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ALABAMA WING 
CIVIL AIR PATROL 
 
NEWSLETTER                                             APRIL 2009 
 
Col. Mike Oakman                                              Lt. Col. Dave Boswell 
Commander                                                     Vice‐Commander 
 

Contents Col. Bill Bass Earns


Level V
Col Bass Earns Wilson Award Gill Robb Wilson Award
SARSAR Conference in Mobile 2
Col. Bill Bass has earned the highest
Alaskan Adventure 2
award for senior member professional
Organizational Excellence Track 5 development. The Gill Robb Wilson Award
Gadsden Open House 6 recognizes senior members who have
Pell City Accepts Aircraft 6 dedicated themselves to leadership and
2009 Cadet Competition 7 personal development in the CAP. This
C/CMSgt Wolfe Earns License 7 award was first given in 1964 and honors
Camp Curry at Springville 9 the late Gill Robb Wilson. Wilson is
Memorandum for CAP 10 regarded as the founder of Civil Air Patrol
Springville Cadets of the Year 11 and served as CAP’s first executive officer.
SER Conference 11
Pictures from SER Conference 13
Team Guthrie at Redston 14
Flying High--
Shurbutt earns Earhart 18
IACE announcement 18
FTX 2009 Pictures 19
Risk Assessment Course 20
Public Affairs 20

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As Col. Bass progressed through the boat work - Daphne Search and Rescue
program, he completed five increasingly Diving in Currents - Daphne Search and
complex training levels. Each level required Rescue Traumatic Vascular Injuries - Dr.
him to become more involved in CAP Ralph Pfeiffer, Jr
activities, master skills in one of 23 technical 2008 Lessons learned from Search &
areas, and develop leadership ability.   Rescue
 
Col. Bass joined CAP as a cadet in
1949, completing the cadet program as it
was then designed, earning the Cadet
Certificate of Proficiency. He worked at
Cape Canaveral as a resource manager
and a member of a launch command team
for Gemini and Apollo programs.

His CAP career continued in 1960


with the Cadet Program in Florida, as Group
6 Director of Cadets, the Florida Wing DCS
among many other CAP assignments. He
was commander of the Florida Wing This event was attended by many
beginning in March 1968. different volunteer and professional
organizations which have dealings with
He is currently the Alabama Wing Search and Rescue.
Counterdrug Officer, working to coordinate
the efforts of those working in the program 1Lt. Emmett Farnell
to provide this valuable service to the state. Public Affairs Officer
Mobile Composite Squadron

Mobile Squadron Attends


SARSAR Conference The Great Alaskan
On the evening of January 26, 2009, Adventure
eight members of the Mobile Composite “-15 Today?—It’s Not That
Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol attended the Bad...”
2009 Winter Conference of the South
Alabama Rescue Search and Recovery “I brought in the best staff I could steal,”
(SARSAR) for search and rescue training. -- Major Ed Bos, Commander, 2008
This regular event is sponsored by the Alaska Wing Winter Encampment.
Mobile County Board of Health, lead by Dr.
Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer. The While most encampments rely on
program consisted of the following speakers staff members from their home wings, this
and accompanying training: encampment’s staff consisted of the self-
proclaimed Expeditionary Encampment
Communicating with the Harbor
Staff. Captain Frank deBros of Maryland
Master - Captain Terry Gilbreath Inner
Wing, Captain Devin Boyle of Missouri (and
Operability Communications - Mobile Count
sometimes California) Wing, Captain Sam
Sheriff's Flotilla Port Security/Mutual Aid -
Ogilvie and Cadet Colonel Morgan Bennett
U. S. Coast Guard Swift Water Rescue -
of Alabama Wing, and Cadet Lieutenant
Mobile Fire Department Ropes & Rigging -

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Colonel Corey Tuttle of Tennessee Wing all weather...” but when cadets started arriving
gave up a week of the holiday season to for in-processing, it became obvious that
offer their talents and experiences to the this assumption was wrong. Luckily, spare
cadets of Alaska. cold-weather gear was on hand to be issued
to anyone who needed it.

The Alaskan winter provided for


some challenges other than just being cold.
Not being able to secure facilities on base,
“I never thought that after being the encampment was held at Birchwood
in Civil Air Patrol for ten years, that I Camp, where there was no indoor drill pad
would be traveling to the other side of or open space to hold PT each morning.
the country to do basic encampments. What open space was available was
Though every wing and unit is different, covered in knee-deep snow. Plans initially
the leadership principles we try to teach called for creating a drill pad on the frozen
are universal, and it was very easy to lake, and the first two PT sessions of the
transition to encampment in Alaska, week saw flights taking turns clearing a
even with only five hours of daylight. The space of eighteen inches of snow. Luckily,
cold and snow were the only real National Guard facilities at Ft. Richardson
challenges we faced—there hasn’t been became available before the lake was put to
real snow in Alabama since 1993, and use.
we’ve never seen any temperatures
below about 15 degrees...I had better not Even though the frozen drill pad
hear anyone complain about the cold wasn’t used by the cadets, it was put to
back home ever again.” –Captain Sam good use later in the week. While the cadets
Ogilvie, Alabama Wing were busy with C-17 simulators at
Elmendorf AFB, some of the out-of-state
While it was a small encampment staff members took the opportunity to hone
with only twenty-six basics, the elemental their skills in building natural shelters in the
nature of it provided a variety of unique snow piles that ringed the drill pad, as well
challenges to the staff and students. The as seeing the staff members from Alabama
most obvious challenge would be the cold. engage in a rare snowball fight. No
The week of 28 December to 3 January saw opportunity to learn about operating in the
new record low maximum temperatures for temperatures and weather conditions was
the Anchorage, AK area, as well as a five- passed up by the staff.
day streak of sub-zero temperatures.
Coming into the encampment it is really The morning of 1 January saw the
easy to think, “They’re all from Alaska, they coldest temperatures of the week, and the
know what it means to pack for cold staff was forced to change locations for

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most of the stations on the Project X officers and cadets who made up the
Leadership Exercise. Luckily, the ease in encampment command staff all had a
which the staff worked together and unique familiarity with and respect for each
accepted such changes allowed for a very other’s talents and abilities. Though they
smooth (and in some cases, eager) move traditionally only get to see each other for
back indoors. two weeks each summer, their effectiveness
as a team revealed the underlying cause for
“It was simply awesome.” –Cadet bringing them all together again: at NESA,
Lieutenant Colonel Corey Tuttle, they had become family. They were shape-
Tennessee Wing shifters; doing whatever task needed to be
done, making things happen, and never
Despite the challenges, the once crossing into one another’s’ constantly
encampment was a truly amazing changing roles and responsibilities.
experience for all involved. It didn’t take any
special effects to inspire awe in the cadets It was this relationship among the
and staff members during a three-hour C-17 staff members that highlighted one concept
flight over Alaska’s many mountain ranges so many times during the week—the
and around Mt. Iliamna, an active volcano importance of attending national activities.
on the Alaska Peninsula—and that was just While cadets in the lower forty-eight have
Training Day 1. Training Day 2 continued little trouble attending national activities,
the trend, as the shadow of a Pavehawk cadets from Alaska are faced with the high
helicopter from 210 Rescue Squadron, cost of airfare if they want to attend
Alaska Air National Guard, descended anything—even if it is only the wing
through a thick fog into Birchwood Airport to encampment. National activities do more
talk to the cadets about pararescue than provide cadets with exceptional
operations. Such sights may be training and opportunities not normally
commonplace for the Alaskan cadets, but afforded to them at the local level; they give
for the staff, it was like living in the cadets the chance to meet other cadets and
Discovery Channel for a week. officers from across the nation. Some of
these people become trusted friends and
mentors to cadets, offering advice on
leadership, school, and life, and the support
of such a mentor is often what keeps a
cadet in CAP when they consider quitting
and what propels them to achieve new
heights in their careers. And every now and
then, these friends and mentors are able to
get together and turn a standard annual
event into something awesome.

With each staff member who flew up


“The only reason any of the top staff are for the week came a unique set of
here is because of an NCSA, and experiences, and those experiences
certainly that is a prime example of why provided for a national perspective on
everyone should go to national leadership and training. Combined, the five
activities.” –Captain Frank deBros, staff members brought with them roughly 30
Maryland Wing encampments and 40 national activities.
This national perspective gave the staff
Sharing a common home in the members plenty of material from which to
National Emergency Services Academy teach classes that the cadets probably won’t
Ground Search and Rescue School, the five see again until either college or higher-level

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leadership development courses like Cadet organization. The program content provides
Officer School. Cadet Tuttle, a a structured, comprehensive approach to the
communications major at Middle Tennessee professional development of our senior
State University, provided collegiate-level members. Its purpose is to facilitate the
leadership and communications classes and development of the finest corps of
engaged the cadets in a high-speed
commanders, staff officers, and executive-
learning environment where they practiced
public speaking, critical thinking, leadership level leaders for service to CAP and the
role identification, and learned about nation.
themselves through the Myers-Briggs Type
Indicator. Cadet Bennett offered insight on 2. Some unique professional development
emergency services as a leadership features built into the new OE Track
development opportunity and on the college include: (1) expansion of the standard
scholarship process. And all staff members training track ratings from Technician,
offered their experiences in round table-like Senior, and Master to include a follow-on
discussions on what CAP has become for “Executive Level;” (2) the incorporation of
each of them and how to get the most out of all five levels of our basic Professional
the Cadet Program.
Development Program outlined in CAPR
Each of the staff brought a variety of 50-17; (3) accommodation of duty
experiences to the table—from Cadet performance promotions per CAPR 35-5;
Advisory Council service to leading drill (4) incorporation of wing commander
teams to going to flight academies and qualifications contained in CAPR 35-9,
staffing NESA—those experiences and Section B; (5) provisions for a performance
those national activities are what made the feedback process for trainees; (6)
staff so exceptional, and their ability to establishment of an awards program to
connect those experiences to the leadership recognize senior member progress; (7)
principles they imparted to the cadets was development of a supplemental “Mentoring”
what made the encampment so exceptional. program to assist participants; and, (8)
C/Col Morgan Bennett
development of associated educational
Pell City Squadron products to guide Mentors.

  3. Although the OE Program is published,


applicants should not apply until after April
1, 2009. The purpose of the delay is to
OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL COMMANDER allow time for wing and region commanders
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS to structure their organizations to
CIVIL AIR PATROL
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY accommodate the new program.
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, ALABAMA 36112-6332 Application procedures are explained in
CAPP 229. I hope you will take advantage
1. I am very pleased to announce the of this great new opportunity to enhance
publication of CAP Pamphlet 229, the your personal and professional development
Organizational Excellence Specialty Track and, in turn, your service to CAP and the
which implements the new Organizational nation.
Excellence (OE) Program for CAP. It is
posted on CAP’s website under
“Publications.” This new initiative to
promote organizational excellence is the
first of its kind in the history of our great

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AMY S. COURTER
Major General, CAP
National Commander

ATTACHMENTS:
CAP Pamphlet 229, Organizational
Excellence Study Guide
CAP Pamphlet 50-8, Organizational
Excellence Mentor’s Guide
 
Gadsden holds Open House Feb 9,
2009
The other G1000 aircraft will be moved to the
Birmingham International Airport (BHM) and will
be assigned to the 117 ANG Composite
Squadron (AL-090).

The aircraft was flown from Independence,


Kansas to Birmingham, Alabama by Major Rick
Phillips and Capt Bo Andrews. Both pilots
attended the required week long FITS training
course at Cessna.

The Alabama Wing recently completed the


mandatory ground training program from the
G1000 NAV III system. In all over 45 members,
both pilots and mission aircrews attended the
training. The Alabama Wing is excited about
Lt. Col. Talmadge Butler, Squadron receiving the new aircraft and already has
Commander, and other members welcomed several missions and takings scheduled for both
the community to an Open House for Civil of the G1000 aircraft.
Air Patrol on February 9, 2009.
The two G1000 aircraft will be part of a "HALO"
Search pattern when an airborne report of an
Potential cadet and senior members ELT is received from the AFRCC. Four aircraft
were given information concerning CAP equipped with Becker DF units will fly a
programs and benefits. predetermined flight path at 10,000 feet to
search for a 121.5 Mhz ELT signal. The aircraft
will also be used for low level route surveys for
the Air National Guard units and Counter Drug
missions for the DEA.
Pell City Accepts
Glass Cockpit Aircraft The new C-182 joins the Alabama Wings 13
other aircraft located through the state.
The Alabama Wing took possession of its
second C-182 G1000 aircraft. The new aircraft
will be based at the Pell City Airport (PLR) and
will be assigned to the Pell City Composite
Squadron (AL-118).

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C/CMSgt Logan Wolf Earns
Pilot's License

The 2009 Alabama Wing


Cadet Competition

The 2009 Alabama Wing Cadet Competition Maj. Gen. Courter, 1st Lt. Selena Vaught,
(Color guard portion) was conducted on 07 Feb C/CMSgt Logan Wolf, Col. James Rushing
2009 at Auburn University. Each team put in a at SER Conference in Birmingham, AL.
lot of effort and performed well. When all events
were completed, the overall results were as
follows:
It is a strange phenomenon that
1st - Bessemer some people seem to be genetically
2nd - Auburn predisposed to excel in a particular area of
3rd - Maxwell interest, but it seems that this is the case for
me in the field of aviation. My grandfather
Please congratulate each team on their was a military pilot who became a chief
performance. The Bessemer Squadron will be corporate pilot after his service. Though he
representing the Alabama Wing at the SER
unfortunately died behind the controls of a
Cadet Competition at Maxwell AFB 17-19 April
2009. Wish them luck! defective airplane, his aviation legacy has
lived on through the life of my father, who
was a private pilot, and through me. I have
been interested in the subject since a very
early age, and instead of growing out of it, I
have grown significantly more into it.

My most serious affair with flying all


started the day I received Microsoft Flight
Simulator. It was as if a spark that had been
laying wait for many years had suddenly
been ignited. An entire new world was
opened up to me and it was one that I knew
I had to be a part of. From this revelation
forward I made a point to intellectually

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consume every piece of aviation literature I have to be highly disciplined in order to
could get my hands on. I tore through reach my goals. So I stuck with it, finding
everything from the newest aeronautical time around school and sports to make the
charts to issues of Flying Magazine from the long drive to attend meetings and forfeiting
1970s. If it had anything to do with aviation, my Christmas break to go to encampment.
I could not pass it up. I gleaned more
knowledge during this time than I ever had
in all my years before and enjoyed every
second of it because it was what I wanted to
do. This initial phase of learning was
invaluable as it gave me a foundation on
which to begin construction of the endless
skyscraper that is a career in aviation. I
would need all the reinforcement I could get
as I began one of the biggest challenges I
have ever faced, that of obtaining my
private pilot license.

I was raised in a single parent


household in the caretaker’s residence on a
University of Alabama wildlife refuge in rural In the spring of 2008, I was able to
Alabama. Though recipient of many begin flight training using money I had been
blessings, abundant finances are not on the saving for the past four years. My flight
list. Therefore I was, and still am, up against instructor, a volunteer, was extremely
the challenge of paying for my own flying helpful and resourceful. I worked every
career. I was not sure how it could be done, chance I got that summer and though most
with the expenses for a private pilot license of the jobs were of the dirty and difficult
usually running from six to eight thousand description, I was happy to do them
dollars, but I was not going to give up. I because they allowed me to independently
heard about an organization that might offer finance my flying. My flight training went
me hope known as the Civil Air Patrol. The extremely well, mostly due to my prior
closest cadet squadron I could find was the knowledge about aviation and my
Bessemer Composite Squadron, which was willingness to continue learning.
almost two hours drive from my house. I
soon learned that the organization was In the fall of 2008, my training for a
more than I had bargained for. private pilot’s license had its end in sight.
Having passed my written knowledge test
The CAP cadet program is in many and gained sufficient hours, my check ride
ways similar to being in the military. Among with an examiner had been scheduled. In
other things it emphasizes drill, chain of preparing for my check ride, I studied more
command, discipline, leadership, and intensely than I ever had before. I prepared
teamwork. At first, I honestly wasn’t sure thoroughly for every detail, and when the
CAP was right for me. Being sixteen years day came for my practical test, I preformed
old and highly involved with school and as well as I ever had. I wasn’t going to stop
sports, it presented many conflicts to the there however, as I immediately began work
CAP commitment, not to mention the long toward the next pilot rating. As of this time I
commute each meeting would require. I was am training to receive my instrument rating,
even doubtful that it would offer me much in an essential step for any career pilot.
the way of flying. Despite my apprehension,
I knew that it still presented me with a This rating allows flight in poor
chance and I was well aware that I would weather, clouds, and low visibility. My flight

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instructor has helped me greatly by taught me volumes about not only myself
volunteering his time, and I have learned and what it takes to succeed, but about
volumes from his experience. He has things greater than myself such as
become a great mentor and friend, and I am teamwork, leadership, and achieving a
forever indebted to him. In addition to common goal. In order to make success a
allowing me to fly, the Civil Air Patrol has reality, you have to constantly work for it
given me priceless leadership experience and create your own opportunities. I have
by putting me in charge of a group and never been part of any organization that has
teaching me how to lead them effectively. provided me the means to create my own
As the Aerospace NCO, I’ve gained opportunities in the way Civil Air Patrol has.
experience by teaching classes on aviation No matter how difficult and daunting the
to members of my squadron. This road to fulfillment may seem, anything is
experience will have a direct relation to my possible when you have support from those
career because I plan to be a flight around you.
instructor on my way to a profession in
aviation. I would like to express great
gratitude to all the individuals who have
Outside of CAP, I am active in assisted me in the completion of my goals. I
athletics, the arts, and my community. I would not be anywhere near the level of
have learned many important realities about achievement I am now if not for the actions
teamwork, leadership, and the value of of the former Bessemer Squadron
fitness by playing soccer and acting as the Commander, Captain Glenn Wilson; the
team captain of my high school cross- careful mentoring of the Deputy
country team. I have run many races, from Commander for Cadets, 2nd Lieutenant
5Ks to half marathons and plan on adding Selene Vaught, and the time and resources
triathlons and marathons to my resume in donated by my flight instructor, Captain Bo
the future. During the summer I volunteer at Andrews. I will never forget their selfless
several locations, most notably the local success and hope that through CAP I can
cancer treatment center, where I have make such a positive impression in
accumulated over three hundred hours of someone’s life the way they have in mine.
time. efforts to help me achieve my goals. I can
I have been accepted to the only aspire to emulate the people who have
University of Alabama where I will begin been so influential in bringing about my
attendance in the fall of 2009. Although no
aviation courses are available at this C/CMSgt Logan Wolf
University, I am enrolling in a program that Bessemer Composite Squadron AL-087
will allow me create my own degree in
aeronautics. With this freedom I will be able  
to take advantage of all the educational
opportunities offered by the University while Camp Curry Held at Springville
at the same time receiving college credit by Squadron
learning independently and continuing to
train with the Civil Air Patrol. Cadets from both Blount and St. Clair
counties worked hard at Camp Curry. This
CAP has given me the resources I training is required for basic cadets who
have needed to succeed, made me what I have recently joined the Civil Air Patrol.
am today, and prepared me for the future. Maneuvers took place at the Straight
The organization has always given back Mountain Fire Department 6-7 February
much more than it has taken and I plan to 2009.
continue my commitment to it for many
years to come. Being a part of CAP has

April 2009 Citizen Serving Communities: Above and Beyond 9


During Camp Curry, higher ranking cadets 3. Commanders at all levels are responsible
teach recruits. Cadets were shown how to for ensuring that members under their
properly wear their BDUs and dress command are aware of and adhere to
uniforms. Intense training of proper CAP’s nondiscrimination policy.
etiquette and drills were taught.
4. Allegations of violations of the CAP
Lt. Col. Frank W. Waid, Squadron Nondiscrimination Policy will be sent to the
Commander, stated, "I commend the Equal Opportunity Officer (EOO), Col
volunteerism and leadership seen in the Theodore Chavez, or the National
young people of Civil Air Patrol. This Headquarters Equal Opportunity
training will help them the rest of their lives." Administrator (EOA), Mr. Gerry
Rosenzweig. Submission of allegations
Virginia Davis and/or complaints directly to the CAP/EOO
1 LT, Public Affairs will not be considered a violation of the
Springville Squadron chain of command.
a. Complaints of harassment and/or hazing
are to be handled under the CAP Inspector
General Complaints program and not under
15 February 2009 the Nondiscrimination Policy.
MEMORANDUM FOR ALL CAP b. Those wishing to submit a discrimination
MEMBERS complaint should review CAPR 36-2 for
FROM: CAP/CC procedures and guidance. Additional
guidance may also be obtained by
SUBJECT: Nondiscrimination contacting the EOO.
1. To maintain the ethical standards on c. The CAP/EOO, Col Ted Chavez can be
which CAP core values are based, Civil Air contacted at
Patrol must reaffirm its commitment to doing theodorechavez@sbcglobal.net,
things right. This is particularly true when it (408) 993-1679, or postal at 1501 The
comes to ensuring that all of our members, Alameda; San Jose, CA 95126.
and potential members, have an equal d. The CAP/EOA can be contacted at
opportunity to participate and progress grosenzweig@capnhq.gov, (877) 227-9142
within CAP. ext. 228, or by writing to CAP/EXS; 105
South Hansell Street; Maxwell AFB, AL
2. We started this reaffirmation when the 36 36111.
series of CAP regulations were rewritten
this past August. These updated regulations 5. A copy of this letter should be posted at
not only prohibit discrimination, but also task every unit location or made available to all
us to, “make every effort to ensure diversity members in the unit. Additionally,
in recruiting new members into CAP.” commanders at every level will ensure that
Additionally, they task CAP’s the CAP Nondiscrimination Policy is briefed
leadership to, “encourage equal opportunity to all members within their respective
in recruiting, execution of CAP’s missions commands by 31 May 2009.
and programs, promotions, awards, and
educational opportunities.” These are tenets 6. Any questions concerning this policy
for treating our members in the way that we should be directed to the CAP/EOO.
would all like to be treated. Unfair treatment
due to an individual’s race, sex, age, color, AMY S. COURTER
religion, national origin, or disability is Maj. General, CAP
discrimination and will not be tolerated. National Commander

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Springville Squadron announces
Cadet of the Year for 2008 and 2009. About 150 members of the Civil Air Patrol
(CAP) attended the Southeast Region
In December of 2008 – Cadet of the Year (SER) 2009 conference and banquet held
for 2008 and 2009 were recognized. Feb. 14-15 at the Bradley Center in
C/SMSgt Joshua Wentworth was honored Birmingham, Ala.
as Cadet of the Year for 2008. Cadet “We are strong not only because of
Wentworth is a model cadet for his our volunteers or our numbers, but because
faithfulness and dependably in Cadet of our quality,” said Maj. Gen. Amy Courter,
Programs. His duties have included CAP’s national commander, who co-
Logistics and Flight Sergeant. He is trained presented a briefing on the state of CAP’s
as a Ground Team member. national resources, public awareness and
branding, safety culture, missions and
C/TSgt Mark McCay is an exemplary model equipment with Don R. Rowland, CAP’s
for his fellow cadets. He is focused on Drills. executive director.
He currently holds the highest academic Among the highlights they noted for
average in the squadron. Both cadets are 2008 were 91 lives saved, 7,000 orientation
prudent in their studies of Aviation and flights flown, a new CAP Web site was
strive to excel in their journey in Civil Air launched, and a complete renovation of
Patrol. national headquarters at Maxwell Air Force
Base was started.
“We’re all in this together, as
volunteers,” Courter added, pointing out that
her long-term objective is for CAP to
become the nation’s resource of choice.
CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S.
Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with
more than 55,000 adult and teen-aged
members in 52 wings divided into 8 regions.
The Southeast Region, which
includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto
Rico, has more members than any other
region in CAP.
Ltc. Frank W. Waid of the Springville “This conference has exceeded my
Composite Squadron said, “These are two wildest expectations,” said Col. James
cadets that deserve recognition. Any tasks Rushing, SER commander, who stated that
that ask of them, I can depend on it being there are 5,015 officers and 3,622 cadets in
complete and accurate.” the region, for a total membership of 8,637.
He also called attention to the value
Vanessa Davis
of the region’s members:
1 Lt, PAO
Springville Squadron
▪ total number of hours contributed
annually – 1,032,360
▪ dollar value of CAP volunteers
annually - $15,792,375
▪ average number of hours flown
annually – 16,440
Guest speaker at the banquet was Brig.
Gen. Teresa A.H. Djuric, commander of the
Southeast Region Conference Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer
Birmingham, Alabama

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Accessions and Citizen Development at Composite Squadron Color Guard
Maxwell Air Force Base. Noting that she presented and retired the colors. Several
and her husband are parents of a CAP tables of historical CAP insignia were on
cadet, Djuric spoke about continued display courtesy of Lt. Col. Stephen
professional development, being a change Howard, the Alabama Wing historian.
agent, and value of service to the nation.
Awards presented during the
Awards presented during the conference:
conference: Safety Officer of the Year – Mississippi
Exceptional Service Awards – Col. Al Wing’s Capt. Mallory Woodcock
Bedgood, Lt. Col. Wes Hannah, Lt. Col. Communicator of the Year – Florida Wing’s
Marge Hannah, Lt. Col. Jean duBois, and Lt. Col. Thomas Rubino
Lt. Col. Virginia Cullity Frank Brewer Aerospace Award (Individual)
Meritorious Service Awards – Col. James – Patrick Epps of Aviation GA
Rushing, Col. Barry Melton, Lt. Col. Joe Paul W. Turner Safety Award – Mississippi
Brown, Lt. Col. Cullity, Lt. Col. duBois, Lt. Wing
Col. Tracy Scantland, Lt. Col. Judy Steele Outstanding Counter Drug Wing – Georgia
and Lt. Col. James Lawson Wing
Benjamin O. David Award – Maj. Ted Financial Officer of the Year – Florida
Lybrand Wing’s Lt. Col. William Ferguson
Certificates of Appreciation – Lt. Col. Harold Logistician of the Year – Florida Wing’s Maj.
Coghain, Lt. Col. Bart Nelson, Maj. Jon Neil, Robert Wood
Maj. Lisa Robinson, 2nd Lt. Dawson Moore, Historian of the Year – Georgia Wing’s Lt.
Cadet Col. Morgan Bennett, and Cadet Lt. Col. Todd Engleman
Col. Stephanie Petelos Norm Edwards Counter Drug Officer –
Georgia Wing’s Maj. William Keys
Special guests included Brig. Gen. Squadron Chaplain of the Year – Georgia
Reggie Chitwood, CAP’s national vice Wing’s Capt. Harvey Gainer
commander; Col. John Tilton, vice chairman Senior Chaplain of the Year – SER HQ’s Lt.
elect of CAP’s Board of Governors; Col. Col. Richard Stiliha
Robert Didich, CAP’s Northeast Region Public Affairs Officer of the Year – SER
commander; and Col. Austyn Granville, HQ’s Capt. Steven Solomon
Northeast Region vice commander. Cadet Program Officer of the Year – Florida
Wing commanders present were Wing’s Capt. Kevin McSparron
Mississippi Wing’s Col. Tillman Carroll, Cadet of the Year – Tennessee Wing’s
Georgia Wing’s Col. Jim Hughes, Cadet Col. Antonio Mare
Tennessee Wing’s Col. Barry Melton and Senior Member of the Year – Puerto Rico
Alabama Wing’s Col. Mike Oakman. Wing’s Lt. Col. Rafael Garcia

Col. Donald Angel, former national Capt. Steven Solomon


finance officer and former Mississippi Wing SER Director of Public Affairs
commander, was master of ceremonies at
the conference. Lt. Col. Oscar Cope, region
command chaplain, gave the invocations  
and benedictions as well as a memorial  
presentation dedicated to region members
who died in the line of duty. Col. Becky
Tilton, former Mississippi Wing commander,
was chair of the conference committee.
Pictures from SER Conference

Alabama Wing’s Bessemer

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Team Guthrie – The Three
Generations of a CAP Family

The Redstone Composite Squadron in


Huntsville, Al has ‘Team Guthrie,’ at least most
of it. Team Guthrie is a CAP family that spans
three generations over 67 years. Locally Team
Guthrie is composed of Mike J. (dad), Dorothy
(mom), Michael, Catherine and Holly Guthrie.
What is unique about the team is that it
represents 2 of the three generations of service
to CAP. However, it all started with the first
member of the team which Samuel J. Guthrie
aka Grandpop, who was there from the
beginning.

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of German submarines, downed airmen, and
Samuel Guthrie (Grandpop) – Generation sailor survivors from sunken ships in the Atlantic
One Ocean.
Even the High Schools were getting
involved in the war effort. They formed radio
Grandpop an only child and was born groups known as the Victory Corps. Grandpop
August 19, 1927 in Wilmington, Delaware to along with many other students got involved and
parents Rowland J. Guthrie and Catherine he actually became the team captain. Another
T.(Rowe) Guthrie. As Grandpop was a child, organization Grandpop joined was the Air Corps
history was in the making. WWII was in progress Air Combat Crew Reserve (ACACCR) and was
in Europe and Asia; however the United States a member for a year while patiently waiting for
was sitting on the sidelines. Although the U.S. active duty orders. In 1945, while waiting on
wasn’t involved in the conflict young men were those orders, Grandpop left to do his annual
still being drafted for one year of military service. CAP training, known as Encampment, which
Consequently, CAP had just been formed as was taking place at the P-47 Advanced Fighter
part of the civilian defense program (hence the Base in Dover, Delaware. It was during this
CAP logo with the triangle and the three bladed training that the ‘A-Bomb’ was dropped in order
prop). to convince the Japanese to Surrender! It was
During this time Grandpop was in the also while he was attending the training at the
9th grade and working at the Wilmington Ball Air Base; that he received his orders to deploy
Park whether is was before, during or after a with the ACACCR. Sadly the "bad" news was
game. If other activities were happening at the that the Air Corps Cadet program was closed
ball park Grandpop was there for those also. On and all but basic training had been stopped. 18
one day in particular, December 7th, 1941, there year old Private Guthrie deployed and went
was a professional football team playing at the through basic like “greased lightning.”
ball park while Grandpop was working. He was
going back and forth between the refreshment After graduating from Basic, Grandpop
stands and the kitchen when he heard a radio was sent to Europe to replace a veteran Bomber
news flash that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. gunner Sergeant named George Knowles. After
Grandpop said that at that time they’d never the war was over, Grandpop remained in
heard of Pearl Harbor. Attending the game that Germany and received orders to act as an
day there were a lot of GI’s that were attending escort at the Nurnberg trials. Later Grandpop
the game; however, due to the breaking news married his sweetheart Elizabeth M. Loughery,
they were told to return to base immediately. whom he met when she was 17 and he was 19;
With WWII in progress, Grandpop aged 15 however, they married when she was 22 and he
wanted to do his part. With a passion for building was a month short of 25. They raised 3 sons
model airplanes, gliders and the desire to fly, he and a daughter who in turn gave them 6
joined CAP. CAP at this time didn’t own aircraft, granddaughters and 6 grandsons. Two of their
so they were supplied by the all volunteer pilots. sons became CAP cadets, who were interested
in flying and joined on their own. One of those
The Cadets primarily trained to become sons is Michael Guthrie.
Army Air Force aviation cadets—and studied all
aspects of aviation from ground school,
navigation, aircraft engines, link trainers, and
first aid. While Grandpop served as a Cadet
member he achieved the rank of 1st sergeant
which at that time was the highest rank a cadet
could attain. Initially Cadet Ranks had officer
ranks, but they were eliminated early on.
Grandpop was eventually promoted to the
position of Cadet Squadron Commander of the
Wilmington Squadron of the Delaware Wing. In
addition to the normal CAP duties of search and
rescue, the Delaware Wing was involved
another vital mission for the country. That
mission was to perform coastal patrols in search

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continued to progress in CAP and eventually
received the Earheart Award. During Mike’s first
five years in CAP, the nation was busy also.
America was deeply involved in the Vietnam
War, the Apollo Space program, and landing on
the Moon! Mike’s love of aviation and his father’s
service with the 9th AAF during WWII, gave him
the desire to join the military, and CAP had
proved be the natural place to start.
Mike served his country for more than
32 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard
and US Army Reserve, and retired as a full
Colonel. While in the Guard, having experience
with both rocket and cannon artillery units Mike
served in both the Field Artillery and Corps of
Engineers. He held command at the battery,
battalion, and brigade levels while serving with
the 196th Field Artillery Brigade. His last
assignment was Deputy Commander of the
194th Engineer Brigade. His military decorations
include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service
Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. He
transferred to the U.S. Army Retired Reserve on
Mike Guthrie (Dad) – Generation Two 31 May 2007. In the middle of Mike’s military
LTC Mike Guthrie, like his father, was service he married Dorothy Ann Brown of
born in Wilmington, Delaware on November 2nd, Huntsville, Alabama and had three children.
1955. As Michael grew up he attended
Salesianum School where he enjoyed running Today Mike is a Senior Scientist working
track and playing football. Mike was aware that in support of the Missile Defense Agency and
his dad been a CAP Cadet during World War II the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense
and was aware that his dad wanted him to serve Command. In addition to his career during the
in the military. Mike always wanted to fly and day, LTC Mike Guthrie serves as the assistant
dreamt of joining the Air Force, but being Deputy Commander of Cadets at the Redstone
colorblind would keep that dream away from Composite Squadron where he teaches 43
him. Cadets aerospace engineering classes. LTC
At the age of 13 Mike and his older Guthrie is excited about serving in the CAP and
brother Sam joined the CAP. As Mike and Sam states that, “serving is a way to give back to the
progressed through CAP they were trained in community and share the lessons I learned from
ground search and rescue but, it was all local my military service.” LTC Guthrie’s wife, 2Lt.
unit training. Training concentrated more on Dorothy Guthrie and children have caught the
actual firefighting, advanced rescue, and fever and also serve in the CAP. 2Lt. Guthrie
emergency medical care. Emergency Medical grew up in a military family and was always
Technician (EMT) training was part of the course supportive of her husband’s career and
when Mike was a Cadet. The founder of that continues to be to this day. 2Lt. Guthrie faithfully
program, Harvey Grant, led the instruction. participates in the meetings and is a huge
Because of Harvey’s leadership, the squadron source of help in the Cadet program.
that Michael belonged to was part of the first
group of young people to be trained and
qualified as EMTs in the United States.
Guthrie Cadets – Generation Three
As a Cadet Mike served from 1968 till There are three Guthrie Cadets
1973 and achieved the rank of Cadet Captain in currently serving on this team and they are
the Wilmington Squadron. He never wore the Michael, Holly and Catherine. Each was born in
Cadet Captain rank due to being enlisted in the Huntsville, Alabama and attends Asbury School,
Army at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). which is an umbrella organization for home
While enlisted in the Army at VMI, Mike schoolers. Michael is 17, and in the 11th Grade,

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Holly is 15, and is in the 9th Grade and responsibility and dedication to her country.
Catherine is 13 and in the 7th Grade. Catherine enjoys the emergency services
mission of CAP and learning to work as a team
They joined CAP because they wanted in drill.
to be able to serve the United States through an
organization that would at the same time provide The Guthrie Cadets believe that the Civil
excellent training for their lives; and realizing Air Patrol is preparing young people to serve the
that they would be third generation cadets United States of America, whether it is through
sparked much interest. Cadet Chief Master the Armed Forces or some other area of life.
Sergeants Michael and Holly have been in CAP Each of the Cadets has a vision of where their
for almost 2 ½ years. Cadet Staff Sergeant life will end up. Michael is working on becoming
Catherine has been in CAP for almost 1 1/2 a Cadet Officer in the Civil Air Patrol and plans
years. Each Cadet is ground team member to join the Air National Guard. Michael believes
qualified and has performed Color Guard duties that CAP has prepared him in military drill,
at homecoming games, participated at local air ceremonies, and above all, self-discipline and
shows as crowd control and various other tasks teamwork in a military organization. Besides
as needed. They enjoy interacting with the being in the Air Guard, Michael plans on
public as much as possible and see it as a way possibly becoming an engineer or a pilot. Holly
to educate them about CAP. Currently Michael has no desire to go into the military, but believes
serves as the Cadet First Sergeant, Holly as the that military skills are good to know because
Supply Sergeant and Catherine as a Flight they teach precision, discipline, and teamwork—
Sergeant. which are valuable in all areas of life. When she
graduates, she plans to become a nurse or a
veterinarian’s assistant. One of Catherine’s
goals in CAP is to at least become a cadet
captain. Once she graduates, she would also
like to either be a veterinarian or nurse. In
addition to all the Guthrie Cadets are involved in,
each is also an accomplished pianist.

Each of the Guthrie generations has


seen huge changes in the world. Grandpop saw
the A-Bomb in the news. LTC Guthrie watched
men go to the moon and today, the Guthrie
Cadets have witnessed the first African
American elected as President of the United
States. When asked if they ever think that it is
special to be a third generation CAP cadet, their
response was,”Definitely, it broadens your
knowledge about the history of CAP and is a key
to the past.”

From 1942 to 2008 not only has the


United States of America witnessed historic
achievements, the CAP has witnessed a lot of
change as well. When asking Grandpop what he
thinks about his sons and grandchildren
following in his CAP footsteps, he replied, “the
Each Cadet has aspects of the CAP that generations of CAP cadets make me very proud
they enjoy the most. For Michael, he enjoys and happy.” The Redstone Composite
serving the community through the Air Force Squadron Commander Capt Mark Adams
Auxiliary and learning military drill and stated, “The participation of the Guthrie family in
knowledge with his friends. Holly enjoys Civil Air Patrol is a fascinating story that begins
emergency services and the knowledge that she almost at the inception of CAP itself. The
is active in an organization that serves the members of the Redstone Composite Squadron
community which gives her a feeling of and I are delighted the Guthries chose Redstone

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to continue their family’s tradition of service to assignment as Cadet Commander of the
America.” Pell City Composite Squadron, SER-AL-
118, the number of cadets doubled.
The Civil Air Patrol was founded in Presently Anna serves as the Wing Cadet
December 1941, one week before the Japanese
Advisory Committee chairperson, as well as
attack on Pearl Harbor, by more than 150,000
citizens who were concerned about the defense assisting in squadron activities.
of America‘s coastline. Under the jurisdiction of
the Army Air Forces, CAP pilots flew more than One of Anna’s passions is Ground Team
one-half million hours, were credited with sinking Search and Rescue. She is presently near
two enemy submarines, rescued hundreds of the completion of the Team Leader Course,
crash survivors during World War II and which will qualify her to lead a ground
Grandpop Guthrie was there from at the search for missing aircraft and lost
beginning and his family continues to this day. individuals. This is a sequence of several
weekends of Field Training aid. This is also
a family passion. Eddie Shurbutt (dad) is in
1 LT. Kim Miller
the Basic Course and Rachel Shurbutt
Redstone Squadron, PAO
(sister) is in the Advanced Course. All will
Pictures provided by Lt. Col. aid. This is also a family passion. Eddie
Guthrie Shurbutt (dad) is in the Basic Course and
Rachel Shurbutt (sister) is in the Advanced
  Course. All will graduate during the April
  FTX cycle. Younger sister Rachel has done
FLYING HIGH very well also. She has completed all
requirements to be promoted to Cadet Chief
Anna Shurbutt, daughter of Eddie and Master Sergeant in April.
Beth Shurbutt, was recently awarded the
Amelia Earhart Award by the Civil Air Patrol Anna is homeschooled and will graduate
(CAP). The award was presented by retired this year. She will be attending Auburn
Maj. Gen. Robin Scott at a squadron University in the fall and will major in
meeting on March 26, 2009, at the Pell City nursing. She has applied to enter the
Civic Center. The award is presented to ROTC program and wishes to be a flight
cadets who have completed the course of nurse in the Air Force. She eventually
study and testing requirements for would like to be a clinical psychologist.
advancement to Cadet Captain. Congratulations Anna. Wishing you Clear
Skies and Safe Flight.
 
Eddie Shurbutt
2 LT, CAP
SER-AL-118
 
 
International Air Cadet
Exchange 2009
 
Congratulations are due to four of the
  Alabama Wing's very own that were
Anna has been active in CAP for over 5 selected to attend the 2009 International Air
years and has held many positions within Cadet Exchange. IACE represents one of the
the squadron. During her previous paramount activities of the CAP cadet

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program and is a highly competitive
selection process. To have 4 members from
a wing the size of ours attend is a credit to
the product everyone is putting out at the
local level.

This year's attendees will be:

C/Col. Morgan Bennett (AL 118) - Australia


C/LtCol. Stephanie Petelos (AL 087) - Japan
C/LtCol. Aaron Hanes (AL 112) - Canada
LtCol. Brad Lynn (AL 001) - Turkey (As an
escort)

 
 
2009  FTX Pictures 
 

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Pictures provided by FTX Staff Members
Lt. Col. David Boswell, Maj. Patricia
Mitcham, Maj. Anthony Beresford, Capt
Ernie Blair attended for CAP.
After classroom lecture, team written
exercises, and team planning, participants
Enhanced Threat and Risk applied the systematic method of risk
Assessment Course assessment in a field exercise. Teams
visited selected sites in the community to
Preventing, reducing and mitigating analyze possible threats. After the risk
vulnerabilities in a man-made, natural, or analysis was complete, presentations
terrorist event was the subject matter of a included photographic evidence as well as
two day course taught in Huntsville, mitigation options for each of the sites
Alabama by instructors from the Texas visited.
Engineering Extension Service, a division of
Texas A&M University. The course,
"Enhanced Threat and Risk Assessment," From Public Affairs
sponsored by the Huntsville - Madison
County Emergency Management Agency Because I was "under the weather," this
was held at the Huntsville Police Academy. newsletter is late and there are articles
Members of the Civil Air Patrol joined which must be postponed to the next one. I
Huntsville City and County Fire personnel, hope that Alabama CAP members will
University of Alabama Huntsville personnel, continue to support the newsletter with
members of Huntsville's HazMat team, EMA articles and pictures. I have been unable to
personnel, and representatives from other use pictures that show CAP members
government and private companies to wearing unauthorized head gear or no head
enhance their ability to conduct gear when it is should be worn. Follow the
comprehensive assessments of critical rules on uniforms and I will use as many
infrastructure in their respective pictures as I can.
jurisdictions. Next deadline is May 25, 2009.

Patricia Mitcham
Maj, DPA
Alabama Wing

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