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Prince William earns Quality Cadet Unit Award

posted Sep 29, 2018, 10:09 PM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Sep 30, 2018, 1:39 PM ]

MANASSAS, VA Prince William Composite Squadron earns the Quality Cadet Unit Award for the sixth year in a row beginning in 2013. Topping out the fiscal year with 105 cadets, the unit met eight out 11 points of criteria. Any cadet unit that displays strong program fundamentals can earn the Quality Cadet Unit Award. This award motivates squadrons to pursue goals that 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 Quality Cadet Unit Award can serve as a helpful management tool. Local leaders can use its award criteria to gauge the relative health of their Cadet Program.


ELIGIBILITY

All cadet and composite squadrons and flights with a minimum of 10 cadets are eligible.

2017-2018 CRITERIA (Data from 1 September 2017 through 31 August 2018)


The award criteria are entirely objective.  Any unit that meets at least 6 of the 11 criteria listed below, as of 31 August, qualifies

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  • Adult Leadership: Unit has at least 3 Training Leaders of Cadets graduates on its roster

  • Aerospace: Unit earned the Aerospace Excellence Award (AEX) or sent in an after-action report on a STEM Kit during the school year

  • Cadet Achievement: 40% of cadets on roster have attained the Wright Brothers Award

  • RRLA: Unit hosted an RRLA

  • Encampment: 50% of cadets on roster have completed encampment

  • Enrollment: Unit has at least 35 cadets listed on its roster

  • Growth: Unit’s cadet roster increased by 10%, or 10 cadets (from 1 September 2017)

  • Orientation Flights: 70% of cadets on roster have participated in at least 1 flight

  • Retention: Unit retained 50% of first year cadets (cadets that joined from 1 September 2017 through 31 August 2018)

  • CyberPatriot: Members that actively participate in CyberPatriot during the 2017-2018 competition will earn their squadron credit.  

  • Emergency Services:  60% of cadets on roster have GES certification


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 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. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Prince William Supports National Public Lands Day

posted Sep 29, 2018, 9:19 PM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Sep 29, 2018, 10:23 PM ]

TRIANGLE, VA The National Park Service staff welcomed volunteers from various organizations early Saturday morning, September 21st, in support of the 2018 National Public Lands Day at Prince William Forest Park near Triangle, VA. Among the many volunteers, six members of Prince William Composite Squadron led by 1st. Lt. Sara Demyanovich and 2d. Lt. Kari Pewett were assigned to splitting wood with hydraulic wood splitters. The three-hour shift culminated in a pizza lunch with Park Rangers and Staff. Special thanks to those who supported this annual event. To the Stars, Prince William!


To view photos from this event, please visit our Flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/mer-va-102/albums/72157701647944414

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 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. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Ground Teams Refresh Training ahead of Hurricane Florence

posted Sep 10, 2018, 12:17 PM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Sep 10, 2018, 1:40 PM ]

TRIANGLE, VA Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members of Virginia Wing, Group Three, rallied for emergency services ground team training last weekend beginning on Friday, September 7, 2018, at Prince William Forest Park near Triangle, VA, on the eve of Tropical Storm Florence. Each year, Group Three hosts an annual training “bivouac" (Army term for camping under the open skies) during the month of September to acquire or refresh skills, broaden capabilities, and quicken response time to emergency search and rescue requests issued by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and the Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Group Three emergency services training officers, Maj. Nancy Carlson and Capt. Mike Conner, coordinated the ground team training plan and Col. Jim Covel, former Virginia Wing commander and Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters liaison to FEMA, served as the incident commander overseeing the 3-day training event.


With Tropical Storm Florence building off the southeastern U.S. coast, 38 members representing six units from across Northern Virginia, signed into mission base hosted at the Incident Command Post held at Turkey Run Campground of Prince William Forest Park. Mission staff assistant-trainee, 2d. Lt. Annette Degnan of Leesburg Composite Squadron, assisted with reviewing required forms and qualifications to ensure everyone was in compliance. After in-processing, members selected an area to set-up their personal tents and later join others for a campfire dinner including traditional S’mores dessert provided by the dining services officer, 1st. Lt. Cynthia Smith of Prince William Composite Squadron. First Lieutenant Smith single-handedly coordinated a meal plan and set up a field kitchen to provide nearly 125 meals during the training event with limited resources and modern facilities.


In the distant horizon, members witnessed the flash effect of lighting and sounds of pealing thunder of an adjacent weather front hovering over the National Capital Region. Twenty-five miles north of park near Washington, D.C., Fairfax and Arlington Counties were under a flash flood warning throughout the evening. Despite the looming rain forecast for Northern Virginia, the bivouac site remained dry and unaffected.


Early Saturday morning after breakfast, Maj. Carlson held ground team familiarization and preparatory (F&P) training for 12 ground team trainees. She was assisted by Capt. Conner and 1st. Lt. Sara Demyanovich of Prince William. Afterwards, ground branch director-trainee, Capt. Karen Shaw, received her training scenario brief from Col. Covel, Maj. Carlson, and Capt. Conner. She created and briefed ground team leaders on three ground sorties throughout the operational period consisting of land navigation, hasty and line searches, and electronic transponder search. The communications team was led by 1st. Lt. Paige Carlson of Prince William, serving as the communications unit leader, and mission radio operator trainee, Cadet MSgt. Joshiua Sydow of Fredericksburg Composite Squadron, Group Four, Virginia Wing. The communications team issued radios to ground teams, facilitated radio checks, and requested status updates along with maintaining a communications log of all CAP radio transmissions.


Without a drop of rain to disrupt training, ground teams completed the first two ground sorties safely. Ground team leaders debriefed Capt. Shaw upon their return and each team re-fitted for the next task. After dinner, Capt. Shaw issued the final sortie for the operational period. The sortie included two tasks in search of a practice electronic search beacon being operated by Capt. Conner, in an undisclosed location. Ground team leaders briefed their teammates and prepared for the task. Ground Team Alpha led by Lt. Col. Tim Day of Prince William departed for their task while Team Bravo led by Lt. Col. Kimberly Frady, also of Prince William, finalized her team briefing and communications radio check. Within 10-minutes, a no-notice torrential downpour began to flood the base operations site and roadways. The ground branch director-trainee, Capt. Shaw, conferred with Col. Covel, recommending the task to be cancelled with all ground teams returning to base immediately.


After an hour or more of heavy rain, Col. Covel determined the present weather conditions and following 48-hour forecast posed too high of a risk to member safety to continue ground team training. The remainder of the ground team training plan was aborted and members were asked to demob their personal affects. Prince William dispatch team was notified of the cancellation and stood ready to track personnel traveling home. Parents of cadets were contacted to pick-up their cadets at their soonest. The bivouac staff quickly demobilized the mission base and departed for their residences around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.


Early Monday morning, September 10th, Tropical Storm Florence was upgraded to a category four hurricane. Virginia Wing members are currently under an alert warning notice issued by Col. Dean Gould, wing commander, for personal preparedness and mission-readiness to support disaster relief after Hurricane Florence makes landfall on the Eastern Shore. Group Three emergency services ground teams stand fresh-and-ready for tasking.



Kimberly C. Frady, Lt Col CAP

Public Information Officer

Prince William Composite Squadron


Photos from this Group Three training event can be found on the Virginia Wing Flickr website: https://flickr.com/photos/140896970@N03/sets/72157699596066701


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 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. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Prince William and Minuteman supports Flying Circus Balloon Festival

posted Aug 18, 2018, 9:58 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Sep 29, 2018, 10:22 PM ]

BEALETON, VA Members of Prince William and Minuteman Composite Squadrons of Group Three, Virginia Wing, are providing parking lot support for the 2018 Flying Circus Balloon Festival held in Bealeton, VA, outside of Washington, DC. Led by Cadet 2nd. Lt. Noah Graves, cadets and senior members safely directed vehicles to parking areas and welcomed members of the public to the annual event. Civil Air Patrol provides hands-on, upclose aerospace education opportunities for its membership through special community events. As a member of the U.S. Air Force’s Total Force, Civil Air Patrol is a cost-effective community partner through its three-fold mission set of emergency search and rescue, youth development, and aerospace and STEM education. To learn more about how Civil Air Patrol volunteers impact their communities, state, and our Nation, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.Special thanks to Minuteman Composite Squadron for their partnership.


To view photos from this event, please visit our Flickr site: https://flickr.com/pho…/135628606@N05/sets/72157699989739014


Photo credit to 2d. Lt. Jason Graves and cadet parent Mrs. Pinar Bahceci. Thank you for sharing!














































































Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 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. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Prince William tours Local Airport Control Tower

posted Aug 16, 2018, 5:38 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Aug 18, 2018, 10:00 AM ]

MANASSAS, VA Over 70 members of Prince William rallied at the squadron’s operations building located on the grounds of the Manassas Regional Airport for triad aerospace education event. Cadet 2nd. Lt. Samuel Pewett and Cadet SMSgt Neha Balaji kicked off the event with a safety brief for the event activities. Members toured the control tower, listened to an airport operations brief (to include making cool paper airplanes), and explored two aircraft on static display, a Cessna 172 and a vintage O-2A Birddog owned and operated by Lt. Col. Chris Mayer of Manassas. Special thanks to 2nd. Lt. Elias Kontanis for coordinating the tower tour, to Capt. Ryan Blanding for the airport operations brief, and 2nd. Lt. Dave Sommers for staging the Cessna 172 and for sharing his expert knowledge of aircraft operations and maintenance.


To view photos from this special event, please visit our Flickr site:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/135628606@N05/sets/72157698608117881





Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 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. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Prince William Cadet earns his Solo Wings

posted Jul 8, 2018, 10:27 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Aug 18, 2018, 10:03 AM ]

BLACKSTONE, VA Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Nick Villafan of Prince William Composite Squadron of the Virginia Wing, was selected to attend the National Flight Academy, a National Special Cadet Activity, hosted by the Middle East Region at Fort Pickett located outside of Blackstone, VA, from June 30th through July 8th.

Cadet Villafan was the first student to fly solo of his group on Thursday morning, July 5th. Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, provided the opportunity for Cadet Villafan to earn his solo wings, being one step closer to reaching his childhood dream in earning his private pilot's license.

Cadet Villafan serves as the Great Start Academy Flight Sergeant. Special thanks to all the senior members and pilots supporting the National Flight Academy. Congratulations to Cadet Villafan! We are very proud of you. Keep reaching for the Stars!

Photo credit to National Flight Academy Staff

#CivilAirPatrol #CAP #CadetsAreAwesome #VAWGCAP #NCSA #MERVA102



























Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 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. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Prince William Hosts Aircrew Prep School

posted Jul 8, 2018, 10:11 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Jul 8, 2018, 10:37 AM ]

MANASSAS, VA Prince William Composite Squadron of the Virginia Wing hosted the 2018 Group Three Aircrew Prep School Invitational on Saturday, July 7th, for 15 students at Dulles Aviation Inc., at the Manassas Regional Airport. The 8-hour prep school agenda was coordinated by Lt. Col. Dan Mostacciuolo. Students were able to complete their Familiarization & Preparation Courses (F&P) in Mission Scanner, Mission Observer, and Aerial Photography in preparation for the Group 1 & 3 Aircrew School held on 14 July in Lynchburg, VA.Instructors were 2d. Lt. Erik Karlson of Burke Composite Squadron for Mission Scanner, Lt. Col. Tim Day of Prince William for Mission Observer, and Lt. Col. Dan Mostacciuolo, also of Prince William, for Aerial Photography. Units represented were Herndon, Leesburg, and Prince William Composite Squadrons.

Special thanks to Dulles Aviation Inc., for their generous and continuous support of Civil Air Patrol and Prince William Composite Squadron.

#CivilAirPatrol #CAP #VAWGCAP #AerospaceEducation #EmergencyServices #MERVA082 #MERVA117 #MERVA130 #MERVA102
































Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 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. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Prince William Commander re-earns his Wings

posted Jan 9, 2018, 7:59 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Sep 29, 2018, 10:21 PM ]

MANASSAS, VA On a clear, cold January morning, Lt. Col. Tim Day, Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Paiten Frady, and Cadet Tech. Sgt. Nathanael Brown accelerated down the runaway and launched into a brilliant blue sky.  Earlier, Lt. Col. Day had briefed the cadets on the specific lessons of their five-part syllabus, then headed out into the chilly air to inspect the aircraft, a Cessna 182T with the Garmin G1000 electronic avionics system ("glass cockpit"). The flight was Lt. Col. Day's first as a Civil Air Patrol orientation ride pilot.


Prince William Composite Squadron’s newest cadet orientation pilot has anticipated this day since his retirement from the United States Navy in 2012.  A former P-3C Orion pilot, being qualified in the single engine Cessna provides the opportunity to eventually expand his emergency services qualifications from ground team leader to mission pilot - and to introduce  youth to the joys of aviation.


"Today, smiles are how we measure success because it means that a cadet might be considering becoming a pilot or at least embarking on a career in aviation," said Lt. Col. Day.


Civil Air Patrol allows cadets up to five powered orientation rides and five rides in gliders when available. The orientation ride program introduces America's youth the aviation and aerospace careers; by capturing their imagination aviation can serve as a stepping stone to other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.


According to Lt. Col. Day, orientation rides happen only as a result of extensive teamwork. "While smiles are the visible outcome, what you don't see are all the people at the local, state, and national level who work hard to make this happen," he stated. From filing training records to providing flight instruction, to keeping the airplanes maintained, to ensuring pilots meet Civil Air Patrol's high safety standards, the team has to work together.


Today that teamwork paid dividends. After landing back at Manassas and taxing to a parking spot,  the cadets helped tie down the aircraft, working together to ensure knots were correct and the aircraft secure.  The cadets were thrilled and honored to be Lt. Col. Day’s first orientation ride crew and quickly posed for a photo to commemorate a dream achieved and horizons expanded.


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. 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 for more information.

Farewell to NASA Legend Captain Tom Mariani

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:28 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 8:28 AM ]

MANASSAS, VA At Prince William, we are surrounded by members, seniors and cadets, who contribute to our mission through their time utilizing their skills, knowledge base, and experience. We are a unit of legacy.  Capt Tom Mariani has been a member of Prince William Composite Squadron since 2011 and has served as our primary Aerospace Education Officer since June 2012 and as an Assistant Director of Aerospace Education to the wing since February 2015. Capt Mariani is a retired NASA Aerospace Engineer giving 36 years to our nation’s Space Program with historical highlights to include the Apollo missions. He is a NASA Legend! He has been awarded the Frank G. Brewer, Sr. CAP Aerospace Award for his many years of advocacy for both seniors and cadets. Our annual award for Aerospace Education is a credit to his expertise and  management. Capt Mariani and his bride of more than 50 years are moving to New Jersey to be closer to their family.  We will sorely miss his cheerful presence and passion for aerospace education and engineering as a member of Prince William.


Tom, you’ve been a great friend to us all!  Clear skies and tailwinds, Sir!



Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. 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 for more information.

Prince William Composite Squadron supports the 2017 Fall Search and Rescue Exercise

posted Oct 22, 2017, 9:21 PM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 1:09 AM ]

CULPEPER, VA Twenty-five members of Prince William Composite Squadron of Manassas joined dozens of other Civil Air Patrol senior members and cadets in ground and air teams gathering early Saturday to flex the organization's search and rescue muscles in an exercise conducted from the Culpeper Regional Airport.  The scenario-based drill gave teams an opportunity for training and to hone skills needed in an actual search and rescue operation.


Aircraft and ground teams from across Virginia came together to find a “missing” aircraft according to the scripted situation.  The exercise demonstrated the rapid formation of command and control to begin a search based on last known route of flight of the simulated missing aircraft.  

Beginning within minutes of arrival of the teams, search areas were planned and aircrews dispatched to begin the operation, while others sought more information about the likely courses the simulated missing aircraft might have taken.  Still, others began search of regional airports to check ramps for the aircraft.


Ground teams practiced litter carry and evaluated their preparation for field searches including wilderness coordination and safety with a check of proper equipment.  Buddy systems were established and prepped for the ground portion should it be needed.  Cadets directed the teams under senior member supervision. Six aircraft with aircrews and relief pilots, scanners, observers and photographers were involved in the training with operations coordinated centrally ensuring search area coverage and safety.  


The following members of Prince William Composite Squadron including our Dispatch Team participated in the SAREX:

  1. Lt. Col. Tim Day, Ground Branch Director
  2. Lt. Col. Kimberly Frady, Ground Team Member Trainee and Wing Public Affairs
  3. Col. Ray Lyon, Mission Observer Trainee (wing staff and associate of Prince William)
  4. Maj. Nancy Carlson, Unit SAREX Coordinator and Mission Staff Assistant
  5. Capt. Ryan Blanding, Mission Pilot Evaluator
  6. Capt. Roger Pearce, Mission Pilot
  7. Capt. Jason Gibson, Mission Pilot
  8. Capt. Bill West, Aerial Photographer
  9. Capt. Karen Shaw, Ground Team Leader Evaluator Trainee
  10. 1st. Lt. Paige Carlson, Mission Radio Operator
  11. 1st. Lt. Sara Demyanovich, Ground Team Leader Trainee
  12. 1st. Lt. Ashlee Swartz, Dispatch Officer
  13. 2d. Lt. Beth Heidenreich, Dispatch Officer
  14. 2d. Lt. Jeovanni Rivas, Mission Observer
  15. 2d. Lt. Robert Maguire, Mission Pilot
  16. 2d. Lt. Dan Mostacciuolo, Mission Scanner and Mission Observer
  17. 2d. Lt. Suleyman Bahceci, Ground Team Member Trainee
  18. 2d. Lt. Aubrey Ralph, Ground Team Member Trainee
  19. S.M. Keith Goodman, Mission Scanner and Unit Public Affairs
  20. S.M. Elias Kontanis, Mission Scanner Trainee and Mission Pilot In-Training
  21. S.M. Angel Varias, Dispatch Officer
  22. F.O. Chance Callahan, Public Information Officer Trainee
  23. C/SMSgt. Garland Davis, Ground Team Member and Cadet Health Services NCO
  24. C/AB. Ayse Bahceci, Ground Team Member Trainee
  25. C/AB. Linus Kontanis, Ground Team Member Trainee

Col. Dean Gould, CAP,  Virginia Wing Commander, wrote, “The mission was successful in finding the practice aircraft panels in the late afternoon. I would like to thank the Minuteman Composite Squadron for hosting the event; The White Cell (Exercise Planners), Col. Dave Carter, Col. Jim Covel and Maj. Matt Adkins for building and executing the scenario, and all the members who came to train. There were several qualifications completed from the most basic levels to Operations Section Chief. There was also a re-qualification of highly experienced Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD) after a 8 year hiatus, Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, back from his highly successful national command tour. I would be remiss not to highlight the fantastic work of our Communications Cell, that was all cadet. led by C/Capt. Hewitt-Qualls working on her CUL. Great work all!”





More images are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mer-va-102/albums/72157688208873324


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. 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 for more information.


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