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Florida Wing - Apr 2010

Florida Wing - Apr 2010

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Wing lauds members in Orlando
Before the fighters flew, we lent ’em a hand
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 Astronaut’s presentation caps weekend of seminars, awards
Photos and award winners, page 5
More than 250 members fromacross Florida Wing convened March 6-8 on familiar territor— the Regal Sun Resort near Orlando — for a weekend of seminars, networking, an annual banquet and awards. They also heard from U.S. AirForce Col.Eric Boe, a NASA astronaut slated to fly the last-ever space shuttle flight later this year. Boe, a Florida Wing member, was a Spaatz cadet inGeorgia Wing before going on to the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was a distinguished graduate. First Air Force ViceCommander Col. Domenick Eanniello and CAPViceCommander Brig.Gen. Reggie Chitwood also spoke. A slate of workshops started March 5 with a G-1000 groundschool and ended Saturday afternoon; a parallel cadet confer-ence included academic competition and seminars such as“myths and legends of the cadet program.”One Unit Citation Award, to Charlotte County CompositeSquadron, was presented, as well as a handful of 50-year serv-ice plaques and five Gill Robb Wilson Awards. A slate of hon-orees ran long inside Saturday night’s banquet program.
Charlotte County Composite Squadron Commander Maj. JimKaletta, left, accepts a Unit Citation Award from Florida WingCommander Col. Chris Moersch at the wing’s March 6 banquet.
Commander says maintaining public trust is vital
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hen Civil AirPatrol was born,our nation was about to enter a  war. The efforts of our volun-teers provided additional security for thecoastlines of the United States and uti-lized private resources for the publicgood. The public viewed us as assets tothe war effort and to our nation. Weserved the public and earned their trust.Fast forward to 2010 and our nationstill wages hostilities overseas, and our volunteers still play  vital role in the homeland defense mission. What is different today is our citizens expect more — more of our govern-ment, more of our U.S. Air Force and more of Civil Air Patrol. We are no longer a fledgling force but rather a corpsof 50,000 strong professional volunteers armed with the lat-est technology, communications capabilities, and high-valueassets. The size of our aircraft fleet alone far exceeds that of many countries’ air forces. Every year, taxpayers contributeabout $20 million in operating costs to our organization. Taxpayers are both our stockholders and our stakeholders. We have a duty to serve as good stewards of our resources. We also operate as custodians of another very preciousresource — other people’s young sons and daughters. One of our primary missions is character development, in which weprovide a leadership laboratory for our young people to prac-tice their skills. It is only a natural conclusion that if we are todevelop character and ethical behavior in our youth, we must be able to demonstrate it ourselves. If we are to develop criti-cal thinking skills in others, we must utilize them ourselves. We must serve as examples of the core values we teach.Character development involves training, evaluation andencouragement, not bullying or belittling. As you would expect, many expectations go along withthose assets. The first is that we employ them to accomplishthe mission they were intended to serve, and that we do so ina manner acceptable to maintain their trust. We must be goodstewards of what we are given, or suffer the consequencesresulting from broken trust. Every day we see our govern-ment respond to a public demand of both personal and organi-zation accountability. All organizations, including ours, aresubject to more scrutiny and CAP must adapt as well to main-tain the public trust. Lacking that trust, we cannot succeed. We must recognize that accepting duties in CAP may pro- vide public scrutiny of our actions. As CAP members, we havemany obligations and responsibilities, some of which involvelegal and ethical ramifications. Just as we have an obligationto follow the policies and regulations of our organization, weare also bound to follow procedures when those policies are violated. We do not act as a result of personal malice or per-sonal relationships, but because our regulations requireaction. It is part our core value of integrity. It is part of thepublic trust mandate. What are we doing? Our professional development courseshave integrated these concepts to prepare us effectively for leadership positions. Specifically, our Squadron LeadershipSchool incorporates a lesson on officership, accountabilty andthe public trust, Our new online Officer Basic Course stressesimplementation of our core values, which are the bedrock of our commitment to the public and our members alike. Our cadet programs staff has delivered at least one TrainingLeaders of Cadets course every quarter to familiarize our members with those obligations and responsibilities.In the end, you are bound by the oath that you shouldhave taken several times by now. I remind each of you that “having been promoted to the grade of ... in the Civil Air Patrol, I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and comply with the Constitution, Bylaws and regulations of the Civil Air Patrol; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge all duties and responsibilities as well as obey the orders of the officers appointed over meaccording to regulations, so help me God.”If we know our core values and take the time to apply them as we pursue our missions, we will make good deci-sions. If we follow our policies, and their intent, we willhonor the trust placed in us by the Air Force and Congress.I am proud to serve with you.
Fostering public trust, confidence
Col. Chris Moersch
 If we know our core values and takethe time to apply them as we pursue our missions, we will make good decisions.
Col. Christian F. Moersch
Lt.Col. Robert P. Hartigan
Deputy Chief of Staff/Support
Maj. Douglas E. Jessmer
Director of Public Affairs and Marketing
1st Lt. WilliamWeiler
OIC/Emergency Communications
2nd Lt. David Bellis
OIC/News Bureau
Capt. Eileen Tonkinson
Editor Emeritus
 WINGSPAN, Florida Wing’s quarterlynewsletter,
is published at Clearwater, Fla.,by the Public Affairs and Marketing Directorate,Headquarters Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol.
E-mail djessmer@flwg.gov.
CAP is the uniformed civilian auxiliaryof the U.S. Air Force. Its three Congresionally charteredmissions are to develop cadets, to educate the publicof the importance of aerospace supremacy, andto perform life-saving emergency missions.
All content is edited for clarity, brevity, styleand operational security issues, in accordance with CAPregulations and Florida Wing directives and policies.
March 20, June 20, Sept. 20 and Dec. 20.
www.flwg.us, www.facebook.com/flwgcap
MacDill AirFest enjoysstatewideCAPsupport
sst! Over here. Hey, fellow senior members. I got a job for you.Someone a lot smarter than I toldme, “Though no one can go back andmake a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending.”Since then, I have been working on a brand new ending every day. The Cadet Program, started a long timeago, has changed and grown over the years for the benefit of our communities, states and nation, but its goals have remained the same — to develop America’s youth through the leadership laboratory, promote public aero-space education and foster responsible citizen action. The objectives set for the Cadet Program are aligned withthe overall goals of Civil Air Patrol. We must offer specificprograms with purposeful training designed to develop lead-ership and citizenship competencies in our cadets and offi-cers. We must partner with aerospace education to buildsynergies within cross functional curriculums. We must aug-ment and foster cadets’ excellence in emergency services.Keep in mind a cadet can’t be a cadet forever. Every timea cadet joins CAP we have the opportunity to create a brandnew ending, either good or bad.By working together to achieve the goals and objectivesof the Cadet Program, I know we will do our best to make a cadet’s experience during his/her membership the best it can be.
Col. Hartigan is the deputy chief of staff/support for FloridaWing. He is a former Spaatz cadet and wing cadet programsdirector. E-mail him at rhartigan@flwg.gov.
With every cadet, we can create a brand new ending 
Lt.Col.Robert P. Hartigan
More than 180 Civil Air Patrolmembers from across Florida assisted active-duty Airmen for MacDill Air Force Base’sshowcase public event March 19-21. The members came from 21 squadrons of five groups to support MacDill AirFest, whichincluded all branches of the military with air-planes both past and present. More than140,000 visitors attended the Saturday-Sunday event, with the bulk of visitors attend-ing on Saturday.Six flights of cadets were deployed to key airplane displays on the base’s flight line,assisting ground crews and security teams asthey provided safe zones around the aircraft and answered visitors’ questions about thedisplays. They also fielded questions about CAP.For many of the cadets, the air show wastheir first CAP assignment in a public setting. They quickly learned to describe the aircraft to which they were assigned, as well asexplain CAP.“The Air Force was very pleased withCAP’s role during AirFest and had nothingbut positive things to say about the part weplayed this year,” said the event’s cadet com-mander, Cadet Capt. Landon Meahl of the West Citrus Cadet Squadron.Because of the large CAP turnout, cadets were afforded some free time to enjoy theshow as spectators.CAP’s rollout for the air show was success-ful because of early planning.“We were part of the planning processgoing back to January,” said First Lt. JoyceLampasona, who coordinated the event for CAP. “We attended meetings each Tuesday at MacDill, which helped to organize the event from our end of things.”CAP personnel were deployed in variousother tasks, to include medical, communica-tions, recruiting, public affairs, logistics andsupport.
Civil Air Patrol avia-tors provided a show-stopping performanceeach day of the Macdill Air Force Base “AirFest”March 19-21.Or at least a show-end-ing one. They flew oil samplesacross the state as part of a post-flight regimen. The samples takenfrom F-15 fighters fromSeymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., wereflown to Titusville so a nearby Air Force oil test-ing laboratory couldmeasure wear on thefighters’ engines. Thetests are required beforethe fighters can fly again,and because of the show,the oil-sample flights were time-sensitive.
CAP flightsensured F-15scould take off 
Members from five groups turned out for event

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