The RMR Record

The newsletter of the Rocky Mountain Region of the Civil Air Patrol November 2013 Volume 3, Number 1

A La unch In to T he Wind
By 1st Lt Lee Winfield, Weber Minuteman Squadron, Utah Wing As a member of the Civil Air Patrol, I am constantly in awe and humbled by the dedication and participation of our members. Certainly not the least of these aforementioned members, are the Cadets. They are dedicated, hard working and definitely ambitious. The Cadets of the Utah Wing, well, they have “true grit”. This determination was proved once again in 2013. A successful Encampment, National Color Guard Victory and some great FTX’s! Model rocketry, being one of the favorite activities for an FTX, was made available by a generous grant from the Air Force Association (AFA) in fall of 2013 for the cadets of the Utah Wing. Imagine spending a weekend in Utah launching rockets in a 30mph headwind, sleeping in 70 year old C-huts with the possibility of an occasional scorpion visitor and eating cold burgers on a Friday night. Hoorah! Weber Minuteman Composite Squadron was honored to host the two-day Rocketry FTX, with the participation of several other Squadrons at the historic airbase in Wendover, Utah. This location is flat, dry and a perfect place to launch a rocket. There were 28 Cadets and one senior member in attendance from across the State to participate in the program. Cadets were divided into flights, encampment style. The C-huts at the base were used for housing and the chow hall for classes, assembly of the rockets, and dining. If any of you have been through the Rocketry Program, you will remember that it is fast- paced; it has to be, to fit in a weekend. Initially the cadets participated in several classes that taught them the basic history of rocketry, aeronautical science and safety. Once classes and testing were completed then the building phase began, first with a non-solid fuel. Continued on page 3

Idaho Wing Aerospace Education

The Idaho Wing set up an Aerospace Education display at the Idaho Science Teachers Association annual conference in Pocatello on October 4th and 5th. The conference attracted over 200 teachers from throughout the state. CAP members were available at the display to answer questions regarding the broad scope of AE materials that were available to CAP Aerospace Education Members. A 2 page flyer featuring the benefits of AEM status was provided to each attendee in their conference registration package.

Pocatello Composite Squadron members (L to R) Capt David Doerr, Commander; 1st Lt Jenifer Webster, 2d Lt Steve Yandon

Those visiting the display were surprised to learn of the numerous science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) related teaching packages that CAP has available to them. One of the items that appeared to catch many of the teachers interest was that most of the CAP AE materials have photos of Cadets actually building and testing some of the model projects contained in the books.
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A Launch Into The Wind (cont’d)
The cadets built two. One used a film canister, propelled by an antacid tablet. This rocket introduced the cadets to a reaction based propulsion system and made them hunger for more exciting launches soon to come, given that the average apogee (highest point of the flight) was around two inches. “That was awesome?” to quote one cadet. The second rocket was a soda bottle water rocket, launched with air pressure. The next rocket built was a part of the Titan stage of the program. The rocket chosen was a small, single stage rocket propelled by solid fuel. The cadets spent most of the day assembling this rocket along with two additional solid fuel rockets that were also a part of the program. This small rocket was a great introduction to the procedures that are use to assemble most model rockets. After completing this rocket, the cadets appeared to have more confidence in building the final two rockets. The first of these was the Patriot. As the name implies, it is a model of the actual Patriot missile (MIM-104) surface-toair missile used by the U.S. Army and several allied nations since 1981. The final and most complicated build was the two-stage payload rocket. Designed to carry a small payload, this rocket, under the right conditions, is capable of achieving altitudes of nearly 2,500 ft. It is powered by two solid rocket engines. It proved to be the favorite of the launches for the cadets. Throughout the final day of rocketry, perhaps the most interesting part was the wind. At its peak, the wind was blowing 30mph, forcing the rockets into some unpredictable trajectories. Most of the rockets were recovered with only a couple exceptions. Every cadet finished the program with more than the patch and a certificate. They all had a visible sense of achievement. At this FTX I saw something else that is a part of this program and always should be. That is a real spirit of collaboration between members. Our CAP training calls it, “esprit de corps”. This means devotion to a group. It is by this that we are able to have events like our rocketry FTX be a success because we are committed to a common goal. Along with other organizations like the Air Force Association and our senior members and parents it is my hope that we continue to be able to have events such as this to make our Cadet Programs a success not only to serve them but to serve all members of Civil Air Patrol.
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New Colorado CAP License Plate

(Photo by Maj Ed O'Brien, Black Sheep Senior Squadron PAO)

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a Bill authorizing a Colorado Civil Air Patrol license plate on the tail of a CAP Aircraft at Centennial Airport in May. The new CAP license plate will be available as of January 2014. Our thanks to State Senator Mark Scheffel for sponsoring the Bill and to the Colorado Wing members whose efforts contributed to making the license plate a reality!

Congratulations to C/Col Benjamin C. Jakeman of the Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron for earning the Carl A. Spaatz Award. Jakeman is only the 1,908th cadet to earn Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor.
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Region Cadet Leadership School
Utah Wing is hosting a winter Region Cadet Leadership School at Camp Williams Utah Army National Guard Base from 27 to 30 December. Attending an RCLS or Cadet Officer School is a requirement to have completed before advancing to the Eaker Ward. This RMR RCLS would be an excellent opportunity to complete that requirement. Requirements to attend: C/MSgt and above and completed encampment. The cost of the school is $100 per cadet. This cost includes all course materials, food, and lodging. We will also pre-arrange to transport cadets from SLC International Airport to/from venue at no additional cost. Please make sure to let staff know your travel plans BEFORE December 14 so arrangements can be made. Eligible cadets, and parents wishing to attend the graduation banquet, may register at this websitehttps:// Or to pay by check: Mail check for $100 (school +banquet) or $25 (1 Banquet guest) to: RCLS Civil Air Patrol Headquarters 640 North 2360 West Salt Lake City, Utah 84116 Attn: Valerie Salt In addition to registering online/sending in a check, a complete CAPF 31 with parent and squadron commander signatures and a CAPF 60 must be received no later than 7 December. If you are from outside Utah Wing- you must have your Wing Commander's approval to attend. You may mail or fax these in. Fax number: (801) 532-0229 The AF style blue uniform will be the normal uniform of the day, NO BDUs. Please plan on bringing enough uniforms for the course and civilian cold weather attire. A packing list will be sent out after registration is completed. Questions may be directed to: C/Maj Kelsi Christensen,, cell (435) 213-6956 or to Capt. Mike Fernandez,, cell 801) 652-9817.
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(Photo by TFO Matt Brewer, Thompson Valley Composite Squadron)

COWG Mission Pilot Maj. Bill O'Connor briefing ABC News Correspondent Ginger Zee before she flew along with her photojournalist on an Aerial Photography sortie on 17SEP13, from Ft. Collins-Loveland Airport during the Colorado Wing's mission supporting FEMA and the State to assess flood damage. The story aired on ABC World News Tonight on 17 SEP 13 and Good Morning America 18 SEP 13.

RMR/Area Command exercise

Mark your 2014 calendars for our RMR/ Area Command exercise for the 21-24 August 2014. All Wing ICP and their aircrew and aircraft will be able to participate if we get additional funding by 31-May. ACP will be located in Ft Collins, CO, but each wing will have their own ICP for command reasons.
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Montana CAP members join American Legion for Flag Disposal Ceremony

1st Lt Mike Touchette, and two cadets, Nicholas McVey-Touchette and SrA Bokovoy, (partially hidden, right) are shown participating in the annual Flag Disposal Ceremony.

On October 10, members of MTWG’s Lewis and Clark Composite Squadron participated in the annual Flag Disposal Ceremony held b members of The American Legion, Lewis and Clark Post 2 in Helena, Montana. This is the second year the unit assisted this American Legion Post with the ceremony.

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AFA/CAP Workshop and Top Flight By Lt Col Dorothy Christensen, AE Officer External RMR Each year the Utah Air Force Association/ Aerospace Education Foundation (AFA/AEF) conducts a teacher workshop on Aerospace Another exciting AEM benefit is the Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) flights provided in CAP airplanes throughout the Country. The teachers were divided in half, with one at the museum for half a day and the others at Ogden Airport to fly. At noon these groups rotated. The day spent at the Hill Air Force Base Aerospace Museum included touring the museum, exploring the Education Center (which is supported by the UT AFA/ AEF) and participating in hands-on aerospace education activities designed to ignite youth interest in STEP subjects and careers. Susan Mallett from CAP's National Headquarters in Montgomery, AL led this session which introduced the educators to a myriad of free materials, programs, and resources available to them with membership in CAP. Continued on next page
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Education. This year the UT AFA/AEF partnered with CAP and conducted an Aerospace Education workshop with a TOP flight as part of the curriculum. Thirty educators comprised of classroom instructors, administrators, and CAP squadron Aerospace Education Officers attended. They learned how STEM is woven throughout the principles of flight using gliders, shuttles, rockets, and geobats, as well as other futuristic aircraft. Each educator received a complimentary CAP Aerospace Education Teacher Membership (AEM) as part of the workshop. This provides them with free benefits which includes a variety of free K-12 STEM print, DVDs and online material.
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AFA/CAP Workshop and Top Flight (cont’d) When the other half of the teachers arrived at the airport, Maj. Jason Mettmann, UT Wing Director of Safety, opened the meeting and gave the safety briefing. Half of those 15 proceeded to the aircraft where the pilots walked them around the airplane showing them the preflight procedure and explaining the operation of the airplane. They then boarded and took off. The rest of the teachers were divided in half and one half of them took a tour through the control tower while the others remained in the classroom. The classroom session was taught by Maj. Warren Allen and Col. John Barainca.

teachers could take back to their classrooms. This cycling of teachers continued all day. Aerial photographs by the teachers, in addition to the excitement gleaned from the actual flights, will be shared with the

hundreds of youth these teachers impact. Credit to UT Wing DAE Lt. Timothy Cole for his excellent organization and planning of this event. Also thanks to Capt. Barrry Albright, UT Wing Director of Flight Operations and the excellent CAP Pilots, van drivers and support team. With leadership by the UT AFA President, Robert George and UT AFA/AEF President Kit Workman and UT AFA/AEF Vice President Grant Hicinbothem as well as dedicated UT AFA/AEF members, the workshop was also a great success.
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Col. Barainca presented AE activities that the

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Provo Civil Air Patrol Takes To The Air on Radio
Members of the Civil Air Patrol gathered recently at the Provo Airport for a radio communications exercise. The purpose of the exercise was to train new members in radio procedures that are used in time of an emergency. “We are entering a busy season for Civil Air Patrol missions, so this was a perfect opportunity to train our new members- and refresh some of our old-timers- on standardized radio procedures,” said CAP Lieutenant Colonel Jim Stewart. New members were trained on safety procedures while working with electronic equipment. Then the team worked together to assemble a remote radio station and make contact with a nearby CAP aircraft. Cadet Makenzie Keane said, “This is the first time I have done something like this. It’s not like talking on a cell phone.” Hopkins, a recent graduate of CAP’s National Emergency Services Academy, emphasized the importance of using standardized radio procedures. “Oftentimes CAP is working with other agencies during a mission, and being able to understand and be understood is the difference between mission success and failure.” The Civil Air Patrol has adopted the communications practices used by the National Incident Management System- or NIMS- which is the nation-wide standard for public service organizations. “Using NIMS gives us a common language to talk to other agencies like sheriff or police units in the area.”

CAP Captain Wayne Manning said, “We are 1st Lt David Hobson talks to the mission base radio station using always working on improving our skills to be mission ready. We also are looking for the CAP aircraft radio at the Communication Exercise people who are interested in communications or aviation who want to put their skills to use to serve our community.” While CAP is usually known for flying search missions for lost aircraft, the volunteer organization operates an extensive radio communications network in Utah and across the country. “There are a number of radio repeaters located in key spots in the state,” said CAP Major Kent Hopkins, who serves as the Communications Officer for the Phantom Squadron that is based in Utah County. “Without that network of radio equipment, we wouldn’t be able to do our job.” New members were trained on safety procedures while working with electronic equipment. Then the team worked together to assemble a remote radio station and Cadet Makenzie Keane (front) uses the radio to pass a message while make contact with a nearby CAP aircraft. Cadet Makenzie Keane said, “This is the first Cadet Trey Talcott (rear) looks on time I have done something like this. It’s
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National PAO Academy held in Colorado

The Colorado Wing played host to Civil Air Patrol's 2013 National Conference in Denver 1318 AUG 13 and a number of Pre-Conference Workshops were conducted on 13-14 AUG. The National Public Affairs Officer Academy was held off site at Buckley AFB on 13 AUG and at the U.S. Air Force Academy on 14 AUG. PAO Academy attendees and staff posed for a photo near the Civil Air Patrol plaque in Arnold Hall while at the U.S. Air Force Academy. All were given blue National PAO Academy embroidered polo shirts and many elected to wear them.
Photo by Maj. Stephen Blucher, RMR Staff)

The Colorado Wing’s Peaks & Planes magazine, coedited by Lt. Col Mike Daniels and Maj. Denise Thompson, took home a Balsem Award. It was hailed as a “very attractive magazine” with engaging photos and stories highlighting “content (that) covers CAP missions well.”

2nd Lt. Richard W. Denison of the Wyoming Wing, received an Award of Excellence for a Teacher Orientation Program.

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On 22 SEP 13 U.S. Senator Mark Udall visited with Colorado Civil Air Patrol cadets volunteering at the Disaster Assistance Center in Loveland, CO. Senator Udall commended the cadets for their disaster relief work in the aftermath of historic flooding in Colorado. (Photo by Maj. Eric W Schwarm, COWG Thompson Valley Composite Squadron)

Utah Holds SLS Course
On 6-7 September 2013, new Civil Air Patrol officers from around Utah convened in Salt Lake City to attend the CAP Squadron Leadership School. This course, hosted by the Utah Wing of CAP, helps new senior members of the volunteer organization gain a greater understanding of the missions of Civil Air Patrol, and how they fit into local operations. Twenty two participants traveled from as far away as Price, Utah and Twin Falls, Idaho to attend the two-day professional development training held at the Utah CAP Wing Headquarters at the Salt Lake City International Airport. “This course serves as the foundation for new CAP senior members and focuses on how these new officers can help build their home squadrons,” said Major Kent Hopkins of Alpine, who served as the course director. Modules in the course identify the importance of the local squadron, and how members can better support the three congressionally chartered missions of Civil Air Patrol: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and
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Emergency Services. Most of the topics in the course were focused on leadership skill development and understanding the importance of professionalism in

volunteer service. Hopkins said that the graduates of this course will assume responsibility for managing day -to-day operations in their local units immediately on their return home. Hopkins said, “We are giving them the tools to be able to hit the ground running.”
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COWG Thompson Valley Composite Squadron's FO Bella Solman being interviewed by KMGH 7News ABC Photojournalist Brad Bogott before flying a Colorado Floods Mission sortie.

(Photo by Lt. Col. Mike Daniels, COWG PAO and Floods Mission PIO)

Ground and air crews from the MTWG Big Sky Composite Squadron participated in a multi-agency search for a missing person in South Central Montana this past June. Pictured are ground team members C/Maj. M. Johnson, C/CMSgt. Shields, 1st Lt Godfrey, C/Capt H. Brainard, C/Capt. J. Johnson, C/ TSgt. M. Hanson, 1st Lt. L. Furniss, and C/2nd Lt. Druckenmiller,.
(Photo by 2nd Lt. Steven A. Mayville )

The RMR Record A quarterly newsletter published for the members of the Rocky Mountain Region of the Civil Air Patrol. Submissions are encouraged through your public affairs officer or directly to the RMR/PA at al.nash@rmr
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Current RMR membership

Colorado Wing Idaho Wing Montana Wing Utah Wing Wyoming Wing Region Staff

Seniors 885 209 132 296 180 25

Cadets 1962 212 145 255 84 1
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