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

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. Safe 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 members 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 or navy blue CFDU uniforms. However, when on non-USAF missions, aircrew members may opt to wear the blue polo uniform when flying.

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

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Pilots Wanted!

Pilots: How would you like to use your skill and abilities to serve your community, develop friendships with a team of dedicated volunteers, and gain opportunities to get more flight time? If this sounds good to you, Long Beach Senior Squadron 150, Civil Air Patrol would like to encourage you to join our team! 

Photo Credit: SM Rommel Anacan

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) owns the largest fleet of single-engine piston aircraft (primarily Cessna 172s and 182s) in the United States and we use them to perform missions in emergency services, disaster relief, homeland security, cadet orientation flights, counter drug operations, training exercises and proficiency flights. 

How do I become a CAP pilot?

There are different levels of pilot qualifications in Civil Air Patrol, all with their own specific requirements. In all honestly, the road to becoming a pilot is not an instantaneous one…but it is worthwhile. 

Here are some of the basic qualifications to be a CAP pilot (and yes, these can change!)

Be an active CAP member at least 17 years of age
Possess a valid FAA private, commercial or airline transport pilot certificate
Possess a class III or higher medical certificate
Possess a current flight review IAW FAR 61.56
Satisfactorily complete a CAP flight check

Once you’ve met the minimum requirements you will then need to meet the specific requirements for the different types of missions that pilots fly in CAP.

Photo Credit: SM Rommel Anacan

Do I have to pay to fly?

One of the benefits of being a pilot for Civil Air Patrol is that there may be opportunities for you to receive reimbursements for some of your flying! Keep in mind, reimbursed flying is NOT available when first becoming qualified to fly in CAP. As a new member, you will be responsible for aircraft fuel and a flat rate per hour fee. This applies to the instructional flights one should have prior to taking the flight evaluation to become a CAP pilot, the evaluation itself and all flying after that until becoming mission qualified. 

(We told you…it’s not an instantaneous journey! But, remember it IS worth it!)

Once qualified as a Transport Mission Pilot you will be eligible for reimbursed flying during scheduled training missions and actual missions. Other opportunities to participate in reimbursed flying occur when you qualify as a Search and Rescue/Disaster Relief Pilot or Cadet Orientation Pilot. 

Because CAP is a non-profit corporation, you may be able to deduct expenses incurred as a result of your membership in Civil Air Patrol as a charitable contribution. (Please check with your tax advisor for more details.)

What is the benefit to me?

CAP is composed entirely of volunteers who have chosen to serve our communities. As a CAP pilot you may find yourself using your unique skills and talents to help find a downed aircraft, assist the US Air Force on a training mission, take a cadet up on his/her first flight in an aircraft, and more!

If you’d like more information please contact the following officers:

Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag, CAP
Squadron Commander

2d Lt. Paul Koons, CAP
Recruiting and Retention Officer

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Squadron 150 Members Participate in Search and Rescue Training Exercise

On a cold, cloudy and dreary morning, a handful of Airmen from Civil Air Patrol huddled around to hear the mission briefing. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) informed us that a small private aircraft was reported missing at 5:00pm the previous evening. The pilot did not file a flight plan for a leg of the journey, and the aircraft and crew could be anywhere from Hemet to Las Vegas. It was our job to find them.

Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182
(Photo Credit: SM Rommel Anacan)
Two aircrews were assigned, each one consisting of a Mission Pilot, Mission Observer and Mission Scanner. The Incident Commander assigned a specific sector for each crew to conduct their visual search missions-and it was now the job of the aircrew to plan their mission. Once the planning was completed, weather forecast checked (and checked again) and all information confirmed, the Cessna 182s took off in search of their target.

Both aircrews returned safely to mission base and debriefed on their respective missions; having logged several hours in the air conducting visual search in their respective areas.

While this wasn't an actual mission, the steps that we took to plan and execute the mission are the same. While we hope to never have to fly a search mission, our job is to prepare as if we could get that call at any minute. Since this was a training exercise the completion of our successful sorties resulted in a hearty lunch at a local diner!

Our thanks to the team who planned and executed this successful and productive Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX). The SAREX included members from squadrons in South Coast Group 7, including our squadron (Squadron 150) and Group 7 units in Fullerton and Costa Mesa.

There are many ways that one could spend a weekend-and if you're a member of CAP, flying around in a Cessna 182 may just be one of them! If you're interested in joining Civil Air Patrol, or would just like more information, please contact us!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Congratulations 1st Lt. Michael Wetsman!

by SM Rommel Anacan, Public Affairs Officer

Our squadron is honored to announce the promotion of Michael Wetsman to the grade of 1st Lieutenant. A commercial pilot for over 20 years, 1st Lt. Wetsman joined Civil Air Patrol in 2013 and has made a positive impact on the unit, in Group 7 and in CAP. 

He is currently a CAP Transport Mission Pilot, Cadet Orientation Pilot and he serves as Squadron 150’s Safety Education Officer-and in several other (uncredited) roles as well!

Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag (L) congratulates 1st Lt. Michael Wetsman on his promotion
(Photo Credit: SM Rommel Anacan)
1st Lt. Wetsman was recently awarded a “Commander’s Commendation Award” by South Coast Group 7 for “Outstanding Duty Performance” as Squadron 150’s Safety Education Officer, and he was named the South Group 7 “Safety Education Officer of the Year.”

Much of what we do as a unit would not be possible without his time, energy and efforts; and we are very fortunate that he is a part our squadron. 

"Congratulations! Your promotion to 1st Lieutenant is very much deserved. 

View the press release for 1st Lt. Wetsman's promotion. 

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.”