Civil Air Patrol Cadets Receive Orientation Flight on a KC-135 Refueling Aircraft
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Thursday, July 20, 2017 by Author: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll.

On 13 June 2017, nine cadets and senior member 1st Lt. Todd Sullivan from the SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) joined other members from the Florida Wing to experience a three-hour orientation ride on a KC-135 refueling aircraft. The mission included special recognition of a retiring pilot.

1st Lt. Todd Sullivan described the experience as, “Awesome, incredible. The respect and honor was amazing for the retiring pilot.”

At sunrise, members loaded onto a bus that delivered them to a briefing room at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where cadets listened to a flight plan brief of the two crews. After going through a TSA checkpoint, members received assignments for one of two planes that would participate in the exercise.

Once on the plane, it became clear why everyone received earplugs. The sound of the engines was deafening.

Shortly after takeoff, the plane entered the clouds and the ground disappeared from view. The boom operator walked around and explained we would be refueling a C-17 cargo plane and that it would look even bigger through the boom operator’s window, stationed at the aft of the airplane.

The cadets received permission to walk around the plane and everyone got a chance to lie down next to the boom operator while she maneuvered the boom.

This was one of the pilot’s final flights so he received a traditional ceremony: a fountain under the plane, called a bird bath, and fire trucks making an arc over the plane as the pilot taxied. The pilot’s wife was the last person to marshal him while commissioned.

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 101 members: 58 senior members and 43 cadets. Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counter-drug 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

Mississippi Wing Cadet Banks Is Chosen to Serve on FEMA Council
Filed under Region Hq, Mississippi Wing, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Author: Lt. Col. Judy Steele.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) welcomes Ruben M. Banks from Jackson, Miss. as one of the 15 national selectees for the 2017–2019 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).The FEMA YPC was formed in 2012 to bring together high school-age youth leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in emergency preparedness. The 15 council members are attending the YPC Summit in Washington, D.C., from July 18-19, to meet with FEMA leaders and prepare for the year ahead. “This is a great opportunity to hear new ideas and harness the talent and enthusiasm of these young leaders to better prepare their peers, their community and the nation for disasters,” said Region IV Administrator Gracia Szczech.

Ruben M. Banks was selected based on his demonstrated leadership as a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) member. At his local squadron, Banks is a cadet commander, squadron noncommissioned officer, communications officer, medic, and assistant ground team leader. In the CAP Mississippi Wing, Banks is a member of the Cadet Advisory Council and Wing Honor Society. The YPC new member selection panel was particularly impressed by his dedication to personally change the requirements within his CAP squadron, requiring each member to become emergency-certified or ground team members for the Mississippi Wing. Banks attends Jim Hill High School, home of the Tigers, in Jackson, Miiss.

“Cadet Banks is very committed to mission accomplishments,” said Raymond C. Leonard Jr., U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and Senior Army Instructor. “I can always count on him to complete every assigned task on time with flawless results. He is bright, energetic and genuinely well-rounded with unlimited potential.

”During his time on the council, Banks would like to develop teams of area high school students certified in disaster relief as well as Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). He plans to have these small teams work closely, and even train with, local search and rescue, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Civil Air Patrol and the American Red Cross in aiding before, during and after a disaster in their local community.

To learn more about the FEMA Youth Preparedness Council, please visit:

CAP Volunteers Help Expand ADS-B Coverage over Everglades and 10,000 Islands
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters, Florida Feature on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by Author: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary.

The Civil Air Patrol’s Marco Island Senior Squadron recently unveiled a new communication’s feature that allows mission base personnel to track route of CAP airplanes in real-time using Next-Gen technology.

Senior Member, Mike Webb, assistant communication officer for FL-376 is the technical brain behind the effort. Webb announced on the Fourth of July: "Mission accomplished... you did it fellas... 250-mile range... 23,000 reports received... I hope we can see our aircraft all the time now, while on missions and the Coastal Patrol over the Everglades and the Ten Thousand Island."

Squadron Commander, Major Robert Corriveau praised the team: "Thanks to Mike Webb, Dave Dumas, Ray James, and Fred Edwards for getting this feature added to our communications room. Nice job gentlemen!" He added, "This volunteer effort not only assists the CAP mission, but it benefits and enhances the aviation community situational awareness and improves overall flight safety."

Webb described the effort: “ is free to the public so anyone can access the website and see the aircraft they are interested in.” A mobile "app" is available as well. The company provided the antennas and ground equipment to the squadron as part of the effort to expand their global coverage.

“Marco Executive Airport (KMKY) was a perfect candidate because the airspace to our south, the Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands, was poorly covered,” said Webb. “The equipment sponsor, the aviation community and CAP all benefit from this team effort.”

Commander Corriveau added, “Our hope and expectations are that we will have constant surveillance of our aircraft during missions. The service enhances situational awareness for the communications staff monitoring a flight as well as provides real-time aircraft location information for ground crews with internet access.”

In the event of an 'in flight' emergency, the mission radio operator at Mission Base would have extremely accurate location information for the aircraft. The online service provides near real-time weather along with the real-time air traffic that can be viewed on a monitor. A flight history is created and the route flown is available for 12 months. Flight paths are presented with a 'trail' showing the entire flight. The information broadcasted from the plane’s transponder, such as airspeed, altitude, etc. is included as well.

“Having the ability to see a replay of the exact track flown will help with crew training. Seeing assets on a map in real time is a great decision-making tool,” offered Corriveau.

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) initiative of the FAA is a new National Airspace System due for implementation across the United States in stages between 2012 and 2025. NextGen proposes to transform America's Air Traffic Control System from a radar-based system with radio communication to a satellite-based one. 

The ADS-B is an acronym for Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast. The website describes it as “a surveillance technology in which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. The information can be received by Air Traffic Control ground stations as a replacement for secondary radar."

"ADS-B is an environmentally friendly technology that enhances safety and efficiency, and directly benefits pilots, controllers, airports, airlines, and the public. It forms the foundation for NextGen by moving from ground radar and navigational aids to precise tracking using satellite signals."

"With ADS-B, pilots for the first time see what controllers see: displays showing other aircraft in the sky. Cockpit displays also pinpoint hazardous weather and terrain, and give pilots important flight information, such as temporary flight restrictions.” Visit for more information.

Flight track on

New Cessna 182T NavIII used for the Coastal Patrols

Our hanger with antennas in the SE and NE corners. 

Naples Cadets show 4th of July Patriotic Pride
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5 on Monday, July 17, 2017 by Author: 1st Lt. Donald Binner.

Naples Civil Air Patrol cadets turned out in a display of patriotic pride for annual 4th of July parade in downtown Naples. Sunny and warm weather greeted the seven cadets and one Senior Member as they assembled early Tuesday morning to prepare for the parade filled with festive floats for thousands of spectators.

The uniformed cadets arrived in BDU’s or Blues and quickly located the parade assembly area. They interacted with the crowd and answered questions as they waited. Several former cadets stopped by to speak with the cadets and to revisit their past CAP experience. The former cadets were encouraged to attend a CAP meeting. As parade officials made final arrangements, the cadets organized themselves with some chosen to walk and others to ride on the Naples Airport Authority truck.

The jubilant crowd greeted the cadets as Naples Cadet Commander C/CMSgt Sean Phillips led his cadre along the three and one half mile parade route. The cadets distributed candy and CAP flyers to those that lined the parade route. The crowd greeted the cadets with “Happy 4th” with hands and flags waving along the entire parade route.

“All the cadets received hearty thanks from the parade attendees including local community emergency services providers,” said Squadron Commander, Maj. Kevin Dinger. “It that the community recognizes the cadet’s valuable contributions.”

The Naples Airport Authority employees also thanked the cadets for participating in the parade. The Naples Cadet Squadron is based from the Civil Air Patrol hangar on airport property, and the two organizations work in partnership for community events.

Pictured with Naples Airport Fire truck are Cadet Suarez, Cadet Stiehl, C/SrA Gonzalez,C/MSgt Phillips, C/SSgt Drake, C/CMSgt McIntire C/A1C Katz and 1st Lt Donald Binner.

C/SrA Gonzalez distributes candy to children along parade route.

Civil Air Patrol's 75th Anniversary Gala
Filed under Mississippi Wing on Sunday, December 11, 2016 by Author: Lt. Col. Robert Sims.

Washington D.C. - Civil Air Patrol celebrated the 75th Anniversary in grand style on December 1, 2016 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, DC.  Over the past seventy five years, Civil Air Patrol volunteers have performed a variety of services to the nation starting with war support in 1941.  Today’s volunteers continue to support the United States Air Force in training activities, the Cadet Program and Aerospace Education.

The Gala celebration included the presentation of two Gold Medal awards to Lt Gen Julius Becton, Jr, USA, Retired, and to Mrs. Barbara Suelzer O’Malley.  General Becton joined as a teenager in Philadelphia in 1942 and later entered the US Army to serve in WWII.  Mrs. O’Malley joined in Fort Wayne, Indianan while learning to fly.  CAP provided American women the first opportunity to serve their nation’s military forces in uniform. 

The Honorable Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the United States Air Force presented the keynote address.  She applauded the service of the CAP volunteers and the new relationship between the USAF and CAP especially in funding new opportunities for today’s youth.

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