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Weekly South Texas CAP Almanac
Issue 9/10 February 2006
Subdivided by Specialty Track
Corpus Christi Composite Squadron
Civil Air Patrol
“Keep the Momentum Going”

Meeting Minutes 7 February 2006

The weekly meeting began at 19:00 having been preceded by the usual few minutes to address paperwork and socialize. Lt Phelps called the room to order and The Pledge of Allegiance was recited being led by Cadet S. Thomas; this was followed by the recitation of the Cadet Oath led by Cadet K. Temmen.
Capt Carrales lead the meeting as per the agenda starting with membership issues. Foremost was the promotion cycle. 2LT M. Billingsley was promoted to his rank and will await a promotion ceremony to be held on 21 February 2006. Also the requirements for SM John Hoelscher to secure a promotion to 2LT were discussed. Additionally, Cadet C. Villarreal was approaching the level for a promotion to C/SSGT pending the completion of testing. 1LT was again recognized for here recent promotion in CAP to he current rank. SM R. Atwood’s status was also reiterated.

The squadron was also debriefed on the successful session at Radio Station KEYS 1440 AM, in fact, a new potential person of interest was in attendance on Mr. J Geppelt as a direct result of said session.

The Staffing of the squadron was also discussed. Current squadron Staff members were discussed as follows… Maj. John R, Rios, Commander; Capt Fidel Alvarado, Deputy Commander; 1LT Sandra Phelps, Deputy Commander for Cadets; Capt Joe Pendergrast, Operations; Capt J.E. Carrales, Public Affairs Officer, Capt Ed. Ude, Professional Development/Historian, 2LT Matt Billingsley, Aerospace Education Officer/Emergency Services Officer; SM John Hoelscher, Personnel Officer, C/Am S. Thomas, Acting Logistics Officer and Major V. Medina, Special Staff Officer. SM Atwood will be approach to serve as Admin Officer.

A discussion was had over the possibility of postponing the 14 February 2006 meeting to the following day. It was hoped the Capt Ude would be able to secure a slot for CC-CAP officers to obtain a Ramp Pass from the Corpus Christi International Airport and also to allow husbands and wives to spend the holiday together. It was agreed that a “skeleton crew” of cadets and seniors would be left behind in case potential new members showed up as a result of the recent radio spot.

A date will have to be assigned for the cleaning and preparation of the hangar at Nueces County Airport. It will be a day of organizing the place for future use as a Staging Area as well as it initial use as a Hanger for any CAP corporate Aircraft that my be billeted therein for any given time.

Capt Pendergrast made an “executive summary” of CAPR 60-1 in an effort to educate seniors and cadets of Air Ops. SM Hoelscher made a written executive summary designed to augment, not replace, the CAPF 60-1. Questions were raised and addressed and it was decided that a thorough review of all CAP regulations and manuals would eventually be undertaken.

Training activities for February were also discussed in regards to the cancellation of the Texas Wing SDAR in favor of the Fire Watch missions. All plans to attend the Brownsville DSAR were then scrubbed in favor of MARCH’s activity.

Cadets and seniors then went into their breakout sessions as per agenda.

Persons in attendance

Capt J.E. Carrales
Capt J. Pendergrast
1LT. S. Phelps
2LT. M. Billingsley
SM J. Hoelscher
SSGT H. Shaw
Mr. J. Geppelt
Cadet K. Temmen
Cadet S. Thomas
Cadet Candidate C Tugwell



Weekly South Texas CAP Almanac
Issue 8/3 February 2006
Subdivided by Specialty Track
Corpus Christi Composite Squadron
Civil Air Patrol
“Keep the Momentum Going”

Greetings CAP FELLOWS, Well, we have killed one full month of 2006. After this last meeting on GES, January is officially history and the folder in which I keep copies of this almanac pass from my public affairs files to my UNIT historian files.

I would like to again welcome Capt J. Pendergrast to the unit. And congratulate SM Hoelscher on his completion of Level 1, GES certification and appointment as unit Personnel officer.

This issue look for a letter from Capt Ed Ude, in the Senior Program/Administration section of thsi alamanc. Capt Ude has secured a job in Brownsville, Texas but will maintain his currency with our unit. He will, however, attend the weekly meetings in Brownsville and has a lot to report in his letter. A good read.

Another good read, REQUIRED READING I should say, is a letter from CAPT J. Pendergrast addressing our unti goals. Thsi letter is in the Emergency Services/Operations section of this almanac and is of such importance it will be sent out in addition to this almanac.

February promises as much work as reward. There are two training activities , 10-12 Feb and 23-25 Feb 2006. I will need to acquire a list of commitments. The first activity is the Feb DSAR and should include an element of flying; the second will be a campout for cadets and focus on ground ops. I have qualified in Urban DF and will begin working on Mission Radio Operator. Now, remember that every position you qualify for mean that you, upon completion of the CAPT 117 Skills Evaluator Test (SET) means that you are qualified to train that subject. To qualify in a track you will have to attend two SARex activities and be signed off by a trainer. Thus, we need to attend as many SARex activities as we can and begin collecting those positions. Eventually we will set up a Staging Area here in the Corpus Christ Area so that we might begin training new people. Which will reduce travel.

SEMPER VIGILANS

-Capt Carrales
Public Affairs Officer
CC-CAP


Meeting Minutes of 31 January 2006

The meeting began at or around 1900 with the usual opening ceremony (Pledge of Allegiance and cadet oath to all those that apply) followed by a prayer offered by 1LT S. Phelps. This was followed by a promotion ceremony for 1Lt. Phelps to here current grade. 1Lt Phelps holds her rank as a 1Lt in the U.S. Army (retired) and was officially brevetted to that rank via an order of CAP NHQ dated 1/29/2006.

Capt Carrales addressed some issues en re squadron goals and current efforts to produce an operational squadron as well as the importance of General Emergency Services (GES) to that mission. 1Lt. Phelps presented some information on an on line space camp that cadets could look into.

The meeting was moved from the gym to the upstairs training room citing too much noise and poor acoustics at which time SM J. Hoelscher began a survey of GES. Meanwhile, Capt J. Carrales and Capt J Pendergrast made contact with a local Radio Talk Show host about an interview of Key squadron personnel to take place before the meeting 7 February 2006 for the purpose of soliciting recruits from the local populace. Additionally, 1Lt. Phelps requested permission to discuss CAP on local television stations and was given a green light.

This GES Section continued until approximately 1800 when a short break was taken for 1Lt Phelps to give the Cadets some Cadet Program information. Then the GES segment was concluded by Capt Carrales whilst Capt Pendergrast and Hoelscher made a quick review of the CAP Flight regulation. The results of said efforts were made clear an will be posted in the Weekly CAP Almanac for review and later placed in the Emergency Services section of the Unit Website.

Cadet Thomas continued as the Logistics officer and made a more detailed inventory of the Squadron Stores which will be presented to the unit upon completion.

The meeting was productive and initiatives drafted will be used to implement a fully operational squadron.

Unit Strength:
CC-CAP TX026
Seniors: 16
Cadets: 8

Texas Wing:
Seniors: 1592
Cadets: 1275

Members in attendance

Major Victor Medina
Capt J. E Carrales
Capt J. Pendergrast
1Lt S. Phelps
Cadet C. M. Villareal Cadet K. Temmen
Cadet S. Thomas

Comments: Seven members were in attendance and the meeting was productive. Cadet candidate Tugwell was at a Basketball Game and could not attend and SSGT Shaw was also absent for said reason. The applicaiton of Mr. R. Atwood is pending approval at national Our goal for next meeting will be 10.


WEATHER INFO


59 °F / 15 °C

Clear

 

Humidity:

25%

Dew Point:

23 °F / -5 °C

Wind:

6 mph / 9 km/h from the West

Pressure:

29.68 in / 1005 hPa

Visibility:

10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers

UV:

0 out of 16

Clouds:

Clear -

(Above Ground Level)

Aviation

Flight Rule:

VFR (KCRP)

Wind Speed:

6 mph / 9 km/h

Wind Dir:

260° (West)

Ceiling:

Unlimited

 


Personnel:


Public Affairs:

LET’S MAKE SOME NEWS!!!!

WING CONFERENCE INFO

To be promoted beyond 1LT you will need to attend a WING CONFERENCE or two. We were lucky to have had it n Corpus Christi, Texas in 2005…this year it will be in PLANO, TEXAS.

On-line registration…

Texas Wing Conference Registration is ready to be accessed. Go to www.peopleware.net/1044cto start registering. Any questions contact Teresa Owens [TOWENS@capnhq.gov] for assistance

Norm King

Useful CAP WEB RESOURCES as of 31 January 2006:

CC-CAP Web page:
http://carrales.tripod.com/KingCap.html
CAP BLOG:
http://capblog.typepad.com/capblog/
CAP News ONLINE!!!
http://www.cap.gov/visitors/news/cap_news_online/
TEXAS WING ON LINE REGISTRATION
www.peopleware.net/1044c
CAP News ONLINE!!!
http://www.cap.gov/visitors/news/cap_news_online/


Weekly South Texas CAP Almanac (ON LINE)
http://carrales.tripod.com/almanac.html

Finance:

Our Unit Finance Officer is 1Lt Dalia Castro, CAP.

No word on unit funds...but we will be purchasing a PRACTICE ELT on 121.775 MHz for use in training.


Inspection: N/A


Senior Program/Administration:

Capt J.E. Carrales is crrently acting Senior Programs Officer/ The Position of Admin Officer is currently vacant.

A Letter from Capt Ed Ude
Capt Ed Ude has sent this report via e-mail on his work in Brownsville.

"Good Morning:

I attended the BRO CAP meeting last night since I am in town during the week. Maj. Arredondo held a briefing for cadets working the parking consession at the Cameron County Livestock Show and Rodeo in Los Fresnos (10 mi. N of BRO).

Lt. Col. Bujanos held a seminar on the use of the new CAP radios for the aircraft and he talked about the status of South Texas CAP air craft. In a nut shell, there are none. Y-P has been grounded due to needing an overhaul/new engine and CAP is talking of selling it instead. The C172 assigned to BRO has been reassigned to the firewatch in North Texas and there is NO promise of when it will be returned. It has been "promised" back, just no one can say WHEN. There is some good news, however, I just saved a bunch of.............

No, actually, Lt. Ralph Molina (an old friend and former student of Dad's) is letting us use his C182 for Tino Galvan to check out Form 5 for me, Tino, Chris (Mission Pilot), Hector (Tino's son). Any Cadet activity that the CC Squad. can do in joint effort with BRO is worth the effort, they have a very strong program; 16 cadets in attendance last night. The winter Texan CAP members are back, all are pilots (3 of them). So, if there is an ELT or other emergency, an aircraft out of San Antonio must be dispatched.

Sigue la lucha,

Ed"

SQUADRON LEADERSHIP SCHOOL (SLS)

As part of every CAP officer’s professional development and to be promoted beyond the grade of 1LT a person most attend a SQUADRON LEADERSHIP SCHOOL (SLS). To journey beyond the rank of Capt one must attend a CORPORATE LEARNING COURSE (CLC). The prior is a viable introduction to CAP, the later is for those that desire to rise above the Squadron Level.

It is my hope to conduct or host and SLS in Corpus Christi or Kingsville in the Summer. We will discuss more on this alter as we will co-host it with Brownsville. I would rather us not travel so far, I want as most of these things to occur in our area. That will mean we will have to host them.

This is all spurred on by this letter I received from Maj. Dennis Cima….

SQUADRON LEADERSHIP SCHOOL AND CORPORATE LEARNING COURSE

”The Group 4 SLS/CLC is scheduled for 18-19 February 2006. Delta Composite Squadron is hosting the activity which will be held at their squadron facilities on David Wayne Hooks Airport in Houston. Detailed information is available in the attached OPs Plan. This activity is open to any CAP member with the appropriate prerequisites.

We encourage widest distribution of this information.

DENNIS L. CIMA, Major, CAP
Commander, Group 4”

Squadron Goals,

I. Goals for January 2006
A. Retool the squadron and identify goals- Accomplished
B. Set up training schedule- Accomplished
C. Staff the Squadron- On Going
D. Put out PAO newsletter via e-mail-Accomplished
E. Aerospace Education Report-Accomplished

II. Goals for February 2006

A. Qualify at DSARs (Phase I- Train the Trainers) –In progress
B. Prepare for hosting a DSAR staging area for Training
C. Finalize Aircrew positions for Mission Scanners and Observers
D. Lay plans for COMM training
E. CAMP LAB/possible campout
F. Squadron wide GES qualifications for all Members current as of 17 January 2006–In progress

Senior Member’s coming up for promotion and promotion action:
SM John D. Hoelscher- To 2LT, to be brevetted in lieu of PILOT CERTIFICATION pending record of his LEVEL I at National
SM Matthew Billingsley- To 2LT, via completion of time-in-grade requirements. This should occur in February...The paperwork is signed and merely awaiting the time-in-grade.
1LT Sandra Phelps, U.S.A.- To Captain pending paperwork
Capt Fidel Alvarado, Jr- To Major, via completion of criteria (Loening Award)
Capt Jose E. Carrales, III- To Major, Pending CAPF 2.


Logistics:

Cadet S. Thomas is acting Logistics officer. We currently have no logistics officer save for the Quartermaster of the Cadets. I will, however, be listing multiple places where people can purchase their own materials at bargain rate.

LOGISTICs ALLEY- CAP Approved places to get gear!!!

CAPMart: Vanguard Industries has taken over operations for CAPMart and is now our official supplier for such items. The Vanguard Web site is www.vanguardmil.com/store/splash.php

THE HOCK SHOP-(General CAP Supplies)
http://www.thehock.com/
Telephone your order in: 508-559-6559 1-877-THEHOCK (1-877-843-4625)

OLD LINCOLN COUNTY ITEMS- (AF style supplies)
http://olcnet.com/
Telephone your order in: (505) 434-1372

Capt Carrales' Tips o' the Week


Emergency Services /Flight Operations & Operations:

SM Matt Billingsley has agreed to DOUBLE for this staff position. SM Matt Billingsley has agreed to DOUBLE for this staff position. Capt Pendergrast is our Operations Officer pending a Form 2a. This section will be splitting into Emergency Services and Operations next issue.

A Message on Goals from Capt. Pendergrast

"All,

During the meeting tonight, SM John Hoelscher and I were tasked with the following objectives:

1. Discuss CAPF 60-1 CAP Flight Management
2. Develop a plan for future Flight Operations and assess Squadron Strength in that area
3. Discuss Training

1. We were not familiar enough with the regulation to adequately discuss it. We will review and discuss on Saturday over the phone.

SM Hoelscher and I will report out briefly during the next meeting.

2. First, we need to assess our current strength. I will work with Group to get a listing of active members qualified as Scanners, Observers, Mission Pilots, and Form 5 Pilot.

Next, I will ask each Senior Member to establish realistic (but challenging) goals for qualification.

For example, I am qualified as a Mission Scanner. I have worked towards Mission Observer and have never completed my Form 5.

My goal will be to be Mission Observer qualified in 2 months, Form 5 in 4 months, and Urban DFin 6 months. Mission Pilot is a ways off due to my low hours, but I will set 2 years for that goal.

Finally, we need to set our expectations that Senior Members qualify Mission Scanner and Urban DF at a minimum. Obvious Exceptions would be people who can't fly. This will build a strong base and cross train our personnel.

3. SM Hoelscher and I agreed that continued review of regulations would be beneficial. We will both bring a list of 5 regs to review in the coming weeks.

From those, we will plan to review one per week. Prior to the meeting, we will summarize the regulation in an executive summary, no more than two pages.

These are not to be given to other members as the purpose of this exercise is get each member to review the regs and learn them.

To facilitate reaching our goal of Form 5 Pilots, we will develop a lesson plan to review areas together over the coming weeks.

We welcome the input of the more experienced pilots in the squadron here.

Finally, Capt Carrales, 1Lt Phelps and I will be interviewed next Tuesday on 1440 KEYS by Eric Von Wade.

Our goal will be to educate the community about the CAP and hopefully recruit more members, Seniors and Cadets.

V/R,

Capt Joe Pendergrast
CAP, Corpus Christi Composite Sqdrn.
Corpus Christi, TX

5130 Benchfield Ct.
Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Home: (210) 568-3641
Business: (361) 985-7472
Cell: (361) 244-6698
Fax: (866) 426-1495
* e-mail:
* text msg:

Apply online at for mission SAR School ar Lufkin, Texas:
https://ntc.cap.af.mil/ops/inland_sar

E-mail the NHQ Operations support staff at dos@capnhq.gov for more information.

For additional information you can also visit: http://www2.acc.af.mil/afrcc/nss

Training Activities REPORT

February DSAR
Date: Feb 10- 12
Event: Distributed SAR (DSAR) Exercise TxWg
Project Officer: Lt Col T. Bishop
Host: Decatur Group 6
Notes: This activity is expected to have Air and Ground Ops at the Brownsville Staging Area. We need to make all attempts to attend. MUST QUALIFY GES FIRST!

February Camp Out/Ground Team Training
Date: Feb 24-26
Event: Training and Camp Our South Padre Island:Mission Number Pending
Project Officer: Capt. S. Crandall
Host: Brownsville Comp. Squadron
NOTES: If you guys are interested in a camp out, then on the 24-26 Feb, we will be having our "Winter" Survivial training on South Padre Island. I will send you the OPS PLAN as soon as it is complete. Try to get as many cadets here as possible. We will going more in detail on the GT tasks that require field work. This exercise in combination with the next couple of DSARX should meet your requirements for UDF and GT3. It will also start off some of your other members towards certification. Plus it should be a fun event for your cadets to experience. Brownsville Comp. Squadron will conduct a staging area at this event. Current members may attend for training. Must Complete CAP General Emergency Services (GES) on line test and course program. If not, you will be doing just that in the Brownsville Comp. Squadron Computer Lab whilst everyone is training.


Communications:

Sgt Shaw will be giving regular science and Radio Procedure training. At some future time Capt Sean Crandall of the Valley CAP units will be visiting our unit to give COMM training among other issues.


Aerospace Education:

SM Matthew Billingsley is our current AE Officer. Seniors need to take the Yeager Test on line!


Cadet Program:

Lt. Phelps is the Deputy Commander for Cadets. A reminder that all CAP cadet for CC-CAP will need to take their on line GES test.

Applications for Cadet Command Staff positions for the 2006 TX Wing Summer Encampment

To cadets of Texas Wing and the Southwest Region,

I am pleased to announce the opening of applications for Cadet Command Staff positions for the 2006 TX Wing Summer Encampment to be held at Camp Maxey, Paris, Texas.

Cadet Command Staff positions: C/Deputy Commander, C/Executive Officer, SET Commander, Director of Training, and Group 1st Sergeant. Application deadline is 28 February.

Squadron Staff Applications (Squadron CCs and 1st Sgts.) accepted 1 March thru 31 March.

Line, SET, and Support Staff Applications accepted 1 April thru 30 April.

The following will be required for ALL applicants:

1. Full Name, Grade, and Current Position held at home unit
2. Desired Staff Position (and two alternate positions)
3. Date of Basic Encampment
4. List of Staff Encampments and Positions Held
5. List of National/Wing Activities Attended
6. Photo (in uniform)
7. A brief (less than one page) paper describing your personal understanding and definition of Military Bearing and Professionalism as it relates to being a Cadet Officer or Cadet NCO respectively. This paper is an important part of the application, and your application will NOT be considered without a satisfactory response.
8. Two Letters of Recommendation from previous or current superiors (at least one of the letters needs to be from a cadet officer or NCO)
9. TXWG CAPF 31A (REQUIRED)

All items (including any questions) with the exception of item #9 should be e-mailed to the Cadet Commander C/Major Eric Mabry (ermabry@hotmail.com). Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.

Cadets' 31As should be mailed to:

Lt. Col. Brooks Cima
22907 Red River Drive
Katy, TX 77450

TX Wing has a prestigious reputation, and this Encampment will strive to uphold and promote that reputation. Exceptional encampments do not occur without a highly trained and motivated cadet staff. A cadet staff establishes the tone for an encampment. If you are not prepared to lead by example, I ask you not to apply. I will accept nothing but the highest level of commitment, enthusiasm, and discipline from every single member of my staff. Come prepared to work hard, and ready to give everything you have, for it will be asked of you. I look forward to joining with you in the training of the future cadet leaders of Texas Wing.

Best Regards,

ERIC A. MABRY, C/MAJOR, CAP
Cadet Commander, Texas Cadet Training Group
Summer 2006

Cadet Leadership School for the South West Region

NOTE: webmasters, please forward this information to your Wing via your e-groups or by your normal communication method. Please place a link to the SWRCLS webpage on your website. This school has the approval of Col Tom Todd.

This email serves as an invitation to seniors and cadets in your wing to support the SWR Cadet Leadership School as members of the staff. The school will be held 8-16 July at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. 8 July is a Staff Prep Day with the school running 9-15 July and Clean-Up/Departure scheduled for 16 July. Revision 1 of the Ops Plan is posted at http://www.texascadet.org/swrcls/

http://www.texascadet.org/swrcls/ Please review the Ops Plan for requirements for staffing this event. Applications must be received by 25 February 2006. This is a firm deadline.

Please use this application form:

http://www.texascadet.org/resources/publications/txwgpubs/TXWGF31A.doc

The Cadet Oath- All cadets must memorize

"I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly, and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state, and nation."

Monthly Uniform Schd. for Cadets

First Tuesday- BDU -Leadership/Testing plus (Ground Team Break out for Seniors)
Second Tuesday- BDU -Aerospace Education/Testing (Air Ops Break out for Seniors)
Third Tuesday-BDU- Ground Team for SENIORS and CADETS
forth Tuesday- Blues -Air Ops and Odd-n-ends


Safety:

The de facto role of Safety Officer is Capt Ed Ude.

Crisis Intervention team Training

Friends,

There will be a FREE "CISM Group Crisis Intervention" (also known in CAPR 60-5 as a "Basic CISM Course") course in Lewisville, TX on 6-7 March 2006.If you are interested in the training, please view the attached .pdf file and make your reservations accordingly.

Blessings

DONALD R. BROWN II, Ch, Lt Col, CAP
Deputy Director Critical Incident Stress Management
National Headquarters Civil Air Patrol


Legal and Medical:

Position vacant, know someone who can practice law or medicine…SUGGEST THEY DO SOME authentic WORTHWILE community duty…CAP


Chaplain &Moral leadership:

Currently Lt. Phelps is our Moral Leadership Officer.


Historian:

We currently have so Historian on staff if anyone wants to fill that role. Ironically, that is what my training in livelihood is concentrated on.

Please visit the National Museum of the Civil Air Patrol…
http://www.caphistory.org/

A SLICE OF CAP HISTORY:

CAP ribbons, medals share unique, colorful history

Col. Leonard A. Blascovich
CAP National Historian
CAP News May 1998

Though the designs, colors and manufacturers have changed over the course of history, one thing about Civil Air Patrol's distinctive ribbons and medals has remained constant - they continue to be worn proudly on the chests of CAP members.

All of CAP's ribbons, awards and decorations prior to 1964 were designed by the Heraldic Branch, Office of the Quartermaster General, Department of the Army (now located at Camron Station, Va.). The branch - better known as the Heraldry Institute - is responsible for designing all U.S. military ribbons and decorations.

CAP and the U.S. Army Air Force had used the institute's services since August 1943 exclusively to design its original ribbons, all without medals. The institute looked closely at an organizations history, programs and achievements - and all before they completed their research on a ribbon design.

Once the institute developed their designs and color choices they would conduct a review to see if there were any conflicts with other military organizations and foreign countries. After that, they submitted their designs, usually two or three, for review and selection by the CAP national commander and key members of the national headquarters staff. In 1950, the national executive board also became involved as an approving authority.

After a selection was made, the institute was responsible for the quality-control of the ribbon's manufacturing process.

This design service came to a screeching halted in 1964 when CAP revised its cadet and senior programs and submitted a request to the institute to design about 20 new ribbons. The institute said they did not have the time or the manpower to accomplish the job in the time requested.

National headquarters quickly enlisted the support of its art department, which was responsible for the illustration of CAP's textbooks. Charles Wood, the chief illustrator, was asked for suggestions. Before long, he was responsible for designing the new cadet and senior program ribbons.

Mr. Woods ribbon designs were soon approved by the NEB and Air Force. The ribbons were nonmilitary in design and very distinctive. And that is why our original ribbons - awarded prior to 1982 for the new cadet (Spaatz) and senior (Gill Robb Wilson) training programs - had pictures and letters for cadets, and swirls, "V," "S," loops and flying wedges for seniors. Former cadets fondly referred to these old awards as "Captain Crunch" ribbons, and many a senior called theirs the "Andy Warhol," "Cadillac Dog Food," "Flying Widgets," and, my favorite _expression, "Cracker Jack Prizes."

When the Air Force approved the wearing of the black and white mess dress for CAP in July 1969, CAP then had a need for medal's. But they were medals that turned out to be round and had no stars, crosses or decorative shapes like the active-duty services.

The reason is based upon our role as defined by CAP's original 1948 Constitution and Bylaws. The shape of CAP medals are fixed by our charter and role - an organization that provides only humanitarian services, further compounded by the fact we must comply with the Air Force in regards to mess dress uniform regulations and requirements. (Remember, we have to have Air Force approval for CAP uniform devices.)

Many active duty service medals are earned for acts of heroism, superior service or valor in the face of action against an enemy or exceptional service situation - and they have unique shapes. The medals include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and Purple Heart. (Notice I left out the Medal of Honor. Since 1944, it has been considered more a pendant than a medal.)

Round medals are awarded in the military (and the CAP) for humanitarian actions, campaigns, good conduct or service. This is reflected in the Coast Guard Auxiliary as well. They are a humanitarian organization and have round medals on their mess dress uniform.

When medals for the CAP mess dress were first considered, it was difficult to use the current ribbons because they had distinctive picture designs and complex color patterns. It was deemed impractical to carry the ribbon design through and it would also made for a very unprofessional military appearance. So the ribbons were made for the medals with stripes and bands of color that reflected the original ribbon's color scheme. The majority of the medals reflect the design of the old ribbons. For example look at the old Rescue Find ribbon, and its miniature medal.

This clean uncluttered concept evolved into a plan submitted by Willard Kopf, then manager of the CAP Bookstore. He proposed a plan to phase in a new standard-sized ribbon similar to the ribbons now in use on the miniature medals. The designs would vary slightly from current ribbons, but the colors would remain the same. Starting in July 1982, as supplies dwindled on the old ribbons, the new designs started replacing them. The mandatory phase-in date for the new ribbons was Dec. 31, 1986.

In February 1991, the CAP Uniform committee recommended change in hexagon shape and color for the following medals: Distinguished (gold), Exceptional (silver), and Bronze meritorious service). The NEC later approved their recommendation.

One special note - the remaining unchanged insignia in CAP's inventory include: the cadet hat emblem - even though it transitioned from cloth to medal - has remained the same since 1942, and the senior service cap device which was approved in July 1953. All others have changed over the course of Air Force and CAP history.



Weekly South Texas CAP Almanac
Issue 7/26 January 2006
Subdivided by Specialty Track
Corpus Christi Composite Squadron
Civil Air Patrol
“Keep the Momentum Going”

ATTENTION! GENERAL EMERGENCY SERVICES WILL BE THE FOCUS, YOU NEED TO BE THERE!!!
To participate in CAP missions you will need to be QUALIFIED in GES. It is requested that everyone be there for this training to served as a STUDENT or as an INSTRUCTOR or as a MENTOR. If we are to become an operational unti we will have to complete that basic step by FEBRUARY's end

Greetings fellow CAP FELLOWS,

We are poised to acomplish all our January goals. I would like to see the goal of finished the GES section be accomplished early.

SM Hoelscher and I visited with Major Rios, the Commander, who is recovering from an operation. He wa sin good spirits and itching to talk CAP. Let us continue to pray for him that he might join us in our efforts to make this an Operational unit.

I want to take some time to talk about the "WHOLE CAP" approach. CAP has three main missions; EMERGENCY SERVICES, AEROSPACE EDUCATION and CADET PROGRAMS. We must remain balanced in that effort. Many people have citied the fact that we do not have an AIRCRAFT. I will state with great boldness that an AIRCRAFT will never be granted to a squadron if it is not accomplishing these three missions. Gone are the days of the "CAP FLIGHT CLUB." Every memeber mys be balanced. Capt Pendergrast made a good point at the meeting Tuesday, every CAP senior should be a qualified SCANNER at least, but also, every SENIOR should be aqualified URBAN DF and, if possible, ground team as well.

Accomplishing the two will guarantee that the Air and Ground ops will never be lacking. The ends of this are our established goal. ONE AIR CREW, one GROUND TEAM and one MISSION STAFF by the end of the Summer. We CAN do it...WE MUST DO IT!!!

The first step is GES. DOwn in the Emergency Services section of this Almanac I will post my visions for the CC-CAP Squadron's Air, Ground and Mission elements. Amend, reject or approve it.

I would like for our groudn team to be made primarily of CADETS...that will mean GES is of greatest importance.

SEMPER VIGILANS

-Capt Carrales
Public Affairs Officer
CC-CAP


Meeting Minutes of 24 January 2006

As always, the meeting opened with the opening ceremony, save this time the cadet oath was forgone due to a lack of cadets. Cadet Villareal had arrived early due to a misunderstanding on the time and Cadet Thomas was in need of study in the subject of Calculus and was therefore excused upon completeion of the desired inventory.

En re membership issues, we were introduced to Capt J. Pendergrast, CAP who attended and will transfer to our unit pending the processing of a CAPF 2a. Capt. Pendergrast is extemely motived in the area of air ops and the matter was disccused at length.

Capt Carrales conducted a debriefing of the Brownsville Staging Area that occured this past Saturday (21 January 2006), and stressed the need to complete the GENERAL EMERGENCY SERVICES criteria for advancement. Additionally, Capt Carrales went over Ground Team and Urban DF SQTRs with Cadets and Seniors.

The Safety Briefing was also given by Capt Carrales: en re professional behavior and the dangers posed by Cadet (and Senior) horseplay. Sgt Shaw, then concluded his electronics demonstration.

During the Breakout Sessions Capt Carrales, Capt Pendergrast and SM Hoelscher proceeded upstairs to continue the work on the personnel files. Capt Pendergrast brainstormed possible ways to jumpstart the units Air Ops. Cadet attendace was hampered by porr attendance, albiet radio call sings and prowords were drilled. The final meeting of the MONTH (31 January 2006) will focus on General Emergency Services

Unit Strength:
CC-CAP TX026
Seniors: 16
Cadets: 9

Texas Wing:
Seniors: 1637
Cadets: 1313

Members in attendance

Capt J.E. Carrales
Capt Joseph Pendergrast
SM John Hoelscher
SSgt Harry Shaw
Cadet Villareal (at start)
Cadet Stacy Thomas (left early)
Cadet Kyle Temmen
Cadet Candidate Chloe Tugwell
Comments: We had eight members & member candidates at the meeting. Our goal for the next meeting will be 10.


Weather information:

56 °F / 13 °C

Scattered Clouds

 

Humidity:

69%

Dew Point:

46 °F / 8 °C

Wind:

6 mph / 9 km/h from the NE

Pressure:

30.42 in / 1030 hPa

Visibility:

10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers

UV:

0 out of 16

Clouds:

Scattered Clouds 12000 ft / 3657 m

(Above Ground Level)

Aviation

Flight Rule:

VFR (KCRP)

Wind Speed:

6 mph / 9 km/h

Wind Dir:

50° (NE)

Ceiling:

Unlimited

 



Personnel:

SM John Hoelscher is our Personnel Officer pending the processing of his CAPF 2a. He is continuing to work on our files which will need to be ready pending an inspection

At the DSAR, I spoke with Lt. Col. Tino Galvan. He reminded me of a good practice that he established at Brownsville when he was the Commander of Group 3.

Along with the squadron and group files, he required Seniors to keep a file at home as well. This guaranteed that a pilot’s records, membership info and qual-sheets could travel with him/her provided in event of a move.

What’s more, you can address your issues at e-services at cap.gov. The Interactive Personnel System, or CAP WATCH, allows you to see the electronic file National has on you. If it is lacking or incorrect, the information copied in yours and the personal file you keep can be used to rectify that situation.

Remember to give a copy of all documentation to SM Hoelscher. Cadet file will be a focus…they must have their Curry Achievement to qualify for GES. It must be properly documented.


Public Affairs:

Capt J.E. Carrales is our current Public Affairs Officer. Capt Carrales holds a Senior Rating in Public Affairs. The FIREWATCH is still on…not sure for how much longer. I have the latest information from the front lines. Also a repeat of the WING CONFERENCE INFO. B>from 1LT Arthur E. Woodgate, Deputy Public Affairs Officer for Texas Wing

PAOs, CCs, and all,

CAP has spent many hours in fire detection across the state. The SOC feels that the Civil Air Patrol's contribution "continues to provide a tremendous benefit and reduce potential losses" to Texas.

Please distribute this story to your local media.

Thanks for helping get the CAP story out,

Arthur

Arthur E. Woodgate, 1st Lt, CAP
TXWG Dep PAO

CAP Works at the Texas State Operations Center

2nd Lt. Ric Walters, Public Affairs Officer
West Houston SABRE Squadron, Texas Wing
Civil Air Patrol – The U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

Liaison Officers from the Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol, have been on-site daily at the Texas State Operations Center during the wildfire emergency, which was declared last December 31st.

A cadre of Civil Air Patrol officers assigned to CAP units across Texas have worked 60 feet beneath the Texas Department of Public Safety headquarters building, facilitating inter-agency work. There, in a modern command center, they have been part of the collective effort to fight the numerous wildfires raging throughout Texas.

Working with officials from FEMA, Texas Fish and Wildlife, the Texas Adjutant General, Department of Public Safety, and others, CAP officers have coordinated missions assigned to the Civil Air Patrol’s Incident Commander. The latter, with 22 fully mission-capable aircraft available for the job, schedules CAP aerial reconnaissance flights over the parched landscape that is Texas right now.

1st Lt. Daren Jaeger, Texas Wing Liaison Officer to the SOC, has been responsible for starting this cooperative arrangement. At Texas Wing’s direction, a well-trained group of volunteers is putting CAP’s best foot forward in working with Federal, State, and local agencies.

After two months of nearly no rain in the State, the precipitation on January 21-22 has provided only momentary relief -- unless it rains a great deal more, the emergency is expected to continue.

After many fires and almost half a million acres burnt, the Texas SOC stated that the “proactive use of TXCAP continues to provide a tremendous benefit and reduce potential losses.” For the exact figures on number of fires, burnt acreage, number of CAP flights, and number of fires detected by CAP, please see the latest SOC Situation Report at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/sitrepindex.htm .

When billionaire H. Ross Perot toured the State Operations Center recently, Jack Colley, Director of the SOC, pointed out how much the Civil Air Patrol has contributed to the firefighting efforts. He commented to Mr. Perot that CAP was really making a difference in the fight, by finding fires before they could become large and dangerous.

CAP, the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, performs 95 percent of all continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. More than 56,000 volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing "missions for America" for more than 60 years.
For more information about CAP, visit www.cap.gov or call CAP's toll-free number at 1-800-FLY-2338

LET’S MAKE SOME NEWS!!!!

WING CONFERENCE INFO

To be promoted beyond 1LT you will need to attend a WING CONFERENCE or two. We were lucky to have had it n Corpus Christi, Texas in 2005…this year it will be in PLANO, TEXAS.

Norm King had this to say about on line registration…

Texas Wing Conference Registration is ready to be accessed. Go to www.peopleware.net/1044cto start registering. Any questions contact Teresa Owens [TOWENS@capnhq.gov] for assistance

Norm King

Useful CAP WEB RESOURCES as of 25 January 2006:

CC-CAP Web page:
http://carrales.tripod.com/KingCap.html
CAP BLOG:
http://capblog.typepad.com/capblog/
CAP News ONLINE!!!
http://www.cap.gov/visitors/news/cap_news_online/
TEXAS WING ON LINE REGISTRATION
www.peopleware.net/1044c
CAP News ONLINE!!!
http://www.cap.gov/visitors/news/cap_news_online/

NEW THIS WEEK!
Weekly South Texas CAP Almanac (ON LINE)
http://carrales.tripod.com/almanac.html

Finance:

Our Unit Finance Officer is 1Lt Dalia Castro, CAP.

No word on unit funds...but we will be purchasing a PRACTICE ELT on 121.775 MHz for use in training.


Inspection: N/A

Our least inspection from the Liasion office was good. We need to show growth to avoid any irregular report come next inspection cycle. Our files are currently being overhauled, our officers are being staffed, we are in a growing stage en re membership and we have unit goals.

Let us work together to insure that our report is positive.


Senior Program/Administration:

Capt J.E. Carrales is crrently acting Senior Programs Officer/ The Position of Admin Officer is currently vacant.

Squadron Goals,

I. Goals for January 2006
A. Retool the squadron and identify goals- Accomplished
B. Set up training schedule- Accomplished
C. Staff the Squadron- On Going
D. Put out PAO newsletter via e-mail-Accomplished
E. Aerospace Education Report-Accomplished

II. Goals for February 2006

A. Qualify at DSARs (Phase I- Train the Trainers) –In progress
B. Prepare for hosting a DSAR staging area for Training
C. Finalize Aircrew positions for Mission Scanners and Observers
D. Lay plans for COMM training
E. CAMP LAB/possible campout
F. Squadron wide GES qualifications for all Members current as of 17 January 2006–In progress

Senior Member’s coming up for promotion and promotion action:
SM John D. Hoelscher- To 2LT, to be brevetted in lieu of PILOT CERTIFICATION pending record of his LEVEL I at National
SM Matthew Billingsley- To 2LT, via completion of time-in-grade requirements
1LT Sandra Phelps, U.S.A.- To Capt, to be brevetted in lieu of Teaching Criteria Fulfillment
Capt Fidel Alvarado, Jr- To Major, via completion of criteria (Loening Award)
Capt Jose E. Carrales, III- To Major, via completion of criteria (Loening Award)


Logistics:

Cadet S. Thomas is acting Logistics officer. We currently have no logistics officer save for the Quartermaster of the Cadets. I will, however, be listing multiple places where people can purchase their own materials at bargain rate.

VANGUARD INDUSTRIES is the NEW CAP MART

CAPMart: Vanguard Industries has taken over operations for CAPMart and is now our official supplier for such items. The Vanguard Web site is www.vanguardmil.com/store/splash.php

Starting today, this web site is now displaying CAP items and accepting on-line orders or you may call them toll-free at (800) 221-1264. Vanguard is working to integrate all our items into their system.

To help ensure you the best service possible, NHQ and Vanguard Industries are holding teleconferences the first Wednesday of each month. If you experience any difficulties or have suggestions to improve service, please e-mail them at cap@vanguardmil.com or contact our NHQ POC, Rita LaBarre at rlabarre@cap.gov or contact Membership Services at (877)227-9142.

THE HOCK SHOP-(General CAP Supplies)
http://www.thehock.com/
Telephone your order in: 508-559-6559 1-877-THEHOCK (1-877-843-4625)

OLD LINCOLN COUNTY ITEMS- (AF style supplies)
http://olcnet.com/
Telephone your order in: (505) 434-1372

Capt Carrales' Tips o' the Week
AF04: USAF TROUSER, DRESS, VG-NEW cond. class A, (28-xs,s,r,l,xl) (29-xs,s,r,l)(30s,r,l,)(31-s,r,l,)(32-xs,s,r,l,xl)(33-xs,s,r,l,xl)(34-xs,rs,r,l,xl)(35-xs,s,r,xl)(36-xs,s,r) (37-s, r,)( 38-xs,s) , a few 39s & 40s, . $12.00 ea. or 2 for $20.00 (Base price $32.50) Some NEW in the bag, just a few, sizes, 28 S, R, L, XL, 30 S, R, 32 S, R & L, 33 S, R, 34 S, R, L, 35 S, R, L, XL, 36 S, R, L, 39 L. $20.00 ea.

AF10:USAF BELT, CL. A Uniform, NEW, roller slide silver buckle W/Blue belt, still the best for holding trousers up, a million other uses, up to 54" $5.00

Emergency Services /Flight Operations & Operations:

Capt Carrales' Operations Recommendations

There recommendations will eventually give way to those presented by Capt Pendergrast upon completeion of his unit survey and fact finding activity. An will serve as a tool for his efforts.

The following is a bit of a vision for our operational unit…it is recommended that the following suggested officers begin training in noted positions. You will note people are spread out and in several places…this is to encourage the Whole CAP approach. It is based on my assessment of your abilities, desires and needs. It is listed as embryonic since it needs lots of development.

Aircrew Recommendations: Shall consist of four members; Mission Pilot, Mission Observer and 2 Mission Scanners. As per CAP regulations, all aircrew members will be Mission Scanner Qualified. Mission pilot: Capt E. Ude, Mission Observer: Capt Fidel Alvarado/Capt Pendergrast/Maj Rios, Mission Scanners: SM Hoelscher/ SM Billingsley/Capt Carrales. The scanners will be in constant training for Mission Observer and will eventually qualify.

Ground Team Recommendations Ground Team (embryonic stage) Capt Carrales, SM Billingsley, 1LT Phelps, Cadet Verdin, Cadet Villareal, Cadet Temmen, Cadet Thomas and current cadet candidates. Mission Staff Recommendations: (embryonic stage) Maj Rios, Capt Alvarado, Capt Carrales, Sgt Shaw, various Cadets.

NATIONAL SAR SCHOOL AT LUFKIN, TEXAS

Attached is information about National SAR School. This year we have the privilege of having one of the courses in Lufkin, Texas. Please review the attached for details of the course and who should attend. We would like to see a strong Texas Wing representation.

There are still slots remaining in the following 2006 National SAR School Inland SAR Planner courses:

*March 13-17, Reno, NV (apply by Feb. 10)

*April 17-21, Lufkin, TX (apply by March 21)

*May 15-19, TRACEN Yorktown, VA (apply by April 14)

*June 19-23, Kansas City, MO (apply by May 23)

*July 17-21, Santa Fe, NM (apply by June16)

*Aug. 14-18, TRACEN Yorktown, VA (apply by July 14)

*Sep. 18-22, Marquette, MI (apply by Aug. 22)

Apply online at :
https://ntc.cap.af.mil/ops/inland_sar

E-mail the NHQ Operations support staff at dos@capnhq.gov for more information.

For additional information you can also visit: http://www2.acc.af.mil/afrcc/nss

JOE FERNANDEZ, Maj, CAP
Director of Operations
Texas Wing
Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary
4500 Ratliff Lane, Suite 112
Addison, Texas 75001
214.237.0208 (Direct)
866.353.9703 (Fax)

Training Activities REPORT
January DSAR-
Date: Jan 20- 22
Event: Distributed SAR (DSAR) Exercise TxWg
Project Officer: LTC Groggel
Host: Kerrville (Group 5)
Notes: The DSAR stanging AREA at Brownsville was AWESOME!!! Click on the links below for a pictorial!!!

Sortie 1: In search of MR SMITH! Brownsville Stanging Area TEXAS WING DSAR 21 January 2006 !

WE NEED TO SEE YOU IN THESE PICS NEXT MONTH!!! Expect Sortie 2 soon

February DSAR
Date: Feb 10- 12
Event: Distributed SAR (DSAR) Exercise TxWg
Project Officer: Lt Col T. Bishop
Host: Decatur Group 6
Notes: This activity is expected to have Air and Ground Ops at the Brownsville Staging Area. We need to make all attempts to attend. MUST QUALIFY GES FIRST!

February Camp Out/Ground Team Training
Date: Feb 24-26
Event: Training and Camp Our South Padre Island:Mission Number Pending
Project Officer: Capt. S. Crandall
Host: Brownsville Comp. Squadron
NOTES: If you guys are interested in a camp out, then on the 24-26 Feb, we will be having our "Winter" Survivial training on South Padre Island. I will send you the OPS PLAN as soon as it is complete. Try to get as many cadets here as possible. We will going more in detail on the GT tasks that require field work. This exercise in combination with the next couple of DSARX should meet your requirements for UDF and GT3. It will also start off some of your other members towards certification. Plus it should be a fun event for your cadets to experience. Brownsville Comp. Squadron will conduct a staging area at this event. Current members may attend for training. Must Complete CAP General Emergency Services (GES) on line test and course program. If not, you will be doing just that in the Brownsville Comp. Squadron Computer Lab whilst everyone is training.


Communications:

Sgt Shaw will be giving regular science and Radio Procedure training. Additionally at a future time Capt Sean Crandall of the Valley CAP units will be visiting our unit to give COMM training among other issues.

SOME COMM INFO for Seniors and Cadets

The primary purpose of CAP communication is to support the entire organization in the accomplishment of its mission by providing the Commander the means for controlling his or here units and activities.

The mission of CAP is to: Organize and maintain a reliable, nationwide, point-to-point, air to ground, and ground mobile radio capability in support of the missions of CAP.

MESSAGE CATEGORIES

1) Formal-For, by, or in name of commander
2) Administrative-direct Q&A between staff
3) Informal-everything else

PROWORDS are used to shorten a message and to enhance understandability

1) This is-identifies transmitting station
2) Over---it is your turn to talk and I expect you to do so
3) Out----end of conversation
4) Roger-acknowledges reception and understanding of last transmission
5) Wilco-similar to Roger, but will also comply with the content
Message Precedence

Immediate(0)-Grave threat to security of nation. Deliver in under 60 minutes
Priority(P)-Traffic requiring expeditious action by addressee or for operations in progress. Deliver in under 6 hours.
Routine(R)-normal messages


Aerospace Education:

SM Matthew Billingsley is our current AE Officer. This week…I would like to share some info I found on Officer advancement. Lt. Phelps this is the position that I will be working from for your appointment to Captain.

Aerospace Education Officers. A CAP aerospace education officer is an officer serving in an aerospace education position at any level of CAP. For the purpose of promotion under the professional appointments method the aerospace education officer must also be fully certified as a professional educator (teacher, counselor, or administrator) by the state department of education in the member’s state of residence or have served as a college or university professor (full, associate or assistant) or other faculty member.

Figure 6. Grades Authorized for Professional Appointments and Promotions (Aerospace Education Officers).

1st Lt -- Graduate of recognized college or university and certified by state department of education or a university professor or faculty member.

Captain -- Five years service as teacher, counselor, school administrator, college or university professor or other faculty member. Five years reduced to three with Masters degree.

Major -- Five years as professional educator and an earned doctorate degree with one year as captain.


Cadet Program:

Lt. Phelps is the Deputy Commander for Cadets. CADET Blues inspection was a nonevent. Next month I am hoping we can get a better showing and I will try to get things for Cadets. We failed to produce a list of needed items, Cadet Thomas will send me here in e-mail. The rest may do the same. Remember if you have a squadron uniform it is property of the CAP, Air Force or Squadron…you will have switch out for it.

NOTE: webmasters, please forward this information to your Wing via your e-groups or by your normal communication method. Please place a link to the SWRCLS webpage on your website. This school has the approval of Col Tom Todd.

This email serves as an invitation to seniors and cadets in your wing to support the SWR Cadet Leadership School as members of the staff. The school will be held 8-16 July at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. 8 July is a Staff Prep Day with the school running 9-15 July and Clean-Up/Departure scheduled for 16 July. Revision 1 of the Ops Plan is posted at http://www.texascadet.org/swrcls/

http://www.texascadet.org/swrcls/ Please review the Ops Plan for requirements for staffing this event. Applications must be received by 25 February 2006. This is a firm deadline.

Please use this application form:

http://www.texascadet.org/resources/publications/txwgpubs/TXWGF31A.doc

Mail to:

Project Officer
Lt Col Brooks Cima
22907 Red River Drive, Katy, TX
77450

The Cadet Oath

"I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly, and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state, and nation." Monthly Uniform Schd. for Cadets

First Tuesday- BDU -Leadership/Testing plus (Ground Team Break out for Seniors)
Second Tuesday- BDU -Aerospace Education/Testing (Air Ops Break out for Seniors)
Third Tuesday-BDU- Ground Team for SENIORS and CADETS
Forth Tuesday- Blues -Air Ops and Odd-n-ends


Safety:

The de facto role of Safety Officer is Capt Ed Ude. Electronics is to be respected…at all times.


Legal and Medical:

Position vacant, know someone who can practice law or medicine…SUGGEST THEY DO SOME authentic WORTHWILE community duty…CAP


Chaplain &Moral leadership:

Currently Lt. Phelps is our Moral Leadership Officer.


Historian:

We currently have so Historian on staff if anyone wants to fill that role. Ironically, that is what my training in livelihood is concentrated on.

Please visit the National Museum of the Civil Air Patrol…
http://www.caphistory.org/

A SLICE OF CAP HISTORY: The first Air Medals of World War II, presented in person by President Roosevelt went to CAP pilots Eddie Edwards and Hugh Sharp for one such rescue, which saved one of two crew members down in a bitterly cold wintertime ditching.



Weekly South Texas CAP Almanac
Issue 6/22 January 2006
Subdivided by Specialty Track
Corpus Christi Composite Squadron
Civil Air Patrol
“Keep the Momentum Going”

Greetings fellow CAP FELLOWS,

-Capt Carrales
Public Affairs Officer
CC-CAP


Agenda for the Meetings of January 2006

Meeting Agenda
24 January 2006 (final)
ABOVE ALL, KEEP THE MOMEMTUM GOING and Keep 'em Flying!!!!
Fourth Tuesday- Cadet Uniform of the Day: Blues (or bring for inspection) –
GES/Communications/Ground Team and Air Ops (if possible)

1) Opening Ceremony- Flag, Pledge and Cadet Oath (in the Gym)
2) Membership issues
3) Brownsville Staging Area for DSAR Debriefing.
4) Go over Ground Team and Urban DF SQTRs with Cadets and Seniors
5) Safety Briefing- Flightline Safety (SM Hoelscher)
6) Senior Members and Cadets: Radio Lab with Sgt Shaw (including science and practice with call signs)

Breakout Sessions

Seniors Members:
A) General ES- Preparing for the CAPT 116 GES Test
B) Seniors will prepare to serve as Mentors to cadets in GES

Cadets:

A) Complete Inventory of the Squadron “Store” and generate a NEEDS LIST (Cadet Thomas, Logistics Officer)
B) Possible Complete the Squadron Personnel Files (SM Hoelscher with help of cadets)
C) Leadership Lab (as per 1LT Phelps’ directives)
D) Test for Aerospace Achievement/Leadership (as per SM Billingsley’s directives)
E) Experienced cadets will instruct the new cadets in elements of Drill (Cadet Commander’s digression with 1LT Phelps’s approval)

Status Report of Meeting’s work

We will meet on 31 January 2006 with a focus on General Emergency Services

Unit Strength:
CC-CAP TX026
Seniors: 16
Cadets: 9

Texas Wing:
Seniors: 1628
Cadets: 1290

Comments: We shot for 10 as our “next goal” last week and surpassed it with 11! (kudos to everyone) I think we will adjust that goal to 11 members for the next meeting.


Weather information:

54 °F / 12 °C

Overcast

 

Humidity:

82%

Dew Point:

48 °F / 9 °C

Wind:

12 mph / 18 km/h from the North

Pressure:

30.10 in / 1019 hPa

Visibility:

8.0 miles / 12.9 kilometers

UV:

0 out of 16

Clouds:

Overcast 900 ft / 274 m

(Above Ground Level)

Aviation

Flight Rule:

IFR (KCRP)

Wind Speed:

12 mph / 18 km/h

Wind Dir:

350° (North)

Ceiling:

900 ft / 274 m

 


Personnel:

SM John Hoelscher is our Personnel Officer pending a CAPF 2a. He has begun the task of updating the folders. He will need your help…your on going HELP. As with last week: ALL UNIT MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO PROVIDE COPIES OF ANY AND ALL THEIR CAP RELATED DOCUMENTS. Any certificates, copies of orders and promotions and the like. Capt Alvarado can testify that Texas Wing has had its “hard drive” wiped clean before leaving people “high and dry.” If you leave a copy of your documentation at the unit HQ…you will have it there in case of the UNTHINKABLE!

Cadets are asked to do the same…we had gone over some forms of “O” Flights and Encampments…you may want to make a copy or fill out a ready document for them.


Public Affairs:

Capt J.E. Carrales is our current Public Affairs Officer. Capt Carrales holds a Senior Rating in Public Affairs. LET’S MAKE SOME NEWS!!!!

WING CONFERENCE INFO

To be promoted beyond 1LT you will need to attend a WING CONFERENCE or two. We were lucky to have had it n Corpus Christi, Texas in 2005…this year it will be in PLANO, TEXAS.

Norm King had this to say about on line registration…

Texas Wing Conference Registration is ready to be accessed. Go to www.peopleware.net/1044c

to start registering.

Any questions contact Teresa Owens [TOWENS@capnhq.gov] for assistance

Norm King

Useful CAP WEB RESOURCES as of 17 January 2006:

CC-CAP Web page:
http://carrales.tripod.com/KingCap.html

CAP BLOG:
http://capblog.typepad.com/capblog/

CAP News ONLINE!!!
http://www.cap.gov/visitors/news/cap_news_online/

TEXAS WING ON LINE REGISTRATION
www.peopleware.net/1044c


Finance:

Our Unit Finance Officer is 1Lt Dalia Castro, CAP.


Inspection: N/A


Senior Program/Administration: Squadron Goals, Staff Positions (latest) and Calendar to be send out as separate e-mail and copied for the meeting.

Senior Member’s coming up for promotion and promotion action:
SM John D. Hoelscher- To 2LT, to be brevetted in lieu of PILOT CERTIFICATION pending record of his LEVEL I at National
SM Matthew Billingsley- To 2LT, via completion of time-in-grade requirements
1LT Sandra Phelps, U.S.A.- To Capt, to be brevetted in lieu of Teaching Criteria Fulfillment
Capt Fidel Alvarado, Jr- To Major, via completion of criteria (Loening Award)
Capt Jose E. Carrales, III- To Major, via completion of criteria (Loening Award)


Logistics:

We currently have no logistics officer save for the Quartermaster of the Cadets. I will, however, be listing places where people can purchase their own materials at bargain rate. CAPMart has closed, the replacement, VANGUARD INDUSTRIES, is yet to put up a page for CAP. Here are some alternatives until that time that they are ready…

THE HOCK SHOP-(General CAP Supplies)

http://www.thehock.com/
Telephone your order in: 508-559-6559 1-877-THEHOCK (1-877-843-4625)

OLD LINCOLN COUNTY ITEMS- (AF style supplies)

http://olcnet.com/
Telephone your order in: (505) 434-1372



Emergency Services /Flight Operations & Operations:

SM Matt Billingsley has agreed to DOUBLE for this staff position. Maj. Russ Melvin of Texas wing outlines ELT paperwork. This will be covered on the 5th Tuesday, issues of paper work. Also we will revise and brainstorm the UNIT ALERT roster. Additionally, this week there will be a report on the DSAR Staging area at Brownsville.

ATTN: All ELT Mission Managers and Incident Commanders

Subject: Sending in of Mission Reports

Please send in all mission paperwork within 48 hours of completion of a mission to Wing Admin and email copies to me at: speedbump1@nts-online.net. I am making a back up of all data and putting it in a data base to better serve all IC’s and ELTMM’s. This includes, but is not limited to: CAPF 115, 104, 110, 122 and Texas Wing Forms 117,118, 201. This is a request and mandatory, but it will greatly improve our reporting and archival abilities.

Thanks for all your hard work and we are here to help make you job easier. Please contact me at the numbers below or by email anytime.

Russ Melvin, Major, CAP
TXWG/DOST
4641 Pitchfork Ln.
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
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Training Activities REPORT
January DSAR-
Date: Jan 20- 22
Event: Distributed SAR (DSAR) Exercise TxWg
Project Officer: LTC Groggel
Host: Kerrville (Group 5)
Notes: The DSAR stanging AREA at Brownsville was AWESOME!!! Click on the links below for a pictorial!!!

Sortie 1: In search of MR SMITH! Brownsville Stanging Area TEXAS WING DSAR 21 January 2006 !

WE NEED TO SEE YOU IN THESE PICS NEXT MONTH!!! Expect Sortie 2 in the next few days.



Communications:

Sgt Shaw will give a “science lesson” on how radio communication works by building a radio (postponed from last week). Pay close attention, we will have CAP communications training for use in maneuvers very soon. I am in contact with the group commander and we will make this a priority.

This week I am posting a bit on the Basic Communications User Training that we will have to conduct. It is the starting point for all Mission Qualifications…you cannot use CAP radios if you do not have this course. Harry you have begun the training on this…once your application is in we will begin in earnest. Everyone, please print out or save this section…

Paragraphs 5-1 and 5-2 (see below) of CAP REGULATION 100-1 Volume I COMMUNICATIONS detail the basic training required for users of the CAP communications system. This training is minimal orientation only.

5-1. Requirements for Operating a CAP Radio Station. CAP radio stations are authorized by the Federal Government through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration for emergency, training, and operational activities. Members are authorized to operate CAP radio stations upon certification by wing or higher authority. Application for certification may be made after attending a communications orientation class. At wing level and below, this class is conducted under the oversight of the wing director of communications who will designate qualified trainers within the wing. The orientation class is encouraged for all CAP members--seniors and cadets--and will be composed of the following topics as a minimum.

a. Part I. Standard Operating Procedures. Basic familiarization and demonstration of do’s and don’ts including:

(1) Calling and answering
(2) Use of call signs
(3) Operating the radio
(4) Basic prowords
(5) Prohibitions
(6) National communications policies

b. Part II. Local Operating Procedures. Basic familiarization with the specifics applicable to the local area in which the communications user will operate including information such as:
(1) Location and use of local repeaters
(2) Local operating practices
(3) Special local procedures
(4) Local net schedules
(5) Region, wing and local policies

c. In the future, a video product may replace Part I of the class. The entire orientation class should nominally take no more than 1 to 2 hours. There is no test. Trainees are certified upon the recommendation of the instructor to the wing director of communications.

5-2. Certification. Upon completion of the communications orientation class described in para 5-1, the class instructor forwards the recommendation for authorization up to wing or higher authority. Proof of this class must be retained in the individual's personnel records (CAPF 45, Senior Member Master Record, or CAPF 66, Cadet Master Record) and furnished to the appropriate wing/region officials upon request. When satisfied with the qualifications, the director of communications issues a Radio Operator Authorization, CAPF 76. See Figure 5-1. This authorization must be in the operator’s possession when operating CAP radio equipment or when operating on CAP radio frequencies.


Aerospace Education:

SM Matthew Billingsley is our current AE Officer. This week…MORE ON THR YEAGER TEST!!! As you can see…I’m REALLY PUSHING THIS THING!!!

4-8. Yeager Award Seal.

Senior members who elect to complete the requirements for the Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award before or during Level II training are eligible to receive a special Yeager Award embossed seal affixed to their Certificate of Proficiency. To receive the seal, Section 8e must be completed on CAPF 24. Details for earning the Yeager Award may be found in CAPR 280-2, Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Mission.

Paragraph 16 (below) of CAP REGULATION 39-3 (E) AWARD OF CAP MEDALS, RIBBONS, AND CERTIFICATES .

SECTION E – AEROSPACE EDUCATION AWARDS

16. Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award. Awarded for successful completion of the Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members (AEPSM). The wing/region director of aerospace education certifies completion AEPSM on CAP Form 127, Monthly Certification Report, and forwards to HQ CAP/ET. Upon validation, a certificate is issued by the wing and the ribbon may be purchased by the individual recipient from the CAP Bookstore (CAPMart).


Cadet Program:

Lt. Phelps is the Deputy Commander for Cadets. CADET Blues inspection. Cadets will be asked to wear as complete a uniform as they have, we will address the needed items and try to get them. Cadet Thomas needs a hat, belt…etc.

Uniforms that are unworkable due to size or other issue are asked to be brought on a hanger for inspection. If the uniform is a “squadron issue” one and no longer fits, it will be returned to the Unit Quartermaster and I will work on a replacement for it.

We have lots of stuff this week on things you as a cadet can do. W really need to network with other units to gain some unity with them. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE TWO CADETS AT THE EMCAMPMENT DURING SUMMER…SAVE MONEY OR GET SPONSORSHIPS!!!

CADET OPPORTUNITIES FROM BROOKS CIMA, TEXAS WING CADET GURU

We have two vacant cadet slots on Wing Cadet Programs staff. The first is C/DDR Advisor. This should be a cadet willing to coordinate with the DDR Officer to help spread the anti-drug message across the Wing. It should be a cadet willing to help prepare and plan activities at Wing activities, conferences and for Group or Squadrons, if asked. The second is CTEP Project Group Coordinator. This individual must be a graduate of CCSC and must have (at a minimum) been a CTEP instructor. This individual will coordinate with the DCP to plan and coordinate new CTEP activities and assist Groups in finding ALS Commanders and preparing the activity, if asked. Please send me a memo stating your qualifications and why you feel you are the right person for either job. This is due by email NLT 1 February. Send to brookscima@katyisd.org

We are pleased to announce the Texas Wing Cadet Page Program in the Texas House and Senate in Austin. Cadets aged 16 and older may apply to serve for a day as a page (think of it as an aide or a runner). You will be able to work closely with your representatives for an entire day during a session. This is an excellent opportunity for a cadet interested in Congressional appointments to an Academy, cadets interested in law, government or politics, or a cadet just looking for an interesting activity for a day. You MUST have impeccable dress blues (any style), worn IAW 39-1 and a willingness to represent CAP in a VERY public forum. To apply for this opportunity please send a memo stating your willingness to serve in this position plus two letters of recommendation – one from your Squadron Commander and one from your Group Commander. Email these to brookscima@katyisd.org AND to Government Relations Officer, Major Gordie White gordie@att.net Major White and I will select candidates and, upon notification of acceptance, the cadet will coordinate dates of service with Major White. If you are selected, be sure to send pictures of your experience to the cadet web site for publication!

Southwest Region RCLS is going to be held in TEXAS! Cadets needing an RCLS to promote should mark their calendars for 8-16 July, 2006. Go to http://www.texascadet.org/swrcls/ for information as it becomes available.

DRILLMASTER SCHOOL will be held at the next CTEP Leadership School! Chief Instructor is Major Mike Cobb, former AF TI, assisted by MSgt Garrett Coleman, also a former TI. More information will be available soon.

BROOKS CIMA, Lt Col, CAP
TXWG DCP

The Cadet Oath

"I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly, and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state, and nation." Monthly Uniform Schd. for Cadets

First Tuesday- BDU -Leadership/Testing plus (Ground Team Break out for Seniors)
Second Tuesday- BDU -Aerospace Education/Testing (Air Ops Break out for Seniors)
Third Tuesday-BDU- Ground Team for SENIORS and CADETS
Forth Tuesday- Blues -Air Ops and Odd-n-ends


Safety:

The de facto role of Safety Officer is Capt Ed Ude. Electronics is to be respected…at all times.


Legal and Medical:

Position vacant, know someone who can practice law or medicine…SUGGEST THEY DO SOME authentic WORTHWILE community duty…CAP


Chaplain &Moral leadership:

Currently Lt. Phelps is our Moral Leadership Officer.


Historian:

We currently have so Historian on staff if anyone wants to fill that role. Ironically, that is what my training in livelihood is concentrated on.

Please visit the National Museum of the Civil Air Patrol…
http://www.caphistory.org/

CAP SLICE OF HISTORY:CAP, born of HOMELAND DEFENSE!!!

Ours began as one of the many WWII civilian volunteer groups officially created on Dec. 1, 1941 under the Office of Civil Defense. During the war, CAP members flew anti-sabotage patrol, target towing, border patrol, search and rescue, and anti-submarine coastal patrol missions and also aided in recruiting AAF trainees. The CAP consisted of more than 75,000 volunteers on April 29, 1943 when it was transferred to the War Department as an auxiliary of the AAF.

On antisub patrol, CAP crews in light planes ranged as far as 150 miles out to sea. During 18 months of antisub patrol in 1942-3, CAP crews flew 244,600 hours, the equivalent of 24 million miles. They reported 173 enemy subs and summoned aid for 91 ships in distress and for 363 survivors of submarine attacks.

An ARMED CAP?

After some CAP planes began carrying bombs and depth charges, they attacked 57 subs, sinking or damaging at least two. Other subs were destroyed by AAF or Navy planes and ships called out by CAP pilots by radio. CAP efforts in WWII were not without sacrifice for during antisub patrol operations alone, they lost 90 airplanes and 26 members.



Weekly South Texas CAP Almanac
Issue 5/19 January 2006
Subdivided by Specialty Track
Corpus Christi Composite Squadron
Civil Air Patrol
“Keep the Momentum Going”

Greetings fellow CAP FELLOWS,

Things are looking bright as this week we exceeded our goal of 10 members in attendance and increased that to 11!!! Wow…we really have to keep the momentum going.

This week SM John Hoelscher has completed his Level I training and is on his way to total CAP Status. He has also passed his GES test with a significantly high grade; kudos also to SM Matt Billingsley who has taken the position of Emergency Services officer and continues to excel with Aerospace Education.

Both of these members are up for promotion in that SM Hoelscher is a private pilot and SM Billingsley will complete his time in grade in March.

The Unit has sent a “Get Well” card to Major Rios who will be recovering for the next 7 to 8 weeks; an extension of gratitude to 1Lt Phelps for leading that effort.

The DSARs are on for January and February…plus there is a CAP campout in Brownsville in February that we can get in on. SM Hoelscher has a tent…or so he says? Shall we see if we can prove it!!!

We need to have a fully functioning operational unit by Summer…WE WILL DO IT!!!!

-Capt Carrales
Public Affairs Officer
CC-CAP


Meeting Minutes/Agenda/Unit strength:
Meeting Minutes
17 January 2006

The meeting began when Cadet Commander J. Verdin call the meeting to attention. The Opening Ceremony began when Cadet S. Thomas led the Pledge of Allegiance and Cadet Temmen led the Cadet Oath.

The newest members and CAP Candidates were reintroduced, as to introduce them to the cadet corps. Also, SM John Hoelscher was introduced to the group officially as a fully qualified member. Staff Officer Assignments were discussed, SM Billingsley will double as the Emergency Services officer as well as Aerospace. SM Hoelscher officially assumed his position as PERSONNEL OFFICER, CAPF 2a pending. Major Medina will assist. Cadet Thomas will serve as de facto Logistics officer as our needs currently (cadet uniforms/squadron store) warrant the position.

The task of document UNIT goals for 2006 via creation of Squadron calendar was addressed. This will be discussed more and placed in the WEEKLY CAP ALMANAC for perusal suggestion and amendment. (see Senior Program/ Administration section)

The importance of attendance of a DSAR was stressed as well as details about the DSAR this weekend. Capt Carrales will travel to Brownsville, Texas to complete items of training in Urban DF and begin training in CAP COMMUNICATONS.

Capt Carrales conducted the Safety Briefing in preparation for Sgt Harry Shaw’s presentation that was postponed until the following week. The subject: Electronics and Electricity

At this point Cadets and Seniors entered the Breakout Sessions and deviated from the agenda. SM Hoelscher, with help from Special Staff Officer Maj. Victor Medina, began work on updating the files. At the same time, SM Billingsley revamped the Aerospace Education activity for the benefit of the new Cadets. Testing will begin the following week.

Cadet Thomas began an inventory of the Squadron “Store” which will be completed the following week. This inventory will then be used to address the needs of the store the results of which will be used to guide purchase items.

Cadet Verdin, experienced in such matters, instructed the new cadets in elements of Drill and incorporated some Physical Training, all care was taken to insure that no cadet was overwhelmed.

The next week is Blues Inspection for Cadets, being that many cadets had issues with their uniforms…those whose issues cannot be resolved will bring the uniform on a hanger where items will be addressed and allocated.

There was a brief “Status Report” upon the end of the breakout session and Sgt Shaw introduced the cadets to the Phonetic Alphabet and Prowords for use in Communications training.

Unit Strength:

CC-CAP TX026
Seniors: 15
Cadets: 9

Texas Wing:

Seniors: 1622
Cadets: 1261

Comments: We shot for 10 as our “next goal” last week and surpassed it with 11! (kudos to everyone) I think we will adjust that goal to 11 members for the next meeting.

Persons in Attendance:
Maj. Victor Medina
Capt J.E. Carrales
Lt. Sandra Phelps
SM Matt Billingsley
SM John Hoelscher
Sgt. Harry Shaw
Cadet Joshua Verdin
Cadet Stacy Thomas
Cadet Kyle Temmen
Cadet Candidate Chloe Tugwell
Cadet Candidate Gary Aguilar


Weather information:

63 °F / 17 °C

Partly Cloudy

 

Humidity:

72%

Dew Point:

54 °F / 12 °C

Wind:

15 mph / 24 km/h from the South

Pressure:

30.14 in / 1020 hPa

Visibility:

10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers

UV:

0 out of 16

Clouds:

Few 2000 ft / 609 m

(Above Ground Level)

Aviation

Flight Rule:

VFR (KCRP)

Wind Speed:

15 mph / 24 km/h

Wind Dir:

170° (South)

Ceiling:

Unlimited

 


Personnel:

SM John Hoelscher is our Personnel Officer pending a CAPF 2a. He has begun the task of updating the folders. He will need your help…your on going HELP. As with last week: ALL UNIT MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO PROVIDE COPIES OF ANY AND ALL THEIR CAP RELATED DOCUMENTS. Any certificates, copies of orders and promotions and the like. Capt Alvarado can testify that Texas Wing has had its “hard drive” wiped clean before leaving people “high and dry.” If you leave a copy of your documentation at the unit HQ…you will have it there in case of the UNTHINKABLE!

Cadets are asked to do the same…we had gone over some forms of “O” Flights and Encampments…you may want to make a copy or fill out a ready document for them.


Public Affairs: Capt J.E. Carrales is our current Public Affairs Officer. Capt Carrales holds a Senior Rating in Public Affairs.

LET’S MAKE SOME NEWS!!!!

I NEED YOU TO GET PROMOTED and AWARDED

Nothing says news like a promotion. If you are near promotion, please, work harder toward getting it. Newspaper community sections love to post up happy news in organizations such as ours. Even more so with cadet promotions.

So seniors…work on the Yeager Test! Cadets work on you LEADERSHIP and AEROSPACE ED!!! Seniors gain your technicians ratings and earn that 1LT or Capt. Promotion.

Useful CAP WEB RESOURCES as of 17 January 2006:

CC-CAP Web page:

http://carrales.tripod.com/KingCap.html

CAP BLOG:

http://capblog.typepad.com/capblog/

CAP News ONLINE!!!

http://www.cap.gov/visitors/news/cap_news_online/


Finance:

Our Unit Finance Officer is 1Lt Dalia Castro, CAP.


Inspection: N/A


Senior Program/Administration: Squadron Goals, Staff Positions (latest) and Calendar to be send out as separate e-mail and copied for the meeting.


Logistics:

We currently have no logistics officer save for the Quartermaster of the Cadets. I will, however, be listing places where people can purchase their own materials at bargain rate.

CAPMart has closed, the replacement, VANGUARD INDUSTRIES, is yet to put up a page for CAP. Here are some alternatives until that time that they are ready…

THE HOCK SHOP-(General CAP Supplies)

http://www.thehock.com/
Telephone your order in: 508-559-6559 1-877-THEHOCK (1-877-843-4625)

OLD LINCOLN COUNTY ITEMS- (AF style supplies)

http://olcnet.com/
Telephone your order in: (505) 434-1372


Emergency Services /Flight Operations & Operations:

SM Matt Billingsley has agreed to DOUBLE for this staff position. This week we will cover the qualifications for the wear of Emergency Services and Ground Ops Badges. If you would like to wear any of these badges…then you might want to apply for this staff position.

WEAR OF THE EMERGENCY SERVICES BADGE

Paragraph 2 (below) of CAP REGULATION 35-6 (E) AERONAUTICAL RATINGS, EMERGENCY SERVICES PATCH AND BADGES, AND GROUND TEAM BADGES covers the requirements for award of Emergency Services (ES) Qualification Badges and the CAP Emergency Services Patch.

2. Requirements for Award of Emergency Services (ES) Qualification Badges: a. CAP Basic Emergency Services Qualification Badge: Complete all requirements of CAPP 213, Emergency Services Officer-Specialty Track Study Guide, Technician Rating. Note: Cadets can earn the Basic Emergency Services Qualification Badge as they can complete all of the requirements for this rating, though they cannot officially receive the Technician Rating until they become a senior member.

WEAR OF THE GROUND TEAM BADGE

Paragraph 4 (below) of CAP REGULATION 35-6 (E) AERONAUTICAL RATINGS, EMERGENCY SERVICES PATCH AND BADGES, AND GROUND TEAM BADGES covers the requirements for award of Ground Team Badges. Paragraph 5 (below) covers procedures for Awarding Aeronautical Ratings, Emergency Services (ES) and Ground Team Badges, and ES Patches.

4. Requirements for Award of the Ground Team Badges:
a. Basic Ground Team Badge:
1) Be qualified as a CAP ground team member in accordance with the CAP 60-series regulations or
2) Graduate from the CAP National Ground Search and Rescue School Basic Course or equivalent program as determined by NHQ CAP/DO and certified by the school/activity director. Each wing and region is encouraged to host ground team schools with the intent of certifying their members. All schools must ensure trainees meet the current regulatory requirements for qualification in the specialty before the rating is awarded.

SO…how do you qualify as a CAP Ground Team member? GO TO THE DSAR ACTIVITIES!!! Then we can host a GROUND TEAM SCHOOL!


Communications:

Sgt Shaw will give a “science lesson” on how radio communication works by building a radio (postponed from last week). Pay close attention, we will have CAP communications training for use in maneuvers very soon. I am in contact with the group commander and we will make this a priority.


Aerospace Education:

SM Matthew Billingsley is our current AE Officer. This week some more information on how Seniors can take the Gen Chuck Yeager Aerospace Education Test.

THE YEAGER TEST…explained?

The Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members test, known as the Yeager test, is now available online. CAP members can now go to the web site, sign in, and take either version of the test. If they pass the test, they can print out a certificate of completion. The member should make a copy of the certificate of completion, and send it to the wing Director of Aerospace Education (DAE) (or, if on Region staff, to the Region DCS/AE). The DAE (or the DCS/AE) will treat the certificate of completion just like a CAPF 126, and send the Yeager Award Certificate (CAPC 20) to the unit commander for presentation. The DAE will then fill out a CAPF 127, and send it to National Headquarters, as usual, to credit the member in the National Database, and have their name appear in the CAP NEWS.

The Aerospace Education Officer’s specialty track (215) tests for Technician, Senior, and Master are also on line. A member can take the test, and if they pass it, print out the certificate of completion as proof for their commander to sign off that particular achievement block on Attachment 1, CAPP 215 checklist. A member cannot take all the tests at the same time for the 215 specialty track. Instead, if they pass a test successfully, there is a waiting period of four (4) months before the next test can be taken. This is to reflect the four months minimum time required by CAPP 215 between upgrades within the specialty.

To access both, see Yeager and the 215 Specialty Track Tests Online.

The procedure for the Yeager has not really changed for the DAE (or DCS/AE’s), only the CAPF 126 has been dispensed with by those who elect to take the Yeager on-line. The computer grades the test, so you can trust the certificate of completion as the CAPF 126 substitute. If you have any questions, contact:


Cadet Program:

Lt. Phelps is the Deputy Commander for Cadets. We will look at the issue of cadet Uniforms. The following week is CADET Blues inspection. Cadets will be asked to wear as complete a uniform as they have, we will address the needed items and try to get them. Cadet Thomas needs a hat, belt…etc.

The resulting list will then be worked on. Should every uniform be too incomplete…then contact Lt. Phelps and secure permission to wear BDUs.

UNIFORMS REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED IN CADET PROGRAMS

All CAP cadets and senior members who conduct the cadet training program are required to wear a CAP uniform. See Table 1-1 of CAP 39-1 CAP Uniform Manual . Note: The latest edition of CAPM 39-1 CAP Uniform Manual was published effective 23 Mar 2005.

Table 1-1. Wearing the Uniform
Wear when Conducting CAP Business
Participating in or conducting the cadet program.

That said, there may be unusual circumstances when the cadet commander may have a reason not to be in uniform (ie uniform lost by the cleaners, not back from alternations, etc.) These deviations in uniform wear policy at meetings should be rare and approved by the unit commander. The cadet commander would not be prohibited from conducting the business of the meeting under these circumstances, including an inspection of cadet uniforms, but this should certainly be the exception rather than the rule. A much better option would be for the cadet commander who was not in uniform for some reason to delegate the inspection to the deputy cadet commander or first sergeant.

However, whether the cadet commander or senior members working with cadets are in uniform or not does not change the cadets obligation to abide by the directions of their leaders as outlined in the cadet oath.

The Cadet Oath

"I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly, and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state, and nation."

Monthly Uniform Schd. for Cadets

First Tuesday- BDU -Leadership/Testing plus (Ground Team Break out for Seniors)
Second Tuesday- BDU -Aerospace Education/Testing (Air Ops Break out for Seniors)
Third Tuesday-BDU- Ground Team for SENIORS and CADETS
Forth Tuesday- Blues -Air Ops and Odd-n-ends


Safety:

The de facto role of Safety Officer is Capt Ed Ude.

Electronics is to be respected…at all times.


Legal and Medical:

Position vacant, know someone who can practice law or medicine…SUGGEST THEY DO SOME authentic WORTHWILE community duty…CAP


Chaplain &Moral leadership:

Currently Lt. Phelps is our Moral Leadership Officer.


Historian:

We currently have so Historian of staff if anyone wants to fill that role. Ironically, that is what my training in livelihood is concentrated on.

Please visit the National Museum of the Civil Air Patrol…

http://www.caphistory.org/

CAP SLICE OF HISTORY:

Think the border is a new problem just because it’s been in the news? Well, do we have a story for you…

Civil Air Patrol Protected Border During World War II
By Gilbert Cedillo
El Paso Community College
Copyright 2001-2005

In 1938, with the eventuality of war in Europe becoming a reality, an American airman and writer, Gill Robb Wilson, visited Nazi Germany to compare its military strength to that of the United States. He saw that the United States was in a poor state of preparedness both in military and civilian defense and aviation.

Wilson returned to the United States with the idea of using the civil air fleet to aid the country's military forces. His plan was approved and it became known as the New Jersey Civil Air Defense.

On May 20, 1941, the Office of Civilian Defense (OCD) was formed with Fiorello H. LaGuardia, former mayor of New York and World War I flying ace, as its national director. The OCD was responsible for overseeing civilian efforts in National Defense.

On December 1, 1941, a few days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, LaGuardia signed a formal order creating the Civil Air Patrol.

Upon its creation, the CAP consisted of 90,000 civilian pilots, 90,000 students pilots and 23,000 aircraft which operated out of the nation’s 2,000 private airports. An additional 100,000 civilians volunteered for CAP duties as mechanics, ground observers and radio-operators.

The CAP assisted in coastal and border area patrols, search and rescue missions, courier services and other duties for the military.

William E. Mueller, owner of Southwest Air Rangers, commanded El Paso’s first CAP, established in 1942. He enlisted several volunteers in the CAP to help patrol the border between El Paso and Mexico. Federal agents advised Major Harry K. Coffey, coordinator of the CAP border patrol, that ground surveillance by itself could not protect the border from enemy penetration.

Southern Liaison Patrol (SLP) No.2 began operations on October 11, 1942 and was based at Biggs Field in El Paso. Joe Myers, El Paso’s CAP Coordinator, remembers that the pilots flew every day over the toughest terrain at low altitudes, in poorly conditioned planes and in all kinds of weather.

CAP pilots and observers were highly effective in search and rescue operations. They had three distinct advantages over the military’s pilots and planes. CAP planes flew lower and slower, the pilots were more familiar with the terrain and they could recognize plane wreckage easier.

El Pasoan Bill Favor, a B-25 bomber pilot in the Pacific during World War II, says the CAP pilots in El Paso used their flight skills for search and rescue efforts over the desert to look for downed civilian and military airplanes and pilots.

According to Robert E. Neprud, in his book Flying Minutemen: The Story of the Civil Air Patrol, one of the first search and rescue for lost military aircraft involving the El Paso CAP was conducted by Captain Mueller. A P-47 military plane, which had taken off from Biggs Field, went down in the Guadalupe Mountains. After three weeks of unsuccessful attempts to locate the wreckage, Captain Mueller enlisted area hunters to help.

Mueller had pilots fly over the area, dropping some 100 notes attached to rocks asking the hunters to be on the lookout for any signs of airplane wreckage. Soon afterwards, a hunter notified Biggs Field of the location of a piece of aluminum he had sighted. The wreckage was in such a heavily wooded area that only a ground team could find it. A patrol plane flying at treetop level was unable to see either the ground team or the wreckage underneath.

According to Myers, the purpose of the SLP mission was to look out for unusual activities along the Rio Grande, such as suspected spies or saboteurs entering or leaving the country, and report these activities to the FBI. Historian Kenneth Ragsdale reports that CPA pilots searched for footprints, hoofprints, tire tracks and any indication of human movement across the border, searchers that required specialized skill in low-speed, low-altitude maneuvers, a specialty of these aviators.

To prevent accurate prediction of SLP patrols, Myers says that flights were staggered every day, and the small aircraft never passed over the same area at the same time or altitude.

According to CAP memos, the SLP operated throughout the war with and outstanding record. The group observed and reported 109 suspicious aircraft, 240 suspicious signals or markings, and 3,311 unusual activities.

The CAP was also a courier service for the military. Pilots delivered rush shipments of repair parts to military bases and plasma and medical supplies to disaster areas. They also airlifted Red Cross and military personnel from one location to another.

The El Paso CAP set up a courier service from Biggs Field to Pyote Air Force Base, Texas. The main items that Captain Mueller and his staff transported were false teeth and eye glasses for the troops. According to Myers, they also carried the mail and flew crippled children to the Crippled Children’s Camp in Kerrville, Texas.

The CAP, an official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is still very active today and serves three main functions: aerospace education, cadet training and emergency services; its primary commitment, however, is to search and rescue efforts and disaster relief.

CAP volunteers significantly contributed to the war effort in the 1940s, saving the U.S. military millions of dollars. Volunteers got little recognition for their dangerous missions. Because of the secret status of most missions and strict censorship of reports by the military, the rest of the United States knew very little, if anything, of CAP activities.

Moreover, CAP pilots rarely saw the results of their work. SLP members, for instance, were never told whether their observations involved the enemy. Patricia Trenner, writing in the September 1977 issue of Flying magazine, says CAP members were "born of desire and patriotism…and … set a standard of dedication still stressed today." Joe Myers agrees that CAP members share a common ground : love of country and love of flying. This certainly was true of the CAP during World War II, nationally and locally.



Weekly South Texas CAP Almanac
Issue 4/15 January 2006
Subdivided by Specialty Track
Corpus Christi Composite Squadron
Civil Air Patrol
“Keep the Momentum Going”

Greetings fellow CAP FELLOWS,

I spoke with Maj. Rios, out unit commander, over the phone. He was still in hospital, however he is in good spirits and plans to recover gracefully. It is a seven to eight week recovery…let us all keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

The first DSAR of 2006 will be held this next weekend. I intend to attend, hopefully more of you will attend as the years unfolds. I will be finishing my qualifications for Urban Direction Finding and plan to use that qualification to offer those skills to the unit.

I would like to welcome two members to our unit, 2LT John R. Allen and SM John Hoelscher. 2LT Allen comes to us from Louisiana and looks forward to aircrew training. SM Hoelscher is a resident of Bishop, Texas and is highly motivated, he will be assuming the roll of Personnel Officer and will, eventually, be our MAN in Air Ops.

Several new Cadet Candidates are also with us, one Ms Tugwell and one Mr. Aguilar. Let us welcome them into the fold.

-Capt Carrales
Public Affairs Officer

CC-CAP


Meeting Minutes/Agenda with/Unit strength:
Agenda for the Meetings of January 2006 Meeting Agenda
17 January 2006 (final)
ABOVE ALL, KEEP THE MOMEMTUM GOING and Keep 'em Flying!!!!

Third Tuesday- Cadet Uniform of the Day: BDU –Communications/Ground Team and Air Ops/Leadership

1) Opening Ceremony- Flag, Pledge and Cadet Oath (in the Gym)
2) Introduce new Members, Specialty Track Training/Staff Officer Assignments,
3) Document goals for 2006 via creation of Squadron calendar.
4) Air/Ground/Mission Base Ops Assignments and Goals , DSAR this Weekend
5) Safety Briefing- Electronics and Electricity
6) Senior Members and Cadets: Radio Lab with Sgt Shaw

Breakout Sessions
Seniors Members: General ES- Preparing for the CAPT 116 GES Test (Seniors will later serve as Mentors to cadets in GES)

Cadets:
A)Will assist with Squadron Files and Make an inventory of the Squadron “Store,”
B)Test for Aerospace Achievement (upstairs) Administered by SM Billingsley & Lt. Phelps
C) Experienced cadets will instruct the new cadets in elements of Drill

Next Week is Blues Inspection for Cadets

Unit Strength:
CC-CAP TX026
Seniors: 15
Cadets: 9

Texas Wing:
Seniors: 1620
Cadets: 1257

Comments: We shot for 10 as our “next goal” last week and accomplished it. I think we will leave that goal at 10 members.


Personnel:

SM John Hoelscher will be filling the role of Personnel Officer. The first thing that he will be tasked with, with my help along with a cadet assistant, will be to organize the Unit’s personnel files. ALL UNIT MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO PROVIDE COPIES OF ANY AND ALL THEIR CAP RELATED DOCUMENTS. Any certificates, copies of orders and promotions and the like. This will insure that your unit folder will have any and all desired information.

In these days of “computer” errors and hackers, a hard copy backup will help greatly.


Public Affairs:

Capt J.E. Carrales is our current Public Affairs Officer.

LET’S MAKE SOME NEWS!!!!

What the UNDERGROUND news on CAP…well, the CAPblog is the place for you!!!

http://capblog.typepad.com/capblog/

This is an unofficial sound board for what is going on in CAP…read up on how other CAP personalities think about the latest news.

CAP News ONLINE!!! Well, what can I say? I probably should have listed the OFFICIAL CAP NEWS first. Oh well…

http://www.cap.gov/visitors/news/cap_news_online/

Here you can read about what Unit PAOs are busy documenting. Never know…your name might show up pretty soon!!!

I don’t know If this will stay up being that our new high speed no drag Magazine…Civil Air Patrol Volunteer… will make its maiden run this month. Stay tuned….


Finance:

Our Unit Finance Officer is 1Lt Dalia Castro, CAP.


Inspection: N/A


Senior Program/Administration:

Capt Carrales is currently our de facto Professional Development.


Logistics:

We currently have no logistics officer save for the Quartermaster of the Cadets. I will, however, be listing places where people can purchase their own materials at bargain rate.

CAPMart has closed, the replacement, VANGUARD INDUSTRIES, is yet to put up a page for CAP. Here are some alternatives until that time that they are ready…

THE HOCK SHOP

This week we will be looking at THE HOCK SHOP. This on line catalog is an excellent place to obtain your materials for CAP at bargain basement prices, including field gear and other CAP materials.

The Address is…

http://www.thehock.com/

We all need to have the “reverse US flag” on our BDUs. The Hockshop us selling them for… Sale Price: $1.40 (Regular Price:$1.65)

Now, I bought one at the Surplus Store on S.P.I.D. for $4.00, we will be placing a group order from now on.

OLD LINCOLN COUNTY ITEMS
Telephone your order in (505) 434-1372

http://olcnet.com/

AF02: USAF DRESS SHIRT: Lt blue, VG-EX cond. Sizes, 15, 15 1/2, 16, 16 1/2, , & a few in 18, short sleeve. Long sleeve has same neck size as short sleeve, let us know sleeve length you need. (sleeve length, from center of back to edge of cuff) in Neck Sizes, 14, 14 1/2, 15, 15 1/2, 16, 16 1/2 17, 17 1/2, 18, $5.00 ea.

AF04: USAF TROUSER, DRESS, VG-NEW cond. class A, (28-xs,s,r,l,xl) (29-xs,s,r,l)(30s,r,l,)(31-s,r,l,)(32-xs,s,r,l,xl)(33-xs,s,r,l,xl)(34-xs,rs,r,l,xl)(35-xs,s,r,xl)(36-xs,s,r) (37-s, r,)( 38-xs,s) , a few 39s & 40s, . $12.00 ea. or 2 for $20.00 (Base price $32.50) Some NEW in the bag, just a few, sizes, 28 S, R, L, XL, 30 S, R, 32 S, R & L, 33 S, R, 34 S, R, L, 35 S, R, L, XL, 36 S, R, L, 39 L. $20.00 ea.

AF05: USAF MEN'S TIE,. EX cond. $3.00 Ea. NEW $5.00

AF10:USAF BELT, CL. A Uniform, NEW, roller slide silver buckle W/Blue belt, still the best for holding trousers up, a million other uses, up to 54" $5.00

Capt Carrales “Pick o’ the WEEK”

AF01:USAF SERVICEMAN CAP: (The Hat everyone wants to wear) New in the bag. Size, 7 1/4, 7 3/8, 7 1/2, 7 3/4. $12.50 ea or 10 or more for $10.00 ea. No Small.


Emergency Services /Flight Operations & Operations:

The Position remains temporarily Vacant for this staff position, if you want it let us know. Two communications about the DSAR have reached my “electronic eyes.” Training is of magnum importance. The first letter is from the DSAR Project officer and the second is from the Brownsville Staging Area Manager.

DSAR is ON…some info from the PROJECT OFFICER

The time is approaching for the Distributed SAREX. Since there was some confusion with the calendar as to the actual dates, I want to remind everyone that we will hold the SAREX on the Jan 20-22 dates.

With the Firewatch activities, it is even more important than normal for you to send in your Staging Area Information Sheet on time to email gwynn@ktc.com or fax 830-792-5t998. Please use the updated information sheet which is attached instead of the one in the ops plan. If you could please have them submitted by Tuesday Jan 17th it would be greatly appreciated. The current plan is to manage the Firewatch and SAREX at one location so that if you have firewatch missions during this time you and your aircraft will be moved during that time and then put back in the Sarex at the end of your mission.

Our target is to have every location that submits a information sheet assigned their first sortie by 5 PM. at the latest. We will want to have all of the initial flights briefed by 8 PM for launch Saturday morning.

A briefing sheet with additional details will be sent to all Staging Area Managers by end of day on Thursday.

Gwynn Groggel, Lt. Col., CAP
Project Officer

BROWNSVILLE STAGING AREA REQUESTS OUR PRESENCE

“Joe & Carlos

We are going to serve as a staging area for the DSARX this month. Will any of your members be attending. We will be offering UDF/GT Training and Certification. Depending on the fire watch situation, we will also be flying air sorties. Right now N111ZY is flying fire sorties up north and we might not have an aircraft for the SARX. Either way, Tino Galvan will be conducting classroom instruction for aircrews. You can still knock out some of the tasks for qualification.

Let me know
Thanks,

Juan Arredondo
Brownsville”


Communications:

At this week’s meeting Sgt Shaw will give a “science lesson” on how radio communication works by building a radio. Pay close attention, we will have CAP communications training for use in maneuvers very soon. I am in contact with the group commander and we will make this a priority.

The material below might seem meaningless to you at this point, but print it out. We will all be having the desired RADIO TRAINING soon and knowing this will help a lot.

Harry, make a note of the GROUP V Comm officer, Bob Howard. He will be you close contact when the time comes.

NEW CAP CALL SIGNS FROM WING

From TXWG Director of Communications

To reflect the changes in Group structure, TXWG tactical radio call signs will be changed effective 16 Jan 2006. THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES TO AIRCRAFT CAP FLIGHT CALL SIGNS. TXWG Staff call signs will remain the same.

Here is the plan:
Group Staff will have call signs from the hundred block corresponding to the group number, so Group II HQ will have 200 - 299.
Squadrons and flights will have 4 digit call signs from the thousand block corresponding etc etc....So Group IV Squadrons will have 4000 - 4999.
Vans will have call issued from the group block, so a van in Group III might have the call sign Texas Cap 392.
Each unit will be assigned a "unit call", ending in a "zero" digit. Example: Texas Cap 2650 would be a unit call in Group II. The unit commander will have the following "1" call sign: Texas Cap 2651. The communications officer would be Texas Cap 2654.

NO CAP MEMBER MAY OPERATE A CAP RADIO WITHOUT HAVING ACCOMPLISHED THE RADIO OPERATOR AUTHORIZATION TRAINING (ROA), ALSO CALLED BASIC COMMUNICATIONS USER TRAINING (BCUT), OR THE OLD RADIO OPERATOR PERMIT COURSE (ROP), EVEN IF THAT INDIVIDUAL MAY BE ASSIGNED A CALL SIGN.

No one needs to get to worked up about this change. If you have not heard from your group Comm officer concerning your new call sign, contact them. If you need to operate and do not have a new call sign, use your old one. Please be aware that may cause some confusion, especially between Group 1 and Group I, Group 3 and Group III, Group 4 and Group IV, Group 5 and Group V, and all the vans had been assigned in the 2000 block so now that will be used by Group II (I really hated to have to change the van calls signs because they worked so well being based on the van number, but could not find a way around this. )

So work with the system, don’t get stressed about this change, and no body needs to appoint themselves as call sign police. Refer questions to your group comm officers:

Group I West Texas Patrick Mulvey pkmulvey@sbcglobal.net

Group II North Central Texas Henry Howe henrylh@charter.net or Glenn Brazzel Glenn.Brazzel@aa.com

Group III East and Central TX Toby Buckalew toby.buckalew@getmarketing.com

Group IV East Coast Terry Alexander wb5exy@aol.com

Group V South Texas Bob Howard bob.howard@swri.org

To the old guys that are going to lose call signs you have had for along time, sorry. It will be fun figuring out who everybody is!

Thanks
Steven Haney, LtCol CAP
Texas Wing Director of Communication
817-309-2220 Home and Work
817-480-2282 Cell
Texas Cap 4


Aerospace Education:

SM Matthew Billingsley is our current AE Officer. Cadets will retest for AEROSPACE EDUCATON at the next meeting. Below is some info for SM Billingsley and everyone in general about chances to the AE regulations. Billingsley and other Seniors who would like to take Yeager…now is the time to do so on your own before the new reg kicks in.

CAP REGULATION 280-2 (E) CIVIL AIR PATROL AEROSPACE EDUCATION MISSION dated 17 AUGUST 2002 covers Aerospace Education.

This regulation defines the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Aerospace Education (AE) program. It authorizes AE staff positions; provides for selection, orientation, and training of CAP AE officers; defines internal and external AE programs; and prescribes eligibility, selection criteria, and nomination procedures for national aerospace awards. Further information concerning the implementation of these provisions may be found in CAPP 15, Aerospace Education Officers' Handbook.

A draft of the new CAPR 280-2 Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Mission has been posted at the Regulations for Ratification web page. Comments are requested by 19 Feb 06. See below a summary of changes.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES.

This revision mentions that the Yeager test and the 215 test can be administered on-line at the CAP web site, and that only unit commanders and test control officers may administer the tests, to conform to CAP Regulation (CAPR) 50-4, Test Administration and Security. This revision explains that the name of the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education has been changed to National Conference on Aviation and Space Education. This revision mentions that the categories of the Brewer Award have been changed from five to four. This revision also mentions that CAP/ETA has been changed to CAP/LMA. This revision also deletes any reference to RDAE. The RDAE position no longer exists. This revision adds the definition of an aerospace education member, and the announcement of the Frank G. Brewer-Civil Air Patrol Memorial Aerospace Award winners is updated.


Cadet Program:

Lt. Phelps, Maj. Juan Arredondo sent a link to some CADET materials. Let me know what you want from it an I will print them out for distribution.

This week some guidance on the new CADET O FLIGHT procedures came out. For a while the Orientation Flights were not being covered by the Air Force. Thus, we were having to raise the money to have them. This has been changed. Please read the material below from the Wing Operations Director, Maj. Fernandez…it will shed some light on how to apply for O Rides…

CADET O FLIGHT PROCEDURES

Attention all, Unit Commanders, Operation Officers, Cadet Orientation Pilots and FROs:

Attached is guidance from NHQ on CAP cadet orientation flights. Please review this carefully. As it has been previously communicated, CAP Cadet O’flights are now designated as “A” missions, i.e. USAF missions. This has the following implications:

1) With USAF mission designation, the flight is covered by federal insurance.
2) There is no longer any flight time logging restrictions for private pilots.
3) USAF mission number is now required for the flight.

USAF mission numbers will be issued monthly in the same way that mission numbers are issued for AFROTC O’flights, Mission pilot proficiency flights, etc. This will be posted on the pilots lists and, in this case, listed in the approved CAP Cadet O’flight Pilot list which is published monthly on the Operations section of the Wing web page. Remember a new mission number is issued monthly and you most be released under this mission number and this number most be recorded in the flight log. Remember also that you cannot fly a Cadet Orientation flight unless your name is published on that list.

V/r

JOE FERNANDEZ, Maj, CAP
Director of Operations
Texas Wing
Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary
4500 Ratliff Lane, Suite 112
Addison, Texas 75001
214.237.0208 (Direct)
866.353.9703 (Fax)
do@txwgcap.org

CADET MATERIALS ONLINE

“Here is a link for some excellent cadet programs materials. Try to see if you can download the pamphlets and memos and they will be good to distribute to prospective cadets and parents. Also look around for additional cadet program resources.

http://level2.cap.gov/index.cfm?nodeID=5350

Thanks
Juan Arredondo, Maj. CAP”

CC-CAP Monthly Uniform Schd. for Cadets

First Tuesday- BDU -Leadership/Testing plus (Ground Team Break out for Seniors)
Second Tuesday- BDU -Aerospace Education/Testing (Air Ops Break out for Seniors)
Third Tuesday-BDU- Ground Team for SENIORS and CADETS
Forth Tuesday- Blues -Air Ops and Odd-n-ends


Safety:

The de facto role of Safety Officer is Capt Ed Ude.


Legal and Medical:

Position vacant


Chaplain &Moral leadership:

Currently Lt. Phelps is our Moral Leadership Officer.

Historian:

We currently have so Historian of staff if anyone wants to fill that role. Ironically, that is what my training in livelihood is concentrated on.

Please visit the National Museum of the Civil Air Patrol…

http://www.caphistory.org/

CAP SLICE OF HISTORY:

The Civil Air Patrol has been active in the Rio Grande Valley since 1941. During World War 2, anti-submarine patrols from Brownsville searched the Gulf of Mexico. Other aircraft patrolled the Mexican border, seeking enemy agents and radio stations.

Since then the volunteers in Brownsville Composite Squadron have searched for and found numerous distress beacons, rescued an injured pilot from a wildlife refuge, helped survivors at the Los Angeles earthquake, and trained numerous air cadets, some of whom have graduated from the Air Force Academy and West Point.

To acquaint the public with these activities, the squadron holds an annual open house and has displays at the Commemorative Air Force air show. The Historic Brownsville Museum had an eight-month exhibit on the Civil Air Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley.

The squadron’s color guard performs at parades, graduations and other events.