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Marauder Squadron - May 2008

Marauder Squadron - May 2008

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Civil Air Patrol - Texas Wing
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 Newsletter of the Marauder Composite Squadron, Kingwood , TX 
Marauder Cadets fly CAP aircraft
May 2008
The Marauder Memo
Ready for takeoff, from L to R: C/A1C Michael Parks, C/A1C IsaacAcay, C/Amn Ralph Green, C/Amn Joey Taylor, C/SSgt AlexBarrett, and C/A1C Jamie Paul
. Photo: Lori Acay 
MCS Team Locates Emergency Beacon
Many cadets go on to attend CAP sponsored Flight Academiesthat train them to fly gliders and single-engine aircraft.“It teaches you all the basics of flying airplanes, added Cadet Airman Ralph Green, age 12, after completing his firstobservation flight. “You learn about how an airplane works, thescience of flight, and even the history of flight. When you finally takeoff you feel like a bird, like nothing can stop you.”Six MCS (Marauder Composite Squadron) cadets took turns flying a single-engine aircraft during their January orientation flights at Lone Star Airport in Conroe.Each cadet flew for nearly an hour, handling the controlsthroughout the flight, except during takeoff and landing.They performed under the watchful eye of Maj Tony Martin, the squadron’s Director of Flight Operations.The flights, a hands-on introduction to aviation, areoffered at no cost to CAP cadets. Cadets, ages 12 to 18,may begin flying soon after they join CAP, and each cadetis entitled to five orientation flights.“This is a wonderful opportunity that simply does notexist anywhere else,” observed Martin. “These youngadults are doing things that require focus and discipline.It opens doors for them, and prepares them to betomorrow’s leaders.”Martin, a Captain with Continental Airlines, is a fourteen year CAP veteran and former Air Force instructor pilot.“Each flight has specific learning objectives. After theirfive flights, each cadet has learned a great deal, whichgives them a huge advantage in any aviation field thatthey choose to pursue.”On February 26, the squadron responded to an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) maritime distress signalemanating from a position near the Bolivar Peninsula, anddispatched a ground search team to the site. The team, comprisedof Capt Bruce Stone, Capt Glenn Shellhouse, and C/2d Lt DanielShellhouse quickly located the beacon.The alert came from the AFRCC (Air Force Rescue and ControlCenter) after satellites provided latitude and longitude coordinatesof the beacon’s probable location. The squadron immediately launched the ground search team. Using GPS (Global PositioningSystem) units and radio direction finding gear, the team was able
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C/Amn Joey Taylor uses radio direction finding(RDF) gear to locate a beacon as C/Amn RalphGreen shoots a compass bearing to the signal.
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MCS Team Locates Beacon
Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond 
Orientation Camp: Cadets work hard—play 
to pinpoint the beacon’s position in a commercial building, where it had become unintentionally activated.
Thanks to our training and equipment, we were able tolocate the beacon within minutes of arriving at the scene,”noted Capt Stone. “This time, there were no lives in jeopardy, but it’s a confidence builder to see how well the system really  works.”SAR (Search And Rescue) is a major portion of CAP’semergency services mission. In addition to ground-basedsearch and rescue efforts, CAP also flies 95% of allfederal SAR missions. In a typical year over 100 peopleare saved by CAP members.M C S hosted CAP Orientation Camp, a two day training encampment in which fourteen cadets learned CAP fundamentals in a fast pacedenvironment.“The camp introduces basic cadets to the critical skills they need to besuccessful in CAP,” observed C/2d Lt Daniel Shellhouse, the camp’sproject officer. “The staff makes it happen, their planning and hard wor was incredible.” The camp staff included C/MSgt Kellen Bonnette, C/SSgt Matthew Burrell, and C/TSgt Jacob Romero .The curriculum featured CAP history, customs and courtesies,maintaining and wearing the uniform, military bearing, and aconsiderable amount of drill.The cadets also engaged in early morning physical training and a timedone mile run. Despite the brisk training tempo the participants foundtime for numerous games of dodge ball on both days. “It waschallenging, and we had a good time. I would recommend this camp andCAP to anyone,” said C/Amn Bradley Tomashek.
C/AB Justin Franklin dodges a hail of balls thrownby his squadron mates during a recreation breakat Camp Arnold.
Squadron polishes First Aid and CPR skills
Twenty one cadets and senior members spent a day earning their American Red Cross CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)certification, and brushing up on basic first aid skills. The courseincluded hands-on training with AED (Automated ExternalDefibrillator) devices, and life-like CPR simulators. As citizen responders many CAP cadets and senior membersmaintain the Red Cross first aid qualification, which is required toearn and maintain any of the CAP GTM (Ground Team Member)ratings.
C/Amn Carlos Espinola practices his CPR techniqueon a simulated victim.
Get ready for gliders!
Encampment can be the most significant and worthwhile trainingexperience of a cadet’s CAP career, and attending one is often aprerequisite to other CAP activities such as flying the various academies(see above article). At encampment, cadets are assigned to flights comprised of from ten totwenty cadets. The flight works together to develop leadershippotential, time-management skills, and experience the importanceof teamwork. Barracks and uniform inspections emphasizeattention to detail.Most importantly, the bonds friendship and camaraderie thatcadets experience at encampment is something they cherish forthe rest of their lives. For information, check the link at www.tx409.com.
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On August 08 thru 16, 2008, CAPcadets from throughout Texas willconverge on Bishop Field near Decatur,Texas, for a full week of glider flighttraining. Cadets live in quarters at theairport, attend ground school, and fly asmany as five sorties per day.Cadets guide the unpowered gliders asthey are pulled aloft by a tow plane andthen released. The studentglider pilot then flies the glider back to the runway and lands.The training tempo is brisk,and each student pilot will fly over thirty flights in the sevenday period. In addition toflying, cadets are largely responsible for ground-crew duties in launching andretrieving the aircraft. They also maintain their livingquarters and help with cookingand clean-up duties.C/2d Lt Shellhouse attended the 2007 Academy and gives the course highmarks. “I highly recommend the Glider Academy to anyone. Flying a glider islike no other flying experience, it’ssmooth…the only sound is the whisperof wind flowing past you. The trainingis so good that when it is time to solo, you could almost do it in your sleep.”Like many of his classmates,Shellhouse has also flown poweredaircraft during CAP orientationflights.“For some of these cadets, this is themost intense week of their lives”observed instructor pilotMajor Randy Auberg.“They go from zero tosolo in just seven days.They develop excellentstick and rudder skills,overcome fears, andlearn from theirmistakes. To thegreatest extent possible,the cadets run thisoperation, and theexperience is a hugecharacter builder.”The Glider Academy is limited to tencadets, so submit your applicationearly to secure a slot. Applicants must be 14 years old, and have attended anencampment. An OPS plan thatincludes instructions on how to apply is posted on the Texas Wing website.
“To the greatest extent possible,the cadets runthis operation,and theexperience is ahuge character builder.” 
C/2d Lt Daniel Shellhouse smiles aftercompleting his solo flight. Below: Shellhousereceives the traditional post-solo ice watershower from fellow pilots.
Summer Encampment: are you signed-up?
The Color Guard moves out as the flights prepare topass in review at a summer encampment.
(CAP Photo)

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