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Group 13, Texas Wing, South Western Region, Civil Air Patrol
Volume 1, Number 4
April Highlights: • Glider O-Flights. • Grp 11 SAREX • AEX Activity • UDF Mission • Chaplain’s School • Farewells
UDF Mission by 1Lt Tessitore
The Squadron was assigned an ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) Search Mission on the evening of 23 April. Lt Tessitore and Capt Brown formed an Urban Direction Finding Team (UDF Team) with Cadet Sgt Tessitore, and Cadets David & Michael Brown, searching for the ELT signal. It was reported in the area of the Montgomery County Airport based upon SARSAT/AFRCC (Air Force Rescue Coordination Center) information. A DF radio search was conducted for about 2 1/2 hours ending with the locating of an accidentally energized ELT in an aircraft that had been reportedly flown that day. It was found in a tie down area near General Aviation. It was a tricky search as the ELT radio transmission was reflected a multitude of times from surrounding aircraft and hangers making it difficult to determine which aircraft ELT was actually transmitting. Once located it was deactivated and the 121.5 MHz distress beacon was silenced. The UDF Team was underway within 20 minutes of the initial call from Group 13 Incident Command. Another mission well done! Only about 3 in 100 ELT alerts involve real downed aircraft or distress situations. However, the AFRCC/SARSAT system can only handle 8 simultaneous ELT’s so it is important for CAP to find and deactivate the “accidental” ELT’s as soon as possible. CAP is a cost effective resource tasked by AFRCC to locate and assess ELT signals.
7-6 Air Cav r CAP is the newsletter of the: 7-6 Air Cavalry Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron, Group 13, Texas Wing. Commander: Capt. S. Dicker 4724 S. Parkway Conroe, TX 77303-4355 Phone: (713) 504 7154 Fax: (713) 218-5550 E-mail: stephen.dicker@cityof houston.net or cap76aircav@hotmail. com We’re on the Web! www.7-6aircav.com
Group 11 SAREX
Capt Domengeaux and 1Lt Ayre deployed the squadron C-172 to Hawthorne Field, north of Beaumont, to participate in Group 11’s Air Force funded SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise) last weekend (26 and 27 April.) They received Aircrew Mission Scanner and Pilot training, under the direction of Capt. Gunnar Seaburg, the Group 13 Director of Flight Operations. Their first sortie was a route search of the railway from Conroe to Kountze. After arrival at Hawthorne, and sign in, all the participants were briefed by Lt. Col. Charles Whatley, the Incident Commander. Two more sorties concentrated on grid and electronic search techniques. The following day one longer sortie, under the instruction of Capt Don Fisher involved electronic search methods, expanding square, and creeping line searches, and the direction of a Ground Team. They returned to Conroe mid day Sunday having completed their required training as a team, in 6.3hrs flying and ferry time. Any comments, news or information to communicate? Please contact 1Lt D. Ayre, the editor, and Public Affairs Officer via email at email@example.com or 281 352 1961
Glider O-Flights: Our fourth scheduled trip to the Gliderport on March 12 and 13 was another success! Seven cadets participated in a total of 14 glider flights over the two day period. There were a few no shows, which was disappointing. All the cadets participated in movement and recovery of gliders. Cadet Capt. McElvaney (aka Thermal Hawk) caught the most thermals again, managing to stay up for 1hr and 30 minutes beating his previous records of 57mins. The following week C/Capt McElvaney turned 18, and so his O-flight days are now over! Our thanks go to the tireless O-Pilots, Lt’s Ed Toohey, Weyland Savre, and Capt Iglesias. Come and join us on the next visit, May 17-18! The sign up sheet is on the notice board! Farewells: We said goodbye to Capt. Oscar Douglas this month at his retirement party (April 1st), and had a Bon Voyage party (April 8th) for B. Gen. Fruchtnicht, prior to his activation mid month to the Marines and TDY to Cent COM. We wish him Godspeed for his swift and safe return
by Capt Stephen Dicker
The 7-6 Air Cavalry Composite Squadron was called out on an ELT mission this past week. A successful find at the Conroe Airport was completed in record time. All Cadet's and Senior Members need to attend any and all available training to get their certifications. The more Search & Rescue (101) trained personnel we have, the more likely we are to be called upon when a mission arises. Everyone needs to get with the Emergency Services instructors to obtain a list of the basic equipment that every team member needs to carry along with a copy of the ground team book. Start working on this equipment now and by the time you've completed your entire training, you will have everything together and be prepared for the real thing. FEMA has the below listed website which contains correspondence courses involving emergency service type courses which would benefit you as members of CAP in emergency situations. The tests are included with the books or download and are open book that can either be mailed in or taken on line. FEMA issues you by mail a color certificate of completion for those who pass the courses. Most of these courses will really familiarize you with procedures and concerns during certain types of crisis events. I am personally taking these courses myself and would urge each of you to do so as well. You can take them at your leisure. Cadets may also take these courses. http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/crslist.asp The 7-6 Air Cav is due to have a “Short-Notice” Inspection soon which concentrates on Command, Operations, Administration, Maintenance and the aircraft itself. All section heads should be reviewing their records and files. News on Active and Reserve Squadron members BGen. Hal Fruchtnicht is currently stationed at Central Command (CentCom) in Tampa Florida. As of the time of this publication, it appears as though BGen. Fruchtnicht will be deployed to Qatar. We will try to keep you posted as security allows. Let’s keep BGen. Fruchtnicht in our prayers. CWO3 Todd Chambers is in Egypt; lets also keep Todd in our prayers.
Quote of the Month: "In simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up, and goes." -John Erksine
Profile on Capt. Klett
Profile: Capt. George Klett
George is a retired Presbyterian minister, with Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees, having served in ministry since 1964. He was in the Corps of Cadets, the Band, and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He served in the USAF for six years, rising to the rank of Captain, prior to entering the ministry. He was a member of Pilot Training Class 59-F, an instructor at Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, and then served as Base Education Officer at Thule Air Base, Greenland (where he received "call into the ministry" in the winter of '62!). His two-fold passion is serving his call to ministry and flying, both opportunities offered by the CAP. Along with the Chaplain's specialty tract, George plans to pursue the Cadet Orientation Flight specialty tract also since he is a private pilot. George joined our squadron in February of this year. He is married with four children and seven grandchildren, and lives in Crighton Ridge just south of Conroe.
Upcomming Events & Activities
Future ActivitiesApril: • Basic Training • Glider O-Flights • Powered OFlights • Grp 13 SAREX • AEX visit to BHI Corporate Aviation Basic Training: Due to the increase in new recruits, we are scheduling a special Basic Training Course for new cadets. The first course is this Saturday, May 3, 2003 Glider O-Flights: Our next scheduled Glider O-flights are 17 and 18 May. Our Gliding activity is run by CAP members of the Soaring Club of Houston at their Gliderport between Magnolia and Hempstead. Cadets should sign up for this activity on the Squadron’s notice board or contact 1Lt Ayre by phone at 281 367 0519 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Information about the club and its facilities can be found at www.scoh.org . Cadets are encouraged to take the Soaring Society of America’s (SSA) Wing Runner course which is available on the national website www.capnhq.gov . Typically we assemble at the US Army Reserve Center Aviation Support Facility (USARC ASF) at 0730 for a 0800 hrs departure, returning around 1800 hrs. Powered O-Flights: We are attempting to schedule regular powered O-Flight activities. More information will be forthcoming. Aerospace Excellence (AEX). SM Illerhaus has arranged a visit to Baker Hughes International’s Corporate Aviation facility at Hooks Airport on Saturday May 24. They will be looking for people to sign up for this activity next Tuesday. This is also on the same day as the Group 13 SAREX (see below)
Group 13 SAREX
As part of the group’s stepped up efforts in Emergency Services (ES) training, Group 13, together with Delta Squadron, is hosting a SAREX at Hooks Airport. This Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) is funded by the USAF, so we may participate and train for our ES Mission. Cadets are also allowed to participate in these activities, but need to be accompanied by at least two Senior Members. Capt Domengeaux will attend for Mission Pilot Training
Our commendations to new Senior Member, Capt. George Klett upon his completion of the SW Region Chaplain Service Staff College at Carswell NAS at Fort Worth. Capt. Klett attended the SW Region sponsored event April 7-11, offered annually for those senior members pursuing the Chaplain's specialty tract and attaining Level III. A CAP chaplain aspiring to earn the Grover Loening Award, must attend and complete at least two Regional Staff Colleges; the 2004 college will possibly be held in Albuquerque NM next April.
Senior Member Spin
Flight Operations by 1Lt Gale Tynefield
Flt Ops N235TX • Maintenance The new engine in our Cessna 172P, N235TX is now “run in” and we are back at the regular 50hrs between oil changes and using the regular Aeroshell engine oil, instead of the special mineral oil required for new engines. Let’s all do our part to take care of this fine airplane and help keep it in top condition. The Direction Finding (DF) equipment is still not working fully.
AE & AEX
by SM Illerhaus
During April, 1Lt. Ayre and Capt. Bunin presented the second and third chapter of the 2nd aerospace education module. Airport systems and navigation were the primary subjects discussed with the cadets. On May 6th, we will start with the third module that explores weather and the air environment. We now have modules 6, 1, and 2 available as power point presentations. This facilitates the quality of our presentations and improves the learning through pictures and diagrams used for illustrations. As we move along we will complete all modules and hopefully are able to distribute complete CD’s to all aerospace education officers in the squadron. In order to support our training program we are now starting to schedule activities that will deepen the understanding of the various elements of
aerospace education. During march we discussed aircraft systems and are now planning to actually look at aircraft instrumentation. The Baker Hughes Pilots have agreed to welcome us on May 24th to the BHI hangar at the Hooks airport. During this visit, the cadets will have the opportunity to learn what type of cockpit instruments are being used and discuss with the pilots their primary use during flight. Participation in the Aerospace Education Excellence Program (AEX) needs to be improved. We will contact all parents for their input to identify most convenient times / days during the month and will establish subjects that are most interesting to the cadets.
Admin / Personnel Matters by 1Lt Sylvia Brumlow
Membership 75 Cadets 45 Seniors Our Squadron strength has reached 120, and we now have 75 cadet members as of April 30! The 10 largest squadrons in CAP have 80+ cadets, and we are almost there! We welcome the following five new cadets whose membership cards have been issued: Kimberly Bebedor, Joshua Koch, Blake Schehin, Daniel Hatherly and Jordan Fuller (March). The following cadets (9) applied this month and their awaiting their membership cards: Caleb Hoot. Jeffrey Durham. Jessie Durham, Ty Elms, Stephen Cornell, Caleb White, Michel Byrum, Zachary Cadwallader, and Kathleen Cadwallader. New Sr. Members / Promotions: Welcome Jeremy Hooper, and congratulations on George Klett’s promotion from SM to Captain, and confirmation of his Chaplain status. Lt. Brumlow also received a promotion from 2Lt. To 1Lt. Next newsletter, we are going to start including Birthday's. This month was that of our fearless leader, Capt. Stephen Dicker.
Professional Development by Lt Col Bill Williams
There are still a few Senior Members who have not specified what specialty track they choose to start with. I will be very happy to assist anyone in finding an appropriate specialty. Any members who have enrolled in correspondence courses need to apply for extensions of time if the completion date is near. The extension will not usually be granted if the time for completion has passed. If you have any questions, please ask. Once the time has expired, you must re-enroll but have to wait at least six months to enroll again. The month of May seems a good time to try to have another chance for those who missed the last Aerospace Course for Seniors. Please advise me if you are interested in participating. The summer months are usually used for vacations and are not suitable to plan such events. ROA 1Lt Tessitore completed ROA (Radio Operator Authorization) training for SM’s this month, and several SM’s will receive their ROA’s from the Group Communications Director. For more information on Senior Professional Development, contact Lt. Col. Bill Williams Tuesday evenings or e-mail at email@example.com
Questions: Comments Info on activities SM Uniforms Summer Encampment Donations Business Members
Seniors & Parent Power
Comments & Questions • My son was called to come last Tuesday with $5 for Pizza and they didn’t even eat that evening?????? He came home hungry! During any change in staffing, which occurred for the Cadet Staff a couple weeks ago, growing pains occur. I was not aware that meals were going to be provided and hadn’t. I will address this issue with my Staff and I apologize for the inconvenience. • As a parent how will I receive information about CAP activities? This newsletter, the r
e-CAP, is the primary means of communicating with
parents, however to make this effective we need parent’s e-mail addresses. These can be forwarded to our new e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org . We are taking steps to improve our website and make its content more relevant and current. Parents with any thoughts as to how the website could be improved, or with time to help maintain the website should contact Capt. Dicker • I am a new Senior Member (SM). Where do I get my uniform items from? Most uniform items may be obtained via the CAP Book Store http://nhq.cap.gov/nhq/directorates/directorates.htm otherwise check Make sure you are out The Hock Shop, http://www.thehock.com ordering the appropriate items. Check with other SM’s before you order. Do you shop at Randall’s and / or Kroger’s? Do you have the 7-6 Air Cav assigned as a charity in the Good Neighbor Program (Randalls) or a 7-6 Air Cav donation card (Kroger)? Cards are available from Captain Dicker SM Illerhaus secured a donation of $500 from his employer Baker Hughes for the squadron, which will go to pay for Glider O Flights. Our thanks go out to Roland! We only have 3 Cadets attending the Summer Encampment which is being held 22 - 29 June 2003 at Camp Maxey in Paris, Texas. Apply by CAPF 31A (http://web.wt.net/~txwgcap/departments/administartive/regsup/TXWG31A.doc ) to: TXWG Basic Encampment (or TXWG Encampment Staff) 22907 Red River Drive Katy, TX 77450 A $50 deposit MUST accompany the application. All applications MUST be received NLT 15 May 2003. Make checks payable to: Texas Wing Cadet Programs. The total cost for the encampment is $95. Some scholarships are available to Texas Wing cadets. Cadets are not eligible for other National Activities unless they have already attended a Basic Encampment. Do you know of any Businesses that may like to become Business Members of the CAP? We are looking for a few good businesses that would like to donate nominal sums of ~$100 to the squadron. The forms may be obtained from Capt Dicker or 1Lt. Brumlow.
Any parent having questions, concerns or suggestions should feel free to email the Squadron Commander, Capt. Stephen R. Dicker at email@example.com . Capt. Dicker can also be reached on his cell phone at 713-504-7154 for immediate needs. Cadet Programs & Calendar
Cadet Call Down / May Calendar
We suggest you post the following calendar on your refrigerator May 3 Uniform: BDU’s Activity: Basic Training Course for new cadets 0730am to 5pm May 6 – 1st Tuesday, Uniform: Blues 1900 – Opening Ceremony 1915 – Aerospace Class Module 3- Weather & Aerospace Environment 2015 – Retirement Party 2055 – Closing Ceremony May 13 - 2nd Tuesday, Uniform: Blues 1900 – Opening Ceremony 1915 – Moral Leadership Class 2015 – Inspection and Drill 2055 – Closing Ceremony May 17 Equipment: Van; Uniform: BDU + khaki shorts & running shoes 0730 – 1800 Gliding O-Flights at SCOH May 18 Equipment: Van; Uniform: BDU + khaki shorts & running shoes 0730 – 1800 Gliding O-Flights at SCOH May 20 – 3rd Tuesday, Uniform: BDU 1900 – Opening Ceremony 1915 – Testing 2000 - PT 2055 – Closing Ceremony May 24 – 25 Equipment: Van & Aircraft; Uniform: BDU or Flight Suits for SM’s Group 13 funded SAREX, David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (DWH), Spring TX May 24 AEX Visit to BHI Corporate Aviation at DWH Airport May 26 Memorial Day May 27 – 4th Tuesday, Uniform: BDU 1900 – Opening Ceremony 1915 – Emergency Services (ES) 2015 – Inspection & Drill 2055 – Closing Ceremony May 31 Equipment: Aircraft; Uniform: BDU or Flight Suits for SM’s Powered O Flights