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Navigator - August-September 1996

Navigator - August-September 1996

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August-September 1996 issue of "Squadron 153 Navigator", newsletter of Los Alamitos Cadet Squadron 153, California Wing - Civil Air Patrol
August-September 1996 issue of "Squadron 153 Navigator", newsletter of Los Alamitos Cadet Squadron 153, California Wing - Civil Air Patrol

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Volume 3.


uc 4

August -


The View from the Top
Major D n Brag quadran omrnand r quadron 15 he perating n gr wth

News & Views
L ~ 0 R V . no
fMAJ tevcn M. kullr ADET MDR One f the great




been h rmones ~ r the pa I even year . Ther was a tim \\ hen clo ing the squadron was a rcali tic pii n. Each car the mem er hip gr wand the trength of the quadr n increa c. adet arc challenged beer incrca ing and enlarging pp rtunitie . At the prent timc the cadet pI' gram t a large degree I' elf rn tivated nd elf propel I d.
As \ ith

ion can be advanced b priding their a istance \ ith ut ihe baggage of selfish personal gain. E ery enior _without excepIi nand in- pile f their a t differences, ha uni ed in placing the \ 1 fare 0 cadet their single highest priori he cadets \ ho ha e cen a part of the continuum of add lam



all prop 1lant fuel, there i a need 1'1' ome Iorm figniti n. The sour e of ignition which has fired the quadron has came from \ ithin the quadran itself. It tarred \ ith the c re f ni I' member wh have truggled \ ith adversitj for ight I len year. That pilot light has continued to burn \ ith the newer member seeing h \ much further the mis-

Train d to Lead!

their limit ti n and to g farther than the per nn I \ Ito came before them. They ha e pro ided the needed .~gen r the burn.


Th squadron ha again been 3\ ardcd the title of Group 7 adet quad ron of the Year. Thi is n t ju I anther repeat OftJ11! pr i 1I year and an th r plaque for the wall. his is really a mil t ne in the further ad anccrnent fthe squadron. A leader cann I stand till and be pa ed. A leader must remain
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many thing y u will learn by going to arious leaderhip ch ols and participating in diff rent lea er hip pili n i the difference between a leader and a There are many important distinctions that must be made between t he t \ 0 lyle. The main and TIl t important distinction is the r pect that is mutually given b veen a subordinate and upcrior. The ideal superi r i more leadership rienied. hal I mean by leader hip oriented i that the uperior i gi en respect and f 110\ ed by the subordinate, not onl because the have 10 but becau c th 11'0111 10. uperi r ~ ith thi s Ie will find that the m tivati nand willingnes f hi r her ubordinate is trong whene er a task must be completed. A leader leads
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In This Issue:
The View from the Ink WellThe Navigator gets a New Look!

1 1 1 4

The View from the Top - The Commander Reports
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News & Views - Cadets and Seniors Sound Off Tales of Encampment - This Issue's BIG STORY!

News & Views (cont'd)
fContlnlled/rom page J)

through example. rather than the old saying, "Do as I say, ,1101 as J do." Those words are probably most commonly heard by a superior who hooses the' boss style. Something a boss never realizes is that he or she vould not be in charge, if not for the subordinates. Respect is not something that can be demanded. It is earned through setting an example conveying your knowledge and demonstrating your confi-dence in your job. If your subordinate finds that your expectations of them are greater than your demands of yourself animosity begins to build up. The ubordinate becomes unwilling to complete a task or worse completes the task poorly even if they have the requisite knowledge and skill. Such performance degradation is a direct result of the negative motivation stemming 1T0mthe previously mentioned animosity. This outcome can easily be avoided through leading by example,

you will learn more about these two and many other styles of leadership. Once you get the tools to work with, take every opportunity to use them and sharpen your skills. You have nothing to lose. Remember, learn from your mistakes and move on. It is an e en bigger mistake to quit because you may feel you are a failure. II is absolutely impossible to fail if you learn something! Adapt and overcome! Learn something!

SlM Richard Mata, Aero pace Education Officer

By attending many of the leadership courses sponsored by Wing and National

When Ijoined Cadet Squadron 153. I was a ked to become the Senior Staff Aerospace Education Officer even though I had no clue as to what aerospace education was 01" how I was to implement it in the squadron. Since that first Wednesday meeting in April I have come to the conclusion that everything that is done or

accomplished in the squadron is aerospace education. Whether it is the officers or NCO s instructing the cadets the flight sergeants drilling their flights, cadets taking physical or written tests, or promotion review boards aerospace education is occurring in one form or another. Even our senior members are being being re-educated formally and informally. The aerospace educa"Tile aerospace tion program is a process in which education proyou learn about life gram is a process and the military. It ill which you is a beginning to reach an end. 11is learn about life what the military and tile military. and civilian life are It is a beginning all about. The educational process is to reach all end. " all around us. It will mold you into a better citizen. This process will instill a sense of pride and accomplishment in you. I have found that cadet squadron 153 is on the right track and ready to lead when necessary. I look forward to helping the squadron
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The View from the Top, (cont'd)
{Continued from page J)

Odds & Ends
Senior Member Ron Martin has announced his intention of leaving both Squadron 153 and CAP because of personal commitments. SIM Martin has served as both editor and the
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ahead of the advancement of the rest. Squadron 153 has continued to become better each year because of the team effort of its members. Five staff members received individual recognition as' Best of the Year. I applaud each of them for their efforts and have pride in the related Squadron 2


News & Views (cont'd)
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any way [ can.

CIA Joel Fisher
I really enjoyed the Ih 4 at the base. lt was my first

time helping CAP on Independence Day since joining the program. My duties included traffic tel really enjoyed control, which lite at tile base. consisted of directing cars onto and It was my first out of the base in time helping CAP an efficient man011 Independence ner after the fireworks were over. [ Day, since joining hope that next year tile program. " \ ill run just as smoothly.


The earth shook buildings fell, gas lines ruptured bridges collapsed

trains derailed land slid and shifted, toxic chemicals spilled; and all of this happened in only a fev minutes. The cause of this simulateddisaster was a 7.0 quake centered between L}11eCreek and Rialto, 27 June, at 0400. Hov bad was our personal damage? As bad as this event was fortunately it was only on paper. The State of California Office of Emergency Service (O£S) was experiencing a realistic, evaluated disaster exercise. The OES Southern California acti ated the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) located at Los Alamitos Armed Forces Reserve Center. The REOC was fully staffed and the disaster site was located in a separate building. Squadron 153 was asked to respond to the REOC to provide assistance with many support activities. This was the fifth time that Squadron [53 has reported for duty, but the first time that the invitation was recei ed for an exercise. The other events have included civil disturbance, fire flood and even a

real quake. Personnel responding were: Major Don Bragg, Squadron 153 Commander; SIM Wayne Gould, C/I LT. Robert Quaife CI TSGT. Mark Wong, CIA James Hamner, CIA Ian Lewis CIB Brendan Garrett, and CIB Nathan Garrett. Also responding was Major James Crurn, Group 7 Commander.

What do you do when your plans evaporate at the last minute? lt becomes a definite time to adapt, motivate, and o ercome. So went the day when quadron 153 was invited to spend time with the 5,th Aerial Port quadron, USAFR, based at March Field in Riverside. The Reserve unit was going to bold a two day rodeo and Squadron l53 was looking forward to observing the reservists at work. The scheduled events were designed to simulate the various aspects of the unit's mission the rapid and safe loading and unloading of cargo
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publisher of the Navigator since the time that he developed the concept and produced the first issue. He will sincerely be missed as a most excellent ambassador of Squadron information. Knowing that the newsletter will now be produced in Squadron Headquarters by

cadets providing an additional opportunity for training, SIM Martin has given one last gift. He has graciously and generously donated to the Squadron a 486 computer fOT the dedicated joint purposes of producing both the newsletter and the Internet web site. Both programs had been indefinitely

postponed due to the lack of funding. Thank you is not enough to be said 10 honor his motivation, dedication effort, and generosity. Due to the shortage of senior personnel, Mr. Larry Stewart, father of CIB Laurence Stewart has agreed to oversee and advise both programs.
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News & Views (cont'd)
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aircraft. Unfortunately as often happens in the military plans changed at 0600 on the morning of arrival. The rodeo was moved to Northern California and the members of the unit who remained behind became busy with a day of suddenly scheduled nights. With the day s plans trashed and the visitors in the door the Reserve Unit was still a gracious host. A bus was obtained and quadron 153 was given an extensive tour of the flight line. Having been on the line several times when the base was still active duty, the contrast \ as extreme. The transient pilot certainly won t have a problem finding a place to park today. Squadron 153 spent the afternoon visiting the air museum. The museum has a very fine collection of aircraft, and now that they have been removed from military funding they need help. quadron 153 is considering the possibility of becoming a sponsor for one of the

planes. This would mean a plane wash and basic maintenance a couple of times each year. The day came to a conclusion when the two squadrons rejoined for an excellent bar-be-que. The food was wonderful, and there is talk of another joint activity happening real soon. THE CYPRESS SK -10K RUN
by elB Larry Stewart

ha e shifts. There was lots to see there but all I did was get food and talk. It helped me to get to know some of the people in the Squadron though. As the day neared end our shifts got shorter and shorter and I was thrilled to see my dad pull up. Over all it was lots of fun and I highly recommend it.





The Cypress 5k 10k was fun. It tarts early with the run which begins at 7:30. The run was my favorite part because all I had to do was make sure that nobody went in or out of my street while the runners were there. A Iso there was a band down the street from me that played music as the runners passed. At the carnival it was a bit harder because it was only my econd time in traffic control. At least there were enough people to

C!M GT Ryan D.


"The run was my favorite part because ali I had to do was make sure that nobody went in or out of my street while the runners were there. "
.. •

ber the alarm going off. It was 4 o'clock in the morning. Time to get up already, 1 said I just went to bed 5 hours ago." It was time to get ready and go
It It It

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Tales of Encampment
THE 1996 UMMER all over California from Lake Arrowhead to Los Alamitos (or Long Beach, if you were at the graduation), from San Luis Obispo to Sacramento. Many members gave up time at work to come and spend a week in sunny Camp San Luis Obispo. My first thought of actually going to encampment

CrrSGT Mark Woag

This year's encampment was the largest CAP event to take place this year in California Wing. It involved over 300 CAP members from

on staff was of excitement That \ as quickly replaced by a sense of anxiety and worry. What if I wasn't good enough? What if a made a really big, embarrassing mistake in front of everybody? Was r really good enough to be in charge of25 - 30 cadets for an entire week? These
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News & Views (cont'd)
(Cominued[rom page 4)

serve the City of Cypress at its annual SKit OK Run and Festival on Saturday July 27. The morning officially started when the senior members received their morning eye opener of a cup of coffee. No not really! The morning started at 0515 hours in the parking lot of the Cypress Police Department. Once the morning cadet "A special comand senior volunteers arrived, they mendation goes were treated to out to Cadet AlC orne warm Isaiah Owings for donuts brought by CIM GT Aaron his outstanding Smith and combearing and perpany. The group formance when was involved in a morning briefing accosted by some with the Cypress irate citizens. " Pol ice Department's personnel in-charge of the CAP volunteers Officer Ramsey. The fir t mission was to secure the streets from traffic along the race route and monitor intersections to make sure the runners were kept safe from

ehicular traffic. Cadets and senior members would need to apply the traffic control skills and knowledge they had accumulated during the traffic control classes given by Officer Ramsey at squadron headquarters. Overall the rmssion went smoothly. There were only a few problems from uncooperative residents and dri ers. The second half of the event we were working for the festi al planners. Our job was to park and direct incoming and outgoing vehicles in an organized fa hion. thereby preventing accidents. The CAP volunteers also responded to calls for help when it v as needed in other areas for example clearing the path for an emergency medical vehicle to get through the crowd of festival participants. The cadets and senior members of Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron 153 did an outstanding job during both the run and the festival. A special commendation goes out to Cadet A I C Isaiah Owings for his outstanding bearing and

performance when accosted by some irate citizens. . As a reward for our outstanding service during the three most recent Cypress 5K-t OK Runs the Cypress Police Department has offered to help us secure some private sponsors. The squadron is in need of funds to support our growth In numbers activities and service. Currently our onl source of income is Group 7 which pays us for cleaning Group Headquarters. enior members have been covering shortfalls out of their 0\ n pockets. Instead of imposing a dues requirement we need to find a way to ask able members of the communities we serve to support our efforts.

PJOC C/MSGT Chris Valdez • That others may live."
That is the motto of U AF Pararescue. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. We as Cadets did not sleep in barracks or in sleeping bags; we made our own shelter out of old parachutes.
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Tales of Encampment
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thoughts, and many others like them, swam around in my mind for the four days before staff training began on Friday, 9 August, that I knew I was on staff. When we showed up for training at around 1700 . Friday evening, my first thought was, "Wow I can t believe I m really here. My

second thought was, Wow, I m also really hungry. (F.Y.1. - 1 hadn't eaten since earlier that morning.) Oh, by the way, never, ever show up early to a CAP event - you will always be enlisted for labor, either physical or mental.

Saturday and Sunday morning quickly sped by with classes of all sort, moving 5

furniture and discussing in an involved way (i.e. arguing) with the flight commander what should be done on the first day of encampment with 29 basic cadets, in my flight, Alpha. By the time inprocessing came around on Sunday afternoon, 1 was pumped up and ready to
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Tales of Encampment, (cont'd)
(Co"ti"lIed/rom page 5)

scream (which was probably a good thing because Idid scream and yell for a week). When the first cadet walked in the door of the barracks, my mind blanked. I had no idea \ hat I was going to scream and yell about. But, ah, thankfully these wonderful basic cadets did something stupid as usual. The first three cadets from my flight \ ent to the Bravo flight sergeant to report (like, duh the sticker with a big 'A' on it refers to hov good of a cadet you are). Well somehow I managed to survi e the first three days without too much of an incident if you count a cadet going AWOL not much of a big deal. It is a shame, however, that one of the cadets in my flight did go home. One down, 28 to go Gust kidding). There were O-f1ights on Tuesday (or was il Monday 1 m not sure - the days tended to blend together) in small aircraft such as Cessnas. Wednesday \ e went to the M-16 range. 1 thought that was pretty cool (I actually

hit the target silhouette). 20 rounds of 5.56 mm ammo, full metal jacket (by the way, if you thought encampment was tough watch that movie). Thursday Friday and Saturday were all one big mass of daylight and sleep deprivation. There were two highlights, that I remember. The first was the helicopter O-flight in the UH-J (actually (don I remember what day it was but it fit into the article rather nicely right here). Pretty neat getting to fly in a Huey with my feet hanging out. The second highlight was the graduation party Saturday. The darkness and smoke, and ash if you were near me when they tried to put the fires out were all wonderful ways of remembering the last night at Camp San Luis Obi po. The graduation parade was awesome. Standing in the sun at parade rest and attention for 30 minutes is just a small price to pay for the pride and accomplishment T, we, felt. The pass-inreview was incredible, it gave me flashbacks to my basic encampment at Coronado

NAB. The sense of pride and dedication that 1 felt as a basic last year came welling up then and 1 realized that there is no difference between the staff and the basics: they're both learning new things, they're both trying to please their superiors, and, most of all, they both feel an immense sense of pride as \ e all Eyesright past the reviewing stand. CTG hoorah!!!


On August II

through 18 I went to Encampment. 11 is basically boot camp, but looking back, it proved to be extremely valuable and 1 think that [ will still be learning from it for a long time. It was a much more demanding schedule than I was used to. We woke up at

"Tile graduation parade was awesome. Standing ill tile SUIl at parade rest and attention for 30 minutes is just a small price to pay for the pride and accomplishment I, we, felt. "

poge 7)

{Canttnued from poge 3)

Group 7 held its annual awards ceremony 2 August at the famous Crystal Cathedral. During the event, numerous certificates and

nineteen major awards were presented. Many of the certificates were taken home by Squadron 153 personnel. Qualified for only nine of the major awards Squadron 153 received six:


CPT. Dave Walters;

Robert Quaife;
0" poge 7) (Co"tl"lItd

Squadron 153;


Tales of Encampment (cont'd)
(Continued/rom page 6)



5:30 a.m. did Physical Training (P- T), had a very short time for showers and getting ready and then went on to the day's activities. The dining hall took some getting used to. The cadets couldn't look up from their plate or talk and there were very specific instructions about getting in line sitting down at the table, and more. Howe er, the food was very good. We practiced a lot of drill and walked a lot. 1 "There were also think I did more some really great standing at Enparts. I flew in a campment than Watsonville. We Cessna for the also went to excitfirst time. " ing classes like 'USAF/CAP Relations. There were also some really great parts. I flew in a Cessna for the first time. We also went for a ride in a Huey fired M-16's toured Vandenburg AFB, and ate MRE's. There was pressure at Encampment. We were yelled at constantly during the first few days. There was

practically no personal time barracks inspections happened almost every day, things had to be accomplished before deadlines and I think every cadet was afraid of not graduating. But these seemingly bad things had very good results. I learned how to work under pressure, to focus on the task to get it done before a certain deadline. , Attention to detail" is something I heard too many times to count, but it proved to be very important. After MRE s we were even more thankful. for the mess hall. But I think the most important lesson I learned is teamwork. J tend to be an individualist, but individuals don t get things done' people working together do. Total strangers worked together, lend each other belongings, and helped each other and at the end of Encampment we really were a team. For those who have not gone to Encampment yet I strongly recommend it. Nothing truly worth having is easy to get, but when you hold the diploma, I think that you will agree it all was worth it.



My son has found a group of kindred spirits and I couldn't be happier. We drive a long way each week to attend meetings and participate in activities. The effort is well worth it. I have been asked to take over the job of editing and publishing the newsletter. It is a small enough contribution to make to so worthy a cause. It's often said that "we stand on the shoulders of giants.' My personal giant is departing Senior Member Ronald Martin. [stand in awe of his insight and effort. He has set a mighty example. Although 1 will certainly put my stamp on the Navigator, I can't hope to match Ron s contribution. However, I will do my best. With everyone's help we can nourish guide, and encourage the evolution of his creation.
Laurence Editor W, Stewart

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YEAR - CPT. Mike Free-



Early in the morning, Group Commander Maj.

Jim Crum, led his inspection team into the Squadron beadquarters on Saturday, 3 August. The stated goal was to help identify areas of weakness to be able to assist with improving those areas. Having made the statement, the team dispersed among the Squadron staff - and began to . dig. Every aspect of Squadron operations was 7

evaluated. On Wednesday 7 August, the Group Commander returned to conclude. Although the confidence of the staff members was high during the reviews, the inspection results were not available until the following Wednesday. Each area was individually rated, and the scores were then combined to provide the
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Odds'n'Ends (cont'd)
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News & Views (cont'd)
(Collfillllf!dfrom page 5)

overall rating. Ratings \ ere based on percentages and then gr uped into performance levels: unsati factory marginal. sat'Overall the is factor e tccllcnr. Squadron did or outstanding. very well and offiOverall the Squadron did very cial scores and well and official tandings hould scores and standbe available for ings should be available fOT the tile next is ue of next issue ofLhe tile Navigator. " Navigator.

We didn t shov er or bathe for a week. We did ab ut 1800 pu hups in 6 112 days. We rappelled down an 85 ft. cliff and ran about 10 mile at 8000 feet. !J 1\10 • 'he reate t experi-

ence o/my life.

CIA Taylor Did you know CAP dropped bombs- in W.W.II and was credited with sinking two Nazi U-Boats? CAP also helped put out that 8

e great earthquake that struck Anch rage la ka. for that effort A P wa honored b President John F. Kennedy. CAP helped out the Navy \ hen ea captain \ ere in trouble and protected them from Nazi Wolf Packs. These and other stories about the CAP are contained in the book' "Minutemen 0/ the Air ". It talks about the hi tory of CAP and mentions various REDCAP mis ions as well as peacetime and wartime e ents. rr s a ter




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