|Community Service Award Presented to Marco Island Squadron Member|
|Marco Island Senior Squadron Honored at Wing Conference|
|Final Salute: Major Richard Saboda|
Peachtree City Falcon Field Composite Squadron, SER-GA-116 of Peachtree City, Georgia, with great sadness, announces the passing of Richard Saboda, Major CAP on Wednesday morning, April 13, in Fayetteville, Georgia at the age of 75. Major Saboda is survived by his three daughters and four grand children. He is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Lois Joan Saboda.
Major Saboda was born on August 9, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York. After being a member of the Civil Air Patrol during high school, he attended aviation school and worked at LaGuardia Airport. There, he met and married his wife, Lois Boyer, in 1961 and relocated to Florida for employment with Northeast Airlines and then finally moved to his present home in Fayetteville where he was employed by Delta Airlines for another 20 years. After his retirement from Delta, Major Saboda renewed his relationship with the Civil Air Patrol in 2009 this time with Peachtree City Falcon Field Composite Squadron SER-GA-116. The squadron recently promoted him to the rank of Major.
Major Saboda earned the Master Recruiter badge, the highest achievement in that category.
He was a stalwart of the squadron, always there when needed, recruiting adults and teens alike, with a deep passion for Civil Air Patrol.
Major Saboda as a CAP Cadet at age 17. Photo: Saboda Family Archives
|Group 5 HQ Public Affairs Seeking Veterans To Interview|
Florida Wing Group 5 Headquarters Public Affairs is collaborating with American Red Cross Services to Armed Forces to make digital recordings of interviews with U.S. military veterans about their service for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Click here for brochure http://www.loc.gov/vets/pdf/brochure-august2013.pdf
Many Group 5 CAP members are veterans and eligible to participate. Please make your squadron members aware of this opportunity.
To schedule an interview, members can contact American Red Cross (813) 868-7636 or VetHistoryProjectCFL@redcross.org or Group 5 PAO, Maj. Jeff Carlson, email@example.com.
In addition to the VHP interview, I am asking you to identify long-term CAP members, whom we are at risk of losing contact, so that we can record an interview with them about their CAP service as part of a Group 5 CAP 75th Anniversary project.
I am also looking for members who are interested in volunteering with this project. Pre-interview preparation; interviewer and/or video recording; post interview document management to package content for submission to Library of Congress are the primary areas of need. Contact Group 5 PAO, Maj. Jeff Carlson, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|Gulf Middle School Cadets Prepare for Flight|
Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron participated in an aerospace education class on airport operations learning that the airport is more than fun and flying, it requires planning and a coordinated effort to keep the planes moving and everyone safe.
Lt. Col. John Hunter, Florida Wing Group 5 Aerospace Education Officer, led the presentation and demonstrated the functions of an airport including hangars, runways, taxiways and ramps and the role of various airport tenants such as the fixed-base operator.
The Gulf Middle School cadets learned the control tower is responsible for the safe movement of all vehicles on the airfield, including taking off and landing. As Hunter explained the different phases of flight, he emphasized the pilot’s responsibility to follow checklists and maintain communication between the airplane and the control tower.
“A pilot must maintain situational awareness at all times,” said Hunter “if you aren't paying attention you could easily get lost on the airfield."
Colonel Hunter used a tabletop display of a mock airport called Pegasus Field to walk the cadets through the pilot’s duties. He also used a script of simulated radio communication between an aircraft and the control tower. Cadet Technical Sargent Katherine Grier assisted Hunter by playing the part of the air traffic controller.
The Civil Air Patrol cadet program introduces aviation to thousands of young people each year. Each CAP cadet has several opportunities to fly with a trained orientation pilot in a Civil Air Patrol plane and take control of the airplane to perform basic flight maneuvers.
“Having a better understanding of how an airport operates makes the orientation flights more meaningful” said Hunter.
Colonel Hunter’s approach to teaching captivated the cadets who enthusiastically participated in a question and answer period.
The CAP cadet program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.
View Colonel Hunter's aerospace education videos on Group 5 YouTube Channel.