Volume 8, Issue 2

“Progress through Leadership”

February 2010

Happy
In This Issue Command Staff News Chaplain’s Corner Command Chief’s Comments Safety Tip CISM Tips 2010 AZWG Color Guard Aviation Day @ State Capitol Aerospace Education Outreach TOP / AEM Flights AZWG Promotions Upcoming Events 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Valentine's Day
Office of Public Affairs
1Lt Rob Davidson Wing PAO Maj J. Brandon Masangcay Assistant Wing PAO WingTips Editor-in-Chief
WingTips is published monthly by the Arizona Wing · Civil Air Patrol, a private, charitable, benevolent corporation and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of CAP or the U.S. Air Force. WingTips welcomes manuscripts and photographs; however, the Arizona Wing · Civil Air Patrol reserves the right to edit or condense materials submitted and to publish articles as content warrants and space permits. Please send all correspondence to WingTips Editor-in-Chief, Maj J. Brandon Masangcay, e-mail: wingtips@azwg.us

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Command Staff News
Lt Col Layne Slapper Chief of Staff Arizona Wing

In order for the Wing to run smoothly and so that all of our fine volunteers can pace themselves all Staff Members and Group and Squadron Commanders need to provide Wing with a schedule of events. Especially if the event r requires an operations plan or if the event requires staff to assist, show up, visit, etc. It is even more critical if it is an event to be held on a military base. Please send an email to Lt Col Layne Slapper (Slapperuop@aol.com) with this information so it can be added to the Wing Calendar of Events.

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February, the month of love and presidents, which most people associate with Valentine’s Day and tokens of love. Why Presidents; because February also has the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln and a national holiday called President’s Day. For many religions this is also the start of Lent with Ash Wednesday. The name “Valentine” is the name of several martyred saints of ancient Rome and is derived from the Latin Valens (worthy). The feast of St. Valentine was established in 496 by Pope Celsius I, who included Valentine among those “..whose names are justly revered … but whose acts are known only to God.” Another legend holds that Valentine was a priest who defied Emperor Claudius II and his ban on soldier marrying and continued to perform such marriages. A third legend says that while in jail Valentine fell in love with the jailor’s daughter and before his death wrote her a letter which he signed “From your Valentine,” an expression still in use. Others believe that the Christian church may have started to celebrate Valentine’s death as an effort to “Christianize” the pagan Lupercalia festival that observed on the 15th to avert evil spirits and purify the city. The festival was partly in honor of Lupa, the she-wolf who suckled the infant orphans Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. At this time man of the noble youth run up and down the city streets naked for sport and laughter striking the hands of women with shaggy thongs believing that the pregnant would be help in delivery and the barren would become fertile. According to the federal government, the holiday observed on the third Monday in February is officially Washington's Birthday. But many Americans believe that this holiday is now called “Presidents Day” in honor of both President Washington and Lincoln, whose birthdays are Feb. 22 and Feb. 12, respectively. The states are not obliged to adopt federal holidays, which only affect federal offices and agencies. While most states have adopted Washington's Birthday, a dozen of them officially celebrate Presidents' Day. A number of the states that celebrate Washington's Birthday also recognize Lincoln's Birthday as a separate legal holiday. Arizona statutes designate it as Lincoln/Washington/Presidents' Day. Continue to bless our Nation, Father, may our leaders be ever mindful of their calling to serve instead of being served. May your commandments be their guide, and grant that both rulers and people will serve you with one mind and heart. Amen.

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Command Chief’s Comments
CCMSgt John Lindsey AZWG Command Chief Master Sergeant

“Task Knowledge/Task performance Code Key” How effective is our training programs? Our specialty Tracks give us a guide, however they do not detail sufficiently the minimum proficiency Level you want your members to perform at. Therefore it is important that you establish minimum performance levels due to the many levels of experience your members have which range from no experience to highly proficient. Use of a proficiency code key which covers both task knowledge and performance levels will enhance your member’s performance. For example under “Subject Knowledge Level” the following scales would apply: A-Identifies basic facts and terms about the subject (FACTS). B-Can identify relationships of basic facts and state general principles about the subject (PRINCIPLES). C-Can analyze facts and principles and draw conclusions about the subject (ANALYSIS). D-Can evaluate conditions and make proper decisions about the subject (EVALUATION). Another example would be “Task Performance Levels” (Conduct a unit self-inspection): 1. Can do simple parts of the task. Needs to be told or shown how to do most of the task (EXTREMELY LIMITED). 2. Can do most of the task. Needs help only on the hardest part (PARTIALLY PROFICIENT). 3. Can do all parts of the task. Needs only a spot check of completed work (COMPETANT) Can do the task quickly and accurately. Can tell or show how to do the task.(HIGHLY PROFICIENT) a Task knowledge scale values would be as follows:

a. Can name simple facts of the task.(NOMENCLATURE) b. Can determine step-by step procedures for doing the task (PROCEDURE). c. Can identify why and when the task must be done and why each step is needed (OPERATING
PRINCIPLES). Can predict, isolate, and resolve problems about the task. (COMPLETE THEORY). The “Key to your successful training programs” is to determine what level you want your members to perform at before they are assigned to a task, whether flying airplanes or filling a support position within your unit. BE SAFE

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Safety Tip
by Lt Col Daniel F. Myers
AZWG Safety Officer
AWARENESS = FOCUS Much has been said and written about the phenomenon known as situational awareness. A clinical observation describes this as…..”Attention based…..reflecting the state of a pilot’s awareness.” Awareness and evaluation is based upon the three dimensional spatial world in and about the aircraft and the hazards associated with that environment. The words observer, scanner, passenger, etc, could be substituted for the word pilot. Thus, situational awareness relates to any activity whether flying, driving or anything which relates to daily living. Focus, as defined by Thorndike Barnhart, means “to concentrate or direct.” Concentrating on the task at hand through awareness of potential or actual hazards is a fact of life - especially in the three dimensional environment of aviation. During cool weather operations with moisture present, aircraft carburetor ice is a hazard. Carburetor ice generally manifests itself by a rough running engine, lower engine RPM or wavering manifold pressure. Not a bad idea to pull the carburetor heat full on once in a while just to check things out. It is important to have adequate heat to melt ice during prolonged low power operations because the engine isn’t generating enough heat to melt carburetor ice. Preheating the carburetor will keep ice from forming. During a prolonged descent, the engine should be “cleared” periodically by applying power and burring out any ice that may have accumulated. If, after applying carb heat, a significant loss of power or “roughening” of the engine develops, you must “immediately open the throttle and (ease) the mixture control out far enough to smooth out the engine. “As the ice melts, restore the mixture gradually to the original position,” according to Jerry L Robinson at AOPA. Again, it’s a matter of situational awareness and focus. One last item: A “Big Ticket” cost in CAP is the aircraft ground operation mishap. There is no excuse for this situation. As has been said so many times throughout CAP, make sure judgment is exercised and adequate personnel are available when moving an aircraft in or out of a hangar or other covered shelter. Use crew resource management. For example, a “wing walker” on each wing. If a solo operation, ask line personnel to assist. Stay focused and aware!

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Critical Incident Stress Management Tips
By Maj John W. Kruger, Jr. AZWG CISM Officer

This month’s article is about he effects of caffeine on you body and how it may affect you physically and mentally. The good news, though, is that caffeine can speed up metabolism. Also, it can help the body break down fat about 30% more efficiently if consumed prior to exercise. (You must be exercising to get Is caffeine your friend or Foe? this health benefit, though.) Additionally, caffeine can keep blood Caffeine is a drug, popularly consumed in coffee, tea, soft drinks sugar levels elevated, leaving feeling less hungry. and, in smaller doses, chocolate. While we seem to have a love affair with these products, there has been quite a bit of confusion Exercise- If caffeine elevates the levels of cortisol and other horand even controversy surrounding caffeine lately. Is it good or bad mones for a temporary boost, after caffeine wears off, the body can for us? Here is a brief tutorial on caffeine, and some surprising an- feel fatigued and feelings of mild to moderate depression can set in. swers to these questions. This can make physical activity more difficult. On the positive side, caffeine has been found to enhance physical performance and endurance if it isn’t overused. This combined with • Hormones- You can feel the effects of caffeine in your system its effect of fat burning during exercise, can actually enhance workouts and enable you to get in better shape if you take it at the right within minutes of ingesting it, and it stays in your system for many time. hours—it has half-life of four to six hours in you body. While in your body, caffeine affects the following hormones: Caffeine and Stress • Adenosine- Can inhibit absorption of adenosine, which calms Because caffeine and stress can both elevate cortisol levels, high the body, which can make you feel alert in the short run, but can amounts of caffeine (or stress) can lead to negative health effects cause sleep problems later. (More on this later). associated with prolonged elevated levels of cortisol. If you ingest • Adrenaline- Caffeine injects adrenaline into your system, giv- high levels of caffeine, you may feel your mood soar and plummet, leaving you craving more caffeine to make it soar again, causing ing you a temporary boost, but possibly making you fatigued or you to lose sleep, suffer health consequences and, of course, feel depressed later. If you take more caffeine to counteract the effects, more stress. However, small to moderate amounts of caffeine can you end up spending the day in an agitated state, and might find lift your mood and give you a boost. yourself jumpy and edgy by night. Effects on Body

Cortisol- Can increase the body’s levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone”, which can lead to other health consequences ranging from weight gain and moodiness to heart disease and diabetes. Dopamine- Caffeine increases the dopamine levels in your system, acting in a way similar to amphetamines, which can make you feel good after taking it, but after it wears off you can feel “low”, It can also lead to a physical dependence because of dopamine manipulation. These changes caffeine makes in your physiology can have both positive and negative consequences:

The Verdict of Caffeine With potential negative and positive health consequences, caffeine can be your friend, but in controlled doses. Here is what you should remember about caffeine:

• Don’t Take Too Much- Because of the health risks (above) associated with higher levels of caffeine, as well as the risk of physical dependence that can come with four cups of coffee or more each day, it’s wise to limit your coffee intake. (Withdrawal symptoms include cravings, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain.)

• No Caffeine After 2pm- Because sleep is important to proper physical functioning, and caffeine can stay in your system for 8 Sleep- Caffeine can affect your sleep by keeping you awake hours or longer, you should cut off or limit your caffeine intake to longer, thereby shortening the amount of sleep you get, and giving the first part of the day to ensure that your sleep is not disrupted. less time in the restorative stages of sleep, which takes a toll on • Enjoy Caffeine With Physical Activity- Caffeine is best inyour level of alertness the next day and overall health. gested before exercise—that way your performance is enhanced and the stress management benefits of exercise can keep you Interestingly, though, caffeine doesn’t affect the stages of sleep the healthy and feeling less stressed throughout the day. way other stimulants do, so it’s a better choice than speed or other For further information concerning CISM training op“uppers” to use if you need to stay awake.
portunities and the service that our CISM team can
Weight- Many experts believe that increased levels of cortisol lead provide to you or your squadron you can contact me at to stronger cravings for fat and carbohydrates, and cause the body the following: Email address: jkruger@cism.cap.gov to store fat in the abdomen. (Abdominal fat carries with it greater Telephone: 623-826-8477 health risks and other types of fat.) Also, increased cortisol levels lead to stronger cravings for caffeine laden foods, the body goes into a cycle that leads only to worse health.

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Neotoma Composite Squadron 109 Color Guard becomes 2010 Arizona Wing Color Guard
Article and Photos by Maj J. Brandon Masangcay, WingTips Editor

The Arizona Wing Color Guard Neotoma Composite Squadron 109
C/TSgt Adam Spanier (team commander); C/CMSgt David Kerr; C/TSgt Jesse Starkey; C/SMSgt Joseph Wallentine; and C/Amn Steven Fulkerson

Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302
C/CMSgt Ciaran Babcock (team commander); C/SSgt Anthony Costabile; C/SSgt David Matteson; and C/SSgt Zachary Rossi

Paradise Valley Cadet Squadron 310
C/CMSgt Casey Prokopow (team commander); C/TSgt. Brandon Hughes; C/A1C Lucas Ziomek; C/A1C Grant Zaro; and C/Amn Andre Popovic

Squadrons 109, 302, and 310 met at Falcon Field on Saturday, 30 January 2010 to compete in drill, mile-run, and knowledge events. The Neotoma Composite Squadron 109 won the honor represent Arizona Wing at the Southwest Region Cadet Competition in April in NM to compete with against other five Wings to represent SWR at the National Cadet Competition in July in McMinnville, OR.

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Arizona Legislators Celebrate Aviation Day at the State Capitol
Article and Photos by Lt Col A. Pete Feltz, AZWG DAE

With all the rain that week we were blessed with a nice sunny day for Aviation Day at the state Capitol building. The governor, Janet Brewer was present as evidenced by the photo with the cadets from the Deer Valley Squadron 302. The cadets helped with the set up and to assist the legislators to find there table which were set up by voting districts. legislator Jerry Weiers was the MC for the event. He is a member of the CAP legislative squadron. It is interesting to know that 45 out of 90 legislators are members of the CAP Legislative Squadron. I wish to thank Lee Fala the DCC at Squadron 302 and the 10 cadets for their assistance. Because of the rainy weather earlier in the week we were not able to get the 1-26 glider from Turf Soaring. There was a hot air balloon and a helicopter on the scene. A lot of good contacts were made with hopefully future advantages.

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AZWG Aerospace Education Outreach News
Article and Photos by Maj Phil Huback, AZWG DDAE

The wing Aerospace Education Staff was recently provided a presentation to the Kyrene de la Colina student Aerospace Club in Awatukee. Specifically, we were asked to provide an overview of CAP’s organization and programs, with an emphasis on the AE focus. Mr. Arlen Sykes, Kyrene de la Colina teacher and AZ Wing Aerospace Education Member (AEM) has been leading a very active Aerospace Club at the school for several years which attracts over 30 students from their elementary and middle-school campuses. Mr. Sykes has been teaching them the basics of flight, rocketry, astronomy, and air traffic control. On January 28, Maj. Phil Hubacek, AZWG DDAE, presented the history, organization, mission triad, and Cadet membership benefits of CAP. He also went on to express how Cadet and Senior Member CAP membership has benefited him, as well as the positive aspects of students pursuing technical education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)…”America needs your talents.” At the conclusion of this remarkable experience, Mr. Sykes expressed his desire to possibly form a CAP squadron at the school. Maj. Hubacek promised that his interest would be addressed by wing command staff, and that the wing AE staff would continue to help him and his club in any way we could. In all, it was another very rewarding opportunity to practice AE Mission outreach, and we wish Mr. Sykes and his group of special students good luck with their efforts!

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Group 1 Features Teacher Orientation Program and Aerospace Education Mentor Flights
Photos submitted by Lt Col Bob Anderson, SCCS 101 and Maj David Yunt, CCS 107

Maura and Derrick ‘Rick’ Neill pose with their pilot, 1Lt Doug Henderson, prior to flight at the Cochise Composite Squadron 107

Leyla Kayumova and Suzi Cook Display Their Certificates With Their Pilot, Maj Barbara Harper At the Santa Cruz Composite Squadron 101

TOP/AEM flights in Group 1 continued at an accelerated tempo during January. Squadron 104 flew two teachers on 17 Jan, and Squadron 107 flew three others during the month. Under the Group’s current plan, almost all of the AEMs in southern Arizona will have received their Teacher Orientation Program flights by the end of February. The enthusiasm level is high…both for the teachers and their pilots.

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Arizona Wing Promotions
Ciaran L. Babcock, Sq. 302 Phil Hubacek, Wing DDAE (Dec 09)

Jacob Elledge, Sq. 301

Greg Landers, Sq. 302

Anthony J. Costabile, Sq. 302

Patrick Reber, Sq. 105 (Jan 10) Xavier Richmond, Sq. 301

Patrick A. Feeney, Sq. 302 Joshua Gamez, Sq. 101 Sebastian C.Shehi, Sq. 302

Chris Brown, Sq. 101 Kaleb W. Downs, Sq. 302 Alexa Ramos, Sq. 101 Robert Schwabe, Sq. 301

John Blais, Sq. 105 (Dec 09) Ferdane Mercanli, Sq. 101 Alexa Solorio, Sq. 101

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Upcoming Events February 2010

1 Monday AZWG HQ SQn 210 SUI Worksheet Due

2 Tuesday Sq 305 [18:30-21:30] Meeting

3 Wednesday

4 Thursday Sq 304 [06:30 PM-09:30 PM] Squadron 304 Meeting

5 Friday AZWG HQ [05:00 PM-09:00 PM] ICS 400 Class

6 Saturday AZWG HQ [08:00 AM-05:00 PM] Sqn 210 SUI AZWG HQ [09:00 AM-04:00 PM] AZ Wing Staff Meeting

7 Sunday

8 Monday

9 Tuesday Sq 305 [18:30-21:30] Meeting

10 Wednesday

11 Thursday Sq 304 [06:30 PM-09:30 PM] Squadron 304 Meeting

12 Friday

13 Saturday

14 Sunday

15 Monday

16 Tuesday Sq 305 [18:30-21:30] Meeting

17 Wednesday

18 Thursday Sq 304 [06:30 PM-09:30 PM] Squadron 304 Meeting

19 Friday

20 Saturday AZWG HQ AZ Wing Opex

21 Sunday

22 Monday

23 Tuesday Sq 305 [18:30-21:30] Meeting

24 Wednesday

25 Thursday Sq 304 [06:30 PM-09:30 PM] Squadron 304 Meeting

26 Friday

27 Saturday AZWG HQ [09:00 AM-01:00 PM] SAFETY STAFF ASSISSTANCE VISIT

28 Sunday

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