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Civil Air Patrol a Squadron 153 a Charter No. 04345 first holiday of the new year. While the answers to our questions are fresh in our minds, what better time is there to make corrections. History for the new year is yet to be written. Tradition says that we make resolutions at the change of the year. "This year, I am going to get a have more do

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Robert Gounley














Christmas, the most wonderful and joyous holiday of the year, has again retumed. We spend weeks preparing for the event. We shop for many grand presents, and we spend much more than we can afford. We play special music, and we put lights on everything that fails to move. ~;;~;~~~~~~~~~~[i~lI1(jozens Let uS not forget tha t th is is the celebration of the greatest of birthdays, and the gift of the greatest of presents. While we celebrate this last holiday of the year with our families and friends, it is also appropriate that we take a moment and reflect on the year which is now at an end. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~nees. Did we accomplish all of our goals? Were all of our better at...." needs fulfilled? Did we reWhile we resolve to make ceive some of our wants? these changes in ourselves, Have we left anything unfinlet's include one more resoished? Did we always do our lution. Let's each one of us best? Did we make a differresolve to make our own perence in the lives of those who sonal comer of the world a are around us? better place to live. Love your family. Help a neighJust a short seven days after Christroas, we celebrate the

We had come to say "goodbye" to Rick Cerone this Sunday afternoon. His friends and family were there. So were of his fellow serlvicemen and serviceromen from the Army Naional Guard. The funeral ervice filled the chapel at Alamitos Armed orees Reserve Center. hile a four-mart color uard stood at attention, blivious to the Summer eat, those who knew Rick st spoke of their experiThey all drew a similar portrait=cheerful, optimistic, and determined. Flying focused Rick's life. He loved planes and wanted to fly them. He wanted to soar as high B:swings would let him, then aim higher. Rick was born in the age of space exploration and men on the Moon. He dreamed of becoming an astronaut. One day he might
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friends. And, besides, I am going to make you a present .. "
the victor. Rick died on the fourth of August at March Air Force Base, close to the planes he loved. He was 28. Everyone liked Rick. No matter what his disappointment, and there were many, his eyes always gleamed and his grin always beamed confidence. His gentle laugh let reassured all that he was suffering only a momentary setback. Around Rick, we all felt just a little more sure of ourselves and our own power to overcome problems. OASIS will miss Rick very much. Our parties will be a little less cheerful without Rick's delight upon hearing of the latest shuttle flight or seeing the latest pictures from another planet. If we sometimes grew grim and cynical, a glance towards Rick reminded us of the joy we felt inside, but kept to ourselves. That was Rick's special gift. In his book, The Little Prince, He laughed again. "Ah, little prince, dear little prince! I love to hear that laughter!" "That is my present. Just that. It will be as when we drank water ..." "What are you trying to say?"

pilot the Space Shuttle and, when certain no one was listening, look out over the Earth's blue ball and chuckle quietly to himself. Rick had a plan. The Army would build on his talents as an aircraft mechanic. In time, they would teach him to fly helicopters. Helicopters, he reasoned, can hover and drift and many things a winged aircraft can never do--much like a Space Shuttle in orbit. NASA, noting these special capabilities, might make him an astronaut, passing over the traditional pool jet aviators. Hadn't NASA prepared Apollo astronauts for Moon landings with helicopters? By following these same footsteps, couldn't one expect to someday deliver a new generation of explorers back to the Moon? Sadly, this did not happen. As a mechanic, Rick made certain the planes other would fly came back safely, but the slots for pilot training were given to others. Still, there was THE PLAN. Before age limits made him ineligible, he would move to another state where National Guard pilots were in greater demand. Perhaps he would move to Pennsylvania. Perhaps West Virginia. Rick shared his ideas and careers plans freely. What he shared with very few was knowledge that he was diabetic. This did not fit THE PLAN. If the Army knew, his medical record would forever block him from pilot trammg. In Rick's mind, this was unacceptable. If he could just hide his problem long enough, even by avoiding necessary medication, somehow he might yet eam his wings. He fought this battle for over a year. In. the end, his diabetes was

"All men have the stars," he "but me,Y_IIII!II" are not the things for people. For some, ;"J', "':( who are travelers, stars are guides. others they are more than little in the sky. For ers, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. all these stars are silent. You-you alone--will have the stars as no one else has them-- "
answered, "What are you trying to say?"

Antoine de Saint-Exupery writes
of a wise and mysterious child who the narrator meets after landing his plane somewhere deep in the Sahara Desert. We learn that the child is a prince traveling from his home on a tiny asteroid. From this wise prince, the pilot recalls the innocent pleasures he put aside years earlier when he dedicated himself to adult goals. Near the end of the book, the Little Prince speaks to the pilot of their impending separation:

"In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as . the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night... You-only you--will have stars that can laugh!"
That is how I will remember Rick. Not for what he wanted to be, but for what he was--a caring, gentle man filled with enthusiasm. His laughter told us more about why people want to explore space than the combined philosophies of any ten pundits. May we all keep a little of his joy in our hearts. Diabetes strikes one out of eight Americans. The American Diabetes Association is working to find a cure.
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"And at night you will look up at the stars. Where I live everything is so small that I cannot show you where my star will be found It is better, like that. My star will bejust one of the stars, for you. And so you will love to watch all the stars in the heavens.. They will all be your 2


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Memorial donations in the name of Richard F. Cerone, Jr. may be made by writing to: The American Diabetes Association 6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90048 ---------Please request that a memorial card be sent to Rick's mother, Kristine 1. Cerone. The amount ."J)~ring-th~Ji!.st.... of the gift will not be indicated.

checked, the 5-ton, cadet Larry Stewart found a crack in the air brake system that many had missed. This crack caused a leak in the air brake system that could have caused an accident. To sum up the whole weekend, I can safely say that it did not go to waste. I am looking forward to the next drill day that we will be participating in. It is a wonderful way to learn about what the reserves do, and get educated in different operations.

held, set for CAP's primary simplex, a frequency of 148.15 MHz. We were, essentially, a back-up to a mobile communications truck that was parked outside of the building. About noon, however, the people running the SAREX decided that the communications truck had a double generator failure, and was out for at least an hour. The radio room I was in, with its sparse equipment, was required to take up the slack. And we did. I think that all cadets should try to get to these SAREX's as much as possible for many reasons. Firstly, because they are excellent training and may, some day, be put to good use in an emergency in your community. Secondly, because they are a lot of fun - where else can you meet lots of people, all with similar goals, and still learn and have fun. Another reason is that Emergency Services is a third of the Civil Air Patrol program. It should take up at least some of every member's time in the program. Lastly, where else can you order a plane to land, or go somewhere else?




The Big Bear SAREX to place on the 24th and 25th of October, a Friday and Saturday. Captain Evans and myself went only on Saturday, and both of us had a good time "dusting off" old skills, learning a few new ones, and helping others learn for the first time. We met at the Squadron headquarters at about 0445 on Saturday morning and left for Big Bear at about 0500. We arrived at the Big Bear Airport around 0715, after having found that the Group 7 vehicle we were in had loose steering, lots of rattling, and a squeaky spare tire. After sign-in, Captain Evans and myself were assigned to communications. Captain Evans, however, was soon requested to show another senior from Sq. 129 how to run a flight line. After finally finishing there, he returned to join our vigil at the radios. We manned three radios and a cellular phone for about eight hours. One radio was an aircraft radio, on a frequency of 129.125 MHz. Another was a CAP radio, and was set for the Onyx Peak repeater. The third was a hand3

On the first Saturday in September our squadron. participated in what may be the first of many Army reserve drill weekends. During the first day the cadets and myself were assigned to a special duty section. I was placed in the maintenance or motor pool section. For the first day we basically learned our way around the facilities, and met a lot of the reservists. The real fun began on Sunday. Promptly after opening formation cadet Brooks and myself went to our post. We then helped bring some Humvee's and 5-ton over to where the PMC's were to take place and then began the tests. This meant that we all had an opportunity to get a little greasy, and that is what I call fun. There were four Humvee's and one 5-ton that needed to be thoroughly checked out. These vehicles were scheduled to be sent to Camp Pendleton in November, so our inspection was important. On the last vehicle that needed to be

On Sunday, the ninth of November, our squadron went to the aid of the Long Beach Airport Security Office. After meeting at Los Alamitos AFRC, we all traveled over to Long Beach Airport in CAP vehicles at around 0800. On the way, Major Bragg, Captain Evans, and I discussed how we wanted to deploy the cadets and seniors to their duty posts. Trust me, it is rather difficult to decide who
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ing space with either shuttles or satellites. space ships. The European and Japanese space programs are building a space shuttle called the HOPE. All these new space ships have their roots in the science and technology of the past. They are outgrowths of many years of ideas and experimentation on rockets and rocket propulsion. The Greeks and the Romans were one of the first to experiment with rockets. The Greeks used a water kettle technique to launch rockets. The Chinese were the first to use gunpowder which was made out of charcoal, saltpeter, and sulfur. The Chinese used bamboo tubes filled with gunpowder as their first rockets. They would use a stick attached to the bamboo as a guidance system. Later on the French and the English added to what the Chinese had done to improve the rocket. Sir Isaac Newton was one of the fathers of rocketry. He developed an understanding of physical motion and came up with three scientific laws.Newton's laws made a giant impact on the development of the modern lay rocket. Rockets began to be used in battles that were fought among nations. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and Robert H. Goddard were the founders of modern rocketry. Tsiolkovsky proposed a liquid fuel rocket and Goddard wrote a book entitled "A Method of Achieving High Altitudes" which went a long way in advancing the future of rockets. The Germans made great strides in World War II with the V-I and V-2 rockets. Sputnik which was launched by the Russians opened the space race among the two big countries of the USA and USSR. Today, many nations are explor4


goes where, when, and why. After arriving at the airport, we were quickly briefed by the chief of the Long Beach Airport Security. Our duties were relatively light this year, with five posts away from the main staging area and four near it. The five posts away from the main area were one cadet at both the Aeroplex and the AirFlite buildings, two cadets at the airport fire station, and one senior mem ber posted at Gate K. In the main area, we had one cadet stationed at the bus loading! unloading area, two patrolling the barricades, and one in charge of a small, nearby parking lot. With thirteen cadets and five seniors, the shifts were very mixed. Some had four hours of duty, while others had only two hours. Everybody, however, received a free lunch and at least two hours off duty. Just enough time to see the main attractions near the recruiting booth. Despite the sore feet and the tired bodies, I believe that everybody had a good time while working this openhouse. Although the attractions weren't amazing, the work and the camaraderie more than made up for any extra time.

Rockets have come a long way since gunpowder. Rockets have opened the door for direct exploration of space by mankind.

It has been a great pleasure meeting many new and prospecti ve cadets and their families. I am im- ............ pressed with their en-:c,.";~i:.· thusiasm and willing-":'" ness to commit time to\ Civil Air Patrol. Webster defines cornmitment as a promis or obligation to d something. In Civi. Air Patrol we commit ourselves to the three aspects of CAP. W commit ourselves to learn about Aerospace Education, the cadet program, and learning about search and rescue. On the Senior side, we commit ourselves to helping cadets achieve in the cadet program and in our our own specialty. We strive (senior Side) to do the best we can in making our squadron the best in Civil Air Patrol. We can attest to that by the many Squadron of the Year awards we have received. As a cadet, you must commit yourself to being the best you can as they say in the Army. You must believe in the cadet oath and all aspects of CAP. You must commit to come to all the Wednesday night meeting unless there is a good reason not too. You must commit to attend all CAP functions for your personal growth and achievement. You must commit yourself to taking and pass(Continued on page 5)

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NOW CAPT. Richard Mata The rockets of today are remarkable collections of human ingenuity. NASA's Space Shuttle and the Soviet Union's Buran (shuttle) are among the most complex flying machines ever invented. They stand upright on the launch pad, lift off as rockets, and land as a glider. The space shuttle' and the Buran are true


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mentioned before, most of the seniors were active duty. cused on the cadet program than any other part of CAP. This is because of the SOFA (Status Of Forces Agreement) between the United States and the Republic of Gennany. Th is agreement cuts Civil Air Patrol off from doing things like search and rescue, and communications. The program was set up so those cadets who were military dependants, like myself wouldn't have to quit because they were moving overseas. Being overseas made the program difficult because of the threat of terrorism. We were wearing the same uniform as the active duty military and couldn't be told apart unless a real good look was taken. We had to basically do everything our parents did. This lead to some funny and awkward situations like, for instance, being saluted by a military member on numerous occasions. Our major problem was attendance. This was due to having to compete with other youth programs, mainly sports and church group. The Cadet Program is the same, with a few minor changes made in the structure and operation of the program.

ing all your achievement levels. Ln conclusion, what you put in to CAP is what you get out of it. The more you do, the better you are. Committing yourself to Civil Air Patrol can be hard at times. There will always be someth ing that will interfere with CAP. You have to decide what is most important in your life. Civil Air Patrol will to dealways be there for you. Committing or is most making a commitin your ment to Civil Air Pa" trol can be one of the most beneficia I things that you will ever do in your lifetime.

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C/2LT Chris Thompson
As many people know I transferred into Squadron 153 from an overseas squadron. Many of the members here were surprised that CAP was that large. I guess you can say overseas units are the unseen members of the organization. T became involved in CAP overseas and all of my experience has been there. Many people have thought that it was the German equivalent of CAP. An overseas squadron is pretty much the same as a squadron here in the states. The only differences are that squadrons are required to meet on a military facility or near one. Also most of the Senior members are active duty. The program there is more foThe Cadet Program there is the same program here but here is more time to go over materials with cadets. Activities in an overseas squadron depended hugely on numbers and who had the contacts. This made a major part of the program extremely difficult to do; I am referring to the encampment. Encampments could be held but were rarely done because of staffing problems, mainly on the senior side of the house. This was because, as I 5

C120dLT Chris Thompson
There are many great benefits to being part of an overseas squadron. One of the greatest benefits was being able to meet the National Commander, Brigadier General Paul Bergman. This started off as a pull your hair out trying to plan everything deal as his destination changed two or three times, it went from being out at RheinMein to Ramstein then back to Rhein-Mein. General Bergman was coming to talk to us and to get our input on things. I was presented with two options the week before General Bergman's visit: I had recently completed the requirements for my Mitchell Award and was waiting to receive it. I was told that my Mitchell was there in the Squadrons mailbox
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and just needed to be picked up. I was told J could wait and have my new rank pinned on and my Mitchell presented by General Bergman, or J could have my new rank pinned on there at the Squadron and have General Bergman present my Mitchell to me, I chose the latter of the two. When we arrived, the General was already talking with the Rein-Mein Squadron. We shuffled in and took our seats and listened attentively to General Bergman. He told how proud and amazed he was at us for getting involved in the program and staying with it despite our situation. He also informed us of the Color Guard competition and what it was all about. He told us specifically that if we wanted to attend the Cadet Competition or the Color Guard Competition that he was willing to get us the travel orders we needed to fly to the States. General Bergman then opened the floor to get our input on things there. The one thing that was heavily talked about was the mail and how we were always getting things two months late and so forth. 1 then brought up the point that due to the time it took for the applications to be processed that a lot of people had to postpone testing because they didn't have the material. We had already assembled one set of squadron's books to be used as loners. General Bergman then said something that caught me off guard. He said he would make sure that we got extra sets of books to be used for that purpose and extra copies of the newspaper. To close the discussion General Bergman gave each of the cadets that were present one his Commanders Coins. He told us that this was something that was given out for superior performance, normally this coin was given the cadet aide that was assigned to him -when he traveled through out the country. General Bergman gave each of-us a coin in appreciation of OUf involvement in the program and for sticking with it. At the end of the discussion he asked if there was any thing else. My Squadron commander then informed him that there was a Mitchell Award to be presented. I bad to use a procedure that I haven't used in CAP for nearly a year. The National Commander presented me my Mitchell Award, It was a big occasion not only for me but for General Bergman as well. I expected to see something small in the CAP NEWS but not a whole column about it. It was also big occasion for me because, as far as Iknow, I am the on ly cadet in Europe to have received the Mitchell Award from the National Commander. From then on, when the squadron received a new cadet, that was one of the many things that we told them: how the whole squadron met the National Commander. They still have copies of that one newspaper.

NCO's usually take over like Guide, Color Guard, and Flight Sergeant. We drilled our seminars, (seminars were the same thing as flights), around a parking lot for a while which was cool. It was so relaxed that we talked continuously even though we were at attention. I think they let us off because it was a learning environment.

C/SSGT Nathan Garrett Last foxhunt, Lieutenant Gould ran the first of many Emergency Exercise drills. The staff turned off the lights to the building and told us that there had been a 7.0 earthquake. We were to get communications running, lights inside and outside the building ASAP. None of the line staffwas "available", so CITSGT Tucker was the ranking officer at the scene. Everyone went outside to the emergency generator and started it. After running power
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MY EXPERIENCE AT NCOS W. Stewart, II NCOS is nothing like Encampment. In fact for most of the first night everyone just hung out. Nothing to serious. The inprocessing took a long time but for the most part was OK. By the way my particular NCOS was at MCAS EI Toro. Anyhow there was only one Marine we really associated with, his name was lst Lieutenant Berk. He is a FI A- J 8 Hornet pilot. The next day we went over various positions that 6
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bor. Get involved with your community. Just imagine the utopia that we could live in, if'l everyone cleaned his own cornero All projects have a starting point...let's lead the way! A VERYMERRY CHRISTMAS anda HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!

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SIM Harriet Wong CAPT Harry Hallet S'/M Rose Marie Roybal C/2LT Mark Wong

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lines into the building, we hooked up lights and put power through. to the Comm systems. Outside, the outdoor lights were plugged into the generator.
It took us 15 minutes to start the generator, activate the Comm systems, and get lights going. All of the cadets did very well with the surprise situation. The entire situation was extremely helpful for practical experience and application. We made some mistakes, but the job was done efficiently, quickly, and best of all, safely.

S/M Bernie Whitlock As Acting Chairman of the Activities Committee I would like to start the new year by pledging that ·1998will be the best ever for our Squadron. In the last 2 months I have seen tremendous growth in both our ranks and the enthusiasm of our members. All of the members of the AC: • ILT Michael SkulIr;

" CIFO Laura Skullr; will do everything in out power to I went inside and my instructor make the year the most fun, infor- gave me the plane's clip board mative, and challenging you have and said "go do your pre-flight, we're going to do some more ever had. We will work hard and pattern work today ". As I walked we will play hard. out I was so mad because I had Two functions will be at the top of 25 logged flying hours, about 50 our list. First of all is our Air landings (more or less) and I still Show scheduled for the 1st week- hadn't soloed!! end of October. It will be our We taxied to the run-up area, I major event of the year. There did the run-up and then to the will certainly be a number of achold short line. I did three great tivities we'll plan to support this talk-offs and landings and I was main activity, that will be fun and feeling proud of myself. As we financially rewarding as well. where taxing back to the runway The AC has also tentatively set a for the next take off she said date for our first FTX of March "pull over here ", she opened the 20-22, 1998. As of this writing door, unplugged her headset and we are very close to confirming told the tower she was getting out Vasquez Rock as our first site. It of the plane for her students first promises to be an exciting week- solo. The first thing that came to end for all participants my mind was, "Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!" She told This is the start of a great year. me "your on your own, do one Everyone on the Activities Comlanding and take off and come mittee is anxious to hear from back here". you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please I taxied to the hold short line and feel free to contact any of us the tower cleared me for take-off. Step by step I went over what I + had to do, "mixture in , throttle in.: "I can do this, I can do MY FIRST SOLO FLIGHT this. " After getting cleared for CIA Carolina A. Montenegro take-off, I eased the throttle forSince I got my solo wings some of ward, pulled back on the wheel, you must be wondering what it is and lifted off as nice as you like to fly in a plane by yourself please. Somehow, flying in the for the first time. Ask anyone who the pattern this time didn't seem is a pilot and they can tell you in as boring great detail what it was like to them when their instructor got out The next big hurdle was to get of the plane and said "You're on into position to land. I was downwind and the tower cleared your own". me to land. Everything was goIts been 4 months since I soloed ing great. Now I had to go step but I remember it like it was yes- by step again. Carb heat on, terday. It was a hot day in August RPM 1900, 10 degrees of flaps.. when my mom dropped me of at etc, etc. Now I was on final to Long Beach airport. However, for land and had my eyes on those some reason, this day she stuck (Continued on page 8) around that day. 7

I thought it would be like any other ordinary day of flying, something I was getting bored of doing over and over again; flying in the traffic pattern.

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numbers on the runway as they got closer I said to myself "I'm going 10 get this birdie on the ground." And sure enough r got the plane on the ground and it felt like a feather. I don't even remember hearing tbe wheels touch the ground. "Yest, I'm a

my last go around the pattern and I was off. Right when my I was about 100 feet before r turned on to the base leg, I heard the tower say to me

"Cessna 5178B, lake caution of the departing DC-l0 on runway three-zero ".
Runway 30 almost crosses the runway r was taking off from. Why did that guy in the tower have to say that to me because right then I started to panic. I did not calm down until r was on final and I saw the DC-l 0 was on its upwind.

to get out of it then it had ever been, it turns out I was almost stuck to the set. I went inside my instructor shook my hand and came out with these big scissors. She cut the back of my Tshirt off and today it hangs over at Eagle Aviation with my name on it. To date [ have 57 logged hours and passed my FAA written exam with 97%. r still have have to do my cross-country solos, then will come the day when I take my check ride and get my private pilot's license, but I'll never forget the day I soloed - August 28, 1991.

pro", I said.
Now this was only my first take-off and landing; I had to do three more. By the third one r was taking off and landing like I had been doing this all my life. I got cleared for

It was all over, I had finally
soloed. I was so proud and so were my parents. I was getting out of the plane and I kind off noticed it was harder