Maroon Marauder

Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 PCR-CA-273 Spring Quarter 2011

A Message from the Cadet Commander

Special 30th Anniversary From the Cadet Commander Promotions and Awards From the Squadron Commander Safety Preparedness Flying 101 CAWG Encampment 2011 E.L Carnahan Sq 85: ‘85-93 Calendar

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Squadron 85 , I would like to start off by recognizing the hard work that C/2Lt John Barb has put forth during the past 6 months as our Cadet Commander. During his command and with the hard work of Capt. Yanagihara, our squadron grew to an astonishing 62 Cadets and 21 Senior Members, the largest it has ever been. Being chosen as the Cadet Commander of a squadron is not an easy task, but with the right support and motivation from both our staff and cadets, our squadron has the potential to become the greatest it has ever been. We now have the opportunity and resources to take part in even more fun activities, and expect to see the participation of ALL qualified members at these activities. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you grow to your greatest potential, and remember, “Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”

C/CMSgt Anthony R. Smith Cadet Commander Sq. 85

Special 30th Anniversary Edition
December 2010 marks the 30th Anniversary of Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85’s official charter as a Civil Air Patrol Squadron. In the next issues of the 2011 Maroon Marauder, we will explore our past through contributions from various current and past squadron members. Learn from our history and proud heritage as a squadron, and what it means to be “Always on Parade”

History of the Wedge Hunters Patch
During the squadron’s early years there was a designated search area that was shaped like a triangle (Sacramento to Tahoe to Truckee). The area is amongst the most rugged terrain in California for Search and Rescue operations. This rugged desolate and almost un-navigable area became known as "The Wedge" and the cadets and senior members of Squadron 85 soon became known as the "Wedge Hunters". On our squadron patch our nickname is proudly embroidered and the integrity of the squadron wedge is kept by the triangular shape.

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Congratulations to the following Cadets for their Promotions and Awards for Q1 2011 (January/February/March)

Cadets: Cadets: Bellas,
Donald Brewer, Nicholas Daugherty, Rory Mayhew, Christian Morrill, Chandler Peppard, Casey

Morris, Dayton

Clark, Daniel

Cadets: Anderly,
Jacob Moat, Samantha Paglucia, Mathew Prete, Nicholas Sherman, Jacob

Johnson, Dominic Woodel, Joshua




Kaita, Kevin

Jordan, Jeff

Smith, Anthony


C/A1C C/MSgt C/SMSgt



The Amelia Earhart Award honors the late Amelia Earhart, aviatrix, advocate, and pioneer, who set many records for women aviators in aviation’s infancy, and who was lost while attempting to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. The second milestone of the Cadet Program, the Amelia Earhart Award, is earned after the receipt of the General Billy Mitchell Award and the completion of the first eleven achievements of the Cadet Program. In addition, the cadet must pass a comprehensive 100-question examination covering aerospace topics, leadership theory and staff duties. To highlight the significance of this accomplishment, as of March 2011, just over 15,000 cadets have earned this award since its inception in 1964, representing only 5% of all cadets that enter the program.

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From the Squadron Commander
Greetings Squadron 85! As the weather warms up so does our activities. First up was Cadet Competitions. At group we fielded two Color Guard teams. Both did well with team 1 going onto Wing. The important thing to note is that Team 2 was all new and spent several weeks training for this event. I look forward to seeing great things come from this new team. As we look at future Color Guard events, this team will become an important player towards meeting those commitments. Right now, Memorial Day looks to be triple booked. At Wing, Color Guard placed a respectable fourth place. Group 5 Drill team will be going onto Region. It takes quite a bit of training to get to these levels. Congratulations to all involved. Next was a Change in Command. C/2Lt. Barb stepped down from a 6 month term as our Cadet Commander. C/ CMSgt. Smith will be our new Cadet Commander for the next 6 months. We want to thank C/2Lt. Barb for his service and wish C/CMSgt. Smith well with his new duty. You may have also noticed that we changed some of the positions in the Cadet Command Staff. Please make sure you congratulate these folks and welcome them into your flights as they accept new staff positions. As leaders, I am addressing to all of us, we must take time to reflect. We need to grow and become better at what we do. The more often you reflect the better you become. Just doing it once in awhile is not enough. You will also become more adaptable to situations because you have already thought about them. You may even become proactive (thinking ahead). Speaking of activities, please make sure you are taking a look at the weekly newsletter and squadron website. We will be trying to keep you up to date. You need to set aside these dates and work with your families now. Some of these dates fall around holidays and if there is a way you can be there we can sure use your help. Rick Kaita, Capt., CAP Squadron Commander

Safety: Preparation is Key
We are all aware of the devastating effects of the massive earthquake in Japan last month. The 9.0 magnitude quake shook the normal lives of thousands of people and changed them forever. For many, everything they knew is gone. For many, there is much to do to recover. They will be dealing with this for a long time to come. Consider our own coastal region. The San Andreas Fault is the largest known fault here, but there are literally hundreds of smaller arterial faults that interconnect. The USGS has a map on their web site that will give you a simplified understanding of where those lines run. Although we don’t live in an area where there are any known faults, if a 9.0 magnitude quake hit San Francisco, the direct and indirect impact would be substantial even where we live. So plan ahead, think about your mental preparedness. Go to FEMA’s website and read about what to do before, during and after a quake. Learn how to prepare your home and family as best you can. Think safety and stay safe so you can help if your neighbors are in trouble. Don’t forget that Civil Air Patrol doesn’t just help with aircraft related troubles. We may be called upon to lend a hand in any major catastrophe. So, is your ES rating current? Do you have the necessary training to join a team? Do your homework, study, train yourself and attend CAP training to become certified. Take advantage of the many free resources that are waiting for you online. All the predictions are that a big quake will hit our region in the near future. Don’t be caught unprepared. Richard Barb, 1Lt., CAP Safety Officer

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Flying 101 - For the Frequent Flyer
South African low-fare airline Kulula recently came up with a brand-new, funny livery. One of their Boeing 737-86N (ZS-ZWP / OK-PIK), called “Flying 101″ is entirely covered with details and funny remarks about the plane. The captain’s window is marked with the big cheese (”captain, my captain!”), the co-pilot’s window with cocaptain (the other pilot on the PA system) and the jump seat is for wannabe pilots. In addition, the following descriptions of plane parts can be found:

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galley:(cuppa anyone?) avionics: (fancy navigation stuff) windows: (best view in the world) wing #1 and #2 engine #1 and #2: (26 000 pounds of thrust) emergency exit = throne zone (more leg room baby!) seats: (better than taxi seats) some windows = kulula fans (the coolest peeps in the world) black box: (which is actually orange) landing gear: (comes standard with supa-fly mags) back door: (no bribery/corruption here) tail: (featuring an awesome logo) loo: (or mile-high club initiation chamber) rudder: (the steering thingy) stabiliser: (the other steering thingy) a.p.u.: (extra power when you need it most) galley: (food, food, food, food…) ZS-ZW P (OK-PIK) = secret agent code (aka plane’s registration) overhead cabins: (VIP seating for your hand luggage) fuel tanks: (the go-go juice) cargo door aircon ducts (not that kulula needs it… they’re already cool) front door (our door is always open … unless we’re at 41 000 feet) cockpit window = sun roof nose cone (radar, antenna, and a really big dish inside)

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Each summer, every wing in CAP hosts an encampment. This summer's California Wing Encampment is scheduled from July 16th - 23rd. The cost for the week, including lodging and meals is usually around $200. Every cadet in the squadron should plan to attend this event, especially if you have not previously attended. Not only is it standardized training for all cadets in the wing, but it is also a requirement for the Billy Mitchell award and to become a cadet officer. “The most valuable thing I learned was how to work as a member of a team, and also what it means to be responsible for your unit instead of yourself. For example, when I arrived at Encampment it was ‘I’ - when I came home it was ‘We.’ Encampment was a life changing experience. I knew that before I went, but I had no idea what people meant when they said that, until I went myself.” ~ 2Lt Mary Barb - CAWG Encampment 2009

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Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 - 1985 - 1993
On a warm and sunny Saturday morning in the summer of 1985, I attended my first Civil Air Patrol meeting of Squadron 85. Back then, Squadron 85 was called Foothill Composite Squadron 85, and met every Saturday morning of 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Mr. Loken’s room at Ponderosa High School. Captain Judson Adamy had recently become the Squadron Commander and talked to me about the program and introduced me to the other cadets. At this point, the Squadron was fairly small, with only about 12 dedicated cadets in the program. With the Air Force Academy as my goal, I knew that this program was for me, and thus my journey as a cadet began. The uniform during this period was the standard olive drab fatigues with the signature Squadron 85 maroon cap. While attention to detail on wearing the uniform has been the epitome of Sq. 85 cadets, nobody wore the fatigue uniform better than us. While most cadets today are probably not familiar with Vano liquid starch, it was part of the cadet training on how to properly starch and iron our uniforms. Cadet Richard Kowalczyk, was the master of this art form, so much so that his shirt was able to stand up on its own without a hanger. A typical day back than is probably not too different than it is today. We began the day with our opening ceremony and would practice marching for about 45 Typical Fatigue Blouse circa: 1985 minutes. After marching, we would have classes either on aerospace education or leadership until it was time for PT. At some point, there would be time for testing before we would conduct our closing ceremonies. At least once per quarter, the Squadron participated in a Group activity at Travis Air Force Base. Usually, these were moral leadership weekends, led by Father Mike Tachet. During my time in the squadron, Colonel Carnahan was at the meetings, but I was too new to the program to truly understand the impact that he made on the Squadron and Civil Air Patrol in general until much later in life. Of my limited interaction with Colonel Carnahan, I can tell you that he was dedicated to the cadet program and making leaders of the young people that gave up their time to attend meetings. After transitioning the command of the Squadron to Jud Adamy, Col. Carnahan spent a great deal of time developing the cadet program for Group 25. It is because of Col Carnahan that cadets in the group were able to attend local moral leadership trainings, encampments, and other leadership training opportunities. When Col. Carnahan passed away, a local memorial service was held for him, in which the cadets were part of the ceremony. It was a fitting tribute for a man who dedicated his life to serving his Country and helping create future leaders. Upon Col. Carnahan’s passing, the Squadron petitioned to change the name to honor the man who had given so much. The name changed from Foothill Composite Squadron 85 to Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85. Just as important of the name change was the change in focus from a composite squadron to a cadet squadron. Although the squadron had senior members, the change reflected the true focus of the programs, which was the cadets and their development. It was agreed that this was the best way for Col. Carnahan’s legacy to live well beyond his passing.
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Cadets (L) in the olive drab fatigues and our very own SMSgt Marty Sanford (R) at Encampment held at Vandenberg AFB 1983

As with any squadron, it has its highs and lows both in terms of the number of cadets and it achievements. From my perspective, we are currently in one of those high points for the squadron, but for me 1988 to 1992, will be considered the Golden Age for the Squadron. Although the Squadron never had more than 20 cadets during this time period, it made up for it in the quality of leaders that it turned out. During this time the Squadron and its members achieved the following: SquadronAchievements 1990 - Squadron of Merit 1988 – California Composite Squadron of the year 1988 – 2nd place California Color Guard Competition Leadership positions at cadet encampments, including: Squadron Commander, Deputy Commander, Executive Officer, First Sergeant, Flight Commander, and Flight Sergeant Squadron 85 cadets also served as chairs of the Group 25 Cadet Advisory Council (CAC) from 19851990. IndividualAchievements Cadet Mckenzie accepted in the USAF Academy C/Col. Jeff King achieved Spaatz Award C/Col. Erike Young achieved Spaatz Award and Group 25 Cadet of the Year C/Lt. Col. Karen Reed (Sweden) and C/Col. Erike Young (England) participate in International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE).

Although many things have changed in the Squadron in the last 30 years, like the uniforms and the meeting locations, the one thing has always stayed consistent is the development of young leaders. “Always on Parade” has been the motto for Squadron 85 cadets both in and out of uniform for the last 30 years and it will be for the next.
About the Author: Erike Young was a member of Squadron 85, who joined the squadron in the fall of 1985. In addition to serving in almost all of the leadership positions of the squadron, Erike was named the Group 25 Cadet of the Year in 1990, and was the second cadet in the Squadron to achieve the rank of Cadet Colonel and achieving the Spaatz Award.

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APRIL 2011
APRIL 7 14 22 28 Aerospace Ed./Safety/BDUs Leadership/Blues PT Character Dev./Blues

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Activities MAY 5 12 19 26 14 21 27-30 Aerospace Ed./Safety/BDUs Leadership/Blues PT Character Dev./Blues Placerville Airport day EAA Young Eagles/Rancho Murrieta Airport Day CAWG CPC

JUNE 2011
JUNE 2 9 16 23 30 4 11 Aerospace Ed./Safety/BDUs Leadership/Blues PT Character Dev./Blues TBA Group 5 Open House Tentative: O-Rides

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Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 PCR-C A-2 73 Spring Quarter 2011 Contact Information: Aaron P. Yanagihara, Capt., CAP Public Affairs Officer / Editor Phone: 916-257-2815 E-mail: Meeting: On the Web @
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