Florida Wing CAP Attends Summer Training
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Monday, July 21, 2014 by Author: Wesley Chapel Cadet Sq., Florida Wing.

From teamwork throughout the week to final pass and review, cadets experienced training that is at the heart of the CAP core values.

By C/1stLt Andrea Slouha
Wesley Chapel Cadet Sqn FL-458

Camp Blanding, FL - This past summer, 130 cadets and staff attended of the Civil Air Patrol’s FLWG annual Summer Encampment at Camp Blanding, the training center for the Florida National Guard. The event kicked off by encampment staff with the proclamation that this ‘would be the encampment to remember’. The cadets for this encampment would experience more interactive field activities than were available at previous summer encampments. This year was filled with more intense physical and mental challenges. Major Kevin McSparron (ENC/CC) stated that while this might be one of the most intense and stressful times the students would have to go through in their CAP career, the sense of accomplishment that they will all feel at the end will outweigh the rest. A statement that was completely true, as this encampment had a 100% graduation turnout. A task not many encampments can claim. 
           Of all the events and activities available throughout the week, day three was considered the day to remember at Encampment. The day kicked off with the cadets going to the Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) Course that the SWAT team uses to train. Here, the cadets had to overcome every obstacle as a team; the amount of camaraderie that became apparent within the flights was truly outstanding. The cadets truly showed what being in the Civil Air Patrol means through their efforts to ensure no one was left behind. Finally, the cadets got to do the most anticipated activity that the staff looked forward to: Battle Simulations. As Major McSparron put it, “Call of Duty in real life, but better”, the cadets got to be put in three different situations with different artillery and got to experience the latest type of virtual combat. 
           After seven days of training, cadets left with a new appreciation and understanding of what it means to be a member of an organization such as CAP, and also an appreciation of what members of the uniformed services do for protecting the interests of the United States.


Leadership Award for C.A.P. Senior Volunteer
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 3 on Sunday, July 13, 2014 by Author: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing.

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Byline: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Public Affairs Officer

Dateline: Albert Whitted Airport, St. Petersburg, FL

July 7, 2014

Lt Col Joyce Nader, Legal Officer and Public Affairs Officer, Pinellas Senior Squadron, FL 182, Civil Air Patrol, recently completed all the requirements to receive the Leadership ribbon in the specialty track of Public Affairs. Civil Air Patrol is the volunteer civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force, with both senior and cadet volunteers.

Civil Air Patrol awards leadership ribbons to senior members who have completed a series of tasks to achieve a technician rating in a specialty area. Specialty tracks include emergency services, administration, personnel, public affairs, and finance.

The Technician rating is the first of three levels of achievement, with the next being Senior, and the highest being a Master rating.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

For More Information, please contact Lt Col Joyce Nader, Public Affairs Officer, FL 182 @Jnajag@aol.com

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FL 182 Cuarta Attends Southeast Region Staff College
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 3 on Sunday, July 13, 2014 by Author: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing.

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Byline: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Public Affairs Officer

Dateline: McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Alcoa, TN

July 7, 2014

Maj Adrian Cuarta, newly installed Commander of Pinellas Senior Squadron, FL 182, Civil Air Patrol, recently took up residence for one week to attend a leadership academy at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Aloca, TN, sponsored by the Southeast Region, CAP.

Maj Cuarta took the opportunity to attend Southeast Region Staff College with other senior and cadet volunteers of the civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force. Maj Cuarta said it was a “unique chance to work with other seniors and cadets in a military setting, complete with morning inspections, rigorous tasking, leadership training from eminently qualified instructors from our esteemed and honorable military.”

The RSC took place on base with attendees housed on the base. The senior attendees were assigned to teams in seminar-style training, and given daily projects and assignments to complete. “This was no easy busy work,” Maj Cuarta emphatically stated, “as we worked well into the night on our projects each night we were there.”

Four senior members were recognized at the conclusion of the RSC with awards for representing the four core values of CAP. Maj Cuarta was one of the four award winners, receiving the award from his classmates for Integrity. He said it was “truly an honor” to be voted on by “my fellow classmates”.

The week long training concluded with a military style “Dining Out”, with dignitaries in attendance, including Colonel Jessica Meyeraan, Commander of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, McGhee Tyson.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

For More Information, please contact Lt Col Joyce Nader, Public Affairs Officer, FL 182 @Jnajag@aol.com


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CAP Representatives speak at June Meeting:Military Officers Association of America
Filed under Group 3 on Sunday, July 13, 2014 by Author: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing.

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Byline: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Public Affairs Officer

Dateline: St. Petersburg, FL

July 7, 2014

Maj Adrian Cuarta, Squadron Commander, and Lt Col Joyce Nader, Legal Officer and Public Affairs Officer, Pinellas Senior Squadron (FL 182, Civil Air Patrol), were invited to make a presentation at the June lunch meeting of the St. Petersburg Area Chapter, Military Officers Association of America. MOAA serves all branches of the military, both active duty and retired veterans.

Maj Cuarta and Lt Col Nader’s presentation covered the history of the Civil Air Patrol dating to December 1, 1941; its three primary and important missions as the volunteer civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force (Emergency Services; Aerospace Education; Cadet Training and Programs); and examples of some of the important work that is being done by CAP volunteers, both seniors and cadets, all around Florida and the United States. The program was an interactive discussion with the over 50 MOAA members and their guests in attendance, followed by a question and answer session.

At the conclusion of the lunch meeting, the MOAA chapter president, LTC Terry Carr, USA (Ret), presented the speakers with a commemorative gift in appreciation of their attendance and talk.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

For More Information, please contact Lt Col Joyce Nader, Public Affairs Officer, FL 182 @Jnajag@aol.com


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Southeast 2014 DR Exercise Provides Many Lessons Learned
Filed under Region Hq, Alabama Wing, Florida Wing, Georgia Wing, Mississippi Wing, Tennessee Wing, Puerto Rico Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7 on Monday, June 23, 2014 by Author: Southeast Region Public Affairs.

SOUTHEAST 2014 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER – A week-long exercise, Southeast 2014, concluded after testing Civil Air Patrol’s abilities to provide support for the Federal Emergency Management Agency during a major disaster recovery operation. The stress test focused on CAP’s ability to coordinate and communicate across a large geographical area.

“We need to be able to deal with large scale, large area challenges,” Said Colonel Alvin Bedgood, CAP Southeast Region Commander. “This the first time we’ve tried something this large. We’ve been working toward this for three years.”

The scenario consisted of a simultaneous strike of a trio of major hurricanes, Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie. Bravo arrived in Florida, slowed to a meandering crawl across the state before entering the Gulf of Mexico and tracking up through Alabama reaching as far as Kentucky. Charlie skirted up the eastern seaboard and made landfall in Georgia. Hurricane Alpha struck Puerto Rico’s east coast then traveled due west across the entire island. Topical moisture from the storms collided with a cold-air front over the Tennessee Valley producing heavy rains. The effects the storms cover nearly 20% of the U.S. land mass.

“We learned a great number of things as a result of Southeast 2104 and I am quite pleased with all phases of the exercise” said Bedgood.

Both FEMA Region II and FEMA Region IV activated their Regional Response Coordination Centers and requested imagery for damage assessment of critical infrastructure. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers also requested CAP to acquire digital imagery.

Civil Air Patrol activated an advanced incident management structure called Area Command to coordinate response operations at nine Incident Command Posts located throughout the affected area. The Area Command structure is utilized for managing multiple incidents of a similar nature over a wide geographical area. The Area Command staff can focus on administrative needs and jurisdictional issues and allow the incident commanders to focus on tactical operations. The Area Command was located at Dobbins ARB in Georgia.

The original scope of Southeast 2014 included nine Wings in three Regions as well as the CAP Chaplain Corps; by the time the operational portion of the exercise concluded the exercise flight and ground operations had expanded to five Regions and thirteen CAP Wings to include: Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Mississippi; Missouri; Michigan; North Carolina; Puerto Rico; South Carolina; Tennessee; Virginia.

"I am extremely proud of the professionalism and performance of all involved in the exercise and I want to congratulate them on a job well done” said Bedgood.

The operation received support from the CAP National Operations Center, the Georgia Army National Guard, Dobbins ARB and the Florida Wing Public Affairs Academy. In addition, units also participated concurrently in CONSTANT WATCH 14, the CAP national level communications exercise.

The exercise started on June 13 and continued through June 22. By Sunday evening, all of the Wings had returned to a normal operations status and the Area Command was transitioning to a virtual state in order to complete the reporting phase.

Colonel Bedgood said that he hopes to see this type of exercise become an annual part of the CAP training schedule.




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