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HISTORY OF
NEW YORK
WING
Civil Air Patrol
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

1 JANUARY 2017 – 31 DECEMBER 2017

HISTORY
of

NEW YORK
WING
Civil Air Patrol
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force
1 January 2017 – 31 December 2017

Prepared by
Major Susan Neal, CAP
Wing Historian

Reviewed by
Col Thomas Carello, CAP
New York Wing Commander

NEW YORK WING HEADQUARTERS
WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT
24 LOOP ROAD, BLDG 1
WHITE PLAINS, NY 10604-1218
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Westchester County Airport
24 Loop Road, Bldg. 1
White Plains, NY 10604-1218
www.nywcap.gov

30 April 2018
MEMORANDUM FOR Whom It May Concern
FROM: NYWG/CC
SUBJECT: New York Wing 2017 Annual History
The New York Wing 2017 Annual History is approved.

Thomas ”Tom” Carello, Colonel, CAP
Commander

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Frontispiece
Map of New York and Locations of NYWG Squadrons
Groups and NYWG Headquarters

Figure 1

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New York Wing Squadrons – 2017
NOTE: New York State map (figure 1) show the approximate location of NYWG Headquarters,
Groups and Squadrons listed below. Several squadrons meet at the same locations so their
triangles overlap. An * in from of the squadron number indicates the squadron was chartered in
2017.

NY-001 - New York Wing Headquarters
NY-015 – New York City Group – Jamaica, NY
NY-147 Academy Cadet Squadron – East Elmhurst, NY
NY-301 Phoenix Composite Squadron – New York, NY
NY-373 Floyd Bennett Composite Squadron – Brooklyn, NY
NY-379 Falcon Senior Squadron – Jamaica, NY
NY-384 Brooklyn Tech Cadet Squadron #1 – Brooklyn, NY
NY-417 Stalwart Cadet Squadron – Elmhurst, NY
NY-420 Lt Vincent R Capodanno Composite Squadron – Staten Island, NY
NY-803 Lt Col Michael R Noyes Middle School Cadet Squadron – Far Rockaway, NY
NY-024 – Western New York Group – Niagara Falls, NY
NY-020 Southtowns Cadet Squadron – Hamburg, NY
NY-022 Buffalo Composite Squadron – Cheektowaga, NY
NY-116 Niagara Falls Composite Squadron – Niagara Falls, NY
NY-173 Tak Composite Squadron – Tonawanda, NY
NY-343 Niagara Frontier Senior Squadron – Buffalo, NY
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NY-351 Dunkirk Composite Squadron – Dunkirk, NY
NY-402 Jamestown Composite Squadron – Jamestown, NY
NY-035 – Catskill Mountain Group – Montgomery, NY
NY-030 Orange County Cadet Squadron – Newburgh, NY
NY-072 Rockland Cadet Squadron – Airmont, NY
NY-387 Sullivan County Flight – White Lake, NY
NY-395 Ulster County Flight – Kingston, NY
NY-413 Orange County Senior Squadron – Montgomery, NY
NY-043 – Mid-eastern Group – Latham, NY
NY-073 Schenectady Composite Squadron – Schenectady, NY
NY-361 Albany Senior Squadron – Latham, NY
NY-388 James P O’Connor Composite Squadron – Plattsburgh, NY
NY-390 Vanguard Composite Squadron - Durham, NY
NY-392 Vedder Composite Squadron – Latham, NY
NY-415 Capt Luke C Wullenwaber Composite Squadron – Ballston Lake, NY
NY-084 South Central Group – Johnson City, NY
*NY-189 Thunderbolts Flight – Oneonta, NY
NY-283 Twin Tiers Cadet Squadron – Horseheads, NY

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NY-292 Broome Tioga Composite Squadron – Johnson City, NY
NY-355 Ithaca Composite Squadron – Ithaca, NY
NY-109 Finger Lakes Group – Rochester, NY
NY-111 Newark Composite Squadron – Newark, NY
NY-212 Canandaigua Composite Squadron – Canandaigua, NY
NY-253 Batavia Composite Squadron – Batavia, NY
NY-273 Rochester Composite Squadron – Rochester, NY
NY-354 Condor Composite Squadron – Perry, NY
NY-412 Rochester Senior Squadron – Rochester, NY
NY-118 South Eastern Group – White Plains, NY
NY-033 Putman County Composite Squadron – Carmel, NY
NY-048 Westchester Cadet Squadron 1 – Scarsdale, NY
NY-159 Dutchess County Cadet Squadron – Wappingers Fall, NY
NY-219 Westchester Hudson Senior Squadron – White Plains, NY
NY-238 Col Johnnie Pantanelli Composite Squadron – Katonah, NY
NY-421 Dutchess County Senior Squadron, Poughkeepsie, NY
NY-422 Lt Anthony L Willsea Cadet Squadron – White Plains, NY
NY-423 Bronx Aerospace Academy Cadet Squadron – Bronx, NY

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NY-134 Central New York Group – Syracuse, NY
NY-135 Syracuse Cadet Squadron – Syracuse, NY
NY-156 Mohawk Griffiss Senior Squadron – Rome, NY
NY-162 Utica Cadet Squadron – Rome, NY
NY-406 Fort Drum Composite Squadron - Fort Drum, NY
NY-408 F R Sussey Composite Squadron – Fulton, NY
NY-251 Long Island Group – Holbrook, NY
NY-117 Col Francis S Gabreski Cadet Squadron – Bellport, NY
NY-153 Leroy R Grumman Cadet Squadron – Northport, NY
NY-207 Long Island Senior Squadron – Farmingdale, NY
NY-247 Brian M Mooney Cadet Squadron – Ridge, NY
NY-288 Lt Quentin Roosevelt Composite Squadron – Wantagh, NY
NY-311 9th Suffolk Cadet Squadron – Westhampton Beach, NY
NY-328 Suffolk Cadet Squadron 10 – Holbrook, NY
NY-332 The Spirit of Tuskegee Cadet Squadron – Brentwood, NY

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NEW SQUADRONS/FLIGHTS FORMED IN 2017
NY-189 Thunderbolts Flight submitted by Maj Franklin Birt

thun·der·bolt – noun
literally a flash of lightning with a simultaneous
crash of thunder.
Thunderbolts (comics) The Thunderbolts are a
fictional superhero team appearing in American
comic books published by Marvel Comics. The team
consists mostly of reformed supervillains. Nobody
said it was going to be easy to be this good. Justice,
Like Lightning…

Figure 2

NY-189 squadron patch: The shield protects the bearer.
The shield is gray, as the gray skies of our founding
year, 1941. The golden triangle represents the "Triple
Cities" area in which we live - Binghamton, Vestal,
Endicott - which played so important a roll in World
War II aviation, as reflected by the Hap Arnold Wings.
The red propeller represents Civil Air Patrol. The motto
"Seize the Initiative" reflects the desire of each member
to take the lead, accomplish the mission.
The emblem was designed by William "Bill" Shafer,
and the patch was in use from the early 1990s until
2002 when the charter was moved to Oneonta, New
York.

Figure 3

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PREFACE
This history of the New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) covers the period 1 January
2017 through 31 December 2017. During 2017, New York Wing members had many
opportunities to provide support to their communities, state and nation.
This annual report is faithfully executed and submitted by the below signed Civil Air
Patrol historian representing the New York Wing. All information is recorded as submitted by
the various departments and authors are noted. This information represents statistical data and
activities for the 2017 calendar year. The unit historian is not responsible for the veracity or
accuracy of information.
Submitted by
Susan Neal, Major, CAP
Susan Neal, Major, CAP
New York Wing Historian

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
VOLUME 1 – NARRATIVE
Title Page
Commander’s Approval Letter
Frontispiece
List of New York Squadrons and Locations
New Squadrons/Flights
Preface
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Chronology
Commander Approval Letter
Executive Summary

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2
3
4
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9
10
12
13
16
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CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION

17

CHAPTER II – PERSONNEL

20

CHAPTER III – MARKETING AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

20

CHAPTER IV – FINANCE

22

CHAPTER V – INSPECTOR GENERAL

22

CHAPTER VI – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

23

CHAPTER VII –ADMINISTRATION

24

CHAPTER VIII – LOGISTICS/TRANSPORTATION

24

CHAPTER IX – OPERATIONS

25

CHAPTER X – STANDARDIZATION-EVALUATION

26

CHAPTER XI – EMERGENCY SERVICES

26

CHAPTER XII – COMMUNICATIONS

27

CHAPTER XIII – AEROSPACE EDUCATION

27

CHAPTER XIV – CADET PROGRAMS

29

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CHAPTER XV – SAFETY

31

CHAPTER XVI – LEGAL

32

CHAPTER XVII – CHAPLAIN

32

CHAPTER XVIII – HISTORIAN

33

CHAPTER XIX – RECRUITING AND RETENTION

37

CHAPTER XX – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

37

CHAPTER XXI – GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

37

CHAPTER XXII – GROUP REPORTS

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APPENDIX I – LINEAGE AND HONORS

58

APPENDIX II – 2016 AWARDS/NYWG CONFERENCE

59

APPENDIX III – NEW YORK WING COMMANDERS

69

APPENDIX IV – NEW YORK SPAATZ AWARDS

71

APPENDIX V–NEW YORK WING EMBLEM

74

LIST OF SOURCE DOCUMENTS

75

DEDICATION

76

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Figure and Page
Figure 1. Location of New York Wing units…………………………………………………3
Figure 2. NY-189 Thunderbolts Flight……………………………………………………….8
Figure 3. NY-189 Thunderbolts Flight Squadron Patch……………………………………...8
Figure 4. Vermont #F16 taken from CAP Cessna…………………………………………...21
Figure 5. Central New York Group Squadron Leadership Class……………………………23
Figure 6. EPIRB Mission in vicinity of Lake George, NY…………………………………..26
Figure 7. C/Col Kevin Vogel…………………………………………………………………29
Figure 8. C/Col Brian Williams………………………………………………………………30
Figure 9. Dorothy Gregory-Watkins in her plane…………………………………………….34
Figure 10. From left to right, David, Josh and Rho Mitchell…………………………………34
Figure 11. Frank Doolittle at his home ……………………………………………………….36
Figure 12. Congresswoman Tenney presenting the Congressional Gold Medal to Frank
Doolittle with Col Thomas Carello……………………………………………………………36
Figure 13. Col Carello with Assemblywoman Lupardo and Assemblyman Brindisi…………38
Figure 14. Lt Col Jones presentation of the CAP Congressional Squadron membership
to Representative Katko……………………………………………………………………….38
Figure 15. Vermont ANG 158th Fighter Wing aircraft………………………………………..38
Figure 16. Lt Col Jones presentation of the CAP Congressional Squadron membership
to Congresswoman Stefanik…………………………………………………………………..39
Figure 17. NY-134 Central New York Group Patch………………………………………….44
Figure 18. Map of New York with Central New York territory highlighted in red………….44
Figure 19. Central New York Group members at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum…45
Figure 20. Central New York Group members at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum…45
Figure 21. Mid-eastern Group Mission Base Staff Briefing…………………………………..48
Figure 22. Mid-eastern Group Cadets at the Mid-eastern Group Ball…………………………48
Figure 23. Lt Col Sean Neal at the Mid-eastern Group Summer ES Bivouac…………………49
Figure 24. The newly elected Mid-eastern Group Cadet Advisory Council…………………...49
Figure 25. NY-373 at the Historic Air Restoration Project Building…………………………..50
Figure 26. Graduating class of middle school students taught by NY-373…………………….50
Figure 27. C/Capt Dorienne Peters with 2/C Andrew Lee……………………………………..50
Figure 28. NY-283 Cadets……………………………………………………………………...51
Figure 29. NY-283 in formation………………………………………………………………..52
Figure 30. NY-283 Color Guard at Watkin’s Glen……………………………………………..53
Figure 31. Newspaper Article on Aerospace Display competition at the NYWG conference…57
Figure 32. Western New York Group members at the 914th ARW Conversion Ceremony……57
Figure 33. Civil Air Patrol Logo………………………………………………………………..60
Figure 34. New York Wing Emblem……………………………………………………………60
Figure 35. Col Thomas Carello, CAP, Commander New York Wing…………………………..61
Figure 36. 75 Year of the Cadet Program Logo……………………………………………...….61
Figure 37. Col Daniel LeClair, CAP, Past Commander North East Region…………………….62
Figure 38. CAP Plane over the Statue of Liberty………………………………………………..68
Figure 39. New York Wing Emblem…………………………...................................................74
Figure 40. Lt Col Sean and Maj Susan Neal’s 1941 Stinson 10A and 1940 Fairchild 24……..76
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CHRONOLOGY
2017
January
5
15
21-22
21
28
28-29
30
31

Wing Monthly Emergency Services Conference Call
Wing Cadet Advisory Council Conference Call
Corporate Learning Course Hosted by Central NY Group
Western NY Awards Banquet, Buffalo, NY
17-M-0059
Joint UCC/TLC Training Weekend at New York City Group Headquarters
Wing Emergency Services Conference Call for TRAEX and AF Evaluation
Wing Recruiting and Retention Webinar

February
2
4
10
12
17
17
18
25-26
28
28

Wing Monthly Emergency Services Conference Call
Long Island Group Military Ball
Wing Emergency Services Mission Base Staff Conference Call
Wing TRAEX 17-T-4195
Legislative Day, Washington, DC
Presentation of CAP Congressional Squadron membership to Rep Tenney
Wing Staff Meeting for Safety Down Day and ORMS
CLC Finger Lakes Group, Rochester, NY
Wing Recruiting and Retention Webinar
Wing participation in nationwide DoD Communications exercise 17-T-4407

March
5
11
16
17
17
17
18
22-2 Apr
25
30
31-2
April
6
13

Wing Monthly Emergency Services Conference Call
Finger Lakes Group Awards Banquet, Pittsford, NY
Wing Instructor Pilot and Check Pilot's Conference Call
Presentation of CAP New York Legislative Squadron membership to Senator Joe Griffo and
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi
NY Legislature presents a proclamation to honor CAP's 75th Anniversary
Wing Cadetfest Conference Call
New York City Group Military Ball, Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY
AF Evaluation
Wing Virtual TRAEX 17-T-4509
AF Operational Evaluation Conference Call
New York Wing Evaluation Part 1

Wing Recruiting and Retention Webinar

8
15
24-28
28
28-30

TLC at Southeast Group Headquarters
Mid-eastern Group's Ball, Colonie, NY
Ardent Sentry
Garman G1000 Ground School, Lake George, NY
NYWG Conference, Lake George, NY

May
6-7
8
17
20
21
23
27
28
29

SLS Hosted by Central New York Group, Syracuse, NY
Wing Transportation Conference Call on F73s
Wing participation in nationwide DoD Communications exercise
SLS hosted by Southeast Group
Bayport Vintage Cars and Planes, Long Island Group
Wing Recruiting and Retention Webinar
McArthur Airport Thunderbirds, Islip, NY
ELT Mission
New York City Group Memorial Day Parade

June
4
10-11
17
24

Wing Monthly Emergency Services Conference Call
SLS Hosted by Finger Lakes Group
Presentation of CAP Congressional Squadron membership to Rep Elise Stefanik (NY-21) and
Rep John Katko (NY-24)
Wing TRAEX

July
8
8
9
14-16
20-30
29

TLC Basic Course hosted by Mid-eastern Group
Color Guard/Honor Guard Course hosted by Mid-eastern Group
NYWG ES Conference Call
Wing show support of the Geneseo Airshow
New York Wing Encampment
Wing Commander's Call

August
5
6
6
10-13
12-13
19
23-4 Sep

TLC Intermediate Course hosted by Mid-eastern Group
TLC Course hosted by Long Island Group
NYWG ES Conference Call
Wing Emergency Services Bivouac hosted by Mid-eastern Group
Airborne Photographer Course
New York City Group Summer Picnic
Wing show support of the NY State Fair

September
16
14

CAP Pilot Clinic hosted by Jamestown Composite Squadron

16
23-24
October
1
7
14
14-17
21-22
November
4
10

December
1
2-3
2-3
17
17

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Western New York Group Mission Scanner School
SLS hosted by Long Island Group at Group Headquarters

PAO Workshop hosted at Long Island Group Headquarters
Mid-eastern Group Change of Command, Colonie, NY
Jones Beach Cancer Walk, Long Island Group
UCC hosted by Finger Lakes Group
SLS at Stewart International Airport

Wing TRAEX Finger Lakes Group primary base
New York City Veterans Day Parade

NYWG members celebrate CAP Sunday
UCC hosted by Long Island Group
UCC hosted by Mid-eastern Group
Redbird FMX flight simulator unveil with Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, Griffiss AFB, Rome, NY
Presentation of CAP New York Legislative Squadron membership to Assemblywoman Donna
Lupardo, Griffiss AFB, Rome, NY

INTRODUCTION OF STAFF AND BRIEF NARRATIVE
Wing Commander
Vice Commander
Chief of Staff

Col Thomas Carello
Lt Col Patrick J. Magee
Lt Col John A Jones

NARRATIVE
Report Submitted by Col Thomas Carello
NYWG had three main goals for 2017.
Goal 1 was to get NY State money for CAP. NYWG received $300,000. The monies received
have gone towards purchasing needed electronic equipment, communications gear, search and
navigational devices, upgrading several CAP-owned facilities and supporting various Cadet and
Aerospace initiatives and scholarships throughout the wing.
Goal 2 was to purchase and install a REDBIRD Flight Simulator at the New York Wing Center
for Education in Syracuse.
Goal 3 was to concentrate on recruiting and retention of NYWG CAP members.
All goals were achieved and surpassed. There is more information found on these goals under the
logistics and recruiting and retention sections of this report.

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CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION
NEW YORK WING ORIGINS
The New York Wing, as a unit of the national Civil Air Patrol organization, completed
its 76th year of service to the people of the State of New York and to the United States of
America. The New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol was activated in December 1941 under
the command of Beckwith Havens. Headquarters was established in New York City along with
the New York City Group. Six other groups were formed in Albany, Buffalo, Jamestown,
Middletown, Rochester and Syracuse. During WWII, New York Wing’s members participated
in anti-submarine patrol, industrial courier service, tow target and tracking missions, forest
patrol, military inland search missions and emergency missions. New York Wing recruited and
trained men for the Army Air Corps. Theory of flight, navigation and meteorology classes were
taught. When the cadets completed their CAP training and entered basic training, most were six
weeks ahead of those men who didn’t train with CAP. On 1 October 1942, the CAP Cadet
program was formally established.
WING ORGANIZATION AND STATUS
The New York Wing is presently headquartered at 24 Loop Road, Building 1, at
Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York. Descending from Wing Headquarters,
there are 9 subordinate groups and 58 squadrons and flights. As of 31 December 2017, total
membership included 1183 senior members and 1202 cadets. There are 13 single-engine CAP
aircraft and 24 CAP vehicles assigned to the wing. The wing maintains 17 VHF/FM repeaters,
236 VHF/FM stations, and 40 HF stations.
For CY2017, the wing operated under the command of Colonel Thomas Carello.
Membership increased by 4.46% when compared to December 2016.
As of 31 Dec 2017, these are the personnel currently serving on the Wing Staff (an * after
their name indicates the position was assigned during 2017:
Thomas Carello
Col
Wing Commander
Patrick Magee
Lt Col
Vice Commander
John Jones
Lt Col
Chief of Staff
Edward LeFeber*
Lt Col
Deputy Chief of Staff Mission Support
Jacqui Sturgess
Marilyn Rey
George Geller
Andrew Hollander
Laurie Rocco
Jeffrey Gleason
Meghan J. Duell*
Edwin Kopp
Barbara Williams-Harris
Thomas LeBeau
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Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Maj
Maj
Capt
Capt
Lt Col
Lt Col
Capt

Director of Administration
Director of Aerospace Education
Internal AE Officer
External AE Officer
Director of Cadet Programs
Asst. Director of Cadet Programs
Cadet Activities Officer
Wing Chaplain
Asst. Wing Chaplain East
Asst. Wing Chaplain West

Bruce Koppe
Steven Perta
Dwight Smith
Dwight Smith
Vincent Monitcello
Richard Levitt
Sharon Brana
James Quinn
Stanley Rothman*
Jill Silverman
Jeffrey Luke
David Williams
Mark Swing
Robert Flynn
Christopher Lasnick*
Christopher Lasnick*
Daniel Rogers
Candi Jones
Deborah Ozer*
Norman Greenberg
Robert Cox
Anne Lipson
Benjamin Nodar
Thomas Carello
Kenneth Andreu
John Jones
Susan Neal*
Charles Erckert
William Martin III
Leonard Schindler
Joseph Goldman
Eric Schenck
William McCauley
Carl Miller
Peter Koch
Romas Makuch
Randall Johnson
Susan Schindler
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Lt Col
Lt Col
1Lt
1Lt
Capt
Maj
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Maj
Capt
Capt
Lt Col
Capt
Capt
Lt Col
Lt Col
Maj
Lt Col
Maj
Lt Col
Col
Col
Lt Col
Maj
Capt
Maj
Lt Col
Lt Col
Capt
Capt
Capt
Lt Col
Capt
Lt Col
Maj

Director of Communications
Asst. Director of Communications
Communications Engineering Officer
Communications Licensing Officer
Counterdrug Officer
Director of Emergency Services
Asst. Director of Emergency Services
Emergency Services Officer
Asst. Emergency Services Officer
Asst. Emergency Services Officer
Asst. Emergency Services Officer
Asst. Emergency Services Officer
Emergency Services Training Officer
Asst. Emergency Services Officer
Disaster Relief Officer
Homeland Security Officer
Alerting Officer
Asst. Alerting Officer
Director of Finance
Asst. Director of Finance
Asst. Director of Finance
Wing Finance Administrator
Government Relations Advisor
Asst. Government Relations Advisor
Asst. Government Relations Advisor
Asst. Government Relations Advisor
Wing Historian
Director of Information Technology
Asst. Director of Information Technology
Inspector General
Deputy Inspector General
Asst. Inspector General-(CNY)
Asst. Inspector General-(LIG)
Asst. Inspector General-(MEG)
Asst. Inspector General-(NYCG)
Asst. Inspector General-(NYCG)
Asst. Inspector General-(SCG)
Asst. Inspector General-(SEG)

Rachel Silverberg*
Diane Wojtowicz
Stephen Denes
Susan Hartmann
Anita Martin*
Edward LeFeber
Edward LeFeber
Janice Alberghini*
James Strickland
Bruce Hutchinson*
Edward LeFeber
Kuki Haines
Keith James
Franklin Birt
Douglas Jensen
Lawrence Model*
John Jones
William Hughes
Daniel Rogers
Kenneth Andreu
Shawn Hermann*
Brian Benedict
Roger Teck*
William Hughes
John Kolmos
Edwin Kopp
Roland Zavada
Jacqui Sturgess
Thomas Vreeland
Robert Ormsbee
Robert Ormsbee
Sean Neal
Lawrence Mattiello
Jean-Pierre Moreau
Meghan Duell*
Kenneth Andreu
Diane Wojtowicz
Thomas Vreeland*
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1Lt
Lt Col
Maj
Maj
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
2Lt
Lt Col
Maj
Lt Col
2Lt
1Lt
Maj
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Col
Maj
Lt Col
Capt
Lt Col
Maj
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col
Maj
Capt
Lt Col
Lt Col
Lt Col

Asst. Inspector General-(SEG/LIG/NYCG)
Asst. Inspector General-(WNYG)
Asst. Inspector General-(WNYG)
Wing Legal Officer
Director of Logistics
Real Property Manager
State Grants and Insurance Administrator
Supply Officer
Transportation Officer
Asst. Transportation Officer
Director of Marketing
NY State Fair Project Officer
Public Affairs Officer
Asst. Public Affairs Officer
Director of Recruiting and Retention
Health Services Officer
Military Relations Officer
NER MQ-9 Escort Program Coordinator
Director of Operations
Asst. Director of Operations
Aircraft Maintenance Officer
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
Asst. Standardization/Evaluation Officer
Standardization/Evaluation Team Member
Standardization/Evaluation Team Member
Standardization/Evaluation Team Member
Standardization/Evaluation Team Member
Personnel Officer
Remotely Pilot Aircraft (RPA) Manager
Director of Professional Development
Testing Officer
Director of Safety
Asst. Director of Safety
Asst. Director of Safety
Asst. Director of Safety
Spaatz Exam Administrator
Spaatz Exam Administrator
Spaatz Exam Administrator

Kenneth Andreu
Jack Ozer
Andrew Liddle*

Col
Col
Lt Col

Advisor to the Commander
Advisor to the Commander
Advisor to the Commander

CHAPTER II – PERSONNEL
WING STAFF
Director of Personnel

Lt Col Jacqui Sturgess

NARRATIVE
Lt Col Jacqui Sturgess provided information found throughout this report.
CHAPTER III – MARKETING AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
WING STAFF
Director of Marketing
Director of Public Affairs
Asst. Director of Public Affairs
Director of Recruiting and Retention
NY State Fair Project Officer

Lt Col Terry LeFeber
1Lt Keith James
Maj Franklin Birt
Lt Col Douglas Jensen
2Lt Kuki Haines

NARRATIVE
Public Affairs Report:
Submitted by 1Lt Keith James - The Public Affairs department had a busy year keeping
up with all of the Wing’s activities. Social Media has become an effective and fast way to
promote CAP. The Wing Facebook “NEW YORK WING – Civil Air Patrol” page was updated
several times a day with articles and videos of our members. General Smith’s messages were
also linked to the page.

A close up of a Vermont #F16 taken from a Central
New York Group- Civil Air Patrol Cessna flown by
a Mohawk-Griffiss crew during a mock intercept
this past Fall...

Figure 4

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This webpage allows NYWG members to see what their fellow CAP members are doing across
the state in real time. Promotions are celebrated, history is revealed and the CAP missions are
shown through photos.
On 27Dec17, 1Lt Keith James was assigned the duty position of the Director of Public
Affairs. As the new Public Affairs officer, his vision for FY 2018 is to build on the foundation that
his predecessors set while aligning his efforts with Commander Carello’s (and General Smith’s)
vision of uniting the wing (and in smaller part, CAP as a whole) and helping make it more relevant
both internally and externally.
To this end 1st Lt James plans to use his digital and terrestrial marketing experience to help
Modernize the wing more by mentoring subordinate PAOs in the use of tools and methods that
promise to maximize effectiveness. He also plans to standardize the wing more to CAP standards
while at the same time promoting contagious camaraderie in the PAO department that spills over into
other departments in the wing.
In summary, 1st Lt James knows CAP is a great organization filled with great people and
there are many more like minded people that would benefit from what we have to offer while
bringing their own uniqueness to NYWG. He aims to do what he can to bring both together.
New York State Fair Aug 23-Sept 4 2017 Report
Submitted by 2Lt Kuki Haines – CAP attended the NY State Fair 2017 Civil Air Patrol
Exhibit with 174th Attack Wing /NYS ANG with the purpose of bringing community awareness
and recruiting during the 13 day fair. 19 senior members and 19 cadets represented CAP during
the fair. Forty-two potential member’s names were distributed to the appropriate group or
squadron.
Special recognition was given to the following:
1. Orange County Cadet Squadron NY-030: 1st Lt Mike Mazanec drove long distance to support
CAP on two separate days, bringing two different Cadet crews.
2. C/Capt Sean Flynn, Orange County Cadet Squadron NY-030. Flynn thought of the idea of
housing for long-distance CAP squadrons at the dorm, aka Youth Building, and took the time to
introduce Lt K Haines to Tom Davis, POC for the dorm, whose e-mail is htd2@cornell.edu. For
the actual dormitory information booklet: https://nysfair.ny.gov/wp
content/uploads/2015/08/2017-Youth-Building-generalinformation-rules.pdf.
3. C/Amn Maggie Mae Kaiser, Fort-Drum Watertown Composite Squadron NY-406. Kaiser
manned the booth twice, the second time so she could conquer her fear and improve her public
speaking skills.
4. C/CMSgt Cory Mangine - Rome Cadet Squadron NY-162. Mangine volunteered four times to
support CAP.
5. C/Amn Dalton Moniz, Syracuse Cadet Squadron NY-135. Moniz volunteered three times to
improve his public speaking skills.
6. Canandaigua Composite Squadron - Cadets marching in walkway; Drill demonstration
7. Vet Admin Volunteer Svcs - Cheri Valle, Joe, and Joanne Mathews were wonderful neighbors
— helped improve the aesthetic of CAP posters and provided zip-tags(?) to hang them up,
replacing the unsightful masking tape.
8. Naval Sea Cadets — Regional Director Karen Stoughtenger reached out to us with the
suggestion that Naval Sea Cadets and CAP could collaborate on some activities, such as training
or touring.

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CHAPTER IV – FINANCE
WING STAFF
Director of Finance

Maj Deborah Ozer

NARRATIVE
No report submitted
CHAPTER V – INSPECTOR GENERAL
WING STAFF
Inspector General
Deputy Inspector General

Lt Col Leonard Schindler
Lt Col Joseph Goldman

NARRATIVE
Report submitted by Lt Col Leonard Schindler
New York Wing as not inspected in 2017. There were approximately 35 inspections completed
during the year.

CHAPTER VI – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
WING STAFF
Director of Professional Development
NARRATIVE

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Lt Col Robert Ormsbee

CNY Group SLS Class

Figure 5

Submitted by Lt Col Robert Ormsbee - 2017 was a busy year for Professional
Development in NY Wing with a total of 4-Unit Commanders Courses, 3-Corporate Learning
Courses, 6-Training Leaders of Cadet Courses and 5-Squadron Leadership School Courses
being conducted. My goal at the beginning of the year was to have the Wing conduct at least 1
of each of the 4 major Professional Development Courses. This was accomplished within the
first 6 months of the year. The amount of Professional Development Courses held by the
Officers of NY Wing speaks highly of their desire to train and mentor the future commanders
and staff officers of tomorrow.
Professional Development for 2017 started with a Corporate Learning Course on 21-22
January, which was hosted by Central NY Group. This was followed by a Unit Commanders
Course 28-29 January hosted by NY City Group and a Training Leaders of Cadets Course 28-29
January hosted by NY City Group. Finger Lakes Group hosted a Corporate Learning Course 2526 February and Long Island Group hosted a Corporate Learning Course 25-26 March rounding
out a busy first three months of the year.
South Eastern Group hosted a Training Leaders of Cadets Course 8 April followed by a
Squadron Leadership School hosted by Central NY Group 6-7 May, a 2nd Squadron Leadership
School was conducted by South Eastern Group 20-21 May followed by a 3rd Squadron
Leadership School hosted by Finger Lakes Group.
Middle Eastern Group started the summer months by hosting a Training Leaders of
Cadets Basic Course 8 July, followed by Central NY Group hosting a 2nd Training Leaders of
Cadets Basic Course on 15 July. Middle Eastern Group hosted the Wing’s first Training
Leaders of Cadets Intermediate Course on 5 August. Long Island Group hosted a Training
Leaders of Cadets Basic Course on 6 August followed by a Squadron Leadership School 23-24
September.
The Wing did not slow down as we headed into the final three months of the year.
Catskill Mountain Group started out the fall months by hosting a Squadron Leadership School
21-22 October. This was followed by Finger Lakes Group hosting a Unit Commanders Course
14-17 October, Long Island Group hosting a Unit Commanders Course 2-3 December and
Middle Eastern Group hosting a Unit Commanders Course 2-3 December.
For 2017, NYWG Professional Development Member Awards were as follows: 154Level 1, 43-Level 2, 36-Level 3, 4-Level 4, and 1 Level 5.

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CHAPTER VII - ADMINISTRATION
WING STAFF
Director of Administration

Lt Col Jacqui Sturgess

NARRATIVE
Lt Col Jacqui Sturgess provided information found throughout this report.
CHAPTER VIII – LOGISTICS/TRANSPORTATION
WING STAFF
Logistics Officer
Real Property Officer
Transportation Officer
Asst. Transportation Officer
Supply Officer 2d

Lt Col Anita Martin
Lt Col Terry LeFeber
Lt Col Jay Strickland
Maj Bruce Hutchinson
Lt Janice Alberghini

NARRATIVE
State Grants Administrator submitted by Lt Col E.V. “Terry” LeFeber:
The History of New York State Grants since 2001
In 2001, Colonel Austyn W. Granville, Jr. became New York Wing Commander.
Realizing that the wing’s finances were in disarray, Granville embarked on an aggressive course
of action to 1) balance the books, 2) assure that a steady stream of identifiable funding from
National Headquarters would remain in place, and 3) attempt to re-establish a funding
relationship with the State of New York which had ceased during the Arroll-Botie
administrations.
Colonel Granville re-established the wing’s connection with New York State by appointing Lt
Col Andrew Liddle as Legislative Liaison Officer. “Andy”, a retired Deputy Commissioner of
the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), was serving part-time as an aide
to State Senator James Seward. Andy recruited the senator as a CAP member to spearhead the
wing’s Legislative Squadron, NY-999. The purpose of the squadron is to have a) the state
recognize CAP as a beneficial state asset for its three CAP Missions, and b) secure a continuing
funding stream in support of the wing’s overall operations; preferably by making CAP a
permanent line item in the state’s annual budget. Note that Lt Col Liddle has been recognized
several times for his work in building the Legislative Squadron and procurement of much needed
state funding. Over the years, NY 999 has grown as has state support of CAP.
In the beginning, NY State had “legislative initiatives” whereby legislative members had
discretionary funding grants to support the needs of groups, organizations and municipalities
within their districts. Civil Air Patrol, by definition, fit required criteria.
For several years, Senator Seward was able to augment wing headquarters’ operations with
grants of $20,000.00 per annum. Several senators and assembly members also funded various
groups and squadrons, over a ten year plus period, from $ 2,000 to almost $ 100,000, depending
upon need. Senators Seward and Owen Johnson were amongst CAP’s biggest supporters. This
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practice ended when Governor Andrew Cuomo took the initiatives from the legislature, placing
them under the Governor’s Discretionary Funding Account. This created a funding void for
several years.
Since the Granville Administration, Colonels Ken Andreu, Jack Ozer, Steven Perta, and Tom
Carello have met annually with legislative members to secure recognition and funding of the
wing as well as being present when the State opens its annual legislative session. This event is
even more impressive when one considers that a New York Wing Color Guard posts the flags at
this prestigious ceremony.
Since the Colonel Ken Andreu administration, the wing has received two large New York State
grants totaling more than half a million dollars. This was due in part through the assistance of Lt
Col Larry Brinker who was able to secure the donated services of the lobbying firm of HinmanStaub and the leadership of Colonel Jack Ozer.
The monies received have gone towards purchasing needed electronic equipment,
communications gear, search and navigational devices, upgrading several CAP-owned facilities,
installing a REDBIRD Flight Simulator at the New York Wing Center for Education in
Syracuse, and supporting various Cadet and Aerospace initiatives and scholarships throughout
the wing.
The wing legislative and command staffs continue to push for CAP becoming a permanent line
item either under the State’s Annual Budget or as a permanent line item under the Department of
Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget.
NOTE: This is a brief snapshot of the history of the current New York State Grant Program. Lt
Col Terry LeFeber has administered the overall Wing Grant and Fundraising Program initiatives
since 2005. He serves a Chairman, Grants and Fundraising Committee as well a New York State
Grant Administrator.

CHAPTER IX – OPERATIONS
WING STAFF
Director of Operations
Asst. Director of Operations
Aircraft Maintenance Officer

Lt Col Daniel Rogers
Col Kenneth Andreu
Maj Shawn Herrmann

NARRATIVE
No report submitted
CHAPTER X – STANDARDIZATION-EVALUATION
WING STAFF
Standardization-Evaluation Officer
Asst. Standardization-Evaluation Officer
NARRATIVE
No report submitted

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Lt Col Brian Benedict

Capt Roger Tech

CHAPTER XI – EMERGENCY SERVICES
WING STAFF
Director of Emergency Services
Asst. Director of Emergency Services
Emergency Services Officer
Asst. Emergency Services Officer
Asst. Emergency Services Officer
Asst. Emergency Services Officer
Asst. Emergency Services Officer
Emergency Services Training Officer
Asst. Emergency Services Training Officer
Disaster Relief/Homeland Security Officer

Maj Richard Levitt
Lt Col Sharon Brana
Lt Col James Quinn
Lt Col Stanley Rothman
Lt Col Jill Silverman
Maj Jeffery Luke
Capt David Williams
Capt Mark Swing
Lt Col Robert Flynn
Capt Christopher Lasnick

NARRATIVE
A1 Mission Stats:
11 ELT Missions
2 SAR/Missing Person

EPIRB Mission on Lake George –
Photo by Maj Susan Neal
Figure 6
Emergency Services Report:
Submitted by Maj Richard Levitt – NYWG Emergency Services Plan of Action for 2018
has been developed. To strengthen the Wing’s ES capabilities, we must first determine the total
number of qualified active incident command personnel. Next we must tally the total number of
active skills evaluator trainer personnel by incident command position. We will reach out to
personnel who appear to be ready to train up to the next position and encourage them to do so.
We will create a tracking sheet and pair each trainee with an experienced mentor. This will
increase the pool of emergency services personnel at all levels.
We are working to compile a list of all external agencies that NYWG can assist. We are also
researching methods to alert mission ready personnel to decrease response times.
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Disaster Relief/Homeland Security:
Submitted by Capt Christopher Lasnick - The position of Disaster Relief/Homeland
Security Officer hadn't been filled for some time and Capt Lasnick was informed that he would
have to rebuild it. Capt Lasnick set three goals for 2018. The first is to re-establish an MOU
with the state of New York and let them know that CAP is still here and ready to work with
them when and where needed. Secondly, Capt Lasnick will work to re-establish points of
contact with our Non-government partners and start having conversations with said partners.
Thirdly, Capt Lasnick will work on rebuilding internal relationships among Wing Staff and the
Sub-ordinate Commands within the Wing, NER and our neighbors with the office of Homeland
Security and Disaster Relief

CHAPTER XII – COMMUNICATIONS

WING STAFF
Director of Communications
Assistant Director of Communications
Communications Engineering/Licensing Officer

Maj Bruce Koppe
Lt Col Steven J Perta
1st Lt Dwight Smith

NARRATIVE
No report submitted
CHAPTER XIII – AEROSPACE EDUCATION

WING STAFF
Director of Aerospace Education
Internal Aerospace Education Officer
External Aerospace Education Officer

Lt Col Marilyn Rey

Lt Col George Geller
Maj Andrew A. Hollander

NARRATIVE
Submitted by Lt Col Marilyn Rey
Feb 26 (Calendar Year 2017)
Lt Col Rey observed a very interesting Aerospace Education activity at Floyd Bennett Field that
was arranged by Capt Steve Pinello of Falcon Senior Squadron. It involved a lecture and slide
show about the Tuskegee Airmen given by a Park Ranger and a tour of the HARP museum. The
event was well attended by many personnel from NYC Group and LIG.
April 28-30 (Calendar Year 2017)
The Wing Conference of 2017 was truly the year of the “Drone” as many of the displays entered
in the Aerospace Education Display Competition had something to do with drones.
June 14 (Calendar Year 2017)
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Lt Col Rey took the opportunity to attend a meeting of the AIAA. They are a society of
aeronautical engineers and sometimes have a guest speaker on a topic of interest to nonengineers who are involved with aerospace matters.
July 24 (Calendar Year 2017)
Lt Col Rey attended another FAA flight safety seminar at Falcon Senior Squadron, NYC Group.
Aug 25 (Calendar Year 2017)
Lt Col Rey sent an email to all units alerting them that the CAP Fiscal year will be ending on
Sept 30th and that the annual aero education reports for FY 2017 and the AE plans of action for
FY 2018 will be due to National by October 15th. I didn’t realize that National wasn’t really
ready to receive the reports until after Oct 1st. I only wanted to give the units a “heads-up” so
they would have plenty of time to gather their data.
October 1 (Calendar Year 2017)
This is the time when Lt Col Rey tries to be as helpful as she can to people who are trying to get
their reports in. She carefully watches the reports that are sent to National and sends a hint to
units that have not yet sent theirs in.
November 18 (Calendar Year 2017; FY 2018)
Lt Col Rey observed “Aviation Day” at LIG. It was an amazing day organized by Cadets of
LIG. They arranged to have several aircraft and pilots there to give as many orientation flights
as possible to cadets, some of whom had not flown before. They also invited people from
outside their Group. They arranged to have guest speakers do presentations on aviation topics.
The presenters were all excellent. One was clearly motivational. He was a Cadet who spoke
about taking flying lessons and making his first solo. I wonder how many other Cadets he
inspired. There were two helicopter pilots; one a CAP member who is a professional helicopter
pilot and the other a warrant officer from the Army National Guard. Both men made a pitch for
joining the Army if you want to fly. The opening presentation was provided by a CAP officer
who gave an awesome illustrated talk on the importance of Long Island to the history of aviation.
54 NYWG members received their Yeager award in 2017.

CHAPTER XIV – CADET PROGRAMS

WING STAFF
Director of Cadet Programs

Maj Laurie Rocco

Asst. Director of Cadet Programs
Cadet Activities Officer

Capt Jeffrey Gleason
Capt Meghan Duell

NARRATIVE
No Report Submitted
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Spaatz Recipients submitted by Maj Susan Neal
C/Col Kevin Vogel
Broome-Tioga Cadet Earns Civil Air Patrol's Highest Honor
Posted: Jun 25, 2017 3:32 PM EDT <em class="wnDate">Sunday, June 25, 2017 3:32 PM EDT</em>Updated: Jun 25, 2017 3:45 PM EDT <em
class="wnDate">Sunday, June 25, 2017 3:45 PM EDT</em>

Figure 7
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. 17-year-old Cadet Kevin Vogel of Port Crane has earned the prestigious General Carl A. Spaatz Award,
which is the highest honor a Cadet can receive from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). The recognition is given
to those who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.
On average, only five out of every one thousand cadets earn the Spaatz Award. CAP has been giving out
the award since 1964 and only 2113 cadets across the United States have been presented it.
"The Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron is proud to have one of our own earn this very prestigious
award," said Commander 1st Lt. Franklin Birt.
Cadets qualify for the award by dedicating an average of five years to complete 16 CAP Cadet Program
Achievements. The last step is to pass a four-part exam, which includes a physical fitness test, an essay on
moral reasoning, a written exam on leadership, and a written exam on aerospace education.
The cadet is promoted to the grade of cadet colonel after passing the exams.
Vogel just graduated from Chenango Forks High School and joined the Broome-Tioga Composite
Squadron in February 2012. He attributes much of his dedication to the program to his brother who was a
cadet and is currently serving in the US Army.
Currently, Vogel is the squadron's Cadet Commander and is involved in the CAP Cadet Advisory
Council.
After this summer, he plans on studying International Relations and French at McGill University in
Montreal, Canada in the fall. He hopes to pursue a career in Public Service after graduation.
C/Col Brian Williams

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Figure 8
Brian M. Williams awarded Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet award

Latham, NY – The Mid-Eastern Group of the Civil Air Patrol is proud to announce the
promotion of Cadet Col Brian M. Williams, to its highest cadet achievement, the prestigious
General Carl A. Spaatz Award.
Williams will receive this award from New York State Senator John DeFrancisco, 50th District, at a formal
ceremony scheduled for December 30, 2017 in Jamesville, NY. Lt Col Todd Bajakian, USAA, Fort Drum
10th Mountain Division, and Lt Col Thomas Fusco, Mid-Eastern Group Commander, are also expected to
attend. Town of Perry Judge and CAP member, Lt Col Charles Miller will serve as emcee for the event.

Williams has been active in the CAP cadet program since January 2012. He initially joined the
organization because of his interests in aerospace education and military history and has spent
much of his CAP career supporting cadet leadership experiences and in service to local Veterans
and Veteran organizations. Williams is an active member of the 5th Rangers Historical and
Living History Group in addition to a strong supporter of Honor Flight Syracuse. Williams has
received numerous awards for his excellence within the Civil Air Patrol including the Veterans
of Foreign War (VFW) Award, Commander’s Commendations, Achievement Awards, and
Challenge Coins for Outstanding Service above and beyond the call of duty. He has served in
many leadership roles within NY State, CNY, and Albany’s Capital Region, including Cadet
Commander, Cadet Public Affairs Officer, Cadet Aerospace Education Officer, and Safety
Officer at the NYW Leadership Encampment. He is currently the Cadet Safety Officer in MidEastern Group and is the Chairman and Primary Representative to NY Wing for the Cadet
Advisory Council (CAC.) He has taught multiple cadet classes and courses across the wing and
serves as a strong mentor for younger and upcoming cadets. Williams attended the Northeast
Region Cadet Leadership School in VT and hopes to travel abroad this summer with the Civil
Air Patrol’s International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) Program.
Williams attends Jamesville-Dewitt High School where he is a member of the National Honor
Society and is actively involved in the arts and drama departments. He plans to pursue a degree
in Forensic Science in the Buffalo area and hopes to use his skills and interests in biology,
chemistry, and psychology to work within the criminal justice system.
Only one out of 1,000 cadets excel to the level of Cadet Colonel prior to their 21st birthday and
Williams is only the 2136th cadet to receive this prestigious national award since its inception in
1964, earning the award at age seventeen.
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National Cadet Special Activities report submitted by Maj Susan Neal
The following chart shows the NCSA and the number of NYWG cadets that attended:
NCSA
Region Cadet Leadership School
Middle East Region Honor Guard Academy
Cyber Defense Training Academy
National Blue Beret
National Emergency Services Academy
Hawk Mountain Ranger School
Engineering Technologies Academy (Robotics)
Air Force Civil Engineering Academy
National Flight Academy Power
Northeast Region Flight Academy Glider
Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course
Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training
Cadet Aviation Ground School
Cadet Officer School
Civil Leadership Academy
Engineering Technologies Academy
Total

# of
Cadets
22
16
10
10
7
6
5
4
3
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
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CHAPTER XV – SAFETY
WING STAFF
Director of Safety
Assistant Director of Safety
Assistant Director of Safety
Assistant Director of Safety

Lt Col Sean Neal
Lt Col Lawrence Mattiello
Maj Jean-Pierre “Pete” Moreau
Capt Meghan Duell

NARRATIVE
Submitted by Lt Col Sean Neal - The year 2017 was a fairly typical year for Safety in New York
Wing. We had our share of cuts, twisted ankles, and projectile vomiting. We also had a spate of
flat tires on aircraft, including three in one day. Research showed that inner tubes are failing
without the associated tire being damaged.
Since the Wing Commander is required to be informed of activities with potential for injury, loss
of assets, or the potential to project negatively on CAP, Lt. Col. William Hughes and Lt. Col.
Diane Wojtowicz developed a notification system to inform the Wing Commander as well as
certain wing staff. An electronic form on the wing website is filled out by the unit with
information as to who, what, where, when, and who the responsible activity leader and activity
safety officer are. This is automatically sent to the Wing Commander, Safety Officer, Vice
Commander, and Chief of Staff. In this way, if something happens, the staff is aware of the
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activity.
In 2017, the NYWG Safety Officer, Lt. Col. Sean Neal, requested a tracking method for these
activities. A spread sheet was developed by Major Susan Neal to determine which units were
complying with notification requirements and which were not. A by-product of this tracking was
that it became apparent that some units were not conducting activities and others were
conducting several per month. As a general rule, those units that had many activities on a regular
basis were the most successful units, and those that were not active were the lower performing
units. In this way assistance and mentoring could be applied where needed.
CHAPTER XVI – LEGAL
WING STAFF
Wing Legal Officer
Maj Susan Hartmann
NARRATIVE
Report submitted by Maj Susan Hartmann
NYWG Legal is working on various MOUs at the moment to include one with the Town of
Brookhaven (the largest town in the state!) and one with the State of New York.
NYWG Legal is processing not only HAA requests and forms, but also reviewing any
fundraising activities as necessary.
NYWG Legal is constantly reviewing various leases and contracts and working toward having
all documents signed at NHQ in a timely fashion.
CHAPTER XVII – CHAPLAIN

WING STAFF
Wing Chaplain
Asst Wing Chaplain
Asst Wing Chaplain

Lt Col Edwin Kopp
Lt Col Barbara Williams-Harris
Capt Thomas LeBeau

NARRATIVE
Submitted by Lt Col Edwin Kopp - The New York Wing Chaplain Corps has had a busy
couple of years with the additional of several new CDIs as well as chaplains. Two items are
worthy of note. First, chaplains have become a formal part of all training exercises and search
and rescue events. Capt Mark Swing, NYWG Director of Training and Plans, has created
scenarios to include mission chaplain training enabling better integration of the chaplain corps
with emergency services. Second, NYW has concentrated on placing a chaplain in every group
in order to oversee the work of monthly moral leadership talks at the squadron level. Even
though recruitment of chaplains has been up, there are still very few chaplains at the squadron
level. Placing chaplains at Group is an attempt at more comprehensive coverage.
CHAPTER XVIII – HISTORIAN
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WING STAFF
Historian

Major Susan Neal

NARRATIVE
Submitted by Major Susan Neal - On October 7, 2017, Major Susan Neal was appointed
to the duty position of NYWG Historian after serving as the Mid-eastern Group Commander.
Major Neal has been working with the National Historian Staff for many years. Her main focus
has been the WWII era and the CAP aircraft of that time. She maintains a list of all CAP WWII
aircraft that includes their WWII owner’s names and their current status if known. Major Neal is
a WWII CAP re-enactor and with her husband, she co-owns two vintage aircraft that are restored
as Civil Air Patrol sub-chasers from Coastal Patrol Base Two.
On accepting the NYWG Historian position, Major Neal organized two Congressional
Gold Medal presentations to Rho Mitchell and Frank Doolittle. She has a third presentation
scheduled for April 2018 to Margaret Stoddard’s family at the New York Wing Conference.
Major Neal’s focus will be to preserve NYWG History by digitizing information and
uploading it into a repository on the new NYWG website for all to see.
Congressional Gold Medal Award Presentations:
Dorothy Gregory-Watkins
Before her time: Lockport woman receives Congressional Gold Medal posthumously
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal by Kaley Lynch Jan 25, 2017
Dorothy Gregory-Watkins caught the “flying bug” at age 9, after receiving her first lesson at a
local fair in 1927. Her interest in flying led the Lockport resident to obtain her pilot’s license and
to enter into seven years of service with the Civil Air Patrol Service, performing local searchand-rescue missions and doing ice patrol on the Great Lakes to keep shipping lanes open for war
supplies during World War II. On Jan. 21, Gregory-Watkins was awarded a posthumous CAP
Congressional Gold Medal for her service during the war — the highest civilian honor that
Congress can bestow. Gregory-Watkins, a mother of eight, died on Christmas Day 2014 at the
age of 96. Thirty of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren attended the Civil Air
Patrol military ball at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens to accept the honor on her behalf.
Darcee Rae Hughes, Gregory-Watkins’ daughter, described her mother as “determined,
adventurous and curious.” “She had quite a life, and at that time, quite a life for a female,”
Hughes said. Gregory-Watkins acquired her solo pilot’s license and her private pilot’s license by
1942. After she took her initial flying test in Lockport, flight authorities in Buffalo made her
come out to the city to take it again. “They were convinced that she passed because she knew
someone,” Hughes said.
Gregory-Watkins served in the CAP under the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1949. She attained
the rank of second lieutenant in Kenmore Squadron 2 and represented the Civil Air Patrol at
encampments, parades and events during the war. On Independence Day in 1944, she
demonstrated a Bell helicopter at the Buffalo Civic Center in front of 42,000 spectators.
After the war, Gregory-Watkins also acquired her commercial license rating.

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She continued flying after her days with CAP, landing at Graf Field (which is now Willowbrook
Golf Course), Lee Field (now Ray Lee Little League Fields) and the Barker air strip.
She married Lloyd Watkins, who served in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne Division, in
1949.
The propeller from her plane hung on a wall in her home until the day she died. The propeller
now belongs to Hughes’ niece, who also became a pilot.

Figure 9

“She said in her speech, ‘This will always remind me of a
time in my life when I had the time of my life’,” Hughes said. “She always loved flying.”
Wells contacted Gregory-Watkins’ family this past June to notify them of the award. “The
family had her uniform, her logbook, and a whole display of different items from the years when
she was involved,” Wells said.

Rho B. Mitchell
Nation’s highest civilian award will be given to Rho Mitchell, late
Albion resident
Staff Reports Posted 26 October 2017 at 5:07 pm

Collins will present Congressional Gold Medal for the
Civil Air Patrol member

Rho Mitchell, right, is pictured in 2012 with his son David and grandson Josh. All three made
their careers as funeral directors. Bruce Landis took this photo that hangs inside Christopher
Figure 10
Mitchell Funeral Homes.
ALBION – Congressman Chris Collins on Saturday will present a Congressional Gold Medal,
the Nation’s highest civilian award, to the widow of Rho B. Mitchell of Albion.
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Mrs. Beverly Mitchell will be presented the award for her late husband’s efforts in the United
States Civil Air Patrol during World War II. The award will be presented as part of a ceremony
held at 11 a.m. at the family business which is the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, 21 West
Ave.
Senator Robert Ortt will be in attendance along with Ed Morgan from Assemblyman Steve
Hawley’s office. The Civil Air Patrol New York Wing Commander, Col. Tom Carello, will be
the Master of Ceremony for the event.
Mr. Mitchell was born in Elmira in 1928. He joined the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet while in High
School in Elmira. During his service with the Civil Air Patrol, Mr. Mitchell earned his pilot’s
license. Mr. Mitchell was also in the Navy Reserve and while in college, he was called to duty
with the Navy two weeks after marrying his high school sweetheart Beverly.
After one year on a carrier in the Atlantic, Mr. Mitchell returned to the US to serve a second year
of duty. Upon discharge from the Navy, Mr. Mitchell completed college at the Simmons Institute
of Funeral Services and moved to Albion in 1957 to open the Christopher Mitchell Funeral
Home.
Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the Civil Air
Patrol had more than 120,000 volunteers. CAP members patrolled the country’s coastline from
Maine to Mexico and the southern border with Mexico by air, vigilant for enemy submarines and
potential saboteurs. Others towed targets for military trainees, watched for forest fires, conducted
search and rescue missions, provided disaster relief and emergency transport of people and parts
and conducted orientation flights for future pilots. The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Corps was formed
in October 1942 to provide pre-military and aviation training to potential future recruits.
In all, 68 CAP members lost their lives in the line of duty by the end of the war.
Since the first Congressional Gold Medal was awarded in 1776 to General George Washington
by the Second Continental Congress, there have been more than 300 recipients. The Senate
passed legislation authorizing the award of Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol WWII
members in May 2013, with the House following suit a year later. President Barack Obama
signed the bill into law May 30.

Frank Doolittle
104-Year-Old WWII Pilot Awarded Congressional Gold Medal on Veterans Day 2017
By Justin Nisly, Dec 14, 2017 www.ifmylife.com
World War II disrupted the lives of millions of Americans as they were sent into battle in Europe
and the Pacific. The war ended in 1945, but the United States still looks to honor its valued
veterans.
This past Veterans Day, the United States Congress awarded Frank Doolittle with the
Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award from the legislative branch.

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Figure 11

Frank Doolittle is a 104-year-old man from Bainbridge. He served in the Civil Air Patrol during
the war. Due to his age at the time (30), Doolittle was turned down by the draft board on three
occasions.
He joined the Civil Air Patrol as a navigation and meteorology instructor. His duties eventually
went beyond teaching. He was a part of civilian pilots tasked with protecting the United States
coast from potential German U-Boat invasions.
Doolittle and his squadron performed their job as secretly as possible. They never wore uniforms
and flew planes which were near undetectable from the water. He would leave each evening
between 7pm and 9 pm and could not tell his wife to where he was going.

Figure 12

According to the Civil Air Patrol’s Congressional Gold Medal website, Doolittle and 200,000
other volunteers flew a combined 750,000 hours of service during the war, giving up their free
time for their country.
Due to the limited amount of technology at the time (no cell phones), the squadron had to call
him at the saw mill at which he worked to reach him. He said, “You had to be where they could
call you.” Doolittle was always on call and could not take vacations without explicitly informing
his squadron.
Col. Tom Carello of the Civil Air Patrol said of Doolittle at the ceremony, “[Frank] is a valued
member in a long line of Civil Air Patrol members and part of a legacy that remains strong and
ready to serve today and into the future.” More than 70 years later, he received recognition for
his brave actions.
Frank Doolittle passed away February 17, 2018. On November 2, 2017, Lt Col Sean Neal and
Major Susan Neal traveled to Frank’s home in Bainbridge, NY to record Frank’s oral history. It
is being transcribed and will be available on the history.cap.gov website later this year.

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CHAPTER XIX – RECRUITING AND RETENTION

WING STAFF
Director of Recruiting and Retention

Lt Col Douglas Jensen

NARRATIVE
Report submitted by Lt Col Douglas Jensen
Lt Col Jensen took over R&R in the last two months of 2017 from Lt Col LeFeber. Lt Col
LeFeber set a goal of 10% growth during 2017. NYWG’s growth for 2017 was 6.5% for cadet
membership ending at 1,192 cadets. Senior member growth increased 3.3%, ending with 1,182
seniors. NYWG made great strides in retention of both Cadets and Seniors as compared to the
National average of 56.2% for cadets and 75.1% for seniors. NYWG Cadet retention was 57.6%
and senior retention was 82.7%.
NYWG R&R will continue to foster and develop ways to explore and increase NYWG
membership. The office will partner with lower echelon Groups and Squadrons in developing
effective Wing wide recruiting and retention programs.

CHAPTER XX – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
WING STAFF
Director of Information Technologies
Asst Director of Information Technologies

Capt Charles Erckert
Maj William Martin

NARRATIVE
No report submitted
CHAPTER XXI – GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
WING STAFF
Government Relations Advisor
Asst Government Relations Advisor
Asst Government Relations Advisor
Asst Government Relations Advisor
NARRATIVE
Submitted by Lt Col John Jones

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Lt Col Benjamin Nodar
Col Thomas Carello
Col Kenneth Andreu
Lt Col John Jones

Figure 13

Redbird FMX flight simulator unveil
with Assemblywoman Donna
Lupardo and Assemblyman Anthony
Brindisi, Dec 17: Col Carello

Figure 14

Presentation of CAP Congressional Squadron
membership to Rep John Katko (NY-24), June
17: Lt Col Jones, Maj Birt

Figure 15

Fertile Keynote intercept mission NYWG flew supporting the Vermont ANG's
158th Fighter Wing. It was the first such mission flown by NYW in over a
decade. Mission Pilots were Maj Sussey and Maj Herrmann. Mission Observer
was Lt Col John Jones

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Figure 16

Presentation of CAP Congressional Squadron
membership to Rep Elise Stefanik (NY-21) June 17: Lt
Col Jones, Maj Birt

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CHAPTER XXII – GROUP REPORTS
South Eastern Group
Commander

Lt Col Joseph Wooley

No report submitted

Catskill Mountain Group
Commander

Maj William Martin, III

Report submitted by Maj William Martin
Catskill Mountain Group was very active in many areas in 2017, including the following:
CMG has fielded the top NYW CyberPatriot team two years in a row. Our team was NYS
Division A Champion in both 2016-17 and 2017-18, out of more than 140 teams in NYS this
year. Our team ranks in the top 7% out of 1,029 teams nationally.
CMG is the only group to achieve double-digit membership growth in both senior and cadet
membership categories in 2017. Individual CMG units have achieved one year growth as high as
30% in senior membership and in cadet membership. CMG also led the wing in terms of highest
recruiting by unit, senior member, and cadet.
CMG cadets are enrolled in rigorous academic programs at prestigious universities, including
MIT and RIT.
Catskill Mountain Group successfully managed CAP participation at the Stewart Air Show for
three consecutive years. More than 200 members from three wings participated in 2017. This
event has placed CAP in the eye of tens of thousands of members of the public. Custom, CMG
created 2x3 foot posters describing our Emergency Services, Aerospace Ed, and Cadet
Program’s missions were placed prominently to tell the CAP story to the public, and recruiting
postcards were given to attendees to reinforce our message. CMG has already begun
preparations for the 2018 Stewart Airshow, at which the USAF Thunderbirds will be the
headline act.
CMG has participated for six consecutive years in the Pine Bush Aviation Academy, an
immersive, month long aerospace education program for students of Pine Bush High School. In
each year, the program has operated at an airport [except for 2013, due to school budget
limitations], and CAP has flown a new AE Member on a Teacher Orientation Program [TOP]
flight. We have simultaneously provided a program of education on aerospace and flight
training topics for the students. CMG/CC Maj William Martin was asked in 2014 to give the
academy commencement address; after speaking about how various aviation and aerospace
pioneers made a difference in their world, he encouraged the students to excel, and to make a
difference in their own world.

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During the past three years, CMG has created a simulated CAP mission at MGJ Orange County
Airport, where Pine Bush students staff various positions in operations, communications, onairport UDF search team, and public affairs. Students are responsible, under CAP senior
member supervision, for planning and conduct of the mission, communication with the aircraft
while in flight, briefings the CAP IC, and searching for an ELT practice beacon on the field. The
public affairs team documents all activity using Nikon DSLRs, and provides a full briefing with
slide show at day end. Letters of appreciation are received each year from the faculty supervisor,
and from all of the students. See the press release for more information.
CMG hosted students from several squadrons from SEG and CMG at an SLS at Stewart
International Airport in OCT 2017. NYW/CC Thomas Carello joined CMG instructors to
present at the two-day event held at Signature Flight Support FBO. Student materials were
presented in a binder with custom cover, printed in book form with page numbers,
headers/footers, and an index, and section divider for lecture/lab materials. Note-taking and
other supplies were included in the student kits to provide an atmosphere more conducive to
student learning. Numerous positive comments were provided by students at class end. Lunch
was provided on-site both days, with bottled water provided throughout the class. This was done
so students could concentrate on class, and not worry about having to obtain lunch within a
limited time frame. It allowed for more discussion between instructors and students, and created
a more relaxed environment. See the press release for more information.
The OCT SLS also saw the first use of a custom; CMG designed automated online registration
system. This system acted as a pilot for one to be made available wing-wide in 2018. The
system provided automated web and e-mail confirmation to students upon registration, as well as
notifying the event director of new registrations. A password protected web portal allowed
display of the class roster in real time, and the ability to e-mail any or all students by clicking a
link. Students were offered the ability to be waitlisted once class registration was full.
Two CMG cadets held an outdoor, multi-element ES training course in Jun 2017, training seniors
and cadets in elements of GT operations, land navigation, and UDF team operations. One cadet
is a skills evaluator, which allowed SQTR sign off for trainees following proper evaluation of
learned tasks.
CMG engages with our communities by participating in Pearl Harbor Remembrance, Four
Chaplains Day, Memorial Day, and NYS legislator Senator Carlucci's road clean ups.
CMG cadets have earned top recognition, including National Flight scholarship, CAP college
scholarship, and top student at Great Lakes Region Staff College.
CMG is the only group to achieve double-digit membership growth in both senior and cadet
membership categories in 2017. Individual CMG units have achieved one year growth as high as
30% in senior membership and in cadet membership. CMG also led the wing in terms of highest
recruiting by unit, senior member, and cadet.
CMG cadets are enrolled in rigorous academic programs at prestigious universities, including
MIT and RIT.
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Catskill Mountain Group successfully managed CAP participation at the Stewart Air Show for
three consecutive years. More than 200 members from three wings participated in 2017. This
event has placed CAP in the eye of tens of thousands of members of the public. Custom, CMG
created 2x3 foot posters describing our Emergency Services, Aerospace Ed, and Cadet Programs
missions were placed prominently to tell the CAP story to the public, and recruiting postcards
were given to attendees to reinforce our message. CMG has already begun preparations for the
2018 Stewart Airshow, at which the USAF Thunderbirds will be the headline act.
CMG has participated for six consecutive years in the Pine Bush Aviation Academy, an
immersive, month long aerospace education program for students of Pine Bush High School. In
each year, the program has operated at an airport [except for 2013, due to school budget
limitations], and CAP has flown a new AE Member on a Teacher Orientation Program [TOP]
flight. We have simultaneously provided a program of education on aerospace and flight
training topics for the students. CMG/CC Maj William Martin was asked in 2014 to give the
academy commencement address; after speaking about how various aviation and aerospace
pioneers made a difference in their world, he encouraged the students to excel, and to make a
difference in their own world.
During the past three years, CMG has created a simulated CAP mission at MGJ Orange County
Airport, where Pine Bush students staff various positions in operations, communications, onairport UDF search team, and public affairs. Students are responsible, under CAP senior
member supervision, for planning and conduct of the mission, communication with the aircraft
while in flight, briefings the CAP IC, and searching for an ELT practice beacon on the field. The
public affairs team documents all activity using Nikon DSLRs, and provides a full briefing with
slide show at day end. Letters of appreciation are received each year from the faculty supervisor,
and from all of the students. See the press release for more information.
CMG hosted students from several squadrons from SEG and CMG at an SLS at Stewart
International Airport in OCT 2017. NYW/CC Thomas Carello joined CMG instructors to
present at the two-day event held at Signature Flight Support FBO. Student materials were
presented in a binder with custom cover, printed in book form with page numbers,
headers/footers, and an index, and section divider for lecture/lab materials. Note-taking and
other supplies were included in the student kits to provide an atmosphere more conducive to
student learning. Numerous positive comments were provided by students at class end. Lunch
was provided on-site both days, with bottled water provided throughout the class. This was done
so students could concentrate on class, and not worry about having to obtain lunch within a
limited time frame. It allowed for more discussion between instructors and students, and created
a more relaxed environment. See the press release for more information.
The OCT SLS also saw the first use of a custom; CMG designed automated online registration
system. This system acted as a pilot for one to be made available wing-wide in 2018. The
system provided automated web and e-mail confirmation to students upon registration, as well as
notifying the event director of new registrations. A password protected web portal allowed
display of the class roster in real time, and the ability to e-mail any or all students by clicking a
link. Students were offered the ability to be waitlisted once class registration was full.

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Two CMG cadets held an outdoor, multi-element ES training course in Jun 2017, training seniors
and cadets in elements of GT operations, land navigation, and UDF team operations. One cadet
is a skills evaluator, which allowed SQTR sign off for trainees following proper evaluation of
learned tasks.
CMG engages with our communities by participating in Pearl Harbor Remembrance, Four
Chaplains Day, Memorial Day, and NYS legislator Senator Carlucci's road clean ups.
CMG cadets have earned top recognition, including National Flight scholarship, CAP college
scholarship, and top student at Great Lakes Region Staff College.

Finger Lakes Group
Commander

Lt Col Mark Jones

Report submitted by Lt Col Mark Jones
FLG provided the majority of the staffing (IC, OSC, PSC, CUL, MSO, AOBD, GBD) for the
GTE Base at Syracuse and is credited with pulling NY wing through the eval.
FLG participated in the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony for Rho B Mitchel.
FLG participated in the Ceremony of the Medal of Honor for Cpl Jason Dunham in Scio, NY.
FLG upgraded the FLG mission base to High speed internet to make the greater imagery
processing needs of the AF Eval possible.
FLG Cadet Rebecca E Peper received the Life Saving Award for performing CPR on a
Pulmonary Embolus Cardiac Arrest with a Save
FLG expanded its mobile mission base kit to include a 7000 watt Troy Built Generator and
Electric Cooktop.

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Figure 17

Central New York Group
Commander

Lt Col Dean “Norm” Anderson

Report submitted by Capt Eric Schenck

About the Civil Air Patrol of Central New York

Figure 18

The Central New York Group is headquartered at the
174th Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard base at Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY.
The Group staff meets on the third Thursday of every month, at 7:00pm, in Bldg. 787.
Many of our adult members are currently in the National Guard or Reserves or have previous
military experience. Several civilian members have a technical background in science,
engineering, or education. Our cadets are in middle school, high school, or college, and many are
in home schooling programs.
CNY Group spans eight counties: Cayuga, Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida,
Madison, and Herkimer — over 9,000 square miles. We have six squadrons, which are
headquartered in Jefferson, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.
The goals of the Central New York Group are:
1. To create a strong CAP organization that assists young adults in making career path
choices primarily in military, technical, or aviation related fields.
2. To support the community by providing Emergency Management officials with organized
teams that are trained and equipped for Air / Ground Search & Rescue and Disaster Relief
missions.

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CNY Group Visits Washington D.C. by Capt Eric Schenck

Figure 19

Washington D.C. “Best weekend ever!” was the quote from several Central New York (CNY)
Civil Air Patrol Cadets upon returning to Hancock Air National Guard Base on 26
February. CNY Group (NER-NY-134) organized a trip to Washington D.C. to visit the UdvarHazy Air and Space Museum and Arlington National Cemetery the weekend of 24-26
February. Twenty cadets and five officers from across CNY undertook the awesome adventure.
Saturday, 25 February saw the group loading into the vans and trekking the short distance from
the hotel to the Air and Space Museum. The group was greeted to the Museum’s celebration of
Black History Month. The first stop was to get front row seats to hear Astronaut Stephanie
Wilson’s presentation on her three missions in the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Astronaut Wilson was mesmerizing, keeping the cadets enthralled with stories from one specific
mission; her trip on STS-120. The video she shared of adding sections on the International
Space Station kept the cadets in rapt attention. As a life-long space enthusiast, Captain Joseph
Gallo, one of the trip chaperones, was especially captivated. “Can you imagine going in to space
three times?” he asked. Astronaut Wilson had the same effect on the cadets. During the
question and answer period one of the CNY cadets asked what advice Astronaut Wilson had for
the audience. Wilson’s recommendation was to “find your passion and then pursue it.” The
advice was perfect for the cadets, many of whom are nearing high school graduation. The
astronaut went on to elaborate that “being an astronaut and having the associated duties makes
me want to get up each morning. I love what I do. If you can find the same passion for what
you want to do, your life will be very fulfilling.” What great advice.

Figure 20
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The Air and Space Museum was packed with hundreds of aircraft, helicopters and space
craft. The cadets were allowed to explore the museum at their own pace and many felt they
couldn’t see it all in one day. There were aircraft dating back to the earliest moments of flight to
modern day wonders. The reconstruction area was especially fascinating due to one special
exhibit. “Seeing the Apollo 11 capsule in refurbishment was awesome!” said C/A1C Joseph
Anderson.
Two presentations, “Living the Tuskegee Airmen Legacy” and “Conversations with Tuskegee
Airman,” were both extremely interesting and motivational. During the first presentation, people
with various careers in aviation spoke about their experiences and how they chose an aviation
profession. There were pilots from several major airlines, a Federal Aviation Administration air
traffic controller, two military pilots and an aerospace engineer. All the panelist provided
exceptional advice and inspiring stories from their careers and many of the cadets clamored to
meet the panelists after the presentation to talk to them some more.
Mr. Major Anderson was the final presentation of the day. And the best was certainly reserved
for last. He was an inspiration. Mr. Anderson was a mechanic during World War II, working on
the “Red Tails” of the 332nd Fighter Group. Cadets and Officers alike were enthralled with his
stories of working with the likes of General Benjamin O. Davis. His clarity of mind and sharp
wit made for an entertaining presentation.
Unfortunately, the museum day came to a close too soon. But the fun wasn’t over and it was
back to the hotel for a night of swimming and games and a meal of everybody’s favorite
pizza. But soon it was lights out and it was time for bed.
Sunday morning started off clear and cold. But the cold temperatures didn’t cool the anticipation
of going to Arlington National Cemetery. Captain David Mackintosh organized a tour of a
lifetime. The cadets and officers presented flowers at the graves of Air Force legends Generals
Hap Arnold, James Doolittle and Chappie James. Additionally, they honored US Air Force Lt
Col Frank Bryant, a hero from the war in Afghanistan and personal friend of Lt Col Dean
Anderson, one of the trip chaperones. But certainly the highlight of the visit was C/Capt Robert
Rice, C/CMSgts Ahmed Aly and Devon Seale and C/SMSgt James Brown presenting a wreath at
the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The four cadets did a superb job representing Civil Air
Patrol in this high visibility event, with hundreds of onlookers. The pressure was on, and they
performed.
By twelve o’clock the entourage was back on the road. After a couple of quick stops for lunch
and leg stretches, the entire group was back to the CNY Group Headquarters on Hancock Air
National Guard Base by 8 PM. Families picked up their cadets, the CAP vans cleaned and then
the trip was over. But not without the cadets final motivation check led by C/SMSgt James
Brown. All shouted “Best Weekend Ever!”

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Long Island Group
Commander
NY-117 and NY-153

Lt Col Louis Fenech

08JUL17 - Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron NY-117 had the honor of presenting the colors
and with the support of the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron NY-153 at the bridge dedication
to Specialist Matthew W. Baylis.
OAKDALE—The bridge that carries travelers on Oakdale-Bohemia Road over Sunrise Highway
was given a new identity last Saturday, July 8 when a sign was unveiled naming it the “Specialist
Matthew E. Baylis Memorial Bridge.” NYS Senator Phil Boyle presided over a ceremony that
was attended by elected officials, local residents and family and friends of the fallen hero, who
was killed in action in Iraq on May 31, 2007.
At the ceremony, Sen. Boyle thanked all of the elected officials that helped him to see that the
bridge would be named in honor of this American hero. “Fittingly, as people drive under this
bridge, for many years to come, they will always be reminded of the service and sacrifice
Matthew gave to our great nation,” said Boyle.

Mid-eastern Group
Commander

Lt Col Thomas Fusco

Emergency Services Report submitted by Capt Mark Swing:
NYWG TRAEX 11-12 Feb 17 in preparation for upcoming AF Evaluation
AF Evaluation 1-2 Apr 17 participated as a secondary base with full staff
NYWG TRAEX July 17 staging area with ground teams
ES Bivouac 9-12 Aug 17 Greenville NY 60 attendees including Vermont and Connecticut Wings
Professional Development Report submitted by Capt Mark Swing:
Training Leaders of Cadets Basic Course July 8th
Training Leaders of Cadets Intermediate Course August 5th
Squadron Leadership School October 15th-16th
Corporate Learning Course November 19th-20th
Unit Commanders Course December 3rd-4th
Cadet Programs Report submitted by Maj Michelle Williams-Swing:
MEG Color & Honor Guard Training July 8th
Operation Promote 2 Dec 17 Curry Award

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Highlights of 2017 submitted by Maj Susan Neal:
06Feb17 – During the conclusion of the February Group Commanders Call, Incident
Commander Capt Linda Sheridan was alerted to an ELT mission in the Albany area. MEG
members jumped into their ES positions, a group team was formed and the ELT was located and
silenced.
11Feb17 – MEG participated in ES training with a fully staffed mission base and two ground
teams.

Figure 21

14Feb17 – MEG Valentine’s Day Sale raised over $1,100.
25Mar17 – AF Evaluation Preparation at MEG HQ
1-2Apr17 – MEG participated in the AF Evaluation with a full staff, three aircrews and three
ground teams.
15Apr17 – The MEG Ball with its 1940’s theme was a complete success. Hosted by the MEG
CAC, it was a fun-filled night of celebration, fellowship and great food.

Figure 22

15Jun17 – MEG’s Brooks Barbeque fundraiser cleared over $2,000 in profit.
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10-13Aug17 – MEG’s Summer ES Bivouac was held in Greenville, NY included K-9 training
and a UAV demonstration.

Figure 23

7Oct17 – A MEG Change of Command Ceremony was performed by NYWG Commander Col
Carello. Lt Col Thomas Fusco assumed command of MEG and Maj Susan Neal was appointed to
the position of the NYWG Historian.
16Oct17 – MEG’s Cadet Advisory Counsel for 2017-2018 was selected.

Figure 24

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New York City Group
Commander
Maj Michael Woolfolk
Report Submitted by Capt Deborah Peters
NY -373
NY 373 conducted a weekly meeting at the Historic Air
Restoration Project (H.A.R.P) at Hanger B, Floyd Bennett Field,
which includes a HFZ session on the deck. Visitors to Hangar B
can see dedicated volunteers working on the park's collection of
historic aircraft, which also include USAF and CAP historic
airplanes. What makes a visit unique is that you can see, hear,
and feel what it is like to be in a working airplane hangar. It's
easy to go back in time and imagine what a visit to Hangar B in
1945 or 1965 would have been like.
Figure 25

RRLA - FBCS conducted a Red Ribbon Leadership Academy
which was attended by middle school students from our
local communities. In addition to the RRLA Curriculum, we
also included a drunken goggles simulation to further
enforce the effects of alcohol and other influential factors
that impair judgement and endanger lives. This is a photo
of the graduating class.
Figure 26

FBCS hosted an information session conducted by Midshipmen
(2/C Andrew Lee) from the United States Naval Academy. This
presentation was attended by CAP cadets in the NYC area who
are interested in attending a service academy. Coincidentally, the
Cadet Commander at the time, C/Capt Dorienne Peters (in the
photo), is also a Midshipman at USNA pursuing an Aerospace
Engineering major to graduate in 2019. This was followed by a
Cadet COC which aired on Channel 12 News highlighting CAP and
the new Cadet Commander, C/2dLt Ristan Jones

Figure 27

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SOUTH CENTRAL GROUP
Commander

Maj Franklin Birt

Report submitted by 1Lt Elizabeth Milewski

NY-283 Twin Tiers Cadet Squadron

Figure 28

Cadets honor the American Flag in Corning New York
June 15, 2017 1st Lt Elizabeth Milewski
Seven Cadets of the Chemung/Schuyler cadet squadron participated in a celebration of our
nations symbol of freedom, the American Flag. Cadets along with members of the Corning Elks
#1071 and the Corning American Legion post 746, participated in honoring our flag with a color
guard led by the American Legion, posting of historical flags and the folding ceremony by the
Cadets and historical readings and presentations by the Elks. Special guest speaker, SSC
Christopher Merola, spoke on the topic of what it means to be an American. Cadet Technical
Sargent Connor Sliwa said,” It was an honor and a privilege to give back to those who have
given so much for our great nation.”
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of
the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air
Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total
Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S.
inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is
credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000
members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction
missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a
leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people
currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past
75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of
its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to
remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit
www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.

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NY283 Fund-raiser Helps Community
June 6, 2017
The cadets of NY283 collected cans and bottles from friends and family for months to raise
money for the squadron. Civil Air Patrol squadrons use raised and donated funds to replace or
purchase new equipment, hold STEM activities for cadets, and provide financial assistance to
cadets for various CAP requirements and activities. The can and bottle drive was so successful
that the cadets decided to split their sizeable earnings with a local organization in keeping with
our mission to serve the community.
During last week's open house, NY283 presented the Bath VA with half of the funds raised from
the can and bottle drive to use towards their Jump Start program. The Jump Start program at the
Bath VA helps recovering drug addicts live independently after receiving treatment from the VA
hospital.

Figure 29

NY283 - A WEEKEND PRESENTING THE COLORS
July 3, 2017 1st Lt Elizabeth Milewski
Cadets from the Chemung/Schuyler Cadet Squadron participated this past weekend at several
places here in the Southern Tier. The weekend started on Saturday at the Watkins Glenn
International Raceway presenting the colors at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glenn event. Cadet
Sr Airman Jacob Rizkallah said, “This was an exciting time for me. I have never been to Watkins
Glenn and I can’t wait to do this again!”
Sunday the cadets presented colors again but this time for a local church in our community at
Harvest Baptist Church in Bath, NY. Both Saturday and Sunday, Cadet Chief Master Sergeant
Jennafer Hadsell had the honor of carrying the American flag and stated, “This has been a very
memorable experience and one I will cherish as I move to Russell Sage College to continue my
education in the fall.”
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Figure 30

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the
Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force
Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force
role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland
search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is
credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000
members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction
missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a
leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people
currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past
75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of
its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to
remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit
www.capvolunteernow.com for more information

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WESTERN NEW YORK GROUP
Commander

Lt Col John J Risio

Submitted by Lt Col John Risio - In summary, 2017 was a great year in the performance of our
three mission areas of Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education and Emergency Services. WNY
Group units are active in their local communities and the group has a strong relationship with its
local air force parent.

Group Recognition:
40th Annual WNY Group Military Ball – January 2017
• CAP Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the family of the late Dorothy GregoryWatkins.
• WNY Group members recognized, achievement awards, annual “of the year” awards,
etc.
• WNY Group Solo Flight Scholarship awarded to Cadet Matthew Owens.
• Lt Col Janet Schachner received 50 Year Service Award.
NY Wing Conference – April 2017
• C/Capt Tyler Wells received the Commander’s Commendation Award for his service
on staff at the NY Wing Flight Academy
• Lt Col Janet Schachner received the CAP Achievement Award for her service on staff
at the Encampment.
• Niagara Falls Comp. Sq. NY-116 earned the National Quality Cadet Unit Award.
Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Unit Conversion Ceremony – June 2017
• Special historic opportunity for WNY Group in June to assist the Niagara Falls Air
Reserve Station with their Conversion Ceremony, where the 914 th officially changed
from an Airlift Wing flying C-130s to an Air Refueling Wing flying KC-135s. CAP
demonstrated that it is truly a partner in the Total Force.
For more info please see:
http://www.niagara.afrc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1202973/914th-re-designatesas-an-air-refueling-wing/
State Legislative Squadron Members – 2017
• CAP membership cards were presented to Senator Catherine Young (Olean) and
Assemblymen Andy Goodell (Jamestown), David DiPietro (E. Aurora) and Joseph
Giglio (Olean).

Cadet Program Activities:
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WNY Armed Forces Opening Ceremony – May 2017
• Cadet Color Guard participated with other military and cadet units.
WNY Armed Forces Military Ball – May 2017
• Cadet Color Guard participated with other military and cadet units.
NY Encampment and Solo Flight Academy – July 2017
• Cadets and seniors attended as students and staff.
• Cadet Matthew Owens achieved his solo flight at the Flight Academy.
National Cadet Special Activities – Summer 2017
• National Blue Beret
• Hawk Mountain Ranger School.
Geneseo Air Show – July 2017
• Cadets supported Finger Lakes Group.
Cadet Advisory Council – 2017
• Squadron cadets supported the Group CAC throughout the year.
• Group CAC officers participated in the wing CAC and attended wing conference.
• C/2d Lt Brown currently serves as Recorder on the NY Wing CAC.

Aerospace Education Activities:
NY Wing Cadet Aerospace Education Display Competition – May 2017
• WNY Group fielded two teams to the earning 2nd and 3rd place awards.
• Squadrons conducted model rocketry launches, cadet orientation flights, and the
CyberPatriot, AEX, and STEM programs.

Group Operations & Emergency Services:
WNY Group Flight Clinic – September 2017
• Held to help improve the qualifications of our pilots. Pilots from other groups
attended as well and Wing Ops praised the clinic, commenting that WNY Group was
the only group in the wing to conduct such an activity - the groups’ second clinic
over three years.
Aircraft N222NY – 2017
• Group Operations started a new chapter in 2017 with the return of N222NY to WNY
Group and the beginning of flights out of the Jamestown Airport.
Pilot Recruiting Event – August 2017
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Held a recruiting event for pilots at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Col Carello
attended.

Emergency Services Training – 2017
• WNY Group hosted several Emergency Services training events.
• Members attended the Air Force Evaluation in March.
• Several Wing Training Exercises held throughout the year.
• Group ES has its first IC trainee and more group members are enrolled in GES and
other mission specialty tracks than in the past several years.
• Capt Mike Schmid attended the National Emergency Services Academy in July as a
student in the Mini-UAV Operator Course

Community & Veterans Activities:


From the Rib Fest, to the Snow Flake Fest, to the Fredonia Farm Fest, to the Lewiston
Peach Fest, to the Dunkirk and Jamestown Air Shows, WNY Group members are active
citizens engaged in serving their local communities.



Squadrons honored our veterans throughout the year. From placing flags at
cemeteries on Memorial Day, to Helping Hands/Veterans Outreach events, to Honor
Flight and the U.S.S. Fremont Reunion in September, to helping the Blue Star Mothers,
and to the Wreaths Across America event in December.

Other Notable Squadron Activities:








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Southtowns Cadet Squadron (NY-020) – hosted several ES training activities.
Buffalo Comp. Squadron (NY-022) – supported WNY Mercy Flight’s open house.
Niagara Falls Comp. Squadron (NY-116) – held a military style Dining-Out.
TAK Comp. Squadron (NY-173) – held a CPR certification training activity.
Niagara Frontier Senior Squadron (NY-343) – supported the Group Flight Clinic.
Dunkirk Comp. Squadron (NY-351) – trip to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
in Dayton, Ohio.
Jamestown Comp. Squadron (NY-402) – participated in a mock drill with local EMS,
hosted the Canadian Air Cadets and had an interesting visit from a former cadet now
with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

Figure 31

Figure 32
914th ARW Conversion Ceremony – photo of WNY Group members in formation

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APPENDIX I
LINEAGE AND HONORS DATA – 2017

Unit Designation: New York Wing Headquarters Civil Air Patrol
Location: Westchester County Airport, 24 Loop Road, Bldg 1, White Plains, NY 10604-1218
Higher Headquarters: Northeast Region Headquarters Civil Air Patrol
Commander: Col Jack Ozer
Vice Commander North: Col Everett Hume
Vice Commander South: Col Joseph Sirois
Chief of Staff: Col Mark Lee

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APPENDIX II
2016“OF THE YEAR” AND UNIT AWARDS/NYWG CONFERENCE
*Indicates Northeast Region award recipient
** Indicates National award recipient

CADET*
CADET NCO*
SENIOR MEMBER
GROUP
OUTSTANDING GROUP OPERATIONS
AEROSPACE EDUCATION OFFICER
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
AVIATION AWARD FOR MOST HOURS FLOWN
CADET ORIENTATION PILOT
COMMUNICATOR
COUNTER-DRUG OFFICER
DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION MEMBER
GROUND TEAM
HISTORIAN
INSPECTOR GENERAL
LEGISLATIVE OFFICER
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT OFFICER*
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
SAFETY OFFICER
STAN/EVAL CHECK PILOT OTY
WING STAFF OFFICER
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD**

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C/Lt Col Nathaniel Tartter
C/CMSgt Emily M. Murray
Lt Col Dean J. "Norm" Anderson
Long Island Group
Central New York Group
1st Lt Joseph L. Gallo
Maj Deborah W. Ozer
Long Island Group
Capt Francisco Agtarap
Lt Col William A. Shaffer
Lt Col Edwin R. Kopp
Capt Katherine I. Torres
Mid-Eastern Group
Lt Col Sean E. Neal
Maj Susan E. Schindler
1st Lt Franklin G. Birt
Capt Chad A. Shelmindine
Lt Col Edward LeFeber
1st Lt Franklin G. Birt
1st Lt Harry M. Torres
Lt Col Dean J. "Norm" Anderson
Lt Col Anita E. Martin
Lt Col Thomas Vreeland

Excerpets from the NYWG Conference Program

Figure 33

Welcome to the 2017
New York Wing
Conference, Cadet Fest & Banquet
28, 29 & 30 April 2017
Fort William Henry Resort
Lake George, NY

Excelsior!

Figure 34

Celebrating 75 Years of the
Cadet Program, 1942 to 2017

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Welcome from the New York Wing Commander
COLONEL THOMAS ‘TOM’ CARELLO, CAP

Figure 35

On behalf of the wing staff, unit
commanders and members of the Civil
Air Patrol New York Wing, I am pleased
to welcome all of you to the 2017 Wing
conference here in beautiful Lake
George.
Today we assemble to
celebrate another remarkable year and
another magnificent CAP milestone.
For 75 years, members of Civil Air Patrol have been actively engaged in
"Missions for America" at the local, state, and national levels. With over two
thousand members across the Empire State participating in Emergency
Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs, CAP has something to
offer individuals from all walks of life. Each day uniformed members of Civil
Air Patrol can be found flying CAP missions, teaching aviation and aerospace
classes, working with cadets, staffing airport mission bases, communicating
over CAP radio networks, performing administrative duties, participating in
community events, and engaging in professional development programs. Our
members embrace the Civil Air Patrol core values of Integrity, Excellence,
Volunteer Service, and Respect.

Today I am very pleased to be among such amazingly dedicated, professional volunteers.
Together we are moving the organization forward, serving our Nation proudly and
energetically, and shaping the future of CAP so that the younger generations can continue
performing Missions for America well beyond our 75th year.
Again, welcome to the 2017 New York Wing conference and I hope you enjoy the activities!
Col Tom Carello, CAP
Commander, New York Wing

Celebrating 75 Years of the
Cadet Program, 1942 to 2017

Figure 36

Throughout 2017 we are celebrating 75 years of young people serving their communities,
states and nation. We are proud to be part of the celebration by featuring the specially
designed 75th anniversary logo followed by celebratory activities at the wing, group and
squadron level through local events.

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Even before the Civil Air Patrol completed its first year of service to the nation, CAP leaders
recognized that to truly fulfill its mission, it needed to “extend the opportunities for service .
. . to the young people of the United States.” CAP created a Cadet Program on 01 October
1942, with the formal start date of 01 December, 1942. National Commander Earle Johnson
urged every squadron and flight to “take prompt action in organizing a counterpart (cadet)
unit for the young people of its community.”
The 75th Cadet Year celebrations pursue three goals:




Increase public visibility of the CAP Cadet Program
Reconnect with alumni & invite them to support today’s cadets
Inspire current cadets & adult volunteers to continue participating in the Cadet Program

We are proud of the incredible heritage of the Cadet Program and continue to be inspired by
the outstanding young people becoming dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders through
the Civil Air Patrol.

Our Honored Guest &
General Assembly Speaker
COLONEL DANIEL M. LECLAIR, CAP
Commander
North East Region

Figure 37
Colonel Dan Leclair is the Commander of the Northeast Region, Civil Air Patrol (CAP); he was
appointed in 2013.
Enlisting in 1972, the Colonel has served in both the USAF and CAP. He was assigned to the
White House in Washington, DC with the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) as a
Watch Officer in the White House Presidential Communications Center. He was responsible
for providing the President of the United States with direct command and control of both
conventional and nuclear U.S. military forces. After four years, he was promoted as the Chief
of Technical Security where he provided the President with technical security services for over
10 years. He has traveled with three Presidents on over 500 presidential missions in this
capacity.
Col Leclair retired from the USAF in 1992 and returned to Maine in 2000. He joined the Civil
Air Patrol and served in the 77th Composite Squadron as the Deputy Commander, and later
as Squadron Commander. He was appointed Commander of the Maine Wing in 2009. He has
managed national programs for CAP, and served as the Director of the National Flight
Academy and as a project officer for Wreathes Across America. He is a 1,000-hour search-&rescue and counter drug mission pilot and an Incident Commander.
Col Leclair believes strongly in CAP's capabilities, from the three congressionally chartered
missions -- emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education -- to the new "old"
Homeland Security role, which echoes back to CAP's World War II beginnings. Simply put,
"we are the best professional volunteers in this country, and we support each other in getting
the mission done.”

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CONFERENCE STAFF
Wing Conference Director
Lt Col John A. ‘JJ’ Jones
Ft William Henry Resort Liaison
Lt Col Diane Wojtowicz
CadetFest Director
Maj Laurie A. Rocco
Master of Ceremonies
Lt Col (Dr) Lawrence M. Model

CONFERENCE AGENDA
Friday 28 April
1000-1600

Seminar 1

CAP Garmin G1000 VFR & IFR Ground School for all CAP aircrew, focus on pilot
training; Mission Observers & Scanners will benefit; this course satisfies CAP G1000 ground
school requirement for CAP pilots
1200hrs
Seminar 2
ES Branch Directorship Course
_____
1600-2100

Registration Desk in Hotel Lobby

1700-2000

Dinner on-your-own Lake George area

2000-2200

No-Host Social/Meet ‘n Greet for seniors, with snacks, hotel bar area

2000-2200

Cadet Assembly, at The Towers

Saturday 29 April
0700-1000

Breakfast buffet at the hotel:
($13 adults, $11 cadets)
Or have breakfast in the local area

0730

Registration Desk at the Conference Center

0900

General Assembly at the Conference Center
Presentation of the Colors
Safety Brief & Invocation
Introductions
Wing Commander’s Report
Northeast Region Commander

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Recognitions, Membership Long Service
NYW Awards presentation
NER Awards presentation
Professional Development Awards
Brig Gen Charles “Chuck” Yeager Awards
Cadet Milestone Awards, overview
Quality Cadet Unit Awards
Squadron of Merit Award
American Legion Outstanding Squadron
Closing remarks
1200

Lunch
Grab-&-Go for seniors at hotel
($11, sandwich, coleslaw, chips, cookie & drink)
Or have lunch in the local area

1200-1700

CadetFest at The Towers
Cadet lunch included
Cadet Sessions
(See separate program for details)

1330-1700

Senior Sessions at the Conference Center
Including the Aerospace Education competition
(See session list, floor & room plans for details)

1700-1745

Chaplain, non-denomination

1800-1845

No-host Cocktail Party at Conference Center

1900-2130

Dinner & banquet
Presentation of Awards

2200-0000

Cadet Pool Party at the hotel

2200-0000

Commander’s Social on the hotel Veranda

Sunday 30 April
0700-1000

Breakfast buffet at the hotel:
($13 adults, $11 cadets)
Or have breakfast in the local area

0900-1000

Cadet Advisory Committee Elections
(open session)

0900-1100

Commander’s Call
Staff Meetings
Finance Committee meeting
(closed sessions)

1200hrs

Hotel checkout

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Civil Air Patrol Seminar Topics & Presenters
See separate Seminar Schedule for times & room assignments at the Conference
Center
Friday
CAP Garmin G-1000 Ground School
Lt Col Dean J. ‘Norm’ Anderson,
Lt Col Brian Benedict, and
Lt Col Roland Zavada
ES Branch Directorship
Lt Col Candi A. Jones
Saturday
Wing Commander’s Q&A
Col Tom Carello
Driving Your Drone!
Col Daniel Leclair
Why Recruiting & Retention is like Baking Cookies!
Col Stan Skrabut
WMIRS 101
Lt Col Dean J. ‘Norm’ Anderson
ES Branch Directorship
Lt Col Candi A. Jones
Fundraising/Grants
Logistics/Transportation
Lt Col Edward V. LeFeber

Encampment
Lt Col David Panzera
IG/IGA Staff & Commanders
Lt Col Leonard S. Schindler

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Aerospace Education Display Competition
Lt Col Marilyn A. Rey
How to get a
Commercial Drone-Driver’s License!
Lt Col Thomas Vreeland
Legal
Maj Susan E. Hartmann
CadetFest
Maj Laurie A. Rocco
Communications
Capt Bruce E. Koppe
Emergency Services
Capt Richard J. Levitt
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ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
Invocation
Chaplain (Capt) Thomas LeBeau, CAP
Asst. Wing Chaplain
Dinner
Awards Presentation
Col Thomas Carello, CAP
Wing Commander
Lt Col Patrick Magee, CAP
Wing Vice Commander
Lt Col John Jones, CAP
Wing Chief of Staff
Aerospace Competition Award
Lt Col Malcolm MacNeil, USAF Memorial Award
Group of the Year

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Col Roy I. Arroll, CAP, Memorial Award
Wing Staff Officer of the Year
Cadet NCO of the Year Award
Capt James “Burr” Reddig, USAF, Memorial Award
Cadet Officer of the Year
Lt Col Florence Botie, CAP, Memorial Award
Senior Member of the Year
Gen Car A. Spaatz Award
SAVE THE DATE!
CONFERENCES:
CTW Conference
PAW Conference
National Conference
PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT:
SLS
National Staff College
National Safety
Officers College
SLS/CLC Weekend
NER Staff College

ENCAMPMENTS:
RIW Encampment
PAW Encampment
Tri-Wing
Encampment
NHW Encampment
NCO Leadership
School
NYW Encampment

20 May, 103rd ANGB, East Granby, CT
& New England Air Museum
21-23 Aug, Harrisburg, PA
31 Aug-02 Sep, San Antonio, TX

20-21 May, SEG, Westchester Airport
21-28 May, Maxwell AFB, AL
05-09 Jun, Ashburn, VA
24-25 Jun, NYCG, location TBD
8-15 Jul, JBMDL, NJ

16-22 Apr, Narragansett, RI
18-25 Jun, Ft Indiantown Gap, PA
25 Jun-2 Jul, Reisterstown, MD
16-23 Jul, Northfield, VT
16-23 Jul, Norwich University, VT

NJW Encampment
MAW Encampment
CTW Encampment

22-29 Jul, Stratton ANG Base, Scotia,
NY
23-29 Jul, Camp Ethan Allen Training
Site, Jericho, VT
29 Jul-05 Aug, JBMDL, NJ
12-19 Aug, Cape Cod, MA
14-20 Aug, Camp Niantic, CT

ES TRAINING:
NER ES Academy
NESA

19 Jun-01 Jul, Westover ARB, MA
01—22 Jul, Camp Atterbury, IN

VTW Encampment

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OTHER:
Stewart Airshow

01-02 Jul, CMG, Newburgh, NY

Check details, subject to change

Excelsior!
Latin for: “higher”, “still higher”, “ever upward”; motto of
New York State since 1778; adopted by the New York Wing, 1948.

Figure 38

Please remember that your
Registration Badge/Receipt is the proof of your
Conference Attendance – part of Level III requirements
Thank you
For attending the
2017 New York Wing Conference …
See you next year!
Col Tom Carello
Lt Col Patrick Magee
Lt Col John A. ‘JJ’ Jones
And your Conference Staff

APPENDIX III

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APPENDIX III
NEW YORK WING COMMANDERS
List of New York Wing Commanders and time of service
Dec 1941 – Jun 1942

Beckwith Havens

1 Dec 1941

Jun 1942 – Sep 1942

Garnet M. Hughes

15 Oct 1945 30

Sep 1942 – Sep 1949

Stuart C. Welch

30 Oct 1952 3

Sep 1949 – Jan 1952

Cord M. Meyer

3 Feb 1960

Jan 1952 – Jun 1957

Joseph F. Crowley

20 Oct 1961 3

Jun 1957 – Feb 1959

Alfred W. Sutter

3 Aug 1962

3

Feb 1959 – Dec 1972

Jess Strauss

3 Mar 1965

18

Dec 1972 – Dec 1978

Paul C. Halstead

18 Oct 1968 8

Dec 1978 – Aug 1988

Roy I. Arroll

8 Dec 1969

Aug 1988 – Nov 1988

Lloyd Lininger

15 Aug 1971 1 J

Nov 1988 – Oct 1991

Herman H. Botie

1 Jun 1973

7

Oct 1991 – Sep 1995

Herbert P. Lavin

7 Aug 1973

14

Sep 1995 – Sep 1999

Joy S. Nelson

14 Jan 1975

7J

Sep 1999 – Aug 2001

Richard A. Greenhut

7 Jun 1976

7

Aug 2001-May 2006

Austyn W. Granville, Jr

7 Nov 1978

31

May 2006 – May 2010

Kenneth Andreu

31 Aug 1982 9

May 2010 – May 2014

Jack Ozer

9 Mar 1986

May 2014 – Oct 2016

Steven J. Perta

15 Mar 1989 7 J

Jan 2017 – present

Thomas ‘Tom’ Carello
7 Jan 1991

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15

20

15

15

23

NEW YORK WING – UNIT CITATIONS

NER-001

NHQ Order # 57, 01 Nov to 31 Dec 2001
Region-wide recognition of 11 Sep 01 support

NY-001

NHQ Order #14, 12 May to 16 Jul 1967
NHQ Order #10, 05 to 28 Feb 1980
NHQ Order #33, 11 Sep to 30 Oct 2001

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APPENDIX IV
NEW YORK WING SPAATZ AWARDS RECIPIENTS
Award #
15
27
36
40
41
42
87
89
92
96
97
98
100
128
146
155
180
213
298
303
313
374
375
417
422
427
439
443
459
469
479
494
506
509
535
568
577
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Name
Stephen E. Schoenfeld
Thomas S. Vreeland
Donald A. Driscoll
James R. "Jim" Schueckler
Clyde W. Shoemaker
Paul A. Borst
William J. Ryan
Andrew Medler
David W. Duntz
Richard K. Goidel
Wesley E. Leonard, Jr.
H. Peter Strong
Sandra L. Shore
Murray R. Berkowitz
Robert C. Hickcox
William M. Conlon
James M. Murray
Dennis J. Fichtel
Reinaldo Hernandez
Dana W. Moss
Charles V. Hayes
Theodore T. LaPlante
Mark T. Rakowski
Robert G. Mahin
Randy C. Anger
Bernard N. Horak
Steven R. Gullberg
Warren E. Zelenski
Leslie K. Dowell
John A. Szulta, III
Robert S. Depass
Paul A. Tolsma
James E. Nikodem
William T. Moriarity
Daniel R. Tomczak
Frederick M. Koennecke
Randy J. Petyak

Date
22-Apr-66
27-Sep-66
17-May-67
19-Aug-67
19-Aug-67
19-Aug-67
4-Mar-69
15-May-69
15-Sep-69
29-Oct-69
30-Oct-69
30-Oct-69
6-Nov-69
15-Oct-70
17-Jun-71
6-Oct-71
6-Sep-72
17-Apr-73
24-Oct-74
6-Dec-74
3-Mar-75
12-Feb-76
12-Feb-76
30-Dec-76
14-Feb-77
31-Mar-77
22-Jul-77
14-Oct-77
30-Jan-78
15-Apr-78
30-Jul-78
11-Dec-78
2-Apr-79
24-Apr-79
26-Dec-79
26-Mar-81
20-Aug-81

579
580
593
594
609
628
635
649
662
687
694
703
734
759
772
820
837
860
885
892
899
908
927
938
964
965
973
983
1013
1018
1046
1047
1085
1104
1159
1233
1279
1417
1456
1468
1471
1522
1555
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Austyn W. Granville, Jr.
James T. McKenna
Robert J. Kantor
Edward R. DeSocio
Joseph Ramano
David R. Hunter
Richard M. Basak
K. V. Shridharani
William S. Kaster
Michael B. Senseney
Robert O. Kirkland
Hector E. Marcayda
Raymond W. Staats
Thomas Jurek
Russell E. Powley
Michael J. Bedard
Adam Corrado
James B. Ellsworth
James J. Zak
Gabriel D. Gong
Gregg A. Rubenstein
Demetri C. Capetanopoulos
Clement A. Stewart
Costas Leonidou
Darren DeCosta
Mark A. Christman
Gregory L. Winquist
Rafael J. Alardo
John J. Risio
Sayedul Rahman
Adrian C. H. Scott
Vaughan K. Scott
Thomas J. Hynes
Bruce R. Hudson
Jennifer B. Chan
Andrew J. Welsh
George Berghorn
Justin W. Couts
Jennifer Neville
Rebekah Strock
Adam J. Cucchiara
Rosanna Lee
Noah S. Belcher

1-Sep-81
1-Sep-81
15-Jan-82
28-Jan-82
11-Jun-82
27-Dec-82
1-Apr-83
7-Jul-83
9-Sep-83
13-Mar-84
30-Apr-84
15-Jul-84
31-Jan-85
18-Jul-85
17-Sep-85
19-Sep-86
8-Apr-87
6-Oct-87
6-Jun-88
5-Jul-88
8-Aug-88
7-Oct-88
27-Jan-89
11-May-89
27-Oct-89
27-Oct-89
16-Jan-90
20-Feb-90
17-Jul-90
7-Aug-90
24-Jan-91
24-Jan-91
31-Dec-91
3-Mar-92
19-Mar-93
8-Dec-94
2-Dec-95
14-Jan-00
22-Apr-02
7-Jun-02
16-Aug-02
1-Jan-04
25-Mar-05

1567
1722
1743
1755
1762
1764
1786
1798
1813
1822
1861
1876
1879
1883
1903
1907
1931
1971
2018
2029
2031
2060
2066
2113
2136

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Gustin T. Stamatinos
Natasha B. Cohen
Elizabeth K. Anger
Jacob T. Miller
James A. Ridley
Frederick M. Koennecke III
Mark C. Teubl
Darin E. Mihalik
Bethany J. Roczen
Austin M. Rivera
Caleb R. McLean
Carissa M. Lackey
Benjamin M. Tartter
Robinson Fernandez
Albaro I. Pillco
Luke Bickley
Tianna M. Chin
Travis M. Brodbeck
Joel Winkler
Clayton G. Hanson
Meghan J. Duell
Thomas C. Jacobs
Andrew R. Teubl
Kevin Vogel
Brian Williams

1-Jul-05
12-Jan-09
20-Aug-09
6-Apr-10
9-Jul-10
14-Jul-10
16-Mar-11
8-Jul-11
15-Sep-11
4-Jan-12
24-Oct-12
3-Mar-13
3-Mar-13
21-Apr-13
21-Aug-13
20-Sep-13
1-Feb-14
10-Aug-14
3-Jan-16
23-Feb-16
13-Mar-16
16-Aug-16
24-Aug-16
25-Jun-17
1-Nov-17

APPENDIX V
NEW YORK WING EMBLEM

Figure 39

The New York Wing Patch
The purpose of any unit insignia is to identify the unit and help build moral and Esprit de
Crops. In the NY Wind, we should know the history and meaning of our wing insignia.
The patch, a 2 ½ inch circle which contains elements of CAP, USAF and NY state
history was first authorized in 1948 and was first worn on the right sleeve of the olive drab army
type uniforms worn by CAP at that time.
It was selected by the Wing Commander, Colonel Cord Meyer, from samples submitted
by the membership in a wing wide contest. Those chosen design was drawn by W/O Anthony
Peters of the Brooklyn Detached Squadron, who chose the blue and gold colors of NY State,
which parallel the USAF colors of ultramarine blue and golden yellow. The Letters “NY” and
the outline shape represent our state and the silver droopy wing design along with the red and
silver Wartime “official” CAP colors recognize CAP’s history. The droopy wings were designed
by Lt Col C.B. Colby, CAP a New York wing staff member and adopted by national
headquarters in 1948.
Today the patch is over 69 years old, yet it clearly identifies wing members, while they
perform lifesaving tasks within the state or while they attend activities in any part of our country.
All members can be proud of the efforts of W/O Peters, Lt Col Colby and Col Meyer and
be proud to be identified with this wing.
(Information taken from the “New York Wing History” located at www.nywcap.org)
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LIST OF SOURCE DOCUMENTS
SD01 E-Services Website
SD02 Wing Calendar for 2017
SD03 New York Wing – Civil Air Patrol Facebook page
SD04 Spaatz Association Website
SD05 New York Wing Website
SD06 North East Region Website
SD07 Mid-eastern Group Facebook page

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Dedication

This report is dedicated to all New York Wing Civil Air Patrol members from December
1th 1941 to the present day. Each member has a different reason as to why they donate their time
and talents to the Civil Air Patrol. We honor those that came before us and carry on their
traditions. Together we continue to make history.

Figure 40

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