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Civil Air Patrol puts in 10,000 hours for Gulf Coast spill cleanup BY JENN ROWELL, GANNETT.COM
KANSAS WING CIVIL AIR PATROL
Members of the Civil Air Patrol have contributed more than 10,000 man-hours to the oil spill cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. That's more than $179,000 worth of volunteer labor, according to CAP figures. The calculation is based on the state's $17.34 hourly rate for determining the value of volunteerism. At the national average of $20.85 an hour, the value exceeds $216,000, according to CAP calculations. In all, 239 CAP volunteers have performed more than 10,360 hours in service to the Gulf cleanup efforts. The volunteers are using vacation time to go to the coast and work. They include members from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Capt. Ian Johnston of the Alabama Wing’s Huntsville Composite Squadron prepares for a flight as mission pilot during the Deepwater Horizon Response.
Photo by Capt. Phil Norris, Southeast Region

The Alabama Wing has provided pilots, observers, aerial photographers and mission staff. All of the 19 squadrons in Alabama are participating in the efforts.

CAP pilots also have logged more than 1,000 flight hours while photographers have documented the oil spill from the air -- taking more than 3,000 photos a day, according to CAP. Those crews are flying more than 700 miles of coastline from Louisiana to Florida, and the images are primarily of the oil containment barriers and land near the shoreline. The photographs help with planning and monitoring the effectiveness of the barriers. Maj. Gen. Amy Courter, CAP's national commander, visited the incident command center in Mobile recently and said that CAP would continue assisting with the cleanup efforts. The Alabama National Guard also is continuing to support the cleanup with 350 personnel in the Gulf. Guard members have been providing security at staging areas, assisting with public affairs, conducting aerial missions with Coast Guard spotters and installing barriers around Dauphin Island.

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Attending from Kansas Wing included Roger Eaton, Lauri Emery, Paul Bayless, Pam Morris, Nichole and JD Schlesener.

Officers Attend NCR Staff College

By Pam Morris

This June six members of the Kansas Wing travelled to Nebraska to attend the North Central Regional Staff College at Offutt AFB. NCR Staff College was a great place to interact with colleague from other wings and regions and allowed us to exchange ideas and methods used in our organization. Team pride was built with a series of fun exercises and activities and Mary Donley led us with ease and the practiced hand of an experienced school teacher. The Materials presented were on-topic and relevant to our organization. We were privileged to view a video clip of General Lorenz of the USAF that demonstrated the great leadership we have in this country. Valuable lessons were learned from another presentation about the crash of a B12 and the steps that could have been taken to avert such a disaster. The discussions that ensued were animated and served to show that we are all, individually, responsible as Officers to speak up and do the right thing when it is needed. A field trip to the Offutt Museum was a welcome break from the classroom. The groups broke up and roamed the huge building for a few hours to view a range of aircraft and of course the gift shop! Although the class was split into 3 groups by the end of the week there was a tangible bond between us all and strong friendships were forged. The week long experience was great and one that was well worth the effort of attending.

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Photos by Chester Bernat

Kansas Wing 2010 Award Recipients
Meritorious Service Award Commander’s Commendation Commander’s Commendation Commander’s Commendation Commander’s Commendation Commander’s Commendation Commander’s Commendation Commander’s Commendation Sarah Wildman Sid Altum Mitchell Edwards Lauri Emery Daniel Franz Mark Lahan Michael Mathewson Stanley Simmonds Achievement Award Achievement Award Achievement Award Achievement Award Achievement Award Achievement Award Achievement Award Patricia Crockett Doug Crockett Venicia Doubrava Linette Lahan Rachel Murphy Seth Thomas Hollie Shappee

Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Bronze Star Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Bronze Star Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Bronze Star Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Bronze Star Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Bronze Star Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Bronze Star Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Bronze Star Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Bronze Star Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Bronze Star Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Bronze Star Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Bronze Star Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Silver Star AFA Outstanding Cadet of the Year AFA Outstanding Cadet of the Year Chaplain of the Year Senior Member of the Year Aerospace Education Officer of the Year Cadet Programs Officer of the Year DDR Officer of the Year Safety Officer of the Year Ed Hill Award Ground Team of the Year Incident Staff Member of the Year Public Affairs Officer of the Year Cadet of the Year NCO of the Year Airman of the Year Character Development Officer of the Year Communications Officer of the Year Finance Officer of the Year Legal Officer of the Year Supply Officer of the Year Cadet Officer of the Year Orientation Pilot of the Year Squadron of the Year Squadron Commander of the Year VFW NCO Award VFW Officer Award Squadron of Merit

C/Capt Marah Carney C/1st Lt Brandon Doubrava C/1st Lt Spencer Kerfoot C/Maj Sarah Wildman C/2d Lt Jonathan James C/CMSgt Zac Piper C/2d Lt Makayla White C/SMSgt Joshua Schwanke C/SMSgt Brendan Finley C/Maj Priscilla Temaat C/SSgt Chase Ward C/Lt Col Mitchell Edwards C/1st Lt Brandon Doubrava C/SSgt Chase Ward Homer Ontman Lt Col Ron Schlesener Catherine Mages Maj Glenn Fortmayer April Smith John Moore Flint Hills Composite Squadron Col Barney King Michael Mathewson C/Lt Col Mitchell Edwards Brendan Finley C/SSgt Chase Ward Daniel Chaverin Maj Jonathan Holder A.W. Pickel Lt Col Jack Bender Patricia Crockett Kalvin Piper Alan Simon Cunningham Composite Squadron Maj Bob Moore Bradley Doubrava Marah Carney New Century Composite Squadron

Cadets Train as Air Marshallers

By Maj Glenn Fortmayer

A contingent of cadets and senior members from the Cunningham Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol met at Kingman Airport for Air Marshalling training. The training is part of the Aerospace and cadet education curriculum. The squadron members applied their training to the Kingman Fly-In on May 22. The Fly-in will include many pilots. Most will be coming in for the Kingman High School reunion that weekend. Others are part of the Young Eagles program. They are pilots that offer free rides to kids 8-17 with parent permission forms completed. There will also be aircraft from the Civil Air Patrol. The Civil Air patrol pilots will be providing orientation flights to the Cunningham Composite Squadron cadets on May 22 and 23. The cadets received training from Maj. Dave Maude, CAP and his son Christian Maude. Maj. Maude serves on the Kingman Airport Board. Christian is a senior at Kingman high and is a certified glider pilot and is about to complete his pilot license as well as attending K-State on an AFROTC scholarship after graduation this month. The training consisted of an overview of the operations, expectations, and key roles. The cadets received flight line safety training, air marshalling signal training, and training on how to park and release aircraft. The cadets took turns in their positions as Christian Maude taxied an aircraft so cadets could practice signals and get a first hand feel for required distances, aircraft speed, and turning radiuses. On May 22nd the cadets trained as Air Marshallers will be accompanied by other cadets from their squadron and their CAP Senior Member leaders, 1LT Susan Ward Safety and Health Services Officer (Assumes command May 18, 2010), 2LT Nicole Strait, Commandant of Cadets, 2LT Scott Morgan, Assistant Cadet Programs Officer, 1LT Troy Stark, Squadron Finance, Logistics, and Assistant Aerospace Officer, 2LT Mike McGovney, Moral Leadership Officer, SM Aaron Murphy, and Maj. Glenn Fortmayer, Current Commander and KS Wing External Aerospace Education Officer; to fly in the Civil Air Patrol aircraft and the Young Eagles aircraft. The trained cadets will direct the aircraft as well as fly with their comrades. In addition to orientation flights the Fly-In will have vintage aircraft and glider rides for extra fees, and Giant model Radio Aircraft demonstrations. The cadets will be treated to breakfast by the Lions Club/City of Kingman and participate in a lunch provided by the Kansas Pilot’s Association. For more information about the Civil Air Patrol contact any of the above Senior members, call the Cunningham Composite Squadron Commander at 620-298-3271 or 620-318-6060

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Scenes from a Fly-In

Kansas Wing Members participated in the Kingman Fly-In . The Cunningham Squadron put to good use the Air Marshal training they received! Photos by Nicole Strait

National Blue Beret 2010
National Blue Beret (NBB) this summer was attended by 22 members of the Kansas Wing, making it the wing with the highest number of staff and cadets to participate in this special activity. The event is held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and is the largest Airshow in North America with 10,000 planes arriving and departing in a one-week period. Multiple van loads of people and equipment caravanned to the event a few days before the official start in order to get things set up on site and ready for the influx of cadets. In total there were 137 cadets and the Staff of 41 Seniors came all over the nation— we even had a remote Staff member, Major Jeff Morris, from Iraq Skyping in to help with the IT setup. Colonel Regena Aye was the Activity Director again this year and it was a bittersweet event as it was her last time as such at NBB as her new duties as Dean at Allen College preclude her ability to be able to spend that amount of time for this activity next year. The Staff and Cadets presented Col Aye with a gift of appreciation in thanks for her leadership and to mark her last NBB. Many of the Kansas Staff held key positions at this multifunction event. Colonel Tim Hansen was the ES director instructing safety and flight line marshalling and Major Mark Lahan was the Head TAC and in charge of the 12 flight TACS. Each flight consisted of a crew of 12 cadets. The Cadet Commander was also a Kansas cadet, Col. Mitchell Edwards. This year had some special challenges as the weather in Wisconsin decided to throw us some heavy rains and winds. Wisconsin had record amounts of rainfall during the first week and the NBB grounds were under water for most of that time making practice very difficult for the cadets. The formation grounds and the area assigned for tents were flooded and the state bird (mosquito!) flourished in that environment. The cadets quickly adapted as the weather finally changed and the Airshow began operations. As the second week drew to an end the nowexperienced cadets earned the right to wear the Blue Beret’s that they had come to Oshkosh for. Cadets learned to shave and shape their berets and when the St. Alban pins were issued they were able to wear their berets for the first time. The sense of achievement in the complex was palpable as the cadets wore their achievement with pride. Many of the Kansas Wing members attending had been to NBB before and provided a wealth of experience that helped to make this event run smoothly and efficiently. The exposure and challenges of this event make it a unique experience and one that is well worth earning leaving those of us that have just returned to say…..”where do I apply for next year!”.

By Pam Morris

Kansas Wing Civil Air Patrol
3024 Arnold Ave. Salina, Kansas 67401 -8105 785-825-0009 FAX 785-825-1116 june@kswghq.kscoxmail.com donna@kswghq.kscoxmail.com

2010 Winter Encampment 26 December—2 January Army National Guard Regional Training Center, Salina Cost—$100.00
All applications (CAPF 31) need to be completed, signed by the Unit Commander and mailed to:

ATTENTION: ALL KANSAS WING CADETS

KSWG Headquarters ATTN: Maj Lahan 3024 Arnold Ave. Salina KS 67401

Email completed applications to marklahan@yahoo.com

The Eyes of America's Skies

All Cadets must have Basic ORM and all Staff and Senior Members Must have Basic and Intermediate ORM.

Civil Air Patrol is interested in locating those who served as volunteers in its organization during World War II, Dec. 7, 1941, through Aug. 15, 1945, and who were at least 18 years old during at least part of that service. The request is made in anticipation of pending Congressional legislation that would honor those CAP members meeting this criteria. Those considered need not be alive today or be current CAP members. Names and contact information should be emailed to paa@capnhq.gov or sent to Civil Air Patrol Public Affairs, 105 S. Hansell St., Maxwell AFB, AL 36112. In the case of deceased members, their names and the name of a close relative or friend, with contact information, should be sent. Those who qualify may be asked to submit substantiation of their CAP service, such as tangible items that could verify service during this period, such as a published news article, CAP identification card or certificate of membership.