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plcaslI'" to cOllqramlate VOll 011 the cc!ebrmioll of VOllr 55th ./llllliversa'!'.
Best IVlshes for COlIIlllIICd sllccess ill tile dovs alld vears allead.
Decembrr 1.1996
Hughes Elearonics has a fifty yea r
tradition of giving to the community
through philanthropic contributions
of 8.2M annuall y to:
• Award Winning K- 12
Educational Programs
• Colleges and Universities
• Fell owships
• Community Projects
• Performing Am, and
• Youth ervices (Scouting,
Bi g Brothers, Big Sisters)
We're also proud that our employees
contribute $4.5M annually to:
• GIVE 0 E (GO) Club
• Educational Gift Matching, and
• We are ilwolvecl in a multiplicity
of volunteer activities
Hughes people have a strong desire
to contribute to the community.
We share the community, so we share
our resourccs.
Welcome to Eagle Call,
your new California Wing
magazine. Eagle Call is indeed
your magazine, a product of
rank-and-file squadron mem-
bers throughout the state;
members who write about and
photograph the compelling
events which set our unique
lifesaving organization apart
from all others.
For the present, we at Cali-
fornia Wing win be helping
out with the editing and lay-
out or Eagle Call, but as we
continue to build a staff, the
editorial chores will be as-
sumed by interested member-
journalists who want to help
tell the California Civil Air
Patrol story. We're looking
for volunteers! We expect pub-
lication of two Eagle Call is-
sues this year as we assess
the advertising market. We
hope to bring quarterly issues
of the magazine in 1997.
H you would like to be an
Eagle Call contributor, send
us your story. We accept
typed, double-spaced copy.
Please limit your contribu-
tions to about one and one-
half pages. Photos can be in
either color or black and
white. We are unable to re-
turn photos unless accompa-
nied by a self-addressed
stamped envelope. All sub-
missions will be promptly con-
sidered. Or, if you would sim-
ply like to write a letter to
the editors, we will attempt
to print as many letters as
space permits. We welcome
all newsletters. Here's a tip
toward publication: keep 'em
short, and stick to one sub-
ject per letter.
Mail or FAX all stories and
letters to:
Maj. Wyn Selwyn, CAP
Eagle Call Editor
3038 Crowne Dr.
Palmdale, CA 93551
Voice (805) 273-0227
FAX (805) 266-9645
November 29, 1996
Warm greetings to everyone celebrating the fifty-fifth
anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol.
Since the founding of the Civil Air Patrol in 1941, its
volunteer members have given selflessly of their time, skills,
and energy to ensure the safety and security of all Americans.
Your courageous service and sacrifice represent the American
spirit at its best.
On this milestone occasion, you can reflect with pride on
your continued commitment to the United States Air Force, to
educating your members and the public about aerospace
technology, and to giving our young people the opportunity to
develop leadership and aviation skills through your successful
Cadet Program. On behalf of a grateful nation, I applaud you
for your dedication to your fellow citizens and for your
outstanding record of achievement.
Best wishes for a memorable anniversary and every future
L Ca.ll
Eagle Call is an authorized publication, published in the interest of the
members of the California Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. It is published
by a private firm in no way connected with the Department of the Air
Force or the Civil Air Patrol Corporation. The appearance of advertise-
ments in this publication, including supplements and inserts, does not
constitute an endorsement by the Civil Air Patrol Corporation or the
Department of the Air Force of the products and services advertised.
Materials for publication should be mailed to:
California Wing Civil Air Patrol
Eagle Call
P. O. Box 9117 • Ontario, CA 91762
Colonel Bryon Brammer, Wing Commander
Maj . Wyn Selwyn, Editor
For information on advertising rates and space,
please call J-800-635-6036
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California Flood VictiDls
Civil Air Patrol volunteers has
responded to calls for help in the
disastrous California floods which
have left thousands of people home-
less in northern and central parts of
the state.
According to California Wing
Operations Director, Lt. Col. John
Mouzakis, about 150 California Wing
seniors and cadets have manned di-
saster command posts, round-the-
clock, helping the homeless cope
with food and medical needs. At
press time, most of the CAP volun-
teers were providing much needed
shelter assistance for the American
Red Cross, performing duties such
as transporting blankets and medi-
cal supplies to homeless centers, and
preparing hot food for the refugees.
CAP aircraft and all-terrain ve-
hicles have carried a number of state
officials to the devastated areas in
order to assess the damage. Other
California Wing personnel are pro-
viding support duties, such as com-
munications and logistics.
Redding's Squadron 126 cadets
have been heavily involved with pro-
viding evacuation services for the
homeless in the north Sacramento
Valley community. The cadets have
been doing everything from setting
up cots, to entertaining homeless
"These units are showing a lot
of initiative," said Lt. Col. Mouzaki s.
He pointed to Group 25 Commander
Donna Starr and Squadron 19 Com-
mander, 2Lt. Ed Vi sser, who along
with 2Lt. Mike Thorpe, seized the
initiative and contacted a local
Walmart store for donations of dia-
pers and baby formula. They then
transported the diapers and formula
By Maj. Wyn Selwyn
to frantic mothers in various shel-
Meanwhile, other members of
Group 25 worked long hours in Yuba
City's Red Cross kitchen, preparing
and delivering hundreds of hot meals
to the victims.
To the south, 13 cadets and II
senior members, under Group 12
Commander, Lt. Col. Frank Brown,
have been helping some 1,500 refu-
gees in the Fresno area. The Group
12 contingent has been involved in
transporting Red Cross representa-
tives to remote area in the Sierra
Foothill s to assess the condition of
the infrastructure, assessment of
watershed potential, and gauging the
condition of rural residences.
Lt. Col. Mouzakis called the
current California disaster relief op-
eration nearly as massive as the
Northridge Earthquake in which
California CAP volunteers provided
56 days of lifesaving support to the
Red Cross. At least four California
Groups, from the Oregon border to
Fresno in mid-state, are involved in
flood relief work, said Mouzakis.
Front left: MlSgt. Brad Klein, Cadet Commander. Front back: Sgt.
Jeff Reeves. Front right: T/Sgt. Seth Edwards, Cadet Executive Officer.
Back right: S/Sgt. Mitch McDaniels, Cadet ISgt. Very back: Unknown
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California Wi ng TealDs Up with
National Guard for California
Quake Disaster Exercise
They called it Rough and Ready
'96, a massive exerci se to detennine
if the state was capabl e of evacuat-
ing and treating thousands of earth-
quake victims expected in the next
"bi g one." Civil Air Patrol was asked
to playa major role in this crucial
In the scenari o, a catastrophic
earthquake has occurred along the
Newport-Inglewood Fault line at 4
a.m. on December 13, wiping out a
major portion of Orange County's
infrastructure. Damage is widespread
and casualti es number in the thou-
sands. Enter Civil Air Patrol. Nearly
150 California Wing Cadets were to
play the role of casualties. As part
oflhe scenario, most hospital s in the
area were closed, roads and rai l lines
were shattered, and drinking water
had been contaminated by ruptured
sewer lines.
Wing suppornroops check out the Los "AI" fog bank which rolled in
about 7:00 a.m. Photo by Maj. Wyn Selwyn.
Under the California Wing Plan,
drawn up by Lt. Col. John Mouzalci s
and executed by Lt. Col. Joseph
Bradley, the cadets and seniors were
to arrive on the evening of Decem-
ber 13 and bed down in tents at Los
Alamitos Armed Forces Reserve
Center near Long Beach, until
Quake "victim" is carried to the field treatment site for evaluation.
Photo by Maj. Nancy Brady.
needed the next morning.
After being flooded out of their
original tent sites by heavy rains, the
tents were quickly moved to dry
ground by Maj . Jim Crum's Group 7
housekeeping force. The cadets
were fed and put to bed. They were
told they had to "sleep fast" because
reveille would be at 0400 on the
morrow. Lights out was at 2200
That next morning a huge break-
fast was served by Capt. Elizabeth
Zangenberg and her associates. The
cadets were put aboard buses and
moved to the other side of the Los
Alamitos runway, where they went
through a process calledmouiaging,
a French word meaning to make one
look very horrible, as in "accident
victim." Themoulagers did their jobs
well, and soon the cadets looked like
they had been, well , through a bad
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The cadets were then moved by ambu-
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triaged to determine whether they would be
airLifted out, left to die of mortal wounds, or
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were put aboard Air National Guard C-130
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hospitalization. Others were evacuated by
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State military and medical authorities
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role in the exercise, saying our professional
stance would be noted and there would be
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with our National Guard and civilian vol un- Public Affairs planning session. Lt. Carolyn Horton, Maj. Fred
teer colleagues. Mahadocoa, Lt. Maureen Pride. Photo by Maj. Wyn Selwyn.
Maj. Jim Crum (right), Group 7 Commander, teaches
tent-erection 100a. Photo by Maj. Wyn Selwyn.
1he moulage tent where cosmetologists use foam
rubber and stage make-up to create mock accident
victims. Photo by Maj. Wyn Selwyn.
Lt. Col. Joe Bradley (left) and Lt. Col. Joe Orchard
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The Zangenbergs ramrod the mess hall. Photo by
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Cadet being moulaged as a "victim". Photo by Maj.
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Maj. Neil Thomas (USAF), Maj. Ted Lebkuecher (USAF), CAP "Rap"
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By Maj. Wyn Selwyn
It' s been described as one
of the world's largest collec-
tions of flyable World War II
aircraft, the West Coast's new-
est and possi bly the best mu-
seum of flight. On Veteran' s
day, last November, CAP be-
came an integral part of this
splendid new aviation icon.
Palm Springs Composite
Squadron 11 (Group 18), un-
der the command of Capt.
Gene Acker, was the only out-
side aviation group asked to be
part of the new museum.
Months of planning and many
hours of work have been put in
by squadron members since
they got the go-ahead.
The museum was the brainchild
of retired industrialist Robert J.
Pond, who maintains the "Planes of
Fame" in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Pond's stable of war birds will ro-
tate between Palm Springs and the
Minnesota facility. Pond was a
World War II Navy pilot.
The CAP complex was built by
CAP volunteer craftsmen, with of-
fices for both cadets and seniors. The
November 11 opening listed an im-
pressive retinue of aviation VIPs,
including Congressional Medal of
Honor Winners and celebrities.
Other opening attractions
included fly-by 's featuring
squadrons of war birds, video
presentations in the Buddy
Rogers Wings Theater, docent
tours of the museum's two
hangars, pI us food stations and
booths manned by the Palm
Springs Civil Air Patrol con-
tingent, the EAA Young Eagles
and the Air Force ROTC.
Visitors are welcome to
visit the museum and war bird
collection, located at 745 Gene
Autry Trail (Hwy. Ill), adja-
cent to the Palm Springs Air-
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walk to the entrance.
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Photo at right: Palm Springs Air Museum. Back
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Left to right: Capt. John Mitchell, 2Lt. Simon A.
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Gill Robb Wilson Gravesite
CereDlonies Mark CAP 55
By Maj. Wyn Selwyn
& U. Col. Bill Cowman
California Civil Air Patrol digni-
taries gathered in December atop a
sunswept hillside in Southern Cali -
fornia to mark the 55'h Anniversary
of CAP and to honor its founder,
aviation pioneer Gill Robb Wilson.
The ceremonies were held at
Wilson's Chino Hills grave site.
Wilson, a World War I pilot,
aviation writer and poet organized a
band of civilian pilots into a fonni-
dable force of coastal patrollers who
took on Hitler's U-boats during the
first dark days of World War II. In
their frail little airplanes, CAP crew-
men bombed Nazi subs and helped
tum back the undersea menace. Sev-
eral CAP crew members lost their
lives in the service of their country,
but the submarine wolf-packs were
forced to flee U.S. waters by the
year 1943, due to the efforts of
Wilson's rag-tag CAP "ai r force."
Over the past 55 years, Civil Air
Patrol has grown to nearly 55,000
members, nationwide, and as the ci-
vilian search arm of the Air Force,
CAP members gather at the grave of Gill Robb Wilson.
Photo by Maj. Wyn Selwyn.
handles nearly 90 percent of all Air
Force Search and Rescue activities.
Today, more than 5,000 Californians
work as unpaid CAP volunteers
within their communities.
Similar ceremonies were held
throughout the state during the first
days of December. At the Camp
Pendleton Marine Base, in San Di-
ego county, Squadron 47 marked the
CAP birthday with special learning
It was to be a working experi-
Continued . ..
Honor Guard at graveside memorial services for CAP founder Gill Robb Wilson.
Photo by Maj. Wyn Selwyn.
Continued . ..
ence. Squadron Commander, Capt. Jerry Bransford set
the tone, followed by ILt. Eric Gray and ILt. Gina Martyn,
who are cadet supervisors.
Then it was off to a mock mission under the lead-
ership of Cadet Ainnan First Class Crystel Scott, who
assembled the ground team. Their task was to locate an
Emergency Locator Transmitter, and find it they did, in
the "wreckage" of a crumpled airplane. They simulated
a rescue of the aircraft occupant.
Back outside Cadet Airmen Lawrence Paik and
Dustin Thelix showed off the desert water still, CIA
Jason Peton exhibited traps and snares and Cadets Shawn
Dean and Mitchell Scott displayed shelters and sturdy
backpacks made from parachutes.
CIAA Amie O'Rourke won applause with her skill-
ful use of simple tools and a survival knife to quickly start
The finale was the rocket competition. CIA Jason
Moore was the "honcho," and multiple shots were made,
with Capt. Bransford exclaiming, "Don' t hit the redjeep! ,"
his personal vehicle which the wind persisted in carrying
the rockets over.
The entire affair was enthusiastically summarized in
the Captain's two words to the troops before they dis-
persed. "Good job!" He was obviously very pleased
with the outstanding performance of the Squadron and
especially the Cadets.
Photo by Maj. Wyn Selwyn.
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California Wing Helps
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By U. Col. Bill Cowman
& Cadet lU. Jon Fox
The First Annual Lancaster Air
Races were held from 1-3 Novem-
ber. They went off without a hitch
until the last day, when a jet's land-
ing gear collapsed on roll-out and it
veered left into the sand. Fortunately,
it was a radio-controlled model.
Friday was a brilliant day in the
high desert country. It was practice
and qualifying day for the Formula
One racers. Bright and breezy; ideal
for the people who streamed hun-
dreds of cars up the General Will-
iam J. Fox Airfield access road and
for those who flew in. Capt. John
' 'Ted'' Nenni, Project Officer, and his
staff had carefuJly planned the C.A.P.
participation. Cadets and Seniors
were highly visible in their crisp
BDUs, polished boots and orange
vests and caps as they worked the
flight line and parking lot. The large
crowd may have been partially due
to the diminished attendance at the
Edwards AFB air show, two weeks
earlier, when whipping winds forced
a cancellation of some of the pro-
It was a smooth operation
throughout. Cadets constantly pa-
trolled the ramp area, keeping spec-
tators back a safe distance from air-
craft. While some of the C.A.P.
troops worked, the others stood
ready in the field's administration
building. During their down time
cadets toured the Lockheed Constel-
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planes on display.
Saturday started with reveille
sounding shortly after 5:00 a.m.
They hurriedly donned uniforms,
laced their boot s and
found seats in the vans
for the trip to the field.
The first-on-line flight
established a line at the
food booth in the pre-
dawn darkness, followed
by the rest of the C.A.P.
troops. A big flapjack
breakfast was wolfed
down as the sun peaked
over the eastern horizon.
Capt. Nenni's staff, lLt.
Mike Mallane, Flight
Line Officer; 2Lts. Erik
Jones, Parking Officer;
Sue Fox, Headquarters;
C/Maj. Daniel Robinson,
Operations Officer;
C/ILt. Jonathan Fox, Ca-
det Commander; C/2Lt.
C/Sgt. Kathleen Eccles, C/TSgt. Emily
Brownlow, C/MSgt. Bryan Gomez and C/AI
Jason Howell of Squadron 15 were the official
Color Guards.
AJ. Lavoie, Executive Officer, and
C/MSgt. Jeremy Schmidt, Opera-
tions Officer, assigned duties, over-
saw the activities and ensured the
professionalism of the operation.
Parking lot and flight line people
were kept busy as arrivals tried to
make the 0900 opening ceremonies
and the Zlin 50 aerobatics competi-
tion. As the crowd swelled the radio
controlled planes were launched.
Folks of all ages, sizes and shapes
kept trying to stake a claim on the
flight line but patrolling cadets kept
them back. One critical area was at
the gas pumps where the Formula
Ones and other show planes were
towed or pushed onto the taxiway
and fueled. Bright yellow perimeter
tape and stanchions soon fixed that.
The Formula Ones were a howl-
ing success. The crowd avidly fol-
lowed the battles for position during
all of the heat races and Champion-
ship events. Other performances
which caused sun-burned tonsil s
were the saiJplane and gyrocopter
aerobatics, plus a fly-by by the
DeHavilland Comet replica, a copy
of the famous 1930s aircraft. Clouds
built up as the afternoon wasted
By the time the day's show was
over a solid, ominous-looking over-
cast threated to dampen uniforms, if
not spirits. The 99 cadets and 20 se-
nior members who worked the air
show assembled for an inspection
which was concluded just as the first
few drops of rain spattered down.
Everyone was transported back to
the Lancaster High gym before the
showers got serious. After dinner the
cadets worked off some energy with
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Routine took over, with the addi-
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mattresses and sleeping bags, repacking
the duffle and gym bags and policing
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stars were brilliant and there wasn' t a
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troops were ready to wrap up their mile-
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the knowledge that everyone had done
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The fifth annual Integrated Field Leadership Chal-
lenge (lFLC) came to successful conclusion on July 14.
It i held every year at Fort Irwin National Training Center
in California's Mojave desert. The week long activity is
designed to teach Dynamic Leadersbip Skills. IFLC's
Commander, Capt. Larry Preston, feels the main mis-
sion of this activity is to teach cadets to be flexible. An
itinerary can be well planned, double checked and set,
but things can still happen to change even the best plans.
It is important that cadets are able to meet these changes
and move ahead.
The week began by acclimating cadets to the ex-
treme heat of the desert. Cadets were instructed in how
to deal with and prevent sun and heat injuries. Also the
dangers of water loss and the importance of stayi ng
hydrated. Many cadets were surprised at how much water
was needed and how often they needed to drink.
One of the many types of instruction cadets received
was on Desert Survival, information on bow to identify
the flora and fauna on the base. This included wbat to do
about snakes. Tbey also got a course in Basic First Aid
as well as Range Awareness. It is important to keep in
mind what kind of Base they are on, if they should come
upon unexploded shells, they must know how, and what
to do, as well as what NOT to do.
The rumble of tank fire could be heard in the dis-
tance from the OPFOR war game that was in progress
during IFLe. The camp consisted of cots under camou-
flage nets. With the desert heat thi s was the perfect shel-
ter, you were out of the sun and able to feel the breeze,
unlike a tent that would have been stilling. And the meals
were either MRE's or chow hall meals, and Merrnites.
Merrnites arrive from the mess in large containers like a
wide mouth canteen. These meals received mixed re-
views. Holding this type of activity on a base like Fort
Irwin aids in the training of flexibility. The Army's train-
ing comes first. So midway through tbe week, camp had
to pack up and move to a different location. The small
arms range next to tbe camp was going to be used, so
cadets learned how to "Bug Out. "
During the week of IFLC cadets had a number of
exciting challenges. Under the control of the Army
Ranger Qualified Rappel Master ILl. Desjardian, and
with the aid of Sgt. First Class Boyer and Sgt. Laine of
the II'h ACR, cadets were trained in rappelling. Starting
on the 30-foot tower cadets got familiar with the feel of
the rope harness and the skill s needed to control their
trip down to the ground. When the instructors felt they
Cadet Jackson of Antelope Valley Squadron 15 leaps
into the air under the close watch of Army rappel
were ready, they moved to the 50-foot tower. From here
they did the standard rappelling, as well as Ausie, Freefall,
and the slack jump. This was one of the high points of
tbe week.
A tour of the Foreign Military Intelligence Battalion
Museum was a chance to just have fun. Fort Irwin has a
large collection of tanks, trucks, canons, troop carriers
and other fascinating pieces of captured equipment, on
display, that the cadets could climb on, over, in and
Instruction in ROP was also given. Cadet Airman
Santos, of Squadron 31 of San Bernardino, got to test
hi s ski ll s in a way few cadets experience. Everyone put
on their helmets, loaded into the deuce-and-a-half, were
driven into the field for what is called a "Dust Off." A
simulated medical emergency that requires a medivac
chopper. It was Cadet Santos' job to call in the location
to Range Control. He did well, speaking in a clear and
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he was very nervous. Cadet Santos said this was the
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thing, the real Army." He stayed with the radio ready to
correct or confirm as needed with Range Control. In
approximately five minutes the HH-60 Helicopter, con-
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of the marker. The medical officer, SSgt. Lang, was out
of the chopper and in a full out run to the simulated
victim almost before the helicopter had landed. The crew
spent about 20 minutes answering questions about their
different jobs. They also had some great stories to tell
about the kind of situations they respond to in the field.
Cadets were able to sit in the pilot seats and get a close
up look at aircraft.
Fort Irwin provided the cadets with a live fire dem-
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The success of lFLC is due in no small part to the
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Down in the Valley
By Maj. Harold Knowles,
USMC (Ret)
as told to Wyn Selwyn
Spring was beginning to play its
hand along the ridge lines and val-
leys of Korea and armies were on
the move again after a cruelly cold
winter. The date was March 21 ,
1951 . United Nations forces in the
south were being pummeled by
Communist troops moving down
from the North. Reconnaissance
photos revealed that the Communists
were being supplied by road and
railroad from Pyongyang, the
North's Capitol.
It appeared that a bridge just east
of Sari won had been repaired fol -
lowing its recent bombing, allowing
a flood of military supplies and
troops to pour south toward Seoul.
It would be our job to knock the
bridge out and create a bottleneck of
massed enemy troops, which could
be bombed the next day.
We were part of the "Checker-
board" Squadron (VMF 312), fly-
ing F4U-4 Corsairs from the U.S.S.
Bataan (CVL 29). She was a small
but fast carrier, built on a cruiser-
designed hull. The Bataan operated
off the west coast of North Korea
and carried but one fighter squadron
of 24 aircraft.
1t would be a relatively short
mission. Our flight of four Corsairs,
to be launched about three in the
afternoon, would have to get in and
get out fast - hit the bridge and any
other secondary targets of opportu-
nity before night fell.
Four of us were rounded up for
a quick briefing: target photos were
studied, weather checked, and escape
and evasion procedures reviewed.
We hurried up to the flight deck, got
armed with a mix of bombs, rockets
and .50 caliber ammunition and
strapped in, waiting for the catapult
to slam us rudely into the frigid air
above the northern reaches of the
Yellow Sea.
We formed up into a division of
four planes, scanning for YAK-9s
and MIG-ISs as we closed the hun-
dred mile distance to the target.
Good weather allowed us to
clobber the bridge pretty good, tak-
ing moderate ground fire during the
Continued . ..
At right: Sikorsky H03S-1 as
plane guard for U.S.S. Bataan,
CVL-29, March 1951 (F4U-4
Corsair from VMF -312).
CaliFornia Wing Member Profile
A big part of serving in CAP is the privilege
of working with special people we admire and
respect; people who have become our trusted
friends and enrich our lives.
Lt. Col. Hal Knowles is one of those special
people. Former California Wing Commander,
Col. Angelo Porco, says he's long been "inspired
by Hal Knowles' integrity, humbleness and love
for his fellow man." A modest man, Knowles
doesn't say much about his service in two wars
LL Col. Harold Knowles or the day he made history as the first man to
land a Marine Corps helicopter on the White
House Lawn as part of the first feasibility study aimed at transporting
American presidents by helicopter. This CAP Squadron Commander
(Squadron 195, Group I) has managed to cram about five careers into
one amazing lifetime.
As a young Marine Corps fighter pilot in the Pacific, Knowles
spent the last day of World War n ditching his shot-up F4U Corsair
north of Peleliu Island in the Western Caroline Island group. Knowles
spent several harrowing hours bobbing around in a tiny life raft, almost
within shouting distance of a nearby shore which was teeming with
Japanese troops.
The outbreak of the Korean War found Knowles called back to
active duty, and once again in the familiar cockpit of a Corsair. The
following personal narrative is his story of what was to be his last
combat mission and his armaing escape from almost certain imprison-
ment in North Korea.
Continued . ..
attack. Our efforts left the span dam-
aged but not destroyed. Breaking off,
we split into two sections of two
aircraft each and went hunting. My
section leader, Capt. Wilson Terry,
had expended most of his ordinance
on the bridge. We had gotten mo-
mentarily separated, during wruch
Terry had discovered a massive en-
emy bunker apparently full of troops
and suppUe , but his .50 caliber
machine guns merely bounced off
the big steel doors the North Kore-
ans had set into the side of a hill.
"Got any rockets left, HalT' he
asked. I assured him I had enough
five-inch HVARs to get the job done.
The plan called for rum to make a
strafing run, using tracers to mark
the target. I would then follow up
with the rockets. I pushed over at
5,000 feet, following Terry, strafing
with my .50s. I could see ground
fire muzzle flashes winking up at me
from all around the bunker. Soon
enemy tracers began filling the air
around me.
Suddenly my RPMs began to
increase and I guessed that the prop
governor or an oil line had been hit.
My worse fears were confirmed
when I glanced down at the oil pres-
sure gauge and saw it sag to zero. I
quickly salvoed all my rockets and
pulled up to sort things out.
"I think I took a hit in my en-
gine," I told Terry. "I'm going to try
and make it back to the ship. Keep
an eye on me." Just as he rogered
my call , the big Pratt-Whitney quit.
The power plant had gone from pro-
ducing more than 2,000 horsepower
to a drag-producing killer in less than
a second.
The big four-bladed prop con-
tinued to windmill lazily, a giant arc
of steel , negating what little aerody-
namic potential remained in the
shuddering Corsair. It was obvious
Sikorsky H03S on deck of U.S.S. Bataan, CVL-29, of northwest coast
of North Korea, 21 March 1951. Left to right: james M. Thompson,
Aviation Pilot First Class, USN; Maj. Donald P. Frame (flamed and
killed three weeks after this photo), VMF-12 Squadron Commander,
congratulating pilot; helo crewman john E. jackson, Aviation Machinist
Mate First class, USN; ILt. Hal Knowles.
that my bent-wing chariot had a very
finite Ufe. I would soon be visiting
the guys I had just been shooting at.
I didn't want to land anywhere near
that bunker, so I set up a glide for a
better place.
My hands and mind were sud-
denly very busy. "Jettison the belly
tank, lock the canopy open so you
don' t get trapped inside the plane.
Double check your safety belt and
shoulder harness. Leave the wheels
up." Words from emergency check
Usts floated through my mind as my
hands performed a ballet of survival .
I could see my intended point of
landing - that static little piece of
real estate, dead ahead, which indi-
cated no relative movement. That's
where I would finish my flight. It
looked good; a flat-appearing area
at the 12:00 o' clock position on the
far side of a very smal l valley. But
in order to arrive there, I had to clear
a rapidly approaching ridge line.
Every twig and rock stood out starkly
as the F4U's belly slid over with a
few feet to spare. A village of mud
huts and thatched rooftop flashed
past. Upturned faces etched with fear
stared up at me for a millisecond.
Very carefully, I deployed a few
degrees of flaps as the earth rushed
up to meet me. Suddenly I saw a
small earthen dam dead ahead. I was
about to hit it head-on. My hand
snatched at the flap lever, jamming
the flaps to full down position. The
move saved my life.
A last gasp of Lift from the dy-
ing Corsair ballooned the 10,000-
pound fighter partially over the dike.
Then the plane slammed the belly
down onto the embankment, send-
ing a blinding pain through my back
and up my spine. I vaguely remem-
ber the airplane sliding to a very
noi sy stop in a cloud of dust and
debri s. F4U-4, Bureau Number
97316 had arrived at its final resting
I was past rational thought. A
million red-hot pokers stabbed into
COlllinued . . .
Continued . ..
my lower back. I couldn't catch my
breath, and the world continued to
spin in a most terrifying manner. Yet,
a still lucid comer of my mind told
me I had to get out of the aircraft
immediately, but the effort was be-
yond my resolve. I pondered the pos-
sibility of fire and explosion. I pic-
tured enemy soldiers creeping up on
me as I slumped helpless in the shat-
tered cockpit.
I don' t know how long I sat
there, disoriented, accepted the
waves of pain, unable to help my-
self. Then the world began to slow
its sickening spinning and I had the
absurd thought of finding my 8mm
movie camera in the wreckage so I
could document the crash aftermath.
The impact had propelled the cam-
era forward, jammjng it somewhere
near the firewall, under the rudder
pedals. Insanely I thought of finding
a wire or a stick to dig it out of its
Finally the realjty of my predica-
ment crept back to me. Somehow, I
managed to unbuckle my hamess and
step onto the wing. The pain in my
back was excruciating. I had intended
to sprint up to the top of a nearby
rocky hill to seek cover, but all I
could manage was bent-over shuf-
fling walk as I wobbled toward my
Sweating and gasping from the
pain, I had made it halfway up the
hill when I came upon a young girl ,
about ten years old. She was terri-
fied, clutching a mangy mongrel dog
and cowering in a wedge of rocks.
Her dark eyes were wide with
fear as she put her hands up as if
surrendering. She trembled uncon-
trollably. I gently reached out and
pulled her arms down to her sides,
trying to smile through my pain.
Instantly she placed her arms once
again in the surrender position. Thjs
Sikorsky H03S-1 on deck of U.S.S. 8ataan, CVL-29, off west coast of
North Korea, 21 March 1951. Left to right: James M. Thompson,
Aviation Pilot First Class, USN; lLt. Harold R. Knowles (rescued marine
pilot); John E. Jackson, Aviation Machinist Mate First Class, USN.
was repeated several times until I
gave up and began to scratch the
dog's flea-bitten head. The mongrel
wagged hi s tail and Licked at my
That seemed to reassure the girl,
and she made a feeble attempt to
smile as she pointed east toward her
village. I could see people to the west
where I had engaged the enemy
troops. They were moving toward
my Corsair: One man in white garb
was leading what appeared to be a
squad of brown-suited troops. I
motioned to the girl that she was free
to go, and she skittered away quickly,
looking back over her shoulder once,
wide eyes showing terror.
The pain had become almost
intolerable as I reached the top of
the hill and hid among the rocks. I
crouched there, resigned to my fate
as I watched the golden ball of the
sun begin to dj sappear below the
horizon. Would this be my last sun-
set of freedom? Darkness was min-
utes away. The pain from my back
(later found to have been broken)
had pinned me down in one place,
and I was surrounded by the enemy.
Then I heard gunfire and real-
ized that Checkerboard Corsairs
were flying cover around my rock
and the wrecked Corsair, holding the
enemy patrol s at bay. What they
couldn' t see were the brown-clad
figures moving toward me, using the
rocky terrain and scrubby trees for
cover. Finally, as I reached the depths
of despair, I noticed two Corsairs on
the horizon, flying a unjque pattern.
They were escorting a helicopter
toward my position. It's code name
was Uphill Angel. the lone chopper
in those waters. launched from the
Bataan to pick me up.
Hope galvanized me into action.
I removed the day/night flare from
my Mae West and carefully read the
instructions by the dying light. I put
my finger in the pull -ring on the end
of the canjster and waited, deathly
afrajd that enemy ground fue might
sieve the helicopter and del.i ver three
pri soners (or dead men) to the Com-
muni sts instead of one.
As the Sikorsky H03S popped
Continued . ..
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over the last ridge, I pulled the pin
and a dense red billow of florescent
smoke led Angel right to me. I've
never seen a more beautiful sight
than that ugly chopper chugging to-
ward me in the twilight.
Forgetting the pain momentarily,
I struggled into the hoisting collar
and was instantly snatched off my
hill. I gritted my teeth and attempted
a hunkered position while dangling
at the end of the recovery line. I held
my breath, waiting for the sound of
rifle fire below me but the shots
never came. We were well away
from the rocky hill when welcome
American arms hauled me through
the chopper door.
As we headed for the carrier the
covering Corsai rs strafed and de-
stroyed my F4U to keep it from the
enemy. The Bataan, which had be-
gun steaming toward the coastline
from her position some 80 miles out,
was now within 40 miles offshore.
Every mile the Sikorsky flew saw us
more dangerously low on fuel. Avia-
tion Pilot, Petty Officer First Class
James M. Thompson and his crew-
man, Aviation Machinist Mate John
E. Jackson knew we wouldn't make
it back to the carrier unless our navi-
gation was flawless.
A British destroyer, the HMS
Cossack, on independent patrol
nearby, volunteered to make a run
toward us to provide a vector to the
carrier. Now all we had to do was
find the tiny ship in the dark. Fi-
nally, as we watched the fuel reserve
shrink to zero, we saw a light. The
destroyer was swinging her search-
light back and forth. That's when our
radio quit. The "Brits," God bless
'em, realized we had a radio failure
and used their light as a course
marker toward the carrier.
We flew on into a world that was
black as the inside of a cow. It was
tough to leave the relative safety of
the destroyer, but the gas gauge was
now less than a needle-width above
the empty line, and we began to
mentally prepare ourselves for a
water landing. Finally we saw a faint
light to starboard and just then our
radio popped back to life.
The carrier was turning sharply
back to seaward away from the en-
emy coast, but despi te the tum, Pilot
Thompson opted to attempt a land-
ing immediately. We could have run
out of fuel at any moment. Thomp-
son would have to do it right the
first time.
The ship could not tum on her
deck lights because of her proxim-
ity to the enemy coastline. We would
have to land in the middle of a circle
of sailors holding flashlights. Despite
severe turbulence caused by the tum
and the carrier's superstructure, plus
the heaving deck, Thompson's skill
got us down inside the dimly-lighted
circle unscathed. Later we measured
the fuel remaining in the main tank
on the Sikorsky. We figured we had
about ten minutes flying time left. I
often think of those guys who laid
their lives on the line for me that
night 46 years go in the Yellow Sea
... a night to remember!
EDITOR'SNOTE: Knowles was
transferred to the U.S. Naval Hos-
pital, Yokosuka, Japan, where he
spentfour months in afull body cast.
Upon recovery, Knowles became a
Corsair instructor and later rated
as a Marine helicopter pilot. Maj.
Knowles retired after 22 years of
service, which included some 2,500
hours in helicopters. Much of that
duty was spent providing White
House airlift services.
Hal and his wife Donna now
reside in the San Fernando Valley,
his hometown. Knowles retired
again in 1980 after 15 years of ser-
vice with the Los Angeles City Bu-
reau of Engineering. He keeps busy
as a Civil Air Patrol volunteer pro-
f essional and Hal once again has
set about restoring the 1940 Ford
Coupe he's hauled around the coun-
try for the past several decades. 0
CAP Helps Air Foree NCO in Trouble
By Maj. Patrick Malone
Out in the field on Sunday,
Novemher 17, we helped trained lo-
cal SAR teams in map and compass
use and field living. CAP members,
ILt. Patrick Harrington of CAWG,
I Lt. David Lang of Camarillo Com-
posite Squadron 61 , and 2Lt. Eric
Van Vel zen of Saddleback Compos-
ite Squadron 68 were in Santa Bar-
bara County assisting Air Force
ground teams, among other duties.
Mid-morning, a Santa Barbara
Sheriff's rescue leader asked Lt. Van
Velzen if he had radio capability to
round up our CAP four-wheel drives
to possibly transport an injured man.
Air Force ground team member,
MSgt. Bums Forsythe, was experi-
encing chest pains and needed to be
evacuated as soon as possible.
Van Vel zen contacted Lt. Lang
(Yosemite 678) and Lt. Harrington
(Y555), teamed up to get their CAP
vehicles to where the Sergeant lay.
Meanwhile, a medivac helicopter
had been dispatched. The helicopter
arrived within minutes and the
pickup was routine. The victim
would not need to be driven out of
the rugged terrain. But the real happy
ending came when it was determined
that MSgt. had not had a heart attack
and would make a speedy recovery.
All in a day' s work for CAP's
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By Bryon Brammer
Welcome to the new year! In my
last column, I discussed with you
some of my views on the Command
structure of Califomia Wing and how
I had changed it. I also discussed
with you my intent to use this col-
umn as a forum to get needed infor-
mation directly to the members of
California Wing. 1996 was a remark-
able year. We had some tremendous
successes. We had one of the largest
Cadet Summer Encampments in the
history of the Wing. We had numer-
ous outstanding operational activi-
ties, flying more SAR and CD hours
than any other Wing. We had a tre-
mendously successful drive to get
Cadets ES rated. For the first time
we participated in a statewide medi-
cal exercise with the California
Guard and California Department of
Health and we shined! The Guard
could not say enough about our
Cadets, Seniors and Communicators
that participated. While handed some
difficult tasks during this exercise
our staff and members performed
above expectations.
While overall 1996 was an out-
standing year, it is with regret that I
must use this column to discuss the
continuing safety problems that we
have had in the Wing and CAP in
general. During 1995 and 1996 we
have had a total of six aircraft acci-
dents, not including the vehicle and
personal injury accidents to
our cadets and senior mem-
bers. About this time, two
years ago, we lost three of our mem-
bers in a crash of a Cessna 182 dur-
ing a search mission. Later that year,
we had another accident, this time
involving only a single pilot and
damage to one of our Cessna 206s
upon landing at Corona Airport.
During 1996 we lost another Cessna
206 on landing at Merced Airport
and another at Big Bear Airport, a
Piper PA28-236 at Orange County
Airport and a minor glider accident
at Los Alamitos. Although not on a
CAP flight we had another member
killed in a private jet that crashed
while attempting to land back at
Orange County Airport. These acci-
dents along with two 1996 accidents
in Alaska Wing, two in Nevada
Wing, two in Idaho Wing, one in
Tennessee, one in Vermont Wing and
another in Puerto Rico Wing has
vaulted Civil Air Patrol' s overall
safety record to the highest rate of
incidences of any of the services
within the Air Force family and ap-
proaching the worst in the aviation
All of our accidents could have
been prevented. If a pilot had been
more current, a mechanic more thor-
ough, a Flight Release Officer do-
ing his job, each one of our acci-
dents could have been avoided. It all
boils down to making good deci-
sions, following the FAA/CAP rules
and regulations. The lack of a proper
flight release can have monumental
consequences to CAP as an organi-
zation and to its members. As a re-
sult of each of these accidents, I have
had to take more drastic steps to
ensure that we are operating within
our rules and regulations and that
we are using good judgment. Pilots
and crew members have been
grounded pending a formal investi-
gation. An entire Group was
grounded after our last accident, with
another very close to being
grounded. Every flying member of
that Group, as well as all of its
Squadron Commanders, had to at-
tend a special Safety Seminar in
order to be ungrounded. Every fly-
ing member of California Wing will
have to go through a similar Safety
Clinic to acquaint him or herself with
what was the cause of each of these
accidents and what could have been
done to prevent them.
The long awaited revision to
CAPR 60-1 was pulled from the
shipping docks at National Head-
quarters and rewritten. A new De-
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cember 15 version was handed to all
Wing Commanders and our opera-
tion staff at an emergency safety
serninar that was called by the Na-
tional Commander and held in At-
lanta during the second weekend in
December. We were also informed
of a new CAPR 60-2 that is in a
draft form that wiJ] be corning out
soon. This new regulation requires
the Wing to hold a no-notice yearly
inspection of every flying unit in the
Wing to insure compliance with
CAPR 60-1 and 60-2.
There are two types of accidents,
Command and Control (Dumb and
Dumber) and Logistics (Mainte-
nance or Parts failures) accidents.
Each of our accidents falls within
one of these categories. In order for
us to reverse this trend we will have
to change our culture or way of think-
Accidents can happen to anyone
and if you think it won't happen to
you, just wait. If we follow existing
rules and procedures we will reverse
this trend. Each of us needs to think
safety. It needs to happen 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year. You can never
stop thinking safety.
My goal is to return every mem-
ber to their home in the same or
better condition he or she left in after
participating in a CAP activity. In
keeping with this desire, I have asked
our former Region Commander and
Wing Commander to head up a new
Command within California Wing.
When the Wing PA-l comes out
effective I January 1997, you will
notice that Col. Ernie Pearson has
again joined our staff and will once
again serve California Wing. Col.
Pearson just completed three very
successful years as our Pacific Re-
gion Commander. While he had
many other opportunities to serve
CAP he chose to come back and
work with us in California. His Com-
mand will consist of Safety, Stan
Eval, and Communications. His
unique talents will help us re-focus
in each of these areas and help bring
about a change in our culture, re-
turning us to the best safety record
in the aviation community and the
Air Force.
The California Wing Staff and I
wish to thank each of you for your
participating in CAP during 1996
and I know with your continued help,
1997 will be even more safe and
I look forward to meeting and
talking with you as I travel through-
out the State.
March Cadet
Called Hero
for Saving Girl
Inland Aviation Specialties
June 8, 1996
I Lt Scott Hodgins, Commander Squadron 45 CAP
947 LoveU, Banning, California 92220
Dear Lt. Hodgins,
By Maj. Wyn Selwyn
During the Redlands Air Show in June of 1996,
Cadet MSgt. Cory Byron and Cadet Danielle DeRosa
were working security at the ramp area. Suddenly, a
toddler, a little girl of about three, bolted out onto the
active flight line and headed toward a plane taxiing in.
Cadet DeRosa shouted a warning and CIMSgt. Byron
overtook the child and scooped her up before she could
run into the turning propeller.
The child was reunited with her frightened parents
and Cadet Byron has been recommended for the Bronze
Medal of Valor. Said I Lt. R. Scott Hodgins, Commander
of March Field Squadron 45, "Cadet Byron acted swiftly
to do what needed to be done in the situation, putting
this small girl's safety ahead of his own." Byron's com-
manding officer called it a "heroic and unselfish action
at averting a potential tragedy."
Dick Ryan, Air Boss for the air show concurred,
writing a letter specifically thanking Byron, and adding:
" ... this could have been a disastrous situation but Cadet
Byron acted immediately . .. "
On behalf of the ground and support personnel of the
Redlands Air Show '%, I wantto personaUy thank you for the
professional manner of the CAP cadets who volunteered for
air show line crowd control.
In particular, I wish to commend Cadet Cory Byron who
had the mature presence of mind to "scoop up" an unattended
small child who had wandered onto the air performer parking
area and was running toward a taxiing sightseeing aircraft to
the rear of Bob Hoover's parlced RockweU CornmanderShrike.
This could have been a disastrous situation but Cadet Byron
acted immediately and prevented a tragedy. I emphasize this
because the child was within 40' -50' of a spinning propeUer.
If the CAP has some form of meritorious commendation for
acts of valor, this young man is very deserving.
Again, thank you and your young people for a job done
extremely weU under a hot, stressful weekend. AU were very
professional in demeanor and a credit to you as a command
My very best to you and your cadets,
lsi Dick Ryan, Air Boss '%
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California Wing Joins with
AOPA for San Jose Expo
By Maj. Wyn Selwyn
October 19 was the big day to
find your way to San Jose. Hundreds
of CAP members joined the world's
largest pilot organization, Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association for
the aviation extravaganza, Expo '96.
The main hall was replete with
blue CAP uniforms that morning as
AOPA's Vice President for Commu-
nications, Drew Steketee presented
the AOPA's video tribute to "CAP
Subchasers of World War n." Every
member of the audi ence received a
complementary copy ofthe video as
they left the convention hall.
Also on the agenda were Na-
tional CAP Commander, Brig. Gen-
eral Paul M. Bergman, CAP National
Marketing Director, Mary Nell
Crowe and California Wing Com-
mander Bryon Brammer. Brammer
lauded the new era of cooperation
between CAP and AOPA, saying,
"California Civil Air Patrol stands
with AOPA as we move toward the
new millenium. It is fitting that we
meet here in the technology center
of the world - Silicon Valley - to
begin general aviation's journey into
the 21 " Century. It promi ses to be an
exciting trip for all of us."
CAP National Marketing Director
stresses CAP-AOPA solidarity.
Melody Brammer chats with Lt. Col. Steve Updike
of Pacific Region.
Brig. Gen. Paul M. Bergman, CAP National
Commander, ClMaj. Landon Quan and California
Wing Commander Bryon Brammer. Maj. Quan
received his Amelia Earhart Award.
There was something for everybody at the AOPA
Expo '96.
CAP members view AOPA video presentation
"Tribute to CAP wwn sub chasers."
September 1996
By Maj. Fred Mahadocon" Public Affairs Officer
Santa Maria, California - Once again, deservi ng
members of the California Wing received recognition for
their past year's performances at the California Wing
Annual Awards Conference held in Santa Maria in early
The conference was attended by approximately 220
members and supporters. Distingui shed and honored
guests attending including MIG Tandy Bozeman, Cali-
fornia National Guard's Adjutant General ; BIG Warren
Barry, past CAP National Commander; Col. Michael
Pannone, Pacific Region Commander; Col. Ernest
Pearson and Edwin Lewis, past Pacific Region com-
manders; Col. Jack Ferman and Angelo Porco, past
California Wing commanders; Col. Terry Obermiller,
Pacific Wing Liaison; Lt. Col. Stephen Webber, Califor-
nia Wing USAF Liaison Officer; and Senator (Lt. Col.)
Don Rogers, Sacramento' s Legislative Squadron Com-
While various sections of Wing Headquarters were
conducting their seminars, four California Groups com-
peted for the honor of being California Wing's Color
Guard. Upon completion of the events (testing, mile run
and drill) conducted, Beach Cities Cadet Squadron 107,
Long Beach Group 7, was selected to represent Califor-
nia Wing. Members of the winning color guard team are
CIMSgt. David Sockett, CIMSgt. Scott Matthews (al-
ternate), CITSgt. Josef Gassmann, CIAIC Shunsuke
Sumitani , and AIC Charles Hong. Squadron 107 com-
mander is Capt. Sharleen Jordan and they are headquar-
tered in Torrance.
Other units in the competition were Glendale Cadet
Squadron 27, Los Angeles Group I ; Camarillo Compos-
ite Squadron 61, Central Coast Group II; and Los An-
geles Cadet Squadron 138, Gill Robb Wilson Group 15.
California Wing Commander Col. Bryon Brammer
presented the Wing's awards during the evening ban-
quet. Units receiving awards were squadrons all as-
signed to Los Angeles Group I. They are Los Alamitos
Cadet Squadron 153, Cadet Squadron of the Year;
Hawker Squadron 128, Senior Squadron of the Year;
Los Angeles AFB Composite Squadron 43, Composite
Squadron of the Year; and San Fernando Senior Squad-
ron 35, Squadron Newsletter of the Year. Editor for
Squadron 35's newsletter is Maj . Cal Burke.
Individual recipients were Maj . George Hulett,
Hawker Squadron 128, Group I - Safety Officer of the
Year; Maj Marguerite Leveque, San Fernando Senior
Squadron 35, Group I - Aerospace Education Officer
of the Year; Maj . Fred Mahadocon, Gill Robb Wilson
Group 15 Headquarters - Public Affairs Officer of the
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Calirornia Wing
Year; 1 Lt. Cathy Livoni, Billie LeClair, Cadet Squadron
89, Group 15 - Ground Team Member of the Year; 2Lt.
Sean Lynch, San Bernardino Senior Squadron 5, Group
18 - Observer of the Year; ILt. Rollin Gibson, San
Fernando Senior Squadron 35, Group 1 - Pilot of the
Year; Maj. Gayle Rhoads, San Bernardino Cadet Squad-
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Arevian, Beach Cities Cadet Squadron 107, Group 7 -
Cadet NCO of the Year; CICol. Mark Hoferer, North
Orange County Composite Squadron 56, Group 15 -
Cadet Officer of the Year; Capt. John Boyle, Jay
Weinsoff Cadet Squadron 3, Group I - Senior Member
of the Year; and Lt. Col. Lois Jones, California Wing
Headquarters - Wing Staff Member of the Year.
The Lt. Thomas E. Doyle Memorial Scholarship
went to CITSgt. Ariel Garcia, Los Angeles Cadet Squad-
ron 138, Group IS. It was presented by ILt. Ellis Udwin,
Oroville Composite Squadron 141 , Group 25. Col. Terry
Obermiller awarded the CAP-USAF Torch Award to CI
Lt. Col. Brandy Sentner, Glendale Cadet Squadron 27,
Group 1, and to Maj. Kevin Carney, Antelope Valley
Cadet Squadron 15, Group 9. Cadet Sentner was also
given the Air Force Association Award by Maj. Gen.
Tandy Bozeman.
Earlier in the day, CIMSgt. Bryan Brammer became
a CIFO during hi s Mitchell Award presentation. Placing
his first epaulets on his uniform were Brig. Gen. Warren
Barry and hi s dad, Col. Bryon Brammer.
Responsible individual for this event was Lt. Col.
Loi s Jones. Master of Ceremonies throughout the con-
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Colton, California 92324
Civil Air Patrol.
Continued . . .
ference was Maj . James Davis, Californi a Wing Headquarters.
Central Coast Group II hosted the affair and the Santa Maria
Hilton was the site of the conference.
Top right: Col. Mike Pannone, PAC Region Commander, bestows the
prestigious CAP-USAF Torch Award on ClLt. Col. Brandy Sentner,
Glendale Cadet Squadron 27, Group 1. Cadet Sentner also won the
coveted Air Force Association Award, presented to her by Maj. Gen.
Tandy Bozeman. Photos by Lt. Col. Bob Beevers.
Middle left: Maj. Marguerite Leveque, Squadron 35, Group 1, accepts
the Aerospace Education Officer of the Year Award from Wing
Commander, Col. Bryon Brammer.
Middle right: Like father like son. CIMSgt. Bryan Brammer is promoted to CIFO. Wing Commander, Col. Bryon Brammer
(Bryan's dad), pinned the new officer epaulets on with the help of Brig. Gen. Warren Barry, former National CAP Commander.
The Brammers are shown here with Group I Commander, Lt. Col. Jim Briggs.
Cadet talent carries the evening. Photos by Lt. Col. Bob Beevers.
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Approved Publication of California Wing, Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force Winter, 1986
California Wing Commander Col. Donald Blondlch hands out the plaques signifying top honors for 1985 to Capt. Karen Freitas (left) as
Outstanding Senior Member and to Cadet 1st Lt. Danielle Anderson (right) as Outstanding Cadet.
California Wing
CAP Conference 1985
Honored as the top unit s were
Squadron 35, outstanding enior
squadron and Squadron 63, outstand-
ing cadet squadron. Squadron 57 was
hailed as the " most improved" squad-
Civil Air Patrol
Board Meeting
Keynote Speech
by Congresswoman Lindy Boggs
Editor 'S Note: Following is the text of
an address b , ongresswoman Lindy
Bo d at the .,985 Civil Air
Meeting. We feel it car-
.ssage of critical importance
read it and take it to
is year, 1985, marks the end of
nearly a quarter centur y quest on
your part to amend the federal law
referred to as the CAP .. upply Bill. "
During the period 1960 to 1980, Civil
Air Patrol had little or no success with
its legislative efforts. Since 1980, how-
ever, there has been one legislative
success after another. Because of its
(Continued on page 5])
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Travis CODlposite
Squadron 22
Now Part of
Travis AFB Elite
Honor Guard
By elSgt. James Best
Four and a half months ago, mid-
April, officers from Travis Compos-
ite Squadron 22 asked the Travi
AFB Elite Honor Guard if they could
put their CAP Cadet Color Guard
through the Travi s AFB five-day
training course. The Travis Elite
Honor Guard agreed. AIC Tiwanda
Maynor, SRA Nathan Watson, A I C
Che Alfred, and AIC Jeffrey Perez
were put in charge of getting five
cadets into shape. They did.
C/Sgt. Joel Armijo, C/SSgt.
Scott Varner, CIA I C James Bast, CI
Ale Adelbert Lagoy, and C/AIC
Phillip Poon were the five lucky
cadets. Throughout those five days,
the CAP cadets learned funeral pro-
cedures (Pallbearer, and Firing
Party), Honor Guard style drill, and
M-I safety. The first Civil Air Pa-
Col. Angelo Porco, former Wing
Commander, presents Com-
mander's Commendation to Lt.
Col. John A. Scheck, former Wing
Vice Commander.
trol Honor Guard had been created.
The cadets have continued their
training weekly. Recently, the cadets
have learned MIA cordon proce-
dures, Retreat Ceremony six-person
flag folding, Color Guard, and in-
novative rifle drill. The cadets drill
with an II-pound inert M-I Grand
ri fle. These rifles are not fakes.
The honor guard has participated
in five details: three retreat ceremo-
nies, an MIA ceremony, and at
Fourth of July in Suisun, California.
In each drills, the Honor Guard had
done an outstanding job.
Many people cannot tell they are
CAP cadets, and not active duty. This
is the first time that this Honor Guard
training has been done with CAP
cadets. Also, CAP has never partici-
pated in active duty ceremonies,
performing in active duty positions
The Travis Composite Squadron
22ITravis AFB Elite Cadet Honor
Guard is now made up of CITSgt.
Joel Armijo, C/Sgt. James Bast, CI
AIC Adelbert Lagoy, C/AIC Phillip
Poon, and CIBSC Russell.
Lt. Col. Bill Cowman receives
Commander's Commendation
from Col. Angelo Porco. Cowman
is former Director of P.A.
Squadron 192
Cadet Accepted
into United States
Air Force
C/TSgt. Amy Fischer was ac-
cepted into the United States Air
Force Academy. She joined the Civil
Air Patrol cadet program in August
of J 994. Persistence, hard work and
study earned her the rank ofC/TSgt.
In addition to fulfilling the normal
requirements of the cadet program
she found the time to participate in
the cadet color guard and to earn a
CAP radio operators permit and
become general emergency services
Amy is a graduate of Sacred
Heart Cathedral High School of San
Francisco where she earned and
maintained a 4.0 GPA. Amy, good
luck at the Academy, we whom you
leave behind at Squadron 192 both
Seniors and Cadets are extremely
proud of you. As for you other ca-
dets in the ranks let' s not let Amy
get lonely for old friends. It's your
tum next to go for that gold bar (i.e.,
2Lt. Amy Fisher, class of year 2000,
Go Air Force!).
Maj. Pat Malone receives Com-
mander's Commendation from
Col. Angelo Porco.
Continued . ..
Gold Country Group 25 announces the
opening of its web site. The address is http:/
/spider.lloyd.coml-cap25. This web site is
still under construction. However, there are
enough features in place to make it a worth-
while stop while surfing the net. Squadron
and group information, the latest news and
some very interesting hyperlinks to the Na-
tional Headquarters of the Civil Air Patrol ,
the Air Force and NASA headquarters are all
in place.
With a click of the mouse you can leave
comments and suggestions for me. The job
of designing a web site is quite an experi-
ence. The html programming langugae used
to design web sites is a challenge to say the
least. No wonder so many are willing to pay
professional s to do their web site construc-
tion. Within the near future the site will in-
clude graphics, animation and sound. Until
then, watch us grow.
This web site is one more example of
Group 25's Commander Lt. Col. Donna
Starr's commitment to excellence. See you
on the net!
Group 25
Launches into
Change of COIDIDand
By Maj. Fred Mahadocon,
Public Affairs Officer
Chino, California - After four years as
commander of Gill Robb Wilson Group 15,
Lt. Col. Virginia Nel son relinquished the
command to the Deputy Commander, Maj .
Evan Zangenberg. The change of command
ceremony took place at the Group's head-
quarters at Chino Airport during the Group' s
June Commander's Call . Conducting the
ceremony was Col. Bryon Brammer, Cali-
fornia Wing commander. Present for the
event were the Group's staff members and
the commanders of the eight squadrons within
the group.
CPR graduation class. Capt. Brammer presenting Certificate
of Appreciation to Mr. Swing, City of Torrance Fire Department.
Left to right: Capt. Hughes, Mrs. Hughes, SM Christopher,
Capt. Brammer, Capt. Stoudt, Mr. Swing, Capt. Dean, Capt.
Kobel, Maj. Caprio. So. Bay Senior Squadron 129.
Beach Cities Cadet Squadron 107 marching in the City of
Torrance Memorial Day parade.
Capt. John Smith of Squadron 129 awarding Capt. Shale
Parker of Squadron 129 a "Find" ribbon.
CAP Report on 1996 Law
Enforcement Marijuana
Aerial Observation School
By U. Col. Ray Petersoll
Civil Air Patrol's involvement
in the 1996 Law Enforcement Mari-
juana Aerial Observation School has
continued to increase. As in past
schools, Civil Air Patrol provided
the safety briefing and instruction on
aerial reconnaissance and observa-
tion techniques.
In addition, Civi l Air Patrol
members were involved in pre-flight
planning. Maj. lan Ostrat and I met
with the Lake County lead deputy
sheriff a week prior to the school
and fl ew to the marijuana sites which
were to be used for instruction by
the law enforcement students.
Having obtained CPS coordi-
nates for the site during the flight,
Maj. Jan Ostrat laid out the flight
operations plan for the school. Four
known gardens were plotted on an
aeronautical chart and topographi-
cal maps, then detailed drawings
were prepared showing the topo-
graphical features and actual loca-
tions of the gardens. Student enroll-
ment of 30 required 15 seats per
flight session. This was accom-
pli shed through a combination of
Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 and 206
aircraft providing 15 student ob-
server positions. Seven aircraft flew
these students.
In order to provide a safe envi-
ronment, Maj. Ostrat designed a
course with seven positions for air-
craft activity. Four of these positions
were the known gardens where it was
appropriate to show the students the
actual marijuana gardens, so they
could see them from the air. Three
other hi gh probability areas were
determined by Maj . Ostrat in con-
junction with the Lake County
Deputy Dave Garzoli . The opera-
tions plan called for each of the Civil
Air Patrol aircraft to depart to a spe-
cific location, Maj . Dave Adamson
then functioned as an aerial opera-
tions officer as well as pilot of one
of the planes.
Every 30 minutes the aircraft
rotated, in order, to the next succes-
sive site. For 3.5 hours students were
able to observe four known mari-
juana gardens from the mandated
altitude of 1,000 feet about ground
level. In addition, they spent a total
of 1.5 hours in surveillance of other
gardens. A total of 15 additional
marijuana gardens were found by
student observers during the two-day
flight portion of the course.
Pre- planning activity had in-
cluded only the fixed wing portions
of the operation. Upon arrival at the
school, I met with the pilots of five
law enforcement helicopters sup-
plied by the DEA, Butte and Placer
Counties. A modified plan for the
helicopter portion of the flight was
establi shed. It was determined, due
to the higher cost of the helicopter
blade time and the fuel situation, that
1.5 hours would be the maximum
flying for the helicopters. Therefore,
most of the reconnaissance time was
removed and the helicopters would
fly the students directly to the known
marijuana sites. T flew in the lead
helicopter with three others in trail.
Each helicopter pilot was able to
observe the gardens and be prepared
for their afternoon session with the
same students.
The school was five days in
length; Monday consisted of class-
room instruction, Tuesday and
Wednesday were flying days, Thurs-
day was raids of three of the gardens
found, and Friday was a review of
legal aspects of aerial reconnaissance
and the requirements to obtain a
search warrant within the Ninth U.S.
Circuit Court.
Tuesday's activity began at
Lambson Field at 0800 with brief-
ings of the Civil Air Patrol pilots
who had either arrived the night
before or came that morning. The
plan was outlined by operations of-
ficer, Maj . Dave Adamson. During
that same time, I gave an hour brief-
ing on aircraft safety and reconnais-
sance techniques to the law enforce-
ment students. One-half of the law
enforcement students then flew for
3.5 hours in Civil Air Patrol fixed
wing aircraft while the other 15 were
in class on map reading. After lunch,
the students who flew in the morn-
ing did the map reading class and
the other half flew the course in
helicopters. The Wednesday session
was the same program with the two
groups reversed and FUR orienta-
tion was given in place of the map
reading course.
During the afternoon helicopter
sessions, a Civil Air Patrol high bird
was put up providing radio commu-
nications between the helicopters
operating at low altitude and also air
operations control to provide aircraft
separation in the various site areas.
Maj . Dave Adamson provided the
air operations support during all of
the fixed wing and on Tuesday' s
rotor wing operation. He was also
able to lead the fifth helicopter pilot
to each of the sites by providing high
altitude cover for the helicopter op-
erating at 500 feet AGL.
The school was a success in
every way. All of the law enforce-
ment students were able to observe
a minimum of four marijuana gar-
dens from fixed wing aircraft 1,000
feet AGL or above and from the
helicopters at 500 feet AGL or
above. Thursday they participated in
raids of three of the gardens where
they were airlifted in, observed and
removed the marijuana. This pro
Continued . ..
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ElDergency Services Operations
Since mid-November, Califor-
nia Wing volunteers have been in-
volved in searches for four light air-
craft and three ELTs.
Search mission 96M2471
opened on November 18 and closed
the next day. The object of the search
was a Cessna 152 on a flight from
Columbia Airport to San Jose' s Reid
Hillview Airport. An all night effort
by CAP Ground Teams using VHFI
DF gear located the plane's wreck-
age in Santa Clara County about
eight miles due east of Reid Hillview
Airport. The CAP ground teams re-
mained at the crash site, providing
assistance to the sheriff's depart-
ment. The pilot, who was solo, did
not survive the accident. Distress
finds have been authorized for 1 Lt.
Pat Harrington, Lt. Col. J.w. Pow-
ers, FlO V. Kevin, SIM A. Black,
Maj . Jon Wordsworth, ILt. J. Pav-
lovich and 2Lt. Landacre.
Mission 26M2489 began with a
strong ELT signal on November 22.
CAP ground teams, working with the
Kern County Sheriff's Department,
located the crashed PA28-236 (Piper
Cherokee) about I O:()() a.m. the next
morning, some 20 miles northwest
of Bakersfield.
The solo pilot, a resident of
Continued . ..
vided the means for them to be cer-
tified at the school as expert wit-
nesses in aerial marijuana observa-
tion, recognizing it and having gone
to the location on the ground where
this marijuana was observed and
verifying for themselves that it was
in fact marijuana. These law enforce-
ment officers will now be able to
provide affidavit to a judge in sup-
port of a requested search warrant
Freemont, did not survive the crash.
The Cherokee departed Hayward
Air Terminal on the evening of No-
vember21 , with Palm Springs as the
intended destination.
A distress find has been autho-
rized for Lt. Col. David Mishy and
1 Lt. Gary Robisheaux. The mission,
which began as an ELT mission,
utilized six CAP personnel, includ-
ing one DF team.
Another search, this one for a
missing Glassair III, got underway
on November 26 from a search base
in Redding. At last report, nine CAP
aircraft, one California National
Guard Aircraft, one Mercy airplane
were involved in the initial stages of
the search. Thirty-eight CAP volun-
teers joined four National Guard
personnel , plus 14 Shasta County
searchers on the first day. Thus far,
the plane has not been found.
A mlsslOg Beechcraft BE35
(Bonanza) was the object of a search
that began December 7. Severe
weather in the area hampered search
activities. The Bonanza pilot was on
a flight from N avato to Truckee. The
San Rafael pilot had reported to the
FAA that he was picking up heavy
based on their expertise as aerial
marijuana observers. The school,
sponsored by the United States For-
est Service and directed by law en-
forcement agent Marty Meyers, was
co-sponsored by the DEA directed
by Ron Mancini, Special Agent re-
sponsible for marijuana suppression
in California. Both of these agents
had high praise for Civil Air Patrol
pilots and the pre-planning that went
into this school. In addition to those
flying, Maj. Betty LaGuire provided
ground air operations support, keep-
ing track of the CAP aircraft and
ice on the airframe and was "going
down. " Wreckage of the aircraft was
subsequently found four miles north-
west of Tahoe VOR, near the loca-
tion where he last talked with Air
Traffic Control. The lone pilot did
not survive the crash. Working with
CAP searchers on this mission were
the Placer County Sheriff's Depart-
ment, the Air National Guard's 129'h
Rescue Wing, operating out of
Moffett Field with a C-130 Hercules.
U.S. Forest Service ground teams
were also involved in the search.
ELT Mission 96M2593 opened
and closed December 5 in the
Palmdale area. The ELT was found
in a Palmdale garage by CAP mem-
bers and secured. A non-distress find
has been authorized for Lt. Col. Vern
Claxton, Lt. Col. William Finstad,
and ILt. Eric Shappee, all members
of Squadron 39 in Lancaster.
ELT Mission 96M2567 opened
and closed December I in the
Garberville area. The ELT was found
and secured by a CAP team in a
Cessna 140 at Garberville Airport.
Non-distress finds have been autho-
rized for 2Lt. Ben Meninga, 2Lt.
Jaye Inabnit, and CDT Clint Frost.
their students observers.
Civil Air Patrol transportation
was also provided for speakers for
the school, the deputy sheriff expert
in map reading and assistant district
attorney to cover the legal aspects of
aerial surveillance and the require-
ments of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court
covering the California Area. In ad-
dition, two volunteer drivers deliv-
ered a Civil Air Patrol van 115 miles
from its home location to allow the
CAP pilots to traverse between the
point of instruction and the airport
during the five day school. 0
Hanford Flight Center,
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Wilson Ambulance Service
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(805) 947-2173 Palmdale
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Mike Barrett - Contractor
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Marshall Electric
County Line Road and 99
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200 S. Pine St.
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(209) 325· 1030 Clovis
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(31O) 329-8047
Barlow Construction
707 South Barlow
(619) 873·7362 Bishop
Texaco Coarsegold Self..Serv lne,
Quality Products . Dependable SelVice
35481 Hwy. 41
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Hi Temp Insulation, Inc.
4700 Calle Alto
Air Touch Cellular
6123 Paclflc Ave.
(805) 484-2774 Camarillo
Stockton (9 16) 646-3773
Por terville Airport (209) 784-0461
(619) 243· 3191 I Vi ctorville
Jim Ellis Painting
31000 Gibney lane
Fuel Orders (805) 824-4207
(619) 252-2251 / Barst ow (707) 964·6807 Fort Bragg (805) 824-2433 Mojave
Sierra Aircraft & Supplies
R.L. W. Equipment
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(805) 268-0337 Saugus
Cameron Par k (916) 677-8594
(805) 834·1100 / Bakersfietd
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11752 Riverside Ave.
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(9 16) 437-2522
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Salinas (408) 757-6002
" . .. getting paid doing Now Kinsey has pur-
the things he likes best!" chased a Cessna 172 and is
By Lt. Joe Tumi ll ello combining both of his tal-
Civil Air Patrol mentor ents into a new aerial pho-
pilot Lt. John Ki nsey is right tography business. Because
at home supervising mission of its low operating costs and
pilot trainees during a moun- good slow flying character-
tain SAREX in the rugged istics, Kinsey describes the
mountains of Northern Cali- Cessna 172 as a good cam-
fornia. Kinsey's regular job era platform. The Cessna is
is as a pilot with Blue Lake not without modifications,
Forest Products Company however. A hole was cut in
and he knows every peak and the belly so a floor mounted
valley like the back of his camera can be activated
hand. Lt. John Kinsey (foreground) prepares for a contour while the aircraft is safely pi-
"I was kind of drafted fl ying sortie with Lt. Allain Thillois at the Eureka loted at low level.
into the Squadron" he jok- Mountain SAREX. Kinsey's busi ness Birds
ingly comments on his ser- --------------------- Eye View has been up and
vice with Eureka Squadron 34. The portraits." flying for over a year now and he
knowledge and experience he has About ten years ago hi s wife describes the future as encouraging.
gained in thousands of hours oflow gave him a discovery flight from a Taking aerial photographs for civil
altitude mountain flying is being local FBO for his birthday. "I got engineers, city planners, wildlife sur-
passed on to other Civil Air Patrol hooked on flying immediately," re- veys and forestry concerns are some
mission pilots. calls Kinsey. of the projects he has worked on.
In addition to flying for Blue After obtaining his commercial Artistic use of light and shadow en-
Lake and the Civil Air Patrol, Kinsey pilot' s rating, hi s passion for flying hance the quality of his work. Kinsey
is an accomplished photographer. "I won out. He accepted a job as For- finds the operation of hi s aerial pho-
became interested in photography estry Technician & Pilot for Blue tography business a compliment to
when I was the photographer for my Lake managing forestry job sites his flying with Blue Lake and the
high school yearbook," he explains. from the air. The combination of hi s Civil Air Patrol.
"I tried turning my love for low altitude flying job and his pho- Through a combination of hard
photography into a business years tographic background helped him to work and imagination, John Kinsey
ago and I did pretty well taking pic- see useful possibilities in aerial pho- is getting paid doing the two things
tures at weddings and doing family tography. he likes best! 0
Squadron 4 Goes Over the Edge
By Cadet/Maj. Lalldoll Quail
On June 8, the cadets of Marin Composite Air Res-
cue Squadron 4 were invited by the Naval Sea Cadets
Pyro Division and tht< USMC Reserve to Mt. Diablo.
Accompanied by ILt. Joe Parker, the squadron was given
a I O-minute safety and instructional lesson on rappe((jng.
After learning how to tie their harnesses, they were ready.
C/Capt. Quan was the first one to go over the edge.
Everyone made it to the bottom of the 137-foot cliff.
After another round, everyone was feeling good, and
they were pumped up. With the adrenaline flowing,
C/Capt. Quan reconfigured hi s harness. The third time
that he went was Australian style (head first). Soon
CIMSgt. Maxwell , C/AIC Gordon, and CIB Conklin,
Werner, and Anderson were all going "Aussie" style. It
was a tremendous rush and a good time was had by all.
C/Capt. Quan going down Aussie style. Photo by
ClMaj. Landon Quan.
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Shasta Nursery .nc.
5024 Dersch Rd.
All-Star Fence Co.
102 Navone St.
Palisades Hanch Airport
13850 Bryman Rd.
Anderson (916) 365-8507 (510) 799-1323 ValleQo
(619) 245-8889 Oro Grande
Biloff Manufacturing Co.
661 Walker
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Trailer Park
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Hendrix Appliance & Alternative Fire Equipment
Heating/Air Conditioning
Stockton • (209) 823-2127/ Lodi • (209) 366-1973
3420 University Ave.
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1369 Rocking W. Dr.
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Freight Services
5777 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles/ I -800-922-2017
4013 S. Orange Ave.
(209) 268-8956 Fresno
Sunshine Flyers, Inc.
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(916) 888-6092 Auburn
John Wiedmann & Son Inc.
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267 N. 8th Street
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Bell's Ambulance Service
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Publlc Affairs Workshops at Travis
and Coronado Turn Out PA Specialists
Wing Hosts PAO Training
Class at Travis AFB
By ILl. Juan E. Tinnirello
Lt. Juan E. Tinnerello, Amelia Earhart Senior Squad-
ron 188, participated in the Public Affairs Office (PAO)
Training Class held at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield,
California, on November 2 and 3, 1996. The event was
attended by 13 members from California Wi ng, and it
was a supplement to the one held a year ago.
Last year's training was to teach the basics of the
PAO's duties. This year the main thrust was to provide
detailed practical information to further trai n the partici-
pants to help them in the task of bei ng a PAO.
In order to better accomplish the trai ning, a Mi ssion
Base was opened on Saturday, 2 November at 0800, to
provide all the information and atmosphere around an
actual Search and Rescue mission. The Mi ssion Base
was staffed by members of Squadron 188, from the
Oakland Airport, as well as two flight crew teams from
SM Carol Thcker and Capt. David Coppom hit the
books at t he Travis Public Affairs workshop.
Cameraman (Capt.) J oe Parker shines a little light
on his subject.
Group 2. The information provided was from an actual
mission. We were told that a plane was missing the night
before the class started. Till s scenario provided a sense
of urgency and attention among the participants. We
needed to be accurate and diligent about all the informa-
tion gathered on the mission as well as any information
to be released to the press. The next day, we were told
that the mission was not happening as presented to us,
but that it had occurred some ti me ago.
We were then interviewed by the "press" and tele-
vised one by one, to see how we reacted to the questions
and behaved in front of the camera. This was, in my
opinion, the most important portion of the whole train-
ing. It allowed us to see ourselves providing information
that was perhaps not accurate or we were disclosing
information that did not concern the CAP.
The whole trai ning was very beneficial thanks to the
efforts of Lt. Col. Sydney Wolfe, Course Director, and
the assistance provided by Lt. Col. Edward Crankshaw,
and Maj . Wynston Selwyn from California Wi ng.
SM Scott Cash (left) and ClMaj. Landon Quan at
the Travis AFB Public Affairs workshop.
Capt. Alhan Constantine and Maj. Paul Groff set up
a mock SAR scenario at Travis.
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15401 S. Lovekin
( 619) 922-0371 Bl ythe
(916) 667-5221
Hillside Aviation
(916) 241 -4204
Ed Hauser Truck Service
17265 DARWIN
Midland Tractor Co.
1901 W. Cleveland
2600 Gold St. Redding (619) 244-6792 Hesperia (209) 674-8757 Madera
Valley Air Crafts
Macy's Flying Service, Inc.
100 Sunrise Blvd., Ste. 'F'
Aircraft Service & Maintenance
Tulela ke Municipal Airport
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Continued . ..
San Diego Workshop a
Hands-on Experience
By Maj. Nancy Brady
The annual Southern California Public Affairs Work-
shop got under way November 9 on beautiful Coronado
Island. Our gracious host was the U.S. Navy, which turned
over part of its facilities to Civil Air Patrol for the two-
day period.
The first few hours were given over to talking about
Public Affairs, with the remainder of the session aimed
at doing public affairs. The highlight of the day was a
demonstration by Lt. Col. Pat Robinson and Capt. John
Ferdon of how those msyterious little boxes called Emer-
gency Locator Transmitters work (or sometimes don't
The entire class reconvened outdoors to do some
hands-on Direction-Finding operations, so the next time
Capt. John Ferdon demonstrates ''DF'' equipment
at the San Diego PA workshop.
Graduates of the Coronado (San Diego) workshop.
they had occasion to write about an ELT, they would
have an idea of how the things work.
The ELT work led to a mission scenario, led by Lt.
Col. Lloyd Burrell of California Wing. Lt. Col. BurreiJ
played the role of Mission Coordinator, while the stu-
dents acted as mission public affairs officers. The staff
relished their roles as hard-bitten, in-your-face media
types, just like the real world.
All 12 students came away better able to cope with
the challenges of being public affairs officers on an
operational mission base.
Also on hand for Sunday's session was Col. Angelo
Porco, former Wing Commander, and now Pacific Re-
gion Legislative Officer. Accompanying Col. Porco was
lLt. Frank Marcial , who presented an update on the
current legislative program designed to join California
Wing members with their elected representatives, to form
a partnership of cooperation.
These statewide Public Affairs Workshops have
generated a li st of more than 100 ES-rated PAOs, cur-
rently available for mission assignments.
Lt. CoL Dave Hughes Remembered
Scores of California Civil Air Patrol members gathered on December 6 at
Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress to pay their last respects to Lt. Col.
David R. Hughes, Commander of Long Beach CAP Squadron 41. The 57-
year-old retired Air Force Colonel was killed November 30 near Orange County's
John Wayne Airport, in the crash of a Pari s Jet, in which he was riding as a
The ceremonies included a fly-by salute from several aviation groups,
including the Condor Squadron from Van Nuys, performing the famous "missing
man" formation. An Air Force honor guard from Edwards Air Force Base, and
a CAP Cadet Color Guard formed the centerpiece for the noon time ceremo-
Dave Hughes was a mentor, flight instructor and friend to hundreds in the
Long Beach, Los Alamitos, area where he worked as a commercial pilot and
aviation writer. At last count, he had mastered some 285 different aircraft,
including sail-pl anes and balloons. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; a son, Steve
Hughes; and one grandchild.
The Ministry of
A Living Sermon
By U. Col. Leslie O. Wheeler,
Californill Wing Chaplain
I would rather see a sermon than
hear one any day. I would rather
one would walk with me than merely
show the way. I can soon learn how
276 Years of Service
to do it, if you will let me see it done.
I can watch you in your actions, but
your tongue too fast may run. All
the lectures you deliver may be very
nice and true, but I would rather get
my lesson by observing what you do.
Though I may not understand you,
and the fine advice you give, there
is no misunderstanding how you act
and how you live.
Lt. Col. Leslie O. Wheeler
We want to acknowledge the special awards given at
the "Awards Luncheon," honoring 10 of our California
Chaplains serving 20 years or longer. The awards were
presented by Col. Angelo A. Porco (fonner California
Wing Commander). The certificates represented the Cali-
fornia Wmg and National Headquarters, Maxwell A.F.B.,
Montgomery, Alabama. Signed by our National Direc-
tor of Chaplain Services, Lt. Col. C. Wayne Perry,
U.S.A.F. and Chaplain; Col. David R. Van Horn, CAP
(former Chief of Chaplains); and Col. Angelo A. Porco,
CAP (fonner California Wing Commander). This was
appreciated by al l. Thank you. A special plaque was
presented to Cbaplain Lt. Col. Delbert T. McLaughlin,
CAP, bavi ng served the Chaplain Corp for 55 years, a
record that cannot be topped in the nationwide Chap-
laincy. Good going, Del , and may our Lord continue to
bless you in many more years of service.
Chaplains with 20 Years or
more of Service This Year
Chaplain John W. Berger
Chaplain John B. Copley
Chaplain Thomas L. Cummings
Chaplain Daniel M. Dyer
Chaplain Edward H. GeUinger
Chaplain Delbert T. McLaughlin
Chaplain George L. Moore
Chaplain Elbert A. North
Chaplain Leslie O. Wheeler
Chaplain Edward H. Whitford
Total Years of Service
1973 (23 Years)
1974 (22 Years)
1975 (21 Years)
1971 (25 Years)
1968 (28 Years)
1941 (55 Years)
1973 (23 Years)
1973 (23 Years)
1966 (30 Years)
1970 (26 Years)
276 Years
Lt. Col. (Chaplain) Dan Dyer is named Pacific Region
Chaplain of the Year ('96). Col. Angelo Porco, PAC
Region, made the presentation.
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