Congressman Richard Nugent joins the Civil Air Patrol.
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 6, Group 7 on Friday, May 8, 2015 by Author: Maj Donald Nathe, Hernando County Composite Squadron, Florida Wing.

Photo: Congressman Richard Nugent (left) receives membership certificate from Group 3 Commander, Major Steve Lampasona. (CAP photo)

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - The honorable Richard Nugent, U.S. Representative for Florida's 11th congressional district, is the newest member of Civil Air Patrol’s Congressional Squadron. Nugent was honored in a ceremony at Hernando County Composite Squadron located at the Hernando County Airport.

Congressman Nugent was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife, Wendy. He received his Civil Air Patrol membership certificate and membership card from Florida Wing Group 3 commander, Major Stephen J. Lampasona who was assisted by Hernando County Composite Squadron commander, Major Don Whalen.

Members of the United States Congress and federally appointed officials are eligible to become congressional members of Civil Air Patrol. As a congressional squadron member, Nugent wears the honorary grade of lieutenant colonel and is authorized to fly in CAP aircraft and attend activities.

"I’ve had three sons come through this (CAP) program over the years, it’s quite a commitment" said Nugent. "You never know what’s going to happen, my middle-son Kyle flew Blackhawks. He said after his first flight as a cadet, ‘I want to do that’.“

Richard B. "Rich" Nugent served Florida's 5th district from 2011 until 2012 prior to his election to serve Florida's 11th congressional district in 2013. He currently serves on the House Committee on Armed Services and House Committee on House Administration. He is formerly the Sheriff of Hernando County, Florida.

Also present at the ceremony: Cadet Captain Cody Curabbaand; Cadet Major Kyle Curabba, Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron; and Cadet Major Jarod Waters, Hernando County Composite Squadron Honor Guard.



Change of Command and Prestigious Awards for SRQ Composite Squadron Cadets
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7, Group 800, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters, Florida Feature on Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Author: 1st Lt Christopher Carroll, SRQ Composite Squadron, Florida Wing.

Photo: Following the Change of Command, incoming Cadet Commander C/2dLt Gabriel J. Brink (left) addressed the unit. Also pictured, C/SMSgt Ian J. Spirduso (center) and outgoing Cadet Commander C/2dLt Jonathan M. Banks (right). (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)

SARASOTA, Fla. – On Monday, May 4, 2015, cadets of the SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) held a change of command ceremony at McClure Auditorium at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport and presented some prestigious awards to cadets.

“I am proud of our squadron and particularly proud of our cadets,” said SRQ Composite Squadron Commander Maj. William Hansen. “Our cadet program has made great strides in the last year.” He credits the success of the cadet program to the outstanding leadership provided by CAP senior members, the cadets themselves, and the active participation of the cadets’ parents.

Prior to the change of command ceremony, C/TSgt Jesse Yong received a citation and medal award from the Air Force Association for outstanding achievement and academic standing. Next, C/2dLt Jonathan Banks received a Veterans of Foreign Wars Civil Air Patrol Officer citation and medal award for outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership. C/MSgt Gabrielle McCoy also received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Civil Air Patrol Non-Commissioned Officer citation and medal award for outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership.

For his efforts in recruiting new members at the Sun ‘n Fun Air Show, C/Amn Jackson Wyatt Touchton received a Certificate of Appreciation. Another part of the evening included the promotions of C/Amn Ethan Branham, C/Amn Kyle Wason and C/MSgt Douglas Lumpkin.

Finally, Cadet McCoy received a Find ribbon.

Following the presentation of awards, Cadet Commander Banks transferred command to C/2dLt Gabriel Brink and Brink addressed the unit.

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 89 members: 57 senior members and 32 cadets. Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counterdrug 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.




C/TSgt Jesse E. Yong (center) receives a citation and medal award from the Air Force Association for outstanding achievement and academic standing, presented by SRQ Composite Squadron Commander Maj. William Hansen (left) and Cadet Cadet Commander C/2dLt Jonathan M. Banks (right). (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)



C/MSgt Gabrielle P. McCoy (center) receives a citation and medal award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership, presented by SRQ Composite Squadron Commander Maj. William Hansen (left) and Cadet Commander C/2dLt Jonathan M. Banks (right). (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)



C/2dLt Jonathan M. Banks (center) receives a citation and medal award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership, presented by SRQ Composite Squadron Commander Maj. William Hansen (left) and Deputy Commander (Cadets) 1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski (right) (Photo credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)


Cadets Welcome Hurricane Hunters to Puerto Rico
Filed under Region Hq, Puerto Rico Wing on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by Author: Puerto Rico Wing Public Affairs.

Photo: Cadet Airman Manuel Lopez, PR-122, officially receives the Hurricane Hunters to San Juan. (CAP Photo)

By Capt. Pablo Jimenez, Commander, Col Clara E. Livingston Cadet Squadron

SAN JUAN – The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Emergency and Disaster Management Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held an open house on April 25, 2015 at the Isla Grande Airport San Juan Puerto Rico.

Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Col Clara E. Livingston Cadet Squadron had the opportunity to tour one of the ten WC-130J “Hercules II” assigned to the 403rd Wing, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based out of Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Cadet Airman Manuel Lopez, PR-122, was invited by the Emergency Management Administration of Puerto Rico officially receive the aircraft and crew.

According to the 403rd Wing web site, the mission of the Hurricane Hunters is to recruit, organize and train assigned personnel to perform aerial weather reconnaissance. They provide surveillance of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the central Pacific Ocean for the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The unit also flies winter storm missions off both coasts of the United States.

The purpose of the annual open house is to raise awareness of the upcoming tropical storm season. The aircraft typically draws hundreds of local residents and the Emergency Management agency uses the opportunity to distribute information to educate citizens about the threat of tropical storms.

The cadets also visited the hangar of one of the air ambulances. The Col Clara E. Livingston Cadet Squadron is located in San Juan, PR.



Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Col Clara E. Livingston Cadet Squadron (PR-122) with Hurricane Hunter aircrew. (CAP Photo)



Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Col Clara E. Livingston Cadet Squadron (PR-122) with Hurricane Hunter aircrew. (CAP Photo)



Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Col Clara E. Livingston Cadet Squadron (PR-122) with Air Ambulance aircrew. (CAP Photo)




Naples Senior Squadron Hosts Public Affairs Workshop
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5 on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Author: 2nd Lt Donald Binner, Naples Senior Squadron, Florida Wing.

Photo:  Group 5 Commander, Lt. Col. Ray Rosenberg, and Southeast Region Director of Public Affairs, Major Jeffrey Carlson discuss importance of maintaining open lines of communication with stakeholders.

NAPLES, Fla. - Public affairs officers from Civil Air Patrol Florida Wing's Group 5 gathered in Naples for a training workshop on April 25, 2015. The professional development workshop was hosted by the Naples Senior Squadron and included topics about target messaging and content marketing. Southeast Region Director of Public Affairs, Major Jeffrey Carlson, was the facilitator.

The Group 5 operations area extends south from Tampa Bay to Naples and east to Lake Okeechobee. Workshop participants included some of the newest PAOs in Florida Wing as well as more seasoned professionals.

"I really enjoyed the opportunity meeting the other PAOs in my Group", said 1st Lt Chris Carroll, PAO from SRQ Composite Squadron.   

In addition to some of the basic duty requirements, Major Carlson focused becoming more efficient by building a team and utilizing available resources.


"Public Affairs includes a lot of real estate," said Carlson "we need to shift away from the idea of developing a one-person army and work toward developing a team approach. We need to develop leadership at all levels of the CAP PA program and unit PAOs need to utilize as many squadron members as possible to run a successful program."

Another key topic was the importance of target messaging. "What good is writting a release if nobody reads it?' asked Carlson. "Today's audience has so many choices and very little time to digest the available information, CAP public affairs needs to present the information in a context that is interesting to a specific audience."


Carlson recommended that each squadron maintain a contact list of suppliers, sponsors, members and family, customers and others and then develop regular messages for each stakeholder segment to keep the lines of communication open and help manage expectations.  

The final key topic was Content marketing. Carlson said, “Everyone is fighting for the same limited space with traditional media. The majority now get their information from the Internet.  The local media may not print your article, but each PAO has the ability to self-publish using online resources to get the message out. Once a link is made, it can be used in social media, emails, text messages and many other places.” 

He explained that social media is a great method of spreading the word about Civil Air Patrol. Facebook is still a popular site along with Twitter. Social media can be used to post links to self-published articles, pictures or even movies about cadet or senior squadron activities that serve the local community.

Another Group 5 public affairs workshop on Crisis Communications is slated in the fall in Sarasota. 



Region Conference Registration is in Full Swing!
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Author: Capt Tyler Lahnen, Director of Public Affairs, Florida Wing.


Peachtree City, Ga. - Registration for Southeast region Conference is still open.  Held June 5th-7th, the conference will include a town hall meeting with the Chairman of the Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors, the National Commander and Southeast Region Commander.  A Change of Command will occur as Col. Bedgood turns over command of the region to Col. Melton. 


Prices increase on May 1st so take advantage of the early bird prices and register today!  For more information, visit
http://sercap.us/information/events/region-conference.aspx.


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