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February 2013



Program Manager
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Integrity, Volunteer Service,

Excellence, and Respect

Colonel Brent Bracewell visits PDK

15 January PDK
Senior Squadron
Headquarters Peachtree DeKalb
Senior Squadron
was honored to
have Colonel
Brent Bracewell as
our Key Note
Speaker to kick off
PDK Safety Day.
Colonel Bracewell
introduced the squadron to the Three
Know who is going to have the next accident, Know People are watching you and
Know yourself. With Jet noise in the background, Col Breacewell went on to discuss
each Know in detail.

Colonel Brent Bracewell is the Director,

Joint Staff, Georgia National Guard Colonel
Bracewell assumed duties as Director of the
Joint Staff, Georgia Guard National on October 15, 2011. He serves as a principal advisor to the Adjutant General and is responKnow People are watching you is a comsible for assisting the Adjutant General in
mand to all us to practice what you preach. formulating, developing and coordinating all
Col. Bracewell used his own experience as a programs, policies and plans affecting the
Captain in Bosina to emphasize the point
Georgia National Guard and its more than
that commanders always have someone
11,000 Citizen-Soldiers and 3,500 Air Nawatching them so regardless of the regulational Guard personnel. Additionally, as
tions or process, your subordinates will fol- Director of the Joint Staff, Col. Bracewell is
low your example, good or bad.
responsible for domestic operations and
stands ready to serve as a Joint Dual Status
Know yourself is a reminder to set personal Commander.
limits, to know you capabilities as a pilot or
air crew, to know your aircraft and to remember that the best safety device in an
airplane is a well trained pilot.
Know who is going to have the next accident is reminder to know your team. Know
who follows the procedures, know who follows check list and know who lives Safety
vs who just talks about safety.

PDK Sets a new record with Cadet O Day

one day for a total of 15 sorties flown plus the Uniform and Form 60 in order to enter the
additional sorties needed to ferry A/C to PDK Mission Base. Including ferry flight time,
and back to their respective station.
seven GAWG pilots flew a total of 15.4 hours
and a total of 18 mission sorties using 136.3
CAP Members also trained in a number of ES Gallons of Fuel.
skills during the day including Mission Support Assistant, Mission Radio Operator, Safe- In addition to GA-130 members running misty and training in the fundamentals of ICS
sion base, members from others squadrons
By utilizing two C172s and two C182s with
Command Structure. The entire operations
also had qualified Cadets and Seniors from
G1000 displays, the team of pilots set a record ran under ICS and ICS forms required every
involved in every aspect of the operation.
by flying 5 sorties dedicated to syllabus #8 in CAP Member to sign in with appropriate ID,
26 Jan 2013-DeKalb Peachtree Airport.
Bad weather forced the 2012 4th Qtr Cadet O
Day to be rescheduled on 26 Jan, 2013. As is
PDKs way, the rescheduled event just gave
the members another opportunity to be the
forerunners in providing Georgia Wing Cadets
their orientation flights.

Everything is

Partner Profile

The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration is broken down into 6 organizations
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and
Information Service (NESDIS) is dedicated to
providing timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to
promote, protect, & enhance the Nation's economy, security, environment, & quality of life.
To fulfill its responsibilities, NESDIS acquires and manages the Nation's operational
environmental satellites, operates the NOAA
National Data Centers, provides data and information services including Earth system monitoring, performs official assessments of the
environment, and conducts related research.
The NESDIS vision is to be the world's most
comprehensive source and recognized authority
for satellite products, environmental information, and official assessments of the environment in support of societal and economic
National Marine Fisheries Service is the federal agency, a division of the Department of
Commerce, responsible for the stewardship of
the nation's living marine resources and their
habitat. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries
Service is responsible for the management,
conservation and protection of living marine
resources within the United States' Exclusive
Economic Zone (water three to 200 mile offshore). Using the tools provided by the Magnuson-Stevens Act, NOAA's National Marine
Fisheries Service assesses and predicts the status of fish stocks, ensures compliance with
fisheries regulations and works to reduce
wasteful fishing practices. Under the Marine
Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered
Species Act, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service recovers protected marine species
(i.e. whales, turtles) without unnecessarily impeding economic and recreational opportunities.
National Ocean Service In the U.S., where over
half of us live along the coast and more than 78
percent of our overseas trade by volume comes
and goes along our marine highways, the health
of our coasts is intricately connected to the
health of our nation's economy. The National
Ocean Service is the nation's ocean and coastal
agency. Following are examples of how NOS
is helping coastal America face change while
building a strong economy.
National Weather Service Provides weather,
water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings
for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.
The headquarters of the National Weather
Service is located in Silver Spring, MD with

regional headquarters located in Kansas City,

Mo.; Bohemia, N.Y.; Fort Worth, Texas; Salt
Lake City, Utah; Anchorage, Alaska; and Honolulu, Hawaii. With some 5,000 employees in
122 weather forecast offices, 13 river forecast
centers, 9 national centers, and other support
offices around the country, NWS provides a
national infrastructure to gather and process
data worldwide. Each year, NWS collects
some 76 billion observations and issues approximately 1.5 million forecasts and 50,000
Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
NOAAs environmental products and services
that protect life and property and promote sustainable economic growth. Research, conducted by programs within NOAA and through
collaborations outside NOAA, focuses on enhancing our understanding of environmental
phenomena such as tornadoes, hurricanes, climate variability, changes in the ozone layer, El
Nio/La Nia events, fisheries productivity,
ocean currents, deep sea thermal vents, and
coastal ecosystem health. NOAA research also
develops innovative technologies and observing systems. The NOAA Research network
consists of internal Research Laboratories,
programs for Undersea Research and Ocean
Exploration, a grants program through the Climate Program Office, external research at Sea
Grant universities and programs, and Cooperative Joint Institutes with academia. Through
NOAA and its academic partners, thousands of
scientists, engineers, technicians, and graduate
students participate in furthering our
knowledge of natural phenomena that affect the
lives of us all. NOAA's research serves diverse
customers. The average citizen benefits
through earlier warnings of threatening weather, healthier coasts and fisheries, or a broader
understanding of environmental processes.
Office of Program Planning and Integration
The Office of Program Planning and Integration (PPI) was established in June 2002 as the
focus for a new corporate management culture
at NOAA. PPI addresses the need to foster integration and strategic management among
NOAA Line Offices, Staff Offices, and councils. PPI supports planning activities through
greater opportunities for active participation of
employees, stakeholders, and partners, builds
decision support systems based on the goals
and outcomes set in NOAAs strategic plan,
and guides managers and employees on program and performance management, the National Environmental Policy Act, and socioeconomic analysis

The CDC provides an manual on Crisis Management Communications ,while these points
were developed specific to crisis management, they can be applied in any high profile,
or potentially contentious issue.
Five communications failures that KILL operational success

Mixed messages from multiple experts

Information released late
Paternalistic attitudes
Not countering rumors and myths in real
5. Public power struggles and confusion
Five communications steps for SUCCESS

Execute a solid communications plan

Be the first source for information
Express empathy early
Show competence and expertise
Remain honest and open

Employ the STARCC Principle

SIMPLE -Frightened people don't want

to hear big words
TIMELY - Frightened people want information now
ACCURATE - Frightened people won't
get nuances, so give it straight
RELEVANT - Answer the questions and
give action steps
CREDIBLE - Empathy and openness
are key to credibility
CONSISTENT - The slightest change in
the message is upsetting and dissected by

This information was compiled from Crisis &

Emergency Risk Communication by Leaders
for Leaders made possible by the US Department of Health & Human Services and produced by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. You can click here to see the full

There is an I in
Commentary by Wayne Amann
Air Force ISR Agency Public Affairs
12/21/2012 - JOINT BASE SAN
(AFNS) -- Contrary to popular belief or
conventional wisdom or even the clich,
there IS an I in team.

During those heartbreaking moments for

Steelman, the Bowling Green, Ky., native
earned my respect. I can only imagine what
was going through his mind at that time, but
his post-game reaction reinforced my faith
in individual responsibility and accountability.

That combination of people and purpose

provides the backbone of the military team Granted, in the overall scheme of things a
concept, regardless of service branch, which football game doesn't really matter. That's
leads me to why I'm writing this opinion.
exactly why Steelman's emotional display
impressed me. Here's a young man, who is
During my 20-year active duty Air Force
so passionate about team success, he exhibcareer, my subsequent time as a military
its accountability through his body lancontractor and my current civil service stint, guage.
I've always subscribed to the team first
mindset. I was, and still am, proud to be
If he places that much importance on a footpart of something bigger than myself.
ball game as a quarterback, I have no doubt
he'll bring that type of leadership to the batI found that sense of belonging rekindled
tlefield as an officer.
recently when I was watching this year's
Army-Navy football game. Besides service In the military, as in football, individual
academy bragging rights, the Commander- actions have a domino effect on the team.
In-Chief's Trophy, emblematic of gridiron Each individual is responsible to themselves
supremacy among the three academies [Air and their teammates.
Force being the third] was at stake, so the
game meant something besides its tradition- For Air Force folks, being a good Wingman
al pageantry.
is a lot like that. Each Airman, including
civilians, looks out for each other, in part,
The Midshipmen were going for their 11th by taking care of their individual responsistraight win in the rivalry and were leading bilities. Collectively, their accountability
the cadets from West Point, 17-13, in the
ensures mission accomplishment for all
waning minutes of the fourth quarter.
Army had the ball and was marching down
the field for an apparent winning touchdown when the handoff between quarterback Trent Steelman and one of his running
backs was fumbled near the Navy goal line.

Severe Weather
Awareness Week

The Middies recovered, won the game and

dashed Army's hopes of salvaging something positive from a dismal 2-9 season.

As expected, the CBS television cameras

showed an exuberant Navy squad, then
honed in on Steelman, for what seemed like
an extraordinarily long time. The senior
The I is you, the I is me. The I represents all signal caller was visibly distraught, holding
the "I"ndividuals who make up a team. And his head in his hands on the bench. This
nowhere is that more meaningful than in the was the fourth straight year his team lost to
United States military.
Navy with him at the proverbial controls.
Our Armed Forces is a microcosm of Americans - individuals drawn from across our
great land who bring to the fight unique
backgrounds, strengths and talents, and who
adhere to certain core values governing the


My bottom line is: it takes all the I's working in unison toward the same goal to make
an effective team. For acronym fans TEAM
can stand for: Togetherness Epitomizes
America's Military.

February 4
From tornadoes to lightning to floods, Georgia is susceptible to a variety of natural disasters. Severe weather is dangerous and can
strike with very little warning, which is why
its important to get ready in advance. Severe
Weather Awareness Week runs from February 4 8, and its a great time to make sure
you and your families are prepared.
Each day in Severe Weather Awareness Week
focuses on a different type of threat faced by
Georgians. Georgias EMA is encouraging all
residents to take a few minutes to learn about
how to deal with each emergency situation by
visiting the Ready Georgia website at
The weeks activities begin with Family Preparedness Day on Feb. 4, when Georgia
households are encouraged to program their
NOAA Weather Radios and create Ready
Profiles. With a Ready Profile, you can create
a customized checklist of emergency supplies
and a tailored family communications plan.
On Wednesday, when tornado safety is emphasized, a statewide tornado drill will be
issued by the National Weather Service. Severe Weather Awareness Weeks specific
observations are:
Monday, Feb. 4 Family Preparedness/
NOAA Weather Radio Day
Tuesday, Feb. 5 Thunderstorm Safety
Wednesday, Feb. 6 Tornado Safety and
Statewide Tornado Drill (issued by NWS)
Thursday, Feb. 7 Lightning Safety
Friday, Feb. 8 Flood Safety (alternate tornado drill date)
March 3-9, 2013: Severe Weather Preparedness Week

3 January 2013 Over Stone Mountain -PDK was tasked to

photograph Georgia Wingss newest Cessna 182, which is
assigned to Flacon Filed, flying over Stone Mountain
Capt. Mike Mullett, Capt. Jeffrey Chiu, and Lt Col Randy
Stastny had a conference call the day before to coordinate
aircraft movement and timing for the mission.
Capt. Mullett and Capt. Chiu looked at Google Earth, examining simulated daylight at various times reflecting on the computer generated image of Stone Mountain. Though the computer simulation showed a dark shadow on the north face of
the mountain where the relief was located, it was determined
that the time chosen at 10:00 afforded the best lighting for the
day on the site. Atlanta Center was informed of our flight
plans and intent.
While the frost slowly melted off the lift surfaces of the aircraft in the early morning sun the next day, the Cessna 182
was prepared for flight. The right seat window was configured for photography. The PDK team took off, headed to
Stone Mountain. Capt. Mullett requested flight following. Capt. Chiu prepared the photographic equipment in accordance with Georgia Wing's Airborne Photography standards. Arriving at Stone Mountain, the PDK team flew past the
relief to get a feel for the lighting and distances from the
mountain, keeping in mind the distance between the mountain, obstacles such as the cable car line next to the mountain,
and the distances needed between the aircraft. The new Cessna arrived with Lt Col Stastny, OBSERVER MIKE?, and
Capt. Sam Levie. Since the new Cessna did not have the CAP
radio properly configured, Capt. Levie used a portable VHF
handheld to communicate with the PDK team. Capt. Mullett
and LTC Stastny coordinated over air frequencies to maintain
distance and maintain a position lock on each other. Meanwhile, both pilots kept in touch with air traffic control who
kept a watchful eye on the team, warning if any other traffic
was in the area. Both aircrews made several passes by the
relief. At each pass, the PDK team used different altitudes to
get various angles of the new 182. After over 400 shots and
about 6 passes, the aircrews retired back to their respective
By Captain Jeff Chiu

Feb 2
Briscoe Field, EAA 690
Guest speaker is Rohan
Bhatia, Chief Pilot, Centennial Aviation Academy and the architect of
The Flight Academy for
Young Aviators
KPUJ is hosting a fly
in / cook out from 11
2 Free Hamburgers and
Hot Dogs
Feb 5
Staff meeting
Feb 12
Member Meeting
Feb 19
G1000 Training
Feb 26
Member Meeting
April 27-28,
WWII Heritage Days
CAF Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility,
Peachtree City 10th annual public history program that recreates the
sights and sounds of
World War II. Vintage
military aircraft, vehicles
and equipment, educational displays and
demonstrations, reenactors portraying Allied
and Axis troops, and
canteen show. Keep em
Flying 1940s hangar
dance, 6pm-11pm
(tickets required). Food,
souvenirs and memorabilia available for purchase.

Runway incursions
and the Wings/CAP
program presented by
Michael Mullaney
FAAST Team Program
Manager Southern
29 Jan PDK Senior
Squadron Headquarters- PDK Members
were treated to a fun,
entertaining and informative presentation
by Michael Mullaney
FAAST Team Program
Manager Southern Region. Topics included
How to Link Your CAP
ID to the FAAST Team
website as well as Runway Incursions at PDK.
Mikes presentation
style was well received
as he passed out M&Ms
to contestants who
correctly answered his
Jeopardy Style questions
covering, Airport Signage, ATC Communications, Common Mistakes, and Aviation Celebrities. For more information on linking your
CAP ID to the FAA
FAAST website see the
December PDK Coffee
Break Training email or
go to



Heather Chandler

What is your profession?

I work as an International Student Advisor at an
English as a Second Language school. Basically, I
help the students with immigration issues and help
them adjust to their new surroundings here in the
US. I also take them on field trips around Atlanta
(that's my favorite part!).
Why did you join CAP and PDK in particular?
I joined CAP because I wanted to use my passion
for aviation to help people. The squadron at PDK
especially stood out to me because of the reputation
the group had for having the best, hard-working
members and among the friendliest.
Do you have a Husband/kids?
No but I do have furry "children" though two dogs (Nikki & Dippy) and one cat (Gray).
What hobbies do you enjoy?
Aviation is definitely on the top of my list! I love
flying, visiting aviation museums, writing an aviation blog, going to air shows, talking to pilots and
yes, even studying about aviation; I love all of it!
Other than aviation-related activities, I'm also an
avid reader - mysteries and historical fiction are my
favorite types of books to read, however, I'll read
about most anything. I also enjoy running road
races (currently training for the Spartan 5k Obstacle
race in March), taking ballet classes, going to hockey games and riding roller coasters in my spare
Last Vacation spot?
West Palm Beach, Florida - where my parents live.
I just got back from visiting them for Christmas.
and anything else you would like to share....
Thank you everyone for making me feel so welcome in the PDK Squadron! I look forward to
meeting all of you and getting to know you.