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NY South Eastern Group - Dec 2008

NY South Eastern Group - Dec 2008

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 PROUDLY SERVING WESTCHESTER, PUTNAM, & DUTCHESS COUNTIES, NEW YORK 
SEMPER VIGILANS 
PROPS & FOGGLES PROPS & FOGGLES PROPS & FOGGLES PROPS & FOGGLES 
 
 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008
SOUTH EASTERN GROUP
 NEW YORK WING
Women in Civil Air Patrol
By 2d Lt Rocky CiprianoPublic Affairs Officer NY-219Both locally and on the national level, women arerising to senior leadership positions and breakingthrough the proverbial glass ceiling in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) – the official auxiliary of the UnitedStates Air Force.Capt (Dr.) Jill T. Silverman recently took com-mand of the Westchester Hudson Composite Squad-ron based at Westchester County Airport in WhitePlains, NY. Besides serving as Squadron Com-mander, Capt Silverman is a pilot and has served innumerous Civil Air Patrol missions in a variety of crew and mission base assignments. Capt Silvermanis a clinical health psychologist with a private prac-tice in Greenwich, CT and is on the medical staff of Greenwich Hospital. She treats adolescents andadults and has a particular interest in trauma and dis-aster mental health.“I originally joined Civil Air Patrol as it allowedme to combine my love of flying with my interest ingiving back to my community,” said Capt Silverman.“I quickly came to appreciate the important role CivilAir Patrol plays in the safety of our community, bothin the air and on the ground, as well as providing an
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Giving Thanks
By Chaplain, Maj Christopher L. SmithSouth Eastern Group ChaplainThanksgiving is just around the corner. This is atime for us to take stock of all the things we arethankful for. Many families have a tradition of goingaround the table and naming something they arethankful for before they eat a feast on a crisp Thurs-day in November.As we prepare for Thanksgiving, think about thethings for which you want to give thanks. For manyof you, this list will include family, friends andthings that have occurred during the year. I wouldencourage you to also think about those things thatdo not come to mind right away when you givethanks: gifts that you have not used for a while, thesmall things that bring a smile to your face, or peoplewho have had a positive influence on your life. Bythe time you read this, the wing commander shouldhave appointed a group commander – take time to bethankful for those who command your unit and thosethat have historically led this group (on a permanentor interim basis).How do we give thanks? Acknowledging our ap- preciation verbally is important. However, if youwant to live out our values of respect and excellence,you might think about taking it to another level. Con-sider making sure the other person knows you appre-ciate them or what they did. Consider allowing your thanks to overflow as you emulate what you arethankful for to others.So, in this season, give thanks.
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1 Giving Thanks/Women in Civil Air Patrol2 North Castle Visits American Airpower Museum3 Taking Pictures from Small Planes4 Heads Up!/Aerospace Events5 New Format for TAF’s6 Upcoming Eaker Award Ceremony7 Columbus Day Parade/Letter to the Editor 8 New National Officers/Commander’s Notes9 Calendar 
 
“CITIZENS SERVING COMMUNITIES: ABOVE AND BEYOND” PROPS & FOGGLES 
SOUTH EASTERN GROUP
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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
Günter 
, 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
CONGRATULATIONS!
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)
 
 
 PROPS & FOGGLES 
SOUTH EASTERN GROUP
 PAGE 3
 
 PROUDLY SERVING WESTCHESTER, PUTNAM, & DUTCHESS COUNTIES, NEW YORK 
Taking Picturesfrom Small Planes
By Diane Miller Freelance Photographer 
 Airplanes provide someunique photo opportunities. You can get some won-derful shots from the air, and at air shows and air- ports (with permission) you can shoot airplanes onthe ground and in flight. As with any type of photog-raphy, there are ways to maximize your chances of  success. Each day this week I’ll look at a different aspect of this subject.
 Yesterday I talked about shooting from airliners.Today we’ll look at shooting from smaller planessuch as a floatplane charter to a fishing lake inAlaska or the helicopter ride to the top of an awe-some powder ski run, or just going out for a“hundred dollar hamburger” with a pilot friend.All the things I discussed yesterday still apply, but here you can ask the pilot about the scenery andthe direction of the sun. You might even be able tonegotiate a slight course change to get a shot, but thisshould be discussed as far ahead as possible.Vibration can be a bigger factor in a small planethan in an airliner. Don’t let the camera or even your arm touch anything. If there is a lot of vibration I goso far as to pick my feet up off the floor just before Ishoot. Besides, it’s good for the abs. Image stabiliza-tion is a must.Air turbulence can be more of a factor in smaller  planes than in airliners. There is a documented phe-nomenon in which pressing the shutter causes you tohit a bump. It is uncanny. If the air is rough shoot in burst mode or shoot several in rapid succession. Onemay be better then the others. And hang onto your camera. I had a heavy SLR in my lap one day(holding it, I thought) when we hit a huge bump andit flew up and hit me in the chin, hard. I saw stars for quite a while.And keep your seat belt fastened, tight. A planecan hit turbulence without warning. FAA regulationsare not something to mess with, and no picture isworth a broken neck.If you can afford the light loss, a polarizer willhelp cut through the ever-present haze. It can alsoquench reflections on the windows, but unfortunatelyit does these two things at opposite rotations. (Thewindows on most light planes won’t cause the color  patterns that you can get from an airliner window.)But I have quit using a polarizer except for reducingreflections. With Photoshop you can replicate manyof the effects of a polarizer other than quenching re-flections, and the results continue to amaze me. I’ll be writing a tutorial on that early next year.Keep the shutter speed as high as practical. And be ready. The scenery moves much faster in a small plane than in an airliner. When you see somethingthat looks good, don’t stop to think about it. Shootfirst and ask questions later.
 Diane Miller is a widely exhibited freelance pho-tographer who lives north of San Francisco, in theWine Country, and specializes in fine-art nature pho-tography. Her work, which can be found on her web site,http://www.DianeDMiller.com , has been pub-lished and exhibited throughout the Pacific North-west. Many of her images are represented for stock by Monsoon Images and Photolibrary. She is also anaccomplished Pilot.
© 2008 Adorama Camera, Inc.This article is Part III: Day 47 of the Adorama series“100 Photographic Tips in 100 Days” and is run with permission.
For more tips go to
http://www.adorama.com 

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