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

1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016

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

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

Reviewed by

Col J. Brett Lewis, CAP
Alabama Wing Commander

Alabama Wing Headquarters
Maxwell Air Force Base
Alabama

WING COMMAND

The Alabama Wing is commanded by Colonel J. Brett Lewis.
Prior to assuming command he served as the Director of Cadet
Programs for the Alabama Wing. In that capacity he exercised
direct responsibility for the Alabama Wing Cadet Program staff,
over 300 cadets and 15 Deputy commanders for Cadets and their
cadet staff in each of the squadrons located in the Alabama Wing.

The Vice Commander is Lt Col James Harris. Prior to assuming
his duties as Vice Commander, he served as Commander of the
Montgomery Composite Squadron.

The Chief of Staff is Maj Talmadge Butler. His primary duty is
management and coordination of the wing staff as well as assisting
the wing commander and vice commander in the performance of
their duties. Prior to assuming this position, he served as Squadron
Commander of the Gadsden Composite Squadron and a member of
the Alabama Wing Emergency Services team

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TITLE PAGE
COMMANDER’S APPROVAL LETTER……………………………………………………..i
WING COMMAND……………………………………………………………………………ii
TABLE OF CONTENTS………………………………………………………………………iii
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY…………………………………………………………………….iv
CHAPTER I: DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS………………………………………………..1
Search and rescue
Homeland Security
Counter Drug
Other Significant Events…………………………………………………………………2
CHAPTER II: DIRECTOR OF AEROSPAVE EDUCATION………………………………...12
Internal Aerospace Education …………………………………………………………..13
External Aerospace Education………….………………………………………………14
CHAPTER III: DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS……………………………………….19
Cadet Programs…………………………………………………………………………20
Cadet Activities…………………………………………………………………………22
APPENDIX I Chapters I-III Data and Statistics………………………………………………..27
Operations………………………………………………………………………………27
Aerospace Education…………………………………………………………………...29
Cadet Programs…………………………………………………………………………30
APPENDIX II: Unit Staff – Data and Statistics……………………………………………….34
Unit Command & Location…………………………………………………………….36
APPENDIX III: Professional Development – Awards…………………………………………41
APPENDIX IV: Wing Staff 2016………………………………………………………………43
Unit Administrator………………………………………………………………………45
APPENDIX V: Wing coin……………………………………………………………………..46
APPENDIX VI: Wing Commander Bio………………………………………………………...49

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Executive Summary
The Alabama Wing took advantage of 2016 being the 75th Anniversary Year for the
Civil Air Patrol in Wing efforts to increase membership and public awareness. A number of
Aerospace Education (AE) Workforce Development Activities took place around the state.
Workshops held in Dothan, Tuscaloosa, and Birmingham reached over 15,000 middle and
high school students.
On February 1st, a mission of mercy ended with the deaths of two Alabama Wing
members whose single-engine plane crashed in heavy fog near Mobile. The pilot, Maj David
Mauritson, 67 of Fairhope, joined Civil Air Patrol in September 1991. Second Lt Phil Dryden,
66 of Gulf Shores, a CAP member since November 2015, served as mission scanner for the
flight. The two members of the Mobile Composite Squadron were returning from a 300-mile
compassion flight to Louisiana.
The Alabama Wing Conference and Cadet Conference were held the weekend of April
1-3 in Tuscaloosa. The Cadet Conference was held at the same location as the Wing
Conference to enable the cadets to participate in some of the Wing activities. Northport
Mayor Bobby Herndon welcomed CAP to Tuscaloosa on behalf of Mayor Walter Maddox,
the Mayor of the City of Tuscaloosa and Judge W. Hardy McCollum, Probate Judge and
Chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Commission. U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (Tuscaloosa)
was the banquet speaker.
The Wings 75th Anniversary Celebration was officially kicked off at the Wing
Conference. The capstone event of the year was announced. The Alabama Wing would
have an exhibit on Civil Air Patrol at the Southern Museum of Flight, located near the
Birmingham Airport (BHM). Cadets and Senior Members had the opportunity to work in
the restoration of an aircraft in the color and markings used by CAP during WWII. The
opening event was held on Friday October 14th. The next day, 120 Cadets and Senior
Members were engaged with the Aerospace Education Efforts associated with the opening
of the exhibit. In addition, 34 cadets had the opportunity to have a CAP O-ride in a CAP
aircraft.
In 2016, the Alabama Wing Emergency Services School (WESS) set new
attendance records for its 19th year of operation. The school had students and staff from
four states.
The Wing Glider program was ranked 2nd in the nation. The program acquired a
second Maule tow plane and is on the waiting list for a second glider. The glider program
now operates from their own hanger.
Leveraging the 75th Anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol was a success. The
Alabama Wing resulted in an overall membership increase of 4%. New Cadet
Memberships increased by 4% and Senior Members by 20%.
In 2016 the Alabama Legislature provided $75,000.00 in funding for the Wing.
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CHAPTER I: DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Search and Rescue
2016 was a busy year for Emergency Services in the Alabama Wing. The Wing received credit
for six Finds and one Save during 2016. These include:
Mission 16M0116 On March 7, Lt Col James Gosneil, 1st Lt Rebecca Gosnel, C/1st Lt Andrew
Yarbrough, and Maj Harvey Yarbrough participated as UDF members in AFRCC requested mission.
These individuals were successful in locating the ELT and earned a non-distressed Find.
Mission 16M0205. On April 9th, 2016 Maj James Locke and Capt Robert Griffith served as air
crew members, Maj David Hester served as Ground Team Leader and Maj Talmadge Butler served as IC
in an AFRCC requested mission. As a team, these individuals were successful in locating the downed
aircraft.
Mission 16M0230. On April 18th, 2016 Lt Col Scott Peters, Maj Gilbert Wright and Maj Andrew
Hanes participated as aircrew in mission initiated by AFRCC. They located the EPIRM, resulting in a nondistressed FIND.
Mission 16M0230 On April 19th, 2016 Lt Col Scott Peters and 1st Lt Theodore Frigo participated
as a UDF members in a mission initiated by AFRCC. Using Lat Long locations from a FLWG aircrew they
were successful in locating the ELT, resulting in a non-distressed FIND.

Homeland Security

Members of the Alabama Wing participated in a number of Homeland Security support
missions during 2016. These include:
Teams regularly flying the Reaper Mission.
Alabama Teams regularly fly on the Green Flag Project.
Alabama HSV team participated in AFNORTH JMAC project.
Alabama is flying low level flight surveys for Air Force.
Counterdrug
The Alabama Wing assisted the Tennessee Wing in Counterdrug flights during 2016.

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Other Significant Events
The Alabama Wing Emergency Services School (WESS) entered it’s 19th year of training
in 2016. Maj Harvey Yarbrough, Director of Emergency Services, swathe need to prepare
Cadets and Officers to work in an operations center. A new course was designed to produce
Cadet and Officers trained to work in an emergency operations center during an operation. The
course was a great success, added more personnel qualified to work in operations during a
mission.
On February 1, a mission of mercy ended with the deaths of two Alabama Wing members
whose single-engine plane crashed in heavy fog near Mobile. The pilot, Maj David Mauritson,
67 of Fairhope, joined Civil Air Patrol in September 1991. Second Lt Phil Dryden, 66 of Gulf
Shores, a CAP member since November 2015, served as mission scanner for the flight. The two
members of the Mobile Composite Squadron were returning from a 300-mile compassion flight
to Louisiana.
In September 2002, as a member of the Alabama Wing’s Tuscaloosa Composite
Squadron-024, Mauritson represented not only Alabama but also the Civil Air Patrol in flying a
CAP Cessna 182 with the squadron’s commander Dennis South from the Tuscaloosa Regional
Airport to New York as part of Flight Across America, to remember the victims of the 9/11
terror attacks and to promote aviation. They joined with pilots from the other 49 states bringing
their state flags for presentation to New York City officials. Maj South remembered receiving
the Alabama flag in a ceremony in Montgomery. The Governor presented the flag they would
carry to Pennsylvania and the Pentagon sites, prior to delivery on the USS Intrepid. The aircraft
on this historic flight was the Cessna 182 of the Birmingham Squadron. More information is
available in the April-June 2016 issue of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer.
Training
The Wing had received Garmin cameras that mount to the underside of an aircraft’s wing.
These cameras provided a different camera platform for capturing images. A SAREX weekend
was dedicated to training crews on the camera. The SAREX took place during the time for
Constant Watch 16, a nationwide Communications exercise. This provided an opportunity to
integrate some of the aspects of the two missions. Personnel arrived on Friday evening April
30th at the Blue Thunder base, located on Maxwell Air Force Base Montgomery. Friday night
they received briefings in preparation for the training planned for Saturday May 1st and Sunday
May 2nd.

Lt Col Randolph (left) and Maj Harvey
Yarborough (right) are giving briefing Friday
evening April 30th at Blue Thunder base. The
training was conducted at Wing Headquarters.
Operations were run from Blue Thunder with
Flight Operations conducted from the airfield at
Maxwell AFB.

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Maj Ray Downward (left) is showing Lt
Col Gary Bishop and Lt Col Jerry Lusk
how to upload the finished product. On
the table is the traditional SLR camera
and the Garmin camera that attaches to
the wing of the aircraft.

Flight Planning at Maxwell AFB during Wing
SAREX

2nd Lt Eric Lewis operating
one of the
Alabama Wing
communications station
established at Blue Thunder
Saturday 1 May 2017.
Lewis is in the process of
entering information into a
notebook computer. VHF
and HF communications
equipment is mounted on the
rack.

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In May the Tuscaloosa Squadron AL-024 had the opportunity to conduct training using the
annual Alabama Hurricane Exercise as the event they simulated responding to. The Alabama
Wing had built this exercise into the Wing training plan. This provided an opportunity for
Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency request air survey of traffic conditions
through EMITS (Emergency Management Incident Tracking System).
The request was made and staffed through Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the
Tuscaloosa Squadron was tasked with providing photographic images of traffic on the two
hurricane evacuation routes that run through Tuscaloosa County. The survey included U.S.
Highway 82 from the Mississippi State Line to Tuscaloosa and Highway 69 South from
Greensboro to Tuscaloosa. The mission was a great success. The crew uploaded the images on
the FEMA uploader which was then viewed by Rob Robertson, Director Tuscaloosa County
Emergency Management Agency. This valuable training was made possible due to advance
planning between state and local agencies.
The Wing SAREX in July, 2016 provided an opportunity for International Cadets to visit
the Bessemer Squadron. Two Cadets from Canada and two from Great Britain met with
Bessemer Cadets. Lunch was BBQ from a well-known local vendor. The previous day the
Cadets had visited Mobile and spent the night on the U.S.S. Alabama BB60. The Alabama is a
South Dakota class battleship and the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named after the
State of Alabama. Her sister ships include: Massachusetts, Indiana and South Dakota. The
Alabama initially assignment during W W II was to protect lend-lease convoys to Britain and
Russia, while operating with the British Home fleet in the “Murmansk Run”. The Alabama is
the only U.S. Navy ship to be honored by the USSR for WW II service. The Alabama carried
two recoverable Vought OS2U “Kingfisher” float planes to be used in the over-the-horizon
reconnaissance and gun-directing roles. (http://www.ussalabama.com/explore/uss-alabamabattleship/ & interview with Major General Janet L. Cobb, USA ( R ) Executive Director USS
Alabama Battleship Memorial Park).

Visiting International Cadet leader in
foreground. The guest are sitting at
table in rear

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The Alabama Wing conducted a SAREX from the Chilton County Airport 26-28 August
2016. This involved aircraft and ground teams. Two members from the Alabama Emergency
Management Agency staff and the Superintendent of the Chilton County School System
attended a portion of the training. The Superintendent was very impressed with Civil Air Patrol
and the Aero Space Education components for schools and the Cadet Program.

Stanley Batchelor, Alabama Emergency Management
Agency Logistics and Pam Cook, Alabama Emergency
Management Agency Training Officer listen to the in brief
for the Clanton SAREX. In November both attended two Air
Operations courses conducted at CAP National
Headquarters.

Col Lewis, Alabama Wing Commander, addresses
cadets participating in the Chilton County SAREX.

Maj Ray Downward briefs Ground Team members
on mission at Chilton County SAREX. The Ground
Teams operated from a separate facility adjacent to
the airport.

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The Chilton County SAREX provided an
opportunity for Cadets and Senior Members to
work on Emergency Services Qualifications. One
popular area was Communications. Radio
communication was conducted from the CAP
trailer that was set up adjacent to the terminal
building. It could be operated by generator or
shore power.

Glider Operations
The Wing was ranked # 2 in the nation strictly based on number of sorties per year. However
when you combine FY-14, FY-15 and FY-16 data, the Alabama Wing Soaring program’s 834 sorties,
surpasses that of all other Wings.
The Fiscal Year 2016 Soaring Program ended the year with three aircraft. Maule: N128CP and
Cessna 12: N1432E were used for the full year. Maule N622LH was acquired from the Florida Wing.
During the Fiscal Year, the wing flew two different gliders. Both aircraft were type L-23 Super-Blanik.
N306BA was in use at the start of the year. In December, the Southeast Region directed the Wing to
swap this glider with Georgia Wing’s N342BA. The remainder of the year, flights were conducted with
N342BA. In December 2015 CAP purchased a hanger for the Wing Soaring Program. The hanger,
located at the Wetumpka Municipal Airport (08A) in Elmore County has enabled the program to
consolidate all program resources at one location. The hanger is at a central location within the state
to perform daily operations. The hanger has three main spaces: a north hanger, a south hanger, and a
large eastern storage space. The north hanger is used to store the two tow airplanes and glider trailers.
The south hanger is used to store the glider and the eastern storage area is a long, narrower space used
for storage. Through a Memorandum of Understanding between CAP and the Soaring Society of
America (SSA) the local chapter of SSA has use of the hanger. Glider pilots include: Maj James Locke,
Capt Robert Griffith and Lt Erin Reynolds. Tow pilots include: Lt Col Sam Snead (C-182), Maj James Lock
(C182 , Maule), Capt Robert Griffith (C-182, Maul) and Lt Gary King (C-182, Maule). Ground operations
are conducted by: Maj Randolph Crowder, Maj James Locke and Capt Robert Griffin.
Senior Members may peruse a license as a glider pilot. Major Morgan Bennett solo’d in 2016
and received her license in FY -2017.

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Flight data for Fiscal Year 2016 includes both gliders.
Total Sorties: 300 (CAP’s measure of effective glider utilization is
200 sorties per year.)
Cadet Orientation Flight Sorties: 106
Training/Evaluation Sorties: 127
Other (Proficiency, etc. Sorties: 67
One of the goals of the Soaring Program is to ensure Cadets receive high-quality flights.
The staff attempt to give every Cadet at least a 30 minute flight. The average length of a Cadet
Orientation Flight during the Fiscal Year was a little over 33 minutes.

As an incentive for Alabama Wing Cadets to completing five glider Orientation Flights,
they are awarded a High Five patch at the completion of their fifth flight. The patch was
especially designed for the Alabama Wing Soaring Program. The patch has been awarded since
the program was restarted in 2014 and to their staff, the Alabama Wing is the only Wing in CAP
with this type of award.

In Fiscal Year 2016, eight Cadets were awarded the High Five patch:
Ashley Tillman, 15 November 2015, Springdale Cadet Squadron
Brianna Fuchs, 24 April 2016, Bessemer Composite Squadron
Brandon Rodriguez, 11 June 2016, Maxwell Composite Squadron
Ava Michl, 26 July 2016, Bessemer Composite Squadron
Noah Keene, 13 August 2016, Bessemer Composite Squadron
Frederick Carver, 20 August 2016, Maxwell Composite Squadron
Shipley Zimlich, 10 September 2016, Mobile Composite Squadron
Kaleb Kraft, 10 September 2016, Mobile Composite Squadron

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Cadet Brianna Fuchs receiving the High Five patch
after completing fifth flight on 24 April 2016. L-R
Maj Jim Locke, Maj Randy Crowder, Cadet Fuchs
and Capt Robert Griffith.

Cadet Fuchs fifth Flight with Capt Robert Griffith

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Soaring over Prattville Alabama

Communications
A member of the Tuscaloosa Squadron operates a National TriBlade Message Center.
Several locations in the Wing are conducting regular communications nets. The Tuscaloosa
Composite Squadron conducts nets every Thursday night.

Emergency Services Training
The Alabama Wing Emergency Service School (WESS) operates from Blue Thunder site
on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The school started in 1997 and over the 19 years the
methodology has been refined following every event to accomplish their goal of providing
students with the best quality of training and best trained operators possible.

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WESS started as a test-site for the National Emergency Services Curriculum and National
Ground Search and Rescue (NGSAR) School. Since that time, the WESS has grown to become
one of the longest running CAP ground team task training programs in the region.
WESS is
tied closely to CAP’s National Emergency Service Academy with many of their staff members
serving at the national school and implementing the programmatic and methodological changes
developed each year. Michael Long, Lt Col CAP is the Director
The 2016 class was the largest in the 19 year history of WESS. Courses offered in 2016
included: Ground Team member, Ground Team Leader, GSAR, Air Crew, MAS, and
Wilderness First Aid. A new class for 2016 was the Mission Management course. The new
course was created as a result of evaluating the training conducted in 2015. The largest number
of students attended the Basic Search and Rescue School.

Col Lewis, Alabama Wing Commander and Lt Col Long, WESS
Director present Cadet/2d LT Reuschel staff member award for
WESS-2016

Lt Col Long, WESS Director presents Senior Staff Member
Award To Maj Morgan Bennett

WESS can be a family affair. Left to right-three
Holliman brothers and Collette mother daughter attended
ground team training for Tuscaloosa Squadron -024.

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WESS operations center during final exercise prior to
graduation.

WESS graduation. Col Lewis, Alabama Wing
Commander presents graduation certificate to Cadet
Graduate of Mission Management Course.

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CHAPTER II: DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION
External Aerospace Education
Squadrons promote aerospace education both for their own members and the general
public. To accomplish this, the Alabama wing has 98 members assigned to the Aerospace
Education specialty track and 36 teachers. During 2016 Civil Air Patrol Squadrons participated
in a number of special events across the state. One example was in March 2016 when eight-grade
students from nine Wiregrass counties came to the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in
Dothan for the first wiregrass WORKS.
The Dothan Composite Squadron was cited in Alabama Newscenter as drawing the
biggest crowds as they gave rides on a working hovercraft during the exhibit. Squadron
Commander David Skinner explained that the hovercraft did not have any particular application
for their typical search and rescue mission, it did aid in creating excitement and interest for the
Civil Air Patrol and aerospace education. “We are here trying to find students to be cadets to
train in emergency service course education. They can also learn to fly thru us. We are a
volunteer only Organization”, stated Commander Skinner.
http://alabamanewscenter.com/2016/03/16/southeast-alabama-students-see-wiregrass-works.
Workshops were also conducted in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham which reached 15,000 middle
and high school students.

Tuscaloosa Squadron AL-024 Hovercraft on display at Wiregrass WORKS (Katie Thomas)

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Internal Aerospace Education

Wess Wyatt with Fox 6 TV in
Birmingham presented a weather
program to the Tuscaloosa Squadron
AL-024. He brought their new storm
chaser vehicle for Cadets and Seniors
to have a firsthand opportunity to see
the tools used by their stations
meteorologist in the field.

During August 2016, the Civil Air Patrol National Conference was held in Nashville,
Tennessee. One of the highlights of the conference for the Alabama Wing was the presentation of
the Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Awards Cadet Category to Cadet Jarod E. Fuchs of the
Bessemer Squadron of the Alabama Wing.

Cadet Jared E. Fuchs is pictured with Major General Joseph Vazquez, shortly after the
awards presentation at the Opryland Hotel.

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Far Left Col Brett Lewis, Alabama Wing Commander, Far Right Col Barry Melton, Southeast Region
Commander and members of the Alabama Wing join Cadet Fuchs and Major General Joseph Vazquez on
the stage after the national awards presentation.
Internal and External Aerospace Education
During 2016 members of the Alabama Wing worked with the Southern Museum of Flight to build
a CAP exhibit in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol. The exhibit opened behind an exhibit
celebrating 100 years of Aviation. Cadets and senior members of the Alabama Wing had the opportunity
to restore an aircraft for placement in the exhibit. The aircraft was painted bright yellow and marked in
the same manner as a WWII aircraft.
To kick off the six month exhibit, a reception was held Friday night October 14 at the Southern
Museum of Flight. Maj Rick Kilgore, former Chief of Staff for the Alabama Wing and currently assigned to
Southeast Region headquarters served as the Master of Ceremonies. Maj Kilgore and Lt Col Austin
Landry, stated working with the museum in 2015 to make the exhibit possible. Maj Patricia Coghlan,
Wing Recruiting and Retention Officer, pulled a team together for the where the exhibit was open to the
public. Lt Col David Hartin, Wing Historian, researched archives for historic photographs and Lt Col
Steven Howard, the previous Wing Historian, provided a number of items from his personal collection for
display.

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The kickoff event included a formal change of command ceremony. Col Brett Lewis presented
Capt Thad Mullins the guide arm of the 117th Air National Guard Composite Squadron, SER-AL-90.
On Saturday October 15th the exhibit was opened to the public and a day of Aerospace Education
programs. During the event, 120 Cadets and Senior Members attended the event with 34 cadets
receiving orientation flights in a CAP aircraft.

Ribbon cutting to open the exhibit. L-R Mr. John
Salvador, National, Headquarters, Col Melton
Southeast Region Commander, Lt Col Otha H. Vaughn
and Lt Col Haver (CAP Congressional Gold Medal
recipients ) , Col Lewis, Alabama Wing Commander and
Dr Brian J. Barsonti, Director and Historian Southern
Museum of Flight.

Capt Paul Moses, standing by a picture of Hot Rod 68. At that
time the radio call for mobile stations in the Alabama Wing was
“Hot Rod”.

Col Brad Lynn, Vice Commander Southeast Region,
looks at enlargement of the recruiting poster
displayed at Eastwood Junior High School,
Tuscaloosa that brought him to the Tuscaloosa
Squadron AL-024 of the Civil Air Patrol.

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Maj Stevens and his wife (Tuscaloosa Squadron -24)
visiting the exhibit.

The Brewer Trophy on display in the Civil Air Patrol 75th
Anniversary Exhibit at the Southern Museum of Flight.

Aircraft Cadets and Senior Members painted to
represent a WW II CAP Aircraft. This will be permanent
exhibit at the museum. Note tail number N75CAP in
honor of 75th Anniversary.

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Other Squadrons conducted 75th Anniversary events. The Tuscaloosa Squadron AL-024 planned
to have a combination Change of Command and 75th Anniversary program. The event was held at the
Northport Civic Center. Donna Aaron, Mayor of the City of Northport was the guest speaker. Due to
severe weather in central Alabama, the Change of Command was not held. Lt Col Jerry Lusk presented
two cadets with their Amelia Earhart Award. The cadets were: Brianna Fuchs, Bessemer Squadron and
Antonio S. Espossito.

Mayor Donna Aaron, of the City of Northport, speaks at the
Tuscaloosa Composite Squadron’s 75th Anniversary Program.

Part of the program was tracing the history of the Civil Air patrol. The Cadet is holding
a poster that tells of the Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal Presentation that
was done in Washington, D.C. in December 2014. Lt Col Bob Haver is standing to the
right of the Cadet holding the poster is one of those honored with a Congressional Gold
Medal. At the time of the presentation he was a resident of Georgia. He moved to
Northport, Alabama a short time later and joined the Tuscaloosa Squadron.

The Bessemer Composite Squadron AL-087 also had a formal program with guest speakers. The
event was attended by a number of people that were not part of the Bessemer Composite Squadron.

2nd Lt Candous Langston, Bessemer
Squadron and Alabama Wing PAO talkes to
a member of the media prior to the
Bessemer Composite Squadron’s 75th
Anniversary program

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Capt Newsome, Bessemer Squadron Commander pictured
with Squadron guest for the CAP 75th Anniversary program

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CHAPTER III: DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS
One of the highlights of 2016 was an official visit by the Secretary of the Air Force to the
Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters. On May 4th, the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force,
Deborah Lee James visited National Headquarters. This was the first official visit by such a
high-ranking civilian military leader in two decades.
As part of her tour of National Headquarters, James visited the aerospace education/cadet
programs area and talked with two cadets from the Alabama Wing. Lt Col Ava Michl, of the
Bessemer Composite Squadron and 1st Lt Antonio Esposito of the Tuscaloosa Composite
Squadron. Secretary James and the two Alabama Cadets are on the cover of the July-September
2016 edition of Volunteer. Secretary James is holding one of the new STEM kits.
In 2016 three Alabama Squadrons earned the National Headquarters 2015-2016 Quality
Cadet Unit Award. These include: AL-032 Maxwell Composite Squadron, AL-087 Bessemer
Composite Squadron and AL-113 Auburn Composite Squadron.
In 2015 two Alabama Squadrons earned the National Headquarters Civil Air Patrol
Quality Cadet Unit Award 2014-2015: Al 075, Gadsden Composite Squadron and AL 087
Bessemer Composite Squadron. The Bessemer Composite Squadron AL 087 and the Redstone
Composite Squadron, AL-119 earned the award the previous year.
During August 2016, the Civil Air Patrol National Conference was held in Nashville,
Tennessee. One of the highlights of the conference for the Alabama Wing was the presentation
of the Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Awards Cadet Category to Cadet Jarod E. Fuchs of
the Bessemer Squadron of the Alabama Wing.

Cadet Jared E. Fuchs is
pictured with Major General
Joseph Vazquez.

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Far Left Col Brett Lewis, Alabama Wing Commander, Far Right Col Barry Melton, Southeast Region
Commander and members of the Alabama Wing join Cadet Fuchs and Major General Joseph Vazquez on
the stage after the national awards presentation.

.Third Annual Cadet Conference
The Third Annual Cadet Conference was held April 1-3, 2016 in Tuscaloosa. Cadets
planned, coordinated and presented the material in the conference with support of adult
leaders who have completed the appropriate training classes for working with young people.
During the conference, Col Brett Lewis ask all CAP members to stand. He then
asked members to take their seats based on number of years in cap. When he got to over 70
year of service, one member (Lt Col Bob Haver) was standing. Haver is an active member of
the Tuscaloosa Composite Squadron -024. He also received the CAP Congressional Gold
Medal. Col Lewis presented him with the 75th Anniversary Alabama Commanders Coin.

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The annual Alabama/Mississippi Wing summer encampment provided a week of activities led
by cadets and supervised by trained senior members. In 2016 the Mississippi Wing hosted the annual
encampment at the Camp McCain Training Center, Grenada, MA. The encampment dates were June 23
to July 1, 2016. Lt Col Richard Hodges served as Commander. A portion of the training took place at
Columbus Air Force Base, MS.

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Cadet Competition
The Bessemer Squadron was the winner of the 2016 Cadet Competition. They
were unable to attend the Southeast Region competition at Patrick AFB, FL. The Alabama
Wing was represented at the Southeast Region Cadet Competition by the team from the
Maxwell Composite Squadron
Cyber Patriot
Cyber Patriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. There are three main
programs within Cyber Patriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA Cyber
Camps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiatives. Cyber Patriot was conceived by
the Air Force Association (AFA). The program is designed to inspire students toward careers in
cybersecurity or other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines that
are critical to our nation’s future.
The Alabama Civil Air Patrol teams registered for Cyber Patriot IX, as of October 13,
2016 include: Two teams from the Bessemer Composite Squadron, one team from the Gadsden
Composite Squadron, one team from the Redstone Composite Squadron 119, four teams from
the Springville Squadron AL-126 (Jupiter, Mars, Neptune and Saturn, and one team from the
Tuscaloosa Composite Squadron AL-024. (http://www.uscyberpatriot.org/Documents/CPIX%20Current%20Registered%20Teams.pdf)
Wreaths Across America 2016
The Bessemer Composite Squadron presented wreath in Montgomery on December 19,
2016. Alabama Wing Squadrons participated in Wreaths Across America ceremonies at two
cemeteries on Saturday December 17, 2016. The Bessemer and Tuscaloosa Composite
Squadrons took part in ceremonies at the National Cemetery in Montevallo. The Auburn
Composite Squadron took part in ceremonies at Fort Mitchell.

Members of the Bessemer
Squadron in front of Alabama
State Capital December 19, 2016

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Members of the Bessemer
Squadron at State Capital
Ceremony December 19,
2016

Auburn Composite Squadron
Commander Maj Anthony
Caine (left) with Medal of
Honor Awardee Command
Sergeant Major Bennie G.
Adkins of Opelika, AL at the
Fort Mitchell Wreaths Across
America 2016 event

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Auburn Composite Squadron Cadet presents Navy wreath
during Fort Mitchell event.

Iron Man Competition
The Mission Statement for Iron Man Competition is to incorporate the three missions of
Civil Air Patrol into one competition, involving all squadrons of each Wing, in a safe,
competitive, challenging, and most importantly, fun environment. Ten years ago, the
Auburn Composite Squadron developed a rigorous 24-hour competition known as
Iron Man. Open to adult members and cadets in the Alabama Wing, the annual Iron
Man Competition test member’s aerospace knowledge, physical endurance,
leadership, character, teamwork, drill, uniform standards and emergency services
aptitude. Teams of six would converge in Auburn and compete, attempting to win
the iron eagle trophy and earn a spot on the trophy nameplate for their squadron.
Over the years, a new element was added for variety: the previous year’s winner
would host the competition at their squadron. This allows each host squadron to put
their own mark on the competition.
The 10th annual competition was hosted by the Bessemer Composite
Squadron. In honor of 2016 being the 10th Year Anniversary, an Anniversary Challenge
Coin was available for preorder. Teams from Auburn, Chilton County, Gadsden,
Redstone, Springville and Tuscaloosa competed. The teams received a 10th Year
Anniversary T-Shirt.
The event started on Friday night October 7th, with uniform inspection, a
written aerospace exam and physical training. The physical training sessions
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included teams running with fire hose dummies weighing over fifty pounds. The Iron
Man Run is the Capstone event which involves a 3-5 mile run on Saturday. During
the course of the run, teams stopped at stations to do burpees, complete obstacles,
identify aircraft, use a compass to navigate points, and launch bottle rockets after
determining how much water and pressure required to hit a target in a field. Teams
carried their firehose dummy until they crossed the finish line.
The Tuscaloosa Composite Squadron took home First Place Overall, First
Place Aerospace Challenge, and First Place Physical Fitness. The Redstone
Composite Squadron earned First Place Iron Man Competition Run, First Place
Inspection, and Second Place Overall. Chilton County con First Place Emergency
Services and Third Place Overall.
Tuscaloosa will be the site for the 11th Iron Man Competition.

Tuscaloosa Composite Squadron Iron Man Team pictured with Col Brett Lewis,
Alabama Wing Commander

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City of Hoover honors Bessemer Composite Squadron Cadets for their participating in Veterans
Week Flag Presentation Ceremony (December 5 2016)

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APPENDIX I - OPERATIONS

Find
Capt Robert Griffith*
Maj James Locke*
Maj Gilbert Wright
Lt Col James Gosnell
Maj Talmadge Butler
*Indicates with bronze propeller

Maj Andrew Hanes*
Maj Scott Peters*
1st Lt Theodore Frigo
1st Lt Rebecca Gosnell
Maj Charles D. Hester

Aircraft Locations

Alabama Wing Pilot Locations

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Breakdown of aircraft in Alabama Wing by type

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APPENDIX I – Aerospace Education

Yeager Award
This award is based on the successful completion of the Yeager test, which is described in
CAPR 280-2. It is also discussed in CAPR-39-3 Award of CAP Medals, Ribbons and
Certificates. After completing the test, members are authorized to wear the Yeager Award
ribbon. Members who earn the Spaatz Award as a cadet may be credited with completing the
Yeager test and are authorized to wear the Yeager Award Ribbon. Completion of the Yeager
Award is now required for completion of Level 3 in the Senior Member’s Professional
Development.
During the research for this award, it was noted that Squadron AL-119 has the highest
percentage of members that have earned the award. The only members without the award are
those who recently joined the unit.

Lt Col David K. Hartin
2d Lt Gregory A. Green
1st Lt Daniel P. Pauls
2d Lt Eric T. Lewis
Capt Fernando L. Zayas
2d Lt Teresa C. Chamblee
2d Lt Valerie A. Sawyer
1st Lt Nathan D. Wills
2d Lt Deirdre C. Dunbar
2d Lt Eric F. Free
2d Lt Peter R. Harker
2d Lt Robert L. Lopez
Capt Benjamin Shea
SM Terry W. Fulwider

2d Lt Michael C. Clark
2d Lt Amy K. Mooney
2d Lt Cameron H. Collette
Capt Gerald F. May
2d Lt Aaron E. Pearson
1st Lt Candous C. Langston
1st Lt Stephen G. Olukoya
2d Lt Daniel S. Anderson
SM Terry R. Finley
Capt Catherine A. Guthrie
2d Lt Paul D. Krueger
2d Lt Glenn W. Meder
Lt Col Raymond G. Toth
SM Brian R. Webb

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APPENDIX I – Cadet Programs

Cadet Squadron of Merit Listing for 2016
Start
Strength

End
Strength

New
Cadet

Total
Renewed

AL-005

21

18

7

12

AL-024

17

19

6

12

AL-029

15

17

9

8

AL-032

32

38

14

19

AL-041

16

14

6

AL-075

24

31

19

12

AL-087

34

50

29

21

AL-090

34

18

5

11

AL-113

13

11

3

7

AL-117

11

8

0

9

AL-118

7

4

0

5

AL-119

28

32

18

17

AL-126

22

23

15

5

AL-134

9

11

5

7

AL-135

0

10

7

1

288

304

143

154

Total

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Cadet Squadron of Merit Listing for 2016
Mitchell

Earhart Eaker Spaatz Wright 1st Encamp

AL-005

1

1

0

0

2

4

AL-024

2

1

0

0

3

5

AL-029

2

0

0

0

3

4

AL-032

1

0

0

0

10

5

AL-041

0

0

0

0

0

0

AL-075

1

2

0

0

4

0

AL-087

3

2

0

1

7

8

AL-090

2

0

1

0

2

0

AL-113

2

0

0

0

2

2

AL-117

0

0

0

0

1

0

AL-118

0

0

0

0

0

0

AL-119

1

0

0

0

9

6

AL-126

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

18

6

1

1

46

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AL-134
Total

(Source: CAP Squadron of Merit Listing 10-Jan 2017)
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The information in this appendix was obtained from capvolunteernow.com awards listings
for awards earned in calendar year 2016. (http://www.capvolunteernow.com/awards)

General Carl A. Spaatz Award
The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is the Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It
is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character,
fitness, and aerospace education. Since the inception of the award 48 Cadets in the
Alabama wing have receive this honor. Cadets receiving this award are promoted
to the grade of Cadet Colonel. Upon reaching the age of 21, Cadet Colonels are
eligible to transfer to the CAP Officer program with appointment to the grade of
Captain.
In December 2016 Ava N. Michl of the Bessemer Composite Squadron
became the 2078 Cadet to earn the Spaatz award.

General Ira C. Eaker Award

The General Ira C. Eaker Award denotes successful completion of all the achievements of the
CAP Cadet Program. Approximately 200 cadets a year receive this Award. Cadets receiving this
award are promoted to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel.

Karen D. Hunkapiller

Amelia Earhart Award

The Ameila Earhart award is a cadet achievement award that denotes the successful completion
of the specific requirements in Phase III of the Cadet program. Cadets receiving this award are
promoted to Cadet Captain.
Benjamine E. Cockrell
Brianna Fuchs
Audrey E. Bearss
Antonio S. Espossito

Timothy B. Cleveland
Johnathan I. Scott

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General Billy Mitchell Award

The Mitchell award is presented to cadets who have successfully completed the second phase of
the Cadet program. Cadets receiving this award are promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant.
Mitchell cadets who enlisted in the United States Air Force or the United States Coast Guard are
promoted to E-3 upon enlistment and completion of Basic Military Training, instead of E-1.
Mitchell cadets who enlisted in the Marine Corps, Navy or Army are promoted to E-2 upon
completion of Basic Military Training.
Connor J. Fogal
Omkar S. Mulekar
Nicholas D. Therrell
Brianna Fuchs
Connor R. Campbell
Benjamin E. Cockrell
John D. Willoughby
Scott L. Corbin
Rachel L. Langston
Matthew T. Warren

Evangela G. Caliguier
Amos L. Holliman
Mikaela J. Caliguier
Mazwell A. Corbin
Jonathon D. Moore
Benjamin M. Davis
Keri D. Morris
Keith J. Morris, Jr
Nathan J. Scott

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APPENDIX II
The Alabama Wing headquarters is located on Maxwell Air Force Base,
Montgomery. There are a total of 19 squadrons under the Alabama Wing. Two fall direct
under Wing Headquarters with the other 17 at separate locations throughout the state. The
newest unit in the wing is the Mountain Lakes Flight that was activated in 2016.

Alabama Wing
Headquarters
Maxwell Air Force
Base
Montgomery,
Alabama

Alabama Wing Units 2016
AL-001
AL-000
AL-999
AL-005
AL-024
AL-029
AL-032
AL-041
AL-055
AL-075
AL-087
AL-090
AL-113
AL-117
AL-118
AL-119
AL-126
AL-132
AL-134
AL-135*

Alabama Wing Headquarters
Alabama Wing Support Squadron
State Legislative Squadron
Mobile Composite Squadron
Tuscaloosa Composite Squadron
Dothan Composite Squadron
Maxwell Composite Squadron
Muscle Shoals Composite Squadron
Huntsville Senior Squadron
Gadsden Composite Squadron
Bessemer Composite
117th Air National Guard Composite Squadron
Auburn Composite Squadron
Chilton County Composite Squadron
Pell City Composite Squadron
Redstone Composite Squadron
Springville Cadet Squadron
Central Alabama Senior Squadron
Cullman Composite Squadron
Mountain Lakes Flight

*unit activated during 2016
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The wing area of responsibility is approximately 330 miles long and 190 miles wide at
its most distant points. The total area of Alabama is 51,705 square miles, of which land
constitutes 50,767 square miles and inland water 938 square miles. Alabama ranks 29th in size
among the 50 states. Alabama is bordered on the North by Tennessee; on the East by Georgia; on
the South by Florida and the Gulf of Mexico; and on the West by Mississippi. The geographical
center is in Chilton County, about 12 miles Southwest of Clanton. The state is divided into sixtyseven counties with a U.C. Census Bureau 2016 population estimate dated July 1, 2016 of
4,863,300 people compared to 4,858,979 July 1, 2015.
(ttps://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/01)
There are five commercial-service primary airports in Alabama. These include:
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport--BHM, Dothan Regional Airport-DHN,
Huntsville International Airport-HSV, Mobile Regional Airport-MOB and Montgomery
Regional Airport-MGM. Northwest Alabama Regional Airport-MSL in Muscle Shoals is
a commercial service non-primary airport. Bessemer Airport –EKY and St Clair County
Airport-PLR are reliever airports. There are over 66 general aviation airports and twenty
other public use airports. General aviation airports include with ties to CAP include:
Auburn- Opelika Robert G. Pitts Airport-AUO and Tuscaloosa Regional Airport -TCL(former Van De Graaff Field, a former Civilian Pilot Training Program Facility).
Alabama has nine other government or military airports and three notable private use
airports. Notable government airports include: Redstone Army Airfield-HUA (Redstone
Arsenal), Maxwell Air Force Base- MXF, and Carnes Army Airfield-OZR (Fort Rucker). A
notable private use airport is Sharpe Field-AL73 (Tuskegee Army Airfield).
The Alabama Wing Headquarters is located on Maxwell Air Force Base,
Montgomery, Alabama. Montgomery is the capital city for the State of Alabama.
Maxwell’s history dates back to the Wright Brothers’ flying school of 1910. Today
Maxwell is home to more than 12,500 active-duty, reserve, and civilian and contractor
personnel. Air University, located on Maxwell, provides the full spectrum of Air Force
education, from pre-commissioning to the highest levels of professional military
education, including degree granting and professional continuing education for officers,
enlisted and civilian personnel throughout their careers. The Civil Air Patrol National
Headquarters is located in building 714 on Maxwell AFB.

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*Indicates a change of command during 2016. The name with the asterisk was the
commander at the start of the year. The name on the top line is the commander at the end of
2016.
Alabama Wing Headquarters, AL-001
Commander – Col J. Brett Lewis
Meeting Address

111 South Kuter Street
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

Meeting Times: 09:00 2nd Saturday. Commander’s Call held once every quarter.
Mobile Composite Squadron, AL-005
Commander – Maj Gilbert Wright
* Lt Col Scott Peters
Meeting Address

2241 Michigan Avenue
Mobile, AL 36615

Meeting Times: 19:00 Monday
Tuscaloosa Composite Squadron, AL-024
Commander – Maj Mike Carr
*Maj Ed Barnes
Meeting Address

Tuscaloosa Regional Airport
1st Floor
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406

Meeting Times: 18:30 1st and 3rd Tuesday – Seniors 18:00 every Tuesday – Cadets
Dothan Composite Squadron, AL-029
Commander – Lt Col David W. Skinner
Meeting Address

Dothan Regional Airport
750 Flight Line Drive
Dothan, AL 36303

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

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Maxwell Composite Squadron, AL-032
Commander –Maj Gerardo Otero
* Maj Donald A. Cain
Meeting Address

Meeting Times:
Meeting Times:

111 South Kuter Street
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
18:30 Cadets meet every Tuesday
19:00 Seniors meet 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.
Muscle Shoals Composite Squadron, AL-041
Commander – Maj Tommy Yates
*Lt Col Alfred Boyd

Meeting Address

Meeting Times:

Muscle Shoals Airport
Muscle Shoals, AL 35611
18:00 Every 1st and 3rd Thursday.
Huntsville Senior Squadron, AL-055
Commander – Maj Raymond T. Downward

Meeting Address

Meeting Times:

Madison City Exec Airport MDQ
358 Bolling Road
Meridianville, AL 35759
19:00 1st & 3rd Thursday

Gadsden Composite Squadron, AL-075
Commander – Maj Charles A. Reidy, Jr.
Meeting Address

Meeting Times:

5323 Airport Road
Alabama National Guard Building
Gadsden, AL 35904
17:00 Every Tuesday, except 5th Tuesday.

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Bessemer Composite Squadron, AL-087
Commander –Capt Robert G. Newsome. Jr.

Meeting Address
Meeting Times:

700 Mitchell Field Road
Bessemer, AL 35022
18:30-21:00 Monday nights.
117th Air National Guard Composite Squadron, AL-090
Commander – Capt. Thad Mullins
*Maj James L. Corey

Meeting Address

Meeting Times:

5401 East Lake Blvd.
Building 205/117th ANG
Birmingham, AL 35217-3595
19:00 2nd Tuesday.

Auburn Composite Squadron, AL-113
Commander Maj Donald A. Cain
*Maj Morgan Bennett

Meeting Address

Meeting Times:

2150 Mike Hubbard Blvd.
Auburn, AL 36830-489
18:30-20:30

Cadets meet every Tuesday of the month.

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

Meeting Address
Meeting Times:

550 Airport Road
Clanton, AL 35045
18:00 Tuesday.

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Pell City Composite Squadron, AL-118
Commander- Maj James Gosnell
Meeting Address
Meeting Times:

240 Airport Road
Pell City, AL 35128-4120
18:00 Thursday. Cadets meet weekly.

Redstone Composite Squadron, AL-119
Commander – Lt Col Mike Guthrie
Meeting Address

Meeting Times:

Central Church of Christ
407 East Clinton Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35758
18:00-20:00 Mondays. Cadets meet every Monday, Seniors 2nd & 4th.

Springville Cadet Squadron, AL-126
Commander-Maj Michael McIntyre
*Capt Mark McCay
Meeting Address

Meeting Times:

198 Marietta Road
Springville, AL 35146
18:00-20:00

Every Tuesday.

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Central Alabama Senior Squadron, AL-132
Commander – Maj Carl G. Rossomme
Meeting Address
Meeting Times:

Shelby County Services Building
Pelham, AL 35124
18:30 1st Thursday of the month.

Cullman Composite Squadron, AL -134
Commander-Maj Joseph F. Jeffries
Meeting Address

Meeting Times:

231 County Road 1360
Vinemont, AL 35179
1800 1st and 3rd Monday for seniors, every Tuesday for cadets

Mountain Lakes Flight, AL-135
Activated in 2016
Commander – Lt Col John Randolph
Meeting Address:

Meeting Times:

Guntersville Municipal Airport
405 Buck Island Road
Guntersville, Alabama
1800 Mondays

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

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APPENDIX III Senior Member Professional Development Awards 2016

Gill Robb Wilson
Award

This award is the highest award for Senior Members professional development. It recognizes
Senor Members who complete the fifth level of training in the Senior Member professional
development program. This award was first given in 1964 and recognizes the late Gill Robb
Wilson. Wilson is regarded as the founder of Civil Air Patrol and served as CAP’s first
executive officer.
Maj. Donald A. Cain

Lt Col Joseph L. Viviano

Paul E. Garber
Award
This award is presented to Senior Members who complete the level IV requirements of the
Senior Member Professional Development Program. This award was first given in 1964 and
honors Paul E. Garber.
Lt Col Joseph L. Viviano
Maj Joseph R. Robbins
Lt Col James A. Harris

Maj Harvey L. Yarborough
Lt Col Ronald W. Hanson

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Grover C. Loening Award
This award is presented to Senior Members who complete Level III of the Senior Member Professional
Development Program. The award recognizes those members who have dedicated themselves to
leadership and personnel development. This award was first given in 1964 and honors Grover
Loening, a noted aviation pioneer.

Maj. James M. Locke
Maj James W. Fogal
Lt Col David K. Hartin
Lt Col Joseph L . Viviano

Maj Mark D. McCay
Capt Rodney Stephens
Maj Joseph F. Jeffries

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APPENDIX IV
WING STAFF DECEMBER 2016
Director of Aerospace Education
Director of Cadet Programs
Chaplain
Chief of Staff
Commander
Government Relations Advisor
Health Services Officer
Historian
Vice Commander
Director of Communications
Counter Drug
Director of Emergency Services
Director of Finance
Legal Officer
Director of IT
Inspector General
Director of Logistics
Maintenance Officer
Transportation Officer
Public Affairs Officer
Recruiting & Retention Officer
Director of Operations
Homeland Security Officer
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
Director of Administration
Plans and Program Officer
Director of Professional Development
Director of Safety

Maj Nina L. Wills
Lt Col Ronald W. Hanson
Lt Col Steven Sellers
Maj Talmadge Butler
Col J. Brett Lewis
Lt Col Joseph M. Saloom
Maj Brenda W. Iddins
Lt Col David K. Hartin
Lt Col James A. Harris
Capt Robert P. Moses
Col William R. Bass
Maj Harvey L. Yarbrough
Vacant
Capt John R. Davis
Capt Robert A. Griffith
Col Michael A. Oakman
Lt Col Alford Boyd
Col Robert M. Dorning
Col Robert M. Dorning
2nd Lt Candice Langston
Maj Patricia K. Coghlan
Col William R. Bass
Lt Col Paul K. Reid
Lt Col Harold A. Coghlan
Lt Col David K. Hartin
Lt Col Anthony G. Beresford
Vacant
Maj Frank, J. Jirik, IV

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

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

(Source Maj Harvey Yarborough Ops Briefing slides)

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Wing Administrator
The Wing Administrator is the only employee of the Alabama Wing. In December, Wing
Administrator Cecilia A. Bolling celebrated her first anniversary with the Alabama Wing. She
replaced the previous Wing Administrator, Windy Hamilton, who took a position at National
Headquarters in October 2014.
The administrator works for the Wing Commander to perform those task that USAF specifically
agrees to fund with appropriated dollars. One of the key areas for the Wing Administrator is
Wing Finance.
The e-mail address for the Wing Administrator is Admin@alwg.us. The wing uses generic email addresses for key positions. The e-mail goes to the position address. This may be
forwarded to a preferred address of the individual filling the position.

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APPENDIX V –Challenge coins

In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol, a special Challenge coin was produced
for the Alabama Wing. It was introduced in April 2016 at the Wing Conference in Tuscaloosa.
Col Lewis presented a coin to each individual that was honored with an Of the Year Award. He
also presented a coin to Lt Col Bob Haver, the longest serving member of the Civil Air Patrol
(70+ years) to attend the Annual Banquet.

Front

Reverse

The front of the coin has Alabama Wing Civil Air patrol U.S.A.F. Axillary in the outer ring. The lettering is
in gold with an orange background. The orange background represents the history of the military
aviation tracing back to the Army Signal Corp. Orange and blue are the Army Aviation Branch colors.
Orange is also internationally known for safety. Hunter wear Hunter Orange for safety when hunting.
Construction workers wear orange vest for high visibility. Orange in the outer ring emphasis safety in all
aspects of Wing operations. The inner circle has Col J. Brett Lewis Wing Commander in Gold with an
American eagle that symbolizes the rank of the Wing Commander-Colonel superimposed over the State
of Alabama. When it comes to safety, there are no gray areas. Wing members are reminded that they
are expected to know the safety regulations and follow them.
The Reverse of the coin has the official logo of the 75th Anniversary. The aircraft on the left represents
the CAP aircraft flown in WWII (our past). The aircraft to the right is in the current CAP markings. That
aircraft is moving into the future.
https://www.capmembers.com/cap_national_hq/public_affairs/branding_resource_guide/75thannivers

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The 2016 National Conference for the Civil Air Patrol was held in Nashville, Tennessee. Those attending
the conference could purchase from Vanguard, a numbered 75th anniversary Coin. These limited edition
coins were also numbered.

Front

Reverse

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New Southeast Region Patch

Old Southeast Region Patch

The Southeast Region introduced a new patch at the 2016 Wing Conference. Limited numbers
were available to members of the Alabama Wing that wished to purchase them. In the future they will
be available from Vanguard. At the time of the intruduction, they were not.
Col Lewis authorized the weare of the Southeast Region Patch by members of the Alabama Wing
on those uniforms that the patch is appropriate for wear.

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

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