Community Service Award Presented to Marco Island Squadron Member
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5 on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Author: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary.

Captain Lyle Odland was recognized at the Marco Island Senior Squadron’s bi-weekly meeting ‎on April 18th for his long and distinguished community service.  ‎

‎ Captain Odland was a volunteer member of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP).  He ‎was trained as an unpaid volunteer currier of life-saving bone marrow, peripheral red blood cells ‎or adult stem cells for the advanced treatment of human cancers.  Following his training, he ‎became a currier and made his first volunteer pickup and delivery on April 17, 2008.‎

The NMDP’s expectation was that each currier would make a minimum of two deliveries per ‎year.  However, during the next 5 ½ years, Lyle made it a personal goal to attempt one delivery ‎per month.  His last assignment was on December 24, 2013 when he completed his sixty-third ‎delivery.  On that December his service ended due to the mandated maximum age restriction for ‎all curriers.‎

Within his period of service he picked up and delivered in the following states within the United ‎States:  AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, MA, MN, MI, NE, NC, NY, NJ, OH,  SC, TN, TX, WA; thirteen ‎of his total deliveries involved  the following foreign countries:  England, Germany, Italy, Spain, ‎Finland and Scotland.  In each instance, Captain Odland was extremely well received by the ‎medical staff.  At no time did he have contact or even knowledge of the identity of either the ‎donor or the recipient. ‎

‎ Fulfilling this volunteer position involved him being available for the assigned time, and being ‎comfortable and effective in dealing with air travel, TSA inspectors, custom officials, and legal ‎authorities in each location.  In addition, he had to be able to problem solve when unexpected ‎travel arrangements were interrupted and/or changed while still being able to meet the critical  ‎project timeframe.‎

For his exceptional volunteer service, outstanding performance and community dedication, ‎Commander Major Robert Corriveau, presented to Captain Lyle Odland, the Community Service ‎Award and Ribbon with four clasps.‎

Marco Island Senior Squadron Honored at Wing Conference
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5 on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Author: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary.

The Marco Island Senior Squadron and two of its members were recognized at ‎the annual Florida Wing Conference held in Orlando on April 16 and 17. The ‎following awards were presented at the general assembly meeting held on the ‎Saturday morning of the Conference: Major Robert Corriveau was awarded ‎Florida Wing Professional Development Officer of the Year 2015 and Major ‎Marian Motylszary was awarded Florida Wing Information Technology Officer ‎of the Year 2015. A Commander’s Commendation was also awarded to Major ‎Corriveau at the Subordinate Unit Inspection (SUI) seminar later in the day, ‎for his work as Assistant Inspector General (AIG) for Florida Wing and SUI ‎team member for Group 5.‎

That evening during the conference banquet the squadron was recognized and ‎awarded the Florida Wing Senior Squadron of the Year for 2015.  Squadron ‎Commander, Major Robert Corriveau noted that “this award belongs to all the ‎members of the Squadron especially the frontline officers who performed their ‎duties superbly and contributed greatly to the success of the Squadron ‎throughout this past year”.‎

Final Salute: Major Richard Saboda
Filed under Georgia Wing, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Author: 1st Lt. Ethan Berg.

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
Filed under Group 5 on Friday, April 22, 2016 by Author: Maj. Jeff P. Carlson.

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

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 or Group 5 PAO, Maj. Jeff Carlson,

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, for more information.

Gulf Middle School Cadets Prepare for Flight
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5 on Saturday, April 9, 2016 by Author: Florida Wing Group 5 Public Affairs.

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.

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