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Southeast Region - Feb 2008

Southeast Region - Feb 2008

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The Commander’s Lead
Inside this issue:
NSC 2007  
Dates of Note
This area is reserved for Region andWing Calendar Entries. PleaseSend your Events to:ReCap@Sercap.us and share acrossthe region!
Civil Air Patrol - National Safety Pledge
As a Civil Air Patrol member I pledge to promote an uncompromising safety environ-ment for myself and others, and to prevent loss of, or damage to Civil Air Patrol as-sets entrusted to me. I will perform all my activities in a professional and safe man-ner, and will hold myself accountable for my actions in all of our Missions for Amer-I recently visited with the group attending National Staff College at Maxwell AFB,AL. Southeast Region had 24 of the 97 attendees from the Region Staff and theWings from within the region. In addition, several Southeast Region membersserved on the staff of the college. I am very proud of our showing at this impor-tant Professional Development activity. In addition to learning about the operationof CAP at the national level, attendees develop relationships and friendships thatwill last for many years. You obtain a perspective of CAP that is much broaderthan your Wing and/or Region.For those who have not attended Region Staff College, your next opportunity islate July 2008. As usual, it will be held at the McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Knoxville.Our safety performance shows that members who progress through the Professional Development trainingopportunities tend to be safer in their operations. Most of our accidents can be attributed to members who onlyattain Level 1. There is a dramatic reduction in incidents for members at Level 2 through 5. If you are unsurehow to progress, see your Professional Development Officer and determine a personal plan for your progres-sion.On the subject of training, members need to start working on the various ICS courses that are offered. ICS 100,200, 700 and 800 are basic level courses that can be taken online atwww.fema.gov. ICS 300 and 400 areweekend in-residence courses that are required to qualify for Incident Commander, Levels 1 and 2. We have anopportunity to complete ICS 400 in mid-November providing the necessary pre-requisites have been completed.If you do not have the four basic coursed completed, I would recommend completing them as soon as possible.Those are all pre-requisites for ICS 300, which is a pre-requisite for ICS 400. Agencies who receive federalgrants will eventually have to demonstrate that their employees and/or members have completed thesecourses in order to qualify for the grant process. Do not wait until we are in a panic mode to complete thesetraining opportunities. Take advantage of them as they are offered.A recent addition to the required training for CAP is the OPSEC module. That module is now included in the newLevel 1 training. However, those who completed Level 1 several years ago are required to take the OPSEC train-ing online. It is a painless effort that will take no more than 15 minutes or so to complete. If you have not doneso, please do that as soon as possible.There are many outstanding training opportunities offered throughout the Wings and the Region. None of us aretoo old or too smart so as to no longer require training. Look for the opportunities and take advantage of them.
Colonel James M. RushingSoutheast Region Commander
Southeast Region ReCAP Jan - Feb 2008 
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Highlight Tennessee Wing — Meet the Volunteers
Dating back to the War of 1812,Tennesseans have been noted for their volunteerism. From Davy Crockett at the Alamo to Sergeant Alvin C. York duringWorld War I, Tennesseans have always been leaders in volunteerism for the greater good. Tennesseans have always stepped up to the plate whensomeone was in need. Recent events that come to mind are the responses to the Hurricanes' Katrina and Rita disasters and tornadoes that rippedthrough Tennessee. CAP members responded with hundreds of hours of duty at Red Cross shelters across Tennessee as well as hands-on help toresidents affected by tornadoes throughout the state.At the recent Wing conference held in Chattanooga, many of the presentations centered around being ready forpotential emergencies. The New Madrid fault presents a viable threat to the western third of Tennessee. "For thelast several years, the Tennessee Wing has worked hand-in-hand with the Tennessee Emergency ManagementAgency (TEMA), First Army, Air Force and local county agencies to prepare for an earthquake in West Tennessee,"Melton said. "We have been able to utilize our Satellite Digital Imaging System (SDIS) to provide images of key infra-structure to TEMA. They have told us that this will be extremely valuable toprovide critical support to theresidents in the affected areas," Melton said.In June, the Tennessee Wing was given an excellent rating by the Air Forceduring it's annual evaluation.CAP members have not only been there to help their fellow Tennesseans,but our neighbors, as well. After hurricane Charley, Tennessee wing mem-bers flew over 200 hours of survey and photo missions in Florida in 2004.Tennessee also participates in ongoing missions with other SER states,Although there are many lakes and rivers in Tennessee, water survival training isn't required for aircrewmembers. However, as seen in the photo below, members do train to help in states where a ditching(emergency water landing) is possible.Tennessee At a Glance
Members: 1073
Seniors: 618
Cadets: 455
Aircraft: 9
Ground Vehicles: 21
FEMA Trailers: 2
HF/VHF Radios: 100+
Airborne Repeaters: 2
SDIS Systems: 2
Incident Commanders: 28
Ground Team Leaders: 68
Mission Pilots: 38
Capt Stephen Kitner, Lt Col Vernon Prevatt and Maj HarryBannon relax after practicing a successful ingress in a
I am proud to introduce you to the Tennessee Wing. As the wing whose borders intersect with morethan any other wing in the nation, it is important for our neighboring wings know our capabilities andassets. This wing is blessed with professional volunteers who know their skills and limitations andwork between those two boundaries. Approximately 1,120 members are spread across the stateamong 32 squadrons. We are divided into four Groups, each roughly centered around the four major cities in Tennessee. Wing Headquarters is located in Knoxville inside the fence of McGhee-Tyson air-port. Aircraft and vehicle parking are both within a few steps of our front door.
What makes Tennessee different? Our state is geographically divided into east, middle, and westTennessee with some significant topographical differences between the regions. Previously, most of our SAR events were predominately in east Tennessee because of the mountains. Although we re-main ready to respond to any need in east Tennessee, most of our training and preparation is now targeted in the west-ern part of the state where the New Madrid fault system is located. Emergency planners use the term when instead of if when they speak of the probability of a devastating earthquake occurring in that area similar to the quake of 1812.
In an effort to become part of a multi-agency response to the earthquake threat as well as other situations, TennesseeWing recently signed an MOU with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. This MOU should give localemergency planners confidence that members of the Tennessee Wing are competent and ready to respond in a pro-fessional manner to any need, just as their other member agencies do. Also, all squadron commanders were recentlyprovided with a printed CAPabilities handbook that includes a Tennessee as well as a Southeast Region resource list.This handbook, along with the MOU will provide our local squadrons with the tools they need to familiarize local emer-gency managers with who we are and what we can do for them.I am most proud of our leadership in the Tennessee Wing. We have a very hard-working Wing staff and high-qualityGroup and Squadron commanders. The outgoing CAC chair has earned the Spaatz award, a private pilots license, andwas selected as a member of last years CLA in Washington, DC. A wing staff member sits on a multi-state earthquakepreparedness board and others sit on multi-state emergency services boards. Several of our members were involved inthe national mission in Florida earlier this year and Tennessee Wing received the Emergency Services award for theSoutheast Region at this years National Board in Atlanta. We are proud to be a part of the Southeast Region and servealong side with you, our fellow CAP members.
Southeast Region ReCAP Jan - Feb 2008 
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October 23, 2007 – Maxwell AFB, ALThe 2007 National Staff College held its graduation with 97students successfully completing the week long College.National Staff College, the Civil Air Patrol’s premier in-residence training course, is held once a year a Maxwell AFBin Montgomery, Alabama. This year’s graduating class ofninety seven students is one of the largest classes in a num-ber of years. Consisting of both lecture and practical exer-cises, the College draws instructors and lecturers fromcorporate, military, and CAP National Headquarters. Thepractical exercise this year dealt with member retention and the students work will be used by NHQ to developfuture programs for seniors and cadets. Southeast Region was very well represented in both the student body as well as staff. The college was veryfortunate this year to have as guests Col Reggie Chitwood, CAP Chief ofStaff and Lieutenant General Nicholas Kehoe, USAF (Retired) and Member ofthe Board of Governors, CAP.
2007 National Staff CollegeMedical — Healthy Feet
Have you thought about your feet lately? You should, because your feet are a biological masterpiece. They contain 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments.
Keep your feet healthy by following these 10 tips for healthy feet.
Don’t ignore foot pain – it’s not normal.
Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discolorednails (a sign of developing fungus.) and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate athlete’s foot.Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Personswith diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.
Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes assoon as possible. Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that your are engaged in. (i.e., running shoes for running).
Alternate shoes – don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day.
Avoid walking barefooted –your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals, always use sun block onyou feet just as on the rest your body.
Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments; self-treatment can often turn a minor problem in a major one.
If you are a person with diabetes, it is vital that you see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a check-up.
LtCol Patricia FauntSER Nurse Officer
Col Reggie Chitwood, CAP National Chief of Staff
CongratulationsNational Staff CollegeClass of 2007
The 2008 NSC is sure to fill up early so look fornotices in the August-September timeframe andsign-up early!

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