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PCR-WALEWIS COUNTY COMPOSITE SQUADRON PCR-WA-110 WASHINGTON WING, CIVIL AIR PATROL Published by Lewis County Sq., CAP PO Box 56 Chehalis, WA 98532
May They Never Be Forgotten
By 1st Lt Ruth Peterson
“Never again will Editor: 1st Lt Ruth A. Peterson those who serve be forgotten” is the message conveyed by the traveling Vietnam Veteran Memorial Inside this issue: Wall. The memorial, almost 400 feet long, is a replica of the real BME 2 one located in Washington, D.C and is about 20 percent smaller. WARBIRDS 2 The Veterans Museum brought the Wall to Lewis County as a part of Promos & Birthdays 3 the annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day in June. Cadets from WA Wing SAR Eval 3 the Lewis County Composite Squadron were tasked with parking cars and crowd Websites of Interest 4 control during the four-day event. They performed the color guard for the closing ceremonies as well. Upcoming Events 4 The Wall is a very simple memorial. It is made of black aluminum inscribed with the names of over 58,000 men and women who died serving in Vietnam. Also on display was a memorial honoring those who have died in service to their country in the many conflicts since Vietnam. Over 10,000 people attended the Wall while it was in Chehalis. Some were veterans who came to remember their comrades in arms. Some came to find the names of friends and family members. Others were too young to personally know those Cadets! who died but wanted to show their respect to those who paid the ultimate price. Many people also took the opportunity to say thank-you to the members of the armed services and veterans who attended Please have your parthe events. ent or guardian sign here The cadets and officers who were to indicate that they have privileged to participate during the received and read the weekend had the opportunity to show FIREBALL. respect and gratitude to the men and women who serve our country. Parent Signature: Whether they were parking cars, helping people get from the parking lot to the Wall, participating in the color guard, or just talking with those Cadets should bring a in attendance, this experience gave signed FIREBALL with our cadets a valuable piece of history them to the first drill afCadets Jeremy Jackson, David Peterson, Josiah that they will be able to carry with Beresford, and Elizabeth Witt perform a color ter they receive it. them for the rest of their lives.
guard for the closing ceremonies
Volume II, Issue 7
BASIC MARKSMANSHIP ENCAMPMENT
Ten Lewis County cadets along with 3 seniors attended the June 2007 Basic Marksmanship Encampment. The encampment began on Friday night with a gun safety class. The cadets then headed to the Centralia rifle range on Saturday morning where they started shooting at targets hoping to become accurate enough to earn an NRA Medal. After an evening swim on Saturday and a good night’s sleep, the cadets returned to the range to spend the morning shooting. At the end of the normal shooting period, the cadets had a special treat. Cadet Kayla Hughes shoots at a target Sgt. Dusty Breen of the Lewis from the prone position. County Sheriff’s office demonstrated a Heckler & Koch MP5 9mm submachine gun. The cadets who were most improved had the opportunity to shoot the weapon. During the afternoon, the cadets were presented with their certificates and medals. All cadets who attended were able to earn a medal or progress to a higher level. Lewis County Squadron has three cadets who have earned an Expert Marksmanship level and are working toward their distinguished expert. Many more of our cadets are well on their way to being expert marksmen, and all who have earned medals are allowed to wear them on their blues. Lewis County Composite Squadron is one of the few squadrons in Cadet AJ Highet prepares to shoot an MP5 9mm Submachine the country that makes a Marksmanship encampment possible. There will be another one this fall, so be sure to sign up to attend gun this very popular encampment!
CIVIL AIR PATROL Drug Free and Proud!
On the second weekend of June, several Lewis County Composite Squadron Cadets were able to attend the air show in Olympia called Warbirds, and one of our cadets, Lt Col David Peterson was Cadet Commander for the event. The air shows, both locally and around the country, give cadets the opportunity to learn about crowd control, helping to park cars, and flight line duties like air marshalling. Cadets are an invaluable asset to the organizers of any air show because of the discipline and hard work that is a hallmark of any cadet activity. When a group of cadets are tasked with a job, it will be sure to be done. This reputation is one of the greatest assets of Civil Air Patrol. All of the weekend events in which CAP participates provides learning opportunities with fun and camaraderie, but an air show has the added benefit of the aircraft! Cadets were able to get up-close and personal with many of the aircraft, and they were able to watch the many fly-by and acrobatic flights of airplanes and jets, both private and military, both modern and vintage. Each aircraft and pilot that flew in the show had a story, and that story was told over loudspeakers during each flight. It is a great learning experience for anyone who loves aircraft and flying.
Volume II, Issue 7
● 1 - Cadet Jonathan Peterson ● 7 - 1st Lt Ron Wehnau ● 9 - 2nd Lt Dan Witt ● 19 - Cadet Frances Hodges ● 23 - Cadet David Jackson 3 - 1st Lt Gregg Peterson 8 - Cadet Ryan Boerste 15 - Cadet Benjamin Witt 23 - Cadet Elizabeth Witt 28 - 1st Lt Dan Whalen
WASHINGTON WING RECEIVES EXCELLENT RATING FROM THE AIR FORCE
One of the tasks of Civil Air Patrol is to be ready to respond to many different kinds of emergencies. Since the missions of CAP are funded by the United States Air Force, they routinely create an emergency scenario for the members of each Wing to make sure we are in a state of readiness that will allow us to be able to help in any major emergency. These test scenarios are then graded and play a big part in the amount of funding CAP gets from the Air Force. Two seniors and four cadets took part in such an evaluation on the weekend of June 22 - 24 in Ephrata Washington. The weekend was filled with a series of emergency scenarios which started with a mock explosion at an Anacortes ferry dock, and included lost aircraft, transporting supplies, and distraught family members. At the end of the weekend, the Air Force evaluators graded the Wing in many areas. Major James Grogan, the Air Force Evaluation Team Leader announced the grades for each department. The highest grade of outstanding went to the Ground Teams, Flight Line Marshallers and the Information Officers. Logistics, Admin/finance, Safety, the Chaplain and the Incident Commander all received a grade of Excellent, and all the other areas received a grade of successful. Washington Wing was given a grade of Excellent as an overall score. C/CMSgt Jonathan Shea was among the cadets and seniors who were singled out for their excellent performance and was presented with a Pacific Liaison Region Coin. The Lewis County Composite Squadron’s van also received a blue ribbon because it was the best maintained van in the fleet. Congratulations to all who attended and to those who worked hard here at home to make all of this possible.
June Awards and Promotions
● Cadet Tiffany Wehnau to C/A1C
Cadet Arnie Yoder to C/SrAmn
● Cadet TJ Williams to C/SSgt—Also recipient of the Wright Brother’s Award ● Cadet Taylor Kenny to C/MSgt ● Cadet Kyle Whalen was promoted to
● Cadet David Peterson was promoted to C/Lt Col
C/SSgt Paul Anderson was presented with a Safety award for his quick thinking when another teen was injured.
Civil Air Patrol
Websites of interest for Cadets: National CAP Website
(Check out the National encampments! You must sign up for them by the end of Dec.)
OFFICER DRILL SCHEDULE THURSDAYS IN JULY
Washington CAP Website
6:30 pm— SCOUT LODGE At 3rd and Adams Chehalis, WA
The Hock Shop (For Uniforms)
We are working on a squadron website that will allow cadets to find information about upcoming events, forms, and other information . Check us out at:
DATE July 5 July 12 July 19 July 26
TOPIC Business & Planning Drill Operations Training Senior Training Cadet Programs
Important Dates—Add to your Calendar TODAY!
For More Info, go to www.wawg.cap.gov. Click on Members. Under Members, click on Cadet Programs. If you have any questions about events (price, how to apply, etc) call your ‘higher-ups’, and they can help you out!
14 July - STP All cadets need to plan on helping with this fundraiser. When bicyclists get to Chehalis we handle their luggage, and we are sometimes tasked with traffic control. 27-29 July - Chehalis Air Fair. This is a weekend event. Cadets will be needed for crowd control, air marshalling, and generally being available to talk to the crowd about CAP. 11 - 17 August - summer encampment. Let’s have a huge group attending this year! Remember, if you wish to attend any national encampment, you must attend a basic encampment first. 14 - 18 August - Southwest Washington Fair. During the fair, LCCS cadets are tasked with finding lost children (or lost parents as the case may be) There will be 3 shifts of 4 cadets each every single day of the fair, so we will need help from all cadets. When you work a shift, you get a pass to get into the fair free
PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for articles is on the 15th of the month. Schedules must be in by the 20th. Send to the editor at Grpete@centurytel.net The Fireball is an unofficial newsletter, published monthly in the interest of the members of Lewis Co. Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol. Opinions expressed by the publishers and writers are their own, and are not to be considered official expressions of CAP or the U.S. Air Force. Advertisements in this publication do not constitute an endorsement by CAP or the Dept. of the Air Force of the products or services advertised.
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