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HISTORY OF THE
OREGON WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL
AUXILIARY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

1 JANUARY—31 DECEMBER 2015

HISTORY OF THE OREGON WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL
AUXILIARY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
1 JANUARY—31 DECEMBER 2015

Prepared by
Ch, Lt Col Marvin Owen, CAP
Oregon Wing Historian

Assisted by
Maj Carol Moseley, CAP
Oregon Wing Assistant Historian

Reviewed by
Col. John Longley, CAP
Oregon Wing Commander

Wing Headquarters
28735 Grumman Drive
Eugene, Oregon 97402

OREGON COUNTIES MAP

INTRODUCTION
Oregon is one of six states, or “wings,” that comprise the Pacific Region of Civil Air
Patrol -- the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Civil Air Patrol (CAP),
headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, under the Air Education and
Training Command , is a non-profit, federally-chartered volunteer organization dedicated
to serving the people of the United States through its three missions: Emergency
Services, Aerospace Education and the Cadet Program.
The Wing has 530 members including 290 adults and 240 cadets. These cover an area of
98,466 square miles and serve 3.93 million people.

WING ORGANIZATION
The Oregon Wing is comprised of twelve units—eleven squadrons and one flight. These
are administered from headquarters in Eugene, Oregon, centrally located in the state.
Command Staff:
Col John Longley, Wing Commander
Lt Col Ira Rosenberg, Vice-Commander
Lt Col William Ray, Chief of Staff
TSgt. Patrick Dukes, Advisor to the Commander
Lt Col John Barringer, Government Relations Advisor
Maj Jim Huggins, Assistant Government Relations Advisor
Ch, Lt Col Marvin Owen, Historian
Maj Carol Moseley, Assistant Historian
Oregon Units:
Aurora Cadet Squadron
Columbia Composite Squadron
Central Coast Composite Flight
Grants Pass Composite Squadron
High Desert Composite Squadron
Klamath Falls Composite Squadron
Mahlon-Sweet Composite Squadron
McMinnville Composite Squadron
Medford Composite Squadron
Metropolitan Composite Squadron
Salem Composite Squadron
Washington County Composite Squadron

2015 Award Recipients
Aerospace Education Officer of the Year—Maj Bradley Nash, Washington County
Composite Squadron
Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year—Maj Hilda Pereyo, McMinnville
Composite Squadron
Frank G. Brewer CAP Memorial Aerospace Award (Senior)—Capt Mark Trujillo,
Salem Composite Squadron
Frank G. Brewer CAP Memorial Aerospace Award (Cadet)—C/1st Lt Benjamin
TenKate, Washington County Composite Squadron

Frank G. Brewer CAP Memorial Aerospace Award (Organization)—Willamette
Aviation
Cadet Programs Officer of the Year—Capt Brian Monasmith, Medford Composite
Squadron
Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year—C/CMSgt Jason Binkley, Grants Pass
Composite Squadron
Cadet Commander of the Year—C/Lt Wade Baltazar, Columbia Composite Squadron
Cadet of the Year—C/Lt Wade Baltazar, Columbia Composite Squadron
Squadron Chaplain of the Year—Capt Andre Martin
Character Development Instructor of the Year—1st Lt Catherine Frederic,
McMinnville Composite Squadron
Drug Demand Reduction Officer of the Year—Maj Roxanne Cole, Mahlon-Sweet
Composite Squadron
Public Affairs Officer of the Year—Lt Col Scott Maguire, Columbia Composite
Squadron
Professional Development Officer of the Year—Lt Col Robert Grist, Columbia
Composite Squadron
Communicator of the Year—Capt Nicholas Culbertson, Mahlon-Sweet Composite
Squadron
Finance Officer of the Year—1st Lt Marvin Kennedy, High Desert Composite Squadron
Observer of the Year—Capt Steve Case, Salem Composite Squadron
Pilot of the Year—Maj Dennis Fraser, Metropolitan Senior Squadron
Col Edwin W. Lewis, Jr. Incident Staff Member of the Year—Maj David Rudawitz,
Oregon Wing
Col Dion E. DeCamp Ground Team of the Year—Mahlon-Sweet Composite Squadron
Ground Team Leader of the Year—Maj Timothy Paquin, McMinnville Composite
Squadron
Counter Drug Officer of the Year—Lt Col Rogers Walker, High Desert Composite
Squadron

Property Management Officer of the Year—Capt Steve Case, Salem Composite
Squadron
Safety Officer of the Year—Capt Randall Widell, Washington County Composite
Squadron
Squadron Commander of the Year—Capt Michael Watson, Grants Pass Composite
Squadron
Senior Member of the Year—Maj Richard Weichman, Jr, Metropolitan Senior
Squadron
Wing Commander’s Eagle Award—Lt Col William Ray, Oregon Wing
Squadron of the Year—High Desert Composite Squadron

2015 Highlights and Accomplishments
Overview
During 2015, Oregon Wing did an excellent job with its missions. Among many
accomplishment during the year, we won the Regional Excellence Award for our cadet
program. ORWG had a very successful Wing Level Exercise and accumulated four saves
awarded by AFRCC. The Wing fielded a cutting-edge aerospace education program. At
year’s end, it performed well with the Staff Advisory Visit by Pacific Liaison Region.

Oregon Wing Rocketry Training
The weekend activities, hosted by the McMinnville Composite Squadron, included quad
copter flying instruction, flight simulator training and a visit to the Tillamook Air
Museum. Wildfires in the area made flying too dangerous, so O-rides were cancelled for
safety. Cadets were able to participate in the Kerbal Space Program. They also used a
flight simulation program normally and then with DDR goggles, learning firsthand how
reaction times and reflexes were affected.

National Cadet Special Activity
The Oregon Wing hosts and staffs the Michael King Smith Aviation Academy each year
in McMinnville. Directed by Maj. Hilda Pereyo, the academy attracts cadets from around
the nation. During the weeklong event, cadets tour the Evergreen Aviation Museum as
well as aviation companies like Garmin, FLIR, Rockwell and Collins. At these
companies, participants learned about operations, toured production, testing and flight
areas and developed a business plan of their own that was presented at the conclusion of
the academy.

Wreaths Across America
High Desert Composite Squadron, Columbia Composite Squadron, Aurora Composite
Squadron and Mahlon-Sweet Composite Squadron participated in this initiative.
Hundreds of wreaths were placed, and local dignitaries along with Wing staff and more
than 100 people were in attendance.

Legislative Involvement
The Oregon Wing was able to promote the missions of CAP with state and national
legislators. Colonels Bishop (middle) and Longley (left) spent time with Oregon Sen. Jeff
Merkley, explaining how CAP supports the Air Force and local communities through
Disaster Relief and SAR efforts and aerial photography, along with a number of other
Emergency Services functions. Though CAP doesn’t presently receive state funding in
Oregon, the Wing is well positioned for the future.

Annual Wing Conference
Oregon CAP members met in September at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
in McMinnville for training, inspiration, competition, awards and fellowship. The
conference was well attended by both cadets and senior members from throughout the
state. Representatives of the Pacific Region and National Headquarters shared in this
time, making it a memorable event. Our keynote speaker was Brigadier General Martha
Meeker, USAF, Retired. General Meeker is also the City Manager of McMinnville.
Among the numerous opportunities were drone-flying events for the cadets (photo
below), including precision flying, load carrying and target landings. There were also
rocket motor and helicopter exhibits. Training sessions were offered on safety, uniforms,
WIMRS, e-Services, teaching techniques, communications, logistics, finance, dealing
with difficult personalities, aircraft management and other relevant topics to meet the
needs and enhance the skills of our members.