File #563: "2013 GAWG History Report .pdf"

2013 GAWG History Report .pdf

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This is my second Georgia Wing Historical report. It covers the period 1 June 2013 to 1 June
2014.
This period was again a banner year for Georgia Wing, with several activities from around the
Wing documented. The following items of interest are submitted as a part of the historical period
heretofore noted:
- Georgia Wing held the Wing Encampment this year at the Marine Corp Logistics Base in
Albany, GA on June 23-29, 2013, with over 200 cadets (including some cadets from outside
Georgia Wing attending. This encampment was particularly significant in that it was the second
year in a row that Georgia Wing held such a large Cadet Programs activity hosted by a U.S.
Marine facility in Georgia. According to comments from the Marine staff at the facility, they
genuinely enjoyed hosting both the 2012 and 2013 Georgia Wing Encampments, and look
forward to hosting the same activity at their facility again in the future.
- On 27 October 2013, Georgia Wing held its annual Unit Commander's Course at Georgia Wing
Headquarters, at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. 23 officers participated in the course.
- On the second weekend of February 2014, Georgia Wing held Operation Frostbite, the Wing's
annual cold-weather exercise, at the Hawk Mountain training facility in Georgia's
Chattahootchee National Forest, adjoining U.S. Army Camp Frank D. Merrill, north of
Dahlonega. As usual, it was very cold and very wet, leading to very realistic and effective training
under safe, controlled conditions.
-The Annual Georgia Wing Conference was held April 11-12 2014 at the Marriott City Center
Hotel in Macon, GA. A high point of the conference on the attendance at the conference of former
Georgia Wing cadet and current National Commander-elect General Joe Vazquez.
- On March 13, 2014 approximately 60 Georgia Wing members from 11 squadrons gathered at
the State Capitol for Civil Air Patrol Day, giving them the opportunity to tell lawmakers about
the organization’s missions and contributions to state and the U.S. During the visit, resolutions
from both the Georgia Senate and House recognised the wing for its volunteer
service, as did a commendation from Gov. Nathan Deal.
- On March 28, 2014 Georgia Wing joined 26 other agencies, ranging from the Bibb County
Sheriff’s Office to the Georgia State Defense Force & the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, for
an exercise held to give the different entities the opportunity to work and train together, many for
the first time. “With the recent consolidation of the Macon & Bibb County governments, this was a
wonderful opportunity for the different agencies to showcase their skills and abilities to the mayor
and sheriff, as well as each other” said Col. Richard Greenwood, Georgia Wing commander.
- On April 5, 2014, 30 Georgia Wing CAP cadets took to the air - more than a dozen for the
first time – as part of a Georgia Wing cadet orientation ride mission at Cobb County Airport in
Kennesaw, Georgia. The day-long event, hosted at the Cobb County Composite Squadron,
included five CAP aircraft, nine pilots, and a supporting staff of 21 senior members.
- On May 8, 2014 Georgia Wing received an overall SUCCESSFUL rating on the past week's
graded SAREVAL by CAP-USAF.
- On May 17, 2014 GA Wing participated in the 2014 Academy Days at Dobbins ARB. Over 1,000
attended this event for young people interested in attending a U.S. military academy. This
event was the largest if its kind in the country.
- During the second week of May 2014 Georgia Wing communicators took part in a successful
statewide communications exercise sponsored by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency,
which tested the ability of various state and other agencies to intercommunicate under
emergency situations at a deployed location.
- May 30, 2014 legislation that had previously passed the U.S. Senate on May 20, 2013 and
the U.S. House of Representatives on May 19, 2014 authorising a Congressional Gold Medal

honoring Civil Air Patrol's World War II veterans and members was signed into law by the
President.
David Brown
Lt Col, CAP
Georgia Wing Historian