SRQ Composite Squadron Cadet Color Guard Impresses Parade Crowd
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5, Group 800, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Sunday, July 5, 2015 by Author: 1st Lt Christopher Carroll.

The SRQ Composite Squadron Color Guard and other cadet members marched in Sarasota for the Festival Parade of Boats on Saturday, July 3, 2015. The parade kicked off the 2015 Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix.

“Once again, our cadets did a great job and represented our squadron well,” said Deputy Commander/Cadets 1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski. “Parades are one of the best places to recruit new members. We walked beside the Color Guard and passed out brochures to spectators. The cadets looked sharp and received cheers from both adults and children along the parade route," she added.

Gene and Paula Weeks, captains of one of the race boats, provided the opportunity for the squadron to showcase the Color Guard in the parade.

Kozloski noted the Color Guard has several events in the coming months, including presenting the colors at the Marauders Baseball Team’s Military Appreciation Night on July 24th.

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 92 members: 59 senior members and 33 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 SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.



CADET EARNS CAP HONOR CORD
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1 on Sunday, July 5, 2015 by Author: Capt Staten Corbett, Marianna Composite Squadron, Florida Wing.

Last Saturday while in training with the Tyndall-Panama Composite Civil Air Patrol Squadron Cadet/Senior Airman Jesus Valente Hernandez of the Marianna Composite CAP Squadron was presented his Florida Wing CAP Honor Cord by his squadron commander, Capt. Melanie Blakeley, and inducted into the Florida Wing CAP Cadet Honor Society. The cord will be worn on his left shoulder when wearing the Air Force blue uniform.

The purpose of the Cadet Honor Society (CHS) is to recognize academic excellence within the Cadet Program by allowing those cadets who've consistently demonstrated superior academic performance the opportunity to be recognized among their peers. This recognition helps provide additional motivation to achieve success and excellence in achievement testing. In addition to this recognition, cadets have the privilege of noting they are members of the Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society. This accomplishment will help cadets further their educational progression outside of Civil Air Patrol by identifying them as top performers from within the Cadet Program. CHS is an optional program but squadrons are highly encouraged to participate and support their cadets in earning this distinction

The candidate is required to score 90% or better per achievement or milestone test for three consecutive achievements. The 90% score is based on the first attempt only. Second attempt scores are not considered. The Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society began in October 1997, by Lt Col Matthew Sharkey, the Florida Wing Director of Cadet Programs at the time. Since its inception, C/SrA Hernandez is the 522nd cadet to earn this prestigious award.



Flight Clinic Keeps CAP Pilots Safely Flying Their Missions
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 3, Group 5 on Sunday, June 28, 2015 by Author: Florida Wing Group 5 Public Affairs.

The rubber tires grabbed the hot concrete baking in Florida’s summer sun as the aircraft’s wings released hold on the air that once lifted it skyward. The skilled hands of the pilot moved the yoke forward allowing the nose gear to settle softly onto the runway. “Punta Gorda Mission base…this is CAPFlight…wheels down.”

It was a scene that was repeated on multiple flights throughout the day as more than 30 pilots gathered for a day of piloting, ground school, safety seminars and information updates for Civil Air Patrol pilots. Under the direction of a staff of nine instructor pilots, aircrews were tasked on maneuvers necessary to demonstrate competency and the ability to maintain a safe operation environment.

The flight clinic, conducted on June 20th at the Charlotte County Airport, included presentations by FAA Safety Team members.The presentations covered FAAST’s WINGS program topics such as Emergency Landings; FAA air space; electronic flight bag usage; pre-flight and safety considerations; and landing techniques.

The scenarios featured included predetermined flight profiles and simulated response missions. The practical exercises included normal/crosswind landings, traffic patterns, inflight performance maneuvers, emergency situations on approach and landing. 

“It was a complete and total success, and exceeded our expectations,” said Major Bill Hansen, Incident Commander. “The training is designed to keep our volunteer pilots prepared to handle any activity required when called to duty at a moment’s notice."

CAP pilots are often asked to assist with a search for missing aircraft or lost persons. The volunteers 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. CAP has become a major provider of aerial photography for use during disaster response efforts to assist decision-makers with deploying resources.

“CAP training exercises are conducted throughout the year and employ a variety of scenarios such as downed aircraft, boaters in distress, natural disasters,” said Hansen. “It’s not just aircrews; the training also includes coordinating aircrews with ground team deployed in the field as well as mission base personnel. These volunteers are real professionals in their duty assignments.”

The CAP volunteers came from squadrons spread across Florida’s west coast and central peninsula regions. They represented Florida Wing’s Groups 3 and 5. Group 3 is comprised of 16 squadrons from the Tampa Bay and central Florida area. Group 5 is comprised of 10 squadrons with an operations area that extends south of Tampa Bay to Naples and east to Sebring, Fl. There are more than 3,650 CAP members in Florida.

CAP maintains the world’s largest fleet of general aviation aircraft. The fleet of 550 aircraft is comprised of mostly Cessna models 172 and 182; many of them feature a modern “glass-cockpit” instrument panel. This weekend’s exercise involved six aircraft, two of them were C182 with G1000 instrumentation and the other four aircraft were C172.

Maintaining contact with deployed resources is critical. A mission base staff supported aircraft operations. Florida Wing’s communications trailer provided the critical link and gave additional mission experience for radio operators. In addition, six cadets gained comprehensive experience in airplane ground handling and flight line marshalling.

The exercise was hosted Charlotte County Composite Squadron which is commanded by Major Dick Morrell.

“We want to extend thanks to the EAA Chapter 595 for help with hosting the event by providing lunch and support facilities,” said Morrell. “We also appreciate the Charlotte County Warbirds who provided use of their building which was utilized as the administrative headquarters for record keeping and flight following.”




Civil Air Patrol maintains the world’s largest fleet of general aviation aircraft including Cessna C182 with advanced instrumentation. (CAP Photo)



Civil Air Patrol maintains a nationwide radio network including equipment that can be deployed to remotely located mission bases. (CAP photo)



SRQ Composite Squadron Cadet and Senior Members Complete 2015 Summer Bivouac
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Saturday, June 27, 2015 by Author: 1st Lt Christopher Carroll.

On the weekend of June 12, 2015, 14 cadets and four senior members of the SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol went on a training bivouac at Little Manatee River State Park. Cadets went through several courses and activities.

A thunderstorm delayed the arrival, but after that things went smoothly. Arrival at the campsite began the fun-packed weekend. Cadets set up their tents and received a basic skeleton itinerary.

Day two started with physical training followed by breakfast, provided by C/2nd Lt. Garon Shuck. After breakfast, cadets changed into battle dress uniforms and were taken to the hiking site. The cadets hiked roughly 6.4 miles through the woods. Following lunch, the cadets participated in several classes including land navigation, fire making, shelter building, and UDF (urban direction finding)/Ground Team basics. Dinner soon came and free time began shortly after. Some cadets went swimming in the nearby creek. Cadets also roasted marshmallows.

Day three started with a ground team training mission responding to a scenario where a senior had sleep walked out of his tent and had gotten lost. When the person awoke, he activated his personal ELT (emergency locator transmitter). After he and his beacon had been located, cadets returned to camp for breakfast. After breakfast, cadets broke down their tents and policed all areas where activities had taken place.

When asked what she thought of the weekend, C/Basic Shelby Watson commented that, “I really enjoyed the camp out! I was able to learn new skills and enjoy the outdoors while bonding with the other cadets. It was a great way to spend the weekend… I would definitely do it again! It was a great experience.”

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 92 members: 59 senior members and 33 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 www.capsrq044.com.



ACC Commander Tours CAP National Headquarters
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Author: Florida Wing Public Affairs.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command (ACC), toured Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Thursday and got an up-close look at the many missions of the Air Force auxiliary.

“Impressive. Thanks for what you guys are doing,” Carlisle said after an afternoon visit to the National Operations Center. That’s where CAP coordinates its missions at the request of 1st Air Force, which falls under the command of the four-star general and the ACC.

Missions performed by CAP under the direction of the Air Force include search and rescue, as requested by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. In the 669 search and rescue missions CAP performed last year, 85 lives were saved.

CAP also aids the Air Force with air defense intercepting training, which helps prepare active duty and Air National Guard fighter units across the nation. CAP’s Surrogate Unmanned Aircraft Systems program provides predeployment training to U.S. troops involved in air-to-ground operations.

Members also perform aerial reconnaissance for homeland security and defense support to civil authorities, among other defense-related missions, making CAP a true force-multiplier for the Air Force.

Carlisle, who took over Air Combat Command, based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, last October, visited CAP National Headquarters on the invitation of CAP’s national commander, Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez.

His visit came in advance of CAP-USAF’s pending realignment under the ACC, which is expected to occur before year’s end.

“It’s the best of both worlds for CAP,” said Vazquez. “We already do a lot of operations with 1st Air Force, so the move will streamline the tasking and execution of those missions. And being at Maxwell Air Force Base, home to Air University, keeps us close to AETC (the Air Education and Training Command), which provides excellent support to our cadet and aerospace education programs.”

During his visit, Carlisle was briefed by Vazquez, CAP-USAF Commander Col. Michael Tyynismaa, CAP’s Chief Operating Officer Don Rowland and other National Headquarters officials and he took the time to visit with CAP’s aerospace education and cadet programs staffs. He also got a chance to meet four Maxwell Composite Squadron cadets, including a brother and sister whose parents had worked with the general during his previous Air Force service at the Pentagon.



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