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Pinellas Squadron - Apr 2007

Pinellas Squadron - Apr 2007

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Civil Air Patrol - Florida Wing
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 Pinellas Senior SquadronP. O. Box 11164St. Petersburg, FL 33733
PINELLAS SENIOR SQUADRONCivil Air Patrol - Florida WingAlbert Whitted Airport,www.stpetecap.orgSt. Petersburg Phone (727) 821-8354
 MARCH & APRIL 2007 Vol.XXVII,No.2
Our recent exercise was a great success, thanks to the Carlsons.And it was fun. How often do you get to fly low and slow overopen Florida countryside, beautiful water, in great weather? Howoften do you get to search for a castle with a pirate ship in itsmoat? And everyone worked together at the squadron level whileseeming to really enjoy the training. This exercise marked the endof my command of Pinellas Sr. Sq. I cannot think of a better wayto end it. It has been a great pleasure working with every one of you. Thank you for bearing with me the last few years, throughthe good and the bad. Pete Crawford, Cpt, outgoing sqcommander.
Group 8 Runs 16-Day SAREX 07T4177
Run by LtCol Diana Carlson and LtCol David Carlson 24-Feb-07thru 11-Mar-07
The StPetersburgCompositeSquadron(formerlyPinellas SeniorSquadron) had avery intensive16-day Searchand RescueExercise(SAREX) totrain itsmembers asaircrew, missionstaff and groundteams. Themission startedwith a Planning Meeting on 21-Feb-07 and proceeded to have as many as threeair sorties a day for the next 16 days in order to train as many members aspossible. This was the first opportunity for this group to train using IMU2(Incident Management Utilities) software, which will be the standard forcomputerized SAR software in Florida Wing. The FL Wing State Director, John
Page 2The following is a list of the members who participated and theirduties. Starred underlined ratings are newly earned or recurrent(remember, MPs still need their CAPF91):Col Jerry Angley, USAF(ret), Florida Wing State DirectorLtCol Diana Carlson, IC, GTL, MP, and just about every otherstaff hat, primary staff trainer.LtCol David Carlson, IC, MSO, MP, MO, primary aircrew trainer,specializes in GPS training.Capt Pete Crawford, MP, MS, *MO*, AOBD trainee, primaryaircrew trainer.LtCol Larry Tellier, MP, MO, primary aircrew trainer.Capt Larry Gray, GTL, UDF, primary Urban Direction Findingtrainer.Maj Crist Fellman, MSO on call, *UDF*2Lt Kathy Valentino, MS, *MO*, mission scanner trainer1Lt Sal Valentino, MS, *MO*, mission scanner trainerLtCol Larry McConnell, MS, *MP*, lecturer specializing in GPStrainingMaj Eugene Olson, GTM, *MRO*, *MSA*, *UDF*, GBD trainee,Trusted Agent1Lt James Angello, MRO, *CUL*, *MSA*SM Adrian Cuarta, *MS*1Lt Alma W. Deese, recurrent as *MS*Capt Robert Downing, MS, *MP*SM Martin Hickey, *MSA*, *MRO*, *UDF*SM Craig Johnson, *MS*LtCol Rick Mangione, Trusted AgentSM Frank Munn, *MS*Capt John Posey, MRO, *CUL*, *MSA*Page 7
Figure 1 2Lt Kathy Valentino and Capt Pete Crawfordbeing briefed by LtCol David Carlson while 1Lt SalValentino acts as MSA
Figure 5 Ground team members: TFO Mikell Admire, 2Lt Shepherd,Cadet Shepherd, Maj Crist Fellman
Sunday March 4
had an interesting event. As LtCol DianaCarlson was acting as Incident Commander for the air sortie justlaunched, a telephone call from NH Wing came in: “We need anIC and can’t find one here. Can you act as IC for our mission?”So LtCol Carlson was acting as IC for both FLWG and NHWGsimultaneously for about 30 minutes, until NHWG located a localIC for their SAREX!Three night ELT missions were launched (on March 6, 8, and 9) toprovide the newly minted MPs and MOs with their night flight.Two different areas were used for the visual searches: an orangetarp signal in a H configuration to mean “found some survivors”(signal out of the Airman Information Manual) was located in gridMIA 27A. And in grid MIA 53A, a pirate ship next to a Jewishcastle was the second visual target. One of the scanners asked thepilot (on the second target), “Ok, but what color are the tarps?”…”We’re not looking for tarps, we’re looking for a pirate ship andcastle”….”Ok, but really, what color are the tarps?!?”Page 6
Angley USAF, attended the mission on February 25 to observe how the newsoftware was being used and was suitably impressed
Figure 3 NewSM BennyButler acts asMSA
Most of themission wasrun by LtColDavidCarlson andLtColDianaCarlson, two NorthEast Region “snowbirds”, who volunteered toact as Incident Commanders and provide the training to themembers. These two, along with a few other qualified members,trained avast arrayof membersasMissionPilots,MissionObservers, MissionScanners,MissionRadioOperators, MissionStaff Assistants, a few mission staff and Urban Direction Findingground teams.Page 3
Figure 2 LtCol Larry Tellier preflights aircraft with LtColDavid Carlson and 1Lt Sal Valentino

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