Photo: FL 182 members attend Group 3 SLS.
Senior Members on the Move
April 26, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport
By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO, Legal Officer, FL 182
Senior members from FL
182, Pinellas Senior Squadron, based at Albert Whitted Airport, are on the
move, earning promotions, awards, and specialty qualifications. FL 182 also sent a large contingent of members
to Squadron Leadership School, hosted by
Hillsborough One Senior Squadron, held at Tampa Executive Airport on April 11,
2d Lt Keith Lukat,
Emergency Services Officer for FL 182, attended the recent SLS, earned his
Mission Observer specialty qualification, and also earned his Form 5 pilot
qualification. 2d Lt Lukat, recently
appointed as the ESO for the squadron, has also hosted the past 2 training
missions held at the home base.
Also attending SLS with
2d Lt Lukat was Capt Anne Marie Franzen, who was recently promoted to the rank
of Captain. Capt Franzen holds a Doctorate in Education, and has made
presentations for CAP on CISM issues.
2d Lt Wayne Zelinsky also attended the SLS,
along with Lt Col Bill Rake and 2d Lt Ron Klemm. 2d Lt Zelinsky was recently
promoted to 2d Lt, while also achieving the Yeager award, and his Mission
Observer Specialty Qualification. 2d Lt Zelinsky serves as the Administrative
Officer for the squadron.
1st Lt Keith
Evert, the Finance Officer for Pinellas Senior Squadron, recently earned his
Mission Pilot qualification, which permits him to fly USAF missions and
training missions as a CAP pilot. 1st Lt Evert was also recently
promoted to the rank of 1st Lt, having completed all the necessary
requirements to achieve this rank in CAP.
Visiting member Capt Charles
Larson recently completed the Aerospace Education course, presented
monthly by 2d Lt Klemm,
and achieved the Yeager Award, for this accomplishment. Capt Larson provided
the FL 182 members with training on Aerial Photography over the past 4 weeks.
New member John Bonasera
recently completed Level 1, earning his membership ribbon, and was also
promoted recently to the rank of 2d Lt, having completed all the requirements
for this CAP rank.
Maj Adrian Cuarta, the squadron commander, is
“so very proud of all the hard work of our members in completing the rigorous
requirements” for these various promotions, awards, and specialty
He says he is also “very pleased with the
participation of so many squadron members at the recent Group 3 SLS course.”
On the move: training and preparedness to serve
our CAP missions.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the
U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide,
operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role,
performs about 85 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 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals
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 24,000 young
people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions
for America for the past 73 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in
2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also
participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and
teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more
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