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Maxwell Squadron - Apr 2005

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Glider flights were scheduled totake place on Saturday, Dec. 18,2004. It was the first time I had ever had the opportunity to do somethinglike that. I was so excited! On thedrive out to the glider squadron atShelby County, getting airborne wasall I could think about—well, thatand the incredibly lame things theother cadets were talking about inthe van.Anyway, we got there about 10:00and were ready to be briefed at10:15. The instructor gave us a fewsafety tips and then he told us the jobs that needed to be done. The jobs included wing runners andsignal relayers. The wing runner  basically holds the wing and runswith the glider down the runway.The signal relayers make sure therunway is clear and gives the signalto the tow plane pilot. These areimportant jobs that each cadet gotthe chance to perform.After that, the instructor askedwho wanted to be the first to goflying and everyone raised their hands. So the instructor said,“alright, we’ll go shortest totallest.” And—you guessed it—Iwas first. I guess being short has its benefits sometimes!They got me buckled in and before I knew it, we were ridingdown the runway. The takeoff wasreally noisy because of the wind breezing by and because the planetowing us was loud. Not only that,the runway was very bumpy.Butwhen we got in the air and werereleased by the tow plane, I wasshocked at how quiet and smooththe flight became. It was awesome!Wehad to move around and findwhere the air currents werestrongest. I stayed up in the air for about thirty minutes and then, tomy dismay,we were ready for landing. Little did I know, landingwould be my favorite part. I lovedthe drop; it felt like my stomachwas in my chest!The instructor told me about agame they play—you have to tryand land the nose of the glider closest to the line of the cones to bethe winner—and we won!After that, I got out and watchedthe other cadets and helped withsome of the other jobs. If youhaven’t gone glider flying yet, gosoon! I promise you will love it asmuch as I did!
MAXWELL • COMPOSITE • SQUADRON
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Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
Mar. - Apr. 2005Vol. 1, No. 2
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My First Glider Experience
.............P. 1
Deputy Commander’s Corner
........P. 2
Squadron Leadership School
..........P. 3
“Notes”
Going for the Gold
...............................P. 3
Lt.Col.Gaston’s Retirement
.............P. 3
Flights at Shelby
......................................P. 4
Senior Member Spotlight
..................P. 4
Upcoming Events
......................................P. 4
My First Glider Experience
by C/Amn Chelsea Holder 
Getting ready to soar the beautiful blue sky are Cadet Walker and Lt. Col. JohnnyWard. Their aircraft is the Super Blanik glider.
 
Commander’s Corner
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Colonel David Zelenok Director of Staff, 50th Space Wing cordially invites you to attend  a Retirement Ceremony honoring Lieutenant Colonel Robert W. Gaston, Jr.Chief of Instruction International Officer School  Friday, the eighteenth of March Two thousand five at three o’clock in the afternoon Husband Auditorium, Squadron Officer School  Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama Military: Uniform of the Day Civilian: Business Attire Reception to follow in Foyer 
Going for the Gold!
With the weather fit forneither man or beast,our very own, C/SrA.Tony Cihak, took to thepavement and went forthe gold.Tony ran in the Air War College “Fit toFight” 5K and placed 1st in his age group.His time: 25 minutes, 20 seconds.
Congratulations! 
Maxwell Composite Squadron hosted a SquadronLeadership School (SLS) over the President's Day  weekend at Maxwell AFB, AL. This school is key to aSenior Member's learning about the Civil Air Patrol andhow the wing and squadron accomplish theorganization's three missions of Aerospace Education,Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services. The school isalso a key component of completing Level II of theSenior Member Training Program. Upon completion of Level II and some time-in-grade requirements, a Senior Member is promoted to captain and is ready to assumea broader leadership role within the squadron.Fifteen Senior Members from across central andnorthern Alabama came together to form the studentbody. The two days of in-depth briefing werehighlighted by briefings from officers of HQ CAP andHQ CAP-USAF. From HQ CAP, Lt. Col. John Salvador,Director of Operations, briefed the students on CAP'sNational Mission and CAP's growing role of HomelandDefense under the USAF's 1st Air Force. First Air Forceis the USAF's air component of US NorthernCommand charged with Homeland Defense. CAP hasbeen integrated into the non-combat role and many new high-tech methods of incorporating the patrol were discussed. Next, USAF Lt. Col. Randy Mathis,Operations Officer of HQ CAP-USAF, detailed theorganizational interaction between the CAPcorporation and the CAP-USAF liaison structure. Heexplained that CAP-USAF is charged with oversight of the corporation to ensure CAP can meet their USAFassigned missions and new role in 1st Air Force.Several of Maxwell's Senior Members attended anda few of them even instructed during the school, thusfulfilling a critical component of their Level IV requirements. But most importantly, a good time washad by all. Keep your eyes open for the next major CAP school, the Corporate Learning Course (CLC)being conducted in northern Alabama.
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Squadron Leadership School
The following senior members from the Alabama Wing participated in theFeb. 19 & 20 SLS course held at Maxwell Air Force Base: Front row fromleft: Gary Ernest, Christopher Rousseau, Raymond Pettitt, Tanya Hallmark,Lou Enriquez Middle: Matthew Moncus, Terry Jackson, Oliver Cork, MichelleBecker, Deborah Enriquez Back: Bob Stewart, Silvano Wueschner, SamuelBrown, Jim Corey, Randall Epstein
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