FLWG Hosts Annual Florida Emergency Services Academy
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs on Monday, January 2, 2017 by Author: 1st Lt. Elena Lee.

Florida Emergency Services Academy (FLESA) held in Avon Park, FL, is a one week search and rescue training program.  Seventy CAP members (45 cadets and 25 senior), from across Florida Wing instructed and  trained in several search and rescue specialties.  Highly motivated instructors trained four ground teams in search theory and fieldcraft from basic to advanced skill levels using classroom “hands on” and field training techniques. 


Expert and accomplished flight instructors trained 7 aircrews in downed aircraft spotting, missing persons’ searches, aerial photography, and damage assessment.  Aircrews consist of the Mission Pilot, Mission Observer, and back seat Mission Scanner/Photographer.   Scanners train for target acquisition, photographing targets, and accurately reporting critical information.  Occasionally aircrews direct ground teams to the target.  Mission observers assist the pilot by navigating, communicating and recording critical information. Mission Pilots ensure they are flying safely and comply with air traffic control and staying within all the FAA guidelines.  Frequently, CAP is asked to support search and rescue operations for local, state, or other interagency organizations when time is of the essence to save a life.  

FLWG Squadron Participates in Wreaths Across America
Filed under Region Hq, Cadet Programs, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Sunday, January 1, 2017 by Author: 1st Lt. Elena Lee.

Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron, Lehigh American Legion Post 323’s Salute Squad and Motor Escort Corps, Mission Bar-B-Que, parents, relatives and friends honored our fallen veterans by participating in the laying of wreaths at Eco Park, Cape Coral, and Fort Myers Memorial Gardens on Dec 17, 2016.
The Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) Wreaths Across America Program began in 2006 as an offshoot of the Arlington National Cemetery wreath project which was started in 1992 as an annual placement of wreaths donated by Worcester Wreath Co.

The program has mushroomed in a short time with its patriotic theme and its increasing visibility.  Wreaths Across America is an ideal program for promotion of CAP and the patriotic Values CAP holds dear.  

One of Civil Air Patrol’s goals is to honor the sacrifices of veterans through the sponsorship of wreaths and wreath laying observances throughout the United States and Arlington National Cemetery. 
CAP Cadets Neely, Bisbe, Gingras, Grier and Thomas provided the Color Guard.  Col. Jim Spieth gave the address and reminded us of the sacrifices our veterans make so that we may have the freedoms that we enjoy today.   
Representatives from each of the Services, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Air force, Merchant Marines and all Women who served in any of the Services laid wreaths on plaques representing them. Cadet Bisbe laid the first wreath on the Medal of Honor Winner.  Active Duty Airman A1C Kyle Cross visiting on leave from Dyess AFB, Texas laid the wreath for the Air Force.  Thank you Airman Cross!
The ceremony was concluded by the playing of TAPS by Cadet Tacktill and an announcement by Mission Bar-B-Que that lunch is ready!
Thank you to all who participated in this event!

Naples Cadets Honor Fallen Veterans
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5, Florida Feature on Saturday, December 24, 2016 by Author: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary.

Naples Cadets honor the fallen soldiers at Veterans Grove, Naples Memorial Gardens on December 17, 2016. In participation with Wreaths Across America, the Cadets helped unload and place over 400 wreaths to honor our veterans.

As an act of patriotic service, Naples Cadets, under the command of Deputy Commander 1st Lt. David Stevens, during a solemn ceremony including Naples Senior Squadron and other patriotic community members, paid tribute to our fallen heroes. Senior Squadron member Maj. Judy Schiff with Stevens and Public Affairs Officer 1st Lt. Donald Binner coordinated the organization of the December event. The Civil Air Patrol, partners with Wreaths Across America, to decorate the graves of American veterans each December. 
Before distributing the wreaths, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadets, parents and Senior members were briefed on the traditional process. They were instructed to respectfully position each wreath on a veteran’s grave marker, speak their name and thank them for their service; with this act the fallen are never forgotten. 

The 9:00 AM event began with the Cadets opening boxes of wreaths. Six Cadets, with their parents, began to distribute the patriotic mementos transported earlier by the Naples Senior Squadron. In addition, two small American flags were attached to each wreath. Stevens and Binner coordinated the work of the Cadets.

In a public ceremony, the Naples CAP Cadet and Senior Squadrons with other patriotic community members, paid tribute to our fallen heroes. Stevens told the audience “It is because of these veteran heroes that we live in this country and can sleep safe at night. This annual event, known as National Wreaths Across America Day, is one of the most profound, patriotic community events that a CAP cadet can participate in.” The ceremony concluded with a formal presentation of a wreath to each service branch. 

After the ceremony ended, the CAP members continued to Naples Freedom Park to participate in a second patriotic community event. Both Naples Cadet and Senior Civil Air Patrol Squadrons were present to lend their respect to our fallen heroes during the Veterans' Day Event. They were publicly complimented on CAP’s continuing presence at the annual Freedom Park patriotic event.

C/A1C Gonzalez carries wreaths for ceremony

1st Lt Donald Binner, Lt Col Ronald Hemond, C/Gabriel Katz, C/Amn Andrew Michell, 2nd Lt Trudy Lowry, 

Florida County Declares Civil Air Patrol Month
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs on Friday, December 23, 2016 by Author: Capt. Dennis Maloney.

St. Johns County declared December as Civil Air Patrol Month when it presented a proclamation to Fruit Cove Cadet Squadron Commander Capt. Al Uy in recognition of Civil Air Patrol’s 75th Anniversary.

“It’s an honor to receive this on behalf of our squadron,” said Capt. Uy when he received the proclamation from Commissioner Jay Morris. “We are so fortunate to have such a great group of cadets and senior members who continue the CAP tradition.”

The ceremony was organized by St. Johns County Communication Director Michael Ryan and Fruit Cove Cadet Squadron Public Affairs Officer Dennis Maloney.

Venice Cadet Squadron Supports at Veterans Day Ceremony
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5 on Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Author: Lt. Col. Rita Cucchiara.

VENICE, Fla.— Civil Air Patrol’s Venice Cadet Squadron cadets and senior members proudly supported the Venice Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8118 Veterans  Day ceremony at Patriots Park, Venice Florida on 11 November 2016.  The Squadron set up a coffee and donut station for the numerous ceremony participants and also distributed flags and water to the many members of the community who attended the Ceremony.  

“I am proud to be part of a ceremony that recognizes our Veterans”, said Cadet Staff Sergeant Anthony Williams as he enthusiastically handed out water to individuals attending the ceremony.  Cadet Master Sergeant Michael Schultz added, “It was a perfect time to make the community aware of the Venice Cadet Squadron”.   

November 2016 marked the 2nd year of Venice Cadet Squadron’s partnership with the Venice Veterans of Foreign War organization, thanks to the ongoing communications efforts of Squadron Senior Member Major Ted Dodds who routinely updates the VFW with Squadron news.  “It’s a great partnership”, says Major Dodds,  “Our Squadron looks forward to working with the VFW on community events for many years”.

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