29 September 2009

USAF: Panjshir PRT proves 'peace, partnership, progress' possible

by Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski
U.S. Air Force Central combat camera team

9/28/2009 - PANJSHIR, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Traveling through the Panjshir Province of Afghanistan, one hardly realizes there's a war being fought in the rest of the country.

Children play outside, markets are open for business and schools are in session, all with an air of fearlessness. The people here simply live their lives.

The Airmen, Soldiers and the one Sailor deployed to the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team work directly with the local populace to ensure it stays that way.

The mission of PRTs is to work with local government officials to provide basic services and improve life for the people, said Lt. Col. Eric Hommel, the Panjshir Province PRT commander. Of the dozen PRTs run by Americans, six are commanded by Air Force officers.

But Colonel Hommel, an Air Force reservist, said he's the luckiest of the bunch. Because of all that's been accomplished here, Panjshir is considered the crown jewel of all the PRTs in that none of them match the effectiveness his team has in Afghanistan.

"The first step in being effective is security. Once you have security, everything else is possible," said Colonel Hommel, a native of Queens, N.Y., who is deployed from the Pentagon. "We've got that part down, so we're able to focus on other things like governance, education and the ability to sustain what's been produced. Our motto is 'Teach. Mentor. Partner.'"

Team members travel into the local community on a daily basis. And while they bring weapons with them, they also work with the local Afghan National Police and Mujahideen guards to augment their security.

"The Mujahideen are the old school warriors of this province," Colonel Hommel said. "They fought off the Soviets for 16 years, they fought off the Taliban. Now they're working with the ANP because as a society, Panjshiris have decided they're sick of fighting. They welcome us because we aren't here to take anything away from them and they realize that."

Colonel Hommel described Panjshir as "the largest neighborhood watch program in the world." Nothing happens here without the entire community knowing about it. And as a community, they've decided to eschew violence in favor of "peace, partnership and progress."

There are more than 30 schools and several other government facilities under construction in the province. A team of civil engineers regularly travels through the Hindu Kush mountain range, sometimes on roads barely wide enough for their trucks. Because of the terrain, suitable building spots are atop hills and mountains, but the PRT members hike up hundreds of feet to some locations and cross rivers to get to others. After all, anyone who will work or go to school there will have to do the same.

"We visit every location we can, usually about once a week," said 1st Lt. Kate Miles, an engineer and Rochester, N.Y., native deployed from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. "Our job is quality control and quality assurance. We inspect every building to make sure the contractors are doing what they've been paid to do. These buildings are important to the Afghan people, so they have to be done right."

In addition, the civil engineers also teach workers how to improve their skills. At one location, a wall had been taken down and rebuilt several times because it wouldn't hold. Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Cook, a Colorado native deployed from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., showed them a few tricks of the trade.

"Their cement wasn't being mixed well enough, and if it's too watery, it just won't hold," Sergeant Cook said. "I also showed them how to 'butter their bricks' so they'd hold better. I don't think anyone taught them that before, so that should improve things quite a bit."

Humanitarian aid
The PRT also works with local healthcare professionals to ensure the health and welfare of the Panjshiri people. The PRT medics have taught the staff at local clinics how to use simple ingredients to make "strong food," a cookie dough-like paste that helps combat malnutrition in children.

"People can't do much of anything else if they're sick or starving," said Maj. Gordon Ross, a native of Burley, Idaho, who is deployed from Goodfellow AFB, Texas. Major Ross is a nurse practitioner with the PRT and routinely visits health care facilities around the province.

"It's important the Afghans receive education when it comes to nutrition and sanitation so they can take care of themselves," the major said. "It makes me proud to know we're helping these people and that when we leave here, it'll be a better place."

Major Ross and his staff work directly with Afghan healthcare professionals to ensure the medics are getting what they need through their provincial leaders. It's important for them to use the process of working with the local government to meet their needs, Major Ross said.

"We're effectively teaching them to fish rather than just giving them handouts," he said.

Community outreach
While fellow teammates are on their missions, some PRT Airmen focus on connecting with the people. Tech. Sgt. Tim Parsons, a vehicle operator and sometimes convoy commander, security guard and quick reaction force member, is also a self-appointed ambassador to Afghan youth.

"I love getting to talk with the kids here," said Sergeant Parsons, an Ohio native deployed from Scott AFB, Ill. "They don't have television so when we roll through a town, we're the show. When other folks go into hospitals or check on a construction site, I hang back and just talk with the kids or whoever else is around. It's one of my favorite parts of the job here."

Because they largely don't have to worry about violence in Panjshir, Sergeant Parsons said he's noticed a distinct difference in the local children versus those in nearby provinces.

"Here they wave and give us a thumbs up," Sergeant Parsons said. "You see little girls hugging their books as they go to school. A lot of them want to grow up to be doctors, which is just fantastic."

Running the FOB
Roughly 100 people work at the PRT, stationed on the modest Forward Operating Base Lion. It's clearly visible from the main road in the southwest corner of the mountainous province and at roughly 1,400 square miles. Panjshir covers an area smaller than Rhode Island.

A quarter of the people at the PRT are Airmen serving in joint expeditionary taskings. JET Airmen deploy alongside members of the sister services, often filling requirements not traditional to their Air Force specialties.

In addition to the missions into the local communities, JET Airmen drive convoys, provide intelligence, perform information operations, maintain communications lines with the outside world and "do whatever it takes to get the mission done," said Senior Airman Bryan Ulloa.

Airman Ulloa, a native of Ocala, Fla., and deployed from Minot AFB, N.D., is a services Airman back home. At the FOB, he runs the dining facility, handles the small morale, welfare and recreation facility, and takes care of the fitness room. But he's also driven in convoys, pulled security details, operated the radio in the tactical operation center, and been part of a QRF.

"A lot of the stuff we do here is out of our job description, but you do it because it has to get done," Airman Ulloa said. "I've learned how to do a lot of other people's jobs and taught them how to do mine. If all I did was cook, that would be one fewer person to go out on a mission. Every person here counts."

Making a difference
When traveling around the Panjshir river valley, the PRT members don't wear body armor and they rarely use armored vehicles, a testament to the difference being made here every day.

"For us in Panjshir, it's safer and actually makes us more effective at our mission," Colonel Hommel said. "In that respect, Panjshir is light years ahead of every other PRT in the country. The people here recognize that we're only here to help them, which is something they haven't seen before.

"By earning their trust and friendship, we've been welcomed into their home and their hearts," Colonel Hommel said, "and that's how we've made a difference here."


This article first appeared in Aviation Week & Space Technology.
U.S. plans to deploy an unmanned surveillance airship to Afghanistan are moving forward, with a contract for the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) demonstration expected to be awarded by year-end.

Designed to stay aloft for three weeks carrying a heavy payload of wide-area sensors, the airship is becoming a flagship for Defense Dept. efforts to provide unblinking airborne surveillance to defeat the threat from roadside bombs.

With other programs pushing unmanned aircraft to greater persistence and heavier payloads, the Pentagon is coming to grips with the consequence: a torrent of motion imagery that must be analyzed and archived to be of use.

The Pentagon's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) task force has the LEMV on the fast track, with a single demonstrator vehicle to be fielded to Afghanistan within 18 months of contract award. Congress has fully funded the Fiscal 2010 budget request of $90 million for the program.

U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC) is to lead the airship program, contracting with an industry consortium now taking final shape. More here…

27 September 2009

USAF: Pedro - The no nonsense of AfPak PJ Rescue

The American Pedros - No Nonsense Combat Rescuers
Michael Yon asked Danish journalist Camilla Fuhr Nilsson to write two dispatches about USAF Pedros. Camilla accompanied him to British, Camp Bastion. Here is the first. Editors note: A couple of lines were redacted.

27 September 2009
It is the last weekend of August 2009. It is also the last weekend in southern Afghanistan for the currently deployed US Air Force rescue crew 129th . They have been in Camp Bastion for four months and have taken on over 400 rescue missions in this deployment. The Pedros, as they are called, are well-known for their kamikaze- like operations. They are far from kamikaze-like themselves but their personalities stand out. These are their last days in the theatre. This time around.

”Dude, I’m like so tired,” Adrian says to Josh. The dark-haired Adrian, who looks a lot like Friends actor David Schwimmer and the smaller sweet-looking Josh have just completed a twelve-hour shift which had begun with a rescue mission at 2 AM and ended with a rescue that had taken their last strength away for the day. Now they have to get everything in order for the farewell BBQ tonight. It’s a very hot and sunny Saturday afternoon in Helmand.

“You know any Danish nurses?” they both ask me. There are only two females in the Pedro crew and the guys need to talk to someone else besides a fellow aircrew member. So they ask the Danish journalist. They have already met the Danish nurses under different circumstances delivering patients but forgot to ask them to come to the BBQ. I reply with a “sure” even though I’m just a fellow Dane and haven’t met the nurses.

The two young men--Adrian is a gunner and Josh’s a pilot--carry on with their task of having to set up the grill party. They drive around the camp in a beat-up Toyota truck with no air conditioning and broken power windows, looking for charcoal in the PXes--the small shops with a limited selection of brands from different countries. They drive around camp with the doors open to get some air until a British camp police woman asks them to close the doors.

“Why do you drive with the doors open? It’s dangerous,” the woman says.
“Because we can’t open the window,” they reply matter-of-factly.

The charcoal is found in an American PX and then it’s back to the tent living area to get the grill going. 156 huge T-bone steaks have been delivered from Kandahar Airfield a thirty- minute flight away, and the guys are looking forward to the event even though they’d rather sleep at this point. They have been working since 2 AM and it’s now 4 PM.

“I’m just gonna go to the gym for an hour,” Adrian says when the grill is on. The Pedros are never too tired to work out.

The Pedros as the combat rescue team is called, is also known as Jolly Greens. The Pedros got the name sometime during the Vietnam War, where a British soldier supposedly voiced a “jolly good”, when he was rescued or so the legend goes. The reality is that Pedro was the call sign used to identify the flight, which in Vietnam was a HH-43 (Huskie). The Jolly Green Giants was named after the HH-3E helicopter, also used in Vietnam. In the current wars the Pedro call sign is now used in Afghanistan to differentiate the Iraq and Afghanistan war. But the logo is the same. Two footprints in green.

Black Hawk Down: It’s the day after the BBQ. The meat fest didn’t include alcohol so no one is hung over. The Danish nurses didn’t arrive but the American rescue crew had fun anyway and partied with the British soldiers from 2 Rifles--the owners of the tent, the Pedros, live in in Camp Bastion.

The pilots, gunners, engineers and pararescue jumpers are relaxing with a movie in the chill-out area next to the command center. It’s the same tent but with a door between and with several couches and a flatscreen TV.

“You’ve got to be kidding,” one of the PJs--short for pararescue jumper--says as he walks in the room. The film is Black Hawk Down. The film recounts a rescue in Somalia in 1993 in what is known as the Battle of Mogadishu where a few US Army Black Hawk helicopters went down. The film is what could happen to the Pedro team and the soldier in question doesn’t want to see the film right now.
“Maybe when I get back home,” he says, uneasy watching what could go wrong.
The flight crew train to rescue fighter pilots that are shot down. They don’t want it to be the other way around.

Bravo category rescue: The time is 9:45 AM on Sunday, August 30th and the Pedro crew receives a call from JHFA (Joint Helicopter Forces Afghanistan) dispatcher. It’s a category Bravo which means it’s not urgent but not routine either. It might be a soldier who is wounded but his injuries are not life-threatening. Yet. The Bravo category could be upgraded to an Alpha by the time the Pave Hawks get to the rescue zone--the Pave Hawks are what the Black Hawks are called in the Air Force--so everyone is hurrying, grabbing a bottle of water for the hot ride. They run out to the vehicles and drive to the helicopter launch pad. All their gear--the helmet, body amour, weapons--are already in the helicopter because they need to be able to take off fast.

Five minutes later they are airborne--with the latest update on where they are going and what they are going for. If the patient is a soldier wounded on the battlefield and the soldiers are still engaged in battle, the crew will be landing in what they call a hot LZ-- a landing zone engaged in battle. Sometimes they rescue Afghan nationals--often kids--who are brought to the forward operating bases by their parents or the patients are members of the Afghan National Army or Police.
The flight crew talk to the soldiers on the ground to get the latest info. They do this to ensure the information they have is always up to date and current because a lot could have happened since they got the call from the dispatcher. This time it’s a British soldier with appendicitis they have to pick up from a forward operating base and there’s no change from the original information received.
10:30 they are back at the base and get back into what they were doing before taking off. Some eat food from the British cookhouse or chocolate fudge cake or strawberry gateau delivered from the Ministry of Cake. Then a briefing by the detachment commander Mat, and then the crew settles back into the movie area, or writes an email home from the one machine designated to private use.

Super troopers: The crew jokes around a lot. There is a sense of calm and quiet relaxation between the adrenaline-pumping rescue missions. The 129th division crew knows each other well and most of them work together back home too. They make fun of each other and it’s like watching a scene from the movie Super troopers. They don’t joke around at the expense of other people outside the Pedro team like the Super Troopers but they do have fun and they have the similar kinds of outgoing personalities. And several of them have a moustache.
Mat is the detachment commander, but with a brown moustache he looks like a gentle and handsome husband rather than a combat rescue pilot but he swears a lot when briefing the other pilots. He seems laid-back with the type of cool you find in special ops soldiers. Then there’s Rick--a flight engineer--who wears two watches and has a picture of his son and two baby twins in his locker. The twins are a friend of Ricks. Rick seems like an all-American polite nice guy, who’s in good shape--they all are in fact--and remembers to drink his water.

They are all fairly young. PJ Tommy is married though and so are the majority of them. He’s handsome and well-build and lives in Georgia. He calls me Dutch. I tell him I’m not from Holland and make a joke about his height. The others laugh and give me high fives but Tommy looks like I overstepped a line. He’s smiling though even though I joked about something he can’t change. I’ll remember to apologize later.

11:30 and there’s another call for the crew’s expertise and they leave abruptly. Adrian and Josh had just gone to the hospital to say goodbye to someone but they all carry walkie talkies and they will make the Pave Hawk bird before takeoff for the Bravo patient. It’s the 394th rescue mission in this 120-day deployment.

Any given Saturday: On Friday just a day ago the entire shift was mission free. The enemy doesn’t work on Fridays it seems as Fridays are always quiet--it is the Taliban’s day off, like our Saturdays. So no one was injured this Friday and the 12 hours were long for both teams. You could tell they would rather be out there flying but on the other hand they are happy they are not needed. If they are flying it means one of their fellow soldiers is wounded so they would rather be bored watching a movie.
The Pedro team is working from the flight line in Camp Bastion 1 and when they are not flying someone else always is. The British Chinooks are transporting people between bases or the Hercules C130 is taking off so there’s always a constant noise from rotor blades or engines. The Pedro team doesn’t sense it. I almost can’t hear what they are saying in the movie but they are used to noise I guess.

The two different Pedro crews either work from 2AM to 2PM or 2PM to 2AM every day for four months. It’s a lot of hours and even though they are not constantly busy they are still at work. When not working they are working out in the gym or just running in the afternoon heat or watching a movie or sleeping.

Saturday night live: Saturday is BBQ night for the teams leaving. The Pedro team that’s on duty has been busy while the BBQ is set up but now they are there eating the big juicy steaks that the other teammates have grilled. It’s a rarity here with steaks as it’s normally chicken, rice or some meat dish or fish with french fries. So everyone turns up. The second shift team has been on four missions back to back--just delivering patients to the hospital and back out, so they are exhausted and the steak is well-deserved.

Some of the guys have been up since 2 AM but they are still at the tailgate grill setup talking about mainly girls. There aren’t any at the BBQ besides me but women and wives and girlfriends are what are on their minds when they are not working. Naturally. Most of the guys turn in early to get a few hours sleep before the next shift.

Home and away: The American guys work hard--harder than any other country’s military here in Afghanistan. They are deployed and redeployed all the time and some of the guys here come straight from Iraq with only a few weeks at home in between. It’s difficult to understand how they are able to have families but the majority of them seem to make it work somehow. They must have strong wives back at home who understand that they have chosen a job that requires them to be away for most of the year. One guy is divorcing though--he got a letter from his wife saying she moved out. It’s very difficult for the crew to deal with these things when they are in a mindset of war and there’s no support system in place. Luckily he is on his way home to deal with his other life. The pilot in question also has to deal with having a brother who was badly injured in Afghanistan a few weeks ago and is now in a hospital back in the States. Dealing with two major crises of that caliber when deployed to rescue others in combat situations is a huge accomplishment and most people would not be able to handle this even at home. These guys do. The Pedro no nonsense combat rescuers.

Now this deployment for the 129th expeditionary rescue squadron is over. Some of the crew members go back to base in California and others to Japan. Some of the jolly rescuers will be back in December and some next year for another mission to save wounded soldiers.

USAF: Falcon Watch

Falcons to 26-14 victory over Aztecs

by Staff Sgt. Don Branum
U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs

9/26/2009 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) -- The U.S. Air Force Academy football team won its second straight Mountain West Conference game on the strength of its defense, which scored two touchdowns in Falcons' 26-14 victory against San Diego State University Sept. 26 at Falcon Stadium here. More here...

26 September 2009

Morale: The Pacific

Just a reminder; if you liked Band of Brothers, now comes "The Pacific." 2010.

Aero: The Major Motion Picture "Amelia"

CTWG: Fly High Lt Col Andy Marteka

A fond farewell to CT Wing Vice Commander Lt Col Andy Marteka as his civilian job moves him south...

CTWG: Westerly Fly In - Wings over Westerly

The Groton Squadron assists at the Westerly Fly In - Wings Over Westerly

CTWG: Stand Up of the 801st

New Fairfield Welcomes First Civil Air Patrol School Program in the State of Connecticut

The New Fairfield Board of Education and the New Fairfield High School Administration gratefully accepted the official charter of the newly created 801st Cadet Flight of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). This action signified the establishment of the new Civil Air Patrol flight, the first for a school in Connecticut. The 801st will operate out of the New Fairfield High School with the direct support of the Civil Air Patrol’s 399th Composite Squadron located at the Danbury Municipal Airport. Captain Chris Welter, the 801st new Commander accepted the official guidon on behalf of the High School along with fellow new CAP officers, Assistant Principals, Captain Mike Chapleau and Captain Scott Rohwedder.

The Vice Chairman of the Board of Education, Ken Chapman who is an active pilot in the Civil Air Patrol and introduced the program to New Fairfield, outlined the five major tenants of the new cadet program: Leadership, Aerospace Education, Physical Fitness, Character Development and Cadet Activities. Major Chapman also described one of CAPs other missions which is Emergency Services that includes Disaster Relief and Search & Rescue.

Also attending the event were State Representatives MaryAnn Carson and Jan Giegler, both legislative officers in CAP whom presented the New Fairfield Board of Education a State Legislative Citation for their continuing efforts to provide innovative educational opportunities to their community. Efforts that have resulted in New Fairfield High School being ranked as one of the best High Schools in America by Newsweek Magazine.

Other events of the evening included recognition of Cadet Captain Ryan Chapman, a junior at New Fairfield High School and a solo pilot, who will lead the newly chartered cadet flight. His personal accomplishments include being one of the highest ranking cadets in the state, a number of emergency services qualifications including graduation from numerous Search and Rescue courses and from the United States Air Force introductory course in Para-Rescue. Para-Recue is a very rigorous course designed to prepare members to rescue downed pilots in life threatening circumstances. Cadet Captain Chapman hopes to take his training further by attending a military academy and pursuing a career as a pilot or in Special Forces. His personal accomplishments hint at just some of the exciting opportunities awaiting the new cadets at New Fairfield.

25 September 2009

CAP: National Preparedness Message 3

It's hard to believe that National Preparedness Month will be over in just a few days. It's gone by so fast, and many Civil Air Patrol members across the country have done great things this month to prepare themselves, their families, friends, and communities, but it doesn't end there.

Most people believe that nothing bad will ever happen to them, and unfortunately disasters know no boundaries and can impact anyone at anytime. It is important for you to plan ahead so that you are prepared, and to help others do so as well. These efforts don't have to end at the end of National Preparedness Month either.
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance. Answer these questions.

How you will contact one another?
Who do you contact and do you have their numbers with you?
How you will get back together?
What you will do in different situations? For example, what if there is limited or no phone service? How about if roads are blocked to your neighborhood?

Make sure you have a family emergency plan, everyone in your family really knows the plan, and consider the following in developing your family emergency plan if you don't have one already:

- It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.

- Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. We suggest that the number be kept not only in your cell phone, but also on a card in your wallet or in case your cell phone battery dies. This way you can use someone else's phone if necessary.

- You may have trouble getting through, or telephones may be down altogether, but be patient. Some people found after recent disaster that though their calls would not go through, text messages often did, so if you can't get through, try sending a text message from an enabled phone.

- Find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and man-made, are most likely to occur in your area and how you will be notified. Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio and TV broadcasts. You might hear a special siren, or get a telephone call or emergency workers may go door-to-door.

- A template family emergency plan is available from the Ready Campaign at:

Most of us spend a lot of time away from home. You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. More information is available to help with this at: http://www.ready.gov/america/makeaplan/work_school.html.

It is hard to believe in this day and age of Blackberries, 24 hour news channels, and electronic billboards that people don't know a lot about the potential emergencies in their area, but it still happens. Being informed about the different types of emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate ways to respond to them will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Take the time to learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. Know what the plans are when schools, businesses or government agencies close because of a last minute emergency. Determine the evacuation routes from your community. Find out what resources are available in your area and what else you can do to be more involved at: http://www.ready.gov/america/local/index.html.

Thank you for your outstanding support of National Preparedness Month. Civil Air Patrol members do great things to help their communities every day, and your efforts to help your communities to prepare for emergencies will pay great dividends. Preparedness does not end at the end of National Preparedness Month though. We hope that you have seen throughout this month that preparedness should be a part of what we all do every day. Keep up the relationships that you have established with your partner agencies and organizations. Take the time to review your emergency plans periodically and update your kits. Know what is going on in your community, and get involved to make it a safer place to live. And remember, there are always tools available to you to help you in your preparedness efforts at http://www.ready.gov/.

Major General, CAP
National Commander

24 September 2009

CTWG: Wing Conference Update

To All CTWG Officers
Commanders and CAC Reps - Please Also Share With Your Cadets

I'll tell you right off the bat... this is not your ordinary wing conference!!!

The 2009 CTWG Conference (Oct 23-25) will be on the scenic campus of the University of Connecticut at the award-winning Nathan Hale Inn.

We expect that either the CAP National Commander (Maj Gen Courter) or the CAP National Vice Commander (Brig Gen Chitwood) will be on hand. We are also expecting the new Region Commander, Col Hayden, and many others from National Staff and nearby wings.

Our guest speaker will be Connecticut's own Col John Davies (USArmy, Ret), who will tell us about his experiences during the 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Also joining us will be his wife Col Jane Reichardt Davies, a former CTWG cadet and recent National Capital Wing commander.

The legendary Col Mary Feik will be there to hangar-fly with our cadets, and to personally present (what else?) the Mary Feik Award to each cadets who has earned it in the past twelve months.

A very good lunch is included in the conference price.

The banquet price has been reduced to $60, and the full package (conference plus lunch plus banquet dinner) is now only $95.
A full beakfast buffet is available

Cadets will be busy that Saturday! There will be a Cadet Field Training Exercise (FTX for short) which will include the Basic Communications Class as well as Standard First Aid taught by USAF medics. Standard First Aid Certification is included in the conference price.

Speaking of cadets, we will be recognizing our wing's Squadron of Merit at the Conference.

The Cadet FTX includes an MRE lunch.
For the flyboys, we will have pilot classes by the FAA Safety Team and by AOPA instructors, plus a CAP check pilot school, and G1000 instruction.

There will be senior member workshops on Recruiting, CAP E-Services, Fundraising, the Aerospace Education Excellence program, and Public Affairs.
The Awards Banquet will be in a classic USAF Dining-Out format.

The annual Howard E. Palmer Cadet Ball will follow the banquet

There will be the Cadet Honor Guard Competition on Sunday for the Shutter Award.

For those overnighting, rooms are available on site. Details in the attached brochure/registration form in .pdf. Please register as soon as possible!

See U @ UConn!

Pete Jensen, Col, CAP
Connecticut Wing

CAP: NASA announces Col. Eric A. Boe as pilot of the final Shuttle Mission

NASA officials assign crew for final scheduled Space Shuttle mission
9/23/2009 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- NASA officials have assigned the crew for the last scheduled space shuttle mission, targeted to launch in September 2010. The flight to the International Space Station will carry a pressurized logistics module to the station.

Veteran shuttle commander and retired Air Force Col. Steven W. Lindsey will command the eight-day mission, designated STS-133. Air Force Col. Eric A. Boe will serve as the pilot; it will be his second flight as a shuttle pilot. Mission Specialists are shuttle mission veteran Air Force Col. Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr., and long-duration spaceflight veterans Michael R. Barratt, Army Col. Timothy L. Kopra and Nicole P. Stott.

Eric Boe is a CAP senior member and was profiled in a recent issue of CAP's VOLUNTEER magazine.

22 September 2009

CAP: News of the Force Special Report

The CAP - An Outsider's Perspective
By Daniel C. Lopez, III, News of the Force-San Antonio

This past week, in San Antonio, Texas, from Sept. 3-5, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) - America's Air Force Auxiliary - held its Annual Conference and National Board Meeting. Since I am a resident here, and NOTF's local bureau chief, I was asked to cover the story.

Before I continue, I must acknowledge the generous support and permission I received from the CAP's national commander, Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter. She granted me access to the meeting and allowed me to see first-hand a fraction of the workings of the CAP. Without her generosity, this article would not have been possible.

My only prior knowledge of the CAP came from a former friend, Travis Lull, with whom I went to high school. He was a cadet member of the CAP in Phoenix, Ariz. Then, there are the articles which are published in News of the Force. I was informed that the editor and chief of News of the Force was getting live updates during the conference, so I chose to take a human interest angle - about the people behind the stories.

As I observed the proceedings, I thought about Thomas Jefferson’s belief that it was the duty of every American to rise up and take cause to serve the greater good.

My CAP public affairs liaison was Mr. James Tynan. He informed me that the attendance for this year's conference was over 625 members. Those in attendance ranged from the cadets (ages 12-18), many just starting out, to the senior adult members (age range 19 and beyond). Since the CAP is not a military reserve organization there are no age cut-offs for membership. Those who do leave the CAP do so when they see fit, however, they can come back if they so desire.

While attending the conference, the members were able to sit in on any of its more than 50 learning labs. These labs are designed to help refine the skills and training the members have.

With the help of Mr. Tynan, I was able to talk with several CAP members about their experiences in the Civil Air Patrol. For those who shared their stories with me - and to Jim Tynan, I say "thank you."


The first member I spoke with was CAP Col. Richard Cooper. Col. Cooper is with the CAP's Washington Wing. He started out in the CAP as a cadet two years before he graduated from high school. He always loved aviation, he said, and the CAP gave him a chance to gain flight hours and achieve his pilot’s license in 1972. He was able to take his experiences from the CAP and transfer them into the U.S. military, where he served as an aviator. He left the military in 1991 and re-entered the CAP as a senior member. He felt that this was his way of giving back to the organization that helped him get to where he was. His wing focuses on a drug demand reduction program - this program is designed to help keep kids off drugs by teaching them to say "no" and showing them the dangers that come with drugs. Col. Cooper said that one of the things that adds to a member's success is strong family support.

The idea of a strong support unit sometimes leads to a legacy. That's what happened in the case of John Desmarias. He's been with the CAP for over 22 years. He started as a cadet in Rhode Island and worked his was through Phase IV of the cadet program quickly. While he was in the CAP as a cadet, his parents decided to join the CAP as well. Since his family all came from a firefighting background, they gravitated to the emergency services aspect of the CAP. When his brother was old enough to join, the entire family became a CAP legacy. He has served on ground search and rescue teams, then later on the wing/headquarters side. His father is now an officer in the CAP's Nebraska Wing. Mr. Desmarias is now working full-time at the CAP's headquarters at Maxwell AFB, Ala. He claims the CAP is what brought his family together.

But this sense of bringing people together does not stop with the families of the CAP - it reaches deep into the heart of the community. Take for example the job of Lt. Col. Jerry Leveque. He's an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army and is also a teacher in a Title I school in Houston, Texas. He brings the message and values of the CAP to his students via its cadet program. For the past seven years, his school has had the largest CAP cadet program in the region. He has a 72 percent completion rate among his cadet corps. Those who graduate high school after having been in the CAP wind up going to college and on to good careers. Col. Leveque credits the success in his program to parent involvement. Parents help with the chaperoning and fund-raising, all for the good of their children. Col. Leveque also believes in giving every cadet a chance - no matter where they are in life. Some of the cadets, he said, are too poor to travel to the competitions and events, but with the help of the community as well as the CAP, every cadet gets to go. It's important for them to see new places and meet new people, the colonel said. It's one of the lessons they will carry through into the rest of their lives, he added.

CAP Col. Edward D. Phelka is the commander of the CAP's Colorado Wing. One of the unique things about the Colorado Wing, he said, is their academy, which focuses on teaching emergency services CAP pilots how to do search and rescue missions while flying over the mountains. His wing command has 800 cadets and 1,000 adult members. Col. Phelka is also a long-time member of the CAP. He has been in for 22 years and is inspired, he said, by what the CAP is doing for the country.

The one thing that all the CAP members I talked to seem to have in common is their pride in the CAP and their wings; the sense of duty for the jobs they do for the community; and a love for the CAP.


One famous member of the CAP is a NASA astronaut, Eric Boe. He's a member of the CAP who has gone far in life and is still involved in the organization as a way to give back. He still remembers being interested in aviation as a child and joining the CAP. He was able to solo in a plane as a CAP cadet, and this helped him earn fight hours towards his pilot's license. His membership in the Civil Air Patrol helped him enter the Air Force Academy, he said, and upon graduating he became an Air Force test pilot and moved to Columbus, Ga. There, he was a fighter pilot instructor.

In the back of his mind, he kept thinking about the time his parents called him into his living room to watch the Apollo moon landing. He claims that this is what got him interested in flying. After spending time as a fighter pilot instructor, he applied to NASA. Given his experience, he was accepted. He trained long and hard, and in November 2008, he was the pilot on the space shuttle Endeavour. For sixteen days he was docked with the International Space Station to help fix its solar array. At one point during the mission, he was given the task to fly around the space station itself. He says that being at NASA is like being in the CAP - it's a team working together to accomplish the mission.

Boe speaks passionately about the future of space travel and thinks that the CAP may someday play a big part in that as well. He believes that the continued exploration of space is "like Columbus finding America," and sees major commercial airlines one day offering trips into space.

Eric Boe is proof that dreams can come true, and the CAP, he said, has helped him make his possible.


Between her meetings with the National Cadet Advisory Council - the CAP's cadet "student body" that helps make policy for the rest of its cadets - and another event, CAP Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter was gracious enough to sit down with me and share her story and her views on the future of the CAP.

Gen. Courter - like many adults who enter the Civil Air Patrol - began at the senior level. She came from a background with the law enforcement Explorers. After she graduated from a Michigan police academy, a friend of hers said, "Why not join the CAP?" The CAP has allowed her to use her knowledge of law enforcement in the CAP's emergency services ground search and rescue missions. "I completed the academy in the program, and someone told me about the CAP, where I could 'Use my emergency services skills forever!' And they have been right. Previously, I had not heard of the CAP, or I surely would have been a cadet member," the general said.

In the early years of this decade she was made the wing commander of the CAP's Michigan Wing. She feels that her experience commanding a wing helped her prepare for her position of Civil Air Patrol national commander. She said the key to any position - from cadet through commander - is listening and communication. She feels that the membership has stayed strong and is continues to grow because she and its board listen to the needs of the membership.

When she is not running the CAP, Gen. Courter has her own business management consulting firm. She brings her principles and values from the CAP to her own business. The CAP has helped her throughout her work life, she said, by teaching her to adapt and learn new jobs, and to apply the CAP's way of doing things to help make her endeavors more efficient.

Gen. Courter firmly believes that the youth and the people of America should get more involved in their communities. By helping the community, people begin to feel a sense of pride in their town - and there are several ways to help. Involvement brings growth and opens a person up to new experiences, she said.

When asked why the CAP is growing, the general said, "I would attribute it to planning carefully the long term position of the CAP, aligning the CAP with customers who have needs we can serve, assisting our members to develop themselves to grow and to be ready, and most importantly, honoring the service of our members. From this, the members build pride and find others who can help them serve their communities through the CAP."

I asked the general if it was still fun for her, even now that she is the commander of the entire CAP. She said that, for her, it is still fun, but in a different way. The position of CAP national commander has let her get out and see the differences that the CAP and it volunteer members are making in communities all across America. Her position also lets her spread the message of the CAP on a more personal level, and she gets feedback directly from its members. Under her command, the CAP has forged a great partnership wit the U.S. Air Force. It has led the CAP to forge ahead and expand its training into bold new areas, such as technology. She believes that in the future, the CAP will be right on the cutting edge with the rest of the U.S. military.

One of her greatest moments - on a personal and a professional level - was the day she went to Cape Canaveral, Fla., and witnessed the launch of Eric Boe's historic first mission into space. Her only regret, she said, was having to turn her back to the launch to pose for a publicity picture.


Eric Boe's mission into space was an example of what one person can achieve through hard work and dedication. Like Gen. Courter in command, the regular CAP members who believe in what they are doing - and the cadets - hold the future of the organization. They come from every walk of life: young, old, rich, poor, businessmen, educators, military, home- makers - all gathered together to serve their communities in time of need and educate the young that there is another way to go. With President Obama's call to be more involved, the CAP has set the standard.

The Civil Air Patrol began in 1941 - just a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, propelled the United States into World War II - and it's volunteer members have continued to serve our nation - in war and in peace.

So, God's speed to the Civil Air Patrol - and it's volunteer members - who have performed their "Missions for America" for more than 68 years.

21 September 2009


FM: HQ Connecticut Wing Civil Air Patrol
DT: 9/21/2009

As you may know, the Communications Directorate and Project Management have been, over the past year, replacing all of our Repeaters throughout the state.

As of 30 September 2009, the Civil Air Patrol Federal authorization to operate on current existing Wideband Frequencies will end. As of 1 October 2009, we cannot use the old frequencies and must be converted to Narrowband.

So, what does this mean?

First, the Vertex Radios, Neutec Radios, and all the old converted Ham Radios that are still lurking out there can no longer be used on the air. Unlike before, there are now REAL technical issues behind this. If you do try to, most likely the only thing you will do is cause interference on channels next to us. The New radios and the repeaters will not be able to hear you. (Though you might be able to hear the new radios)

Wing currently has a Stock of New radios that we are getting ready for distribution to the squadrons and the Vans. Several have already been done, and for those radios we can re-program, we will do so on Commander’s Call on 7 October 2009.

During the week of 27 September 2009, we will be chasing down the aircraft to re-program the CAP FM Aircraft Radio. We will coordinate with Operations on this, and also schedule a ‘Pilots” meeting with our pilots and scanners.

We will also be having a Wing Wide Communications Meeting soon to help with the transition. The Communications Directorate will coordinate this.

Also, the Middletown repeater will be turned off on Wednesday Night, 30 September 2009. It will (at the present time), not be replaced. Our network will cover the areas that Middletown covered.

As far as member owned radios go, we will come up with the programming template and at date / time to get these radios done.


If you have any questions, please contact Major Kelling at the Communications directorate.

Lt. Col. Matthew J. Valleau
Vice Commander – Project Management
Director of Engineering
Connecticut Wing Civil Air Patrol

CTWG: Simsbury Fly In


More to come...

18 September 2009

USA: Happy Birthday US Constitution

Happy Birthday, US Constitution!
On September 17, 1787, the supreme law of the United States was adopted by its people. Signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the US Constitution was ratified by conventions in each state, in the name of “The People”.

USAF: Happy Birthday!

Secretary, chief send Air Force birthday message

9/18/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- The following is a message from Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley on the Air Force's 59th birthday Sept. 18.

"Over the course of the past 59 years, the United States Air Force has established itself as the dominant force in air, space and cyberspace. Our knowledge-enabled Airmen have revolutionized the way our nation defends itself and its allies across the full spectrum of threats."

"Before our inception as an independent service, the Air Force responded wherever and whenever needed, whether for disaster relief, humanitarian operations or combat operations. We have only gotten better in time."

"Our heritage is one of technological innovation, courage and dedication. As we build on that proud heritage and look toward new and unlimited horizons, we will continue to deliver unmatched air, space and cyberspace dominance for the interdependent joint team and our nation."

"Your tireless commitment, agility and professionalism are the foundation for our successes. Without you, and the support of your families, we could not be the world-class team we are. America's Airmen exemplify our core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do."

"As we lead into our diamond anniversary celebration, we count on our most valuable asset -- our Airmen -- to continue the magnificent work our forebears began. We are confident you'll conquer tomorrow's challenges with the same courage, commitment and confidence that defined our first 59 years."

"Thanks to our entire Air Force family across the globe: active duty, civilian, Guard, Reserve, retirees, veterans and all their families. Happy birthday, Air Force!"

CAP: National Preparedness Month, 1/2 Way through!

We are now more than half way through National Preparedness Month, and we hope that you are taking some time to be sure that you are prepared for disasters. Once a disaster has struck is the wrong time to learn that you, your family, or friends are not prepared. Preparing personal and family disaster kits in advance helps make sure that you have what you need, and don't get caught off guard. This may seem like a simple thing to do, but it is often times disregarded, leaving people unprepared. Take a few minutes and get your personal kit up to date, and help a friend or family member do the same. Wondering what you should have in your kit? The Department of Homeland Security Ready Campaign recommends that a basic emergency supply kit include the following:

1.One gallon of water per person per day, for three days – remember to include enough for your pets, too.
2.At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water and choose foods your family will eat: ready-to-eat canned meats, peanut butter, protein or fruit bars, dry cereal or granola. 3.Also pack a manual can opener and eating utensils.
Battery-powered or hand crank AM/FM radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
4.Flashlight and extra batteries
5.First aid kit
6.Whistle to signal for help
7.Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
8.Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
9.Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
10.Local maps

The Ready Campaign also encourages an individual to think about the special needs of family members:

1.Prescription medications and glasses
2.Infant formula and diapers
3.Pet food, extra water for your pet, leash and collar
4.Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
5.Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

We encourage you to visit http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html to download a free emergency supply checklist and get additional ideas.

Major General, CAP
National Commander

16 September 2009

CTWG: Hurd State Park SARX

A SARX at Hurd State Park; planning, briefing and action in East Hampton.
Kyle Johnson, CTWG PA

CTWG: GA-8 Arrives in Connecticut

A GA-8 has been assigned to Connecticut. It will be used for pilot, observor and mission scanner training as well as SAR, CD and other missions.
Kyle Johnson

14 September 2009

USAF: C-5M Sets 41 Records in one flight

9/14/2009 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- A Dover aircrew flying a C-5M Super Galaxy, named The Spirit of Normandy, unofficially set 41world records in a single flight, taking off from the base before dawn Sept. 13.

The results are pending certification by the National Aeronautic Association and should be finalized in about a month, said Kristan Maynard, the NAA official observer who documented the world record attempt. The NAA is the record-keeper for U.S. aviation. More here….

CTWG: Encampment Feedback and 2010

To All CTWG Officers & Cadets

Perhaps the most interesting compliment I heard about our recent Encampment was from another wing's cadets who told me, "Our own encampments are boring! Connecticut's are much more fun. That's why we prefer to come here."

Another factor that made the 2009 Encampment so special was that it followed a down year. And what a great bounce back we had - over 100cadet basics this time! And now we will have a large trained cadre of cadet NCOs to staff us in 2010!

Maj Flynn and his capable and energetic officer and cadet staff members were the A Team that put 2009's major success together. Which brings us to two timeless maxims of management:

1. No good deed goes unpunished.
2. Good work gets you more work.

Accordingly, I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Maj Flynn as the 2010 Encampment Commander.

Pete Jensen, Col, CAP
Connecticut Wing

12 September 2009

NER: NER PAO Announcement

TO: ALL PAOs in the NER,

For several year's now NHQ department of Public Affairs has recognized the fine work done by Public Affairs Officers through the Major Howell Balsem CAP Public Affairs Exceptional Achievement Awards program. This competition provides Public Affairs Officers with the opportunity for recognition of outstanding achievements in a variety of categories. The Balsem Awards are named in honor of the Air Force Major considered by Civil Air Patrol’s Historians to be the first Public Affairs Officer to serve CAP at the national level in the 1950’s. These national awards are normally presented at the annual National PAO Academy but as of this year there is no longer an annual academy, so NHQ is allowing the regions to hold their own Balsem Awards competition.

Members can submit nominations in the following categories:

Writing for the Media
Slide/PowerPoint Presentations
Web site:
Media Coverage of CAP
Event Promotion/Crisis Management

This will be a region competition where PAO from any squadron, group or wing within the NER can submit bodies of work for one or more of the categories listed above.

Awards: First place winners will be recognized with a Region Commander’s Commendation Award, the second place selectee will receive a CAP Achievement Award and the third place will receive a Certificate of Recognition. I encourage all PAOs within the NER to participate in this program, attached you will find all the supporting documentation.

Wing and Group PAOs, please ensure that this email and supporting documentation gets to your subordinate units.

Capt James Ridley, Sr.
NER Director of Public Affairs

CAP: A Message from the General on National Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Civil Air Patrol is an NPM Coalition Member again this year, and it is fitting that we take time today, the eighth anniversary of the tragic events of the 11th of September 2001, to reflect and encourage all members and their communities to be better prepared for all emergencies. NPM is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is a nationwide effort to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools as part of the Ready Campaign. Throughout September DHS is working with a wide variety of organizations like Civil Air Patrol to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness planning.

This year there are again four main focus areas for NPM.

a. Get a kit
b. Make a plan
c. Be informed
d. Get involved

There are many opportunities to participate in NPM, and we encourage all members to check out the tools and ideas available on the Ready Campaign website at http://www.ready.gov/ and our own site at http://www.capmembers.com/emergency_services/national_preparedness_month.cfm. We hope you have a safe and educational National Preparedness Month.

Major General, CAP
National Commander

10 September 2009

CTWG: Wing Conference Update

To All CTWG Officers

Commanders - Please also Share With Your Cadets

I'll tell you right off the bat... this is not your ordinary wing conference!!!

The 2009 CTWG Conference (Oct 23-25) will be on the scenic campus of the University of Connecticut at the award-winning Nathan Hale Inn.

We expect that either the CAP National Commander (Maj Gen Courter) or the CAP National Vice Commander (Brig Gen Chitwood) will be on hand. We are also expecting the new Region Commander, Col Hayden, and many others from National Staff and nearby wings.

Our guest speaker will be Connecticut's own Col John Davies (USArmy, Ret), who will tell us about his experiences during the 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Also joining us will be his wife Col Jane Reichardt Davies, a former CTWG cadet and recent National Capital Wing commander.

The legendary Col Mary Feik will be there to hangar-fly with our cadets, and to personally present (what else?) the Mary Feik Award to each cadets who has earned it in the past twelve months.

A very good lunch is included in the conference price.

The banquet price has been reduced to $60, and the full package (conference plus lunch plus banquet dinner) is now only $95.

A full beakfast buffet is available

Cadets will be busy that Saturday! There will be a Cadet Field Training Exercise (FTX for short) which will include the Basic Communications Class as well as Standard First Aid taught by USAF medics. Standard First Aid Certification is included in the conference price.

The Cadet FTX includes an MRE lunch.

For the flyboys, we will have pilot classes by the FAA Safety Team and by AOPA instructors, plus a CAP check pilot school, and G1000 instruction.

There will be senior member workshops on Recruiting, CAP E-Services, Fundraising, the Aerospace Education Excellence program, and Public Affairs.

The Awards Banquet will be in a classic USAF Dining-Out format.

The annual Howard E. Palmer Cadet Ball will follow the banquet

There will be the Cadet Honor Guard Competition on Sunday for the Shutter Award.

For those overnighting, rooms are available on site. Details in the attached brochure/registration form in .pdf. Please register as soon as possible!

See U @ UConn!
Pete Jensen, Col, CAP
Connecticut Wing

CTWG: Wings of Freedom visits Groton

The Collins Foundation's, Wings of Freedom show will visit Groton 15-16 September. A B17, B24 and P51 will be available for flights.

Go here for more info...

Aero: The Dangers of Handproping

Dont want to be doing this... Hat tip to Neptunus Lex.

09 September 2009

CTWG: Redesigned Web Site up and running

Very special thanks to 2nd Lt Donna Yount (APAO and MSIA for Web Design)and Maj Tom Litwinczyk (MSI)for the rebuild of the Wing web site. It can be viewed at www.ctwg.cap.gov.

The new website is designed to showcase our various missions to the public and to provide quick and easy to reach information for our members. Both this blog and the Wing newsletter. The NatHQ, Region and USAF web sites are also linked there.


CTWG: Change of Command Update

Per Col Jensen,

"I will put out a call for applications for the position of CT Wing Commander sometime after January 1, 2010. Command is slated to change hands in mid-February 2010."

Those Major and above who would like to apply, please contact Hq@ctwg.cap.gov

CTWG: Upcoming Event; Harwington Fair

October 3rd and 4th. CTWG Squadrons are working this event, More here...

CTWG: Upcoming Event; Wings Over Westerly

Wings Over Westerly
Rain date: September 14th
1000 a.m.-1600 p.m., Westerly State Airport, Airport Road, Westerly; Dooney Aviation. family event celebrating aviation featuring static aircraft displays, RC model aircraft, free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17, amusements and more; free. Please call (401) 596 - 0717 for details.

CTWG: Upcoming Event: Simsbuy Fly In

The Simsbury Fly-In will be held from 0800 to 1500 on 21 September. The rain date is 28 September.

This year the event will include the expected aircraft flyovers and military formations as well as an antique car show.

Spectators will have the chance to get up close and personal to the aircraft and talk to the pilots.

A number of CT Squadrons will be working the event. More here...

08 September 2009

CTWG: LISP, Eyes on Long Island Sound

CTWG: Southington Wright Brothers Award

According to Southington's Squadron commander, Kathryn L Mihaliak, C/SSGT, the sole female cadet in the 186th composite Sqdn has been a member since Sept 2008 and is a serious and squared away cadet.

CTWG: Son of CTWG Member receives USAF Jr Military Scientist Award

The attached photograph was taken by Ben Strasser (Capt Mark G. Heath, USAF, is on the left and Maj Michael Heath, CAP, on the right).

Air Force Materiel Command recognized the 26 AFMC Science, Engineering and Technical Management award winners recently at the Wright-Patt Club and Banquet Center. A record 143 nominees competed for 26 award categories for accomplishments in 2008.
Chief Scientist of the Air Force, Dr. Werner Dahm was the guest speaker. Dr. Steven Butler, AFMC/ Executive Director, and Mr David C. Bond, Director, Engineering and
Technical Management, presented the awards to the winners.

The awards recognized the superior performances of Air Force officers, enlisted members, civilians and teams who are dedicated to the support of the Air Force through their expertise in science, engineering and technical management.

Junior Military Scientist, Capt.
Mark G. Heath, Materials and Manufacturing
Directorate Air Force
Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB

More here...

CTWG: More Encampment...

For "tons" of Encampment photos go to the CT Wing Web Site and choose Photo Gallery.

Wing Web Site, photo gallery

CT: New Fairfield Stands Up New Flight

Congratulations to SM Chris Welter and the New Fairfield Flight.

Today was the first day of school and the start of the first CAP Cadet School Program in the State of Connecticut.

Maj Ken Chapman, 399th

More to follow....we hear rumor of some 20+ cadets, most needing haircuts....

CTWG: CT Capital Visit

CTWG: Royal Charter Change of Command

CTWG: 103rd Award Photos