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|CADET EARNS CAP HONOR CORD|
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|
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)
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|ACC Commander Tours CAP National Headquarters|
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.