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FALL 2017

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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

Continued on page 13 . . .

COVER PHOTO: Cadet Leadership at Cascade Falcon XXII

Encampment. Left to Right: Jakob Ludwig, Ethan Reiniger, and

Phillips Kidds

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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


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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

orientation flights.

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

over dinner.

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

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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

education.

The Evergreen Museum: https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/popular-exhibits

The B-17 Alliance: http://www.warbirdsnews.com/

warbirds-news/b-17-alliance-group-warbirdsnews-site-visit.html

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Honoring Heroes

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

of freedom.

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

lifetime!

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

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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

Faville

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

before me.

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

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Commander’s Column Continued from page 1

entirely due to your efforts and ability to accomplish

our missions.

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

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Broadened Horizons at Aviation Day

By Cadet 1st. Lt. Avery Hammerman, CAP

Paine Field Composite Squadron

Avery Hammerman

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

the controls.

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.

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Introducing Washington Wing’s New

Instagram Page

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

into Instagram.

The Wings Instagram page can be found at

http://instagram.com/wawgcap.

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

devices.

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.

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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!

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Fifty years of safe flying don’t happen

by accident

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

Washington.

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Bellingham Composite Squadron

Cadet First Lt. Mai Le accepts Air Force

Academy Appointment

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

achievement, demonstrated

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.

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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,

right?

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,

Good Luck.

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

Patrol Cadet.

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

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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

Certificates.

Encampment Ribbon

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

“bling.”

National Cadet Activities website: http://www.ncsas.com/ H

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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

Squadron

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Just after an aircraft lost control and hit a hangar at Paine Field. Photo by 2nd Lt. Josh DeWinter, Paine Field Composite

Squadron

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

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In Memoriam

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.

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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

logistics.

Cadet 1st Lt. C. Marion prepares to lead cadets through

Project Appleseed activities.

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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.

org/courses-of-fire/.)

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

as possible.

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

iron sights.

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

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CASCADE FALCON XXII

ENCAMPMENT

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

Squadron

Cadet Honor Guard, Cascade Falcon XXII. Photo by 2nd

Lt. Greg Fisher, Paine Field Composite Squadron

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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

SkyFest 2017.

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

Air Force.”

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

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