File #1256: "2014 Florida Wing History"

2014 Florida Wing History

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2014 Florida Wing History

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Florida Wing Headquarters
Wing Recorded History for 2014

2014
CIVIL AIR PATROL
FLORIDA WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL—FLORIDA WING

JANUARY - DECEMBER 2014
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Table of Contents
SECTION 1 ............................................................................................................................Wing Command
SECTION 2 ................................................................................................................................ Mission Areas
SECTION

3

..............................................................................................................Annual

Wing

Conference
SECTION 4 ......................................................................................................News From Around the
Wing
SECTION

5

.........................................................................................Wing

Staff

-Personnel

Authorizations

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CIVIL AIR PATROL—FLORIDA WING

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Wing Command

Commander
Henry Irizarry
Col Henry Irizarry is the commander of the Florida Wing. He provides
leadership and oversight for all Civil Air Patrol units and operations within the
State of Florida. He assumed command of the wing in March 2014.
He is a native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, who joined the Civil Air Patrol as a
cadet serving from 1985 to 1991 with the Mayaguez Cadet Squadron, Puerto
Rico Wing. As a cadet he achieved the rank of cadet Lieutenant Colonel and
reached what today is referred to as the Ira Eaker Award. He participated in
countless encampments, emergency services exercises and events to include
the Southeast Region Search and Rescue Competition and culminated his
cadet career by participating in the International Air Cadet Exchange to
Sweden.
In 2004, he rejoined CAP after returning from serving overseas for over 10
years in Colombia, Switzerland, Haiti and Costa Rica.
Col Irizarry has served on the CAP National Headquarters Homeland Security
Staff, and at the group and unit levels as a Commander, Deputy Commander, Professional Development Officer,
and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He has completed all five levels of the CAP senior member professional
development program and is an active Incident Commander, mission pilot and CAP Cadet/Air Force ROTC
orientation pilot with over 750 hours of flight time. Amongst his many contributions, Col Irizarry has coauthored the CAP Officer Basic Course, he has served as an instructor at the National Cadet Officer School and in
2013 participated as a senior escort with the International Air Cadet Exchange to Australia.
Col Irizarry holds master ratings in command and professional development, two senior ratings in cadet programs
and flight operations and a technician rating in safety.
Col Irizarry served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years and retired from the U.S Coast Guard as a
Commissioned Officer with over 20 years of active military service. Upon retirement and before joining Metal
Shark Aluminum Boats as the Director of International Sales and Support, Col Irizarry served in the federal civil
service with the Department of the Army.
Col Irizarry holds a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College and a Master of Arts degree from American
Military University. He has also completed Graduate Executive Leadership programs at Harvard University and
Cornell University.

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Vice Commander
Luis Garcia
Lt Col Luis Garcia is the Florida Wing chief of staff. The chief of staff is
the commander’s principal assistant for directing, coordinating,
supervising, and training the staff, except in areas the commander
reserves. Staff members inform the chief of staff of any recommendations
or information they pass directly to the commander, and of instructions
they receive directly from the commander.
He has been active in Civil Air Patrol for 20 years in operations and
emergency services. Among his previous assignments are stints as deputy
commander of a cadet squadron, at group level as cadet programs officer
and transportation officer, and at wing level as the
Standardization/Evaluation Officer, Director of Emergency Services and
Director of Operations. Garcia has completed Level IV in professional
development. He is currently serving as an officer in the US Army
Reserve.
Garcia is an active CAP pilot and involved in emergency services. He holds ratings as an Incident Commander,
SAR/DR Mission Pilot, Mission Observer, Check Pilot and Mission Check Pilot, Cadet and AFROTC orientation
pilot, and liaison officer.
Lt Col Garcia’s military awards and badges include, but not limited to, the Meritorious Service Medal, Army
Commendation Medal with oak leaf clusters, Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal, Parachutist, and Combat
Action Badge. His CAP awards and badges include the Meritorious Service Award, Commander’s Commendation
Award, Lifesaving Award and Senior Pilot.

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Chief of Staff
Sonia Soto-Granville
Lieutenant Colonel Sonia Soto-Granville currently serves as the Florida
Wing Chief of Staff overseeing all Wing functional areas. Prior to this
appointment, Lieutenant Colonel Soto-Granville served as Florida Wing's
Chief of Staff - Programs and immediately prior to that she served as the
Southeast Region Director of Professional Development, overseeing the
training for the Senior Members of the regions 6 Wings.
Lieutenant Colonel Soto-Granville joined Civil Air Patrol on November
15th, 1996 in the Cabo Rojo High School Cadet Squadron, Group 5
Puerto Rico Wing, where she served as Aerospace Education and Testing
Officer. In April 1998, she was assigned as the Squadron Commander of
Sabana Grande Cadet Squadron, which had only 3 Cadets and within 16
months, brought the unit strength to 32 Cadets and 4 Seniors with steady
attendance, and in so doing, received the 1999 Puerto Rico Wing
Squadron of Merit Award.
Lieutenant Colonel Soto-Granville has pursued much of CAP’s
Aerospace Education Mission by attending the 1997 and 1998 National
Congress on Aerospace Education (NCASE) Conferences. She
participated in the 1998 NASA’s Program for Teachers held at Oklahoma
University, earning post graduate credits in Aerospace Education.
In March 1999, Lieutenant Colonel Soto-Granville organized, directed and instructed at a Rocketry Weekend
along with 7 other instructors, 5 staff personnel and 139 participating Cadets. In August 1999, Colonel SotoGranville was transferred to Group 5 Headquarters where she served as Deputy Group Commander, Public Affairs
Officer, Recruiting Officer, Administrative and Personnel Officer until January 2001. She then returned to her
original unit and served as Aerospace Education Officer, Administrative and Personnel Officer until December
2003.
In December 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Soto-Granville was transferred to Puerto Rico Wing Headquarters where
she worked in various staff assignments as Director of Professional Development, Director of Personnel,
Personnel Officer Assistant and Wing Testing Officer for two Wing Commanders. In addition, Colonel SotoGranville held the position of Director and was a staff member of numerous Squadron Leadership Schools and
Corporate Learning Courses. She served as the Director of the 2006 & 2008 Southeast Region Staff College
and was an instructor as well. She holds 3 Masters Ratings in Level 2 Specialty Areas of Aerospace, Professional
Development and Personnel.
She is a 2006 National Staff College graduate and has also completed numerous CAP education and training
courses. Lieutenant Colonel Soto-Granville was born in New York and earned a BA degree with specialization in
Literature. She is also a licensed Radio Broadcaster. In her civilian life, she is an English Teacher. She is married
to Austyn Granville, Jr., who is a Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol. She has three children: Alexis, who is a Major in
CAP, and twins Julian, a Staff Sergeant and Ranger in the US Army, and his sister Juliana. Both her oldest son
and daughter are former CAP Cadets.
Colonel Soto-Granville’s CAP decorations and awards include the Exceptional Service Award, Meritorious
Service Award (3), Wing Commanders Commendation (3), Unit Citation (6), Gill Robb Wilson Award (#2423),
A. Scott Crossfield Master Aerospace Award, Brig Gen Chuck Yeager Award, Command Service Ribbon, Red
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Service Ribbon with 3 Bronze Clasps, Encampment Ribbon with 4 Bronze Clasps and Senior Recruiter Ribbon
with 2 Silver Clasps.

CIVIL AIR PATROL—FLORIDA WING

JANUARY-DECEMBER 2014

Mission Areas - Aerospace
The following list of items contains a description of AE activities conducted in whole or in part by Florida Wing
during 2014. Please let me know if you would like elaboration or clarification of any of the items listed.


AF Space and Missile Museum Volunteer Program—Wing members perform volunteer duties at the
museum, interacting with thousands of members of the general public while representing the Air
Force and CAP.



Spaceflight Orientation Course—Wing AEOs had the opportunity to receive an overview of the space
program while attending seminars and tours at NASA and Air Force facilities.



NCSA—Wing supports a premier week-long NCSA (AF Space Command Familiarization Course) by
providing transportation, personnel augmentation, and integral planning & execution support for the
event.



National AEO School—Florida has been the location of choice for the school for at least the past ten
years (NAS Pensacola). Support is provided by local units and Wing staff.



Wing Conference—Two AE sessions conducted by Wing staff.



Advanced Rocketry Program—Florida Wing contributed to the authorship and implementation of this
national program.

 STEM Kit Program—Florida Wing contributed to the organization of the rocketry portion of CAP’s
STEM Kit program.


Yeager Awards—I do not have access to the actual numbers, but numerous members of Florida Wing
earned Yeager Awards in 2014. This award is also now required for members to complete Level III of
the Professional Development program.

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Mission Areas - Cadet Programs
Change in Cadet Programs Leadership: In April of 2014, Lt Col Justin McElvaney stepped down as
the Director of Cadet Programs and Lt Col Pedro Santiago was appointed as the Director of Cadet
Programs for Florida Wing.
2013-2014 Winter Encampment: This year’s Winter Encampment had to be cancelled due to
unforeseen scheduling conflicts at Tyndall AFB.
Special Activities Selection Board: In mid-January cadets from across the wing converged on Patrick AFB
to participate in the annual Special Activities Selection Board. Cadets in attendance take written exams, drill
exams, fitness test, and interview before a panel for their respective phases’ cadet of the year award. All cadets
who participated received a “green-light” status for NCSA rankings.
Cadet of the Year - Phase IV: C/Lt Col Bianca I. Hardtke, Orlando Cadet Squadron (SER-FL-242)
Cadet of the Year - Phase III: C/1st Lt Jonathan J. Levin, Coral Springs Cadet Squadron (SER-FL-016)
Cadet of the Year - Phase II: C/MSgt Alyssa Y. Santos, Pines-Miramar Composite Squadron (SER-FL-286)
Cadet of the Year - Phase I: C/A1C Miguel D. Bermeo, St. Augustine Composite Squadron (SER-FL-173)
Cadet Conference: The Florida Wing Cadet Advisory Council hosted the Cadet Conference concurrent
with the annual wing conference in Orlando, Florida. The cadet conference provided 16 seminars for cadets to
attend and varied from open floor discussions with the CAC to Myths and Legends Debunked. The
opportunity for cadets to network and meet others from around the wing was embraced by all the event was
successful.
International Air Cadet Exchange: Florida Wing participated in the IACE program by hosting cadets
from around the world.
Summer Encampment: The Summer Encampment was held at Camp Blanding, outside Starke, FL. Over
300 CAP personnel were on site for the basic contingent and advanced training squadron. The event
conducted standard cadet encampment training and showcased Army and Air Force National Guard
equipment, careers, and capabilities.
Florida Leadership Academy: The revamped Florida Leadership Academy was held in Orlando in
October with the first of the four courses that will eventually make up the complete academy. All instruction
at FLA is provided by Phase IV cadets or experienced, master rated, senior cadet programs officers. The
cadets participating learned both unit level and wing encampment fundamentals and reinforced key objectives
from the Learn to Lead textbook series.

Quality Cadet Unit Awards:
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL

011
024
044
049
051
054
078

SER-FL-011
SER-FL-024
SER-FL-044
SER-FL-049
SER-FL-051
SER-FL-054
SER-FL-078

COOPER CITY COMPOSITE SQUADRON
STUART COMPOSITE SQDN
SRQ COMPOSITE SQDN
ORMOND BEACH COMPOSITE SQUADRON
CHARLOTTE COUNTY COMPOSITE SQDN
LANTANA CADET SQUADRON
TREASURE COAST COMPOSITE SQDN

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FL
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL
FL

089
116
123
173
243
259
355
361
383
423
425
432
438
458
811

SER-FL-089
SER-FL-116
SER-FL-123
SER-FL-173
SER-FL-243
SER-FL-259
SER-FL-355
SER-FL-361
SER-FL-383
SER-FL-423
SER-FL-425
SER-FL-432
SER-FL-438
SER-FL-458
SER-FL-811

89TH MACDILL AVIATION CADET SQUADRON
SEMINOLE COMPOSITE SQUADRON
SOUTH BREVARD CADET SQDN
SAINT AUGUSTINE COMPOSITE SQUADRON
NORTH TAMPA-LUTZ CADET SQDN
CENTRAL FLORIDA COMPOSITE SQUADRON
TAMIAMI COMPOSITE SQDN
MARION COUNTY COMPOSITE SQDN
JACKSONVILLE COMPOSITE SQDN
EGLIN COMPOSITE SQDN
PENSACOLA COMPOSITE SQDN
TALLAHASSEE COMPOSITE SQDN
PALM HARBOR CADET SQDN
WESLEY CHAPEL CADET SQUADRON
CRYSTAL LAKE MS CADET SQDN

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Mission Areas - Operations
The wing was assigned 26 aircraft and 2 gliders.
The following is a list of activities that FLWG did during 2014.
AFRCC Basic Inland SAR Course - Orlando
AP Training School – Lakeland, Opa Locka, Tampa, Ormand Beach, Jacksonville
Archer Survey for Dept of Environmental Protection
Ardent Sentry
Fire Patrols 365 days for Eglin AFB
Homeland Security Missions
IACE sponsoring and O-flites
Sponsored Inland SAR course by National SAR School - Lakeland
Low level survey at Hurlburt Field National Check
Pilot School - Lakeland Operation Radar
Proficiency Flying for MP's
SER Ops Conference - Tyndall AFB
Sun N Fun Lakeland
Teacher Orientation Flights
Wing Level Exercise for CAP/USAF
Florida Wing conducted the following wing level training missions last year.
September 2014 - Florida Wing Check Pilot School
April 2014- America's Shield - support to NORTHCOM
May 2014- State of Florida Hurricane Exercise
June 2014 - RECON Training
Over 2013, the wing conducted the following support missions:
Support to AFRCC
Support to Homeland Security
Support to USAF units
Support to Disaster Relief
AF Training Support

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Annual Wing Conference
FLORIDA WING RECIPIENTS FOR ANNUAL AWARDS - 2014
Maj Gen Holm Aerospace Education Officer of the Year ................................................................ Lt Col John Hunter
Frank G. Brewer Sr. CAP Memorial Aerospace Education Award
Category II - Senior Member .....................................................................................................................Maj Gary Dahlke
Cadet Category I……………………………………………………………………….....C/2Lt Hannah Harbridge
Lifetime

Achievement……………………………………………………………………….Lt

Col

Howard

Collins
John V. (Jack) Sorenson Cadet Program Officer of the Year........................................................... Capt Diane Adams
Character Development Instructor of the Year ................................................................................... Maj Arthur
Blanchet Finance Officer of the Year...................................................................................................................Maj Sharon
Borner Safety Officer of the Year....................................................................................................................... Lt Col
Ramon Nunez Senior Member of the Year .............................................................................................................. Lt Col
Jay English
Cadet of the Year………………………………………………………………………….C/Lt Col Hunter Ward
Squadron Chaplain of the Year ...........................................................................................................Maj Joseph Roberts
Senior Chaplain of the Year ...................................................................................................................... Lt Col Linda
Pugsley Col Edwin Lewis Incident Staff Member of the Year ...................................................................Maj Ignacio
Quintana Personnel Officer of the Year

................................................................................................................Maj

Jennifer Richards Administration Officer of the Year ............................................................................................... Lt
Col

William

Rogerson

Property

Manager

of

the

Year............................................................................................................... Maj Marie Berninger Col Robert (Bud) Payton
National Public Affairs Officer of the Year ....................................... Capt Tyler Lahnen Henri Casenove
Communications Officer of the Year .............................................................. Lt Col Paul Blystone Inspector General
of the Year .............................................................................................................Maj Cynthia Dohm Logistics Officer of
the Year ...................................................................................................................Capt Edward Demers Orientation Flight
Pilot of the Year .................................................................................................1Lt John Franco Composite Squadron of
the Year .....................................................................................Stuart Composite Squadron Senior Squadron of the
Year ......................................................................................Emerald Coast Senior Squadron Cadet Squadron of the
Year [Sq of Merit] ........................................................................Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron Squadron of Merit
................................................................................................................Stuart Composite Squadron Group of the Year
.......................................................................................................................... Group 2 - FL 025
50 Year Service Award ............................................................................................................. Lt Col Richard Russel
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50 Year Service Award………………………………………………………………Lt Col Bruce McConnell
50 Year Service Award………………………………………………………………Lt Col Richard Neiss
50 Year Service Award………………………………………………………………Lt Col James Porter
50 Year Service Award………………………………………………………………Lt Col David Fuller
Ted Yeazel New Senior Member of the Year .....................................................................2Lt Christopher Krier

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Col Lester Hopper Historian of the Year……………………………………Col Joseph Martin
Circle of Excellence
Capt Arthur Saluk
Capt Gary Stephens

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Tallahassee Composite Squadron Brings
Home the Gold from Cadet Competition
POSTED: Wednesday, February 5,
2014

by 1st Lt Curtis Hooks, Tallahassee Composite Sq., Florida Wing

Patrick Air Force Base, Florida February 1, 2014
On February first and second 2014 the Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol
held its annual Cadet Competition and Special Activities Selection Board.
Tallahassee Composite Squadron had seven cadets in attendance at this
activity. Cadets attending were C/MSgt Justin Torres, C/TSgt Preston
Hooks, C/A1c Liam Goff, C/A1c Trevor Bryant, C/SrA Max Kelley,
C/MSgt Daniel Kovacs and C/MSgt Thomas Kovacs.
C/MSgt. Daniel Kovacs took high honors; he scored highest on the written
test, with a score of 42 out of 50, of all phase 2 cadets. Cadet Kovacs also
placed fourth in the top 10 cadets in the state of all phases.
The Cadet Color Guard consisting of C/MSgt. Thomas Kovacs as Senior
rifle, C/SrA Max Kelley as Junior flag, C/A1c Trevor Bryant as Junior rifle
and C/MSgt Daniel Kovacs commanding, placed first in Outdoor Practical
drill, Indoor Practical drill, and the written test.

EGLIN CAP MEMBERS LEARN ABOUT AIR FORCE WEATHER
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FORECASTING MISSION
POSTED: Wednesday, February 5,
2014

by 1st Lt Michael WrightReynolds, Eglin Composite Sq., Florida Wing
Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1
EGLIN AFB, FL – FEBRUARY 2014 – Cadet Eagles and Senior Members of
Eglin Composite Squadron FL423 conduct training and assessments to recognize
the required Civil Air Patrol Annual Squadron Safety Day. The squadron
commander Major Pam Becker kicked off the safety training session with
reminding all the cadets and senior members present that ‘safety’ begins with
each individual. Compliance is not an option and all personnel should be
looking out at all times for unsafe practices. Squadron cadets then toured the
96th Weather Flight located in Base Operations. Air Force Staff Sergeant
Michael Theos and Senior Airman Andrew Kirk conducted the weather
operations briefing. The team explained how weather forecasts and mission
execution forecasts were vital in air operations, pilots, aircrews, and ground
crews conducting their missions for the United States Air Force and all Eglin
AFB units. The weather forecasts are utilized for a myriad of missions
conducted at Eglin AFB from dropping bomb ordinance to support of the ranges
which include the Eglin water range, land range and support ranges that are used
for parachute jumpers like the Rangers. Of special interest was to learn that the
weather forecasts and weather condition play such an important role in the new
F-35 training and test missions. Cadets also conducted a safety assessment of
the squadron facility to include electrical, chemical, and possible safety hazards
in and around the building. A part of the team conducted a safety inspection of
the squadron airplane for compliance of required gear and documents need onboard the aircraft.

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JANUARY-DECEMBER 20

Student Leadership Academy Cadet
Receives Air Force Association Award
POSTED: Wednesday, February 5,
2014

by Maj Jeff Carlson, Student Leadership Acad. Cadet Sqdn, Florida

VENICE, Fla., - Anastasia Osborne, 14 years old, of North Port, FL was
awarded the Air Force Association medal for cadet of the year.
Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding leadership in
Civil Air Patrol as well as academic excellence.
Osborne received her silver medal with sky blue ribbon and a certificate
on January 15 at Student Leadership Academy middle school, where she
is Cadet Commander of the school’s Civil Air Patrol squadron. The
award was presented by the Sarasota/Manatee Air Force Association’s
President, Mike Richardson.
Osborne humbly accepted the award stating that her favorite part of the
Civil Air Patrol is being able to be a mentor to the younger cadets. “I
enjoy being able to teach something to other cadets and watch them use
and benefit from the learning experience.”
“She’s a great leader for cadets", said Capt. Madeline Kirsten, FL804
Unit Commander, “She helps the other cadets study for tests, offering the
tutoring anytime they ask.”
Osborne also enjoys being a student pilot. Anastasia has been on two
orientation flights with Civil Air Patrol pilots and is looking forward to her
third flight.
“Having the CAP program at this academy is a great opportunity for the
students,” said Kirsten, “the program teaches them what leadership is
about. The cadets also bring a great deal to the school through
representation in the community. This is a unique opportunity that is not
available in many middle schools.”

Florida Wing Enters into Third Day of
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Search for Missing Aircraft.
POSTED: Tuesday, February 11,
2014

by Florida Wing Public Affairs
STUART, Fla. – After nearly four days of searching, the Florida Wing of the Civil Air
Patrol has continued a vigilant search for missing pilot Andrei Postelnicu and his plane.
On Tuesday, CAP aircrews performed an intensive search of a section of the Atlantic
Ocean offshore of Nettles Island, Florida.
Analysis of wind and tidal patterns since Friday have helped to determine the search
areas deemed mostly likely to find both the pilot and the aircraft.
On Wednesday, aircrews will continue to search more targeted areas in the hopes that
Postelnicu and his plane can be located. However, adverse weather may impact the
effectiveness of the search.
“The ideal conditions for a search of this type are overhead sun and calm seas,” said Lt.
Col. George Schaefer, Civil Air Patrol Incident Commander. “It appears, however, that
the weather may not cooperate tomorrow.”
The aircraft departed Florida Keys Marathon Airport on Friday evening, bound for Vero
Beach Municipal Airport. After the aircraft was reported overdue, the U.S. Air Force
Rescue Coordination Center notified Civil Air Patrol to begin a search.
A Personal Locator Beacon that had activated near the search area on Monday ceased
transmitting on Tuesday. It is not known if Mr. Postelnicu carried such a device, and it is
being treated as an unrelated incident. No signal has yet been received from the
Emergency Locator Transmitter, a similar, aircraft-mounted emergency beacon, that
was known to be installed in the aircraft.
Postelnicu, a resident of the United Kingdom, rented the plane, a Piper PA-28 Cherokee
single engine aircraft, from a local company and was returning to Vero Beach after a trip
to the Florida Keys.

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Search for Missing Aircraft Continues
POSTED: Tuesday, February 11,
2014

by Florida Wing Public Affairs
STUART, Fla. – Three days after Andrei Postelnicu and the single-engine aircraft he
was piloting disappeared off of Florida’s Atlantic coast, the Civil Air Patrol’s Florida Wing
continues to search for him.
Air and ground crews of the Florida Wing of Civil Air Patrol, in conjunction with the U.S.
Coast Guard and the Martin County and St. Lucie County sheriff’s offices, searched
over 30 miles of coastline on Monday, from North Hutchinson Island to Hobe Sound.
Air searches on Monday were focused on the possibility that the aircraft crashed in the
Atlantic Ocean or was ditched offshore. A fisherman discovered a small piece of debris
near Nettles Island that appeared to have come from the aircraft. It has been turned
over to the National Transportation Safety Board for analysis.
“We are continuing our search and are hopeful that we will locate both Mr. Postelnicu
and his aircraft as soon as possible.” said Lt. Col. George Shaefer, Civil Air Patrol
Incident Commander. “Our personnel train constantly for searches of this nature and
are giving their all to try to locate him.” Florida Wing plans to continue search operations
on Tuesday.
The aircraft departed Florida Keys Marathon Airport on Friday evening, bound for Vero
Beach Municipal Airport. After the aircraft was reported overdue, the U.S. Air Force
Rescue Coordination Center notified Civil Air Patrol to begin a search.
On Monday, satellites detected an emergency signal from a Personal Locator Beacon
near the search area, and the AFRCC directed Civil Air Patrol to locate it. However, the
search aircraft was unable to detect the signal. It is not known if Mr. Postelnicu carried
such a device. No signal has yet been received from the Emergency Locator
Transmitter, a similar, aircraft-mounted emergency beacon, that was known to be
installed in the aircraft.
Postelnicu, a resident of the United Kingdom, rented the plane, a Piper PA-28 Cherokee
single engine aircraft, from a local company and was returning to Vero Beach after a trip
to the Florida Keys.

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JANUARY-DECEMBER 20

EGLIN CAP CYBER PATRIOT CADETS
COMPETE AT STATE COMPETITION
POSTED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

by 1st Lt Michael Wright Reynolds, Eglin Composite Sq., Florida Wing

EGLIN AFB, FL – MARCH 2014 – The cadets were excited to begin and quickly took
on the challenge of utilizing their learned skills of protecting their computer systems.
This was the first year in competition at this level for the Elgin Composite Squadron
cadets and it seemed the knowledge gained will only enhance the growth of the team
and chances for future success.
The cadets spent Friday evening setting up for the cyber challenge. Eglin Composite
Squadron senior members and members of the Air Force Association Eglin Chapter
#365 were present for the event, including the current AFA President and various board
members. The Eglin AFA chapter donated pizza for the cadets. Mr. Eddie McAllister
commented he was “proud of the relationship between the local chapter and tomorrow’s
future in the Civil Air Patrol”.
After dinner, the cadets were hard at work on 3 images. The 3 images consisted of the
Ubuntu, Windows 2008, and Windows 8. They were looking for embedded code, a
common hacking technique. The Cadets took turns working on all of the images,
reviewing the others work trying to see if anything was missed. One Cadet manned the
reference computer station to look up needed information to protect against what was
an attack in the cyber world. The others would enter their code to protect the respective
systems.
The computer would play a musical tune when the cadets successfully protected the
programs against an attack. With each musical tune, the excitement built. All the teams
in the Cyber Patriot program are graded and receive scores based on the number of
successful protections against attacks. At the end of evening, which lasted into the late
night hours, cadets had successfully protected the respective systems in the Florida
state competition. Several area schools participated and this was a great
accomplishment for the Eglin Civil Air Patrol Cadets.
The Eglin Composite Squadron is located on Eglin AFB, FL and serves Santa Rosa,
Okaloosa and Walton Counties. The squadron has 97 current members of which 38 are
cadets and 59 senior member volunteers. The squadron is involved in the community
not only for its Cadet Programs, but members fly fire patrols over the 728 square miles
for Jackson Guard. The squadron is also trained and equipped for air and search
rescues and participates with the local disaster relief agencies to include the Okaloosa
County Sheriff’s Department.

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CAP Assists at MacDill Airfest 2014 Air
Show
POSTED: Sunday, April 13, 2014

by Florida Wing Group 3 Public Affairs
Tampa, Florida - During the weekend of March 21-23, the skies of Tampa Bay shook
with the sound of the most prestigious aircraft of our nation's armed forces. Tampa Bay
Airfest, the current name chosen to forge closer ties with the community, canceled last
year due to sequestration, returned to MacDill AFB for 2014. Nineteen separate
performances, both individuals and teams, were on the program with several air
demonstration teams flying vintage T-6 Texans, aerobatic pilots performing maneuvers
pushing aircraft to the limit, the US Special Operations parajumpers, 6th Air Mobility
Wing flyovers, and the USAF Thunderbirds. During the three day event, nearly 140 CAP
cadets and seniors, from 24 squadrons in the Florida Wing, attended Airfest to assist
the US Air force. Civil Air Patrol worked along with active-duty US Air Force personnel
to ensure the airshow was a success.
Civil Air Patrol cadets had many duties. They assisted Air Force personnel in
providing information to the public about the displayed aircraft, staffed the CAP
recruiting booth, and had the opportunity to tour aircraft during breaks. Cadets camped
at MacDill throughout the event, and during off hours when not working at the flightline,
cadets participated in team activities like tug of wars, crossing an obstacle course, and
performed CAP oriented skits for their peers and adult staff.
Many of the cadets toured a B-52 Stratofortress, a C-17 Globemaster, a C-5
Galaxy, and numerous other aircraft. The cadets also had a chance to talk with Air
Force personnel and learn about their duties and the military.
“[Airfest 2014 was] outstanding,” said Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Elena Lee,the
Cadet Commander for Airfest. “The cadets who attended not only learned much about
aviation from guarding the aircraft, but also discovered how the Air Force works when
they’re not in the air.” MacDill Airfest 2014 was a great success and all cadets had an
experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Clear skies prevailed throughout the weekend allowing for flawless flying from
the many aero performers and USAF Thunderbirdsto entertain the nearly 120,000
spectators that were in attendance. MacDill Airfest occurs on an 18 month schedule.
For videos and photos from MacDill Airfest 2014, go to :
Macdill Airfest PA staff: Capt Ernest Lee, C/ 1stLt Viviana Angelini, C/2dLt Jennifer
Griffin, C/2dLt Hanna Harbridge, C/2dLt Maxwell Frost, C/CMSgt Ryan Mock.

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Who is Florida Wing’s new
commander Col Irizarry?
POSTED: Sunday, September 21,
2014

by Lt Col Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing
Dateline: September, 13, 2014, South Lakeland Composite Squadron, FL
466: Group 3 Wing CC Town Hall Meeting and Group 3 Commander’s
Call
By: Joyce Nader, Lt Col, PAO, PIO (T), Legal Officer
Vision, Passion, Respect, Goals, Morale, Transparency, Accountability,
Motivated, Ebullient, Pragmatic, Direct, Friendly, Candid, Responsive,
Prepared, Communicative, Warm...all words that describe Florida Wing’s young
and dynamic commander Col Henry Irizarry.
Col Irizarry spoke to a packed audience of over 50 seniors and cadets from
around Group 3 for almost 2 hours to share his vision about Florida Wing’s
future, to take questions and engage the participants, and to address their issues
and concerns.
The Group 3 Town Hall meeting and Commander’s Call was hosted by the
Commander for FL 466, South Lakeland Composite Squadron, 1st Lt Brett
Kibbey, as planned, organized and supported by Maj Jennifer Richards, FL 466
Personnel, Professional Development, and Finance Officer, and Maj Jim Peto,
Group 3 Deputy Commander.
Hot coffee, juices, fresh fruit, and pastries greeted the participants, arriving early
from around Group 3, which encompasses a large geographical territory on
Florida Wing’s west coast.
Col Irizarry, when asked why he is conducting these town hall meetings with all
the groups in the Florida Wing in his first 6 months of tenure as Wing
Commander, he stressed that “it is important to open the lines of
communication…to hear the concerns…to connect…and to make every effort to
fix the problems. I have been asked tough questions…and I am trying to find
answers…to have an open door policy.”
He stated that being responsive in a timely manner was one of the biggest
concerns raised around the Wing. He has made it his policy to respond in 48
hours or less…and to contact the Wing’s Legal and Finance officer, if needed on
an issue, in less than 24 hours. Quick indeed. He maintains a computerized
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calendar and tickler file to aide him in accomplishing this goal.
Col Irizarry also stressed that he wants seniors and cadets to feel confident in his
decision-making, that it is supported by evidence and facts, and is not ad hoc or
based on whim or favoritism.
Group 3 Deputy Commander Maj Peto opened the Town Hall, followed by the
FL 466 Color Guard, and the Invocation presented by Chaplain Robert Atchley.
Maj Lampasona, Group 3 Commander, made some brief remarks, and then
introduced Col Irizarry.
Setting the tone for the day, Col Irizarry opened with his “mandated” statement
on Respect, one of the guiding principles he has instituted around the Wing.
He briefly presented his own biography, so the audience would understand his
background, and how it helped him shape his vision for Florida Wing’s future.
He was a former cadet, starting in 1985, having achieved one of the highest
honors for cadets, the Eaker award. Col Irizarry also spent 21 years active duty
in the military, serving as a unit commander during his military tenure.
His philosophy on leadership is simple…”get out, meet people, let people know
what you think, get feedback, act.” He emphatically stated, “how can I fix
things, unless I know what is wrong.” He went on to state that, along with the 3
Civil Air Patrol missions, he wants to reinvigorate the areas of Professional
Development and the all important mission of Safety.
Issues that he touched on that he would like to accomplish during his tenure
include reimbursement for travel associated with SUIs; establishing Florida
Wing’s own NESA, with the first Emergency Services Academy set for
December 2014 at Avon Park, focusing on ground teams, which will be followed
by a mission base and aircrew Emergency Services Academy in June 2015.
Safety workshops will be conducted around the Wing by the Wing Safety
Officer. There will also be regularly scheduled Professional Development
courses, with one having just been held over Labor Day weekend at Patrick Air
Force base in Cocoa Beach.
Col Irizarry stressed that any activity or event should be meaningful to the
members, and have a relevant purpose. Accordingly, he mentioned that the
Professional Development Capstone courses are being tweaked to better serve
the members. He also outlined his vision for needed training being offered in
connection with the upcoming Florida Wing conference scheduled for May
2015, including pre-conference courses such as ICS 300 and 400, the SAR
course, and other often requested courses involving in depth training and skill
proficiency.

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He also relayed that the Wing website is undergoing some much needed updates
to make it more user friendly. He talked at length about Wing funding and
finances, and discussed funding for certain aircrew proficiencies.
Col Irizarry urged that “undocumented requirements and policies hurt the
membership. People need to know what is expected…they can’t guess…so if it
is a policy, it needs to be in writing. We can’t make it up as we go.”
Taking care of our resources was another theme urged by the Wing Commander,
as “these are not readily replaceable: radios, vans, computer, aircraft. And if you
don’t use it, you lose it!” He went on to discuss the policy of assessing members
or units for damaged or lost equipment and the appeals process.
Col Irizarry emphasized, “We are one team! Let’s break down the barriers and
work together.”
In closing, before taking questions, he wanted the members to know that “morale
is very important to me. The morale of the unit is a direct reflection on the
commander. And I want to boost the morale of the CAP corps of the Wing.”
An extensive question and answer session followed, covering a myriad of topics
by the senior and cadet participants in the room.
Col Irizarry, a passionate, fair-minded leader with a comprehensive vision for
Florida Wing’s future, a bright future under his able leadership.

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Florida Wing best in Nation in
Aerospace Education, Puerto Rico
wins Brewer Award
POSTED: Saturday, September 13,
2014

by Maj Jonathan W. Lartigue, Southeast Region Public Affairs

Teneessee, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Alabama wings top the Region in
other mission areas
Maxwell AFB, Ala. - The Florida Wing was named the best in the nation
in fulfilling the Aerospace Education mission of Civil Air Patrol at the
National Conference August 16 in Las Vegas. Additionally, the Puerto
Rico Wing and InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico received the
Frank G. Brewer award in the Individual/Organization category.
Each year Civil Air Patrol recognizes its outstanding Wings in five mission areas
including search & rescue, disaster relief, counterdrug and homeland security,
aerospace education, and cadet programs.
Florida Wing was named best in the region and No. 1 overall in the nation in promoting
Civil Air Patrol's internal and external aerospace education missions.

Southeast Region Cadet Robert Hunter
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Ward Named CAP's 2014 National
Cadet of the Year
POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014
by Maj Jonathan W. Lartigue, Southeast Region Public Affairs
Now CAP's Top Cadet, Tyndall-Panama Composite Squadron's
Robert Hunter Ward Aims for U.S. Air Force Academy

Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Southeast Region c/Col. Robert Hunter Ward, of the TyndallPanama Composite Squadron, was named Civil Air Patrol's 2014 Cadet of the Year on
August 16 at the National Conference in Las Vegas.

The son of USAF chaplain Lt. Col. Robert Ward, of the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall
AFB, Florida, cadet Ward has been a rising star since joining CAP in 2010. He was
recognized in 2011 by the Air Force Sergeants Association as NCO of the Year and by
the Southeast Region as Phase II Cadet of the Year. In 2012 he was selected as the
Outstanding Squadron Cadet of the Year by the Air Force Association.

"Cadet Ward has shown great maturity for someone his age, as he maintains strict
discipline in both himself and those who serve under him," said Capt. Charles Walker of
the Tyndall-Panama Composite Squadron. "He is a shining example of what Civil Air
Patrol wants out of a cadet, and will one day be a fine officer for the United States
Armed Forces."

The Cadet of the Year award was established in cooperation with the Air Force
Association to recognize the most outstanding cadet among CAP's more than 24,000
cadet members. To be eligible, a cadet must have earned the Amelia Earhart Award,
demonstrate outstanding leadership in CAP, and show academic excellence in school.
The recipient is selected from cadets within each wing, and those recipients then are
reviewed at the region level. Finally, the Cadet of the Year is selected from among the
winning cadets from each region.

Cadet Ward's service to CAP includes service on multiple cadet advisory councils, the
CAC Cadet Protection Policy Revision Committee, and attendance and leadership at
the past four Southeast Region conferences.

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"Cadet Col. Ward has consistently held himself to a high standard of excellence, as well
as being a well-rounded whole-person", said Brig. Gen. Gerald Hahn, USAF, Ret., who
describes himself as a mentor of Ward. "During my 30-plus years of military service, I
was honored to supervise, lead, and mentor many young officers. None had higher
potential or more gifts for positive, example-setting leadership."

Ward is a graduate of the 2013 Cadet Officer School, a National Cadet Special Activity
held annually at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Academically, Ward holds a 4.62
weighted GPA, is ranked in the top 2.5% of his class, and has been named to the honor
roll for 14 consecutive quarters.

Cadet Ward is active in emergency services, with qualification in many specialties,
including as a mission radio operator, a flight line marshaller, and as an urban direction
finding and ground team member. Outside of CAP, Ward serves his community through
his AFJROTC unit, by volunteering regularly at Ironman Triathlon events and by working
through his church with multiple charitable organizations.

The Cadet of the Year receives a one-year membership in the AFA and a
commemorative plaque. Cadet Ward applied to all five U.S. service academies, plus
the Virginia Military Institute and The Citadel. Although accepted at multiple academies,
Cadet Ward is currently a freshman at the U.S. Air Force Academy and intends to
pursue a career as an Air Force officer in mission or force support or civil engineering.

First Ever FL ES Academy (FLESA)
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POSTED: Monday, January 26,
2015

by Florida Wing Public Affairs

Avon Park Air Force Range, FL -By Willard Garman, Lt. Col., CAP
First Ever FL ES Academy (FLESA)
Florida Wing held its first ever Emergency Services Academy at the Air Force
Range in Avon Park Florida, on 26-30 December 2014.
The academy was conducted by a staff of 8 officers. Academy Director, Lt. Col.
Willard Garman, Lead Instructor, Major Tom Baldwin, Instructors, Major Mike
Schumacher and 1st Lt. Joe St Cyr. Academy Staff members Lt. Col. John Clark,
Major Bill Hansen, Major Jaime Lichi and 2d Lt. Peter Reehling.
The academy was well attended by 21 students representing every Group in
Florida Wing. Training schedule included Ground Team Member 3 (GTM3) and
Ground Team Leader (GTL) qualifications.
GTL Trainees were Capt. Robert Brehm, 1st Lt. David Collins and 1st Lt. Brett
Kibbey, C/Maj Kati Lichi and C/Maj Ben Vol.
GTM3 Trainees were Capt. Jonathan Abraham, 1st Lt. Steven Viesselmann, SM
Susan Barnett, SM Stephen Greuner, C/Maj Diego Alva, C/2d Lt. Ryan Conlin,
C/2d Lt. Austen King, C/2d Lt. Roberto Rodriguez, C/MSgt Braden Balsley,
C/MSgt Axel Paulsen, C/TSgt Sydney Jung, C/SSgt Justin Dal Colletto, C/SSgt
Jeremy Jennings, C/SSgt Joseph Nelson, C/SSgt Nicholas Rodriguez and C/SSgt
Brandon Viesselmann,
After five days of training, the Wing Commander, Col Henry Irizarry, presented
Graduation certificates and the Academy’s Orange Baseball Hat to all attendees.

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