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By Capt Elias Roman-Rivera
March 5, 2019
Let's allow to present the newest Puerto Rico Wing Cadet Spaatz, C/Col Angelymar Sanchez #2223 from the Muñiz Air National Guard Base Cadet Squadron, SER-PR-126.
By Capt Elias Roman-Rivera
March 2, 2019
Training Leaders of Cadets is the premiere venue for Cadet Programs Officers to learn how to become better mentors of cadets and more effective managers of cadet squadrons. It is designed to be presented in a seminar format rather than a lecture form ...
By Lt. Col. Andrew Oppmann
February 25, 2019
Cadets from every wing in the Southeast Region attended a weekend face-to-face Cadet Advisory Council retreat Feb. 22-24 at Georgia Wing Headquarters, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, in Marietta Georgia.
By Capt Elias Roman-Rivera
February 23, 2019
Squadron Leadership School (SLS) provides CAP's adult members with a basic understanding of CAP operations at the squadron level and how those operations affect CAP's national missions.

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National Commander Marks Fifth Year of MTSU-Tenn. Wing Partnership
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:56:51 -0500

Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, Civil Air Patrol’s national commander and CEO, visited Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro today to celebrate the fifth year of the partnership between MTSU’s Department of Aerospace and the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s Tennessee Wing.

MTSU’s leadership, including President Sidney A. McPhee and Provost Mark Byrnes, rolled out the carpet for Smith.

“We are honored to welcome Gen. Smith and his leadership team to our campus,” McPhee said Friday morning. “This is yet another productive partnership that allows our university to connect with great prospective students and help serve our community.”

The university’s College of Basic and Applied Sciences, through its aerospace department, first inked a partnership with CAP’s Tennessee Wing in 2014 to provide cadets 12-18 with opportunities to interact with faculty and explore the Murfreesboro campus.

“Civil Air Patrol’s partnership with MTSU is a model that we hope to replicate throughout the country,” Smith said. “It adds value to our cadet program and helps this great university reach out to excellent prospective students.”

Smith’s day on campus was to begin with a lecture on principles of leadership to about 100 students sponsored by University Honors College and Omicron Delta Kappa.

The general, along with John Salvador, the organization’s chief operating officer, and several senior CAP officers were to tour MTSU’s $3.2 million, 360-degree air traffic control simulator, along with other aerospace labs on campus and at Murfreesboro Municipal Airport.

McPhee planned a lunch briefing for Smith and his team about MTSU’s partnership with Delta Propel, a special relationship with MTSU Aerospace that allows the airline to identify promising student pilots that lead to qualified job offers before graduation.

Afterward, Smith, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and Operation Desert Storm veteran, was to be honored in a special ceremony at MTSU’s Veterans Memorial, hosted by retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, the university’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives.

MTSU’s close ties with CAP stretch back to July 1948, when CAP’s former Middle Tennessee State College Squadron was organized and MTSU’s Department of Aerospace was just 6 years old.

MTSU hosted the Tennessee Wing Cadet Encampment in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and welcomed the 2019 encampment’s leadership cadre to campus earlier this month.

Also, for the third consecutive year, MTSU this summer will host the CAP Engineering Technology Academy, a national cadet special activity that attracts about 40 prospective students nationwide to learn about aerospace and engineering technology.

Friday also marks the start of this year’s Tennessee Wing Conference, the state’s premier CAP membership event, held at MTSU for the third time.

Col. Dent Young, commander of CAP’s Tennessee Wing, has called MTSU “a valuable partner in many ways but especially in our successful and growing cadet program.” Cadets account for half of the wing’s 1,000 members.

Bud Fischer, dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, has encouraged faculty from the Aerospace, Engineering Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Military Science departments to engage with the cadets throughout the partnership.

“MTSU has the academic programs that many of these outstanding cadets will pursue in college,” McPhee said. “These events give them a sneak peek of what’s possible.”

MTSU lured the Engineering Technology Academy away from Auburn University in Alabama – a point of pride for MTSU alumnus and Southeast Region Commander Col. Barry Melton, who oversees CAP wings in five states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“I am proud that my alma mater has established such a strong partnership with our organization,” Melton said. “It truly is a win-win.”

NESA Spreads Its Wings: New Mobile Team Expanding Program
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:20:57 -0500

Civil Air Patrol’s National Emergency Services Academy is spreading its wings.

At least that’s the intent of a new expansion effort known as the NESA Mobile Training Team program, which will soon be capable of supporting each of CAP’s eight regions.

“Our purpose behind the NESA-MTT program is to institute an outreach capability to all regions, while still providing the same level of professional instruction, and fidelity in curriculum excellence, at a much lower cost to the CAP members,” said Lt. Col. Bob Ditch, the retired U.S. Air Force colonel heading up the new program.

“Many of the courses are approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for CAP delivery, and all the course leaders are NESA- and/or FEMA-qualified instructors.”

NESA was founded in 1996 as a means for increasing the knowledge and professionalism of CAP members in incident management and emergency/disaster response. The first two years all the classes were held in Virginia. By 1998, the program had moved to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and it has resided there ever since — providing unsurpassed emergency services professional development in multiple incident management, public information, communications, aircrew, chaplain and other disciplines.

Since its fledging days, the curriculums at Camp Atterbury have grown from two two-week classes to now nearly 30 separate course deliveries during the main summer school, as well as several courses as needed during the year like small unmanned aircraft system (small UAS) training.

“Now the program has taken a big step out of its nest in Indiana, spread its wings, and is now flying to all points of the compass,” Ditch said.

“The proof of concept for this MTT program was conducted through the delivery of incident management and public information officer courses in Arizona, Texas and New Jersey,” said Ditch, who serves as CAP’s liaison to the International Association of Emergency Managers and the FEMA-Emergency Management Institute.

This May and August, “the Northeast Region will host NESA-MTTs, providing ICS 300 and 400 for it and the Middle East Region,” Ditch said.

Future deliveries should be requested through the regions through the operations directorate at CAP National Headquarters. For more information on the NESA-MTT program, and how to request regional deliveries, contact Ditch at or 480-298-2603.


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S.C. Squadron Monitors Airport Runways, Taxiways for Debris
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:51:42 -0500

1st Lt. David M. Bennett
Public Affairs Officer ​
Greenville Composite Squadron
South Carolina Wing

Foreign object debris (FOD) is an enemy of aviation. Something as small or as simple as a nut or a bolt, in the wrong place at the wrong time, can cause significant damage to an aircraft and possibly endanger the lives of those on board.

Cadets and senior members from one South Carolina Wing unit are doing something about it.

As part of its community services program, the Greenville Composite Squadron, headquartered at Greenville Downtown Airport, participates in periodic FOD walks to scan their home field’s runways and taxiways looking for hazardous junk.

“You would be surprised at what ends up along the pavement,” says Lara Kauffman, public relations director for the airport. “This time the FOD walk uncovered marking pens, a long screwdriver, various hardware and even two lantern batteries.”

After the latest walk, one flyer commented that the municipal airport had the cleanest runways he had ever seen.

To show gratitude for use of its meeting space and hangar, the Greenville unit pays back the airport in many ways, from marshalling traffic at public events to presenting the colors at Memorial Day ceremonies and, of course, the FOD walks.

Photos by 1st Lt. David M. Bennett

Wis. Unit Provides Aerospace Classes for 4-H Youth
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:05:37 -0500

What grade schooler doesn’t enjoy launching rockets, building airplanes and flying whirligigs?

Taking advantage of this natural desire to experiment and learn, members of the Wisconsin Wing's La Crosse Composite Squadron recently conducted a series of aerospace classes as part of the La Crosse County 4-H Clover College.

The event, held at Bangor Elementary School, invites 4-H students and the public to come and learn about a wide variety of topics. The teachers for each class come from the community and have some area of expertise to share with the students.

Members of the La Crosse Composite Squadron spent the day helping the 18 participating students conduct different STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects so the children could experiment with flight. The first project involved working with Dragonfly helicopters, which helped students understand how an airfoil works.

The students then moved on to constructing balsa gliders to learn about the forces of drag and lift. After that they explored the concept further by practicing landing model aircraft of varying weights attached to an inclined fishing line.

The session concluded with constructing fizzy pop rockets to better understand Newton’s Third Law of Motion -- for every action in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Capt. Roxanne Munns, the squadron’s assistant aerospace education officer and also a 4-H leader, organized the activity and supervised it along with 2nd Lt. Scott Munns, aerospace education officer. Cadet Capt. Mattison Donaldson and Cadet Senior Airman Carter Mandel provided hands-on assistance to the students while also explaining aerospace concepts.

Majs. Todd Mandel, squadron commander, and Linda Zimmerman, deputy commander for senior members, provided logistical support.