Pacific Region Operation “Grey Flag” Tests West Coast Readiness
South Coast Squadron aircrew (L-R) Tom Moore, Command Pilot, and James Metcalf, Observer, go over last minute sortie review.

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From the Commander
Theodore S. Kyle, Col, CAP Wing Commander, Oregon Wing


am always amazed about what great work we can do when we work together as a team. I am so proud of our work in saving a person’s life a few weeks ago. I am proud of our work with young people, helping them to find success and see their future, and I am proud of all the work we do to keep our Civil Air Patrol going. I am proud that we are developing aerial public address capability, which has received nation wide attention. Good job to South Coast Squadron for their efforts to make this new capability happen. We each give in our own way in local units, as members of Emergency Service teams, and

as staff members at headquarters. Now, we have a challenge to leverage all of our great work by pulling together into one big team. Together we can accomplish a great deal more. Our national commander, Major General Tony Pineda, has been increasing our awareness that we are one CAP, the U.S. Civil Air Patrol. Hurricane Katrina taught us that we can come together from wings all over this country and work together especially when there is a great need. Gen. Pineda wants to remind us all that we are one CAP by changing the name tapes from “Civil Air Patrol” to “U.S. Civil Air Patrol.” We should

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take our queue from this by bring our squadrons together and work more with each other, side by side. We are one Oregon Wing, one Pacific Region, and one U.S. Civil Air Patrol, and we cannot afford to forget this. With one CAP and one Oregon Wing in mind we are seeking ways to bring us together, train together, work together, and learn about each other. We must take the time to rub shoulders, role up our sleeves, train with each other, and most importantly, learn to trust each other. To that end, Oregon Wing will be developing new approach training: centralized training as one site where we can work together side by side. I know this approach is a little different than we have been used to, but I am certain that we will benefit from getting to know each other in a way that one can only be achieve by face-to-face communication. Let’s make the investment in each other. Stay tuned. More will be coming about the Wing Training Academies. We have a lot of great members in Oregon Wing. Let’s get out and meet each other. You never know where you will meet your next new friend.

Pacific Region Operation “Grey Flag” Tests West Coast Readiness

Scott Bar thelomew prepares aircraft.


hile many people were making plans for enjoying a pleasant weekend at home or away and students across the state were making the most of the last few days of Spring Break, members of the Oregon Civil Air Patrol are preparing to respond to a simulated major terrorist activity somewhere in the state. The weekend of March 30April 1st, the Civil Air Patrol in all six states of the Pacific Region, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Hawaii and Alaska, were all being tasked by the Department of Homeland Security and the United

M ajor D ave Rud aw it z c o n d u c t s KO I N -T V interview at A u r o r a I C P.

C ad aver D og… “Bones” gets some lov i ng at t ent ion .

States Air Force to respond to a simulated terrorist attack in their states. “This provided us an opportunity to test ourselves on how well we can respond to expected civil and federal requests for assistance under such an event” said Lt Col Thomas Traver, Oregon CAP public affairs officer. From a state Incident Command Center located at the Aurora State Airport, the Oregon CAP was coordinating activities from Continued . . .


Operation Grey Flag . . .
various squadrons across the state in responding to multiple simulated scenarios. Oregon was utilizing six aircraft which are located at various locations across the state, including the Portland metro area, to respond to various tasks assigned to us by the simulation team. This included, but not limited to, using the Satellite Digital Imaging System, aerial reconnaissance and communications. While the greater Portland Metro area was conducting one set of scenarios, Southern Oregon, operating out of the CAP Medford ICP at Medford Airport were dealing with their own set of circumstances as well. One of the major events of the exercise series that attracted media attention was the testing of the Airborne Public Address System mounted in a wing Cessna 182 from South Coast. Flying over the Aurora Airport area, the PA system could be heard from 1000’ AGL for nearly a mile in all directions on the ground. The greatest activity occurred in California State where CAP was tasked with responding to a simulated detonation of a WMD device in a crowded metropolitan area. Units from Oregon and Washington wings responded by monitoring suspect vehicle traffic, transported personnel and a “cadaver dog” appropriately nick named “Bones”, from Washington State to California using a relay of CAP aircraft in each state. H

Major Dave Rudawitz and Col Ted Kyle go over operations map.

Capt Tom Moore, of South Coast Squadron checks Airborne PA System prior to test.

Lt Col Pete Andersen and Major Dave Rudawitz go over scenarios. CAP Aircraft await sortie assignment at Aurora ICP.

USAF Lt Col Olsen monitors exercise activity.

History of Merci Boxcar
Oregon’s Merci Train Boxcar is dedicated in North Bend after being moved from Fort Stevens and restored.

By 1st Lt Francis S. Moore Associate Editor Coastal Squadrons

Oregon’s Merci Boxcar Moved to North Bend
NORTH BEND, OR – An important, but little known, icon of Oregon military history received a new home, and, indeed, a new lease on life this summer. A delegation of Central Coast Composite Squadron members attended ceremonies commemorating the restoration and relocation of the State’s Merci Boxcar, a gift from the people of France following WWII. But the story begins long before that . . . forth, they were called “40 & 8”s. Many American servicemen were transported to the battle front on these narrow gauge railroads. On February 3, 1949, forty-nine of these boxcars that had survived two world wars arrived in New York Harbor with huge fanfare. This “Merci (Gratitude) Train” was filled with approximately 52,000 gifts from the French people to the people of the United States. It was, in part, a response to the relief goods - enough to fill more than 700 American boxcars - sent to the French after WWII by the American people. Each state in the Union received one of the boxcars, while the 49th was somehow “shared” by the Territory of Hawaii and Washington, D.C. Today, only 39 of the “40 & 8”s are still on display. The whereabouts of only a few of the gifts from the French people are known. After a brief stop in Portland, Oregon’s boxcar arrived in Salem on February 21, 1949. It sat near Salem’s American Legion Hall before it was taken to Astoria in 1968. After being restored, the boxcar was placed on display at Fort Stevens. This summer, the Oregon Army National Guard’s 1249th Engineer Battalion transported the historic boxcar from its Fort Stevens location, first to the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany, where it was available for viewing for several days, and then to its new home next to the Coos County Historical and Maritime Museum in North Bend on Highway 101. The boxcar was to be restored, after years of neglect, by local veterans’ and military groups, including the Squadron, but a zealous group of “volunteers” from the Shutter Creek Detention Center finished the work earlier than expected. The car is under cover, and protected from most of the elements. The boxcar is under the custodianship of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and the volunteer care of La Societe de Quarante Hommes et Huit Cheveux, an independent fraternal organization of U. S. veterans, more commonly known as the Forty and Eight. The full story of the Forty and Eight and the Merci Train can be found at www.fortyandeight.org and www.mercitrain.org.
The plaques on the boxcar are the coats-of-arms of the French provinces.


ometime in the early 1880’s, this particular boxcar rolled off the assembly line and onto the train tracks somewhere in France. For decades, it carried troops and supplies through Europe. During WWI, this type of boxcar, about half the size of an American boxcar, was classified by its capacity of forty men or eight horses. From that time



Central Coast Composite Squadron Enjoys Busy First Year in New Headquarters
By 1st Lt Francis S. Moore, Associate Editor, Coastal Squadrons (Editor’s note - Cyber gremlins reached out and grabbed Central Coast news for not just one, but two of the last issues. This article will highlight some of this very active unit’s activities.)

Coast Guard Saves CCCS

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the sinking Central Coast Squadron “ship” in January by offering meeting rooms and other support to the unit. The accommodation ended an extended search for new facilities after two years in donated school building rooms. Coos Aviation, a private general aviation firm at the North Bend Airport, donated room for an office, supply and general storage. Although the WWII hangar environment is not fancy, the Squadron is determined to make it functional. The two facilities are just a short distance apart on the tarmac. The USCG Air Station, where meetings are held, is home to five HH-65 “Dolphins”, the standard rescue helicopter of the Coast Guard, and is the air operations center for the sector which stretches over more than 200 miles of Oregon and California coastline. Coast Guard personnel have already offered assistance from their ranks for hands-on training experiences for Cadets. Engine maintenance, electronics, swimming, and communications are just a few of the many plans for involvement. The possibilities of “O”-rides in water rescue craft keep anticipation levels high. “It seems that every time we turn around here at the Air Station, we bump into a former CAP cadet,” Squadron Commander, Major Charles Roesel, pointed out, “including at least one Spaatz cadet.” LT Derek Ham, Group Law Enforcement Operations Officer, and former CAP cadet, volunteered to act as USCG Liaison to the unit.

Second Lieutenant Ehren Linderman, U.S. Army, visits with CCCS Cadets Frances Simon (l.), Sara Tindall, and Ian Herring.

Military Speakers Visit

The U.S. Coast Guard, Sector North Bend, Air Station new home of the Central Coast Composite Squadron.

“What time did you have to get up in the morning?” “How much do you get paid? “Was the food any good?” “How many push-ups did you have to do?” Those are just a few of the common questions posed to guest active military personnel visiting the Central Coast Composite Squadron this year. A1C Jennifer Mann, USAF, was home and also assisting the local recruiter before reporting to her new duty station in London. Her technical training was as an Aerospace Medical Technician. Second Lieutenant Ehren Linderman was on leave following his commission in the U.S. Army. He is a 2006 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. “Having local young people who have joined the different services come in to talk to the Cadets is a good way for them to learn the facts about life in the military, and make them aware of the many options available,” noted Major Charles Roesel, CCCS Commander. Airman Mann told the cadets that it was rough leaving home and going into a military environment. Lieutenant Linderman pointed out the value of the educational services he had received, and encouraged the cadets to take part in a variety of leadership roles during high school. He particularly noted that participation in Civil Air Patrol is mentioned by name on the West Point application. Other active personnel visiting the Squadron were Sergeants Frank Strupith and Joseph Hawkins, U.S. Army, who instructed cadets and seniors in map reading. Continued . . .


Senior Promotions

Six officers of Central Coast Squadron have promoted so far this year. Receiving their gold “butter bar” (Second Lieutenant) were Carolyn Beliveau, Kurt Erichsen, Randi Durham, and Gary Haga. Promoted to First Lieutenant was Francis Moore. Topping the list is Squadron Commander Charles Roesel, who now wears the gold oak leaf of Major.

Coast Guard Aviation Survival Technicians, better know as “Rescue Swimmers”. These are the guys that jump out of the helicopters into the water to affect rescues. The catch here was that over the bathing suit was a full flight suit, with boots and helmet. Eager cadets soon learned that survival swimming takes a lot of stamina, as they swam the world’s longest pool lap. Other experiences included four-person inflatable and single-person inflatable survival rafts.

Cadet Promotions, Awards

Central Coast’s first cadet officer in many years is C/2d Lt Ian Herring, Cadet Commander. His General Billy Mitchell Award was presented by ORWG Director of Logistics, Lt Col Gene Wright, who was Squadron Commander when Herring joined CAP. Leading the rest of the cadets in promotions is Frances Simon, who has obtained the grade of C/MSgt, and is the Squadron’s Cadet First Sergeant. Cadet Simon was also the recipient of the annual awards presented by the Air Force Association and the Air Force Sergeants’ Association. Promoted to C/SSgt was Neomi Carbaugh, while Talon Haga received his Senior Airman stripe. Five cadets have earned Airman First Class rank: Kaivan Coleman, Laura Coleman, Randydore Howze, Nathan Tindall, and Sara Tindall.

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp - The Squadron’s Marching
Although summer schedules made it hard to attend many events, the Color Guard did make it to a couple parades over the summer. The Memorial Day parade in Coos Bay was led by a combined color guard of the Coast Guard, Naval Sea Cadets, and CAP Cadets. “An outstanding experience,” according to Cadet Commander Ian Herring. Several unnamed senior members also marched behind the Color Guard, along with the remainder of the Cadets. The Cadet Honor Guard participated in two community ceremonies on Memorial Day.

Swimming with the Pros

Drug Demand Reduction

Taking advantage of the training opportunities offered by the U.S. Coast Guard, CCCS cadets got up early one fine spring day, and jumped in the North Bend Pool with the

Central Coast Commander, Maj Charles Roesel welcomes pilot 1st Lt Bob Soltz (l.), 2d Lt Laura Mattson, and Cadet Elijah Ramirez of Medford Squadron to North Bend.

Central Coast Cadets train with the USCG Rescue Swimmers.

A balmy June day allowed 2d Lt Laura Mattson, from Medford Squadron, to fly-in to North Bend to be the featured speaker at a DDRP program. Lt Mattson, who is a professional counselor, was flown up in a CAP Cessna by pilot 1st Lt Bob Soltz, and accompanied by Cadet Elijah Ramirez. Two CCCS cadets squeezed in “O” rides before the weather started moving in. Continued . . .


Central Coast Composite Squadron . . .

A Sad Farewell

The Squadron held a special ceremony to say goodbye to Chaplain (Lt Col) Elmer Steenbock. Chap Steenbock, 80-years-young, is moving to Sweethome, OR, where some lucky Squadron will have the opportunity to receive his membership transfer. An infantryman in Patton’s 3rd Army, he received the Purple Heart for wounds received in the Battle of the Bulge. Recuperating in a British hospital alongside some Russian soldiers, he would later help start a mission to the Russian Far East, where he has spent much of his recent years. Chap Steenbock was the first chaplain for the unit, when it formed in 1980 as the Marshfield Cadet Squadron.

Finding Those Pesky ELT’s

CCCS has been training in Urban Direction Finding. Instructors have been Lt Col Gene Wright, ORWG Director of Logistics, and 1st Lt George Long and C/2d Lt Greg Sebastian of the Salem Squadron. Compass and map reading have been part of the training, with guest instructors from the U.S. Army helping out.

Chap Elmer Steenbock, who is transferring out of CCCS, shares cake-cutting duty with just-promoted C/2d Lt Ian Herring in joint ceremonies this summer.

CCCS Cadet Laura Coleman is either trying to pick up Channel 13, or locate an errant ELT. Lt George Long, of Salem Squadron, looks on. Lt Long and Cadet Greg Sebastian instructed.

An OTH by Any Other Name . . .

For those who used to fly into the North Bend Airport, you will now be landing at the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport. It is still officially known as OTH. The terminal was recently given a temporary expansion for better screening and baggage handling, but will be replaced by a completely new terminal soon, along with a control tower. CCCS is planning to stay on top of the activity at the airport, and incorporate it into its AE program and membership drive. Continued on page 21 . . .


SGT David Younce, US Army in Iraq (Lt Col David Younce, CAP) opening one of the care packages.

By Chaplain Maj Annette Arnold-Boyd

WASHCO Squadron Sends Share Boxes to Deployed Troops
Our CAP squadron cadets filled 24 Share Boxes for the Troops Monday evening Jan. 8, 2006. The cadets worked hard and learned that I was serious about filling every square inch of the box. They learned that reaching out to our soldiers not only makes us feel good and useful, but helps the soldiers cope and feel cared for. It is important too, that we have seniors that can share that they have been on the receiving end of share boxes that it really meant a lot to them. Last Summer Nathan Scott, a 2005 graduate of West Point and son of a dear Episcopal priest friend was deployed to Iraq. I promised him and his dear wife Mae and family that I would send him boxes of treats. I told him “do not send me a thank you note. Spend your energy communicating with Mae.” About a month later from an email on Captalk, I got the website for www.anysoldier.com. That brought a whole new meaning to share boxes for the troops. Anybody can send Share Boxes! At our CAP Composite Squadron 0034 in Hillsboro our Commander Sonny Adcock supported our participating in the “community service” project of sending Share Boxes. I took a vote and it was unanimous from all that we would send boxes. At first I had a box available to put items for the share boxes in. Seniors graciously brought socks and magazines and helped with stamp money. Senior member Warren B. brought 4 dozen toothbrushes and several cases of toothpaste from his dentist. My dentist couldn’t be outdone and contributed also. I didn’t have much response from the cadets till last month I handed out slips of paper of items they had the responsibility to bring. That really sparked their sense of responsibility and enthusiasm. Our family, 1st Lt Scott Boyd, Senior Member Rebecca Boyd and myself are very committed to the Share boxes. Rebecca said one day, “Let’s send a box specially prepared for women soldiers.” So we were off to Dollar Tree and $60 later we had enough supplies for 2 boxes. Sometimes, the cost of supplies and stamps means cutting back on other things we would ordinarily get. I decided that it was more important to buy candy on clearance from Rite Aid than go to my acupuncture appointment which I can do next week. I am always looking at clearance items and requesting “begging” for items for the boxes. Sometimes I will ask a manager or owner, ”Do you have anything you are going to throw away that I could put in a share box for the troops?” I have had the best luck at small independent stores except Starbucks. I ca lled St a rbucks ma in Customer Service to ask for coffee. I got the dreaded “We have already contributed 50,000 lbs of coffee to the troops.” BUT “please go to the Starbucks in your area and tell them you have talked with Customer Service and ask for “markouts.” Many Starbucks are already giving to specific places but my local Starbucks has been generous and is expecting me later today. Then I take the whole bean coffee over to my local grocery store to grind. Starbucks is always busy. I was looking at the soldiers needs on www.anysoldier.com and Continued . . .


Troops Receive Share Boxes . . .
here was a soldier who very much wanted treats for his working dog. In 5 minutes Rebecca and I were at Dollar Tree and Petsmart getting plenty of treats for his dog. The box really smelled. We have also sent quite a few boxes to SSG Eric Petitt in Afghanistan as well as to a number of Oregon soldiers in Iraq. Eric sent us a CD of photos and we now have a photo album depicting something of life there; the children at the orphanage and the painting of the hospital which is downright creepy…looks like sweeping out dead rats. HOW TO: 1. Get a free flat rate box from your post office. They come in 2 shapes. Pick up both as different items fit better in one rather than the other. Pick up customs forms and plastic sleeves while you’re there. 2. I have a generic list of supplies that I’m glad to share. Basically, white athletic sox, foot powder, candy, junk food, protein bars, magazines and books are always wanted as well as beanie babies and things that can be given to local kids. I use wrapped hard candy to fill extra space in the box. CURRENTLY, and this breaks my heart, the soldiers are asking for warm clothes like thermal underwear and sweaters. 3. Carefully fill out the customs form. DO NOT attach the sleeve to the box because it will most likely have to be redone at the post office. But it is a help to have it ready to go and Scotch taped to the box. 4. Take the box to the post office. For security reasons anything over a pound sent internationally needs to be taken to the post office. 5. Any questions? Please do not hesitate to call me: Chaplain Annette Arnold-Boyd 503-641-2062. Nathan is head of a Stryker and Mortar unit. In a neighborhood that he patrols he has encountered a blind/downs syndrome young man

Squadron members gather ‘round table full of boxes ready to be sent to Iraq and Afghanistan.

who knows the sound of Nathan’s Stryker. I’m currently trying to obtain size large warm clothes for the young man. So far we have sent 65 boxes

List to Live By
By Jill Kincaid The most destructive habit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WORRY The greatest joy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GIVING The greatest loss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LOSS OF SELF-RESPECT The most satisfying work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HELPING OTHERS The ugliest personality trait . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SELFISHNESS The most endangered species . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DEDICATED LEADERS Our greatest natural resource . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OUR YOUTH The greatest “shot in the arm” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ENCOURAGEMENT The greatest problem to overcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FEAR The most effective sleeping pill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PEACE OF MIND The most crippling failure disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EXCUSES The most powerful force in life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LOVE The most dangerous pariah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A GOSSIPER The world’s most incredible computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE BRAIN The worst thing to be without . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOPE The deadliest weapon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE TONGUE The two most power filled words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . “I CAN” The greatest asset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FAITH The most worthless emotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SELF-PITY The most beautiful attire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SMILE The most prized possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . INTEGRITY The most powerful channel of communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PRAYER The most contagious spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ENTHUSIASM

with 24 more that will be sent by next week. People will say to me, “that’s nice you send them,” and my reply is, “no, it’s not nice, it’s responsible to send them.” H


New Northern Area Command ICC Entering Service
The Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will be starting work on establishing a permanent CAP Regional Emergency Services Incident Command Center (ICC) at the Aurora State Airport this year. The command center, which will incorporate state of the art technology, will be located in a 1500 square foot facility owned by Willamette Aviation located at the North end of the airport. M ajo r D av id Ru d aw it z , Emergency Services Officer for the Oregon CAP and appointed member of the Governors recently established Search and Rescue Task Force, stated that the command center will allow CAP and other agencies to quickly respond to search and rescue, disaster relief and Homeland Security operations faster than in the past. “By having our own command center in a central location, we will be able to have a turn-key facility ready to activate on very short notice when the scope of the incident requires a centralized command center” he said. T he build ing, owned by Willamette Aviation is being made available to the CAP at no charge. “I see having the Civil Air Patrol and the command center here as part of our contribution to the Aviation Community” said David Waggoner, owner of Willamette Aviation. “To be a good citizen you must give back to your community and this is part of our contribution. Very much like those of you who volunteer as members of the CAP.” He said, “The command center will also be available to other government agencies to utilize as well in order to quickly and efficiently establish a ready to operate incident command post” remarked Rudawitz. “When finished, the ICC will include a large open room for operations, smaller private rooms for command communications as well as other support functions. Communications capabilities will be a critical part of the over-all command center capabilities. Taking a page out of the disastrous Katrina incident where lack of communications hampered relief efforts Rudawitz commented “Our communications center will be backed up with emergency generators. It will also be capable of operating on all assigned CAP bands and frequencies, aircraft VHF, and be interoperable with local government, the proposed Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network (OWIN) and the USCG. Multiple radios will be installed to provide for simultaneous communication as needed. Land line phone lines will be pre-installed and activated when the command center was activated.” “We are actively seeking corporate support and donations of supplies, equipment, furnishings and expertise as we move forward to make this facility an active asset to our emergency response community” said Rudawitz. Rudawitz also advised included in the equipment needed are several satellite telephone/radio systems similar to those being used by CAP in Florida. These units will provide long range communications even in the event of a catastrophic natural disaster. While the CAP has an established base located at the Medford airport which came into use to support CAP air operations during the recent search for a missing Brookings hiker in SW Oregon, there is no similar facility in the Northern part of the state. “Presently, the CAP transports all it’s equipment into a temporary base of operations” remarked Major Robert Asher, Director of Operations for the Oregon CAP. “Setting up the necessary communications, computers, tables, chairs and other gear takes a significant amount of time to accomplish” he said. “Having a permanent command center set up in a centralized location such as Aurora Airport will save a significant amount of time and greatly improve our response time when called upon.” “We hope to have a functional command center operational in time for the summer mission and training season,” continued Rudawitz “but accomplishing all the facility upgrades needed to make this center fully functional in line with our goals will depend on how quickly we can raise the necessary funds to complete the project.” Included in the activities planned for the summer is the Oregon Wing’s biannual SAR evaluation conducted by the USAF and a six state Pacific Region-wide tsunami response exercise that will have activities along the entire Oregon coastline. Even though the CAP is the official Auxiliary of the USAF, there is no funding from the government or the USAF for projects such as this. “The USAF provides operational funding for missions and training so that there is never any charge to the requesting agency for our search and rescue or disaster relief assistance,” remarked Oregon CAP Public Affairs Officer Lt Col Thomas Traver. “For projects such as the one we have embarked on, we are on our own dime” he said. For more information on the facility, please contact Major Rudawitz at Rudawitz@ACM.org. For more information on the Oregon Civil Air Patrol, please visit http://www.orwg. cap.gov Information on Willamette Aviation can be obtained from http://www.willametteair.com. Continued on page 23 . . .


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Cessna 337 / USAF 02 Enters Service

Civil Air Patrol Takes Pride in New Wings
equip it with the latest search and rescue devices. “I am driven by the events that occurred with the James Kim family,” Bakker said. “My squadron volunteers and I feel that if we had had this aircraft in place, we may have been able to save his life. I was contacted four days before he left his family to get help. The weather was clear and with available cell phone technology and the new PA system in the aircraft the outcome might have been a successful rescue.” Although Bakker and other CAP pilots and observers were ready to fly the CAP squadron’s Cessna 182, they were unable to join the search for Kim. Bakker explained, “In order to activate a Civil Air Patrol Squadron for this type of mission, a request must be made by a local sheriff’s or state agency to CAP. Because the sheriff did not ask us for help we could not be activated.” With the new entity being formed as the private owner of the aircraft, the group will be able to activate a search mission at any time it is requested. Ironically, Bakker was in Bend making arrangements for purchase of the Cessna 337 for GFA at the time he was contacted about the search for the Kim family. The aircraft is dedicated to the memory of James Kim. To support the activities of GFA, Continued on page 23 . . .

Published: February 24, 2007 By Marjorie Woodfin Pilot staff writer


earch and rescue readiness is being taken very seriously in Brookings. A small group of Civil Air Patrol pilots and supporters have formed a private organization, Guardians From Above, to fill in cracks in current search and rescue readiness. With the death of James Kim, the 35-year-old editor who died of exposure and hypothermia in the Southern Oregon wilderness in November, search and rescue readiness has become a hot topic. There are those who believe that

additional equipment might well have saved Kim’s life. Members and sponsors of Guardians From Above (GFA) have gone into action with a completely new idea to ensure that adequate aircraft, communication, and identification equipment will be made available in the area more quickly to find and rescue anyone in any situation similar to the one that took the life of James Kim. South Coast Squadron Civil Air Patrol Commander Scott Bakker, with help from friends and sponsors, originated a new Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), formed to obtain funding for the purchase of a Cessna 337 Skymaster search aircraft and


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Brookings CAP members recently upgraded equipment in their Cessna 182 to improve rescue efforts. The Pilot/Marjorie Woodfin

Brookings Civil Air Patrol Unit Garners National Attention
to hear “All Things Considered” announcer Melissa Block tell her national audience that the news is coming from Brookings. The push for additional equipment began in earnest when local CAP members found they were unable to use the group’s Cessna 182 in the search for James Kim, the Internet editor who lost his life in the southern Oregon wilderness last fall. An order from a local sheriff’s or state agency office is required to activate a CAP aircraft in a search and, without that order, they couldn’t fly. Belief that their involvement in the search might have saved Kim’s life motivated members of the Brookings group, led by Bakker and Deputy Commander Tom Moore, to form a private pilots’ foundation to act as “Guardians From Above” (GFA). The group began raising money to purchase a Cessna 337 Skymaster aircraft capable of flying search and rescue, emergency warning and other mercy flights without waiting for orders. Bakker emphasized the cooperation between all agencies since the Kim tragedy, with law enforcement agencies, U.S. Coast Guard and CAP members from Crescent City to Gold Beach working together. In addition, the CAP members began looking for funding to equip the CAP 182 aircraft with a powerful PA system to provide additional search and rescue capabilities. The loudspeaker manufactured by Power Sonix is used on police helicopters; however, Bakker said this is the first installation on a fixed wing aircraft. The system, on loan from Power Sonix, was first tested over Pistol River and proved it could be heard from an altitude up to 1,000 feet and as far away as a mile and a half. Scott Walter of KOBI Channel 5 came to Brookings Airport April 5 to make a video of a test of the broadcast equipment for his viewers. In addition to the video of the test and an interview of Bakker, Walter also recorded a second interview with CAP cadets, who explained the training available to the teen members of CAP. The teens also described their experiences with flight simulator, instrument reading, serving aircraft Continued . . .

Published: April 18, 2007 By Marjorie Woodfin Pilot staff writer Members of Brookings unit of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) are walking tall these days, having captured national attention with their efforts to improve their search and rescue capabilities on the Southern Oregon Coast. The group was already involved in upgrading emergency equipment on its Cessna 182 Aircraft when the death of a man lost in the Southern Oregon wilderness increased the momentum exponentially. With news of that death, members of the South Coast Squadron 105 Civil Air Patrol Oregon Wing, who gather monthly at Brookings Airport, sped up their efforts to give wings to the squadron mission statement: “That Others May Live.” As a result, both the senior members and the cadets have been featured on a Scott Walter Channel 5 broadcast, out of Medford, and their commander, Scott Bakker, has been interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR). Those involved say it’s exciting


National Attention for Brookings Unit . . .
and flying. A few days later another trial of the PA system at Aurora State Airport, again demonstrated the capabilities for warning in case of tsunami or other major disaster. CAP Oregon Wing Commander Ted Kyle said the demonstration “blew me away.” Those test results were being closely monitored by other CAP groups, especially those in Hawaii where tsunamis are considered a major threat. Block, in her NPR interview with Bakker, mentioned the capability of using the system to put parents’ voices over the loudspeaker to reach and reassure a lost child. Bakker said that being able to broadcast to anyone in a lost or injury situation can be a calming influence on the victim and, if the person has a radio, can direct him to a frequency being monitored. But, publicity isn’t the only excitement for the CAP members. In March, the Brookings pilots and observers were the first to locate downed pilot Marshall Alexander of Klamath who crash landed a Cessna 182 near Diamond Lake. Without the loudspeaker capabilities they were unable to communicate verbally with Alexander, but they were able to signal to him with a 2 million candlepower handheld spotlight. Alexander told Bakker later that he would have felt much more comfortable while waiting for rescue if their voices could have reached him. The tests have proven that the Power Sonix PA system is definitely needed for warning and rescue operations. However, the race is not yet won. Power Sonix has generously agreed to donate the system for the 182, but funds are needed to install the loudspeaker equipment in the GFA twin engine Skymaster. Funds are also needed to equip the GFA twin engine Cessna, that has a second engine and a wider range, with additional equipment. Many individuals and businesses have already come forward to help, but, with a $23,000 bill building for work on the twin, and a $9,500 price tag on the PA system, more donors are needed. Charter sponsors who have made donations and pledged continued support, include Cal-Ore Life Flight, Premier Properties Har-Brook Jewelers, Dr. Doug Walker Eye Center, attorney Cynthia Beaman, Advanced Securities of Eureka, Suburban Propane of Crescent City, Edge Wireless Brookings-Harbor office, Chetco Federal Credit Union, family nurse practitioner Ellen Winger, Suburban Propane of Crescent City, Brookings Flying Club, and Kerr’s Ace Hardware, plus equipment donated by Jet Centre North of Medford, Garvin Avionics, and Dallas Avionics. CAP and GFA members who, as volunteers, give generously of their time, talent, and funds, are encouraging additional donors to come forward. At one point Bakker said, “We need to find a benevolent millionaire.” Others have suggested that what is needed is for everyone who appreciates how much safer we are in our homes and businesses with these “guardians” available to fly at a moments notice, to give what they can. H

Central Coast Composite Squadron . . .
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Calling All Stations
Central Coast Squadron members attended the Radio Relay League Field Day this summer, as part of their communications and emergency services training. Communications Officer, 2d Lt Kurt Erichsen (at the radio) makes contact with a distant station during the 24-hour radio marathon. Observing are 2d Lt Carolyn Beliveau and Cadet Nathan Erichsen (foreground); (l. to r.) Cadets Nathan Leman, Frances Simon, and Daylen Cossey; while unit Commander, Maj Charles Roesel, does some public relations work in the background. H

New Wings–Cessna 337 . . .
Continued from page 18
Bakker and supporters have formed a nonprofit corporation, Friends of Guardians From Above, to which donors may make tax-deductible donations to a Friends of GFA checking account at Chetco Federal Credit Union. Bakker and another CAP member, retired United Airlines Capt. Tom Moore, are the principal owners of the Skymaster. Charter sponsors include Dr. Douglas Walker and his Eye Center, and family practitioner Ellen Winger. Walker said, “Under Scott Bakker’s leadership and great direction, we have formed a nonprofit corporation, Friends of Guardians From Above, to support the private pilots’ foundation, Guardians From Above, with the stated purpose, ‘That Others May Live,’ in honor of James Kim who lost his life recently.” Walker explained that the participants are concerned folks who want to support CAP and Friends of Guardians as an important resource for search and rescue and mercy flights. The GFA is not, however, involved in medical or air ambulance flights, he added. Winger said she sees the possibility of mercy flights to provide transport to Portland or Roseburg for some without the resources to join an ill family member, and as a resource for search and rescue, such as the search team for the Kim family. “It could have turned out differently,” Winger said, adding, “I have a commitment to support the organization for the entire year, and I would like to see this available to the whole community. Donors are needed, one time donors, as well as those who will make a continuing commitment to help ensure that a family in need can contact the Guardians for assistance.” Bakker said corporate donors of money and equipment include Dallas Avionics, Dan Brattain’s Cal-Ore Life Flight, Chetco Federal Credit Union, Power Sonix Public Address Systems (which will revolutionize the PA system because of its clear communication up to a mile away from the aircraft), Jet Center North in Medford, supplying labor to install the avionics and public address system, and the Garmin Company, a major manufacturer of Global Positioning Systems. Moore explained GFA will have $100,000 invested in aircraft and radio equipment. “It’s a great aircraft with low time on the engines, but the radio equipment is from 1966. We’re looking for equipment donations, upgraded radio equipment, camera sights, and infrared capacity to sight bodies in woods or in the ocean.” He explained that with infrared spotting they might have located the Kim family earlier. However, Bakker noted that the expensive spotting equipment is out of their range until additional donors come forward. Moore noted that volunteer pilots can fly without official invitation throughout Oregon, and they have agreements with the Coast Guard at Humboldt Bay, and permission from CAP to fly into California. “We can service the coast from San Francisco to Astoria,” Moore said. About the Skymaster Moore said, “We can use it in the mountains or on other dangerous missions where we wouldn’t use a single engine aircraft. Volunteers and CAP pilots love it because it flies faster and doesn’t use any additional fuel.” He also emphasized the cooperation between counties and organizations. Referring to the recently rescued hiker on the Chetco River, he said, “This last rescue mission included Curry, Jackson, and Del Norte counties.” Bakker also praised that growing spirit of cooperation, “I want to say that with (Oregon) Gov. Ted (Kulongoski) creating the Search And Rescue Task Force, and the cooperation of the sheriffs in the region, I feel that the air assets of the Civil Air Patrol will be activated quickly and we will use the 337 on the coast and mountain rescues for the actual Air Force assigned missions. The Guardians From Above will act as a private group to perform the humanitarian flights for the local and regional communities.” Bakker’s unmitigated enthusiasm for the search and rescue project motivated someone to ask if he would like to be doing it full time. Bakker, who is employed in information systems at Pelican Bay prison, responded immediately, “With my 30 years of search and rescue experience, if I could find a sponsor to pay my salary, I’d quit my job at the prison in a minute.” H serve as mentors to the almost 27,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 65 years. For more information about Civil Air Patrol please go to the national website at www.cap.gov. H

Northern Incident Command Center . . .
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Civil Air Patrol is the official Air Force auxiliary with more than 55,000 members nationwide. It performs 95% of the continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members take a leading role in aerospace education and


The Twelve Commandments for Pilots
1. Thou Shalt Honor Thy CFI And Fellow Aviators, That Thy Days May Be Long! 2. Thou Shalt Perform A Thorough Walk Around And Preflight Each Day! 3. Thou Shalt Perform Thy Checklists Before Takeoffs And Landings! 4. Thou Shalt Not Exceed Weight And Balance Limits! 5. Thou Shalt Not Pilot Thy Plane When Fatigued, Ill Or Inebriated! 6. Thou Shalt Not Enter Into IRF Without Current Training And Prayer, Nor Shalt Thou Scud Run! 7. Thou Shalt Not Race Thy Cold Engine Nor Shock Cool It On Approach! 8. Thou Shalt Timely Perform All Ad’s And Annuals Responsibly! 9. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness In Thy Logs, Nor Violate The FAR’s! 10. Thou Shalt Maintain Thy Plane As If Thy Life Depended On It! 11. When Thy Mortal Senses Desert Or Mislead Thee, Thou Shalt Fly Thy Plane. 12. Thou Shalt Trust Thine Instruments Before Thou Shalt Trust The Seat Of Thy Pants.

Maj Charles Roesel (left) passes command of Central Coast Composite Squadron to 1st Lt Francis Moore (right), in ceremonies with (back row, left to right) Oregon Wing Commander, Col Ted Kyle; USCG Captain Lance Benton; and USCG LT Derek Ham.

Central Coast Squadron Changes Command
Submitted by 1st Lt Francis S. Moore

Oregon Wing Commander, Col Ted Kyle, was guest-of-honor for the transfer of command of Central Coast Composite Squadron on January 15. The ceremony took place at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in North Bend, which serves as home to the unit. Col Kyle explained the history of the military flag ceremony before accepting the squadron colors from outgoing Commander, Major Charles Roesel, and handing them off to incoming Commander, 1st Lt Francis Moore. USCG Captain Lance O. Benton, North Bend Sector Commander, and LT Derek C. Ham, who serves as liaison to the CAP unit, also took part. Both received certificates of appreciation to acknowledge their contributions to the squadron. Captain Benton presented his sector’s coveted “challenge coins” to both the incoming and outgoing squadron commanders. A copy of the Civil Air Patrol

65th Anniversary historical photo book was presented to Major Roesel by the squadron. Maj Roesel will be serving as Oregon Wing’s Moral Leadership Officer, and plans to travel to all the units in the Wing, recruiting chaplains and MLO’s. Lt Moore announced the appointment of Captain David Cameron as Deputy Commander for Seniors, and CMSgt Joe Simon as Deputy Commander for Cadets. Following the ceremonies, Col Kyle was given a tour of the Coast Guard Air Station, following which he expressed the desire to hold a SAREx or other Wing activity at the facility. Sector North Bend covers over 220 miles of Oregon coastline, and is home to five HH-65-C helicopters, their crews and support staff. The Coast Guard Cutter Orcas is berthed at Coos Bay, while several cities along the coast serve as home ports for USCG watercraft.


Youngest Pilot in Nation a CAP Cadet
It is a fool proof recipe!
Take pilot training at age 13. Take some more the next year, and the next year. Have a dad who was a pilot who is encouraging you. Have a granddad who was a pilot who is encouraging you. Have a flight instructor willing to give you your solo test on your birthday. Get the flight center (Reliant Aviation in Albany) to open its facility on a Sunday (your birthday) when they are normally closed. Win the Bogardis Scholarship (issued through Civil Air Patrol to cadets training to be pilots). Invite two mayors (Lebanon’s and Albany’s) to come and more than 100 of your friends and family. Invite the Lt. Col. Ted Kyle, Commander of the Oregon Wing of Civil Air Patrol, who earned his pilot wings early in his life. It is a foolproof recipe, but not an easy task. Perseverance paid off recently for Civil Air Patrol C/MSgt Wesley Husted III. He succeeded in being at least one
Lt Col Ted Kyle prepares a set of CAP pilot wings to pin on C/MSgt Wes Husted. The wings were rushed to Eugene by members of Columbia Composite Squadron as Kyle had to borrow a set to have them there in time for the ceremony. Photographer 2d Lt Scott D. Maguire


of the youngest pilots in the United States on Feb. 18 at Albany Municipal Airport (S12) in Albany. Husted and his Squadron Commander 1st Lt Katrina Long and other members of the Linn-Benton Composite Squadron greeted visitors on this breezy overcast Sunday afternoon. It was chilly enough that day to appreciate a coat. In fact, Husted and flight instructor Courtney Zehr, discussed rain showers that were appearing on the weather radar, but the rain held off during the event. Husted and the instructor put their heads together in the cockpit of the Cessna 152, feet still on the ground to review preflight checklists, and check their fuel and their weight and balance calculations. Then Husted nervously waited, pacing at times, putting off his departure and test until all of the VIPs he had invited had arrived. Then, the moment came. A brief welcome from his father and mother launched the brief sendoff and Lt Col Kyle was given the microphone. After being acknowledged, Wes headed for the Continued . . .

(Left) Lt Col Ted Kyle addresses the large audience as Wesley performs his touch and goes in the Cessna 152 at Albany Municipal Airport.



Husted . . .
Cessna. He took off his uniform jacket, stowed his gear, donned his headset and set the aircraft into motion down the runway. He has taken flight instruction since he was age 13, said flight instructor Zehr. Just before Wes’ flight, Zehr shared a few comments: “I think he will do all right. The weather is just good enough.” F e d e r a l Av i a t io n Administration rules restrict solo flights to people who are 16 years of age or older. So the earliest one can qualify is their birthday. After doing at least three suitable landings and Three pilots in the family. Wesley Husted III solos on his birthday and is encouraged take offs (called touch and by his father, Wesley Husted Jr., and his grandfather, Wesley Husted. goes) he was approved by his instructor. Wes earned his student pilot certificate, paid his flight training expenses. according to Zehr, which licenses him to flights within He is planning to apply to the U.S. Air Force 25 miles of this airport. It is good for 90 days. At age 17, Academy. the FAA will issue a standard pilot’s license, he said. Why did he want to be a pilot? “It has been my thing After meeting the qualifications, Husted dropped since when I was little. Instead of drawing dinosaurs, instructor Zehr off at the edge of the runway and took off I’d draw an airplane or a rocket. I have always wanted for his first solo flight ever. He then performed several to fly.” more touch and goes before landing and taxiing over to The mayors who attended saw something other than a the waiting crowd. More than 100 people watched as child’s dream being accomplished. Doug Killin, Mayor of parked the aircraft, wrestled his uniform jacket and cap Albany, admits to being fascinated by the event. “I used on and stood proudly before the group. to be the high school discipline principal, so I saw the Husted stood at attention as Lt Col Ted Kyle pinned worst side of kids. This is the positive side of youth!” CAP wings on him after completing his solo pilot flight. Ken Toombs of Lebanon, Wes’ hometown mayor, “This is a great part of this job,” Kyle said, “recognizing says: “I am kind of envious. I would love to be able to fly members who do great things. He will remember this myself. It just never worked out. Wesley is an example for a long time.” Kyle himself was a pilot earlier in life. of a person who set his sights on a goal and stayed right It was an achievement that he is still proud of, and he with it.” was pleased to give a speech and help C/MSgt Husted Commander Long says Wes is a good example of celebrate this accomplishment. what CAP leads to. “I don’t understand why more youth This isn’t the only activity Husted has participated don’t get involved.” in while in Civil Air Patrol. He is a flight sergeant for As to whether Wes Husted is truly the youngest pilot this squadron, has attended the National Honor Guard in history? Probably not. Others have tested on their Academy, has earned marksmanship, participated in a birthday, flight instructors report. And younger youth glider encampment, gone on a KC-135 refueling flight, have flown throughout history. But this cadet certainly participated in Encampment, and has taken three powered is one of the youngest pilots in our nation – and for the orientation rides and one glider orientation ride. Not bad moment, arguably, the youngest pilot in the nation for a for three years of involvement in CAP. few minutes. He is a recipient of the Bogardis Scholarship, which H


Final Salute
Ethyle Eileen O’Neal
April 1, 1928 – March 21, 2007
Ethyle Eileen O’Neal passed away March 21, 2007 surrounded by her family. She was 78 years old. Ethyle was born in Portland on April 1, 1928 to Walter and Grace Kremers. She attended Holy Redeemer and graduated from Franklin High School in 1946. At the age of 14, she was amongst the first Jefferson High School students to join the Civil Air Patrol. After rescuing a 15-month old baby single-handedly and aiding in the rescue of four other children during the Vanport flood, May 30, 1948, she received the highest award available in the C.A.P., The Distinguished Service Award for Heroism. In 1949 Ethyle joined the Air Force where she met her husband Theodore O’Neal. She worked as a lab technician. Ethyle and Ted had four children. Ethyle rejoined the Civil Air Patrol in 1976 where she enjoyed 30 more years of service as a Wing Director/Cadet Programs. She was also the Commanding Officer of the Oregon City Squadron. She loved teaching the cadets about Search and Rescue, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Leadership. Along with dozens of achievement awards, Ethyle received her Lifetime Service Award as a Lt. Colonel on May 14, 2005. Some of her service memorabilia is on display at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. She was loved, respected, and admired by all. Ethyle was employed at Laidlaw Transit for 13 years. She provided school bus transportation for children with special needs. Ethyle loved her family, her cadets, all sports, bingo, cats, music, and flowers. She most recently lived at Laurelhurst Village in SE Portland where she was treated with tender loving care. Ethyle is survived by her four children; Timothy (Kathy Jo), Kenneth (Ngocnu Thi Van), Kathleen Hartman (Rick), Susan Wade (Rick); ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She leaves behind her brothers; Frank (Phyllis) and Joe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

National Inland SAR School
Oregon CAP members Major David Rudawitz, Captain Robert Asher, Captain Larry Kendrick, Captain Ted Tanory, and 1st Lt Bill Kostich graduated from the Inland SAR School. The school focuses on planning and managing SAR as opposed to the details of executing a SAR incident. This is a major thought change for many of the participants as most have been “ground (or air) pounders” in the past. “We learned how to plan out a major SAR incident in order to maximize finding the crashed airplane occupants or lost person as soon as possible with the SAR resources available,” said Major Dave Rudawitz, Oregon Wing Director of Emergency Services. “We learned a lot about how to analyze the situation and develop a plan based on intuition, facts and historical statistics. This class will be of significant benefit to ORWG as we have greatly increased the number of senior SAR managers in the Wing with this specialized training,” he said. Class graduates are now armed with new tools and information that should help to better manage a “knock down drag out” search mission for a missing aircraft. The AFRCC was established in 1956, with the publishing of the first National Search and Rescue Plan, the Coast Guard was designated the single federal agency responsible for maritime search and rescue and, likewise, the US Air Force was designated the single federal agency responsible for federal-level search and rescue for the inland regions. In order to meet the need for trained Coast Guard and Air Force search and rescue (SAR) Planners, the joint service National Search & Rescue School was established at Governors Island, New York on 19 April 1966. This created a facility devoted exclusively to training professionals to conduct search and rescue. Since it’s inception, the school’s mission has been: “To promote standa rdization and professionalism within the search and rescue community by providing comprehensive SAR training to selected Coast Guard, Air Force and other personnel.” With $15,000 and a vacant WWII barracks building, six highly experienced Coast Guard and Air Force personnel formed the National SAR School. Since the first class over thirty years ago, over 14,000 have joined the ranks of trained SAR professionals. This includes over 1,400 International students from 103 nations. The school was moved to the USCG Reserve Training Center (RTC) Yorktown (now USCG TRACEN Yorktown), Virginia in 1988. In 1995, it was relocated to its present site at Canfield Hall. The curriculum of the school has been changed over the years to include newly developed computer search planning programs and advances in search theory and application. Additionally, many instructional technology changes have been incorporated which allow the school to maintain its distinction as the premier school of its type in the world. SAR School graduates are authorized to wear the coveted National SAR School emblem pin and patch. Since the National SAR School is jointly manned by members of the US Coast Guard and the US Air Force, it is fitting its motto be a combination of the two.


Reprinted with permission from Curry Coastal Pilot www.currycoastalpilot.com

Oregon CAP Captures “First Save” of 2007
By Marjorie Woodfin Pilot staff writer

Civil Air Patrol pilots from Brookings are in high spirits this week after participating in rescuing a downed pilot in March.
“I can’t wipe the grin off my face,” said South Coast Squadron Commander Scott Bakker. Bakker and air crew members Tom Moore and James Metcalf were the first to locate the downed Cessna 182 west of Diamond Lake near Crater Lake at 3:22 a.m. Saturday. Alerted around midnight, the Brookings CAP crew in their Cessna 182 was one of three CAP aircraft involved in the search, the other two were from Medford and Troutdale. Bakker said, “We took off at 2:13 a.m. and were the first to locate the downed Cessna 182 at 3:22 a.m.” Aware that the pilot had taken off from Klamath Falls, heading for Eugene, Bakker said, “I planned the route lat and long (latitude and longitude) hoping he would be on the left, and he was.” The searchers were also aided by information from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management that relayed signals received from the pilot’s emergency transponder. Flying the Cessna 182, acquired by the squadron just last October, Bakker and crew were unable to communicate with the downed pilot by radio, but were able to make contact with light signals. “We had a 2 million candlepower handheld spotlight,” Bakker said. “He said he could see it lit up like a Christmas tree.” The downed pilot was able to set off a flare to mark his location. Bakker and crew circled at low level over the aircraft for three hours, when a CAP crew from Medford took over. After refueling, the Brookings crew returned to cover the scene until ground crews from Douglas and Jackson County Sheriff’s offices reached the aircraft, and an Oregon National Guard rescue helicopter recovered the pilot at about 8 a.m. A lexa nder told Bakker that he received a message that his sister in Eugene had suffered a heart attack, and he immediately made preparations to fly to his sister. Alexander, a pilot for 25 years with 700 hours flying time, took off from Klamath Falls in his Cessna aircraft at 9:45 p.m. About 45 minutes later, while flying at 12,000 feet, he realized that his gas gauges were on empty. He contacted the Eugene airport by radio, alerting them to his emergency, and five minutes later, at about 10:30 p.m., he made a crash landing into the snow.

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Oregon CAP Assists Air National Guard in Readiness Exercise
By 2d Lt Mark Kemner Photos by Capt Jason Baldy and 2d Lt Mark Kemner Over a four-day period in December, pilots of the Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol flew together with elements of the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard. The purpose of the exercise was to provide a stable platform for the F-15s of the 142nd to practice visual identification and intercept procedures against an asymmetric threat. The exercise was conducted in central Oregon in a Military Operations Area (MOA). A CAP 182 flew a predetermined path in the MOA at 12,500 feet while pairs of F-15s would be cleared in for identification and intercept. The CAP plane was simulating a terrorist threat in violation of a Presidential Continued . . .

CAP Assists ORANG . . .
TFR while the president was hiking on a mountain below. With instructions not to respond to any communications except in the event of emergency, the fighters relied on visual ICAO signals to make their intentions clear. They began with a slow fly-by, rocking wings, followed by a pass where flares were dropped. A final engagement with a simulated rear quartering gun pass completed the intercept. The CAP 182 truly represented an asymmetric threat, cruising at 115 KIAS. The F-15s had to use flaps, speed brakes and sometimes landing gear to slow down enough to make an identification on the aircraft. They seemed much more comfortable at speed when making the gun runs. It was an exciting opportunity to see one of America’s best fighter jets up close and flying without actually having violated a TFR. A communications High Bird was used on all missions to provide a communications with mission base, and in one case, to substitute in for the target bird when weather delayed takeoff. Total flying hours for the four-day exercise reached 35.5 hours, with 21 CAP members participating. With this demonstration of CAP capability, there is the opportunity to continue this relationship with the ORANG and conduct similar exercises in the future. In January, the final mission of this exercise will be flown as a night mission, which will add a new element to the identification and intercept procedure. Special thanks go to 1st Lt Bill Kostich for putting together the

operations plan, coordinating the aircrews and acting as liaison with the Guard units. Other members who participated in the exercise are listed: Monday Target Bird - PIC 2d Lt Mark Kemner, OBS Capt Jason Baldy High Bird - PIC Lt Col Case McGinley, OBS 1st Lt Jerry Aldred, SC Capt Ted Tanory Tuesday Target Bird - PIC Lt Col Case McGinley, Capt Billy Jackson, OBS 1st Lt Bill Kostich High Bird - PIC SM Scott Bakker, OBS Capt Tom Moore, SC SM Jim Metcalfe Wednesday Target Bird - PIC Capt Bob Asher, OBS Lt Col Wayne Schulz, SC Capt

Ted Tanory High Bird - PIC Capt Jason Baldy, OBS 2d Lt Mark Kemner Thursday Target Bird - PIC Lt Col Case McGinley, OBS 1st Lt Bill Kostich, SC 1st Lt Jerry Aldred High Bird - PIC Capt Bob Asher, OBS Maj Brian Bishop January Target Bird - PIC Capt Dennis Wyza, OBS CAP David Ayers, SC Lt Col Case Mcginley High Bird - PIC Capt Dick Weichman, OBS 1st Lt Robert Lawrence Mission Base and Communications Support 1st Lt Bill Kostich, Capt Ted Tanory, Maj David Rudawitz, Capt Doug Richards, 2d Lt David Mandrell, Cadet Christopher Jacobs. H

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