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.”

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Congratulations Maj. David Powell!

The members of Squadron 150 would like to congratulate our squadron commander David Powell on his recent promotion to the grade of Major! Major Powell was promoted during the recent South Coast Group 7 awards banquet by Group 7 Commander Lt Col. James Robertson.

Lt Col. James Robertson (L) pins on Maj. David Powell's new grade insignia

Congratulations Major Powell and thank you for your service to Squadron 150 and Civil Air Patrol!

Semper Vigilans!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Group 7 Awards Banquet

South Coast Group 7 (of which Squadron 150 is a subordinate unit) held it's annual awards banquet on 15 October, 2017 at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Fullerton, with members from all six Orange County-based Group 7 squadrons in attendance.

Congratulations to the following members from Group 7 squadrons that received awards-members from Squadron 150 are in bold:
Cadet NCO of the Year: C/SSgt. Joseph Peter Pellerin (Sq 153)
Cadet of the Year: C/2d Lt. Kendal M. Grossgold (Sq 153)
Character Development Officer of the Year: 1st Lt. Randy Nielsen (Sq 153)
Col (Bud) Payton Public Affairs Officer of the Year: 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan (Sq 150)
Inspector General of the Year: Maj. Craig Newton (Sq 40)
Maj Gen Jeanne M. Holm Aerospace Education Officer of the Year: Capt. Jonathan M Grossgold (Sq 153)
Professional Development Officer of the Year: 1st Lt. Scott Decker
Property Management Officer of the Year: 1st Lt. Brian Cole (Sq 68)
Safety Officer of the Year: 2d Lt. Steven Schock (Sq 150)
Senior Member of the Year: Maj. Craig Newton (Sq 40)
Mission Observer of the Year: 1st Lt. Kerem Yogurtcugil (Sq 40)
Pilot of the Year: Maj. Scott Dineen (Sq 40)
Recruitment and Retention: 2d Lt. E. Buesing (Sq 150)
Counter Drug Officer of the Year: Lt Col. Eric Krause (Sq 40)
Composite Squadron of the Year: Squadron 68
Cadet Squadron of the Year: Squadron 153
Senior Squadron of the Year: Squadron 40
Certificates of Achievement were also awarded to:

C/Maj. Leon Shi
Capt. Jeffrey Goeggel
2d Lt. Joshua Derby
Maj. Jerry Civalleri
1st Lt. Rommel Anacan
2d Lt. Steven Schock
1st Lt. Brian Cole
Capt. Richard Benson
Maj. Nathan Van De Brake
Maj. Craig Newton
Capt. Ricardo Dimartino

1st Lt. Rommel Anacan (L) receiving the Group 7 Public Affairs Officer of the Year award from
Group 7 Commander Lt Col. James Robertson

2d Lt. Steve Schock (L) receiving the Group 7 Safety Officer of the Year award from
Group 7 Commander Lt Col. James Robertson

Civil Air Patrol Achievement Award recipients

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CAP Exceeds 100,000 Flying Hours for 2nd Straight Year

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

Photo Credit www.CAP.news
For the second straight year, Civil Air Patrol has amassed 100,000 flying hours for its 560-plane fleet, which is recognized as one of the largest assemblages of single-engine aircraft in the world.
John Desmarais, CAP’s director of operations, said the milestone was met during a flight Thursday morning in Puerto Rico, in which a CAP aircrew was taking photographs of damage by Hurricane Maria throughout the island.
“I really didn’t think we were going to make it to 100,000 flying hours a month ago,” said Desmarais, who had set the lofty goal for the 2017 fiscal year, which ends Saturday.
An increase in Air Force-assigned disaster relief missions in the wake of recent hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands contributed greatly to accomplishing the 100,000-mark again. In fiscal 2016, CAP flying hours totaled 104,525 hours — the highest in the last five years.
Disaster relief flights have totaled 2,830 more hours this year than last, Desmarais said. He cited dozens of disaster relief missions and other federal, state and local agency support missions across the country, ranging from the massive rainfall that accompanied Hurricane Matthew in the fall of 2016 to recent support for the responses to hurricanes Harvey, which also wrought historic flooding; Irma; and Maria. Harvey, Irma and Maria all made landfall during the past five weeks, prompting CAP aircrews to take to the skies in support of emergency responders.
Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, who took over as CAP national commander at the 2017 National Conference during the organization’s response to Hurricane Harvey, said he’s was not surprised CAP’s recent disaster relief flights help put the organization over the 100,000 mark for the year.
“Our aircrews are the best, always training and always ready to serve,” Smith said. “And CAP’s large fleet of Cessna aircraft provides these professionally trained aircrews with the perfect platform to provide quick and reliable reconnaissance to the Air Force as well as emergency responders on the ground.”
In addition to the uptick in disaster relief flying hours in fiscal 2017, CAP also saw an increase in homeland security missions, which included its more than 600 MQ-9 remote piloted aircraft escort flights in support of the Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing. As part of the U.S. Air Force Reaper Training Program for pilots and sensor operators, CAP aircrews accompanied MQ-9 Reapers to and from Military Restricted Airspace in central New York state for training exercises. This support has helped save taxpayers over $1 million and has increased MQ-9 training by 25 percent.
“CAP is always looking for new opportunities for our members to fly in support of their communities across the country,” Desmarais said.
Smith agreed, adding, “We don’t often know when our next mission will come, so we must be prepared at all times.”

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017 Huntington Beach Airshow was a success!!

The 2017 Huntington Beach Airshow was an unqualified success and members of Squadron 150 (and from our South Coast Group 7 squadrons along with other squadrons from California Wing) played a key role in helping make the show a success!

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members helped with airshow operations by assisting the aircrews at both Los Alamitos JFTB and at John Wayne Airport, manning the parachutist drop zone area along the beach, helping with the volunteer and VIP parking lots, escorting the parachutists from the drop zone and other tasks.

CAP senior members and cadets also manned two booths, one located on the beach near show center and one located on the main festival area telling visitors about CAP, what we do and why we matter. We had approximately 150 people (from all over the area) express an interest in CAP and we're excited to see them at an upcoming meetings in squadrons in their area.

Did we mention that we also had some of the best "seats" in the house for the airshow? We are already looking forward to the 2018 show!

CAP Booth at Festival Area (Photo: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan)

CAP Glider from Squadron 41 at show center (Photo: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan)

CAP booth at show center (Photo: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan)

A selfie moment with 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan (L) and SM Erika Soto (R)
 (Photo: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

More Pictures from the September Search and Rescue Training Exercise (SAREX)

Photo Credit: San Diego Group 8
Photo Credit: San Diego Group 8

2d Lt. Rommel Anacan (L) with his fellow crew members during the SAREX
Photo Credit:San Diego Group 8

Photo Credit:San Diego Group 8

Photo Credit: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan

Photo Credit: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Join us for the Huntington Beach Airshow this weekend!

We are very excited that Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will be a part of the 2017 Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow! CAP Senior Members (adults) and Cadets will be playing key roles in HB Airshow operations and also representing CAP at booths located in the main "Festival" area and also on the beach, near a CAP glider!

Come and see the US Navy's Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds perform and MORE the weekend of 29 September-1 October in Huntington Beach. And be sure to stop by one of our CAP booths and say "hello!"

For more information on the 2017 Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow click here:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Squadron 150 Participated in San Diego Training Exercise

Two members of Squadron 150 participated in a recent training exercise hosted by San Diego Group 8 and held at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California. Squadron 150 Deputy Commander and SM Craig Roalf are already qualified Mission Scanners and are now in training to be Mission Observers.

Mission Observers sit in the right hand seat of Civil Air Patrol aircraft and handle radio communications, assist with navigation, flight and mission planning and conduct visual search when in the search area.

Other CAP members were training in Emergency Services (ES) qualifications such as Mission Scanner, Airborne Photographer, Mission Pilot, Mission Radio Operator, Mission Safety Officer and more.

(L to R) 2d Lt Rommel Anacan and SM Craig Roalf

Mission Briefing (Photo Credit: San Diego Group 8)
We are thankful to the leaders and members of San Diego Group 8 for organizing and putting on a very successful Search and Rescue Training Exercise (SAREX)!