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great heart, and passion for his duties in CAP.
Luc: What attracted you to CAP, and whatmotivates you as a member?Mike:
I was in primary ﬂight training when Iran into CAP members at the airport during anOpen House Day that I participated in. WhileI was ﬂying, I developed a desire to have somepurpose for it, and I think I was just impressed with the CAP people whom I talked to. Whatkeeps me motivated in CAP is the professionaland educational level of the people I meet within CAP who want to give something backto society. That is a nice combination,professionalism and generosity. We tend to lookfor people with similar interests, and wesocialize in a number of di
erent ways. WithinCAP, I meet people who are fascinating, and Ithink of them as being of “a cut above.” Inaddition, there certainly is a fellowship among members of the aviation community.
Luc: As a newcomer I ﬁnd it important tohave somewhat of a vision of how I can contribute to CAP, and how to choseamong the many professional tracks. Do you have any thoughts on how to make that choice?Mike:
You have to know that there is a di
erence between the Emergency ServicesSpecialty Tracks and the ProfessionalDevelopment track. People in our squadronsometimes talk about these twointerchangeably. In terms of the ES, I’mqualiﬁed as an Mission Sta
Assistant, MissionRadio Operator, Mission Observer, MissionScanner, Communications Unit Leader, FlightLine Marshaller, Urban Direction Finder, and Ihave started a SQTR for Flight Line Supervisor.I do not know if I’ll complete that because itbecomes a challenge to keep all those thingscurrent. In my opinion, it’s almost too many todo that, simply because they need periodic re
certiﬁcation. You need to practice and train inthem to stay proﬁcient.However, within the ES that’s some of thebroad spectrum of the things you canparticipate in. Unfortunately, I’m one of thosepeople who always bites o
more than he canchew. Maybe it’s a little sign of ADD
but I have interest in so many di
erent things,and not nearly enough time for all of them!My advice would be to check out all thosepositions, and to get the certiﬁcations andqualiﬁcations in ES, just so you have kind of a broad spectrum of what’s going on. You canthen narrow the focus in on speciﬁc things, which is what I’ve done in the arena of Communications.On the professional development side, I’m getting close to reaching the rank of Captain.But basically, the track that I’ve been following primarily is Communications. I have my Technician rating, and I think I have doneeverything to qualify for the Senior rating. Thathas been the main focus of my activities inCAP up to this point.I’m now turning over the position of Communications O
cer to the capable handsof Maj Lynn Newman, simply because I’ve donethis for four years, and I think I haveaccomplished what I set out to do. As thenewly appointed Squadron O
ce Manager and
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1st Lt Mike Linn marshaling the ﬂight line at a SAREX.
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