|SRQ Composite Squadron Cadet Receives Appointment to United States Air Force Academy|
|Group 5 Holds CLC Capstone Course In Cape Coral|
On Saturday, January 30th, ten Civil Air Patrol members from squadrons across Group 5 attended the Corporate Learning Course capstone session. Members were from Sarasota, Charlotte County, Naples and Marco Island squadrons.
The CLC training is designed to prepare members to serve in duty positions above squadron level. The course format includes both online training and classroom time. The capstone is the second portion of the course held in a classroom. The first being an on-line
portion conducted on computer.
"Florida Wing is a beta-test site for this new course format," said Capt Robert Corriveau, Course Director. "We've successfully run two SLS and CLC courses over the past year and a half with very good results and good evaluation responses from the participants. We continue to tweak the courses as we move forward to keep them fresh and current."
The next course on the schedule is the SLS which will be held on Saturday, March 19th at the Naples Squadron. Check the FLWG calendar.
|Marco Senior Squadron conducts MSA class.|
|Charlotte County Volunteers Fly Into 2016 With A Rush|
The Charlotte County Composite Squadron is off to a great start for the New Year. Eight cadets welcomed in the New Year at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, FL with old and new friends at the Annual Florida Wing Winter Encampment. The Charlotte County cadets were part of a group of 196 basic cadets and 79 staff cadets who participated in the a week of extensive training.
Lt. Gen. William H. Etter, Commander, Continental North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Colonel Michael D. Tyynismaa, Commander, Civil Air Patrol - U.S. Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base gave inspiring educational presentations to the encampment attendees. This year’s program included a tour of: the Area Operations Center; the Combat Control Training Center; and a Career Day demonstration by the USAF Red Horse Squadron.
“The structure of an encampment is ideal for exposing cadets to drill, leadership, aerospace, emergency services, career exploration and other varied topics”, said Maj. Dick Morrell, Commander, Charlotte County Composite Squadron. “We are exceptionally proud of Cadet T/Sgt Douglas Short as Flight Sargent of Mike Flight leading his Flight to the award of Honor Flight of the encampment”
On the following weekend of January 9, the squadron held a Search and Rescue Exercise directed by the Air Force. These training events are routinely held to maintain a mission-ready resource and mitigate risks associated with emergency response efforts.
A mission base was established with staff assistants, radio operators for ground to air communications, a safety officer, public affairs officer and the incident commander. These duties occupied the 23 volunteers assigned for the day. Four aircrews were established to prosecute the mission sorties. The first sortie was not flown due to morning fog, but was re-scheduled for the next day with another volunteer crew. This exercise focused on electronic search. The goal was to locate an Emergency Locator Transmitter placed strategically to mimic a downed aircraft. All four aircrews were successful in locating the ELT signal.
On January 30, 2016, in conjunction with the Peace River Sail and Power Squadron, CAP will participate in a safety demonstration exercise at Gilchrist Park from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.This is a land-based pyrotechnic devices information event. This exercise is a follow up to the very successful night pyrotechnic exercise run by PRSPS/CAP on November 21, 2015.
|Kaletta Selected to Relieve Rosenberg as Group 5 Commander|
Florida Wing Commander, Colonel Henry Irizarry, has announced that Lieutenant Colonel Milton “Jim” Kaletta will follow Lieutenant Colonel Ray H. Rosenberg in line as Commander of Group 5. The change of command ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Group 5 Commander’s Call held in Cape Coral, FL.
Kaletta is currently the deputy commander of the Group 5 headquarters unit and the former commander of the high-tempo Charlotte County Composite Squadron. Colonel Kaletta’s first experience with CAP was as a cadet in Buffalo, NY. The most recent 19 years of service has been as a senior member. In 2010, he received the Florida Wing Senior Member of the Year award. Kaletta has been assigned a command duty position for the majority of the past two decades of membership.
“Everyone one benefits when Group 5 is successful. We have talented members that consistently set trends. Group 5 is an incubator for developing key personnel for CAP operations in Florida,” said Kaletta. “Our challenge is to manage the member’s need for a meaningful volunteer experience while delivering a pertinent organization into the hands of the next generation of members. This is a priority for CAPNHQ and Florida Wing.”
Colonel Kaletta’s military service was with the New York National Guard from 1954 to 1969 where he rose from Aircraft and Power Plant mechanic to Chief Aircraft and Power Plant mechanic and ultimately to Chief of Operations. He enjoyed a successful professional career rising through the ranks over a 30-year career to become a captain of industry and lead a $135 million aviation company.
His lifelong love for flying is evident by the long list of pilot type ratings and 10,000+ flying hours logged. In 1991, Kaletta was inducted into the Niagara Frontier Aviation Hall of Fame. He received the Air Force Association Medal of Merit in 2000 and the Wright Brothers FAA Master Pilot award in 2003.
Lt. Col. Kaletta will formally relieve Lt. Col. Ray Rosenberg who served his full tenure as the Group 5 Commander on Saturday, 30 January 2016. Rosenberg replaced Lt. Col. Fran Gleockler in 2012 as commander responsible for the Civil Air Patrol’s Southwest Florida operations area of Florida Wing. The command duties included the oversight of two composite squadrons, three senior squadrons and five cadet squadrons including three school squadrons.
“We thank Lt Col Rosenberg for a job well done as a Group Commander and look forward to his continued service and contribution to Civil Air Patrol and the Florida Wing,” said Colonel Irizarry.
“My only regret is that I am sorry to have seen how many CAP members have slipped away these past few years, both nationally and locally. I am very proud of the progress that Group 5 units have made with consolidating the planning process,” said Rosenberg. “We now have units working together effectively to make the best use of limited resources. There is room for improvement and a stronger recruiting effort. I have confidence that Colonel Kaletta can keep the momentum going.”