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TENNESSEE WING
OF THE
C I V I L A I R PAT R O L
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY
2441 East General Aviation Drive
Alcoa, Tennessee 37701

Col. Bill Lane, Commander

2014 WING HISTORY
Revised

Prepared by
Major Betty Schoenhardt, CAP
Assistant AE Officer, Group 1
Tennessee Wing

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction, Mission, and Assets

Page 3

Communications

Page 7

Emergency Services

Page 8

Aerospace Education

Page 9

Cadets

Page 10

Safety Report

Page 11

CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION, MISSION AND ASSETS
There are 1,000 volunteers serving their communities and their countries by providing
emergency services, aerospace education and cadet program activities in the state of
Tennessee which are supported by the Tennessee Aeronautics Board and the Tennessee State
Legislature. Services are provided across the state and in the surrounding areas.;
The Headquarters project that began last year was completed and now the usable area has
been expanded from 700 square feet to several thousand feet. This area had been a storage
area for the past 20 years so, therefore, much had to be done in the area of cleaning,
replacement and repair. A coordinated effort was made by the Wing Command, Wing
Administration and the Project Officer of this huge undertaking and a construction company
was chosen for this work which began in June and was completed by Labor Day.2
The Wing Squadron consists of:
Tennessee Wing Ghost Squadron
Tennessee Wing HQ Staff
Legislative Squadron

The Wing consists of four Groups and thirty-two Squadrons
Group I Lt Col Bill Renaud, Commander TN 128
Kingsport Composite Squadron
Knoxville Composite Squadron I
Greenevllle Composite Squadron
Morristown Composite Squadron
Knoxville Senior Squadron
Sevier County Flight
McGhee- Tyson Composite Squadron
Oak Ridge Composite Squadron
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2 After Action Report by Lt Col Harry Bannon

Group II Lt Col Jack Mullinax

TN 017

Tullahoma Composite Squadron

TN 036

Cleveland Composite Squadron

TN 173

Rhea County Composite Squadron

TN 176

Chattanooga Composite Squadron

TN 187

Choo Choo Senior Squadron

TN 192

Cumberland Composite Squadron

TN 393

Group I I I M a ] R a y m o n d R a d e r T N 1 5 3
Smyrna Composite Squadron

TN 005

Berry Field Composite Squadron 56

TN 056

Middle Tennessee Senior Squadron

TN 133

Sumner County Cadet Squadron 16

TN 160

Murfreesboro Composite Squadron

TN 162

Music City Cadet Squadron

TN 185

Hendersonville Cadet Squadron

TN 191

Williamson County Cadet Squadron

TN 193

Group IV Capt Rodney Wilson

TN 122

Henry County Composite Squadron

TN 080

Millington Composite Squadron

TN 014

Jackson Madison County Senior Squadron

TN 119

Lewis County Cadet Squadron

TN 189

Hardeman County Cadet Squadron

TN 194

Everett-Stewart Composite Squadron

TN 195

TENNESSSEE WING STAFF

COMMANDER- Col Bill Lane
VICE COMMANDER - LTC Arlinda Bailey
ADVISOR TO THE COMMANDER- LTC MontUle Warren
CHIEF OF STAFF - LTC James Lawson
INSPECTOR GENERAL- MaJ Ron Broach
ASST. INSPECTOR GENERAL - LTC Louis Piche
DIRECTOR OF SAFETY - LTC Bill Holt
HOMELAND SECURITY/CD OFFICER - LTC Vernon Prevatt
STAN/EVAL DIRECTOR - LTC Steven Campbell
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS- LTC Bill Dritt
DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES/IT- Maj Rob Borsari
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS - LTC Randy Stripling
COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING OFFICER- LTC Randy Stripling
DISASTER RELIEF OFFICER- Maj Marry Nix
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS - LTC James Lawson
MAINTENANCE OFFICER- AIRCRAFT- Capt Wayne Frelesleben
DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION - LTC Gary Lynn
DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION OFFICER - Capt Richard Dyer
DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS - LTC Roger Middleton
DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS - LTC Arlinda Bailey
TRANSPORTATION OFFICER- Maj Louis Moore
DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PERSONNEL- Maj Brian Hughes
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE- Capt Bill Pfeifer
CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT- Capt Deanna AIIman
WING CHAPLAIN - LTC Sergio Freeman

TENNESSSEE WING STAFF Continued

LEGAL OFFICER - LtC Ralph Bard
HEALTH SERVICES OFFICER - LTC (Doctor) Kenneth Miller, Jr.
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION - Capt Scott Alley
WING HISTORIAN -Jill Smith

WING ASSETS
AIRCRAFT
GROUP1

GROUP2

GROUP 3

N 1354 E

N 371 CP

N 428 CP

N 739 CP

N 9987 H

N 453 CA

N 905 CP

N 342 BA (Glider)

GROUP4

N 4814 C

N 428 BA (Glider)

GROUND VEHICLES
COMMUNICATIONS (Antenna) VAN 1
PASSENGER VANS and SUVs 21

All vehicles and aircraft are utilized for CAP seniors and cadets to carry out missions, both
actual, training and cadet orientation flights.

COMMUNICATIONS
LTC Randy Stripling became Communications Officer when Capt Jeffrey Gebhart became
Deputy Commander for Group 1.
Tennessee Wing operated 10 VHF repeaters in the following locations:
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Nashville
Sevierville
Memphis
Humbolt
Kingsport
Dayton
Lewisburg
Cookeville

9- Sewanee
10- Camden

There are no HF repeaters. *************************

TENNESSEE RADIO STATUS
105 Mobile VHF Radios
43 Hand Held VHF Radios
10 Land Based VHF Repeaters
2 Airborne VHF Repeaters
6 Mobile HF-ALE Radios
4 Base HF-ALE Radios
2 Rapid Deployment HF-ALE Radios
10 Base HF Radios
USF ISR radios were used by various members throughout the wing.3

3 Email from Lt Col Randy Stripling, Wing Communications Officer

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Emergency services have consisted of actual missions, training, sometimes coordinating with
the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), law enforcement and local EMAs
and Fire Departments.

ACTIVITIES
MISSING PERSONS
One mission was coordinated with Ga. Wing for a missing person and involved the Dade Co.,
Ga. Sheriff's Dept., West Brow Fire Dept. and about 40 members of the Tennessee Wing
along with some ground team members from Georgia units. The missing person was found
deceased 20 miles south of the original direction of search due to the apparent confusion of
the victim.
SAREXES.
One exercise per month was planned with an attempt at rotating the SAREXs (Search and
Rescue Exercises) into every Group in Wing. When weather dictates and a SAREX must be
cancelled, it is re-scheduled so that every Group will have at least one fairly local opportunity
a minimum of once a year. If there are other ways to train without the affected resources,
they are substituted for the original plan. Tennessee is a very long state.
One of the Sarexes was run simulating disaster relief with the Antenna Van which supplied
electricity by generator for Operations support, communications and power for base
requirements.
ELT MISSIONS:
During the calendar year of 2014, TNWG tracked ELT alerts, and made
some distress and some non-distress finds. Several signals ceased operating before the
ground teams could get to them and were not found.
TO R N A D O D A M A G E : P h o t o m i s s i o n s w e r e a s s i g n e d b y T E M A t o s t u d y d a m a g e a f t e r 3
tornado touchdowns.
DISTRESS BEACONS: One distress beacon was found from a downed aircraft and silenced in
Monroe County. The pilot was deceased.
TRAINING: 393.2 hours were flown in training, placing Tennessee Wing 8th in the nation for
fiscal year 2014. 11, 237 SQTR tasks were completed during that time, also.4

4 E-mail Data Burst~ 14 Sept.2014

AEROSPACE EDUCATION
An agreement was signed between MTSU President, Sidney A. McPhee, and Tennessee Wing
Commander, Col Bill Lane to engage cadets in science and technology pursuits through the
state-of-the-art AE training facilities. This includes a flight school, aircraft mechanics and
a new $3.2 million 360 degree air traffic control tower simulator in Murfreesboro.
The AE teacher program supported by CAP was presented to area teachers at the University
of Tennessee during the summer of 2014.

CADET PROGRAM

The cadet program is a 16 step program which includes aerospace education, leadership
training, physical fitness, and moral leadership,s Cadet ages are from 12 to 21 and there are
423 cadets in the Tennessee Wing.
CADET ACTIVITIES
CADET ORIENTATION FLIGHTS:
CAP qualified "o-pilots" flew 244.1 hours of o-rides last year. Each o-ride lasted from 45
minutes, minimum to 1hr. 10 minutes, maximum. Five powered flights and five glider flights
are offered to cadets by the CAP predicated on established syllabi.
FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS:
Flight scholarships were awarded to two cadets in the FY 2014-15.
SPAATZ AWARDS:
The Spaatz Award was awarded to two cadets in Tennessee during 2014.
Abigail C. Dickerson from TN 189, the Lewis County Cadet Squadron, received hers on
26 May 2014.
Korbin Niehaus from TN 185, the Music City Cadet Squadron, received his on 27 June
2014.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Cadets from Williamson County Squadron, TN 193 and Murfreesboro Squadron, TN 162
travelled to Arlington Cemetery and participated in the laying of wreathes during that
ceremony on 13 December 2014.
They were privileged to a personalized trip through the Pentagon and participated in the
laying of wreaths at the fence where Flight 77 crashed into the building. They also had the
chance to visit the Smithsonian Aerospace Museum in Washington, DC.6
Units across the Wing participated in ceremonies at sixteen cemeteries.7

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6 Posting on TNCAP.US website-home page
7 Email from Capt Richard Dyer, Wing WAA Coordinator

SAFETY HISTORICAL REPORT

The overarchlng goal of any safety program is to mitigate risks, control hazards and prevent
mishaps. The primary goal of the CAP Safety Program is to protect both the membership and
its assets in the performance of their volunteer duties. To do this, CAP leadership and its
safety program managers shall use both education and training to promote the culture of
safety within the Civil Air Patrol.
Education is Intended to infuse an individual with a broad base of knowledge.
Training is Intended to bring an individual to a level of proficiency for a specific skill. Civil Air
Patrol's Culture of Safety is a combination of both education and training.
In FY2014, the Tennessee Wing had NO aircraft, vehicle or bodily injury accidents. The
Tennessee Wing flew over 1440 hours of accident free flying hours in FY2014.
The Civil Air Patrol and the Tennessee Wing has a system of mishap reporting and review
whose purpose is mishap I)revention. The Wing has a notification procedure in place to
ensure appropriate commander and safety officers are promptly notified of all mishaps
within the Wing.
In i=Y2014, a CAP Safety Survey was completed by all CAP units in the Tennessee Wing. At the
beginning of FY2015, all Tennessee Wing CAP units have completed new CAP Safety Survey's.
In addition, all Tennessee Wing CAP units completed an annual Safety Day where the unit
focused entirely on safety subjects applicable to the unit. The units also put special emphasis
on Risk Management during meetings. Operational Risk Safety Briefings before flight and
ground activity are required by Civil Air Patrol regulations,s

8 Report by LTC Phil Holt, Wing Safety Director

MANY THANKS
FOR THE COMBINED EFFORT OF
TENNESSEE WING OFFICERS

JEANNIE EVANSr OUR
WING ADMINISTRATOR
WHO HELPED PROVIDE
THE INFORMATION
TO COMPLETE THIS ASSIGNMENT

Major Betty Shoenhardt

CIVIL AIR PATROL, TENNESSEE WING RENOVATION
Submitted by Lt Col Harry Bannon
Edited by Wing
Building 9022 on the McGhee Tyson airport served as the Fixed Base
Operations for Cherokee Aviation for many years during the 1960's
through the early 1980's after which it was basically unused until
recently. During this period the area was utilized primarily for storage of
unused equipment as indicated by the following photos.

LOBBY AREA AT START OF PROJECT

UPSTAIRS MEETING ROOM AT START OF PROJECT

COMMUNICATIONS AREA AT START OF PROJECT

RESTROOMS AT START OF PROJECT

ONE OF THE OFFICES AT START OF PROJECT

During this period, Group 1 HCL Knox Senior one, TYS Composite
squadrons were meeting in the East end of the same building which
consisted of approximately 700 square feet. These squadrons sometimes
were granted temporary use of the training room occupied by Volunteer
Aviation which later became Smokey Mountain Flight Training.
When Grande aviation took over from Smokey Mountain, we no longer
had the use of the training room where our meetings were held. Basically
this added urgency in attempting to acquire the Cherokee Terminal for
our use. Thanks to the efforts of Col Lane, Lt Col Bailey, and Lt Col Bard,
an agreement was negotiated with TAC Air for the lease of the space.
A massive cleaning effort began with the help of the members of the
local squadrons and HQ staff. As well as reinstalling the walls in the
upstairs meeting room; relocating the curved counter in the lobby;
enclosing the communications area to permit securing the equipment;
and installing an antennae on the roof of the building; the following
photos reflect a sample of this effort.

COMMUNICATIONS AREA AFTER CLEANING

MEETING ROOM

ENTRANCE

UPSTAIRS CONFERENCE ROOM AFTER CLEANING

At this point, the building was functional but was in need of maintenance
because of being neglected for about 20 years. Many of the walls had
been damaged, flooring was worn and well past its end-of-life. The
plumbing and the HVAC systems had been unused for 20 years, even
though partially functional, were well past their useful life.
Again, thanks to the efforts of Col Bill Lane, Lt Col Arlinda Bailey, and Lt
Col Ralph Bard, a renovation grant was negotiated and issued to CAP by
the Tennessee Aeronautics Division to refurbish the facilities. But before
the renovation could happen, multiple bids had to be obtained leading to
the selection of a contractor. This effort was coordinated by our Wing
Administrator, Jeannie Evans; Capt Scott Alley, and Maj Bill Pfeifer.
Following the selection of Carico Construction for the project; work
began, following our SAREVAL in June.
Basically, the phases of this project in consisted of the following:
Painting inside and outside of building
Removing and replacing all ceiling tiles
Removing and replacing all light fixtures
Removing and replacing all floor covering
Modernizing both restrooms

Replacing four upstairs windows
All this sounds rather straight forward until you realize that the phases
had to be coordinated as such that we continued to operate while the
renovation was in progress. This necessitated the movement of furniture
and files as the various phases were completed. The project was
completed on time and on budget by Labor Day. The following photos
reflect the finished product:

LOBBY ENTRANCE

MEN'S RESTROOM WITH SHOWER

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WOMEN'S RESTROOM

SIMULATOR ROOM

BREAK ROOM

COMMUNICATIONS AREA

LOWER OFFICE

OPERATIONS OFFICE

COMMANDER'S OFFICE

DOWNSTAIRS LOBBY

DOWNSTAIRS LOBBY

Headquarters
Tennessee Wing

FRONT ENTRANCE

FRONT DOORS INSIDE BREEZEWAY

We held an "Open House" 16th of January for all members and those
that made this possible. Col Commander Bill Lane presented an
"Appreciation Award" that evening to Lt Col Harry Bannon, whom he had
appointed as project director. Lt Col Bannon has been a member of the
Civil Air Patrol for 29 years and has put in many hours before, during
and after the renovation working on the building. His wife Barbara has
been a big support as well. Tennessee Civil Air Patrol appreciates all
that went into making this Headquarters a valuable asset to serve the
State of Tennessee. (This Last paragraph was added by Wing.)
TENNESSEE WING STAFF 2014