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Solomon Lee V an Meter, Jr.

Cadet Squadron Cadet Squadron GLR-KY-222

August 2008

2008 Kentucky Wing Conference

Kentucky Wing held the Annual Kentucky Wing Conference on Saturday, July 12th at the Frankfort Conference Center in Frankfort, KY. The Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr. Cadet Squadron had 4 cadets and 3 senior members present. Our squadron color guard consisting of Stefan Rowden Color Guard Commander, Danielle BaxterMoore, Megan Boyle and Brandon Burke presented colors and led the pledge of allegiance. The Wing Command er, Col. Heaberlin, presented an original, beautifully framed charter, to Squadron Commander, 1Lt Debbie Burke. Classes were offered to both cadets and senior members in many different areas: Aerospace Education, Safety and Communications. The Cadet Advisory Council elected officials from the different squadrons in attendance for the CAC positions within the wing. Danielle BaxterMoore was elected as the CAC reporter with Brandon Burke selected as the alternate.

THANK YOU * THANK YOU A big THANK YOU goes out to the Illinois Valley Composite Squadron in Oglesby, IL for allowing 2Lt Amy Motchnik to attend a meeting while on vacation in IL. Lt. Motchnik was grateful for the opportunity to see how another squadron runs. It was helpful to see observe another squadron. They put up with me and my 100 questions it was a great experience. I will certainly visit them again!
Contact Information: Squadron Commander: 1Lt. Debbie Burke Cell# 859-619-5855

Meeting Information: We meet at the National Guar d Armory located at 4201 Par ker s Mill Rd near Bluegrass Airport in Lexingt on. Meeting begins at 6:00.

We re on the web! Www.kywgcap.org/ky222

Squadron Email: glrky222@gmail.com

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A Land of Lincoln Experience

CORE VALUES Integrity Volunteer Service Excellence Respect

After a several hours trip, Cadet/SrA Devon Vono walked into Camp Lincoln in Springfield, IL not quite sure what to expect. Not only had he never been to a CAP Summer Encampment, no one in our squadron had ever been to an IL Summer Encampment. There were cadets from seven different wings and senior members from four wings in attendance. Once all 169 cadets and 41 senior staff members had checked in, the cadets were broken up into squadrons and learned the curriculum for the week. Their schedule included instruction in Air Force and Civil Air Patrol fundamentals, moral leadership, physical fitness, drill and ceremonies, creative thinking, and aerospace career opportunities. Cadets had to successfull y complete at least 80% of the required curriculum in order to

Cadet Commander C/Col Daniel Riordan


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C/SrA Vono takes a moment to rehydrate.

Communication School

receive encampment credit. In addition to classroom instruction, the cadets participated in orientation flights in powered or glider aircraft. They also had the opportunity to visit the Illinois State Military Museum during the week as well. Major James Bartell, Communications Director of the Encampment, gave a briefing regarding the Communication School that would be occurring during encampment. The Communications School started with basic ROA, and covered basic electricity, antennas, soldering, the MRO and CUL curriculum, even new systems like SDIS, Archer, and IMU were introduced. The Communications School cadets were split into two groups one group handled the basic communications while the other group was in class. Throughout the week the two groups switched. As an added bonus, Major Jerry Scherer taught the FCC courses for FCC licensing. Our hopes are to grow the school, said Major Bartell. It works so well to have it during the Encampment because of the class time and time on the radios. Once a cadet has attended encampment as a basic cadet, they are able to apply to attend Communication School. The union between Texas and Illinois began in Philadelphia in 2002 at the National Board meeting. Major Sublett was offered the position of Encampment Commander by Col. Burrell. Major Sublett offered the position of Commandant of Cadets to LtCol. Levesque and agreed on a Five Year Plan . The plan was to build a structure for cadet progression through the staff ranks to eventually become cadet commander. This plan allowed for consistency and efficiency and produced some effective cadet leaders. From the 2003 Summer Encampment to today, LtCol. Levesque and Major Sublett have staffed the top positions. LtCol. Levesque has used all his frequent flyer miles to come to the Summer Encampments, even brought a van this year. In the summer of 2004, LtCol. Levesque started bringing experienced cadets from Texas to fill in vital positions of the cadet staff. This is now the 6th year of the Five Year Plan and the Texas cadets are accepted with open arms. There are no more you are not welcome messages being sent, no grudges held, and no misunderstandings. This is your house and we are just warm (or sometimes chilly) visitors!

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A Land Of Lincoln Experience,


Feedback From Our Cadet

What did you like most about encampment? The last day when we all had to report outside for orders in the morning all the cadets & the cadet officers went outside in our civilians for our information of the day. When we were on our way outside, all of the cadets decided to go outside on the other side of the building to make them wonder where we were. We went down the other stairs, but one of the cadet staff caught us. The glider O-Flight was actually my complete favorite. What did you learn that will help you in CAP? To have very good teamwork and help each other out and most important is to listen to everybody s ideas. What was the biggest challenge? PT

C/SrA Devon Vono returning from his first glider O-Flight. He is the first cadet in our squadron to ever fly in a glider.

Cadets were given the opportunity to shoot real M-16s retrofitted with pneumatic air pressure to simulate real ammunition. The equipment was also fitted with lasers that shot at a response screen that scored the cadets hit & miss scores.

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Search & Rescue Training at the Red River Gorge

A weekend in July at the Red River Gorge sounds like a relaxing and beautiful vacation to most people. For two of our cadets and our squadron commander, it means some serious ground team training. Cadets David Barnes and Danielle BaxterMoore as well as commander 1Lt Debbie Burke represented our squadron at a recent Search and Rescue Training Exercise (SAREX) held Friday, July 25th Sunday July 27th at Tunnel Ridge Area of Red River Gorge. Lt. Burke was the safety officer for this SAREX. Training for many ground team tasks for emergency services were offered. Those skills were then put to the test in a simulated mission. All cadets returned exhausted but exhilarated.

Coming Next Month... What does NESA have to do with QUARENTEEN? Check next month s newsletter to find out.

CALLING ALL PARENTS Parent Meeting & Upcoming Training Opportunities at Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr. Cadet Squadron:

Awards Night Thurs., Oct 2nd 6:00 pm

Uniform Maintenance - Helicopters - Astronomy

Can YOU iron your uniform?

Wing AEO Bob Patterson will teach

Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond


Coming up: Frankfort SAREX August 15th 17th

Aerospace Education Book-of-the-Month

A Field Guide to Airplanes of North America, 3rd Edition (Revised, Update): M.R. Montgomery and Gerald L. Foster, 2006, Houghton Mifflin Co., ISBN 0618411275. This field guide to Airplanes will help you identify almost any aircraft you see on the ground or in flight. With over 400 aircraft illustrated, it covers the latest in general aviation, military, commercial, business airplanes, and helicopters. Detailed drawings, descriptions and statistical information allows you to see the differences between aircraft and even differences between models of the same aircraft. Since many older aircraft keep flying for years and years, this means your copy of this Field Guide will continue to remain useful for many years to come. It is a must and a one of a kind identification book for your library. Available on Amazon.com and other bookstores Prices start from $1.00 new (yep, that s right) a buck! Book-of-the-month link: http://kywgcap.org/ Default.aspx?tabid=1256

Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation. Each squadron is responsible for raising its own funds. Donations are used for special events, assistance for lowincome cadets as well as various education and leadership programs. To make a taxdeductible donation, please contact Lt. Debbie Burke at 859 - 6 1 9 - 58 5 5 or e ma i l a t glrky222@gmail .com.

Who Is Civil Air Patrol?

The U.S. Civil Air Patrol was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U.S. into World War II. CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 55,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 95 percent of inland search and rescue missions, as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 58 lives in 2006. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 22,000 young people currently participating in the CAP Cadet Program. For more information go to www.cap.gov.