CIVIL AIR PATROL
National Conference August 11-13, 2016 C E L E B R AT I N G 7 5 Y E A R S O F S E R V I C E
CONTE N TS
Welcome Letter from the CAP National Commander............................................3 General Information ..............................................................................................5 Civil Air Patrol Leadership .....................................................................................7 CAP Board of Governors Command Council Members Conference Sponsors..............................................................................................8 CAP Hall of Honor ...............................................................................................9 Former CAP Officers ...........................................................................................10 Share your Conference experience!
Schedule of Events ..............................................................................................11 Learning Lab Schedule.........................................................................................14 Learning Lab Descriptions ...................................................................................15
2016 Annual Award Winners...............................................................................24 Hotel Layout........................................................................................................31
Save the Date 2017 Marriott Rivercenter and Riverwalk Hotels San Antonio, Texas
Online Registration Opens April 2017
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National Conference & Command Council
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One of our aerospace majors in a Diamond DA40, just one of our 24 aircraft used for flight training. MTSU’s Boeing 727 is visible in the background.
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MTSU aerospace majors working in the flight operations maintenance hangar.
Practicing procedures in the ATC Simulator
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www.mtsu.edu/aerospace www .mtsu.edu/aerospace Senior leadership of the Tennessee Wing of the Civil Air Patrol tours the MTSU Aerospace facilities.
FROM CAP N AT I ON AL COM M AN DE R
Office of the National Commander National Headquarters Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxiliary Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama 36112-5937
To All Conference Attendees: Welcome to the 2016 Civil Air Patrol National Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. Your presence in America’s Music City during Civil Air Patrol’s 75th anniversary year draws added attention to CAP and helps solidify our status as one of the nation’s premier public service organizations. Your attendance also carries with it a full range of invaluable resources and opportunities. You’ll be able to network with your Civil Air Patrol counterparts from across the United States, including many of our former national commanders. You’ll also benefit from a full schedule of workshops, learning labs and other sessions, which will enable you to expand your knowledge, skills and ability to carry out CAP’s missions at the local, state and national levels. On Saturday we will pay tribute to some of the organization’s highest-achieving members, units and wings over the past year. In addition, we’ll continue to celebrate our 75th year of diligent service to America. While you’re here, we hope you will also take the time to enjoy the Music City. Our host hotel, the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, gives you access to one of the world’s greatest entertainment centers. With its 17 restaurants, three swimming pools and six ballrooms, this glass-covered atrium resort is ideally situated as a base from which to discover the very best of Nashville. It is just a 14-minute walk from the Grand Ole Opry, where the hottest stars support a 90-year tradition of top country music performances. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is not too far away and is included in many of the Music City tours that are available. There are also lunch and dinner cruises on the Cumberland River nearby. In closing, I thank each of you for your attendance at the 2016 National Conference and for your Civil Air Patrol service. I hope that your experiences in Nashville provide you with inspiration, enthusiasm and a renewed commitment to our Missions for America. Semper Vigilans!
Joseph R. Vazquez Major General, CAP National Commander
I N F OR M AT I ON
Registration located at Tennessee Registration Desk 7:00 am – 9:00 am Tuesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Wednesday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm Thursday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday 7:00 am – 11:00 am Saturday
C O N F E R E N C E AT T I R E
First Time Attendee Reception, Opening Reception, Sightseeing/Leisure Activities: Casual civilian attire Command Council Meeting
Command Post located in Cheekwood D 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday 7:30 am – 8:00 pm Wednesday 7:30 am – 8:00 pm Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Friday & Saturday 5:00 am – 12:00 pm Sunday Command Council & General Assembly located in Tennessee Ballroom
Command Council Members: Air Force light blue shirt, no tie, or white aviator shirt (with gray slacks). Audience: Any CAP uniform combination or business casual attire. General Assembly, Meetings and Learning Labs
First Time Attendee & Opening Reception located in Hermitage C & D (Opening Reception Ticket Required)
Command Council Members, Award Recipients, Head Table and Presenters: Service dress coat, blue blazer combination or civilian business attire
Banquet located in Tennessee Ballroom (Ticket Required)
Audience: Any CAP uniform combination or business casual attire.
Banquet sales on-site will be limited. Banquet attendees should exchange their banquet voucher for their ticket and table assignment at the Registration Desk from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Friday and 7:30 am – 11:00 am Saturday.
Share your Conference experience!
Members of Civil Air Patrol Station 51-2 Cincinnati, Ohio, summer 1943
Award recipients: Service dress coat or blue blazer combination. Audience: Any CAP uniform combination or business casual attire. Banquet
Mess dress, CAP blazer combination with plain white shirt and black bow tie or semi-formal civilian attire for adult members; semi-formal uniform or semi-formal civilian attire for cadets.
A special thank you is extended to the following for their assistance with the 2016 National Conference & Command Council: CAP Tennessee Wing and CAP Southeast Region
HONORING 75 YEARS OF CIVIL AIR PATROL. TO US, YOUR SERVICE GOES BE YOND THE E VERYDAY.
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CAP L E ADE R SHI P
C A P B OA R D O F G OV E R N O R S
Col Jayson Altieri, CAP, Chairman
Col G. Barry Melton, CAP, Region Commander Col James B. Lewis, CAP, Alabama Col Henry Irizarry, CAP, Florida Col Richard J. Greenwood, CAP, Georgia Col Mallory D. Woodcock, CAP, Mississippi Col Carlos Fernandez, CAP, Puerto Rico Col Arlinda C. Bailey, CAP, Tennessee
Mr William A. Davidson, Jr., Vice Chairman Col Ralph L. Miller, CAP Ms Stacey Bechdolt Mr George Perry Lt Gen William H. Etter, USAF Maj Gen Teresa Marné Peterson, USAF (Ret.) Lt Gen Judith A. Fedder, USAF (Ret.) Col Timothy C. Verett, CAP Brig Gen Leon A. Johnson, USAF (Ret.) Col C. Warren Vest, CAP
NORTH CENTRAL REGION
Col Regena M. Aye, CAP, Region Commander Col Anita S. Elliott, CAP, Iowa Col Linette M. Lahan, CAP, Kansas Col James A. Garlough, CAP, Minnesota Col John R. O’Neill, CAP, Missouri Col Darrell W. Nelson, CAP, Nebraska Col John P. Steiner, CAP, North Dakota Col David G. Small, Jr.,CAP, South Dakota
CAP COMMAND COUNCIL
Maj Gen Joseph R. Vazquez, CAP, National Commander Brig Gen Larry F. Myrick, CAP, National Vice Commander Col Larry J. Ragland, CAP, National Executive Officer Col Michael Tyynismaa, USAF, CAP-USAF Commander/ Council Advisor Mr. Don Rowland, Chief Operating Officer/Council Advisor
Col Mark E. Smith, CAP, Region Commander Col Martha C. Morris, CAP, Arizona Col Arthur R. Formanek, CAP, Arkansas Col Thomas W. Barnard, CAP, Louisiana Col Mike Lee, CAP, New Mexico Col Dale E. Newell, CAP, Oklahoma Col Sean Crandall, CAP, Texas
Col Daniel M. LeClair, CAP, Region Commander Col Kenneth E. Chapman, CAP, Connecticut Col James R. Jordan, CAP, Maine Col Everett C. Hume, CAP, Massachusetts Col Kevin N. Harbison, CAP, New Hampshire Col Steven M. Tracy, CAP, New Jersey Col Steven J. Perta, CAP, New York Col Gary L. Fleming, CAP, Pennsylvania Col Richard F. Hill, CAP, Rhode Island Col Richard A. Lizzari, CAP, Vermont
R O C K Y M O U N TA I N R E G I O N
Col Robert M. Bost, CAP, Region Commander Col Celeste R. Gamache, CAP, Colorado Col George Breshears, CAP, Idaho Col Nolan S. Teel, CAP, Montana Col Jonathan Niedfeldt, CAP, Utah Col Harold K. Johnston, CAP, Wyoming
MIDDLE EAST REGION
Col John M. Knowles, CAP, Region Commander Col Michael Moyer, CAP, Delaware Col Joseph R. Winter, CAP, Maryland Col Bruce B. Heinlein, CAP, National Capital Col R. Jason Bailey, CAP, North Carolina Col Francis H. Smith, Jr., CAP, South Carolina Col James A. Covel, CAP, Virginia Col Paul G. McCroskey, CAP, West Virginia
PA C I F I C R E G I O N
Col Brian L. Bishop, CAP, Region Commander Capt Carl F. Siebe, CAP (Interim), Alaska Col Alan W. Ferguson, CAP, California Col Patrick A. Collins, CAP, Hawaii Col Carol Lee Lynn, CAP, Nevada Col John R. Longley, Jr., CAP, Oregon Col James P. Furlong, CAP, Washington
G R E AT L A K E S R E G I O N C A P S E N I O R A DV I S O RY G RO U P ( C S AG )
Col Edward D. Phelka, CAP, Region Commander Col Jerry G. Scherer, CAP, Illinois Col Matthew R. Creed, CAP, Indiana Col David A. Kantor, CAP, Kentucky Col Curtis J. Boehmer, CAP, Michigan Col Theodore L. Shaffer, CAP, Ohio Col Rose M. Hunt, CAP, Wisconsin
Maj Gen Joseph R. Vazquez, CAP, National Commander Brig Gen Larry F. Myrick, CAP, National Vice Commander Col Larry J. Ragland, CAP, National Executive Officer Col Michael D. Tyynismaa, USAF, CAP-USAF Commander Mr. Don Rowland, CAP, Chief Operating Officer CMSgt R. Frank Eldridge, CAP, Command Chief Master Sergeant Col Daniel M. Leclair, CAP, Northeast Region Commander Col John M. Knowles, CAP, Middle East Region Commander Col Edward D. Phelka, CAP, Great Lakes Region Commander Col G. Barry Melton, CAP, Southeast Region Commander Col Regena M. Aye, CAP, North Central Region Commander Col Mark E. Smith, CAP, Southwest Region Commander Col Robert M. Bost, CAP, Rocky Mountain Region Commander Col Brian L. Bishop, CAP, Pacific Region Commander
As of July 2016 7
SPON SOR S
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CAP HAL L OF HON OR
The Civil Air Patrol Hall of Honor was created by the Civil Air Patrol National Executive Committee on 3 June 1972 to pay tribute to individuals, past and present, who were either instrumental in establishment of the organization or contributed to its development over the years. The Hall of Honor exhibit, which is located in the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, contains CAP memorabilia and bronze plaques in the likeness of each inductee, listing offices held and inclusive dates. *Indicates inductee is deceased Mr. Gill Robb Wilson * General Carl A. “Tooey” Spaatz* Brigadier General D. Harold Byrd* Brigadier General William C. “Cecil” Whelen* Brigadier General Paul W. Turner* Brigadier General Lyle W. Castle* Brigadier General F. Ward Reilly* Colonel Clara E. Livingston* Colonel Joseph S. Bergin* Colonel Alan C. Perkinson* Major General Lucas V. Beau* Colonel Edwin Lyons* Brigadier General Earle E. Johnson* Brigadier General S. H. “Hal” DuPont, Jr. Colonel James E. Carter* Brigadier General William M. Patterson* Colonel Zack T. Mosley* Colonel Robert H. Herweh*
1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1973 1973 1973 1974 1974 1976 1976 1979
Dr. Mervin K. Strickler, Jr.* Brigadier General Thomas C. Casaday* Colonel Louisa S. Morse* Colonel Gordon T. Weir* Brigadier General Johnnie Boyd* Colonel Lester L. Wolff Lieutenant Colonel William D. “Bill” Madsen* Colonel Larry D. Miller* Colonel Obed A. “Poncho” Donaldson* Mister John V. “Jack” Sorenson* Dr. Paul E. Garber* Colonel Guy P. Gannett* Colonel Troy G. Sullivan, CAP* Brigadier General Warren J. Barry* Maj Gen Richard L. Bowling Senator Thomas R. Harkin Brigadier General Richard L. Anderson
1979 1980 1982 1982 1983 1985 1985 1986 1987 1987 1988 1992 1992 1993 2008 2014 2015
Brigadier General Richard L. Anderson at his Hall of Honor induction ceremony in August 2015.
F OR M E R CAP OF F I CE R S
PA S T N AT I O N A L B O A R D C H A I R M E N / N AT I O N A L COMMANDERS
PA S T C A P - U S A F C O M M A N D E R S Maj Gen John F. Curry, USAF December 1941 – March 1942 Brig Gen Earle L. Johnson, USAF March 1942 – February 1947 Brig Gen Frederick H. Smith, Jr., USAF February 1947 – October 1947 Maj Gen Lucas V. Beau, USAF October 1947 – December 1955 Maj Gen Walter R. Agee, USAF January 1956 – March 1959 Brig Gen Stephen D. McElroy, USAF April 1959 – December 1961 Col Paul C. Ashworth, USAF December 1961 – July 1964 Col Joe L. Mason, USAF August 1964 – May 1967 Brig Gen William W. Wilcox, USAF May 1967 – October 1968 Maj Gen Walter B. Putnam, USAF November 1968 – October 1969 Brig Gen Richard N. Ellis, USAF November 1969 – November 1972 Brig Gen Leslie J. Westberg, USAF November 1972 – August 1975 Brig Gen Carl S. Miller, USAF August 1975 – November 1977 Brig Gen Paul E. Gardner, USAF November 1977 – July 1980 Brig Gen H.W. Miller, USAF August 1980 – August 1981 Brig Gen David L. Patton, USAF August 1981- May 1984 Col John T. Massingale, Jr., USAF May 1984 – October 1989 Col Clyde O. Westbrook, Jr., USAF November 1989 – June 1990 Col Joseph M. Nall, USAF June 1990 – August 1992 Col Ronald T. Sampson, USAF August 1992 – March 1995 Col Garland W. Padgett, Jr., USAF March 1995 – May 1998 Col Dennis B. Parkhurst, USAF May 1998 – July 2001 Col Albert A. Allenback, USAF July 2001 – July 2002 Col George C. Vogt, USAF July 2002 – October 2005 Col Russell Hodgkins, USAF October 2005 – April 2009 Col William R. Ward, USAF April 2009 – June 2011 Col George H. Ross III, USAF July 2011 – October 2011 Col Paul D. Gloyd, USAF October 2011 – May 2014
Gen Carl A. Spaatz, USAF (Ret.) May 1948 – April 1959 Brig Gen D. Harold Byrd, CAP April 1959 – April 1960 Brig Gen William C. Whelen, CAP April 1960 – September 1962 Brig Gen Paul W. Turner, CAP September 1962 – October 1965 Brig Gen Lyle W. Castle, CAP October 1965 – October 1968 Brig Gen F. Ward Reilly, CAP October 1968 – October 1970 Brig Gen S.H. duPont, Jr., CAP October 1970 – October 1973 Brig Gen William M. Patterson, CAP October 1973 – September 1976 Brig Gen Thomas C. Casaday, CAP September 1976 – September 1979 Brig Gen Johnnie Boyd, CAP September 1979 – August 1982 Brig Gen Howard L. Brookfield, CAP August 1982 – August 1984 Brig Gen William B. Cass, CAP August 1984 – March 1986 Maj Gen Eugene E. Harwell, CAP March 1986 – August 1990 Brig Gen Warren J. Barry, CAP August 1990 – August 1993 Brig Gen Richard L. Anderson, CAP August 1993 – August 1996 Brig Gen Paul M. Bergman, CAP August 1996 – March 1998 Brig Gen James C. Bobick, CAP March 1998 – August 2001 Maj Gen Richard L. Bowling, CAP August 2001 – August 2004 Maj Gen Dwight H. Wheless, CAP August 2004 – July 2005 Maj Gen Antonio J. Pineda, CAP August 2005 – October 2007 Maj Gen Amy S. Courter, CAP October 2007 – August 2011 Maj Gen Charles L. Carr, CAP August 2011 – August 2014
PA S T C A P N AT I O N A L A D M I N I S T R AT O R S / EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS Col Gordon T. Weir, USAF (Ret.)
December 1975 – September 1981 Brig Gen Carl S. Miller, USAF (Ret.) September 1981 – June 1994 Col Paul J. Albano, Sr., CAP November 1994 – September 1999 Col Robert L. Brooks, USAF (Ret.) October 1999 – March 2002 Col Albert A. Allenback, USAF (Ret.) September 2002 – June 2005
SCHE DU L E OF EVE N TS
T U E S D AY A U G U S T 9 7:00 am – 9:00 am 7:30 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:30 am – 4:30 pm 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Registration Command Post Cessna G-1000 Ground School* FEMA G291, Joint Info System/ Joint Info Center Planning* CAP Foundation Meeting Board of Governors Meeting Working Dinner for BoG
Magnolia Mezzanine Cheekwood D Davidson A Hermitage B Hermitage E Hermitage E
AT A G L A N C E
WEDNESDAY 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Tennessee Registration Desk
W E D N E S D AY A U G U S T 1 0 7:30 am – 8:00 pm 8:00 am – 1:00 pm 8:00 am – 4:00 pm 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 5:30 pm 8:00 am – 6:00 pm 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 9:00 am – 6:00 pm 9:00 am – 8:00 pm 11:00 am – 8:00 pm 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Command Post Cheekwood D Board of Governors Meeting Hermitage E Working Breakfast & Lunch for BoG Wing Commander Update Training Magnolia Boardroom B Closed Session PAO Academy* Cheekwood G/H Training Leaders of Cadets Davidson C Basic Course Group #1* Training Leaders of Cadets Belmont B Basic Course Group #2* Do You Want to be a Wing Commander* Cheekwood F Operations Conference* Tennessee Ballroom A Tennessee Wing Information Near Registration Desk Booth Registration Tennessee Registration Desk Chaplain Corps Advisory Council Davidson A Communications Meeting Tennessee Ballroom B Finance Committee Meeting Belmont A NCO Working Group Belmont C Closed Meeting
T H U R S D AY A U G U S T 1 1 7:00 am – 6:00 pm 7:00 am – 5:00 pm 7:30 am – 8:00 pm 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 10:30 am – Noon 10:30 am – Noon 10:30 am – Noon 10:30 am – Noon 10:30 am – Noon 10:30 am – Noon 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:30 am – 5:30 pm 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 10:00 am – 10:30 am 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Tennessee Registration Desk Vanguard Store Hermitage B Command Post Cheekwood D Command Council Meeting Tennessee Ballroom C CC Breakout #1 Tennessee Ballroom C CC Breakout #2 Tennessee Ballroom C CC Breakout #3 Tennessee Ballroom C CC Breakout #4 Tennessee Ballroom C CC Breakout #5 Tennessee Ballroom C CC Breakout #6 Cheekwood B PAO Academy* Cheekwood G/H Training Leaders of Cadets Tennessee Ballroom D Intermediate Course Group #1* Training Leaders of Cadets Tennessee Ballroom E Intermediate Course Group #2* Recruiting and Retention Boot Camp* Davidson A Government Relations* Belmont A Tennessee Wing Information Booth Near Registration Desk Refreshment Break Tennessee Ballroom Foyer History Display Magnolia Boardroom B Closed Noon – 1:00 pm 11
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Tennessee Wing Information Booth
THURSDAY 7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Tennessee Registration Desk 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Vanguard Store Hermitage B 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Command Council Meeting Tennessee C 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Aerospace Education Open House Hermitage A
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS continued
T H U R S D AY A U G U S T 1 1 c o n t i n u e d
AT A G L A N C E FRIDAY 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Registration Tennessee Registration Desk 8:00 am – 10:00 am General Assembly Tennessee Ballroom C 10:00 am – 12:30 pm 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm History Display Magnolia Boardroom B
SATURDAY MORNING 7:30 am – 11:00 am Banquet Ticket Pickup Tennessee Registration Desk 8:30 am – 10:00 am CAP Awards Program Tennessee Ballroom C
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Your Role in the CAP Legacy* Cheekwood A Aerospace Education Open House Hermitage A Refreshment Break Tennessee Ballroom Foyer National Cadet Advisory Council Belmont C First Time Attendee Reception Hermitage C/D Opening Reception Ticket Required & First Time Attendee Badge Required Opening Reception Hermitage C/D Ticket Required Sponsored by Textron Aviation
F R I D AY A U G U S T 1 2 7:00 am – 4:00 pm 7:00 am – 5:00 pm 7:00 am – 8:00 am 7:15 am – 8:00 am 7:30 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 10:00 am 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 10:00 am – 10:30 am 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 10:15 am – 11:15 pm 11:15 am
11:30 am – 12:30 pm 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Evening
Registration Tennessee Registration Desk Vanguard Store Hermitage B Commander’s Call to Prayer Tennessee Ballroom B Ticket Required Refreshment Break Tennessee Ballroom Foyer Command Post Cheekwood D General Assembly Tennessee Ballroom C National Cadet Advisory Council Belmont C Tennessee Wing Information Booth Near Registration Refreshment Break Tennessee Ballroom Foyer History Display Magnolia Boardroom B Closed 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Learning Labs See Learning Lab Schedule Book Signing with Magnolia Mezzanine Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon Former NASA Astronaut Learning Labs See Learning Lab Schedule Sponsor Luncheon Tennessee Ballroom A By Invitation Only Banquet Ticket Pickup Tennessee Registration Desk National Uniform Committee Meeting Belmont B Closed Meeting Learning Labs See Learning Lab Schedule Refreshment Break Tennessee Ballroom Foyer Learning Labs See Learning Lab Schedule CAP Awards Program Practice Tennessee Ballroom C The Spaatz Association Gathering Cheekwood G Learning Labs See Learning Lab Schedule Jewish Worship Service Offsite (Obtain latest info at Tennessee Wing Information Booth)
Thursday’s Opening Reception sponsored by
S A T U R D AY A U G U S T 1 3 6:30 am 7:00 am – 2:00 pm 7:30 am – 11:00 am 7:30 am – 11:00 am 7:30 am – 5:00 pm 7:45 am - 8:30 am 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:30 am – 10:00 am 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 10:00 am – 10:30 am 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 10:15 am – 11:15 am 11:30 am – 12:30 pm 11:30 am – 12:30 pm 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fun Walk/5K Fun Run Meet at Registration Desk Vanguard Store Hermitage B Registration Tennessee Registration Desk Banquet Ticket Pickup Tennessee Registration Desk Command Post Cheekwood D Refreshment Break Tennessee Ballroom Foyer Cadet Day #1 Hermitage E Cadet Day #2 Davidson C National Cadet Advisory Council Belmont C CAP Awards Program Tennessee Ballroom C Tennessee Wing Information Booth Near Registration Desk History Display Magnolia Boardroom B Closed 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Refreshment Break Tennessee Ballroom Foyer Government Relations Davidson B National & Regional Staff Meeting Learning Labs See Learning Lab Schedule Norwich University Forum Cheekwood C Learning Labs See Learning Lab Schedule Learning Labs See Learning Lab Schedule National Staff Meeting Cheekwood A/B Learning Labs See Learning Lab Schedule Learning Labs See Learning Lab Schedule Protestant Worship Service Cheekwood C National Commander’s Tennessee Ballroom Foyer Reception Catholic Worship Service Cheekwood C Annual Banquet Tennessee Ballroom Ticket Required Sponsored by BP Air and America’s Aircraft Engines
AT A G L A N C E SATURDAY EVENING 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Annual Banquet Tennessee Ballroom Sponsored by America’s BP Air and Aircraft Engines
S U N D AY A U G U S T 1 4 5:00 am – 12:00 pm
Command Post Cheekwood D CAP will provide a complimentary shuttle bus from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel to the Nashville International Airport (BNA) for Sunday departures. The bus will depart from the Gaylord hotel at the following times: 5:00 am, 6:30 am, 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm
Saturday’s Annual Banquet sponsored by
L E AR N I N G L AB SCHE DU L E
F R I D AY A U G U S T 1 2
S A T U R D AY A U G U S T 1 3
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
AE07 LG02 GVR01 FM01 HC01 IT01 DO12 DO04 CP01
Meet an Astronaut Transportation Management Government Relations Update What’s New in FM? Chaplain Corps Forum eServices Administration FEMA Aircraft Operations & Stan/Eval Cadet News and Innovations
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Tennessee C Belle Meade AB Belle Meade CD Cheekwood G Cheekwood H Davidson A Cheekwood B Hermitage C Hermitage D
HI01 SE03 RO02 FD01 IT03 AE03 DO02 CP01
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
SE01 DO08 DP01 AE01 DO06 CP02
CAP Safety: Then and Now Glider Program Operations CAP Uniforms Aerospace Education Program Guidance and Regulations Best Practices for a CAPF 5 Flight Evaluation Cadet Fitness Officers 101
Seven Decades of Honor and Service Safety Mishap Reporting and Review Social Media and Recruiting Estate Planning without Taxes Putting the “Information” in IT Model Rocketry and Advanced Rocketry in CAP CAP National Operations Center Cadet News and Innovation
Belle Meade AB Belle Meade CD Cheekwood G Cheekwood H Davidson A Hermitage A Hermitage C Hermitage D
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Belle Meade CD Cheekwood B Cheekwood G Hermitage A
FM04 SP01 DP02 AE04 DO09
Hermitage C Hermitage D
New Innovations of Fundraising Norwich University Forum CAP Awards & Promotions Unmanned Aerial Systems National Radar Analysis Team and Cellular Forensics Team Update Cadet Fitness 101
Belle Meade CD Cheekwood C Cheekwood G Hermitage A Hermitage C Hermitage D
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
BOG LG03 RO01 FM02 PD02 IT02 AE02 DO05 CP03
LG01 RO03 DP01 HC03
Meet the Board of Governors (BOG) Cheekwood B Aircraft Management (ends 4:15 PM) Belle Meade AB Retention Through Leadership and Program Management Belle Meade CD Managing Mission Fuel with Corporate Credit Card Cheekwood G The PD Leadership Series: Preventing Burnout Cheekwood H eServices Commander’s Corner Davidson A CAP STEM Kit Program Hermitage A Airman Certification Standards & Pilot Professionalism Hermitage C Getting Involved in Cadet Cyber Programs Hermitage D
PD04 AE06 DO03 CP06
TSA01 EL01 DA01 AE05 DO07 CP04
SE04 PD03 HI02
Safety Risk Management Belle Meade CD AF CSOs: A Force Multiplier for CAP Aircrews Cheekwood B The Spaatz Association (TSA) Overview Cheekwood G Online Courses and Webinars Cheekwood H Publications Davidson A AE Workshop Hermitage A CAPR 70-1, Flight Operations Hermitage C Grow Your Cadet Program Hermitage D
IG01 DO10 CP07
HC02 PD01 DO01 CP05
Fundraising at the Region and Wing Levels Chaplain Corps IT Issues Professional Development What’s New in Operations? Cadet Practical Clinic #1
Cheekwood H Davidson A Hermitage A Hermitage C Hermitage D
Safety Risk Management/Office Hours Belle Meade CD (ends 5:30 PM) The PD Leadership Series: Mentoring Davidson A Conducting an Effective Oral History Interview Cheekwood G Discrepancy Data Trends Cheekwood H Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Resiliency Training Hermitage C Cadet Activities: New Way Forward Hermitage D
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
FM02 NCO1 DO11 CP08
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Belle Meade AB Belle Meade CD Cheekwood G
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Property Management Implementing Cohort Recruiting Uniforms Update on Mission Chaplain Requirements Effectively Leading in a Volunteer Environment Satellite and Systems Tool Kit (STK) (ends 5:30 PM) WMIRS Update Be an Ally: Supporting LGBT Cadets
Cheekwood B Cheekwood H Davidson A Hermitage C Hermitage D
Managing Mission Fuel with Corporate Credit Cards Cheekwood G NCO Seminar Cheekwood H National Incident Management System Hermitage C Office Hours with the National Cadet Team Hermitage D Cadet to Senior Retention Working Group Davidson A
A E R O S PA C E E D U C AT I O N
Aerospace Education Program Guidance and Regulations Friday, 12 Aug 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Hermitage A
Presenters: Lt. Col. Mike McArdle, Aerospace Education Manager Dr. Jeff Montgomery, CAP/AE This learning lab will provide an update on the status of all AE regulations and pamphlets, as well as, how changes impact the AE mission. Additionally, this lab will discuss the recent changes to the AE Plan of Action (AEPOA) and Activity Reports, including discussing the online version of both the AEPOA and Activity Report. Discussions will also include AEO responsibilities and progression in the AE Specialty Track. This presentation will provide participants with a solid understanding of where AE is now and where it is going. New and experienced aerospace officers will benefit. Questions and discussions will be encouraged.
CAP STEM Kit Program Friday, 12 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Hermitage A
Presenters: Dr Jeff Montgomery, CAP/AE Lt Col Mike McArdle, Aerospace Education Manager Lt Col Randy Carlson, AE Curriculum & STEM Coordinator, California Wing Lt Col Sherwood Williams, GLR Regional Director of AE, Wisconsin Wing This learning lab will discuss CAP’s STEM Kit program and will provide demonstrations on using the kits. The lab will review the current kits as well as new kits being developed. We will also cover the procedures for ordering kits, the expected feedback and the requirements for receiving more kits. The kits and the accompanying educational materials for each kit will be on display at the lab.
Model Rocketry and Advanced Rocketry in CAP Saturday, 13 Aug 10:15 am – 11:15 am Hermitage A
ranging anywhere from one day to two weeks long. The lab will also cover how to obtain graduate credit for students upon completion of the workshop.
Lt. Col. Gazry Dahlke, Director of Aerospace Education, Florida Wing
Satellites and Systems Tool Kit (STK) Saturday, 13 Aug 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm Hermitage A
Lt. Col. Mike McNeely, Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron Commander, Colorado Wing
This learning lab will discuss the newly revised Model Rocketry program including specifics about all the changes. It will also cover the Advanced Rocketry program, which is a continuation of the basic rocketry program and represents phases four and five of rockets. Participants will be provided with the requirements and expectations of all phases. This lab will be a thorough review of rocketry in CAP. New and experienced AEOs are encouraged to attend.
Unmanned Aerial Systems Saturday, 13 Aug 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Hermitage A
Lt. Col. Randy Carlson, Aerospace Education Curriculum & STEM Coordinator, California Wing
Remote control aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and drones; these are all names of what is now being referred to as unmanned aerial systems. These topics and what CAP is doing in these areas will be discussed in this lab. Attendees will learn how CAP units can integrate RC flying into their AE programs. Through a partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), their flying clubs and CAP, units can work together to introduce the next generation of pilots to the enjoyment of remote control flying and unmanned aerial systems. At least one hands-on activity will also be conducted during this lab.
AE Workshop Friday, 12 Aug 3:15 pm – 5:30 pm Hermitage A
Lt. Col. Dave Garner, Tennessee Wing
This lab will cover all aspects of how to plan and present an aerospace teacher workshop 15
Attendees to this lab should bring their own laptops. This lab will be a seminar and a workshop in which attendees will learn more about satellites and STK and then be afforded the opportunity to work activities/lessons using STK on their laptops. How we rely on satellites daily, as well as, the critical role they play in national defense for tomorrow’s challenges will be discussed. There will also be discussions related to career possibilities. STK teaches people about satellite operations, the space shuttle and the International Space Station. The session will include discussion of such topics as how a satellite’s orbit affects what it can do, the types of satellites and their missions and the STK program’s ability to enhance any officer or cadet AE mission. Time will also be devoted to demonstrating some of the STK scenarios on the CAP/AE website.
Astronaut Presentation Friday, 12 Aug 10:15 am – 11:15 am Tennessee C
Dr. Rhea Seddon
Immediately following the General Assembly, Dr. Seddon (A former NASA Astronaut and Author) will be presenting a lecture and doing a book signing. Dr. Seddon was one of the first six women to enter the Astronaut Program. She served on three space flights during her career as a Mission Specialist and Payload Commander. After leaving NASA, Dr. Seddon was the Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville. After her presentation, Dr. Seddon will be doing a book signing of her book “Go For Orbit.”
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Meet the Board of Governors (BOG) Friday, 12 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Cheekwood B
This seminar will provide detailed information about the multi-faceted program of Activities, Academics, Attitudes, Assessments, and Awards. Come learn how to put an exciting new emphasis upon fitness in your squadron. Offered in two sessions for your convenience.
Getting Involved in Cadet Cyber Programs Friday, 12 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Hermitage D
Maj Jacob Stauffer, National Cadet Team
Presenters: CAP Board of Governors We all learn about the Board of Governors (BoG) in our Level 1 training, but few of us know much more than the name of that body. This is an opportunity to actually meet the BoG members and get a more in-depth idea of how CAP is governed. This will be an open discussion with opportunity to ask any questions you like. CADET PROGRAMS CP01
Cadet News and Innovations Friday, 12 Aug 10:15 am – 11:15 am Hermitage D Saturday, 13 Aug 10:15 am – 11:15 am Hermitage D
Presenters: Curt LaFond, National Cadet Team Col Ned Lee, National Cadet Team National Cadet Team Members What’s new and what’s being proposed in Cadet Programs? This seminar is your #1 opportunity to learn about exciting developments and contribute to the discussion on how to improve the Cadet Program. If you can attend only one cadet-related seminar, make “Cadet News and Innovations” the one. Offered in two sessions for your convenience.
Cadet Fitness Officers 101 Friday, 12 Aug 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Hermitage D Saturday, 13 Aug 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Hermitage D
If you came to the Annual Conference to obtain practical tools that can improve your squadron’s Cadet Program, this session is for you. We’ll present a new tool for planning squadron meetings using the Cloud, showand-tell with a new Quality Cadet Unit Award tracker, suggest a new way to use special cadet ribbons (AFA, VFW, American Legion & AFSA) to incentivize cadets, and share a new model for progressive discipline.
CP06 How do you get your squadron involved in Cyber Patriot, or cyber more generally, if you’re not a technical person? How can you use the new cadet cyber badge program to motivate your cadets to take an interest in a field that’s incredibly vital to our national security? In this session, you’ll collect best practices from the experts, have opportunities to ask lots of questions, and learn about the exciting plans to increase cyber’s presence in the Cadet Program.
Grow Your Cadet Program Friday, 12 Aug 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Hermitage D
Curt LaFond, National Cadet Team Lt Col Darin Ninness, National Recruiting & Retention Manager
How can you recruit new cadets and get them trained while simultaneously continuing to meet the needs of your existing cadets? There’s so much involved in recruiting and orientation, you need a system that works. Participants will take a guided tour of the Cadet Great Start program and learn about pipeline or cohort recruiting. It’s a proven way to turn a small town squadron into a large, flourishing unit.
Cadet Practical Clinic Friday, 12 Aug 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Hermitage D
Wendy Hamilton, National Cadet Team
Joanna Lee, National Cadet Team
The Active Cadet Fitness Program has completed field tests and is preparing to launch.
Lt Col Margarita Mesones, National Cadet Team National Cadet Team Members
Be an Ally: Supporting LGBT Cadets Saturday, 13 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Hermitage D
Presenters: Ms. Eva Walton Kendrick, Human Rights Campaign Curt LaFond, National Cadet Team Col Ned Lee, National Cadet Team All across America, social dynamics are changing and we’re seeing an increasing number of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cadets. Yet many adult volunteers lack experience mentoring LGBT youth and have questions on practical matters affecting their full inclusion. This session is an opportunity to ask questions, learn about best practices, and become a more effective ally for all cadets, especially LGBT cadets.
Cadet Activities: New Way Forward Saturday, 13 Aug 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Hermitage D
Presenters: Wendy Hamilton, National Cadet Team Lt Col Raj Kothari, National Cadet Team Let’s maximize the number and variety of opportunities available to cadets. In this session, participants will discuss a new strategy for bringing more wing and region cadet activities to a wider audience, while improving the outcomes of National Cadet Special Activities. Although this session is targeted primarily at
DCPs and activity directors, it will be of interest to the cadet community at large.
Office Hours with the National Cadet Team Saturday, 13 Aug 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Hermitage D
Presenters: Curt LaFond, National Cadet Team Col Ned Lee, National Cadet Team National Cadet Team Members This unstructured, drop-in session is your opportunity to receive personalized assistance on any cadet-related challenge you’re facing. Come with your questions, or come with ideas you want to share with the National Cadet Team.
of social media in the Chaplain Corps and the new developments that are in the process of being created and implemented. Chaplains and CDls need to attend. HC03
Update on Mission Chaplain Requirements Saturday, 13 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Cheekwood H
Presenters: Ch., Col. James Hughes, Chief of the Chaplain Corps Ch Marcus Taylor Ch Linda Pugsley This learning lab will provide a comprehensive overview of the new Mission Chaplain opportunities and requirements. Also, the new roles that CDls may play in Chaplain support missions will be discussed.
Managing Mission Fuel with Corporate Credit Cards Friday, 12 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Cheekwood G Saturday, 13 Aug 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Cheekwood G
CAP/FM in has been implementing a program to provide each aircraft with a corporate card to simplify mission payments, 108 processing, and out of pocket expenses for CAP members. The session will focus on the reporting requirements to ensure this program is successful.
Fundraising at the Region and Wing Levels Friday, 12 Aug 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Cheekwood B
Maj James Fogal, HQ CAP Chief of Development
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Chaplain Corps Forum Friday, 12 Aug 10:15 am – 12:30 pm Cheekwood H Presenter:
Presenters: Ch., Col. James Hughes, Chief of the Chaplain Corps Ch Charlie Sattgast Ch Paul Ward This is an open forum for all CAP members to interface with CAP’s Chaplain Corps senior leadership. CAP members are encouraged to come and participate in a discussion of issues facing the chaplaincy while sharing their concerns and getting their questions answered.
Chaplain Corps IT Issues Friday, 12 Aug 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Cheekwood H
Presenters: Ch., Col. James Hughes, Chief of the Chaplain Corps Ch Tim Miner Ch Charlie Sattgast Ch Paul Ward
Online Courses and Webinars Friday, 12 Aug 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Cheekwood H Col Stan Skrabut, e-Learning Coordinator Ron Olienyk, CAP/EL
Learn the advantages of the Wing offering distance learning courses to advance the educational opportunities of its members. This learning lab will examine the requirements to start and maintain on-line courses at the Wing. The lab will also provide an overview of ways to reach members via Webinars and GoToMeeting applications. F I N A N C I A L M A N AG E M E N T FM01
This learning lab will provide tips on how to be successful at raising funds at the Wing and Region levels.
New Innovations of Fundraising at the National Level Saturday, 13 Aug 11:30 pm – 12:30 pm Belle Meade CD
Maj James Fogal, HQ CAP Chief of Development
CAP will need experienced charitable fundraisers from each region to be a part of the NHQ development team. This open session is available to all members wishing to know more about fundraising at the National level.
What’s New in FM? Friday, 12 Aug 10:15 am – 11:15 am Cheekwood G
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Lt Col Robin Vest
Estate Planning without Taxes Saturday, 13 Aug 10:15 am – 12:30 pm Cheekwood H
Dr. James E. “Skip” Dotherow, Executive Director, CAP Foundation Lt Col Ron Hanson, CAP
The new Financial Management regulation addresses issues new to Financial Management.
Over the past year there have been many changes in the IT resources available to Chaplains and CDls. This includes the resources connected to character development, the use 17
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This lab will explore various ideas and strategies that can be employed to assist in income tax planning and charitable estate planning. Presentations include “Rate Your Estate Plan”; 4 Time-Tested Ways to Reduce Your Income Tax; Your CAP Legacy. Examples of estate planning documents will be shared with attendees in addition to practical ways to use your estate to further the ideals and programs of Civil Air Patrol. This is not a legal presentation but a practical approach to providing support to those organizations that are important to CAP members.
Conducting an Effective Oral History Interview Saturday, 13 Aug 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Cheekwood G
CH, Lt Col Marvin Owen
Learn how to prepare for, conduct, and followup with a good oral history interview. This will go beyond the basics, and will include tips and techniques interviewers need to know. New and experienced interviewers will find practical suggestions that will help them ensure better interviews.
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Government Relations Update Friday, 12 Aug 10:15 am – 11:15 am Belle Meade CD John Swain, CAP/GVR Lt Col Gerald Marketos, National Legislative Coordinator
Learn the latest about CAP government relations, legislative affairs and the status of key legislation. Special updates include CAP’s FY2017 defense appropriations, 75th Anniversary and the new Government Relations Specialty Track. This lab is open to all who are interested in government relations especially commanders, government relations advisers, legislative liaisons, state legislative squadron commanders and public affairs officers. HISTORICAL HI01
Seven Decades of Honor and Service Saturday, 13 Aug 10:15 am – 12:30 pm Belle Meade AB Lt Col Phil Saleet, Historical Projects Division Head
CAP members from any position will be provided with a 7 decade journey of service to our nation. This Learning Lab will present stories of Civil Air Patrol from both the CAP perspective and from those we helped.
eServices Commander’s Corner Friday, 12 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Davidson A
National IT Staff
Attention, all commanders: Come and learn about your Commander’s Corner eService module and all the other tools available in eServices to help you manage your unit. This is the place to come to discuss ideas you have to make it better.
Putting the “Information” in IT Saturday, 13 Aug 10:15 am – 12:30 pm Davidson A
Maj Jeff Gebhart, TNWG/CS Maj Rob Borsari, TNWG/CV
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Discrepancy Data Trends Saturday, 13 Aug 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Cheekwood H
Presenters: Col Steve Miller, CAP/IGI Lt Col Craig Gallagher, CAP/IGT This lab will explore where we are seeing the most discrepancies in the Wing and Sub-Unit inspections. We will discuss and explore possible next steps that may include regulation changes and/or training emphasis where most problems are occurring. This lab is designed for wing commanders, region and wing IGs and all CAP members. I N F O R M AT I O N TECHNOLOGY IT01
eServices Administration Friday, 12 Aug 10:15 am – 12:30 pm Davidson A
National IT Staff
Come see what is available in eServices for all members. We will demonstrate how to maintain your account information, upload your photo for a CAP Picture ID card, unit information, record operations-qualifications, specialty tracks, duty assignments, transfers, promotions and complete course work in LMS. You will see all this and more. We will end with a question-and-answer session.
Many people working in IT focus on the “Technology” part of the job, and lose site of the “Information” part of IT. This lab’s focus will be on finding data available to units, and applying technology to turning that data into information and action. We will look at tools like CAPWATCH, MySQL, Google Apps Script and Google Docs, Sertifi and Twilio. Specific topics will include: • Using CAPWATCH to provision user accounts for other Google Apps • Using Google App Script to query and present data from CAPWATCH and MySQL • Automatically populating spreadsheets with information from CAPWATCH or other databases • Building automated approval workflows with Sertifi and Google App Script • Using Google Forms, CAPWATCH and Twilio to build a voice/e-mail/SMS alerting system LOGISTICS AND MISSION RESOURCES LG01
Property Management Saturday, 13 Aug 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm Belle Meade AB
Presenters: Gary Schneider, Director, CAP/LG KC Jones, Chief, CAP/LGS
This lab is directed toward commanders and property management officers. Gary Schneider and KC Jones will discuss resource management in terms of ORMS and the impact of property management on CAP’s contributions to national defense. This session will focus on a review of recent enhancements to ORMS and the resulting changes to CAPR 1741. They will discuss in detail changes made to ORMS to better aid in managing low value property items. Real property management will also be a topic of discussion. This session will address lessons learned and observations from recent compliance inspections, survey audits and wing financial analyst visits. The lab will conclude with a question-andanswer period.
Transportation Management Friday, 12 Aug 10:15 am – 12:30 pm Belle Meade AB
Gary Schneider, Director, CAP/LG
Transportation officers and wing personnel involved with CAP vehicle procedures will want to attend this learning lab. NHQ personnel will discuss CAP vehicle management procedures and provide an update on the status of the FY15 vehicle buy. Topics will include vehicle maintenance and procedures for requesting reimbursement for major and routine vehicle repair, procedures for using the new WEX credit card for service and repair, vehicle paint requests, emergency repairs, new vehicle acquisition, wing-purchased or donated vehicles, screening vehicles and vehicle disposal procedures. The lab will conclude with a review of the current fleet status.
Aircraft Management Friday, 12 Aug 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm Belle Meade AB
Nelson “Dan” Daniel, Chief, CAP/LGM
Dan Daniel will present and lead discussions on aircraft maintenance activities, including the WMIRS maintenance discrepancy log, maintenance-related findings from recent compliance inspections, recent applicable Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins, aircraft rehab, avionics upgrades and nav data
updates. This lab will provide commanders and maintenance officers an opportunity to discuss aircraft maintenance issues and concerns, maintenance best practices status of the CAP aircraft fleet and the overall role aircraft maintenance plays in supporting national defense.
CAP members involved in Emergency Services, Counterdrug, Homeland Security and Defense or any other operational mission will learn about current and developing mission processes and the National Operations Center. We will also review the past year and see the great work CAP has done for America.
NCO Seminar Saturday, 13 Aug 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Cheekwood H Chief Frank Eldridge, CAP/CCC
CAP recently expanded the role of the NCO in the active adult program. This learning lab will provide an overview of the changes to duty assignments as well as promotion opportunities and requirements. It is designed for unit commanders as well as members who are interested in retaining their previous military NCO rank.
Presenters: Terry Raymond, CAP/NOC; Joe Hall, CAP/IT; and National IT Staff WMIRS remains the backbone for supporting mission management from beginning to end. This learning lab will explore the new and developing modules in WMIRS as well as future plans.
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What’s New in Operations? Friday, 12 Aug 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Hermitage C
Presenters: John Desmarais, CAP/DO and other National Operations Team Members CAP’s missions continue to change, especially as we take on more missions in support of the Air Force, other Department of Defense agencies, the Department of Homeland Security and their state and local counterparts. New and evolving missions will be discussed to help participants learn about potential opportunities for their wings. Recent and developing changes in regulations, mission requirements, equipment and training will also be discussed, followed by a question-and-answer period.
CAP National Operations Center Saturday, 13 Aug 10:15 am – 11:15 am Hermitage C Terry Raymond, CAP/NOC 19
WMIRS Update Saturday, 12 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Hermitage C
Aircraft Operations & Stan/Eval Friday, 12 Aug 10:15 am – 11:15 am Hermitage C
Presenters: Joe Piccotti, CAP/DOV This presentation will focus on CAP Aircraft Operations and flying related topics to include a look at the CAP flying year in review, CAPR 60-1, Standardization & Evaluations, flight evaluation tends, training, and aviation safety. CAP aircrews are supporting more homeland security, national defense, and disaster assistance missions; all requiring standardization and well-trained aircrews to effectively execute these critical missions. Standardization is the pillar of safe, effective and efficient flight operations; this lab will examine CAP’s standardization and other flight related topics essential to CAP’s mission success.
Airman Certification Standards & Pilot Professionalism Friday, 12 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Hermitage C
Presenters: Capt Susan Parson, CAP National Stan/Eval Officer This lab will provide information on using the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for
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the private pilot airplane certificate and the instrument-airplane rating, which will replace the corresponding Practical Test Standards (PTS) in June 2016. Because the ACS defines task-specific elements for knowledge and risk management and integrates them with the skill elements in today’s PTS, it provides a comprehensive standard for what an applicant must know, consider, and do for each Area of Operation and Task. Since CAP uses the PTS as the baseline for performance on the CAPF 5 proficiency check, as well as for cadets receiving flight training, the ACS is relevant to all CAP pilots.
Best Practices for a CAPF 5 Flight Evaluation Friday, 12 Aug 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Hermitage C
Presenters: Capt Susan Parson, CAP National Stan/Eval Officer This learning lab will present information on best practices for both conducting and receiving a CAP Form 5 Pilot Proficiency Check. It will help CAP pilots, check pilots, and check pilot examiners understand what is expected from all parties in terms of preparation, performance, and professionalism.
CAPR 70-1, Flight Operations (replacing CAPR 60-1) Friday, 12 Aug 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Hermitage C
Presenters: Col Mike Moyer, DEWG/CC This learning lab will focus on the new CAPR 70-1, Flight Operations (replacing CAPR 601). During this learning lab, all aspects of the new CAP regulation will be reviewed to include, format, content, changes, and the commanders intent. CAPR 70-1 will provide flight operations guidance leading CAP into the future. This learning lab will be of benefit to all CAP aircrew members.
Glider Program Operations Friday, 12 Aug 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Cheekwood B
Presenters: Col. Jack Buschmann, CAP National Glider Program Manager This presentation will focus on the CAP Glider Program and glider related topics to include a look at the current status of the CAP Glider Program, CAP glider activities, and CAP glider program safety. CAP pilots and staff members consistently support cadet glider orientation flights and motivational glider related events nation-wide; all requiring standardized and well-trained pilots & ground crews to effectively execute these critical educational glider missions which positively support CAP’s recruiting and retention efforts. This learning lab will examine CAP’s standardized glider program and other glider related topics essential to CAP’s mission success.
National Radar Analysis Team and Cellular Forensics Team Update Saturday, 13 Aug 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Hermitage C
Presenters: Lt Col John Henderson, Major Justin Ogden, Colonel Brian Ready, and other members of the teams supporting these operations. This Learning lab will review the latest activities for both teams as well as developing tools and technology planned and being fielded.
Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Resiliency Training Saturday, 13 Aug 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Hermitage C Lt Col Tom Janisko, Chief of CISM, and supporting staff
This learning lab will provide an overview of PFA and Resiliency Training tools and the strategic vision for this program.
National Incident Management System Saturday, 13 Aug 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Hermitage C
Lt Col Robert Ditch, CAP IAEM and EMI Liaison
This learning lab will provide an overview the changes in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) that are in development.
FEMA Friday, 12 Aug 10:15 am – 11:15 am Hermitage A
Presenters: Rich Smith, AmeriCorps NCCC, Deputy Region Director for Programming Meghan Curley, Program Specialist, FEMA Corps Section Learn about FEMA Corps, an opportunity for 18-24 year-olds to work in emergency management while serving the nation. In support of Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mission, teams live, work and travel together for 10 months. Members gain professional skills while assisting FEMA and communities through response, recovery, preparedness, and mitigation. Benefits include a living allowance, room & board, education award and travel expenses.
Air Force CSOs — A Force-Multiplier for CAP Aircrews Friday, 12 Aug 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Cheekwood B
Presenters: Lt Col Archie DeJesus, USAF Maj Brad Littleton, USAF Instructors, Air Force Combat System Officers School, NAS Pensacola, FL Air Force Combat Systems Officers (CSOs) are highly trained aviators specializing in weapon systems employment, electronic warfare, and navigation. They are trained experts on employing both kinetic and non-kinetic effects at the right place and the right time in support of military operations. Whether dropping ordnance, delivering humanitarian aid, carrying out Special Operations, jamming the
enemy’s electromagnetic spectrum, collecting intelligence or refueling other aircraft, CSOs are at the tip of the airpower spear. Many of these officers volunteer in CAP as Mission Observers and Mission Scanners, however those who fly with them are sometimes unaware or unfamiliar with their skills and capabilities easily marginalizing their value as “just another non-pilot.” This presentation is aimed at aircrews (primarily Mission Pilots) who are unfamiliar with this Air Force career field and how it contributes to CAP’s individual task requirements for Mission Observers and Mission Scanners. PERSONNEL AND MEMBER ACTIONS DP01
CAP Uniform Friday, 12 Aug 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Cheekwood G Saturday, 13 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Cheekwood G
Presenters: Col. Richard Greenwood, GAWG/CC & National Uniform Committee Chairman Susie Parker, CAP/DP This learning lab is designed to assist members in navigating the myriad CAP uniform combinations available today. A review of the uniform manual as well as specific badges and devices, general wear policy and grooming standards are just a few of the items to be discussed.
CAP Awards and Promotions Saturday, 13 Aug 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Cheekwood G
Presenters: Col Alvin Bedgood, Chair, National Awards and Promotions Board Susie Parker, CAP/DP CAP awards and promotions are often the only recognition our members receive for their efforts and involvement. This learning lab will discuss eligibility criteria as well as how-to hints to get your award recommendation or promotion request approved.
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Professional Development Friday, 12 Aug 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Davidson A
Presenters: Bobbie Tourville, CAP/PD Col. Bryan Cooper, National PD Officer PD is much more than the Form 24! Discover how Professional Development directly supports CAP’s missions as well as learn how to more effectively advocate, advise and administer PD programs and courses. Whether you are a new member, a new PD officer or a seasoned veteran, you will gain new insight into the critical role professional development plays in CAP today as well as in the future.
The PD Leadership Series: Preventing Burnout Friday, 12 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Cheekwood H
the term, and to remind all of us of its powerful effect on the mentor, the mentee, and Civil Air Patrol.
Presenters: Col Mark Smith, SWR/CC Members join CAP to do something they love. Yet part of membership in CAP requires members to do other things in order to accomplish the larger mission. How does one bring together a group of people, all of whom joined for different reasons, and move them in the same direction? How do we lead our fellow volunteers in a manner that helps them and our organization become highly successful? This learning lab is designed to provide you with practical tips and considerations to become a highly effective leader of volunteers.
Cadet to Senior Retention Working Group Saturday, 13 Aug 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Davidson A
Capt Kathleen Crockett Capt Forest Allen
Presenters: Bobbie Tourville, CAP/PD Burnout is a challenge for many members in CAP. Small units lead to few people having many jobs. Sometimes, members don’t think they are making a difference. When that happens, they sink. This program helps you to diagnose and treat one of CAP’s biggest foes: burnout.
The PD Leadership Series: Mentoring Saturday, 13 Aug 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Davidson A
Presenters: Bobbie Tourville, CAP/PD Mentoring appears to be a new tool for CAP; but in reality more seasoned members have always “shown junior members the ropes.” In todays more complex and fast-paced world however, mentoring can be a forgotten, yet powerful tool that can be used with cadets, with staff, and with commanders. This session will discuss mentoring, its uses in teaching, supervision and in developing a sense of belonging among senior and junior members; designed to remove some of the stigma from 21
Effectively Leading in a Volunteer Environment Saturday, 13 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Davidson A
When a cadet turns 21 they face the choice of becoming a senior member or taking a break from CAP. With so many other changes and opportunities in their lives many chose to put their CAP career on hold at that time. The departure of these former cadets results in years of valuable knowledge and training lost from the organization. This will be a group discussion focused on the national initiatives to promote the retention of cadets into the senior member program.
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Publications Friday, 12 Aug 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Davidson A
Presenters: Jeanne Stone, CAP/DA Paul Gloyd, CAP/XP Discussion of the genesis of the current regulation re-engineering.
Tips, tricks and methods to leverage Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Slack, Instagram, etc.) as part of your squadron, group, or wing’s targeted recruiting outreach, and how to use similar forms of social media to facilitate communication between recruiters at all echelons of the organization. Both free methods and some “paid” social media advertising methods will be examined and explained. Also, how to use Mail Chimp as well as other social media and email marketing tools to engage your prospective audience.
Implementing Cohort Recruiting Saturday, 13 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Belle Meade CD
Lt Col Darin Ninness, National Recruiting and Retention Manager
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Retention Through Leadership and Program Management Friday, 12 Aug 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Belle Meade CD Lt Col Darin Ninness, National Recruiting and Retention Manager
Retention management at all levels starts with leadership expectations and management of personnel objectives. Retention crosses many OPR boundaries and touches on training, scheduling, assignment and duty status, participation, personnel management, onboarding, follow up, communication, feedback and after- action review. In this Learning Lab, we will examine many of the factors that go in to assisting and advising your group, wing and region commander on retention trends, and the organizational factors that impact those trends. We’ll also demonstrate methods and techniques for working collaboratively with your headquarters directorates to emphasize planning and management of their programs in ways that improve retention and member satisfaction. RO02
Social Media and Recruiting Saturday, 13 Aug 10:15 am – 11:15 am Cheekwood G
Lt Col Darin Ninness, National Recruiting and Retention Manager Col Stan Skrabut, NER Recruiting Officer
Recruiting, training and retaining members can be a challenge. The cohort or “pipeline” recruiting method is a proven way to channelize membership, reduce the new-member onboarding and training overhead, improve resource use and ultimately improve your member retention at the unit level year over year. Big unit or small unit, this learning lab will illustrate how to implement, manage, iterate and succeed with cohort recruiting.
Safety Risk Management Friday, 12 Aug 3:15 pm – 5:30 pm Belle Meade CD
Presenters: George Vogt, CAP Chief of Safety Col Bob Castle, CAP Assistant Chief of Safety Let’s take a look at Risk Management. The first hour will be a refresher course on risk management concepts. We’ll look at Safety Risk Management in general, and how safety risk relates to other risk factors corporations face. We’ll look at how CAP is integrating Safety Risk Management into everything from corporate decision making, to event planning, and into the processes for planning and executing all CAP activities and missions. The second hour will go into more depth on the “how to” with examples, tools, and exercises on how to implement risk management in our everyday CAP activities.
Safety Mishap Reporting and Review Saturday, 13 Aug 10:15 am – 11:15 am Belle Meade CD
Presenters: George Vogt, CAP Chief of Safety Col Bob Castle, CAP Assistant Chief of Safety
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CAP Safety – Then and Now Friday, 12 Aug 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Belle Meade CD
Presenters: George Vogt, CAP Chief of Safety Col Bob Castle, CAP Assistant Chief of Safety This will be an enlightening over-all look at Safety in the Civil Air Patrol. We’ll look at CAP’s safety culture and CAP’s safety programs of the past. We’ll take a look at the new “Safety Management System” approach to CAP Safety, integrating Risk Management into all CAP programs, planning, and events. You’ll get updates on what’s been done and upto-the-minute information on what we’re working on in CAP Safety.
This is a “must attend” for all Safety Officers and Commanders who work with mishap entry and management in the Safety Information and Reporting System (SIRS). We’ll review how to enter mishaps, upload and manage documents in the system. Review officers will get some how-to help with conducting mishap reviews and entering them in the system. Review officers will get some how-to help with conducting mishap reviews and entering them in the system. Commanders will get some help with quality control of the mishap review process. The whole system is meant to look at what might have caused the mishap and what could be done to prevent it; we’ll help you learn how to answer those questions.
Safety Risk Management/Safety “Office Hours” Saturday, 13 Aug 3:15 am – 5:30 pm Belle Meade CD
Presenters: George Vogt, CAP Chief of Safety Col Bob Castle, CAP Assistant Chief of Safety This lab will provide an overview of Risk Management covered in SE02 on Friday along with giving you the chance to talk “safety” with the National Chief and Assistant Chief of Safety. Bring us your issues, your suggestions and your questions. Come join us to “talk safety.”
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The Spaatz Association (TSA) Overview Friday, 12 Aug 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Cheekwood G
Norwich University Office Hours with the National Cadet Team Saturday, 13 Aug 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Cheekwood C
The Spaatz Association Members
Norwich University ** This is a sponsor presentation
Join the Spaatz Association and learn about the association’s activities. The lab will discuss issues involving: the TSA Aerospace Leadership Scholarship to include how to apply and eligibility criteria; the TSA leadership Grant to include who is eligible to submit for the grand; TSA Mentorship initiative, and the effort to locate missing Spaatz award recipients.
Norwich University provides generous support to New Hampshire and Vermont Wing Civil Air Patrol cadets through scholarships and the hosting of encampments on their campus. Norwich University is now seeking to expand the partnership with Civil Air Patrol on a national level. This presentation will provide leaders from all CAP Wings with information on what Norwich can provide the Wing and the Wing’s cadets. The presentation will focus on the $5000/year scholarship and financial aid packages available along with the information on Norwich University’s Future Leaders Camp (FLC).
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A E R O S PA C E E D U C AT I O N TEACHER OF THE YEAR Captain Spencer J. Kiper, Louisiana Wing
“I have the best job in the world,” claims Capt Kiper. “Not only do I get to express my love for aerospace, technical skills and science, but I also get to share it with children who take what I teach them and run with it.” That sums up what Capt Kiper does as both a middle school educator and as the Aerospace Education Officer for the Louisiana Wing’s Barksdale Composite Squadron. Capt Kiper holds an undergraduate degree in education with certifications in English, biology, computer and general sciences, as well as a master’s degree in Educational Technology from the American College of Education. An employee of the Bossier Parish School System, his STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program is considered one of the district’s crown jewels. In his STEM lab, students explore how to build and program robots; the principles of flight, using flight simulators and remote-controlled model aircraft; computer-aided design; the design, prototyping and testing of manufactured rocket parts made with CAD and 3-D printing; and the basics of electrical systems. As his students progress to high school, they are well equipped to tackle Advanced Placement coursework, and some have even been offered college scholarships in STEM fields. His accomplishments include being selected in 2015 as an educator crew member at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a two-month program of intense aerospace professional development.
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Cadet Category Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jared E. Fuchs, Alabama Wing
As a member of the Alabama Wing’s Bessemer Composite Squadron and a sophomore physics major at the University of Alabama Huntsville, Cadet Fuchs is heavily involved with Aerospace Education. In his squadron,
he served as aerospace officer for two years, where he taught many aerospace topics. He created a comprehensive astronomy curriculum by applying hands-on activities that can be used with CAP’s Astronomy STEM Kit. As the Curriculum Development Officer for the Florida Wing Winter Encampment he developed and taught a class on the history of astronomy and space. As a college freshman he participated in the International CanSat competition, designing and building a glider with remote-sensing capabilities in a competition sponsored by the American Astronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was selected to serve as the Systems Engineer on the Active Luminescence For xRay Emission Detection (ALFRED) Student Project for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. He is also currently working as a student researcher on the sensor system for the Terrestrial RaYs Analysis and Detection (TRYAD) satellite mission.
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Senior Member Category Lieutenant Colonel Francisco J. Roldán, Michigan Wing
At all levels of CAP and in Michigan schools, Lt Col Roldán fosters Aerospace Education. AE master rated and the Michigan Wing’s Assistant Director of AE, his help was requested by CAP National Headquarters to write a book on astronomy for CAP’s AE Excellence program. Taking both CAP and AE into Michigan schools, he is a guest lecturer at the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a public charter high school on the grounds of Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. He presents three to four lectures there every week, and with assistance from the school’s dean he has developed an “Introduction to CAP” elective course that includes a segment on hot air balloons. To expand outreach to the state’s schools, Lt Col Roldán helped obtain a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to assist them in obtaining materials and services to promote science, technology, engineering and math. He further promoted
both AE and CAP with a permanent display at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum in Muskegon. The display showcases CAP’s early history, including its submarine-chasing days during World War II and current missions of AE, Cadet Programs and Emergency Services. An instructor at the 2015 National AE Officer School as well as at the Great Lakes Region AEO School, Lt Col Roldán also publishes a quarterly newsletter.
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Individual/Organization Florida Memorial University, Florida
Contrary to what is usually the case, Florida Memorial University took the initiative to contact CAP to expand the school’s aviation education opportunities. This led to establishment of the Opa-Locka Cadet Squadron, which meets on campus and enjoys top priority and full free access to the university’s auditorium, classrooms, physical education facilities and full-motion flight and air traffic control tower simulators. The university has also hosted CAP Professional Development courses and CAP events. Meanwhile, the school has developed a strong relationship with the local Federal Aviation Administration’s Flight Standards District Office. In addition to the FAA WINGS Program, the university is a founding member and key supporter of the South Florida Aviation fly-In and Expo, an outreach program for science, technology, engineering and math that is a joint venture of the FAA, Miami-Dade and Broward schools and local aviation and aerospace groups, including CAP. In conjunction with SAFEE, the university’s Department of Aviation & Safety hosts a five-day summer Aviation Career Education program for local middle and high school students and has conducted a six-month program for Broward County’s Piney Grove Boys Academy, exposing those youth to aviation careers, history and professionalism and culminating in an orientation flight.
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Lifetime Achievement Category Major Robert I. Aceves, New York Wing
Growing up in a Mexican-American family and migrant worker in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Maj Aceves was inspired by the crop dusters flying overhead. His parents saved to buy his first flight for his 16th birthday. A year later, in a move virtually unprecedented, his mother successfully advocated for her son’s transfer to another high school so he could participate in their U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC program. At 17, he joined the USAF Reserves as a C5A Galaxy mechanic and after graduation, he was off and flying. In his 40 year aviation career, he has logged over 12,000 flying hours. He earned a bachelor’s and double master’s degrees in aeronautical fields from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a doctorate of education from Oklahoma State University. Those degrees led to a second career as tenured professor of aviation at City University of New York. He also directed the City University of New York Aviation Institute, and advises the student chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives and Women in Aviation student club. For veteran students, he established an online bachelor’s degree program in Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Management and serves on the education board of the Cradle of Aviation Museum. He is a diversity and education mentor for the Federal Aviation Administration and is working on a book about Chicanos in aviation, with funding support from the Wolf Aviation Fund and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Maj Aceves, joined CAP in 1978, presently is the Group DO and DOV, serves as a NESA Flight Instructor and is a 2015 graduate of the National Staff College. As the Long Island Group external AE Officer, he collaborates with New York City schools and coordinates a career program for aviation and aerospace, the first of its kind, for middle and high school students with severe disabilities at the Henry Viscardi School on Long Island, NY.
CADET OF THE YEAR Cadet Colonel Klara G. Olcott, Arizona Wing, Southwest Region
Cadet Olcott is known nationally as Chair of the National Cadet Advisory Council, which adopted six strategic projects for national implementation under her leadership. Closer to home, as a member of the Arizona Wing’s 388th Composite Squadron, she’s made an impression as one of the most active and reliable members, as well as a leader of the Wing’s Ground Search and Rescue Team, which was recognized in the two previous years as CAP’s Ground Team of the Year. In 2015, she was heavily involved in the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center’s largest SAR mission to date, looking for a missing 5-year-old in hazardous mountain terrain and extreme weather conditions over five days. She has also participated in multiple missions for Operation Angel Thunder, the world’s largest SAR exercise, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force and NATO. An avid reader and well-traveled due to her father’s employment, she prepared for an International Air Cadet Exchange to Israel by taking lessons in Hebrew and was chosen to give the farewell speech — with her closing statements in Hebrew, of course! A member of the Air Force Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association, she has soloed in a powered aircraft and taken advantage of five CAP encampments and 10 summer activities. A straight-A student in high school, Cadet Olcott is known for her attention to detail, self-discipline and intellectual curiosity.
ment. He also instructed at Oregon Wing’s NCO School, earned the level of Sharpshooter at Basic Marksmanship Encampment and was a member of the Oregon Wing’s top CAP CyberPatriot Team. As a student at Riverdale High School, he played on the varsity soccer team, earned a 4.0 grade point average, and belonged to the Principal’s Advisory Council and National Honor Society. His SAT score rank him in the 90th percentile or better.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR Captain Paula C. Towry, Virginia Wing
The outstanding leadership demonstrated by Capt Towry has been instrumental in establishing the Virginia Wing’s Leesburg Composite Squadron as one of the largest and most active in the country for cadets. One of only three squadrons in the nation to accomplish all 10 criteria for the Quality Cadet Unit Award, the squadron has more than 100 cadet members and Capt Towry knows them all. Her classes cover such topics as leadership ethics, the importance of gratitude, personal finances, peer pressure, Internet safety, patriotism, decision-making, attitude, friendship, communications and core values. Her direction and interest has motivated the squadron’s cadets to earn the Aerospace Excellence Award, lead a Red Ribbon Leadership Academy, field a team in the Air Force Association’s national CyberPatriot competition and attend encampments.
AIR FORCE SERGEANTS A S S O C I AT I O N C A D E T N C O OF THE YEAR
C O M M U N I C AT O R OF THE YEAR
Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Simon J. Chuang, Oregon Wing
Lieutenant Colonel Randall L. Stripling, Tennessee Wing
A well-rounded CAP cadet, Cadet Chuang is a living example of CAP’s core values. In 2015 as a member of the Oregon Wing’s Aurora Composite Squadron, he served on the Color Guard for multiple events, raised funds for and placed wreaths in the annual Wreaths Across America program to honor deceased veterans, and served as Flight Sergeant at the Winter Eagle V Wing Encamp-
Lt Col Stripling embodies going “above and beyond.” As the Wing’s Communications Technical Support Officer, he has held many CAP positions within the Communications Program, including Wing Director of Communications, Group and Squadron Communications Officer. What really sets him apart is his selflessness and willingness to help others. When CAP began its
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changeover to narrow-band repeaters, Lt Col Stripling visited sites to find those best suited for the operations and later traveled back to many of those sites to help install the equipment. One time, just to make sure his home unit maintained the necessary documentation to remain operational, he simultaneously took on jobs as Squadron Officer for Transportation, Supply, Logistics and Communications. Besides traveling widely in his home state to help solve problems and provide training, he started attending the neighboring Georgia Wing’s annual Communications training weekend and encouraged his fellow CAP members in Tennessee to do likewise. This opened up new areas of discussion in the CAP Communications world. He has also offered his valuable assistance to the Southeast Region’s Communications staff and delivered untold hours of research and assistance for CAP’s New Madrid earthquake exercise.
COLONEL DION E. DECAMP GROUND TEAM OF THE YEAR Group VI Ground Team, Texas Wing
Formed just over two years ago, the Texas Wing’s Group VI Ground Team has already distinguished itself. Its five core team members from Group VI Headquarters and the Nighthawk and Phoenix Composite Squadrons are all trained as Ground Team Leaders and Members, with certifications in Urban Direction Finding, Mission Radio Operation and Skill Evaluation. The team pulls supplemental members from the group’s other eight squadrons. Trained by the Wing’s most experienced volunteers, core team members quickly absorbed skills and passed them onto others; in a single year, the core team trained more than 50, of whom more than 40 qualified in Ground Team or UDF skills. Responsible for 38 counties in north Texas, the team remains open to helping across the state. In 2015, the team supported nine search-and-rescue missions with nine credited nondistress finds, almost double its record for the previous year. Its members are quick to respond to the needs of other CAP wings as well, supplying almost half of the Texas Wing’s
resources to the 2013 tornado disaster in Moore, Oklahoma, which in turn led to other joint ventures. The team’s willingness to support Incident Command Posts has broadened training for its members and given them an understanding of air operations, resulting in better ground-to-air coordination. Over the past year, the team has focused on growing its Communications specialty, qualifying leaders and setting up and repairing antenna masts during four major Wing SAR exercises.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE OF THE YEAR Major Brendan P. Kearns, North Carolina Wing
About a month after his initial assignment as the North Carolina Wing’s Assistant Director of Finance, Maj Kearns became the Director, charged with implementing policies and procedures to streamline workflow and improve the financial integrity of the Wing, including raising the level of support from the units. Armed with a master’s in business administration and experience from the corporate world, he set to work. He developed a comprehensive reconciliation and review process that eliminated deficiencies in the Wing’s credit card program. The use of Sertifi software, which offers electronic signature use, was passed down to the unit level, eliminating work at the Wing level. Sertifi was also implemented for all fundraising, simplifying the approval process and creating an audit trail. Maj Kearns revised the Wing’s budget form so that it correlated to a revised check request template, another timesaver that aligns actual expenditures records with the budget line. Between classes and general availability, he has provided welcome support to subordinate units. In 2015 he oversaw finances for the North Carolina Summer Encampment and the Air Force Tri-Wing Search and Rescue Evaluation, helping ensure their success. He developed a monthly pilot workbook to ease pilot invoicing and reduce processing time. The marked fiscal improvements Maj Kearns brought to the Wing freed up funds for various cadet activities that would not have been available otherwise.
DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION WING OF THE YEAR Minnesota Wing, North Central Region
Repeating its recognition in this category from last year, the Minnesota Wing makes it clear to cadets that CAP membership is an honor and privilege not to be tarnished by drug use, including smoking. The Wing’s Drug Demand Reduction Program offers a variety of community outreach events and cadet activities. Its second annual DDR Cadet Task Force Training was held in 2015; the Wing’s goal is to see CAP offer a Cadet Task Force nationwide to serve communities, many of which have experienced cuts in DARE programs and DDR education. Within its units the Wing encourages monthly DDR programming, as well as lessons in Character Development, DDR sessions at the Wing Conference and presentations in schools and at encampments, plus continual DDR leadership training. During 2015, the Wing recorded more than 660 presentation hours — many from cadets — and completed 81 DDR After Action Reports. One of its officers even reached out to World Missions to take DDR global. “DDR Tidbits,” a Wing DDR newsletter, offers information and ideas for DDR presentations while providing cadets with regular updates and expectations. The Wing ambitiously requires a DDR component be associated with all activities.
DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION MEMBER OF THE YEAR Second Lieutenant Victoria V. McLaughlin, National Capital Wing
In her role as Drug Demand Reduction Officer, Lt McLaughlin had three goals: Improve DDR programming for cadets, raise the profile of the Andrews Composite Squadron and increase community outreach and partnership. She increased DDR briefings from twice-yearly to monthly, providing interesting information, guest speakers and hands-on activities, including a tour of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency museum and command center. Emphasizing the “whole cadet,” she coordinated her pro-
gram with physical activities, health and nutrition and character development. She used the Joint Base Andrews Air Show to raise the profile of her squadron and the DDR program. Staffing a DDR tent at the air show for 13 hours, she and squadron cadets led DDR activities, answered questions and blanketed all guests with Red Ribbons. In addition, she started an annual “Run Away From Drugs” 5K run, which also included a demonstration of a military working dog and a T-shirt design competition. This event required her to coordinate directly with the District of Columbia Air National Guard and the 79th Medical Wing as well as the Washington Metro United Service Organization, which provided afterrace snacks and gifts. Lt McLaughlin has been a CAP Senior Member for over a decade and also serves as a Cyber Education Specialist on the National Cadet Programs staff.
N O R M E DWA R D S COUNTERDRUG OFFICER OF THE YEAR Lieutenant Colonel Rogers R. Walker, Oregon Wing
Lt Col Walker’s CAP Counterdrug experience began on the California-Mexico border some 18 years ago. As a member of Bob Beavers Composite Squadron 103, part of California Central Coast Group 4, he was the Group CD Scheduling Officer for the Imperial Drug Enforcement Agency/Immigration and Naturalization border flight missions, also serving intermittently as a Mission Observer on IPL CD flights. During the years he spent as Group CD Scheduling Officer and CD Aircrew Member, he became very familiar with CAP CD procedures and operations. When he moved to Oregon, he discovered the Wing there had not been very active in CD Programs in recent years. Consequently, he contacted local law enforcement to explain what CAP could do, and a plan was formulated to fly several CD missions over central Oregon. Although the program was put on hold when the state legalized recreational use of marijuana, Lt Col Walker has remained tireless in his efforts to support CD efforts for Oregon Wing.
COLONEL LESTER HOPPER HISTORIAN OF THE YEAR Technical Sergeant George M. Brizek, Pennsylvania Wing
Sgt Brizek’s love of history is evident in his work to keep alive the contributions of those who have served. He can be found with dozens of other Civil Air Patrol members from across the country who dress in period CAP uniforms at the annual World War II Weekend in Reading. He also participates in the annual re-enactment of the Battle of the Bulge at Fort Indiantown Gap. Sgt Brizek’s perseverance was instrumental in ensuring 20 members of the Commonwealth received replica Congressional Gold Medals commemorating CAP’s World War II missions. He can even be counted on beyond the confines of his Wing when it comes to helping members be honored for their contributions to CAP; the Maryland Wing contacted him with a family’s request to trace a mother’s contributions to CAP and America during World War II. Sgt Brizek’s personal knowledge of early CAP squadron organization tables, coupled with his own in-depth research, provided the family with a clear picture of this woman’s service. MAJOR GENERAL JEANNE M . H O L M A E R O S PA C E E D U C AT I O N O F F I C E R OF THE YEAR Captain Bradley James Naas, Oregon Wing
Capt Naas has brought 30 years of experience as a teacher for industrial arts, technology, computer science and mathematics to CAP to enhance Aerospace Education opportunities within the Oregon Wing. As the Wing’s Director of AE, he created a grant program, in addition to supplying money of his own, so units could purchase drones. Then after teaching the necessary skills at a Wing encampment and also by traveling to multiple squadrons — one trip covered 500 miles! — he introduced a quadcopter/drone challenge to all units for a competition held at the annual Wing Conference. He also taught at the Wing’s Rocketry Weekend, covering the Saturn phase in addition to
how to find the altitude of rockets. At both the Wing and Pacific Region conferences, he taught best practice teaching techniques. He runs an “unofficial” AE skunk works, a mostly senior AE activity to build and test activities aimed at the Cadet Program. His session topics for cadets and seniors have included Pong Rescue, an engineering problem-solving activity; the use of survival kits; and mathematical measurements.
INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE YEAR Lieutenant Colonel Thomas M. Wendlegast, Kentucky Wing
As a first step in overcoming a marginally successful score on the Wing’s compliance inspection, Lt Col Wendlegast, named to the post of Inspector General in 2013, began by visiting all 18 units in the Wing to educate members on the IG program. He also presented IG programs at the Kentucky Wing Conference and at several Cadet encampments. To boost efficiency, he formed a team of deputies to assist him, thereby allowing him to focus on the “big picture.” The Wing’s 2015 compliance inspection said it all, revealing a 44 percent reduction in the number of areas of concern across the Wing. The report commended the effectiveness of Lt Col Wendlegast’s presentations and awarded the Wing a “Highly Successful” rating for its IG program. Thanks to his efforts, any findings revealed in the report were closed within 60 days.
C O L O N E L E D W I N W. L E W I S , J R . I N C I D E N T S TA F F MEMBER OF THE YEAR Colonel Hubbard J. Lindler Jr., South Carolina Wing
Col Lindler’s experience and expertise were almost exclusively responsible for thrusting CAP into prominence during record-breaking flooding in South Carolina in the fall of 2015. As one of the few emergency response participants who had played an active role in real-world disaster missions, he soon graduated from being a liaison between CAP and other responding agencies to
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planning and executing relief efforts for all of them. He quickly convinced the other responders — which included the National Guard, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency — that CAP should be their resource of choice for search and rescue and assessment flights. Under his direction, CAP aircrews from the South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia wings flew 183 flood relief sorties. Lt Col Brian Tenbrunsel of the South Carolina Air National Guard was prompted to write a letter extolling Col Lindler’s expertise in SAR and his ability to plan, execute and report on missions, describing his skills as unmatched within any other participating aviation agency. Earlier in 2015, Col Lindler served as Director for Air Operations Branch at the Middle East Region’s Search and Rescue College, where he worked with multiple wings to plan and execute safe operations in a hightempo environment, good practice for what was to come with the unprecedented flooding in his state just a few months later.
C O L O N E L R O B E R T V. “ B U D ” P AY T O N P U B L I C A F F A I R S OFFICER OF THE YEAR Captain Jessica J. Jerwa, Washington Wing
As the Public Information Officer for one of the largest news stories in CAP history, Capt Jerwa, was interviewed by local, national and worldwide print and broadcast media. Print circulation reached 6.8 million readers, and Internet sites recorded 3.1 billion hits. CNN alone showed more than 2 million viewers for coverage of the Autumn Veatch mission, set in motion by the crash of a small plane with a lone teen survivor. When CNN expressed interest in a documentary about the mission, Capt Jerwa single-handedly reassembled a core group of mission staff to return to the Bellingham operations center to videotape segments for the documentary the very next weekend. In her role as the Washington Wing’s Public Affairs Officer, her thorough and quick action demonstrated to CNN how involved CAP had been in the mission, leading the news group to feature CAP
extensively. In addition, Capt Jerwa routinely provides content to eight Region and Wing Facebook pages and three Twitter accounts, along with overseeing 28 subordinate units’ social media accounts. During 2015 she also served as the Interim Social Media Public Affairs Officer for the Pacific Region; helped with Fox News coverage that raised more than $6,000 for a CAP cadet suffering from a brain hemorrhage; and served as the PAO for Alaska Aviation Day, the Olympic Air Show and the Washington Wing’s Ground Search and Rescue Academy.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER OF THE YEAR First Lt Luis J. Herrera, Puerto Rico Wing
The senior members in Lt Herrera’s squadron were mostly pilots who were involved in air operations and had little interest in Professional Development. That changed when he was named PD Officer for the Metro Senior Squadron. Intent on sharing his enthusiasm for all CAP programs, including PD, he began with orientation meetings to introduce the squadron members to various CAP specialty tracks, encouraging each member to choose one. He further encouraged members to go after the Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Award, and 75 percent achieved that goal. Since his squadron was relatively new, it had never undergone inspection before, and Lt Herrera spent countless hours on personnel records, which helped the squadron achieve an “Excellent” inspection rating. Meantime, he also set about targeting aviation enthusiasts to join CAP. His efforts did not go unnoticed, and he was asked to serve as PD Officer for the Wing’s Group 7. In that role, he worked to get basic accreditation for members and directed the Group’s first PD course. Now Director of PD for the entire Wing, Lt Herrera is now focused on Wing pilots and has succeeded in getting 85 percent of them to advance to the next level in the PD Program. The Wing’s continued growth and retention rates are due in large part to his tireless efforts. 28
P RO P E RT Y M A N AG E M E N T OFFICER OF THE YEAR Major Richard L. Clemens, Indiana Wing
Maj Clemens set about establishing a new standard for maintenance of the Indiana Wing’s fleet of vehicles. He addressed problems with drivers’ licenses, moving to electronic record-keeping and finding supplemental training options for Wing drivers to tow trailers. He reimagined the Wing’s vehicle binders, devising a colorcoded spreadsheet to track oil changes, maintenance and tire wear. Under his leadership, the Wing added seven new vehicles, which Maj Clemens personally picked up from the dealer while also overseeing the installation of radios and other equipment. In particular, he took a lead role in adding new mobile high-frequency radios in vehicles that are rotated among the squadrons; the first Wing-wide test of this equipment showed it to be very effective. In addition, he led an effort to refit the Wing’s mobile command posts, crafted from donated Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers. Working with state legislative advocates, he was able to transition Wing vehicles from purchased to municipal plates, saving the Wing approximately $1,000 a year. His introduction of WEX Fleet Fuel Cards has streamlined the purchase of fuel and maintenance services while providing precise records.
CAP SAFETY OFFICER OF THE YEAR Captain Sabrina M. Kingston-Miles, Mississippi Wing
Since joining the Civil Air Patrol in 2013, Capt Sabrina Kingston-Miles has proven herself to be an indispensable member of Mississippi’s Vicksburg Composite Squadron and a great asset to the Wing’s Safety Program. Captain Kingston-Miles has already performed squadron duties as Safety Officer, Activities Officer, Assistant Aerospace Education Officer, Assistant Professional Development Officer, Assistant Finance Officer, Homeland Security Officer, and Deputy Commander for Seniors, while serving on four squadron
committees. She currently serves as Mississippi Wing’s Assistant Director of Safety and attended the Wing’s Safety Officer Training Workshop. In her short time in CAP she has achieved the senior rating in the Aerospace Specialty Track as well as the Technician level in Safety, Professional Development, Cadet Programs, Finance, and Logistics. During a 2015 flash flood that devastated the Squadron building, Captain Kingston-Miles established the safety protocols that ensured a mishap free cleanup effort. She has also served as the TAC Officer for a Wing Cadet Conference, and was Safety Officer for a joint Alabama/ Mississippi Wing Encampment.
SENIOR CHAPLAIN OF THE YEAR Chaplain, Lt Col Gary D. Eno, Ohio Wing
Chaplain Eno brings more than chaplain skills to bear for the Ohio Wing. He is also qualified as a Ground Team Leader, Mission Scanner and Mission Radio Operator and often participates in exercises and actual missions. He participated in Northern Patriot, a 1st Air Force/Northern Command exercise in Wisconsin. He joined the Great Lakes Region Chaplain as part of the pastoral care team for the Air Force-invitation exercise, which was a first for his Region. ]In 2015 he was selected as the Chaplain for Blue Beret, where he provided counsel while also teaching classes. A teacher by nature, Chaplain Col Eno routinely instructs classes in Squadron Leadership, Corporate Learning and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) throughout the Wing and Region and has been an instructor at the Region’s Chaplain College for the past two years. At the squadron level, he has served as a Professional Development Officer and a Communications Officer, and he was the Ohio Wing’s CISM Officer for five years. Thanks in particular to his efforts, the Ohio Wing leads CAP nationally in recruiting and qualifying chaplains. Besides CAP, Chap Eno handles chaplain duties for an Ohio Air National Guard engineering/installation communications squadron under Cyber Space Command.
SENIOR MEMBER OF THE YEAR Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Wiest, California Wing
With more than 50 years devoted to CAP, it is not surprising that Lt Col Wiest is considered an expert in public affairs, recruiting, program development, cadet training and CAP history. Joining as a cadet in 1964, he learned how to fly and took advantage of numerous encampments, the International Air Cadet Exchange (visiting Portugal) and the Advanced Jet Familiarization Course. During and after his Air Force service, he accepted numerous CAP assignments at the local, wing, regional and national levels. He was heavily involved with both cadets and senior members in service to San Gabriel Valley Group 15, serving at various times as the Group’s Vice Commander, Senior Training Officer, Cadet Programs Officer, Director of the Cadet Drill Instructor School and Commander of the Basic Cadet School, to name a few. He has served several times as Squadron or Deputy Commander, for over 20 years. In the early 2000s, he moved to Los Angeles County Group 1, serving as Professional Development Officer and on the Inspection Team, as well as designing recruiting displays for the Academy of Model Aeronautics annual exposition. Each Memorial Day since 1985, he has served as Master of Ceremonies at the annual Gill Robb Wilson Memorial Ceremony. He helped develop the R-Cubed Workshop, an interactive program on recruiting, retention and recognition; designed mastheads for Wing magazines; designed, built and set up CAP History and Heritage displays at Wing and Region conferences; established the California Wing History and Heritage website and Facebook page; helped plan several Wing Conferences and served as Wing Historian and as Director of Professional Development. For the Pacific Region, he staffed four Region Staff Colleges, teaching at one, and coauthored the Pacific Region Regionnaire Program. Nationally, he has been involved with numerous International Air Cadet Exchanges; assisted with the National Staff College; served as Assistant Director of the National Flight Academy for gliders; helped with Professional Development; and served as the National Historian. For CAP Emer29
gency Services, he has participated in more than 30 missions, co-authored the California Wing Advanced Land Emergency Rescue Team Program, and taught at the California Wing Survival School. S QUA D RO N C H A P L A I N OF THE YEAR Chaplain, Lt Col Mark W. Lenneville, Missouri Wing
One of the very few CAP chaplains who has served as a chaplain in the military, Chaplain Lenneville brings to his post with the Missouri Wing’s Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron some 26 years of experience and dedication to serving others. He has made himself available 24/7, only a phone call away. During 2015 he made numerous presentations to cadets and senior members on character development and personal conflict resolution. He counseled several individuals to help them through difficult situations both in and outside CAP. Squadron members appreciate his willingness to listen and feel at ease trusting him with their problems.
J O H N V. “ J A C K ” S O R E N S O N CADET PROGRAMS OFFICER OF THE YEAR Lieutenant Colonel John E. Gender, Arkansas Wing
Though he has diligently served CAP in numerous ways, Cadet Programs is Lt Col Gender’s great love and focus. For the last seven year he has been the Squadron’s Deputy Commander for Cadet Programs. During that time, he was singlehandedly responsible for forming, training and maintaining a well-equipped Color Guard that has routinely participated in Wing and community functions. He is also credited with positioning the Squadron to receive the coveted Quality Cadet Unit Award for the last two years. He has seen to it that a high percentage of the Squadron’s cadets participate in National Cadet Special Activities, Wing encampments and other external cadet programs. In fact, despite moving to California this year, he still served as Commandant of Cadet for the Wing’s Summer Cadet Leadership Encampment.
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GEORGE TEXIDO L E G I S L AT I V E O F F I C E R OF THE YEAR Lieutenant Colonel Robert A. Beeley, Texas Wing
CAP has enjoyed the attention of the state of Texas thanks to the efforts of Lt Col Beeley, the Texas Wing’s Government Relations Director. Fostering relationships with key government officials, he has kept CAP and what it can offer forefront in their minds. He strongly supported CAP’s push for the Congressional Gold Medal, so much so that U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, co-sponsor of the gold medal legislation, invited him to attend the formal presentation of the medal in Washington, D.C., in 2014. He arranged to have the story of CAP’s anniversary entered into the Federal Register with a memorial print provided to the Wing, along with Gov Rick Perry’s declaration of congratulations. And for the first time in Wing history, he was instrumental in acquiring up to $75,000 in state funding. Lt Col Beeley laid the groundwork for much of his success by arranging for a record number of CAP members to visit Texas federal Representatives and Senators on five Legislative Days in Washington, D.C., with an additional two state Legislative Days in Austin.
PA U L W. T U R N E R S A F E T Y AWA R D Arkansas Wing
The Arkansas Wing performs and manages its safety program with meticulous attention to detail in all programs. Lt Col Joel Buckner, the Wing Director of Safety, personally visited all units to meet with unit safety officers, gaining information on safety-related needs and attitudes for all units. He was then able to provide resources and training specific to each unit and created targeted safety briefings to mitigate future mishaps. Lt Col Buckner, a 2016 recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wright Broth-
ers Master Pilot Award for his 50 years of safe flying, is also a member of the FAA Safety Team (FAAST). He actively encouraged other CAP members to join FAAST and all Wing pilots must participate in the FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program. Senior members are encouraged to achieve a technician rating in safety, regardless of their duty position. The focused and attentive approach created a strong and proactive safety program, earning the Wing a “Highly Successful” grade during their safety compliance inspection and having no aircraft mishaps for the last two years.
S QUA D RO N O F D I S T I N C T I O N / F. W A R D R E I L LY L E A D E R S H I P AWA R D 115th Composite Squadron, Arkansas Wing, Southwest Region
The 115th Composite Squadron of the Arkansas Wing has scored successes in all three CAP missions: Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education. The squadron participated in four search and rescue exercises, conducted a Ground Team Academy, mentored all active senior members and cadets to meet a Wing requirement for Introductory Communications User Training qualification and held a Mission Radio Operator Academy. The squadron maintained a cadet attendance rate of 87 percent or better, with 90 percent of cadets achieving three or more promotions during the year, including 17 milestone awards. Cadet orientation flights, encampments and National Cadet Summer Activities participation rounded out the squadron’s cadet program. The unit participated in patriotic holiday presentations, decorating veterans’ tombstones with flags and wreaths, and provided flight line marshaling at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Fly-In. For his command of this winning squadron, Maj Charles A. Rine will receive the F. Ward Reilly Leadership Award.
AFNORTH COMMANDER’S AWA R D South Carolina Wing
Special Recognition for Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Wings and the Middle East Region In October 2015, the State of South Carolina endured what has been called a "1000 year flood" with some areas receiving almost 30 inches of rain in two days. The response to the initial flood and downstream flooding required significant coordination within CAP and other federal, state and local agencies. The South Carolina Wing members, with assistance from the Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia Wings, as well as the Middle East Region, flew 168 lifesaving search and rescue and imagery air sorties and conducted 10 ground missions supporting disaster response operations. They provided aerial imagery to identify damage assessment to monitor cresting waterways and search and rescue missions to direct helicopters to rescue citizens in distress. South Carolina Wing provided monitoring and communications for an over tasked communications network by using every repeater in South Carolina. As a result, aircraft that were covering large areas were able to communicate using the entire repeater network from low search altitude. Communicators on the ground entered status reports which were centrally monitored by Air Operations staff for command and control purposes. Responding with 102 personnel, 14 aircraft and 10 vehicles from 5 states, their efforts resulted in flying over 500 hours and taking over 4,482 geo-tagged images that were provided to FEMA and the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center.
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