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Texas Wing - Jun 2007

Texas Wing - Jun 2007

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Tigershark Composite Squadron Cadets with DCC 2d Lt Brent Jones (right rear).

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In this issue . . . H Tigershark Honors Veterans . . . H Wing Conference 2007 . . . H Flight Line Marshaling . . . . . . And Much More! 

sUMMER 2007   

PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP Colonel Joe R. Smith, Texas Wing Commander

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Wings Over Texas is the authorized publication of the Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol. It is published by a private firm in no way connected with the United States Air Force or Civil Air Patrol Corporation. The opinions expressed in the articles and advertisements in this magazine are the sole responsibility of the contributors and in no way constitute an endorsement by the United States Air Force or the Civil Air Patrol Corporation. HEADQUARTERS Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol USAF Auxiliary P. O. Box 154997 Waco, TX 76715 Please send articles and digital photos for publication to:


Please do not insert the photos into the articles, rather make the articles and photos separate attachments. DEADlinES: Feb. 28; June 28; Oct. 28 Col Joe R. Smith Commander, Texas Wing Maj Patricia P. Darby Editor, Wings Over Texas For information on Advertising Rates and Space Please Call 1-800-635-6036

The Today Show has a regular segment entitled “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” The Today Show host travels to different locations around the world and reports the news and informational pieces about the local area or country he is in that day. I’ve been in the Texas Wing for just over two months now, and I see some similarities. Unfortunately, I can’t compare myself physically to Matt Lauer. He’s younger, slimmer, and not “folically challenged” like I am. But I can relate to his occasionally grueling travel schedule. I’ve made a concerted effort to get out and meet as many Texas Wing folks as I possibly can. Since the Wing Conference in April, I’ve been to the Waco SAREX, Amarillo Flight Clinic, Unit Commander’s Course in Decatur, Group III Commanders Call and CAC meeting in Addison, the SAR Evaluation in Houston, Low Level Survey Mission in Wichita Falls, Flight Academy in Houston, Cadet Encampment, GSAR, Communications School, and PAO Academy in Paris, a parade in Richardson, and an SLS in Austin. I have not been able to get to San Antonio or South Texas, yet, but I did spend some quality time with several of their Ground Team Leaders at 0:00 AM a week or so ago when I was Incident Commander of an ELT mission

Texas Wing Commander, Col Joe Smith

just north of there at Bulverde Airpark. There’s plenty more of Texas to visit and lots more Texas Wing volunteers to meet, and I plan to keep doing that. The scenery changes quite a bit between Wichita Falls and Houston. They have a lot more green on that side of the state. But, one thing doesn’t change no matter where I am. Everywhere I go, I meet a lot of great people, who are in CAP for the right reasons, and are doing great things for our organization, our state, and our Nation. I want to thank them and YOU for contributing so much to our Missions for America. Together, we are making a difference. I look forward to meeting each and every member of the Texas Wing, and hope to see you at an activity in the near future.  

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Tigershark Cs Cadets Honor Veterans on Memorial Day
Lt Col Rich Simerson
Tigershark Composite Squadron Cadets stood an annual 4-hour silent honor guard at the Texas Panhandle War Memorial in Amarillo, Texas this past Memorial Day to honor veterans, both living and deceased, who have served our country with bravery, selflessness and distinction. Our Cadets have participated in this annual tribute since its inception ten years ago. At 800 hours on the Sunday preceding,  Tigershark cadets held an opening ceremony featuring rifle inspection, an exhibition and the posting of the guard. For the next 4 hours the Cadets stood watch over the Memorial, with each guard being relieved on the hour while other cadets performed security patrol. Other cadets performed security throughout the night. At dawn on Memorial Day our Honor Guard raised the United States, State of Texas, and Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flags and then lowered them to half-staff to honor the sacrifice of our veterans. The Silent Guard then continued their watch until the ceremony began. Every Memorial Day the people of the Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle hold a ceremony to remember and honor our veterans. The ceremony includes the presentation of the colors, speeches, stirring music and song, and a fly-by. A roll-call is made of those who gave their lives for freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. Following the speeches, a Wreath of Honor is placed at the Memorial by families of those servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our great nation. This year, three of our cadets had the privilege of participating in this solemn ceremony. 

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sAREVAL 2007
By Capt Arthur E. Woodgate
Texans know much about the weather and its perils. They also know that it hasn’t been until recent years that weather prediction has become more accurate, to the point that preparing for it and taking preventive action is possible without unnecessary disruption of the normal routine. For this evaluation, the Air Force created a scenario based on a hypothetical storm, “Hurricane Buster,” hitting the Galveston/Houston area and moving inland with ferocious winds. Run as a Distributed Search and Rescue Exercise,  locations in Texas - representing all  groups - provided air and ground team assets ready to carry out their assigned missions. Over a month before the evaluation was to take place, the Incident Commander, Maj Pat Benoit, gathered experienced and capable CAP members to staff the Incident Command Post, to be located at the D.W. Hooks Airport, in Spring, TX, a suburb of Houston. To be known as “Houston Mission Base,” it would direct all other units, each remaining in its own staging area, dispersed from Sulphur Springs to Brownsville, and from Amarillo to Baytown, covering all of Texas. The historical record isn’t much help in predicting where a hurricane will go, since each storm is its own entity and resolves its path as it is influenced by the weather systems present in the area. In 96, Houston had suffered a crippling blow when, late in the season, Carla had hit it with 0 mph winds - one of the worst storms in decades, resulting in damage costing some $ billion dollars in 990. Would this exercise involve a repeat performance? 

The Texas Wing Planning staff was certain that it would get a workout during this evaluation exercise, so everyone prepared for it. Sure enough, it started with the delayed release of a message dated April 0, warning of a simulated hurricane that was expected to hit Florida, followed by another message dated 4 May, pinpointing “Tropical Storm Buster” in the proximity of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. From this point on, the simulated threat accelerated, “Buster” grew to a category  hurricane, and eventually barreled across the Gulf of Mexico towards Galveston and Houston. Although the exercise was scheduled to start on May 8, the planning staff was faced with a number of situations they had to resolve on paper before anyone actually set foot at Houston Mission Base. This is called the “table-top” phase of the exercise. Although all actions are just announced, rather than carried out, each is evaluated on the basis of its expected result against the announced danger. On May 8, Houston Mission Base was partially (but functionally) manned by 0 a.m., and fully manned by 6 p.m. that evening. This is when play started in earnest, and the Staging Area Managers began to receive their taskings. Some missions were assigned that Friday, and carried out as preliminary moves. Some aircraft were moved out of the hurricane’s expected path, and given missions that required them to land elsewhere and spend the night there. Friday was a long day, and although operations had been scaled down earlier, planning kept working until 0 p.m., preparing for the big day.

By Saturday, May 9, fullfledged operations were set in motion across Texas. Some aircrews were asked to run damage assessment flights and confirm the condition of selected structures or roads considered essential to maintaining normal conditions, others were sent on sorties ferrying simulated medical supplies, rescue missions were launched, or air-toground coordinated searches were sent out, asked to look for simulated dangers or threats. Houston Mission Base operated out of the two-story building that Delta Composite Squadron, Group IV, Texas Wing has on the D.W. Hooks Airport, Spring, TX. This is a superior facility, well suited for the work. Run as a real mission, local cadets and junior officers implemented building and ground security to perfection. They looked so hard that they even found threats that had not been planted by the Air Force planners (they all turned out to be harmless), but it demonstrated a high level of awareness on their part. The cadets ranged in age from  to their late teens. Reaching the Operations Room required getting past security. Very polite but firm cadets asked for individual identification before anyone was allowed up the stairs. The cadets were also bright. They soon learned who was allowed and who wasn’t, so they stopped asking for identification from those they had already cleared. When they detected any possible danger or anomaly, they called on their portable two-way radios and asked the Security Officer, a seasoned investigator, for his assistance. Access to the building was conContinued . . . 

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trolled as well, and internal access was compartmentalized. This kept interference to a minimum, and the work got done efficiently and on time. Aircrews were flying within the hour of being tasked, ground teams were on the road equally promptly, having filled out all the required paperwork, received their mission and safety briefings, inspected their aircraft or ground vehicle, and been cleared to depart. The results began pouring in, and they were all positive. The Communications Section kept track of every local aircraft aloft, or ground team in the field, maintaining periodic progress and status checks. Field results, sent in by the Staging Areas, were also maintained and recorded. Administration, Finance, and other support areas are less glamorous positions, but they’re still vital to the conduct of a mission. Many cadets helped in these areas, and their contribution was essential to freeing experienced senior members to carry out more pressing tasks. Ultimately, the focus was on the mission and satisfying the needed tasking. Getting it all done is a complicated, interlocked, and demanding process. Getting it done well and on time takes dedication, training, and leadership. The sham “Hurricane Buster” hit Galveston and moved on to Houston, but luckily the simulated damage was light. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief and kept at the business of managing assets, assigning aircrews and ground crews to tasks, providing answers to the questions posed by Air Force simulators, and in general taking care of the “to do” pile that couldn’t wait. Then, later in the day, as hurricanes are apt to do, it decided to behave like a tornado. “Hurricane 

Buster” turned clockwise and, rather than moving east as expected, it kept turning until it made a simulated second pass over Houston. This time, though, it put the electrical plants out of commission, downed high-tension wires bringing in electricity from elsewhere, destroyed all cell phone towers, and downed the telephone lines as well. To make it more interesting, even Internet access was gone. What to do? Morale was high. As obstacles rose, they were knocked down. Problems were thrown in, only to be whittled down to size, parceled out, and vanquished. The Staging Areas steadily sent in their reports, keeping the flow of information running smoothly and accurately. A larger exercise, run by CAP’s Southwest Region, a command echelon that comprises Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas Wings, asked for various tasks to be carried out by Texas Wing. These were treated as requests from a client agency. The Air Force was satisfied that Texas Wing did not lose focus, and Southwest Region got its answers as unallocated assets became available to satisfy those requests. Later that Saturday, the Inbox was considerably depleted, the number of reports kept pouring in, all tasking had been largely assigned to resources that would be freed to do the job on the following day, and all personnel and equipment were back from their missions. It was beginning to look like a very good day, which became even better when the Air Force decided that they had enough information to come up with their numbers. The evaluation’s operational phase was over. At last count, 9 missions had been executed: 6 sorties using 

CAP aircraft, and 0 ground missions using  CAP vans. A total of  personnel, including senior members and cadets, had participated in the SAREVAL. Sunday’s tempo returned to the usual friendly training routine. A routine that was now colored by the knowledge that the evaluation exercise had come pretty close to mimicking the activity one could expect when dealing with a real event. Energized by the previous two days, the aircrews and ground teams kept working with the same determination and purpose they has shown earlier in the weekend. Sunday morning, the Air Force evaluators announced that Texas Wing had earned a preliminary rating of Successful, which means “mission capable,” with four examples of an Excellent rating. Mentioned were st Lt Brendan Goss, Planning Section Chief; Lt Col Steve Haney, Logistics Section Chief; Maj Dennis Cima, Ground Branch Director, and Lt Col Terry Alexander, Communications Unit Leader. Also, three individuals were recognized for outstanding work, and given a Southwest Liaison Region Commader’s Coin, a distinction seldom given to so many during a single evaluation. They were Lt Col Owen Younger, Liaision Officer; Maj Randy Russell, Planning Unit Leader; and C/TSgt Robert Lewis, Security. When asked how he felt about earning his coin, Cdt Lewis replied, “I’m honored to have it, but I didn’t do anything special, really.” The son of Capt Risher Lewis, Group IV Logistics Officer, Cdt Lewis is  years old, committed to the Civil Air Patrol program, and a team player. H 

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Would you know what to do if you or a member of your Ground Team discovered an unfired rocket-deployed emergency parachute system (sometimes called a ballistic parachute) at the scene of an aircraft accident? These devices are intended to save lives but, they also have the potential to cause injury or even death to search and rescue and first responder personnel. While there are several manufacturers of ballistic parachute systems on the market, equipment manufactured by Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) is the most prevalent system found in the industry. In addition to BRS ballistic parachute, there are several other brands: Pioneer, Second Chantz, Advanced Ballistic Systems, Galaxy, and GQ Security. The BRS whole aircraft recovery system is intended as an option for pilots that have concluded that a safe landing may be difficult, if not impossible. However, in certain instances, there may have been no opportunity to deploy the system prior to impact. In those cases where the impact was notably violent, it is quite likely the system will have fired as a result of airframe breakup or distortion. This leaves the final scenario; one in which the parachute system has not been activated due to crash forces, and the system’s rocket is still very much alive and capable of being fired. The rocket motors are ignited by pulling an activation handle in the cockpit. They then

Tigershark Honors Veterans . . .
Continued from page 3
those from the Texas Panhandle who died or are missing in action. The Memorial has a circular garden with beautiful red, white and blue flowers that are maintained by the local Potter/Randall County Master Gardeners, and is surrounded by the flags of each branch of our armed services. Tigershark Composite Squadron Cadets begin preparation and training as early as January and put in over  hours of intensive training and practice in the weeks leading up to Memorial Day. Great credit is due to the Cadet Commander Jarrett Shedd, Executive Officer Elyshba Kempf and First Sergeant Jared Wyrick for their leadership and guidance. Additionally, the support of the Deputy Commander for Cadets d Lt Brent Jones and Cadet Sponsors Chuck and Janet Conley and Nancy Salley was invaluable. The War Memorial sponsors, once again, asked us to come back next year. Each year we learn more about the honor, commitment, integrity and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines and their families. And each year the memorial sponsors recognize the professionalism and hard work of our cadets by giving them more and more duties. H

accelerate to over 00 mph in the first tenth of a second after ignition. While the total firing period is only one second, someone in the path of an escaping rocket could be seriously injured or killed. These are powerful rockets (about ½- inches diameter and 8-0 inches long) that work very efficiently. The danger to safety personnel may now be more obvious. A rescue worker who disregards the position of the ballistic parachute system, or who moves the aircraft without determining the existence of a ballistic parachute system may put him or herself in considerable jeopardy. BRS has coordinated with the NTSB, FAA and many rescue organizations on how to disarm these systems. However, BRS acknowledges that disabling a system at an accident site can be dangerous and might be best left to the experts. For accident responders that agree with this viewpoint, BRS recommends contacting a local bomb squad to accomplish this procedure. A BRS document that is intended to provide information to emergency personnel can be viewed at: http://brsparachutes.com /st%0responder/ InstPersonnel.pdf. BRS has also made available a PowerPoint presentation on Accident Scene Safety, which can be viewed or downloaded at: http://faa.gov/arp/safety/accident_ safety_scene_brs.ppt.


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By Capt Arthur E. Woodgate, PAO, Group III The Executive Council of the Air Force Association, Dallas Chapter , announced the awarding of the 00 AFA Flight Scholarship in the amount of $600 each for attendance to Civil Air Patrol Flight Academies (as shown) to the following cadets: CAP National Flight Academy Blahut, Paul Strakele, Grayson Texas Wing Powered Flight Academy Lame, Travis Smith, Andrew Prucha, Derek Patrick, Matthew Maso, Brandon Schulgen, James Schroder, Edward Nalls, Garrett The Air Force Association (AFA) is an independent, nonprofit, civilian education organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. Texas Wing runs both glider and powered flight academies for its cadet members. CAP’s young members are given the opportunity to attend both, and their heavily subsidized powered flight training covers all FAA requirements up to achieving solo flight. Using this initial training, many CAP cadets go on to obtain a Class III (private pilot) FAA license, at their own expense. As the number of new pilots continues to decrease in the United States, and is expected to reach a critical shortage in a matter of years, CAP’s flight training program is yet another way that CAP helps the community and the nation. The AFA’s monetary help demonstrates a high civic consciousness, and goes a long way towards helping young persons achieve a life-changing personal dream. Congratulations to all the awardees, whose training is made less expensive by the members of the Air Force Association, Dallas Chapter , and their most generous support.

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The Daedalian Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Order of Daedalians, is dedicated to providing encouragement for young men and women to become military pilots. The Foundation also provides funding for high school students who are interested in flying and are members of the Civil Air Patrol. The Dallas Chapter of the Daedalian Foundation awards, annually, a $,00.00 scholarship to local Civil Air Patrol cadets. This year, the organization chose two winners, splitting the scholarship into $0.00 for each cadet. Winners were Cadet Tech Sergeant Edward Schroder of the Lakeshore Composite Squadron and Cadet Tech Sergeant Garrett Nalls of the Texoma Composite Squadron. “We are pleased to make this announcement, and hope that these young people have a brilliant and happy future,” said Dick Clothier, the Daedalian Liaison Officer to CAP. The total cost of the Texas Wing Powered Flight Academy is $,00.00 per cadet; each awardee will make up the difference in course expenses. Both cadets and Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol, are grateful to the Daedalian Foundation for their generous donation. The Order of Daedalians’ membership is composed of active duty, reserve or retired military pilots of heavier-than-air, powered aircraft. Their Latin motto, “Volabamus volamus” is aptly chosen (We Flew [and still] Fly) and reflects their love of flying in all its aspects.



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Cadets soar to New Heights at Texas Wing Powered Flight Academy
Seven CAP Instructor Pilots from around the Texas Wing came together to teach seventeen cadets to fly June -9, 00. This year’s academy was based just outside Lake Jackson, TX at the Brazoria County Airport. Seven aircraft were ferried to the airport from all points. Cadets began arriving early Saturday June , for the first official day. Staged at the airport restaurant, The Windsock Grill, cadets were stationed outside under the shade at wood tables. Cooled bottles of water were plentiful. The grill provided breakfast, lunch and dinner for the seven days of the academy. Billeting was staged out of Columbia Lakes Hotel & Resort located approximately  miles from the airport. This lovely gated facility provided a quiet, relaxing atmosphere after a long day. Students and instructor pilots (IP’s) were in the air for an hour at a time, then its back on the ground, discussing the highlights and studying for the next flight. Each student flew - times each day whether they were doing touch n’ go’s or flight maneuvers. Afternoons were spent inside attending ground school and watching educational aviation videos. The last flight of the day ended around :00 PM. All participants were up early, eager for the day to start. Solo flights began late Wednesday afternoon after a cooling rain 

shower moved through. Thursday was “no flight day” with winds at  knots or better. We all got a much needed afternoon of free time. Solo flights continued throughout the day Friday and the last two were Saturday morning. Excited parents and family began arriving Friday evening. Graduation was Saturday morning at Columbia Lakes. Among the dignitaries that were present were Texas Wing Commander Lt Col Joe Smith, Louisiana Wing Commander Lt Col Mike DuBois and Mr. Joe Speed, president of the Texas Dow Employees Credit Union, a major contributor to the Academy. The cadets selected for this Academy are above board and qualified; this class of cadets was especially tuned into one another. They worked well as a team and cheered each other on. While not all cadets soloed each one graduated with 0 hours flying time and sense of finishing something very worthwhile and unique. The top student is named “Top Gun”. This prestigious award is based on many factors including attitude, study habits and conduct. This student is selected by all of the instructors at the end of the academy, this year there was a tie. The 00 Top Gun’s are C/d Lt Joel Buchman, “Jar Head” and C/d Lt Derek Prutka, “Spandex”.

“My experience at the Texas Wing Flight Academy was amazing and it was an excellent opportunity to set forth my aviation career. I will always remember this academy and how great it was to experience my first solo. I hope my career turns out to be like the pilots and astronauts who look back and say, “I went through my first solo when I was 16 in CAP.” Cadet Zach “Stealth” Harvey The Texas Wing Cadet Programs wishes to extend a hearty congratulations to all of the cadets for a 00% graduation. Thank you to the pilots for the safe academy, the incentive, the sharing of time and knowledge with the next generation of aviators. In the name of the pilotKeep the blue side up In the name of the co pilotKeep the brown side down In the name of the 172Stay out of the trees Ooorah! 

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Front Row: Capt Carla Fisher (Odessa), 1st Lt Sabina Crymes (Abilene), 2d Lt Johanna Augustine (San Angelo). Back Row: 1st Lt James Keohane (San Angelo), Capt David Crymes (Abilene), 1st Lt Jonathan Swinarski (San Angelo), and Maj Maurice Clement (Commander San Angelo Squadron). Photo by Lt Col Tom Strickland.

Two Tigershark Cs Cadets Receive Appointments
Lt Col Rich Simerson Cadet Christina Salley has been accepted for admission to the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School. This ten-month program is designed to enhance a student’s ability to compete for an Academy appointment. Christina, the daughter of Tim and Nancy Salley, graduated from Dumas High School this past May. Although she has only been a cadet for just less than a year, her dedication and determination has led her to the rank of C/SSgt. She also attended the NCOA Leadership School and last year’s Winter Encampment where she was selected Flight Honor Cadet. John Eilert received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. John, the son of Michael and Laurel Eilert of Canyon, served as Tigershark CS Cadet Commander for two years. He received the General Billy Mitchell Award and was later promoted to C/st Lt. John served with distinction, and exhibited outstanding leadership qualities from his earliest cadet days. He rose quickly through the ranks, and accepted the increasing duties and responsibilities with calm dedication and a resolute professionalism. Tigershark Composite Squadron is proud of John and Christina, and applauds their choice to serve our country. 

The San Angelo Composite Squadron hosted the Corporate Learning Course (CLC) at the NonCommissioned Officer’s Academy (NCOA) on Goodfellow AFB, TX on  and  April 00. st Lt Jonathan Swinarski was course director. During the Saturday morning session st Lt Swinarski presented “Wing Liaison Officer” and Capt David Crymes presented “Wing Emergency Services and Operations.” Students and staff enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Goodfellow AFB Cressman Dining Facility before resuming the afternoon session. During the afternoon session, st Lt Swinarski presented “Aerospace Education” and st Lt James Keohane provided “Cadet Programs.” On Sunday, instruction and discussions centered on “Wing Mission Support”. Lt Col Tom Strickland and Maj Maurice Clement provided support with the subject matter. Attendees at the CLC were Capt Carla Fisher from Odessa, st Lt Sabina Crymes from Abilene, and st Lt James Keohane and d Lt Johanna Augustine from San Angelo. 

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VFW Post 98, Katy TX—On Tuesday March 0, 00 three members of Texas Wing Group IV were recognized for their dedication to the community with plaques and ribbons. Capt Bob Manning, Sabre Senior Squadron was given the VFW Leadership Award. C/d Lt John Barron and C/CMSgt Jesus Sayago were presented with the VFW Outstanding Officer and NCO Civil Air Patrol awards for 006. Among the dignitaries at VFW Post 98 was Katy Mayor Doyle Callendar. “I am honored to present these individuals with such distinguished awards. I have been helping with this yearly ceremony for a while. My term limit is up and this will be my last time to be here as mayor.” Capt Manning has been with CAP for four years. As a member of Sabre Senior Squadron, Houston TX, he has flown many missions and participated in a 

national, multi agency exercise in New Mexico. Most recently Capt Manning, along with other CAP pilots, flew missions looking for a downed aircraft in southern New Mexico. This aircraft has yet to be found. C/d Lt John Barron has been a member of Thunderbird Composite Squadron since 00. He served as commander for the 006 Texas Wing color guard team. Under his leadership the team won first at Texas Wing cadet competition and placed a strong third in Tucson AZ. They won many team and individual awards at SWR competition. They placed

first in Outdoor Presentation and Mile Run. Cadet Barron and team member C/d Lt Annabel Andrews were each presented with coins and named Outstanding Cadet as chosen by the judges. Two other team members earned both the male and female Fleet Foot Award. He served on SET for Summer Encampment 006. He is current Cadet Commander of Thunderbird. C/CMSgt Jesus Sayago has been a member of Thunderbird Composite Squadron since 00. He has completed ALS, CTEP and attended an encampment. He participated for several days in the Task Force Rita mission in 00 as a Flight Marshaller and earned a special coin from Col George Sciss. He is GES, MIO and FLM qualified. He currently serves as Thunderbird First Sgt. 

Thunderbird Cadet Awarded Air Force Association scholarship
By Capt Denise Thompson
Thunderbird Composite Squadron C/d Lt Annabel Andrews was awarded the Air Force Association 00 Flight Academy Scholarship Tuesday May 9, 00. The scholarship was presented by Maj Bjorn Sundet at Thunderbird headquarters as her parents, grandmother and sister looked on. Maj Sundet is Vice President of the Houston Chapter of the Air Force Association and Texas Wing Aerospace Education officer. He is a member of the Houston Museum of Natural Science Challenger Center. C/Lt Andrews is an active member of Thunderbird Composite Squadron currently serving as Executive Officer. She has attended several Texas Wing summer and winter encampments. She has filled many staff positions including SET team, Flight Sergeant and Flight Commander. She has participated in Texas Wing GSAARS and NESA Advanced GSARS in Illinois. Annabel has attended Texas Wing CTEP, NCOA, OTS and Glider Academy, has participated in two Texas Wing NAVCOM. She was a member of the 006 Thunderbird Color Guard that placed first at Wing and third at Southwest Region Competition in Tucson, AZ. Among awards she has earned is the VFW Civil Air Patrol NCO of the year for 006, Honor Flight- Winter Encampment 006 and Outstanding Military BearingSWR Cadet Competition, 006. Along with attending the 00 Powered Flight Academy, Annabel will participate in NESA First Responders Course in Illinois, Texas Wing Summer Encampment and the Space Commanders Familiarization Course at Vandenberg AFB, CA.

Thunderbird Participated in ‘Welcome Home Troops’ Parade
Thunderbird Composite Squadron was invited to be a part of the Katy “Welcome Home the Troops Parade” on Saturday June , 00 in Katy, TX. Many people lined the streets of this small town located west of Houston to welcome several groups of Nation Guard soldiers dressed in digital BDU’s. Humvees lead the way for each unit as they marched down the tree lined streets. Waving American flags and cheering loudly, the onlookers welcomed not only our troops but Navy Sea Scouts, Cub Scouts, veterans of all ages. Maj Green, dressed in a vintage CAP flight suit, marched in the parade along with three other men dressed in vintage uniforms proudly carrying an Air Force flag. Corvettes, RV’s, and a crazy car that can be driven either way were a part of this festive day. The parade ended at the Katy VFW hall where many hard working volunteers served a lunch of BBQ beef and chicken with all the fixings. Congressman Nick Lampson was inside the hall greeting the voters. He came by to greet the cadets and congratulated C/d Lt Keith Kasmarek on his appointment to the Naval Academy. All of the Thunderbird cadets were proud to be a part of this patriotic event. “This was a wonderful event, I am happy we were invited to be a part of something so important,” said Maj Mike Hopkins, Thunderbird squadron commander. “This is a good way to show support for our troops and it’s a good experience for the cadets.”
PHOTO ON LEFT: Maj Bjorn Sundet, Texas Wing AE Officer presents C/2d Lt Annabel Andrews with the Air Force Association Flight Academy Scholarship. L-R Capt Eric Thompson, Maj Sundet, C/2d Lt Andrews, and Maj Mike Hokins. 



CAP senior Loves Blowing Bugles
By Roger Afterburner Phoenix Composite Squadron Guest Writer
It is a scene repeated many times in our nation—in fact, nearly every day. A distant bugler blows the hauntingly beautiful notes to a short song known only as Taps as mourners dab their eyes in sorrow for a lost loved one. In this case, the musician playing the famous melody requested for hundreds of military funerals is someone who has been playing for over five decades, Lt Col Bob Russell, the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) for Phoenix Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Russell began blowing trumpet in fourth grade, “many moons ago,” as he says. “I chose the trumpet because I loved the way it sounded in big band music, something my father really loved,” acknowledges Lt Col Russell, who continued, “I played 4 years in grade school, 4 years in high school, 4 years in college, and, after putting my trumpet aside for the 0 years I served in the Air Force, began to play earnestly again about 8 years ago.” He played in uniform in college while earning his commission in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit at Colorado State University and he remembers playing his first Taps back in 8th grade, at a Memorial Day service back in his small home town of Holyoke, Colorado. Amazingly, there are almost 800 military men and women dying daily, since the “baby boomers” are now approaching 

that time in life and many of them served in the military in WWI, WWII, or Korea. Families almost always request Taps be blown at the funeral, but there are not nearly enough buglers available to do this personally. As a result, many funerals have a prerecorded version of Taps that has to be substituted. “I don’t like that at all,” said Russell, who learned of this a few years ago. “Finally, I decided I needed to volunteer to play at funerals, though I can rarely get away to do so because I still work full time and have many other commitments. In about a year, when I retire from my cockpit design and simulation job on the F- Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program at LockheedMartin, I hope to start supporting families by traveling and playing Taps at funerals more often.” Taps is traditionally played with a bugle, which is a shortened trumpet—about the same size as a cornet—but doesn’t have any valves. Taps was written specifically for horns without valves, so the bugle is a very simple instrument to use. “However,” explained Lt Col Russell, “the melody can be played with a trumpet, a cornet, even a flugelhorn—which is a mellow Bb instrument that sort of looks like a cornet on steroids.” Russell has yet to buy an authentic bugle, he admits, though he is looking for one; however, he has performed the song on the other three instruments.

Bugle Boy Bob practicing Taps.

The melody for Taps originated during the Civil War. In 86, Gen. Daniel Adams Butterfield, following the loss of 600 soldiers during the bloody Seven Days series of battles, asked that a better version of the tune “Lights Out,” borrowed from the French, be drafted. In short order, with only minor revisions, the haunting Taps melody was scratched out on the back of an envelope. It was formally adopted by the U.S. Army in 84 and began to be requested for military funerals in 89. Though there are no words used—just the bugle blowing in the distance—there are five verses that have been written and could be sung. Normally, just one verse is played funerals; if sung, it would be as follows: Day is done, gone the sun, from the hills, from the lake, from the skies. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. “I thought it important for Texas CAP cadets and seniors learn a little about the history of this wonderful song,” offered Russell. “Cadets who play cornet or trumpet in school should consider playing this famous melody at special Continued . . . 

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Continued services or funerals, if asked.” Russell professes to love a wide variety of music and playing Taps is not his only “gig” (musical performance). The Phoenix senior arranges a lot of music for his church and even cut a CD in 00 called “Flying Free,” a wonderful collection of Christian songs—available at www.peaces. com (a web site maintained by the couple who recorded the CD in their home). “Bugle Boy Bob,” as he is known in church and to his other musician friends, also plays in a 0-piece big jazz band sponsored by Lockheed-Martin. “We play gigs all over the Metroplex,” he explained, “mostly the songs of the WWII era—by Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, and Maynard Ferguson (perhaps one of the most amazing trumpeters ever)—but also some current music.” Russell played for the Fort Worth City Band for a few years and for a jazz band in California when he worked for the JSF program out near Palmdale for four and one-half years. “I especially love Dixieland music,” commented Lt Col Russell, “but it is not my forte. It is incredibly artistic and challenging to do well.” Russell looks forward to retirement when he can become more active with CAP and also be able to blow his bugles more often. “I hope to do more recording and playing with various groups, but I also hope I can inspire young CAP members to pursue music. And, any of them who might be able to offer Taps at a funeral will have a special place in the hearts H of family and friends.” 

Ft. Worth squadron Change of Command
— By Capt Laurie Prior —
Maj Bruce Wilson, affectionately known as Grayeagle in the Fort Worth Senior Squadron, became Deputy Commander on  June, 00. Bruce also is Operations Officer, Stan/Eval Officer , a Form  and 9 Check Airman and is qualified on the C, C8 and GA8. It seemed that Bruce was destined to fly. He grew up with a love for aviation because of his father’s flying experience in WWII. His father was an Army Air force B9 pilot flying  missions over Japan. After the war he became an airline pilot for Delta. Bruce spent four years in the Air Force after HS being Honorably Discharged with the rank of E-4 after completing an associate degree and 00 hours of flight time. Bruce was a police officer in Irving, TX from Nov. 96 to 96 and was named “Patrolman of the Year” in 964. In Nov. of 96 Bruce was employed by Braniff International as a pilot. During his  years at Braniff, he flew the Douglas DC-6 and , Lockheed Electra, Convair 40/440 BAC , B and B0/0. He also received a degree in Aviation Management. Bruce was an FAA certified check airman on B, B and DC-9 A/C. He was Director of Training for another airline
Fort Worth Senior Squadron’s new Commander, Maj Garrett Sager (left) and Deputy Commander, Maj Bruce Wilson.

and was responsible for surmising check airmen and instructor pilots, writing training programs for new A/C and the maintenance of pilot training records. He was hired by American Airlines in 989 and retired as a MD-80 Captain in 00. Bruce holds the following certificates: ATP with ME land, B, B, B0/0 and DC-9 types; Commercial SE land and SE sea, CFI and CFII certificates. “During my CAP career I have had sad experiences on one hand, but rewarding on the other. Being able to assist the population of Mississippi and Louisiana after Katrina was one of the rewarding times. Being able to use my years of flight experience and CAP training to bring some small measure of relief will stay with me forever. Being able to assist in locating downed airmen and bring some closure for the families is a sad, but rewarding experience also.” Fort Worth Senior Squadron is proud of Bruce and will support him in every way possible. His presence is strong and quiet but demands respect. His wife, Gloria, of 4 years fully supports and encourages Bruce in CAP. As Bruce adds, “At the end of the day, it is well worth it”. 

Ask Yourself Not, “Who Are You?” But Instead Declare,

By Sharron Stockwell
Cadet Ron E. Martin was drawn to the Air Force and searching for a passageway to his future career. Through a friend, he was introduced to the CAP. Once he attended a meeting, he was hooked. He decided it was exactly the opportunity he was looking for so he focus on his future occupation. He is a member of the relatively new South Fort Worth Diamondback Composite Squadron. This squadron consists of the melding of cadets from the South Fort Worth Composite Squadron and the Diamond -back Squadron of Arlington. The Squadron Commander is Capt Jay Workman. At the young age of thirteen () he joined the CAP. With the burning desire he had for the military way of life, within only two months, he reached his first level of achievement called “The Curry”. For the past five years he has continued his journey toward his ultimate goal. He earned CUL, ARCA, ROA, MRO, GTL, and GTM- over the past five years. Cadet Martin has learned leadership, philosophy, and practicality in addition to all of the above listed qualities. Through squadron exercises, he 

was exposed to radios and learned emergency services. He will be receiving his “Mitchell” award by finishing the requirements and hopes to receive his Earhart soon. At the Alliance Air Show in October 006, Cadet Commander Martin stretched his leadership muscles. He assembled the Diamondback Squadron Cadets early in the morning at headquarters, determined who qualified for radio communication devices, divided cadets into teams, assigned teams of three to included one operator with two “newbies.” Not only did he require thirty minute Status Reports, but he directed the teams to expressly use the “buddy system” and ordered it was mandatory no cadet was to be alone at any time. Under his cadet command the Diamondback Squadron was successful in promoting membership in the CAP at the Squadron kiosk manned by the cadets and through selling hundreds of dollars worth of Alliance Air Show Programs for the benefit of the squadron expense and operational fund. Although he is modest about his accomplishments at the Alliance Air Show, under his direction the cadets were also instrumental in assisting

in locating a lost child, as well as, providing medical assistance to air show attendees who were overcome with the heat exhaustion. One of the rewards all of the cadets enjoyed was the privilege of meeting, conversing and having their picture made with a former CAP female cadet and the Air Force Thunderbirds’ first female pilot, Maj. Nicole Malachowski. Cadet Commander Martin showed exemplary leadership qualities during the Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth, Texas. This is just an example of the many activities and functions he has been successfully involved and/or commanded. Some of the accomplishments Cadet Commander Martin is most proud of during his CAP journey is being able to serve as the Cadet Commander of Comm School for two years, in GSARSS he was the Commanding Officer for the New Mexico Red Cap; his ES Record, Group  CAC, Vice Chair, and kicking the CAC until it worked. He aspires to attend the Air Force Academy, work with military intelligence and/or get involved in politics and become a Senator for the fine state of Texas. He has applied to the USAFA for Continued on page 23 . . . 

Group II (TX) Holds First Pilot Continuation Training
By Capt Laurie Prior
Fort Worth Senior Squadron hosted the first Pilot Continuation Training (PCT) program for Group II Saturday,  March 00 in Decatur, TX. In accordance with the Texas Wing supplement to CAPR 60-, as of  June 00, all Texas Wing CAP Pilots must have completed at least one of the following within the preceding 4 months to act as PIC of a CAP aircraft: *Attend a CAP PCT program *Complete FAA approved flight training for continuing aircraft qualification, or *Complete FAA approved flight training leading to a new rating. For pilots to receive funding for one hour of flight time, plus fuel and oil, the pilot must participate in both the ground and flight phase of the PCT program and must be a qualified SAR/DR Mission Pilot, MP trainee or TMP. Pilots have up to 60 days to complete the flight phase of the PCT. New CAP pilots need to complete this requirement within one year of their initial CAP Form . Commander of Group II, Lt Col Tom Bishop, kicked off the ground phase of the PCT with a review of 60- and some words of wisdom. He had just returned from a REDCAP where the pilot never talked to anyone which made it even more difficult to

Commander of Group II, Lt Col Tom Bishop, reviewing 60-1 at Group II Pilot Continuation Training (PCT).

Randy Swaim (left) and his father Maj Thomas G. Swaim are past and present Commanders of the Fort Worth Senior Squadron. Randy instructed on, “Breaking the Error Chain” at the Group II PCT.

locate the missing aircraft. Lt Col Bishop said, “File a flight plan; use flight following (it doesn’t cost anything); never fail to declare an emergency”. Maj Larry Gunnell, Commander of Rio del Fierro Composite Squadron in Wichita Falls (TX40), spoke briefly on the up coming LLRS. Special note taken for all pilots around Sheppard AFB and flying in and out of Kickapoo (T4) to be aware of the 0 NM Alert Area around Sheppard AFB. The floor of the Alert Area is 00 ft. and all pilots should contact and monitor Sheppard Approach. d Lt Markus Decker, FWSS’s Adjutant/Administrator, stirred our memories regarding Flight Procedures. Not only did Markus review Flight Planning, weather and charts but gave us many free on-line resources. He pointed Continued . . .  

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acceptance and is hopeful he will receive a positive response. If not, he will attend UTA or DBU focusing on military intelligence and determined to make a career in the armed forces of the United States. He is proudest of the multitude of accomplishments already obtained and his excellent service record. He most certainly will succeed at any goal he strives to accomplish. He is scheduled to leave for school during the summer of 00. The Change of Command ceremony was held at the squadron headquarters on Tuesday,  March 00. His successor is C/Col. Victoria Joye, an excellent experienced female cadet with many opportunities ahead of her as Cadet Commander of the Diamondback Squadron. To Cadet Commander Ron E. Martin, you have our good wishes, prayers and the Diamondback Squadron is proud to have had the privilege of having you in our squadron. You not only met the CAP challenge but you far exceeded our expectations of what a cadet should become. You not only possess the core values of integrity, excellence, respect, volunteerism, and leadership, but you also represent the total picture of the Civil Air Patrol Program. Thank you for your service. One last thing! When people ask, “Who are you?” – do not hesitate for one moment to tell them – “WHO YOU ARE AND WHO YOU’VE BECOME!” HOW? and WHY? H

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out many useful resources and encouraged us to use what we have. Maj Garrett Sager, an instructor and check pilot for FWSS, covered Pilot Operations. He placed an emphasis on aircraft performance, i.e., W & B and Density Altitude. He said, “These numbers do mean something; they will bite you if you don’t pay attention to them.” He added that it is helpful to complete as many tasks ahead of time as possible. Garrett never teaches without saying, “The bottom line is always fly the aircraft.” Randy Swaim, Commander of FWSS 994-996, is the son of Maj Thomas G. Swaim, the present Commander of FWSS. Randy works for CAE SimuFlite as Deputy Director of JAA Regulatory Compliance and presented nine ways for “Breaking the Error Chain”. Randy explained how important it is as a pilot to know your limitations, never stop learning and use the team to minimize limitations. SM Mike Paris, FWSS, is employed with the FAA at the DFW TRACON. Mike brought a friend and fellow employee, Training Specialist Bill Holmes to do a presentation. Bill talked about Class B airspace, traffic separation, traffic advisories and the change in the terms ATC uses to describe precipitation; no longer using numbers for precip levels but is now described as light, moderate, heavy or extreme. He also advised us to ask for vectors around weather. There were  in attendance,

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2007 Texas Wing Conference


he annual Texas Wing Conference was held April - in Austin at the old Bergstrom AFB HQ Building, which is now a Hilton Hotel. Basically, the original structure remains unchanged, with the exception that a floor has been added. In addition, the old assembly hall under the skylight has been transformed from a miniature parade field into an entertainment area, with a bar and table area set on a raised platform built in the center. At the traditional Commander’s Call, an informal gathering of peers on Friday evening, Ch (Lt Col) Nancy Smalley, Texas Wing Chaplain, was recognized for her great work and immediately “stolen” by Southwest Region as the SWR Chaplain. Her gentle touch and many talents will be a great asset to SWR, though she’ll remain firmly planted at her current home, where she’ll be able to keep doing the same excellent work as Mission Staff officer that she’s been accomplishing in TXWG for quite some time. As commander of the host unit, Lt Col Owen Younger, Group III Commander, extended a warm welcome to all, wishing them the best of times and thanking them for having taken the time to attend. Austin is a city with many good eating spots, and the shopping can be fun. He urged attendees to take advantage of the many opportunities available for enjoying music of all kinds in Texas’ own Music Capital of the World. The Texas Wing Yearly Awards were presented and the 

recipients were: Senior Member of the Year - Lt Col Theresa Alexander, Group IV Cadet of the Year - Lt Col Mark Harper II, Group II Aerospace Education – d Lt Jennifer Goss, Group III Cadet Programs Officer – Maj Juan Arredondo, Group V Coast to Coast Award – Ft Worth Senior Squadron, Group II Communicator – Captain Stephen Barclay, Group III Logistics - Maj Richard Pope, Group III Moral Leadership Officer – st Lt Debbie Ford, Group III Public Affairs Officer – Maj Joe Ely Carrales, Group V Safety Officer –st Lt Philip Rains, Group III Squadron Chaplain – Chaplain, Maj Ronny Whitt, Group III Senior Chaplain – Lt Col Nancy T Smalley, Texas Wing Wing Staff Officer – Lt Col Janette F. Hays, Texas Wing Squadron of Merit – Addison Eagles Composite Squadron TX90, Group III Senior Squadron of the Year – Bexar Senior Squadron, Group V Group of the Year – Headquarters Group III Texas Wing also received several awards from the Southwest Region: Addison Eagles Squadron – Squadron of Distinction Lt Col Nancy Smalley – Senior Chaplain of the Year

Maj Ronny Whitt – Squadron Chaplain of the Year st Lt Debbie Ford – MLO of the Year Maj Joe Ely – PAO of the Year Capt Stephen Barclay – Communications Officer of the Year Wing staff officers received numerous awards, each according to the value of the work performed on behalf of Texas Wing; the lowest being a Commander’s Commendation, and the highest a Silver Medal of Valor. Of notable mention, a Group III cadet received a Meritorious Service Award, perhaps not the first ever given to a CAP cadet, but certainly one of the very few, at least in recent memory. Distinguished guests included SW Region Commander Col Reggie Chitwood, National Commander Maj Gen Antonio Pineda, and SW Region Vice Commander Col Andre Davis. Saturday evening’s banquet concluded with a change of command ceremony, officially turning Texas Wing over to Col Joe Smith. In his parting remarks, Col R. Frank Eldridge, the exiting Texas Wing commander, thanked the membership for having made his tenure so successful, and mentioned specifically cadet programs. He also cited Texas Wing’s outstanding support of the relief effort during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in terms of leadership, air, ground, and onsite support, with immediate and effective disaster relief. Photos of the Conference are on the next two pages.  



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On a beautiful spring day four cadets from the Texas Wing participated in the Honorary Page Program at the State Capitol Building in Austin, Texas on April , 00. As a requirement for this program each cadet had to provide the name of their senator and a letter of recommendation signed by their unit and group commanders. Meeting with the Sergeant At Arms, Mrs. Laney James, she explained the expectations and guidelines. She then asked if they knew the name of their senator. She was quite pleased as each cadet gave a name. They were then taken to the floor. The pages sit in a very restricted area of the senate floor. They give messages and paperwork to various senators as bills are introduced, discussed and debated. Only a few people other than the senators are allowed inside the brass rail. A finance bill was the subject of discussion and was passed while the cadets worked. They especially enjoyed a heated exchange between senators John Whitmire (D) and Dan Patrick (R). One of the senate pages told C/MSgt Jonathan Williams, Delta Composite Squadron, he was there on a good day. “I enjoyed talking with some of the senators and seeing how everything is done.” he said. C/MSgt Laura Zinsitz and C/ MSgt Melissa Bannon, Kerrville Composite Squadron, enjoyed working on the floor. “Through my experience working as a page on the senate floor I am even more fascinated by the political machine.” said Cadet Zinsitz. “I am happy the page program was open to me.” C/MSgt John Rios, Brownsville Composite Squadron, said “I very much enjoyed watching our elected officials at work.” For more information regarding the Texas State Senate please visit: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/

Left to Right- C/CMSgt Jonathan Williams, Delta Composite Squadron, C/CMSgt John Rios, Brownsville Composite Squadron, C/CMSgt Laura Zinsitz and C/CMSgt Melissa Bannon, Kerrville Composite Squadron. 



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Lackland Takes 2nd Place in Texas Wing Cadet Color Guard Competition . . . and the Next Step
By C/Capt Gus Rojas Pictures by Senior Member (SM) nancy Kerr and Cadet/Capt Gus Rojas
The Lackland Cadet Squadron Civil Air Patrol recently took part in the Texas Wing Cadet Color Guard Competition at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. During the competition the five person team was commanded by C/MSgt Colleen Rojas, and joining her on the team were cadets C/SrA Kris Kerr, Damian Moulder, Nicole Miglis and Daniel Perez. The competition took place on Camp Mabry and the team competed against six other teams from all around the state. The competition had various activities such as the outdoor and indoor presentation of the colors, standard drill sequence of twenty-five commands, mile run, inspection, written examination and the panel quiz competition. At the end of the weekend, the cadets finished up the competition, and were awarded the following awards: Written Examination – st Place Mile Run – nd Place Indoor Practical Drill – nd Place Outdoor Practical Drill – nd Place Standard Drill – rd Place In-Ranks Inspection – rd Place Overall Texas Wing – nd Place Taking first place was the Sheldon cadet squadron color guard from Houston, Texas by only two points. In the weeks ahead the cadets
Lackland Color Guard Team undergoes inspection at the recent Texas Wing Cadet Color Guard Competition.

Lackland Members before outdoor presentation of the colors. (L-R) From left to right C/SrA Kris Kerr, C/SrA Damian Moulder, C/SrA Daniel Perez, Capt Mike Jewell, 2d Lt Victoria Jewell, C/Capt Gus Rojas, C/ MSgt Colleen Rojas, C/SrA Nicole Miglis.

will start preparing for the next competition and also for many performances around the city. With the st place award in grabbing distance, the cadets have one other goal in sight as well; to send a drill team in addition to their already competing color guard. For a drill team to be possible, the squadron needs to recruit new members, as well as use existing cadets. This will not be possible without the communities’ involvement. Cadets who participate in the Cadet Competition and win, have the opportunity of advancing to the National Cadet Competition, which this year will be held at the National Museum of the United States Air Force and the Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.  

Cadet Airman Basic Morgun Bedynek settles into the T-45 Simulator for the “ride of his life!”

Corpus Christi and Brahma Flight Cadets Visit NAs Kingsville T-45 Goshawk simulator
By Major Joe Ely Carrales
It was late in the evening on Monday,  May 00 and this reporter/Squadron Commander was seated before his computer typing when an e-mail electronically made its way into his inbox. It was from his Deputy Commander, Major Fidel Alvarado; the Project Officer for the once postponed NAS Kingsville Simulator activity. The original activity, slated for 4 April 00, was postponed by the US NAVY due to increased training demands. “Treat is as a go!” Major Alvarado wrote, “as per conversation 800 hours with ... we meet at the Wild Horse [Crossing] Mall parking lot no later than  hours. TOMORROW, TUESDAY AFTERNOON. MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE PROMPT.” And so… Nine CAP Officers and Cadets of the Corpus Christi Comp Squadron and its Brahma Cadet Flight attended T-4 Goshawk 

Cadets Morgun Bedynek and Christopher Villarreal (foreground) and Cadets Skarda and Nix (background) wait as the T-45 Goshawk Simulator is ‘fired up’ for service.

Flight Simulator at Naval Air Station Kingsville near the city of the same name on 8 May 00. CAP Auxiliarists practiced jet flight, aviation and even a landing on a “Navy Flat Top.” For some, the activity was their first “hands-on” aviation activity; for other more experienced CAP Officers, it was a chance to try some “fancy flying.” CAP Officers st Lt Jerry Lunceford and SM (Brevet Captain) Kelly Harlan took turns approaching and landing on the simulated Aircraft Carrier. Major Fidel Alvarado also took a turn. Aside from the Senior Member antics, the primary experience was for the cadets. Each got a good initial  to 0 minute round in the simulator for instruction, then they each got a second “free lance” round to either try the carrier landing, formation flying or (as Cadet Bedynek proved by

requesting missiles) anything they could think of that was within the realm of aviation physics. The person chiefly responsible for the activity and the one who operated the simulator apparatus was none other than friend of the unit, Mr. Bert Alvarez. This is the fifth time that Mr. Alvarez has opened this opportunity to CAP cadets. It is sometimes a precarious situation in that the US NAVY can cancel anytime, including at the 9th second of the th hour. The unit is careful to respect the needs of our Nation’s Navy for the continued defense of our country; plus, the Navy has always come through for the activity. “We can try this again in s few months,” said Mr. Alvarez, “and feel free to invite cadets from neighboring units.” This round was not open to proximate CAP units due to the Continued . . . 

The Us Civil Air Patrol Represented in the Pilgrimage to the Alamo
By 1st Lt Estelle Kelly
The Alamo Composite Squadron, US Civil Air PatrolTX86, joined military dignitaries from Randolph Air Force Base, Lackland Air Force Base, and Brooks City Base in representing the United States Air Force Community in the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo. The Pilgrimage to the Alamo, sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Alamo Mission Chapter, dates to the First World War. It began as a means to honor the sacrifices of the defenders of the Alamo in a dignified manner at a time when the nation had just sent its young men into conflict. It has continued as a solemn tribute to those Heroes of the Alamo and a moment of reflection for the current and veteran members of the armed forces. Organizations, both Civic and Military, are invited to attend the procession beginning from William Barrett Travis Park along Houston and Alamo Street to the Alamo. Each organization may present a wreath or floral tribute to the Color Guard for placement on the grassy plat in front of the Alamo Shrine. A brief ceremony marked by a speech from the Commanding General Arnorth, Ft. Sam Houston follows. Silver Taps by the United States Army Medical Command Band draws the event to a heart-felt conclusion. San Antonio is known as Military City USA as much for its historically significant military presence as for the respect reciprocated between the military and the community of San Antonio. The Alamo Composite Squadron was proud to bring the US Civil Air Patrol to this community event and to represent our members who have served so quietly.

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After their “find,” 2d Lt Jerry Barron, C/SrA Andrew Papson, and C/A1C Jeremy Banks.

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Black sheep squadron Works the CsAREX
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On -9 April 00, d Lt Jerry Barron, C/AC Jeremy Banks and C/SrA Andy Papson., all members of the Black Sheep Composite Squadron, attended the Texas Wing Consolidated Search and Rescue Exercise (CSAREX), held at Waco. On Friday evening,  April, they assisted in setting up the UHF and VHF portable communication station, as well as setting up some 0 sleeping cots for inbound members from the rest of Texas Wing. Accommodations involved sleeping in a large hangar, where about seven aircraft were stored and some were being repaired. The members enjoyed sleeping alongside a Commemorative Air Force A-6 Invader (The Spirit of Waco), which flew on the following Saturday morning, carrying paying customers. That Saturday, after a morning safety and operations briefing, CAP members were divided 

into ground teams and aircrews. The aircrews outnumbered the ground team members, since there were  CAP aircraft parked on the tarmac. The ground teams were assigned mostly local missions, and some ground teams were sent to a neighboring airfield to practice “ramp” checks and Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) searches. The tall grass and rough terrain that they found at the new location made it virtually impossible to rely on anything other than CAP’s signal-acquiring, portable electronic equipment. “Locating a signal turned out to be much harder to do in an overgrown grassy field than when it’s coming from inside a metal hangar,” said d Lt Barron. He also noted that the important lesson the team learned that day was, “Trust your equipment.” That evening, as things were winding down after dinner, mis-

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Former sR-71 Leader Visits the Crusader Composite squadron
By 2d Lt Robert Severance III Photo by 2d Lt Wes Bement
On  May 00, the 4th Anniversary of Gary Powers’ U being shot down over Russia, Col Richard H. Graham (USAF-Ret.) gave a very informative “insider’s view” presentation on the SR- Blackbird to Crusader Composite Squadron members. The downing of Gary Powers in 960 prompted Kelly Johnson, president of the Lockheed Skunk Works, to develop the SR- in only  months. This highly successful aircraft, after entering service in 964, was retired in 990, reactivated in 99, then retired once again in 99. Altogether, fifty Blackbirds were built and nineteen lost. Col Graham spent seven years as an SR- pilot. Later, he served as an SR- instructor, the st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron Commander, a Director of Program Integration at the Pentagon, and the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Commander at Beale AFB (the latter a position that carried with it world-wide responsibilities). After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, Col Graham flew for American Airlines before retiring a second time. He is the author of two published books, SR- Revealed: The Inside Story and SR- Revealed: The Untold Story. A third one, not yet published, is SR- Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends. He is currently

a Lt Col assigned to the Dallas Composite Squadron, Group III, Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol. Crusader Squadron’s st Lt Michael Hagle said, “The presentation was very informative, and I really enjoyed Col Graham’s delivery.” After the presentation, Lt Col Roy D. Hill, Commander of Crusader Composite Squadron, presented Col Richard H. Graham (USAF-Ret.) with a Crusader Composite Squadron patch. the source of the now-steady and quite loud beeping ELT. Cadets Banks and Papson remembered their lesson from the previous day (“Trust your equipment”) and actively narrowed down the beeping signal to a small yellow T- Torpedo that was inside a maintenance hangar. Notifying the FBO staff of their findings, the ELT was disarmed and the beeping stopped. Congratulations to Cadets Banks and Papson upon earning their first “Find” ribbon. H 

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other hand, turned out to have been an actual plane crash. Fortunately, the pilot walked away from the slightly damaged aircraft. As a result, the CSAREX teams in Waco were told to “stand down” and return to base. On the following Sunday morning, 9 April, there was yet a third ELT signal reported. “We have an ELT going off in the Grand Prairie area,” said Lt Col Nancy Smalley, who was work

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Celebration of Flight Balloonfest
By 2d Lt Tracy hollinshead The Gregg County Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron, part of Group III, Texas Wing, participated in the Celebration of Flight Balloonfest May 4-6, 00 at Panola County Airport in Carthage, Texas. The cadets served on balloon crews, helped with parking, and performed a march-in and drill-down activity. All proceeds go to fund scholarships for Panola College students. 



Roberts Raiders Cadets Provide Community service
The month of June provided community service opportunities for the cadets and seniors at TX08 “Roberts’ Raiders” in Tyler. On June 4, cadets under the supervision of Assistant Cadet Programs Officer and teacher, Captain Valerie Valentine, assisted Tyler Independent School District teachers and principals with the reorganization of the districts largest high school. Robert E. Lee High School is a A school with a student population of over 600 and a faculty and staff of over 0. After much discussion and planning, new principal, Roger McAdoo decided the students and teachers would be best served with the campus organized by subject areas. This decision meant the relocation of almost % of the faculty and staff. So the Monday after graduation was designated moving day. Cadets assembled in Capt Valentine’s classroom at 9:00 am and were assigned different areas of the 0 acre campus. By the time cadets were dismissed they had moved teachers, principals and counselors in four of the six buildings. The faculty and staff of Robert E. Lee High School were so pleased with the performance of the cadets that they were asked to return to help when the schools new portable buildings arrive. “Roberts’ Raiders” cadets and seniors had a second opportunity for community service on June 9. Beginning at 9:00 am members of TX08, under the direction of Deputy Commander of Seniors Major Chris Harcrow, donned PT gear and began moving furniture and washing and waxing airplanes for HAMM, the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum, located at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. The museum is in the process of moving from their current facility located in a hanger to a new location in the old terminal building. Not only did the cadets and seniors labor over many historic planes, they were also privileged to watch pilots take off in a vintage Russian jet. This will be an ongoing service project until the museum is completely moved and ready for visitors. 



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Waco, Texas—Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the Triple Crown as: a set of three noteworthy awards, wins, or achievements in a particular field. On May , 00 C/Col Caitlin Raye Cima earned a Triple Crown of her own – a college graduation, a Spaatz award and a commission in the United States Air Force. Col Frank Eldridge, former Texas Wing Commander, presented the Spaatz award at a ceremony held at the Texas Wing Headquarters. Lt Col Nancy Smalley, SWR Chaplain, presented Cima with a Spaatz coin and Major Mike Hopkins, Cima’s squadron commander, presented her with a squadron challenge coin. Attending the ceremonies were family and CAP members that have served as guides and mentors through the years. During her career as a cadet, Caitlin has been Cadet Commander of her squadron, chairman of Group and Wing CAC as well as a member of Region CAC. She held a variety of positions at encampment including twice serving as Deputy Commander and serving as Cadet Commander in both Texas and Illinois Wings. As one of the charter members of the CTEP Project Group, Cadet Cima helped to chart the course that brought Texas Wing Cadet Programs to its place as one of the most active in the nation. Upon earning Advanced Ranger/Field Medic at Hawk Mountain Ranger School, Caitlin

brought her experience to Texas Wing’s GSARSS program where she served on staff for four years. She was twice named Texas Wing Female Cadet of the Year, squadron level Air Force Association and Air Force Sergeant’s award winner, Wing Air Force Association Cadet of the Year, and a three time NHQ scholarship recipient. Cima is a solo pilot and traveled to Australia with IACE. Caitlin graduated from Baylor University with a degree in International Studies (Arabic Language emphasis). In addition to attending Baylor University, Cima attended the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She is a member of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core/Honors College Leadership Council, the International Studies Honor Society and the Arnold Air Society. As an ROTC scholarship recipient, Cima distinguished herself as commander of the Blue Knights armed drill team, commander of the color guard and as a Squadron Commander. Cima earned Distinguished Graduate at field training. She has been assigned to serve as an Intelligence Officer and will leave for training at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas late in June. When asked why she waited so long to earn her Spaatz, Cima said, “Most people think it is

strange that I’ve waited this long to achieve the Spaatz award, putting it on just as I am about to depart from the cadet program; after all, it is the penultimate achievement for any cadet in the program and who wouldn’t want to enjoy the aura of being a Spaatz cadet? For me, though, the grade of Cadet Colonel isn’t a benchmark from which I can measure myself against others. My achievements and successes within this program are what distinguish me, and I have done all of those things without the leverage which this grade can bring. Instead of a tool to bring me to future successes, the Spaatz award serves as the capstone on my cadet career, which I will always remember.” Caitlin’s parents are Maj Dennis Cima, current Group IV Commander, past commander of Thunderbird Composite Squadron. He is an engineer with Mustang Engineering in Houston. Lt Col Brooks Cima is the Texas Wing Emergency Services Training Officer. The Cima’s have dedicated many years to Civil Air Patrol and the Texas Wing. Lt Col Cima will command her th Texas Wing Encampment in June at Camp Maxey, Paris, TX. She is a teacher in Katy ISD in the gifted and talented program.

Gladewater City Council Honors Group III Cadet
By 1st Lt harold Parks On the evening of Friday, March 6 00, Cadet Major Stephen Mouton was recognized at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Gladewater City Council. Mr. John Tallent, Mayor of Gladewater, presented Cadet Mouton with a City Council Proclamation that recognized him for his scholastic endeavors, civic achievements (Boy’s State), Civil Air Patrol accomplishments, and his recent recommendation to attend the United States Air Force Academy. Cadet Mouton is the Cadet Commander of the Gladewater Corsairs Composite Squadron, part of Group III, Texas Wing, and has been a Civil Air Patrol member for six years. He has completed the Texas Wing Solo Flight Encampment, and is currently completing training to obtain his Private Pilot’s License. In addition to his nomination to the Air Force Academy, Cadet Mouton had been accepted by the University of Arkansas, where he plans to study engineering while awaiting a class assignment at the Academy. At the City Council presentation, he was accompanied by st Lt Harold Parks, commander of the Gladewater Corsairs Composite Squadron, and both Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Jarrod Alexander and Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Andrew Alexander, members of the Squadron’s Cadet Senior Staff.

Left to right, 1st Lt Harold Parks, Gladewater Mayor John Tallent, Cadet Major Mouton accepting the proclamation from Mayor Tallent, Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Jarrod Alexander, and Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Andrew Alexander.



Two Pegasus Cadets Receive scholarships to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Pegasus Composite Squadron is excited by the achievements of two of its top cadets being accepted with full 4 year ROTC scholarships to the number one aeronautical university in the country – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus and Daytona Beach Campus.

By 1st Lt Daren Jaeger assuming leadership roles in band and cross country. Outside of school he has been active in his spiritual faith; he joined the cadet program of Civil Air Patrol in 004; and obtained his private pilots license in the summer of 006 at the age of  years,  days. In Civil Air Patrol he has attained both the General Billy Mitchell Award and the Amelia Earhart Award. He has also earned his HAM Radio license, General, with code.

Cadet Captain Herakles Boardman will be attending Embry-Riddle, Daytona Beach in the Fall. He is the recipient of a 4 year Navy ROTC scholarship to major in aerospace engineering. This award is the result of many years of focused work and consistent growth. He was accepted into the math and science academy in junior high and graduated with a distinguished magnet diploma from the Lyndon Banes Johnson Math and Science Academy. He has received many awards in music, science Olympiad, track, and cross country;

Cadet Captain Steven Hamman has been accepted to EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University at Prescott, Arizona. He is the recipient of a Type  USAF ROTC scholarship and plans to major in computer engineering. This scholarship is given to less than  % of applicants. Through individualized home school study, Cadet Hamman has distinguished himself with various awards in

math and science through his participation in Science Bowl, Texas Math League, American Math Competitions, Mandelbrot and American Math Invitational Exam. He also maintained a . GPA at Austin Community College where he was enrolled as a dual-credit student. His extracurricular activities involved being an assistant instructor of the Round Rock Fencing Club, a member of the Brazos Bottom Cow’Ographers, and an actor and sound technician at Tablerock’s theatre productions. In 004, he joined the Civil Air Patrol. Since then, he was selected to attend Civil Air Patrol’s National Blue Beret Academy, was the squadron’s color guard commander and was selected as Outstanding Color Guard Commander during Texas Wing Cadet Competition. He earned the General Billy Mitchell Award and the Amelia Earhart Award. In December 006 he was awarded Pegasus Squadron’s Cadet of the Year. Deputy Commander for Cadets, Lt Col Debbie French commented, “Cadet Hamman is the Cadet Commander and has been instrumental in helping to rebuild the cadet program. He has been a role model at both Pegasus and Apollo Squadrons.” She went on to say, “Cadet Boardman was our first  year old pilot and HAM Operator in the squadron and has challenged cadets to achieve more than they ever have before.” Both are a credit to themselves, their parents, Pegasus Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, and their community.

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My First Orientation Flight
By C/Amn Rebecca Walden Photos by Debbie Walden (the author’s mother)
Ever since the age of twelve, I have wanted to be in the Air Force and, among other things, become a fighter pilot. My parents did some research for me and found that to do so would require me to have perfect eyesight, which rules me out. My dad rented The God’s Must Be Crazy during this time, and we used to joke about how we would get one of the little Ultralight planes and use it out in the country where we had some land. Still, I never really gave up on the dream of flying. On  April 00, my dream came true. I first heard that I was going to fly at the Tuesday night meeting. First Lieutenant Fischler, the Apollo Composite Squadron commander, called me over and asked if I wanted to fly. It didn’t really register for a moment, until she told me that would fly on the CAP Cessna  on Sunday. When the day arrived, the skies were clear. It was almost unnatural for Texas not to have some clouds. My parents dropped me off at the airport and the adventure began. The pilot was going to be Second Lieutenant Joseph Merle, and he had already rolled the plane out of the hangar. I was with another beginner cadet, so I didn’t feel too awkward. We took a long time to go through the routine checks, especially since the fan was in need of repair (it got

fixed). We taxied all the way to the runway, the whole time being directed in the use of the cockpit instrumentation. Finally we were cleared for take-off. Our instructor, Lieutenant Merle, pulled a lot of switches one labeled “mix,” another centering on altitude, and such. The feeling of not being on the ground suddenly rushed in. It was almost as if we were in a time warp, because seconds after the wheels left the cement, we were at 00 ft and climbing. There was a lot of turbulence, but our instructor handled it with ease and explained that it was due to the hot air from the large highway beneath us. The coolest thing was getting to see what Texas really looks like from above. When you are on the ground it seems like the land dips and that a farmer’s field is all black, but I know better. From the sky, you can see from East to West because there are no mountains, and farmer’s fields have deep trenches that are brown. Fields are all different shades of green, and large forests seem like a few patches of lawn trees. Once we had steadied at around 400-000, our instructor directed me to take the controls. He told me to keep the dash about two finger-lengths below the horizon. He also showed me how to make the Cessna turn without

rolling. I found out just how much harder it is to fly than to drive. To remain steady with the horizon, you need to pull and push the yoke handle (steering wheel to land lubbers). To turn right or left, the pedal and the yoke must be turned, but they have to be opposite each other. Just moving the yoke causes the plane to tip dangerously. Every minute of my time at the controls was an enjoyable struggle to keep the plane upright and on course. It tended to favor turning left as well as giving in to the turbulence at times due to the wind. Finally we had reached our destination and the instructor regained control. It was almost like parting with an old friend, because I had just figured out how to keep it going steady. We landed, took a break, and headed back. It was an amazing experience, and one I will never forget. When I got back home, I began thinking about it as I told my parents and numerous family members about my flight. I noticed that in our drills, our group of cadets is called a flight and in order to keep from “barrel-rolling,” we all had to work together and do our jobs correctly. I wonder if maybe there is a connection between a drill flight and an actual plane flight? Both require teamwork and doing things by the rules.

Cadets Work the sAREVAL
By 2d Lt Michael Bownds

When I joined CAP almost a year ago, I had little interest in the cadet program. Since it was one of our missions, I knew it must have some importance, but I still couldn’t help viewing cadets as a bunch of kids who marched around the parking lot during our squadron meetings. Over time, my attitude changed. I started to see the transformation that took place as new cadets progressed in the program. I also noticed their change during promotion ceremonies as they received rewards, promotions, and additional responsibility. Watching a group of cadets that spanned all grades, from Cadet Airman Basic to Cadet Colonel was a bit like watching time-lapse photography. Still, I wasn’t ready to view them as anything more than just kids. Not yet. After all - I reasoned - CAP is a search and rescue operation, so what good are they going to be when the going gets rough? The last thing I thought we needed was a bunch of kids getting in our way. But if cadets can grow in wisdom and experience, so can senior members. And that’s what happened to me. Over the past two months, I’ve had the privilege of working as a mission staff assistant trainee during the distributed SAREX in Waco and then

again during the SAREVAL at Houston Mission Base. I was assigned to the air operations branch, and from that vantage point I had the opportunity to see how missions are planned and executed. It was also a good spot from which to learn how the different staff functions interrelate. The work was chaotic, stressful, difficult, but above all rewarding. People with varying degrees of experience and ability, all of them committed to the CAP program, managed to pull it off through sheer will power, hard work and dedication. They gave of their talent generously, and they supported each other every step of the way. It was in this environment that one thing stood out and reached my heart and mind - the importance of our cadets. These past two months I observed that our cadets were not a bunch of kids who got in the way. On the contrary, they were committed young persons, capable of performing important tasks necessary to our accomplishing the overall mission. Although they could have been having fun elsewhere, they chose to work alongside the senior members, often doing the things that no one else wanted to do. Without complaint, they assisted the command staff, performed ground

team missions, handled communications, provided security and much, much more. Despite the long hours, and the stress of having Air Force evaluators looking over their shoulders - as was the case during the SAREVAL -, cadets in proper uniform maintained their military bearing and did what was asked of them promptly, courteously and without complaint. Their participation was critical to Texas Wing, since without them we might not have attained a Successful rating in our evaluation. As I made this awareness my own, I also learned how wrong I had been, because now I knew that when the going gets rough, it is nice to have some cadets around. Savoring the experience I’ve gained in the last two months has taught me that CAP is not just a search and rescue organization. It is more than that. Through our Cadet Programs, we play an important part in shaping the lives, minds and hearts of young people. Ultimately, by performing our Cadet Programs mission successfully, we actually help create tomorrow’s civic, industry and military leaders. And in the end, as we help shape their training, cadets wind up shaping our lives.


Apollo squadron Red Poppy Ride
By C/Amn Rebecca Walden
On Saturday, 8 April, a very enjoyable “festival” if you will, known as the Red Poppy Ride, took place in Georgetown. I’ve never been a fan of the interestingly clad men and women riding bikes whom I perceived as mere traffic blockers... that is, until I decided to volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol to help them. We arrived at about 0600, far fewer than normal in attendance, but only because there was another equally important event going on at that time. The Apollo Composite Squadron members able to be there were Captain John Benavides, Second Lieutenant Sue Kristoffersen, Senior Member Monica Corley, and Cadets Cameron Condrey, Nathaniel Condrey, Stephen Corley, Anna Haworth, Jonathan Kokel, and I. First Lieutenant Tim Fowler, from Kittinger Phantom Senior Squadron, also came to help. The day began with a cheerful squawk - at least that’s what it sounded like, as the walkie-talkies were distributed and tested. The cadets were split into two teams: Corley and Haworth. Corley’s team - I was part of it - helped with car parking in the back field; Haworth’s team got another parking area. Once our back lot had been filled, we joined the other team at Parking lot B. About this time, the flood gates opened and the people poured in. Or maybe it was because the race was about to start. Only a few minutes had gone by when there was no more parking room and we were forced to move on to a third parking lot. Cadets were stationed at each lot to let new arrivals know where to park. Finally, the race began and we were free to leave and enjoy ourselves. I felt privileged when Senior Member Monica Corley asked if I would like to join her and Cadet Corley later in the morning and help at Rest Station #4. I was glad to know that she felt I was mature enough to join her.
Cdt Walden, Cdt Corley, and 2d Lt Kristoffersen getting ready to help at Rest Station #4.

Now, it has been my experience that when a person or organization volunteers, the group is given a short hello and then told very curtly exactly what they are to do. That, however, was not the case at Station #4. When we arrived, we were greeted very warmly and told to help ourselves to their refreshments. There were some very nice ladies holding bikes for the riders, so we decided to be courteous and help as well. Nearly every rider that stopped praised each of us unceasingly for our kindness, and asked a lot of questions about the Civil Air Patrol. We asked that they vote for our Station and every rider agreed to and thanked us some more for the homemade refreshments. Cadet Jonathan Kokel had contributed a large batch of cookies that were devoured in minutes. I also must include thanks for a special person who could not attend, but decided to do what she could in spite of it. Cadet Erica Condrey had created one of the most amazing tri-fold poster boards I had ever seen. All along the sides were pictures of our recent Volunteer activities with the Civil Air Patrol. In the center, to commemorate our cause, she had created three large poppies that stood out in -D. The poster, in my opinion, erased any doubts about who we were: The Civil Air Patrol. Her poster even helped our squadron find a contact who offered to help us with a very special hands-on interaction - she is an Army pilot stationed at Ft. Hood, who offered to come visit us at our squadron with at least one Apache helicopter! There were many riders who said they had been in the military or had close relatives who were, and we were able to learn a great deal from them. It was a wonderful experience, and one that helped me realize that no matter how strangely someone is dressed, or how extravagant a person might seem, each should be given a chance. I no longer see the bike riders who go past our house as strange or “in the way.” Now my memory recalls all the smiling faces thanking me for doing nothing more than giving them a chance (and holding their very expensive bikes). 4


Apollo Composite squadron Works the Burnet Air show
By C/SSgt Zack norred Photo by 2d Lt Sue Kristoffersen
On 4 April 00, several cadets and senior members from the Apollo Composite Squadron, based in Georgetown, woke up, got their gear together, and headed out to the Burnet Air Show. We arrived at approximately 000 and began working at once. With winds gusting to 0 knots and a temperature of about  degrees Fahrenheit, it was extremely windy and cold. We were tasked with setting up signs for our sponsors, flight line barrier ropes and flight line security. When we made our way to the flight line, we noticed that the VIP tent had been blown over and several of the support post damaged beyond repair. We fixed all the support post that were repairable, and tied several ropes to the aircraft tiedown hooks on the tarmac. After that, we could start on our assigned task, which was setting up the barrier ropes to provide safe parking for all aircraft - and keep spectators from wandering into the flight line. By the time we finished setting up, several aircraft had arrived, and the Air Show was about to begin. It started off fast! A Pitts performed some of the most amazing aerobatics we had ever seen. After that, there was a formation flight of experimental aircraft. They performed very well, and in very close grouping. Despite the wind, they were able to safely get extremely close, pulling off their maneuvers in a tight formation. It was when they landed that things started heating up, as an A- Skyraider swooped over the airfield and dropped his bombs! No, it didn’t drop real bombs, but the sounds were real, created by a professional explosives team. After it made several runs, it was time for the B- “Yellow Rose” and the PBJ “Devil Dog” to make their runs and end the Air Show with a bang! as they dove low and dropped their ordnance in an explosion of heat and smoke. You could feel the heat as you watched, sitting on your chair. There were many more planes in attendance; in fact, too many to name. I did notice that the C4 “Bluebonnet Bell” was also in attendance, along with an AH-64 Apache Longbow. Overall, it was an amazing Air Show and a complete success. The high winds and bitter cold weren’t going to stop this event. Despite the bad weather, the Air Show lived on and everyone had a wonderful time.

(L to R) Cadets D. Cochell, R. Walden, J. Cochell, E. Condrey, Z. Norred, A. Cochell, Z. Matson, S. Corley, J. Kokel, C. Condrey, and J. Condrey.


Pegasus squadron Present Colors at Muster Day Parade


By Cadet SSgt Rand fowler
Morris and Cadet Staff Sergeant Rand Fowler were Guards; Cadet Master Sergeant Sean Stewart, organizational flag bearer, followed in step to the beat. After the group had toured the displays of jeeps, tanks and transports along with a Black Hawk helicopter, they watched many war re-enactments from the civil war and WWII. As if in a time machine, we “toured through” the Allied forces encampments on the Siegfried line, with the American 6th Infantry Division. Each foxhole dug out recreated an isolated presentation of what life in a frontline foxhole was like at that time. From decades-old C-Rations, or learning the range of an M- Garand Rifle, we came to realize that life on the front was either sheer boredom or total terror. Moving onward to the Axis force encampments, we observed an anti-tank gun being prepared for battle. Some of the winter equipment on display was pretty interesting. We really enjoyed the whole show as we were able to see how both sides dealt with an impossible situation under impossible conditions. It wasn’t at all like the movies. War, in reality, is pretty serious.

egasus Composite Squadron performed color guard duties at the annual Muster Day at Camp Mabry. During Muster Day we are asked to reflect on the history of our Texas armed forces and the Texans who have served in American wars. The color guard team presented the colors during the nine o’clock parade on Saturday morning. The team was followed by a formation of tanks, historic jeeps, and military vehicles. Cadet Captain Steven Hamman, color guard commander, called cadence to the beat of the drummer of the Civil War re-enactment color guard. Cadet Senior Airman Kyle



Flight Line Marshaling
By C/2d Lt Tiffany hamm
What is the next best thing to flying? Flight line marshaling, of course! On  May, Waxahachie cadets practiced just that. Cadet staff members of the Waxahachie Talon Composite Squadron, part of Group III, Texas Wing, wanted to get a refresher course on the skill, and they also needed to get the new cadets started on proper flight line marshaling before the next pancake fly-in, scheduled for  June at the Midlothian/Waxahachie Mid-Way Regional Airport. The fly-in is an important squadron fund-raiser, and it usually attracts a lot of participants. Each time they come it’s a different mix, and often some exotic and very expensive planes end up coming to this small corner of 

Texas. We love it, so we want to be prepared for them, because we want to keep ‘em coming. The evening started out with a safety briefing about flight line marshaling. C/CMSgt Josse stated, “Safety was the most important thing I learned about flight line marshaling.” Shortly afterwards, C/d Lt Hamm instructed the cadets on how to properly marshal an airplane. As soon as the class was over, the cadets were eager to put their newly-learned skills to the test. Having mastered the basics about marshaling, the cadets now moved on to the ramp for a larger practice area. But rather than marshaling real airplanes, the cadets marshaled the cadet staff members around the ramp, pretending 

that their staff members were actual aircraft. Having marshaled the cadet staff around the perimeter for a while, the cadets finally parked their staff members in a parking place on the ramp. The junior cadets definitely had an enjoyable time marshaling their cadet staff around, especially since the cadets are highly motivated about the pancake fly-in. C/AC Tyler Riles said, “It feels so amazing to be in control of something bigger than you.” [sic - Ed.] At last count, three of Waxahachie’s cadets are the most motivated of all, and yes, all three are females. (They like to hooorah! themselves, too.) H  

Addison Eagles Present Colors at Texas Rangers Game
By C/SrA James Gulliksen Photos by SM Joan Gulliksen


AP cadets represented patriotism as they proudly presented Old Glory at a Texas Rangers baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Addison Eagles’ Honor Guard, comprised of C/MSgt Scott Gulliksen, C/ CMSgt John Leroy, C/d Lt Derek Prucha, C/TSgt Daniel Stolzer, and Denton Nighthawks’ C/Capt Cassie Stephens, all performed a tribute to CAP during this event on May . They started by opening and closing a presentation at the Rangers’ Legends of the Game Baseball Museum, and soon after marched onto the field. When

The Addison Eagles Honor Guard presents the colors at the Texas Rangers Ballpark, 23 May 2007.

asked how it felt to present the colors at the game, Gulliksen said, “I am proud to be performing for our country. It gives me self-respect, and a lot of dignity.” In the past, the Honor Guard has presented the colors at many other activities, including a home school graduation only a few weeks ago. Honor Guard members have found that events such as this one bond them in a way that attending routine meetings cannot do. They encourage oth(Rear) Maj Scott McCleneghan and 2d Lt Don ers to participate Gulliksen. (Front) C/2d Lt Derek Prucha, C/MSgt in many events Scott Gulliksen, C/Capt Cassie Stephens, C/TSgt for the fun of it, Daniel Stolzer, and C/SrA James Gulliksen, who and it motivates said, “Staying to watch the game was a blast!” CAP members to be active in the Civil Air Patrol. In fact, it is hard to fully enjoy what CAP is all about without being part of activities like this one. As Honor Guard members 

pursue their CAP career, they know that practice makes perfect. In the Honor Guard, every member has a job, knows what the job requires, and when each task needs to be performed. Without practicing, the Honor Guard wouldn’t have been selected to perform at the Rangers ballgame at all. The cadets agreed that their long hard work had finally paid off at this event. But even though presenting the colors is serious, it wasn’t all work and no fun for the Honor Guard members. The cadets got to stay and watch the game, which was a blast. They interacted with the people, answered questions, chatted with veterans, and even had their picture taken with the fans! The members also visited the Texas Rangers Legends of the Game Baseball Museum. The cadets had a great time, and enriched their CAP career. They want to stay active in the Honor Guard, intend to keep working on their skills, and hope to participate in many other events like this one. 

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