Civil Air Patrol joins total force ‘Airmen’
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Georgia Wing, Mississippi Wing, Tennessee Wing, Puerto Rico Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 2, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7, Group 8, Group 9, Group 11, Group 5, Group 6 on Saturday, August 29, 2015 by Author: Maj. Jeff P. Carlson.

When conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol is now included in the Air Force’s definition of the total force. CAP has provided 74 years of support to emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.

In August 2015, the Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, “Leadership,” expanding the Air Force’s descriptions of total force and Airmen to now consist of regular, Guard, Reserve, civilian and auxiliary members.

Historically, the broader term Airmen referred to uniformed and civilian members of the U.S. Air Force (officer or enlisted, regular, Reserve, or Guard) regardless of rank, component or specialty.

With this newest change, Air Force leaders should consider each part of the total force, including the auxiliary, when determining the most effective and efficient ways to complete the mission. CAP has approximately 57,000 volunteers and 550 aircraft assigned to more than 1,500 units stateside available or currently supporting non-combat missions on behalf of the Air Force.

“As a strategic partner, these unpaid professionals have boldly served our nation saving the Air Force almost 40 times the cost of using military assets for each hour served,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “Inclusion in the total force reflects the continuing key contributions of this highly trained and equipped organization.”

The auxiliary members, who fly the nearly 100,000 hours per year performing disaster relief, counterdrug, search and rescue, fighter interceptor training, aerial observation and cadet orientation flights, will now be included in the total force and referred to as Airmen during the performance of official duties in recognition of their contributions to the Air Force.

“Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez, the CAP national commander. “Our ability to augment the Air Force is second to none. We provide 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions and disaster-relief support to local, state and national agencies as well as aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, and remain continually postured to offer more.”

Beyond CAP’s support to achieve its homeland responsibilities for non-combat operations, the organization has been recognized for their efforts to inspire hundreds of thousands of cadets and K-12 students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and training.“

Civil Air Patrol’s increased exposure has a direct impact on attracting youth interest in STEM-based activities which are skills necessary to develop the innovative Airmen our Air Force needs,” said Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III. “We proudly welcome the Air Force auxiliary by extending our badge of honor as Airmen.”

Article reprinted from U.S. Air Force News with permission.

Florida Readies for Hurricane Erika
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7, Group 800, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters, Florida Feature on Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Author: Capt. Tyler Lahnen.

Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol has activated its Hazard Planning Cell in preparation for Hurricane Erika’s approach to the peninsula. The wing’s alert level has been raised to Hurricane Condition 5, or HURCON 5, which is reached when tropical storm force or higher wind speeds are expected to occur within the next 120 hours. Members should implement action steps for current level.

Hazard Planning Cell is the wing’s primary mission planning and response team that determines needed actions and coordinates CAP missions and resources within the state of Florida. The team consists of specialists from operations, safety, mission management, planning and public affairs. The HPC is currently evaluating weather data and will determine if CAP assets need to be relocated out of the path of the approaching storm. The team will meet daily until all threats from Hurricane Erika have passed and recovery efforts are completed.

An information web page "Hurricane Center" has been established on the FLWG web site. Members can access the FLWG HURPLAN and latest updates from state emergency management.

Individuals should check their personal and family storm survival kits and purchase any necessary supplies. Family emergency and evacuation plans should be reviewed and updated. Elderly and persons with disabilities should make plans for transportation out of the affected area and gather medications in case an evacuation is ordered.

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Civil Air Patrol Promotes Five Members
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5 on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by Author: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary.

Several members of the Marco Island Senior Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have recently advanced in rank culminating with the advancement of Major Cindy Dohm to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the August 17th Squadron meeting.

A Promotion Ceremony honoring these advancements was conducted at the CAP hangar located at the Marco Island Executive Airport on Mainsail Drive.  In total, five members were recognized for their achievements.  Advancing to the grade of lieutenant colonel, as mentioned above, is Cindy Dohm, Deputy Commander; to the grade of major, is  Marian Motyl-Szary, Public Affairs and Information Technology Officer; and to the grade of first lieutenant, are Bill Hughes, Finance Officer, Bob Boone and Bill Rogers, Assistant Emergency Services Officers.

The Civil Air Patrol promotes members based upon length of service, accomplishments and professional development program studies – plus on the job training.  New members begin their service as Senior Members and, upon completion of their required courses and volunteer service, can advance from Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant, Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel.  Members with previous military service can apply their experience and jump quicker up the advancement trail.

The Marco CAP Squadron in conjunction with Collier County conducts Wilderness Waterway and Coastal Patrols on a weekly basis to monitor and assist boaters and campers in distress.  The patrol begins at the Seminole State Park boat launch, follows the wilderness trail down to Lostman’s River and then returns back up the coastline along the Keys, out to Cape Romano and along the Marco Island Shoreline.

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Cadet Success is 'Ops Normal' for Charlotte County Squadron
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5 on Sunday, August 23, 2015 by Author: Maj. Earle Bretz.

A group of 53 enthusiastic cadets, parents, friends and squadron members attended the Cadet Change of Command ceremony of the Charlotte Country Composite Squadron at their headquarters on Monday eve, August 17th.

Cadet Captain Mikehla Hicks assumed command of the cadet unit from past commander Cadet Captain Christopher Byron.

Hicks joined Civil Air Patrol in September of 2012 and has moved rapidly through the ranks. During her rise in grade, she held a number of duty positions that have enhanced her knowledge of CAP. She is looking forward to continuing her education and eventually earn her pilot's license.

"Cadet Hicks continually performs her duties to the highest standard," said Charlotte County Deputy Commander of Cadets, 1st Lt Gail Arnold. "She has progressed through the cadet program in an exemplary manner."

Hicks has also pursued emergency services ratings, including radio training, Staff Assistant,Urban Direction Finding Team, Flightline Marshaller. She also attended three encampments - the latest saw her assigned as Flight Leader of one of the 12 flights created for the camp. Her team received the Best Flight of the Week Award.

"She truly was a leader of men, in that she was the only girl in the flight of 15 cadets," said Arnold."She exemplifies what CAP is and what CAP has to offer the youth of America who are willing to expend some effort in achieving the best the program presents. She has grasped the opportunity and accomplished all it has to offer."

The normal summer doldrums of activity did not hit the Charlotte County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol as exemplified by the number of cadets achieving promotion to higher ranks during August.

Throughout the cadet program, from the first achievement through to the completion of the program; emphasis is placed on individual and group study, instruction and attainment. Each of the four phases; Learning, Leadership, Command and Executive emphasizes them as well as individual activities, such as drill team, color guard, model rocketry and emergency services training. As cadets progress, they earn ribbons, awards and increased grade, rewarding their commitment and achievement in the program. Each phase becomes more challenging and builds on what the cadet has already learned.

Pictured below are the proud cadets whose hard work was recognized with new ranks at a recent promotion night ceremony.

Left to right: Mitchell J. Hauser; C/Technical Sergeant, Lara C. Shelatz; C/Airman 1st Class Sean Blaise Staples; C/Airman 1st Class, Douglas N. Short; C/Staff Sergeant Jeremy S. Jennings; C/Sr Master Sergeant, Jacob L. Newbold; C/Staff Sergeant Zachary J. Covell; C/Senior Airman, not pictured C/Airman 1st Class Peter J. Klotzbach. (photo credit: 1st Lt. Gail Arnold)

SRQ Composite Squadron Cadets Earn Promotions and Special Awards
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5 on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by Author: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll.

The SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol conferred promotions and special awards at their weekly meeting on Monday, August 3, 2015.

Following inspection, Deputy Commander (Cadets) 1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski presented encampment ribbons to C/A1C Jackson Wyatt Touchton, C/SrA Tirth Patel I, C/A1C Samantha Michelle Duich for their participation in the CAP cadet summer encampment which took place in July at Camp Blanding in Starke, Florida. Not in attendance, but also recognized were, C/MSgt Douglas Lumpkin, C/A1C Alyssa Sapanero, and C/SSgt Darius Tykal. C/SMSgt Jesse Yong was recognized for serving as staff at encampment.

“I was very excited to have seven cadets attend summer encampment and they couldn’t stop talking about all the fun and exciting things they got to do while at Camp Blanding. I’ve noticed improvement and more enthusiasm from the cadets who went,” Kozloski said.

Kozloski promoted the following cadets in grade following their completion of all requirements and presented awards:

C/2nd Lt. Gabriel J. Brink to Flight Commander
Jackson Wyatt Touchton to Cadet Airman First Class – Hap Arnold Award
Tirth Patel I to Cadet Senior Airman – Mary Feik Award
Colt Abrham Burch to Cadet Airman – Curry Award

C/2nd Lt. Joshua Buck received a red service ribbon for two years of service in CAP.

C/2nd Lt. Garon Shuck received a plaque for his service as the squadron Deputy Commander.

Kozloski said, “I am grateful for all the assistance C/2nd Lt. Shuck provided in my first few months as deputy commander for cadets, and in helping guide our new cadet commander in his first few months. Lt. Shuck will be missed very much.”

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 SRQ Composite Squadron includes 94 members: 60 senior members and 34 cadets. Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counterdrug missions, participating in homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit

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