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“For some of the cade ts, it w as their v er y fir s t mission ,” said 1Lt Scott Cr osky . - see s tor y page 1
Spaatz Association Accepting Nominations for Scholarships
Up to 3 $2,500 scholarships to be awarded to CAP cadets
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS -- The Spaatz Association has announced it is accepting applications for its annual Aerospace Leadership Scholarship. Each $2,500 scholarship is intended to assist Civil Air Patrol cadet leaders in making the transition from their solo to their private pilot’s license. “This is the only scholarship available to CAP cadets that rewards excellence in leadership by specifically targeting assistance to the development of civilian pilots and their continued growth as leaders,” said Col. Bob Mattes, the association’s scholarships coordinator. “In 2006, three cadets were awarded this scholarship. We are excited to announce that, in 2007, up to three scholarships will also be awarded”. The Spaatz Association’s membership consists of CAP cadets and former cadets who have earned the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award -- the highest Cadet Program achievement award, one achieved by fewer than 1 percent CAP cadets. The Spaatz Association is also the only national organization to memorialize the life, times and career of Spaatz, the first chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force and CAP’s first chairman of the National Board. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30. Scholarships will be awarded at the association’s midwinter event in March 2007. For more information see the association’s Web site at www.spaatz.org or www.tankerbob.com/scholar.htm .
THE KEYSTONE WING
Official Magazine of Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol U.S. Air Force Auxiliary
SQUADRONS 704 AND 603 PARTICIPATED IN CRASH SITE SECURITY MISSION
On July 10th and 11th, 2006, Squadrons 704 and 603 were activated for a crash site security mission in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. First Lieutenant Scott R. Croskey, Emergency Service Officer of the Golden Triangle Composite Squadron, sent the Keystone Wing Slip photographs and information pertaining to the mission. He felt that it was a valuable lesson and rewarding experience for the cadets. “This mission was a great first mission for the majority of cadets who participated. It showed them how emergency service missions fit into Civil Air Patrol,” said Lieutenant Croskey. With the crash site serving as an outdoor classroom for the cadets, the time spent throughout the mission served as real time hands-on training. “We were released on Tuesday morning by the FAA safety investigators”, continued Lieutenant Croskey. The aircraft, a yellow ultralight, no tail number, crashed in a field with maximum damage to the plane. The pilot was able to walk away from the crash with just minor bumps and bruises. The group photograph of cadets and senior members pictured on the cover of this issue are, (from left to right); First Lieutenant Scott Croskey, Cadets; Patrick Knights, Benjamin Cooke, Michael Williams, Joshua Deleuze, Andrea Finizio and First Lieutenant Jared Hostetler. Since 1941, Civil Air Patrol has strived to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency services missions - Search and Rescue, Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Services. CAP volunteers are on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Missions are initiated to locate missing aircraft, aid aircraft crash victims, search for missing persons, rescue people in distress, locate the source of emergency locator transmitter signals and serve on crash site security. Cadet Andrea Finizio said, “This was my very first mission. I was surprised when I went to one of our regular meetings and it was announced that anyone that has there 101 card and would like to serve on this mission, they are needed and would have to get their gear here A.S.A.P. During the mission we went over training. I loved that. It helped me with items I need for my 3rd level of qualification. If asked to go on another mission I would say yes.” Cadet Finizio continued, “my future goals in CAP are to learn to fly. I want to attend one of the CAP powered flight encampments.”
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
CAP participates in 4th of July Parade in Philly -page 2
Powered Flight, Glider Flight, Hawk Mountain Summer Search and Rescue, PA Basic, VA Basic, -pages 6-11, 14-16 50 Year Anniversary Hawk Mountain Ranger School -page 12-13 CD Training & Aerial Missions -pages 16-17 Security Support for All-Star Game -page 18 Wings Over Pitt -Page 19 Angels on High -Brent Bankus -pages 4-5
CAP PARADES IN PHILLY
The Philadelphoa 4th of July Cadets from 5 different Squadrons, Cadets Bixby and Graves had an event ended with a display proudly carried the flags opportunity to meet the of colorful fireworks. from all 50 states. Philadelphia Eagle Cheerleaders. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - On July 4, 2006, Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol cadets proudly marched in the annual Philadelphia 4th of July Parade from 20th Street to Ben Franklin Parkway, passing in front of the thousands of spectators who lined the streets to witness this televised event. The parade route was one mile long and was patriotically decorated from the street lights to the roofs tops and windows sills of the Philadelphia business skyscrapers. The cadets marched proudly carrying flags from all 50 states which were loaned to them by the United States Navy Inventory Control Point. Civil Air Patrol, along with other marchers, including representatives from all branches of the military, witnessed a live concert and fireworks after the parade. The cadets also had an opportunity to meet Miss Pennsylvania, Emily Wills and the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. “We had 5 different squadrons representing the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol in the parade,” said Captain Suplee, Project Officer for this event. “They all worked really well together and we would like to thank the Naval Inventory Control Point staff, for allowing us to carry the state flags,” he continued. - 1Lt Linda A. Irwin
CAP HOLDS MEETING IN PHILLY
On July 24, 2006, a meeting was held at the Board of Education Building on Broad Street in Philadelphia between the Civil Air Patrol and members of the executive office of the Philadelphia schools. In attendance were Mr. Paul Vallas, CEO of the Philadelphia schools and Mrs. Catherine Carter and Mrs Kathy. Smith of Creighton Elementary School. (Both are members of the CAP Unit in the Creighton Elementary School.) Mrs. Margi Wuestner and Colonel Allen Applebaum also attended and they were joined by CAP Captains, J. J. Rivera and Reggie McDonald of Group 800. Mr. Vallas is a strong supporter of the Civil Air Patrol and JROTC programs in the district. The Philadelphia cadets, from Group 800, have flown 45 orientation flights in just this last school year! The agenda for the meeting brought forth a very positive atmosphere between the School District and CAP. The Philadelphia area already has 12 schools up and running with CAP programs. The Creighton School will have a pilot program for students from grade K through 5, which is to begin in September. There is also a projection for over 22 squadrons in the school district for the 2006-2007 school year. By the start of school this September, there will be more cadets in CAP SIP (Civil Air Patrol School Initiative Program), than were in the traditional CAP units in the old Group 10 area. Squadron 821 will be opening the 1st CAP/SIP Academy in Philadelphia with approximately 150 CAP cadets and 200 precadets in this nationally authorized pilot program. Using a number of CAP and other aeronautical organizations, information for a curriculum is being pieced together for this one of a kind program. Recently returned from Iraq, USMC Captain J. J. Rivera will be assuming command of Group 800. The Group’s mission is to administer and build the CAP Programs in the school's across the Pennsylvania Wing. J. J., is a helicopter pilot with 3 tours in Iraq and 1 tour in Afghanistan. He is a member of Squadron 104 in Philadelphia. During his time in the Cadet Program, he achieved two milestones; the coveted Spaatz award and the Expert Ranger Award. He will be working with Captain Reggie McDonald to develop more interest in our programs across the state. Their work will also be critical in the development of our CAP Charter High School Program in Philadelphia. J. J. is now off active duty and his official discharge ceremony from the United States Marine Corp, was held on Saturday, July 15, at Hawk Mountain. CAP Major and retired USMC Lieutenant Colonel Robert Gardner read the discharge orders. -Colonel M. Allen Applembaum Commander, Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol
Mr. Paul Vallas, newly appointed Captain in Pennsylvania Wing s Group 800, is pictured here, wearing the hat of Squadron 821 and one of the new corporate A-2 Black flight jacket presented to him by Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol.
ANGELS ON HIGH, by Brent C. Bankus
CAP Evolves to Meet Homeland-Security Needs With the United States leading the global war on terrorism at the same time that America’s armed forces are heavily engaged in a number of areas around the world, the challenge of defending the U.S. homeland has become an increasing concern, primarily because the size of the nation’s naval/military establishment, including the reserve components of each branch, is today much smaller than it has been at any previous time since the start of the Cold War. In addition, the age-old rivalries and traditional concepts of warfare have not been valid since the breakup of the Warsaw Pact in 1990 and the dissolution of the USSR itself the following year. Instead, there has been a dramatic shift in the nature of warfare itself, which is no longer always, or necessarily, a conflict between nations per se but, in today’s world, a clash between civilized societies and dissident groups, frequently international, of fervent believers such as the Islamic extremists who over the past two decades have been responsible for so many of the terrorist attacks throughout the world. Although in the long sweep of history this is not a new phenomenon, it is new to the United States and its armed forces, which for more than fifty years had the advantage of training for an enemy who was readily identifiable. Because of the current drain on U.S. military manpower for overseas deployments for a variety of missions ranging from peacekeeping to counterinsurgency operations, Pentagon decision makers have been looking more diligently at volunteer military organizations to augment the depleted ranks of so-called “regulars” and reserves. These organizations are divided more or less into two major categories: (1) those that are state-sponsored – e.g., state defense forces of various types, and naval militias; and (2) those such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), which are sponsored by a branch of the U.S. military. One Week Before the Storm Although it is recognized today as the primary civilian auxiliary to the United States Air Force, the CAP has a long and illustrious history of service to the nation that pre-dates the Air Force itself. A “child of its times,” the CAP was conceived in the late 1930s by Gill Robb Wilson, a New Jersey aviation advocate who had the vision and foresight to realize the potentially important role that civil aviation might play in times of war in which U.S. forces were involved. With a major assist from Fiorello La Guardia, then the mayor of New York City, the CAP was established on 1 December 1941 – less than one week, it should be noted, before the 7 December 1941 Japanese surprise attack against Pearl Harbor and the subsequent U.S. entry into World War II. In much the same way its seagoing counterpart, the Coast Guard Auxiliary – which relied on patriotic yachtsmen t to help out in time of need, using their own yachts s arted out, the CAP began as an all-volunteer civilian o a r u ts organization that, initially at least, depended on the use of privately owned aircraft t c r y o t i liaison and reconnaissance missions. However, i d d n t take long for those missions to expand in scope, with the most t i o n table new assignment being anti-submarine duty. o Red and Yellow Over the Deep Blue Sea This complex and unfamiliar task was of transcendent importance during the dark days of early 1942, when the German Wofpa k f e ts (U-boat submarines) stood watch along the East Coast of the United l c le ates and devastated the merchant marine supply convoys departing U.S. ports. Many of the scores of St U.S. and Allied merchant ships sunk during that grim period were so close to the coast that survivors of the sinkings could almost wade ashore. io During the war, CAP plts flew more than 500,000 hours, logging a collective total of 24 million miles on patrol and, of greater import ance, detecting 173 submarines, attacking 57 of them, hitting and damaging v a o s o t h i i e n h i e f u y. 10, and sinking two. On the debit side, 64 CAP a i t r l s t e r l v s i t e l n o d t By Presidential Executive Order, the CAP became an auxiliary of the Army Air Forces in 1943. In an interview after World War II, a former U-boat captain confirmed what many CAP volunteers had long believed – namely, that the Wolfpack operations in U.S. coastal waters had been suspended "because of those damned little red and yellow airplanes." In 1948, one year after the U.S. Air Force became a separate service, the CAP was designated its official civilian auxiliary force. Changing With the Times Today’s CAP carries on the traditions of volunteer service in much the same manner as its predecessor of the WWII era. This is not surprising. As times and requirements have changed during the organization’s six-plus decades of
ANGELS ON HIGH, by Brent C. Bankus continued
service t Civil Air Patrol has changed at the same time to remain a force multiplier and valued asset to first the Army he Air Force and now the United States Air Force. While still carrying out many of the same missions as their WWII predecessors, today’s CAP aviators have been tasked with a number of additional duties across a broad spectrum of missions, particularly those related to cadet training and aerospace education, and current operations. The CAP Cadet Program is exceptionally well organized and provides an excellent venue for young people to become involved in service-related activities. By definition, that “service” is not only to the community but also to the nation, and requires being exposed to training that encourages teamwork, moral leadership, and the development of the technical skills needed to support emergency services – with healthy dollops of aerospace education, and military history and customs, also included. Among several additional opportunities provided through the CAP Cadet Program are a college and flight training scholarship program, an International Air Cadet exchange program, and national encampments. Through these activities the CAP’s enthusiastic cadets are provided the opportunity to test and expand their own self confidence by, among other things, assuming increased responsibility through leadership positions, and the setting and achieving of personal as well as professional goals. The CAP carries out other aerospace education programs, both internal and external, for both adult and cadet members. These rigorous programs, which are focused on aviation in general and Air Force needs in particular, also are offered to the general public in the form of a special program – “Fly A Teacher” – for teachers and other educational professionals at all levels. Maintaining the Minuteman Tradition Through aerospace education and other programs, the CAP provides an exceptional information campaign through which the private sector can easily become more conversant on the opportunities available. Free classroom materials and lesson plans for aerospace education also are available at all times, and each year the CAP sponsors the premier national conference in the field. In all likelihood, however, the CAP is today still best known for its work in current operations, particularly those involving search-and-rescue and disaster-relief missions. For its role in the 21st century, however, the CAP has expanded its mission set to include counter-drug reconnaissance missions and homeland-security operations. For two decades, in fact, the CAP has been a valuable, and highly valued, asset in the nation’s war against drugs – primarily by providing the scarce airborne surveillance platforms needed to assist local as well as federal law-enforcement agencies in detecting and eradicating crops of illegal drugs. In addition, since the 9/11 attacks on America and the start of the global war on terrorism, the CAP once again has demonstrated its versatility by providing similar assets for the protection of critical infrastructure – e.g., nuclear power plants. The organization’s ability to provide, at minimal cost, airborne platforms fitted with state-of-the-art technological surveillance equipment makes the CAP a prime asset both for local law-enforcement agencies and for state homeland-security offices as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Volunteer U.S. military organizations such as the CAP have served the local community and the nation since the Revolutionary War. The current missions carried out by the CAP – through the training and under the oversight provided by its parent organization, the United States Air Force – once again proves the extra value provided by these quintessentially American types of organizations. From its inception in 1941 to the present day, the Civil Air Patrol’s volunteers have demonstrated their ability to remain relevant to changing requirements while carrying on the Militia and Minuteman traditions of defending “home and hearth” as well as answering the call of the nation when needed. Editor’s note; Last year, Wing received a telephone call from Brent Bankus, Colonel, U. S. Army, Retired. He was working on stories for the web magazine, Domestic Preparedness. His topic was on “military support”. He asked if I could arrange for him to meet some of Pennsylvania Wing’s Officers so he could interview them regarding our Civil Air Patrol history. I arranged for him to meet with the Commander, (Colonel Applebaum) and several other officers on Wing Staff. He was pleased with his interview and told me that in the very near future, his article on CAP would be published on the Domestic Preparedness web magazine. I have received permission to share it with all the Keystone Wing Slip readers. I hope you take the time to read it and share it with everyone. It is a well written article and speaks highly of our missions. - Lieutenant Linda A. Irwin
POWERED FLIGHT ENCAMPMENT ‘06
Venango airport hosting CAP powered flight encampment
Full story credits; AMANDA WITHERELL
It's been blue skies and open air for cadets and their instructors this week at Venango Regional Airport, which is hosting the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol's powered flight encampment. Civil Air Patrol officers are spending the week working with cadets on flight and ground training in seven Civil Air Patrol airplanes. Capt. William Doyle of the Philadelphia area said the cadets will receive about 35 hours of ground instruction and 12 hours of flight time. The 14 cadets, ages 16 and older from all over the state, were accepted for the encampment based on various performances. They were given a 50-question multiple-choice test based on the basics of flying and the parts of an airplane. They were then given points based on grooming and uniform, rank and their face-to-face interview. "The number of instructors determines the number of cadets that we can accept," Doyle said. "I don't like to assign more than two cadets to an instructor because then it becomes more of a time issue then a teaching procedure." The encampment is housing seven flight instructors, each teaching two cadets. "I like to assign them to instructors in their general area," Doyle said. "Then, when they leave, if they wish to go further they have a contact, so it's easier for them." Doyle said some qualified cadets might be ready for a solo flight during the encampment. Cadets must perform 15 flight maneuvers before they are ready for takeoff on their own, including takeoff, landing and a simulated engine failure. They must also complete a written test that is particular to the airport. If the cadet is found competent to fly solo, a Federal Aviation Administration certified instructor will sign off, noting the cadet is ready to take the FAA's test for a private pilot. "A lot of the cadets despise the solo runs," Doyle said. "It puts a lot of pressure on them." Although the first solo run may stir up nerves, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Courtney Gallagher, also of the Philadelphia area, showed nothing but excitement Tuesday about flying in the encampment. "I enjoy the hands-on work, the real full-on training," Gallagher said. "I really like being in the pilot seat." Doyle said Venango Regional was chosen for this year's encampment mainly because the cost of fuel is much cheaper here. "We use 10 gallons of gas in an hour for just one plane," Doyle said. "The cost of fuel here is extremely competitive with other areas in the state." Doyle also likes the people he has met here. "It's been nothing but a welcome reception from the people in this area," he said. "The people have been outstanding. They have provided so much support and have been extremely helpful." At that, Gallagher stands and asks her instructor, Doyle, "Can we go fly now?" A graduation ceremony for the cadets will be held at noon Saturday at Venango Regional Airport.
POWERED FLIGHT ENCAMPMENT ‘06
LEFT to RIGHT: Chad Stitzer, Nicholas Bixby, Glenn Koehler, Jon Krauter, Jessica Magrino, Timothy Egger, Derek Kelley, Anthony DiJohnson [blocked], Governor Rendell, Kenneth Misiak, Jordan Keefer, Chris Yencsik, Jeremy Batchelor. (Photo taken by Captain Vincent Zicolello.)
The 2006 Powered Flight Encampment - Governor Rendell Story
by Capt Bill Doyle, CFI A&I, PAWG/DOV
Were it dark outside, it would have been a dark and stormy night. Alas, dawn had broke and along with it the heavens broke as well, disgorging copious amounts of precipitation. LtCol Mark Lee, PAWG/VC, had just called to say that he and Colonel Fred Weiss would not be flying in due to forecasts of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Right on cue, the staccato pounding of the rain was shattered by multiple crashes of thunder. In the process of rounding up the cadets and helping Capt Zicolello pack the PAWGHQ Suburban, Capt Doyle got soaked through. He recognized the chill and feverish feeling as precursors to the cold that he would later be post cursing. He changed shirts, both over and under, and found a comfortable spot in the pilot lounge to warm up. Dozing a wee bit, he returned to consciousness to hear "King Air inbound on ILS 21." Remembering a limousine on the ramp in front of the FBO, he asked the Line Guy if the King Air was a VIP flight. The Line Guy indicated that Governor Rendell was onboard. Just then Capt Doyle's cell phone rang. It was Capt Zicolello indicating that family and friends of the cadets were beginning to arrive. Capt Doyle asked if Capt Baker was within earshot. He was. Capt Doyle explained the situation to Capt Baker, who came to the FBO. Capt Baker laid his very best "schmooze" on the limousine driver, asking if Governor Rendell could come down to the EAA Hangar to say a few words to the cadets. The limo driver promised to relay the message but was not hopeful that the governor would be able to do it, since he was already late for a meeting due to weather. As the two captains walked to the EAA Hangar, Capt Doyle hoped the governor would be able to come by. Doyle thought of the prior year's Powered Flight Encampment held in Indiana, PA, hoping for a 2-0 record. On reaching the hangar, Capt Doyle told Cadet Commander Kenneth Misiak to form the cadets into two ranks in anticipation More photos and Governor Rendell story continued on page 21.
GLIDER ENCAMPMENT ‘06
INTERESTED IN CAP SAILPLANES?
DID YOU KNOW? A CAP cadet can solo a sailplane at age 14. Cadets can earn the private pilot certificate at the age of 16. Any senior CAP member can receive flight instruction in CAP gliders. Every CAP cadet is authorized 5 Glider Orientation flights. PAWG operates a fleet of two training gliders. The glider program offers flight opportunities for tow plane pilots, orientation pilots and instructors. Senior members, non-pilots, parents, and mentors can assist with ground operations. Kutztown Airport (30 miles west of Allentown) is home of the PAWG Glider Operations and is with in an hours drive of 40 Pennsylvania Squadrons. Each year, about 20 percent of the graduates of Wing and National Glider Encampments receive appointments to the Air Force Academy. There are volunteer opportunities for cadets, senior members and pilots to assist with the continued success of the PAWG Glider Program.
For more information about the PAWG Glider Program contact: Captain Jeffery Buchman, Glider Program Manager/DO Telephone 202-577-6478 E Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
GLIDER ENCAMPMENT ‘06
CADETS SOAR LIKE EAGLES
- By Capt Jeffery Buchman, Pennsylvania Wing Glider Program Manager What is it like to fly a sailplane? What is it like to go from having never flown, to soloing a sailplane in a week? How fantastic was the Pennsylvania Wing Glider Flight Encampment? Ask any of the eight PAWG cadets who experienced first hand the splendors of silent flight. For one week during the Wing encampment eight dedicated and hardworking cadets participated in the Pennsylvania Wing Glider Flight Encampment at Zerby airport. Each day the cadets studied fundamentals, flew several sorties and worked as a cohesive team to operate an intensive flight line. The results of their efforts paid off. All eight of the cadets either soloed or pre-soloed. Eight proud cadets will now wear the distinctive CAP wings on their uniforms distinguishing them for their hard work, study and achievements. The CAP gliders are the perfect way to learn to fly. The Glider Flight Encampment staff taught the necessary fundamentals to each cadet. With each additional sortie into the skies above Zerby airport the cadets mastered the material, added to their increasing skills and became proficient sailplane pilots. Having achieved the necessary skills, all eight of the cadets have indicated their intention to continue their training and attain the FAA Glider Pilot Certificate. Gliders may not have an engine but "human power" is the replacement. The cadets worked like an aircraft carrier launch team. During the week the cadets launched 180 flights. To accomplish this feat the cadets learned to work as a cohesive team. Each cadet rotated through the various areas of responsibility necessary to launch a sailplane. Many senior members also participated in the intensive operations. Tow plane pilots, glider instructors, ground instructors, flight line supervisors, data recorders and logistics officers rounded out the team to make the Glider Flight Encampment a tremendous success. Congratulations to all of the cadets and thanks again to every one of the staff for a safe and successful Glider Flight Encampment. (Photograph credits to; Lt Col Diana Carlson, `Capt Jeffery Buchman and 2Lt Beth Smith)
HAWK MOUNTAIN RANGER SCHOOL ‘06
CONGRATULATIONS! Alex Hanna, Expert Ranger #219 Joshua Waddell, Minnesota Wing CAP, Expert Ranger #220 1st Lt Alex Hanna, USAF and C/LTC Josh Waddell were awarded the Ranger Grade of Expert Ranger at the 2006 Summer Ranger School. Bob Bernabucci, Master Medic #21 1st Lt Bob Bernabucci was awarded the Medic Grade of Master Medic at the 2006 Summer Ranger School.
CONFIDENCE, PRIDE AND JUBILATION
Cadet Claire Connor, of Squadron 801, receives a high five for successfully crossing the monkey bars
50TH ANNIVERSARY - HAWK MOUNTAIN
HAWK MOUNTAIN RANGER SCHOOL 50TH ANNIVERSARY - by Captain Harry Hanna
July 8-16 2006, Hawk Mountain Ranger School celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Hawk Mountain Ranger School is the longest running SAR school. It is the most physically demanding, academically stringent, and the most rewarding activity that Civil Air Patrol has to offer. Both Senior Members and Cadets, are provided with practical wilderness Search and Rescue experience, field leadership, and survival skill development. In response to the need for ground support on air search missions, the concept of the Ranger Team was born under the leadership of Col. Phillip Neuweiler. He was PAWG Commander from the late 1940's to 1970. In 1953 USAF Pararescue and survival instructors trained PAWG SAR teams at Westover AFB, Massachusetts. Due to the dedication, motivation, and high quality of the students, the instructors called them Rangers. In 1956 the school was moved to Col Neuweiler's property at Hawk Mountain, and was staffed by USAF and CAP members. Today Hawk Mountain Ranger School is lead by the Cadet Staff under Senior Member advisement. Staff Cadets are highly trained, extremely motivated and well-disciplined members of the Ranger Program, who live by a strict code of ethics and an honor code. Staff Cadets rank among the highest caliber of cadets produced in Civil Air Patrol today. A Staff Cadet is dedicated to the art of teaching and the principles of training. A staff Cadet's leadership training lends itself to accomplishing the mission faster and more effectively. The school takes place in the wilderness, and not a dormitory. Squadrons are pitted against the elements, and students find that their attendance sets them apart from contemporaries. The knowledge gained about themselves, the Ranger program, and search and rescue, remain with them for the rest of their lives. Attending the 2006 Hawk Mountain Ranger School were 154 Cadet students and 13 Senior Member students representing 31 Wings. There were 57 Staff Cadets and 65 Senior Staff representing 8 Wings. Staff to student ratio was approaching one on one for several classes, enhancing the hand on opportunities to learn skills. The first several days of the school start at 0515 hrs. directly to physical conditioning and maneuvering through an obstacle course. That is followed by road running and soccer. Students go to a variety of classes throughout the day to learn individual skills about equipment and techniques used as a team in search. There is a wide variety of topics provided to involve navigation, team equipment, cutting tools, fire building and woodsman skills. The next phase of the school is a Field Training Exercise. The school squadrons travel on foot throughout the Hawk Mountain forest, including the Appalachian Trail. These several days provide practical development of skills talked of in the first few days. The last part of the school involves testing. Not just to graduate from the school, but also to attempt to certify in a Ranger Grade. 1st Lt Alex Hanna, USAF and C/LTC Josh Waddell were awarded Expert Ranger at the 2006 Ranger School. 1st Lt Bob Bernabucci was awarded Master Medic. Both the Pennsylvania State Senate and House of Representatives honored Hawk Mountain Ranger School and Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol. They had resolutions recognizing and celebrating 50 years of making the program the longest running Search & Rescue training school. Furthermore encouraging all Pennsylvanians to recognize the historic achievements CAP provided the Commonwealth with invaluable service by participating in ground search and rescue missions. Maj. Gen. Pineda, CAP National Commander, congratulated Hawk Mountain Ranger School on their commitment to Katrina Rescue Mission, when over 30 senior and cadet members traveled to Mississippi for 10 days.
50TH ANNIVERSARY - HAWK MOUNTAIN
Special Anniversary events included legislators and guests that addressed school formations on Tuesday, July 11, and Friday, July 14. A barbeque reunion was held Thursday evening for Expert Rangers and Master Medics, sporting their prestigious black and red belts. Over 200 guest and past members traveled from across the country to attend the barbeque and also enjoy the celebration on Saturday evening during the traditional Skit Night. A picnic Saturday afternoon and graduation Sunday morning provided students the opportunity to mingle with alumni and hear encouraging words from their experiences. Dignitaries in attendance were State Representative David Argall, Berks County, and Senator Robert Robbins, Mercer County. Others hosted were Maj Gen. Antonio Pineda, CAP National Commander; Col Larry Kaufman, CAP National Chief of Staff; North East Region Commander, Col Robert Diduch, Col M. Allen Applebaum, PA Wing Commander; Col Paul R. Kopczynski, Advisor to Col Applebaum and Lt. Col Eugene Egry, Delaware Wing Vice Commander. Also in attendance were the relatives of Col Phillip Neuweiler, who founded the Ranger Program and donated the land and created this opportunity for leadership training in 1956. Speaking on behalf of her late father, Colonel Phillip Neuweiler, Mrs. Louise Furst said, “My father would be very proud of the work that has continued here at Hawk Mountain.” Hawk Mountain Ranger School has been able to provide essential Search and Rescue training to thousands of cadets over the last 50 years thanks to the efforts of past alumni willing to donate their vacation time to this high energy program. As cadet and senior staff will travel throughout the country many times they are approached by prior students, thanking them for the rigorous challenges provided at Hawk Mountain Ranger School. Present cadet readers of this story should notice the Ranger Staff Cadet training program, a series of eight weekends which run from March through June each year. Cadets are trained in the areas of navigation, woodsmanship, search theory and techniques, health and sanitation, rock climbing, rappelling, low angle rescue, search procedures, crash site security, communications, survival skills, teaching techniques, problem solving, public speaking, time management and much more. Subjects are further supplemented with constant leadership development training and on the job training. This gives experience for the role the staff candidate will later fulfill; that of a professional leader and instructor for the Ranger Program. The skills, work ethics, achievements, and dedication of Staff Cadet training provide these young citizens the encouragement to make a difference in their lives as they serve their communities and their country. Many have gone on to leadership positions in all military branches, business, law enforcement, local government, emergency services, and clergy. Daughter of Colonel Phillip Neuweiller, Louise Furst, pictured 2nd on the left, and her family, posing in front of the newly erected sign at the Hawk Mountain facilities. Read more about Hawk Mountain Ranger Training Facility at: http://pawg.cap.gov/hawk/ index.htm Address your questions to: email@example.com
PAWG ENCAMPMENT ‘06
Checking the lists, checking it once, checking it twice, until every cadet and staff member is accounted for! Veteran encampment administration officers, (left) Major Sara Meyers and (right) Lieutenant Colonel Willa Hayes, with a combined number of 61 years of encampment experience, prepared the administration office for the 2006 encampment.arrivals on July 21. They were ready to greet and assist with the cadet arrivals knowing that this would be another long and vigorous week but one they look forward to each year.
My visit to the encampment this year, would not be the same unless I took the time to visit and interview at least one of the cadets. This year I found, Cadet, First Lieutenant Jackie D’Amico, Cadet Commander of Squadron 40, Alpha Flight, visiting the supply/logistic office. I asked her what position she held at encampment and what would she say would be her most memorable part of her job while serving as a cadet staffer at this encampment. I enjoyed being the Cadet Commander of a male squadron this year. There is less attitude! The boys are more reserved, but when they put their minds to doing a job, they get the job done,” said Cadet Commander D’Amico. I also asked her if she was influenced by any other member of the encampment and she said she was most influenced by Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Kim Sorber. “She is so very professional,” she explained. Cadet D’Amico is from Squadron 813 of Boyertown, Pennsylvania.
The Leadership Reaction Course seemed to be the favorite part of this encampment. Cadets had to go through an obstacle course which presented puzzling predicaments in which the cadets must overcome some sort of obstruction to reach their goal, not only individually but as a team as well. Each station followed safety regulations and the scenarios pushed the participants to the limits of their own safety zones which helped to develop self-confidence.
PAWG ENCAMPMENT ‘06
From the very first day of encampment, the Chaplain’s service was very busy, supporting the cadets and the staff. Chaplain Leigh Kennedy and MLO Sr. Master Sergeant Hart, provided parent orientation and reassurance while the cadets registered for faith based services and moral leadership sessions. The Moral Leadership Training course instructed the cadets on values and choices. Three sessions were included; “Learning to Lead”, “The Company You Keep - Friends Values & Choices” and “Seven Habits for Effective Teens.” For some of the cadets, it was the first time they had to rise up early and partake in physical training, but that was just a part of what this encampment curtailed. Customs and courtesies were taught. The true way to walk, talk and salute. The cadets were expected to follow not only customs and courtesies but demonstrate at all times, the Civil Air Patrol’s core values; integrity, excellence, respect and volunteer service. Much of the encampment is military associated by expecting the cadets to use a military attitude when following or leading. Health and safety is always priority during encampment. Heat cramps, exhaustion and strokes were the topics during Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Postupack’s medical class. The Leadership Reaction Course seemed to be the favorite part of this encampment. Cadets had to go through an obstacle course which presents puzzling predicaments in which the cadets must overcome some sort of obstruction to reach their goal, not only individually but as a team as well. An Aerospace Class was held by First Lieutenant, Bridell, where he taught an informative class on various topics in aviation - from pre World War II planes to post-war jet planes. Cadet Lieutenant Conley and First Lieutenant Cyzewski discussed their experiences with aviation colleges and working on different pilot ratings, and gave cadets an idea of the different types of licenses available in the civilian aviation field. The cadets had the opportunity to meet former CAP cadets, that feel that CAP provided immense preparation for their careers. Jon Large, a paramedic and Timothy Feltis a U.S. Air Force Captain and a C-130 E Aircraft Commander, shared their knowledge and experiences with the cadets. On Wednesday, the cadets were given the opportunity to fly on a transport flight on an Air National Guard C-130 aircraft. During the flight, cadets were cycled through the cockpit and also had the opportunity to talked with the air crew. During the week long encampment, time was secured for the cadets to participate in firing simulated M-16’s. At the Aviation Brigade building, cadets had the opportunity to fire rounds on simulated equipment. The military uses this equipment as part of their training. The main principals of the M-16 simulators are; sight alignment and trigger control. One of the most important classes held during encampment is Emergency Service. A slide-show was held and TFO Cuce introduced the cadets to the basics of the different operations of Emergency Services. A real treat for the encampment was the visit from Robert D. Holmes, a veteran of the Tuskegee Airman Unit, (the all African American Fighter Unit of World War II). He served in the Unites States Air Force form 1948 - to 1971, reaching the grade of Senior Master Sergeant. In addition to his experiences with the USAF, he shared with The Leadership Reaction Course the group, his other accomplishments; achieving his private pilot’s seemed to be the favorite part of this licenses, and still flying regularly, being an accomplished actor/singer encampment. and graduating from Rutgers University. "This year's ENC was 1/3 larger than last years. Everyone put their best foot forward to make it highly successful. During ENC, we demonstrated our CAP values are consistent with the values of the uniformed services. As the cadet basics have discovered, these values help all of us make sound judgements in our daily lives to be better individuals, and of greater service to our community, state and nation," said Major James Postupack, 2006 Encampment Commander.
ADDITIONAL CAP TRAINING
LT COL PAUL FALAVOLITO CONDUCTS COUNTER DRUG TRAINING CLASS
On Sat. 15 Jul. 06 at PAWG HQ. Lt. Col. Paul Falavolito conducted a counter drug training class. This class was conducted for all the new members of the counter drug program from Group 2 and Group 3. The class consisted of the latest DEA videos and a power point presentation. The guest speaker was Chief Warrant Officer Gary Shulenberger from the Pa. National Guard. Officer Shulenberger is in charge of the Guard Counter drug operations. In Shulenberger’s opening remarks he congratulated Pennsylvania Wing for its outstanding support of the counter drug mission. All class participants remarked on the great class they had and how much they learned.
Lt Col Paul Falavolito (1st photo, standing on the right), poses with Chief Warrant Officer Gary Shulenberger. A replica of a marijuana plant, used for training purposes, is located between them. On the right photo, Shulenberger addresses the class.
Group 2 Cadets Attend 2006 VAWG Encampment
- Contributed by: Lt Roy Long Cadets from the Juniata Valley Flight 338 and the Penn State Composite Squadron 1303 attended the Virginia Wing Encampment June 24 - July 2 at Fort Pickett. Attending from 1303 were: C/TSgt Katherine Jacobs (Hotel Flight), C/SrA Cameron Varner (Delta Flight), and C/A1C Behailu Streit (Foxtrot Flight). Returning for his second VAWG Encampment was C/TSgt Chad Stitzer (Delta Flight) of 338. Despite the poor weather that kept the cadets grounded from Blackhawk flights, everyone had a good time while training with their VAWG counterparts. According to Cadet Jacobs "VAWG Encampment was not just a nine-day camp where I learned what will be needed to become an officer, but it was an adventure that taught me lessons that can be used the rest of my life."
CAP FLIES ALL TYPES OF MISSIONS!
Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol, is continually supporting the Philadelphia Port Authorities with real time aerial missions. The above photographs were taken by a CAP aircrew on July 18, 2006. The clarity and exceptional imagery of the pre-designated areas, has proved to be an asset to those involved with Homeland Security.
Civil Air Patrol pilot, Captain Arnold Andresen, had the pleasure of flying several pilots from the Thunderbirds on a survey flight of the Willow Grove Naval Joint Operations Base, in preparation for their performance. Pictured from Left to right; c/2Lt. Stephen Earp, Lt. Col. Kevin Robbins (Commander #1), Capt. Arnie Andresen, c/Lt. Col. Evan Conley, c/Lt. Col. Matt Postupack, Maj. Brian Farrar (Lead Solo #5), Maj. Ed. Casey (Opposing Solo #6).
Squadron 301, takes aereal photos during mission training at the Lancaster City Training Facilities, on July 29, 2006
CAP SUPPORTS SECURITY FOR PITT
Photos on this page were contributed by PA Wing’s Group 1 member, Captain James Knights. (Capt. Knights is seen in picture above, inside the cockpit of the Good Year Blimp and also standing in front of it. )
Above photo credit - FBI Pittsburgh (The above photo was submitted by Captain Knights.) “Our FBI photographer took it during the opening of the All-Star Game in Pittsburgh,” said Captain Knights.
Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol supported security efforts for the five day Major League All-Star Game in Pittsburgh during the week of July 7, 2006. Members worked actively in the Air Branch Operations Director and Interagency Liaison stations at the Joint Operations Center (Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center), and flew photographic surveillance missions during the week long event. “We should feel an increased amount of pride in Group 1 and the PA Wing. Just think about what we have accomplished in the past few weeks: We are back in the Governor’s Budget, our contribution to PA state flood relief effort, the missing child search in Greene County, intense C/D Mission flying and the preparation and execution of both Wings over Pittsburgh 2006 and the Pittsburgh All-Star Baseball Game. Not to mention Cadet training at Fort Indiantown Gap continuing without interruption. That is some really fine work,” said Captain Robert Frost, Commander of Squadron 603.
WINGS OVER PITTSBURGH
WORLD CLASS AIR SHOW
For the past several years, the 911th Air Lift Wing, Pittsburgh, PA, has produced the world-class air show known as "Wings Over Pittsburgh." With each year's program, Civil Air Patrol's participation and support has grown by leaps and bounds. It is a simple fact that as the air show coordinator for CAP with the United States Air Force, I could not provide the high level of professional management required without Lieutenants Scott Croskey and Jared Hostetler. My appreciation and admiration goes out to these two outstanding young men. They never seem to take a break from "working hard." Not only did they supervise and manage PA Wing seniors and cadets during the threeday air show but they were also involved in a missing child search in Greene County, PA, a mission involving an aircraft accident in Beaver County, PA, and the successful coordination of CAP aircraft movements for flying OSI and FBI agents before each day's air show. Both Scott and Jared should be enjoying summer vacation from Ohio University, but they chose to continue serving Civil Air Patrol and their country in different ways. They represent the best of our CAP and ROTC programs. -Bob Frost, Capt, USAF-Aux, Commander CAP Squadron 603
O’flights - Mid Year Report
POWERED FLIGHT ENCAMPMENT ‘06 continued
of the governor's visit. A few minutes later the Line Guy drove to the EAA Hangar and said the governor would be down shortly. Not long afterward a black limousine pulled up and out stepped Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell. "Group, attenhut! Present arms!" The pictures tell the rest of it. On the drive from Franklin to Horsham, Capt Doyle called COL Applebaum to give him a status report of the encampment. He reported the six cadets who soloed:
c/1Lt Derek Kelley, Group 3 (CFI = Capt Josh Hall) c/CMSgt Jordan Keefer, Group 2 (CFI = Maj Bruce Russell) c/1Lt Timothy Egger, Group 1 (CFI = Capt Don Cramer) c/Maj Kenneth Misiak, Group 4 (CFI = Capt Dan Sist) c/Maj Nicholas Bixby, Group 3 (CFI = Capt Josh Hall) c/TSgt Chad Stitzer, Group 2 (CFI = Capt Eric Cannon)
Several of the soloists were Rangers, late of the Hawk Mountain Encampment. As the Rangers received their solo wings, Capt Doyle invited them to give their fellows a hardy "hooah." Capt Doyle told them that henceforth they would be prohibited from yelling "hooah" at aviation events. Instead they would be required to use the aviator cheer, yelled loudly in the highest pitch possible, "yeeeeeehaaaaaaaa!" The aviator cheer originated in a flyby followed by a pull up. The exact timbre of the cheer can be learned from the movie "Top Gun." It's in the scene right after Maverick and Goose get missile lock on Jester. Capt Doyle also reported that c/CMSgt Jordan Keefer had been selected unanimously by the Powered Flight Encampment command and instructional staff to receive the 2006 Powered Flight Encampment Top Gun Award. This award is given to the Powered Flight Encampment cadet who best typifies a commitment to aviation and CAP esprit de corps. The award will be presented at the 2006 PA Wing Conference. COL Applebaum accepted the report from Capt Doyle and then said, "By the way, did you get your picture taken with the governor this year?" Capt Doyle replied, "As a matter of fact, sir, we did." To this COL Applebaum exclaimed, "You know, I was busting on you. I figured that the odds were pretty small that the governor would be in Franklin. Darn if you didn't one-up me!" Still pushing the envelope, Doyle countered with, "Well, sir, I did suggest that his office coordinate with us for future flight encampments."
IF YOU MAKE IT THEY WILL COME...
...and they did. Fifty five former members of Civil Air Patrol’s Brooklyn Group, came together for a 50th anniversary reunion at the Holiday Inn Express at the Reading Airport. Former cadets and senior members came from Texas, Kentucky, Arkansas, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia, and Canada, to be a part of the reunion. And, for the first time, four former Brooklyn Group Commanders attended the reunion. Reading Composite Squadron 811, played host for the Brooklyn Group. Squadron 811, Commander, Captain Barbara Frey of Fleetwood and the Pennsylvania Wing Commander, Colonel M. Allen Applebaum presented a proclamation to the Brooklyn Group for its many past achievements. - Major Harold Frankel The Presentation of the Proclamation to the Brooklyn Group From left to right; Bob Goldberg, of New York, Major Harold Frankel, of Shillington, Captain Barbara Frey, Commander Reading Composite Squadron 811 and Pennsylvania Wing Commander, Colonel M. Allen Applebaum, of Oreland.
Stories and photograph credits for this issue go to the following;
Col M. Allen Applebaum Capt Jeffery Buchman Capt Jeffrey Hartmann Lt Scott R. Croskey Capt Robert Suplee Brent Bankus, Col USA Ret Ms. Amanda Witherell Capt Bill Doyle Capt Vincent Zicolello Lt Pat Stikkel Capt Harry Hanna Lt Col Richard Hamm Lt Col Robert Meinert Lt Col Paul Falavolito Lt Roy Long Capt Arnold Andresen Capt James Knights Capt Robert Frost Maj Bruce Russell SM Marko Chormo Lt Col Diana L. Carlson (NH) C/TSgt Glenn Koehler (Our sincerest apologies if anyone was accidentally omitted.)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS Please mark your calendars and make your hotel reservations for the Annual Pennsylvania Wing Conference that will be held on October 13 - 15, at the Harrisburg East Holiday Inn. The conference cost is $10.00 for Seniors and $5.00 for cadets with the banquet dinner cost of $28.00. Brochures for registration will be mailed out shortly. You can call the Harrisburg East Holiday Inn at 717-939-7841 to make your room reservations. The room rate for single or double occupancy is $79.00 per night. Please make sure that you say that you are attending the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol Conference to get the discounted room rate. Reservations can also be made online at http://www.hieast.com/ See you at the conference!
CAP CADET EARNS HIS WINGS
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Earns His Wings!
- by Captain Jeffrey Hartmann Penn Township - Civil Air Patrol Squadron 712 awarded its first solo pilot's wings ever to Cadet Alex J. Ubinger. His achievement marks the first time in this squadron's 30 year history that an active cadet has soloed. Cadet Ubinger received his wings during a ceremony conducted by Lieutenant Catherine Head Monday, July 17th. Lieutenant Head is one of the squadron's qualified pilots and understands how important it is for anyone, certainly a cadet, to receive his wings. To solo, individuals must undergo flight training with a Certified Flight Instructor and must be found competent to handle an aircraft by themselves. "This is a very proud position to be in, welcoming new pilots into the tradition of aviation" said Lieutenant Head. Fellow pilot and Aerospace Education Officer Lieutenant Kevin Berry said, "As a fellow pilot, CAP member and as his AOPA (Aircraft Owner's and Pilot's Association) Project Pilot Mentor, I am proud and pleased to see Alex achieve this first major milestone on his way to becoming a licensed pilot. We share a passion for flight and both want to assure General Aviation is a vital part of our country's future." Captain Jeffrey Hartmann, Squadron Commander, also can't be more proud. "Alex has made a profound breakthrough for our unit. Never has this squadron witnessed a cadet to receive solo wings. It's a very proud moment for us and for him." Other cadets within the squadron are also taking flight training and are expected to solo within the coming weeks. Captain Hartmann cites interest and motivation in pilot training as a direct result of the unit's Aerospace Education Program led by Lieutenant Berry. Meanwhile Cadet Ubinger and five other young leaders prepare for a week long training session with CAP at Fort Indiantown Gap next week.
SENIOR MEMBER EARNS AWARD
PAWG 907th Composite Squadron Member earns Distinguished Graduate Award at NESA MAS
- Wayne Toughill
Mark Holman, a member of the 907th Composite Squadron in Doylestown PA, earned the Distinguished Graduate award at the National Emergency Services Academy - Mission Aircrew School, held this year from July 22nd through August 5th. This award is bestowed upon the graduate who is selected as the "best of the best" in each track. Only one graduate from each track earns this honor. We are proud of Mark! Six current and previous PAWG members (three from the 907th Composite Squadron) served on staff at NESA MAS. Four PAWG Members (two from the 907th Composite Squadron) graduated from NESA MAS, Mission Pilot Track. PAWG members who attended NESA MAS (National Emergency Services Academy - Mission Aircrew School).
Left to Right: Bill Crielly (PAWG 907th Composite Squadron member, 2006 NESA MAS Staff), Harold Aaron (PAWG Staff, 2006 Mission Pilot Track graduate), Doug Glantz (PAWG Staff, 2006 NESA MAS Staff), Pat Devlin (Previous PAWG Member - 2006 NESA MAS Staff), John Roscoe (PAWG 907th Squadron member, 2006 NESA MAS Staff), Gene McGill (PAWG Legislative Flight Squadron Member, 2006 NESA MAS Mission Pilot Track graduate), Wayne Toughill (PAWG 907th Squadron member, 2006 NESA MAS Mission Pilot Track graduate), John Edsall (Previous PAWG Member - 2006 NESA MAS Staff), Mark Holman (PAWG 907th Squadron member, 2006 NESA MAS Mission Pilot Track Distinguished Graduate), Chris Comly (PAWG 907th Squadron member, 2006 NESA MAS Staff).
COMMUNICATION (THE SILENT DEPARTMENT?)
All too often, we tend to forget about certain areas, or departments if you will, in the Civil Air Patrol that should not go unnoticed. A specific area that is almost always needed for our programs, events and missions, in one form or another is the Communications department. For instance, all the encampments were equipped with radios. They were used in areas such as administrative, safety, logistics, and served as an important messenger for officers and staff members of the encampments. Our mission’s staff would not dream of going on a search and rescue mission without radios. Almost on a daily basis, the Communications Department of the Civil Air Patrol is needed. Needed for crash sight security, training sessions, humanitarian services, travel, etc., so I decided to dedicate this page to one of our “silent departments” - silent only in a sense that those responsible do not get the recognition as they so deserve. Of course, there is some training on the usage of the radios involved, but to all those that carry that ROA card, they are very grateful to the COMO department. During the weekend of August 5-6, 2006, Lieutenant David Chubski, Pennsylvania Wing’s Director of Communication, called upon the members to help with a super and major project, which resulted in a very positive finish. The pictures that follow show just how high and to what limits the Communications Department will go to supply service to aid and assist with the much needed CAP air waves. “We will be installing a 30 foot tower and relocating the antenna to the new tower. This should also change the antenna pattern of this repeater,” said Chubski, while reminding all CAP radio operators to check out the coverage again after the job is completed. “An ELT antenna for the new receiver will be installed in the near future,” he continued. “The increase in height really made a difference to the east - I was able to use it in many places near Breezewood,” said Lieutenant Colonel Chubski, . The tower, located in Johnstown, was off the air on Saturday from 7:00 AM until 4:00 PM to make the necessary adjustments.
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Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol Prepares for CADET SPEAKING CONTEST
It's time to start planning for the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Public Speaking Contest that will be held during the Pennsylvania Wing Conference in Harrisburg, PA, on Oct. 14, 2006. A CAC meeting will be held at Wing Headquarters Sept. 16th, starting at 10 AM to complete the following tasks; Election of CAC officers, Planning the Oct Wing Conference for the Cadet Program Section, Setting the Guidelines for the Public Speaking Competition and Planning the Cadet pool party. Mark your dates for the September meeting and the Pennsylvania Wing Conference in October. Lt Col Bruce Brinker, CAP PAWG DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those that contributed to this issue. On page 22 you will find a list of names of those who sent in stories or photos for this very “special summer edition.” I apologize if I Have forgotten anyone. For fun, I have decided to “hide” somewhere in this issue, a paper airplane. Everyone is eligible. If you find it, jot your name, address, telephone number on a postcard and indicate where the hidden picture is located, and send it to; PAWG CAP Hdq., Bldg 3-108, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003 by August 31, 2006. All the correct postcards will be placed in a container and 6 cards will be selected. Those six correct entries will receive a special gift! - Lt Linda A. Irwin, Editor
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