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Schwan’s Employees “Casually” Raise Money for KSWG Civil Air Patrol
KANSAS WING CIVIL AIR PATROL
Schwan’s Representative Karen Patterson presents a check to Col Regena Aye on behalf of employees throughout their company. For a one dollar donation, those employees who participated could wear jeans on Fridays. Funds were matched by the corporation.
PERSPECTIVES: INCREDIBLE PEOPLE
Hero of the Hudson
To friends and family, he's just "Sully." To the rest of the world, Chesley Sullenberger is now a miracle worker with a pilot's license. The former Air Force fighter pilot remained cool, calm and collected both before and after successfully ditching his US Airways flight into the Hudson River. "That pilot is a stud," said one police source. "After the crash, he was sitting there in the ferry terminal, wearing his hat, sipping his coffee and acting like nothing happened." Sullenberger, 57, looks more like Clark Kent than Superman: He's balding, slightly built, with a thin mustache. But he emerged from the slowly sinking fuselage of Flight 1549 as one of Gotham's brightest heroes, able to land engineless airplanes in a single try. "Brace for impact," he warned the passengers before ditching the plane, a voice of lone calm in the seconds before they crashed. Sullenberger wasn't done once his plane was down. He undid his safety belt and walked the length of the plane to make sure all the passengers were safely outside, Mayor Bloomberg said. Once finished, Sullenberger turned around and made a second pass as the plane steadily took on water - and only then did he finally exit. "He did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river and then making sure everybody got out," said an admiring Bloomberg, who is a licensed pilot. John and Jane Garcia, neighbors of Sullenberger in Danville, CA weren't at all taken aback by the pilot's utter nonchalance. "If you met Sully, you'd understand," said John. "You'd say, 'Yep, that's Sully.'" "It's not surprising," agreed Jane. "He's a great guy." However, family friend Jim Walberg said being called a hero isn't likely to please Sullenberger. "Sure, he's a hero, but he's also a humble man," said Walberg. "'Hero' isn't a name he'll take to very easily." One of the first rescuers on the scene said Sullenberger seemed impervious to the chaos around him. "He looked absolutely immaculate," the rescuer said. "He looked like David Niven in an airplane uniform. He looked unruffled. His uniform was sharp. You could see him walking down the aisles making sure everybody got out." Sullenberger maintained his calm facade in a phone call to his wife, fitness expert Lorrie Sullenberger, after his death-defying heroics. "When he called me, he said, 'There's been an accident,'" she told CNN. "At first I thought it was something minor. But then he told me the circumstances, and my body started shaking and I rushed to get our daughters out of school."
Flint Hills Cadets and Staff Moving Toward the Future
With a small core of Seniors and Cadets, the FHCS contributes significantly to the success of CAP’s programs from the squadron to National level. The Seniors and Cadets of FHCS served over 6300 hours of volunteer time during 2008, averaging close to 490 hours per squadron member, and expect to do more in 2009. During 2008, FHCS participated in 33 ES missions, the third highest number in the wing, covering the spectrum from Red Cross blood movement to ELT searches on Fort Riley. FHCS expects to do even more in 2009, from hosting the Kansas Emergency Services Academy to once again providing staff members to the National Blue Beret activity. With the challenges of having a large percentage of unit members being active-duty military, the unit focuses on training and working to build unit cohesion and unit strength.
AF Major Tricia Kobberdahl (right), Commander of 2nd Detachment, 3rd Weather Squadron (and former Spaatz Cadet) briefs members of the Flint Hills Composite Squadron during a visit to Fort Riley.
Members of Flint Hills Composite Squadron gather for a picture during the unit’s Model Rocketry Day and BBQ. Cadets and Seniors studied Aerospace throughout the day, culminating in the Cadets launching over 15 rockets and Seniors completing six Yeager Awards.
During the recently completed Kansas Wing Encampment, cadets received an aerospace briefing from Major Jeffrey Morris, KSWG’s Director of Aerospace Education. Major Morris is a member of the Flint Hill’s Composite
Kansas Wing Quick Notes
Congrats to ...
Col. Regena Aye for being named the Director of 2009 National Blue Beret! C/Lt Col Levi Lapping on his appointment to the United States Air Force Academy! KS 009 Hays Composite for its re-charter to the KSWG! KS 057 Ellsworth Composite for chartering! C/Lt Col Mitch Edwards on his successful Form 5 completion! Lt Col Dennis Pearson, Maj Phillip Aye and Maj Jeff Morris for receiving the Gill Rob Wilson Award!
NORTH CENTRAL REGION 2009 STAFF COLLEGE
The NCR Staff College is designed to provide senior members with the ability to better execute the duties and responsibilities associated with CAP command and staff positions. Staff College provides students with in-depth studies of management, leadership, and communications skills, and shows how CAP's missions are accomplished at the region level. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Members wising to fulfill the requirements for Level 4 and all other members who want to increase their leadership and management skills. Those senior members not in level 4 can get waivers to attend. We will have seminar groups and many sessions that include communication skills, leadership, time management, and much more. ROOM AND BOARD: Billeting is available on the base for about $39.00 a night. A Dining Hall is available as well as many fast food or club options on and off base. Billeting rooms are furnished with microwaves and refrigerators. HOW TO APPLY: Please fill out a CAPF 17 then email the director a copy and also include your polo shirt size at the top of the form. Get the form approved by your chain of command, then mail the director a copy of the CAPF 17 with a deposit of $40 or the whole $80 registration fee at the address below. Application deadline is May 30th 2009
WHEN: 14-19 JUNE 2009 WHERE: OFFUTT AFB, NE COST: $80 REGISTRATION
UNIFORMS: Uniforms for the week are any of the CAP distinctive uniforms: polo, white aviator shirt W/grey slacks or the new style corporate uniform. You may wear the Air Force style short sleeve blue uniform if you meet weight and grooming standards. No BDU’s/Blue BDU’s or flight suits are to be worn. Most participants bring laptops if they have them— but they are not required. Cameras are nice too. You will be giving a 10 minute presentation on a CAP related topic so if you have something to aid your presentation, feel free to bring that also. We will start the week off on Sunday, 14 June 2009 for a social gathering and meal around 5-6 PM. We end the week with a banquet Thursday evening and depart around noon on Friday, 19 June 2009.
For More Information:
Col Mary Donley, RSC Director 5510 S. Lewis Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57108 605-334-7797 firstname.lastname@example.org
KS 057 Ellsworth Composite Flight: Kansas Wing Color Guard
The weekend of Friday the 13th was very lucky for the newest chartered flight in Kansas Wing. Not only was their charter approved on March 13, 2009, but their Color Guard won the state competition that weekend as well. Members of the Ellsworth Flight Color Guard are: C/CMSgt Brandon Doubrava, C/SMSgt Kalvin Piper, C/SMSgt Bradley Doubrava, C/SSgt Zac Piper, the alternate is C/A1C Dorian Torkelson. They will be representing the Kansas Wing at the Regional Competition in Fargo, ND on April 18, 2009.
As a part of Legislative Day in February, Col Aye visited the offices of the Kansas Congressional delegation to discuss potential homeland security missions and budget restoration.
In the above photo, Col Aye is seen meeting with James Richardson. Richardson is the Defense Appropriation Aide for Congressman Todd Tiahrt. Brigadier General Richard Anderson accompanied Col Aye to the meeting. Col Aye said, “The Kansas Senators and Representatives extended a warm welcome and it was a pleasure to meet with them and discuss the missions CAP can provide for America.”
Corporate Learning Course
MEET THE COMMANDER’S
Col Burgess Rennels, Jr.
Joined CAP: June, 1970 Cadet Commander Squadron Commander Director of Cadet Programs Senior Training Officer Region Staff Officer Director of Professional Development
Col. Burgess Rennels was born in Lawrence, Kansas in December of 1955. He entered the Civil Air Patrol at his local unit, and served as its Cadet Commander. Upon becoming a Senior Member he was promoted to First Lieutenant in December, 1976. Col Rennels has received numerous awards including the Billy Mitchell Award, Amelia Earhart Award, Ira C. Eaker Award. He has received over 20 Commanders Commendations, 3 Exceptional Service Awards, 4 Meritorious Award, and 4 Unit Citations. Has earned the Membership Award, Leadership Award, Charles E. Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Paul E. Garber Award and Gill Rob Wilson Award. He has also achieved the Search and Rescue Award, Disaster Ribbon, National Cadet Competition Ribbon, National Color Guard Competition Ribbon, Special Activities Ribbon, Encampment Ribbon (80), Senior Recruiter Ribbon Award, Lace Ribbon, Command Service with Bronze clasp and a Unit Citation Award. In his civil life he works for the Department of Justice Office in Kansas City, MO.
From CAP Cadets to Academy Cadets
Many Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets have a greater calling which is why they are a part of the organization. CAP is notorious for having cadets go into service academies. Kansas Wing has had a few cadets recently accepted into service academies. Kenyon Fryman, who is now attending the Merchant Marine Academy, and Rebekah Kepple, who is now attending the Air Force Academy, are two such cadets. Upon interviewing both of them, it is evident that CAP has helped them to succeed in the academy life. Kenyon Fryman has been a member since December 2000. He joined the Great Plains Bison Composite Squadron in Garden City, Kansas, and has worked in the communication and search and rescue fields. Fryman has attended 8 encampments and 2 national cadet special activities and served as Cadet Commander at the Summer 2006 Basic Encampment. He earned his Ira C. Eaker award in June 2005 and was also named Cadet Officer of the Year in 2006 by Kansas Wing. Fryman remains active by attending unit meetings over breaks and dropping in on local units in New York to help out. When asked how life at the academy was, he said, “Life at the academy is heavily regimented. Freshman year, Plebe Year, was the hardest when it came to regimental training.” Fryman is in the Band Company, currently training as the Regimental Band Master Petty Officer. Once a cadet at the academy reaches upper junior or senior status, there is no more wide-spread training for the class, only specialty training for officers positions, in which you work side by side with the senior holding the position. Fryman has had the pleasure of traveling to four foreign countries and two Pacific islands, as well as numerous states, during his two sailing periods. He has visited Bremerhaven, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Southampton, England; and Miami, FL, while on a container ship, the M/V Philadelphia Express. He also worked on the Matson Manukai, another container ship, with a West Coast run going to Long Beach, CA; Honolulu, HI; Apra, Guam; and Ningbo and Shanghai, China. Fryman stated, “The experiences gained in these travels are invaluable. I have seen all parts of the world, and worked in a real life job as a member of a small crew that is responsible for its own survival. The best part about shipping was learning to rely on total strangers and asking them to trust you without any experience working together.” He also has command of his own Power Squadron boat, a 35’ fishing boat named Altair, and shoots on the Intercollegiate Pistol Team. When asked how Civil Air Patrol helped in his life at the academy Fryman stated, “Civil Air Patrol taught me many things about leadership, followership, flight, and gave me endless experiences to pull upon. I find myself constantly referring to times when I myself acted in positions Senior Midshipmen are in to help them through their job. I have found myself in a position as the protector of my company based on my experiences with dealing with officers and other midshipmen. Most of my classmates had never met an actual officer outside of the Veteran’s Day parade, my abilities to deal with the commissioned officers from my experiences in CAP have been tremendous. I have been able to experience a wider variety of events and take a greater command responsibility as an underclassman because of my abilities.”
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“My plans after the academy are to take a commission with the US Army, and sign a flight contract for UH-60A Blackhawks. I am asking to be stationed in Germany for the first 6 years of my commitment after flight school, then I want to come back stateside and work with the 1110th in Mississippi.”
“My advice is to investigate all options that you want to pursue early. Plan out what you want to get out of your undergraduate and allow yourself time to make the best decision. An Academy is not an easy task to tackle and come out on top of. Beyond physical fitness and the regiment you also have academics. You are largely responsible for your own time and must have good management skills to make it through. I have seen many of my classmates and underclassmen kicked out or setback a year because of poor management skills. When investigating an academy it is best to try and find an underclassmen to speak to about their experiences, I highly recommend visiting the academy during the academic term to see how things run.”
Rebekah Kepple, a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, has been in CAP since she was 14. She joined because her Academy Liaison Officer in Lawrence told her brother it would help him get into the Academy and she wanted in as well. She joined Lawrence Composite Squadron in the fall of 2002. The Kansas Wing 2003 encampment is “what really motivated me to stay in CAP for 2 reasons - first, I got a better perspective of what it meant to be a CAP cadet and all the exciting things you could do in the cadet program, and second, I met role models for what I wanted to be as a cadet specifically a C/Capt and C/LtCol who were both girls and exemplified the sort of leader and cadet I wanted to be,” said Kepple in an interview. Each of the four encampments she attended after that pushed her and helped her to grow as a leader. Rebekah Kepple was able to attend numerous national cadet special activities, such as AFSPC, AFWA, COS, CLA, and NBB. In the squadrons of Lawrence and Cedar Rapids, Rebekah Kepple achieved her Spaatz #1624. When asked to describe academy life Kepple responded, “Life at the Academy is entirely a matter of perspective. On the week that you catch whatever sickness is going around the cadet wing, which is usually the same week that all your teachers decide to schedule tests and homework for, and it's snowing with 50 mph winds, you have to ask yourself why you came here. But once you turn in all the homework, take all the tests, and the mountains come back out of the clouds, you realize again that it's a great place and you're lucky to have gotten a spot here. Of course, quality of life at the Academy is also a function of what year you're in. Life is much harder for the fourth-classmen, or freshmen, because they have to learn to manage their time, prioritize, and work as a team while dealing with extra responsibly such as trash detail and knowledge tests and extra challenges such as training sessions, consisting of PT and knowledge recital, led by the upperclassmen. As an upperclassman, the challenges are more likely to be tough classes and job-related responsibilities. Most cadets also either play an IC sport or find at least one club to get away from the daily grind and do something fun. As part of the triathlon club, I get out and practice running, swimming or biking most days, and I can also look forward to races on some weekends in the spring, summer and fall.” Kepple stated CAP helped her in her life at the academy, she knew a lot more about the military, which helped in basic and was also more comfortable with the structure and leadership expectations of a military-style organization.
Rebekah Kepple’s advice to cadets.
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Get good grades Do some sort of sports Get experience with leadership Challenge themselves as much as they can in their activities to get ready for the challenges this place will throw at them Learn how to discipline and motivate yourself Most importantly, have mental toughness.
There are so many times at the Academy, like BCT, Recognition, CST, and lots of other things depending on where your weaknesses are, where the only thing that makes you keep putting one foot in front of the other, doing one more pushup, or even answering the next homework problem at 3 AM is mental toughness.
Kansas Wing Civil Air Patrol
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The Eyes of America's Skies
1942 Wichita all female CAP squadron
Special Thanks to Chaplain Colby for copies of early Ad Astra publications.
Kansas , Civil Air Patrol Annual Conference and Banquet Saturday, May 23, 2009 Airman Leadership School May 22-24, 2009 Strategic Planning Session Sunday, May 24, 2009
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