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Northshore Squadron - Nov 2002

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Northshore Composite Squadron
Newsletter Date 11/1/02
Cadets Corner 
 Myths & Legends
Conversion Chart 4 Basic Training 5 How can I help? 5Squadron Calendars
Core Values
own welfare before that of the unit? If you are acommander, how long would you tolerate a staff officer or member who stole from unit dues,cheated on a test, or lied to you about the statusof a project? Would a breach of integrity have tobe that serious before you decided to take action?If you did not take action, what kind of messageabout integrity would YOU be sending to otherunit members?If you are a regular unit member, would youtry to do what’s best for the unit, even if meantsome inconvenience? How about somethingminor, like giving up a Saturday to take cadets ona field trip. How about something not so minor,like going out at 0200 on a cold January morningto search for an ELT, even though you knowwith 99% certainty that it would be a false alarm.How would you know it WASN’T real? You cansee the implications of volunteer service.How do you feel when you know your jobbetter than anyone else and you deliver the goodsevery single time? How do you feel when you are just learning the job, are challenged and try yourbest, and succeed? How do you feel when youare the best, coast on an assignment, just gothrough the motions, and make a mistake youKNEW didn’t need to occur? Would you agreethat excellence means perhaps not being the bestat something, but giving it everything you haveregardless?Which commander would you rather work for: someone who inspires you, appreciates thework you do, is calm and fair, and shows thatappreciation to you and others? Or would yourather work for a commander who is quick tem-pered and doesn’t control it, doesn’t have a clueabout what you are doing, EXPECTS respectthough you know they have little respect for you,and relies on intimidation to achieve results?Which type of commander would you rather be?Core values has very real implications. It isnot a vague concept or a mantra to be repeatedin hopes that someday it’ll catch on. Core values– CAP’s or any other - requires a cultural com-mitment to decency, a personal commitment totreat others as you would like to be treated, andan organizational commitment to deliver servicesof the quality that you would expect to have foryourself. Core values require that you do the bestyou can to embody its principles, even, as formerAir Force Chief of Staff General Ronald Fogle-man said ,"when no one else is watching."The concept of core values has permeated militaryaffairs. In addition, most businesses have articu-lated what they believe to be a framework for be-havior and performance. Every armed service hasarticulated their own unique, but common in spirit,set of core values for their members to live by.Civil Air Patrol has its own set of Core Values:
 Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence,
These core values have been set forth as"fixed stars" to guide us in our conduct as we per-form our vital public service. But more impor-tantly, adhering to these core values (or the similarcore values of your place of worship and work-place) will enrich your life and those you interactwith on a daily basis.Core values is very important within the mili-tary community. The Department of Defenseholds the annual Joint Services Conference onProfessional Ethics to discuss the implications of ethics on the military services. Core Values is al-ways a featured topic, because of its focus on thearticulation of ethical codes within the military.Academic papers are submitted for presentation tothe conference, by all of America’s armed services,the Coast Guard, and armed services from otherfriendly nations.Core values establishes a common set of ex-pectations of conduct for all members. The mean-ing and power of the values CAP has chosen:
, and
are easily inferredby all who read them. These words effectively re-place dozens of pages of directives, and simplyarticulate what’s right and what’s wrong, and forma tool by which conduct is measured. They are theembodiment of how CAP members are expectedto treat each other and the people they come incontact with -- of man’s expectations of fellowman.You expect the people you do business withto be honest with you (
), or you don’t dobusiness with them. You expect them to go out of their way to meet your needs (
volunteer service
). Youexpect quality and reliability from their products(
). And, you expect them to recognize andappreciate the fact that you dont have to buy fromthem (
) if they provide a poor level of service.The application of core values into daily life is justas easily applied to personal relationships, dealingsat school, and time at play with other people.Now let’s consider unit applications. Wouldyou want a commander who looked out for their
Backcountry Meal Planning
One of the common questions camp-ers face is what to take with them toeat. Your requirements and needs onan overnight trip are going to be verydifferent from someone going on aten-day trek. The most important fac-tors to consider are weight and bulk,taste, preparation time and require-ments, trash generated, and nutritionalvalue.The longer you are traveling the moreimportant weight and bulk becomes.The average person will go throughtwo to three pounds of food a day. If you are on a backpacking trip for morethan three days, your food and waterwill probably be the heaviest thing onyour back. The longer the trip, thelighter you need your food to be.Taste is probably the most importantfactor to consider. If you don't like it,you're not going to eat it. So be sure topick out foods that you will actually eatwhen you are out on the trail.Preparation time and requirements arealso important things to consider. If your traveling for speed and distance,you're not going to want to be makinga stew when you get to camp. If youare hiking in the desert where everydrop of water is precious making riceor pasta isn't going to be your bestchoice. You also need to consider yourown patience level when you are tired.Some people like to set up camp, eat asquickly as possible and go to bed. Oth-ers like to spend their time socializingwith friends around a fire. If you're notpatient, don't pick foods that will takea long time to cook.How much trash your food generatesis another important consideration.Leave No Trace ethics say you should-
n't burn or burry your trash, but pack itout with you. The best way to cut downon trash is to repackage your food beforeyou hit the trail. Store bought goods areinfamous for packaging waste that resultsin bulk, weight and trash you don't needto be carrying.Nutritional value of what you are eating isalso important. Thru hikers on long dis-tance trails like the Pacific Crest or Appa-lachian can burn 5,000 to 6,000 caloriesper day! One thing to think about whenpreparing your menu is what your appe-tite is like when you are tired. Do you rollinto bed and wake up hungry or do youeat a big meal when the day is done. Planyour menu accordingly because making abig dinner that you won't eat isn't going todo you any good.Meal preparation on the trail is a difficulttopic to cover in a short story. There aremany books available on the topic.
An Example is
Overnight backpackers have one big ad-vantage, weight and durability doesn'tmatter. If you're going on an overnighttrip, the sky is the limit when planningyour meals. Fresh meat, poultry or fishcan be brought along, just be sure it isfrozen rock hard when you start your trek and you prepare it that evening. Freshvegetables including potatoes, onions,corn, and carrots can be steamed orroasted when wrapped in heavy foil. If you want to carry the bulk of an egg car-rier, you can bring fresh eggs for themorning, unless you are staying in veryhot conditions. Of course if you don'twant to deal with complex preparation,bringing a heavy can of beef stew, soup,or beans is an easy way out. Just be sureyou pack out what ever trash you bringwith you.
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Quotable Quotes:
O, he sits high in all the people's hearts; And that which would appear offence in us, Hiscountenance, like richest alchemy, Will change tovirtue and to worthiness
William Shakespeare
The best man in hisdwelling loves the earth. Inhis heart, he loves what is profound. In hisassociations, he loveshumanity. In his words, heloves faithfulness. Ingovernment, he lovesorder. In handling affairs,he loves competence. In hisactivities, he lovestimeliness. It is because hedoes not compete that he iswithout reproach.
Volume 1, Issue 11
bout a year ago I decided that I needed toget more involved in the world. I’m nottalking about working behind some desk atthe Boys and Girls Club or shoveling mulchfor some plant squad that meets everyfourth Sunday of every month. I’ve donethat. No, I decided that in some way, nomatter how big or small, I need to make animpact. So I went to my school’s careercounselor and asked her what I could doabout it. She went on and on about all thesedifferent organizations and opportunities.None of them were bad or lame. They justdidn’t inspire me. But then she mentionedthe Civil Air Patrol and my ears perked up. Iarrived at the open house, was greeted withwarm smiles and cold treats. I asked manyquestions, watched a couple tapes, ate somesnacks, and observed the drill down. Theycould be sure I’d come back; they had me at“hello.”So let’s talk about me. My name is Frank Cook. I’m 17 and I’m a senior at Woodin-ville High School. I am my mother’s thirdson (out of four). As you may (or may not)know, my younger brother and my motherare both in CAP. I hope to someday fly jetsfor the Air Force and do a little aerobaticstunt flying on the side. I love flying, tryingsomething new, singing (not publicly, well,maybe sometimes), and, most of all, myfriends and family.Looking back this whole year I’ve been amember, I must say that I am a differentperson because of CAP. By helping mehelp myself, CAP has taken me one stepcloser to making an impact. By providingme with the opportunity to better discovermyself, I can finally unmask the worldaround me. The skills and wisdom I takefrom here, I may perhaps never find outthere. So although I know this is supposedto be about me, it’s really about you guys.You guys made me.
: C/A1C F
The Skyhawk Page 3
Please remember to call your element leader regarding your attendance Wednesdaynight and be on time for the Monday night meeting.
Myths & Legends
Have you ever played the “secret” game?The first person whispers a secret to thesecond person, who then whispers it to thenext, and so on. By the time the secretreaches the tenth person, the story haschanged completely.Cadets and seniors receive much of theirCAP training by watching and listening. It’seasy to see how rules and regulations canget twisted just like a story in the “secret”game.Read our list of popular misconceptionsabout the Cadet Program and see if yoursquadron is operating according to CAPregulations or myths and legends.
Sir, yes sir.” “Sir, no sir.” “Sir, no excusesir.”Myth:
 The three statements above are theonly authorized responses a cadet may makewhen questioned by an officer.
That claim has no basis in CAPregulations. “Yes, sir” is an acceptable re-sponse to a question; there’s no need to use“sir” twice.More importantly, if an officer asks you aquestion, it's important that you answercompletely and honestly. If you are notwearing a wing patch because the squad-ron’s supply room does not have any instock and an officer asks why your patch ismissing, answering “Sir, no excuse sir” doesnot solve the problem. Answer direct ques-tions with direct answers, and when youhave made a mistake, own up to it.

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