15 AUG.

2007
The newsletter of U.S. Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 11 (CA-435) • Palm Springs, CA

COMMANDER’S CORNER
Notes from a Corporate Learning Class Recently I attended a CLC class at March ARB over the weekend of 7-8 July. At its completion we all felt the content and presentation of material had been excellent. Following are some things I think are valuable for us all – and some that were new to me, and may be to you, too:

Duo endure intense training at Academy
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1. It is 2007 and the time has come to use online forms whenever possible. Paper is not the way to go… electronic communications is here to stay. It is more efficient and there are fewer errors. Remember, every time you send someone a piece of paper it has to be put into the system – by someone typing in the information – and that opens the door to errors. 2. We need to get our Membership Board on track and start using it. It only makes good sense to sit down with new members and ask them why, where and when… and let them ask us questions, too. 3. There are a lot of scholarships out there for our cadets including two $5,000 Ferman Scholarships. Would someone volunteer to get that information together and present it to the cadets – perhaps a cadet volunteer? 4. One-half of the money in CAP is currently in squadron bank accounts. At the end of this month that will all change and Wings will have control over all bank accounts. And, we will be getting a credit card from Wing. 5. CAP spends $4.5 million to sponsor a NASCAR racing team. And, we need $5.5 million to upgrade all the corporate aircraft with Becker Directional Finding Units. 6. There is a “Fly a Teacher” program. Let us get teachers in Coachella Valley into our airplane! 7. In your membership information – under MIMS – please go in and delete your California Driver’s License number. 8. You can download a free program to convert documents to PDF – at www.primopdf.com.

It was just a stroll through the woods for Lt. Don Cook. Ordinary, that is, until he heard the screams. The sounds grew louder as the ground team leader and his crew neared a roadside clearing. Then he saw it: blood, bodies, trauma. He saw it… and he took charge. The simulated mass casualty incident enacted during the National Emergency Services Academy (NESA) in July tested the wits and wisdom of Cook and fellow Squadron 11

senior member Lt. Sam Aguilar. The Palm Springs duo endured a week of intense land navigation, line search and trauma response training July 15-21 while pursuing ground team certifications in the jungle-like terrain of Camp Atterbury, a facility located 45 miles from downtown Indianapolis, In. Working to earn his Ground Team Leader badge, NESA tested Cook both mentally and physically. “After the second day I was fighting the urge

NESA WAS THE “BEST ORGANIZED, MOST INTENSE AND THOROUGH TRAINING I’VE EVER DONE. THERE WAS NOTHING EASY ABOUT IT. – LT. DON COOK

to just go home,” he said. “It was intense, but I’m no quitter.” The lieutenant stuck it out and graduated from the academy as did Aguilar, who earned Ground Team Member III status during the training event. Aguilar, who is a former Marine with an extensive [CONT. ON PG.3] Lt. Sam Aguilar, left, and a cadet teammate attend to a victim during a mass casualty crash scenario at NESA in July.
[Photo courtesy Maj. Gary Brockman, NESA]

Thanks for all you do. Be safe, have fun. – John Craig, Capt., CAP

Squadron Commander Palm Springs Composite Squadron 11

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Reynolds named Cadet Commander
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Earning their stripes...

det Sr. Airman Joseph Reynolds was named the squadron’s new Cadet Commander on Wednesday, August 1. Reynolds steps into the shoes of Cadet Master Sgt. Brandon Bottemer who enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Reynolds, who previously served as Flight Sgt., is ready for the challenge. “I have plans,” he said of the appointment, “but I’m still a little nervous.”

The airman cited cadet program staff members Maj. Simon Housman and Lt. Sam Aguilar for their help during the transition. “They’re lifesavers. They’re always there to help and give me pointers,” he said. Housman noted inherent leadership traits in the cadet. “Cadet Reynolds brings uncommon self discipline to the leadership responsibilities of Cadet Commander.”

Cadets Patrick Phillips, left, and Casey Hutcheson, center, are each pinned with their first stripe and promoted to the grade of Cadet Airman by Maj. Simon Housman, Deputy Commander for Cadets, during Commander’s Call on Wednesday, August 1. [Photo: Lt. Crystal Chatham, CA-435]
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LOGbook [PERSONNEL]

Local church donates to Squadron
RANCHO MIRAGE –

New members
• S/M PHIL CORVINUS • S/M MONICA ROSE • CADET JESSICA WILSON

Roles reversed for Squadron 11 recently as the organization built for reaching out was lent a hand. Rancho Mirage based Community Church of Joy included the squadron in its quarterly missions donation. The church project is designed to support

local civic and volunteer groups, according to Chaplain Gene Ness, a member of the parish. Under the direction of Pastor Dr. Rich Dorst, Community Church of Joy also donates to Meals on Wheels, Buddy Rogers Symphony, and local rescue missions. The church’s $125

donation to CAP is earmarked for training. “Donations allow us to fly more,” said squadron finance officer Lt. Herb Cook. “We can do training,” he said, “but donations like this means we have funds so our volunteers don’t have to pay to train.” This is the church’s second such donation.

Promotions
• S/M SAM AGUILAR to 2nd LT., June 5 • LT. JOHN BAUGHMAN to CAPT. • CADET CASEY HUTCHESON to CADET AIRMAN, Aug. 1 • CHAPLAIN GENE NESS to CAPT. • CADET PATRICK PHILLIPS to CADET AIRMAN, Aug. 1 • S/M GEORGE THORNALLY to 2nd LT., June 5 • S/M GLENN WARNICA to 2nd LT., June 5

Qualifications & Notables
• LT. SAM AGUILAR > Ground Team Member III • LT. SAM AGUILAR > NESA Graduate • MARY BAUGHMAN > Mission Scanner • LT. CRYSTAL CHATHAM > SLS Graduate • CAPT. JOHN CRAIG > CLC Graduate • LT. DON COOK > Ground Team Leader • LT. DON COOK > NESA Graduate • MAJ. BRUCE MARBLE > Counter Drug Mission Observer • MAJ. BRUCE MARBLE > CLC Graduate

Hands-on aerospace… PHASE I CADET CLASS COMES TO LIFE
Maj. Simon Housman, center, shows cadets how to measure the camber of a T-33 aircraft wing during the cadets’ aerospace education class on Wednesday, August 1. The class covered the introductory module of Aerospace Dimensions, the cadets’ study course for phases I and II. [Photo: Lt. Crystal Chatham, CA-435]
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is a member publication of U.S. Civil Air Patrol Palm Springs Composite Squadron 11. For comments, questions or submissions, e-mail publication editor Lt. Crystal Chatham at sq11pao@gmail.com. CAPFlight is published every six weeks and is distributed in print and electronically via e-mail.

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flightLINES [NOTES] Mission touted in ‘Eagle Call’
Graham recognized by Group
Maj. Danny Graham received a certificate of appreciation during the Group 3 banquet Saturday, July 18 at March Air Reserve Base. Graham was recognized for his participation as a check pilot during a June flight clinic at Montgomery Field in San Diego. During the two-day clinic hosted by Squadron 57, Graham conducted Form 5 and 91 check rides. Capt. Frank Tullo also participated in the weekend training.
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School supply drive underway
The Squadron 11 Back to School drive to collect backpacks and school supplies continues through Wednesday, August 22. Donated bags will be fully stocked with binders, folders, crayons, pens, paper, pencils and more necessary school supplies before donated to Family YMCA of the Desert which will distribute the packs to lesser privileged children throughout the Coachella Valley. The squadron is poised to surpass a goal of more than 50 fully supplied backpacks.
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Openings remain for SARCity
Staff positions are still open for SARCity, scheduled for October 12-14 in Barstow. Squadron 11 is acting as host for the U.S. Civil Air Patrol operations during the multi-agency event. CAP will conduct air and classroom instruction for Mission Scanner qualifications. Staff positions for the event are being filled by squadron members; personnel from other units will be recruited as needed to fill vacancies. 10-12 corporate aircraft will be on hand for the training activity and 100 students are expected to go through the scanner school. Senior members interested in attending SARCity should contact the event’s project officer, Capt. Roy Heimburger, for more information.
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Squadron 11 air crew is cited in the latest edition of Eagle Call for a distress find dating back to 2005. Named to the magazine’s “Top Five Finds” list, the mission to find a downed Lancair is hailed for thorough use of radar tracking, which aided in an expedited find by squadron members Capt. Frank Tullo, Maj. Roy Hofheinz, and Maj. Bruce Marble. With no viable ELT signal to locate, the air crew was tasked to perform an early morning search over a radar track developed during overnight analysis. Less than an hour after wheels up, the crew spotted the wreckage. “We were lucky,” said Hofheinz. “As we flew south toward the last

AFRCC MISSION: 05M2001 DISTRESS FIND 18-19 OCT. 2005 33˚ 23.6’ N X 116˚ 36.6’ W IC: CAPT. BOB KEILHOLTZ

Aerial photos of a 2005 distress find near Borrego Springs show the site and an overall view of the mountainous terrain where the aircraft was found. There were no survivors. [Photos: Maj. Bruce Marble, CA-435] known position suddenly we began to get an ELT sound.” Within moments, the Lancair was in sight. “We were getting the signal less than a mile from the target. It was a very weak ELT because it had crashed and burned, but the ELT was not dead.” The ELT signal was unknown to AFRCC, he said. “This was one of the first occasions where we relied on this excellent new technology of tracking various radars to pin down something that was otherwise lost. It was a good mission because it was successful, but it was a sad one as you can see of the wreckage… it was just scattered all over the place.”

NESA offers challenge [CONT. FROM PG.1]
search and rescue background, responded to NESA’s culminating mass casualty scenario as his team’s medic. The NESA training was different than what he’s undergone in the past, he said. “The medical scenarios were meant to be no-wins. You come away knowing what you did right, but also knowing that you could do better. They weren’t easy situations with simple solutions,” Aguilar said. “The exercises definitely gave us food for thought.” The duo plans to conduct ES training at the squadron level to assemble an active and ready ground team.

Wing Conf. at March ARB
The annual California Wing Conference is just weeks away. Scheduled for September 28-30, the conference is being held at nearby March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley. “See What the New Dawn Brings” is the theme for this year’s conference, which features a variety of activities including special tours and a dunk tank with Wing Commander Col. Jesse Muniz. Registration, payment, and more information can be found on the wing web site.
MARCH ARB –

Lt. Don Cook, left, attended NESA in July and earned qualification as a Ground Team Leader.
[Photo courtesy Maj. Gary Brockman, NESA]

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UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
AUGUST 11-19 ................. Cadet Encampment, Camp San Luis Obispo AUGUST 15 ........................................................ MTG: E.S. TRAINING [BDUS/POLO] AUGUST 18 .... Cadet Orientation Flights, Palm Springs [BDUS/FLIGHT SUIT] AUGUST 19 ......................................................Glider Flights at Los Alamitos AUGUST 22 .... MTG: AIR & GROUND E.S. TRAINING [BDUS/POLO/FLIGHT SUIT] AUGUST 25 ............... Wings Over Big Bear Air Fair 2007, Big Bear AUGUST 29 ................................... MTG: ELT Search to “Fun Night” [CIVILIAN] SEPTEMBER 5 ........................... MTG: COMMANDER’S CALL [BLUES/AVIATOR] SEPTEMBER 12 .......MTG: PHYSICAL TRAINING/E.S. TRAINING [PT/POLO] SEPTEMBER 19............................................... MTG: E.S. TRAINING [BDUS/POLO] SEPTEMBER 26.............................................. MTG: E.S. TRAINING [BDUS/POLO] SEPTEMBER 28-30 ............. California Wing Conference, March ARB

ON THE HORIZON
OCTOBER 12-14 ............................................................................... SARCity, Barstow OCTOBER 13-19 ..............National Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama OCTOBER 26-28 .............. BCS/ATS, Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado

WEEKLY MEETINGS ARE HELD FROM 7-9 P.M. (1900-2100 HRS) WEDNESDAY EVENINGS AT THE PALM SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM PACIFIC (SOUTH) HANGAR, 745 N. GENE AUTRY TRAIL. – GUESTS ARE WELCOMED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND –

U.S. CIVIL AIR PATROL
Palm Springs Composite Squadron 11 P.O. Box 2663 Palm Springs, CA 92263

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