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Palm Springs Squadron - Jul 2007

Palm Springs Squadron - Jul 2007

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1 JULY 2007
The newsletter of U.S. Civil Air PatrolComposite Squadron 11 (CA-435)Palm Springs, CA
Training flights readypilots and observers
Capt. Roy Heimburger, Lt. Don Cook, and Maj. RoyHofheinz discuss notes during a briefing Saturday,June 16 for a training flight from Palm Springs tolocate an ELT set off in a nearby canyon.
Squadron 11 helda downed aircraftsimulation exerciseSaturday, June 16to train MissionPilots and MissionObservers for fu-ture searches.Five three-person aircrewsconsisting of pilot,observer, and aninstructor flewhour-long mis-sions from a mis-sion base in PalmSprings tolocateacanvas target andpractice ELT acti-vated in the moun-tainous ter-rain in theMorongo Basin.“(The crews) alldid very well,” saidthe Mission Com-mander, Capt. RoyHeimburger, afterthe mission. “Theywere all very welltrained.
Capt. Gary Schultz, left,and Lt. Don Cook, right,locate points along asectional at mission basebefore flying a trainingsortie Saturday, June 16.
Our Home, Sweet HomeWe’re probably one of the most blessedsquadrons in all of the United States. Asidefrom the fact we have such wonderful peopleto hang with, we have an incredible home.For an aviation-oriented organization – likeours – to have their headquarters in an AirMuseum is amazing.We have our headquarters and we also havethe Museum’s permission to use the BuddyRogers Theater (which we call “the auditori-um”) and, if we ask, they will let us use the up-stairs classroom – which has flight simulators– and we can use the tarmac, the parking lot,space out on the hangar floor.See what I mean? We really are blessed.I’d like to suggest that we start giving back(more) to the Palm Springs Air Museum… and,that we tighten up our security. Specifically:
1. When the Museum requests a color guardfrom CAP Squadron 11 it would be absolutelywonderful if we always gave them that colorguard. What can we do to ensure that that al-ways happens?2. Let’s take a look at cleaning some airplanes.It would be a great organization/leadership ex-ercise for cadets to lead teams of cadets andSr/Spt Members in using some Pledge and ragsto clean WWII airplanes (in a 1-hour period?).3. Security. Let’s start using the door-bell atour entrance into the Pacific Hanger. We needto develop a strong awareness that an unau-thorized person might try to enter the Museumthrough our door on a Wednesday night. Thatcould be a real disaster. Also, everyone needsto be aware that there have been instances oftheft from vehicles in the parking lot during ourmeetings – many years ago.
Thanks for all you do. Be safe, have fun.Remember, you’re part of a Civil Air Patrolsquadron; the front-line, working, life-savingunit of CAP.
John Craig
, Capt., CAP
Squadron CommanderPalm Springs Composite Squadron 11
Brandon Bottemer
Master Sgt. Bottemer isenlisted in the U.S. AirForce and leaves forboot camp at LacklandAir Force Base in Texason August 7. Bottemer ispursuing a career in air-craft avionics and plansto further his educationwhile in the military. Hecurrently serves as theCadet Commander.CADET 2nd LT.
Philip Ensley
Lt. Ensley is continuingwork toward his privotpilot license while at-tending college. He hasplans to transfer to Em-bry-Riddle AeronauticalUniversity.CADET 2nd LT.
Michael Webb
Lt. Webb is spendingthe summer logginghours toward his privatepilot certificate beforeleaving to study at CalPoly Pomona in the fall.Webb, who will majorin Mechanical Engi-neering, was awardeda scholarship from theWomen’s RepublicanFederation. He gradu-ated with three honorcords for involvementin school activities andwore a white tassel, pre-sented to students witha GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Trio poisedfor next step
Cadets run for ‘Grub’
Two Squadron 11 cadetsand senior members swapped theirboots for sneakers Sunday, May 27 andlaced up for the 17th Annual GrubstakesRun in Yucca Valley.Answering a challenge set forth bythe Deputy Commander for Cadets,Cadet Senior Airman Joseph Reynoldsand Cadet Patrick Phillips hit the pave-ment at the California Welcome Centerflanked by senior members Maj. SimonHousman and 2nd Lt. Sam Aguilar.“I’ve never done anything like it,” saidPhillips, who completed the 5k roadrace in a time of 24:53.“I just kept a consistent pace. It was alot harder than the mile we have to runat school.”The Grubstakes Run 5k course startsalong Twentynine Palms Highway andleads runners uphill along an adjacentstreet before flattening out in a midsec-tion straightaway. Racers make theirway back downhill to finish the run atthe welcome center.“The courses in Yucca Valley areexceptional,” Aguilar said of the Grub-stakes’ 3.1 mile hilly layout. An avidrunner, the lieutenant was excited to bejoined by cadets for the community run.“It felt great to see them out thererunning the course,” he said.Cadet Reynolds posted a time of19:24. The long distance runner is amember of both his high school trackand cross country teams and regularlyruns 3 mile courses in prep competition.A multi-distance event, the Grub-stakes Run is held in conjunction withthe town of Yucca Valley’s annual Grub-stakes Days celebration held duringMemorial Day weekend. Participantschoose between a 2k, 5k or 10k roadrace courses.
 A night withda Vinci
Cadet2nd Lt. Philip Ensley,right, discusses Leonar-do da Vinci’s early draftof an automobile withfellow cadets, includingCadet Master Sgt. Bran-don Bottemer, left, dur-ing Squadron 11’s infor-mal evening at The daVinci Experience exhibiton Wednesday, March28. Cadets, seniors, andtheir families attendedthe exhibit, which fea-tured more than 60 rep-lica machines pulledfrom da Vinci’s originalsketches and designs.
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Squadron opens door for local youth
CAP Flight 415 joins San Diego flight clinic
Nominationsstill sought forFerman Awards
Capt. Frank Tullo, right, gives ground instruction to seniormembers Erik Holmgren, left, and Jordan Metzger, center, both of SanDiego Senior Squadron 57, on Sunday, June 3 at Montgomery Field.Squadron 11 pilots Tullo and Maj. Danny Graham along with the squadronaircraft, CAP Flight 415, participated in the two-day San Diego flight clinicto administer Form 5 and 91 check rides as well as aircrew training.Guests from the Cathedral City Boys & Girls Club pose with Squadron 11 ca-dets and senior members in front of an F4U Corsair on Weds., May 23 at thePalm Springs Air Museum. The squadron invited area Boys & Girls Clubs tomeetings to introduce club members to the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.
Throughout Mayand June, Squad-ron 11 welcomedweekly groupsfrom the Boys &Girls Clubs of PalmSprings, DesertHot Springs, andCathedral City.Coordinated byMaj. Bruce Marble,the visits includeda tour of the PalmSprings Air Mu-seum and an op-portunity to learnabout CAP’s cadetprogram by spend-ing time with CadetCommander Bran-Adding ‘U.S.’ to the organization name isin effect, per a June memorandum fromNational Headquarters. The change bearsnew written protocol and minor uniformamendments, as outlined below:
For written communication, U.S. Civil Air Patrolshould be used on first reference. Civil Air Pa-trol and CAP are acceptable for subsequentreferences.Blue name tapes for the battle dress uniformsreflecting the change (shown above) are avail-able from Vanguard. The tapes were approvedby the 2007 March National Board and have amandatory wear date of March 1, 2010.Senior member name tags will also reflect thechange. By March 1, 2008, all CAP distinctivecorporate uniform blue and silver two-linename tags will read “U.S. Civil Air Patrol” on thefirst line. Gray 3-line name tags used for thebasic senior uniform (aviator shirt over grayslacks) remain unchanged.
don Bottemer anda flight of cadets,who answeredquestions andperformed drillmaneuvers for theteen and pre-teen guests. Thesquadron plans tocontinue annualinvitations to areaBoys & Girls Clubs.
‘U.S. Civil Air Patrol’ gets green light
Two $5,000 awardswill be presentedto cadets duringCalifornia WingConference in Sep-tember. The Colo-nel Jack Fermanand Lois FermanAwards will be pre-sented to a maleand female cadetbased on superiorperformance. TheFerman AwardsCommittee willselect recipientsfor both awards.FOR MOREINFORMATIONCONTACT CAPT.JOHN CRAIG,SQUADRON CMDR.
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