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Group 13, Texas Wing, South Western Region, Civil Air Patrol
Volume 1, Number 6
June News • Encampment • Glider OFlights
June News Summer Encampment
by 1Lt. Ayre
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
June 20 saw Cadets Jason Ayre, Brad Blum, Anthony Esposito, Chase Ewing, Kyle Joncyk, Will Walls, and I loading our footlockers for transport by 2Lt Illerhaus to this year’s summer encampment at the Texas Army National Guard Base at Camp Maxey, Paris, Texas. We departed around 0230hrs on the 21st for the ~6hr journey so that C/1Lt Walls and I could attend staff training, prior to the arrival the basic cadets on Sunday morning. 2Lt Illerhaus arrived Saturday afternoon bringing his son Christoph to the encampment, but more importantly, our footlockers so we could change into cooler PT gear to survive the oppressive heat. Camp Maxey was built during WWII, as an army training camp, and features extensive wooded and lake areas, with WWII era fortified positions. The wooden barracks were cooled by fans, and air-conditioning had been added later to the Cafeteria and some classrooms (but not the barracks). Lunch was MRE’s, however dinner was at Sirloin Stockade’s all you can eat buffet which allowed those who wished, to gorge on “normal” food, prior to starting the week’s MRE diet. Breakfast Sunday was cereal. The basic cadets started arriving around 0900, and their induction finished ~1300hrs, after the coach from San Antonio arrived. Induction included the safeguarding of expensive items (CD players, etc.), dangerous items such as knives, scissors, matches, and prescription or OTC drugs. Lunch was MRE’s or a sacked lunch. The staff was then introduced to the cadets after which the barracks and uniforms were set up per their Flight Commander and Flight Sergeant’s instructions. The afternoon finished with the basic Radio Operator Authorization training, allowing all the personnel present to operate CAP radios. Around this time I started to become aware of the various flight’s chants for guidon, pumpkin, and road guard posting and retrieving. Monday saw the training start in earnest with reveille and PT each day at 0445 (quite a shock for some systems!), the cadets then washed in the Latrines and had breakfast for the rest of the week provided by the Salvation Army, who were practicing making meals for disaster relief situations. This was followed by a day of drill and creative thinking / communication exercises, while a watchful eye was kept on the heat flag level, which soon rose to black flag! A dinner of pizza followed evening formation. After dinner the TAC officers gave their briefing (including a discussion on emergency evacuation) and conducted the nightly foot/blister check. The next day’s classes were punctuated after lunch with a real evacuation, when one of the female cadets knocked a powdered fire extinguisher off the wall, accidentally setting it off, giving the impression of a fire! This caused several TAC officers to set up a Chinese Laundry of sorts, as the powder got into all the girls clothes and uniforms! Wednesday was hump day, when all the fun stuff started, such as the range simulator, where cadets were allowed to shoot Any comments, news or information to communicate? Please contact 1Lt D. Ayre, the editor, and Public Affairs Officer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
simulated M16 rifles, at suspected bank robbers! The range simulator is ~$20k of sophisticated projection and laser detection system, all computer controlled, which scored the cadets results. Additional fun activities were the trips in the deuce and a half troop transport trucks. Thursday had the cadets making model rockets and climbing all over Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Command and Control tracked vehicles, and the land navigation course. Friday was the obstacle course, where unfortunately Christoph Illerhaus pulled a knee ligament trying to scale “the wall” and had to go home. Saturday was the Drill Competition, Knowledge Bowl, Cadet Olympics, followed by the Combat Dining In. All our cadets were in an honor flight or distinguished themselves one way or another. Brad Blum was in A Flight which won the Academic Award. Jason Ayre was in B Flight which won Honor Flight on Tuesday. Kyle Joncyk was in C Flight which won Honor flight on Monday. Christoph Illerhaus was in H Flight which won honor flight twice. Chase Ewing was in E Flight which won Encampment Honor Flight. Anthony Esposito was Guidon bearer for J-Flight. All our basic cadets graduated the Encampment, and should be congratulated. C/1Lt Walls did an excellent job as a medic, fixing all manner of cuts, bruises and blisters. He was so good that repeat customers asked for him by name! The trip home had to include the obligatory homage to the closest MacDonalds to break the junk food fast! The next Texas Wing encampment is this winter at Camp Mabry, Austin, TX, for those of you who need a basic encampment prior to applying for National Cadet Special Activities next year. Encampment Terms Guidon: A flight’s flag or standard Pumpkin: Typically an orange, highly decorated, 5 gallon water cooler. Road Guards: aka Road Kill. No they didn’t really have to guard roads! Two cadets wearing orange, highly reflective vests, carrying flashlights meant to stop road traffic while their flight is entering or leaving a road. SOI’s: Basic Cadet Standard Operating Instructions, a small dog eared booklet which basic cadets were required to learn. Hospital Corners: Elusive method of folding sheets, or place for sick bed sheets? Squaring Corners: Basic cadet method of walking in straight lines and then abruptly changing direction by 90 degrees without warning, causing unsuspecting Staff to bump into the basic cadet(s). Not to be confused with Hospital Corners?? SETeam: Standards & Evaluation Team, a team of cadet officers which evaluates and scores the performance of the flights. The flight with the highest score receives the honor flight award for that day. Latrines: Place to avoid, where 160 Basic Cadets all have to go the bathroom, wash and shower (in under two minutes) especially after PT. Deuce and a half: 2 1/2 ton Army truck Illerhaus’ Wall: Awesome wooden obstacle where C. Illerhaus hurt his knee. Heat Flag Protocol: Policy on uniform, activity, and fluid intake requirements depending on the temperature. Glider O-Flights: On June 7th and 8th nine cadets participated in a total of 18 glider flights for a total of 9.1 hours. Six of the cadets were completing their first glider flights. All the cadets participated in movement and recovery of gliders. First Flights were for Cadets Kathleen and Zachary Cadwallader, James Sumner, Kyle Joncyk, Kim Bebedor, Job Thies. Our next visit is July 13th. Come and get your O-Flights! The sign up sheet is on the notice board or contact 1Lt David Ayre.
Powered O-Flights: There were no Powered O Flights this month, as our aircraft was at the Texas Wing Flight Academy, in Waco, and then went into the maintenance shop for its interior repair. Next scheduled Powered O Flights are on Saturday 26th July and August 9th.
by Capt. Dicker
One of the corner stones and Core Values of the U.S Air Force and the Civil Air Patrol is respect for others and one's self. You must learn to treat everyone you meet, whether you like that person or not, the same way that you want to be treated. This includes how you talk to or about someone. Would you like to have people talking negatively about you either to your face or behind your back? We all appreciate people who talk positively about us to others. And what happens to what you say when it is repeated a few times and passed on by several other people? Is it exactly what you said? Usually not and sometimes the total opposite. Cruel remarks and sometimes what seem like funny jokes are often repeated and their intended meaning changed, usually for the worse. I follow several simple phrases: 1) If I have nothing good to say about a person, then I say nothing at all; 2) I treat all people friendly and politely, whether I like that person or not; and 3) I treat everyone the way in which I want and expect to be treated. If you follow these simple phrases, you eliminate problems for you, your family and your employer. Famous Quotes
Quote of the Month: “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” -Chinese Proverb
July Events • O-Flights • ES Training
Upcomming Events & Activities
Glider O-Flights: Our next scheduled Glider O-Flights are 13 July. 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 bulletin board or contact 1Lt D. Ayre by phone at 281 352 1961 or via e-mail at email@example.com . Information about the club and its facilities can be found at www.scoh.org . Cadets are encouraged, and SM’s are required, 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: The next dates for Powered O-Flights are July 26th and August 9th.
Group 13 ES Training from Maj. Woodard
Don't forget, every 4th weekend of each month is ES Training Weekend. In July, on Saturday the 26th, we will have an unfunded Tabletop Sarex at Hooks Airport. A tabletop Sarex is primarily for training mission staff personnel. However, we can launch some unfunded ground teams (sorry, no cadets). Also, thanks to Delta Squadron we can launch aircrews on the flight simulators they have set up. Therefore, if you have an interest in any of the staff positions listed below, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your intent to attend, and the position
you wish to train for. A TXWG Form 17a will not be required. Incident Commander Agency Liaison Ops Section Chief Planning Section Chief Logistics Section Chief Finance/Admin Sec. Chief Air Ops Branch Director Ground Branch Director Mission Chaplain Ground Team Leader Ground Team Member Urban DF Information Officer Flight Line Supervisor Comm Unit Lead Mission Radio Operator Mission Safety Officer
We will also need aircrews to fly the simulators, although they will not be able to sign off mission sorties. Please mark 26 July on your calendar, and plan to attend. Please RSVP to email@example.com , so that we will know how many people to count on. Major Woodward is the Group13 ES Training Officer for Aircrews. Chaplain’s Lectern
Chaplain’s Lectern by Capt. Brown
This July 4th we see a tremendous amount of flag waiving and patriotic signs. Often times we as a society get caught up in the commercialization of this important holiday. The term freedom seems to just roll off of our tongues and we as a nation take it for granted. But the freedom is not free. The freedom we celebrate came with a very high price. That price was paid, is paid, and will need to be paid continually if our country is to remain free. So this July, stop and take a moment and give thanks for all of those that are making sacrifices, have made sacrifices and will make sacrifices so we can have our freedom. Also, when you see "Old Glory" flying remember this poem: I AM THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I am the flag of the United States of America. My name is Old Glory. I fly atop the world's tallest buildings. I stand watch in America's halls of justice. I fly majestically over institutions of learning. I stand guard with power in the world. Look up and see me. I I I I I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice. stand for freedom. am confident. am arrogant. am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners, my head is a little higher, my colors a little truer. I I I I I bow to no one! am recognized all over the world. am worshipped - I am saluted. am loved - I am revered. am respected - and I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war for more then 200 years. I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appomattox. I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy, Guam. Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me, I was there. I led my troops, I was dirty, battleworn and tired, but my soldiers cheered me And I was proud. I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries I have helped set free. It does not hurt, for I am invincible. I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my country. And when it's by those whom I've served in battle - it hurts. But I shall overcome - for I am strong. I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stood watch over the uncharted frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon. I have borne silent witness to all of America's finest hours. But my finest hours are yet to come. When I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my wounded comrades on the battlefield, When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier, Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent at the grave of their fallen son or daughter, I am proud.
Senior Member Spin
Aerospace Ed. No activity this month
by 2Lt. Illerhaus
The 2nd part of the 3rd module titled “Air Environment” has been presented to the cadets on June 3rd. We discussed moisture and air humidity, looked at the various types of clouds, and identified dangerous conditions such as freezing rain and icing of the aircraft. Air masses, fronts, and severe weather conditions such as thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes were identified. Capt. Jeremy Hooper is currently preparing the module 4 (“Rockets”) for our July and August presentations.
On June 28th we were invited to UNITED FLIGHT SYSTEMS which is a flying school located at the Hooks airport. Capt. Dicker and 2Lt. Illerhaus along with 5 cadets spent about two hours attending a presentation on aircraft systems. It was quite interesting to see the functional parts of the key cockpit instruments as well as the main components of the aircraft engine. We also had the opportunity to identify all the components on an actual aircraft. All the cadets were invited to climb into the cockpit for some “hands on” try outs.
Emergency Services by Capt. Brown and 1Lt. Tessitore
Emergency Services, what is it and how do we play a part in CAP?
The CAP is best known for activities surrounding search and rescue operations, primarily in relationship to lost or downed aircraft. The CAP, through it’s air and ground teams, does indeed perform 85 percent of all inland search and rescue missions for the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. CAP has taken part in many high interest missions such as the search for J. F. Kennedy Jr’s missing aircraft, the A-10 disappearance in Colorado, the Columbia shuttle disaster, and many more. They also take a lead in much less publicized incidences involving late or misreported flight plan discrepancies, local fun flying turned bad, and a sorted variety of aircraft travel and weather related incidents. Ground teams act as crash site security to help preserve the accident scene for the local and federal investigation agencies. The CAP Emergency Services teams react to much more than just aircraft related missions. Ground teams can assist victims of floods, tornados, hurricanes, blizzards, and other natural disasters while airborne teams can evaluate large area damage or transport desperately needed materials and personnel by air. The CAP Emergency Services teams can establish a means of communications into disaster areas, as often land based phone and cellular services are not operational. The CAP often coordinates it’s search and rescue expertise with federal & state emergency management, local fire departments, the Red Cross and others to expand the overall disaster recovery effort. The CAP is using and developing new technologies by using video & camera equipment and night & thermal vision capabilities, to render aid faster and more effectively than ever before. Emergency Services in short is made of teams of highly trained and motivated individuals, both seniors and cadets, with one prime idea in mind: “ That others may live”. The CAP aircrews, incident command staff, and ground teams act as a single unit coordinating through teamwork and a common desire to serve their country and it’s citizen 24 – 7, rain or shine, hot or cold. The local CAP squadron through all it’s programs and training is the keystone from which the Emergency Services total team is supported. Please remember to support the squadron and it’s efforts to achieve the total team effort of Emergency Services. Not to long ago we were called to respond with an Emergency Services Ground Team on a Friday night. As the team was assembled, I was reminded that this is what we train for. We study, train, test, practice, study, train, test, and practice over and over so we can be ready when called upon. The first word in
"Emergency Services" seems to often get the most attention. In "EMERGENCY" we see ourselves in camouflage fatigues saving injured and dieing pilots and crews. But in reality, and fortunately, those opportunities are very rare. Which takes me the second word in our discipline "SERVICES." We are here to serve, whether it is finding an ELT that was activated by mistake, or conducting damage assessment or just being available to offer a helping hand. There is satisfaction in helping others. That is why we are here. With that said, over the next several months Lt. Tessitore and I will be working with the staff on providing a more streamlined and organized series of lessons to enhance and develop the Emergency Services training within the 7-6. It is our intent to have several "all-day" Saturday events to train as many cadets and seniors as possible for the positions of Ground Team Members and Leaders. In the meantime I would suggest each member interested in this rewarding opportunity go to http://www.capnhq.gov/nhq/es/ES.html on the Internet to learn more. See you soon, in the field... Admin Membership 112 (70 Cadets)
Admin / Personnel Matters by 1Lt. Brumlow
Squadron strength was down to 112 in late June, with 70 cadet members and 42 Seniors. We welcome the following new cadets whose membership cards have been issued in June: C/Ehrgott, Scott New Sr. Members / Promotions: Welcome to transferee Maj. Elmer Mooring from Maryland, new SM Amanda Issacks. SM Illerhaus was promoted to 2Lt. SM Jeremy Hooper was promoted to Captain and was also accepted for USAF Pilot Training. Chaplain George Klett was promoted to Major and appointed as one of the Group 13 Chaplains This month the following had birthdays; C/Cadwallader, Zachary C/Dupuy, Ryan 2Lt. Greenmyer, Robert Capt. McDonald, Kevin C/Mensing, Jeffery SM/Reyes, Adolph Capt. Stewart, Robert 1Lt. Tynefield, Andrew C/Whatley, Matthew We have a short notice inspection occurring on 8 July at approximately 1900 hours. I am asking for all Senior Members to attend and for those who do not have specific assigned jobs, please show support for the areas that will be inspected which will be Operations, Safety, Aircraft Maintenance and pilots records. There are forms that need to be completed before inspection, please see the Commander if you have any questions. We will also have a Subordinate Unit Inspection on the twelfth of August at 1900 hours which will cover every aspect of the unit’s activity. Please plan on attending that evening. Pilots please make sure your Pilot Information Files are up to date using the latest checklist (dated 19th May 2003) Thank you for all your help in making the 7-6 Air Cav one of the best units in Group 13.
Professional Development by Lt. Col. Williams
I am still trying to get the certificates for those who worked so hard for the Aerospace Education Yeager Award. The Wing Director of Aerospace Education has the blank certificates but doesn’t seem to be able to find time to put names on the certificates and send them out. Keep hope alive…they will arrive someday. For those members who wish to take the exam, please see me to add your name to the list for the next adventure. Changes have been made in the Air Force Institute Advanced Distance Learning (AFIADL) course numbers. Anyone interested in signing up for one of the courses should contact me. The AFIADL 00013 course is required of all members to complete Level II or higher levels. The Squadron Officers School course (SOS) is available for CAP Grade Captain and above. The Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) is available for CAP Grade Major and above. Both are interesting courses and are usable in case you don’t want to go to Region Staff College. All senior members are encouraged to attend Wing Conferences and/or National Conferences to complete advancement requirements. An alternate is to attend the NCASE conference (National Congress on Aviation & Space Education). The next NCASE is at the Atlanta, GA Marriot March 24-27,2004. For more information on Senior Professional Development, contact Lt. Col. Bill Williams Tuesday evenings or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions & Comments • Stay informed • Congressional Award
Seniors & Parent Power
Comments & Questions • As a parent how will I receive information about CAP activities? This newsletter, the r
e-CAP, is a 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 email@example.com . 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. What is the Congressional Award, and how is it obtained? The Congressional Award is open to all US Citizens age 13 ½ to 23. It comprises 4 program areas (Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition or Exploration). Registration for the award may be done through an on-line registration form at www.congressionalaward.org , or write The Congressional Award Foundation, PO Box 77440, Washington DC, 20013. A nominal fee ($10) is required to register. The foundation will send you a Record Book and additional information. In your Record Book, specify that Civil Air Patrol is your “sponsoring organization.” Any CAP Senior Member may act as both an advisor and validator in the program.
Any parent having questions, concerns or suggestions should feel free to email the Squadron Commander, Capt. Stephen R. Dicker at firstname.lastname@example.org . Capt. Dicker can also be reached on his cell phone at 713-504-7154 for immediate needs.
_______________________________________________________________ Post the following Calendar on your refrigerator. July Calendar
Cadet Call Down / July Calendar
July 1st– 1st Tuesday, Uniform: Blues 1900 – Opening Ceremony 1915 – Aerospace Class Module 4- Rockets 2015 – Drill 2055 – Closing Ceremony July 8th 2nd Tuesday, Uniform: Blues –Short Notice Unit Inspection 1900 – Opening Ceremony 1915 – Moral Leadership Class 2015 – Inspection and Drill 2055 – Closing Ceremony July 12th Equipment: Van; Uniform: 1000 – Group 13 Commander’s Call, Delta Sqdn, Hooks Airport 1200 – George Shank’s retirement, Delta Sqdn, Hooks Airport July 13th Equipment: Van; Uniform: BDU + khaki shorts & running shoes 0730 – 1800 Gliding O-Flights at SCOH July 15th – 3rd Tuesday, Uniform: BDU 1900 – Opening Ceremony 1915 – Testing 2000 - PT 2055 – Closing Ceremony July 22nd – 4th Tuesday, Uniform: BDU 1900 – Opening Ceremony 1915 – Emergency Services (ES) 2015 – Inspection & Drill 2055 – Closing Ceremony July 26th Uniform: BDU’s, Blues, or SM blue golf shirt and grey slacks. Group 13 ES Tabletop SAREX training at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (DWH), Spring TX Powered O-Flights 1000-1500 hrs, Holley’s Aviation, Montgomery County Airport. Pilot Capt. J. Hooper July 29th Fun night Aug 2nd Equipment: Van; Uniform: BDU + khaki shorts & running shoes 0730 – 1800 Gliding O-Flights at SCOH Aug 3rd Equipment: Van; Uniform: BDU + khaki shorts & running shoes 0730 – 1800 Gliding O-Flights at SCOH Aug 5th - 1st Tuesday, Uniform: Blues 1900 – Opening Ceremony 1915 – Aerospace Class Module 4- Rockets 2015 – Drill 2055 – Closing Ceremony Aug 9th Powered O-Flights 1000-1500 hrs, in uniform at Holley’s Aviation, Montgomery County Airport. Pilot TBD
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