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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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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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

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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 – 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.”
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