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Air Cavalry Squadron - Jul 2003

Air Cavalry Squadron - Jul 2003

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Civil Air Patrol - Texas Wing
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7-6 Air Cav
Group 13, Texas Wing, South Western Region, Civil Air Patrol
July 2003 Volume 1, Number 7May News
ELT Mission-Urban DF
July NewsELT Mission-Urban DF
We were tasked with a particularly difficult ELT mission mid July. 1Lt Tessitorewas contacted July 15
by the Incident Commander, Lt Col Jan Hays, andappointed as the Ground Team Leader, and Capt Domengeaux was co-opted asa ground team member. The AFRCC satellite had received several ELT signalhits in the vicinity of Brenham, Texas. The AFRCC authorized a ground teammission. Airborne sorties were not required as no aircraft were reportedmissing, and thunderstorms were also active in the area.The team traced the ELT signals to a residential area on the south side of Brenham, but the DF activity was hampered by the high number of overheadpower lines in this particular neighborhood. Several homes were searchedwith the owner’s permission; however the ELT could not be located, so themission was cancelled that evening.Unfortunately 97% of all 121.5 MHz ELT signals are false alarms, and only 1 ina 1000 of these represent an actual emergency situation. The problem is thatthe AFRCC satellites can only track 10 separate ELT’s simultaneously, so it iseasy to overload the system, and it blocks the emergency frequency 121.5from being used by other legitimate users (i.e. aircraft and boats in distress).Additionally, President G. W. Bush was expected in the area the followingweekend.A second mission was authorized, Wednesday 16
where 1Lt Tessitore wasaccompanied by personnel from the Sugarland Squadron. Later in the day theywere joined by 1Lt Ayre who brought along cadets Joncyk and Illerhaus. Thismission/sortie also finally centered on the same area searched the previousday, but without definite results due to the overhead power lines and metalliccommercial building reflecting the signals.The next day, Friday, a second sortie was authorized, and 1Lt Tessitoreparticipated with the help of cadets Kurtz and Joncyk. They were joined laterin the day with an FCC official from Dallas. The group again settled on thesame house as originally searched on Tuesday, but was unable to locate anELT. The mission was terminated at that time. The FCC official did return thenext day to the house with sophisticated equipment and found an old ELT inthe garage whose batteries had expired, but had somehow turned itself on!Unfortunately, as the AFRCC had closed the CAP mission prior to the ELT beinglocated and turned off, and we were not present at that time, so those whoparticipated cannot be credited with a “find” award
Powered O-Flights:
had to be cancelled this month as N235TX was down.Any comments, news or information to communicate? Please contact 1Lt D.Ayre, the editor, and Public Affairs Officer via email atayrefam@sbcglobal.net or 281 352 1961
 Profile: M/Sgt G.SchankCommander’sCornerGlider O-Flights:
We completed our sixth scheduled trip to the Gliderport onSunday July 13th. Seven cadets had eight flights. This put the Texas Wing at100 glider flights for the year to date, and our squadron has generated 58 of these flights, making us the most active glider squadron in Texas.
AirCav recognizes Business Members:
Capt. Dicker presented threeBusiness Member plaques of appreciation this month, to Aeroval, Inc.,Cyberevidence, Inc., and the Hughes Christian Company, which donated fundsto the squadron for various activities.
by 1Lt David Ayre
M/ Sergeant George Schank Retires from the USAF Reserves
Earlier this month M/Sgt Schank, with 35 years in CAP, retired from the USAFReserves after 33 years of service. A small ceremony, attended by manysquadron senior members was held at the Group Commanders call, whereGeorge was presented with a plaque.George joined the USAF Reserves in 1970 with the 924th Tactical Airlift Groupat Ellington AFB in Houston, working in Civil Engineering and AircraftMaintenance. During this time he was also a squadron and group commanderin CAP’s TX Wing. George went on to be a flight engineer and obtained hisFAA Pilot’s License, amassing 2,800 hrs in the air. When his unit moved fromEllington, George transferred to the CAP/USAF Reserve Assistance Programwhere he worked on many Wing, Region and National activities. His primarywork has been in the area of Senior Training; but has worked on numerousCadet Special Activities. He served as a USAF staff advisor on National Staff College (NSC) for 19 years, and also served as a USAF staff member on theNational Congress on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) for five years. Hewas also an instructor on the CAP Southwest Region Scanner / ObserverCourse for 16 years.George lives in Conroe and is a broadcast engineer for KSBJ. While wecongratulate George on his retirement, and hope to see him more often at thesquadron, as he “rejoins” CAP, it is rumored that Texas Wing wishes tocontinue to use him and his extensive experience in Unit Inspections, as partof the Stan/Eval group.
Commander’s Corner
by Capt. Stephen Dicker
As 2004 approaches, so does the deadline to renew our 101 certifications. Allrenewals must be completed by December 31st, 2003. This means that ourEmergency Services Officers, Captain Paul Brown and 1Lt. Ted Tessitore, willbe conducting weekend training in emergency services areas. We must allmake every effort to attend in order to maintain and increase our emergencyservices trained compliment of personnel. This training will include First Aid,Blood Borne Pathogens and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).Additionally, Ground Team Members will have to master approximately103 tasks in Ground Team Member hand book while Ground Team Leaders willhave to master some 108 tasks in their hand book. My point is that all thistakes and enormous amount of time to conduct the training and evaluation.Cadets and Seniors alike must dedicate ourselves to attending all availabletraining to meet the deadline and promote and prepare for our emergencyservices role!
Famous QuotesAugust Events
ES Training
Glider GroundSchool
ES Training
Lone StarSqdn/EAA flyin
Hot AirBallunar Fest
CongressionalAwardQuote of the Month:
"The difference between a boss and a leader: a bosssays, 'Go!' - a leader says, 'Let's go!'” -
E. M. Kelly ,
Upcomming Events & Activities
Glider O-Flights
Our next scheduled Glider O-flights are on SundaySeptember 7th. Our Gliding activity is run by CAP members of the SoaringClub of Houston at their Gliderport between Magnolia and Hempstead. Cadetsshould sign up for this activity on the Squadron’s notice board or contact 1LtDavid Ayre by phone at 281 367 0519 or via e-mail at
Information about the club and its facilities can be found at
Cadets are encouraged, and SM’s are required to take the Soaring Society of America’s (SSA) Wing Runner course which is available on the national website
Typically we assemble at the US Army Reserve CenterAviation Support Facility (USARC ASF) at 0730 for a 0800 hrs departure,returning around 1800 hrs.
Glider Ground School
A series of 4 Glider ground schools will be held forsenior members and selected cadets interested in attaining their FAA GliderPilot’s License Saturday mornings from 0800-1200 at Delta Squadron, HooksAirport, Spring starting Saturday Sept 9
The next flights are scheduled for Saturday August 9
,please contact C/Maj Max Fruchtnicht or C/1Lt Mabry to schedule flights.
Corporate Leadership Course (CLC):
The Group 13 CLC will be held at oursquadron on August 16
and 17
. This training is for senior members.
Lone Star Sqdn / EAA Rides:
Lone Star Sqdn and the EAA is having a fly in atRobert Wells Airport (66R), near Columbus TX on Saturday August 16
, formore information contact a Senior Member.
Oshkosh Air Show:
CAP is unveiling its first GA8 Airvan at Oshkosh next week
Texas A&M JCAP for CAP Cadets:
The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M istaking applications for their JCAProgram from HS Junior and Seniors, to beheld October 30
to Nov 2
. Application deadline for CAP cadets is October15
, but will be filled on a first come basis. Seewww.jcap-tamu.org/fall03 
Cadet Basic and Staff Training:
Training is being held Saturday 2
Recruiting Competition!
Capt. Dicker launched a six month recruiting competition, where cadets willearn points for recruiting various types of members. After six months, thethree cadets with the highest number of points will receive the followingprizes:1st Place - A 5 CD/Dual Cassette/AM-FM Tuner Stereo System with Remote2nd Place - Portable MP3 CD Player with Earphones3rd Place - $ 25.00 Gift Card for Tinseltown TheatersRecruiting activities start next week with a display at the City of ShenandoahNational Night, Tuesday, Aug. 5
from 1800-2200 hrs.

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