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072ND DES MOINES METRO CADET SQUADRON | RED OAK DETACHMENT
Taylor Receives Wright Brothers Award & Promotion to C/SSgt
Congratulations are in order for Cadet Logan Taylor who has recently completed all requirements earning him a promotion to the rank of C/SSgt and the milestone Wright Brothers Award. Cadet Taylor has worked long and hard for this for great honor and is an upstanding young man, please be sure to congratulate him next time you see him!
Welcome New M ember s
I would like to extent a warm welcome to the following new members to the Red Oak Detachment: Cadet Gil Cooper Cadet Matt Gray Cadet Kody Konz Cadet Sponsor Anne Harter There is a LOT of great enthusiasm from our new cadets already and we‘re very excited to see what new and great heights we can achieve. To build on our current momentum I will be announcing a recruiting challenge later on in the newsletter so be looking out for that. Additional information will be provided in a separate email outlining the challenge, our goals, and a few special treats we have lined up.
2Lt Jason Erickson presents Cadet Logan Taylor with his new set of pins.
Inside this issue:
Nor th Central Reg ion Conference 2009
Inside this issue: Squadron News
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The 2009 North Central Region Conference was held in Des Moines at the Holiday Inn Northwest on October 30th and 31st. The weekend was packed full of great people, great presentations and a LOT of useful knowledge for us all to implement in our squadrons. Included in the weekend events was an ICS 300 class conducted by Col. Casler from Missouri which 2Lt Erickson and myself were able to attend. The close of the conference was capped off by a banquet
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and awards ceremony featuring guest speakers Brigadier General Reggie Chitwood (our National Vice Commander) and two truly outstanding cadets from the Kansas wing. Check out our Google photo gallery for a complete listing of all the pictures taken during the weekend. I will continue to update captions as I receive a list of the
awards that were presented during the banquet. Due to the success of last year‘s and this year‘s conferences we will be continuing the annual tradition with another NCR conference next year!
Upcoming Events Squadron News & Calendar
News From Around the North Central News From Region
Around the North
The Peter (Pan) Principle of Running
Safety Briefing— How to Avoid Holiday Over Eating
By Naweko San-Joyz
The holidays are upon and so is the urge to overeat. While a few nibbles on grandma‘s triple chocolate truffles and aunt Glinda‘s red velvet cake might seem innocent enough, according to ―Consumer Reports on Health‖ that‘s exactly how most people pack on their annual weight gain- overindulging during the holiday seasons. Most reasons for overeating during the holidays are purely psychological. You could easily avoid overeating if you knew the dieting mind games and the mental tools needed to combat them. To help you stay on track during the holidays, use these tips to defeat the five most common dieting mind games before they kick-off the holiday seasons.
#2. “It’s the only time this year I’ll get to eat this food” The ―holiday food shortage‖ mentality spurs overeating. There is never a shortage of holiday food. When you get the urge to overindulge in a particular food, get the recipe and make the dish yourself. If a dish proves irresistible, eat a portion and still get the recipe. That way, psychologically you‘ll know that if you ever want to eat this dish again, you can.
making Christmas ornaments.
#4 I’ll make it up at the gym Exchanging pecan pie for 30minutes at the gym makes the gym seem like something ―bad‖. Instead decide what sport or activity you want to engage in this winter: hiking, walking, ice skating, swimming, golfing etc. Exercise because you want to, not because you have to. (Note: Really, have you seen how empty gyms are during the holidays?)
#5 It’s no big deal, it’s just once a year While people may only gain around one pound during the holidays, if you‘ve been gaining an extra pound for last 10 -20 years this adds up. While overeating this year may seem OK, if you keep doing it, you‘ll consistently gain more and more weight. In short, the easiest way to keep your body weight on track this holiday season is to focus less on food and more on the people that you love. Now, just remember, before you down that how jug of spiked eggnog, ask yourself, ―Do I need to go hug somebody first?‖ Happy Holidays.
#1. Beating the “feel good” factor People overeat during the holidays because it makes them ―feel good‖. Chocolate and sugary foods load the body with serotonin- the feel good hormone. Instead of eating sweets to feel good, try talking with a visiting relative and joking. Plus, give out lots of hugs; this will also boost your body‘s level of ―feel good‖ hormones.
#3 “This dish reminds me so much of home” sentimental overeating It‘s not the food that reminds you of home but the people with whom you enjoy the food that reminds you of home. Food is so wonderful and powerful because we associate people with the food. Instead of remembering your family by eating, try to recall some of the other activities that your family enjoys doing together such as shoveling snow, ice skating or
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The Sentinel - The Official CAP Safety Newsletter
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Schedule of Events
1 November Recruiting Challenge Kick-Off! 3 November—Cadet Meeting Aerospace Education Red Oak, IA Airport 1830-2030 10 November—Cadet Meeting PT & Testing Red Oak, IA Airport 1830-2030 10 November—Senior Meeting Red Oak, IA Airport 1930 11 November—Veteran‘s Day 17 November—Cadet Meeting Emergency Services Red Oak, IA Airport 1830-2030 18 November—CPR Class $35—MCMH Conference Rooms 6:00-9:30pm PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED! 24 November—Cadet Meeting Moral Leadership, Drill & Testing Red Oak, IA Airport 1830-2030 24 November—Senior Meeting Red Oak, IA Airport 1930 26 November—Thanksgiving
As usual, be sure to keep checking the calendar for anything new we might be posting. portation for those wanting to attend events.
I know everyone‘s gearing up for the holidays, which means even more travelling so please be safe out on the roads! With Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaching schedules will inevitably get a little more crazy. As such, we will continue to update you on CAP events as they are posted and will try our hardest to attend what we can and provide transPAGE 3
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072nd Christmas Banquet
To all 72d Members: We have been invited to the Davenport Christmas banquet in Davenport. This banquet will be formal and will have a krog bowl. You do not have to have a mess dress uniform or a Class A uniform. You can wear your civilian attire with dress slacks, dress shirt and tie. I feel this would be a great opportunity to meet and greet other squadrons and find out what they are doing to stay active as well as their activities. This will also be our squadron awards dinner as well. Each squadron will be awarding their cadets awards. This will give each squadron an opportunity on what each cadet is doing in each squadron. The sooner the better you let me know, the sooner we can make plans. I will be driving our van unless we get enough where I need a 12 pk, then I will get with wing to get another vehicle for that day. It will be a one day event. We will leave around 1200-1300 on 8 Dec 09 if the squadron decides to go. Be Alert, Stay Safe, Be Safe. Respectfully, GLEN ALLEN THATCHERCHILCOTE, Lt Col, CAP
Emergency Services SQTRs & Qualifications
If it‘s not in e-Services, it didn‘t happen! You‘ve been working very hard this year on their SQTRs, so why doesn‘t your 101 card reflect this? Have you been updating your SQTRs every time you receive training or participate in a SAREX or Fly In? Have you been updating your Emergency Services Qualifications in e-Services? If the answer to either of these questions is NO, then you have your answer. I‘ve been going through our paperwork lately updating the training matrix and things haven‘t been adding up. After a little researching I‘ve come to find out the reason is because we as individuals aren‘t keeping our own SQTRs up to date. It‘s up to you do this! If you need a little help with eServices or aren‘t sure about your SQTRs don‘t hesitate to ask, I will be happy to guide you through the process. If you have completed ANY SQTR (FLM, GTM3, UDF, etc), please download and fill out a CAPF 100 . Be sure to include copies of any documents that are required. If you have any questions don‘t hesitate to let us know.
Recruiting & Retention is a big part of CAP as we can‘t continue the good works we do without our volunteers. As such we need your help! From now until January 1, 2010 we are issuing a recruiting challenge. Each of you has two months to recruit as many new members as you can. Each new member has to have an application turned in and be approved by National to qualify. Don‘t forget, you must also list yourself as the recruiter to get the proper credit! All new recruits will go towards your recruiting ribbon as usual and so far no one in Red Oak has their recruiting ribbon. Cadets need 3 to get their ribbon and seniors need 7. As of October 31, 2009, the following individuals have 1 recruit each to their name: 2Lt Brace 2Lt Erickson Maj Murphy Cadet Taylor Who will recruit the most? Be sure to read December‘s newsletter to see the progress...
VOLUME 2009, ISSUE 11
Men Walk on the Moon
Recognizing that their coverage of the first lunar landing was not mere news but History, the New York Times sought to add a special dignity to their front page, under the gigantic headline ―MEN WALK ON MOON.‖ To fill this need the editors turned to poet Archibald MacLeish. It was from the perspective of mankind, not of Neil and Buzz in particular, that MacLeish celebrates setting foot at dawn upon the lunar beaches. The astronauts, though heroes, were only our emissaries. And the engineers, whose marvelous feats MacLeish does not discount, go unmentioned. Instead, MacLeish emphasizes the we and the us: ―You were a wonder to us… we journeyed… we touched you!,‖ with that we stretching back to include every member of the human family throughout our history. Within the cadet community, we talk of the first lunar landing mostly within the stovepipe of aerospace education, but there‘s a leadership lesson here as well. MacLeish shows that it was the dreamers and poets who sent us to the moon. Before the aerospace wizards do their heroic work, dreamers give us a vision.
VOYAGE TO THE MOON
by Archibald MacLeish
PRESENCE among us, wanderer in our skies, dazzle of silver in our leaves and on our waters silver, O Silver evasion in our farthest thought – ―the visiting moon‖ . . . ―the glimpses of the moon‖ and we have touched you! From the first of time, before the first of time, before the first men tasted time, we thought of you. You were a wonder to us, unattainable, a longing past the reach of longing, a light beyond our light, our lives – perhaps a meaning to us . . . Now our hands have touched you in your depth of night. Three days and three nights we journeyed, steered by farthest stars, climbed outward, crossed the invisible tide-rip where the floating dust falls one way or the other in the void between, followed that other down, encountered cold, faced death – unfathomable emptiness . . . Then, the fourth day evening, we descended, made fast, set foot at dawn upon your beaches, sifted between our fingers your cold sand. We stand here in the dusk, the cold, the silence . . . and here, as at the first of time, we lift our heads. Over us, more beautiful than the moon, a moon, a wonder to us, unattainable, a longing past the reach of longing, a light beyond our light, our lives – perhaps a meaning to us . . . O, a meaning!
Akwaaba (Welcome from Ghana)
Posted by Steven Trupp
I just got back from the International Air Cadet Exchange Association (IACEA) Conference that was held in Ghana. This was the first IACEA meeting to be held on the African continent and it was a great success. There are many things happening with IACE, not the least of which is that we, CAP, will be adding three
new exciting destinations next year. For those with a real sense of adventure, one of the new destinations will be Ghana. The other two will be announced on 1 November, when all of the summer NCSAs and scholarship opportunities will be announced.
Steven Trupp Program Manager
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Minnesota Cadet Enjoys Experience of a Lifetime
C/CMSgt. Lydia I. Wiff Viking Composite Squadron Minnesota Wing
Center, the Cape Canaveral Launch Center and Patrick Air Force Base. When checking out the National Cadet Summer Activities online, I read about the AFSPC-FC in Florida. I went to the activity‘s Web site and became excited when I read about the things last year‘s group was able to do and see. I also read about a similar national activity in Colorado but opted for the Florida activity, because I have never been to Florida or to the ocean before. I decided to apply just two weeks before the deadline at
The summer has flown by this year, and now I have time to reflect on one of the most enjoyable things I did this summer. In the two years I have been in Civil Air Patrol, I knew that the cadet program had much to offer cadets. This past winter, I applied for the Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course in Florida. The AFSPC-FC gives cadets from all around the country an in-depth look at NASA‘s Kennedy Space
the end of last year. Before attending the activity, I had an interest in NASA and the space program but had never studied it in great detail. This activity provided the perfect chance to learn more about NASA and the Air Force Space Command. Beforehand, I expected to see some fascinating sights, but I never even imagined what I would get to do and see. When I arrived in Florida and stepped outside the airport, first I noticed the humidity and then the heat. Read More
Kansas cadet recounts top CAP memories
KANSAS – Cadet 2nd Lt. Jonathan Tompkins, Bravo Flight commander for the New Century Composite Squadron, discusses some of his most memorable experiences in Civil Air Patrol in a ―Kansas City Star‖ article that also includes remarks by Capt. James Vano, deputy commander for cadets, about the opportunities available to cadets.
Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Lydia I. Wiff pretends to be leaning on the Space Shuttle Discovery as it sits on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Actually, Wiff is standing on a road in front of the launch pad. The Minnesota Wing cadet, a member of the Viking Composite Squadron, toured Cape Canaveral while attending the Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course in Florida. The AFSPC-FC was one of two related courses offered as part of this summer's 2009 National Cadet Special Activities.
Iowa squadron’s Spoerl receives Spaatz from Sen. Harkin
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, himself the commander of Civil Air Patrol‘s Congressional Squadron, presented Capt. Elizabeth Spoerl of the Dubuque Composite Squadron with her Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award – the highest honor a CAP cadet can earn – on Friday at Dubuque Regional Airport, the Dubuque "Telegraph Herald" reports. Spoerl serves as her unit's deputy commander for cadets, public affairs officer and squadron leadership officer.
S.D. Wing gives deputies aerial view of huge Christian music fest
SOUTH DAKOTA – Flights the South Dakota Wing provided Minnehaha County deputies so they could better monitor activity and traffic at the massive 3-day-long LifeLight Music Festival outside Sioux Falls is the subject of a report by KELO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Sioux Falls. Capt. Bart Trevillyan of the Sioux Falls Composite Squaron, pilot for one of the flights, speaks to a reporter about his role in the mission.
The Peter (Pan) Principle of Running
By Lt. Col. Ned Lee, National Cadet Advisor
I‘ll admit it. As a small nerdish cadet, I did as little physical training as possible. Compared to ES training or orientation flights, running just didn‘t seem ―cool.‖ It certainly wasn‘t much fun. (And I did not believe that puking in front of the cadet commander would be helpful in winning that coveted Flight Commander slot in my squadron.) Encampment was a little better. There is something magical about 100 or so cadets running and singing in formation in the pre-dawn darkness. Road guards swinging their lanyarded flashlights in big circles in unison and everyone more-orless in step. And running with teammates is certainly easier than going it alone. But then it was back to my home unit with nothing more than occasional Ultimate Frisbee and the dreaded monthly PT test. Today is a little different. I average a little over 30 miles a week, puffing along at sedate 8:20 pace. I broke 1:50 in the 2008 San Jose Rock ‗n‘ Roll half marathon. I get up at 5:30 to work out. Why? Because I am afraid. I‘m too terrified to stop for fear that I might turn into a … senior member! (Or
at least the caricature of a senior that I remember from my time as a cadet. You know what I mean. The exaggerated and cartoon-like image we sometimes imagine – the overweight cigar-smoking senior in the wrinkled U.S. Air Force-style uniform worn with work boots.) I don‘t want to be that guy. When I took the Spaatz exam, the requirement was to run 1.5 miles in 10 minutes and 15 seconds. (I think I came in at 10:14.) And I had to bust my tail to get into shape for the exam. As in hours and hours on the track. Wind sprints. Repeats. Building my base with Long Slow Distance (LSD). Training injuries and soreness. But it was worth it. Wearing the three diamonds seemed a fair trade for all that time and effort. And once I was in shape, it only seemed reasonable to keep it going. It‘s been more than 30 years since I took the Spaatz exam. I no longer run on the track, preferring trails and even the treadmill at the health club. But the fear remains. As long as I keep running, I know that I will keep the worst aspects of ―Seniordom‖ at bay. Cigars would kill my wind. Running itself helps ensure that I keep in shape to help set the example. So join me. As long as you are on the track, trail, or treadmill you will remain a cadet at heart. I promise. I hope to see each of you at the Cadet Programs 5K at the 2009 National Board meeting in San Antonio.
―Last one to finish is a Senior Member!‖ And just for fun: Why Seniors Don’t Run Seniors are already in shape. (―Round‖ is a shape, right?) It makes them spill their coffee. My wing commander starting running five miles a day when he turned 60. He‘s 62 now and we have no idea where he is. The actual risk of fire due to BDU-clad thighs rubbing together exceeds any possible health benefits. They prefer long walks, especially long walks taken by annoying cadets. They realize that before criticizing a cadet, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away and you have their shoes. The next CPFT is next month and they need to rest up.
Join Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter and me in recording your physical activity at The Presidents Challenge Web site. Join the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Programs group at www.presidentschallenge.com. Group # 80401. Lt. Col. Ned Lee is the national cadet adviser for the Civil Air Patrol.
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