2013 Winter Weekend Training - Somerset County


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!



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


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!



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


2012 Pennsylvania Wing 
Register Today! before Thursday, Sept 27 at


Tons of Topics! - See the Schedule for Saturday Afternoon Break-Out SEMINARS at 

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PA Wing Conference & Awards Banquet


Hotel Room Reservations deadline Sept 7

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

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SEVEN from Pennsylvania earn National Award


Balsam Award logo






2012 Balsem Award (the GOLD) Winners:


Award of Excellence (the SILVER):
Margaret (Peggy) Secunda
Roy Long
Annette Carlson

Certificate of Merit (the BRONZE):
 Edgar Flick
 Jennifer Lichlyter - (2)

From the Wing Commander:

Congratulations to our prestigious National award winners!!!!

Thank you for exemplifying what excellence through a spirit of service is all about!! Your passion
for serving our cadets, missions, community, state and nation show through in all you do. I hope I can articulate my thanks and appreciation to you as well as you articulate the message of CAP through your public affairs work.

Maj Carlson, thank you for leading this wonderful team of PAO's and officers as well as developing a first rate PAO program in PA Wing (Highly Successful shows here in practice not just inspection!).

"If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet;
How important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is
something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person".
-Fred Rogers

You not only leave something great of yourselves with others but  also leave with them the greatness of CAP! Thank you for all you do!

I am proud to call PA Wing my home and to work with such exceptional officers and cadets!!

Col Brandon

Sandra E. Brandon, Col CAP
Commander, PA Wing

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Register Now for the 2012 Wing Conference!


Registration is now open for the 2012 Pennsylvania Wing Conference & Awards Banquet 28-30 September 2012 in State College!
Complete details and pricing/registration information are on the 2012 Wing Comference page here: http://pawg.cap.gov/conference2012

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PA Wing "Highly Successful"


Congratulations Pennsylvania Wing Members!

Compliance Inspection Graded
"Highly Successful"


7 May 2012

Team CAP Pennsylvania:

I am excited and pleased to announce that Mission 4: Excellence Through a Spirit of Service, played out over the past three days, as the CAP Pennsylvania Wing underwent their Compliance Inspection resulting in a top grade of "Highly Successful". Results included 39 "Commendables" and 3 "Benchmark Candidates"

Earning this top level performance rating can only be attained through teamwork, determination, and a passion for excellence. I am thankful and proud to work with such an incredible group of officers and cadets.

A special thank you to all of our dedicated Wing Staff Officers, whose passion for excellence and diligence to duty was demonstrated over these past months as we prepared for and successfully executed this inspection. Thanks also goes to our commanders throughout the wing whose dedication drives superior performance in our units.

Going forward we have many additional opportunities to continue to serve with excellence and I look forward to an incredible summer filled with great cadet activities, senior officer training, and continued service to our community, state, nation and each other.

With my deepest gratitude for your service,

Col Brandon


Pennsylvania Wing

Civil Air Patrol


About the Wing Compliance Inspections:

CAP Wings undergo this inspections every four years, checking each wing's mission critical readiness and organizational effectiveness and efficiency while also looking at the ability to manage and implement all three of CAP's core missions - emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.

Four possible grades are possible: Highly Successful, Successful, Marginal and Unsatisfactory.

Highly Successful means that the wing's performance or operations go above and beyond standards, exceeding mission requirements.


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