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Northshore Squadron - Jun 2006

Northshore Squadron - Jun 2006



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ho says that community service isa thankless task? Certainly notc/2Lt Simon Briant...he was re-cently chosen as the KingCounty Journal’s, TopGrad for Community Ser-vice on the Eastside. Hispicture and story evenmade the front cover of the Journal newspaper onJune 1, 2006. Yes, Briantis a celebrity!The amazing part of Briant’s story is that inaddition to CAP, he alsohad time to compete andletter in two sports(wrestling and track) for Woodinville High School. And, his gradeswere high enough to be ac-cepted at the University of Washington, where he will bemajoring in engineering. Weshould all take lessons fromhim on time management.Even with this award,Simon remains selfless and committed tocommunity service. In a recent discus-sion, he commented, “I know that no mat-ter how small the deed, Iam putting a smile onsomeone’s face or mak-ing them feel proud to bean American”Now a college Fresh-man, he is entering a newchapter in his life whichwill require all of the timemanagement and other skills he has learned over the years. Somethingtells me that he is morethan up to the challenge.We are awfully proudof cadet Briant for all that he has given toCAP over the years and heartily congratu-late him on being recognized so publiclyfor what we already knew.He truly serves as an example of whatCAP can provide youth today, opportuni-ties to excel and to give back to the com-munity.
1Lt Kris Jensen
 he Northshore Squad-ron participated in the annual Both-ell 4th of July parade. The Color Guard, and many Senior members wereable to represent CAP as wemarched through the streets. This was theby far the most people we've hadto march with and I think we did a great job. Fortunately, our Color guard has agood reputation in the community and thisis just one of the things we can do to helpkeep CAP in the public eye.We rode to the starting point of theparade and I was shocked at how manypeople were there. We were lucky enoughto have a spot rightin front of the mockRevolutionary War soldiers who shot off loud cannons every2 minutes. One thingthat Color Guard(and basic drill)teaches us is to bein step witheach other; but thiswas a challenge aswe'd never practicedstaying in step in such a loud, crowdedenvironment.
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Briant’s CommunityService Award1Color Guard Leads 4th of  July Parade1, 4NS Commander joins inWSDOT Search 2 Arlington Fly-in 3Cadet attends NationalHonor Guard Academy4GSAR 2006 5Fair Parking Fund Raiser Yields $7,000 for Squadron5
Inside this issue:
Summer 2006
Northshore Composite SquadronPCR-WA-068
NS Color Guard Team
Briant Receives Community Service Award
Color Guard Leads 4th of July Parade
c/2Lt Simon Briant
Gray Falcon III
Sr Member Encampment 
Coming Soon!
Jan 13th & 14th, 2007Camp Murray, Tacoma
Maj Shelly Norman,Encampment Commander
Since this mission, two Forestry Agents stumbledupon the wreckage in late July 2006.NTSB and other agencies descended upon the siteand the official results of their investigation is still pend-ing. But reportedly, there were only small pieces of thewreckage to be found, asthe impact must havebeen tremendous. Our thoughts and prayers goout to the victims and their families.I wanted to personallythank Col Peterson for giving CAP and me in par-ticular the opportunity toexperience a real-worldsearch. Flying on a HueyUH-1 was also a big bo-nus.
c/2Lt Tyler Jensen
Below is a message from Col Peterson to all involved inCAP Search and Rescue. “I want to...affirm to those inter-ested in really doing thesemissions that you can, withenough determination, good real-world training and hard work,(see the spoils of your labor). "Nothing worth whileis ever easy". “A (big) "Way to go!" to c/2Lt Tyler Jensen and c/Capt Chris Bruner (they did a great  job)” 
Col Tom Peterson
Northshore Composite Squadron
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rying my best to keep the music,“The Flight of the Valkyries” from themovie “Apocalypse Now” out of myhead, c/Capt Chris Bruner (OverlakeSquadron) and I boarded the King CountySheriff’s Huey UH-1 helicopter at Seattle’sBoeing Field for a search in southern WA.This was a WSDOT follow-up operation from last Januarywhen a Cessna 421 Golden Eagle went down near SodaPeaks in Skamania County Washington. At the time, the sitewas heavily blanketed in snow and impossible to find amostly-white aircraft.Col Tom Peterson requested Cadet Bruner and I to serveas “Helicopter Scanners”. He said we were selected becauseof our extensive training, WSDOT certification and missionready status. Col Peterson tells the story best, below is hisaccount of the mission.
“The WSDOT/EMD mission involved 4 sorties (inbound, out-bound, 2 in-grid) and 6.8 flying hours in the Huey UH-1. The crew was made up of 3 King County Deputies, 2 Skamania County Depu-ties and 3 WSDOT personnel. We flew with the doors open for sev-eral hours scanning the terrain from about 100 feet above the thick tree canopy in Grids 396B,D / 397A,C. This was the second timeback since the mission was sus- pended in January 2006.The WSDOT Team's roll was to proceed on ground after any possi-ble sighting was made to make a positive identification of the target,establish the crash scene perime-ter, establish the precise location,notify FAA/NTSB investigators,and provide assistance as required to Skamania County.The outcome of the missionwas that the Cessna had yet to belocated. The primary areassearched were determined by anextensive radar analysis of theaircraft's final moments in-flight and computer modeling. The flight  profile was rather extreme traveling at over 300 knots and a 43 degreenose down angle (17,280 fpm) and apparently out of control with somerolling action. We did locate 2 bears and some trash as well as over 100 broken tree tops” 
Col Tom Peterson (CAP and WSDOT)
Cadet Commander Joins WSDOT in Air Search
Cadet Commander 2Lt Tyler Jensen in-flightCadets Bruner and Jensen in front of King County Sheriff’s UH-1helicopter before taking off.
pared for this with the EAA and withoutskipping a beat, seamlessly shiftedparking of all aircraft to the overflowarea. I found out later that the FAAwas closely watching how we were go-ing to deal withthis. They were soimpressed, theycancelled plans for the EAA to take over commenting that, “CAPperformed an amazing task and had everythingcompletely under control”
CAP’sCommanding Officer for the Fly-In, 1Lt HarryVogel commented, “What I witnessed on thatfield Saturday rivaled the activity on the deck of an aircraft carrier. The stunning difference was,it was being done by 13-16 year old young menand women”.
He continued, (one cadet in par-ticular) “c/SMSgt Snyder…saved two aircraftfrom colliding with each other...averting a dis-aster and possibly saving multiple lives”. CadetSnyder is up for an award for this action.
On the last day, a few EAA Board Membersmade a point to gather all CAP Cadets together and tell them what an amazing job they hadperformed.The Northshore Squadron members in par-ticular, 1Lt. Briant, 1Lt Street, SMSgt Snyder,Sgt Powers, and Sgt Konertz showed tremendous leadership, pro-fessionalism, and a willingness to work hard. I couldn’t have beenmore pleased and proud of everyone who participated, here’s look-ing forward to next year!
1Lt Phillip Snyder 
Northshore Composite Squadron
Page 3was asked to describe the 2006 Arlington Fly-In experi-ence, and the words, "
What's Next 
" and "
Thank you Lord 
!" immediately came to mind. Imagine combining arecord number of aircraft landings (over 2,000) with a recordlow CAP turn-out (15-20 members) and you would think thiswould be a recipe for disaster. To the con-trary, it served to inspire our cadets & Sen-ior Members as they came together formingan unbelievable team. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!Upon arrival Saturday late morning, Iwas asked to serve as the Flight Line Su-pervisor for the event. My first reaction was,“I don't think so”. But after careful consid-eration, I realized it was a great opportunityand would allow me to make sure it wasgoing to be a safe event. I've been a part of several fly-ins in the past, under some won-derful leaders and teachers. Col Salzmanand Lt. Weigel of Skagit Valley Squadrontaught me the importance of safety, not tak-ing unnecessary risks, and know on whomwho you can rely and, oh yes, have lots of water on hand too! As a result, we kept safety as an abso-lute priority and may have even been over-cautious. But, with spinning propellers allaround, I am not sure there is such a thing asbeing over-cautious.Our first actions were to evaluate our personnel, determinewhat the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) expectationswere, the communications available and the aircraft parkinglayout. Also, we quickly learned to identify and rely on the ex-perienced cadets, Senior Members and EAA members. After this groundwork was laid, we got started addressingtraffic, crowds, weather, food, water, and equipment issues. AllCAP members worked hard, developing an
esprit de corps
that many thought was not possible.One memorable moment was on Saturday of the Fly-in whenover 600 aircraft landed within a 4 hour time-frame and wepromptly ran out of parking spaces. Fortunately, we had pre-
Arlington Fly-In 2006
Big kudos go to
Cycle Barn of Smokey Point 
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