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Wreaths Across America 2009

Editors note: I received numerous articles about this project from around the state, and due to limited space, I consolidated them into one short article and several photos.

On December 2, CAP mem- bers throughout the state gath- ered to participate in the Wreaths Across America project, placing wreaths on the graves of veterans at cemeteries in San Antonio, Dallas, Killeen, Lubbock, Tyler and El Paso. Cadet and senior members from the Lubbock, Tyler, El Paso, Pegasus, Apollo, Crusader and Lackland squadrons were proud

to be a part of this project which honors veterans from all wars and from all branches of the military. CAP members were joined by vet- erans, families, local officials, and others to pay tribute to our fallen and to place wreaths on hundreds of graves across the state. The Wreaths Across America project started in 992 when the Worcester Wreath Company

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of Harrington, Maine first donated wreaths to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery to honor
of Harrington, Maine first
donated wreaths to be placed at
Arlington National Cemetery to
honor our Nation’s fallen heroes.
Remembering the service and
sacrifice of our veterans, and the
plight and sorrow of their fami-
lies is intended to make the loss
of their loved ones more bearable
especially during the holidays.
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wreaths in 2008. This year, over
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Maj. Allen Fletcher, Newest Member of the Texas Wing Legislative Squadron

By Maj. Robert Brecount

On Feb. 2, 2009, CAP Lt. Col. Gordie White, Commander of the Legislative Squadron, Texas Wing, inducted State Representative Allen Fletcher (District 30, Houston) into the unit with the grade of Major. Maj. Robert Beeley, Group IV Deputy Commander, presented Representative Fletcher with his Civil Air Patrol membership certificate. The ceremony took place at the Delta Composite Squadron Headquarters in Spring, Texas. Besides being a former Houston police office, Representative Fletcher is also a friend of Texas Wing and a sup- porter of the Civil Air Patrol. In attendance were Air Force Col. Dan Crum, Maj. Robert Beeley, CAP, and Texas Wing Public Affairs Officer Maj. Robert Brecount, CAP. In the 8st Legislative session, Representative Fletcher served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on White Collar Crime. He also served on the Criminal Jurisprudence and Urban Affairs Committees. He is a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition, the Rural Caucus, the Veteran’s Caucus and the Sportsman’s Caucus. Representative Fletcher, who was awarded “Hero of Law Enforcement” by Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, graduated with honors from both the Houston Police Academy and the East Texas Police Academy. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University. He served in the Houston Police Department for 2 years. He is currently the president and CEO of Resource Protection Management, which offers asset protection to corporations to provide a full spectrum of security solutions for commercial, educational, governmental and residential customers.

educational, governmental and residential customers.  Civil Air Patrol Maj. Robert Beeley presents State

Civil Air Patrol Maj. Robert Beeley presents State Representative Allen Fletcher (District 130 Houston) with his Civil Air Patrol membership certificate, accepting him with the grade of Major.

When YOU go to Combat Control Orientation Course…

By C/Major Evan Salisbury, C/CC Amarillo Tigershark Composite Squadron, TXWG

…you’ll be in a terrific joint program of the United States Air Force and the Civil Air Patrol. It’s an introduction to Combat Control, one of the most essential and risky jobs in the United States Air Force… and in the world. The first CCOC was held in July 2009 at Pope Air Force Base thanks to the Fayetteville Composite Squadron of the North Carolina Wing of Civil Air Patrol. It’s a long way from lots of places-- Texas in my case-- to North Carolina. It’s an even longer way from first wanting to go to the program to actually completing it. Just applying in 2009 was tough, either in person at Pope Air Force Base on Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC, or by video recording of the mandatory assessments. 200 applicants only have to solemnly swear they can meet the physical requirements then prove it at arrival (handy cadet survival tip: don’t even think about saying you can meet them if, in fact, you cannot meet them). The organizers are among the most competent, mis- sion focused people in Civil Air Patrol. Not only respected leaders in CAP, they’re also actual Armed Forces Special Operators and Airborne Troopers. These folks are active duty Combat Controllers and Paratroopers and Search Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) specialists. They’re the ultra-sharp American military can-doers who cause no-goodniks worldwide many sleepless nights. To get a student slot in CCOC you must run 2 miles in a crazy short time, swim 200 meters in an even shorter time, do a mean flexed arm hang and more perfect push- ups and situps in a shorter time yet. They also do a serious attitude check on you in the Board of Review. Those who score a CCOC spot believe in and follow the CAP Core Values. If you’re one of them, you’ll love being there. Because the commander, planners and staff are so good, and because the students can hack it, the program is run for high intensity. So you’ve got to perform or be sent home fast. A quickness like “here’s the phone, call your folks, get your gear, you’re leaving right now” sent home. After you’re accepted you’ll have a list of gear to get--along with yourself-- to North Carolina. You can drive, fly, take the train or, as I did, catch a priced-right Greyhound Bus (handy cadet survival tips: sit as far to

Greyhound Bus (handy cadet survival tips: sit as far to the front as possible, drink nothing

the front as possible, drink nothing offered in a brown paper bag, and Vick’s Vaporub daubed under the nos- trils kills odors). After dozing with one eye open for about 3 hours on the bus, you arrive at the Fayetteville, NC bus station where some nice military types arrive in a real military Humvee to take you to Pope AFB. They smile a lot and make you feel right at home. Enjoy the laid back act for the moment but don’t be fooled by it:

Satan himself trembles when these guys go to work. On Day 0 you go through inprocessing that’s very unlike others. It’s more like “initial-this-form-why-is-that-


and “Sign-this-form-your-left-sleeve-is-rolled-wrong!!!- Give-me-2-flutter-kicks!!!!” I can say one thing for the CCOC folks; they have fine manners and perfect diction. They’ll thank you for pushups you just did before yelling at you to do them again “correct-ly, this time, Ca-DET!” Next is the equipment check, in which your pack’s contents get dumped out on the pavement and tossed around so that your gear malfeasances can be scorned by the staff. Smuggling contraband, like Texas beef jerky stashed in wrong-colored socks, is a double no-no. Everything wrong they find costs pushups and then more pushups correct-ly. Those nice guys at supper last night are history. The fire breathers with you now are your intro to the Three Military Teaching Tools: Sarcasm, Ridicule and Fear. Those three will be up close and per-

sonal during the week (handy cadet survival tip: sar- casm, ridicule and fear flow one way only at CCOC, always in your direction. Do NOT make the mistake of trying to send it the other direction). There’s a fourth tool that deserves mention. It’s the PT you’ll do at CCOC. PT is led in the dark early morn- ing by a Master Sergeant. That’s “Master Sergeant” as in lots of years of thinking up ways to get you, dear reader, exhausted. Then he has you do some more just because. Morning PT is a mere warm up for what you’ll be doing the rest of the day as a result of your various screw-ups. There’s a reason they love PT at CCOC. It’s a ter- rific teaching tool. Students soon stop screwing things up. Or at least start trying to stop. You’ll actually come to understand it as part of the rigor of Combat Control Orientation Course. The first official exercise, which students are warned about at acceptance, is a repeat of the physi- cal ability assessment. Anyone not completing the test this time goes home. Just like that, one cadet leaves. No appeals, no do-overs, no crying, no refund. Students begin Day at 030hrs with just minutes to get in formation ready to double time to the PT field. Your first 000hrs workout-- courtesy of the uberfit Master Sergeant-- you may survive. That’s just for openers; each morning gets tougher than the one before in unpredict- ability and variety. Simple calisthenics one morning and then running flat out with two full jerry cans another. You never do anything the staff won’t, a pointed lesson in leading from the front. This bedrock principle is integral to the history and mission of Combat Control. You see it and hear about it in great detail during the instruction and demonstrations of what it’s all about. Combat control is the spear point of the Air Force. It leads the Air Force in and guides their missions. It requires people who are tough, resilient, mentally prepared for all manner of difficult tasks, physically fit with tremendous stamina, able to work in teams, and also able to exercise individual initiative. Combat Controllers must handle the assignment, the unexpected, the accidental, the constant presence of Mr. Murphy (of Murphy’s Law fame), the team members, people not on the team, everything imaginable and lots of things unimaginable. The Combat Control team is counted on to get the job done no matter what. Not much of a com- fort zone there, come to think about it. Combat Controllers come across as fairly ordinary guys. True, if you look closely there’s none of that fast food flab on them. But other than that, they can pass for just ordinary anybodies in a crowd. You’ll see some

on duty wearing scruffy civvies, unmilitary beards and casually long hair. Still, there’s something about them that warns you to behave yourself, to not mouth off at them, and for sure not to make any sudden moves in their direction. The hair standing up on the back of your neck is what’s warning you. They can play real rough in Special Tactics, SERE, Airborne, and Combat Control. The rest of the week looks at some of the ways and means that Combat Controllers master for their mission. Students get a much shorter yet still intense intro to the training that Combat Controllers go through. You’ll be dazzled learning just a fraction of what they must know. You get a good sampling of their job, including of what they eat on the job; that miracle of modern food technol- ogy known as the MRE or Meal, Ready to Eat. Most MREs are good, some are pretty tasty, but a few aren’t. Military foodies learn fast which MREs are nearly inedible. We also learn of the one to be avoided at all costs if possible. The haters in CCOC call Cheese and Veggie Omelets the “Meal, Rotten Eggs,” and many other names, none of them nice. The cadet handing out rations “disappears” the veggie cheese omelets as they appear, much to everyone’s relief and good cheer. Until one morning the CCOC com- mander goes to get some himself some breakfast. He finds the top MRE in the last case is a Cheese and Veggie Omelet. He hates them, too, so he tosses it aside and grabs the next one. It’s also a Meal, Rejected by Everyone in CCOC. Vexed, he chucks it away and gets the third one down in the box. Then he looks at the fourth. Then at the fifth, the sixth, the seventh, the eighth and so on: defying the laws of statistics, all the MREs in the last case are the Meal, Readily Expectorated. You’d think a big, tough Combat Controller could stand a little MRE adversity and take his veggie cheese omelet like a man; a Last Pig to the Trough Rule sort of thing. But, no… it becomes a teachable item instead. Contrary to instructions, the MREs have been nonrandomly distributed leaving nothing for him but the Meal, Royal Excretion that he holds in his hand. Payback begins. Seething with indignation, he orders all the cadets to drop and “beat your faces,” CCOC-speak for an ungodly number of pushups. Then he holds up the second Omelet and orders more “beat your face” for that sin. “Beat Your Face” continues for each one, and there’s way more of them than you’d care to know about. After doing that many pushups, you’re almost willing to eat one to get your strength back; almost, but still not quite. No matter, CCOC chokes down Cheese and Continued

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Veggie Omelets at mealtimes until they’re all eaten. Handy cadet survival tip: do what they say, when they say, exactly as they say or suffer for it. Combat Controllers carefully follow instructions that keep them alive. It’s about surviving the parachute jumps and other death defying deeds their job calls for. That’s serious business for them, and should be for us, too. With the exception of an actual jump, you’ll parachute train in the same ways Combat Controllers and Airborne troopers train (we tried begging and pleading for actual High Altitude High Opening parachute jumps but all we got was more pushups). At CCOC you’ll learn a lot about parachutes, practicing in simulators and jump stands to learn how they work, including jumping from a tall tower in chute harness (handy cadet survival tip: be sure to put the harness on and adjust it exactly like they say or you’ll be writing your CCOC memoirs in soprano). Incredibly, you’ll experience freefalling. It’s the most exhilarating thing you have ever done in your life. Combat Controllers have ways of making folks eager to do things they don’t want to do. Some of their personal charm lies in the incredible firepower they can bring to bear. They train with a staggering array of weapons and munitions. Some of their training is done with ultra-realistic weapons simulators (we’re not talk- ing simple video games, here). You train on them, too, at CCOC! Want to blow up a tank? No problem, the anti- tank weapon simulator is so realistic you’ll swear you actually did. Want to lay down some suppressive fire for a maneuvering fire team? You do it. Want to call in an air strike on an enemy position? You’re on. Combat Controllers are also FAA-certified Air Traffic Controllers. They can parachute in and establish landing zones and runways, then manage air traffic in and out of it, deep inside enemy territory if necessary. They train continually for those missions both outdoors and indoors. How about some military air traffic con- trol experience while you’re at CCOC? You get it, on their fully elaborated Air Traffic Control Simulator. Then it’s out to the live firing range for weapons training. A lot of actual use, too, not just a few rounds with a little .22 rifle like at CAP Wing Encampments. We’re talking here about actual battlefield weapons. Even with safety provisions, there’s no doubt you’re doing some of the same weapons training that makes actual Combat Controllers the owners of any ground they may happen to drop in on. The small unit tactics they show you is part of weapons use readiness and is likely to be one of the cool- est things you’ll ever do in your entire CAP cadet career. You value your fellow students at CCOC because

they’re with you, and you’re all a team. It’s a closeness that develops by the way the program is run. There’ll be great North Carolina students-- male and female-

- from one of the best run Wings in CAP, judging by

the CCOC program. The Texan contributes amusing vernacular, with “varmint” in particular striking every- body as especially hilarious (it’s an actual word; you can look it up in the dictionary for yourself). The cadet from New York City begins calling MREs “varmints,” which some of them may have been at one time, for all we know. Indeed, “ya’ll are fixin’ to eat a nasty ol’ var- mint for breakfast” delivered newyawk-style is as good improv comedy as you can get for free. Cadet Big Apple may or may not be at the center of the black-market for M&Ms, Skittles and Starburst that springs up by the second day. Swaps of an entire MRE pound cake are made for contraband candy that some- how got through inprocessing, unlike the beef jerky that didn’t. But crime doesn’t pay in CCOC. The sharp-eyed staffers toss the tents in a sudden shock and awe search- and-destroy for contraband and spot a Starburst wrap- per. Yep, PT beyond description again, even more than for the Cheese and Veggie Omelet episode. Way before you’d like, the course nears the end. But there’s one more thing to do: you can take the Air Force Physical Ability and Stamina Test (PAST). This is the

tough test of physical fitness that must be taken as a quali- fier for Air Force Special Tactics. Completing the PAST at CCOC makes you eligible for the Combat Control training pipeline, if you enlist in the Air Force within 3 months. Cadets from the New York, North Carolina, and Texas CAP Wings pass, a great feeling of accomplishment that you should aim for, too. At the end of the Course, you’re not

a Combat Controller by any means, but you can taste what

it would be like to be one. It’s that great of a program. So, here’s how to get into CCOC next year. Live up to the CAP Cadet Oath in all things you do so that it becomes a habit. Get yourself squared away in uniform, bearing, drill, knowledge and ambition. Train hard for

the PAST to get to that level of physical conditioning. Join

a track team, a swim team, and a gym so you can train

and condition at all three daily. Work out hard beginning many months in advance and increase the level and tempo as CCOC nears. Work at being a good follower, work at being a good leader and especially learn to work really well in a team environment. Combat Control Orientation Course is well worth the big effort it takes. A last handy cadet survival tip: get fit and squared away, turn in your contraband, and enjoy those Cheese and Veggie Omelets. Go for it, and good luck! H

Capt. Penny Brady Recognized for State Guard Service

By Chief Master Sergeant Norm King Texas Military Forces Public Affairs

The Commanding General of The Texas State Guard, Major General Raymond Peters, has recog- nized Civil Air Patrol Captain Penny K. Brady of Waco for her service as the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the th Air Wing, Texas State Guard from November 200 to August 2009. Chief Brady was awarded the Texas Outstanding Service Medal and the U. S Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in a recent ceremony held in Waco. The awards were pre- sented by Brigadier General Robert Cheeseman, the Deputy Commanding General for Air, Colonel Robert Fiore the th Air Wing Commander, and Colonel Ed Brown the previous th Wing Commander. Brady rose through the ranks holding increas- ingly responsible positions culminating in her assign- ment as the Wing Command Chief in 200 where she served until her civilian employment responsibilities made it necessary for her to leave the State Guard. She consistently demonstrated professional leader- ship and commitment to the best interests of enlisted members in the th Air Wing. She fought hard during her term to improve training opportunities for them which resulted in the th Air Wing achieving the highest enrollment in Professional Military Education in the history of the Air Division. She accomplished numerous opportunities to improve her technical and military education as well. Chief Brady was certified by the Texas Division of Emergency Management to teach Incident Command System Courses. She was also certified as an Amateur Radio Operator, Community Emergency Response TeammemberandinstructorandanAmericanRedCross volunteer and Disaster Relief instructor. She completed the USAF Basic and Advanced NCO Professionalism Courses in residence at Lackland AFB and the USAF Senior NCO Academy by correspondence. Chief Brady’s accomplishments served as a role model for all the enlisted members of the th Air Wing during her term as its Command Chief. Brady currently serves as the Personnel Officer for Texas Wing CAP.


131st Johnson County Cadets Promoted

By Maj. Robert Benton and 2nd Lt. David Crocker

During a poignant Sunday evening ceremony Cadet Staff Sergeants’ Ghenesis Cordero and Joseph Gould of the 3st Johnson County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol were promoted the rank of Technical Sergeant on February , followed by a decision by the command staff for both cadets to share and rotate the duties of Cadet First Sergeant and Flight Sergeant monthly.

“The cadets have worked tirelessly in their efforts to achieve this grade. It is not often within our squad- ron that we have an opportunity to promote two NCO cadets to the same grade at the same time. Only through teamwork and willingness of the cadets to work together, will our program grow and progress. It is not often we are able to bring together a squad- ron of cadets who can potentially be the backbone of the squadron if they so desire in the future,” in a statement from the squadron’s command staff. The cadet sergeants have implemented a pro- gram with the support of the cadet airman and senior members in which they present the colors at local middle schools and high schools giving the students of these institutions, the opportunity to become associated with the CAP. Along with local air shows, and fly-ins, hosting recruitment booths at these events, they often help the event organizers with minor tasks, promoting community involve- ment within the aviation community. Cadet Cordero and Gould were pinned with their new cadet rank by Squadron Commander Maj. Robert Benton and Deputy Commander for Cadets Capt Daniel Hunt with a Cadets and Senior Members standing at attention as each cadet was promoted. Each cadet sergeant reported rendering a hand-salute to the squadron commander then faced the squadron mem- bership with the American flag in the background. After the promotion ceremony both cadets were asked to share their thoughts to cadet peers and senior members, at which time Cordero and Gould encouraged the Cadet Airman present at the cer- emony to join the ranks of the Cadet NCO.


Thunderbird Cadet Assists with A Car Fire

On our way to a Civil Air Patrol meeting driving north bound on Barker Cypress Rd, Senior Member James Shawn driving and Cadet James C. Shawn (son) passenger along with Cadet Daniel Carranza and vis- iting member Morgan Roberts. We passed a car that looked to be over heated due the long lines of traffic, as I got eight to ten cars ahead of the overheated car I now saw flames coming out from under the car. When the off duty Sheriff Officer at the scene opened the hood of the car that’s when I saw flames shoot passed the hood of the car. Not wanting to stop my vehicle and put other people in danger next to a burning car, I gave Cadet Shawn the halon fire extinguisher and instructed him to go back to the burning car to see if he could help, as Cadet Shawn approached the burn- ing car dressed in his BDU’s he perhaps appeared as some person of authority, but at only fifteen years of age Cadet Shawn stepped in to help when everyone at the scene including the Sheriff stepped back away from the burning car. Cadet Shawn’s knowledge of fire extinguishers allowed him to extinguish the car fire. Putting the fire out single handily preventing any further damage to the car or other persons. By the time I was able to turn back to help, and pick up Cadet Shawn, he and the Sheriff had already pushed the car

Cadet Shawn, he and the Sheriff had already pushed the car off the main road on

off the main road on to a turning lane. It’s been awhile but finally James C. Shawn, now a Lieutenant, has received some recognition for his heroic actions. Here he is receiving the Commanders commendation award from Captain Val Rose of Squadron TX 9. I’ve always been proud of my son standing ever so taller every day. He’s been in the CAP program giving him the confidence and dis- cipline that most fifteen year olds don’t have these days. Just seeing him swelled with pride that day, when he alone put out that fire, when others just watched was priceless.

put out that fire, when others just watched was priceless. Cadets of TX 429 Awarded Wright
put out that fire, when others just watched was priceless. Cadets of TX 429 Awarded Wright

Cadets of TX 429 Awarded Wright Brothers Award

priceless. Cadets of TX 429 Awarded Wright Brothers Award 3 During the regular meeting conducted by


During the regular meeting conducted by Lone Star Composite Squadron 29, Cadets Brett Johnson and Matt Dundore were pro- moted to Staff Sergeant and Awarded the Wright Brothers Achievement. Presentation of the award was performed by Capt. Robert Buchman, Commander and Lt. John Gervais, Deputy Commander. Cadet Commander Dylan Sorge was also promoted to Chief Master Sergeant the “Pinning’s” were per- formed by Cadet Commander Dylan Sorge, Cadet Captain Patrick Buchman, Mr. Eric Johnson, Cadet James Moore. In addition to those awards, several other promotions were awarded as well.


Lackland Squadron Hosts Military Ball

C/2nd Lt Nancy Kerr

A time honored tradition of the annual Military Ball was hosted by the Southwest Region, United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Lackland Cadet Squadron, on Friday, 2 Sep 09, held at the Lackland Gateway Club, Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), San Antonio, Texas. With more than 0 people in attendance, members, family and friends, including several Texas Squadrons members from around the Texas State joined together for an evening of fun and dancing with music provided by Doggin Dave Productions. From : p.m. to :00 p.m., the event began with a no-host reception. At :00 p.m., the Military Ball was opened by TFO Sean Brown, Leadership Officer and Activities Officer, Military Ball coor- dinator and his assistant, 2nd Lt. Mark Richardson, Deputy Commander for Cadets Programs. Along with Brown, members of the head table included: Major Bob Howard, Commander for the Lackland Cadet Squadron, TX-00, and his wife, Mrs. Verda Howard, TFO Brown’s wife, Lt. Col. Sean Habina, Chaplain Richard Poole, C/st Lt Kris Kerr, Lackland Cadet Commander & his guest Miss Rachel Mandelin. The guest speaker and honored guest was Colonel (Retired) Gary L. Copsey, a former CAP Cadet, who retired from the Air Force on 30 Nov 200, and was elected to the Board of Trustees at the 200 National Conclave. His last assignment was as Commander, AFROTC Detachment 930 at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He entered the USAF through AFROTC Det 0, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Col. Copsey is a Command Pilot with over ,000 flying hours in a diverse assortment of aircraft and missions. He currently resides in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas.

missions. He currently resides in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas.  The Color Guard from the Lackland

The Color Guard from the Lackland Cadet Squadron posted the colors. The Lackland Color Guard consists of C/SrA Taylor Barton, C/TSgt Christina Richardson, C/AC Kevin Martinez, and C/AC Bethany Ditto. After the posting of the col- ors, a prisoner of war/missing in action ceremony to honor fallen comrades was conducted, then din- ner was served. Numerous toasts were made in honor of our active duty military serving and veterans who have served. After dinner, the guest speak, Col. (Ret.) Copsey illustrated the difference between being involved and committed. He said, “One should think of the typi- cal breakfast of bacon and eggs—the chicken was involved in it, but the pig was committed.” He pulled out a pig’s nose, put it on and said, “if you remember anything from this evening, I want you to remem- ber to “be the pig!” After he finished, Lt. Col. Sean Habina presented Col. (Ret.) Copsey with a CAP pin and a miniature flag set. Senior Member (SM) Mark Richardson was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant by Maj. Rob Howard, Commander, Lackland Cadet Squadron, along with SM Richardson’s daughter Cadet SrA Christina Richardson, who helped pin on the new rank. TFO Brown recognized the many members of the Lackland Cadet Squadron for the service to Civil Air Patrol and their assistance in making the Military Ball successful. The military ball was adjourned at 8: p.m. Cadets, senior members, and friends danced until 0:00 p.m.

Corpus Christi Squadron Attends CAF Dinner

CAP Officers and Cadets from the Corpus Christi Composite Squadron attended an honorary dinner hosted by the The Maxine Flournoy/Third Coast Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force entitled Dinner with a CIA Case Officer. Keynote speaker was CO Will Hurd. Mr. Hurd was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and has been with the agency working to combat terrorism for the CIA as a case officer. Mr. Hurd regaled the assembled crowd, made up of Cadets from various local cadet programs, aviation authorities and local civilian and military dignitaries, with tales of his exploits in the defense of his nation and answered various questions from the assemblage. In attendance of the activity from the Civil Air Patrol was Major Joe Ely Carrales, Major Fidel Alvarado, Capt. Sandy Phelps, C/MSgt Matthew Spencer, C/MSgt Estrellita Silguero and C/AC Ernesto Mejia. The unit was able to make contact with the AFJROTC located out of Alice High School as well as other notable dignitaries. Afterward, Mr. Hurd took time to address the CAP and AFROTC cadet’s questions personally cit- ing that cadets should continue their studies, espe- cially in the areas of communications and linguistics recommending that they learn as many languages as they can. The event was held at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center and was well attended and, thus, the cadet can hon- estly boast and properly claim that they “met with the CIA under the Harbor Bridge on a cold dark night to exchange information.”

Lackland Cadet Squadron Cadets Help Local Community

C/2nd Lt Nancy Kerr

Since Jan 2009, the Lackland Cadet Squadron has been collecting laundry powder detergent to sup- port two local community organizations in need. The boxes of laundry powder detergent were presented by the Lackland Cadet Squadron members and given to the Ronald McDonald House on 22 Lewis Street and the Battered Women’s Shelter, both located in San Antonio, Texas. This community service event was a great experience for everyone and a good time was had by all.

in San Antonio, Texas. This community service event was a great experience for everyone and a

Corpus Christi Squadron and its continuing work with College Prep Activities

By Major Joe Ely Carrales

So, what could an article with the above title actu- ally mean. Well, to understand that you must first know what F.A.C.E. is. No, this means no insult nor any such offensive connotation, in fact, it represents quite the contrary. Alphonso Rincón founded Fathers Active in Communities and Education (FACE) in 2003 with the mission to build communities of fathers to transform education and civic life. The work Mr. Rincón has accomplished is quite outstanding and has yielded great results across South Texas.

and has yielded great results across South Texas. Cadet Matthew Spencer calls commands for the posting

Cadet Matthew Spencer calls commands for the posting of the colors at Camp Karankawa near Mathis, Texas.


of the colors at Camp Karankawa near Mathis, Texas. 8 C/Amn M. Mixon and his Father

C/Amn M. Mixon and his Father Brad Mixon of Kingsville, Texas examine the collection of odds and ends that must end up a catapult of some sort.

The Corpus Christi Comp. Squadron came to know Mr. Rincón in late 200 and early 200 as Major Joe Ely Carrales, unit commander, was intro- duced to his activities. Cadets soon began to post the colors and participate in the various FACE activi- ties under the apices of STAR, Students Training for Academic Readiness. It is a relationship that has pro- vided opportunities for Cadets and that gives youth some direction in their pursuit of higher education.

The 2009-200 school year has seen the Brahma Cadet Flight accelerate its assistance and augmentation of FACE and STAR to new levels. This has involved everything from assisting in making a FACE activity

at Memorial Middle School in Kinsgville, Texas a suc-

cess to assisting at a SAFARI!!! You will need to read

more to know just what that means…sorry, such liter- ary tools to gather your attention might be brazen, but you’ll enjoy the results HALLOWEEN FUN…and a LESSON- The initial stir of activity first involved

a proposed “pumpkin carving” activity at Memorial


Middle School, where the Brahma Cadet Flight is Stationed. A meeting was held in late September

with Mr. Rincón, Mr. Brian Jerden and Major Joe Ely Carrales to see what might be done to improve atten- dance of any give FACE activity.

A previous attempt at a pumpkin carving the

prior year had produced dismal results and an all out effort was to be made to augment the activity. When ideas were brainstormed, the idea of a “pumpkin chunckin’” activity was brought forth which would also involve a lesson on trajectories. So was added the “catapult” activity. Acting as a “force multiplier,” the Unit was responsible for generating interest in the activity and synergy while the activity was brought forth. The cadets were also in charge of a large trebuchet, on loan from neighboring Bishop I.S.D. The idea was to build a small scale catapult or trebuchet, then fire a real one while learning the mathematics involved. Needless to say, the Memorial Middle School caf-

eteria was soon filled to its capacity with parents and students, aided by cadets, and the “game was afoot.” Parents and Students were given a small bag con- taining popsicle sticks, rubber bands, a spoon and other items and told to construct a “catapult” based on their knowledge and some provided science and math. The results of this rather unguided exercise were nothing less than spectacular.

In less than 20 minutes there were at least a dozen

functioning catapults of various designs all meeting the criteria of function, launch a small plaything father than your competitors. Additionally, when the excitement of the design- ing and firing was over. It was time to carve the pumpkins. Here, creative minds distinguished them- selves in all manners of artwork. Including the work of Cadet Michael Mixon and his Father Mr. Brad Mixon whose rendition of a vomiting jack-o-lantern really set the mood of the season. CAMP K SAFARI ADVENTURE- The next FACE Activity took place as the school was about to let out for Thanksgiving Break. This activity took place at Boy Scouts of American Camp Krankawa, which (almost ironically) CAP cadets had camped and worked at in previous months as part of the growing relationship between the unit’s newly donned “Venture Crew” status and its CAP persona. This activity saw cadets work and play hard. Along with the usual posting of the colors, cadets were


Along with the usual posting of the colors, cadets were 9 Cadets J. Silguero, S. Hock

Cadets J. Silguero, S. Hock and K. Rose try their hand at canoeing after being relieved of their augmentation duties at Camp Karankawa near Mathis, Texas.

assigned stations from which to work. Some cadets were assigned to work a “casting” contest. Others were assigned to shadow the medical staff, having recently been qualified in First Aid. Others were allowed to serve as a “film crew” obtaining the majority of the photos for press release of the activity. It was a true BDU day. They worked in shifts and also got to partake in the various activities which included, canoe and kayak, marksmanship, archery and casting. Cadets Spencer and Mixon even won a pair of slingshots in the casting tournament. This marked the largest outing of Brahma Cadet Flight personnel to augment a school sponsored activity. Sadly, the threat of lightening and thunder, which was a constant all day, finally called the activity to a close a hour early. That said, the cadets bonded that day in having executed a great service to their “com- munity, state and Nation.” The Cadet augmentation allowed for a smooth running of the activity, freeing up staff to insure that all needs were met. It was a glorious day for CAP and FACE. In December 2009, Mr. Rincón lauded the cadets efforts and invited them to continue their service to FACE in 200, inviting the Cadets to activities reach- ing out into such future dates as May 200. The cadets indicated at the December 2009 Holiday Party at the Pizza Parlor in Kingsville, Texas that they would be up to the challenge. Thus, going to show that CAP Cadets can be a positive “force multiplier” in the name of good. H


Apollo Cadet’s Dream Takes Shape

By 1st Lt. Sue Kristoffersen

When he joined CAP on Oct. , 200, Cadet 2nd Lt Paul Benoit made a commitment to better himself. In so doing, he not only progressed through the ranks but also bettered the Apollo Composite Squadron and many others in countless ways. Cadet Benoit is the fourth child out of 2 born to Jim and Darlene Benoit; his youngest sibling is just over a year old. This evening, in preparing this article, I spoke to Cadet Benoit’s father and I have to say I’ve never spoken to any man who is prouder of his son than Jim Benoit. Jim described his son as a hard-working young man that has – and keeps – his priorities in line with the task at hand. “He is up early, gets at it. and stays with it until it’s done,” he said. This is pretty much as his mother feels about him. Darlene Benoit was indeed a very proud mom the day Cadet Benoit received his Brigadier General Billy Mitchell Award. Later, on Friday, Jan. 22, 200, Cadet Benoit told her that Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s office had called him with the news that he had been nominated for the Air Force Academy. To see her fourth child, in a little over two years, go from raw Civil Air Patrol cadet to the possibility of being appointed to the United States Air Force Academy was such a leap that Darlene’s pride in her son was unbounded. It is both a joy and a shock to realize that her child is quickly becoming a man. Not one to sit idly about, Cadet Benoit is tak- ing advanced high school classes at the One Day Academy, while simultaneously taking Physics and Spanish at Austin Community College for dual credit. When he graduates from High School, Cadet Benoit will have 20 college credits under his belt. School

Benoit will have 20 college credits under his belt. School is not the only thing Cadet

is not the only thing Cadet Benoit works at. He has

a steady job, working at a tree farm hours per

week, to save money for college just in case he needs to go to Texas A&M University instead of the Air Force Academy. This is how Cadet Benoit approaches his future

– not only does he have a plan, he also has a fully-

workable backup plan. He may have learned this in the Civil Air Patrol, or brought it along inside of him

when he joined, the fact is that it has made him an excellent cadet. He has never given up, not on any- thing, or on any cadet he has mentored. Cadet Benoit has been asked to help staff the all-new NESA South this summer, and would also like a staff position at the Texas Wing Summer Encampment. Having been entrusted with the position of Flight Commander at the Apollo Composite Squadron will help prepare him for his summer duties. In Cadet Benoit’s own words, “I would also like

to thank my family, church, friends and squadron for

helping me get this far. By myself, I can do nothing.”

Apollo Cadet Nominated to Air Force Academy

1st Lt. Sue Kristoffersen

Nominated to Air Force Academy 1st Lt. Sue Kristoffersen When it finally came, it was wonderful

When it finally came, it was wonderful news: on Dec. 23, Apollo’s Cadet 2nd Lt. Royce Schertz had been nominated to the Air Force Academy. Possibly the whole squadron had been on pins and needles, wondering whether Cadet Schertz’s appoint- ment would be a done deal. We knew his interview had gone well, and the office of Congressman John Carter had not turned him down outright, but did that mean

success? Since I’m not a very patient person I thought

I might explore how he had arrived to this point. After

all, an article on him might be in order, and it would be easier for me to write if I prepared my notes right. So

here is what I learned about this young man. Cadet Schertz started thinking about the Air Force Academy at the end of his freshman year at Georgetown High School. “What’s the best way to get into the Academy?” he asked. The answer was short and clear, “Join the Civil Air Patrol.” He had joined Navy JROTC during his junior year and has progressed to the rank of Cadet Ensign. At JROTC, Cadet Schertz is currently the Eagle Company’s Cadet Planning Officer. His duties include planning out long-term events for the company and helping the Cadet Operations Officer in the short term. Cadet Schertz captains both the JROTC Air Rifle and Marksman Teams, and is also a member of six of the Eagle Company’s teams. These include air rifle, armed drill, color guard, orienteering, academic and physical training. Cadet Schertz takes his school work very seriously

– he’s maintaining a 3.9 GPA – and as a result is also a

member of the National Honors Society. To top it all off, he spends a lot of time as an award-winning member of the high school’s Cross Country and Track Teams. Last summer, Cadet Schertz attended the Air Force Academy’s Summer Seminar, where he took the top Athletic Award, meaning that he received the highest Physical Fitness Training score at the week-long camp. The preceding is the part of Cadet Royce Schertz that we don’t see at the CAP squadron. But his CAP squadron’s activities are no less spectacular. From the start he applied himself to his studies and physical fit-

ness, promoting regu- larly and achieving the grade of Cadet 2nd Lt in the first 2 months after having joined CAP. He attended Encampment in the win- ter of 200, just 30 days after having joined, and has since stepped up to staff duties at both Encampments and the Lone Star Emergency Services Academy. Around the Squadron, Cadet Schertz is truly an awesome example to the newer cadets, since he is always willing to go that extra mile whenever asked, or just because he sees that it needs doing. His work ethic, dignity, and respect for the uniform – which he wears with pride – are all part of this very fine young man. He has worked long and hard for a reputation that will possibly take him straight to the Air Force Academy. Personally, I have absolutely no doubt that this will happen. On Dec. 23, when Cadet Schertz heard that Congressman John Carter had nominated him to the Air Force Academy, he told me, “I feel very honored and very excited! I am hoping for the best, and I wish with all my heart to get an appointment from the Academy so that I may attend the Air Force Academy.” Cadet Schertz comes from a long line of achiev- ers and care-workers. Both his mother and father are Registered Nurses, his stepfather is a detective for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, and his step mother – after spending 0 years in the USAF where she earned the rank of Tech Sergeant – is now work- ing as a Nurse at Fort Hood. Given the above, it is not surprising that Cadet Schertz would volunteer to do anything that would make another person feel good. However, he’s not averse at having a good time himself; check out his enjoyment as described in the Masked Ball article. The latter is just one example of his extreme self-confi- dence and the pride he takes in doing a job well. Once again, the Apollo Composite Squadron is very proud of cadet Schertz. I believe we haven’t heard the last there is to hear about him.

C/2nd Lt Nancy Kerr

Lackland Cadet Commander WINS his first

Lackland Cadet Commander WINS his first race in the Texas Super Racing Series
Lackland Cadet Commander WINS his first race in the Texas Super Racing Series
Lackland Cadet Commander WINS his first race in the Texas Super Racing Series

race in the Texas Super Racing Series

Lackland Cadet Commander WINS his first race in the Texas Super Racing Series
Lackland Cadet Commander WINS his first race in the Texas Super Racing Series
Lackland Cadet Commander WINS his first race in the Texas Super Racing Series
Lackland Cadet Commander WINS his first race in the Texas Super Racing Series
WINS his first race in the Texas Super Racing Series One of our very own Cadets
WINS his first race in the Texas Super Racing Series One of our very own Cadets

One of our very own Cadets from the Lackland Cadet Squadron and currently is the Cadet Commander of the Lackland Cadet Squadron, San Antonio Texas, is a race car driver. Cadet Kris Kerr has been involved in racing since the age of and is now years old. He has moved up in the different race classes through- out the years and is very competitive when it comes to racing. He started racing quarter midget race cars,

a mini-cup race car, and now an Allison Legacy race

car. This win was his first in the Texas Super Racing Series (TSRS), Allison Legacy in four years. Kerr started on the Pole, led all 9 laps for the win! Kris Kerr’s recap of the race:

Victory was sweet. On 28 March 2009, I won my first ever TSRS Allison Legacy Race since I began racing in the Allison Legacy class three years ago.

I have been waiting for this day to come for a long time. The race day began like any other race day

except a little sweeter. I qualified second fastest out of cars and drew the Pole position. I felt like my car was good enough for a first place finish since I qualified second place last week and finished sec- ond overall out of 3 cars. I started the race leading and continued to lead every lap. I raced every lap hard till the finish. 20, 30, 0 laps went by and I was still in the lead. Even after several cautions during the race, I was still leading the race and took the checker flag on a caution lap, lap 0, due to a serious track incident in turn two. I asked the track official if I could get out of my car because I wanted to do the victory waive to the crowd and take

a victory lap on the track holding the checker flag, but

due to the track incident, they waived the checker flag

by my car and directed me to go to the pits. It was a tough race, especially with Car #3,

driven by Charles Evans, Jr., who was right on my tail. Lap after lap, I mean inches (after looking at the pictures by Jeff on THR web site). However, I was able to hold him off around the track. I thank Charles for racing a clean race and not taking me out. Again, and again, he tried several times to get around me and I was able to hold him off. He eventually fell back to third position behind Car #08, driven by Gavin Boyette. I pulled away from the 08 car and raced as hard as I could to secure the victory! Racing can get a bit tense and requires lots of ded- icated time to work weekend after weekend to get the car set-up. All the time up to this point I’ve learned why all the little things that you do can make a big difference over the long run. Every little adjustment that would be made after each test session would help me understand why and what I had to do to make the car better. My Dad and I would always find a way to make things work together and become successful. I see now that all the times I’ve worked on the car with him and learning by his side helped me understand how every little inch of the car must be there in order to come out on top.

I want to thank all of my sponsors, my parents

and sister, Grandpa Kerr, and Mr. Brian Sommers for their support throughout the years.

I have always tried to do my best and keep a posi-

tive attitude and it paid off! Race Car Driver Kris Kerr’s car #2, was featured on the Official Race Program for 2009 at Thunderhill Raceway, Kyle, Texas.

CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow The silver anniversary Wings Over Houston Air Show was
CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow
CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow
CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow
CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow
CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow
CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow
CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow

CAP at the 25th Annual

CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow
CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow
CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow


CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow
CAP at the 25th Annual WingsOverHoustonAirShow

The silver anniversary Wings Over Houston Air Show was held Oct. 3 & Nov. at Ellington Field, just south of Houston, TX. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF)

organizes and puts on this show each year. Representatives from 0 CAP squadrons from all parts of Texas worked at this year’s show. This is the th year in a row and

th overall that CAP has helped with this show. Lots of Warbirds were there and flying during the show. A B2 Liberator called Ol’ 92 was one of many highlights.

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A jet and the Blue Angels. The weather for the shows on Saturday and Sunday

A jet and the Blue Angels. The weather for the shows on Saturday and Sunday was spec- tacular! The sunny clear skies and very comfortable temperatures produced huge crowds both days. Cadets took ice water and gato- rade from the hydration station in containers using pull wagons all over the air show site to other volunteers, air crews, exhibitors and staff. Golf carts were used by senior members to carry water to parking lot attendants, security officers and others. CAP cadets and seniors also helped staff the VIP tent both days.

Two CAP aircraft were flown in and on display during the show. One was used for the CAP info center with literature being dis- tributed and CAP personnel avail- able to answer questions. The sec- ond aircraft was used by Lt. Col. Robert Wolin as a teaching aide. He taught an aviation merit badge class for boy scouts each day. He was assisted by other senior mem- bers. Over the two days, a total of 0 scouts earned merit badges. This is the fifth year for the merit badge classes to be offered at the show and they have gotten more popular each year. Lt. Col. Wolin also served as the Project Officer for the event. He was assisted by Deputy Project Officer Maj. Jerry Rowley. The cadet leadership team was led by C/CMSgt Chelsea Mellenthin and did an excellent job. It was a great weekend for the organizers, staff and participants of the Wings Over Houston Air Show. All of the CAP cadets and seniors that participated enjoyed themselves and look forward to being a part of the 200 show. H

Of the over 8,000 built, only two B2s are in flying condition in the world. This one is the 2th built and is owned and operated by the CAF. It is based in Addison, TX. Another highlight was a P38 in flying condition called Glacier Girl. This plane was recovered in 992 from over 20 ft. of ice in Greenland and restored to flying condition. It took 0 years and lots of work, but the results are spec- tacular. The featured group for the weekend was the United States Navy Air Demonstration Team, The Blue Angels. There was supposed to be a special show for special needs children and handicapped adults on Friday, Oct. 30, but it was can- celed due to rainy cool weather. CAP cadets and seniors, however, were there on Friday and helped set up the prime seating area at show center as well as the VIP tent area. The hydration station that CAP runs during the show was also setup and organized. Once the set up work was com- pleted, some of the cadets and seniors headed for the warbird area. The cadets got to tour a B and the B2. They also watched practice by an AV8 Harrier, an

for the warbird area. The cadets got to tour a B and the B2. They also

Apollo Has Six-Cadet Mitchell Ceremony

By 1st Lt. Sue Kristoffersen

Has Six-Cadet Mitchell Ceremony By 1st Lt. Sue Kristoffersen November , 2009 was a milestone occasion

November , 2009 was a milestone occasion for the Apollo Composite Squadron, as the members cel- ebrated a multiple Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell Award ceremony and promoted six of their cadets to the grade of Cadet Second Lieutenant. At Apollo, we spent several years wondering whether the squadron would ever re-mature to the point of being able to promote even one cadet officer. Last year, Cadet Michael Moody made us proud by earning his Mitchell, the first one the squadron had had in a very long time. This year, we had six Cadets advance to Cadet officer. Cadets Rebecca Walden, Christian Nelson, Paul Benoit, Davita Heavener, Priscilla Santiago and John Royce Schertz are now cadet offi- cers and Apollo is more than proud of them. Having gone from one cadet officer to seven of them (adding six in a single ceremony), I feel Apollo is on its way to greatness. Each cadet, with his or her own strengths, brings to Apollo just what Apollo has been waiting for – cadet leadership. Throughout their journey in the squadron, they have displayed a determined will- ingness to train, work, teach and volunteer for their com- munity, state and nation. Oh yes, we are very proud. -Cadet Walden is a sophomore at Texas A&M University. -Cadet Nelson, younger than the rest, has attended numerous CAP activities, including commanding an all-female flight that was picked Honor Flight of Encampment. In addition, as a Cadet PAO, he has many articles to his credits, including reporting two National Cadet Special Activities in the sum- mer of 2009 (the Southwest Region’s National Flight Academy in Okla. and the Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course in Fla.). I have no doubt that he will be the new Apollo’s first Spaatz Cadet. -Cadet Benoit has applied to several Military Academies. Currently working to finish high school, he is already attending Austin Community College to get some advanced credits and broaden his horizons. -Cadet Heavener, a senior at Georgetown High School, is an active member in Navy JROTC where she holds the

is an active member in Navy JROTC where she holds the rank of Cadet Ensign. I’ve

rank of Cadet Ensign. I’ve witnessed Cadet Heavener go from parking detail in her BDUs to Beauty queen in the parade, then it was into her soccer clothes and off to a game, after which she changed into her CAP blues and drove to Killeen to say good-by to a senior member being deployed to Afghanistan. -Cadet Santiago will complete her fourth year in the Air Force JROTC program at Leander High School, where she’s served as Drill Team Commander and Deputy Corps Commander. Cadet Santiago holds the JROTC rank of Cadet Captain. -Cadet Schertz, a senior at Georgetown High School, is also in the Navy JROTC program and is a Cadet Ensign. Among other things, cadet Schertz attended LESA where he worked as the Cadet Deputy Commander. Cadet Schertz also attended the USAF Academy Summer Leadership Seminar in Colorado this past summer, taking first place in the Candidate Fitness Assessment. All six cadets, unique individuals in their own way, are working to make a mark on the world like no other. These cadets will succeed in adulthood much the same way they’ve succeeded in adolescence – by striving




to reach their full potential. Awesome job, cadets! Apollo is truly excited about your achievements. Thank you for all your very hard work. You do make Apollo rock There were other reasons to celebrate on that evening of Nov. . Senior members receiving Commander’s Commendation Awards included st Lt. Debbie Walden, st Lt. Russell Salisbury, st Lt. Monica Corley and receiving an award for Lt. Col. R.K. Brown was his loving wife, Kathleen Brown. These awards were given in recognition of the won- derful job they’ve done over the years. Maj. Cheri Fischler presented her son with the first award she has ever put him up for – a Commander’s Commendation Award. It was also the only award he had never expected to receive. st Lt. Sue Kristoffersen took home the squadron’s Senior Member of the Year Award. Squadron Daddy of the Year, again, went to Mr. Leon Kokel, in grateful thanks for always having been there for Apollo, whatever the need might have been. Thanks, Leon. Before closing for the evening, we said good bye to our squadron commander of five years. On a quick aside, the Group III Commander, Lt. Col. Owen Younger, promoted John Welsh to st Lt. and, imme- diately thereafter, Maj. Cheri Fischler handed over command of the squadron to st Lt. John Welsh, with Lt. Col. Owen Younger officiating. After announcing that Maj. Cheri Fischler had accepted the Texas Wing position of Director of Logistics, Texas Wing Commander Col. Joe Smith presented her with a Meritorious Service Award for her outstanding contributions to Texas Wing and the Civil Air Patrol. Head-count for the event was just over 200, including many visiting dignitaries. In attendance were Texas Wing Commander Col. Joe Smith, CAP- USAF Texas State Director Mr. Ed Brown, Southwest Region Director of Personnel and Administration Maj. Harriet Smith, Group III Commander Lt. Col. Owen Younger, Texas Wing Chaplain (Maj.) Ron Whitt, and Southwest Region Director of Public Affairs and Organizational Excellence Maj. Arthur Woodgate. Thanks to all who came, and a big thanks to all who helped. H

to all who came, and a big thanks to all who helped. H Kittinger-Phantom Squadron Commander

Kittinger-Phantom Squadron Commander Assumes USAF Responsibilities

By Capt. John Craparo

On December at Bee Caves City Hall, Maj. Jim Rodriguez, Kittinger Phantom Senior Squadron Commander (also an attorney), was sworn in as a member of the US Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps. JAG members function in advisory and coun- sel roles on broad matters of military, administrative and civil law. A JAG officer may also act as a judge, prosecu- tor or defense attorney during court martial proceed- ings, or other matters covered by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. As a US Air Force Reservist, Maj. Rodriguez had to relinquish his line assignment in favor of becoming a JAG. Lt. Col. George Mihalcik, USAF (retired), a mem- ber of the Kittinger Phantom Senior Squadron, admin- istered the Oath of Office. Lt. Col. Gordie White, CAP, Commander of the Texas Wing Legislative Squadron, was in attendance. Beginning February 2009, Maj. Rodriguez will attend a 9-week, Air Force JAG School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Tyler Squadron Making Integrity a Way of Life

Cadet 2nd Lt. Jesse Carr

“Integrity: upholding oneself to a standard no matter what the outcome.” For the two and a half years that I have been a Civil Air Patrol member, I have memorized, preached, and practiced that defi- nition as a statement of personal choice. But what does it mean to have integrity and be able to apply it to your life – inside and outside of CAP? How do you make integ- rity your way of life? I have learned recently that it is impossible to embrace “integ- rity as a way of life” inside CAP without upholding that same standard in my personal life. But doing so is not easy. I find myself constantly steeling myself to have the self-discipline to practice integrity as a way of life outside of the uniform, and that is a really difficult challenge. Often, as cadets, we are accustomed to being completely different persons when we put on or take off the uniform. But this is not right, since the lessons we are learning in Civil Air Patrol tell us that we’re supposed to live by them, both in and out of uniform. Numerous times I see my fel- low cadets perform in an outstand- ing manner while in uniform, but as soon as the uniform comes off they are disgraceful, disrespect- ful, and do not perform honorably towards themselves, others, or the CAP program.

honorably towards themselves, others, or the CAP program. As a teenager, I know it is very

As a teenager, I know it is very hard to be “not-normal.” When my fellow students, athletes, and other teenagers I know see me in uni- form, or hear about some of the things I do or have done, they are perplexed. Most of them do not seem to understand any of it. The short hair, respect for authority, and self-discipline are shocking to them. Although some of them respect these tremendously, others see them as a reason to not associ- ate with me, or trash me. We must remember how important it is to adopt integrity as a way of life, and practice it as a daily rule of conduct. The rewards are unbelievable, and the fruits of success are astounding for those

who have mastered the art of lead- ing as living examples of integ- rity. That is what we are striv- ing to achieve, not only as cadet leaders but as followers. We want to learn how to make integrity a cornerstone of our life, in the most resounding way possible. This is the hardest battle for CAP cadets. The bad influences at school and out of the CAP pro- gram constantly tempt us to aban- don our high moral and ethical standards. To many people, the word integrity means nothing, and that saddens me. We must bring back the time-honored tradition of exercising integrity at all times.

Gladewater Corsairs Squadron Field Training Exercise

By Capt. Harold Parks

On the weekend of Nov. 20-22, 2009, the Gladewater Corsairs Composite Squadron held a Field Training Exercise (FTX) in Gladewater. While the Squadron was based on private property within the city limits, various training scenarios were enacted in both a Gladewater park and the Gladewater Airport. Squadron members attending varied in experi- ence from Ground Team Leader down to Ground Team Member 3 (GTM3) trainee, so we had an oppor- tunity to review the various Ground Team tasks, as well as providing training for brand-new members. The training included many of the topics contained in the Specialty qualification Training Report (SqTR) for GTM3, plus Urban Direction Finding (UDF) and use of different stretchers and/or carries that might be needed to rescue survivors. Training sorties included both day and night problems, and incorporated line searches for miss- ing items, stray personnel, and Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs). On this occasion, we included nearly three times as many night problems as we had ever planned on previous training weekends. Cadet 2nd Lt Kayla Cassel planed the entire weekend, and she was placed in command of all weekend activities. Cadet 2nd Lt Jarrod Alexander provided leadership assistance, and various other members play-acted the roles of “victims” or “survivors.” On Saturday afternoon, the training mission planned and executed involved a search for two miss- ing children in a Gladewater park. To add realism to the task, two children were actually hidden in the park ahead of our arrival. The children were monitored at all times, so their safety was never jeopardized. These two brave souls, aged 0 and , hid out in some under- brush and remained very quiet while we searched for them. The mission briefing revealed that they were very frightened at being lost, and especially distrusted strangers. Well rehearsed, they played their roles per- fectly, even after being located. It took so much gentle coaxing to get them to come out of their hiding place

gentle coaxing to get them to come out of their hiding place that their role playing

that their role playing was very convincing. The Saturday night training mission that started 30 minutes past midnight involved a simu- lated plane crash with an ELT going off near the Gladewater Airport. This scenario called for three occupants in an aircraft that was believed to have crashed. As we arrived at the airport, there was a good ELT signal that quickly led us to the location of three “victims” who had survived but had sus- tained serious injuries. Imagine our surprise when the “victims” exhibited very realistic simulated injuries – a first for our squadron. While the team discussed how to best remove the “survivors,” the aircraft in which they were “caught fire,” forcing us to remove them as quickly as pos- sible. (The “aircraft” was simulated by a trolley the City uses during celebrations; the “fire” was also simulated.) As the “injuries” were taken to be quite serious, first aid was needed before the survivors could be moved to a waiting “ambulance.” Staff Sgt. William Garms took the lead, determined the injuries that each survivor had suffered, directed treatment, and then assisted in loading them up and moving them out to the “ambulance.” Once the “survivors” had been taken care of, the ELT was turned off, and the team returned to base at 2 a.m. for some well- deserved rest. Sunday proceeded at a slower pace than that of the previous day and two nights. Most of the time prior to packing up was invested in equipment checking and testing on the various training events and classes we had ran during the weekend. We started packing up and cleaning up right after lunch, as we had promised to help out with a project at the Gladewater Airport before dismissing the squadron.



Capt. Charles Mouton, a squadron member who is also the Airport Manager, had asked us to provide manpower to help him change the windsock along the main runway. Of course, we were happy to do so. This particular job took much less time than we had expected, so we ran a number of ELT searches at the Airport in order to give newer members additional experience. Signal reflections off the metal buildings provided their normal challenge, but the newbie’s did quite well. All in all, the weekend was quite successful. We had a large number of training sor- ties, a majority of the items on the GTM3 SqTR were covered, and we made a lot of progress. It became obvious, as each sortie progressed during the weekend, that our members were showing increasing confidence and profi- ciency. All are now knowledge- able in the required skills, and just need some additional practice in order to qualify as Ground Team Members 3. Participating squadron mem- bers included: Maj. Gerry Davis, Capt. Harold Parks, st Lt. Farrel Alexander, 2nd Lt. Brian O’Neal, Cadet 2nd Lt Jarrod Alexander, Cadet 2nd Lt Kayla Cassel, Cadet Chief Master Sgt Andrew Alexander, Cadet Staff Sgt Preston Pietrzykowski, Cadet Staff Sgt Matt Brown, Cadet Airman Jagur Roach, Cadet Airman Basic Avery Bridges, and Cadet Airman Basic De’Ja Johnson. H

Waco Gets a New Home and a Cadet Earns a Promotion

By 1st Lt. Joshua Collier

On Jan. 8, 200, the Waco Composite Squadron chose to inaugurate its new headquarters with a verbal report on the history and evolving use of aircraft in the United States military delivered by Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Jordan Peitsmeyer. This marked the conclusion of the Waco Composite Squadron’s second meeting – and first complete month – at its new headquarters, located on the cam- pus of Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Waco, Texas. Colonel Jeff Beene, the college’s Aviation Department’s director and a retired Air Force colonel, was the one who invited the Waco Composite Squadron to use TSTC facilities. “I am a huge fan of the Civil Air Patrol and its mission,” said Colonel Beene. “Involvement with young people is exactly what we do,” he explained. “TSTC’s interest is young people, and TSTC hosting the Civil Air Patrol is very compatible with that mission.” Texas State Technical College currently offers courses in Aircraft Pilot Training, Air Traffic Control, and Aircraft Dispatch Technology. Recognizing that aviation plays an important role in our nation, the school is in the process of building an entirely new and modern facility for its aviation program, and plans to expand its curriculum. Cadet Peitsmayer painted a brilliant portrait of the influence aviation has had on the security of the United States. “At first, the airplane was considered almost inconsequential,” said Peitsmayer, pointing out that for many years air capability had been con- sidered to be inferior to land-based forces. He added that, at the begin- ning, only a few people – such as Brigadier General Billy Mitchell – had understood the airplane’s value in combat. It was not until almost World War II that the value of air power was accepted as a necessary and impor- tant part of the modern military. For Peitsmayer, delivering his essay was the final task he needed in order to earn the Neil Armstrong Award. He is now working to earn the Billy Mitchell Award that would make a difference for him, should he choose to pursue a career in the military.

Billy Mitchell Award that would make a difference for him, should he choose to pursue a

Apollo Squadron Distributed SAREX

By 2nd Lt. Vincent Herrera

On Jan. 22-2 200, the Apollo Composite Squadron hosted the Georgetown Staging Area as an integral part of the 3-day Texas Wing Distributed Search and Rescue Exercise (DSAREX), staging the base and launching sorties from the Georgetown Municipal Airport. Members of the Waco, Apollo and Pegasus Composite Squadrons, as well as the Kittinger Phantom Senior Squadron, worked in ground teams, air crews, communications and mission staff posi- tions, as they honed their proficiency and got credited for needed training, achieving Emergency Services readiness in this statewide coordinated exercise. The Friday night kick-off was a training sor- tie piloted by Capt. Stephen Gladwin of Apollo Composite Squadron. His mission: searching for an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT). Saturday’s activities started promptly with early morning check-in and the safety briefing. The theme was to the point – Any person can (and is expected to) say, “Stop that!” if he or she should witness an activ- ity, official or otherwise, that threatens safety. After mission briefings, air and ground sor- ties were launched, including an ELT search with air crew, piloted by Kittinger Senior Squadron Commander Maj. Jim Rodriguez, coordinated with a ground team led by Apollo’s Maj. Steve Barclay. Once “in grid,” the air sortie homed in on the ELT signal and guided the ground sortie to its approximate loca- tion. The two crews were in constant radio contact, then only in visual contact when the ground team members had to dismount the CAP van to walk the final half mile. Thanks to clear communication and proficient leadership, the sorties ended with a “find,” followed by a safe return to base. Trainees benefited from the experience of veteran crewmembers and Standards Evaluation Trainers (SETs). For the weekend, 33 squadron members received training as follows: 3 mission staff, com- munications, 2 ground team, and 3 air crew. CAPSTAR made its local debut. This is the online utility that displays the mission’s “Big Board” on a -inch computer screen – simultaneously

Board” on a -inch computer screen – simultaneously monitored both locally and at the remotely located

monitored both locally and at the remotely located Incident Command Post. The program displays sor- tie status in color-coded backgrounds, including “briefed” (brown) “in-grid” (green), “off ground” (orange), and “overdue for check-in” highlighted in attention-grabbing yellow. Status updates are input by communications or staging area staff, as the sor- ties radio in their current information. The DSAREX took hundreds of member-hours to plan and execute, as they launched sorties on the road and into the air. Yet, important as this was, safety was still the primary focus – thus, late Saturday afternoon two air sorties were canceled due to excessive wind velocity. After Sunday morning check-in, Lt. Col. Rayford K. Brown delivered his safety briefing. This time, the theme was, “Inoculate yourself against ‘get- homeitis’ by staying focused during the final sortie, the trip home.” In all, the DSAREX resulted in the completion of seventeen air sorties and four ground sorties in ELT search and photography. Thirteen individual air crew trainees accomplished 2 exercise participation flights. Six qualified air crew members and three SET’s accomplished their valuable mission: readying the next wave of scanners and mission observers to answer The Call. Special thanks goes to our dedicated Mission staff, Station Area Manager Maj. Cheri Fischler, st Lt. Sue Kristofferson, and st Lt. Monica Corley, who deftly worked the PC keyboards indoors and the burger grill outdoors, the latter in the briskest of winds. They truly kept the home fires burning. Credit is also due for Cadet 2nd Lt Michael Moody’s excel-


Gladewater Cadet Promotions

By Capt. Harold Parks

Two Gladewater Corsairs Cadets were promoted during the Squadron meeting on Oct. 3, 2009. Cadets Matt Brown and Reid Bowen, having met all the requirements of their respective new grades, stood tall in front of their Squadron mates and were pinned with their new insignia of rank.

mates and were pinned with their new insignia of rank. Cadet Senior Airman Matt Brown was

Cadet Senior Airman Matt Brown was promoted to the rank of Cadet Staff Sergeant and was pinned by his father and Maj. Gerry Davis, the Squadron Deputy Commander for Cadets (DCC). Cadet Brown’s meet- ing with the Promotion Review Board included a dis- cussion of the duties of a Non-commissioned Officer and a challenge to him to accomplish them. Included were his new role of acting on behalf of the cadets as

he was charged with training them and acting as a role model. Cadet Brown is an exemplary cadet, always presents a smart and well-groomed appearance, and has already been assisting newer cadets to learn the ropes in CAP. His promotion is well deserved.

to learn the ropes in CAP. His promotion is well deserved. Cadet Basic Reid Bowen has

Cadet Basic Reid Bowen has completed the requirements for promotion to Cadet Airman. He was pinned by his father and Maj. Gerry Davis. Cadet Bowen is highly enthusiastic, has expressed great interest in the CAP Cadet Program and has demon- strated excellent dedication to it. The squadron has high hopes for his progression within the Squadron, as he learns more about our the CAP Cadet Program and various missions.



lent technical support. Maj. Fischler, the Staging Area Manager of record, had the following to say, “Deputy Staging Area Manager Maj. Jim Rodriguez deserves all the credit. As a Staging Area Manager trainee, Maj. Rodriguez did all the work required to run this staging area, under my supervision.” As the DSAREX came to an end she announced, “We now have another fully- qualified SAM in the Central Texas area.” Congratulations to the Apollo cadet ground team


members on a job well done: Cadet Staff Sgt Tom Gladwin, Cadet Staff Sgt Greg Upton, Cadet Staff Sgt Roxanne Upton, Cadet 2nd Lt Christian Nelson, Cadet Chief Master Sgt Phillip Nelson, Cadet Airman

Orion Kessel, and Cadet 2nd Lt Priscilla Santiago. After a successful, mishap-free weekend of train- ing, it can be said that the DSAREX reinforced a CAP operational theme: Safety has no rank. It is equally

everyone’s responsibility. Speak up!



Tyler Cadet’sOLS Experience

By Cadet Staff Sgt Peter Goodwin

On Oct. 23 2009, I was in the grip of anticipation as I rode in the car heading toward Tyler Composite Squadron’s Operational Leadership School (OLS). What would it be like? What would I learn? Would I do a good job? Those were some of the questions that floated around in my head. When I finally arrived, shortly before :00pm, I was ready to start learning, but first I had to check in. With that done, I took my gear up to my bunk and got settled in. As we waited for classes to begin, many students gathered in small groups to talk. I just listened to what they were saying, and thought about the upcoming weekend. The first class was about mapping, where I learned what the different map symbols mean. For example, contour lines mean elevation. The next class was about the Incident Commander (IC) and his staff. We also were taught what roles the staff had in their sections. Then we did a table-top mission, to see how it would work in real life. For the table-top mission I was part of logistics, where my responsibilities were to give maps of the crash area to the operations and planning sections, as well as telling the IC what resources we had. After that we were debriefed and completed a few more classes. When we finally went to sleep, it was two hours before my fire watch, although it seemed like only ten minutes! I quickly put on my shoes and started to patrol with Cadet Airman st Class Isaiah Niedrauer. While on guard I felt a little bored, but I knew that I was doing something important. When the fire watch ended I went back to sleep, and it seemed as if on the next moment I was awake and helping with the squadron’s monthly pancake breakfast. When we started serving breakfast, I was on the first shift. I was tired, but it helped that I was standing as I served food to people. After my shift was up, I was able to sleep some more and felt much better. Awake and ready, I joined the other cadets at the conference room for a basic communications class. There I learned how to respond and give messages on the hand-held radio. By now, my head


was bulging with new information, but there was still more to learn. After a while, we did a “full dress rehearsal” of a ground sortie. We had a plan, the vehicle was inspected, and the ground team was all set to go. I was responsible for communications on the ground team, and learned how to operate the icom and the Johnson radio. When the rehearsal was over, we went on a real sortie, and I kept the log of what happened. At the mission site, we walked quite a distance into a pasture where we found an “injured man” that we lifted in the Stokes basket and brought back to the fence. Along the way, it felt as if he were getting heavier and heavier. After transporting the “victim” we headed back to mission base. On the way back, I dozed a bit, and this helped me stay awake later, dur- ing the debriefing. I was pretty happy after complet- ing that sortie. It felt good. The next one was a night sortie, and I was on the ground team again. After the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) had been hidden, we started searching for it. Again it was up to me to keep the log, and I enjoyed the job. It didn’t take very long to find the ELT. On the return trip, I dozed some more and wished I could have more sleep. When we got back we unloaded, and then ate supper as we were being debriefed. Finally, we were able to go to sleep. I had many thoughts and emotions going through my head. I was tired, yet excited. When we woke up on Sunday morning, we ate breakfast and cleaned the building. After the building passed inspection, we were dismissed. In the end, I learned a lot about mapping, com- munications, and how the management side of a mis- sion works. I also learned how to keep a log during a mission. While doing these things, I felt anxious and nervous at first, but as the weekend progressed I became more confident. I recommend this course to everyone interested in search and rescue. I am proud that I was part of Tyler’s Operational Leadership School.


Apollo Squadron Masked Ball

By 1st Lt. Sue Kristoffersen

Apollo Squadron Masked Ball By 1st Lt. Sue Kristoffersen It’s been said that Apollo marches to

It’s been said that Apollo marches to a different drummer, but to ask us to dance? Now, this was a first. In Apollo fashion, we accepted the challenge and dance we did. The City of Round Rock invited Apollo Composite Squadron to its first ever “Annual Masquerade Ball.” You might remember reading last month that in preparation for the big event we had Mr. Kilkenny come to the hangar and teach us all how to waltz. That in itself was rather out of the norm. On Dec. , Cadet 2nd Lt Schertz, Cadet 2nd Lt Santiago, Cadet 2nd Lt Moody, Cadet Staff Sgt Strauss and Cadet Airman Ellen Birrell joined Texas Wing Director of Logistics Maj. Cheri Fischler, Group III Aerospace Education Officer st Lt. Sue Kristoffersen, and Senior Member Anne Birrell at the Baca Center in Round Rock. We arrived early to help prepare and then serve dinner. We went dressed in our best bib and tucker, having been asked to wear ball gowns and masks or Class A uniforms. The cadets literally cooked, served, cleaned up and – when the band started to play – began to dance. As I watched Cadet Strauss walk across the floor, offer his hand to and 82 year old woman and then, ever so politely, ask her, “Ma’am would you

like to dance?” my heart melted on the spot. As I looked around the room, there were Cadets Schertz and Santiago dancing to the music with a couple of very happy senior citizens. Cadet Schertz had vowed to dance with every woman in the house. I didn’t keep track of him, but I bet he succeeded. Cadet Santiago was smiling broadly as she took line dancing instruction from a man 0 or maybe 0 years her senior. Cadet Birrell, having never danced before, took to the floor like a pro. I think they call it On The Job Training, OJT for short. Her mask in place, her gown flowing to the music, she

danced, danced, and danced again. Everyone danced, everyone had a great time, and even behind the masks you could see the smiles. Ca- det Santiago danced proudly in uniform, displaying for all to see just exactly what a class act she is. As the evening came to a close, Cadet Moody led the cadets to the stage, where they sang the Air Force song. They were given a hearty standing ovation for their efforts. That was not the only ovation our cadets got on the night of the Ball. Countless times, both male and female guests came to express their appre- ciation for the cadets. On Friday, Dec. , we had yet another community service event, where some of the same people once again came up to thank us for the wonderful Masquerade Ball. And here I need to address myself to our most wonderful cadets. Wow! you did a good job. Your par- ents have reason to be very proud of you. The sincer- ity and love you showered on the community is truly unforgettable. On that memorable night, I was bust- ing with pride as I watched you talk to and dance with those who had no partner. You claimed the night with grace, dignity, and respect. You did it with a smile in your heart and on your face. Bravo and thank you so very much. You are truly the cream of the crop.

Apollo Squadron Attends FINA-CAF Airsho

By 1st Lt. Sue Kristoffersen

When the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) calls, Apollo goes. It has become an annual tradition for Apollo to make the journey to Midland International Airport each year, as we participate in the work that it takes to stage a safe and orderly FINA-CAF Airsho. This year Apollo took three vans, 2 cadets, and five senior members on the 8-hour drive to Midland and back. Leaving at pm on Friday night, Oct. 9, and getting home just after 8pm on Sunday, Oct. , the weekend was full of good times. As always, the stars were the old planes and their re-creation of WWII scenes. The CAF itself is

a marvelous story. During WWII, the United States

built 300,000 war planes, but just years after

the war had ended, nearly all had gone. Started by

a very small group who bought and fixed a P-

Mustang, the CAF gradually grew in membership

and resources, embarking on a serious agenda of buying and restoring as many war-birds of the era as they could find

– and afford. This year was no excep- tion to the standard Apollo has experienced in the past. Lots of planes, lots of peo- ple, and lots of walking. The squadron, again treated like VIP’s, were housed in the Armory and fed by the ven- dors, with a twist – all free of charge. Unaware of this special treatment, the Apollo Composite Squadron had earned $,00.00 to cover the expenses, yet the total cost of the trip was a whop- ping zero.

We had a great time, worked hard, and played even harder. Not all squadron members could go to this event. Those of us who had other commitments, such as the DSAREX and the SAT test, will look for- ward to the 200 Airsho. A huge thanks to the CAF for all they do for Apollo. You’d think Midland would be too far for a working relationship such as the one Apollo and the CAF have developed, but it’s not. They truly enjoy our being there, and we truly love going there and working to help make it a success. The give-and-take relationship between the two like-minded organiza- tions is heart-warming. That in itself is part of what we’re supposed to do as a CAP unit, as we reach out to the community. But there’s more, and even better. The benefit to the cadets is beyond measure.

as we reach out to the community. But there’s more, and even better. The benefit to



Lackland Color Guard Presents Colors at Thunderhill Raceway

C/2nd Lt Nancy Kerr

On 2 Jun 09 and 2 Jul 09, the Color Guard from the Lackland Cadet Squadron presented the colors during the jam-packed racing event at Thunderhill Raceway, Kyle, Texas, while Cadet st Lt Kris Kerr was in the pit area staying focused on his race and getting his race car ready. The color guard marched onto the 3/8 mile, D-shaped asphalt oval race track at the start/finish line in front of the eager crowd while Senior Member 2nd Lt. Scott Newberry played the National Anthem with his trumpet. The PA Announcer thanked the Color Guard for their performance and all of the military active duty and veterans for their service to their country. The Color Guard members for the 2 Jun race were C/st Lt Taylor Moellendorf, C/2nd Lt Katherine Sommers, C/SrA Christina Richardson, C/AC Amanda Turner. The Color Guard members for the 2 July race were C/st Lt Taylor Moellendorf, C/2nd Lt Alexander Holiday, C/SrA Christina Richardson, C/AC Samuel Rogers. This was the first time the Lackland Color Guard had posted the colors at a race car event and were very honored to perform for the race fans. The cadets had pit pass access for both races and visited with Cadet Kris Kerr and experienced life behind the scenes as a race car driver. The cadets found out that Cadet Kerr arrives at the race track before noon of each race when the pit gates open. From 230 to 0, the difference classes have “test-n-tune” times. The pit crew personnel for car #2 and Cadet Kerr work on getting the race car “dialed in.” Several times, Cadet Kerr must take his race car to the pit garage for an inspection. At 00, there is a manda- tory meeting for all TSRS Allison Legacy Drivers, Spotters/Crew Chiefs. At 00, the grandstand gates open and the track is closed for cleanup. At 30, qualifying begins for the TSRS Allison Legacys. qualifying consists of (green, white, checkered)— followed by technical inspections and top pick of the dice. The cadets watched as Cadet Kerr drove around the 3/8 mile race track to get the fastest time.

around the 3/8 mile race track to get the fastest time.  After qualifying and inspection,

After qualifying and inspection, the race car goes to “in-pound” till the race. Cadet Kerr goes back to his race trailer to get rested up for his race event. At 800, heat races begin with or more classes and opening ceremonies at 900. The Lackland Color Guard performed at opening ceremonies followed by a full schedule of 8 or more featured races. The schedule for the line-up for the feature races changes each race day. If you are lucky enough to be the last feature race, you might be racing close to 2200 hours or later which makes for a very long day at the race track. The pit announcer lets each class know when it’s time to get ready to race. On 2 Jun, the TSRS Allison Legacy feature event raced in the middle of the featured race pack with a 0-lap event. Cadet Kerr finishing second out of ten cars. On 2 Jul, the night ended with the 0-lap TSRS Allison Legacy’s featured event. Cadet Kerr finished in third place out of 0 cars. Cadet Kerr reaches speeds up to 8- 80 miles per hour during the race. The track action always brings plenty of close racing action as the classes of all types took to the 3/8 mile, D-shaped asphalt oval track. The 2009 TSRS Allison Legacy racing series is typically held from Mar – Oct of each year.

Lackland Squadron Cadets Visits KENS 5 TV Station

Cadet 2nd Lt Nancy Kerr

Cadets Visits KENS 5 TV Station Cadet 2nd Lt Nancy Kerr C adets from the Lackland

C adets from the Lackland Cadet Squadron vis- ited KENS television station. KENS is the CBS television affiliate in San Antonio, Texas.

KENS signed on the air on Feb 90. KENS is one of the broadcast homes of the NBA San Antonio Spurs, and also has been the home of game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy for two decades. Chris Marrou, San Antonio’s Most Respected Anchor recently retired. He worked at KENS from 93-2009. He is an Emmy-Award Winning Anchor. Because of Chris Marrou, KENS has dominated the , , and 0 PM Newscasts. His replacement Jeff Vaughn will start in Jan 200. KENS broadcasts a total of 2. hours of local news per week (with 3. hours on week- days, and 2. hours on Saturdays, and 2.0 hours on Sundays. The station also produces a local morning talk show titled Great Day SA, currently hosted by

Bridget Smith, reporter Eileen Teves, morn- ing meteorologist Paul Mireles and “Traffic Watch” reporter Kellie Patterson. 2nd Lt. Rick Martinez works in the Engineering Dept at KENS . He has been working at KENS for

over 30 years. He is also a Senior Member of the Bexar County Senior Squadron in San Antonio, Texas. He took the Lackland Cadets on a -hour tour of KENS . The tour consisted of visit- ing the master control room, the studio, the produc- tion room, the satellite room, the video room, the assignment area, and the reporting area.

The Cadets who attended were C/2nd Lt Alexander Holiday, C/AB Lacy Brantley, C/SrA Samuel Rogers, C/AB Brandon White, C/AIC Kevin Martinez, C/AB Savon Vigil, C/SrA Joshua Alvarez. C/2nd Lt Nancy Kerr, and five family members went on the tour also. The cadets learned what it takes to prepare each day for broadcasting on KENS TV. All the “behinds the scene” action was amazing. The Cadets experienced being in front of a camera broadcast- ing the weather. The tour was very rewarding and fun for all.

Redbird Squadron Member Presents AE to Parochial School On Friday, Oct. , 2009, Major Michael

Redbird Squadron Member Presents AE to Parochial School

On Friday, Oct. , 2009, Major Michael D. Marcus paid a visit to the Holy Trinity Catholic School, who had invited him to be a guest lecturer as part of CAP’s mission to educate the community in aerospace technology advance- ments. His presentation, entitled “The Early Days of U.S. Manned Space Flight,” was addressed to the school’s two eighth grade sci- ence classes. Major Marcus had developed a lesson plan in coop- eration with Mrs. Judi Jacobs, whom he had sponsored as a CAP Aerospace Education Member prior to his lecture. Major Marcus started the presentation by discussing the Civil Air Patrol and its missions. He then proceeded to explain the basics of flight and mentioned some rocketry pioneers. When he explained the importance of Sputnik, he mentioned the chal- lenges it presented to the United States, and the start of the “space race” between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Finally, Major Marcus took the class through the three major manned space programs; the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. He discussed the key events and goals of each pro- gram, and used scale models of the Mercury and Apollo space- crafts to demonstrate various aspects of space flight. He also talked about the challenges that faced the crews of each mission.

By Maj. Felipe Gomez

faced the crews of each mission.  By Maj. Felipe Gomez Major Marcus will donate to

Major Marcus will donate to the school these models – that he constructed himself – which will be put on permanent display. On that same day, Holy Trinity asked Major Marcus to repeat his presentation to the two sixth grade and two seventh grade classes. He has also been asked to return to the school next semes- ter, and give the students another guest lecture, this one centered on the solar system. Major Michael D. Marcus has served in the Civil Air Patrol for ten years. He chose Emergency Services (ES) as his Specialty Track and qualified as a Ground Team Leader in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. He has also participated in numerous training missions in ES, Disaster Relief (DR), and Homeland

Security. For four years, Major Marcus was Officer-In-Charge for the annual Holly Walk fund-raiser for the Rochester Hills Library, and earned the General Chuck Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award for his stud- ies in aerospace history, principles and milestones. He also has quali- fied in CPR/AED, First Aid, and PTSS support. Major Marcus is currently the Redbird Composite Squadron SWR-TX-28 ES Officer and con- tinues his ES progression, having qualified as a Ground Branch Director. In his role as Master Ground Team Leader, Major Marcus has assisted in the train- ing of cadets and senior members in a SAR environment, with over thirty training mission sorties to his credit.

Apollo Squadron Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser
Apollo Squadron Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser

Apollo Squadron Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser

Apollo Squadron Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser

By 2nd Lt. Vincent Herrera

Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser By 2nd Lt. Vincent Herrera The Apollo Composite Sqdn. held its Pancake Breakfast

The Apollo Composite Sqdn. held its Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. , 2009, at the Georgetown Municipal Airport terminal – their third in 2009. This marks the continuation of the squadron’s unof- ficial mission of serving hearty plates of hotcakes, bacon, sausage, and eggs – all made to order. Appreciative, and much appreciated, patrons also enjoyed hot coffee and cool juice with their short stacks. Griddle crew included Maj. Steve Barclay, newly promoted Apollo Commander st Lt. John Welsh, and dual-titled Group III Area Deputy Commander South Maj. Cheri Fischler, who remains Apollo’s incumbent Commander-in-Chef. Recent Mitchell awardees Cadets

Christian Nelson and Davita Heavener also took relief shifts on spatula duty. A detail worked the front gate, attract- ing and directing hungry Georgetowners to Apollo’s makeshift but comfortable open-air diner. As with with most CAP endeavors, success of the event is attributed to the coordinated pre-daylight efforts of cadets and senior members, as well as timely planning – squadron lead- ers scheduled breakfast to coincide with other Saturday activities at the Georgetown airport. A CAP Emergency Services training event had been scheduled for that weekend, and several CAP members took advantage of Apollo’s hearty breakfast. The Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) Young Eagles event was also a source of potential clients. Cadets and senior members set up shop in the reflected sunrise light of EAA’s B- Flying Fortress, parked nearby on the air- port apron. The B- Aluminum Overcast was onsite for its Georgetown stop, hosted by EAA Chapter 8, as part of its Texas tour. Upcoming B- stops are scheduled for San Antonio, Conroe, and Corpus Christi. Cadet Nelson took a clear-sky ride in the flying museum, as gathered spectators stood in awe, admi- ration (and prop-wash) of the power and elegance of EAA’s well-preserved trib - ute to America’s WWII-era aviation technology. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) was there too. John Knapp was nearby, selling tickets for the CAF Highland Lakes Squadron’s Harley- Davidson motorcycle raffle – with the winner’s trophy in tow, for all who wanted to set their eyes on the shiny prize. The proceeds will go towards getting the C- Bluebonnet Belle repaired and airborne again. Finally, CAP friend Mike Cook, of Sertoma Club of Georgetown, was also out early for breakfast al fresco. Thanks to squadron-wide support of setup, service and cleanup, Apollo raised over $200.00. As always, the Apollo Composite Squadron was thankful for the community’s support. The friends and neighbors came to show their appreciation for Apollo’s readiness to help the community when the going gets rough and the bad weather or an emergency calls for volunteers willing to help.

the community when the going gets rough and the bad weather or an emergency calls for



C aptain Robert “Skip” Smith, Tyler Composite Squadron commander, interpreted the squad- ron’s mission statement,

C aptain Robert “Skip” Smith, Tyler Composite Squadron commander, interpreted the squad- ron’s mission statement, his vision statement

for the squadron, and the goals to help the squadron reach its full potential. The squadron is already meet- ing some of these goals, but this article isn’t about the Tyler Composite Squadron. It’s about how a squadron member can make the squadron better than it is now. (Mission, Vision and Goals) The Tyler Composite Squadron’s mission state- ment is as follows:

The squadron’s nationally-mandated mission includes Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs. The squadron will meet the needs of an ever-changing community and nation by providing rapid, broad-based search and rescue services with an emphasis on safeguarding public well-being and ensuring a safe environment through public education, prevention, and training. The squadron trains its cadets on search and res- cue management through Operational Leadership Schools (OLS). Also, safety briefings put the empha- sis on recognizing dangers and preventing accidents. Through participation in safety briefings, the cadets learn to incorporate safety into their everyday lives. These simple things – with very important results – make the mission statement become a reality for all squadron members. Captain Smith’s vision statement is, “To establish the most cost effective, high-performance, high-pro- file search and rescue training center for Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol.” When I asked Capt. Smith what the statement meant to him, he replied, “It is the direc- tion the squadron is going to take.” Though the vision statement is Capt. Smith’s, he sees it as “becoming the


Tyler Squadron Mission, Vision, and Goals

Tyler Squadron Mission, Vision, and Goals
Tyler Squadron Mission, Vision, and Goals
Tyler Squadron Mission, Vision, and Goals
“becoming the 0 Tyler Squadron Mission, Vision, and Goals By Cadet Tech Sgt Peter Goodwin squadron

By Cadet Tech Sgt Peter Goodwin

squadron membership’s dream, and then the squadron members’ reality.” It might take time and hard work to accomplish this, but the vision statement is bound to become true and real. The Tyler Composite Squadron has several goals and objectives, all of them important. For example, creating a culture where the only acceptable stan- dard is excellence would ensure that everyone is well trained and equipment is in great condition for any emergency. Instilling an attitude of followership to foster unity and excellence in cadet participation is an important goal. After all, in order to become a great leader, some- one has to be an excellent follower first. Expanding the work that the squadron does with the community – for the improvement of both – is a very important aim. To instill confidence and enable the cadets to develop leadership skills helps them grow in charac- ter and become the leaders of tomorrow. Having an environment in which everyone’s views and ideas are valued fosters a bond of trust among all squadron members. All these goals work hand-in-hand in mak- ing the squadron itself better at everything it does. The Tyler Composite Squadron will continue to strive for improvement. The mission statement reminds Tyler of its missions. Likewise, the vision statement shows the squadron what direction to take in order to become the best at carrying out those mis- sions. Finally, achieving the goals and objectives will help make the squadron better. These ideas can be integrated into any squadron. Above all, excelling at what is best for the commu- nity, state, and nation will benefit all – including the squadron and its members.


Kittinger Participates in Group III Training SAREX

By 1st Lt. Brandon Dunlap

in Group III Training SAREX By 1st Lt. Brandon Dunlap On Saturday, Nov. 2, 2009, Kittinger

On Saturday, Nov. 2, 2009, Kittinger Phantom Senior Squadron members Maj. Jim Rodriguez and st Lt. Brandon Dunlap flew the squadron’s Cessna

2 to Tyler, Texas, where they joined other Group

III members for a search and rescue exercise. Follow-

ing a Friday night cancellation due to deteriorating

weather across central Texas, they departed Austin Saturday morning and soon flew into Instrument

Meteorological Conditions (IMC). By the time the flight arrived in Tyler, the weather had cleared and it had turned into a beautiful day. The cadets participating in the exercise were already hard at work honing their ground team skills,

the mission staff trainees had their hands full learning

new staff positions, and the air crews were scrambled to support the air mission. Air sorties included photo reconnaissance of a rail yard, an Emergency Location Transmitter (ELT) search, and a ground team air-to- ground coordination exercise. The Tyler Composite Squadron was a great host,

with excellent facilities to support the mission.

host, with excellent facilities to support the mission.  Apollo Flag Retirement Ceremony By 1st Lt.

Apollo Flag Retirement Ceremony

By 1st Lt. Sue Kristoffersen

Apollo Flag Retirement Ceremony By 1st Lt. Sue Kristoffersen On Nov. , 2009, the Apollo Composite

On Nov. , 2009, the Apollo Composite Squadron gathered for a traditional patriotic ceremony. When an American or State flag is no longer serviceable because it is tattered, worn, or soiled, it is customary to retire it ceremonially. Traditionally, this is done by burning, and must be accompanied by proper read- ings and honors. As the squadron prepared to retire 2 flags, Cadet 2nd Lt Michael Moody started the ceremony by reading to the squadron what the Flag means, and describing the traditional way in which to properly retire and dispose of one that is no longer serviceable. The Squadron then proceeded with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the flag burning ceremony itself. The squadron cadets arranged themselves in groups of two, then each group took a flag, opened the tri-corner fold, and re-folded it into a coffin-shaped rectangle in preparation for placing it into the fire. In the meantime, Lt. Alexander, the Deputy Commander for Cadets, lit and tended the ceremonial fire that burned in a large, metal, raised shallow bowl. Each pair of cadets approached the bowl with mea- sured steps, laying their flag on the fire. Immediately afterwards, they rendered a slow hand salute and kept a moment of silence. The rendering of honors was repeated for each flag retired.

Kittinger Members Participate in Alpine Training

By S.M. Derrick Evans

Senior Member Derrick Evans and 2nd Lt. Aaron Starnes attended the Mountain Training Search and Rescue Exercise which started on Oct. 30, 2009. The weekend began with the two flying the squadron Cessna 2 from Austin to Alpine, Texas, as they encountered 30 knot headwinds in route. The flight crew noted that the Air Traffic Control (ATC) center frequency was full of CAP airplanes on flight-fol- lowing during the journey. After refueling at Sonora, Texas, the pair continued the flight to Alpine, arriv- ing before nightfall. On Saturday morning, st Lt. Evans was assigned training scanner duty on a flight with Capt. Thomas King from the Kerrville Composite Squadron, SWR- TX-2. An hour of mission scanner training led to his completing the requirements for an MS rating after having flown his second mission of the day. On the following day, Sunday, he had a successful Form check-ride with Lt. Col. Charles Whatley of the Victoria Composite Squadron SWR-TX-38. Before returning to Austin, S.M. Evans added his night and instrument endorsements as well. Maj. Rodriguez noted that these results attest to the value of the SAREX.

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Kittinger Squadron Change of Command

By Capt. John Craparo

Kittinger Squadron Change of Command By Capt. John Craparo On the afternoon of Nov. , 2009,

On the afternoon of Nov. , 2009, one of the great traditions of the Civil Air Patrol was carried out as Maj. James Rodriquez was passed command of the squadron in front of an audience of unit members, honored guests, friends and family. After receiving the unit guidon from current commander Capt. Alan Runge, Group III Commander Lt. Col. Owen Younger presented it to the new commander. Concordia University was host to the event, which was opened and closed by a Color Guard formed by cadet members of the Apollo Composite Squadron in Georgetown, Texas. Lt. Col. Younger thanked Capt. Runge for his service, and went on to talk about CAP traditions and the dedication shown by its members. Maj. Rodriguez offered sincere thanks to Capt. Runge, while honoring the memory of both Maj. Dan Williams and Lt. Rheta Williams, tragi- cally lost near Houston in the crash of their civilian aircraft on Feb. 2, 2009. The new commander plans to continue building the squadron in accordance with the CAP charter and a personal vision of inventing the future. He expressed his thanks to distinguished visitors Texas Wing Director of Logistics Maj. Cheri Fischler, and Apollo Composite Squadron Commander st Lt. John Welsh. At the conclusion of the ceremony, members and guests mixed during a barbeque supper.