Eglin Cadets Soar in the Gulf Coast Skies
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1 on Saturday, March 28, 2015 by Author: Lt Col Dale Robinson, Eglin Comp. Sqdn. Public Affairs Officer Florida Wing.

Photo: CAP cadets participate in glider orientation flights Feb 7, 2015. L-R Cadets Salvatore Riccio, Andy Holtery Jr, Lt Col Chad Fager and Cadets Tia Coppersmith, Stirling Naber, and Conner Davis.

By Lt Col Dale K. Robinson, Eglin Composite Squadron, Florida Wing

Eglin AFB, FL – Five cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s Eglin Composite Squadron recently took part in glider orientation flights at Elsanor Airport in Robertsdale, Alabama.  Participating were Cadet AirmanTia Coppersmith, Cadet Airman Andy Holtery, Cadet Airman Salavatore Riccio, Cadet Chief Master Sergeant  Connor Davis, and Cadet 1st Lieutenant Stirling Nabor.  The event was supervised by Lieutenant Colonel Chad Fager and Major Emil Pagliari.  First Lieutenant Russ Howard was the pilot; Major Ben Poffenberger and Captain Bob Dorsey of Pensacola Senior Squadron assisted.  Cadet Airman Sarah Luke of Pensacola Composite squadron also received an orientation flight.

The cadet orientation flight program shares the thrill of flying with cadets. Every cadet under the age of 18 is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft and five flights in gliders. Each flight has a syllabus that cadets follow to learn more about aviation and piloting skills. While the orientation flights do not count toward a pilot’s license, cadets can compete for flight training scholarships that do lead to private pilot licenses. .

Sarasota Cadets Receive Personal Tour of Kennedy Space Center
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 Friday, March 27, 2015 by Author: 1st Lt Christopher Carroll, SRQ Composite Sqdn.

Photo:  Civil Air Patrol Cadets from Sarasota Composite Squadron tour Kennedy Space Center. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski, CAP)

SARASOTA, FLA – Twenty cadets and four senior members from the Sarasota Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) spent three days and two nights at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, March 20 through March 22, camping at Jetty Park Campground at Port Canaveral, getting an “insider’s” tour of the Kennedy Space Center facilities, and learning about America’s space program. Fifteen cadet members and three senior members from the Charlotte County Composite Squadron also joined in the event.

A personal guided tour of the actual Space Shuttle Atlantis, conducted by a NASA engineer, highlighted the trip. The Charlotte County Composite Squadron Deputy Commander of Cadets, 2nd Lt. Gail Arnold, arranged the tour with Maj. Gary Dahlke, Deputy Director of Aerospace Education for the Florida Wing and a member of the TICO Composite Squadron in Titusville, Fla. Dahlke, an engineer with NASA, worked on the heat shield systems for the Space Shuttle program. Cadets learned about the 30-year shuttle program while viewing interactive exhibits and “flying” high-tech simulators.

Sarasota Composite Squadron Deputy Commander of Cadets, 1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski, said this trip represented a tremendous opportunity for the cadets to get a guided tour of the Space Shuttle Atlantis by Dahlke. That’s not something the everyday NASA visitor gets but, being a member of CAP, Dahlke knows the importance of Aerospace Education and igniting a spark to get young people interested in it.  “Hearing inside information about the Shuttle from someone who actually worked on it was an experience these students could probably only get because of their involvement in Civil Air Patrol,” Kozloski said.

Cadet M. Sgt. Gabrielle McCoy, one of the participants from the Sarasota Composite Squadron, said the best part of the tour for her was the Shuttle Launch Experience ®, where she discovered what it’s like to be in the cockpit of a space shuttle during a launch.

Following the tour of the Atlantis, cadets boarded a bus for the Apollo/Saturn V Center where they saw the 363-foot Saturn V rocket, the largest rocket ever made, which has transported 27 astronauts to the moon and back.

This special experience is just one of the opportunities that students have through CAP’s cadet program. CAP cadets can experience survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy, model rocketry and more.  Each year, cadets participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets have the opportunity to fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.

CAP’s cadet program introduces young people from 12 years through age 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 Sarasota 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 Sarasota Composite Squadron of CAP, visit

Sarasota Squadron of Civil Air Patrol Sends Six to Squadron Leadership School
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 5 on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Author: 1st Lt Christopher Carroll, SRQ Composite Sqdn.

By 2d Lt Larry Leetzow
Sarasota Comp. Sq., Florida Wing

Sarasota, Fla. - Six Sarasota Civil Air Patrol Squadron members traveled to Naples, Fla. on Saturday March 21, 2015 to take the Squadron Leadership School (SLS) after passing the required on-line course. The course began promptly at 8:15 am. Cap. Judy Schiff and the Naples Squadron hosted the event with Florida Wing officials in attendance to present the all-day course. The course centered on leadership precepts, especially designed for volunteer organizations. Those from the Sarasota squadron who attended included Capt. Michael Christmann, Capt. Lawrence Kraujalis, 2nd Lt. Frank Burberry, 2nd Lt. Lorence Leetzow, 2nd Lt. William Leszczynski, and 2nd Lt. Lou Corda as one of the 10 instructors. All participants received a course completion certificate.

Be Prepared! Over-the-Water Survival
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5 on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Author: Capt Marian Motyl-Szary, Marco Island Senior Squadron, Florida Wing.

Photo:  Getting into the raft: not easy!

Marco-Island, FL - On Sunday 22 March 2015 Group 5 of the Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary conducted an Over-the-Water Survival (OWS) course. Two dozen aircrew members attended the in-class presentations, participated in the egress from airplane exercises, took part in the in-the-water training, and finally took the online qualifying exam. The OWS course is a recurring requirement for all crew members who fly over the ocean at a distance from land greater than the gliding capability of the aircraft after loss of power.

The chance of survival after ditching (landing on the water) is high – 88%. The course ensures that the CAP aircrews have a greater chance to survive the accident.

The presentations focus on proven procedures and techniques that the aircrews should know and follow before, during, and after the ditching. The practical exercises focus on applying those processes and assimilating the steps until they become second nature. Egress from the airplane is one of those exercises where the raft is thrown out of the aircraft, and the crew members exit the plane in a minimum amount of time.

The in-the-water training portion requires the crew to swim 50 yards, thread water for 15 minutes, and finally right the overturned raft and climb aboard: it is not as easy as it might seem because the crew members are wearing their flight clothes during the training. Camaraderie and encouragements from the rest of the squad help accomplish the training successfully.

Many CAP squadrons fly Coastal Patrols, boaters search and rescue, as well as support missions for the Air Force, and all of these missions do take the aircrews over water. It's good to know that they will be prepared for the unexpected.

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Civil Air Patrol Conducts Search and Rescue Training Exercise at Albert Whitted
Filed under Florida Wing on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Author: Lt Col Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing.

Photo:  2d Lt Hall prepares for the exercise with 2d Lt Evert.

Dateline: March 21, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport

By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO, Legal Officer, FL 182


 Against the backdrop of the City of St. Petersburg’s annual Grand Prix Race preparations, over 24 Civil Air Patrol volunteers, both seniors and cadets, participated in the Emergency Services exercise hosted by the Pinellas Senior Squadron at Albert Whitted Airport on March 21, 2015, which was postponed from March 7, 2015, due to inclement weather.


The weather was perfect—clear, no fog and few clouds, and very little wind. Three (3) aircraft were scheduled for the exercise, with one being grounded due to mechanical issues, and one delayed on arrival due to fog in Brooksville. There were 11 air sorties and 3 ground team sorties completed during the exercise.


CAP members, seniors and cadets, trained for positions at mission base including communications, as aircrew teams, and as ground teams. The various team’s simulated search and rescue tasks utilizing the aircraft as well as ground based communications systems and resources.


 2d Lt Keith Lukat was the project officer for the exercise, and it was his first in that role.   He said that “it was challenging to put it all together, but I enjoyed working on it, and meeting all the new people.”


2d Lt Myra Hall, one of the seniors participating as an air crew trainee for the mission observer position, joined CAP “to serve community and country, and because of my interest in aviation and its history.” She said she came to the exercise, “to meet more people in CAP, and to learn to work as a team on an air crew.”


The exercise was a great success due to the skilled work of many members as well as the spirit and dedication of all the participants.


Another exercise will be planned for sometime this summer.


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