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Vol. 3, No. 3
COMMANDER’S CORNER . . .
From the Commander: Spring is coming We are getting a glimpse of Spring. We are tired of the cold weather. Now that we have a little nicer weather we begin to venture outside. Now is a good time to go out and practice some landings, do some cross country flying, work on land navigation, or work with a direction-finding unit. There are many activities that we can do to prepare us for our missions in the coming months. If it has been a while since you have practiced your skills, schedule some time with an instructor to work with you to get you ready. Before we go out we need to remember a few things. Even though it is not hot, we have been inside the last couple of months. We are not acclimated to the environment. Even with lower temperatures we can still have problems with the heat because we are not used to it. While we can enjoy nice daytime temperatures, evenings can still be quite cool. Remember to pack a jacket so that you are not caught off guard if temperatures drop. Be sure to plan you events carefully. Remember to do an ORM assessment of each activity to identify any operational risks. Watch the weather. Spring weather can change rapidly. Now is also a good time to review your Severe Weather Plan. Please review the information that our Safety Officer provided about the storms last spring to better prepare your families. With care we can all enjoy the warmer weather and remain safe while our bodies get acclimated to the heat. The Spring Time Change is coming soon. Remember to change your batteries in your Smoke Detectors. Jim Gosnell Commander AL-118
Standards and Eval 4 Senior’s Corner Professional Development “Did You Know?” 5-6 7-9 10
Volunteer Magazine 11 Cadet Staff Character Development Internet Sites Cadet Corner 1314 12
2nd Lt. Elizabeth Shurbutt, PAO and Newsletter Editor LTooney@cableone.net
“To serve America by developing our Nation’s youth; accomplishing local, state and national emergency and humanitarian missions; and educating our citizens on the impact of aviation and space.”
- CAP Mission Statement
Calendar . . .
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Read Across America Day
Cadets 18:00 Leadership Seniors Meet 18:30
11 Daylight Savings Time Begins! 18
12 Happy Birthday, Daniel L. Smith 19
Cadets—18:00 Character Development
17 St. Patrick’s Day
20 First Day of Spring
Cadets—18:00 Aerospace Seniors Meet 18:30
26 Happy Birthday, Christian Norwood
31 Happy Birthday, Jon Garlic
WESS— Vigilant Warrior
Cadet Schedule and Uniform for March 2012:
March 1 — PT, Safety Brief, Practice Drill - (Uniform—P.T.) March 8— Leadership (Dress Blues) March 15— Character Development (BDU’s) March 22— Aerospace (BDU’s) March 29—
Safety . . . Safety
You will remember last month I discussed some highlights of the Tornado Recovery Action Council (TRAC) report and encouraged you to read the recommendations section for credit as a safety briefing. Several of you reported doing that but not as many as I expected. For those of you that read the recommendations you may remember one important point was the establishment of a location-specific warning system that could narrow down the potential impact area to your neighborhood or street. It’s much easier to ignore a warning that covers an entire county or two than one for your street. You may have read or heard on the radio in the last week or so that there is now available a free service called SAF-T-NET (for Specific Alerting For Threats) that will alert you on your home phone or cell phone about weather hazards that are approaching your specific area. I just signed my wife, my son, and myself up for this service. It is very easy to do and you can list up to four locations that you want to be alerted about. I listed my HOME of course, PLR airport as WORK, my bridge club as SCHOOL, and my son’s house as OTHER. The capitalized names are your four choices and the alerts will specifically be issued and identified for each location. Some of the alerts you will receive in text, email, or recorded message can be: - National Weather Service warnings for Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorms, and Flash Floods. Baron location-specific alerts using the same nationally recognized technology as VIPIR. Custom messages from participating Emergency Management officials. Breaking weather updates from al.com meteorologists. Mobile GPS location alerting is now available for Blackberries and will soon be available for iPhones and Android smart phones.
This service is being provided free of charge by Baron Services in Huntsville, AL. You may recognize the name of the company. It is the same one that provides the XM satellite weather information to the G1000 in our aircraft and to our handheld aviation GPS devices. They also supply weather related services to TV stations and government agencies. They are to be greatly commended for making a service that cost millions to develop, available to Alabama citizens at no cost. To sign up, go to www.al.com/alerts and a special link to the sign up Baron Website is located at the top of the page. On another subject, you may recall some of my articles pertaining to prescription and over the counter drugs in the eyes of the FAA. You may be surprised at some of the remedies that the FAA considers dangerous. However, with some of our members and their families encountering a “late” flu season and some of the mundane maladies such as colds and respiratory illnesses now invading our domain, a recent FAA issuance on NYQUIL caught my attention. The FAA now declares that if you take Nyquil, you must have a 60 hour period before you do any flying. So, if you are feeling the symptoms of a cold, and you take Nyquil at bedtime tonight, it will be about two and a half days before the FAA deems you capable of flying (assuming you take no more Nyquil). This probably came about, as it usually does, with that particular medicine being involved with a fatal incident. So, we should resolve to observe this notice as well as others that tend to keep us safe. p.s. Yesterday (02/28/12), at 0849, I received my first actual WX alert. It said “Dangerous storm approaching your workplace.” My “workplace” is the PLR airport and had I been preparing for a flight, it would have been valuable information. Clicking on the message also showed the radar image of the thundershower nearing Pell City. STAY SAFE, Ron Harlan, 118 Safety Officer
Reminder: Read the newsletter and receive a Safety Briefing Credit. Please email Ron Harlan at - firstname.lastname@example.org
Standards and Eval. . .
Class C Communications
All IFR and VFR pilots know, or should know, about establishing communications with a Class C ATC facility (like Birmingham, Huntsville, and Mobile Approach Control). The FAA ATC has made it pretty simple: if you call the Approach Control with your call sign, i.e. “Birmingham Approach CAP 161” and ATC responds “CAP161 go ahead or CAP 161 standby”, you have now established communication and may continue to fly into the Class C airspace. This communication is also true before leaving the airspace. However, what I want to talk about in this article is taking off from an airport that is below the class C airspace. In the state of Alabama there is only one public airport that falls into this particular category, and that would be Decatur, AL. The airport in Decatur is below the outer ring of the Class C airspace so the floor of the Class C over this airport does not start until 2000’ AGL. Therefore it would not be difficult to take off from Decatur and not be required to establish communications with Huntsville before leaving the area. However, if we were to have a mission that required us to take off from Red Stone Arsenal we are now already in the Class C while sitting on the ground at this airport “if the Tower is not in operation”. Now how do we establish communication before entering the Class C airspace? This is one area where the FAA ATC gives us a break. We are allowed to enter the class C airspace without establishing communication before doing so “as long as we establish communication as soon as possible”. I know this is not a huge problem in the state, but if you fly to other states it may be more frequent than just at one airport. Just to the south of us, in Pensacola, FL, there is a small public airport called Ferguson Field (82J). If you take-off from this airport as soon as you leave the traffic pattern you are in the Class C. The FAA has actually carved out a small pie shaped portion of the Class C at Pensacola to raise the floor of the inner circle to 700 ft. so that traffic at (82J) can fly in the pattern and not be in and out of the Class C. Be advised that in other Class C airports around the country this may not be the case. Be sure to check the airport facilities directory (AFD) before taking off to make sure that there is not some type of VFR departure procedure that must be flown while trying to establish communication. So if you find yourself at an airport that lies below or in the Class C airspace on a nice VFR day don’t worry, go ahead and take off, and contact approach control “as soon as possible”. Major Chris C. Iddins AL Wing Assistant DOV
“Safety Beacon” - Official Safety Newsletter of the Civil Air Patrol—March Issue
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Share the Joy
One of our responsibilities as Pilots is to share the joy we have of aviation with others in a safe manner. In the CAP one of the opportunities we have to do that is by giving Cadet Orientation Rides (O-Rides). These are aircraft flights that last about one hour following a syllabus that has been approved. Each Cadet is allowed five funded Powered Flights, and five funded Glider Flights. If you have not had the pleasure of giving the “First Flight” to a Cadet you are truly missing a great experience. Major Jim Gosnell
Seniors Corner . . .
Attention all SENIORS !!!
We have had a good month training Seniors and providing a great refresher course in the scanner tasks. We are going to try to have a “Fly Saturday” sometime this month for all those participating to practice their new skills and satisfy the flight requirements for scanner. Please work on your SQTR sheets and complete tasks that must be done on line, such as the IS100, IS700 and CAP 117 ES parts 1 and 2 ! Date 18:30-18:45 18:45-19:00 19:00-19:10 19:10-20:30 BCUT Basic BCUT Air Crews Safety BREAK & Mentor Discussion Scanner AC Scanner AC Scanner AC Scanner AC
12-Jan-12 PD Review 26-Jan-12 9-Feb-12 PD Review 23-Feb-12 8-Mar-12 PD Review 22-Mar-12
We still need qualified pilots to fly Cadets. If you are available, please contact us with availability and we can fix your right up! You can help satisfy three goals all at the same time, teach our Cadets more about aviation, build time on the aircraft and help increase pilot proficiency. We are making progress with our flight time, but need to average over 30/month to finish out the goal for the year.
Hope to see everyone at the meeting next week. If anyone has any questions, please email me at email@example.com and let me know. David L Taylor 1st LT, Senior Deputy Commander 205-470-9801 - Cell firstname.lastname@example.org
Seniors Corner . . .
NOTE TO ALL PERSONNEL ON SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:
One of the continuing issues we encounter, particularly during mission support, is the failure of persons to have a safety briefing recorded in e-Services. CAPR 62-1 requires every CAP member to be current with safety if they plan to participate in ANY CAP activity. Unfortunately, we have folks who make the effort to participate in missions, only to discover that they are not current and must return home. While your unit commander is responsible for providing you with the opportunity and the recording of such briefings, it is not his/her responsibility to force you to attend. Each of use must place safety in the forefront of our thinking, no matter where we are or what we are doing. It is a personal responsibility that we pursue to ensure our option to participate. There are several routes for complying that are available to all of us. I urge each of you to contact your unit safety officer or unit commander, learn how to access e-Services (as one alternative) and be sure you are ready to participate at a moment's notice. Thank you for your service to Alabama Wing. Being #1 is up to you!
WILLIAM BASS, Colonel, CAP Vice Commander & Director/IC, Counterdrug Operations Alabama Wing, Civil Air Patrol Auxiliary, United States Air Force 334-449-0869 (c) day to 2100 334-886-2240 (h) anytime 334-886-2028 (fax, data, voice) anytime email@example.com
Professional Development . . .
Alabama Wing Annual Conference—March 9-11, 2012 Huntsville, Alabama Registration is available at http://alwg.us/
Professional Development Weekend
April 27—29, 2012 Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL
The Professional Development Weekend Registration is now open. You can access the registration via the ALWG web site at http://alwg.us/ It is important that you sign up and indicate whether you plan to stay on base at Maxwell AFB. We will have a gathering on Friday evening April 27th for those arriving that evening. We will begin bright and early on Saturday morning April 28th and go until late afternoon and will plan a get-together on that evening. Sunday morning the 29th we will again start early and hopefully be completed by midday and on our way home. FYI there is NO fee for attending the courses. There is a cost for housing on the base but is minimal and meals are extremely reasonable on base. We will provide more details on housing later. The Squadron Leadership School (SLS), Corporate Learning Course (CLC), UCC (Unit Commanders Course) and Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) are all critical courses in the professional development programs of the CAP. It impacts promotions, PD levels and specialty tracks and is important that each of you make the effort to attend. I am personally very excited about our Directors of the programs this year as they are all very capable and experienced CAP members who will make the courses interesting and informative. One of the privileges of participating in the Civil Air Patrol is the opportunity to participate in advanced training as an officer through a variety of advanced courses and schools. These courses and schools are taught by experienced CAP members who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their presentations. Our next Professional Development Weekend is April 28-29, 2012 at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL. We will conduct the Squadron Leadership School (SLS), Corporate Learning Course (CLC), the new Unit Commanders Course (UCC) and Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) course on that weekend. For promotion from 1st Lt. to Captain one must complete SLS. For promotion from Captain to Major one must complete CLC. To obtain the Master Rating in Cadet Programs Officer specialty track one must complete the TLC course and serve as a staff officer involved in the planning and instructing during the TLC course. We will have the opportunity to have several of our most recognized and knowledgeable squadron commanders conducting the UCC. Our Wing Senior Command Staff are strongly encouraging each Squadron Commander and Vice-Commander to participate in the new UCC. We plan to not only introduce this new course but use the opportunity to discuss many of the new reporting requirements and internet based systems we must use in CAP. If you want to learn what the senior and composite squadrons are doing that have successful programs, growing and garnering a lot of attention for their efforts you want to attend this training. In addition, one must serve as a staff member of SLS/CLC/UCC/TLC to advance from Major to Lt. Colonel. Those who advance must give back and the best and most important way is by teaching and mentoring.
Professional Development . . .
The importance of learning how to function as a squadron commander, a duty officer and as a member of a team it is important to attend these courses to learn and to contribute your specific expertise to make our squadrons, our Wing and CAP Regionally and Nationally better organizations. We take seriously our course offerings and we work hard to provide the best learning environment possible. Specific information of these three courses is listed below:
Squadron Leadership School (SLS) is designed to enhance a senior member’s performance at the squadron level and to increase understanding of the basic function of a squadron and how to improve squadron operations. Prerequisites for attendance are completion of Level I and enrollment in one or more specialty tracks. Upon completion of the school, members should be able to understand the basic expectations associated with being a CAP member; commit to serving as a staff officer or NCO; develop an appreciation for the essential role squadrons play in CAP; acquire practical knowledge necessary for serving as a staff officer; and comprehend the leadership attitudes and skills necessary for serving effectively as a squadron staff officer. Corporate Learning Course (CLC) is an option after completing Squadron Leadership School to learn about squadron operations. The term “corporate” in the title of this course refers to CAP’s status as a nonprofit humanitarian corporation chartered by the United States Congress in 1946. Accordingly, wing-level operations carry out the major duties and responsibilities of the corporation for each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The CLC is designed to explain how a wing operates in each of CAP’s major mission elements and how mission support functions support these mission elements. Armed with this knowledge, senior members can learn how they and their respective organizations can best support the wing and fulfill the corporate role of CAP. Upon completion of the course, members should be able to identify the function of the three mission elements of the wing, explain how the wing operates to carry out the missions of Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, explain how the mission support functions support the three mission elements of the wing, be able to analyze situations where core values impact the operation of the wing, discuss member roles in promoting corporate accountability and responsibility and the integration of Core Values into operations at all levels, compare and contrast leadership and management and describe situations in which each would be used. The new Unit Commanders Course (UCC) standardizes the training of squadron and group commanders throughout CAP. These commanders are the people responsible for administering programs and managing the volunteer members in the field. UCC discusses the traits and skills new unit commanders will need to develop to effectively manage their units. Topics include recruiting and retention, command responsibility and accountability, safety, how to work with families, management, leadership, communication, and elements of successful units and leaders. UCC is designed around a core/elective format. All attendees complete a core of lessons and a variety of lesson electives. Our wing can tailor the courses to meet the unique needs of our commanders. Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) course is the centerpiece of the Cadet Programs Officers’ specialty track. It prepares seniors to lead cadets at the unit level. This course focuses on the Senior member leader. To foster the learning environment that encourages open discussion among seniors, cadets are prohibited from participating in TLC. This program is required to obtain the Master rating in the Cadet Program Officers’ specialty track along with participation as a staff member preparing and teaching in the course.
We will be posting up the appropriate information for signing up for these courses very shortly. Members should plan to arrive on Friday evening April 27 unless one lives close by the Maxwell AFB and opts to drive. We will start classes promptly at 0800 with registration opening at 0700 each day. Our planning in previous PD events are to pack as much as possible into the training on Saturday and finish earlier on Sunday to allow members to travel back home at a reasonable time. Standby for additional information to be posted on the ALWG web site http://alwg.us/ within the next week for registration information. Capt. Rick Kilgore , Director of Professional Development Alabama Wing CAP ALWG CAP (o) 205/824-3635 - (f) 205/824-3677 - (c) 205/901-6460
Professional Development . . .
SOUTHEAST REGION STAFF COLLEGE July 8-14, 2012 McGhee Tyson Knoxville, Tennessee
For those who are planning ahead, the Southeast Region Staff College will be held July 8-14, 2012 at McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN outside of Knoxville this year. The CAP Region Staff College is designed to provide selected senior members with the ability to better execute the duties and responsibilities associated with CAP command and staff positions. RSC provides students with indepth studies of management, leadership, and communications skills, and shows how CAP's missions are accomplished at the region level. Seminar discussions, case studies, and practical exercises are integral parts of the RSC program. RSC lasts for 40 classroom hours in a laboratory/seminar environment, with the school itself lasting from 5-7 days. It is in some of the finest facilities in the Southeast at the McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base. This school is only held annually within our Southeast Region. We will provide more information as it becomes available to us but mark those dates down on the calendar. Rick Kilgore, Capt, CAP Director Professional Development ALWG CAP (o) 205/824-3635 (f) 205/824-3677 (c) 205/901-6460
Did You Know? . . .
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that there is a wealth of information on the Civil Air Patrol member’s webpage? It is true. I know what you are thinking. I can’t find anything on that page. Well maybe you aren’t looking at it logically. Have you ever taken a really good look at the left side of the page? There are several subjects mentioned that are pertinent to the mission of the Civil Air Patrol. There is also a lot of information about how to accomplish those missions. If you click on one of these headings, you will see subsections that point you to more details of the subject. Let’s consider the first heading. Aerospace Education, or AE for short. Have you ever wondered what it took to become an AE officer? Or where to look to get supplies? You might be surprised to find out that some supplies can be had for free. Free is always good. Do you know a teacher that you would like to get involved but doesn’t know how? Take a look inside and get some answers. You can also find people who can help you get started. Maybe you think you would like working with the cadets, but aren’t quite sure what to do. Take a look at Cadet Programs. Did you know that there is a whole library of information on what cadets need to study to advance themselves? Subjects such as recruiting, orientation, leadership and fitness are covered. There is even a superchart for cadets to use as a quick reference guide. There are pamphlets, regulations, guides and other tools for you to use for teaching and learning. There is also a squadron training plan and information on awards and scholarships. There is even help for the senior members. Maybe you are new to CAP and are interested in finding out more about Emergency Services. Do you want to know about the National Emergency Services Academy (NESA)? Or how to find pictures from NESA? It’s in there! What about Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Operations Support, or Communications? This is the place to find it. And much more. No report, guide or article would be complete without mentioning Safety. You cannot participate in any CAP activities without having current Safety training. If you haven’t completed your Introduction to CAP Safety or do not have a current Safety brief, you can find out information about these here. And just to be sure you can find the info, here is a link to the Safety Education page. http://www.capmembers.com/safety/safety_education/ There is much more information available from the CAP members webpage. While I was there I found a problem with some links, guess what I did? I looked for contact information at the National Headquarters, and found who to contact to report the problem. It’s just that easy. The members webpage is located at http://www.capmembers.com/. Now you know. Eddie Shurbutt, Capt. SER-AL-118
“Volunteer” Magazine Information . . .
Civil Air Patrol’s “Volunteer” magazine for January—March is now available online! If your household has more than one CAP member and you receive multiple copies of this magazine, you may choose to opt out to help save CAP money. Help CAP save money and resources by opting out of receiving a printed copy of the Civil Air Patrol Volunteer magazine. To manage how you wish to receive the Volunteer, log in to your eServices account at www.capnhq.gov Under “My Info” select “Review/Edit My Information.” Select the box titled “Opt out of receiving the CAP Volunteer magazine” and you are done. If you change your mind in the future and want to receive the printed copy, you can simply return to the webpage and deselect the option. A digital version of the magazine is available online – http://www.capvolunteernow.com/ cap_volunteer
Pell City Cadet Staff
Cadet Commander—C/1st Lt. Rachel Shurbutt Executive Officer—C/1st Lt. Brain Scott Cadet Deputy Commander—C/2nd Lt. Jerrod Finlay Flights Commanders— C/Chief MSgt Michael Norwood (Bravo Flight) C/Chief MSgt Jonathan Watkins (Alpha Flight) Flight Sergeants— C/MSgt Christian Norwood (Alpha Flight) C/Chief MSgt Allaina Howard (Bravo Flight) Leadership Officers—C/TSgt John Smith and Christian Norwood Aerospace Officer—C/Chief MSgt Jonathan Watkins Safety Officer—C/1st Lt. Daniel Smith Emergency Services Officer—C/2nd Lt. Jerrod Finlay P.T. Officer—C/Maj. Peter Randolph
Character Development and PAO’s CORNER . . .
There was once a parable written about a man with a need who was ignored by one group of people but helped by a man who forever be known as the “Good Samaritan.” I got to see this parable lived out while at WESS last month. As WESS was ending and everyone was carrying their gear to their vehicles, I noticed a young cadet struggling under a heavy 72-hour pack. Walking beside the cadet was one of the more advanced cadet officers who was carrying nothing. I noticed the officer look down at the struggling cadet, and I immediately thought, “Surely he’s going to help her carry her gear!” Much to my surprise, he kept on walking leaving her to struggle with her load. A few minutes later, the same scenario played itself out with different characters. The difference the second time was that the older, stronger cadet reached down and grabbed part of the younger cadet’s gear, helping them with it to their car. I know exactly what some of you are thinking. “It’s the responsibility of each cadet to be able to carry their own gear.” That is true. One must also take into consideration the circumstances. It had been a long, hard weekend and we all were exhausted. Helping someone with their load did not remove their responsibility for their own gear but showed a trait of humanity and kindness from which we all benefit. Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer organization. We give of our time, money, energy, equipment, and talents to help each other make the organization a successful and highly respected group of people. Never should we get to the rank or status where we think we are too good to reach down and help someone in need. From this point forward, when I think of the first cadet officer, I will see the picture of him refusing to help a fellow human in need. The “Good Samaritan” cadet will from now on bring a smile to my face and a warm feeling to my heart for his act of kindness that he has probably forgotten all about. Be a good Samaritan to someone today, and remember that someone is probably watching! 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Shurbutt
WHERE TO FIND US ON THE INTERNET:
Civil Air Patrol www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ Cadet Services http://www.capmembers.com/ Alabama Wing of Civil Air Patrol http://www.alwg.cap.gov/ Pell City Civil Air Patrol http://www.pellcitycap.org/ Wing Emergency Services School (WESS) http://wess.alwg.us/ Photo Files on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/bethshurbutt/ collections/72157615727997818/ On Facebook: Civil Air Patrol, AL Wing—Civil Air Patrol, Pell City Composite Squadron, SER-AL-118, Civil Air Patrol
CADET PROGRAM EMAIL GROUP:
A Yahoo Email group has been set up to make communication between members easier. Invitations were sent to all the cadet members. If you are not receiving updates and reminders from the Yahoo Group, you most likely are not a member of it yet. Please contact Beth Shurbutt at: LTooney@cableone.net and request that she add you to the group. You can also go to the Yahoo Group site and join:
Cadet Corner . . .
This month we are going to talk about Cadet Advancement. Many of you may not be aware of the requirements for our cadets to advance through the ranks of Civil Air Patrol. There is hard work and dedication required for each achievement. An overview of the entire program is here: www.capmembers.com/cadet_programs/ stripes_to_diamonds/. The basic requirements a cadet must pass are a Leadership test, an Aerospace test, a PT test, participate in a Character Development forum, a drill test, know the cadet oath, and be an active member in order to advance. There are four phases that cadets move through. Phase I is the Learning Phase. Phase II is the Leadership Phase. Phase III is the Command Phase. Phase IV is the Executive Phase. In addition to the basic requirements found in Phase I and II, there are additional requirements in Phase III and IV. These requirements are speech, essay, Staff Duty Analysis, mentoring, and instructing. At the end of each phase there is also a comprehensive exam in Leadership that must be completed and a comprehensive Aerospace exam at the end of Phase II and Phase III. Each phase has achievements that the cadets must advance through to receive their rank. In the first two phases each achievement is named for someone who was a pioneer or received recognition for his or her work in the Air Force. In Phase I the first achievement is named for John Curry who was the first National Commander of CAP and a strong advocate for female aviators. The second achievement is the Hap Arnold award. He was the Commanding general of the U.S.Army Air Forces during WWII. Achievement III was named after Mary Feik. She was a pioneer in the fields of aviation mechanics and engineering and was also a CAP member. The milestone of Phase I is named after Orville and Wilbur Wright who were the first men to achieve powered, controlled, sustained heavier than air flight. Passing the Wright Brothers test signifies completion of Phase I and brings with it the rank of C/ Staff Sergeant Phase II begins with achievement 4 which is named for Eddie Rickenbacker, America’s “Ace of Aces” during WWI. He wanted CAP cadets to know him as “Eddie”. Achievement 5 is named for Charles Lindbergh. He was the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean non-stop aboard the “Spirit of St Louis”. Jimmy Doolittle was a pioneer in the field of aeronautical engineering and the leader of the WWII air raid on Tokyo and achievement 6 is named after him. Achievement 7 was named for Robert Goddard, also known as the “Father of Modern Rocketry” and developer of the first liquid-fueled rocket. Achievement 8 was named for Neil Armstrong the first man to set foot on the Moon, aboard Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969- “One giant leap for mankind” To mark the end of Phase II a cadet must pass a comprehensive leadership exam and aerospace exam, pass a physical test and also must have attended an encampment, only then will they be awarded their Billy Mitchell Award. Did you know that Civil Air Patrol in the Cadet Program Regulation 52-16 , Chapter 4-3 b states that we should offer at least once a month, in addition to our regular meeting, an opportunity for our cadets to participate in at least one special event. This event could be ES training, encampment, conferences, field trips, oflights, parades, or working with a neighboring unit in an activity. Some of that requirement for us is met by our participation in the WESS cycle (7weekends counting LAKE FTX!), NESA, Encampment, Oflights, Cyberpatriot, Iron Man, Museums, Wing Conference, Professional Development, Sunny King, and Airshows. Our cadets have a lot going on in the CAP program. At the same time they must find a way to balance school requirements, family obligations, and in some cases, work schedules. To all of our cadets I would like to say keep up the good work, you are doing a great job! I would like to thank all the CAP members of our squadron that have supported our Cadet program in so many ways. If I tried to name them all, I know I would leave someone out and I don’t want to do that. Thanks to everyone! (continued on next page)
Cadet Corner . . .
If you want more detailed information about how the cadet program is supposed to work, you can find it in CAPR 52-16. Go to www.capmembers.com , click on forms and publications, regulations, then find 52-16. This is a very brief overview of the cadet program and I hope you will want to know more so go check out CAR 52-16. After all, CADET PROGRAMS is one of the three missions we are tasked with by the Air Force in CAP. *Hint: PT, Character Development, Leadership, and Aerospace Cpt. Cindy Bennett Congratulation to the following cadets on their promotions and achievements during the month of January and February:
Achievement 5---Charles Lindberg Cadets advance to rank of C/C/MSgt C/ John D. Smith Achievement 7---Robert Goddard Cadets advance to rank of C/CMSgt C/Nathan Bedford C/Tiffany Chandler Achievement 8---Neil Armstrong Cadets are a C/CMSgt and one step closer to C/2Lt C/Jonathan Watkins Completion of Phase II---Billy Mitchell Award: Cadets advance to the rank of C/1Lt C/Daniel Smith
Congratulations to last months trivia question winner; C/SMSgt Christian Norwood He wasn’t the only one to get the answer correct, everyone that emailed me was correct but he was the first one to hit my inbox. The answer in case you didn’t know was: there are 8 regions in CAP, Northeast, North Central, Middle East, Southwest, Great Lakes, Rocky Mountain, Southeast and Pacific. There are also 52 wings in CAP, one for each state, and one each for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
How much time per month should each core curriculum* subject be assigned during a cadet meeting? Email your answers to Cpt. Bennett at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state and nation."
W.E.S.S. (http://wess.alwg.us/) . . .
W.E.S.S. Training—March 24-26, 2012 Vigilant Warrior—Titus, Alabama
If you are interested in purchasing any W.E.S.S. merchandise, go to this site and print out the order form. You will need to complete it and submit it along with payment no later than the March meeting.
All items ordered will be delivered in April. Remember that Wing Emergency Services School has a Facebook page. It would be in your best interest to “like” that page. All photos taken are stored there and updated information is posted as it becomes available.
Progress is being made!!!
What a blessing!
Eddie Shurbutt and Cindy Bennett
Allison and Allaina Howard
Jonathan Watkins and team
Trivia Question . . .
Last Month’s Trivia Question:
Everyone knows that Orville Wright made the first controlled flight by man in a powered heavier than air machine. In 1908 he also had a more dubious honor while demonstrating the Wright Flyer at Fort Myer, Virginia. What was the cause of this?
Death of a passenger—The passenger was Thomas E Selfridge, a First Lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps. The accident happened because of an engine failure causing vibrations in the machine. The propeller broke loose and damaged the rear control surface. Wright attempted to land but the aircraft hit the ground nose first. Selfridge was critically injured and died that night, never regaining consciousness.
Congratulations, Cindy Bennett, Senior Trivia Winner
TRIVIA QUESTION FOR MARCH:
The problem of manned, powered flight was essentially solved in 1885 with the invention of the internal combustion engine. It was designed and built by which German engineer?
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