“CITIZENS SERVING COMMUNITIES: ABOVE AND BEYOND” PROPS & FOGGLES
SOUTH EASTERN GROUP
North Castle Composite Squadron VisitsAmerican Airpower Museum
By Senior Member Madeleine CohenPublic Affairs Officer NY-238 North Castle Composite Squadron took sevencadets and three officers on a field trip to the Ameri-can Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, NY on 27September. Funded by a 2008 Civil Air Patrol Aero-space Education Foundation Grant, the excursionwas a great success, illuminating the role of air power in WWII and subsequent conflicts in Ameri-can military history. The group was greeted by
, their flight-suited tour guide, who shareddetailed stories from his own history. Growing up asa child in Germany during the Second World War,Günter detailed how his community was often bombed and what citizens did during those raids. North Castle members sat in a replica WWIIready room, complete with wallboards, curtains,hanging lights, a potbelly stove, and wooden benches. Cadets and officers were treated as Ameri-can flight officers and went through an actual mis-sion briefing (at the time, enlisted personnel receiveda separate, more general briefing). During the ses-sion, an elderly gentleman entered the room, sittingwith Civil Air Patrol members. He turned out to be aB-17 pilot who showed members his binder with pic-tures and a list of thirty-three wartime missions.
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Promoted to Cadet Airman First Class:
Brendon Bonsignore, NY-249Harris Henshaw, NY-249
Promoted to First Lieutenant:
Austin Rivera, NY-249
Wright Brothers Award:
C/CSSgt Nicholas Miraglia, NY-249
organization in which teenagers can learn aboutaerospace and pursue their own flying ambitionsthrough our Cadet program.”When asked what it felt like to command asquadron comprised pri-marily of men, CaptSilverman replied, “Thesquadron has been reallysupportive of me fromthe day I first joined. Ithas felt to me that it has-n’t mattered whether onewas a man or woman,what has been importantis getting the job done,safely and efficiently.We are a team with greatrespect for one another and a great tradition touphold.”Capt Silverman represents a major shift that istaking place in Civil Air Patrol, as well as the branches of the military; that of women attainingmore senior leadership positions. Just last month,Major General Amy S. Courter, became the firstwoman to become Civil Air Patrol’s National Com-mander, the highest-ranking leadership positionwithin the organization.
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Capt (Dr.) Jill T. SilvermanCapt Silverman plans a search and rescue exercise withfellow Civil Air Patrol officers: L to R Andres Bermudez,Mitchell Kaplan, and Ken Haehnel (background).
(Photo: 2d Lt Rocky Cipriano)