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Prepared by Lt Col David Ellis
Colorado Wing Historian

COWG History for 2015
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Appendix A – Colorado Wing Commanders

Colorado Wing operates in an area that covers 103,641.89 square miles (285,675.68 hectares). Terrain
in Colorado ranges from dry plains to mountaintops changing in elevation from 3,315 ft (1010.4
meters) to 14,433 ft (4399.1 meters), with 52 mountains over 14,000 feet.
Colorado has 64 counties, ranging in size from 33.57 sq mi. (87 km²) to 4,772.67 sq mi. (12,361.17km²).

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The population of Colorado is approximately 5,268,367 as of the 2013
Colorado wing consists of 35 squadrons as of 1 January 2015.
As of 01 Jan 2015 the total membership of the wing was 1719 members.
The membership consists of 898 Seniors, and 821 cadets.
As of 31 Dec 2015 the wing had total membership was 1617.
The membership consists of 864 Seniors, and 753 cadets.
Colorado Wing started the year under the command of Col William Aceves, who stepped down 16 Sep
2015 due to medical reasons, and was succeeded by Interim Commander Lt Col Celeste Gamache,
who was appointed Wing Commander and promoted to Colonel on 18 December 2015.

CAP National:
“Civil Air Patrol honored some of its top performers today at the 2015 National Conference in Orlando,
Cadet of the Year recognition went to Cadet Col. Benjamin C. Jakeman, former cadet commander of
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the Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron, now a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Class of
2019. Jakeman received CAP’s top cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, in 2013 and
visited Singapore as an International Air Cadet Exchange participant the same year. Along with
filling command positions at Kansas, Colorado, California and Wyoming encampments, he earned
his Private Pilot-Glider certificate in 2014.
Other awards:
Col. Robert V. “Bud” Payton Public Affairs Officer of the Year:
Maj. Robert O. Wray, Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron public affairs officer
Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award, Senior Member Category:
Maj. William M. Blatchley, Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron aerospace education officer,
Colorado Wing
Senior Chaplain of the Year:
Lt. Col. Jeffrey C. Johnson, 66, Wyoming Wing chaplain
#CAPNC15 From the CAP Volunteer Magazine

CAP Rocky Mountain Region:
Congrats go out to the GY-15 Quality Cadet Unit Award Winners!
CO-030 Colorado Springs Cadet Sqdn
CO-099 Broomfield Composite Sqdn

CAP Colorado Wing:
Once again Colorado Wing achieved 100% membership in their Congressional Squadron for 2015.
On 1-3 May the 2015 Colorado Wing Conference was held at the Keystone Resort at Keystone,
Colorado with 41 plus information and training sessions.
Members of the Colorado Wing as well as attendees and speakers from other CAP wings, FEMA,
FAA, DMVA, Colorado Homeland Security and Emergency Management, American Red Cross
and the U.S. Air Force converged at high altitude for the annual Colorado Wing Conference that
was held at the Keystone Resort Conference Center on May 1st-3rd. The conference was well
organized thanks to the efforts of Project Officer, Lt. Col. Andy Rajca and his team who ensured
sessions were offered on a multitude of topics and programs.
The keynote speaker at the awards banquet was Lt. Col. Mark Keener, Commander of the Rocky
Mountain Liaison Region, Civil Air Patrol-United States Air Force. In addition to the Colorado
Wing and Rocky Mountain Region “Of the Year” awards and Quality Cadet Unit Awards, many
other awards were presented to members as well as a Fifty Year Service Award to COWG
Inspector General, Lt. Col. Harvey Siegal. Colorado Wing & Rocky Mountain Region “Of the
Year” Awards were presented at the Wing Conference Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, May
2nd. Congratulations to the following COWG members who were selected for a Colorado Wing
“Of the Year” Award:
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Lt Col William Waite - Incident Staff Member of the Year
Lt Col Jeffrey Williams - Chaplain of the Year
Maj William Blatchley - Brewer Category II (CAP Senior Member)
Maj Karen Dale - Staff Member of the Year
Maj Stefanie Hudgins - Safety Officer of the Year
Maj Gene Munson - Senior Member of the Year
Maj Robert Wray - Public Affairs Officer of the Year
Maj Nathan Van Dam - Sorenson Cadet Programs Officer of the Year
Capt David Ayers - William F. Hines Air Crew Award
Capt Eva Hailbronner - Property Manager of the Year
Capt David Pershing - Aerospace Education Officer of the Year
Capt Judy Pershing- Professional Development Officer of the Year
Capt Robert Yusko - James G. Alsum Counter Drug Officer of the Year
1st Lt Alfred Anderson - Character Development Instructor of the Year
1st Lt Martin Anderson - Communicator of the Year
C/Col Benjamin Jakeman - Cadet of the Year
C/Col Stephanie Moffitt - Cadet Officer of the Year
C/Lt Col Charles Blome - Brewer category I (CAP Cadet)
C/2d Lt Bailey DeBerry - Drug Demand Reduction Officer of the Year
C/CMSgt Kashawan Crump - Cadet Recruiter of the Year
C/SMSgt Camille Leonard - Cadet NCO of the Year
A number of Colorado Wing “Of the Year” award winners were also selected for a Rocky Mountain
Region “Of the Year” Award. Congratulations to:
Lt Col Jeffrey Williams - Squadron Chaplain of the Year
Maj William Blatchley - Brewer Category II (Senior Member)
Maj Robert Wray - Payton Public Affairs Officer of the Year
Maj Nathan Van Dam - Sorenson Cadet Programs Officer of the Year
Capt Eva Hailbronner - Property Manager of the Year
Capt Judy Pershing - Professional Development Officer of the Year
1st Lt Alred Anderson - Character Development Instructor of the Year
C/Col Benjamin Jakeman - Cadet of the Year
C/Lt Col Charles Blome - Brewer Category I (CAP Cadet)
The following Colorado Wing cadet squadrons were presented with Quality Cadet Unit Awards:
Adams County Cadet Squadron
Air Academy Cadet Squadron
Boulder Composite Squadron
Broomfield Composite Squadron
Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron
Dakota Ridge Composite Squadron
Douglas Cadet Squadron
Foothills Cadet Squadron
Mesa Verde Cadet Squadron
Mustang Cadet Squadron
Valkyrie Cadet Squadron
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Wing Commander, Col. William Aceves, announced that next year’s Wing conference will be held in
Grand Junction on the western slope. In addition, as this issue of Peaks and Planes was heading to
press we learned that several COWG “Of the Year” award winners were selected for their
respective category’s National “Of the Year” award. Year after year, the Colorado Wing continues
to be one of the Civil Air Patrol’s shining stars!
By Lt. Col. Mike Daniels, CAP COWG Director of Public Affairs

FY16 COWG PAO Academy
Lt Col Mike Daniels worked with CAP national headquarters to coordinate, support and help teach a
highly successful national public affairs officer academy November 21st in Denver.
y was
held last
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and 35 senior member and cadet attendees representing 20 COWG units and one UTWG Squadron
received training on all critical aspects of Civil Air Patrol Public Affairs and more. Poor weather the
evening before the Academy precluded a number of those registered from attending and as a result a
decision was made to offer the training via conference call and on-line. In addition, thanks to C/2ndLt
Noah Parker of the Vance Brand Cadet Squadron, a video of the sessions was filmed and when edited
will be placed on the COWG YouTube site. Former KMGH News 7 TV Reporter Ronda Scholting
who is now the PIO for the West Metro Fire Rescue was the featured speaker on working with the
media. From the COWG PAO Website.

COWG Honors Maj Gen John L France

Colorado Wing participated as an “escort platoon,” along with the
Army and Air National Guard, in the full military honors funeral for
retired Maj. Gen. John L. France, the longest-serving adjutant general
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of Colorado, at Fort Logan National Cemetery. The funeral included
an Arlington National Cemetery type walking procession, 13 cannon
salute and F-16 flyover in addition to a firing party and Taps. The
order of march for the procession was led by The Adjutant General,
Governor and Colorado National Guard (CONG) chaplain, followed by
former adjutants general, CONG command staff, including the Colorado
CAP Wing Commander Lt. Col Gamache, distinguished visitors and
guests, CONG band, CONG color guard, CO Army NG platoon, CO Air
NG platoon, COWG CAP platoon, CONG honor guard with the horse
drawn caisson bearing Maj Gen Frances’ casket, family, friends and
Posted on: Monday, November 23, 2015 COWG PAO
During Calender Year 2015, Colorado Wing had 56 missions with 2434.1 flying hours, resulting in 9
finds and 3 save.
The wing also flew 663 Orientation Rides for 491.6 flying hours, and no Counter Drug missions.

Make ’Em Ready to Fly the Hot-Seat
How Airborne Photographers are Forged
By Maj. Ed O’Brien, CAP
The Hot-seat on many CAP mission is the Airborne Photographers (AP). In the backseat on the left
side – behind the pilot – at the photo window – that doesn’t sound so tough, right… well, an AP lets
out a breath and steadies the camera to the eye. No matter the turbulence. No matter the heat. No
matter the noise from the open cockpit window…breathe, relax, relax, calm now. Announce
quickly yet gently over the headsets; “Target insight, photographer ready, camera ready, begin the
run - flash, flash, flash, flash, flash. Photo run complete – shots good” – yes, that’s a HOTSEAT!
All an AP has to do is repeat the sequence above over and over for up to 4 hours. Then when all the
pictures are taken half of their task is complete. Processing and downloading to the customer may
take another 3 to 4 hours.
Like everything we do in ES extensive training is the trick. After all for photo missions the AP is the
tip of the spear that reaches out of the aircraft and right down to the target. The mission rides on
the shoulders, that holds the brain, that works the problems - that is the Airborne Photographers
Airborne Photographers hold the unique view, handle the instrument, manipulate the tool, keep the
perspective, and provide services that CAP offers and customers need. There may be a support and
command team of dozens… waiting. There may be customers by the hundreds… wanting. But the
photos taken from that backseat just behind the pilot – those photos are the product. APs are the
mission critical asset. That is what makes the seat behind the pilot the hot-seat.
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Twenty-four hours of classroom training done in 3 eight-hour sessions over the past month is what
Trainees have struggled through. Group One held a 2-day basic AP class on February 15/16
followed by a 1-day advanced class in March. The basic class was headed by instructor Lt. Katie
Mikevich with assistance from Paul Carter and Ed O’Brien. For the Advanced class Maj. O’Brien
was Project Officer and Rob Pehkonen and Bob Olsen assisted.
In the basic class training to the Airborne Photographer’s Task Guide was the focus. Basic camera
work, introductory principles, mission planning, tools, download procedures, customer service, the
SQTR, and a few trade secrets were discussed too. In the middle students ran through a Coke Can
Why take pictures from a slow moving car of a coke can? The explanation is simple. All other
photography lessons and equipment are built to take a picture of something moving from a
stationary point. In other words the photographer is motionless almost always. However, in
airborne photo WE are moving – at 100 miles per hour – in a bumpy aircraft - and the target is
stationary. That means our training – must be unique and precise. We are doing what has never
been designed to be done. And we are doing it routinely. Our Nikons aren’t built to do this work
automatically. APs have to account for that and learn workarounds.
As instructors we had to figure out much of this from scratch. So, we did!
One month after the basic class came the AP Advanced Class. The March 15 Advanced Photo Class
covered lessons learned, more camera training, a deluge of flood stories, an avalanche of wildfire
tales, and very importantly, how to set up and run an AP Download office. The AP Office is the
hottest of hot-seats. That is where the photos from the sorties are downloaded, cropped, processed,
and sent to the customers. The AP Office is the portal to the customer’s hands, eyes, and websites.
This is where the mission gets good and bad grades. This is where the-buck-stops-here police hold
court. During the Floods these offices ran 18 to 20 hours a day. The Photo Download Office is
almost unique to the Colorado Wing, and the protocols we’ve developed are being distributed
throughout CAP.
Finally, during the advance class - we talk through teaching, training, and signing-off other APs. All
rated APs are expected to be instructors too. Normally it takes about a year to make a good AP. It
takes about another year to make them fully confident and competent. Then it takes another year as
an instructor to make an AP who can run an image office. Three years of work, dedication, and
commitment. Customers count on CAP’s photos. Airborne Photography isn’t for everyone. Afterall, HOT-SEATS never are.

The Blackbird Encampment - Colorado Wing Encampment 2015
By Cadet Lt. Col. Meghan Parsons, CAP PAO OIC
Photos by Blackbird PAO Team

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Colorado Springs, CO - The Colorado Wing 2015
Summer Encampment was said by many to be one of the
best and the most professional Colorado Wing
Encampments to date. The cadet staff was commended
for their professionalism and servant leadership. The
students should also be recognized for their teamwork
and dedication to excellence. With the SR-71 Blackbird
chosen as the Encampment mascot, the cadet students,
staff and senior members lived up to the SR-71’s
reputation of performing under pressure and only getting
better as speeds increased.
Before students even arrived, over forty experienced
cadets and over two dozen senior members spent four
days preparing for student arrival. Finalizing training
schedules, practicing formations and getting training on
the standards they and their students would be held to
for the week long encampment. Work behind the scenes
within the Force Support Squadron insured essentials
like paper towels and bedding would be available for
each participant upon arrival, and that the activities
planned would meet training standards and prove to be
exciting challenges for the students.
Student arrival began just after breakfast on 13 June. Over 140 students were checked into the
encampment, dropped off their luggage, were inspected for uniform and grooming standards, met
with their Training Officers and medical staff and said goodbye to their families in a record setting
87 minutes. The previous record of 90 minutes from the 2014 Encampment was broken, setting the
bar high for next year’s encampment.
After a brief welcome presentation by Lt. Col. Buddy McCormick, Encampment Commander and
Cadet Maj. Nicholas Essek, Encampment Cadet Commander, the cadets began their training.
Intensity throughout the first day signaled that they would have to work together to achieve the high
standards set before them. Within the first few hours, cadets were already working with their
roommates to help get their barrack set up to standards, with some flights already using each
member’s skills to get the work finished quickly and efficiently.
Beginning with mastering self-discipline through strict barracks standards, the cadets quickly learned
how to be good team players. Bonding within the flights skyrocketed through drill training and
morning PT. No longer was each cadet an individual. Now they were each an essential component
of the larger team. Without any single member they could not complete Encampment. They
became more than a team. Many flights became families.
One of the highlights of the cadet program is Character Development. Cadets learn how to deal with
several moral or character issues that they might encounter within the cadet program or their lives.
This years character development topic covered the importance of communication. Chaplain Jeff
Williams, the head chaplain for Encampment and the Golf Flight Training Officer, developed a
class around the Star Trek episode Darmok, where the characters are faced with a communication
barrier and must solve it in order to bring peace to the federation. The cadets were briefed on the
issues of communication and that common ground is essential for everyone to understand the
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message. The episode both created a fun time for the cadets and also was a practical demonstration
on the importance of communication.
The Colorado Wing Encampment is held on the Air Force Academy property with cadets lodging in
the Prep School Barracks. This unique venue grants cadets some very exciting touring
opportunities, including day trips to Fort Carson to participate in simulated Emergency Services
training, using the rifle simulator range, visiting the Air Force Academy Ropes Course, and of
course, getting a taste of daily life for students at the Air Force Academy.
At Fort Carson, cadets were given the unique opportunity to play a computer game simulation
designed to simulate a ground team search. The computer game system is the same one used by the
Army to help train soldiers on search and rescue and battle techniques. The simulation helped to
teach teamwork and introduce cadets to ground team concepts such as line searches and attention to
detail. Another activity at Fort Carson was the rifle simulator range. Cadets were able to use nonfiring weapons equipped with laser sights to practice shooting techniques such as lying prone or
kneeling. The cadets shot small rifles and some got the opportunity to use light machine guns.
The day at the Air Force Academy started with a tour of the library and a peek at the hundreds of
antiques and pieces of history on display. From there, cadets were given the opportunity to visit the
laser labs and learn more about laser technology. Cadets also toured the Air Force Academy
Chapels and visited the Aerospace Labs with a visit to the massive wind tunnels used to test aircraft
designs. Cadets toured the terrazzo learning more about the aircraft displayed and were given the
opportunity to ‘run the strips’, a tradition of new students of the Air Force Academy. The cadets
all stormed the hill together in Air Force Academy Tradition. The day ended with a visit to the Air
Force Academy Memorial and watching the retrieval of the colors.
Encampment isn’t just fun and games. The cadets learned life skills that will carry them through their
entire lives. Knowing how to care for their uniforms and managing their personal time is essential
at Encampment and will help them as they continue through life. Prior to encampment many
cadets had no idea how to do laundry or clean bathrooms. Encampment is an experience unlike
any other. For many cadets it may be their first time away from home, or their first CAP activity.
Encampment is designed to lay a foundation upon which cadets can build the rest of their cadet
careers. While each student enters as an individual, each leaves with a better understanding of how
they can fit into a larger team. This knowledge translates to their home units preparing them to
take on greater responsibilities and to step up to greater challenges as they serve their community,
state and nation.

Gen Carl A. Spaatz Award

Douglas Cadet Earns Spaatz Award
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Cadet Colonel Stephanie Moffitt was officially presented with the General Carl A. Spaatz Award at the
Douglas Cadet Squadron June 1st, 2015. Award #1985 was presented by Major General H.
Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of Colorado. Squadron Commander, Capt. John Motley
said that this is the first Spaatz award in the history of the Douglas Composite as well as the
Douglas Cadet squadron.
Former Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Erin Ashby reported that there have been less than 1000
Spaatz achievements since she earned hers 21 years ago. Current statistics indicate that only two
out of 1000 cadets have achieved the Spaatz Award in the Civil Air Patrol.
Captain Motley said that Cadet Col. Moffitt has been an excellent leader to their squadron. Cadet
Moffitt explains. “I feel this is a great squadron because we love to promote our cadets and help
them to meet their goals. I like how everyone in our squadron serves each other and helps cadets
get as far as possible in CAP. At this squadron we know how to balance fun and work. We like to
reach out to other squadrons and build relationships. For example, we recently held a mini-cadet
competition and had a special event with a neighboring squadron.” Cadet Col. Moffitt is very
grateful to her family for their support and encouragement since she started in CAP in 2010. She
says, “Family is the most important part of any cadet’s life. Whether it is your squadron family or
your nuclear family. This is because their commitment to help you to meet your goals is as
important as your own motivation to reach them. My family has given me emotional support
through the hard times such as when I failed my Mitchell exam. They helped me to try again and
instilled the confidence I needed to pass the next time.”
Cadet Col. Moffitt has been awarded 2015 Cadet Officer of Year for the Colorado Wing, and has
been selected to command the Kansas Wing Encampment in December of 2015. She would like to
see many cadets achieve the Spaatz. She explains her success, “I believe you will succeed in Civil
Air Patrol if you are willing to put your squadron first and everything else will fall into place. If
you help others, you will succeed as well.”
Peaks and Planes Summer 2015
By Maj. Teri Spray, CAP Douglas Cadet Squadron, PAO

Gen Ira Eaker Award

C/Lt Col Michael Cecil – Colorado Springs Cadet Sqdrn
C/Lt Col Anna Gilmer – Broomfield Cadet Sqdrn
C/Lt Col Stephanie Moffitt – Douglas County Cadet Sqdrn

Amelia Earhart Award

C/Capt Austin Hazelhurst – Douglas Cadet Sqdrn
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C/Capt Matthew LaJoy – Montrose Composite Sqdrn
C/Capt Chad Lewis – Mustang Cadet Sqdrn
C/Capt Jacob Olsen - Dakota Ridge Composite Sqdrn
C/Capt Victoria Schmidt – Mustang Cadet Sqdrn

General Billy Mitchell Award

C/2d Lt Javan Teager – Thunder Mountain Composite Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Kyle Vestecka - Valkyrie Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Camille Leonard – Vance Brand Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Austin Coe - Vance Brand Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Michael Melton - Valkyrie Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Bailey DeBerry - Dakota Ridge Composite Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Anna Rosko – Air Academy Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Alexander Haynie - Colorado Springs Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Joel Cathey – Broomfield Composite Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Matthew West – Fremont Starfire Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Lily Jansen - Valkyrie Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Cody Laxton - Vance Brand Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Dalton Dome - Vance Brand Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Jon Williamson - Mustang Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Ashley Shuler - Broomfield Composite Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Megan Laubhan - Broomfield Composite Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Gregory West - Mustang Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Taylor Coffey - Colorado Springs Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Jennifer Motley - Douglas Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Christina Jensen - Air Academy Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Mark Crittenden-Belongie – 27J School Dist Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Brandon Schafler - 27J School Dist Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Jeffery Ditlevson – Evergreen Composite Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Samuel Tschappler Colorado Springs Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Ian Engebrecht - Colorado Springs Cadet Sqdrn
C/2d Lt Payton Devience - 27J School Dist Cadet Sqdrn

Camille Leonard – Vance Brand Cadet Squadron.
Bailey Celeste DeBerry – Dakota Ridge Composite Squadron.
Quincy A Prack – Mile Hi Cadet Squadron.
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Lily Jansen – Valkyrie Cadet Squadron.

The following are the Squadrons within the Colorado Wing:

CO-015 Thunder Mountain Composite

CO-021 Greeley Composite

CO-022 Vance Brand Cadet

CO-023 Arvada Cadet

CO-030 Colorado Springs Cadet

CO-031 Foothills Cadet

CO-068 North Valley Composite

CO-072 Boulder Composite

CO-080 Pikes Peak Senior

CO-098 Fremont Starfire Cadet

CO-099 Broomfield Composite

CO-136 Jefferson County Senior

CO-139 Cortez Senior

CO-141 Montrose Composite

CO-143 Mile High Cadet

CO-147 Thompson Valley Composite

C)-148 Mustang Cadet

CO-157 Douglas Cadet

CO-159 Air Academy Cadet

CO-160 Heart of the Rockies Composite

CO-162 Black Sheep Senior

CO-165 Group 3 HQ

CO-167 Group 1 HQ

CO-169 Group 2 HQ

CO-173 Parker Cadet

CO-179 Pueblo Eagles Cadet

CO-181 Steamboat Springs Composite

CO-183 Valkyrie Cadet

CO-186 Dakota Ridge Composite

CO-188 Evergreen Composite

CO-189 Mesa Verde Cadet

CO-190 Banning Lewis Ranch Cadet

CO-803 27J School District Cadet

CO-999 Legislative Squadron

Broomfield Composite Squadron Celebrates 50 Years.
Broomfield Composite Squadron Represents COWG at HART Ceremony.
Douglas Composite Squadron Two families – Three generations.
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Thompson Valley Composite Squadron involved cadets in SAREX.
Vance Brand Cadet Squadron presents CGM to former CAP members family.
Vance Brand Cadet Squadron Dining Out.

Broomfield Composite Squadron Celebrates 50 Years
By Cadet Maj. Anna Gilmer, CAP
Cadet PAO, Broomfield Composite Squadron
The Civil air patrol had a presence in the Broomfield area as early as 1959 but the first meeting was
held in 1965. The Broomfield Cadet Squadron had its beginnings as a flight of the Arvada Cadet
Squadron under the command of Captain Kenneth Costello. The first Cadet Commander was
Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Sandra Johns, and the First Senior member in charge was Army
Lieutenant Bill Zettler. Later that year, in November 1965, Merle Reader, accepted the charter,
CO-099, for the Broomfield Cadet Squadron from Colonel Laurence Marshall.
On October 7, 1965 the Broomfield Star-Builder newspaper reported that the Mayor, Don Descombes
proclaimed Monday, Oct 10th “Civil Air Patrol Day” the start of a long standing relationship with
the local community. The Squadron also participated for the first time in the Broomfield Days
Parade that year, an important event that the members of BCS have participated in many times
The Broomfield Cadet Squadron became a composite squadron, as it is today, in 1978. The squadron
patch designed by then commander Daniel Kish has been used continuously until this year, when it
was updated to reflect the 50th anniversary.
(L-R) Original Broomfield Cadet
Squadron patch; Broomfield Composite
Squadron official 50th Anniversary
squadron patch.

The Broomfield Composite Squadron has seen many highs and lows over the years and has found
itself near closing doors, but its members have continued to volunteer faithfully and honestly,
always being a solid foundation to recover from fall backs. The squadron’s many commanders
have each uniquely contributed to the success of the squadron over the 50 years. Currently, Four
Former Broomfield Squadron commanders are still in the squadron serving the cadets and Senior
Members. Hundreds of Senior Members have served and several thousand Cadets have given time,
effort, and unique perspective to be part of the BCS family.
The Broomfield Composite Squadron has received many honors over the years including five unit
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citation awards, two Squadron of Merit awards, countless service awards and the Nation Squadron
of Distinction award in 2010. The squadron has produced at least two Spaatz Awards and is on
track for more looking into 2015. Currently, there are three former Spaatz cadets as Senior
Members. Many current and former Senior Members and Cadets currently serve in Wing, Region
and National roles in the CAP, as well as innumerable current and former members of the
Broomfield Composite Squadron who have served in the armed forces. The current members of
the squadron look back with great respect and honor for those who have served their country as
they seek to serve their communities with equal dignity.

Broomfield Composite Squadron Represents COWG at HART Ceremony
Posted on the COWG Announcement page: Monday, November 23, 2015

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Thanks to the Civil Air Patrol Broomfield Composite Squadron for representing the Colorado
Wing-Civil Air Patrol at the Honoring Allies-Remembering Together (HART) ceremony in
Canada this past weekend. On November 17th, 2015: the Broomfield Composite Squadron
welcomed home the squadron members that participated in the HART (Honoring Allies, Remembering
Together) Ceremony in Canada this past weekend. The cadets and senior members that participated in the
ceremony came back with a great deal of stories to tell and inspired their squadron-mates to consider
attending the ceremony in years to come. Thanks to the BCS members who represented the squadron, the
COWG, state of Colorado and our nation so proudly and professionally.Three

Generations of Civil

Air Patrol
By Maj. Teri Spray, CAP
Douglas Cadet Squadron, PAO
For the Sprays and the Motleys, CAP is a family affair. It was 1994 when Meredith Spray convinced
her family to bring her to a Civil Air Patrol meeting in Franktown, Colorado. She loved the BDU
uniforms, learning drills and emergency services. When the squadron planned a trip to Oshkosh,
Wisconsin, her dad, Mike Spray stepped up and joined CAP “just to chaperone.” It wasn’t long
before Capt. Mike Spray became the commander of the Douglas Composite Squadron.
Meanwhile, his wife Teri Spray became the squadron Moral Leadership Officer (CDI) as well as
the Public Affairs Officer. Five years later, Cadet Meredith Spray emerged as a natural leader and
served as Cadet Commander of the Douglas Composite Squadron.
However, her cadet years ended abruptly when she and Cadet John Motley surprised the entire
squadron with their wedding announcement. John continued in Emergency Services to become a
full-time firefighter. Meredith works as a teacher/trainer in a home education program owned by
the Sprays. They now have two children, Jennifer and James David.
Mike and Teri Spray have served on Wing Staff. Mike was Chief of Staff twice and Teri served as
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Wing Public Affairs Officer.
Fast Forward to 2014… The Douglas Composite Squadron is now called the Douglas Cadet
Squadron. Capt. John Motley serves as the unit Squadron Commander, his wife, Lt. Meredith
Motley is now the Administration Officer. Lt. Col. Mike Spray is the squadron Finance Officer
and current Aerospace Education Instructor while Maj. Teri Spray teaches Character Development
and serves in Public Affairs. Young Jennifer Motley is now serving in the cadet officer corps of
the squadron. Her brother, James joined last December and is promoting through the cadet ranks
as well. Three generations are all serving in the same squadron!
The Sprays say, “Civil Air Patrol has given our family an opportunity to serve as leaders and respected
members of our community. We enjoy helping cadets to enjoy new experiences and achieve their
goals. It’s especially rewarding when we can enjoy CAP as a family!”

First SAREX of 2015 A Hit With Thompson Valley Cadets
By Maj. Eric Schwarm, CAP
Thompson Valley Composite Squadron, Commander
Photos by Maj. Eric Schwarm
“This is more fun than geocaching!” Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Jason Cuthbert thoroughly enjoyed
his first Colorado Wing Search and Rescue exercise (SAREX) on Saturday, January 31st, 2015. A
recent transplant from Oregon Wing, Cuthbert officially joined Thompson Valley Composite
Squadron a mere 2 days before the SAREX. His introduction to emergency services in Colorado
Wing was a positive experience. Cuthbert deployed on a ground team along with Senior Flight
Officer Alex Nuckols and Cadet Airman 1st Class Shane Lindsay. All are members of Thompson
Valley Composite Squadron. Their assigned mission was to investigate a reported Emergency
Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal, a radio beacon that activates if an airplane crashes or
experiences a hard landing.
In this case it was a practice signal intended to simulate an emergency signal and provide realistic
training. Locating an ELT can be a challenge. In this case the search teams had little information
to work with. The simulated report suggested the practice ELT was heard by an airplane flying
north of Fort Collins, CO. Planners for the practice mission, led by Incident Commander Stefanie
Hudgins, dispatched a ground team and one aircrew to investigate. Departing Fort Collins –
Loveland Municipal Airport, the teams headed toward the initial search area. The search teams
listened to the practice ELT radio frequency as they traveled. Stopping several times, Cadets
Cuthbert and Lindsay practiced their skills with the radio direction finding equipment. Initially
there was no hint of the signal. Undeterred, the teams continued toward their assigned search area.
The aircrew detected the practice ELT signal first. They tracked the signal using direction finding
equipment installed in the airplane. They also radioed the ground team and instructed them to head
toward Horsetooth Reservoir, west of Fort Collins. The aircrew continued their search as the
ground team continued their journey. As the ground team arrived in the newly refined search area,
the aircrew narrowed the search to the top of a hill west of the reservoir.
Cadets Cuthbert and Lindsay took turns talking to the airplane on the radio. The plane’s bird’s eye
view allowed them to direct the ground team through a maze of curving roads and switchbacks that
blocked the signal from being heard on the ground. The ground team reached the hilltop shortly
before the aircraft spotted an orange tarp on the ground, possibly representing a signal from a
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downed pilot. The orange tarp wasn’t visible from the road so the ground team used their radio
direction finding equipment to lead them toward the practice ELT. The terrain appeared to be
diffusing the signal, making precise tracking difficult. As they climbed toward the goal, Cadet
Chief Master Sgt. Cuthbert remarked how much fun he was having. “This is more fun than
Moments later the ground team, led by Senior Flight Officer Nuckols, reached the practice ELT. It
rested atop the orange tarp spotted earlier by the aircrew. Simulating unpredictable wreckage, a
metal shield blocked the ELT signal to the south. That made the search crews work harder since
their mission base was located south of the search area. Joining them at the search area, an
enthusiastic black lab named Zia added a little excitement to the find. The practice beacon was
placed by a nearby resident, Von Campbell, who also happens to be a Major with Thompson
Valley Composite Squadron. Now that the practice ELT was located, along with Zia the survivor,
the ground team radioed their findings to the Incident Command Post. They were instructed to
deactivate the practice ELT and return to their mission base.
Cadet Airman 1st Class Shane Lindsay also enjoyed his first experience in CAP emergency services.
Lindsay has been a member of Thompson Valley Composite Squadron for 10 months. According
to Lindsay, “I was a little bit nervous to come to this actually, because I’d never been to a SAREX
before. I was very pleasantly surprised to see how well organized, how well structured, and how
exciting the SAREX was.” When asked what he thought of the day as a whole, Lindsay replied,
“Last summer I competed in Houston in the Junior Olympics. This ranks up there with that.”
Lindsay also mentioned the SAREX was a very different experience than squadron meetings. “The
Senior Members here did an excellent job of working with the cadets. It was so
phenomenal…when you come to a SAREX everyone sees each other as equals.” When asked if he
would recommend Emergency Services to other cadets, Lindsay responded enthusiastically, “Don’t
be afraid. All I had to do was put in a little work, and then I could come to this and have a ball for
a Saturday.” Cuthbert added, “Everyone is here to help you and here to guide you. It was funny, it
was enjoyable, and it was very interesting. Come out here and try it out, it’s a lot of
fun.”Congressional Gold Medal Presented by Vance Brand Cadet

Squadron to Former CAP Member
By 1st Lt. Lyn Parker, CAP
Vance Brand Cadet Squadron, PAO
At the beginning of May 2015, Colorado Wing Commander, Col. Bill Aceves, was contacted by Stacy
Laputz, the daughter of former CAP cadet, Marjorie Wahlstrom-Chapman. Col . Jon Stokes,
California Wing Commander had previously contacted Ms. Laputz to alert her that her mother was
eligible to be posthumously awarded the Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal. Stacy and her
family live in Longmont, Colorado, so Col. Aceves immediately thought of the Longmont CAP
unit. He asked the Vance Brand Cadet Squadron Commander, Maj. Loren Johnson, to present the
medal to Ms. Laputz and her sister, Cindy Cossairt. On Monday, June 29th, Col. Aceves joined the
VBCS in honoring Ms. Wahlstrom-Chapman’s service in Civil Air Patrol during World War II.
Several cadets spoke telling of the advantages, skills, and memories they have of Civil Air Patrol
prior to the presentation. Both of Mrs. Wahlstrom-Chapman’s daughters were impressed with the
degree of professionalism displayed by the cadets, senior members and the cadets’ parents.
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeff Williams provided the invocation, and Maj. Johnson served as emcee for
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the evening. The ceremony concluded and guests were fortunate to see some of the memorabilia
Ms. Laputz brought of her mother’s time in CAP.
Ms. Laputz sent a “Thank you” email to the squadron in which she said, “I would like to express my
heartfelt thanks for the lovely Congressional Gold Medal presentation program we experienced this
past Monday night. We were very touched by the ceremony and we appreciate all the planning and
care that went into making the evening so very memorable… To Col. Aceves, thank you for the
long drive from Colorado Springs to join us in Longmont and for the meaningful words of
appreciation you gave for our mother, as well as a whole generation of volunteers that helped
launch the CAP at the start of WWII. I will forever cherish the memory of the moment when you
handed that beautiful medal to me… To the cadets; thanks to each of you for your participation
Monday evening. All of us enjoyed hearing your stories, memories, and/or CAP trivia you shared.
Keep up your good work! To the chaplain (Chaplain Williams) thanks for your invocation and
asking the Lord’s blessing on our evening, it was a lovely prayer. Our mother would have been so
honored by this acknowledgment of her service in CAP.”
Marjorie Wahlstrom-Chapman became a Civil Air Patrol member in 1943 as part of the California
Wing Los Angeles Squadron 5. She possessed a restricted radiotelephone operator’s permit and
served as Assistant Flight Leader in Flight D of her squadron. Mrs. Wahlstrom-Chapman served in
Civil Air Patrol until the end of the war. She later met and married her husband, Arnold, and they
had three children, Robert, Stacy and Cindy. Her husband passed away in 1999 and Mrs.
Wahlstrom-Chapman agreed to move to Colorado in January 2008, to be near her older daughter,
Stacy. But the move took a toll on her health, and she suffered a minor then a major stroke. Mrs.
Wahlstrom-Chapman passed away April 23, 2008 in Loveland, Colorado.

Squadron Hosts Dining Out for Unit Members
By 1st Lt. Lyn Parker, CAP
Vance Brand Cadet Squadron, PAO
Celebrating the achievements of cadets and honoring guests over the past year is nothing new to the
members of Vance Brand Cadet Squadron. However, when three cadets earn the Billy Mitchell
Award and one earns the Amelia Earhart Award, there is cause for celebration. The members, their
families and distinguished guests began the evening with the presentation of the Colors and reciting
the Pledge of Allegiance. Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Camille Leonard read the POW Table speech
while Cadet 2nd Lt. Noah Parker displayed the items.
The invocation was presented by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeff Johnson, Wyoming Wing Chaplain. At a
special occasion such as this, it was important to give the cadets an opportunity to see where their
careers in Civil Air Patrol could take them.
Thus, it was fitting that our guest speaker was former Space Shuttle pilot and commander Col. Steve
Lindsey, United States Air Force retired and 2015 Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee. Col. Lindsey
spoke to those in attendance about his experiences as an Air Force officer and astronaut and ended
his presentation with an exciting video highlighting his final flight into space. At the end of the
evening, several cadets and their parents came to take pictures and ask for autographs from Col.
Our evening then turned toward recognizing the achievements of cadets. Three cadets promoted in
airmen ranks, seven cadets promoted in NCO ranks and four cadets promoted to cadet officer
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ranks. In addition, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Camille Leonard received the Air Force Association
Citation. Cadet Leonard was later named Wing Cadet NCO of the Year. Our evening was
concluded by entertainment provided by Broadway Performing Company whose members sang the
Civil Air Patrol Hymn and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. The final piece was TAPS played by Cadet
Senior Airman Taylor Billings on the violin.


Gill Robb Wilson Award

Paul E. Garber Award

Maj Jeffery Rogers – Air Academy Cadet Sqdrn

Grover Loening Award

Capt Jeff Caldwell – Valkyriw Cadet Sqdrn
Maj Matthew Flanders – CO Wing HQ
Capt Sandra Harris – Cortez Senior Sqdrn
Capt Mark Hohle – Cortez Senior Sqdrn
Capt Christopher Oshell - Valkyriw Cadet Sqdrn
Capt Marybeth Ottesen – Pike Peaks Senior Sqdrn

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Lt. Col. Bruce Hulley
Story and photo by Maj. Ed O’Brien, CAP Ret
Black Sheep Squadron and Colorado Wing Member, Lt. Col. Bruce Hulley, passed away from natural
causes, as the New Year began.
As Bruce was not married nor had children - his life was marked through association with the Civil
Air Patrol, the Colorado and US Pilot’s Association, Adam’s County Democratic Party, Front
Range Airport Board and numerous other altruistic efforts. Bruce served in the Air Force and was
a teacher in Aurora.
If the definition of Philanthropist is “Promoting the Welfare of Others,” then Bruce was—not by
donation of money, but contribution of time, talent, and energy—a magnanimous benefactor.
In the Civil Air Patrol, Bruce was a major force in shaping higher safety standards, training, and
compliance on a national level. He ably served the organization in a multitude of capacities for
over 50 years and was the Black Sheep’s Emergency Services Training Officer as late as Sept.
He was one of Colorado Wing’s Fifty Year members. Col. Hulley joined CAP 28 June 1948. He was
currently serving as the Group 3 Safety Officer, and had previously been a member of Black Sheep
Senior Squadron, where he had served with distinction as the Aerospace Education Officer as well
as the Emergency Services Officer for several years. He had also served on wing staff as a member
of the Finance and Operations sections.

Maj. Dailey Bugg
Maj. Dailey Bugg was a retired USAF Maj, and flew as a navigator with SAC during the Cold War.
He was a member of Pikes Peak Senior Squadron for many years and is fondly remembered and
respected by the COWG pilot community.

Rosalyn Cooksey
Ms. Cooksey was the wife of Col. James Cooksey, who himself recently was presented the CAP
Congressional Gold Medal at the ceremonies in Washington, DC.

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1 Dec 1941 to 8 Apr 1942
8 Apr 19942 to 13 Jul 1942
13 Jul 1942 to 7 Aug 1942
7 Aug 1942 to 22 Aug 1945
22 Aug 1945 to 18 Sep 1947
18 Sep 1947 to 26 Jul 1949
26 Jul 1949 to 13 Sep 1949
13 Sep 1949 to 18 Oct 1954
18 Oct 1954 to 23 Oct1956
23 Oct1956 to 30 Sep 1957
30 Sep 1957 to 15 Oct 1957
15 Oct 1957 to 27 Nov 1957
27 Nov 1957 to 11 Mar 1958
11 Mar 1958 to 6 Feb 1961
6 Feb 1961 to 27 Sep 1961
27 Sep 1961 to 8 Mar 1963
8 Mar 1963 to 1 Jul 1963
1 Jul 1963 to 18 Dec 1968
18 Dec 1968 to 15 Jan 1969
15 Jan 1969 to 11 Nov 1970
11 Nov 1970 to 1 Jul 1972
1 Jul 1972 to 2 Oct 1973
2 Oct 1973 to 31 Aug 1976
31 Aug 1976 to 1 Oct 1980
1 Oct 1980 to 25 Sep 1982
25 Sep 1982 to 1 Feb 1987
1 Feb 1987 to 1 Dec 1989
1 Dec 1989 to 1 Dec 1992
1 Dec 1992 to 17 Feb 1996
17 Feb 1996 to 27 Feb 2000
27 Feb 2000 to 12 Aug 2003
12 Aug 2003 to 4 Apr 2004
4 Apr 2004 to Nov 2007
Nov 2007 to Mar 2011
Mar 2011 to 10 May 2014
10 May 2014 to 11 Aug 2014
11 Aug 2014 to 16 Sep 2015
16 Sep 2015 to 18 Dec 2015
18 Dec 2015 to Present

Maj W. W. Agnew
Maj H. H. Andregg
Maj J.D. Spencer
Lt Col Harold R. Smethills
Lt Col John A. Smethills
Lt Col Harold R. Smethills
Col Charles Boettcher II
Col Donald C. Carney
Col Benjamin S. Jordan
Lt Col Edgar C. Armes (Interim)
Lt Col Lloyd R. Hashman (Interim)
Col Robert M. Jackson
Col Charles F. Howard
Col Richard D. Law
Eugene B. Adams
Col Murry C. McCormas
Col Arthur F. Putz
Col Frank L. Swaim
Col Clarence M. Fountain
Col Wayne E. Russert
Col Thomas G. Patton
Col Roger E. MacDonald
Col Henry A. Elgin Jr.
Col Harry E. Kouts
Col Roger E. MacDonald
Col James C. Bobick
Col Gary H. Tobey
Col William F. Hines
Col John R Buschmann
Col Andrew J. Alexa (Interim)
Col Donald G. Cortum
Col Edward Phelka
Col Earl B. Sherwin
Col David R. Novotny (Interim)
Col William E. Aceves
Lt Col Celeste Gamche (Interim)
Col Celeste Gamche

Appendix A Colorado Wing Commanders