Polk County Composite Squadron Emergency Service Bivouac
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 3 on Friday, February 16, 2018 by Author: 1st Lt. James Chamberland Sr..

Last year, mission personnel from Polk County Composite Squadron were activated twice for locating emergency beacon transmissions. The teams tracked the signal to disable the beacon and were awarded with “finds” for their efforts. In response to these missions, C/Lt. Col. Thomas Carlin & his brother, C/2nd Lt. Patrick Carlin decided to plan and develop an emergency service bivouac to help educate and train newer members of the unit. 

Working with staff at Lakeland's Sun N Fun campus and senior members in Group 3, these two Civil Air Patrol cadets planned and completed the first ever emergency services bivouac located on Lakeland Linder Airport grounds. Cadets and senior members completed training for urban direction finding and ground team functions. Participants had the opportunity to work with aircraft overhead to coordinate with aircrews using ground-to-air signaling.

Sun N Fun staff provided real airplane parts to make mock-crash scene more realistic. Cadets applied compass-skills on two night-compass courses laid out by Maj. Doug Lundgren and C/Lt Col Carlin. Members also received basic first-aid training from a skilled trauma nurse, including a class on the proper technique to move injured victims. 

"The 3-day bivouac was well-planned and extremely successful in providing members additional emergency service training to keep them mission ready."

CAP Color Guard Presents at Merchant Marine Academy Meeting
Filed under Florida Wing, Group 3 on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by Author: 1st Lt. James Chamberland Sr..

The General Chuck Yeager Cadet Squadron presented the colors at the United States Merchant Marine Academy Florida Parents Association Applicant Luncheon meeting held Saturday, February 10 at Port Tampa Bay. 

The meeting was attended by 70 applicants, alumni, members and special guests. More than a dozen high school seniors hoping to secure an appointment at The Merchant Marine Academy had the opportunity to talk to admissions officers and current Midshipmen who had made the trip down from Kings Point, NY.  

One of the 1st Class Midshipmen attending the program was Ryan Torres, a former Civil Air Patrol cadet from the General Chuck Yeager Cadet Squadron. M/N Torres said "he was happy to see members of his old unit presenting at this meeting". The meeting's keynote speaker was Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, Administrator for the Maritime Administration.

Marco Island Squadron Members receive State, Region and National CAP Recognition
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5, Florida Feature on Sunday, February 11, 2018 by Author: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary.

Marco Island Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is proud to announce that two of its members received multiple recognition awards on the Florida Wing, Southeastern Region, and National levels.

Major Fred Edwards received the Wing and Region Communication Officer of the Year awards.

Major Marian Motyl-Szary received the Wing Information Technology Officer of the Year award as well as the Wing, Region, and National Public Affairs Officer (PAO) of the Year awards. The CAP uses the annual awards to encourage its volunteers and set an example for all members.

The squadron commander, Major Robert Corriveau said, "Awards that go beyond the local and wing levels show that the qualifying members invest a lot of effort and well-above-average dedication to their volunteer jobs at the CAP. We are proud of our colleagues and hope that other members will be inspired to achieve the same distinctions in their positions."

At the Group 5 commanders Call meeting in January, Major Motyl-Szary thanked his team for allowing him to get to the National level. He said, "This would not have been possible without the articles, photos, and new ideas – from my colleagues. This is a team effort and a PAO's success depends on his teammates contributions. My special appreciation goes to my mentor PAO-guru Lt Col Jeff Carlson and my commander Maj Robert Corriveau for their guidance, bias to excellence, and corrections to my prose."

[From left to right] Squadron Commander Maj Robert Corriveau, Maj Marian Motyl-Szary, and FL Group 5 Commander Lt Col Jim Kaletta. 

A review of the awards was presented and the members recognized at the recent Squadron meeting Deputy Commander, 1st Lt Robert Boone assisted with the presentations. Squadron Commander, Major Robert Corriveau, also received an Achievement Award Certificate for Outstanding Duty Performance during the hurricane IRMA recovery associated with the Squadron’s hangar destruction.

Naples Cadet Squadron encouraged to “Get out the message!”
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5 on Sunday, February 11, 2018 by Author: 1st Lt. Donald Binner.

Cadets from the Naples Cadet Squadron had their interest captured during an engaging and energetic presentation about the importance of public affairs. Group 5 Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Carlson, brought a message that was aimed at the cadet members to remind them that their voice is important to telling the Civil Air Patrol story.

Carlson explained that experience with public affairs can develop into a marketable skill for future careers. He gave examples of how the military relies on skilled public affairs personnel to communicate with stakeholders, including; Congress, taxpayers, military personnel, and even local civilians and combatants in active military zones. He also emphasized the need for public relations talent in the private sector to present a business's message to the public.

Public affairs experience can offer “personal development to help you today in your Civil Air Patrol career and in future career opportunities”. Cadets can develop confidence for public speaking through experience at the squadron and then move outward into the community. “Our stakeholders see our professionalism as we explain our mission, it keeps the public informed and promotes goodwill”. It also helps to prepare the cadets for special boards.

He encouraged members to attend local community events. “Cadets can use these opportunities to generate interest and build relationships with stakeholders.” The Naples cadets send a message when they are visible in the community”. Participating in community service events and parades in uniform “increase CAP’s visibility and develops greater recognition of the program’s benefits”.

Carlson emphasized the importance of creating a plan to organize and maximize limited resources. He recommended that planning for each unit activity should include the question, “How can we develop this activity to generate interest?”

“Telling your stakeholders about the cadet program goals, current activity and future plans is critical to opening doors and generating support.”

In addition, Carlson remarked about CAP’s responsibility to support general aviation and the initiatives of our partner agencies. He suggested to join the voice to encouraging local pilots to maintain situational awareness of the flight environment “by checking notice to airmen (NOTAMS) as a regular part of flight planning”. Carlson used the CAP partnership in the Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) enforcement program as an example of how the Air Force utilizes public affairs. Each month, CAP pilots from the Naples area train with Air Force alert fighter pilots to ensure safe operations during TFR interception.

Video – Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell Exercise (dvids May 2017)

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PDF – FAA: In-Flight Intercept Procedures


“Many communication channels exist to deliver our message,” Carlson said. “Target your audience, consider which is the best channel to reach them.” He offered the Naples’ units newsletter and social media accounts as examples of channels useful to deliver the unit messages.

Carlson holds a Master rating in Public Affairs and is a former Southeast Region Director of Public Affairs. He served as director for two Florida Wing Public Affairs Academies. In 2017, he received the National Commander’s Commendation Award from Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez for his work as public information officer during two high-profile Air Force-assigned missions.

“Cadets hold a unique perspective on the CAP organization, Carlson added. “The Night Owls have a tradition of excellence and is currently the largest cadet squadron in Group 5. To build on the success, Carlson recommended the cadets “tell people how you plan to use your resources, how CAP can benefit the community and how they can help support the program”.

Pine-Miramar Composite Squadron hosted Change of Command Ceremony
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 6 on Saturday, February 10, 2018 by Author: Florida Wing Public Affairs.

1st Lt Jeff Awve assumed command, February 8th, 2018 of the Civil Air Patrol’s Pines-Miramar Composite Squadron from 1St Lt Humberto Molgora. Present, officiating the change of command was Lt Col Jaime Lichi, Commander of Group 6 of the Florida Wing.

1St Lt Humberto Molgora stepped down as Commander. He has been commander for 3 years and has been a great asset to the Pines-Miramar Composite squadron as well as the Civil Air Patrol.

1st Lt. Jeff Awve has taken on the job as the new commander. He brings with him 4 years of experience in various duty positions within the squadron to include Deputy Commander for the squadron, Deputy Commander for Cadets, Professional Officers and Drug Demand Reduction Officer. He has developed an excellent working rapport with the senior staff and cadets. The Pines-Miramar Composite Squadron welcomes 1st LT Awve and offers him their full support.

The squadron meets on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Everglades High School in Miramar. We welcome interested youth and adults, male and female, ages 12 and above from the Cities of Miramar and Pembroke Pines. See what you can do for your community and yourself. Contact 2nd Lt Christine Lambert at clambert@eemail.com for access to the CAP area or more information.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 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 80 lives annually. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief, and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.

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