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CAP Celebrates 70th Anniversary

The Civil Air Patrol and Arizona Wing are marking this year's 70th anniversary of CAP. NHQ has issued an official news release and message from the CAP National Commander, Maj General Charles L. Carr, Jr, posted in this article. An anniversary proclamation from Governor Brewer has also been issued. Click "Read More" to see these items.

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Glendale Squadron Locates ELT Signal

By Lt Col Robert Ditch

 

During the evening of 21 November 2011 multiple airliners arriving and departing across the Phoenix Metropolitan area began reporting an Emergency Locator Transmission (ELT); indicating a possible aircraft in distress or crash.  At the time of the initial reports it was unknown if a pilot was having an emergency or if an aircraft/ELT had been accidently bumped/disrupted while in maintenance.  Ten of the aircraft reported the signal to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controllers who immediately notified the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Upon receipt of the information the AFRCC contacted the Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who sent out an immediate notification, via the State of Arizona Division of Emergency Management - Communicator Notification/Alert System, to all CAP units across the state.  Within two minutes of receiving the alert the Glendale CAP Squadron had their radio receivers turned on and were reporting that the signal was originating from Glendale Airport.  Without hesitation the CAP Squadron mobilized a Urban Direction Finding (UDF) team and was able to quickly isolate the signal to an aircraft located in a maintenance hangar at the airport.  The owner was called and promptly secured the ELT.

 

The record response by the Glendale CAP Squadron demonstrated once again how quickly technology and the spirit of volunteerism can come together to mitigate a potential aircraft emergency.  First the squadron was able to quickly let the State of Arizona and U.S. Air Force rescue officials know that there was no emergency so that other rescue resources could stand-down. Second by immediately securing/turning off the device they reopened the FAA emergency notification radio frequency so that if another actual emergency took place the real emergency ELT would not be confused by the false alarm one that had already been discovered. All too often many response and administrative agencies are willing to allow such emergency signals to continue to go off until the next day, or later, and thus prevent actual emergencies from being reported reliably. Fortunately this is not the case for the Glendale Squadron or the rest of the Arizona Wing of professionals who respond almost every week to ELT signals, actual overdue/missing aircraft or lost hikers/campers and other missing persons emergencies.  The response record set by the Glendale Squadron is one that is unprecedented. From the time of notification to isolation of the ELT was only over a period of minutes--A peerless response by the Glendale CAP volunteers and Glendale airport officials.

 

 

CAP Supports Scottsdale Air Fair

submitted by Capt Steve Ziomek

Civil Air Patrol cadets and seniors turned in an exemplary performance this past weekend at the Scottsdale Air Fair!

 

The City of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Airport Director and Manager, the Airport Advisory Commission, PSM2 the promoter, as well as several pilots who were in attendance at the air fair praised CAP’s participation.

 

Every display; 314's C-182 on loan; the CAP Glider brought over by Tim Carroll (who supervised the assembly and disassembly by 35 cadets); the History & Aerospace Exhibit; the Recruiting Booth; the Rocket Launch; the Mobile Command Trailer; the 30 plus Seniors; and of course, the 40 or so cadets; represented CAP well.

 

Our cadets marched as one unit during the Sunday Opening Ceremonies and were called upon to perform many tasks including crowd control and the management of the aircraft 'hot zone'.

 

Every cadet looked and acted the part-- A great weekend for CAP in front of over 20,000 people.

 

 

Sq 501 Cadet Captain Receives Earhart Award

Submitted by;

Maj George Molitor

Cadet Captain Bethany Mitchell, Sq 501, received the Amelia Earhart award. The award was presented by Senator Ron Gould, District three. Present at the ceremony were C/Capt Mitchell’s family, the  Pastor of her church and our local Marine Corps recruiter. Cadet Mitchell is to report to Marine Boot Camp November 6, 2011.

Cadet Mitchell is a past Cadet  Commander of Sq 501 and has two sisters, a brother and her father  a s  members of the Squadron also.

 

CAP continuing Air Force-assigned missions despite federal budget uncertainty

CAP National Headquarters has released the following information about temporary pauses of CAP activities because congress is still finalizing the 2012 budget. 

 

Temporary pause in effect for some operations

 

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS  -- To ensure Civil Air Patrol’s continued support for critical U.S. Air Force-assigned missions, some aspects of the organization’s operations are being temporarily paused during the continuing federal budget uncertainty.

 

“It is necessary to take these actions in order to ensure CAP is able to support all ‘real world’ Air Force-assigned missions,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, adding, “CAP’s emergency response services provided to communities across the nation will continue uninterrupted. ”

 

 

Priority is being given to search and rescue, disaster relief,  air defense intercept and other critical missions tasked by the Air Force, said Carr. CAP’s National Executive Committee decided on this approach in response to the reduced funding authorization in effect for CAP.

 

Reduced funding is also impacting the Air Force and other Department of Defense agencies.  The situation will likely continue until Congress and President Barack Obama approve the final Fiscal Year 2012 DoD Appropriations Bill.

 

Additional details can be found on CAP VolunteerNow at the link below: 

http://www.capvolunteernow.com/todays_features.cfm/cap_continuing_air_forceassigned_missions_despite_federal_budget_uncertainty?show=news&newsID=11957

CAP NHQ has also posted information about the activity pause on Facebook and Twitter.

FACEBOOK

CAP is ensuring its ability to provide continued support for Air Force-assigned missions amid continuing federal budget uncertainty by temporarily pausing some facets of its operations. The situation is expected to continue until the final Fiscal Year 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill is approved by Congress & the president.

 

TWITTER

Support for Air Force-assigned missions continuing despite federal budget uncertainty. Some other operations temporarily paused.

 

 

 

218 Civil Air Patrol teams, including 2011 champs, entered in America’s ultimate cyber security challenge

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol’s defending CyberPatriot III champion, Team Wilson from the Florida Wing’s Orlando Cadet Squadron, leads 217 other CAP teams competing in CyberPatriot IV, America’s ultimate high-school level security challenge that asks students to defend against computer threat scenarios.

“No guts, no glory – we will not rest until we earn the CPIV All-Service Division national trophy – the good Lord willing,” said team leader Cadet Tech. Sgt. Isaac Harding. Harding’s teammates for the 2012 competition include his brother, Cadet Airman Basic Gabriel Harding, as well as Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Matt Medla, Cadet Master Sgt. Kyle Miller and Cadet Airman Basic Stephen Miller.

Established by the Air Force Association in 2009, CyberPatriot is an initiative designed to inspire students toward careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines critical to the nation’s future.

The first competition, CyberPatriot I, involved only CAP and Air Force Junior ROTC cadets. Now in its fourth phase, CyberPatriot is the nation’s premiere cyber defense competition, open to all accredited public, private and parochial high schools, CAP units, Junior ROTC units from all services and registered home school programs.

A record 1,019 teams from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe, the Pacific and Canada are competing in CyberPatriot IV, including 621 teams competing this weekend in Round 1 of the All-Services Division. For the first time, more than 200 CAP teams are gearing up for the preliminary online rounds of competition.

“We’re pleased Civil Air Patrol continues to take the lead in this prestigious competition organized by the Air Force Association,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr. “Registration among CAP teams is up 45 percent – from the more than 150 teams entered last year – and, of course, we are proud CAP is the defending champion.”

Team Wilson, made up last year of members of the Orlando Cadet Squadron and other central Florida units, will defend its title as the Orlando Cadet Squadron with only members from that CAP unit. Last year, members from a combination of units or schools were allowed to compete.

“Over the next few months, these young competitors will learn the basics of cyber security in a competitive environment, while also developing skills in teamwork and critical thinking. This will surely be another exciting season,” said CyberPatriot Commissioner Bernie Skoch.

Teams enrolled in CyberPatriot IV consist of two to five members and up to five alternates. Competitors must be high school students and at least 13 years old. During each of three rounds before the national championship competition, teams are faced with realistic computer network threats from their home locations.

Each team will have six hours to seek out weaknesses in simulated online networks and work to defend those networks from threat scenarios. Teams are scored according to how quickly and effectively they establish and maintain secure networks. To accommodate the different time zones involved, there will be a 36-hour block to compete, starting at noon today and closing at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Eastern Daylight Time.

The scores from the first and second preliminary rounds will be aggregated to determine the top 36 teams, which will advance to the third round. The top 12 qualifying teams emerging from the third round then receive all-expenses-paid trips to the national championship competition March 22-23 in National Harbor, Md.

In addition to the hands-on experience entrants receive in all rounds of CyberPatriot IV and a distinguishing resume entry especially for high school summer internships, winning team members from the championship round also receive scholarships and prizes from supporting CyberPatriot sponsors.

More information is available at http://www.usCyberPatriot.org.



Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 70 years. It is a major partner of Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information on CAP.

 

Civil Air Patrol National Character Day

Cadet SS Jesus Monzon

Photos by Cadet Major Jacquelyn Tayler

 

 

Civil Air Patrol has had many days  themed into the Civil Air Patrol curriculum, such as the aerospace themed trip to the Challenger Space Center earlier this year, but a character day has never been nationally done before, until now. That’s something that Arizona Wing participated in, this year on September 17, 2011.

Cadets from all over the state were invited to Falcon Field to listen to motivational speakers then to proceed to hands on activities. Not only were Cadets going to have fun during this day, but they were also going to fulfill the goals set by the founders of this program; to “motivate cadets to take seriously issues of character and honor, while recommitting themselves to the drug free ethic; (and to) further integrate the DDR program into CAP’s overall Cadet Program.”

55 Cadets from all Arizona Wing arrived at various times early in the morning and after reporting in they were seated into a small conference room. After everyone was seated and quieted with a quick "room, attention " the program started. Cadet 2ndLt. Jacqueline Andrieu kicked off the program with a quick and efficient class of safety; she then ended with the statement “every one can be a safety officer”.

Cadet Lt.Col. Jacqueline Taylor then took over the class with a plan in mind. That plan was to teach the Cadets about the United States Air Force Academy’s ARDA character model. Her class began explosively with a shocking picture of a man rappelling in a dangerous situation. Throughout her class she explained the acronym ARDA (A: Awareness, R: Reasoning, D: Decision, A: Action) and how it related to real life scenarios. By the end of the class Cadets were left thoughtful over their decisions.

Afterwards guest speaker Waldel Blackwell took the floor. He started off his presentation in a fun hip way that got everybody in a relaxed mood. He explained how our goals in life should be layered with achievements, and filled with side accomplishments to help layer up closer to a goal. He shared many statements which inspired cadets; such as “set your goals for you”, “no such thing as right & wrong, only consequences”, “followers avoid, leaders confront”. And not only did he create a great atmosphere he also emphasized that as Civil Air Patrol Cadets we must not avoid drugs, but confront them and say “Thank you, but no thank you”

Next Cadets were lead outside to participate in various activities that explored various character skills. The first activity was an obstacle course in which Cadets had to drive a remote controlled car while wearing glasses that gave the user sight problems (replicating being drunk). The second activity had Cadets racing each other while using walking planks. The third activity had Cadets relay racing while wearing the glasses that replicated how a drunken person would see. The fourth and final activity had Cadets playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Finally after a safety class, a character class, a motivational lecture and after having a good time with other Cadets, everyone was dismissed on a good note. As Cadet Lt.Col. Jacqueline Taylor put it, ‘It was an amazing activity that brought the Cadets of AZWG together not just as individuals, but as a team”. It became apparent at this point that everyone was sparked with a new fire in their hearts, and that fire was a fire which shall not extinguish, and will prevail the hardships of life, and that fire is the spirit of being a Civil Air Patrol Cadet who lives life to the fullest while being an ambassador for the Drug Free Ethic.

 


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