Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Squadron Meeting - 7 Feb 2013 and beyond..

Last week, our new training officer, 1LT Dave Martin, conducted a start-up  on the chart gridding series we will be holding. The objective was to educate the masses on this black art and ensure that all members with aircrew aspirations can possess one by dint of their own blood, sweat, and tears. This week we will continue this -- mostly devoted to hands-on help for you to accomplish this effort. Be sure to bring your chart, a 12-inch straight edge, marker, and your brain. We will supply the guidance and, if you do not possess one, a Los Angeles sectional. (By the way, it is not necessary to have a current sectional. Expired ones work perfectly fine.)

"..Insure Domestic Tranquility.."
It is our constitutional duty to honor this precept. Consequently, the following week -- 14 FEB 2013 -- we will be dark (no meeting) in observance of Valentine's Day and so you can all be with your sweeties. If anyone would like to meet at the ready room and bend an elbow that evening, let me know and I'll see what I can do. Otherwise, enjoy.

"..Promote the General Welfare.."
Two Thursdays hence will be an extremely important day -- our annual Safety Down Day. You are encouraged to attend as it will couint towards the monthly safety requirement as well as the unit requirement. CAPT Dan will present a talk on our overall safety concerns in the squadron as well as our missions and CAP. Additionally, he will present a SEPARATE briefing on Operational Risk Management (ORM). Hope to see you there.

Last Weekend's SAREX
I personally want to thank all of your who participated in what turned out to be an excellent training opportunity. With the assistance of the folks at Squadron 40, Squadron 68, and Group 7, we were able to bring off some highly effective training on a virtually infinitesimal budget. My personal and sincere gratitude to our DO, CAPT Bodo Rau, for his tenacity in bringing this effort to fruition. You will remember that this was to have been held in December and then the week before last. Through all of the troubles, bureaucratic hurdles, and last-minute changes, CAPT Rau and his team saw this through.

Notable: SM Adam Shane is now a qualified scanner and will soon be on short final as Mission Pilot.

Congrats to him and to all.

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