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

01 APRIL 2017 - 01 APRIL 2018

HISTORY
of
CONNECTICUT WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL
AUXILIARY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

Prepared By
Capt. Matthew J. Chirik, CAP
Connecticut Wing (ADY)

Reviewed By
Col. James A. Ridley, CAP
Connecticut Wing Commander

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COMMANDER'S APPROVAL LETTER
HEADQUARTERS

CONNECTICUT WING CIVIL AIR PATROL
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY
BEERS HALL, P.O. BOX 1233
MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT 06457-1233

31 MAY 2018
MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD
FROM: CONNECTICUT WING/CC
SUBJECT: Connecticut Wing Annual History Approval
1. The Connecticut Wing Annual History for 01 April 2017 to 01 April 2018 prepared by Capt Matthew
Chirik and submitted on 31 May 2018 is hereby approved for submission to the Northeast Region and
National Headquarters Historian staff.
2.
Direct any questions regarding the Connecticut Wing 2017-2018 Annual History to Capt Matthew
Chirik at email mchirik@ner.cap.gov.

//signed//
JAMES A. RIDLEY, Colonel, CAP
Commander, Connecticut Wing

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TITLE PAGE
COMMANDER’S APPROVAL LETTER
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF

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NARRATIVE
CHAPTER I: DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Search and Rescue    
Disaster Relief
Homeland Security
Counterdrug
CHAPTER II: DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION
Internal Aerospace Education
External Aerospace Education
CHAPTER III: DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS
Cadet Programs
Cadet Activities
APPENDIX I: ​Chapters I-III - Data and Statistics
Operations
Aerospace Education
Cadet Programs
APPENDIX II: ​Unit Staff - Data and Statistics
Unit Organization Chart
APPENDIX III: ​Director of Logistics – Data and Statistics
Supply      
Transportation
Maintenance
APPENDIX IV: ​Director of Communications – Data and Statistics
Communications Operations
Communications Facilities and Equipment
APPENDIX V: ​Director of Professional Development - Data and Statistics
Professional Development
APPENDIX VI: ​Staff Officers - Data and Statistics
Administration
Personnel
Recruiting and Retention

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Plans and Programs
Public Affairs
Information Technology
Finance
Chaplain
Historian
Health Services
APPENDIX VII​: Special Staff Officers – Data and Statistics
Inspector General
Safety      
Government Relations
Legal      
CERTIFICATION

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INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF & BRIEF UNIT NARRATIVE
CONNECTICUT WING HEADQUARTERS
Wing Commander      
Vice Commander      
Chief of Staff
     
Deputy Chief of Staff
Deputy Chief of Staff
Command NCO

Col James A. Ridley
Lt Col Robert F. Roy
Lt Col Matthew J. Valleau
Lt Col Jeff Travers
Lt Col Bob Hoar
MSgt Joseph Benete

SUMMARY NARRATIVE OF MAJOR ACTIVITIES
Chapter I​: ​OPERATIONS

Search and Rescue
SEE STAFF REPORT BELOW
Disaster Relief
MEMBERS CONTRIBUTED TO NATIONAL DISASTER RELIEF MISSIONS AS A PART
OF RESPONSES TO HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA
Homeland Security
NO DATA PROVIDED
Counterdrug
SEE STAFF REPORT BELOW
Chapter II: AEROSPACE EDUCATION

Internal Aerospace Education
SEE STAFF REPORT BELOW     
External Aerospace Education
SEE STAFF REPORT BELOW     
Chapter III: CADET PROGRAMS

Cadet Programs
SEE STAFF REPORT BELOW     
Cadet Activities
SEE STAFF REPORT BELOW     

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APPENDIX I: Chapters I-III - Data and Statistics
OPERATIONS
Director of Operations
Asst. Director of Operations
Asst. Director of Operations
Aircraft Coordinator
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
Counterdrug Administrative Officer
Director of Emergency Services
Disaster Relief Officer
Search and Rescue Officer
ES Training Officer
Homeland Security Officer

Capt Jim Whitesell
Capt William Cass
Capt Richard Kornutik
Capt James Whitesell
Capt Ray Laramie
Maj Charles Kruzshak
Lt Col Meghan Brownell
VACANT
Capt James Steer
Capt James Steer
Lt Col Jack Shapiro

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY 2017–2018
OPERATIONS
Director of Operations
1. Operations in the wing saw its share of turnover in 2017 with three different Directors
but through them all the Operations department continued to run with high
efficiency. The wing saw the addition of two aircraft, the GA-8 and another Cessna
172 and saw a high number of hours flown per aircraft in the wing. State mission
sorties increased, an MOU with the City of Middletown Police Department was
created and the wing held its first web based ground school class under the direction
of Capt William Cass.
Aircraft Coordinator
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
CIS Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Homeland Security Officer
1. The Connecticut Wing works closely with the Connecticut Department of
Emergency Management and Homeland Security conducting Long Island
Sound Patrol sorties. It is expected that in 2018, CTWG will have an
approved MOU with Connecticut DEMHS.
Counterdrug Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED

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Director of Emergency Services
1. One of the key goals of the new wing commander was to increase the number of
personnel qualified in ES and the number of wing wide training exercises. Building
‘bench’ was a key component and during the latter part of the year the wing began
conducting every other month training exercises (SAREXs) with alternate months
reserved for ES education training. During this period the wing started to experience
increases in mission based staff in all areas and it saw a major increase in the TRAEX
attendance seeing an average of 80 members participating.
Disaster Relief Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
ES Training Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED

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

Lt Col Steve Rocketto
VACANT
Lt Col Carlton Stidsen

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY 2017–2018
Director of Aerospace Education
1. Once again, the wing held its annual rocketry competition crowning a new squadron
champion. The winners receive the Commander Cup trophy which is engraved with
the winning squadron’s name and the year of victory engraved on the side. Awards
once again rained down on members of the wing. At the joint NJWG-NER
Conference c/2nd Lt Joseph Saccoccio was named the recipient of the Frank G.
Brewer AE Category Award and c/CMSgt David Nolan earned the AFA AE Cadet of
the Year honors. The wing director of aerospace education place a lot of emphasis on
the STEM program and once again several squadrons took part in the Cyber Patriot
competition.
Internal Aerospace Education
1.   NO DATA PROVIDED
External Aerospace Education
1.   NO DATA PROVIDED

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CADET PROGRAMS
Director of Cadet Programs
Cadet Activities Officer
Asst. Cadet Activities Officer
Cadet Advisory Council Chair
Encampment Commander

Lt Col Robert Hoar
1st Lt Rachel Silverberg
Capt Matthew J. Chirik
C/Capt Michael Bachand
Capt Jeff Jenkins

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY 2017 – 2018
Director of Cadet Programs
1. For the first time in NER history the CT Wing hosted the Northeast Region Winter
Cadet Leadership School under the direction of Assistant Director of Cadet Programs
1st Lt Rachel Silverberg at Camp Niantic in East Lyme, CT in December. The wing
also held a successful cadet encampment at Camp Niantic and the winner of the wing
cadet competition represented the region as one of two wing teams at the national
cadet competition in Ohio. Once again, the wing conducted over 100% of their cadet
orientation flight goal for the year. 
Cadet Advisory Council representatives:
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Cadet Conference
1. NO DATA PROVIDED   
Region Cadet Leadership School (RCLS)
1.   See Director of Cadet Programs report above.   
Cadet Competition
1.   See Director of Cadet Programs report above.

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APPENDIX II: Unit Staff - Data and Statistics
Unit Organization Chart

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APPENDIX III: Director of Logistics – Data and Statistics
LOGISTICS
Director of Logistics
Supply Officer
Transportation Officer
Maintenance Officer

Lt Col Nick Brignola Jr.​      
      Lt Col Nick Brignola Jr.
      Lt Col Nick Brignola Jr.
      VACANT

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY 2017 – 2018
Director of Logistics
1. Once again under the leadership of Lt Col Nicholas Brignola the logistics and
transportation department conducted themselves impeccably passing all audits with
flying colors. Lt Col Brignola continued to ensure that all paperwork to NER and
NHQ was on time and accurate and spends a good deal of time ensuring that obsolete
equipment is retired and “off the shelves”. 
Supply Officer
1.   NO DATA PROVIDED   
Transportation Officer
1.   NO DATA PROVIDED   
Maintenance Officer
1.   NO DATA PROVIDED   

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APPENDIX IV: Director of Communications – Data and Statistics
COMMUNICATIONS
Director of Communications
Communications Licensing Officer
Communications Training Officers

Capt James Steer​  
      VACANT
VACANT          

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY 2017 – 2018
Director of Communications
1. The CTWG Communications department continued to be one of the finest in the
region. The department continued to educate subordinate unit communications
officers as well as members offering iCut and other classes. The department also
maintained one of the best presence on the various communication networks the
wings participate in.  
Communications Licensing Officer
1.   NO DATA PROVIDED   
Communications Training Officer
1.   NO DATA PROVIDED   
HF Coordination
1.   NO DATA PROVIDED   
Communications Operations
1.   NO DATA PROVIDED   
Communications Facilities and Equipment
1.   NO DATA PROVIDED   

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

Capt Andrew Liput​      

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY 2017 – 2018
Director of Professional Development
1. 2017 saw a change in directors with Capt Andrew Liput and his protégé Maj Laura
Moore take the reigns. The year was good for PD and once again the wing excelled
at providing multiple SLSs, CLCs, a UCC and other courses for senior members to
take advantage of. The department continued to visit the subordinate units in order to
perform assessments and assist senior members with their professional development
needs and achievement of their goals.  

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APPENDIX VI: Staff Officers - Data and Statistics
​Maj Carol Whelan    
​Maj Carol Whelan​    
​2d Lt Gary Lawton​   
​Lt Col Jeff Travers​     
​Lt Col Steve Rocketto​     
Lt Col Tom Litwinczyk​    
​Col Cassandra Huchko​     
​Ch. Lt Col Adma Ross​     
​Lt Col Carl Stidsen​     
​Lt Col Robert Dodenhoff​    

Director of Administration
Director of Personnel
Director of Recruiting and Retention
Director of Plans and Programs
Director of Public Affairs
Director of Information Technology
Director of Finance
Chaplain
Historian
Health Services
COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY 2017–2018

Director of Administration
1. Maj Carol Whelan worked diligently to migrate many of the wing records to
electronic format while updating files at wing headquarters. Maj Whelan also
contributed to the wing as a member of two important committees, awards and
promotions.   
Director of Personnel
1. See Director of Administration report above.  
Director of Recruiting and Retention
1. NO DATA PROVIDED   
Director of Plans & Programs
1. The 2017 year saw the Plans and Programs Officer Lt Col Jeff Travers, plan the
Fly-In and change of command ceremony held in Windsor Locks and then he quickly
turned his attention to forming the committee to plan the 2018 joint CTWG-NER
Conference which will be held in the same city in October of that year. Lt Col
Travers also worked with the Wing Chaplain and helped her organize the 2018 NER
Chaplains College which was being held at Camp Niantic in April of 2018.   
Director of Public Affairs
1. Lt Col Steve Rocketto was named the Northeast Region’s Col Bud Payton PAO of
the Year at the Region Conference held at the joint NJWG-NER Conference. Lt Col
Rocketto manages to not only hold the wing position as well as being a wing mission
PIO, but also produces a high quality squadron newsletter.  
Director of Information Technology
1. In 2017 the wing IT department worked on the creation of a new website that would
mirror the national site. Working with representatives from NHQ IT created a
template website that contained information like that of the current website. It is

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hoped that this website will go live in 2018. The second project being worked on is a
new email system, again this is projected to be unveiled the following year.  
Director of Finance
1. Maj Joe Bisnov was named the Northeast Region Finance Director of the Year at the
Region Conference held at the joint NJWG-NER Conference. Col Cassandra Huchko,
former Connecticut Wing Commander assumed the position of Director of Finance
from Maj Bisnov. The wing continued to maintain high ratings following audits
conducted over the year.  
Chaplain
1. Chaplain (Lt Col) Adma Ross was named National Chaplain of the Year during a
ceremony held at the National Conference in San Antonio. In 2017 Chaplain Ross
continued with increasing the number of Chaplains and Character Development
Officers within the wing which resulted in one new addition, the U.S. Navy Chaplain
assigned to New London, CT. Chaplain Ross, also assigned to the Northeast Region
(NER) was named as the Director for the 2018 NER Chaplains College and secured
Camp Niantic in East Lyme, CT as the location for the college after years of its being
held in NJ at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
Historian
1. Col Cassandra Huchko was named the Northeast Region Historian of the Year at the
Region Conference held at the joint NJWG-NER Conference. Col Huchko spent a
great deal of time continuing to research potential Congressional Gold Medal
candidates who served the wing during the World War II years. Col Huchko hopes to
identify more potential recipients who can be awarded the medal at the 2018 joint
CTWG-NER conference. She also spent time scouring through the many documents
and historical artifacts at wing headquarters, cataloging, photographing and scanning
for posterity. 
Health Services
1. Lt Col Robert Dodenhoff prepared and delivered several presentations to the wing
pilot community during the planned pilot meetings on several medical topics and
recent FAA directives. Doctor Dodenhoff acts as an advisor to not only the
commander but to any pilot in need of his advice on medical issues regarding
aviation. 

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APPENDIX VII: Special Staff Officers – Data and Statistics
Inspector General
Director of Safety
Government Relations      
Legal

Lt Col Bruce Roy​     
      ​Lt Col Joe Palys
Lt Col Jack Shapiro
      ​Lt Col Cary Wiener

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY 2017 – 2018
Inspector General
1. Lt Col Robert Roy was named National Inspector General of the Year during a
ceremony held at the National Conference in San Antonio. Lt Col Roy turned the IG
department over to his assistant, Lt Col Bruce Roy, after assuming the role of Wing
Vice Commander.
Both officers performed their duties exceptionally well
completing numerous Subordinate Unit Inspections (SUIs).   
Safety
1. Lt Col Joe Palys continued his stewardship of the wing safety program and spends
some of his valuable time visiting with squadrons, speaking on the need for better
safety awareness. Lt Col Palys also helped to spearhead a new program proposed by
the wing commander, that of an aircraft safety mishap review board which has
become a standard in the wing. Any aircraft involved in an incident will, besides
having a mishap review officer assigned, convene a review board consisting of the
wing DO, DOV and SE. This board will help the investigating officer with
identifying the root cause of the incident, mitigating circumstances and
recommending to the wing commander ways to mitigate this type of occurrence in the
future.
Government Relations
1. For the fifth year in a row the CT Wing Commander, select seniors and thirteen
cadets traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in Legislative Day meetings. Once
again, the group met with both U.S. Senator’s and all five of the state’s congressional
leaders or a member of their staff. The wing also worked closely with the state
legislature adding every one of the state senators to the wing legislative squadron and
sent a color guard to the final meeting of the session of the state legislative in
Hartford, CT where they presented the colors. The group was recognized on the floor
of the senate and legislature for the wing’s contributions to the state during the past
year.  
Legal
1. The team of Lt Col Cary Wiener and Capt Andrew Liput handled quite a few
documents for the wing which were eventually sent to NHQ for review and signature.
The team assisted with the creation of an MOU with the State of Connecticut which
should be executed sometime in 2018. The legal officers both participated and
graduated from the 2017 Legal Officer College and advised the commander on all
legal matters and contract/MOU reviews.
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THIS ANNUAL REPORT IS FAITHFULLY EXECUTED AND SUBMITTED BY THE
BELOW SIGNED CIVIL AIR PATROL HISTORIAN REPRESENTING THE
AFOREMENTIONED UNIT. ALL INFORMATION IS RECORDED AS SUBMITTED BY
THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS AND ASSIGNED PERSONNEL “AS IS” AND
REPRESENTS STATISTICAL DATA, FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, 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
MATTHEW J. CHIRIK, CAPT, CAP
Connecticut Wing Department of the Historian

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