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Los Alamos Squadron - Jun 2003

Los Alamos Squadron - Jun 2003

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Summer 2003 Volume 1, Issue 3

Quarterly Newsletter for the Los Alamos Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol
Note from the PAO: The spring and summer were extremely busy times for my family and me. Therefore, I was not able to publish the “Spring 2003 Mountain Wave.” Hopefully, with this issue, I will be able to get back on track.

The Mountain Wave

CONFERENCE The NM Wing Conference will be held the weekend of 19-21 September at the Radisson in Santa Fe. Wing Commander Col James Norvell will host his last Wing Conference and will turn over the reins of the Wing to Lt Col Frank Buethe of Albuquerque on Saturday evening. “Of the Year” awards will be presented during Saturday evening. The last item of business for the evening will be the Change of Command. TRANSPORTATION (The following article was written by Lt Col Herbert A, Traulsen—the one responsible to Wing and National for maintaining our records) After reviewing the completed NM Wing Form 73’s, CAP Vehicle Operator’s Log and Inspection Guide it is apparent that the Wing drivers “can not” or “will not” read instructions on how to complete this form. Partial instructions are attached to the CAP form 75 when it is issued to the driver. Complete instructions are in the vehicle logbook located in each vehicle. Areas requiring improvement are: a. Vehicle inspection by 1st person driving each day and sign off on front of NM Wing Form 73. b. All drivers should sign in on the front of NM Wing Form 73. c. Complete back of NM Wing Form 73 at the completion of the trip. This entrée is to be made in whole numbers; no fractions of hours or minutes will be used. If vehicle was used for 1/2 hour you will log 1 hour. 1

d. Credit cards in vehicles are to be used only when a mission number has been assigned. e. If at a multi-day activity and the vehicle is driven each day an entry will be made each day in the NM Wing Form 73. Do not lump several days into one entry. CAPR 77-1 paragraph 7a states: “prior to use, the first operator of the day will perform a safety check on COV’s or TUV’s using CAPF 73 CAP Vehicle Inspection Guide and Justification. Any item(s) on daily inspection checklist that are not in safe working order, especially tires, brakes and steering must be repaired before vehicle is used for any CAP mission/activity. When a POV is used as official CAP transportation it will also have a safety check performed prior to use.” This means that each day the vehicle is driven it will be inspected and signed for on the front of NM Wing Form 73. The completion of NM Wing Form 73 and the Monthly Vehicle Report are National Headquarters requirements and can impact our receiving new vehicles. As responsible adults these reports should be submitted accurately and on time. The Wing has recalled vehicle 3008 because the Squadron failed to submit the required monthly vehicle reports. This monthly report is to be received at Wing on or before the 5th of the next month. If improvements are not made in the completion of NM Wing Form 73 drastic action will be taken. National Headquarters has sent a message concerning tire pressure and load range rating, they point out: a. Tire pressure and load rating are critical elements of tire safety. b. Tires should be inflated in accordance with the vehicle manufacture’s recommendations. All tires should be inflated to the same pressure when tires are cold (this includes the spare). c. Check tire pressure monthly.

Cpt David L. McClard

Lt Col Larry L. Tellier

Lt Mark Peters

Civil Air Patrol P.O. Box 741 Los Alamos, NM 87544
LA SQUADRON WEBSITE http://sulphurcanyon.com.lacap/ NM WING WEBSITE http://nmwg.cap.gov/ NATIONAL CAP HQ WEBSITE http://www.cap.gov

Los Alamos Composite Squadron
Gerald Merkey

An ignorant person talks about other people. An average person talks about events. But an intelligent person talks about ideas.
d. Never inflate beyond maximum permissible inflation pressure. e. Air pressure should be checked with a pressure gauge (CAP vehicles in New Mexico are equipped with pressure gages). f. Tire balance and alignment are critical to tire operation. g. Tires should be checked for adequate tread, cuts, slashes and other irregularities. h. 12 and 15 passenger vans tend to have the center of gravity rise as they fill up with people. Roll over is easier with a full load—Drive accordingly. 2003 WINTER ENCAMPMENT Lt Col Paul Ballmer The Eagle Composite Squadron is again hosting the Winter Encampment for New Mexico Wing, December 26-30, at Kirtland AFB. The dost of this encampment is estimated to be $50.00. This encampment will be similar to last year’s winter encampment with cadets sleeping on the floor in sleeping bags as we have done the past two years. This results in a quite rustic but acceptable setting. We expect to be able to accommodate up to 60 cadets including staff so applications should be made as soon as possible. Encampment fees will need to be paid no later than 15 December 2003. Members interested in attending this encampment should submit an application (CAP Form 31) to the following address: Lt Col Paul J. Ballmer, CAP 6544 Pine Park Place NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 Individuals who would like to serve on staff (cadets or seniors) should also include a letter indicating that they would like to be on staff and what position(s) they would like to fill. Encampment staff positions will be filled based on earned rank and experience gained in individual squadrons and prior encampments. 2

—Teddy Roosevelt
In order to attend the encampment, cadets must be a current member of Civil Air Patrol, have completed the Curry Achievement, and earned the rank of Cadet Airman. Cadets who have never before attended an encampment will have the first priority for attendance. Others, including staff applicants, will be accepted if there is enough room for them to attend. This encampment will give cadets full encampment credit. The schedule has been set up following the Required Minimum Course Content Chart (Fig. 51) in CAPM 52-16. Although four and one half days is not a long period of time, it does provide the time to complete the forty hours required training outlined for an encampment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail (PJBallmer@worldnet.att.net) or by phone at 505 323-6069.

Dorothy Brown

Dave McClard (acting)

Brian Smith

Kenneth Jones

Tom Marshall

Lee Knoell

Tom Marshall

Brian Smith


John Sutton

Crew Chief 4842G
Lee Knoell

SAFETY REPORT Lt C. Lee Knoell Sept. 2, 2003, we held our monthly safety meeting with 11 members present. Topics of discussion included the: 1) August 03 issue of the CAP Sentinel that included the 5th CAP accident for the year. An Indiana C-172 that bounced hard on landing damaging the prop and firewall. Also in the issue, was the sad news that another CAP Chaplin from Idaho was killed during a vehicle strike with a freight train at an unguarded crossing. The Chaplin was driving a CAP van at a SAREX and was in process of placing targets for the exercise

Crew Chief 6319H
Richard Pearson

Roger Kruse

Dave McClard (acting)

John Veilleux

Gretta Christensen

Annette Peters

Roger Kruse

Los Alamos Cadet Squadron
C/2nd Lt Shannon Kruse

The Private Pilot Ground School Class commences Tuesday, September 9th, at UNM-LA. Cadet Camping Trip: TBA (October) Winter Encampment: 26-30 December 2003

C/2nd Lt Marit Christensen

C/2nd Curtis Christensen

when the accident occurred. The Sentinel included an article regarding drinking and driving as well as brief descriptions of Heat Cramps, Heat Exhaustion, and Heat Stroke as well as the associated first aid for each. Everyone is encouraged to visit the National CAP web page and view the Sentinel. 2) A brief discussion also took place regarding the recent (last week) aircraft accident involving another NM CAP C-172 (36L). Details are sketchy at this time, but apparently a low time pilot attempted land on runway 8 at Albq. International after receiving ATC clearance. The pilot had to contend with an 18 knot crosswind on landing. The aircraft sustained damages. Everyone is reminded that most of our CAP aircraft are limited to a 15 knot demonstrated crosswind component. Attempting to land with an 18 knot crosswind is a violation of CAPR 60-1 requirements. 3) We had a guest speaker at last night's meeting - Chuck Mansfield. Chuck is a former smoke jumper from Oregon and provided everyone with a video tape and slides of last year's Biscuit Fire in SW Oregon. 4) Dave McClard also furnished an AOPA video on Airport Security. Anyone who has not seen the video is encouraged to talk with Dave and arrange to view the video. CADETS SURVIVE SUMMER Lt. Gretta Christensen Be Safe! Safety first! These are the slogans we see on many of our CAP publications. The Los Alamos Cadet Squadron is breathing a collective sigh of relief as the summer of 2003 comes to an end. Its misfortunes, however, had nothing to do with Civil Air Patrol. Rather, they had everything to do with very active young people.

C/SMSgt. Jesse Peters

C/2nd Lt Curtis Christensen

C/CMSGT Josh Roybal

C/2nd Lt Curtis Christensen (acting)

What could go wrong with a harmless paint ball game where all of the participants had on the correct protective gear? Ask C/SMSgt Jonathan Roybal who was out on the afternoon of August 2 with several other friends (many of whom are fellow cadets). Innocently enough, Jonathan was sneaking up on his opponents. He jumped over a small bush and quickly realized that there was no solid footing available on the other side. Slipping off of the edge, Jonathan fell 70 feet to the bottom of one of the many Los Alamos craggy canyons. Jonathan found himself wadded up in a ball, passing in and out of consciousness. Each time he tried to call for help, he immediately passed out again. Hearing his feeble attempts to solicit help, the opposing team, thinking he was trying to trick them, ran the other direction. Eventually, the tragedy was discovered and the emergency rescue personnel were contacted. Following hours of tests, x-rays, and MRIs, all were “relieved” that he had only fractured two vertebrae, completely crushed a third one, and severely sprained his ankle. Many would say that Jonathan is lucky to be alive. Neurosurgeons in Albuquerque are amazed that he is not paralyzed. However, Jonathan’s parents, his church body, and fellow cadets agree with one of the Albuquerque physicians, “He is blessed!” It will be a long time, but he is expected to make a complete recovery. Bicycle riding has its inherent dangers. But who would have thought that falling off of a cliff was one of them? C/2nd Lt Curtis Christensen can attest to the fact that if one is riding along, enjoying the spectacular scenery, singing songs and otherwise being distracted, cliffs can be a formidable foe. August 15th proved to be this cadet’s day of misfortune. Riding his mountain bike, Christensen failed to properly negotiate the trail when he got distracted by the beautiful panoramic view. He fell approximately 10 feet into a pile of

C/SMSgt Jesse Peters

C/SMSgt Jonathan Roybal

Victor Stearns Jonathan Kressin Rose Parker


2nd Lt Nicolas Walker

2nd Lt Ron Roybal

2nd Lt Louella Roybal

2nd Lt Bob Bartholomew CSM Kirk Christensen


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Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Camp Atterbury, Indiana, for the National Emergency Services Academy. The heat of July did not stop Zack Parliman, Matthew Simmonds, Curtis Christensen, Jonathan Kressin, and Brent Montoya from attending the New Mexico Summer encampment at Kirtland AFB.

boulders. Fortunately, Christensen was able to limp away with only a broken wrist and numerous abrasions and contusions. A Los Alamos dance was the venue for C/MSgt Rose Parker’s mishap. Parker injured her hip when attempting a particular dance move. With time being a great healer, Parker is well on the road to recovery. However, her CAP drilling has been curtailed. Surely standing in a yard can’t hurt anyone. Right?!? Wrong!! Cadet Keith Parker was at a friend’s home describing Cadet Roybal’s accident and how far he had fallen. A slight misstep caused Parker to come down hard on the side of his foot. He severely sprained his ankle, causing it to swell to at least twice its normal size. Much to his dismay, it was necessary for him to use crutches. After a couple of days he was able to cast them aside. But walking was still a difficult task. The summer of 2003 has come to an end. The cadets are back in school. Hopefully, the mishaps and injuries have come to an end, too. However, winter sports are just around the corner. So, a word to all…Be Safe! Safety first! CADETS ENJOY SUMMER FULL OF ENCAMPMENTS AND SPECIAL ACTIVITIES Lt Gretta Christensen What great opportunities our cadets had this pass summer!! Jesse Peters, Afsheen Banisadr, Matthew Simmonds, Curtis and Marit Christensen, had the opportunity to go to Hobbs for glider camp. Shannon Kruse and Rose Parker attended the Honor Guard special activity in Virginia. Both came back to Los Alamos enthused about starting an honor guard in our squadron. Immediately following the Honor Guard special activity, Rose Parker headed off to 4


CADETS ASSIST WITH EAA YOUNG EAGLE PROGRAM Eleven cadets showed up bright and early Saturday morning, September 6, at the Los Alamos airport to help the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) with their Young Eagles program. Cadets greeted eager families as they entered the terminal, handing them registration forms and directing them to the next area. Some helped escort passengers to and from the airplanes. And still others assisted with pictures and certificates for the “Young Eagles”. But the morning was not all work and no play. Because of the low public turnout, any cadet who wanted to fly got to—some more than once. Once again, this year the cadets manned a refreshment table, selling homemade baked goods. Thank you to all of the cadets who prepared the goodies. A CAP display table was set-up in the terminal. Several young people expressed interest in the cadet program.

C/SMSgt Jesse Peters discusses CAP with 10 yr. old Tim Byers.

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