Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! No Squadron Meeting this Thursday 22 November!

As you might have imagined, Squadron 150 will NOT be meeting this week in observance of Thanksgiving. We will be meeting again next week (29 November) at our normal time of 1930 hours (7:30pm) at our HQ at Los Alamitos JFTB.

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

No Squadron 150 Meeting on 15 November!

Squadron 150 will not be meeting this Thursday 15 November as we will be attending the Joint Group 7 Training meeting that evening at Squadron 40. Group 7 is expecting to receive a Cessna 182 Q this month which has newly upgraded avionics that include the Garmin G500 Display and Garmin GPS/Com equipment. Therefore the subject of this joint training meeting will be this new panel. 




For Civil Air Patrol members this training will be conducted by Maj Scott Dineen of Falcon Squadron 40 and will take place in the AFI training room at Fullerton Airport located at 4119 W. Commonwealth Ave in Fullerton. The meeting begins at 1900 (7:00pm) on 15 November, 2018. 

For our guests we will be off for Thanksgiving but our normal meeting schedule will resume on 29 November and we look forward to seeing you at our next Squadron 150 meeting then!

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Congratulations to Award Winners

Congratulations to Maj. Jerry Civalleri and 1st Lt. Steven Schock for being awarded the Commander's Commendation award by South Coast Group 7 Commander Maj. Craig Newton during the Squadron 150 meeting on 25 October, 2018.

Maj. Jerry Civalleri (L) and (then SM) now 1st Lt. Steve Schock (R) in a file photo from 2016
Civil Air Patrol photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan

Major Civalleri was awarded the Commander's Commendation Award for being named the South Coast Group 7 2018 Professional Development Officer of the Year and 1st Lieutenant Schock received Commander's Commendation Award for being named the South Coast Group 7 Safety Officer of the Year.

Congratulations to you and thank you for your service to Civil Air Patrol!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

CAP Awarded American Airlines Grant to Support Pilot Shortage Initiatives


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American Airlines is helping Civil Air Patrol address a national emphasis on pilot shortages by providing grant funding to be used to train the next generation of aviators.
CAP, one of 17 American Airlines grant recipients, was awarded $25,000. The grants totaling $337,000 will benefit aviation-focused schools and organizations across America.
In American Airlines’ grant announcement, made Wednesday via news release, Capt. David Tatum, director of Pilot Recruiting and Development, said, “We believe we’re making the pilot profession more visible, accessible and obtainable to a broader range of people than ever before.”
“Solving a national pilot shortage is an industry-wide issue,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith. “Our partnership with American Airlines will benefit programs designed to encourage CAP cadets to consider pursing aviation careers.”
Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program for youth 12 to 21 years old emphasizes pilot training through 19 National Flight Academies offered annually, as well as local academies and one-on-one training provided by over 600 active CAP flight instructors. In fiscal year 2019, these programs also will be complemented by $2.4 million in funding from the U.S. Air Force that will be used to support formal flight instruction, cadet orientation flights and science, technology, engineering and math initiatives.
To date, American’s Flight Education Grant program has awarded 34 grants totaling $789,000 to flight schools, nonprofit organizations, and middle school, high school and college-level organizations that generate innovative and creative ideas for growing and diversifying the nation’s pool of pilots. The American Airlines Cadet Academy, another innovative initiative targeting the pilot shortage, provides aspiring pilots of all backgrounds with the opportunity to receive training, financing and mentoring opportunities necessary to fly for American Airlines.
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This article was originally published on www.CAP.news

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Squadron 150 Volunteers at Great Pacific Airshow in Huntington Beach

Over one million people converged onto Huntington Beach this past weekend (19 October-21) for The Great Pacific Airshow (formerly the Huntington Beach Airshow); in the middle of it all were Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members of Squadron 150, South Coast Group 7 and Southern California.

CAP members assisted with airshow operations, manned CAP information booths, interacted with the public, assisted attendees who wanted to take a picture in a CAP glider and more! We are proud that Squadron 150 members were very involved in the planning and execution of everything associated with CAP's involvement in this year's airshow and we "salute" all of our squadron's members who made this year's show an amazing success.

For their hard work CAP members had the best seat in the house, right at show center to watch this year's show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, SOCOM Para Commanders, a C-47 Dakota from Lyon Air Museum, U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and KC-135 Stratotanker and more!

Here are some pictures from the weekend...

1st Lt. E. Buesing (L) and 2d Lt. Craig Roalf (R) at a Civil Air Patrol booth at The Great Pacific Airshow
Civil Air Patrol photo by SM Donna Babi

C-17 Globemsaster III and KC-135 Stratotanker
Civil Air Patrol photo by SM Donna Babi

Civil Air Patrol photo by SM Donna Babi

Civil Air Patrol cadets and adult members with the Thunderbirds Demonstration team 
Civil Air Patrol photo courtesy SM Donna Babi






Tuesday, October 16, 2018

No Squadron 150 Meeting This Week (18 October)

There will be NO Squadron 150 Meeting this Thursday 18 October as many of our members will be attending an event associated with the Great Pacific Airshow. As a reminder the airshow is this weekend 19-21 October in Huntington Beach. Please stop by our Civil Air Patrol booths at the airshow and say, "hello!"

We will be meeting as regularly scheduled on 25 October.

Squadron 150 members using FAA charts during a meeting
(Civil Air Patrol photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Civil Air Patrol Responsible for 155 Saves in 2018

This article was originally published on www.CAP.news
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Vicky Travis
Contributing Writer

A save Sunday afternoon off the southern tip of Florida has given Civil Air Patrol a new  record for lives saved in a fiscal year – 155, as credited by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC).

Virtually all of those saves – 147, or 95 percent – occurred with the support of CAP’s National Cell Phone Forensics Team. 
The organization totaled 154 saves in fiscal 1983 and again in fiscal 1994, surpassing 100 in 16 of the previous 51 years. Before that, saves weren't reported annually.
“An amazing year for CAP!” was the response of Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP national commander, when he learned of the record-breaking number of saves.
The Florida save occurred after the AFRCC at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, contacted the cell phone team at 4:20 p.m. about a boater whose disabled craft ran aground after he left Naples, Florida, at 9 a.m. Contacting the relevant cell phone provider resulted in information about a ping 5,000 meters off Joe Kemp Key.

At 5:21 p.m., just over an hour after the AFRCC contacted the cell phone team, the U.S. Coast Guard used the team’s data to find the boater.

The new saves record reflects continuous advances in technology and training in one of CAP’s key missions, search and rescue. 
CAP’s total team effort for search and rescue, which also includes the National Radar Analysis Team and state- and locally based ground teams, totaled 1,044 missions for fiscal 2018.
The cell phone team participated in 373 of those missions, compared with 78 for the radar team. In addition to saves, the AFRCC credited CAP with 640 finds for fiscal 2018, of which 199 involved the cell team and 53 the radar team.
Last year the total number of missions stood at 798. The mission count for fiscal 2016 was 946.
Before 2009, the AFRCC assigned about 2,000 missions a year to CAP, with searches for activated emergency locator transmitters dominating. After the satellite system that monitored the old 121.5 megahertz beacons was turned off in February 2009, the annual mission count dropped by at least half.

Technology's impact
Since then, the cell phone team has been a major contributor to the rising annual mission count.
“Technology has changed how we do business,” said John Desmarais, CAP's director of operations. “We’re saving more lives and doing more in a cost-effective manner.”
“We’re always making tweaks to software, and constantly working to make sure we don’t waste time or put people at risk,” he said. “Both our cellular forensics team and the National Radar Analysis Team are revolutionizing how we support SAR operations.”
Cell phone data is often the first tool used in a search for a missing individual, as most people, including pilots, go nowhere these days without a cell phone. Cellular data can eliminate search areas and curtail the search time.
Lost hikers, snowmobilers, skiers and boaters have been found with the help of cell phone data.
“It’s not just where the phone last was, but we can get a picture of a stream of events over time,” said Maj. Justin Ogden, who built and has improved the software the cell team uses.
That team, which began with Ogden in 2006, now has eight members. It’s growing to meet the increasing requests for support, Desmarais said.
Early on, Ogden would manipulate cell phone data by hand in Excel and then use Google Earth to inform searchers. Now, smartphones are ubiquitous and the amount of data they provide is too overwhelming to work by hand.
So Ogden created software that would crunch the raw data and pour it into a program that connects to Google Earth.
When a person or plane is reported missing, ground search begins using clues from the cell phone team. Across the country, about 900 ground teams of three to six people are called upon to provide the feet, eyes and ears in a ground search, Desmarais said.
An incident commander, once notified, contacts wing personnel. The incident commander identifies staff and field resources and ground team members to go in and assist either the relevant state agency or the CAP commander, depending on which one is leading the mission.
“It’s all investigative work, with people analyzing data,” Desmarais said. 
As a search grows longer, incident commanders make decisions about the scale of the effort and resourcing in order not to waste time or put people at risk.
Hand-in-hand
CAP may lead a search or help a local jurisdiction with a search.
“What ends up happening with cell phone data in most cases is that we’ll push it to local jurisdictions,” Desmarais said. “We offer whatever assistance we can provide, but some states are well-equipped, too. Some may need physical ground searchers. We do what we can for them.”
The cell phone team stays busy with searches for both aircraft and individuals, such as lost hikers. Summer is an especially busy time.  The team worked its 1,500th mission this July searching for a lost hiker in Utah.
“The cell phone team is going all the time,” Desmarais said.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

September is National Preparedness Month

Note: This post was originally published on www.CAP.news

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Vicky Travis
Contributing Writer
September is National Preparedness Month, prompting many government agencies to stress the importance of anticipating emergencies to the general public ... because they will happen.

For Civil Air Patrol, though, preparedness has always been in the organization’s DNA.
“We prepare to support a variety of disasters, but obviously also support search and rescue missions, communications activities and many other Air Force missions like air defense intercept training and helping training warfighters in the use of sensors,” said John Desmarais, CAP's national operations director. 
“Bottom line, we are probably not the CAP that people may have seen years ago. We do so much more now, as we continue to change to meet the needs of our nation.”
This month, some 3,000 global, national and local governments and private and public health institutions are encouraging preparedness efforts for all: The effort to help Americans prepare for disaster is detailed on the official website for the Department of Homeland Security.
Facing Florence
Hurricane Florence is bringing many of these lessons home with a vengeance after barreling onshore in North Carolina on Sept. 14. Residents throughout the Carolinas faced their own personal emergencies; many still are.

For the multitudes who evacuated and for others affected by widespread flooding, preparedness could include maintaining a supply kit, knowing their evacuation path and setting up communication with family.
CAP members go well beyond such basics.
“In preparation for the hurricanes, our members made sure equipment was ready and secure to ride out the storms, and once the storm cleared they have responded by collecting imagery, supporting emergency communications, transporting critical supplies and meeting any other requests we can reasonably support,”  Desmarais said.
In doing so, they were drawing on strenuous training at the local, wing, region and national levels.
Emergency services training
CAP members undergo a wide variety of training, whether in the air, on the ground or the classroom. They focus on such topics as flying, professional development, leadership at the senior member and cadet levels, aerospace education, high-tech equipment operation and youth development.
The highest-profile emergency services training opportunities are those offered through national activities like Hawk Mountain Ranger School and the National Emergency Services Academy (NESA)
“The training we do at NESA (and other programs) all go toward meeting our broader goal of being able to respond when called upon,” Desmarais said.

Hawk Mountain
In 1953, Air Force pararescue and survival instructors trained Pennsylvania Wing search and rescue teams at Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts. In 1956, the school moved to property at Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania, belonging to Col. Philip Neuweiler, Pennsylvania Wing commander from 1947-1970.
“We’re teaching cadets and senior members to go back and build emergency services in their unit and then teach and lead members in the field,” said Lt. Col. Brian J. Cuce, director of emergency services for the Pennsylvania Wing. “Anyone who graduates the school is encouraged and able to go back to their units and teach the skills they learned as a basic student.”
Training at Hawk Mountain starts with foundational skills. From there students may progress to Fully Qualified and Expert Ranger levels and choose either the Ranger track or Medic track.
This summer, 240 members from most CAP wings came to Kempton, Pennsylvania, for Hawk Mountain.
NESA
In 1996, Desmarais began the National Ground Search and Rescue School at the Miller School of Albemarle in Charlottesville, Virginia. Two years later it moved to Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana.
The school evolved into the National Emergency Services Academy, and it now consists of three schools: Ground Search and Rescue, Mission Aircrew and Incident Command System. NESA added training for incident staff in 1998 and mission aircrew members in 2000.
This summer 490 participants attended, representing every CAP Wing. Many are currently working to support Hurricane Florence operations.
Looking ahead
A major update is in the works to align all CAP training, led by NESA staff members and experts from across the country, which embrace changing federal standards and reflect technological advances such as cell phone and radar forensics, airborne sensor collection and management.
Work is also underway to offer training at other times of year and locations as well as through distance-learning opportunities. Several new course offerings were rolled out during the summer and are now available in smaller sessions throughout the rest of the year.
“The newest addition is for small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) training to be added to the slate of main school courses and year-round sessions,” Desmarais said. “Some people don’t know we are doing that.”
Staff members are working with wings across the country to provide sUAS training in October in preparation for expanding this program.
At Hawk Mountain, new initiatives include making training more accessible through online resources. Also, Cuce is looking into appointing liaisons in each CAP region and using them to develop weekend training.
As both Hawk Mountain and NESA refine and update their training, CAP members have choices.
“NESA is probably more of a traditional school environment, where there is a combination of field and academic work in a classroom,” Desmarais said. “Hawk Mountain has students in the field throughout the event, sleeping in shelters and tents the whole time.
“Both have value, and some people prefer one environment over the other.”
But, the end goal is the same – to have highly trained members who are prepared to meet the needs at hand.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Communications Training This Week (27 September)

Squadron 150's meeting this week (27 September) will be focused on Civil Air Patrol (CAP) communications. Here is more on CAP Communications from the CAP national website:

"The Civil Air Patrol communications system includes thousands of HF and VHF radios with trained operators across the United States.
The system operates in support of all CAP missions, including Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and the CAP Cadet Program. The focus of the CAP system is tactical communications, including air to ground, ground team to ground team, and communication with mission base.
Interoperability with other agencies is stressed. In most cases, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is signed with each agency before operation on each other's frequencies.
The Civil Air Patrol operates primarily on frequencies assigned by the United States Air Force. As a result, all CAP radios must comply with NTIA standards for transmitting and receiving. This requirement also applies to all radios used by other agencies that are permitted by MOU to operate on CAP frequencies.
Advance planning is a priority of the communications program. Communication managers at all levels develop mission communication plans and manage resources to ensure sufficient assets are available to accomplish the missions of CAP. Because "emergency communication is our business" CAP communicators are obligated to have standard procedures developed and trained for communication under demanding conditions."
SM Henry Hercock (L) and SM Mihai Sochirca (R) during a communications training
(Civil Air Patrol photo by Capt. Gary Mathieson)

We look forward to seeing you there!



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

No Meeting in Los Alamitos JFTB This Week (20 September, 2018)

Squadron 150 will not be meeting at our headquarters at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) this week (20 September) as we will be attending a training session with other members of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) South Coast Group 7 on the G1000 flight instrument system that is used in many of CAP's airplanes. 

Civil Air Patrol aircraft equipped with the G1000 flight instrument system.
Civil Air Patrol photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan
The joint Group 7 training will be held at AFI at Fullerton Airport (KFUL) the HQ of Squadron 40. Squadron 150 members-as a reminder this meeting will begin at 1900 hours (7:00pm). AFI is located at 4119 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92833. 

We will have our regularly scheduled Squadron 150 meeting next week (27 September) and we look forward to seeing you then!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 Hosted Talk by 103-Year Old D-Day Veteran

Sam Sachs a 103 year old World War 2 veteran speaking to Civil Air Patrol members and guests
(Civil Air Patrol photo by: 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Squadron 150 was honored to host the August South Coast Group 7 Joint Training which featured 103 year old Sam Sachs, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, World War 2 and D-Day veteran as our special guest speaker. 

Sachs held the rapt attention of the standing room only crowd of approximately 100 people for nearly an hour as he described his training for the D-Day invasion (he played a leading role in the planning of the glider operations on D-Day), the emotions he felt after seeing only one bullet hole in the glider he flew in behind enemy lines with his men in Normandy, and the experience of liberating a Nazi "extermination camp."

After answering a series of questions from the audience, Sachs concluded his remarks with his secrets of living a long life: "Practice moderation in all that you do. Exercise regularly. Manage stress by focusing on the positives."

"It truly was an honor to hear Lt. Col. Sam Sachs speak," said 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan, Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 Deputy Commander, "a rousing standing ovation, a line of people wanting to take a picture and the simple words of 'thank you for serving' embodied the appreciation that Civil Air Patrol members and guests felt for Lieutenant Colonel Sachs."

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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually. CAP's 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP's Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.comor www.CAP.news for more information.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Secretary of Air Force Speaks at CAP National Conference in Anaheim

NOTE: This post was originally published on www.CAP.news
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Lt. Col. Crystal Housman
Civil Air Patrol Public Affairs
Photos by Lt. Col. Robert Bowden
National Photographer
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson reflected on Civil Air Patrol’s seven-decade history as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force along with her personal connection to the organization when she addressed CAP members Aug. 25 during her keynote speech at the National Conference in Anaheim, California.
An audience of 700 members and guests listened as Wilson told the story of her grandfather, George C. “Scotty” Wilson, who flew in Britain’s Royal Air Force and barnstormed around America before his love of aviation and desire to serve led him to CAP during World War II.
"He joined a group of volunteers,” Wilson said.



”He towed targets and chased submarines off the coast in various parts around New England.”
Wilson’s grandfather was one of 125,000 CAP subchasers during the war. They found 173 German subs off America’s coast and attacked 57.
The organization was founded Dec. 1, 1941, predating the creation of the Air Force in September 1947. CAP became the service’s official auxiliary on May 26, 1948, with President Harry S. Truman’s signing of Public Law 80-557.
It was the same year George Wilson, who logged more than 1,000 flying hours with CAP, took the helm as commander of CAP’s New Hampshire Wing. He served in the role from 1948 -1954.

The aviator passed his love of flying down to his granddaughter, who grew up spending Saturdays in an airplane hangar. “I saw joy in that hangar,” Wilson said, drawing a corollary between her youth in aviation and the experiences CAP cadets encounter today. Addressing the organization’s adult members, she continued, “and all of you here are responsible for what the next generation sees.”
She recalled meeting a nervous CAP cadet at the 2017 EAA Oshkosh AirVenture air show in Wisconsin.
“The young people you work with are learning skills, but they are also way out of their comfort zone ... in a safe place,” Wilson said. “It’s when you’re out of your comfort zone growing up that you’re learning what it means to be a responsible member of the community. It causes young people to grow into better versions of themselves.”
Two of those young people have grown to become pilots on this year’s U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 aerial demonstration team, she said.
“That’s not too shabby for kids who grew up flying Cessnas,” Wilson said, referring to CAP’s fleet of general aviation single-engine planes.
From inspiring the next generation of F-16 pilots to training those of today, Civil Air Patrol has a direct impact on the Air Force, she said. The auxiliary flies an average of 200 air defense missions every year throughout the country.
Federal Aviation Administration rules require remotely piloted aircraft to have an escort when they fly outside military airspace. Last year, CAP logged more than 600 flight hours escorting the New York Air National Guard’s MQ-9 Reapers from their home in Syracuse, New York, to nearby military airspace for training.
Turning to CAP’s long-standing work with the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Wilson credited the auxiliary with handling 90-95 percent of the center’s inland search and rescue missions.
“Henry David Thoreau was fond of saying, ‘the only people who ever get any place interesting are the people who get lost.’ That goes double for the people who find them,” she said.
The auxiliary has saved 146 lives since the fiscal year began in October.
“That’s 146 people who got to make that phone call home to say, ‘I’m all right. Civil Air Patrol found me,’” Wilson said.
She spoke of the organization’s work with other state and federal agencies, including support missions for the Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Shortly before her speech, CAP’s Texas Wing was lauded by AFNORTH for its work to provide aerial imagery for FEMA during Hurricane Harvey a year earlier.
As Wilson ended her remarks, she defined what the Air Force expects of its Auxiliary Airmen.
“We expect proficiency at your skills: flying, geolocation, emergency management [and] search and rescue,” she said. “We expect you to be good at what you do. We expect you to be safe in your operation.”
“I also expect you to engage the next generation in a way that is positive and meaningful,” Wilson said, turning her focus back to the 25,000 young people currently serving in CAP’s cadet program.
Before her speech, Wilson engaged one of them herself.
“Actually meeting the Secretary of the Air Force and sitting down and talking with her about our program was such an honor,” said Cadet Staff Sgt. Chloe Hirohata of Billie L. LeClair Cadet Squadron 31 in Riverside, California. “It warmed my heart, really, knowing that someone in such a high position of power … understands where we come from, understands our program and understands what we’re all about.”

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Congratulations Second Lieutenant Laolagi!

Squadron 150 is pleased to announce the promotion of SM William Laolagi to the grade of second lieutenant. Second Lieutenant Laolagi joined Civil Air Patrol (CAP) in June 2017 to volunteer and serve the community while also expanding his aviation knowledge. "CAP fit the bill perfectly," said Laolagi.

(L to R) Squadron 150 Deputy Commander 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan, 2nd Lt. William Laolagi and
Squadron 150 Commander Maj. David Powell

2nd Lt. William Laolagi (L) receives his certificate of promotion from Maj. David Powell (R)

In his professional life Laolagi is a software engineer in the medical field. He has brought his software skillset and expertise to CAP and he currently serves as the Information Technology (IT) Officer for Squadron 150. Laolagi said, "I'm looking forward to being able to contribute in any way possible to help my community. With CAP as a platform there are many opportunities for me to accomplish this goal!"

Congratulation Second Lieutenant Laolagi! 



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

No Meeting this Week!

Squadron 150 will NOT be meeting this Thursday (23 August) as our members are attending and volunteering at this year's Civil Air Patrol (CAP) National Conference in Anaheim!

Our next regular squadron meeting will be on 30 August, 2018. We look forward to seeing you then!




Tuesday, August 14, 2018

D-Day Veteran Lt. Col. Sam Sachs to Speak on Thursday 16 August!

Sam Sachs will be our guest speaker this Thursday 16 August, 2018. Sachs, who recently celebrated his 103rd birthday, is a World War 2 veteran. He participated in the D-Day invasion, helped to plan the glider operations during D-Day, and took part in liberating a concentration camp. After World War 2 he served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 32 years retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Sachs is a Lakewood resident and was honored in 2017 as the "Veteran of the Year" by California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon for the 63rd Assembly District.

Sam Sachs (L) with California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (R)
Photo Courtesy: City of Lakewood

Squadron 150 is honored to host Lieutenant Colonel Sachs as a part of the South Coast Group 7 Joint Meeting series. We are all excited to be able to hear from Lieutenant Colonel Sachs, and we are especially excited for our cadets to be able to hear personally from a World War 2 veteran!

If you are planning on attending this special meeting please review the information here: https://sq150.blogspot.com/p/squadron-150-location.html regarding information you need to know prior to entering Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. The meeting begins at 1930 (7:30pm) and should end at approximately 2100 (9:00pm).

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Congratulations Second Lieutenant Juling!

Squadron 150 is pleased to announce the promotion of SM Stefan Juling to the grade of second lieutenant. Juling was motivated to join Civil Air Patrol (CAP) after seeing a presentation done by Squadron 150 commander Maj. David Powell at the flying club where they are both members. Juling said, "I thought as a private pilot Civil Air Patrol can give me the chance to learn more skills and stay proficient; then I learned how much more CAP is actually involved in Emergency Services and Aerospace Education. Those fundamentals of CAP have given me a platform to give back to the community by helping and serving others."

2nd Lt. Stefan Juling (L) receives his certificate of promotion from Squadron 150 commander Maj. David Powell (R)
(Photo by: Maj. Alexander Smith)

Squadron 150 Deputy Commander (L), 2nd Lt. Stefan Juling (M) and Maj. David Powell
(Photo by: Maj. Alexander Smith)

Outside of CAP Juling's background is in hospitality and wine. He has worked for more than 15 years as a wine director in hotels, restaurants, cruise ships and concert venues. The great Southern California weather and a fascination of airplanes motivated him to earn his private pilot's certificate two years ago.

Within CAP Juling currently serves as an Assistant Aerospace Education Officer and is a Mission Scanner and Mission Radio Operator trainee. Squadron 150 Deputy Commander 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan said, "Second Lieutenant Juling has been very valuable to Squadron 150 since joining Civil Air Patrol in November 2017 and this promotion is very well deserved!"

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Pictures from Communications Training

Squadron 150 hosted a very successful South Coast Group 7 communications training exercise during our meeting last Thursday (19 July). Members simulated aircrews, ground teams and mission base staff and practiced the typical communication procedures that Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members engage in while on a mission.

Our thanks to Group 7 communications officer Lt. Col. William Phinizy for facilitating the training exercise and to all of the CAP members that attended.

Unit historian Capt. Gary Mathieson took the following pictures of our members in action: