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15 May, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 1

CTWG 001
The Official Newsletter of the Connecticut Wing, CAP-USAF
CT Wing Commander Middletown, Connecticut
Col Peter K. Jensen

Vice Commander, Squadrons SAR DOGS kicks off its first issue for 2009
Lt Col Andrew S. Marteka
The purpose of a quarterly as well as CAP missions of Vigilant your home page and
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specialized information to a function that allows you state
Lt Col Matthew Valleau
targeted audience. If you are in a rush and don‟t
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Fax: 860-262-5848 Robertson Airport Open House
CTWG Blog:
Take a gorgeous early spring (DOT). As it exists, the airport civilian aircraft to fly
morning, punctuate it with the is already a profitable humanitarian aid missions over
exciting buzz of aircraft from operation with the capability NY City after the terrorist attack
the WW II era, some modern and room to expand in the of September 11th 2001.
sport planes and even a few future. Additional presenters included
small jets taking off or landing The open house was a great Life Star helicopter, the FAA,
UPCOMING EVENTS and you have a really opportunity for the Town of the Town of Plainville DOT,
interesting event for the Plainville and its citizens to Interstate Aviation and even the
5/23-24 NER Cadet Comp Plainville area. look over the airports opportunity to stop and talk with
5/23-24 NER SARX Saturday, the privately operation and dream of what Mike Allen of WTIC‟s Traffic
owned Robertson Airport went could be. Based on the Control.
6/20 Wing Rocketry Comp on public display. The airport enthusiastic number of adults A CAP Cadet performs some
is known as one of the best and “children of all ages” impromptu aerospace education
7/4-11 CTWG Encampment
equipped in all of Southern examining the almost 100 for two young visitors.
7/10-18 NER Staff College New England and serves the aircraft, its claim to be a
needs of both private flight positive benefit to the
7/19-30 NER Cadet Academy and civic serving community was being well
organizations like the Civil received.
9/2-5 National Conference
Air Patrol. The day‟s events included
10/23-25 CTWG Conference Late last year, Tomasso aircraft rides for local youth,
Brothers Inc. offered the numerous information booths
11/2-8 SAR EVAL
airport for sale to a combined and static displays by aviation
group including the Town of groups such as the Civil Air
Plainville, the Federal Patrol who allowed visitors to
Aviation Administration climb in and out of the search
(FAA) and the State and rescue (SAR) aircraft, one
Department of Transportation of which was the very first
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The Battle for Fargo
March 26, 2009 weather emergencies in recent and snowdrifts.
MAXWELL AIR FORCE days as flooding persists along
BASE, Ala. – Citizen the Red River and its Over three days, more than 150
Volunteers from Civil Air tributaries. A severe blizzard Civil Air Patrol members from
Patrol‟s North Dakota and blew through most of the the North Dakota and Minnesota
Minnesota wings are stepping region earlier this week, wings participated in
forward to serve as flooding blanketing the ground with sandbagging operations as well
from the Red River threatens thick heavy snow. Power lines as limited damage assessment
communities in both states. are down in western North flights for local emergency
Dakota and a massive ice jam managers.
CAP members are filling and has blocked the Missouri
stacking hundreds of River south of Bismarck,
thousands of sandbags near N.D., causing the evacuation
the civic center in Fargo, N.D., of residents. Ice jams have
as well as outside a radio caused several other smaller
station in the city. CAP evacuations.
aircrews also are making
damage assessment flights, as Much of the Fargo, N.D.-
weather permits, to help Moorhead, Minn., and
protect critical infrastructure. metropolitan area has become
an island with the closing of
North Dakota and Minnesota most roads in and out of area
have been hit with multiple communities due to flooding

The Newly Named 186th Gets a New Home

Southington, CT 27 Captain Alysea M. Kelleher Mitchell Award, reaching a
February 2009: Company Commander, very significant milestone in
In a beautiful, newly Company F of the 186th the CAP Cadet Program.
reconditioned Southington ANG, CAP Connecticut Cadet/Staff Sergeant Avery
Armory, F Company of the Wing Commander, Col. Hage was awarded the
186th Brigade Support Peter K. Jensen, other Wright Brothers Award.
Battalion Army National members of the 186th ANG,
Guard (ANG) welcomed in the 186th Squadron and local
its newest roommate, the residents.
newly renamed 186th In addition to the welcoming
Composite Squadron of the ceremony, cadet/2nd Lt
Civil Air Patrol (CAP). The Joseph Kosswig was
ceremony was attended by F awarded the General Billy
Company Commander,

Wing O-Flights
So what‟s it like to take
your first O-Flight?
Pictures can be worth a
thousand words!
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The Danbury 399th produces five, count em, five Mitchells in

one night and then a congressional citation and then an
acceptance to the US Coast Guard Academy and then an
acceptance to Norwich University…
This night, five high school Willie Steers of Roxbury, CT; Cadet 2nd Lt Garrett Kennedy of Golden‟s
On a cold winter night, age cadets of the 399th were Bridge, NY and Cadet 2nd Lt Jon Wagner of Waccabuc, NY.
surrounded by emergency called to attention, each
equipment at a hanger at the receiving the General Billy In addition to the Mitchell Awards, Representative Jan Giegler bestowed
Danbury Airport, distinguished Mitchell Award for completion upon Cadet Major Ethan Zitzman of Southbury, CT a State Congressional
guests met to recognize the of a significant milestone in Citation commemorating his service as Cadet Squadron Commander prior
achievements of local youth; the CAP Cadet Program. The to his „passing of the colors‟ to his replacement, Cadet 1 st Lieutenant
the cadets of the Danbury 399th awards were presented by a Ryan Chapman of New Fairfield, CT. Cadet Major Zitzman will move on
Composite Squadron of the team of local dignitaries to new challenges this fall as a first year cadet at the US Coast Guard
Civil Air Patrol. Among the including Danbury Mayor Academy.
dignitaries present were Mayor Mark Boughton, State
Mark Boughton, State Representative Jan Giegler and
Representative Jan Giegler and State Representative MaryAnn
State Representative MaryAnn Carson. The Mitchell Award
Carson. marks the cadets‟ promotion
into the CAP Cadet Officer
All of the dignitaries present Corp and should they decide to
expressed their gratitude and enter the US Air Force,
appreciation for the volunteer advanced status in rank and
service provided by both the privilege. The awarding of five
senior members (adults) and Mitchell awards at once is a
cadets (youth). They were record for the Connecticut
pleased to recognize the CAP and a great credit to the
Danbury unit of Civil Air Danbury Squadron.
Patrol, which in addition to the
cadet program also stands The Cadets receiving the CAP
ready to provide Emergency General Billy Mitchell award
Services and Search & Rescue were: Cadet 1st Lt Ryan
operations with their single Chapman of New Fairfield,
engine airplanes in the air and CT; Cadet 2nd Lt Peter Foschi
search teams on the ground. of Southbury, CT; Cadet 2nd Lt

Milford Cadet Accepted to US Naval Academy

MILFORD -- Alejandra from Milford, according to
Dorado was born in Spain, but Kevin Liddy, a member of the
she considers the United city Planning and Zoning
States her home country -- so Board and a 1978 graduate of
much that she wants nothing the academy who helped
more than to serve this Dorado navigate the
country, first as a naval officer academy's elaborate
and later as an astronaut. application process as her
Blue & Gold Officer.
She was accepted to the U.S.
Naval Academy in Annapolis,
Md., becoming the first young
woman from Law ever to do
so. She is only the second
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Meriden Cadet accepted to US Naval Academy

According to US Naval was one. United States Air Force
Academy figures, Planeta‟s application, after Auxiliary. Serving as the
approximately one of every having received the combined Squadron Flight Sergeant of
thousand applicants will recommendation of both the Meriden Cadets, he is part
receive the required Senatorial Senator Joseph Lieberman and of an all volunteer team
or Congressional US Congressman John Larson helping to protect our 3.5
recommendation, pass the was accepted for the fall of million citizens.
extremely stringent academic 2009. Planeta, a student at Additionally, he volunteers his
and physical qualifications and Portland High School where personal time to support
receive an acceptance to the he is a member of the National Habitat for Humanity, Mains
Annapolis, Maryland Honor Society, Captain of the & Motion horsemanship for
Academy. wrestling team and an All the disabled and tutors
Cadet/Master Sergeant State marksman champion is Spanish to local middle school
George Planeta IV of the Civil also a Cadet Master Sergeant students.
Air Patrol‟s Meriden Squadron in the Civil Air Patrol, the

Don’t trash the Beacon!

Accidental Signals Distract partnership with the Aircraft
Responders from REAL Owners and Pilots When discarding the older
Emergencies Association, has kicked off a 121.5/243 MHz analog
Boat and plane owners communications initiative -- a frequency emergency locator
upgrading their emergency "Don't Trash the Beacon" beacons in favor of the
beacons to the newer campaign -- to inform boaters stronger, more reliable 406
technology may be tempted to and airplane owners about MHz frequency digital
toss their old ones in the proper disposal of obsolete emergency beacons, it is
nearest dumpster. But emergency beacons. CAP important to first remove or
emergency beacons -- also squadrons across the nation disconnect the battery from
known as ELTs in aircraft and are supporting this initiative the device so it cannot be
EPIRBs in watercraft -- were by displaying posters about accidentally activated. Then,
not meant to be discarded like proper disposal in their contact a local electronics
common trash. communities. waste facility for proper
The Civil Air Patrol, in disposal.

CTWG Member fly’s on B24

Oxford: The flight, which also Civil Air Patrol member,
included a B-24 Liberator, a saved four months‟ worth of
B-25 Mitchell and a P-51 lawn-mowing money to fly on
Mustang, was sponsored by the B-24. When he landed, a
the Massachusetts-based smiling Beaulieu said it was
Collings Foundation. That definitely worth it."
nonprofit organization restores
World War II-era aircraft to “It was pretty fun,” Beaulieu
their original condition and said. “I wasn‟t expecting how
displays them at airfields loud the wind was going to be,
across the country. but after you get over the
noise, it‟s just pretty fun …
"Noah Beaulieu, a 14-year-old
Southington resident and
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NESA National Emergency Services Academy

Applications are now being NGSAR Ground Team Leader personnel are able to travel in
accepted for the 2009 National Course – 4 to 11 July 2009 corporate vehicles and aircraft
Emergency Services Academy as they are needed on site for
(NESA) to be held at Camp Incident Command System training. We also know in
Atterbury in Edinburgh, School (ICSS) these tough financial times
Indiana from the 27th of June ICSS Basic Course – 28 June that some people will have
until the 11th of July 2009. to 4 July 2009 – Includes ICS- difficulty attending activities
There are courses for all 300 Training like this without assistance.
members interested in ICSS Advanced Course – 5 to The NESA Alumni
emergency services, and this is 11 July 2009 – Includes ICS- Association has several
a great opportunity for both 400 Training scholarships available for
new members as well as ICSS Mission members in need of financial
experienced members to come Communications Course – 28 assistance. Scholarship
train with hundreds of their June to 4 July 2009 – New in applications must be received
peers from across the country. 2009 by the 15th of March 2009 to
be considered, and members
Apply online at: Mission Aircrew School can download a scholarship MAS Basic Course (Mission application at:
or download an offline Scanner & Airborne
application form from: Photographer) – 28 June to 4 /2009_NESAAA_Scholarship July 2009 _Application_Form_-
/2009_NESA_Offline_Applic MAS Intermediate Course (Mission Pilot or Observer
Slots will be filled on a first Track) – 27 June to 4 July Staff members are also still
come first served basis 2009 needed. Staff members are
through the 17th of May 2009 MAS Intermediate Course typically prior attendees who
or until slots are filled, (Mission Pilot or Observer are qualified in the area they
whichever comes first. Track) – 4 to 11 July 2009 want to support. We also bring
Personnel are encouraged to MAS Advanced Course on a few junior staff members
apply soon to get into the (Mission Pilot or Observer each year to work under the
course or courses they desire. Track) – 4 to 11 July 2009 supervision of other
Some courses fill up faster MAS ARCHER Course – 28 experienced staff. If you've
than others and there are a few June to 4 July 2009 got the experience and are
that are nearly full already. MAS ARCHER Course – 5 to willing to give some of your
The following fifteen courses 11 July 2009 time to commit to training
will be offered this year at fellow members, go ahead and
NESA: Additional pre-requisites and apply. Staff members are
information about NESA and required to pay a $45 fee to
National Ground Search And the above courses can be cover the costs of basic
Rescue School (NGSAR) found at: supplies on site. Meals,
NGSAR Basic Course – 28 lodging on site, and training
June to 4 July 2009 The fee to attend NESA is materials are included. Staff
NGSAR Basic Course – 5 to $175 per course which activity dates vary by
11 July 2009 includes, meals, lodging on assignment.
NGSAR Advanced Course – site, printed training materials
28 June to 4 July 2009 and aircraft and ground If you have any additional
NGSAR Advanced Course – 5 vehicle sortie costs on site. questions please direct them to
to 11 July 2009 Participants are responsible for the NESA staff at
NGSAR First Responder their own transportation to and or call 1-
Course – 4 to 11 July 2009 from NESA, though many 888-211-1812 extension 323.

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