30 July 2010

CTWG: The passing of CT & MN CAP Member Irvin Mitchell

Irvin Mitchell, 76, died July 7, 2010, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minn.

Mr. Mitchell grew up in Stamford and was a volunteer firefighter at the Belltown Fire Department for 19 years.

He served stateside in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr and Mrs (Lois) Mitchell belonged to the Civil Air Patrol in Connecticut and Minnesota for 16 years.

In addition to his wife of 44 years, Mr. Mitchell is survived two sons, David, of New Milford, and Douglas, and his wife, Amy, of Luck, Wis.; a grandson, Teran; and extended family and friends.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Foundation, 1000 East 1st St., Duluth, MN 55805-2297.

CTWG: Live Press Press Release for 2010 NER Exercise "Hurrican Hailey"

LIVE PRESS RELEASE on NER Hurricane Exercise

30 July, 2010
Connecticut Wing Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol
United States Air Force Auxiliary
Public Affairs Office
Middletown, CT


Middletown, CT — Connecticut’s Civil Air Patrol participates in nine states hurricane disaster drill

Connecticut’s thirteen all volunteer Civil Air Patrol squadrons will combine to practice hurricane disaster response this weekend.

Connecticut’s CAP Incident Command Center, covering all of the state, is already actively engaged with the nine states North East Area Command Center, located on Long Island, New York.

In this simulation, CAP began watching the development of a simulated hurricane named “Hailey”, last week. As the simulated catastrophe level 4 hurricane approached the north east, they set into place plans to deploy. Throughout the drill, CAP will be testing many aspects of the region wide incident command system. Regional and state command centers will be activated and Air Crew and Ground Teams will be deployed.

To attain a realistic feel, some aspects of the drill will be pre-scheduled and others will come as a complete surprise. This will require the Connecticut Incident Commander, Major Philip Hirons of the Connecticut Wing and the various forces in the field to adapt to ever changing circumstances, preparing CAP for any future real life events.

The Civil Air Patrol is a multi-capability organization. Some storm related missions they may undertake include, but are not be limited to, air and ground search and rescue, disaster center services, searching for stranded survivors, monitoring of evacuation routes, digital imagery assessments of storm related flooding and critical infrastructure impacts, transportation of critical personnel, materials and supplies, and location of safe landing zones for other rescue aircraft.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 59,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and saves an average of 80 lives per year. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug 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 nearly 24,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 69 years. For more information on CAP, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com, or the Connecticut Wing and it’s over 700 members, at www.ctwg.cap.gov.


Robert Johnson
Public Affairs Officer/Exercise PIO
CT Wing Headquarters
Middletown, CT
Civil Air Patrol – USAF Auxiliary

24 July 2010

Aero: NE Space Museum, Space & Aviation Day

I would like to inform you about this year’s Space and Aviation Day coming up on Saturday, August 14, from 9:00 to 4:00.

This is a free annual family event with proceeds from food sales, the road race, and donations going directly to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT. It is a fun family day with unique opportunities to partake in activities at the CT Air National Guard, the New England Air Museum, and the CT Fire Academy. More information can be found at www.spaceandaviationday.org or the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp website www.holeinthewallgang.org under Support an event hosted by other organizations.

Come and enjoy!

Caroline d'Otreppe
Director of Educational Programs
New England Air Museum
(860) 623-3305 ext.13

22 July 2010

CTWG: Paul E. Garber Award at CTWG HQ

Attached is a picture of Maj John Lesick receiving his Paul E. Garber award on 21 July 2010 at the Wing staff call, Connecticut Wing Headquarters. The award was presented to Maj Lesick by Lt Col Tony Vallillo, Chief of Staff, Connecticut Wing.

Photo by Maj Christopher J Kelling

11 July 2010

CTWG: Passing of Lt Col Irvin Mitchell

It is with sad news that I inform you of the passing of Lt Col Irvin Mitchell. Lt Col Mitchell was our Wing PA during the command of Colonel Sturges. Lt Col Irvin Mitchell and his wife, Lt Col Lois Mitchell, were with CAP and the CTWG for many years.

Thank you.

Col Cassandra Huchko