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HISTORY OF THE 
FLORIDA WING 
Civil Air Patrol 
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force 
 
 

 
 
 
 

1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015 
 

 


 

Florida Wing 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

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History 
Of 
Florida Wing 
Civil Air Patrol 
 

Auxiliary of the United States Air Force 
 
 
Prepared By 
Colonel Joseph J. Martin, CAP 
Wing Historian 
 
 
 
Reviewed By 
 
 
 
Colonel Henry Irizarry, CAP 
Florida Wing Commander 
 
Florida Wing Headquarters 
 

 

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Foreword 
 
 
FROM THE DESK OF THE WING COMMANDER 
 
One of the toughest jobs of a Commander is to ensure the unit is moving in the right direction and 
therefore, uses all the instruments available to him/her to validate the heading. The Historical Narrative 
is another tool that is used to see what has been accomplished, how it was achieved and who formed 
part of it.  
This document proves that the wing is on the right heading with great accomplishments that include a 
Highly Successful Compliance Inspection, the largest Winter Encampment in recent history and over 
5,000 flown flight hours. 
It is my honor to serve as the Florida Wing Commander and hereby present the 2015 Florida Wing 
Historical Narrative. 
 
Colonel Henry Irizarry, CAP 
Florida Wing Commander 
 

 

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Table of Contents 
 
Florida Wing .................................................................................................................................................. ii 
Foreword ...................................................................................................................................................... iv 
Table of Contents .......................................................................................................................................... v 
Chronology ................................................................................................................................................... vi 
Narrative ....................................................................................................................................................... 1 
Abstract ....................................................................................................................................................... 28 
Appendices .................................................................................................................................................. 47 
List of Supporting Documents ................................................................................................................... 521 
Supporting Documents ............................................................................................................................. 522 
End of Document ...................................................................................................................................... 671 
 
 
 
 

 


 

Chronology 
January: 
 
 
 

Corporate Learning Course – Group 5 
Special Activities Selection Board 
ICUT/MRO/CUL/Communications Trailer Training 

January 10 
January 17 
January 31 through February 1 

February: 
 
 
 

AEO/AEM Spaceflight Orientation Course 
Compliance Inspection 
Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral AFS 

February 8 
February 18 through 21 

Training Leaders of Cadets – Group 6 
Squadron Leadership School – Group 1 – Eglin AFB 
Squadron Leadership School – Group 5 
Overwater Course – Group 5 
Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony 

March 13 through 14 
March 21 
March 21 
March 22 
March 28 

Group 5 SAR EVAL 
DDR Task Force Challenge Weekend 
Unit Commander's Course – Group 6 
Sun 'N Fun 

April 11 through 12 
April 17 through 19 
April 18 through 19 
April 18 through 26 

National/Wing Communications Exercise 
Florida Wing Hurricane Exercise 
Florida Wing Conference 

May 15 through 16 
May 19 through 21 
May 28 through 30 

Unit Commander's Course – Group 2 
Squadron Leadership School – Group 2 
Southeast Region Conference, Peachtree City, Georgia 
Corporate Learning Course – Group 2 
Unit Commander's Course – Group 1 
Squadron Leadership School – Group 2 
Corporate Learning Course – Group 2 
National Aerospace Education Officer School 
Pensacola Naval Air Station  
Florida Wing Color Guard Academy 
Patrick AFB 

June 6 through 7 
June 6 
June 6 
June 7 
June 13 through 14 
June 13 
June 13 

March: 
 
 
 
 
 
April: 
 
 
 
 
May: 
 
 
 
June: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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June 15 through 19 
June 19 through 21 

July: 
 
 
 

Florida Wing Summer Encampment 
Camp Blanding 
Corporate Learning Course – Group 7 

July 7 through 17 
June 7 

August: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Corporate Learning Course – Group 7 
Southeast 2015 Hurricane Exercise 
Squadron Leadership School – Group 2 
Corporate Learning Course – Group 2 
CAP Now Part of Air Force Total Force 
Florida Wing Cadet Competition 
Training Leaders of Cadets – Group 3 
Training Leaders of Cadets – Group 7 

August 1 
August 6 through 10 
August 8 
August 9 
August 
August 14 through 16 
August 22 through 23 
August 22 through 23 

September: 
 
 
 
 

Squadron Leadership School – Group 2 
Corporate Learning Course – Group 2 
Unit Commander's Course – Group 7 
National Check Pilot School, Lakeland, FL 

September 5 
September 6 
September 12 through 13 
September 18 through 20 

October: 
 
 
 

Ultimate Cadet Challenge, Camp Blanding, FL 
Squadron Leadership School – Group 6 
Corporate Learning Course – Group 6 

October 2 through 4 
October 17 
October 17 

November: 
 
 

Squadron Leadership School – Group 1 
Corporate Learning Course – Group 1 

November 14 
November 14 

December: 
 
 
 
 

Florida Wing Emergency Services Academy 

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December 26 through December 31 

Narrative 
Florida Wing The Early Days 
(Author unknown) 
Florida’s flying farmers and other light aircraft owners and operators were among the first to make their 
planes and services available to our country when World War II seemed inevitable.  
With the signing of the necessary authorization making Civil Air Patrol a part of the civilian defense 
organization, these patriotic citizens immediately became part of the new organization, under Colonel 
(then Major) Wright "Ike” Vermilya, Jr., commander of the Florida area (wing). 
The third experimental base for Civil Air Patrol was opened on March 30, 1942 at Morrison Field, near 
West Palm Bea, Florida. Major "Ike” soon moved his contingent to a small field near Lantana, due to the 
lighter traffic and went into business patrolling offshore to guard against submarine activity which was 
heavy in the waters off Cape Canaveral.  
 

 

1st Air Squadron Florida Defense Force, under the governorship of Gov. Spessard Holland. This was the predecessor to the nationally organized
Civil Air Patrol and Coastal Patrol Base 3. Unit members pose in formation in front of the unit's aircraft. 

Zack Mosley was a captain in Major Ike’s crew and together they flew many missions.  
 

 

‐ 1 ‐ 
 

Major Vermilya was the prototype of ‘long distance Ike’ in Zack’s syndicated "Smilin’ Jack” comic strip.  
Some of the aircraft they used were likened to fugitives from the 
Smithsonian Institution, nevertheless, they daily escorted vessels 
and hindered submarine action as much as possible, even to 
diving on Nazi periscopes to force the subs under and to give the 
shipping a chance to escape.  
However, in 48 hours ‐ no less than five ships were attacked in 
"Ike’s” front yard. Reporting survivors and continuing their hunt, 
the CAP did their best to give protection to allied shipping, but at 
times no military vessels or aircraft could be obtained to make a 
kill when needed.  
After watching a Nazi sub which had run aground on a sand bar work itself loose and escape, the pilot, 
Tom Manning and his observer "Doc” Rinker returned to their base bemoaning the "big one that got 
away.”  
Major Ike phoned National Headquarters at Washington demanding bombs. When General Arnold 
learned of the incident, he ordered the arming of the little CAP planes. 
Bombs of 100 to 325 pounds were fitted to these land type aircraft for off shore patrol duty. A hair‐pin 
and bent wire bomb site was developed and the boys were in business, never to be caught again with a 
target and nothing to use on it. 
The bombsight was accurate enough up to about 3,000 feet, but these CAP craft seldom flew over 1,000 
feet so they bad to move as swiftly as possible after releasing their bombs or depth charges to avoid 
being caught in the blast themselves.  
While mentioning but a few names in this historical account, some 1,200 to 1,500 men and women were 
active in the CAP program in Florida during the 1942 to 1946 period. Many of these carried out courier 
duty, checked blackouts from the air, conducted search and rescue missions and ‘bombed’ Tampa and 
other cities with bags of flour to make realistic civilian defense actions. 
An unusual activity of the Florida CAP flyers was the successful effort made to keep the air stirred up 
over citrus groves and farming areas to prevent freezing of the precious food being produced. The 
operation was highly successful with many thousands of dollars' worth of these products maturing and 
being placed in the country’s markets. 
CAP aircraft from this base alone made 21 attacks on subs, and counted two pretty definite sinkings, one 
of which received a cunning tower hit. 
Flying a light aircraft with a 100 pound weight slung under it made for trick take‐off with only a 90 
horsepower engine. The controls did not respond normally being rather sluggish in response and having 
a tendency to ‘mush’ when pulling out of a dive. Practice in take‐off and landing was essential, as was 
the dropping of dummy bombs on a target before being allowed to carry a live load on the off shore 
missions. 

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An accurate count of the hits or kills made is not available, but one thing is certain; if the bombs and 
depth charges did not wreck the Nazi subs, they did succeed in driving them away from their intended 
victims and made life in the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico too uncomfortable for the 
marauders.  
One German put into words the fact that those little yellow planes were the main reason for their 
cessation of the attacks on American shipping in our waters. 
Maritime officials claimed that the CAP planes flying over the ships engaged in our coastwise shipping 
were kept manned because the sailors knew and appreciated the watchfulness of these same ‘little 
yellow’ aircraft.  
With the Gulf Stream and water flow from Cuba toward Miami, this unit was greatly responsible for the 
rescue of many wrecks and survivors who drifted into this area, the southernmost point of the United 
States.  
As to the fields these flyers used, some were leftover World War I bases and others had to be hacked 
out of virgin territory. 
Cutting trees, filling swamp areas, constructing buildings to house the necessary offices, housing and 
hangars for the planes were just another part of the daily life when not actually on a flying mission.  
Some fields were described as "little better than a pine grove with sand crab holes” and described the 
field Major Fale’s crew took over after the Navy began operating out of the Miami Municipal Airport and 
they moved to Chapman Field. Often there was not even a landing strip, but this was just another hurdle 
to overcome. 
Patrol Force 13 had part of a modernistic building and the field of Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa Bay 
as its headquarters, but before long they were uprooted and shifted to Sarasota Municipal Airport 
because their northern patrol was too short and their southern one too long for efficient operation. 
Lieutenant Melvin Alspaugh of Belle Glade, Florida, died while on CAP cadet program operation of L‐type 
aircraft and Captain Clifton Hyatt of Miami, Florida, died on tow target and tracking service while 
attached to CAP TTU No.7, San Jose, California. 
The anti‐submarine activities of the young CAP seemed to capture the minds of men more than all the 
other activities. Major Julius Gresham, commander at Flagler Beach and the first member of Florida 
Wing, said "we were in the most sub infested territory anywhere.” 
A base at Flagler Beach was activated on March 11th, one at Miami on 13 May, Sarasota on July 9th and 
Panama City on July 16th. These bases immediately took up their duties in the Florida CAP team. All was 
not honey and most of it was sour, for in 1942 alone at Daytona and Flagler some 32 aircraft were lost, 
but crews were saved. Panama City was not so lucky, losing six personnel on coastal patrol. 
This force was kept busy seeking and dropping rescue gear to survivors of the Fledgling Army and Navy 
pilots in training over this section of the Gulf of Mexico. They also marked the locations of downed 
planes for the crash boat crews. 

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With the ending of the anti‐submarine patrols Major Gresham was moved to Otis Field, Mass and Major 
Fale from Panama City to Glendale, California with their crews to take up tow target operations to 
sharpen the eyes of our military gunners.  
This again was a ‘rough’ assignment since often the little planes landed with holes in their wings from 
inaccurate fire. 
While all this was going on, the need to foster civil aviation and build for the future was not lost to view. 
Perhaps a letter to Captain Zack Mosley from a New York youth helped get the cadet program off to a 
start. The letter stated the boy wanted to get into the aviation field in ground crew work, but wanted 
more than just be given books to read on the subject. Captain Zack forwarded the letter to National 
Headquarters where similar letters were being received daily. 
October 1, 1942 was the big red letter day when the new world, the air world was opened to American 
youth through the CAP Cadet Program. 
Rescue teams were formed to get the survivors out in the shortest possible time, depending on the 
terrain, this was often difficult, go in Florida, horses, glades buggies, and later swamp buggies were 
utilized. The glades buggy (now known as an airboat) was a shallow draft boat propelled by an aircraft 
engine with propeller and made to skim over the shallow Everglades waters or grass where no land 
vehicle could go. The swamp buggy was a home built vehicle with extra‐large wheels taking very large 
truck or aircraft tires and capable of traveling over logs, ditches and rough country where the water was 
not too deep.  
Both of these have proven their abilities many times over in rescue operations in this vast ‘Last Frontier’, 
the Everglades. In other areas horsemen have been used to get into places no vehicle could penetrate. 
As of December 1961, the Florida Wing had had in its history eight wing commanders starting with 
Colonel Wright Vermilya, Jr. While unable to ascertain the exact number of original CAPers still in 
harness in this wing as of the end of 1961, Lt. Col Julius Gresham, Lt. Col. Hal Ashley, Lt. Col. Walter 
Phillips, and Lt. Col. Max Massey, were still active either in a squadron or on wing staff. 
Colonel Zack Mosley was still a resident of Florida and an advisor to the National Commander. He often 
assisted the wing on IO matters. It would be impossible to laud too highly those who gave of their time, 
knowledge efforts, equipment and money to do a job and to keep it being done through their example 
and guidance over the years. 

‐ 4 ‐ 
 

 
PHOTO: Wings Club Dinner at the Hotel Ambassador April 27, 1944.  Florida Wing Leadership seated in lower left hand corner table.  Starting at 
6:00 o'clock in a clock wise direction: Col Wright Vermilya (1st Florida Wing Commander), Mrs Vermilya, Mrs. Robbins, Maj Richard Robbins (2nd 
Florida Wing Commander), Marshall E. “Doc” Rinker Sr. (founder of Rinker Materials Corporation and Coastal Patrol Base 3 Pilot), 2 unnamed 
individuals, Col Zack Mosley (3rd Florida Wing Commander – to Col Vermilya's right) 

 

 

‐ 5 ‐ 
 

Florida Wing's First Wing Commander 
Colonel Wright "Ike” Vermilya, Jr. was a pioneering figure 
in Palm Beach County aviation and the first commander of 
Florida Wing. He was a veteran pilot of 60 years with 35 
years. His interest in aviation began early when at age 14 
he soloed a glider he had built from instructions in a 
magazine. He held transport license number 35. He 
learned to fly in the Army Air Force during World War I and 
participated in acceptance and test work with the famous 
Sopwith Camel. He was mustered out of the Army as a 
sergeant first class in 1919 and in 1920 became active in 
Reserve Corps Flying. He flew the first Reserve ship to 
Cincinnati in 1926. Then he went to Arkansas where he 
became an instructor in the National Guard with the rank 
of first lieutenant. As a lieutenant in the Arkansas National 
Guard in the late 1920’s, he and Captain Murray B. Hall 
flew a 300 mile mission of mercy through fog to bring 
serum to fight a rare form of gangrene a man had contracted.  They set a record of 7 hours, 25 minutes 
in bringing the serum from Saint Louis to Little Rock. 
He continued to be active in promoting aviation and in 1938 he was elected president and general 
manager of Palm Beach Aero Corporation, headquartered at Morrison Field.  That same year he was 
appointed Florida governor of National Aeronautics Association by the national NAA president. He was a 
charter member of the Florida Alligators, a group of early pilots who flew around the state for fun and 
money. 
Zack Mosley, creator of the "Smillin’ Jack” comic strip, was a close friend of Vermilya and used him as 
the basis of a character in the strip in 1941. 
In June of that year the Florida Home Guard Air Squadron was formed and was headed by Vermilya. It 
was headquartered at Morrison Field. In January of 1942, West Palm Beach was named as the 
Headquarters for the Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and Major Vermilya was named Wing 
Commander. In 1946 he became a full colonel. 
In 1948 he received the Air Medal "for meritorious service achievement while participating in 
antisubmarine patrol missions during World War II, the accomplishment of these missions in light 
aircraft despite the hazards of unfavorable weather conditions reflects the highest credit upon this 
valiant member of the Civil Air Patrol” reads the citation signed by President Harry S. Truman. 
He also received the "Exceptional Civilian Service Medal” and citation signed by Secretary of War Robert 
P. Patterson. 
An aviation consultant in his later years, his last enterprise was Wright Vermilya and Son, Inc., an 
aeronautical advisory firm which he set up in Geneva, Switzerland, in July 1971. 

 

 
‐ 6 ‐ 

 

Florida Wing Organization ‐ 2015 

 
Florida Wing is one of 52 wings in the Civil Air Patrol that encompasses the State of Florida. The wing is 
led by the Florida Wing Commander who is appointed by the Commander of the Southeast Region.  The 
wing is further subdivided into six groups as depicted above, each group is led by a Group Commander 
appointed by the Florida Wing Commander.  The following is a list of the 79 units that comprise the 
Florida Wing and the associated commander as of December 31, 2015: 
FLORIDA WING HQ (FL‐001) 
FLORIDA WING SUPPORT SQDN (FL‐000) 
FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE SQDN (FL‐999) 
 
HEADQUARTERS GROUP 1 (FL‐434) 
EGLIN COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐423) 
EMERALD COAST SENIOR SQDN (FL‐424) 
PENSACOLA CADET SQDN (FL‐425) 
TALLAHASSEE COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐432) 
TYNDALL PANAMA COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐435) 
MARIANNA COMP SQ (FL‐444) 
CAPTAIN COLLINS H. HAINES COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐460) 
 
HEADQUARTERS GROUP 2 (FL‐025) 
LAKE COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐021) 
ORMOND BEACH COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐049) 
SEMINOLE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐116) 

‐ 7 ‐ 
 

Col Henry  Irizarry 
Lt Col Bernard S Schumacher 
Col Sergio B Seoane 
 
Maj Rafael  Salort 
Lt Col Christopher J Rousseau 
Lt Col Carole W Jewett 
Capt David E Collins 
Maj Nancy F Etheridge 
Maj Charles E Walker 
Capt Melanie A Blakeley 
Lt Col Douglas C Kelley 
    
Maj Gary W Stalnaker 
Lt Col Larry E Rogers 
Lt Col Joseph B Wisniewski 
Maj Regenna  Kistner 

MERRITT ISLAND SENIOR SQUADRON (FL‐122) 
SOUTH BREVARD CADET SQDN (FL‐123) 
SPACE COAST COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐125) 
GAINESVILLE COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐142) 
APOPKA COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐143) 
CECIL FIELD CADET SQDN (FL‐169) 
FRUIT COVE CADET SQUADRON (FL‐171) 
SAINT AUGUSTINE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐173) 
ORLANDO CADET SQUADRON (FL‐242) 
CENTRAL FLORIDA COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐259) 
TI‐CO COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐267) 
PATRICK COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐293) 
FERNANDINA SENIOR SQDN (FL‐323) 
MARION COUNTY COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐361) 
JACKSONVILLE COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐383) 
INDIAN RIVER COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐457) 
463RD CADET SQUADRON (FL‐463) 
OLYMPIA CADET SQUADRON (FL‐465) 
NORTH MARION CADET SQUADRON (FL‐826) 
 
HEADQUARTERS GROUP 3 (FL‐032) 
ST PETERSBURG CADET SQDN (FL‐066) 
OAKHURST CADET SQDN (FL‐084) 
89TH MACDILL AVIATION CADET SQUADRON (FL‐089) 
PINELLAS SENIOR SQDN (FL‐182) 
GEN CHUCK YEAGER CADET SQ (FL‐237) 
NORTH TAMPA‐LUTZ CADET SQDN (FL‐243) 
POLK COUNTY COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐274) 
HERNANDO COUNTY COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐301) 
HILLSBOROUGH ONE SENIOR SQDN (FL‐310) 
CITRUS COUNTY CADET SQDN (FL‐315) 
CLEARWATER COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐447) 
WESLEY CHAPEL CADET SQUADRON (FL‐458) 
ZEPHYR AIRPORT CADET SQUADRON (FL‐459) 
SOUTH LAKELAND COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐466) 
BARRINGTON M.S. CADET SQUADRON (FL‐809) 
 
HEADQUARTERS GROUP 5 (FL‐370) 
NAPLES SENIOR SQDN (FL‐023) 
SRQ COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐044) 
CHARLOTTE COUNTY COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐051) 
VENICE CADET SQDN (FL‐335) 
NAPLES CADET SQDN (FL‐373) 
MARCO ISLAND SENIOR SQUADRON (FL‐376) 
STUDENT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY CADET SQ (FL‐804) 
LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS CADET SQ (FL‐816) 
 
HEADQUARTERS GROUP 6 (FL‐249) 
NORTH PERRY COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐011) 
CORAL SPRINGS CADET SQDN (FL‐016) 
STUART COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐024) 
LANTANA CADET SQUADRON (FL‐054) 
TREASURE COAST COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐078) 
NORTH PALM BEACH COUNTY CADET SQUADRON (FL‐152) 
PINES‐MIRAMAR COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐286) 
FORT LAUDERDALE COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐337) 
BOCA RATON COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐372) 
OKEECHOBEE COMP SQDN (FL‐453) 
CRYSTAL LAKE MS CADET SQDN (FL‐811) 
 
HEADQUARTERS GROUP 7 (FL‐010) 
MIAMI SENIOR SQDN 1 (FL‐076) 
MIAMI ENTERPRISE CADET SQDN (FL‐090) 
HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE COMPOSITE SQ (FL‐279) 

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2d Lt John C Wilson 
2d Lt Mitchell A W Roy 
Lt Col Jesus S Tirado 
Maj Lawrence W Oshins 
Capt Carl F Reda 
Capt David W Cross 
Capt Alfven G Uy 
Maj Aubrey E Melton 
Maj Victor M Rodriguez 
Maj Christina A English 
Lt Col Albert R Therriault 
Capt Eddie G Lovins 
Capt Bradley S Mizeras 
Capt Ronald E Kielty 
Maj Elizabeth P Nelson 
1st Lt Kimberly L Balsley 
Lt Col Edward H Fresneda 
Capt Gregory J Underwood 
Capt Scott B Spangler 
    
Maj Stephen J Lampasona 
Capt Ronalee S Klase 
1st Lt James M Elder 
Capt Jose A Mora 
Maj Adrian  Cuarta 
Capt Bryan Keith Barry 
2d Lt Marc E Deslauriers 
Capt Anthony P Pitman 
Maj John R Brown 
Maj Samuel L Chiodo 
1st Lt Paul D Remis 
1st Lt Christopher S Krier 
Capt Daia  Dees‐Jung 
Capt Sybrian L Castleman 
Capt Brett P Kibbey 
Capt Peter F Leet 
    
Lt Col Raymond H Rosenberg 
1st Lt Thomas M Di Bernardo 
Maj William B Hansen 
Maj Gerald C Lewis 
Lt Col Thomas B Trammell 
    
Maj Robert  Corriveau 
Capt Madeline R Kirsten 
Maj Nancy L Spieth 
    
Maj Jaime  Lichi 
Capt James  Sullivan 
Capt Luz  Levin 
Capt Eduardo I Linares 
Maj Thomas O Miller 
Capt Christopher A Davis 
Maj David A Howard 
1st Lt Humberto M Molgora 
Capt John A Franco 
Lt Col Michael T Harding 
Capt Gregory L Gernat 
Capt Traci L Cohen 
    
Lt Col Steve B Schack 
Capt Andrew R Allocco 
Maj Jose L Cortesi 
Maj Mario  Baldatti 

MIAMI SPRINGS OPTIMIST CADET SQDN (FL‐319) 
TAMIAMI COMPOSITE SQDN (FL‐355) 
KEY WEST COMPOSITE SQUADRON (FL‐462) 
OPA‐LOCKA CADET SQUADRON (FL‐464) 
 

Maj Elizabeth A Stewart 
Maj Kenneth A Pena 
Maj John C Di Renzo 
Lt Col Lazaro D Garcia 
 

 

Florida Wing Command Staff 
Wing Commander 
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 co‐authored 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. 
Col Irizarry is married and has two children; both are CAP cadets. 
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Wing Vice Commander 
Lt Col Luis Garcia is the Florida Wing Vice Commander. He is 
the commander’s principal assistant for directing, 
coordinating, supervising, and training the staff, except in 
areas the commander reserves. Staff members inform the 
Vice Commander 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 
Standardardization/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. 
Wing Chief of Staff 
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 

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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 Soto‐Granville 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 Soto‐Granville 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 Service Ribbon with 3 Bronze Clasps, Encampment Ribbon with 4 Bronze Clasps and Senior 
Recruiter Ribbon with 2 Silver Clasps. 
 

 

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Florida Wing Staff – as of December 31, 2015 
Advisor to the Commander ............................................................................................. Col Michael N. Cook 
Advisor to the Commander ....................................................................................... Col Christian F Moersch 
Advisor to the Commander .............................................................................................. Col Joseph J Martin 
Advisor to the Commander ....................................................................................... Col Matthew R Sharkey 
Advisor to the Commander ........................................................................................... Lt Col Albert M Ferris 
Senior NCO Advisor to the Commander ............................................................................... MSgt Scott Jung 
Chaplain .......................................................................................................................... Lt Col Linda Pugsley 
Director of Finance  ................................................................................................. Lt Col David M Auerbach 
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Asst Director of Finance .................................................................................... Lt Col Mary J Horowitz (Ady) 
Government Relations Advisor .................................................................................... Lt Col Phillip Zedonek 
Health Services Officer ......................................................................................................Capt Michael Y Wu 
Asst Health Services Officer ........................................................................................ Maj Jay Williams (Ady) 
Inspector General ................................................................................................... Lt Col Joanne M Carbana 
Asst Inspector General ............................................................................................ Lt Col David M Auerbach 
Asst Inspector General ................................................................................................... Maj David A Howard 
Asst Inspector General ............................................................................................... Maj Orlando Ramirez II 
Asst Inspector General ................................................................................................ Lt Col Charles E. Lynch 
Asst Inspector General ........................................................................................... Maj Robert Hughes (Ady) 
Asst Inspector General .............................................................................................. Capt Brian S Kirke (Ady) 
Asst Inspector General .......................................................................................  apt Robert Corriveau (Ady) 
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Asst Inspector General ....................................................................................... Capt Samuel L Chiodo (Ady) 
Asst Inspector General ............................................................................................. Maj Adrian Cuarta (Ady) 
Asst Inspector General ........................................................................................ Capt Steven J. Makky (Ady) 
Legal Officer ............................................................................................................. Lt Col Michael C Godwin 
Asst Legal Officer ............................................................................................. Maj Wayne Henderson (Ady) 
Director of Safety ....................................................................................................... Capt Charlene R Garcia 
Asst Director of Safety ..................................................................................................... Lt Col Obie S Young 
Asst Director of Safety .......................................................................................... 1st Lt Scott D Brown (Ady) 
Asst Director of Safety .................................................................................................. SM Benjie R Coleman 
 

 

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A‐1  MANPOWER & PERSONNEL 
A1 DCS ‐ Manpower and Personnel ................................................................................ Maj Darlene J Ferris 
Director of Administration ........................................................................................................... Lt Juan Alva 
Director of Personnel .............................................................................................. 2nd Lt Art L Stoutenburg 
Asst Personnel Officer ........................................................................................................... Maj Ralph Kugel 
Historian ....................................................................................................................... Maj Jennifer Richards 
Asst Historian ................................................................................................................... Col Joseph J Martin 
Director of Recruiting and Retention ........................................................................ Lt Col Robert E Masiker 
A‐3  OPERATIONS 
A3 DCS – Operations ............................................................................................................ Lt Col Luis Garcia 
Director of Flight Operations (Interim) .................................................................. Lt Col George K. Schaefer 
Standardization/Evaluation Officer ......................................................................  t Col Rodney S. Patterson 
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Asst Standardization/Evaluation Officer ............................................................................ Maj Andrew Reitz 
Asst. Standardization/Evaluation Officer .......................................................................... Maj Ronald Falcon 
Asst. Standardization/Evaluation Officer ................................................................ Maj David G Randa (Ady) 
Wing Maintenance Officer .................................................................................................. 1st Lt Todd Wean 
Asst Maintenance Officer .................................................................................................. Maj Andrew Reitz 
CAMS Maintenance Officer‐N .......................................................................... 1st Lt Charles E Colcord (Ady) 
CAMS Maintenance Officer‐C ................................................................................. Maj James M Davis (Ady) 
CAMS Maintenance Officer‐S ............................................................................. Lt Col Larry N Fernald (Ady) 
Asst Wing Maintenance Officer S ...................................................................... Lt Col Arnold F Glauser Ady) 
Chief Flight Operations Officer ......................................................................... Capt William B Hansen (Ady) 
Flight Training Officer .................................................................................................. Lt Col David A Carlson 
Cadet Flight Orientations Officer ................................................................................. Lt Col David A Carlson 
Cadet Flight Operations Officer ..................................................................................... Maj Enrique Mertins 
COE Glider Operations Officer ....................................................................................... Maj Enrique Mertins 
ROTC Operations Officer ................................................................................................ Maj Enrique Mertins 
Director of Mission Operations  ................................................................................ Lt Col Willard F Garman 
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Emergency Services Administrative Officer .............................................................. Lt Col Willard F Garman 
Operations Qualification Officer ................................................................. Maj Michael S Shumacher ( Ady) 
Mission Administration Officer ................................................................................. Lt Col Willard F Garman 
Counter Drug/Homeland Security Officer ...................................................... Lt Col George R McCord (Ady) 
Counterdrug Officer .................................................................................................... Lt Col Wesley F Borner 
Asst Counterdrug Officer/HLS Officer ....................................................................... Maj Orlando Ramirez III 
Emergency Services Officer ........................................................................................... Capt Daniel L Woods 
Mission Training Officer ............................................................................................ Maj Thomas M Baldwin 
Asst Mission Training Officer ............................................................................................ Capt Ralph M Long 
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Asst Mission Training Officer .................................................................................... Maj Thomas M Baldwin 
EOC Representative ................................................................................................ 1st Lt Jack R Payne (Ady) 
SAR/DR Officer ..................................................................................................... 1st Lt Joseph F St Cyr (Ady) 
Asst SAR/DR Officer ................................................................................................ 1st Lt Jack R Payne (Ady) 
Asst SAR/DR Officer ........................................................................................................ Lt Col Bruce P Smith 
CISM Officer ................................................................................................. 1st Lt James E Bendickson (Ady) 
A‐4  LOGISTICS 
A4 DCS – Logistics ......................................................................................................... Lt Col James K Spieth 
Director of Logistics ...................................................................................................... Lt Col James K Spieth 
Supply Officer .............................................................................................................. Maj Marie E Berninger 
Asst Supply Officer ................................................................................................ Capt Nancy L Spieth (Ady) 
Asst Supply Officer ...................................................................................................  t Art Stoutenburg (Ady) 
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Transportation Officer ...................................................................................................... Maj Tec A Thomas 
Asst Transportation Officer ................................................................................... Capt Nancy L Spieth (Ady) 
A‐5  PROGRAMS 
A5 DCS – Programs  ................................................................................................. Lt Col Grant W Meadows 
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Director of Professional Development .......................................................................... Lt Col Scotty E. Scott 
Testing Officer ............................................................................................... Col Austyn W Granville Jr (Ady) 
Asst Director of Professional Development ................................................................. Lt Col Stephen Nelson 
Northwest PDO (Grp 1) ......................................................................................................... Maj Robin Estes 
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Northeast PDO (Grp 2) .....................................................................................................  apt Jamela Russell 
Central PDO (Grp 3, 5) ............................................................................................. Maj Reynaldo Montalvo 
South PDO (Grp 6, 7) .......................................................................................................Maj Kenneth Bishop 
Director of Cadet Programs .................................................................................................Capt Iris Molgara 
Deputy Director of Cadet Programs  .......................................................................... Lt Col Ricardo Acevedo 
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Cadet Programs Development Officer ............................................................................... Capt Trung H Tran 
Asst Cadet Programs Development Officer ................................................................... 1st Lt Sean C Andino 
Cadet Special Activity Project Officer .............................................................. Lt Col Kevin McSparron [Ady] 
Cadet Programs Activity Officer ........................................................................................ 1st Lt Bryan A Burr 
Cadet Programs Activity Officer ..................................................................................C/LtCol Michael Simon 
FLWG Leadership Academy Director .................................................................. Capt Christina English [Ady] 
Drug Demand Reduction Admin ........................................................................... 1st Lt Manuel A Rodriguez 
Assistant Drug Demand Reduction Officer .........................................................................  /Col Logan Gallo 
C
Cadet System Development Officer  ................................................................................. 1st Lt Bryan A Burr 
.
Cadet Honor Society Administrator ........................................................................ Lt Col Pedro Torres (Ady) 
Cadet Advisory Council Chairman ...................................................................................... C/Major Kati Lichi 
Director of Aerospace Education .......................................................................................... Lt Col John Lynn 
‐ 14 ‐ 
 

Asst Director of Aerospace Education .....................................................................  aj Gary A Dahlke (Ady) 
M
External Aerospace Education Officer .......................................................................... Lt Col Richard Ortega 
Internal Aerospace Education Officer .............................................................................  t Richard M. Selner 
L
A‐6  INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS 
A6 DCS ‐ Information and Communication ........................................................................ Col Joseph Martin 
Director of Communications ................................................................................................... Lt Col Jim Clark 
Asst Director of Communications ...................................................................................................................  
ALE Training Officer........................................................................................................... Maj William D Rice 
Communications Engineering Officer .................................................................... Maj James M Goblet Ady) 
Infrastructure Engineering Lead ............................................................................. Lt Col Guy M Rasmussen 
Infrastructure Programming Lead.................................................................... Lt Col Bruce McConnell (Ady) 
Infrastructure Engineering Officer ................................................................... Capt Steven J Makky Sr (Ady) 
Communications Training Officer ................................................................................ Lt Col Robert Masiker 
Communication Net Manager .......................................................................... Cadet Steven Makky Jr (Ady) 
Communications Licensing Officer .................................................................................... 1st Lt Bob Colbert 
Director of IT ...........................................................................................................  apt Marian I Motylszary 
C
Asst Director of IT ................................................................................................................... Lt Col Jim Clark 
Webpage Administrator..........................................................................................  apt Marian I Motylszary 
C
Web Security / Server Administrator ................................................................................. Col Joseph Martin 
Email & Calendar System Administrator  ................................................................................ Lt Col Jim Clark 
.
Mini‐site Administrator ...........................................................................................  apt Marian I Motylszary 
C
Asst. Mini‐site Administrator ..................................................................................... 2nd Lt Stanley E Swank 
Director of Public Affairs ................................................................................................. Capt Tyler S Lahnen 
Deputy Director of Public Affairs ..................................................................................... Maj Jose O Herrera 
Deputy Director of Public Affairs ............................................................................... Capt Ernest F Lee (Ady) 
Online News Editor ............................................................................................ 2nd Lt Curtis W Hooks (Ady) 
Social Media Administrator .......................................................................... 2nd Lt Caitlyn E Reynolds (Ady) 
 
 

 

‐ 15 ‐ 
 

Florida Wing Accomplishments 2015 
Highly Successful Compliance Inspection 
Wingspan Radio 
Streamlined Financial procedures: 
 

e‐banking 

 

Finance repository 

First State Legislative Day in recent history 
100% SUI Complaint for the last 2 years 
Presentation of Congressional Gold Medals 

Southeast Region ‐ Florida Wing Awards for 2015 
The following annual awards for the Year of 2014 were announced during the 2015 Southeast Region 
Conference held in Peachtree City, Georgia on June 6. 
Administration Officer of the Year, Capt Luz Levin, FL‐016 
AE Teacher of the Year, SM Glenn S. Rutland, FL‐423 
Cadet of the Year Phase III, C/1st Lt Jonathan J. Levin, FL‐016 
Character Development Instructor of the Year, Maj Vernie O. Robbins, FL‐301 
George Texido Legislative Officer of the Year, Lt Col Phil Zedonek, FL‐001 

Florida Wing Awards for 2015 
FLWG AWARD TITLE 

FLWG 2015 WINNERS 

FLWG Senior Member of the Year 
FLWG Cadet of the Year 
The Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award: 
Cadet Category I 
Senior Member Category II 
Individual/Organization III 
Lifetime Achievement Category IV 
FLWG AE Officer of the Year 
FLWG Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year 
FLWG Professional Development Officer of the Year  
FLWG Cadet Programs Officer of the Year 
FLWG Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year 
FLWG Incident Staff Member of the Year [Senior or Cadet] 
FLWG Ground Team of the Year  
FLWG Historian of the Year 

*  Maj Yvonne Rodriguez  
*  C/LtCol Bianca Hardtke  

‐ 16 ‐ 
 

No Nomination 
1stLt Richard M. Selner 
No Nomination 
Lt Col Charles Pfeiffer 
Maj Eric R. Duron 
Glenn Ruthland  
Lt Col Jeffrey H. Stahl 
Capt Christina English 
Capt Rhonda Curabba 
Maj Rafael Salort 
Clearwater Composite Squadron 
Col Joseph Martin 

FLWG EILEEN TONKINSON Public Affairs Officer of the Year 
FLWG HENRI CASENOVE Communications Officer of the Year 
FLWG Finance Officer of the Year  
FLWG Outstanding Safety Program of the Year 
FLWG Distinguished Aviator of the Year 
FLWG Legislative Officer of the Year 
FLWG Inspector General of the Year  
FLWG Counter Drug Officer of the Year 
FLWG Logistician of the Year 
FLWG Senior Chaplain of the Year 
FLWG Squadron Chaplain of the Year 
FLWG Character Development Instructor of the Year 
FLWG Property Manager of the Year 
FLWG Orientation Flight Pilot of the Year 
FLWG Administrative Officer of the Year 
FLWG Personnel Officer of the Year 
FLWG Information Technology Officer of the Year 
FLWG Safety Officer of the Year 
FLWG Staff Officer of the Year  
FLWG TED YEAZEL New Senior Member of the Year 
FLWG Senior Squadron of the Year 
FLWG Composite Squadron of the Year 
FLWG Cadet Squadron of the Year 
FLWG Squadron of Merit 
FLWG Group of the Year 
Cadet Noncommissioned Officer of the Year 
Cadet of the Year ‐ Phase IV 
Cadet of the Year ‐ Phase III 

Cadet of the Year ‐ Phase II 

Cadet of the Year ‐ Phase I 

 

 

‐ 17 ‐ 
 

Lt Col Joyce A. Nader 
No Nomination 
Armando Villasana  
No Nomination 
No Nomination 
Lt Col Phil Zedonek ( Still need 120) 
Capt Sam Chiodo 
No Nomination 
Capt Raymond H. James 
Lt Col Linda J. Pugsley 
Lt Col Clarence F. Helms 
Maj Ernie O. Robbins 
No Nomination 
Capt Robert Guzina 
Capt Luz Levin 
1st Lt Art Stoutenburg 
Capt Dennis J. Larosa 
No Nomination 
1st Lt Todd Wean  [Still Need 120] 
*  2nd Lt Adam C. Borgman 
*  Emerald Coast Senior Squadron 
*  Clearwater Composite Squadron 
No Nomination 
*  Clearwater Composite Squadron 
Group 3 ( no 120) 
(Alyssa Santos) 
C/Lt Col Bianca I. Hardtke, Orlando 
Cadet Squadron (SER‐FL‐242) 
C/1st Lt Jonathan J. Levin, Coral 
Springs Cadet Squadron (SER‐FL‐
016) 
C/MSgt Alyssa Y. Santos, Pines‐
Miramar Composite Squadron (SER‐
FL‐286 
C/A1C Miguel D. Bermeo, St. 
Augustine Composite Squadron 
(SER‐FL‐173) 

Senior Awards 
Level 2 ‐ Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Award 
Capt Pedro Alicea 
March 31, 2015
Capt Andrew Allocco 
April 21, 2015
1st Lt Jean Alonso 
June 10, 2015
1st Lt Theodore Antonucci 
June 15, 2015
Capt Ernesto Arroyo 
February 28, 2015
1st Lt Joe Baggett 
July 16, 2015
Capt Susan Barnett 
May 23, 2015
Capt Bryan Barry 
March 17, 2015
Capt Clifton Beach 
August 25, 2015
Capt Ronald Berube 
October 20, 2015
1st Lt Donald Binner 
October 6, 2015
1st Lt Robert Boone 
September 21, 2015
Capt Richard Bradley 
June 2, 2015
Capt Matthew Branch 
March 31, 2015
2d Lt James Broadwell 
August 9, 2015
1st Lt Frederick Broome 
May 8, 2015
Lt Col Frederick Broome 
May 26, 2015
Capt Randall Broussard 
February 24, 2015
Capt Raymond Bushnell 
October 23, 2015
1st Lt Christopher Carroll 
November 12, 2015
Capt Sybrian Castleman 
April 25, 2015
1st Lt Bruce Clayton 
July 9, 2015
Capt Charles Colcord 
September 15, 2015
Capt Jonathan Cole 
March 16, 2015
Capt Christopher Collins 
November 19, 2015
2d Lt Patrick Cooney 
December 11, 2015
1st Lt Louis Corda 
May 23, 2015
Capt Dustin Corey 
May 30, 2015
2d Lt Julio Correa 
December 7, 2015
1st Lt Joseph Corritore 
April 26, 2015
Capt Carlos Cortesi 
April 17, 2015
2d Lt Daniel Cruz 
December 7, 2015
2d Lt Gabriele Currie 
May 20, 2015
Capt Kevin DeMarco 
September 28, 2015
Maj Nathan Dever 
July 17, 2015
1st Lt Thomas Di Bernardo 
April 26, 2015
Capt Gillian DiCara 
August 28, 2015
Maj Alexander Duarte 
August 15, 2015
1st Lt Todd Dubois 
May 1, 2015
Capt Elizabeth Ellzey 
July 9, 2015
Capt Salvatore Esposito 
June 4, 2015
TSgt Herbert Evans 
March 29, 2015
October 26, 2015
Maj James Ewing 
Lt Col Laurance Fernald 
February 24, 2015
Capt Alexis Fisher 
March 17, 2015
1st Lt Daniel Foster 
January 28, 2015
Capt David Fowler 
July 14, 2015
Capt Ann‐Marie Franzen 
May 26, 2015
Capt Robert Frase 
March 25, 2015
Capt Luis Fraticelli 
February 22, 2015
Capt Logan Gallo 
November 4, 2015
March 18, 2015
Capt Jerry George 
Capt Frank Gough 
November 16, 2015
Capt Joseph Graffo 
July 9, 2015
Maj Andrew Greenwood 
November 6, 2015
2d Lt Stephen Greuner 
August 9, 2015
Capt Robert Griffith 
January 17, 2015
1st Lt Natalie Hannans 
August 15, 2015
Capt Nelse Hansen 
September 2, 2015
Lt Col Ronald Hanson 
June 9, 2015
1st Lt Paul Hasz 
December 8, 2015
1st Lt Duron Hatten 
March 15, 2015

1st Lt Jeffrey Henderson
Capt Peter Higgins
Capt Edward Hiller
Capt Austin Holliman
1st Lt Matthew Holt
SM Ryan Howard
Capt Andrew Howard
1st Lt Joel Huertas
Capt Edgaralexis Irizarry
1st Lt Richard Irsik
2d Lt Matthew Isbell
1st Lt Joseph Jeffries
SM Robert Jennings
Capt Robert Johnson
Lt Col Thomas Johnson
Lt Col Harry Jones
Capt Stephen Jordan
Capt Ronald Kielty
Capt Ronalee Klase
2d Lt Ronald Klemm
2d Lt Ralph Korpman
Capt Alec Lampasona
Capt Robert Latham
1st Lt Peter Leckband
Capt Donald Lefebvre
1st Lt Amanda Lenardson
2d Lt William Leszczynski
1st Lt Robert Lique
1st Lt Jerry Loftis
Capt John MacLean
Capt Michael Magee
Capt James Marquardt
Capt R Mathis
Capt Andrew May
1st Lt Kenneth McDonald
Capt Lloyd McIntyre
Capt Harvey Meinstein
1st Lt Jose Mercado
1st Lt Jose Mercado
Lt Col Jerry Minchew
Maj Linda Minor
Capt Bradley Mizeras
1st Lt Beverly Moore
Capt Suamarie Morales‐Garcia
Capt Louis Morris
Capt Michael Murphy
Capt Richard Nazzaro
Maj Elizabeth Nelson
Capt George Nennstiel
Capt Robert Newsome
Capt Lyle Odland
Capt Ronald Ogan
Capt James Olliff
Capt Harlan Olson
1st Lt William Onkst
Lt Col Andrew Oppmann
1st Lt Talaina Ortman
1st Lt Craig Ortman
1st Lt Dakota Panco
1st Lt Christopher Petkus
Capt John Puchein
Lt Col William Rake
1st Lt Peter Reehling

‐ 18 ‐ 
 

October 15, 2015
April 27, 2015
January 24, 2015
September 23, 2015
July 31, 2015
August 14, 2015
April 28, 2015
January 9, 2015
February 7, 2015
September 10, 2015
August 13, 2015
October 20, 2015
July 17, 2015
May 12, 2015
October 20, 2015
October 30, 2015
September 1, 2015
December 3, 2015
May 3, 2015
April 28, 2015
January 26, 2015
September 29, 2015
March 13, 2015
February 5, 2015
May 12, 2015
November 17, 2015
August 5, 2015
March 23, 2015
July 1, 2015
November 9, 2015
October 13, 2015
August 18, 2015
January 30, 2015
September 10, 2015
October 22, 2015
June 15, 2015
July 23, 2015
December 1, 2015
September 9, 2015
January 28, 2015
January 16, 2015
September 9, 2015
July 9, 2015
October 2, 2015
July 9, 2015
March 13, 2015
April 7, 2015
August 5, 2015
May 18, 2015
June 23, 2015
August 20, 2015
September 30, 2015
February 28, 2015
June 9, 2015
May 4, 2015
September 30, 2015
June 5, 2015
June 5, 2015
November 19, 2015
July 29, 2015
June 30, 2015
April 28, 2015
September 16, 2015

1st Lt Garland Reeves 
Maj Steven Riley 
Capt Dale Roberts 
1st Lt Eric Rochelle 
Capt Eduardo Rodriguez 
1st Lt Laura Rodriguez 
Maj Eugene Rogillio 
1st Lt Ramon Roman 
Capt Isaac Rosenberg 
Capt Robert Salman 
Capt Felipe Santiago 
2d Lt Fritz Schuppan 
Capt Parris Sepe 
1st Lt Candice Serafin 
Capt Frank Southern 
Capt Robert Speight 
Capt Theresa Stalnaker 
Capt Denise Stevens 
Capt Travis Stockelman 
Capt John Stokesberry 
1st Lt Duncan Taitt 
Lt Col Scott Thatcher 
2d Lt Robert Thomas 
Capt Michael Thometz 
Capt Louise Tillman 
1st Lt Debra Torp‐Pedersen 
1st Lt Alberto Torres 
Capt Milton Torres 
Capt Brian Tourkin 
Capt Gregory Underwood 
Maj Joseph Viviano 
1st Lt Stephen Voeller 
1st Lt Robert Wamsley 
1st Lt Brenda Watson 
Capt Joseph Withers 
Capt Justin Woolsey 
Capt Philip Yacht 
SM Marat Zanov 

June 24, 2015
January 16, 2015
December 18, 2015
May 13, 2015
May 23, 2015
September 9, 2015
December 4, 2015
February 1, 2015
March 3, 2015
April 15, 2015
January 23, 2015
June 29, 2015
December 27, 2015
September 10, 2015
July 16, 2015
February 2, 2015
November 19, 2015
June 22, 2015
June 23, 2015
November 9, 2015
September 17, 2015
August 9, 2015
January 7, 2015
March 12, 2015
July 3, 2015
June 10, 2015
August 25, 2015
April 26, 2015
December 5, 2015
June 30, 2015
July 1, 2015
May 23, 2015
December 11, 2015
March 15, 2015
August 9, 2015
April 26, 2015
May 6, 2015
November 21, 2015

Maj Christina English
Maj Viviana Estrada
Maj Candido Farina
Maj Ruben Fournier
Capt Luis Fraticelli
Capt Charlene Garcia
Maj Steven Gay
Maj Timothy Gillette
Lt Col Ronald Hanson
Capt James Harris
Lt Col James Harris
Capt Michael Harrison
Maj Neil Heisner
1st Lt Luis Herrera
Capt Derrick Hinds
Maj Robert Hoschner
Capt Eric Howard
Maj Brittany Howard
Maj Aurelio Hurtado De Mendoza 
Maj Donald Imbody
Maj Hector Infante
Maj Pablo Jimenez
Maj Clarence Juneau
Maj Tracey Kelly
Maj Stephen Kirkpatrick
Capt William Klein
Capt AnnMarie Kozloski
Capt Tyler Lahnen
Maj Dennis Larosa
1st Lt Peter Leckband
Lt Col Suzanne Littlefield
Capt Richard Long
Maj Dennis Maloney
Capt David Maney
Maj Johnny Masters
Capt Michael May
Capt Rex McClure
Capt Bennie McDonald
Maj Linda Minor
Maj Benjamin Moore
Capt Jose Mora
Capt Amanda Murphy
Capt Michael Murphy
Maj Bobby Myers
Capt Stephen Neer
Maj Elizabeth Nelson
Capt Nancy Newman
Capt Korbin Niehaus
Capt Mayra Nieves
Capt Alberto Pagan
Maj Douglas Parker
Capt Johnnie Pilgrim
Capt Anthony Pitman
Capt Steven Powell
Maj Thomas Pujadas
1st Lt Peter Reehling
Maj Charles Reidy
Maj William Resto‐Hernandez 
Capt William Rickels
Maj William Roberts
Maj Jason Robinson
Maj Jose Rodriguez
Lt Col Larry Rogers
Maj Eugene Rogillio
Maj Victor Santiago
Lt Col Joel Seidband

 
 
Level 3 ‐ Grover Loening Award 
Maj Sergio Baez 
February 10, 2015
Maj Jason Baran 
December 29, 2015
Capt Ronald Berube 
December 29, 2015
Capt Rebecca Blanton 
August 18, 2015
Maj James Bradley 
November 24, 2015
Capt Kennie Browning 
March 28, 2015
Maj Ronald Clark 
May 26, 2015
Maj Karl Cohen 
April 19, 2015
Maj Robert Colee 
April 18, 2015
January 17, 2015
Maj Diane Colson 
Maj Eric Cooter 
September 15, 2015
Maj Staten Corbett 
October 14, 2015
Capt Ryan Costantino 
October 15, 2015
Maj Robert Crawford 
January 3, 2015
Capt Robert Crite 
September 15, 2015
Capt Adam Davidson 
April 17, 2015
Capt Christopher Davis 
July 6, 2015
Capt Daia Dees‐Jung 
September 15, 2015
July 6, 2015
Maj Dirk Deville 
Maj Kevin Dinger 
September 15, 2015
Maj Alexander Duarte 
November 4, 2015
Maj Ronald Eckert 
September 15, 2015

‐ 19 ‐ 
 

September 15, 2015
December 7, 2015
May 29, 2015
February 10, 2015
September 5, 2015
February 2, 2015
September 15, 2015
May 4, 2015
August 4, 2015
October 16, 2015
June 4, 2015
December 10, 2015
October 22, 2015
August 31, 2015
October 23, 2015
December 29, 2015
February 10, 2015
August 5, 2015
December 29, 2015
September 4, 2015
September 15, 2015
November 21, 2015
June 13, 2015
April 4, 2015
August 2, 2015
July 6, 2015
September 14, 2015
April 19, 2015
July 6, 2015
August 24, 2015
February 27, 2015
February 10, 2015
July 21, 2015
March 26, 2015
July 17, 2015
February 10, 2015
February 10, 2015
August 11, 2015
December 13, 2015
October 22, 2015
July 6, 2015
March 27, 2015
March 27, 2015
February 22, 2015
October 15, 2015
September 15, 2015
March 6, 2015
June 13, 2015
October 31, 2015
February 14, 2015
November 4, 2015
March 24, 2015
July 6, 2015
November 15, 2015
January 16, 2015
December 10, 2015
March 28, 2015
January 28, 2015
February 15, 2015
February 10, 2015
March 27, 2015
July 6, 2015
April 19, 2015
December 4, 2015
December 19, 2015
July 30, 2015

Maj David Serafin 
Maj Samuel Sheffield 
Capt Gabriel Sierra 
Capt Scott Spangler 
Maj Gary Stalnaker 
Capt Theresa Stalnaker 
Maj Allen Stanley 
Maj Sherry Stevens 
Capt Art Stoutenburg 
Capt Kevin Thiem 
Maj Edmariliz Torres 
Maj Lance Upshaw 
Capt Armando Villasana 
1st Lt Brenda Watson 
Maj Peter Wehr 
Maj Ashley Whirrell 
Maj Barbara Wood 

February 15, 2015
April 17, 2015
December 7, 2015
September 15, 2015
June 5, 2015
December 10, 2015
January 3, 2015
October 22, 2015
June 3, 2015
November 21, 2015
September 22, 2015
April 29, 2015
December 29, 2015
September 24, 2015
July 5, 2015
June 29, 2015
May 12, 2015

 
Level 5 ‐ Gill Robb Wilson Award 
Lt Col J Andrew Boyer
March 17, 2015
Maj Adrian Cuarta
June 12, 2015
Maj Kevin Divers
June 14, 2015
Lt Col Stephanie Edwards
January 19, 2015
Lt Col Darlene Ferris
June 29, 2015
Lt Col John Joslin
October 22, 2015
Lt Col Norman Kaplan
February 27, 2015
June 12, 2015
Lt Col Joyce Nader
Lt Col Scott Peters
August 4, 2015
Lt Col Joel Shreenan
May 8, 2015
Lt Col Howard Smith
November 7, 2015
Lt Col Edith Street
June 2, 2015
Lt Col Albert Van Lengen
June 26, 2015
Maj Edward Woerle
June 12, 2015

 

 

 

Level 4 ‐ Paul E. Garber Award 
Maj Samuel Chiodo 
July 21, 2015
Capt Leonor Croteau 
June 3, 2015
Lt Col Eric Duron 
April 15, 2015
Lt Col Stephanie Edwards 
January 15, 2015
Lt Col Lazaro Garcia 
November 6, 2015
Maj Jeffrey Garrett 
May 27, 2015
Lt Col Mark Gelhardt 
November 3, 2015
Lt Col Corey Hamilton 
June 30, 2015
April 19, 2015
Maj Cory Hewitt 
Lt Col Gary Hornosky 
October 8, 2015
Maj Brian Hughes 
December 19, 2015
Lt Col Iain Jackson 
June 13, 2015
Lt Col Joanne Janchus 
July 21, 2015
SMSgt Scott Jung 
August 1, 2015
Lt Col Jo Kelly 
July 23, 2015
Maj Shaun Kelly 
July 17, 2015
Maj Regenna Kistner 
July 21, 2015
Lt Col Ralph Kugel 
July 21, 2015
Maj Joyce Lampasona 
July 21, 2015
1st Lt Luis Lebron 
November 14, 2015
Maj Jaime Lichi 
July 21, 2015
Lt Col Suzanne Littlefield 
April 18, 2015
Maj William Macek 
June 6, 2015
Lt Col Rafael Martinez‐Perez 
November 5, 2015
Capt Michael May 
March 6, 2015
March 14, 2015
Maj Donald McKeon 
Lt Col Scott Peters 
May 4, 2015
Maj Alex Rodriguez 
July 28, 2015
Lt Col Brady Rogers 
November 5, 2015
Maj Rafael Salort 
September 14, 2015
Lt Col Christopher Savage 
March 19, 2015
Maj Michael Schiefer 
November 21, 2015
Lt Col Barry Smith 
August 2, 2015
July 22, 2015
Lt Col David Stoner 
Lt Col Joe Wheeler 
July 1, 2015
Maj Rodney Wilson 
July 23, 2015

 

‐ 20 ‐ 
 

Senior Promotions
CMSgt Michael Bement 
SMSgt Scott Jung 
SSgt Kevin Ives 

September 9, 2015
August 16, 2015
January 16, 2015

Capt Philip Yacht
 
Maj Lawrence Ahern
Maj Dennis Baxley
Maj David Bellis
Maj Scott Brown
Maj Stuart Brownstein
Maj Daniel Burgess
Maj Sherwin Callwood
Maj Anthony Carson
Maj Samuel Chiodo
Maj Gwyndolen Clarke‐Reed
Maj Eric Cooter
Maj Brandon Cox
Maj Randall Diaz
Maj Jose Diaz
Maj Kevin Dinger
Maj Jorge Dorrbecker
Maj Alexander Duarte
Maj Donald Gaetz
Maj Alejandro Garcia
Maj Steven Gay
Maj Neil Heisner
Maj Mike Hill
Maj James Hobbs
Maj Matt Hudson
Maj Dorothy Hukill
Maj Shevrin Jones
Maj David Kerner
Maj Stephen Kirkpatrick
Maj Dennis Larosa
Maj Randy Lyle
Maj Benjamin Moore
Maj Marian Motylszary
Maj Amanda Murphy
Maj Elizabeth Nelson
Maj Douglas Parker
Maj Rodney Richardson
Maj Jose Rodriguez
Maj Judith Schiff
Maj Jimmie Smith
Maj Gary Stalnaker
Maj Alberto Torres
Maj Peter Wehr
Maj Donald Whalen
Maj Alan Williams
 
 
Lt Col Maurice Culver
Lt Col Cynthia Dohm
Lt Col Eric Duron
Lt Col Darlene Ferris
Lt Col Mark Fritz
Lt Col Lazaro Garcia
Lt Col Galin Hernandez
Lt Col Thomas Johnson
Lt Col Thomas Kenville
Lt Col Ralph Kugel
Lt Col Samuel Lane
Lt Col Angella Roberts
Lt Col Dale Robinson
Lt Col Barry Smith

 
Capt Pedro Alicea 
Capt Andrew Allocco 
Capt William Armstrong 
Capt Susan Barnett 
Capt Ronald Berube 
Capt Melanie Blakeley 
Capt Ryan Cason 
Capt Sybrian Castleman 
Capt Traci Cohen 
Capt Charles Colcord 
Capt Christopher Collins 
Capt David Collins 
Capt Carlos Cortesi 
Capt Thomas Cox 
Capt Rhonda Curabba 
Capt Todd Curabba 
Capt Daia Dees‐Jung 
Capt James Elmore 
Capt John Franco 
Capt Ann‐Marie Franzen 
Capt Logan Gallo 
Capt Gositha Haduwala Dewage 
Capt Peter Higgins 
Capt Edward Hiller 
Capt Curtis Hooks 
Capt Kenneth Jacobs 
Capt Thomas Jobes 
Capt Robert Johnson 
Capt Joseph Keys 
Capt Brett Kibbey 
Capt Jeremy King 
Capt Ronalee Klase 
Capt Eugene Kovacs 
Capt AnnMarie Kozloski 
Capt Alec Lampasona 
Capt Peter Leet 
Capt Donald Lefebvre 
Capt David Marble 
Capt Javier Marriaga 
Capt Douglas Martin 
Capt Glenda McCormack 
Capt Harvey Meinstein 
Capt Kristen Miller 
Capt John Puchein 
Capt John Robinson 
Capt Isaac Rosenberg 
Capt Felipe Santiago 
Capt Parris Sepe 
Capt Frank Southern 
Capt Scott Spangler 
Capt Philip Stewart 
Capt Art Stoutenburg 
Capt Mark Thibodeau 
Capt Michael Thometz 
Capt Milton Torres 
Capt Brian Tourkin 
Capt Jonathan Urdaneta 
Capt Justin Woolsey 

March 31, 2015
April 22, 2015
March 20, 2015
August 24, 2015
November 2, 2015
June 5, 2015
November 10, 2015
April 25, 2015
September 1, 2015
September 24, 2015
June 30, 2015
March 3, 2015
August 4, 2015
August 25, 2015
March 17, 2015
February 4, 2015
April 2, 2015
July 29, 2015
January 16, 2015
April 1, 2015
November 4, 2015
March 1, 2015
February 17, 2015
February 17, 2015
May 25, 2015
January 15, 2015
November 18, 2015
June 18, 2015
December 11, 2015
February 9, 2015
February 10, 2015
December 13, 2015
July 7, 2015
September 19, 2015
September 29, 2015
November 20, 2015
July 16, 2015
January 16, 2015
April 17, 2015
June 17, 2015
August 9, 2015
August 13, 2015
April 3, 2015
October 15, 2015
September 1, 2015
March 6, 2015
November 18, 2015
December 27, 2015
July 16, 2015
December 14, 2015
October 7, 2015
December 21, 2015
August 9, 2015
March 13, 2015
June 9, 2015
December 24, 2015
November 19, 2015
May 4, 2015

21 

February 24, 2015
 
 
October 14, 2015
October 22, 2015
January 23, 2015
May 30, 2015
September 18, 2015
September 29, 2015
November 24, 2015
April 2, 2015
December 31, 2015
October 14, 2015
October 9, 2015
December 7, 2015
August 1, 2015
October 15, 2015
November 16, 2015
March 16, 2015
December 10, 2015
October 22, 2015
October 8, 2015
September 22, 2015
November 15, 2015
October 14, 2015
January 23, 2015
October 14, 2015
December 21, 2015
October 15, 2015
October 15, 2015
August 22, 2015
November 8, 2015
October 21, 2015
November 16, 2015
July 20, 2015
October 23, 2015
October 8, 2015
November 16, 2015
July 17, 2015
July 20, 2015
August 22, 2015
October 14, 2015
April 2, 2015
April 1, 2015
July 19, 2015
May 3, 2015
October 14, 2015
 
 
October 30, 2015
August 17, 2015
May 1, 2015
June 6, 2015
December 7, 2015
December 16, 2015
December 29, 2015
September 10, 2015
July 9, 2015
August 3, 2015
May 8, 2015
February 9, 2015
March 24, 2015
September 23, 2015

Lt Col Steven Stimpson 
Lt Col Scott Thatcher 
Lt Col Deborah Van De Ven 
Lt Col Scott Weber 
   
  

September 24, 2015
June 9, 2015
December 21, 2015
August 10, 2015
 
 

 

22 

Cadet Awards
Wright Brothers Award 
Maxwell Abreu 
June 2, 2015
Brandy Adams 
October 3, 2015
Iman Almulad 
September 1, 2015
Bradley Antis 
May 21, 2015
Marc Arnold 
April 18, 2015
James Ashmen 
October 27, 2015
Handerson Atehortua 
May 26, 2015
Brandon Azevedo 
March 4, 2015
Joshua Babcock 
December 15, 2015
Jacob Bagley 
June 28, 2015
Judah Baker 
September 30, 2015
November 17, 2015
Morgan Balsley 
Benjamin Bauder 
October 19, 2015
Leigha Bauder 
March 30, 2015
Aaron Beckwith 
September 22, 2015
John Paul Bendon 
May 12, 2015
Brandon Benenati 
July 14, 2015
Ryan Benton 
August 24, 2015
Lauren Berg 
July 29, 2015
Miguel Bermeo 
March 10, 2015
Caleb Bernstein 
November 3, 2015
Andrew Biolzi 
August 4, 2015
June 2, 2015
Miranda Bird 
Ryan Bobenrieth 
May 11, 2015
Ilian Borrero 
August 28, 2015
Michael Brunotte 
March 4, 2015
Colt Burch 
November 23, 2015
Spencer Cady 
August 3, 2015
Jason Cain 
September 3, 2015
Dianna Camelo 
April 18, 2015
Erick Caride‐Perez 
April 18, 2015
Patrick Carlin 
September 29, 2015
Julie Cartee 
September 28, 2015
September 28, 2015
Mark Cartee 
Spencer Charles 
June 2, 2015
Scott Chiste 
February 17, 2015
Daniel Chomyszak 
November 9, 2015
Carly Collins 
October 28, 2015
Bayli Conway 
January 7, 2015
Gavin Cooper 
February 25, 2015
Joshua Cowart 
August 4, 2015
Alison Curtis 
May 31, 2015
George Davies 
July 22, 2015
Jordan Deen 
April 27, 2015
June 16, 2015
Samson Del Torto 
Andres Del Valle 
April 18, 2015
Gary Delacruz 
September 26, 2015
Zachary Demers 
April 13, 2015
Noah Dovin 
October 22, 2015
Adam Dudley 
August 28, 2015
Lauren Duer 
January 26, 2015
Ezekiel Duncanson 
May 26, 2015
Nathan Egli 
September 23, 2015
David Elder 
June 9, 2015
Delvis Elesppe 
February 18, 2015
July 28, 2015
Sarah Fairchild 
Gabriel Fermin 
January 6, 2015
Brandon Fernandez 
June 30, 2015
Carl Fevrius 
April 13, 2015
Andres Fonseca 
May 26, 2015
Courtney Fontan 
October 1, 2015
Michael Gendreau 
December 16, 2015

George Gleadall
Victor Gonzalez
Nicolas Gonzalez
Michael Gonzalez
Christian Hannah
Nicholas Hanssen
Adrian Hernandez
Jesus Hernandez
Ben Herrou
Samuel Hilderbrand
Riley Hoag
Christopher Hobden
Angela Huang
Kaylee Hurley
Annmarie Hyde
Ian Jackson
Kristin Jalkower
Andrew Jenkins
Camron Jimenez
Cassidy Johnson
Lucas Johnson
Briar Jones
Snow Kang
David Kelley
Kennedy Kiker
Jess Kramer
Lance Kreitzer
Matthew Kuczajda
Michael Lambert
Andrew Lands
Kenneth Lasseter
Rebekah Learned
Earl Learned
Shawn Leet
Arlyn Llenas
Hunter Long
Brianna Lord
Alexander Louis‐Charles
Sarah Luke
Gabrielle Lusskin
Jacob Magruder
Alexander Major
Matthew Marble
Jenna Martin
Matthew McAvoy
Josi‐ah McCray
Jackson McGaughey
Connor Mcintire
Jack Metlika
Logan Missler
Ethan Mitchell
Raymond Moats
Marshall Montgomery
Bailey Moody
Daniel Morera
Malcolm Muhammad
Jorge Mulet
Sarah Nestler
Jacob Newbold
Zayin Noyes
Jay Nulph
Phillip Oates
Sebastian Olivieri

23 

June 23, 2015
September 1, 2015
October 27, 2015
October 11, 2015
June 1, 2015
September 3, 2015
August 17, 2015
August 1, 2015
December 15, 2015
December 9, 2015
November 17, 2015
March 17, 2015
February 18, 2015
December 21, 2015
April 16, 2015
June 30, 2015
September 26, 2015
January 5, 2015
April 17, 2015
August 17, 2015
September 3, 2015
August 1, 2015
November 26, 2015
January 13, 2015
September 24, 2015
February 4, 2015
April 8, 2015
November 7, 2015
October 15, 2015
November 24, 2015
August 20, 2015
November 23, 2015
January 20, 2015
July 14, 2015
October 7, 2015
November 4, 2015
May 14, 2015
April 20, 2015
November 3, 2015
October 7, 2015
August 25, 2015
March 12, 2015
June 6, 2015
April 13, 2015
November 17, 2015
January 7, 2015
February 3, 2015
November 23, 2015
February 3, 2015
January 24, 2015
November 27, 2015
November 17, 2015
June 22, 2015
March 24, 2015
February 19, 2015
June 22, 2015
December 20, 2015
April 28, 2015
August 3, 2015
April 17, 2015
March 17, 2015
February 9, 2015
July 2, 2015

Tristan Palmer 
Tirth Patel 
Christopher Perez 
Vicente Pinon 
Christine Pittman 
Aaron Portal 
Zachariah Prescott 
Nicholas Puentes 
Francisco Pulgarin 
Hannah Pumphrey 
Matthew Ramer 
Cassie Ramer 
Charles Read 
Dylan Reese 
Joseph Reynolds 
Jon Rios 
Phillip Rose 
Evan Roseman 
Brandon Ross‐Walton 
Mark Sanzetenea 
Martin Sara 
Paul Schad 
Christian Sexton 
Douglas Short 
Eric Si 
Blane Smith 
Jacob Springer 
Braden Steiner 
Alexis Suarez 
Crystal Suckie 
Abigail Thomasos 
Treyce Thompson 
Daniil Trunin 
Pedro Turmero 
Evan Turner 
Darius Tykal 
Alejandro Valderrama 
Alex Vanderwier 
Andre Vazquez 
Bella Viator 
Austin Vore 
Nathan Ward 
Andrew Weiker 
Jennifer Zartman 
Levi Zima 

October 15, 2015
September 28, 2015
December 15, 2015
February 23, 2015
January 27, 2015
March 8, 2015
March 7, 2015
December 18, 2015
February 4, 2015
September 5, 2015
November 18, 2015
November 18, 2015
February 19, 2015
December 19, 2015
March 24, 2015
January 27, 2015
October 27, 2015
September 28, 2015
November 19, 2015
May 16, 2015
March 28, 2015
November 24, 2015
September 8, 2015
August 3, 2015
November 17, 2015
September 22, 2015
February 14, 2015
August 31, 2015
January 14, 2015
January 30, 2015
October 26, 2015
July 14, 2015
March 23, 2015
November 17, 2015
October 7, 2015
June 29, 2015
March 3, 2015
September 24, 2015
April 28, 2015
October 23, 2015
April 6, 2015
February 3, 2015
July 20, 2015
September 8, 2015
October 6, 2015

Tayreis DeLeon
Matthew Dye
Kirk Faris
Shane Fitzgerald
Caleb Gauthier
Sherly German
Jade Gibson
Devon Giles
Hector Gomez
Javier Gomez
Charles Greenman
Hannah Guertler
Ethan Gunn
Nicklas Hartman
Arthur Horn
Godday Hornsby
Jensen Houck
Stephen Jenkins
Christian Johnson
Christopher Katz
Robynn‐Emmanuelle Katzeff
Kara Kennedy
James Kidd
Luke Kohler
Santiago Ledesma
Roman Leone
Matthew Lewandowski
Caleb Lewis
Arthur Lohman
Mark Lyford
Michel Mancini
Morgann‐Elizabeth Markoe
Daniel Marriaga
William McDonald
Frank McDonald
Brianna McDonald
Jon McMillen
Christian Munoz
Ryan Neely
Joseph Nelson
Airyel Ogden
Chase Palmer
Jake Pearman
Adrian Perez
Cory Philpott
Juan Quintero
Jackson Ribler
Truett Roberts
Nicholas Rodriguez
Alyssa Santos
John Sarnecky
Anthony Sevilla
MacKenzie Shepherd
Darran Tiwarie
Hunter Toth
Joseph Uy
Christian Viereck
Corbin Wapshott
Cooper Whitten
Bryan Woolsey
Elizabeth Wright
Alex Zimmerman

 
General Billy Mitchell Award 
Daniel Andruss 
October 27, 2015
Conrad Awve 
November 6, 2015
Alexander Bailey 
December 8, 2015
Jacob Brickner 
January 13, 2015
Joshua Buck 
January 27, 2015
Michael Burns 
January 28, 2015
Jacqueline Cabrera 
May 16, 2015
Gabriella Cain 
June 18, 2015
Jack Carley 
April 23, 2015
Bernard Carlin 
February 25, 2015
Michael Cassell 
August 20, 2015
August 20, 2015
Nicholas Cassell 
Mariano Chevez 
August 15, 2015
Samuel Collins 
March 17, 2015
Kyle Collins 
May 20, 2015
Yavier Couto 
July 7, 2015
Kevin Cruz 
August 26, 2015
Tea DeLeon 
June 15, 2015

 
 

24 

July 27, 2015
April 27, 2015
June 22, 2015
August 17, 2015
December 10, 2015
February 10, 2015
December 21, 2015
October 12, 2015
November 15, 2015
January 5, 2015
May 12, 2015
August 25, 2015
February 16, 2015
February 20, 2015
February 10, 2015
December 21, 2015
March 9, 2015
April 20, 2015
August 17, 2015
August 25, 2015
December 21, 2015
November 9, 2015
June 30, 2015
December 1, 2015
August 20, 2015
November 24, 2015
June 16, 2015
October 22, 2015
August 24, 2015
October 6, 2015
June 24, 2015
July 20, 2015
June 27, 2015
October 27, 2015
August 25, 2015
February 7, 2015
December 9, 2015
October 15, 2015
April 23, 2015
December 30, 2015
May 20, 2015
August 25, 2015
July 27, 2015
January 8, 2015
August 3, 2015
July 18, 2015
July 25, 2015
September 22, 2015
June 27, 2015
November 19, 2015
May 25, 2015
November 17, 2015
July 14, 2015
March 3, 2015
January 27, 2015
June 30, 2015
August 17, 2015
March 17, 2015
September 14, 2015
March 17, 2015
May 21, 2015
November 23, 2015

Amelia Earhart Award 
Antoinette Barnes 
February 17, 2015
Alyson Blakeley 
February 7, 2015
Glenn Camilo‐Reoyo 
September 3, 2015
Yavier Couto 
December 8, 2015
Cody Curabba 
February 4, 2015
Pedro Dove 
October 3, 2015
Cole Frank 
August 18, 2015
Maxwell Frost 
October 27, 2015
Austin George 
May 13, 2015
Kiasama Gonzalez 
October 24, 2015
Ethan Gunn 
December 24, 2015
Alexander Hewitt 
December 7, 2015
Keith Holliday 
August 27, 2015
Tyler Kelley 
December 29, 2015
Luke Kilianski 
November 12, 2015
Austen King 
November 11, 2015
Jonathan Levin 
July 16, 2015
Daniel Linares 
April 27, 2015
Mayra Martinez 
October 3, 2015
Nathan Martus 
August 31, 2015
Kyler McCown 
July 27, 2015
Andrew Pitman 
April 8, 2015
March 10, 2015
Austin Ratlieff 
Andrea Slouha 
February 4, 2015
Matthew Strange 
December 7, 2015

Gen Ira C. Eaker Award 
Diego Alva
June 30, 2015
Luis Berrios
June 16, 2015
David Brown
June 16, 2015
Aaron Cinnamon
August 3, 2015
Carlos Cortesi
January 21, 2015
Iriolexis Encalada
August 13, 2015
Angel Pena
June 20, 2015
Luis Rodriguez
December 7, 2015
Alyxandra Swanson
October 13, 2015
Ben Voll
February 9, 2015
Jarod Waters
October 6, 2015
Jacob Watford
February 7, 2015

 
General Carl A. Spaatz Award 
David Brown
August 3, 2015
Carlos Cortesi
February 24, 2015
Iriolexis Encalada
September 8, 2015

 
 

 

 

 

25 

Cadet Honor Society Inductees ‐ 2015 
History: The Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society was created in 1998 as part of the vision of then Chief of 
Staff, Lt Col Matthew Sharkey (Later Florida Wing, then Southeast Region Commander). It is a program 
designed to recognize cadets who have excelled in CAP academics and achievement. 
Purpose: The purpose of this Honor Society is to help cadets gain academic recognition and credit for 
educational and scholarship purposes. It is a great achievement to be recorded on high school or college 
resumes, and squadrons are highly encouraged to promote this in their cadet programs. For more 
detailed information, download CAPR 52‐16 Supplement 1, Cadet Programs Management. 
Jonathan M. Salazar (252) 
Ryan T. Mock (289) 
Annika R. Sonderegger (343) 
Trey Eminger (437) 
Yavier R. Couto (447) 
Joseph Nelson (468) 
Jackson W. Ribler (486) 
John E. Brown (490) 
Daniel A. Casto (491) 
Ryan D. Pope (500) 
Christopher J. Cuozzo (501) 
Cody A. Curabba (502) 
Francisco Pulgarin (503) 
Erin E. Reilly (504) 
Alexander L. Major (505) 
Zachariah S Prescott (506) 
Zachariah S. Prescott (506) 
Corbin M Wapshott (507) 
Sophia C Austin (508) 
Dawson S Rice (509) 
Christopher D Bernhardt (510) 
Christopher Hobden (511) 
Noah Cantaline (512) 
Lauren Duer (513) 
Zachary Demers (514) 
Stephen Chomos (515) 
Andrew M. Chen (516) 
Francisco M. Rivera (517) 
Connor E. Davis (518) 
Connor E. Davis (518) 
Phillip J. Oates (519) 
Michael R. Cassell (520) 
Conrad J. Awve (521) 
Jesus V. Hernandez Jr. (522) 
Jesus Hernandez (522) 
Braden L. Balsley (523) 
Carl M. Fevrius (524) 
John J. Licardi (525) 
Joseph B. Hoover (526) 
Alexander Moreno (527) 
Sarah R. Nestler (528) 
Jay E. Nulph (529) 
Mark V. Sanzetenea (530) 
Brandon M. Wynn (531) 
Daniel J. Morera (532) 

Clearwater Composite Squadron 
OakHurst Cadet Squadron 
OakHurst Cadet Squadron 
Treasure Coast Composite Squadron 
463rd Cadet Squadron 
Jacksonville Composite Squadron 
Tamiami Composite Squadron 
463rd Cadet Squadron 
463rd Cadet Squadron 
Eglin Composite Squadron 
Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron 
Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron 
Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron 
Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron 
Fort Lauderdale Composite Squadron 
Marianna Composite Squadron 
Marianna Composite Squadron 
Seminole Composite Squadron 
Seminole Composite Squadron 
Seminole Composite Squadron 
Seminole Composite Squadron 
Seminole Composite Squadron 
Treasure Coast Composite Squadron 
Treasure Coast Composite Squadron 
Treasure Coast Composite Squadron 
Marianna Composite Squadron 
Boca Raton Composite Squadron 
Boca Raton Composite Squadron 
Eglin Composite Squadron 
Eglin Composite Squadron 
Treasure Coast Composite Squadron 
Coral Springs Cadet Squadron 
Pines‐ Miramar Composite Squadron 
Marianna Composite Squadron 
Marianna Composite Squadron 
Treasure Coast Composite Squadron 
Treasure Coast Composite Squadron 
Treasure Coast Composite Squadron 
North Tampa‐Lutz Cadet Squadron 
Naples Cadet Squadron 
OakHurst Cadet Squadron 
Seminole Composite Squadron 
Opa Locka Cadet Squadron 
Clearwater Composite Squadron 
Clearwater Composite Squadron 

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Earl J. Learned (533) 
Levi J. Zima (534) 
Hannah N. Pumphrey (535) 
Harry A. Normington (536) 
Steven J. Faviano (537) 
Nicklas C. Hartman (538) 
Nicklas C. Hartman (538) 
Bailey M. Moody (539) 
Caleb A. Gauthier (540) 
Caleb A. Gauthier (540) 
Jacob R. Palm (541) 
Jacob R. Palm (541) 
Joseph W. B. Reynolds (542) 
Joseph W. B. Reynolds (542) 
Joshua M. Buck (543) 
Shelby K. Watson (544) 
Charles J. Read (545) 
Douglas B. Lumpkin (546) 
Marcus Fabietti (547) 
Bayli (548) 
Gavin Cooper (549) 
Scott Pritz (550) 
Nicholas C. Puentes (551) 
Brian A. Rosario (552) 
Anthony Sevilla (553) 
Blane J. Smith (554) 
Xuanqi Zhu (555) 
Sarah E. Luke (556) 
Hunter S. Long (557) 
Lizandro P. Dasilva (558) 
Elijah N. Bustos (559) 
Brandon Azevedo (560) 

Seminole Composite Squadron 
Seminole Composite Squadron 
Marianna Composite Squadron 
HOMESTEAD ARB COMPOSITE SQUADRON 
Jacksonville Composite Squadron 
Jacksonville Composite Squadron 
Jacksonville Composite Squadron 
Jacksonville Composite Squadron 
Jacksonville Composite Squadron 
Jacksonville Composite Squadron 
Marion County Composite Squadron 
Marion County Composite Squadron 
Marion County Composite Squadron 
Marion County Composite Squadron 
SRQ Composite Squadron 
SRQ Composite Squadron 
Fort Lauderdale Composite Squadron 
SRQ Composite Squadron 
Crystal Lake Middle School Cadet Squadron 
Crystal Lake Middle School Cadet Squadron 
Crystal Lake Middle School Cadet Squadron 
Crystal Lake Middle School Cadet Squadron 
463rd Cadet Squadron 
463rd Cadet Squadron 
463rd Cadet Squadron 
463rd Cadet Squadron 
463rd Cadet Squadron 
Pensacola Cadet Squadron 
Olympia Cadet Squadron 
Olympia Cadet Squadron 
Olympia Cadet Squadron 
Olympia Cadet Squadron 

 
 

 

 

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Abstract 
Florida Wing Operations 2015 
3 Redcaps  
280 AFAM missions 
Air ‐ 4762 sorties 
Ground – 441 sorties 
5471.8 flight hours flow 
196 glider orientation flights  
866 powered orientation flights 
52 Check Pilot Graduates 
Second iteration of FLESA 
 

Florida Wing HURREX 2015 ‐ After Action Report 
1. 

Objectives: 
a. 
This year’s objective for the FL wing CAP was to validate the DCSA process with the FL 
DEM requesting formally the CAP to assist in Pre and post land damage assessment. 
b. 
Improve CAP GIIEP skills and demonstrate the ability for CAP to provide timely damage 
assessment to the FL DEM Planning/RECON sections 
c. 
d. 

2. 

Assist in developing the SERT Air Branch concept. 
Refine CAP State LNO procedures and manning requirements. 

Discussion: 
The annual FL SERT hurricane exercise for CY‐15 was divided into four phases, with three of the 
four phases mainly conducted with tabletop exercises and CAP 
Providing imagery for Phases one thru four. Each phase was a”low stress/no fault” exercise 
designed to identify weaknesses and strong points in the planning and execution of those plans. 
Phase one consisted of “Hurricane Sasser” coming ashore in the panhandle near Destin as a 
category three storm. CAP provided “GIIEP” and still imagery along the coast from Pensacola 
Beach to Destin. 
Phase two consisted of “Hurricane Gibson” and CAP conducting GIIEP missions along the 
western side of Lake Okeechobee. 

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Phase three was “post” landfall and lasted for three days with all the major players at the state 
EOC. 
Phases one and two were only from 0800 to 1200 ‐ 28 April and 6 May. 
3. 

Pro’s: 
a. 
CAP was able to have the State EM personnel request CAP DSCA support via a verbal 
and email request to the NOC and that process when very well. We flew one sortie under the 
state MOU/corporate mission for pre‐landfall imagery to verify the request and financial process 
between the State EM and FL CAP FM. 
b. 
We were able to get the State DEM GIS personnel into the “FEMA” CAP imagery process 
and now the FL DEM GIS knows they can receive real time and at no cost to them any CAP 
imagery uploaded into “CAP UPLOADER” 
c. 
We were finally able to place a GIIEP operator (Technician) into the SERT 
RECON/Planning section and demonstrate the ability to provide real time and near real time 
FMV. 
d. 
CAP was able to provide on the Main EOC screen’s, GIIEP FMV and stills so many ESF’s 
and players were able to see our imagery products. 

4. 

Con’s: 
a. 
Weather played a major factor for the table tops with the WX in the Panhandle and 
vicinity of Lake Okeechobee during phases one and two. We were able to fly but much later 
than planned. We wanted to launch around 0900 and were delayed until around 1200, right at 
the end of each tabletop. 
b. 
GIIEP Sprint cell phone connectivity is still a major issue and we had very limited 
coverage on the west side of Lake Okeechobee, we still do not have a working solution from 
NHQ (Guidance) to provide GIIEP imagery via a CD or external hard drive to the customer once 
we land when the cell connection does not work. 
c. 
GIIEP flight must be flown at an altitude of >1000 foot AGL but < 1200 foot AGL. The 
ideal altitude for cell phone reception is 500‐700 feet AGL but current CAP regulation prohibits 
this altitude.  

5. 

Lessons learned: 
a. 
AP’s are not staying up on this skill set so we need to task the Wing AP much more so 
they understand the limits of their equipment and plan for failures of the GPS tagging and 
develop back up plans. They also must constantly work with CAP Uploader to have that process 
work much smoother. 
b. 
We were able to have the State GIS personnel reach into “CAP uploader” and they now 
“capture” real time any CAP imagery placed in “CAP Uploader” and are able to provide this to 
any county needing it very quickly. 
c. 

The “Virtual Area Command and Webex worked very well. 
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d. 

Staffing the EOC with knowledgeable personnel is very important. 

e. 

Development of “checklists” and procedures was very important. 
George Schaefer, LtCol, CAP 
IC1 – Air Branch Represnetative 

Florida Wing Logistics 2015 
FLWG Started 2015 with 29 vehicles. Three new vehicles were received during the fall of 2016. They 
were two 2 Chevrolet passenger vans and 1 Ford Explorer. FLWG had 1 Ford Pick‐up destroyed by a 
lighting strike. No injuries were sustained due to the lighting strike. 
Florida Wing supported the National Convention in August 2015 with transportation and logistics 
support. 
Eleven new laptops were received and distributed to units and staff, as the need is justified. In addition, 
18 Garmin VIRB Video cameras were received. The camera sets have been either issued to the flying 
squadrons for adaption to assigned aircraft or being held for installation by FLWG AMO. 

Florida Wing Information Technologies 2015 
1. 
Provided help desk support to over 3800 wing members. Handled about 4000 emails. Got IT of 
the Year for being a nice guy.  
2. 
Helped create and complete over 80 websites for Florida wing, its groups and squadrons. The 
uniform look and feel promotes the CAP professional image. The fact that the websites are on the 
SER/FLWG server helps with support and maintenance, as well as ensures website updating continuity in 
case of member resignation or transfer.  
3. 

Created many new accounts for members on the websites.  

4. 
Researched, proposed, and purchased wireless hotspots for large wing meetings, providing WiFi 
Internet access to large groups of members at various events such as Sun‐N‐Fun. 
5. 
Supported many directorates by updating their pages on the wing website including forms and 
authorizations. 
6. 
Supported Operations by maintaining the HURCON pages and the vehicle and plane location 
pages.  
7. 
Obtained Windows 10 special non‐profit licensing to start testing the operating system in view 
of the upcoming general upgrade. Mainly used on older Windows XP computers, after a memory 
upgrade.  

Florida Wing Communications 2015 
The Florida Wing Communications program was led by Lt Col Jim Clark who ascended to the role in a 
time of need for the Wing.  Some of the accomplishments for Wing Communications during 2015: 
Successfully Passed Compliance Inspection. 
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Completed difficult transfer of gear from prior Wing Communications Officer 
Rebuilt and revitalized Communications staff 
Completed annual inventory in less than 30 days 
Started trailer operator program including: training 11 trailer operators, trained many cadets 
and seniors using trailer 
Significantly reduced number or "needs repair" radios in wing 
Reduced call sign assignment time from 1 month to 1 day 
Setup Wing Communications Website and added useful file downloads and maps of resources 
Began advertising communications gear available for loan for special events/training 
Got and deployed Internet/phone system for austere mission bases 
Shutdown satellite internet system causing significant cost savings for wing. 
Setup command trailer with radios 
Completed Constant Watch 2015 Annual Communications exercise 
Lost Communications pickup truck 8529 to lightning strike, no injuries  

Florida Wing Aerospace Education 2015 
Director of Aerospace Education ‐  Major Gary Dahlke 
SPACEFLIGHT ORIENTATION COURSE    
Regional activity hosted/run by Florida Wing.  Twenty‐seven participants with over three days of tours 
and briefings on the subject of space exploratHeld at Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center. 
February 2015 
NATIONAL AEROSPACE SCHOOL 
National activity with significant support from Florida Wing.  Thirty‐five participants over six days of 
instruction and seminars for AEOs in the 215 Specialty Track.  Pensacola Naval Air Station.  June 2015 
NATIONAL CADET SPECIAL ACTIVITY – AIR FORCE COMMAND FAMILIARIZATION COURSE 
National activity with significant support from Florida Wing.  Twenty‐seven participants over seven days 
of instruction and seminars for cadets.  Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center.  June 2015 
AIR FORCE SPACE AND MISSILE MUSEUM VOLUNTEER PROGRAM 
Ongoing volunteer Aerospace program supported by Florida Wing.  Volunteers represent both the U.S. 
Air Force and Civil Air Patrol by conducting museum tours and interpreting exhibits.  Held at Cape 
Canaveral.  Ten current volunteers, conducted throughout the year. 

Florida Wing Professional Development 2015 
Director of Professional Development – Lt Colonel Walter (Scotty) Scott 
Florida Wing offers both the Squadron Leadership School (SLS) and Corporate Learning Course (CLC) as a 
hybrid online education course with a one day CAPSTONE course of instruction. 
Significant upgrades to the curriculum were made in 2015 in compliance with National Headquarters. 
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CORPORATE LEADERSHIP COURSE 
January 10, 2015 
September 9, 2015 
June 13, 2015   
September 6, 2015 
October 18, 2015 
November 14, 2015 

Gulf Middle School ‐ 10 
Jacksonville ‐ 3 
Eglin AFB ‐ 5 
Patrick AFB ‐ 8 
Coral Springs High School ‐ 10 
Chipley ‐ 1 

SQUADRON LEADERSHIP SCHOOL 
March 21, 2015  
April 11, 2015   
April 18, 2015   
June 13, 2015   
August 8, 2015   
October 17, 2015 
November 14, 2015 
November 14, 2015 

Naples Senior Squadron ‐ 19 
Group 3 HQ ‐ 14 
Group 6 Boca Raton ‐ 10 
Eglin AFB ‐ 7 
Jacksonville Comp ‐ 4 
Coral Springs Charter School ‐ 22 
Marion County ‐ 13 
Chipley ‐ 9 

UNIT COMMANDERS COURSE 
April 19, 2015   
June 14, 2015   

Group 6 Boca Raton ‐ 22 
Eglin AFB ‐ 7 

LEVEL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS ‐ WING WIDE 
LEVEL 1  
LEVEL 2  
LEVEL 3  
LEVEL 4  
LEVEL 5  

 

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Florida Wing Cadet Programs 2015 
WING WIDE ENCAMPMENTS 
Summer 2015 
Total Attendees: 

 

327 

Cadet Students   

 

185 

Cadet Staff 

 

 

77 

Senior Staff 

 

 

 

65 

Winter Encampment 2015‐16 
Total Attendees: 

 

342 

Cadet Students   

 

198 

Cadet Staff 

 

 

76 

Senior Staff 

 

 

68 

 

Summer Encampment 2016 
Total Expected Attendees: 

350 

Cadet Students   

 

200 

Cadet Staff 

 

 

78 

Senior Staff 

 

 

70 

GENERAL CARL A. SPAATZ AWARDS 
C/Col Logan Gallo 

SER‐FL‐286 

Pines‐Miramar Composite Squadron 

C/Col Carlos Cortesi 

SER‐FL‐090 

Miami Enterprise Cadet Squadron 

C/Col Jeremy King 

SER‐FL‐274 

Polk County Composite Squadron 

C/Col David Brown 

SER‐FL‐274 

Polk County Composite Squadron 

C/Col Iriolexis Encalada  SER‐FL‐286 

Pines‐Miramar Composite Squadron 

CADETS PARTICIPATION IN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES SELECTION BOARDS 
January 2015   

 

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TEAMS IN AFA CYBER PATRIOT COMPETITION 
Total of 37 Teams 
1. Hernando County Composite Squadron 
2. Hernando County Composite Squadron Alpha Flight 
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Boca Raton Composite Squadron 
Eglin Composite Squadron Alpha 
Eglin Composite Squadron Bravo 
Eglin Composite Squadron Charlie 
Treasure Coast Composite Squadron Pirates 
SER‐FL‐383 Jacksonville Composite Squadron 
MS Team SER‐FL‐383 Jacksonville Composite Squadron 
463rd Cadet Squadron 
Lantana Cadet Squadron 
Parkway City Guys 
Cyber Eagles 
Tamiami Composite Squadron 
Pines‐Miramar Composite Squadron 
SER‐FL‐316 – 1 
Osceola Squadron SER‐FL‐456 
Orlando Cadet Squadron 
Pensacola Composite Squadron 
CAP‐CLMS 1 
CAP‐CLMS 2 
CAP‐CLMS 3 
Seminole Composite Squadron 
Sarasota Military Academy – Senior Varsity 
Sarasota Military Academy – CAP 
CAP 
Stuart Composite Squadron 
SER‐FL‐024 
MCDill Cadet Squadron 
089 Team Piper 
Mac Dill Cadet Squadron SER‐FL‐089 Team Cessna 
Mac Dill Cadet Squadron SER‐FL‐089 Team Dehavilland 
Treasure Coast Composite Squadron 
Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron Alpha 
Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron Bravo 
Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron Charlie 
Zephyr Cadet Squadron SER‐FL‐459 

CADETS PARTICIPATION IN FLORIDA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 
September 2015 

 

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November 2015 

 

49 

CADETS PARTICIPATION IN REGION CADET LEADERSHIP SCHOOL 
September 2015 
 

 

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CADETS PARTICIPATION IN ULTIMATE CADET CHALLENGE 
October 2015   

 

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CADETS PARTICIPATING IN COLOR GUARD ACADEMY 
July 2015 

 

 

39 

CADETS PARTICIPATING IN CADET COMPETITION 
August 2015 

 

 

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TEACHING LEADERS OF CADETS - SENIOR LEADERSHIP COURSE
March 2015 GROUP VI HQ BOCA RATON
August 2015 OPA LOCKA
August 2015 CLEARWATER 

IACE FLORIDA ACTIVITES 
International activity with multi‐city venues supported by Florida Wing.  Ten participants included one 
day stops at Kennedy Space Center.  July 2015. 
NATIONAL CADET COMPETITION 
National activity with support from Florida Wing.  Twenty selected cadets participated in an advanced 
rocketry competition. Maxwell AFB, AL.  December 2015 

Florida Wing Color Guard Academy – 19‐21 June at Patrick AFB 
SM POC – Maj Thomas Miller  
Comments: We had 9 teams throughout the Wing participate this year, teams from as far south as the 
Pines Miramar and Cooper City squadrons and as far North as the Marianna Squadron. Total participants 
were 45 members. This year for Instructors we had 3 primary Team Members from the 2014 SER Color 
Guard, 1 Primary Team Members and 1 of the escorts from the 2013 3rd Place National Color Guard 
Team, Major Edith Miller who was the Team Escort for the 2002 and 2004 National Color Guard.  Lt. Col 
Mesones who has coached several teams to the National level and was a team Escort for several teams. 
Lt. Col Kevin McSparrron who was the Escort for the 2006 SER Color Guard. 
The teams started there day off on Saturday with the basics by going through the different movements 
with the Flags and Rifles & Timing and how to march as a Color Guard doing Abouts and Wheels. Since 
National Headquarters has posted the new Curriculum for NCC we went into details of the different 
Events. The Teams went through training on posting the colors in an Indoor setting (Banquet, 
Classroom), Outdoor Flag Pole (Raising and Lower and Lowering to Half Staff & Folding a Flag). Lt. Col 
Mesones and I had a class on the new Elective portion of the Competition while Major Edith Miller had a 
class in the new Uniform Preparation Event.  
The only issue that we ran into was the Heat on Saturday around noon time so we ended up having the 
Cadet take their BDU blouses off and made sure that they drank water every 10‐15 minutes.  

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I have attached a copy of the schedule for your Convenience. If you need anything else please let me 
know.  
Thank you,    
Maj Thomas O. Miller, CAP 
Lantana Cadet Squadron Commander 
Director Florida Wing Color Guard Academy 

Florida Wing Cadet Competition 
From: "Capt. Iris Molgora" <imolgora@flwg.gov> 
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2015 12:50 PM 
To: general@flwg.us 
Subject: General List ‐ Florida Wing Cadet Competition 
Florida Wing Members, 
On behalf of Col Henry Irizarry, it is my pleasure to announce that the Ormond Beach Composite 
Squadron and Coral Springs Cadet Squadron placed in first place and second place respectively, in the 
2015 Florida Wing Cadet Competition this weekend at Patrick AFB. Both teams will represent the Florida 
Wing at the Southeast Region Cadet Competition in October. 
The other units that participated in the cadet competition were (in alphabetical order): 
Cooper City Composite Squadron 
Jacksonville Composite Squadron 
Pines‐Miramar Composite Squadron 
Stuart Composite Squadron 
Treasure Coast Composite Squadron 
We commend all the teams that participated as they demonstrated superior teamwork and excellence. 
Great job by all! 
Photos will be placed on the Florida Wing Website and Social Media sites. 
Capt Iris Molgora, CAP 
Director of Cadet Programs (A5CP), FLWG 

 

 

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Florida Wing Training Leaders of Cadets – Group 3 
MEMORANDUM FOR FLWG/DCP 
GRP 3 FLWG/CC 
FROM: GRP 3 FLWG/CP 
SUBJECT: Group 3 Training Leaders of Cadets After Action Report 
1. On Saturday 22 August 15, 0800‐1700, and Sunday 23 August 15, 0800‐1200, Group 3 FLWG 
conducted the Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) Course. The course was held in Clearwater, FL, hosted by 
Clearwater Composite Squadron. The Course Director was Maj Joyce Lampasona. 
2. There were a total of 25 registered members. 22 members completed the course. 3 registered 
members were no‐show. The student members who completed the course represented 12 units in 
Group 3 and 1 unit in Group 2. The members are listed on the attached CAP Form 11. 
3. The TLC was very well‐received by the student members as reflected on the course critiques with a 
100% positive rating. 
4. The following CAP members served as course instructors and are credited for doing so. These course 
instructors should retain a copy of this memorandum as part of their personnel record to receive credit 
for instructing Training Leaders of Cadets. 
a. Capt Todd Curabba (FL458 ADY FL032) 
b. Capt Ann Marie Franzen (FL182) 
c. Col Henry Irizarry, FLWG/CC (FL001) 
d. Capt Steven Gay (FL243) 
e. Maj Joyce Lampasona (FL032) (Course Director & Instructor) 
f. Maj Stephen Lampasona, Group 3 FLWG/CC (FL032) 
g. Capt Joseph Mora (FL089) 
5. I wish to thank each of the course instructors for their instrumental role in the success of the TLC 
weekend, and a special thank you to Col Irizarry for joining, teaching and providing the members with 
higher headquarters’ valuable perspective. 
6. I wish to also thank 1st Lt Chris Krier, CC/Clearwater Composite Squadron for the use and set‐up of 
the squadron’s facilities, and Maj George Lasky, DCS/Clearwater Composite Squadron for his on‐site 
assistance throughout the weekend. 
7. The CAP Form 11 is attached to this document for Florida Wing signature and approval. 
JOYCE LAMPASONA, Maj, CAP 
Group 3 FLWG, Cadet Programs 

 

 

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Florida Wing Training Leaders of Cadets – Group 7 
MEMORANDUM FOR FLWG/DCP 
CIVIL AIR PATROL 
GRP 7 FLWG/CC 
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY 
14750 NW 44TH CT,USCG AIRSTA MIAMI 
OPA‐LOCKA, FL 33054 
FROM: GRP 7 FLWG/CP 
SUBJECT: Group 7 Training Leaders of Cadets After Action Report 
1. On Saturday 22 August 15, 0800‐1700, and Sunday 23 August 15, 0800‐1200, Group 7 FLWG 
conducted the Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) Course. The course was held in Opa Locka, FL hosted by 
the Opa Locka Coast Guard Station. The Course Director was Maj Robin Sheaks. 
2. There were a total of 11 registered members. 7 members completed the course and 4 d members 
were a no‐show. The members that completed the course represented 4 units in Group 7, 2 units in 
Group 6 and 1 unit in Group 4. All members that were present are listed on the attached CAP Form 11. 
3. The following CAP members served as course instructors and are credited for doing so. These course 
instructors should retain a copy of this memorandum as part of their personnel record to receive credit 
for instructing Training Leaders of Cadets. 
a. Lt Col Margarita Mesones 
b. Capt Ken Pena 
c. Lt Col Brown 
d. Maj Robin Sheaks (Course Director & Instructor) 
4. The CAP Form 11 is attached and has been sent to NHQ. 
ROBIN SHEAKS, Maj, CAP 
Group 7 FLWG, Cadet Programs 

 

 

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Florida Wing Ultimate Cadet Challenge 
MEMORANDUM FOR CAPT IRIS MOLGORA, FLWG/A5CP 
SUBJECT: After Action Report, Ultimate Cadet Challenge 
1. Activity Information: 
a. Activity Name: 2015 Ultimate Cadet Challenge (UCC ’15) 
b. Location: Camp Blanding JTC, Starke, Florida 
c. Host Organization: Florida Army National Guard 
d. Host POC Name/Phone/Email: Mr. Andrew Norman, (904) 682‐3359, 
jon.a.norman2.nfg@mail.mil 
e. Host Installation Address: Post Headquarters, Building 2300, Camp Blanding, Florida 
f. Host Facilities used during this activity: Three (3) Enlisted Barracks (40 person, open bay), 
Mess Hall, Air Assault (Confidence) Course, Leadership Reaction Course, and Land 
Navigation/Orienteering Course. 
g. Host Transportation/Logistics and other support provided: The breakfast and lunch meals 
were catered by Country Caterers BBQ (the contractor operating the post restaurant). 
h. Staff arrival date: 1 Oct 15 (Capt Barry); 2 Oct 15 (Cadet/Senior Staff) 
i. Activity starting date: 2 Oct 15 
j. Activity Director: Capt BARRY, Keith CAPID: 537641 
k. Activity Director POC Info: (813) 326‐1344, bkbarry@flwg.us 
l. Number of Cadets: 42 male / 7 female 
m. Number of Senior Members: 12 male / 5 female 
n. CAP Public Affairs: Florida Wing Public Affairs was not present for this event. C/SMSgt Allison 
English took photos during the event. 
o. Host Public Affairs: None 
2. Activity Synopsis: The Ultimate Cadet Challenge (UCC) is an event that tests cadets in all areas of the 
Civil Air Patrol mission. Teams of four cadets compete against others in the Florida Wing for the title, 
“Ultimate Cadet.” Events include an emergency services exercise, obstacle course, written examination, 
uniform inspection, drill evaluation, and leadership reaction courses. The event was concluded with a 
Combat Dining‐In, at which time awards were presented to the top performers. 
3. Significant issues requiring Senior Leadership knowledge: 
a. The contract with Camp Blanding was improperly coordinated. As a result, a new contract had 
to be pushed to the Wing Commander for re‐coordination and forwarded to National 
Headquarters for signature. 
b. Funds were not in place for the catering invoice to be paid prior to the activity; this created a 
significant mission impact, resulting in workarounds that created a large and unexpected out‐of‐
pocket expense to be incurred by a senior member. Immediate steps were taken after the 
activity to ensure the member was reimbursed without delay. 
c. Three medical issues were reported during the event; all were minor in scope. Informational 
reports were filed per established safety reporting procedures. 

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d. One minor disciplinary issue was brought to the attention of the Deputy Director on the 
evening of 3 Oct 15; as the squadron commander of those involved, she elected to handle the 
issue within her squadron. 
4. IAW FLWG OI 15‐01, please refer to the attachments for detailed event information, lessons learned, 
and recommendations for future events. 
Respectfully submitted, 
B. KEITH BARRY, Capt, CAP 
Director, UCC ‘15 

Florida Wing Leadership Academy 
MEMORANDUM FOR CAPT IRIS MOLGORA 
FROM: 1ST LT SEAN CHRISTOPHER ANDINO 
SUBJECT: Fall 2015 Florida Leadership Academy After Action Report (September 2015) 
Pre‐Planning 
1. CURRICULUM/OPS: Pre‐planning went well. The cadet lead instructors took charge and distributed 
the class assignments to their cadet instructors in a timely fashion. 
2. ADMIN: Print out all forms before the FLA. 
3. ADMIN: Ask for parents name, driver’s license number and state, and if they are coming to the 
graduation ceremony in advance. 
In processing 
1. In‐processing was effective. 
2. Some parents were concerned about the location of the hotel. Most parents did not mind, but some 
parents felt the hotel was in a “sketchy” part of town. 
Activity Execution 
1. Cadet lead instructors did a fantastic job with class execution. 
2. Senior member advisors gave feedback to cadets and verified that all content was covered. 
3. The cadets very much enjoyed many aspects of the activity. In one class that 1st Lt Andino taught the 
cadets instantly grabbed paper and a pencil to take notes thus displaying enthusiasm! Cadets also loved 
beach PT. 
Activity Conclusion 
1. As stated above, parental information to get on base should be acquired before the activity takes 
place. The only complaint received about the activity was communication with respect to the graduation 
ceremony. 

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Closing Statement 
The cadets learned quite a lot and had a fantastic time. The only issues were the minor admin issues and 
parental communication issues mentioned above. 
SEAN C. ANDINO, 1st Lt, CAP 

Florida Wing Leadership Academy ‐ Orlando 
FLA – Florida Leadership Academy – 7‐9 Nov 2015 – Fall Academy 
Allure Resort – Orlando, Florida 
•  Access to applications not easily accessible to notify Cadets of their application status and 
communication with applicants. 
•  Recommendation: Wing DCP looking into new IT program to disseminate information to 
Activity Directors for more prompt updates to applicants and notifications for Directors. 
•  Shirt vendor completed the shirts in a timely manner and of good quality. 
•  Lodging accommodations acceptable. Rooms clean, hotel friendly, classrooms 
accommodated size needs and versatility. 
•  Cadet Cadre prepared and excited to teach classes. 
•  Air cooling in rear ballroom decreased and heating occurred due to the sun focus directly on 
that side of the hotel.  
•  Recommendations: Request a portable air conditioner to supplement air cooling.. 
•  NCOA – Senior Advisor: Capt Greg Kiker. Cadet Advisor: C/Lt Col Angel Pena. Adjust course 
schedule for NCOA per C/Lt Col Pena. Made classes shorter and change some topics 
previously assigned. Enjoyed hands on teaching to the classes. Cadets enjoyed evening 
rotation experiment conducted by Lt Col Trammel. 
•  SNCOA – Senior Advisor: Lt Col Thomas Trammel.  Cadet Advisor: C/Capt Paul Bersoux. 
Cadets responded well to their Cadet Cadre. Cadet students said they learned more than 
they expected and were excited to return to their squadrons with new knowledge and 
training. Cadets commented on how much they liked their instructors and the rotation 
exercise. 
•  CCC‐ Senior Advisor: Major Laz Garcia. Cadet Advisor: C/Lt Col Jacob Watford. Cadets said 
they were excited about the CCC and they could not wait to do Phase IV. They commented 
on how well C/Lt Col Watford spoke and motivated his classes.  Overall, Cadets were 
content with their classes and stimulated with Major Garcia. 
•  ELC – Senior Advisor: Capt English/Major Laz Garcia. Cadet Advisor: C/Lt Col Alexander 
English 
•  Recommendation: Set standard for 15 y.o. and Wright Bros for minimum standard of 
acceptance to activity.  Being an overnight activity produces some stress on younger Cadets. 
•  MEDICAL/SAFETY: 
•  504879 – Cadet Ahmed Sohail Mirza – Was taken to Dr. Phillips Hospital Orlando, Fl for a 
broken nose caused by a Frisbee.  He was playing ultimate Frisbee and did not see the 
Frisbee coming at him and turned at the last moment and was struck in the nose. Cadet said 
there was bleeding or pain. 

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•  554654‐Thompson, Trace – P.T. related nausea. Treated with rest and Gatorade. Cadet 
returned back to classes after 20 minutes. 
•  Reports filed for both medical issues in the Safety Management System 
•  Total number of Cadets: 46   Seniors: 9 
•  39 male students  7 female students   7 Male Cadet Staff 1 Female Cadet Staff 
•  Public Affairs provided by 1Lt Elena Lee / FLWG PA Asst. 
Capt Greg Kiker 

Florida Wing Winter Encampment 
MEMORANDUM  
FOR:  FLWG/CP 
FROM:  Cory Hewitt, MAJ  ENC/CC 
SUBJECT:  Winter Encampment 2015‐2016 After Action Report 
1. This after action report provides information and insight into the planning and execution of the 2015‐
2016 Florida Wing Winter Encampment conducted at Tyndall AFB, FL.  The information provided here is 
intended to analyze the successes and deficiencies in the planning and execution of this activity.  The 
perspective provided is from my point of view as the encampment commander and is recorded 
chronologically unless noted otherwise.  The information provided is additionally grouped by topic or 
duty section.   
Encampment Statistical Summary: 
Total Attendance:  291 Members 
Senior Cadre:  41 
Cadet Cadre: 80    
Cadet Students: 169   (1 sent home sick)  99.4% graduation rate 
25 Cadet Students and 5 Cadre registered but did not attend. Most of these were related to not 
receiving CEAP assistance 
5 home Regions 
GLR, MER, NER, SER, SWR 
14 home Wings 
Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Capitol, Delaware, South Carolina, Kansas, New York, Alabama, 
Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arizona 
90 Squadrons 
2. Activity Notification and Commander Selection.  The position was posted on 20 July 15.  The 
announcement was made on 28 August 15.  I would recommend having this done one month earlier to 
enable more time to select Cadet and Senior Member Command staff.  
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3. Encampment Staff Selection and Notification.    Due to problems with the online application website 
not being ready, I had to start receiving applications to my personal email on 12 Sep 15.  By  22 Sept 15 
the Senior Officers and CTG/CC were selected and announced.  The online applications did not actually 
open until 29 Sep 15. This slowed down the Senior and Cadre application and selection process.  The 
online staff application process did not go smooth.  There was no automatic email generated to the 
Senior staff when I selected them for a position.  There was also no ability to send them an 
acceptance/decline email and this was also done on an individual basis by me.  This process should be 
more streamlined. There were several delays getting the correct position titles added to the drop down 
list, mainly due to limited availability of the website administrator.    
4.  Staff planning and communication.  I was not given access to the wing webex account to create 
meetings and invite members.  This required me to purchase a separate account.  Webex meetings were 
held every other week during October and November.  CD, XP, DA, FS, FM, CW included in 1st 30 
minutes, followed by CW, CWT, CTG/CC and DCP for 2nd 30 minutes.  This was increased to a full staff 
call for 1 hour and changed to weekly after Thanksgiving break.  This process seemed to go well, but we 
still had frequent issues getting feedback on the registration and payment information due to lack of 
availability of the system administrator. These meetings seemed very effective, but could possibly be 
increased to add additional staff members.  Individual staff duty checklists should be developed. 
5.  Safety.  The safety plan was not completed prior to encampment and was sent on the first evening 
once the internet connection was created.  The Safety Officers both were very experienced and the 
Cadet Safety Officers were well prepared for their duties. There were no bear sightings this year.  Two 
cadets fell during a Leadership activity and one felt like there was some chest pain.  The parents were 
notified and the cadet brought to the base clinic.  When the cadet was put in the van to transport, she 
stopped crying and said she wasn’t hurt anymore.  The clinic staff talked with her and agreed that she 
did not need to be seen.  The parents were notified and agreed.   
6. Stan/Eval.   The Stan/Eval team was made up of very experienced Cadet Officers and an excellent 
Senior Member.  There were some initial planning issues, with the Cadet OIC disseminating uniform 
requirements out of agreement with CAPR 39‐1 and without prior approval with the encampment 
Stan/Eval officer.  Once this was addressed, communication went very well.  The Stan/Eval team did an 
outstanding job, and often covered for Operations and Curriculum with testing and supply needs.  
7.  Logistics.  The logistics officer spent most of his time working on wing van allocation.  The purchasing 
of guidons, hats, shirts, coins were all handled by XP and CC. This duty description needs to be better 
defined for the encampment and reviewed earlier with the staff member prior to arriving.   
8.  Transportation.  This was handled prior to the encampment by the Logistics Officer (who was wing 
transportation officer) and was confusing for the first 2 days until the positions were more delineated 
and held accountable. There were enough vans at encampment and they were all delivered and 
returned without complication. The transportation plan set up at the executive meeting was not 
followed the next morning and caused a short delay.  
9.  Encampment Express.  This was handled by the encampment commander.  In the future, we need an 
officer dedicated solely to this prior to the activity.  The google form for registration worked very well 
and the chaperones did an excellent job organizing and keeping the buses on schedule.  There were 
many requests by family members for specific time of drop off, and an estimated time should be 
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published prior to encampment.  The bus was free this year, due to a commitment by NHQ to pay for 
the transportation.  This was not done and caused a significant impact on the overall budget. 
10.  Finance.  The finance officer was very organized and competent.  Due to the late notification of the 
CEAP scholarships, there was significant changes in the anticipated revenue.  There was an increase in 
the cost of guidons due to the higher number of cadets and increasing to 5 squadrons and 15 flights.  
There was a significant increase in cost of printing due to the AF photocopier being broken and all 
documents needed to be printed on small portable printers. The banquet invoice did not get sent to 
wing admin immediately causing a delay in sending out the check for the banquet hall.  
11. Administration:  The admin officer did not have a comprehensive list of attending members prior to 
arrival.  The registration system caused a loss of the majority of scanned documents which required the 
Admin officer to spend enormous numbers of hours getting the database up to date.  A comprehensive 
bed list was not produced until day #3.  This should be done prior to the activity and just edited based 
on arrival changes. Overall he did an excellent job and would have been outstanding if this information 
was given to him 2 weeks prior.  
12.  Silver Flag Coordination.  There were no Silver Flag staff members left from the last time CAP held 
an encampment there 2 years ago.  When we first were coordinating, there was a very cool and minimal 
commitment.  After our site visit with the DCP, things opened up significantly.  The NCOD and Chief of 
Operations were approachable, friendly and accommodating.  There were not enough cots in the SSS’s 
and more were needed to be brought on day #2.  Sign out went very well, and there were no issues 
identified by the staff.  Overall I believe this to be a strength of the encampment and should help with 
our preparations for next year. The career day orientation was held out on the flight line at the same 
time as the AOC tour.  This was done too quickly and more than 2 hours will need to be dedicated in the 
future.   
13.  Tyndall AFB Coordination.  The current base commander originally did not want to allow any tours 
due to skeleton staffing during the holiday season.  After many attempts by CAP‐USAF, 1st AF/CC 
notified us that the AOC would be available for a tour.  This was the only tour allowed.  The Air Radar 
Combat Control School notified us on day #1 that they would be willing to bring in small groups and this 
was done for day # 2,3,and 4.  The obstacle course is still closed until inspection and was perhaps the 
biggest disappointment for the cadets.  We were also not allowed to visit the Rap Con or Fire Response 
departments, which we have done in the past.   Upon review of previous year’s AAR, the base PA staff 
has a history of refusing tours and a successful tour schedule was only accomplished once permission 
was granted for CAP staff to communicate directly with the operations areas. 
14.  CAP‐USAF coordination.  This was very difficult early on.  The DCP and ENC/CC were getting very 
little response to phone and email messages.  This was escalated by the Wing CC and higher 
communication started in early December.  A local sponsor was identified, but was not very accessible.  
The EAL was submitted 15 days prior but was still not at the base on the day of arrival, causing 
significant delays.  This was not fixed until day #3 with the CAP‐USAF sponsor working with the VCC.  
After that, there were no issues with any base access.   There was no significant presence of CAP‐USAF 
other than the AOC tour.  On a good note, the CAP‐USAF/CC was able to come down and be our keynote 
speaker for the awards banquet. 

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15.  Travel Day – Staff training day.  Due to the school schedules, all staff had to travel, get trained and 
prepare the facility in one day. This led to some significant delays, long travel days and a terrible cadet 
cadre sign in process.  Doing all of this in ½ a day must be avoided in the future.  The Administration 
team, logistics, and health services all need to have someone arrive early in order to have staff sign in 
prepared prior to staff arrival. The RST was done according to requirements, but additional time to 
emphasize how and when to correct issues would have been very useful.  
16.  Student Arrival.  The Encampment Express were scheduled to arrive 30 minutes apart in the 
morning and the POV cadets to arrive at 1100.  Spreading out the cadets allowed a more orderly process 
and this went very well.  The parent briefing was held every 30 minutes in the parking lot.  A water‐
buffalo should be stationed in the parking lot to enable cadets to fill up prior to in‐processing.  The 
weather was unseasonably hot and heat injury/dehydration was a concern in the afternoon.  
17.  Daily awards program.  The Stan /Eval team were instructed to create daily award streamers on day 
#1.  These were not very professional and took away from the esprit de corps.  These should be 
purchased or fabricated prior to encampment and used each year.    
18.  Meals.  This was a strong point for the activity.  Staffing was increased this year to 2 Senior 
Members and 11 cadets.  The meals were excellent with sufficient quantity for everyone.  Cost was 
increased due to 3 days of >85 degrees which required more purchasing of sports drinks and water than 
normal for this time of year.  Overall, there were no issues and another outstanding performance. 
19.  Health Services.  This was another strength and there was no significant medical issues throughout 
the week..  There were 4 Seniors and no cadets assigned to HS.   Despite the staffing, the clinic was left 
unstaffed several times and two of the HS staff left the base without notification for personal reasons.  
These issues were dealt with directly by the ENC/CC and were rectified for the second half of the week.  
Documentation, in‐processing and medicating were all done in accordance with regulations and in a 
timely manner.  
20.  Chaplaincy.  This was a strength with an excellent chaplain.   There were several students who did 
appear to want to complete but were supported and able to successfully complete encampment.  If 
possible, the chaplain name and contact number should be available to parents.   
21.  Communications/ Command Post.  The Comm Officer originally scheduled left 4 weeks prior to the 
encampment to attend FLESA.  Apparently, there were no notifications by them for SPECTRUM 
clearance or for equipment requests.  Upon speaking with wing director for comms, there is no standing 
request for ISR’s and hand‐held radios for encampment.  This should be the same each year and handled 
similar to the vans.  Due to the late start and lack of any early coordination, there was a significant lack 
of radio equipment.  The lack of a land‐line and good command post facilities were a limiting factor.  
This needs to be a more standardized location, phone number poster earlier, and identification 
procedures identified.  Overnight CQ needs to be clarified and a better system found to cover overnight 
supervision. Command post needs to be assigned as weather monitors and work more closely with 
Silver Flag facility staff.  
22.  Awards Banquet.  This was done very well.  CAP‐USAF/CC was able to attend as the keynote 
speaker.  The awards list was not coordinated far enough before the banquet started.  There was an 
issue with family members arriving due the difficult EAL process.  The website indicated the banquet 
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social to start at 1800 and dinner at 1830, but the banquet actually started at 1800.  There were 2 
visitors who apparently arrived, did not find a seat and left without speaking to any leadership figures.  
We were texted later that they were upset and want their money back. In the future, we will need to set 
up a better visitor sign up process that collects their SSN and DL# so they can be added to the EAL.   
23.  Graduation.  Cold weather made uniform appearance difficult.  Cadets were encouraged to wear 
their coats out to the flight line but many did not.  After Pass and Review, the cadets huddled up for a 
impromptu meeting and delayed returning to the SSS area.  There were a very large number of parents 
and vehicles out a the graduation area and delayed the start of the ceremony due to waiting for them to 
walk from the parking area to the observation area.  
24.  Out Processing.  The plan discussed the night before was not implemented.  I believe this plan 
would have been highly effective but it broke down in several places.  This needs significant review and 
preparation prior to the next year’s encampment.  Shirts should be handed out on Thursday evenings, 
not at graduation.  Certificates should be handed out by Training Officers and sign out with the training 
officers.  Luggage should be stored in a separate area from out‐processing to allow more room to gather 
equipment without holding up the sign out lines.  All building need a designated Senior Member with 
cadets to clear that building.  Despite the disorganization, all students were released by 1315, all Cadre 
released by 1415 and the facility approved for departure by 1500.    
25.  Overall Impression.  The encampment appears to be an excellent experience for the cadet students.  
Earlier planning needed for complex logistical activities like tours and the banquet. Significantly detailed 
in‐processing and out‐processing plans should be written up and distributed to prevent spontaneous 
changes.  Everyone needs to pay a higher fee in despite CEAP commitments.  The registration and 
payment system needs to be completely overhauled or a new administrator identified.  Duty checklists 
need to be developed to help Seniors understand their expectations.   Nightly meetings need to include 
all Senior Members, not just executive staff.   
Respectfully, 
Cory Hewitt, Maj, CAP 
2015‐2016 FLWG Winter Encampment 
Commander 
 

 

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Clearwater Composite Squadron Welcomes New
Squadron and Cadet Commanders
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Outgoing Squadron Commander Maj Rodriguez hands over the flag to Group 3 Commander Col Lampasona while incoming
Squadron Commander 1st Lt Krier waits to assume command
The Civil Air Patrol Clearwater Composite Squadron welcomed its new leaders during a change of command ceremony
held December 20th at Clearwater Sailing Community Center.
1st Lt. Chris Krier assumed the top leadership role from outgoing squadron commander Maj. Yvonne Rodriguez during
the ceremony, while C/Capt. Viviana Angelini assumed the cadet commander role from C/Capt. David Levy.
C/CMSgt John Gilbert handed the squadron flag to Maj. Rodriguez to set off the change of command ceremony.
Officiating the evening was Group 3 Commander Maj. Steve Lampasona.
Rodriguez credits the success of the squadron to the excellent members, both seniors and cadets. “For each of you to
volunteer speaks volumes to the power and the heart that Civil Air Patrol has been built on," said Rodriguez. "More
importantly it proves that everyone in this room believes in and lives by the Civil Air Patrol Core Values as much as I do!
The new Clearwater Composite Squadron Commander, 1st Lt. Krier started his Civil Air Patrol as a parent when his son,
C/2d Lt. Sean Krier, joined CAP as a cadet. He quickly started participating in CAP events and became a senior member.
"Maj. Rodriguez has selflessly run this squadron for over four years now," explained Krier. "Although I have very large
shoes to fill, I am excited for the opportunity to lead this squadron."
Although the change of command ceremony was the primary purpose of the evening, members also gathered for a
holiday celebration with lots of food, music and a slide show from events and activities over the last year, prepared by
C/Capt. Angelini.
The Clearwater Composite Squadron meets on Thursday nights, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., at the Clearwater Air Park located
at 1000 N. Hercules Road, Clearwater Florida.

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Florida Wing Cadets converge on Patrick A.F.B. for S.A.S.B.
By , | Publish: 1/20/2015

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Photo: Top ten cadets from Florida Wing SASB, from left to right, C/SMSgt Robert Mallory, C/SMSgt Thomas Kovacs, C/Maj Ben Voll,C/CMSgt Hunter Toth,C/2d Lt. Austen King, Col. Henry
Irizarry, Florida Wing Commander, C/2d Lt. DanielLinares,C/2d Lt. Luke Kilianski,C/MSgt Alyssa Santos,C/SMSgt DanielKovacs,C/CMSgt. Andrew Geelhoed.
Patrick, A.F.B., Florida Jan 17, 2015
Cadets from across the Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol converged on Patrick Air Force Base this weekend for the annual Florida Wing Special Activities Selection Board.
The wing is able to “green light” a certain percentage of its cadets for attendance at National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA) which take place in the summer each year. The purpose of selection board,
more commonly referred to as “special acts,” is to rank the cadets in the wing to determine who will be greenlighted.
This year the project officer for the board was Lt. Col. Kevin McSparron. He was assisted by Major Heather McSparron. The event was well organized and activities were completed by shortly after noon, with
the awards ceremony starting at 14:00.
Also in attendance were Colonel Henry Irizarry, Florida Wing Commander, Lt. Col. Luis Garcia, Florida Wing Vice Commander, Lt. Col. Pedro Santiago, Florida Wing Director of Cadet Programs and Lt. Col.
Margarita Mesones, Deputy Commander of A5 Programs, Southeast Region.
Cadets were required to take a written test on leadership, stand a uniform inspection and sit an oral board where they were asked question regarding cadet knowledge in aerospace education, leadership,
current events and proper reporting procedures.
Then came the part everyone was waiting for, awards time. The top ten cadets were, from tenth to first, C/SMSgt Robert Mallory, South Brevard Cadet Sqdn., C/SMSgt Thomas Kovacs, Tallahassee Comp.
Sqdn., C/Maj Ben Voll, Charlotte Cty. Comp. Sqdn., C/CMSgt Hunter Toth, St. Augustine Comp. Sqdn., C/2d Lt. Austen King, Wesley Chapel Cadet Sqdn., C/2d Lt. Daniel Linares, Stuart Comp. Sqdn., C/2d
Lt. Luke Kilianski, Pines-Miramar Comp. Sqdn., C/MSgt Alyssa Santos, Pines-Miramar Comp. Sqdn., C/SMSgt Daniel Kovacs, Tallahassee Comp. Sqdn. And First place and winner of the Florida Wing Eagle
Award, C/CMSgt. Andrew Geelhoed.
The cadets did an outstanding job and represented their squadrons well. Further, all cadets who competed, were green lighted for their NCSA.

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Military Kickoff Bit Coin Bowl
By , | Publish: 1/20/2015

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Photo: Pregame Flag display, Bit coin bowl
Cadet 1st Lt Antoinette Barnes/Cadet Public Affairs Officer
MacDill Aviation Squadron 089
The St. Petersburg Bit Coin Bowl was opened today with a special appearance, 150 military members ceremoniously opened
a 300-foot long US flag on the field.
Members from the US Air Force, Army and Coast Guard along with representatives from the Auxiliary groups of the Civil Air
Patrol, Sea Cadets and JROTC all took part in the opening ceremony at the Bit Coin Bowl on December 26th 2014.
Due to the massive size of this flag it took the team work of all of these members to ensure success.
"This is the first time our members have been able to participate in an event like this," said Maj. Steve Lampasona, Civil Air
Patrol Group 3, Commander. "It gives us great exposure to work with the active military and other organizations, as well as
an excellent opportunity for our cadets to work alongside ROTC and JROTC units."
The Volunteers met at Tropicana field four hours before the game for a 30-minute run-through of the opening ceremony.
During this time each volunteer had a specific job to ensure the massive 2000-pound flag could be opened without touching
the ground, the huge flag unrolled was large enough to cover the entire field.
While the 927th Air Refueling Wing Color Guard presented the colors, the Volunteers marched the flag snakelike on to the
field and as the National Anthem was sung the flag was slowly unrolled and held across the field by the military members
while the teams and fans watched in awe.
As they marched the re-rolled flag out of the stadium, four Special Forces Soldiers repelled from the top of the dome to the
50-yard line. When they reached the ground they delivered one helmet from each team and were given the honor of tossing
the coin for the teams to start the game.

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Ron Klemm earns CAP Promotion to 2d Lt
By , | Publish: 1/25/2015

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Ron Klemm earns CAP Promotion to 2d Lt
Dateline: January 14, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport
By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO (T), Legal Officer, FL 182

Ron Klemm hit the ground running when he joined Pinellas Senior Squadron, the Civil Air Patrol unit
stationed at Albert Whitted Airport. He immediately started working on various requirements and
qualifications and has achieved outstanding results in the brief tenure of his membership.
On January 14, 2015, after only 6 months as a senior member, he earned the rank of 2d Lieutenant.
When asked why it was important to him to earn this promotion so quickly, 2d Lt Klemm eagerly responded that “it
shows a level of commitment to CAP to accomplish the requirements and achieve rank."
2d Lt Klemm has readily jumped in to help the squadron and work as a team player. He is the unit’s liaison to the
local cadet squadron, FL 066, having been a cadet himself. He is also working on his technician rating as an
Aerospace Education officer, and is developing programs for the squadron and also local schools on our country’s
aviation history. 2d Lt Klemm is also contributing in other very valuable ways by helping with much needed training
of the unit’s members.

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Pinellas CAP Members earn Aerospace Education
Award
By , | Publish: 1/25/2015

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Pinellas CAP Members earn Aerospace Education Award
Dateline: January 14, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport
By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO (T), Legal Officer, FL 182

2d Lt Ron Klemm, 2d Lt Ann Marie Franzen, and SM Wayne Zalinsky, all members of Pinellas Senior
Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, have each recently earned the Aerospace Education award known as the
Charles E. “Chuck” Yeagar Aerospace Education Achievement Award.
To earn the Yeagar award requires a level of commitment to studying the extensive aviation history of
the United States, from the earliest attempts at flight, to understanding the development of current
aviation technology, both civilian and military. The course involves extensive reading and then taking a
100 question online test that can take 3 to 4 hours to complete.
As Aerospace Education is one of the 3 important missions of CAP, along with emergency services and
cadet training and education, it is a significant achievement when a senior member makes the effort to
earn this award.
2d Lt Ron Klemm, assistant Aerospace Education officer for the squadron, is currently preparing the
members by teaching a monthly course in aviation history, geared toward members earning this
prestigious award.

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When asked why he wanted to earn the Yeager Award so quickly after joining CAP, 2d Lt Klemm
responded enthusiastically: "practice what you preach…I am preparing the squadron...so I decided to
take the test­­see what it is all about­­so I can better gear my presentations to teach the course more
effectively, so others can achieve success."
2d Lt Franzen said that the Yeagar award, “is a source of pride and accomplishment...I needed the
background information in aerospace so as to increase my level of knowledge, since I had no previous
experience in this important area of our nation’s history.”
The Unit Commander, Maj Adrian Cuarta, is urging all members to become proficient in aerospace
education and to take the test to earn this important award.

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CAP Members Qualified as Aircrew Mission
Scanners
By , | Publish: 1/25/2015

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CAP Members Qualified as Aircrew Mission Scanners
Dateline: January 14, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport
By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO (T), Legal Officer, FL 182

Pinellas Senior CAP members, Lt Col Ken Garrison, 2d Lt Terry Lade, 2d Lt Ron Klemm, and SM Wayne
Zalinsky recently became qualified at a CAP search and rescue exercise (SAREX) held at Albert Whitted
airport on December 6, 2014, as aircrew mission scanners.
Emergency Services is one of the 3 important missions of Civil Air Patrol, and requires qualified air,
ground and mission base teams. A mission scanner is an important member of the emergency services
air crew, whose job it is to help locate the target, which could be a downed aircraft.
Since Pinellas Senior Squadron’s primary focus is emergency services, Maj Adrian Cuarta, the unit’s
commander, is seeking to qualify the squadron members as mission scanners, observers and pilots. The
squadron has been offering training at each of its meetings since October, 2014, to qualify as many
members as possible, with Lt Col Larry McConnell teaching the scanner and observer sessions at the
unit’s weekly meetings.

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2d Lt Klemm stated that he wants to earn his Emergency Service ratings as soon as possible, because “I
want the knowledge since I have no background in aviation... I want to learn more...and also want to be
part of the team to be able to participate meaningfully in search and rescue missions.”
The unit hopes to qualify additional members as scanners in the near future. Observer training is
currently being undertaken in the next phase of aircrew qualifications.

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First Ever FL ES Academy (FLESA)
By , | Publish: 1/26/2015

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Photo: Staff and graduates of Florida Wing's first Emergency Services Academy
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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FLORIDA WING CADETS RECEIVE SPAATZ AWARD AT
NATIONAL GUARD HEADQUARTERS.
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Brigadier General James O. Eifert, the Assistant Adjutant General for Air and Deputy
Commander, Florida Air National Guard, presented both C/Col Logan Gallo and C/Col Kevin Tierney with the highest and most prestigious
honor issued by Civil Air Patrol to a cadet for demonstrating outstanding achievement in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace
education.
Lt Col Pedro Santiago, the FLWG Director of Cadet Programs and also a Spaatz recipient in 1984, served as the master of ceremonies.
Attending the ceremony were Cadet Tierney’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bunzel and
Cadet Gallo’s parents, Mr. And Mrs. Ronald Gallo, along with friends and supporters.
Cadets qualify for the Spaatz Award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet
Program. Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the
foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology.
The final step a cadet must complete to earn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four-part examination consisting of a challenging physical fitness
test, an essay examination testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written examination on leadership, and an additional
comprehensive written examination on aerospace education.
Spaatz cadets are expected to serve as role models for junior cadets and become leaders in their communities as they enter adulthood. The
first recipient of the Spaatz Award in 1964, Douglas C. Roach, became a pilot with the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
On average, less than one percent of cadets earn the Spaatz Award. By CAP regulations, the award should be presented by a military flag
officer, active or retired, a governor, a congressman, a federal judge, or a cabinet-level official.

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In his remarks after the presentation, B/Gen Eifert noted that “I’ve really gotten an appreciation of what CAP does for our team … thank you
for the great work that you have done.”
C/Col Tierney is presently in his first year at the U. S. Air Force Academy which he hopes will lead to a career as an Air Force helicopter pilot.
C/Col Gallo attends Broward College and his future goals are to work with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and later run for public office.

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CADET LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL
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Marianna, FL -Cadet Major (C/Maj) Jacob Watford has over five (5) years in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) which includes ten (10) encampments
and two (2) special cadet training programs. He is the current Florida Group 1 Cadet Advisory Council (GCAC) Chairman and the Group 1
member Representative to the Florida Wing Cadet Advisory Council (WCAC).
C/Maj. Watford of Gordon, Alabama, a member of the Marianna, Florida CAP Squadron discussed the leadership training potentials available
after a cadet leaves the cadet program. The topics included joining a college ROTC program that provides and enhances leadership
opportunity and leads to a commission officers position in the military; pursue a position in the career of their choice leading to leadership
positions in civil service, state and local government, other business management and charitable organizations, and join CAP as a senior
member to assist in training cadets in emergency services, aerospace engineering, cyber space technology and other leadership opportunities.
While there are many youth oriented programs in America the Civil Air Patrol's (CAP) cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a
cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 through 20 years of age are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. This
program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training,
physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science,
aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Cadets that earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as
an Airman First Class (E3) rather than an Airman Basic (E1).
Whatever your interests -survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy- there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program. Each year,
cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity
to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air
Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.

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1st Lt DAVID COLLINS TAKES COMMAND OF
PENSACOLA COMPOSITE SQUADRON 425
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By Charles Fandel, Lt Col, CAP 425 Composite Squadron Public Affairs Officer
Pensacola, Florida ­ 1st Lt David Collins took command of Pensacola Composite Squadron 425 on Tuesday evening, relieving Lt Col. Travis
Tharp after a successful tour of duty. The ceremony was presided over by Maj Rafael Salort, Group 1 Deputy Commander.
1st Lt Collins joined Civil Air Patrol in 2012. He has served in the past at other units as Communications Officer, Emergency Services Officer,
and Deputy Commander for Cadets. 1st Lt Collins has completed Levels 1 and 2 of the CAP Senior Development Program. His CAP
Awards include Membership, Yeager and Davis.1LT Collins holds ratings in Specialty Tracks for Communications (Technician) and Cadet
Programs (Technician).
1st Lt Collins served several years in the United States Army and achieved the rank of a Non­Commissioned Officer. He currently works as a
manager for a local business in Pensacola.

As 1st Lt Collins takes command of Florida Composite Squadron 425 ­ a Squadron that for the last two years has
earned the Cadet Squadron of Distinction Award under the guidance of its previous Commander, Lt Col Travis
Tharp ­ he hopes to achieve the following goals: emphasize to each member of the Squadron, Civil Air Patrol's
Core Values of Excellence, Respect, Volunteer Service and Integrity; assist cadet members in becoming
more responsible citizens for the nation; and foster in the unit a strong sense of community service.

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Q/A Session with Brigadier General Paul Guemmer
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By Lt. Col. Charles Fandel, CAP Public Affairs Officer, Pensacola Composite Squadron
Pensacola, Florida - January 13, 2015 - Cadets and Senior Members were excited to be joined by Brigadier General Paul Guemmer at their
weekly Squadron meeting.
General Guemmer was accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel Archer (Mac) Yates and Chief Master Sergeant William Harrington. They were
welcomed to Pensacola by Squadron Commander, 1st Lieutenant David Collins, and Group 1 Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Noler.
General Guemmer is a Command Pilot with more than 4,400 flying hours and more than 240 combat and combat support hours in a variety
of aircraft including: C-5, KC-10, KC-135, E-8, C-130 and C-21. He has recently been assigned as the Commander for the Jeanne M. Holm
Center for Officer Accessions and Citizenship Development. The Center's Mission is to develop Air Force leaders and citizens of
character to serve the nation. 
Guemmer wanted to see firsthand what happens at a weekly CAP Squadron meeting that involved Cadets and Senior
Members. The meeting on this particular night involved a class on the traits and principles of a leader. General Guemmer,
Lt. Col. Yates and Chief Master Sergeant Harrington were able to add their personal experiences to the general discussion. 
After the class, the General opened up the Meeting to a Question and Answer Session about his job, the Center's Mission, and how CAP has
truly become a force multiplier for Air Force Operations.
Lt. Col. Yates, who is assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base/1st Air Force, said that 60 to 80 percent of the missions that are authorized by 1st
Air Force are assigned to Civil Air Patrol assets. General Guemmer wanted to make sure that all CAP personnel understood how important
they were to Air Force Operations.
Guemmer answered a question by saying that he did not think that funding for CAP Operations would be cut any time in the near future. He
asked several cadets what they liked best about CAP Programs. The cadets gave high marks to the Cyber Technology programs, special
activities like encampments and drill team competitions.

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Senior members were not ignored. When asked what could be done for them, one of the senior members asked if CAP could not
be better integrated into the day to day activities at local Air Force Bases.  General Guemmer said he would look into this
particular request. 
The meeting was brought to a close on this high ideal of volunteerism. General Guemmer, Lieutenant Colonel Yates and Chief Master
Sergeant Harrington commented favorably on the squadron's dedication to CAP's core values of Excellence, Respect, Integrity and
Volunteer Service and wished them much success on their continuing missions within CAP.

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Cadet Jenna Walters Serves at National Blue Beret
with Distinction as Cadet Commander
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C/Lt Col Walters served as the Cadet Commander of National Blue Beret.

C/Lt Col Jenna Walters of Naples Cadet Squadron made Florida Wing very proud when she served this past summer with
distinction as the Cadet Commander of the National Blue Beret (NBB) special activity at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
National Blue Beret is a very select affair that only picks the best cadets over the age of 16 for a very rigorous two weeks of
work in several different areas in support of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Venture, the largest airshow in the
world. It is also a very unique opportunity for Civil Air Patrol to showcase itself and its cadets.
Cadet Walters had been to NBB 2013 and she was really excited about returning again. But she did not expect that her return
would mean being selected as the activity Cadet Commander.
“I was very honored because it’s not something that I thought I would be,” she said. “It’s a big deal.”
NBB Activity Director Lt Col James Peace revealed that the decision to appoint C/Lt Col Walters to Cadet Commander was an
easy one. “I was most impressed with her from last year. She interacts well with people her own age as well with senior
members.”
But Cadet Walters had some very big self-doubts leading up to traveling to Oshkosh. “I really needed a big push from my
family. I mean, I thought how the heck am I going to do this?”
It even continued as she traveled by air on a connecting flight to Chicago but those doubts were very quickly erased when
she addressed the newly-arrived cadets at Oshkosh and told them with authority what her expectations were. “I do not like
drama. Come to me if you have a problem.” Then, she punctuated her remarks with the admonition that seemed to set the
tone for the event: “Let’s have fun.”
Yes, it was fun, but it also did involve some very big challenges for Cadet Walters. “One of the big things was trying to keep
the stress level down,” she noted while adding, “And also keeping the peace between the flights and the seniors.”

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Walters was also confronted with making some big decisions, but explained “I always made sure that I heard both sides
before doing something about a situation.”
Challenges like this led to National Blue Beret 2104 to be a very rewarding experience for Cadet Walters. “Having the cadets
come up to me and telling me all of their stories and the exciting things they had done at the activity was really very special
and something that I will remember for a long time.”
Perhaps the biggest memory of National Blue Beret 2014 came at the very end when Cadet Walters recalls, “I was so proud
of seeing my cadets walk around with their berets and knowing that I had helped them achieve it.”
Lt Col Peace’s parting words to Jenna were as he shook her hand one last time and looked her in the eye, “It’s been fun, but
you can do more.”
Jenna Walters is now in the midst of her senior year at Florida Gulf Coast University where she is a criminal justice major.
Upon graduation next June she plans to do graduate studies in social work which she hopes will lead her to a career in
criminal behavior.
C/Lt Col Jenna Walters really made all of FLWG proud with her skilled leadership at National
Blue Beret 2014.
Capt Dennis Maloney of St. Augustine Composite Squadron 173 has been a senior staff member at National Blue Beret for
the past three years.

Jenna Walters had to be a multi-tasker at NBB. Here she paints Beret Rock with
her deputy Jared Monasmith

A young woman needs lots of energy to be a cadet commander at National Blue
Beret.

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Jenna had fun volunteering with Food Services Director Maj Thorpe.
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SAREX at Marco Island
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By Maj Cynthia Dohm Marco Island Senior Sq., Florida Wing
Marco Island, FL - On 23-25 January 2015, the Civil Air Patrol’s Marco Island Senior Squadron conducted a threeday search and rescue exercise (SAREX) with a mission-base at the Marco Island Airport. 21 CAP members from
the Marco Squadron and 1 from the Naples Senior Squadron participated in the sorties and managed the SAREX.
Civil Air Patrol squadrons combined their experienced personnel and equipment assets to conduct this large threeday event. Having aircrew and administrative staff from both Squadrons flying and working together helped hone
their skills in searching for downed aircraft, lost boaters and kayakers, as well as spotting anything unusual in the
areas between Marco Island and the Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades.
The activities started with flight crews attending a safety briefing conducted by the Squadron’s Mission Safety
Officer, and then a Mission Briefing by the Squadron Commander Capt Bob Corriveau and Incident Commander Lt
Col Lee Henderson followed by flight assignments to a specific area of the Big Cypress. Each of 10 aircrews
consisted of a Pilot, an Observer and a Scanner who have either completed training for their specific specialty or
were fulfilling their training requirements. The aircraft, Marco Squadron’s Cessna 182Q, and the crews were
dispatched to the search areas in 2 hour intervals.

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An Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) was placed at the Port of the Islands Marina and the staff operated and
monitored the ELT, which simulates a signal from a distressed boat or downed aircraft. A simulated aircraft-shaped
tarp was placed somewhere in the Everglades. The locations of the ELT and the aircraft-shaped tarp were
unknown to the aircrews.
Working from aviation charts, aerial photos, and last known theoretical position reports, the air crews were
dispatched to the four corners of an area stretching from Marco to the Everglades National Park. Our mission base
and Communications headquarters, working with the aircrews, require the co-ordination of the Administrative staff,
Planning staff, Communications operators, and Aircrews to ensure a safe but effective training exercise. The
aircrew’s mission was to identify their locations, take photographs, and report latitude and longitude data to the
Mission Base Communications Center.
Upon returning to Mission Base the aircraft was refueled, and new aircrews were assigned objectives for the next
sortie. As the aircrews were briefed and replaced in the aircraft, the previous crew was debriefed by the Mission
Operations staff to evaluate their effectiveness during their flight. Flight operations were completed by 4:00pm
each day as the aircraft returned to Mission Base at Marco Island Airport.
Capt Bob Corriveau, Marco Island Senior Squadron Commander and Air Operations Branch Director trainee
(AOBD), assisted by AOBD Capt Richard Farmer, briefed and debriefed the aircrews and their exercises while Lt
Col Lee Henderson, Mission Incident Commander, oversaw operations.
Exercises like this one are held at least four times per year and local Civil Air Patrol crews assist each other in
Southwest Florida during their SAREX’s to keep the Southwest Florida crews sharp and the community safer!

Squadron Commander Capt Bob Corriveau and Deputy Commander Cynthia Dohm.

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H.O.S.S. hosts Sarex
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On February 7, 2015 a funded SAREX was held at Tampa Executive Airport sponsored by Hillsborough One Senior
Squadron (H.O.S.S.)
The weather was excellent and two aircraft were available for training, 4949N and 9411L.
Organizations in attendance were H.O.S.S., Group 3 Florida Wing, Polk Composite Squadron, 89th MacDill Aviation Cadet
Squadron, St. Petersburg Cadet Squadron, Brooksville, Pinellas Senior Squadron, and Clearwater Composite Squadron.
There were 24 Senior Members present and 6 Cadets.
Trainings accomplished were Ground Team, Urban Direction Finding Team, ELT location via aircraft, and ELT location
via ground team, aerial search patterns, Mission Pilot, Airborne Photographer, Mission Observer, Mission Scanner,
Mission Staff Assistant, Mission Radio Operator, Planning Section Chief and Ground Branch Director.
Pizza was available for lunch and water and soft drinks provided by H.O.S.S.
It was a very successful exercise. There were no incidents and the cooperation among all participants was outstanding.
Incident Commander responsibilities were shared by Capt. Sam Chiodo and Lt Col Diana Carlson.

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Search and Rescue Training at CAP
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Jeremy S. Jennings
The Charlotte County Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol was recently involved in a 3 day training exercise
referred to as a SAR-X.
The National Search and Rescue plan assigns responsibility for coordinating inland SAR operations in the United
States to the Air Force, specifically to the Rescue Coordination Center based at Langley AFB, Virginia. CAP
routinely performs on average over 85% of the SAR missions for inland search and rescue.
All CAP members who participate in SAR operations are volunteers who have been specially trained in a variety of
emergency services skills. These operations must be carried out with speed and efficiency because victims lives
may be at stake. This speed and efficiency are attained through prior planning and practical exercises in
performing the tasks required; such as the recent exercises performed Feb 6,7 & 8.
Two aircraft were involved in the training for air and ground crews consisting of 36 senior members and 8 cadets.
Three air sorties were run on Friday, two were run on Saturday. All flights scheduled for Sunday were scrubbed
due aircraft issues. The air sorties were specifically for the training of Mission Pilots, Mission Observers, Missions
Scanners, Mission Airborne Photographers and Mission Ground Radio Operators. Even though we cancelled the
flights for Sunday, the air training was considered a successful exercise.
On Saturday the 7th, ground exercises were run involving 8 cadets (ages 12-18) searching for Emergency Locating
Transmitters activated several miles from headquarters, utilizing a hand held Urban Directional Finder device. The
training in ground operations with this equipment is an extremely important and critical piece of the puzzle to
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not an easy task. It requires training, training and training. The ground participants performed with professionalism
in getting the job done.
As you have already gleaned, a SAR mission is always a serious and critical endeavor. Good organization,
methodical procedures and safety are essential. This requires practice, practice and practice. Another SAR-X is
scheduled for March involving all of the Group 5 squadrons from Manatee, Hardee, Sarasota, DeSota, Charlotte,
Lee, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties. Training, training and training - the job can't be performed without it.

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Cadet Earns Charles Lindbergh Award and
Becomes a Cadet Senior NCO
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By 2d Lt Brianna McDonald, Marianna Composite Squadron Cadet PAO
Marianna, FL. On February 07, 2015 Cadet Seth C. Ham was awarded the Charles Lindbergh award and

promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant (C/MSgt).
C/MSgt Ham joined Civil Air Patrol’s Marianna Composite Squadron in October of 2013. Since joining
he attended the 2014 Florida Wing Conference, and the Florida Wing 2014 Summer Encampment. He is
currently in the position of Flight Sergeant in the Marianna Composite Squadron. C/MSgt Ham not only
shows professionalism in CAP but at the Marianna middle school he is on the Honor Roll.
The Charles Lindbergh award is named in honor of Charles Lindbergh, who was the first man to fly solo
across the Atlantic Ocean, which he accomplished aboard the Spirit of St. Louis. The Charles Lindbergh
award is the fifth achievement in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. Earning this award places C/MSgt
Ham into the elite group of Cadet Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs).

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Cadet Seth Ham, his father Sean Ham and the squadron commander, 1st Lt. Melanie Blakeley.
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Cadet earns Earhardt Award
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Marianna, FL. The Marianna Composite Squadron Commander of the Civil Air Patrol presented the

Amelia Earhart Award to Cadet Alyson E. Blakeley in a ceremony February 07, 2015 and was promoted
to the rank of Cadet Captain (C/Capt).
C/Capt Blakeley was appointed the Squadron Cadet Deputy Commander on November 01, 2014 and the
Florida Group 1 Cadet Advisory Council (GCAC) Assistant on January 06, 2015. She joined CAP November
03, 2011 and is very active in the squadron’s ground and emergency service teams. She completed the
Camp Dodge­Johnston, Iowa Encampment and the Civil Air Patrol Engineering Technologies Academy
(E­Tech) a week­long summer camp for the Civil Air Patrol at Auburn University in Alabama. C/Capt
Blakeley also completed the three CAP Operation Risk Management and the Basic Instructor on­line
courses. She is a member of the Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society in recognition of her outstanding
scholastic achievements in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. C/Capt Blakeley is a member of her high
school Honor Roll Society and duel enrolled at Embry­Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach,
Florida.
The Amelia Earhart Award is the third milestone award which is earned after completing the first eleven
achievements in the CAP cadet program and receipt of the General Billy Mitchell Award. Perhaps no name is as

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symbolic of aerospace achievement as Amelia Earhart. In 1928, she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic
by air.
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Cadet Achievements
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Emergency Services Officer, Capt. Raymond J. Weidner.
Cadets Briar Conrad Jones and Jesus Valente Hernandez of the Marianna Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol completed
CAP’s first achievement, named for Major General John F. Curry, CAP’s first national commander. Gen Curry’s tenure
coincided with the early days of WWII, a time when ordinary citizens were searching for ways to help the war effort.
With advice and assistance from CAP members at national, regional, state and local levels and the US Air Force, the CAP
cadet program has been developed as a structured program of aerospace education, leadership, physical fitness, and moral
and ethical values.
This structured program is divided into 16 segments called achievements, involving study and performance in the five
program areas. Upon completion of each achievement, the cadet earns increased responsibility, decorations, awards,
eligibility for national and international special activities, and opportunities for both flight and academic scholarships.
Completing many of the achievements also earn the cadet a higher grade. For their efforts the cadets were promoted to
Cadet Airman (C/Amn).

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Cadet Briar Conard Jones with his mother, Laura Jones.
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Marianna Cadet earns Billy D Mitchell Award
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The Marianna Composite Squadron Commander of the Civil Air Patrol presented the General Billy
Mitchell Award to Cadet Brianna C. McDonald in a ceremony February 07, 2015 and promoted her to the
rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant (C/2d Lt).
C/2d Lt McDonald was appointed the Squadron Cadet Flight Commander on November 01, 2014 and the Cadet Public Affairs Officer on
February 07, 2015. She has been a member of CAP for two and one half years and is an active member of the squadron's ground team. She
attended the Florida Wing 2013-2014 Winter Encampment. She is a member of the Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society in recognition of her
outstanding scholastic achievements in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. Lt McDonald is a member of the National Honor Society.

The General Billy Mitchell Award is the second milestone award which is earned after completing the first eight achievements
in the CAP cadet program. This award honors the late Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, aviation pioneer, advocate, and
staunch supporter of an independent Air Force for America.
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By C/2d Lt Brianna McDonald, Marianna Composite Squadron
Marianna, FL. February 07, 2015 was a big day for Cadet Jacob Watford, who was rewarded for all his

hard work in the Civil Air Patrol program. He was presented with the General Ira C. Eaker Award and
promoted to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel. C/Lt. Col. Watford is the first in the Marianna Composite
Squadron to ever be awarded this achievement.
C/Lt. Col. Watford has been in the CAP program for more than five years and in that time he has been to
10 Encampments and two Special Activities. He is currently the Cadet Commander of the Marianna
Composite Squadron and Chairman of Group 1 Cadet Advisory Council.
The Ira Eaker award is named in honor of General Ira C. Eaker who was a general in the Army Air Force during
World War II. This is the fourth milestone in the cadet program. The award is earned for completion of all sixteen
achievements. Only about 2 percent of all cadets receive this award.

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Civil Air Patrol Cadet receives Highest Honor from
Air Force’s Highest Officials
By , | Publish: 3/4/2015

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1st Lt Curtis Hooks and Captain Patricia King
Civil Air Patrol Cadet receives Highest Honor from Air Force’s Highest Officials
Cadet Colonel (C/Col) Jeremy A. King has recently received the General Carl A. Spaatz award. This is the highest
achievement a cadet may reach in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet program. An achievement reached by less than two
percent of cadets entering the program.
The award was presented during the Gala at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Expo in
Orlando. Adding to the prestige of the evening C/Col King received his award from General Mark Welsh III Air Force Chief of
Staff and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James. These are the two highest leaders within the Air Force Chain of
Command. C/Col King was also presented with highly esteemed challenge coins from both General Welsh and Secretary
James which he described as being “awesome beyond words.” In addition, King had the opportunity to talk with General
Welsh, Secretary James and other USAF and AFA leaders. “It was the memory of a lifetime,” he said, “and I am so grateful to
all who made it possible.”
Adding further to the evenings honors were that fact that also present in his role as Central Florida Air Force Association
Chairman was Ken Kelly, the second ever recipient of the Spaatz award, and Announcer for the evening Ken Goss, Spaatz
award recipient number thirty-Nine.
C/Col King’s journey to this honor began in June of 2009 when he joined the Polk County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air
Patrol as a cadet. Here he quickly fell into the cadet lifestyle and especially enjoyed serving with CAP at community aviation

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events such as Sun’n’Fun, MacDill Airfest, and Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom tours. He moved through his
leadership development and promotions as well to develop himself as a leader, serving in many leadership roles in his
squadron, group and at the wing level. On the Emergency Services (ES) side of the house, he received training and got
qualified as a ground team member (GTM), flight line supervisor (FLS), skills evaluator (SET) and Mission Scanner (MS) on the
air crew.
Upon becoming a Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, he participated in the International Cadet Air Exchange (IACE) program where
he was selected to be a Cadet Ambassador to Israel. Unfortunately because of world events that trip was cancelled. Not to
be deterred he served as a Cadet Ambassador for exchange cadets coming here to Florida.
This is a mere snapshot of the cadet career that has culminated with this award.
C/Col King now continues to serve the Civil Air Patrol as a Senior Member in the grade of Captain.

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Command Change at Charlotte County Composite
Squadron
By , | Publish: 3/7/2015

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PUNTA GORDA, Fla., - At the first meeting of the Charlotte County Composite Squadron in March, the torch of leadership
was passed from Major Paul Reeves, retired US Army, Chief Warrant Officer, to our new squadron commander, Major Richard
Morrell.
Morrell comes by the command easily, having previously been squadron commander from 2012 to 2013. His "time off" did not
last long as he was called out of retirement to take over for Major Reeves, who retired from the command position for family
health reasons. 
"Major Reeves did an outstanding job during his tenure. He should be proud of his accomplishments while leading the largest
squadron in the Florida Wing in its climb to excellence" said Morrell. "We congratulate him on a job well done. Thankfully,
his helpful hands will continue to influence our growth."
Major Morrell is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and a retired Major of the U.S. Marines. As an instrument rated
instructor pilot, he is very involved in the flying aspect of Civil Air Patrol. He has embraced with enthusiasm his flying role
for not only the senior members but also the cadets. Prior to coming to Florida, Major Morrell was attached to the Mount
Vernon, Virginia Composite Squadron of the National Capitol Wing.

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CAP Members Qualified as Aircrew Mission
Observers
By , | Publish: 3/19/2015

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Dateline: March 19, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport
By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO, Legal Officer, FL 182

Pinellas Senior Squadron CAP members 2d Lt Ron Klemm and SM Wayne Zelinsky recently became
qualified at a CAP search and rescue exercise (SAREX) held at Tampa Executive Airport on February 7,
2015, as aircrew mission observers.
SM Wayne Zelinsky also qualified as a CAP Form 5 pilot, the first step to becoming a Mission Pilot,
which qualification allows a senior pilot member to fly search and rescue and other missions for CAP.
Emergency Services is one of the 3 important missions of Civil Air Patrol, and requires qualified air,
ground and mission base teams. A mission observer is an important member of the emergency services
air crew, whose job it is to assist the mission pilot with navigation and the operation of aircraft
equipment.
Since Pinellas Senior Squadron’s primary focus is emergency services, Maj Adrian Cuarta, the unit’s
commander, is seeking to qualify the squadron members as mission scanners, observers and pilots. The
squadron has been offering training at each of its meetings since October, 2014, to qualify as many
members as possible, with Lt Col Larry McConnell teaching the scanner and observer sessions at the
unit’s weekly meetings.
2d Lt Klemm stated that he wants to earn his Emergency Service ratings as soon as possible, because “I
want to help…to become part of the team and participate meaningfully in search and rescue missions.”

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The unit hopes to qualify additional members as scanners, observers, and pilots in the near future.
Currently, Capt Charles Larson is conducting aerial photography training as the next phase of aircrew
qualifications.

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FL 182 Senior Members earn Promotions, Awards,
and Qualifications
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Dateline: March 21, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport
By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO, Legal Officer, FL 182

Ron Klemm hit the ground running when he joined Pinellas Senior Squadron, the Civil Air Patrol unit
stationed at Albert Whitted Airport. He immediately started working on various requirements and
qualifications and has achieved outstanding results in the brief tenure of his membership.
On January 14, 2015, after 6 months as a senior member, he earned the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, and
also received the Yeagar Award in Aerospace Education.
Now 2d Lt Klemm has earned the leadership ribbon for having completed his technician rating in
Aerospace Education, with Lt Col Joyce Nader serving as his mentor.
SM Angel Flores has also moved quickly to earn his promotion from Senior Member to 2d Lt, having
completed Level 1 training. 2d Lt Flores expressed surprise and amazement when he received his 2d Lt
epaulettes, saying, “I can’t believe this has happened, and I am so proud and excited to have
accomplished this so quickly.”

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Also earning her qualification as a Public Information Officer was Lt Col Joyce Nader, having completed
the FEMA incident management course ICS 300, offered at the Hillsborough Emergency Operations
Center in February, 2015. Lt Col Nader expressed her delight at completing this final step in qualifying,
and encourages “all senior members to take ICS 300, whether required in their area or not, because it is
outstanding training for our knowledge base and executing one of our 3 CAP missions, search and
rescue.”

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Civil Air Patrol Conducts Search and Rescue
Training Exercise at Albert Whitted
By , | Publish: 3/25/2015

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Dateline: March 21, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport
By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO, Legal Officer, FL 182

Against the backdrop of the City of St. Petersburg’s annual Grand Prix Race preparations, over 24 Civil Air Patrol
volunteers, both seniors and cadets, participated in the Emergency Services exercise hosted by the Pinellas Senior
Squadron at Albert Whitted Airport on March 21, 2015, which was postponed from March 7, 2015, due to inclement
weather.
The weather was perfect—clear, no fog and few clouds, and very little wind. Three (3) aircraft were scheduled for
the exercise, with one being grounded due to mechanical issues, and one delayed on arrival due to fog in
Brooksville. There were 11 air sorties and 3 ground team sorties completed during the exercise.
CAP members, seniors and cadets, trained for positions at mission base including communications, as aircrew
teams, and as ground teams. The various team’s simulated search and rescue tasks utilizing the aircraft as well as
ground based communications systems and resources.

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2d Lt Keith Lukat was the project officer for the exercise, and it was his first in that role. He said that “it was
challenging to put it all together, but I enjoyed working on it, and meeting all the new people.”
2d Lt Myra Hall, one of the seniors participating as an air crew trainee for the mission observer position, joined
CAP “to serve community and country, and because of my interest in aviation and its history.” She said she came
to the exercise, “to meet more people in CAP, and to learn to work as a team on an air crew.”
The exercise was a great success due to the skilled work of many members as well as the spirit and dedication of
all the participants.
Another exercise will be planned for sometime this summer.

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Be Prepared! Over-the-Water Survival
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Marco-Island, FL - On Sunday 22 March 2015 Group 5 of the Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary conducted an
Over-the-Water Survival (OWS) course. Two dozen aircrew members attended the in-class presentations,
participated in the egress from airplane exercises, took part in the in-the-water training, and finally took the online
qualifying exam. The OWS course is a recurring requirement for all crew members who fly over the ocean at a
distance from land greater than the gliding capability of the aircraft after loss of power.
The chance of survival after ditching (landing on the water) is high – 88%. The course ensures that the CAP
aircrews have a greater chance to survive the accident.
The presentations focus on proven procedures and techniques that the aircrews should know and follow before,
during, and after the ditching. The practical exercises focus on applying those processes and assimilating the steps
until they become second nature. Egress from the airplane is one of those exercises where the raft is thrown out of
the aircraft, and the crew members exit the plane in a minimum amount of time.
The in-the-water training portion requires the crew to swim 50 yards, thread water for 15 minutes, and finally right
the overturned raft and climb aboard: it is not as easy as it might seem because the crew members are wearing
their flight clothes during the training. Camaraderie and encouragements from the rest of the squad help
accomplish the training successfully.
Many CAP squadrons fly Coastal Patrols, boaters search and rescue, as well as support missions for the Air Force,
and all of these missions do take the aircrews over water. It's good to know that they will be prepared for the
unexpected.
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Sarasota Squadron of Civil Air Patrol Sends Six to
Squadron Leadership School
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By 2d Lt Larry Leetzow
Sarasota Comp. Sq., Florida Wing
Sarasota, Fla. - Six Sarasota Civil Air Patrol Squadron members traveled to Naples, Fla. on Saturday March 21,
2015 to take the Squadron Leadership School (SLS) after passing the required on-line course. The course began
promptly at 8:15 am. Cap. Judy Schiff and the Naples Squadron hosted the event with Florida Wing officials in
attendance to present the all-day course. The course centered on leadership precepts, especially designed for
volunteer organizations. Those from the Sarasota squadron who attended included Capt. Michael Christmann,
Capt. Lawrence Kraujalis, 2nd Lt. Frank Burberry, 2nd Lt. Lorence Leetzow, 2nd Lt. William Leszczynski, and 2nd
Lt. Lou Corda as one of the 10 instructors. All participants received a course completion certificate.
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Sarasota Cadets Receive Personal Tour of
Kennedy Space Center
By , | Publish: 3/27/2015

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Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski, CAP)
SARASOTA, FLA – Twenty cadets and four senior members from the Sarasota Composite Squadron of Civil Air
Patrol (CAP) spent three days and two nights at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, March 20 through March 22,
camping at Jetty Park Campground at Port Canaveral, getting an “insider’s” tour of the Kennedy Space Center
facilities, and learning about America’s space program. Fifteen cadet members and three senior members from the
Charlotte County Composite Squadron also joined in the event.
A personal guided tour of the actual Space Shuttle Atlantis, conducted by a NASA engineer, highlighted the trip.
The Charlotte County Composite Squadron Deputy Commander of Cadets, 2nd Lt. Gail Arnold, arranged the tour
with Maj. Gary Dahlke, Deputy Director of Aerospace Education for the Florida Wing and a member of the TICO
Composite Squadron in Titusville, Fla. Dahlke, an engineer with NASA, worked on the heat shield systems for the
Space Shuttle program. Cadets learned about the 30-year shuttle program while viewing interactive exhibits and
“flying” high-tech simulators.
Sarasota Composite Squadron Deputy Commander of Cadets, 1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski, said this trip
represented a tremendous opportunity for the cadets to get a guided tour of the Space Shuttle Atlantis by Dahlke.
That’s not something the everyday NASA visitor gets but, being a member of CAP, Dahlke knows the importance
of Aerospace Education and igniting a spark to get young people interested in it. “Hearing inside information about
the Shuttle from someone who actually worked on it was an experience these students could probably only get
because of their involvement in Civil Air Patrol,” Kozloski said.
Cadet M. Sgt. Gabrielle McCoy, one of the participants from the Sarasota Composite Squadron, said the best part
of the tour for her was the Shuttle Launch Experience ®, where she discovered what it’s like to be in the cockpit of
a space shuttle during a launch.

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Following the tour of the Atlantis, cadets boarded a bus for the Apollo/Saturn V Center where they saw the 363-foot
Saturn V rocket, the largest rocket ever made, which has transported 27 astronauts to the moon and back.
This special experience is just one of the opportunities that students have through CAP’s cadet program. CAP
cadets can experience survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy, model rocketry and more. Each
year, cadets participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets have the
opportunity to fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others enjoy traveling
abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the
nation.
CAP’s cadet program introduces young people from 12 years through age 21 to aviation. Cadets progress at their
own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and
moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering,
science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, and many others. Those cadets who earn cadet
officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700
Civil Air Patrol squadrons across the nation. The Sarasota Composite Squadron includes 92 members: 59 senior
members and 33 cadets. Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counterdrug
missions, participating in homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and
supporting America’s educators. For information about the Sarasota Composite Squadron of CAP, visit
www.capsrq044.com.

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Eglin Cadets Soar in the Gulf Coast Skies
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Photo: CAP cadets participate in glider orientation flights Feb 7, 2015. L-R Cadets Salvatore Riccio, Andy Holtery
Jr, Lt Col Chad Fager and Cadets Tia Coppersmith, Stirling Naber, and Conner Davis.
By Lt Col Dale K. Robinson, Eglin Composite Squadron, Florida Wing
Eglin AFB, FL – Five cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s Eglin Composite Squadron recently took part in glider
orientation flights at Elsanor Airport in Robertsdale, Alabama. Participating were Cadet AirmanTia Coppersmith,
Cadet Airman Andy Holtery, Cadet Airman Salavatore Riccio, Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Connor Davis, and
Cadet 1st Lieutenant Stirling Nabor. The event was supervised by Lieutenant Colonel Chad Fager and Major Emil
Pagliari. First Lieutenant Russ Howard was the pilot; Major Ben Poffenberger and Captain Bob Dorsey of
Pensacola Senior Squadron assisted. Cadet Airman Sarah Luke of Pensacola Composite squadron also received
an orientation flight.
The cadet orientation flight program shares the thrill of flying with cadets. Every cadet under the age of 18 is
eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft and five flights in gliders. Each flight has a syllabus that cadets follow to
learn more about aviation and piloting skills. While the orientation flights do not count toward a pilot’s license,
cadets can compete for flight training scholarships that do lead to private pilot licenses. .

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Eglin Cadets Reach for the Stars
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Fager, Cadet Amn Juliette Martinez, and Cadet 1st Lt Stirling Naber
Eglin AFB, FL - Members of Eglin Composite Squadron recently attended the Surveyor Program at the U.S.
Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. The overnight program focuses on Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math. The excellent STEM program is lead by Space Camp staff and included a
guided tour of the Space and Rocket Center, a science presentation, a paper rocket activity, the multi-axis trainer
and various simulators.
“I really enjoyed the Huntsville trip, especially getting to see the pioneering rockets and spacecraft that put man in
space and on the moon,” said Cadet Master Sergeant Connor Davis.” I learned a lot about early spacecraft, the six
space shuttles, and other rockets and satellites that were sent to space by man in the pioneering days of space
flight and large scale rocketry.”
For Major Emil Pagliari, the trip was a walk down memory lane. Major Pagliari started working on the Apollo
Program in 1965, building test stands for the Saturn 1B and Saturn V rocket engines in Bay St. Louis, Miss. “I had
the pleasure of watching the first Saturn V launch from Pad 39 at the cape [Kennedy Space Center]. I then
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January 27, 1967… I had a lot of memories on this trip and thoroughly enjoyed observing cadets learning what I
did in person years ago.”
Cadet Master Sergeant Matthew Salort described the experience as “a great learning opportunity and fun
experience to have. For me I would say the simulators were the most fun part. I liked having a simulation of what it
was like to be in space. The other simulation of what it was like falling through the sky was also my favorite and
very exciting.”
Second Lieutenant Steve Rosier is one of those aviation and space enthusiasts “that is never satisfied no matter
how many of these types of trips I make. I can truly say I was amazed to see and hear the Cadets interact to each
and every presentation and exhibit. What I learned was that they are our future… without a doubt we are in good
hands. Walking around with them and watching the other children and their parents observing the cadets
conducting themselves with discipline, respect and politeness made me very proud to be a part of this
organization.”
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MEMO: Colonel Barry Melton is selected as the
next Southeast Region Commander
By Maj Jeff Carlson, Southeast Region | Publish: 4/20/2015

Photo: Colonel Barry Melton, Southeast Region Commander select.
Maxwell AFB, AL -Memo from the Region Commander
Greetings Southeast Region,
Please join me in congratulating Colonel Barry Melton on his selection as the next Southeast Region Commander. Major
General Vasquez's announcement is included below. 
This is great news for our Region, and I have every confidence that Barry 
will be an exceptional and visionary Region Commander. 
The change of command ceremony will occur at the SER Conference Awards Banquet on Saturday, 6 June 2015.
I am personally inviting each of you, your family and friends to attend the Southeast Region Conference, 5 - 7 June 2015 in
Peachtree City, Georgia.
Semper V!
V/R

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Al
Alvin J. Bedgood, Colonel, CAP
Commander, Southeast Region

Civil Air Patrol

U.S. Air Force AuxiliarySER/CC

Memo from the National Commander:
To all Wing and Region Commanders,
Effective 7 June 2015, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Col. Barry Melton, CAP as Commander of Southeast
Region.
Col. Melton was the Vice Commander for Operations of Southeast Region from 2011 to the present, and for four years before
that was commander of Tennessee Wing.  He is a very active officer in Southeast Region, and is a current incident
commander.  He has been active with the glider program and with professional development in SER, and has consistently
participated as a leader at most region activities.
Please extend a welcome to Col. Melton as the new SER Commander, and congratulations to Col. Bedgood for completing his
assignment in such a distinguished manner!

Maj Gen Joseph R. Vazquez, CAP
National Commander and CEO
Civil Air Patrol
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary
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Twelve students take to the sky with Sarasota
Squadron of Civil Air Patrol
By 1st Lt Christopher Carroll, Sarasota Composite Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 4/21/2015

Photo: Capt. Evelino Cruz instructs Cadet/Chief Master Sergeant Justin Rosa on the proper use of aircraft checklists as
they pre-flight the aircraft, a Cessna 182. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)
Sarasota, FL -- On Saturday, April 18, 2015, and Sunday, April 19, 2015, 12 cadets participated in orientation flights with
pilots from the Sarasota Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport. For
eight of the cadets, this was their first flight experience in a CAP aircraft.
CAP’s Cadet Orientation Flight Program introduces cadets to the science of aviation, giving them the opportunity to learn
about navigation, weather, aircraft flight instruments, flight maneuvers, and more. Only current CAP cadets under 18 years
of age can participate in the program.
1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski, Deputy Commander/Cadets said, “The orientation flights get cadets interested in aviation and
give them hands-on experience flying.” She noted that the program stresses safety first. Kozloski also said that, even though
CAP offers students more than just flying, many cadets are drawn to CAP because of the prospect of flying an airplane.
Cadet/Chief Master Sergeant Justin Rosa, a freshman at Venice High School, has been a CAP cadet for three years. “I joined
because I was interested in leadership and aerospace. My membership in CAP has helped build my leadership skills and has
taught me how to give more respect to other people.” After his flight, with a smile on his face, Rosa added, “It was really
exciting.”
“I’ve gained a lot of confidence since joining CAP,” said Cadet Ethan Branham, an 8th grader at Sarasota Military Academy
Prep. This was Branham’s first flight. As part of the program, cadets can take five flights in the front seat at the controls
under the supervision of an FAA-certificated CAP pilot and an unlimited number of flights as a passenger in the back seat.
Flying is just one of the opportunities students have through CAP’s cadet program. CAP cadets experience survival training,
photography, astronomy, model rocketry and more.  Each year, cadets participate in special activities at the local, state,
regional or national level. Many cadets have the opportunity to fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment
or academy. Others enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major
air shows like Florida’s SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In and Expo.
CAP’s cadet program introduces young people, from ages 12 through 21, to aviation. Cadets progress at their own pace
through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets
compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics,
aerospace medicine, meteorology, and many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as
an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).

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Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air
Patrol squadrons across the nation. The Sarasota  Composite Squadron includes 93 members: 59 senior members and 34
cadets. Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counter-drug missions, participating in
homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For
information about the Sarasota Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.

Senior Member Capt. Evelino Cruz briefs Cadet/Chief Master Sergeant Justin Rosa and Cadet/Technical Sergeant
Douglas Lumpkin prior to their flight. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)

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Capt. Rick Hendrick (left) instructs Cadet/Airman Luke Welch (center) and Cadet Ethan Branham on proper
technique for pre-flighting the aircraft prior to their first flight. (Photo credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)
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FL 182 Senior Members on the Move
By , | Publish: 4/26/2015

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Photo: FL 182 members attend Group 3 SLS.

FL 182 Senior Members on the Move
Dateline: April 26, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport
By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO, Legal Officer, FL 182

Senior members from FL 182, Pinellas Senior Squadron, based at Albert Whitted Airport, are on the move, earning
promotions, awards, and specialty qualifications. FL 182 also sent a large contingent of members to Squadron
Leadership School, hosted by Hillsborough One Senior Squadron, held at Tampa Executive Airport on April 11,
2015.
2d Lt Keith Lukat, Emergency Services Officer for FL 182, attended the recent SLS, earned his Mission Observer
specialty qualification, and also earned his Form 5 pilot qualification. 2d Lt Lukat, recently appointed as the ESO
for the squadron, has also hosted the past 2 training missions held at the home base.
Also attending SLS with 2d Lt Lukat was Capt Anne Marie Franzen, who was recently promoted to the rank of
Captain. Capt Franzen holds a Doctorate in Education, and has made presentations for CAP on CISM issues.
2d Lt Wayne Zelinsky also attended the SLS, along with Lt Col Bill Rake and 2d Lt Ron Klemm. 2d Lt Zelinsky was
recently promoted to 2d Lt, while also achieving the Yeager award, and his Mission Observer Specialty
Qualification. 2d Lt Zelinsky serves as the Administrative Officer for the squadron.
1st Lt Keith Evert, the Finance Officer for Pinellas Senior Squadron, recently earned his Mission Pilot qualification,
which permits him to fly USAF missions and training missions as a CAP pilot. 1st Lt Evert was also recently
promoted to the rank of 1st Lt, having completed all the necessary requirements to achieve this rank in CAP.
Visiting member Capt Charles Larson recently completed the Aerospace Education course, presented
monthly by 2d Lt Klemm, and achieved the Yeager Award, for this accomplishment. Capt Larson provided the FL
182 members with training on Aerial Photography over the past 4 weeks.

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New member John Bonasera recently completed Level 1, earning his membership ribbon, and was also promoted
recently to the rank of 2d Lt, having completed all the requirements for this CAP rank.
Maj Adrian Cuarta, the squadron commander, is “so very proud of all the hard work of our members in completing
the rigorous requirements” for these various promotions, awards, and specialty qualifications.
He says he is also “very pleased with the participation of so many squadron members at the recent Group 3 SLS
course.”
On the move: training and preparedness to serve our CAP missions.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of
550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked
by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid
professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local
agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently
participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for the past 73 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal
in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to
remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Visit the Southeast Region Civil Air Patrol at http://sercap.us and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sercap

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Naples Senior Squadron Hosts Public Affairs
Workshop
By 2d Lt Donald Binner, Naples Senior Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 5/1/2015

Photo: Group 5 Commander, Lt. Col. Ray Rosenberg, and Southeast Region Director of Public Affairs, Major Jeffrey
Carlson discuss importance of maintaining open lines of communication with stakeholders.
Naples, FL -- Public affairs officers from Civil Air Patrol Florida Wing's Group 5 gathered in Naples for a training workshop on
April 25, 2015. The professional development workshop was hosted by the Naples Senior Squadron and included topics about
target messaging and content marketing. Southeast Region Director of Public Affairs, Major Jeffrey Carlson, was the
facilitator.
The Group 5 operations area extends south from Tampa Bay to Naples and east to Lake Okeechobee. Workshop participants
included some of the newest PAOs in Florida Wing as well as more seasoned professionals.
"I really enjoyed the opportunity meeting the other PAOs in my Group", said 1st Lt Chris Carroll, PAO from SRQ Composite
Squadron.   
In addition to some of the basic duty requirements, Major Carlson focused becoming more efficient by building a team and
utilizing available resources.
"Public Affairs includes a lot of real estate," said Carlson "we need to shift away from the idea of developing a one-person
army and work toward developing a team approach. We need to develop leadership at all levels of the CAP PA program and
unit PAOs need to utilize as many squadron members as possible to run a successful program."

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Another key topic was the importance of target messaging. "What good is writting a release if nobody reads it?' asked
Carlson. "Today's audience has so many choices and very little time to digest the available information, CAP public affairs
needs to present the information in a context that is interesting to a specific audience."
Carlson recommended that each squadron maintain a contact list of suppliers, sponsors, members and family, customers and
others and then develop regular messages for each stakeholder segment to keep the lines of communication open and help
manage expectations.  
The final key topic was Content marketing. Carlson said, “Everyone is fighting for the same limited space with traditional
media. The majority now get their information from the Internet.  The local media may not print your article, but each PAO
has the ability to self-publish using online resources to get the message out. Once a link is made, it can be used in social
media, emails, text messages and many other places.” 
He explained that social media is a great method of spreading the word about Civil Air Patrol. Facebook is still a popular site
along with Twitter. Social media can be used to post links to self-published articles, pictures or even movies about cadet or
senior squadron activities that serve the local community.
Another Group 5 public affairs workshop on Crisis Communications is slated in the fall in Sarasota. 

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Change of Command and Prestigious Awards for
SRQ Composite Squadron Cadets
By , | Publish: 5/7/2015

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Photo: Following the Change of Command, incoming Cadet Commander C/2dLt Gabriel J. Brink (left) addressed
the unit. Also pictured, C/SMSgt Ian J. Spirduso (center) and outgoing Cadet Commander C/2dLt Jonathan M.
Banks (right). (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)
SARASOTA, Fla. – On Monday, May 4, 2015, cadets of the SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP)
held a change of command ceremony at McClure Auditorium at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport and
presented some prestigious awards to cadets.
“I am proud of our squadron and particularly proud of our cadets,” said SRQ Composite Squadron Commander
Maj. William Hansen. “Our cadet program has made great strides in the last year.” He credits the success of the
cadet program to the outstanding leadership provided by CAP senior members, the cadets themselves, and the
active participation of the cadets’ parents.
Prior to the change of command ceremony, C/TSgt Jesse Yong received a citation and medal award from the Air
Force Association for outstanding achievement and academic standing. Next, C/2dLt Jonathan Banks received a
Veterans of Foreign Wars Civil Air Patrol Officer citation and medal award for outstanding achievement and
exceptional leadership. C/MSgt Gabrielle McCoy also received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Civil Air Patrol NonCommissioned Officer citation and medal award for outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership.
For his efforts in recruiting new members at the Sun ‘n Fun Air Show, C/Amn Jackson Wyatt Touchton received a
Certificate of Appreciation. Another part of the evening included the promotions of C/Amn Ethan Branham, C/Amn
Kyle Wason and C/MSgt Douglas Lumpkin.
Finally, Cadet McCoy received a Find ribbon.

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Following the presentation of awards, Cadet Commander Banks transferred command to C/2dLt Gabriel Brink and
Brink addressed the unit.
CAP’s cadet program introduces young people, from ages 12 through 21, to aviation. Cadets progress at their own
pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral
leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering,
science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, and many others. Those cadets who earn cadet
officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700
Civil Air Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 89 members: 57 senior
members and 32 cadets. Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counterdrug
missions, participating in homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and
supporting America’s educators. For information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit
www.capsrq044.com.

C/TSgt Jesse E. Yong (center) receives a citation and medal award from the Air Force Association for outstanding
achievement and academic standing, presented by SRQ Composite Squadron Commander Maj. William Hansen
(left) and Cadet Cadet Commander C/2dLt Jonathan M. Banks (right). (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll,
CAP)

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C/MSgt Gabrielle P. McCoy (center) receives a citation and medal award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for
outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership, presented by SRQ Composite Squadron Commander Maj.
William Hansen (left) and Cadet Commander C/2dLt Jonathan M. Banks (right). (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher
Carroll, CAP)

C/2dLt Jonathan M. Banks (center) receives a citation and medal award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for
outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership, presented by SRQ Composite Squadron Commander Maj.
William Hansen (left) and Deputy Commander (Cadets) 1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski (right) (Photo credit: 1st Lt.
Christopher Carroll, CAP)
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Congressman Richard Nugent joins the Civil Air
Patrol.
By Maj Donald Nathe, Hernando County Composite Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 5/8/2015

Photo: Congressman Richard Nugent (left) receives membership certificate from Group 3 Commander, Major Steve
Lampasona. (CAP photo)
Brooksville, FL -- The honorable Richard Nugent, U.S. Representative for Florida's 11th congressional district, is the newest
member of Civil Air Patrol’s Congressional Squadron. Nugent was honored in a ceremony at Hernando County Composite
Squadron located at the Hernando County Airport.
Congressman Nugent was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife, Wendy. He received his Civil Air Patrol membership
certificate and membership card from Florida Wing Group 3 commander, Major Stephen J. Lampasona who was assisted by
Hernando County Composite Squadron commander, Major Don Whalen.
Members of the United States Congress and federally appointed officials are eligible to become congressional members of
Civil Air Patrol. As a congressional squadron member, Nugent wears the honorary grade of lieutenant colonel and is
authorized to fly in CAP aircraft and attend activities.
"I’ve had three sons come through this (CAP) program over the years, it’s quite a commitment" said Nugent. "You never know
what’s going to happen, my middle-son Kyle flew Blackhawks. He said after his first flight as a cadet, ‘I want to do that’.“
Richard B. "Rich" Nugent served Florida's 5th district from 2011 until 2012 prior to his election to serve Florida's 11th
congressional district in 2013. He currently serves on the House Committee on Armed Services and House Committee on
House Administration. He is formerly the Sheriff of Hernando County, Florida.
Also present at the ceremony: Cadet Captain Cody Curabbaand; Cadet Major Kyle Curabba, Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron;
and Cadet Major Jarod Waters, Hernando County Composite Squadron Honor Guard.
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CAP helps Power Squadron Meet Goal
By 2d Lt Bill Hughes, Marco Island Senior Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 5/18/2015

Photo: Aerial photo showing boaters donning their life jackets at CAP observes from above.
Marco Island, FL -- We had a good photo flight today, a short trip from MKY (Marco Executive Airport) to Marco Island shore
and back. We circled around 5 times over about 100 people all wearing life jackets as part of a world wide effort to set a
world record for number of people all wearing a life jacket at the same time. The people assembled were organized by the
Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, MISPS, as their effort to draw attention to the start of the National Safe Boating
Week. George Noren was the pilot, I took the pictures and new member Bill Rogers accomplished training as Mission
Observer. Pictures were delivered to Andrea Battaglia, Editor of Eagle Eye published by MISPS . Andrea forwarded one of the
pictures, attached. 

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Orlando Cadet Squadron Change of Command
Ceremony and Cadet Recognition
By 1st Lt Bryan Booth, Orlando Cadet Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 5/27/2015

Photo: Maj. Stalnaker, 1st Lt. Booth, Capt. Garavuso, C/Lt Col. Medla, C/Lt Col. Hardtke, Lonnie Crawford Chaplain
Orlando Fire Dept. Capt. Rodriguez, C/2d Lt. Chambers, Bonnie Callahan National Director Emeritus Air Force
Association
Orlando, FL -CAP, ORLANDO CADET SQUADRON SER-FL-242 CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY AND CADET ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The Orlando Cadet Squadron hosted a Change of Command Ceremony for Senior Members and Cadets. Cadet
Acknowledgements were given to two Senior Cadets who have worked diligently towards entering the Air Force Academy. In
addition, Michael Garavuso, a previous cadet who entered the ranks of Senior member was recognized for his
accomplishments and dedicated service to CAP.
Starting as a Cadet in 2006 Michael Garavuso has achieved the rank of Captain as a Senior member and has been instrumental
in encouraging the development of Squadron 242 Cadets. Major Gary Stalnaker, Presiding Officer over the Senior Change of
Command portion of the Ceremony offered sincere appreciation to Capt Garavuso for his hard work and steadfast
commitment to CAP while Capt. Victor Rodriguez assumed command of the Orlando Cadet Squadron.
Cadet Hardtke, a member of CAP since 2010, achieving the rank of C/Lt. Col. has proudly relinquished her position as cadet
commander to C/2d Lt. Michael Chambers. Cadet Chambers is a recent high school grad that will be filling the role of Cadet
Commander while attending classes at the University of Central Florida.
In recognition for their outstanding Volunteer Service, C/Lt. Col. Bianca Hardtke and C/Lt. Col. Mathew Medla (Prior 242
Cadet Commander who entered CAP in 2009) were both recognized for their contributions to squadron 242, and for their
dedicated volunteer service to CAP. Maj. Stalnaker proudly offered inspirational comments to share with our guests, and our
cadets that reiterate how CAP’s Core Values reinforce strong leadership skills and integrity for our future leaders. We
wish our honored Cadet's well as they Aim High to achieve their Air Force Academy goals.
UCF Air Force ROTC Cadets led by Lt. Col. Kildron were acknowledged for their support to Civil Air Patrol. AFROTC Cadets of
the Arnold Air Society provide assistance in leadership, drill, and aerospace education to the Orlando Cadet Squadron. In
turn ROTC Cadets benefit by developing skills they learn in ROTC training. The Orlando Cadet Squadron offers their sincere
appreciation to AFROTC for their contribution to the Civil Air Patrol and to Squadron 242.
Honored Guests:
Bonnie B. Callahan, National Director Emeritus, Air Force Association; Asst. Coach, Cyber Patriot, Team Wilson
Lonnie Crawford, Chaplain, Orlando Fire Department; Guest Speaker
Major Gary Stalnaker, Group 2 Commander, Civil Air Patrol

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Group 5 Squadrons on Marco Island and in Naples
Conducted a Multiday Search & Rescue
By Capt Marian Motyl-Szary, Marco Island Senior Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 6/5/2015

Photo: Marco & Naples aircraft.
Marco Island, FL --

Group 5 squadrons on Marco Island and in Naples conducted a multiday Search and Rescue (SAREX) exercise
involving ground and air targets and many sorties. There were 23 participants in total, and 15 sorties (14 air & 1
ground.)
The targets included a simulated downed helicopter, a marijuana field in the Everglades, and disaster assessment
of a close-to-shore structure as well as a missing person search.
The exercise allowed several members to complete their Mission Observer, Mission Scanner, Mission Radio
Operator, Mission Staff Assistant, Public Information Officer, and ground crew qualifications.

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Southeast Region 2015 Award Winners
Announced
By Public Affairs, Southeast Region Headquarters | Publish: 6/10/2015

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Peachtree City, GA -The following service awards were announced during the 2015 Southeast Region Conference held in Peachtree City, Georgia
on June 6. Congratulations to all!

I. For distinguished and conspicuous heroic action where danger to self is probable and known:
Gregory Frinch, Bronze Medal of Valor
Lillian Frinch, Bronze Medal of Valor
Cole Frinch, Bronze Medal of Valor
Gregory II Frinch, Bronze Medal of Valor

II. 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:
Alvin Bedgood, Distinguished Service Award

III. For exceptionally outstanding service to CAP in a duty of great responsibility while serving in any capacity with CAP:
Thomas McBroom, Exceptional Service Award
Jack Mullinax, Exceptional Service Award
Larry G Julian, Exceptional Service Award
Gordon W Odell, Exceptional Service Award
Joseph L Knight, Exceptional Service Award
George B Melton, Exceptional Service Award
Wes A Hannah, Exceptional Service Award
Luis A Cubano, Exceptional Service Award
Pedro A Torres, Exceptional Service Award

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Albert Van Lengen, Exceptional Service Award
Jean H Dubois, Exceptional Service Award
Margarita Mesones-Mori, Exceptional Service Award
Joel Katz, Exceptional Service Award
Sharon L Borner, Exceptional Service Award
James M Rushing, Exceptional Service Award
Richard B Mulanax, Exceptional Service Award
Joseph E Wilkins, Exceptional Service Award
William A Woody, Exceptional Service Award
Joe B Brown, Exceptional Service Award
Bruce S Sage, Exceptional Service Award
James D Howell, Exceptional Service Award
David E Lefavor, Exceptional Service Award
Marcus L Taylor, Exceptional Service Award
David L Garner, Exceptional Service Award
Kurt J Efinger, Exceptional Service Award
Fernando L Torrent, Exceptional Service Award
Margaret Hannah, Exceptional Service Award
Corey A Hamilton, Exceptional Service Award

IV. For outstanding achievement or meritorious service rendered specifically on behalf of CAP:
Lazaro D Garcia, Meritorious Service Award
John J Lynn, Meritorious Service Award
Edithgail F Miller, Meritorious Service Award
Juan Rodriguez-Tolentino, Meritorious Service Award
Richard W Brady, Meritorious Service Award
Irene La Follette, Meritorious Service Award
Robert A Sims, Meritorious Service Award
Sandra J McKenzie, Meritorious Service Award
Stacey R Sage, Meritorious Service Award
Jeffrey P Carlson, Meritorious Service Award
Harry E Jones, Meritorious Service Award
Edward C Wolff, Meritorious Service Award
Edward L Kessler, Meritorious Service Award
Samuel L Chiodo, Meritorious Service Award

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Gary D Pickens, Meritorious Service Award
Valerie M Brown, Meritorious Service Award
Mercer Richardson, Meritorious Service Award
Chaplain (Lt Col) Jim Howell, Meritorious Service Award
Chaplain (Lt Col) Marcus Taylor, Meritorious Service Award
Chaplain (Lt Col) Oscar Cope, Meritorious Service Award
Chaplain (Lt Col) Willis Moore, Meritorious Service Award

V. For outstanding duty performance where achievements and services are clearly and unmistakably exceptional when
compared to similar achievements and service of members of like rank and responsibility:
Vincent L Murray, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
William H Ferguson, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Phillip D Norris, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
David M Hyden, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Randall S Stastny, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Vincent L Boyer, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
George R Borsari, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Jonah Torp-Pedersen, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Richard Irsik, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Aaron Cinnamon, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Michael Jay Murrell, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Bruce D. Kincaid, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Tim Ledford, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
John Maclean, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Jonathan W Lartigue, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Walter Schamel, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Jeffrey Gebhart, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Randall Stastny, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Carl Hultin, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
John Stokesberry, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Ruben Hernandez, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Chaplain (Lt Col) Harold Johnson, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Chaplain (Major) Perry Jennings, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Chaplain (Lt Col) Sergio Freeman, Region Commander’s Commendation Award
Chaplain (Lt Col) Linda Pugsley, Region Commander’s Commendation Award

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VI. For outstanding service:
Judith (Judy) L Steele, Achievement Award
Roger M Borg, Achievement Award
Chaplain (Lt Col) David Smelser, Achievement Award
Chaplain (Captain) James Bradley, Achievement Award
Chaplain (Captain)Jerry George, Achievement Award
Chaplain (Lt Col) Steven Sellers, Achievement Award
Gail Swanson, Achievement Award

Gordon Odell, CAP Service Award, 40-year
Wes Hannah, CAP Service Award, 40-year
Margaret Hannah, CAP Service Award, 40-year
Puerto Rico Wing, Unit Citation Award

The following annual awards for the Year of 2014 were announced during the 2015 Southeast Region Conference held in
Peachtree City, Georgia on June 6.
Administration Officer of the Year, Capt Luz Levin, FL-016
Major General Jeanne M. Holm CAP Aerospace Education Officer of the Year, Capt Shaun J. Kelly, MS-109
AE Teacher of the Year, SM Glenn S. Rutland, FL-423
Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) Outstanding National Cadet NCO of the Year, C/CMSgt David M. Webster, MS-072
Cadet of the Year Phase I, C/A1C Cynthia R. Walker, GA-090
Cadet of the Year Phase II, C/SMSgt Christopher C. Holland, AL-119
Cadet of the Year Phase III, C/1st Lt Jonathan J. Levin, FL-016
Cadet of the Year Phase IV, C/Lt Col Veronica J. Killingsworth, GA-090
SER Cadet of the Year, C/Lt Col Veronica J. Killingsworth, GA-090
John V. “Jack” Sorenson Cadet Programs Officer of the Year, Capt Bobby Myers, GA-116
Frank G. Brewer Sr. CAP Memorial Aerospace Education Award Category I – Cadet, C/2d Lt Richard J. Fabian, MS-096
Frank G. Brewer Sr. CAP Memorial Aerospace Education Award Category II - Senior Member, Capt Michael S. Guthrie, AL-119
Frank G. Brewer Sr. CAP Memorial Aerospace Education Award Category III (Non-CAP Member), US Army, 110th Aviation
Brigade "WARRIORS"
Frank G. Brewer Sr. CAP Memorial Aerospace Education Award Category IV - Lifetime Achievement, Lt Col Harold A. Coghlan,
AL-001
AFA CAP AEROSPACE CADET OF THE YEAR, C/MSgt Brittany D. Brewer, MS-109
Norm Edwards Counter Drug Officer of the Year, Lt Col Raul E. Jimenez, PR-008
Character Development Instructor of the Year, Maj Vernie O. Robbins, FL-301
Communicator of the Year, Maj Samuel B. Levie, GA-001

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DDR Member of the Year, 2d Lt Belinda E. Scott, AL-075
Finance Officer of the Year, Lt Col Elsa M. Soto, PR-001
Col Dion E. DeCamp Ground Team of the Year, Griffin Composite Squadron, GA-014
Col Lester Hopper Historian of the Year, Lt Col David Brown, GA-001
Col Edwin Lewis Incident Staff member of the Year, Lt Col Michael P. Hainsey, MS-057
Inspector General of the Year, Lt Col Larry G. Julian, GA-001
George Texido Legislative Officer of the Year, Lt Col Phil Zedonek, FL-001
Col Robert V. “Bud” Payton Public Affairs Officer of the Year, Capt Donald N. Murray, GA-507
Personnel Officer of the Year, Maj Randolph G. Crowder, AL-032
Professional Development Officer of the Year, Capt Adam J. Davidson, GA-112
Property Manager of the Year, Maj Kristy D. Williams, MS-001
Safety Officer of the Year, Lt Col Harold A. Coghlan, AL-001
Squadron Chaplain of the Year, Maj Robert E. Powers, GA-112
Senior Member of the Year, Lt Col Deborah J. Schmid, GA-112
Senior Chaplain of the Year, Lt Col Harrell L. Cobb, TN-015
Staff Officer of the Year, Lt Col Mercer B. Richardson, SER-001
Squadron of Distinction, Vicksburg Composite Squadron, MS-109
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New Commander Takes Up Banner of CAP’s
Southeast Region
By Maj. Jeffrey Carlson, Southeast Region Headquarters | Publish: 6/11/2015

Photo: Colonel Melton Address the troops for the first time as the new CAP Southeast Region Commander. (photo; Maj.
Jeff Carlson)
Peachtree City, GA -In front of a crowd of over two hundred guests, Colonel G. Barry Melton firmly grasped the flag staff held out in front of him
bearing the Civil Air Patrol Southeast Region’s Colors. In speaking the words “I accept Command”, Melton began a journey of
leading CAP Southeast Region that follows in the footsteps of the 18 commanders who have preceded him since 1948.
Following the change of command ceremony, Colonel Melton stepped to the podium and addressed the members for the first
time as Region Commander. “I plan to continue the tradition for the pursuit of excellence that has been established by my
predecessors,” said Melton. “Southeast Region maintains the highest operation tempo of all the CAP Regions and it is
important that we accomplish our mission in a safe and effective manner.”
Prior to accepting the role of Region Commander, Melton served as Southeast Region Vice Commander. His responsibilities
involved overseeing CAP activity across the large operations area. He joined CAP in 1986 as a charter member of the
Cleveland, Tennessee Composite Squadron. His distinguished CAP career includes leadership assignments at virtually all
levels of the CAP organization including service as a National Board member and Tennessee Wing Commander.
The formal change of command ceremony, a longstanding military tradition, was conducted during the evening banquet at
the annual region conference held on June 6, 2015 in Georgia. CAP National Commander, Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez,
selected Melton to replace outgoing SER Commander, Colonel Alvin J. Bedgood, who has led the Region since 2011.
Colonel Bedgood said, “Southeast Region is the largest CAP Region in terms of membership and plays a leading role with
many CAP programs. It has been an honor to lead the Region and its members. We have made great strides in improving our
stewardship over the resources entrusted to us by U.S. Air Force and the American people. I am confident that going
forward, the CAP Southeast Region is in capable hands under the leadership of Colonel Melton.”
Melton is a Cleveland, TN native and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. He earned his
Bachelor’s degree in Recording Industry Management at MTSU followed by his Master’s degree from Regent University in
Virginia Beach, VA for Television Production and Programing.
Melton said one of his goals as incoming commander is to ensure that tactical operations work cooperatively between Wings.
“With the geographic diversity we have in the Region, it is vital that we can coordinate efforts along state borders and
between CAP Regions.”

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Southeast Region is comprised of more than 9,000 members and is one of the eight regions of the Civil Air Patrol. The
Southeast Region includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
and United States Virgin Islands.
Traditional Passing of the Colors

Symbolized by the passing of unit Colors, Colonel G. Barry Melton (right) accepts the responsibility of
command from CAP National Commander, Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez. (photo: Maj. Jeff Carlson)
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New Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron for Fruit Cove
By Dennis Maloney, Capt., CAP Public Affairs Officer, | Publish: 6/17/2015

Photo: Squadron Commander Capt Al Uy and the members of Fruit Cove Cadet Squadron celebrated their new charter.
Fruit Cove, FL -For the past several years, a youngster from the St. Johns area interested in joining Civil Air Patrol had to make a long trip
to the St. Augustine Composite Squadron which met at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport at St. Augustine.
Capt. Al Uy and his son Joseph made that long trip each week but Capt. Uy thought that perhaps that trip could be shortened
if a Civil Air Patrol squadron could be established closer to home in St. Johns.
“I knew there was a lot of interest here and I put some feelers out and I managed to get some support from the Fruit Cove
Baptist Church who gave us a place to meet in their annex building.”
Capt. Uy was then able to establish a separate flight of cadets from St. Augustine who were able to meet on a weekly basis
and not have to travel so far. He was so encouraged by the large turnout of cadets each week that he decided to apply to
Civil Air Patrol for squadron status.
Capt. Uy’s efforts came to fruition recently when he was notified by Civil Air Patrol national headquarters that Fruit Cove
Cadet Squadron171 was officially recognized as the newest member of Civil Air Patrol.
“This recognition by Civil Air Patrol just reinforces the great faith that the organization has for us and our ability to carry out
the wonderful cadet program that it offers,” said Capt. Uy.

For further information about the Fruit Cove Cadet Squadron, please
contact Capt. Uy at auy@flwg.us or go to www.facebook.com/fruitcovecap.
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CAP Cadets Flying High
By Maj. Earle Bretz, Charlotte County Composite Squadron | Publish: 6/19/2015

Photo: Cadet Capt. Christopher Byron (left) and Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Bryan Kloese reach for the sky.
Punta Gorda, FL -- Two cadets of the Charlotte County Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol are progressing rapidly in their
goal of becoming a FAA licensed pilot.
Chief Master Sergeant Bryan J. Kloese, Cadet Flight Commander, recently received his private license by passing all
requirements under the tutorship of the squadron Chief Pilot, Major Gerald R. Lewis. 
He availed himself of the CAP pilot program and devoted consistent time on his lessons, allowing him to solo in 12 hours and
get his full certificate in 44 hours. That is a major accomplishment - the national average to achieve the license is 55 hours.
As a CAP cadet, Bryan has received many awards including the Neil Armstrong Milestone Award of achieving the highest
enlisted mans rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Bryan is now enrolled at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Next year, he
will be off to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He hopes this is followed by a career in the United States Navy as a pilot.
Based on his CAP career, he should achieve his future dreams with ease.
Cadet Commander, Captain Christopher L. Byron recently soloed in 10 hours. That is remarkable. He is presently attending
the Air Force Pilot Undergraduate Familiarization Course in Texas. This program concludes June 20th. Byron wants to get his
pilot's license, go to college and possibility fly for the military.
Captain Byron has progressed rapidly within CAP, taking full advantage of all the opportunities offered to him. He has two
more years to serve as a cadet before his decisions for the future must be made. Whatever they are, his past successes are a
predictor for his very successful future.
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Florida Wing's Group 1 Hosts Professional
Development Weekend
By Capt. Staten Corbett, FLWG Group 1 | Publish: 6/21/2015

Photo: CAP Senior Members participate in professional development training hosted by FLWG Group 1.
Eglin AFB, Fla. -The Civil Air Patrol Florida Wing commander, Col Henry Irizarry, opened the Group 1 Professional Development Weekend
training at Eglin AFB, Florida. The Group 1 Commander, Maj. Rafael Salort, Project Officer, Lt. Col. Christopher Rousseau
and eight current or former Squadron Commanders provided local leadership, administrative programs and managing
volunteer members to eighteen students of Groups 1 and 2. The courses included the Squadron Leadership School (SLS),
Corporate Learning Course (CLC) and Unit Commander’s Course (UCC).
The Squadron Leadership School provides CAP adult members with a basic understanding of CAP operations at the squadron
level and how those operations affect CAP's national missions. Additionally, members learn more about CAP customs, core
values, and communications. Case studies, discussion, and group assignments are integral facets of the course.
The Corporate Learning Course discusses relationships CAP squadrons have with the next major echelon of command -- the
wing. Specifically, CLC discusses how wing-level operations help to accomplish CAP's three missions of aerospace education,
emergency services, and cadet programs. It describes the working relationships wing staff officers have with each other, and
their squadron level counterparts.
The Unit Commander’s Course provides expert advice and guidance on leadership, management and ethics in a standardized
format for the training of current and potential squadron & group commanders throughout the Civil Air Patrol. Squadron and
group commanders are responsible for providing local leadership, administering programs, and managing the volunteer
members in the field as they perform the critical missions of the Civil Air Patrol as well as provide support to the United
States Air Force as the official Air Force Auxiliary. The UCC discusses the traits and skills new unit and group commanders
will need to develop to effectively lead and manage their units. Topics include command responsibility and accountability,
recruiting and retention, safety, how to work with families, management, leadership, communication, and elements of
successful units and leaders.
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Marianna Composite Squadron Commander
Promoted
By Capt Staten Corbett, Marianna Composite Squadron | Publish: 6/22/2015

Photo: Capt. Melanie Blakeley receives her new epaulets from her daughters C/Cap Alyson Blakeley (left) and C/2dLt
Abigale Blakeley (right) following promotion by Lt. Col. Eric Duron, Group 1 Deputy Commander.
Marianna, FL -Today, Lt. Col. Eric Duron, representing the Florida Civil Air Patrol Wing, Group 1 Commander, Maj. Rafael Salort, promoted
Melanie A. Blakeley, Squadron Commander of the Marianna Florida Composite Squadron of CAP to Captain. Under her
leadership the squadron has increased to 12 senior members and 22 cadets. Last month two senior members conducted
discussion with personnel in Apalachicola, Florida about forming a Civil Air Patrol unit.
Capt. Blakeley and her husband own a very demanding business and have two daughters who are active in the squadron
cadet program, Cadet/Captain Alyson and Cadet/2d Lieutenant Abigail. Both participate in their school and other activities.
C/Lt. Abigail has excelled in the USA Shooting competition while C/Capt. Alyson is completing courses in aviation with
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Capt. Blakeley holds a Technician Rating in Cadet Programs and has completed the Squadron Leadership School, Corporate
Leadership Course, Training Leaders of Cadets courses, four Federal Emergency Management online courses.
Last month the Marianna Squadron partnered with Wreaths across America and James and Sikes Funeral Home, managers of
Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Marianna, Fla. to honor our fallen veterans on December 12, 2015. The local ceremony will
take place at the same time as the WAA Ceremony in Arlington Cemetery in Virginia and other events across the United
States.
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Five SRQ Composite Squadron Cadets Receive
Promotion
By 1st Lt Christopher Carroll, FL044 | Publish: 6/24/2015

Photo: Squadron Commander Maj. William Hansen (back left) and Deputy Commander (Cadets) 1st Lt Ann Marie Kozloski (far right)
with cadets. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt Christopher Carroll, CAP)
Sarasota, Fla. -- The SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol conferred promotions on five cadets at their weekly meeting on Monday,
June 8, 2015. Twenty-four cadets attended the meeting.
Following inspection, a presentation on character building by Lt. Col. Terry Jordan, and drill, squadron commander Maj. William Hansen
promoted the following cadets in grade following their completion of all requirements:
Samantha Michelle Duich to Cadet Airman
Tirth Patel to Cadet Airman First Class
Alyssa C. Sapanero to Cadet Airman First Class
Jesse E. Yong to Cadet Master Sergeant
Gabrielle P. McCoy to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant
In addition, Cadet Airman First Class Ryan Matthew Benton received the Cadet of the Quarter award for his outstanding performance as a
cadet in the SRQ Composite Squadron. A plaque with his name engraved on it will be displayed at each cadet meeting. Each quarter,
another name will be added to the plaque.
Following the presentation of promotions and awards, Maj. Hansen thanked the cadets for their continued high level of participation and
announced that the summer months will be filled with activities for the cadets.
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program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic
scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, and many
others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air Patrol squadrons
across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 89 members: 57 senior members and 32 cadets. Members put general aviation to
its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counterdrug missions, participating in homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief,
advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit
www.capsrq044.com.
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SRQ Composite Squadron Cadet and Senior
Members Complete 2015 Summer Bivouac
By C/SMSgt. Gabrielle P. McCoy, Cadet PAO, SER-FL-044 | Publish: 6/27/2015

Photo: (L to R) C/Basic Joshua Watson and C/2d Lt Garon M. Shuck during the 2015 cadet bivouac at Little Manatee
River State Park. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt Ann Marie Kozloski, CAP)
SARASOTA, Fla. -- On the weekend of June 12, 2015, 14 cadets and four senior members of the SRQ Composite Squadron of
Civil Air Patrol went on a training bivouac at Little Manatee River State Park. Cadets went through several courses and
activities.
A thunderstorm delayed the arrival, but after that things went smoothly. Arrival at the campsite began the fun-packed
weekend. Cadets set up their tents and received a basic skeleton itinerary.
Day two started with physical training followed by breakfast, provided by C/2nd Lt. Garon Shuck. After breakfast, cadets
changed into battle dress uniforms and were taken to the hiking site. The cadets hiked roughly 6.4 miles through the woods.
Following lunch, the cadets participated in several classes including land navigation, fire making, shelter building, and UDF
(urban direction finding)/Ground Team basics. Dinner soon came and free time began shortly after. Some cadets went
swimming in the nearby creek. Cadets also roasted marshmallows.
Day three started with a ground team training mission responding to a scenario where a senior had sleep walked out of his
tent and had gotten lost. When the person awoke, he activated his personal ELT (emergency locator transmitter). After he
and his beacon had been located, cadets returned to camp for breakfast. After breakfast, cadets broke down their tents and
policed all areas where activities had taken place.
When asked what she thought of the weekend, C/Basic Shelby Watson commented that, “I really enjoyed the camp out! I
was able to learn new skills and enjoy the outdoors while bonding with the other cadets. It was a great way to spend the
weekend… I would definitely do it again! It was a great experience.”
CAP’s cadet program introduces young people, from ages 12 through 21, to aviation. Cadets progress at their own pace
through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets
compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics,
aerospace medicine, meteorology, and many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as
an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
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Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 92 members: 59 senior members and 33 cadets.
Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counterdrug missions, participating in
homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For
information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.

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Flight Clinic Keeps CAP Pilots Safely Flying Their
Missions
By Contributing authors Maj. Earle Bretz (FL-051) & 1st Lt Larry Leetzow (FL-044), Group 5 Public Affairs | Publish:
6/28/2015

Photo: CAP's team of professional volunteers includes military, commercial, and general aviation pilots. (Photo by 1st
Lt. Gail Arnold, FL-051)
Charlotte County Airport, Fla. -The rubber tires grabbed the hot concrete baking in Florida’s summer sun as the aircraft’s wings released hold on the air
that once lifted it skyward. The skilled hands of the pilot moved the yoke forward allowing the nose gear to settle softly
onto the runway. “Punta Gorda Mission base…this is CAPFlight…wheels down.”
It was a scene that was repeated on multiple flights throughout the day as more than 30 pilots gathered for a day of piloting,
ground school, safety seminars and information updates for Civil Air Patrol pilots. Under the direction of a staff of nine
instructor pilots, aircrews were tasked on maneuvers necessary to demonstrate competency and the ability to maintain a
safe operation environment.
The flight clinic, conducted on June 20th at the Charlotte County Airport, included presentations by FAA Safety Team
members.The presentations covered FAAST’s WINGS program topics such as Emergency Landings; FAA air space; electronic
flight bag usage; pre-flight and safety considerations; and landing techniques.
The scenarios featured included predetermined flight profiles and simulated response missions. The practical exercises
included normal/crosswind landings, traffic patterns, inflight performance maneuvers, emergency situations on approach
and landing. 
“It was a complete and total success, and exceeded our expectations,” said Major Bill Hansen, Incident Commander. “The
training is designed to keep our volunteer pilots prepared to handle any activity required when called to duty at a moment’s
notice."
CAP pilots are often asked to assist with a search for missing aircraft or lost persons. The volunteers performs about 85
percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is
credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security,
disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP has become a major
provider of aerial photography for use during disaster response efforts to assist decision-makers with deploying resources.
“CAP training exercises are conducted throughout the year and employ a variety of scenarios such as downed aircraft,
boaters in distress, natural disasters,” said Hansen. “It’s not just aircrews; the training also includes coordinating aircrews
with ground team deployed in the field as well as mission base personnel. These volunteers are real professionals in their
duty assignments.”

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The CAP volunteers came from squadrons spread across Florida’s west coast and central peninsula regions. They represented
Florida Wing’s Groups 3 and 5. Group 3 is comprised of 16 squadrons from the Tampa Bay and central Florida area. Group 5 is
comprised of 10 squadrons with an operations area that extends south of Tampa Bay to Naples and east to Sebring, Fl. There
are more than 3,650 CAP members in Florida.
CAP maintains the world’s largest fleet of general aviation aircraft. The fleet of 550 aircraft is comprised of mostly Cessna
models 172 and 182; many of them feature a modern “glass-cockpit” instrument panel. This weekend’s exercise involved six
aircraft, two of them were C182 with G1000 instrumentation and the other four aircraft were C172.
Maintaining contact with deployed resources is critical. A mission base staff supported aircraft operations. Florida Wing’s
communications trailer provided the critical link and gave additional mission experience for radio operators. In addition, six
cadets gained comprehensive experience in airplane ground handling and flight line marshalling.
The exercise was hosted Charlotte County Composite Squadron which is commanded by Major Dick Morrell.
“We want to extend thanks to the EAA Chapter 595 for help with hosting the event by providing lunch and support facilities,”
said Morrell. “We also appreciate the Charlotte County Warbirds who provided use of their building which was utilized as the
administrative headquarters for record keeping and flight following.”

Civil Air Patrol maintains the world’s largest fleet of general aviation aircraft including Cessna C182 with advanced
instrumentation. (CAP Photo)

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Civil Air Patrol maintains a nationwide radio network including equipment that can be deployed to remotely located mission
bases. (CAP photo)
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Cadet Earns CAP Honor Cord
By Capt Staten Corbett, Marianna Composite Squadron | Publish: 7/5/2015

Photo: Capt. Melanie Blakeley presents certificate to C/SrA Jesus V. Hernandez
Marianna, FL -Last Saturday while in training with the Tyndall-Panama Composite Civil Air Patrol Squadron Cadet/Senior Airman Jesus
Valente Hernandez of the Marianna Composite CAP Squadron was presented his Florida Wing CAP Honor Cord by his squadron
commander, Capt. Melanie Blakeley, and inducted into the Florida Wing CAP Cadet Honor Society. The cord will be worn on
his left shoulder when wearing the Air Force blue uniform.
The purpose of the Cadet Honor Society (CHS) is to recognize academic excellence within the Cadet Program by allowing
those cadets who've consistently demonstrated superior academic performance the opportunity to be recognized among their
peers. This recognition helps provide additional motivation to achieve success and excellence in achievement testing. In
addition to this recognition, cadets have the privilege of noting they are members of the Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society.
This accomplishment will help cadets further their educational progression outside of Civil Air Patrol by identifying them as
top performers from within the Cadet Program. CHS is an optional program but squadrons are highly encouraged to
participate and support their cadets in earning this distinction
The candidate is required to score 90% or better per achievement or milestone test for three consecutive achievements. The
90% score is based on the first attempt only. Second attempt scores are not considered. The Florida Wing Cadet Honor
Society began in October 1997, by Lt Col Matthew Sharkey, the Florida Wing Director of Cadet Programs at the time. Since
its inception, C/SrA Hernandez is the 522nd cadet to earn this prestigious award.
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SRQ Composite Squadron Cadet Color Guard
Impresses Parade Crowd
By 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, SRQ Composite Squadron | Publish: 7/5/2015

Photo: (L to R) C/SMSgt Gabrielle P. McCoy, C/CMSgt Ian J. Spirduso, C/Amn Shelby Kate Watson, C/Amn Samantha
Michelle Duich. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt Christopher Carroll, CAP)
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The SRQ Composite Squadron Color Guard and other cadet members marched in Sarasota for the Festival
Parade of Boats on Saturday, July 3, 2015. The parade kicked off the 2015 Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix.
“Once again, our cadets did a great job and represented our squadron well,” said Deputy Commander/Cadets 1st Lt. Ann
Marie Kozloski. “Parades are one of the best places to recruit new members. We walked beside the Color Guard and passed
out brochures to spectators. The cadets looked sharp and received cheers from both adults and children along the parade
route," she added.
Gene and Paula Weeks, captains of one of the race boats, provided the opportunity for the squadron to showcase the Color
Guard in the parade.
Kozloski noted the Color Guard has several events in the coming months, including presenting the colors at the Marauders
Baseball Team’s Military Appreciation Night on July 24th.
CAP’s cadet program introduces young people, from ages 12 through 21, to aviation. Cadets progress at their own pace
through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets
compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics,
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an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air
Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 92 members: 59 senior members and 33 cadets.
Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counter-drug missions, participating in
homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For
information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.

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Group 7 Fly Day
By Lt. Col. Steve Schack, Lt. Col. Steve Schack | Publish: 7/6/2015

Photo:
Homestead, Fla. -Before the beautiful sunrise in Key West, cadets and senior officers from the Key West Composite Squadron assembled at their unit meeting
headquarters. They boarded their van at 0430 hours and headed to Homestead General Airport (X51) for a day of flying and training. This was
followed by other members of Group 7, airplanes and other assets to relocate to X51 as well on June 20th.
As the planes landed at X51 and members assembled, you could feel the excitement for what was about to take place. Cadets were quickly
divided into 2 groups. The first group was those who were going to fly in the gliders first. The other group was those who were to receive
powered O-Rides.
Capt Robert Guizana began to brief cadets on what to expect for the glider o-rides and the operation of the airport. After his briefing the first
glider flights began at 0800 hours. There was a continuous flow of take offs and landings and cadets being staged for the flights.
For the cadets that started on the powered o-rides, they were checked in and issued a number so they knew their order of flying for the day.
The 3 CAP aircraft were prepared for the first powered O-Rides of the day. The Group 7 operations officer Major Oscar Finol prepared the next
group of cadets that were flying and the pilots so that as soon as the planes landed they were ready to launch with the next group.
While cadets were waiting for their flights they were given several different training option stations. The training offered was communication
training stage, ES training stage and direction finding training stage. This additional training throughout the day allowed cadets and senior
members to have direct hands on training for emergency services.
The results of the day were very clear. This proved to be a great success. There were over 85 members from 9 different units, 3 CAP corporate
aircraft, and 3 corporate vans . This enabled us to complete 30 powered O-Rides and 24 glider O-Rides for a total of 54 O-Rides, of which 20
were first flights. From this great success Group 7 is planning a follow up fly day in August 2015.

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Five SRQ Composite Squadron Cadets Receive
Promotions
By 1st Lt Christopher Carroll, SRQ Composite Squadron | Publish: 7/9/2015

Photo: (front row, L to R) C/Amn Shelby Kate Watson, C/SSgt Darius M Tykal, C/SrA Ryan Matthew Benton, C/Amn Daniel
Ray Porter. (back row, L to R) Squadron Commander Maj. William Hansen, C/2dLt Marinko N. Svecak, Deputy
Commander (Cadets) 1st Lt Ann Marie Kozloski
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol conferred promotions on five cadets at their weekly
meeting on Monday, July 6, 2015.
Squadron commander Maj. William Hansen promoted the following cadets in grade following their completion of all
requirements:
Shelby Kate Watson to Cadet Airman
Joshua Wayne Watson to Cadet Airman
Daniel Ray Porter to Cadet Airman
Ryan Matthew Benton to Cadet Senior Airman First Class
Darius M. Tykal to Cadet Staff Sergeant
In addition his promotion, Cadet Staff Sergeant Tykal received the Wright Brother’s Award. This award is earned after
completing the first three achievements of the cadet program. In addition, the cadet must pass a challenging examination
testing leadership knowledge and proficiency in drill and ceremonies. Once a cadet earns the Wright Brothers Award, he or
she is promoted to the grade of cadet staff sergeant, begins service as a cadet non-commissioned officer, and continues to
participate and advance as a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol.
Four cadets also received certificates of first flight.
Maj. Hansen encouraged the cadets, saying, “Opportunities in life are up to you. You get out of life what you put into it.” He
noted that, even without realizing it, cadets have gained maturity from their participation in CAP and have become surer of
themselves, both in CAP and in their lives.
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air
Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 89 members: 57 senior members and 32 cadets.

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Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counter-drug missions, participating in
homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For
information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.

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2015 Florida Wing Summer Encampment
By Staten Corbett and Gail Arnold, Florida Wing | Publish: 7/14/2015

Photo: The WINGSPAN Podcast from summer encampment goes live with host Cadet/Capt. Andrea Slouha along with cohosts Cadet/SMSgt. Vennessa Curtis, C/CMSgt. Hannah Guertler and Cadet/Maj. Iriolexis Encalada.
Camp Blanding, Starke, Fl -Fifty-seven Line and Support Staff Cadet Members and 27 senior members arrived at Camp Blanding Army Post at noon on
July 8, 2015 to prepare for the arrival of 224 basic cadets on Saturday, July 11, 2015. 
Some members began preparing months ago for this encampment, and have come from all across our great state of Florida.
After check-in, the cadet staff received their assignments which will keep them busy for the duration of the encampment.
This was followed by flight-time which offers the flight staff an opportunity to assess abilities and offers the cadets a chance
to get to know each other. Time is also spent with a review of their military drill, leadership and retreat skills.
First order of business; the safety personnel combed the grounds for various hazards such as fire ants, spiders, and located a hornet’s nest which was promptly destroyed and removed from the entry way of one of the 15 buildings used for the 2015 Summer Encampment. While
this happened, our hardworking food services staff headed up by Lt Col. John Clark prepared a scrumptious dinner of Tossed salad,
Homemade Lasagna, fresh dinner rolls and ice cold water!
The cadet staff worked into the evening putting together a fun exercise routine to keep the basic cadets motivated and always guessing,
“what will be next.”

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After hands on training by the Wing PAO, Capt. Tyler Lahnen, recorded the first Florida Wing Daily Podcast with host Cadet/Capt. Andrea
Slouha along with co-hosts Cadet/SMSgt. Vennessa Curtis and C/2d Lt. Hannah Harbridge.

Take a moment to listen to the episodes brought to you by the Cadet public affairs staff and WingSpan
Radio Show staff. This is a great way for members that couldn't make it to Encampment and parents of
cadets to keep up with what their kids are doing.
http://www.spreaker.com/user/wingspan_radio
Create an account and click follow on the WingSpan Radio Show profile page. The more followers we
get, the more options become available, such as iTunes, I Heart Radio, etc, so please help us out! There
is also a Spreaker app for your smart phone and tablets.

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Are You A Leader?
By Gail Arnold and Staten Corbett, Florida Wing | Publish: 7/16/2015

Photo: Lending A Helping Hand
Camp Blanding, Starke, Fl -After days of working together as a team cadets have bonded and found that together all things are possible and any task
can be accomplished. 
Up to now each team has had a flight commander and a flight sergeant.  Today however, the flights were in for a challenge.
The cadet leaders were taken away and the flight was left to their own way of working through an assigned mission. 
This mission: 20 minutes to find their way through The Leadership Reaction Course.   This would consist of a 5 minute
briefing, a 5 minute planning session with 10 minutes to execute their way through this challenging course.   
Soon it was apparent that a flight without a leader could not find their way. Each cadet was attempting to have his or her
voice heard yet no one was listening.  Eventually some cadets began to take a stronger role of leadership to fill the gap left
by their flight commander and flight sergeant. Soon a "new" flight emerged to accomplish the assigned mission. 
Upon completing the Leadership Reaction Course, the cadets saw the practical side of everything they had experienced up to
this point. These cadets have now seen what each needs to fulfill within themselves to continue the Civil Air Patrol mission.

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Group 3 Commander Lampasona Presents Awards
and Certificates, Holds Q/A Session
By Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO, Legal Officer,, Pinellas Senior Squadron | Publish: 7/17/2015

Photo: Group 3 Commander Lampasona presents 2014 Florida Wing (FLWG) Eileen Tonkinson Public Affairs Officer of
the Year award to Lt Col Nader. (photo taken by Maj Cuarta, FL 182 Commander)
Albert Whitted Airport -A driving rain, which the National Weather Service deemed the 50-year storm event, caused the cancellation of Group 3
Commander Steve Lampasona’s planned visit to FL 182, Pinellas Senior Squadron. With flooded roadways and access
impeded, FL 182 Commander, Maj Adrian Cuarta, made the important decision to cancel, as safety comes first in Civil Air
Patrol (CAP).
Maj Lampasona was rescheduled to the following meeting, June 17, 2015, a clear, sunny and hot Florida day.
The purpose of Lampasona’s visit was to present awards and certificates to some of the senior members, and also hold a
question and answer session on the direction of Group 3 and Florida Wing (FLWG) in the coming year, which included
discussion of new programs, funding issues, and the upcoming CAP national conference to be held in Orlando in August,
2015.
Lampasona presented the following awards and certificates to FL 182 members:
2d Lt Wayne Zelinsky earned the Brig General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Award (Yeager) for having completed the Aerospace
Education (AE) program for senior members; he also earned a Certificate of Completion for Squadron Leadership School
(SLS);
2d Lt Keith Lukat, FL 182’s Emergency Services Officer, received his Certificate of Completion for SLS;
2d Lt John Buonasera also earned the Yeager award for completing the AE program;
Lt Col Joyce Nader was presented the 2014 Florida Wing (FLWG) Eileen Tonkinson Public Affairs Officer of the Year award.
Nader was unable to attend and receive her award at the FLWG conference held in Orlando in May, 2015, as she was
participating in CAP’s National Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL.
At the conclusion of the awards presentation, Lampasona took questions from the twenty members in attendance.

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After the question-answer session, Cuarta invited Lampasona to stay for the remainder of the meeting, conducting regular
and new business. Of the Group 3 Commander’s visit, Cuarta noted to the members, “it is an honor and privilege to have our
Group commander present these certificates and awards.” Cuarta then shared with the members that “Group 3 received its
own honor at the FLWG conference in May, 2015, being named Group of the Year, under the distinguished leadership and
guidance of Maj Lampasona.”
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Knot- Tying, GIIEP Training Wows Cadets
By Lt. Col. Joyce Nader, Pinelles Senior Squadron | Publish: 7/21/2015

Photo: Maj Cuarta introduces FL 066 cadets to GIIEP
Whitted Field -Pinellas Senior Squadron (FL182) joined up once more with the St. Petersburg Cadet Squadron (FL066) for another gathering,
sharing pizza, brownies, and birthday cake, as well as some all important training on June 29, 2015, at Albert Whitted
Airport.
Commander 1st Lt Ronalee Klase (FL 066) and Deputy Commander 2d Lt Ron Klemm, the Cadet Laisson (FL 182), arranged for
the joint meeting and training, another in a series that began last summer after Maj Adrian Cuarta took command of FL 182.
Cuarta wanted more interaction with the cadets, as that is one of the three important missions of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).
Cuarta asked Klemm to serve as the liasson to the cadet squadron. Klemm has a young son who is ready to sign up as a cadet
as soon as he reaches twelve, the age of eligibility.
Klemm gave the cadets instruction on an all-important skill, especially for cadet winter and summer encampments, the art
of knot- tying with rope. Klemm served in the US Army as a demolition expert. He emphasized in his presentation to the
cadets that “knot tying is a very important skill, and may prove to be very valuable in a variety of situations that you might
find yourself. It was a valued skill in my area of expertise during my army career.”
Col Larry Fernald assisted Klemm, and provided the cadets with additional knot tying techniques for different purposes.
A work sheet was provided to the cadets by Klemm so that they could take notes on the different types of knots and their
various purposes. Hands-on training was given to the cadets, with a rope strung across the front table, and each cadet given
some rope to work with.
Cuarta also provided the cadets with an introduction and overview of the Geospatial Information Interoperability
Exploitation Portable (GIIEP) system, used by CAP to generate and utilize real time digital imagery in support of CAP’s
Emergency Services mission.
After the GIIEP slideshow, the cadets and seniors from both squadrons enjoyed pizza and other treats, and lots of good
conversation. 1st Lt Katrina Ray, a senior member of FL 066, was serenaded with a rousing rendition of “happy birthday”,
sung by the 25 cadets and seniors who attended.
Another joint meeting will be planned in the fall. Cuarta , Klemm, and Klase are planning at least 3 to 4 joint gatherings
annually, along with emergency services training and orientation flights.

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2d Lt Klemm shows FL 066 cadets the ropes

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Nostalgic Visit to Maxwell highlights Nat. Staff
College Attendance for Cuarta, Nader
By Lt. Col. Joyce Nader, Pinelles Senior Squadorn | Publish: 7/21/2015

Photo: NSC 2015 Class, CAP National Headquarters, Maxwell Air Force Base photo by CH Paul Ward
Maxwell Base, AL -Dateline: July 15, 2015, Maxwell Air Force Base, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters
Maj Adrian Cuarta and Lt Col Joyce Nader attended National Staff College (NSC), hosted by the National Headquarters
for Civil Air Patrol (CAP), from May 24-30, 2015, which is held annually at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery,
Alabama, the home of the CAP National Headquarters.
It proved to be a nostalgic visit for Nader, as her late father, Lt Eli Nader was stationed at Maxwell. Nader’s father Lt
Nader, after completing his fighter pilot and aerial photography training, flew P-40s and P-51s, and ended up in the
European Theatre of operations during World War II.
To honor her late father, Nader purchased a heritage legacy brick from the CAP Foundation, to be placed at the base of
a CAP aircraft situated in front of the CAP National Headquarters. The CAP Foundation’s purpose is to promote and
support CAP, its mission and programs. This is accomplished by providing “direct financial support to the organization;
enabling it to provide scholarships to cadets for flight training, cadet program support, aerospace education activities,
and direct support fo CAP STEM programs.” (Source: http://www.capfoundation.com/about_us/)
Cuarta and Nader also participated in the joint purchase of two more bricks, one from the NSC 2015 class, and the
other from their seminar group, Seminar 5, led by the very able seminar leader Col Jane Davies.
NSC is conducted annually, and is required to achieve Level V, the highest level of professional development for senior
members in CAP. It then qualifies a member to receive the Gil Robb Wilson Award, named after the famed aviation
pioneer and founder of CAP.
The programs held throughout the week at NSC were varied, informative, and interesting, with topics ranging from
leadership training and development, team exercises, a seminar practicum, as well as information on the future and
direction of the organization, presented by its top leaders, including the National Commander, Maj General Joseph
Vazquez, and National Vice Commander, Brig Gen Larry Myrick.
One of the week’s highlights was a visit to the CAP National Headquarters, followed by a class photo.
A tour of the historic Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Museum provided a framework for the civil rights movement,
and the struggle during World War II to integrate the US armed forces. This effort was led by, among others, General
Benjamin O. Davis Jr., a West Point graduate, distinguished aviator, and the first African- American general officer in
the US Air Force. The Level II award for CAP senior members is named after this pioneer four-star general.
The keynote speaker at the graduation banquet was the granddaughter to Gil Robb Wilson.
Chaplain (Capt) Jill Paulson read letters between Wilson and his mother, after the loss of Wilson’s beloved brother, her
younger son, after he was killed fighting during World War I. Paulson was a moving and powerful speaker, and had the
NSC graduates spellbound.

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Unlike Cuarta, who served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, Nader had never stayed on a military base. She was
awe-inspired by the playing of reveille every morning, taps every evening, and the national anthem.
It was a long, but productive week, meeting other CAP members from around the US, speaking with the CAP leadership,
learning new leadership and team building skills, and sharing in the camaraderie.
Cuarta recommends “attending Region Staff College when eligible, and definitely National Staff College, as it is a unique
CAP experience not to be missed.”

Seminar 5, Tour Day, CAP National Headquarters
photo
by CH Paul Ward

Heritage Bricks, CAP National Headquarters
photo
by CH Paul Ward

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Hurricane Grace Unleashes Her Fury in Southeast
2015 Exercise
By Group 5 Florida WIng Public Affairs, Group 5 Headquarters | Publish: 8/3/2015

Photo: The Southeast 2015 disaster response training scenario includes a category 5 hurricane "Grace" striking the
island of Puerto Rico before continuing on to the U.S. mainland. (photo courtesy of Ready.gov)
FLORIDA -- The category 5 hurricane slammed into the island with pounding waves and howling winds in excess of 158 miles
per hour. The mountainous terrain produced flash flooding that washed away roads and bridges. Communications were
limited and drinking water supplies were compromised. As the storm took aim on the U.S. mainland, it left a scene of
devastation in its wake. More than 250,000 people were homeless, 200 killed and 100 were missing. Seventy percent of
buildings including businesses, hotels, schools and churches suffered severe damage or were completely destroyed and
15,000 homes were uninhabitable. The island’s economy was not spared; the important agricultural sector was almost
completely wiped out.
This was the opening salvo of Civil Air Patrol’s disaster response training exercise, Southeast 2015. The two-week long
training event is designed to stress test CAP’s ability to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency during a major
disaster recovery operation. The stress test focuses on CAP’s ability to coordinate and communicate across a large
geographical area. The exercise begins with a virtual phase and culminates in a period of tactical operations.
This is the second year for the exercise. The original scope of Southeast 2014 included nine Wings in three Regions as well as
the CAP Chaplain Corps; by the time the operational portion of the exercise concluded the exercise flight and ground
operations had expanded to five Regions and thirteen CAP Wings to include: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Mississippi, Missouri, Michigan, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. In addition, both FEMA
Region II and FEMA Region IV activated their Regional Response Coordination Centers and requested photos for damage
assessment of critical infrastructure. In 2014, The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers also requested CAP to acquire digital
imagery.
“This is more than a tactical exercise of flying airplanes and taking pictures,” said Major Jeff Carlson, Alerting Officer for
Group 5 Florida Wing. “This is an opportunity to improve coordination between agencies, CAP Regions and Wings, and to
engage each CAP member in the mission.”
“The majority of CAP mission training is done at the local level. An event of this scale allows CAP to learn how to work more
efficiently under an Area Command structure. In addition, this exercise requires active involvement by all members in the
participating Wings. That is almost 20 percent of the entire CAP membership. Units must report available resources to higher
headquarters. Squadron members need to notify their unit command of availability and to monitor information updates.”
“This exercise is not just for emergency services personnel. Aerospace education programs can incorporate topics such as the
new GEOS-R satellite or the Hurricane Hunters; local CAP radio nets can be activated to practice passing formal traffic;
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involved with a little imagination.”
“This is also a great opportunity to connect with local emergency management and other Voluntary Organizations Active in
Disaster (VOAD). The relationships cultivated in these blue-sky events improve collaboration when skies turn grey. The value
of this training opportunity cannot be overstated,” said Carlson.
GOES-RHurricane HuntersTropical CyclonesSoutheast 2015
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Southeast '15 (video)
By Maj. Jeff Carlson, Group 5 Public Affairs | Publish: 8/12/2015

Photo: FLWG Vice Commander, Lt. Col. Luis Garcia, discusses role of Florida Wing members in Region wide disaster
response exercise.

Southeast 15

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Marco Island Squadron Supports Spirit of ’45
Celebrations
By Maj Marian Motyl-Szary, Florida Wing Headquarters | Publish: 8/15/2015

Photo: Capt Robert Corriveau, Capt Fred Edwards, Maj Cynthia Dohm, and Maj Marian Motyl-Szary represented CAP at
the Naples celebrations.
Naples, FL -- On the weekend of August 8 and 9, 2015 two celebrations were held in Naples commemorating the end of
World War II and recognizing the veterans of the Greatest Generation. The first event, attended by our Squadron
Commander, Captain Bob Corriveau and Deputy Commander, Major Cindy Dohm, was the Greatest Generation Breakfast
which was held at the Naples Hilton to honor all vets, especially WWII vets and a tribute to the roll that Florida played in
WWII.
The second ceremony (Taps Across America) took place on Sunday evening at Lowdermilk Park, culminating with the carrying
of a memorial wreath out to a waiting boat which then brought it further out into the Gulf for placement in the water.
Squadron participants in the ceremony were: Aircrew – Pilot, Lt. Bill Hughes. Ground communications were handled by Capt.
Fred Edwards. Other squadron members present at the ceremony were Squadron Commander, Capt. Bob Corriveau, Deputy
Commander Major Cindy Dohm and PAO Major Marian Motyl-Szary.

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Marianna Cadets Attend Color Guard Academy
By Cadet Senior Airman Jesus Hernandez, Marianna Composite Squadron | Publish: 8/16/2015

Photo: Front four left to right: Cadet/Airman Moses Peterson, Cadet/Senior Airman Briar Jones, Cadet/Airman Charles
Holley Airman and Cadet/Senior Airman Jesus Hernandez
Patrick AFB, Fla. -- Members of the Civil Air Patrol's Marianna Composite Squadron traveled to Patrick AFB, Florida to
participate in the Florida Wing Color Guard Academy. The squadron's honor guard, under the direction of Major Bruce Adams,
provides service to their local community by presenting the colors at events such as Wreaths across America, Wounded
Warrior and other parades.
The academy is designed to assist CAP squadrons throughout the state by training their color guard teams for the Florida
Wing Cadet Competition. The training is conducted by previous academy graduates. The school offers newly starting teams
as well as established color guards the opportunity to receive feedback from experienced cadets that help in preparation for
such events. The training provided is also applicable to teams choosing not to compete in competition, rather participate in
numerous opportunities serving their local community.
Activity Director Major Thomas Miller and Deputy Director Lt. Col. Kevin McSparron had cadets rotating through classes that
would prepare them for Posting of the Colors, Flag Folding, Inspection, and Flag and Rifle Bearing events.
The 3-day event was a learning experience for all participating cadets and a chance for them to take the knowledge gained
back to their squadron to share with fellow cadets.
If you are age 12-20 and would like to discuss your opportunities to participate in CAP training, please contact the Squadron
Commander, Capt. Melanie Blakeley at 850 445-3073 or PAO, Capt. Staten Corbett at 850 867-4414.

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SRQ Composite Squadron Cadets Learn Model
Rocketry Skills
By 1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski, SRQ Composite Squadron | Publish: 8/17/2015

Photo: (L to R) C/2nd Lt. Gabriel J. Brink and C/A1C Samantha Michelle Duich work on building their rockets. (Photo
Credit: 1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski, CAP)
Sarasota, Fla. -- On August 14th, cadets from the SRQ Composite Squadron participated in the second of three rocket days
planned by the squadron for the cadets to achieve their model rocketry badge.
C/A1C Jackson Wyatt Touchton said, “It’s not mostly about getting the badge; it’s about learning about how to build the
rockets so you can start a career in it.”
During each of the three stages for the rocketry badge, cadets must pass a written test and complete a “hands on” activity.
The basic model rocketry program picks up where module four, Rockets, of the Aerospace Dimensions leaves off and is an
intermediate step to the advanced rocketry program.
In Stage II, the Titan, cadets learn about the Laws of Newton, the aerodynamics of rockets, and the safety code of the
National Association of Rocketry during the written phase. In the hands on portion, the cadets must build a minimum skill
level E2X single-stage, solid-propellant rocket, and a second skill-level 1 commercial rocket.
When asked what he learned, C/2nd Lt. Gabriel Brink, the cadet commander, replied, “I learned that Newton’s laws are
actually correct, especially the third law: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. If the bottom of the
rocket wasn’t glued on right when the parachute went to deploy, the whole engine would just blow out of the bottom.”

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The cadets will complete Stage III next month. Stage III requires cadets to build and launch either a single-stage rocket
capable of carrying a two-ounce payload to an altitude of at least 300 feet, or a two-stage rocket.
C/A1C Samantha Duich, said that she most enjoyed launching the rockets because she had never done that before. And
C/Amn Colt Abrham Burch said he learned a couple of lessons from failures: check the wind and verify the parachute is
folded correctly before launching. The group had one rocket land outside of the fence and a couple crashed when the
parachute didn’t deploy properly.
CAP’s cadet program introduces young people, from ages 12 through 21, to aviation. Cadets progress at their own pace
through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.
Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics,
aerospace medicine, meteorology, and many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as
an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air
Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 93 members: 60 senior members and 33 cadets.
Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counter-drug missions, participating in
homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For
information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.

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SRQ Composite Squadron Cadets Earn
Promotions and Special Awards
By 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, SRQ Composite Squadron | Publish: 8/19/2015

Photo: (L to R) C/2nd Lt. Gabriel J. Brink, Cadet Commander, C/A1C Jackson Wyatt Touchton, C/SrA Tirth Patel I,
C/Amn Colt Abrham Burch, with Deputy Commander (Cadets). Pictured with 1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski, far right. (Photo
Credit: 1st Lt. Larry Leetzow, CAP)
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol conferred promotions and special awards at their weekly
meeting on Monday, August 3, 2015.
Following inspection, Deputy Commander (Cadets) 1st Lt. Ann Marie Kozloski presented encampment ribbons to C/A1C
Jackson Wyatt Touchton, C/SrA Tirth Patel I, C/A1C Samantha Michelle Duich for their participation in the CAP cadet
summer encampment which took place in July at Camp Blanding in Starke, Florida. Not in attendance, but also recognized
were, C/MSgt Douglas Lumpkin, C/A1C Alyssa Sapanero, and C/SSgt Darius Tykal. C/SMSgt Jesse Yong was recognized for
serving as staff at encampment.
“I was very excited to have seven cadets attend summer encampment and they couldn’t stop talking about all the fun and
exciting things they got to do while at Camp Blanding. I’ve noticed improvement and more enthusiasm from the cadets who
went,” Kozloski said.
Kozloski promoted the following cadets in grade following their completion of all requirements and presented awards:
C/2nd Lt. Gabriel J. Brink to Flight Commander
Jackson Wyatt Touchton to Cadet Airman First Class – Hap Arnold Award
Tirth Patel I to Cadet Senior Airman – Mary Feik Award
Colt Abrham Burch to Cadet Airman – Curry Award
C/2nd Lt. Joshua Buck received a red service ribbon for two years of service in CAP.
C/2nd Lt. Garon Shuck received a plaque for his service as the squadron Deputy Commander.
Kozloski said, “I am grateful for all the assistance C/2nd Lt. Shuck provided in my first few months as deputy commander for
cadets, and in helping guide our new cadet commander in his first few months. Lt. Shuck will be missed very much.”

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CAP’s cadet program introduces young people, from ages 12 through 21, to aviation. Cadets progress at their own pace
through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets
compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics,
aerospace medicine, meteorology, and many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as
an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air
Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 94 members: 60 senior members and 34 cadets.
Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counterdrug missions, participating in
homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For
information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.
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Cadet Success is 'Ops Normal' for Charlotte
County Squadron
By Major Earle Bretz, Charlotte County Composite Squadron | Publish: 8/23/2015

Photo: FL-051 outgoing Cadet Commander, C/Capt. Christopher Byron, and incoming Cadet Commander, C/Capt Mikehla
Hicks. (photo: 1st Lt. Gail Arnold)
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- A group of 53 enthusiastic cadets, parents, friends and squadron members attended the Cadet Change
of Command ceremony of the Charlotte Country Composite Squadron at their headquarters on Monday eve, August 17th.
Cadet Captain Mikehla Hicks assumed command of the cadet unit from past commander Cadet Captain Christopher Byron.
Hicks joined Civil Air Patrol in September of 2012 and has moved rapidly through the ranks. During her rise in grade, she held
a number of duty positions that have enhanced her knowledge of CAP. She is looking forward to continuing her education and
eventually earn her pilot's license.
"Cadet Hicks continually performs her duties to the highest standard," said Charlotte County Deputy Commander of Cadets,
1st Lt Gail Arnold. "She has progressed through the cadet program in an exemplary manner."
Hicks has also pursued emergency services ratings, including radio training, Staff Assistant,Urban Direction Finding Team,
Flightline Marshaller. She also attended three encampments - the latest saw her assigned as Flight Leader of one of the 12
flights created for the camp. Her team received the Best Flight of the Week Award.
"She truly was a leader of men, in that she was the only girl in the flight of 15 cadets," said Arnold."She exemplifies what CAP
is and what CAP has to offer the youth of America who are willing to expend some effort in achieving the best the program
presents. She has grasped the opportunity and accomplished all it has to offer."
The normal summer doldrums of activity did not hit the Charlotte County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol as
exemplified by the number of cadets achieving promotion to higher ranks during August.

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Throughout the cadet program, from the first achievement through to the completion of the program; emphasis is placed on
individual and group study, instruction and attainment. Each of the four phases; Learning, Leadership, Command and
Executive emphasizes them as well as individual activities, such as drill team, color guard, model rocketry and emergency
services training. As cadets progress, they earn ribbons, awards and increased grade, rewarding their commitment and
achievement in the program. Each phase becomes more challenging and builds on what the cadet has already learned.
Pictured below are the proud cadets whose hard work was recognized with new ranks at a recent promotion night ceremony.

Left to right: Mitchell J. Hauser; C/Technical Sergeant, Lara C. Shelatz; C/Airman 1st Class Sean Blaise Staples; C/Airman 1st
Class, Douglas N. Short; C/Staff Sergeant Jeremy S. Jennings; C/Sr Master Sergeant, Jacob L. Newbold; C/Staff Sergeant
Zachary J. Covell; C/Senior Airman, not pictured C/Airman 1st Class Peter J. Klotzbach. (photo credit: 1st Lt. Gail Arnold)

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Civil Air Patrol Promotes Five Members
By Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary, Marco Island Senior Squadron | Publish: 8/25/2015

Photo: (L-R) 1st Lt. Bob Boone, Lt. Col. Cindy Dohm, 1st Lt. Bill Hughes, and Major Marian Motyl-Szary. (Not present for
the picture 1st Lt. Bill Rogers).
Marco Island, Fla. -- Several members of the Marco Island Senior Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have recently advanced in
rank culminating with the advancement of Major Cindy Dohm to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the August 17 th Squadron
meeting.
A Promotion Ceremony honoring these advancements was conducted at the CAP hangar located at the Marco Island Executive
Airport on Mainsail Drive.  In total, five members were recognized for their achievements.  Advancing to the grade of
lieutenant colonel, as mentioned above, is Cindy Dohm, Deputy Commander; to the grade of major, is  Marian Motyl-Szary,
Public Affairs and Information Technology Officer; and to the grade of first lieutenant, are Bill Hughes, Finance Officer, Bob
Boone and Bill Rogers, Assistant Emergency Services Officers.
The Civil Air Patrol promotes members based upon length of service, accomplishments and professional development
program studies – plus on the job training.  New members begin their service as Senior Members and, upon completion of
their required courses and volunteer service, can advance from Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant, Captain, Major and
Lieutenant Colonel.  Members with previous military service can apply their experience and jump quicker up the
advancement trail.
The Marco CAP Squadron in conjunction with Collier County conducts Wilderness Waterway and Coastal Patrols on a weekly
basis to monitor and assist boaters and campers in distress.  The patrol begins at the Seminole State Park boat launch,
follows the wilderness trail down to Lostman’s River and then returns back up the coastline along the Keys, out to Cape
Romano and along the Marco Island Shoreline.
For specific information about the Marco Squadron visit fl376.flwg.us.

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Florida Readies for Hurricane Erika
By Capt. Ty Lahnen, Florida Wing Headquarters | Publish: 8/27/2015

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Orlando, Fla. -- Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol has activated its Hazard Planning Cell in preparation for Hurricane Erika’s
approach to the peninsula. The wing’s alert level has been raised to Hurricane Condition 5, or HURCON 5, which is reached
when tropical storm force or higher wind speeds are expected to occur within the next 120 hours. Members should
implement action steps for current level.
Hazard Planning Cell is the wing’s primary mission planning and response team that determines needed actions and
coordinates CAP missions and resources within the state of Florida. The team consists of specialists from operations, safety,
mission management, planning and public affairs. The HPC is currently evaluating weather data and will determine if CAP
assets need to be relocated out of the path of the approaching storm. The team will meet daily until all threats from
Hurricane Erika have passed and recovery efforts are completed.
An information web page "Hurricane Center" has been established on the FLWG web site. http://flwg.us/news/hurricanecenter.aspx Members can access the FLWG HURPLAN and latest updates from state emergency management.
Individuals should check their personal and family storm survival kits and purchase any necessary supplies. Family emergency
and evacuation plans should be reviewed and updated. Elderly and persons with disabilities should make plans for
transportation out of the affected area and gather medications in case an evacuation is ordered.
For more preparedness information, http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/downloads/tropicalcyclones.pdf
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Civil Air Patrol joins total force ‘Airmen’
By Staff Sgt. Whitney Stanfield, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information | Publish: 8/29/2015

Photo: In August 2015, the Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, “Leadership,” expanding the Air Force’s descriptions
of total force and Airmen to now consist of regular, Guard, Reserve, civilian and auxiliary members.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- When conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol is
now included in the Air Force’s definition of the total force. CAP has provided 74 years of support to emergency services,
aerospace education and cadet programs.
In August 2015, the Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, “Leadership,” expanding the Air Force’s descriptions of total force
and Airmen to now consist of regular, Guard, Reserve, civilian and auxiliary members.
Historically, the broader term Airmen referred to uniformed and civilian members of the U.S. Air Force (officer or enlisted,
regular, Reserve, or Guard) regardless of rank, component or specialty.
With this newest change, Air Force leaders should consider each part of the total force, including the auxiliary, when
determining the most effective and efficient ways to complete the mission. CAP has approximately 57,000 volunteers and
550 aircraft assigned to more than 1,500 units stateside available or currently supporting non-combat missions on behalf of
the Air Force.
“As a strategic partner, these unpaid professionals have boldly served our nation saving the Air Force almost 40 times the
cost of using military assets for each hour served,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “Inclusion in the total
force reflects the continuing key contributions of this highly trained and equipped organization.”
The auxiliary members, who fly the nearly 100,000 hours per year performing disaster relief, counterdrug, search and
rescue, fighter interceptor training, aerial observation and cadet orientation flights, will now be included in the total force
and referred to as Airmen during the performance of official duties in recognition of their contributions to the Air Force.
“Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades,” said
Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez, the CAP national commander. “Our ability to augment the Air Force is second to none. We
provide 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions and disaster-relief support to local, state and national agencies as
well as aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, and remain continually postured to offer more.”
Beyond CAP’s support to achieve its homeland responsibilities for non-combat operations, the organization has been
recognized for their efforts to inspire hundreds of thousands of cadets and K-12 students to pursue science, technology,
engineering and mathematics education and training.“
Civil Air Patrol’s increased exposure has a direct impact on attracting youth interest in STEM-based activities which are skills
necessary to develop the innovative Airmen our Air Force needs,” said Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III. “We proudly
welcome the Air Force auxiliary by extending our badge of honor as Airmen.”

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Marianna CAP Glider Flights
By Cadet Staff Sgt. Jesus Hernandez, Marianna Composite Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 9/7/2015

Photo: (L-R Back) Cadet Lt. Col. Jacob Watford, Cadet Staff Sgt. Briar Jones, Cadet Master Sgt. Zachariack Prescott,
Cadet Staff Sgt. Jesus Hernandez, and Pilots Tom Johnson and Emmett Moran. (L-R Front) Cadets Zakary Mosbleck,
Hanna Pumphrey and Charles Holley.
Elsanor, Ala. -- Seven Marianna Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol cadets from Holmes, Jackson, and Houston Counties
embarked on a two and a half hour driving trip to Elsanor, Alabama. Under the direction of the Coastal Soaring Association
they were able to receive their first aircraft glider flight. Upon arrival the cadets got right at it with classroom training on
CAP rules and regulations for flying, briefing on safety issues they may encounter when around and piloting the aircraft. The
last subject area concerned how to be a good wing runner for the person who was flying with instructions on how to properly
marshal the tow plane, attach tow cables, preform preflight checks and transport the glider aircraft. After that it was off to
flying. Each cadet had a chance to fly with one of the two very experienced glider pilots Emmett Moran and Tom Johnson,
for around twenty minutes in two different gliders. All seven Marianna cadets achieved their first non-powered flight.
For the group Cadet Hernandez said “Thank you Civil Air Patrol and The Coastal Soaring Association for giving us a fun
learning opportunity”. In September we look forward to a day of powered flight and a day of glider flight.
If you are interested in joining our group please contact Capt. Melanie Blakeley at 850 445-3073. Before joining you must
attend 3 meetings so join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. till noon in the Marianna Airport
Terminal Building.
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North Marion Middle School Civil Air Patrol Forms Color Guard
By Capt. Don Lefebvre, Marion County Composite Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 9/15/2015

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Photo: (L-R) C/Amn Brandon Moncada; C/AB Ashley Shirley; C/AB Donaven Raulerson; C/AB Rachel Wright
Ocala, Fla. -- The new Civil Air Patrol Cadet Flight at the North Marion Middle School has grown in members and has been very active in several areas. The squadron has formed a Color Guard that
recently had their first performance at Tropicana Field in Tampa in front of over 27,000 Tampa Bay Rays fans. The cadets were chosen after a weeklong training exercise held at the North Marion
Middle School. They performed flawlessly, bringing credit upon themselves and the Civil Air Patrol.
For further information please contact 1st Lt. Scott Spangler, Commander, at the North Marion Middle School or Capt. Don Lefebvre, Public Affairs Officer at 352-817-9729.
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Florida Wing's Newest Spaatz Cadet
By 1st Lt Elena Lee, Florida Wing Headquarters | Publish: 9/21/2015

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Lakeland, Fla. -- Cadet Colonel (C/Col) Iriolexis Encalada becomes the newest Carl A. Spaatz recipient in Florida Wing. This
award is achieved by less than one percent of cadets in the program. C/Col Encalada faced an exhaustive four-part exam
covering physical fitness, an essay on a moral leadership topic, and two sixty-question exams on Aerospace Education and
Leadership (Learn to Lead). She passed all four on her first try.
C/Col Encalada has been active in Civil Air Patrol since 2010 at Pines-Miramar Cadet Squadron in Miramar, Florida.  She has
attended Southeast Region Cadet Leadership School, National Flight Academy, Cadet Officer School, and eight Encampments
in which she served on executive staff twice, Cadet Deputy Commander and Cadet Executive Officer.
C/Col Encalada has set her sights on attending the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado to further her education and
future goal of becoming a Judge Advocate General (JAG).  She is currently prepping for her future at the Academy by
attending Northwestern Preparatory School (NWP) in California.  The prep school focuses on daily rigorous training in
academics and physical fitness.  C/Col Encalada adds, “I wholeheartedly believe that CAP gives leadership opportunities
unlike any other organization.  Every activity I have attended, and just being a cadet in the program, has given me a prime
example of what real work ethic and determination looks like, and I think that developing both of those skills is what has
helped me through the application process and now at NWP.  CAP has shown me that I am the only one that can limit myself,
and has given me an outstanding pool of mentors that continue to push me toward my goal of the Academy and beyond.”
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SRQ Composite Squadron Cadets Complete Stage
3 for the Model Rocketry Badge
By 1st Lt Christopher Carroll, SRQ Composite Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 10/1/2015

Photo: C/2dLt Gabriel Brink, Cadet Commander, works on assembling his Stage 3 payload-carrying rocket. (Photo Credit:
1st Lt Christopher Carroll, CAP)
SARASOTA, Fla. -- On Saturday, September 26th, seven cadets and five senior members from the SRQ Composite Squadron of
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) participated in the third and final stage for the Cadet Model Rocketry Badge. Construction of rockets
took place at The Red Cross Southwest Florida Chapter in Sarasota, followed by launching the rockets at Sarasota Military
Academy Prep.
Cadet/Airman 1st Class Shelby Watson, one of the participants, said, "We learned about Newton's three laws of motion and
how the structure of the rocket affects its flight. On a small scale, we got an idea of the rockets that go into space." Watson,
who on this day successfully launched a rocket with a chicken egg payload, is a candidate for the Air Force Academy.
Currently enrolled at Palmetto High School, she also attends State College of Florida from where she will graduate in
December with an Associate of Arts degree.
The Model rocketry badge is one of the elements of CAP's aerospace education mission. Each of the progressively more
challenging stages of the program involves study, a written test, and a hands-on component.
In the first two stages, cadets learned historical facts about the development of rockets and contributions of the four great
rocket pioneers, discovered the aerodynamics of rockets, and designed, built and launched rockets with different types of
propulsion.
The third stage of the program involved building either a two-stage rocket or a rocket capable of carrying a payload of a
chicken egg. Several of the rocketeers returned their payloads safely to earth.
The model rocketry program is intended to acquaint CAP cadets with the importance of rocketry and its role in the future,
increase their knowledge of aerospace sciences, develop interest in aerospace careers, and provide activities and
opportunities to develop aerospace leadership skills.
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air
Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 106 members: 63 senior members and 43 cadets.

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Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counterdrug missions, participating in
homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For
information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.

(Front, L to R) C/A1C Jackson Touchton, Cadet Mavrik Balentine, C/SSgt Tirth Patel I. (Back, L to R) C/2dLt Gabriel Brink, C/SrA Colt
Burch, C/A1C Shelby Kate Watson, C/A1C Samantha Duich. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt Christopher Carroll, CAP)

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CAP Aircrews Keep Vigilant Watch Over
Southwest Florida Boaters
By Major Earle Bretz, Charlotte County Composite Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 10/2/2015

Photo: Civil Air Patrol flight crews keep a close watch over local waters to help keep boaters safe.
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- The Charlotte County Composite Squadron operates from the county airport in Punta Gorda. This
squadron continues to be one of the most active squadrons in Florida Wing. 
A significant amount of the activity falls under a memo of understanding signed with Charlotte County for the harbor patrol
mission. The squadron flys approximately 150 miles each day, four days a week. The aircrew looks for boaters in distress,
hazards to navigation and other environmental considerations. 
Another duty for the aircrew is to count water vessels on each flight. The boat count can vary between 200 and 500
depending on the day of the week. The information is used by the county to improve boater safety and for planning purpose
to determine future needs of boat launch access locations.
"We know that many boaters from Lee and Sarasota Counties are plying the magnificent waters of Charlotte Harbor, the
Myakka River and the Peace River," said squadron public affairs officer, Maj. Earle Bretz. "There is no discrimination here,
we are protecting them too and looking out for their safety. If they need us, we are committed to be of help."
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Commendations and Promotions Earned by FL
182 Members
By Lt Col Joyce Nader, FL-182 | Publish: 10/4/2015

Photo: Maj Cuarta with Commander's Commendation
Albert Whitted Airport -Dateline: September 30, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport
Senior members from FL 182, Pinellas Senior Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (“CAP”), based at Albert Whitted Airport, recently
earned special recognition and promotions.
The Commander of FL 182, Maj Adrian Cuarta, was honored by the CAP Florida Wing Commander (“FLWG”), Col Henry
Irizarry, with a Commander’s Commendation, for Maj Cuarta’s outstanding service to FLWG as an Assistant Inspector General
this past year.
Maj Cuarta assisted in over 20 Subordinate Unit Inspections (“SUI”) in Group 3 in 2014-15. He also stepped in to aide Group
1, along with Capt. Sam Chiodo, Commander of Hillsborough One Senior Squadron, and traveled to the Florida Panhandle on
3 separate weekends in 2015, to conduct SUIs for all the squadrons in Group 1.
The Commander’s Commendation recognizes outstanding performance where achievements and services are clearly
exceptional when compared to similar achievements and service of members of like rank and responsibility.
Maj Cuarta was honored and pleased to have received this recognition, stating “I really appreciate this commendation. I
liked visiting all the various squadrons throughout Group 3 and Group 1, and meeting all the hard-working and dedicated
volunteers who put in many hours during the year, and especially pulling together the information to ensure a successful
SUI.”
SM Brian Clark was recently promoted to 2d Lt, having completed all the necessary requirements. Lt Clark has been a
member for 1 year. He has been helping the squadron with much-needed facilities maintenance, and has been providing
technical assistance in IT.
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Check Pilot Course Takes Off
By By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO, Legal Officer, FL 182, FL-182 | Publish: 10/9/2015

Photo: "CAP Aircraft on Lakeland Linder Flightline"
Lakeland Linder Airport -Dateline: September 30, 2015, Lakeland Linder Airport

Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) Florida Wing (FLWG) held its annual National Check Pilot Standardization Course (NCPSC), commonly called “Check
Pilot School”, in Lakeland, Florida, at the main terminal building, Lakeland Linder Airport, Sept 18­20, 2015. FLWG is one of the few wings
in CAP that mandates both online training and in person face­to­face training and evaluation of its check pilots.
Twenty­nine CAP members from around FLWG came to participate in the annual NCPSC, including more than 20 check pilots and check
pilot trainees to either train as check pilot examiners or to be evaluated as Form5/Form 91 check pilots. Over 10 sorties were planned to
fly throughout the 2­ day training. Eight CAP aircraft were flown in from around the state to participate in this important mission, which
was funded by the United States Air Force (USAF).
The NCPSC consisted of extensive classroom instruction, roundtable discussions with the pilots in attendance, and in flight training and
evaluation.
CAP members from Southeast Region and FLWG served in numerous staff­related roles throughout the 2­day course including: Lt Col Luis
Garcia, Incident Commander (“IC”); Lt Col George Schaefer, Asst IC; Lt Col Scott Patterson, Project Officer and FLWG Stan Eval Officer; Lt
Col Margarita Mesones, Project Coordinator; Capt Charlene Garcia, Safety Officer, Aircraft Inspections; Lt Col Bruce McConnell,
Communications; Lt Col Ron Gyorkos, AOBD trainee; Maj Andy Reitz, IC trainee; Maj Adrian Cuarta, MSA trainee, Aircraft Inspections; and
Lt Col Joyce Nader, MSA, MRO, and PIO.
The overarching message of this mission is SAFETY first and foremost: safety of the check pilots who then evaluate the Form 5/Form 91
and Cadet Orientation pilots. As the FLWG Vice Commander Lt Col Garcia stated, “For CAP pilots, safety is always paramount, for their
crews, their passengers, and especially the cadets, whose parents and grandparents entrust their children’s lives with each one of us.”

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Pilots receive instruction during Check Pilot School

Capt Charlene Garcia gives Safety Briefing to Pilots

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New Location, Promotions, and Special Guest
Speaker for SRQ Composite Squadron Cadets
By 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, SRQ Composite Squadron | Publish: 10/14/2015

Photo: Lorraine Glixon (holding certificate) shared her experiences from the 1940s as a members of CAP's first allfemale cadet flight in Paterson, New Jersey. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll)
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Cadets of the SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol had their first meeting at the Boys & Girls Club
of Sarasota County, a new location for the group, on 5 October 2015.
Capt. Ann Marie Kozloski, Deputy Commander (Cadets), said, "This is an ideal location for our cadets. It has more space,
covered areas for drill and inspection, athletic facilities and classrooms with computers."
Squadron Commander Maj. Bill Hansen promoted the following cadets in grade following their completion of all
requirements:
Samantha Duich to Cadet/Airman 1st Class
Daniel Porter to Cadet Airman 1st Class
Colt Burch to Cadet/Sr. Airman, Wright Brothers Award
Tirth Patel II to Cadet/Staff Sergeant
Ryan Benton to Cadet/Staff Sergeant
Austin Vore to Cadet/Sr. Master Sergeant
Jesse Yore to Cadet/Chief Master Sergeant
C/SMSgt Gabrielle McCoy and C/CMSgt Jesse Yong received red service ribbons for their two years of service in CAP.
C/A1C Shelby Watson received recognition as Cadet of the Quarter for outstanding performance.
In addition, Hansen promoted senior member Ann Marie Kozloski to the grade of Captain.
Following the promotions and awards, the cadets and senior members heard a presentation from Lorraine Glixon, a resident
of Sarasota, Florida, who, in 1944, became one of the original 55 members of Civil Air Patrol's first all-female cadet flight in
Paterson, New Jersey. Glixon shared photos from the time and compared the type of training she received, including
learning Morse code, spotting German aircraft from the ground, and learning to fly in a Link trainer, a flight simulator from
the 1930s. At 86 years old, Glixon still spends more than 20 hours a week serving families of veterans and her community.
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air
Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 104 members: 63 senior members and 41 cadets.
For information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.

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Cadet members assemble for inspection at their new meeting location. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)

Lorraine Glixon (front row, third from left) with members of the first all-female CAP cadet squadron in 1944.

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Cadets Tour Emergency Facility
By Maj Earle Bretz, Charlotte County Composite | Publish: 10/15/2015

Photo:
Charlotte County Emergency Management Facility --

Recently, 25 cadets, 4 recruits and 8 senior members toured the Charlotte County Emergency Management Facility on
Airport Road. Rather than participating in their normal meeting night activities of classroom work, aerospace education,
drill and marching, etc., they spent a great informative evening doing something different. This educational opportunity
was offered to the squadron by Wayne P. Sallade, Director of Emergency Management. EM goes into action during
Tropical Storms, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Flooding, Hazmat Incidents, and Terrorism Incidents just to name a few. They
can occur anytime, anywhere and in any form.
The general tour was conducted by Lt Lynne Stickley, an Emergency Planning Specialist. Her insight into the operation
and explanation of how it all worked when required was extremely interesting to all who attended. The Communications
Section is of major importance to the proper handling of an emergency. The tour of the area was professionally
conducted by Capt Joseph Klimert and his staff. A point of interest we learned was that each member of the
communication staff is also a Ham Radio Operator.
The extensive radio equipment at our headquarters compares favorably with what was seen on this tour. We plan to
work more closely with Charlotte County Emergency Communications in the future. This cooperation could prove very
beneficial to both organizations, but more importantly to the safety of the general public.
CAP is the Congressional Gold Medal winning Auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Tax deductible donations may be
sent to Charlotte Squadron, 28000 A-21 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33982-2452. Visit us
athttp://units.flwg.us/FL051.aspx
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CAP Members Tour Charlotte County Emergency
Management
By Maj. Earle Bretz, Charlotte County Composite Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 10/15/2015

Photo: Twenty-five cadets, 4 recruits and 8 senior members from Civil Air Patrol toured the Charlotte County
Emergency Management Facility.
Punta Gorda, Fla. -- Members from Civil Air Patrol’s Charlotte County Composite squadron toured the Charlotte County
Emergency Management Facility on Airport Road. The tour was an alternative to the normal cadet meeting night activities of
classroom work, aerospace education, drill and marching, etc.,
The general tour was conducted by Lt. Lynne Stickley, an Emergency Planning Specialist. She explained that county
emergency management resources are activated in response to threats from tropical weather and tornadoes, flooding,
hazmat incidents, and acts of terrorism to name a few. Her insight into the operation and explanation of how it all worked
and helped to give the cadets a better understanding of the county emergency response system.
The CAP members also visited the county communications section where the tour was conducted by Capt. Joseph Klimert
and his professional staff who explained the importance to proper handling of communications in an emergency. Some of the
extensive radio equipment seen on the tour was easily recognized by members who work with CAP communications. Each
member of the county communication staff is also a Ham Radio Operator. The tour of the facility reignited interest to work
more closely with Charlotte County Emergency Communications in the future.
This educational opportunity was offered to the squadron by Wayne P. Sallade, Director of Charlotte County Emergency
Management. This outcome of the activity was beneficial for both organizations and, more importantly, to the safety of the
community.
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CAP/Buchan Field Fly-in a Success
By Maj Earle Bretz, Charlotte County Composite | Publish: 10/17/2015

Photo: Left to right: lst Lt Ronald E. Berube - Senior Advisor, Cadet Airman lst Class Lara C, Shelatz, Cadet Airman Jamie N Macleod, Cadet Lt Cooper L Whitten, Major Earle Bretz, Cadet Airman lst
Class Sean B. Staples
Charlotte County, FL --

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Eglin CAP Squadron Tours Navy Dive School
By Lt. Col. Dale Robinson, Eglin Composite Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 10/25/2015

Photo: Twelve cadets and nine senior members from Civil Air Patrol’s Eglin Composite Squadron recently toured Naval
Support Activity Panama City. Highlights of the tour included the Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, the Navy
Experimental Diving Unit, and
Panama City, Fla. -- Twelve cadets and nine senior members from Civil Air Patrol’s Eglin Composite Squadron recently
toured Naval Support Activity Panama City.
Highlights of the tour included the Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, the Navy Experimental Diving Unit, and the
Naval Surface Warfare Center. The training and research conducted aboard NSA Panama City dovetails with the focus on
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program.
The Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center features a new 40 foot deep pool and moveable platforms and the CAP group
was able to observe diver training in progress. The center trains divers from all branches of the military in wreckage
recovery, mine defusing, reconnaissance and other missions.
“The trip gave me some real perspective on further applications of diving from the standpoint of someone who is already
dive certified,” said C/2Lt Brittany Fager.
The Navy Experimental Diving Unit conducts biomedical research, experiments, and testing to improve manned operations in
undersea and other extreme environments. Cadets were fascinated with the equipment and descriptions of the experiments
conducted by the NEDU. Cadets learned about the stress on the human body related to long periods of time spent submerged
in water and what that means to manned undersea operations.
The tour wrapped up with a look at Naval Surface Warfare Center’s functions. NSWC – Panama City conducts research on or near
shore warfare and its disciplines, including optics, robotics. The Civil Air Patrol airmen were briefed on unmanned systems, an aviation unit
and the LCAC, a hovercraft used for amphibious assaults.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of
Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its
Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as
tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000
members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state, and local
agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people
currently participating in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the
heroic efforts of its World War II veterans.
Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember,
honor, and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capmembers.comfor more information.
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Opa Locka Cadet Squadron Hosts STEM Activity
By Maj. Lazaro Garcia, Opa Locka Cadet Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 10/26/2015

Photo: Opa Locka Cadet Squadron and the Palm Springs North Elementary School Space STEM Club posing for a prelaunch picture with 1st Lt. Rodriguez and Cadet Staff Sgt. Sanzetenea who help students get their rockets ready to
launch.
Miami Gardens, Fla. -- The Opa Locka Cadet Squadron (OCS) hosted a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(STEM) activity for students in the Space STEM Club from Palm Spring North Elementary School by launching soda bottle
water rockets. The students were comprised of 4th and 5th graders that are participating in the STEM program at the school,
their parents were also invited to view and participate in the event. Around fifteen students from the school, their parents
and some siblings (about 25 to 30) also participated in the event which was put together by 1st Lt. Robert Rodriguez of Opa
Locka Cadet Sq. and Dr. Chiarella of Palm Springs North Elementary School.
Dr. Chiarella is an AEM teaching the STEM program at Palm Springs North Elementary and her students love participating in
fun filled activities that are part of the program. The students arrived at the squadron with their two teachers and family for
the activity and were taken into a classroom where Lt. Rodriguez and cadets from OCS assisted the students and parents in
the construction of the soda bottle rockets. After about an hour of building time, the students were taken outside the
building where Lt. Rodriguez prepared a launch area.
Each student was able to build and launch his or her soda bottle rocket to see which obtained the highest altitude from the
launcher. In all, the day was filled with fun for the 4th and 5th graders who had the opportunity to build and launch these
rockets. Students experienced how they can have fun and possibly join Civil Air Patrol when they reach twelve years of age.
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Florida Honor Cord Cadets
By Staten Corbett and Capt Melanie Blakeley, Marianna Composite Squadron | Publish: 10/27/2015

Photo: Left to right: Cadets SSgt Hanna Pumphrey, SMSgt Zachariah Prescott, Capt Alyson Blakeley, TSgt Jesus
Hernandez and Lt Col Jacob Watford.
Marianna, Fla -The Marianna Civil Air Patrol Squadron has six cadets who proudly wear the Florida Wing blue and gold Honor Cord on their
CAP blue uniform left shoulder. The cadets in the attached photo from left to right are C/SSgt Hannah Pumphrey, C/SMSgt
Zachariah Prescott, C/Capt Alyson Blakeley, C/TSgt Jesus Hernandez and C/Lt Col Jacob Watford.  C/2d Lt Brianna McDonald
was not present. They achieved this distinction by being inducted into the Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society in recognition of
outstanding scholastic achievements in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.
Capt Blakeley stated, “The cadets who have earned their Honor Cord are usually the cadets getting A's and B's on their report
cards consistently. The cadets named in this article are either currently or have held leadership roles in the squadron.
Earning this award, I believe, gains confidence not only in the squadron but in their everyday life events”.
The purpose of the Cadet Honor Society is to recognize academic excellence within the Cadet Program. This allows those
cadets who consistently demonstrate superior academic performance the opportunity to be recognized among their peers.
This recognition helps provide additional motivation to achieve success and excellence in achievement testing. In addition to
this recognition, cadets have the privilege of noting they are members of the Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society. This
accomplishment will help cadets further their educational progression outside of Civil Air Patrol by identifying them as top
performers from within the Cadet Program. CHS is an optional program but squadrons are highly encouraged to participate
and support their cadets in earning this distinction
The candidate is required to score 90 percent or better per achievement or milestone test for three consecutive
achievements. The 90 percent score is based on the first attempt only. Second attempt scores are not considered. The
Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society began in October 1997, by Lt Col Matthew Sharkey, the Florida Wing Director of Cadet
Programs at the time.

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Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron FL-458 Hosts
Parent Night
By Capt Todd Curabba, Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron | Publish: 10/29/2015

Photo:
Wesley Chapel, FL -On 14 October 2015 Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron hosted its first parent night under the command of Capt Daia Jung.  The
staff of FL-458 provided parents and guardians with an opportunity to gather information on Civil Air Patrol and what the
program has to offer cadets in the future.
The agenda of topics were discussed by the senior member staff and a great deal of planning went into making everyone feel
at home.  Parents were introduced to our civilian volunteers and they were thanked for investing in their children’s futures. 
The squadron offered refreshments and a chance for parents to get to know one another. 
Squadron Commander Capt Daia Jung started the meeting with asking parents how they heard about CAP and what drew
them to Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron.  We were very pleased to see that our website and social media campaigns have had
such a wide range of success.  Each parent had an opportunity to speak about their cadet’s experience with Civil Air Patrol
and how the program is helping them to succeed. 
Deputy Commander of Cadet Capt Todd Curabba then presented parents with tools they can use to successfully navigate
through Civil Air Patrols various programs.  These topics included Encampment, National Cadet Special Activities and Group
level events.  Many of the parents enjoyed having someone explain how to use our website and Facebook page to access
information quickly.
Senior Master Sergeant Scott Jung took a few moments to discuss uniform wear and CAPR 39-1.  He offered a perspective to
parents on how important it is for a cadet to use their chain of command when trying to figure out uniform related issues. 
SMSgt Jung took time to explain to parents that wearing the uniform properly is a vital part to their success in CAP.  SMSgt
Jung talked about Emergency Services and how cadets can become certified and serve on a ground team.
As the meeting came to a close the staff of FL-458 shared stories and pictures from previous squadron events, which
included Wreaths Across America, Color Guard events and fundraising activities.  It was a packed house, the staff of Wesley
Chapel Cadet was so grateful for everyone who came out to parent night.  Their level of commitment to our cadets is
admirable.
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Marco Island Squadron Completes First Year of
Custodianship
By Capt. Robert Corriveau, Commander, Marco Island Senior | Publish: 11/6/2015

Photo: Members of the Marco Island squadron are pictured with the Tuskegee Airmen painting “The Longest Mission”.
Marco Island, FL -This Veterans Day will mark the one-year anniversary for the Marco Island Senior Squadron’s receipt of custody for the last
Tuskegee Airmen painting. The Tuskegee Airmen painting “The Longest Mission” was presented to the Squadron on
permanent loan from the Marco Island Center for the Arts.
The painting was donated to the Center in 2011 by artist and Tuskegee historian Clinard “Clint” Martin. The Center is a
gallery for exhibiting artwork on a temporary basis and there existed no permanent display for the painting. Project
Director, Dave Rice, came up with the idea to approach the squadron as a possible suitable and appropriate location for
displaying the painting.
“The Longest Mission” is the last painting in a series depicting Tuskegee Airmen in combat. Martin’s process was to interview
each pilot regarding his most memorable mission and then create a painting depicting that particular experience. The
Longest Mission is based on interviews with Lt. Col. Leo R. Gray, USAF, Retired.
The squadron has devoted a special wall for display with a prominent sign above the painting and two plaques which explain
the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and the history of the artist and painting.
The American and squadron flags are now permanently stationed to either side of the painting. At the beginning of every
meeting and the members face the flag to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, they are also facing the painting which serves as a
reminder of the valor and bravery of these airmen and the core values which guide all airmen.
The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name for a group of African-American military pilots who fought in WWII. They were also
known as the “Red-Tail Angels” because of the red color of the aircraft tail and rudder and because of their unsurpassed
record of protecting their charges from enemy fighters. During the war, they formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th

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Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Corp.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first all African-American flying group to see combat during WWII, in North Africa, Sicily and
Italy. Their aircraft varied from the Curtis P-40 Warhawk, the Bell P-39 Aeracobra, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt to the
North American P-51 Mustang, the plane with which they were most commonly associated. By the end of the war, they had
one of the best combat records and were the genesis for desegregation of the U.S. Military.
The Marco Island Senior Squadron is very honored to be among the impressive locations where other Tuskegee paintings are
displayed such as the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the D-Day Museum in New Orleans, the U.S. Air Force Museum in
Dayton, Ohio, the U.S. Army Museum at Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, MS and the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, MS.

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CAP Cadets Take First Step Towards a Productive
Future
By Maj Earle Bretz, Charlotte County Composite | Publish: 11/7/2015

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Cadets Serve Veterans
By Maj Earle Bretz, Charlotte County Composite Squadron | Publish: 11/14/2015

Photo: (photo credit: 1st Lt Gail Arnold)
Charlotte County, FL --

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Group 2 Assists at Airshow
By Capt Dennis Maloney, St. Augustine Composite Squadron | Publish: 11/15/2015

Photo: Upper: Cadets Cruz, Sherline, and Flatt manned an information booth at the Sea and Sky sir show at Jacksonville Beach. Lower: Event Specialist Mari
Ganues drives cadets to their posts at the Sea and Sky air show.
Jacksonville Beach, FL --

Several squadrons from Group Two combined to help make the recent Sea and Sky air show at
Jacksonville Beach a big success.  Cadets and senior members of Cecil Field Cadet Squadron,
Jacksonville Composite Squadron, Fruit Cove Cadet Squadron, and St. Augustine Composite
Squadron were organized by 1st Lt Jim Kersten, the Deputy Commander for Cadets at Cecil
Field Cadet Squadron, into a superb team who helped man two information booths and a Kids
Zone station.  “I was so proud of the work done by the Civil Air Patrol cadets. They looked
sharp in their uniforms and they were so respectful and polite when dealing with the public,”
said Mari Ganues, event specialist for the City of Jacksonville.
While hard at work with their volunteer duties, the CAP members got to see a great show
headlined by the Navy Blue Angels. They were also rewarded with some tasty lunches and each
one of them received a certificate of appreciation along with a distinctive souvenir t-shirt. 
“This was a wonderful opportunity for the public to find out what Civil Air Patrol is all about.

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We got to talk to people about our mission and our emphasis on volunteer service,” said Lt
Kersten. “Hopefully we can continue our partnership with Sea and Sky next year.” 
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CAP Participates in Veterans' Day Celebration on
Marco Island
By Capt Robert Corriveau, Marco Island Senior Squadron | Publish: 11/16/2015

Photo: Marco Island Senior Squadron Commander, Captain Bob Corriveau, led the presentation of small vials of
Normandy Omaha Beach sand to WWII veterans assisted by Commander Lee Rubenstein.
Marco Island, FL -On Wednesday, November 11th, the nation celebrated Veterans' Day.  Locally, the Marco Island ceremony took place in the
Veterans' Community Park on a beautiful, sunny day.
Historically, the holiday was called Armistice Day and reprersented the end of hostilities in World War I on 11/11 at 11:11.
This year's celebration featured the national anthem sung by Rose Kramer; a Civil Air Patrol fly-over; a POW-MIA ceremony;
the reading of the names of Marco Island veterans who died in the past two years; patriotic songs by the Morning Musicians
from the Tommie Barfield Elementary School; music by the Marco Strummers and the special presentation of the Omaha
Beach sand. 
The guest speaker for the occasion was retired Air Force captain, Wayne O. Smith, a POW in Vietnam for over five years.
Among the pomp and ceremony that marked the Veterans Day celebration was a special presentation to the WWII Veterans
lead by Captain Bob Corriveau, Commander, CAP squadron FL-376, and assisted by Lee Rubenstein, Commander, American
Legion Post 404. 
As Captain Corriveau narrated the presentation, 23 WWII Veterans each received a special token in the form of a tiny vial of
sand scooped up from Omaha Beach, one of five sectors of the allied invasion of German-occupied France during the
Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. 
The vials were secured by veteran Lee Rubenstein, and contain roughly the same number of grains of sand as the number of
allied casualties during that time – 4,414.
Captain Fred Edwards, Communications Officer FL376, coordinated the fly-over of the three WWII T-28 aircrafts. Major Dave
Walsh, Marco Island Senior Squadron, served as flag bearer of the Marco Island CAP banner.
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the VFW Post; the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Civil Air Patrol Marco Island Senior Squadron. The CAP squadron had great
attendance being the largest group represented at the celebration. 

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Success at Florida Leadership Academy
By Maj Earle Bretz, Charlotte County Composite | Publish: 11/19/2015

Photo:
Orlando, FL --

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Group 5 Conducts Over-Water Survival Training at
Marco Island Senior Squadron
By Lt Col Dave Moruzzi, Marco Island Senior Squadron | Publish: 11/25/2015

Photo: Swimming and getting into the raft are the challenges of Over-Water Survival Training
Marco Island, FL -- Florida Wing’s Group 5 held a Over-Water Survival course in Marco Island that was attended by aircrew
members representing three Civil Air Patrol squadrons from two CAP groups.  The training was held on Saturday, 21
November 2015 and was hosted by the Marco Island Senior Squadron. 
With the announcement this past summer that Civil Air Patrol is consider part of the Air Force's Total Force, there is greater
potential for CAP aircrews to be tasked on missions that take them beyond gliding distance of U.S. shores. These over-water
flights in single-engine aircraft have an added measure of risk that dictates increased vigilance and additional training.
Statistics show that ditching an aircraft in the water has a high survival probability provided the crew has proper training.
The Marco Island CAP hangar meeting room at the Marco Island Executive Airport was used for the classroom instruction. The
practical skills session was held at the Marco Island YMCA pool where the aircrew members demonstrated swimming skills
and the ability to board a raft while dressed in flight clothes and footwear. Former CAP member Alan Davis, flight instructor
and owner of Career Aviation and Training, let the CAP trainees use one of his aircraft for the egress drills. 
Participants from Marco Island Squadron included David Dumas, Bob Dohm, Richard Farmer, Lyle Odland, Jim Picone, Bob
MacNeill. Naples Senior Squadron trainees were Ron Hemond and Dom Dasilva. Coming across the State from the East Coast’s
Merritt Island Senior Squadron was Sal Bologna, Ken Manfra and Squadron Commander John Wilson.  
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attendance as an official USAF observer.  
Marco Island Senior Squadron commander, Captain Bob Corriveau, and Dom Dasilva provided coffee and donuts for the
attendees.

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Cyber Patriot Success
By Capt. Don Lefebvre, Marion County Composite Squadron | Publish: 11/27/2015

Photo: Left to right: Dale Katz, Senior Member, C/2nd Lt Christopher Katz, C/SMSgt Joseph Reynolds, C/A1C Brandi Yager,
C/2ndLt Hannah Guertler, C/Adm Charles Lucas and C/TSgt Jonathan Allison.
Marion County, FL --

The Marion County Composite Squadron competed for the first time in this year’s CyberPatriot
defense competition.  The two qualifying rounds were held in November and the squadron team did
very well placing 2nd out of 198 registered All-Service Teams in the state of Florida, and 23rd out of
over 1,200 teams in the nation.  During competitions, students are tasked with finding cyber
security vulnerabilities within computer operating systems while maintaining critical computer
services.   CyberPatriot is the National Youth Program created to motivate students towards careers
in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
The second qualifying round will be held in December leading to the State Round in January.  The
top teams will then advance to a Category Round in February where they will be competing for the
opportunity to win an all-expense paid trip to the National Finals Round in Baltimore in April.
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"Civil Air Patrol marks 74 years of volunteer
service"
By SM Pam Fennimore, Lake Composite Squadron, Florida Wing | Publish: 12/1/2015

Photo: Civil Air Patrol Seal
Leesburg, Fla. -"Civil Air Patrol turns 74 today, with its 58,000 members poised to celebrate their rich heritage of volunteer service. “What a
year it has been!” exclaimed Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP’s national commander and chief executive officer. “Last
December, shortly after our 73rd anniversary, Civil Air Patrol was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of our
World War II veterans from America’s Greatest Generation,” Vazquez said. “The Capitol Hill celebration of the extraordinary
contributions of these founding members of CAP showcased our proud legacy of sacrifice and service.”
CAP was founded Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in
World War II. Its members quickly proved their worth by conducting aerial patrols on their own, heroism that discouraged
and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks along U.S. coastlines and waterways. The wartime service of CAP’s
“sub chasers” helped stop the loss of American and allied merchant vessels, saving the lives of untold thousands of sailors
and countless millions of dollars of war materiel destined for the battlefields in Europe and the Pacific.
In addition to coastal patrols, CAP aircrews assisted with other essential wartime missions on the home front, such as search
and rescue, disaster relief, border patrol, forest fire patrol, target towing for military practice and transporting critical
supplies. Members also managed hundreds of airports and trained aviators – many of them cadets – for future service in CAP
and the military.
That legacy lives on in today’s all-volunteer force, which still contributes greatly to America’s defense by providing aerial
reconnaissance for homeland security, giving Air Force fighter pilots practice in protecting America’s airspace and helping
train U.S. military troops for service overseas.
CAP members also make a profound difference in more than 1,500 communities across the nation, saving lives through search
and rescue and other emergency services and conducting aerospace education and youth programs that help develop the
nation’s next generation of leaders.
Civil Air Patrol’s contributions to national defense were recognized in August when the U.S. Air Force added the longtime Air
Force Auxiliary to its Total Force team. Changes to Air Force doctrine officially made Civil Air Patrol a strategic partner of
the Air Force and CAP members “Airmen” when conducting Air Force-assigned missions."
Anyone interested in the Civil Air Patrol in Lake County can come to a meeting at the Lake Composite Squadrons
headquarters located at the Leesburg International Airport meetings are at 6pm Tuesdays.

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Cadets Remember Those Who Served
By 2nd Lt. Ruth Byron, Florida Wing | Publish: 12/15/2015

Photo: Cadets help load over 495 wreaths. Photo by 2d Lt Ruth Byron
Cape Coral, Fla. -Cadets from the Lee County School Squadron had a busy day handling Christmas wreaths for the annual decorating and
ceremonies at Eco Park and Fort Myers Memorial Gardens. The Wreaths Across America program coordinates wreath laying
ceremonies each December at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as veterans cemeteries and other locations in all 50
states and beyond.
Civil Air Patrol, like many youth service organizations, recognizes the importance of remembering our fallen heroes and
honoring those who served. Supporting the project is a natural extension of the cadet program.
"Teach our children to honor those who sacrifice so much so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today" said Lt. Col.
James Spieth, guest speaker for the event.
Lee County CAP cadets were also seen about town marching in the Sabal Springs Christmas parade. Residents provided fierce
competition for the best decorated golf cart leaving the judges pressed to choose a winner. The folks at Mission BBQ and the
ladies at Sable Springs kept volunteers well fed with great BBQ, hot dogs and Christmas cookies at lunch and dinner.

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Civil Air Patrol Cadets performing Color Guard duties for the ceremony at Ft Myers Memorial Gardens. Photo by 2d Lt Ruth
Byron

Cadet Color Guard at Eco Park Ceremony. Photo by 2d Lt Ruth Byron

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Lt. Col. James Spieth gives speech after the laying of the wreaths. Photo by 2d Lt Ruth Byron
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CAP Member Wraps Up 3-Year Sail Around the
World
By Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary, Marco Island Senior Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 12/20/2015

Photo: Moonbeam crew celebrates arrival to Marco Island
Marco Island, Fla. -A Marco Island man's lifelong dream has been fulfilled after he returned home early this December after sailing around the
world.
The adventure took Capt. Ken Bardon nearly three years. He and his crew set sail in January of 2013 and returned home to
Marco Island on Saturday 13 December 2015. 
"It's sort of been a life dream," Bardon said. "The reality is, the journey was the favorite part." He sold his company and
retired in 2012, but the new year sparked a new adventure.
"He didn't break out a bottle of champagne. He didn't call up everybody to celebrate. He went onto the internet and ordered
cruising guides for the South Pacific," said his wife, Lil. Ken said he's "not a do-nothing, sit-down type of person." So, he set
sail Jan. 13, 2013, with four friends.
"It's a rhythm that you get into, that you follow. You're with people that you don't live with, but you make a family together,"
said Nancy Devries, one of Bardon's crewmembers. 
The sailboat became their home. It traveled from Marco to Tahiti to Fiji. "We spent almost four weeks in Fiji. Wonderful
place. Lots of friends visited us. We went diving. Fiji to New Zealand, and that was the end of year one."
Everyone made their own plans - to stay for the next leg of the journey or to reconnect in a different place. 
"Ken is amazing at orchestrating arrivals and being where we need to be," Lil said. "It was seamless. It was perfect." Ken
made it a point to be home for the holidays while his boat waited for him. 
Bardon continued sailing for two more years, hitting ports in Thailand, Turkey and Italy, just to name a few. Then, he was
homeward bound across the Atlantic Ocean with his original crew for a perfect homecoming.
Bardon is a member of the Civil Air Patrol Marco Island Senior Squadron. He said his future plans include to get more involved
in his community and do something "important".

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He summarized the journey in a poem:
"We're home at last...
The trip was a blast
The circumnavigation now in the past
What to do next? Better think fast!"
"Coming into the Marco River, we were greeted and escorted in by the police boat, Sea Tow, and the fire department with
their hoses spraying," said Bardon. "Also, many neighbors and friends came out in their boats to greet us. It was a very
exciting welcome. At home, at our dock, there were many others welcoming us back, as well." 
"Thanks to everyone who joined us along the way, and to all of those armchair followers of our blog." "NICE TO BE HOME!"

You can read about their adventure at http://www.sailblogs.com/member/moonbeam/
Here are all of the places they visited:

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SAILING SCHEDULE 2015
FEB-MAR - Thailand, get boat ready for shipping to the Med
APR - boat in Marmaris, Turkey
MAY - sail from Turkey to Crete
JUNE - sail the Greek Isles, thru the Corinth Canal and up the Adriatic
JUL-OCT - Croatia, Italy, France, Monaco, Spain, Gibraltar
OCT-NOV - cross the Atlantic to BVI’s
NOV - Thanksgiving in the BVI’s
DEC - ?????
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SAILING SCHEDULE 2014
EARLY APRIL: depart New Zealand for Brisbane, Australia
MID APRIL - EARLY JULY cruise North towards Cairns along the Great Barrier Reef
JULY - OCTOBER cruise islands of Indonesia to Bali
MID OCTOBER - NOVEMBER sail from Bali to Thailand with a stop on Singapore
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SAILING 2013
JAN 13 - depart Marco Island for Panama
MAR 11 - Panama - Marquesas
LATE APR - Marquesas - Tahiti
MID MAY - Cruise Pacific Islands
MID JUN/JUL/AUG - Tahiti - Fiji via Cook, Samoa, Tonga Islands
MID AUG - Cruise Fiji Islands
MID SEPT - Fiji - New Zealand
OCT INTO 2014 - Moonbeam in New Zealand

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FL 182 Recruits for Seniors and Cadets
By Lt. Col. Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 12/20/2015

Photo: Pinellas Senior Squadron recruiting table at Albert Whitted Airport
Albert Whitted Airport, Fla. -Pinellas Senior Squadron, FL 182, held two (2) recruiting events as part of the competition for the Florida Wing Commander’s prize.
The first recruiting event was held on October 15, 2015, at the Young Eagles Fly day, at Albert Whitted Airport. FL 182 Deputy Commander
Ron Klemm, also the Cadet Liaison, manned the recruiting table.
There were almost 200 youth in attendance, with many visiting his table. Klemm had a large poster donning the table, along with
brochures to hand out to those who came by. Deputy Commander Klemm said, “I had a number of parents with their children stop by and
ask about CAP, what we do, and how they can participate. I think it was a really good public relations event as well as recruiting. This is a
good event for us to participate whenever the Young Eagles have a fly day.”
The second recruiting event was held on December 5, 2015, at the AWAPS (Albert Whitted Airport Preservation Society) monthly pancake
breakfast, held at the Hangar Restaurant located at the FBO.
2d Lt Keith Lukat manned the recruiting table. He was assisted by 2d Lt Ann Marie Franzen, Capt Charles Larson, Lt Col Joyce Nader, and
Maj Adrian Cuarta, FL 182’s Commander.
There were about 25 people who attended the breakfast, with many other people milling about the FBO. There were a number of
breakfast participants and others stopped by to find out about CAP. Lukat had set up the table with a large poster, as well as brochures.
Maj Cuarta stated, “It was another good day for exposure to the general public, and AWAPS participants, on what CAP is all about. I think it
would be a great monthly activity for us to participate in for the benefit of CAP and AWAPS.

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Civil Air Patrol Conducts Search and Rescue
Training Exercise at Albert Whitted
By Lt. Col. Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 12/20/2015

Photo: Aircrew prepares to launch SAREX sortie
Albert Whitted Airport, Fla. --

Against the backdrop of the City of St. Petersburg’s preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas
holidays, over 20 Civil Air Patrol senior and cadet members, participated in the Emergency Services exercise
hosted by the Pinellas Senior Squadron at Albert Whitted Airport on November 14, 2015.
The weather was perfect—clear, no fog and few clouds, with a moderate prevailing wind. Two (2) aircraft were
scheduled for the exercise. There were 6 air and 2 ground sorties completed during the exercise.
CAP senior members trained for positions at mission base including communications, as aircrew teams, and as
ground teams. The various team’s simulated search and rescue tasks utilizing the aircraft as well as ground
based communications systems and resources.
 2d Lt Keith Lukat was the project officer for the exercise.  Lukat stated that “Since I have tackled this job a
few times, it became a little easier putting it all together. I enjoyed preparing for it and working with all my
fellow CAP members.”
The exercise was a great success due to the skilled work of many members as well as the spirit and dedication of
all the participants.
Another exercise will be planned for sometime in the first quarter, 2016.
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Nostalgic Visit to Maxwell Prompts Purchase of
Commemorative Brick
By Lt. Col. Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 12/20/2015

Photo: CAP Foundation Brick honoring P51 Pilot Lt Eli Nader
Maxwell AFB, Ala. -Maj Adrian Cuarta and Lt Col Joyce Nader visited Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Civil Air Patrol Headquarters, when they attended
National Staff College (NSC) in May, 2015.
While at Maxwell, they toured the grounds of the Base as well as the CAP Headquarters. They took note of the commemorative legacy
bricks placed around a Fixed Wing Aircraft perched in front of the headquarters.
It was a nostalgic visit for Nader, as her late father, Lt Eli Nader was stationed at Maxwell. Nader’s father Lt Nader, after completing his
fighter pilot and aerial photography training, flew P­40s and P­51s, and ended up in the European Theatre of Operations during World War
II.
To honor her late father, Nader purchased a heritage legacy brick from the CAP Foundation, to be placed at the base of the CAP aircraft.
Nader had it inscribed to honor her father and his P­51 fighter plane, “Vivacious Vivian”, the nose art named to herald his future wife, and
Nader’s mother.
The CAP Foundation’s purpose is to promote and support CAP, its mission and programs. This is accomplished by providing “direct
financial support to the organization; enabling it to provide scholarships to cadets for flight training, cadet program support, aerospace
education activities, and direct support for CAP STEM programs.” (Source: http://www.capfoundation.com/about_us/)
Cuarta and Nader also participated in the joint purchase of two more bricks, one from the NSC 2015 class, and the other from their
seminar group, Seminar 5, led by the very able seminar leader Col Jane Davies.
NSC is conducted annually, and is required to achieve Level V, the highest level of professional development for senior members in CAP. It
then qualifies a member to receive the Gil Robb Wilson Award, named after the famed aviation pioneer and founder of CAP. Nader and
Cuarta recently received their Wilson awards.

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Communications Training for Cadets
By Lt. Col. Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 12/20/2015

Photo: FL182 Seniors provide ICUT training to FL066 Cadets
Albert Whitted Airport, Fla. -Pinellas Senior Squadron (FL182) joined up once more with the St. Petersburg Cadet Squadron (FL066) for another gathering as well as
some all important training on October 5, 2015, at Albert Whitted Airport.
Commander 1st Lt Ronalee Klase (FL 066) and Deputy Commander 2d Lt Ron Klemm, the Cadet Liaison (FL 182), arranged for the joint
meeting and training, another in a series that began last summer after Maj Adrian Cuarta took command of FL 182. Cuarta wanted more
interaction with the cadets, as that is one of the three important missions of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Cuarta asked Klemm to serve as the
liaison to the cadet squadron. Klemm has a young son, Sean, who, when he became eligible, joined FL 066.
Long standing CAP senior members Lt Col Ken McMahon, and Maj Walt Pleasants, who first joined CAP as a cadet, gave the cadets
instruction on an all­important skill, training with the radios and other communications equipment. They also prepared a presentation for
the cadets so that the cadets could complete the ICUT training to become mission qualified on the use of communications equipment, as
well as being eligible to communicate with the search and rescue aircraft and ground teams during an exercise as well as official Air Force
mission.
At the conclusion of the session, four (4) of the participating cadets became qualified, having successfully completed their ICUT training
with the communications equipment.
Another joint meeting will be planned in the fall. Cuarta , Klemm, and Klase are planning at least 3 to 4 joint gatherings annually, along
with emergency services training and orientation flights.

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Father-Son CAP Members Participate in MacDill
Encampment
By Lt. Col. Joyce Nader, Pinellas Senior Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 12/20/2015

Photo: Cadet Klemm participates in MacDill encampment
MacDill AFB, Fla. -Father-Son Civil Air Patrol Members, 2d Lt Ron Klemm, and his son, Sean, a newly minted CAP cadet, participated in their
first summer encampment at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida.
It was a scorching hot September weekend, so much so, that the entire base was on stand-down for about 6 hours, with
everyone placed indoors, ceasing all outdoor activities.
Once the stand-down was lifted, and activities could resume, the cadets and their senior advisors took part in many training
activities, including Urban Detection Finder training, land navigation, radio operations, First Aid on a victim find, formations
and patterns for ground team search and rescue, and other important training for the skills sets needed to become a
successful CAP cadet.
Over 30 cadets and 8 senior advisors participated in the weekend long summer encampment. Participants were required to
bring their own food and tent, and other supplies and equipment. The senior advisors, even if they are the parents of the
cadets, stay in separate quarters in separate areas from the cadets.
 Klemm and his son Sean had camped on many prior occasions, so the camping experience was not new.  However, according
to 2d Lt Klemm, the “experience was very valuable, because of all the specialized training, the camaraderie among the
cadets and senior advisors.”  Klemm served in the US Army as a demolition expert, so being the on the Base was not new to
him, but he emphasized that “being on the Base was a unique experience for the young cadets.”
Klemm stated “I would do this again, and so would Sean. We also encourage others to go. It was truly a fantastic
experience.”

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Winter Encampment 2015
By Capt. Staten Corbett and 1st Lt. Gail Arnolds, Marianna Composite Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 12/28/2015

Photo: Check in complete now to our quarters!
Tyndall AFB, Fla. -Winter Encampment begins with temperatures reminding us of summer and the outlook comes with no relief, but holds the
promise of plenty of rain. However, despite the heat, fifty-seven line and twenty-two support staff cadet members, as well
as twenty-eight senior members began arriving at the Tyndall AFB Silver Flag area Saturday morning in order to prepare for
the arrival of 196 basic cadets. Training and preparation for some has gone on for months, all will be prepared for the week
ahead, for they have a network of cadet and senior mentors to rely upon for knowledge and support. These cadets and senior
members come to this encampment from all across the great state of Florida and from as far away as Alabama, Arizona,
Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington D. C. and Wisconsin.
Day one for the cadet safety officers would of course consist of inspecting for hazards which were promptly removed from
the encampment area. While this happened, our hardworking food services staff headed up by Lt Col. John Clark prepared a
scrumptious steak dinner.
The day ended with lights out at 10 pm.
Sunday, the “Big Day,” cadets arrived! They arrive by bus and via the “hands on approach” the parent drop-off. While
parents looked on from afar cadets move through the check-in process, and for some cadets it is their very first chance to
enjoy the sites and sounds of encampment. Lectures, seminars, find your bed, eat, more lectures, shower, and lights out at
10 pm.
We all look forward to an exciting week seeing old friends, making new friends, learning, and learning more!

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SRQ Composite Squadron Joins Wreaths Across
America to Honor Veterans
By C/1st Lt. Gabriel Brink, SRQ Composite Squadron | Publish: 12/31/2015

Photo: Cadet and senior members of the SRQ Composite Squadron assemble at the Sarasota National Cemetery to lay
wreaths during the Wreaths Across America ceremony. (Photo Credit: Domonique Brink)
SARASOTA, Fla. -- On 12 December 2015, 13 cadets from the SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and 5,000
civilians gathered at the Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida, to lay 12,200 wreaths on the graves of service men
and women.
Honoring veterans is important to CAP members.
Senior member Jack Duich said, “I am very grateful for the sacrifices that have been made by these young men and woman
in protecting our country.” Volunteering for such an event reminds us how many veterans have devoted their lives to this
great country.
Wreaths Across America, is an annual event dedicated to honoring those veterans who served their country held at Arlington
National Cemetery and hundreds of local sites across the country.
The members of CAP consider it a true honor to have participated in this event. From September through November, CAP
members attended several events, including a weekend at the Red Barn Flea Market, the DeSoto Speedway, and outside the
Palmetto gun show, to sell wreaths and promote CAP. After hours of teamwork and volunteer service, cadets sold 458 more
wreaths than the previous year and collected more than $8,000.
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air
Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 107 members: 65 senior members and 42 cadets.
Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counter-drug missions, participating in
homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For
information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit www.capsrq044.com.
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Southeast Region Cadet Team Wins National
Cadet Competition
By Volunteer Now Staff Writer, National Headquarters | Publish: 1/2/2016

Photo: Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez (left), CAP national commander, and Lt. Col. Grace Edinboro (right) pose with members
of the Florida Wing's Spartans – the grand champion of the 2015 National Cadet Competition. Photo by: Susan
Schneider, National Headquarters
Maxwell AFB, Ala. -The Florida Wing’s Spartans started the New Year in grand style tonight, winning the 2015 National Cadet Competition and
the Air Force Chief of Staff Sweepstakes Award Trophy that goes to the top Civil Air Patrol cadet team.
The 2015 competition was held Wednesday through today in front of special guests that included senior U.S. Air Force and
CAP personnel.
"It was a good competition,” Lt. Col. Grace Edinboro, the activity’s director, told members of the 16 competing teams. “You
are all winners!”
Cadets participating in the competition reached the national stage by winning group, wing and regional competitions. Each
of CAP’s eight regions were represented, as well as 14 wings -- Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan,
Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia.
Members of the championship team, from the Coral Springs Cadet Squadron, are Cadet 2nd Lts. Michael Cassell and Santiago
Ledesma, Cadet Master Sgt. Andres Fonseca, Cadet Staff Sgts. Kenneth Lasseter and Pedro Turmero and Cadet Senior Airman
Anthony Vicary. The team was escorted by Capt. Luz Levin and 1st Lt. Sean Owens.
Cadets competed on six-member teams, demonstrating skills in events that involve precision and teamwork. These skills
included indoor and outdoor color guard challenges, a written test of leadership and aerospace knowledge and a Jeopardy!
-style game, a physical fitness test, an obstacle course-like fitness challenge, public speaking, model rocketry, team
leadership problems (group problem solving challenges) and a uniform inspection.
In addition to the Air Force Chief of Staff Sweepstakes Award Trophy, second- and third-place team trophies were also
presented.
The second-place trophy went to the Florida Wing's Sabre team, consisting of cadets from the Ormond Beach Compsiite
Squadron, while the California Wing’s CA-324 team -- cadets from Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47 --finished in third place.
Individual awards were also presented to cadets competing in several categories, including top written exam score.
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Members of the team, from the Coral Springs Cadet Squadron, are (from left) Cadet Senior Airman Anthony Vicary, Cadet
Staff Sgt. Kenneth Lasseter, Cadet 2nd Lt. Michael Cassell, Cadet Master Sgt. Andres Fonseca and Cadet 2nd Lt. Santiago
Ledesma
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Florida Wing Winter Encampment 2015-2016
By Capt Staten Corbett and 1Lt Gail Arnolds, Marianna Composite Sq., Florida Wing | Publish: 1/7/2016

Photo: Seated - C/COL Irolexis Encalada and standing left to right C/Col Hunter Ward, C/Col Kevin Tierney and C/Lt Col
Jared Brown
Tyndall AFB, Fla. -Those attending the December 26, 2015 to January 2, 2016 Florida Wing Winter Encampment are in the presence of the best
of the best. This year U.S. Air Force Academy students Jared Brown, Kevin Tierney and Hunter Ward are here to offer their
experience. These three students share a commonality with this year’s Cadet Commander of Encampment, C/Col Iriolexis
Encalada; C/Col’s Tierney and Ward each are recipients of the Civil Air Patrol Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award. C/Col Encalada is
the newest to receive this distinguished award, an achievement accomplished by less than one percent of cadets in the
program. Cadets meet many challenges along the way, as they progress through the 16 achievements and four milestones
while at all times demonstrating a commitment to CAP's Core Values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence and Respect.
This award is named for, Gen Tooey Spaatz, a man of many firsts. The first to conduct America’s grand experiment in aerial
refueling as a crew member of the famous flight of The Question Mark in 1928. The first to lead US Strategic Air Forces in
Europe to Allied aerial victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. The first to serve as Chief of Staff of the post-World War II United
States Air Force. After retirement from active service in 1948, he continued his long career of public service as the first
Chairman of the National Board of the Civil Air Patrol. For all time, Airmen everywhere will remember Gen Spaatz as a man
of courage, vision, and dedication.
C/Col Encalada has been in CAP five years, she has enjoyed nine encampments, taught at the Florida Leadership Academy,
been in several Color Guard competitions and attended cadet officer school at Maxwell AFB, Ala. C/Col Tierney has been in
CAP five years, attended six encampments, has attended flight academy and is making his college major Military History.
C/Col Ward has been in CAP 5 years. He has attended four encampments, attended cadet officer school, taught at the
Florida Leadership Academy and enjoyed a term on the National Cadet Advisory Council. C/Lt Col Brown is from Kansas,
been to two encampments, attended the cadet officers school, attended the glider and power flight academies and
completed the International Air Cadet Exchange program to Canada.

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Venice Cadets Join Nationwide Recognition of
Veterans
By Major Ted Dodds and C/SMSgt Michelle Theriault, Venice Cadet Squadron | Publish: 1/16/2016

Photo: Cadet Senior Master Michelle Theriault renders a salute after she lays a wreath at Veteran’s gravesite. (photo credit:
C/Amn Daniel Lopez)
SARASOTA, Fla. -VENICE, Fla.— On December 12, 2015, cadets and senior members from the Civil Air Patrol’s Venice Cadet Squadron participated in the
Wreaths Across America ceremony conducted at the Sarasota National Cemetery. The Sarasota ceremony coincided with similar events
at Arlington National Cemetery and hundreds of other locations across the country.
The Venice squadron’s participation in laying holiday wreaths on the grave sites of departed veterans marked the culmination of their
community service and fund raising efforts for 2015.  In previous weeks, the squadron cadets collected funds for sponsorship and
donations for wreaths at their schools and at Publix Super Market located at Toledo Blade Blvd in North Port, Florida.  In total, the
cadets collected almost $1200 with which they were able to purchase 77 wreaths.
“Venice Cadet Squadron is very proud of this year’s fund raising effort,” said Lt Col Thomas Trammell, Squadron Commander. “We’re
considering it a good start to our association with the annual Wreaths Across America program. The mission of Remember, Honor, Teach
is a good fit with CAP core values.”
“In addition, the Squadron was privileged to have one of its own cadets, Cadet Staff Sergeant Samson Del Torto, serve as the United
States Air Force representative for this year’s ceremony” said Trammell.

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Training continues on Day 5 with final parade practice. Students are excited to graduate!

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Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary) added 10 new photos — at Maxwell Afb Fitness
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Our two winning Florida Wing Color Guard Teams representing Southeast Region during CPFT at National Cadet
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