CAP Assists at MacDill Airfest 2014 Air Show
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Sunday, April 13, 2014 by Author: Florida Wing Group 3 Public Affairs.

Clockwise from top: group photo of the nearly 140 CAP personnel in attendance at MacDill Airfest 2014; team sports during off-duty hours; a “selfie’ of Thunderbird pilot #3 Caroline Jenson and C/2dLt Jennifer Griffin; MacDill 6th Air Mobility Wing Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt Thomas Mazzone, address the cadets for a ‘job well done’.   



Tampa, Florida - During the weekend of March 21-23, the skies of Tampa Bay shook with the sound of the most prestigious aircraft of our nation's armed forces. Tampa Bay Airfest, the current name chosen to forge closer ties with the community, canceled last year due to sequestration, returned to MacDill AFB for 2014. Nineteen separate performances, both individuals and teams, were on the program with several air demonstration teams flying vintage T-6 Texans, aerobatic pilots performing maneuvers pushing aircraft to the limit, the US Special Operations parajumpers, 6th Air Mobility Wing flyovers, and the USAF Thunderbirds. During the three day event, nearly 140 CAP cadets and seniors, from 24 squadrons in the Florida Wing, attended Airfest to assist the US Air force. Civil Air Patrol worked along with active-duty US Air Force personnel to ensure the airshow was a success. 
          Civil Air Patrol cadets had many duties. They assisted Air Force personnel in providing information to the public about the displayed aircraft, staffed the CAP recruiting booth, and had the opportunity to tour aircraft during breaks. Cadets camped at MacDill throughout the event, and during off hours when not working at the flightline, cadets participated in team activities like tug of wars, crossing an obstacle course, and performed CAP oriented skits for their peers and adult staff.               
          Many of the cadets toured a B-52 Stratofortress, a C-17 Globemaster, a C-5 Galaxy, and numerous other aircraft. The cadets also had a chance to talk with Air Force personnel and learn about their duties and the military. 
          “[Airfest 2014 was] outstanding,” said Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Elena Lee,the Cadet Commander for Airfest. “The cadets who attended not only learned much about aviation from guarding the aircraft, but also discovered how the Air Force works when they’re not in the air.” MacDill Airfest 2014 was a great success and all cadets had an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. 
           Clear skies prevailed throughout the weekend allowing for flawless flying from the many aero performers and USAF Thunderbirdsto entertain the nearly 120,000 spectators that were in attendance. MacDill Airfest occurs on an 18 month schedule. For videos and photos from MacDill Airfest 2014, go to : 
http://www.macdill.af.mil
https://www.facebook.com/CAPAirfest
http://afthunderbirds.com/site

Macdill Airfest PA staff: Capt Ernest Lee, C/ 1stLt Viviana Angelini,  C/2dLt Jennifer Griffin, C/2dLt Hanna Harbridge, C/2dLt Maxwell Frost, C/CMSgt Ryan Mock.   
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New CAPR 60-1 issued
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7, Group 800 on Friday, April 11, 2014 by Author: Capt. Tyler Lahnen, Director of Public Affairs, Florida Wing.

Florida Wing Members,

A new CAPR 60-1 has been issued by NHQ effective 9 April 2014.  The new regulation has been posted on the following link below. 
 
CAPR 60-1, 9 Apr 14, CAP Flight Management, is posted on the publications page at:
 


Teams from Tennessee and Florida Earn Top Honors
Filed under Region Hq, Alabama Wing, Florida Wing, Georgia Wing, Mississippi Wing, Tennessee Wing, Puerto Rico Wing, Cadet Programs on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 by Author: Southeast Region Public Affairs.

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MAXWELL AFB, Ala., - The Southeast Region Cadet Competition features Civil Air Patrol cadet color guard teams and cadet drill teams who compete to represent the Southeast Region at the National Cadet Competition. This year’s region event, held at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, included teams from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

The Cadet Competition consists of two separate competitive events: the Drill Team Competition and the Color Guard Competition. Each of these competitions consist of several events, from military drill performances, to athletic challenges, to academic evaluation. These sub-events include; Standard Drill, Innovative Drill, In-ranks Inspection, Written Exam, Volleyball, Mile Run, and Panel Quiz.

In the Drill Team Competition, the team representing Tennessee Wing took first place by placing first in six out of seven events. The team from Florida Wing placed second. Abby Dickerson, from Tennessee, and Iriolexis Encalada, from Florida, tied for the highest written exam score. Tennessee cadets, Barak Roberts and Abby Dickerson, won individual “Fleetfoot” awards for best times in the Cadet’s Mile Run.

In the Color Guard Competition, the team representing Florida Wing took first by placing first in six out of seven events. 2nd place – Mississippi; 3rd place – Tennessee; 4th place - Alabama. Grace Regittko (FLWG) had the highest written exam score. David Webster (MSWG) and Kaylie Niehaus (TNWG) won individual “Fleetfoot” awards for best times in the Cadet’s Mile Run.

2014 SER Color Guard Final Scoring

2014 SER Drill Team Final Scoring




More than a Dozen Cadets Fly for First Time at Georgia Wing Orientation Flight Day
Filed under Georgia Wing on Saturday, April 05, 2014 by Author: Maj. Jonathan Lartigue, Southeast Region Public Affairs.



C/Amn Michael Drewry, of the Cobb County Composite Squadron, gives a confident wink as he departs on his first flight with pilot Maj. Don Hamrick of Atlanta Senior Squadron I, and C/AB David Chandler Wyatt, also of the Cobb County squadron, during an orientation flight day Saturday, April 5.  Thirty cadets in Georgia’s Group I participated – with more than a dozen cadets flying for the first time – in a day long mission that also included flight line, communications, ground team, and other emergency services training.


30 Cadet O-Rides, ES Training During Day-Long Mission in Georgia Wing Group I

KENNESAW, Ga. — Thirty Civil Air Patrol cadets took to the air today – more than a dozen for the first time – as part of a Georgia Group I cadet orientation ride mission at Cobb County Airport in Kennesaw, Georgia.  The day-long event, hosted at the Cobb County Composite Squadron, included five CAP aircraft, nine pilots, and a supporting staff of 21 senior members.

“The cadet orientation day event at Cobb County Composite Squadron was a huge success,” said Group I Commander LtCol. John Aden.  “There is nothing more satisfying than the look on a cadet’s face the first time they fly.”

Civil Air Patrol’s cadet orientation flight program is designed to expose cadets to the thrill of flying.  Every CAP cadet under age 18 is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft (usually a single-engine Cessna), five flights in a glider aircraft, and an unlimited number of backseat flights when conditions allow.  The orientation flight program is funded by the U.S. Air Force, and flying is always free to cadets.

The flight day was run according to emergency services mission parameters, and throughout the day, emergency services training was held in a variety of areas, including communications, urban direction finding, flight line marshaling, and ground team tasks. 

Georgia’s Group I includes more than a dozen CAP squadrons covering northwest Georgia.  Today’s event included cadets or senior members from the Cobb County Composite Squadron, Bartow-Etowah Composite Squadron, Fulton Composite Squadron, Atlanta Senior Squadron One, and others.

“This day was successful was due to the support of many people,” said Aden.  “Among these are 1LT Gary Veduccio, for almost single-handedly handling the preparatory work, and Maj. Stephanie Edwards, commander of the squadron, for providing outstanding facilities and personnel.  Finally, the cadets had outstanding training for the day, courtesy of Maj. Kevin Estes.”


Capt. Jack Ovens, of Atlanta Senior Squadron I, checks his aircraft’s oil level as he walks C/AB Alexander LoVecchio (right) and C/AB Taylor McRae (rear), both of the Cobb County Composite Squadron, through the steps of pre-flighting an aircraft.  LoVecchio and McRae were among more than a dozen cadets flying for the first time during an orientation flight day Saturday, April 5, at Cobb County Airport.  Thirty cadets and 21 senior members in Georgia’s Group I participated in the day-long mission that also included flight line, communications, ground team, and other emergency services training.  (Civil Air Patrol photo by Maj. Jonathan W. Lartigue)



C/Amn Chloe Thomas, of the Cobb County Composite Squadron, directs an aircraft during an orientation flight day Saturday, April 5, at Cobb County Airport. Twenty-one senior members and 30 cadets – more than a dozen of whom flew for the first time – participated in the day-long mission at Georgia Group I that also included flight line, communications, ground team, and other emergency services training.



Maj. Dom Hamrick, of Atlanta Senior Squadron I, checks his aircraft’s oil level as he walks C/AB David Chandler Wyatt (middle) and C/Amn Michael Drewry (right), both of the Cobb County Composite Squadron, through the steps of pre-flighting an aircraft.   Wyatt and Drewry were among more than a dozen cadets flying for the first time during an orientation flight day Saturday, April 5, at Cobb County Airport.  Thirty cadets and 21 senior members in Georgia’s Group I participated in the day-long mission that also included flight line, communications, ground team, and other emergency services training.



New Senior Member of the Year
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 3 on Sunday, March 30, 2014 by Author: Florida Wing Group 3 Public Affairs.

Photo:  2nd Lt Christopher Krier, Clearwater Composite Squadron.

By SM Jennifer Angelini, Clearwater Composite Squadron, Group 3

Clearwater Composite Squadron is proud of 2nd Lt Christopher Krier, who was awarded the Ted Yeazel New Senior Member of the Year Award at the Florida Wing Conference held in Orlando the weekend of March 15-16. 

"Krier has made a significant difference to his Civil Air Patrol unit since joining just one year ago" said Capt. Yvonne Rodriguez, unit commander. "He serves the squadron in multiple roles as Cadet Activities Officer, Emergency Services Officer, and Disaster Preparedness Officer."

Krier's military service and experience as a Hillsborough County Reserve Deputy have benefited him with CAP. He planned a Group 3 SAREX, which included joint ground and air sorties.  The training exercise provided for numerous member to earn qualifications in a variety of specialty achievements. Krier has served as Tactical Officer at the past two consecutive encampments and at the recent Air Fest held at MacDill AFB in March 2014. 

"He sets a a good example by faithfully attending meetings. He carries out his duties with excellence, and is eager to volunteer whenever needed" said Rodriguez. "2nd Lt Krier has contributed at the Squadron, Group, and Wing levels. His active participation and unflagging dedication to CAP are an inspiration to all."



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