Tuesday, May 22, 2018

"So, what exactly does the Civil Air Patrol do??"

(A modified version of this post was originally published in March 2017)

As you can imagine we get asked "what do you do??" a lot. People see our members wearing uniforms similar to the U.S. Air Force (USAF), so they often make the connection that we're a part of the USAF family, after all Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has been a part of the Air Force team since 1943 when CAP was transferred from the Office of Civilian Defense to the Department of War-under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Air Forces. After the USAF became an independent service in 1948, CAP became its auxiliary. 

In recognition of CAP's outstanding service to the Air Force CAP became a part of the USAF "Total Force" in 2015. In 2016 CAP was awarded the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award by the Secretary of the Air Force. 

But still, there is often confusion as to what we do. How do we help the Air Force? Our nation? Our community? What would members be able to do in CAP?

CAP has three main missions:

  • Emergency Services
  • Cadet Programs
  • Aerospace Education

According to the CAP website www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com here is what falls under "Emergency Services."
"Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.
Search and Rescue                           
Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are the CAP missions? Approximately 75-100 people are saved each year by CAP members.
Disaster Relief                             
Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Humanitarian Services                         
CAP flies humanitarian missions, usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.
Air Force Support                         
It's hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions. 
CAP joined the "war on drugs" in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States."
What can YOU do in CAP? We invite you find out by visiting one of our meetings! For more information on Squadron 150 meeting location and time please click here

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Communications Training to be Held at Squadron 150 HQ this Thursday

Squadron 150 is pleased to be hosting this month's Joint South Coast Group 7 Emergency Services training during our next meeting on 17 May, 2018.

(Official Civil Air Patrol photo)
The subject will be CAP communications and it will include the following:

  o An overview of communications in CAP and the California Wing.
  o Review of the requirements for ICUT, MRO, and CUL.
  o ICUT certification for those needing it.
  o MRO SQTR tasks will be reviewed and signed off if passed. 
This session will be in preparation for a more comprehensive Group 7 joint training exercise in July. All who have a driving interest in becoming a CAP communicator are welcome to attend -- especially cadets. 
If you possess a CAP VHF radio and need some background or assistance with its operation, you are welcome to bring it along. Please note that this does not include the ISRs (intersquad radios). Additionally, please be sure to bring all necessary SQTR paperwork AND BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS AND DEMONSTRATE THE TASKS YOU WISH TO HAVE SIGNED OFF.

Our instructor will be Lt Col. William Phinizy, Group 7 Deputy Commander (and former Squadron 150 Commander) and Maj John Frerichs. Lieutenant Colonel Phinizy and Major Frerichs are communications experts and we know this training will be very beneficial to all who attend.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Aerospace Education Presentation this Thursday

This week's meeting (10 May, 2018) will be focused on Aerospace Education, one of the three core missions of Civil Air Patrol.  Assistant Aerospace Education Officer SM Stefan Juling, who is a private pilot, will be presenting on the topic of "air speeds." 

Specifically he'll be speaking on:

- What the different airspeeds (IAS, CAS, TAS, GS) mean
- When to use which air speed in communication 
- How to calculate the different air speeds
- Risk management of air speeds

Squadron 150 meets Thursday evenings from 1930-2100 (7:30-9:30 PM) at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) in Los Alamitos, California. If you are visiting for the first time, we recommend that you plan on arriving by 7:15pm so that we have some time to welcome you before the meeting begins. Please also plan on staying a few minutes after the meeting so that we can make sure to answer any questions you might have about serving in CAP.

Los Alamitos JFTB is an active military installation and you will need to show proper picture ID to the guards at the front gate. Let them know that you are visiting the base for the purpose of attending the Civil Air Patrol meeting.

Some things to be aware of prior to visiting:
  • Your vehicle may be subject to search
  • The speed limit while driving on base is 25 MPH and it is strictly enforced by Federal law. 
  • Sell phones may be operated while driving aboard the base only if a hands-free device is employed.
We look forward to seeing you this Thursday 10 May, 2018!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Squadron 150 Commander Attends National Staff College

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on www.CAP.news on 20 April, 2018. In addition our Squadron Commander Maj. David Powell was one of those who attended the National Staff College (NSC).


Eighty-one of Civil Air Patrol’s mid-level executives from across the nation gather in Alabama this weekend for National Staff College, an annual activity that turns 50 this year.
National Staff College, or NSC, coordinated out of CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, is an organization-led professional development opportunity. First held in 1968, NSC has proven to be instrumental in building CAP’s success as a premier public service organization and as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary.
The college is designed for CAP senior members who are, or will be, assuming leadership positions at the wing, regional or national levels within the organization. The training, scheduled from April 22-29, helps these volunteers sharpen their skills for top-level success.
“National Staff College goes a long way in developing our adult officers’ executive level management skills for future service in high levels within the organization,” said CAP National Commander and CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith. “These skills will allow the participants to become more effective leaders, both in CAP as well as in their communities.”
The curriculum includes seminar discussions, case studies and exercises, along with presentations by top officials inside and outside the organization. Participants in the seven-day course concentrate on executive leadership, management, organizational behavior and policy formulation while examining CAP’s national-level operations in great detail.
As part of NSC’s 50th anniversary observance, Lt. Col. Thomas S. Vreeland, one of the newest members of CAP’s Board of Governors, will be a guest lecturer. Vreeland graduated from the first NSC in 1968 as the young founder and commander of a New York City squadron. He was 21 years old and still in college.
Vreeland, who went on to a notable career in education and information technology before rejoining CAP in 2006, said he will use his NSC address as an opportunity to reflect on the things that remain the same in CAP and the things that have changed.
NSC is a requirement for earning the Gill Robb Wilson Award, CAP’s highest professional development achievement. Because of the course’s graduate-level design and its focus on national-level operations, participation is usually restricted to members who hold the CAP grade of major or above and chief and senior master sergeants who have completed CAP’s Region Staff College or its equivalent and have received their wing commanders’ endorsement.
The benefits of NSC extend beyond CAP. The leadership, communication and executive management skills, made available through the course at a fraction of what such classes would cost at various schools and universities, are in high demand by employers in all industries.
Col. Jean Desmarais, CAP’s national professional development officer, is serving as director of NSC.
“We’re really excited about this year’s class and its place in NSC history,” said Desmarais. “We have a very diverse group of leaders coming here from 33 different wings to learn from our Air Force, Army and CAP experts.”
The banquet speaker for the graduation ceremony next Saturday, April 29, is Dr. David R. King, an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School as an attending trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, King has 17 years of service with the Joint Special Operations Command and multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the last coming in 2017. He is one of the principle inventors of ResQFoam, a “trauma foam” meant to combat internal bleeding long enough for a soldier or patient to reach a medical facility and receive a lifesaving operation.
In addition to Vreeland and King, scheduled 2018 speakers include:
  • Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. George Harrison, former commander of the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
  • Air Force Col. Michael Tyynismaa, commander, Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force (CAP-USAF), which provides advice, liaison and oversight to CAP National Headquarters.
  • Air Force Master Sgt. Don Pierson, military instructor for aspiring officers at Maxwell AFB.
Civil Air Patrol speakers include:
  • Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP national commander.
  • Brig. Gen. Ed Phelka, CAP national vice commander.
  • John Salvador, CAP chief operating officer.
  • Chaplain Col. Jay Hughes, former CAP Chief of Chaplains
  • Col. Barry Melton, Southeast Region commander.
  • John Desmarais, CAP director of operations.
  • John Swain, CAP government relations director

National Staff College participants

CAP National Headquarters
  • Congressional Squadron – Maj. Marcus Thornton
Arizona Wing
  • Group IV – Maj. David Girolami
Arkansas Wing
  • 120th Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Charles Pierce
California Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Chief Master Sgt. Noel Furniss
  • Los Angeles County Group 1 – Maj. Glenn Wiggins
  • San Diego Group 8 – Lt. Col. Ross Veta
  • Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 – Maj. David Powell
  • San Diego Senior Squadron 57 – Maj. David Wallace
  • Los Alamitos Glider Training Squadron 41 – Lt. Col. Stanley Clark
Connecticut Wing
  • Stratford Eagles Composite Squadron – Maj. John Siebert
  • Silver City Cadet Squadron – Maj. Paul Patnoad
Florida Wing
  • Marco Island Senior Squadron – Lt. Col. Alexander Craig
Georgia Wing
  • Gwinnett County Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Michael Willis
  • Dekalb County Cadet Squadron – Lt. Col. Richard Choate
  • Rockdale County Cadet Squadron – Lt. Col. David Hamby 
Idaho Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Justin Bekker
Illinois Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Cols. John Patrizi, Robert Taylor and Tod Whitmore
  • Lewis Composite Squadron – Maj. Val Mertens
Indiana Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Justin McElvaney
  • Group 5 – Maj. Ronald Reid
Iowa Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Donald Hahn
Kansas Wing
  • Howard Williams Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Danny Phillips
  • Lawrence Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Paul Bayless
Kentucky Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Majs. Keith Clapp and Paul Ault
  • Group III – Lt. Col. Robert Sobotka
  • Louisville Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Joshua Leslie
  • Southern Kentucky Cadet Squadron – Maj. Terry Logan
Maryland Wing
  • College Park Composite Squadron – Maj. Robert Thompson
Michigan Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Shawn Wyant
  • Highpoint Composite Squadron – Maj. Gareth Todd
  • Maj. Kevin A. Adams Memorial Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Paul Koehn
Minnesota Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Douglas Rutherford 
Missouri Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Maj. Joseph St. Clair
  • Group 1 – Lt. Col. Austin Worcester
  • Group 5 – Lt. Col. Raun Hamilton
  • Pegasus Composite Squadron – Lt. Col Charles Harter
  • Springfield Regional Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Johnnie Nichols
  • Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Charlie Stone
  • Wentzville Composite Squadron – Maj. Jennifer Smith and Senior Master Sgt. Robert Miller
Mississippi Wing
  • Pine Belt Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Felix Diaz
North Carolina Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Chaplain Lt. Col. Marcus Taylor
National Capital Wing
  • Arlington Composite Squadron – Maj. Aaron Newman
Nebraska Wing
  • Fremont Cadet Squadron – Lt. Col. Leonard Cassell
New Hampshire Wing
  • Lebanon Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Charles Freeman
New Jersey Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Chaplain Lt. Col. George Guyer
  • Bayshore Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Harvey Gonzalez
  • New Jersey Legislative Squadron – Lt. Col. G Mark Loreto
New Mexico Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Griffyn Lane
  • Albuquerque Senior Squadron 2 – Maj. Gregory Griffith
New York Wing
  • New York City Group – Maj. Michael Woolfolk
Nevada Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Majs. Richard Hazeltine and Darrin Scheidle
  • Douglas County Composite Squadron – Maj. Dale Brown
  • Nellis Senior Squadron – Majs. Robert Lopez and Ezekiel Martin
  • Jim Bridger Middle School Cadet Squadron – Lt. Col. Karen Hursh
Ohio Wing
  • Group VII – Lt. Col. Jennifer Hicks
Oklahoma Wing
  • Woodward Composite Squadron – Maj. Anthony Barros
Rhode Island Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Col. William Stranahan
South Carolina Wing
  • Emerald City Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Kathryn Dowling
Texas Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Alfred Climie
  • Group III – Lt. Col. Donald Gulliksen
  • George H.W. Bush Composite Squadron – Maj. Forest Allen
  • Lakeshore Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Peter Morford
  • Midway Composite Squadron – Maj. Julian Howe
  • Nighthawk Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Michael Parkhill
  • Thunderbolt Composite Squadron – Maj. Chad Bray
  • Lackland Cadet Squadron – Lt. Col. Jacob Stauffer
  • Sheldon Cadet Squadron – Maj. Jason McDonald
Virginia Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Cols. Calvin Chandler and Elliott Korona and Majs. Brian Howard and Jeff Mauro
  • Prince William Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Kimberly Frady
Washington Wing
  • Columbia Basin Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Keith Weber
  • Twin W Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Kenneth Butler
West Virginia Wing
  • Beckley Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Kenneth Dilley

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ground Team Introduction this Thursday

This week's Squadron 150 meeting will focus on Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Ground Team operations. Ground Teams form a crucial part of CAP's search and rescue operations, working in conjunction with CAP air teams to find the target. Squadron 150 Emergency Services Training Officer 2d Lt. Craig Roalf will be facilitating this presentation.

(Official Civil Air Patrol photo)
As a reminder our squadron meeting begins at 1930 hours (7:30pm) and is at 3976 Constitution Ave on Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dandridge Named New CAP National Command Chief

This article originally appeared on www.CAP.news on 29 March, 2018


Chief Master Sgt. Robert M. Dandridge of the Missouri Wing will be Civil Air Patrol’s next national command chief.
Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and CEO, announced the appointment Wednesday.
As national command chief, Dandridge will head CAP’s noncommissioned officer, or NCO, corps, which has about 200 members.
In his new post, he’ll serve as a representative to the national commander, participating in the decision making process, as appropriate, on technical, operational and organizational issues. He will be responsible for reviewing U.S. Air Force, CAP-USAF and CAP wing instructions and policies and providing input and recommending changes for those instructions and policies affecting CAP members.
“I have confidence that Chief Master Sgt. Dandridge will excel in this position,” said Smith. “He had a distinguished 30-plus year career in the Air Force, which included service as the command chief to multiple installations throughout the United Kingdom and Norway, combatant command first sergeant to the U.S. Transportation Command and inspector expertise to a major command. In CAP, his assignments have included serving as the command chief for both the Illinois and Missouri wings.”
Dandridge retired from the Air Force in 2008 as a command chief master sergeant, following three decades of distinguished service, much of it abroad. He joined CAP in 2004 and has served as the Missouri Wing chief master sergeant since 2016. Previously, he served as the Illinois Wing’s chief master sergeant, handling a variety of assignments from 2012-2016.
“With the inherent diversity of Civil Air Patrol and military, I have developed excellent managerial and human resources techniques with which to best deal with a diverse volunteer workforce,” said Dandridge. “The subjects of employee and volunteer satisfaction and developing a positive workplace climate are two of my strongest suits, as well as exhibiting and living the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary core values.”
Dandridge said he looks forward to working with members of CAP’s NCO corps. “I believe our great cadets and officers should have the opportunity to witness NCOs in both categories of cadet and senior membership,” he said.
Dandridge replaces Chief Master Sgt. Dennis H. Orcutt Jr., who has served as national command chief for nearly a year. He is stepping down because of personal and professional obligations.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Symbols of Civil Air Patrol: Part Three-Logo

(This post was originally published August 30, 2016)
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, April 03, 2018

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award Ribbon OK'd for Wear

(This post was originally published on www.CAP.news on 2 March, 2018
Civil Air Patrol members eligible to wear the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award ribbon on their CAP Air Force-style service uniforms can now do so.
“I am delighted that CAP was recognized by the Air Force through the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP's national commander and CEO. “To my knowledge, this award is a first, never having previously been given to an organization outside the Active, Guard or Reserve components of the Air Force. This speaks to the value that CAP brings to the Air Force as one of its Total Force partners.”
The award, presented to CAP by the U.S. Air Force in September 2016, honors the organization for its service from Oct. 1, 2012-Aug. 31, 2016. Every member who was a cadet or senior member in good standing for at least a day during that 47-month interval are authorized to wear the corresponding ribbon.
The citation accompanying the award makes note of CAP’s “exceptionally meritorious service” during the period covered by the award – described as a time in which the organization “emerged as a true Total Force partner, flying 34,367 operational sorties as the Air Force Auxiliary.”

During those years, the citation said, CAP:
  • Served as “the cornerstone of Air Force rescue operations” in carrying out 2,943 search and rescue missions for the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, flying 5,040 hours and saving 272 lives;
  • Functioned as “an integral part of our homeland defense” in the course of conducting 1,950 flights as targets during intercept training for military jet pilots;
  • Provided 158,000 images for emergency agencies’ use in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a massive mission in which aircrews from 21 states made 696 flights in 73 planes;
  • Participated in 959 exercises in which aircrews simulated unmanned aircraft systems for training of Air Force, Army and Navy joint terminal attack controllers; and
  • Totaled 29,395 flight hours assisting law enforcement agencies in the seizure of illegal drugs valued at $2.9 billion.
“I am extremely proud of the contributions our members make every day," said Smith, “and am pleased that the Air Force recognizes these contributions as well.”
The award also recognized CAP’s aerospace education program, praised for reaching 20,000 elementary schoolchildren and promoting academics and fitness through an engaging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum. CAP’s performance in the Air Force Association’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition was cited as well, with teams of CAP cadets finishing second overall in 2015 and third in 2016 in national fields exceeding 3,000 teams. CAP cadets took first place nationally in 2011, 2012 and last year.
In addition, the citation hailed CAP’s Cadet Encampment Assistance Program, which has provided financial assistance for 3,700 cadets to attend wing encampments and has increased participation in those activities by 20 percent.
The ribbon may not be worn by those who served as cadet sponsor members, patron members, retired members, aerospace education members or legislative members. In addition, CAP members who are members of the U.S. armed forces, including active and reserve components such as the National Guard and Air National Guard, are prohibited from wearing the ribbon on their armed forces uniform.
National Headquarters has issued guidelines for wear and placement of the ribbon.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

NO Squadron 150 Meeting this Week!!

Friends, our squadron will NOT be meeting this Thursday (29 March) as it is the fifth week of the month and we are "dark" during the fifth week. If you were planning on visiting our squadron we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting which will be on 5 April, 2018.

Maj. Jerry Civalleri (L) and other Squadron 150 members during a meeting.
Civil Air Patrol picture by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Symbols of Civil Air Patrol: Part Two

(This post was originally posted on 9 August, 2016)

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. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Squadron 150 to Host "Pathway to Becoming a CAP Pilot"

Squadron 150 will host this month's South Coast Group 7 Joint Training Meeting, which is open to all senior members of the six Group 7 squadrons in Orange County. The topic will be "The Pathway to Becoming a CAP Pilot" facilitated by Maj. Tom Barbre (Squadron 41) and Capt. Rick DeMartino (Squadron 68). Attendees will be taken through the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Form 5 process.

The meeting will begin at 1900 (7:00) pm at Group 7/Squadron 150 HQ at 3976 Constitution Avenue at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. (Note-this is a different start time than our typical meetings!)

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The History of Civil Air Patrol Symbols: Part One

(This post was originally published on 26 July, 2016)

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, February 27, 2018

Join us this Thursday as one of our squadron member shares his experiences in World War II!

Join us this Thursday 1 March, 2018 as our very own Maj. Alexander Smith will be sharing about his experiences serving in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. Major Smith has been a valuable member of Civil Air Patrol since 2004 and currently serves as the squadron's logistics officer and assistant safety officer.

Maj. Alexander Smith (L) is pictured here receiving a certificate from squadron commander Maj. David Powell

We will also be conducting a short monthly safety briefing, so you can keep "safety current" and hear Major Smith's story. It will be a great meeting and we look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CAP Radar, Cell Phone Analysis Lead to Discovery of Downed Plane in Tenn.

(Originally published on www.CAP.news on 31 January, 2018)

Radar results A Google Earth map created by the CAP National Radar Analysis Team shows the search area arrived at through the team’s tracking of a downed Beechcraft Bonanza in Scott County, Tennessee.

A downed airplane with two passengers was located early today near Huntsville, Tennessee, with assistance from Civil Air Patrol’s National Radar Analysis and Cell Phone Forensics teams.
U.S. Department of Agriculture crews found the plane, with one survivor. CAP worked directly with the Tennessee Army National Guard after being called on by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center once the aircraft was reported overdue from its planned arrival.
Lt. Col. John Henderson, vice commander of the radar team, explained CAP’s role in the search: “The NRAT team was activated for a missing Beechcraft Bonanza scheduled to fly from Venice, Florida, to Urbana, Ohio, a distance of 800 miles. In concert with the Cell Phone Forensics Team, six members of our team were able to find the proper radar track, produce products to help the searchers, and distribute to the field.
“The crash site was found 1½ miles past the last radar hit, with one survivor. It was a true team effort, where high levels of collaboration between the CAP teams and AFRCC pulled all the clues together very quickly for actionable results.”
Maj. Justin Ogden, a member of the CAP National Cell Phone Forensics Team, said that within 30 minutes of being activated his team was able to locate clues from the phones on the Beechcraft that narrowed the search area from six states to a single county in Tennessee.
“Additional review of cell phone clues produced a final recommended search area of 2.6 square miles,” he said. “This allowed local search teams to concentrate their efforts.”
CAP’s Tennessee Wing deployed two aircrews to Scott County, providing aerial support for the overnight search.
“Our teams received a call late last evening and were deployed within two hours,” said Lt. Col. Ande Boyer, incident commander.
"Once again, Tennessee Wing has answered the call to serve and has done so quickly and professionally. I am proud to serve with this dedicated group of volunteers," said Col. Dent Young, Tennessee Wing commander
"While we are thankful that our efforts and the efforts of our partnering agencies were able to locate the site and the surviving passenger quickly, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the pilot," Boyer said.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Aerospace Education Special Presentation

Join us this week for a special Aerospace Education presentation by Maj. Jerry Civalleri. The program will consist of wide screen photos and a narrative describing his overnight deployment on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).  Carl Vinson was conducting several weeks of complete war time simulation and was located about 250 miles offshore from Mexico.  

Photo Credit: U.S. Navy

Major Civalleri was delivered on board by a tail hook cargo and personnel delivery aircraft known as a COD.  His tour group was permitted access to every space on the carrier except the nuclear power plant.  The tour included flight deck and bridge observations during both day and night operations.  He lived in officers quarters, ate with the pilots in the officers mess and observed a preflight briefing in the pilot ready room.

Don’t miss this one of a kind presentation prepared from a visitor’s point of view.  It was a very intense non stop 36 hour event.  You will find it to be very interesting!

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Airborne Photography Training Exercise

Members of Squadron 150 participated in a Disaster Relief Training Exercise on 13 January, 2018, with a focus on airborne photography using the Garmin VIRB and Nikon DSLR cameras. Civil Air Patrol airmen completed a total of nine training sorties, in addition to a one and a half hour ground school training on 11 January, 2018 and a two-hour training on the day of the training exercise.

Airborne photography in support of disaster relief/emergency services missions is a growing mission for Civil Air Patrol nationally and for California Wing, so the opportunity to receive hands-on experience with both the Garmin VIRB and Nikon cameras was very valuable to all members involved.

Here are some pictures from the day:

Sunrise at Fullerton Airport
Photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan

Photos by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan

Garmin VIRB on the wing of a Civil Air Patrol aircraft
Photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan

Angel Stadium
Photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan

John Wayne Airport
Photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan

In-flight operations
Photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan

The airborne photographer in the aircraft
Photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan