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CAP Glider Flights at Sky Soaring
On Thursday, June 8th, LaLonde, and SM MiWoodfield Composite ess, and cadets included Squadron went soaring. C/Amn Miess, C/MSgt It marks the first glider Tomaszewski, and orientation flights for C/A1C Gallman. the summer. Capt. Snyder was giving The day started with the orientation flights in the CAP assembly glider all day of the with Cadets CAP Miess, Blanik LGallman and 23 glider. Tomaszewski This was receiving accomCapt. Snyder gives one on one flights. Senplished instruction to C/Amn Miess ior members with the LaLonde and Miess also assistance of several got the chance to go CAP and Sky Soaring along on a glider flight. members. CAP members in attendance were Sky Soaring is located senior members Capt. out in Hampshire, IL McNichols, Lt. just off of I-90. For
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CAP glider in tow up to 3,000 ft.
Johnson Flight Encampment Color Guard/Drill Team 2 2 3 3 4 4
more information, and to learn when Sky Soaring will be flying next, contact Capt. Snyder or visit Sky Soaring’s web site: www.skysoaring.com
ES/Ground Team Training Memorial Day Events Father’s Day Breakfast Promotions
“If flying were the language of man, soaring would be
Lt. LaLonde with Capt. Snyder in flight over Sky Soaring
Woodfield Staff Changes Drill Routine
The staff has come to the conclusion that the cadets are getting bored with drill. This is all going to change. The staff has decided to introduce some innovative drill movements, which are currently being used by Great Lakes Region Drill Team. In order to perfect these drill movements the staff is asking for everyone to arrive at the meeting at 1845 hrs. These extra minutes will be used for opening formation so we can get the meetings
C/1st Lt Wells
stated at exactly 1900 hrs. With this time I am sure that Woodfield Composite Squadron will look the best and will be the best trained cadets in the state, and we should have several cadets trained in drill to form 2 or 3 drill teams.
Johnson Flight Encampment
From June 9-17th, 3 cadets from Woodfield Squadron participated in the Johnson Flight Encampment at Coles County Memorial A irpo rt in Mattoon, IL. I wasn’t there, so I’m not going to ramble on and try to make stuff up. Here’s what one of the cadets in attendance experienced.
C/TSgt Kyle Tomaszewski
Johnson Flight Encampment strives to provide a safe, low cost, high quality flight experience that will help shape tomorrows aerospace leaders.
My experiences at Johnson Flight Encampment have been some of the best moments in my Civil Air Patrol involvement. This year, 2006 JFE, was much different from the last year I went. My instructor pilots, CAP Capt's Wally Gleason and Pat Klick, have been remarkably helpful to my glider pilot career. Compared to last year, this Cadets Tomaszewski, Brady, and year was much Greenlee at JFE, 2006 better with the weather situation. I remember last year one day we walked outside and it looked like we were walking into the end of the world, the sky was black and the clouds stretched for as far as we could see. We were only weathered out one day this year, but that didn't stop every glider student from achieving their solo/pre-solo certification. Every glider cadet, except two, earned their pre-solo wings, and three of us earned our solo's. My first solo in any aircraft was on Thursday, June 15th, 2006 at JFE. There was a nasty crosswind that day, but I held back my anxi- Cadets Brady and Tomaszewski with ety built up and completed the 9 instructors Capt. Gleason and
minute flight. It was funny because even though my instructor pilot was less than 100 LBS, the glider flew SO much differently with him not in it with me. I released at 1500ft, and actually hit a decent thermal. "Hey, I could ride this thing for a while because no one is telling me to take the glider down!" I thought to myself. But, the nice cadet that I am, I entered the pattern, greased the landing, and was surprised to see that I wasn't greeted with a bucket of cold water. I did get nailed with the water at a later time during that day. The only problem that I had with my solo was that the back door on the glider flew half way open during my downwind leg. I almost reached back to close it, but instead continued to fly the glider and make sure that I do not get distracted with my landing pattern. I had fun, worked hard, and am going to continue my glider flights at Sky Soaring until I earn my PGL by the end of this summer.
Color Guard and Drill Team Needed
With summer in full swing, and some more key holidays coming up, the opportunity for Woodfield Squadron to partake in Color Guard activities is here. Only a few weeks ago, we were asked to present the colors at the swearing in of new US citizens in downtown Chicago. There was a huge
chance to get our faces in the media and make more people aware of CAP. On July 4th, we will again have the opportunity to march in the 4th of July parade in Elgin. If you are able to attend, please do. Ask Lt. Gallman, or Capt. Snyder for more Members of Woodfield’s Color Guard perform for onlookers details and the place and time to meet.
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Memorial Day Poppy
SM D. E. McNichol
Over the Memorial Day weekend we were requested to support the Veterans Day sale of Budding Poppies. We had several Seniors and Cadets respond to the task. Overall we collected $650.00 and turned it over to the local VFW hall. This is a special day for all
our Veterans like myself, and this is were the Poppies history started: The poppy of wartime remembrance is the red corn poppy. This poppy is a common weed in Europe and is found in many locations. Artificial paper versions of this poppy are in many countries worn to commemorate those killed in World War I. The poppy is a reminder for all of us to honor those who serviced
in this country’s freedom in peace time or in strife. Remember the Veterans and wear it proudly. Next year lets all get out there and help our people.
sy to ma k e fortu a sm ne in all aviat start ion. with Y ou a lar ge fo rtune .
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Emergency Services Training
The past couple of months have seen quite a bit of emergency services activity both in training and missions. For training, members from Woodfield Composite Squadron covered two specialties; Mission Staff Assistant (MSA) and Ground Team Member 3 (GTM3). The MSA training was covered over three squadron meetings. A special thank you goes out to Lt. Holod of Fox Valley Composite Squadron for assisting our squadron with an excellent mission board class and for sharing her experiences. We are also in the process of preparing mission boards for
several excellent instructors. Meeting once a week for five weeks we covered safety, search and rescue techniques, map and compass reading and much more. For actual field work, a mission was held at one of the forest preserves in Melrose Park and consisted of several searches including an after dark search. The training must have been good, because the group field performance received an outstanding review Woodfield Cadet Greenlee familiarizes from Capt. Welch and Chief Schwartz. himself with direction finding gear while other CAP members and Melrose This was a great experience and only Park Public Safety personnel look on the beginning of what I’m sure will be an excellent emergency service team at Woodfield Composite Squadron.
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both ground teams and air crew. This was a terrific introduction to the MSA specialty and more training will be taking place to get people qualified in this specialty. GTM3 training was a big success. Woodfield Composite Squadron now has four ground team members, which also received state certification. The ground team class was put together by Capt Welch, Commander of Forest Park Composite Squadron and Chief Schwartz of Melrose Park Public Safety (MPPS). The class consisted of approximately 27 students from both CAP and MPPS and
C/Amn Colaprete C/Amn Guo C/Amn Miess C/Amn Noto C/Amn Portillo C/SMSgt Hibbard C/SMSgt Brady C/SSgt Greenlee C/A1C Guther
C/1st Lt Wells 1LT Knickerbocker
(Left) Craig Knickerbocker receives his promotion to 1LT. (Right) C/Amn Portillo gets his first stripe pinned on.
Father’s Day Breakfast
Congratulations to all of you that came out to the Fathers Day Event. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of everyone there, the squadron raised over $800.00 for our scholarship and activities fund. Special recognition goes to Cadets Lilly Miess and Joey Noto for their extra effort at selling raffle tickets.
Capt. Snyder in front of CAP information table at 06C
(Left) Planes are marshaled in by Woodfield CAP cadets. (Right) Cadets Stark and Brady try to figure out hand signals.
Members of EAA Chapter 153 serve up breakfast
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