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Falcon Squadron - Oct 2011

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Civil Air Patrol - New York Wing
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The Falcon Times
September/October 2011
Welcome to Falcon Squadron’s New Newsletter!
 Fellow Falcons, Meet the new 
Falcon Times 
! We aim to publish bimonthly with news, photos and announcements
of interest to our squadron’s members.
  This is
squadron and
newsletter, and we invite your feedback on this new design!Semper Vigilans,Capt Ray Miller, Public Affairs Officer 1st Lt Eva Owen, Asst. PAO2d Lt Daniel Greenberg, Asst. PAO
Come on, Irene
 As Hurricane Irene made its destructive way upthe East Coast last month, the Civil Air Patrol was ready. NYWG put plans into motion to relo-cate CAP aircraft away from downstate areas at risk of being hit hard and put out a call for volun-teers. The members of NYCG, a number of them from Falcon Squadron, jumped at the chance tohelp.Coordinated by NYCG ESO (and former Falcon Squadron commander) Capt Bill Toy, dozens of senior members and cadets came forward to vol-unteer in emergency call centers or stand by for other tasking. Thankfully, severe damage waslimited and a stand down was ordered once thestorm had passed. But  widespread flooding in our area caused by the storm and subsequent rainfallserves to remind all of usthat preparedness is vital,not only when answering 
CAP’s call but as regular 
citizens as well.
9/11..............................................1Irene ............................................1Glider Academy .................2New Website .........................2Upcoming Events ..............3Squadron Contact ...........3
Remembering 9/11
It has been ten years this month since terroristsstruck us in the worst attacks this country hadever seen, murdering thousands of innocent peo-ple on a clear, crisp September morning. That day and in the weeks that followed, Americansanswered the call to duty however they could.Lives were changed. Heroes were made.It was the Civil Air Patrol that was called upon toperform perhaps one of the most depressing mis-
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Now online @
Civil Air Patrol: The United States Air Force Auxiliary
Falcon Times
September/October 2011
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Emergency Services
Aerospace Education
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The Falcon Times
September/October 2011
Squadron Members Participatein Eagle Flight Glider Academy
1st Lt Eva Owen  From Saturday, July 23 through Sunday, July 31, 2011, the ten-day Eagle Flight Glider Acad-emy was held at Grimes Airfield in Bethel, PA. The glider training was run by New Jersey  Wing with a support staff of senior membersfrom NJ, PA, DE and NY Wings. Capt Shlomo Zelkine as a CFI-G and 1st Lt Eva Owen as an  Administrator/Assistant PAO represented Fal-
con Squadron at the academy. It was Capt Zelkine and 1st Lt Owen’s fourth time participating in a 
New Jersey Glider Flight Clinic, which is now part of North East Region glider academies.NJWG has run a glider training program since 2003. The Eagle Flight Glider Encampment was di-rected by Col Cornelius (Mike) Flynn of Glassboro, NJ, who organized encampment staff from NJ,PA, DE & NY Wings. A competitive application process ensured that only the most dedicated cadetsand senior members were selected to at-tend the Eagle Flight Glider Academy. Two types of gliders were used: theSchweizer SGS 2-33 and the Blanik LET L-23, towed by two Pawnees and a Maule. Thirteen cadets and 2 senior membersfrom NJ, PA, DC & FL participated in glider instruction, learning everything from pre-flight to tie-down. All cadetsmanaged to earn their wings; first and se-cond years earned supervised solo wingsand third years
who earned solo wings last year 
earned CAP coins at the graduation ceremony. Two senior members also earned supervised solo wings.Support staff also got to enjoy glider rides, and Maj Ed Cassella, who completed his solo glider  wings and tow-plane training last year, gave me a ride in a Blanik glider. Cadets and senior memberseven got to experience helicopter simulators at Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA 
I actually got to try one
 and everyone was treated to a live helicopter demonstration at the base airfield. As the academy wound down, the cadets surprised Col Flynn with a digital photo frame holding ove400 photos from the ten day event, and the senior members were already talking about next year!
Falcon’s New Home on the WWW
It was a long time coming, but thanks to the effortsof Capts Ray Miller and Bill Slinker and many oth-ers working behind the scenes, Falcon Squadron celebrated the launch of its official website earlier this year. Find it at http://www.falconsquadron.org.Over the past year, the squadron introduced an emergency text messaging system, a brand new  website, and now this return to a regularly-published newsletter. Onward and upward!
1st Lt Eva Owen catches a ride with Maj Ed Cassella, NJWG 
The Falcon Times
September/October 2011
sions of all: Overflying the wreckage of the Twin Tow-ers, low and slow through theempty skies over downtown  Manhattan, to assess the trueextent of the damage.Lt Col Andrew Feldman, Col. Jacques Heinrich, and Lt Col Warren Ratis of Long IslandGroup were chosen to fly themission and recently gave an interview to Newsday about their experience."I was totally devastated by the damage," Newsday quotes Col Heinrich assaying. "But we had a mission to do." Lt ColRatis lost 18 former colleagues in the North  Tower, where he had worked for years beforeleaving his job a mere 9 months before theattacks.It is in recognition of this dedication that members of Falcon Squadron, as a unit of NYWG, are entitled to wear the green Unit Ci-tation Award ribbon on their uniforms. It is a constant reminder that we are proud mem-bers of not one but two groups that stand up when duty calls, and do so with distinction.One of those groups is the Civil Air Patrol. The other is the American People.
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Falcon members pose with NJ ANG pilots at Kids Day 2009 L-R: Unidentified guardsmen, Capt Steve Pinello, Capt Bill Toy,1st Lt Karen Miller, Capt Ray Miller, Capt Roger Levy 
Upcoming Events
Sat 9/17 LaGuardia Kids Day Sun 9/25 Tunnel To Towers Run Sat 10/15 Floyd Bennett Composite Sqn Invitation  Mon 10/24 FAA Safety Team & Safety Meeting 
Squadron Contact
Capt Steven F. Pinello, Squadron Commander spinello@falconsquadron.org 2d Lt Daniel Greenberg, Asst. Public Affairs Officer dgreenberg@falconsquadron.org (347) 886-3065Or find us online at http://www.falconsquadron.org  
Lower Manhattan on the day after the attacks. Photo by Lt Col Warren Ratis, CAP 

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