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Florida Wing - Apr 2011

Florida Wing - Apr 2011

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Its ofcial now:ColonelCook
Commander assumes helm; wing presented Unit Citation
Florida  Wing’s new commander takes over the wing in the wake of a high-profile nation-al mission, and with a new streamer atop the wing’s gray flag.Col. Michael Cook assumed com-mand April 15 in Lake Buena Vista, at the wing’s annual conference.His predecessor, Col. ChrisMoersch, was presented CAP’s third-highest decoration, the DistinguishedService Medal, for his service. And the wing was presented its thirdUnit CitationAward for its service, which includes its twin state and federaltasking in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last spring.From February 2008 until the confer-ence, Cook was the wing’s vice com-mander. He has been active in Civil Air Patrol for nearly 15 years in operationsand emergency services. Among hisprevious assignments are stints asFlorida Wing's deputy director of opera-tions and deputy director of emergency services, and as Group 2’s operationsofficer. He was also the commander at  Jacksonville Composite Squadron.Cook is a graduate of the SearchManagement Course and Southeast Region Staff College. He is a missionpilot and incident commander.Cook has worked in private industry since retiring from the U.S. Navy in1984.His command section includes ViceCommander Lt.Col. Phil Zedonek,Chief ofStaff Maj. DavidLeach, anddeputy chiefs of staff Lt. Col. MikeHarding, Lt. Col. Sonia Soto and Maj.Bruce Sage.
— Staff report 
Col. Michael Cook was pinned with his colonel’s eagles April 15, just after accepting command.
List of awards, page 5
few years ago I had the privilegeof forming part of the NationalHeadquarters team that developedthe CAP Officer Basic Course, thereplacement for the former CAP Senior Officer Course most commonly known asthe "ECI 13." Due to my 20 years of active military service and vast experi-ence as a former CAP cadet officer andsenior member I was tasked with author-ing a specific leadership lesson — followership. Just like there are traits and characteristics delineated for effective leaders, there are principles and behaviors that make good followers. There are thousands of resources that impart helpful effective leadership practices. However, tomy surprise there are far fewer resources that reveal how tobe a good follower. Since many of us have already completedthe preceding course to the OBC, I would like to share what I learned throughout the years that make effective followers.Maintain a positive attitude, even in the most challengingtimes. Not all events or situations in the Civil Air Patrol willgo smoothly therefore, remain flexible and offer assistanceand solutions to a difficult circumstance instead of addingfrustrations.
CAP is a team and we must work together regardless of differences.
Loyalty to your commander and the organization iscrucial to the success of any organization. This is not anunquestioning loyalty. We also expect you to use your headto be safe, follow core values and the regulations.
Offering a hand or twoto others in the organization will assist a great deal regard-less of how insignificant you may think your assistance is. It also broadens your scope of knowledge, changes acquain-tances into comrades and makes lighter work for everyone.
Be willing to accept tasks regardless of how challenging they may seem.Concurrently, do not be afraid to ask for help from others.Be willing to accept assignments regardless of how insignifi-cant they seem. While coordinating the audiovisual equip-ment for a Squadron Leadership School may not seem very important it contributes to the professionalism, effectivenessand enjoyment in numerous ways.
 This is different from complain-ing. It is identifying a weak spot and suggesting a way toimprove. Civil Air Patrol is a dynamic organization that isalways seeking ways to improve its practices. The trick I rec-ommend is to start out with a descriptive sentence that starts with “I.” Remember; use your chain of command andthe processes in place to make suggestions.
 Voicing opinions are welcomed but always keep in mind; it’snot what you say it's how you say it. Starting sentences with“I” is one way to respectfully voice an opinion. Another way might be to ask a question. Questions like, “I don't under-stand why we?” or “Why don't we?” assumes that there must be a good reason and the word "we" shows that you are part of the team and want to be part of the solution. Questionsthat start out “Could we?” defers to the leader’s experienceand knowledge and “we” has the same effect as noted above.
Decisions made will not always be the most popular or what you would prefer. Inmany cases, particularly at this point in your CAP career, you will not have all the facts and the big picture. You haveto trust that the decision maker is in a better position todecide. What is important is that, as long as the decision isethical and legal, you support it and move on without dwelling on what could have been. This ties into the con-cepts of loyalty and the core value of volunteerism. We volunteer to join CAP for our own personal reasonsand regardless of our backgrounds, experiences and our present position in the organization, we are all followers. It’seasy to be a leader, take charge and get things done, but it’snot so easy being a good team member and follower. Reflect on these followership characteristics and ask the next per-son in your chain of command or just yourself — how am Idoing as a follower?
 Maj. Irizarry commands Florida Wing's Group 7, whichincludes Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, including thecities of Miami and Key West.
Want to lead?Learn to follow first
Maj. Henry Irizarry
There are traits and characteristics of effective leaders,and there are principles and behaviors of good followers.
Col. Michael Cook
Maj. Bruce Sage
Deputy Chief of Staff/Support
Maj. Douglas E. Jessmer
Director of Public Affairs and Marketing
Capt. WilliamWeiler
OIC/Emergency Communications
Capt. Matthew Congrove
1st Lt. David Bellis
OIC/News Bureau
 WINGSPAN, Florida Wing’s quarterlynewsletter,
is published at Clearwater, Fla.,by the Public Affairs and Marketing Directorate,Headquarters Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol.
E-mail news@flwg.us.
CAP is the uniformed civilian auxiliaryof the U.S. Air Force. Its three Congresionally charteredmissions are to develop cadets, to educate the publicof the importance of aerospace supremacy, andto perform life-saving emergency missions.
All content is edited for clarity, brevity, styleand operational security issues, in accordance with CAPregulations and Florida Wing directives and policies.
March 20, June 20, Sept. 20 and Dec. 20.
www.flwg.us, www.facebook.com/flwgcap
Florida Wing Public AffairsSix central-Florida cadets took home tophonors in a national high-school cyberwarfarecompetition. They hoisted the Commander-in-Chief’s Cupof the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot III,the nation’s largest high-school cyber competi-tion. And shortly thereafter, team members werehonored by Civil Air Patrol with the fourth-high-est commendation CAP offers — the ExceptionalService Award. The cadets are members of “Team Wilson,” which competed against four other all-servicedivision teams — one each from the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy Junior ROTC— in the national finals. Buena High School Army Junior ROTC in Sierra Visa, Ariz., tooksecond place while last year’s CyberPatriot champion, Clearfield (Utah) High School Air Force Junior ROTC, finished third. The competition is designed to instill theimportance of cybersecurity to national needs,and to motivate participants to becomecyberdefenders and become part of thenation’s digital workforce. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. RichardOrtega, who’s the vice president for aerospaceeducation for AFA’s Florida region, said a totalof 661 teams registered for the competition —150 from CAP, 202 from Air Force Junior ROTC, 45 from Army Junior ROTC, 37 fromNavy Junior ROTC units and 41 from MarineCorps Junior ROTC units. He said the opendivision, which included public, private andhome school students, attracted 186 entries."I am so proud of this team,” saidCAPNational Commander Maj. Gen. Amy Courter. Team captain Cadet Technical Sgt. IsaacHarding of Group 4’s Orlando Cadet Squadronsaid the victory was the result of countlesshours of practice over the past year. Joined by Cadet 2nd Lt. Shawn Wilson of Group 4'sSeminole Composite Squadron, who served asassistant team captain, Cadet 1st Lt. Josh Doviof Group 3’s Citrus County CompositeSquadron and Cadet Senior Master Sgt. EvanHamrick, Cadet Tech Sgt. Michael Hudsonand Cadet Senior Airman Reid Ferguson, all of the Seminole squadron, they logged severalpractices each week as the team advanced.Harding’s mother, Nina Harding, who’s alsoa member of the Orlando squadron, served asprimary coach for the team, assisted by 1st Lt.Mark Strobridge, the Seminole squadron’sdeputy commander, as secondary coach. Gary Palmer of MITRE Corp. served as the team’sinformation technologies mentor.Isaac Harding credited Palmer and MITRE with playing a vital role in Team Wilson’s suc-cess.
Wing team tops Cyberpatriot III
Florida Wing’s Cyberpatriot III team stands with a greeting sign upon their return to Florida. Team members include mentor Gary Palmer,coach Nina Harding and Cadets Josh Dovi, Shawn Wilson, MattAllen, Michael Hudson, Isaac Harding and Reid Ferguson.
 Why ‘Team Wilson’?
Different cadets have dif-ferent stories, but they allagree they originally gottheir name from the vol-leyball they painted uplike Wilson from themovie Cast Away. Itbecame their mascot andsome cadets liked tohave it represent Civil AirPatrol founder and avia-tion journalist Gill RobbWilson, and others likedthe fact that Lt. Gen. James Wilson was anearly officer at MaxwellAir Force Base during thefounding days of AirUniversity, the parent toCAP – and few peopleknew who Gen. Wilsonwas.-- Capt. Bill Weiler,Florida Wing PublicAffairs

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