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What the Future Holds •
2010 Winter Encampment The 2010 Winter Encampment will be held at Tyndall AFB, FL this year. For those cadets that want to

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D OT H A N C OMP OS IT E S QU A D R O N CIVIL AIR PATROL, USAF AUXILIARY MONTHLY FLYER
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Wow! 2011 is coming quick! We have done a lot this year, and I hope to do more this year. We have a lot of motiviated members that want to get involved in our activities and I think with the right mentorship and planning, we will be able to accomplish all of our goals. When I was preparing the slideshow for the Christmas Dinner, I was astonished to see all of the activities in which we had participated. We logged a lot of hours, drove a lot of miles and even grew our squadron by leaps and bounds. All of those activities were successful because each and every one of you volunteered your valuable time to the squadron. My goals for 2011 are two-fold. Forst, I would like to get as many members qualified in Emergency Services as possible. That will start with WESS in January and continuing, monthly, until graduation in April. Once we have qualified members, they can train the newcomers. Emergency services is a key mission and it is imperative that we make ourselves a valuable and relative asset to the community and the Alabama Wing. That means we must organize the Operations and ES Staff to prepare for the tasks ahead. The first major task is our sponsorship of the Southern Search and Rescue Exercise being held here in Dothan on the 5th of February. Next, I would like to concentrate on the professional development of the members of the squadron. I know many of you have goals, and I would like for each of you to accomplish them. I will put forth my best effort with the support of the experienced staff and the wing staff if appropriate. I know everyone is ready for the challenges ahead. Remember, this is YOUR squadron. Nothing will happen unless each of us does our part. I wish each of you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Respectfully, Brett Lewis, Lt Col, CAP Commanding

fulfill this requirement, there will be an encampment beginning on December 27th and ending on January 2nd, 2011 in Florida. If you wish to attend, talk to the Cadet 1SG and go to the website at http://flwg.us/cp/winterencampment.aspx . Encampment is needed for the Mitchell Award.

Wing Emergency Services School (WESS) The next iteration of the Wing Emergency Services School to help cadets and senior members to

CONGRATULATIONS! Cadet Promotions
C/SMSg t Me sser C/A1 C Gal lo wa y C/Amn Amerspe k C/Amn Byrne C/Amn Ir si k C/Amn Manle y

this issue
2010 Summary P.1 Raffle Winner P.2 It’s a Cadet Life P.3 What the Future Holds P.4

become Ground Team qualified will be held 14-16 January 2011. Don’t worry if you didn’t make the first two, you will be able to make it up. Pack your bags and survival gear and join us. An application, packing list and timeline e-mailed to each of you at the beginning of the month. More info at: www.wess.alwg.us 

Instrument Pilot Workshops These free workshops are for those that are interested in attaining their Instrument License or make

themselves a better one. ALWG Stan/Eval are offering an Instrument Written Prep Course, Instrument Workshop and an Instrument Mastery Course, depending on your level of experience. These courses will be held at Maxwell AFB from 14-16 January. If you are interested in any of the 3 courses, please contact the Stan/Eval Folks. 

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Senior Member Promotions
SM Ed Ayco ck to Ma jor SM Bill Denehan to L t Col SM Ma tt Le Var t to 1 s t L t
2010 has come to an end, but just talking about the things we did does not seem like enough. I would like to share with you the activities we were able to participate in this year along with the numbers we were able to generate throughout the year. Those of you who were able to attend the Christmas Banquet probably remember seeing this information, but it’s nice to see again. Here is a list of the activities in which we participated in 2010: Some of the statistics describing our efforts are:

Southern Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) Dothan Composite Squadron will host the Southern SAREX at the Dothan Regional Airport on 5

February 2010. It will start at approximately 8AM and continue until the missions are completed. These missions will be held to help the squadron practice its Emergency Services tasks and help members to get the sorties required for qualification. If you want to participate, notify the DCS, Maj Wylie Mathis. 

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Alabama Wing Professional Development Weekend The 2011 PD Weekend including SLS, CLC and UCC is scheduled for May 6-8, 2011 at Maxwell AFB. In

Senior Member PD Awards
SM Ma tt Le Var t to Level I SM Bo b Ro migh to Le vel I

addition, we will be running a Cadet Leadership Weekend. More information will be forthcoming but we wanted people to pencil this in on their calendars. It is listed on the ALWG Web site calendar. Point of Contact is Maj George Owen, our squadron PD Officer.

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CAP Pilot Ratings
DCS FLYER ISSUE #4 DECEMBER 2010 / JANUARY 2011 SM Ma tt Le Var t - Pilo t Maj Ed Aycock - Cmd Pilot

Dothan Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary 750 Flightline Drive Dothan, AL 36307

Alabama Wing Conference Southeast Region Conference Squadron Subordinate Unit Inspection Building Renovation Part One Fundraiser for Remote Control Helicopter Sponsored the Southern SAREX 2010 AL/MS Wing Encampment CAP’s visit to the USS Alabama Cadet Orientation Rides The Model Rocketry Program Building Renovation Part 2 (BOLC) Enterprise Air Expo Wing Emergency Services School 2010 Ironman Contest CPR/AED Class SAR Find Christmas Banquet 2010 Winter Encampment

Aircraft Hours Flown: 436.6 Hours Vehicle Miles Driven: 4028 Miles New members: o 16 Senior Members o 17 Cadet Members 1 Search and Rescue Find 45 Cadet Orientation Rrides o 88% were first flights New ES Quals: Too many to count Earned Professional Development Awards o Level 1: 12 o Level 2: 4 o Level 3: 1

PAO: Vacant

As you can see, we were a busy squadron this year. I plan on more events this year with an expansion of our recruiting efforts in Aerospace Education members as well as conventional members.

I know numbers don’t completely describe the real story, but it does show that this squadron’s efforts were meaningful. Each mile driven and hour flown was in support of training or real world missions to help protect the citizens of the United States. We all have volunteered to give our best to something that is bigger and greater than one person or thing. Just because we retired or exited from the military or any other profession, does not mean we have to stop serving our country. Each of you has recognized that. In addition, I cannot say enough to thank your families in recognition of their contributions when they selflessly allow us as CAP members to contribute to our communities. Thank you for a job well done Dothan Composite Squadron.

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Notes from the Deputy Commander for Cadets
Cadets, Congratulations to those cadets that earned promotions during the month of December. Hopefully you have taken the Christmas break to test and get ahead of the promotion schedule. If you have any questions, feel free to call and ask me for directions and guidance on the process. Encampment th is being held from the 27 nd to the 2 of January at Tyndall AFB, Florida. It is a requirement to have attended an encampment before promotion to 2nd Lt and receive your Mitchell. Hopefully a lot of you cadets have taken advantage of our close proximity to the winter encampment being held by the Florida Wing. If you take the encampment, you can serve on staff at the next summer encampment in Alabama Wing. Also, congratulations to 1SG Messer for earing his Rocketry Badge. Everyone of you that have started the courses may still earn the badg just by completing the launches and taking the tests. Next year, 2011, will be a great year of growth and activities. We want to be the best squadron in CAP and with the cadets that are in this squadron, I know we can do it. Remember, look at the National Cadet Activities and decide what activities you want to apply for. Now is the time to apply and plan. See you Monday at the CAPP building.!
Semper Vigilans! Maj Jungell Deputy Commander for Cadets

WINNER OF THE PLAYSTATION 3
Congratulations go to Mrs. Sonya Council of Level Plains, Alabama. She is the winner of the Dothan Composite Squadron Christmas Raffle. She won the prize, a PlayStation 3, after one of the raffle tickets she obtained by donating $10 for 2 raffle tickets, was drawn by the Alabama’s Vice Wing Commander, Lt Col Brad Lynn at the Dothan Composite Squadron’s Annual Christmas B Banquet. Although she was not there when the ticket was drawn, the prize was taken to her officer where she worked for the presentation. S she said her kids “were going to love getting a present like this for Christmas”.

UNIFORM TIPS Haircuts
Cadets and seniors alike have approached me about the haircut requirements in Civil Air Patrol while wearing the CAP uniform. Here are the requirements in accordance with CAP Regulation 39-1 Table 1-2 Line 4 and 5. Males WILL have a tapered appearance on both sides and back, both with and without headgear. A tapered appearance is one that when viewed from any angle outlines the individual’s hair so that it conforms to the shape of the head, curving inward to the natural termination point. Block cut permitted with tapered appearance. Males hair WILL NOT be worn in an extreme or fad style or in such a way that exceeds length or bulk standards or violates safety requirements. It will not touch the ears and only closely cut or shaved hair on the back of the neck may touch the collar. The hair will not exceed 1 1/4 inches in bulk regardless of length and not exceed 1/4 inch at the natural termination point nor will it not contain or have any visible foreign items attached to it. Females hair WILL be styled to present a professional appearance. Plain and conservative pins, combs, headbands, elastic bands, and barrettes similar to the individual’s hair color permitted to keep hair in place. However, it will not be worn in an extreme or fad style nor violate safety requirements. The hair will not extend in length on all sides below an invisible line drawn parallel to the ground at the bottom edge of the shirt collar at the back of the neck. It will not exceed 3 inches in bulk or prevent proper wear of headgear and will not include hair ornaments such a ribbons or jeweled pins.

IT”S A CADET’S LIFE

TAKING INITIATIVE
"Taking the initiative" can mean many things--tapping inner creativity, tackling a persistent problem, capitalizing on opportunities, or creating ways to improve customer services or current work environment. By taking initiative in any of these ways, employees can elevate their visibility in the organization and greatly enhance their chances for recognition, learning, advancement, pay raises and bonuses, as well as have a more meaningful and exciting time at work. Here are some ways anyone can take greater initiative in his or her duties, voiced in a way that you could give directly to your subordinates or commander. It's one thing to tell your cadets to take greater initiative, but another to provide them with easy and clear ways to do it. Ways To Take More Initiative Thinking Outside the Box: Innovation--thinking outside the box--is the spark that keeps organizations moving ever onward and upward. To think outside the box, look for new combinations, ask "what if" or develop "what-if" scenarios, consider approaches you've never considered before, brainstorm with others, and be a champion of new ideas. Doing Your Homework: Preparation is often the key to success in any endeavor. You will be more successful in convincing others that what you believe is the right thing, if you are armed and ready with the facts. Taking the initiative to do your homework means doing the basic research necessary to back up your claims, such as obtaining necessary information, determining costs and benefits, making calculations, and/or gaining buy-in from others who will be affected. Taking Action--Capitalizing on Opportunities: Taking action can often be a scary proposition. It would be much easier to wait for your boss to make the decision and take the responsibility to tell you what to do and when to do it. However, progressive companies realize that they need people at all levels who are willing and encouraged to take chances and to make decisions--and be willing to take responsibility for their actions. Perseverance and Persistence: Cadets who excel at taking initiative usually must also persist in the support of the ideas and actions in which they believe. This type of initiative can, at times, include overcoming the resistance of higher-ups or of entrenched policies and systems that work to ensure the maintenance of the status quo. It often takes a certain degree of courage to take initiative in the first place. But to persist--even over the objections of your commander, flight sergeant or others--takes even more commitment and courage.

Making Improvements: One of the easiest--and most effective--ways for cadets to take initiative is to be on the lookout for ways to improve the work processes, products, services, and systems that are a vital part of how the organization does its business. In fact, the closer you are to an organization's actual product, the greater the chance is that you have more daily contact with its real business--its customers, clients, products, and services-than do those who are higher up the ladder. Our customers are anyone who asks for our help in CAP. Taking initiative can be as simple as asking "what if." So, the next time you're doing a routine task, remember that it's the person who does the job who is in the best position to know how to do the job better--whether this improvement means identifying new ways to cut costs, how to make improvements to the way products are developed in Civil Air Patrol or in a company, how a process might be streamlined, or how to enhance the level of services your customer receives. The Civil Air Patrol is geared around highly motivated people that take the initiative. Nobody will hold your hand as a cadet. It is your initiative that makes you successful, whether at school or in the squadron. I faith in each and every one of you, you will be successful if you “Take the Initiative”.

The Chaplain’s Corner
by L t C ol ( Ch ) T om M c G o ne ga l

This time of year we look forward to the Christmas Season. This is where the Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (Jesus the Messiah). About this time of year, (Dec 2nd in 2010-it varies a little), Jews celebrate Chanukah (Festival of Lights) which is why we see many public displays of the Menorah (Candelabra with 9 candles). Other celebrations during this season are not generally religious but cultural. Since I am a Christian, I celebrate the Incarnation of the Messiah. “The Messiah is the instrument by whom God's kingdom is to be established in Israel and in the world.” I challenge each of you to meditate on why the Messiah comes. Please let that affect your celebration of this season. Merry Christmas

DID YOU KNOW?

CAP Trivia
Q. Who was the man to walk on the moon? Who was the second? Be the first to tell your Deputy Commander for Cadets or Seniors to receive a free miniature squadron patch. Last Month’s Answer: General Carl A. Spaatz. He was also the first Chairman of the CAP National Board.

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