New aircrew personnel trained and qualified as Mission Observer in Puerto Rico Wing
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

By 2d Lt Maranjely Mercado, Lt Col Elsa M. Soto-Torres Cadet Sq., Puerto Rico Wing

Mayaguez, PR -

On June 8-10, 2019 members representing many units around Puerto Rico Wing graduated from the Mission Observer Course held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Mission aircrew training is critical for the variety of aviation operations that CAP supports. The Mission Observer is the aircrew personnel with the duties to operate the electronic equipment and flight instruments, in addition to other tasks. Missions are conducted to complete various objectives, such as, gathering digital images for government agencies, local and/or federal agencies, search and rescue and many others, as assigned.

The staff included Lt Col Reynaldo Negrón, Course Director, and Lt Col Raúl Jímenez, Lt Col Waldemar Figueroa, Lt Col Rubén A. Hernández and former PR Wing Commander Col Milton Tomassini, as instructors. Also, Col Edgardo Torres, actual PR Wing Commander, addressed to participants thanking them for their volunteerism and willingness to learn from the development of more qualified members as Mission Observer to act professionally in times of need that are critical to achieve the objectives of the missions tasked to the CAP, fulfilled in the most assertive and fast way.

New Aircrew qualified as Mission Observer are:

  • 1st Lt Claudio D. Tennison
  • Lt Col Rafael Martinez
  • Capt Miguel A. Rivera
  • Capt Pablo Estremera
  • 2d Lt Rolando Adorno
  • 2d Lt Maranjely Mercado
  • 1st Lt Griselic Suarez
  • Maj Eduardo J. Rodriguez
  • 2d Lt Elena Alfaro

From left to right: 1st Lt Tennison, Lt Col Figueroa, Lt Col Martinez, Capt Rivera, Col Torres, Capt Estremera,  2d Lt Adorno, 2d Lt Mercado, 1st Lt Suarez, Maj Rodriguez, Lt Col Hernandez, and 2d Lt Alfaro.
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Photo Caption:  From left to right: 1st Lt Tennison, Lt Col Figueroa, Lt Col Martinez, Capt Rivera, Col Torres, Capt Estremera, 2d Lt Adorno, 2d Lt Mercado, 1st Lt Suarez, Maj Rodriguez, Lt Col Hernandez, and 2d Lt Alfaro.
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Reviewed by: Capt Elias Roman-Rivera
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Puerto Rico Wing, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters
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