South Lakeland Composite Squadron August 2016 Change of Command & Promotions
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 3 on Friday, August 26, 2016 by Author: 2nd Lt James Chamberland Sr..

The South Lakeland Composite Squadron SER FL-466 held its Cadet Change of Command & August Promotion Ceremony on August 25th at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Squadrons new Cadet Commander is C/CMSgt Justin Dal Colletto.  Assuming the responsibilities of First Sergeant will be C/MSgt Alex Vanderwier and C/TSgt Catherine Jilbert will be the squadron’s Flight Sergeant.  Florida Wing’s Group 3 Commander, Major Steve Lampasona, and his wife, Major Joyce Lampasona, were in attendance as 2 cadets received promotions as well. Congratulations to all the cadets assuming new squadron leadership positions and those that passed their requirements and were promoted this evening.


Cadets Promotions:

Catherine Jilbert                        C/TSgt    (Cadet Technical Sergeant)

James Chamberland, Jr            C/SrA     (Cadet Senior Airmen)

SRQ Composite Squadron Hosts Group 5 Unit Commanders Course
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 3, Group 5, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Monday, August 22, 2016 by Author: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll.

Twenty-nine senior members of Civil Air Patrol (CAP), including ten instructors, participated in the Group 5 Unit Commanders Course (UCC) on 20-21 August 2016 in Sarasota, Fla., hosted by the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP.

Major Jeff Carlson, Finance Officer, Group 5 HQ, and one of the facilitators of the course said, “The commitment of the professional volunteers to increase their personal leadership skills was very evident. Some of the participants traveled over 250 miles each day to attend the professional training.”

The Unit Commanders Course prepares potential squadron and group commanders to assume command responsibilities, providing training on leadership, management and ethics in a standardized format. Squadron and group commanders are responsible for providing local leadership, administering programs, and managing the volunteer members in the field as they perform the critical missions of CAP, as well as providing support to the United States Air Force as the official Air Force Auxiliary.

The Group 5 UCC addressed the traits and skills new squadron commanders need to lead and manage their units effectively. Topics included command responsibility and accountability, recruiting and retention, safety, how to work with families, management, leadership, communication, and elements of successful units and leaders.

“While the two-day course covered a wide range of topics, the participants agreed that the greatest benefit came from the open-discussions and interaction between members of the cohort,” Carlson added.

Instructors for the course came from seven different squadrons and included Lt. Col. Luis Garcia (FL001), Lt. Col. Dave Moruzzi (FL370), Lt. Col. James Spieth (FL001), Maj. Jeff Carlson (FL370), Maj. Sam Chiodo (FL310), Maj. Robert Corriveau (FL376), Maj. Bill Hansen (FL044), Maj. Ben Moore (FL044), Maj. Nancy Spieth (FL816), and Capt. Judy Schiff (FL023). All of the UCC instructors have experience leading a squadron. Some are current Unit Commanders while others are former Commanders or Deputy Commanders.

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 104 members: 65 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

Lee County Cadets introduce Parents to CAP
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5 on Monday, August 22, 2016 by Author: 2nd Lt Ruth Byron.

Civil Air Patrol cadets at the Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron presented an introduction to the Civil Air Patrol for parents and students at Gulf Middle School in Cape Coral, Florida.

Cadet Senior Master Sargent Tristan Palmer led the overview that focused on CAP’s three primary missions. He explained how thousands of young people are introduced to aviation through CAP’s cadet program. One example used was the Orientation rides given by experienced pilots in CAP airplanes where cadets have a hands-on opportunity to learn to pilot an aircraft.

The CAP program allows cadets to progress through sixteen achievement levels at their own speed and includes modules in aerospace education, leadership, physical fitness and moral leadership. Palmer emphasized how the training experience helps to prepare the cadets for a career of their choice.

Cadet Palmer explained how the three missions: Aerospace Education, Emergency Services and Cadet Programs, influence the volunteer members and benefit the local community. He gave examples of how the cadet program helped two young adults prepare for a career as officers in the U.S. Air Force. He told the story of Major Samantha Weeks and Major Ken Campbell who began their personal journey in aviation as CAP cadets and became pilots with the world famous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Palmer also explained how the core value of volunteer service leads the cadets to participate in community activities such as the “Parade of Heroes” and “Wreaths across America.”

In addition to the Introduction to CAP presentation, the event included a promotion ceremony for squadron members. Congratulations go out to C/SrA Cooper Bisbe, C/SSgt Joey Gingras, C/Amn Rachel Thomas and C/SMSgt Tristan Palmer. The cadets were recognized for their achievements in CAP modules of leadership, cadet programs and aerospace education and balancing the rigors of the CAP programing while maintaining high scholastic achievement with their regular school studies.

Drill Demonstration at Gulf Middle School (photo: 2nd Lt Ruth Byron, CAP)

Promotion Ceremony at Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron. (Photo: 2nd Lt Ruth Byron, CAP)

SRQ Composite Squadron Members Explore Pensacola Naval Air Station
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Author: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll.

On 29 August 2016, five senior members and 16 cadets of the SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) traveled to the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, for a four-day educational event. The trip included exploring the National Naval Aviation Museum, traveling to Mobile, Alabama, to tour the USS Alabama battleship, cooking out on the beach, and climbing up a huge 197-step lighthouse, a climb that seemed never ending.

"My favorite part of the trip was running around and getting lost on the battleship," C/2Lt Jesse Yong said. Senior member 2Lt Jack Duich added, "It was a great experience watching the cadets get such a kick out of all the activities we did."

While visiting the Naval Aviation Museum, the cadets watched the movie “The Magic of Flight” in the Giant Screen Theater and tried their hand at flying some simulators. The aircraft in the museum ranged from WW I biplanes to the F-14 Tomcat. The museum features recreated scenes from WW II military bases and the home front. One of the more interesting exhibits was the control car from a WW II airship (blimp). Pulled from a scrap yard and restored by museum personnel, it flew anti-submarine patrols over shipping convoys and logged many air-sea rescue flights.  

At the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, the cadets got an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sit in the cockpit of the SR12A, the predecessor to the SR71 “Blackbird” after one of the museum tour guides offered to open the canopy just for the CAP cadets.

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 104 members: 65 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

Cadets and senior members from the SRQ Composite Squadron at the Naval Aviation Museum
in Pensacola, Florida.

Aerospace Education and Rocketry Workshop
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5 on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by Author: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... Launch, launch, launch! Could be heard at the Frank E. Mackle Community Park Center on Marco Island, Fla.

Camp Director Heather Lopez invited the Marco Island Civil Air Patrol to conduct an Aerospace Education and Rocketry workshop on 28 July 2016. The kids are all between the ages of 6 to 12. There were many great counselors helping the sixty-plus children with the different tasks. The program, organized by Captain Jesse L. Baker, began with a presentation of the services that Civil Air Patrol provides to the community and the three main missions that guide us: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services. 

The squadron constantly practices Search & Rescue exercises to be always "mission ready". Captain Baker explained our weekly air patrols of the Wilderness Water Way of the 10,000 Islands and parts of the Everglades. 

Baker said, "What we are looking for are boaters and campers who may be in distress. We report the incident location to the Coast Guard and the Sherriff who then guide the rescue operation, if needed." 

He explained that we also perform our Homeland Security efforts as a part of the US Air Force Total Force working directly with the federal, state, and local agencies to prevent unwanted coastal incursions, drug trafficking and terrorism. 

Additional emphasis was put on the CAP cadet program. 

"Our Cadets can learn how to fly airplanes and gliders, and earn various scholarships through the CAP. "

1st Lt David Dumas, a member of the flight crew and wearing his distinctive, fire-proof USAF flight suit, gave an overview of the kind of gear, planning and teamwork needed to fly a search and rescue mission. 

Finally, Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary explained the important role aerial photography can have after a disaster. 

Capt. Baker presented the scaled models of the different types of rocket engines and discussed their differences and applications. 

After all the talking, we finally arrived to the fun part and the most important part of the workshop: building air-powered paper rockets. This exercise teaches the participants the principles of aerodynamics as well as teamwork and experimentation. The kids were provided with paper, tape and small rods used to form the rocket fuselage. The group went right into the production and assembly of their own rockets. Once the fuselage, fins and nose cone were assembled and taped together, everyone went out to the launch pads or basketball court.

Working in two-person crews each child had a turn pressurizing and launching their rockets. The "fuel" or air pressure was provided by two launching contraptions where a large bicycle pump was connected to a pipe assembly. Due to the "unique" nature of each individual final design the rockets flew like arrows the length of the court, gaining lofty altitudes, or corkscrewed in an erratic flight path. 

It was a fun event and of course we had a few clowns among the children; for instance, several creative girls used the extra rocket nose cones to tape a unicorn horn to their forehead. 

Baker concluded: "Everyone had a great time. Looking ahead, I'd say I can see here: future engineers, commercial pilots and scientists. The sky's the limit." 

  Next 5