SRQ Composite Squadron Cadet Receives Appointment to United States Air Force Academy
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 Monday, February 8, 2016 by Author: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll.

Cadet/Staff Sergeant Shelby Kate Watson, a member of the SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) in Sarasota and a senior at Palmetto High School, has received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She will report at the end of June.

Capt. Ann Marie Kozloski, Deputy Commander (Cadets), said, "Cadet Watson will make an excellent appointee to the Air Force Academy. During her involvement with CAP, she has volunteered for every opportunity to learn and serve in her squadron, and has advanced in grade at every occasion. She stands out as an example to other cadets."

Watson recently received the Air Force Association Award for leadership and academic standing, became a member of the Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society, and received recognition as Cadet of the Quarter at the squadron. She also actively participates in the color guard team.

Watson's advice to other cadets or any students who are interested in attending the Air Force Academy is, "You have to work extremely hard both inside and outside of school. Make everything count. And try not to care about what other people think about you because, in a few short years, the only thing that will matter is how you managed your time and resources."

Watson followed her own advice over the past several years, serving as an officer in the Student Government Association for three years; earning college credits as a dual enrollment student at the State College of Florida where she graduated this past December with an Associate of Arts Degree; and beginning the Emergency Medical Technician program at Manatee Technical College, with the intention of completing the program before leaving for the Academy in June. During high school, Watson earned the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, became a member of the National Honor Society, and received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.

"I think the best part of attending USAFA," Watson said, "will be the fact that my classmates are also individuals with integrity who strive for excellence. Being around like-minded people is very encouraging and will lead to personal development."

At the Air Force Academy, Watson plans to major in biology as a foundation for medical school, but admits those plans might change because, she said, the Academy has so many opportunities for cadets.

"I am looking forward to serving as an officer in the world's greatest Air Force," Watson said.

Watson is the second cadet from the SRQ Composite Squadron to receive an appointment to the Air Force Academy in the last twelve months. A year ago, Cadet/2nd Lt. Jonathan Banks received an appointment.

Cadet Watson is the daughter of Whitney and Matthew Watson, Sr., and was nominated to the United States Air Force Academy by Congressman Vern Buchanan.

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 103 members: 64 senior members and 39 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

Group 5 Holds CLC Capstone Course In Cape Coral
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5 on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 by Author: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary.

On Saturday, January 30th, ten Civil Air Patrol members from squadrons across Group 5 attended the Corporate Learning Course capstone session. Members were from Sarasota, Charlotte County, Naples and Marco Island squadrons. 

The CLC training is designed to prepare members to serve in duty positions above squadron level.  The course format includes both online training and classroom time. The capstone is the second portion of the course held in a classroom. The first being an on-line portion conducted on computer. 

"Florida Wing is a beta-test site for this new course format," said Capt Robert Corriveau, Course Director. "We've successfully run two SLS and CLC courses over the past year and a half with very good results and good evaluation responses from the participants. We continue to tweak the courses as we move forward to keep them fresh and current."

The next course on the schedule is the SLS which will be held on Saturday, March 19th at the Naples Squadron. Check the FLWG calend


Marco Senior Squadron conducts MSA class.
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 5 on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by Author: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary.

Fourteen participants attended the Mission Staff Assistant (MSA) class held at the Marco Senior Squadron hangar on Saturday January 23rd. This was a joint effort with the Naples Senior and Cadets squadrons and two members from each were in attendance at the class.

The class included a PowerPoint presentation that covered a great majority of the tasks related to the MSA role during a mission. Both paper and electronic forms were presented and reviewed. Additional time was spent familiarizing the group with WMIRS. Participants went through the actual assignments of running a mission through WMIRS from sign-in of personnel, aircraft and vehicles, maintaining a unit log, signing-out the resources and properly downloading and filing out the personnel spreadsheet, which acts as the ICS-211, and finally uploading the information to the mission files. Time was dedicated to familiarize the group with key WMIRS displays such as the Com Log and the Status Board.

The training was successful with many SQTRs for completed tasks were signed off. Everyone left with a much better understanding of how to utilize WMIRS for the proper execution of a mission.

Charlotte County Volunteers Fly Into 2016 With A Rush
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5 on Monday, January 25, 2016 by Author: Maj. Earle Bretz.

The Charlotte County Composite Squadron is off to a great start for the New Year. Eight cadets welcomed in the New Year at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, FL with old and new friends at the Annual Florida Wing Winter Encampment. The Charlotte County cadets were part of a group of 196 basic cadets and 79 staff cadets who participated in the a week of extensive training.

Lt. Gen. William H. Etter, Commander, Continental North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Colonel Michael D. Tyynismaa, Commander, Civil Air Patrol - U.S. Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base gave inspiring educational presentations to the encampment attendees. This year’s program included a tour of: the Area Operations Center; the Combat Control Training Center; and a Career Day demonstration by the USAF Red Horse Squadron.

“The structure of an encampment is ideal for exposing cadets to drill, leadership, aerospace, emergency services, career exploration and other varied topics”, said Maj. Dick Morrell, Commander, Charlotte County Composite Squadron. “We are exceptionally proud of Cadet T/Sgt Douglas Short as Flight Sargent of Mike Flight leading his Flight to the award of Honor Flight of the encampment”

On the following weekend of January 9, the squadron held a Search and Rescue Exercise directed by the Air Force. These training events are routinely held to maintain a mission-ready resource and mitigate risks associated with emergency response efforts.

A mission base was established with staff assistants, radio operators for ground to air communications, a safety officer, public affairs officer and the incident commander. These duties occupied the 23 volunteers assigned for the day. Four aircrews were established to prosecute the mission sorties. The first sortie was not flown due to morning fog, but was re-scheduled for the next day with another volunteer crew. This exercise focused on electronic search. The goal was to locate an Emergency Locator Transmitter placed strategically to mimic a downed aircraft. All four aircrews were successful in locating the ELT signal.

On January 30, 2016, in conjunction with the Peace River Sail and Power Squadron, CAP will participate in a safety demonstration exercise at Gilchrist Park from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.This is a land-based pyrotechnic devices information event. This exercise is a follow up to the very successful night pyrotechnic exercise run by PRSPS/CAP on November 21, 2015.

Kaletta Selected to Relieve Rosenberg as Group 5 Commander
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5 on Friday, January 22, 2016 by Author: Maj. Jeff P. Carlson.

Florida Wing Commander, Colonel Henry Irizarry, has announced that Lieutenant Colonel Milton “Jim” Kaletta will follow Lieutenant Colonel Ray H. Rosenberg in line as Commander of Group 5. The change of command ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Group 5 Commander’s Call held in Cape Coral, FL.

Kaletta is currently the deputy commander of the Group 5 headquarters unit and the former commander of the high-tempo Charlotte County Composite Squadron. Colonel Kaletta’s first experience with CAP was as a cadet in Buffalo, NY. The most recent 19 years of service has been as a senior member. In 2010, he received the Florida Wing Senior Member of the Year award. Kaletta has been assigned a command duty position for the majority of the past two decades of membership.

“Everyone one benefits when Group 5 is successful. We have talented members that consistently set trends. Group 5 is an incubator for developing key personnel for CAP operations in Florida,” said Kaletta. “Our challenge is to manage the member’s need for a meaningful volunteer experience while delivering a pertinent organization into the hands of the next generation of members. This is a priority for CAPNHQ and Florida Wing.”

Colonel Kaletta’s military service was with the New York National Guard from 1954 to 1969 where he rose from Aircraft and Power Plant mechanic to Chief Aircraft and Power Plant mechanic and ultimately to Chief of Operations. He enjoyed a successful professional career rising through the ranks over a 30-year career to become a captain of industry and lead a $135 million aviation company.

His lifelong love for flying is evident by the long list of pilot type ratings and 10,000+ flying hours logged. In 1991, Kaletta was inducted into the Niagara Frontier Aviation Hall of Fame. He received the Air Force Association Medal of Merit in 2000 and the Wright Brothers FAA Master Pilot award in 2003.

Lt. Col. Kaletta will formally relieve Lt. Col. Ray Rosenberg who served his full tenure as the Group 5 Commander on Saturday, 30 January 2016. Rosenberg replaced Lt. Col. Fran Gleockler in 2012 as commander responsible for the Civil Air Patrol’s Southwest Florida operations area of Florida Wing. The command duties included the oversight of two composite squadrons, three senior squadrons and five cadet squadrons including three school squadrons.

“We thank Lt Col Rosenberg for a job well done as a Group Commander and look forward to his continued service and contribution to Civil Air Patrol and the Florida Wing,” said Colonel Irizarry.

“My only regret is that I am sorry to have seen how many CAP members have slipped away these past few years, both nationally and locally. I am very proud of the progress that Group 5 units have made with consolidating the planning process,” said Rosenberg. “We now have units working together effectively to make the best use of limited resources. There is room for improvement and a stronger recruiting effort. I have confidence that Colonel Kaletta can keep the momentum going.”

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