JAN—FEB 2008


Inside this issue:

The Commander’s Lead
I recently visited with the group attending National Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL. Southeast Region had 24 of the 97 attendees from the Region Staff and the Wings from within the region. In addition, several Southeast Region members served on the staff of the college. I am very proud of our showing at this important Professional Development activity. In addition to learning about the operation of CAP at the national level, attendees develop relationships and friendships that will last for many years. You obtain a perspective of CAP that is much broader than your Wing and/or Region. For those who have not attended Region Staff College, your next opportunity is late July 2008. As usual, it will be held at the McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Knoxville. Our safety performance shows that members who progress through the Professional Development training opportunities tend to be safer in their operations. Most of our accidents can be attributed to members who only attain Level 1. There is a dramatic reduction in incidents for members at Level 2 through 5. If you are unsure how to progress, see your Professional Development Officer and determine a personal plan for your progression. On the subject of training, members need to start working on the various ICS courses that are offered. ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800 are basic level courses that can be taken online at www.fema.gov. ICS 300 and 400 are weekend in-residence courses that are required to qualify for Incident Commander, Levels 1 and 2. We have an opportunity to complete ICS 400 in mid-November providing the necessary pre-requisites have been completed. If you do not have the four basic coursed completed, I would recommend completing them as soon as possible. Those are all pre-requisites for ICS 300, which is a pre-requisite for ICS 400. Agencies who receive federal grants will eventually have to demonstrate that their employees and/or members have completed these courses in order to qualify for the grant process. Do not wait until we are in a panic mode to complete these training opportunities. Take advantage of them as they are offered. A recent addition to the required training for CAP is the OPSEC module. That module is now included in the new Level 1 training. However, those who completed Level 1 several years ago are required to take the OPSEC training online. It is a painless effort that will take no more than 15 minutes or so to complete. If you have not done so, please do that as soon as possible. There are many outstanding training opportunities offered throughout the Wings and the Region. None of us are too old or too smart so as to no longer require training. Look for the opportunities and take advantage of them.
Colonel James M. Rushing Southeast Region Commander


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Civil Air Patrol - National Safety Pledge

As a Civil Air Patrol member I pledge to promote an uncompromising safety environment for myself and others, and to prevent loss of, or damage to Civil Air Patrol assets entrusted to me. I will perform all my activities in a professional and safe manner, and will hold myself accountable for my actions in all of our Missions for Amer-

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Highlight Tennessee Wing — Meet the Volunteers
Dating back to the War of 1812,Tennesseans have been noted for their volunteerism. From Davy Crockett at the Alamo to Sergeant Alvin C. York during World War I, Tennesseans have always been leaders in volunteerism for the greater good. Tennesseans have always stepped up to the plate when someone was in need. Recent events that come to mind are the responses to the Hurricanes' Katrina and Rita disasters and tornadoes that ripped through Tennessee. CAP members responded with hundreds of hours of duty at Red Cross shelters across Tennessee as well as hands-on help to residents affected by tornadoes throughout the state. Tennessee At a Glance Members: 1073 At the recent Wing conference held in Chattanooga, many of the presentations centered around being ready for potential emergencies. The New Madrid fault presents a viable threat to the western third of Tennessee. "For the Seniors: 618 last several years, the Tennessee Wing has worked hand-in-hand with the Tennessee Emergency Management Cadets: 455 Aircraft: 9 Agency (TEMA), First Army, Air Force and local county agencies to prepare for an earthquake in West Tennessee," Ground Vehicles: 21 Melton said. "We have been able to utilize our Satellite Digital Imaging System (SDIS) to provide images of key infraFEMA Trailers: 2 structure to TEMA. They have told us that this will be extremely valuable to HF/VHF Radios: 100+ provide critical support to theresidents in the affected areas," Melton said. Airborne Repeaters: 2 In June, the Tennessee Wing was given an excellent rating by the Air Force SDIS Systems: 2 during it's annual evaluation. Incident Commanders: 28 CAP members have not only been there to help their fellow Tennesseans, Ground Team Leaders: 68 but our neighbors, as well. After hurricane Charley, Tennessee wing memMission Pilots: 38 bers flew over 200 hours of survey and photo missions in Florida in 2004. Tennessee also participates in ongoing missions with other SER states, Although there are many lakes and rivers in Tennessee, water survival training isn't required for aircrew Capt Stephen Kitner, Lt Col Vernon Prevatt and Maj Harry Bannon relax after practicing a successful ingress in a members. However, as seen in the photo below, members do train to help in states where a ditching (emergency water landing) is possible.
I am proud to introduce you to the Tennessee Wing. As the wing whose borders intersect with more than any other wing in the nation, it is important for our neighboring wings know our capabilities and assets. This wing is blessed with professional volunteers who know their skills and limitations and work between those two boundaries. Approximately 1,120 members are spread across the state among 32 squadrons. We are divided into four Groups, each roughly centered around the four major cities in Tennessee. Wing Headquarters is located in Knoxville inside the fence of McGhee-Tyson airport. Aircraft and vehicle parking are both within a few steps of our front door. What makes Tennessee different? Our state is geographically divided into east, middle, and west Tennessee with some significant topographical differences between the regions. Previously, most of our SAR events were predominately in east Tennessee because of the mountains. Although we remain ready to respond to any need in east Tennessee, most of our training and preparation is now targeted in the western part of the state where the New Madrid fault system is located. Emergency planners use the term when instead of if when they speak of the probability of a devastating earthquake occurring in that area similar to the quake of 1812. In an effort to become part of a multi-agency response to the earthquake threat as well as other situations, Tennessee Wing recently signed an MOU with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. This MOU should give local emergency planners confidence that members of the Tennessee Wing are competent and ready to respond in a professional manner to any need, just as their other member agencies do. Also, all squadron commanders were recently provided with a printed CAPabilities handbook that includes a Tennessee as well as a Southeast Region resource list. This handbook, along with the MOU will provide our local squadrons with the tools they need to familiarize local emergency managers with who we are and what we can do for them. I am most proud of our leadership in the Tennessee Wing. We have a very hard-working Wing staff and high-quality Group and Squadron commanders. The outgoing CAC chair has earned the Spaatz award, a private pilots license, and was selected as a member of last years CLA in Washington, DC. A wing staff member sits on a multi-state earthquake preparedness board and others sit on multi-state emergency services boards. Several of our members were involved in the national mission in Florida earlier this year and Tennessee Wing received the Emergency Services award for the Southeast Region at this years National Board in Atlanta. We are proud to be a part of the Southeast Region and serve along side with you, our fellow CAP members.

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2007 National Staff College

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October 23, 2007 – Maxwell AFB, AL The 2007 National Staff College held its graduation with 97 students successfully completing the week long College. National Staff College, the Civil Air Patrol’s premier inresidence training course, is held once a year a Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. This year’s graduating class of ninety seven students is one of the largest classes in a number of years. Consisting of both lecture and practical exerCol Reggie Chitwood, CAP National Chief of Staff cises, the College draws instructors and lecturers from corporate, military, and CAP National Headquarters. The practical exercise this year dealt with member retention and the students work will be used by NHQ to develop future programs for seniors and cadets. Southeast Region was very well represented in both the student body as well as staff. The college was very fortunate this year to have as guests Col Reggie Chitwood, CAP Chief of Staff and Lieutenant General Nicholas Kehoe, USAF (Retired) and Member of the Board of Governors, CAP.

Congratulations National Staff College Class of 2007

The 2008 NSC is sure to fill up early so look for notices in the August-September timeframe and sign-up early!

Medical — Healthy Feet
Have you thought about your feet lately? You should, because your feet are a biological masterpiece. They contain 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments.
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Keep your feet healthy by following these 10 tips for healthy feet. Don’t ignore foot pain – it’s not normal.

Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus.) and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate athlete’s foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
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Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible. Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that your are engaged in. (i.e., running shoes for running). Alternate shoes – don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day. Avoid walking barefooted –your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals, always use sun block on you feet just as on the rest your body. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments; self-treatment can often turn a minor problem in a major one. If you are a person with diabetes, it is vital that you see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a check-up.

LtCol Patricia Faunt SER Nurse Officer

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C/Col Charles E. Watson Receives Spaatz at TNWNG Banquet
Cadet Colonel Charles E Watson was awarded the Spaatz Award by NHQ Chief of staff COL Reggie Chitwood at the 2007 TN Wing Conference. He was also presented the Southeast Region Cadet of the Year and the Meritorious Services Award for ES operations this past year by Southeast Region Commander, Colonel James M. Rushing. Watson is a CAP Pilot and Ground Team Leader in the Murfreesboro Composite Squadron in Murfreesboro TN, and a Professional Pilot major at Middle Tennessee State University. Watson soloed at age 16 at the cadet National Powered Flight Academy at Savannah TN and earned his private pilot certificate at age 17 after receiving the Tennessee Wing Flight scholarship. He has accomplished the instrument rating, commercial certificate, multi-engine certificate, advanced ground instructor certificate and is currently in the certified flight instructor flight lab at MTSU. He was selected as Commander for the 2006 Air Education Training Command Familiarization Course at Laughlin AFB TX and participated in the IACE program to Canada and Great Britain. He recently attended the Airline Careers Exploration (ACE) Frontier Airlines in Denver, CO and served as the XO for the TN Wing Summer Encampment. Watson was selected as the 2003 Group III Cadet Officer of the Year and 2004 TN Wing Cadet of the Year. Watson is also an Eagle Scout and Aviation Exploring Post President. Charles is the son of Charles and Patricia Watson of Lebanon, Tennessee.

C/Captain Murray Awarded Earhart
Falcon Field Squadron member Cadet Captain Chris Murray received the Amelia Earhart Award at a recent meeting. The Earhart Award is the third highest award a cadet may earn and has been achieved by less than 10,000 cadets in the history of the Civil Air Patrol. Cadets must meet stringent leadership, academic, and physical fitness requirements and also pass an arduous 100-question comprehensive exam to merit this award. Cadet Captain Chris Murray is the son of Vincent Murray of Fayetteville and Kristina Thames of Union City. Georgia State Representative Dan Lakly was on hand to present the Earhart Award. Representative Lakly represents District 72 (Fayette County) in the Georgia General Assembly and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee. In addition to the award presentation, Representative Lakly made favorable remarks concerning the military bearing of the squadron members and the opportunity for success fostered within the Peachtree City - Falcon Field Composite Squadron.
Submitted by 2Lt Lee Bowersox

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