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In this issue . . . ★ IACE 2006 . . . ★ A Living Memorial “Chuckie” . . . ★ CAF Cadet Heritage Academy . . . . . . And Much More!
By Capt Laurie Prior
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Cadet Paul Rojas at Ataturk’s Mausoleum.
From Texas to Turkey: International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) 2006
By C/Lt Col Paul Rojas
“Congratulations, C/Lt Col Paul Rojas, you have been selected for the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE)! This is once in a lifetime opportunity for you to experience the culture of another country; while at the same time highlighting the best of America.” “You have been selected to go to Turkey; a country at the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East. Its location makes it a center for trade. While a relatively young nation, its cultural history goes back thousands of years.” As I read the email from CAP NHQ that had just arrived in my Continued . . .
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Formal Dinner, left to right, Joe Marshall (UK), Emma Lockley (UK), Anna Reddyhoff (UK), Paul Rojas (USA), and Thomas Nichols (USA).
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Cadet Paul Rojas at the Ruins of the Ancient City of Ephesus.
From Texas to Turkey: IACE 2006 . . .
inbox, I realized that my summer plans had just changed and I had much preparation in the coming months. Fast forward four months, IACE Turkey had arrived! It had been a long road to get here and the hard work was paying off. I left for Washington DC for the start of my trip. I was welcomed by the IACE staff and our briefings began. I was joined by about 40 other cadets all who were heading to different countries for IACE. We spent two days in DC for briefings and sightseeing. Then we departed Monday for Turkey for the start of our trip. The flight lasted about ten hours and finally we arrived in Istanbul. Customs was a breeze and after getting our luggage we met with our Turkish hosts, Ayse,
Beste, Sermet, and Sahin. We were taken to our dorms and awaited for the arrivals of all the members of the IACE Turkey 2006 group. Cadets from Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands completed our group. We were all disappointed that we were not joined by our Israeli counterparts due to conflict with Lebanon. We headed for Ankara the next morning. The sights along the way were breathtaking. Our stay in Ankara was at a Turkish Army Officers Base. Spending three days there we visited the 4th Main Jet Base, met with various officials from the Aerospace Industry. We went to see Ataturk’s Mausoleum, who is the patriot that brought the Turkish
people from the dying Ottoman Empire to the Country of Turkey, after the Mausoleum we met with the Governor of Ankara. We had a formal dinner that night with more Aerospace Officials, following the dinner we spent the evening learning various Turkish Dances. We headed to Inonu which was the flight training center. The drive took us past more breathtaking sights. The next day we had flights on an old plane from post-World War II era. After lunch we had glider flights over the mountains. That night we spent a memorable evening stargazing with the mountains as the backdrop. Morning soon arrived and we headed for the 1st Main Jet Base which was home to the F-4 Fighter and Recon Squadrons. We were welcomed warmly by the Base Commander and then after a quick briefing we were Continued on page 29 . . .
IACE Cadets Visit Texas Wing
Capt Arthur E. Woodgate, Group III PAO
21-31 July, 2006
By charter, the International Air Cadets Exchange is composed of “cooperating national air organizations from any number of countries.” The IACE makes it possible for air cadets to travel to other member nations, where they act as unofficial youth ambassadors of good will, learn how other cadet organizations function, share their mutual interest in aviation, and learn about other people, cultures and traditions. Each group is normally escorted by an adult member of IACE’s choosing. To be eligible for IACE travel, Canadian cadets are required to submit an essay detailing their reasons for wanting to do so. On the basis of these essays, a shorter list of candidates is developed, and individuals from this intermediate selection must then “win” over their peers as they appear before an interview board. Australian and Swedish cadets, on the other hand, are selected on the basis of their demonstrated performance and progress in the cadet program, without personal intervention in the
IACE cadets tour NASA.
selection process. A cadet may request a country, but individual final destinations are not revealed until all cadets are gathered at the airport on the day of their flight abroad. The same uncertainty surrounds their final destination within the host country, which is given to them after arrival. In the U.S., all cadets enter through
Let’s do it all over again, please!
Washington, DC and CAP National decides which wings will get which cadets, and how many of them (normally up to six). This year, due to an emergency, Texas Wing got eight cadets (by pre-arranged agreement): 4 Canadians, 2 Australians, and 2 Swedes - who were accompanied by two adult escorts, one Australian, the other Swedish. The cadets spent three days in Washington, DC before departing for their host wings. Once their visit at the host wing was over, they returned to Washington where they spent an additional two days before flying back to their own country. IACE cadets Jason Averay and Troy Pangalos (Australia); Scott Crook, Ross Faller, Megan Fink, and Étienne Gosselin (Canada); and Frida Lööv and Anton Lund (Sweden) arrived with easy smiles, an open attitude, and a thirst for knowledge. Their escorts were Continued . . . 3
IACE Cadets Visit Texas . . .
Jessica Garcia (Australia) and Henrik Persson (Sweden). A thoroughly cordial and gracious group, they made friends with ease. Lt Col Dawn King, Texas Wing IACE Coordinator and a member of Pegasus Composite Squadron in Austin, joined them upon arrival; she would remain with the group until their departure from Texas, very early on Monday, July 31st. Assisting her for the entire stay within Texas would be two CAP Liaison Cadets: C/Capt Bradley Cilino and C/Capt Richard Pope, both of Pegasus Composite Squadron. Friday, July 21st was a very happy day at the Addison Eagles Composite Squadron, host unit for the Dallas area and part of Group III. Since fluency in English is a prerequisite for selection, all cadet visitors - almost all high school seniors - fit right in with the group of CAP cadets who greeted and accompanied them. Host families opened their homes to the visitors, and bonds of friendship and affection were quickly formed. Sightseeing during these trips is so intense and diverse that it has been jokingly referred to as an extreme sport. Since Texas is a large state, going from Dallas to
IACE at The Alamo.
Romina Black with the new honorary Texas citizens.
Houston, to Austin, to San Antonio and back to Austin, plus extensive travel within these metropolitan areas, meant that the visitors would end up traveling almost 2,000 miles by car. Young and vigorous, they took the schedule in stride, played hard, and absorbed it all with aplomb. In Dallas, the group went to the American Airlines CR Smith Museum and the Stock Yards in Ft. Forth. They spent the night at Bishop Airfield (owned by Lt Col Tom Bishop, Group II commander), where they would go for glider flights on the following day. After the glider flights, the Mayor
of Frisco, near Dallas, welcomed the visiting group. On July 23rd, the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park in Arlington was a great hit, and at dinner that evening, the group celebrated two impending birthdays: Sweden’s Anton Lund’s 17th (July 27), and CAP Cdt Brad Cilino’s 16th (July 29). On July 23 the group traveled to Houston, a city that lies within Texas Wing’s Group IV and is rich in technology and history. On the evening of their arrival, Maj Dennis Cima, Group IV commander, and his wife Lt Col Brooks Cima, Texas Wing Director of Continued on page 30 . . .
IACE at C.R. Smith Museum in front of DC-39.
CATASTROPHIC DISASTERS! Is America Ready?
n the history of the United States, no catastrophic storm crippled the American people like hurricane Katrina. In an effort to educate the Texas Wing Squadrons, a Disaster Relief Operational Readiness Exercise was conducted on 15-17th September 2006. Make no mistake, the United States was not prepared for the vast economic, property and human life devastation that was caused by the hurricane season during the last two years and many states are still struggling to recover. For that reason, it is imperative that the Civil Air Patrol be kept up to date on all rescue procedures. Texas Wing played a huge part in assisting with not only Katrina, but also with Rita that hit Texas and Wilma that hit Florida. The Texas squadrons need to be educated and ready for deployment at a moment’s notice. The Decatur municipal airport was the
incident Command Post under the direction of Lt Col Tom Bishop for the Disaster Readiness Exercise. The Decatur National Guard Armory provided accommodations similar to facilities and equipment used when an actual disaster occurs by providing food and accommodations as needed. This exercise simulated a natural or man made disaster. There were approximately 67 participants, including 12 aircraft, about a dozen cadets, 2 ground teams, 10 staff, and 25 pilots representing numerous squadrons throughout the state. All Texas Squadrons were invited to participate and many were represented not only by Senior Officers but also cadets. Capt O’Conan supervised the cadets in ground team training, search and recovery, communications, and medical treatment for injured persons. Some of the cadets in attendance were:
South Fort Worth Diamondback Squadron was represented by Capt Jay Workman; 1st Lt Graylin Conerly, Capt Artemis O’Conan, PAO Sharron Stockwell.
Also present were 1st Lt Lisa Gunnell from the TX450 Wichita Falls Squadron, E.S. “Tex” Collins from the Crusader Composite Squadron, Grand Prairie, Lt Col Tom Bishop, Col Robert F.
Eldridge, Wing Commander, Lt Col Steven Haney, Major Dave Kinney, Lt Col Fisher. Commencement of a briefing began with Lt Col Bishop Continued . . .
Is America Ready . . .
discussing the hurricane season and the ability of the Civil Air Patrol to respond (1) in a short period of time at a moment’s notice, (2) with minimal staff, (3) with minimum training, (4) and be able to operate in a strange or hazardous environment, (5) with emergency staff, (6) with planes, (7) and with minimal dollars to get the job done in a crisis. Texas needs to plan a disaster exercise at least once a year. Emphasis was made about training needs related to ELTs, proper handling of airplanes and tie down procedures, training about weather conditions, photography, scanning, medical treatment, and ground teams. Ground teams need to be briefed prior to all flights and coordinate activities with other team members to eliminate ground chatter. Map training was covered in relation to mission kits, where to get maps, locating specific details like where bridges, roads, etc. are located on maps, how to read the legend, find towers on maps, the importance of not having to wait for ground teams when planes are ready, how to communicate with the ground team and specific location “points”. GPS equipment should be available in all team vehicles. Microsoft sells a program that would be beneficial to the CAP and non-profit organizations can request multiple copies of the program. There was a discussion about weather conditions and safety issues related to both on the ground and in the air, including but not limited to, slick roads, lack of rain, hydration, and slick runways. All crew members need to spend time on the ground on the mission staff. The Texas Wing, as well as, all CAP squadrons need to be mindful of qualified and aircrew team replacements. As cadets mature and go on to college, the Civil Air Patrol need to find ways to encourage membership growth. Cadets are essential especially during disasters. During hurricane Rita, ground teams were vital in the door-to-door evacuations. Sunday worship services were conducted by Ch. George Kelly at the National Guard Armory with emphasis on the topic of “Always Vigilant” and “God’s Redcap.” The opening invocation was given by Major David Kinney. Music focused on songs specific to those who serve and are guardians of day and night. Lt Col Don Fisher provided an Aerial Photography Training Class. Photography performed during the flight exercises was shown and evaluated. He discussed the basics of knowing your equipment, what to photograph and what not to photograph, do not crop photographs, angles, quality, pixels, and what customers want. Photographers saw the impact of Katrina, they saw the “red” in the gulf of Texas with hurricane Rita, witnessed three evacuations, bridge and structure damage (both long term and short term) and how the CAP is utilized through photography. During this exercise the CAP discovered a fire in progress and was able to capture the images through photography. To the Wise County Mayor and the Wise County community and its citizens, the Civil Air Patrol would like to thank them for their graciousness, outpouring of hospitality and encouragement toward all of personnel in the civilian sector and military sector. Wise County citizens recognize the service and sacrifice put forth by those that have served, those now serving and the cadets yet to serve in the armed forces and the auxiliary. The citizens realize they are the true benefactors. This was truly an educational and enlightening experience for all who attended. ★
Gain Higher Education While Serving Your Country
By Lt Col Bob Russell, Phoenix Composite Squadron PAO
It is never too early for a cadet to plan for a career or start thinking about higher education. Today, there are incredible opportunities for young men and women that should be investigated before approaching high school graduation and not having any plan whatsoever. These opportunities combine patriotic service to one’s country with excellent educational programs—and you can get paid while doing both! Of course, the four primary services in the United States—the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marine Corps—all require a college degree in order to become an officer. Commissioning can be obtained through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), one of the service academies, or specific programs—such as Officer Training School (OTS) for the Air Force. However, for some young CAP members, the opportunity to get into an academy is rare and the cost of college is almost prohibitive. Furthermore, many young men and women would like to begin serving their country immediately after high school, rather than waiting at least four more years to do so. There are a number of welldesigned pamphlets produced by the services that outline all of the benefits and the educational opportunities available to new recruits. This article summarizes a few that are of particular interest for each of the services. U.S. ARMY – The Army offers an opportunity to work in 200 career fields and the education and training required to prepare for those careers. In addition to war fighting skills, the Army offers fields like Engineering, Avionics, Electronics, and Health Care. One of the skills most highly sought after is that of a linguist – selectees attend the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in beautiful Monterey, California, from 6-16 months for superb training in any number of foreign languages. Active duty members are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill and Army College Fund—worth up to $50,000. There can be as much as $20,000 offered as an enlistment bonus, which is great for beginning your college efforts. In some cases, 100% of tuition assistance is offered for you to take classes at a college of your choice and, today, with technology offering Internet courses, that might be a way to take some courses. Furthermore, if you have already completed some of your college education and have a loan to pay off, the Army can offer up to $65,000 through a Loan Repayment Program: you first pay off your debt to the financial institution, then pay the Army back over time. The Delayed Entry Program (DLP) allows you to defer your enlistment for up to one year as you complete your education or plan out your Army career path. U.S. NAVY – For those cadets aspiring to “see the world,” the Navy has a number of opportunities. Programs are offered for many diverse fields, such as Nuclear Propulsion, Submarines, and Cryptologist (linguist) Interpretations. The Navy College Program (NCP) pays up to 100% of your tuition for off-duty courses and the GI Bill is available, like it is for the other services. The Navy also has “Tech Prep,” whereby a junior or senior in high school can earn 15 hours of college credits before graduation, then gain another 15 credits after high school at a community college. U.S. MARINES – Like the “parent” service (Navy), there are Marine educational opportunities that bear exploring. There are a lot of options for young recruits under the “Guaranteed Enlistment Options” program offered in areas such as aviation, electronics, or intelligence. There are benefits in the “Delayed Enlistment Program,” such as referrals—get two friends to actually enlist in the Marines active duty force or reserves and it will earn you a promotion! The Marines offer monetary support for education through the Marine Corps Tuition Assistance Program (MCTAP). Undergraduates can also apply to the Platoon Leaders Class (PLC), an accelerated way to earn a full commission as an officer. Play trumpet, tuba, drums or some other instrument? The Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and Ceremonial Band are two of the finest bands in the nation. One Marine band, in fact, plays for the President’s official (and social) functions. If you are a CAP cadet aspiring to stay in the music field and want to join a top-notch group of musicians, consider joining the Marines and playing in one of the top-notch Marine bands. U.S. AIR FORCE – Finally, the Air Force offers lots of interesting opportunities today. Spend time as a Security Cop in the Air Force, then transition in civilian life to become a police officer, sheriff, or some other law enforcement official. Remember that the GI Bill also applies to those cadets going into the Air Force—up to $28,000 worth of expenses and 100% of tuition for college courses. Those in the Combat Control career field can receive great enlistment bonuses—currently $3,000 for a fouryear “re-up,” and $12,000 for a sixyear contract. The Air Force Reserve Continued . . .
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is another way to serve and get a college education. (Remember that all the services have reserve components in addition to active duty career paths.) MILITARY SERVICE IN GENERAL – Important to note, in addition to education opportunities and associated financial support for getting your degree, there are other benefits available for today’s soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine. Thirty days of paid vacation, medical and dental care, low-cost shopping at exchanges and commissaries, great recreational facilities, paid room and board, an excellent pay scale, lowcost life insurance, and re-enlistment bonuses are all nothing to scoff at. I highly recommend that cadets interested in the opportunities outlined in this article drop by a recruiting office (or all four of them), talk with recruiters from that particular service, get some of the many pamphlets available to read and study, and then seriously contemplate the right move for you. You can also find a ton of information on the Internet at the respective sites for each service: USAF Recruiting Site – www.airforce.com USN Recruiting Site – www.navy.com Marines Recruiting Site – www.marines.com Army Recruiting Site – www.goarmy.com Civil Air Patrol cadets who are in the 9th or 10th grade owe it to themselves to research all the opportunities offered by the military and the many paths that one can take to get a paid higher education while pursing an honorable career. Even if you don’t make the service a career, you will find your service time very rewarding. And, you may as well take advantage of the educational opportunities that abound while supporting your nation as a soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine. Yes, it will be hard work, but very fulfilling and ★ a decision you will not regret.
A Family Tradition Continues Bell County Composite Squadron
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Raquel GomezSimmons has completed all the requirements to receive the General Billy Mitchell Award and was promoted to the rank of Cadet 2d Lieutenant Saturday, October 7th. Rachel is the third member of her unique family to achieve this award. At one point both parents and four of five children were members of the Bell County Composite Squadron. The fifth was too young to join, but was made the unit mascot until he turned 12. Raquel has been very active in the CAP and has attended numerous Squadron and Texas Wing activities. She has just completed her duties as the Cadet Squadron First Sergeant pending her promotion to Cadet 2d Lieutenant. Cadet Gomez-Simons is also an accomplished ballerina and this has made the CAP physical fitness tests very easy for her. Raquel’s older sister Vanessa was the first of the siblings to receive the Mitchell Award and is now a junior at Southwest Texas State University. Her older brother Jerome was next and is now a sophomore at Southwest. Both Vanessa and Jerome are in Air Force ROTC. Her younger brother, Johnny, has just joined the CAP the day after his twelfth birthday and is planning to be a Spaatz award winner. The promotion ceremony was held Oct 7th in the Temple Armory on Airport Road just beyond the Draughon Miller Airport. A reception followed the ceremony. The public was invited.
273rd Composite Squadron Cadet receives the Southwest Region Cadet of the Year Award
By C/TSgt Marcela Leano
Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Gabriella Leaño was presented with the Southwest Region Cadet of the Year for 2006 Award at the Southwest Region Conference, in Dallas, Texas. She achieved this award because of her dedication, motivation, and hard work in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. C/Lt Col Leaño, age 19, has been an active member of the 273rd Composite Squadron, based in Nederland, TX, for the past five years. She is the current Cadet Commander of her squadron, a position she has held for two years. Last year, in July of 2005, Leaño was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel after receiving the Ira C. Eaker Award, the second highest award in the Cadet Programs. She also led her squadron to become “Squadron of Merit” in 2005. During that same summer of 2005, C/Lt Col Leaño earned her solo wings at the Powered Flight Academy, and received a Texas Wing Commander’s Commendation as well as the “Honor Cadet” award for her dedicated participation at the event. Three weeks later, she graduated as a member of the “Honor Flight” at the Cadet Officer School held at Maxwell AFB in Alabama where she also received recognition as the flight’s “Top Writer.” In that same summer of 2005, Leaño completed her first solo flight in a T-233 Glider at the Texas Wing Glider Academy. A day after completing this amazing Glider Academy, she left for Washington D.C. as a member of the U.S. Delegation in the International Air Cadet Exchange, one of Civil Air Patrol’s premier events. Selected to represent the United States in an exchange to the United Kingdom, she had the excellent opportunity to meet foreign military and civilian dignitaries while she toured England and Scotland. While there, she also learned about the cultures and traditions of cadets and nations from around the world. This past spring of 2006 Cadet Leaño received the “Honor Cadet” award upon her graduation from the Cadet Command Staff College, the final school in the CTEP progression plan. Then in June of 2006, Cadet Leaño, as the 38th Squadron Commander at the Texas Wing Summer Encampment held in Paris, TX, led her flights to success and consistently high ratings through her perseverance and persistent efforts. She was commended for her efforts there by being awarded the “Line Staff Honor Cadet” award at the encampment graduation banquet. A month later, in July, Cadet Leaño was selected to staff the Region Cadet Leadership School, RCLS, in San Antonio, TX, and as the Alpha Seminar Leader she led her seminar to being named “Honor Seminar.”
At the RCLS, C/Lt Col Leaño was responsible for communicating and leading discussions about advanced leadership topics and principles to high-ranking and experienced Civil Air Patrol officers from around the Southwest Region. Most recently C/Lt Col Leaño was awarded the Texas Wing’s Female Cadet of the Year Award, which was presented at the Annual Texas Wing Conference in April, 2006. She was also selected as the Air Force Association’s Texas Cadet of the Year. In addition to all of these achievements, Cadet Leaño received a prestigious appointment to the United States Naval Academy but declined the offer to accept admission to Rice University in Houston, TX, where she is currently an undergraduate student. Cadet Leaño also has plans to take the Spaatz test, the highest award in the Cadet Programs, in the summer of 2007. C/Lt Col Gabriella Leaño has consistently set an outstanding example to her peers of the qualities that a Civil Air Patrol cadet should strive to attain and she has always put forth her very best effort.
SM Dan Patz (FWSS) in his WW II Army Air Corp uniform presenting “Chuckie”, a 1944 B17G.
FT. WORTH SQ—When you visit the Vintage Flying Museum on the south end of Fort Worth Meacham International (FTW), you will meet FWSS, SM Dan Patz adorned in his WW II Army Air Corp uniform giving tours of “Chuckie”, a 1944 B17G. Dan can tell you all about the long history of the Fortress from possibly flying combat during the last few months of the war to transporting fruit in Florida and then as a fire ant sprayer in Florida and Georgia. In 1979, Dr. William Hospers of Fort Worth purchased the aircraft and he and a core group of volunteers perform a running restoration. Over the past years he and his tireless volunteers have de-civilianized 44-8543 (“Chuckie”) and are bringing it closer to a combat configuration. “Chuckie” wears the colors of the bomb group for which it may have actually flown during WW II: the 486th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, based in Sudbury, England, Aug. 1944 - Aug. 1945.
SM Dan Patz Relives History at Vintage Flying Museum
By Capt Laurie Prior
Dan always lets the squadron know when “Chuckie” is flying. The Fortress is one of the twelve in the world that is still flying. Even though there were 13,000 built, there are about 40 on static display. Dan was elated when he caught a ride on the Fortress to Fort Worth from Denton after being in an airshow. N3701G burns on average 200 gallons of fuel an hour with an additional 8 gallons of oil for the engines! Dan is a blessing to CAP and to all the school groups and veteran groups that come out for a tour of the museum. The children especially like the 45 he straps on (plastic of course). But Dan is quick to tell you that he really could legally carry one. He whips out his badge with a smile. Before he joined CAP Dan was a Sergeant in the LA County Sheriff Dept.; 9 years active duty and 20 years AF Reserve as a Col. with the Security Police. Hats off to the men and women who work to preserve “Chuckie”, as a living memorial to the thousands of men and women who built, serviced, and flew them.
1944 B17G hangared at the Vintage Flying Museum at Fort Worth Meacham International and still flies today.
“Oh, the Smell of Jet Fuel in the Morning”
Lt Col Mike Manuel, PAO, Crusader Composite Squadron
What started out as a one-time event, motivated by a simple need to gather for information and an exchange of ideas on a pilot-topilot basis, has now grown into an informative and enjoyable quarterly affair. Combining a presentation on useful regulatory information, and product demonstrations the Crusader Composite Squadron can count on a productive day. On 13 May the squadron hosted a quarterly Safety Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast at the Grand Prairie Municipal Airport. The flight line marshalling crew a joint effort of the Arlington, Black Sheep, Crusader, and McKinney Composite Squadrons - put their skill to good use in guiding and organizing the aircraft on the apron. After the presentation of the colors by the Arlington Composite Squadron Honor Guard, Lt Col Roy Hill, squadron commander gave an intro. He was followed by Steven Buckner, FAA Operations Safety Inspector, who made an excellent Wings presentation. On static display were an Indus T211 LS Thorpedo Sport (a plane that is manufactured in Dallas), several CAP aircraft, Ercoupe, Taylorcraft, half-scale Corsair, and the much-envied cream of the crop: a brace of L-39 Albatross warbirds from Czechoslovakia. The Albatross, a trainer and light fighter that made its debut at the Paris Air Show in 1977, is still in use as a trainer in many European countries. A subsonic single-jet bird, this sleek aircraft is much admired for its maneuverability and the spectacular views it provides from its tandem cockpits. The L-39 jets remained on static display most of the day, and delighted the attendees with some excitement upon departure and subsequent low, high speed, formation fly-bys. At the end of the day, the new friends had become “old” and the old friends were somehow rejuvenated. An unexpected bonus for Crusader Squadron is that many attendees join the Civil Air Patrol, once they realize that their skills can find a good outlet at the service of the community. Normally, airports are not all that exciting, and small airports even less so, but they’re useful. Many pilots believe that there’s nothing like the smell of jet fuel fumes in the morning to clear one’s head (or at least one’s sinus cavities). Sponsors for the event included: Grand Prairie Municipal Airport, The Historical Aviation Memorial Museum, CareFlight, The FAA and Mr. Steven Buckner, Pepper’s Restaurant, AOPA Aviator Air Center, Jon Boede and Roma Skinner, the Commemorative Air Force, and Sporty’s Pilot Shop. Presenters included: The Civil Air Patrol’s Crusader Composite Squadron, Embry Riddle, Indus Aviation, Bell Helicopter, Vaught Aircraft, and others. Special thanks to Crusader’s Project Officer, 1st Lt Ron Cheney. In mid-June, Mr. Bill Terrel, of Woodmen of the World, presented the Crusader Composite Squadron with a new American Flag and a Texas Flag. With the 4th of July looming near, Mr. Terrell expressed with affection what the Flag meant to him, words that reflected the feelings of Crusader members themselves.
Arlington Composite Squadron Honor Guard presents the colors during the Quarterly Safety Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast.
Some of the marshalling crew, members of Arlington, Black Sheep, Cursader and McKinney Composite Squdrons.
Cadet Villarreal and Cadet Lozano stand at attention at Warren Sherrill Park in Downtown Corpus Christi, the first public outing for cadets in over a year and a half.
Major Joe Ely Carrales stands beside the “War on Terrorism” Memorial at Sherrill Park. Kudos to the Leadership Corpus Christi organization for their work on that impressive landmark.
Cadets Honor POW-MIAs in Corpus Christi and then Fly High in Victoria
By Major Joe Ely Carrales, PAO
Corpus Christi SQ-It was a (not too) warm Saturday morning on 16 September 2006 and Officers and Cadets from the Corpus Christi Comp Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol stood at attention clad in blues as a very solemn ceremony got underway. The event was a special tribute to American servicemen who were prisoners of war or who are listed as missing in action. In attendance for the occasion was the Veteran’s Band of Corpus Christi as well as others from the veteran’s community. The event was hosted by the Catholic War Veterans under the auspices of the Corpus Christi Mayor’s Committee for Veterans Affairs. Corpus Christi City Councilman John Mares made opening remarks. The guest speaker for the event was 1SGT USA retired Lazaro “Larry” Velasquez who spoke on little recognized female POWs and MIAs. Long time CC-CAP member, Major Victor Medina, Jr, normally attend these occasions, but since Major Medina was away on vacation . . . the unit’s cadets responded. The officer of the day was 1st Lt Sandy Phelps who did an excellent job in preparing the cadets for the solemn occasion. At the end of the event, 1st Lt Phelps transitioned the formation to 2d Lt Mike Garmon, unit Safety Officer, for a road trip to Victoria, Texas. The purpose of that trip . . . the staging of cadet orientation flights for the unit’s cadets. After a short stop for a meal, and to handle some paperwork with squadron commander Major John Rios, the cadets and officers left of Victoria arriving a few minutes before 1600. At that time they were turned over to Capt Leonard Saddler who organized the days flying activities. The pilot, Capt Gene Jeansonne, immediately took the cadets and began to brief them on what was to be expected. In all there were three cadets who were given flights. C/Basic Philip Lozano and C/Basic Dylan Hatch, received a type 6 orientation flight (meaning an initial powered flight) and C/TSgt Christopher Villarreal received a type 7 orientation flight (the second in the series). Upon completing his flight Cadet Hatch was given some training in General Emergency Services. That days activities heralded a milestone in the Corpus Christi Composite Squadron, it was an example of capitalizing CAP activities and time. All in all it was a good day for the unit! Semper Vigilans!
Pegasus Squadron Conducts Airman Leadership School
2d Lt Russell Corley
August 11-13, at its Camp Mabry headquarters, Pegasus Composite Squadron, a subordinate unit of Group III, Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol, conducted a two-day Airman Leadership School (ALS). The training focused on the required academics, Civil Air Patrol history, military customs and courtesies, and marching drill and ceremonies. Meant for Group III’s new cadets, the training was attended by 14 members from Greater Austin and Waco. Student inprocessing started on the evening of Friday 11, followed by a game of capture the flag. With all the excitement, cadets found it hard to sleep when lights-out was called at 2200. Saturday 12th started at 0600, when C/1st Sgt Steven Hamman conducted Physical Training (PT) ending with a mile-long run in formation. Now fully awake, the cadets settled into a day of academic study and preparation for the leadership test. For some, the ALS was their first exposure to what it means to be a CAP cadet. In describing the experience, “ALS was a great learning experience,” said C/ Amn Evan Petrosky. “The basics of CAP membership were well covered. I was hoping to know all this so I wouldn’t stick out like someone who just joined,” he added. “I’m really happy that I came.” Sunday involved preparation for the physical fitness test, taking the leadership written exam, and practicing marching maneuvers. Again, C/1st Sgt Hamman led the cadets through small-unit drills, showing them how to maneuver as a flight, in
smaller elements, and as individuals. Later that day, after taking the leadership tests, the cadets cleaned their rooms, reluctantly packed their personal belongings, and prepared for graduation. When the test results were tallied, the Pegasus staff knew they had a winning class. Eight airman basic cadets qualified for their Gen. John F Curry award and, breaking with tradition, the staff selected two (instead of one) honor graduates: C/AB Shelby Cody and C/Amn Evan Petrosky. “Everybody involved did a great job,” was cadet Petrosky’s final comment. He then explained that his all-inclusive comment – from the cadet instructors who had “been there” and made the weekend fun, to the senior staff that also had “been there” and helped the weekend run so professionally. This event was enhanced by the continued support of the Texas Army National Guard’s 132nd Division, who lent the use of the Audie Murphy facility and billeting. 1st Lt Daren Jaeger, Pegasus Composite Squadron commander, who is looking forward to hosting another ALS in the spring of 2007, said, “We are building tomorrow’s youth and, from what I can see in these cadets, that future is bright indeed.”
During the night exercise, Cadet Hamman practices triangulating an ELT signal.
Group shot of the trainees, at the start of the course.
Pegasus Composite Squadron’s Fall 2006 FTX
C/2d Lt Steven Hamman
The evening of September 29 at 1800 marked the start of Pegasus Squadron’s Fall 2006 FTX, held at the Lost Pines Boy Scout ranch, near Camp Swift, in the Group III Area. As instructed, the trainees hiked their gear to camp, following a marked trail that ran through the woods. Once there, they dumped their gear and the camp staff in-processed them. After taking care of the administrative details, the students began setting up their shelter. Late arrivals added some temporary confusion - soon integrated into the orderly routine - and by 2200 there were 14 cadets and 8 seniors for a total of 22 participants. A briefing covering safety and ground team assignments followed at 2230, a Charge of Quarters (CQ) list was posted, and the first sentries took their posts for an hour each. At 0600 on the following morning, the cadets started a new day and the assigned Kitchen Police (KP) crew busied itself with breakfast preparation. With all the activity, they were hungry and soon finished eating and cleaning up. 1st Lt Ford of Phantom Squadron led a moral leadership class, and the last cadet arrived, bringing the number of participants to 23. After a short break, 1st Lt Jaeger and 2d Lt Bos instructed the trainees on “familiarization and preparatory training” for ground team member level 3
The trainees move along the trail on their way to set up camp.
qualification. MREs for lunch presented a new experience for many of the cadets, a break soon followed by LPER/ELT training by Maj Pope. Capt Benavides and 1st Lt Wreyford of Apollo Squadron demonstrated the use of the tape measure Yagi-Uda antenna. After everyone had had an opportunity to use both the H-antenna and the Yagi, Maj Draper taught the ground team trainees orienteering and map reading, while 1st Lt Jaeger trained the more advanced students on ground team leader tasks. The students soon put their newly learned skills to the test on a 6-point orienteering course that was nearly 3,000 meters long (about two football fields’ short of 2 miles). Three hours later, at 1800, the last team returned to camp just in time for dinner, which Continued . . .
Cadet 2d Lt Annabel Andrews
Cadet 2d Lt Sharya Quereshi
Two Thunderbird Cadets Earn Billy Mitchell Award
By 1st Lt Denise Thompson
Two Thunderbird Composite Squadron cadets earned the Billy Mitchell Award and promoted to Cadet Officer in a ceremony Tuesday September 5, 2006 at West Houston Airport. Presented by Group 4 Commander Maj Dennis Cima Cadets Sharya Quereshi and Annabel Andrews were promoted to C/ 2d Lt. Both cadets are members of the Thunderbird Squadron competition color guard team. They proudly represented Texas at the Southwest Region Cadet Competition this past April in Tucson, AZ. Quereshi was also a member of the 2004 color guard team that advanced to the national level. Andrews is an active member who is also in the process of earning Girl Scout Gold Award. This prestigious award is presented to only 1% of the active Girl Scouts in the US. These young ladies have also participated in many CAP activities such as Texas Wing Encampments, leadership schools, glider academy, Wings Over Houston Airshow and CAC (Cadet Advisory Counsel).
Pegasus 2006 FTX . . .
was dispatched seemingly in seconds, since they were eager to hike back up the trail to an open field, set up the HF radio, and check into the net at 1900. Capt Benavides’ clear instructions helped the cadets set up the radio in record time. That night, both Pegasus and Apollo Squadrons successfully signed onto the net. Immediately afterwards, the net closed at 1930, the cadets took down the radio, and the ground teams prepared for their first practice ELT mission. Within an hour, the only team equipped with a Yagi antenna located the ELT and returned to base. The other two teams searched for nearly another hour before locating the ELT and returning to base. With six hours left until reveille, one of which would most certainly be spent on CQ, the trainees were grateful for whatever sleep
they could get. After a light breakfast - a healthy combination of fruit and donuts - the ground teams re-formed and set off, each one on its own mission. Within two hours, each ground team had independently located the ELT and returned to base. Tired but happy, smiling as they relished their success, they spent the next few hours taking down camp and performing the most time-consuming task of all: picking up micro-trash. Once the project officer was satisfied with the campground’s condition, everyone hiked their gear back up the trail to the vehicles and loaded them. Some thought they had left something behind, because the gear didn’t seem to be as heavy as they remembered it from nearly two days before. It was now near noon, October 1st. The FTX had lasted for 42 hours, not quite 2 days, but they had completed almost all of the requirements for GTM3, with some earning nearly fully-qualified Ground Team Leader status. ★
Observing Memorial Day Among Warbirds of Yesteryear
1st Lt Laura Lee Woodward
The Cavanagh Flight Museum (www.cavanaughflight museum.com) is devoted to the preservation, restoration, and exhibition of historically significant aircraft, as well as fostering and broadening the knowledge of aviation history and impact on our society, particularly among the young. Therefore, it was only fitting that they should welcome Civil Air Patrol participation when they organized their Memorial Day remembrance, “Wings over Addison.” Texas Wing’s Addison Eagles Composite Squadron, also located in Addison, readily accepted to share in the event. However, lacking enough member volunteers for the job, they sought (and received) help from the Dallas Composite Squadron and the Irving Composite Squadron. As a bonus, the Thunderbolt Composite Squadron, located in McKinney, TX contributed a wellprepared honor guard to the effort. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s newly-restored WW II-vintage F4-U “Corsair” (whose engine had not yet been re-installed) was a very popular exhibit. Present for the occasion, at the museum’s invitation, was an original Corsair pilot, Marine Corps “Ace” Col Archie Donahue, whose authentic aircraft colors were used for the restoration, which the museum dedicated to him. During President Bush’s National Moment of Silence, the retired officer was delighted t o w i t n e s s t h e The McKinney Thunderbolt CS honor guard flanking USMC Ace Col Archie Donahue in front Thunderbolt Honor of “his” F4-U Corsair. Guard’s presentation mechanics of flight, presenting of the colors. Later, flanked by an overview of the history of the Honor Guard cadets, he posed aviation, and giving an unclassifor the CAP photographer in front fied briefing on the new of his reborn warbird, graciously ARCHER technology (which is congratulating the cadets on designed for highly specialized their skill. aerial imagery). Children were Some of the participating eager to sit at the GA-8’s controls CAP cadets, in crisp camouflage and imagine themselves actually uniforms, helped guide traffic flying the aircraft. Their obvious towards designated parking areas, enjoyment mirrored an experiefficiently marshalling them into ence that many CAP members position. Others stood guard at remember having had in their the runway viewing area, making own tender youth, when it planted sure that small children didn’t a seed that later led them to make stray onto active airport areas. aviation a part of their life. The combination of their youth, A chance to own a small porgood manners, and excellent tion of history (in miniature) had training motivated many visitors been planned as well. A very to come up and talk with them. popular raffle yielded two winThe cadets, following their natuners of WW II model airplanes: a ral inclination, candidly shared P-47-30 “Thunderbolt” and a their personal experiences with all P-51 “Mustang.” Meticulously - young and not-so-young - generbuilt by Addison Eagles’ historiating much interest. cal modeler 1st Lt Stan Vasquez, CAP senior members worked they thrilled the attendees by a small concession stand where their life-like appearance and the crowd could purchase bottled rich detailing. water, soft drinks, and hot dogs. At day’s end, many young Many celebrants asked about the visitors waved good-bye as Civil Air Patrol and its programs, they passed by a CAP cadet. It and were glad to be directed to the is rumored that most had stars CAP orientation area. in their eyes. With an abundance of posters Special thanks to all volunand videos, and the static display teers, whose time and effort made of CAP aircraft, including its new this such a successful endeavor. Gippsland GA-8 Airvan, CAP members addressed adults and youngsters alike, explaining the ★
CAPCERTDrill-8Oct06-006: CAP rescuers move a simulated victim to safer ground.
Major Tom Smalley assists a simulated victim out of a building that has been declared “destroyed by a tornado.”
CAP Unit Trains for Disaster Response
By Lt Col Gary Stevens
WAXAHACHIE SQ—“Help us in here, somebody please help us!” A chorus of distressed cries greeted members of the Waxahachie Talon Composite Squadron, member of Group III, Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), as they raced into the simulated effects of a tornado’s wreckage Sunday afternoon. Several volunteer “victims,” suffering a variety of minor and major injuries, awaited the rescuers in sid e th e W a x a h a c h i e F i r e Department training facility, just southeast of town. The team members were putting into practice the twenty hours’ worth of training they had recently completed under the federal Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. They became the first in Ellis County and the first CAP unit in Texas to be certified graduates of the program. The team, consisting of both adults and teenaged cadets as young as fifteen, quickly moved
through the debris on two floors of the building, locating survivors and noting the type and degree of injury each victim had suffered. The training leaders had spent hours beforehand creating the illusion of bleeding wounds, broken bones, and even imbedded shards of glass. Combined with detailed briefings to each “victim” about how to act and what to say to the rescuers, the Hollywood-style “blood and gore” effectively portrayed the scene that might greet first responders to such an actual disaster scene. Once the new graduates located the role-playing victims, they removed them from the wreckage by whatever means were available, including office chairs as wheelchairs and boards as stretchers. The emphasis was on preventing further risk of injury or even death to the survivor, and providing basic first aid until professional emergency responders could arrive on-scene. Much of the activity stressed
cooperative effort among team members, beginning with the methodical search of the debris for victims, then the process of moving the more seriously “injured” victims to a safe area away from the building, assessing the injuries, and providing aid and comfort before they could be treated by medical professionals. “I think we often underestimate what to expect of our youth,” commented Lieutenant Colonel Nancy Smalley, Texas Wing Chaplain and the team leader for the exercise, “Admittedly, the Civil Air Patrol program attracts the best of today’s youth through its emphasis on aviation, communications, and the opportunity to be actively involved in important, often lifesaving missions. But when I see this group of fifteen and sixteen year-old cadets walk into such chaos and misery as we saw here today, and get the job done, I can’t help but be impressed. They Continued on page 31 . . .
C/2d Lt Cameron Thompson
SSgt Mitchell Ferguson explains the cargo bay floor.
Group IV Cadets Enjoy C-17 Orientation Flight
By 1st Lt Denise Thompson
C/2d Lt Natalie Oropeza, Sheldon Cadet Squadron, was chosen to sit in the cock pit during take off. She watched as Galveston and the Texas Gulf coast went by. We then took a north easterly course toward College Station and Texas A & M. After going over Kyle Field we headed south along Highway 6 to Interstate 10. The cadets and senior members all enjoyed the view from the cock pit during the flight. SSgt. Mitchell Ferguson, Team McGuire, took time to explain the floor of the cargo area. He demonstrated how the panels in the floor can be pulled up and reversed depending on the need. Flying the l-10 corridor toward downtown was exciting as we identified airports and landmarks along the way. It was quite a sight as we came in to the downtown area looking at all of the tall buildings from a different perspective. Then it was time to buckle in for landing. Once on the ground Cadet Claralee Andrews, Thunderbird Composite Squadron, was tasked with opening the cargo bay doors.
he skies over southeast Texas were clear and the air smelled sweet after heavy rain moved though just a few days before. The annual Wings Over Houston Air Show got underway with a preliminary C-17 “media flight” Friday October 20, 2006, organized by Lt Col Robert Wolin. The first group of cadets, senior members and media were on board a C-17 Globemaster III for a one hour flight. Several CAP cadets and senior members waited on the ground for a second, much longer flight. Once the plane landed and was refueled the second group boarded through the big cargo doors in the rear of the plane. Soon were cruising the big blue sky. USAF PAO S/Am Rachel Martinez, with the “Team McGuire” public relations office explained her role with this fine aircraft. “I am responsible for arranging community relations. I organize media flights and CAP C-17 orientation flights at the different air shows”. She was very knowledgeable about the C-17 and McGuire AFB in New Jersey where the plane and crew are based.
Loading up. Downtown Houston from above Minute Maid Park.
Alamo Composite Squadron Color Guard lead Monte Vista Fourth of July Parade.
Alamo Composite Squadron passing a historic home during the parade.
Fulfilling Dreams While Fulfilling Missions for America
By Lt Estelle Kelly
he Alamo Composite Squadron, San Antonio, TX, fulfilled the dreams of an inner-city neighborhood as the Cadet Color Guard led the procession in the annual Monte Vista Neighborhood Association’s 4th of July Parade. Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Color Guard program is one of many ways Civil Air Patrol can provide humanitarian service to the community. Discovering other community service opportunities can be as simple as speaking with the squadrons Chaplain. Chaplain Alvarez, Chaplain to both the Bexar County and Alamo Composite Squadrons, is fortunate to be able to attend many neighborhood association meetings through his work. “There are many simple but significant activities that can help make a difference for others.
Even the smallest need such as filling treat bags for safe Halloween parties makes an impact on the families in the area.” Lt Col Alex Alvarez offers a unique perspective for utilizing volunteer opportunities during the coming Holiday Season. “The local media puts out quite a bit of information on organizations that need help during the Holidays. Many events such as a toy drive are specific to that holiday however; other volunteer opportunities such as canned goods drives come around again. I find that it is best to volunteer during the Holidays with an organization that interest the squadron members and then develop a contact with the organization so that the squadron can continue to volunteer upon request.” Collecting a file of newspaper articles referencing organizations such as the Habitat for Humanity is
a good way to monitor needs in the community throughout the year. Many organizations sponsor events that use phone bank callins for pledge fundraising. This is a great way to volunteer and develop visibility for the squadron and Civil Air Patrol. Remember too that joint activities may be possible with sister service organizations such as a Rotary Club, the American Legion, or the Red Cross. For those CAP units on a military instillation the moral welfare and recreation offices offer a point of contact for service activity within the base community. Making an impact for the community is “a gratuitous circle” explains Chaplain Alvarez. “The more we serve the more we will be called upon to serve.” Thus fulfilling our own dreams of serving our country and our community as Civil Air Patrol members.
A Generous CAP Donor
By Lt Col H. M. “Butch” Ragland, PAO, Tyler Composite Squadron
TYLER SQ—The Tyler/Robert’s Raiders Composite Squadron, Group III, Texas Wing presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Elmer Ellis, Chief Executive Officer of East Texas Medical Center for ETMC’s support to the local Civil Air Patrol since 1989. ETMC has provided space for communications equipment in their climate-controlled equipment room, as well as a CAP antenna on the hospital’s tower. This equipment has made it possible for the squadron to communicate with aircraft and ground teams throughout East Texas for Emergency Services missions in support of the community and Nation. Lt Col Terry L. Howlett, squadron commander, thanked ETMC and Mr. Ellis for their support in providing misting machines and the ETMC canopy, both of which were used at the squadron’s Staging Area in support of Group lll, Texas Wing’s Incident
L-R Lt Col Terry L. Howlett, Tyler Composite Squadron Commander, Mr. Elmer Ellis, ETMC’s CEO and Lt Col Dennis Bennett (former Group 7 Commander)
Command Post during the TEXAS SENTRY COWBOY USAF Guided Search and Rescue Training Exercise in August. “These items were especially helpful for our ground teams and aircrews, in the prevailing triple-digit temperatures,” he said. During Exercise TEXAS SENTRY COWBOY, Group lll, Texas Wing’s Command Post, hosted by Tyler/Robert’s Raiders Composite Squadron coordinated 100 air and over 30 ground missions statewide, setting a new national record for the Civil Air Patrol.
From Texas to Turkey: IACE 2006 . . .
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ushered into a bus. “We have a surprise for you. You are Special Guests and we have arranged some flybys of our F-4s” we were told. Flybys we thought, we had all seen flybys, and little did we realize that these were to be DIFFERERNT. The bus drove us onto the flight line and up to the runway. As we waited, four F-4s pulled onto the runway and were within twenty feet of our group. We stood in awe as none of us had ever been so close to a live jetfighter, but yet before us was four jetfighters. We watched takes offs, landings and flybys. The next day we departed for the resort town of Kusadasi, a coastal city on the Mediterranean, for leisure and relaxation. The following day we departed for the ancient city ruins of Ephesus, and house of the Virgin Mary. The scenery was something to behold since there was so much history of the world in that one location. We spent the following day relaxing on the beach at Kusadasi National Park. We departed for the last leg of our IACE journey back to Istanbul. We visited the Military Museums, various palaces and the famous Sultanahmet Mosque. The last day was spent sightseeing on the Bosphorus and shopping in the Grand Bazar. We had our farewell dinner and that morning departed for our home countries. The Turkish Government, Hosts and People were very generous, friendly and accommodating. They went out of their way to make sure we were well taken care of. I appreciate their kindness and generosity for making this trip very memorable. My journey halfway across the world allowed me to see sights and sounds most teens my age would never experience. How can I become an IACE cadet? You may ask. Simple, obtain your Earhart Award, be well rounded in school and extracurricular activities, and be at least 17 before you apply. All cadets have the potential to participate in IACE. The memories, experiences and friends made on your trip will last a lifetime! ★
IACE Cadets Visit Texas . . .
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Cadet Programs, generously entertained the visitors at their home. Highlights of their trip to Houston included a behind-the-scenes visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (and its enormous swimming pool where the astronauts practice “space walking”), and Galveston’s Lonestar Flight Museum (famous for its aircraft and Aviation Hall of Fame). Dinner at the great Boardwalk restaurant in Kemah, near Galveston, was memorable, with a spectacular sunset as a backdrop. Austin (in the Group III area), founded at about the same time as Houston, has been the seat of government from the start, and the Texas State Capitol is always a popular place. Historic Camp Mabry (seat of the Texas National Guard headquarters), offered the Audie Murphy Museum and the Texas Military Forces Museum as windows to Texas’ past. The visit to San Antonio (a city at least 100 years older than either Austin or Houston) included Randolph Air Force Base (with “flight time” on the T1 simulator), the Alamo Museum, and other points of interest. Lunch at the Hard Rock Café on San Antonio’s River Walk was yet another occasion for celebrating Cdt Lund’s birthday, since this time it was the correct day. As a memento of their visit to Texas, after a private tour of the Texas State Capitol on July 28, Ms Romina Black, Executive Secretary of the Secretary of State, presented all cadets and their escorts with Honorary Citizen of the State of Texas certificates signed by Governor Perry. The honorees, in turn, presented her with an IACE Certificate of Appreciation. Afterwards, the group had lunch courtesy of Austin’s landmark restaurant “The 30 County Line on The Lake,” an occasion enjoyed by all. The Texas barbeque was superb, the company young and lively, and the guests candid in their obvious enjoyment. Saturday, July 29, in New Braunfels, was Schlitterbahn day. Considered the premier water park in the United States, it became the active setting for yet another celebration of Cdt Cilino’s 16th birthday, since his proper date had finally arrived. On Sunday, July 30, the visiting cadets spent most of the day at San Marcos, where three CAP aircraft took them on front-seat orientation rides. Hosting the flight line was the Tex Hill Composite Squadron, which is in Group V. IACE cadets are often licensed pilots in their home country, and this was the case with Cadet Megan Fink, of Canada. On that Sunday evening, at the Tres Amigos Mexican restaurant, visitors and hosts attended an informal farewell dinner. To everyone’s expected non-surprise, the by-now famous cadet birthdays were celebrated yet another (and probably final) time. On that occasion, Lt Col Norm King, former Texas Wing Chief of Staff and now Director of Plans and Programs, met with the cadets and wished them a good trip home. As a final salute to their hosts, the IACE cadets staged an impromptu “personalized ballad,” to everyone’s great mirth, with two cadets on acoustic guitars (a singing Australian and an instrumentalist Canadian), and two “victims” seated between them (a Canadian and a Swede), personifying the ballad’s characters (who could hardly contain their own laughter). Afterwards, the group thanked their hosts for a wonderful time, and presented Lt Col Dawn King and their host families with small gifts that they had brought from their home countries. But there was one more gift forthcoming. Each visiting group brings along one very special IACE award, which they are instructed to give to the one person they think was most responsible for their enjoyment. This time they chose to honor Lt Col Dawn King - the first time she had ever been so distinguished, after many years as Texas Wing IACE Coordinator. Deeply touched, Lt Col King hugged them all, one by one, and to her immense surprise, Cdt Anton Lund (Sweden), who towers over her, literally swept her off her feet. (Even ranking officers are permitted a sentimental tear or two, on occasion.) The visitors’ enjoyment was so obvious, and the hosts were so reluctant to part with them, that the room became charged with emotion. “I’m coming back, Sir. I don’t know how, but I’ll be back,” said Cdt Troy Pangalos of Australia to this writer. At each stage, the visitors had shared the company, customs, hospitality and food of the people in the area, and the mere ten days allotted to their trip seemed to vanish into thin air. They freely shared of themselves with their hosts, and were candid and respectful in their interaction with everyone they met, who in turn will remember them with sympathy and affection. Most likely, their memories will stay with them for a very long time. To help them do so, each will receive a CD filled with digital images of their trip throughout Texas, images taken by the two CAP cadets who accompanied them and made sure that their visit was not only pleasant, but well recorded as well. ★
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put a great deal of time and effort into absorbing the information they were provided, then applied that knowledge in a very stressful environment to save lives and relieve suffering.” Such methodical and thoughtful response during the first few minutes and hours of a disaster by ordinary citizens is the purpose of Community Emerg e n c y Response Training. In fact, the whole intent of the CERT program is to provide the citizens of the community the skills and knowledge they will need when they must assist their family members and neighbors in the first minutes or hours after disaster strikes. It does not create a thoroughly trained professional; it simply provides program graduates with the basic skills they’ll need to prevent further injury to the victim without unnecessary risk to the rescuer. That latter point is critical. In the first hours after Mexico City’s earthquake several years ago, neighborhood residents were credited with saving some 800 lives, but about 100 of the rescuers perished due to lack of training on how to reduce their own risk while helping others. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which devastated large areas of the U.S. Gulf Coast last year, are merely the latest of a long series of natural and man-made disasters that showed that neighborhoods might be on their own for hours or even days before professional medical and emergency response teams can reach them. The Los Angeles City Fire Department first developed and implemented the CERT concept in 1985. It was California’s Whittier Narrows
CAP members treat simulated injuries during a disaster drill.
earthquake of 1987 that confirmed that trained families, neighborhoods and employees were better able to meet their own immediate needs right after the disaster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now provides a “Train-TheTrainer” program to form “seed” teams in a community, who will then conduct the training program for others. The goal is to have a broad base of CERT-qualified citizens throughout the community, ready to respond capably whenever disaster strikes. Civil Air Patrol members have been responding to community needs in a variety of ways since the organization was founded days before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Known primarily for their role in searching for missing aircraft, members have increased their capability over the years to assist in disaster response in a number of ways. CAP members in north Texas were deeply involved in last year’s huge hurricane relief effort, operating from staging areas all across south Texas,
Louisiana, and Mississippi. Soon after that, CAP spent months flying fire spotting missions all across north Texas and the Panhandle, and is credited with minimizing the burn area which could have been simply devastating, as well achieving stunning success in fire prevention and the saving of lives and property. More recently, a statewide CAP exercise last August, involving members in 24 locations across Texas, effectively demonstrated their ability to simultaneously provide assistance in ground and airborne search, storm damage assessment, evacuation route survey and monitoring, as well as airborne reconnaissance and photography for numerous state and federal agencies. In fact, more than 40 “real world” photographic reconnaissance projects were completed and submitted to the requesting agencies during that three-day exercise. Whether on the ground or in the air, the Civil Air Patrol’s corps of dedicated volunteers stands willing and able to help their community and nation in time of need. ★
Daniel family - 3 Captains
A Family Affair
By 2d Lt Mary Ureke, PAO
DELTA COMPOSITE SQUADRON—based out of David Wayne Hooks airport located in Northwest Houston. There are currently 73 senior members and 68 cadets in the program, all working and training for when they are called. Within these numbers are many great individuals but also several family groups who are actively involved in CAP. The Wilkins family with six, soon to be eight, of their twelve family members is very active in CAP. Leading the way is Senior Member 2d Lt Kelly Wilkins, who is also the Aerospace education officer and leads the Double Eagle Scout program chartered by Delta (CAPR 52-16). The five Wilkins cadets are involved in Delta’s color guard and work hard toward earning promotions. Daniel, Jonathan, Abigail, Stephen, and Samuel range in age from 12 to 16. Mrs. Wilkins and older sister, Lydia (22), are Venture leaders and will soon be joining CAP as senior members working in the cadet program specialty track. The
Southwest Region Conference “Falcon Virgo”
is a group photo of the awards presented to the participating Wings for a job well done during that exercise.
Wilkins’ are not the only family at Delta Composite. There are five in the Daniel family. Three of which are Captains. C/Capt Jesse Daniel is currently the cadet commander, his brother, C/Capt Jonathan is C/Admin officer, and Senior Member Capt Claudia Daniel is the squadron’s medical officer. Also involved are 2d Lt Douglas Daniel and 2d Lt Anno Montgomery, mother of Claudia and grandmother to Jesse and Jonathan, who comes to most Tuesday night meetings and events held at the squadron. Still, there are more families with multiple members. The Braytons with four, Buchman, Glasscock, Hustons, Wykes, and Ureke with three, and several more with two, are regular faces seen on duty day, at color guard practice, FTX’s and SAREXs, and any other activity on the squadron calendar. It may seem confusing, at first, to see so many with the same last name but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind, that all (individual member or one of eight), are welcome and are important to the squadron and the Civil Air Patrol mission.
Gladewater Cadets in Field Training Weekend
1st Lt Harold Parks
On the weekend of 13-15 October, the Gladewater Corsairs Composite Squadron, held a training weekend devoted to developing Ground Team search and rescue skills with special emphasis on L-per training in a difficult environment. “L-per” describes the operation of a portable electronic homing device used to locate aircraft emergency locator transmitters (ELT). Usually, when an aircraft crashes, the ELT is activated automatically and starts emitting a distress signal. This signal is captured by ground-based radio receivers and listening satellites, and the approximate location is reported to a central emergency response center. The Civil Air Patrol unit nearest to the signal is then alerted to find the ELT. In addition to very rough, varying and broken terrain, the selected training area had
Getting the Next Bearing: C/Maj Kyle Vaughn with L-per, C/Maj Stephen Mouton, C/MSgt Jarrod Alexander, C/Amn John Ryan observing.
numerous high voltage lines running across it and a number of steel buildings and wire fences. These factors make for challenging searches as the L-per operators receives many false and confusing readings. Training in such a difficult environment and learning how to overcome the electronic obstacles make for more successful electronic searches in real world emergencies. All squadron members are trained in various positions of responsibility during the searches. Cadets and adult members rotated through the Team Leader,
Final Shootout; C/Maj Stephen Mouton and C/Amn John Ryan shooting in final relay of Squadron competition. C/MSgt Jarrod Alexander spotting and C/Maj Kyle Vaughn observing.
Navigator and L-per Operator positions, and all of them participated on the search lines. Everyone came to understand the challenges faced by those placed in each position, and therefore gained a varied experience that is designed to result in more successful Ground Team searches. The broader the experience level of each team member, the more that each member can offer to the team when an actual search is on. After working on ground search and rescue training all day Saturday, with good success, it was time for some fun. The squadron is in the process of forming a competitive air rifle team, so this was a good time for target practice. On Sunday Lt Alexander, a certified NRA firearms instructor, presented a firearms safety class followed by training in competition shooting. The rifles were sighted in, and all members fired practice rounds. The squadron then held an informal competition, with the following results: C/Amn John Ryan earned first place, followed by C/Maj Stephen Mouton and C/MSgt Jarred Alexander.
San Angelo Squadron Conducts Fall Rocket Launch
By 2d Lt Johanna O. Augustine
The San Angelo Composite Squadron TX-023 conducted a rocket launch event on 30 September, at Goodfellow AFB, Texas. Twelve cadets and six senior members participated in the event; with each cadet launching a rocket assembled at the last regular meeting. Cadets received instruction in cordoning an area for the launch, and participating in “downrange” recovery of rockets. The weather cooperated greatly with a slight breeze bringing rockets down within one hundred yards of the launch site.
Members of the San Angelo Squadron search the sky for their rocket.
C/Amn Angelica Gutierrez prepares her rocket for launch.
“We created quite a spectacle Saturday as the rockets climbed into the bright blue morning sky over Goodfellow. Security personnel even visited the launch site just to watch. Cadet Davila earned the name “Rocket Woman” as she repeatedly
C/A1C Christopher H. Brown attaches ignition wires to his rocket.
launched her rocket despite its slowly disintegrating body. Tape and glue and away it flew, over and over.” stated Squadron Commander Major Clements.
Southwest Region Conference
MG Antonio Pineda, Col Tom Todd (exiting SWR CC), Col Eldridge, and Lt Col James Lasche (USAF, SWR Region Liaison Officer), as Col Eldridge gives Col Todd a CAP-themed numbered lithograph as a farewell present. “How am I going to get this home in the airplane?” said Col Todd, as he smiled broadly.
Texas Wing Commander Col Frank Eldridge and Cadet Josse’s grandfather, US Navy Commander B. K. West, (Ret) join Cadet Josse after pinning on his new rank.
Texas Wing Cadet Reaches Mitchell Milestone
By Lt Col Gary Stevens
TALON SQ—Cadet Benjamin Josse, a member of the Waxahachie Talon Composite Squadron at WaxahachieMidlothian Midway Airport, Group III, Texas Wing, was honored with his Mitchell Award Ceremony. He had his new rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant bestowed upon him by Colonel Frank Eldridge, Texas Wing Commander, assisted by Cadet Josse’s grandfather, Commander B. K. West, USN (Ret). Afterwards, Col Eldridge presented the new C/2d Lt with his Mitchell Certificate. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Josse of Red Oak, and a member of the Waxahachie Talon Composite Squadron at WaxahachieMidlothian Midway Airport, he cut a fine figure in his dress-blue uniform. His obvious excitement was shared by all unit members present, as well as his relatives who had been invited to witness the event. Cadet Josse joined the Civil Air Patrol in August, 2004, attended the Deputy Commander, and recently Oklahoma NCSA Flight Academy assumed command of the where he received his solo wings, and Waxahachie Composite Squadron serves as chairman of the Group III Cadet Corps. Cadet Josse is also Cadet Advisory Council (CAC) and active in Creative Arts and Thean Alternate for the Texas Wing atre. He maintains high academic CAC. In 2005 he was selected Honor standards and is currently a junior Cadet at his basic encampment in the in high school in his home school winter, and his squadron recognized program. His goal is to attend the him as Outstanding Non-CommisAir Force Academy and become a sioned Officer of the Year. military pilot. His spe- Cadet Benjamin Josse accepts the General Billy cialty qualifica- Mitchell Award from Col Frank Eldridge, Texas Wing tions include Commander, during recent ceremonies. Search and Rescue Ground Team Member and Urban Direction Finder Team Member - both responsible positions. He has served as Flight Sergeant, Flight Comm a n d e r ,
Black Sheep CS Holds Cadet Promotion and Change of Command Ceremonies
2d Lt Kelly R. Castillo, PAO
On the evening of July 18, the cadets of the Black Sheep Composite Squadron, Group III, Texas Wing held an awards and promotions ceremony in the presence of their parents and their unit senior members. Lt Col Jack Birchum, the unit’s Moral Leadership Officer, gave the invocation; Col Frank Eldridge, Texas Wing Commander, presented the awards and promotions. The occasion was noteworthy in that every cadet was recognized with a promotion on that day. C/TSgt Johanna Cohen and C/TSgt Sgt Brittany Stelting, in recognition of their promotion, were presented with Wright Brothers Award certificates. C/TSgt Cohen was also recognized as the recipient of the Air Force Association’s Outstanding Cadet award. After promotion to their respective Cadet Officer grades, C/Capt Rebecca McKinney and C/Capt Chris Papson received the Amelia Earhart award, while C/2d Lt Mitchell Graham was presented the General Billy Mitchell Award. In celebration of the occasion, four cadets displayed their Honor Guard skills with a welltimed and executed rifle drill demonstration. “These cadets should be commended for their outstanding hard work, an effort that earned them these awards and promotions,” said Col Eldridge. After the awards and promotions, C/Capt Rebecca McKinney relinquished her position in the squadron to C/1st Lt Johnilea Petty, who became the Black Sheep Composite Squadron’s new Cadet Commander.
Texoma Tour Tactical Training Center
By 1st Lt Charlie Giarraputo
On Saturday, August 5, 2006, eighteen cadets, family members, senior members and Perrin AFB Museum volunteers, toured the International Tactical Training Center, one of the newest companies with facilities at Grayson County Perrin Airport. Lieuntenant General Charlie Searock, Chief Executive Officer of ITTC, briefed the visitors on the mission of the Tactical Training Center. This included the aircraft maintenance hanger, aircraft, and a personal walk around and inside tour of their IL-78 giant aerial refueling tanker. Sealock is also a member of CAP’s National Board.
LTG Charles Searock (USAF Ret.) right, and BG John Elkins, (TNG Ret.) left who is Perrin AFB Museum’s Curator, and coordinator for the tour.
IL-78 tranker. CAP members at the entrance door of the IL-78.
CAP cadets taking part in the 5K run.
By 2d Lt Castillo
Black Sheep Squadron Participates in Freedom Run
On 9 Sept 2006, members of the Black Sheep Composite Squadron, Group III, Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol took part in the Freedom Run in downtown Dallas. Held to pay tribute to the heroes and victims of the September 11th tragedy, the event involved a 5K run and a 1 mile walk. Black Sheep Composite Squadron members included 1st Lt Opal McKinney, SM Terri Kleinmeier, C/Capt Rebecca McKinney, C/TSgt Brittany Stelting, and C/A1C Tim Kleinmeier. All but C/A1C Kleinmeier made the run with members of other CAP Group III squadrons, while the rest handed out information about the Civil Air Patrol to interested persons. To start the event, the City of Dallas Police Honor Guard presented the colors, followed by the pledge of allegiance and the National Anthem. All participants finished the event, and no injuries were reported. On this day, similar activities took place across the Nation, as part of a national day of remembrance, five years after the 9/ 11 terrorist attack.
City of Dallas Police Honor Guard chatting with 2 girls.
Black Sheep members pose in front of a Commemorative Air Force R4D. Back row left to right: C/A1C Tim Kleinmeier, C/Amn Justin Davis, 1st Lt Opal McKinney, C/Capt Rebecca McKinney, C/ SSgt Andrew Smith, Lt Col Mike Eberle, C/TSgt Brittany Stelting, 2d Lt Ray Hicks, 2d Lt Terri Kleinmeier. Front row left to right: C/TSgt Johanna Cohen, C/2d Lt Mitchell Graham, 1st Lt Justin Coffman, C/Amn Tracy Norman, C/ AB Jeremy Banks. Other members who were busy answering visitors’ questions, not pictured, included Capt Ron Marshall, 1st Lt Toby Buckalew, 1st Lt Bob Morton, and 2d Lt Kelly Castillo.
CAP Helps Stage Air Show
2d Lt Kelly Castillo, Public Affairs Officer
Blacksheep SQ-On 14 October 2006, the Black Sheep Composite Squadron assisted with the annual Wings and Wheels Air Show at the Mesquite Metro Airport in Mesquite, Texas. First presented in 1932 as The National Air Carnival by the Birmingham Aero Club, it was a free-admission event that included many aviation notables as guests and performers. During WW II the show was suspended, but in 1946 it drew an attendance of 400,000 - the largest ever until that day. As the civil aviation world evolved, and major airports became overcrowded with commercial traffic, the show moved to smaller airports all over the country, under the “Wings and Wheels Air Show” banner. Many young attendees have first flown in a small plane at one of these. The air show attracts many pilot-owners who fly in for the occasion. Traditionally, the Black Sheep Composite Squadron serves a pancake breakfast that is always well-attended. This year the squadron’s cadets raised $270 thanks to it. Squadron personnel were busy all day with flight marshalling, visiting plane security, and some parking duties. A recruiting booth saw many interested people file by, both teens and adults, asking many questions and picking up informative CAP pamphlets. The squadron was praised by attendees, pilots, and airport management for a job well done.
SM Terri Kleinmeier passes a P-17 Stearman while on her way to marshall another plane.
1st Lt Toby Buckalew speaks with an attendee standing by the Black Sheep Squadron’s Cessna C-182.
Newton’s Laws of Motion Can Be Fun
C/TSgt Michael G. Moody, Cadet Commander, Apollo CS
APOLLO SQUADRON—“Whoa! What’s that?” said the Apollo cadets as they looked at the homemade hovercraft the squadron commander had brought in her truck. “Get on and I’ll show you,” I said, as their faces showed surprise, confusion, and wanting to get on and try this thing that they had never seen before. In fact, perhaps Texas Wing had never seen anything like it before, either. Let me explain why we decided to make two hovercraft for the cadets. As we were busy planning the next aerospace night, we thought we would teach the CD hovercraft that are in the AEX book. But we didn’t have a pattern, so we rummaged around the Internet and found a pattern for hovercraft that could carry people. Building something we could ride on seemed like a great idea. Besides, we decided that these would be much better for teaching Newton’s laws of motion than little CD hovercraft that could hardly lift anything much at all. Also it would make the cadets
Cadet Cameron Condrey takes a ride on a hovercraft.
get up and do something, instead of just sitting there, pretending to be awake, putting up with another boring lecture. The expensive part we already had - a leaf blower we could use for a fan to keep us off the floor - so we decided to go ahead and build a hovercraft. Then we realized that if we built just one, it would take too long for all the cadets to go through the line and each get a ride. That’s when we decided to build two. But to build two we needed another blower, so we contacted SM Davidson and asked if we could use his blower. He said yes and volunteered his house to build the project. Hoping it would work, we went and got all the items to build the hovercraft, and took everything over to SM Davison’s house and started working. To tell the truth, none of us actually thought it would work, until SM Davidson got on it, and it picked him up like he was nothing. Now it was time to start the testing, which is when the real fun started, as we tied a rope around my waist and sent me down the driveway. It was not Cadet Moody a smooth gym floor like the sets up the first Continued . . . hovercraft.
Cadets pull their way along ropes for the relay race.
Laws of Motion . . .
instructions said to use, but it still worked. We even moved out into the street and it kept on going. It worked smoothly even when we passed it over the extension cords, and never touched them. By then the second hovercraft had been built too, and that one had to go on its own test run. It was amazing how well they worked, and we had spent only $90.00 in making both, and that included seats for them. In my case, I always learn better when I’m having fun, and anyone could see how much the cadets enjoyed riding the hovercraft. Everybody - cadets, senior members, and even little children whose parents had brought along - loved this activity. Then we set up a child’s plastic basketball hoop and had the cadets pull their way up to it along two ropes we laid for them. They had to put a ring into the hoop, and pull themselves back as fast as they could, because it was a relay race and each team had its own rope, and each team wanted to be the winner, of course. Except we were having so much fun that we forgot to keep score, so nobody knows who won. Besides, some cadets liked it so much that they competed on both teams, too. The hovercraft worked very well and taught the practical side of Newton’s discovery, as well as being easy to repair. The plastic ripped on one of them, and fixing it was a snap. All we had to do was put a strip of duct tape on it, and it was as good as new. There was only one problem with our creations: we had no way of controlling them besides tying a rope to the passenger and having someone pull both passenger and hovercraft around. We tried using an auxiliary leaf blower but that didn’t work very well. The instructions said that someone had used a fire extinguisher to propel them, but it also said not to let kids do that. Even without directional control, though, everybody loved them. And we had a great time while learning about Newton’s laws of motion. Thank you http://members .cox.net/2smbschool/hovercraft for the hovercraft design. ★
The cadets get ready to swing.
CAF Cadet Heritage Academy
By Cadet/TSgt Michael Moody
The dog came barging in and woke me up the morning of the first ever Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Cadet Heritage Academy. Just three weeks before, I had come back from encampment, and now my mother told me what the CAF Cadet Heritage Academy was, and that I could go. I was thrilled that I would be one of the very first to go. What a treat! I remember being so excited. I was going to go learn about the wars of America, and fly airplanes! This may not sound like a big deal to you, but it is for a CAP cadet age 14.
The hours dragged on but somehow the day flew by, so there I was in Midland, TX, one hour after getting there, and I was already in the middle of a “press conference”! Right after that we went to the hotel, changed into our blues and checked in, all four cadets from Apollo Composite Squadron, Group III, Texas Wing. After checking in for the course, we listened to a presentation done by a WWII veteran. It was very interesting for all of us there. The next day we got up and went down to a local high school
that had a ropes course. That was the most fun thing there. We started off by doing some get-toknow-you sort of things. And then we moved on to this rope swing, which sounds like a silly game, but just you wait, because it got tough in a hurry. For this team event, we had to get a container full of water across to the other side of this gap and all of us had to land and stay on this really small platform without spilling a single drop of water, and if one of us did drop some water, then all of us had to go back to the beginning. I thought it
couldn’t be done, but kept trying anyway. After three tries, we finally got it and moved on to the next task. The second task was really fun, hard, and interesting to do. We had to get from pallet to pallet to pallet, using three wooden planks that were not allowed to touch the ground, and we only had 10 minutes to complete it. After four tries we ran out of time and had to go to the next task. Bummer. This one was a paired task, instead of a team task. One member of the pair had to get on a wire while holding on to a rope that was attached to a cable that was hanging on a telephone pole, and your partner also had one that he hung onto. What you did was
walk across the wire to the other side. It sounds easy, right? Well, none of us got it. We got most of the way over though. Then we moved onto the 12foot wall that we all had to cross, but after you crossed it you were not allowed to go back and help the others. That was the most fun task of all. We managed it just before the time ran out, so we all jumped up and down and hollered our victory. The next and last thing that we did was this swing thing where you get hoisted in the air by the other cadets, and then when you say it’s OK, they let go and you go for a swing. Everybody liked that, and some said they were going to try and make one of their own. That was the
end of the first day. On the second day we got to do desert survival. That was the best class we had there. We were taught how to get water, what goes in a survival pack, how to make a shelter, how to get food, how to move around, how to avoid danger, and generally how to survive. That day we also got to watch a movie that was taken by an American soldier in Iraq, and heard stories from him. When you tell it like this, it sounds as if the day had been a snap, but it wasn’t. It was hard and we were tired, but we wouldn’t say so. On the last day something happened with our wakeup call, maybe because we were tired from the day before, and, well, we Continued . . .
Cadet TSgt Moody attempting to negotiate the wire crawl while hanging from a rope.
A cadet adjusts his earphones, as the pilot prepares to taxi the plane to the runway.
CAF Cadet Heritage Academy . . .
didn’t get up on time and we were in a big rush to get there and not be late. The only problem was that we did try, but it didn’t happen, so we were an hour late and didn’t get to do P.T. But we did get to go flying in old airplanes. I personally flew a PT-13, an open cockpit biplane. That was a lot of fun, and made me feel like I had done something important, so I think it comes with bragging rights. All in all, this trip was a great experience, and I got a lot out of it. It was tons of fun not only in the classroom, hotel, desert, or hangar, but especially in the air. There aren’t that many teenagers who can say that they have flown in an 85-year-old aircraft and lived to tell about it. Not too many adults, either, I imagine. I definitely would like to go back next year. ★
Cadet TSgt Moody seated in a vintage biplane prior to take-off.