Flight Log

Pell City Composite Squadron 118—Alabama Wing Civil Air Patrol Squadron Commander— Maj. Jim Gosnell Deputy Commander for Cadet Programs Capt. Cindy Bennett
Inside this issue: Commander’s Corner Calendar Safety Safety Newsletter and Volunteer Magazine Did You Know? Data Burst Mission Aircrew School Squadron Leadership School 1 2 3 4

Vol. 3, No. 10

October 2012

From Our Commander,
A Look Back October is one of my favorite months. The temperatures are beginning to break. In the mornings we get a glimpse of the fall season to come. The trees begin to change and take on beautiful colors. The days are becoming a bit shorter. The air is cool and crisp. Baseball playoffs are coming. Football is in full swing. October is also the beginning of the CAP Fiscal year. We say goodbye to the old year and begin a new year. We reflect on the past and plan for the future. We take an objective look at where we are and look at where we would like to be. We then try to try to close the distance between the two. We have made great strides in our Squadron. We have increased our Membership. We have increased our Professional Development. We have increased the number of Mission Pilots, Mission Observers, and Mission Scanners. We have increased our number of Ground Team Leaders and Ground Team Members. We have also began UDF Training for our Aircrews. Where do we go for the New Year? Do we have enough Squadron Members? Do we have enough Aircrew Members? Do we have enough Ground Team Members? Do we have enough UDF Team Members? Do we have enough Radio Operators? Do we have enough ADIS Operators? Do we have enough Mission Base Staff? Are our Teams proficient? Have we attended enough Professional Development classes? Have we attended enough Cadet Encampments? The short answer is no, we do not have enough people in the key areas necessary to run an Emergency Service with a Volunteer Force. We need to continue to work to increase our proficiency in all areas of operations. We also need to actively work to increase our participation in our community. While I do not know what the new year will bring, I do know that with the commitment of our membership, we will be successful. I look forward to the coming year and the work that we will do together. Happy New Year Jim Gosnell Commander

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Character Development CyberPatriot and Iron Man

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Special Recognition 15 Cadet Corner Cadet Schedule Military Ball Newsletter Editor—2nd Lt. Elizabeth Shurbutt 1617 18 19

Calendar . . .

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Cadet Schedule and Uniform for October 2012:
October 4 — P.T. 18:00 at Lakeside Park October 11— Leadership (Blues) October 18—Character Development (BDU’s) October 25—Aerospace Education (BDU’s)

Safety . . .

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SAFETY I hope all of you like to listen to “Golden Oldies” as much as I do because I stumbled upon a safety article that I wrote a few years ago that seemed to me to be as current as if it were written today. So, with a few updates, I am going to burden you with a story that I feel is very relevant today although I wrote it in 2009. Some of you may remember that the ALWG was involved in an aircraft search on Feb. 2, 2007 that resulted in our commander at the time, Chris Iddins, being in the flight crew that found the missing C172 in the vicinity of Bessemer. The occupants of the aircraft had taken off from an airport in Missouri and were enroute to Troy, AL. The pilot and his wife perished in the crash. If your memory is really good, you may remember that on October 11, 2006, our squadron and many other CAP units participated in a search for a Beechcraft that had departed from Auburn enroute to an airport in Tennessee. The aircraft was eventually found on Burgess Peak (near Cheaha) at an elevation of 1800’ MSL. The lone pilot perished in the crash. These two regrettable accidents have something in common that I wish to discuss: VFR flight into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). We are experiencing a bit of this type of weather at the end of September, 2012 and the prospect for more is definitely increasing as we proceed into the last months of the year. Both of these pilots, one with a commercial rating and the other with an instrument rating , participated in one of the most dangerous flight activities that exists for General Aviation pilots, VFR flight into IMC. I don’t know the thinking that encouraged these pilots to do what they did, but I know, from the abundance of similar accident reports, that their actions are far from rare and that the result of encountering IMC and a subsequent accident is almost always fatal. So why would a CAP flight crew ever depart on a mission if the weather was marginal for VFR? Well, if we are charged with doing a visual search for an aircraft or for storm damage surveillance or other visual activities, obviously we need to be below the clouds to actually see our intended target. These flights are routinely done and, usually, without adverse impact on the safety of the aircrews. But what if the crew encounters some of the same conditions that two unlucky flights above did? Is there a way out? Yes, several, in fact. First, if you are in worse weather than you were a few minutes ago, try to go back from whence you came. Second, if you can’t get back to better weather, take a hard look at landing at the nearest airport with visibility and ceilings that will accommodate your safe contact with the ground. Third, if things are closing in all around you and you can still see the ground below you, consider an off-airport landing in a field or on a road. Fourth, and if you are an instrument rated pilot, you may want to put this option at the top of the list, consider filing a “pop-up” instrument flight plan. A “pop –up” flight plan can be filed in the air with any ATC contact. If you slugging it out and dodging low hanging scud, seeing the tops of towers and ridges disappear into the clouds and the way back doesn’t look any better than the way forward, you may be a prime candidate for a “pop-up” instrument flight plan. In one of our safety discussions, the late Noel Harvey, a CFI with many flight hours mentioned the three “C’s” concept; Climb, Confess, and Comply…in that order. If you find yourself in such a situation, recognize that you are participating in one of the most dangerous activities in flying, proceeding VFR into IMC. As mentioned above, it is not likely to result in a good outcome unless you take immediate and positive action. Yes, you will probably be embarrassed that you continued into such a situation but, you have to be alive to experience this emotion, and it is a lot better than forever being a talking point from the NTSB accident records. Of course, there are risks involved in climbing into the clouds without a clearance but they pale in comparison to staying below and dodging towers and hills and possibly ending up like our two subjects above. Don’t go telling everyone that your safety officer said it is OK to do what is above; these options are to be considered a LIFELINE not a flight plan. STAY SAFE! Ron Harlan, Safety Officer, Squadron 118 Stay Safe! Ron Harlan, 118 Safety Officer

Reminder: Read the newsletter and receive a Safety Briefing Credit. Please email Ron Harlan at - reh1685@aol.com

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“Safety Beacon” - Official Safety Newsletter of the Civil Air Patrol—October Issue
Click on the link below to see the latest copy of this newsletter:
http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/Safety_Beacon__October_2012_DDDD1309A7162.pdf

Share the Joy
One of our responsibilities as Pilots is to share the joy we have of aviation with others in a safe manner. In the CAP one of the opportunities we have to do that is by giving Cadet Orientation Rides (O-Rides). These are aircraft flights that last about one hour following a syllabus that has been approved. Each Cadet is allowed five funded Powered Flights, and five funded Glider Flights. If you have not had the pleasure of giving the “First Flight” to a Cadet you are truly missing a great experience. Major Jim Gosnell

Civil Air Patrol’s “Volunteer” magazine for October—December is now available online!
http://cap.imirus.com/Mpowered/book/vcap12/i4/p1

If your household has more than one CAP member and you receive multiple copies of this magazine, you may choose to opt out to help save CAP money. A digital version of the magazine is available online –
http://www.capvolunteernow.com/cap_volunteer

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DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that Autumn (or Fall, as some call it) is a dangerous time of year? It may be even more so than Winter. I think because it somehow slips up on us. I was reminded of it this week when I heard of several car accidents. Most of us have experienced driving down the road as it starts to rain. You might think to yourself, “I need to hurry and get home before the rain sets in.” Then suddenly you have to stop! However, your car has other ideas. Since there hasn’t been much rain during the summer months, the oils on the roads have not been washed off for a while. As the rain falls on the street, the oils begin to rise and float on the water. You drive along as normal until you need to stop suddenly. Since the oil is on the surface of the water, you tires are now covered with oil and have no traction. That does not create an enjoyable feeling. If you have ever slid into an intersection, then you know what I mean. Another reason for slippery roads is the fact that the leaves are falling. As the roads get covered with rotting leaves, it can create a slippery situation. It is basically the same outcome as with the oil on the roads. Speaking of leaves, many of us will be wanting to go hiking during the cooler weather. Several will be taking part in Ground Team training at WESS. As the leaves begin to fall and pile up in the woods, they can pose a danger to the hiker for the same reason as the cars. The leaves are not completely dried yet which means they can be slippery and cause you to slip and fall. This can be especially a problem if it begins to rain. What about getting rid of the leaves that fall in the yard? If you don’t get them up, they kill the grass. Or worse yet, they start rotting and you have allergy problems from the mold they produce when they get wet. Even if you get them up before they get wet, you have to deal with the dust from raking or blowing them. I am starting to see a pattern here. In Autumn the rain falls. The leaves fall. The hikers fall. Maybe we should call this season “Fall” after all. What can we do about “Fall?” Taking a few simple precautions can ensure that you enjoy this time of year. First of all, slow down. No matter what time of year, when it starts to rain, give yourself more time to get to where you are going. Don’t be in a hurry and keep more distance between you and the other vehicles. Next, when you go hiking, take a staff or walking stick with you. If you don’t have one, make use of a fallen limb. Also, be sure to wear good hiking boots. If you are raking leaves, wear a good dust mask. It will help protect you from floating mold spores and dust particles. And last of all, keep a check on the weather forecast. If you don’t like driving (or flying) in the rain, schedule your trips around it. Fall (or Autumn) doesn’t have to be a dangerous part of the year. It can be very enjoyable if we take a few precautions to reduce or eliminate some of the risks. And now you know. Eddie Shurbutt, Capt. SER-AL-118

Data Burst . . .

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Mission Aircrew School . . .
Greetings All,

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As many of you have hopefully heard by now, ALWG will be sponsoring a Mission Aircrew School as a part of the ALWG Emergency Services School this year. Historically WESS has concentrated exclusively on the ground team side of mission operations; however, this year, we are very happy to launch a Mission Aircrew School for those members who are interested in aircrew operations. Participation is open to ALL members who are at least 18 years of age. A wing level, formal, task based aircrew school is something that we've been wanting to do in ALWG for several years now. We're very happy to be including such a course into the WESS framework which also includes three different ground team schools (basic, advanced, & team leader) as well as a Wilderness Advanced First Aid school which is also new this year. By conducting all of these courses "under one roof," common support functions such as logistics, administration, finance, and transportation can be merged thus making much more efficient use of our precious volunteer hours. The Mission Aircrew School will be a combination of classroom based learning, tabletop enrichment exercises, and operational training & evaluation sorties. We are working very hard to see that WESS MAS will be the golden standard for aircrew training in ALWG! Classroom instruction and lodging will be co-located with the other WESS operations at the USAF Vigilant Warrior training center in Titus, AL. Flight operations will be conducted out of the Wetumpka Municipal Airport. Lodging is provided for all WESS participants at Vigilant Warrior. Transportation to and from the activity in corporate vehicles is funded if that vehicle is at the activity's disposal for the entire weekend. WESS-MAS is broken up into two tracks: a scanner track and a pilot/observer track. The WESS training cycle covers 5 weekends over a 6 month period from October through March (no training in December). The scanner track takes place over the first two training weekends. The pilot/observer track is held the third and forth weekends. The fifth weekend consists of a graduation exercise and graduation ceremony. We've laid out the course in this way to allow maximum flexibility for participants. Those members who have no aircrew qualifications can start on the first weekend and continue through the entire school to earn the Scanner and Observer or Pilot ES qualifications (depending on prerequisites held). If a member is already qualified as a scanner, that member can start on the third weekend to complete only the Observer or Pilot qualifications. If a member has no aircrew qualifications and is only able to attend the first two weekends, they can do only the Scanner track as well. If a member is already qualified as a scanner, observer, and/or mission pilot, but feels like they need or want to undergo a more intensive training program in those specialties, they are more than welcome to attend as well! To register for the WESS Mission Aircrew School, click on the "Participant Registration" link at wess.alwg.us. We only have room for 20 students! There will be course school fee of $25 regardless of which track or tracks are attended. All MAS students will get a copy of the Mission Aircrew In -Flight Guide, the Mission Aircrew Task Guide, and an extensive student binder with a lot of great training material. Please direct any questions about the Aircrew School to me at ES.Director@alwg.us and any questions about WESS in general to the activity director, LtCol Michael Long at mlong@nesa.cap.gov. Regards, Ande Boyer

Squadron Leadership School . . .

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SLS Squadron Leadership School November 10-11, 2012
Alabama Wing Members, The Bessemer Composite Squadron will be hosting Squadron Leadership School (SLS) at the Bessemer Airport on 10 - 11 November and members from all squadrons are welcome to attend. Class will start at 9am on the 10th and should finish by noon on the 11th. SLS provides CAP's adult members with a basic understanding of CAP operations at the squadron level and how those operations affect CAP's national missions. Additionally, members learn more about CAP customs, core values, and communications. Case studies, discussion, and group assignments are integral facets of the SLS. SLS is required for completion of Level 2 in CAP's Professional Development Program. Members who are interested should submit a CAPF 17, signed by their squadron commander to me no later than 31 October via email at: al087cc@gmail.com Serving on staff for SLS can be used to meet some of the requirements for completion of Level 4. I am looking for 3 to 4 members to assist me in presenting the course and if you are interested, please submit a CAPF17 to the email address listed above no later than 21 October. Sincerely, John Rhoades, MAJ, CAP Course Director 205-417-3447

Lightspeed Foundation Grant . . .

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Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Grant Dear CAP Member Civil Air Patrol is one of 20 nonprofit aviation organizations nominated for the 2012 Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Pilot's Choice gift and grant program. The 20 organizations, selected from hundreds of nominees, will benefit from grants to be awarded this year. The foundation is in its third year of giving the aviation community a voice in which organization they believe should receive the grant. People are invited to vote online at the foundation's website. The top five charities, as chosen by the aviation community, will each receive a check for no less than $10,000. Voting has been extended to November 2nd and the top 10 organizations will be announced at the AOPA Aviation Summit, 11-13 October 2012. CAP received a grant last year and used it very effectively to support the elementary school Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) AE program. You can learn more about the ACE program on CAP's website. Please take a moment to vote now for CAP to receive one of the five grants from Lightspeed. If you have purchased a new Lightspeed Headset since 1 April 2012, be sure to register your headset to designate a portion of your purchase to CAP in the Customer Choice Awards. The top five customer choice vote recipients will each receive $5,000 and every finalist will receive a grant of at least $1,000. Go to the Lightspeed Aviation Warranty Registration page to designate your gift. You only need to vote once, so don't wait and vote now for CAP! Thank you, CAP National Headquarters

Wing Training . . .

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WESS 2012-2013
By now, all applications for WESS Positions have been turned in and a staff listing will be posted on the September 7. If you applied, keep checking the WESS webpage for updates.

http://wess.alwg.us/

WESS REQUIREMENTS
BASIC GSAR (GTM3)
Achievement 1 (cadets) Level 1 (seniors members) General ES

ADVANCED GSAR (GTM2/MRO)
Achievement 1 (cadets) Level 1 (seniors members) General ES

TEAM LEADER (GTL/UDF)
Achievement 1 (cadets) Level 1 (seniors members) General ES WESS Medical Form OP SEC Safety Currency GMT-3 18 Year Old

WILDERNESS ADVANCED FIRST AID
Achievement 1 (cadets)

AIRCREW (MS/MO/MP)
Achievement 1 (cadets)

Level 1 Level 1 (seniors members) (seniors members) General ES WESS Medical Form OP SEC Safety Currency General ES WESS Medical Form OP SEC Safety Currency

WESS Medical WESS Medical Form Form OP SEC Safety Currency OP SEC Safety Currency

GMT-3

GMT-3 15 Years Old

18 Years Old

Cost:
There is a fee for all participants and covers the entire cycle. This money is used to provide all the training materials for the participants. This fee is due at the October Event. $10 activity fee for all staff members. $25 activity fee for all GSAR and Aircrew participants. $80 fee for Wilderness Advanced First Aid.

Wing Training . . .

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WESS 2012-2013
All WESS Participants are required to fill out and send in a Medical Form. The form can be accessed at the following site. Fill it out online, save it to your computer and print it out.
http://wess.alwg.us/documents/wess%20medical.doc

Gear (also refer to: Gear Requirements and Explanation)
There is generally concern over the amount of equipment that must be purchased in order to participate. The following details a list of equipment that is necessary to participate in the training. If you do not have each item on this list, you will not be able to participate. At some point during the cycle, each individual must have all the equipment listed in task O -0001 in order to graduate. However, not all the equipment is required up front; we try to curtail the amount of equipment that is required to participate in the first few weekends. After participating in ES training, many individuals decide that emergency services activities simply do not interest them. Consequently, new (and possibly unused equipment) goes to waste. However, if participants feel that ES activities do interest them, they can acquire equipment over time, as they complete their training. Most of this equipment can be purchased relatively inexpensively through military surplus and discount stores.
GSAR Courses
1 complete utility uniform (BDUs, Blue Utility Uniform), including all required name tapes and patches, cutouts, and grade insignia in accordance with CAPM 39-1 Uniform cap Combat boots, at least one pair (well broken in) Blue belt w/subdued tip and buckle for wear w/ BDUs Coat appropriate for climate Underclothes and socks sufficient for three days Toilet kit, including: soap & toothbrush (in cases), toothpaste, razor and shaving cream (as necessary), comb or brush (as necessary), items of feminine hygiene (as necessary), deodorant or antiperspirant, shampoo, other items as necessary (enough to last you for your entire stay). At least two quarts of water International orange reflective vest Pocket knife and whistle Flashlight (With Red Lens) Pocket note pad (3" x 5"), pen and pencil. Inexpensive wristwatch. Shelter material, preferably 8'x 10' (spare military poncho meets the need). Food for two days Sleeping bag, bedroll or poncho liner Compass (Lensatic type) Whistle

Aircrew Course
Complete Utility Uniform (BDU’s, Blue Utility Uniform, AF Flight Suit, or CAP Blue Flight Suit) including all required name tapes and patches, cutouts, and grade insignia in accordance with CAPM 39-1. (Golf Shirt & Grey Slacks combination is not authorized.) Underclothes and socks sufficient for three days Toilet kit, including: soap & toothbrush (in cases), toothpaste, razor and shaving cream (as necessary), comb or brush (as necessary), items of feminine hygiene (as necessary), deodorant or antiperspirant, shampoo, other items as necessary (enough to last you for your entire stay). 2 Breakfast Meals (no cooking allowed), $5 cash for lunch. Atlanta, Memphis, & New Orleans VFR Sectional Charts (actual paper charts i.e. not on iPad, need not be current) Sectional Plotter Aviation Headset Pens, Pencil, Notebook/pad Sleeping bag, pillow

Wilderness Advanced FA Course
1 complete utility uniform (BDUs, Blue Utility Uniform), including all required name tapes and patches, cutouts, and grade insignia in accordance with CAPM 39-1 Uniform cap Combat boots, at least one pair (well broken in) Blue belt w/subdued tip and buckle for wear w/ BDUs Coat appropriate for climate Underclothes and socks sufficient for three days Toilet kit, including: soap & toothbrush (in cases), toothpaste, razor and shaving cream (as necessary), comb or brush (as necessary), items of feminine hygiene (as necessary), deodorant or antiperspirant, shampoo, other items as necessary (enough to last you for your entire stay). At least two quarts of water International orange reflective vest Pocket knife Flashlight (With Red Lens) Pocket note pad (3" x 5"), pen and pencil. Inexpensive wristwatch. Food for two days Sleeping bag, bedroll or poncho liner

Wing Training . . .

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If you’re interested in participating in any of the schools offered by WESS, please let Major Randolph or Capt. Bennett know as soon as possible. You need to begin NOW acquiring gear. If there is something that you need and cannot find, please let someone know. If you have extra gear that you’d like to share, please bring it to a cadet meeting. When purchasing a sleeping bag, remember that it gets cold in the winter. A mat to go under your sleeping bag is also helpful.

WESS 2012-2013 Schedule
14-16 September - Staff Training 18-20 January—WESS 13-04 12-14 October—WESS 13-01 22-24 February—WESS 13-06 16-18 November—WESS 13-02 22-24 March—WESS 13-05

Character Development and PAO’s CORNER . . .

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One of the concepts being taught in Character Development is FAPS. This acronym stands for: Facts, Assumptions, Problems, and. Solutions. Scenarios are given and then analyzed using the FAPS process. It would do us all well to make this process a habit in dealing with any situation in our life, from CAP to family issues. We are all quick to “jump to” conclusions and may assumptions that end up being untrue. I recently was reminded to the fact that “gossip” or untruths travel very quickly because people are willing to give them a ride. Find out the facts first. Ask questions and do research. The world is at the tip of your fingers. Don’t make assumptions without first gathering facts. This will save you a lot of time and heartache in some situations. List the problems that are presented in the scenarios, then make a list of solutions. Some solutions are out of your control. When you can’t solve them, find someone with the power to do so! Don’t procrastinate! Handling situations in a timely manner can make the difference. Remember this: F-A-P-S Facts Assumptions Problems Solutions - 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Shurbutt

WHERE TO FIND US ON THE INTERNET:
Civil Air Patrol www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ Cadet Services http://www.capmembers.com/ Alabama Wing of Civil Air Patrol http://www.alwg.cap.gov/ Pell City Civil Air Patrol http://www.pellcitycap.org/ Wing Emergency Services School (WESS) http://wess.alwg.us/ Photo Files on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/bethshurbutt/ collections/72157615727997818/ On Facebook: Civil Air Patrol, AL Wing—Civil Air Patrol, Pell City Composite Squadron, SER-AL-118, Civil Air Patrol

CADET PROGRAM EMAIL GROUP:
A Yahoo Email group has been set up to make communication between members easier. Invitations were sent to all the cadet members. If you are not receiving updates and reminders from the Yahoo Group, you most likely are not a member of it yet. Please contact Beth Shurbutt at: LTooney@cableone.net and request that she add you to the group. You can also go to the Yahoo Group site and join:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PellCityCAP/

CyberPatriot Program and Iron Man. . .

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CyberPatriot Program
If you are interested in getting involved with the Cyber Patriot Program, please contact Jeannie Scott or Brian Scott. They would love to have you as part of the team!

IRON MAN COMPETITION October 19-20, 2012 Auburn University The Iron Man team was finalized Thursday night. The team is composed of: C/2ndLt Watkins C/2ndLt Howard C/SMSgt Howard C/2ndLt Bracker C/SSgt Searcy SM Finlay If you are on the team and have not done so, please email C/Lt Watkins (watkins.j.075@hotmail.com) with your name, grade and time in CAP. If you’d like to be on the team, please contact C/Lt Watkins as soon as possible. C/Maj Randolph

Special Recognition. . .

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Congratulations to Jerrod Finlay, our newest United States Citizen!!

Cadet Corner . . .

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Can you believe September is almost over? The first day of fall was Sept 22 and I have seen leaves falling from trees as well as the colors changing. Time has a way of moving very fast which is why it is so important to have great planning skills. If you, “fail to plan”, in effect you are, “planning to fail”. I know I have been guilty of putting off planning until the last minute and as I progress through the stages of an activity or lesson, I realize how much better it would have been if only I had started earlier and done this or added that to the event. Alas, now I don’t have the time to run down the resource I need or pick up the supplies that would have made it a better event. We are about to enter the last quarter of the year and this is a busy time for all of us as we have to plan around WESS, Football, Soccer, Church, Family, Iron Man, Thanksgiving, Christmas Parade, Christmas and New Year. Oh yeah, did I mention CAP? So to our cadets, if you are in charge of an event or a lesson, please make adequate preparation and preplans for it. This is accomplished by sending a rough outline of your lesson, timeline, and people involved to the Cadet Commander Major Peter Randolph AND a copy to me 2 WEEKS before you are scheduled to teach. Then, send a more detailed, streamlined outline of your final plan to each of us 1 week before. That ensures we have enough time to view and make any changes needed. So with all that said our next major event is the beginning of the WESS cycle 2012-2013. The first training weekend will be Oct 12-14. All those going, be sure to go to www.wess.alwg.us , click documents, fill out the WESS medical form, and print it. Then go to www.capmembers.com , click on forms and publications, find CAP form 60, fill it out (both copies), and print it. Then, bring one copy of CAPF 60 and the WESS medical form to the squadron meeting by Oct 11, 2012. The other copy of CAPF 60 will need to be put with your CAP ID to keep with you at all times. The second major event will be Iron Man at Auburn University Oct 19-20. Our team is getting ready and is looking forward to a hard, fun, rewarding competition. Encourage them every chance you get. By now, almost everyone should have started back to school and I hope you have had a great beginning. Routines are being established and extra activities are going full speed ahead, so if you find you are not able to make a CAP meeting, please let your chain of command know.

TRIVIA QUESTION
Where can you find information about placement of ribbons and badges on the CAP uniform? AND how many JROTC ribbons can be worn on the Cadet CAP uniform? Email answers to: cbennett50@bellsouth.net

Award Ceremony and Cadet Staff. . .

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Congratulations, Cadet Airman Noah Sublett on your recent promotion!! Keep up the great work!

Pell City Cadet Staff
Here is the staff slotting for the next 6 months (Sept 1st - March 31st 2013). We will only be in 1 flight unless otherwise directed. Cadet Deputy Commander - C/Capt Scott Executive Officer - C/2ndLt Watkins Flight Commander - C/2ndLt Howard Back-up Flight Commander - C/2ndLt Bracker Flight Sergeant - C/SMSgt Howard Back-up Flight Sergeant - C/MSgt Smith ES Officer - C/CMSgt Bedford Randolph, Peter, C/Major Cadet Commander Pell City Composite Squadron

Award Ceremony and Cadet Staff. . .

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Cadet Quarterly Schedule October—December 2012
Opening Formation Special Emphasis Extra Training

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Uniform

Core Curriculum

4 Oct 11 Oct 18 Oct 25 Oct 1 Nov 8 Nov 15 Nov 22 Nov 29 Nov 6 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27 Dec

PT Blues BDUs BDUs PT Blues BDUs No Meeting PT TBD BDUs No Meeting No Meeting No Meeting No Meeting No Meeting

PT Test Leadership Character Dev Aerospace PT Test Leadership Debate Character Dev No Meeting PT Test Christmas Party PC Parade No Meeting No Meeting

PT Test Drill Mentor Time AEX PT Test Debate Debrief PC Parade Practice No Meeting PT Test Christmas Party PC Parade No Meeting No Meeting

Gear Check

Drill Debate Class Game Drill Aerospace

Game Night Christmas Party PC Parade

Award Ceremony and Cadet Staff. . .

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MILITARY BALL November 3, 2012
The West GA Composite Squadron will be hosting a military ball 03NOV12 from 1700-2100 Eastern at Long Cane Middle School in Lagrange. The receiving line will start at 1700. Please come at least 30 minutes in advance to have time to find your place in the receiving line. We invite your unit and family members to join us for an evening of food and dance. Tickets will be $12 in advance and $15 at the door. We will begin selling tickets in the middle of September. For those CAP cadets attending WESS, we will have the tickets available during the September staff training weekend and the first official weekend of WESS in October. They will also be available 18SEPT12 at the squadron meeting Col Long will be attending to talk about WESS. For those cadets not attending either function, we will work with your commander to get the tickets to you. For JROTC cadets, we will have the tickets available at a time that is convenient for your commander. Dress code for the males will be Class A uniform or equivalent. Adult males may wear a suit or tuxedo if they do not have an appropriate uniform. Dress code for females is a Class A uniform or a formal dress, the length no shorter than the knee. We are looking forward to a splendid evening and hope you will join us.

2nd Lt Jena Hillman West Georgia Composite Squadron 256-449-2188 If Interested, please contact Capt. Cindy Bennett, ASAP cbennett50@bellsouth.net