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HISTORY of the
SOUTH CAROLINA
WING
Civil Air Patrol
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

1 JANUARY 2016 – 31 DECEMBER 2016
VOLUME 1 – NARRATIVE

Celebrating our 75th Anniversary
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HISTORY
Of the

SOUTH CAROLINA WING
Civil Air Patrol
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

1 JANUARY 2016 – 31 DECEMBER 2016
COMPLETION DATE

Prepared By
Lt Col Larry K. Nelson, CAP
SC Wing Historian

Reviewed By

Col. Frances H. Smith
South Carolina Wing Commander

South Carolina Wing Headquarters
Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
West Columbia, South Carolina

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FRONTISPIECE

Location of South Carolina Wing Units*
SC Wing Headquarters
Unit Squadrons
School Squadrons

*Location of squadron correct as of 12/31/2016
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DEDICATION

07Nov 2016
This South Carolina Historical Report for 2016 is dedicated to all the Senior Officers and
Cadets of the South Carolina Wing Civil Air Patrol who continue a proud legacy of
selfless sacrifice and service to the State of South Carolina and its communities. As we
celebrate our 75th anniversary, we honor those who served America in WW II. Several of
our hero’s biographies are highlighted in the Supporting Documents section of this
report.
Indeed, the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol makes a huge impact each and every day,
going above and beyond to make a profound difference in South Carolina. As a vigilant
CAP volunteer, our members save lives and preserve liberty for all. Thank you for your
service.
As in years past, the men and women of the Civil Air Patrol performed their tasks in 2015
in a way to evoke justifiable pride in all Americans. Whether the call was to locate a
missing aircraft or assess storm damage from a hurricane-trained CAP volunteers,
accepting the hazards involved, provided speedy relief.
In a real sense, this record of 2016 is not only a report of accomplishments, but a report
of CAP’s ability to meet future goals. Many problems lie ahead, but it is assured that
2017 will be another effective year in the history or the SC Wing Civil Air Patrol.
Always Vigilant,
Larry K. Nelson, Lt Col, CAP
SC Wing Historian

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Cover1
Title

Page2Frontispiece

3Dedication
4Table of Contents

5List

of Illustrations

6

Chronological Listing for the Year of 2016

8

Executive Summary

10

Narrative

11

Columbia Metropolitan Airport History

12

Wing Organization and Status

14

Past

&

Present

SC

Wing

Commanders15SC

Wing

Awards

for

201616Professional Development
25
Cadet Achievement Awards
26SC Wing Squadron List
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Unit

Patches

33Command

Patches

35Chain of Commander Chart36Unit Commanders Listing37Chain of
Command (National, Regional, Wing)

39Death

Announcements42Thank You &Historian Excuses Page43SC Wing Aircraft
44
SC Rolling Stock46
Glossary

48

Volume 2 Footnotes& Supporting Documents
Wing

Statistics51Lineage

49
and

Honors

53

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Safety Education Participation
SC Wing Webpage Articles

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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SC State Map of Unit Locations
Lt Col Dexter C. Martin

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10

Columbia Army Air Base

11

Columbia Army Air Base Main Gate, A-26, B-25

12

South Carolina Wing Building

13

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

11

Northern Command Seal, First Air Force Shield

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Unit Patches

32

Command Patches

34

SC Wing Staffing Chart

35

Chain of Command Official Portraits

38

B-17Print (Final Salute)

41SC

State Map, Cessna 172, 182 & L23 Glider

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NOTE: Not all illustrations and photos are listed on this page.
CHRONOLOGY
2016

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JANUARY
29-31
Field Training Exercise – McCrady ArNG Training Center
FEBRUARY
6
Unit Commanders Course
6-8
Training Leaders of Cadets – Hilton Head, SC
13
Commander’s Call
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Above and Beyond, Charleston, SC
MARCH
5
14-15
18-20
18-20

First Aid and CPR, Wing HQ
Statewide Exercise, Disaster Response Drill/Exercise w/ State
Cadet Training Weekend (CTW), McCrady ArNG Training Ctr
Ground Team Exercise (GTL and GTM) (Coincides w/ CTW)
McCrady ArNG Training Center

APRIL
16
16-17
22-24
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AE Field Trip to Carolina’s Air Museum, Charlotte, NC
Instrument Pilot Clinic and Instrument Ground Course
MERSAR, Ft. Pickett, Va.
VFR Pilot Clinic & General Aviation Open House, Shaw AFB

MAY
14
21-22

Commander’s Call
“Thunder Over the Midlands,” Shaw AFB Air Show

JUNE
4
8
11
25

Strategic Planning Session w/ Wing Staff, Wing HQ
SC Wing State Wide Exercise with SC
Squadron Leadership School (SLS), Wing HQ
Encampment, McCrady ArNG, Eastover, SC

JULY
9-16
30

MER Staff College, Edgewood Arsenal, MD
SC Wing Awards Banquet, Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC
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AUGUST
13
20-21
27
27

Unit Commander’s Course (UCC), Wing HQ
G100 IPC Clinic with Region
Commander’s Call
U.S.S. Yorktown Field Trip

SEPTEMBER
10
ES Jamboree, Lowcountry
OCTOBER
1
Logistics and Communications Inventory
1-2
Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC)
22
AE Field Trip - Greenville Downtown (GMU), SC
29
SAREX, Wing Wide
NOVEMBER
5
General Aviation Fly-In – Charleston AFB, SC
5-6
Wilderness Survival Course, NC
12
Commander’s Call
DECEMBER
3
Cadet Ball - NE Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC
4
Congressional Gold Medal Presentations, Wing HQ

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
SC Wing:
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As we reach the end of 2016, I want to congratulate you all on another successful year in
serving the missions of CAP. Some of you will have noticed over the years that I don’t
use the phrase “serving Civil Air Patrol” – I prefer to say that we are in service to the
missions. The reason CAP exists is for us to conduct to the best of our ability the three
main missions of CAP – Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency
Services. We have a lot to be proud of in this service, and we find new and better ways
of accomplishing the mission each and every time we step forward. Many of you will
remember our friend Maj Ralph Driver, who was the Director of Communications
(among many other duties) here in South Carolina for years prior to his passing. Ralph
was a huge fan of the “improvise, adapt, and overcome” way of life. That’s what you do
now better than at just about any time in the history of South Carolina Wing.
I know not everyone shares my Christian faith, but when I say to you Merry Christmas I
hope you will receive it in the spirit of peace and grace. I continue to be honored and
humbled to serve alongside you all in this great organization, and I look forward to seeing
how we can do even better in 2017.
Semper Vigilans,

Col Francis H. Smith, Jr., CAP
South Carolina Wing Commander

NARRATIVE
CHAPTER I - INTRODUCTION

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The South CarolinaWing completed its 75th year of service to the people of
the State of South Carolina and to the United States of America.
SOUTH CAROLINA WING ORIGIN
The South Carolina Wing was established and placed under the Command of
Lt Col Dexter C. Martin,December 1st of 1941.

During WWII, coastal patrols were established along the eastern seaboard
for the purpose of identifying any German U-boats that were preying on the
shipping lands of the United States. On 23 May 1942, under the leadership
of Lt. Col. Dexter C. Martin (SC Wing First Wing Commander),the Civil
Air Patrol activated Coastal Patrol No. 8 on James Island near Charleston,
South Carolina.
According to Robert E. Neprud, in his book "Flying Minute Men"(1948),
Neprud illustrates Coastal Patrol No. 8. "Set down amid the stubble of an old
cotton field on James Island, near Charleston, Coastal Patrol No. 8 received
substantial assistance from the South Carolina Aviation Commission. The
base blossomed into one of the South's best when a batch of former CCC
buildings was dismantled, moved in by truck over narrow dirt roads, and
erected. Under the leadership of Major Jack R. Moore, of Portland,
Oregon, the men at James Island later constructed and furnished an
excellent recreation and classroom building" (Page 37).
COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN AIRPORT (CAE) HISTORY

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Columbia Army Air Base, S.C. (1943-1945)

Columbia Metropolitan Airport today is a far cry from the vision of the early
aviation pioneers who established in the early 1940s a landing area in
Lexington County known as the Lexington County Airport. Airline services
developed in our community because Columbia had been identified in early
postal airmail routes as a location for airlines then holding contracts with the
Post Office Department and the Commerce Department.
World War II had a considerable impact upon aviation in the United States
and the Columbia Metropolitan area. The Lexington County Airport was
improved by the activity necessitated at this site by World War II military
construction. About 1941, the United States War Department acquired the
Airport from Lexington County and expanded it dramatically to serve the
war effort. Runways, hangars, roads, buildings, and other facilities were
added during the war to support the training activities of the B-25 flight and
bombardment functions as well as A-26s. The base reached a military
population of 7,500 by 1945.
In February 1942, Jimmy Doolittle traveled to Columbia and called
volunteers for a secret military mission. Approximately twenty-five B-25
flight crews were assembled for this secret military mission which was to
become the famous Doolittle Raid over Tokyo, on April 18, 1942. The
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Doolittle Raid was the first good news which our country had heard from the
Pacific theater of operations and today we are proud of the role which our
Airport played in that historic action.The base reverted to standby status
after the war.

Douglas A-26 “Invader”

North American B-25 “Mitchell”

WING ORGANIZATION AND STATUS

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SOUTH CAROLINA WING BUILDING
3901 CAPWing Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170

The current building that headquarters the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol is
a far cry from the CCC building of the 1940s. Dedicated in 1981*, the
operations building is located near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport
(CAE) and continues to serve the people of South Carolina proudly.
*Officials at the time of dedication:
George O. Compton - Commander
William E. Hobson - Deputy Commander
The Honorable Richard W. Riley - SC State Governor
South Carolina Aeronautics Commission
Joseph Wilder - Chairman
John W. Hamilton - Director
Design Collaborative Inc. - Architects/Columbia, South Carolina
M.B. Kahn - General Contractors/Columbia, South Carolina
Past & Present SC Wing Commanders

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LtCol Dexter C. Martin
Col Pride Ratterree
Col Ward W. Ware (Acting CC)
Col Elliott W. Springs
Col David S. Harter
Col Alfred A. Pate
ColRandolph W. Battle
Col John R. Taylor
Col E. Lee Morgan
Col John R. Taylor
Col Douglas Abercrombie
Col George O. Compton
Col William E. Hobson
Col T. Richard Herold
Col Douglas Abercrombie
Col T. Richard Herold
Col William E. Hobson
Col Ned H. Shows
Col T. Richard Herold
Col Kemper K. Hyers
Col Hartsell O. Rogers
Col Robert T. Townsend (Interim CC)
Col Saul H. Hyman (Interim CC)
Col Saul H. Hyman
Col Robert T. Townsend (Interim CC)
Col Aurel EmersonSmith
Col Hubbard Jacob Lindler
Col Frances H. Smith

01 December 1941 – 13 January 1947
13 January 1947 – 22 November 1950
22 November 1950 – 01 January 1951
01 January 1951 – 07 January 1952
07 January 1952 – 01 December 1952
01 December 1952 – 02 June 1956
02 June 1956 – 15 January 1960
15 January 1960 – 27 September 1971
27 September 1971 – 31 December 1974
01 January 1975 – 01 January 1976
01 January 1976 – 01 September 1977
01 September 1977 – 05 December 1981
05 December 1981 – 05 January 1986
01 September 1977 – 05 December 1981
05 January 1986 – 04 March 1989
04 March 1989 – 05 February 1990
05 February 1990 – 01 March 1991
01 March 1991 – 01 January 1993
01 January 1993 – 01 January 1996
01 January 1996 – 19 August 1996
19 August 1996 – 01 October 2000
01 October 2000 – 10 November 2001
10 November 2001 – 26 January 2002
26 January 2002– 30 October 2005
30 October 2005 – 12 February 2006
12 February 2006 – 22 February 2010
22 February 2010 – 16 March 2013
16 March 2013 – Present

SC Wing Commander
ColonelFrances H. Smith

SC WING AWARDS for 2016

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Capt. David L. Bailey

Character Development Officer of the Year
Communicator of the Year

Lt Col Peter M. Bilodeau

AFA Senior Member of the Year

Capt. Mitchell L. Brach

Aerospace Education Officer of the Year

Maj Joshua S. Cunningham

Sorenson Cadet Programs Officer of the Year

C/Maj Noah D. Eudy

Cadet of the Year

Maj Crystall J. Eudy

Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year

C/SMSgt Lydia G. Eudy

Public Affairs Officer of the Year

Col Hubbard J. Lindler, Jr.

Col Edwin W. Lewis, Jr. Incident Staff Member of
the Year

Lt Col Kent A. McCoin

Finance Officer of the Year

Lt Col Thomas J. Reid

Senior Member of the Year

Lt Col Nicole R. Shaffner

Inspector General of the Year

Maj Theodore D. Sheyda

Safety Officer of the Year

Maj James E. Still

Senior Chaplain of the Year

Lt Col Thomas J. Reid
C/Maj Noah D. Eudy
Senior Member of the Year
Cadet of the Year
2016NATIONAL CONFERENCE AWARDS

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National CAP Awards Presented to MER Members
A number of Middle East Region members (or former members) were recognized with
awards for their service. These included:





Bronze Medal of Valor – Lt. Col. James Brogan
Distinguished Service Award –Col. Jay Lindler and Capt. Colleen McCormick
Exceptional Service Award – Lt. Col. Steven Solomon and Lt. Col. Paul Cianciolo
National Commander’s Commendation – Col. Michael Moyer

2016 MIDDLE EAST REGION "OF THE YEAR" AWARDS
The following members received National “of the Year” Awards:





Character Development Instructor – Capt. Paula Towry
Incident Command System Staff Member – Col. Jay Lindler
Drug Demand Reduction – 2nd Lt. Victoria McLaughlin
Finance – Maj. Brendan Kearns

The following wings were recognized as the CAP Mission Award winners for MER:






Search and Rescue - Virginia Wing
Homeland Security / Counter Drug – NatCap Wing
Aerospace Education – North Carolina Wing
Disaster Relief – South Carolina Wing
Cadet Programs– North Carolina Wing

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The Air Force Northern Command/1st Air Force Commander's Award for the CAP
outstanding mission of the past year was presented to the South Carolina Wing and the
Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Wings, as well as the Middle East
Region Headquarters for their support to the October 2015 South Carolina “1000 Year”
flood mission. – Col Francis Smith

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The 1000 YEAR FLOOD of 2015

The October 2015 North American storm complex was a high precipitation event that
caused historic flash flooding across North and South Carolina. The incipient cold front
traversed the Eastern United States on September 29–30, producing heavy rain in
multiple states. The system subsequently stalled just offshore. Tapping into moisture
from the nearby Hurricane Joaquin, a developing surface low brought heavy, continuous
rain to southeastern States, with the worst effects concentrated in South Carolina where
catastrophic flooding occurred. The event culminated in South Carolina on October 4
when numerous rivers burst their banks, washing away roads, bridges, vehicles, and
homes. Hundreds of people required rescue and the state's emergency management
department urged everyone in the state not to travel. Some areas of the state saw rainfall
equivalent to a 1-in-1000-year event(Wikipedia).
At least 25 deaths have been attributed to the weather complex: 19 in South Carolina, 2 in
New York, 2 in North Carolina, 1 in Florida, and 1 in New Brunswick. Damage in South
Carolina alone is estimated at $12 billion, comparable to Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
The South Carolina Wing rose to the challenge and provided aerial support during this
catastrophic event. Many members participated in helping support assessing flood
damage from the air as from the ground. Recognition for these members are listed
below.
FLOOD MERITORIOUS AWARD
Lt Col Michael D. Albertson
Maj Bruce W. Brown
Lt Col Billy G. Geier
Lt Col Boykin Roseborough

Maj Dennis R. Bissell
Maj Ger P. Button
Lt Col Christopher R. Peterson

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FLOOD NATIONAL COMMANDER’S COMMENDATION
Maj Steven W. Askew
Lt Col Peter M. Bilodeau
Capt. George E. Davis
SM Paula M. Ellis
Capt. David A. Eudy
Maj Roger C. Kelly
Capt. Anthony J. Maderspach
Lt Col Kent A. McCoin
C/2d Lt Cornelius V. Pratt
1stLt Brian Marshall Rawl
Maj Martin Sacks
Capt. William E. Windham

Maj William J. Bell, Jr.
Capt. Raymond L. Bishop
1st Lt Gary W. Ellis
Lt Col Raymond S. Enslow
C/SMSgt Levi E. Eudy
Lt Col Jay Langley
Capt. Mary L. Martin
1stLt Ajitkumar T. Patel
Maj John E. Ralph
Col Hartsell O. Rogers, Jr.
Maj Peter G. Schulte

FLOOD REGIONAL COMMANDER’S COMMENDATION
Capt. David L. Bailey
Capt. Ernest J. Drew
Capt. James L. Greco
Capt. Steven L. Hyland
Capt. Crystal L. Jones
Capt. Jonathan D. Jones
Maj Louis Mays, Jr.
Maj Brenda A. Reed
Lt Col Joel M. Shreenan
Maj Robert F. Thompson
Maj Fred Clayton Wilkins

1st Lt Jonathan Bryan
1stLt Gerald G. Gibbs
1stLt Jack J. Heini
C/Capt. Austin L. Jones
C/2d Lt Chayton K. Jones
Lt Col Carlisle A. Lincoln
Capt. Gashaw A. Mengistu
Maj Paul D. Selig
1st Lt Kenneth Stricklin
Maj David W. Tilley

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SHAWFEST 2016, SHAW AFB

On May 21-22, 2016, 89 Cadets and Senior Members from the SC Wing
supported the Wing’s participation in “Thunder Over the Midlands.”
“Thunder” was a twoday open house – air show at Shaw AFB featuring the
USAF Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team. Our members supported
the event providing External DDR and AE opportunities for the community,
Recruit and Retention exercise, and ended each day with a FOD, “Foreign
Object of Destruction” walk to remove items that maybe hazardous if
ingested into a jet engine.
THUNDER COMMANDER'S COMMENDATION
1st Lt Karen B. Brun
1st Lt Thomas M. Rountree

Lt Col Larry K. Nelson
Capt. Roger D. Sayers, Jr.

THUNDER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Lt Col Michael D. Albertson
C/A1C Elijah D. Barclay
C/MSgt Teofilo R. Bareiro
2d Lt George L. Batten

Capt. David L. Bailey
2d Lt Melody M. Bariero
C/Amn Michael J. Barina
2d Lt David M. Bennett
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Cadet Joshua Benton
2d Lt Lindsay N. Bickerstaff, III
SM Kathryn G. Brickle
2d Lt Robert I. Brunson
1st Lt Rickey D. Bryant
Capt. Robert W. Buniel
2d Lt Joseph Cammarota
C/SrA Andrew B. Carter
1stLt Christopher C. Chapman
Cadet Brandon M. Cole
C/Amn Collis L. Corbin
Capt. George E. Davis
Cadet Christopher Dimoff
Capt. Ernest J. Drew
C/TSgt James R. Elkin
C/SMSgt Montana A. Engel
C/A1C Daniel S. Farhat
C/SrA Noah L. Farmer
Lt Col Samuel L. Finklea
2d Lt Heather M. Foster
Cadet Grady T. Freeman, III
C/SrA Zayne B. Galloway
SM Samuel J. Gardner
2d Lt Christine M. Gombar
C/SrA Charles L. Gries
SM Ward B. Hammock
Maj William J. Hargrove
Cadet David M. Hasty
1stLt Christopher G. Hawley
Capt. Julian M. Hill
SM Merry A. Hopkins
C/Amn Graham C. Hucks
C/1stLt Trevor C. Jackson
Cadet Marcus Sa'varis Jones
2d Lt Dana E. King
C/Amn Gabriel H. Lail
C/SMSgt Juliana Lehnerova
C/Amn Owen J. Lewis
C/2d Lt Mary E. Listrom
Cadet Jordan M. Logan
C/2d Lt Michael O. Madden
Cadet Emily R. Malave
C/MSgt Jeffrey D. Marquez
Maj Louis Mays, Jr
C/Amn Rayna K. McKinley
C/A1C David J. Nabholz

C/Amn Lindsay N. Bickerstaff, IV
C/Amn Scotty R. Bowman
C/SrA Nathaniel R. Brunson
1stLt Jonathan Bryan
1stLt Jared F. Buniel
Maj Ger P. Button
C/TSgt Joseph Cammarota III
1stLt Lain Chaplin
C/SSgt Benjamin Clish
Cadet Emily C. Cole
Lt Col Christopher L. Davidson
2d Lt Marjoe W. Davis
C/Amn Thomas H. Dockery
Capt. Orville N. Eastland
C/TSgt Kayla M. Engel
C/Amn Stephen A. England
SM Steven K. Farhat
Maj Dan E. Farrow
2d Lt Jonathan S. Fletcher
C/A1C Preston Taylor Foster
2d Lt Willis B. Galloway
C/A1C Elijah X. Garcia
1stLt Arnold O. Gobbel
1stLt John E. Gombar
C/CMSgt Timothy J. Hamilton
Maj Ronald N. Hardgrave
Lt Col James H. Harris
Cadet John S. Hasty
C/Amn Clayton J. Higgins
C/A1C Isaac F. Hopkins
Cadet Stephen Howard
1stLt David G. Isner
2d Lt Wilber L. Jeffcoat
C/Amn Tyrelle V. Kelley II
C/SSgt Dana E. King, Jr.
Lt Col Larry J. Leasure
2d Lt John H. Lewis
C/CMSgt Ashley M. Listrom
C/Amn Isaac M. Logan
1stLt Lisa V. Madden
SM Andres Malave
C/Amn Madison D. Malave
C/Amn Alexandria Mays
C/A1C Benjamin McClintock
C/SSgt Matthew V. Mullaney I
C/TSgt Chance Neilsen

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1stLt Angela D. Owen
C/Amn Jordan P. Palmer
Maj Jeffrey W. Parcell
CA1C Caleb J. Price
SM Jane E. Proell
C/1stLt Jonathan T. Pruett
C/CMSgt Gajjala Sai Srharsha Reddy
C/Amn Luke C. Roberts
C/1stLt Josiah M. Rountree
C/SrA Garrett M. Safley
C/2d Lt Jacob D. Sayers
Maj Peter G. Schulte
Cadet Mason W. Shaw
C/SrA Gavin J. Sobolesky
Maj Anthony B. Stewart, III
Capt. Robert L. Taylor
2d Lt Tracy G. Taylor
2d Lt David J. Wallach, Jr.
Cadet Carlos Waters, Jr.
SM Robert A. Wayland, II
C/2d Lt Brittany L. Wilkinson
C/Amn Jefferson C. York

C/CMSgt Alexis A. Padar
C/1stLt Colton T. Parcell
Capt. Arthur C. Phillips, Jr.
SM Donald R. Proell
C/Amn Trae Ann Proell
Maj James A. Ray
Lt Col Thomas J. Reid
SM Judson M. Rodgers
Capt. Curtis J. Russell
Maj Walter L. Safley
Cadet Ashlee Schlemmer
Maj Paul D. Selig
C/CMSgt Derek C. Sobolesky
C/SSgt Tyler H. Sowell
Capt. Carl Stone, Jr.
C/TSgt Spencer Taylor
Maj David W. Tilley
C/Capt. Bowen Walsh
Maj Deborah G. Wayland
C/Amn Ashliegh M. White
C/MSgt Sydni K. Wright

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CAP ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS for 2016
SENIOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS for 2016*

Gill Robb Wilson Award (Level V)
Maj Bruce W. BrownLt Col Paul D. Selig
Maj. Walter L. SafleyMaj. Robert L. Albert

Paul E. Garber Award (Level IV)

Grover C. Loening Award (Level III)
Capt. George E. DavisMaj Hollis E. King
Capt. George E. DavisCapt. Robert W. Buniel
Capt. Ruth A. Pruitt

*Information taken from the Civil Air Patrol National Website and from the 2016 SC Wing Awards Banquet.

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CAP ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS for 2016
CADET PROGRAM AWARDS for 2016*

Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award
Tyler C. Hoover

Gen. Ira C. Eaker Award (Phase IV)

Amelia Eahart Award (Phase III)
Kirsten M. LinzBowen S. Walsh
Harrison C. Weir

Gen. Billy Mitchell Award (Phase II)
Michael O. MaddenJacob D. Sayers
James E. ClemenceRobert J. Sand

*Information taken from the Civil Air Patrol National Website. The cadets listed above received their awards
between August 2016 - December 2016.

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SC WING SQUADRON LISTfor 2016
1.MARION SENIOR SQUADRON (SC-002)
Address:
2497 E HWY 76
MARION, SC 29571
Meeting:
Phone:
Email: defarrow@yahoo.com
Website:
MEETS AT THE MARION COUNTY AIRPORT (MAO)

2. GREENVILLE COMPOSITE SQDN (SC-014)
Address:
DOWNTOWN AIRPORT
SOUTH RAMP, 11 AIRPORT RD
GREENVILLE, SC 29607
Meeting:
Phone:
Email:
Website: http://www.scwg.cap.gov/greenville
The Squadron does NOT meet on Memorial Day or Labor day.

3. FLORENCE COMPOSITE SQDN (SC-020)
Address:
100 S CAP Dr.
FLORENCE, SC 29506
Meeting:
Phone: (843) 732-0227
Email: tom.rountree@scwgcap.org
Website: http://www.sc020.org
CAP Squadron Meets in Big Blue Building behind Airport fence off of McCall Blvd.

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4. LEXINGTON COMPOSITE SQDN (SC-032)
Address:
3901 CAP WING DR
W COLUMBIA, SC 29169-2165
Meeting:
Phone: (803) 227-8648
Email: pselig@lexingtoncap.org
Website: http://www.lexingtoncap.org
Meeting starts at 1830.

5. COASTAL CHARLESTON COMPOSITE SQDN (SC-056)
Address:
Building 246, CHARLESTON Air Force Base
CHARLESTON, SC 29404
Meeting:
Phone:
Email:
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coastal-Charleston-Composite-SquadronCivil-Air-Patrol/73221588346004
Meets on Charleston AFB in Bldg 246 on the third floor...Cadets meet weekly and
Seniors meet on the 1st 3rd Monday of the month.

6. ANDERSON COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SC-074)
Address:
5735 AIRPORT RD
Anderson Regional Airport
ANDERSON, SC 29626
Meeting:
Phone:
Email:
Website: http://www.andersonsccap.org/

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7. SUMTER COMPOSITE SQDN (SC-075)
Address:
SUMTER MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
2945 AIRPORT ROAD
SUMTER, SC 29153
Meeting:
Phone:
Email: rlittle001@sc.rr.com
Website:
The CAP squadron building is the blue and white facility on the right of the airport Thangers at the Sumter Municipal Airport .

8. SPARTANBURG COMP SQ (SC-090)
Address:
SPARTANBURG MEMORIAL AIRPORT
500 Ammons Rd
SPARTANBURG, SC 29306
Meeting:
Phone: (864) 504-9246
Email:
Website: http://www.scwg.cap.gov/sptg
Please see our web page for much more information.

9. YORK COUNTY COMPOSITE SQDN (SC-092)
Address:
515 S Cherry Road
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Meeting:
Phone:
Email: wrx@comporium.net
Website: http://scwg.cap.gov/york/

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10. LOW COUNTRY COMPOSITE SQDN (SC-096)
Address:
40 Summit Drive
HHI Fire & Rescue Headquarters
Hilton Head, SC 29926-3655
Meeting:
Phone: (843) 368-4302
Email:
Website: www.lowcountrycap.com

11. COLUMBIA COMPOSITE SQDN (SC-099)
Address:
1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd
Jim Hamilton - L.B. Owens Airport Conference Room
Columbia, SC 29205-4453
Meeting:
Phone:
Email:
Website: http://www.scwg.cap.gov/columbia

12. EMERALD CITY COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SC-106)
Address:
1000 Main St S
Greenwood, SC 29646-3214
Meeting:
Phone:
Email:
Website: http://www.emeraldcitycap.com

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13. ACE BASIN COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SC-113)
Address:
72 Salley Ackerman Dr
Cottageville, SC 294355441
Meeting:
Phone:
Email: fbilleracapsq@gmail.com
Website:
Meetings are from 1800-2011 (600PM - 800PM) Every Tuesday. Please attend a meeting
if interested.

14. GRAND STRAND COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SC-114)
Address:
1250 Aerodrome Ave
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
Meeting:
Phone:
Email:
Website:

15. BEAUFORT COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SC-115)
Address:
921 Ribaut Rd
TCL Bldg #6, Room 108
Beaufort, SC 29902-5441
Meeting:
Phone: (843) 812-8590
Email:
Website:http://www.beaufortcap.org

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16. CAMDEN MILITARY ACADEMY CADET SQDN (SC-805)
Address:
520 HWY 1 N
CAMDEN, SC 29020
Meeting:
Phone:
Email: paramore@camdenmilitary.com
Website:

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE LIAISON SQDN (SC-999)
Address:
3901 Cap Wing Dr
SC WING HQ
West Columbia, SC 29170-2165
Meeting:
Phone: (843) 270-7013
Email: brett.grooms@scwgcap.org
Website:

INACTIVE MEMBERS SQUADRON (“GHOST SQUADRON”)
MER-SC-000
South Carolina Wing Headquarters
3901 Cap Wing Drive
Columbia Metro Airport (CAE) – (803) 822-5470
Contact: Col Francis Smith

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UNIT PATCHES

GREENVILLE COMPOSITE
(SC-014)
(SC-020)

LEXINGTON COMPOSITE
(SC-032)

FLORENCE COMPOSITE

COASTAL CHARLESTON
(SC-056)

SUMTER COMPOSITE
(SC-075)
(SC-090)

SPARTANBURG COMPOSITE

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LOWCOUNTRY COMPOSITE
(SC-096)

COLUMBIA COMPOSITE
(SC-099)

EMERALD CITY COMPOSITE GRAND STRAND COMPOSITE
(SC-106)
(SC-114)

BEAUFORT COMPOSITE
(SC-115)

CAMDEN MILITARY
(SC-805)

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CAP/USAF ASSOCIATED COMMAND PATCHES

First Air ForceAir Force Rescue
Coordination Center

CONR-ARNORTHMiddle East Region Command

Air Combat CommandUS Northern Command

35

SC Wing Chain of Command
SC Wing Staff Positions for 2016

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UNIT COMMANDER’S LIST for 2016
MER-SC-001
South Carolina Wing Headquarters
Col Frances H. Smith
MER-SC-002
Marion Composite Squadron
Major Dan E. Farrow
MER-SC-014
Greenville Composite Squadron
Major Ronald N. Hardgrove
MER-SC-020
Florence Composite Squadron
1st Lt Thomas M. Rountree
MER-SC-032
Lexington Composite Squadron
Lt Col Paul D. Selig
MER-SC-056
Coastal Charleston Composite Squadron
Captain James L. Greco
MER-SC-074
Anderson Composite Squadron
Captain Carl Stone
MER-SC-075
Sumter Composite Squadron
Major Louis Mays
MER-SC-090
Spartanburg Composite Squadron
Major Jeffrey W. Parcell
MER-SC-092
York County Composite Squadron
Captain Blair T. Simpkins
MER-SC-096
Lowcountry Composite Squadron
Major Crystall J. Eudy
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MER-SC-099
Columbia Composite Squadron
1st Lt Walter D. Hurley
MER-SC-106
Emerald City Composite Squadron
Major Joshua S. Cunningham
MER-SC-113
Ace Basin Composite Squadron
Captain Frank J. Billera
MER-SC-114
Grand Strand Composite Squadron
Lt Col Thomas J. Reid
MER-SC-115
Beaufort Composite Squadron
Captain David J. Zeoli

SCHOOL SQUADRONS
MER-SC-805
Camden Military Academy Cadet Squadron
1st Lt Nicholas E. Paramore

SC LEGISLATIVE SQUADRON
MER-SC-999
South Carolina Legislative Liaison Squadron
Col Emerson Smith

INACTIVE MEMBERS SQUADRON (“GHOST SQUADRON”)
MER-SC-000
South Carolina Wing Headquarters
Col Frances H. Smith

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CIVIL AIR PATROL CHAIN OF COMMAND for 2016**

Secretary of Defense
The Honorable Ash B. Carter

Joint Chiefs of Staff
Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr., USMC

Secretary of the Air Force
Deborah Lee James

Air Force Chief of Staff
Gen. David L. Goldfein, USAF

AETC Commander
Lt Gen Darryl Roberson, AF

CAP-USAF Commander
Col Michael D. Tyynismaa, USAF

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COMMANDERS APPOINTMENT LISTING – NAT. HQ**

Major Gen Joseph R. Vazquez
National Commander

Brig Gen Larry F. Myrick
National Vice Commander

Col Larry J. Ragland, CAP
National Executive Officer

Mr. John Salvador
Interim Chief Operating Officer
as of Aug 2016

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COMMANDERS APPOINTMENT LISTING - MER HQ

Col John M. Knowles , CAP
MER Region Commander

Col. Eugene L. Egry, III
MER Chief of Staff

COMMANDERS 2016APPOINTMENT LISTING – SC HQ

Col. Frances Smith, CAP
SC Wing Commander

Major Lee Safley, CAP
SC Wing Vice Commander

Lt Col Chris Peterson, CAP
SC Wing Chief of Staff

Kim Phillips
SC Wing Administrator

**Chain of Command current as of Oct 2016

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2016DEATH ANNOUNCEMENTS
National Headquarters and the SC Wing give a final salute to deceased
memberswho have passed away in 2016.*

Those promoted to glory:
Col Mary Feik - died on June 10th, 2016 (age 92)

Lt Col Joseph Smith
Marion Senior Squadron, South Carolina Wing

“They knew not the day or
hour nor the manner of
their passing when far
from home they were
called to join that great
band of heroic Airmen that
went before.”
Quotation from Air ForceMemorial
in Washington, D.C.

* Information obtained through CAP’s National Website.

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CIVIL AIR PATROL SOUTH CAROLINA WING
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CARLINA

07 Nov2016
FROM: Larry K. Nelson, Major
SUBJECT: Thank You and Historical Exceptions

Since the information in this historical document was mostly obtain by investigating
computer data files, I would like to thank those who maintain our wing website as well as
those who maintain our NHQ CAPWatch. I was able to retrieve calendar dates, aircraft
data, award data, appointments, etc. that were useful in completing the 2016 Historical
Report for the South Carolina Wing.
Special thanks to our Wing Administrator, Kim Phillips, Col Jay Lindler, Col Francis
Smith and Col Emerson Smith for their support and help of the 2016 SC Wing Historical
Report.

Larry K. Nelson, Major, CAP
Historian, SC Wing

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SC WING AIRCRAFT*
Tail #

Year A/C

Serial #

Date Acquired Cost

N5320K
N993CP
N362BA
N357CP
N635CP
N873CP
N590CP
N9983H
N916CP

1981
1997
2000
2005
2005
2006
2009
1982
1999

17274063
17280317
008704
18281509
18281530
18281872
18282171
18268161
172S8336

06/30/1987
01/26/1998
02/24/2000
03/24/2005
04/20/2005
12/21/2006
09/30/2009
11/21/2016
12/05/2016

$32,000.00
$126,900.00
$45,240.00
$311,044.40
$311,044.40
$399,487.50
$471,893.40
$90,000.00
$147,322.00

18266114

06/30/1978

$40,640.00

Cessna 172P
Cessna 172R
Blanik L23 Glider
Cessna 182T
Cessna 182T
Cessna 182T
Cessna 182T
Cessna 182R
Cessna 172S

Aircraft Removed from Fleet in 2016
N759MY

1978

Cessna 182Q

Aircraft Acquired in 2016
N9983H
N916CP

1982
1999

Cessna 182R
Cessna 172S

18268161
172S8336

$90,000.00
$147,322.00

*Location of Aircraft at the time of this report (EOY 2016)

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LOCATION OF SC WING AIRCRAFT*

Tail #

Year A/C

Perm. Location (ICAO)

N5320K
N9983H
N993CP
N916CP
N362BA
N357CP
N635CP
N873CP
N590CP

1981
1982
1997
1999
2000
2005
2005
2006
2009

Anderson (AND)
Columbia Metro (KCAE)
Anderson (KAND)
Hilton Head (KHXD)
Spartanburg (SPA)
Anderson (AND)
SC Wing HQ (SC 001)
Florence (FLO)
MARION

Cessna 172P
Cessna 182R
Cessna 172R
Cessna 172S
Blanik L23 Glider
Cessna 182T
Cessna 182T
Cessna 182T
Cessna 182T

Cessna 182L23 Glider
*Locations of aircraft are subject to change due to mission needs and mission capabilities.

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ROLLING STOCK (VANS and TRAILERS)*
Vehicle License # CallSign Type
#

Based At

39002

SG64285 802

1994-DGD-B350
1 Ton

ANDERSON COMPOSITE SQUADRON

39003

SG64286

1994-DGD-B350
1 Ton

COASTAL CHARLESTON

39004

1994 DGD B350
1 Ton

GMU

39005

1995 GMC G3500
1 Ton

HILTON HEAD AIRPORT

1996-FORD-E350
1 Ton

SUMTER COMPOSITE SQDN

1997 FORD E350
1 Ton

CUB

39006

SG71688 806

39008
39016

SG76458 816

1999-FORD-E350
1 Ton

GREENVILLE COMPOSITE SQDN

39017

SG81376 817

2003-CHEVSilverado

GREENVILLE COMPOSITE SQDN (KSPA)

39018

SG81375 818

2003-CHEV-Express COASTAL CHARLESTON COMPOSITE
SQDN

39020

39021

1999 AEROSPOOL
Glider Trailer
1 Ton

39022
39024

N/A

824

1999-DGD-Grand
Caravan SE

AIKEN

2005 CHEV
UPLANDER

SG83588 821

KSPA

MER-SC-092 YORK SQUADRON

2005-CARG-Trailer LOW COUNTRY

39025

2006 LAYTON
HOMES NOMAD
Trailer

RIDGELAND AIRPORT

39028

2005 KEYSTONE
COUGAR Trailer

GMU

39029

2006 JAYCO JAY
FLIGHT Trailer

FLO

2008-FORD-E350
1 Ton

PENDING DISPOSAL

39030

830

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39031

2008 FORD E350
1 Ton

MER-SC-20

39032

2009 DGD
CARAVAN

HILTON HEAD AIRPORT

39034

834

2010-DGD-GRAND
CARAVAN SE

SC WING HQ

39035

835

2011-FORD-E-350
3/4 TON

SPARTANBURG COMP SQ

39036

SG94791 836

2011-DGD-GRAND
CARAVAN SE

SC WING HQ

39037

2012 FORD E-350
¾ Ton

HHI AIRPORT

39039

2016 CHEV
EXPRESS 3500
EXTD

GMU

39040

2017 CHEV
EXPRESS 3500
EXTD

ANDERSON, SC

*Location of rolling stock at the time of this report (EOY 2016)

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GLOSSARY
AE Aerospace Education
AEPSM Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members
AFB Air Force Base
AFRCC Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
CAP Civil Air Patrol
CAPM Civil Air Patrol Manual
CAP-MAP Civil Air Patrol - Management Analysis Program
CAPR Civil Air Patrol Regulations
CAP-RAP Civil Air Patrol - Reserve Assistance Program
CARDA Continental Air Reconnaissance for Damage Assessment
CD Civil Defense
CLC Corporate Learning Course
COMP. Composite
SQDN Squadron
DAE Director of Aerospace Education
DOD Department of Defense
DRMO Defense Reutilization Management Office
ECI Extension Course Institute
ELT Emergency Locator Transmitter
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FCC Federal Communication Commission
FM Frequency Modulation
FT. Fort
FY Fiscal Year
HDQ Headquarters
HF High Frequency
IACE International Air Cadet Exchange
KANCAC Kansas Cadet Advisory Council
NCOIC Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge
NCR North Central Region
SAC Strategic Air Command
SAR Search and Rescue
SLS Squadron Leadership School
SOS Squadron Officers School
US United States
USAF United States Air Force
USAF-CAP United States Air Force - Civil Air Patrol
VHF Very High Frequency

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HISTORY of
SOUTH CAROLINA
WING
Civil Air Patrol
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

1 JANUARY 2016 – 31 DECEMBER 2016
VOLUME 2 – SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

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LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Wing Statistics
Appendix I
Lineage and Honors Data
Safety Education Participation
SC Wing Website News Articles
Congressional Gold Medal Presentations
SC Wing Historical Newspaper Clippings

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*WING STATISTICS
*SCWG Civil Air Patrol Membership Graphsas of 12/31/2016

Membership Statistics by Type (716)

Senior Officers
Cadets
Cadet Sponsors
Patrons
50 Year Members
State Legislative Members

358
273
5
4
4
72

50.14%
38.24%
0.70%
0.28%
0.56%
10.08%

Officer Program Level Status (340)
Level 5
Level 4
Level 3
Level 2
Level 1

23
20
58
60
179

6.42%
5.59%
16.20%
16.76%
50.00%

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Officer Grade Distribution (236)
Senior Members
Captain
Major
Lt Colonel
Colonel

57
74
56
45
4

15.92%
20.67%
15.64%
12.57%
1.12%

MISSIONS*

Flights

Homeland Security Flights &
McEntire ANG Air Support (A18)
Low Level Routes (A99)
ELT Flights (A1)
"FINDS"

18
7
5
4

*Source: Web Mission Information Reporting System (WMIRS)

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APPENDIX I
LINEAGE AND HONORS DATA
WING/UNIT DESIGNATION

South Carolina Wing Headquarters
Civil Air Patrol (MER-SC-001)

LOCATION:

Columbia Metropolitan Airport
(CAE), South Carolina

MAILING ADDRESS:

3901 CAP Wing Drive
West Columbia, SC 29170
(803) 822-5470
(888) 515-7171
wa@scwgcap.org

PHONE NUMBER:
FAX NUMBER:
E-MAIL ADDRESS:
HIGHER HEAD QUARTERS:

Middle East Region Headquarters
Civil Air Patrol
1500 Friendship Drive
Sanford, NC 27330

COMMANDER:
VICE COMMANDER:
CHIEF OF STAFF:
LIAISON OFFICER:

Col Frances H. Smith
Major Lee Safley
Lt Col Chris Peterson
None as of this printing

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APPENDIX I
LINEAGE AND HONORS DATA (continued)
UNITS NEWLY ASSIGNED
1 (Ace Basin Composite Squadron)
ATTACHED UNITS DISBANDED: 0
AIRCRAFT FLOWN:

9 - Corporate Aircraft

PASSENGER VANS:
VANS ADDED:
VANS REMOVED:

20
0
1 PENDING

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Cadet Achievements:
Wright Brothers: 102
Earhart: 12
Spaatz: 4

Mitchell: 34
Eaker: 4

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SAFETY EDUCATION PARTICIPATION for 2016

JANUARY

Data not available

FEBRUARY

266/611

43.54%

MARCH

276/618

44.66%

APRIL

261/615

42.44%

MAY

278/618

44.98%

JUNE

291/611

47.63%

JULY

275/607

45.30%

AUGUST

262/639

41.00%

SEPTEMBER

283/664

42.62%

OCTOBER

299/666

44.89%

NOVEMBER

240/648

37.04%

DECEMBER

267/645

41.40%

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SC WING WEBSITE NEWS ARTICLES for 2016

Storm the Yorktown
January 9, 2016

What a weekend! 46 cadets and seniors (many pictured below) representing 8 units
(Grand Strand, Emerald City, Greenville, Spartanburg, Columbia, Lexington, Florence,
and Wing) from across the State made the trek to Mt. Pleasant, SC for an informative and
fun Saturday visit of the Fighting Lady and her escorts.
The relaxing Aerospace Education event was the recommendation of and organized by
the SC Wing’s Director of Aerospace Education Maj. Tina Peterson. The cadets and
seniors were able to learn about leadership, maritime science, aerospace science, and
history supporting SC State educational standards in nearly every grade from 6th through
12th grade. The “hands on” educational event was a great success and will be repeated
throughout the Wing at other locations every quarter this year to be ready for another
field trip.

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Fertile Keynote
16 March 2016:
Fertile Keynote is the name given to the joint SC Air Guard and CAP exercises in support
of Homeland Security. CAP flies a C182 as a TOI or target of interest and the Guard fly
their F16s. These exercises are created to train the F16 pilots to intercept slow flying
aircraft such as our C182. CAP typically flies two missions each month and these
missions are open to all qualified Aircrew and Communications members.
Last Wednesday LtCol Sullivan and Major Kelly of the Lowcountry Composite
Squadron participated in a Fertile Keynote where the scenario was an airplane on an IFR
flight plan deviating from the route filed and being unresponsive to Air Traffic Control.
CAP played the part of the errant aircraft and then the games began. F16s were
scrambled from McEntire and we were intercepted, identified by tail number and then the
F16 contacted us on the exercise frequency. We of course could hear the F16 pilots but
our role was to ignore all attempts to contact us until they performed two "head butts". A
head butt consists of the F16s flying on wings edge directly in front of our windscreen
and once you experience this event, you'll understand how this is impossible to ignore.
And, not only does their aircraft fill our vision but we quickly fly through their wake that
further gets our attention.
As per the exercise, we finally acknowledge their continuous communication and we're
instructed to fly a heading and altitude as they direct us to McEntire AFB. In real world,
a target would land and be met by military police but we did a low pass over the runway
which ended our participation in the exercise.
Submitted by: Maj. Roger Kelly
Lowcountry Composite Squadron

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State Wide Drill:
The state exercise was a little on the light side as to tasking requests from the state and
county agencies however we did have a few. The county task requests were to fly
Emergency Managers from Cherokee and Saluda counties. Col Rogers entertained the
EM from Cherokee which provided him with places he wanted to see within his county
while Maj Stewart took the EM from Saluda on his flight around Saluda county and Capt
Phillips took some photos for him. Some other tasks requests were for aerial photos of
Berkeley and Lee counties between maintenance issue and high winds caused a late
delivery to the customer we were able to fulfil and provide delivery to the customers
before the end of the week. We had other non-state generated tasks that allowed other
crews to get out and work on ES/DR related proficiency related items.
35 members, executed a total of 30.1 hours within 23 sorties and a total $1389.62 spent.
Submitted By: Lt. Col. Billy Geier
SCWG DOS
Exercise Incident Commander

CTW
Over a hundred personnel enjoyed the soft, white sand and rolling hills of the
Southeastern corner of Ft. Jackson, on a little paradise oasis we call McCrady. As with
Summer Encampment, McCrady Army National Guard Training Center is the home of
the 2016 Spring Cadet Training Weekend (CTW). This year 109 total personnel, 86
cadets, 23 senior members, 105 total SC Wing personnel, two from NC and two from SC
attended the Cadet and Senior Training Event. CTW is the dress rehearsal for Cadet
basic and staff as well as Seniors in the preparation for Encampment and a training
platform for cadets to enhance their unit’s cadet program. This year’s courses include
CAP History, DDR, Leadership and Followership drills and classes. There are about a
million pictures, posted on the SC Wing Cadet’s Facebook page.
A special thanks for all those who attended.
“Smile Lt. Roberts.”

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Civil Air Patrol uses radar forensics to locate wreckage of Air
National Guard F-16
8 June 2016

West Columbia, S.C. – Search teams from the Civil Air Patrol’s South Carolina wing
aided in the search for the wreckage of the two South Carolina Air National Guard F-16s
that collided mid-air Tuesday evening. Pilots of both aircraft safely ejected before the
jets crashed into a remote, wooded area near Louisville, Georgia.
The South Carolina Air National Guard requested CAP’s assistance through the State
Warning Point early Wednesday morning. CAP’s first aerial search team launched by
dawn. Five CAP aircraft and air crew worked with the Air National Guard and the
Georgia State Patrol helicopter team in the search for the two aircraft which did not have
locator beacons on board.
Search crews used information provided by the pilots to locate the first aircraft. The
second jet proved to be much harder to find in the dense terrain. That’s when CAP called
in its radar forensics team. Using data from the aircraft’s transponder, the team estimated
the location of the wreckage.
Transponders emit a radio signal which air traffic controllers and others use to track
aircraft using ground radar. The forensics team calculated the most likely resting place
for the downed aircraft using the last known position of the F-16 before the crash. Search
teams located the main part of the second aircraft approximately 50 yards from the
position suggested by the radar data.
“One of the aircraft was almost completely hidden by terrain and the surrounding
vegetation, and was all but invisible from the air,” said Col. Jay Lindler, CAP’s Agency
Liaison, who coordinated search efforts with the Air National Guard and the helicopter
team. “The radar data was key in locating the downed aircraft.”
The commander of CAP’s South Carolina Wing, Col. Francis Smith, commended the
efforts of his search teams. “CAP’s rapid response both in the air and through radar
forensics played a major role in locating the crash sites,” he said. “I’m immensely proud
of all of our volunteers and the professionalism they bring to our missions.”
Aircrews and ground search teams from CAP’s Georgia Wing remain on alert in the
event of further requests from the AFRCC.

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Submitted by Christal Eudy
14 June 2016

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Submitted by Christal Eudy
21 June 2016

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2016 SC Wing Encampment
25 June 2016

Cadets stretch as part of the Physical Training ("PT") at the 2016 SC Wing
Encampment.
 

Photos by: c/SSgt A. Shelton and c/MSgt A. Brown
This year’s encampment was held at McCrady National Guard Training Center, Eastover,
SC, 25 June - 2 July. Encampment showcases the Cadet Program’s regimented, militarylike trainingmodel in a positive, age-appropriate manner consistent with CAP and Air
Forcetraditions. Overall, encampment wasand is fun, in part because they challenge
cadetsand enable them to earn a sense of accomplishment.

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2016 SC Wing Awards Banquet
SC Wing:
30 July 2016
Lions, tigers, bears, cadets, and seniors – Oh my! What an awesome awards banquet.
Super doper specials thanks goes out to the best Wing Administrator in the program for
making the presentations of 260 awards easy for even a hand full of bird and light
colonels.
The fabulous day was highlighted with the company of the Region Commander, Col.
John Knowles and his wife Maj. Teri Knowles, MER Health Services Officer and was
capitalized with a visit to the zoo. Luckily the cloud cover encroached and the 102
degree forecast was not achieved- but it was still close.
The 260 awards broke down into general awards, Thunder over the Midlands, Oct 2015
Flood ES Event, and End of the Year awards. Those who were not able to attend missed
a great event.

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Col Frances Smith and Lt Col Chris Peterson

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SC Wing Commander’s Call
27 Aug 2016

New leadership for Charleston Civil Air Patrol
By JB Charleston Public Affairs| August 30, 2016

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Civil Air Patrol's Coastal
Charleston Squadron welcomes a new commander as Capt. Jim Greco accepts the
squadron flag from South Carolina wing commander, Col. Francis Smith, August 15,
2016, at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Assisting in the ceremony is Cadet Col.
Tyler Hoover (center). Capt. Jim Greco assumed command from Capt. Steve Hyland. As
part of the ceremony, Capt. Hyland was later promoted to Major.(Courtesy photo)

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BIRD'S-EYE VIEW: Civil Air Patrol shows Matthew's aftermath
Published: Wednesday, October 12th 2016, 11:40 pm EDT
Updated: Thursday, October 13th 2016, 5:53 am EDT
By Chad Mills, Reporter
MARION COUNTY, SC (WIS) For the past few days, Major Steve Askew and Major Randy Renz have spent a lot of
time above the Palmetto State.
"We've had a pretty busy week, and we had a number of aircraft from adjoining states
that came in to assist us,” said Askew, who’s from Seneca.
Both are volunteers with the South Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
"We're an auxiliary with the of the U.S. Air Force,” Askew said.
In a Wednesday afternoon flight, the two gave WIS a bird's-eye-view of an area of the
state still recovering after Hurricane Matthew.
"What you'll see is a town basically about two or three feet, deeper in places,
underwater,” Askew explained.
After the short flight, it was hard to miss the devastation. The small Marion County town
of Nichols doesn't look like a town at all right now.
"You certainly feel for those people that are affected. Unlike us, they probably can't see
what all's been impacted,” Askew said.
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Homes and businesses are surrounded by water. Fields and pastures are submerged. Each
structure or car is like an island. It’s all after heavy rain during Hurricane Matthew
helped nearby rivers rise drastically.
"This is not my home state, but it's hard not to be sad for the people involved. You see the
houses, and you know it'll take them years to recover,” said Askew.
"I'm sure that there's a lot of hurt in that community and a lot of thought about how
they're going to recover from such a disaster for that area,” Renz added.
For days, it's been the job of the Civil Air Patrol to monitor conditions from the air, to
take a lot of pictures, and to relay that info to first responders on the ground.
Majors Askew and Renz also helped troopers reverse lanes on I-26 before the storm.
"We did about a four-hour orbit between Columbia and Interstate 95,” Askew said.
"It was really something to see from the sky. I don't think anyone appreciates exactly how
complicated that is,” added Renz.
It's tiring work that the two will keep doing for free to help the hundreds still in crisis
below.
The Civil Air Patrol Wing Commander said after dozens of missions over the past few
days, the number they're flying now is winding down. However, they're going to continue
to keep the pieces in place in case they're needed in the coming days.

Hurricane Matthew
Posted Mon Oct 31 2016
A message from Col John Knowles, MER Commander: Thank you to all our amazing
Airmen who put service before self. This is especially true for our members in the
Carolina's who often times left their own unfortunate circumstances to help others. We all
owe a debt to them and their families who carr...

Hurricane Matthew
Posted Fri Oct 14 2016
As the sun begins to set and SCWG operations wind down after Hurricane Matthew, we
would like to thank all of the amazing volunteeer airmen and agencies who assisted us
during this time. Special thanks go out to Kentucky Wing Civil Air Patrol, Indiana Wing,
Civil Air Patrol, Maryland Wing, Civil Air ...

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SC Wing Wins Gold – Well, National Awards!
Col Smith accepts the Air Force Northern Command/1st Air Force Commander's Award
for outstanding mission work during the October 2015 Floods in SC. Also, recognized for
their support were the Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia Wings as well as
the Middle East Region Headquarters. Thanks to all of our CAP airmen for their
dedication and service to the citizens of SC.
Congratulations to Col Jay Lindler, who received the Distinguished Service Award as
well as the Col Edwin W. Lewis Incident Staff Member of the Year Award at the CAP
National Conference in Nashville, TN. Well earned, Col Lindler!
SC Wing Members earned and won the Excellence in Disaster Relief Award. Go Team!

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Ace Basin Composite Squadron (MER-SC-113)
Ace Basin Composite Squadron in Colleton County, near Walterboro, SC had joined the
ranks of units within the SC Wing. The unit will be Commanded by Capt. Frank Billera
(fbilleracapsq@gmail.com) and supported by a large contingent of former Walterboro
Composite Squadron. Names for by the nature reserve formed at the foot of the
Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto River, the Ace Basin is one of the largest estuaries on
the Atlantic Coast.
Please join me in welcoming the Ace Basin, Capt. Billera, and unit members to the Wing.

Pictured (l to r): Roger Dale Medlin, Mike Polesnek, James Wilson

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Commander’s Call – With the National Commander
65 Officers and Cadets were in attendance during this weekend’s Commander’s Call,
including a surprise visit from the National Commander, CAP, Major General Joe
Vasquez.


 

 

Attendees were able to learn task and garner sorties towards qualification as UDF, MRO,
and MSO personnel. Many people took advantage of the personnel in Columbia to gain
Form 5’s and Form 91 checkouts. And everyone was treated to a pre-lunch and learn
session from Lt. Col. Nicole Shaffner regarding Subordinate Unit Inspections.

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AE Day at Commander’s Call
12 Nov 2016
Lt. Dana King from the Grand Strand Composite Squadron (SC-114) and Lt. Col. Chris
Peterson SC Wing (001) provided three hands on, interactive, entertaining AE/STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs for cadets and seniors during
Commanders Call. Lt. King introduced a highly entertaining, skillful, and scientific
program having candidates (Cadets and Seniors) land a model airplane sliding down a
string. Later, he threw a spin on the program by having the candidate wear “Fatal
Vision” goggles. Everyone enjoyed the program.

Lt. Col. Chris Peterson introduced two lessons his wife, Major Tina Peterson, Director of
AE for the Wing and Middle School Science and Math teacher performs with her
students. The first was an icebreaker which included deductive reasoning, AE
knowledge, interview skills, and public speaking. The second was a material course
where the teams must make a cocoon for an egg to survive a drop from 5 feet, with
limited resources and supply. The winners are shown below.

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South Carolina Wing gathered at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
Posted 20 Nov 2016
CHARLOTTE, NC: On November 5th, seven members of the South Carolina Wing
gathered at the U.S. National Whitewater Center with the goal of gaining new skills and a
greater understanding of how to survive on their own in the event they find themselves in
a life or death situation. The Cadets and Senio...

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Cadet Major Noah Eudy Solos
Posted 28 Nov 2016
CAP Flight Instructor Capt Brian Turrisi and Cadet Major Noah Eudy pose in front of
N916CP a Cessna 172 recently assigned to the SC Wing. Cadet Eudy successfully
soloed on Nov 22nd, marking a successful journey for himself and the Wing as SC
continues to grow its successful Cadet Flight Training Program. C/Eudy marks the
5th cadet soloed in the SC Wing with SC Wing Flight Instructors and assigned Aircraft
since the program was re-introduced in 2013. Congratulations to Cadet Eudy, Capt
Turrisi, and Lt. Col. Mark Bailey (not pictured) for conducting a stage check ensuring
C/Eudy was ready for his wings.
Congratulations to C/Maj Noah Eudy on his solo flight today and to Capt Brian Turrisi
on his excellent instruction!!!

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Cadet Ball
3 Dec 2016
The 2nd SCWG Cadet Ball took place in Columbia earlier today. It was well attended by
units from across the wing. Over 100 cadets, senior members, family, and friends were in
attendance.

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Cadet Ball (cont.’)
3 Dec 2016

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CAP 75th Anniversary
3 Dec 2016
A rare photograph of the current and former “Carolina” Wing Commanders during the
75th Anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Air
and Space Museum. (From left to right: Col Jay Lindler, Col Frances Smith, Col Robert
J. Bailey,Col. David E. Crawford

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This van was repaired for free for the Beaufort squadron of Civil Air
Patrol by Beaufort Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Beaufort Squadron Receives Van
Posted by Rebecca Lurye
December 30, 2016
A Beaufort car dealership recently came through for a local unit of the Civil Air Patrol,
which found itself short one important piece of equipment.
The Beaufort squadron of the patrol, which is the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force,
had a broken-down van that was too old to repair and too expensive to replace. When
Beaufort Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, on Salem Road, learned of the unit’s
situation, it located the hard-to-find parts necessary to fix the van and performed the labor
free of charge.
The dealer had to rebuild the entire rear of the van, according to David Zeoli, a Civil Air
Patrol squadron commander and major at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and
Emergency Management Division.
The squadron can now use the vehicle for training exercises and missions.

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Remembering  Our  Fallen  -­‐‑  One  Wreath  at  a  Time  
December  17,  2016

Greenville Compsite Squadron honoring veterans at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery

Civil Air Patrol units across the country are working with Wreaths Across America to
place wreaths on the headstones at Arlington National Cemetery and at other military
cemeteries nationwide on December 17th. Greenville Composite Squadron placed
wreaths at the M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson, South Carolina. The
Greenville squadron's goal was to place wreaths on all veterans' headstones in the M.J.
"Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery this year. To do so, they needed help in the form of
many donations. The cost of each wreath was $15. Support from many, makes all the
difference in making our mission a success. A small portion of the donations help to
provide continuing support for Greenville Composite Squadron.

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Wing HQ – Congressional Gold Medal Presentations
4 Dec 2016
SC Wing CAP presented two Congressional Gold Medals Sunday to WWII CAP
members Sarah Leverette and Jefferson Blakely Bates (posthumously).

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Historical Display

Col Emerson Smith

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Attendees

Jefferson Blakely Bates

Family of Jefferson B. Bates

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Col Emerson Smith presents Sara Leverette her certificate.

At Owens-Hamilton Field

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HONOREE

Jefferson Blakely Bates
Jefferson B. Bates (1896-1966) was one of the
first squadron commanders in theSouth
Carolina Wing, appointed byColonel
DexterMartin, the SC WingCommander.
He was thefirst commanderfor the Columbia
Squadron(now calledColumbia Composite
Squadron)with a baseat Owens Field
(now called the JimHamilton-LB Owens
Airport). He led thesquadron from1941
through the mid-1940s,at least through1946.
From 1940 through 1966, he was the State Treasurer of South Carolina,
establishing a very high financial and credit rating for South Carolina.
He flew his own airplane for the Civil Air Patrol. Sarah Leverette, one of
his squadron members, flew in his airplane as a passenger, tossing leaflets
out of the airplane over Columbia to encourage young men to join the Army
Air Corps. Such private aircraft in South Carolina aircraft were used in the
Civil Air Patrol to fly military officials around the state, deliver
documents, fly over the Atlantic Ocean on the coastal patrol in search of
German submarines and to fly targets behind their aircraft to give antiaircraft gunners on the ground practice in shooting down enemy aircraft.
He organized flight training and education for young men at Owens Field to
become qualified to enter the Army Air Corps as pilots in Europe and other
theaters of war during World War II. He also organized ceremonies to
remember South Carolina's Civil Air Patrol pilots who died while serving
their country during World War II.

Submitted by Col Emerson Smith

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HONOREE

SARAH LEVERETTE, 96
BY SARAH ELLIS
sellis@thestate.com

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC
Sarah Leverette could have married and
lived the homebound lifestyle of many
women who came of age in the 1930s
and ’40s in Anderson, South Carolina.
Instead, she turned down “a couple” of
proposals, including one she seriously
considered, while studying law at the
University of South Carolina. There, she was the only woman in her graduating
class of 1943, following just two women who finished ahead of her.
“I said to myself, ‘You have to weigh being married and sitting in a kitchen or
using your three years of law school.’ It was a pretty hard decision,” Leverette
said. “I did have sense enough to know my future life weighed on this decision.”
It was shortly after beginning her law career that she wanted to learn to fly and
ferry military aircraft as other women were doing. However, Sarah wore glasses
and was too short. So in 1944 Sarah heard about the Civil Air Patrol and thought
she could serve her country there as a cadet.
Based at Owens Field, the only woman in her squadron, she remembers
accompanying her CO, former SC State Treasurer Jeff Bates throughout the
community to promote CAP. She flew as a passenger in small aircraft owned by
CAP members. One task was to drop leaflets with such messages as, “Buy War
Bonds” on small communities around the Midlands from a bi-plane.
One of her other memories from CAP was “Drill, Drill, Drill.”
Sarah states that she still has her uniform from back then.

Submitted by Col Emerson Smith

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“Seneca Woman Honored for Her
ServiceTo The Civil Air Patrol”
Louise Smith Osborne, 84
A trip to the Anderson Regional Airport for
Louise Smith Osborne, 84, was meant to bring back
fond memories of her earlier years ? when she was a
teen and a member of the Civil Air Patrol.
Congress established the Civil Air Patrol in 1941,
and now the patrol serves as the civilian auxiliary of
the United States Air Force. Osborne joined the Seneca
squadron of the Civil Air Patrol in 1942, when she
was 16 and a student at Westminster High School,
said her daughter, Lisa Burgess.
Then the United States was fighting in World War II. For Osborne, who now lives in
Seneca, serving in the Civil Air Patrol was a way that she could serve her country, she
said. "Everybody at school knew about it," Osborne said. "I just loved to get in the
uniform and be part of it."
The Civil Air Patrol has recently been tasked with homeland security and courier service
missions. They also perform nonauxiliary missions for various governmental and private
agencies, such as local law enforcement and the American Red Cross.
Osborne served in the air patrol for about two years. She participated in local training
exercises designed to prepare the area for any natural disasters or in the event of an
enemy attack.
The flight that was scheduled for Tuesday did not take place for a number of reasons,
including weather.
But Maj. James Freeman, who leads the Anderson squadron of the air patrol, said the
squadron has been working on inducting Osborne into their group since last year. The
squadron's members have paid for her dues for the year and will welcome her aboard a
Civil Air Patrol flight any time she wants to take to the skies.

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"We wanted to honor her generation, the earliest generation of the Civil Air Patrol,"
Freeman said. "She is part of our history."
Louise Smith Osborne, who joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1942 at the age of 16, recently
joined the Anderson Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol after its members paid her dues.

By Charmaine Smith-Miles of the Independent Mail

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Lt Col Emery M. Overcash
March 14, 2014—Moore, SC

For ground support service in the Civil Air Patrol
during WWII, CAP Coastal Patrol Veteran,
Emery M. Overcash of Moore, SC, was recently
recognized with a life Membership in CAP,
promoted to the grade of Lt Col and approved for
the CAP Exceptional Service Award. In a private
ceremony at Lt Col Overcash’s home today he
was presented with the CAP Exceptional Service
Award and other CAP memorabilia by Maj Lee
Safley, CAP, SC Wing Chief of Staff, on behalf of
the SCWG and CAP National Headquarters.
Lt Col Overcash was a student, at the time of his
membership and service in CAP, during WWII. He
was stationed at Coastal Patrol Base 21 in
Beaufort, North Carolina (NC) where he served
from 14 Oct 1942 to 31 Aug 1943. Following his
time in the Civil Air Patrol, he enlisted and served in the US Army Air Corp until the
end of the War.
Asked about his career, Lt Col Overcash recalled many of the events of his time on the
Beaufort, NC base, which included an episode when a CAP air crew from the base located a
German submarine one (1) mile off of the NC coast. The crew then notified US Marine Corp
fighter planes, which then targeted and sank the enemy sub. He also recalled loading 100lb
bombs on CAP aircraft, the crash and loss of life of CAP air crew members on takeoff, and
the emergency belly crash-landing of a fighter plane on the CAP base airfield.
During WWII, CAP flew 24 million over-water miles, from 21 bases located on the east and
gulf coasts, spotted 173 subs, attacked 57, damaged 17 and sank one, (possibly two). CAP
also located the survivors of 363 ships, which were lost to enemy action, reported 91 vessels
in distress and found 17 floating mines.
Single engine planes were flown up to 50 miles off-shore. The multi-engine amphibians flew
up to 200 miles at sea. Engine failures were common back then. Some 90 CAP aircraft were
ditched. Among some 59 CAP pilots killed in WWII, 26 of them were lost at sea.

Submitted by Major Lee Safley

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Otha H. “Skeet” Vaughan Jr.
A proud cadet, Otha Vaughan Jr.

Then 15, Skeet Vaughan joined the South Carolina
Wing in the summer of 1944. He said his commemorated his first solo flight
mother
on
drove him to the meetings at an armory in May 26, 1946, with this photo of
Anderson, where he and the other eight to 10
his instructor, Leonard H. Meldeau,
cadets learned close order military drill and his parents, Ethel and Otha
and
studied aeronautics, including staging a model at a grass strip airfield in
Sr.,
airplane building contest. Before he graduated
Seneca, S.C.
from high school, he had soloed in a Piper J-3
Cub at the airport in Seneca.
Vaughan left the Anderson squadron with the rank
of cadet master sergeant to participate in the Army
ROTC program at Clemson A&M College (now
Clemson University), later joining Air Force ROTC once the U.S. Air Force was
established in 1947.
“My CAP training proved very helpful,” Vaughan said. “By the time I graduated from
Clemson, I was an Air Force ROTC Distinguished Military Student and received my
second lieutenant’s commission.” He served as an aircraft maintenance officer and as a
member of a jet engine research team at Tinker Field in Oklahoma. After 21 months of
active duty, Vaughan entered the Air Force Reserve; he retired from commissioned
service Tom and Dorothea Tiemann had their days as CAP cadets in common, though in
separate wings, when they met during World War II. His U.S. Air Force photo and her
CAP membership photo were reproduced as a memento of their 57th wedding
anniversary in 2002. “I had concluded a one-hour drill and was ʻcooling offʼ when
someone snapped this picture of me as a cadet first sergeant in the New Jersey Wing,”
wrote Russell Vizzi. More recently, Vizzi pulled duty as an aerial photographer
documenting the Gulf oil spill. Citizens Serving Communities 7
www.gocivilairpatrol.com 27 years later as a lieutenant colonel.
CAP is still a big part of his life. Since joining the Alabama Wing’s Huntsville Senior
Squadron in 2005, Vaughn has performed various CAP aerospace duties and served as an
aerospace education officer, as a flight crew member and as squadron historian.

From the National Civil Air Patrol Historical Website

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Master Sgt Mack G. Bailey, 89
Mr. Mack G. Bailey was born in the little town of
Lackey,West Virginia, March 23, 1927. Life wasn’t
easy in thismining town, just __ miles north of
Bluefield. But Mackand his family managed to
maintain a livelihood as allof his family did worked
together. One of his first jobswas as a dump truck
driver for the town of Welch.He was only 16 yrs old
at this time.
As World War II began, Mack wanted to do his part to
helphis country fight, but he was too young to join the military. However, in 1944, Mack
visited a local recruiter where he wasn’t quite truthful about his age to join up. He was
accepted and found himself assigned to the Calvary with real horses!
Shortly after World War II had ended, Mack was transferred to the Air Combat
Command and ended up at the reserve training center at Byrd Field in Sandston, Virginia.
Mack received the opportunity to study aircraft airframes and engines in Middletown,
Pennsylvania in 1946. Here, Mack learned to repair several aircraft to include the AT-6
“Texan”, AT-11 “Kansan”, and the C-45 “Expeditor.”
Upon returning to Byrd Field in 1947, he was promoted to Staff Sgt, got married to his
hometown sweetheart and began the next phase of his military career as a crew chief.
Though there were no more coastal patrolling by CAP, bases were still around. Mack
recalls that there were two CAP planes based at Byrd Field. His CO, Major Waymoth D.
Vestil, made sure those planes continued to fly. As crew chief, Mack serviced those
planes. Whatever those planes needed, maintenance, gas, repair, Mack took on those
tasks. And to check repairs, he would even fly the planes.
Mack states the CAP planes that were assigned to the base were Piper J-4 Cub Coupes
because he remembers repairing the cloth on the silver skin.Mack later went on to serve
nearly 27 years in the US Army, Army Air Corp and AF, serving at several bases in the
US and Germany. Mack currently lives in Lugoff, South Carolina.

Piper J-4 Coupe
Submitted by Col Larry K. Nelson

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“CAA Grounds All Private Airplanes”
December 8, 1941, The State Newspaper

 


 

 

 

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“Civil Air Patrol Gets Officers”
December 11, 1941, The State Newspaper


 

 


 

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“Organization of Civil Air Patrol Begins”
December 15, 1941, The State Newspaper

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Colonel Dexter C. Martin
Dexter Martin began flying as a” Barn Stormer” and obtained his pilot’s license in 1919,
which was signed by Orville Wright. He toured the Southeast in the famed Mabel Cody’s
Flying Circus. In 1935, the South Carolina Legislature created the state Aeronautics
Commission, and Martin was its first executive director. During World War II, he
developed the Lexington County Airport to base a special Defense Landing Program
known as Doolittle’s Raiders. He established the Palmetto School of Aeronautics for
aviation mechanism and was inducted into the Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame in 1976.
The photo of Lt. Col. Dexter C. Martin was taken in 1941 as Commander of the SC Civil
Air Patrol, a position held from 1941 through 1946. Link to Mabel Cody’s Flying Circus
webpage Aviation in South Carolina Thanks to the Rice Creek Elementary School Dexter
Martin (1897 – 1982), a barnstormer turned aeronautics commissioner, guided the
development of aviation in South Carolina through several decades of its fastest growth.
“Things were a lot different then. Airplanes had no instruments like today’s airplanes . . .
. If you weren’t sure where you were, you landed and asked somebody.” Dexter Martin
(Note: Martin did suggest painting the town’s name on the roof of a building.) Martin
began flying in 1919 when he took lessons with Amelia Earhart. He came to South
Carolina in the late 1920’s as a barnstormer in Mabel Cody’s Flying Circus. As Martin
flew the airplane, Miss Cody, niece of Wild West showman Buffalo Bill Cody, climbed
out of the plane on a rope ladder and painted “WOCO PEP” (the name of the airplane
fuel maker that sponsored her) on the wing. The show visited Camden, Bennettsville,
Orangeburg and many other towns. Martin earned his first pilot license in 1924. It was
issued in six languages and was signed by Orville Wright. In 1935, Martin was named the
first director of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission. He helped develop many of
the state’s important aviation centers, including Columbia Metropolitan Airport and
Shaw, McEntire and Myrtle Beach air force bases.

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“Six Squadrons of State Civil Air Patrol to Take Part in Maneuvers;
300 Participate”
September 6, 1942, The State Newspaper

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This article mentions Mr. Jeff Bates (Columbia Squadron Commander)
22 November 1942, The State Newspaper

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“Air Patrol Has Maneuvers In Columbia”
State Newspaper article featuring Jeff Bates (Columbia Squadron Commander)
1943

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“Civil Air Patrol Gives Exhibition Here On Sunday”
7 June 1945

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“Civil Air Patrol Sets Big Reunion”
2 August 1961, The State Newspaper

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Happy 75
Anniversary

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