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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Air Force Association Announces New Partnership with Civil Air Patrol

(This originally appeared on www.CAP.news)

Membership Statement, Signed Today, to Support Aerospace Education Initiatives

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Air Force Association announced today a new partnership with Civil Air Patrol designed to advance the mission of both organizations to promote aerospace education in communities nationwide.
The statement of mutual support, signed by Air Force Association President Gen. Larry Spencer and Civil Air Patrol National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, calls for AFA and CAP to pair CAP squadrons and AFA chapters for the purpose of advocating for aerospace education at the local, state and regional level.
“Civil Air Patrol and the Air Force Association have made strides in promoting national defense for decades, even before the inception of the Air Force,” said Spencer, a retired U.S. Air Force general. “In an era so intensely focused on national security, it is crucial that our two organizations partner to make sure the Air Force’s voice is heard.”
“This is an exceptional opportunity for both organizations,” Smith said. “Partnering with the Air Force Association will open doors for both CAP and AFA to impact local communities.”
As part of the statement of mutual support, Civil Air Patrol is giving AFA members who “opt in” two years of free enrollment in its Friends of CAP program, which offers interested individuals a way to stay connected with CAP without the obligations or commitments involved with regular membership. As a Friend of CAP, AFA members will also receive an electronic subscription to Civil Air Patrol Volunteermagazine and an invitation to visit a local CAP squadron or special CAP event.
AFA is providing similar benefits, including full AFA e-memberships for two years to every current and new CAP member who opts in, as well as providing unit and educator grants to support CAP squadron initiatives in aerospace education and STEM and continuing to provide CAP with opportunities to participate in AFA’s national CyberPatriot program. AFA will also promote CAP’s Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) program with AFA chapters nationwide.
To learn more about AFA, CAP and this special partnership in aerospace advocacy and education, visit www.afa.org or www.CAP.news.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Congratulations to New Group 7 Commander Maj. Craig Newton!

Maj. Craig Newton assumed command of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) South Coast Group 7 during a change of command ceremony held at South Coast Group 7 headquarters at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base on 8 January, 2018. CAP California Wing Commander Col. Alan Ferguson presided over the time-honored ceremony signifying the transfer of authority from one commander to another, as he received the South Coast Group 7 flag from outgoing Commander Lt. Col. James Robertson and handed it to Major Newton. Also representing California Wing at the ceremony was Vice Commander Lt. Col. Gregory Chase.
Maj. Craig Newton (L) receives the Group 7 flag from California Wing Commander Col. Alan Ferguson

During his final remarks as Group 7 Commander Lieutenant Colonel Robertson said, "Major Newton is highly respected within Civil Air Patrol. He is one of the most prepared people to assume command of this Group."
Major Newton joined Civil Air Patrol in December 2011. "When looking at my wife's singing schedule (who is a professional opera singer) in the upcoming year, we realized that she was going to be very busy. She jokingly told me that I needed to get a hobby. I had been looking at joining CAP and the rest, as they say, is history."
Prior to his appointment as South Coast Group 7 commander Newton served as the squadron commander for Falcon Senior Squadron 40, based at Fullerton Municipal Airport. He holds numerous emergency services qualifications including Mission Pilot, Airborne Photographer, Air Operations Branch Director, Incident Commander 3 (Trainee), and Senior Flight Release Officer. He is also serves as the assistant Inspector General for California Wing.
When asked what he is looking most forward to in his new role as South Coast Group 7 Commander Newton said, "I enjoy meeting new people and interacting with them. I hope to give the members of Group 7 the knowledge to succeed; I hope to do this by selecting my staff of experts, that can be called upon as mentors."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Deputy Commander Speaks at Wreaths Across America 2017 Event

Squadron 150's Deputy Commander, 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan was asked to say a few words at the Wreaths Across America ceremonies conducted at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar on 17 December, 2017. Also speaking at the event were Gold Star Wife Linda Walters and U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher.

1st Lt. Rommel Anacan speaking at the 2017 Wreaths Across America ceremony at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar (Photo by: Maj. Lloyd Bumanglag)

After the ceremony 1st Lieutenant Anacan and South Coast Group 7 Professional Development Officer (and former Squadron 150 Commander) Maj. Lloyd Bumanglag had an opportunity to speak with Representative Rohrabacher (who voiced his support of Civil Air Patrol) and take a picture with him.

(L to R) Maj. Lloyd Bumanglag, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan
It was an honor for our squadron and Group 7 to participate in Wreaths Across America ceremonies throughout the area and our thanks to Marie Hess (the organizer of the event at Pacific View), to all of the volunteers that participated and to everyone that sponsored wreaths this year.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Congratulations to our newest 2nd Lieutenant!

Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 is pleased to announce the promotion of SM Craig Roalf to the grade of 2nd Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol. Roalf joined Civil Air Patrol in June 2017 out of a desire "to use my interest and knowledge in aviation to further the means, methods and ability to serve my country."

From L to R 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan, Deputy Commander, 2d Lt. Craig Roalf and Maj. David Powell, Commander
(Photo by: 2d Lt. Carl Yoshioka)
Roalf currently serves as an Assistant Emergency Services Officer, is a Mission Scanner and is a Mission Observer trainee. He says that, "As a member of CAP my favorite aspect is having the ability to acquire life-saving knowledge and skills."

"2nd Lieutenant Roalf has made a positive impact on Squadron 150 since joining in June 2017" said 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan, Squadron 150's Deputy Commander. "He was instrumental in the success of Civil Air Patrol's role at the 2017 Huntington Beach Airshow-and he has already become qualified in an emergency services role in such a short period of time. 2nd Lieutenant Roalf is a tremendous asset and his promotion is well deserved."


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Join us this week for the first meeting of 2018!

Happy New Year, everyone! Squadron 150 will resume our regular meeting schedule this week with our monthly Safety Briefing on 4 January, 2018 beginning at 1930 (7:30pm). The topic is Aircraft Ground Handling and Safety. For new and prospective aircrew members this will be great information-and for experienced pilots and aircrew members, it will serve as a good refresher course.

Photo Courtesy: Capt. Gary Mathieson

Members needing Aircraft Ground Handling and Safety currency: You will have an opportunity to watch the CAP video on the topic and then take the online test. Members working towards Mission Scanner qualifications please review Task O-2015 Demonstrate Ground Operations and Safety in the Aircrew and Flightline Task Guide prior to the meeting. You'll be given an opportunity to review the content with a Skills Evaluator and get that "signed off" on your Mission Scanner specialty qualification training record.

With Search and Rescue Training Exercises beginning in full force, we want to help members interested in Emergency Services roles get qualified as soon as possible!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

We will NOT be meeting on 28 December, 2017

In observance of the New Year we will NOT be meeting this week on 28 December, 2017. We hope you have an amazing start to 2018 and we invite you to join us for the first meeting of the year on 4 January, 2018.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Congratulations to Our Award Winners

Squadron 150 is pleased to announce that several of our members were recently presented with Commander's Commendation Awards by Squadron Commander Maj. David Powell (on behalf of the California Wing Commander Col. Alan Ferguson.)

(From L to R) 2d Lt. Craig Roalf, 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan, Squadron Commander Maj. David Powell and 2d Lt. Steven Schock (Photo Credit: 2d Lt. Carl Yoshioka)
The Commander's Commendation Award is awarded according to the following criteria,

"Outstanding duty performance where achievements and services are clearly and unmistakably exceptional when compared to similar achievements and service of members of like rank and responsibility...This award may be presented by a wing, region or National Commander."

2d Lt. Craig Roalf was presented with the Commander's Commendation Award (approved by California Wing Commander Col. Alan Ferguson) for his outstanding contributions and performance to Civil Air Patrol's efforts during the 2017 Huntington Beach Airshow.

2d Lt. Steven Schock was presented with the Commander's Commendation Award (approved by California Wing Commander Col. Alan Ferguson) for being the South Coast Group 7 Safety Officer of the Year.

1st Lt. Rommel Anacan was presented with the Commander's Commendation Award (approved by California Wing Commander Col. Alan Ferguson) for being the South Coast Group 7 Public Affairs Officer of the Year.

Congratulations to all!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Join us for Wreaths Across America this Saturday 16 December, 2017

Squadron 150 will be participating in a Wreaths Across America ceremony this Saturday, 16 December at Pacific View Memorial Park (3500 Pacific View Dr) in Corona Del Mar. The ceremony begins at 0900 at the Veteran's Memorial area. Following a few remarks (including remarks by Squadron 150 Deputy Commander 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan) participants will be able to lay wreaths at the graves of veterans.

We invite you to join us this Saturday! There is no fee and we think you'll find the experience meaningful and worthwhile. 

Veteran's Memorial Pacific View Memorial Park (Photo Courtesy: 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)

A wreath at the grave of Bill Schock, the father of 2d Lt. Steve Schock (Photo: 2d Lt. Steve Schock)

Rendering a salute to a veteran 

Squadron 150 Members at the Ceremony (Photo Courtesy: 2d Lt. Steve Schock)

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Yes! We are meeting this week!

After a couple of weeks off in celebration of Thanksgiving Squadron 150 will be meeting this Thursday 7 December. This week we will having out monthly Safety Briefing and our safety officer 2d Lt. Steve Schock will be conducting the briefing. 

If you're visiting Squadron 150 for the first time, please click on this link for information on entering Los Alamitos JFTB, as our squadron HQ is located on an active military installation. The meeting begins at 1930 (7:30pm). If you're visiting for the first time, we recommend that you plan on arriving by 7:15 pm so we have an opportunity to "meet and greet" you before the meeting begins.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

No Meeting this Week (30 November)! In the meantime, here is a CAP update!

Happy Holidays! As a reminder Squadron 150 will NOT be meeting this week (30 November). Our next meeting will be on 7 December and we look forward to seeing you then.

In the meantime, here is a story from www.cap.news regarding Civil Air Patrol's assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.


Hurricane Maria Response Mission Wrapping Up; 239 From 21 Wings Participate

236 Flights, 496 Hours in Air Generate 62,000+ Photos

Twenty-two days into the massive federal response to Hurricane Maria, Civil Air Patrol is beginning to ramp down its air operations in Puerto Rico and the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands. CAP has been supporting flying operations for the full-scale disaster relief mission in Puerto Rico since Sept. 22, two days after Maria made landfall on the Caribbean island.
“We’re starting to wrap up our current mission in Puerto Rico,” said John Desmarais, CAP’s director of operations. Nearly 250 members from the Puerto Rico Wing and 20 other CAP wings and regions across the U.S. have been involved in the mission, providing local first responders, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other U.S. government agencies with aerial photography to document damage on the islands.
CAP planes from the mainland are expected to return home this weekend, but flights are expected to continue through the early part of next week – likely supported by Puerto Rico Wing aircraft and crews with minimal augmentation by mainland crews.

To date, CAP aircrews have flown nearly 500 hours on 236 sorties over the affected areas in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. On those flights, CAP photographers have taken 62,721 aerial images, which were provided to FEMA and emergency personnel to help focus on recovery efforts.
Puerto Rico took a direct hit from the Category 5 storm two weeks after a previous encounter with Hurricane Irma, another powerful storm that tracked just north of the island on Sept. 7. Irma greatly affected the U.S. Virgin Islands, much as Maria did Puerto Rico.
Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico’s infrastructure has posed challenges CAP members, particularly the local CAP wing’s nearly 400 adult officers. One is Capt. Luis J. Herrera, the wing’s inspector general, who lives in Bayamon, just south of San Juan.
“The last four weeks have been challenging, to say the least,” he said. “Power, water, cell phones, everything that we took for granted has been taken away from us. We did prepare for a hurricane, but we weren't prepared for a disaster.
“Hurricane Maria has been the worst event with the biggest devastation I have ever experienced,” Herrera said.
Slowly but surely, progress is being made toward recovery.

"My family and I are living within a schedule that we’ve created,” Herrera said. “We have a portable generator that can be run for several hours a day. So we run it several times a day to try to keep the fridge as cold as possible, to charge our electronic devices from time to time, and to turn some fans on to try to cool down the house a little.”
Herrera said his CAP training has prepared him and others to adapt and respond during such emergencies. “Some of our members lost their jobs, their houses were damaged, and others lost everything,” he said. “And yet they reported for duty, day after day, volunteering their time to help.
“In CAP, we train for situations like this, and when the time comes we are honored to step forward and be able to help. In a sense, serving with CAP in this emergency has helped me to focus my thoughts into productive ideas that can contribute to the mission's goals,” he said.
In addition to air operations, CAP members have also volunteered in shelter centers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. That work is expected to continue for weeks, even months to come.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! No Meeting this Week!

In observance of Thanksgiving Squadron 150 will NOT be meeting on Thursday 23 November or on 30 November! We hope you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving and start to the Holiday Season with those you love!

Please join us for our next Squadron 150 meeting on 7 December at 7:30pm. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

We are partnering with Wreaths Across America again this year!

Many of you have sponsored wreaths which will help us honor and remember our fallen Veterans this Holiday season and also help our squadron continue to perform "Missions for America"....THANK YOU for your support!

If you'd like to donate a wreath for a Veteran's grave at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, it's not too late to do so! Click on this link to donate a wreath: 

We'd also like to invite you to join us at to help place these wreaths on Veteran's graves on 17 December, 2017. The ceremonies begin at 9:00am. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Calif. Wing Aircrews Applying New Technology to Wildfire Photography Mission

(This article originally appeared on www.CAP.news)

Sensor System Improves Image Quality

The California Wing is using new technology to help document the devastation from deadly October wildfires in California.
It’s called an Aeroptic Sensor Pod, a leading-edge tactical aerial imagery system attached to one of the wing’s Cessna 182s. The sensor system provides rapid access to visual and multispectral data of the damage wrought by the wildfires, which, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reports, have destroyed 8,900 structures and claimed 43 lives.
“The Aeroptic Sensor we have as a demo for 45 days was installed by Ivan Air to support a test last week,” said John Desmarais, CAP’s director of operations.
The imagery mosaic provided by the new camera system has been well received by Federal Emergency Management Agency staff, and they have asked us to re-fly several areas,” Desmaris said,
CAP aircrews in California are flying again this week, as most of the fires are starting to be contained.

“This imagery from the plane equipped with the Aeroptic Sensor, as well as photos previously taken with the wing’s traditional Garmin VIRB cameras, will still be needed to assist with determining access to federal assistance,” Desmarais said.
The California Wing has been supporting FEMA’s recovery efforts at the behest of 1st Air Force, operating from a temporary incident command post at Livermore Municipal Airport to accommodate aerial imagery flights to the areas of the Combined Fire in Santa Rosa and Northern California, then moving to Riverside Municipal Airport to photograph the area affected by the Southern Fires in Orange County in Southern California.

The CAP photographic coverage in California has resulted in about 140 flights over the past 11 days, providing roughly 6,000 photos using the VIRB cameras, mounted under the wing of several CAP aircraft.
“All feedback I have received directly from FEMA is that they are very happy with our work and the product we have been supplying them,” said Lt. Col. Joe Brickman, operations director for the California Wing. “Our photos have been instrumental in helping FEMA make their damage assessments of these burn areas.”
Both CAP and FEMA officials believe will provide the next generation of aerial photos.
”The Aeroptic Sensor is mounted on the step of the right strut of the aircraft,” Brickman said. “The camera can be flown at varying altitudes, ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 feet, depending on the ground covered. The camera imagery is also orthorectified (adjusted to eliminate any distortion) to make it easier for FEMA to analyze the data and … be more effective for their damage assessment.”
Flying with the Aeroptic Sensor Pod does require some practice, Brickman said, adding that aircrews from the California Wing are “humbled” to be the first to test the new system and to participate in the mission.
“The devastating fires here in California have affected everyone in some way, but we all came together to do our part,” he said. “Everyone is working to achieve one goal — to help FEMA support the communities that have been so devastated. I am so proud of the airmen of the California Wing.”