The Mountain Flyer
Col Dennis Barron —Wing Commander Major Jeffery Schrock—Public Affairs Officer/Newsletter Editor
Wing Calendar • June 25-July 3 WV Wing Summer Encampment Camp Dawson • July 23-July 25 Ground Pounders Challenge Potomac Highlands Sqdn. Petersburg W.Va. • August 21-22 Joint SAREX with State of W.Va. TBD • September 4-5 Martinsburg Air Show featuring the USAF Thunderbirds Martinsburg, W.Va. • September 2426 Wing SAREX Beckley, W.Va.
Aeronautics Commission awards $10,000 grant to all 12 West Virginia Wing CAP units
By Major Jeffery Schrock Wing Public Affairs Officer The West Virginia Department of Transportation Aeronautics Commission held its quarterly meeting in Upshur County and disbursed more than $1.2 million in federal and state grants to state airports and to Civil Air Patrol units in West Virginia. In the commission’s FY2011 budget each Civil Air Patrol squadron was awarded a $10,000 grant. CAP provides disaster and emergency assistance including search and rescue missions, flood recovery assistance, humanitarian and Homeland Security assistance. CAP also provides aerospace education and cadet programs.
Middle East Region CAP recognizes Wing with awards during annual conference
By Major Jeffery Schrock Wing Public Affairs Officer Recipients of several awards were presented to members of West Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol during the 2010 Middle East Region Civil Air Patrol Conference held in Richmond, Va. Attending were Wing Commander Col Dennis Barron, Wing Chief of Staff Lt Col Alvin Fox, Wing Stand/Eval Officer Lt Col Shelton Davis, Wing Director of Public Affairs Major Jeffery Schrock, Martinsburg Squadron Public Affairs Officer Capt Russell Voelker, Capt Lewis Craddock, and Senior Member Jenny Craddock of Clarksburg Composite Squadron and Bob Cook. The West Virginia Wing award recipients are: Capt Lynn Hoffmann - MER IG of the Year, Lt Col Gene Thorn - Col Edwin Lewis Award as the MER Incident Staff Member of the Year, Capt Lewis Craddock - Frank Brewer Aerospace Award from Middle East Region. All the recipients will be the nominees from the Middle East Region for the national awards in each category, which will be announced at the National Board Meeting in San Diego, Ca. in September.
• October 23
Wing Conference and Banquet Charleston, W.Va.
Photos by Major Jeffery Schrock/ West Virginia Wing HQ
McCroskey appointed as Wheeling Commander
By 2nd Lt Toni Wheeler Wheeling Squadron PAO Major Paul G. McCroskey II has taken command of the Civil Air Patrol’s Wheeling Composite Squadron, the informal ceremony was held at the CAP complex at the west end of the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport. Major McCroskey was selected by Col Dennis Barron, wing commander of the Civil Air Patrol West Virginia Wing. “One thing I found in CAP is that it is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers that want to provide an important service and belong to something larger than themselves,” McCroskey said. “That dedication and compassion is what drives our military, police, fire fighters, teachers, and other heroes in America.” Major McCroskey, a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force, is no stranger to command and organization. Most notably, he served as an Air Force ROTC instructor at Kent State University. His primary additional duties included commandant of cadets, unit admissions officer and executive officer. He instructed freshman-level courses on national security affairs and junior-level courses and provided leadership training, military discipline, and educational and career guidance to Air Force ROTC cadets. He is a former member of the Civil Air Patrol Canton Akron Senior Squadron.
Martinsburg Squadron helps with Joint Services Open House
By Capt Russell Voelker Martinsburg Squadron PAO On May 14, 2010, seven cadets and one senior member from the Martinsburg Composite Squadron traveled to Andrews Air Force Base to support and participate in the 2010 Joint Services Open House. During the event, the unit performed duties that included drug demand reduction, recruiting, Civil Air Patrol aircraft protection, streamer and flag retrieval. They were also given plenty of free time to visit the displays and enjoy the air show. At the end of the day, other than a little sunburn and tired feet, everyone said that they’d enjoyed themselves and look forward to next year.
Pictured are front row from left: C/Amn Rudy Bakin, C/TSgt Ty Stansbury, C/ CMSgt Tim Dye. Back Row from left: C/ SMSgt John Dye, C/SSgt Spencer Lunsford, C/SSgt Nathanael Main, and C/ SrAmn Quinn Kahsay.
Mercer Squadron hears ELT Signal during cadet o-ride flight
By Major Jim Coiner Mercer Squadron PAO Mercer Squadron Civil Air Patrol was flying cadets in the cadet orientation program in the Raleigh County area recently when the plane detected an ELT, (Emergency Locator Transmitter) signal. Pilot Lt George Shively reported this by radio to the FAA. The FAA reported the distress signal to the USAF Aircraft Rescue Coordination Center in Florida. Shively returned the cadets to the airport to await further orders. Lt Col Eugene Thorn, director of emergency services of CAP’s West Virginia Wing, activated an official search and rescue mission consisting of the Bluefield, Beckley, and the Charleston Cadet Squadrons. The Bluefield unit started an electronic air search in the area with aircrew members of Shively and Lt Melvin Chinault. A ground team was organized from Beckley under the command of Squadron Commander Major David Chaney. Members from the Charleston Cadet Squadron joined them and prepared for a ground search. On the second flight out, flown by Mercer Squadron Commander Capt Steven Antolini, and Chinault, it was determined that the signal was likely coming from the vicinity of the Fayette County Airport near Fayetteville, W.Va. The ground team from Beckley was notified and the team went to the airport to search with ground electronic gear. The ground team found the aircraft at the airport at 7:30 p.m. It is believed that the aircraft’s owner had accidentally activated the ELT. The device was later deactivated, and the team was pleased that this wasn’t an actual crashed aircraft.
Greenbrier Squadron cadet receives community awards
By 2nd Lt Elizabeth Childers Greenbrier Squadron PAO Chief Master Sgt Faith Galford of Civil Air Patrol’s Greenbrier Composite Squadron has received the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Certificate of Merit, The American Red Cross Life Saving Award, and the President’s Volunteer Service award for conducting CPR on a person suffering heart problems at a county live stock market last year. Galford is currently attending Greenbrier East High School, and is a cadet in CAP at Greenbrier Composite Squadron. Galford is a member of the ground team search and rescue at the unit, and wants to become a pilot. Galford’s extracurricular activities like CAP, have molded her into a fine role model for her peers. According to those who know her, it is clear that Galford shows signs of a natural leader. Galford said she wants to personally take time to invite others to join her Monday nights at 7 p.m. at the Greenbrier Valley Airport for a different experience.
Some submitted photos taken by members of units in the West Virginia Wing of Civil Air Patrol. From left, cadets with the Wheeling Squadron stand in front of Marine One, next our cadets again from Wheeling Squadron marching in a local community Memorial Day Parade, and finally our Martinsburg Squadron PAO Capt Russell Voelker takes a picture of the Blue Angels in formation flying during the Joint Services Open House. More WV Wing CAP pictures can be found at http://picasaweb.google.com/jscappao137 Please send CAP Photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
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