of Californi.a


Civil Air Patrol,


of the U.S. Air Force

Winter 1980

M Ore than 430 person attended the annual Wing Conference aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. California. Highlighting the flurry of activities with workshops and eminars dealing with all aspects of CAP Calif rnia Wing endeavor was the Recogniron and Awards Banquet honoring deserving al Wing members. Cadet Captain Thomas E. Doyle was cho en Cadet of the Year. and Major James H well, Jr., wa cho en enior f the Year at the annual conference of the CaLifornia Wing held aboard the Queen' Mary. Cadet Doyle is a member of C P quadron 141 in Oroville. Calif. He has participated actively at the Wing level of the cadet program. He ha erved a a member of the cadet training group a both a night sergeant and night commander at summer encampment. He was selected to represent California Wing at the Pararescue Orientation Course held at Kirtland Air Force Sa e in ew Mexico. He i a graduate of the California Wing adet Officer' Basic Course and Advanced adet Staff Seminar, and has served as a staff member at COBC. Howell's accomplishments as commander of Squadron 110 have truly been outstanding. He is aggressive. imaginative. willing to tackle an job and. by • euing a good example, obtain' the maximum upport from hi peers and the admiration of all for hi dedication and purpose. He participated in many of the Weather atellite Team mission during t he year. responding to call both day and night; he developed and in tructed the cour e for Ba ic Sear h and Rescue chool and updated the cour c for flightline and air crew school; he spearheaded local promotion of the Falcon Force (aero pace education) program in three of the local grade chools, per onally bringing aviation into the classroom and in conducting paper plane contests. He organized and upervised a field day for the students at San Carlos Airport en-

California Wing Howell on winning

ommander 01. Edwin Lewis congratulates top award, .

Cadet Doyle and Major

inety- inc, and the airport personnel for the e ent. In addition to active community invol ement, Howell participated in everal earch and rc cue mi sion throughout the year. He holds ratings of AP Mi sion Pilot trainee, Ob erver, Air Operations Officer and Flight Line Officer. and also is a member of ry tal pring REACT program. Howell i also a member of the Air Force Association and the Aircraft Owner and Pilot As ociation.

Others receiving top awards were: Outstanding Pilot - I LT ouglas White, Hillcomber SQ 22; Outstanding Public Affair Officer - Maj. Hal Stoner. Q 110; Outstanding Aerospace Education Officer - Maj. J ule Zumwalt; Outstanding Safety Officer - Capt. Alpert WOo of Group 18; Outstanding Cadet quadron - Los Alamitos Cadet SQ 153; Outstanding Senior quad ronondor SQ 135; Out tanding mposite quadron - H illcombers Q 22, Tra is A . B; Mo t Improved Unit- Barstow ornpoCon't on page 8

Mrs. Helen James of Fresno, wife of Dr. Clyde E. James - ubject of an exhaustive search in January 1979 (AFR C 8-058) - has pre ented the California Wing with a SI,700 check as a gesture of gratitude for what she terms CA P'. "outstanding work and professional conduct" on the search. although the mission was suspended without a find. A hunter di covered the wreck of the white Bellance Viking "tucked up under the trees' on a ridge in tbe Tehachapi Mountains 39 NM south east of Bakersfield in mid-October. The aircraft wa just to the right of Victor Airway 165. Representatives of the Kern County Sheriffs Department said it would have been impossible to have seen the aircraft wreckage from tbe air. James was reported missing on a night from Imperial to Fresno. He did not file a night plan and only one radio report - a PlREP transmitted shortly after takeoff - was recorded when he reported on cour e at 6,500 feel. A radar target howing a 1200 VFR transponder code thought to be the James aircraft disappeared (rom the tapes just short of Palm pring and no IT AP was available from Los Angeles ARTCC.

I have just returned from the National Board Meeting in Louisville. From the standpoint of the Wing it was one of the most productive in memory. Similarly. the recent Wing Conference at the Queen Mary amply repaid those who attended. The seminars and other activities were first-rate. The Wing Conference provided many people with their first look at various Wing programs. For others who are old hands the information served as a review. We received some "attaboy " from some of the other Pacific Region Wing Commander who were present, particularly about the interest and enthusia m of our people. Naturally I agreed with them! Perhaps the most important function of a Wing Conference is its bringing together of a large cross-section of our Wing. The Wing Staff invariably get a great deal of feed-back, both positive and otherwise. It is refreshing to learn that some of our vast ideas are perhaps only half that and naturally more so to learn that people approve of some of our better efforts. The National Board was rewarding for a number of reasons. First the National CAP Supply Bill was announced. You will shortly learn how the Air Force will be paying back some of the expenses we incur while working SAR missions and in training for them. The program wiLt not

defray the cost of owning an airplane but it will take the sting out of operating it for SAR. Part of the same legislation dealt with CAP becoming an instrumentality of the federal government when employed by the USAF for emergency rervices missions. This means, among other things that if we are sued while performing an Air Force mission the government must defend us. It also rai es some interesting questions about our tax statu when buying things for CAP mi sion use. It looks as if we might be able to purchase mission aircraft and vehicle supplies. parts. and repairs without sales taxes. We will let you know by separate letter if this i fact. WI! voted to keep the Wing patches the way they are, thu avoiding making them all tandard - and insipid. Finally, the Wing won some nice awards such as the Outstanding Public Affairs Officer Award, the AP-MAP haplains Award, and the Squadron of Distinction - won by Squadron 22 at Travis. My congratulation to LTC Stu HaJl, Chaplain Bud Jarvis and TC Dick Timm. As you know we had planned to skip the Wing Conference in 196 I due to the proximity of the last one. However, we had made a commitment to Pacific Region that their next one would be in California. Keep open the weekend following Ea ter, 1981 for the Pacific Region Conference in Sacramento. We will have the Region Cadet competition there as well as a flight clinic. so it portends to be a profitable activity for us all.

BEAR FACTS is distributed to all senior and cadet members of the California Wing, Civil Air Patrol, free of charge. It is mailed via third class postage directly to the member's address as provided by National Headquarters, CAP. Each CAP member is urged to pass on copies of BEAR FACTS to interested individuals and to the media. Material contained berein may be reprinted with a credit line for BEAR FACTS. ALL MATERIAL SUBMlTTED WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION. SEND YOUR SUBMlSSIONS TO:

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Life often offcr some very complex problems as well as great opportunities. The unexpected and unusual may rush in upon us to threaten us. A fog bank suddenly wraps the aircraft pilot in a blanket of uncertainty, indecision and fear. The ground search team faces the unpleasant pos ribility of life's tragedies. The Mission Coordinator is called upon to make decisions which may seriously affect the uccessful outcome of a mission and the lives of those waiting for ounds of approaching help. Con't on page 8

4023 W. L76th St. Torrance CA 90504

CPT Barbara Abels, CAP

Wing Commander COL Edwin Lewis, CAP Director of Information LTC Stuart HajJ, CAP Editor CPT Barbara Abels, CAP
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(Occasionally. we will feature guest editorials. The following II as sent 10 us by LTC Edward Crank shaw and we think it's worthy of being shared). Civil Air Patrol in general, and California Wing in particular, has retention problems. We aren't the only organization though. ot by a long shot. In that vein, I'd like to share some thoughts with you that I read in a monthly publication of an international fraternal group. See if the idea ring any bells. Reasons for membership losses which can be "cured" are termed "controllable" reasons. They can be combatted, or at least restrained or checked, depending on the degree of determination of the membership and the efficiency of the attack. When summarized, the reasons given by ex-member (or FOR ex-members) seem to be loss of interest, non-attendance or non-payment of dues. The last (nonrenewal) eem to be the one we in CA P ee more often than not. Why? I think the following may answer. in part. why. How many of the "old timers" in the unit hold the leadership in a tight little group? H ow often is a responsible position offered 10 the new member? What about the internal politics? How many squadrons are still being run by the last commander even though he's "stepped down?" Let's lump this into the category of "Lack of Leadership Opportunity." Does your unit suffer from it? Unit activity programs arc too often too narrow; they lack variety. This is often the reason cadet squadrons lose cadets. Too much time and work required of too few members is a phrase often uttered. Another pan of this is neglect of unit Objectives. Another factor i lack of social activitie . In urn ... Iack of activities tor the members. This is the category "lack of Activity." Under the heading "Meeting Faults" we find these items: No organized program. CAP has orne great program for members to take advantage of. Some units DON'T conduct enough business at meetings; others nothing BUT. lack of punctuality at meetings is a problem. especially for the new member trying to find his way. Some unit can't always control thi one. but poor location and inadequate meeting place or facilities is a Con', on page 8

Under amendments to the Department of Defense Authorization Act of 1981 enacted by the Congress and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter this fall, the federal government will pay a certain amount toward aircraft maintenance expenses incurred by both corporate and privately-owned aircraft flown on authorized operational missions, unit capabilitytested missions and training missions. The best information to date indicates that insofar as individual members who fly their own aircraft or rernal aircraft and those units operating corporate aircraft are concerned. the bill will have two effect. In the case of member-owned or rented aircraft, t he pilot who signs in the aircraft will be reimbursed not only for the fuel and lubricant authorized on that mission but he also will receive a maintenance payment in the amount of $1.34 per gallon of the fuel/lubricant cost - up to a maximum amounting to not more than $25 per hour. The maintenance payment \ ill be made to the California Wing in the case of corporate aircraft. An example might be a member-owner who uses $80 worth of fuelj lubricarn for three hours On an AFRCC mission. In addition to being reimbursed for actual fuel and lubricants u ed, he will receive an additional $60.30 for maintenance of t he aircraft. ew fuel forms are being published and specific details of implementation are being worked out. They will be given widest dissemination within the wing as soon as they are available. Meanwhile, mission coordinators have been instructed on procedures to be followed until that time. Once the new form and final procedures have been published, an effective date for their use \ ill be established. After that date. there will be no further charge account established at search ba. e for fuel. Pilot mu t pr vide their own ca h or credit cards for all fuel. II is planned that they will be reimbur. ed both for their fuel/lubricants costs and the maintenance allowance within 45 days.

Silver and Bronze Medals of Valor were pre ented at the California Wing Conference to three Group One members. 2LT Anthony Jon Ryder received the Silver Medal of Valor for his act of heroism in carrying three. young. paralyzed patients from a burning hospital building. Capt. Jeromye Avery received the Silver Medal of Valor for re cuing a woman from a buming house (reported in the last issue of Bear Facts). Chief Warrant Officer Charlotte Limpus was awarded the Bronze Medal of Valor for a i ranee at an automobile accident. Ryder. an employee of the United Cerebral Palsy / Spastic Child ren's Foundation in Los Angeles, was responsible for rescuing three paralyzed children when a fire broke out at the facility. Ryder helped evacuate the patients and after a head count, it was di covered that three were missing. Ryder reentered the burning building and i credited with saving the children from death by fire. Lirnpus was returning from a search mission along with I LT Joseph DeAnda when they saw a car ahead of them spin out of control and go over an embankment. DeAnda drove on abead to obtain help. while Limpus stayed to provide assistance. Civilian helped her remove three children and two adults from the car and take them to a safe distance. She calmed a hysterical woman and topped the bleeding from lacerations on her apparently broken wrist. Limpus assi ted in rendering basic first aid and, at the request of the police, helped drive three children and an adult to the hospital. 30 miles distant, while the ambulance transported the more severely injured.

In addition to being promoted from Warrant Officer to Captain at the annual Cal Wing Conference held aboard the Queen Mary, CliffShirp er of Squadron 135 was al 0 honored at the 1980 Pacific Region onferencc and Award Banquet. A special award was presented by Generals Paul Gardner and Johnnie Boyd to Shirpser for his "long time out tanding contributions" to the CAP Search Program. The plaque read: Presented to CA P Command Pilot Cliff Shirpser For His Outstanding Professionalism, Observation. Dedication so "That Others May Live." Grid Airborne Hours 2200+ Pilot In Command; 800 Observer; Finds 5; WARCC 011 AFRCC 8-382 8-1367 84998-414. It wa signed by Bring. Gen.
Paul Gardner and Col. Brad Sharp. USAF. as well a by ranking ivil Air Patrol officials, Brig. Gen. Johnnie Boyd. Col. Howard Brookfield and Col Bobbie Girard. The presentation brought a standing ovation from the more than 200 persons attending the banquet. Shirpser's exploits throughout the Region have become a legend in the California Wing. He and hi yellow North American AT-6 (Rescue 006) have flown over 300.000 mile of search and responded to search mi sian in California. Nevada. Arizona, ew Mexico, Oregon and Utah. Among his numerous finds was that of famous movie runt pilot. Frank Tallman. Shirpser's career in ivil Air Patrol started in 1957 as a CA P cadet.

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Capt. Cliff Shirpser receives his special award plaquefrom A P Brig. Gen. Johnnie Boyd. The plaque. signed by both Air Force and CA Pnational and regional officials. was presented at the Pacifi Region Conference.

JOHN J. MONTGOMERY MEMORIAL CADETSQUADRON 36, along with the anJose Wavemaster Radio Control Club, hosted a two-day "Air Circus 80" featuring flying novelty model, mock dogfight, a fly-in of full-size antique aircraft, demonstrations of powered gliders and other events. A reproduction of one of John Joseph M ontogmery' gliders, the" vergreen," was dedicated at the circus. The reproduction is an exact copy, using ome original Montgomery glider parts, of the glider in which Montgomery, a San Jose aviation pioneer. died. The glider will be on permanent di play at the H ill Country M useum in Morgan H ill ... Capt. Peter ikalo, U.S. Air Force Reservi t assigned to quadron 36, has created a new cadet brochure entitled, "The omic Cadet - My Progre in ivil Air Patrol." The 12-page brochure i. comicly illu trated by C/ Capt. Rob aulfield. The pamphlet is available for a small donation. For further details, contact quadran 36. LOS ALAMITOS CADET QUADRON 153 has a new commander. Capt. Dennis Twomey. Former commander, LTC Beverly Wittman, erved as commander for the past four year during which time the major achievement of the quadron wa being raised up to become Outstanding Squadron of the Year ... FRES 0 COMPO ITE QUADRO 112 is very proud or Capt. Lynn Ahrens. who flew a essnal82intheeleventhannuaiPaim to Pine irRace ... PET LUMASQUADRON42deserve congratulation. for their ery first newsletter, cleverly named "The Four-Deuce News," It' looking good - keep it coming! VA UY QUADRO~ 195 member Ilew an airlift to Indianreser arion in Zuni, ewMexico,carryingmedical and clothing. quadron Commander. LT John Bell. aid the mercy mis ion al 0 aided the C P pilot in the proficienc of cross-country flying and navigation. In addition to the 31 pilot, other participant were Mi sion oordinator apt. Thomas Ambro ic, Air Operations Officer Capt. Augustin Alvarez, and afety Officer apt. Ben Rizzi ... Two member of quadron 195 LTC Charles Little and MAJ Larry Galin. were on duty as advi or with Boy Scouts Explorer quadron of Van Nuys for two week at Edwards AFB for its annual flight training program. Members of the ir x plorer are billeted and fed at Edward Air Force B e, together with advi or-flight in tructor . The tudents are oloed after two weeks of concentrated flight training and ground ch 01 in pi ton-driven or glider aircraft. which are provided by adult advisors. WEST BA Y COM PO ITE SQ ADRO 110 is very proud of its commander and it public affairs officer. MAJ Jame. Howell. Jr., commander received both the Cal Wing, enior Member of the Year Award and the nationally-spon ored Exceptional ervice Award. MAJ Hal loner received the Wing Publi Affair Officer of the Year Award for the third year in a row. Special congratulations to C/Sgt Mark Lundstrom, who has been writing n ws relea es and article for the quadron's newsletter and also for Bear Facts. Keep up the good work, Mark! At the urging of the eager cadet ecrion of Q 110, a weekend aviation-oriented bivouac wa held at alina Airport, a good 60 nautical air mile from home base at San Carlo. The re ult wa a booming succe . pearheading the operation wa Cadet Commander Rich Przybyzewski, SQ 110 ommander Jim Howell, Deputy ommander for Cadet ,Capl. Denni Quadeand Operations Officer ILT Dennis Gordon. The real park plugs of the operation \ as the adet ection itself which developed it own operating plan for a weekend f aero 'pace educati n. flight line training and the .cheduling of orientation rides from participating pilots. Participants included 26 cadet. and 22 eni r from 8 units. including 2 local newspersons and a TV camera crew from Channel 8. AN DIEGO G ROU P 3 i very proud of its newly-acquired A P corporate Piper P 1 aircraft. The aircraft will be u ed in search and rescue activitic a well a cadet orientation and pil t proficienc iraining ... ew commander of the 10TH IR RESCU E SQ DRO IN 0 G BEA Hi apt. Greg Weis . Former commander for the past two years. Maj. I hinar. ha accepted the po t of Public Affairs Officer and is editor of the squadron newsletter. "The Yellov Jackel.' GROUP I repre erned CAP at a Red ross Expo held at Pershing quare in downt wn Los Angeles, thank to I LT Douglas Mroczek. commander of EAGLE RO K FLlGHT30 ... SQ A RO S 3. 63 and FLIGHT 30 participated in the March of Dimes upcrWalk '80 ... Well-de erved public recognition wa given I T Charlo Hagen. commander of. QUADRO 3, for his outstanding menu and meals erved at the three-day Watsonville Antique Air Show. Hagen and hi cadets set up a mess hall and two field kitchens, serving three meals a day. Some 41 cadet and seni r member \ ere airlifted by the 261 1 om bat ommunication Squadron. California ational Guard, in a -130. The Redland. Air Show had a very large attendance and Cadet Jim Dent n of Q representing AB at the recruiting booth. J im answered question and pa ed our literature for four hour .... C DET Q 45 held a succe sful open house and their recruitment drive continu ... RIM OFTH WOR D Q ADRON 165 i off to a rear tart with nev cadets attending the meeting in the mountain of an Bernardin QUADRO ! 5 hosted cadets from QU A RO 31 and 45 with 12 cadets being treated to a half hour flight each. Pilots donating their lime and aircraft were Richard Heitman. Russ Kaufman. Oli Marsbury and Alan hroth. LTC Michael Horochiv ky was presented the GR UP J I API USAF ream Most aluable PIa er \ ard. he award recognized the many contributions that Horochi sky ha made to the AP program on squadron, group and wing levels... P'T Beatrice park f AIR- EA RE CUE AND UPpORT Q ADR N 2 wa pre enrcd with her Grover Locning ward by T Alfred lauery. commanding officer of Group 20. She was also honored b being offered the po ition f liai on officer between the Air orce Association's Tcnne see Ernie Ford hapter 361 and the P unit within their juri rdiction. Numerou cadet of MARL OMP SITE AIR R -S EQ DR 14 have been participating in AP flight training activitie. at Gno Airport. Cadets Richard orey, Jeff urrnp, Kip.Bunteen, Brandon Ito. halin harifand Jeff 3\ ha e flown
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more than 10 hours each in a Cessna 172. Ln addition, each cadet has been attending squadron ground school sessions conducted by I LT David Blumenberg at the airport and squadron headquarters. Activities at SOUTH BAY SENIOR SQUADRON 129, TORRANCE, continue to boom with more new members showing up at each meeting. Members were recently provided with the opportunity to tour the facilities and receive a demonstration of the capabilities of the 303rd ARRS. an Air Force Reserve Squadron based at March Air Force Base. The 303rd provided demonstrations of pararescue men jumping from a C-130 "Hercules" aircraft, simulating the medical treatment of a burn victim and the dropping of survival equipment, both with and without parachutes. The tour was climaxed with an orientation flight for all squadron members in one of the 303rd's specially equipped C-130 aircraft. Three quarters of the cadet complement at SAN FRANCISCO COMPOSITE SQUADRON 86 attended the Watsonville Fly-in. Holding staff positions were Cadets Grace Muller. George Ishikata and Mark Corson. Reverend Father Edward Neally, Catholic Chaplain of the Squadron, attended the Pacific Region Staff College in las Vegas and also attended the Pacific Region Conference. Prior to this, Father Ed completed the ECI Officers Course 7C and graduated with a grade well in the high 80s. Congratulations! BEACH CITIES CADETSQUADRON 107, TORRANCE, enjoyed another triumph at this year's encampment at FI. Ord. Cadet Michael Anderson was recipient of the Honor Cadet Award. Cadet Scott McClean was selected for the FAA Orientation Course, held at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City. Cadets Jenny Fung and David VanWaardenbu.rg attended the Cadet Officers School at Maxwell AFB. Next year, it is hoped that even more cadets in the squadron will apply (or Cadet Special Activities ... SAN MATEO'S AIR-SEA RESCUE & SUPPORT SQUADRON 2 members have been busy, busy, busy. One of the special awards presented this year was to Maj. Tom Williams from Maj. Ed Vreeland for Williams' many years of glueing the Beavers back together every time they started to fall apart ... SAN FERNANDO AJRPORT SENTOR SQUADRON 35 has come up with the first edition of its new newsletter named. "The Roadrunner." Maj. AI Meryman, editor, is off to a great start publicizing the members' activities. Ten member of SALESIAN COMPOSITE SQUADRO 138 attended the 48th Annual United Scottish Societies Highland Gathering and Games at Veterans' Memorial Stadiumin Long Beach. Four members of the cadet complement were chosen to post the American and British flags for the games: Cadets Alfredo Ayala, Charles Arzubiaga, Maria Elena Ayala and Waldo Silvcyra presented the colors for review. The event was also televi ed on KN BC's "Everywhere" show and the CA P personnel who attended were seen very briefly in the opening segment. Best wishes to squadron members Karen and Tom Lyon on the arrival of their new associate member, Heather Deanne Lyon. This makes Squadron 138's third associate member by birth within the past two years. SQUADRON 138 and EAGLE ROCK FLIGHT 30 was chosen to represent. CAP at thc IOOth Anniversary Red Cross Expo held at Pershing Square in Los Angeles. Squadron 138 provided an impressive display of both basic emergency services/ search and rescue equipment and recruiting material on the three missions of CAP. Flight 30 provided a well-planncd display of basic first-aid gear and recruiting materials. Cadet personnel who attended were utilized by the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Red Cross and KNBC Channel our's "Sunday" show as crowd control for the variou first-aid and airlift demonstrations. along with other Los Angele area youth groups. Several cadets appeared on the television program in the performance of these duties. SQUADRON 156 is continuing to grow. Capt. Fred P. Staedel, squadron commander, wishes to thank all those who are actively supporting the squadron, and wishes to make special mention of the outstanding efforts being made by I LT Steve Dolgin and Sf M Dan Dolgin ... LTC Alfred A. Slattery, commander, AN FRANCISCO GROU P 20. arranged for three orientation flights for Group 20 seniors in Lockheed P-3 "Orion" patrol aircraft. Arrangements were made by Lt. Ted Heath. U.S. avy, Moffett aval Air Station in Sunnyvale. Cadet personnel will have orientation flights scheduled for them at a later date. Group 20 also held a "Mini Public Affairs Officers Seminar" at Group 20 Headquarter at Coyote Point for all interested personnel. THE CAP NATIONALSCHOLARSHIP SELECTION COMMITTEE has selected 49 members to receive academic scholarships totaling $25,000. The selectees from California Wing arc: Gregory Bowman from San Jose and Lisa Taylor from Sacramento. Congratulations! ... ASSOCIATE MEMBERS CELEBRATE FIRST BIRTHDAYS - A Very Happy Birthday to Delores and Gary Limpus' grandson, Patrick Michael, born December 20, 1979, to Limpus' daughter Tammy (SQ 156) and David Fromer (CA WG). Little Patrick is a third generation CAP member ... Happy Birthday to another third generation CAP memberBryan Christopher Brammer, born December 5,1979 son of Melody and Bryan Brammer. Group I commander. Little Bryan's grandfather is Marvin Mullins, aloof Group I. And last. but certainly not least. Happy Birthda to Allen Emerson, a second generation CAP member. born December 4.1979 to .loan and John Emerson ofSQ 138 and Group 15. respectively. PALOMAR OMPOSITESQUADRON47isproudof /SSgtStuart pieglebergwhosoloedinaCessna 152. Hisin tructorwas Mark W. Reed. A communications class is being held on the first and third Tuesday of each month. On February 14. 1981, Group3 has scheduled an all-day Red Cros school. The squadron is proud to welcome new cadet. Shelli edlac.

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California Wing personnel won three awards at the recent Civil Air Patrol ational Board Meeting held in Loui ville, Ky. The Cal Wing Public Office was selected by National Headquarter as tops in the nation for 1980. LTC Stuart P. Hall, Director of Public Affairs for Cal Wing. comments: "For our Wing to have been chosen over 51 other Wings, with thc inherent problems of our ize and geography, indicates that the Public Affairs Officer in California arc doing their jobs uperbly. "My sincere thanks to each and every one of the Wing Public Affairs Officer and to my own taff: LTC Frank Burnham. MAJ Fred Beelby. apt. Peggy Beelby, Capt. Barbara Abels and I LT Gerry Sherman. This high honor would not have been po sible without all the hard work that was performed by each of you so excellently," Hillcomber ompositeSquadron22at Travis Air orce Base was chosen a CAP' Squadron of Distinction for the year and thu becomes thc "Number One" Cadet Unit in the Nation. LTC Richard P. Tirnrn, quadron commander, received the F. Ward Reilly Leadership Award. and the squadron received a plaque, a $500 F. Ward Reilly honorarium and the nit Citation Award. Selection was based upon accomplishmcnts and progress in the Cadet Program. A committee at ational Headquarters picked the winner, the criteria including statistical data on each squadron, record of achievements in the Cadet Program and recommcndation of wing and region commanders. Cal Wing received the first place award for the administration of the most effective chaplain program in the nation. Maj. Gen. Richard Karr Chief of haplain, U.S. Air Force. presented the award to WingChaplain(L TC) Bud Jarvis. Criteria for this award is based upon the number of Chaplains in a wing, haplain activities and Chaplain reporting. recruitment and attendance at haplain conference.

Effective with the Ist quarter 1981 issue, BEAR FACTS will be published as a commercial venture by umaron Enterprises of Portland Ore., according to LTC Stuart Hall, California Wing Director of Public Affairs. Surnaron presently publishes the wing new paper magazine for Washington, Oregon and Idah defraying the cost of publishing and circulation from the ale of advertising. The company a ume the responsibility for advertising sales and all co ts of publishingf circulation and, in addition, pay the wing 10 percent of the total revenues collected. Capt. Barbara Abels of Torrance Calif., will continue as editor assisted by LTC rank Burnham of Riverside. Specific instructions for submitting copy and photographs will be published in the next PA Intercom distributed by the Office of Public Affairs to all California Wing POs. For the benefit of wing memher. who wish to contribute but are not PAOs. Colonel Hall outlines the rules as follows: • all material must be sent to Captain Abel - anything sent directly to Surnaron will not be us ed and the company can assume no rc ponsbility to return it to the sender or forward it to the editor. - all copy must be typewritten, doublespaced, on one side of the paper only. - only clear. sharp. black and white photograph ean be on idered. -to be con idcred, copy and ph tographs from the field mu t be in the editor's hand not later than the 15th of the first month of each quarter - January pril, July and OctoberThe publi her plans to print and mail the paper on the 15th of Februar . Ma . Augu t and overnber.
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Squadron It's Faye L. Denton becomes the first CA P mother to join the A ir Force Mother's Association (AFMA). AFMA leaders, Jeanne Pirruccello and [argaret Spindler. along with CA P Col. Edwin Lewis. officiate. Faye L. Denton, Squadron 31, Group 18, ha become thc first CAP mother to join the Air Force Mothers Association. At the California Wing Conference held aboard the Queen Mary, Jeanne Pirruccello. president of the Air Force Mothers Association. announced the association has extended member 'hip to mother of CA P members for the first time. Denton' son, Cadet Technical ergeant Jim Denton, is also a member of Squadron 31 in San Bernardino. The U.. Air Force Mothers As ociation ha been in exi renee since 1957 and i a non-profit. non-parii 'an and noncctarian group with headquarter in alifornia. It is compo ed of mother of SA F sons and daughters whose purpose is to promote a program of education. welfare and active interest am ng parent of men and men and to en .ourage contentrnent, patrioti m and pride among the men and women erving in the .S. Air orce and the ivil ir Patrol. Regular membership in the organizalion is now open to natural mothers. adoptive mother or stepmothers \ ho have assumed full respon ibility of on or daughter who arc now erving in the United States Air Force, Civil Air Patrol. active or organized Air Force Reserves. Air ational Guard or original Army Air Corps. Community projects consist of vol unteer work at the VA hospitals. donating books. magazine and recreational equipment to hospital and special school. layettes for crvice familic . sending clothing to over ea orphanages and state ho pita Is, and many other worthwhile activities. including alwa s remembering their own sons and daughters at hri tina and on t heir birthday. housand dollar ha e been given by the mothers. along with hours and hour of service. M others of all P member, both senior and cadet. arc now eligible to join the .S. ir Fore Mothers ociation. Membership inf rmation may be brained from Clara Barne. ati nal Member hip hairrnan. 17244 an Bernardino Ave .• Fontana. A 92335. telephone (714) 823-3366.



The Beach Cities Cadet Squadron 107 of Torrance {left] won the 1980 drill team competition un ier the command 0/ Jennie FII//g. Win//er ofthe color guard compel ilion \'IIa the Della Composite Squadron 44 of Concord (right]. Shown (L IV R) are Brian Yarnell, Mike Suk (cadet commander). William Gessey and Brad Yarnell.

The California Wing Cadet onference is scheduled for Washington's Birthday weekend, February ]4-]6, ]981 at Travis AFB. Project Officer is C] lLT Michelle' Limpus. Assistant Project Officer is C/ I LT Richard Reynolds. Activities planned for the conference include: Discussions on cadet programs, CWCAC meeting, seminars, the traditional Banquet/Ball, and a fun-filled weekend offellowsbip. Purpose of Ihe conference is to provide a chance for cadets to interact with other A P group and squadrons and to find out about the cadet tructure,


Warrant Officer Ralph Cobbs and SI M Mike Willey of Orange County Composite Squadron 56 and Captain David Rudawitz, I LT Robert Kielholrz and 1M Mike McDonald of EI Toro Composite quadron 88. assisted by members of the oaring club, were able to remove the aircraft from its perch in the trees. Rudawitz and McDonald also are members of the Saddleback Search and Rescue Team. Rudawitz. who is deputy commander of Squadron 88 and Executive Director of Saddleback, directed the removal operation. Technical mountain rescue techniques were required to raise and then lower the glider from its crashed position 15 feet in the air. Once down on the ground. the tail and wing were removed. The instruments and other cockpit equipment had been removed while the glider wa till in the trees. The glider parts were then raised 250 feet up to the trail using a manual "mechanical advantage" sy tem made r rope. pulley and other technical climbing equipment. The remo al operation to k about i h ur . CAP and addleback a sistance was pro ided gratis to the soaring club. AP member. arc involved with the oaring club and the club has been ver helpful in the local CAP cadet soaring program. Although thi operation was not particularly dangerous, it did require the peeial training and expertise of the Saddleback earch and Re cue Team member. In addition. Saddleback provided much of the rescue equipment used in addition to the equipment owned by the Squadron 8 member.
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alifornia Wing and Saddleback earch and Re cue Team member are credited with the "rescue" of a single-seat glider precariously caught up in the tree along the Cabin Flat. trail on Mt. Baden Powell a bove Pomona. The glider crash landed duringa routine night out of Crystal Air Airport near Palmdale. Crystal Air is a popular glider airport. The pilot, a glider FI, escaped injury when his craft plunged into the hillside and wa caught by the trees. He was able to climb down a nearby tree and hike to safety. The glider belongs to the Long Beach oaring Club headquartered at Long Beach Municipal Airport. CAP members I LT Marcia Zoeter.

Cadets Aldous and Casillas in the cockpit of the SNJ4 are briefed by Capt. Joe hizmadia and LTC John 80) d. Group 3 staff officers. during the National A if Festival 01 Brown Field.

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serious problem. The last in the "meeting faults" category is the behavior of the individual members. One of the most frequent complaints I've heard is the first in the category "Indoctrinational Faults" ... and that covers it. Far too many new members are not properly indoctrinated into the unit. Level I training is good ... and not too infrequent. But that doesn't do it all not by far. The comments you hear that point to this are: "No responsibility given new members," "Members not becoming acquainted with administrative procedures," "New members not finding enough opportunity to participate in activities," "Members don't get recognized for effort, or good work," or a commonly heard "Nobody seems to care if I'm there or not" (lack of fellowship). In all. these categories are controllable. There are any number of "cures"; most are self-evident in the category titles. Since the purpose of this article is to inform ... and excite imaginative changes ("cures"), for me to suggest solutions would be preachment. There's no need for that. Loss of members for reasons in these categories are "controllable losses." Bend your imagination to the methods to be

used to achieve ~hat conteol. This year 7,OOO± members in the California Wing - next year 12,OOO± ... w}th new members joining and old members STAYING!
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The Chaplain may only pray that his words are the proper choice for the moment of life's great urgencies. Probably all will feel like the Psalmist, "What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee." (Psalm 56:3). The great King David readily admitted that he had times when he was afraid. But he also had the remedy for fear at hand every moment. The instant the ugliness of fear would arise within him, he turned his attention to the Lord God. His success was by trusting and praising God. Certainly, our success will be increased according to the measure of our trust and praise of God. Chaplain (LTC) Richard Derby, Jr .. Group 7 Headquarters.
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Medal of Valor - CWO Charlotte Lirnpus, Group I; Exceptional Service Award - LTC Frank Burnham, CA WG, and Maj. Jim Howell, Jr., SQ 110;Amelia Earhart Award - ClCPT Sue Harvey, SQ 68; Paul E. Garber Award - Maj. Henel May, CA WG, and Capt. Fred P. Staedel, Jr., SQ 156; Frank G. Brewer Awards - Dr. Gerald DeFries, Jeannie McElhatten and Fran Grant.

The 1980California Wing Civil Defense exercise, attended by some 60 persons and 15aircraft, was conducted at Stockton Airport. This mission was observed by four Air Force representatives, the Region Liaison Officer and CAP operations personnel. The mission problem involved a simulated major earthquake along the Livermore Fault. Magnitude of the earthquake was 6.7. The California Wing CAP manned the Stockton Search Base and, working with personnel from the Stockton Red Cross, the Northern California Division of the American Red Cross and the San Joaquin County Civil Defense Agency, began checking the Northern California area for earthquake damage.

site SQ 53; Outstanding Group Commander - Maj. Al Linebaugh, Group 22; Wing Commander's Award - Maj. Don Biondich, CA WG; Silver Medals of Valor - Capt. Jeromye Avery and 2LT Anthony J. Ryder. Group I: Bronze


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