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Connecticut Wing - May 2009

Connecticut Wing - May 2009

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15 May, 2009Volume 1, Issue 1
CTWG 001
CT Wing CommanderCol Peter K. JensenVice Commander, SquadronsLt Col Andrew S. MartekaVice Commander, ProjectsLt Col Matthew ValleauChief of Staff Lt Col Cassandra B. HutchkoPublic Affairs Officer2Lt Robert L. JohnsonAsst. Public Affairs OfficerSM Donna E. YountConnecticut WingPhone: 860-262-5847Fax: 860-262-5848eMail:hq@ctwg.cap.govWeb: ctwg.cap.govCTWG Blog:alwaysvigilant.blogspot.com
5/23-24 NER Cadet Comp5/23-24 NER SARX6/20 Wing Rocketry Comp7/4-11 CTWG Encampment7/10-18 NER Staff College7/19-30 NER Cadet Academy9/2-5 National Conference10/23-25 CTWG Conference11/2-8 SAR EVAL
The Official Newsletter of the Connecticut Wing, CAP-USAF
Middletown, Connecticut
The purpose of a quarterlynewsletter is to providespecialized information to atargeted audience.
, the OfficialNewsletter of the ConnecticutWing and all its Squadrons,intends to publish as many Wingand Squadron activities aspossible.We will also include messagesof general importance to ourmembership
from CAP NatHQ
SARDOGSkicks off its first issue for 2009 Robertson Airport Open House
Take a gorgeous early springmorning, punctuate it with theexciting buzz of aircraft fromthe WW II era, some modernsport planes and even a fewsmall jets taking off or landingand you have a reallyinteresting event for thePlainville area.Saturday, the privatelyowned Robertson Airport wenton public display. The airportis known as one of the bestequipped in all of SouthernNew England and serves theneeds of both private flightand civic servingorganizations like the CivilAir Patrol.Late last year, TomassoBrothers Inc. offered theairport for sale to a combinedgroup including the Town of Plainville, the FederalAviation Administration (FAA) and the StateDepartment of Transportationas well as CAP missions of interest to our readers.
If you are in a rush and don‟t
want to wait for the
quarterly to come out,please stop by our blog:
 Always Vigilant
 (www.alwaysvigilant.blogspot.com). Much of the contentyou see here in
 will have been showcasedthere, on a daily basis. Pleaseconsider making
your home page andremember there is a commentsfunction that allows you stateyou opinion, converse with othermembers and / or update theinformation in the posting.Member contributions andphotos are always welcome. Fornow, please send them to theCTWG HQ email address. Keepin mind, all comments aremoderated and will be held to
“The Universal Code of CT
Wing Justice!(DOT). As it exists, the airportis already a profitableoperation with the capabilityand room to expand in thefuture.The open house was a greatopportunity for the Town of Plainville and its citizens tolook over the airportsoperation and dream of whatcould be. Based on theenthusiastic number of adults
and “children of all ages”
examining the almost 100aircraft, its claim to be apositive benefit to thecommunity was being wellreceived.
The day‟s events included
aircraft rides for
local youth,numerous information boothsand static displays by aviationgroups such as the Civil AirPatrol who allowed visitors toclimb in and out of the searchand rescue (SAR) aircraft, oneof which was the very firstcivilian aircraft to flyhumanitarian aid missions overNY City after the terrorist attack of September 11
2001. Additional presenters includedLife Star helicopter, the FAA,the Town of Plainville DOT,Interstate Aviation and even theopportunity to stop and talk with
Mike Allen of WTIC‟s Traffic
Control.A CAP Cadet performs someimpromptu aerospace educationfor two young visitors.
SAR DOGSPage 2 of 5
CitizenVolunteers from Civil Air
Patrol‟s North Dakota and
Minnesota wings are steppingforward to serve as floodingfrom the Red River threatenscommunities in both states.CAP members are filling andstacking hundreds of thousands of sandbags nearthe civic center in Fargo, N.D.,as well as outside a radiostation in the city. CAPaircrews also are makingdamage assessment flights, asweather permits, to helpprotect critical infrastructure.North Dakota and Minnesotahave been hit with multiple
The Battle for Fargo
Southington, CT 27February 2009:In a beautiful, newlyreconditioned SouthingtonArmory, F Company of the186th Brigade SupportBattalion Army NationalGuard (ANG) welcomed inits newest roommate, thenewly renamed 186thComposite Squadron of theCivil Air Patrol (CAP). Theceremony was attended by FCompany Commander,
The Newly Named 186 Gets a New Home
weather emergencies in recentdays as flooding persists alongthe Red River and itstributaries. A severe blizzardblew through most of theregion earlier this week,blanketing the ground withthick heavy snow. Power linesare down in western NorthDakota and a massive ice jamhas blocked the MissouriRiver south of Bismarck,N.D., causing the evacuationof residents. Ice jams havecaused several other smallerevacuations.Much of the Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn., andmetropolitan area has becomean island with the closing of most roads in and out of areacommunities due to floodingand snowdrifts.Over three days, more than 150Civil Air Patrol members fromthe North Dakota and Minnesotawings participated insandbagging operations as wellas limited damage assessmentflights for local emergencymanagers.
Captain Alysea M. KelleherCompany Commander,Company F of the 186thANG, CAP ConnecticutWing Commander, Col.Peter K. Jensen, othermembers of the 186th ANG,the 186th Squadron and localresidents.In addition to the welcomingceremony, cadet/2nd LtJoseph Kosswig wasawarded the General BillyMitchell Award, reaching avery significant milestone inthe CAP Cadet Program.Cadet/Staff Sergeant AveryHage was awarded theWright Brothers Award.
Wing O-Flights
So what‟s it like to take
your first O-Flight?Pictures can be worth athousand words!
SAR DOGSPage 3 of 5
On a cold winter night,surrounded by emergencyequipment at a hanger at theDanbury Airport, distinguishedguests met to recognize theachievements of local youth;the cadets of the Danbury 399
 Composite Squadron of theCivil Air Patrol. Among thedignitaries present were MayorMark Boughton, StateRepresentative Jan Giegler andState Representative MaryAnnCarson.All of the dignitaries presentexpressed their gratitude andappreciation for the volunteerservice provided by both thesenior members (adults) andcadets (youth). They werepleased to recognize theDanbury unit of Civil AirPatrol, which in addition to thecadet program also standsready to provide EmergencyServices and Search & Rescueoperations with their singleengine airplanes in the air andsearch teams on the ground.
The Danbury 399 produces five, count em, five Mitchells inone night and then a congressional citation and then anacceptance to the US Coast Guard Academy and then anacceptance to Norwich
MILFORD -- AlejandraDorado was born in Spain, butshe considers the UnitedStates her home country -- somuch that she wants nothingmore than to serve thiscountry, first as a naval officerand later as an astronaut.She was accepted to the U.S.Naval Academy in Annapolis,Md., becoming the first youngwoman from Law ever to doso. She is only the second
Milford Cadet Accepted to US Naval Academy
This night, five high schoolage cadets of the 399
werecalled to attention, eachreceiving the General BillyMitchell Award for completionof a significant milestone inthe CAP Cadet Program. Theawards were presented by ateam of local dignitariesincluding Danbury MayorMark Boughton, StateRepresentative Jan Giegler andState Representative MaryAnnCarson. The Mitchell Award
marks the cadets‟ promotion
into the CAP Cadet OfficerCorp and should they decide toenter the US Air Force,advanced status in rank andprivilege. The awarding of fiveMitchell awards at once is arecord for the ConnecticutCAP and a great credit to theDanbury Squadron.The Cadets receiving the CAPGeneral Billy Mitchell awardwere: Cadet 1
Lt RyanChapman of New Fairfield,CT; Cadet 2
Lt Peter Foschiof Southbury, CT; Cadet 2
LtWillie Steers of Roxbury, CT; Cadet 2
Lt Garrett Kennedy of Golden‟s
Bridge, NY and Cadet 2
Lt Jon Wagner of Waccabuc, NY.In addition to the Mitchell Awards, Representative Jan Giegler bestowedupon Cadet Major Ethan Zitzman of Southbury, CT a State CongressionalCitation commemorating his service as Cadet Squadron Commander prior
to his „passing of the colors‟ to his replacement, Cadet 1
LieutenantRyan Chapman of New Fairfield, CT. Cadet Major Zitzman will move onto new challenges this fall as a first year cadet at the US Coast GuardAcademy.from Milford, according toKevin Liddy, a member of thecity Planning and ZoningBoard and a 1978 graduate of the academy who helpedDorado navigate theacademy's elaborateapplication process as herBlue & Gold Officer.

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