Saturday, September 20, 2014

South Coast Group 7 Annual Awards Banquet - Congratulations Squadron 150 !!!

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Anaheim, CA – Civil Air Patrol South Coast Group Seven California Wing hosted its annual awards banquet at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California.

Group Seven Commander Lt. Col Robert Calderon and Deputy Commander Lt. Col Jim Robertson presided over the banquet. After dinner, members and guests were presented with a slideshow highlighting South Coast Group Seven’s accomplishments and activities. During awards, a few members received awards for their achievements and services.

South Coast Group Seven Public Affairs Officer of the Year 2014 was presented to Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag. Capt. Dan Hoppy was awarded with Safety Officer of the Year 2014. The Commander Commendation Award for Outstanding Duty Performance was presented to Lt. Col William Phinizy.  2nd Lt Ralph Koons was nominated for Senior Officer of the Year and given an achievement award for Outstanding Duty Performance. 

Proudly, Squadron 150 was declared the Senior Squadron of the Year 2014.

(Left to Right) Capt. Jerry Civalleri, Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag, Capt.Bodo Rau, Lt.Col William Phinizy, Lt.Col Robert Calderon, Capt. David Powell, Major Alexander Smith

Capt. Lloyd Bumanglag (L) receives South Coast Group 7 Public Affairs Officer of the Year 2014 
from  Lt.Col Robert Calderon (R)

Capt. Dan Hoppy (L), receives South Coast Group 7 Safety Officer of the Year 2014 
from  Lt.Col Robert Calderon (R)

Lt.Col William Phinizy (L), receives Commanders Commendation Award 

from  Lt.Col Robert Calderon (R)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

California Wing Locates Missing Pilot

September 16, 2014

California Wing Locates Missing Pilot
Fresno, California -- Civil Air Patrol’s California Wing has located a downed aircraft missing since Monday evening. The pilot, who was seen walking near the airplane, has been transported from the crash site in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains via a National Park Service helicopter.
CAP spotted the downed aircraft at 9:03 a.m. today near where the last known Emergency Locator Transmitter signal had been heard. The aircraft had departed from Reid-Hillview Airport, San Jose, California, on Monday and was destined for Lone Pine, California.

Eight CAP members led by CAP Maj. Marc Sobel, the mission’s incident commander, conducted three aerial searches for the missing pilot. Initially, CAP launched an aircraft from Camarillo, California, at 11:28 p.m. Monday evening and received its first signal from the plane’s ELT at 12:44 a.m. The general location of the beacon was identified at approximately 1:05 a.m., in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, approximately 80 miles east of Fresno.

Due to low nighttime visibility, the search mission was resumed today at 7:15 a.m., and the pilot was located two hours later.

“The members of the California Wing performed this mission is an extremely polished and professional manner, which is what they are trained to do,” said California Wing Commander, Col. Jon Stokes. “I am extremely proud of them and especially proud of the way in which the mission ended.”

Courtesy of: 
Aaron P. Yanagihara, Maj.CAP 
PAO, Norcal Group 5 (CA-445)
PAO, CAWG (CA-001)