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DCC COMMUNIQUE

By: 1stLt. L. Candice Tillman

Welcome to an amazing
new year with Civil Air
Patrol!
First, I would like to
welcome all of our new
cadets and their families to
Springville Cadet Squadron.
I hope that you are starting
to feel at home and also
finding out what a great
organization that you have
now become a part of.
The many opportunities and
challenges open to you
through Civil Air Patrol are
countless and priceless. The
discipline, courage, and
confidence you will receive
through leadership training
at CAP will greatly benefit
you throughout your lives
and future careers, and
some of the friendships that
you make may last a lifetime
as well.

We are glad that you have


chosen to be a part of
Springville Cadet Squadron,
and we look forward to a
fun, challenging, and
exciting program this year.
Remember that this is your
squadron. If there is any
training you wish or think
we should be giving, please
talk to me and we will try to
get it to you. I challenge our
new members to attend all
the training they can and
continue to advance in the
Civil Air Patrol.
Thank you for allowing me
to serve as your deputy
commander.

Upcoming Activities
22 FEB. - SOUTHERN MUSEUM of
FLIGHT VOLUNTEER
WORKDAY 9:00-12:00
SMF BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT
Come help wash a plane, put a small
plane together, unload, move or
disassemble some planes and a
helicopter. We will help the SMF get
ready for their new displays!

8 MARCH- BLUE SKY RIDERS


O-FLIGHT DAY!
8:00- 15:00
NORTHESATERN
REGIONAL AIRPORT
Cadets will take to the skies for OFlights with some of the most
experienced pilots in the Nation. All
cadets are welcome to sign up for
front-seat or back-seat flights. We
will have lunch and enjoy the day.

28-30 MARCH SAREX WITH


CULLMAN
WING EMERGENCY SERVICES
SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE
Members who are GTM certified
should sign up on the ALWG
website to participate in this
Wing SAR exercise. We will team
with Cullman Squadron in a local
search scenario.

CAMP WAID CADETS TAKE A BREAK

11-13 APRIL ENCAMPMENT


STAFF TRAINING
18-20 APRIL
CADET PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT WEEKEND

MAXWELL AFB
Cadets will spend the weekend
learning skills to help them progress
through the CAP Cadet Program.

AL-126 BLUE SKY RIDERS AT GADSEN

1st Tuesday

4 February

2nd Tuesday

11 February

UOD: BDUs

UOD: PTUs

17:30 Senior & Cadet Staff Arrive


1800 Opening Formation/Cadet Oath
Open Uniform Inspection
1815 AEROSPACE 1 & 2
( Lt. Gibson) (C/MSgt. V. Corey) ROCKETRY
19:15 Break
19:25 Aerospace Activity ROCKETRY
20:00 SAFETY EDUCATION (Capt. W. Alexander)
Eye Safety and Protection
20:15 Drill Practice (C/CMSgt.s Tillman 3)
Change Of Command Ceremony

17:30 Senior & Cadet Staff Arrive


1800 Opening Formation/Cadet Oath
Open Uniform Inspection
1815 PT USAF Rescue Athlete Workout
(C/MSgt. V. COREY)

19:20 Break
19:25 AEROSPACE ACTIVITY ROCKETRY
(Lt. A. Gibson)
20:00 Drill Practice ( C/CMSgt. Ashley Tillman)
Synchronization
ONLINE TESTING LAB ( Capt. Alexander)
CORE PLANNING: Character/ ES
(Maj. MacEntyre/ Lt. Tillman/ SM Bednar)

CORE PLANNING: LEADERSHIP (Col. Waid)

20:30 Closing Formation & Announcements

3rd Tuesday

18 February

UOD: Blues
UOD: PTUs

17:30 Senior & Cadet Staff Arrive


1800 Opening Formation/Cadet Oath
Open Uniform Inspection
1815 LEADERSHIP 1 & 2
( Col. Waid) (Lt. Tillman) 2- Uniform Wear
(C/Maj. B.Boffa) 1 Flight Organization
19:15 Break
19:25 Leadership Activit:
Wear Of The Uniform Lab - Activity 2.41
PROMOTION BOARD CAPF50 interviews

20:00 Drill Practice ( C/Maj. B. Boffa)


USAF DRILL & CEREMONY VIDEO TEACHING
CORE PLANNING: AEROSPACE (Lt. Gibson)

20:30 Closing Formation & Announcements

4th Tuesday

25 February

UOD: BDUs

17:30 Senior & Cadet Staff Arrive


1800 Opening Formation/Cadet Oath
Open Uniform Inspection
1815 CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT I & II
( Maj.MAcEntyre)
(C/CMSgt. Alyssa Tillman)
19:00 Character Activity (C/CMSgt. Ashley Tillman)

19:15 Break
19:20 PT USAF Rescue Athlete Workout
(C/MSgt. V. COREY) (RESCHEDULED)

20:20 Drill Practice ( C/CMSgt.J.Tillman)


CORE PLANNING: PT ( Lt. Tillman/ SM Bednar)

20:30 Closing Formation & Announcements

20:30 Closing Formation & Announcements

SATURDAY ACTIVITIES
Unit Activities:
Second weekend:
SATURDAY 8 Feb. O-Flights at Gadsden Airport
9:00-14:00
Second weekend:
SATURDAY 8 Feb. Glider Flights at Wetumpka
Airport
9:00-14:00
Fourth weekend:
SATURDAY 22 Feb. - Southern Museum Of Flight
Volunteer Workday 9:00-12:00

Wing Activities:
Third weekend:
14 - 16 Jan. WESS ( Wing Emergency Services
School)
Fourth weekend:
21 23 Color Guard Competition at Auburn

NOTE:
Sign-in at every activity. 60% attendance is
required for promotion.
If you cannot attend meeting, inform your
immediate supervisor.
TBA = To Be Announced
TBD = To Be Determined
PFTs may be pre-arranged for dates
and times other than meeting times.
Online testing may be conducted at meetings
with pre-approval.
All pre-arrangements must be made through
the chain of command.

by Mark McCay
Springville Cadet Squadron Blue
Sky Riders traveled to Wetumpka
Airport. The cadets came prepared
for Glider operations, thus the
tennis shoes and no hats.
The tow plane (the only plane in
the Alabama Wing currently
equipped with a tow hook) had
engine trouble and glider flights
had to be cancelled. However,
through the quick thinking of Capt.
Locke and the support of Capt.
Swenson from Auburn, we were
able to provide powered
orientation flights and save the
day.
Capt. Locke contacted Capt.
Swenson and informed him about
the situation. With the day quickly
slipping away, Capt, Swenson
immediately flew from Auburn to
Wetumpka, and within an hour
operations were airborne
providing powered flights for our
cadets.
Special Thanks to:
Capt Jim Locke, glider pilot and AL
Wing Glider Coordinator
Lt Col Sam Snead, tow pilot
Maj Randy Crowder, ground ops
Capt. Aaron Swenson, Pilot,
Commander Auburn Squadron.
1st Lt Robert Griffith, glider pilot
2nd Lt Bud Williams, glider pilot

Pictured left to right - C/CMSgt


Alyssa Tillman, C/CMSgt Joshua
Tillman, C/CMSgt Ashley Tillman
and C/MSgt Vincent Corey

Picture by: Mark McCay

Pictured left to right


C/MSgtVincentCorey
C/CMSgtAlyssaTillman,
C/CMSgtAshley Tillman,
Capt.Mark McCay,
C/CMSgtJoshua Tillman and
Capt.Aaron Swenson.
Picture by: Mark McCay

by Keith Morris

hirteen Cadets
experienced the
thrill of aviation,
with their first
orientation flights with
the Civil Air Patrol at
Northeast Regional
Airport on Saturday,
February 8, 2014.
Youth from Springville
Cadet Squadron,
Gadsden Composite
Squadron, and
Cullman Composite
Squadron flew a
combined 13 hours in
CAPs sophisticated
Cessna 182s.
Cadets each took part
in hour-long flights
from Gadsden in
single-engine Cessna
aircraft
which introduced
them to the science
that makes flight
possible. They learned
about navigation,
weather, aircraft
instruments, flight
maneuvers, and more.

Picture by: Keith Morris

The cadets were


paired in teams and
began by helping to
pre-flight the aircraft.
Pilots taxied each
aircraft onto
Northeastern Regional
Airports runway, gave
it full throttle and
took off, climbing to
3,000 feet. While aloft,
it was the cadets who
handled the controls,
during the non-critical
stages of the flight.
Once they reached
their assigned
altitude, the cadets

navigated to
neighboring
airports in
Scottsborro,
Talledega,
Guntersville, or
Albertville, where they
made a brief stop.
Then it was their
partners turn at the
controls for the flight
home.
Cadets enjoyed a pizza
lunch before learning
about airport and pilot
pre-flight operations
from certified Ground

Instructor Cathy
Davis. The cadets
learned about the key
features and functions
of a general aviation
airport. They then
charted their location
on an aeronautical
sectional chart, and
assisted in observing
the weather
conditions and
obtaining a forecast.
Cadets also learned
how pilots must be
healthy, drug-free,
and alert.
Pilots from
Birmingham and
Cullman volunteered
their time for the
flights, while the Civil
Air Patrol provided the
aircraft and fuel, at no
cost to cadets or the
pilots.

Picture by: Candice Tillman

Pictured from left to right: River Dugger, Pilot Cathy Davis,


Anthony Davis, Crystal Armstrong, Codie Osborne, Chase
Galloway, Andrew Wood, Jeran Morris, Keri Morris,
Cameron Pate, Dakota Anyon, Andrew Yarborough
Picture by: Keith Morris

Thank you to pilots,


parents, and everyone
who helped to make
the o-flight day a
success.

Picture by Keith Morris

Cadets going through their pre-flight instruction and


aircraft inspection. Pictured from left to right: Andrew
Wood, River Dugger, Anthony Davis, Keri Morris, Crystal
Armstrong, Jeran Morris

Winter Vehicle Safety

Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

Antifreeze levels
Make sure levels are
sufficient to avoid
freezing.
Battery and ignition
system - should be in
top condition and
battery terminals
should be kept clean.
Brakes - check for
wear and maintain
fluid levels.
Exhaust system check for any leaks or
crimped pipes and
repair or replace as
necessary. Carbon
monoxide is deadly
and may give no
warning.

Fuel and air filters replace any filters as


needed and keep water
out of the fuel system
by using additives and
maintaining a full tank
of gas. A full tank will
keep your fuel line
from freezing.
Heater and defroster ensure they function
properly.
Lights and flashing
hazard lights - check
for serviceability.
Oil - check for level
and weight. Heavier
oils congeal more at
low temperatures and
do not lubricate as
well.

Thermostat - ensure it
works properly.
Windshield wiper
equipment - repair any
problems and maintain
proper washer fluid
level.
Install good winter
tires - Make sure tires
have adequate tread.
All-weather radials are
usually adequate for
most winter
conditions. Some
states require that to
drive on their roads,
vehicles must be
equipped with chains
or snow tires with
studs during weather
emergencies.

Winter Safety Activity


Prepare an
Emergency kit in
your vehicle with
the following
items:

windshield scraper
some tools:
pliers/wrenches
flashlight/ extra
batteries
few extra car
fluids/ hoses/belts
water/ snack food
paper towels/ toilet
paper
matches, or lighter
hat, socks, gloves
first aid kit
necessary
medications
blanket(s)
tow chain or rope
a shovel
sand/ kitty litter
booster cables
emergency flares
fluorescent distress
flag
Maintain a
charged cell phone

BY C/CMSgt. ASHLEY TILLMAN

The 2014 Annual


Alabama Wing Cadet
Conference was held at
Maxwell Air Force Base in
Montgomery, AL on the
10-12 of January. The
Conference was a training
event to help Cadets learn
in all of the core areas of
the Civil Air Patrol.
Classes at the conference
were separated into
different groups for
Airmen, NCOs, and
Officers. As a Chief, I was
admitted into the class for
the Officers.
Our first class was in
Creative Thinking, which
was taught by Cadet Lt.
Col. Ben Shea. The class
was about thinking
outside the box to find
solutions. One example
that he used was about
the man who invented
Braille, and who got the
idea from a pinecone.

He also taught a class on


how to be a Cadet
Commander and select
your staff.
We had several guest
speakers during the
weekend. Our first
speaker was Dr. Jamie
Demick, who was a
former NASSA engineer.
She talked to us about
projects at NASSA and
working hard to achieve
our goals.

Our next guest speaker


was Lt. Col. Sam Bernard
who was there to teach a
Critical Incident Stress
Management class and
took time to come and
speak to us about Suicide
Prevention. Lt. Col.
Bernard told us what we
should do in the event
that someone we know is
thinking about suicide. He
also acted out a scenario
with us for practice.
Picture By: Lt. Candice Tillman

We had a Drug Demand


Reduction class that was
taught by Capt. Gloria
Carnes. She spoke about
the side effects of
drinking. To show the
effects, Capt. Carnes let
us wear drunk goggles
and try to walk a straight
line. The class was not
only interesting, but also
fun!
The Aerospace
presentation was taught
by Maj. Melissa Lewis who
brought a hovercraft and
several cadets had the
opportunity to ride it.
Saturday evening after
classes we had an Award
Ceremony and Banquet.
Two Alabama Cadets;
Catherine Guthrie, and
Austin Holliman were
promoted to Cadet
Colonel and received their
Spaatz Award. Cadet
Colonel is the highest rank
a cadet can receive. We
enjoyed honoring them
and celebrating their
achievement with them.
The Cadet Conference
was a great learning
opportunity and a great
way to meet new friends.
I really enjoyed it and plan
to attend again next year.

Lt. Col. Sam Bernard taught about Suicide Prevention


Picture By: Lt. Candice Tillman

Pictured left to right: Lt. Col. Sam Bernard, C/Lt. Col. Peter
Randolph, C/ 2nd Lt. Jonathon Watkins, C/ 2nd. Lt. William
Atkinson, C/Lt. Casey Carnes, Capt. Morgan Bennett

Cadets enjoyed dinner and dancing at the Cadet


Conference Award Banquet

Picture By: Lt. Candice Tillman

Pictured left to right: C/ 2nd Lt.Micah Laatch, C/CMSgt. Alyssa Tillman,


C/Lt, Col. Peter Randolph, C/ 2nd Lt. Jonathon Watkins, C/2nd Lt. Austin
Jones, and C/ Lt. Casey Carnes

They moved aircraft

By Lt .Candice Tillman
Picture By: Zachary Edison

Springville Cadets have


found out how fun it can
be to help out at the
Southern Museum of
Flight! In 2013
Springville Cadet
Squadron began a
partnership with the
flight museum to help
accomplish many of the
museums planned
projects.
AL126 cadets have since
adopted the F86D Saber
jet that many of us oldtimers remember as the
Banks High School jet
as their own special
project. Cadets have
committed to keeping
the North American
Saber Dog fighter in
tip-top shape by
regularly washing the
Korean War intercepter
jet and others for the
museum. In the spring
the jet is scheduled to be
repainted, and AL126
Cadets are looking
forward to helping.

Pictured lrft to right: C/ Amn Andrew Wood, Lt. Candice Tillman,


C/Amn Keri Morris, Capt. Mark McCay, C/CMSgt. AshLey Tillman,
C/CMSgt. Alyssa Tillman, C/CMSgt. Joshua Tillman,
C/Amn Anthony Davis, and C/TSgt. Hunter Paul

On January 25 the
weather was cold and
rainy, yet AL126 Cadets
showed up ready and
eager to work at the
Southern Museum of
Flight. Cadets helped
museum display
manager Zachary Edison
to get one of the show
rooms ready for a new
display by moving
display cases which
were no longer needed.

inside the display


hanger, and helped
ready a helicopter for
repair.
Thank you to all Cadets
and Parents who have
volunteered your time to
the Southern Museum of
Flight.
The next volunteer date
is 22 February, everyone
is invited to help.

1st Tuesday

4 March

2nd Tuesday

11 March

UOD: BDUs

UOD: PTUs

17:30 Senior & Cadet Staff Arrive


1800 Opening Formation/Cadet Oath
Open Uniform Inspection
1815 AEROSPACE 1 & 2
( Lt. Gibson) (C/ TBD)
Aerospace Activity (C/TBD)
19:40 Break
19:45 SAFETY (Capt. W. Alexander)
20:00 Drill Practice ( C/TBD)

17:30 Senior & Cadet Staff Arrive


1800 Opening Formation/Cadet Oath
Open Uniform Inspection
1815 PT
CPFT (C/TBD)
19:20 Break
19:25 PT ACTIVITY (C/TBD)

CORE PLANNING: LEADERSHIP (Col. Waid)

20:30 Closing Formation & Announcements

CADET TESTING LAB ( Capt. Alexander)

20:00 Drill Practice ( C/TBD)


CORE PLANNING: Character/ ES
(Maj. MacEntyre/ Lt. Tillman/ SM Bednar)

20:30 Closing Formation & Announcements

3rd Tuesday

18 March

UOD: Blues
UOD: PTUs

17:30 Senior & Cadet Staff Arrive


1800 Opening Formation/Cadet Oath
Open Uniform Inspection
1815 LEADERSHIP 1 & 2
( Col. Waid) (C/TBD)
19:15 Break
19:25 Leadership Activity (C/TBD)
PROMOTION BOARD CAPF50 interviews
(McCay/ Tillman/ Boffa/ Cadet)

20:00 Drill Practice ( C/TBD)


CORE PLANNING: AEROSPACE (Lt. Gibson)

20:30 Closing Formation & Announcements

SATURDAY ACTIVITIES
Unit Activities:
First weekend:
SATURDAY 8 March. BLUE SKY RIDERS!
O-Flights at Gadsden Airport 9:00-14:00
Fourth weekend:
SATURDAY 25 Jan. VOLUNTEER DAY Southern
Museum of Flight 9:00 12:00

Wing Activities:
Second weekend:
14 - 16 March: WESS ( Wing Emergency Services
School)
Third weekend:
21-23. ALWG ANNUAL CONFERENCE in Prattville,
AL.
Fourth weekend:
28 30 SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise)
for certified Ground Team members.

4th Tuesday

25 March

UOD: BDUs

17:30 Senior & Cadet Staff Arrive


1800 Opening Formation/Cadet Oath
Open Uniform Inspection
1815 CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT I & II
( Maj.MAcEntyre) (C/TBD)

19:00 Character Activity (C/CMSgt. Ashley Tillman)


19:15 Break
19:20 EMERGENCY SERVICES
(C/MSgt. V.COREY_)

20:00 Drill Practice ( C/TBD)


CORE PLANNING: PT ( Lt. Tillman/ SM Bednar)

20:30 Closing Formation & Announcements

NOTE:
Sign-in at every activity. 60% attendance is
required for promotion.
If you cannot attend meeting, inform your
immediate supervisor.
TBA = To Be Announced
TBD = To Be Determined
PFTs may be pre-arranged for dates
and times other than meeting times.
Online testing may be conducted at meetings
with pre-approval.
All pre-arrangements must be made through
the chain of command.