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HISTORY OF
ALABAMA WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015

HISTORY
of
ALABAMA WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

Prepared by
Lt Col David K. Hartin, CAP
Wing Historian

Reviewed by

Col J. Brett Lewis, CAP
Alabama Wing Commander

Alabama Wing Headquarters
Maxwell Air Force Base
Alabama

TABLE OF CONTENTS
VOLUME I – NARRATIVE
Title Page………………………..………………………….
Table of Contents…………………………………...............
Chronology ……………………….………………………..
Executive Summary………………………………………..

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CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION…………………………..
CHAPTER II – AEROSPACE EDUCATION……………...
CHAPTER III – TRAINING………………………………..
CHAPTER IV – CADET PROGRAMS…………………….
CHAPTER V - OPERATIONS……………………………

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APPENDICES
APPENDIX I – COMMANDER BIOGRAPHY……………
APPENDIX II - WING STAFF DECEMBER 2015………..
APPENDIX III- ALABAMA WING UNITS………………
APPENDIX IV- ALABAMA WING 2014 AWARDS……..
APPENDIX V- WING AWARDS BANQUET 2015………
APPENDIX VI- CADET AWARDS IN 2015……………...
APPENDIX VII- SR MBR PROF DEV AWARDS 2015..…
APPENDIX VIII- SR MBR AWARDS 2015……………….
APPENDIX IX- SR MBR AWARDS October 17, 2015 …..
APPENDIX X-GUBERNATORIAL PROCLAMATION….
APPENDIX XI-CADET SQUADRON OF MERIT 2015….
APPENDIX XII-MEDIA ARTICLE...………………………
INDEX………………………………………………………

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CHRONOLOGY
2015
JANUARY
9-11
10
17
23-25
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Wing Emergency Services School (WESS)
Commander’s Call
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting
Color Guard Classes
Southeast Region OPS Conference
SUI-Huntsville AL-055

FEBRUARY
5
Southeast Region Staff College
8
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting
20-22
WESS
28
SUI-Redstone 119
MARCH
13-15
20-22
27-29
30-31
APRIL
1-3
4
10-12
11
17-19
24-26
MAY
1-3
9
16
23
24-30
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Alabama Wing Conference-Hoover
Cadet Conference-Hoover
WESS
Tennessee Wing Change of Command
Spring Break

Spring Break
SUI Pell City AL-118
WESS
Commander’s Call
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting
Professional Development Weekend
Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX)

Cadet Professional Development Weekend
NCPSC
Cadet Color Guard Academy
Wing Staff Meeting
SUI-Baldwin AL 0133
Squadon Leadership School (SLS) Huntsville
SUI-Springville-AL-126
National Staff College
SLS & Corporate Learning Course (CLC) Bessemer
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JUNE
4
5-7
11-14
11-14
20
26-28
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28
JULY
2-3
4-10
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Wing Staff Conference Call
Southeast Region Conference
National Legal Officers College 2015
South East Region SAREX
SUI-Bessemer-AL 087
Alabama Wing Color Guard Competition
SLS Mobile
CLC Mobile

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24-26

Encampment Staff Training
2014 AL/MS Composite Summer Encampment
Commander’s Call
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting
SUI-Tuscaloosa AL 024
SAREX-Bessemer

AUGUST
7-10
14-15
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21-23
17-30
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Southeast Region SAREX Bessemer
Cadet Competition
Wing Staff Teleconference
Search and Rescue Exercise--Tuscaloosa
CAP National Conference & Command Council-Orlando
O-Rides

SEPTEMBER
12
Finance Committee Meeting
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Cadet Color Guard Academy
OCTOBER
10
Alabama Wing Commander’s Call
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting
17
Alabama Wing Change of Command-Hoover
19-20
2015 Joint Leadership Development Conference
23-25
Southeast Region Cadet Competition
NOVEMBER
13-15
CyberPatriot Round 1
14
Cadet Leadership Council Meeting-Maxwell
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting

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DECEMBER
4-6
Cyber Patriot Round 2
4-6
Iron Man Competition
Color Guard Camp
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WESS Staff Training
Wreath’s Across America
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Redstone Composite Squadron Change of Command
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Alabama Wing Staff Conference Call
27-31
Florida Wing Winter Encampment
29-31
National Cadet Competition

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Alabama Wing started 2015 with a focus on training. On the individual member side,
Squadron Leadership Schools and Corporate Learning Courses were scheduled through the
state to provide members multiple opportunities to receive training at a location near their
home. Wing level training included the highly popular WESS (Wing Emergency Services
School) that has students from outside the Wing attending. On the Wing level, training was
directed toward preparing for the Wing Graded Evaluation in August.
During the year the wing participated in six search and rescue missions with three finds and
one other state supported mission. The wing flew 710 cadet orientation flights with a total
of 2,014 hours flown.
The Alabama Wing Conference and Cadet Conference were held the weekend of March 13-15,
in Hoover. This year the Cadet Conference was held at the same location as the Wing
Conference to enable the cadets to participate in some of the Wing activities.
The Alabama Wing Honored three members of the Alabama Wing who received a
Congressional Gold Medal in December 2014 at the 2015 Wing Conference Banquet. This was
well attended by media from the Birmingham market.
March 28-29, the Tuscaloosa Squadron set up a Civil Air Patrol display at the 2015 Tuscaloosa
Regional Air Show held at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. They were joined by members
from three other Squadrons in Central Alabama. This provided an opportunity for the cadets to
demonstrate their Aerospace Education project hovercraft and to assist the Blue Angle pilots in
their meeting the public after the performances.
Planning started for a series of SREX’s designed to prepare the Wing for the graded evaluation.
Members from several squadrons throughout the Wing attend planning meetings in preparation
for the first of a series of SAREX’s planned to culminate in the graded evaluation. The first
SAREX saw Operations being established in the DeKalb County Court House the weekend of
April 24-26. This provided an opportunity for the Wing to integrate operations into a County
Emergency Management Office. Flight operations were run from the airport with
communications between the locations by radio. Participants in the mission came from
multiple states and two regions. The exercise was attended by COL Melton, the Southeast
Region Commander and Col Lynn, the Alabama Wing Commander.
In 2015 the Alabama Legislature provided $75,000.00 in funding for Alabama Civil Air patrol.
The Alabama Wing providing $2,206,415.00 in volunteer hours to our communities in 2015.

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July 4-10 the Alabama-Mississippi Wing Encampment was held at Fort McClellan, Alabama.
This was the largest encampment in recent years. A highlight of the Encampment was the visit
of Brigadier General Paul Guemmer, USAF, the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and
Citizen Development Commander, to the Camp.

July 24-26, the Wing stood up operations at the Bessemer Municipal Airport for the Southeast
Region Annual Hurricane Exercise.
The Wing graded evaluation took place at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport the weekend of
August 21-23. Lt Col Pat Mitcham served as Incident Commander for the evaluation. The
event was attended by Col Melton, the Southeast Region Commander and Col Lynn, the
Alabama Wing Commander.
The Alabama Wing Receives the Paul W. Turner Safety Award at the 2015 National Conference in
Orlando, Florida in August 2015.

On October 17 Col J. Brad Lynn turned over command to Col J. Brett Lewis. The change of
command was conducted by Col Melton, the Southeast Region Commander. The change of
command was early, due to Col Lynn being selected as Vice Commander for the Southeast
Region.
The weekend of December 2-6 the annual Iron Man competition was held at the Space and
Rocket Center in Huntsville.
December 12, units in the Alabama Wing took part in Wreaths Across America. The
Bessemer Squadron received a Governor’s Proclamation dated December 1, 2015
proclaiming December 12 Wreaths Across America Day in the State of Alabama.

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CHAPTER I - INTRODUCTION
The Alabama Wing at the close of 2015 was composed of 548 officers and 305
cadets. The wing had 574 voting-age members, 149 aircrew personnel and 518 emergency
responders. At the close of the year the wing consisted of 16 squadrons located state wide.
The wing had thirteen single engine aircraft, one glider and twenty vehicles are assigned at
the close of the year. The South Baldwin County Squadron was deactivated during the
year and the Cullman Squadron was upgraded from a flight to a squadron.

Alabama Wing Headquarters
Maxwell Air Force Base
Montgomery, Alabama

Alabama Wing Units 2015
AL-001
AL-005
AL-024
AL-029
AL-032
AL-041
AL-055
AL-075
AL-087
AL-090
AL-113
AL-117
AL-118
AL-119
AL-126
AL-132
AL-133
AL-134

Alabama Wing Headquarters
Mobile Composite Squadron
Tuscaloosa Composite Squadron
Dothan Composite Squadron
Maxwell Composite Squadron
Muscle Shoals Composite Squadron
Huntsville Senior Squadron
Gadsden Composite Squadron
Bessemer Composite Squadron
117th Air National Guard Composite Squadron
Auburn Composite Squadron
Chilton County Composite Squadron
Pell City Composite Squadron
Redstone Composite Squadron
Springville Cadet Squadron
Central Alabama Senior Squadron
South Baldwin County Cadet Squadron*
Cullman Composite Squadron

*unit deactivated during 2015 and assets reassigned.
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The wing area of responsibility is approximately 330 miles long and 190 miles wide
at its most distant points. The total area of Alabama is 51,705 square miles, of which land
constitutes 50,767 square miles and inland water 938 square miles. Alabama ranks 29th in size
among the 50 states. Alabama is bordered on the North by Tennessee; on the East by Georgia;
on the South by Florida and the Gulf of Mexico; and on the West by Mississippi. The
geographical center is in Chilton County, about 12 miles Southwest of Clanton. The state is
divided into sixty-seven counties with a U.C. Census Bureau 2015 population estimate
dated July 1, 2015 of 4,8458,974 people compared to the July 1, 2014 population estimate
of 4,849,377 people.
There are five commercial-service primary airports in Alabama. These include:
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport--BHM, Dothan Regional Airport-DHN,
Huntsville International Airport-HSV, Mobile Regional Airport-MOB and Montgomery
Regional Airport-MGM. Northwest Alabama Regional Airport-MSL in Muscle Shoals is a
commercial service non-primary airport. Bessemer Airport –EKY and St Clair County
Airport-PLR are reliever airports. There are over 66 general aviation airports and twenty other
public use airports. General aviation airports include with ties to CAP include: AuburnOpelika Robert G. Pitts Airport-AUO and Tuscaloosa Regional Airport --TCL(former Van De
Graaff Field, a former Civilian Pilot Training Program Facility). Alabama has nine other
government or military airports and three notable private use airports. Notable government
airports include: Redstone Army Airfield-HUA (Redstone Arsenal), Maxwell Air Force BaseMXF, and Carnes Army Airfield-OZR (Fort Rucker). A notable private use airport is Sharpe
Field-AL73 (Tuskegee Army Airfield).
The Alabama Wing Headquarters is located on Maxwell Air Force Base,
Montgomery, Alabama. Montgomery is the capital city for the State of Alabama.
Maxwell’s history dates back to the Wright Brothers’ flying school of 1910. Today
Maxwell is home to more than 12,500 active-duty, reserve, and civilian and contractor
personnel. Air University, located on Maxwell, provides the full spectrum of Air Force
education, from pre-commissioning to the highest levels of professional military education,
including degree granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted and
civilian personnel throughout their careers. The Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters is
located in building 714 on Maxwell AFB.
Wing Intraoperative Communications includes 12 VHF/FM repeaters, 159
VHF/FM stations and 28 HF stations. This is an increase of 1 VHF/FM repeater and three
HF stations over 2014. In 2015 a new HF base station was established in Tuscaloosa
County. A member of the Tuscaloosa Squadron volunteered to take on the mission of
monitoring national traffic for the wing. This requires monitoring and checking into
multiple nets on a daily basis. This is a new mission that provides CAP with the ability to
monitor traffic nationally and respond as directed through radio communications, should
land line communications be down.

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In September 2015 the Alabama Wing received a new Cessna 172S (G1000). The
aircraft was assigned to the Tuscaloosa Squadron, replacing a Cessna 182T (G1000) that had
just received the required 2000 hour TBO (Time Between Overall) replacement engine. The
182T was reassigned to the Mobile Composite Squadron. The Tuscaloosa Squadron chose to
go back to a 172 so they would have an aircraft that cadets could fly. The squadron was
surprised to find that the new aircraft was delivered without needed accessories such as the
window for photographic missions and electronic equipment necessary to conduct electronic
search and rescue missions. The window was installed in late 2015. At the close of the year
the aircraft had not received an electronic direction finder. This makes the aircraft non
mission capable for electronic search missions. The new aircraft was also equipped with a tow
hook for glider operations.
The Alabama Wing produced a short PSA video for air on TV stations and movie
theaters. The video shows the various missions of the Civil Air Patrol. The final segment
was filmed in Tuscaloosa at the conclusion of the Wing Graded Evaluation in August. This
has been aired on WVUA-23. Maj Mike Carr, the Wing PAO developed the idea and
received funding for the project. Maj Carr was selected for Southeast Region PAO. Wing
Historian, Lt Col David Hartin, served as Wing PAO until a new PAO was selected in
October 2015. During this time Lt Col Hartin served as a member of the National PAO
Working Group that prepared a PAO guide for the CAP 75th Anniversary.
During the year Professional Development Courses, consisting of Squadron
Leadership School and Corporate Learning were held at locations throughout the state. This
provided Officers who needed these courses for advancement several opportunities to attend a
resident course.
The Alabama Wing provided cadets with the opportunity to apply for scholarships.
Two $1,500 scholarships were awarded. Flight scholarships, which assist cadets as they earn a
private pilot’s license, were also available.
The wing also provided funds to purchase computers for squadrons participating in
CyberPatriot. More powerful computers were needed for CyberPatriot than those normally
used in the wing.
Windy Hamilton, Wing Administrator, was selected for a promotion to a position at
national headquarters. She started work at national headquarters just after the Wing Change
of Command in October. During the time the wing was without an administrator, she was
able to continue providing administrative support.

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One of the most significant changes visible to the public was the move of the Wing
Headquarters from the historic building located at 810 Willow Street, Maxwell, Air Force
Base, Alabama. In April 2015 the Wing Staff started the process of clearing out files and
other assets from the old headquarters building.
A plaque inlayed in the tile floor in the central hallway of the building contained the
CAP Seal with the inscription around it “Alabama Wing 1995”. The headquarters building
was one of several sites on Maxwell that was used to train the “Tuskegee Airmen” during
World War II. The building was in need of a number of repairs and when the heating and
cooling system became unserviceable in 2014, the wing administrator’s office was
temporarily relocated to a vacant office in 111 South Kuter Street, Building 711.
Over the months after her office move, the wing worked with post to identify a
building to house the wing staff. After the April Wing Staff meeting, staff members went to
the old headquarters building to start the process of packing up offices in preparation for the
move. For two days prior to the meeting the Wing Historian surveyed the building and
inventoried items that needed to be preserved for historical purposes. The staff was briefed on
items that must be preserved. When in doubt, members checked with the Historian, Chief of
Staff and Director of Logistics on the status of items in question.
Office furniture and other material that the wing did not need was made available to
the squadrons. The staff continued to work on packing and cleaning thru the summer. The
wing was assigned the ground floor of Building 711 and the first wing staff meeting was held
in the new location in November 2015. This location included the office that the wing
administrator had been using since late 2014.

The picture above left shows a seal that was in the hallway of the old building. It was located near the wing staff
directory and the photo display of previous wing commanders. The picture above right was taken in the Deputy
Wing Commanders office. Windy Hamilton, Wing Administrator, and Col Bass, Deputy Commander South are
participating in the last working meeting to take place in the old wing headquarters building.

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Above L-R Maj Coghlin and Maj Kilgore moving
items from offices to storage area in building.

The Wing Change of Command and the 2016 Wing Conference were scheduled to take place in
Tuscaloosa the weekend of April 1-3, 2016. Col Lynn was a member of the Tuscaloosa Squadron as a
cadet. Col Lynn’s selection as Vice Commander of the Southeast Region, resulted in an early vacancy
in command for the Alabama Wing. A command selection board was scheduled and the Change of
Command was conducted shortly after the results were released. The command selection board

selected Lt Col J. Brett Lewis for command of the Alabama Wing. The formal change of
command ceremony took place at the Embassy Suites in Hoover, Alabama on Saturday
October 17, 2015. Col Melton, the Southeast Region Commander presented Colonel Lynn
with the Distinguished Service Award for his service as Alabama Wing Commander from 10
March 2012 to 17 October 2015. Col Melton promoted Lt Col Lewis to Colonel.

One of Col Lynn’s last official acts as Wing Commander was to sign documents presented by Windy Hamilton,
the outgoing Wing Administrator.

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Lt Col Anthony Beresford, Deputy Commander North, narrates the formal change of command flag ceremony.
Col Melton, Southeast Region Commander, stands in front of Col Lynn, outgoing wing commander. During the
ceremony Col Melton will receive the colors from Col Lynn and present them to Col Lewis, the incoming wing
commander.

Col Lewis saluting Col Melton prior to receiving the Alabama Wing colors.
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The Wing Nuts provided music after the ceremony.

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CHAPTER II – AEROSPACE EDUCATION
During 2015 the Tuscaloosa Squadron built a new hovercraft to promote aerospace education.
It was first displayed publically at the Alabama Wing 2015 Conference held in Hoover March 13-15,
2015. The hovercraft was part of a CAP Display at the 2015 Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show held March
28-29. Cadets helped staff a CAP display as well as assisting the Blue Angels team in meeting the
public. Highlights of the event were the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo
Team and the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Demo Team. Pictured below are: cadets from three CAP
Squadrons standing in front of the Civil Air Patrol display, a youth taking a ride on the Tuscaloosa
Squadron hovercraft, Blue Angels pilots meeting with cadets and cadets providing support to the Blue
Angels as they greet the public.

Cadets from three squadrons staff display

Cadets meet the Blue Angels

Cadets give rides on hovercraft # 7

Cadets support Blue Angels meet the public

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Tuscaloosa County “Be Ready” Day, held Tuesday September 15, 2015 provided another opportunity
to utilize the hovercraft. J.P. Dice of Fox 6 TV-Birmingham is pictured below taking a ride on the
hovercraft during the event held at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport.

Holding the event at the Airport provided the Tuscaloosa Squadron the opportunity to display
the Alabama Wing’s newest aircraft. The squadron had picked up the new aircraft just days
before the event. Maj Ed Barnes, the squadron commander, said the aircraft had that brand
new smell. Squadron pilots were on hand to show the public the various features of the
aircraft. The event also brought new members to the squadron.

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Pictured above C/A1C Luke Bohlinger (left photo ) and C/Amn Jamison Satterlee (right photo ) enjoying a day
out with the Rocket City RC club as part of an Aerospace Education event. (August 18, 2015)

Pictured above are two photo’s of the Auburn Composite Squadron where they provided information on CAP at
the Auburn Opelika Air Show May 16, 2015

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CHAPTER III - TRAINING
The annual Alabama/Mississippi Wing summer encampment provides a week of activities led
by cadets and supervised by trained senior members. Cadet Colonel Benjamin Shea served as the Cadet
Commander for the encampment held at Fort McClellan July 4th thru 11th. Cadet Colonel Shea was one
of four cadets in the Alabama Wing to receive the General Carl A. Spaatz Award during the last
calendar year. He was the 1958th cadet to receive this honor. On average, only two cadets in one
thousand earn the Spaatz Award. In the summer of 2015 a cadet earned the 2,000th Spaatz Award.
The summer encampment provides an opportunity for cadets to participate in activities that are
not normally available in their squadron. This year the encampment consisted of two squadrons and
five flights: Olympus squadron, Chrysus flight, Atlantis flight, Balius flight, Geronimo squadron,
Comanche flight and Powhatan flight.

Day 1-Formation Cadet Camp

Day 3 orientation flights-“The Gadsden Times”

Graduation was held in the Fort McClelland Chapel which was filled to capacity with
cadets, staff and families.
The cadet staff had a very active public affairs program. They produced a daily newsletter
“The Cadet Column”. The newspaper and a YOUTUBE Video of the highlights of the 2015
encampment are available on Facebook. A highlight of the camp was the visit on Day-4 by Brigadier
General Paul Guemmer, USAF, the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen
Development Commander.
Training Day 3 provided the cadets with an opportunity to participate in powered and glider
orientation flights and help with flight line jobs. The Gadsden Times covered the training with an
article featuring a photograph of a glider being readied for its next flight at the Northeast Alabama
Regional Airport in Gadsden, Ala on July 7th.

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The Alabama Wing Emergency Services School 2014-2015 provided an opportunity
for Cadets and Officers to train in a variety of skills. High interest courses include: Basic
Search and Rescue School and Advance Ground Search and Rescue School. Distinguished
graduates for the 2014-2015 cycle include: Basic School-Cadet Evangela Caliguire and Advance-Cadet
Joshua Driver.

Pictured above is 1st Lt. Tracy Miller who was recognized as the Outstanding Staff Member during the 2014-2015 Alabama
Wing Emergency Services School. Tracy served as the Advanced Ground Search and Rescue School Lead

Pictured above is C/SSgt Evangela Caliguire who was recognized as the Alabama Wing Emergency Services School 20142015 Basic Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) School Distinguished Graduate. The Basic GSAR School had 56 students.

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WESS 2015 Class Photo

Cadets and seniors have additional training opportunities by participating in classes
during the Wing Emergency Services School (WESS). During the winter, one
weekend a month classes are held at a training location near Montgomery.

On November 1, 2015 Maj Harvey Yarborough, Director of Emergency Services, announced the WESS
program for 2016. In addition to the traditional programs for: Ground Team member, GSAR, Air
Crew, MAS, and Wilderness First Aid-WAFA the class for 2016 includes a Mission Management
School. The school is designed to train the Squadron Emergency Services officer or Commander to; (1)
develop a quality Emergency Services training program and (2) to connect the local Squadron with
Wing and Region level Search And Rescue Exercises and Events. The new course was created as a
result of evaluating the training conducted in 2015.
The Alabama Wing received the Paul W. Turner Safety Award during the 2015 awards

presentation at CAP National Conference in Orland0, FL. The annual award is presented to the
CAP wing with the most outstanding safety program and safety record.

Lt. Col Harold Coghlan and Col Brad Lynn hold the
Paul W. Turner Safety Award.
Pictured L-R: Col William Bass, Deputy
Commander South, Lt Col Harold Coghlan, Col
J. Bradford Lynn, Commander, Maj James Kilgore,
Chief of Staff and Lt Col Anthony Beresford, Deputy
Commander North

The Alabama Wing was selected by the Southeast Region as having the most
outstanding drug demand reduction program in the region. The wing was nominated for the
2015 Drug Demand Reduction Wing of the Year Award. The wing received a letter of
congratulation from Major General, CAP Joseph R. Vazquez, dated 27 July 2015. The letter
noted that the national-level competition was particularly close this year.

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CHAPTER IV-CADET PROGRAMS
The Alabama Wing has a strong cadet program. This was recognized in 2014 when the
Alabama Wing receiving the 2014 South East Region National Cadet Program Award.
In 2015 two Alabama Squadrons earned the National Headquarters Civil Air Patrol
Quality Cadet Unit Award 2014-2015: Al 075, Gadsden Composite Squadron and AL 087
Bessemer Composite Squadron. The period of performance for the award was September 1,
2014 through August 31, 2015.
The Bessemer Composite Squadron AL 087 and the Redstone Composite Squadron,
AL-119 earned the award the previous year.
The Alabama Wing Cadet Honor Society was created in 2013 as part of a vision of the
Alabama Wing Cadet Programs Staff and the Cadet Advisory Council. The purpose of the
Honor Society is to help cadets gain academic recognition for education and scholarship
purposes. It is a great achievement to be recorded on the high school and college resumes.
Squadrons are highly encouraged to promote this in their cadet programs. No award was
presented in calendar year 2015.
With less than two weeks notice, Alabama Wing cadets and senior members of the
Maxwell Composit Squadron supported CAP National is their visit of General Herbert J.
Carlisle, Commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, VA.
General Carlisle toured CAP National Heqdquarters, accompanied by CAP National
Commander, Major General Joe Vazquez, Colonel Michael Tyynismaa,CAP-USAF
commander and Don Rowland, CAP’s chief operatig officer.
Colonel Barry Melton, Southeast Regional Commander thanked Alabama Wing
Commander Colonel J. Bradford Lynn and Maxwell Composit Squadron, Lt Col. James Harris
for giving the leasership and “legs to the event”.
The visit provided General Carlisle a change to view the quality of our cadet program
along with a variety of equipment CAP uses on missions.
The purpose of the visit to CAP National Heqdquarters came at a time of a discussion
of the merits of moving CAP-USAF from its current place under Air University to a new
organizational position under Air Combat Command.

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Alabama Wing cadets greet Gen. “Hawk”
Carlisle at CAP National Headquarters on
Thrusday June 18, 2015.

Gen. Herbert J. “Hawk” Carlise, views CAP aerospace
education material while touring CAP National
Headquarters at Maxwell AFB,Alabama.

Cadets from Maxwell Composite Squadron in front
of “Bird Dog: and the new brick garden at CAP
National Headquarters.

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Cadet Drill Competition.
Cadet drill competition provides opportunities
for teams from squadrons across the state to compete in
drill and ceremonies. Whether it is a color guard or a 16
member drill team, each squadron goal is to win an
advance to higher levels of competition at the Region or
National Levels. In May 2015 the wing hosted a Color
Guard Academy at the Bessemer Composite Squadron.

Cadet Color Guards
Cadets are given the highest honor of
responsibility through public color guard activities.
The Tuscaloosa Squadron Color Guard was on hand to
welcome more than 75 World War II and Korean War
Veterans on the return of their “Honor Flight” to
Washington, D.C. on May 7th. On Memorial Day, cadets
from the Bessemer Composite Squadron served as escorts
for the wreath ceremony at the Seventh Annual Memorial
Day Ceremony at Alabama National Cemetery in Shelby
County.

Bessemer Composite
Squadron members
present colors for the
Birmingham City
Council Meeting
November 10, 2015.

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Bessemer Composite Squadron earned second place in Indoor Practical and third place in
Outdoor Practical at the Southeast Regional Cadet Competition in November 2015. Pictured
to the left of the American Flag are: Lt Col Rhoades, Wing Chief of Staff and former
Commander of the Bessemer Composite Squadron, Col Lewis, Alabama Wing Commander
and Col Melton, Southeast Region Commander.

Alabama Wing Cadet Competition August 2015. The Bessemer Composite Squadron
team coached by 1st Lt Timothy Blake consisted of: Team Leader C/MSgt Brianna
Fuchs; Team Members: C/TSgt Zakery Cleveland, C/A1C Caleb Patton, C/AMn Daniel
Smith, C/SSgt Jermiah Langston, and C/MSgt Rachel Langston.
The Bessemer Composite Squadron received:
1st Place Overall
1st Place Written Exam
1st Place Panel Quiz
1st Place Indoor Practical
1st Place Outdoor Practical
1st Place in Ranks Inspection
1st Place impromptu Speech.
Individual Awards:
1st Place Fitness Circuit Female – C/MSgt Rachel Langston
1st Place Written Examination –C/SSgt Jeremiah Langston
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Second Annual Cadet Conference
The Second Annual Cadet Conference was held March 13-15, 2015 in Hoover. Cadets
planned, coordinated and presented the material in the conference with support of adult leaders who
have completed the appropriate training classes for working with young people. One of the highlights
of the conference was the opportunity for the cadets to be present when the Wing honored three
Alabamians who received the Congressional Gold Medal. The event received extensive cover in the
Birmingham Media Market.

CyberPatriot
The Bessemer Composite Squadron CyberPatriot Team 2014-2015
earned 3rd place in Alabama in the All-Service Division. Captain Brandi
Hyatt, Vice President of the Air Force Association, Chapter 100 and
Executive Officer for the 117th Air Refueling Wing made a special
presentation to the team members recognizing them as 2015 CyberPatriot
VII team members. At this time two CAP units have registered for
CyberPatriot VIII.

Members of Bessemer Composite Squadron Participate in Round 1 CyberPatriot

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Wreaths Across America 2015

Bessemer Composite Squadron at
Alabama State Capital Ceremony
December 9, 2015 for Wreths Across
America.

Auburn Composite Squadron, Wreaths
Across America Fort Mitchell National
Cemetery December 12, 2015

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Iron Man Competition
The Mission Statement for Iron Man Competition is to incorporate the three missions of
Civil Air Patrol into one competition, involving all squadrons of each Wing, in a safe,
competitive, challenging, and most importantly, fun environment.

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Redstone Composite Squadron hosted the 9th annual
Alabama Wing Iron Man Competition the first weekend in December. The event started
Friday night December 4th and ended Saturday afternoon December 5th. Seven teams came
from across the Wing to participate in the competition which was held at the Space and Rocket
Center’s (USSRC) Aviation Challenge. Teams were comprised of six CAP members with each
team representing one squadron. The makeup of the team can be made up of a mixture of both
males and females, Cadets and senior members.
The purpose of the Iron Man Competition is to incorporate the three missions of CAP
into one competition. “It involves all squadrons of the Wing, in a safe, competitive,
challenging and most importantly a fun environment, said Lt. Col. Christopher Tate, CAP.”
The competition is comprised of graded events that includes: Physical Fitness, Cadet
Programs, Aerospace Education, Emergency Services and the Capstone event, the Iron Man
Run.
On Friday evening the teams reported to the Space and Rocket Center’s Aviation
Challenge and conducted portions of the Physical Fitness and Aerospace Education events. On
Saturday, the competition continued with Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, Emergency
Services events and concluded with the Iron Man Run. 74 CAP members billeted in the
Aviation Challenge barracks Friday night and approximately 100 CAP members plus family
and friends present on Saturday.
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This year’s event was grueling and tested both physical prowess, aerospace knowledge,
and leadership skills. The Ironman Competition represents one of the toughest challenges CAP
cadets can face and each of the seven teams vied for the honor of being named CAP’s toughest
squadron.

Redstone’s Cadet/Colonel Catherine Guthrie, the coordinator of this years event said
that, “Ironman 2015 was a great success! All of the teams participating were focused and
competed well. This was a special chance to host the competition at Aviation Challenge and
the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and everyone enjoyed seeing unique aircraft and rockets
throughout the weekend."
The Civil Air Patrol is grateful to the USSRC for their support of Ironman 2015. The USSRC is
the official Visitor’s Center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian
and a dynamic showcase for Redstone Arsenal and their defense programs. Technology initiatives and
innovations in aerospace, defense and energy have enabled the USSRC to create and sustain an
immersive learning environment. The USSRC’s environment continues to garner internationalrecognition for excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs for
students, teachers and families attending our world renowned U.S. Space Camp, U.S. Space Academy,
Aviation Challenge, Robotics Camp and Corporate Camps; to which they are fulfilling our mission to
inspire the spirit of exploration and achievement through education

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One team in the Ironman competition was composed of members from the Tuscaloosa
and Auburn squadrons. The name they chose was “Wartide”. Auburn is the home of the
Auburn University “Tigers” and Tuscaloosa is the home of the University of Alabama
“Crimson Tide”. The schools play each other in November in the “Iron Bowl” that rotates
each year between Tuscaloosa and Auburn.

The overall winner of the Ironman competition this year was the Chilton County
Squadron.

First place winners of the subcategories were as follows:
Physical Fitness:
Birmingham Squadron
Aerospace Education:
Chilton County Squadron
Emergency Services:
Bessemer Squadron
Cadet Programs:
Tuscaloosa Squadron
Iron Man Run:
Chilton County Squadron

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For officers and cadets, the tangible payments are the various awards and promotions
they can earn.

Pictured left is Capt Brittany Howard
(Assistant Deputy Commander Cadets) and
Maj Scott Peters (Mobile Squadron
Commander) promoting Cadet Malik
McConnel to Cadet Airman.

On September 1st the Auburn Compisite squadron promoted Cadet Airman First Class
Bottomlee and Cadet Technical Sergeant Burkhalter for passing their physical fitness,
aerospace, leadership and drill tests, as well as other requirements

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CHAPTER V - OPERATIONS
One of the highpoints of the year was the Bi-Annual Graded Search and Rescue
Exercise. The event was conducted at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport on Saturday August
22, 2015 where the Alabama Wing received an "Outstanding" rating.
Preparing for the graded exercise started in April with CAP members from three other
states joined the Alabama Wing is a training exercise conducted from the Dekalb County
Courthouse in Fort Payne, Alabama. Operations were established Friday evening April 24th.
The exercise was conducted Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th. Due to weather
conditions, adjustments were made to the planned sequence of events. Most of the air
operations were moved to Sunday and ground operations initially scheduled for Sunday were
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During the exercise wing operations were conducted from the County Commission
chambers, wing communications from the Dekalb County Emergency Management Agency
communications center located in the basement and air operations from Isabell Field, the cityowned public use airport in Fort Payne, Alabama.

SAREX Communications Staff operations in the Dekalb County Emergency Management
Agency Communications center. The monitor in the rear displays weather map showing severe
weather in south Alabama.

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Capt. Bass discusses operations with Col Lynn, Alabama Wing Commander and Col Melton, Southeast
Region Commander in the operations center in the Dekalb County Commission Chamber.

2nd Lieutenant Candous Langston, Bessemer Squadron PAO, directs arriving aircraft to parking space.
The three day SAREX provided an opportunity for CAP members to work on additional skills outside
their primary specialty track.

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A reporter from the Huntsville Media Market covers airport operations at Isabel Field Sunday April
26th. Not pictured, but to his right is his PAO escort officer. The reporter had his initial interview at the
operations center. His second stop was the airport. From this location he traveled to the simulated crash
site where he was on hand to record the arrival of the ground team being directed by a CAP aircraft.

Ground team locates simulated missing aircraft. The missing aircraft was located by Tuscaloosa
Squadron AL 024. The Tuscaloosa Squadron aircraft provided directions by radio to the ground team.

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Pictured above is a training aid used by the Alabama Wing to simulate a downed aircraft. The orange
item, the size of a brick, is the case for the Model 6000 Emergency Locator Transmitter Training Unit.
This provided the signal received by the searching aircraft.

Alabama Wing participates in Multistate Mission Exercise.
During the weekend of Aug. 7-9, the Alabama Wing joined with all other wings in Civil Air
Patrol’s Southeast Region, plus two from outside the region, to participate in a multifaceted
emergency exercise. Coordinated by Area Command at Dobbins Air Force Base, Georgia, the
wings were tasked in multiple phases by orders issued by Federal Emergency Management
(FEMA) Agency Region 4. The FEMA orders were based on inquiries to state emergency
management agencies regarding simulated earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other
scenarios related to such events. The wings responded with aerial reconnaissance, emergency
communication and ground team missions while also downloading hundreds of geotagged
photographs of designated sites, generated by both air and ground teams. These sites were
typical of those where damage could severely affect recovery from major geological events.
The Alabama Wing received more than 40 tasks, transmitting photos related to every task and
receiving a 103 percent achievement rating for the exercise.

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The wing established an operations at the Bessemer Municipal Airport in the Bessemer
Composite Squadron building.

Maj Butler (white vest) brief briefing members of the team on duty for
the Southeast Region Hurricane Exercise.

Captain Joseph F. Jeffries (left) and Major Carl G. Rossomme (right)
plan Jeffries flight to Mobile to survey damage. The mission was
delayed to allow severe weather to clear the area.
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2nd Lt. Langston, Bessemer Squadron Public Affairs Officer (PAO), served as one of
two Wing Public Information Officers’s (PIO) during the mission. She is pictured here
conducting a PIO briefing.
These events provided a solid training base leading up to the graded evaluation
conducted the weekend before the National CAP Conference in Orlando.

Wing Bi-Annual Graded Exercise
A number of cadets served as Mission Staff Assistants, supporting the command staff
and as Ground Team Members. One of the many duties handled by cadets was assisting with
media and special guest. Alabama State Senator Gerald Allen and Tuscaloosa County
Emergency Management Agency Director Rob Robertson visited the event. Housing for a
number of the mission team was made available through an arrangement with a local church.
In the past the church had hosted mission teams from outside Tuscaloosa that needed a place to
stay while in Tuscaloosa. They have showers and several rooms designated for housing. This
was the first time they had ever housed a nonfaith-based organization. This was made possible
through the contacts with Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency. The exercise
was treated as a real world training event and coordination of housing for volunteers is one of
the task for Tuscaloosa County VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster).

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Lt Col Hall and cadet
mission staff assistance at
wing graded evaluation in
Tuscaloosa

Active Duty Air Force evaluators
observe operations section during wing
graded Evaluation in Tuscaloosa

A planned part of the exercise was the change of incident commanders. When
operations were set up at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, Lt Col Pat Mitcham took over
Incident Commander for the evaluation. The wing had just over 60 CAP participants with four
Air Force members serving as evaluators. At the end of the SAREX, a hot wash was conducted
and the Air Force awarded the Alabama Wing an overall grade of "OUTSTANDING" with the
comment that this exercise should serve as a model for future SAREXs.
One of the areas to receive an “Outstanding” ration was the wing PIO (Public
Information Officer). The evaluation has a PIO designated for the evaluation. The PIO
handled media related to the evaluation. The wing also set up a PAO (Public Affairs Officer)
station on the first floor of the terminal. The PAO handled initial registration of visiting media
and turned them over to the PIO. The PAO also handled visiting public officials such as State
Senator Gerald Allen and Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency Director Rob
Robertson.
The Air Force evaluator was very impressed with this approach and rated the PIO
function as “Outstanding”. He recommended that this approach be done at all graded
exercises.

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State Senator Gerald Allen meets Alabama Wing Commander Col J. Bradford Lynn at the Wing
Operational Evaluation in Tuscaloosa.

2nd Lt. Eric Lewis, Tuscaloosa Squadron Communications and Major Mike Carr, Southeast
Region PAO and member of Tuscaloosa Squadron take part in communications training with
Tuscaloosa County EMA and State of Alabama EMA during Winter Weather Exercise in
December 2015 at the Tuscaloosa County EMA Emergency Operations Center.

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APPENDIX I-Commander Biography
Colonel J. Brett Lewis, the Alabama Wing
Commander, left his last post as the Director of
Cadet Programs, the senior Cadet Programs
Officer responsible for successful execution of
CAP’s Cadet Programs mission, policies
and objectives within the Alabama Wing. As
Director of Cadet Programs he exercised direct
responsibility for the Alabama Wing Cadet
Programs staff, over 300 cadets and 15 Deputy
Commanders for Cadets and their cadet staffs in
each of the squadrons located in the Alabama
Wing.
Prior to his appointment to the position of Director
of Cadet Programs of the Alabama Wing on 1 May
2012, he served as the Squadron Commander for
the Dothan Composite Squadron from 10 February
2010 until 15 June 2012, which culminated in a
"Highly Successful” rating in the unit’s last
Subordinate Unit Inspection.
After a short time as a cadet in the El Paso Composite Squadron, in El Paso, Texas in the late
1980’s, Colonel Lewis joined CAP as a senior member in 1990 at the Rhein Main Cadet
Squadron, Rhein Main Air Base, Germany. He has held a variety of leadership roles in Europe,
North Carolina, Texas, Georgia and Alabama, where has served as a Deputy Commander for
Cadets, Leadership Officer, and Aerospace Education Officer. While serving at encampments,
he has served twice as a TAC Officer. In addition, he has been an Instructor, Curriculum
Coordinator, Deputy Director, and Director at various wing level professional development
courses. He also serves as an ALWG Check Pilot Evaluator.
He holds a master rating in four CAP specialties: Cadet Programs, Administration,
Professional Development, Personnel, and Stan Eval; he holds a Senior Rating in the
Command track; and finally, a technician rating in the Inspector General, Emergency Services,
Aerospace Education, and Operations Tracks. He has earned the "Management Designation” in
the CAP Organizational Excellence 2.0 Program.
Colonel Lewis is a retired U.S. Army officer, Persian Gulf War veteran and a veteran of
Operation Iraqi Freedom with 2 tours as an AH-64D Apache Pilot, Platoon Leader and Battle
Captain/Battalion Operations Officer. His last tour in the military was as a Brigade Operations
Officer. He is a graduate of the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, the Warrant Officer
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Basic Course and Warrant Officer Flight Training Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama; the
Army Military Intelligence Captains Career Course; Air Force Squadron Officer School;
Aviation Officer Basic Course; U.S. Army AH-64D Apache Aviator Course and Instructor
Pilot Course; the U.S. Army Safety Officer Course; and the CAP National Staff College (Class
of 2009). He graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University at Daytona Beach, Florida
with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Aeronautics and a Master’s Degree with Distinction in
Aviation Safety Systems. He is currently enrolled in the MBA Program at Troy University,
with a planned graduation date in June 2016.
His military awards and decorations include two Air Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal,
four Army Commendation Medals, the Air Force Achievement Medal, four Army
Achievement Medals, an Air Force Good Conduct Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation Award,
an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, an Army Superior Unit Award, as well as numerous
military campaign medals, service medals and service ribbons. He has also earned the Senior
Army Aviation Badge, the Air Force Maintenance Munitions Badge and the Combat Action
Badge. While assigned to Germany, he earned the German Military Proficiency Badge in
Bronze.
His CAP awards and decorations include the Command Council Badge, Meritorious Service
Award, three Commander’s Commendations, a National Commander’s Unit Citation, an
Outstanding Unit Citation, the Gill Robb Wilson Award (with silver star) and numerous other
awards. He has also earned CAP Command Pilot Wings, CAP Mission Observer Wings, and
the Ground Team Member Badge.
Colonel Lewis is an Advanced Instruments Instructor Pilot flying the Bell 206 with the URS
Corporation (AECOM) teaching U.S. Army aviators the skills of flying instruments in the U.S.
Army Helicopter Flight Training Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

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APPENDIX II WING STAFF DECEMBER 2015
Director of Aerospace Education
Director of Cadet Programs
Chaplain
Chief of Staff
Commander
Government Relations Advisor
Health Services Officer
Historian
Vice Commander
Director of Communications
Counter Drug
Director of Emergency Services
Director of Finance
Legal Officer
Director of IT
Inspector General
Director of Logistics
Maintenance Officer
Transportation Officer
Public Affairs Officer
Recruiting & Retention Officer
Director of Operations
Homeland Security Officer
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
Director of Administration
Plans and Program Officer
Director of Professional Development
Director of Safety

Maj Nina L. Wills
Lt Col Ronald W. Hanson
Lt Col Robert H. McMillian
Lt Col John Rhoades
Col J. Brett Lewis
Lt Col Joseph M. Saloom
Maj Brenda W. Iddins
Lt Col David K. Hartin
Lt Col James A. Harris
Capt Robert P. Moses
Col William R. Bass
Maj Harvey L. Yarbrough
Lt Col Gary Bishop
Capt John R. Davis
Capt Robert A. Griffith
Col Michael A. Oakman
Lt Col Alford Boyd
Col Robert M. Dorning
Col Robert M. Dorning
2nd Lt Joel B. Pendleton
Maj Patricia K. Coghlan
Col William R. Bass
Lt Col Paul K. Reid
Lt Col Harold A. Coghlan
Lt Col David M. Hyden
Lt Col Anthony G. Beresford
Maj Jeanne M. Stone
Maj Frank, J. Jirik, IV

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APPENDIX III--ALABAMA WING UNITS
*Indicates a change of command during 2015. The name with the asterisk was the commander
at the start of the year. The name on the top line is the commander at the end of 2015.
Alabama Wing Headquarters, AL 001
Commander – J. Brett Lewis
*Colonel J. Bradford Lynn
Meeting Address
111 South Kuter Street
Building 711
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112 4

Mailing Address
111 South Kuter Street,
Building 711
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

Meeting Times: 09:00 2nd Saturday. Commander’s Call held once every quarter.

Mobile Composite Squadron, AL-005
Commander – Maj Scott Peters
*Major Thomas Lyon
Meeting Address
2241 Michigan Avenue
Mobile, AL 36615

Mailing Address
1557 Fearnway Street
Mobile, AL 36604-1311

Meeting Times: 19:00 Monday

Tuscaloosa Composite Squadron, AL-024
Commander – Major Ed Barnes
Meeting Address
Tuscaloosa Regional Airport
1st Floor
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 2633
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403

Meeting Times: 18:30 1st and 3rd Tuesday – Seniors

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18:00 every Tuesday – Cadets

Dothan Composite Squadron, AL-029
Commander – Lieutenant Colonel David W. Skinner
*Lieutenant Colonel Robert Irsik
Meeting Address
Dothan Regional Airport
750 Flight Line Drive
Dothan, AL 36303

Mailing Address
200 Arapaho Ct.
Enterprise, AL 36330

Meeting Times: 18:30 Monday Cadets meet every Monday.

Maxwell Composite Squadron, AL-032
Commander –Major Donald A. Cain
* Lieutenant Colonel James Harris
Meeting Address
Building 1211
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
Meeting Times:
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
810 Willow Street
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

18:30 Cadets meet every Tuesday
19:00 Seniors meet 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.

Muscle Shoals Composite Squadron, AL-041
Commander – Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Boyd
Meeting Address
Muscle Shoals Airport
Muscle Shoals, AL 35611
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
845 Bethel Church Road
Leighton, AL 35646

18:00 Every 1st and 3rd Thursday.

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Huntsville Senior Squadron, AL-055
Commander – Major Raymond T. Downward

Meeting Address
Madison City Exec Airport MDQ
358 Bolling Road
Meridianville, AL 35759
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
249 Wedgewood Terrace
Madison, AL 35747

19:00 1st & 3rd Thursday

Gadsden Composite Squadron, AL-075
Commander – Major Charles A. Reidy, Jr.
*Major Talmadge Butler
Meeting Address
5323 Airport Road
Alabama National Guard Building
Gadsden, AL 35904
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
5500 Whitesville Road
Boaz, AL 35957-3528

17:00 Every Tuesday, except 5th Tuesday.

Bessemer Composite Squadron, AL-087
Commander –Captain Robert G. Newsome. Jr.
*Major John Rhoades
Meeting Address
700 Mitchell Field Road
Bessemer, AL 35022
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
700 Mitchell Field Road
Bessemer, AL 35022

18:30-21:00 Monday nights.

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117th Air National Guard Composite Squadron, AL-090
Commander – Major James L. Corey

Meeting Address
5401 East Lake Blvd.
Building 205/117th ANG
Birmingham, AL 35217-3595
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
580 Forest Lakes Drive
Sterrett, AL 35147-8134

19:00 2nd Tuesday.

Auburn Composite Squadron, AL-113
Commander Major Morgan Bennett
*Commander – Captain Aaron Swenson

Meeting Address
2150 Mike Hubbard Blvd.
Auburn University Regional Airport
Auburn, AL 36830-489
Meeting Times:

18:30-20:30

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 327
Auburn, AL 36830

Cadets meet every Tuesday of the month.

Chilton County Composite Squadron, AL-117
Commander – Major Samuel A. Ogivie

Meeting Address
550 Airport Road
Chilton County Fairgrounds/Arena
Clanton, AL 35045
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 316
Verbena, AL 36091

18:00 Tuesday.

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Pell City Composite Squadron, AL-118
Commander- Major James Gosnell
Meeting Address
240 Airport Road
St Clair County Airport, Hanger # 31
Pell City, AL 35128-4120
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
2408 Sunrise Drive
Moody, AL 35004-3462

18:00 Thursday. Cadets meet weekly.

Redstone Composite Squadron, AL-119
Commander – Lieutenant Colonel Mike Guthrie
*Lieutenant Colonel John Hall
Meeting Address
Central Church of Christ
407 East Clinton Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35758
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
306 High Coach Circle
Madison, AL 35758

18:00-20:00 Mondays. Cadets meet every Monday, Seniors 2nd & 4th.

Springville Cadet Squadron, AL-126
Commander – Captain Mark McCay
Meeting Address
198 Marietta Road
Springville, AL 35146
Meeting Times:

18:00-20:00

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 831
Springville, AL 35146-0831
Every Tuesday.

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Central Alabama Senior Squadron, AL-132
Commander – Major Carl G. Rossomme
Meeting Address
Shelby County Services Building
Pelham, AL 35124
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
154 Lucerne Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35209-6658

18:30 1st Thursday of the month.

South Baldwin County Cadet Squadron, AL-133
This squadron was deactivated in 2015.

Cullman Composite Squadron, AL -134
This Squadron was activated as a Composit Squadron December 2015
Commander-Captain Joseph F. Jeffries
Meeting Address
231 County Road 1360
Vinemont, AL 35179
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
2906 Whitford Drive
Decatur, AL 35603

1800 1st and 3rd Monday for seniors, every Tuesday for cadets

Alabama State Legislative Squadron, AL-999
Commander – Vacant
Meeting Address
111 S Kurter Street, Building 711
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-5936

Mailing Address
111 S Kurter Street, Building 711
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-5936

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APPENDIX IV-Awards Presented at the 2015 Wing Conference Morning Session

Alabama Wing 2014 Awards
The awards listed in this section were presented during the Special awards and Recognition
portion of the morning session at the 2015 Alabama Wing Conference in Hoover, Alabama
Awardee Name

Awards

Capt. Benjamin Booth

Character Development Officer of the Year

Capt. Kennie Browning

Communicator of the Year

Maj. Randy Crowder

Personnel Officer of the Year

Michael Guthrie

Aerospace Education Brewer Senior Member

1st Lt. Terry Hale

Property Officer of the Year

Lt. Col. Jay Jerman

Inspector General of the Year

Maj Samuel Ogilvie

Cadet Programs Officer of the Year

Maj Scott Peters

Finance Officer of the Year

2nd Lt. Belinda Scott

Drug Demand Reduction Officer of the Year

1st Lt. John Theobald

Logistics Officer of the Year

Maj. Joseph Viviano

Aerospace Education Officer of the Year

Bessemer Composite

Ground Team of the Year

Cadets:
C/A1C Crystal Ann Armstrong

Cadet of the Year Phase I

C/SMSgt Christopher Holland

Cadet of the Year Phase II

C/2d Lt Zachary Baeza

Cadet of the Year Phase III

C/Capt Frank Riley

Cadet of the Year Phase IV

C/2d LTDavid Pauly

Brewer Cadet Cat I

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APPENDIX V-Awards Presented at the 2015 Wing Conference Awards & Recognition
Banquet
The Awards and Recognition Banquet, conducted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. started off with the Gold Medal
Recognition Ceremony. This recognized John L. Magnon of Fairhope and Otha H. Vaughn of Huntsville
who received the Congressional Gold Medal in December 2014. Former Georgia resident Robert J. (Bob)
Haver was also recognized. He moved to Tuscaloosa County in early 2015 and is a member of the
Tuscaloosa Squadron AL – 024.

John L. Magnon, 84
Fairhope, AL
Magnon joined CAP as a cadet in the Louisiana Wing in 1943 while living in New Orleans,
serving until 1945 in a unit operating out of Shushan (now New Orleans Lakefront) Airport.
Otha H. Vaughan, 84
Huntsville, AL
Vaughan served as CAP cadet in Anderson, S.C., from 1944-1946, attaining the rank of cadet
master sergeant and learning sub-spotting techniques and building models, and is still active in
CAP as a lieutenant colonel. He served in the Air Force from 1951-1953 in active duty. As a
NASA employee, he was involved in development of the Saturn series rockets for the Apollo
program and also played an instrumental role in designing the Lunar Rover. Retired today, he
remains affiliated with the space program by giving tours at the Huntsville Space and Rocket
Center
Robert J. (Bob) Haver, 84
Newman, GA (currently a resident of Tuscaloosa County Alabama and member of Tuscaloosa Squadron).
Haver joined the New York Wing’s Rochester unit as a cadet on his 13th birthday – Oct. 25, 1943. He
lived in Scottsville, about 15 miles away, and had to hitchhike to the squadron headquarters. He
remembers learning a lot about radio engineering and communications, and a thrill of his young life was
getting to man the Civil Defense tower at his school – by himself – at least once. Still active in the
Georgia Wing as a lieutenant colonel, he’s been a CAP member, off and on, for 70 years. He also gives
EAA orientation flights to youngsters, and he said he gave Eric Boe – the astronaut and CAP member –
his first ride. Boe invited him to Florida for one of his shuttle launches.

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Other evening awards include:
Lt. Col. Harold Coghlan
110th AVN BGD

Aerospace Education Brewer Lifetime Award
Aerospace Education Brewer Award Organization Award

Redstone Squadron
C/Capt Jared Fuchs
Capt. James Locke
Maj. Harvey Yarborough
Capt. Mark McCay

Squadron of the Year
Cadet of the Year
Senior Member of the Year
Wing Staff Officer of the Year
Squadron Commander of the Year

Lt Col Koellsted receives the Wilson Award from Col Bedgood, Southeast Region Commander, left, and
Col Lynn, ALWG Commander, during the Alabama Wing Annual Conference and Awards Banquet. The
Wilson Award is the highest level in the CAP senior member professional development program.

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APPENDIX-VI Individual Awards Earned By Cadets in 2015

General Carl A. Spaatz Award
The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is the Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It
is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character,
fitness, and aerospace education. Since the inception of the award 48 Cadets in the
Alabama wing have receive this honor. Cadets receiving this award are promoted
to the grade of Cadet Colonel. Upon reaching the age of 21, Cadet Colonels are
eligible to transfer to the CAP Officer program with appointment to the grade of
Captain.
In 2014 the Alabama Wing had four cadets received this honor. There were no
presentations made in 2015.

General Ira C. Eaker Award
The General Ira C. Eaker Award denotes successful completion of all the achievements of the
CAP Cadet Program. Approximately 200 cadets a year receive this Award. Cadets receiving this
award are promoted to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel.
Jared E. Fuchs
Aaron J. Butters
Nathan D. Wills
Ava N. Michl

Amelia Earhart Award
The Ameila Earhart award is a cadet achievement award that denotes the successful completion
of the specific requirements in Phase III of the Cadet program. Cadets receiving this award are
promoted to Cadet Captain.
Jakob R. McGaughey
David C. Pauly
Austin E. Jones
Micha J. Laatsch
Naomi C. Shea
Austin E. Jones
Jared E. Fuchs
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General Billy Mitchell Award
The Mitchell award is presented to cadets who have successfully completed the second phase of
the Cadet program. Cadets receiving this award are promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant.
Mitchell cadets who enlisted in the United States Air Force or the United States Coast Guard are
promoted to E-3 upon enlistment and completion of Basic Military Training, instead of E-1.
Mitchell cadets who enlisted in the Marine Corps, Navy or Army are promoted to E-2 upon
completion of Basic Military Training.
Antonio S. Esposito
Arthur M. Godwin
Gregory J. Wall
Lauren G. Ridley
Timothy B. Cleveland
Connor D. Robinson
Nathaniel Ruiz
James W. Hart
David J. McGowin
Andrew W. Yarbrough
Audrey E. Bearss
Jamie L. Thicklin
Alyssa R. Tillman
Johnathan I. Scott
Ashley S. Tillman

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APPENDIX-VII Senior Member Professional Development Awards 2015

Gill Robb Wilson Award
This award is presented to senior members who complete the fifth level of training in the senior
member professional development program. This is the highest award in the professional
development program.
Maj. Scott S. Peters

Paul E. Garber Award
This award is presented to senior members who complete the level IV requirements of the Senior
Member Professional Development Program.
Maj Scott S. Peters
Maj. Brady K. Rogers

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APPENDIX-VIII Senior Member Awards 2015

The Achievement Award may be presented to a member when the circumstances of his or her
performance are above and beyond those of the member’s peers, but are not sufficient enough to
warrant a Commander's Commendation Award. The intent of the award is to empower wing and
group commanders with the ability to recommend and present achievement awards locally.
Lt Col Christopher A. Tate
Capt Jeremy A. Marvin
Capt William A. Browdy

AL-113
AL-113
AL-113

The Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving is awarded to members of the Civil Air Patrol "who save a
human life, but do not meet the criteria for the Bronze [Medal of Valor] or Silver Medal of Valor.

1st Lt Ivan K Gray

AL-029

The Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving was awarded to 1st Lt Ivan K Gray of the Dothan
Composite Squadron on July 10, 2015. Below is the narrative from his citation.
“On June 6, 2015 while with friends at a Panama City Beach, FL 1LT Ivan “Keith” Gray rescued and
safed the life of a 14 year old woman named Olia Kwaik. Lt Gray heard screaming and was told that a
woman had just drowned. He swam out to the location. Even though she was being helped by others, the
young woman was unresponsive. He grabbed the victim and enlisted others to help him take her to shore.
Once on shore, Lt Gray yelled for assistance in giving CPR. An ex-soldier from Abbeville did the chest
compressions while Lt Gray administered the breaths. He also directed a bystander to call 911. The
victim responded to continued CPR and breathed on her own.” The award citation also refered an article
in the Dothan Eagle dated June 17, 2015.

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APPENDIX-IX Senior Member Awards presented October 17, 2015 at the

Wing Change of Command

The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded for "conspicuous performance of outstanding service in a
duty of great responsibility where the position held and results obtained reflect upon the
accomplishments and prestige of CAP on a national scale."
Distinguished Service Medal
COL

J. Brad Lynn

AL-001

The Exceptional Service Award is awarded to Civil Air Patrol members who provide "exceptionally
outstanding service to CAP...while serving in any capacity with CAP."

Exceptional Service Award
COL
LT COL
MAJ

William Bass
Anthony Beresford
James Kilgore

AL-001
AL-001
AL-001

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The Meritorious Service Award is awarded for "outstanding achievement or meritorious service
rendered specifically on behalf of CAP."

Meritorious Service Award
MAJ
MAJ
LT COL
LT COL
MAJ
MAJ
LT COL
MAJ
LT COL
CAPT
COL
MAJ
CAPT
MAJ
MAJ
LT COL
LT COL
MAJ
LT COL
CAPT
MAJ
LT
LT COL
CAPT
LT COL
LT COL
LT COL
LT COL
LT COL
MAJ
CAPT
MAJ
CAPT

BENNETT, CINDY
BENNETT, MORGAN
BENNETT, ROGER
BUTLER, TALMADGE
CAIN, DONALD
CARR, MIKE
COGHLAN, HAROLD
COGHLAN, PATRICIA
CORWAY, CHARLES
DAVIS, JOHN
DORNING, ROBERT
ERNEST, GARY
FOGAL, JAMES
FOSTER, CARLTON
HANES, ANDREW
HANSON, RONALD
HARTIN, DAVID
HASTER, CHARLES
HOWARD, STEPHEN
IDDINS, BRENDA
IDDINS, CHRIS
IRSIK, RICHARD
JAMES, SCOTT
JEFFRIES, JOE
JERMAN, JAY
JIRIK, FRANK, IV
KEITH, MELVIN
LANDRY, AUSTIN
LEWIS, JAMES
LEWIS, MELISSA
LOCKE, JAMES
LYNN, TONEY
MARVIN, JEREMY

AL-118
AL-113
AL-001
AL-075
AL-001
SER-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-117
AL-113
AL-001
AL-133
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-005
AL-118
AL-118
AL-029
AL-032
AL-134
AL-034
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-113
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LT COL
CAPT
COL
MAJ
COL
LT COL
MAJ
CAPT
MAJ
MAJ
LT COL
LT COL
MAJ
MAJ
MAJ
MAJ

MITCHAM, PAT
MOSES, ROBERT
OAKMAN, MICHAEL
OGILVIE, SAM
OWENS, JOSEPH
REID, PAUL
RHOADES, JOHN
ROGERS, SCOTT
ROSSOMME, CARL
ROUSSEAU, CHRIS
SALOOM, JOSEPH
SELLERS, STEVEN
STONE-HUNTER, JEANNE
TODD, DONNIE
WILLS, NINA
YARBOROUGH, HARVEY

AL-055
AL-001
AL-001
AL-117
AL-001
AL-001
AL-087
AL-032
AL-132
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-113
AL-001

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APPENDIX-X Gubernatorial Proclamation

Wreaths Across America Day
December 1, 2015
Proclamation
By the Governor of Alabama
WHEREAS, Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization, began in 2006 as an extension
of the Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Project, which was started in 1992 when wreaths
donated by the Worcester Wreath Company were placed on the headstones of our Nation’s fallen
heroes during the holidays; and
WHEREAS, the Blue Star Salute Foundation, Inc. and the Civil Air Patrol of Bessemer,
Alabama, are partnering with Wreaths Across America with a mission to REMEMBER the
fallen, HONOR those who serve and TEACH our children the value of freedom; and
WHEREAS, family members, friends and volunteers will help adorn the gravesites at the
Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo and at other veterans’ graves statewide in a stirring
tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who have guarded and preserved our nation’s
freedom throughout history; and
WHEREAS, Wreaths Across America Statehouse Ceremony is held at the Alabama State
Capitol to begin a week-long celebration of America’s veterans and their service to our country,
with a particular focus on family during the holidays:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim December
12, 2015, as
Wreaths Across America Day
in the State of Alabama.
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in
the City of Montgomery on the 24th day of November 2015.
Robert Bentley
Governor
http://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/2015/12/wreaths-across-america-day-4/

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APPENDIX-XI Cadet Squadron of Merit Listing for 2015

Cadet Squadron of Merit Listing for 2015
Start
Strength
AL-000

End
Strength

New
Cadet

Total
Renewed

12

4

0

1

AL-005

9

21

19

7

AL- 024

17

17

5

12

AL-029

13

15

10

6

AL-032

32

33

19

16

AL-041

8

16

9

6

AL-075

25

24

9

15

AL-087

41

34

14

21

AL-090

18

34

24

12

AL-0113

10

13

6

9

AL-117

15

11

5

6

AL-118

8

7

6

2

AL-119

26

28

17

8

AL-126

27

22

7

15

AL-134

7

9

6

4

268

288

Total

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156

140

Cadet Squadron of Merit Listing for 2015
Mitchell Earhart Eaker Spaatz Wright

1st Encamp Flight %

AL-000

0

0

0

0

0

1

AL-005

0

0

0

0

4

6

43%

AL-024

1

0

0

0

2

0

53%

AL-029

0

0

0

0

1

3

60%

AL-032

1

1

1

0

5

5

29%

AL-041

0

0

0

0

4

0

60%

AL-075

3

0

0

0

6

10

39%

AL-087

4

2

2

0

9

14

25%

AL-090

1

0

0

0

4

9

28%

AL-113

1

0

1

0

1

0

75%

AL-117

2

0

0

1

3

75%

AL-118

0

1

0

0

0

0

113%

AL-119

0

0

0

0

5

11

29%

AL-126

1

0

0

0

7

7

45%

AL-134

0

0

0

0

1

4

100%

Total

14

4

4

0

50

74

0

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APPENDIX XII-Media Article
Front Page of the Fort Payne newspaper for Friday April 24, 2015

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Index
Name
Allen, State Senator Gerald
Barnes, Maj Ed
Bass, Capt
Bass, Col William
Beresford, Lt Col Anthony
Blake, 1st Lt Timothy
Bohlinger, C/A1C Luke
Bottomlee C/A1C
Burkhalter, C/Tsgt
Butler, Maj Talmadge
Caliguire, C/SSg Evangela
Carlisle, General Herbert J.
Carr, Maj Mike
Clegeland, C/Tsgt Zakery
Coghlan, Lt Col Harold
Coghlin, Maj Pat
Dice, J.P.
Driver, Joshua
Fuchs, C/Msg Brianna
Guemmer, Brigadier General Paul
Hall Lt Col
Hamilton, Windy
Harris, Lt Col James
Hartin, Lt Col David K.
Howard, Capt Brittany
Jeffries, Capt Joseph
Kilgore, Maj Rick
Langston, 2nd Lt Candous
Langston, C/SSgt Jermiah
Langston, C/MSg Rachel
Lewis, 2nd Lt Eric
Lewis, Col J. Brett
Lynn, J. Col Brad
McConnel, C/Amn Malik
Melton, Col Barry
Miller, 1st Lt Tracy
Mitcham, Lt Col Pat
Patton, C/A1C Caleb
Peters, Maj Scott
Robertson, Rob

Page(s)
30,31,32
9
26
4,13
6,13
18
10
24
24
29
12
15
3,32
18
13
5
9
12
18
vii,11
31
3,4,5
15
3
24
29
5,13
26,30
18
18
32
vii,5,6,18
vi,5,6,13,15,26,32
24
vi,5,6,15,18,26
12
vii,31
18
24
30,31
55

Rossomme, Maj Carl G.
Satterlee, C/Amm Jamison
Shea, C/Col Benjamine
Smith,C/Amn Daniel
Tate, Lt Col Christopher
Rhoades, Lt Col John
Tyynismaa, Col Michael
Vazquez, Major General Joseph R.
Yarborough, Maj Harvey

29
10
11
18
21
18
15
14,15
13

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