to CivilAir Patrol in general.Congratulations to Senator,
 Lieutenant Colonel
, Robert D. Robbins, (CAP), onbeing selected as Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol’s Legislative Member of theYear!
Pennsylvania Wing CivilAirPatrol HeadquartersBuilding 3-108Fort Indiantown GapAnnville, Pennsylvania17003Telephone: 717-861-2335Fax: 717-861-2164Toll Free RecuritmentLine: 1-866-240-3736Pennsylvania Wing WebSite:www.pawingcap.comNational CAPWeb Site:www.cap.govPublic Affairs Dept.Editor,Linda A. Irwin, 1st Lt
Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol’s LegislativeOfficer of the Year, Senator  Robert D. Robbins, Lt ColCAP
News & Announcements(pages 2 & 3)State Resolution No. 313(page 7)Encampment News(pages 8 & 9)

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