Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Squadron Meeting, 13 December 2012

"Old Dawg on the Hunt"
This week will be a working session principally devoted to "calendarizing" our FY 2013 squadron goals. To refresh your memories (and mine), these are:

Conduct one Group 7 or California Wing-oriented project per quarter.
Complete and improve Group 7 communications facility
Improve and Enhance Group 7 Computer Systems
Augment Squadron’s Air Crew Compliment and Mission Base Staff
Augment Effective Education/Mentoring program

While we are perilously close to completing two of them (renovating the Group 7 communications room and improving the Group 7 computer systems) and are making substantive progress on a third (augmenting the effective education/mentoring program) we will need to apply the aspects of our goals that need to have calendar dates associated with them. These include the SAREXes we might be contemplating (or making up for) as well as the culmination of my dreams to put on an SLS/CLC for Group 7 and surrounds.

In any event, it will be an around-the-table planning forum to get us revved up for 2013.

Also, along the lines of preparation for our 2013 goals is the fact we have committed to minting two new Mission Pilots and four each of Mission Observers and mission Scanners. So we need to put the arm on those of us who would want to move into these ES ratings and see to it that they are move along the pipeline.

(I will be looking for members to step up in staff officer roles in 2013 as well. We need a Logistics Officer and an Aerospace Officer. Also, other staff positions will be moved around depending upon preference and wishes.)

While on the subject of ES training, I note that there will be a combined Group 3 and Group 7 Scanner Ground School being put on in February next year. Per the All-Wing you received last week:

Group 3 and Group 7 are hosting a 2-Day Mission Scanner Training Course at Riverside Senior Squadron 5 in Riverside, CA. The dates of this course will be February 9-10, 2013. Please see the attached flyer for all of the information you will need to know to get registered. If you have questions please feel free to contact myself ( or Craig Newton ( and we will assist you. Please pay close attention to the prerequisites as they will be strictly adhered to.

The course will complete the following objectives:

1. All Familiarization and Preparatory Training (22 tasks)
2. Advanced Training Tasks as follows:
Task O-0204
Task O-0205
Task O-2016
Task O-2023
Task O-2025
Task P-0101

The only task for Mission Scanner that must be done in the aircraft is O-2018 (Operate Aircraft Communications Equipment). This course will not provide either of the (2) Exercise Participation Sign Offs that are REQUIRED to complete the Mission Scanner SQTR.

See You in February!

Steve Groner, 1LT, CAP
Project Officer
Riverside Senior Squadron 5
Phone: 951-254-3442

There was a flyer sent out accompanying e-mail. I shall forward it to all interested upon request. Let's avail ourselves of this, shall we?

In closing, I wanted to remind all of you that the meeting of December 20th will be a casual get-together NOT AT THE CLUB HOUSE but rather at a local bistro nearby. We will be zeroing in on the location at Thursday's meeting and I shall post the time and directions here.

Stay tuned; same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.

W. H. Phinizy, MAJ, CAP
Squadron Commander
Squadron 150