Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Squadron Meeting, 13 SEPT 2012

Ladies and gentlemen:

Before anything, I ask that you take a quiet moment and remember those who gave up their lives eleven years ago today at the World Trade Canter, the Pentagon, and in that field in Pennsylvania. Also add to your prayers a remembrance for those members of our armed forces who have paid the price for our country, our defense, and our way of life.

On another matter, we had a grand old time at The XO's digs: good food, libations, a pool and jacuzzi and even come policy was covered. Think of it as a Red Robin session al fresco with bathing suits. Thanks to those who attended and much thanks to 1LT Kevin King -- our XO -- for his hospitality.

Our meetings upcoming are as follows:

13 September 2012
We will have a presentation and discussion of CAP awards, ribbons, and professional development by our two PDOs, 1LT Civalleri and CAPT Kokonas. Also, I want to provide some insight into CAP/USAF uniform and accoutrements. Additionally, Lt Col Wolf from SQ 40 will be on hand to discuss their fundraiser. I know that several of you want to participate so you can address questions, comments to him then.

20 September 2012
2LT Lance "The Corporal" Boland (USMC) will present a seminar on Military Courtesies and Traditions. It will get new and used members (back) up to speed on the military aspect of our CAP life. More and more, we will be participating in presentations and CAP exercises with USAF representation and it's a good idea that we know what is expected of us when we wear the uniform. There will be some practicing done, so bring your hands and arms. (No, CAPT Frerichs, not those kind of arms!)

27 September 2012
This will be devoted to a ceremony for our recently promoted members as well as picture day for the squadron. We want to send along a photo to 1LT Emily McClaren's cousin to pick up his spirits and wish him well. You are encouraged to wear your uniforms -- Emily has requested flight suits but anything will do. Also, we can review uniform wear and follow up on uniform resources.

Also of note:

Group 7 Awards Luncheon
The arrangements for the Group 7 Awards Banquet have been set! CAP Members, families, friends, and all interested parties are invited to come and celebrate Group 7's outstanding members and all that they do!
Date: Saturday, September 15th, 2012
Time: 1400-1630
Location: Buca di Beppo,
13390 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92602
Cost: $20 per person
Dress: CAP Uniform or civilian attire

This is a reduced cost for the food, as Group 7 will be kicking in a little bit of cash to keep the price as low as possible. Price includes lunch, all-age-appropriate beverages, and dessert. Awards to be presented naming the Group 7 nominations for CAWG Awards. You can either send in your reservations with payment, or reply via e-mail and pay at the door.

By MAIL, send check payable to "CIVIL AIR PATROL" to:

John DiGiantomasso
c/o Breakthrough PerformanceTech
27042 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 270
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
By E-MAIL, send name and number in party to and pay at the door. Note that I sent out a notice last week and they needed you to respond by Saturday. If you plan on going perhaps it's not too late. But send Lt Col DiGiantomasso that e-mail promptly.

Group 7 Facilities
According to Aaron Schilleci, the Director of Public Works JFTB:
Currently, we are in rodent season (as many of you already know). To mitigate the population of the rodents and other pests, we must do our due diligence in preventing possible targets of opportunity for the furry enemies. Please help us out by:

(1) Keeping doors closed

(2) DO NOT leave food in your trash or desk
overnight. The rodents will find your stash.

(3) Remove and clear unnecessary debris and material
away from your building to prevent rodent nesting.
Look around the perimeter of your buildings. If there
are any openings or holes uncovered. This is an
invitation for rats and mice to enter your building.

Contact DPW immediately to submit a work order to repair these simple issues.
CAWG Wing Conference
Still time to register; hope to see you all there.

..that's it for the moment. (Except for the ubiquitous compass announcement: I still have four available.) See you Thursday!


W. H. Phinizy, MAJ, CAP
Squadron Commander
Long Beach Senior Squadron 150