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HISTORY OF
PUERTO RICO WING
Civil Air Patrol
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

1 January 2014 – 31 December 2014

HISTORY OF
PUERTO RICO WING
Civil Air Patrol
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

Prepared by
Col Luis Angel Cubano, CAP
Wing Historian

Puerto Rico Wing Headquarters

Table of Contents
Volume I – Narrative
Title Page……………………………………………………………………………………… i
Narrative………………………………………………………………………………………. 1
Appendix I………………………………………………………………………..…………… 2
Appendix II……………………………………………………………………………………. 12
Appendix III…………………………………………………………………………………… 22
Appendix IV…………………………………………………………………………………… 32
Appendix V……………………………………………………………………………………. 42

Puerto Rico Wing Historical Narrative 2014
Puerto Rico wing had a change of command on February 2014. Col Carlos Fernandez is the
new Puerto Rico Wing Commander. Col Luis Cubano received the Distinguished Service Medal
for his service as wing commander.
Personnel
The membership of Puerto Rico wing at the end of the fiscal year (Sept 30) was 746 cadets and
385 senior members. This is a reduction of 60 members from September 30, 2013.
Cadet Programs
As of Sept, 30 2014 PR wing had 13 Eaker, 47 Earhart, 90 Mitchell and 263 Wright Brother
Award recipients.
The Cadet Orientation Flights increased from 512 in 2013 to 606.
PR Wing held a RCLS with 20 participants.
Aerospace Education
The 2nd Model Rocketry Blended School was organized.
Aircraft Management
Puerto Rico obtained a 4th aircraft in 2014.
Professional Development
As of Sept 30, 2014 PR wing had 152 Level 1, 51 Level 2, 63 Level 3, 70 Level 4 and 13 Level
5.
Awards
Cadet of the Year Phase I-The Leadership Phase
Cadet of the Year Phase II-The Leadership Phase
Cadet of the Year Phase III-The Command Phase
Finance Officer of the Year Award
Norm Edwards Counterdrug Officer of the Year Award
Colonel Edwin W. Lewis, Jr. Incident Staff Member of the Year
Award
Colonel Dion E. Decamp Ground Team of the Year Award
Cadet of the Year Also known as Phase IV
Senior Member of the Year
Squadron of the Year Award
Aerospace Education of the Year
The Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Education Award
Senior
Communication of the Year

C/TSgt Jesus A. Cruz
C/2Lt Ivan homs
C/1Lt Carliana Cochran
Lt Col Vilma Romero
Lt Col Raul Jimenez
Lt Col Marie A. Rivera
Moca HS Cadet Squadron
C/Lt Col Nelly C. Perez
Lt Col Doris Ortiz
Cabo
Rojo
Cadet
Squadron
Capt Jose Acosta
Lt Col Doris Ortiz
1st Lt Edgaralexis Irizarry

Puerto Rico Wing News

8th Edition, January 2014

Editor: Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera, PAO

Assistant Editors: Lt Col Hector Alicea and Maj Sally Browne

Puerto Rico Wing News

BURNS AND SCALDS

Inside this issue:

Burns and Scalds

1

Puerto Wing Unit
Citation Award

2

The smell of cookies baking in
the oven or tasty sauces simmering on the stovetop is hard
to resist for adults and kids
alike. Here are a few simple
steps to keep your little chef
safe from potential burns,
whether in the kitchen, around
a fireplace or in any other part
of your home.
Top Tips


Wreath Across
America

3

TOP Flight

4

New PR Wing Administrator

5

DDR Excellence

6

Cabo Rojo Cadet
Promotion

7

Moca Award Ceremony

8

Group 7 Knowledge
Competition

9



Don’t carry or hold a child
while cooking on the stove.
Instead, move a high chair
in the kitchen within reach
or sight before you start.
Then talk to your children
so they know what’s going
on. It’s a great way to
spend time together.
With everything going on,
we know the water heater
is the last thing on your
mind. But a small adjustment can give you one less
thing to worry about. To
prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater
to 120 degrees Fahrenheit
or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.



Kids love to reach, so to
prevent hot food or liquid
spills, simply use the back
burner of your stove and
turn pot handles away from
the edge. Keep hot foods
away from the edge of your
counters.



Make a habit of placing
matches, gasoline and
lighters in a safe place, out
of children’s reach. Avoid
novelty lighters or lighters
that look like toys.
Resource by safekids.org

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Puerto Rico Wing News

PUERTO RICO WING UNIT CITATION AWARD
Bayamon, PR- Puer to Rico Wing r eceived a unit citation award for outstanding achievement, exceptional services and
high degree of performance. In a collective effort all the members of the wing
have been working to make Puerto Rico
Wing a well-rounded organization that
pays attention to all aspects of the operations of the wing. Some of the most significant highlights are: The first Save in
the history of the wing, the first time the
wing achieves a low financial risk assessment, obtained 7 March 2013, Constant
Watch National Communications Exercise
- First place in the region with 23 stations
participating, AEX participation – First in
SER and 4 in the nation, Second in the
SER in CD hours, SER Squadron of Distinction, largest cadet membership increase in SER and Creation of the PR
Wing Endowment.

Col Alvin Bedgood, SER Commander
with Col Luis A. Cubano, PR Wing
Commander

PR WING CONFERENCE GUEST SPEAKER
Bayamon, PR- Scientist Lawrence J .
DeLucas (O.D., Ph.D) Payload Specialist who was member of the crew of
Space Shuttle Columbia for STS 50
was the Guest Speaker on the Puerto
Rico Wing Conference 2013. DeLucas
talked about the experiments relating
to materials processing and fluid physics conducted by the crew in a over
two-weeks period Space Lab mission
(June 25-July 9, 1992) in the Unites
States Microgravity Laboratory-1
(USML-1).
Dr Delucas also explained how his life
in a spacecraft was during the period
of over two weeks and his experience
and body adjustment of takeoff and
landing during this mission.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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NATIONAL CEMENTERY WREATH ACROSS AMERICA
Bayamon, PR - The Civil Air
Patrol PR Wing conducted the
WAA ceremony this year at the
National Cemetery with the assistance of Muñiz ANG Base
Cadet Squadron and Dr. Cesareo
Rosa Nieves Cadet Squadron.
Specially designated ceremonial
wreaths for the Army, Marines,
Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard,
Merchant Marines, and POW/
MIA were placed to remember

those who served, honor their
sacrifices, and teach our younger
generations the high cost of our
freedoms.
Representatives of the Armed
Forces and National Cemetery
staff participated with CAP cadets and seniors.

Cadets collecting
garbage

Group Picture

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Puerto Rico Wing News

TOP FLIGHT
Ceiba, PR-Teachers receive orientation flights as
Aerospace
Education
Members at Airport Jose
Aponte de la Torre in Ceiba. All teachers were
highly motivated and interested in aviation and
aerospace education. The
pilot of this orientation
flight was Capt Vladimir
Ojeda. Coming soon will
be performing new Teacher Orientation Program
(TOP) Flight.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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NEW PR WING ADMINISTRATOR
Isla Grande, PR- PR Wing has
New Wing Administrator Ms.
Isabel Pogozelski. Along with Lt
Col Elsa, New Finance Director
and the New in Coming Wing
Commander, Lt Col Carlos Fernandez received Finance training
from Keith J. Baker.

From left to right Lt Col Elsa Soto, Lt Col Carlos Fernandez
In Coming Wing Commander and Ms. Isabel Pogozelski,
Wing Administrator.

From left to right Lt Col
Elsa Soto, Finance Director,
Keith J. Baker,
Wing Financial Analyst and
Ms. Isabel Pogozelski, Wing
Administrator.

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Puerto Rico Wing News

CADETS COMPLETE DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION EXCELLENCE PROGRAM

Cabo Rojo, PR– Cadets
from the Cabo Rojo Cadet
Squadron completed the
Drug Demand Reduction
Excellence (DDRx) program. This included activity
such has discussing dangerous drugs to hands on activities.
Within this included a discussion about aerospace
hero’s like Amelia Earhart,
Sally Ride, Charles A.
Lindbergh, and other famous pioneers;

wearing special goggles
and try and read a Snellen
Eye Chart, then using a
small ball and toss it to
one another while wearing the goggles to learn
about how alcohol can
difficult simple tasks; using fleece gloves to try
and open foil-wrapped
chocolate candy like Hershey Kisses in a competition between two teams to
see will be crowned the
U2s, which is an acronym

Group Picture

for “Undisputed Unwrappers”. This and other activities were all planned
by the cadets using Drug
Demand Reduction Activity Guide.
By the end of the course,
cadets were presented
with a certificate of completion of the DDRx program by squadron commander Capt Jose O.
Acosta in an award ceremony.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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CABO ROJO CADET PROMOTION
By Lt Col Marie A. Rivera, PAO
Photo by Jose Velez

San German, PR- Cadet Airman Juliam
Galarza is been promoted to the grade of Cadet
Airman First Class by
Puerto Rico Wing Vice
Commander Lt Col
Carlos Fernandez and
Chief of Staff Lt Col
Marie A. Rivera.

From left to right
Lt Col Marie A.
Rivera, Cadet Airman First Class
Juliam Galarza
and Lt Col Carlos
Fernandez

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Puerto Rico Wing News

MOCA AWARD CEREMONY
By Eric E. Pérez, Lt Col,CAP

Moca, PR- Derick V. Molinary
joined Moca High School Cadet
Squadron CAP as a cadet in
1985 until 1992. He became a
Squadron Ground Team member
that year and stay as a GT during
his time as cadet. He became a
cadet officer on April 1989 when
he earns the Billy Mitchell
Award. Join the USAF where he
earns the grade of E-4. Became
part of the Pararescuemen of the
Air Force and retired honorably
in July 2001. Rejoin CAP as a
senior from 2001 to 2002 and
earns the 2nd Lt grade. Was accepted at the Metropolitan

University at Rio Piedras, PR,
were he completed a degree of
Bachelor of Arts on Social Science in Criminal Justice on June
2004.
Then enters the Eugenio Maria de
Hostos School of Law at Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and earn the
Juris Doctor degree on June
2008. He is a license lawyer for
the Commonwealth of Puerto
Rico since August 2009. He also
completes a Master degree in
Business Administration Management and Strategic Leader on
June 2012. Recently he re join
the CAP as part of the Moca HS
Cadet Squadron.

During the Moca HS Cadet Squadron Award
Ceremony on January 2014 lawyer Derick V.
Molinary was promoted to Captain.

From left to right former PR Wing Commander
Col Milton Tomassini, Capt Derick V. Molinary
and Lt Col. Carlos Fernández, PR Wing Vice
Commander.

Puerto Rico Wing News

Page 9

GROUP 7 KNOWLEDGE COMPETITION
Cataño, PR - More than 100 cadets, senior members and guest participated in the
2014 Group VII Knowledge Competition
held at Cataño PR. The cadets competed
in four rounds of questions about different topics such as: Aerospace Education,
Leadership, Aerospace Current Events,
CAP History, Custom and Courtesies and
Drill and Ceremonies. This year fourteen
teams was registered to participate from
all the units of Group VII. "This is the
first year that we have had this competition", said this year Project Officer Lt Col
Ismael J Rodriguez. "It is great to see all
the cadets

working hard to demonstrate their
knowledge and also represent their
units at this competition", commented
the Group VII Commander Lt Col
Reinaldo Negrón.
The 2014
Knowledge Competition saw three
teams battle face to face, in the Panel
Quiz for the 1st Place. This year’s
champions and winners of the Group
VII Knowledge Competition Cup
were Muñiz ANG Base Cadet Squadron/PR-126, followed by two teams
from Capt Paulo Solis Cadet Squadron/PR-161 who finished with a second and third place.

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CIVIL AIR PATROL
PUERTO RICO WING
NEWSLETTER

PUERTO RICO WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL
PO BOX 192460

SAN JUAN, PR
00919-2460
marie.rivera@prwg.us

We’re on the Web
www.prwg.us

ANNOUNCEMENTS
AFRCC Basic Inland Search Course
February 15-16, 2014, Interamerican University Isla Grande
Change of Command
February 22, 2014, Auxilio Mutuo
OPR’s Meeting
March 15, 2014 Interamerican University in Isla Grande
Emergency Services
March 22-23, 2014, ICS 400 Course, Ramey Base, Aguadilla

SAREX
March 29, 2013 Interamerican University in Isla Grande

Puerto Rico Wing News

Editor: Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera, PAO

9th Edition, April 2014

Assistant Editors: Col Luis Cubano and Maj Sally Browne

Puerto Rico Wing News

FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS

Inside this issue:

Flood Safety Aware- 1
ness

TG-4A Glider

It’s important to be prepared
for flooding no matter where
you live, but particularly if you
are in a low-lying area, near
water, or downstream from a
dam. Even a very small stream
or dry creek bed can overflow
and create flooding, so follow
these tips:


2


TOP Flight

3


Change of command 4

Baseball Opening

5


STEM Program

6

Isabela Squadron
Opening

7

Rocketry Camp

8

Radio Show

9



Know your area's flood
risk and consider flood insurance.
Make an itemized list of
personal property, including furnishings, clothing,
and valuables.
Fill out a Household Emergency Plan containing important contacts for you
and your family in the
event of any emergency.
Prepare a Go Bag with a
portable AM/FM radio that
you can grab when you
need to evacuate you home
and it is safe to leave.
Learn the safest route to
higher ground from your
home or place of business
to stay in case you have to
evacuate. This should be
part of your Household
Emergency Plan.

If you live in a floodsusceptible area, keep materials, such as sandbags,
plywood, plastic sheeting,
and lumber, on hand to
help protect your home.
 Never walk across flood
waters, just six inches of
moving water can knock
you off your feet.
 Avoid flooded roadways
and do not attempt to drive
through flood waters, just
two feet of moving water
can sweep a Sport Utility
Vehicle (SUV) off the
road.


Posted by PhilaOEM

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Puerto Rico Wing News

LET’S BUILD THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY TG-4A GLIDER/SAILPLANE
By: Capt Suzette M. Perez

Fajardo, PR- During the weekend of January 18, 2014, cadets
participated in a workshop to
make a TG-4A Glider/Sailplane
in the unit. They worked as a
team to create the plane. Then
when the plane was done, they
had to throw it in the air and see
which plane stays up the longest.
Lt Col Doris Ortiz was teaching
the cadets how to construct the
plane.

Puerto Rico Wing News

Page 3

TOP FLIGHT
Ceiba, PR-Teachers received
orientation flights as Aerospace
Education Members at the Jose
Aponte de la Torre Airport in
Ceiba. All teachers were highly
motivated and interested in aviation and aerospace education.
The pilot of this orientation
flight was Maj Walt Baez.

COAST GUARD ORIENTATION FLIGHT
Aguadilla, PR- Cadet Ryan Becker
flew an orientation flight in a MH65C dolphin helicopter around the west
coast of PR. This was achieved thanks
to the efforts of Group Commander
Maj Nelson J. Lopez, Capt Jose Rafols,
Aguadilla Squadron Commander, 2Lt
Katherine Crespo and staff of the United
States
Coast
Guard,
Air Station Borinquen.

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Puerto Rico Wing News

CHANGE OF COMMAND
By Lt Col Marie A. Rivera
Photo by 1Lt Vicente Velez

San Juan, PR– The
change of command symbolically transfers the authority and responsibility
of a commander to another. Recently Puerto Rico
Wing
celebrated
the
change of command.
Colonel Luis A. Cubano
was the PR Wing commander for the past two
years. He managed and
achieved great success for
the organization. Colonel
Carlos Fernandez begins a
new term as commander.
"This new period will be
the beginning of many
more successes for the
benefit of the cadets and
senior member of this organization," said Colonel
Fernández.

Col Carlos Fernandez taking the oath as commander of
the Puerto Rico Wing.

Col Carlos Fernandez, PR Wing Commander receiving the
organizational flag accepting responsibility of command.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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BASEBALL OPENING
Fajardo, PR– Six cadets of Col
Bartolo Ortiz Squadron participated in the opening of the Little
League Baseball season at the
Tomas Dones Stadium in Fajardo
P.R.
From left to right: C/AB Alexa Millan, C/Capt Jean c. Mejias,
C/2dLt Pablo Collazo, C/AB Zabdiel Alamo, C/CMSgt Joseph
Torres and C/AB Jaasiel Alamo.

COMMUNICATIONS CAMP
By Lt Col Anabel Lugo
Lajas, PR- Gr oup V Communications
Team offered a Communications encampment on the 21 to 23 of March 2014. Over
30 members participated on the activity on
which they were instructed with classes
and practices. Members had the chance to
act as radio operator and net control station.

Cadet SSgt Jesus Cruz is sending a message in the
net control station.

Cadet CMSgt Ivan Homs with the radio on hand receiving
a message and Cadet CMSgt Nathaniel Sepulveda as his
recorder on the relay station.

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Puerto Rico Wing News

ROBOTIC, MODEL AND R/C AIRCRAFT STEM PROGRAM
Cabo Rojo, PR– Cabo Rojo
Cadet Squadron completed
the robotics portion of the
STEM Program. Working
in groups, the cadets build
a robotic arm from scratch
and then tested it in a
friendly competition between the groups.
After that the squadron
completed another portion
of the Civil Air Patrol
STEM Program. Cadets
started by making a model
aircraft kit supplied and
then proceeded to launch
the model airplane.

Later they had an Aerospace Education overnight where the cadets
would
pilot
remotecontrolled aircraft and
learn about how they
function. The overnight
was held on Hormigueros
R/C Club facilities.
All participating, cadets
and seniors, were given a
certificate of completion
by Aerospace Education
Officer Captain Jose O.
Acosta.

The Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
(STEM) Program, funded by The National Defense Education Program, manage by the Air
Force STEM outreach
Coordination Office at
the Pentagon, was made
to provide financial support to promote increased STEM education
for America's youth in
the 21st century.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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ISABELA CADET SQUADRON OPENING
By Lt Col Marie A. Rivera
Photo by 1Lt Airangel Altreche

Isabela, PR– After
months of hard work,
Maj Nelson Lopez was
able to open the Isabela
Cadet Squadron.
We welcome this new
unit to the CAP family.

Col Carlos Fernandez
signing the form for
the new squadron

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Puerto Rico Wing News

ROCKETRY CAMP
By Lt Col Anabel Lugo, CAP

Lajas, PR- Lajas High School
Cadet Squadron host a Rocketry Day after a fraternization
overnight for Puerto Rico Wing
Group V. 40 members participated in the activity. On the
second day members divided in
teams constructed and launched
Models Rockets to finish the
weekend in an aerospace mode.
New cadets expressed that was
their first time to work with
Rockets and they were happy to
do it.

Launching area

Group V participants

Cadet SMSgt Pedro Sepulveda awaiting the signal
to insert the security key to launch his team rocket .

Puerto Rico Wing News

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RADIO SHOW
Fajardo, PR-Part of the staff of Col Bartolo
Ortiz Cadet Squadron had an interview in
Yunque 93 WYQE Radio Station in Fajardo.
They discussed what is Civil Air Patrol, our
missions, core values, experiences, activities,
etc. The audience that tunes into this station
is from the east area of Puerto Rico. This
activity help us to recruit more people to the
organization. The staff who participated in
this activity were: Capt. Hector A. Collazo,
Capt. Suzette M. Perez, 2Lt Arlene Quinones,
C/Capt. Jean C. Mejias. Our main focus was
to provide listeners the importance of our
volunteer and community service work that
we do.

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CIVIL AIR PATROL
PUERTO RICO WING
NEWSLETTER

PUERTO RICO WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL
PO BOX 192460

SAN JUAN, PR
00919-2460
marie.rivera@prwg.us

We’re on the Web
www.prwg.us

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SAREX
April 26, 2014 TBA
Commanders Call
May 10, 2014 CROEM Mayaguez
Leadership Academy
June 9-14, 2014 CROEM Mayaguez

Puerto Rico Wing News

Editor: Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera, PAO

10th Edition, June 2014

Assistant Editors: Col Luis Cubano and Maj Sally Browne

Puerto Rico Wing News

HURRICANE SURVIVAL KIT
by Dr. Rick Knabb
out of the neighborhood if you canDuring a hurricane, and possibly for

not return home.

days or even weeks afterward, elec-

plies to have on hand, well before a hur-

available. Debris and/or water might

Inside this issue:

Here are some of the most critical sup-

tricity and other utilities might not be

ricane threatens:

block the roads, preventing vehicles
Hurrican Survival Kit 1

from getting in our out of your neigh-



At least a 3-day and preferably a 7-

2

day supply of water (one gallon per

for days after the hurricane, so you’ll
Cabo Rojo Award
Ceremony

borhood. Help might not reach you

person per day)

3



Non-perishable food

during that period.
2nd Model Rocketry
Blended School

need to be completely self-sufficient



Formula, diapers, and other baby

Before a Hurricane Is Out There


Arecibo Observatory 4
Visit
HAZMAT Class

5

Create a written emergency preparedness and action plan for
your family and business.



Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone by contact-

Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

ing your local emergency man-

6

agement office.


Thanks for your
Support

7

Two Wings One
Squadron

8

Lajas STEM Kit

Identify the evacuation route you

will use if told to evacuate.


Agree upon two places family
members can meet if separated:
one outside your home for an

9

emergency while there, and one

supplies


Manual can opener



First aid kit



Prescription and non-prescription
medicines



Toiletries



Cell phones and battery-powered
cell phone chargers



Battery-powered radios and flashlights



Plenty of batteries



Extra cash



Blankets, sleeping bags, books, and
games (especially if evacuating)

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Puerto Rico Wing News

CABO ROJO AWARD CEREMONY
Cabo Rojo, PRCabo
Rojo Cadet Squadron celebrated their annual award
ceremony by presenting
milestones and other certificates that members
have earned over the year.
Roberto Ramírez Kurtz,
mayor of Cabo Rojo, also
attended and presented the
Billy Mitchell Award and
the Amelia Earhart Award
to three cadets of the
squadron.

Excellence Award certificate and the Certificate of
Accomplishment for the
STEM Project RemoteControlled Airplanes kit.
Mayor Ramírez Kurtz
also presented three milestone awards to cadets.
C/2Lt Jorge Ortiz was
awarded the Billy Mitchell Award along with
C/2Lt Ricardo Pagan. C/
Capt Freddy Del Toro
was awarded the Amelia
Earhart Award.

Capt Jose O. Acosta,
commander of the squadron, awarded Mayor
Ramírez Kurtz with a
Certificate of Appreciation and the squadron’s
patch at the end of the
award presentation.
After the ceremony, cadets, senior members,
and family members enjoyed a get together.

Group Picture

From left to right Cabo Rojo mayor Ramírez
Kurtz with Capt Jose O. Acosta, Cabo Rojo
Squadron Commander.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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SECOND MODEL ROCKETRY BLENDED SCHOOL
By Lt Col Janice Borrero
Yauco, PR- During the dates of
March 2-23, 2014 the PR Wing
Group 4 (SER-PR-148) conducted the second Blended Model
Rocketry School in the facilities
of the Yauco Stadium in Yauco,
PR. This school was divided in
two parts: “Online Written
Phase” and the “Hands-On
Phase”. The Written Phase was
based on online lectures, videos
and tests designed in Spanish.
This part was led by Lt Col
Janice Borrero as a designer,
moderator and instructor.
The “Hands-On Phase” was lead
by Lt Col Wigberto Del Valle as
instructor and Commander. In
this phase, cadets

learned how to build different
rockets like the Goddard Rocket,
rockets made with plastic bottles, compress air rocket with
single phase, and single phase
rockets powered by engines.
During this school, the senior
members also participated in the
whole process from approving
the written phase to design their
own rockets.
The last day of this school, cadets and seniors became excited
when the rockets were taken to
the launch area.
First of all, the safety officer
gave a safety briefing before
each rocket was launched.

GROUP PICTURE

The participants shouted excited
when the parachutes open to
give the rocket a safe landing.
Thanks to the dedication and
excellent participation of instructors, the cadet staff, the
Yauco Unit SER-PR- 051, and
the parents who supported ,this
activity was a complete success.

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Puerto Rico Wing News

ARECIBO OBSERVATORY VISIT
Arecibo, PR–
Member s
from Cabo Rojo Cadet
Squadron had an opportunity
to visit the Arecibo Observatory thanks to an Air Force
Association aerospace grant
that the squadron received for
the activity.
Once at the Radio Telescope,
the members were given a
tour around the

GROUP PICTURE

museum were the cadets
learned about different
aerospace topics ranging
from meteorites, to the Solar System’s planets.
After the tour, the squadron watched an educational video about the history
of the Radio Telescope
and its usages since being

built in 1963 up unto the
present. At the end the
members went out to an
observation area were
they could clearly see the
Radio Telescope.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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HAZMAT CLASS
Cabo Rojo, PR– Cabo Rojo Cadet Squadron was given a HAZMAT class by a paramedic from
“Cuerpo de Emergencias Medicas
de Puerto Rico” (CEMPR). Cadets
were showed the equipment and
explained how they are used by the
agency. After which, cadets were
able to wear the Class A and Class
B HAZMAT suit to experience the
sensation of walking and climbing
stairs with the equipment.

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Puerto Rico Wing News

CAP HURRICANE EVACUATION EXERCISE
Isla Grande, PR– As part of
preparation of hurricane season training, a hurricane evacuation exercise was conducted. The PR Wing aircrafts
where relocated to Muñz Air
Force Base. Aircrews participated in a safety seminar, and
a BBQ before returning to
their home airport.

GROUP PICTURE

Puerto Rico Wing News

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THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT
By Lt Col Anabel Lugo

Lajas, PR– Lajas High
School Cadet Squadron and
Puerto Rico Wing Emergency Services express appreciation for the support Burger
King Lajas Restaurant and
Mc Donalds Lajas Restaurant provide to CAP activities. During the "Puerto Rico
Wing Obstacle Course" and
many other activities both
restaurants donate ice for the
hydration of participants.

Sahyly Rodriguez Mc Donald Lajas Shift Manager
received a certificate of Apreciation.

Shift Manager Marines
Carrero is honored with the
Apreciation Certificate for
Burger King Lajas.

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Puerto Rico Wing News

TWO WINGS ONE
SQUADRON
By Lt Col Marie A. Rivera

Mayaguez, PR– Col Fer nandez and Col Irizarry joined
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) as cadets in Mayaguez Cadet Squadron back in the 80’s.
They worked together for the
benefit of the squadron until
late 90’s. Commander at that
time was Capt Thomas Larsen.
Even thought Col Irizarry
moved to US to serve in the US
Coast Guard they always keep
in touch.
What they never imagine was
that they become Wing Commanders almost at the same
time.

From left to right Col Henry Irizarry Florida Wing
Commander and Col Carlos Fernandez Puerto Rico
Wing Commander.

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LAJAS STEM KIT
By Lt Col Anabel Lugo

Lajas, PR- Lajas High School Cadet
Squadron worked the STEM Kit
"Introduction to Robotics" along with
Mayaguez Cadet Squadron. The two
Puerto Rico Wing Group V Squadrons
had an Introduction to Robotic Class
and armed the OWI-535 in a 6 hours
teamwork activity held at Lajas, Puerto

Cadets carefully checking the instructions and working with the
sorted parts on the construction of the OWI-535 Robotic Arm.

Members were instructed in: history, uses of robots in our lives, safety and saw
videos of robots in the manufacture industry. Some young cadets expressed that
this was the first time they were exposed
to, so much information about robots and
has the possibility to think about robots
when select a career in the future.

C/ Staff Sergeant Jesus A. Cruz work with the
finished Robotic Arm
Group photo of
all participants
of the Introduction to Robotics
STEM Kit

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Leadership Academy
June 9-14, 2014 CROEM Mayaguez
GT School 2014
June 25-29, 2014 CROEM Mayaguez
June 30-July 6, 2014 Escuela Superior Francisco Oller Cataño
Ranger School
July 2-6, 2014 Escuela Santa Rosa Ceiba
RCLS
July 16-20, 2014 CROEM Mayaguez
Commanders Call
August 23, 2014 TBA Group 4 Headquarters
Wing Conference 2014
December 13, 2014 Courtyard by Marriot Aguadilla

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Editor: Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera, PAO

11th Edition, August 2014

Assistant Editors: Col Luis Cubano and Maj Sally Browne

Puerto Rico Wing News

MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY

Inside this issue:

Memorial Day
History

1

National Cemetery
Bayamon

2

Memorial Day
Arecibo

5

Memorial Day
Ponce

6

Memorial Day
Anasco

9

Memorial Day, originally called
Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have
died in service of the United
States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be
the birthplace of Memorial Day.
While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of
Memorial Day by President
Lyndon Johnson in May 1966,
it’s difficult to prove conclusively
the origins of the day.
Regardless of the exact date or
location of its origins, one thing is
clear – Memorial Day was borne
out of the Civil War and a desire
to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by
General John Logan, national
commander of the Grand Army of
the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May,
1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or
otherwise decorating the graves
of comrades who died in defense
of their country during the late
rebellion, and whose bodies now
lie in almost every city, village
and hamlet churchyard in the
land,” he proclaimed. The date of
Decoration Day, as he called it,
was chosen because it wasn’t the

anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General
James Garfield made a speech at
Arlington National Cemetery, and
5,000 participants decorated the
graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
The first state to officially recognize
the holiday was New York in 1873.
By 1890 it was recognized by all of
the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days
until after World War I (when the
holiday changed from honoring just
those who died fighting in the Civil
War to honoring Americans who
died fighting in any war).
It is now celebrated in almost every
state on the last Monday in May with
Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 –
363).

http://www.usmemorialday.org/

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NATIONAL CEMETERY MEMORIAL DAY
Bayamon, PR– Squadrons from
Group 2, 7 and 8, participated in the
Memorial Day at the PR National
Cemetery in Bayamon. The activity
was conducted in memory of all
those fallen heroes, that made the
effort to defend our nation. We, as
members of CAP, are proud of the
partnership with USAF and to have
being the second civilian organization to have organize the memorial
day.

Col Carlos Fernandez, PR Wing Commander givin
the Memorial Day the message.

C/CMSgt Bryan Toro, PR094
Showing Respect

From left to right C/CMSgt Bryan Toro, PR094,
C/2Lt Ricardo Rivera, PR161, and C/Capt Gabriel
Sierra, PR161

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FURA helicopter fly over

GROUP PICTURE

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NATIONAL CEMETERY MEMORIAL DAY CONTINUED

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MEMORIAL DAY IN PONCE
Ponce, PR– Memor ial Day activities
took place in Mercedes cemetery in
Ponce honoring all the soldiers who
gave their lives in battle. This activity
was dedicated to Veterans of foreign
wars post-12064, Ponce. It is satisfying for members of the PR Wing Civil
Air Patrol to participate in this very
prestigious activity. This year we had
the opportunity to present the colors,
and the wreaths during the activity.
PRWG is proud of all our cadets who
represented us in such important activity. We thank Mrs. Maria Contrera
who was in charge of organizing the
activity.

From left to right C/ Capt Jason Del Valle, C/Capt Ricardo
Omar Aviles, C/2Lt Gil Ortiz, C/1Lt Alexis Feliciano

GROUP PICTURE
Units from PR012,
PR051, PR110, PR148

C/Capt Ricardo O Aviles and C/1Lt Alexis Feliciano
handing wreath to BG Jose R Burgos

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MEMORIAL DAY ARECIBO
Arecibo, PR- Ever y year La
Santa Cruz Cemetery in Arecibo
commemorates Memorial Day.
This year it had the presence of
the Veterans Advocate Agustin
Montanez. The Arecibo Cadet
Squadron color guard presented
the colors and also place a
wreath on the tomb of an Afghanistan War veteran .

In the picture above one of the last veterans of World
War II from Arecibo.

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C/CMSGT Adam Cuadrado from Mayaguez
Cadet Squadron holding a wreath.

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GROUP PICTURE

MEMORIAL DAY IN ANASCO
Añasco, PR- This activity
took place in Añasco’s Veteran Memorial. Cadets from
the Añasco Cadet Squadron
carry the colors in the parade for veterans of this
town.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
OPR’S Meeting
August 2, 2014 Hatillo
Commanders Call
August 23, 2014 TBA Group 4 Headquarters
PAO Workshop
August 30, 2014 TBA
SAR DR EVAL
Septermber 6, 2014 Signature Facilities
Wing Conference 2014
December 13, 2014 Courtyard by Marriot Aguadilla

Puerto Rico Wing News

Editor: Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera, PAO

12th Edition, November 2014

Assistant Editors: Col Luis Cubano and Maj Sally Browne

Puerto Rico Wing News

THANKSGIVING SAFETY
The kitchen is the heart of the
home, especially at Thanksgiving.
Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the
kitchen is important, especially on
Thanksgiving Day when there is a
lot of activity and people at home.

Inside this issue:

Thanksgiving Safety

1

Stay in the kitchen when you
are cooking on the stovetop
so you can keep an eye on the
food.

Region Cadet
Leadership

2

Drug Demand
Reduction

3



Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on
it frequently.

Quality Cadet Unit
Award

3



Beach Clean Up

4

Keep children away from the
stove. The stove will be hot
and kids should stay 3 feet
away.



Make sure kids stay away
from hot food and liquids.
The steam or splash from
vegetables, gravy or coffee
could cause serious burns.



Keep the floor clear so you
don’t trip over kids, toys,
pocketbooks or bags.



Keep knives out of the reach
of children.

5

Aerospace Program

6

CAP Assist in
Volleyball
tournament

7

Col Clara Livingston 9
Reopening

Be sure electric cords from an
electric knife, coffee maker,
plate warmer or mixer are not
dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.



Keep matches and utility
lighters out of the reach of
children — up high in a
locked cabinet.



Never leave children alone in
room with a lit a candle.



Make sure your smoke alarms
are working. Test them by
pushing the test button.

Safety tips


Volleyball
Tournament



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REGION CADET LEADERSHIP SCHOOL
By: Lt Col Ismael Rodriguez
CROEM-Mayaguez, Puerto Rico – Civil Air Patrol’s Puerto Rico Wing hosted a 2014 Southeast Region Cadet Leadership
School at the Centro de Oportunidades Educativas de Mayaguez (CROEM) in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Twenty cadets attended the five-day school held 16-20 July 2014. Lt Col Ismael J. Rodríguez, Puerto Rico Wing, and Lt Col Sonia Soto, Florida
Wing, directed this year’s school assisted by 12 instructors and seminar leaders.
Students attended over 30 curriculum hours from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday morning and completed a variety of
assignments like writing journals, presenting three different speeches, completion of two essays, and a group project. The leadership school’s curriculum included officership and character, communication skills, interpersonal relations, creative and critical thinking, and leadership theory.
Lt Col Ismael Rodriguez and Lt Col Sonia Soto were satisfied with the final results of the school. All 20 cadets successfully
completed the school and graduated in a ceremony on Sunday morning. Tech Sgt. Luis Nazario of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard led the graduation ceremony by serving as the honored guest speaker of the event. “This young group of cadets from
our wing demonstrated that nothing is impossible and that the sky is the limit” said Lt Col Rodriguez .
The Puerto Rico Wing enjoys a great relationship with CROEM and appreciates the use of all the facilities within the school
area. This year’s RCLS successfully created a scholastic environment for all of the cadet participants and senior members who
helped the students to reach their goal. Lt Col Sonia Soto added, “I would especially like to thank all the instructors and staff
who gave their time to help develop this group of our future leaders.”
Graduates of CAP’s Region Staff College and personnel from Puerto Rico Air National Guard 140th Air Defense Squadron
and 156th Airlift Wing treated students to special classes and seminars. Use of Air National Guard resources for teaching
helped the students recognize the professional-level of training offered by the school and motivated the cadets to focus their
attention and learn even more. PRANG personnel included, Tech Sgt. Lemuel Soto, 156th AW; Tech Sgt. Kathy Hernández,
140th ADS; and Tech Sgt. Luis Nazario, 140th ADS.
The goal of RCLS is to develop Phase III, or Command Phase, leadership skills. Students attending RCLS should have completed an encampment and hold the grade of C/MSgt or higher. The primary goal of leadership education in CAP’s Phase III is
for cadets to learn how to lead indirectly. Upon completion of Phase III training of the CAP cadet program, a cadet is eligible
to receive the Amelia Earhart Award and begin Phase IV called the Executive Phase.

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DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION PROGRAM
Trujillo Alto, PR – The Civil Air
Patrol Drug Demand Reduction
Program assists units at all levels to
instill a positive, drug-free attitude
in CAP members, Air Force families, DoD civilians and school-age
children through a comprehensive
program that promotes CAP as a
positive community service lifestyle. Also encourages youth to
remain in school, focuses on drug
abuse awareness, education and
prevention and provides positive
activities as an alternative to drugs
and gang violence.

This year the PR-126 performed
the Annual DDR Workshop
where the new cadets of the unit
participated in six different DDR
activities. As of today 33 out of
the 37 cadets of our unit completed the program. Capt Carlos
Galarza said: “I really enjoy
working with this excellent
group of cadets. Helping this
CAP members become drug-free
ambassadors to local communities is my goal as a Cadet Program and DDR Officer of the
unit”.

QUALITY CADET UNIT AWARD 2014
San Juan, PR – This year SERPR-051 Maj William Biaggi
Cadet Sqdn, SER-PR-059 Col
Bartolo Ortiz Cadet Sqdn, SERPR-066 Cabo Rojo Cadet Sqdn,
SER-PR-079 Moca High School
Cadet Sqdn, SER-PR-123 Dr.
Cesareo Rosa- Nieves Cadet
Sqdn and SER-PR-126 Muniz
ANG Base Cadet Sqdn were
awarded with the 2014 Quality
Cadet Unit Award (QCUA).
This recognition is given to all
units that displays strong program fundamentals on the Cadet
Program, Recruiting and Retention, Aerospace Education
(STEM Kit and Cyber Patriot),
Adult Leadership and Training,
Cadet Achievement, Drug Demand Reduction, Encampment
and Orientation Flight.

This is the third consecutive
year that the Muñiz ANG
Base Cadet Squadron won the
QCUA. This year the unit
completed 9 out of the 11
criteria of the QCUA and in
the final national ranking for
the QCUA the unit (PR-126)
is the #7 out of the 299 units
that received the recognition
this year and the #1 out of the
6 units from PRW who received the recognition. Lt Col
Ismael J. Rodriguez, Squadron
Commander said: “I was very
happy of the accomplishment
of our unit. It was due to every cadet and senior members
working hard during the past
year and this is the results of
the dedication and support.”

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COMMUNITY SERVICES BEACH CLEANUP
Carolina, PR –- The members
from the Muñiz Air National
Guard Cadet Squadron (SER-PR126) participated in the Beach
Cleanup held at the Balneario de
Carolina, Carolina in September
20, 2014. Twenty members from
the unit (cadets and seniors) got
together with a set goal in common; help in the cleanup of our
environment. This activity has
been an initiative of Squadron
Commander Lt Col Ismael J. Rodriguez since last year. Lt Col
Rodriguez said: “One of our biggest goals is to develop disciplined
citizens for the benefit of our community”. This type of community
service also helps the members of
our unit to practice service before
self; at the end it is the purpose of
our program; said by Lt Col
Rodríguez. In conjunction with
Scuba Dog Society, the PR-126
participated actively

together with other organizations and groups with the same
goal: Conserve what we have
today, so the future can also
enjoy our beauty.
Also Cabo Rojo Cadet Squadron said present on that day
cleared the Combate beach, a
popular beachgoer destination.
The flight, composed of 10
cadets and 1 senior member,
cleaned a 3 mile stretch of the
beach collecting approximately
50 pounds of trash.

Their hope is to raise the consciousness of people so that
they will not pollute our beaches and oceans because that
affects us all and it poses a
danger to the underwater ecosystem.

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AEROSPACE PROGRAM

Yabucoa, PR – The Rogelio
Rosado School in Yabucoa
has integrated the AEX program into their Science Club
activities. Students completed
the Goddard Rocket activity
integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and
Mathematics through Aerospace Education, which will
stimulate them to continue to
progress academically.
The Rogelio Rosado School
Science Club is composed of
50 students and their science
teachers Karen Cintrón, CAP
Aerospace Education Member, and Lt Col Eveneida
Rodríguez, Aerospace Education Officer.

Yabucoa, PR - Students from the Rogelio
Rosado School in Yabucoa assembled robots provided by the CAP STEM Kit Program.
The school has 15 teachers who are Aerospace Education Members who use the materials provided to them by CAP to further
the education of their students.
The students assemble the robots provided
by CAP under the supervision of their
teachers integrating the STEM disciplines. The exercise also serves to reinforce teamwork and following detail instructions skills.
Students are preparing to make demonstrations to other students at the junior high and
elementary school level. Students are also
using the materials provided by CAP to
develop research project in STEM areas.

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CAP ASSIST IN VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Cabo Rojo, PR- The
North, Central America, and
Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) is
an incorporated, non-profit
organization responsible for
all volleyball activities that
take place in its region.
Composed of 35 countries
from across the American
continent, NORCECA is
responsible for, among other
things, the staging of Olympic and World Championship region qualification
tournaments,

as well as continental championships for both men and
women in Indoor and Beach
Volleyball. For the second
year in a row, the Cabo Rojo
Cadet Squadron assisted in
the annual NORCECA
Beach Volleyball tournament held at the Balneario
of Boquerón in Cabo Rojo
on the weekend of the 19 to
the 21 of September. A total
of 32 cadets and 4 seniors
worked from Friday to Sunday in support of the activity. The squadron’s color
guard raised the

colors on the opening day
and the flags of the winning countries on the last
day. By the end of the activity the members racked
up over 25 hours of community service and were
presented with a certificate of volunteer service
by the Cabo Rojo Major
Roberto Ramirez Kurtz
and the NORCECA staff
on the 18 of October.

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GROUP VII VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT WINNERS
Cataño, PR – For third consecutive year, the Muñiz Air National
Guard Cadet Squadron (SER-PR126) won the Annual Group VII
Volleyball Tournament Cup. This
year all the Group VII units were
well represented and also other
units like Group IV. This year PR
-126 sent two teams to represent
our unit. Both team made an excellent job but after a long day just
one could be the winner. The final game was against an excellent
team from Group IV; but after
three wonderful sets the PR-126
took First Place.

This year the winning team was
composed of C/Maj Orlando Rohena (Team Captain), C/Major
Oscar Rivera, C/Capt Kevin
Negrón, C/1Lt Carlos Ortiz, C/
TSgt Wilangel Caraballo and C/
Arm Cepeda. Thanks to all the
members of the unit that participated in this tournament. Lt Col
Iván Reyes said: “Every year the
level of competition increase more
and more. The cadets from our
unit practice for this tournament
for a month. This is the results of
their sacrifice and dedication. To
all of them congratulations for a
job well done”.

Group V participants

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COL CLARA E. LIVINGSTON UNIT REOPENING
Dorado, PR- The Col Clar a
E. Livingston unit was reopen
this past 17 of October. The
reopened ing ceremony took
place at the Dorado Convention Center. The unit was
originally created in the 70’s
and was based at Fort Buchanan in Guaynabo, PR.
Col Carlos Fernandez, Carlos
Perez, mayor of Dorado, and
Col Sandra Bermudez, US
Army, a former member of
the unit, attended the reopening ceremony.

Col Herman Liboy and Col
Gerald Irons, former wing
commanders, also attended
the activity .
Lt Col Elba Cana, Capt
Pablo Jimenez and Lt Col
Michelle Piñeiro worked on
reorganizing the unit in the
city of Dorado where Col
Livingston lived for many
years.

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Softball Tournament
November 15, 2014, Cataño
Commanders Call
November 22, 2014 Jose Collazo Colon School, Juncos
Wing Conference

December 13, 2014 Courtyard by Marriott, Aguadilla