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Volunteer Recognition Award to Members Left to right CSM Rivera ( 1ID CSMRear), BG McWillie, Col. Timothy Hansen, COL Clark (Garrison Commander), CSM Bennett (Garrison Command Sergeant Major), not photographed is C/1stLt Schwanke.
KANSAS WING CIVIL AIR PATROL
By Maj Linette Lahan
When the lifeblood of your organization is volunteers, recognition for their service is vital. On 6 November, Brigadier General Donald McWillie, commander of Fort Riley, hosted a quarterly volunteer recognition ceremony. This ceremony recognized Soldiers, family members, civilians and community members for their volunteer service which benefit the local Fort Riley community. Col. Timothy Hansen and C/1stLt Joshua Schwanke, from the Flint Hills Composite Squadron, were recognized as adult and youth volunteers of 3rd Quarter of 2012. Col. Hansen was recognized for his duties within the Wing (Incident Commander, Director of Operation, Wing Transportation Officer, Squadron Emergency Services Officer, Squadron Finance Officer) in addition to his duties as the senior Ground Branch Director for National Blue Beret. He has volunteered 726 hours for the quarter. C/1stLt Schwanke was recognized for his service within the Wing (Chairman of the Wing Cadet Advisory Council and Cadet Commander for the Flint Hills Composite Squadron) and National Blue Beret, volunteering over 400 hours during the quarter. They were awarded a Volunteer of the Quarter crystal and Certificate of Appreciation.
Plenty of Aerospace Potential
By Maj Catherine Mages, Director of Aerospace Education
Aerospace, one of the main arms of the CAP, endeavors to educate adult and cadet members on aviation’s importance. As Billy Mitchell understood and championed so many years ago, a strong aviation produces air superiority, fortifying national sovereignty. A strong aviation yields participants which share airspace around the various airports in the country. Additionally, to keep aviation participants competitive and safe, numerous advances emerge. Participants during air shows and fly-ins may include a range from commercial emergency response teams, like Eagle Med to private aircraft and helicopters. Another such participant includes the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) that attempt to bring history to life through battle reenactments, speaking engagements for groups (such as CAP), and museums. Similar veteran centered activities are a staple of the Junction City Squadron. To continue maintaining this technological edge the United States will require some additional 20,000 engineers and scientists. The Aerospace Education Membership (AEM) program, reaches approximately 35,000 adults and 26,000 youths via the 1600 units throughout the country (CAP website). The program is divided up into adult and youth oriented aviation materials. The youth materials are further divided into grade school, middle school, and high school aged materials. The Cherokee Squadron in Weir, KS utilize CAP materials in their classes. Through AEM teaching materials, the tough work in lesson planning for the educator is decreased, allowing more interaction with students. All materials are designed to easily interface with the established educational curriculum requirements which include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). These four items have been identified as the bedrock literacy components for the needed engineering and scientist careers. Cadets and Teachers in the AEM program are eligible for orientation rides. This requires the dedication of pilots who volunteer their time not only to fly interested persons, but use their own funds to maintain safe flying skills. Missions tasked for a specific search and rescue, as an example, further require current aircrew and ground teams. Exciting potential capabilities include dog handling teams to assist ground team crews and interoperability allowing KHP network access to increase communication range. The Topeka Squadron sponsored the speakers to introduce these interesting capabilities. The pilot/aircrew side includes aircraft with glass cockpits, photography & videography in real time, plus an aircraft with spectral scanning based out of the Kansas City Squadron. These and other facts are an example of the information offered to interested attendees when participating in a static booth display. These public appearances perform a dual role of educating the public on why aviation and airports are important. The other role is to educate our fellow American citizen where some of their tax money goes and how that tax dollar gets stretched to accomplish more than in regular organizations. The hope is to empower them as informed citizens during election cycles and entice them to join CAP. Speaking of new citizens, the Lawrence Squadron assisted with a swearing in ceremony. On an average month most squadrons can amass approximately 200-300 volunteer hours. These numbers of volunteer hours typify the dedication to the CAP which stems from the enthusiastic embrace of the CAP mission. Once this type of dedication is witnessed, faith in the nation’s future and its citizens are restored.
Specific opportunities include the different programs such as Rockets, Radio Controlled Aircraft, Satellites, Robotics, and Cyber-security. The rocketry program is in place in many units with seniors mentoring the construction and launch of simple to advanced 2-stage rockets. The Heartland Squadron has this program down to a science due to frequent activities. The Model Airplane Remote Control, (MARC) program is a recent addition to the potential programs offered by CAP to build and fly Radio Controlled, (R/C) Aircraft. While R/C flight presents some unique challenges not present in aircraft flight, namely control reversal, it acquaints the cadet with the resultant reactions to control surface movements. A Salina Squadrons cadet recently participated in a National Specialty Activities, (NSA) camp over the summer of 2012. The Emporia Squadron participates in the MARC program with cadets receiving an American Model Association (AMA) membership. Additionally, this squadron leads the way in glider pilots and Glider Orientation Flights for cadets or adults. The Satellite Tool Kit, (STK) is a newer program which endeavors to demonstrate what is involved in the construction, launching, and maintenance of satellite orbits. The New Century Squadron in Olathe is very active in the STK program, producing computer generated satellite constellations to meet assigned mission requirements, such as ground communication. The Robotics program was a newer addition and includes activities designed to introduce key terms to members. Some activities have inexpensive construction which lends themselves to public appearance demos. One such specific activity can be found in the Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) lesson plans, which utilize a cell phone battery and the head of a toothbrush to create a miniature robot. The Cyber-Security program involves computer security and the CAP has teams which shine in competitions. Another phenomenal opportunity for both adults and cadets includes National Blue Beret. This ultimate aviation experience in Oshkosh has secured a long standing history of CAP assisting the EAA with marshalling aircraft in, out, and around the airfield. When cynics argue the youth of today are in trouble and they wonder about the future of this country, I wish to respectfully disagree. During muggy, hot summers in Wisconsin (who knew) young people from all over the country’s various units volunteer and pay money to give up 2 weeks of precious vacation time to work. While their counterparts wile away their summer in an easy job, these cadets receive a week long training course then perform some difficult jobs that are punctuated by shear intense activity. Likewise, adult members use precious vacation time from work to supervise and perform vital functions in the same delightfully steamy conditions. Several wings bring numerous resources and members in support of this activity.
The Adjutant General's Public Affairs office will be conducting PAO training Saturday and Sunday 2-3 March 2013. It will be conducted in Salina, building 365. This is close to the Wing Headquarters. There is NO cost to attend the class. However, transportation, food and lodging is on your own. This is open to both senior members and cadets. Every squadron is highly encouraged to send at least one representative. Suggest uniform for cadets is BDU. Suggested uniform for seniors is either corporate or BDU.
DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW... “Encampments are not easy. The truth is, they're designed to be challenging. It's intended to push you and help you prove to yourself that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Everyday, all of you work extremely hard and it's necessary to continue. Stay positive and improve on the things that need it. All of the hard work will pay for in pride. Imagine the feeling of reporting to the Encampment Commander, shaking his hand and receiving that certificate of completion. Feel the pride and persevere to achieve it. Your staff are very experienced and know what they're doing. Everything they make you do is for a reason and it’s important to recognize that. Everything they have you do is to teach you teamwork, honor, excellence, and discipline. All of the staff came here during their winter vacation to teach you. We care and are here to teach you. Visualize what you want and strive to achieve that feeling. Trust your staff and know that pride will always follow per severance.” Cadet Major Crockett, Cadet Commander
KSWG CADET ENCAMPMENT 2012
KSWG CADET ENCAMPMENT 2012 Thunder Mountain held its first meeting of 2013 last night. All four cadets that attended the Kansas Wing Winter Encampment reported “they had a blast!!” Each had a good story to tell. The KC130 ride was obviously exciting, refueling the air craft was a hit. The Black Hawk was equally exciting. The programs and ideas that were shared are already being used in our squadron. I personally want to thank all of the staff for providing these young people with a memorable, quality experience. Cheers Denise Thompson, Major, CAP Commander Thunder Mountain Composite Squadron, CO-015
DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW...
I picked up my Cadet and she was overjoyed with encampment! She had a blast. It was a 5 hour drive home and she did not stop talking till about Sedalia MO. She thought it was just awesome and is already planning to come back as honor guard or staff. She is even more determined to go to USAFA even more now! From a parents point of view- I missed her but saw immediate changes in her on the way home. She has always been a good kid and respectful, but I saw just a light in her that was a spark turn into a flame over the last week. It is one of the best things she has ever done. Even at 12 she is a mature kiddo, but this just intensified it even more. I am so proud of her!!! Thank you for making this available for the kids. Proud Encampment Parent
KSWG CADET ENCAMPMENT 2012
Top Marksman: Honor Cadet - Alpha Flight: Honor Cadet - Bravo Flight: Honor Cadet - Charlie Flight: Honor Cadet - Delta Flight: Honor Cadet - Echo Flight: Honor Cadet - Foxtrot Flight: Honor Cadet - Golf Flight: Honor Cadet - Hotel Flight: Honor Cadet - India Flight: Honor Cadet - 10th Squadron: Honor Cadet - 11th Squadron: Honor Cadet - 12th Squadron: Honor Cadet – Honor Guard: Honor Cadet – ES School: Most Improved Cadet: Honor Cadet - Encampment: Honor Cadet - Staff Member: Honor Flight: Honor TAC: Honor Senior: CAP-USAF Recognition: CAP-USAF Recognition: CAP-USAF Recognition:
C/CMSgt Clayton Smith C/TSgt Cole Oakland C/SMSgt Crystal Hayden C/SMSgt Quincy Prark C/TSgt Corbin Anderson C/Amn David Crow C/SrA Brian Thompson C/SSgt Cody Hedrick C/A1C Daniel Roberts C/SSgt Kaile Forsythe C/A1C Ethan Archer C/TSgt Riley Murray C/A1C Samuel Tschappler C/TSgt Samuel Samberson C/SMSgt Megan Neuman C/Amn Francis McHale C/SMSgt Samuel Teff C/CMSgt Joshua Heald Golf Flight Lt Col Corydon Siffring 2d Lt Mark Timpe C/SSgt Joseph Holder C/SSgt Thomas Williams C/SMSgt Allie Jackson
"Overall, I liked the experience. There was a lot of homesickness and sometimes I didn't think I could do it, but I was very proud of myself for finishing. I loved re-fueling the big B2 bomber. That's something some people never get to do. Getting through it and graduating showed me I have more perseverance than I thought I did!" Landon Randall from Pomona, KS
c/Amn Landon Randall Joined CAP NCR-KS055 2 Nov 2012 promoted to Amn 7 Dec 2012 reported to Encampment 26 Dec 2012
Commander’s Commendations C/Capt Kyle Adams 1st Lt Arturo Chacon Lt Col Michael Cramer C/Maj Joseph Crockett Capt Patricia Crockett Capt R. Douglas Crockett Capt Mitchell Edwards Maj Carolyn Franz C/SSgt Steven Hindman Capt Mark Hudgins C/Maj Ben Jakeman Lt Col Jeffrey Johnson Capt Quentin Laws Maj Catherine Mages Col Burgess Rennels, Jr. Capt William Roberts Lt Col Corydon Siffring 2d Lt Mark Timpe Achievement Award Lt Col Terry Boyle Maj Elizabeth Caldwell C/Maj Skylar Caldwell C/Lt Col Samuel Chaverin C/Lt Col Brandon Doubrava C/Maj Cody Draeger 1st Lt Robin Dutton C/2nd Lt Bryan Fisher C/CMSgt Nathan Fortmayer Col Rick Franz C/CMSgt Joshua Heald SM Angelique Hoffman C/MSgt Wesley Kagan C/SMSgt Kristonna Kramer 1st Lt Janet McCartney 2nd Lt Rex McClure C/SMSgt Stephanie Moffitt Lt Col Michael Mouw Lt Col John O'Neill Maj Danny Phillips C/2nd Lt Mike Regan C/2nd Lt Barak Roberts 2nd Lt Dawn Sahr C/MSgt Victoria Schmidt Lt Col Jane Smalley 1st Lt Timothy Thornton C/CMSgt Nicholas Timpe C/2nd Lt Abigail Votava 1st Lt Makayla White Maj Sammy Williams C/2nd Lt Anthony Zinkhon C/CMSgt Jake Zortz
Pause and Remember...
C/Major Crockett Competes for Gold
Saber fencers opened the annual Falcon Open, Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Academy's Cadet Gymnasium. Winning the senior men's saber championship was Joseph Crockett from the Fencing Athletic Club of Kansas City. Crockett received a bye advancing into direct elimination where he won his bouts 15-10, 15-13, 15-11 beating Air Force Academy Falcon Ryan Redhead 15-13 to advance into the semifinal. Crockett took the final touch in the gold medal bout against Air Force Academy freshman, Adam Marcinkowski. The final score was 15-10. Crockett earned his United States Fencing National B12 rating earlier this year after winning the Division II Men's Saber North American Cup Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kansas Wing Welcomes North Central Region’s New Commander Col. Robert Todd! Correspondence should be mailed to:
23511 Harrison Street Gretna, NE 68028 [email protected]
2013 CAP Command Council & Annual Conference 15-17 Aug Sheraton Downtown - Denver, CO
QUARTERLY KANSAS CAP DR/HLS NEWS LETTER
ARE YOU READY? HURRICANE SANDY: Below are a few excerpts of the day to day actions of the Civil Air Patrol assisting with the relief efforts of Hurricane Sandy.
BE THINKING, IF YOU WERE CALLED UPON IN KANSAS TO ASSIST IN A LOCAL DISASTER. COULD YOU?, ARE YOU TRAINED UP? IS YOUR EQUIPMENT IN ORDER? HAS YOUR PLAN OF ACTION BEEN PRE-TESTED?.
DAY 1 LOG -- Those wings and others throughout the potentially affected areas in the Middle East and Northeast regions are poised to respond to requests for assistance, which could include such missions as aerial imagery, emergency communications support, searches for missing aircraft or people, distribution of food or water, checking on residents or helping to fill and stack sandbags. DAY 4 LOG --The aerial imagery flights, expected to continue through Friday, are concentrating on roads and bridges and providing images to access routes encumbered by trees, mud, water, electrical wires or other obstacles. FEMA will use the photos to assess storm damage and to allocate the resources needed to restore the roadway infrastructure. DAY 5 LOG -- The flights follow 25 damage assessment sorties carried out Tuesday and Wednesday. The first aerial missions took place Tuesday as soon as winds subsided sufficiently, as aircrews photographed damage to the coastal areas of Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, along with Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island and Rhode Island’s Block Island. DAY 8 LOG -- Officers and cadets from six squadrons in the wing’s Mid-Eastern Group provided more than 1,000 man-hours in relief assistance at the Red Cross warehouse in Guilderland, said Lt. Col. Sean Neal, group commander. The members loaded trucks and shelter trailers, kept inventory and processed requisitions. They also assisted with preparations to receive and help distribute food, water, tools, comfort kits, toiletry kits, cleanup kits, cots, blankets and other items to shelters and other distribution points.
NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment. NIMS works hand in hand with the National Response Framework (NRF). NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents, while the NRF provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level policy for incident management. Civil Air Patrol has committed to being NIMS compliant like all other response agencies across the United States. In order to be NIMS compliant CAP members participating in emergency services will need to complete certain training in accordance with guidance from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and CAP will need to meet other NIMS guidelines established by DHS as they are announced. Most personnel will only need to complete a few courses online, but depending on which specialty qualifications a member holds, they may have to take several courses: IS-100 is available online at:http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is100b.asp IS-200 is available online at:http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is200b.asp IS-700 is available online at:http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is700a.asp IS-800 is available online at:http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS800b.asp ICS-300 and ICS-400 training materials are available at: http://www.nesa.cap.gov/ icsscurr.htm, but this training is only provided in a classroom setting with tabletop exercises at this time. The current required NIMS training for CAP emergency services personnel are found on next page. * indicates that this course is recommended but not required for these specialties. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
CAPT JD SPRADLING Kansas Wing Civil Air Patrol Director of Homeland Security Disaster Relief Officer HOME: 913-783-4855 CELL: 913-963-3903 EMAIL: [email protected]
KANSAS WING HEADQUARTERS 3024 ARNOLD AVE SALINA KS 67401-9015 785-825-0009
Personnel completing IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800 online must provide a copy of the course certificate or an EMI transcript to their unit emergency services officer, commander, or the commander's designee for entry into Ops Quals in e-services and placement into the members emergency services qualification folder. Unfortunately, completion of these courses cannot be automatically loaded into Ops Qualifications in e-services as this is not supported by DHS. Personnel completing ICS-300 or ICS-400 will have to provide a copy of their course certificate to their unit emergency services officer, commander, or the commander's designee for entry into Ops Quals in e-services and placement into each member’s emergency services qualification folder. National Incident Management System (NIMS) training must be provided by appropriately trained and qualified instructors in accordance with established Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies and objectives when training is not completed on-line. The current requirements for CAP members to teach the above NIMS courses are: IS-100 Instructor Requirements · Two instructors are recommended to teach IS-100 classes, but are not required. · Lead and Unit Instructors must have successfully completed IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700 NIMS. · Lead Instructors must have training and experience in adult education and have served as an Incident Commander (IC) or in a command staff or general staff position. See the section on Adult Education Experience and Instructor Training below. · Prior versions are acceptable. See the Course Standards section below. It is not necessary to take the course again as materials are revised. IS-200 Instructor Requirements · Two instructors are recommended to teach IS-200 classes, but are not required. · Lead Instructors must have successfully completed IS-100, IS-200, ICS-300, and IS-700. · Unit Instructors must have successfully completed IS-100, IS-200, and IS700. · The Lead Instructor must have training and experience in adult education and have served as an IC or in a command staff or general staff position. See the section on Adult Education Experience and Instructor Training below. · Prior versions are acceptable. See the Course Standards section below. It is not necessary to take the course again as materials are revised.
ICS-400 Instructor Requirements · At least two instructors are required to teach ICS-400 classes. · Lead Instructors must have successfully completed IS-100, IS-200, ICS300, ICS-400, IS-700, and IS-800. · Unit Instructors must have successfully completed IS-100, IS-200, ICS-300, ICS-400, IS-700, and IS-800. · Lead instructors must have served as served as IC or in a command staff or general staff position in an incident that went beyond one operational period or required a written Incident Action Plan (IAP). · The Lead Instructor must have training and experience in adult education. See the section on Adult Education Experience and Instructor Training below. · Unit instructors must have served as served as an IC or in a command staff or general staff position; or, have specialized knowledge and experience appropriate for the audience, such as public health or public works. · ICS-400 must be completed in residence. There is not an on-line version of this course. See the Course Standards section below. · Personnel having completed ICS-400 previously in accordance with the IS-700 Instructor Requirements · Two instructors are recommended to teach IS-700 classes, but are not required. · Lead and Unit Instructors must have successfully completed IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700. · Lead Instructors must have training and experience in adult education and have served as an IC or in a command staff or general staff position. See the section on Adult Education Experience and Instructor Training below. · Prior versions are acceptable. See the Course Standards section below. It is not necessary to take the course again as materials are revised. IS-800 Instructor Requirements · Two instructors are recommended to teach IS-800 classes, but are not required. · Lead and Unit Instructors must have successfully completed IS-100, IS200, IS-700, and IS-800. · Lead Instructors must have training and experience in adult education and have served as an IC or in a command staff or general staff position. See the section on Adult Education Experience and Instructor Training below. · Prior versions are acceptable. See the Course Standards section below. It is not necessary to take the course again as materials are revised.
Adult Education Experience and Instructor Training There are several acceptable types of formal adult education experience and instructor training to meet the requirements to present NIMS training in residence for Civil Air Patrol: · DHS Office of Grants and Training’s Instructor Training Certification Course or equivalent state course · National Wildfire Coordinating Group Facilitative Instructor M-410 course · Emergency Management Institute Master Trainer Program · National Fire Academy Instructional Methodology class · College education courses · USAF Academic Instructor School · American Red Cross, National Safety Counsel, American Heart Association, or American Safety and Health Institute instructor development training · Equivalent instructor certification courses as determined by the Wing or higher commander or their designee. NHQ CAP/DO can provide additional assistance in determining instructor course equivalency. Some states require their instructors to complete specific courses in order to teach ICS, or for courses to be recognized locally. Wings that desire to conduct their own courses should coordinate with their state and local counterparts in order to be sure that training will be recognized. Wings desiring to restrict instructor qualifications further than noted above can do so through an approved supplement to CAPR 60-3. Course Standards Courses developed using the National Standard Curriculum Development Guidance document meet NIMS training requirements. However, it is the responsibility of the sponsoring agency or organization, CAP in this case, to verify that the training guidelines are met. The DHS NIMS Integration Center (NIC) considers anyone who has taken all applicable NIMS courses to their level of responsibility within an incident to have satisfied the NIMS training elements as part of the NIMS Implementation Activities, Compliance Matrix and Metrics. Therefore it is immaterial to the NIC if someone takes the courses from USFA, EMI, NWCG, USDA, EPA, Coast Guard, State Agencies, CAP, a private vendor etc., as long as the courses meet the content and objectives outlined in the National Standard Curriculum Training Development Guidance. The NIC discourages the establishment of specific agency/organization version ICS courses as prerequisites for additional training acceptance. CAP will generally use EMI materials, but will accept courses that meet the established National Standard Curriculum Development Guidance. Personnel do not need to re-take courses with CAP as long as they can provide documentation of completion of training from a recognized organization, using acceptable curriculum appropriately.
Civil Air Patrol’s first Spaatz award recipient dies after distinguished public service career Decorated CAP cadet from Michigan became a skilled Air Force combat pilot who flew with the Thunderbirds and served as a trusted congressional aide Douglas C. Roach, the first recipient of Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet award, the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, died Jan. 11 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., from complications related to cancer. He was 70. “The Spaatz Association wishes to express its deep regret and condolences in the passing of Doug Roach,” said retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Ted Bowlds, the association’s president. “As the first Spaatz award recipient, Doug certainly set the standard in the qualities represented in all Spaatz recipients that followed. We have him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”
Despite the notoriety he gained above the clouds in the Air Force, Brig. Gen. Richard L. Anderson said Roach was grounded in the achievements of his youth, which included his “place of honor in the annals of CAP history” as the first Spaatz recipient.
“I remember meeting Doug for the first time at a Spaatz Association event soon after the organization was created in the mid-1990s,” said Anderson, past president of the association and former CAP national commander who now chairs the organization’s Board of Governors. “Although Doug’s professional military and congressional staff career precluded his remaining active in CAP, he reRoach made Civil Air Patrol and Spaatz history as a Michi- mained dedicated to the purposes of the CAP Cadet Progan Wing cadet in the 1960s. He was born in Romulus, gram and attributed CAP with his later accomplishments in Mich., on Nov. 18, 1942. life.” “Doug was handpicked by Jack Sorenson (CAP’s cadet program leader at the time) to be tested for the first Spaatz,” said Col. Larry Trick, a Spaatz recipient and former president of the association. “Jack noticed Doug in 1962 at the National Cadet Competition, where he was commander of the Michigan Wing drill team that won the competition that year.” Trick said the Spaatz test in its infancy was handwritten, with mostly essay-type questions. Today the test has evolved into a more sophisticated, multi-step process, but the Spaatz award remains the most coveted of CAP’s cadet honors. Named after the first chief of staff of the Air Force and the first chairman of the CAP National Board, the Spaatz award is presented to cadets who demonstrate excellence in leadership, character, fitness and aerospace education. Cadets typically qualify for the award after devoting an average of five years to progress through 16 achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Once a cadet achieves the award, he or she is entitled to the grade of cadet colonel. On average, only two cadets in 1,000 earn the Spaatz award. Since the award’s inception in 1964, CAP has presented the Spaatz award to less than 1,900 cadets. Roach became a highly decorated officer and skilled U.S. Air Force pilot. After flying 516 combat missions during several tours in Vietnam between 1969 and 1972, he was a pilot with the Air Force flight performance team, the Thunderbirds, from 1973-75. He began with the aerial demonstration team flying Thunderbird #6 when the team flew the F-4 Phantom and he served as the team’s logistics officer. Roach retired from the Air Force with the rank of colonel.
“He was a hero to me and many cadets in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s,” said Trick. “Often, we would see him on the Hill during National CAP Legislative Day. He always had a great smile and handshake for the cadets.” Roach earned a bachelor’s degree in government at the University of Michigan and, after his distinguished service in the Air Force, a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University. He continued his career of public service on Capitol Hill, most recently as the longtime staff director for the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces. In his obituary this week, Congressional Quarterly’s Roll Call said Roach was a cornerstone of every defense authorization law since 1991, whether as a professional staff member on the veteran defense panel, or its staff director since 2001. “His work was key to developing the smart weapons we use today,” said Trick. The longtime congressional aide also was noted for serving both Democrats and Republicans, working through important national security legislation. In the Roll Call obituary, Rep. Michael R. Turner, the Ohio Republican who chairs the Tactical Air and Land Forces panel, said, “Doug Roach was a trusted counselor to members on both sides of the aisle for many years. He always gave us his best advice, regardless of party interest or agenda.” Roach’s boss, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., called him “a selfless servant By Steve Cox, Public Affairs Manager, and true National Headquarters hero.”
Safe driving for teens
Learning to drive is a major rite of passage for teens (and their parents). It's a time of exciting possibilities and achievements. It's also a time of grave risk. Driving is fatal for almost 50,000 Americans every year. Those between ages 15 and 24 (especially males) have the highest rate of auto-related deaths, even though people in this age group may be smart, skilled, and have great reflexes. A collision is the most likely tragedy to kill or cripple a teenager. Automobile accidents are also a leading cause of death in infants and children. Distractions are a problem for everyone, including teenagers. Using cell phones for talking, texting, email, or other Internet use is a proven cause of accidents and must be strictly avoided. Cars have many important safety features -- seat belts, shoulder straps, headrests, air bags, padded dashes, safety glass, collapsible steering columns, antilock brakes, and many other improvements. Even with safety equipment, however, reckless driving is still a danger to teens. All new drivers should take a driver's education course. These courses have been proven to reduce accidents, but they are not enough. Teens often feel like serious accidents will not happen to them. But teens can take steps to change the odds in their favor. Teenage-related driving deaths frequently occur in the following situations: After dark. Automatic reflexes and driving skills are just developing during the first months of driving. Darkness is an extra variable to cope with. When driving with friends. Teens are safer driving by themselves or with family. They should drive as much as possible with an experienced driver who can help develop good driving habits. As tempting as it may be, new drivers should wait until they have a consistent, safe driving record before taking friends as passengers. Friends, to the new driver, are a big distraction and liability. (This liability may extend to the parent.) With recreational driving. For the first 3 to 6 months after getting a license, new drivers should try to get experience driving to school and work, not for fun. When not buckled-up. Use safety gear. When drowsy. Anyone who is sleepy should stop driving until fully alert. Sleepiness may cause even more accidents than alcohol. After drinking alcohol. Drinking slows reflexes and impairs judgment. These effects happen to anyone who drinks. So, NEVER drink and drive. ALWAYS find someone to drive who has not been drinking -even if this means making an uncomfortable phone call. After the use of marijuana or any other illegal drug or any prescription drug that is sedating. Drugs can be just as dangerous as alcohol. When distracted. Using cell phones for any reason, eating, drinking, or putting on makeup while driving is dangerous for all drivers. REDUCING ACCIDENTS Parents should discuss "household driving rules" with their teens and help their new drivers stick to them. An excellent method to stimulate discussions and set expectations is to have parents and teens sign a written "driving contract." This document should list the rules and consequences of breaking the rules. Be sure to state in the contract that parents have the final say. Consider all of the issues above when writing the contract. Parents should encourage their teens to call without consequence rather than get in a car with a driver who has been drinking. If the parents discover that their child has been driving and drinking, they should ask the state to suspend that teenager's license until age 18. (In many states the parent must sign for a teenager under 18 to get a driver's license. At any time before the 18th birthday a parent can refuse responsibility and the state will take the license.) A MESSAGE TO TEENS These suggestions are not intended to be a punishment, but to prevent accidents, life-long disability, and death. You are worth far more than the inconvenience and hassle. You can set an example for friends on how to drive responsibly. You might even save a life.
Join the Civil Air Patrol Kansas Wing Civil Air Patrol 3024 Arnold Ave. Salina, Kansas 67401-8105 785-825-0009 FAX 785-825-1116 [email protected]
The Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is looking for teens 12 to 18 years of age and adults to join our current volunteers in our important missions. The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force with three primary missions: • Aerospace education • Cadet programs • Emergency services
Go to www.kswg.cap.gov for a Civil Air Patrol Squadron near you
The Eyes of America's Skies Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and has been credited by the AFRCC with saving 112 lives so far this fiscal year. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for almost 70 years. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.
SAVE THE DATE!! May 24-26, 2013 KSWG Wing Conference