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STATE OF THE WING
As we begin 2010, it’s a perfect opportunity to reflect on our successes and prioritize our goals for the next year. 2009 was filled with adversity and triumph for the members of our Wing. We struggled with and overcame some losses and we had some great achievements. Col Tim Hansen was recognized as the NCR IC of the Year. Chaplain Colby was recognized as the NCR Chaplain of the Year. Emerald City Composite Squadron’s ground team earned NCR’s Ground Team of the Year and Capt Mark Lahan was named Cadet Programs Officer of the Year. We raised several thousand dollars in funds and grants to support efforts in communication and our other missions. As you know, the Wing strategic plan is based on CAP’s nine goals. I want to focus on some areas our Wing did very well in and some in which we need to continue to work for improvement. Kansas Wing has had a very good year for recruiting and retention. We finished 2009 with a sizeable increase in membership. In fact, long term membership statistics show we are at 119% compared to this time last year. This means that over the last year our Wing grew by almost 20%. To all those recruiters out there—good job and keep up the great work! Kansas Wing added three new Units in 2009— Hays, Ellsworth, and Cunningham. Diligent effort by Lt Leighton and Denise Davis should result in a new charter in Chanute and Independence. Look for Southeast Kansas Composite Squadron to charter early this year. We are also working to move west and have started looking at the possibility of chartering a new unit in Colby. A second area of strength is professional development and training. Kansas Wing is certainly working toward having the best trained Seniors. In 2009, 19 Kansas Wing members completed SLS, 12 completed CLC, 25 completed Training Leaders of Cadets, 21 completed the Unit Commanders Course. Kansas Wing members also attended the Region Chaplain Staff College, Region Staff College, and National Staff College, and the Senior Inspector General course. Our efforts in Aerospace Education resulted in more than 30 Yeager Awards being completed in 2009. I encourage all of you to take advantage of training opportunities in 2010 and to increase your knowledge. Third among our strengths is our cadet program. Kansas Wing Cadets garnered 13 Wright Brothers Awards, 13 Mitchell Awards, and six Earharts in 2009. What does this mean? It means we are going to have an amazing 2010! In addition to the milestone awards, we hosted a winter encampment with cadets from nine wings and four regions present. Over 100 personnel trained between 26 December and 3 January. Our encampment doubled from 2008 to 2009. Kudos to the planners and staff on their outstanding work. Kansas also sent cadets to numerous special activities such as National Blue Beret, National Flight Academy, Cadet Officer School, Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing Academy, and Hawk Mountain Ranger School. In addition, Kansas supported several national activities with vehicles and staff as well as hosting an IACE contingent. We also had a team participate in the CyberPatriot competition.
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KANSAS WING CIVIL AIR PATROL

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State of the Wing continued
The Kansas Wing CAC continued its growth and is now one of the most active in the North Central Region. I believe we are on our way to making our cadets the best trained and most experienced youth leaders in the nation. Thanks to all those who work hard to support the cadet program in the Wing. Major Eaton has been working hard on planning for 2010. The last strength I will mention is that Kansas is proud of its safety culture. While everyone talks about this concept, I believe we actually have it in our Wing. We measure our efforts and work hard to improve our record. Our emphasis in this critical area has led to 75 members completing the Basic Safety Course, 200 completing the Basic Operational Rick Management Course, and 120 completing the Intermediate Operational Risk Management Course. Ten CAPF78s were completed in calendar year 2009—five involving vehicles and five involving personnel. The five CAPF78s involving vehicles included three damaged by hail, one damaged by a rock, and one that was backed into by a non-CAP driver. The five CAPF78s involving personnel included two members who reported to activities with pre-existing conditions, a minor cut, a bump on the head, and a shoulder injury. Kansas Wing provided more than 60,000 hours of volunteer service in 2009 and drove more than 123,000 miles. I am proud of our safety efforts and that only three of our incidents were preventable items. Let’s keep up the good work in 2010. As we say in Kansas Wing, “Mission first, safety always.” While we had many successes in Emergency Services and Operations, I feel like this is an area of opportunity for the Wing. We have executed missing person searches, ELT searches, and American Red Cross transportation missions and Kansas had 12 finds in 2009. However, we are still short in mission critical personnel. In 2010, I would ask you to embrace the training opportunities we provide and grow your skills in this crucial area. We need more pilots flying the aircraft and qualified for missions. We also need more Incident Commanders and mission base staff. In 2010, we are going to try and offer training at different locations so that travel is lessened and more people can participate. Take advantage of this opportunity to increase your skill level. We need you on our ground teams and aircrews! One of CAPs goals is to provide the best quality training with sufficient availability to support CAPs missions. Another is to be the “resource of choice” for agencies requiring HLS, SAR, DR, and other operational missions. A second focus in 2010 has to be on aerospace education. Capt Michael Maynard has joined the Wing Staff and is enthusiastically embracing his new role as Director of AE. I would ask that you support him and our mission in this area. Remember—CAP has three missions and it is our duty to support them all. We may prefer one over another, but we must support all three. I would encourage you to have Model Rocketry for your cadets, to work with the wing planners on orientation flights, and to participate in the AEX or ACES program in 2010. I challenge every Unit to improve its participation in this mission in 2010. A third focus for 2010 needs to be in the area of Public Affairs. We must tell the CAP story if we are to garner support from our communities and to be better known for our missions. These efforts will pay off in more missions and in recruiting. CAP offers some amazing opportunities for its members and CAP volunteers do amazing things—we must tell that story. Capt Mike Mathewson has helped us get space in the Plains Guardian newspaper. We must take advantage of opportunities like this one and share our efforts. Each Unit needs to focus more on Public Affairs efforts in 2010. I would like to see every Squadron with a PAO and every PAO producing articles for local newspapers. This is an area in which we can improve. Finally, we must focus on fundraising and collaboration in 2010. Our efforts in 2008 and 2009 were successful but it requires diligence to maintain those sources of funding. I encourage you all to keep applying for grants locally and keep referring potential funding sources to the Wing. One area where our Wing could improve is in the execution of the Wreaths Across America Program. While this program involves Public Affairs and Cadet Programs, it is also an excellent fundraiser. I would like to see increased participation in 2010. They say the key to success is to start early and plan. We are looking for someone to lead the Wing’s efforts in this area. If you are interested in assisting with Wreaths Across America, please contact Major Eaton. In short, 2009 brought with it many challenges and many opportunities. I am proud of the effort the Wing made to take advantage of the opportunities and to overcome the challenges. Kansas Wing is like a family in a lot of ways. We can rely on each other when times are difficult and we can do great things when we work together.

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MEET THE COMMANDER’S

Lt Col Dominick Italiano
Lieutenant Colonel Dominick Italiano joined CAP in 1982. After being a member for a year Lt Col Italiano took command of the First Pathfinder Squadron (14112) in 1983. Lt Col Italiano held his first command until 1989 when he would then transfer to the Shawnee Mission Composite Squadron (14029). After being under the command of Gary Summerskill, the taste for command was too great so Lt Col Italiano organized and again took command of the Olathe Squadron now known as New Century Composite Squadron (14123). Under Lt Col Italiano command New Century has earned many of CAP top honors such as multiple Unit Citations, different Cadet competitions, and Squadron of the Year to mention a few of these great achievements. If asked why he is in CAP he would explain the three Missions (Emergency Service, Cadet Program and Aerospace) to you as the reason. Emergency Service has always been the driving force that has propelled Lt Col Italiano. One of his proudest awards is his Life Saving Award. On Christmas Day in 1986, a pilot had gone down, and he was called to duty to help Search for and would find the downed and missing pilot. For Cadet Programs Lt Col Italiano has attended at least three encampments as a Staff Officer two at McConnell AFB, and one at the USAF Academy in Colorado. Aerospace Education is one of the main topics discussed at every meeting. Lt Col Italiano carefully selects those highly qualified individuals to lead his Aerospace Education in the New Century Squadron. Lt Col Italiano’s personnel Qualifications for Emergency Service are: Operations Section Chief, Planning Section Chief, Ground Branch Director, Ground Team Leader, Ground Team Member 1, Ground Team Member 2, Ground Team Member 3, Flight Release Officer, Mission Scanner, Mission Observer, Urban Direction Finding Team, Mission Radio Operator, Skills Evaluator, and Mission Staff Assistant. Lt Col Italiano is an active member of a local CERT team, and the KCMP Medical Reserved CORPS. Seeing his dedication to Emergency Service and the missions of CAP, Lt Col Italiano was asked to join Wing Staff. Lt Col Italiano has held in the KSWG staff positions of Homeland Security Officer, Disaster Preparedness Officer, Professional Development Officer, as well as sitting on the Kansas Wing Promotional Board. Lt Col Italiano served 4 years in the United States Navy aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS America as a Naval Aviator, As well as retiring from General Motors. He is married with two children, a daughter and a son and three grandchildren. In 28 years of service, Lt Col Italiano has attended courses and earned the following Awards: Meritorious Service Award Commander's Commendation Lifesaving Award National Commander's Unit Citation Unit Citation Award Gill Robb Wilson Award Paul E. Garber Award Grover Loening Award Leadership Award Membership Award Chuck Yeager Award Command Service Ribbon Red Service Search and Find Award Air Search and Rescue Ribbon Disaster Relief Ribbon with V Encampment Ribbon Senior Recruiting Ribbon

 Courses:
National Staff College Regional Staff College Corporate Leadership Course Squadron Leadership School ECI- 13 USAF Academy Physical Fitness Obstacle Course Unit Commander Course

 Positions Held: Duty
Commander Master ratings in (Public Affairs, Personnel, Administration, Professional Development) Senior ratings in (Emergency Service, And Logistics).
~ Thanks to Lt Col Craig Butter for this article introducing us to Lt Col Italiano

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Cool Cadets
Boots scrunched on the crust of snow covering the obstacle course on the campus of St. John's Military School. The group of Civil Air Patrol cadets had disembarked from their vans, had finished a brief campus tour and a bathroom break, now they were ready to tackle the obstacle course --despite the temperature hovering around a frosty 20 degrees this morning of New Year's Day 2010. Shinnying up a climbing rope with gloves on was a challenge, cadet Logan Taylor found. Taylor, 16, is from Red Oak, Iowa. "I love obstacle courses. I love rides in airplanes," Taylor said. "I like the hands-on training. That's the way I learn." Friday's obstacle course was the last major activity for the 78 basic and senior Civil Air Patrol cadets attending a week-long winter encampment at Salina's Great Plains Regional Training Center. The cadets, ranging in age from 12 to 18, hailed from nine states: Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas. They were joined by 27 adult patrol members overseeing the encampment. "Even though the weather's been pretty cold, they're all holding up really well. We have quite a range of skills and capabilities, some cadets have been in the program a very long time, and some cadets have only been in a couple of months," said Capt. Mark Lahan, commandant of cadets for the exercise. The Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol consists of 12 squadrons with more than 500 members and five aircraft. CAP cadet programs nationally mentor more than 23,000 boys and girls. Kansas is one of the few states that holds a winter encampment, Lahan said. Lahan's wife, Capt. Linette Lahan, described the cadet CAP program as like a blend of Junior ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) and Scouting. It's cadet program complements the patrol's other missions which are to conduct emergency search and rescue missions in the continental United

By David Clouston Reprinted with permission of The Salina Journal

Logan Taylor, 16. of Red Oak, Iowa, climbs a rope on the St. John's Military School obstacle course Friday morning. Taylor was participating in the week long Civil Air Patrol Winter Encampment. (photo by Tom Dorsey / Salina Journal)

Civil Air Patrol cadets stand in formation as they are given instructions before running the obstacle course at St. John's Military School. Over 100 CAP cadets particpated in a week long encampment. (photo by Tom Dorsey / Salina Journal)

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KSWG CADET ENCAMPMENT 2009
"States, assist with relief efforts during emergencies and natural disasters, and promote aerospace education. Within those (missions), a lot of people can find where they fit,"she said. Senior cadets, who have attended several encampments throughout the nation, work their way up the leadership chain and plan and supervise activities for the younger members. Kenyon Fryman, 22, of Garden City, joined the CAP 10 years ago. He's now a student at Kansas State University in Manhattan, and still serves the CAP as a senior member. "My basic (cadet) encampment was in Camp Dodge, Iowa, in summer and it was 110 degrees," Fryman said Friday, smiling. "I've been to four Kansas Wing encampments. This is the coldest one by far." Thursday the cadets went to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, where they participated in an information scavenger hunt seeking clues from the museum exhibits. They also viewed an IMAX film about NASA's Space Station, and a planetarium tour. Wednesday the cadets spent the day at Crisis City at the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range doing search and rescue and emergency services training. They also learned how to prepare a landing site for a Blackhawk helicopter, and they got to tour one of the Guard's Blackhawks on the ground. The encampment wrapped up with an awards banquet and a graduation ceremony . "When I was a cadet I was like the senior cadet officers you see here," Fryman said. "I was more of a one-on-one instructor and I got to have a lot of fun. "Now I'm finding I've taken a more supervisory role, I'm here to ensure safety for the cadets. It's still a lot of fun, I still get my chances to teach, I can still be an example to them," Fryman said. "But that's the biggest change going from being an instructor to a supervisor." 

A cadet in the Civil Air Patrol bounds over a hurdle on the St. John's Military School obstacle course. (photo by Tom Dorsey / Salina Journal)

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Photo’s courtesy of Capt Carol Hearns

KS061 Experience Black Hawk and Air Museum By Robert R. Wiggin
Coordinated by Army National Guard Sgt Michael Mathewson (also a member of CAP Topeka Senior Squadron), CAP Lawrence Composite Squadron took their first Blackhawk ride, offered by KS Army National Guard at Forbes Field, Topeka, KS. The Blackhawk ride took 45 minutes for a round trip between Topeka, KS, and Lawrence, KS. On top of the ride, CAP cadets and senior members were briefed on Blackhawk day and night operations, U.S. Army’s state-of-the-art communication, search & rescue and night vision capabilities. As the Lawrence Composite Squadron concluded its first Blackhawk ride, the CAP squadron will keep building a sustainable partnership with KS Army National Guard.

Coordinated by Air Force Reserve Lt Col Scott Harvey (USAF—CAP), Air National Guard Maj Chris Hill, and Air National Guard SSgt Emily Alley, Civil Air Patrol Lawrence Composite Squadron, New Century Composite Squadron, and Kansas City Composite Squadron jointly attended a field trip to Kansas Air National Guard Forbes Field (190th Refueling Wing) and the nearby Combat Air Museum (Topeka, KS). Cadets visited the air base fire department, KC-135s, and the engine shop and were given hands-on demonstrations on KC135 jet engines and Air National Guard operations. At the Combat Air Museum, cadets were given detailed introduction to the U.S. and the world Airpower history and a variety of airframes.

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