March 2007

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Wyoming Wings
The Wyoming Wings is an authorized magazine published three times a year in the interest of the members of Wyoming Wing, Civil Air Patrol. The printers are a private firm in no way connected with the Department of the Air Force or Civil Air Patrol. Opinions expressed by the publishers and writers are their own and not to be considered official expression by Civil Air Patrol or the Air Force. The appearance of advertisements in this publication, including supplements and inserts, does not constitute an endorsement by Civil Air Patrol or the Department of the Air Force of products and services advertised. ★ HEADQUARTERS ★ Wyoming Wing Civil Air Patrol Bldg. 233 Warren AFB (307) 773-4519 Fax (307) 773-4783 ★ MAILING ADDRESS ★ Wyoming Wing Civil Air Patrol P. O. Box 9507 Cheyenne, WY 82003-9507 Wing Commander: Colonel Robert Cook Editor: 2d Lt Jeanne Stone-Hunter For information on advertising rates and space, please call 1-800-635-6036

Commander’s Corner
An Interview With the New Wing Commander Colonel Robert Cook


olonel Cook assumed command of Wyoming Wing last fall. He was gracious enough to subject himself to a long list of questions. His answers give us an idea of who he is and what he would like to accomplish with our help. Wyoming Wings Magazine: Where were you born and raised? Colonel Cook: I was born in Binghamton, New York and was raised in New York State. WW: What is notable about your high school career? CC: Most notable was the fact that I graduated. WW: Did you attend college? CC: I started my college career at the Univ. of Maryland, Extension Division in England and in Greece. I attended the SUNY at Binghamton, NY and graduated in Electrical Technology. I attended the Univ. of Denver and graduated with a BSEE Electrical Engineering. I attended the Univ. of Phoenix and graduated with an MA in

Management Sciences. I did post-graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at the Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, CO. WW: What are your notable accomplishments, personal or professional? CC: I married Alberta Hills in a civil ceremony at Brackley, Northhants, England. I served 5 years active duty with 3rd Air Force with a specialty in Cryptology. I was posted to an RAF Base in Croughton, England and at the US Embassy in Athens, Greece. I later was employed by IBM and served in numerous management and engineering positions. WW: How long have you been married? CC: We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary this past year. WW: Children and grandchildren? CC: We have three children. Our son is a Major in the US Army stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland. Our youngest daughter lives in Costa Rica
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Laramie Peak Squadron Balloon Launch Follow-up
By 2d Lt Jeanne Stone-Hunter As reported in the November 2006 Wyoming Wings magazine, last fall the Laramie Peak Squadron successfully launched a balloon carrying a payload. On board was a Hobo data logger with pressure, internal and external temperature and relative humidity sensors. The payload also included an ELT transmitter beacon with lithium

battery and a 1.3 MP digital camera with added timer circuit. Total weight with batteries and parachute was less than 350 grams and it was launched on a Kamont 300g balloon inflated to 48 inches in diameter. Although

the squadron tried valiantly to locate the payload the day of the launch, they were unable to find it. Preparing for such an eventuality, the payload was well labeled with the squadron’s address and phone number and

contained Priority Mail postage inside. The launch team hoped whoever found it would return the payload to the Squadron. In late November the squadron received a very pleasant surprise in the mail. A citizen in Albin, WY had found the payload. It had eventually landed in the small community nearly 110 miles

east of Laramie. The payload had accomplished its mission providing a wealth of data and some amazing pictures, including these. The squadron plans another launch in the near future, weather permitting. For more information on the NASA grant that funded the launch and starting your own program ★ contact Maj Mark Carlson.

By Maj Steven L. Ellis/Wyoming Wing HQ/DPD Many of our members are new to Civil Air Patrol. This guidance is provided by your Wing to assist all Seniors and Cadets as they progress in training from Level I through Level V as the finest group of volunteer members augmenting the United States Air Force in Aerospace Education, Search and Rescue, Cadet Programs, and Special Operations. As all of us have come into the 21st Century the United States Air Force provides most of the funding for Civil Air Patrol in different ways. The United States Air Force expects all of us as Civil Air Patrol volunteer members to progress in training and be as proficient as possible for all Missions assigned to us no matter what Specialty Track we chose for our volunteer career service. CAP Regulation 50-17 spells out the specific requirements for completing each level of training and there is a chart Attachment I, CAP Senior Member Professional Development Program Progression and Awards which briefly explains what is required for a member to move from Level I to Level V and the time requirements for that progression. All Senior Members are encouraged to enroll in Specialty Track 215, Aerospace Education. Completing this Specialty Track will give you the background to become the Aerospace Education Officer for your Squadron or the Wing. As Senior Members in the United States Air Force Auxiliary AFIADL Correspondence courses are available to enhance your career progression and training requirement. This is the same training Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Military members are mandated to complete within (1) year of enrollment to maintain their military career fields. All of the Specialty Tracts are listed in CAP Pamphlet 15 for career track you decide to choose and complete. Every Senior member is required to be enrolled in a Specialty Track even if your interest is specifically Search and Rescue. This area has Pilot, Scanner, Observer to include Slow Scan, and Ground Search. All of this training is to be documented in your Senior Member Master Training Record on the CAP Form 45b. If you are a Squadron Member it is the Responsibility of the Squadron Commander to see that these records are kept up to date and that an Awards Program is active in each Squadron. The Cadet program is in CAPR 52-16. Civil Air Patrol is the finest volunteer organization and the best kept secret; learn more about it at www.cap.gov. Please contact me with any questions!

Editor’s Comments
By 2d Lt Jeanne M. Stone-Hunter This is my second edition and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the magazine as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together. It’s fascinating to learn what all of you are doing and it makes me proud to call myself a member of this outstanding organization. I want to thank everyone who submitted articles this month. We had a nice variety of information about cadets, squadrons and the Wing. We even have one very good article written by a cadet. I know how busy everyone is and can’t thank you all enough for taking the time and effort to write these articles on top of all your other Civil Air Patrol, personal and professional responsibilities. Please keep sending the good news in!

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and owns a Bed and Breakfast. Our older daughter is married with two children and works as a commercial real estate developer. Her most recent project is the extension to the Denver Art Museum. WW: Do you have other volunteer activities besides CAP? CC: I have served in numerous positions with several Homeowners Associations and as a property manager and financial officer for non-profit corporations. WW: Do you have any hobbies? CC: I like to rock and ice climb. I like to mountain bike, ski, hike, boat, and snorkel. WW: What is your favorite memory? CC: Meeting my bride at Southhampton, England just as she arrived from the US on the HMS QE to marry me. WW: What is the best advice you’ve ever received? CC: My father once told me that you can lead a horse to water, but until you can get him to float on his back you have not done much. WW: What is your life philosophy? CC: You must be truthful in all matters. If you are not, you will loose the trust of those who mean the most to you. You have to maintain integrity in what you say and in what you do. Be loyal to those whom you regard. WW: How long have you been with Civil Air Patrol? CC: I joined CAP in January 1990 with the Vance Brand Composite Squadron.

WW: Why did you join CAP? CC: I was getting ready to retire and I wanted to find something that I could make a contribution to and give me an interest I could focus on. WW: What positions have you held? CC: I was an Admin Officer at the squadron level; I was the Personnel Officer, Cadet Programs Officer, and Recruiting Officer at Group level. I was a squadron commander for the Timber Ridge Composite Squadron; I was the Professional Development, Chief of Staff and Region Vice Commander. I have served on the National Professional Development Committee. WW: What schools have you attended? CC: SLS, CLC, RSC, NSC and I have served on staff at numerous RSCs. WW: What commendations have you received? CC: I have received the Commanders Commendation at the Wing, region and national levels. I have numerous Meritorious Service and Exceptional Service Awards. WW: What made you accept the challenge of Wing Commander? CC: I did not say no enough times. WW: What do you think the Wing’s strengths are? Weaknesses? CC: The strengths of the Wing lie in its members. The weakness of the Wing lies in the ability of command to define the direction and maintain the focus of the Wing in accom-

plishing the goals of the Wing. WW: What does the future hold for the Wing? CC: I feel the future for the Wing lies in what the senior members and cadets want that future to be. If there is a direction and focus that is shared by all then there is nothing that will hold the membership back from making this Wing what they want it to be. The future lies in us. WW: What is next after this command? Do you see yourself involved at the Region level again or higher (or lower)? CC: I serve at the pleasure of the Region and National commanders. When this assignment is successfully concluded I am sure there will be other opportunities to make an impact regardless at what level. WW: What is your favorite CAP related story? CC: I received the Gil Robb Wilson Award at the NSC banquet by the National Commander, Brig Gen James Bobick. This was especially important to me since Gen Bobick had been my Wing Commander, my region commander and the national commander and it was the last opportunity for him to make this presentation to me. WW: What is your most memorable CAP event? CC: The most memorable event was the search for the missing A-10 based out of DavisMonthane AFB in Tucson,
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AZ. The aircraft had been tracked to the Vail area of Colorado. Brig Gen Running of the 12th Air Force held a briefing after we had searched for 21 days for this aircraft. He showed pictures of what he thought was wreckage of the aircraft and handed the photos around. When I saw one picture I said “Bingo”. Gen Running asked me to explain. I pointed out that the rock sticking out of the snow in the photo looked odd in that it had a checkered square marking on it and that the only thing I knew to have that marking was the very top portion of the vertical stabilizer on the A-10’s located at DM. He agreed, but swore us to secrecy until he could confirm the wreckage by the serial numbers from the recovered parts. WW: What do you want people to know about your management style? CC: CAP is a corporation and as a Wing Commander I have to make decisions based on the needs of the Wing, but make no mistake, as a corporate officer I have to be fiscally responsible to CAP, Inc. My management style is to empower the staff and then give them the support and encouragement to succeed. WW: What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve ever received regarding CAP? CC: CAP will ask you for all you can give and then come back and ask for more. You have to decide just how much

you can give. WW: What is the one piece of advice you’d like to impart to our Wing members? CC: If you are called to take on a task and you agree, you have an obligation to carry that task to completion. If you find that you are unable to do so, you also have an obligation to say that you find you cannot complete the task. This is no reflection on you as a person; it is just that other things have entered into play. The soonest you inform your supervisor makes it easier to find someone else who can carry on your work with minimal disruption to the unit. WW: Are there any misconceptions you feel need to be cleared up about CAP, the Wing, etc.? CC: CAP is in the very serious business of saving lives. The work that we do has some inherent risk to its members who perform the missions across the country. We are professionals in these tasks just as we are professionals in the careers that we make our livelihoods at. The missions we perform for CAP must be accomplished in the safest manner possible. This is equally true for the Wing. If we do not project ourselves in the best professional manner, then we will be seen as something other than who we really are. The choice is ours. WW: Thank you, sir, for taking the time to share with us. ★

Help us out!
By Lt Col Stan Skrabut During the past year and half, I have had a need to contact members of Wyoming Wing, and on a regular basis, I run into bad addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. This causes an undue burden on the Wyoming Wing staff and your squadron staff. Please take a moment to update your information in either e-services, or by contacting your personnel officer. If you want to do it yourself, here is how you do it: First of all, go to e-services and log on. Here is the URL: https:// www.capnhq.gov/. In the center column, click on the link “Review/Edit My Member Info.” If successful, you can then click on the links for Address Information, Contact Information, and Personal Characteristics. Within each of these areas, you can add, edit, or delete information. We use this information to contact you, please take a moment to ensure it is correct or you may miss out on an invitation or other important events.

Harnessing technology to improving unit operations
By Lt Col Stan Skrabut In order to accomplish all that I am tasked to in Civil Air Patrol, it is imperative that I effectively leverage technology. I use a number of web-based tools to manage my activities as well as collaborate with others. Here is a list of Web-based applications that I feel are essential as well as detailed explanation of how to use them: Gmail, Del.icio.us, Skype, Google Calendar, Writeboard, and Campfire. I consider Gmail the most important tool I have in my toolbox. Without e-mail, I would not be able to effectively operate in today’s information rich world. More and more is being accomplished through e-mail, this is also true in Civil Air Patrol; It is imperative you have a good e-mail program, and I consider Gmail one of the best. In order to keep my personal life separate from my Civil Air Patrol life, I created a separate account strictly for CAP activities. If you want to create a Gmail account, you can go to http://gmail.google.com/. To be most effective, you should live by the empty inbox rule. Gmail can help you achieve this state. First of all, if you don’t need to read it now, it should not be in your inbox. Having labels (a term Gmail uses) established will help you organize your email. I have separate labels created for all the squadrons, and all the functional staff areas. When an email comes in, I have a filter that automatically labels the email; I simply need to archive the message. Messages that are not automatically labeled will show up in your inbox. If you already responded to an email message, it should not be in your inbox. Ensure that you message has a label on it, and archive the message. Schedule time to review your e-mail, and do not become a slave to it. I used to respond to every message as it arrived. I now schedule different times in my day to respond to messages, this actually saves me time in my day. Here is more information on the same topic: http:// www.downloadsquad.com/ 2006/11/15/five-simple-rulesfor-keeping-an-empty-inbox/ which is a much more flexible system than folders. You can also use del.icio.us to see the interesting links that your friends and other people bookmark, and share links with them in return. You can even browse and search del.icio.us to discover the cool and useful bookmarks that everyone else has saved — which is made easy with tags. I use del.icio.us to save all of my favorite Web sites. Therefore, anywhere in the world, I can access my favorite Web sites. I use del.icio.us to store personal Web sites, school Web sites, and CAP Web sites. Here is my del.icio.us site: http:// del.icio.us/skrabut/. I also network to friends who have the same interests so that I can benefit from their research; often, we benefit from each other.




I am going to use del.icio.us’ help to explain what is. del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website — the primary use of del.icio.us is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too. On del.icio.us, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks,

Skype is a little piece of software that lets you talk over the Internet to anyone, anywhere in the world for free… if they are also using Skype. It is important that you are using a highspeed Internet connection. With Skype, you can also make regular calls, but it will cost you; however, if your intended party is using Skype, the call is free. One of the added benefits is that you can make conference calls
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to up to four people.

Google Calendar

We recently changed the calendar on the Wyoming Wing Web site to a google calendar. You can see the change at http:// www.capwyhq.org/ calendar.asp. This new calendar provides a number of benefits, if you subscribe, to include: Calendar Sharing: Set up a calendar for your unit, and share it with the whole roster. Or share with friends and family so you can view each other’s schedules side by side. You can also create a unit calendar and a personal calendar. If you subscribe to the Wyoming Wing calendar, you can then see all your calendars side by side. Invitations: Create event invitations, send them to friends, and keep track of people’s responses and comments, all in one place. Your friends can receive your invitation and post responses even if they don’t use Google Calendar themselves. Quick Add: Click anywhere on your calendar where an event belongs (or use the Quick Add link), and start typing. Google Calendar understands whole phrases like “SAREX at Casper 7am on Saturday,” and will pop new events right into your agenda. Gmail Integration: Add your unit’s open house to your calendar without ever leaving your Gmail inbox. Gmail now recognizes events mentioned in emails. Search: Find the date of the


encampment (you knew it was sometime this summer). Or, search public calendars to discover new events you’re interested in and add them to your own calendar. Mobile Access: Receive event reminders and notifications on your mobile phone or email.

Writeboard is a collaborative writing tool. You can use Writeboard to put together a document that needs to be worked on by many people. Unlike a Word document that’s stored at your office on one computer, you can get to your writeboards from any computer in the world with an internet connection and a modern web browser. Sharing writeboards is easy — simply enter someone’s email address and they’ll get an invitation with a link to view and edit the writeboard. Every time you save an edit a new version is created and linked in the sidebar. This allows you to write without fear of deleting something, overwriting something, or losing a better version of the document from last week. Writeboard encourages you to explore ideas wherever they may lead. Don’t like what you wrote? Just click a previous version and you’re back to the way you had it before. Ever want to know what changed between two versions of a writeboard? Simple. Just check off two versions and click the compare button. Everything


that was deleted will be grey and struck, everything that’s new will be highlighted green. This is especially useful when you are collaborating with multiple people on a writeboard. Now you can see what others have changed or added to their versions of the writeboard.

Campfire is a web-based group chat tool that lets you set up password-protected chat rooms in just seconds. With Campfire, you can invite a a fellow CAP member to chat, collaborate, and make decisions. Everything is done in real time like instant messaging. Instant messaging is great for one-onone chats, but it’s not ideal for groups of three or more. Instant messaging is also network dependent — if you are on AIM, and your co-worker is on MSN or Skype, you can’t instant message. Campfire is networkagnostic, optimized for groups, and only requires a web browser. Campfire also maintains a transcript that you can refer to later. Campfire is great for coordinating without having to get folks together at the same table; deal for Wyoming. These are the tools I use and they keep my life sane. If you are having problems coordinating, scheduling, and organizing, I then recommend using these tools. If you have questions on how to use any of these tools, please drop me a line at wywg.cv@gmail.com. ★

Where are we heading?
By Lt Col Stan Skrabut “The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.” —Denis Watley I don’t know about you, but I like to be part of a winning organization. Throughout my life I have been part of one, and I like the feeling. Whether you want to accept it or not, Wyoming Wing not only performs life saving missions, but we are also in competition with other wings both in and outside our region. The units are in competition between themselves. In order to be successful we need to raise our standard and achieve various goals. By the time you read this, the Wyoming Wing goals should be finalized, published, and distributed to all the units. These goals were created through the collaboration of the entire Wyoming Wing staff and, based on our experiences, we feel they are achievable. However, to achieve them, they will require the support of the entire wing. The goals encompass a number of significant areas to include membership, aerospace education, cadet programs, emergency services, professional development, and flight operations. The goals cover years 2007-2010. When the units receive these goals, we recommend that you establish unit goals based on the wing goals. In other words, what can you or your teams do to help achieve these goals. Additionally, squadron of the year will be based on these goals and which unit best helps the wing achieve these goals. Each quarter, a report will come out showing where each unit is in relation to each goal, and where the wing is as a whole. In the area of membership, the wing is looking to increase its membership by recruiting more members and retaining members we already have. What can you do? Simply be active in your unit and try to build the best program possible. This will encourage others to stay and to join. Each year, we turn in an annual report on aerospace education to the region. These reports are graded and a regional winner in aerospace education is announced. I cannot remember when Wyoming Wing was announced as a winner in this area. We would like to change this. Here are the areas where we have set goals: Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members (AEPSM), Aerospace Education Officers (AEO), Aerospace Education Members (AEM), Aerospace Excellence Program (AEX), and aerospace education awards. What can you do? As a unit, you can get involved in the AEX program, submit annual aerospace education awards like the Crossfield and Brewer awards, and encourage members to participate in the other programs. As an officer, you can pursue the AEO specialty track and complete the AEPSM Yeager Award program. The cadet program is on the right track; however, we still have a number of goals to achieve. We need to improve encampment participation, special activity participation, and establish a color guard and/or drill team to compete against the other wings. We also need more involvement with wing-sponsored activities to include the Cadet Advisory Council. Finally, we need to see more progression through the cadet milestone awards. What can you do? Get involved and advance in the program. Emergency Services… this is Wyoming Wing’s bread and butter program. We are already doing a lot of positive things in this program, but we can do better. We have set goals in advancement in emergency service specialty achievements, 100% general emergency services completion, expending all training funds in the fiscal year, conducting both a ground and air operations school. Also, we would like to see more
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involvement by cadets in the emergency service program. What can you do? Ensure that you are current in your qualifications and advance in the various achievements. Additionally, ensure that you have completed the most recent GES training and examination. In professional development, we are having mixed results. Some units are doing well while others are lagging behind. We have set goals in professional development course attendance, e.g., squadron leadership school, corporate learning course, and unit commander’s course. We would also like to see advancement in the professional development levels. We would like to see 100% completion in Level I training. Finally, we would like all officers to be enrolled and advancing in a specialty track. What can you do? First of all, ensure that you are enrolled in a specialty track and advancing in it. Next we would like you to get out and attend course that you have not yet attended. Finally, we would like you to complete the requirements necessary to advance through the professional development levels. Finally, we have goals established in flight operations. First of all, we have goals established to increase the numbers of hours flown on each aircraft. We would like to have more orientation flights flown, both cadet and AFROTC. We have goals established around the FAA Wings program; we would like to see more participation in this program. We would also like to see more advancement in the various pilot qualification programs. Another goal that we have established is to create a glider program in Wyoming Wing. How can you help? Get out and fly, fly, fly. Let’s use the training funds provided, and fly the wings off these aircraft. Does this sound pretty ambitious, it does if you are trying to do it alone; however with the support of the entire wing, it is certainly achievable. It would be great a year from now to report that we have met all our goals; wouldn’t it be nice for you to individually look back and show how you helped to achieve these goals? ★

Wyoming Wing Participates in Two Search and Rescue Missions Almost Simultaneously
By 2d Lt Jeanne Stone-Hunter The Wyoming Wing of Civil Air Patrol crews responded to two separate reports of missing aircraft January 18, 2007. The Wyoming Wing received a report from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in Colorado Springs at 11:05 p.m. the 17th of satellite hits in the southwestern part of Natrona County. Lt Col Jim Henderson of the Casper Squadron notified an aircrew to prepare for a morning takeoff. At 7 a.m. the Natrona County Sheriff’s received another report from a federal agency about an emergency locator sending signals from that area. At 9:10 an aircraft was launched. Using electronic reconnaissance, the CAP crew located the plane between Riverton and Casper at 9:35 a.m. The plane, owned by American Industrial Laundry, Inc. had left Lander and was headed to Gillette. The crash victims were identified as David Hinkle of Lander and Kyle Moser of Gillette. The pilot and a passenger did not survive the crash of the Cessna 182R In Carbon County, crews were dispatched to Brown’s Peak, where a plane headed from California to Nebraska with three people on board crashed after refueling in Rock Springs. Denver Flight Service had a lost signal on the plane at 10:18 p.m. Wednesday the 17th. Again, the Wyoming Wing responded and caught a faint signal but couldn’t pinpoint the crash from the air. Friday morning, ground crews finally located the plane. One US and Israeli dual citizen, Jared Harel, and two Israelis, Itay Mizrahi and Michel Balak died in the crash.



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What the Heck is SUI?
Written & picture taken by Major Mike Carlson (Major Carlson was part of the inspection team that visited four of the Squadrons) What the heck is this SUI stuff? Is it a new TV show like CSI or NCIS? Or, is it a funky acronym we see on the Internet? Well, SUI started to get noticed when the WY Wing had it’s Unit Commander’s Course (UCC) late August in Casper. A lot of us just thought it was another program from national, which meant more paperwork. By the Wing conference, in September, the seriousness of the SUI hit everyone like the punch thrown by Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) against George Foreman in the 1974 boxing match, “Rumble in the Jungle”. SUI Stands for Subordinate Unit Inspection. These are Inspections previously required by CAPR 60-2. It’s all stated in CAPR 1233 Civil Air Patrol Compliance Assessment Program which I’m sure we have all read. The CAP National Board approved a new CAPR 123-3 in August 2004. They said that these inspections had to be all conducted no later than 24 months. If not done then a complete shutdown of CAP activities would prevail until units complied. That meant no CAP flying, no CAP meetings, no cadet programs, etc. As stated:
CAPR 123-3 11. b. SUIs are to be conducted on an approximate 24-month cycle with the purpose of improving both safety and regulatory compliance. Any excess interval between SUIs beyond 24 months will be subtracted in computing the next SUI due date. Any unit that exceeds 27 months without a completed SUI will be prohibited from participating in any CAP activities until an SUI is completed. Waivers to exceed the 27-month maximum without restrictions being placed on the unit must be approved by the CAP/IG and the CAP-USAF/IG.

Basically inspections (SUIs) are conducted by region, wing or group headquarters on units subordinate to their headquarters. A wing may conduct an SUI on a group, squadron or flight within the wing. Likewise, a group headquarters may conduct an SUI on a squadron or flight within the group. Well, we don’t have a Group any more in Wyoming so that means that the Wing must perform the inspections on each Squadron. That means 12 inspections will have to be completed within a 2 month period. The inspection team looks at a bunch of different areas that Squadron’s should be doing for CAP’s mission capability. These areas are:
A. AEROSPACE EDUCATION B. CADET PROGRAMS C. EMERGENCY SERVICES 1. Emergency Services 2. Counter Drug 3. Operations 4. Aircraft Management 5. Aircraft Shipping & Receiving 6. Aircraft Inspection 7. Communications D. MISSION SUPPORT 1. Professional Development 2. Chaplin 3. Finance 4. Administration 5. Personnel 6. Public Affairs 7. Supply 8. Transportation & Vehicle Inspection 9. Drug Demand Reduction E. COMMAND 1. Command 2. Safety Each area is looked at, as all Squadron Commanders have been finding out, and given a rating on how well the unit is doing. Continued . . . 19

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Outstanding: Performance or operation far exceeds mission requirements. Procedures and activities are carried out in a far superior manner. Resources and programs are very efficiently managed and are of exceptional merit. Few, if any, deficiencies exist. Excellent: Performance or operation exceeds mission requirements. Procedures and activities are carried out in a superior manner. Resources and programs are very efficiently managed and relatively free of deficiencies. Successful: Performance or operation meets mission requirements. Procedures and activities are carried out in an effective and competent manner. Resources and programs are efficiently managed. Minor deficiencies may exist, but do not impede or limit mission accomplishment. Marginal: Performance or operation does not meet some mission requirements. Procedures and activities are not carried out in an efficient manner. Resources and programs are not efficiently managed. Deficiencies exist that impede or limit mission accomplishment. Unsatisfactory: Performance or operation does not meet mission requirements. Procedures and activities are not carried out in an adequate manner. Resources and programs are not adequately managed. Significant deficiencies exist that preclude or seriously limit mission accomplishment, or endanger personnel or resources. Then there are some observation categories that point to good and possible bad practices. Benchmark Candidate—The best of the best processes observed and researched to date by the assessment team to be considered for emulation by other units. Commendable Item—A highly effective concept, technique, or management practice not observed in other units or significantly better than those found in other units. Observation—A minor deficiency documented to place emphasis on the need for resolution before it develops into a more serious problem, to provide cross feed to other units or to act as an indicator of overall unit health. Finding—A significant deficiency that requires specific answers to CAP-USAF on actions taken to correct the deficiency. In the report, a finding is identified by either a single asterisk (*) or, if potential for Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) exists, a double asterisk (**). Units must answer findings with enough detail to permit the HQ CAP and CAP-USAF staffs to determine the adequacy of corrective actions and provide assistance as required. See CAPR 123-3 and CAP-USAFI 90-201 details. Repeat Finding—A finding reported in the unit’s previous IG inspection report or recent audit agency report, which was subsequently closed, which exists again during the current assessment. Repeat findings are normally answerable findings. Open Item—An answerable finding from a prior assessment in which the unit or higher headquarters’ corrective actions are incomplete and NHQ and CAP-USAF has not closed the item. Corrective action progress is evaluated and documented in the report. If corrective actions were complete, but not reported, and the inspector determined the problem or deficiency solved, the open item is closed, indicating that no further actions required. If corrective actions are incomplete or inadequate, the item remains open. Open items are not repeat write-ups. Continued . . . 21

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So what happens at an SUI?? First, a team of inspectors is put together by the Wing IG (that’s the Inspector General). Then a schedule is arranged for the team to visit each and every unit. During the time before the visit each unit should be making sure that each area is up to snuff. Hopefully the unit commander has appointed people to each of the areas to do the job. If they don’t then the unit commander has a lot of work to do. On the day of the inspection the unit hauls all it’s records to the meeting spot agreed upon. They all sit down and go over the parameters, like I wrote above, and then go at it. Each inspector has a list of questions they ask for each subject area, and it’s up to the unit to reflect the information (verbally and documented) of what they are doing, within the area, to accomplish CAP’s

missions. So all things have to be inspected, like the van is inspected from top to bottom, and if the unit has a CAP plane it gets inspected also from prop to tail along with all it’s paperwork. In the picture we see the Cody Cadet Squadron being inspected by Lt Col Stan Skrabut (right). Captain Stan Strike (top left), Aerospace Officer for the unit, and Major BJ Carlson (bottom left), Squadron Commander, discuss the Aerospace Education portion of the inspection. How long does it take to perform one of these audit/inspections?? Well, let’s just say that it’s best not to schedule anything that day. It depends how many folks from both sides attend the inspection, how many assets have to be inspected, etc.; but plan on at least 4 hrs of your time and make sure there are a

few hours open on the other end. So the next questions is… “What happens after the inspection?” Well, I’ve got to believe that some looooong sighs come from both sides. By that I mean sighs of relief that it’s over. The Inspection team has to travel back home, and in Wyoming that can mean traveling long distances, to “write-up” the findings. At the unit level it means packing all those documents back to their filed spots, and then spend the rest of the day trying to get rid of the headache. For some of you that have been around CAP a long time you know about this stuff, but those of us “newcomers”, who have never experienced this before, find it quite awesome. It sure gives a good hard look at what the whole CAP program is all about and whether we are fulfilling the mission. So a report is published on the good and not so good points of what the unit has been doing. It’s a good gauge for the unit to look at what needs improvement and then, hopefully, make some plans on how to remedy the situation. Because, in another 20 months or less, the unit will have to go through the whole thing again. ★


Getting Ready
Article and pictures by Major Mike Carlson, Cody Cadet Squadron’s Logistics Officer It’s been a looooooooong time since the last WY Wing SAR Ex. With new cadets joining the ranks of the Cody Cadet Squadron, an up-coming Table-Top Exercise planned for Guernsey, WY, plus being Emergency Services night for the squadron meeting, it was time to make sure everyone was qualified to participate. For cadets this means passing the 50 question CAPT 116 test to receive their 101 card, making sure they have their CAP ID Card, and getting that first stripe (passing the Curry and physical tests). For new cadets this is a daunting experience. Finding out something about what Incident Command (IC) means, why a CAPF 108 is VERY important, what Command/ Planning/Operations/Admin-Finance/Logistics has to do with S&R, etc., etc., etc…. So with all this bookwork taken care of we tell them they now

Cadets Dimock, Beatty, and Longo working on their CAPT 117.

have to wait to experience a SAR Ex. Let’s not forget about those that are Ground Team (GT) qualified. They think they’ve done everything and can skate by. Wrong-Oh - have they taken the CAPT 117???? A check of their records finds gaps in their documentation. So, they all sit down grumbling and take tests just like the new cadets. If you are on a Ground Team (GT), that 24 Hr Pack is always ready to go, right???? Sure enough, they all bring in their 24 Hr Packs for a spot inspection and there were some “oops”. It seems there were a few items that didn’t get replaced after the last SAR Ex. So… this is why both Major Carlson’s stress the “4 R’s” (REPLENISH, REPAIR, REPACK and REST)!! Somehow a few cadets missed 3 out of the 4 “R’s”. Hopefully lessons well learned if they are called out on a real SAR.
PHOTO ON LEFT L/R Cadet Basic Kyle Dewey, C/2d Lt Tyler Dimock, C/2d Lt Jeremiah Longo, C/CMSgt Cory Zubic check through their 24 Hr Packs and find some “oops”. 25

Ground - Troposphere - Stratosphere – Mesosphere - Thermosphere – Exosphere

and Beyond…

from Dreams to Reality for this Wyoming Cadet
Written by C/SrA Andy Crawford Pictures by Major Michael Carlson, Cody Cadet Squadron I have been involved with model rockets from a young age and as a result I have decided to pursue a career in aerospace engineering. CAP has given me an opportunity to share my knowledge of rocketry with other people that have similar interests as me. When my mother asked me what I wanted for my seventh birthday I told her, “All want is a rocket”. I had seen a rocket kit at Wal-Mart that took pictures from the sky, and decided I wanted it for my birthday. I don’t remember anything else I got that year except for that rocket. I fell instantly in love with rockets and I decided I would grow up and become “A Rocket Scientist”. Many young kids love rockets but they usually grow out of it, however, I still love rockets and I still build and launch them. When I first started I could hardly get a “ready to fly” rocket to work properly. There were many crashes and lost rockets, but, as I progressed, I learned tricks to successful flights until each rocket flew perfectly. Every time I got one thing right I would move on to the next thing until I had that down too. I was never satisfied with where I was. I got tired of building kit rockets; I wanted to design my own. Before long I was building clusters and two stage rockets and even making them fly. My rocket collection exceeded forty rockets at one point. However, rockets do not always fly on course and I lost many rockets. I also lost rockets due to malfunctions and stupid mistakes. The worst case of a rocket malfunction involved my most beloved rocket, The Mirage. I received this rocket for Christmas in 1998 but was too scared to launch it. The Mirage was 7' 7" tall with a 4" diameter and its power plant was a GW- 35 rocket motor. You see, most rockets operate on A through C rocket motors, each letter representing twice the power of the one before it. This rocket was four times more powerful than anything I had launched before. I decided to launch it on my 18th birthday in 2006 and it was spectacular. When I pressed the red button, that GW-35 Aero-tech motor came alive and it was loud! It lifted off slowly but it quickly gained speed and before I knew it my rocket was at its apogee. Now I have to tell you, when

C/SrA Andy Crawford showing the Saturn V.

you launch an $85.00 rocket, check everything twice. I don’t know what went wrong, but I remember saying repeatedly, “Any minute now it will deploy its parachutes”, however, it did not. It just arched over and pointed its nose to the ground, almost like shooting an arrow into the air. I heard it whistling as it hit the ground roughly 50 yards away, and landed in the horse pasture. My seven-foot rocket had shrunk to three. It was a sad . . . sad day. When I was seventeen I
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joined the Cody Cadet Squadron, CAP, and soon after we began the rocketry program for our aerospace education. I was very excited! When I first started building rockets I made many mistakes, but I had to learn the hard way. In CAP I can share my knowledge of rockets and help other cadets avoid

C/SrA Andy Crawford showing the Tallon.

Saturn V

making the same mistakes I made in the past. The CAP rocketry program requires us to build several rockets, including a twostage rocket, and a rocket from aerospace history. I had already built these rockets before, so I brought in two examples to one of our aerospace education meetings to show them to the other cadets. The aerospace history rocket is a replica of the infamous Saturn V, which was the powerful rocket that took man to the moon. I picked this kit up in Texas when I was about eleven years old, however, when I started assembling it, it proved to be too advanced for me to build. I put it back in the box. A couple of years later I brought it back out and finished it. This rocket looks like a fragile plastic model, but it actually does fly. It

flies with D9-6 rocket motors and does quite well. The other rocket I took is a two-stage rocket that I named the Tallon. I designed this rocket using a wrapping paper tube for the airframe, balsa wood I got from the local hobby store for the fins, and a nose cone I spun on a lathe. The Tallon operates on a C6-0 and C6-7 rocket motors. I estimate it to fly around 2500 feet. It was the first two-stage rocket I ever got to operate correctly. Rocketry had sparked my interest in aerospace even before I found CAP, however, CAP has encouraged me to pursue my dreams in aerospace and has taught me self discipline and other values that will help me attain my goals. ★


Llama Wranglers
Innovative Game Plan Empowers Cadets
By Lenore Vickrey, CAP Volunteer Magazine


ajors B.J. Carlson and Mike Carlson have combined their love of CAP with their love of llamas to introduce a new generation to this native South American animal. The adventure began when the Wyoming Wing’s Cody Cadet Squadron was started a few years ago. Since some of the 12 to 13-year-old cadets weighed only 80 pounds; they were unable to carry a 60-pound, 72-hour pack up the Wyoming mountains during the ground team operations on emergency service missions. That’s when the llamas came into the picture. The Carlson’s, who own the Wayfaring Traveler Llama Ranch near Cody, Wyo., taught the squadron members how to pack with llamas during a special encampment. The training led nine cadets and four senior members to earn a “Junior Llama Wranglers” rating from the Wayfaring Ranch. During a wilderness pack trip that followed, a search and rescue exercise with an emergency locator transmitter location test was conducted. “For these young cadets, who weighed 100 pounds or less, carrying packs of 40-60 pounds can be a tough haul,” said Major Mike Carlson. “With llamas carrying the weight, the cadets could cover more ground without the exhaustion.” Former cadet commander 2d Lt Krystina Betty, 15, was one of the cadets on the trip who enjoyed having a

llama carry her equipment. “They are gentle animals,” she said. “They don’t do much to humans, but they can kill a wolf, so they are good protection as well.” Major Mike Carlson points to the “natural mountaineering ability” of the llama, which is a member of the camel family. Llamas have long been hired in the Andes to be beasts of burden and they are able to cover the roughest terrain “with remarkable surefootedness, carrying loads up to 100 pounds,” he said. He describes llamas as “strong and gentle, quiet and agile,” which makes them “the perfect trail companion with no more impact on the ecology than a deer, and they can be easily led by those with no previous experience handling pack stock.” They also can have their stubborn moments, according to Beatty. “They can stop and lie down and it takes 10 or 15 minutes to get them back up again,” she said. But with some nudging and “pulling real hard,” they can be persuaded to resume the journey. Since the initial llama pack training, the squadron has had a retraining event, and while they have not been called on to perform an actual search and rescue ground operation, they will be ready when that happens, said Major B.J. Carlson, squadron commander. The Cody squadron remains unique among all 1,500-plus units in this country, as the only one that uses llamas for emergency services. “There’s nothing similar to this,” said Beatty. 31

Cody Cadet Squadron
Promotions Promot ions






Article written by Maj Mike Carlson


n 23 January, 2007, the Cody Cadet Squadron conducted several promotions following a Moral Leadership lesson. What seemed a long time since someone was promoted (maybe due to the holiday schedule and “finals” testing for the high school), nearly half the squadron was either promoted or received E/S ribbons or commendation awards. Those promoted were: • C/SSgt Joseph Bernavich to C/TSgt • C/A1C Andy Crawford to C/SrA • C/Basic Kyle Dewey to C/Amn • C/CMSgt Corey Zubik received the Armstrong Award. Now just one final step to the coveted Mitchell Award and being an Officer!! Those receiving other awards were: • C/2d Lt Jeremiah Longo who received the coveted “Ground Team Badge” for completing GTM phases 3,2,1. Cadet Longo also received the “Search & Rescue” ribbon for the sorties he participated in at the 2006 National Blue Beret.

Those being promoted R/L: Cadets Dewey, Crawford, Bernavich, and Zubik. Maj BJ Carlson is Commander of the Cody Cadet Squadron. Photograph taken by Lt Col Raymond Carpenter

• Major Mike Carlson received the “Search & Rescue” ribbon with “Bronze Prop” for the sorties he participated in during the 2006 National Blue Beret and WY and CO Wings’ SARs. He also received the “Find” ribbon

for the number of “finds” while at NBB. Maj Carlson received 2 “Bronze Prop” pins for receiving a National Commander’s Award while at 2006 NBB and for participating in WY Wing’s 2006 Encampment.

Prairie Wind Composite Squadron presents:

space Aero in the Classroom

In October 2006, we visited the 5th and 6th grade combination classroom of Terri Pollard. We talked about the need to stay off drugs and remain in school. We learned about careers in aviation, and about the four forces of flight. Each student constructed the balsa plane given to them courtesy of the Wing DDR program. Students and faculty have invited us back for quarterly activities in aerospace education. They want to learn about the Shuttle program and the ISS using hands-on activities provided by the AEX program.

Wheatland Middle School Flight begins
The students of Wheatland Middle School have the opportunity to grow and learn from the program provided by CAP. Prairie Wind Composite Squadron has stepped up to the plate to provide an after school program at the request of the school principal. This program is a regular part of the squadron differing only in the location of meetings. These cadets will participate in all aspects of the CAP program and are especially excited to get their first orientation flight. The applications and dues are being turned in this month. They are learning the basic drill movements and assimilating the Curry chapter. They have had their first taste of a safety meeting, Core Values class, uniform class, Cadet Oath and the chain of command. We have already begun to raise money with the help of the school to help each cadet receive a complete set of BDUs. Our first fundraiser is a raffle of a kite modeled after the Wright Brothers Flyer. We will also be manning the school concession for the Basketball Tournament in late February. The group is small but determined to succeed.

Prairie Wind Composite Squadron Participates in . . .

“Wreaths Across America”
Submitted by Lt Col Sue McDonald Prairie Wind Composite Squadron, Wyoming Wing, Civil Air Patrol (Wheatland, WY)—Thursday December 14th, members of Prairie Wind Composite Squadron gathered with VFW members, VFW Ladies Auxiliary members, community members, veterans, active duty and National Guard personnel to lay wreaths honoring our fallen heroes and those still serving our country. The Platte County activity was part of the annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony that takes place at Arlington National Cemetery and numerous other locations nationwide. VFW Post #3558 provided the Color Guard and the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine flags for the ceremony. The VFW Post #3558 Ladies Auxiliary served coffee and pie for refreshments. Arlene Birkle, Auxiliary state president, provided help with advertising funds and arranged the donation of a Coast Guard flag. Mrs. Birkle also photographed the event. The Coast Guard Enlisted Association of Ketchikan, Alaska donated the Coast Guard flag. 2d Lt Kyle McDonald, Civil Air Patrol, provided the music and video slide presentation and Jeff Billings of the Platte County Fair Board generously allowed the squadron to use the 4-H building. Wreath laying personnel included: 1Sgt Bill Motley, Wyoming Army National Guard, representing the Army; HM1 Jeffery Williams, Cheyenne Navy recruiting office, representing the Marines and Navy; Joanne Rice, parent of a prior service Marine and current Coast Guard member, representing the Coast Guard; Captain Dennis Cornell, CAP, represented the Air Force; and Neil Neupel of the Patriot Guard Riders represented the POW/MIAs. The squadron would like to publicly acknowledge the Worchester Wreath Company for their generous donation of wreaths and for their continued support of this event. Majors Merrill and Murray of the Civil Air Patrol provided logistical expertise to the Prairie Wind squadron.

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