Filed under Region Hq, Puerto Rico Wing on Wednesday, March 05, 2014 by Author: Lt Col Maria Ann Rivera, Mayaguez HS Cadet Sq., Puerto Rico Wing.
|Puerto Rico Wing Welcomes New Wing Commander
Carlos Fernandez taking the Oath of Office during the Puerto Rico Wing’s change
of command ceremony. (Photo by Vicente Velez)
By Lt Col Marie A. Rivera Puerto Rico Wing
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Puerto Rico wing of the Civil Air
Patrol recently welcomed a new wing commander during the time-honored tradition
of the change of command. Steeped in
military tradition, the ceremony represents a formal transfer of authority and
Colonel Carlos Fernández, a former
CAP cadet, began his term as commander of the almost 1,200 members of the PR
wing. "This new period will be the beginning of many more successes for
the benefit of the cadets and senior member of this organization," said
Southeast Region commander, Colonel
Alvin Bedgood, officiated at the event. During
the ceremony, the incoming commander pledged an oath of office. Toward the end
of the ceremony the wing’s guidon, or unit flag, was passed from the outgoing
commander, Colonel Luis A. Cubano, to Fernández symbolically transferring the
authority and responsibility of command.
Colonel Cubano was the PR Wing
commander for the past two years. During this time, he is credited with achieving
great success for the organization.
Carlos Fernandez accepts the responsibility for command of Puerto Rico Wing by receiving
the organizational flag from Southeast Region Commander, Colonel Alvin Bedgood.
(Photo by Vicente Velez)
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 6 on Sunday, March 02, 2014 by Author: 2nd Lt. Tom Matthews, Public Affairs, Cooper City Composite Squadron, Florida Wing.
|Cooper City Resident’s Boyhood Dream Becomes Reality
Photo: SM Jesse T. Wilson (photo credit: 2nd Lt. Tom Matthews)
Cooper City Resident’s Boyhood Dream Becomes Reality
Local Civil Air Patrol member begins basic training for U.S. Air Force
COOPER CITY, Fla,. – For most of his life, Jesse Wilson has dreamed of joining the Air Force. For the past six years, he has been working to make those dreams become a reality. Next week, he will report to basic training at Lackland Air Force base near San Antonio, TX.
Wilson joined the Civil Air Patrol as a young cadet in 2008. His exemplary performance and dedication during the past six years has yielded many rewards.In 2013, Wilson was awarded the Amelia Earhart Award and promoted to Cadet Captain. This prestigious award is presented to only five percent of the cadets in the CAP program.
“The CAP cadet program gave me the direction I needed,” said Wilson. “It motivated me to work hard, to set and accomplish goals.”
Along the way, he participated in many special activities including five encampments and fourteen O-Flights. He is a graduate of CAP’s National Emergency Services Academy; Ground Search and Rescue School; and Cadet Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base.
“I have always strived to set a good example for the other cadets,” said Wilson. “I tried to encourage them to stay focused and work toward their goals as well.”
Tonight he attended his final meeting at the local squadron where he was recognized, no longer as a cadet, but as senior member.
Upon completion of the rigorous eight week basic training course, Wilson plans to follow a career path in Intelligence. His dedicated service to his community and his country through CAP will allow him to enter the Air Force with a grade of E3.
“Senior member Wilson deserves our congratulations and thanks,” said Lt. James Sullivan, Cooper City Sqdn Commander, “and we wish him the best of luck as he serves this country and continues to pursue his dreams.”
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5 on Saturday, February 22, 2014 by Author: Maj. Jeff Carlson, Student Leadership Acad. Cadet Sqdn, Florida Wing.
|Venice Area Cadets Pursue Aerospace Excellence
Photo: Venice area cadets build 'compressed-air' rockets. (photo credit Maj. J Carlson)
VENICE, Fla., - While
many of their peers were enjoying a weekend away from school, eighteen cadets
from the Venice Cadet Squadron (FL335) and the Student Leadership Academy Cadet
Squadron (FL804) participated in a day of aerospace education activities. The event, held at Student Leadership Academy
in Venice, was designed for the cadets to complete requirements to earn an aerospace
Cadet Lt. Col. Jordan Rosa, from Venice Cadet Squadron and this year's Florida Wing Cadet Advisory Council chairperson, said “the activities help cadets relate to what
they learn during the regular squadron aerospace studies. A hybrid of the presentation method and activities
is most ideal for learning, each has high points." He added, the cadets “are more interactive, more energetic”
while participating in the activities. “You get more feedback about how much
they’re actually learning.”
The activities included building compressed-air powered and ‘junk’
rockets, a chart reading exercises in cartography, an exercise in the coordination
of landing an airplane on final approach, a logic exercise called “lost on moon”,
and a round of rocket golf. The
activities were organized and led by Group 5 Aerospace Education Officer, Lt.
Col. John Hunter. “Today is special
because we have cadets from two different squadrons working together,” said
The CAP aerospace education program offers over two dozen
curriculum products. The Aerospace Education Excellence Award program is a very popular
program with hands-on aviation and
space-related STEM activities. Both the
cadets and the squadron can earn an award for completing the award program requirements,
which include six activities and a field experience.
“In the CAP aerospace education program, cadets work through
the six Aerospace Dimension modules, the AEX activities add to the learning
process,” said Hunter. “The activities
are designed to be fun; to get the cadets physically involved in learning while
working in teams. They are learning,
whether they know it or not. The award
is an added incentive.”
Capt. Madeline Kirsten is the unit commander for the Student Leadership
Academy Cadet Squadron. "This is something special for the cadets, we tried this
last year but did not finish the requirements,” said Kirsten. “Colonel Hunter
offered to lead this day-long activity. The
cadets completed three activities this morning, had a pizza lunch and will
finish with three activities this afternoon. These are hands-on activities that engage the
students both physically and mentally."
"I am so glad we did this," said Kirsten, "the cadets are having a lot of fun learning."
Cadets wait their turn to launch
and then react to 'compressed-air' launch.
Afterwards, Colonel Hunter reviews key concepts to rocket stability.
Inside, the cadets learn to read aeronautical charts,
and practice flying a final approach.
Meanwhile, 'Junk' rockets await a round of rocket golf.
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Saturday, February 15, 2014 by Author: 1st Lt Curtis Hooks, Tallahassee Composite Sq., Florida Wing.
|Tallahassee Composite Squadron Cadet Achieves Milestone Promotion
Photo: Juan Torres, C/2 Lt. Justin Torres, 1st Lt. Rose Torres, Lt. Col. Cliff Palmer U.S.A.F.R.
night Cadet Torres achieved the second of four milestones in the Civil Air Patrol
Cadet Program, when he was promoted to the grade of Cadet Second Lt. Present
for his promotion Thursday night were, his mother, 1st Lt. Rose
Torres, his father Juan Torres, Lt. Col. Cliff Palmer United States Air Force Reserve.
Col. Palmer, present in his position as the Civil Air Patrol/United States Air
Force liaison, he is also the area liaison to the Air Force Academy and is
working with Cadet Torres in his goal to achieve his entry into the Air Force
Academy. Also, while he was unable to be present, Gov. Rick Scott sent a
congratulatory letter to Cadet Torres for his promotion.
Torres has worked through many hardships on the way, and shown his mettle in
many leadership positions working towards this goal. He assembled, trained and
commanded, the first competition color guard the squadron has had in nearly 20
years. He has served as Element Leader, Flight Sgt., Flight Commander and Cadet
are four milestones in the civil air patrol cadet program. Cadet 2d Lt., the
second milestone, makes the cadet eligible for certain college scholarships,
college ROTC programs, entry into military service at a higher pay grade and
moves them to the head of the line when considering entry into a military
Academy. Therefore, it is at this point in Civil Air Patrol service, that the
cadet truly begins to affect his future.
Tallahassee composite squadron cadets to achieve this milestone are currently
serving in the Air Force Academy and West Point. We look forward to Cadet
Torres carrying on the tradition of excellence in the Tallahassee composite
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1 on Saturday, February 15, 2014 by Author: 1st Lt Michael WrightReynolds, Eglin Composite Sq., Florida Wing.
|Eglin Composite Squadron Gets Tour from the Famed "Hurricane Hunters"
Photo: Civil Air Patrol - FL423 Eglin Composite
Squadron volunteer members with the 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flight personnel with WC-130, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
EGLIN AFB, FL – Eglin
Eagles of the Civil Air Patrol get opportunity to tour the 53d
Weather Reconnaissance squadron. Senior
weather forecaster Lieutenant Colonel Brian Schroder briefed squadron personnel
on operations and the use of weather recorders like the ‘dropsonde’. The hunters drop various recording devices
which range in price from the dropsonde costing $500 to weather buoys that
can cost up to $50,000 each. The U.S. Navy
recovers the buoys by locating them using GPS signals and reusing them for
future operations and storms. Each
dropped device records something a little different to help the crew, the
National Weather Service and others determine information like the strength of
the storms, directions the Hurricanes are moving and that important measurement
of atmospheric pressures. Squadron
members were also treated to a tour of the 403d Maintenance Group
Propulsion Flight and shown the operations in maintaining the WC-130s for their
weather missions. One of the questions
from cadets was the flight altitude of the aircraft when entering the storms. Lt Col Schroder stated the flights are flown
from 500 to 1500 feet for small storms, up to 3000 feet for tropical storms, and
10,000 feet for full blown hurricanes.
The 53d WRS is the only weather reconnaissance squadron in
the U.S.A. Flight and crew safety has
always been number one with an impeccable safety flying record of only losing
one flight and crew back in 1960. The
mission was known as ‘Swan 38’ flown in the Pacific Ocean and was lost and
never returned to Hickam AFB, HI.
with the new ‘J’ model prop for the WC-130 Aircraft
to Right: SMSgt Johnson; C/Amn Davis;
C/SSgt Hogan; C/Amn Martin; Cadet Thomasos; C/CMSgt Zuniga; C/CMSgt Fager;
Cadet Davis; C/CMSgt McGlone
Air Patrol FL423 Eglin Composite Squadron touring one of the 10 WC-130s
assigned to the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Keesler AFB,