Cadets Going Behind The Scenes at MacDill AFB
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 6, Group 7, Group 800, Florida Feature on Sunday, May 13, 2018 by Author: 1st Lt. James Chamberland Sr..

Over 150 senior members and cadets are on Mac-Dill AFB this weekend, to serve as volunteers to keep the public, and the aircraft safe. The Air Force has recognized our dedication, and hard work in completing our mission. They thanked us by allowing Squadron 1, to go behind the scenes, to the flight line for close up action. Cadets got to talk, and take pictures with the A-10, F-22 Raptor, and their crew. CAP public affairs staff interviewed two public affairs NCOís from the flight crew. The PA representative for the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, Senior Airman Kaylee Dubois mentioned how her favorite part of the job is meeting new people on an everyday basis, and implementing herself into other peopleís jobs to tell their story better. Senior Airman Betty Chevalier, the PA representative for the A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, says ďitís the best job in the Air ForceĒ. She also mentioned, her favorite thing about the aircraft her team represents is the stories, ďyou never hear the things you do about an A-10, from any other aircraftĒ. The cadets were very excited to experience this showcase, considering this is the first time in 7 years that the A-10 demonstration team is back in action. Overall, behind the scenes experience was an exciting learning opportunity for the CAP members.

T-41A Mescalero Soars Around The Nation, Ends Up In The Hands Of CAP Family
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 6, Group 7, Group 800, Florida Feature on Sunday, May 13, 2018 by Author: 1st Lt. James Chamberland Sr..

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a very popular plane, so popular in fact, the United States Air Force found it to be worthy of a model for a training aircraft. The T-41A Mescalero is the military version of the Cessna 172, which was introduced in 1964. Just a year later, one particular model was bought by the USAF. This type A T-41 has flown its course all over the nation. It started serving at Laughlin AFB in Texas, and then moved to Hondo just before being retired for the use in the Civil Air Patrol. In the late 1990ís, the Highlands Sheriffís Department snagged it up, and highly decorated the plane with all of their decals. Around 2016, it caught the eye of the Carlin family. Which in fact, are active members of the Polk County Composite Squadron. Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Carlinís father flies for Jet Blue, and stays involved with his local squadron. Although this plane may have worn out its time, there are many other 172ís in service and production for the Civil Air Patrol specifically. The Cessna 172 Skyhawk stands as CAPís most popular plane in service, and has a variety of purposes from running emergency services missions to training cadets to get their private pilotís license. Donít underestimate the power, and reliability of this single engine propeller plane.



Civil Air Patrol Assists Air Force At MacDill Airfest
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 6, Group 7, Group 800, Florida Feature on Sunday, May 13, 2018 by Author: 1st Lt. James Chamberland Sr..

The cadets of the Florida Wing are being given a first-hand experience in supporting MacDill Air Force Base during the air festival. Throughout the weekend, the courageous cadets, and senior memberís primary goal is to work in protecting the static displays around the airfield. As well as assisting in first aid activities, and promoting safety. Additionally, senior members and cadets are utilizing the airshow as a significant recruitment tool, explaining Civil Air Patrolís missions. Today, while on duty, all 104 of the cadets are working diligently to protect the aircraft, and civilians from hazards.They place signs that describe the types of aircraft on the flight line, and their functions. While at the airshow, Civil Air Patrolís goals are to provide air show security, promote safety, provide a positive environment for the attendees, and have fun. The cadets on the field are looking sharp, persevering, and representing Civil Air Patrolís Core Values.



Introducing CAP To The Air Fest 2018 Spectators Is The Order Of The Day
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 6, Group 7, Florida Feature on Sunday, May 13, 2018 by Author: 1st Lt. James Chamberland Sr..

Air Fest is one of the best opportunities for CAP to make contact with the public and the attendance for Air Fest 2018 has been large. CAP set up an information area in Hanger 3 with a flight simulator, information and a friendly staff led by Major Ricketts and 2Lt Purcell. There was a steady line at the flight simulator and much interest in CAP. Nearby, the Pinellas Senior Squadron FL-182, flew in a Cessna 172 and allowed the public to sit in the cockpit. There was a steady line of young people enjoying the experience.

Former Civil Air Patrol Spaatz Cadet Now a C-21 Pilot
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 6, Group 7 on Saturday, May 12, 2018 by Author: 1st Lt. James Chamberland Sr..

The 1,380th Civil Air Patrol cadet to earn the Carl A. Spaatz award is Lieutenant Colonel Royce Lippert. He currently flies a C-21 for the US Air Force in service of transporting very important personnel such as 4-star generals, major commanders, and senior VIPís. Lippert joined Civil Air Patrol as a cadet when he was 13, in 1993, and became a member of the Colorado wing. Just 3 years later, he soloed with an instructor he knew through Civil Air Patrol, and his aviation career began. He managed to acquire his private pilotís license when he was 20 years old while doing Air Force ROTC in college. Lippert commissioned in 2002, and went straight into pilot training. After flying a C-17 for 7 years, he gratefully enjoyed training new pilots as a T-6 instructor. His current duty lies as the Operations Officer for the 457th airlift squadron at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland. He mentions that Civil Air Patrol had a strong influence on his willingness to serve, currently racked up at 16 years. During this weekend at MacDillís Airfest, he stands next to a C-21 and answers questions any spectators have about his aircraft.



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