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HEADQUARTERS
CIVIL AIR PATROL, LOUISIANA WING
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY
P.O. Box 74670
BATON ROUGE, LA 70874-4670

Title Page

HISTORY OF
LOUISIANA WING
2017
Civil Air Patrol
An American Flag waves
over many gravesites of our
fallen LA military heroes,
16 Dec 2017, 1100 hours
(it could be near your home)

Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

Colonel Thomas W. Barnard, CAP
Wing Commander

Frontispiece

Green Flag East

Area 1 squadrons from Alexandria to the north including Alexandria
(CENLA Composite Sqdrn and Green Flag East Senior Flt), Monroe (Gen Claire
Chennault Senior Sqdrn), and Shreveport (Shreveport Senior Sqdrn and
Barksdale Composite Sqdrn).
Area 2 squadrons below Alexandria and west of the Mississippi River in
southwest LA to include Lake Charles (Lake Charles Composite Sqdrn), Lafayette
(Lafayette Composite Sqdrn), and Patterson (St Mary Parish Composite Sqdrn).
Area 3 squadrons east of the Mississippi River to include Baton Rouge
(Capitol City Composite Sqdrn), Gonzales (Ascension Parish Composite Sqdrn),
Hammond (Hammond Composite Sqdrn), Covington (St Tammany Composite
Sqdrn), Kentwood (Tangipahoa Cadet Sqdrn), and New Orleans (Ponchartrain
Sqdrn, Billy Mitchell Senior Sqdrn at Lakefront Airport, and Alvin Callender Flt at
Belle Chase NAS).

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Forward
First of all, I am not a bona fide student of history. I enjoy history, but
documenting history is not my forte. I like reading about history, studying
military world history, and even watching the History Channel on TV; but I’d
much rather be “making” history in an airplane out somewhere in the world than
compiling a history book. Having said that, I offer this project as our LAWG CAP
History for 2017. It’s what I think would be fun accomplishing myself. So, with
that in mind I tried to let the “folks” tell their stories they thought would be
interesting about their world and reflect on our Louisiana life in the Civil Air
Patrol for 2017. Due to illness of our LAWG Historian this project was delayed
and ended up with a very compressed time-line. It reflects contributions to
LAWG staffers and commanders that were able to respond in such short notice.
My sincere appreciation to those members who took the time to respond on
such short notice. Hope you enjoy looking it over. A special thanks to our
Commander for his superb operational leadership – Thanks DOC, Keep ‘em
flying!

(Respectfully submitted for the commander)
Mickey Marchand
Lt Col CAP, Emergency Service Historian
(Retired USAF Warthog pilot)

Figure 1. The cover page photo is the
American Flag flying over a cemetery of
our fallen military heroes during a
Wreaths Across America dedication
ceremony on 16 Dec 2017, 1100 hours
(Photo courtesy of the General Claire
Chennault Senior Squadron, Monroe, LA)

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List of Figures
Figure 1. The cover page photo is the American Flag flying over a cemetery of our
fallen military heroes during a Wreaths Across America dedication ceremony on
16 Dec 2017, 1100 hours (Photo courtesy of the General Claire Chennault Senior
Squadron, Monroe, LA) ........................................................................................... 3
Figure 2. F-15 intercept, up close and personal with CAP 1622 (Aircrew Maj
Marvin Owen, Capt Ken Best, and Chaplain (Maj) John Tober). Photo by Chaplain
Tober noting Mardi Gras colors on tail of the “LA Bayou Militia” interceptor..... 20
Figure 3. Lake Charles aircrew of L-R SM Robert Harris (mo), Maj Mark Alderette
(mo), and Lt Col Ed Jones (mp). ............................................................................ 22
Figure 4. Lake Charles aircrew L-R Capt Jim Baldwin (mp), Maj Scott Hunsacker
(mo), Maj Mark Alderette (mo) ............................................................................ 23
Figure 5. St Mary aircrew L-R Capt Herb Stanley (mo), Lt Col Paul Rappmundt
(mp), and 1Lt Charles Judice (ms) ......................................................................... 23
Figure 6. 75th CAP anniversary proclamation from St Mary Parish Govt. L-R Duval
Arthur and St Mary OHS/EP Director, Parish President David Hammagriff, Capt
Murphy Pontiff, 1Lt Willie Topham, Lt Col Paul Rappmundt. .............................. 29
Figure 7. Early am (0130 “Zero dark thirty”) photo of the ramp at El Paso just
prior to St Mary aircraft departing on Falcon Virgo sortie. View of CAP planes on
ramp at Atlantic Aviation. ..................................................................................... 29
Figure 8. Aerial view enroute towards Holloman AFB from El Paso on St Mary
Squadron sortie during Falcon Virgo. View of White Sands National Monument.
............................................................................................................................... 30
Figure 9. Cadets of the Lake Charles Squadron gathered for 75th CAP celebration
party with “special cake” for the occasion. .......................................................... 31
Figure 10. Pictures above and below are at the initial line up for the Poseidon
Parade for Mardi Gras in Slidell, LA. Above in the front are Lt Col Rick Lauterbach
on the left and Capt Dan Oppenheim on the right. Holding the banner are C/2dLt
Steven Nogueras and C/SrA Rebekah Lemar. The color guard, L-R, C/CMSgt
Joshua Davies, C/2dLt Daniel Sturm, C/1Lt Caleb Lewis, and C/1Lt Sam Roy. ..... 34

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Figure 11. Ascension Parish Composite Squadron placed 4700 gravesite wreaths
at Port Hudson National and LA National Cemeteries. ........................................ 39
Figure 12. Claire Chennault CC, Lt Col Dan Chase, escorts squadron member,
Capt Paula Webb, at gravesite Wreaths Across America program she organized
for Monroe at Mulhearn Memorial Park. ............................................................. 40

List of Tables
Table 1. Listing of Unit Inspections by LAWG IG ................................................... 13
Table 2. LAWG CI results for 2017 Inspection ...................................................... 14
Table 3. Summary of Sorties / Hours Flown by LAWG CAP for 2017 ................... 17
Table 4. Summary of LAWG Flying by Mission Symbol for 2017 .......................... 18
Table 5. LAWG Academy Attendance for 2017 .................................................... 41
Table 6. LAWG Academy Historical Attendance ................................................... 43
Table 7. LAWG Academy Attendance Totals ........................................................ 43

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LAWG 2017 Event Calendar

Date

Event

Location

Contact

1/13-15

Cold Weather Bivouac

Bossier City, LA

Capt Bass

1/28

SAREX, Wing Wide

Baton Rouge, LA

Maj Breithaupt

2/04

CC/CAC/Wing Staff

Baton Rouge, LA

Lt Col Plante

2/8

Felix Keynote Intercept

Gonzales, LA

Lt Col Marchand

2/10

Area 2 SAREX

Lake Charles, LA

Lt Col Viney

3/02

CAP Legislative Day

Washington, DC

Col Scarbrough

3/02-04

Winter Advisory Council

Crystal City, VA

Col Scarbrough

3/10

Wing Conf Cadet Social

Pineville, LA

Lt Col Santana

LAWG Conference

Pineville, LA

Col Berkowitz

3/12

CC/Wing Staff

Pineville, LA

Lt Col Plante

3/15

Felix Keynote Intercept

Gonzales, LA

Lt Col Marchand

4/01

Stan / Eval Flight Clinic

Alexandria, LA

Lt Col Marchand

4/01

CC/Wing Staff

Baton Rouge, LA

4/3-10

Falcon Virgo

El Paso, TX

Lt Col Plante
Lt Col
Rappmundt

4/07-09

SAREX, Area 3

Baton Rouge, LA

Maj Breithaupt

5/5-7

SWR Aircrew Comp

San Marcos, TX

Lt Col Marchand

5/06

Wing Staff Meeting

Baton Rouge, LA

Lt Col Plante

3/10-12

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Date

Event

Location

Contact

5/19-21

LAWG Training Academy

Lafayette, LA

Col Berkowitz

CAC Meeting

Baton Rouge, LA

Capt Morgan

6/05-09

Legal Officers College

San Diego, CA

Maj Owen

6/09-11

Joint MS/LA SAREX

Concordia, LA

Maj Breithaupt

6/14-18

SWR Cadet Leadership

Camp Minden, LA

Lt Col Peace

6/16-25

Cadet Encampment

Camp Minden, LA

Lt Col Santana

Area 1 SAREX

Shreveport, LA

Maj Breithaupt

7/09-22

Chaplain's Conference

Camp Atterbury, IN

Lt Col Hoy

7/12

Felix Keynote Intercept

Gonzales, LA

Lt Col Marchand

7/22

Flight Clinic & Rodeo

Baton Rouge, LA

Lt Col Marchand

SWR Cadet Honor Guard

Nacogdoches, TX

Lt Col Santana

8/2

Felix Keynote Intercept

Gonzales, LA

8/05

Mock Compliance Inspect

Baton Rouge, LA

Lt Col Marchand
Lt Col
Scioneaux

8/05

CC/CAC/Wing Staff

Baton Rouge, LA

Lt Col Plante

8/19-20

SWR Region SAREX

AEX, LCH, SHV

Maj Breithaupt

8/26-27

Wing Wide SAREX

Alexandria, LA

Maj Breithaupt

8/31-02

National Conference

San Antonio, TX

Col Barnard

9/09

Wing Staff Meeting

Baton Rouge, LA

9/15

SUI - St. Tammany

Covington, LA

Lt Col Plante
Lt Col
Scioneaux

6/03

7/8

7/28-29

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Date

Event

Location

9/18

SUI - Barksdale Cadet

Bossier City, LA

Contact
Lt Col
Scioneaux

9/22-24

Ascension Balloon Fest

Gonzales, LA

Lt Townsend

10/07

CC/Wing Staff

Baton Rouge, LA

Lt Col Plante

10/07
10/1315

CAC Meeting

Baton Rouge, LA

Capt Morgan

LAWG Training Academy

Lafayette, LA

10/16
10/2829
11/0305
11/1719

SUI - Tangipahoa

Kentwood, LA

Col Dubois
Lt Col
Scioneaux

SAREX - Wing Wide

New Iberia, LA

Compliance Inspection

Baton Rouge, LA

Maj Breithaupt
Lt Col
Scioneaux

SAREX - Area 1

Alexandria, LA

Maj Breithaupt

12/09

CC/Wing Staff

Baton Rouge, LA

Lt Col Plante

12/09

CAC Meeting

Baton Rouge, LA

Capt Morgan

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Table of Contents
Title Page ..........................................................................................................1
Frontispiece ......................................................................................................2
Forward ............................................................................................................3
List of Figures....................................................................................................4
List of Tables .....................................................................................................5
LAWG 2017 Event Calendar .............................................................................6
Table of Contents .............................................................................................9
CHAPTER I – WING LEVEL ACTIVITIES ................................................................ 11
LAWG CC Comments (Colonel Thomas W. “Doc” Barnard) .......................... 11
LAWG Inspector General (Lt Col Todd Scioneaux) ........................................ 13
LAWG Director of Finance (Colonel Mary D. Berkowitz) .............................. 15
LAWG Director of Operations (Lt Col Patrick Kerr) ....................................... 16
LAWG Stan/Eval Officer (Lt Col Mickey Marchand) ...................................... 19
Felix Keynote Intercepts (IC -Lt Col Mickey Marchand) .............................. 20
LAWG Director of Maintenance (Lt Col Philip Nuss) ..................................... 24
LAWG Legal History (Major Marvin Owen) ................................................... 25
LAWG Aerospace Education (Lt Col David Taylor) ........................................ 26
CHAPTER II – UNIT LEVEL ACTIVITIES ................................................................ 28
LAWG Barksdale Comp Sqdrn Aero Ed (Capt Spencer Kiper) ....................... 28
St Mary Parish Squadron (Lt Col Paul Rappmundt)....................................... 29
Lake Charles Historian (Lt Col Joseph DePaolo) ............................................ 31
LAWG Ascension Sarex (Captain Ken Best) ................................................... 32
St Tammany Squadron (Lt Col Chris Sturm) .................................................. 34

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CHAPTER III– SPECIAL PROGRAMS .................................................................... 38
LAWG Green Flag (Lt Col Rick Woolfolk) ....................................................... 38
Wreaths Across America (Ascension - Lt Col Phil Collins) ............................. 39
Wreaths Across America (Chennault - Lt Col Dan Chase) ............................. 40
LAWG Academy (Col Mike Dubois) ............................................................... 41
Appendix 1. LAWG Academy 2017 .................................................................... 44
Appendix 2. LAWG Aircraft Assignments / Location ......................................... 55
Appendix 3. Primary Louisiana Wing CAP Contacts .......................................... 56
Appendix 4. Supporting Documentation........................................................... 56

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Louisiana Wing CAP - Excellence in all we do!
CHAPTER I – WING LEVEL ACTIVITIES

LAWG CC (Colonel Thomas W. “Doc” Barnard)
The year 2017 was another resounding success in a long history of successes for
the members of the Louisiana Wing. It began with the expansion of the Cold
Weather Exercise held in northwest Louisiana during the month of January. This
exercise has grown in the last four years from a localized squadron event to a
Wing-sponsored mission with cadets attending from four states and numbers at
the century mark.
Our wing senior staff once again spent time at the end of February and beginning
of March in Washington D.C. bringing direct messages to Congressmen and
Senators concerning the value of Civil Air Patrol and the need for continued
funding.
The Louisiana Wing has now established professional credibility with the 159 th
Fighter Interceptor Wing from Belle Chase Naval Air Station in New Orleans.
These Homeland Security Intercept missions, flown with Civil Air Patrol and F-15
aircraft, have become routinely scheduled on a monthly basis and supply
required training for our national defense.
Our own training within the wing abounded with two flight clinics sponsored by
the Director of Standardization and Evaluation. Our Emergency Services training
plan included, quarterly area and wing-wide SAREXs conducted in 2017.
In addition, local squadrons conducted “mini-exercises” of their own and our
“one-of-a-kind” Training Academy held two training sessions in Lafayette.

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Volunteers from the Louisiana Wing, again in 2017, stepped up to support the
Falcon Virgo training operations at White Sands Ranges in New Mexico. During
this past year, Louisiana Civil Air Patrol aircrews traveled to New York State to fly
escort missions for Predator UAV operations.
The New Orleans Airshow and the World War Two Museum have provided an
excellent and on-going venue for Louisiana Wing media exposure. Balloon rallies
and festivals in the north and south of our wing were once again an opportunity
for the public to see our Louisiana Cadets in action.
A highly-successful 2017 was culminated with a minimum-discrepancy
Compliance Inspection (CI), with an overall rating of “Effective.” A special note
was that at the CI out-briefing, the CAP-USAF CI Team awarded the “Superior
Performer” to our Wing IG.
As I write these words, I am aware that my tenure as wing commander is nearly
completed. And my only thoughts are of the many wonderful members of this
Louisiana Wing of Civil Air Patrol that have supported the missions of Civil Air
Patrol, the Southwest Region, the Louisiana Wing and its commander. I am
humbled and yet so proud of the volunteer hearts of Louisiana’s members of this
organization. It was they, who made 2017, another successful year for Civil Air
Patrol. And the upward vector of this wing’s performance will only increase in
2018 and the years to come.

Thomas W. ‘Doc’ Barnard, Col, CAP
Louisiana Wing Commander
Civil Air Patrol

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LAWG Inspector General (Lt Col Todd Scioneaux)
2017 was a very busy year for the Louisiana Wing’s Inspector General Program.
Not only did the Wing IG and Inspector General Assistants conduct 8 Subordinate
Unit Inspections (SUI), but they also handled the preparation and coordination
for the Wing’s CAP-USAF/CAP NHQ Compliance Inspection. The dates and
squadrons inspected are listed below:

Squadron

Date of Inspection

SWR-LA-019

28 January 2017

SWR-LA-022

11 March 2017

SWR-LA-013

28 March 2017

SWR-LA-008

22 May 2017

SWR-LA-088

28 August 2017

SWR-LA-009

13 November 2017

SWR-LA-005

05 December 2017

SWR-LA-067

16 December 2017

Table 1. Listing of Unit Inspections by LAWG IG

The preparation the Wing Compliance Inspection began soon after the
completion of the last Compliance Inspection in early 2014, but intensified in
January of 2017. Instructional emails and examples of previous CI reports from
other Wings were sent to each Staff Officer; and CI preparation was discussed at
every Wing Staff meeting. The preparations culminated with a Mock CI
conducted in September of 2017. The Staff Officers were well prepared for the
telephone or “in person” interviews and uploaded all required documentation.
During the Out brief, the CAP-USAF CI Team awarded the “Superior Performer”
to the Wing IG.

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Louisiana Wing Compliance Inspection
28 August 2017 – 05 November 2017
Overall Grade: EFFECTIVE

Table 2. LAWG CI results for 2017 Inspection

The Wing IG staff conducted a seminar on “The Secrets for Successful SUIs” at
the 2017 Wing Conference and participated in every Wing Staff meeting and
Commanders Call.
The Wing IG attended the 2017 Legislative Day and Command Council Meeting in
Washington DC and the 2017 National Conference where he participated with
other Wing and NHQ Inspectors General in an IG Symposium.

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LAWG Director of Finance (Colonel Mary Berkowitz)
During 2017 the Louisiana Wing received an annual State Appropriation of
$96,000. Additional income received from dues, donations, mission
reimbursements, etc. amounted to $39,632 for a total operating budget of
$135,632.00. Expenditures during 2017 totaled $109,702 for a net income of
$25,930.00.
The Louisiana Wing budget operates under several different periods. The State
fiscal year is 1 July through 30 June. The Federal fiscal year is 1 October through
30 September and the Calendar year is 1 January through 31 December.
The beginning of the calendar year started with the loss of an Assistant Finance
Officer. He decided on a career change which required him to continue to work
at his current job and go to school at night which did not leave any time for him
to participate in CAP or his Assistant Finance Officer position. His primary
responsibility was to bill the units monthly for non-reimbursable flying hours on
their assigned aircraft. This function was picked up by the Director.
The Audit Officer became ill and had to take a leave of absence from CAP until
she was able to get her health back on track. Her primary responsibility was to
do the Monthly Internal Financial Reviews and the Quarterly Internal Financial
Reviews of the four (4) checking accounts. These accounts include the Operating
Checking Account, the Cadet Account, the Squadron Checking Account and the
State Checking Account. The State Checking Account has been dormant since we
no longer receive funding from the State in a lump sum. We now receive
reimbursement for expenditures which are submitted on a monthly basis to the
State (GOHSEP). I asked Major Marvin Owen if he would be interested in filling
this position, and he gracefully accepted and is doing an outstanding job.
The end of the federal fiscal year approached and prior to that Colonel Barnard
determined that we needed to have the finance reports in by 15 September.
Only two reports come to Finance at the wing and two are done online with a
different due date. The two that were completed by 15 September were the
CAP Form 172, Consolidated Finance Authorizations and the Proposed Squadron
Budget. The majority of squadrons completed these reports and submitted
them on time. Those that did not will show in the ratings for the Squadron of
the Year Evaluation.
Towards the end of the calendar year the Wing was notified by National
Headquarters that a new Wing Financial Analyst (WFA) was appointed to us. We
have already worked with our new WFA and will be having an onsite visit during
2018.

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LAWG Director of Operations (Lt Col Patrick Kerr)
Thru his “data mining” within the National CAP database Web Mission
Information Reporting System (WMIRS) efforts our Director of Operations for
LAWG, Lt Col Patrick Kerr, offers the following summary of our flight operations
for 2017:

Overall highlights:








LA Wing flew 1,404 sorties totaling 2,148.8 hours. 64 individual pilots’in-command accomplished this.
% by Mission Type: A-73%, B-10%, C-17%
C182’s flew 72% and C172’s flew 28% of all hours flown.
Green Flag (2 aircraft) flew 19.3% of sorties and 28.3% of all hours.
Three squadrons and Green Flag flew greater than 10% of total wing
hours. The rest of the squadrons flew between 4.8% and 8.8% of
hours flown.
Pilots from three squadrons (Cap City, Shreveport and Green Flag) flew
59.4% of all hours flown, with Green Flag having flown 26% itself).
Zach Golden of Shreveport Composite Sqdrn (DTN) flew the most
hours of any pilot in the wing: 157.5 hours in 105 sorties or 7.84% of
the wing total!

Highlights by type of mission flown:






4 actual SAR sorties totaling 7.6 hrs
79 DR sorties/170.3 hours in support of Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) and/or the LA Governs Office of
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP)
179 Proficiency sorties/215 hours
63 Stan Eval Flight Clinic Sorties/85.3 hours.
258 Range Support Sorties/570.5 hours in support of the Joint
Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA

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Aircraft
Flown
C-172

C-182
Totals
G-1000*

SP*
*included in
C-182 above

Sorties
Flown

Hours
Flown

Average
Sortie
Length

Total
Cost

Average
Cost
per hour

938
466
1404

1,537.5
611.3
2,148.8

1.6
1.3
1.5

$188,710
50,194
$238,905

$ 70.87
$ 51.26
$ 65.29

441
271

599.4
608.3

1.4
2.2

65,690
86,817

$ 60.47
$ 85.90

Types of Missions

Hours by Mission Type

% by Mission Type
Hours by Assigned LAWG Unit
WG HQ (Flournoy)
LA-000
Doc (Wing CC)
LA-001
KBAD (Shreveport)
LA-005
LCH (Lake Charles)
LA-007
BTR (Capitol City)
LA-010
DTN (SHV Downtown)
LA-013
LFT (Lafayette)
LA-014
MLU (Monroe)
LA-019
REG (Ascension)
LA-022
AEX (CENLA)
LA-067
NEW (Billy Mitchell)
LA-076
NBG (Alvin Callender)
LA-086
L31 (St Tammany)
LA-088
PTN (St Mary)
LA-089
AEX (Green Flag)
LA-966

A
Mission
Hours

B
Mission
Hours

C
Mission
Hours

Total
Hours

1,462.0

196.5

349.8

73%

10%

17%

2.4
21.4
45.4
251.4
225.5
10.0
82.2
86.8
37.8
83.7
21.1
26.8
90.0
477.5

1.4
3.4
43.7
10.8
13.9
4.0
2.3
35.7
20.4
12.5
48.4

1,1
77.1
9.8
55.5
48.6
87.0
10.6
8.7
6.3
25.8
7.2
7.5
4.6
-

2,008.3

3.5
99.9
9.8
104.3
343.7
323.3
10.0
106.7
99.5
46.4
145.2
28.3
54.7
107.1
525.9

Table 3. Summary of Sorties / Hours Flown by LAWG CAP for 2017

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Mission
Symbol

Mission
Description
Totals

Number
Sorties

A1
A2
A3
A5

SAR
DR
CD
AF Training & Eval

1,404
4
3
35
145

A7
A8
A9
A12
A15
A17
A18
A99
B7
B10
B12
B14
B23
B99
C7
C8
C9
C12
C14
C16
C17
C22
C25
C99
L1

CAPF 5/91
AFJROTC
MX Ferry
Proficiency
CAP Cadet “O” Flight
Flight Clinic
Homeland Sec
Other "A"
CAPF 5/91
FEMA
Proficiency
GOHSEP
TAA
Other "B"
CAPF 5/91
Transportation
MX Ferry
Proficiency
GOHSEP
Cadet Flight Training
Flight Clinic
Flight Academy
Sr. Flt Training
Other
USAF Liaison

39
2
176
109
98
23
31
306
4
61
22
9
6
4
8
76
4
48
6
40
40
94
5
4
2

Number
Hours
2,148.8
7.6
4.1
61.3
201.7
47.8
2.0
197.0
133.7
92.0
28.6
88.4
638.9
5.2
152.8
26.1
15.8
8.5
7.4
9.2
124.2
3.3
55.2
7.6
53.3
56.7
107.3
7.0
3.7
2.4

Table 4. Summary of LAWG Flying by Mission Symbol for 2017

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LAWG Stan/Eval (Lt Col Mickey Marchand)
Aircrew Competition, San Marcos, Texas
The LA Wing CC, Wing DO, and Wing DOV participated as an aircrew in the SWR
Aircrew Competition in San Marcos, Texas, May 5-7, hosted by the Texas Wing.
The LAWG aircrew competed against other flight teams representing each of the
six wings within the SWR in a non-stop day of events relating to our CAP flying
mission. Competition included aircrew knowledge, uniform / aircraft inspections,
radio communications, an ELT search, a cross-country navigation planning route
with flying skills of navigating a precise route to locate targets, with pre-planned
planning of route time timing and fuel use calculations. LAWG team placed third
in the competition.
Stan / Eval DOV Flight Clinics
Two DOV Flight Clinics were conducted during this year. LAWG check pilots along
with other pilots/members within LAWG participated in academic and flying
activities at the clinic.
The first of the year flight clinics held at the Green Flag facility in AEX provided a
morning of academic training on stall/spin awareness while the afternoon
included check ride and proficiency training with instructor/check pilots.
The second flight clinic of the year was a DOV RODEO held in Baton Rouge.
Exceptional planning was done for aircrews by Maj Mark Warriner, and for
ground teams by Lt Col Rick Lauterbach. Aircrews and ground teams from units
within LAWG participated in a friendly competition of academic testing,
inspections, and a training mission that numerically evaluated the performance
of the member teams. A “Top Gun Award” was presented to the BEST ground
team and Best aircrew. FUN was had by all!
Hurricane Plan Update
The annual update of the LA Hurricane Plan was completed for 1 June 2017, just
in time for hurricane and RAIN season in Louisiana. The PLAN helped us to
organize our operations in October for the preparation of Hurricane Harvey and
the subsequent “flood events” in Houston and Beaumont, Texas, and the
flooding along the southwest TX-LA border along the Sabine and Calcasieu Rivers
near Lake Charles, LA.

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Felix Keynote Intercepts (IC -Lt Col Mickey Marchand)
A special operational project for 2017 was the Felix Keynote Intercept Exercises.
The LAWG was asked to support training exercises for the 159th Fighter Wing at
Belle Chase NAS for F-15 aircraft intercept training within the Warrior Military
Operating Area (MOA) exercising the Air Defense Training networks and the Air
Traffic Control operations thru Fort Polk ATC.
Missions sponsored by the 157FW were established thru the NOC and LAWG
supplied the “Target Aircraft” (high bird and spare support) for these nearly
monthly exercises in 2017. With Mission Base in Gonzales, and using the Baton
Rouge Repeater (R31), squadrons from the flying squadrons rotated roles for
these exercises. Approximately eighteen (18) three hour long sorties were flown
by LAWG that was not included in our budgeted flying funds.
The primary scenario was a “lost” aircraft not talking to ATC, heading for a
“restricted area.” The 159FW was alerted to launch 2 F-15 Eagle fighters from
New Orleans NAS to rendezvous with the Cessna flown by CAP crew.
The F-15s completed an intercept, complete with a “head butt” to the intruding
C-182, and thru hand signals and/or minimum radio comm, escorted the C-182
away from the “restricted” area. Shreveport, Monroe, CENLA, St Tammany, Lake
Charles, St Mary, Capitol City, Billy Mitchell, and Ascension squadron air crews
gained some realistic training experiences in these exercises. One of the benefits
of the intercepts was some “legal formation” flying, albeit only for a short while.

Figure 2. F-15
intercept, up close
and personal with
CAP 1622 (Aircrew
Maj Marvin Owen,
Capt Ken Best, and
Chaplain (Maj) John
Tober). Photo by
Chaplain Tober
noting Mardi Gras
colors on tail of the
“LA Bayou Militia”
interceptor.

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LAWG Asst Emergency Services (Major Mark Warriner)
In 2017 there were several high profile weather related missions in Louisiana. In
February much of Louisiana experienced severe weather including heavy rains
and tornados. Squadrons from Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Gonzales, and New
Orleans quickly responded flying 6 sorties to evaluate and document conditions
on the ground in their areas.
An important element of these sorties was aerial photography of storm impact.
The ability of LAWG CAP to cover a target area with high resolution digital
photography, process the images as desired by the state and other emergency
agencies, and deliver the product quickly and efficiently are essential to fulfilling
the mission.
In October, Hurricane Harvey struck southwest Louisiana and east Texas. Harvey
was a major disaster lingering for days over Texas dumping record amounts of
rain. Flooding across the area was extensive. LAWG CAP was engaged initially to
assess damage in the Lake Charles area. Several squadrons were mobilized to
operate out of Lake Charles Regional Airport. Nine air sorties and three ground
sorties were launched to evaluate and document flooding in Louisiana. Again
digital still photography was the primary tasking for our resources. We
experienced some difficulty fulfilling this mission due to lack of expertise and
proficiency on the part of some of our members. The lesson learned from this
experience is that airborne photography is a specific skill that requires detailed
training and repeated practice to become proficient and maintain currency.
The Harvey mission was expanded when Texas requested resources from outside
the state. Several Louisiana crews took time off from their regular jobs to
conduct SAR/DR and airborne photography sorties in the Houston and
Beaumont, Texas areas. The Louisiana Wing Green Flag predator aircraft was
also used during this mission.
The sorties covered considerable distance and extended flying times. Careful
flight planning and fuel management were key elements of these sorties. Once
again digital still photography was our primary product.
The tasking and processing of digital still photography for the Harvey mission
was different from our normal procedures. Many sorties included route searches
along rivers and coastal areas shooting photographs at one second intervals. This
required setting up the camera in a special mode. Individual aircrews did not
have to process photos as we usually do. All camera memory cards were handed
over to the mission staff in Houston at the end of each sortie. At the end of the
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process the photos we did not have the ability to verify that they were geotagged in the camera as they were shot. We also did not provide external track
logs along with the memory cards. If photos were not successfully tagged while
they were being shot, their usefulness was severely compromised.
The take-away from this mission was that in addition to proper training of our
personnel in the techniques of airborne photography, we must have the proper
equipment. There are specific camera mounted GPS units that can successfully
geo-tag photos in the camera as they are being shot. Every LAWG CAP camera
needs the proper equipment to fulfill this role.

Figure 3. Lake Charles aircrew of L-R SM Robert Harris (mo), Maj Mark Alderette
(mo), and Lt Col Ed Jones (mp).

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Figure 4. Lake Charles aircrew L-R Capt Jim Baldwin (mp), Maj Scott Hunsacker
(mo), Maj Mark Alderette (mo)

Figure 5. St Mary aircrew L-R Capt Herb Stanley (mo), Lt Col Paul Rappmundt
(mp), and 1Lt Charles Judice (ms)

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LAWG Director of Maintenance (Lt Col Philip Nuss)
At the close of calendar year 2017, eleven (11) aircraft were assigned to the LA
Wing, including eight (8) Cessna 182s and three (3) Cessna 172s. During 2017, all
but one received ADS-B upgrades. With the FAA mandated ADS-B upgrades for
all aircraft not later than January 1, 2020, LAWG is two years ahead of schedule.
The last of our aircraft, N331SP, received approval and funding for the upgrade
but has experienced scheduling delays for the upgrade with the avionics shop in
New Orleans.
Upgraded operation: ADS-B equipment provides enhanced situational awareness
to both pilots and air traffic controllers. (ADS-B stands for Automatic Dependent
Surveillance – Broadcast.) This equipment provides pilots with traffic and
weather information such as sequence reports, terminal forecasts and graphical
weather displays like NEXRAD. It also provides ID, speed, altitude, etc. to
controllers automatically and in real time. It is a real sea change from the old
ways of doing business in the cockpit. Acceptance has been universally
enthusiastic by pilots and controllers alike.
Aircraft maintenance was accomplished using a centralized maintenance facility
(CMX) located in Pineville, LA. This facility provides annual and 100 hour
inspections as well as other maintenance procedures. In addition to the CMX,
squadron maintenance officers may request the use of local vendors for
unscheduled maintenance and mid-cycle oil changes.
During the months of September, October and November, LA Wing received a
Compliance Inspection by active duty Air Force personnel. During this time the
Wing received two discrepancies for Aircraft Management (C4). The two
“deficiencies” were basically paperwork errors, but never placed our mission
capability in jeopardy. These deficiencies were fully documented as completed
but they had not been correctly posted to the log books in a timely manner.
With the completion of these discrepancies LAWG is confident that the entire
fleet was well maintained throughout the year.

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LAWG Legal History (Major Marvin Owen)
The Wing Legal Officer assisted the Wing Commander and Vice Commander in updating
the 5 year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the State of Louisiana and made
a presentation to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency
Preparedness (GOHSEP) for its renewal. After review the revised document, now called
a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA), was submitted to the National Legal Counsel
for approval, thus providing another 5 year period of operation. With the approved
MOU/CEA CAP is allowed to perform operational services to the State of Louisiana, our
primary customer.
During 2017, the Wing Legal Staff consisted of Major Owen as the Wing Legal Officer
along with Major Hugo Holland of Shreveport and Captain Dan Oppenheim of St
Tammany as assistant legal officers. By the end of 2017, John W Wilbert was added as a
third assistant wing legal officer resulting it a total legal staff of 4 statewide.
The Legal team also reviewed property and hangar leases for several squadrons and
coordinated the approvals of such agreements with the National Legal Counsel. The
Legal Council also provided assistance and coordination for two member dismissal
hearings.
Three of the legal staff are pilots with two of them being mission pilots who participated
in the various SAREXs and exercises during the year. Of special note for me was the F-15
intercepts from the 159th FW from Belle Chase, LA.

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LAWG Aerospace Education (Lt Col David Taylor)
Lt Col David Taylor, LAWG Director of Aerospace Education, notes the following
history for 2017 by his LAWG AE team:
Strengths of the LAWG AE Team:














LAWG has received a sample of each STEM kit from National AE.
Our External LAWG AEO has a five-year total of presentations, reaching a
total of 29,442 and published articles totaled 280 as of Dec 2017.
Venues served included our local Laser Interferometer GravitationalWave Observatory (LIGO) which confirmed the existence of Einstein’s
gravity waves, LAWG Conference, International Astronomy Day, Jefferson
Parish Schools, Pontchartrain Cadet Squadron, Girl Scouts Extravaganza,
DAR, AARP, Contraflow Convention, Coastcon convention, and more.
Researched conventions included The National Space Society’s
International Space Development Conference in St Louis for space
engineers and The Space Exploration Educator’s Conference in Houston.
Other LAWG presentations included were Boy Scouts, several local
schools and homeschools, a magnet school robotics club, Rotary Clubs,
Aviation Days, ROTC programs, the Hot Air Balloon Festival activities,
airshow participation, AFB tours, Homeland security tours, robotics and
lunar sample programs with NASA, National Weather Service training,
model rocket training and demos and Eclipse Day solar viewing at a local
airport.
Completed a LAWG training academy weekend.
Completed a 2017 Compliance Inspection with an AE grade of Effective.
Completed a LAWG Yeager award contest.
Supported the launch of a near space balloon.
Members of the AE staff attended the Regional AE training conference.
The LAWG DAE continues to attend the monthly AE regional webinar.

Weaknesses of the LAWG AE Team:




The AEM membership increases and decreases
Need to improve coordination with our AEMs
AEOs had to adapt to online AE reports

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LAWG External Aerospace Ed (Lt Col Kathy Beauford)
As she has for the past 5-years since keeping records since 2013, Lt Col Kathy
Beauford has continued to spread her public awareness of CAP, its local, state,
and national missions, and its contributions to the nation through AE exhibits
and presentations. In the last 5 years the total number of attendees she has
reached number 29,537. The total number of articles published in newspapers,
magazines, and on the Internet is now 280.
Lt Col Beauford continues in her promotion of military, aviation and space
related careers through a scholarship (funded at $6,000 by Lt Col Beauford) to
send Louisiana CAP cadets to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Space and Flight
Academies in Huntsville, Alabama; and the National Flight Academy in Pensacola,
Florida.
The External Aerospace Education has been assisted by Captain Robin Soroe,
Ponchartrain Cadet Squadron, who maintains a lively presence on social media
through both open and closed sites for squadron activities. Captain Mike Giroir,
also of Pontchartrain Cadet Squadron, assists Kathy with promoting cadets’
youth membership in The Academy of Model Aeronautics and the Spillway
Model Airplane Club.
Lt Col Beauford attends professional scientist’s conventions to garner current
research in space development. This year she attended The National Space
Society’s “International Space Development Conference” in St. Louis and
Houston Space Center’s “SEEC: Space Educator’s Exploration Conference “in
Houston, both for 5 days. Lt Col Beauford’s writings, presentations, and discs
reflect cutting-edge space technology.
Her work continued with the Highland Road Park Observatory in Baton Rouge,
and she prepared a CAP exhibit with the Laser Interferometry Gravity
Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, LA. Her work also extended out of the state to
NASA’s Infinity Science Center at Stennis Space Center to present aerospace
shows to prospective CAP members. Lt Col Beauford's A Teacher's Companion to
the Space Station: A Multi-disciplinary Resource which was initially distributed
internationally, is now in its fourth printing!

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CHAPTER II – UNIT LEVEL ACTIVITIES
LAWG Barksdale Aero Ed (Capt Spencer Kiper)
Captain Spencer Kiper of the Barksdale Composite Squadron is a classroom
teacher by school year, but in the summer times, he works with the U.S. Space &
Rocket Center’s Space Academy for Educators program to offer a one-of-a-kind
experience to educators around the world!
After hearing that he was to receive Civil Air Patrol’s National Aerospace
Educator of the Year Award at this year’s National Conference, Captain Kiper
decided that his time at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center would be the perfect
opportunity to spread the word about Civil Air Patrol’s AE MIssion and its many
offerings to educators in the K12 setting.
He incorporated CAP into many of the workshops that teachers go through
during their time with the week-long programs, and NHQ provided Captain Kiper
with a unique code for new Aerospace Education Members to use at registration
that would allow Capt Kiper and NHQ to track the immediate impact of his
efforts.
This summer alone, over 80 AEMs were confirmed to have become members as
a result from this program. Next summer, Captain Kiper plans to expand his
efforts at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and increase those numbers steadily.
He was also able to work with an AEM from Missouri to create a new STEM Kit.

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St Mary Parish Squadron (Lt Col Paul Rappmundt)

Figure 6. 75th CAP anniversary proclamation from St Mary Parish Govt. L-R Duval
Arthur and St Mary OHS/EP Director, Parish President David Hammagriff, Capt
Murphy Pontiff, 1Lt Willie Topham, Lt Col Paul Rappmundt.

Figure 7. Early am (0130 “Zero dark thirty”) photo of the ramp at El Paso just
prior to St Mary aircraft departing on Falcon Virgo sortie. View of CAP planes on
ramp at Atlantic Aviation.

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Figure 8. Aerial view enroute towards Holloman AFB from El Paso on St Mary
Squadron sortie during Falcon Virgo. View of White Sands National Monument.

St Mary Parish CAP aircrew deployed to El Paso, TX, for another round of Falcon
Virgo sorties. Supporting the 601st Air Ops Center, the CAP was asked to join the
“red team players” as the bad guys, in scenarios designed to test airspace
security, especially around major American cities like New York City and
Washington, D.C.
The St Mary Squadron flew pre-programmed routes for training directed to state
National Guard units as a culminating training event with the National Guard
deploying to the National Capital area for security duty for the next 10 months.
LAWG sent 2 aircraft and 2 crews (St Mary and Capitol City) to Fort Bliss, El Paso
for our participation in Falcon Virgo for 2017. LAWG supplied 2 of approximately
15 aircraft with crews working around the clock for 5-6 days.

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Lake Charles Historian (Lt Col Joseph DePaolo)
Lake Charles Squadron of Civil Air Patrol celebrates CAP 75th
Anniversary and the beginning of the Cadet Program.
Recently, members of the Lake Charles Squadron, Civil Air Patrol attended a
special meeting to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the CAP Cadet Program
which was started in 1942 to assist the U.S. Army Air Corps in assisting teenagers
interested in joining the military.
Today the Cadet program has 4 phases, 18 achievements, with each
achievement having 5 requirements: Leadership, Aerospace, Character, activities
and Fitness. Each achievement is named after a famous military or civilian
aviation personality.
The Anniversary open house was attended by all cadets, their parents, and
guests including the Honorable Dennis Scott of the Calcasieu Police Jury.

Figure 9. Cadets of the Lake Charles Squadron gathered for 75th CAP
celebration party with “special cake” for the occasion.

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LAWG Ascension Sarex (Captain Ken Best)
After Exercise Narrative for LA-022 history (typical squadron Sarex):
As part of squadron Emergency Services training LA-022 conducted an ELT
training search missions on 30 Oct 2017. The unit exercises were conducted as if
they were actual search and rescue events. Squadron personnel began arriving
at 1700. The usual SAREX sign in and identification procedures were performed.
Mission aircrew prepped the aircraft for flight, while the ground team personnel
prepared the squadron van.
At 1800 all personnel gathered in the ready room to be briefed by the IC, Lt Col
Phil Collins. After the brief was completed all ground personnel moved outdoors
for instruction on using the ground direction finding device. At approximately
1900 the squadron aircraft departed KREG in search of the pre-positioned ELT.
Because of time constraints the ELT unit was located close to the airport but
sufficiently far away to allow safe nighttime maneuvering in the vicinity of KREG.
The communications center was manned by the squadron Comm Officer, Maj
Ken Brummett, and other observers. The ground team leader, senior members
and cadets departed the airport in the van to a predetermined rallying point.
Prior to takeoff of the aircraft and departure of the van, communications checks
were completed. The squadron aircraft began to receive the ELT signal shortly
after takeoff and began coordinating with the ground crew led by the squadron
commander, Lt Col Phil Smith, shortly thereafter.
The exercise aircrew consisting of pilot, MO and MS were required to coordinate
amongst themselves and the ground crew to direct the ground crew to the
vicinity of the signal location so that the ground crew receiver could pick up the
signal. Once the signal was detected by the ground crew the AC remained in the
area until the device was located. It was learned that the MS in the back seat
can perform a valuable service of directing the ground crew to the ELT location
as the pilot is busy flying the AC and the MO is busy observing the rho-Theta and
directing the pilot as to how to locate the ELT. Once the ground crew located
the ELT the AC and ground crew returned to base.
Upon return to KREG, after the van and AC were both hangered, all personnel
gathered for a post exercise de-briefing conducted by the IC. The consensus
among all participants was that valuable lessons were learned and a great
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Theta direction finding equipment continues to generate valuable lessons as we
learn more about its operation.
While location of 121.5 ELT signals is a waning part of the CAP mission
knowledge and experience in how to do so is still needed. Exercises of this
nature allow all squadron personnel to participate in a meaningful exercise, learn
to operate equipment, learn to work as a team and build squadron esprit de
corp.
One notable comment…. the attendance at this local squadron exercise
exceeded normal meeting participation by an observable difference!

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St Tammany Squadron (Maj Chris Sturm)

Figure 10. Pictures above and below are at the initial line up for the Poseidon
Parade for Mardi Gras in Slidell, LA. Above in the front are Lt Col Rick Lauterbach
on the left and Capt Dan Oppenheim on the right. Holding the banner are C/2dLt
Steven Nogueras and C/SrA Rebekah Lemar. The color guard, L-R, C/CMSgt
Joshua Davies, C/2dLt Daniel Sturm, C/1Lt Caleb Lewis, and C/1Lt Sam Roy.

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Shreveport Senior Squadron (Capt Jim Peck)

Squadron Chronology
2017
January
7

Cadet O-Flights – LA013 conducted Cadet O-Flights in support of
the Barksdale Composite Squadron.

14

Support of Barksdale Cold Weather Bivouac – Major Jon Fox, 1st.
Lt. Terral Whetstone, and 1st Lt. Ralph Forrester flew a sortie in
support of the Barksdale Squadron Cold Weather Bivouac.

28

Wing Wide SAREX based at KBTR – Five members and two
aircraft participated.

31

Christmas Party/Awards Banquet - Held at Silver Star Smokehouse
in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Counterdrug sorties - three were flown in January

February
1
Meeting of all Bossier Parish Fire Chiefs - Capt. Jim Peck and 2d
Lt Terral Whetstone addressed the meeting held at Shane’s Seafood in
Bossier City, Louisiana to address CAP capabilities available to
Emergency Services organizations and Law Enforcement.
8

South Louisiana Tornado Assessment - Capt. Jim Peck and 2d Lt
Jim Partington flew a Baton Rouge area sortie in support of Mission
17-C-4279

9

Felix Keynote exercise 17-652 - Capt. Jim Peck, 2d Lt. Jim
Partington, and
2d Lt. Terral Whetstone flew High Bird for the
exercise.

10

Meeting with Caddo Parish Deputy Director Homeland Security Capt. Jim Peck and 2d Lt Terral Whetstone met with Robert E.
Jump, Deputy Director of Homeland Security & Emergency
Preparedness for the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office. The meeting
was to discuss CAP capabilities available to Emergency Services
organizations and Law Enforcement.
Counterdrug sorties - three were flown in February

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March
4
Cadet O-Flights – LA013 conducted Cadet O-Flights in support of
the Barksdale Composite Squadron.
12

LA Wing Conference - Several members attended the conference
held in Pineville, Louisiana.
Counterdrug sorties - four were flown in March

April
1

Flight Clinic – Several members participated in the LA Wing Flight
Clinic held at KBTR.

8

Young Eagles Event - LA013 provided two aircraft for static display
and members to man the aircraft for the annual Young Eagles
event held at KDTN by EAA Chapter 343.

15

Cadet O-Flights – LA013 conducted Cadet O-Flights in support of
the Barksdale Composite Squadron.

20

First Responders Lunch – Capt. Jim Peck and 2d Lt. Terral
Whetstone represented CAP at a Caddo Parish First Responders
Appreciation Lunch conducted by First Baptist Church of
Blanchard.
Counterdrug sorties - four were flown in April

May
6-7

Barksdale Air Show – LA013 provided two aircraft for static display
and members to man the aircraft.

13

Local Table Top Exercise – LA013 conducted a table top SAREX
for training.

20-21 Louisiana Wing Academy – several members participated.
27

Cadet O-Flights – LA013 conducted Cadet O-Flights in support of
the Barksdale Composite Squadron.
Counterdrug sorties - one was flown in May

June
10

Joint Mississippi Wing Operations with Area Command SAREX –
Three members and one aircraft participated.

July

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8

Local SAREX – LA013 conducted a Local Sarex. Five sorties
were flown and staff training was conducted. RESULT – LA013
has trained all SAR positions and is capable of providing a
complete trained and qualified SAR staff.

22

Flight Clinic and Proficiency Rodeo – Two members and one
aircraft participated at the Flight Clinic/Rodeo held at KBTR

August
19

SW Region SAREX - LA013 served as a remote base in support of
the SW Region SAREX 17-T-5550.

31

Hurricane Harvey Support – Capt. Jim Peck, 2d Lt Terral
Whetstone, and 2d Lt. Ralph Forrester flew sorties in the Lake
Charles area in support of Hurricane Harvey Mission 17-T-5716

September
16

Cadet O-Flights – LA013 conducted Cadet O-Flights in support of
the Barksdale Composite Squadron.

29

Harvey Support for Texas Wing – Capt. Fred Sikes and 1st Lt.
Terral Whetstone flew sorties in the Beaumont area for Harvey
support. Mission 17-1-5693

October
28

LA Wing SAREX – five members and two aircraft participated.

November
6

TV Remote Broadcast by KSLA 3 Morning News - LA013 and the
Barksdale Composite Squadron hosted a remote broadcast by
KTBS Channel 3 news at DTN. LA013 provided both aircraft for
use during the interview. Lt. Col. Glenn Pettiet and Captain Jim
Peck were interviewed by Andrea Finney during one segment.
Capt. Joshua Bass and c/1st Lt. Jacob Bass were interviewed on
other segments during the remote broadcast.

18

Area 1 SAREX – LA013 served as Mission Base for the SAREX.
Thirteen members and two aircraft participated.

December
8

Wreath Laying at Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery - Four
members participated in the annual wreath laying ceremony at the
cemetery.

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CHAPTER III– SPECIAL PROGRAMS

LAWG Green Flag (Lt Col Rick Woolfolk)
Squadron LA-966 is the Green Flag East (GFE) operational squadron at Alexandria Air
Park (AEX), Alexandria, LA. In 2017, home of the Surrogate Predator aircraft flown and
operated by specially qualified CAP members, thus augmenting the USAF training
operations.
The squadron membership at AEX is currently thirteen (13), but upwards of fifty (50)
different CAP pilots and camera operators participated in these GFE exercises and realworld events. A total of thirty-four (34) hours of Full Motion Video time was flown for
Hurricane Harvey in LA and Texas. Thirty-five (35) hours were flown at Emerald Warrior
in Apalachicola, FL. Approximate seventy-five (75) hours were flown during each
rotation, totaling approximately eight-hundred twenty-five (825) hours flight time. The
expended operational budget for GFE was approximately $425,000.
Assigned aircraft include two C-182s, N97018 and N4974N, both 182Q Model Cessna’s
with an MX-15 Camera attached. Assigned squadron vehicles include two vans, and a
forty (40) foot long Command Vehicle, formerly owned by the US Marshall’s
Service. Known as the Grey Ghost, this vehicle deployed to Apalachicola, FL for Emerald
Warrior in May. Approximately $12,500 was expended in 2017 repairing the
transmission and installing a new air conditioner on the Grey Ghost. Additional
expenses in 2017 included a new roof for the GFE building, a new paint job, and the
installation of new carpeting.
Due to its convenient central Louisiana (CENLA) location, the GFE hosts the local CAP
CENLA Cadet Squadron that meets weekly in the facility. GFE also hosted area and state
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Wreaths Across America (Ascension - Lt Col Phil Collins)
Again in 2017, just as it has for the past ten years, Ascension Parish Civil Air
Patrol Squadron continues its tradition of supporting Wreaths Across America
(WAA) by remembering and honoring our deceased veterans by placing wreaths
on their gravesites. Led in this remembrance by Lt Col Phil Collins, the local CAP
continues educating cadets, students, and the general public of the sacrifices
made by our fallen military heroes. This year the Ascension Parish Composite
was credited with placing over 4700 wreaths on the veterans graves at Port
Hudson National and Louisiana National Cemeteries.
The Civil Air Patrol was one of the first major organizations to support Wreaths
Across America, which was established as a non-profit organization in 2006. The
WAA mission is to Remember - Honor – Teach.
Each year Ascension Parish Squadron has been identified as one of the top
nationally recognized Civil Air Patrol Squadrons supporting WAA. In addition to
WAA, Ascension Squadron also supported the Daughters of the American
Revolution in conducting an annual ceremony remembering and honoring our
deceased veterans.
While some organizations that participate in Wreaths Across America use it as a
fund raiser, Lt Col Collins added this noteworthy quote, “… that every penny
donated to Wreaths Across America through Ascension Squadron goes directly
toward purchase of wreaths for veteran graves.”

Figure 11. Ascension Parish Composite Squadron placed 4700 gravesite
wreaths at Port Hudson National and LA National Cemeteries.

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Wreaths Across America (Chennault - Lt Col Dan Chase)

Figure 12. Claire Chennault CC, Lt Col Dan Chase, escorts squadron member, Capt
Paula Webb, at gravesite Wreaths Across America program she organized for
Monroe at Mulhearn Memorial Park.

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LAWG Academy (Col Mike Dubois)

Louisiana Wing Training Academy
2017 History Report
After no Academies in 2016, Col Mary Berkowitz volunteered to be the academy
director for our May 2017 academy and Col Mike DuBois agreed to be her
assistant director. Along with agreeing to be the assistant Col DuBois agreed to
take over as director for the October 2017 academy. We are working on a full
history of the academy and hope to have that completed soon.
With no Academies in 2016, the absence provided some challenges, but the May
academy came off as planned. Through the leadership of Col Berkowitz, all
challenges were met with the support of a great team of staff and instructors.
Work was started in the last quarter of 2016 with staff, unit announcements and
posting dates on the wing calendar. We teamed up with past academy director Lt
Col Dan Lemanczyk, academy staff and instructors to make it happen. We
continue our normal way of registering via paper and US mail. Our Lafayette
Composite Squadron stepped up to the plate as usual and worked out needed
details. Numbers and class details are found in Table 5 below.

2017 MAY ATTENDING BY COURSE
25

In Attendance = 54 (23Cdt 19-Sr 12-Staff)

20
15
10
5

ALS
AERIAL PHOTO
SLS
CLC
TLC
AE WSHOP
BASIC COMM EQUIP
CELL FORENSICS
CONT ED FOR Ics
CPR
DCC
DDR
FLIGHT LINE
GT PHOTO
GTL
GTM
ICS-300
ICS-400
ICUT
NCO SCHOOL
OBSERVER
ORM
PILOT
RADIO OPS
SCANNER
SP TRK CHAP/CDI
SP TRK COMMS
SP TRK FINANCE
SP TRK SAFETY
UDF
WMIRS

0

Table 5. LAWG Academy Attendance for 2017
After the May academy, Col DuBois took over the reins supported by Col
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October academy. As always, lessons learned brought about some good changes
with new procedures and refining old ones. Building the team for October was
fun with a combination of existing staff and instructors along with some new
volunteers added to the mix our team was ready to go!.
One of our goals was to get away from as much paper as we could. Along with
innovative ideas from wing staff and the outstanding help of Lt Col Rick
Lauterbach developing an “on-line” registration system, we took the first step
toward streamlining our registration process. This would be our first step toward
doing away with our paper system. Part of the paper that was still required was
CAPF 161, 32 and the unit commander’s signature on the registration form.
One change in procedure was no upfront checks were required and due upon
registration. We had challenges with cadet bivouacking in previous academies,
but with the help of Lt Col Jude Poirier and Lt Col Ed Junk, that challenge was
solved, and the cadets went back to staying at Lt Col Junk’s church’s gymnasium.
We asked directors of ES, PD, CP, AE and wing Staff to give us a full list of
courses they would like to offer at the October academy. All came through and
we had a new course listing to offer.
We also started working on developing a team leader concept for each of our
courses and the upfront work paid off. We will expand our team leader concept
in 2018. With the help of staff members our OPS Plan was completed, and we
were ready to post everything “on-line” and start registration. Thanks to Lt Col
Lauterbach expanding our reporting function to our on-line registration, we were
able to make timely decisions by getting needed information from registration of
what classes members wanted and how many.
With the upfront work of staff and instructors, our October academy weekend was
a great success. Of course, there are always lessons learned and we can apply
them to our 2018 academies. Improving our “on-line” registration, academy
check-in procedures, shorter general session, and expanding our team leader
approach to courses are only a few of the changes we will be making for our April
2018 academy.
Thanks to 2d Lt Grace Beane we published our first academy newsletter and she
has agreed to continue to be our editor for both 2018 academies. 2d Lt Beane is
also helping with marketing brochures to help with recruiting members for both
2018 academies.
Appendix A shows a copy of our October 17 academy newsletter. Numbers and
class details are in Table 6.

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2017 OCT ATTENDING BY COURSE
12

In Attendance = 69 (29Cdt 24-Sr 16-Staff)

10
8
6
4
2

CPR
TLC
FLIGHT LINE
GTM
ICS-300
AERIAL PHOTO
CLC
OBSERVER
SCANNER
AE WSHOP
ALS
BASIC COMM EQUIP
CELL FORENSICS
CONT ED FOR Ics
DCC
DDR
GT PHOTO
GTL
ICS-400
ICUT
NCO SCHOOL
ORM
PILOT
RADIO OPS
SLS
SP TRK CHAP/CDI
SP TRK COMMS
SP TRK FINANCE
SP TRK SAFETY
UDF
WMIRS

0

Table 6. LAWG Academy Historical Attendance
Thanks to Scott Greer and Lt Col Lauterbach for help with the numbers and
tables. Table 7 shows a history of our academies numbers from 2012 through
2017. We are working on numbers prior to 2012, but those will take longer. The
numbers and averages for 2012 through 2017 will give you an idea of how we did
in 2017 and expectations for 2018.
Year
2012
2013
2013
2014
2014
2015
2015
2017
2017
Total
Average

Month
Nov
Apr
Oct
Mar
Oct
May
Oct
May
Oct

# Cadets
33
34
10
35
16
19
41
23
29
240
27

# Senior
34
36
15
35
21
19
41
19
24
244
27

# Staff
16
16
14
25
16
15
9
12
16
139
15

Total #
83
86
39
95
53
53
91
54
69
623
69

Table 7. LAWG Academy Attendance Totals

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Appendix 1. LAWG Academy 2017

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Appendix 2. LAWG Aircraft Assignments / Location

CAP SQUADRON
AIRCRAFT
Billy Mitchell Senior

AIRCRAFT
TYPE
C-172P

TAIL
NUMBER
N6296F

Lake Charles
Composite
St. Mary Parish
Composite
Capitol City
Composite
Ascension Parish
Composite
Cenla or North Shore

C-182R

N331SP

C-182Q

N96761

C-182T

N780CP

C-182T

N928CP

C-172R

N986CP

Gen. Claire Chennault
Senior
Shreveport Senior

C-182Q

N96725

C-172P

N62363

Shreveport Senior

C-182T

N788CP

Green Flag East*

C-182QSP
C-182QSP

N97018
N4974N

HOME STATION
CITY (AIRPORT IDENTIFIER)
New Orleans Lakefront
(KNEW)
Lake Charles Regional
(KLCH)
Patterson Harry P Williams
(KPTN)
Baton Rouge Metro
(KBTR)
Gonzales La Regional
(KREG)
Pineville (2L0) or St
Tammany (L31)
Monroe Regional
(KMLU)
Shreveport Downtown
(KDTN)
Shreveport Downtown
(KDTN)
Alexandria Air Park (AEX)

*Special Mission Aircraft (operational control by NOC)

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Appendix 3. Primary Louisiana Wing CAP Contacts
LAWG CAP
STAFF
Louisiana Wing
Commander
Vice Wing
Commander
Chief of
Staff
Director of
Finance
Director of
The Academy
Director of
Emergency Svcs
Asst Director of
Emergency Svcs
Asst Director of
Emergency Svcs
Director of
Operations
Stan / Eval
Officer
Director of
Communications
Director of
Logistics
LAWG CAP Asst
IT / Webmaster

POINTS OF
CONTACT
Col Thomas
Barnard
Col Art
Scarbrough
Lt Col Amos
Plante
Col Mary
Berkowitz
Col Mike
Dubois
Maj Tracy
Breithaupt
Lt Col Mickey
Marchand
Maj Mark
Warriner
Lt Col Patrick
Kerr
Lt Col Mickey
Marchand
Maj Kenneth
Brummett
Capt Danielle
Woldt
Lt Col Rick
Lauterbach

PHONE
NUMBER
318-426-4486

EMAIL
ADDRESS
tbarnard@cap.gov

225-931-0920

xadam1@bellsouth.net

504-650-6570

lawgcs@bellsouth.net

504-451-1309

mdberkowitz1@cox.net

713-557-5744

mduboiscap@gmail.com

318-446-4249

tracybempire@hotmail.com

225- 324-6795

mmarchand@eatel.net

504-388-7680

marktwarr@earthlink.net

225-978-5335

pkerr@brwater.com

225- 324-6795

mmarchand@eatel.net

225-933-3829

brummettK@bellsouth.net

225-719-3173

daniellewoldt@gmail.com

832-600-3709

rlauterbach@cajlart.com

Appendix 4. Supporting Documentation (electronic file)

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