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



Posted By roy read more

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 ebony271@ptd.net


Posted By roy read more

CAP celebrates The Wright Brothers Day at Carnegie Science Center


Science center's flight simulators turn public into 'Top Gun' pilots

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jake Kern of Oakdale was thrilled to be flying -- albeit in a simulated Cessna 182.
"It's great. You get fly the airplane. Then you get to crash it," said Jake, 8, who used the simulators on display on Saturday in the Carnegie Science Center.
The Civil Air Patrol sponsored the event in celebration of its 70th anniversary and of the 108th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight on Dec. 17, 1903.
By early afternoon, about 200 people had conducted simulated flights.
"It was a lot of fun. I've always wanted to fly. I probably just watched "Top Gun" too many times," said Matt Stewart of Pine in reference to the Tom Cruise movie about a naval aviator.
Maj. Kevin Berry, commander of the Civil Air Patrol's Squadron 712 in Butler, oversaw construction of the flight simulators to advance the unit's aerospace education mission.

Read more: Science center's flight simulators turn public into 'Top Gun' pilots - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_772594.html#ixzz1gvRbo0wW

Posted By acarlson read more
Posted By roy read more

Civil Air Patrol Partners with FAA for Safety Training


FAA and Wings logo

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS -- Civil Air Patrol has established a safety education partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration that will provide CAP members with automatic education credits for completing safety education within the FAA’s WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program.
The WINGS program objective is to address primary accident-causing issues that plague the general aviation community. The FAA hopes the program will help reduce the number of accidents it sees each year resulting from the same causes. CAP members will benefit from this relationship by receiving credit toward CAP safety education requirements upon completion of FAA-approved courses. 
The WINGS program – available to all aviation enthusiasts at www.faasafety.gov – helps aviators and aviation enthusiasts construct an educational curriculum suitable for their individual flight requirements. It emphasizes flight proficiency by using the FAA’s Practical Test Standards. 
CAP requires all members to complete safety education at set intervals, which has helped improve the organization’s overall safety results in air and ground operations. Providing increased awareness through education complements CAP’s safety management system.  
“We are proud of our relationship with the FAA,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, adding, “recurrent training programs like this one help all pilots reach their highest potential and maintain a high level of safety and proficiency.”
Posted By roy read more

2012 National Cadet Special Activity and Scholarship Applications


The National Cadet Special Activities Event Module in eServices has been activated, and is now accepting applications for the 2012 NCSA's.  The Scholarship Application Module is also open at this time. 

There is a notice on the Event Module main screen that says “Due to ongoing budget uncertainty in Congress, the price reflected for special activities on NCSAS.com is TENTATIVE and is subject to change. We’re listing an estimated tuition so that families have a general idea as to the cost to participate.”  Any changes to the tuition will be communicated as quickly and completely as possible.

For the complete list of activities, visit: http://www.ncsas.com/

Review of the application process (Both NCSA and Scholarship); 
  1. Members apply from 1 Dec until 15 January. 
  2. Unit CCs have until 1 Feb to approve applications. 
  3. Wings have until 15 February to approve/green light applications. 
  4. Announcements made in mid-March. 
CCs will see the pending approvals in the Commander’s Corner. 
****Reminder: PA Wing Cadet Programs will be conducting NCSA interviews at Wing HQ Saturday, Jan 28, 2012. Sign-in will start at 0800hrs, followed by a brief meeting and introductions at 0900hrs.  Interviews will run from 0930 until all are completed.  A light lunch will be served at noon.  Proper uniforms are required for interviews.  All candidates must have current valid CAPID card for interviews.
Posted By roy read more

Happy Birthday Civil Air Patrol - 1 December 1941

Civil Air Patrol's 70th Anniversary - 1941 - 2011

Celebrating Civil Air Patrol's 70th Anniversary in Pennsylvania Wing

Posted By acarlson read more

Flight Operations Resume


December Ops Notes


Flight Activity Resumes

As many of you know, most of our mission symbols had been suspended due to the Continuing Resolution in congress.  At this time, all mission symbols with the exception of A3 have been reauthorized by the NEC. Please note that this includes A15, Cadet Orientation Flights as authorized.  A large amount of emphasis has been placed on ensuring that flights are fiscally responsible so that we can continue to operate if there is another suspense in funding.  Please see note in eServices.

New From 5/91 Procedures
In order to ensure the most efficient use of funding and keep our pilots current, the Wing Stan/Eval officer will contact pilots ahead of their expiration month as to whether or not they will be approved for a F5/91 or not.  This will allow maximum time for the pilot to plan and execute this flight.  A policy statement will be posted on the Wing Website shortly with exact procedures codifying this new process.
Current Projects
These projects are being taken on by the PA Wing Operations Staff to provide training opportunities and guidance for our membership so that we may be more effective in supporting out communities.
  • Defining potential roles/tasks for Ground Teams during disaster relief operations
  • Developing training for aerial and ground based imagery and image distribution
  • Refining the monthly mission to ensure Ground, Air, and Mission Base crews are all given the chance for currency
  • Better incorporating mission rated Communicators into all missions and ensuring that the proper equipment is distributed for maximum affect (In coordination with Wing Communications Directorate)
  • Streamlining all mission paperwork to include documentation and reimbursement
Please feel free to email me at do@pawg.cap.gov with any questions or suggestions on how we can better serve our customers!
Director of Operations
Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol


Posted By roy read more

From the Wing Commander


To My Fellow Officers and Cadets of Civil Air Patrol-Pennsylvania Wing:

It is with great reverence and an enduring sense of accountability that I have accepted the command for Pennsylvania Wing in what I believe is the greatest organization in the world. I do not take lightly the job that has been entrusted to me.

We are in the midst of celebrating 70 years of continuous duty - serving our Community, State and Nation in any way we are called to do so. Everyone in our organization today makes great sacrifices so that we may serve. We have a wonderful history and a long road in front of us to continue to protect our Nation and inspire the next generation of leadership in our cadets.

I believe in this Mission, and I feel it important that you know what else I believe:

  • I believe that every moment is a gift and that I should use that gift in service both to you, our members, and our nation. We are all here to serve, not be served.
  • I believe every person (officer, cadet, and our supporting family member) is special and has greatness within them. I believe it is our duty to help our fellow officers and cadets find that greatness, so that they may excel in Civil Air Patrol and in life.
  • I believe in our Core Values. They are not something we put on with our uniform; our Core Values are what we bring with us, within ourselves, in everything we do.
  • I believe we are a part of something great, in one of the most phenomenal organizations in the world. We not only protect and serve, but we also hold in our hands the next generation of leaders to which we owe our constant attention and vigilance.

Along with beliefs come expectations:

  • I expect that we will work in a spirit of service within the regulations and policies of Civil Air Patrol.
  • I expect we will treat each other with dignity and respect leaving every member or customer feeling better about themselves and our organization after each and every interaction with us.
  • I expect that we will work with integrity.
  • I expect that we will work, train, and execute with nothing less than excellence.

Always, Always, Always remember to work with integrity in a spirit of service, respect and excellence for others. These are our Core Values. This is what makes us special. This is what makes Civil Air Patrol special, and this is how we succeed.

Thank you for your time and service - know that it is deeply appreciated.

You... WE ... are all Great people and we will do great things. I am extremely excited to serve you and I look forward to our next four years together!

Col Sandra E Brandon
Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol



Posted By roy read more


Subscribe to Front page feed