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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First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Pittsburgh

First Lady Michelle Obama arrived shortly after 3:30 p.m. at the 911th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Command in Moon, she was warmly greeting nearly two dozen military families, including C/TSgt Tiaira Maloni Civil Air Patrol of the PA Wing's Golden Triangle Complsite Squadron 603.
Watch the video with C/TSgt Tiaira Maloni and First Lady Michelle Obama

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Lt Col Bruce Brinker



Lt Col Bruce Brinker
18 Feb 1951 - 3 Apr 2012


It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I convey to you the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Lt Col Bruce Brinker, following a heroic battle with cancer.


Bruce will be remembered fondly as a loving husband, father, grandfather and by all of the officers and cadets of Pennsylvania Wing as a kind and gentle leader who inspired generations of young men and women to great success.


Col Brinker served his community and others in many important ways, but he will most notably be remembered for his service to our cadets as the Pennsylvania Wing Director of Cadet Programs and the former Hawk Mountain Ranger School Commander.


The kindred spirit of a great leader never leaves us. When you feel a helping hand or a gentle push forward, know that he is with you. The song you hear in the wind is our encouragement to live as he did, with laughter in his heart, honor in his soul, never-ending courage, and an endless love for others that defies the test of time.


Rest in Peace Bruce,


Col Sandra E Brandon

Commander, PA Wing   





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2012 Pennsylvania Wing Cadet Competition

The 2012 Pennsylvania Wing Cadet Competition took place on Sunday, 25 March on the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University.

Five Pennsylvania squadron teams competed in the Color Guard competition, Including:

• Allegheny County Composite Squadron 602
• Golden Triangle Composite Squadron 603
• Mid-State Composite Squadron 239
• Nittany Composite Squadron 338
• Quakertown Composite Squadron 904
This annual event provides incentive and motivation for cadets to train and attain goals in leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness and teamwork, and an excellent opportunity for cadets to increase esprit de corps through excellence in training and performance.

The cadet competition is designed as a competitive venue in which cadets can display their training and leadership skills, and recognizes and rewards cadets whose training and performance is determined to be the best in the CAP Cadet Program.

The winner of the wing-level competition represents Pennsylvania Wing at the Northeast Region Cadet Competition at Westover ARB the weekend of 27-29 April 2012.

The competition is comprised of seven events with winners of each event as follows:

In Ranks Inspection:   Mid-State
Standard Drill:            Nittany
Indoor Practical Drill: Nittany
Outdoor Practical:      Allegheny County
Mile Run:                    Nittany
Written Exam:            Allegheny County
Panel Quiz:                Golden Triangle


Overall Awards:
First place
:        Nittany Composite Squadron *
Second place:   Allegheny County Composite Squadron *
Third place:      Golden Triangle Composite Squadron

* Nittany Composite Squadron will not participate in the Region Competition, therefore, 
The Allegheny County Composite Squadron will represent Pennsylvania Wing and compete at the Northeast Region Cadet Competition at Westover ARB the weekend of 27-29 April 2012

Both teams are eligible to wear the National Color Guard Competition Ribbon.

Special Awards included:
Fleet Foot awards for male and female cadets who were the fastest in the mile run were won by Nittany’s Jeff Layng and Rebecca Layng.

The highest written exam score went Jason Young also of Nittany.

The Special Team Award chosen by the competing teams went to Golden Triangle.

The Outstanding Cadet award went to Jeff Layng from Nittany.

Congratulations to all the Cadet Teams!  Job well done!
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AFSA and VFW Cadet Awards


Nominations for cadet awards are due to 2 outside agencies by 15 April. Every cadet and composite unit is eligible to submit nominations for the following awards:


Air Force Sergeants Association Logo


Air Force Sergeants Association Cadet NCO of the year

2012 Cadet Conference


Plan now to attend the 2012 Pa Wing Cadet Conference, Saturday 28 April at Fort Indiantown Gap!

Location: Regional Equipment Operators Training School (REOTS)
Cost: $25.00
This years guest speaker will be former Pa Wing staffer and recent Deleware Wing Commander, Colonel Gene Egry!
Colonel Mary Feik will also make a special appearance, and be available to all cadets to sign their Feik awards.

Featured Cadet Seminars include:

  • Leadership
  • Emergency Services
  • Communications
  • Aerospace
  • Preparing for Encampments
  • Awards Luncheon
  • And much more 

Cadet Uniform of the Day: BDU's


Senior member activities:

  • Vehicle Inspection
  • Professional Development workshop
  • Logistics workshop
  • Commanders Call
  • Awards Luncheon

Senior member Uniform of the Day: Corporate uniform (white aviator or polo shirt) or shirt-sleeve AF uniform (no tie or service coat)


Sign-in starts at 0800, with the General Assembly beginning at 0900.
Registration:  To register, download the registration form from the Wing website cadet programs page, or click here.  Mail your completed, signed registration forms, payment, and completed CAPF60 to Wing Headquarters:
HQ Pa Wing Civil Air Patrol
Cadet Programs 
Building 3-108 
Fort Indiantown Gap 
Annville, PA 17003
Registrations will not be accepted after 19 April 2012. There will be a $5.00 administrate fee for cancellations before 19 April. Cancellation received after 19 April or no shows will not receive a refund.
Commanders: Let Major Weaver know if you have any special awards to be presented (Wright Brothers, Feik, Mitchell, Earhart, Eaker, Spaatz). Commander's must have awards framed and delivered to Wing HQ by 26 April or hand deliver on 28 April to Conference. 
For additional information contact Maj Heather Weaver, Pa Wing  Deputy Director of Cadet Programs, 484-347-1402 or email at
Click here to download the 2012 Pa Wing Cadet Conference flyer for posting at your squadron!
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CAP in the News!


February 20, 2012 - WHP-TV 21 Harrisburg interviewed Cadet Airman John Carberry and CAP Pilot Major Bruce Russell about the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet Orientation Flight Program.

TV 21 video

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2011 Quality Cadet Unit Award Winners


quality cadet unit award logoCongratulations to the winners of the 2011 Quality Cadet Unit Award from Pennsylvania Wing!  Any cadet unit that displays strong program fundamentals can earn the Quality Cadet Unit Award. This new award motivates squadrons to pursue goals that we think will inevitably lead to their having a vibrant Cadet Program. The Quality Cadet Unit Award is purely objective. Cadet and composite squadrons who meet the challenging criteria below automatically earn the award. 


The 2011 award recipients from Pennsylvania Wing are:

Allegheny County Composite Squadron 602

Chester County Composite Squadron 1008

Golden Triangle Composite Squadron 603

Willow Grove JRB Squadron 902

Butler Composite Squadron 712

Mt Pocono Composite Squadron 207

Nittany Composite Squadron 338



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National Cadet Special Activities Interviews 28 January


Interviews for National Cadet Special Activities will take place at Wing Headquarters on Saturday 28 January.  Staff Interviews for PA Wing Encampment, Leadership Developement and Cadet Leadership School will also take place during this time.

Sign-in will begin at 0800 with interviews commencing at 0900.  Uniform of the day is Blues,  service dress preferred.  
All members interviewing for NCSA slots or staff positions at Wing schools must be safety current and bring with them the following items:

  • Valid CAP membership card
  • Signed printout of CAP activity application from eServices

The Wing Cadet Advisory Council (CAC) will also meet during this time to plan the upcoming 2012 Cadet Conference and other events.  Groups and squadrons are reminded to send their respective CAC representatives and alternates.
A light lunch will be served at 1200.  Interviews are expected to last until 1700.
For more information contact Lt Col Bruce Brinker, Wing Director of Cadet Programs at


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