Tuesday, May 14, 2019

First Mobile NESA Training Program Draws 21

Members of the Arizona, California and Texas wings participated in the first session of Civil Air Patrol’s National Emergency Services Academy – Mobile Training Team program, joining representatives from Southwest Region Headquarters staff, National Headquarters and Civil Air Patrol – U.S. Air Force.

Participants traveled to Tucson, Arizona, from as far away as Fresno, California, and El Paso, Texas, for the emergency services courses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency Incident Command System 300 and 400 courses were provided.
The classes were held at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Fire Department and taught by CAP members credentialed as instructors by FEMA.
Participants were:
National Headquarters
  • Lt. Col. Robert Ditch
Southwest Region Headquarters
  • Lt. Col. Paul Rehman
Arizona Wing
  • Cochise Composite Squadron – Capt. Glen Presho
  • Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302 – 1st Lt. John Shoemaker
  • Falcon Composite Squadron 305 – 1st Lt. John Bryant
  • Prescott Composite Squadron – Capt. Peter Iannone
  • Scottsdale Senior Squadron – Lt. Col. Dennis Granquist
  • Tucson Composite Squadron 105 – Lt. Col. Charles Jarvis, Capt. Joshua Hinson and 1st Lt. Kyle Rossi
  • Willie Composite Squadron – 2nd Lt. Theresa Farley
  • William Rogers Memorial Senior Squadron 104 – Lt. Col. Steve Hulland and 2nd Lts. William Seaman and Robert Weber
  • 388th Composite Squadron – Capt. Benjamin Conlin
California Wing
  • Falcon Senior Squadron 40 – Capt. Jesse James and 1st Lts. Daniel Balderston and Kerem Yogurtcugil
  • Los Alamitos Glider Training Squadron 41 – Maj. Geoffrey Block
Texas Wing
  • El Paso Composite Squadron – Lt. Col. Debra Torres and Maj. Natalie Franc 

Monday, May 06, 2019

Veterans Wanted!

If you are a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Orange County/Los Angeles area, the members of Civil Air Patrol Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 would like to invite you to join our team! As a Veteran we know that you possess the commitment to service, and the core belief that it is an honor and a duty to protect our fellow Americans, that we need to perform our missions!

It is currently estimated that there are currently over 12,500 CAP members who have military experience. Many of these Veterans have chosen to join Civil Air Patrol to serve their communities through the missions of CAP and for the feeling of camaraderie, teamwork, and friendship that they experienced during their military service.

These are exciting times for Civil Air Patrol! The U.S. Air Force recently recognized Civil Air Patrol as a component of its Total Force, when performing missions as the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, along with Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, retired personnel and civilian employees. 

If you are a Veteran we invite you to visit our squadron and see if CAP is right for you. We meet Thursday evenings from 1930-2100 at our squadron HQ at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. The address is 3976 Constitution Avenue, Los Alamitos, California 90720. If you can, plan on arriving by 1900 so that we have a chance to meet and greet you. 

We know you have a lot to offer CAP and we believe that CAP has a lot to offer you!

For more information about Civil Air Patrol and/or Long Beach Senior Squadron 150, please contact us through the contact form on this page!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New CAP-USAF Commander

Col. Mark A. “Woot” Wootan officially became the 31st commander of Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force (CAP-USAF) on April 17, 2019. In a ceremony in the main hangar at Maxwell Air Force Base, Wootan assumed command from Col. Michael D. Tyynismaa, who has led CAP-USAF since August 2014 and is retiring from active duty.“I am truly humbled with this command,” Wootan said. “Col. Tyynismaa built a great team and, as importantly, strengthened an already strong CAP, CAP-USAF relationship. I am eager to get started and help CAP grow and flourish.”
As CAP-USAF commander, Wootan is responsible for ensuring CAP — the Air Force auxiliary — is organized, trained and equipped to fulfill Air Force-assigned missions. CAP-USAF provides day-to-day support, advice and liaison to CAP’s more than 60,000 members and provides oversight for CAP programs, with emphasis on safety and program requirements. CAP-USAF personnel are also the primary function interface between other federal agencies and CAP.
CAP-USAF is staffed with about 200 active-duty, reservist and civilian airmen at CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell AFB and locations in New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, California and Florida, as well as in Puerto Rico and at several overseas Air Force installations.
“We welcome Col. Wootan to this new command post and look forward to his leadership,” said CAP National Commander/CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to CAP-USAF. This experience is certain to help shape our organization moving forward.”
Wootan, with 30-plus years of active-duty Air Force service in international relations, military operations, command and defense, has served with Tyynismaa as national vice commander of CAP-USAF since July 2018.
“In my nearly nine months as Col. T’s vice commander, I’ve had the opportunity to attend many exercises, operation evaluations and conferences,” Wootan said. “I remain amazed by the efforts, energy and professionalism of CAP members and staff. This is going to be a lot of fun.”
Before his CAP-USAF assignment, Wootan was an Air Force foreign affairs officer, serving for three years as the senior defense official and defense attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, and nearly two years as the defense and air attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan
In addition to that duty, he has commanded a 300-member Air Force squadron and is certified in multiple airframes. An Air Force command pilot, he has been an instructor pilot in C-130 and T-34 military aircraft and has been responsible for teaching all facets of airdrop, airland, tactics, instrument and formation training. He has also served as an Air Force exchange officer to the U.S. Navy as a naval flight instructor.
Wootan has more than 3,400 flying hours in the C-130 and T-34 as well as KC-135 and C-12 aircraft. His flight service includes 500 hours of combat and combat support in operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Noble Anvil, Joint Task Force Horn of Africa and Northern Watch.
He also led the Defense Intelligence Agency’s sole combat aircraft program in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
His major awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal. In addition, he was the KC-135 Combat Crew Training School Distinguished Graduate as well as the Training Wing Five and City of Milton, Florida, Navy Flight Instructor of the Year.
Wootan’s non-Air Force and foreign awards include the Czech Republic Army’s Merit of Order (Legion of Merit), Nebraska Air National Guard’s Legion of Merit, Czech Republic Military Police’s Commendation Medal and Pakistan Air Force Command Pilot wings.
He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, receiving a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1991 and a master’s degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1994. Later, he earned two other master’s degrees — one focused in air power from the Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell AFB and one in national security from the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.
Wootan and his wife, Diane, have two grown children, Katie and Jackson, and one grandchild.

Photos by Susan Schneider, CAP National Headquarters
This article was originally published on www.CAP.news

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Congratulations to Our Newest Second Lieutenant!

Congratulations to Eric Lin who was recently promoted to the grade of second lieutenant during a recent Squadron 150 meeting. 2nd Lt. Lin joined Civil Air Patrol in August 2018. He is currently training to become a Mission Scanner and he also serves as an assistant safety officer.

(L to R) 2nd Lt. Eric Lin receiving his promotion certificate from 1st Lt. Steven Schock (on behalf of the Commander)
Civil Air Patrol photo by: 2nd Lt. Donna Babi


Saturday, April 06, 2019

Pilots Wanted!

Pilots: How would you like to use your skill and abilities to serve your community, develop friendships with a team of dedicated volunteers, and gain opportunities to get more flight time? If this sounds good to you, Long Beach Senior Squadron 150, Civil Air Patrol would like to encourage you to join our team! 
Squadron Commander Maj. (then Capt.) David Powell during a Civil Air Patrol training exercise mission
(Civil Air Patrol photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) owns the largest fleet of single-engine piston aircraft (primarily Cessna 172s and 182s) in the United States and we use them to perform missions in emergency services, disaster relief, homeland security, cadet orientation flights, counter drug operations, training exercises and proficiency flights. 

How do I become a CAP pilot?

There are different levels of pilot qualifications in Civil Air Patrol, all with their own specific requirements. In all honestly, the road to becoming a pilot is not an instantaneous one…but it is worthwhile. 

Here are some of the basic qualifications to be a CAP pilot (and yes, these can change!)

Be an active CAP member at least 17 years of age
Possess a valid FAA private, commercial or airline transport pilot certificate
Possess a class III or higher medical certificate
Possess a current flight review IAW FAR 61.56
Satisfactorily complete a CAP flight check

Once you’ve met the minimum requirements you will then need to meet the specific requirements for the different types of missions that pilots fly in CAP.

View from Cessna 182 during a Civil Air Patrol training mission
(Civil Air Patrol photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)
Do I have to pay to fly?

One of the benefits of being a pilot for Civil Air Patrol is that there may be opportunities for you to receive reimbursements for some of your flying! Keep in mind, reimbursed flying is NOT available when first becoming qualified to fly in CAP. As a new member, you will be responsible for aircraft fuel and a flat rate per hour fee. This applies to the instructional flights one should have prior to taking the flight evaluation to become a CAP pilot, the evaluation itself and all flying after that until becoming mission qualified. 

Once qualified as a Transport Mission Pilot you will be eligible for reimbursed flying during scheduled training missions and actual missions. Other opportunities to participate in reimbursed flying occur when you qualify as a Search and Rescue/Disaster Relief Pilot or Cadet Orientation Pilot. 

Because CAP is a non-profit corporation, you may be able to deduct expenses incurred as a result of your membership in Civil Air Patrol as a charitable contribution. (Please check with your tax advisor for more details.)

What is the benefit to me?

CAP is composed entirely of volunteers who have chosen to serve our communities. As a CAP pilot you may find yourself using your unique skills and talents to help find a downed aircraft, assist the US Air Force on a training mission, take a cadet up on his/her first flight in an aircraft, and more!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Squadron 150 Participates in Search and Rescue Training Exercise

Members of Squadron 150 participated in a search and rescue training exercise during the weekend of 16 March-17 March, 2019. Mission base for the exercise was Fullerton Municipal Airport, where there are two Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadrons stationed and one CAP airplane based there. Squadron 150 members participated as aircrew members, communications staff, base staff and planning staff, helping to ensure (along with our other CAP members) that this training exercise was a success.

Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 at Fullerton Municipal Airport during a training exercise on March 16, 2019
(Civil Air Patrol by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Squadron 150 members 2nd Lt. Mihai Sochirca (R) speaking with another Civil Air Patrol member during a training exercise at Fullerton Municipal Airport on March 16, 2019 (Civil Air Patrol by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Civil Air Patrol members at Fullerton Municipal Airport during a training exercise on March 16, 2019
(Civil Air Patrol by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Civil Air Patrol members conducting a pre-flight check of a Cessna 182 prior to a mission during a training exercise at Fullerton Municipal Airport on March 16, 2019
(Civil Air Patrol by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Squadron 150 member 2nd Lt. Don Johnson (reading chart) doing pre-flight planning with other members of an aircrew during a training exercise at Fullerton Municipal Airport
(Civil Air Patrol by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Squadron 150 member 1st Lt. Steven Schock (far right) speaking with Civil Air Patrol cadets during a training exercise at Fullerton Municipal Airport (Civil Air Patrol photo 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Civil Air Patrol aircrew in a Cessna 182 taking off from Fullerton Municipal Airport during a training exercise on March 16, 2019 (Civil Air Patrol photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Thank you to Our Special Guest Speaker

Our very special thanks again to Aldo Spadoni who was our guest speaker for the recent Joint Group 7 Meeting that was hosted at Squadron 150 headquarters at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.  Aldo gave a very interesting talk about "Exploring the Boundaries of Art, Design, Aerospace Engineering and Popular Culture." 

Aldo is the President of Aerospace Imagineering, is an MIT graduate with extensive experience as an aerospace engineer, conceptual designer, and futurist. He has contributed to the conceptual, prototype, and production design of numerous advanced aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft For NASA, DARPA and The U.S. Armed Services. He created an award-winning simulation team at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Aldo is also an accomplished concept designer/inventor with four U.S. patents, space artist, and Hollywood technical consultant. He has worked on movies such as Iron Man, Stealth and Iron Man 2. 
He is a Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) and is currently serving on its Board of Trustees. Some examples of his work can be found in the link here https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/aldo-spadoni.html

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

New Member of Civil Air Patrol's Board of Governors

March 1, 2019
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. James K. “Kevin” McLaughlin, former deputy commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, is the newest member of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors.
A 34-year veteran of the Air Force, McLaughlin currently serves as director of cyber policy, strategy and security at Texas A&M University's George Bush School of Government and Public Service. He’s also head of McLaughlin Global Associates LLC, a company focused on board service, consulting and public speaking. He retired from the military in September 2017.
Before serving as the Cyber Command’s No. 2 official, McLaughlin commanded the 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He also worked for the National Reconnaissance Office and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP national commander and CEO, hailed McLaughlin’s appointment to the BoG as an important development in the organization’s continuing emphasis on cyber defense as a skill for cadets. “Gen. McLaughlin’s expertise in this area will help us focus even more on what’s already been a very strong program for our cadets,” Smith said.
McLaughlin said, “I am extremely honored to join the CAP Board of Governors. The mission of CAP is important to the nation, to the Air Force, and to the thousands of volunteers and cadets who serve in the organization. I look forward to doing what I can to help CAP continue to grow and succeed in the future."
He succeeds retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Judy Fedder as one of the four Air Force-appointed members of the 11-member BoG – CAP’s top governing body. Fedder joined the BoG in July 2015, shortly after retiring as deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations and mission support with the Air Force, and became BoG chair in February 2017. CAP Col. Brad Lynn succeeded her as BoG chair this week.
Smith praised Fedder for her nearly four years of BoG service, adding that she “provided dynamic leadership as the head of the board and always showed genuine eagerness in working with our members, young and old alike, and our programs and missions.”
Along with the Air Force appointees, the board consists of three members appointed jointly by the secretary of the Air Force and CAP’s national commander and four members-at-large selected by CAP’s Senior Advisory Group.
The BoG moves CAP forward through collective decision-making to generate strategic policies, plans and programs designed to guide CAP both today and into the future. The BoG is assisted by CAP’s national commander and chief executive officer, the organization’s chief operating officer and the CAP-U.S. Air Force commander, who act as advisers.
This article originally appeared on www.CAP.news

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Squadron 150 Members Participate in Training Exercise

Members of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Squadron 150 participated in a Search and Rescue Training Exercise (SAREX) held at Ramona Airport (KRNM) on 10 February through 11 February, 2019. This event provided training opportunities for members wanting to qualify in aircrew, ground teams and base staff emergency services positions.

Squadron 150 members completed qualifications for several emergency services positions including mission staff assistant and mission radio operator, along with flying several sorties over the weekend.

Our thanks to the members of San Diego Senior Squadron 57 for hosting and putting on a terrific training exercise!

Civil Air Patrol aircraft during a search and rescue training exercise at Ramona Airport, 10 February, 2019-11 February, 2019. (Civil Air Patrol photo by 1st Lt. Steven Schock)

Civil Air Patrol members conducting a search and rescue training exercise at Ramona Airport, 10 February, 2019-11 February, 2019.
(Civil Air Patrol photo by 1st Lt. Steven Schock)

Civil Air Patrol aircraft during a search and rescue training exercise at Ramona Airport, 10 February, 2019-11 February, 2019. (Civil Air Patrol photo by 1st Lt. Steven Schock)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Congratulations to New Benjamin O. David Award Recipient

Congratulations to Squadron 150 Deputy Commander 2nd Lt. Craig Roalf who was awarded the Benjamin O. David Award by Squadron 150 Commander Maj. David Powell during a squadron meeting on 31 January, 2019. Recipients of the Davis Award have completed Level Two of the Civil Air Patrol Professional Development Program.

2nd Lt. Craig Roalf (L) receiving the Benjamin O. Davis Award from Maj. David Powell
Civil Air Patrol photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Save the Date! Feb 21 Squadron Meeting Features Special Guest Speaker!

Squadron 150 is pleased to serve as the host squadron for this month's Joint Group 7 Training. Our special guest speaker is Aldo Spadoni who will be speaking on "Exploring the Boundaries of Art, Design, Aerospace Engineering, and Popular Culture" during our regular squadron meeting on Thursday February 21, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Aldo will be speaking on how he managed to blend art and engineering to great advantage throughout his technical career in aerospace engineering, as well as his career as a consultant to the entertainment industry on projects including Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Stealth, and Apollo 13.
About Aldo: Also Spadoni is the President of Aerospace Imagineering, is an MIT graduate with extensive experience as an aerospace engineer, conceptual designer, and futurist. He has contributed to the conceptual, prototype, and production design of numerous advanced aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft For NASA, DARPA and The U.S. Armed Services. He created an award-winning simulation team at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Aldo is also an accomplished concept designer/inventor with four U.S. patents, space artist, and Hollywood technical consultant. He is a Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) and is currently serving on its Board of Trustees.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Latest Issue of Airman Magazine Features Interview with CAP National Commander

National Commander and CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith talks about all things Civil Air Patrol in an interview posted Tuesday atop the homepage of Airman Magazine’s website.
Airman is the official magazine of the U.S. Air Force. It’s published bimonthly online by the Defense Media Activity group and is considered a major publication of the U.S. Air Force.
Entitled “Serving, Saving, Shaping,” the Airman post includes a 4½-minute video of Smith’s interview, which was conducted in December in Washington, D.C. He was interviewed by Joseph Eddins, and a transcript of a portion of the question-and-answer session is also posted on the website.
On Wednesday, Smith responded to the post, saying he was grateful for the experience.
“I’m thankful for this opportunity to tell Airmen across the world about Civil Air Patrol,” he said. “It is my hope that it will make them and others more aware of the capabilities of CAP and encourage them to one day join us in our many missions for America.”
In the Airman interview, Smith talked about a life-changing mentor who guided him to the Air Force Academy, which allowed him to fulfill his childhood dream of being a fighter pilot.
Smith told Eddins the experience has greatly affected his current mission to build CAP cadets into leaders of the future. “I love to talk to young people about the power of mentorship because it’s something that made a fundamental difference in my life and being able to achieve my life goal,” he said.
The Airman transcript includes an old photo of Smith and one of his mentor, the late Air Force Reserve Maj. Ray Powell. Another photo from his career in the Air Force shows Smith in the 27th Tactical Fighter Squadron during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
But much of the transcript deals with CAP and Smith’s post as national commander/CEO, which he called “the best job in the world.”
He told Eddins two things attracted him to CAP — the volunteers who make up the Air Force auxiliary and the ability to continuing flying in service to his country.
“These are amazing people who are giving of their time, treasure and talents to serve community, state and nation and doing a wide variety of amazing things,” Smith said. “So what’s not to like about that? Then the stick and rudder flying, of course I love airplanes, love flying, and it’s nice to still do that.”
Other interview topics ranged from CAP’s rich history to its current role as a force-multiplier for the Air Force. Smith talked about the organization’s steadily increasing role in America’s homeland security as the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force.
“We have 61,500 volunteers who are passionate about being volunteer Airmen and making a difference for community, state and nation,” Smith said. “CAP is unlike any other volunteer organization I’ve ever seen. They’re doing things that are helping on an operational level, whether it’s disaster response or search and rescue or developing young people to be highly successful and ethical leaders for the next generation.”
John Salvador, CAP’s chief operating officer, said Smith’s interview was a first for the organization.
“This is the first time CAP’s national commander/CEO has ever been interviewed by the Air Force for a major story,” he said. “We appreciate Airman Magazine taking the time to do this.”

Monday, January 28, 2019

We Remember the Challenger Seven

by: 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan

Thirty-three years ago today (28 January, 1986) we lost the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-51L), when the orbiter exploded 73 seconds into the mission. It was determined that record cold temperatures damaged the rubber O-ring seals on the solid rocket boosters, reducing their ability to effectively seal the gap between the booster segments. This allowed superheated flare from the boosters to escape through the gaps, compromising the structural integrity of the external tank, causing a breakup of the vehicle in flight.

The Crew of Challenger STS 51-L
Interest in STS-51was high around the nation because it was to have the first teacher-in-space. Christa McAuliffe, of New Hampshire, was selected among over 100 semi-finalists (from 11,000 original applicants) to fly on board Challenger. The plan was for her to teach several lessons while Challenger was in orbit, which would have been broadcast live to millions of schoolchildren.

The crew of STS-51L was:
  • Commander: Lt. Col. Francis "Dick" Scobee, USAF
  • Pilot: Cmdr. Michael Smith, USN
  • Mission Specialist: Lt. Col. Ellison Onizuka, USAF
  • Mission Specialist: Judith Resnik
  • Mission Specialist: Ronald McNair
  • Payload Specialist: Gregory Jarvis
  • Payload Specialist: S. Christa McAuliffe
The legacy of the Challenger's crew lives on today...

"In the aftermath of the Challenger accident, the families of the Challenger crew come together, firmly committed to the belief that they must carry on the spirit of their loved ones. They envision a place where children, teachers and citizens can touch the future: manipulate equipment, conduct experiments, solve problems, and work together, immersing themselves in space-like surroundings. Their goal is to spark youth interest and joy in science and engineering, believing that spark can change lives. With their collective efforts, they create Challenger Center for Space Science Education. "
-From www.challenger.org

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Remembering the Crew of Apollo 1

by: 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan

Fifty-two years ago today, on January 27, 1967 our nation lost the crew of Apollo 1 in a flash fire that occurred in their spacecraft during a test on Launch Complex 34 at Cape Kennedy Air Force Station in Florida. 

From L to R Roger Chaffee, Edward White and Virgil "Gus" Grissom
The commander of Apollo 1 was Lt. Col. Virgil "Gus" Grissom, USAF. Grissom was a veteran of two previous spaceflights; Liberty Bell 7 during the Mercury program and Molly Brown (Gemini 3). Grissom had been told privately by "Deke" Slayton (who was in charge of astronaut crew selection) that he would be the first to walk on the moon.

The senior pilot was Lt. Col. Edward White, USAF who may have been best known for being the first American to "walk in space" during the mission of Gemini 4 in 1965.

Apollo 1 would have been the first spaceflight for pilot Lt. Cmdr. Roger Chaffee, USN.

On January 27, 1967 the crew was conducting what was called the "plugs out" test, which was a test of the spacecraft's systems, to ensure that everything was nominal for the mission's scheduled launch date of February 21, 1967. During the test the spacecraft was disconnected from any external sources of power and ran solely on battery power from the spacecraft.

At approximately 6:31pm someone on the crew said, "We've got a fire in the cockpit!" It is believed that a spark originated in a bundle of wiring beneath Grissom's seat. In just a few seconds the spark, fueled by the pure oxygen atmosphere inside the spacecraft, raged through Apollo 1. Under ideal conditions it would have taken 90 seconds to open the three piece hatch; unfortunately the crew was lost within 30 seconds of the first "fire" transmission.

While Grissom, White and Chaffee would never fly their mission nor go to the moon, their mission, in a sense, made the moon landing possible. The investigation uncovered many things that were unsafe in the Apollo spacecraft design (such as the hatch, the use of flammable materials in the cabin and using a pure oxygen atmosphere while the spacecraft was on the ground) in NASA's policies and procedures, and in the general mindset that everyone associated with the program had. In our quest to reach the moon by the end of the decade corners were cut, unnecessary risks were taken and everyone suffered from "go-fever."

The fire forced all involved to pause and reflect and come up with a better way forward...which they ultimately did. On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong famously took a "giant leap for mankind" as he and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. In all twelve men, over six missions, walked on the moon during the Apollo program.

Prior to his death Grissom was asked about the risks of spaceflight and this is what he said, "If we die, we want people to accept it. We're in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life."

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Introducing Squadron 150's New Deputy Commander

Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 commander Maj. David Powell appointed 2nd Lt. Craig Roalf as the squadron's new deputy commander, succeeding 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan who served as deputy commander for two and a half years. 

Powell said, "I chose 2nd Lt. Craig Roalf as my deputy commander because of his hard work, his extensive dedication to Civil Air Patrol, and his extraordinary passion for aviation.  I am looking forward to working with him to develop a stellar squadron in 2019 that emphasizes emergency services and aerospace education."

(L to R) In this file photo 2nd Lt. Craig Roalf is flanked on his left by Squadron 150 commander Maj. David Powell and on his right by outgoing Squadron 150 deputy commander 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan
(Civil Air Patrol by Maj. Alexander Smith)
"I would like to humbly express my appreciation for being given the opportunity to assist Major Powell in the leadership role of our squadron in the position of deputy commander" said Roalf. 
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Roalf became a member of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) in June 2017 and, in addition to his new duties as deputy commander, also serves as Squadron 150's emergency services officer, emergency services training officer and assistant aerospace education officer. His emergency services qualifications include Mission Observer, Mission Scanner, Ground Team Member-Level 3, and Mission Radio Operator. 

Anacan will continue to serve as the public affairs officer for South Coast Group 7 (the parent organization of Long Beach Senior Squadron 150) and as the public affairs officer and assistant emergency services officer for Squadron 150.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Congratulations Second Lieutenant Sochirca!

Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 announced the promotion of SM Mihai Sochirca to the grade of second lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), United States Air Force Auxiliary during a meeting on 6 December, 2018. 2nd Lieutenant Sochirca has been a member of CAP since February 2018. He currently serves as an assistant safety officer, assistant aerospace education officer and is a mission scanner trainee.

(L to R) Squadron 150 Deputy Commander 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan, 2nd Lt. Mihai Sochirca, Squadron 150 Commander Maj. David Powell (Civil Air Patrol photo by SM Donna Babi)
Squadron 150 deputy commander 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan said, "2nd Lieutenant Sochirca has been a valued member of Squadron 150 since joining CAP. His knowledge and expertise has boosted our safety department's efforts; his emergency preparedness initiative has not only encouraged all squadron members to prepare now in the event of an emergency, but he has also made it very simple for members to know how to procure the needed items. We are highly appreciative of his efforts."

 2nd Lt. Mihai Sochirca (L) receiving his certificate of promotion from Squadron 150 Commander Maj. David Powell (Civil Air Patrol photo by SM Donna Babi)

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Garmin VIRB Discussion During Our Next Meeting (10 January, 2019)

Join us this Thursday 10 January, 2019 for our next Squadron 150 meeting. The topic will be on the Garmin VIRB camera system that is used by Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for airborne photography missions. During the wildfires in Fall of 2017 in California CAP was tasked by FEMA with taking pictures of the affected areas. Civil Air Patrol aircrews flew about 140 flights taking roughly 6,000 photos with the wing-mounted VIRB cameras. We will also be discussing Garmin Drones and North American Aviation, time-permitting.

Garmin ViRB camera used for Civil Air Patrol (CAP) airborne photography missions mounted on wing of CAP aircraft
(Civil Air Patrol photo by 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)
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.

Be advised that 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.

Please be aware that 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. Please note that cell phones may be operated while driving aboard the base only if a hands-free device is employed.

Friday, January 04, 2019

CAP's Lester Wolff Celebrates 100th Birthday

This was originally published on www.CAP.news
4 January, 2018
Civil Air Patrol Col. Lester L. Wolff, U.S. representative from New York from 1965-1981, turns 100 years old today.
Four years ago, Wolff (second from left in the graphic photo below) was selected to receive the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of CAP members -- like him -- who served on the home front during World War II. In addition to his service during the war, Wolff made many contributions to CAP in his lifetime, including legislation that led to full congressional funding for the organization. 
CAP National Headquarters joins with members of the Congressional Squadron (which he co-founded), as well as Wolff’s former constituents in New York, in thanking him for his service and wishing him a happy 100th birthday.