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

1 January 2017 – 31 December 2017

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

FROM: AL/CC

SUBJECT: Approval of 2017 Alabama Wing History
1. The attached 2017 Alabama Wing History has been reviewed and is approved.
2. Point of contact for the 2016 Alabama Wing History is Lt Col David K. Hartin, CAP.
The Wing Historian e-mail is HO@ALWG.US.

James B. Lewis, Colonel, CAP
Commander

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TITLE PAGE
COMMANDER’S APPROVAL LETTER ................................................................................. 1
TABLE OF CONTENTS.......................................................................................................... . 2
INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF ......................................................................................... 4
CHAPTER I: DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES ...................................................... 7
CHAPTER II: DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION .................................................. 10
CHAPTER III: DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS ............................................................ 11
APPENDIX I: CHAPTERS I-III Data and Statistics .................................................................. 16
Operations
Aerospace Education
Cadet Programs
APPENDIX II: Unit Staff-Data and Statistics ........................................................................... 35
Unit Map
Unit Organization
Unit Command and Staff Listings
APPENDIX III: Director of Logistics-Data and Statistics .......................................................... 47
Supply
Transportation
Maintenance
APPENDIX IV: Director of Communications-Data and Statistics ............................................... 48
Communications Operations
Communications Facilities and Equipment
APPENDIX V: Director of Professional Development- Data and Statistics ................................ 50
Professional Development

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APPENDIX VI: Staff Officers-Data and Statistics ...................................................................... 54
Administration
Personnel
Recruiting & Retention
Plans and Programs
Public Affairs
Information Technology
Finance-Financial Statement
Chaplain
Historian
Health Services
APPENDIX VII: Special Staff Officers-Date and Statistics ........................................................ 57
Inspector General
Safety
Government Relations
Legal

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INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF AND NARRATIVE OF MAJOR EVENTS
Wing Commander
Vice Commander
Chief of Staff

James B. Lewis,
James Harris,
Talmadge Butler,

Col
Lt Col
Lt Col

SUMMARY NARRATIVE OF MAJOR ACTIVITIES
Alabama Wing’s 2017 started out with the continuation of the Alabama Wing Emergency Services
School lead by Lt Col Mike Long. After 20 years, his team continues to execute their roles and training at
the highest levels, ensuring a professional emergency services corps. The emphasis on WESS training and
the extreme focus on standardization was a direct contribution to our success at the Air Force Operations
Evaluation. The Alabama Wing WESS Team has created a program that has been emulated across the
Southeast Region and the nation. This amazing program is available to all members regardless of age. One
of the graduates of the 2017 WESS Program has over 70 years of CAP experience.
In January the wing held the annual Wing Cadet Competition under the new competition rule and
format. The wing was able to send two teams to the Southeastern Region (SER) Cadet Competition. The
champions were the Bessemer Composite Squadron, and the runner up, Maxwell Composite Squadron.
The Alabama Wing conducted multiple Search and Rescue Exercises at Clanton, Bessemer,
Tuscaloosa, and Gadsden. This excellent training involved every level of exercises from ground team
member, to mission pilot, and throughout all of the incident command (IC) staff. New initiatives were
implemented increasing unit effectiveness and streamlining the processing of participants. The wing
began using techniques that allowed for better communication between our customers, providing increased
situational awareness, and improving the delivery time of our products.
The new format of the Alabama Wing’s Annual Conference, held in Montgomery, received many
positive comments. The planning staff plan to continue that format so everyone gets a chance to
experience as much as possible at the conference. The next Wing Conference for 2018 is scheduled for
Mobile at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel April 20-22, 2018.
The Cadet Professional Development weekend was conducted at the Bessemer Squadron in April.
During the Wing Commanders visit with the cadets, he received only positive feedback on the training.
Cadets hoped the wing could continue to do more of that type of training. That same weekend the wing
conducted the first Training Leader of Cadets (TLC) course at Bessemer.
The National Check Pilot Course was conducted the weekend of May 19th in Pell City. Jackson
State Community College allowed the wing to conduct classes in their facilities. The new CAP
Regulation 70-1 was a large part of the deliberation, discussing the way forward and how to implement its
changes.
In June, Alabama hosted the Mississippi/Alabama Encampment at Fort McClelland Army National
Guard Training Center. Lt Col Michael Guthrie served as Commander and C/Col Noa Bender from the
Mississippi Wing served as Cadet Commander. All cadets received a quality encampment with activities
like glider/powered flights, shooting simulated firearms at the U. S. Army National Guard Training
Center, rappelling with the 20th Special Operations Group, Birmingham, medevac helicopter
demonstrations and tours, and much, much more.

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In April the Alabama Wing supported Civil Air Patrol (CAP) National Headquarters with
personnel providing staffing for three areas at the Thunderbird Air Show held at Maxwell AFB. The event
was attended by the CAP National Commander.
The Alabama Wing Aerospace Education Team had a very successful year. They conducted
multiple in-school recruiting events, worked out multiple agreements with schools, including an agreement
with Troy University, and have recruited many Aerospace Education Members’s. At the end of the year
the wing was at 425 Aerospace Education Members, and 39 Aerospace Educatoin Schools.
The Wing Finance Officer, Lt Col Brian Williams and the Wing Recruiting Team led by Maj Trish
Coghlan visited with multiple schools in order to create in-school programs. Their success resulted in the
creation of a wing standardized plans to ensure success at other schools.
New associations were developed with the U.S. Army. The Alabama Wing CAP provided aircraft to
train U.S. Army Air Traffic Controllers. This is expected to develop into a long-term relationship. The
1-58th Aviation Regiment Operations Officer told the Wing Commander that he hopes to include CAP in
monthly training opportunities. This creates a need for more mission pilots to meet the Army
demand. This is just one of the benefits of being included as part of the Air Force's Total Force.
As a result of the intense WESS and SAREX training throughout the year, the Alabama Wing earned
a grade of “Outstanding” (highest rating) during its Bi-Annual Air Force Operation Evaluation. Not only is
this the highest rating the wing could receive but the Ops Eval Leadership team was told the Alabama
Wing was “by far the best they’ve seen”. Five areas received an Outstanding and the remainder Excellent.
During the Ops Eval, a cadet was testing in one of the back offices of the terminal building. She
passed her tests and earned her Spaatz Award. Afterward completing the test, she returned to work as part
of the mission management team at the Ops Eval. C/Col Katrina Hunkapiller was honored at the 2017
National Conference in San Antonio, TX.
Wing members attended a Fly-In at the Evergreen Airport to continue our recruiting and retention
efforts.
Shortly after the Ops Eval, wing staff were planning for a region-wide SAREX. Unfortunately,
Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico. The Alabama Wing provided the first CAP team on
the ground in Puerto Rico after the Irma. The team deployed, setup an initial ICP, setup communications,
missions, logistics, and all of the other required pieces to ensure mission success. The wing also responded
to Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria.
The Alabama Wing selected a new wing patch. At the end of the year, the wing was awaiting for the
National Uniform Committee to approve it. That is the last step before the patch can be ordered.
The wing conducted ICS 300 & ICS 400 courses over two weekends. This enabled CAP members
who could not take off from work during the week to complete these required courses. The wing has a
ICS trainer approved by National Headquarters to teach these “hard-to-get” courses to CAP members.
Alabama Wing cadets and seniors participated in Wreaths Across America. This annual event
include a wreath presentation at the state capital, and wreaths laid at two National Cemeteries in Alabama.
The Ironman competition, planning committee led by 1st Lt Collette, was held at the Alabama Fire
College in Tuscaloosa. The Redstone Composite Squadron earned first place and will now have the honor
of holding this event in Huntsville next year. This outstanding facility in Tuscaloosa is available for
Ironman and other CAP events, as needed.

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Plans were completed to implemented the Group Command Structure beginning in 2018. On
January 1st, eServices will reflect the groups and approval procedure requirements will be enforced. This
initiative will better help those squadrons that need the support and attention they need to be successful.

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Chapter I Emergency Services
Director of Operations
Standardization-Evaluation
Emergency Services
Counter Drug Officer

William D. Reed
Ricky L. Phillips
Michael M Long
Sharon L. Lusk

Maj
Maj
Lt Col
Capt

NARRATIVE
In 2017 the Alabama Wing had 8 qualified Incident Commanders, 37 Mission Pilots, 105
Mission Observers, and 140 Mission Scanners. Other assets include 19 vehicles, 13 single engine
aircraft and one glider. Total hours flown was 2,034.6 for 2017.
The 3/58 Airfield Operations Battalion, U.S. Army requested CAP support in training their
students. The wing flew 69 missions in support of their training. A second operation was planned but
cancelled. The wing is looking forward to developing new relations with the U.S. Army.
This year the Wing Emergency Services School (WESS) celebrated 20 years of service to the
wing. One of the graduates joined CAP as a thirteen year old cadet during WWII.
The wing received an overall “Outstanding” on the Operations Evaluation conducted 11-13
August 2017. Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, served as mission base. The evaluators noted the wing
performed all missions with professional and motivated personnel. For the evaluation the Wing fielded
six aircraft, eight vehicles and 74 CAP members including 59 senior members and 15 cadets. The wing
successfully located two simulated missing aircraft, completed two time-critical medical transport
missions, established and maintained radio communications at distance, and successfully delivered
sensitive imagery of over 50 designated targets.
Areas rated Outstanding include: Incident Commander, Lt Col Yarbrough, Mission Safety
Officer Capt Clayton, Mission Public Information Officer, 1st Lt Collette, Operations Section Chief, and
Air Operations Branch, Maj Reed and Logistics Section Chief, Maj Hester. These individuals were also
listed as Superior Performers. All other areas were rated “Excellent”.
On a historical note, the airport opened in April 1940 as Van De Graaff Field. During World
War II, detachment of the 51st Flying Training Group, United States Army Air Force, conducted
primary pilot training at this location. The facility used Fairchild PT-19s and a few P-40 Warhawks.
Beginning in June 1943, Free French Air Force flight cadets began to arrive at the school for primary
flight training.
The wing conducted ten search and rescue missions and was credited with one life saved and
eight finds.
The Alabama Wing provided the initial response from the mainland to Puerto Rico for
Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Lt Col Harvey Yarbrough served as the Incident Commander for both
missions.
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The response for Hurricane Irma (17-1-5752 & 17-1-5753) was planned as a seven-day mission
of documentation of damage from the hurricane. They completed their mission in four days. Their
deployment started at 1:15 a.m. on Friday morning, First Lieutenant Nick Madison, with the Tuscaloosa
Composite Squadron drove the squadron van to Birmingham where he picked up Lt Col Harvey
Yarbrough (Birmingham) Alabama Wing Operations Director and Major Bill Reed (Gadsden) the
Alabama Wing Emergency Services Director. They drove to Tyndall Air Force Base in Pensacola,
Florida where they met with the rest of the CAP Southeast Region team heading to San Juan. These
members included Lt Col Don Hamblin and Maj Jim Davis of the Florida Wing, Major Gary Fiser of
Tennessee Wing and Major Pedro Feliciano, of CAP-USAF. The team traveled to Puerto Rico on a C40C. Their flight left Tyundall heading due East, skirting around Hurricane Irma as she battered
Florida.
Upon arrival the first thing they noticed in San Juan was the vegetation damage and debris, but
not a lot of structural damage. They reported to the Incident Command Post that had been established
by the Puerto Rico Wing (PRWG). The arrival of the response team, provided an opportunity for
Puerto Rico members to attend to their homes and other responsibilities. Lt Col Yarbrough served as
Incident Commander and Maj Reed served as Operations Section Chief.
Taskings began to be assigned through FEMA and First Air Force. The main tasking involved
aerial photography missions and personnel transport. The main objectives were St. Thomas and St.
John, then all the islands for general damage assessment in a full grid pattern. They were also assessing
staging areas for security robustness and addressing infrastructure concerns. They found massive
destruction on St. Thomas and St. John while St. Croix did not have much significant damage.

The response to Hurricane Maria (18-1-5808A & 18-1-5808B) was significantly different. The
team deployed for an eight-day mission, with water and rations to sustain them for the duration. They
arrived in San Juan, to an entirely different environment. The city had been hard hit in the Hurricane.
They set up operations in a hospital that was on emergency power and had a backup water supply.
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During this mission, they used a Google Docs program developed by a CAP member. This
enabled the team to draw on a planning section, located in Dallas, Texas. Their liaison was the FEMA
(Response Coordination Center) RCC, located in Washington, D.C. The eight-day deployment
extended to ten days to provide an opportunity to overlap with the CAP team relieving them. They
were able to upload over 38,000 images into the FEMA uploader.
The wing provides support to homeland security. During 2017 over nineteen HLS missions
were flown for AFNORTH JMAC testing. Another eight missions were flown for JMAC AMRDEC
Cessna Support.
The Alabama Wing did not have a Counterdrug mission in 2017. However, the Wing has
Counterdrug trained personnel. Wing assets have provided support to other wings when their internal
capabilities were exceeded.

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Chapter II: Aerospace Education
Director of Aerospace Education
External Aerospace Education Officer
Internal Aerospace Education Officer

Silvano A. Wueschner
Rodney Stephens
Nina L. Wills

Lt Col
Maj
Maj

Internal Aerospace Education
The Redstone Composite Squadron qualified for the fourth consecutive Aerospace Excellence
(AEX) award in 2017. The Squadron Aerospace Education Officer, 2nd Lt Dan Anderson developed
and presented an introduction to national missile defense to the cadets of the 2017 Alabama/Mississippi
encampment.

External Aerospace Education
The Alabama wing Aerospace Education Program had 425 members and 39 schools at the close
of calendar year 2017. Members participated in a number of External Aerospace Education events in
2017. The weekend of April 8th & 9th, Cadets and Senior Members from several squadrons (Auburn,
Bessemer, Birmingham, Shelby County Maxwell and Tuscaloosa) assisted Wing Staff and National
Headquarters personnel at the Thunderbirds Air Show at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama.

Maj Rodney Stephens, External Aerospace Education Officer,
Alabama Wing demonstrates the Tuscaloosa Squadron AL-024
Hovercraft to Major General Joseph Vazquez CAP National
Commander. The National Commander visited the event in
civilian clothing and talked to a number of Cadets about CAP.

Wing members assisted CAP National at display of STEM kits
available for Aerospace Education Programs. They are assisted
by the CAP Mascots.

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Chapter III Cadet Programs
Director of Cadet Programs
Cadet Programs Development Officer
Cadet Activities Officer
Drug Demand Reduction.

Ronald W. Hanson
Samuel A. Ogilvie
Nathan D. Wills
Belinda E. Scott

Lt Col
Maj
1st Lt
1st Lt

NARRATIVE
Alabama Wing Cadet Program had a very busy year in 2017. The wing hosted the annual
Alabama/Mississippi encampment. Orientation flights, glider flights, airshow, and a host of other
activities were available in addition to the regular cadet training offered at the unit level.

Cadet Orientation Flights
During CY 2017 Alabama Wing cadets had a number of opportunities to take part in orientation flights,
as well as other flight training, in several powered aircraft and glider. Cadet flying during the year
included 526 cadet orientation flights.

Wreaths Across America
Several squadrons participate in Wreaths Across America. The Bessemer Squadron and Tuscaloosa
Squadron work the Alabama National Cemetery in Shelby County, next to the American Village. The
Auburn Composite Squadron places wreaths at the Fort Mitchell National Cemetery. The events took
place on December 16, 2017. Prior to the event, a ceremony is held in Montgomery. The Bessemer
Cadets present a wreath at the State Capital on December 11, 2017.

Bessemer Cadets pictured with Governor Ivy
December 11, 2017

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Cadet Programs

The Alabama Wing hosted the Alabama/Mississippi Encampment in 2017 at Ft. McClelland,
Alabama. Lt Col Michael J. Guthrie, CAP served as the Commander and C/Col Noah G. Bender, CAP
was the Cadet Commander for the 2017 Alabama / Mississippi Wing Summer Encampment June 17-24,
2017. This year 104 Cadets attended the encampment.

Monday physical training activity.

Cadets training for rappelling course in
Little River Canyon.

Encampment Recap. Day 0 started the week off with a hot 86 degrees. Day 1 saw the weather still
scorching. The highlight of the day was the arrival of the sea cadets. Day 2 saw the weather cooling to a
bearable 79 degrees. Day 3 was spent at the Gadsden airport. Cadets rode on CAP Cessnas and gliders
and climbed on a rock wall provided by the Alabama National Guard. Day 4 was spent at Fort
McClelland Army National Guard Training Center practicing with various simulations. Day five cadets
went to a cliff rappelling course in Little River Canyon. Day 6 was graduation.
The encampment staff published “The McClellan Times” which was posted daily to the
encampment Facebook page. The page received 12,000 posts read in two weeks. More details and
pictures are available at https://www.facebook.com/ALMSEncampment.

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Ironman Competition
The Mission Statement for Ironman Competition is to incorporate the three missions of Civil Air
Patrol into one competition, involving all squadrons of the wing, in a safe, competitive, challenging, and
most importantly, fun environment.
Eleven years ago, the Auburn Composite Squadron developed a rigorous 24-hour competition
known as Ironman. Open to senior members and cadets in the Alabama Wing, the annual Ironman
Competition test member’s aerospace knowledge, physical endurance, leadership, character, teamwork,
drill, uniform standards and emergency services aptitude. Initially teams of six converged in Auburn to
compete in bringing the Ironman trophy to their squadron. Over the years, hosting the competition became
the mission for the winning squadron. This was to allow each host squadron to put their own mark on the
competition. The competition is also opened to Southeast Region squadrons and a Mississippi Squadron
has won the event.
The Tuscaloosa Composite Squadron, AL-024, had the honor of hosting the competition in 2017.
The planning team started early in the year to locate a venue for the event. The Alabama Fire College,
located adjacent to the campus of Shelton State Community College was the host facility for the 2017
competition.
The competition started on Friday, November 10th and concluded Saturday afternoon November
The Veterans Day weekend was the only weekend the facility was available during October and
November that was not on a University of Alabama home football weekend. In honor of Veterans Day,
Saturday morning a flag ceremony was held at the Alabama Fallen Firefighters Memorial. In keeping
with the Emergency Services portion of the competition, the team was able to secure an emergency service
cook team. The “Cooking for Christ” team from First United Methodist Church, Tuscaloosa volunteered
to prepare the Saturday noon meal. The team used the event as training for preparing to support an actual
disaster.
11th.

1st Lt Cynthia Collette briefs cadets on
Activities after flag raising at the
Alabama Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

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In honor of the 75th Anniversary of CAP Cadet
programs, a commemorative coin was produced for
the event. One of the cadets in the Tuscaloosa
Squadron designed a marketing poster for the event
that featured a Captain in green fatigues, spats and
carrying a shield with a triblade propeller.
Eight teams competed for the eagle trophy that travels to the winning team’s home
squadron until they host the next competition.
The highlight of the competition is the Ironman run, which is a three to five mile run
with challenge stops testing emergency services skills, aerospace education, teamwork and
mental and physical task.
The 2017 CAP Ironman winners are:
Overall: First Place-Redstone Rockets
Second Place – Bessemer Team Ares
Third place-Chilton County Spartans
Aerospace Education:
First place – 117th Iron Warriors
Second place – Gadsden Groundhogs
Third place – Gadsden Knights in Shining Camo
Cadet Programs:
First place—Redstone Rockets Second
place- Bessemer Team Ares Third place
- Chilton County Spartans
Emergency Services
First place – Redstone Rockets
Second place – Gadsden Knights in Shining Camo
Third place – 117th Iron Warriors
Run:
First place – Bessemer The B-Team
Second place – Bessemer Team Ares
Third place – Chilton County Spartans.
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Team photos Saturday morning on the
drill field of Alabama Fire College. 1st
Lt Nick Madison is the masked Capt
in the middle.

The Redstone Rockets with the trophy for first
place overall. They will host the competition in
Huntsville in 2018.

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APPENDIX I: Chapters I-III Data and Statistics
Operations
Director of Operations
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
CIS Officer
Homeland Security Officer
Counterdrug Administrative Officer
Director of Emergency Services
Disaster Relief Officer
ES Training Officer

William D. Reed
Ricky L. Phillips
James W. Fogal
Paul K. Reid
Sharon L. Lusk
Bryce Kuykendall
David K. Hartin CEM
Nicholas R. Madison

Maj
Maj
Maj
Lt Col
Capt
Maj
Lt Col
1st Lt

Wing Emergency Services School (WESS)
Cadets and seniors have the opportunity to participate in classes during the winter at the WESS.
The home base for training in 2017 was the Officer Training School’s Blue Thunder site on Maxwell Air
Force Base, Alabama.
In 1997 WESS was started as a test-site for the National Emergency Services Curriculum (NESC)
and National Ground Search and Rescue (CGSAR) School. Since that time, WESS has grown to become
one of the longest running CAP ground team task training programs in the region.
WESS continues to be closely tied to CAP’s National Emergency Service Academy, with many of
our staff members serving at the national school and implementing the programs and methodological
changes we develop every year. In 2017 over 1/3 of the staff and students at NESC were from the
Alabama Wing.

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Cadet using a compass during Ground
Team Basic at WESS

Classroom time at WESS

Ground teams depart vehicles in preparation
for training exercise. The vans are
equipped with VHF and HF radios. Ground
teams have VHF portable radios to
communicate to the van that can relay
communications to operations center.

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Alabama Wing Conducts FEMA
Incident Command System Classes
A wing instructor taught ICS (Incident Command System) 300 and ICS 400 class for the wing.
This was through the new arrangement between CAP and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management
Agency) that allows CAP instructors to teach FEMA courses. Both classes are resident courses that are
traditionally taught during the week. The wing courses were taught at the Bessemer Squadron. Students
arrived on Friday evening and departed on Sunday afternoon. These courses enabled several CAP
members to complete Emergency Services requirements. Due to the success of the pilot program these
courses have been added to WESS training for 2018.

A-1 Search Missions 2017
Mission Number
17-M-0053
17-M-0081
17-M-0116
17-M-0194
17-M-197A
17-M-0244
17-M-0268
17-M-0278
17-M-0453
17-M-0902

Start Date
1/23/2017
2/9/2017
2/21/2017
3/24/2017
3/25/2017
4/13/2017
4/24/2017
4/30/2017
6/23/2017
11/14/2017

Mission End
1/23/2017
2/9/2017
2/22/2017
3/26/2017
3/25/2017
4/13/2017
4/24/2017
5/1/2017
6/24/2017
11/15/2017

Type
ELT
ELT
ELT
ELT
ELT
ELT
ELT
ELT
ELT
ELT

Air
0
1
0
2
0
0
3
0
0
1

Ground
0
1
1
3
1
0
1
0
1
1

A-5 Missions
Mission No
17-T-3871
17-T-4075
17-T-4364
17-T-4469
17-T-4582
17-T-4627
17-T-4863
17-T-4942
17-T-5110
17-T-5318
17-T-5603
18-T-3712

Mission Name
WESS-01
WESS-02
WESS-03
WING SAR DRGT X
WESS-04
AFNORTH DAART T
WESS-05
HURREX Dr
3Q SAR Dr Ap Dist
OPS EVAL 4Q SAREX
SE-2017
WESS Staff Training

Start
42740
42768
42796
42810
42824
42828
42852
42862
42894
42956
42991
43079

End
42744
42771
42799
42813
42827
42832
42855
42867
42897
42960
42995
43072

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Air
0
34
28
19
19
0
12
9
36
24
0
0

Ground
49
62
63
14
58
1
57
3
7
32
0 Cancelled
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A-6 & A-8 Junior ROTC Orides
Mission No
17-T-4147
17-T-4266
17-T-4305
17-T-4539
17-T-4540

Mission Name
AFJROTS Southview High School
AROTC Orides Tuskeegee U
AFJROTC-Orides
AFROTC March
AFJROTC March

Start
1/23/2017
2/1/2017
2/2/2017
3/8/2017
3/9/2017

End
1/31/2017
2/28/2017
2/28/2017
3/31/2017
3/31/2017

Air
2
15
10
11
7

End
43008
43023

A
69
4

B-Missions
Mission No
17-1-5197
18-1-3410

Mission Name
US Army 3/58th AOB
Hurricane Nate Support

Start
42897
43016

A=Air G=Ground

Other Missions
Mission No
17-1-4134
17-1-4577
17-1-4755
17-1-4757
17-1-4866
17-1-4959
17-1-5101
17-T-5328
17-1-5263
17 -1-5760
18-1-3408

Mission Name
Start
AFNORTH JMAC Testing
1/31/2017
AFNORTH JMAC Testing
3/21/2017
MAFB Airshow Display RELO 4/7/2017
MAFB Airshow Photo Ops
4/8/2017
AFNORTH NMAC Testing
4/27/2017
NCPSC
5/18/2017
AFNORTH JMAC Testing
5/31/2017
7/1/2017
JMAC AMRDE Cessna Support 7/18/2017
Irma relocate
9/8/2017
Relo for Hurricane Nate
10/6/2017
Note: A = Air ; G = Ground

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End
2/3/2017
3/24/2017
4/11/2017
4/9/2017
4/28/2017
5/31/2017
6/30/2017
9/30/2017
9/20/2017
9/14/2017
10/10/2017

Type
HLS
HLS
Other
Other
HLS
NCPSC
HLS
Chaplain
HLS
RELO
RELO

A G
6 0
8 0
4 0
2 0
2 0
22 2
3 0
1
8 0
7 2
3 0

G
0
0

Find

On 23 June 2017 wing task with locating an ELT Beacon that was activated. The beacon was located and
silenced.
Capt James Harris
AL-132
Lt Col John Jerman
AL-132
Capt James Oliff
AL-132
st Lt Randall Garriott
1
AL-132
Lt Col Austin Landry
AL-001

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AEROSPACE EDUCATION
Director of Aerospace Education
External Aerospace Education Officer
Internal Aerospace Education Officer

Silvano A. Wueschner Lt Col
Rodney Stephens
Maj
Nina L. Wills
Maj

The Alabama Wing has 43 Aerospace Education officers. They are broken down as follows:
AL-005 Mobile
5
AL-024 Tuscaloosa
4
AL 029 Dothan
3
AL-032 Montgomery 2
AL-041 Muscle Shoals 1
AL 055 Huntsville
5
AL-075 Gadsden
2
AL-087 Bessemer
4
AL-090 117th Air N.G.
3
AL-113 Auburn
3
AL-117- Chilton Co
1
AL- 118 Pell City
1
AL-119 Redstone
6
AL-126 Springville
1
AL 132 Central Alabama 2
AL-134 Cullman
3
AL-135 Mountain Lakes 1
During fiscal year 2017, Alabama had 120 School Applications. This was the highest number of
applications received in the nation. The closest was Texas with 118, followed by Georgia with 106. In
fiscal year 2017 16% of the AEX Unit applications in the Southeast Region were from Alabama (11
total).

AEM Demographic Totals
Total AEM Members: 116
1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017
Teacher:
Principal:
Counselor:
Superintendent:
Other:

104
05
0
0
0

K-3:
3rd-6th:
5th-9th
9th-12th
College

45
44
36
23
0

Public:
Private:
Parochial:
Charter:
Homeschool:
Other:

21

89
12
1
0
0
0

Science:
84
Math:
61
Social Studies:56
Language Arts: 4 3
Aerospace Ed: 23
JROTC:
4
Other:
0
Not Applicable: 0

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 required for completion of Level 3 in the
Senior Member’s Professional Development.
During 2017 Mobile Composite Squadron AL-005 and Redstone Composite Squadron AL-119
had the highest percentage of members that have earned the award. The only members in these units
without the award are those who recently joined.
Rank

Name

Award

Unit

Capt

Sandra G

Armstrong

Yeager

AL-001

Gregory D.

Pugliese

Yeager

AL-001

2nd Lt

Paul C.

Williamson

Yeager

AL-001

2nd Lt

Barry N.

Lewis

Yeager

AL-005

2nd Lt

Joseph S.

Webster

Yeager

AL-005

2nd Lt

Philip A.

Williamson

Yeager

AL-005

Capt

Heather L.

Lohse

Yeager

AL-005

2nd Lt

Jerry L.

Maddox

Yeager

AL-005

Capt

Brian R.

Baket

Yeager

AL-029

Capt

Kimberly F.

Mevers

Yeager

AL-029

1st Lt

Joel B.

Pendleton

Yeager

AL-029

Lt Col

William S.

Wynn

Yeager

AL-029

Maj

Eric J.

Stadler

Yeager

AL-029

2nd Lt

Melissa D

Davis

Yeager

AL-087

2nd Lt

Norman A.

Taylor

Yeager

AL-087

Capt

Angela E.

Lancaster

Maj

Thad F.

Mullins

Capt

Yeager
Yeager

22

AL-090
AL-090

Msgt

Kenneth B.

Lancaster

Yeager

AL-090

Lt Col

Edward B

Daly

Yeager

AL-113

2nd Lt

Tyler

Hislop

Yeager

AL-119

Lt Col

Ted D.

Satcher

Yeager

AL-119

Lt Col

Deborah J

Lytal-Britton

Yeager

AL-119

Lt Col

Robert F

Britton

Yeager

AL-119

Maj

Conley A.

Ownby

Yeager

AL-119

Lt Col

John M

Traylor

Yeager

AL-132

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Civil Air Patrol
Wing AE POA Report
Question

Totals
Aerospace Education Officer (AEO)

1. The squadron commander has appointed an AEO.

Yes (100.0 %)

Aerospace Education (AE) Specialty Track - 215
2. The squadron commander has enrolled the
squadron's primary AEO in the AE Specialty Track 215

Yes (100.0 %)

3. The squadron AEO presently holds an AE Specialty
Track rating

Yes (58.8 %)
No (41.2 %)
MASTER (23.5 %)

4. If yes, what is the highest rating the AEO has
achieved?

TECHNICIAN (17.6 %)
NONE (41.2 %)
SENIOR (17.6 %)

AE Excellence Award Program (AEX)
5. The squadron has enrolled in the AEX program.

Yes (11.8 %)
No (88.2 %)

6. The squadron will complete the AEX program.

Yes (52.9 %)
(47.1 %)

Model Rocketry Program
7. The squadron will complete the Model Rocketry
program

Yes (35.3 %)
(47.1 %)
No (17.6 %)

7. The squadron will complete the Model Rocketry
program

Yes (35.3 %)
(47.1 %)
No (17.6 %)

CAP STEM Kit Program
8. The Squadron will order a STEM Kit.

Yes (41.2 %)
(47.1 %)
No (11.8 %)

9. The squadron will complete the STEM Kit
evaluation.

Yes (47.1 %)
(47.1 %)
No (5.9 %)
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Yeager Award
10. The primary squadron AEO has earned the Yeager
Award.

Yes (88.2 %)

11. If no, then the squadron AEO will earn the Yeager
Award.

N/A (52.9 %)

12. Additional senior members will complete the
Yeager Award.

Yes (52.9 %)

No (11.8 %)

(47.1 %)

(47.1 %)

AE Award Nominations
13. The squadron will submit AE award nominations.

Yes (41.2 %)
(47.1 %)
No (11.8 %)

14. If yes, how many will be submitted?
Aerospace Education Member (AEM)
15. A squadron member will recruit an AEM?

Yes (47.1 %)
(47.1 %)
No (5.9 %)

A squadron member or members will assist or visit schools.
16. (Some examples of potential program
involvement)

ACE, AEX, Model Rocketry, STEM Kits, TOP Flight

17. List any other program involvement here.

Planning a STEM Magnet School briefing
Hovercraft design and development
Local First Responder Organization
ROTC

18. A squadron member will share information about
the AE mission and products with a community
organization.

Yes (47.1 %)
(47.1 %)
No (5.9 %)

19. Above and Beyond. The squadron may perform AE
activities above and beyond the listed items. Upload a
document describing these additional activities (or a
blank document if none).

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STEM Kits
TYLER

JONATHAN

589926

Hydraulic Engineering

Bryant Career Tech Center

SER

AL

Edit

TYLER

JONATHAN

589926

Raspberry Pi

Bryant Career Technical Center

SER

AL

Edit

TYLER

JONATHAN

589926

Weather Station

Bryant Career Tech Center

SER

AL

Edit

Colegrove

Jeff

589981

Robotics

Gadsden City High School

SER

AL

Edit

KING

ALISHA

583046

Rocketry

Childersburg Middle School

SER

AL

Edit

KING

ALISHA

583046

Sphero

Childersburg Middle School

SER

AL

Edit

Gilmore

Elizabeth

584668

Ready To Fly Quads

Rocky Ridge Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

LOUBSER

ANTON

592121

Quadcopter

SER-AL-087 - BESSEMER COMPOSITE SQ

SER

AL

Edit

Davis

Lauren

593205

Rocketry

Pike Road Schools

SER

AL

Edit

Davis

Lauren

593205

Sphero

Pike Road Schools

SER

AL

Edit

Perkins

Kathy

549551

Sphero

Verner Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

MURPHY

DAVID

550573

Ready To Fly Quads

Huntsville High School

SER

AL

Edit

ENGLISH

NEIL

557977

Ready To Fly Quads

SER-AL-041 - MUSCLE SHOALS COMPOSITE SQDN

SER

AL

Edit

BROADWAY

SHAYLA

558392

Bee-Bots

Homeschool

SER

AL

Edit

SPICER

LARRY

567315

Flight Simulator

SELMA HIGH SCHOOL AFJROTC, AL-091

SER

AL

Edit

BRUNER

SPRING

568383

Rocketry

Marbury Middle School

SER

AL

Edit

WILLIAMS

STACEY

569053

Snaptricity

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

WILSON

KELLI JO

569055

Rocketry

Holtville Middle School

SER

AL

Edit

SOSA

JASON

571700

Remote-Controlled Aircraft

Lecroy Career Technical Center

SER

AL

Edit

WALSKI

MINDY

579171

Raspberry Pi

Montgomery Catholic. Preparatory School

SER

AL

Edit

WALSKI

MINDY

579171

Sphero

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School

SER

AL

Edit

Gerhardt

Matthew

579449

Weather Station

Gerhardt homeschool

SER

AL

Edit

COMPTON

WILLIAM

408540

Ready To Fly Quads

SER-AL-117 - CHILTON COUNTY COMPOSITE SQDN

SER

AL

Edit

COMPTON

WILLIAM

408540

Weather Station

SER-AL-117 - CHILTON COUNTY COMPOSITE SQDN

SER

AL

Edit

KOEHLER

TERESA

404973

Weather Station

Boaz Intermediate School

SER

AL

Edit

MONTGOMERY

JEFFREY

304744

Astronomy

NHQ

SER

AL

Edit

MONTGOMERY

JEFFREY

304744

Flight Simulator

NHQ

SER

AL

Edit

MONTGOMERY

JEFFREY

304744

Hydraulic Engineering

NHQ

SER

AL

Edit

MONTGOMERY

JEFFREY

304744

Quadcopter

NHQ

SER

AL

Edit

MONTGOMERY

JEFFREY

304744

Raspberry Pi

NHQ

SER

AL

Edit

MELSON

KAREN

306942

Flight Simulator

Danville Middle School

SER

AL

Edit

SANDERS

SANDY

106789

Robotics

WCC Center for Economic Development

SER

AL

Edit

ARMSTRONG

SANDRA

115782

Weather Station

Troy/Dothan

SER

AL

Edit

HOWARD

STEPHEN

132728

Rocketry

SER-AL-005 - MOBILE COMPOSITE SQDN

SER

AL

Edit

RUIZ

STEPHEN

146217

Flight Simulator

Southside H.S. AFJROTC AL-961

SER

AL

Edit

OTTESEN

MARYBETH

505555

Ready To Fly Quads

Pensacola Cadet Squadron

SER

AL

Edit

Boyd

Ginger

511005

Astronomy

Slocomb Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

BOYD

GINGER

511005

Weather Station

Slocomb Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

MERCER

SUZANNE

518196

Hydraulic Engineering

NHQ

SER

AL

Edit

26

MERCER

SUZANNE

518196

Quadcopter

NHQ

SER

AL

Edit

MERCER

SUZANNE

518196

Ready To Fly Quads

NHQ

SER

AL

Edit

MERCER

SUZANNE

518196

Remote-Controlled Aircraft

NHQ

SER

AL

Edit

EVANS

GERI

495661

Bee-Bots

Bluff Park Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

VIVIANO

JOSEPH

486573

Weather Station

SER-AL-119 - REDSTONE COMPOSITE SQUADRON

SER

AL

Edit

LARTIGUE

JONATHAN

429736

Weather Station

NHQ-NHQ-000 - NATL HQS UNIT

SER

AL

Edit

GREYBULL

RICHARD

430434

Weather Station

Ft Rucker Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

Sealy

Sheila

437387

Robotics

Bear Exploration Center

SER

AL

Edit

Wyatt

Beverly

595309

Hydraulic Engineering

Jemison Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

HOLDER

JESSIE

596041

Raspberry Pi

Loxley Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

Holder

Jessie

596041

Robotics

Loxley Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

Ellsworth

Rachel

596042

Remote-Controlled Aircraft

Orange Beach Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

AUBREY

CAMERON

596928

Rocketry

Robert E. Lee High School

SER

AL

Edit

NIKANDROVA

JENNIFER

597213

Ready To Fly Quads

Maxwell Elementary/ Middle School

SER

AL

Edit

Mitchell

LeKindra

601602

Middle School Math

Inverness Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

Mitchell

LeKindra

601602

Robotics

Inverness Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

MITCHELL

LEKINDRA

601602

Sphero

Inverness Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

Nix

Cullman High

601241

Rocketry

Cullman High School

SER

AL

Edit

WHITT

HOLLY

599486

Raspberry Pi

Walnut Grove Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

WALLIS

ABRA

599895

Weather Station

Riverchase Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

Patrick

Sara

600211

Weather Station

Calera Intermediate School

SER

AL

Edit

Morris

Paul

600212

Weather Station

Childersburg Middle School

SER

AL

Edit

Young

Brooke

600213

Weather Station

Walnut Grove School

SER

AL

Edit

HOLLEY

WILLIAM

600381

Weather Station

Linda Nolen Learning Center

SER

AL

Edit

Hoffman

Christine

600392

Robotics

Inverness Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

Robinson

Sherry

600665

Astronomy

Robinson Academy

SER

AL

Edit

AUSTIN

CYNTHIA

600944

Weather Station

Pass Academy

SER

AL

Edit

BAKER

JIMMY

600945

Weather Station

Grandview Elemenatry School

SER

AL

Edit

BUSH

KAREN

600946

Weather Station

Headland Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

CAPPS

CHASITY

600947

Weather Station

Abbeville Christian

SER

AL

Edit

DAY

CARRI

600953

Weather Station

Dauphin Junior High School

SER

AL

Edit

Fleming

Tamika

600955

Bee-Bots

Grandview Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

DUKES

AMY

600957

Robotics

Cloverdale

SER

AL

Edit

DUKES

AMY

600957

Weather Station

Cloverdale Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

KIRKLAND

JO NELL

600967

Weather Station

Hidden Lake

SER

AL

Edit

McCray

Brandy

600968

Astronomy

Jerry Lee Faine Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

MCCRAY

BRANDY

600968

Weather Station

Faine Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

MCLAUGHLIN

SONYA

600970

Weather Station

Goshen High School

SER

AL

Edit

MITCHELL

JEANEVA

600972

Weather Station

Heard Magnet

SER

AL

Edit

MONEY

LEIGH

600973

Weather Station

Abbeville Middle School

SER

AL

Edit

NORWALK

DONNA

600975

Sphero

Abbeville Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

NORWALK

DONNA

600975

Weather Station

Abbeville Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

27

PAULK

WENDY

600977

Weather Station

Rehobeth Middle School

SER

AL

Edit

ROGERS

TAMMY

600987

Weather Station

Girard Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

SENN

TINA

600989

Weather Station

Pike County Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

SMITH

MECHELL

600991

Weather Station

Right Trach Preschool

SER

AL

Edit

STEWART

BRITTNEY

600992

Weather Station

Highlands Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

WALLACE

TABITHA

600994

Weather Station

Webb Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

WEST

CYNTHIA

605235

Rocketry

Sampson Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

GREENE

AMANDA

605686

Sphero

Woodstock Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

Irvine

Carol

605704

Bee-Bots

Deer Valley Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

RICHARDSON

LAURA

605767

Sphero

Brooks Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

SMITH

EMILY

605775

Robotics

Pisgah High School

SER

AL

Edit

SMITH

EMILY

605775

Sphero

Pisgah High School

SER

AL

Edit

SMITH

JAMIE

605779

Ready To Fly Quads

Sheffield High School

SER

AL

Edit

THORNTON

MERISSA

605788

Sphero

Abbeville Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

TIBBS

ERIN

605789

Weather Station

Buckhorn High School

SER

AL

Edit

Eagerton

Ana

604462

Bee-Bots

Bluff Park Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

Eagerton

Ana

604462

Sphero

Bluff Park Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

SANDERSON

CHARLEY

605845

Bee-Bots

Bluff Park Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

Taylor

Shelaine

606261

Bee-Bots

Saint James School

SER

AL

Edit

Harris

Elisa

607214

Sphero

Crestline Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

Powell

Kim

607104

Sphero

Barkley Bridge Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

Franco

Maria

607456

Sphero

Pike Road Schools

SER

AL

Edit

Franklin

Kayla

606822

Sphero

Pike Road Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

DICKERSON

RENEE

606865

Sphero

Pike Road Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

WAYNICK

JOHN

607003

Flight Simulator

Barkley Bridge Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

Godsey

Amanda

607645

Sphero

Barkley Bridge Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

ELLIS

SARAH

607929

Bee-Bots

Barkley Bridge Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

Fleming

Susan

601768

Flight Simulator

Pathways Acadeym

SER

AL

Edit

FLEMING

SUSAN

601768

Quadcopter

Pathways Academy

SER

AL

Edit

Furman

Dana

601770

Hydraulic Engineering

Oak Mountain Intermediate School

SER

AL

Edit

ALLRED

SUSAN

601800

Ready To Fly Quads

Pathways Academy

SER

AL

Edit

GLASS

ANGELA

601850

Weather Station

Jemison Intermediate School

SER

AL

Edit

BYRD

AMANDA

602107

Weather Station

Cottonwood High School

SER

AL

Edit

DAUGHTRY

ELIZABETH

602110

Weather Station

Abbeville High School

SER

AL

Edit

FLOWERS

MONIQUE

602112

Weather Station

Girard Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

JACKSON

AMY

602115

Robotics

Cloverdale Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

MASSEY

JANET

602120

Weather Station

Samson High School

SER

AL

Edit

SWANN

GAYLA

602122

Weather Station

Providence Christian

SER

AL

Edit

PATE

ANGIE

602633

Flight Simulator

Pathways Academy

SER

AL

Edit

PATE

ANGIE

602633

Raspberry Pi

Pathways Academy

SER

AL

Edit

-Hill

Roberta

602672

Sphero

AMSTI -UM

SER

AL

Edit

Harris

Kari

603753

Weather Station

Albertville Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

28

Viljoen

Lindie

603971

Bee-Bots

Bluff Park Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

Viljoen

Lindie

603971

Sphero

Bluff Park Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

Holden

Laci

603985

Bee-Bots

Bluff Park Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

MARY

ISAMINGER

604049

Bee-Bots

Bluff Park Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

MARY

ISAMINGER

604049

Sphero

Bluff Park Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

STONE

SETH

608535

Rocketry

Mountain View Christian Academy

SER

AL

Edit

ADAMS

SHARON

608735

Weather Station

Wetumpka Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

BRODIE

TARYN

608738

Sphero

Wetumpka Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

COLE

KATIE

608743

Bee-Bots

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

DEEM

KIMBERLY

608745

Sphero

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

DICKERSON

KENDREAH

608747

Weather Station

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

ELLIS

JANET

608749

Bee-Bots

wetumpka elementary school

SER

AL

Edit

FULLER

KELLEY

608751

Bee-Bots

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

FULLER

KELLEY

608751

Flight Simulator

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

GRAHAM

STEPHANIE

608752

Bee-Bots

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

HIBBARD

TANYA

608756

Bee-Bots

Wetumpka Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

INMAN

JENNIFER

608762

Bee-Bots

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

JONES

CARMELITA

608764

Bee-Bots

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

LAW

BRITTANY

608767

Snaptricity

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

LIGHTNER

LEIGH

608769

Bee-Bots

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

MATTHEWS

CAROL

608773

Sphero

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

NOBLES

SHAY

608784

Bee-Bots

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

OSHEL

TIFFANY

608786

Bee-Bots

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

ROBERTSON

ANNA

608795

Weather Station

Wetumpka

SER

AL

Edit

RYALS

BRANDY

608798

Bee-Bots

Wetumpka Elementary

SER

AL

Edit

SWEDENBURG

SARAH

608841

Bee-Bots

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

TYLER

MELINDA

608847

Renewable Energy

Wetumpka Elementary School

SER

AL

Edit

NA

NA

609186

Bee-Bots

Pike Road Schools

SER

AL

Edit

WAGGONER

CHRISTINA

609269

Bee-Bots

Saint James School

SER

AL

Edit

Towers

Tina

608869

Sphero

Hartselle City Schools

SER

AL

Edi

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Director of Cadet Programs
Director of Cadet Programs
Cadet Programs Development Officer
Cadet Activities Officer

Ronald W. Hanson Lt Col
Samuel A. Ogilvie
Maj
Nathan D. Wills
1st Lt

Director of Drug Demand Reduction.

Belinda E. Scott

1st Lt

In January the wing cadet competition was conducted at the Bessemer Squadron. Under the new
rules and format, the wing was able to send two teams to the Southeast Region Cadet Competition. The
Bessemer Composite Squadron was the champion team and Maxwell Composite Squadron the runner up.
In April a Cadet Professional Development weekend was held at the Bessemer Composite
Squadron. The first of several Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) course was conducted at Bessemer the
same weekend. Three other TLC courses were offered in the state during 2017.
The wing had 526 cadet orientation flights in 2017.

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Individual Awards Earned by Cadets in 2017
The information in this appendix was obtained from capvolunteernow.com awards listings for awards earned in calendar year
2017. (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.

C/Col Kathrina D. Hunkapiller of Squadron 90, 117th Air Refueling Wing ALARNG received
her Spaatz award at the 2017 National Convention in San Antonio, Texas from the CAP National
Commander.

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.

Antonio S. Esposito
Timothy B. Cleveland

AL-024
AL-075

Brianna Fuchs
Johnathan I. Scott

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AL-024
AL-075

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.
Travis Lan Lancaster

AL-90

Omkar S. Mulekar

AL-113

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.
John J. Bongiorno
Troy J. Simeone
Carter Richard Gracin
Matthew S. Nelson
Joy I. Evans
Alexis L. Kay
Katriel Amanda Campbell
Jeramiah David Langston
Micah O. Barlett
William Andrew Lee
Daniel Paul Smith
Jacob H. Melcher

AL-005
AL-029
AL-032
AL-032
AL-041
AL-075
AL-087
AL-087
AL-090
AL-119
AL-119
AL-135

Shipley C. Zimlich
Emory E. Crenshaw
Anthony D. Kissik
James A. Thompson
Grace J. Evans
Aaron Michael Bell
Hunter C. Farley
William Jenson Sawyer
Luke Charles Bohlinger
Christopher Lewis Lee
Titus Reece Thompson

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AL-005
AL-032
AL-032
AL-032
AL-041
AL-087
AL-087
AL-087
AL-119
AL-119
AL-119

DDRX-Participation Report
Total Members: 11
Activities
Name

Program Updated

Completion Date

1 2 3 4 5

6

SER-AL-075
Kay, Alexis

24 Jan 2017

n/a

1

0

7 Apr 2013

n/a

6 0 0

0 0 0 0

SER-AL-087
Blake, Jr. William T

0

0

0

SER-AL-113
Stejskal, Charlie J.

20 Aug 2013

20 Aug 2013

25 13 34 27 19 8

SER-AL-126
Baker, John W.

14 Oct 2016

n/a

28 0 0 0 0 0

Denard, Nathan D.

14 Oct 2016

n/a

28 0 0 0 0 0

Morris, Keri D.

18 Feb 2016

n/a

13 0 0 0 0 0

Morris, Jr Keith J.

18 Feb 2016

n/a

13 0 0 0 0 0

Rose, Mark A.

14 Oct 2016

n/a

28 0 0 0 0 0

Walker, Houston B.

18 Feb 2016

n/a

13 0 0 0 0 0

Young, Caitlyn T.

14 Oct 2016

n/a

28 0 0 0 0 0

Young, Kalysta B.

14 Oct 2016

n/a

28 0 0 0 0 0

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DDR
The Second Annual Alabama Wing DDR Conference was held Saturday October 14th from
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Army National Guard facility, 198 Marietta Road, Springville, Alabama.
The event provided a fun and interactive opportunity for cadets and senior members to learn
more about drugs of abuse and addiction prevention. A special session was provided for senior
members to provide resources and ideas for starting or re-invigorating squadron DDR programs.

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APPENDIX II: Unit Staff-Data and Statistics
The Alabama Wing headquarters is located on Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery.

Alabama Wing Headquarters
Maxwell AFB, Alabama

Alabama Wing Units 2017
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 Squadron
117th Air National Guard Composite Squadron
Auburn Composite Squadron
Chilton County Composite Squadron
Pell City Composite Squadron
Redstone Composite Squadron
Springville Cadet Squadron
Central Alabama Senior Squadron
Cullman Composite Squadron
Mountain Lakes Flight

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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 320 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 mid-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 for
various wing level professional development courses. He also serves as an ALWG Check Pilot Evaluator.
He holds a master rating in five CAP specialties: Command, Cadet Programs, Administration, Professional
Development, Personnel, and Stan Eval; and 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 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 2008). 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. Additionally, he
earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Troy University and was awarded the Troy
University (Dothan) MBA Student of the Year in 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
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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 in the U.S. Army Helicopter Flight Training Course at Fort Rucker,
Alabama.

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VICE COMMANDER
Biography
Lieutenant Colonel James A. Harris, Alabama Wing Vice
Commander, left his last post as the Commander, Maxwell Composite
Squadron, responsible for successful execution of CAP’s Cadet
Programs, Aerospace Education, and Search And Rescue missions
within the Alabama Wing. As Commander, he exercised direct
responsibility for the Squadron staff, over 40 cadets and 40 CAP
Senior Members located at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
Prior to his appointment to the position of Squadron Commander, July
2012, he served as USAF Reserve Liaison with the Alabama Wing
where he was responsible for advising the Wing Commander on issues
revolving around the three critical CAP Mission areas ensuring
compliance and Wing success. Additionally, he served as the USAF
leader for evaluating the Wing’s Search and Rescue capabilities every
two years. He holds a Master Rating in Command and Personnel, and
a Senior Rating in the Administration specialty tracks.
Lieutenant Colonel Harris is a retired U.S.Air Force, Gulf War On Terrorism veteran. He is a graduate of the
Reserve Officer Training School at Alabama State University, Montgomery Alabama along with the Air
Force’s Squadron Officer School, Air Command & Staff College, and Air War College. Additionally, he is a
graduate of Civil Air Patrol’s Squadron Leadership School and Corporate Learning Course.
He graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery, in Montgomery, Alabama with a Bachelor of Science
(BS) Degree in Computer Information Systems. Moreover, he earned a Master of Business Administration
(MBA) Degree from Grantham University in Project Management.
His military decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 OLC,
Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one device, Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Award with 4 OLCs, and the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
with 2 OLCs.
His CAP awards and decorations include a Meritorious Service Award, Commander’s Commendation, and the
Gill Robb Wilson Award.
Lieutenant Colonel Harris is a Computer System Analyst with the United States air Force at MAFB-Gunter
Annex, Alabama

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Chief of Staff
Biography
Lt Col Talmadge Butler serves as Chief of Staff of the Alabama Wing. His
primary duty is the 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 from 2004 to 2010 and
again from 2011 to 2015. After his successful command tours, he was
assigned as the Alabama Wing Assistant Director of Operations. In August
2016, he was called to serve in his current position as Chief of Staff. He also
performs as an instructor at the National Emergency Services School and the
Alabama Wing Emergency Services School.
Lt Col Butler is a retired Park Superintendent in the State of Alabama, where
he served for 36 years (1974 to 2010). After his retirement, the Azalea
Cascades Trail, located at the DeSoto State Park, was renamed the Talmadge Butler Boardwalk Trail, which
has over 360 yards of beautiful scenery and opportunities for birdwatching.
Lt Col Butler attended the University of Montevallo earning his Bachelor Degree in 1977, and subsequently
received his Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law in Birmingham, AL.
Lt Col Butler holds a master rating in the logistics specialty track and a technician rating in the Public Affairs,
Aerospace Education, Professional Development, Inspector General, Command, Communication, Finance,
Operations, and Safety Specialty Tracks. He currently holds an Incident Command 2 qualification and is a
Mission Observer and a CAP pilot. He has been awarded many awards and decorations including a National
Commendation Award, the Yeager Award, and has his Level 4 Garber Award.

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Assistant Chief of Staff/Historian
Biography
Lt Col David Hartin joined Civil Air Patrol September of 2014.
He transferred to the Alabama Wing staff in March 2015 as the
Wing Historian. In July 2015 he was appointed wing public
affairs officer. He was a member of the National Committee that
developed CAP’s 75th Anniversary Guide. In 2016 he was
assigned additional Director of Personnel and Administration and
in 2017 Assistant Chief of Staff and project officer for the 2018
wing CI.
In 2003 he retired from the Army Reserve as a Colonel with 30
years commissioned service. For over 14 years he served in
command assignments. Staff service includes: Operations
Officer for a USARF School, S-4 for a Combat Engineer Group,
and Staff Transportation Officer and Logistics Officer for an Army Reserve Command. His terminal
assignment was Director, Replacement Operations Directorate 3rd Personnel Command. He holds the 5X“Historian” and 7Z-“Logistician” additional skill identifiers and he holds the 46A Public Affairs Officer
functional area designation.
Lt Col Hartin retired from the City of Tuscaloosa December 2014 with over 38 years of service. For 20 of
his 29 years as a member of the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Capt. Hartin served as the Public
Information Officer and Crime Stopper Coordinator. From 2005 until retirement, he served as Director,
Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency. His emergency management certifications include:
Certified Local Emergency Manager (CLEM) by the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Certified
Emergency Manager (CEM) ® International Association of Emergency Managers and Master Level
Emergency Manager through the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers. He now serves a
volunteer staff member of Tuscaloosa County EMA with specialization in: Logistics, Training, and Public
Information and Hazardous Materials response.
He holds an Associate in Science, Walker College, Jasper Alabama 1971, a Bachelor of Science in
Commerce and Business Administration (Finance-Transportation and Public Utilities Option), The
University of Alabama 1973 and a Master of Criminal Justice, The University of Alabama 1979.
Military awards include: Legion of Merit with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with
3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army
Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Oak
Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with 1 Bronze Oak
Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold Hourglass and the Army Service Ribbon.
CAP awards include: Civil Air Patrol: Meritorious Service Ribbon, Wilson Award, Garber Award, Grover
Loring Award, Davis, Leadership Award with silver star, Membership Award, General Charles E. (Chuck)
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Yeager Aerospace Education Award, Red Service Ribbon, Community Service Ribbon, Wing Historian of
the year 2015 & 2016 and Southeast Region Historian of the Year 2015.
Military courses include: Ordnance Officers Basic Course, Transportation, Quartermaster and Engineer
Officers Advance Courses, Command and General Staff College (Commandant’s List), Strategic
Deployability Course, Associate Logistical Executive Development Course (Honor Graduate),
Battalion/Brigade Pre-Command Course, Defense Information School (DINFOS-RC), the Army War
College, DDC class of 1998.
Some of his Veterans and Civic organizations include: President West Alabama Chapter MOAA (Military
Officers Association of America), Past Department President, Reserve Officers Association, Commander
American Legion Post 34, Commander American Legion District 22, Past President Tuscaloosa Civitan
Club, Chair-Silver Beaver Committee Black Warrior Council, Boy Scouts of America, Member of Board
of Directors Tuscaloosa County Crime Stoppers, Inc., Member of Board of Directors Tuscaloosa Shooting
Sports, Member of West Alabama Regional Commission Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee
for Tuscaloosa County and member of the Black Warrior River Chapter, Sons of American Legion.
(Current as of March 2018)

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Unit Command and Staff Listing
DECEMBER 2017
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 Officer
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
Security Officer
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
Director of Personnel & Administration
Plans and Program Officer
Director of Professional Development
Director of Safety

Lt Col Silvano A. Wueschner
Lt Col Ronald W. Hanson
Lt Col Robert H. McMillian
Maj Talmadge Butler
Col J. Brett Lewis
Lt Col Joseph M. Saloom
1st Lt Katherin Clayton
Lt Col David K. Hartin
Lt Col James A. Harris
Lt Col John M. Randolph
Capt Sharon Lusk
Maj Bryce Kuykendall
Lt Col Robert B. Williams
Capt John R. Davis
2nd Lt Paul C. Williamson
Lt Col James Blair
Lt Col Alford Boyd
Col Robert M. Dorning
1st Lt Nate Tate
1st Lt Candice Langston
Maj Patricia K. Coghlan
Maj Bill Reed Homeland
Lt Col Paul K. Reid
Lt Col Ricky L. Phillips
Lt Col David K. Hartin
Lt Col Anthony G. Beresford
Lt Col Andrew C. Hanes
Capt Bruce Clayton

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ALABAMA WING UNITS
*Indicates a change of command during 2017. 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 2017.
Alabama Wing Headquarters, AL 001
Commander – Col James B. 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
Meeting Address

2241 Michigan Avenue
Mobile, AL 36615

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

Tuscaloosa Regional Airport
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406

Meeting Times: 18:30 1st and 3rd Tuesday – Seniors 18:00 every Tuesday – Cadets
Dothan Composite Squadron, AL-029
Commander – Maj David M. McGonegal
*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
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
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 Tamara L. Reed
*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.

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.

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117th Air National Guard Composite Squadron, AL-090
Commander – Maj Thad Mullins
Meeting Address

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

Meeting Times:

19:00 2nd Tuesday.

Auburn Composite Squadron, AL-113
Commander Capt Gwynedd T. Webster
*Maj Donald A. Cain
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. Ogilvie
Meeting Address

Meeting Times:

550 Airport Road
Chilton County Fairgrounds Arena
Clanton, AL 35045
18:00 Tuesday.

Pell City Composite Squadron, AL-118
Commander- 1st Lt Timothy J. Gamblin
*Lt Col James Gosnell
Meeting Address

Meeting Times:

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

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Redstone Composite Squadron, AL-119
Commander – Lt Col Michael J. 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 W. McIntyre
Meeting Address
Meeting Times:

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

Every Tuesday.

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
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 – Bruce P. Baughman
Meeting Address

111 S Kurter St, Bld 711
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
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Appendix III: Director of Logistics-Data and Statistics
Director of Logistics
Supply
Transportation
Maintenance

Alfred Boyd
Alfred Boyd
Nathan W. Tate
Robert M. Dorning

Lt Col
Lt Col
Capt
Col

The wing has nineteen ground vehicles. The fleet includes a four wheel drive Ford Explorer, a four
wheel drive Ram 2500 crew cab long bed truck, seven passenger vans and ten eleven or twelve passenger
vans. The seven passenger vans are equipped with VHF radios. The high capacity vans are generally
equipped with a VHF radio and an HG radio. These vehicles are the prime transport for ground teams.
During 2017 the vehicles were used 1220 times and driven 102,955 miles. Total hours of operation
was listed at 13,693. Of this 47% was for mission support and 25% for cadet activities.
The oldest units in the fleet are two 1999 Dodge Grand Caravans. The newest vehicle is the 2017
Ford Explorer.

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APPENDIX IV: Director of Communications-Data and Statistics
Director of Communications
Communications Engineering

John M. Randolph
Paul K. Reid

Lt Col
Lt Col

Communications Operations
The most significant communications operations for the Alabama Wing in 2017 was support
provided to CAP National and CAP Southeast Region during Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. HF
radio provided the most reliable means of communication with Puerto Rico. The wing message center
was able to establish and maintain communication with the Puerto Rico Wing. They set up a schedule to
check in fifteen minutes after each hour. This was to conserve fuel needed to run their generator. Once
the Alabama team arrive the message center passed traffic between the team, CAP National Headquarters
and the Southeast Region communications team. Daily status reports were provided from Puerto Rico to
Southeast Region headquarters and National headquarters. These reports included equipment and
personnel needs to support the CAP mission. The initial response after landfall validated the need to
maintain a HF radio network. Without HF radio, we would not have known as quickly the extent of the
damage.
The wing communications team participated in a number of exercises in 2017. During Exercise
18-T-3619, a no notice exercise, the wing had three HF (High Frequency) stations on the air. In addition,
three VHF (Very High Frequency) repeaters were in operation. CAP members in various areas of the
state were able to check in on local VHF repeaters. HF propagation issues caused by a geomagnetic
storm caused problems with HF stations not being able to hear each other well. Operators have no
control over propagation. This impacts communications in normal operations as well as exercises. The
wing also participated in Constant Watch 17 on 27 July 2017.
The Alabama wing has one message center. Plans are to establish two additional message center
stations in the wing. One in the north and one in the south. The current message center has the capability
to monitor three Southeast Region channels at the same time.
The wing participates in two HF nets a week. In addition there are four VHF nets a week. These
are conducted in the area of fixed VHF repeaters located throughout the state.
During the five weekends of WESS, the school operates a VHF net for administration. Additional
frequencies are used for training ground team and air crews.

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Communications Facilities and Equipment
The wing interoperable communications equipment includes: 31 HF (High Frequency) stations, 12
VHF/FM (Very High Frequency/Frequency Modulation) repeaters and 160 VHF/FM stations.
The wing message center is located in central Alabama. It has one HF station for coordination with
the Southeastern Region and internal to the wing. It also has one VHF station to monitor local VHF
traffic. The same facility is also a Triblade station. In that capacity it is equipped with two HF radio’s for
communication. One is for ALE (Automated Linc Establishment) communications and the other is to
monitor national voice communications. The station has a backup generator for emergency operations.

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APPENDIX V: Director of Professional Development-Data and
Statistics
Director of Professional Development

Andrew C. Hanes

Lt Col

The wing conducted Squadron Leadership School (SLS) and Corporate Leadership Courses (CLC)
classes in various areas of the state in 2017. Weekend classes were held in Mobile, Bessemer and
Huntsville. The courses were also offered the Friday before the wing conference in Montgomery.
Four members of the wing attended the Civil Air Patrol’s National Staff College, at Maxwell AFB
in June.

Alabama Wing graduates of Civil Air Patrol National Staff College 2017. (l-r Lt Col Charles
Moore, AL-132, Lt Col Andrew Hanes, AL-005, Lt Col Harvey Yarbrough, AL-001, Lt Col David
Hartin, AL-001.)

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Senior Member Professional Development Awards 2017

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.

Rank
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Maj
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col

Name
Harold A.
Andrew C.
Ronald W.
James A
David K.
Robert J.
Bryce
Charles D
John M.
Harvey

Coghlan
Hanes
Hanson
Harris
Hartin
Haver
Kuykendall
Moore
Randolph
Yarbrough

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Award
Wilson
Wilson
Wilson
Wilson
Wilson
Wilson
Wilson
Wilson
Wilson
Wilson

Unit
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-024
AL-119
AL-132
AL-135
AL-001

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.

Rank
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col

Name
Andrew C.
Talmadge
David K.
Morgan B.
Kim A.
Charles D

Hanes
Butler
Hartin
Bennett
Miller
Moore

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Award
Garber
Garber
Garber
Garber
Garber
Garber

Unit
AL-001
AL-001
AL-001
AL-113
AL-119
AL-132

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.

Rank
Maj

Name
Robert P.

Moses

Award
Loening

Unit
AL-001

1st Lt
Capt

Eric T.
Joshua R.

Lewis
Amerspek

Loening
Loening

AL-024
AL-032

Capt
Maj

Terry W.
Steven E.

Hale
mcMurtrey

Loening
Loening

AL-032
AL-041

Capt
1st Lt

James M.
Matthew C.

Rickard
Holt

Loening
Loening

AL-041
AL-041

1st Lt
Maj

Belinda E.
Lauren K.

Scott
Chambers

Loening
Loening

AL-075
AL-087

Capt
1st Lt

Sherri J.
Candous C.

Fuchs
Langston

Loening
Loening

AL-087
AL-087

Maj
Maj

Elihu J.
Thad F.

Lowery
Mullins

Loening
Loening

AL-090
AL-090

1st Lt
Lt Col

Stephen G.
Michael J

Olukoya
Guthrie

Loening
Loening

AL-090
AL-119

Maj
Capt

Michael S
Catherine A

Guthrie
Guthrie

Loening
Loening

AL-119
AL-119

Capt
Maj

Keith J.
Carl G.

morris
Rossomme

loening
Loening

AL-119
AL-132

Capt
Capt

Beverly R.
Bruce M.

Moore
Clayton

Loening
Loening

AL-132
AL-132

1st Lt

Kathleen M

Clayton

Loening

AL-132

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APPENDIX VI: Staff Officers-Data and Statistics
Personnel and Administration
Recruiting and Retention
Plans and programs
Public Affairs
Information Technology
Finance
Chaplain
Historian
Health Services Officer

David K. Hartin
Patricia K Coghlan
Jeremy A. Marvin
Candous C. Langston
Paul C. Williamson
Robert B. Williams
Robert H. McMillian
David K. Hartin
Kathleen M Clayton

Lt Col
Maj
Maj
1st Lt
2nd Lt
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
1st Lt

Personnel & Administration
Special emphasis was placed on the “Annual Awards Program” during the Personnel and
Administration breakout sessions at the 2017 Wing Conference. With the wide range of awards available,
each squadron should have several submissions.
Lt Col Stephen Howard, Assistant Wing Historian and member of the Mobile Composite
Squadron, AL-005, received his “50 Years of Service” award from the Civil Air Patrol.
Preparations were made to standing up of two groups on 1 January 2018. Commanders and staff
were briefed at the October Commanders call on the new structure. Group 1 will be composed of units in
the North and Group 2 will be composed of groups in the southern part of the state.

Recruiting and Retention
The wing has 548 adult members, 318 cadets for a total of 576 voting-age members. Of the total
number of personnel, 143 serve as members of an air crew and 562 as emergency responders. Volunteer
hours for the wing members was $2,399,712.00 in value. Recruiting and Retention personnel attended a
number of special events throughout the state. These include the Worlds of Work at Shelton State
Community College and the Thunderbirds Air Show at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

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Public Affairs
Members of the wing Public Affairs team provided assistance to CAP National during the
“Thunderbirds Air Show” in April at Maxwell AFB. Wing Public Affairs Seniors and Cadets provided
public affairs support to the Alabama/Mississippi Cadet Encampment held at Ft. McClellan. Their
Facebook page received significant hits during and after encampment.
A Public Affairs breakout session was conducted at the October Commanders Conference. The
wing Public Affairs staff increased to four people. Lt Col Kim Miller will provide support to the area that
will be in Group 1 North and 1st Lt Cynthia Collette will support Group 2 South.
WESS will host a G-290 Basic Public Information Course in February. Adding FEMA G-Courses
to WESS will provide Public Affairs Officers and Public Information Officers in the wing an opportunity
to take this resident course on a weekend.

Finance
The wing adopted a balanced budget for 2018. Projected income and expenses were listed at
$183,383.00. Of this amount, $72,165.00 is provided by a state appropriation. The 2017 budget was
$159.995.00. Consolidated minor maintenance and fuel combined accounted for over 40% of the 2017
budget. Cadet activities accounted for another 10%.

Chaplain
The chaplains in the wing are active in supporting various operations. Lt Col Cochran provides
Chaplain Support to Wing SAREX’s. After the wing glider was damaged in landing, chaplains were
available to Cadets and others that may have had concerns.

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Historian
The Alabama Wing 2016 history was completed and uploaded to the National Historian Website.
The Alabama Wing Civil Air Patrol 75th Anniversary exhibit, located in the second floor featured
exhibit room, at the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham closed in April 2017. A portion of the
exhibit was retained and now is on permanent display on the ground floor of the museum.
The Wing Historian attended
the National Historian training at
the CAP National Conference in
San Antonio.
A new wing patch was designed
by Lt Col Stephen Howard,
Assistant Wing Historian. There
were two designs submitted and
voted on by members of the wing.
The winning design was submitted to the CAP National Historian for review and the National Uniform
Committee for Approval. Approval was granted. Expect to see the new shield in use during 2018.
The patch on the left, with the gold border was selected as the new Alabama Wing patch.

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APPENDIX VII: Special Staff Officers-Data and Statistics
Inspector General
Safety
Government Relations
Legal.

James E. Blair
Bruce M. Clayton
Joseph M. Owens
John R. Davis

Lt Col
Capt
Col
Capt

Inspector General
The Inspector General (IG) staff conducted seven Subordinate Unit Inspections (SUI) in 2017. All
were closed with no outstanding discrepancies. Lt Col Blair was appointed Wing IG in September 2017.
Col Mike Oakman moved to Advisor to the Commander, pending activation of Group One-North. The IG
area of responsibility came in under budget in 2017. No ECIM (investigations) cases open. Ten SUIs are
scheduled for 2018.

Safety
The Safety Director was selected as the Wing Safety Officer of the Year for 2016 and the Southeast
Region Safety Officer of the Year for 2016. These awards were presented at the Wing and Region
conferences in 2017. One of the initiatives of the Safety Director was recruiting students for the ICS-300
and ICS-400 classes held in the spring at the Bessemer Composite Squadron. These courses allowed
safety personnel to become qualified for emergency services position.

Legal
The legal staff picked up two additional legal officers in 2017. These attorneys are located in
various areas of the state. This provides the Wing Legal Officer with personnel close to squadrons.

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2017
JANUARY
6-8
WESS (Wing Emergency Services School)
14
Alabama Wing Commander’s Call
20-22
SER Ops Conference
27-28
Cadet Competition Bessemer
29-31
Cyber Patriot State Rounds
FEBRUARY
3-5
WESS
6-7
Professional Development
25
Hunteville Senior Squadron AL-005 SUI

MARCH
3-5
17-19
24-25
24
31

WESS
SAREX
Alabama Wing Conference/Cadet Conference Montgomery
SLS/CLC pre conference course
WESS

APRIL
1-2
8-9
18-19
26
28-30
29

WESS
Maxwell Air Show
Air Force Logistics Inspection AL-032, AL-118 and AL-132
Maxwell Squadron Change of Command
WESS Graduation
SER-AL-126 SUI

MAY
5-7
8
11
19-21
19-21
20-

ICS-300 Course-Bessemer Squadron
Alabama Emergency Management Agency Hurricane Exercise
Sing Conference Call
Cadet Professional Development Weekend
NSPSC-PLR Pell City Airport
TLC Basic

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JUNE
1-4
4
8-10
9-11
15-16
27-24
24-25
30

SER Conference Peachtree City, GA
AL-097 SUI
National Legal Officers Conference
SAREX-Gadsden, AL
AL/MS Encampment Staff
Alabama / Mississippi Wing Encampment
ICS-400 Bessemer
CHEF of Ala Curriculum Fair-Oak Mountain Presbyterian

JULY
1
1-3
8
8
9-22
15

CHEF of Ala Curriculum Fair-Cont.
National Cadet Competition
SLS and CLC
ALWG staff and Commanders Call
NESA Camp Atterbury, In
Tuscaloosa AL-024 SUI

AUGUST
5
11-13
12
19
16
28-31
31-2
31-2

Georgia Wing Communication Exercise
Wing Eval
TLC course at MXF
TLC Course at Birmingham
TLC Course at Springville
Pre-Cadet Conference Programs San Antonio
National Cadet Conference, San Antonio
National Conference, San Antonio

SEPTEMBER
1-2
National Cadet Conference, San Antonio
1-2
National Conference, San Antonio
9
Wing Staff Meeting
9
Wing Finance Committee Meeting
15-17
Color Guard Academy –Cancelled
15-17
SAREX Bessemer
OCTOBER
14
14
21
28

DDR Conference Springville
ALWG Staff Meeting
Color Guard Academy
SLS/CLC Bessemer

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NOVEMBER
3-5
CYPER Patriot Round 1
10-11
Ironman Competition Alabama Fire College-Tuscaloosa, AL
15
Alabama Emergency Management Agency Winter Weather Ex
18-19
ICS 300 Ft Payne AL
December
1-3

WESS Staff Training Vigilant Warrior

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THIS ANNUAL REPORT IS FAITHFULLY EXECUTED AND SUBMITTED BY THE BELOW SIGNED CIVIL AIR
PATROL HISTORIAN REPRESENTING THE AFFOREMENTIONED UNIT. ALL INOFRMATION IS RECORDED AS
SUBMITTED BY VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS AND ASSIGNED PERSONNEL "AS IS" AND REPRESENTS
STATISTICAL DATA, AND UNIT ACTIVITIES FOR THE SPECIFIED PERIOD OF ASSESSMENT AND RECORDING.
THE UNIT HISTORIAN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VERACITY OR ACCURACY OF INFORMATION.
Submitted by

David K. Hartin, Lt Col, CAP
Alabama Wing Historian

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