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Alabama Wing - Nov 2005

Alabama Wing - Nov 2005

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Col John Tilton Lt Col Mike OakmanCommander Vice-Commander 
Inside this editionCommander’s Comments
Commander’s Comments 1
Recruiting and Retention 2I would like to thank each and everymember of the Wing for their help in thehurricane relief effort. I know some becamevery frustrated by not being called upon, butwe did help when help was asked for.Alabama Encampment 3Cadet Programs 5Dothan Squadron at Fly-In 6Baldwin County Communication 7Clay County in MississippiClay County meets Rick and BubbaThere are many new ideas on how tostreamline the process, but keep in mind our missions and the fact that we are he USAFauxiliary. We do the missions assigned anddo them well.Form 99s and ALWG forms 9 NDB ApproachesVehicle Insurance CardsBirmingham 90 Family Day 10IACE in AlabamaIACE at Redstone Composite 11With that in mind, we need to look forwardto the coming year and plan our future.There will be CLC and SLS classes, RegionStaff College and other schools required for advancement. In order to function over alonger period, we need more ground teammembers, and flight crews. To train them wehave scheduled FTX training and SARs.Safety Ideas 12AwardsAutauga-Elmore Receive Awards 14Emergency Services 16Announcements 17SAR EvaluationPublic Affairs 19
Each member must look and see what his or her requirements and desires are. If you feelyou are qualified for something, but havenot been recognized, ask your SquadronCommander. There is still one or two of usout there who don't know everything. I wanteveryone to be recognized for his or her efforts.Together we can have a rewardingexperience in performing our MISSIONSFOR AMERICA.
Lt Col Jackson addresses cadets.
Col John TiltonCommander 
The first recruiting work shop
was held onthe 20
of June at National headquarters.We had a total of four members on hand, butwe had fun and they learned a lot during thecourse of the day.
 Alabama Wing 
Recruiting and Retention
I was able to address my former commandin the Georgia Wing, Augusta Compositesquadron 09069 during their weeklymeeting. Since moving to South Carolina, Imet the squadron commander at the Augustaair show and was asked to come and speak to the group. I spoke on the need for recruiting and what type of members we arelooking for during our recruiting efforts. Itwas quite an honor for me to interact withthe squadron, and inform them that theywere listening to Civil Air Patrol’s first andonly master recruiter at the present time. TheGeorgia Wing commander Col. Don Greenehas asked Lt. Col. Jackson to assist with theWings’ recruiting efforts.With the threat of wicked weather, our classmembers weathered the elements andattended to get the training needed for futurerecruiting. Ms. Robin Hunt assisted meduring the work shop, and was a great asset,with her knowledge and experience, allowedthe work shop to flow smoothly.
Lt Col Al JacksonRecruiting and Retention
Members of first recruiting workshop, from l to r 1
Lt. Oliver Cork, 2Lt. Ron Dudley, Lt. Col.Jackson, instructor, and Capt. Kathy Carter, andCapt. Edmond Nelson.
Alabama Wing Encampment
Cadets get the basics of Army aviation Fort Rucker hosts Civil Air Patrolencampment By Tara Neal Staff Writer  
The Civil Air Patrol launched the cadet's FortRucker summer encampment June 19. Theweeklong program, held throughout post and thelocal area, is one of several quarterly field tripsdesigned to encourage young people in their pursuit of careers in aviation and space. The cadets, groomed for military life in aviation,began their whirlwind experience of Armyaviation early the next morning. 
"The cadets were pretty tired last night,"said CAP Maj. Joe Curry, encampmentdirector, "so we let them sleep in until 5:30." Waking up in the barracks to whistles andscreams, the cadets were lead throughcallisthenic Physical Training and given alight breakfast to prepare them for a full day. With the youngest members reaching lessthan five feet tall and, as Curry noted, hardlyweighing 90 pounds soaking wet, six flightsof 10 cadets each marched behind the U.S.Army Aviation Center to face the obstaclecourse - a low crawl, the leaning ladder,tires, an eight foot wall and a rope climb. "We'll start them out with push-ups and sit-ups by flights," explained CW3 Jim Stidfole,standardization pilot for the Dothansquadron and tactical officer for theencampment, "After that, half will stay for shot put and half will hit the obstacle course,swapping before running the two-miletrack." Showing speed and perseverance,every member tackled the course, almost allof them scaled the wall unassisted andseveral reached the top of the ropes. Cheers with nicknames like "Come on,Monkey!" and "Go Biscuit!" belied the factthat the flights were considered too new to be gelled. The night prior was spent in a teambuildingexercise to create felt guideons. "The best part is, they're all homemade," said Stidfole,"and throughout the week they will alsocome up with a cadence and a motto for their flight." The cadets were retested on the obstaclecourse and fitness test at the end of theweek. Despite their bold beginning, thescores did in fact improve as the week  progressed. "It's amazing what you can get done by theend of the week, especially with that agegroup," Stidfole said, "They're soimpressionable." After the two-mile run, the cadets were fedand given a short break before drill andceremony instruction. Then, they began oneof several classes conducted throughout theweek meant to combine academicknowledge with hands-on experience. "We provide a number of trainingopportunities," Curry said, "divided mostlyamong aerospace operations and professional development." The first class of the encampment focusedon Emergency Services, a vital part of theCAP education. "Usually, it means working as a groundteam," Stidfole explained, "they learn tocanvas an area, maybe searching for anAlzheimer patient or child that got lost in thewoods. They also learn Direction Findingfor cases when an airplane crashes." The Maxwell CAP squad, based out of Montgomery, provides search and rescue asa volunteer auxiliary unit of the Air Force.Squads that provide active cadet flightorientation usually have higher success and participation rates than those who don't. For the cadets who can survive rigorous military3

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