Southeast Region cadets Daniel and Gage Stephens awarded Silver Medal of Valor
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, Group 800, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters, Florida Feature, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 2, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7, Group 8, Group 9, Group 11 on Sunday, December 21, 2014 by Author: Maj Jonathan W. Lartigue, Southeast Region Public Affairs.


c/A1C Richard G. Stephens, front left, and c/SSgt Franklin D. Stephens, second from left, receive the Silver Medal of Valor, the highest award Civil Air Patrol can bestow, from Southeast Region Vice Commander Col. Barry Melton, right, as Georgia Wing Commander Col. Richard Greenwood, who is also a recipient of the Silver Medal of Valor, looks on.  (Civil Air Patrol Photo by Maj. Jonathan Lartigue, CAP)


Ellijay, GA Two brothers in the Ellijay Composite Squadron were awarded Civil Air Patrol’s highest decoration - the Silver Medal of Valor - on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at a ceremony attended by Georgia Wing and Southeast Region officials as well as local and state dignitaries.   

Cadet A1C Richard Gage Stephens and his brother c/SSgt Franklin Daniel Stephens received the award from Southeast Region Vice Commander Col. Barry Melton and Georgia Wing Commander Col. Richard Greenwood, who is himself a recipient of the Silver Medal of Valor.

The Silver Medal of Valor, the highest award CAP can bestow, is awarded for “distinguished and conspicuous heroic action, at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of normal duty.”

Daniel and Gage Stephens earned the award for their actions on January 28, 2014, while hiking near their home when they witnessed a Ford F-150 pickup lose control on snow and ice covered roads and slide down a mountainside with as steep as an 80 percent grade.  The driver, 56-year-old Kathy Hall of Cherry Log, was struck on the head and thrown down the mountainside while attempting to exit the unstable vehicle.

Daniel and Gage, who had just completed CAP’s first-aid course the week prior to the accident, climbed along the mountainside to assist the victim, placing themselves below the unstable vehicle at great personal risk, to render aid.  Daniel, exposing himself to below-freezing temperatures, used his coat and gloves to keep the victim warm while his brother Gage went to notify authorities and retrieve blankets.  

The inclement weather and poor road conditions delayed emergency responders from reaching the scene for more than an hour.  Remaining calm throughout the incident, the cadets, along with a neighbor, stayed with the victim to keep her warm and calm.  By the time emergency personnel arrived, the cadets had immobilized the head and spine of the victim, who had suffered a concussion, three broken ribs, and a severely fractured thoracic vertebra, an injury that can frequently lead to paralysis or death.  

“The actions of these two cadets exemplifies the true core values of the Civil Air Patrol,” said Ellijay Composite Squadron commander Capt. Lex Fisher.  “Those are Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence in all we do, and Respect.  As commander of the 507th, it’s an honor to have these two fine cadets in our squadron. I'm certain that their actions will only serve to inspire others in the years to come.”

Hall, who is recovering from her injuries and surgery to repair her broken vertebra, attributes an “amazing set of circumstances” and the help of her three neighbors for preventing more serious and permanent injury.  “Without them I don’t know what would’ve happened,” she told the Times-Courier of Gilmer County, Ga.  “I was in very good hands.”




c/A1C Richard G. Stephens, center, receives the citation for his Silver Medal of Valor, the highest award Civil Air Patrol can bestow, from Southeast Region Vice Commander Col. Barry Melton, left, and Georgia Wing Commander Col. Richard Greenwood, who is also a recipient of the Silver Medal of Valor.  (Civil Air Patrol Photo by Maj. Jonathan Lartigue, CAP)



CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE SILVER MEDAL OF VALOR
c/A1C Richard G. Stephens, CAP, distinguished himself by conspicuous heroic action at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, at Cherry Log, Georgia, on 28 January 2014 by rendering aid to a woman who had lost control of her vehicle, driving it off a steep, snow-covered hill.
During this period, c/A1C Stephens demonstrated uncommon presence of mind by making his way over steep terrain to render aid to the injured party.  c/A1C Richard Stephens and his brother, c/SSgt Franklin Stephens, were hiking when they witnessed an F-150 lose control and drive over the side of a mountain.  c/A1C Richard Stephens, along with his brother, c/SSgt Franklin Stephens, used their training to remain calm and give emergency care to the individual until advanced care could arrive.  c/A1C Richard Stephens notified emergency services of the event and brought blankets to keep the victim warm.  c/A1C Richard Stephens risked his life by making his way nearly 100 feet down the hill, placing himself below the vehicle, which was resting, unstabilized, above the injured party, c/A1C Stephens, and his brother c/SSgt Stephens.

Through his singularly courageous heroism and selfless regard for his fellowmen, c/A1C Stephens has reflected the highest credit upon himself and Civil Air Patrol.



CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE SILVER MEDAL OF VALOR
c/SSgt Franklin D. Stephens, CAP, distinguished himself by conspicuous heroic action at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, at Cherry Log, Georgia, on 28 January 2014 by rendering aid to a woman who had lost control of her vehicle, driving it off a steep, snow-covered hill.

During this period, c/A1C Stephens demonstrated uncommon presence of mind by making his way over steep terrain to render aid to the injured party.  
c/SSgt Stephens used his training to remain calm and give emergency care to the individual until advanced care could arrive.  c/SSgt Stephens risked his life by climbing nearly 100 feet down a mountain, placing himself below the vehicle, which was resting, unstabilized, above c/SSgt Stephens and the injured party.  c/SSgt Stephens further risked his personal safety by exposing himself to the elements when he used his coat and gloves to keep the injured party warm.  By the time emergency personnel had arrived, c/SSgt Stephens had immobilized the woman’s back and spine to prevent further injury.

Through his singularly courageous heroism and selfless regard for his fellowmen, c/SSgt Stephens has reflected the highest credit upon himself and Civil Air Patrol.



Capt. Donald Murray, public affairs officer for the Ellijay Composite Squadron, also contributed to this article.


Puerto Rico Cadets Collect Record 50 Boxes of Gifts for Children in Need
Filed under Region Hq, Puerto Rico Wing, Group 2, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7, Group 8, Group 9, Group 11 on Saturday, December 20, 2014 by Author: Puerto Rico Wing Public Affairs.



Members of Muñiz Air National Guard Cadet Squadron display boxes of Christmas gifts collected for needy children.  The squadron collected 50 boxes this year, beating its last year’s record by 31 boxes.

Puerto Rico Wing Public Affairs

Trujillo Alto, PR -  Cadets and Senior members of the Puerto Rico Wing’s Muñiz Air National Guard Cadet Squadron, have collected a record 50 boxes of gift and supplies for children in need as part of “Operation Christmas Child”.

 

This weekend, the squadron serves as collection site for the program, which is said to be the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. The members of the unit fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and notes of encouragement.

 

"Operation Christmas Child is a fun project that makes a tangible difference in the life of a child facing difficult circumstances.” SER-PR-126 Squadron Commander Lt Col Ismael J. Rodriguez said. “Anyone can participate, whether young or old.”  Also he states, “This is a good way to show the people out there what we are capable to do.  This young citizens and adults that comprised the unit live by the CAP Core Values –Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Volunteer Services”.

 

This year the unit personnel collected 50 boxes, 31 more than last year, and hope their contribution makes the a difference for children this holiday season.  Since 1993, Samaritan's Purse has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 113 million children in over 150 countries through Operation Christmas Child. For many of these children, a gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.  Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.





LtCol. Ivelisse Peña, left, and c/MSgt. Gabriel Colon wrap a box containing gifts and school supplies for children in need.  This year cadets more than doubled the number of boxes filled.



c/TSgt. Glorisabel de Jesus displays a Chirstmas box containing gifts and school supplies for children in need.  Muñiz Air National Guard Cadet Squadron collected 50 boxes this holiday season as part of “Operation Christmas Child”.



Civil Air Patrol Conducts Search and Rescue Training Exercise at Albert Whitted
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 3 on Friday, December 19, 2014 by Author: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing.

Photo:  Air crew preparing for Sarex mission

Dateline: December 6, 2014, Albert Whitted Airport

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

Over 25 Civil Air Patrol volunteers participated in the Emergency Services exercise hosted by the Pinellas Senior Squadron at Albert Whitted Airport on December 6, 2014.

CAP members, seniors and cadets, trained for positions at mission base, including communications, aircrew and as ground teams including urban direction finding. The various team’s simulated search and rescue tasks utilizing several aircraft as well as ground based communications systems and resources.

Early morning weather delayed the start of the exercise, but all planned training scenarios were accomplished with personnel receiving the scheduled training and evaluation. Over 8 sorties were flown throughout the day by the aircrews.

The exercise was a great success due to the skilled work of many members as well as the spirit and dedication of all the participants.

Another exercise will be planned for sometime in the spring.



http://news.sercap.us/Upload/19141458_SPGSAREXACwCrew26Dec14%20(2).jpghttp://news.sercap.us/Upload/19141517_SPGSAREXAIRCREW6Dec14%20(2).jpg 


Tyndall-Panama Composite Squadron's Successful Wreath-Laying
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 1, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Sunday, December 14, 2014 by Author: Maj Charles Walker, Tyndall-Panama Composite Sq., Florida Wing.

Photo:  Cadets from the Tyndall-Panama Composite Squadron laying wreaths in honor of veterans buried in Lynn Haven Florida.

By: Major Charles Walker, Tyndall-Panama Composite Squadron

The Tyndall-Panama Composite Squadron, in partnership with the city of Lyn Haven in Bay County Florida, laid 288 wreaths on veterans graves in honor of Wreaths Across America.  This year the Tyndall-Panama Composite Squadron, FL-435, decided to decline the fundraising aspect of Wreaths Across America, instead using those funds to purchase more wreaths.  The result was a 3 for the price of 2 deal with wreaths across America which enabled the squadron to increase the number of wreaths available for this special day.

   "This is the least we as citizens can do for veterans whose graves we stood in front of today" said Tyndall-Panama Composite Squadron's Emergency Services officer Major Andrew Miller. "to see the cadets and senior members joined by members of the community from Lynn Haven, and personnel from Tyndall Air Force Base to accomplish this goal has been one of the greatest things I have witnessed in my time with Civil Air Patrol, and I could not be prouder to be part of our Squadron during this time".

The partnership with the City of Lynn Haven resulted in a proclamation naming December 13, 2014 as "Wreaths Across America Day" throughout the City of Lynn Haven.  Plans are underway to continue this next year as part of an annual event for FL-435, and the City of Lynn Haven.

                                                             -30-




Civil Air Patrol Senior Member Ron Klem participates in the Great American Teach-In
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 2 on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Author: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing.

Photo:  SM Ron Klem with his son Sean, a student at Plato Academy


Dateline: November 19, 2014, Plato Academy Largo Campus


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


Ron Klem, Assistant Aerospace Education Officer for the Pinellas Senior Squadron, participated in the Great American Teach-In at the Largo Campus of the Plato Academy, held annually every November.


Senior Member Ron Klem spoke to 7 classes throughout the day and reached over 200 students, ages 8 to 14, in grades 3 through 8.


SM Klem prepared a special powerpoint presentation with slides and a video for the student talk. He spoke to the enthusiastic students about aviation careers, and introduced Civil Air Patrol as an opportunity to learn more about aviation and receive assistance in reaching that lofty goal. He also discussed the mission of CAP, membership requirements for cadets, weekly cadet meetings, winter and summer encampments for cadets, squadron locations, and also the military-like structure.


Interested students asked lots of questions and wanted to know especially about CAP aircraft and flying programs for cadets.  In his talk, Mr. Klem highlighted how CAP can help a cadet develop a passion for aviation and prepare a cadet for a successful career in aviation, as a pilot, a mechanic, an engineer, an air traffic controller, or any other of the myriad of opportunities in this varied field, be it in the military or as a civilian.  


SM Klem  then finished his presentation by sharing the story of Maj Nicole Malachowski, a United States Air Force Officer, who was the first female pilot selected to fly with the Thunderbirds. Maj Malchowski was previously a CAP cadet in the Nevada Wing before joining the USAF.


 SM Klem stated “all the students enjoyed the presentation and asked many relevant questions. I hope that some of them will join CAP as a cadet, as they will find the experience challenging and rewarding.”


Mr. Klem hopes to participate again in next year’s Great American Teach-In. 


 








You can add additional photos down here.  Refer to SER Pamphlet 102, Online News Administration and System Guide for details. 


  Next 5