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Puerto Rico Wing Historical Narrative 2013
Puerto Rico wing was awarded a Unit Citation for the performance of the wing from February 2012
to March 2013.
Personnel
The membership of Puerto Rico wing at the end of the fiscal year (Sept 30) was 751 cadets and
440 senior members. This is an increase of 70 members from September 30, 2012.
Finance
Puerto Rico Wing achieved a Low Financial Risk Assessment for the first time.
The Puerto Rico Wing Endowment was created.
Government and Industry Relations
$45,642.24 in donations were obtained.
The support that The Interamerican University of Puerto Rico provided CAP during 2013 resulted in
their selection as the winner of the 2014 Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award
Cadet Programs
As of Sept 30, 2013 PR wing had 14 Eaker, 36 Earhart, 84 Mitchell and 244 Wright Brothers Award
recipients.
The Cadet Orientation Flight hours increased from 211.4 in 2012 to 248.5 in 2013.
SER-PR-161 - Capt Saulo Solis-Molina Cadet Squadron was the SER Squadron of Distinction.
PR Wing held a RCLS with 25 participants.
40 members completed the Training Leaders of Cadets program.
58 cadets participated in the 2013 Summer Leadership Academy. The activity was offered at no
cost.
Emergency Services
PR Wing obtained the first save in its history 03/13/13 Mission Number 13-M-0111a.
For the first time Puerto Rico Wing organized ICS 300 and 400 courses.
During the 2013 National Conference, PR Wing was presented with the Southeast Region Search
and Rescue Mission Award
Operations
Puerto Rico Wing held a Mountain Flying Course.
Aircraft Management
During 2013 Puerto Rico wing had 3 aircraft.
Puerto Rico wing has 26 VFR Pilots, 15 Cadet Orientation Pilots and 7 Check Pilots. Puerto Rico
averaged 192 flight hours and ranked 17 in the nation.

Aerospace Education
The 2013 wing conference keynote speaker was astronaut Lawrence DeLucas.
PR Wing was #1 in SER and #2 in the nation in AEX Completion.
The number of AEM increased to 20.
The first Introductory Flight Academy took place at the facilities of the Interamerican University in
Isla Grande.
Safety
For its performance during 2013, PR Wing was selected for the Southeast Region Paul W. Turner
Safety Award. The award was presented at the 2014 SER Conference.
Communications
A Communications School with the participation of Lt Col Katz, SER DC, took place in Aguadilla,
PR.
Professional Development
PR Wing had 1 participant in the National Staff College.
PR held a RSC with 7 participants.
As of Sept 30, 2013, PR Wing had 390 Level 1, 209 Level 2, 141 Level 3, 86 Level 4 and 13 Level
5.
Transportation
Puerto Rico Wing had 14 vehicles in its inventory
Information Technology
Nine PR Wing teams registered for CyberPatriot.
Other Activities
The Puerto Rico Wing Conference was held at the Interamerican University in Bayamon.
Awards
Aerospace Education Officer of the Year
Jose Acosta
Frank G. Brewer Sr. CAP Memorial Aerospace Education Award Category I - Cadet
Carlos Arroyo
Frank G. Brewer Sr. CAP Meemorial Aerospace Education Award Category II - Senior
Member
Jose Acosta
Frank G. Brewer Sr. CAP Memorial Aerospace Education Award Category IV - Lifetime
Achievement
Luis Lughring
John V. (Jack) Sorenson Cadet Program Officer of the Year
Madeline Delgado
Cadet of the Year
Franceline Martinez

Cadet of the Year Phase I
Emanuel Velez
Cadet of the Year Phase II
Bryan Toro
Cadet of the Year Phase III
Jan Cartagena
Cadet of the Year Phase IV
Franceline Martinez
Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year
Marie Ann Rivera
Safety Officer of the Year
Madeline Santiago
Senior Member of the Year
David Bahamundi
Norm Edwards Counter Drug Officer of the Year
Luis Aponte
Col Edwin Lewis Incident Staff member of the Year
Isabel Pogozelski
Col Dion E. DeCamp Ground Team of the Year
Moca Cadet Squadron
Personnel Officer of the Year
Sanchez , Luis A
Administration Officer of the Year
Miguel A Laboy
Property Manager of the Year
Wigberto del Valle
Col Robert (Bud) Payton National Public Affairs Officer of the Year
Suzette Perez
Communicator of the Year
Ruben A Hernandez
AE Teacher of the Year
Eveneida Rodriguez
Col Lester Hopper Historian of the Year
Meredith Herrera
Squadron of the Year
William Biaggi
Finance Officer of the Year
Suzette Perez
Professional Dev Officer of the Year
Diaz , Lemuel

SER Award Winners
Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) Outstanding
National Cadet NCO of the Year
Frank G. Brewer Sr. CAP Memorial Aerospace Education
Award Category I - Cadet
Frank G. Brewer Sr. CAP Memorial Aerospace Education
Award Category III (Non CAP Member)
Norm Edwards Counter Drug Officer of the Year
Character Development Instructor of the Year
Communicator of the Year
DDR Member of the Year, CAPR 39-3 & 52-22
Finance Officer of the Year Director of Finance of the
Year Wing Hq Officer only
George Texido Legislative Officer of the Year
Region Safety Award - Paul W. Turner Safety Award
Nomination CAPR 62-1, 8. a. & b.

C/SMSgt Jose G. Casillas, PR-103
C/2d Lt Carlos M. Arroyo, PR-051
Inter-American University of PR
Capt Luis Aponte, PR-170
Lt Col Zulma Matos, PR-051
Lt Col Ruben A. Hernandez, PR-079
Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera, PR-001
Lt Col Elsa M. Soto, PR-151
Lt Col Gabriel Fernandez, PR-170
Puerto Rico Wing

CAP Financial Assessment
WFA:
Wing:
Visit/Review Date:

Keith Baker
Puerto Rico
Week of 25 February 2013
Assessment

Internal Controls
1
2
3
4

Excellent
Successful
Marginal
Unsatisfactory

Finance Committee
1
2
3
4

Excellent
Successful
Marginal
Unsatisfactory

Command Involvement
1
2
3
4

Excellent
Successful
Marginal
Unsatisfactory

Director of Finance
1
2
3
4

Excellent
Successful
Marginal
Unsatisfactory

Wing Administrator
1
2
3
4

Excellent
Successful
Marginal
Unsatisfactory
Overall Rating

Notes/Explanation

2

Conducts 6 internal financial reviews per year exceeding the quarterly requirement
Needs to conduct closer review of expenditures during approval process

1

Meets monthly with well documented informative meetings

1

Very involved with finance operations

1

Very well versed in assigned duties and very dedicated to position

1

Records finance transactions without error
Maintains frequent contact with WFA to resolve issues quickly

6
Low

5 to 7
8 to 11
12 to 14
15 or higher

Low
Successful
High
Very High

6/2/14
 

Wing
 Assessment
 

Status
 PR
 Wing
 
2011
 -­‐
 2013
 

•  WFA
 –
 Low
 Financial
 Risk
 
•  SA
 –
 From
 Marginal
 to
 Excellent
 
•  OperaFons
 EvaluaFon
 –
 Excellent
 

Safety
 

Personnel-­‐Membership
 

–  SER
 Search
 and
 Rescue
 Mission
 Award


 

–  3
 Body
 Injuries,
 0
 vehicles,
 1
 AircraQ
 

No
 Safety
 Incidents
 at
 the
 SLA
 

30
 Sept
 2013:
 1,198
 (+70)
 
Ÿ 440
 Seniors
 
 
 
 
Ÿ 751
 Cadets
 
 
 
 
Ÿ 
 
 
 7
 Legislators
 
 
 


 30
 Sept
 2011:
 1,056
 (-­‐27)
 

 
 Ÿ 337
 Seniors
 
 

 
 Ÿ 712
 Cadets
 

 
 Ÿ 7
 Legislators
 

30
 Sept
 2012:
 1,128
 (+72)
 
Ÿ
 
 
 381
 Seniors
 
 
 
 
Ÿ 740
 Cadets
 
 
 
 
Ÿ 7
 Legislators
 
 
 

•  Incidents:
 4
 


 30
 Sept
 2010:
 1,083
 (-­‐31)
 

 
 Ÿ 384
 Seniors
 
 

 
 Ÿ 699
 Cadets
 
 

 
 Ÿ 7
 Legislators
 


 


 

 

Wing
 OrganizaFon
 
•  Groups:
 9
 
•  Composite
 Squadrons:
 4
 
•  Senior
 Squadrons:
 5
 
•  Cadet
 Squadrons:
 27
 
•  LegislaFve
 Squadrons:
 1
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Total
 Squadrons:
 37
 

 
 
 

Aerospace
 EducaFon
 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 

AEPSM:
 26
 FY
 2012
 
AEPSM:
 28
 FY
 2013
 
 
Crossfield
 Awards:
 4
 FY
 2012
 
Crossfield
 Awards:
 2
 FY
 2013
 
 
AE
 Workshops:
 1
 

1
 

6/2/14
 

Aerospace
 EducaFon
 Members
 
– 20
 
 
 
 
 2012-­‐2013
 
 
– 5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 2011-­‐2012
 
 

AEX
 CompleFon
 
•  Number
 1
 in
 SER
 
•  Number
 2
 in
 the
 naFon
 
•  Units
 completed
 the
 Program
 
–  25
 
 
 
 
 2012-­‐2013
 
 
–  9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 2011-­‐2012
 
 

Introductory
 Flight
 Academy
 
• 
• 
• 

 
• 

9
 parFcipants
 
Next
 IFA
 –
 East
 -­‐
 May
 2014
 
Next
 IFA
 –
 West
 -­‐
 June
 2014
 
1st
 PR
 Wing
 Flight
 Academy
 
 
–  Scheduled
 for
 June
 2014
 

Cadet
 Programs
 
2011
 
5
 
 
25
 
 
66
 
 
210
 


 2012
 

 9
 
 

 31
 
 

 77
 
 

 241
 


 2013
 

 14
 
 Ira
 Eaker
 Award
 

 36
 
 Amelia
 Earhart
 Award
 

 84
 
 Billy
 Mitchell
 Award
 

 244
 Wright
 Brothers
 Award
 

2
 

6/2/14
 

Summer
 Leadership
 Academy
 
 
• 
• 
• 
• 

58
 Cadets
 
AcFvity
 provided
 at
 no
 cost
 
 
Next:
 Summer
 2014
 
Funds
 for
 2014,
 2015,
 2016
 

Region
 Cadet
 Leadership
 School
 
•  25
 parFcipants
 
•  Requested
 2014
 RCSL
 
•  Funds
 set
 aside
 for
 2014
 

Cadet
 Programs
 
Training
 Leaders
 of
 Cadets
 
2011
 
 2012
 
 2013
 
30
 
 
 37
 
 
 40
 

 
Next
 TLC
 January
 2014
 

ES
 Personnel
 
2011
 
 2012
 
 2013
 
16
 
7
 
20
 
23
 
3
 


 

 

 

 

 


 16
 

 4
 

 28
 

 34
 

 5
 


 

 

 

 

 


 15
 

 13
 

 30
 

 45
 

 7
 


 Ground
 Team
 Leaders
 

 Mission
 Pilots
 

 Observers
 

 Scanners
 

 Incident
 Commanders
 

3
 

6/2/14
 

ES
 Missions
 

Air
 OperaFons-­‐FaciliFes
 
From
 condemned
 to
 operaFonal
 


 

•  13-­‐M-­‐0111a
 
 Missing
 Person
 

First
 Save
 in
 the
 history
 of
 PR
 Wing
 

PRWG
 Red
 Horse
 Squadron
 
 

Air
 OperaFons
 Personnel
 
2012
 
11
 
 
7
 
 
4
 
 

Cadet
 OrientaFon
 Flights
 

Air
 OperaFons
 

 

 
NaFonal
 Average
 
PR
 Wing

 
Ranking

 


 2011

 183

 204

 20


 2012
 

 177

 195

 24


 2013
 

 26
 
 VFR
 Pilots
 

 15
 
 Cadet
 OrientaFon
 Pilots
 

 7
 
 Check
 Pilots
 


 2013
 

 172
 

 192
 

 17
 


 
 2011
 
 
 2012
 
 
 2013
 

 
 136.8
 
 211.4
 
 
 248.5
 hrs
 

4
 

6/2/14
 

Professional
 Development
 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 


 2011
 
Level
 I:
 
 
 
 339
 
Level
 II:
 
 
 192
 
Level
 III:
 
 124
 
Level
 IV:
 
 78
 
Level
 V:
 
 
 12
 


 2012
 

 337
 
 

 205
 

 127
 

 79
 
 

 12
 
 


 2013
 

 390
 
 

 209
 

 141
 

 86
 

 13
 

NaFonal
 Staff
 College
 
•  1
 ParFcipant
 in
 2013
 
•  Next
 NSC
 18-­‐24
 May
 2014
 

Finance
 
•  LegislaFve
 Funds:
 $8,000
 
•  DonaFons:
 
 FY11
 $4,970.25
 
FY12
 $7,004.71
 

 FY13
 $45,642.24
 
•  $2,500
 minimum
 balance
 in
 wing
 accounts
 

Region
 Staff
 College
 
•  7
 parFcipants
 
•  2014
 RCS
 in
 Knoxville,
 Tennessee
 
•  Next
 RCS
 in
 PR
 2015
 

Finance
 
•  PR
 Wing
 Endowment
 
•  $3,000
 balance
 

Finance
 
•  Debt
 Sept
 30,
 2011
 =
 $16,140.47
 
•  Net
 Worth
 Sept
 30,
 2011
 =
 -­‐$2,784.18*
 
•  Debt
 Sept
 30,
 2012
 =
 $7,075.06
 
•  Net
 Worth
 Sept
 30,
 2012
 =
 $7,269.51*
 
•  Debt
 Sept
 30,
 2013
 =
 $3,627.60
 
•  Net
 Worth
 Sept
 30,
 2013
 =
 $18,954.82*
 
*Not
 including
 WBS
 

5
 

6/2/14
 

Finance
 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 

IFA
 2014
 -­‐
 $2,000
 
SLA
 2014
 -­‐
 $4,000
 
SLA
 2015
 -­‐
 $4,000
 
SLA
 2016
 -­‐
 $4,000
 
RCLS
 2015
 -­‐
 $2,000
 

LogisFcs
 
From
 LogisFcs
 Freeze
 to
 “Excellent”
 


 

•  Equipment
 accountability
 
– New
 accountability
 procedures
 
– Lost
 equipment
 due
 to
 criminal
 acFvity
 
not
 member
 mismanagement
 

 

•  ReFrements
 
– Equipment
 is
 reFre
 as
 soon
 as
 repairs
 are
 
not
 possible.
 
– No
 backlog
 of
 obsolete
 equipment
 

Communications
•  Nine
 new
 power
 supplies
 
•  ParFcipaFon
 in
 naFonal
 nets
 
•  Shipped
 repeater
 to
 St
 Thomas
 
•  PRWG
 CommunicaFons
 School
 

 

InformaFon
 Technology
 
•  InsFtuted
 system
 for
 processing
 new
 
computers
 
•  CreaFng
 IT
 infrastructures
 in
 Hoare
 FaciliFes
 
•  Nine
 new
 computers
 

Other
 AcFviFes
 
• 
• 
• 
• 

Senior
 IG
 course
 
Mountain
 Flying
 Training
 
ICS
 300
 and
 400
 
AFRCC
 Basic
 Inland
 SAR
 Course
 (BISC)
 

6
 

6/2/14
 

Thanks
 

Thanks
 for
 your
 support,
 
 
hard
 work
 and
 dedicaFon.
 

 
Please
 provide
 the
 next
 commander
 
all
 your
 support
 to
 the
 conFnued
 
success
 of
 the
 wing.
 

PRWG
 conFnuing
 to
 
make
 important
 
contribuFons
 to
 PR
 and
 
the
 next
 generaFon
 of
 
leaders.
 

7
 

Mission Search

6/2/14, 6:57 PM

Mission Search Results
Current Mission List - 1 Active Mission(s)
RED:
Disapproved
Line
No

YELLOW:
Pending

ORANGE:
Cancelled

GREEN:
Approved

GRAY:
Complete

Agency Number/
Comment

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FOR SEARCH FOR MISSING 4YOF THAT HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE
1000L/13MAR13. POC: LT CHIDESTER
Current as of 06/02/2014 - 22:54 ZULU
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Monday,
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Subject: CAP
 Mission
 Awards
Date: Monday,
 August
 5,
 2013
 at
 7:06:04
 PM
 Atlan=c
 Standard
 Time
From:
To:

Parker,
 Susie
Luis
 Cubano

Congratulations! Puerto Rico Wing has been selected for recognition as the Southeast Region
winner of the Search and Rescue Mission Award. This award will be presented on Saturday
morning (17 August) during the annual recognition ceremony. There will be a short awards
ceremony practice on Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. It shouldn’t take long
and will just give you a quick overview of what to expect on Saturday morning. See you in
Denver!

 

 

SUSAN P. PARKER
CAP National Headquarters
105 S. Hansell Street
Maxwell AFB AL 36112-5937
Phone: 877-227-9142 extension 212
FAX: 334-953-4262

Register
 today
 for
 the
 2013
 Annual
 Conference
August
 15-­‐17,
 2013
 *
 Denver,
 Colorado
 *
 

 

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Puerto Rico Wing News

7th Edition, December 2013

Editor: Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera, PAO

Assistant Editors: Lt Col Hector Alicea and Maj Sally Browne

Puerto Rico Wing News

12 TIPS FOR HOLIDAY SAFETY
The holidays invite all sorts of fun activity, from lighting candles to hanging
fresh greens and stringing lights. Here's
how to keep your house and family
safe from fire and injury.
As you're sprucing up your home this
season, keep an eye out for these common holiday trip-ups, fire hazards, and
other safety snafus.

Inside this issue:

Holiday Safety

1

Recruiting Day

2

Beach Cleaning

2

Marching against
Drug Abuse

4

Major Medal

5

International Day
Coastal Cleanup

5

Training Leaders Of
Cadets

6

Obstacle Course
Training

6

Community Service

9

1. Merry and Bright: Carefully inspect holiday light strings each year
and discard any with frayed cords,
cracked lamp holders, or loose connections. When replacing bulbs, unplug
the light string and be sure to match
voltage and wattage to the original
bulb.
2. Lights Out: Always turn off holiday
lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed.
3. Fresh Is Best: Try to purchase a
freshly cut tree, as they are more resistant to ignition. Keep your Christmas tree watered and away from open
candles.
4. Timing Is Everything: Use an outdoor timer certified by CSA International to switch lights on and off.
Lights should be turned on after 7 p.m.
to avoid the electricity rush hour.
5. Check for the Certification
Mark: When purchasing light strings,
extension cords, spotlights, electrical
decorations, gas appliances, or carbon
monoxide alarms, look for the certification mark of an accredited certification
organization such as CSA International, UL, or ELT to ensure that the products comply with applicable standards
for safety and performance.
6. One and Done: Never connect more

than one extension cord together; instead use a single cord that is long
enough to reach the outlet without
stretching, but not so long that it can
get easily tangled.
7. The Great Outdoors: When hanging outdoor lights, keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from
metal rain gutters. Use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal
nails or tacks to hold them in place.
8. Climbing Up: Using a ladder when
you put up lights? Choose the correct
ladder for the job and double check for
a certification mark to ensure your
portable ladder complies with applicable standards.
9. Keep the Gas behind Glass: Do not
use your gas fireplace if the glass panel
is removed, cracked, or broken, and
only allow a qualified service person to
replace fireplace parts.
10. Sound the Alarm: Test your
smoke alarms monthly to make sure
they work, and be sure to install smoke
and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on
every level of your home -- especially
near sleeping areas.
11. Filter-Friendly Furnace: To help
prevent CO hazards in your home,
have a qualified heating contractor
perform a yearly maintenance check of
your furnace and venting system, and
clean or replace your furnace filter
frequently during the heating seasons.
12. Clean the Clutter: Do not store
combustible materials such as gasoline,
propane, paper, chemicals, paint, rags,
and cleaning products near your gas
furnace. Gasoline or propane cylinders
should be stored outside the home.
Source: CSA International

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Puerto Rico Wing News

RECRUITING DAY
By Lt Col Anabel Lugo, PAO

As part of "Puerto Rico Wing Recruiting
Day" 8 cadets and 2
seniors oriented several families who visited
the Municipal Shopping Center of Lajas
Municipality. With 2
tables full of promotional items members
talked about CAP benefits to local kids.

Group Picture

SQUADRON CLEANING BEACHES

Col Bartolo Ortiz Squadron participated in the annual east coast beach clean-up, sponsored by Scuba
Dogs Society and the Municipality of Ceiba. Ceiba
Mayor, Honorable Angelo Cruz, former member of
the Civil Air Patrol thanked the team for volunteering and making the team effort. The event was
safe and well organized. The garbage collection was
successful. Among the materials that were collected
included plastic and foam. This activity encourages
all of us to clean and protect our environment.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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Group Picture

Cadets collecting
garbage

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Puerto Rico Wing News

MARCHING AGAIN DRUG ABUSE
We often hear people say
that our youth is lost.
Those who say this is because they do not know
the cadets of the Civil Air
Patrol, as they not only are
not lost, but they are doing
their part to win the fight
against drug use. As the
cadets who are pictured
below, who

represented the cadets of Lt
Col Agustìn Diaz Squadron
of Cataño (PR-092) that participated in a antidrug use
walk.
Every time you hear that our
young people are lost, remember the cadets of Civil
Air Patrol, who are making a
difference.

From left to right C/A1C Luis A. Vazquez, C/AB Gamalier A. Cruz, C/AB Tisha Martinez, C/AB
Sarahy Cruz, C/AB Pablo H. Cruz and C/TSgt Jesus Padilla.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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MAJOR MEDAL
By Lt Col Anabel Lugo, PAO

Lajas, PR- Members of the Lajas High School Cadet Squadron
Ground Team received "the Major Medal" during Marcos "Turin
Irizarry" message. Major Irizarry
gave the medal to citizens when
they represent Lajas Municipality at State or Nation Level.
Members received the medal
when the Unit earned "The Dion
DeCamp Ground Team of the
Year at South East Region Level.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COASTAL CLEAN UP
By Lt Col Anabel Lugo, PAO

Lajas, PR- San German Cadet and
Lajas High School Cadet Squadron participated in the International Day of Coastal Cleanup in La
Parguera, Lajas. Members worked
with the Lajas Municipality collecting trash and recyclable items.
This effort was in conjunction with
others young organizations of Lajas Municipality to help to keep
the planet clean.
Hundreds of bags were collected
by volunteers in different colors
bags to separate recyclable materials from trash.

Group Picture

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Puerto Rico Wing News

TRAINING LEADERS OF CADETS

Group Picture

Cabo Rojo, PR- Training Leaders of Cadets is
the premiere venue for
Cadet Programs Officers to learn how to become better mentors of
cadets and more effective managers of cadet
squadrons. The 2-day
course is a component

of the Cadet Programs
Officer Specialty Track
in the Senior Member
Professional Development Program. Twenty
five students from different groups participates in this training.

OBSTACLE COURSE TRAINING
Lajas, PR-Puerto Rico
Wing Emergency Services and Lajas HS Cadet
Squadron offered an obstacle course training.
Cadets learned how to
think creatively and resolve problems in various
educational settings.
Cadets completed team
leadership problems and

participated in a leadership
reaction obstacle course.
These different situations
helped them improve their
problem-solving capabilities.

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Group Picture
first Obstacle
Course Training

Group
Picture
second
Obstacle
Course
Training

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Cadets in the
low crawling
area

Decision making
area

Teamwork exercise
area

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COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITY
Guayanilla, PR-Puerto Rico
Wing Cadet Advisory Council (CAC) in an effort to help
our community decided to
collect garbage from “Playa
Ventana” in Guayanilla.
They collected a lot of recyclable material and a lot of
garbage.
Cadets from different groups
met in the beach to start collecting garbage and teach

Cadets
collecting
garbage
from the
beach

people the importance of recycling and keeping our
beaches clean.
This shows that if we cooperate and keep our island
clean we can better enjoy the
beauty of it.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

PR Wing Conference
December 7, 2013 Interamerican University, Bayamon Campus

TLC
January 11-12, 2014, Añasco, PR
Puerto Rico Wing Special Activities Selection Board
February 7-9, 2014, Arecibo, PR

Puerto Rico Wing News

Editor: Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera, PAO

6th Edition, August 2013

Assistant Editors: Lt Col Hector Alicea and Maj Sally Browne
Puerto Rico Wing News

The importance of hydration
Your body depends on water for survival.
Did you know that water makes up more
than
half
of
your
body

need if you are planning to be active for
only an hour or less.

weight?

Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages,
such as coffee, teas and colas, are not
recommended for optimal hydration.
These fluids tend to pull water from the
body and promote dehydration.

Inside this issue:

Importance of
Hydration
Memorial Day

1

2

Search and Rescue
Practice

3

Transportation
Meeting

4

Knowing our people

4

Group 7 Change of
Command

5

Finance Workshop

7

Lajas Parade

7

Rising Flags

9

Every cell, tissue and organ in your body
needs water to function correctly. For
example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and
lubricate joints. Water is essential for
good health.
You lose water even faster when the
weather is really hot, when you exercise,
or if you have a fever. Vomiting and
diarrhea can also lead to rapid fluid loss.
If you don’t replace the water you lose,
you can become dehydrated.
Symptoms of dehydration include:
 Little or no urine, or urine that
is darker than usual
 Dry mouth
 Sleepiness or fatigue
 Extreme thirst
 Headache
 Confusion
 Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
 No tears when crying
Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of
dehydration to act. It can be hard to recognize when you’re dehydrated, especially as you age.
Actively prevent dehydration by drinking
plenty of water.
Some beverages are better than others at
preventing dehydration. Water is all you

If you plan to be exercising longer than
an hour or so, or if you anticipate being
out in the sun for more than a few hours,
you may want to hydrate with some kind
of sports drink. These replace not only
fluid, but also minerals like sodium and
potassium, which are lost through perspiration.

Dehydration leads to muscle fatigue,
cramping, and loss of coordination.
A dehydrated body is unable to cool itself, leading to heat exhaustion and possibly heat stroke.
It is important to drink more than thirst
demands and to continue to drink
throughout the day.
It is important to drink even before signs
of thirst appear. Thirst is a signal that
your body is already on the way to dehydration.
To prevent dehydration, you must drink
before, during, and after physical
activity.
It is important to understand that
the human body has a basic need
for hydration, specifically water
consumption.

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Puerto Rico Wing News

MEMORIAL DAY

Las Piedras
Color Guard
delivering
wreaths

Las Piedras Color Guard
participating at the graduation in the Specialized Arts
School in Humacao.

Las Piedras Cadet Squadron doing
community work, reforesting, organizing, painting the ceremonial park
known as “La Cueva del Indio in Las
Piedras”.

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MEMORIAL DAY
Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who
died while serving in the United
States Armed Forces. Many people
visit cemeteries and memorials,
particularly to honor those who
have died in military service.
This year 30 cadets and 12 seniors
participated in the official PR government activities. The group included participants from Las Piedras, Bayamon, Fajardo, Lt Col
Normando Otero, Capt Saulo Solis
Cadet Squadron and Group 7.

Group Picture

SEARCH AND RESCUE PRACTICE
Añasco, PR-Another important service Civil Air Patrol (CAP) performs is
search and rescue (SAR) efforts. CAP SAR exercises provide realistic training
for missions. CAP covers several emergency services areas. The principal categories include search and rescue missions, disaster relief, humanitarian services,
and United States Air Force support.
This is why Emergency Services personnel train at least monthly. They want to
be prepare when the state needs them.

Ground Team reached the
incident area.

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Puerto Rico Wing News

TRANSPORTATION OFFICERS MEETING

Hatillo, PR- At

this meeting the duties and
tasks of a transportation officer at the
unit, group and wing level were discussed. The transportation regulations
77-1, 62-2, mishap report forms used in
transportation such as CAPF 73, 70 and
how to report the vehicles in e-services.

Group picture

KNOWING OUR PEOPLE PROGRAM

Mayaguez, PR-Puerto Rico Wing
(PRW) Public Affairs Officer, Lt
Col Marie Ann Rivera and Recruiting and Retention Officer, Lt Col
Anabel Lugo participated in a radio
show called Knowing Our People by
WKJB radio station. They had the
opportunity to promote Civil Air Patrol contributions to the community,
especially for young people.

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KNOWING OUR PEOPLE PROGRAM CONT’

From left to right-Lt Col
Anabel Lugo, Recruiting
and Retention and Lt
Col Marie Ann Rivera,
Public Affairs

GROUP 7 CHANGE-OF-COMMAND CEREMONY
Toa Baja, PR– The change of command symbolically tr ansfers author ity and r esponsibility
from one commander to the next. Group 7 has the tradition of organizing a banquet for the Civil Air
Patrol members and their family. This year they also celebrated the change of command.
Maj Samuel Rivera was the commander of Group 7 for the past four years achieving many successes
for the organization. Lt Col Reynaldo Negron begins a new term as Group 7 Commander. "This new
period will be the beginning of many more successes for the benefit of the cadets" says Lt Col Negron.

Group Picture

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Maj Samuel Rivera, former commander, Lt Col
Reynaldo Negrón and Lt Col Carlos
Fernandez, PR Wing Vice Commander. Officers
face one another and transfer responsibility of
command by passing the guidon.

Lt Col Elba Cana, master
of ceremony and Lt Col
Ileana Ramirez, PRANG,
guest speaker.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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FINANCE WORKSHOP 2013

San Juan, PR– The Puerto
Rico Wing Finance Workshop was made to promote
and ensure the integrity of
financial management practices and financial reporting. Students had the opportunity to clarify doubts
and questions regarding
several reporting requirements. Discuss how to fill
correctly all new financial

forms and understand
the importance of good
procedures for administrating, auditing, accounting, and reporting
of CAP funds. They
also review the new
finance regulations. In
this workshop 42 students of different units
participated in this
workshop.

Finance Workshop
participants

LAJAS PARADE
By Lt Col Anabel Lugo

Lajas, PR-Lajas High
School Cadet Squadron
and San German Cadet
Squadron participated together in Lajas Town Parade.
A team of colors and a
flight marched right down
Lajas Main Street during
130th town anniversary.

Lajas Major Marcos Irizarry expressed his gratitude
during the opening speech
explained that Lajas always count on CAP colors
over the years in all official
activities of the town.

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Puerto Rico Wing News

Flight marching in the
parade

Color Guard
opening the parade

RAISING THE FLAGS FOR BASEBALL LEAGUE
Mayagüez, PR - Mayagüez has
distinguished itself as the
Sports Capital and host of multiple activities of an international character. Mayagüez Municipal Administration, in conjunction with the Office of Sports
and Recreation and the Mayagüez Municipal Boys Baseball,
Inc. held in this city the 2013
Caribbean Series.

The activity held at the Hermes
Acevedo Little League Park
hosted teams from Dominican
Republic, Venezuela, Colombia
and Aruba.
Civil Air Patrol cadets from
Hormigueros and Lajas Cadet
Squadron has the opportunity to
participate in the initial ceremony. They raised the flag for
each country.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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C/CMSgt Carliana Cochran
and C/MSgt Ivan Homs raising
the Venezuela Flag.

C/CMSgt Ricardo Pagan
raising the Puerto Rico
Flag

C/Amn Jose Pellot raising
the Dominican Republic
flag.

C/A1C Joshua Diaz
raising the Mayaguez
Municipality flag.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
CUL Training
August 24, 2013 PR 141 ANG
Wing Led Exercise
August 31, 2013
SAR/EX Training
Septermber 1-14, 2013

Obstacle Course
October 12, 2013 Lajas Group 1, 2, 7
October 19, 2013 Lajas Group 4, 5, 8, 9

Puerto Rico Wing News

5th Edition, June 2013

Editor: Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera, PAO

Puerto Rico Wing News

Assistant Editor: Maj Sally Browne, PAO

RAINY WEATHER DRIVING TIPS

by Mr. Reed Berry

Inside this issue:

Rainy Weather Tips

1

Aerospace Workshop

2

Emergency Services
Training

3

St Thomas Fundrais- 4
ing
Water Survival
Training

5

How to escape a fire 7

A rainy day can be refreshing.
A walk in the rain can be romantic. Driving in the rain,
however, can be quite dangerous so avoid it if you can. You
may be a very safe driver, driving defensively and obeying all
traffic laws but what about the
drivers around you? If you
have to drive on a rainy day,
keep your trips to a minimum
to reduce your chances of being
involved in a collision. Before
driving, check traffic reports to
see if your route is affected by
flooding, traffic collisions or
road closures.
Here are some more helpful
tips for rainy day driving:

SAFETY TIPS



When driving on the freeway, drive in the center lanes
as water tends to pool in the
outside lanes.
 Turn on your headlights! It
will help you see better on
foggy or rainy days and it will

help other drivers see you!
 Increase your following
distance and watch for brake
lights ahead.
 Slow down – it takes longer
to stop in wet weather. Plus the
faster you drive, the greater the
chances of hydroplaning!
 Drive slowly through any
puddle of uncertain depth.
That way if it’s deeper than
you thought, you can still back
out!
Never drive through moving
water if you can’t see the
ground through it – you could
be swept right off the road!

MAINTENANCE TIPS



Before it starts to rain, replace old or brittle wiper
blades. Wiper blades are inexpensive and are very easy to
change!
 Check the tread and inflation of your tires. Properly
maintained tires provide the
added traction you will need on
wet roads and save gas.
Consider carrying a portable
car starter with you. That way,
if your battery goes dead you
can start your car from inside
the vehicle rather than getting
out of the car to do a conventional jump start with cables.

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AEROSPACE EDUCATION WORKSHOP

Cadets building
their rockets

By: SM Solsire Torres, PAO
Hormigueros, PR- Hormigueros Cadet Squadron has enrolled,
for the second year in a row, for
the Aerospace Education Excellence Award 2012-2013 provided by the AFA in conjunction
with the Civil Air Patrol. The
2011-2012 Award was granted
to us after completing all the

workshops needed. This award consists of 6 different workshops that
we must complete along with 2
hours of Aerospace Educational Activity. We have completed 2 activities up to date by building the Goddard Rocket and the Lockheed SR71 Blackbird and the 2 hours of
Aerospace Education were completed by visiting the only exhibit
certified by the NASA, Space: A
Journey to Our Future. The Cadets
have enjoyed these activities while
learning and becoming more curious
about aerospace education. We will
continue with these workshops until
completing them all and hopefully
earning for second year in a row this
Award. We have the encourage and
enthusiasm to continue learning
about our Space.

Checking items in Aerospace
text book

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EMERGENCY SERVICES TRAINING
Hormigueros, PR- Hormigueros Cadet Squadron hosted a
Emergency Training Camp that
took place in Hormigueros, PR.
There they emphasized to the
cadets how to survive in an open
field through classes, rehearsals
and
practicing
Emergency
Ground-Air Signal, basic survival, recognizing poisonous
plants and insects among other
things. We had the support of
the Lajas Cadet Squadron officials with knowledge and ex-

perience in Emergency Services. Specialized Service Volunteer Rescue Cabo Rojo
(SERV CR) also supporting us.
Capt Perez sponsored a "Meal
Ready to Eat" (MRE) and Personal First Aid Kit to be better
prepared for the open field. It
was a unique experience which
all members of the Civil Air
Patrol in attendance were able
to take advantage of and enjoy
it to the fullest extent.

Cadets in a road
march.

Cadets eating MRE

Shelter Class

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Puerto Rico Wing News

COLOR GUARD AT CARNIVAL PRINCESS SHOW

St Thomas, VI-

Virgin Islands St.Thomas Composite Squadron PR 903 presented the colors at the Princess
Show at the St. Thomas Carnival
held every Spring.

From left to right C/A1C Gumbs, C/Amn Charley,
C/A1C Roberts, C/SrA Defoe, and C/Amn Henderickson

ST THOMAS FUNDRAISING

Cadets at
Bake Sales

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SAFETY MEETING IN LAS PIEDRAS
Las Piedras,PR- Mr. Perales, rescuer
of the municipality of Las Piedras
showed the cadets all equipment used
in the event of a car accident and other
dangerous situations. This as part of
safety education that is offered to Civil
Air Patrol (CAP) members.

WATER SURVIVAL TRAINING

By: Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera, PAO
Revised by Maj Raul Jimenez
Guaynabo, PR-Puerto Rico Wing Civil Air Patrol Senior Aircrew members reviewed the Overwater
Operations. They received a practical demonstration of the use and procedures of the personal flotation device (PFD) used in CAP Overwater operations and demonstration of the procedures used to
orientate all flight crewmembers on the location of aircraft EMERGENCY exits for each crew position, regardless of visibility or aircraft position (underwater, dark, inverted aircraft). Also they had a
demonstration of emergency procedures, including the technique to use with a raft in the water.
The swimming skill was conducted wearing a military flight coverall uniform or the equivalent clothing, to demonstrate they can get into the raft wearing basically what they would be wearing when
they are flying. Crew members swam and at the conclusion of the swim they successfully were able
to show proper technique to board an inflated life raft in the deep end of the pool.
PR Wing members also had the opportunity to use the spare air tank so they can familiarize with the
utilization of the equipment. The activity took place at the pool of San Ignacio de Loyola College
located at Guaynabo City, Puerto Rico.
Special thanks to Maj Jimenez that designed, coordinated and facilitated the Water Survival.

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WATER SURVIVAL TRAINING CONT’
Picture to the left– Swimming

Picture above-Lt Col Anabel Lugo
using the spare air tank

Picture above-Lt Col Anabel Lugo
and Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera in the
raft.

Picture to the left– Participants
at the swimming portion of the
training.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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HOW TO ESCAPE A FIRE TRAINING
By: Lt Col Marie ann Rivera, PAO

Añasco, PR- In the event
of a fire, remember that
every second counts, so
you and your family must
always be prepared. Escape plans help you get
out of your home
quickly. In less than 30
seconds, a small flame
can get completely out of
control and turn into a
major fire. It only takes

minutes for a house to
fill with thick black
smoke and become engulfed in flames.
When a fire occurs, get out fast: you
may only have seconds
to escape safely. Take
the safest exit route, but
if you must escape
through smoke, remember to crawl low, under
the smoke and keep

your mouth covered. The
smoke contains toxic
gases, which can disorient you or, at worst, overcome you.
PR Wing Emergency Services Department offered a training to
help cadets and seniors
escape a fire without using their vision. It was a
successful one.

Participants wearing
mask so they can’t
see and practice how
to escape a fire.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Introduction to Flight Academy
June 3-8, 213 Interamerican University Isla Grande
Finance Officer Workshop
June 15, 2013 Hoare CDT
Summer Leadership Academy
June 17-21, 2013 CROEM
TLC
July 20-21, 2013 Municipal Police Mayaguez
Region Staff College
July 24-28, 2013 CROEM
Region Cadet Leadership School
July 25-28, 2013 CROEM
Future Group CC Course
June 29, 2013 Interamerican University Isla Grande
Emergency Services
June 29, 2013 SAR EX
Graded SAR/DR
September 7, 2013

Puerto Rico Wing News

4th Edition, April 2013

Editor: Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera, PAO

Puerto Rico Wing News

Assistant Editor: Maj Sally Browne, PAO

10 SAFETY TIPS FOR EGG HUNTING
Easter is a time for goodies, great food, candy, little
toys and indoor and outdoor activities. Keep your
kids safe during Easter celebrations by following
these 10 simple tips.
Inside this issue:

Easter Safety

1

Arecibo Observatory 2

UH 60 Blackhawk
Helicopter

3

PAO Workshop

4

Lets clean this up

5

Ranger Competition 6

Communication
Workshop

7

St Thomas Community 9
Services
Ramey Base Aviation
Museum

9

should not be eaten.

safe or supervised.

3. CLEANLINESS

7. NO RUNNING

When preparing the eggs
for the hunt, wash hands
before and after working
with raw eggs, as well as
any utensils or dishes
1. CANDY
used. Do not use eggs that
To prevent choking and are cracked or broken.
exposure to choking hazards, children under the 4. SUNSCREEN
age of 5 should not be given small candy. Be sure to If you are going to be outgive out age-appropriate side for long periods for
candy and watch little an Easter egg hunt or other outdoor games, rememones at all times.
Toys with small pieces are ber to apply sunscreen.
also choking hazards so be
careful of any toys handed 5. NUT ALLERGIES
out to young children.
Remember that some kids
have nut allergies that are
2. EGGS
very serious. Check with
Decorating eggs is one of parents before offering
the Easter traditions that is any chocolate bunnies or
great fun for children. other candies that might
However, remember that contain nuts.
eggs can be hazardous and
quickly spoil if not refrig- 6. BOUNDARIES
erated properly before and
after you decorate them. Set up a boundary for an
Hard-boiled eggs left out outdoor Easter egg hunt so
for several hours as part of kids are not wandering off
a hunt or centerpiece or into places that aren't

Separate age groups so
that the large kids are not
running off for their eggs
and
knocking
over
smaller children or enforce a no running rule.
8. INDOOR SAFETY

For indoor egg hunts, do
not hide eggs near outlets, hard to reach areas,
near glass or other
breakables or dangerous
spots.
9. SUPERVISION

Designate only certain
rooms of the house for
indoor egg hunts so children
aren't
running
around the house unsupervised.
BE SAFE AND ENJOY!!!

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Puerto Rico Wing News

ARECIBO OBSERVATORY TOUR

Las Piedras
Cadet Squadron
at Observatory
Facilities.

Arecibo, PR- The Civil Air Patrol offers a variety of popular
free activities to its members
that involve hands-on aviation
and space-related activities with
cadets. Las Piedras Cadet
Squadron went to the Arecibo
Observatory; they travel from

the Florencia García High School
at Las Piedras to the Arecibo Observatory. This activity promotes
the aerospace education to over
3,000 cadets and Seniors across
all Puerto Rico.

Cadets receiving
orientation about
the Observatory.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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UH-60 BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER
Las Piedras Cadet Squadron participated on an Army ARN
Hangar Facility Tour. As you
know the number one reason for
cadets to join the Civil Air Patrol is to fly. Flying a cadet regularly motivates them to
achieve in the Cadet Program. It
is because of the flying program
that the Civil Air Patrol accomplished its goals in leadership,
fitness, and character; values
that the US Air Force has pro-

moted for decades.
Alpha Company 1-101 General
Support Aviation Battalion
(GSAB) Operations throughout
the Public Affair Office (MAJ
Paul Dahlen) supported our Cadet Squadron with this tour of
the Sikorsky UH-60 Black
Hawks helicopter.

Cadets inside
the helicopter.

Cadets in the UH-60 Black
Hawks helicopter

Group Picture

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Puerto Rico Wing News

PUERTO RICO WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS WORKSHOP
By: Lt Col Marie Ann Rivera, PAO

The mission of the Civil Air
Patrol Public Affairs (PA) program is to inform internal and external audiences of Civil
Air Patrol’s national importance, safeguard
the image and assets of the corporation, and
strengthen relations with key audiences and
customers, which enables the organization to
grow. That is why PA Director Lt Col Marie
Ann Rivera organizes this workshop. It includes a seminar of Recruiting and Retention
with MSgt Aramis Font, Recruiter of the Air
National Guard and a basic photography
class with a professional photographer Mr.
Ernesto Velez.
(Aguadilla, PR) —

Participants
practicing
photography
with different
scenarios

The purpose of this is to provide Public Affairs
Officers (PAO) quality and proficient training to
insure they perform their duties and responsibilities in a skillful and professional manner as they
promote Civil Air Patrol within their units and
groups. PAO’s tell our story to our members as
well as the larger audience outside the organization. And this is why is important to take great
pictures to create durable images and memories.
It was an outstanding workshop in which PAO’s
had an opportunity to combine several techniques
to obtain great pictures.

Puerto Rico Wing News

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PUERTO RICO WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS WORKSHOP CONT.

Group Picture

“LET’S CLEAN THIS UP” – EL COMBATE BEACH CLEANING ACTIVITY
By: 2Lt Angel Del Valle, PAO

Cabo Rojo, PR- Puerto Rico Civil Air Patrol, Cabo Rojo Cadet Squadron joined forces with the San Germán
Cadet Squadron participated in a cleaning raid of the “El Combate” beach and “El Combate” village areas.
The Cabo Rojo Cadet Squadron received the invitation directly from Cabo Rojo Municipality Mayor, Roberto
Ramirez Kurtz, who has been unconditional in his support of our group letting us participate in every good activity the Municipal Government develops. A total of 26 cadets and 2 adults participated along with other nonprofit organizations such as Specialized Services Volunteer Rescue of Cabo Rojo and “Voluntarios por la Patria”.
The Cadets worked very hard under the sun collecting waste all over the beach, the town’s park and
other near areas, while “Voluntarios por la Patria” also did a great job painting the community center, the town
square and the side walk leaving it looking like new. The municipal cleaning squad leaves the green areas
beautiful by trimming the grass and trees all around.
Our experience and pride in voluntary service help our young members on developing their own bond
with the community and the environment. The Cabo Rojo Cadet Squadron proudly congratulates every other
member of every other group and thanks them for saying “Yes” in this mission.

Cadets
cleaning
the beach.

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Puerto Rico Wing News

PUERTO RICO WING RANGER COMPETITION
By: Lt Col Eric Perez, PAO

(Fajardo, PR) — Moca High School Cadet Squadron

Ground Team won the first place overall trophy after
winning most of the evaluated skills at the Puerto Rico
Wing Ranger competition. Various Ground Teams got
together at Hipolito Robles Sports Facilities in Fajardo
Puerto Rico to compete against each other in a simulated Search and Rescue scenario. During the competition, teams were evaluated on such areas as individual equipment, team equipment, search procedures,
communications, physical fitness, navigation, rescue
and evacuation, leadership, fire building, and other
search and rescue related skills.

The primary purpose of the activity was providing teams
the opportunity to practice and compete with other teams
using their ground search and rescue skills. This competition also enhances individual and team work. The participants of the Moca Team were 1Lt Ramón Jafeth Molina, C/
CMSgt Alan D. Méndez, C/TSgt Johnell Morales, C/SSgt
Daniel J. Morales, C/SrA Christian Pérez, C/SrA Josué
Acevedo and C/Amn Jann K. Vale. Also, C/CMSgt. Alan
D. Méndez won the Iron Armor Cadet Competition Trophy.
On this individual competition they were evaluated on uniform inspection, physical fitness, aerospace knowledge,
leadership knowledge, drill and other related ranger skills.
As Alan Méndez said, “We trained hard two weeks before
the competition because we want to demonstrate the best of
our knowledge and skills during the competition. It was a
great experience”.

Ranger Competition 1st Place Moca HS Cadet Squadron
1Lt Ramón J. Molina, C/TSgt Johnell Morales, C/SSgt Daniel
J. Morales, C/SrA Christian Pérez, C/CMSgt. Alan D. Méndez,
C/Amn Jann K. Vale and C/SrA Josué Acevedo

C/CMSgt. Alan D. Méndez
Iron Armor Cadet Competition Winner

Puerto Rico Wing News

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PUERTO RICO WING COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP
Aguadilla, PR- For the first time in many years the Puerto Rico Wing Communications Program is finally coming back to live, since November 2012 many things have happened and the most recently included a Communications Workshop conducted in Aguadilla PR on April 17th, which not only was supported by our Wing, but was
also hosted by the PR Air National Guard, 141st Air Control Squadron. Also as an additional resource the workshop had the participation of the South-East Region Director of Communications, Lt Col Joel Katz, who spent all
week in PR and was part of the team of instructors during the workshop. A lot of emphasis was made in all the
new changes within the communications program. But the workshop included also hands on in the fabrication of
VHF and HF antennas, cable fabrication. Students learned how to solder connectors, net procedures and even
basic electronics, some of the classes were taught by members of the 141st ACS. Many questions were answered
by the staff and the students were very appreciative of everything that was discussed and taught. According to Lt
Col Edgardo Torres, PRW DC this same course is being scheduled again for year 2013. “A block building approach was utilized for this training” he said, “we began teaching basic electronics, followed by communications
general rules, NTIA, frequencies, antenna and cable construction, and finished with net procedures, so at the end
everyone had learned how to setup a radio station, how to operate it, and how to trouble shoot it, all from beginning to the end.” The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) communications system includes thousands of HF and VHF radios
with trained operators across the United States and its territories. The focus of the CAP system is tactical communications, including air to ground, ground to air, ground team to ground team, and communication with mission
base and other agencies. PR Wing depends of its communications network in order to perform our mission, and it
seems that the PR Wing Communications Staff is making it happen, with the assistance of a few friends of
course.

Practice portion of the workshop.
Participants welding cables

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To the left Lt
Col Katz
demonstrate
how to prepared
the cable
terminal. To the
right 1Lt Aponte
make a
demonstration of
welding cables.

Group practicing radio communications
with South East Region

C/TSgt Ivan Homs practicing

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COMMUNITY SERVICES IN ST THOMAS
St Thomas, VI— St. Thomas Composite Squadron, has been busy
serving the Community. At the annual Jogger Jam, a race around
St.Thomas, they helped control traffic areas to protect the runners. At
Afternoon-on-the-Green, held at the
University of the VI, showcasing
local foods and other vendors, they
parked cars. On

March 16, a fundraising Bake
sale was held and was successful
in raising much needed funds.
During April they will present the
Colors at several Carnival activities. The cadets are busy providing service to the community of
St.Thomas. Well done to everyone who took part.

AGUADILLA AVIATION MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE
Aguadilla, PR– The Ramey
Base Aviation Museum officially
opens to the public. Civil Air
Patrol (CAP) participated with an
aircraft and a recruiting table.
Also participated in this activity
other entities as: Coast Guard,
Lions Club, Federal Express, Air
National Guard, Interamerican
University and others.
The activity had several aircraft

Some CAP members in front of the museum

exhibition of different agencies.
The sole mission of the museum
is keeping the history of Ramey
Air Force Base alive.

“Museum ribbon

cutting”

Easter Crossword
CIVIL AIR PATROL
PUERTO RICO WING
NEWSLETTER

PUERTO RICO WING,
CIVIL AIR PATROL,
PO BOX 192460
SAN JUAN, PR
00906-2460

marie.rivera@prwg.us

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Emergency Services
Observer School
April 13-14, 2013 Hoare Facilities
April 27, 2013 Emergency Services Officers Meeting (Senior and Cadet),
April 27, 2013 Safety (Senior and Cadet) and Group Commanders Meeting
ICS 400
April 27-28, 2013 Camuy
Summer Encampment
June 19-23, 2013 CROEM
Region Staff College
July 2-7, 2013 CROEM
Region Cadet Leadership School
July 5-7, 2013 CROEM

Graded SAR/DR
September 7, 2013