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More Than a Quarter Century of
California Wing Commanders
Left to Right:
Col Virginia Nelson, Col Larry Myrick, Col Byron Brammer,
Col Angelo Porco, Col Ernie Pearson, Col Ed Lewis,
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Colonel Virginia Nelson
YOU KNOW TIDS FEELS GOOD! Many of you who knew me as a
cadet probably would have considered me least likely to ever be wing
commander. I'm surpri sed too! I feel that I have been in training the last
four years, had a great coach, and now feel I'm ready.
As you may know, part of the wing commander selection process is
for each candidate to form a plan or vision for how they would like to
change the wing. It seems only fair to tell you, the members of Califor-
nia wing, what I told the board. First, I told them that CAWG is in great
shape - outstanding shape. Under the direction of Col Myrick, our seven
Gp CCs and the wing staff we have righted many problem areas, devel-
oped solid programs, have good working relationships with our custom-
ers and are striving for excellence in all we do.
So, the situation does not call for a dramatic heading change. We just
need to fine tune a little and stay on course.
There are two areas I want to emphasize next year. The flfst involves
mentoring. I feel extremely blessed to have had many exceptional men-
tors and good role models. They helped shape me (but should not be
held accountable for the results). I would like to mention a few: Marilyn
Rodgers, Betty Decker, Delight Miller, Marjorie Bessemer, Billie
LeClair, Jean Fitzpatrick, Catherine Murphy, Shirley Timm, D Fringer
and especially Mary Knorr. I would also like to thank the two people
who have taught me the most about leadership - Col Ernie Pearson and
Col Larry Myrick.
Seniors, you are role models for our cadets. You may think that be-
cause you do not work directly with cadets that you do not have an im-
pact on them. That 's wrong. They are watching you - at the squadron, in
the parking lot, on the flight line and here at this conference. Cadet offic-
ers - li sten up: the other cadets really look up to you and want to imitate
you. Are you a good role model? Are you mentoring younger cadets at
your squadron?
We need to be better mentors to our new members. I don't think any-
one left to hi s or her own devices would stay in CAP. We all need a help-
ing hand, be it with paperwork, getting ready for a form 91 flight, learn-
ing to run a radio net, logging in to the WMU, with paperwork, tracking
an ELT for the first time, launching a model rocket, deciphering regula-
tions and with paperwork. Senior members who drop out of CAP usu-
ally do so during their first two years - primarily due to frustration with
either the inability to get the training they need to participate in missions
or with paperwork. I don't have a solution right now for the paperwork
problem but we are going to make getting required training easier.
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Continued . ..
That is my second area of em-
phasis. I have charged our new di-
rector of Operations, LtC Steve
Asche, with developing a series of
primarily "hands on" training pro-
grams for the entry level ES rat-
ings. Everyone, senior and cadet,
pilot and non-pilot should train as
a UDF team member. The Ops
section will be working on training
curriculum that can be used at the
group and squadron level for ES
ratings. Maj Wayne Stuart is de-
veloping a training program for
potential ICs. We will have a series
of flight clinics devoted to some
"back to basics" flight training. All
our pilots are encouraged to par-
ticipate in the FAA wings pro-
gram. Our Director of Gliders ,
Maj Dave Widrig, has been tasked
with holding power pilot transition
course in our sailplanes. The days
of the ya'll come massive
SAREXs are over. Instead we need
to focus on smaller scale quality
training that our members need to
obtain an ES rating, maintain the
one they have and to keep learning
something new and useful.
Thank you for all you do at
your home units. You are the mem-
bers, working together, who have
made CAWG the best wing!
More than a quarter Century of California Wing Commanders (L-R):
Col Virginia Nelson, Col Larry Myrick, Col Byron Brammer, Col
Angelo Porco, Col Ernie Pearson, Col Ed Lewis, Col Warren Barry, Col
Jack Ferman, Col Howard Brookfield.
California Wing
Change of Command
By Major Alice Mansell
ON 18 OCTOBER 2003, COMMAND of the California Wing
passed from Col Larry Myrick to Col Virginia Nelson at an annual
Wing Conference attended by 453 members.
The National Vice Commander, BG Dwight Wheless, presented
Col Myrick with a Distinguished Service medal in recognition of his
outstanding work leading the Wing for four years exemplified by the
"Excellent" ratings the Wing earned from the U.S. Air Force on its
evaluated exercise and Wing-wide inspection in recent months. Col
Myrick will join the Pacific Region staff as the vice commander.
Col Nelson is a long time member of CAP, having joined as a teen-
ager in 1973. As a cadet in California Wing, she earned the rank of ClLt
Col and participated in the 1977 lACE exchange to Great Britain. She
has most recently served as the Vice Commander of California Wing.
She earned her CAP observer wings as a cadet in 1976 and her solo
wings in 2003.
She holds CAP emergency services ratings in scanner and finance/
administration. Col Nelson obtained the Gill Robb Wilson Award in
1985 and has received five Meritorious Service and two Exceptional
Service Awards.
The morning after she took command, she hosted a meeting for the
seven Group Commanders and a meeting for the 70+ squadron com-
manders attending the annual convention with the latter open to the en-
tire Wing. She spoke about how the Wing would work to improve upon
the legacy of excellence left by Col Myrick and how she looked forward
to traveling throughout the State and visiting many squadrons and ac-
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Aim High: Endless Potential
Years ago I sat in the cockpit
of a T-38 awaiting the start of a
"familiarization" flight while at
AFROTC summer encampment
at Plattsburgh AFB in upstate
New York. Until then I had never
been near ANY airplane ... let
alone a supersonic jet. I sat there
exhilarated and petrified think-
ing that someday the Air Force
will want me to actually fly one
of these jets ... alone! I had set
two goals for thi s fljght - not to
get sick and to keep my eyes
open the entire time. Well I got
sick but kept my eyes open -
well most of the time. I set
higher goals for myself after that
flight. I did solo the T-38 and I
ended up back at Plattsburgh
flying the FB-ll1.
Several years later the Air
Force put on a multi-medi a re-
cruitment campaign whose slo-
gan was entitled "Aim High" .
The slogan is one that may have
been given to the biblical hero,
David, before hi s encounter with
Goliath but in today's world
those words are meant to unlock
the potential in all of us. I firmly
believe the job of any leader is
to communicate, motivate and
recognize potential as well as
reach, teach, and inspire.
Every commander and su-
pervi sor mu st make informa-
tional transfer a top priority if
they are to succeed. The com-
municate/reach phase is where
you clearly identify the goals of
the organization to all con-
cerned. Information is the life-
line of any organization and as a
leader, you are the conduit of
that information. Thi s is not a
one-way street either. Informa-
tion must flow up and down the
organizational st ructure, con-
stantly and consistently. You
will fail as a leader if you don't
believe thi s is true.
Motivating and recognizing
potential go hand in hand. In
CAP, like the Air Force, we
challenge our people to discover
that potential by providing skill
training and then valuable
hands-on experience. Whether
it' s in operations, logistics or ca-
det programs, we are all given
the tool s to excel. It's up to the
commanders and supervi sors to
instill the confidence and pro-
mote self esteem that allows
subordinates to excel. It's not re-
ally hard to do. You will be sur-
prised how far a little recogni-
tion can go to bolster someone's
self image. Pride goes a long
way and once our people have it,
they can set goals for them-
selves and their organization.
Take the time to shake some
hands and inspire some dreams.
All our folks should be treated
like potential leaders.
When aiming high, don't be
in a hurry. Instant communica-
tions sometimes leads to instant
gratification which sometimes
leads to cutting comers to the
point of violation of personal or
institutional integrity. Don't go
at a snails pace either. It is po -
sible to lose sight of our goals
along the way. Whether you
come from operations or logis-
tics, guide your folks to accept
challenges rather than being re-
pelled by complexity. Individu-
als should focus primarily on
opportunities and not dwell on
problems. If you are in a leader-
ship position, setting your goals
high just for yourself is selfi sh
and certainly not beneficial to
your organization. Help your
folks set their goals by sharing
some of the leadership functions
with them. Then give them your
support when they make deci-
sions. Your organization will be-
come healthier as you all en-
deavor to "AIM HIGH". tar
By Major Alice Mansell
On August 31,2003, the Commander of Civil Air
Patrol's California Wing, Col Larry Myrick, presided
over a graduation ceremony pass and review of more
than 180 Civil Air Patrol cadets who had completed a
nine day encampment at California National Guard's
Camp San Luis Obispo.
An encampment is one of the most demanding and
cballenging programs in the Civil Air Patrol. It is an in-
tensive experience in physical training, drill, aerospace
education and drug demand reduction education with
electives such as orientation to a flfing range. Gradua-
tion from an encampment is a requirement for promo-
tion in the Civil Air Patrol 's Cadet Program.
The Cadet Commander was C/LtCol Gavin
Woodman from the San Carlos Composite Squadron
192. He led a staff of 33 cadets tasked with duties rang-
ing from sergeants for cadet squadrons and flights to lo-
gistics and administration.
The Encampment Commander, LtCol Tony Upton,
oversaw a staff of 25 senior Civil Air Patrol members
assisted by two medics from Travis Air Force Base, two
CAP-Air Force Reserve Assistance Program officers
and a senior Air Force non-commi ssioned officer from
the Western Regional Counterdrug Training Team at
Camp San Luis Obispo.
An MTV video crew attended the fInal days of the
encampment to fIlm two of the Cadet Training Group's
Squadron commanders, Cadet Captains Jeremy and
Joshua Pemberton for an upcoming MTV program
about twins. The Encampment Distinguished Graduate
CI UCol Gavin Woodman, California Wing's Cadet Training
Group Commander.
was C/AIC Cami Bushem. The Commanders Award
for Academic Excellence went to C/SSGt David
Stateler. CICapt Brian Jensen won the Commandant's
Award for Leadership.
The Cadet Commander's
Award for Staff Excellence went to
C/2Lt Robert Gibson. The Cadet
Training Group presented the
Chaplain LtCol Loren Brown
Award for Outstanding Leadership
to Major Scott Englund. The En-
campment Commander gave his
award for Outstanding Leadership
and Performance for a cadet to
ClLtCol Gavin Woodman.
On 30 August 2003, CI CMSgt Gregory Magram inspects CI SSgt Daisy Bugarin of
Los Angeles Cadet Squadron 138 and the Encampment's Delta Flight as the 95th
Cadet Training Squadron's First Sergeant, CI MSgt Todd Rassmussen looks on.
A fInal special award from the
Cadet Training Group was pre-
sented to Chief Master Sergeant
Norman MarOllS for his service to
the Encampment as a Drug De-
mand Reduction instructor and his
41 years of service to the Air Force.
Change. It's inevitable. The
most noticeable and recent
change has been the Change of
Command for California Wing.
After four very productive and
succe sful years, Col Larry
Myrick has stepped down as
Wing Commander. Col Myrick
may have stepped down from
California Wing, however he has
stepped up to Pacific Region
Vice Commander! Kudos to the
Colonel on his move to Region.
I've enjoyed an outstanding
relationship with Col Myrick.
He has been extremely helpful
with matters involving Public
Affairs and Eagle Call. I also
appreciated his interest in per-
sonal issues, such as honoring
my son by presiding over his
first officer promotion to Cadet
2nd Lieutenant and handling a
few promotion and paperwork
issues for me. Colonel , I have
truly enjoyed working for you. It
Capt Brian Stover, CAp, Editor, Eagle Call
has not only been a pleasure, but
an honor to have served on your
Wing Staff.
Stepping up to the plate now
is the new Wing Commander,
Col Virginia Nelson. Many of
you know her as the Vice Com-
mander. Col Nel son was se-
lected from among three candi-
dates by the Pacific Region
Commander to head our Wing
for the next four years. Col
Nelson assumed command at
the Wing Conference this past
October. (Please see her column
for her welcoming address). I
look forward to working with
Col Nelson as part of her Wing
Still other changes are oc-
curring. CAP is moving closer
in its relationship with the Air
Force. By the time you read this,
the CAP Seal that was worn on
our flight suits will no longer be
authorized. We now have a com-
mand patch that is similar to
those of other Air Force major
commands such as Air Combat
Command, Air Force Material
Command, etc. Reportedly new
ID cards are in the works, simi-
lar to those being issued to the
regular Air Force. More and
more we are referred to as the
Air Force Auxiliary; recogniz-
ing who we are associated with.
Some believe the changes
are good, others are not so sure.
Time will tell whether the
changes wi 11 be good for those
of us towards the bottom of the
food chain. Whether good or
bad, there will continue to be
change. As one of the finest or-
ganizations in America, I be-
lieve we are up to the task. Not
only that, California Wing is the
finest Unit within all of CAP.
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2003 CAP National Board
Meeting and Conference Notes
THIS WAS A VERY GOOD and informative meeting and confer-
ence. Many CAWG members attended. I have no idea of how many
but I saw our members everywhere I went. It was great. I want to
thank all who attended.
The following are the NB
meeting agenda items.
Agenda 1: Election of the
National Vice Commander. This
is a vote by the National Board
members each year at the Sum-
mer Board meeting. The Vice
Commander term is a one-year
term. There were 3 candidates,
BG Dwight Wheless (the current
Vice Commander), Col. Tony
Pineda, (the current SE Region
Commander) and Col. Angelo
Porco. The vote results were: BG
Wheless - 46 Votes; Col. Pineda -
19 votes; Col. Porco - 0 votes.
BG Wheless was reelected to his
third term. As a side note: The
current National Commander,
MG Richard Bowling's term is up
at the summer 2004 National
Board meeting. Whenever a Na-
tional Vice has been elected to 3
consecutive terms he has always
been elected the National Com-
mander the following year.
Agenda 2: Confirmation of
the NHQ CS, JAG, Controller, IG,
FM and Chief of Chaplain Ser-
vices. All were approved.
Agenda 3: This was a pro-
posal to allow an alternate signa-
ture element to the title block of
official documents of " USAF
Aux" or the current "CAP". This
failed by a 2/3 or so vote. Signa-
ture blocks remain the same as
previously published.
Agenda 4: This was about
looking into getting glider tow
aircraft exclusively for towing
gliders. This fai led. The board felt
getting AC to just tow gliders
(like a Pawnee) is not feasible.
Agenda 5: Regulations ap-
provals. The following Regs .
were approved: R70-J CAP Ac-
quisition of Regulation Introduc-
tion. R77-1 Operation and Main-
tenance of CAP Vehicles. R60-6
CAP Counterdrug Operations.
R900-5 Civil Air Patrol Insur-
ance/Benefits Programs. R60-3
and R60-5 were pulled and not
voted on. They are at the AF for
Agenda 6: This was to estab-
lish that all regulations will be
published electronically as well as
in paper form. The electronically
published regulations shall be up-
dated with in 30 days of final
adoption of any regulation
change. As soon as the regulation
appears electron ically it will be
considered to be in effect. This
was approved.
Agenda 7: This was a pro-
posal to put a large "CAP" decal
on top of vehicles that participate
in GT activities. This was sent to
committee for study and will be
reported back to the NB at a later
Agenda 8: This was a pro-
posal to rename "Composite
Squadrons" to "Squadron" as the
default names for a squadron.
There would still be "Senior" and
"Cadet" squadron names. Nobody
liked this so it failed.
Agenda 9: This was a pro-
posal to change the designation
" Senior member" to simply
"member" and "cadet member to
"Cadet". Nobody liked this either
so it failed.
Agenda 10: This was a pro-
posal to have the NHQ Profes-
sional Development department
study and recommend require-
ments which would change the
qualifications for duty perfor-
mance in field grade promotions
(Maj. and LtC) to make them
much more restrictive. This had
the same fate as agenda items 8
and 9, it failed too. The Develop-
ment committee will be examin-
ing this issue with possible rec-
ommendations in the future.
Agenda 11: Proposal to con-
sider having the 05 and 06 Na-
tional Cadet Competition held in
Washington DC. A committee
will report back with a recom-
mendation at the Winter Board
meeting. This was approved.
Agenda 12: This was a pro-
posal to have the CAP ID card be
an all-in-one card to have your
ROP, CAP driver's permit and ES
ratings all listed on your member-
ship card. This fai led. The AF and
NHQ are still trying to figure out
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how to have a military type ID CAP card with your
picture on it. Not sure when or if this will bappen.
Agenda 13: Pulled from the meeting. Went to
Agenda 14: This was a proposal to drop the re-
quirement for a unit ops officer in specialty track
211 to be a CFI. This was approved.
Agenda 15, 16 and 17 were pulled and went to
Agenda 18: This was a proposal to have a vote
of no confidence in the MIMS system. Thi s was
tabled. The short story is that we are going to keep
using the WMU for a while. The long story is too
convoluted to go into here.
Agenda 19: This was committee reports. Notes
on the various committees follow later in this report.
Agenda 20: Old Business. CAP Finance offic-
ers: Provides for promotion to a higher grade for
work experience and higher education and being a
CPA. This passed. Exact wording will be in CAPR
Agenda 21: New Business:
1. Adopted a policy that when a member logs
into a CAP internet based service using a name and
unique password that it would be considered equiva-
lent to a paper form signed by the individual if it is
considered as non-sensitive.
2. The senior member Leadership ribbon will
be renamed the Gen. Benjamin O. Davis ribbon if
hi s family agrees.
3. The wear of the CAP grey nameplate on the
service dress uniform is approved pending Air Force
4. Region Vice-Commanders who were not pre-
viously colonels will revert to the grade of lieutenant
colonel when they step down.
5. Proposal to add an additional day to summer
national board meetings was sent to committee for
CAWG was awarded a "Unit Citation" for our
participation in the Columbia shuttle recovery effort.
Thi s means that all CAWG members can wear the
"Unit Citation" ribbon if you were in CAWG at the
time the mission was done - 0 I Feb 03 to 04 Mar 03.
If you were not a member during that time you can-
not wear it.
CAWG won the Aerospace Education award for
PACR. We placed second in the nation for aerospace
CAWG also won the Counterdrug award for
CAP affiliation with NASCAR will end at the
end of this season. Our driver, Ashton Lewis Jr. was
at the meeting and gave a speech on how much he
appreciated CAP and all we do for our country. He
thanked us for our sponsorship and said how lucky
he was to have such a wonderful sponsorship.
NHQ has placed orders for 21 C-182's and 2
GA-8. We are slated to get a GA-8 and 2 C-182's
and the NVWG Maule when they get their new
The Executive Director, Col. Allenback,
briefed the Board on some recent developments. He
has decreased the number of NHQ directorates from
9 to 6 and reduced the national HQ staff from 193 to
153. That is a $1.8 million payroll savings. CAP
membership is up 5.2% from last year with 37,583
seniors and 27,142 cadets. (CAWG membership is
up approximately 8% - good job! Keep it up) . There
have been 48 million newspaper and magazine ar-
ticles about CAP nationally in the last year. 112 lives
have been saved so far this year. Over $2 million
worth of radios and 8 satellite digital imagining sys-
tems have been sent to the field. CAP currently has
513 Cessnas and is slated to get an additional 28
next year. 72 vehicles will be purchased next year
2004. Check out the new homepage
CAP memberships can now be renewed on line and
the bookstore has been converted to an on line store
called CAPMart. You can now order uniform items
on line.
The CAP-USAF CC, Col Vogt, stated that the
Air Force is proud of its auxiliary. The loss of CAP
deputy state directors was part of a personnel reduc-
tion mandated by the Secretary of the AF. CAP Cor-
poration is working on replacing them with adminis-
trative assistants.
National Commander, MGen Bowling gave an
update on CAP. We are making good progress in
safety, teamwork and accountability. We have a
good partnership with the AF. CAP is studying many
advanced technologies for possible use. We are fly-
ing weekly HLS missions in the Washington DC
area. For the first time ever we were asked to partici-
pate in war games thi s year in Alabama. CAP has
signed an agreement with the US Citizens Corps.
There are over 700 local councils in the US and units
are encouraged to make contact with their local
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council. NCASE will be in Atlanta next year with
the theme of Planning for the Future. Cadets have
several new special activities including one on AE
careers and one on the legislative process. CAP
chaplains can now take USAF chaplain continuing
education courses. Accountability is important to
credibility. CAP is implementing an Asset Tracking
System. We are in year two of a five-year program to
provide all squadrons with a laptop computer.
Chairman of the Board of Governors, Col
Bess, commented that CAP is made up of great
people doing great things for a great purpose and
having a fun time doing it. The BoG has resolved
CAP budget issues and has changed CAP's constitu-
tion and bylaws regarding adverse membership ac-
tions. The BoG has directed the NEC to fix BoG re-
moval procedures. The word is spreading within the
Air Force about how great CAP is. We need to be
careful not to tum off new members with CAP poli-
tics and the failure to work with each other.
Mr. Gary Woodsmall, the NHQ director of
safety, spoke on safety. In 2002 there were 9 AJC ac-
cidents. 2003 has 5 so far. In 2003 there have been
12 vehicle accidents and 11 bodily injuries. The only
trend is an increase in cadets hurting themselves on
LRCs. The AF will soon be sharing their safety on
line courses with CAP and they will be on the CAP
website. A new pamphlet, CAPP62, CAP Accident
Response Plan is being written.
USAFIXOH, BGen David Cleary reported on
HLS. Terrorists have no rules and no boundaries.
CAP's role in HLS is primarily prevention. Plan
ahead and make contacts with city and county gov-
ernments now rather than during a crisis. The AF is
having quarterly practice WMD exercises and may
include CAP in the future. AF would like to use ca-
dets to play victims. Be patient. HLS has lots of
moving pieces, the AF is still learning and defining
its role. We all need to work for the greater good.
Be a Pilot Foundation representative spoke
about its marketing campaign to interest the general
public in flying. Nationally 2,000 FBOs are partici-
pating. 35,000 people respond annually with 75%
starting flying lessons. CAP cadets who participate
will get a free logbook. Cost to participate is $49.00.
Development - A new cadet officer shoulder
board is being designed. A Region Staff College
Challenge coin is being developed. Region com-
manders are the approving authority on local unit
coins. A command badge for squadron and group
CCs was approved. It will only be worn while serv-
ing as a unit commander.
Paperwork Reduction - Suggested that the use
of programs be authorized as soon as they become
available in lieu of paper forms and electronic filling
of forms be approved. PASSED
Posse Comitatus - reported on proposed legisla-
tion that would exempt CAP aircrews and remote
base personnel on type A & B HLS missions. TIDS
Finance - Reviewed the suggestion of allowing
multi year renewals but found a number of prob-
lems. Instead suggested option of automatic renewal
charge on member's credit card. PASSED
Cadet - cadet officer specialty tracts are being
rewritten. Many units have reported having trouble
with the new cadet physical fitness test. The com-
mittee feels that the problem is with the testing tech-
nique. Florida wing has developed a video (available
on their website) showing how to administer the test.
The AF dictated the physical fitness standards for
the Mitchell level. Next March there will be a Civil
Leadership Academy in Washington DC for cadet
officers (3 per region) in conjunction with the winter
board meeting.
Strategic Tactical Evaluation and Planning is
working to map CAP's flight plan into the twenty-
first century America. CAP's mission and vision
statements have been modified.
Advanced Technologies - Searchers Edge Pro-
gram received $6 million from congress (over 3
years) to develop a visual computing network. Be-
yond the Eyeball Program involves hyperspectral
imaging. This is using a moving platform (AJC) to
detect man-made or natural (marijuana) objects. Sat-
ellite Digital Imaging System is funded by the Air
Force and so far is considered 100% success rate
during tests. CAP is working with Raytheon using
first responder vehicles. CAP-Raytheon gave a joint
presentation to the US Council of Mayors. Raytheon
was the corporate sponsor for the Advanced Tech-
nology Academy for Cadets this past summer.
Chaplain (Col) Maloncon reported on the CAP
chaplain program. Nationally CAP has 639 chap-
lains and 222 Moral Leadership Officers. 577 units
(28.5%) are without a chaplain or MLO. The aver-
age chaplain spends 126 hours annually serving in
the chaplain role.
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at Unit Commanders' Course
By Maj. Stanley L. Katten, Sqdn. 129 PAO
Col. Larry Myrick, retiring
California Wing Commander,
was the final lecturer at the Unit
Commanders Course presented
to 18 new and soo n-to-be
CAWG squadron commanders
at the API Flight Training Cen-
ter on Fullerton Airport on Au-
gust 2 and 3. Despite the perfect
flying weather and the continual
hum of aircraft engi nes outside
both days, the numerous pilot
rated attendees managed to stay
in the excell entl y facil it ated
classroom the entire time.
Organized and coordinated
by Lt.Col. Pat Okawa, addi-
tional lectures and presentations
were given by Lt.Col. Wally
Jaynes, Director of Safety; Cpt.
Dan Ol son, Deputy Legal Of-
ficer; LLCol. Virginia Nelson,
Deputy Commander ; Lt.Col.
Stephen Huss, Assistant Inspec-
tor General; LLCol. Mark Will-
jams, Deputy Director Cadet
Programs; LLCol. Pat Okawa,
Director Professional Develop-
ment; LLCol. Jim Crum, Chief
of Staff; ILt. Jennifer Brenner,
Director of Finance; and LLCol.
Peggy Myrick, Director of Lo-
gistics, all of California Wing,
and Ltc. Dan Dyer, PACRN
Attending the two day inten-
sive program were: Maj . Brian
Billing, Maj. Gordon Domin-
gues, Capt. Earl Greenia, Maj .
James Hayden , Maj . Stanley
Katten, LLCol. Patrick Malone,
lLt. Cathy Neubauer, ILt. Rich-
ard Ralston , Capt. Charles
Russell , Capt. Mali se Schole-
field, Maj. Michael Skullr, ILt.
Keith Thomas, Capt. Joseph
Toth, ILL Paul Wienold, lLL
Howard Willey, ILt. George
White, Maj. Eugene Wolf and
ILL Denise Van Loo.
The first day program cov-
ered: safety, dealing with diffi-
cult people, legal affairs ,
commander's resources, inspec-
tions, cadet programs, and pro-
fessional development. The sec-
ond day material included: re-
warding members, admini tra-
tion, finance, logistics, and com-
mand role and responsibilitie .
In closing, Col. Myrick em-
phasized that the squadron level
is where the "rubber hits the
road" and CAP's mi ssons are
accomplished. Groups and Wing
are organized to support and as-
sist the squadron operation and
personnel. All attendees agreed
that the two day course was ex-
cellent and extended their appre-
ciation to the course staff and to
API Flight Training Center man-
agement for the use of their ex-
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Promise '03
By Major Alice Mansell
During the last two weeks of
August 2003, the Civil Air Patrol
partici pated in the Determi ned
Promi se '03 exercise for the U.S.
military 's Northern Command,
U.S. Department of Homeland
Security's Federal Emergency
Management Agency, State of
Nevada and Clark County. The
scenario called for a terrori st re-
lease of pneumonic plague on Au-
gust 15 on the Las Vegas Strip to
be contained by a quarantine and
assistance from scores of local ,
State and federal response agen-
cies and organizations. In addi-
tion, tabletop responses occurred
for an airplane highjacking, a
train derailment and a hurricane
in other parts of the country plus a
flash flood in Las Vegas.
On August 19, the State of
Nevada's Department of Emer-
gency Management alerted the
Civil Air Patrol's Nevada Wing as
a State resource in accordance
with the State disaster response
plan. Wing aircrews were tasked
on 20 and 21 August to patrol
highways in anticipation of move-
ment of Strategic National Stock-
pile pharmaceuticals and medical
equipment to a di spensing site
where more than 100 volunteers
stood in lines to receive treatment.
At the same time Nevada
Wing aircraft were patrolling
highways for Determined Prom-
ise ' 03, four other Nevada Wing
aircraft were airborne on an actual
multi-state missing aircraft search
between Phoenix and Las Vegas.
California Wing also launched
four aircraft on the search. The
(L -R) On August 27 in the CAP building at North Las Vegas Airport, Nevada Wing's
LtCol Charles King and CAP-USAF Pacific Liaison Region Maj Tim McCourt dis-
cuss the estimated time of return of the Arkansas Wing aircraft after a photo recon-
naissance sortie.
mi ssing aircraft was located safe
on the ground at Lake Havasu air-
port on August 21.
Nevada Wing's LtCol Charles
King said, "Thi s demonstrates we
can easily support both State and
federal taskings without exhaust-
ing Civil Air Patrol 's resources."
CAP has more than 60,000 mem-
bers, owns 550 aircraft and has
access to over 4,000 member-fur-
ni shed aircraft. CAP also owns or
has access to thousands of ground
vehicles plus radios with a
national-wide repeater network
with frequencies dedicated to ex-
clusive CAP use.
On August 23, Determined
Promi se '03 called for State and
local responders to become over-
whelmed and ask for federal as-
On August 25, Nevada Wing
was tasked jointly by the State
and the Joint Task Force of U.S.
Northern Command to fly aerial
reconnaissance of Clark County's
quarantine borders and of loca-
tions of crowds and traffic jams.
Taski ng included taking digital
pictures of specific sites such as
medication dispensing locations
at high schools and a hospital fa-
cility at the Convention Center.
Wing aircrews were also tasked to
take comparison photos of air-
fields to look for quarantine
breakers while the scenario called
for virtually all a ircraft to be
On August 26, Nevada Wing
continued with the same taski ngs
with the addition of a demonstra-
tion of satellite downlinks of digi-
tal imagery to the U.S. Air Force
and a transport flight of a U.S.
Coast Guard officer assigned to
do an aerial assessment associated
with Coast Guard's role in dealing
with hazardou s wastes during
such a di saster. An actual flash
flood warning cancelled all the
Wing's afternoon flights.
On August 27, the final day of
the exercise, Nevada Wing contin-
ued its previous taskings and was
joined by an Arkansas Wing air-
craft and aircrew attending the
CAP Summer Convention in Las
Vegas. The Arkansas Wing air-
craft is equipped with a satellite
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Determined Promise '03 Continued from previous page . ..
telephone allowing real-time digi-
tal imagery downlinks via tele-
phone and e-mail connections. A
joint Nevada/Arkansas aircrew
took imagery of a high school to
demonstrate CAP's satellite tele-
phone capability. Nevada Wing
was also tasked on paper to trans-
port FEMA photojournalists and
videographers to take imagery of
the estimated two-day long traffic
jams leaving Clark County.
Determined Promi se '03
ended new taskings by the late
morning of August 27 once the
exercise began the transition from
" response" to "recovery" mode
and in order to have extra time for
debriefings with the participants
for lessons learned. CAP and
CAP-USAF officers participated
in debriefings at the Nevada Na-
tional Guard Armory for those in-
volved in field operations and a
California Wing officer partici-
pated in the debriefing at the
Clark County Government Center
for those working in the Joint In-
formation Center at the headquar-
ters for the exercise.
Nevada, Arkansas and Cali-
fornia Wing and CAP's Pacific
Region together contributed about
100 personnel. Nevada and Ar-
kansas flew approximately 30
hours on the exercise. CAP volun-
teers were supported by several
CAP-USAF Pacific Liai son Re-
gion officers, Nevada Wing's
State Director's office personnel,
and staff from the CAP's National
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Both Col Allison Thompson
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47 of Oceanside, California, have
received the prestigious Jack and
Florence Ferman Scholarship
Awards. The $5,000 awards are
given each year to both a deserv-
ing male and female Cadet Of-
ficer within the California Wing
of the Civil Air Patrol. This is the
first time both awards were won
by members of the same squad-
ron. Col McClure was also the re-
cipient of the California Wing Ca-
det Officer of the Year Award.
Wing Commander Larry F.
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example of what a Cadet Officer
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The long li st of CAP accom-
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2003, being chosen to be an Inter-
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Col Thompson is currently a
junior attending Loyola Univer-
sity in New Orleans, La., pursuing
a degree in Communications. She
plans to use at least part of her
scholarship money to help with
her plans to study abroad in En-
gland thi s coming summer.
Col Thompson has always ex-
emplified what a dedicated officer
should be. Her level of involve-
ment in squadron and other spe-
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standing, and her professionalism
consistently of the highest quality.
She is a caring individual, a plea-
sure to be with, and is greatly
mi ssed in the squadron since she
has moved on to complete her col-
lege education.
The similarly long list of CAP
accomplishments which earned
Col McClure this award include:
Cadet Commander of Squadron
47 from June 2001 - June 2002,
receiving an appointment to be an
International Air Exchange Stu-
dent to Japan, and a position as
the 93rd Squadron Commander
for CAP's California Wing En-
Col McClure is extremely ac-
tive in squadron activities and
consistently portrays an excellent
example for the cadets in Squad-
ron 47. He is an officer who
strives for the highest of goals,
both in CAP and in school. Col
McClure is currently in the pro-
cess of applying to the United
States Air Force Academy which
he hopes to attend next year. He
plans on using hi s scholarship
money to help pay for expenses at
the Academy and for achieving
his private pilot 's license.
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By Lt Seelye Day
Braving a three-mile run and obstacle course on Saturday,
October 4 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, were
eleven cadets, senior members, and a parent from Skyhawks
Composite Squadron 47.
Major Ben Peterson, a member of
Squadron 47 since 1983, was presented
with a National Commander' s Commen-
da60n for 20 years of exceUent service in
Civil Air Patrol. Hi s lovely wife, Alice,
joined the squadron in celebration of his
The obstacle course is usually something only those privi-
leged to be attending boot camp get to experience, but once a
year it is opened to all challengers. Hurdles, hills, pushups, logs,
tunnels, pushups, walls, foxholes, pushups, trenches, cargo nets
and, oh yeah, pushups, were a few of the great obstacles that
greeted the squadron members. Along the way were sixty Ma-
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By Seelye Day, Senior Member,
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ference in November 2003. In addition to win-
ning both the Ferman Scholarship Awards and
the Cadet Officer of the Year Award, (see ar-
ticle) the following Squadron 47 Cadet and Se-
nior Members distinguished themselves by
their hard work and dedication to CAP:
Commander's Commendations
Lt Tony Diaz - Aerial Reconnaissance Imag-
Lt Eric Johannsen - Aerial Reconnaissance
Major Randy McClure - Nomination for
Group 7 - Aerospace Education Officer of
the Year
C/2Lt Tarek Eighoroury - Nomination for
Cadet NCO of the Year
ClLt Col Kyle McClure - Nomination for Ca-
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Meritorious Service Award
C/SMSgt Laura Borenstein, CrrSgt Nikki
Kim, C/SrAmn Kenneth Beach, C/TSgt Eric
Perry and C/MSgt Wade Wright for bringing
the first Color Guard victory to California and
for their outstanding work. (This award is
rarely given to cadets!)
Exceptional Service Award
Captain Eric Gray for his outstanding work
in developing the Color Guard
Unit Citation Award
All CA WG Members - February 1, 2003
through March 4, 2003 Space Shuttle recovery
The Squadron 47 National Championship
Color Guard was honored to post the colors at
both the Saturday General Assembly and the
Awards Banquet. The Color Guard Com-
mander, C/SMSgt Laura Borenstein also per-
formed the Change of Command Ceremony for
Cols Myrick and Nelson.
Squadron 47 is exceptionally proud of
these award winners and of all the terrific Ca-
det and Senior Members that make up our unit.
Congratulations to all!
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CAP Members Help During
California Forest Fires
ON SUNDAY, October 26th
the wildfire that started in Old
Waterman Canyon on Saturday
(known as the "Old Fire") was
becoming a concern in Big Bear.
The Big Bear Valley Fire Safe
Council called a meeting at
1100 hours at the office of the
Municipal Water District to dis-
cuss the situation. CAP 1st Lt.
Kathy Sawyer, also a member of
the Fire Safe Council , called
members from Composite
Squadron 6750 to let them know
of the meeting.
The Fire Safe Council asked
if anyone could perform an ar-
so n/fire watch in the valley.
Nine members of the squadron
acting as private citizens volun-
teered for service, six as ground
lookouts and three volunteering
their aircraft to perform the fire
watch from the air. Capt. Ron
Hirzel took the first shift in the
early afternoon, and patrolled
the perimeter of the valley at
9,000 feet msl. (The valJey floor
is 6750 msl) . At approximately
1400 hours Big Bear City Fire
Chief Dana Van Lueven re-
quested that Capt. Hirzel land
and attend a meeting of the
Mountain Mutual Aid (MMA)
that was called for 1500 hours.
Mountain Mutual Aid is an
organization of several agencies
in the Big Bear Valley, including
the fire departments , law en-
forcement agencies, public
works, utilities, emergency ser-
vice agencies (including the
By CAP Lt. Col. Joe Orchard
CAP), city and county govern-
ments , the media and others.
Chief Van Lueven is the current
president of the MMA, and Ma-
jor Bill Hartmann of Squadron
6750 is the incoming vice-presi-
dent. Regular meetings are held
to discuss and plan for emergen-
cies, to use the resources of all
members in support of the emer-
gency response effort of what-
ever disaster hould occur in Big
Members of Composite
Squadron 6750 attending the
MMA meeting that afternoon
included Lt. Col. Joe Orchard,
Major Hartmann, Major Hank
Peralez, Capt. Hirzel , Capt.
Leonard Weekley, lLT Sawyer,
2LT Don Munroe, and 2LT
Keith Andren.
Chief Van Lueven briefed
the MMA on where the fue was
and the potential for it to reach
our valley. He called for a meet-
ing of the Emergency Opera-
tions Center (EOC) for 0800
Monday. At that meeting, the
EOC was activated at a level
one, for planning purposes. On
Tuesday, the EOC went to a
level three, and assignments for
members were established. Ma-
jor Hartmann became the EOC
Safety Officer, and shared the
duties with other CAP members
during the incident. Lt. Col. Or-
chard was the Agency Liaison
Officer for CAP, and Lt. Col.
Mike Prusak, California Wing
State Director, acted as contact
between Lt. Col. Orchard and
CA WG. Major Peralez worked
the EOC Operations desk. lLT
Sawyer worked in various posi-
tions throughout the week. 2LT
Munroe served on the adminis-
trative desk, ensuring that any-
one in the EOC had properly
signed in. Shift teams were set
up to man the safety desk
through the night. Mandatory
evacuation was ordered for resi-
dents about 1100.
Wednesday, October 29th
was the tensest day in the valley.
The smoke was everywhere, and
the fire had advanced to within
six miles on the west and south-
west. The U.S. Forest Service,
up to now managing the fire
from San Bernardino, sent fed-
eral Fire Management Team 5 to
Big Bear to establish an incident
command post here. All non-es-
sential support personnel were
evacuated at this time. lLT Saw-
yer and 2LT Munroe remained
at the local EOC until it closed
the following Monday.
Although many members of
Big Bear Composite Squadron
6750 were involved in the emer-
gency effort, no tasks were ever
assigned specifically to CAP.
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International Air Cadets Visit Edwards
By Capt Brian Stover
US Air Force Aux., CAP
Thi s past July, Edwards Air
Force Base hosted six Interna-
tional Air cadets as part of an ex-
change program with the Civil Air
Patrol. The cadets, from Great
Britain and Canada, spent the day
touring Edwards. The cadets were
escorted by CAP Lt Col Elizabeth
Blackey, Cadet Lt Col Michael
Blackey and Capt Rick Sargent of
the Edwards Squadron . They
were accompanied by cadets from
the Edwards and Tehacahapi
The exchange program pro-
vides the teenaged cadets with an
opportunity to switch places with
Civil Air Patrol cadets for a two
week visit. Each summer, cadets
from the Civil Air Patrol are se-
lected to participate, visiting avia-
tion facilities in one of several
foreign countries. In return, avia-
tion cadets from those countries
are hosted by the CAP.
Those partici pating from the
UK were Cadet Warrant Officer
Chri s Trace, Cadet Warrant Of-
ficer Alex Beck and Cadet War-
rant Officer Jon Williams. They
were accompanied by Flight
Lieutenant Jeffrey Coker of the
Royal Air Force as an escort.
From Canada were Cadet Warrant
Officer First Class Tara Campbell
and Natalya LeBlanc.
The cadets began their day
with a welcome from Col Harry
Talbot on behalf of Major General
Pearson during breakfast at the
Joshua Tree Dining facility. From
there, the cadets were briefed on
the myriad of activities at
Edwards by CMSgt Willie
Goodwin of the 412th Test Wing.
A self guided tour of the Air Force
Pilot· !vI
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UK Cadet Warrant Officer Chris Trace in Test Pilot simulator with Maj Mark Giddings
Cadet Warrant Officer Jon Williams in the simulator.
Flight Test Center Museum fol-
lowed, giving the cadets the op-
portunity to di scover the rich hi s-
tory that makes Edwards a pre-
mier facility.
A tour of the Be nefield
Anechoic Facility (BAF) and
simul ator provi ded the cadets
with a seldom seen look at the one
of a kind facility and a chance to
fly the F-16 si mulator. The BAF
houses the world' s largest elec-
troni cally secure/quiet environ-
ment that realistically simulates
an outdoor range. Major Mark
Giddings of the Test Pilot School
gave the cadets a bri efing and
video presentation on the Test Pi-
lot School along with another op-
portunity to show off their skill in
the school's simul ator.
Continued on next page . ..
Weekend Hobby
Rocket Launch
Lucerne Valley - Fourteen
people from four squadrons went
to Lucerne Valley 7-9 November
2003 for the weekend hobby
rocket launch put on by the Rock-
etry Organization of California
Various sized rockets and mo-
tors were used, from a small "A"
motor to a few "H" motors. The
highlight of the weekend were the
night launches on Saturday night.
The rocket is required to have
some sort of light system on it ,
strobes, glow sticks , whatever.
Two rockets were launched by us
that evening, both on Aerotech
Left to right: Cadets Ted Villasor, Cylvia Espinosa, Jeffrey Campaglia, Osmarly
Maldonado, and Ltc. Phil Laisure, all of Sq. 107, and CI2Lt Chris Wyat, Sq. 59. Not
Pictured: C/Tsgt Sarah Pennicks, 1 Lt. Kim Caldwell, Sq. 20, cadets Kevin Kuns and
Daniel Pohl, SI M Kyle Kuns and 1 Lt. Rick Lt. Rick Pohl, Sq. 3. Picture by SI M Ted
Villasor. Submitted by LtCol. Phil A. Laisure, Sq. 107 AEG.
"H" motors, which gave a brilliant red flame during
boost. C/2Lt Cluis Wyat's rocket had a borrowed top
end with a light, the flight of thi s rocket resulted in a
walk of over 112 mile to retrieve it. We al so had some
other launches that resulted in extensive searching
(no find ribbons here). On Sunday, we suffered two
International Air Cadets Visit Edwards
Continued from previous page . ..
Next the cadets were given a look at the latest aircraft to be tested at
Edwards. A tour of the X-35 JSF facility showed the cadets the latest in
fighter technology and was especially interesting for the cadets since
both the UK and Canada are involved in the JSF program. The tour con-
cluded with a presentation by SSgt Carpentier of the 418th FLTS on the
CV-22. The cadets were awed by
this unique aircraft whkh can op-
erate as a rotorwing aircraft and
switch mid-flight into a fixed
wing aircraft.
losses, ILt. Rick Pohl's scale V-2
cras hed on its third flight , and
CI2Lt Chri s Wyat lost hi s rocket.
We never did find it.
Overall , everyone had a great
time, and we' re looking forward
to doing it again in June, on 11-13
of that month.
CAP' s participation in the
lACE dates back to 1947, with an
exchange of cadets between CAP
and the Air Cadet League of
Canada. Since then, the program
has expanded to incl ude aviation-
related youth organizations from
nations throughout the world. Of
all the benefits of lACE, one of
the greatest is its contribution to
global understanding by bringing
together people with different cul-
tural perspectives and common
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Lunar Module
By Lt Col Charles Wiest, CAP
Astronauts last landed on the
moon in December, 1972, long
before any of today' s Civil Air Pa-
trol cadets were born. To them,
the landings may as well be an-
cient hi story. But almost 31 years
after Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene
Cernan and HalTi son Schmitt, the
last astronauts to walk - and drive
- on the lunar surface, seve n
members of Los Angeles Cadet
Squadron 138 (California Wing)
helped assemble a nearly full- size
mock-up of the Lunar Lander
Module. The Organization to
Support Space Exploration
(O.S.S.E.) requested the CAP
members' assistance to set up a
lal'ge di splay at the recent "Week-
end of Heroes" held at the Ontal'io
(Caljfornia) Convention Center.
CAP and o.S.S.E. members are ready
for a drive across the lunar surface in a
working reproduction of the Lunar Rov-
ing Vehicle. (Left to right) CI SrAmn Ana
Wall, CI B Yves Medrano, CI SrAmn
Alan Wall (rear), o.S.S.E. Director Andy
Monsen, o.S.S.E. Assistant Director
JayCee Cruz and CI Amn Antoinette
Donning official NASA hard-
hats and white lab coats for the
asse mbly project were Lt Col
Charles Wiest , CICapt Robert
Hern andez, C/l st Lt Steven
Marks, C/SrAmn Alan Wall ,
C/SrAmn Ana Wall , CI Amn
Antoinette Ventura and C/B Yves
Friday morning, the O.S.S.E.
and CAP members had less than
four hours to unload components
of the disassembled Lunar Lander
Module from a waiting truck,
move the bulky pieces to the con-
vention center floor, and com-
pletely re-assemble it. "Some of
the pieces were heavy and awk-
ward," admitted Cadet First Lieu-
tenant Steven Marks.
Under the watchful eyes of
O.S.S.E. Director Andy Monsen
and Ass istant Director JayCee
Cruz, members of the two groups
followed a detailed, step-by-step
checklist. The assembly crew
cal'efully moved components with
mysterious label s such as "Ascent
Stage STBD Propellant Tank Sec-
tion" or "Strut Support #4", and
the jumble of pieces slowly began
to look like the Lunar Module.
The assemb led Lunar Module
stands 15 feet taU and has a stance
of 22 feet.
"At first the module didn ' t
look like the picture," thought Ca-
det Capt ain Robert Hernandez,
"but after everything was put to-
gether it looked like the real
The completed di spl ay cov-
ered an area of 30 by 60 feet, and
in addition to the Lunar Landing
Module included a working re-
After completing assembly of the Lunar
Module mock-up, CAP members pose
on the ascent/descent ladder. Front row
(left to right) CISrAmn Ana Wall, Lt Col
Charles Wiest and CI Amn Antoinette
Ventura; middle CI SrAmn Alan Wall; top
CI B Yves Medrano.
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Vehicle, detailed model s, photo-
graphs and signs describing the
American space program.
The final test of authenticity
came on Sunday afternoon, when
Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin
"Buzz" Aldrin, visited "Weekend
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was gracious enough to pose for
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Awards Ceremony
By Lt Chris Storey
At an awards banquet in Ful-
lerton, California, members of the
Civil Air Patrol Fullerton Com-
posite Squadron were recognized
for their accomplishments and
dedication to Civil Air Patrol dur-
ing the previous year.
"We have several members
that have put in long hours of very
hard work with the Civil Air Pa-
trol," said Maj. David Boehm,
Squadron 56 Commander. "They
are all very deserving of the
awards they have received,"
Boehm said.
Two cadets received recogni-
tion for their accomplishments
during the past year. Cadet Staff
Sgt. David Stateler was recog-
nized for completing all the re-
quirements of Phase I of the Civil
Air Patrol cadet program. Stateler
received the Wright Brothers
award and was also promoted to
the grade of Cadet Tech. Sgt.
Cadet Li sa Chung was se-
lected as the Cadet Non-Com-
mi ssioned Officer (NCO) of the
year for Squadron 56. Boehm,
Capt. Dan Gwaltney, and Lt. Col.
Virginia Nelson, Deputy Califor-
nia Wing Commander, presented
this award.
"The Air Force values CAP
and recognizes the training of the
cadet program," Nelson said.
"The Air Force has reaffirmed its
support and belief in the cadet
program," said Nel son.
Gwaltney was named the
Squadron 56 Senior Member of
the year. During the past year, the
squadrons' cadet program has
grown considerably under Gwalt-
ney 's leadership and guidance.
Gwaltney, himself a former Civil
Air Patrol cadet and currently the
Squadron Deputy Commander for
Cadets, has been an outstanding
role model for the cadets of
Squadron 56.
2nd Lt. Chris Storey received
the Squadron 56 Ground Team
Member of the year award. In ad-
dition to participating in missions
as a Ground Team and Urban Di-
rection Finding team member,
Storey has conducted classes for
Squadron 56 on emergency ser-
vices, radio direction finding, and
other aspects of emergency field
Boehm presented a Com-
mander 's Commendation to 2nd
Lt. Steve Karl, of the Santiago
Composite Squadron 68. This
award recognized the many hours
of aerospace education assistance
Karl provided to the cadets of
Squadron 56. Karl conducted the
Civil Air Patrol model rocketry
program over several weeks, al-
lowing the cadets of Squadron 56
to earn their model rocketry
badges while learning about the
science and physics of rocket pro-
pulsion and space flight.
Boehm also presented a
Commander' s Award for Out-
standing Achievement to 2nd Lt.
Jeff Harabedian. Harabedian, an
aerospace engineer for Boeing
and a private pilot , is the
squadron' s Aerospace Education
Officer and has presented many
interesting aerospace presenta-
tions to the cadets.
1 st Lt. Roger Woodcock re-
ceived a Certificate of Apprecia-
tion. Woodcock serves as the
Deputy Commander for Seniors
and has unselfishly devoted many
hours during the past year to man-
aging the Senior Member portion
of Squadron 56. 1st Lt. Marion
Rosenberg also received a Certifi-
cate of Appreciation for her sup-
port to the cadet Aerospace Edu-
cation program.
Squadron 56 moved to a new
permanent home at Fullerton Air-
port during the past year and has
changed its name. "The squadron
has created a new identity for it-
self," Boehm said. Boehm offi-
cially announced the name
change of the squadron from its
original name of North Orange
County Composite Squadron to
the Fullerton Composite Squad-
ron." In a year and a half Squad-
ron 56 has achieved many impor-
tant accomplishments in creating
a new Civil Air Patrol Squadron,"
Boehm said.
The new squadron identity
also includes a new cadet color
guard. The color guard is under
the leadership of Cadet Master
Sgt. Natasha Marakowski who
also serves as senior flag bearer.
Cadet Senior Airman Jeffrey
Rogers is the junior flag bearer,
and Cadet Airmen 1 st Class
Justine Gamboa and Micah
Gamboa are the guards. The
awards banquet was their first
public performance and was
closely watched by 29 members
of Squadron 56, their families,
and several invited guests.
In recognizing the outstand-
ing contributions and volunteer
spirit of the members of Squadron
56 Nelson, herself a former cadet
of Squadron 56, reminded every-
one that a volunteer is someone
who believes one person can
make a difference and is willing
to prove it. "Be proud that you are
a volunteer, you are making a dif-
ference in your community and
the nation" said Nelson.
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Squadron 471 Visits
Naval Air Station Lemoore
Physiology Lab
By Capt Don Brown
The Reeves Field Skyhawks of Squadron 471 toured the Naval
Air Station Lemoore Flight Physiology lab for an Aero Space Edu-
cation activity. Navy Lt Sean Lando provided the squadron with an
in-depth look at how pilots are exposed to the elements of flight.
During the tour, videos of pilots going through the centrifuge were
shown. All of the pilots shown would pass out within seconds of the
"G" force being increased. Once they were out a signal would go
off, and as the "G' force was decreased the pilots became alert and
were required to turn off the signal. Most pilots would not become
alert for a few seconds later. Their comments afterwards would be
things like "I thought I was on a roller coaster." A couple of the vid-
eos were of actual flights where student pilots in the front seat and
instructor in the back, had it not been for the instructor pilot the af-
fects of the "G" force on the student would have been disastrous.
Lt Lando also showed us how the "G" suit works to help over-
come the forces. He also explained how pilots are trained on how to
react to the "G" forces and to overcome them, emphasizing how im-
portant physical conditioning and the proper diet is. The Blue An-
gels, the Navy's flight demonstration team actually flies the FI8
Hornet and without the benefit of the "G" suit. They must train daily
to overcome the effects of the "G" forces they go through during a
show. It is said that when they practice or do a one-hour show it is
equivalent to working 12 hours. They also must make yearly visits to
the centrifuge at Lemoore for additional "G" force training.
According to Lt Lando they have not been able find any after af-
fects of the "G" forces. Studies are on-going to see if any long-term
affects can be determined. Watching the pilots in the videos you
would think they would not enjoy this type of training but most, if
not all, were ready and eager to do it.
The Civil Air Patrol, the official Air Force Auxiliary, is a
non-profit organization. It performs more than 85 percent of inland
search and rescue missions in the continental United States as tasked
by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Volunteers also take a
leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to
America's youths through CAP Cadet Programs. For more informa-
tion about Civil Air Patrol programs, call our office at 998-2867 or
contact 2Lt Robert L. Paul at 924-7634. We meet on board the Naval
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Squadron 13
Change of
May 6, 2003 marked a Change of
Command for Composite Squadron
13 of CAWG's Group 2, located in
Watsonville, California. Captain Tom
Regan , who has commanded the
Squadron since May 1999, ceremoni-
ously relinquished command to 1st
Lieutenant Senior Dan Watson. The
Master of Ceremony was the com-
mendable Lieutenant Commander
Hank Pielage, Personnel Officer.
Regan has served in the Civil Air
Patrol since 1994 and will continue
serving in Logistics, Transportation
and as Emergency Services Officer.
Regan is also a Mission Qualified Pi-
lot who truly enjoys "working along-
side the dedicated members of the
Santa Cruz Composite Squadron 13
and the Civil Air Patrol, both senior
and cadet, who volunteer their pre-
cious time to serve our community,
state and nation." CAP Composite
Squadron 13 salutes you, Captain
1 st Lieutenant Dan Watson has
served in the Civil Air Patrol 15 years.
His first seven years he served as a
Cadet, during which time he received
the Mitchell Award, attended the Ca-
det Officer School at Maxwell AFB,
was Flight Commander of Class En-
campment, was Cadet Commander
Honey Lake SQ, NV Wing, CAC
Chairman NV Wing, and 1 st Lieuten-
ant. During his eight years as a Senior
Member, Watson has enjoyed work-
ing with the Cadets and Seniors, and
now, as Commander, plans to build a
strong aerospace program and a
squadron ready for service and action
in the areas of Search and Rescue and
Homeland Security. CAP Composite
Squadron 13 welcomes you, Com-
mander Watson!
Civil Air Patrol Search for Missing Paraglider
By Capt. Kenneth Gonzalez,
California Wing,
Deputy Director of Public Affairs
At approximately 8:28 PM
Friday, a Piper PA-28-180 attend-
ing the California Wing, Civil Air
Patrol, Search and Rescue Exer-
cise, departed on a flight under
Visual Flight Rules from the Palm
Springs International Airport to
Big Bear City Airport. The person
believed to be the pilot-in-com-
mand was appropriately rated for
the intended flight. The pilot did
not file a flight plan with the Fed-
eral Aviation Administration
(FAA) .
On Saturday morning, Cali-
fornia Wing wa notified that the
aircraft and its two souls on board
were overdue. At the time of noti-
fication, it was not clear that the
aircraft reported or any of the oc-
cupants were Civil Air Patrol
members or conducting a Civil
Air Patrol authorized flight.
After some research and intel-
li gence gathering, search opera-
tions began at approximately
12:00 PM on Saturday. Our ef-
forts were assisted by the acquisi-
tion of terminal radar data (via the
U.S. Air Force) that allowed us to
plot the aircraft ' s location in
space, analyze the ground track
and make more accurate decisions
about how to conduct a quick and
effective search for the objective.
As with any search, Califor-
nia Wing and the local Sheriff 's
department, work closely together
to conduct search operations. In-
deed, many times the Sheriff's air
units, specifically their helicopter
resources, al low us the opportu-
nity to gain quick access to loca-
tions that would take many hours
by foot or 4-wheel drive vehicles
thus delaying positive identifica-
tion and notification.
At about s unset , working
closely with California Wing Air
and Ground personnel, San Ber-
nardino County Sheriffs Depart-
ment (SBCSD) helicopter 40
King was able to identify fresh
wreckage consistent with the pro-
file of the target aircraft. SBCSD
ubsequently notified the FAA,
National Transportation Safety
Board (NTSB) and SB County
Coroner's office.
Civil Air Patro l Ground
Teams arrived at the scene at ap-
proximately 09:45 PM last night
and were able to identify the air-
craft by its regi tration number.
There were no survi vors and the
ground teams were unable to
positively identify the occupants.
Initial plans and coordination
with SBCSD called for the Coro-
ner to be on-scene at first li ght to
accomplish the recovery.
The Chaplain of the Squadron
the members belonged to per-
formed the family notifications
last night. Both families were
aware that the persons were mi ss-
ing and that search operations had
commenced. Given the nature of
the loss, both familie are doing
as well as could be expected.
Investigators from the NTSB
arrived at 0800 and our Ground
Teams guided both the investiga-
tive team and the SBC Coroners
to the scene. They are still on
scene at this time. As such, the
names of the occupant will be re-
leased by Civil Air Patrol or the
San Bernardino County Coroner
after positive identification has
been made.
Given that California Wing
has not lost any aircrew in over 6
years, the California Wing Com-
mander, Col. Virginia Nelson, has
directed the following actions
take place.
1. All operations for the cur-
Continued on next page . ..
Civil Air Patrol flight crew at Bakersfield mission base prepare for next grid search
for mission paraglider, Lt Col Ronald Rosepink, USAF Reserves.
Courtesy of Civil Air Patrol Photo
USAF Reserves, Lt Col Ronald Rosepink,
Edwards Air Force Base F-16 pilot, Still Missing
1 Lt Candice Tuttle
An exhaustive search from
July 2 to July 12, 2003 failed to
locate a mi ssing Air Force Re-
serve Lieutenant Colonel Ron-
ald Rosepink, a paraglider.
Rosepink, 46, was reported
mi ssi ng by famjly late Tuesday,
June 28th evening, when he
failed to report in as expected.
California Wing flew almost
380 hours utilizing S4 aircraft
on 97 sorties. In ail, 19S person-
nel were utilized in the mission.
The terrain that was searched is
mountainous with dense shrub
and forest with high trees. The
fact that there was no flight plan,
and no Emergency Location
Transmitter (ELT) or Personal
Locator Beacons (PLB) signal
being received to offer a homing
beacon for the aircrews to track,
made thi s search even more dif-
Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, Maj. Ron Rosepink, former "Good Morn-
ing America" host and Emmy award-winning documentary producer David Hartman
and Capt. Vince Catarina on the Edwards AFB f/ightline in 1991.
Photo Courtesy of Edwards Air Force Base Web Photo Gallery
According to Ron's wife thj s was hi s first paraglider flight with-
out hi s aviation transceiver radio. About one or two weeks prior to
CAP Search for Missing Paraglider
Continued from previous page . ..
rent Search and Rescue Exercise are now halted. Personnel will be able
to return with their aircraft and vehicles to their home bases.
2. A Board of investigators, comprised of three senior officers from
California Wing and Pacific Region staff, has been appointed to do an
internal investigation of the incident.
The Wing Commander emphasizes safety in aJl of our operations -
air, ground and mi ssion base - and considers it our highest priority.
There is no mission so important that we cannot take the time to perform
it safely. As such,
3. All units in California Wing will accomplish a safety stand down
to focus on aircrew safety and operational procedures, in an attempt to
help mitigate future incidents,
To the families, on thj s sad day, the members of Californja Wing and
Civil Air Patrol are standing by you, our hearts go out to you and we of-
fer our deepest sympathies for your tragic loss.
this flight Ron experienced
problems with hi s radio, and
therefore, for the first time, did
not take it with him. Rosepink
did not have a PLB on hi s per-
son at the time of this flight.
Civi l Air Patrol and the Kern
County Sheriff 's Department
worked together throughout the
search. CAP has maintained a
primary mi ss ion base at the
Bakersfield 's Meadows Field
airport, with a secondary base at
the Tehachapi Muni airport,
throughout the holiday week-
end. On Sunday evening, with
no new leads to follow, and all
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Continued . ..
probable flight path areas
covered repeatedly, the air
search portion of the mi ssion
was suspended. Lt Col Steve
Asche, CAP Incident Com-
mander said, "The coordina-
tion between the Ci vil Air
Patrol and the Kern County
Sheriff Office was absolutely
fantastic. We worked to-
gether well with great com-
munications. On Saturday,
the Sheriff commented that
CAP was a very professional
and well versed organization
in search and rescue."
LtCol Steve Asche, Maj.
Wayne Stuart , and Maj.
James Porter have acted as
the CAP Base Incident Com-
manders (ICs) in rotation.
A little background on
Ronald Rosepink USAF
Lieutenant Colonel , Re-
serves. Ron Rosepink is in
the Active Reserves, and is
often at Edwards Air Force
Base where he is a test pilot,
flies F-16s, and performs as
chase in the F-22 program.
He is also considered some-
what of an icon to the bal-
looning community by hi s
balloonist friends.
Rosepink has over 1,000
hours as Pilot in Command
of the F-16. The USAF con-
firmed that he also flew
chase for the F-22 program
through hi s career as a pilot
for the USAF, and he is cur-
rently a contract test pilot at
Edwards Air Force Base.
Message from Deborah Rosepink
I WANT EVERYONE WHO ASSISTED in the search for my husband,
Ronald, to know how much it meant to me to have you out in the field
and air. I know you made sacrifices in your own personal life to be
there for us and I sincerely appreciate it.
Ronald was in Civil Air Patrol during high school and he learned
to do both ground and air search with that organization. We even at-
tended a couple of summer training camps in Pennsylvania after we
were married. I say this to let all of you know - both air and ground
rescue - that I know how hard you train to do this volunteer work and
to let you know how much your efforts are appreciated.
I want to tell you a little more about the man you searched for. He
grew up in PA and graduated from the Air Force Academy where he
was on the Wings of Blue Parachute Team. He attended pilot training
and was assigned to fly the F-16 which he flew during his Air Force
career, even after he graduated from Test Pilot School (he also flew
F4s and the T38 at Edwards). During the 1980s he purchased a hot
air balloon and attended many competitions. He was well known for
his skill in working the wind currents in Reno at their hot air balloon
race (we attended this event for eleven years and Ronald won his
competitive race most of the time) . He got into paragliding about
three years ago. He also has been researching several ideas that he
wanted to patent at some time - an electric paraglider, a space plane
and a hot air balloon design.
Ronald and I have been married for 23 years. We have three chil-
dren: Dustin, 22; Elizabeth, 19; Chris, 17. I was staying in CO until
Chris graduated from high school and then Ronald were planning on
possibly moving to the Tehachapi area. He coached the boys in soc-
cer and coach pitch baseball , was a Webelo leader in Boy Scouts and
taught the boys how to work on cars. He was a meticulous and thor-
ough person. (I used to tease him about being as slow as a turtle with
things - but they were always done right.)
He has many people that care about him and love him.
I know you are just as sad and confused about not finding him as
I am. No one wants these results but Ronald and I are both Christians
and we know that God has a plan here. Someday maybe it will be-
come clear. I do thank God for you and pray for God to keep you safe
and to bless you.
Please know how much I appreciate the men on foot , the
mounted searchers and their horses, the air scent dogs and their
handlers, the Kern County and CAP pilots, flight crews and ground
support personnel who searched for Ronald. I would like to thank
each of them personally, but since I can't , please share this with
- Deborah Rosepink
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South Bay Senior Squadron 129
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By Maj. Stanley L. Katten • PAO Sqdn. 129
The South Bay Senior Squadron 129, 2002
CAWING Squadron of the Year, held its annual appre-
ciation and awards banquet on June 30, 2003. At this
annual event, awards are announced and presented for
outstanding performance by squadron personnel.
Also recognized are service awards for 2, 5, 10, 20,
25, 30 and 40 years satisfactory membership in the
Civil Air Patrol. Two year awards went to: Jeremy
Blumin, Mike Flynn, Bill Fraser, Robert Kassouf, Stan
Katten, Howard Minnick, Billy Villareal and Vicki
Waldman. Five year awards were received by Paul
Krouse and Bill Waldman. Earning ten year awards
were: Roger Clarke, June Johnston, Jeff Koehler, Nancy
Mansfield, Howard Mellin, Bill Parker, George Renfroe
and Arvid Van Nordenflycht. Jack Hofer and Gordon
Hughes have been members for 20 years, Harry
Wool way for 25 years, Don Caprio and John Staudt for
30 years and Bob Peters for 40 years.
Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to:
Roger Clarke, Finance Officer; BilJ Frazer, Pilot Infor-
mation and Special Projects Officer; Jack Hofer, Chief
Instructor and Check Pilot, and C-206 Airplane Man-
ager; June Johnston, Historical and Special Events Of-
ficer; Geraldine Katten, Administration and Special
Events Officer; Stanley Katten, Safety and Public Af-
fairs Officer; Bill Parker, Operations Officer; Charles
Russell , Deputy Commander; Billy Villareal, Emer-
gency Services Officer; Bill Waldman, Instructor,
Check Pilot and C-182 Aircraft Manager; and Jeff
Weigel, Aerospace Education Officer.
Special squadron awards were presented in the
form of commemorative plaques to: Charles Russell,
Staff Officer of the Year ; Billy Vil1areal, Spark Plug
Award; Jack Hofer, Pilot of the Year; and Stanley
Katten, Senior Member of the Year.
Promotions to captain were awarded to: Jeremy
Blumin, Mike Flynn and Jeff Weigel. Promotion to Lt.
Col. was awarded to Jack Hofer at a regular squadron
meeting earlier in June.
Finally, Squadron 129 was awarded the coveted
Aerospace Education Excellence Award from Civil Air
Patrol National Headquarters.
Congratulations are due to all these awardees
whose extra efforts and dedication to the squadron and
the important functions of the Civil Air Patrol overall
are much appreciated by all members of the squadron.
Hemet-Ryan Sqdn 59
Cadets Marshal
the Respect of
Air Show Pilots and
Spectators Alike
By Senior Member Russell Herbert, 1r.
Sqdn. 59 Senior Programs Officer
For the second year in a row, on May 31, 2003,
the Hemet-Ryan Air Show went off without a
hitch, thanks in no small part to the contributions
of cadets and seniors of Hemet-Ryan Composite
Squadron 59. A hangar electrical fire on the Thurs-
day before the show, in which the hangar and two
World War II era vintage planes were destroyed,
threatened to throw a damper on the festivities.
However, in the true spirit of the entertainment in-
dustry, "the show must (and did) go on."
In the weeks leading up to the air show,
Hemet-Ryan's cadets had been diligently training
in the art of marshalling aircraft. That training paid
off as they directed each plane in its turn from its
staging area to the runway, and then back. The ca-
dets' assistance enabled the pilots to entertain the
spectators in an efficient and clockwork-like man-
The cadets' logistical contributions were not
only limited to the flight line. They filled the
breach in spectator parking control when the local
Police Explorer post turned out to be a last minute
no-show. Their Civil Air Patrol training in leader-
ship has paid off well. At each achievement level
the cadets demonstrated their ability to work as a
team, and to adapt to an ever-changing situation
and accomplish the mission. Behind the scenes,
cadets and seniors contributed to the visual aes-
thetics of the airport. Prior to the airshow, they en-
sured the airport landscaping was presentable by
removing weeds and any litter that would detract
from spectators' enjoyment.
The performance of Squadron 59, most nota-
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the respect and confidence of local community
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Sun, 0500, 21 December 2003 . California
Wing Holiday Elves, Major David Boehm and
Capt Tony Settember meet at Ontario International
Airport for the start of the great adventure. Boehm
and Settember are clearly charged-up for the occa-
sion (although Maj Boehm's batteries are a little
dim thi s early in the morning, he clearly took-on
the personal sacrifice without any residual effects).
Both men extend their gratitude to the Wing' s
Membership and the Wing Commander for the
chance to be the first to fly the brand new 182.
The usual security bother at the Ontario airport
was passed through without a hitch. The United
fli ght took the duo through Denver, Colorado
where they changed planes for Tul sa, Oklahoma.
The crew arrived in Tul sa at 1240, collected their
bags, found their Rent-A-Car and headed north for
Independence, Kansas (the home of the Cess na
Single Engine Aircraft Factory). Finding food was
at the top of the list while exiting the airport prop-
erty. The airport is located at the north edge of
Tulsa. There was only grass, cows, horses and
churches for the next 75 miles.
Major Boehm, being the observer on thi s drive,
spotted a BBQ Restaurant in Caney, Kansas, after
about an hour on the route search for Indepen-
dence. Hi s find was impeccable. The local BBQ
Sauce was outstanding and the beef was tender and
juicy. Put two (2) Mission Pilots in a car and "Ye
Shall Find Your Target!"
At 1600 the crew arrived at Independence Air-
port (IDP) . The sky is huge in Kansas. No moun-
tains, buildings or trees to block your view. This
day the crew was treated to a gigantic blue and
white Kansas sky. They cruised the facility and the
aerodrome for signs of life. Alas, there was no one
home thi s Sunday afternoon, so the boys took a
few pictures, reconnoitered a little for tomorrow's
arrival and continued their journey into town and
the motel room.
The room was CAP cheap (Micro tel arranged
by Cessna). The bedbugs were ravenous and Capt
Lance Gaertner, Capt Tony Settember, Maj David Boehm .
Settember snored like a hibernating woodchuck.
Major Boehm, being the rugged individual that he
is, chose separate rooms the next evening (s mart
move) .
So what do two clean-cut American boys do in
Independence for the evening's festivities? They
drive around town looking for good places to eat. It
took about 20 minutes to travel the entire town
from end to end. All the streets and eating estab-
lishments were put to memory, and a burger and an
ice cream cone we devoured for nourishment, then
back to the Microtel for a good night' s sleep.
Monday, 0810, 23 December 2003 . Major
David and Capt Tony arrive at Cessna. Their host
is Lance Gaertner, in charge of Cessna Customer
Service. Also, there were two other pilots picking
up a plane for the Massachusetts Wing. Lance ar-
ranged a tour of the plant for everyone.
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are no robotics. Just the employees with their tools
and rivet guns putting them together piece by
piece. The 172, 182, and 206's come out the west
end of the building ready for the paint shop.
The 80,000 sq. ft. paint shop is located next to
the 80,000 sq. ft. fli ght test building, about a thou-
sand yards south of the assembly plant. It takes
about 10 days to paint a 172, 14 days for a 182 and
21 days for a 206. At the flight test building the
paint is rubbed out to its full luster after the proper
drying time. Final test and assembly of all aircraft
systems, installation of the interior and flight tests
are carried out for the next few weeks. I was inter-
ested to learn that the customer's seats are the last
things to be installed. The Test crew uses their own
seats to fly the plane. Most of the time, the cus-
tomer is the fIrst person to sit in the new seats.
In May of 2001 there were over 1200 people
employed here. Today that number is down to 500.
The good news is that orders for 2004 are up and
the company will be calling back laid-off workers
in January 04. Cessna will make over 600 singles
in 2004.
Burliegh Putnam, the California Wing Aircraft
Manager, supplied the crew with a checklist to en-
sure the aircraft was "as advertised". Sure enough!
Close scrutiny by Maj Boehm found that all the
paper work suppli ed with the new pl ane was
wrong!!!!! It was for the Mass. Plane. Mr. Gaertner
was able to strai ght en things out and find
California's paper work. Alas, Maj Boehm also
finds that there is no weight and balance document
supplied with the new paperwork. An embarrassed
Mr. Gaertner performs his magic and the W &B ap-
pears from the Cessna archives . To their credit,
there are no more little errors. The plane performs
flawlessly the entire trip home!
It was 1300 at IDP before the California crew
finally took to the skies for places west. No longer
were these the "friendly skies" of Kansas. The
weather was moving in from the west with rain and
snow in the forecast. 2500 overcast and 15 miles
visibility was the departure weather. After a thor-
ough weather briefing, the CAP flight release was
obtained directly from Col. Virginia Nelson, the
CAWG Commander. The VFR flight plan was
opened and N809CP took to the air. Call sign was
the Wing Commanders, CPF 401 . First pilot, Ma-
jor David Boehm!!!!! HUYA!
Continued on page 44 . . .
California Wing Gets New Bird
Continued . ..
CPF 401 's destination would be Amarillo,
Texas (AMA). The fast approaching weather front
would be deteriorating along the route, with fore-
casted weather upon arrival, 1400 overcast and to
miles visibility.
Weather was as forecasted and the crew picked
up an IFR clearance about 1.2 hours into the 3 hour
flight. Major Boehm and Capt Settember shared
the hands-on flying duties while in the soup. There
is no autopilot. Temperatures at 4000 MSL hov-
ered around 4C for the first 45 minutes in the
clouds, however as the plane neared AMA the
temps dropped down to Oc. A watchful eye was
kept for the formation of ice, but none came. There
was clear air below and above, there were no
mountains or obstacles to worry about and a 180
degree turn was always an option should we en-
counter ice. Major Boehm took the approach clear-
ance into AMA. The aircraft has an IFR Certified
GPS (GX60). With the approach loaded into the
unit and the VOR identified, David accepted vec-
tors to the Initial Approach Point.
ATIS reported 1400 overcast and 10 miles vis-
ibility with the winds blowing 350 at 25 gusting to
35 (peak gusts 40). David lined the new 182 for a
landing on runway 31 . The plane broke out of the
overcast about two miles from the runway. The
wind was howling and what had been a smooth
flight was now a bumpy and turbulent affair.
David fought the gusts and wind shear all the
way to the ground. It was like breaking a wild Stal-
lion for the first time. Tony and Dave hung on tight
as the new plane tried to buck them from the flight
deck. With unheralded secession of hostilities, the
182 succumbed to the guiding hand of the skilled
and daring pilot and came to rest on the wind torn
runway with an abrupt and certifiable arrival. You
can lead a plane to the runway, but can you make it
taxi? Thi s was quite a chore as the wind was still
blowing 35-40 knots and there was a mile long taxi
to be done with a right-rear, quartering tailwind. It
was kind of like taking your dog for a walk down
the sidewalk and it wants to check out the other
dog in the house you are passing. Success breeds
success and we found our tie down. Check li st,
shut down, done ... Not hardly! Opened the door
to exit the aircraft and found a wind chill factor of
-20 C. We brought jackets and gloves, but holy
moly! It was COLD!!!!!!! The sky was getting
very dark and there were a few small droplets of
semi-frozen rain beginning to pelt us in the fore-
head at 40 mph.
After tying down, the duo went to the FBO to
close the flight release and check the weather. The
front was forecasted to pass around 2000 tonight.
Major Boehm, being the natural leader that he is,
suggested we spend the night here and fly in the
clear air tomorrow. You don ' t have to ask me
twice, so we borrowed the crew car from the FBO
and headed for a warm and dry restaurant.
Now I am a 50 year old, married man, and
David is a 28 year old, single guy. So, naturally, we
went to Hooters! As Dave so aptly pointed out, it is
the best restaurant to go to when you are wearing a
fli ght suit!. He was right! The prettiest waitress in
the joint was Jennifer, and fate sent us to her sec-
tion. We were treated like royalty. We feasted on
Hot Wings and Football. There were two uni-
formed Marines also visiting the restaurant, but as
you would guess, they were no competition for
the CAP. If you would like your own picture of
Jennifer, you can buy the 2004 Hooters Calendar.
She is the one on the back page with the terrific
After a hard day of Chicken Wing diplomacy
we found our way to a clean hotel for a good
night's sleep.
The next day we awoke to clear skies and no
wind. AND NO WARMTH! 0600 Tuesday morn-
ing and it was FREEZING. There was % of an
inch of frozen rain covering the aircraft and the
door locks were frozen shut! We were locked out
of our brand new plane. Dave got the FBO to tow
the plane into a heated hangar so we could pre-
flight in comfort. After about 10 minutes in the
hangar, the ice began to thaw and the door locks
started working. Thirty minutes later we were re-
leased, filed and blew out of there. It was clear,
smooth and delightful from AMA all the way to
Winslow, Arizona (3.5 hours). Major Boehm pro-
grammed the new CAP FM Radio and read most
of the equipment books while I flew in perfect
skies. We ate at the airport cafe in Winslow and
began the last leg home at about 11 00. The pretti-
est part of the trip was the flight over Sedona, Ari-
zona and the Painted Canyons that surround this
little paradise in the sky.
As we approached 29 Palms, California, the
weather began to deteriorate. The clouds and wind
were being blown over San GOl-gonio Mountain
and down near the desert floor. David guided the
182 over the ridge and down into the Coachella
Valley where we could pick up Interstate 10 and
follow it through the Banning Pass. It rained on us
a little near Palm Springs, but everything quit near
the windmills. The pass was 4500 overcast and 30
miles visibility. It was that way all the way to
Cable Airport, CCB, our final destination.
N809CP is an outstanding example of a CAP
equipped plane. It has the better than anything,
Becker Direction Finder, the NAT Audio Panel
(which is much better suited for two pilot opera-
tions than the PS Engineering), the Techtronics
FM Radio, the Apollo GX60 GPS/COM, the
Apollo SL 30 Nav/Com, with matching transpon-
der. The left rear seat is wired for a laptop power
source, and an FM antenna attachment and a
transmit button for sending digital images over the
airways. There will be a camera window installed
to the left rear position in the near future. The
seats are the best I've ever sat upon in a Cessna
airplane. I had no back pain after nine hours of
flying. The heater works good too. All-in-all the
Wing should be proud of this new addition to the
inventory. David and Tony envy the squadron that
gets it.
PS. We wiLL personally pay you a visit if you
mess up this plane, so don't!
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Cable Composite Squadron 25 Assists
at Commemorative Air Force Show
By Joe Messinger, 2Lt, CAP • Public Affairs Officer, Squadron 25
Cadets from Cable Compos-
ite Squadron 25 and other area
squadrons assisted with parking,
crowd control and the like at the
Commemorative Air Force air
show held at Cable airport this
We caught up with Air Force
2nd Lt. James Naugle, a former
cadet, and now senior member
of Squadron 25, in the squadron
recruiting booth. Having just
graduated from the Air Force
Academy, the 21-year-old lieu-
tenant, with his shiny new gold
bar was on leave, visiting family
and friends. He will soon move
on to his new assignment.
Lt. Naugle joined CAP at the
age of 13 while he was in the 8th
grade. He graduated Upland
High School in Upland, Califor-
nia from the honors program
where he participated on the
swim team at school and CAP
while earning a 3.5 GPA.
He entered the Air Force
Academy at the age of 17 in
1999 and says hi s CAP experi-
ence was instrumental in hi s get-
ting into the academy. WillIe at
Squadron 25, Lt. Naugle rose to
the rank of Cadet 1 st Lt.
At the Air Force Academy
Lt. Naugle majored in law with
specialties in Law of Armed
Conflict and National Security.
He had the honor of being se-
lected as Captain of the 3-person
academy law team. As under-
graduates they competed against
Left to right: CAP Lt Col Ken Hartwell, Squadron 64, Air Force 2 Lt. James
Naugle and CAP Major Gene Jozens, both of Cable Composite Sq 25, in
front of an AT-6 'Texan" at the Commemorative Air Force air show held at
Cable airport June 28 while two AT-6 'Texans" perform a fly-by.
graduate law students from 50
countries in an International
Law competition held in Lisbon,
Portugal. Theirs was the only
service academy team in the
Lt. Naugle earned hi s jump
wings with 5 free fall parachute
jumps and took glider training
logging ten flights all as part of
his academy curriculum. He did
research in Washington D.C. on
Israeli affairs as part of his stud-
ies in international affairs.
He graduated May 28, 2003,
making the Dean 's List and
Commandant's List for military
performance, with a class of 950
cadets. Thus began a IO-year
commitment to the Air Force
with hi s education being valued
at $325,000. He hopes to con-
tinue his military education with
flight training beginning in May
2004. If successful, Lt. Naugle
is planning a 20-year career as
an Air Force pilot.
"I attribute my success (in
the academy) to what I learned
in CAP," Lt. Naugle said during
our brief chat. He continued,
"My CAP experience got me
through a lot of the challenges in
the academy."
He has a brief message to
cadets, "Focus on your goals.
Never give up."
For a look at Lt. Naugle's
feelings on teamwork and lead-
ership, go on line and surf over
where you can read what he has
to say in his own words.
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CAP Locates Crashed Helicopter
By Lt. Chris Storey
On December 21 , a Civil Air
Patrol aircraft and flight crew lo-
cated the site where a helicopter
had crashed late Saturday after-
noon in rugged terrain in north-
ern San Diego County.
The CAP was alerted by the
United States Air Force Rescue
Coordination Center (AFRCC)
at Langley Air Force Base in
Virginia. The AFRCC immedi-
ately notified the CAP of a pos-
sible aircraft crash in the South-
ern California area. The CAP
di spatched an aircraft and air-
crew Sunday afternoon to locate
the source of a radio distress sig-
nal believed to be coming from
an aircraft Emergency Locator
Transmitter in the Ramona or
Julian area of northern San Di-
ego County, approximately 25
miles north of San Diego, ac-
cording to Capt. Bob Keilholtz,
a spokesman and Incident Com-
mander with the CAP. Addi-
tional CAP ground search and
rescue teams were sent into the
Using electronic radio direc-
tion finding equipment, the CAP
aircrew located the approximate
site of the source of the distress
signal. "The di stress signal was
coming from a very steep and
deep ravine," said Capt. Walter
Lutz, a member of the CAP
flight crew. "The radio signal
was very weak and we could
only hear the signal when we
flew directly overhead," Lutz
said. "The position of the air-
craft at the bottom of the steep
ravine possibly prevented the ra-
dio signal from being picked up
by the satellites," said Lutz.
Due to the ruggedness of the
terrain and approaching dark-
ness, it was impossible to vi su-
ally spot the wreckage from the
air. "The top of the ravine was at
approximately 2,500 feet eleva-
tion and it was very deep," said
Lutz. The crash site was in a
rural area near the border of Riv-
erside and San Diego counties.
While circling overhead, the
CAP flight crew spotted a
Robinson R-22 helicopter on the
ground above the ravine. After
contacting the pilot, it was deter-
mined that the crew of thi s heli-
copter was not in any distress.
The occupants were representa-
tives from the USA Academy of
Aviation in French Valley, near
the ci ty Murrieta. "They had
come to the crash site to survey
the condition and position of the
wreckage," said Lutz.
A helicopter that crashed
late Saturday afternoon was
identified as the source of the ra-
dio di stress signal. General avia-
tion aircraft, including helicop-
ters, carry Emergency Locator
Transmitters (ELT) that continu-
ously broadcast a radio distress
signal after a crash or when
manually activated. This radio
signal is picked up by orbiting
satellites and used to lead rescue
personnel to the site of a crashed
aircraft. The CAP uses special-
ized electronic radio direction
finding equipment to locate
crashed aircraft.
The two-seat Robinson R-22
Beta II helicopter carried two
passengers. It is believed they
were on a sightseeing flight
when the helicopter lost engine
power and the pilot forced to
make an autorotation crash land-
ing. The USA Academy of Avia-
tion owns the crashed helicopter.
After the R-22 helicopter
crashed into the ravine, one of
the occupants was able to climb
out to a high location and call
911 on their cellular telephone
according to Sgt. Kennedy
Smith of the Riverside County
Sheriff' s Department. The site
of the crash was located with the
assistance of the Riverside and
San Diego County Sheriff De-
partment air support units. Both
passengers were transported to a
local hospital for medical evalu-
ation and treatment. The exact
cause of the crash is not known.
The CAP aircrew consisted
of CAP members Capt. Walter
Lutz and 1 st Lt. Peter Zeeman
who piloted a Cessna single en-
gine aircraft equipped with com-
munications and electronic radio
directing finding equipment.
The CAP ground team was com-
posed of Maj. Bob Miller, Capt.
Tom Charpentier, and 1 st Lt.
Cathy Livoni . Additional CAP
mi ssion base personnel included
Capt. Bob Keilholtz, who served
as Incident Commander and ran
this search mis sion, 1 st Lt.
Shane Terpstra serving as Op-
erations Director, Capt. Larry
Riddle providing communica-
tions support, and 2Lt. Chri s
Storey as Mission Information
Officer. CAP was assisted with
intelligence gathering for this
mi ss ion by Sgt. Chri stine
Robbins, search and rescue co-
ordinator for the San Diego
County Sheriff's Department.
Arthur R. Brashear
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CA WG Commander Col. Myrick and Santa Rosa SLS class visiting Pacific Coast Air Museum
at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport 13 Ju12003.
Squadron 157 Hosts First-Ever
North Bay SLS/CLC
By 2LT David J. Reber CAP • Squadron 157 Public Affairs Officer
Redwood Empire Composite
Squadron 157 hosted the first
Squadron Leadership School
and Corporate Learning
Course classes ever held in the
North Bay area. Held 12-13
July at the Sonoma County Of-
fice of Education, next to the
squadron's home base at Charles
M. Schulz Sonoma County Air-
port, the clas es attracted stu-
dents from nine Northern Cali-
fornia squadrons.
Directors for the classes
were LTC Betty LaGuire of
Squadron 157 for SLS , and
Group 5 commander LTC Ray
Peterson for CLC. A total of 38
graduated from SLS and 16
from CLC, representing Jon E.
Kramer Compo Sq. 10, Travi s
Compo Sq. 22, Marin Sq. 23,
San Jose Sf. Sq. 80, Auburn
Compo Sq. 92, Shasta Compo Sq.
126, Merced County Compo Sq.
147 and Redwood Empire
Compo Sq. 157.
On Sunday 13 July SLS stu-
dents visited the Pacific Coast
Air Museum at the airport, en-
joying static displays of the
museum's 18 military aircraft
ranging from a World War II era
A-26 to a modern F-16.
At the conclusion of classes
California Wing commander
COL Larry Myrick addressed a
combined gathering of students,
then joined LTC LaGuire and
LTC Peterson to present certifi-
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Squadron 47 Learns about the War
from a Local U.S. Marine Corps Officer
By Capt Audrey DiGiantomasso and CIA1C Janelle Peske • Photographs by Capt Audrey DiGiantomasso
Skyhawks Composite Squad-
ron 47 meets on Camp Pendleton
Marine Corps Base and has many
members and parents of members
that are taking part in or have taken
part in the War in Iraq. Recently
U.S. Marine Major Jay Storms, fa-
ther of C/MSgt Joshua Storms, a
Squadron 47 cadet, returned from
serving in Iraq. Major Storms is the
Executive Officer of the Combat
Service Support Battali on and he
supported the 1st Marine Expedi-
ti onary Force (MEF).
He explained that the war in
Iraq was the largest logistics effort
in hi story. More equipment was
moved farther and faster than ever
before and Major Storms was
deeply invol ved in this mi ssion.
Major Storms was kind enough
to corne to the Squadron meeting
and share hi s experience in Iraq
with us. He brought slides that he
had taken of life as our troops expe-
rienced it in Iraq.
His view of the Iraqi landscape
was dominated by fine sand, like
tal cum powder, blown up con-
stantly by any small breeze. With
the dust storms, they couldn' t see
even a few feet ahead of them and
would have been stuck had it not
bee n for GPS sys te ms . In hi
words , the si tuation would have
been "grim." The temperature was
u ually over 100 degree and
would get as high as 120, which
made it extremely uncomfortable in
uniform, especially with a chemical
uit (know as MOPS) and gas
Major Storms brought hi s
equipment in to share hi s experi-
ences in it with the members.
C/SMSgt Andrea DiGiantomasso
was the lucky cadet who got to try
on the complete suit. She found
that it was a heavy, hot and uncom-
Major Jay Storms, USMC, helps C/ SMsgt
Andrea DiGiantomasso put on the gloves
as she tries on the MOPS suit that the
troops wear to protect themselves from
chemical and biological threats in Iraq.
Major Storms shared his experiences as
a Marine in Iraq with members of Sky-
hawks Composite Squadron 47.
Major Jay Storms, USMC, spoke to the
members of Skyhawks Composite
Squadron 47 about what it was like for the
troops in Iraq. Major Storms is the father
of a cadet Joshua Storms and had re-
cently returned from his tour of duty in
Major Jay Storms, USMC, answers a
question from a member of Skyhawks
Composite Squadron 47. Major Storms
had recently returned from Iraq and gen-
erously agreed to talk to the squadron
about his experiences.
fortable. And thi s was at room tem-
perature. The thought of wearing
all that gear in 130 degree heat was
On the first day of the war, Ma-
jor Storms was part of those that
crossed the Kuwait border and be-
gan to move across Iraq. He talked
about Iraqi mi ss iles passed over
their camp miraculously mi ss ing
by about 100 feet , When they
weren't moving, they spent time in
bunkers avo iding mi ss iles over-
head, exercising or trying to keep
the blowing sand out of their eyes
and equipment. Major Storms
talked about the Patriot batteries
that were very successful in stop-
ping the SCUD missiles from doing
much damage. He said that there
were some days when there were
SCUD attacks about every 45 min-
The Major also di scussed the
living conditions that our troops en-
dured in Iraq and Kuwait. One of
the things that the troops had to
deal with is the local wi ldli fe. He
described many poisonous and/or
painful biting "critters" that lived in
the dessert environment. He had
slides showing the size and appear-
ance of many of the insects and liz-
ards that they learned to avoid. An-
other danger that our troops face
were unexploded ordinances that
were actually left over from the
first Iraq war.
Major Storms painted a vivid
picture of the war from a Marine' s
perspective and he took the time to
thank the Squadron for all the let-
ters we sent to him and other
troops. We thank Major Storms,
first for hi s service to our country
and its citizens and second for shar-
ing hi s experience wit h us. SEM-
PER FI Major Storms!


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