FLORIDA WING CADETS RECEIVE SPAATZ AWARD AT NATIONAL GUARD HEADQUARTERS.
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 2 on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Author: Capt Dennis Maloney, St. Augustine Composite Sq., Florida Wing.


Photo:  C/Col Santiago, General Eifert and C/Col Tierney

Brigadier General James O. Eifert, the Assistant Adjutant General for Air and Deputy

Commander, Florida Air National Guard, presented both C/Col Logan Gallo and C/Col Kevin Tierney with the highest and most prestigious honor issued by Civil Air Patrol to a cadet for demonstrating outstanding achievement in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.

Lt Col Pedro Santiago, the FLWG Director of Cadet Programs and also a Spaatz recipient in 1984, served as the master of ceremonies.

Attending the ceremony were Cadet Tierney’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bunzel and

Cadet Gallo’s parents, Mr. And Mrs. Ronald Gallo, along with friends and supporters.

Cadets qualify for the Spaatz Award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology.

The final step a cadet must complete to earn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four-part examination consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay examination testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written examination on leadership, and an additional comprehensive written examination on aerospace education.

Spaatz cadets are expected to serve as role models for junior cadets and become leaders in their communities as they enter adulthood. The first recipient of the Spaatz Award in 1964, Douglas C. Roach, became a pilot with the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

On average, less than one percent of cadets earn the Spaatz Award. By CAP regulations, the award should be presented by a military flag officer, active or retired, a governor, a congressman, a federal judge, or a cabinet-level official.

In his remarks after the presentation, B/Gen Eifert noted that “I’ve really gotten an appreciation of what CAP does for our team … thank you for the great work that you have done.”

C/Col Tierney is presently in his first year at the U. S. Air Force Academy which he hopes will lead to a career as an Air Force helicopter pilot.

C/Col Gallo attends Broward College and his future goals are to work with the Federal Bureau of

Investigation and later run for public office.


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First Ever FL ES Academy (FLESA)
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7 on Monday, January 26, 2015 by Author: Florida Wing Public Affairs.

Photo:  Staff and graduates of Florida Wing's first Emergency Services Academy

Avon Park Air Force Range, FL --

By Willard Garman, Lt. Col., CAP

First Ever FL ES Academy (FLESA)

Florida Wing held its first ever Emergency Services Academy at the Air Force Range in Avon Park Florida, on 26-30 December 2014.

The academy was conducted by a staff of 8 officers. Academy Director, Lt. Col. Willard Garman, Lead Instructor, Major Tom Baldwin, Instructors, Major Mike Schumacher and 1st Lt. Joe St Cyr. Academy Staff members Lt. Col. John Clark, Major Bill Hansen, Major Jaime Lichi and 2d Lt. Peter Reehling.

The academy was well attended by 21 students representing every Group in Florida Wing. Training schedule included Ground Team Member 3 (GTM3) and Ground Team Leader (GTL) qualifications.

GTL Trainees were Capt. Robert Brehm, 1st Lt. David Collins and 1st Lt. Brett Kibbey, C/Maj Kati Lichi and C/Maj Ben Vol.

GTM3 Trainees were Capt. Jonathan Abraham, 1st Lt. Steven Viesselmann, SM Susan Barnett, SM Stephen Greuner, C/Maj Diego Alva, C/2d Lt. Ryan Conlin, C/2d Lt. Austen King, C/2d Lt. Roberto Rodriguez, C/MSgt Braden Balsley, C/MSgt Axel Paulsen, C/TSgt Sydney Jung, C/SSgt Justin Dal Colletto, C/SSgt Jeremy Jennings, C/SSgt Joseph Nelson, C/SSgt Nicholas Rodriguez and C/SSgt Brandon Viesselmann,

After five days of training, the Wing Commander, Col Henry Irizarry, presented Graduation certificates and the Academy’s Orange Baseball Hat to all attendees.


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CAP Members Qualified as Aircrew Mission Scanners
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 3 on Sunday, January 25, 2015 by Author: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing.

Lt Col McConnell and Team provide Mission Scanner Training




CAP Members Qualified as Aircrew Mission Scanners

Dateline: January 14, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport

By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO (T), Legal Officer, FL 182

 

Pinellas Senior CAP members, Lt Col Ken Garrison, 2d Lt Terry Lade, 2d Lt Ron Klemm, and SM Wayne Zalinsky recently became qualified at a CAP search and rescue exercise (SAREX) held at Albert Whitted airport on December 6, 2014, as aircrew mission scanners.

Emergency Services is one of the 3 important missions of Civil Air Patrol, and requires qualified air, ground and mission base teams. A mission scanner is an important member of the emergency services air crew, whose job it is to help locate the target, which could be a downed aircraft.

Since Pinellas Senior Squadron’s primary focus is emergency services, Maj Adrian Cuarta, the unit’s commander, is seeking to qualify the squadron members as mission scanners, observers and pilots.  The squadron has been offering training at each of its meetings since October, 2014, to qualify as many members as possible, with Lt Col Larry McConnell teaching the scanner and observer sessions at the unit’s weekly meetings. 

2d Lt Klemm stated that he wants to earn his Emergency Service ratings as soon as possible, because “I want the knowledge since I have no background in aviation... I want to learn more...and also want to be part of the team to be able to participate meaningfully in search and rescue missions.”

 

The unit hopes to qualify additional members as scanners in the near future. Observer training is currently being undertaken in the next phase of aircrew qualifications.

 

 

 

 










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Pinellas CAP Members earn Aerospace Education Award
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 3 on Sunday, January 25, 2015 by Author: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing.

Commander Cuarta presents the Yeagar Award to 2d Lt Franzen


Pinellas  CAP Members earn Aerospace Education Award

Dateline: January 14, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport

By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO (T), Legal Officer, FL 182

 

2d Lt Ron Klemm, 2d Lt Ann Marie Franzen, and SM Wayne Zalinsky, all members of Pinellas Senior Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, have each recently earned the Aerospace Education award known as the Charles E. “Chuck” Yeagar Aerospace Education Achievement Award.

 To earn the Yeagar award requires a level of commitment to studying the extensive aviation history of the United States, from the earliest attempts at flight, to understanding the development of current aviation technology, both civilian and military. The course involves extensive reading and then taking a 100 question online test that can take 3 to 4 hours to complete.

As Aerospace Education is one of the 3 important missions of CAP, along with emergency services and cadet training and education, it is a significant achievement when a senior member makes the effort to earn this award. 

2d Lt Ron Klemm, assistant Aerospace Education officer for the squadron, is currently preparing the members by teaching a monthly course in aviation history, geared toward members earning this prestigious award.

When asked why he wanted to earn the Yeager Award so quickly after joining CAP, 2d Lt Klemm responded enthusiastically:  "practice what you preach…I am preparing the squadron...so I decided to take the test--see what it is all about--so I can better gear my presentations to teach the course more effectively, so others can achieve success."

 

2d Lt Franzen said that the Yeagar award, “is a source of pride and accomplishment...I needed the background information in aerospace so as to increase my level of knowledge, since I had no previous experience in this important area of our nation’s history.”

 

The Unit Commander, Maj Adrian Cuarta, is urging all members to become proficient in aerospace education and to take the test to earn this important award.

 

 

























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Ron Klemm earns CAP Promotion to 2d Lt
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 3 on Sunday, January 25, 2015 by Author: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing.

FL 182 Commander Cuarta presents Ron Klemm with 2d Lt Epaulettes

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Ron Klemm earns CAP Promotion to 2d Lt

Dateline: January 14, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport

By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO (T), Legal Officer, FL 182

 

Ron Klemm hit the ground running when he joined Pinellas Senior Squadron, the Civil Air Patrol unit stationed at Albert Whitted Airport.  He immediately started working on various requirements and qualifications and has achieved outstanding results in the brief tenure of his membership.

On January 14, 2015, after only 6 months as a senior member, he earned the rank of 2d Lieutenant.

When asked why it was important to him to earn this promotion so quickly, 2d Lt Klemm eagerly responded that “it shows a level of commitment to CAP to accomplish the requirements and achieve rank."

2d Lt Klemm has readily jumped in to help the squadron and work as a team player. He is the unit’s liaison to the local cadet squadron, FL 066, having been a cadet himself. He is also working on his technician rating as an Aerospace Education officer, and is developing programs for the squadron and also local schools on our country’s aviation history. 2d Lt Klemm is also contributing in other very valuable ways by helping with much needed training of the unit’s members.

 

 

 


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