Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Good Leaders Practice Servant Leadership

Note: We came across this article by Chief Master Sgt. Tyrone Davis, USAF and would like to share it with you.

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- Servant leadership is a concept that may be a little different from the normal discussions concerning leadership. 

Though many of us practice this concept every day, we haven't thought about it as being in relationship to a servant. 

The phrase, "I joined the military to serve my country," has been used by many people. But how much thought has really been put into the concept to serve or become a servant? To serve, you must take on the role of a servant ...

To read more, click on this link: http://www.af.mil/News/Commentaries/Display/tabid/271/Article/141438/good-leaders-practice-servant-leadership.aspx

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Squadron 150 Participates in SAREX and Airborne Photography Ground School

This was not a typical Father's Day weekend for the members of Squadron 150 that participated in two Group trainings, including a Search and Rescue Training Exercise (SAREX) and an Airborne Photography Ground School during the weekend of 18 June-19 June, 2016.

Cessna 206 doing a short field take off

Airborne Photography Ground School
The Airborne Photography Ground School took place on 18 June, 2016 at the Metro Cities Fire Dispatch headquarters in Anaheim on 18 June, 2016. In the past few years airborne photography has become one of CAWG's leading mission requests, with agencies such as FEMA and CalOES tasking CAP to perform these missions.

Squadron 150's Director of Operations Capt. Bodo Rau was the lead project manager for the SAREX which saw over 20 Civil Air Patrol Airmen from multiple Groups (including members from Squadron 150) participate as aircrew in nine air sorties over two days and as ground staff for KFUL Mission Base. Two CAP aircraft were used during the weekend including a Cessna 182 (equipped with the G1000 system) and a Cessna 206.

(L to R) Capt. Rich Lovick (Incident Commander), Capt Bodo Rau (Lead Project Officer) and Maj. Gardner Harris 

Our squadron's thanks to Captain Rau for his hard work and efforts in planning and executing a successful SAREX, to the members who volunteered their time to participate in the SAREX and to Capt. Dan Eichelberger and Capt. Craig Newton for planning, facilitating and instructing the members who attended AP Ground School.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Let Freedom Ring!

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Column 1
   Button Gwinnett
   Lyman Hall
   George Walton
Column 2
North Carolina:
   William Hooper
   Joseph Hewes
   John Penn
South Carolina:
   Edward Rutledge
   Thomas Heyward, Jr.
   Thomas Lynch, Jr.
   Arthur Middleton
Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
Column 4
   Robert Morris
   Benjamin Rush
   Benjamin Franklin
   John Morton
   George Clymer
   James Smith
   George Taylor
   James Wilson
   George Ross
   Caesar Rodney
   George Read
   Thomas McKean
Column 5
New York:
   William Floyd
   Philip Livingston
   Francis Lewis
   Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
   Richard Stockton
   John Witherspoon
   Francis Hopkinson
   John Hart
   Abraham Clark
Column 6
New Hampshire:
   Josiah Bartlett
   William Whipple
   Samuel Adams
   John Adams
   Robert Treat Paine
   Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
   Stephen Hopkins
   William Ellery
   Roger Sherman
   Samuel Huntington
   William Williams
   Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
   Matthew Thornton

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

CAP-USAF Realigns to Air Combat Command's 1st Air Force

In a ceremony held on 24 June 2016 CAP-USAF completed a three year transition from the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) to Air Combat Command (ACC), where CAP-USAF is now a component of 1st Air Force.

A Transfer of Authority ceremony held to recognize the realignment of the Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force – or CAP-USAF – from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command began with the arrival of a CAP C-182 Cessna carrying CAP’s National Commander CAP Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez and the CAP-USAF commander, Col. Mike Tynismaa. The aircraft landed and approached Tyndall Air Force Base’s base operations, rolling through a ceremonial greeting of fire trucks pumping arching water sprays high over the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Solomon Cook)

"Civil Air Patrol is an important aerospace education organization, but it's also a vital part of the operational Total Force," said Lt. Gen. William Etter, commander of Continental U.S. NORAD Region-1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern).  "Volunteer Civil Air Patrol pilots and aircraft, operating in an Air Force Auxiliary capacity, already fly thousands of sorties every year in support of civil authorities and Homeland Defense, so I'm pleased to officially welcome them to the First Air Force and Air Forces Northern team today."

CAP-USAF offers the following to CAP:
  • Offers guidance and support to CAP organizations for homeland security and humanitarian missions for communities, states, and the nation.

  • Provides assistance and oversight on search and rescue, disaster relief, and other emergencies and contingencies nationwide.

  • Helps develop the country's youth through training, education, and professionalism.

  • Educates citizens on the importance of air and space power.

  • Personnel serve as the primary functional interface between other federal agencies and the CAP.

  • Serves as the Air Force program office for the Cooperative Agreement and Statement of Work. The CAP-USAF/CC is the program manager.

  • Serves as the only active-duty flying unit at Maxwell AFB and the only operational unit in Air University.

  • Manages the CAP Reserve Assistance Program (CAPRAP) - the largest Air Force Reserve program in Air University.
CAP National Commander Brig. Gen. Joe Vasquez said, “This is a monumental day for 1st Air Force and CAP-USAF, and CAP is proud to be a part of this amazing team. This realignment presents tremendous opportunities for synergy and improved mission effectiveness for all three of our organizations.”

For more information on the realignment of CAP-USAF to 1st Air Force click on the FAQ page.
Here is the original article from 1st Air Force: http://www.1af.acc.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/5782/Article/812037/1st-air-force-participates-in-civil-air-patrol-transfer-of-authority-ceremony.aspx
This is the home page for CAP-USAF

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Whom Do I Salute?? A Quick Guide to Grades, Ranks and Promotions in CAP

A 1st Lieutenant commanding a squadron of Captains and Majors? A Lieutenant Colonel reporting to (and saluting) a Captain? While situations like this generally do not happen in the U.S. Air Force, this is actually pretty common in Civil Air Patrol. The reason why is embedded in our organizational structure and the reality that CAP is composed of professional volunteers. 

As the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, the Airmen of Civil Air Patrol are privileged and proud to use the Air Force system of grades for officers and NCOs. In order to distinguish CAP members from USAF personnel, CAP officers wear their grade on grey epaulet sleeves. 

CAP NCO's wear sleeve grades, with CAP distinctive markings to differentiate CAP members from Air Force NCOs. 

In this post we will focus more on CAP officer grades, as the NCO program is currently reserved for prior (or current) service military NCOs only and the majority of CAP members are Officers. 

In Civil Air Patrol the grade that a member wears on his/her uniform has more to do with their progression in the CAP Professional Development (PD) program, and their time of service in CAP, than it is a symbol of authority and command, as it is in the Air Force. 

The CAP Professional Development (PD) program encompasses five "Levels" and promotions are tied into a member's progression through the PD program. For example-to become a 2nd Lieutenant a member must complete Level One of the CAP Professional Development program and serve for at least six months as a "senior member without grade." 

To achieve a promotion to Captain a member must be a 1st Lieutenant (or Senior Flight Officer) for at least 30 months and complete Level Two of the Professional Development program. To become a Major a member needs to complete Level Three, and to become a Lieutenant Colonel a member must complete Level Four.  Level Five is the highest progression in the PD program and completion of this level is required for members desiring certain command positions. 

There is no minimum grade requirement that a member has to be to assume most positions of command-which is why a 1st Lieutenant can command a squadron with Majors and Lieutenant Colonels that are members. Of course, this doesn't mean that anyone can be a squadron commander-the commander must be approved and appointed by the commander of the next higher level! 

So who do I salute?

As you can imagine, this can be confusing at first for someone with military experience who is used to the commanding officer being the most senior member in the room! So, how does this all work in CAP?

Generally, the junior officer salutes the higher ranking officer. Therefore, if a Captain, who is a squadron commander approaches a Major outdoors, the Captain will initiate the salute as a courtesy to the Major, even though the Captain has command authority over the Major. 

The exception to this is if the Major is formally reporting to the Captain, i.e. during a promotion/awards ceremony. In this instance the Major would initiate the salute to the Captain both when reporting and when dismissed. 

Who is in charge?

As we have mentioned before, authority in CAP is tied into the position that one holds and not the insignia on the shoulders or sleeves. This is why a Lieutenant Colonel will defer to the Captain who is a squadron commander during a meeting, or while serving on an aircrew or during a mission. 

It is this culture of mutual respect and courtesy that enables CAP members to successfully interact with each other, in instances that may be a little different from our parent service, so that we can focus on the missions that we have been tasked to do. 

For more information

I know that this is really touching the "tip of the iceburg" on the subject of Customs and Courtesies and developing a culture of mutual respect-so if you're interested in this subject we recommend this publication from Civil Air Patrol. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Congratulations Capt. Davis!

Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 announced the promotion of Senior Member Stewart Davis to the grade of Captain in a ceremony held on 26 May, 2016 at Squadron 150 Headquarters on Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.

Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag (L), Capt. Stewart Davis (M), Capt. David Powell (R)

Capt. Davis joined Civil Air Patrol in September 2015 and served in a squadron in Louisiana before transferring to Squadron 150 in November 2015 when he relocated to Southern California. He currently serves as the Squadron's Aerospace Education Officer.

When asked what motivated him to join CAP,  Capt. Davis said, "Being a civil pilot and a long time reservist at home I thought it might be interesting." He looks to pursue Ground Team qualifications in CAP, perhaps log some time in gliders and continue in his role in Aerospace Education.

A native of Australia, Capt. Davis is a Major in the Australian Army Aviation Corps and is currently assigned to the Australian Army Standby Reserve.

Capt. Davis earned a private pilot license in 1985 and his commercial helicopter license in 1987 and in 1998 he earned a Commercial Aeroplane Licence, Multi Engine and with an Instrument Rating. In 2000 he earned an Air Transport Licence, Helicopters and an Instructor rating as well. He has flown a wide variety of aircraft including Cessna 150/152, 172, 172 RG, Piper Cherokee, Arrow, Lance, Seminole, Twin Comanche and Apache, Beech Duchess and Baron. Helicopters are: H269 and H369, Bell 206 B and L, Robinson R22 and R44; Bell 212/412 and 214ST; Sikorsky S76 A/A+/A++/C++/D and the S92A.  

He is currently the Assistant Director of Flight Training for a national provider of aviation training. 

We congratulate Capt. Davis on his promotion and thank him for his service to Civil Air Patrol and Squadron 150. 

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Squadron 150 Planning Group 7 Search and Rescue Training Exercise (SAREX)

UPDATE: Registration for the SAREX is now complete and all positions have been filled. 

Continuing our role as one of the leading squadrons in California Wing (yes, we're a little biased), Squadron 150 is currently in the process of planning a Search and Rescue Training Exercise (SAREX) for South Coast Group 7* members on 18 June-19 June, 2016 to be held at KFUL, Fullerton Airport at the Squadron 40 HQ.

Civil Air Patrol aircraft on the flightline prior to a recent SAREX
(Photo Credit: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan)
Capt. Bodo Rau, Squadron 150's Director of Operations, is the lead Project Officer for this SAREX and has been working with his team to ensure this training exercise's success. Capt. Rau said, "This exercise shall provide training opportunities to mint new aircrews and base personnel (and) also to provide recurring and proficiency training for current aircrew members."

The SAREX will consist of qualification and proficiency training for aircrew and ground-based personnel, through a simulated search and rescue mission under real world conditions. The current plan is for air sorties to be flown on both Saturday and Sunday, providing CAP Airmen with valuable training opportunities.

Base personnel will maintain communications with all aircraft and obtain status reports from all air crews, as well as conduct all necessary activities related to a search and rescue mission.

Dates: 18 June-19 June, 2016
Location:  KFUL-Fullerton Airport AFI Hangar 2-Squadron 40 Headquarters
Time: Report at 0730 both days
Who: Aircrew members (Mission Pilot, Mission Observers (including trainees) and Mission Scanners (including trainees)) and Base Staff Members (Mission Radio Operators, Mission Support Officers (and trainees), Mission Staff Assistants (and trainees),  Air Operations Branch Director (and trainees), Operations Section Chiefs (and trainees.)
For more information: Contact Capt. Bodo Rau at bodo.rau@cawgcap.org

*At this time participation priority is given to Group 7 members, however interested members from other groups are invited to contact Capt. Rau for more information. 

Monday, June 06, 2016

Congratulations to Squadron 150's New Commanding Officer

Capt. David Powell assumed command of Civil Air Patrol Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 from Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag in a change of command ceremony held on 2 June, 2016 at Squadron 150 Headquarters on Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, California.

Capt. David Powell receiving the Unit Guidon from Lt. Col. Jim Robertson
South Coast Group 7 Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Jim Robertson presided over the time-honored ceremony signifying the transfer of authority from one commander to another, as he received the unit guidon from Capt. Bumanglag, who relinquished command, and handed it to Capt. Powell who assumed command of Squadron 150.

Capt. Powell joined Civil Air Patrol in 2014, out of a desire to serve his community and because of his interest in aviation. A licensed pilot, Capt. Powell is an aircrew Mission Observer and is also qualified as a Mission Radio Operator, and Mission Staff Assistant. Capt. Powell was appointed the squadron’s Deputy Commander in January 2015 and has also served as the Squadron's Finance Officer.

Capt. David Powell making his first remarks as Squadron Commander

Capt. Powell said, “I am excited to lead our squadron with vigilance and commitment…to make our squadron relevant through disaster relief, search and rescue, airborne photography, and counter drug operations and to work with all of you.”

Outgoing Commander Capt. Bumanglag will be assuming new duties at the Group level and will be serving as the South Coast Group 7 Professional Development Officer in addition to working on several projects assigned by California Wing. Capt. Bumanglag has been a member of CAP since 2008 and has held positions such as Public Affairs Officer, Professional Development Offficer, along with serving as Unit Commander.

(L to R) Outgoing Commander Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag, Group 7 Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Jim Robertson, Incoming Commander Capt. David Powell
The Airmen of Squadron 150 thank Capt. Bumanglag for his service and wish him the best in his future role at South Coast Group 7 and we congratulate Capt. Powell on his new command and wish him Semper Vigilans! 

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Change of Command Ceremony Tonight

There will be Change of Command ceremony tonight (2 June, 2016) at Squadron 150 Headquarters. The ceremony begins at 1900 and we recommend you arrive early to be prepared for the start of the ceremony.

Any of the following uniforms can be worn:

  • USAF-style Service Dress Uniform (Class A or Class B)
  • CAP Corporate Uniform (Aviation Shirt and Grey Slacks)
  • CAP Corporate Service Dress Uniform (CAP blazer, white shirt, blue tie and grey slacks)
  • Civilian Business Dress (Suit, coat with/without tie)
If you are interested in visiting our Squadron, we invite you to attend our meeting next week on 9 June from 1930-2100 at our HQ in Los Alamitos JFTB. We look forward to seeing you next week. 

Squadron members and guests, please join us in offering our thanks to the outgoing Commander Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag, and in welcoming our new Commander, Capt. David Powell. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Remembering the Founder of Civil Air Patrol on Memorial Day

by 2d Lt Rommel Anacan, CAP 
Public Affairs Officer

His name graces the highest level adult member professional development award that is given by Civil Air Patrol. This award honors members that have “dedicated themselves to leadership and personal development in the CAP.” CAP members desiring positions of a regional or national significance must earn this award. Without him there might not have been a Civil Air Patrol.

And yet, as important as he was to the thousands of members of CAP, I did not know much about Gill Robb Wilson. Yes, I remember his name from Level One orientation and from seeing his name on the award that now bears his name. However, I have been so immersed in my emergency services and specialty track training, that I just never took the time to really know the man who founded CAP … until this Memorial Day. 

Since 1974 members of California Wing have held a ceremony honoring and remembering Wilson at his gravesite in Covina, California. I found out about this ceremony while trying to find CAP-related activities on Memorial Day in California Wing, and decided that I wanted to attend. I also chose to bring my daughter with me so that she could learn more about the true meaning of Memorial Day, and so she could get a glimpse of my life in CAP. 

Lt. Col. Charles Wiest presided over the ceremonies (which also included chaplains and leaders from California Wing and the Pacific Region) and let us know of Wilson’s life as an aviation and aerospace advocate, minister, poet and author. It was Wilson’s efforts that led to the United States mobilizing the skills and efforts of private pilots to defend the homeland, through founding CAP, during the turbulent period before our nation’s entry into World War II, and he served as CAP’s first executive officer. 

2d Lt Rommel Anacan, CAP at the grave of Gill Robb Wilson
On 1 December, 1941 CAP was formed. Six days later American was drawn into a war it had tried to avoid for two years. Wilson’s vision was validated and the members of CAP served the nation valiantly and voluntarily throughout the duration of the war. 

Wilson also founded the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), he was a president of the Air Force Association (who also has an award named after Wilson), he was the Chairman of the Board of the AFA and was presented the National Aeronautic Association’s Frank G. Brewer Trophy for his advocacy of aviation in the United States. 

His gravestone has the words below, penned by Wilson, which I believe is a fitting epitaph to the man. I'm glad I took the time to honor and remember him, and also to get to know him a little better ... 

“It’s ever thus as the ages roll and the record’s written clear. Somebody has to give himself as the price of each frontier; Somebody has to take a cross and climb to a rendezvous where a lonesome man with a will to lead can make the truth shine through."

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

USAF Approves CAP's Transition to Airman Battle Uniforms (ABUs)

(Shared from CAP NHQ)

The U.S. Air Force has approved Civil Air Patrol’s request to transition to the airman battle uniform (ABU), Maj. Gen Joe Vazquez, CAP national commander, has announced.

The ABU for Officers
Courtesy: CAP NHQ
“As the official auxiliary of the Air Force CAP has a long history of wearing a USAF-style uniform, and our transition to the ABU once again brings us in line with our parent service,” Vazquez said. 

The phase-in period for wear of the ABU will begin June 15. Vanguard, CAP’s supplier, will begin accepting orders on that date.

Meanwhile, as a result of negotiations with the Army & Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES), CAP has also been approved to receive a significant number of excess ABUS. That will allow many members to receive the basic ABU shirt and pants at no cost. National Headquarters is working with AAFES to take possession of the uniforms, and each wing is establishing a distribution plan.

The battle dress uniform (BDU) may continue to be worn until the mandatory phase-out date – June 15, 2021.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Day in the Life of the Members of Civil Air Patrol

"Is there beverage service on this flight?" asked one of the members of our aircrew (not sure which one)-and we all laughed! If you've ever seen the inside of a Cessna 182, which seats no more than four passengers you'll appreciate the humor behind the question.

While the aircraft is designed to carry four passengers-when you actually have four adults in there...well, let's just say it's a good thing we all like each other!

What I love about CAP is that it brings people together from different walks of life, unites us in a common purpose-and allows us to do things that some of us wouldn't do in our "day jobs" (since all CAP members are volunteers.)

In the aircraft was a motivational speaker, a member who works for a major airline, a business owner, and a pilot instructor. I don't know about you, but performing airborne search training is not a part of my daily activities....but today, because I was a member of a CAP aircrew, it was!

We logged a couple of hours of flight time, practiced an airborne search techniques, used aeronautical charts to determine where we were, and we all had the satisfaction of knowing it was a successful training mission...and no, there was no beverage service on the flight. (Unless you count the bottled water brought on board.)

All in all, just another day for the members of Civil Air Patrol.

If you're interested in CAP and Squadron 150 we invite you to a Squadron meeting! We meet on Thursdays from 1930-2100 at 3976 Constitution Avenue at the Los Alamitos JFTB. If you'd like more information please contact us! 

By: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan, Public Affairs Officer

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Female Fighter Pilot Got Her Start With CAP

We wanted to share this story about a USAF pilot who got her start in aviation with Civil Air Patrol ...

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – Air Force 1st Lt. Brittany Trimbel, a pilot with the 36th Fighter Squadron, was profiled recently in Stars and Stripes Okinawa as part of Women’s History Month. Trimbel is the only female F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot stationed at Osan Air Base, Korea, but becoming a pilot was not something she had initially dreamed of doing even though her dad was an Air Force F-4 pilot. It wasn’t until she took a Civil Air Patrol orientation flight that she began to change directions in her career path and give up pursuing a degree in pre-med to follow her heart and father's footsteps as a pilot. Find out more about Trimbel and her flying career in this story written by Staff Sgt. Amber E.N. Jacobs of 18th Wing Public Affairs.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

California Wing Conducts Statewide Training Exercise

Every other year the members of California Wing participate in a statewide Wing Led Exercise (WLE)-designed to test and measure the capabilities of the Wing, while providing training experience for CAP members. This year's WLE occurred 29 April through 1 May, 2016.

There were two area mission bases established; one in Northern and Southern California and an Area Command base in Bakersfield. According to Capt. Charles Christian, CAP, the area commander for this training mission, close to 200 members, 15 aircraft, and 17 corporate vehicles participated in this mission; with over 50 air sorties flown throughout the weekend!

Several members of Squadron 150 took part in the WLE, including Deputy Commander Capt. David Powell, 1st Lt Michael Wetsman and 2d Lt Rommel Anacan.

CAP aircraft on the flight line at Gillespie Field
(Photo Credit: 2d Lt Rommel Anacan)
WLE training missions included:
  • Taking airborne pictures and conducting visual reconnaissance for FEMA
  • Conducting visual search for a downed Cessna 182 based on cell phone forensics
  • Searching for the location of an activated emergency beacon
  • Urban Directional Finding (UDF) ground-based tasking
There was even a real emergency locator transmitter (ELT) that was detected by CAP members during the WLE. The ELT was located and silenced. 

(Photo Credit 2d Lt Rommel Anacan)

(Photo Credit 2d Lt Rommel Anacan)

The WLE not only gave our squadron members with valuable training opportunities, it also provided members with time to connect with our fellow CAP members from other squadrons and to build friendships that are an often overlooked benefit of being a CAP member. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What Do You Wear In Civil Air Patrol? Utility Uniforms

UPDATE: Civil Air Patrol announced that wear of the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) has been authorized for CAP members. For more information read this blog post. Please be advised California Wing members are NOT authorized to wear the ABU until 15 August, 2016-even though the national effective date for the ABU is 15 June, 2016. Please do not wear the ABU in California Wing until the authorized wear date of 15 August, 2016!

Over the past few weeks we've talked about the types of uniforms that CAP members wear. This week's post is about utility uniforms worn during activities that require a more rugged, active, and durable uniform than our dress uniforms. After all, how comfortable would it be to be dressed in dress blue uniforms while hunting for an "ELT" (Emergency Locator Transmitter) or flying in a Cessna for hours on a search and rescue mission? (Not very....although we'd do it if we had to!)

CAP cadets and adult members that meet USAF height/weight and grooming standards are currently authorized to wear the USAF-style Woodland Camouflage Battle Dress Uniforms (more commonly known as the BDU) and/or a navy blue CAP Corporate-style Utility Uniforms. The BDU was the battle uniform for all of the U.S. Armed Forces for over two decades prior to the Armed Forces transitioning to service-specific battle uniforms a few years ago. While the USAF began issuing the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) to Airmen in 2007, Civil Air Patrol continued to wear the BDU.

The Cadet (L) is wearing the BDU while the SM on the right is wearing the CAP working uniform

You may have heard that the CAP National Uniform Committee recently approved a proposal to request USAF approval for CAP to wear the ABU. This is still pending and no official approval has been released at this time. Therefore, members should NOT procure ABUs until an official announcement has been made.

Civil Air Patrol adult members may also choose to wear the Corporate-style Utility Uniform, which is similar in cut, functionality and fabrication to the BDU, except that it is navy blue. Black boots are worn with both the BDU and CAP Corporate Utility uniform. A hat is required with the BDU when outdoors, while a hat is optional with the Corporate-style Utility Uniform.

The Cadet (L) is wearing the BDU and the Cadet (R) is wearing the Corporate Utility Uniform
Adult members may also choose to not wear a uniform, unless they're involved in an activity that does require it (such as flying) or when the Commander specifies uniform wear as mandatory.

Lastly, adult members can also wear the CAP Working Uniform (aka the blue polo shirt). The polo shirt is worn with grey pants, black belt and black shoes.

Civil Air Patrol uniform items can be purchased from Vanguard, the official supplier of CAP uniforms and insignia, from AAFES locations on military installations (specific requirements may apply), and through sources on the Internet.

As we have been mentioning over the past few weeks, CAPM 39-1, the Uniform Manual is your friend!

By: 2d Lt Rommel Anacan, Public Affairs Officer

Thursday, April 21, 2016

No Meeting Tonight at Squadron 150 HQ!

Squadron 150 will NOT be meeting tonight at our HQ at Los Alamitos JFTB tonight (21 April 2016) we will be participating in a Group 7 training for aircrew members on the Garmin 1000 system at Squadron 40's HQ at Fullerton Airport (KFUL) from 1900-2030.

If you're a current CAP aircrew member or interested in becoming one, we encourage you (and all of our squadron members) to attend this Group 7 training meeting on the G1000.

If you're interested in becoming a member of Squadron 150 we invite you to attend our meeting next week (28 April) where we will be conducting part one of a two part "Tabletop SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise."

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Announcing Squadron 150's Newest Officer

Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 is pleased to announce the promotion of our newest officer; SM Rommel Anacan was promoted to the grade of 2nd Lieutenant.  2d Lt. Anacan joined Civil Air Patrol in September 2015 and is a Mission Scanner trainee and currently serves as the squadron's Public Affairs Officer.

2d Lt. Anacan joined CAP out of a desire to serve the community, support the U.S. Air Force and because of his interest in aviation. "I first heard of Civil Air Patrol as a teenager-and always wished I had joined then. Many years later when I realized that I wanted to volunteer-CAP seemed like the natural choice for me."

(L-R) Squadron 150 Commander Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag, 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan,
and Squadron 150 Deputy Commander Capt. David Powell

When not serving in CAP, 2d Lt. Anacan is an organizational development consultant, motivational speaker and corporate trainer. 

Read the press release for 2d Lt. Anacan's promotion here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

What Do You Wear in Civil Air Patrol? Flight Duty Uniforms

In Civil Air Patrol we have three basic uniforms that are typically worn when flying missions. The choice as to what uniform is worn for flight duty is sometimes left to the discretion of the crew member, the requirements of the mission, the requirements of the various Commanders (Incident, Squadron, Group, Region, Wing or National.)

Flight Suits
As an aviation-focused organization it makes sense that our aircrew members would wear flight suits during missions. There are two authorized Flight Duty Uniforms (FDUs): the USAF-style sage green version and a navy blue version.

Squadron 150 members during a SAREX
(Photo Courtesy:Squadron 40)

Members who meet USAF height/weight and grooming standards are eligible to wear the USAF-style sage green flight suit. Black boots, black t-shirt and a USAF-style flight cap or CAP baseball-style cap (when outdoors) are required to be worn with this uniform. Sage green flight jackets in the current issue CWU-36 (lightweight) or CWU-45 (heavier weight), along with the MA-1 style are authorized with this uniform. USAF-style FDU's are made from Nomex, which is a fire-retardant material, and provides an additional layer of protection in the event of an emergency.

CAP members can also choose to wear the Navy Blue Corporate Flight Duty Uniform (CFDU). Members wearing the CFDU do not have to meet USAF height/weight and grooming standards. providing an additional level of flexibility for members when choosing the uniform that is right for them.

Many of the same standards that apply to the sage FDU apply to the CFDU, except the USAF-style flight cap is not authorized for wear with the CFDU. A Civil Air Patrol cap may be worn, but is not required when outdoors.

Depending on the type of missions Squadron 150 members may also wear the CAP Working Uniform, consisting of  a CAP blue polo shirt and grey slacks or tactical pants, and black shoes. No headgear is required with this uniform combination and civilian outerwear is authorized.

California Wing does require all aircrews on USAF-assigned missions to wear the sage FDU (made of Nomex) or navy blue CFDU (made of Nomex) uniforms. However, when on non-USAF missions, aircrew members may have the option of wearing the Corporate Working Uniform (blue polo uniform).

If you're considering CAP membership or are already a Squadron 150 member, the good news is the "Uniform of the Day" (UOD) will be clearly announced prior to any mission, so you'll know exactly what you'll need to wear. As with all CAP uniform questions, consult the current CAPM 39-1 (CAP's comprehensive uniform manual) for specific information.

By: 2d Lt Rommel Anacan, Public Affairs Officer

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

What Do You Wear in Civil Air Patrol?

If you're reading this and are considering membership in Civil Air Patrol, you may be wondering about what exactly you're supposed to wear while participating in CAP activities. 

The official CAP website (www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com) has this to say about uniforms:

Senior members may be required to wear a uniform during some activities - such as when flying in CAP aircraft. Senior members may wear the USAF style blue uniform or one of the distinctive CAP uniforms.  However, some members choose to serve quietly without wearing a uniform.  You can purchase uniform items from Vanguard. www.civilairpatrolstore.com.
Air Force Style Dress Uniforms
As the official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, CAP members have the privilege of wearing Air Force-style uniforms, provided certain requirements are met. 
In the picture below Capt. Jerry Civalleri (left) is wearing the short-sleeved blues uniform. While Capt. Civalleri is wearing a tie in this picture, the short sleeved uniform can be worn with or without a tie. This uniform is most often worn at squadron meetings and at other CAP events where a professional appearance is desired. 
Lt. Col. Robert Calderone (right), South Coast Group 7 Commander, is wearing the Air Force-style Service Dress Uniform. The Service Dress Uniform is generally worn for occasions (in the instance below Lt. Col. Calderone is wearing this for a Change of Command ceremony) that may require a more formal appearance. 
Capt. Jerry Civalleri (L) and Group 7 Commander Lt. Col. Robert Calderone (R)

CAP Corporate Uniform

In addition to Air Force-style uniforms, CAP members can choose to wear CAP Corporate uniforms. In the picture below, the three members on the left are wearing the CAP Aviator Shirt uniform, which is an alternative to the Air Force-style Blues Uniform. The benefit of CAP Corporate uniforms are that wearers do not need to meet USAF grooming and height and weight standards, and the uniforms pieces are often more cost effective to procure. 

CAP Distinctive Uniforms are worn by the three officers on the left
In future blog posts we'll discuss CAP's Utility, Working and Flight Duty Uniforms. Remember, CAP offers members a variety of uniform options, and even the choice to not wear uniforms (depending on the activity.) 
For more information on Civil Air Patrol uniforms, refer to CAPM 39-1-the guide to CAP uniforms. (It's great reading!)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Squadron 150 Conducts Communication Training Execise

by: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan, Public Affairs Officer

I admit it. It took some getting used to saying our call sign over the radio. Our crew's assigned call sign was "CAP 995" and we alternately referred to our crew as "CAP Niner-Niner Five" (which is correct), "CAP Nine-Ninety Five," and "CAPFlight 995" which was the previous version of CAP call signs.

Photo Courtesy: Concord Squadron, CAP

The good news is that this was only a training exercise and we were under the watchful eye and guidance of two of the most experienced communications experts in South Coast Group 7 (of which Squadron 150 is a part of); Lt. Col. William Phinizy and Capt. John Frerichs. Both Lt. Col. Phinizy and Capt. Frerichs created the simulated mission, assigned aircrews and ground teams and monitored our communications with each other.

Soon all of the squadron members settled into a rhythm and the communications became smoother, clearer and closer to the high standards that Civil Air Patrol expects and our missions demand from us. Both aircrews practices guiding their ground teams to a possible sighting; ground teams reported their findings to mission base; and mission base kept the mission running as smoothly as possible.

At the end of the exercise one of the aircrews requested permission to "return to base" and "debrief"
at the local Red Robin restaurant and all participants concurred!

One of the great things about CAP is that members get to participate in events like these, which provide new learning opportunities, are (honestly) fun to be a part of, and which also prepare us for our mission of serving our communities in times of need.

This is Squadron 150 ... Out. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend, colleague and fellow Civil Air Patrol and Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 member, Captain Michael Cardenas on 21 March, 2016.

Capt. Cardenas has been a valued member of CAP since 1987. After joining he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, became a 1st Lieutenant in 1991 and earned the grade of Captain in 2000.

Capt. Cardenas served in several leadership positions within the squadron. Most recently he was an Assistant Public Affairs Officer and an Assistant Safety Officer. Prior to this he served as the squadron’s Safety Officer.

Prior to transferring to Squadron 150, Capt. Cardenas held the positions of Commander, Communications Officer and Emergency Services Officer for El Monte Composite Squadron 21; he also served as the Emergency Services Officer for Los Angeles County Group 1. After serving in Squadron 21 and Group 1, Capt. Cardenas became a member of Fullerton Senior Squadron 40, then transferred to Squadron 150 in 2012.

Capt. Cardenas held a Technician rating in the Communications specialty track and also received the Benjamin O. Davis Leadership Award.

Capt. Cardenas loved Civil Air Patrol and was often seen representing (and recruiting for) Squadron 150 and Civil Air Patrol at community events. If there was a way he could talk to someone about CAP, he would, and did…often!

We will miss him, and offer our deepest condolences to his wife Norma, his daughter Natalie and his family and friends. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

What's In Your Flight Bag-Part Two | Headsets

In Part One of our "What's In Your Flight Bag" series we talked about the different types of flight bags that both pilots and non-pilot aircrew members use when on missions. Today we'll talk about the piece of equipment that keeps aircrews connected with the world around them ... aviation headsets.

The CAP Member on the left is using a David Clark headset-the member on the right is using a Bose headset
(Photo Credit SM Rommel Anacan)
I asked several squadron members about the headsets they currently use and why, and I also compiled some information from CAPTalk, an online forum for Civil Air Patrol members to provide you with a variety of opinion and experiences regarding headsets. 

2d Lt. Kerem Yogurtcugil had this to say about his headset preference, "I prefer to use a noise cancelling headset as they do work great especially in a small aircraft where the engine noise can be overwhelming. Some models cover ears and some you can insert in your ear just like a headphone. (I) prefer the full cover (for the) same reason above. There are bunch of different models out there and bottom line is reliability and durability. I have been using Bose for the last 7-8 years and did not have a single issue. Bose can be expensive, anywhere up to $1000 but with deals going on, certain amount of interest free financing made it my choice."

A CAPTalk user said, "As a long time David Clark user, I decided to buy the Bose after I got my CFI.  At first I was afraid of not being able to hear the engine and RPM changes, but I can say that you can still hear the engine and hear RPM changes.  It just takes a little to get used to.  If you plan on doing a lot of flying, I highly recommend a ANR headset.  If you like David Clark, the H10-13X is a decent ANR."

Another CAPTalk user said, "I've flown with a DC (David Clark) H10-60 Passive for 10 years and it's done well by me. 10 years ago ANR was a much newer system in headsets and at the time  I was leary of the reliability with the added compexity of the system with the added cost and a need for a battery. Actually used an ANR briefly when I was flying with a buddy a while back but I guess I didn't really give it a lot of time to test. To me a good quality passive will do fine for most of us."

Another CAPTalk commenter said, “Sigtronics S40. They do a decent enough job for a non-pilot type.

As for me (SM Anacan, here) since I am not a pilot, and I had a small budget to work with here,  I didn't believe it was important for me to have a high-end active noise cancelling headset. But it was important for me to have my own headset, so I didn't have to keep borrowing the headset in our aircraft, and so that I'd always be prepared with my own gear for future missions. 

So, I scoured eBay and found a used Softcomm C-40 Passive Noise Reduction headset for a great price. It needed new ear pads, but the great people at Softcomm sent me new ear pads for free! 

SM Rommel Anacan sporting his "new" Softcomm C40 headset

It does have the older style rubber headband top, instead of the "pillow top" style that is most common today, but after wearing it for a couple of flight hours on my last training mission, I found it pretty comfortable ... especially for the price and my role as a mission scanner. 

What headset do you use? 


by: SM Rommel Anacan, Public Affairs Officer

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

What's In Your Flight Bag? Part One | Flight Bags

by SM Rommel Anacan, Public Affairs Officer 

I have to admit it, one of the serendipities of being a member of Civil Air Patrol is that I get to buy “gear” (almost) guilt free. After all it’s going to a good cause (the missions of CAP) and may even be tax deductible! How can you lose? 

I entered CAP as a non-pilot, but I knew I wanted to be a member of an aircrew, so I immediately went to work on qualifying as a Mission Scanner. A mission scanner’s job is to conduct visual search from the aircraft during a search and rescue mission. (CAP also has other non-pilot aircrew positions as well, but the first one all aircrew members must qualify for is Mission Scanner.)

As a non-pilot I had NO idea what type of gear I needed to procure to become a mission scanner-so I did lots of research, checked with the members of the squadron and observed what other CAP members had when on training exercises. 

Over the next few weeks we’ll talk about the gear that aircrew members, pilots and non-pilots, use, what they recommend and things to think about when procuring your flight equipment. This week I thought it a good idea to start with FLIGHT BAGS! After all, you have to put your stuff into something, right?

Squadron 150 member 2d Lt. Kerem Yogurtcugil said, "My preference (is a) slightly bigger one (flight bag) with headset pockets on either sides so I can carry an extra headset just in case and I can pack a light jacket or a sweater with me so I do not have to make an extra carry on bag."

I queried people on CAPTalk, an online forum for CAP members on this issue, and here is what some of them shared:

"As a (mission) scanner, I have a regular school backpack.... In the front compartment I have my headset, pens/markers, air sickness bags and anti nausea tabs (just in case), small flashlight. In the main compartment I have a binder with sectionals, plotter, my knee board with a pad of paper, checklists and reference material, and a small tablet with Avare, portable battery and cable. In the side pouch is a water bottle, and the other side pouch has a couple protein bars." 

"I just use a USAF helmet bag" 

"... my wife was looking at range bags and showed me a Bulldog Brand Range Bag.  Just the right size, internal Velcro dividers, a good number of inside and outside pockets, and made from heavy duty ballistic nylon with real brass zippers, and the best part was the cost $35.00. It's large enough to carry two headsets, flashlights, camera, extra glasses, handheld transceiver, IPad, and several folders..." 

"...when I got my private, I received a really nice sports flightgear bag which is awesome but too big for simple trips. I then got a used helmet bag from my local surplus. I love it. Yes it's big but it's so flexible that it fits nicely behind my pilot seat. I also don't care as much about if it gets oil, gas or grease on it. I also have affixed a few patches to it that while not exactly official, I think it looks sharp! It starts a lot of conversations.”

As for me (Rommel, here,) I'm not a pilot and I used a backpack on my first SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise) and didn't like it for my gear. So I just picked up a used Cencal Sierra flight bag on eBay for a really great price. I've found that it's just big enough, with enough pockets and compartments to hold the things I want to (headset, memo pad, charts, jacket, snacks and water) but not so big that it takes up too much storage space in the aircraft. 

In future posts we'll talk about the other types of flight gear we use on our missions. 

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 75th Anniversary

As Civil Air Patrol’s Command Council convenes in Washington, D.C., this week to brief Congress on the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s primary missions, CAP members will also launch the organization’s 75th anniversary celebration.
CAP’s 2016 Legislative Day is scheduled for Feb. 25 on Capitol Hill. Every year, delegations from each of Civil Air Patrol’s 52 wings meet with their representatives in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate to update them on CAP’s congressionally mandated missions of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.
“This will be a special Legislative Day,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez. “In addition to the opportunity to tell CAP’s stories of service, sacrifice and love of country to our representatives and senators, we will also celebrate the start of our 75th anniversary year.”

Civil Air Patrol’s chief historian, Col. Frank Blazich, said the organization’s milestone anniversary provides “a unique opportunity” to elevate public awareness about CAP, its heritage, programs and future missions. “Notably, we are able to reflect upon the accomplishments of our membership and organization to better position both for the next 75 years,” he said. 

CAP doesn’t officially turn 75 years old until Dec. 1, 2016, but officials believe the birthday is worthy of a yearlong celebration, beginning with a reception on the evening of Feb. 25 at the Crystal City Marriott at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The anniversary launch event will feature remarks from Capt. Jill Paulson, granddaughter of CAP’s founder Gill Robb Wilson.

“This will give us a chance to thank the many people who have supported Civil Air Patrol — members of Congress, our Air Force partners and others. Their support has helped make CAP the premier public service organization it is today,” said Vazquez.

CAP’s 75th Anniversary theme is “Civil Air Patrol — Always Vigilant for America, 1941-2016.”

Anniversary activities and displays are planned throughout the year – at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in & Expo in Lakeland, Florida; EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; the Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference in National Harbor, Maryland; and the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend in Reading, Pennsylvania. The observances will culminate with a 75th Anniversary Gala back in the nation’s capital at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on Dec. 1

“Since its earliest days, when more than 200,000 Americans responded to the call for service by volunteering during World War II, CAP has kept a vigilant watch on the homeland,” said Blazich. “Today that vigilance continues in a myriad of emergency services, disaster relief and homeland security missions, each focused on the well-being and protection of our citizens.

Since 2010, CAP has responded to both natural and manmade disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Sandy on the Eastern Seaboard, flooding in the Midwest, tornadoes in the South and Southwest, wildfires in California, a mudslide in Washington state and a blizzard in South Dakota. Aircrews have also provided tsunami warnings in Hawaii.

CAP’s search and rescue efforts, aided by advances in technology, have resulted in nearly 400 lives saved nationwide in the past six years.

Homeland security missions include aerial reconnaissance conducted near America’s shipyards and on the nation’s waterways. CAP also provides air defense exercises for Air Force fighters protecting U.S. airspace and helps train U.S. troops before they deploy overseas.

“This 75th anniversary celebration is our time to raise our flag, to show our colors,” said Vazquez, who will oversee CAP’s activities on Capitol Hill, as well as the Command Council’s annual winter meeting, scheduled for Feb. 26-27 at the Crystal City Marriott.

The Command Council consists of CAP’s national commander, national vice commander and executive officer, as well as CAP’s eight region commanders and its 52 wing commanders representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its members serve as advisers to the national commander.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 56,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 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 78 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 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for the past 74 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit http://www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Shared from Civil Air Patrol NHQ