Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Calif. Wing supports Air Force’s Super Bowl airspace security missions

The California Wing flew on Tuesday (Jan 26) in Fresno and (will be flying) on Feb. 3 in Oakland to help ensure the safety and security of airspace around Super Bowl 50.
In order to help train Air Force fighter aircrews and maintain their proficiency, Civil Air Patrol flies its Cessna airplanes into “restricted airspace” to simulate a trespassing aircraft while Air Force jet crews practice intercept techniques. The Air Force pilots fly alongside the CAP plane, make radio contact and guide it out of the restricted airspace.
Since the terroristic attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Federal Aviation Administration routinely implements “no-fly zones,” referred to as a Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR), around major events like the Super Bowl. Airspace around the venue is restricted from all general aviation traffic for a specified radius to ensure no aircraft enter. The TFR is enforced by the U.S. Air Force, which has fighter aircraft patrolling the area during the time of the restriction.
Two Cessna 182s from the California Wing will perform these missions when they fly as intercept targets for fighters from the California Air National Guard. CAP’s “low and slow” planes are considered ideal intercept targets for these exercises. A third CAP Cessna will fly “high bird,” handling communications from participants on the ground and other aircraft.
These missions mark CAP’s 15th year as a participant in North American Aerospace Defense Command air-defense exercises designed to protect the Super Bowl’s airspace. CAP is involved in similar exercises around the U.S. throughout the year to test airspace security.
The exercises, known as Falcon Virgo, are carried out as part of Operation Noble Eagle, launched by 1st Air Force/Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR) after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Along with CONR’s Western Air Defense Sector and CAP, the exercises are conducted in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and Customs and Border Protection.
“Civil Air Patrol is proud to again partner with the U.S. Air Force on this vital homeland security exercise. The opportunity to ensure safe skies around Levi’s Stadium is a mission CAP takes very seriously,” said Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP national commander. “Our aircrews are trained to simulate either threat or duress flights that inadvertently or purposely enter into restricted airspace. The Air Force depends on CAP to ensure its readiness in guarding America’s airspace.”
“TFRs are a normal part of general aviation flying, and at any given time there can be 30-40 TFRs in various areas around the country,” said Col. Alan Ferguson, California Wing commander, “including whenever the president of the United States flies in Air Force One.”
CAP is also responsible for raising general aviation community awareness of TFRs. Aircrews from throughout the California Wing will fly to numerous airports to inform pilots about the TFRs and the penalties for violation.
A training flight will be conducted Feb.  3 at Oakland International Airport.
(This post is courtesy of Civil Air Patrol NHQ) 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Congratulations to These Award Winners from Squadron 150!

We'd like to say "Congratulations!" to two valued members of Civil Air Patrol Squadron 150 who received prestigious awards recently from CAP Group 7, which encompasses six squadrons in Orange County, California, including Squadron 150.

Maj. John Hill received a Commander's Commendation Award for Outstanding Duty Performance for his many contributions to CAP, Group 7 and Squadron 150 throughout his Civil Air Patrol career.

Maj. John Hill (L) receives his Group 7 Commander's Commendation award from Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag (R) 
Photo credit: SM Rommel Anacan

2d Lt Mike Wetsman also received a Commander's Commendation award from CAP Group 7 as well, for Outstanding Duty Performance and was named the Group 7 Safety Officer of the year for 2015.

Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag (L) presenting 2d Lt. Mike Wetsman (R) with his award
Photo credit: SM Rommel Anacan

Congratulations to Maj Hill and 2d Lt. Wetsman! We're appreciative of your service to Civil Air Patrol, Group 7 and Squadron 150. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Congratulations to Our Squadron's Newest Officer!

Civil Air Patrol Squadron 150 is pleased to announce the promotion of Senior Member Jose Etcheverry to the grade of 2nd Lieutenant. In announcing 2d Lt. Etcheverry's promotion, Squadron 150 Commander Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag said, "Since joining Civil Air Patrol in 2015 2d Lt. Etcheverry has proven himself to be a valuable member of CAP and Squadron 150 and is very deserving of this promotion."

(L to R) Squadron Commander Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag, 2d Lt. Jose Etcheverry and Squadron Deputy Commander Capt. David Powell
(Photo Credit SM Rommel Anacan)
The members of Squadron 150 thank 2d Lt. Etcheverry for his service to CAP, our squadron and the community, and congratulate him on his promotion!

By: SM Rommel Anacan, Public Affairs Officer

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Veterans-Continue Serving Your Community in Civil Air Patrol!

If you are a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Orange County/Los Angeles area, the members of Civil Air Patrol Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 would like to invite you to join our team! As a Veteran we know that you possess the commitment to service, and the core belief that it is an honor and a duty to protect our fellow Americans, that we need to perform our missions!

It is currently estimated that there are currently over 12,500 CAP members who have military experience. Many of these Veterans have chosen to join Civil Air Patrol to serve their communities through the missions of CAP and for the feeling of camaraderie, teamwork, and friendship that they experienced during their military service.

These are exciting times for Civil Air Patrol! The U.S. Air Force recently recognized Civil Air Patrol as a component of its Total Force, when performing missions as the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, along with Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, retired personnel and civilian employees. 

If you are a Veteran we invite you to visit our squadron and see if CAP is right for you. We meet Thursday evenings from 1930-2100 at our squadron HQ at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. The address is 3976 Constitution Avenue, Los Alamitos, California 90720. If you can, plan on arriving by 1900 so that we have a chance to meet and greet you. 

We know you have a lot to offer CAP and we believe that CAP has a lot to offer you!

For more information about Civil Air Patrol and/or Long Beach Senior Squadron 150, please contact:

Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag, CAP
Long Beach Senior Squadron 150
lloyd.bumanglag AT cawgcap.org

SM Rommel Anacan, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Senior Squadron 150
rommel.anacan AT cawgcap.org

Note: When emailing please use the @ sign in the email address. To avoid spammers we removed the @ symbol in the email addresses listed above. 

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Squadron 150 Honored to Host Los Alamitos JFTB Commander

The members of Civil Air Patrol Squadron 150 were honored to have Brigadier General Nathaniel Reddicks, USAF, visit our Squadron's HQ recently. General Reddicks is the commander of the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB), a position he assumed in April of 2015.

Los Alamitos JFTB Commander Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Reddicks (L) with
Squadron 150 Commander Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag, CAP (R)
Photo Credit: SM Rommel Anacan
During an hour-long visit, General Reddicks met with leaders from Squadron 150 and Group 7, which are both headquartered at Los Alamitos JFTB, and then had a general question and answer period with squadron members. In addition to sharing updates regarding the base, the California Military Department and other area news, General Reddicks shared the story of his career, from the beginnings as an enlisted Airman, to his role as the commander of an important military installation in Orange County.

Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Reddicks receiving a Challenge Coin from Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag, CAP
Photo Credit: SM Rommel Anacan
Squadron 150 Commander Captain Lloyd Bumanglag, CAP presented General Reddicks with a Squadron 150 Challenge Coin as a token of our appreciation of his time and support, and we look forward to working with the General and the leadership of Los Alamitos JFTB in serving our community in the days ahead!

As General Reddicks left the meeting, he shouted, "Go Air Force!".... and we couldn't agree more!

Semper Vigilans!

-by: SM Rommel Anacan, Public Affairs Officer

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fellow Members of the California Wing,
Today is a very proud day for all members of the Civil Air Patrol. For the last 74 years, CAP has been serving our nation without a lot of fanfare. Our members have served in times of war, saved countless lives, brought peace to families of the lost, trained multiple generations of leaders and future leaders and teaches the nation about the past, present and future of aerospace. Hundreds of thousands have been members since our inception and over 58,000 are members today.
While we have been the Official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force since 1948, our partnership with the Air Force has strengthen over the last several years and they have begun relying on us for many vital missions. Over the last year, our National Commander, Major General Joe Vazquez has been working with the Air Force to solidify that relationship. At this morning's opening session of the National Conference in Orlando, Brigadier General Paul Guemmer, the Commander of the Jeannie M. Holm Center delivered a message on behalf of Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark Welsh announcing that Air Force Basic Doctrine has been changed and that the Civil Air Patrol is now part of the Air Force's Total Force of Active Duty, Reserves, Air National Guard and now, Auxiliary. For the first time, members of the Civil Air Patrol were referred to as American Airmen.
While being considered an Airman is a true honor, it is also carries with it an immense responsibility. We can no longer be the best kept secret in the Air Force. As a member of the Total Force, we will be expected to perform at the levels of the other members of the team. In short, we are no longer in the minor leagues. We have made it to the big leagues and everything we do from how we wear our uniforms to how we perform our missions must always live up to the title of American Airman.
Over the last four years, I have had the honor of leading one of the finest wings in the nation and have seen all of you rise to the challenges that the organization has placed before you. You have exceed my expectations and it is as a result of your hard work that we have been bestowed this honor but it will be up to all of you moving forward to continue the tradition of excellence and continue to grow personally and professionally. You must continue to grow and excel in our three missions and in your own professional development. It is only through this growth that we will demonstrate our contribution to the Total Force and to the safety and security of our nation.
Over the last four years, I have adopted a slogan that I use at the end of all my presentations that says "I am proud to tell everyone that will listen that I am a member of the California Wing" and I can now add to that "and am an American Airman." Thank you for all that you do and have done to make this change in the Basic Doctrine possible. The future is before us. Go seize it.

Semper Vigilans, Airmen

Jon Stokes, Colonel, CAP
Commander, California Wing.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Civil Air Patrol joins total force ‘Airmen’

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- When conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol is now included in the Air Force’s definition of the total force. CAP has provided 74 years of support to emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.

In August 2015, the Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, “Leadership,” expanding the Air Force’s descriptions of total force and Airmen to now consist of regular, Guard, Reserve, civilian and auxiliary members.

Historically, the broader term Airmen referred to uniformed and civilian members of the U.S. Air Force (officer or enlisted, regular, Reserve, or Guard) regardless of rank, component or specialty.

With this newest change, Air Force leaders should consider each part of the total force, including the auxiliary, when determining the most effective and efficient ways to complete the mission. CAP has approximately 57,000 volunteers and 550 aircraft assigned to more than 1,500 units stateside available or currently supporting non-combat missions on behalf of the Air Force.

“As a strategic partner, these unpaid professionals have boldly served our nation saving the Air Force almost 40 times the cost of using military assets for each hour served,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “Inclusion in the total force reflects the continuing key contributions of this highly trained and equipped organization.”

The auxiliary members, who fly the nearly 100,000 hours per year performing disaster relief, counterdrug, search and rescue, fighter interceptor training, aerial observation and cadet orientation flights, will now be included in the total force and referred to as Airmen during the performance of official duties in recognition of their contributions to the Air Force.

“Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez, the CAP national commander. “Our ability to augment the Air Force is second to none. We provide 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions and disaster-relief support to local, state and national agencies as well as aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, and remain continually postured to offer more.”

Beyond CAP’s support to achieve its homeland responsibilities for non-combat operations, the organization has been recognized for their efforts to inspire hundreds of thousands of cadets and K-12 students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and training.

“Civil Air Patrol’s increased exposure has a direct impact on attracting youth interest in STEM-based activities which are skills necessary to develop the innovative Airmen our Air Force needs,” said Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III. “We proudly welcome the Air Force auxiliary by extending our badge of honor as Airmen.”


Monday, February 16, 2015


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01/22/2015–LOS ALAMITOS, CA–The Long Bench Senior Squadron 150 of the Civil Air Patrol California Wing held a formal Change of Command ceremony at the Joint Forces Training Base CAP facility, CA. California Wing Group 7 Commander Lt. Col. Robert Calderon presided over the ceremony, where command of the unit was transferred from Lt.Col William H. Phinizy to Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag. 

Col William Phinizy has commanded the squadron for the past 3.5 years and has grown the squadron to its current level.  In addition, under his command Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 was awarded South Coast Group 7 Squadron of the Year award.  Lt.Col William Phinizy stated, “While I am looking forward to a quieter life and more project-orient participation with CAP and Squadron 150, it has been an incredible honor and privilege to work with these fine men in this unit for the past three and one-half years. It is, without a doubt, the best senior squadron in the California Wing”.

Incoming Commander Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag has also had a long tenure with Civil Air Patrol joining in 2008. Through his membership he has held such positions as, Public Affairs Officer, and Professional Development Officer. Capt. Bumanglag received the CAP flag symbolizing the beginning of his command service to the squadron
Attending the traditional, “Change of Command” ceremony was Los Alamitos Mayor Richard Murphy and City Council member Dean Grose, Aliso Viejo Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Munzing, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Division Reserve Lieutenant Michael Losquadro, and Director of Professional Services Responders Richard Revis.

Los Alamitos City Mayor Richard Murphy and City Council member Dean Grose presented to Lt.Col William Phinizy and Capt.Lloyd Bumanglag with a Certificate of Recognition award.  Aliso Viejo City Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Munzing stated, “This was a my first Change of Command ceremony, and I was delighted to hear that one of our own Aliso Viejo resident was given command of a Civil Air Patrol squadron.”

Lt.Col Robert Calderon began by saying, “I’d like to welcome your new squadron commander Capt. Bumanglag and thank him for stepping up to take the reins of the Long Bench Senior Squadron 150, and to thank Lt.Col Phinizy for his time in service as the commander of the squadron.”

Bumanglag then addressed the squadron, “….Though it is important to maintain continuity, it is just as important to welcome change. I welcome the challenge and I look forward to serving alongside each of you and enhancing the proficiency and advancement for our Unit and the mission of the Civil Air Patrol”.

After the ceremony, guests, family members, and dignitaries had a chance to celebrate with the squadron members over some food and refreshments.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. 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 is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals 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 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71½ years. CAP also participates in 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.

The Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 meets weekly on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at 3976 Constitution Avenue, Los Alamitos, CA located at the Joint Forces Training Base (JFTC). For more information contact:  Capt. David Powell @ CD@sq150.org.  Facebook at www.facebook.com/squadron150. www.sq150.org

Monday, December 01, 2014

Civil Air Patrol Marks 73rd Anniversary


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!


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>



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


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

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

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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.


The National CyberThreat Level has been raised to HIGH. I can’t remember the last time that happened. 
·         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!