Last Saturday I attended afuneral/memorial service forone of our own. His namewas Pete North. He was achaplain and served for anumber of years with Sq. 19at Beale AFB. I am sure thatmany of you knew Petebetter than I did. So youknow that he lived anexemplary life, and impacteda lot of lives for good. Iremember him mostly fromChaplain Region Staff colleges where he wouldteam up with Chaplain JohnBerger and lead our worshipand devotional times inmusic. Pete loved music andwas an accomplished pianist.Music was one gift that hegave to those of us whoserve in the Civil Air Patrol.Another gift was himself.
The Call to Serve
It was just past sunrise on avery cool morning. The airwas very quiet except for aslight breeze. It could havebeen the beginning of anyordinary day for Kyle Miller.But this would be noordinary day.It was Wednesday, andnormally Kyle would begetting ready for school. Buttoday was Kyle’s 16
birthday, and he wasunwrapping a most unusualpackage…a hot-air balloon.Kyle has been learning to flyhot-air balloons for theprevious 17 months, andtoday he was about to make
Cadet Becomes Youngest U.S. Balloon Pilot
Cadet SSgt. Kyle Miller,Sq. 14, takes the check-ridefor his balloon PrivatePilot license on his 16
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That is the heart of achaplain. We are called toserve. That means giving of our time, talents, skills andresources to make life betterfor those around us andrepresent our God in theprocess. Moral LeadershipOfficers play a similar rolein the life and work of ourtotal program. We are notthere to shove religion downany one's throat. However,because of our calling we dobring a religious perspectiveto our work. Get to knowyour Chaplain or MoralLeadership Officer. They arethere to come along side of other leaders in support of the total program. Now thatthe war with Iraq has started,there will certainly be anadded strain on all of us.There is no shame in admittinganxiety or out right fear aboutpossible disasters that may comeour way whether they are in ourcommunities, our own families,or personal lives. The way toovercome anxiety and fear is torecognize it, admit it, and face itwith strength and faith. We are astrong nation, we are a freenation, we are a good heartednation, and with God's grace wewill stay this way. Each of uswho serve in the Civil Air Patrolhave much to give. Each isvaluable to the overall strength of our nation. As we face theseuncertain times together, beassured that your Chaplains willkeep you all in our prayers, anddo whatever we can for thesuccessful accomplishment of our mission.
Maj. George Dawson
his most memorable flight.With his family, friends,instructor, and FAAexaminer standing by, Kylewas about to take his PrivatePilot check-ride.In the vast open area of theformer Stead Air Force Basein Reno, Nevada, Kyleprepared his balloon forliftoff. Check thefabric…connections…basket…burners…tanks…oh yeah,and the wind currents.A little nervous, but ready togo, Kyle gives a thumbs-upas he and the examiner liftoff to 6000 feet, and the recordbooks. Because on that day,Kyle, a Cadet Staff Sergeantin Squadron 14, became theyoungest licensed hot-airballoon pilot in the UnitedStates.Kyle’s flight went smoothly.Afterward his instructorstood proud as he presentedKyle his wings.Kyle plans to obtain hiscommercial ballooninglicense, and hopes to get intothe Air Force Academy aftergraduation. CongratulationsKyle!
2Lt. Steve Taylor