FL 182 Senior Members on the Move
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 3 on Sunday, April 26, 2015 by Author: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing.

Photo:  FL 182 members attend Group 3 SLS.

FL 182 Senior Members  on the Move

Dateline: 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, 2015.


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 qualifications.

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 information.

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Twelve students take to the sky with Sarasota Squadron of Civil Air Patrol
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters, Florida Feature on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by Author: 1st Lt Christopher Carroll, SRQ Composite Sqdn.

Photo: Capt. Evelino Cruz instructs Cadet/Chief Master Sergeant Justin Rosa on the proper use of aircraft checklists as they pre-flight the aircraft, a Cessna 182. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)

Sarasota, FLA - On Saturday, April 18, 2015, and Sunday, April 19, 2015, 12 cadets participated in orientation flights with pilots from the Sarasota Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport. For eight of the cadets, this was their first flight experience in a CAP aircraft.

CAP’s Cadet Orientation Flight Program introduces cadets to the science of aviation, giving them the opportunity to learn about navigation, weather, aircraft flight instruments, flight maneuvers, and more. Only current CAP cadets under 18 years of age can participate in the program.

1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski, Deputy Commander/Cadets said, “The orientation flights get cadets interested in aviation and give them hands-on experience flying.” She noted that the program stresses safety first. Kozloski also said that, even though CAP offers students more than just flying, many cadets are drawn to CAP because of the prospect of flying an airplane.

Cadet/Chief Master Sergeant Justin Rosa, a freshman at Venice High School, has been a CAP cadet for three years. “I joined because I was interested in leadership and aerospace. My membership in CAP has helped build my leadership skills and has taught me how to give more respect to other people.” After his flight, with a smile on his face, Rosa added, “It was really exciting.”

“I’ve gained a lot of confidence since joining CAP,” said Cadet Ethan Branham, an 8th grader at Sarasota Military Academy Prep. This was Branham’s first flight. As part of the program, cadets can take five flights in the front seat at the controls under the supervision of an FAA-certificated CAP pilot and an unlimited number of flights as a passenger in the back seat.

Flying is just one of the opportunities students have through CAP’s cadet program. CAP cadets experience survival training, photography, astronomy, model rocketry and more.  Each year, cadets participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets have the opportunity to fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows like Florida’s SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In and Expo.

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 Sarasota  Composite Squadron includes 93 members: 59 senior members and 34 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 Sarasota Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.

Senior Member Capt. Evelino Cruz briefs Cadet/Chief Master Sergeant Justin Rosa and Cadet/Technical Sergeant Douglas Lumpkin prior to their flight. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)

Capt. Rick Hendrick (left) instructs Cadet/Airman Luke Welch (center) and Cadet Ethan Branham on proper technique for pre-flighting the aircraft prior to their first flight. (Photo credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)

MEMO: Colonel Barry Melton is selected as the next Southeast Region Commander
Filed under Region Hq, Alabama Wing, Florida Wing, Georgia Wing, Mississippi Wing, Tennessee Wing, Puerto Rico Wing on Monday, April 20, 2015 by Author: Southeast Region Public Affairs.

Photo:  Colonel Barry Melton, Southeast Region Commander select.

Memo from the Region Commander 

Greetings Southeast Region,

Please join me in congratulating Colonel Barry Melton on his selection as the next Southeast Region Commander. Major General Vasquez's announcement is included below. 

This is great news for our Region, and I have every confidence that Barry 
will be an exceptional and visionary Region Commander. 

The change of command ceremony will occur at the SER Conference Awards Banquet on Saturday, 6 June 2015.

I am personally inviting each of you, your family and friends to attend the Southeast Region Conference, 5 - 7 June 2015 in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Semper V!


Alvin J. Bedgood, Colonel, CAP
Commander, Southeast Region
Civil Air Patrol
U.S. Air Force AuxiliarySER/CC

Memo from the National Commander:

To all Wing and Region Commanders,
Effective 7 June 2015, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Col. Barry Melton, CAP as Commander of Southeast Region.
Col. Melton was the Vice Commander for Operations of Southeast Region from 2011 to the present, and for four years before that was commander of Tennessee Wing.  He is a very active officer in Southeast Region, and is a current incident commander.  He has been active with the glider program and with professional development in SER, and has consistently participated as a leader at most region activities.
Please extend a welcome to Col. Melton as the new SER Commander, and congratulations to Col. Bedgood for completing his assignment in such a distinguished manner!

Maj Gen Joseph R. Vazquez, CAP
National Commander and CEO
Civil Air Patrol
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

MEMO: CAP NHQ in the process of developing 2016-2018 Strategic Plan
Filed under Region Hq, Alabama Wing, Florida Wing, Georgia Wing, Mississippi Wing, Tennessee Wing, Puerto Rico Wing on Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Author: Southeast Region Public Affairs.

Greetings Southeast Region,

Civil Air Patrol is in the process of developing its National 2016-2018 Strategic Plan and every member is invited to submit recommendations and ideas. Yes, we want your input and ideas.

The CAP Strategic Plan embodies our National leadership’s strategy to identify goals for shaping CAP’s future and for establishing ideas for achieving those goals. Ultimately, the strategic plan will be the impetus for moving the organization forward and will determine ways in which CAP will grow and change over the next three years. 

The emphasis is on CAP’s three Congressional missions, the people who conduct those missions, and the resources members rely upon for their success. 

As the name implies, the plan addresses strategic-level actions to be employed uniformly across all of CAP, not simply an individual unit or wing,

As a CAP member, you may provide input by clicking on this link: 
Comments are limited to 500 characters; bulleted suggestions are recommended. 

Please get involved. This is your opportunity to help shape the future strategic direction of CAP. 

The deadline for comments is 30 April 2015.

My thanks in advance for your active participation in this initiative.



Alvin J. Bedgood, Colonel, CAP
Commander, Southeast Region
Civil Air Patrol
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

Georgia Wing Announces Winners of Communications Competition and Exercise
Filed under Region Hq, Georgia Wing on Sunday, April 12, 2015 by Author: Maj Jonathan W. Lartigue, Southeast Region Public Affairs.

C/Amn Nicholas A. Klopschinski, from left, C/2Lt Leilani Schroeder, Capt. Mykey Cook, and Maj. Thomas Maholski, of the North Georgia Composite Squadron in Bairsville, GA, stand by in their unit’s communications room during the Georgia Wing exercise March 13-14.

ATLANTA The Georgia Wing announced Saturday the winners of a communications competition and readiness exercise conducted the weekend of March 13-14 that involved 40 stations or individuals in the Georgia Wing. 

The purpose of the exercise was to foster friendly competition among wing units while simultaneously providing training for cadet and senior member communicators.  Exercise training particularly focused on providing experience in proper radio procedures, message copying and relaying, and maintaining station logs and other paperwork.

The combined communication team for the Peachtree-Dekalb Senior and Dekalb Cadet squadrons were named the best in the exercise, although all participating units should be considered winners, said Capt. Linda Kotula, project officer for the event.  Capt. Larry Long of the Gwinnett Composite Squadron was named best individual communicator for the event.  

During the exercise, a total of 98 very high frequency (VHF) radio stations checked in to the network and 195 high frequency (HF) and automatic link establishment (ALE) radio stations checked in. Six of the wing’s radio repeaters, positioned at strategic points throughout the state, were utilized.  Almost the entire state of Georgia, with the exception of some coastal areas, was represented in the exercise.

The network of high frequency stations, which have significantly greater range than VHF stations, enabled communicators to include stations in Florida, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere in the region and nation.  

“The idea for two of the HF nets was to create our own mini National Traffic Net,” said Kotula. “To that end we needed other stations across the country to be there to relay and to read us the traffic.”

All squadrons and units that registered for and participated in the exercise received certificates.

C/Amn Nicholas A. Klopschinski, of the North Georgia Composite Squadron in Bairsville, GA, learns basic radio procedures and message relaying skills during the Georgia Wing’s communication exercise March 13-14.

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