Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Saturday, October 22, 2016 by Author: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll.
|SRQ Composite Squadron Cadets Win Statewide Ultimate Cadet Challenge
Five cadets from the SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) won first-place honors at the Florida Wing’s Ulitmate Cadet Challenge competition, held 14 through 16 October 2016 at Camp Blanding in Starke, Florida.
Senior Member David Taylor, who accompanied the cadets as their senior escort, said, “The competition was important in helping to build confidence and reinforcing the cadets’ ability to work as a team. They were successful because they were dedicated, united, and physically and mentally prepared.” Taylor added that the competition gave the cadets an opportunity to put their skills to work in a “real world” situation.
The cadets representing the SRQ Composite Squadron as the “Destroyers” team included C/Amn Jacob Anthony, C/CMSgt Colt Burch, C/CMSgt Ian Spirduso, C/1st Lt Austin Vore, and C/2d Lt Jesse Yong.
The Ultimate Cadet Challenge (UCC) is an annual event, held by the Florida Wing of CAP, that tests the abilities of cadets in all areas of the Civil Air Patrol mission. Teams of cadets compete for the title of “Ultimate Cadet” against others in the wing. This year’s competition included teams from around the state. Events included Emergency Services activities, obstacle courses, written examination, uniform inspection, drill evaluation, and leadership reaction courses.
Taylor said the weather during the competition proved to be one of the unscheduled challenges. Cadets overcame heat, fog and rain and learned how to operate successfully in less-than-ideal conditions.
CAP’s cadet program introduces young people, from ages 12 through 21, to aviation. Cadets progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, and many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 102 members: 63 senior members and 39 cadets. Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counter-drug missions, participating in homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.
Filed under Region Hq, Alabama Wing, Florida Wing, Georgia Wing, Mississippi Wing, Tennessee Wing, Puerto Rico Wing on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by Author: Lt. Col. Robert Sims.
|Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Cell Phones Banned on CAP Aircraft
In an unprecedented decision by the national leadership team, the Civil Air Patrol has followed the actions of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ban the "possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 while flying in a CAP aircraft". The move to protect everyone involved was announced on Tuesday, October 18th and is to take effect immediately.
As in the case of the FAA, the Civil Air Patrol has deemed these phones hazardous cargo whether turned on or off according to a memorandum sent to all members by the Director of Operations, John W. Desmarais, Sr. from National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. In light of the classification of phone as "hazardous material", Mr. Desmarais stated that this is a good opportunity review general aviation regulations concerning the transportation of hazardous materials (49 CFR Part 175).
Memorandum from National Headquarters
The Department of Transportation took steps late last week to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from all commercial aviation operations. If you have not read the DOT’s press release, please do. After consultation with our leadership team and the National Commander, CAP is taking the prudent step of not allowing these phones on board CAP Aircraft from this point forward.
Please consider these phones hazardous cargo whether turned on or off.
Remind crewmembers to make passengers aware prior to boarding CAP aircraft that hazardous cargo like these phones is not allowed on board, and give them the opportunity to place it somewhere safe prior to flight, but it cannot be brought on board even if powered down.
If any crewmember sees a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 while flying in a CAP aircraft, they are expected to instruct the passenger to power off the device, not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device like alarm clocks, and keep the device on their person, not in seat back pockets, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the sortie.
Please make this an emphasis item for all personnel within your areas of responsibility as well though since some may not see it.
Thanks for your attention to this matter.
John W. Desmarais, Sr.
HQ CAP Director of Operations
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7 on Sunday, October 16, 2016 by Author: Maj. Jeff P. Carlson.
|Florida CAP follows DOT Ban of Note7 Smartphone
Effective immediately, Florida Wing commander, Col. Henry
Irizarry is advising all individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note 7
device not to transport the device on their person or in carry-on baggage
aboard Civil Air Patrol airplanes.
This advisory follows a U. S. Department of Transportation
(DOT) emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from
air transportation in the United States. The DOT ban became effective at 12:00 pm
(noon) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), October 15, 2016.
Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices may cause an ignition or a
dangerous evolution of heat or become a fuel source for fire, even when powered
off. Samsung issued a recall of the devices in September. This past week the
company decided to stop manufacturing and selling “due to the inability to
identify the root cause of the incidents”.
According to DOT Order No. FAA-2016-9288, the U.S. Secretary
of Transportation has found an unsafe condition and that an unsafe practice
exists and constitutes an imminent hazard to the safety of air transportation.
For more information about DOT ban, visit: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-bans-all-samsung-galaxy-note7-phones-airplanes
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Saturday, October 15, 2016 by Author: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll.
|SRQ Composite Squadron Helps Train K-9 Search and Rescue Unit
On 2 October 2016, cadets and senior members from the SRQ Composite Squadron assisted in a training seminar for search and rescue K-9 dogs and their handlers.
Deputy Commander Cadets Capt. Ann Marie Kozlowski said, “A relationship began with the Manatee County Search and Rescue when they gave a presentation at our cadet meeting in August. This led to the invitation to help with this training event.”
K-9 handlers and their dogs came from Manatee, Sarasota and several surrounding counties to participate in the four-day event held at Camp Flying Eagle just outside of Bradenton, Florida. The cadets were asked to help train the dogs for scent searches. Each cadet received a number and a sterile gauze pad to rub on their face and neck, and then seal in a plastic bag. The bag was numbered with the cadet’s number. The cadets then formed two lines, 20 feet apart, in an open field. A K-9 and their handler received one of the scent samples with instructions to find the cadet to whom it belonged.
D. J. Beddow, the head instructor, said having all the cadets wearing the same uniform helped to make the drill more challenging for both the handlers and the dogs. Several of the dogs were successful in their first attempt to find “their” cadet, while others required a second pass of the lines and more training. The handlers even got some training as one of them missed the cue their dog gave when he found his cadet.
Cadet Airman Caeden Moore stated that he thought this exercise really helped the handlers and that everyone had a good time doing it. C/CMSgt Colt Burch noted that this event helped relations grow between Civil Air Patrol and the Manatee Search and Rescue and also showed the younger cadets what the K-9 dogs can really do.
Senior member 2nd Lt. Jack Duich, who was instrumental in organizing this activity for the squadron, said, “This is the first step in what I hope will be a long and productive relationship with Manatee County Search and Rescue and the SRQ Composite Squadron.”
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 100 members: 61 senior members and 39 cadets. Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counter-drug missions, participating in homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.
SRQ cadets provided training opportunities to search and rescue K-9s.
(Photo Credit: Capt. Ann Marie Kozlowski, CAP)
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7 on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Author: Maj. Jeff P. Carlson.
|Volunteers Stand Down Response to Hurricane Matthew
Following twelve days after being activated by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, Civil Air
Patrol’s Florida Wing has started the transition from response phase of the
Hurricane Matthew mission according to wing commander Col. Henry Irizarry.
“We are in the demobilization phase where we reposition our
aircraft, vehicles and equipment to their home bases.”
Mission staff began the planning process for returning
airplanes to their home base after moving 17 aircraft to Florida’s panhandle
for safe harbor during the storm’s trek up the state’s eastern shoreline.
Following the storm, many of the planes were repositioned to mission operation
bases along the gulf coast to support state and federal requests for aerial
“I'm extremely proud of the professionalism and dedication
all our volunteers exhibited during this hurricane response. It is a true
portrayal of the great members we have,” said Irizarry.
Florida squadrons returned to normal operations on
Wednesday. A few squadrons remain
without power while others are completing damage repairs from last week’s major
hurricane. Florida Wing communication
personnel are coordinating the repair of radio repeating stations and antennas
that sustained damage during the storm.
Flight operations for aerial surveys continued while the
storm recovery and mission demobilization progressed. Five recon sorties were
completed on Tuesday, bringing the total number of aerial photographic flights
to 47. The total number of images increased to over 17,400 with addition of the
2,500 images captured on Tuesday.
CAP personnel have been working to survey the east coast of
Florida from Key Largo north to the Florida-Georgia border. Flight crews were on standby Wednesday as the
collection of images was reviewed to determine if any unmet needs still exist.
The Civil Air Patrol has been conducting operations as the
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary under the direction of First Air Force. As a part of
the Air Force’s “Total Force”, CAP Airmen have been responding to requests from
state and federal agencies for aerial surveys of areas affected by Hurricane
Air Force Rescue Coordination Center serves as the single agency responsible
for coordinating on-land federal SAR activities in the 48 contiguous United
States, Mexico and Canada. AFRCC is a part of 1AF
(AFNORTH) with its headquarters at Tyndall Air Force Base, near Panama City,
Florida. According the its website, “It has the responsibility of ensuring the
air sovereignty and air defense of the continental United States (CONUS). As
the CONUS geographical component of the binational North American Aerospace
Defense Command (NORAD), it provides airspace surveillance and control and
directs all air sovereignty activities for the continental United States.”