Monday, December 01, 2014

Civil Air Patrol Marks 73rd Anniversary

HAPPY 73rd ANNIVERSARY CAP

December 1, 2014
Civil Air Patrol NHQ


Dear CAP Officers, NCOs and Cadets,



I salute each of you on this special day, Civil Air Patrol’s 73rd anniversary. Each year on Dec. 1 we are reminded of the sacrifices of CAP’s earliest members, whose extraordinary contributions to America represent our proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community. But never more than on this Dec. 1, just nine days away from a long-awaited ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in which CAP will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of our very own World War II veterans from America’s Greatest Generation.

Organizing less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 that led to America’s involvement in World War II, these founding members of  CAP were quick to answer the call of civilian service on the home front. They proved their worth by conducting aerial patrols that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks on shipping along America’s coastlines and waterways. Their vigilance helped save lives and preserved our nation’s freedom.

The legacy of these brave and heroic men and women lives on today through each of you, the 59,000 citizen volunteers of Civil Air Patrol. Every day you too make a profound difference in your communities, saving lives through search and rescue and other emergency services and conducting aerospace education and youth programs that help develop our nation’s next generation of leaders, while also still contributing to our nation’s defense.

CAP has truly come full circle, today providing the same vigilant civilian service that our founders began on Dec. 1, 1941. Over the past 73 years, hundreds of thousands of other men and women – everyday heroes like you – have built on the foundation our World War II-era veterans set for us. Your contributions have helped CAP evolve into a world-class public service organization.

With the Congressional Gold Medal presentation approaching, it is a great time to be a member of Civil Air Patrol. Thank you for your service. … Now let’s celebrate. Happy 73rd Anniversary, CAP.

Semper Vigilans!

JOSEPH R. VAZQUEZ

Major General, CAP
National Commande

Link to Article on CAPVolunteerNow

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gold Medal Ceremony for WWII Civil Air Patrol Members Announced

Gold Medal Ceremony for WWII Civil Air Patrol Members Announced

November 25, 2014|Speaker Boehner's Press Office


On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate will present a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of members of the Civil Air Patrol whose valor and dedication saved countless lives during World War II. 

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will take part in the bipartisan, bicameral ceremony. 

A tradition dating back to the American Revolution, the Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor the United States Congress can bestow.   Pursuant to S. 309, enacted on May 30, 2014,  a single medal has been struck to honor collectively the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol in recognition of their military service and exemplary record. Founded just six days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Civil Air Patrol – which was comprised of civilian volunteer pilot and aviators – logged 500,000 flying hours during World War II, performing such duties as sinking U-Boats and saving crash victims. On May 26, 1948, the Civil Air Patrol officially became an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. 

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm ET in NationalStatuary Hall of the United States Capitol. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Congratulations to 2LT Ralph "Paul" Koons - Recruiting Achievement Award


"For the past three years, 2LT Ralph 'Paul' Koons has held the staff position of Recruiting and Retention Officer and each of those years he has faithfully and consistently discharged his duties in that position.

During the award qualification period, 2LT Koons took on the role as the Recruiting Officer and is very active in his community promoting CAP at every opportunity he can find, recruiting people of all walks of life. His outreach efforts include the following:

(1) Regularly visiting and attending events at the Lyon Air Museum at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Paul ensures that there is an abundant availability of Civil Air Patrol recruiting literature available in the display racks. Moreover, he works with the museum personnel to amplify CAPs presence in that facility.

(2) Every year -- especially during the evaluation period -- 2LT Koons serves as a liaison and works with the Los Alamitos JFTB committees charged with planning and holding the annual Wheels, Wings, and Rotors show at that facility. It is by dint of Paul's efforts that this unit is afforded this annual chance to meet and recruit prospective members in its own backyard.

(3) Additionally, 2LT Koons works with those organizations that hold air shows and expositions at the Long Beach air port. As with the Wheels, Wings and Rotors event, Paul regularly sets up an Easy-Up and sees to it that CAP and Squadron 150 have a presence there. He also has done this at the Fullerton event and other get-togethers.

In Paul's own words:

"I do air shows like the one at the Long Beach Airport, at the Wings, Wheels, and Rotors event, and at the Fullerton Air Show.  We take our EZ-Up, our chairs and table and pass out a lot of literature, provided by  Maxwell AFB, to educate the people about the Civil Air Patrol.  Also, the Long Beach Airport lets me have a table for CAP if they have a special event and they bring in outside people. I have provided guest speakers to speak about the Civil Air Patrol on several occasions to different groups. I talk with college students who want to get into the aviation field during the Long Beach tours. This can happen three or four times a year"

'"Over the last year, I can't say how many people I have brought into Civil Air Patrol because many people may go to different squadrons. My best guess is that over two dozen have joined the Civil Air Patrol through my recruitment efforts."
The results of Paul's efforts have been impressive. During this evaluation period, this unit averages one legitimate prospect per month and fully 80% of them have gone on to become staff officers or assistants with promising abilities and futures in CAP and California Wing.

Of course, Paul's recruiting efforts are not limited to Squadron 150. He has provided members to other units where there membership might be more appropriate owing to geography or age. Squadron 40 and 153 have benefited from 2LT Koons' conscientiousness.

2LT Koons' unselfish effort and performance of his duties and responsibilities in this and other areas exemplify the highest standards for CAP's Core Values, principally volunteer service and excellence. He exemplifies the ideal of 'Service above self'."




Sunday, October 05, 2014

Captain Smith Promoted to Major

Captain Smith was recently promoted to the Field Grade of Major at the 18 September 2014 squadron meeting.  We congratulate Major Smith on his promotion and thank him for his many years of tireless service to our squadron.

 Captain Hoppy Promoted to Major


At the 2 October 2014 squadron meeting we were happy to see a longtime member, Captain Hoppy, promoted to the Field Grade of Major.  He is one of several members who have received such a promotion this year.  We congratulate Major Hoppy for his promotion and thank him for his service to CAP and all he's done for our Unit.

Assisting with the "enhancement" to Major Hoppy's uniform are Captain Rau of Squadron 150 and Lt. Colonel Watkins of California Wing.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

South Coast Group 7 Annual Awards Banquet - Congratulations Squadron 150 !!!

<Click for Press Release Here>

09/19/2014

CIVIL AIR PATROL SOUTH COAST GROUP 7 ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET


Anaheim, CA – Civil Air Patrol South Coast Group Seven California Wing hosted its annual awards banquet at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California.

Group Seven Commander Lt. Col Robert Calderon and Deputy Commander Lt. Col Jim Robertson presided over the banquet. After dinner, members and guests were presented with a slideshow highlighting South Coast Group Seven’s accomplishments and activities. During awards, a few members received awards for their achievements and services.

South Coast Group Seven Public Affairs Officer of the Year 2014 was presented to Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag. Capt. Dan Hoppy was awarded with Safety Officer of the Year 2014. The Commander Commendation Award for Outstanding Duty Performance was presented to Lt. Col William Phinizy.  2nd Lt Ralph Koons was nominated for Senior Officer of the Year and given an achievement award for Outstanding Duty Performance. 

Proudly, Squadron 150 was declared the Senior Squadron of the Year 2014.


(Left to Right) Capt. Jerry Civalleri, Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag, Capt.Bodo Rau, Lt.Col William Phinizy, Lt.Col Robert Calderon, Capt. David Powell, Major Alexander Smith

Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag (L) receives South Coast Group 7 Public Affairs Officer of the Year 2014 
from  Lt.Col Robert Calderon (R)

Capt. Dan Hoppy (L), receives South Coast Group 7 Safety Officer of the Year 2014 
from  Lt.Col Robert Calderon (R)

Lt.Col William Phinizy (L), receives Commanders Commendation Award 

from  Lt.Col Robert Calderon (R)



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

California Wing Locates Missing Pilot

September 16, 2014

California Wing Locates Missing Pilot
  
Fresno, California -- Civil Air Patrol’s California Wing has located a downed aircraft missing since Monday evening. The pilot, who was seen walking near the airplane, has been transported from the crash site in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains via a National Park Service helicopter.
CAP spotted the downed aircraft at 9:03 a.m. today near where the last known Emergency Locator Transmitter signal had been heard. The aircraft had departed from Reid-Hillview Airport, San Jose, California, on Monday and was destined for Lone Pine, California.

Eight CAP members led by CAP Maj. Marc Sobel, the mission’s incident commander, conducted three aerial searches for the missing pilot. Initially, CAP launched an aircraft from Camarillo, California, at 11:28 p.m. Monday evening and received its first signal from the plane’s ELT at 12:44 a.m. The general location of the beacon was identified at approximately 1:05 a.m., in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, approximately 80 miles east of Fresno.

Due to low nighttime visibility, the search mission was resumed today at 7:15 a.m., and the pilot was located two hours later.

“The members of the California Wing performed this mission is an extremely polished and professional manner, which is what they are trained to do,” said California Wing Commander, Col. Jon Stokes. “I am extremely proud of them and especially proud of the way in which the mission ended.”



Courtesy of: 
Aaron P. Yanagihara, Maj.CAP 
PAO, Norcal Group 5 (CA-445)
PAO, CAWG (CA-001)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Squadron 150 Promotions and Awards

From Left to right, CAPT David Powell, 2LT Ghislain Martial N Ngangnang, 2LT Michael Wetsman,  CAPT Brian Donegan, and Lt Col William Phinizy, Squadron 150 Commander
LOS ALAMITOS, CA– On Thursday evening July 17, 2014, Squadron 150 of the United States Air Force Auxiliary Group 7, promoted Senior members, Brian Donegan to the grade of Captain, David Powell to the grade of Captain, Michael Wetsman to the grade of 2nd Lieutenant, and Ghislain Martial N Ngangnang to the grade of 2nd Lieutenant,

CAPT David Powell, joined CAP in 2014 partly out of a desire to serve and make a difference. Combining his passion to make an impact with the passion to fly in the Civil Air Patrol.

CAPT Powell serves as the squadron’s finance officer. "...No man is an island, and we need each other as a crew to save lives together," says Captain Powell.

2LT Ghislain Martial N Ngangnang, joined CAP in 2014 completing the requirements and demonstrated skills and attitude necessary to be recognized with promotion to the grade of 2nd Lieutenant.

2LT Michael Wetsman, joined CAP in 2013 a commercial pilot for over 20 years, and currently serves as the squadron’s safety education officer. He is currently training to be a Gulfstream V instructor and is a CAP Transport Mission Pilots (TMP) and cadet orientation pilot.

CAPT Brian Donegan, joined CAP in 2014 with the desire of being able to fly on missions while also serving the community. An officer in the United States Air Force currently stationed in California, CAPT Donegan serves as the squadron’s aerospace education officer.

"..Our newly minted Officers are very exciting, it is a privilege to acknowledge those who have demonstrated an outstanding performance, as well as having their talents and experience mold into our Unit. They are an asset to CAP, and it’s an honor to have them continue to serve utilizing their leadership and growing expertise," says CAPT Lloyd Bumanglag, the unit's Public Affairs Officer.

CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. CAP volunteers perform 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

Members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP Cadet Program. CAP's cadet programs provide young men and women with a safe and motivating environment in which to grow and explore opportunities in the military and aviation industries. Cadets progress through a 16-step program of leadership and aerospace education. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 63 years. For information, go to www.gocivilairpatrol.com

The Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 meets on Thursday evenings at the Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) in Los Alamitos on 3976 Constitution Avenue. Anyone interested in becoming a member are always welcome. Contact Paul Koons, 2nd Lt, CAP, Recruiting and Retention Officer at recruiting@sq150.org

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tuesday, July 01, 2014


Missile-warning satellites contract awarded

/ Published June 30, 2014


LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) --

The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a $1.86 billion contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, California, for production of the fifth and sixth Space-Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, geosynchronous, or GEO, missile-warning satellites.

"This is a great day in the history of the SBIRS program," said Col. Mike Guetlein, the production program manager. "We saved hundreds of millions by relentlessly pursuing efficiencies. We eliminated unnecessary layers of program oversight and contract reporting, restructured our test program, and streamlined the production schedules."

The Air Force implemented the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power practices to make this program more affordable.

"The magnitude of the savings is remarkable and directly attributable to the hard work and dedication of the combined Lockheed Martin and Air Force team over the past two years," said Lt. Col. David Menke, the Air Force's lead to build the next two satellites.

SBIRS is the next-generation strategic missile-warning system replacing the 1970s Defense Support Program constellation. SBIRS delivers global, overhead, persistent, task able 24/7 infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st century demands for early warning of missile launches, while simultaneously supporting other critical missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battle space awareness.

The SBIRS objective constellation consists of four GEO satellites, two highly elliptical earth orbit payloads, and associated ground infrastructure. The fifth and sixth satellites will replenish on-orbit satellites in the constellation in order to maintain the required operational mission capabilities.

The SBIRS program is led by the Infrared Space Systems Directorate at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is the SBIRS prime contractor. Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Azusa, California, is the payload integrator. The 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., operates the SBIRS system.

AFSPC’s Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., is the Air Force's center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems.


Courtesy of: Public Affairs Officer

Friday, May 30, 2014

CAP Congressional Gold Medal





CIVIL AIR PATROL 
Citizens Serviing Communities



Please click here to find the hometown news release for President Obama’s signing of the CAP Congressional Gold Medal bill into law today. Please note the importance of localizing the release by going to the CGM website’s Bios page for information on both living and deceased members in your respective states.

This, of course, gives us another chance to tell those members’ stories through media publicity. We look forward to be able to publicize the results you achieve on the local, state and even national levels by highlighting them atwww.capgoldmedal.com.


Julie DeBardelaben
Deputy Director of Public Affairs

Steve Cox 
Public Affairs Manager

Dan Bailey 
Online Editor




Courtesy by:  Lloyd Bumanglag Capt, CAP (PAO)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Massive OpenSSL Bug 'Heartbleed' Threatens Sensitive Data:

An encryption tool used by a large chunk of the Internet is flawed, potentially exposing reams of data meant to be hidden from prying eyes. The bug, nicknamed Heartbleed by researchers at Google Inc. and cybersecurity firm Codenomicon, could have affected two-thirds of active websites when it was disclosed Monday, they said. On Tuesday, website operators, including Yahoo Inc., raced to fix the problem. Several researchers said earlier that they had been able to capture Yahoo usernames and passwords. Many other major websites, such as Google, Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc., appeared to be safe, based on a test created by a researcher for cybersecurity company Qualys Inc.

The bug exploits a problem in certain versions of OpenSSL, a free set of encryption tools used by much of the Internet. OpenSSL is managed by four core European programmers, only one of whom counts it as his full-time job. The limited resources behind the encryption code highlight a challenge for Web developers amid increased concern about hackers and government snoops. Websites increasingly use encryption to mask data such as usernames, passwords and credit-card numbers. That prevents a hacker lurking at a coffee shop from grabbing personal information out of the air as it travels to a wireless router. This type of encryption is called SSL, or secure sockets layer, or TLS, or transport layer security. Web servers that use the affected versions of the code store some data unprotected in memory.

Hackers can grab that data, and reconstruct information about users or keys that would allow them to monitor past or future encrypted traffic.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304819004579489813056799076


The National CyberThreat Level has been raised to HIGH. I can’t remember the last time that happened. 
WHAT TO DO:
·         Check to see if any websites you have accounts on are vulnerable:

"Heartbleed Hit List" (http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/) a listing of some popular websites and their vulnerability status 

"Heartbleed Test" (http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/a tool for checking status of individual websites 
·         Change passwords for all online accounts and e-mail, giving first priority to critical accounts.

·         Be alert for phishing scams. CIS received reports of phishing campaigns related to this vulnerability, attempting to lure victims to credential-stealing sites. If you need to change your password, type the URL of the organization in a browser and do not click on links in emails that ask you to reset your passwords



CAPT. Lloyd Bumanglag CAP

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

SQ 150 Safety Meeting 3 April 2014


It's that happy time of the month already. Attendance at this Thursday's meeting will garner an extension of members' safety currency. SM Mike wetsman will hold forth delivering the benedicition and then we will adjourn to an admin session whereby the folks who garnered their new (and re-treaded) ES ratings will lock them down into eServices.

On hand to help with this will be the Commander and the Senior ES officer. Look forward to seeign you all there.

W. H. Phinizy, Lt Col, CAP
Squadron Commander

Sunday, March 23, 2014

SQ150 to embark on Amateur Radio Education for members


Major "Wells" Gardner Harris, Group 7 Director of Communications, recently sent this out about Amateur Radio:
1. It works when nothing else does
2. It makes you part of a worldwide community
3. The opportunity to help neighbors by providing public service and emergency communications
4. Some of the nicest people you'll ever meet
5. Some of the smartest people you'll ever meet
6. Some of the most interesting people you'll ever meet
7. Some of the most generous people you'll ever meet (along with some of the cheapest!)
8. Lifelong friendships
9. Friends around the world (including those you haven't met yet)
10. The opportunity to go interesting places you might not otherwise go to
11. The opportunity to do interesting things you might not otherwise get to do
12. The opportunity to expand your knowledge of geography
13. The opportunity to expand your knowledge of earth and space science
14. Practical uses for high school math
15. Practical uses for high school physics
16. A good way to practice a foreign language
17. A good way to keep in touch with faraway friends and relatives
18. A good way to get driving directions when visiting someplace new (with or without GPS)
19. A good way to find the best places to eat when visiting someplace new (with or without GPS)
20. Finding "non-touristy" off-the-beaten-path places to stay, eat, visit, etc.
21. A good way to learn about virtually any topic
22. A good way to bridge the generation gap
23. A good way to keep tabs on elderly/infirm people
24. People named Joe (Walsh, Rudi, Taylor)
25. How many of your non-ham friends have actually talked
to someone in some remote place such as Cape Verde or the Seychelles?
26. How many of your non-ham friends might have talked to an astronaut aboard the space station?
27. How many of your non-ham neighbors might have a satellite uplink station in their basements—or in the palms of their hands?
28. How many of your non-ham neighbors might have a TV studio in their garage?
29. What other hobby group has designed, built, and had launched its own fleet of communication satellites?
30. Where else can you play with meteors?
31. Moonbounce
32. Informal way to improve technical skills
33. Informal way to improve communication skills
34. Introduces a variety of career paths
35. Offers unparalleled opportunities for career networking
36. Opportunities for competition in contesting and foxhunting
37. A good way to collect really cool postcards from around the world (despite the growth of electronic confirmations)
38. Nearly endless variety of different things to do, on and off the air
39. Hamfests
40. Dayton
41. Field Day
42. Working DX
43. Being DX
44. DXpeditions
45. Contesting
46. Award-chasing
47. Double-hop sporadic-E
48. Worldwide DX on 6 meters (once or twice every 11 years) [The current extended sunspot minimum has shown that mechanisms other than F2 propagation can offer intercontinental DX on the "magic band" at any point in the solar cycle.]
49. Tropospheric ducting
50. Gray-line propagation
51. TEP, chordal hops, etc.
52. Getting through on CW when nothing else will
53. Unexpected band openings
54. Building your own gear
55. Using gear you've built yourself
56. Operating QRP from some remote location
57. Experimenting with antennas
58. Working DX while mobile or while hiking
59. Experimenting with new modes and new technology
60. The opportunity to help build an internet that doesn't rely on the internet
61. DXing on your HT via IRLP and Echolink
62. Contributing to scientific knowledge about propagation
63. Keeping track of other people's GPS units via APRS
64. Ham radio balloon launches to the edge of space, and as always...
65. Reading CQ!

(Permission is hereby granted to reprint this list in amateur radio club newsletters, provided credit is given to CQ magazine.)
In order to foster a more technical understanding of the principles of radio communication, the squadron commander, William Phinizy, K6WHP, is starting an "Elmering" program to interested members who wish to get their Technician (or higher) amateur radio license. Those interested in participating can simply go to this link to obtain a suitable training book for a nominal cost and, while studying, can obtain on-line practice examinations here.

The actual amateur radio examinations are administered by hams themselves from a published question pool. There are three classes of ham radio license:

(1) Technician - VHF and UHF privileges, some HF privileges on 10 meters.
(2) General - Most HF, VHF and UHF privileges.
(3) Extra - ALL HF, VHF and UHF privileges.

You have to matriculate up the ladder (i.e., cannot take the General before you pass the Technician) and NO license requires Morse code proficiency anymore. The eham.net link above provides sample tests WITH THE ACTUAL QUESTIONS FROM THE APPROPRIATE POOL. It will grade your test and provide you with a score. The art is to keep taking the tests until your scores come back consistently as 80% or more. (Passing is 70 percent.) Then you go to a local ham club who regularly holds these exams, pay them about $10, and take the test. They will grade it there so you will know if you pass. Then it's about two-three weeks before the FCC issues you a call sign.

..radios? That's the fun part. The hams in Squadron 150, CAPT John Frerichs, N6VCW, 1LT Dave Martin, KD6IQY, Major John Hill, K6JCH, and others will chime in on sources, recommendations, and how, what, why and good deals when you pass. Additionally, from time to time, we will be providing demonstrations of radios and technical points to support your study.

Note that the question pool for the Technician license is changing in June so before you tumble for a book, determine if you can get your license before then. Otherwise, let's wait until then, get the new book, and hit it then.

Good luck!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Squadron 150 Holds CPR Training


On 15 Feb 2014 members of Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 were joined by members of Falcon Senior Squadron 40 and Saddleback Composite Squadron 68 for CPR, First Aid, and AED training. Overall, 15 Civil Air Patrol members received training on that day and will receive their certificates cards. Training was generously provided by members of the California State Military Reserve at a very low cost. Civil Air Patrol participants commented on the professionalism of the training group and remarked upon the high quality of the presentation.

Health Services Officer
Long Beach Senior Squadron 150

Monday, March 17, 2014

Civil Air Patrol Joins Search For Missing Malaysian Airliner

CAP Joins Search For Missing Malaysian Airliner

This is an example of how the CAP Radar Analysis Team is able to take radar data and visually show searchers where to look. On this particular mission, the wreckage was found within 65 feet of the estimate.



“It’s a normal search and rescue mission,” Lt. Col. John Henderson said of Civil Air Patrol’s role in the search for missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370. 

Henderson, a radar analyst for the U.S. Air Force’s 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron (RADES) at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is vice commander of CAP’s 10-member National Radar Analysis Team. 

”CAP brings different and unique tools to the table,” said Henderson, who is working 24/7 to narrow the search area based on the airline’s radar forensics information.   

“We have a lot of experience using different types of radar data, and our software tools are designed to use a lot of different formats of radar data. The goal is to utilize the radar data and radar signatures from the aircraft to determine its ultimate flight path,” he said.

"Between the 84 RADES and Civil Air Patrol, we have a very robust capability to reduce radar data into usable and actionable forms, to include stitching together tracks from multiple radar systems,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ian Kemp, commander of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. CAP performs 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the AFRCC. 

Henderson’s SAR track record is impressive. In 13 years, he has participated in more than 600 CAP radar analysis missions with “well over 150 finds” and about 45 lives saved, he said.

In 2007 he helped narrow the search for Adam Flight 574, an Indonesian B-737 that went missing during a flight between Surabaya and Manado with 96 passengers and six crewmembers aboard. Recruited by the U.S. State Department for assistance after a massive effort to find the jet failed, Henderson was able to direct searchers within a mile of the crash site in 6,500 feet of water in the Makassar Strait.

“Searchers were having a hard time picking up the black box pings, and the more time that goes by, the weaker it becomes,” he said, adding, “My analysis got ships in a very close position so they could pick up the pings.”  

“The black box is really key to knowing what happened, besides finding the wreckage,” he said.

Radar analysis “can be extremely accurate,” Henderson said. In the CAP team’s case, “over 90 percent of the time we narrow the search area based on forensics information. We’ve come within 65 feet of where a crash occurred and sometimes miles. It depends on the radar environment.”


Courtesy of Civil Air Patrol -CAP Volunteernow.com  



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Tribute to Women Airforce Service Pilots

WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
WHERE: LYON AIR MUSEUM (LAM)
19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707
PHONE: 714-210-4585
E-MAIL: info@lyonairmuseum.org
DIRECTIONS: www.lyonairmuseum.org/visitus
Lyon Air Museum, a premier Southern California showcase for vintage historic military aircraft and vehicles, will conduct a symposium and book signing paying tribute to the more than 1,000 women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II. LAM Docent and acclaimed author, Nancy Robison, will be on hand to sign copies of her latest book, “We Love to Fly,” about the brave and amazing WASPs who flew in support of the war effort.

“The WASPs courageous service to our country was essential to the war effort, enabling their male counterparts to be deployed en masse to combat zones around the world,” said Robison. ”They completed the same rigorous flight training syllabus, and by war’s end had flown 78 different kinds of aircraft, logging more than 60 million miles of flying while test piloting and delivering planes throughout the United States.”

In spite of this, they were not considered as military personnel at the time, and their service did not receive adequate recognition, nor military benefits, in the years following the war. It wasn’t until 1977 they were granted veterans’ status and the official acknowledgment they so deserved. As part of the program, World War II veteran WASPs will be on hand to tell their incredible stories, including 95 year old Beverly Beesemyer, who served while flying B-26 bombers stateside, towing targets for live ammunition practice.

At the conclusion of the talk, an AT-6 Texan advanced trainer of World War II, the same type of aircraft often piloted by WASPs, is scheduled to take to the skies for a quick demonstration flight. “What a ship,” remarked Beesemyer after her first AT-6 training flight in 1944. “What procedure, what confusion!” she continued. And what a ship it was. The North American AT-6 Texan was a sophisticated single-engine aircraft used to train pilots of the US Air Forces, US Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during WWII and into the 1950s. Powered by a 600 horsepower engine, and quite challenging to maneuver during takeoffs and landings, the complex “Texan” was designed to teach the Allied flyers all they would need to know before flying high performance aircraft in combat. LAM’s AT-6 es as a tribute to millions of men and women who served during World War II, and pays homage to the dedication, sacrifice and contributions of those like the WASPs who helped pioneer the skies.

Admission rates:
General admission–$12; Seniors and Veterans–$9; Ages 5-17–$6; Under age 5—Free.
Groups of 10 or more–$1 off each visitor. Pre-arranged school groups—Free.
In addition to Bev Beesemyer, Dawn Seymour, WASP, class 43-5 will also be at the Lyon Museum.

Courtesy of:
Linda Abrams, 2LT, CAP
Aerospace Education Officer

Friday, January 24, 2014

Promotions and Awards Ceremony

Civil Air Patrol Planned Giving

Make a Lasting Commitment to Service


The Civil Air Patrol was first created as a way for citizens to server their communities, and this mission remains strong today.  You can ensure the future of CAP through a gift in yur will or living trust.  A special type of gift, called planned gift, allow you to provide future for your loved ones and CAP

Gift planning is finding ways to make charitable gifts now or after your lifetime while enjoying financial benefits for yourself. 

Planned gifts are sometimes referred to as "stop-and-think" gifts because they require some planning and often help from your professional advisors.  Unlike cash donations, they are typically made from assets in your estate rather than disposable income, and come to fruition upon your death.

Most Common Gift Giving is a bequest in your will or living trust.  Other planned gifts include: 


CAP CPR/First Aid/AED Training 15 Feb 2014

CPR / FIRST AID / AED TRAINING




Details:

Location:
Group 7/Squadron 150/Squadron 153 Headquarters
3976 Constitution Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90270

Date:
15 Feb 2014

Time:
0800 hrs (8:00 am) Start Time
6-8 Hours Training Duration

Cost:
$5.00 Cash Only on Day of Training
 
Dress:
BDU, Blue Field Uniform, or Polo Shirt Combo are recommended and preferred.
Appropriate civilian attire also allowed.

Safety Currency:
Participants must have current safety training through the end of February 2014
 
Sign Up:
To reserve your spot for this training (or if you have any questions) simply respond to this e-mail (sq150hso@yahoo.com).
 
There are only 30 spots available and I expect them to be filled quickly so don't delay!


Sponsored by:
Long Beach Senior Squadron 150
Medical Services

Monday, January 20, 2014

Space Tech Conference - Long Beach April 1-3


Conference Program
At a Glance Agenda
Speaker Interviews Registration

Space Tech Conference 2014 - Program Announced!

We are pleased to announce an expert faculty of speakers from across the commercial, government and DoD space sectors for the Space Tech Conference 2014! The action-packed Space Tech Conference program (Long Beach California) will see some of the world's leading pioneers in the space industry sharing critical insights into delivering successful space missions.

With a 3-day program offering unrivalled experience-based learning, the Space Tech Conference will help you partner and collaborate more effectively, improve procurement processes, increase efficiency, and leverage the latest technologies to help improve capabilities and lower cost.


Commercial Space Market

Speakers Include:
Debra Facktor Lepore, Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Operations, Ball Aerospace George Zamka, Deputy Associate Administrator, Commercial Space Transportation, FAA Phil McAlister, Director, Commercial Spaceflight, NASA Dan Collins, COO, United Launch Alliance

1-DAY PASS ONLY $295
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Military Space

Speakers Include:
Jim Simpson, President, Boeing Satellite Systems International Mark Calassa, Vice President - Protected Communications, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Col. Scott Beidleman, Director, Development Planning, SMC (US Air Force) Austin Mroczek, Assistant PEO for S&T PEO Space Systems, SPAWAR (US Navy)

1-DAY PASS ONLY $295
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Game-changing Technologies

Speakers Include:
Tom Kessler, Program Manager, Boeing Phantom Works Dr. David Korsmeyer, Director of Engineering, NASA Ames Chris Hoeber, Senior Vice President of Systems Engineering, SSL Marc Benhamou, Satellite Product Lines Manager, Thales Alenia Space

1-DAY PASS ONLY $295
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EARLY BIRD RATE ENDS FEBRUARY 22, 2014 - FULL PRICE $695


50% DISCOUNT FOR MILITARY / GOVERNMENT / ACADEMIC ATTENDEES*

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Friday, January 17, 2014

TSA to begin inspecting airliner repair shops


The Transportation Security Administration is gearing up to begin inspecting airplane shops all over the world, an effort aimed at stopping potential sabotage and theft of U.S. planes. The new rules announced Friday will put TSA in the business of inspecting airport-based repair stations, finally satisfying a mandate that Congress first issued 10 years ago because of fears that terrorists could steal an unattended plane or sabotage one while it is being repaired...
For more information click Here

Lloyd Bumanglag Capt, CAP
Public Affairs Officer (PAO)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A2A Cessna 172 with Accu-Sim

For those interested in flight simulators, check out Just Flight for the the A2A Cessna simulator. Click on the link below


This blog page is for informational purposes only and not intended as an endorsement of any JustFlight products.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Group 7 Meeting to be held at Squadron 150 Meeting

Kinda sounds weird but it all makes sense once you figure it out. Here are the upcoming events for the squadron:

On Thursday January 16 at 1800 hrs, the Commander will hold the Quarterly Planning Meeting at the CAP Los Alamitos Facility.

On Thursday January 16 at 1930 hrs, CAP Tom Barbre will present the Squadron 41 Glider Program. Come and learn more of the Glider Program.

On Thursday January 23 at 1830 hrs, Group 7 Meeting will be held at the CAP Los Alamitos Facility. It is part of new Group 7 commander, Lt Col Calderone's program to make group meetings more open and conveniently attended by squadron members. Lt Col Calderone will hold such meetings on a quarterly basis at the various units within the group during one of their regularly scheduled meeting. He has honored Squadron 150 with the privilege of holding the first of these meetings. This would be a great opportunity for those who wish to experience Group decision and activities planning for 2014. This meeting is open to anyone in the Group that would like to attend and the tentative agenda is:
  • Safety Briefing
  • Introductions
  • Los Alamitos Facility Status
  • Finance
  • Cadet Programs/Scheduled Events this year
  • ES/DP Scheduled Events this year
  • PA Status for Group 7 and Squadrons.
  • Compliance and Reporting
  • WAMO Duty Schedule
  • Awards and Promotions
  • Around the Room

Lloyd Bumanglag, Capt, CAP
Public Affairs Officer (PAO)
PAO@sq150.org

Monday, January 13, 2014

CAP ANNOUNCES CEO POSITION

Photo: For the first time in CAP's 72-year history, the organization’s CEO, the national commander of CAP, will be selected by the group’s Board of Governors. Applications for the position will be accepted until Febuary 21st. Previously, commanders were elected by a majority vote of the organization’s 52 wing commanders. CAP’s CEO will be appointed by the BoG to a three-year term, which may be extended. The new selection process became official in October 2012 when the BoG approved an updated Constitution and Bylaws incorporating the organization’s new governance structure. http://bit.ly/1m2U15DNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS -- For the first time in CAP's 72-year history, the organization’s CEO, the national commander of CAP, will be selected by the group’s Board of Governors. Applications for the position will be accepted until Feb. 21. Previously, commanders were elected by a majority vote of the organization’s 52 wing commanders. CAP’s CEO will be appointed by the BoG to a three-year term, which may be extended. The new selection process became official in October 2012 when the BoG approved an updated Constitution and Bylaws incorporating the organization’s new governance structure  http://bit.ly/1m2U15D

Lloyd Bumanglag, Capt, CAP
Public Affairs Officer (PAO)
PAO@sq150.org