Monday, July 17, 2017

Congratulations to our Newest Mission Scanner!

Congratulations are in order to SM Craig Roalf has completed the requirements to become a Civil Air Patrol Mission Scanner! SM Roalf is one of our newest members and has already become a valuable asset to our squadron. His enthusiasm for CAP and Squadron 150, coupled with his commitment to excellence is noticed and appreciated by all!

SM Craig Roalf (L) receives his certification of completion from Squadron 150 Commander Capt. David Powell
(Photo Credit: Capt. Gary Mathieson)

Congratulations SM Roalf!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New CAP National Commander Named


New Top Senior Leader Will Assume Command at 2017 National Conference in San Antonio

Col. Mark Smith has been selected as Civil Air Patrol’s next chief executive officer and national commander by the organization’s Board of Governors.
A change of command ceremony with Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, current CEO/national commander, will be held during CAP’s National Conference in San Antonio on Sept. 2.
Smith, Civil Air Patrol’s Southwest Region commander, will serve as the organization’s top senior leader for the next three years. As CAP’s 24th CEO/national commander, Smith will lead CAP’s 57,000 members across the U.S. in fulfilling the organization’s three congressionally chartered missions — emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education.
“Col. Smith has the right blend of leadership skills, qualifications and experience to lead Civil Air Patrol into the future,” said retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Judy Fedder, chair of CAP’s Board of Governors. “The members of the Board of Governors look forward to working with Col. Smith to continuously improve the organization in support of the outstanding service our members provide to their communities, states and nation.”
Smith has excelled in Civil Air Patrol as a commander at the squadron, wing and region levels. He has completed all five levels of the CAP professional development (PD) program. He earned PD master ratings in command and safety as well as a senior rating in aerospace education. He has also earned an executive rating in CAP’s Organizational Excellence program.
He also heads up CAP’s Leadership Development Working Group, which is a national-level team that has developed products, tools and courses to better equip CAP’s leaders at all levels for success. The group recently released a highly acclaimed Unit Commander’s Course.
“Col Smith represents the best of the executive volunteer leaders in Civil Air Patrol today,” said Vazquez. “His leadership of Southwest Region, as well as work on a new generation of squadron and wing commander training, greatly benefits all CAP members. He is a great choice to succeed me, and I look forward to working with him to achieve a smooth transition.”
In addition to his experience in CAP, Smith has 43 years of leadership experience in the Air Force, industry and other nonprofit volunteer organizations. His background includes experience with strategic planning, leading change, positively influencing organizational culture and motivating units to achieve higher levels of performance. He is also passionate about servant leadership and helping organizational members achieve their full potential.
Smith has a doctorate in education in ethical leadership from Olivet Nazarene University, a master’s of aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a bachelor’s in international affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a graduate of the Air Force’s Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.
“The selection process for national commander was revised five years ago to reflect the needs of the organization,” said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. MarnĂ© Peterson, chair of the Board of Governors’ personnel committee. “The board is excited to announce Col. Smith’s selection as the next national commander/CEO and we are confident he will serve the organization and its members extremely well in the coming years.”
After being notified of his selection, Smith said, “I am excited to be given the opportunity to serve as Civil Air Patrol’s next CEO and national commander. I look forward to partnering with our phenomenal volunteers and staff to take our organization to even greater levels of excellence in service to community, state and nation.”

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

The members of Squadron 150 wish everyone a Happy Independence Day! We are honored to serve our community and our nation by performing "Missions for America" since 1941! We hope you enjoy this day and celebrate our great nation!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

No Squadron Meeting this Week!!


Squadron 150 will not be meeting this week (29 June, 2017) since it is the fifth week of the month and our squadron is typically "dark" during the fifth week. 

In the meantime we hope you have a Happy Independence Day and we look forward to seeing you at our next Squadron 150 meeting on 6 July, 2017!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Learn about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) this Thursday!

This week Capt. Gary Mathieson will be conducting an Aerospace Education-themed presentation on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones. Captain Mathieson is a professional photographer who has purchased a drone for both personal and professional use and will be sharing his experiences flying a drone for our members and guests.

Capt Gary Mathieson taking pictures during a training exercise
Here is a URL link to see some of Captain Mathieson's pictures taken with a UAV:

UAVs are an ever-growing presence in our skies and we know this program will be a valuable and interesting one for all who attend!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Announcing Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Award Recipient

Congratulations to Capt. Douglas Hardy who was recently presented the Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Award for completing Level Two of the Civil Air Patrol Professional Development Program!

Capt. Douglas Hardy (L) receives his award from Squadron 150 Commander Capt. David Powell (R)
Civil Air Patrol
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Award
Fact Sheet

The Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Award is given to Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members who complete Level Two of the Senior Member Professional Development Program. It recognizes those members who have dedicated themselves to leadership and personal development in the CAP. This award was first given in 2006 and honors the late General Benjamin Davis. A pioneering military officer who was the leader of the fabled Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, and the first African American to become a General in the Air Force.

Civil Air Patrol is the Auxiliary of the United States Air Force. CAP has a three-fold mission. It includes emergency services, the cadet program, and aerospace education. CAP professional development provides technical skills and leadership training to senior members age 18 and over to support CAP’s mission. The program enables these adults to develop these skills while providing a vital public service to our nation.

As the member progresses through the program, he or she completes five increasingly complex training levels. Each level requires the member to become more involved in CAP activities, master skills in one of 23 technical areas, and develop leadership ability. As he or she completes these levels, the member receives awards, chances for promotion, and selection for more important roles within CAP.

The second milestone is the Davis Award. Members must have completed Level One of the senior member professional development program as well as the CAP Officer Basic Course. Members must also complete the Squadron Leadership School and achieve at least a technician rating in a specialty track of their choice.

Of CAP’s 35,000 senior members, about 670 earn the Davis Award each year. 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Congratulations on your award Maj Jerry Civalleri!

Long Beach Senior Squadron is proud to announce that Maj Jerry Civalleri was recently presented with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Achievement Award for his outstanding duty performance. Major Civalleri serves as Squadron 150's Professional Development Officer and as an Assistant Personnel Officer and much of what we do would not be possible without his hard work and dedication.

Maj. Jerry Civalleri (L) receives his CAP Achievement Award from Squadron 150 Commander Capt. David Powell
(Photo by 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Congratulations Maj. Jerry Civalleri on your award!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Congratulations 2d Lt. Neil Bedolla!

Long Beach Senior Squadron 150, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is proud to announce the promotion of SM Neil Bedolla to the grade of 2nd lieutenant. "I joined Civil Air Patrol because of my love for aviation and I wanted to give back to my community. I'm incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to serve my community with something I am passionate about," said Bedolla, who became a member of CAP in October 2016.

(L to R) 2d Lt. Neil Bedolla receives his Certificate of Promotion from Squadron Commander Capt. David Powell
(Photo by: Capt. Gary Mathieson)
Bedolla serves as an Assistant Public Affairs Officer and an Assistant Emergency Services Officer. Bedolla said, "The one thing that I enjoy most about being part of the Civil Air Patrol is being surrounded by brilliant and exceptionally talented people. We all come from different backgrounds and experiences and we're each able to contribute something to the squadron."

Congratulations 2d Lt. Neil Bedolla on your promotion!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Congratulations 2d Lt. Tamara Clark!

Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 is pleased to announce the promotion of SM Tamara Clark to the grade of 2nd lieutenant. Clark serves as the squadron Communications Officer and also serves as an Assistant Emergency Services Officer. Squadron 150 Deputy Commander 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan said, "2d Lt. Clark has been a great asset to Squadron 150 and this is a well-deserved promotion!"

(L to R) Squadron Deputy Commander 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan, 2d Lt Tamara Clark and Capt. David Powell
(Photo by: Capt. Gary Mathieson)
 When asked why she joined Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Clark said, "I joined the Civil Air Patrol as a legacy to my Grandfather.  He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol... I grew up flying single engine planes with my grandfather every weekend. After the passing of my grandfather ... the Civil Air Patrol has given me an opportunity to immerse myself in the wisdom and experience of men and women just like my grandfather, an opportunity to learn more about aviation, and a chance to serve my country."

Congratulations 2d Lt. Tamara Clark!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Squadron 150 Members Complete Squadron Leadership School and Corporate Learning Course

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is committed to the development of its members and has created an extensive Professional Development (PD) program consisting of five "Levels" that are designed to prepare, equip and guide members during their service in CAP. As part of the PD program there are several "schools" that members must attend to complete each PD Level and to be eligible for promotions to higher grades.

Graduates of Squadron Leadership School 6-7 May, 2017
(Photo Courtesy: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan)
During the weekend of 6-7 May, South Coast Group 7 conducted (simultaneously) Squadron Leadership School (SLS), Corporate Learning Course (CLC), and Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC). Squadron 150 members 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan and Capt. Douglas Hardy attended and successfully completed SLS or CLC during this weekend. 2d Lt. Anacan completed SLS is required for completion of Level Two, while Capt. Douglas Hardy attended and completed CLC which is required for Level Three.

Congratulations 2d Lt. Anacan for completing SLS and Capt. Hardy for completing the CLC!

Our special thanks to South Coast Group 7 Professional Development Officer Maj. Lloyd Bumanglag the entire team that he assembled to put these events together, the members of Squadron 68 for serving as the "host squadron" and to all of the instructors who volunteered their time and efforts to creating an engaging and educational event for all attendees!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Fun With the Flight Simulator

At a recent Squadron 150 meeting members (both pilots and non-pilots) alike took turns behind the yoke of a Cessna 182 flight simulator. As part of our ongoing aircrew training education series we brought in a computer flight simulator to give members an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the instruments of an aircraft, along with the flight controls (including yoke, rudder pedals, throttle and trim tabs.) As you can tell by the pictures the meeting was not only educational, it was also entertaining!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Join us this Thursday for Monthly Safety Briefing

Join us this week for our weekly Squadron 150 meeting in Thursday 4 May, 2017 beginning at 1930 hours (7:30pm). This week is our monthly safety briefing; 2d Lt. Steve Schock and SM Tamara Clark will be leading this week's safety discussion on what CAP members need to do when a mishap happens during a CAP mission or activity and on basic First Aid principles.

One of CAP's priorities is the safety of our members, which is why one meeting a month is dedicated to safety topics and issues. Click here for more information about CAP Safety and we'll see you on Thursday evening!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

California and Nevada Wing Airmen Participated in Search For Missing Aircraft

April 24, 2017

Search for missing aircraft suspended

Sacramento, Calif. – Civil Air Patrol concluded its operations Monday morning in the search for a missing aircraft with two persons on board in the Sierra Nevada mountain range after the search was suspended by the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office at 9 p.m. Sunday night. The aircraft has not been found.

The Socata TB-20 Trinidad took off April 17 from the Truckee-Tahoe Airport in Truckee and never arrived at its intended destination of Petaluma Municipal Airport. Civil Air Patrol was activated for the search shortly after midnight Tuesday by the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

Aerial assets from the California Highway Patrol and California National Guard also participated in the multi-agency search, as did CAP ground teams and those from multiple agencies. The search was conducted in a unified command in support of the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office.

Throughout the six-day search, CAP aircrews from California and Nevada conducted visual and photographic searches while logging more than 60 flight hours over the rugged, heavily-wooded and snow-covered search area located 18 miles northwest of Truckee.

CAP volunteers on the ground reviewed more than 8,000 high resolution digital images of the search area, which were captured by wing-mounted cameras on the CAP search planes.

“We are extremely disappointed in the outcome of this search,” said CAP Incident Commander Maj. Shane Terpstra. “We always hope for a fast resolution with missing aircraft searches, but rapidly changing weather compounded with fresh snow worked against us this entire search. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

More than 117 CAP volunteers, 15 CAP aircraft and 12 CAP vehicles participated in the search.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

USAF Evaluated Exercise This Weekend!

Members of Squadron 150 will join other members (including Senior Members (Adults) and Cadets) from California Wing squadrons this weekend (22-23 April, 2017) for the bi-annual U.S. Air Force (USAF) Evaluated Exercise. Every other year the USAF evaluates CAWG during a statewide training exercise to ensure that we are proficient in our capabilities as the US Air Force Auxiliary.

During the exercise aircrews and ground teams typically are tasked with a variety of missions from locating a missing aircraft, to taking airborne pictures of a simulated disaster area, to locating a practice emergency locator transmitter (ELT) and more.

Mission Base for this Exercise is Squadron 5 HQ at Riverside Municipal Airport (KRAL)-and there are several remote bases located throughout California as well.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Congratulations 2d Lt. Steven Schock!

Squadron 150 is pleased to announce the promotion of SM Steven Schock to the grade of second lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). 2d Lieutenant Schock became a member of CAP in 2016 out of a desire to enhance his skill set and experience as a pilot (he currently holds an FAA Private Pilot Certificate and has over 300 hours pilot-in-command (PIC), and to use his skills as a pilot to serve the community and nation.

Maj. Jerry Civalleri (L) and Squadron 150 Commander Capt. David Powell (R) with 2d Lt. Steve Schock (C)

Schock serves as the squadron's Safety Officer and as an Assistant Aerospace Education Officer. He is a qualified Mission Scanner and is currently working towards qualifying as a Mission Observer and as a CAP pilot.

We congratulate 2d Lieutenant Schock on his promotion and thank him for his service to Civil Air Patrol and Squadron 150. 

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Join us Thursday Night for our Next Squadron Meeting!

Squadron 150 resumes our normal meeting schedule this Thursday 6 April, 2017 and we invite you to join us if you're interested in seeing what Civil Air Patrol is all about!

This week's meeting is our monthly Safety Briefing and our Safety Officer 2d Lt. Steve Schock will be guiding us through an analysis of the crash of the Piper Saratoga piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. and culling what we can learn from the crash.

Next week is Emergency Services-Aircrew Training and we will focus on three key areas:

  • Ground Operations and Safety
  • The Pre-Flight Inspection Process
  • What to Do Post-Crash
Squadron 150 members we look forward to seeing you there on Thursday! Guests, we invite you to our squadron-we think you'll like what you experience! For more information about where we meet at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training base, please click here for more information

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

No Meeting this Thursday 30 March, 2017!

Friends-this is a reminder that Squadron 150 will NOT be having a meeting this Thursday 30 March, 2017. It is the fifth Thursday of the month and that generally means we go "dark" for the week.

We would like you to know however that 30 March is the birthday of Capt. David Powell, Squadron 150's commander! (And NO, this is not why we're not meeting tonight!)

So, Squadron 150 members feel free to send Capt. Powell your well-wishes, and guests, you can too! Just use the "Contact Us" form to the right.

Happy Birthday, Capt. David Powell!

We'll see you on 6 April for our first meeting of the month! If you'd like more information about Civil Air Patrol and/or Squadron 150 please contact us and we'll be in touch!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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

"So, what exactly does the Civil Air Patrol do??" As you can imagine we get asked this question a lot. People see 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 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 US Army Air Forces. Incidentally CAP became a part of the USAF Total Force in 2015!

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 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. 
CounterdrugCAP 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, March 14, 2017

Announcing Level One Completions

Congratulations to Senior Members Erika Soto and Ivan Debucquois for completing Level One of the Civil Air Patrol Professional Development program! SMs Soto and Debucquois have already added tremendous value to our squadron during their time with us with their enthusiasm and commitment to the missions of CAP! Congratulations to the both of you and thank you for your service!

CAP Membership Ribbon awarded to those who complete Level One

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Congratulations, Captain Mathieson!

Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 is pleased to announce the promotion of SM Gary N. Mathieson to the grade of Captain in Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Mathieson became a member of CAP in 2016 to, "Continue my service to the nation; to be with other committed professionals and to continue wearing an Air Force Uniform." 

Capt. Gary Mathieson (C) receiving his new grade insignia from Squadron 150 Commander Capt, David Powell (R) and Deputy Commander 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan (L)

In addition to his service in CAP Mathieson is currently a Staff Sergeant in the USAF Reserves, where he has served for 12 years. During his tenure in the USAFR Mathieson has served for three years as a C-141 Loadmaster, six years as a C-17 Loadmaster and four years in Combat Camera. Prior to his service in the USAFR, Mathieson was a Seabee for eight years in the US Navy Reserves. 

In his civilian life Mathieson has been a teacher for 23 years-having taught both physical education and special education during his career. Mathieson holds a Masters Degree in Special Education, which combined with his squadron role as an Aerospace Education Officer, qualified him for a advanced promotion from Senior Member to Captain. 

Mathieson also serves as Squadron 150's historian and is currently in training as an aircrew Mission Scanner. 

Congratulations Captain Mathieson!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pilots Needed for Civil Air Patrol!

Pilots: How would you like to use your skill and abilities to serve your community, develop friendships with a team of dedicated volunteers, and gain opportunities to get more flight time? If this sounds good to you, Long Beach Senior Squadron 150, Civil Air Patrol would like to encourage you to join our team! 

Photo Credit: 2d Lt Rommel Anacan

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) owns the largest fleet of single-engine piston aircraft (primarily Cessna 172s and 182s) in the United States and we use them to perform missions in emergency services, disaster relief, homeland security, cadet orientation flights, counter drug operations, training exercises and proficiency flights. 

How do I become a CAP pilot?

There are different levels of pilot qualifications in Civil Air Patrol, all with their own specific requirements. In all honestly, the road to becoming a pilot is not an instantaneous one…but it is worthwhile. 

Here are some of the basic qualifications to be a CAP pilot (and yes, these can change!)

Be an active CAP member at least 17 years of age
Possess a valid FAA private, commercial or airline transport pilot certificate
Possess a class III or higher medical certificate
Possess a current flight review IAW FAR 61.56
Satisfactorily complete a CAP flight check

Once you’ve met the minimum requirements you will then need to meet the specific requirements for the different types of missions that pilots fly in CAP.

Photo Credit: 2d Lt Rommel Anacan

Do I have to pay to fly?

One of the benefits of being a pilot for Civil Air Patrol is that there may be opportunities for you to receive reimbursements for some of your flying! Keep in mind, reimbursed flying is NOT available when first becoming qualified to fly in CAP. As a new member, you will be responsible for aircraft fuel and a flat rate per hour fee. This applies to the instructional flights one should have prior to taking the flight evaluation to become a CAP pilot, the evaluation itself and all flying after that until becoming mission qualified. 

(We told you…it’s not an instantaneous journey! But, remember it IS worth it!)

Photo by 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan
Once qualified as a Transport Mission Pilot you will be eligible for reimbursed flying during scheduled training missions and actual missions. Other opportunities to participate in reimbursed flying occur when you qualify as a Search and Rescue/Disaster Relief Pilot or Cadet Orientation Pilot. 

Because CAP is a non-profit corporation, you may be able to deduct expenses incurred as a result of your membership in Civil Air Patrol as a charitable contribution. (Please check with your tax advisor for more details.)

What is the benefit to me?

CAP is composed entirely of volunteers who have chosen to serve our communities. As a CAP pilot you may find yourself using your unique skills and talents to help find a downed aircraft, assist the US Air Force on a training mission, take a cadet up on his/her first flight in an aircraft, and more!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SAVE the DATE! Aircraft Instrument Familiarization Training 09 March, 2017

SAVE THE DATE!! Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Squadron 150 will be conducting aircraft instrument familiarization training for members (and guests) during our weekly meeting on 09 March, 2017. Aircraft familiarization is important not just for pilots but for all aircrew members including Mission Observers, Mission Scanners, Airborne Photographers etc.

Instrument panel of CAP Cessna 206
(Photo by: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan and courtesy of Capt. Gary Mathieson)
2d Lt. Steven Schock will be leading the discussion on this very important topic. For all Mission Scanner trainees this training will cover the essentials of Task P-2017, which can be found in the Aircrew and Flightline Task Guide.

If you are a pilot, this will be a great review. If you desire to be a pilot, this will be a great foundational training. If you are an aircrew member, you'll find this knowledge helpful, and if you're none of the above, you'll find all of this fascinating!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Handheld Radio Communications Training 16 February, 2017

This week Squadron 150's meeting will be focused on portable handheld radios. Squadron Commander Capt. David Powell will be leading a discussion on what handheld radios for Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members should consider procuring and the effective operation of those radios for members.

If you're interested in communications, we invite you to join us on Thursday 16 February, 2017 at our HQ at Los Alamitos JFTB.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Mission Radio Operator (MRO) Training 09 February, 2017

Squadron 150 will be conducting Mission Radio Operator (MRO) training during our weekly meeting on 09 February, 2017 at Squadron 150 HQ at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. MROs are needed to establish communications at a mission base and to facilitate communications support to units in the field (both aircrews and ground-based teams.)

Maj. John Frerichs, South Coast Group 7 Communications Director, will be conducting this essential training for members seeking MRO qualifications and for those that are simply interested in learning more about what is required in Civil Air Patrol (CAP) communications.

If you're interested in learning more about CAP communications we invite you to our weekly squadron meeting at 3976 Constitution Avenue at Los Alamitos JFTB.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Search and Rescue Training Exercise (SAREX) Pictures

Airmen of Squadron 150 participated in a Search and Rescue Training Exercise during the weekend of 28-29 January, 2017. Capt Gary Mathieson, CAP and 2d Lt Rommel Anacan, CAP documented the SAREX in pictures. Here are some of the best pictures from the SAREX.

(Special thanks to Captain Mathieson for bringing his photography equipment to this weekend's SAREX!)

Pre-flight check of the aircraft
(Photo taken by 2d Lt Rommel Anacan, CAP)

Take-off of the first sortie
(Photo: 2d Rommel Anacan, CAP)

2d Lt Steven Schock (R) in the pre-flight briefing and checklist
(Photo: Capt. Gary Mathieson, CAP)

Deputy Commander & Public Affairs Officer 2d Lt Rommel Anacan
(Photo: Capt. Gary Mathieson, CAP)

Capt. Gary Mathieson with his gear
(Photo: 2d Lt Rommel Anacan, CAP)

Capt. Gary Mathieson, CAP taking pictures of a crew in pre-flight preparation
(Photo: 2d Lt Rommel Anacan, CAP)

2d Lt Rommel Anacan, CAP (L) and 2d Lt Steven Schock, CAP (R) in pre-flight prep
(Photo: Capt. Gary Mathieson, CAP)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Search and Rescue Training Exercise (SAREX) This Weekend!

Airmen of Squadron 150, along with Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members from other squadrons in Southern California, will be participating in a regional search and rescue training exercise (SAREX) this weekend 28-29 January, 2017. Mission base for this SAREX is at Riverside Municipal Airport (KRAL) located in the city of Riverside. KRAL is also the HQ for CAP Riverside Senior Squadron 5.

CAP aircrew members at a SAREX in June, 2016
SAREXs are used to achieve several key objectives:

  • Provide Emergency Services (ES) trainees the opportunity to participate in official training missions to qualify in an ES specialty (e.g. aircrew, mission base staff, ground team, urban directional finding team etc.)
  • Provide opportunities for currently qualified ES personnel to gain additional training and/or maintain the level of proficiency necessary to perform their duties during an actual mission. 
Approximately 50 CAP members are currently expected to participate in this training exercise. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Deputy Commander's Remarks at Wreaths Across America Ceremonies

Squadron 150 Deputy Commander 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan was invited by the organizers of the Wreaths Across Ceremony at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California to say a few words about Civil Air Patrol and about his thoughts about Wreaths Across America. This is a video of Lieutenant Anacan's remarks during the ceremony.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Veterans Honored During Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Members of Squadron 150 participated in a Wreaths Across America ceremony on 17 December, 2016 held at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California. Wreaths Across America is a nationwide project to, "Remember our fallen U.S. Veterans. Honor those who serve. Teach children the value of freedom." through placing live wreaths on the graves of Veterans.

Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Pacific View Memorial Park
(Photo Courtesy: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan)
Wreaths Across America began as a small project to place wreaths at graves in Arlington National Cemetery and it has expanded in a decade to include ceremonies in over one thousand locations nationwide. Civil Air Patrol has been a vital partner of Wreaths Across America for ten years and our squadron was proud to have taken part in the ceremony.

Squadron 150 Deputy Commander 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan, CAP gave a few remarks during the ceremony during which he said,

"While the members of Civil Air Patrol all come from different backgrounds, we have different experiences and our own different motivations for choosing to be a part of Civil Air Patrol, the one thing that unites all of us is our deep appreciation, admiration and respect for the men and women who are serving and who have served in our nation’s armed forces…and to their families and loved ones who have supported them in their service."

After the 30-minute ceremony Squadron 150 members joined other volunteers in placing wreaths on Veteran's graves. SM Steven Schock, whose father served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and is now interred at Pacific View said this about the Wreaths Across America ceremony...

"I was very fortunate to have my family with me...When I think of veterans I default to thinking of World War II because that was the war my father was engaged with. But the ceremony did a wonderful job of pointing out our veterans go back to the Revolutionary War and include veterans returning from the Middle East today.  We owe them lots.  Wreaths Across America is a great way to show the respect that our veterans have earned defending our country and freedom.

Placing a Christmas Wreath at my father's grave and spending time there with my family and squadron mates was a great day.  And it was extra special talking with (fellow squadron member) Maj. Alexander Smith and hearing some his experiences during World War II in the Aleutian Islands. (My family) commented to me later as to how much they enjoyed their time with Major Smith.  Isn't that what this was all about? Different generations spending time together sharing stories so we don't forget the sacrifices our veterans have made."

The Gravesite of Bill and Betty Schock. Bill Schock served in the US Army Air Corps.
(Photo Credit: 2d Lt. Rommel Anacan)
Our squadron was honored and privileged to be a part of Wreaths Across America ceremonies in 2016 and we look forward to being a part of it again in 2017!

Monday, January 02, 2017

Squadron 150 Participated in Search and Rescue Training Exercise

Civil Air Patrol aircrews inspect a Cessna 206
(Photo Credit: SM Tamara Clark)
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Airmen of Squadron 150 participated in a South Coast Group 7 Search and Rescue Training Exercise (SAREX) during the weekend of 10-11 December, 2016. Mission base for the SAREX was Squadron 40 Headquarters located at Fullerton Airport (KFUL) and members from Squadron 40 were the lead coordinators and facilitators for this Group 7 exercise.

Approximately 60 CAP Airmen participated in the SAREX, which included four CAP aircraft, and 16 sorties flown over the two day exercise. Even though weather conditions were not always ideal, CAP airmen were able to successfully (and safely) carry out their training missions. 

Members of Squadron 150 completed Emergency Services qualification requirements, maintained operational proficiency and gained valuable training in the event of an actual emergency. All in all it was a very successful weekend for CAP, South Coast Group 7 and Squadron 150!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

No Meetings on December 22 and December 29

Hello Friends!

This is a reminder that we will not have meetings on 22 December and 29 December so our members can enjoy the Holidays with their loved ones. If you were hoping to visit our squadron we invite you to join us on 5 January, 2017 at 7:30pm for our next squadron meeting!

Happy Holidays from the members of Squadron 150!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Join Us for Wreaths Across America Ceremony on Saturday 17 December

Thank you for your support of Wreaths Across America 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."

We'd like to invite you to join us at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar to help place these wreaths on Veteran's graves.

Veteran's Memorial at Pacific View Memorial Park
Photo Credit:
Here is a message from Rod Gomez who is the coordinator for the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Pacific View Memorial Park,

"Hello everyone, This is Rod Gomez at Pacific View Memorial Park. Thank you for volunteering. It is our goal to make every year bigger than the last. Because of the hard work of our fundraising groups, we have achieved that goal. As of today Friday, December 9th the count has us at 470 wreaths. This is almost DOUBLE the amount of wreaths sponsored last year. GREAT WORK EVERYONE!! Please continue to spread the word and bring your family & friends to the event. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Our ceremony starts at 10am on December 17 at 3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar, CA 92625. Arrive by 9:30am to get a good parking spot. It is an outdoor event so keep the weather in mind and dress accordingly. The ceremony lasts about 30 minutes. After the ceremony you will all be asked to help place the 470 wreaths that have been sponsored this year. You will be walking on grass that may be wet. Wear sensible, flat shoes. Jewish grave regulations dictate that volunteers should refrain from placing wreaths on the graves of any Jewish veterans except when specifically requested to do so by the families of those veterans. Consequently, it can be assumed that a wreath on a gravestone marked with the Star of David was placed there intentionally by a family member or at the request of a family member. All told I would anticipate being here about an hour and a half. Looking forward to seeing you all at the ceremony. Rod Gomez Pacific View Memorial Park & Mortuary 949-467-3704"

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Announcing Level One Completions

Congratulations to the following Senior Members that completed Level One of the Civil Air Patrol Professional Development program.
SM Tamara Clark
SM Gary Mathieson
SM Steven Schock
SM Cameron Mohebbi
SM Neal Bodella

These members were presented with their Level One certificates by Maj. Jerry Civalleri, the squadron's Professional Development Officer, during the squadron meeting on 01 December, 2016.

SM Tamara Clark (L) and Maj Jerry Civalleri, CAP (R)
 (Photo Credit: SM Gary Mathieson)

SM Neil Bedolla (L) and Maj Jerry Civalleri, CAP (R)
(Photo Credit: SM Gary Mathieson)

Maj. Jerry Civalleri, CAP (L) and SM Gary Mathieson (R)
(Photo Courtesy: SM Gary Mathieson)

Maj. Jerry Civalleri (L) and SM Steven Schock (R)
(Photo Credit: SM Gary Mathieson)

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Happy Birthday Civil Air Patrol!

Today is the 75th anniversary of Civil Air Patrol! Founded on 01 December, 1941 by Gill Robb Wilson and other aviation-minded pioneers to support the defense of the homeland in the lead-up to World War II, CAP continues today, stronger than ever, performing "Missions for America."

We'd like to share with you a history of CAP from


"Civil Air Patrol and its earliest members were honored in December 2014 with the Congressional Gold Medal for their contributions during World War II, when they forged the path the organization and its volunteers still follow today – helping secure the homeland, selflessly and often at great sacrifice.
These days, CAP’s volunteers stand ready to take on such challenges as natural and manmade disasters and searches for missing aircraft or individuals. In CAP’s formative years, during the early days of American involvement in the war, the perils were mostly posed by enemy combatants, in the form of Nazi U-boats threatening U.S. shipping – especially oil tankers – off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
CAP’s founders flew patrols that discouraged and eventually stopped the U-boat attacks. They also patrolled the country’s borders by air, towed targets for military trainees, spotted forest fires, conducted search and rescue missions, provided disaster relief and emergency transport of people and parts and conducted orientation flights for future pilots.
In many ways, the pioneering members being honored were ahead of their time in devoting themselves to serving their communities and their country as volunteers. And just like their CAP counterparts today, when they risked life and limb to help protect the home front during wartime they weren’t looking for recognition.
Even so, more than 70 years later they received it.
Legislation in both houses of Congress awarded CAP a single Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of its members’ contributions during the war. Many used their own aircraft to conduct volunteer combat operations and other emergency missions under hazardous conditions.
They came from all walks of life. Their ranks, more than 100,000 strong, included not only ordinary men, women and teenagers in communities throughout the country but also such prominent figures as a noted Hollywood director and a world-famous pianist, a Munchkin from “The Wizard of Oz” and a sitting state governor, a storied Wall Street financier and a pioneering African-American female aviator, future Tuskegee Airmen, the head of a major brewery and the founder of a famous doughnut chain.

They included:
  • Mary Astor, a prominent Hollywood actress best known for her role in “The Maltese Falcon” and for winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1941 for her role in “The Great Lie.” After joining CAP in Los Angeles, she helped set up the operations center at Coastal Patrol Base 12 in Brownsville, Texas. 
  • John Bricker, who served as Ohio governor from January 1939-January 1945 and then as a U.S. senator from January 1947-January 1959. He was New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey’s vice presidential running mate on the Republican slate in the 1944 national election. Bricker joined CAP in May 1942.
  • Willa Brown, the first African-American woman to earn a private pilot’s license and to hold a commercial pilot’s license in the U.S. She and her husband owed the Coffey School of Aeronautics at Chicago’s Harlem Airport, which trained black pilots and aviation mechanics, including future Tuskegee Airmen. She also co-founded the National Airmen’s Association of America in 1939, working to get black aviation cadets into the U.S. military. Brown was CAP’s first African-American officer, receiving the rank of lieutenant in 1942.
  • I.W. Burnham II, who in 1935 founded the Wall Street firm of Burnham & Co., which eventually became Drexel Burnham Lambert. Burnham served as commander of CAP’s Coastal Patrol Base 4 in Parksley, Va., and he received the U.S. Air Medal and Distinguished Civilian Service Award Medal.
  • Bob Cummings, a noted Hollywood actor who starred in such films as “The Devil and Miss Jones,” “Kings Row” and “Dial M for Murder” and later in the TV situation comedy “The Bob Cummings Show.” Cumming flew missions starting in early 1942 as a charter member of what’s now the California Wing’s San Fernando Senior Squadron 35 before joining the U.S. Army Air Forces.
  • Gail Halvorsen, the U.S. Air Force’s “Uncle Wiggly Wings,” famed for dropping chocolate to deprived children on the Soviet-controlled side of Berlin during the 1948 Berlin Airlift. Halvorsen joined CAP’s Utah Wing in 1941, flying search and rescue missions when hikers and skiers went missing, then enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1943. 
  • Jose Iturbi, a world-famous pianist and harpsichordist who also appeared in several Hollywood films in the 1940s, playing himself in such movies as “Thousands Cheer” and “Anchors Aweigh.” An experienced pilot, he joined CAP on Jan. 12, 1942, in New York because at 46 he was too old for the Army Air Corps. Iturbi was commissioned as a major and later promoted to lieutenant colonel.
  • Henry King Jr., a noted Hollywood director from 1915-1961, helming such movies as “The Song of Bernadette,” “Twelve O’Clock High,” “Carousel” and “The Sun Also Rises.” He was one of the 36 founders of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. King served as deputy commander of Coastal Patrol Base 12 in Texas. 
  • Zack Mosley, the famed comic strip artist best known for the long-running feature “The Adventures of Smilin’ Jack” from 1933-1973, which frequently featured CAP and the Coastal Patrol in strips. Mosley flew CAP anti-submarine missions while serving at Coastal Patrol Base 3 in Lantana, Fla., receiving the U.S. Air Medal. He also served as Florida Wing public affairs officer. 
  • Ruth Rowland Nichols, a pioneering female aviator who set world records for speed, altitude and distance and was the first woman licensed to fly a seaplane and as a commercial airline pilot and the first woman to fly nonstop from New York to Miami and to attempt a solo transatlantic crossing. Nichols joined CAP during World War II, eventually attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. 
  • Vernon Rudolph, the founder of Krispy Kreme Donuts Inc. in 1947 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Rudolph flew for CAP’s Coastal Patrol Base 16 in Manteo, N.C.
  • Lester L. Wolff, who served as a U.S. representative for New York in the House from 1965-1980, co-founding CAP’s Congressional Squadron in 1966. Wolff served in the New York Wing as a squadron commander and subchaser.  
  • Richard L. Yuengling Sr., the fourth co-president and manager of D.G. Yuengling and Son, the oldest brewery in the U.S. that’s still active today. Yuengling flew for Coastal Patrol Base 4 in Virginia, receiving the Air Medal for service from July 28, 1942-Aug. 31, 1943.
Most of the early volunteers, unfortunately, are gone. The Department of Veterans Affairs has said the nation’s World War II veterans are dying at a rate of 670 a day. Fewer than 100 CAP members from those days are known to be alive today.
“All the guys who I was with are all gone,” said CAP Lt. Col. Clive Goodwin Jr. “As far as I know, I’m the only one left. It’s a dwindling number.”
Goodwin joined a CAP squadron in Cortland, N.Y., in the fall of 1942 and flew as a mission pilot out of Cortland Municipal Airport. The squadron’s assignment was to fly search and missing aircraft missions for the U.S. Army Air Forces. He remains active as a member of the North Carolina Wing’s Franklin County Composite Squadron and is still a pilot.
When the Congressional Gold Medal was on the horizon, “I think it’s great that they’re recognizing CAP,” Goodwin said. CAP was founded Dec. 1, 1941, six days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Early in the war, after supply ships leaving American ports to support the Allied war effort began drawing deadly attacks from U-boats off the East Coast, CAP pilots carried out anti-submarine missions, often carrying bombs to drop by hands on any enemy vessels they sighted. Their vigilance helped discourage and eventually halt the attacks.
Over 18 months, CAP anti-submarine coastal patrols flew more than 24 million miles, spotting 173 U-boats and attacking 57. They also escorted more than 5,600 convoys and reported 17 floating mines, 36 bodies, 91 ships in distress and 363 survivors in the water.
“We who served asked for nothing in return and got nothing,” said former U.S. Rep. Lester Wolff, D-N.Y., who commanded a CAP squadron based at Mitchell Field on Long Island, N.Y., during World War II.
Often, “it was a perilous task,” Wolff said, recalling the loss of one of his squadron members.
“So many people forget that our little effort contributed so much,” especially in terms of providing protection for shipping, he said.
“Time is catching up, and at least there is still time for some of us to smell the flowers,” Wolff added.
CAP Col. Robert Arn flew anti-submarine missions out of Coastal Patrol Base No. 14 in Panama City, Fla., from September 1942-June 1943.
Of the 12 original pilots he served with at Panama City, “we lost six of them,” said Arn, who flew 179 missions totaling 557 hours of flight time over the Gulf of Mexico.
“I think with the aircraft we had, which weren’t built to go out over the Gulf of Mexico, we were able to do a job and do it well,” he said.
“To be recognized by the government would be wonderful,” said Col. Steve Patti, who joined CAP in January 1942 and was stationed at Vail Field in Los Angeles. For 15 months he was assigned to the 12th Task Force Anti-Submarine Patrol in Brownsville and San Benito, Texas, as an aircraft mechanic. He also flew as a replacement observer on convoy escort, anti-submarine, beach and border patrols, and later served at bases in Marfa and El Paso, Texas.
“It’s a great honor to be bought into the limelight of recognition,” said Patti, who like many of his CAP colleagues subsequently served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. At the time, “there was no thought of recognition; there was only the thought of getting the job done.”
“I personally never gave it any more thought after the war,” he said. “We did our job every day and we asked for nothing. We had to buy our own special tools or make our own tools.”"