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Lewis County Squadron - Mar 2009

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Civil Air Patrol - Washington Wing
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 Mar Issue 2009
LEWIS COUNTY COMPOSITE SQUADRON LEWIS COUNTY COMPOSITE SQUADRON LEWIS COUNTY COMPOSITE SQUADRON LEWIS COUNTY COMPOSITE SQUADRON 
PCR PCR PCR PCR- --WAWAWAWA- --110 110 110 110 
 WASHINGTON WING, CIVIL AIR PATROLWASHINGTON WING, CIVIL AIR PATROLWASHINGTON WING, CIVIL AIR PATROLWASHINGTON WING, CIVIL AIR PATROLNEWSLETTER OF 
Inside this issue:
Cadet Activities (cont.) 2Safety Briefing 3Websites of Interest 4Upcoming Events 4Birthdays & Promotions 3
CAP BASICS
 
1st Lt Ruth Peterson
 
Published by Lewis Co. Sq., CAPPO Box 56Chehalis, WA 98532Editor: 1st Lt Ruth A. Peterson
When teenagers join Civil Air Patrol, they and their parents are often hit with a multi-tude of new terms and concepts. A cadet may join CAP and within a few weeks, theymay attend a BME, WTA, BCTS, or a SAR conference. They must have a uniform thatis up to snuff, they need to know about “O” flights, and parents need to know about the parent support organization called A.S.H. And those are just a few of the new termsand concepts. It can be confusing, and sometimes it is hard to get started in the pro-gram because of all the new things that need to be learned. Starting this month, I hopeto write an article in each Fireball that explain some of the things that are important for cadets and parents to know. Even if you are a parent or cadet who has been involvedfor a long time, please take the time to read through the information. Very often, thereare events and issues that come as a surprise to a parent of a long-time cadet or even thecadets themselves. If there are specific subjects that you would like to see explained or discussed in upcoming issues, please send me the question or subject atgrpete@centurytel.net. I will begin this month with some of the cadet activities - en-campments and upcoming events.
CADET ACITIVITES
- When cadets join CAP, they will be attending the next BasicCadet Training School (BCTS). This is a weekend that begins on a Friday evening andculminates in a graduation ceremony two days later on Sunday afternoon. The end goal of each cadet as they attend thistraining is to achieve the first promotion as a cadet from Cadet Basic to Cadet Airman First Class. During the weekend,they will learn the basics of CAP, and it is a great way to get into the swing of the program. It also provides a time for the cadets to get to know the other new cadets better and results in a close group of team players.Another popular event for cadets is the Basic Marksmanship Encampment (BME). Lewis County CompositeSquadron is one of the few in the country that sponsor an event like this, so it is an opportunity not to be missed. Theweekend is spent in classes learning about firearms safety and then the cadets spend a lot of time shooting .22 rifles toobtain NRA awards that they can wear on their Blues uniforms.Every summer, Washington Wing sponsors a Summer Basic Encampment for new cadets. This is an importantencampment, because attending it is a prerequisite for attending other encampments, both local and national. It isscheduled in August, and it lasts for an entire week. It is a difficult week that will allow your cadet to grow and achievegoals that they never dreamed they could do. Once the week is completed, they participate in a Pass & Review Cere-mony which is an awesome sight to behold.This year, the Lewis County Sheriff’s office is hosting the annual Search and Rescue (SAR) Conference. Thisconference is a series of classes that are taught and attended by hundreds of SAR participants and professionals fromall over the world. We have an opportunity to help the Sheriff’s office with the logistics of hosting this conference(putting up tents, helping in the kitchen, running errands, etc). In return for our help, we will be allowed to attend the
 
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Volume IV, Issue 3
CIVIL CIVIL CIVIL CIVIL AIR AIR AIR AIR PATROL PATROL PATROL PATROL 
 
 Drug Free and  Proud!
The Civil Air Patrol, Lewis County Composite Squadron, Cadet BasicMarksmanship Encampment #56 was held 6-8 March 2009. This programis so well known throughout the region that this BME filled in just a fewdays. The weekend was filled with classes and shooting with every cadetearning an award. On Sunday, after the shooting was done, a quick cleanup of the range was ordered. Lewis County Sheriff SGT Dusty Breen thendid a demonstration with a MP 5 for the cadets to watch; a few even got to shoot it.At the end of the event, an awards ceremonytook place at the Borst Park Kitchen.If you would like to attend a Basic Marksman-ship Encampment, you must sign up ONLINEas soon as you hear about it. This was the firstof four BMEs planned for 2009. Hope to seeyou on the range!
56th Basic Marksmanship Encampment
Cadets Fisher (left), Thompson,(upper), and Hail (lower) receive their  NRA medals to wear on their blues.
conference for free. This is a great opportunity to help serve the community and the Sheriff’s of-fice as well as learn from some of the best in the business. Did I mention that it would be a lot of fun, as well?This summer we will be having a model rocketry weekend. The cadets will arrive at theBaw Faw Grange in the Boistfort Valley on Friday evening and they will stay through the next eve-ning. They will be learning about model rocketry, but the best part of the program is making andlaunching the rockets.Every month during the third weekend, Washington Wing holds a Western WashingtonTraining Academy (WTA). Every month, different classes are offered in the various disciplineswithin CAP. There might be Aerospace classes, Emergency Services (ES) classes, first aid, NCOtraining classes, officer training, leadership classes, and a host of other subjects. Very often, agroup of cadets or seniors will make the trip north to Camp Murray in Lakewood (just south of Ta-coma), so catching a ride up and back is easy to do.* * * *There is more information on encampments on the CAP websites. The LCCS website is
http://
www.lewiscountycap.org
, the WA Wing website is
http://www.wawg.cap.gov/
,and the National website is
http://www.wawg.cap.gov/.
Another site that is full of great information is
http://www.cadetstuff.org/.
This isnot an official CAP site, but it is a place to find information on everything from correctdrill & ceremony procedures to discussions of leadership and ideas for squadrons. Anycadet who spends some time researching a subject on this site is sure to find lots of veryvaluable information. Great for parents to get answers as well. One word of caution: thisis not an official
 
site. Some of the people who post there may post something that is incorrect.Incorrect items are usually caught and fixed, but it may be that something slips through without being noticed. If you aren’t sure, check with the authorities in your own squadron. They have theresources to check it out!
 
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Volume IV, Issue 3
2d Lt Chris Arhutick C/2d Lt Joe Currall 
Cadet Ayla Griffith SM A’Jay Rivers
2d Lt Ryan Rothmeyer C/Amn Timothy Sizemore
C/Amn Nik Steele C/CMSgt Eric Tibbits
SM Donald Wentworth 1st Lt Terry Williams
C/SrA Jordon Bartlow 
April Birthdays
March Promotions
Congratulations to C/2d Lt Jonathan Peterson
Cadet Peterson was promoted from C/CMSgt to Lieutenant this month.
 
Many new experiences are open to Cadet officers, and a majority of cadetshave their best experiences in CAP after leaving the NCO ranks. There areopportunities available only to Cadet officers, and, with all other things be-ing equal, the Cadet with the higher grade is usually selected for an activity .
Class A Extinguishers
will put out fires inordinary combustibles, such as wood and paper. Thenumerical rating for this class of fire extinguisher re-fers to the amount of water the fire extinguisher holdsand the amount of fire it will extinguish.
Class B Extinguishers
should be used onfires involving flammable liquids, such as grease,gasoline, oil, etc. The numerical rating for this class of fire extinguisher states the approximate number of square feet of a flammable liquid fire that a non-expert person can expect to extinguish.
Class C Extinguishers
are suitable for use onelectrically energized fires. This class of fire extin-guishers does not have a numerical rating. The pres-ence of the letter “C” indicates that the extinguishingagent is non-conductive.
Safety Briefing - Fire Extinguisher Use and Safety
Have you ever seen a fire extinguisher? Chances are, you have. But, did you know that different extinguishers are used for different types of fires? Do you know how to use one if the need arises? Below is a box with a summary of the types of ex-tinguishers and the symbols used to identify them.Even though extinguishers come in a number of shapes and sizes, they all operate in a similar manner. Here's an easy acro-nym for fire extinguisher use:
P A S S
--
P
ull,
A
im,
S
queeze, and
S
weep
 
Pull
the pin at the top of the extin-guisher that keeps the handle from being accidentally pressed.
Aim
the nozzle toward the base of the fire.Stand approximately 8 feet awayfrom the fire and
squeeze
the handleto discharge the extinguisher. If yourelease the handle, the discharge willstop.
Sweep
the nozzle back and forth atthe base of the fire. After the fireappears to be out, watch it carefullysince it may re-ignite!
Congratulations!
 
You did it!
 

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