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Civil Air Patrol honoring veterans as part of wreath-laying salute

posted Sep 27, 2016, 1:30 PM by Jonathan Caverly   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 1:44 PM ]

Civil Air Patrol honoring veterans as part of wreath-laying saluteMCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash— Local Civil Air Patrol members are proud to partner once more with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the holiday season.

This year, in tribute to the millions of men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces — guarding and preserving America’s freedom throughout history — Maine balsam wreaths will be placed on more than 325,000 veterans’ graves at 800-plus cemeteries or memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 20-plus foreign locations.

“Our mission is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America.

Wreaths Across America culminates on Dec. 17 with thousands of wreaths placed on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and at several of Arlington’s memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns, while simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the day at other veterans’ cemeteries and memorials nationwide and abroad. Local CAP members will participate at cemeteries and veterans homes across the state, including a Remembrance Ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash, where veterans groups, Gold Star Mothers, Active Duty, Reserve, Guard and auxiliary military personnel will be in attendance. This year's ceremony, which starts locally at 9:00 a.m., will also include a United States Marine Corps Rifle Team for a 21 gun salute, Taps by a military bugler, a Civil Air Patrol Cadet Color Guard, and a local choir singing the National Anthem.

“It is your opportunity to again honor veterans in your community,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joseph R. Vazquez. “I wish each of you the best as together we promote Civil Air Patrol and teach the next generation the importance of honoring our country's veterans.”

“Thousands of Civil Air Patrol members participate each year,” said Worcester, “and, with CAP’s help, this project has continued to see remarkable growth.” 
Twenty-four years ago, Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Co. donated the first wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery, starting an annual tradition that continues today as Wreaths Across America. Since its inception, Wreaths Across America has grown each holiday season and CAP has been a major partner.


CAP helps find sponsors for the wreaths and its members also lead or participate, often with color and honor guards, in many of the Wreaths Across America ceremonies. Visit www.wawgcap.org/wreaths to donate to a CAP squadron and support WAA in Washington state, or visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org for more information and participating locations. 


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information. 



Contact:
     Captain Jessica Jerwa
     Director of Public Affairs
     Washington Wing Headquarters
     C: 206-999-4808
     jessica.jerwa@wawg.cap.gov

INSIDE AN INDIANA CIVIL AIR PATROL TRAINING MISSION

posted Aug 30, 2016, 11:48 AM by Jonathan Caverly

August 29, 2016

Civil Air Patrol pilots in central Indiana wrapped up a weekend-long training mission Sunday. WISH-TV 24-Hour News 8 got exclusive access to a training mission. The task on Sunday morning at Monroe County Airport was to find a downed plane by locating its transmitter, or “black box.” Learn more about CAP and its Indiana missions in this ride-along report from WISH-TV’s Howard Monroe.

AOPA HOSTS ITS LARGEST FLY-IN TO DATE

posted Aug 30, 2016, 11:42 AM by Jonathan Caverly   [ updated Aug 30, 2016, 11:46 AM ]

August 24, 2016

Nearly 700 aircraft were in attendance at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s fly-in at Bremerton (Wash.) National Airport over the weekend. The second of four AOPA 2016 fly-ins, the event was the largest AOPA fly-in to date, with more than 4,000 attendees. “Thanks to the help of the airport staff, local pilots and volunteers from groups including the Civil Air Patrol, the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Washington Pilots Association, we were able to bring together thousands of people in the Pacific Northwest who share a common interest in aviation,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. 

Civil Air Patrol to receive Congressional Gold Medal, Dec 10, 2014

posted Dec 8, 2014, 2:47 PM by Gedaliah Scharold

Greetings,
The Speaker of the House announced this morning that Civil Air Patrol will officially receive the Congressional Gold Medal at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. The ceremony will honor CAP’s founding members, whose valor and dedication during World War II thwarted the enemy and saved countless lives. A CAP news release is attached with details about the presentation and a gala dinner on the evening of Dec. 10 in which attending World War II-era members and family members of deceased members will receive replica bronze medals.

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Steve Cox

Public Affairs Manager
National Headquarters

(O) 877-227-9142, ext. 251
(C) 334-296-5881
Air Force Auxiliary

gocivilairpatrol.com

Mission Pilot Training Support

posted May 7, 2013, 5:54 AM by Mon Boonprohm   [ updated May 8, 2013, 6:09 AM ]

Tacoma, WA, 4-5 May 2013
Personnel from McChord provided support for the Mission Pilot training.  Major Lopez as Duty IC and Air Operations Branch Director. Lt Boonprohm as Mission Observer in High Bird, Lt Caverly as Assistant Safety Officer, Lt Pimpiano as Maintenance Officer, and Cadet J. Pimpiano and Cadet D. Pimpiano as assistants.  The event qualified 8 new mission pilots to provide support to the Aviation Emergency Services Program and to the pilots and citizens of Washington State. Amongst the graduates is McChord's very own Lt Col James Carpenter.

Pinning of the Cross

posted Apr 28, 2013, 10:44 PM by Mon Boonprohm   [ updated Apr 28, 2013, 10:59 PM ]

23 April 2013- McChord Composite Squadron celebrated the “Pinning of the Cross” for Chaplain (LTC) Daniel Goulet.  Present for the ceremony were Cadets from the Squadron, LTC Bill Lewis (CAP), Chaplain (LTC) Garlow (US Army), Maj Dean (US Army), and numerous senior members.  The “Pinning of the Cross: signifies acceptance into the Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Service.

Chaplain (LTC) Goulet joined the Civil Air Patrol as a Cadet in 1990, he earned the Amelia Earhart Award and was promoted to Cadet Major before going on active duty.

Upon entering active duty Chaplain (LTC) Goulet transferred his membership to Senior Membership.  He has held numerous positions of responsibility such as Deputy Commander of Cadets, Group Commander and Equal Opportunity Advisor to the Maryland Wing IG.

Chaplain (LTC) Goulet earned his Master’s Degree in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary & University and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2007.

Chaplain (LTC) Goulet is currently an Active Duty Chaplain (Capt – US Army) and is assigned to the 17th Fires Brigade, 308th Brigade Support Squadron.

CAP Chaplin History

The mission of the Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Service is to provide for the religious, moral, and spiritual needs of all Civil Air Patrol members.

From its establishment in 1941 till 1950, Civil Air Patrol units were served by Army Air Corps chaplains as part of their pastoral mission. This changed in January 1950 when the CAP chaplain service was formally organized as an integral part of CAP. The Chief of USAF Chaplains appointed Chaplain, Lt Col, Robert P. Taylor, USAF, as the first  National Chaplain of Civil Air Patrol. Assisting him were one Air Force enlisted member and one secretary. The primary task of the National Chaplain's office was to be the single liaison point between the CAP volunteers and the Air Force Chaplain Service. This relationship continued into the 21st Century when the Air Force decided that providing an active duty chaplain was no longer feasible. The Chaplaincy shifted to a Corporate Director and in 2005, the National Chief of Chaplain Service was formed.  The Air Force Chaplain Corps continues to exercise direction and interest in the CAP chaplaincy. CAP chaplains who qualify are named in AFI 52-101 and may be authorized to augment the Air Force Chaplain Corps.

In 2001 our nation entered into a “War on Terror” following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by terrorists which took place on September 11th. With the downsizing of the military in the ‘90s and the frequent deployments of military personnel (including chaplains), many Civil Air Patrol chaplains have served as “force multipliers.” They have offered counseling, officiated at weddings and military funerals, visited military hospitals, performed chapel services, prayed for soldiers leaving the country, and conducted services for returning troops.  As the Air Force Chaplain Corp continues to evolve, the Civil Air Patrol evolves with them in order to continue to provide the religious, morale, and spiritual needs to all Civil Air Patrol members, and when called, to Airman and their families serving in the Active, Guard, and Reserve.

CyberPatriot VI

posted Feb 23, 2013, 10:26 AM by Mon Boonprohm   [ updated Feb 26, 2014, 3:37 PM ]

26 Feb 2014 - Congratulations for being the 3rd Place Awardee for All Service Division in Washington State.

22 Feb 2014 - State Recognition Round Competition Information for 22 February 2014:
  • Arrival time: 800
  • Training and preparations: 800-1000
  • Start time: 1000
  • End time: 1600
  • Location: McChord Main Conference Room
  • Uniform: BDUs with CyberPatriot Black T-Shirt as undershirt
  • Pepperoni pizza and water will be provided
  • Snacks may be brought to share with teammates.

15 Dec 2013 - For Round 2, we scored 100 points. We are tied for 158th in the All Services Division along with 9 Air Force JROTC, 1 Army JROTC, 3 Civil Air Patrol teams, 1 Marine Corp JROTC, and 1 Navy JROTC teams.
  • There were a total of 383 All Services teams competed in Round 2.
  • We were one of 127 Civil Air Patrol teams competed in Round 2.
  • We are tied for 45th in Civil Air Patrol with 100 points.
  • The highest score for Civil Air Patrol was 250 points.
  • One Air Force JROTC achieved the highest score of 260 points in All Services Division.

30 Nov 2013 - After Round 1 of the competition, we are tied for 116th overall with 11 other teams in 408 All Services division teams.  We are tied for 37th out of 136 Civil Air Patrol teams. Preparations are being made to compete in Round 2 on 7 December. Here are the details:
  • Arrival time: 800
  • Start time: 900
  • End time: 1500
  • Location: McChord Main Conference Room
  • Uniform: BDUs with CyberPatriot Black T-Shirt as undershirt
  • Pepperoni pizza and water will be provided
  • Snacks may be brought to share with teammates. Please let everyone know if you plan to bring something to share.
Here are the future dates for CyberPatriot activities:
  • 11 Jan (Saturday) - Training Session 1330-1630
  • 18 Jan (Saturday) - Semi Final Round 1000-1700

3 Nov 2013 - Just want to remind CyberPatriot cadets that there will be a training session next Sunday, 10 November 2013.  This is our final training before Round 1 of the competition.
  • Arrival time: 1315
  • Start time: 1330
  • End time: 1630
  • Location: McChord Main Conference Room
  • Uniform: Blues
  • Other: Please bring jacket as the building temperature may be a bit wacky/uncomfortable
Here are the future dates for CyberPatriot activities:
  • 16 Nov (Saturday) - Round 1 Competition 1000-1700
  • 26 Nov (Tuesday) - Training Session 1830-2100
  • 7 Dec (Saturday) - Round 2 Competition 1000-1700
  • 11 Jan (Saturday) - Training Session 1330-1630
  • 18 Jan (Saturday) - Semi Final Round 1000-1700
Lastly, please join me in congratulating C/A1C J. Scott for being selected as McChord CyberPatriot Team Captain for the up-coming Round 1 competition. The team Captain will organize and lead the team during the competition.  Please provide him full support in this very exciting opportunity.

17 Oct 2013 - Just want to remind CyberPatriot cadets that there will be a training session this Saturday, 19 October 2013.  This will be a "Practice Round" prior to our first round competition.
  • Arrival time: 1000
  • Start time: 1000
  • End time: 1700
  • Location: McChord Main Conference Room
  • Uniform: Blues
  • Other: Please bring jacket as the building temperature may be a bit wacky/uncomfortable
  • Pepperoni pizza and water will be provided
Here are the future dates for CyberPatriot activities:
  • 29 Oct (Tuesday) - Training Session 1830-2100
  • 10 Nov (Sunday) - Training Session 1330-1630
  • 16 Nov (Saturday) - Round 1 Competition 1000-1700
  • 26 Nov (Tuesday) - Training Session 1830-2100
  • 7 Dec (Saturday) - Round 2 Competition 1000-1700
  • 11 Jan (Saturday) - Training Session 1330-1630
  • 18 Jan (Saturday) - Semi Final Round 1000-1700

11 Oct 2013 - Just want to remind CyberPatriot cadets that there will be a training session this Saturday, 12 October 2013.  This date was added so the team has additional time to experience the "Practice Round" of the competition.  I understand that many of you may not be able to make this session due to prior commitment.
  • Arrival time: 900
  • Start time: 900
  • End time: 1200
  • Location: McChord Small Conference Room on the south side of the building
  • Uniform: Blues
  • Other: Please bring jacket as the building temperature may be a bit wacky/uncomfortable
  • Mr. Scott has agreed to be the chaperon
Here are the future dates for CyberPatriot activities:
  • 19 Oct (Saturday) - Practice Round 1000-1700
  • 29 Oct (Tuesday) - Training Session 1830-2100
  • 10 Nov (Sunday) - Training Session 1330-1630
  • 16 Nov (Saturday) - Round 1 Competition 1000-1700
  • 26 Nov (Tuesday) - Training Session 1830-2100
  • 7 Dec (Saturday) - Round 2 Competition 1000-1700
  • 11 Jan (Saturday) - Training Session 1330-1630
  • 18 Jan (Saturday) - Semi Final Round 1000-1700

4 Oct 2013 - Just want to remind CyberPatriot cadets that we will have a training session this Saturday, 5 October 2013:
  • Arrival time: 1230
  • Start time: 1300
  • End time: 1600
  • Location: McChord Main Conference Room
  • Uniform: Blues
  • Other: Please bring jacket as the building temperature may be a bit wacky/uncomfortable
  • Parents are welcome to stay for the first 15-30 minutes of training time
Our training times are limited so it is necessary for you to prepare yourself outside the meeting times.  The team's success also depends on your efforts.  I have put together links to training videos on our McChord website at http://mcchord.wawg.cap.gov/cap-missions/cadet-programs/cyberpatriot. Please take time to watch and review the material provided.

25 Sept 2013 - News updates as sent out via email: Here are some pertinent information:
  1. Our kick off training on 24 September 2013 went well.  We had roughly 1.5 hours together.
  2. The training time scheduled for 28 September 2013 has been moved to morning as follows:
    • Arrival time: 830
    • Start time: 900
    • End time: 1200
    • Location: McChord Small Conference Room on the south side of the building
    • Uniform: Blues
    • Other: Please bring jacket as the building temperature may be a bit wacky/uncomfortable
  3. We need to pick a team captain.  Be thinking about whether or not you want to serve in this position.  You will need support from your team.  I will make the final decision.
  4. Our training times are limited so it is necessary for you to prepare yourself outside the meeting times.  The team's success also depends on your efforts.  I have put together links to training videos on our McChord website at http://mcchord.wawg.cap.gov/cap-missions/cadet-programs/cyberpatriot. Please take time to watch and review the material provided.
  5. I may add an additional weekend for training.  Some of you may be gone to Hill AFB visit on the weekend of the 19th hence the addition.  Please confirm your availability for the following dates:
    • 12 October 2013 for 6 hours - CyberPatriot Practice Round
    • 19 October 2013 for 6 hours - CyberPatriot Practice Round
Thank you for your interest and commitment to participate in CyberPatriot VI. We are one of about 1,000 teams participating this year.

Tacoma, WA 23 Apr 2013 - Cadets received briefings on the up-coming CyberPatriot VI.  Mr. Scott Whitman will be serve as the team mentor.  Mr. Whitman is one of the cadet's parents at the squadron.  Cadets are to send an email to Lt Mon Boonprohm at mboonpr@gmail.com expressing their interest in joining the team.

CyberPatriot via Facebook, 25 Feb 2013 - 293 teams from 46 States, Canada, and Japan have already pre-registered for CyberPatriot VI! Check to see what local teams in your area have already registered at http://batchgeo.com/map/20b4ebcf8e92c2a1c731943604a89959! If your team is not yet registered remind your local school/squadron and units to pre-register at https://www.uscyberpatriot.org/_layouts/cyberpatriot/coachpreregistration.aspx. Questions? please contact us at info@uscyberpatriot.org.

Tacoma, WA,  23 Feb 2013
 - McChord pre-registers for CyberPatriot VI. Lt Mon Boonprohm starts the process to once again bring team McChord back to CyberPatriot competition.  The inaugural season at the CyberPatriot V went well but there are lots of room for improvements. The coach has three goals for this second season. 1improve participation and be able to provide cadets with more education and training, 2) enhance their Cyber security posture so they can keep themselves safe, 3) be more competitive in the competition, 4) plant seeds for the next generation of Cyber Warriors.  McChord cadets interested in joining the team are to contact Lt Boonprohm at mboonpr@gmail.com.  A parent of cadet has already expressed interest in help the team.

Change of Command

posted Feb 20, 2013, 7:59 AM by Mon Boonprohm

JBLM, February 19, 2013
 - McChord Composite Squadron changes commander at the Change of Command Ceremony on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.  The command and colors of the Squadron passed from (outgoing commander) Capt Katie Gabb to (incoming commander) Capt Donald Warren.  The Senior Member presented is the Area Commander, Lt Col Lewis.  The Change of Command is a simple, traditional event that is rich with symbolism and heritage.

The Key to the change of command is the passing of the Unit's Colors.  These Colors represent not only the Heritage and History of the unit.  But also the unity and loyalty of its soldiers.  The colors are the commander's symbol of authority representing his responsibility to the organization.  Wherever the commander is, there also are the colors.  The custodian of the colors is the Cadet First Sergeant, as a senior enlisted cadet in the unit.

The ceremony begins as Cadet First Sergeant Max Warren passes the colors to Capt Katie Gabb.  She then passes the colors to Lt Col Lewis, thereby relinquishing her responsibilities and authority. Lt Col Lewis passes the colors to Capt Donald Warren charging the new commander with the same responsibility and authority.

National Cadet Special Activities

posted Dec 6, 2012, 6:04 AM by Mon Boonprohm

Washington Wing recently announced on 1 Dec 2012 that Applications for Summer 2013 National Cadet Special Activities are open! Don't delay, start your applications now for some of the most exciting activities CAP has to offer. Applications close on January 15th. To register, goto http://www.ncsas.com/

Cadets Testing

posted Dec 6, 2012, 5:56 AM by Mon Boonprohm   [ updated Jan 27, 2013, 7:51 AM ]

CAPR 50-4 as of 25 Oct 2012 states in Paragraph 2-4a(7) that "Cadets may assist TOs (Testing Officer) in administering drill and ceremonies performance tests.  However, only the TO will evaluate the various tasks as pass or fail."  For the purpose of planning and scheduling staff resources, please sign-up for the test in advance of Tuesday squadron meeting.  Click here to sign-up.

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