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A belated honor as Washington Wing Commander Col. James P. Furlong
presents the 2015 Washington Wing Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace
Award to First Officer Allen Cassino of Alaska Airlines, for all of his work in
establishing and operating Alaska Airlines Aviation Day.
As the very active summer of 2017 draws to a close, I want to
say thank you to our tireless volunteers all across Washington Wing
who expertly and proudly serve with dedication. This has truly been
a very busy (and I might add, safe) summer for the wing, and it’s
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COVER PHOTO: Cadet Leadership at Cascade Falcon XXII
Encampment. Left to Right: Jakob Ludwig, Ethan Reiniger, and
Operation Eclipse 2017
By Lt. Col. Paul Hansen, CAP, Green River Composite Squadron, and
Maj. Bethany Cox, CAP, South Sound Composite Squadron
A once in a lifetime experience that would
maximize Aerospace Education opportunities. That
was the goal set by Lt. Col. Paul Hansen of Green
River Composite Squadron and Maj. Bethany
Cox of South Sound Composite Squadron, both
of WA Wing, nearly a year ago when they first
started working together on an activity to view the
upcoming total eclipse of the sun.
At its closest point, the eclipse’s path of totality
would cross northern Oregon. Lt. Col. Hansen and
Maj. Cox began seeking out a partner in Oregon
Wing. 1st Lt. Bob Kirk of Salem Composite
Squadron, took up the challenge, and offered the
use of the Salem Squadron’s building to be used
as a base of operations and overnight accommodations.
The three of them spent months sending
emails, making phone calls, coordinating, and
gathering the necessary approvals. What developed
was, as Lt. Col. Hansen said, “The most
diverse and concentrated activity I can remember
in nearly 20 years of CAP membership.”
The highly coordinated activity started on 20
August, the day before the eclipse. A van with
Green River cadets and seniors rendezvoused
with a similar van from South Sound. We then
traveled south together, with a planned side trip
to the Evergreen Flight Museum in McMinnville
Oregon, about 30 miles northwest of the final
destination of Salem Airport.
Soon after the vans arrived at McMinnville,
we met up with 1st Lt. Dennie Capell, of Green
River Squadron, who had departed Auburn Airport
The team comprised of members from Green River Composite Squadron, South Sound Composite Squadron, and Salem
Composite Squadron. Photo by 1st Lt. Dr. Kim Nicholas, Green River Comp. Squadron
The 2017 solar eclipse, as seen through the telescope of 1st. Lt. Kim Nicholas. Photo by 1st Lt. Dr. Kim Nicholas, Green
River Comp. Squadron
with three new Green River cadets. He had already
made one step at Chehalis Airport to change seats.
After lunch and a tour of the museum they would
fly one more sortie to Salem, completing three
The Evergreen Museum is one of the premier
northwest aviation museums. It is famous for
its large aircraft collection, including Howard
Hughes’ H-4 Hercules; the one of a kind, gigantic,
eight engine “Spruce Goose.” It has the world’s
largest wingspan of any aircraft ever flown with
a wingspan of over 320 feet, and is the world’s
largest flying boat ever built. The museum also
has a large collection of space exhibits including
capsules from Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, as
well as a large Titan rocket. It was a great tour. The
cadets and seniors walked through the exhibits for
over two hours. Most of the cadets and seniors had
not visited the museum before.
After touring the museum, everyone reloaded
into their respective vehicles, for the last leg of
the day’s journey to Salem Airport. As we rendezvoused
again in Salem, the Washington Wing
members were met by 1st Lt. Kirk and several
other cadets and seniors from Salem Composite
Squadron. We all enjoyed a warm summer
evening and a delicious BBQ hosted by Salem
Squadron, while members of both wings socialized
After dinner, the combined group was offered
a tour of “Lacey Lady”, a B-17G being restored
to flying condition in an adjacent hangar by the
“B-17 Alliance.” The aircraft had been brand new,
when declared surplus, at the end of World War II.
It was purchased by a businessman from Portland,
OR who placed it on the top of his gas station in
Milwaukie, OR as an advertising billboard. There
it sat for 50 years until brought to Aurora, and then
Salem, by Sean O’brien for restoration. As can be
imagined, the birds and weather took their toll on
the aircraft. It had to be taken completely apart and
is now being lovingly restored. The docents of the
B-17 Alliance gave everyone a nearly two-hour
hands-on tour of the aircraft, explaining the history
and significance of the B-17 in WWII. The tour
was especially personal for Cadet Senior Master
Sgt. Moriah Miller whose grandfather piloted and
was shot down in a B-17 during WWII.
But we weren’t ready to call it a day yet! While
the others were touring the B-17, 1st Lt. Dr. Kim
Nicholas (DVM) of Green River Squadron was
setting up his two telescopes. After the B-17 tour
ended, he presented a lesson in astronomy and the
planets. Each of the cadets were able to directly
observe several planets and stars. Afterward
everyone retired to the Salem Squadron building
for the night.
In the morning, the activity participants from
the three squadrons shared breakfast. After breakfast,
Lt. Col. Hansen gave an eclipse safety briefing
to all personnel, and Lt. Nicholas gave a class
on the science behind the upcoming eclipse. To
fill the time until the 1020 Local eclipse totality,
Mr. Ted Vaughn of NOAA gave a briefing and
demonstration on weather balloons as he prepared
to launch balloons before, during, and after the
eclipse to collect real-time weather data in all
three phases of the eclipse. We all watched as he
launched the first of the three balloons.
Finally, it was time for the big event, the first
major eclipse across the US in nearly 100 years.
We were exceptionally lucky, as the sky was
completely clear. That is frequently not the case
in the Pacific Northwest, even in the summer. All
morning the moon had been slowly covering up
more and more of the Sun, and the sunlight was
getting dimmer. For safety, Lt. Nicholas had set up
the telescopes with special filters and TV camera,
displaying the eclipse progress on his tablet screen.
In a period of just a few minutes the sun darkened
and, the area was bathed in an eerie darkness. The
street lights came on. The world seemed momentarily
hushed. With the sun now totally behind the
moon, a spectacular apparition was visible in the
sky. The solar corona glowed white behind the
black disk of the moon. During totality, the most
often heard words from both cadets and seniors
were “amazing” and “awesome”, and indeed it
was. Those two minutes will be remembered
for a lifetime by each of the participants. Just as
suddenly as night had fallen, the sun returned to
the sky, and the area slowly returned to normal
daylight, but our lives would be changed forever.
In preparation for the return to Washington,
the vehicles had been packed and prepped earlier
in the morning, so within 30 minutes of totality,
we had said our goodbyes to our new friends,
then headed out and into the congestion of the
other estimated 1 million eclipse visitors (Oregon
normally only has four million residents total), and
into what the press was calling “Car-magededon”.
Indeed the traffic was epic. The first 30 miles took
over four hours. In the meantime, Lt. Capell soon
departed Salem with three different new cadets, as
he flew three more sorties back to home station,
beating the vans home by many hours. There was
one more stop for lunch at a freeway rest stop near
Portland, then the vans separated and traveled back
to their respective squadrons.
By the time the vans returned home, everyone
was tired but glad to have experienced this once in
a lifetime event. They had seen and done a lot in
36 hours. The activity had, indeed, met the original
goal of viewing the eclipse and maximizing aerospace
The Evergreen Museum: https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/popular-exhibits
The B-17 Alliance: http://www.warbirdsnews.com/
An Arlington Experience
By Cadet Staff Sgt. Hannah Faville, CAP
Ft. Vancouver Composite Squadron
Someone once said, “Take
advantage of chances, for opportunities
do not always occur at
will. What is here now, may not
have appeared yesterday, and
may disappear tomorrow.” In
the beginning of March, I was
given the opportunity to write
an essay: “Why do you want to
lay a wreath at the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier?” The opportunity
was an honor not many
receive. Those with the winning
essay would lay a wreath at the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier is located in Arlington
National Cemetery, and is
among the most sacred places
in America. Located in the heart
of our nation’s capital, it stands
as a final resting place for men
and women of the Armed Forces
who selflessly served their
country, and especially for those
that paid the ultimate price by
giving their life while on active
duty. Some that are laid to rest
here, died fighting to protect and
serve those around them, so that
they could know and experience
firsthand the joys and privileges
I received the incredible
honor of being one of those few
selected to lay a wreath at the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
and I was going on the incredible
journey of a lifetime!
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery. Left to Right:
Tomb Sentinel, Cadet Staff Sgt. Hannah Faville, and students from Kingsway
Christian School of Vancouver, WA. Photo by Rebekah Faville
It’s 0530 on March 24th.
Dawn hadn’t even broken yet, as
my mind filled with anticipation
and emotions started to spill
into my mind. I couldn’t tell
whether I felt nervous, scared,
happy, or excited about what the
day would hold. The honor of
representing CAP at Arlington
was intense; and with that honor
came a daunting reality: with
great honor comes great responsibility!
I wanted to represent
myself, my squadron and the
entirety of CAP well during the
ceremony. More than anything
however, I felt a deep sense of
gratitude be able to give back
and show thanks towards those
that so valiantly served me,
by fighting to protect my freedom.
I was on the journey of a
Afternoon sunlight spilled
through the bus windows, as
we started our journey around
the capital. It wasn’t long until
I heard the tour guide state that
we were approaching Arlington
National Cemetery. My mind
starting to prepare with thoughts
of how I would get ready and
get into my uniform on the tour
bus. If you’ve ever changed into
your Class A’s in a 2 ft. by 2 ft.
bathroom, you’ll know from the
experience that it can be quite a
challenge! As I stepped out of the
tour bus, it made me extremely
proud to be able to show my
peers what I have achieved. I
felt so very proud to be able to
have the honor of wearing my
uniform, and representing my
squadron. I started to reflect on
how and why I had gotten here.
When I wrote my essay
for laying the wreath, I shared
my three main reasons why I
desired this honor. First, of all, it
was the uttermost gift of honor I
could show towards my country.
Being in CAP has opened my
eyes to what an honor it is to
be able to serve and love my
country. To be able to show
service, love and respect to my
country would be an experience
in itself. Second of all, it is
now my dream to one day serve
my country as a member of the
armed forces. Being able to lay
a wreath would be an incredible
experience on my journey
towards serving my country.
Lastly, laying the wreath would
be an experience that I would
be honored to share with others,
especially those in my CAP unit.
It would also be a lasting treasure
in my service journey, to
be able to share this experience,
and to help encourage others to
Cadet Staff Sgt. Hannah Faville at age
5, wearing the helmet of a female Blue
Angels pilot that inspired her to join
Civil Air Patrol. Photo by Rebekah
strive for their best in their path
of life, whatever that may be.
The time was now approximately
1500; about half an hour
until the ceremony would begin.
We were briefed by the stoic
sentinel on what to expect during
the ceremony. There were
four students that would take
part in the ceremony. I was to
stand on the front left, next to
the sentinel-- the two of us in
full uniform. We were to stand
next to each other throughout
the entirety of the ceremony. I
and one other student would then
take the wreath from another
sentinel, then we would then
place the wreath at the tomb.
The Changing of the Guard
took place: what an incredible
display of perfected skill and
refined duty! As the changing
of the guard came to an end, it
was time for the ceremony of the
laying of the wreath. It was now
our time: time to honor, time to
serve, time to show respect and
reflect on the incredible honor
As I walked down the stairs
towards the tomb with the sentinel,
again, the somber realization
came over me of what was
taking place. I was laying the
wreath on the tomb of a solider.
A soldier that didn’t come home
to his family. He gave his all for
his country, by paying the ultimate
price of his life, so I and
others like me could have the
precious gift of freedom. As I
placed the wreath, I reflected on
this gift, and a sense of gratitude
again came over me.
As I walked back to my
place, and rendered my salute
with the sentinel, a sense of pride
Cadet Staff Sgt. Hannah Faville, Ft.
Vancouver Composite Squadron.
Photo by Rebekah Faville
and honor resided in my mind as
I gazed out towards the view
from where we were standing
at the tomb. From our vantage
point, I could see a large portion
of Arlington, with its rows upon
rows of white tombstones. It was
a sobering moment of gratitude;
what a precious gift freedom
is, and what an incredible price
many willingly paid. I felt even
more resolved to dedicate myself
and my future towards service
and honor to my country, and to
those around me.
No matter how much I say,
do, or write, I’ll never be able
to fully express my emotions
and thoughts. Having the opportunity
to lay the wreath was
nothing short of an honor and a
privilege. I would not have gotten
so far if it wasn’t for family,
my friends, and my CAP unit for
all the encouragement and determination
they have given me. If
you ever have the opportunity to
do something for your country,
even if it is small, take it! H
Commander’s Column Continued from page 1
entirely due to your efforts and ability to accomplish
This is the 75th anniversary of the Civil
Air Patrol Cadet Program, and I am proud that
Washington Wing does the cadet program so well.
May alone, was very busy! At the PCR
Conference in Reno, Cadet Col. Carson Lutterloh
of the Mount Rainier Composite Squadron was
presented the Carl Spaatz Achievement Award. As
the wing’s newest Cadet Colonel, he joins several
other top cadets around the state. At the same
conference, Cadet Col. Zach Lam had the honor
of chairing the PCR Cadet Advisory Council, who
briefed the National and Region senior leadership
in a breakout session.
Then the wing made its biggest showing yet
at the Alaska Aviation Day at SeaTac Airport.
Joining members of the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts,
Raisbeck Aviation High School and college students
from all of the region, about 100 cadets came
and took tours of the Alaska Airline maintenance
hangar and flew Boeing 737 flight simulators. Our
Wing PAO staff headed by Capt. Jessica Jerwa set
up an information table which handed out membership
materials to over 1,200 people.
Our cadets also participated in numerous
parades, including 40 who were featured in the 2017
Lilac Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in Spokane.
At Paine Field, during the annual Aviation Day in
late May, we had several cadets greet the public and
tell potential new cadets all about the cadet program.
With June came tremendous cadet participation in
air shows and airport appreciation days in Olympia,
Tacoma, and Arlington.
Capping off our fun summer of the cadet, we
held our annual summer encampment at Camp
Casey on Whidbey Island. It was another successful
year for Cascade Falcon with 102 graduates. We also
held the wing’s annual glider and powered aircraft
academy, Desert Eagle, where 21 students soloed!
The cadet program has been the heart of
Washington Wing over the past 75 years. Not
every wing can say that, but it’s true in our case!
Once again, I want to thank all of our cadet volunteers,
officers, parents, and community supporters
who all work so hard to support our cadets. H
Broadened Horizons at Aviation Day
By Cadet 1st. Lt. Avery Hammerman, CAP
Paine Field Composite Squadron
has lived in Mukilteo next
to Paine Field his entire
life and has always been
focused on the sky. He
claims it’s odd to him
that people can look up
at planes cruising overhead
and not have an overwhelming
desire to be at
Although he’s still in
high school, he can point to
the day his aviation career
got started. In 2014, he
was introduced to Civil Air
Patrol Cadets with the U.S
Air Force Auxiliary. They
were volunteering at Paine
Field Aviation Day. The
fun that he had with them that day convinced him
to attend a squadron meeting.
The rest, as they say, is history. He soon
became a cadet airman basic in CAP. Today, he is
a Cadet 1st Lieutenant and the Cadet Commander
of the Paine Field Composite Squadron. The
leadership and aerospace opportunities that CAP
has provided him are hugely influential on his life
today. And without CAP, he would never have met
his mentor through Alaska Airlines.
Alaska Airlines interviewed and selected him
to be a student reporter for this year’s Aviation
Day. As a student reporter, he was paired with a
mentor from Alaska Airlines and got to share his
knowledge with his peers on how to get started
in a career in aviation. His introduction to his
position was at the Alaska Airlines hangar at
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport where he
met his new mentor, First Officer Patty Tomich.
Tomich attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University and has been flying for Alaska
Airlines for 22 years.
First Officer Patty Tomich of Alaska Airlines shows Cadet 1st Lt. Avery Hammerman
the inner workings of Alaska’s newest 737.
On Aviation day, Tomich met him at SeaTac
and led him up the steps to the newest Boeing
737 in Alaska Airline’s fleet. In the cockpit, she
explained the equipment that she uses on a daily
basis, they performed several pre-flight tests, and
then he bombarded her with questions about the
aircraft. He also got VIP access to the inner workings
of the airlines – he sat in the captain’s seat of
a brand-new Embraer 175, greeted guests as they
entered Alaska Airlines’ special “Honoring Those
Who Serve” Boeing 737, and went on stage with
fellow student reporters to share their experiences
with their peers. Then, Tomich and him finished
the day by walking through the systems in the
landing gear compartment of a 737-900ER.
His experience at Aviation Day was simply
amazing. He says he’s saving the date already
for next year because it’s an event that is helping
him forward his career. Alaska Airlines provided
opportunities that would have never been available
to him without the help of Civil Air Patrol.
Introducing Washington Wing’s New
By Lt. Col. Jeffrey A. Lustick, CAP
Washington Wing Deputy Public Affairs Officer
The WAWG Public Affairs Department
recently launched a new Instagram Page as part of
its efforts to boost its social media presence. The
Wing has been a long-time participant in Facebook
and Twitter, but until recently had not ventured
The Wings Instagram page can be found at
For those who are not familiar with the
Instagram platform, it is a social networking
application made for sharing photos and videos
from a smartphone. Instagram is available for free
on iOS, Android, and Windows devices. It can also
be accessed via the web, but users can only upload
and share photos or videos from their mobile
Like Facebook or Twitter, everyone who
creates an Instagram account has a profile and
news feed. When you post a photo or video on
Instagram, it’s displayed on your own profile, and
other users who follow you will see your posts
in their feed. Likewise, you’ll see posts from the
users you follow.
There is also the option to use hashtags on
Instagram which act as an indexing or cataloguing
system. Using the “#” symbol, users attach a meaningful
tag to match their images to other users’
interests. For example, in a recent photo showing
one of the Cessna Skylane aircraft assigned to
WAWG, we used #Cessna (a general tag) and
#GoFlyCAP (a CAP-specific tag), which allowed
people interested in flying and aviation to find and
view our photograph.
So far, the Wing’s Instagram Page is growing
steadily with updates around twice a week.
Our goal is to tell the story of Civil Air Patrol in
Washington state with high quality photos. We
want to invite other members to contribute their
high-quality photos showing cadets and seniors
engaged in interesting activities that tell the CAP
story! Our page is fully viewable by the public
and the header of our page contains information
which can be used by prospective new members to
contact the Wing Recruiting Officer.
Cadets Recognized at Essay Contest
By 2nd Lt. Kristina Montgomery, CAP
Arlington Composite Squadron
Award Presentation, U.S. Army’s 364th ESC, Maj. Hurst, Arlington Composite Squadron’s: Cadet Master Sgt. Fujinaka,
Cadet Airman 1st Class Evertsz. Back row: 1st Lt. Ayrhart, Cadet Capt. Fujinaka. Photo by 2nd Lt. Kristina Montgomery
On June 15, 2017, Arlington Composite Squadron’s essay contest winners, Cadet Airman 1st Class
Gabriela Evertsz and Cadet Master Sgt. Jane Fujinaka were presented awards and gift cards by U.S.
Army’s 364th ESC (Expeditionary Sustainment Command), Maj. Donavan Hurst. The squadron’s cadets
were invited to participate in the 500-word essay contest recognizing Asian Pacific Islanders and to bring
Equal Opportunity Awareness to our community.
The month of May was Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. May commemorates the immigration
of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, as well as marks the anniversary of the transcontinental
railroad completion on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks of the
unifying railroad were Chinese immigrants.
All essays will be shared on a display board within the facility during the month of June and the winners
were chosen by a panel of Soldiers and Civilians from the Equal Opportunity Office.
Support Our Cadets!
Fifty years of safe flying don’t happen
By 1st Lt. Scott Story, CAP
Seattle Composite Squadron
Pictured is Lt. Col. Smiley ready to take off on his Airborne Photographer check flight. Photo by 1st Lt. Scott Story
The largest effort we produce is about safety, both in the air and on the ground. Lt. Col. Phil Smiley
from Paine Field Squadron emulates safety like a zen master. The FAA agrees, and awarded him the
Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award that recognizes his 50 years of impeccably safe flying.
Lt. Col. Smiley first soloed in 1963 in N1024E, an Aeronca 7AC Champion that he restored. Being in
the cockpit in an aircraft is one of his favorite places to be. Like many of us feel about ourselves, aviation
certainly must be part of his DNA.
After landing a job as a flight instructor, he joined the U.S. Navy and flew T-2 Buckeyes and A-6
Intruders. Later, he joined CAP and trained as a Mission Scanner and Observer. He also just finished
training for Airborne Photographer certification. His love for aircraft is made obvious by his devotion to
continue training at every opportunity.
Lt. Col. Phil Smiley emulates everything that is good with CAP. He brings his lifetime of aviation
wisdom and experience, teaches it masterfully and with great enthusiasm. He has a most approachable
and friendly character that invites conversation and he is quick to show you his clever humorous side. But
what really sets him apart is his drive to help make everything and everyone around him better in some
way. It is clearly apparent that having him as a flight instructor would be a great experience.
Here is to many more safe years with Lt. Col. Phil Smiley flying around in the skies above
Bellingham Composite Squadron
Cadet First Lt. Mai Le accepts Air Force
Cadet First Lt. Mai Le
has accepted appointment to
the United States Air Force
Academy Class of 2021!
The Air Force Academy
is among the most selective
colleges in the United States.
Many Candidates for admission
are judged on their academic
leadership, athletics, and character.
To gain admission, candidates
must also pass a fitness
test, undergo a thorough medical
examination, and secure a
nomination from a U.S. Senator
or U.S. Representative in the
candidate’s home district.
The United States Air Force
Academy offers a four-year program
of instruction and experience
designed to provide cadets
the knowledge and character
By SM Brandi Mitchell, CAP
Bellingham Composite Squadron
Cadet 1st Lt. Mai Le poses with Col. Tracey Meck, USAF, retired, her Air
Force Academy Liaison Officer and Joe the Falcon, the U.S. Air Force Academy
Mascot. Photo by Cadet Staff Sgt. Rachel Reed
essential for leadership, and the motivation to serve as Air Force career officers. Each cadet graduates
with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.
Recent incoming classes have had about 1,400 cadets; historically fewer than 1,000 of those will
graduate. About 10% of incoming students have also been Civil Air Patrol cadets. Upon graduation,
Cadet Le receives a 2nd Lt Commission in the USAF along with a Major in Aeronautical Engineering and
a Minor in French.
Cadet First Lt. Le leaves this advice for the cadets she has had the honor of leading and those she
looks forward to leading in the future, “Things don’t go the way you plan. There are sacrifices to be
made for bigger and better outcomes. Hard work can get you anywhere. Don’t procrastinate. You don’t
have to have a lot of shiny stuff [medals and awards] to be a good cadet, BUT it doesn’t hurt to strive
to get them.”
Cadet First Lt. Le currently serves as a Flight Commander in the Bellingham Composite Squadron.
Badges and Ribbons you can earn as a
Civil Air Patrol Cadet
By Lt. Col. Tim Kelley, CAP
Commander, Bellingham Composite Squadron
Napoleon Bonaparte once said “A soldier will
fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon” and
someone else said “cadets like bling”. Here are
some badges and ribbons you can earn as a cadet
and how to get them. As a bonus is you are getting
new skills and abilities, helping your community
and being a better cadet and that is the real reason,
Below are just some of the ribbons and badges
currently available to cadets and how to get them.
For more information you can refer to the CAP
regulation (CAPR) listed, or talk to your unit
personnel officer or commander. You may want
to use the chain of command to talk to your commander,
Cadet Recruiter Ribbon
How to earn it: Recruit 2 new members to CAP
(can be cadet or senior members).
How to get it: Prepare a CAP Form (CAPF) 2a
and in the remarks section list the name of the
Badges and Ribbons that can be earned as a Civil Air
members that you recruited and the date they joined. Sign the form as the requester and submit to your
unit personnel officer or commander. The commander will verify the members have joined CAP and that
you were the main reason (only 1 person can get credit per new member) and signs the form. Once it is
signed, keep a copy for your records and you can start wearing the ribbon. For every 2 additional members
you recruit you can add a bronze clasp to the ribbon, just submit another form. For more information
see CAPR 39-3 Award of CAP Medals, Ribbons and Certificates.
Community Service Ribbon
How to earn it: Complete 60 hours of community service outside of Civil Air Patrol.
How to get it: Get a letter from the volunteer coordinator where you did the service listing what you did
and the number of hours (at least 60) also a point of contact if the commander wants to verify the information.
Prepare a CAPF 2a, list the name of the organization you volunteered with and the number of hours
in the remarks section, and attach the letter. Sign the form as the requester and submit to your unit personnel
officer or commander. Once the commander verifies the service and signs the form you can wear the
ribbon. For every 60 hours over the first you can add a bronze clasp to the ribbon, keep track and submit a
new form. For more information see CAPR 39-3 Award of CAP Medals, Ribbons, and Certificates.
Cadet Special Activity Ribbon
How to earn it: Attend a national cadet special activity. Not all activities qualify, check the national cadet
special activities web site (see below) to make sure the one you attend also merits the ribbon.
How to get it: Check your e-services record a few weeks after you get home, in the training section you
will see the activity listed, and you can wear the ribbon. Each activity after the first allows you to add
a bronze star to the ribbon. For more information see CAPR 39-3 Award of CAP Medals, Ribbons, and
How to earn it: Complete a week long summer encampment.
How to get it: Your encampment credit on your e-services record allows you to wear the ribbon, for each
encampment after the first you can add a bronze clasp to the ribbon. For more information see CAPR 39-3
Award of CAP Medals, Ribbons, and Certificates.
Communications Badge and Patch
How to earn it: Complete the training requirements in CAPP (Civil Air Patrol Pamphlet) 214 except for
senior member only training requirements (Level 1 and being assigned as unit communication officer or
assistant) for the technician rating.
How to get it: Use the checklist on page 9 of the pamphlet to track your training and talk to your unit
communications officer to “sign you off” once done, prepare a CAPF 2a listing “award of the communications
badge” in the remarks section. Once the form is signed you can wear the badge and sew the patch
on left pocket of your ABUs (if you’re still wearing BDUs it can go on the left or right pockets). For more
information see CAPR 100-1 paragraph 4.7, and CAPP 214
Keep a copy for your records, can save you some training when you stay in CAP as a senior member.
Emergency Services Patch
How to earn it: Complete General Emergency Services training and become qualified in one additional
Emergency Services specialty.
How to get it: Contact your unit Emergency Services Officer to update the patch in the e-services
Operations Qualification (Ops Quals) section.
Note: This patch is no longer worn on the ABU uniform, but can still be worn on BDUs, or if you get a set
of Blue BDU’s for mission wear or flight suit later as a senior member.
Emergency Services Badge
How to earn it: Complete the training requirements for the technician rating in CAPP 213, except for any
senior member specific training requirements.
How to get it: Use the checklist on page 3 of CAPP 213 to track your training. Once you have completed
it (Note the ECI Course 02130D, is obsolete and is no longer required) talk to your unit emergency services
or operations officer to “sign you off” and enter award of the badge in operations qualifications on
e-services. Once approved, you may wear the badge. For more information see CAPR 35-6 Operations
Ratings, Awards and Badges paragraph 3.
Want more? Ground team badge? Aircrew badge (Cadets age 18 or older only), solo or pre solo
badges? Model Rocketry Badge? Talk to your unit about what you need to “fight long and hard” for your
National Cadet Activities website: http://www.ncsas.com/ H
Safety – always top of mind
By 2nd. Lt. Josh DeWinter, CAP
Paine Field Composite Squadron
It was a warm summer day, perfect for an
Orientation Flight, and Maj. Jose Cabrera and 2nd
Lt. Josh DeWinter, both of Paine Field Squadron,
set out with Brandon Daniels and Ian Hart, both
cadets of North Shore Squadron, to pre-flight
N313CP. It was Cadet Hart’s first O-flight, and
cadet Daniels’ second. All were excited for the day
ahead. As they arrived at the Paine Field hangars,
an airplane that was parked facing toward them
between the rows of hangars began to crank its
engine to start. That was the first slight indication
something might have been abnormal. “Something
seemed a little off, since he [the pilot] had been
cranking continuously for at least 15 seconds without
a start”, said Lt. DeWinter.
When it did start, the aircraft burst to full
throttle and remained there. The pilot seemed to be
fighting with the brakes, a battle he eventually lost,
when one wheel began to roll, turning the prop aircraft
straight toward the group. Still at maximum
power, it then rolled directly toward them, a mere
20 feet away. The pilot continued to wrestle with
the craft, continuing to smash on the brakes, and
managing to stop one of the wheels again, but not
Just after an aircraft lost control and hit a hangar at Paine Field. Photo by 2nd Lt. Josh DeWinter, Paine Field Composite
Just after an aircraft lost control and hit a hangar at Paine Field. Photo by 2nd Lt. Josh DeWinter, Paine Field Composite
to reduce power.
The white and green t-tail again turned further
in the narrow space, but it was now out of room.
It careened nose first into a hangar door, its prop
tearing into it at full speed. The force was sufficient
to turn what normally appears a solid structure
into hundreds of shards of sheet metal, flying
in all directions. Before it hit, the group acted fast
to dive behind a nearby vehicle and escape injury.
The pilot wasn’t as lucky. He hit his nose on the
dash and emerged bleeding. Once the aircraft was
secured and he was out, he was assisted by CAP
and later the airport fire department.
The incident served as a lesson to the cadets
and senior members as to the fact that being
prepared is key, as we never know when or where
our services will be called on. It also highlights the
need to remain constantly vigilant around all aircraft.
Abnormal situations can develop extremely
quickly. What was to be a normal orientation flight
turned to a near emergency in less than a second.
Cadets Hart and Daniels both offered assistance
admirably at the scene to the injured pilot and
in inspecting the CAP hangar afterward. Thanks
to quick thinking and preparation, there were no
major injuries. H
INTEGRITY Excellence RESPECT VOLUNTEER SERVICE
Lt. Col. Thomas Dombeck
By Maj. Diana V. PIetras, CAP
Ft. Vancouver Composite Squadron
On July 17th 2017, Lt. Col. Thomas Dombeck
quietly passed away at the VA Hospital in Portland,
Oregon after being ill for several months. He served in
the Air Force during the Vietnam and Korean Wars.
Many of us have known Tom for a long time and had
worked with him on many Civil Air Patrol functions, events
and Emergency services exercises over the past 50 years
that he was a CAP member. He enrolled in CAP in the Oregon
Wing and was a squadron commander for a time prior to moving to
Washington. He became a frequent figure at Washington Wing headquarters lending his
expertise, support and energy wherever it was needed, especially in Logistics. If you needed
even something unusual, he could usually find it!
He was also a member of the Ft. Vancouver Composite Squadron in Vancouver, WA, for
many years, and served as commander of the unit for a time as well. He also became a supporter
of many local volunteer branches of the military community, including the American
Legion Post 176 5th district, also serving part of his time as commander there, as well. A
staunch member of 40et 8 Les Voitre 9 , Tom continued to give of his time, his knowledge,
and sense of pride in our military that he expressed so often by participating with CMAC
(Community Military Appreciation Committee), the Korean War VA 321, and a host of other
benevolent groups that serve the Veterans in our city.
We will miss his generosity of spirit and his continuing efforts on the part of Fort
Vancouver’s squadron as he told many organizations, including the city council of Vancouver,
and the flying community about our squadron and made us part of the events of the city so
everyone knew we were there. He especially loved to help to organize the yearly Memorial
Day Event at the Ft. Vancouver Barracks so that the experience for the families and other vets
would be more meaningful. This year was his last event before his passing.
Project Appleseed Sponsors Event for CAP
By Maj. Bethany Cox, CAP
South Sound Composite Squadron
Cadets participating in Project Appleseed. Photo by Maj. Bethany Cox
In Washington Wing, there has been a
long standing invitation to participate in the
Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification
Program at Lewis County’s Centralia Rifle Club.
Again this year, Project Appleseed offered their
history and related marksmanship program to
WA Wing cadets. We are excited that the Project
Appleseed activity supplements the Centralia
Rifle Club’s program.
Project Appleseed is a nationwide program
created by the Revolutionary War Veterans’
Association (RWVA) that teaches firearms safety
and marksmanship, Revolutionary War history, and
non-complacency concerning our freedoms in our
very special form of government. It does not discuss
politics, only history and ideals. Additionally,
Cadets at Project Appleseed coordinate accommodation
Cadet 1st Lt. C. Marion prepares to lead cadets through
Project Appleseed activities.
Cadets at Project Appleseed receive training.
their safety protocols are meticulous, and their
teaching methods outstanding.
There are sixteen marksmanship tracks for
which a medal can be earned. CAPR 39-1 allows
for the cadet wear of one such medal. The regulation
does not specify which shooting track.
This is a highly coveted award within the WA
Wing Cadet Cadre. (For a full list of the shooting
sports for which a medal may be earned, authorized
for CAP cadet wear, go to https://mqp.nra.
Evergreen Sportsman’s Club, just south of
Olympia, has multiple range options for several
of the shootings sports. Their committee and Bill
Dalton (whose grandson is a member of WV Wing)
again allowed us the use of their camp grounds and
the Cowboy Action Range for a very reasonable
fee to help us keep our costs to the cadets as low
Cabela’s representative, Stephanie Beatty,
repeated her outstanding negotiation on the
price of ammunition, that was significantly discounted,
which also helped to keep the event’s
price very affordable. To do this, last year,
Cabela’s issued CAP an account number. This is
good nationwide, but to be very clear, it is not a
credit account, it is only to place orders with our
tax ID number on record.
Mr. Edman has also very graciously offered
to sponsor this program in any area of WA so
that cadets do not have to travel so far to have
the opportunity to participate. Project Appleseed
will come to your area with a large number of
extensively trained staff (many with dual NRA
qualifications) and sponsor their program, which is
usually open to the public. For CAP, they will run
a weekend program exclusively for a group of our
cadets. They will also tailor some of the range time
to accommodate the 4-Position track available in
Lewis County, as well as, a Rimfire track because
not all of the rifles acquired for this program have
We are incredibly grateful for the flexibility
of providing a variety of tracks so that the
cadets can choose the one they are comfortable
with. This year, eleven cadets chose to shoot in
the 4-Position track while fifteen pursued the
Rimfire track. We had twenty-six cadets from
eleven squadrons participate with an astonishing
eighteen earning a medal and all others making
progress toward their next medal. We already
look forward to next year. H
CASCADE FALCON XXII
Cadets in formation at Cascade Falcon XXII, 29 Jun - 7 Jul, 2017, at Fort Casey,
Coupeville, Washington. Photo by 2nd Lt. Greg Fisher, Paine Field Composite
Cadet Honor Guard, Cascade Falcon XXII. Photo by 2nd
Lt. Greg Fisher, Paine Field Composite Squadron
Civil Air Patrol and SkyFest 2017
By SM Donald F. Morgan, Sr., CAP
Spokane Composite Squadron
Personnel from Civil Air Patrol squadrons
across Idaho and Washington state assisted United
States Air Force personnel with operations at the
Fairchild Air Force Base open house and air show
known as SkyFest 2017. The Thunderbirds, the
Air Force’s aerial demonstration team, headlined
From July 28 through July 30, both CAP cadets
and officers helped airshow personnel with various
operations duties. Local CAP units also had two
Cessna aircraft on display, aerospace education
materials for the public, and staffed an information
booth for those interested in learning more about
Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.
Lt. Col. Clay Shepherd, Washington Wing Vice
Commander for CAP, was present for SkyFest on
both days and said, “I am very proud we were able
to work side by side with Air Force active duty,
guard and reserve components at SkyFest. Civil
Air Patrol members are always ready to participate
in community service. As the fourth tier of the
Air Force Total Force, it is especially satisfying
when we are able to exhibit our equipment and
capabilities, serve the needs of Spokane and the
Inland Northwest, and do so in concert with the
In addition to the Thunderbirds, more than 20
static aircraft were on display and 10 aerial performances
entertained the crowds, said Maj. Richard
Hennies, USAF, SkyFest 2017 air show director.
While attendance figures for this year are not
yet available, the previous SkyFest and open house
on Fairchild AFB in 2014 attracted an enthusiastic
crowd of more than 200,000.
CAP personnel in front of USAF Thunderbirds at Fairchild AFB SkyFest 2017. Photo by Senior Member Donald F. Morgan