Tuesday, May 29, 2018

No Squadron Meeting this Week!

Squadron 150 will NOT be meeting this week (31 May, 2018) as it is the fifth Thursday of the month. If you're interested in membership in Civil Air Patrol and Squadron 150 we invite you to our next squadron meeting on 7 June, 2018! Until then, we hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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

(A modified version of this post was originally published in March 2017)

As you can imagine we get asked "what do you do??" a lot. People see our 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 Civil Air Patrol (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 U.S. Army Air Forces. After the USAF became an independent service in 1948, CAP became its auxiliary. 

In recognition of CAP's outstanding service to the Air Force CAP became a part of the USAF "Total Force" in 2015. In 2016 CAP was awarded the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award by the Secretary of the Air Force. 

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 www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com 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. 
CAP 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, May 15, 2018

Communications Training to be Held at Squadron 150 HQ this Thursday

Squadron 150 is pleased to be hosting this month's Joint South Coast Group 7 Emergency Services training during our next meeting on 17 May, 2018.

(Official Civil Air Patrol photo)
The subject will be CAP communications and it will include the following:

  o An overview of communications in CAP and the California Wing.
  o Review of the requirements for ICUT, MRO, and CUL.
  o ICUT certification for those needing it.
  o MRO SQTR tasks will be reviewed and signed off if passed. 
This session will be in preparation for a more comprehensive Group 7 joint training exercise in July. All who have a driving interest in becoming a CAP communicator are welcome to attend -- especially cadets. 
If you possess a CAP VHF radio and need some background or assistance with its operation, you are welcome to bring it along. Please note that this does not include the ISRs (intersquad radios). Additionally, please be sure to bring all necessary SQTR paperwork AND BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS AND DEMONSTRATE THE TASKS YOU WISH TO HAVE SIGNED OFF.

Our instructor will be Lt Col. William Phinizy, Group 7 Deputy Commander (and former Squadron 150 Commander) and Maj John Frerichs. Lieutenant Colonel Phinizy and Major Frerichs are communications experts and we know this training will be very beneficial to all who attend.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Aerospace Education Presentation this Thursday

This week's meeting (10 May, 2018) will be focused on Aerospace Education, one of the three core missions of Civil Air Patrol.  Assistant Aerospace Education Officer SM Stefan Juling, who is a private pilot, will be presenting on the topic of "air speeds." 

Specifically he'll be speaking on:

- What the different airspeeds (IAS, CAS, TAS, GS) mean
- When to use which air speed in communication 
- How to calculate the different air speeds
- Risk management of air speeds

Squadron 150 meets Thursday evenings from 1930-2100 (7:30-9:30 PM) at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) in Los Alamitos, California. If you are visiting for the first time, we recommend that you plan on arriving by 7:15pm so that we have some time to welcome you before the meeting begins. Please also plan on staying a few minutes after the meeting so that we can make sure to answer any questions you might have about serving in CAP.

Los Alamitos JFTB is an active military installation and you will need to show proper picture ID to the guards at the front gate. Let them know that you are visiting the base for the purpose of attending the Civil Air Patrol meeting.

Some things to be aware of prior to visiting:
  • Your vehicle may be subject to search
  • The speed limit while driving on base is 25 MPH and it is strictly enforced by Federal law. 
  • Sell phones may be operated while driving aboard the base only if a hands-free device is employed.
We look forward to seeing you this Thursday 10 May, 2018!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Squadron 150 Commander Attends National Staff College

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on www.CAP.news on 20 April, 2018. In addition our Squadron Commander Maj. David Powell was one of those who attended the National Staff College (NSC).


Eighty-one of Civil Air Patrol’s mid-level executives from across the nation gather in Alabama this weekend for National Staff College, an annual activity that turns 50 this year.
National Staff College, or NSC, coordinated out of CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, is an organization-led professional development opportunity. First held in 1968, NSC has proven to be instrumental in building CAP’s success as a premier public service organization and as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary.
The college is designed for CAP senior members who are, or will be, assuming leadership positions at the wing, regional or national levels within the organization. The training, scheduled from April 22-29, helps these volunteers sharpen their skills for top-level success.
“National Staff College goes a long way in developing our adult officers’ executive level management skills for future service in high levels within the organization,” said CAP National Commander and CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith. “These skills will allow the participants to become more effective leaders, both in CAP as well as in their communities.”
The curriculum includes seminar discussions, case studies and exercises, along with presentations by top officials inside and outside the organization. Participants in the seven-day course concentrate on executive leadership, management, organizational behavior and policy formulation while examining CAP’s national-level operations in great detail.
As part of NSC’s 50th anniversary observance, Lt. Col. Thomas S. Vreeland, one of the newest members of CAP’s Board of Governors, will be a guest lecturer. Vreeland graduated from the first NSC in 1968 as the young founder and commander of a New York City squadron. He was 21 years old and still in college.
Vreeland, who went on to a notable career in education and information technology before rejoining CAP in 2006, said he will use his NSC address as an opportunity to reflect on the things that remain the same in CAP and the things that have changed.
NSC is a requirement for earning the Gill Robb Wilson Award, CAP’s highest professional development achievement. Because of the course’s graduate-level design and its focus on national-level operations, participation is usually restricted to members who hold the CAP grade of major or above and chief and senior master sergeants who have completed CAP’s Region Staff College or its equivalent and have received their wing commanders’ endorsement.
The benefits of NSC extend beyond CAP. The leadership, communication and executive management skills, made available through the course at a fraction of what such classes would cost at various schools and universities, are in high demand by employers in all industries.
Col. Jean Desmarais, CAP’s national professional development officer, is serving as director of NSC.
“We’re really excited about this year’s class and its place in NSC history,” said Desmarais. “We have a very diverse group of leaders coming here from 33 different wings to learn from our Air Force, Army and CAP experts.”
The banquet speaker for the graduation ceremony next Saturday, April 29, is Dr. David R. King, an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School as an attending trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, King has 17 years of service with the Joint Special Operations Command and multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the last coming in 2017. He is one of the principle inventors of ResQFoam, a “trauma foam” meant to combat internal bleeding long enough for a soldier or patient to reach a medical facility and receive a lifesaving operation.
In addition to Vreeland and King, scheduled 2018 speakers include:
  • Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. George Harrison, former commander of the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
  • Air Force Col. Michael Tyynismaa, commander, Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force (CAP-USAF), which provides advice, liaison and oversight to CAP National Headquarters.
  • Air Force Master Sgt. Don Pierson, military instructor for aspiring officers at Maxwell AFB.
Civil Air Patrol speakers include:
  • Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP national commander.
  • Brig. Gen. Ed Phelka, CAP national vice commander.
  • John Salvador, CAP chief operating officer.
  • Chaplain Col. Jay Hughes, former CAP Chief of Chaplains
  • Col. Barry Melton, Southeast Region commander.
  • John Desmarais, CAP director of operations.
  • John Swain, CAP government relations director

National Staff College participants

CAP National Headquarters
  • Congressional Squadron – Maj. Marcus Thornton
Arizona Wing
  • Group IV – Maj. David Girolami
Arkansas Wing
  • 120th Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Charles Pierce
California Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Chief Master Sgt. Noel Furniss
  • Los Angeles County Group 1 – Maj. Glenn Wiggins
  • San Diego Group 8 – Lt. Col. Ross Veta
  • Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 – Maj. David Powell
  • San Diego Senior Squadron 57 – Maj. David Wallace
  • Los Alamitos Glider Training Squadron 41 – Lt. Col. Stanley Clark
Connecticut Wing
  • Stratford Eagles Composite Squadron – Maj. John Siebert
  • Silver City Cadet Squadron – Maj. Paul Patnoad
Florida Wing
  • Marco Island Senior Squadron – Lt. Col. Alexander Craig
Georgia Wing
  • Gwinnett County Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Michael Willis
  • Dekalb County Cadet Squadron – Lt. Col. Richard Choate
  • Rockdale County Cadet Squadron – Lt. Col. David Hamby 
Idaho Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Justin Bekker
Illinois Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Cols. John Patrizi, Robert Taylor and Tod Whitmore
  • Lewis Composite Squadron – Maj. Val Mertens
Indiana Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Justin McElvaney
  • Group 5 – Maj. Ronald Reid
Iowa Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Donald Hahn
Kansas Wing
  • Howard Williams Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Danny Phillips
  • Lawrence Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Paul Bayless
Kentucky Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Majs. Keith Clapp and Paul Ault
  • Group III – Lt. Col. Robert Sobotka
  • Louisville Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Joshua Leslie
  • Southern Kentucky Cadet Squadron – Maj. Terry Logan
Maryland Wing
  • College Park Composite Squadron – Maj. Robert Thompson
Michigan Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Shawn Wyant
  • Highpoint Composite Squadron – Maj. Gareth Todd
  • Maj. Kevin A. Adams Memorial Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Paul Koehn
Minnesota Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Douglas Rutherford 
Missouri Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Maj. Joseph St. Clair
  • Group 1 – Lt. Col. Austin Worcester
  • Group 5 – Lt. Col. Raun Hamilton
  • Pegasus Composite Squadron – Lt. Col Charles Harter
  • Springfield Regional Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Johnnie Nichols
  • Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Charlie Stone
  • Wentzville Composite Squadron – Maj. Jennifer Smith and Senior Master Sgt. Robert Miller
Mississippi Wing
  • Pine Belt Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Felix Diaz
North Carolina Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Chaplain Lt. Col. Marcus Taylor
National Capital Wing
  • Arlington Composite Squadron – Maj. Aaron Newman
Nebraska Wing
  • Fremont Cadet Squadron – Lt. Col. Leonard Cassell
New Hampshire Wing
  • Lebanon Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Charles Freeman
New Jersey Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Chaplain Lt. Col. George Guyer
  • Bayshore Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Harvey Gonzalez
  • New Jersey Legislative Squadron – Lt. Col. G Mark Loreto
New Mexico Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Griffyn Lane
  • Albuquerque Senior Squadron 2 – Maj. Gregory Griffith
New York Wing
  • New York City Group – Maj. Michael Woolfolk
Nevada Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Majs. Richard Hazeltine and Darrin Scheidle
  • Douglas County Composite Squadron – Maj. Dale Brown
  • Nellis Senior Squadron – Majs. Robert Lopez and Ezekiel Martin
  • Jim Bridger Middle School Cadet Squadron – Lt. Col. Karen Hursh
Ohio Wing
  • Group VII – Lt. Col. Jennifer Hicks
Oklahoma Wing
  • Woodward Composite Squadron – Maj. Anthony Barros
Rhode Island Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Col. William Stranahan
South Carolina Wing
  • Emerald City Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Kathryn Dowling
Texas Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Col. Alfred Climie
  • Group III – Lt. Col. Donald Gulliksen
  • George H.W. Bush Composite Squadron – Maj. Forest Allen
  • Lakeshore Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Peter Morford
  • Midway Composite Squadron – Maj. Julian Howe
  • Nighthawk Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Michael Parkhill
  • Thunderbolt Composite Squadron – Maj. Chad Bray
  • Lackland Cadet Squadron – Lt. Col. Jacob Stauffer
  • Sheldon Cadet Squadron – Maj. Jason McDonald
Virginia Wing
  • Wing Headquarters – Lt. Cols. Calvin Chandler and Elliott Korona and Majs. Brian Howard and Jeff Mauro
  • Prince William Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Kimberly Frady
Washington Wing
  • Columbia Basin Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Keith Weber
  • Twin W Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Kenneth Butler
West Virginia Wing
  • Beckley Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Kenneth Dilley