Pennsylvania Readies to Assist Oklahoma in a Coordinated Wing Effort.

May
21

FOR WIDEST DISSEMINATION

Tuesday, 21 MAY 2013 - 0842

Good Morning PA Members,

As we wake up this morning and see the devastation that has hit Oklahoma, we are all feeling the need to help.  The Civil Air Patrol in Oklahoma is actively responding to sortie requests on all fronts. 
With any incident response, an organized response is absolutely vital to the success of the mission.  Recently, the OKWG Facebook page posted for individual Mission Qualified personnel willing to assist to contact them via email.  I will personally be contacting the OKWG and seeing what is needed.  From there, if PAWG can be of assistance, I will ask the Wing membership and coordinate as a single entity to assist our fellow CAP Members.  No PAWG member should be coordinating individual with OKWG so that we can insure that no duplication of effort is done and that all personnel are properly accounted for.
Now is an absolutely appropriate time to check and update all of our equipment, both on the air, ground, and mission management side of our response. 
Thank you for your continued dedication to our communities, states, and nation.
Very Respectfully,
WILLIAM SCHLOSSER, Major, CAP
Director of Operations
Pennsylvania Wing, Civil Air Patrol

 

 

 

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Cadet Training Schools - Register NOW!

May
03

PA Wing Cadet Training Schools

Cadet Student applications are now being accepted to all five of our summer programs that will begin on 22 June 2013 at Fort Indiantown Gap!  

  • Cadet Basic Encampment
  • Leadership Development Course
  • Cadet Commander's Course
  • Honor Guard Academy
  • Music Academy

With three new advanced courses added to the mix, this year promises to continue the Pennsylvania Wing tradition of top notch cadet training.  View our Course Descriptions under the Summer Programs link:  http://cts.pawg.cap.gov/ 

or click here to APPLY to get started!   http://cts.pawg.cap.gov/content/student-applications

 
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Record-Breaking Attendance at the IG Senior Level Training

Apr
10

Pennsylvania Wing hosts 16 for Inspector General Training

2013 Senior IG class Picture

The CAP Inspector General (IG) Senior Level Training Course, the academic requirement for the Senior IG specialty track rating, was held at PA Wing headquarters, Ft Indiantown Gap, PA, Saturday Sunday April 6 -7.  16 Students attended and successfully completed the course

 

 

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2013 Winter Weekend Training - Somerset County

Feb
04

2013 Winter Weekend Training - Somerset CountyFRIEDENS, PA – Cadets and Senior Members of the Civil Air Patrol gathered this weekend (Feb 2-3, 2013) in the snowy fields outside of Friedens, PA to participate in a winter training exercise.

78 members, including adults and cadets as young as 12 from all across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Tennessee practiced hands on Search and Rescue techniques under harsh winter conditions to help them know what to do in the event of a real missing persons search or other emergency. Since missing person searches can happen at ANY time of year, under any conditions, it is important to train for all possible scenarios. They also learned important survival techniques they can use to keep themselves alive and safe in inclement weather.

Experienced members taught skills such as camp setup, fire building, how to keep warm, and land navigation to their fellows. Back at base, staff members were trained in support positions to help the total mission.

“It’s important to train like this because supervised training under the harshest conditions sets you up to do our best in any environment,” said Cadet Chief Master Sergeant DeRubeis from Allegheny County Composite Squadron, “When I get back to school on Monday it’s nice to know I had a fun weekend learning important skills.”

“I am very proud of all of our members, cadets and adults, who have taken the time this weekend to come out and train for our Emergency Services mission. Training like this keeps us ready for missions like the one we participated in this past week in Somerset County for the missing snowmobiler who was found safe,” said Colonel Sandra Brandon, Pennsylvania Wing Commander.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com to find a squadron near you.

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AFA Outstanding Cadet of the Year

AFA LogoAir Force Association Awards Outstanding CAP Cadets with the “Civil Air Patrol Outstanding Squadron Cadet of the Year Award”

AFA provides each CAP squadron or unit a unique medal, ribbon and certificate to present to the most outstanding CAP cadet in each squadron each year. AFA is proud to support these accomplished cadets with an award package that includes a silver medal accompanied by a sky-blue ribbon and a certificate. AFA requests that the certificate be inscribed by the unit before it is presented to the cadet at a special awards ceremony.

Each year, beginning 1 December, but not later than 15 January, CAP Squadron/Unit Commanders should request an award package directly from AFA’s National Awards Office, either by mail or by e-mail. This award package should not be requested by the AFA State or Chapter organizations; it is only requested by CAP Unit Commanders. (The letter on the following page could be used for this request, if desired.)

The award package contains a form for each commander to complete and return to AFA after the cadet is selected. The form will request the following information:
Unit Name and Address 
Unit Commander’s Name, Phone and E-mail
Award Presentation Information: Date, Location, Presenter
Award Recipient’s Name/Rank/Accomplishments

 

In order to allow commanders the widest possible latitude in this selection, the award may go to any cadet, at any level of achievement in the CAP Cadet Program who has displayed superior performance during the year.

After the unit has made the annual selection for the outstanding cadet award, a special presentation should be made. This can be done at any CAP event or awards ceremony, or, even at a local AFA Chapter event. It is recommended that a local AFA representative be asked to make this presentation to the Outstanding Squadron Cadet at an appropriate time. To find information about a local AFA Chapter who may have a possible representative for this presentation, go to:http://www.afa.org/contact_link_search.asp. CAP commanders may also make the presentation if no AFA representative is available in the area. Each unit will have unique resources and opportunities for this presentation, thus presentations will vary.

The AFA award package information is also found at http://www.afa.org/aef/medals.asp.

Although this is the most current information for the cadet award process, information is also found at Paragraph 1 j of Interim Change Letter for CAPR 39-3 athttp://members.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/2008_12_10_awards_87CB4A5E163E5.pdf.

CAP National Cadet Special Activities - Apply NOW!

Dec
12

 

Apply thru January 15 at http://www.ncsas.com/
 
then January 26 Interviews:
The PA Wing NCSA Interview Board will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 starting at 9am at Wing Headquarters. More information and instructions about the day will be sent to individuals who apply for an NCSA. 
 
Map to PA Wing HQ: http://bit.ly/PAWingHQ
 
Heather Weaver, Major, CAP
PA Wing Director of Cadet Programs
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CAP Members: Our CAP members need help after Hurricane Sandy

Nov
03

From the Commander,

As PA Wing's participation in an official capacity winds down in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, I would like to thank everyone for their diligence, unwavering commitment and execution.  Whether you flew missions, worked in operation centers, provided leadership in key roles or were standing by for ground team missions, your participation was critical and well executed. As always, you proved yourselves once again to be a vital part of our community. 

Although the "official" part of our mission is tapering down we have yet another mission - our commitment to each other. We have many members in our community that are still without power, work, food, and housing with temperatures forecast to drop below freezing in the upcoming days.
 
We will use the Wing Facebook page and website as a way for those who need help, to reach out to our fellow CAP members who may be able to provide support. 
 
This support could include shelter, blankets, sleeping bags, food, warm clothes, flash lights, batteries, generators or just a kind word of encouragement.
 
Let's all do our best to reach out to each other in this time of need.
 
Thank you
Col Brandon
Commander, Pennsylvania Wing
Civil Air Patrol
 
 
CAP PA Wing Facebook:
 
 
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Last Day for Awards Banquet - Register Today!

Sep
24

 

Last Day to Register for

the Saturday Evening 

Awards Banquet 

  Today, Monday, Sept 24  

Register at:

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Wing Conference Registration Extended to 27th

Sep
22


 
2012 Pennsylvania Wing 
CONFERENCE ONLY (no Banquet) TICKETS
REGISTRATION EXTENDED:
Register Today! before Thursday, Sept 27 at
http://pawgconf12-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

(BANQUET DEADLINE REMAINS: TUESDAY 9 AM)

Tons of Topics! - See the Schedule for Saturday Afternoon Break-Out SEMINARS at 
http://pawg.cap.gov/conference2012#seminars

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PA Wing Conference & Awards Banquet

Sep
01

Hotel Room Reservations deadline Sept 7

Details at https://pawg.cap.gov/conference2012
 

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