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2014 Alabama Wing History
Civil Air Patrol
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

1 January 2014 – 31 December 2014

Prepared by
Lt Col David K. Hartin, CAP
Wing Historian
Reviewed by

Col J. Bradford Lynn, CAP
Alabama Wing Commander

Alabama Wing Headquarters
810 Willow Street
Maxwell AFB, Alabama

Table of Contents
Title Page………………………………………………………………………1
Table of Contents………………………………………………………………2
Civil Air Patrol Missions……………………………………………………....3
Map of Alabama………………………………………………………………..5
Alabama Wing Commander Colonel J. Bradford Lynn……………………..6
2014 Calendar of Events……………………………………………………….7
Congressional Gold Medal…………………………………………….……….9
Gubernatorial Proclamation……………………………………..…………....10
List of 2014 Alabama Wing Units……………………………………………..11
Homeland Security Interest……………………………………………………17
List of 2014 Wing Awards……………………………………………………..21
Aerospace Education Overview……………………………………………….24
Cadet Program Overview…………………………........................…………..25
Alabama Wing Soaring Civil Air Patrol……………………………………..30
Emergency Services/ Operations Overview………………………………….31
Alabama Wing Administration and other significant events in


Aerospace Education
CAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and
the general public. The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an
appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues. To advance within the organization, members
are required to participate in the educational program. Aerospace educators at CAP's National
Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., provide current materials that reflect the highest
standards of educational excellence. Aerospace education is divided into two parts: internal and
The internal aerospace education program has two parts as well: cadet and senior. Cadets
complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to progress through the achievement
levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of
aerospace issues and the AE program that CAP provides. They are further encouraged to share
the information obtained with their local communities and school systems.
CAP's external aerospace programs are conducted through our nation's educational system. Each
year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators
and thereby thousands of young people. These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge
and focus on advances in aerospace technology. CAP's aerospace education members receive
more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials.

Cadet Programs
While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique
in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age
21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The program allows young people
to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education,
leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic
scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics,
aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer
status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place
for you in CAP's cadet program. Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special
activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity to
solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy
traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major
air shows throughout the nation.


Emergency Services
Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and
alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.

Search and Rescue
Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 85 percent of all federal
inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue
Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are the CAP
missions? Nearly 100 people are saved each year by CAP members.

Disaster Relief
Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations. CAP provides air and
ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly
disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state
and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements with many government
and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency
Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board
and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Humanitarian Services
CAP flies humanitarian missions, usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive
medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of
transportation are not available.

Air Force Support
It's hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force.
Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route
surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP
search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions.

CAP joined the "war on drugs" in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP
signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources
to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.



Alabama Wing Headquarters
Maxwell Air Force Base
Montgomery, Alabama

The Alabama Wing at the close of 2014 was composed of 501 adult members and 267
cadets. The wing had 548 voting-age members, 26 aircrew personnel and 543 emergency
responders. The wing area of responsibility is approximately 330 miles long and 190 miles
wide at its most distant points. The total area of Alabama is 51,705 square miles, of which land
constitutes 50,767 square miles and inland water 938 square miles. Alabama ranks 29th in size
among the 50 states. Alabama is bordered on the North by Tennessee; on the East by Georgia;
on the South by Florida and the Gulf of Mexico; and on the West by Mississippi. The
geographical center is in Chilton County, about 12 miles Southwest of Clanton. The state is
divided into sixty-seven counties with a U.C. Census Bureau 2014 population estimate of
There are five commercial service-primary airports in Alabama. These include: Birmingham,
Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery. Northwest Alabama Regional Airport in
Muscle Shoals is a commercial service non private airport. Bessemer Airport and St Clair
County Airport are reliever airports. There are over 66 general aviation airports and twenty
other public use airports. Alabama has nine other government or military airports and four
notable private use airports.
The Alabama Wing Headquarters is located on Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery,
Alabama. Montgomery is the capital city for the state of Alabama. Maxwell’s history
dates back to the Wright Brothers’ flying school of 1910. Today Maxwell is home to more
than 12,500 active-duty, reserve, and civilian and contractor personnel. Air University,
located on Maxwell, provides the full spectrum of Air Force education, from precommissioning to the highest levels of professional military education, including degree
granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted and civilian personnel
throughout their careers. The Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters is located in building
714 on Maxwell AFB.


Colonel J. Bradford Lynn is the Commander of the Alabama Wing,
Civil Air Patrol. In this capacity, he is responsible for the Wing’s
execution of Civil Air Patrol’s mission of Aerospace Education, Cadet
Programs, and Emergency Services. As a wing commander he is a
member of the National Command Council.
Colonel Lynn joined the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet in the Tuscaloosa
Composite Squadron in 1969 after earning his Eagle Scout award. He
successfully completed the entire CAP Cadet program and earned the
Carl A. Spaatz Award in 1973. Also in 1973, he was named the
National Cadet of the Year for Civil Air Patrol.
Graduating from the University of Alabama in 1976, he was
commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
(AFROTC) and entered active duty in 1977. He earned a Master’s
Degree from the University of Arkansas in 1982 and served on active duty until October 1986.
While on active duty, he served primarily as a KC-135 aircraft commander and did a tour at the
Pentagon in the highly selective Air Staff Training Assignment (ASTRA) program.
In 1986, Colonel Lynn transferred to the Air Force Reserve, 908th Airlift Wing, where he held
numerous command and staff positions. These included, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot,
Flight Examiner, Chief of Training, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, Operations
Officer, and Commander of the 908th Operations Support Flight. In May of 1999, he was
named the Vice Wing Commander, serving in this position until his transfer to the Pentagon in
2002. He served a tour in Reserve Operations at the Pentagon and deployed as an Air
Expeditionary Commander in the Afghanistan Theater in 2004. Colonel Lynn retired in 2007
as the Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Plans and Programs, Air Force Material
Command. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze
Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal, Air Force
Commendation Medal, Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, and numerous campaign and
service medals.
Colonel Lynn rejoined the Alabama Wing in in 2007 working with the Cadet Program and as
the Wing’s Logistics Officer. He was serving as the Vice Wing Commander and Interim Wing
Commander prior to his selection as Wing Commander. He has served at the national level of
Civil Air Patrol as the Commandant of Cadets for Cadet Officer School, Escort Officer for the
International Air Cadet Exchange, and Instructor and Seminar Leader at the National Staff
College. He is also a recipient of the Gill Robb Wilson Award.
In his civilian occupation, Colonel Lynn is a Captain for United Airlines, where he primarily
flies international routes. He also has served as a pilot instructor and check airman for United
Airlines. He holds type ratings in the Boeing 707, 747-400, 757, 767, 777 and the McDonnell
Douglas DC-10. A Civil Air Patrol and Air Force Command Pilot, he has over 15,000 flight
He is married to the former Wendy McAteer of Tuscaloosa; they have three children and a sonin-law: Melissa Felton, her husband Chris Felton, William, and Sarah.


Color Guard Camp
Cadet Wing Conference
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting
Wing Emergency Services School (WESS)
Birmingham 034 SUI



CI Prep Meeting
Fitness Clinic
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting
Color Guard Competition


IFR School
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting
Annual Alabama Wing Conference-Montgomery, Alabama
SUI-Muscle Shoals 041


Regional Cadet Competition
Compliance Inspection
Encampment Staff Training
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting
Cadet Professional Development
SUI-Maxwell 032



Check pilot school
SUI-Gadsden 075
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting
Professional Development Weekend
South East Region Conference
Color Guard Class
SUI-Dothan 209


South East Region Staff College
South East Region SAREX
Alabama Wing Glider Exercise
Encampment Mississippi/Alabama
Constant Watch 14 (communications)

20-Aug 2

Alabama Wing Commanders Call
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting


SUI-Chilton County 117
Alabama Wing Staff meeting
Cadet Drill Team Meet
SUI-Central Alabama 132


Alabama Wing Staff meeting
Buddy Proof—Cadets
Color Guard Class



2014 Alabama Wing Ironman
Alabama Wing Commander’s Call
Alabama Wing Staff meeting

Alabama Wing Staff Meeting

SUI-Mobile Composite Squadron 005
Color Guard Camp
Wreaths Across America
Alabama Wing Staff Meeting
Cadet Winter Conference.


Congressional Gold Medal honors Civil Air patrol’s
World War II service
On December 10th, forty-six founding Civil Air Patrol members were present to see the
organization honored with the Congressional Gold Medal for the service they and more than
200,000 other Civil Air patrol volunteers provided during World War II, when they helped
protect U.S. shipping against German U-boat attacks and carried out other vital wartime
domestic missions. The award ceremony took place at 3 p.m. in Statuary Hall at the Capital.
The Alabama Wing has two residents on the list of those honored. One, Otha H. Vaughn,
attended the event. Attending from the Alabama Wing were: Commander Colonel Brad Lynn
and Chief of Staff Major Rick Kilgore. The Civil Ai Patrol narrative on the two honored from
Alabama follows:
John L. Magnon, 84
Fairhope, AL
Magnon joined CAP as a cadet in the Louisiana Wing in 1943 while living in New Orleans,
serving until 1945 in a unit operating out of Shushan (now New Orleans Lakefront) Airport.
Otha H. Vaughan, 84
Huntsville, AL
Vaughan served as CAP cadet in Anderson, S.C., from 1944-1946, attaining the rank of cadet
master sergeant and learning sub-spotting techniques and building models, and is still active in
CAP as a lieutenant colonel. He served in the Air Force from 1951-1953 in active duty. As a
NASA employee, he was involved in development of the Saturn series rockets for the Apollo
program and also played an instrumental role in designing the Lunar Rover. Retired today, he
remains affiliated with the space program by giving tours at the Huntsville Space and Rocket
At the close of 2014 Alabama had three residents that received the award. A Georgia resident, Robert
J. Haver, moved to Tuscaloosa County Alabama at the end of the year. His national narratve follows:
Robert J. (Bob) Haver, 84
Newman, GA
Haver joined the New York Wing’s Rochester unit as a cadet on his 13th birthday – Oct. 25, 1943. He
lived in Scottsville, about 15 miles away, and had to hitchhike to the squadron headquarters. He
remembers learning a lot about radio engineering and communications, and a thrill of his young life
was getting to man the Civil Defense tower at his school – by himself – at least once. Still active in the
Georgia Wing as a lieutenant colonel, he’s been a CAP member, off and on, for 70 years. He also gives
EAA orientation flights to youngsters, and he said he gave Eric Boe – the astronaut and CAP member –
his first ride. Boe invited him to Florida for one of his shuttle launches.



Wreaths Across America Day
December 15, 2014

WHEREAS, Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization, began in 2006 as an
extension of the Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Project, which was started in 1992 when
wreaths donated by the Worcester Wreath Company were placed on the headstones of our
Nation’s fallen heroes during the holidays; and
WHEREAS, The Blue Star Salute Foundation, Inc. and the Civil Air Patrol of Bessemer,
Alabama, are partnering with Wreaths Across America with a mission to REMEMBER the
fallen, HONOR those who serve and TEACH our children the value of freedom; and
WHEREAS, family members, friends and volunteers will help adorn the gravesites at the
Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo and at other veterans’ graves statewide in a stirring
tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who have guarded and preserved our nation’s
freedom throughout history; and
WHEREAS, today, a Wreaths Across America Statehouse Ceremony is held at the Alabama
State Capitol to begin a week-long celebration of America’s veterans and their service to our
country, with a particular focus on family during the holidays:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim December
13, 2014, as Wreaths Across America Day in the state of Alabama


*Indicates a change of command during 2014. The name with the asterisk was the
commander at the start of the year. The name on the top line is the commander at the end of
Alabama Wing Headquarters, AL-001
Commander – Colonel J. Bradford Lynn
Meeting Address
810 Willow Street
Building 1208
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

Mailing Address
810 Willow Street, Bld. 1208
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112 4903

Meeting Times: 09:00 2nd Saturday. Commander’s Call held once every quarter.

Mobile Composite Squadron, AL-005
Commander – Major Thomas Lyon
Meeting Address
2241 Michigan Avenue
Mobile, AL 36615

Mailing Address
1557 Fearnway Street
Mobile, AL 36604-1311

Meeting Times: 19:00 Monday

Tuscaloosa Composite Squadron, AL-024
Commander – Major Ed Barnes
Lt Col Gerald Lusk*
Meeting Address
Tuscaloosa Regional Airport
1st Floor
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 2633
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403

Meeting Times: 19:00 1st and 3rd Tuesday – Seniors


18:00 every Tuesday – Cadets

Dothan Composite Squadron, AL-029
Commander – Lieutenant Colonel Robert Irsik
Meeting Address
Dothan Regional Airport
750 Flight Line Drive
Dothan, AL 36303

Mailing Address
200 Arapaho Ct.
Enterprise, AL 36330

Meeting Times: 18:30 Monday Cadets meet every Monday.

Maxwell Composite Squadron, AL-032
Commander – Lieutenant Colonel James Harris
Meeting Address
Building 1211
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
Meeting Times:
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
810 Willow Street
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

18:30 Cadets meet every Tuesday
19:00 Seniors meet 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.

Muscle Shoals Composite Squadron, AL-041
Commander – Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Boyd
Meeting Address

Mailing Address

Muscle Shoals Airport
Muscle Shoals, AL 35611

845 Bethel Church Road
Leighton, AL 35646

Meeting Times:

18:00 every 1st and 3rd Thursday.


Huntsville Senior Squadron, AL-055
Commander – Major Raymond T. Downward
Major Joseph Robbins*
Meeting Address
Madison City Exec Airport MDQ
358 Bolling Road
Meridianville, AL 35759
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
249 Wedgewood Terrace
Madison, AL 35747

19:00 1st & 3rd Thursday

Gadsden Composite Squadron, AL-075
Commander – Major Talmadge Butler
Meeting Address
5323 Airport Road
Alabama National Guard Building
Gadsden, AL 35904
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
5500 Whitesville Road
Boaz, AL 35957-3528

17:00 Every Tuesday, except 5th Tuesday.

Bessemer Composite Squadron, AL-087
Commander – Major John Rhoades
Meeting Address
700 Mitchell Field Road
Bessemer, AL 35022
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
700 Mitchell Field Road
Bessemer, AL 35022

18:30-21:00 Monday nights.


117th Air National Guard Composite Squadron, AL-090
Commander – Major James L. Corey

Meeting Address
5401 East Lake Blvd.
Building 205/117th ANG
Birmingham, AL 35217-3595
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
580 Forest Lakes Drive
Sterrett, AL 35147-8134

19:00 2nd Tuesday.

Auburn Composite Squadron, AL-113
Commander – Captain Aaron Swenson

Meeting Address
2150 Mike Hubbard Blvd.
Auburn University Regional Airport
Auburn, AL 36830-489
Meeting Times:


Mailing Address
P. O. Box 327
Auburn, AL 36830

Cadets meet every Tuesday of the month.

Chilton County Composite Squadron, AL-117
Commander – Major Samuel A. Ogivie
Major Gary Ernest*
Meeting Address
550 Airport Road
Chilton County Fairgrounds/Arena
Clanton, AL 35045
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 316
Verbena, AL 36091

18:00 Tuesday.


Pell City Composite Squadron, AL-118
Commander- Major James Gosnell
Meeting Address
240 Airport Road
St Clair County Airport, Hanger # 31
Pell City, AL 35128-4120
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
2408 Sunrise Drive
Moody, AL 35004-3462

18:00 Thursday. Cadets meet weekly.

Redstone Composite Squadron, AL-119
Commander – Lieutenant Colonel John Hall
Meeting Address
Central Church of Christ
407 East Clinton Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35758
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
306 High Coach Circle
Madison, AL 35758

18:00-20:00 Mondays. Cadets meet every Monday, Seniors 2nd & 4th.

Springville Cadet Squadron, AL-126
Commander – Captain Mark McCay
Meeting Address
198 Marietta Road
Springville, AL 35146
Meeting Times:


Mailing Address
P. O. Box 831
Springville, AL 35146-0831
Every Tuesday.


Central Alabama Senior Squadron, AL-132
Commander – Major Carl G. Rossomme
Meeting Address
Shelby County Services Building
Pelham, AL 35124
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
154 Lucerne Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35209-6658

18:30 1st Thursday of the month.

South Baldwin County Cadet Squadron, AL-133
Commander – Major Wayne Hanes
Meeting Address
18632B Fairground Road
Robertsdale, AL 36567-3801
Meeting Times:

Mailing Address
23132 Doc McDuffie Road
Foley, AL 36535-9121

18:00 Every Monday.

Alabama State Legislative Squadron, AL-999
Commander – Vacant
Meeting Address
810 Willow Street, Building 1208
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-5903

Mailing Address
810 Willow Street, Building 1208
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-5903


Homeland Security Interest
There are a number of locations in the Alabama Wing that may be considered by members as
Homeland Security points of interest. The information comes from open sources and is not
from any official list of Homeland Security Interest in Alabama.

Redstone Arsenal
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Cummings Research Park
Maxwell Air Force Base
Automotive Manufacturing facilities
Alabama Air National Guard base in Birmingham
Army Aviation Training Center at Fort Rucker
Anniston Army Depot
U.S. Coast Guard Mobile
Brookley Aeroplex
The Port of Mobile
Various power plants, inter-state pipelines, dams and waterways.
Large sports venues


The U.S. map below shows the two product pipelines travel through Alabama to the east

The map below shows the interstate Natural Gas Pipeline System in the South East


Alabama Power has 24 generating facilities with a capacity of more than 13
million kilowatts. The map below shows the location and type generating
facility. The majority of the plants are powered by water. Alabama Power
Electrical power operates one nuclear power plant in the state. The second
nuclear power plant is in north Alabama and is operated by the Tennessee Valley
Authority (TVA).

Alabama has three sports venues that have the capacity for large crowds. These
include: Bryant-Denny stadium in Tuscaloosa, Jordan-Hare stadium in Auburn
and the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega. Bryant-Denny has a seating
capacity of 101,821 and is the fourth largest stadium in the South Eastern
Conference, the eighth largest stadium in the United States and the tenth largest
stadium in the world. Jordan Hare stadium has a capacity of 87,451 and is the
nation’s tenth largest on-campus stadium. The Talladega Superspeedway is the
longest oval in NASCAR with a length of 2.66 miles. Current seating capacity
is 80,000 seats. Peak capacity seating was 175,000 spectators.


Alabama Wing 2013 Awards
The awards listed in this section were presented at the 2014 Alabama Wing Conference in
Montgomery, Alabama. The award winner’s unit is listed besie their name.
Frank G. Brewer Aerospace Education Award Category I-Cadet
Cadet Major Richard Irsk-029
Frank G Brewer Aerospace Education Award Category II-Senior Member
Capt Jakes Locke-036
Cadet Program Officer of the Year
Lt Col Michael Guthrie -119
Cadet of the Year
C/Lt Col Samuel Cockrell -133
Cadet of the Year Phase I
C/Amn Anthony Orezzoli – 032
Cadet of the Year Phase II
C/SSgt Jamie Thicklin -032
Cadet of the Year Phase III
C/2Lt William Atkinison – 32
Cadet of the Year Phase IV
C/Lt Col Ben Shea – 090
Finance Officer of the Year
1st Lt Marion Harkey -024
Safety Officer of the Year
Maj Peter Levy -119
Squadron Chaplain of the Year
Lt Col William Cochran -132


Col Edwin Lewis Incident Staff member of the Year
Maj Harvey Yarbrough -132
Col Dion E. DeCamp Ground Team of the Year
Personnel officer of the Year
Lt Col Patricia Coghlan- 001
Administrative Officer of the Year
Major Randolph Crowder-032
Professional Development Officer of the Year
Maj Christopher Rousseau – 001
Staff Officer of the Year
Maj Donnie Todd - 001
Property Manager of the Year
Capt Joseph Jeffries-134
Public Affair Officer of the Year
Maj Kim Miller-119
Communicator of the Year
Capt Benjamine Booth-119
Historian of the Year
1st Lt Vincent Maddox -134
Inspector General of the Year
Lt Col Austin Landry-132
Stan/Eval Officer fo the Year
Capt Joe Jeffries-132


Senior Member of the Year
Col William Bass-001
Senior Squadron of the Year
Composit Squadron of th Year
Maxwell -032
Squadron Commander of the Year
Lt Col James Harris -032


Aerospace Education
Civil Air Patrol has patrolled our nation’s coastal borders since CAP’s inception. Today, the
coastlines are borderless. One of our vulnerabilities is cyber attack. CyberPatriot, the
National Youth Cyber Education Program, sponsored by the Air Force Association to educate
the next generation of patriotic cyber defenders of our nation’s secuirty and infrastructure.
This highly competative and highly technological event is training a new generation to defend
its national security from the air, land, sea, space and cyberspace.
The Bessemer Composite Squadron received a certificate of excellence in honor of the
outstanding technical skill, problem solving and teamwork demonstrated by placing first in
the Alabama State Recognition Round of the nation’s premier youth cyber defense
competition 2013-2014. The squadron was also recognized by the Alabama Air Force
Association in an award presented march 22, 2014 for Alabama 1st Place 2014 CyberPatrior
All Service Division.


Cadet Program Overview
The Alabama Wing has a strong cadet program. A mark of excellence was the Alabama Wing
receiving the 2014 South East Region National Cadet Program Award at the 2014 SER
Two Alabama Squadrons earned the National Headquarters Civil Air Patrol Quality Cadet Unit
Award 2013-2014. The period of performance for the award was September 2, 2013 through
August 31, 2014. The awards, dated October 15, 2014, were presented to: (1) Bessemer
Composite Squadron SER-AL-087 and (2) Redstone Composite Squadron SER-AL-119.
The Alabama Wing Cadet Honor Society was created in 2013 as part of a vision of the
Alabama Wing Cadet Programs Staff and the Cadet Advisory Council.
The purpose of the Honor Society is to help cadets gain academic recognition for education and
scholarship purposes. It is a great achievement to be recorded on the high school and college
resumes. Squadrons are highly encouraged to promote this in their cadet programs.
Cadet Second Lieutenant William Atkinson of the Maxwell Composite Squadron was
introduced into the Alabama Wing Cadet Honor Society on January 14, 2014 with certificate #
Cadet Command Master Sergeant Jared E. Fuchs of the Bessemer Composite Squadron was
introduced into the Alabama Wing Cadet Honor Society on February 1, 2014 with certificate #
Cadet Colonel Holly Guthrie attended the 2014 Southwest Region Powered Flight Academy
located at Durant Regional Airport. She was one of ten Cadets attending the academy to earn
her solo wings.

Picture courtesy of Redstone Composite Squadron -117.


General Carl A. Spaatz Award

The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is the Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor.
It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership,
character, fitness, and aerospace education. Since the inception of the award 48
Cadets in the Alabama wing have receive this honor. Included in the 48 are the
four Alabama Wing cadets that earned the award in 2014. The cadets and their
award number include: (1) Austin W. Holliman-1916, (2) Catherine A. Guthrie1917, (3) Holly E. Guthrie-1921 and (4) Benjamin Shea-1958. The Alabama
Wing Commander, Colonel Brad Lynn earned the award in 1973. His national
award number is 199.

Alabama Wing Commander Brad Lynn
presents award to Cadet Colonel
Catherine A. Guthrie-Redstone
Composite Squadron 119

Colonel Brad Lynn presents award to Cadet
Colonel Austin W. Holliman-Tuscaloosa
Composite Squadron 24.


Wreaths Across America
The mission of Wreaths Across America, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by
coordinating wreath laying ceremonies a specified Saturday in December at Arlington National
Cemetery, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beond.
Four Alabama Wing Squadrons participated in the annual Wreaths Across America event. Gadsden
Squadron AL-075 sold 26 wreaths. Five wreaths and seven ceremonial were placed at Crestwood
Memorial Cemetery on Saturday December 13th. The Bessemer Squadron AL-87 provided a color
guard and wreath escorts to the Alabama Natioal Cemetery in Montevallo. The Dothan and Auburn
squardons also participated in Wreaths Across America. The Auburn Composit Squadron conducted
their annual wreath-laying ceremony at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery in Russell County (just off post
from Fort Benning, GA)
The photographs below are of members of Bessemer Composite Squadron-87.


Iron Man Competition
The Mission Statement for Iron Man Competition is to incorporate the three missions of Civil
Air Patrol into one competition, involving all squadrons of each Wing, in a safe, competitive,
challenging, and most importantly, fun environment.

The pictures below are courtesy of the Bessemer Composite Squadron-087. They were taken during
the seventh annual ‘Iron Man’ competition October 10-11, 2014 in Clanton, Alabama.


Another one day event held in Chilton County provided cadets an opportunity to participate in two
events. “Bully Proof” included practical instruction on how to brevent bullying as a leader in yoru
community, how to avoide situations, and how to devend one’s self in the worst case. The “Drown
Proofing” event was a seminar that taught cadets learned practical techniques to survive in the water
and increase water confidence.


Glider Program
During the Alabama Wing, Civil Air Patrol, 2014 Annual Conference, flider flights were offered
to senior members to introduce to membership the Wing’s new glider program. The
conference was hosted in Prattiville, Alabama and the flights were held at nearby Wetumpka
Municipal Airport.

The above pictures are of glider operations in Alabama Wing 2014.


Number of Aircraft – 13 single engine
1 glider
Number of Vehicles – 19
Total Hours Flown – 2,246
9 search and rescue missions
6 finds
8 other state supported missions
Interoperable Communications
11 VHF/FM repeaters
159 VHF/FM stations
25 HF stations
Alabama Wing members, cadets and seniors, put their training to use in a real-world search
and rescue mission. On September 16, 2014, the wing received notification of a missing
aircraft and its two pilots near Abbeville, Alabama. Wing responded providing resources for
aerial and ground search teams. Using cell phone forensics, Alabama Wing concentrated air
and ground team efforts within a 40-mile “probability circle”, later reducing it to a 1-squaremile focused effort. The Alabama Wing completed 86 air and 56 ground sorties, during the
weeklong search for the downed aircrew and aircraft.
Each year the Alabama Wing conducts a Wing Emergency Services School (WESS). Cadets
and Seniors participate in the training that takes starts in the fall and ends in April. The
following two pages have photographs of some of the activities during WESS 2013-2014.


Wing Emergency Services School 2013-2014

October 2014, WESS students learn to package patient for transport.

November 2014 WESS students training on Air Operations.

Sylacauga Life Saver 4 in background with WESS class February 2014


WESS Graduation 2013-2014

WESS graduation 2014. Colonel Brad Lynn in flight suit left background talking to graduate.
Lieutenant Colonel Long, National Staff in BDUs. Major Harvey Yarbrough in blue
corporate uniform congratulates graduate.


Alabama Wing Changs in 2014
The last meeing of the Alabama Wing in the headquarters buiding located on Maxwell AFB was
held in Novemer 2014. The heating and cooling system for the building was no longer
serviceable. Facilities would not fund the needed repairs. A search had been started for
another location two years prior in anticipation of the need to relocate. A decision on a new
loation had not been made by the close of 2014.
The Wing welcomed Wendy Hamilton as the Wing Administrator in November 2014. Due to
the issue with the Wing building, a temporary office was provided in a building next to CAP
Naional Headquaers for her use. Long term Wing Administrator Mel Keith had retired and was
replaced by Kristen Autry. During the time between administrators Wing Administrator
assistance was provided by Jenne Stone-Hunter of National Headquarters.


Col Glen D. Atwell, former Albama Wing Commander
passed away June 24, 2014

Col. Glen D. Atwell, age 79, died June 24, 2014. Atwell served as an Alabama Wing
commander and Civil Air Patrol director of operations.
Atwell held the position of wing commander from 1986-1991, then became the wing’s counter
drug office until 1994, when he was appointed Southeast Region vice commander. He served as
national director of operations from 1995-2001.
He returned to Alabama Wing staff in 2001 as government relations representative. In 2008 he
was again appointed Southeast Region vice commander. He stepped down from that post in June
He previously served as a CAP-USAF Headquarters staff member and as Alabama liaison officer
from 1975-1985.
Atwell was a certified flight instructor, a check pilot, cadet orientation pilot and a mission check
pilot. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in aviation management and from
Troy University in personnel management. He also attended the University of Southern
California and New York University for studies in safety management for the U.S. Air Force and
has been a member of the Montgomery Airport Authority board in Alabama.
He established CAP’s Washington, D.C., office and its National Technology Center and initiated
the National Operations Center in 2001. He supervised CAP operations in the aftermath of the
9/11 terrorist attacks and also negotiated CAP’s involvement in security training for the
Olympics with the Air Force.