Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Civil Air Patrol 75th Anniversary Tribute Video

In honor of CAP's 75th Anniversary we are sharing videos created to commemorate the occasion. This video is by Scott Matthews, a Tennessee Wing member and 1999 Spaatz cadet who has been recognized with an Emmy for his video production work. The video debuted at the 2016 CAP National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Video Courtesy: CAP NHQ

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Urban Direction Finding (UDF) Training Begins October 13th

When a mission call comes in to CAP from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) that an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) or a personal locator beacon (PLB) has been activated and AFRCC needs us to find the source of the transmission it often takes the efforts of both aircrews and ground-based UDF teams, using direction finding (DF) equipment, to determine the location of the target. Just a few weeks ago Squadron Commander Capt David Powell and SM Eric Buesing participated in a UDF mission in Orange County.

Photo Courtesy: Nebraska Wing Civil Air Patrol

This month Squadron 150 will focus on UDF training for squadron members seeking to become qualified UDF team members. Our first training will be held this Thursday at 1930 at our HQ at Losd Alamitos JFTB.

This training will be conducted by Maj John Hill Squadron 150 Emergency Services Officer and veteran of many UDF missions and Maj John Frerichs who is the South Coast Group 7 Communications Officer. Both of these officers provide years of experience and expertise in UDF and communications and we are looking forward to training and qualifying a new batch of UDF team members.

If you're a communications enthusiast, have DF experience, or are simply interested in learning how to serve your community, we invite you to attend of our squadron meetings to see if Civil Air Patrol is right for you! Please use the contact form on this page to introduce yourself to us and we look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Congratulations to Squadron 150 Award Winners!

It was a very good night for Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 at the South Coast Group 7 Awards Banquet held on 24 September, 2016 at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim!  Several squadron members received awards and/or were asked to take on additional assignments at the Group level, while former Squadron 150 members were promoted and/or appointed to positions at South Coast Group 7.

Congratulations to ...
  • Maj. Jerry Civalleri who was awarded the South Coast Group 7 Professional Development Officer of the Year. 
  • 1st Lt. Michael Wetsman who was named the South Coast Group 7 Safety Officer of the Year. (Lieutenant Wetsman has also been appointed the South Coast Group 7 Safety Officer.)
  • 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan who received the South Coast Group 7 Public Affairs Officer of the Year award. (In addition to his duties at Squadron 150, Lieutenant Anacan was appointed a Group 7 Assistant Public Affairs Officer.)

South Coast Group 7 Award Winners from Squadron 150 
(Photo Credit: Capt. David Powell)
We are also happy to announce that several former Squadron 150 members received promotions and/or were appointed to new duty assignments at Group 7 during the banquet. 

Please help us in congratulating...
  • Capt. Bodo Rau on his promotion to the grade of Major. Major Rau was recently named the Group 7 Finance Officer and Group 7 Assistant Operations Officer.
  • Capt. John Frerichs on his promotion to the grade of Major. Major Frerichs continues in his role as the Group 7 Communications Officer. 
  • Former Squadron 150 Commander Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag who was named the Group 7 Professional Development Officer, Assistant Public Affairs Officer and IT Officer. 
  • Former Squadron 150 Commander, Lt. Col. William Phinizy who was appointed Group 7 Deputy Commander and continues in his role as Group 7 Assistant Communications Officer.
Current and Former Squadron 150 Members at the South Coast Group 7 Awards Banquet
(Photo Credit: Maj. Craig Newton)
Lastly, we want to thank Lt Col. Robert Calderone for his service as Commander of South Coast Group 7 for the past three years. We also welcome incoming Group 7 Commander, Lt Col. Jim Robertson. We look forward to working with you!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Congratulations Maj Jerry Civalleri!

Long Beach Senior Squadron 150, Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary announced the promotion of Capt Joseph (Jerry) Civalleri, CAP to the grade of Major in a ceremony at Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 headquarters on Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base on 22 Sept, 2016.

Maj Alexander Smith (L) and Squadron Commander Capt David Powell (R) pinning the new grade on Maj Jerry Civalleri's (center) uniform

Major Civalleri has been an integral part of the operation and success of Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 since he joined Civil Air Patrol in 2009. He currently serves as the squadron's Professional Development Officer, Assistant Communications Officer and Assistant Personnel Officer. Civalleri has also served as the squadron's Assistant Aerospace Education Officer and Assistant Recruiting and Retention Officer.

Major Civalleri holds Emergency Services Qualifications as a Mission Observer, Mission Scanner, Mission Radio Operator, and Mission Staff Assistant. He is also a Skills Evaluator and is qualified to serve on Counter Drug missions.

Congratulations Major Civalleri, on your well-deserved promotion!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Help Squadron 150 Honor Fallen Veterans this Holiday Season

Squadron 150 is proud to announce that we are participating in Wreaths Across America this year. Wreaths Across America is a nationwide service project to honor fallen veterans by placing wreaths on their graves in cemeteries all across the nation. There are over 1,000 participating locations this year and Squadron 150 has chosen to support and participate at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar.

This year it's particularly meaningful for our unit because one of our squadron members has a loved one, who was a veteran, laying at rest in Pacific View. As a squadron we look forward to honoring and remembering this veteran along with the close to 8,000 other veterans at rest in Pacific View.

We need your help to ensure that there are enough wreaths for every veteran's grave! We invite you to sponsor a wreath for $15.00 (or more if you like!) by clicking on the link below:


Your generous contribution will honor the memory of a veteran and also provide financial support for our squadron. And, if you would like to assist us and other community groups by placing wreaths on veteran's graves, please let us know, or sign up on the Wreaths Across America site to volunteer.

Thank you for helping Civil Air Patrol and Squadron 150 honor our veterans this Holiday season!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Squadron 150 Begins New Aircrew Training Class

One of Civil Air Patrol's primary missions is in Emergency Services. To fulfill our squadron's goal of always being operationally ready when needed, we have begun a new aircrew training series for new members and for members who are pursuing new aircrew positions. 

The first aircrew position available to members is that of a Mission Scanner. As the name implies the Mission Scanner is responsible for scanning for the search target from the aircraft. There is more to successful scanning than simply looking out the window! There is a method of scanning that is taught in CAP that makes our scanning efforts more effective, while also reducing visual strain.

Mission Scanners are also an integral part of the safe operation of the aircraft, along with the pilot and Mission Observer, so Mission Scanners are also taught the basics of aircraft operation, screw resource management concepts and airplane safety, among other valuable skills.

Mission Observers sit in the front right seat and perform a vital role, often as the commander of the mission, allowing the pilot to focus on flying the airplane safely and effectively. During a search Mission Observers will also perform visual search out of the right side of the aircraft (Mission Scanners generally are seated on the pilot's side of the aircraft.)

Mission Observers will also maintain radio communications with the mission base, assist with navigation, maintain communications with air traffic control (for observers that are also pilots), and assist the pilot with mission planning.

If you're interested in being a part of a Civil Air Patrol aircrew, send us a message through our website and we'd love to tell you a little more about what you can do in CAP!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Civil Air Patrol Historical Video Produced by AOPA

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Civil Air Patrol. As part of our celebration of CAP's anniversary we will be sharing highlights from the history of CAP from now through the end of the year on our website. 

This historical video was produced by the AOPA about the early history of Civil Air Patrol. CAP founder Gill Robb Wilson was also the founder of AOPA and CAP's highest award is named after Wilson.



Video courtesy of AOPA and CAP NHQ. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Symbols of Civil Air Patrol: Logo

Over the past few weeks we have been discussing the various symbols used by Civil Air Patrol. 

These include the Civil Air Patrol Seal, which is used on CAP official documents, letterhead and the CAP Corporate Working Uniform (blue polo shirt):

The CAP Command Emblem which is used on on CAP vehicles, aircraft and on flight duty uniforms:

The last symbol currently in use by Civil Air Patrol is the logo. The logo was approved in 2012 by the CAP National Executive Committee and is generally used for used for advertising, marketing, recruiting and promotional purposes.

The logo maintains the heritage and history of CAP's previous emblems with the use of the red propeller within a triangle, while also presenting a simple, clean and modern symbol representing CAP's future. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What Can You Do in Civil Air Patrol?| Fly Gliders!

When I made the decision to join the Civil Air Patrol, one of the key factors in that decision was my love for aviation. While I am not a pilot (although becoming one is now on the "bucket list") I have always had a passion or aviation-so joining CAP seemed the natural choice. Since joining I have logged a few hours in a CAP plane, riding in the back seat as an aircrew member (mission scanner) and have enjoyed every minute of my flight time, while learning new skills that can help my community in times of need. It's a good deal, right?

So, when the opportunity came up to ride in a CAP glider, I decided that it was time to take advantage of that opportunity! CAP Glider Training Squadron 41 shares our HQ at Los Alamitos JFTB (except that they meet every other Tuesday evening) and they have aerotow glider operations and winch-launched glider operations. I joined the members of Squadron 41 recently and this is a video from that day.

My thanks to the members of Squadron 41 for the flights and for your work in training current and future glider pilots!

by: 2d Lt Rommel Anacan, Deputy Commander

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Symbols of Civil Air Patrol-Part Three | Command Emblem

This is the Civil Air Patrol "Command Emblem." 

As you can see the CAP Command Emblem is similar in appearance to the Major Command emblems used by the US Air Force. In the photo below you can see CAP-USAF Commander Col. Michael Tyynismaa (in the middle) wearing the command patch of the Air Education and Training Command (of which CAP-USAF was a part of until recently (it has now transitioned over to the 1st Air Force under Air Combat Command) on his flight suit. 

CAP National Commander Maj Gen. Joe Vasquez (L), CAP-USAF Commander Col. Michael Tyynismaa (M) and Gen. Herbert Carlisle, USAF (R)

The CAP Command Emblem is used on: 

(1) Corporate aircraft (as prescribed by CAPR 66-1 and any other directive as issued). 
(2) The doors of corporate–owned vehicles (as prescribed by CAPR 77-1). 
(3) The doors of member–owned vehicles (as prescribed by CAPR 77-1) used for CAP business upon written approval of the wing or region commander as appropriate. Such approval will be granted only where its use would reflect favorably upon CAP. 
(4) CAP-owned equipment (base station radios, handheld radios, DF equipment, etc.) as prescribed by CAPR 174-1 and any other directive as issued. 
(5) Membership cards issued 

CAP Cessna 182 with Command Emblem
Just as in the Air Force, the Command Emblem is also used on CAP Flight Duty Uniforms. In the picture below you can see Capt. Bodo Rau (L) and squadron commander Capt. David Powell (R) wearing the CAP Command Emblem on their flight uniforms. 

The previous version of the Command Emblem is shown below, and has been phased out of use for several years now. 

Before the adoption of the Command Emblem CAP members wore the following patch on their flight duty uniforms:

And the (now retired) CAP Emblem (below) was found on vehicles and CAP equipment. While no longer in use, CAP still controls the rights to the use of the emblem and you may still see it on "heritage" uniform, apparel, and accessories. 

For more information on CAP Symbols please review the latest version of CAPR 900-2

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

The Symbols of Civil Air Patrol-Part Two | The Seal

Civil Air Patrol has three main symbols-the Seal, Command Insignia and Logo. While all three symbols have different purposes and usages, they are all derived from the original CAP insignia which we discussed in Part One. 

The Civil Air Patrol seal is the legal seal of the organization and is most commonly found on official documents, letterhead and business cards when the use of the CAP Seal would be more appropriate than the CAP Logo (which we will discuss in a future post.) The CAP Seal is also used on the CAP blue polo shirt uniform. 

As you can see the Civil Air Patrol Seal (below) is derived from the Seal of the United States Air Force (bottom) and incorporates the CAP propeller in triangle first seen on the original CAP insignia. An earlier version of the Seal had the words "Civil Air Patrol" at the top of the circle and "Auxiliary United States Air Force" on the bottom-which was succeeded by the current seal in the early 1980's. 

Here is the official description of the Seal according to CAPR 900-2:

(1) Crest. The crest includes the American eagle, which is symbolic of the United States and air-striking power; the cloud formation behind the eagle depicts the creation of a new firmament; and the twists of the wreaths beneath the eagle incorporate the colors of the basic shield design 
(2) Shield. The CAP logo is superimposed on the shield. 
(3) Encircling Stars. The encircling 13 stars represent the original 13 colonies of the United States, and the three set apart at the top of the design portray the three departments within the Department of Defense —the Army, Navy and Air Force.

CAP is proud of our connection with the US Air Force and to serve as it's Auxiliary! Did you know that in 2015 Civil Air Patrol was named a full member of the US Air Force Total Force when performing missions as the USAF Auxiliary?

Next time we will discuss the Command Insignia most commonly worn on flight duty uniforms and found on CAP aircraft and vehicles and the Logo. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Announcing Squadron 150's New Deputy Commander

Civil Air Patrol Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 Commander Capt. David Powell, CAP appointed 2nd Lt. Rommel Anacan, CAP to the position of Squadron Deputy Commander on 26 July, 2016.

Capt. Powell said, "I am pleased to announce that 2nd Lt. Anacan is our new Deputy Commander effective immediately.  He has a business and consulting background that is uniquely fitted to develop our organization and help move us to the next level. His continued effort and support in helping Squadron 150 grow has been priceless, and he will be a great asset in the leadership of our squadron."

2nd Lt. Rommel Anacan, CAP
2nd Lt. Anacan said, "I want to thank Capt. Powell for the confidence he has placed in me in appointing me to the position of Deputy Commander. I look forward to assisting him in leading this great squadron and in working with all of our members and partners in carrying out the missions of Civil Air Patrol."

2nd Lt. Anacan joined Civil Air Patrol in September 2015 out of a desire to serve the community and also because of his lifelong interest in aviation. He currently serves as the squadron's Public Affairs Officer (where he holds a Technician rating), is a qualified aircrew Mission Scanner and is also currently training to be an Airborne Photographer and Urban Direction Finder.

When he is not serving in Civil Air Patrol 2nd Lt. Anacan is the president of an organizational development, motivational speaking and corporate training firm based in Orange County, California.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The History of the Symbols of Civil Air Patrol | Part One

The symbols of Civil Air Patrol reveal our origins as a component of the Office of Civilian Defense. For decades the Civil Defense logo was ubiquitous all around the nation and could be found everywhere from cars, signs, shelters, and sirens. Remember this?

On 12 February, 1942 CAP NHQ approved the official CAP symbol:

"Operational Directive No. 2 February 12, 1942, (OD No. 2)  National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol Office of Civilian Defense(Washington

The Civil Air Patrol insignia (blue disk with superimposed white triangle and with red three-bladed propeller superimposed on white triangle) shall be placed on the wings and fuselage of all aircraft engaged in official Civil Air Patrol Missions. Any aircraft while displaying such insignia shall be flown exclusively by members of the Civil Air patrol."

A member of CAP during World War II. You can see the CAP insignia on her left shoulder

The insignia on the right was used circa 1942-1944 while the insignia on the left, with "Civil Air Patrol" added to the patch was introduced in 1944. 
Because CAP was a part of the Office of Civilian Defense it was only natural that CAP's insignia was derived from CD insignia. CAP's symbol during the WWII era was the blue circle and white triangle found on the Civilian Defense insignia, with a red triangle replacing the letters "CD." Later versions of this emblem included the letters "US."

For reference here is a poster with the other CD insignia of the era. 

Interestingly, CAP's insignia (albeit used in a modified form today) is the only insignia on this poster still used today, as the concepts of and the term Civilian Defense (and later Civil Defense) fell out of favor as the nation transitioned to policies of "Emergency Management." In fact, today's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a direct descendant of The Office of Civilian Defense (and it's various incarnations during the post-World War II and Cold War period.)

CAP kept its CD-derived insignia even after it was transferred to the authority of the War Department and became the auxiliary of the United States Army Air Forces. 

In future posts we will see the evolution of the symbols of CAP and the balance of maintaining a link to CAP's history and looking forward towards CAP's future. 

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