File #1245: "2014 Oregon Wing History"

2014 Oregon Wing History

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HISTORY OF THE
OREGON WING
C I V I L A I R PAT R O L
AUXILIARY OF THE UNITED STATES A/R FORCE

1 JANUARY

31 DECEMBER 2014

H I S TO RY O F T H E O R E G O N W I N G
C I V I L A I R PAT R O L
AUXILIARY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
1 JANUARY--31 DECEMBER 2014

Prepared by
Ch, Maj Marvin Owen, CAP
Assistant Wing Historian

Reviewed by

"-Col. John Longley, CL
Oregon Wing Commander

Wing Headquarters
28735 Grumman Drive
Eugene, Oregon 97402

INTRODUCTION
Oregon is one of six states, or "wings," that comprise the Pacific Region of Civil Air
Patrol -- the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Civil Air Patrol (CAP),
headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, under the Air Education and
Training Command, is a non-profit, federally-chartered volunteer organization dedicated
to serving the people of the United States through its three missions: Emergency
Services, Aerospace Education and the Cadet Program.
The Wing has 542 members including 295 adults and 247 cadets. These cover an area of
98,466 square miles and serve 3.93 million people.

WING ORGANIZATION
The Oregon Wing is comprised of thirteen units--eleven squadrons and two flights.
These are administered from headquarters in Eugene, Oregon, centrally located in the
state.
Command Staff:
Col. John Longley, Wing Commander
Lt. Col. Ted Tanory, Vice-Commander
Lt. Col. Winton Adcock, Vice-Commander
Lt. Col. Ira Rosenberg, Chief of Staff
Oregon Units:
Aurora Cadet Squadron
Columbia Composite Squadron
Central Coast Composite Flight
Grants Pass Composite Squadron
High Desert Composite Squadron
Klamath Falls Composite Squadron
Mahlon Sweet Composite Squadron
McMinnville Composite Squadrron
Medford Composite Squadron
Portland Metropolitan Senior Squadron
Northwest Coastal Flight
Salem Composite Squadron
Washington County Composite Squadron

2014 Award Recipients
Aerospace Education Officer of the Year.apt. Bradley Nash, Washington County
Composite Squadron
Frank G. Brewer CAP Memorial Aerospace Award--Capt. Bradley Nash,
Washington Cotmty Composite Squadron
Emergency Services Officer of the Year--SSgt. Patrick Dukes, McMinnville
Composite Squadron
Col. Edwin W. Lewis, Jr. Incident Staff Member of the Year--Capt. Adam
Thompson, Medford Composite Squadron
Communicator of the Ycar--Maj. John Stanley, Salem Composite Squadron
Logistician of the Year--Maj. David Rudawitz, Wing Staff
Information Technology Offieer of the Year-42apt. Rex Wolf, High Desert Composite
Squadron
Professional Development Officer of the Year, apt. Donnel Lang, High Desert
Composite Squadron and Capt. Robert Genndch, Washington County Composite
Squadron
Public Affairs Officer of the Year--1~ Lt. Joseph Schaecher, Medford Composite
Squadron
Safety Officer of the Year--Maj. David Shoemaker, Metropohtan Senior Squadron
Cadet Programs Officer of the Year--1st Lt. Brian Monasmith, Me&ford Composite
Squadron
Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year--Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Jason
Cuthbert, High Desert Composite Squadron
Cadet of the Year--Cadet Lt. Col. Jared Monasmith, Medford Composite Squadron
Senior Member of the Year, apt. Randall Ireson, Salem Composite Squadron
Squadron of the Year--Aurora Composite Squadron
Commander's Award---Ch, Maj. Marvin Owen, Central Coast Composite Flight

2014 Highlights and Accomplishments
Congressional Gold Medal:
Former Oregon CAP Lt. Col. Hellenmerie Walker was presented the Gold Medal for her
service during WWII as a cadet member. When she was 16-years-old, she joined the
Portland Squadron and served from 1942 through 1944. In 1944 she got married, raised a
family and worked as a nurse and an occupational therapy specialist. Finally, after her
husband died and her children grown, Walker rejoined CAP and served in various
assignments, including historical contributions. She's pictured below.
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Honored posthumously for his service with CAP during WWII, Harry M. Hewitt from
Oregon lost his life while flying a Southern Liaison Patrol mission. He was 38-years-old
when he made the supreme sacrifice on January 17, 1944. His Gold Medal was accepted
by Lester Wolf, a member of CAP during WWII who later served in Congress. Hewitt's
son, Harry Hewitt Dichter of Oregon received the Bronze replica of the medal.

Harry M. Hewitt in CAP uniform

New Unit Chartered:
A highlight of the Wing Conference was welcoming a new flight that was chartered in
September 2014. Recruiting work was done by Ch, Maj. Marvin Owen. Members of the
new flight--42entral Coast Composite--worked registration and did various support
duties for the Wing conference. The new unit is commanded by Maj. Don Cole, former
commander of the Mahlon Sweet Composite Squadron in Eugene.

Central Coast Composite Flight is located in Florence, Oregon. Shown are the new unit's
commander, Maj. Don Cole (leit) with Pacific Region commander, Col. Brian Bishop (right).

Professional Development:
Six Oregon Wing members received their Gill Rob Wilson awards during the year.
Presenting these awards was Pacific Region commander, Col. Brian Bishop. Recipients
were Capt. Dan Ash [Capt. Mike Watson pictured for Dan Ash who's deployed], Maj.
Mike Robertson, Lt. Col. Winton Adcock, Maj. A1 Sandner, Ch. Maj. Marvin Owen and
Maj. Bill Ray (pictured below with Wing and Region Commanders).

Quality Awards:
Showing a significant increase, the Oregon Wing had three squadrons that achieved the
Quality Cadet Unit Award. These squadrons being recognized are the Aurora Composite
Squadron, Mahlon Sweet Composite Squadron and Salem Composite Squadron. To
achieve this, they met at least five of eleven measures ranging from Adult Leadership to
CyberPatriot.

National Cadet Special Activity:
The Oregon Wing hosts and staffs the Michael King Smith Aviation Academy each year
in McMinnville. Directed by Maj. Hilda Pereyo, the academy attracts cadets from around
the nation. During the weeklong event, cadets tour the Evergreen Aviation Museum as
well as aviation companies like Garmin, FLIR, Rockwell and Collins. At these
companies, participants learned about operations, toured production, testing and flight
areas and developed a business plan of their own that was presented at the conclusion of
the academy.

Cadets touring the Michael King Smith Air & Space Museum
as part of the Aviation Business Academy

Missing Person Search:
Mission 14-M-0481A was opened and closed on 22 September when the Deschutes
County SAR Team requested support from CAP for a missing ATV rider near Bend,
Oregon. The ATV rider was reported missing the previous day by his family. After the
request was received through AFRCC, an aircrew, ground team and base staff were
quickly assembled to begin the search. CAP 3683 subsequently reported a target of
interest near East Butte. It was the missing man and he was found in good condition. All
members of the mission received the CAP Save Award.

Mission Base crew pictured left to right: Lt. Col. Rogers Walker,
1a Lt. Rex Wolf, Maj. A1 Sandner and Maj. Bob Parker (top row)
Flight crew: Capt. Don Lang and Capt. Mike Wissing (bottom row)

Evaluated SAREX--"Highly Successful":
More than 85 Oregon Wing members spent three days conducting search and rescue
exercises at the Aurora State Airport and staging areas in Bend and Medford. They were
evaluated by representatives from the U. S. Air Force and CAP officials from the Pacific
Region. Scenarios included volcanic eruptions, a missing aircraft and pilot and a search
for a vehicle. Five aircraft were used along with numerous other CAP assets. When it was
concluded the Wing received a Highly Successful rating.

Mission Base personnel at Evaluated SAREX briefing

Chaplain Award:
Ch, Lt. Col. Bob Ledden has served the McMinnville Composite Squadron for many
years. For his contributions in the lives of cadets and senior members, his faithful service
and his commitment to excellence, he was awarded the Squadron Chaplain of the Year
award at the CAP National Conference in Las Vegas.

Ch, Lt. Col. Bob Ledden, pictured with Oregon Wing Chaplain Maj. Marvin Owen (left)
and Pacific Region Chaplain Lt. Col. Charlie Sattgast (right) at the National Conference
in Las Vegas after presentation of his award.