American Youth Represent U.S. In International Exchange
Filed under Region Hq, Alabama Wing, Florida Wing, Georgia Wing, Mississippi Wing, Tennessee Wing, Puerto Rico Wing on Friday, July 22, 2016 by Author: 1st Lt. Ethan Berg.

More than three dozen of America’s youth, ages 17 to 21, have left the country to represent the United States on an international exchange of goodwill and a mutual love of aviation. Since 1947 the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) has brought together the best of the youth leaders from multiple countries to promote goodwill and understanding, and to support the growth of aerospace knowledge around the globe. Today the International Air Cadet Exchange Association consists of 19 countries and exchanges over 300 cadets every year. Of the more than 24,000 cadets in Civil Air Patrol’s 52 wings, only 40 of the nation’s top cadets were selected to be the ambassadors from our country, making IACE the most competitive and sought-after of Civil Air Patrol’s National Cadet Special Activities.

The trip begins with cadets flying to their launching hub. Civil Air Patrol operates two hubs in the United States: one in Washington D.C. for cadets flying to the eastern countries and Canada, and one in San Francisco for cadets flying to Australia, New Zealand and China. Once in their host countries, cadets meet the participants from other countries in the exchange. This year the United States is welcoming 35 cadets from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Belgium, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, and the Republic of Korea. Over the next three days, these visiting cadets will tour Washington D.C. and the Steven Udvar-Hazy Aerospace Museum before flying to their host states to learn about American culture and share their passion for aviation as the world leaders of tomorrow. You can follow the cadets' journeys through the United States on social media with #IACE2016USA.

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The participants:

Australia

Colorado Wing

Boulder Composite Squadron

  • Nicholas K. Timpe

Georgia Wing

Cobb County Composite Squadron

  • Jake M. DePiero

Illinois Wing

Palwaukee Composite Squadron

  • Joshua S. Lambert

Washington Wing

Mount Rainier Composite Squadron Squadron

  • Carson J. Lutterloh

Escort
California Wing

San Francisco Cadet Squadron 86

  • Lt. Col.George K. Ishikata

Belgium

Maryland Wing

Col. Mary S. Feik Composite Squadron Squadron

  • Emily N. Hoyt

Pennsylvania Wing

Selinsgrove Cadet Squadron

  • Gracelyne H. Allred

Escort
Maryland Wing

Wing Headquarters

  • Maj. Brenda Reed

Canada

Indiana Wing

Anderson Preparatory Academy Cadet Squadron

  • Hannah L. Imel

New York Wing

Suffolk Cadet Squadron 10

  • Derek Profit

North Carolina Wing

Burlington Composite Squadron

  • Aiden S. Maxfield

Pennsylvania Wing

Butler Composite Squadron

  • Ceara A. Berry

Texas Wing

South Fort Worth Diamondback Composite Squadron

  • Ethan G. Waller

Virginia Wing

Leesburg Composite Squadron

  • Anthony J. Verardo

Minuteman Composite Squadron

  • Kevin M. Vogel

West Virginia Wing

Parkersburg Composite Squadron

  • Alexander H. Perruci

Escort

Connecticut Wing

Silver City Cadet Squadron

  • Capt.Ashley La Plante

China

New York Wing

Lt. Anthony L. Willsea Cadet Squadron

  • Briana M. Ross

Putnam County Composite Squadron

  • Scarlett F. Thomas

Escort
Washington Wing

Green River Composite Squadron

  • Lt. Col.Bryan Watson

Hong Kong

California Wing

East Bay Cadet Squadron 18

  • James M. Brown

Michigan Wing

Livonia Thunderbolt Composite Squadron

  • John J. Garcia

Escort
Minnesota Wing

Group 3

  • Maj. Scott Johnson

Israel

Ohio Wing

Columbus Composite Squadron

  • Vincent N. Allen

Virginia Wing

Leesburg Composite Squadron

  • Abhishek R. Mogili

Escort

National Capital Wing

Wing Headquarters

  • Lt. Col. Antonio Barroso

Netherlands

National Capital Wing

Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron

  • Joseph L. Frech

New York Wing

Dutchess County Cadet Squadron

  • Eric R. King

Escort
Illinois Wing

Quad City Squadron

  • Lt. Col.John Domke

New Zealand

California Wing

Auburn-Starr Composite Squadron 92

  • Robinson J. Hess

South Carolina Wing

Low Country Composite Squadron

  • Noah D. Eudy

Escort
California Wing

San Francisco Cadet Squadron 86

  • Maj. Michael Blackey

South Korea

Kentucky Wing

Solomon Lee Van Meter Jr. Cadet Squadron

  • August A. Dutille

New York Wing

Rockland Cadet Squadron

  • Alexander Lam

Escort
Georgia Wing

Group 6

  • Lt. Col. David Austin

United Kingdom

California Wing

Corona Cadet Squadron 29

  • Nicole J. Khattar

Connecticut Wing

Thames River Composite Squadron

  • Hunter Coolican

Florida Wing

Olympia Cadet Squadron

  • Luke Grace

Naples Cadet Squadron

  • James J. Hockel

New York Wing

Phoenix Composite Squadron

  • Sean P. Skeeters

Dutchess County Cadet Squadron

  • Nathaniel Tartter

Oklahoma Wing

Flying Castle Composite Squadron

  • Sylvia A Blanco

Tennessee Wing

Lewis County Cadet Squadron

  • Joshua Brinegar

Texas Wing

Sugar Land Composite Squadron

  • Henry C. Vaughan

Utah Wing

Weber Minuteman Composite Squadron

  • William J. Knight

West Virginia Wing

Parkersburg Composite Squadron

  • Jonah M. Bahorik

Escort
Texas Wing

East Houston Cadet Squadron

  • Lt. Col. James D. Peace

The following cadets and escort will participate in a 75th anniversary parade in the United Kingdom with representatives of other air cadet organizations also marking their 75th anniversary this year:

Arizona Wing

388th Composite Squadron

  • Klara G. Olcott

California Wing

Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47

  • Jean M. Pendergrass

Nebraska Wing

Omaha Composite Squadron

  • Ethan L. Copple

New York Wing
Lt. Quentin Roosevelet Cadet Squadron

  • Jared G. Del Orfano

Escort
Pacific Region

Region Headquarters

  • Lt. Col. Beverly Scoggins



Marco Island Squadron Participates in Aviation Day
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5, Florida Feature on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by Author: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary.

On Monday June 27th, the STEM Academy summer camp program sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People conducted an Aviation Day field trip to the Marco Island Executive Airport.

The event was organized by Alan Davis, Lee High School Aviation Academy professor. Others in attendance were: Justin Lobb, Collier County airport manager; Bill Rhodes, Embry Riddle Aeronautical Academy; Ken Gibson from Project Take-Off and Major Bob Corriveau, Marco Island Civil Air Patrol squadron commander.

Fifty students were in attendance and participated in a full-day program which consisted of a comprehensive tour of the airport and maintenance facilities, a drone demonstration by Bill Rhodes. Commander Corriveau talked about the CAP and guided a tour of the squadron’s hangar, aircraft and radio room.

Commander Corriveau emphasized the Civil Air Patrol cadet program and what the Marco Squadron does in service for the county, state and country. During the tour, Maj. Corriveau was assisted by Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Cindy Dohm who explained the functions and activities of the radio room and Captain Bob Dohm who showed the CAP airplane and answered questions regarding the plane components and instruments.

Professor Davis commented: “This program was a very good way of exposing the students to the opportunities in aviation and we are grateful the squadron was able to participate in the event.” 

Commander Corriveau noted that in spite of the large number of students "all were very attentive and asked many pertinent questions."

The program ended with an inspirational talk given by Ken Gibson in the lounge area of the Marco Island Executive Airport terminal.
 




Brain Tumor Interrupts Cadet's Plan
Filed under Region Hq, Alabama Wing, Florida Wing, Georgia Wing, Mississippi Wing, Puerto Rico Wing on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by Author: Lt. Col. Robert Sims.

Young, bright, ambitious — he had plans. 

They did not include, however, a time when he found himself texting his parents that he was about to get up from his college classroom to go to the emergency room because “I think I’ve had a stroke.”

But that’s exactly what happened to Cadet Maj. Austin Alonso. His trip to the emergency room led to a brain tumor diagnosis, which led to surgery, which is now leading to more surgery.

How life changed
It seemed as if one day Alonso was an ambitious student in his second year at the University of South Florida in Tampa, successfully juggling academic classes and memberships in both Air Force ROTC and the Florida Wing’s Gen. Chuck Yeager Cadet Squadron. Then the next day he was simply a very ill patient. 

But the road between these two extremes was actually more protracted and subtle.

Capt. Keith Barry, Alonso’s CAP unit commander at the time, noticed something different about Alonso at the Florida Wing’s winter encampment at Tyndall Air Force Base in December. There were changes in his speech, and he seemed to sleep a lot. 

At Christmas, Alonso’s mother, Jennifer Brummer, was alarmed to find he had lost some hearing and his face was numb on one side. Though left-handed, he started to write with his right hand when his left just didn’t seem to work anymore.

But he was 19, making his own decisions. He had plans to go into the Air Force and didn’t want a medical record that showed him as anything but healthy. 

Then came that day in January and he could no longer ignore his physical symptoms.

Grim realities
For Alonso’s mother, “It felt like someone took a bowling ball and said, ‘Here, catch!’” When she got her son’s text, she immediately got up from her job in Fort Myers and drove to Alonso in Tampa. There, at the hospital, she experienced shock after shock — he has a brain tumor, he needs surgery, he’s in the ICU, he can’t walk. 

The one piece of good news was that the tumor was not malignant. But its position, pressing on the brain stem, still made it deadly.

Unfortunately, surgeons in Tampa were able to remove only about 60 percent of the tumor; the rest had grown into Alonso’s brain, intertwined with nerves and blood vessels. The hope was that, as the brain swelling subsided, the tumor would drop down, making it more accessible in a subsequent surgery.

 Alonso spent a month in the hospital after the first surgery and wasn’t anxious to undergo another operation. But, according to Brummer, the doctor looked him straight in the eye and told him that, without another surgery, he could expect to lose any ability to walk or care for himself and would be dead in two-to-five years. 

That frank assessment convinced the cadet he would need to tough out another surgery, and his mother began a search for “the best of the best” to perform it. She found what she was looking for at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina. There, in early July, Alonso will undergo a day of pre-op, followed by the surgery, a hospital stay and then a stay in a nearby hotel before returning home.

Money matters
The medical issues are just one side of this tremendous challenge. Now come the bills. The family has medical insurance, but out-of-pocket expenses are already into the thousands. Because Alonso had scholarships and loans at college, when he was forced to drop out those had to be repaid to the university. They also lost the income Alonso brought in from work. 

And his treatment in the Tampa area meant meals out and lodging expenses for the family, who lived elsewhere. Brummer pared down some of these costs by moving a camper to a campsite near Tampa. North Carolina will entail similar out-of-pocket costs.

Therapy for Alonso is another potentially costly necessity. The family’s insurance limits therapy to just 20 sessions, but with the position of Alonso’s tumor affecting motor skills, as opposed to intelligence, a variety of therapies — physical, occupational and speech — are required. Twenty sessions does not go far.

Finally, there is fear Alonso’s father is in danger of losing his job. His company was bought out and layoffs are happening routinely.

What can be done
The family is accepting monetary donations through GoFundMe.com. Alternatively, to avoid the site’s percentage take, checks, made payable to “Austin A. Alonso,” in addition to get-well wishes can be sent to: 814 Alido Ave., Lehigh Acres, FL 33971. 

The outpouring of support from CAP has already been amazing, Brummer said. 

As for Alonso, now 20, his mother reported he is just anxious to get back to his life. He has transferred his CAP membership to the local Charlotte Composite Squadron in Punta Gorda, where he attends weekly meetings despite his limited vision and gait abnormalities. And he has already started the paperwork to get back to the books at a local college after his next surgery. 

Brummer said her son has long had a career in the Air Force as his Plan A. “But he is resilient, and, if that is not possible, I know he has a Plan B.”


FLWG Graduates 4 at National Inspector General College
Filed under Florida Wing on Saturday, June 25, 2016 by Author: Lt. Col. Joyce Nader.

The recent graduating class of the 2016 National Inspector General College held in Peachtree City, GA included a record 4 members of the FLWG Inspector General Corp. These FLWG Assistant Inspector General’s (IGA) included Maj Sam Chiodo, FL 310, Hillsborough One Senior Squadron, Maj Robert Corriveau, FL 376, Marco Island Senior Squadron, Maj Adrian Cuarta, FL 182 Pinellas Senior Squadron and Maj Steven Makkay, FL 049 Ormond Beach Composite Squadron.

The Inspector General College is the final course in a three-part training program for CAP Inspectors General.  Completion of this course fulfills the academic requirement of the “Master Level” specialty rating in the CAP Professional Development Program for Inspectors General.  This course is required for a member to serve as an Inspector General at the Wing level or higher. Currently the College is held every 2 years.

The Inspector General College is an intense and challenging weeklong training regimen grounded in Scenario Based Training (SBT) methods preferred by industry and government. These SBT methods included mock interviews as well as simulated analysis and investigations.

It was also a valuable networking opportunity for attendees. Some of these attendees included the National Vice Commander, Brig General Larry Myrick, as well as Region Commanders, Region Vice Commanders and Wing Commanders.

 

Maj Cuarta, Commander of FL 182, Pinellas Senior Squadron, and an IGA for FLWG, was very pleased to be among the attendees, and to have successfully completed the rigorous course, exclaiming, “It was a very intense and busy week, where days and evenings were filled with lectures, group exercises, homework, and even an exam…but it was an experience I would not trade, for I learned a lot from the very qualified and varied instructors…some from CAP USAF…and the networking opportunities and camaraderie was something truly unique and valuable. I encourage others to attend when the IG College is held again in 2018.”

 




Longtime CAP Member Retires from CAP
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters, Florida Feature on Thursday, June 23, 2016 by Author: Maj. Earle Bretz.

 Longevity?? THIS is Longevity! !

Civil Air Patrol Captain Fred W. Linde, at the age of 91, was officially retired from CAP with honors at a recent ceremony.  Fred originally joined in 1946 just after he got out of the US Navy serving in World War II. (Remember that CAP was established on December 1, 1941).  A highlight of his service, other than surviving being shot at, was the fact he was on the first amphibious ship to arrive in Tokyo Bay for the signing of the surrender papers on the USS Missouri to end the war with Japan.  

Tiring of civilian life, Fred then enlisted in the Air Force just in time to get involved in the Berlin Airlift of 1947-48.  A few years later he was called to serve in Korea during the Korean War.  He left active duty status, but remained in the reserves.  His county again needed his services in the Vietnam War serving in combat operations in Saigon.  This proud veteran served his country well in 3 wars earning 23 decorations and awards, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, Air Force Commendation, Navy Citation and the Medal for Humane Action (Berlin).

In 1970, he once again left the Air Force for the civilian life as a High School Teacher, travel agent, lately involved with three travel agencies and a tour company. He also saw employment with United Airlines, Japan Air Lines, TWA and American Airlines.

With his many calls to serve his country, Fred's CAP career never did settle down until he joined the Charlotte County Composite Squadron in 2008.  His duties included Scanner, Observer and Pilot.  He served his squadron, city, state and nation with extreme diligence.  We have been very proud and fortunate  to have had the chance to serve with this very
capable officer.  His mates wish all the best in the future.  Fred says, "It's been one great ride!"  " I think I did it all!"  Sure does look like it, Fred.

CAP is the Congressional Gold Medal winning Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, celebrating its 75th year of serving America.  Tax deductible donations may be sent to Charlotte Squadron, 28000 A-21 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33982-2452.  Visit us at FL051/flwg.us


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