By 2nd Lt Toni Wheeler Wheeling Squadron PAO
Major Paul G. McCroskey II hastaken command of the Civil AirPatrol’s Wheeling CompositeSquadron, the informal cere-mony was held at the CAP com-plex at the west end of theWheeling-Ohio County Airport.Major McCroskey was selectedby Col Dennis Barron, wingcommander of the Civil Air Pa-trol West Virginia Wing. “One thing I found in CAP isthat it is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers that wantto provide an important serviceand belong to something largerthan themselves,” McCroskeysaid. “That dedication and com-passion is what drives our mili-tary, police, fire fighters, teach-ers, and other heroes in Amer-ica.” Major McCroskey, a 20-yearveteran of the United States AirForce, is no stranger to com-mand and organization.Most notably, he served as anAir Force ROTC instructor atKent State University. His pri-mary additional duties includedcommandant of cadets, unitadmissions officer and execu-tive officer.He instructed freshman-levelcourses on national securityaffairs and junior-level coursesand provided leadership train-ing, military discipline, and edu-cational and career guidance toAir Force ROTC cadets. He is aformer member of the Civil AirPatrol Canton Akron SeniorSquadron.Shively returned the cadets tothe airport to await further or-ders. Lt Col Eugene Thorn, di-rector of emergency services of CAP’s West Virginia Wing, acti-vated an official search andrescue mission consisting of theBluefield, Beckley, and theCharleston Cadet Squadrons.The Bluefield unit started anelectronic air search in the areawith aircrew members of Shively and Lt Melvin Chinault.A ground team was organized
By Major Jim Coiner Mercer Squadron PAO
Mercer Squadron Civil Air Patrolwas flying cadets in the cadetorientation program in the Ra-leigh County area recently whenthe plane detected an ELT,(Emergency Locator Transmit-ter) signal.Pilot Lt George Shively reportedthis by radio to the FAA. TheFAA reported the distress signalto the USAF Aircraft RescueCoordination Center in Florida.from Beckley under the com-mand of Squadron CommanderMajor David Chaney. Membersfrom the Charleston CadetSquadron joined them and pre-pared for a ground search.On the second flight out, flownby Mercer Squadron Com-mander Capt Steven Antolini,and Chinault, it was determinedthat the signal was likely com-ing from the vicinity of the Fay-ette County Airport near Fa-yetteville, W.Va.
McCroskey appointed as Wheeling Commander
trieval.They were also given plenty of free time to visit the displaysand enjoy the air show. At theend of the day, other than alittle sunburn and tired feet,everyone said that they’d en- joyed themselves and look for-ward to next year.
Pictured are front row from left: C/AmnRudy Bakin, C/TSgt Ty Stansbury, C/CMSgt Tim Dye. Back Row from left: C/SMSgt John Dye, C/SSgt SpencerLunsford, C/SSgt Nathanael Main, and C/SrAmn Quinn Kahsay.
By Capt Russell Voelker Martinsburg Squadron PAO
On May 14, 2010, seven cadetsand one senior member fromthe Martinsburg CompositeSquadron traveled to AndrewsAir Force Base to support andparticipate in the 2010 JointServices Open House.During the event, the unit per-formed duties that includeddrug demand reduction, recruit-ing, Civil Air Patrol aircraft pro-tection, streamer and flag re-
Martinsburg Squadron helps with Joint Services Open House
Mercer Squadron hears ELT Signal during cadet o-ride flight
The ground team fromBeckley was notified and theteam went to the airport tosearch with ground elec-tronic gear.The ground team found theaircraft at the airport at7:30 p.m. It is believed thatthe aircraft’s owner hadaccidentally activated theELT. The device was laterdeactivated, and the teamwas pleased that this wasn’tan actual crashed aircraft.