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Pennsylvania Wing - Jul 2005

Pennsylvania Wing - Jul 2005

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Pennsylvania Wing Civil AirPatrolNEWS MAGAZINE
Are you up forthe challenge?INSIDE THIS ISSUE
 Special EditionVol 14
 Pictured above, Cadet Staff members; (from left to right), C/Lt Col Steven Kantner from Squadron811 in Reading, C/Lt Col Kim Sorber from Squadron 209 in Wyoming and C/Lt Col Matt Postupack  from Squadron 902 from Willow Grove, demonstrate push-ups during PT exercises.at Cadet  Leadership School June 18 to 25, 2005. (Photo by C/LtCol Alex Tullo. Story on page 1 and addition-al photos on back cover.)
Airmen, Spiritual Strength and Core Values
Our lives changed when we took the oath to defend our nation and put on the uniform of an Airman. But what was that change? Was itmerely symbols -- uniform, rank, and badges? No, it was a transformation from whoever we were before to someone vested in higher order values, a transformation into a part of something bigger than ourselves. We come from all walks of life, from every part of our Nation. We aredifferent people from diverse backgrounds and with our diversity we bring different sets of values. We have different hopes and aspirations,different goals and different beliefs. It is perhaps our Nation's greatest strength that, since its founding, we can stand shoulder to shoulder with people of different origins and beliefs for a single purpose -- to serve.As part of our service in the United States Air Force we are expected to embrace its Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self andExcellence In All We Do. These Values are a guide that binds us together, even as we fight for the right to be different in so many other ways.We use the word "Core" because we expect these values to be fundamental to our service, to guide our commitment to our country and our mission, and to serve as a test for the decisions we make in both our personal and professional lives. Our commitment to these Core Valuesmeans that they are more than just words posted on a wall or recited by rote. They reside in the front row of our daily lives to help us wrestlewith our toughest decisions and to guide us on our path of service as Airmen.At our Air Force Academy, we have experienced issues with expressions of religious beliefs and with perceptions that one set of beliefs isfavored over others. Remember Service Before Self. Religion is intensely personal and disagreements can detract from the teamwork neces-sary for Air Force units. In particular, sharing personal beliefs in a professional setting, one where leaders are performing their duties in achain of command or in a superior-subordinate relationship, can easily become improper influence about personal matters. Furthermore, it can be resented. Afriend of mine recently expressed it this way: "The core task of every leader in the profession of arms is uniting his or her peo- ple into a strong team, with levels of trust and commitment so high the unit keeps working well even under extreme pressure. Everyone in aunit contributes to that task." Anything that detracts from that teamwork ultimately detracts from the mission.What does this mean about how leaders should approach spiritual strength? Spiritual strength is an integral part of leadership. Our greatestleaders are able to elevate the human spirit and inspire extraordinary performance. Spiritual strength is what drives us to make sacrifices for others, for our Nation, and for the greater good. For some, a commitment to a specific religious faith is a source for that spiritual strength, butnot for all. For some, it is their heritage and the experience of a community of people within our human family. For others, it is the way theywere touched as individuals by a family member, teacher, or leader's work of faith or charity. As we stress our Core Value of Service BeforeSelf, we see spiritual strength as its foundation, whether or not an individual sees himself or herself as religious.Faith and religious freedom were fundamental to the founding of this Nation. Chaplains are part of our profession of arms and have aunique charter: to minister to those who share their specific faith, to facilitate ministry to those of other faiths, and to care for all -- includingthose whose spiritual strength does not come from religious belief. Our chaplains should set the example for mutual respect among differentfaiths and beliefs. Service Before Self.There will be more specific guidance about expressions of personal religious beliefs. This guidance will emphasize mutual respect and thewingman culture fundamental to all Airmen. The expression of personal preferences to subordinates, especially in a professional setting or atmandatory events, is inappropriate. More importantly, we should always be guided by our Core Values. That's what makes us the superbAirmen that we are.
July 2005
Special Edition
Vol 14“The Cadet Leadership School is an oportunity to create more dynamic young leaders forourCivil AirPatrol Program”, said CLS Commander, MajorRichard Gray.
 Search & Rescue Mission See story on page 4.
The Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol held their Cadet Leadership Encampment during the week of June 18 with 48 cadets attending. The cadets were challenged physically, mentally and emotionally allthrough the week with graduation and an awards ceremony held on the last day of encampment.The training events held during the Cadet Leadership School, are designed to prepare the cadets to be present and future leaders for Civil Air Patrol as well as in their communities.Major Richard Gray, served as the encampment commander with a staff of experienced and qualifiedsenior members. The week-long encampment included many hours of curriculum including instruction-al classes, physical fitness training, and competi-tive events. The combination of mental and physi-cal challenges are all to help the cadets gain strate-gy and self-confidence. Beyond the regular cur-riculum, an adventure challenge is held, whichteaches safety regulations and pushes the partici- pants to the limits of their own safety zonesthrough pre-planned scenarios.“These cadets are challenged to think beyondthemselves and their actions, to take responsibilityfor those that may be entrusted to them. Moreimportantly, they begin to understand the need tolead by example and inspire others to followthem,” said Pennsylvania Wing Commander,Colonel M. Allen Applebaum.Throughout the week of the Cadet Leadership School, a daily newsletter, “The Cadet Leader”, was produced by the public affairs staff. Editor, C/ LtCol Alex Tullo and his staff, took numerous photo-graphs and questioned the cadets and staff about their experiences during the week. One such questionwas answered by C/Maj Jason Tartalone on his thoughts of what he could offer as a staff representativeand what the school had done for him. “I believe there is a lot of training and guidance I can offer tothe cadets at the school and there are many cadets attending, that can also teach me. CLS has defiantlyturned out to be a great experience,” he said.
(See more CLS photos on back cover.)
Pennsylvania Wing CivilAirPatrol HeadquartersBuilding 3-108Fort Indiantown GapAnnville, Pennsylvania17003Telephone: 717-861-2335Fax: 717-861-2164Toll Free RecuritmentLine: 1-866-240-3736Pennsylvania Wing WebSite: www.pawg.cap.govNational CAPWeb Site:www.cap.govPublic Affairs Dept.Editor,Linda A. Irwin, 1st Lt
 Flight on a C-130 See story on page 5. Story of a Pilot’s CrossCountry Flight  Pages 7-8-9 Squadron News Page 3 National News Page 2
by Lt Col Ray Whetstine, PAWG’S Safety Officer 
1. We are in the middle of the critical 100 days of Summer. These are the 100 days that historically is the mostdangerous for accidents and injury. Every year these three months plus show us we need special attention for our activities. Just a few items worth mentioning are:A. LIGHTNING - If you can hear thunder or see lightning take necessary precautions.B. DEHYDRATION - If you get thirsty your are already starting to dehydrate and your body is sending you amessage. Don't wait for the message - Drink water routinely.C. LYME DESEASE - Examine yourself for ticks using the buddy system to check for possible tick contamina-tion. Distribute information on ticks and lyme disease.2. ORM TIPS- (Operational Risk Management) There are no generic outlines for ORM reports. They should beVERYSPECIFIC to your event and location. There is a tendency to use one from previous years and I feel it ishighly un-likely that nothing has changed from earlier years. Use the National HQ web-site as a guide for your  preparation. Safety officers need to apply this principle to everyday events.

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