Messages http://www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/news.cfm Nebraska Wing Civil Air Patrol News Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:57:49 GMT RAF Flight Sergeant visits Omaha Aerospace class http://messages.com/message377/ RAF Flight Sgt Elizabeth Brady visited Omaha Burke High School recently for a presentation to 21 students of LeeAnn Vaughan's aviation and aerospace class. Brady gave the students an overview of her RAF career with highlights from her training, deployments, other experiences. MS Vaughan is an aerospace education member of Civil Air Patrol. [caption id="attachment_378" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/photo-1.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-378" title="photo 1" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/photo-1-300x224.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="224" /></a> RAF Flt Sgt Brady adressing the Aviation & Aerospace Academy at Burke High School in Omaha[/caption] Brady was, by her own admission, a relatively indifferent student in high school and left college before graduation. After working in a number of unsatisfying positions, she decided to join the RAF because she "needed a job." She discovered the military tested her physically and intellectually, teaching her things about herself and her strengths she would not have discovered in any other way. Though small in stature, she stood up to the challenges of learning several foreign languages, mastering weapons training, and quite literally "surviving" survival training. After over 20 years in the RAF and numerous overseas deployments, FS Brady is Weapons Systems Officer (Linguist) and a qualified instructor in a variety of aircrew courses including maritime survival and Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE). Perhaps her most important message to the class was not to fear failure. "Don't be afraid to fail," Brady said, "just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back at it." She encouraged the students to pursue their dreams and be true to themselves, whatever career they choose. "Don't let others define you by your race, gender, or whatever", she said. "You will encounter obstacles and prejudice, but don't give up, and let your actions demonstrate that you are up to the task." [caption id="attachment_380" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/photo-2.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-380" title="photo 2" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/photo-2-300x188.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="188" /></a> Flight Sergeant Brady with the class after her presntation[/caption] Flight Sergeant Brady's presentation was well received and generated several follow up questions from the students who enjoyed her self-described "dodgy" English/Scottish accent. FS Brady is in the US as part of a joint US/UK team preparing for the delivery of the RC 135 Rivet Joint aircraft to the RAF. She is also helping facilitate a budding relationship between Nebraska CAP's Omaha Composite Squadron cadets and Royal Air Cadets of 47F Squadron in the UK. The visit to Burke was arranged with assistance from Nebraska CAP's Omaha Composite Squadron which is supporting Burke's newly designated Aviation and Aerospace Academy which Vaughan heads.   Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with almost 550 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  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 nearly 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 over 72 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.gocivilairpatr   Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message377/ Nebraska CAP on Ice Patrol http://messages.com/message368/ On 11 February, in response to a request from the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (NRD), Lt Col Dan Peterson of the Omaha Composite Squadron flew a Nebraska Wing Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 with two NRD staffers on board to survey the Platte River from its mouth at the Missouri River upstream to Columbus, NE. NRD Assistant General Manager, Marlin Petermann, and Operations and Maintenance Superintendent, Bill Warren, accompanied Peterson. The flight allowed Petermann and Warren to evaluate the ice coverage on the river in anticipation of potential ice jams and flooding should seasonal thawing occur rapidly. “We can’t see the whole river from the levees,” according to Warren, “The overhead view gives us a better picture of potential trouble spots.” Spring flooding of the Platte River caused by ice jams is a regular occurrence on the Platte River. Peterson stated that CAP resources will be available throughout the spring to provide additional airborne reconnaissance support to the NRD should the need arise. “It was a good flight,” said Peterson, “and, we are always there, ready to help.” [caption id="attachment_374" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/NRD-flight-021114-0014.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-374" title="NRD flight 021114 001" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/NRD-flight-021114-0014-300x168.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="168" /></a> Pictured after their flight are, from left to right, Bill Warren (NRD Operations and Maintenance Superintendent), Lt Col Dan Peterson, and Marlin Petermann (NRD Assistant General Manager).[/caption]   Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with more than 550 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska. 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 nearly 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 over 72 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.gocivilairpatr   Tue, 11 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message368/ Nebraska CAP aids in search for missing couple http://messages.com/message354/ The Nebraska Civil Air Patrol spent a weekend early in January 2014 assisting in the search for a couple missing for eight days in Antelope County Nebraska.  According to Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore, the Couple was last seen Sunday Evening, Jan 5, 2014, near O’Neil NE. [caption id="attachment_359" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/CAP-mission-photos-011014-0391.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-359" title="CAP mission photos 011014 039" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/CAP-mission-photos-011014-0391-300x168.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="168" /></a> A Nebraska CAP Cessna 182 taxing in after a sortie in the search for a missing Antelope Nebraska Couple[/caption] Nebraska Civil Air Patrol aircraft flew over 25 hours in the search mission launching one aircraft from Omaha and one from Lincoln Nebraska. According to CAP’s Incident Commander Lt. Col. Darrell Nelson, the Aircraft conducted a grid search in an area bounded by O’Neil, Chambers, and Inman NE. A CAP communications vehicle staffed with CAP members from Fremont Nebraska provided air to ground communications and coordination with the Antelope & Holt County Sheriff’s Departments as well as the Nebraska State Patrol. The Fremont CAP Squadron also spent hours conducting a ground search in the primary search area.  While the search efforts did not locate the missing couple, CAP activities did generate several leads according to Sheriff Moore that may lead his department to the missing couple.   [caption id="attachment_362" align="aligncenter" width="259"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/CAP-mission-photos-011014-0462.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-362" title="CAP mission photos 011014 046" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/CAP-mission-photos-011014-0462-259x300.jpg" alt="" width="259" height="300" /></a> A Nebraska CAP aircrew briefing before a sortie in the search for a Antelope County Couple[/caption]   Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with more than 550 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  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 nearly 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 over 72 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.gocivilairpatr Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message354/ Burke High Aviation Students get up close & Personal with CAP Aircraft http://messages.com/message342/ 35 Omaha Burke High School aviation students visited Millard Airport recently to inspect two CAP aircraft. Majors John Pineda and Tom Pflug of the Omaha Composite Squadron hosted the tour. [caption id="attachment_345" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/rsz_3rsz_cap_burke_103013_001.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-345" title="rsz_3rsz_cap_burke_103013_001" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/rsz_3rsz_cap_burke_103013_001-300x168.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="168" /></a> The Burke High Aviation Science class in the CAP Hanger at the Millard Airport[/caption] Following up on recent classroom lessons, the students participated in “pre-flight inspections” of the Cessna 182 airplanes. Everyone had a chance to move ailerons, sump fuel, and manipulate flight controls. Major Pineda demonstrated the capabilities of the  G1000 “glass cockpit” to the amazement of the class. [caption id="attachment_347" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/rsz_iphone_image_975a81.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-347" title="rsz_iphone_image_975a81" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/rsz_iphone_image_975a81-300x224.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="224" /></a> Major John Pineda explains the "Glass Cockpit" in a CAP Cessna 182 to members of the Burke High Aviation Science Class[/caption] For many of the visitors, this was their first chance to get close to a real airplane. LeeAnn Vaughan, the aviation science instructor at Burke, expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to enrich her students’ classroom experiences with time in and around operational airplanes. More involvement with the Burke aviation science program is planned later in the school year. [caption id="attachment_349" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/rsz_2iphone_image_975b241.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-349" title="rsz_2iphone_image_975b24" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/rsz_2iphone_image_975b241-300x224.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="224" /></a> Burke High Aviation Science students learn the proper way to "pre-flight" an aircraft.[/caption] Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  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 nearly 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 over 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 or www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/or more information.   Wed, 06 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message342/ Nebraska Cadets assist "wing nuts". http://messages.com/message324/ Twenty members of the Omaha Composite Squadron traveled to Tarkio, Mo., to help out with the Wing Nuts Flying Circus, sponsored annually by the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. [caption id="attachment_328" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/NEwingnuts1_EA2D26256C544.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-328" title="NEwingnuts1_EA2D26256C544" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/NEwingnuts1_EA2D26256C544-300x199.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="199" /></a> Cadet members of the Omaha Composite Squadron at the Wing Nuts Flying Circus in Tarkio Missouri[/caption] <div>The Nebraska Wing members provided flight line support services for the event’s sponsors, including marshaling more than 100 aircraft during the air show and the practice days preceding it.</div> <div>Lt. Col. Robert McCartney, the Omaha squadron’s commander, said the organizers were very pleased with the Civil Air Patrol members’ support. [caption id="attachment_334" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/o-ride-from-Bill-Herzog4.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-334" title="o ride from Bill Herzog" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/o-ride-from-Bill-Herzog4-300x198.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="198" /></a> A Nebraska CAP cadet receives a memorable orientation ride from "wing Nut" Bill Herzog[/caption] </div> <div>Air show highlights included an aerial demonstration by the Aeroshell T-6 Demonstration Team, the Texas Legends Corsair and Japanese Zero.  Also featured were a number of aircraft on display, including a Ford Trimotor, a B-25, a P-51 and a Skyraider. [caption id="attachment_336" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/cadet-recieving-a-o-ride.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-336" title="cadet recieving a o ride" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/cadet-recieving-a-o-ride-300x198.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="198" /></a> A Nebraska CAP cadet on the brink of takeoff during his orientation flight i n a North American AT-6D at the Wing Nuts Flying Circus Air Show.[/caption] </div> <div>The show’s sponsors have invited the squadron back for next year’s event, McCartney said.</div> <div>Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  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 nearly 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 over 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 or www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/or more information.</div> <div></div> <div></div> <div></div> <div></div> <div></div> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message324/ Foreign Air Cadets Visit Nebraska http://messages.com/message314/ Camp Ashland NE. Six young men & women from three countries were guests of the Nebraska Civil Air Patrol in late July.  Two air cadets each from the U.K. Australia and Turkey  visited our state as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange. During their visit they experienced Midwestern life as well as a wide range of aviation activities. Highlights of their visit included a visit to a family farm for horseback riding & a barbeque, “grey water tanking” on the Calamus River, a tour of the Winnebago Indian Reservation and a day at “Worlds of Fun”. Aviation oriented activities included flights in sailplanes and CAP powered aircraft, a tour of the Strategic Air & Space Museum, and “flights” in a KC-135 simulator as well as a tour of Stratcom Headquarters. [caption id="attachment_322" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2013-IACE-McCartney.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-322" title="2013 IACE McCartney" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2013-IACE-McCartney-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></a> Lt. Col Robert McCartney of Nebraska's Omama Composite Squadron conducting a tour at The Strategic Air & Space Museum. The International cadets got a up close and personal look at the museum's SR-71[/caption] According to Major Doug Tweedt of CAP’s Omaha Composite Squadron and Nebraska’s IACE Project Officer: “the exchange is a life shaping experience. Participants meet fellow exchange members from all over the world to promote fellowship & goodwill through their common interest in aviation”. While in Nebraska the visiting cadets stayed with host families from Nebraska CAP. Nebraska CAP cadets regularly participate in the IACE program visiting participating foreign countries. [caption id="attachment_318" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/IMG_00193.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-318" title="IMG_0019" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/IMG_00193-300x199.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="199" /></a> International Air Cadets between soaring flights at the Blair NE Airport[/caption] Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  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 nearly 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 over 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 or www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/or more information. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message314/ A gathering of young hawks & Skyhawks in Fremont http://messages.com/message299/ <p align="center"><strong></strong></p> Fremont, NE. Twenty six young men and women from all across the country converged on Midlands College and the Fremont Airport for two weeks to attend a Civil Air Patrol national flight academy. The academy offers CAP cadet members an opportunity to learn to fly the Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft. Aspiring pilots received formal ground instruction and cockpit time with a certified flight instructor. Many cadets even solo at the academy! [caption id="attachment_301" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/flight-academy-briefing2.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-301" title="flight academy briefing" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/flight-academy-briefing2-300x169.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="169" /></a> Col David Plum briefing academy attendees at opening session.[/caption] Among the attendees are Nebraska Cadets Samuel Buckmaster of Schuyler  & Christopher Pineda of Omaha.  Cadet Buckmaster resides with his Mother & Father Jean & Bruce Buckmaster.  Chris resides with his parents John & Betty. [caption id="attachment_305" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/IMG_15151.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-305" title="IMG_1515" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/IMG_15151-300x190.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="190" /></a> Cadet Buckmaster preparing for his instruction flight[/caption] The learning environment is specially designed for cadets, and the low instructor to student ratio (normally one instructor for two students) provides opportunities for mentoring and individual attention. Instructors, all CAP members, donate their time and skills. [caption id="attachment_307" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/IMG_1522.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-307" title="IMG_1522" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/IMG_1522-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></a> Col. Bob Todd of Gretna debriefs Cadet Matt TenEyck of Littleton CO. after his flight.[/caption] Participants in the flight academy receive 10 hours of “hands on” flight time learning the basics of flying a powered aircraft (Cessna 172) and then switch over and fly as an observer when their student partner receives instruction. In addition they receive approximately 25 hours of ground instruction. [caption id="attachment_309" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/IMG_1511.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-309" title="IMG_1511" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/IMG_1511-300x189.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="189" /></a> A CAP Cessna 172 taxiing out for an instruction flight.[/caption] According to Col. Dave Plum, long time academy director and Nebraska Wing Commander, other activities include orientation flights in an Army Blackhawk helicopter as well as an opportunity to experience the high altitude chamber at Offutt AFB. Participants lived and dined at Midlands College during the two week course.   Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  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 nearly 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 over 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 or www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/or more information.       Tue, 25 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message299/ Omaha Educators recieve "Top Flight" http://messages.com/message278/ Two Omaha Educators recently received a hands-on look at the subject they teach from Major Tom Pflug of the Omaha Composite Squadron of the Nebraska Civil Air Patrol.  Major Pflug provided the pair an orientation flight as part of CAP’s “top flight” program.  The program is designed to provide a hands-on flight experience that will enhance educators’ classroom presentation and teaching skills of aerospace education. [caption id="attachment_287" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/CAP-Teacher-o-flight-001_27.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-287" title="CAP Teacher o-flight 001_2" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/CAP-Teacher-o-flight-001_27-300x219.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="219" /></a> Omaha Educators Vaughan & Moisset prepare for their "Top Flight"[/caption] Ms’s LeeAnn Vaughan and Deanna Moisset lead the Aviation Mini-Magnet/Flight Academy at the Harry A. Burke High School in Omaha. MS Vaughan is the lead educator in the Mini-Magnet program.  She had previously been awarded a national award for excellence while teaching at the North Omaha Magnet School. MS Moisset is the program’s curriculum specialist. Both are Aerospace Education Members of CAP & are currently exploring the feasibility of forming a CAP Squadron in support of the school’s flight academy. Both Vaughan & Moisset reside in Omaha. [caption id="attachment_293" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/CAP-Teacher-o-flight-002_24.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-293" title="CAP Teacher o-flight 002_2" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/CAP-Teacher-o-flight-002_24-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></a> Moisset & Vaughan during their recent Orientation Flight over Omaha[/caption] Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  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 nearly 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 over 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 or www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/or more information.   Wed, 01 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message278/ Offutt Squadron wins 7 State Region Cadet Competition http://messages.com/message266/ After winning a most competitive 2013 Nebraska Wing Cadet Competition, the Color Guard from the General Curtis Lemay Offutt Cadet Squadron traveled to Salina Kansas to compete in the North Central Region Cadet Competition. [caption id="attachment_268" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DSCF25651.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-268" title="DSCF2565" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DSCF25651-300x181.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="181" /></a> Members of the winning team(L-R) Cadets Andrew Agner of Papillion, Dylan Dostal of Springfield, Nathan Agner of Papillion, Jamie Sargent of Papillion & Melissa Krebs of Bellevue[/caption] The Color Guard Competed against teams from five of the other six wings in the region. The Team sparred with the other teams in academics, physical fitness as well as drill & wearing of the uniform. According to Squadron Commander Lt. Col. David Waite, the team was judged the best overall team and will represent the Region in the Upcoming National Cadet Competition. Team Commander C/TSgt Melissa Krebs of Papillion Nebraska was judged overall competition honor cadet. [caption id="attachment_270" align="alignleft" width="225"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DSCF2499.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-270" title="DSCF2499" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DSCF2499-225x300.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="300" /></a> Team Commander & Competition Honor Cadet Melissa Krebs[/caption] C/SrA Nathan Agner of Papillion and C/SrA Dylan Dostal of Springfield NE tied for highest written test score. The competition was held at the Kansas National Guard facility in Salina.  The judge’s panel consisted of members of the Kansas Army & Air National Guard. [caption id="attachment_273" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DSCF2500.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-273" title="DSCF2500" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DSCF2500-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></a> Nebraska's award winning team lowering the colors at the North Central Region Cadet Competition.[/caption] Col. David Plum Nebraska Wing Commander stated that CAP’s Cadet Competition favors teams that excel in academics and physical fitness as well as proficiency in drill and ceremonies. Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 in Nebraska. It operates a fleet of 550 aircraft, including 6 in Nebraska. 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 was credited by the AFRCC with saving 32lives in fiscal year 2012. 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Call Dave Halperin, Nebraska Public Affairs Officer at 402.880.4803 or Visit <a href="http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com">www.gocivilairpatrol.com </a> or <a href="http://www.capvolunteernow.com">www.capvolunteernow.com </a> for more information. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message266/ Nebraska CAP Exercises Statewide Search Capabilities http://messages.com/message254/ Members from 11 Squadrons of the Nebraska Wing recently conducted the year’s first Search & Rescue exercise.  Col. Ward Shires, Incident Commander, stated that the exercise included 12 emergency services vehicles and six aircraft. [caption id="attachment_255" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_1368.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-255" title="IMG_1368" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_1368-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></a> Col. Ward Shires, exercise incident commander discusses aircraft sorties with planning section chief, Lt. Col. Darrell Nelson[/caption] The wing utilized its High Frequency ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) radio network to link the geographically dispersed teams. ALE is a feature in an HF communications radio system, that enables the radio station to make contact, or initiate a, between itself and another HF radio station or network of stations. The purpose is to provide a reliable rapid method of calling and connecting during constantly changing HF ionospheric propagation, reception interference, and shared spectrum use of busy or congested HF channels. [caption id="attachment_257" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ground-team-1.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-257" title="ground team 1" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ground-team-1-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></a> Cadet Thomas Lassek checks in with Mission Base, Cadet Brady Beiermann serves as navigator, also pictured are cadets Coltyn Vazquez, Logan Cryzter and Justin Lassek of the Fremont Cadet Squadron.[/caption] The exercise included taskings related to aerial search, coordination between search aircraft and ground rescue teams as well as aerial photo recon missions. In early sorties, the Fremont Cadet  & Omaha Composite Squadrons’ ground teams were dispatched on simulated Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) Searches.  The teams exercised their skills on using a specialized direction finder designed to pinpoint the location of downed aircraft. The ELT is designed to activate when an aircraft crashes. Virtually all Aircraft in the U.S. are equipped with an ELT. The practice exercise was one of several to be conducted this year, and was designed to hone the search & rescue & other disaster preparedness skills of the Wing’s emergency responders. [caption id="attachment_260" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/OCS-UTM-21.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-260" title="OCS UTM-2" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/OCS-UTM-21-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></a> Members of the Omaha composite Squadron preparing their ELT direction finder while searching for a simulated downed aircraft. From Left Cadet Asher Cutler, Captain John Pineda & Cadet Jesse Seiler.[/caption] Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 in Nebraska. It operates a fleet of 550 aircraft, including 6 in Nebraska. 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 was credited by the AFRCC with saving 32lives in fiscal year 2012. 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Call Dave Halperin, Nebraska Public Affairs Officer at 402.880.4803 or Visit <a href="http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com">www.gocivilairpatrol.com</a> or <a href="http://www.capvolunteernow.com">www.capvolunteernow.com</a> for more information.   Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message254/ Fremont Nebraska Cadet Attends Leadership Academy in Washington DC http://messages.com/message250/ Cadet Dillon Maki of the Nebraska Civil Air Patrol recently attended the Civic Leadership Academy in our Nation’s Capitol.  Cadet Maki is a member of the Fremont Cadet Squadron.  Maki spent eight days in Washington attending the academy.  He and 23 other CAP cadets from across the country were selected to attend the event after a competitive selection process.  The academy is designed for CAP cadets who are interested n careers in public service and politics. The leadership academy is an academically-focused activity that includes seminars, readings, and group projects.   Cadets participate in behind-the scenes tours and briefings at the Capitol, Supreme Court, State Department, Pentagon, CIA, FBI, Arlington National Cemetery, and more. The week culminates with Legislative Day, when cadets meet with their elected leaders on Capitol Hill. Cadet Maki stated that highlights of the academy included attendance at a Senate hearing with the Department of Defense’s Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as a chance to attend the weekly Nebraska Breakfast with the five members of Nebraska’s Congressional Delegation. [caption id="attachment_236" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/DillDCFortenberry-12.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-236" title="DillDCFortenberry (1)" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/DillDCFortenberry-12-300x217.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="217" /></a> 1st District Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry with Cadet Maki during the 2013 Leadership academy[/caption] Cadet 2<sup>nd</sup> Lieutenant Maki resides in Fremont with his parents Diana & Dennis Maki.  He is in his senior year at the Fremont High School. Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 in Nebraska. It operates a fleet of 550 aircraft, including 6 in Nebraska. 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 was credited by the AFRCC with saving 32lives in fiscal year 2012. 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Call Dave Halperin, Nebraska Public Affairs Officer at 402.880.4803 or Visit <a href="http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com">www.gocivilairpatrol.com</a> or <a href="http://www.capvolunteernow.com">www.capvolunteernow.com</a> for more information. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message250/ Nebraska Civil Air Patrol Hosts 1st Annual Legislative Day http://messages.com/message210/ Members of the Nebraska Wing Civil Air Patrol gathered at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln NE for its first annual Legislative Day. [caption id="attachment_225" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_13551.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-225" title="IMG_1355" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_13551-300x182.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="182" /></a> L-R) Senators Lydia Brasch of Bancroft, Dan Watermier or Syracuse, Legislative Staffer David Slattery & Deputy Director Andre Aman of the Dept. of Aeronautics[/caption] The day commenced with a breakfast meeting and briefing for Legislators and their staffs. [caption id="attachment_219" align="alignleft" width="199"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_1357.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-219" title="IMG_1357" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_1357-199x300.jpg" alt="" width="199" height="300" /></a> Col. David Plum, Wing Commander of the Nebraska Civil Air Patrol speaking at the Nebraska CAP's Legislative Day Breakfast[/caption] Col David Plum, Wing Commander briefed Senators and Legislative staffers in attendance on the capabilities of the Wing.  Later that day, members spread out through the capitol building to meet with and leave information on CAP with those Senators that were unable to attend the morning’s breakfast. [caption id="attachment_215" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_13526.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-215" title="IMG_1352" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_13526-300x184.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="184" /></a> Lt. Col. Bob McCartney of the Omaha Composite Squadron speaking with Senators Sarah Howard of Omaha & Kate Bolz of Lincoln[/caption] Col David Plum stated the purpose of the Legislative day was to increase the awareness about CAP, its membership and its three missions with the 49 members of Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature.  Both Cadet and Senior Members were on hand to speak to their representatives about Nebraska Civil Air Patrol.  He further stated that this event was the first in what is planned to be an annual undertaking. The Nebraska Capitol Building houses all three branches of state government and is one of three “high rise” capitol buildings in the nation. The Capitol has a low, wide base in the plan of a “cross within a square”, creating four interior courtyards. The square base is 437 feet on a side and three levels in height. From the center of this base rises a 400 foot domed tower, crowned with the 19 foot tall bronze figure of “The Sower”. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message210/ CAP Tests Nationwide Communications Capability http://messages.com/message159/   [caption id="attachment_168" align="alignleft" width="534"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Communications-room-at-Fremont1.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-168" title="Communications room at Fremont" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Communications-room-at-Fremont1.jpg" alt="" width="534" height="320" /></a> (L-R) 2nd Lt. Austin Atwell, Captain Dave Proctor & Colonel Steve Kuddes, the exercise leader, in the communications Room at the Fremont Squadron.[/caption] Volunteers from the Nebraska Wing of the Civil Air Patrol joined members from throughout the United States in a communications exercise dubbed “Constant Watch 2012”.  The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate the organization’s ability to pass messages from its national headquarters to the organization’s community -based squadrons and back again in a timely manner. The exercise employed six High Frequency Automatic Link Establishment (HF ALE) radios scattered throughout the state in the exercise. [caption id="attachment_179" align="alignleft" width="640"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Lt-Rasmussen-and-Smith-in-the-Mobile-Op-Center-in-FREMONT2.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-179" title="Lt Rasmussen and Smith in the Mobile Op Center in FREMONT" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Lt-Rasmussen-and-Smith-in-the-Mobile-Op-Center-in-FREMONT2.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="480" /></a> 1lt Ross Rasmussen & 2nd Lt Jonathan Smith from lincoln's 155th Squadron operating Fremont's Mobile Command Post's HF HLE radio system.[/caption] ALE is a feature in an HF communications radio transceiver system, that enables the radio station to make contact, or initiate a, between itself and another HF radio station or network of stations. The purpose is to provide a reliable rapid method of calling and connecting during constantly changing HF ionospheric propagation, reception interference, and shared spectrum use of busy or congested HF channels. Due to the vagaries of ionospheric communications, HF radio as used  in the mid-20th century was traditionally the domain of highly skilled and trained radio operators. One of the new characteristics that embedded microprocessors and computers brought to HF radio via ALE, was alleviation of the need for the radio operator to constantly monitor and change the radio frequency manually to compensate for ionospheric conditions or interference. For the average user of ALE, after learning how to work the basic functions of the HF transceiver, it became similar to operating a cellular mobile phone. In a organization such as CAP, this does not eliminate the need for skilled and trained communicators to coordinate the per-unit authorized frequency lists and node addresses - it merely allows the deployment of relatively unskilled technicians as "field communicators" and end-users of the existing coordinated architecture.  Constant Watch 2012 validated that ease of use. ALE capable radios also offer the ability to send short text messages such as those sent by mobile phones. Testing is under way to expand that capability so that in the future entire messages will be able to be sent digitally as opposed to voice. [caption id="attachment_184" align="alignleft" width="320"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Mobile-Operation-Center3.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-184" title="Mobile Operation Center" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Mobile-Operation-Center3.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="240" /></a> Fremont Squadron's Mobile Command Post in operation during the 24 hour "Constant Watch 2012" Communications exercise.[/caption] 27 members of the Nebraska Wing donated 450 hours of service during this 24 hour exercise. Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with almost 600 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  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 nearly 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 over 70 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 or www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/or more information. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message159/ Nebraska CAP acquires new Cessna 182 aircraft http://messages.com/message126/ [caption id="attachment_145" align="alignleft" width="489"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_13162.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-145" title="IMG_1316" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_13162.jpg" alt="" width="489" height="248" /></a> The New 182[/caption] [caption id="attachment_139" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/cf-lg4.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-139 " title="cf-lg" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/cf-lg4.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="300" /></a> Garman G1000[/caption] [caption id="attachment_150" align="alignright" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/sc-03-lg1.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-150 " title="sc-03-lg" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/sc-03-lg1.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="300" /></a> Garmin G1000[/caption] Col. David Plum, Commander of the Nebraska Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, announced that the Wing has added a sixth aircraft to its fleet.  The Cessna 182T is the newest version of Cessna’s venerable Skylane Aircraft.  The Airplane incorporates the latest in aviation technology including Garmin’s G1000 <em>all-glass</em> avionics suite. The G1000  is a seamlessly integrated package that makes flight information easier to scan and process. G1000's revolutionary design brings new levels of situational awareness, simplicity and safety to the cockpit. The system puts a wealth of flight-critical data at CAP pilots’ fingertips. Its glass flight deck presents flight instrumentation, navigation, weather, terrain, traffic and engine data on large-format, high-resolution displays. The new aircraft is equipped with a Lycoming engine and three blade constant-speed prop. The efficient combination of engine and prop allows the C-182 to climb at over 900 feet per minute and attain a cruise speed of 145 Knots. The new aircraft is stationed in the metropolitan Omaha area. Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft, including 6 in Nebraska. 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 was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Call Dave Halperin, Nebraska Public Affairs Officer at 402.880.4803 or Visit <a href="http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com">www.gocivilairpatrol.com</a> or <a href="http://www.capvolunteernow.com">www.capvolunteernow.com</a> for more information.   Mon, 24 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message126/ Cadets fly airborne refueling mission http://messages.com/message113/   [caption id="attachment_114" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/PICT0074.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-114" title="KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/PICT0074-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></a> Cadets Nathan Pruitt, Daniel Mulder,Terrence Collins, Chris Pineda, Micah Holmes, and Nathan Lui aboard a KC 135 "the Husker".[/caption] Six cadets from The Omaha Composite Squadron of the Nebraska Civil Air Patrol were treated to an up close and personal look at an integral part of America’s aerospace defense recently.  On July 26<sup>th</sup>the cadets were treated to an orientation flight aboard a KC 135 from the Nebraska Air National Guard. [caption id="attachment_120" align="aligncenter" width="225"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/PICT00601.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-120" title="KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/PICT00601-225x300.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="300" /></a> Cadet Terrence Collins (forground) & Cadet Nathan Pruitt observe an aerial refueling aboard KC 135.[/caption] During the two hour refueling mission, the Stratotanker nicknamed “the husker” refueled six F-16s at twenty two thousand feet over Lake Andes South Dakota.  Each Cadet had an opportunity to lay next to the boom operator as he passed three thousand pounds of fuel to a “Fighting Falcon”.  Four of the six cadets also had the chance to ride in the cockpit jump seats during the aircraft’s take off and landing. Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft, including 6 in Nebraska. 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 was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Call Dave Halperin, Nebraska Public Affairs Officer at 402.880.4803 or Visit <a href="http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com">www.gocivilairpatrol.com</a> or <a href="http://www.capvolunteernow.com">www.capvolunteernow.com</a> for more information. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message113/ Omaha Approach Control Manager Flies with CAP http://messages.com/message104/ (Omaha NE) Brian Fabry, a manager at Omaha's Approach Control Facility, took part in an orientation flight on July 31st with the Omaha Composite Squadron.  The purpose of the flight was to familiarize controllers with the local flying area, learn more about CAP's mission, and to gain perspective about pilot workload.  After completing a normal preflight walk-a-round, Fabry and pilot, Major Dave Coover reviewed approach plates and briefed the flight.  During the mission, Fabry set up and monitored RNAV (area navigation) approaches on the G1000 integrated flight instrument system. He also made the majority of the radio calls to ATC.  Fabry commented that he "…was surprised at how busy the cockpit gets," especially near the larger airports.  Approaches were flown at Omaha’s Eppley airfield as well as the Tekamah, Fremont, and Millard Nebraska airports. [caption id="attachment_110" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FAA_Oride5.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-110" title="Major Dave Cooves & FAA ATC Manager Brian Fabry before orientation flight" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FAA_Oride5-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></a> Major Dave Cooves & FAA ATC Manager Brian Fabry before orientation flight[/caption]   Fabry is one of the newest managers at the Omaha ATC facility and is always looking for ways to enhance job satisfaction and excitement among his controllers.  He is currently investigating the feasibility of flying new controllers with CAP pilots as a part of a local area orientation.  Fabry believes that "…CAP's aircraft provide the perfect training platform because their advanced avionics closely mimic systems found in larger aircraft."  Other potential orientation topics include airmanship, emergency procedures, local geography, and instrument approaches.  Controllers are trained extensively on instrument procedures during their time at the Oklahoma City training center, but Fabry noted there are no actual flights in an aircraft as a part of their syllabus.  After the flight, he commented that he "…really gained a lot of perspective" about the pace of cockpit tasks.   Finding a funding source for ATC orientation flights will be a challenge, but Fabry feels that it is definitely worth investigating.  "Controllers that have actually flown the instrument procedures for which they direct aircraft dozens of times each day obviously have a fuller perspective than those who haven't had that opportunity, " Fabry said.  He also is glad to know that the Omaha Composite CAP Squadron is willing and eager to work with Federal agencies like his.  He plans to begin searching for ways to develop a working relationship right away.   Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft, including 6 in Nebraska. 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 was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Call Dave Halperin, Nebraska Public Affairs Officer at 402.880.4803 or Visit <a href="http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com">www.gocivilairpatrol.com</a> or <a href="http://www.capvolunteernow.com">www.capvolunteernow.com</a>for more information. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message104/ State operations evaluated http://messages.com/message83/ [caption id="attachment_97" align="alignright" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/IMG_1008.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-97" title="Col Dave Plum NE Commander preflights his A/C before his sortie" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/IMG_1008-300x253.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="253" /></a> Col David Plum NE Wing Commander preflights his aircraft before his sortie[/caption] Over one hundred members of Nebraska Wing gathered at the Columbus Municipal Airport recently for the Wing’s biennial SAR evaluation. This evaluation tested the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), NE Wing’s ability to perform Air Force Assigned Missions. Multiple, simultaneous scenarios created by the USAF’s North Central Liaison Region Assistant Director of Operations challenged the wing during the main event. The scenarios included Search and Rescue missions for a missing aircraft, a missing person, and at least one activated Emergency Locator Transmitter. The wing also responded to several Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security requests for pre and post storm damage aerial photos. These photo missions took place the week prior to, and on, Saturday and covered the homeland security) and disaster relief portions of the evaluation. [caption id="attachment_95" align="alignright" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/IMG_10217.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-95" title="evaluation team chief, Major Jeff Peterson USAF (L) reviewing the mission plan with Lt. Col. Barry Taylor and Assistant incident commander Lt. Col. Darrell McMillan" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/IMG_10217-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></a> USAF Evaluation team chief Major Jeff Peterson reviewing the mission plan with Incident Commander Barry Taylor & Deputy Incident Commander Lt. Col. Darrell McMillian[/caption] According to Incident Commander, Lt. Col. Barry Taylor the wing fielded five mission-ready ground teams. Four of the five corporate aircraft assigned to the Wing participated in the evaluation as well. A team from the USAF North Central Liaison Region evaluated Nebraska Wing’s ability to carry out its congressionally mandated role of search and rescue and disaster relief. The evaluators looked at all facets of the wing’s conduct of the various simulated missions that they were asked to perform. The missions included photo reconnaissance and aerial & ground search for both missing aircraft as well as people. The Evaluation also allowed the wing to demonstrate its capabilities in a number of important support functions included in FEMA’s National Incident Command System. These functions included both air & ground operations, administration & finance, communications, information technology, public information and safety. According to the evaluation team chief, Major Jeff Peterson USAF at his out briefing, the overall evaluation for the wing was successful. The air operations branch flight line supervision public affairs and finance & administration section were evaluated as excellent. All other branches of the operation were evaluated as successful. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message83/ Top-level training helps Civil Air Patrol cadets hone leadership skills http://messages.com/message79/ <p align="LEFT"></p> <strong><span style="font-size: medium;">MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. </span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial,Arial; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Arial; font-size: medium;">– Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Officer School, one of the top professional development opportunities available to America’s youth, will be in session next week at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. </span></span> Maxwell AFB is the home of Air University and professional military education for the U.S. Air Force, making it the ideal venue to develop the leadership skills of CAP’s top cadets. Participation in Cadet Officer School, or COS, is a top choice for CAP cadets from across the nation because of the rigorous academic curriculum and caliber of instruction offered by the Air Force and Civil Air Patrol. Only the top 15 percent of all CAP cadets are invited to attend. This year, 121 cadets from 41 CAP wings, including, Cadet Major Christopher M. Haijsman of the Omaha Composite Squadron are participating in the 10- day executive level course. "This is a premier leadership opportunity that can help propel our cadets to exciting careers in both the military and the private sector," said Lt. Col. Rajesh Kothari, the activity’s director. Patterned after Air Force Squadron Officer College, COS is an academically challenging program combining lectures, seminars and hands-on training designed to develop leadership skills. Throughout the week the cadets participate in a variety of lectures and supporting discussions to explore leadership topics. Participants practice what they learn through a series of comprehensive writing and speaking assignments that culminates with graduation ceremonies on Aug. 9. "Cadet Officer School helps build our nation’s leaders of tomorrow," said Kothari. "Our cadets gain confidence and experience as they expand their skills. They learn how to work with others. When they leave COS, they are better prepared to be even better leaders, regardless of their profession or vocation." Throughout its 70-year-old history, CAP’s cadet program has built strong citizens for the future by providing leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to young men and women ages 12 to 20. Activities like Cadet Officer School give CAP cadets the opportunity to improve their skills in a variety of areas, including search and rescue, flight and emergency services, science, leadership fundamentals, citizenship and military courtesies, and to explore aerospace technology and aviation careers. In 2011, more than 1,000 youth participated in CAP-sponsored summer activities. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message79/ Omaha Cadet Earns High Honor http://messages.com/message42/ <strong><a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/IMG_1110.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-74" title="IMG_1110" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/IMG_1110-300x239.jpg" alt="Congressman Lee Terry offering his thoughts on Cadet Frazell's Spaatz Award" width="300" height="239" /></a>Camp Ashland NE</strong>. Cadet Garrett Frazell of Omaha Nebraska has been awarded CAP’s highest Cadet Honor; the General Carl A Spaatz Award. Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology. The final step a cadet must complete to earn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education. Upon passing the Spaatz Award exams, the cadet is promoted to the grade of cadet colonel. [caption id="attachment_75" align="alignright" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/IMG_11123.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-75" title="IMG_1112" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/IMG_11123-300x199.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="199" /></a> Congressman Lee Terry congradulates Cadet Frazell as NE Wing Commander Daivd Plum Looks on.[/caption] Cadet Frazell, a member for almost six years, has availed himself of many of the opportunities afforded him by CAP.  He previously was selected to attend the USAF sponsored Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course and the prestigious National Powered Flight Academy.  Frazell is beginning his senior year at Millard West High School.  After Graduation he intends to attend Embry Riddle University to study Aerospace engineering and pursue a career a career as an Air Force Pilot. Frazell is the son of Rick & Brenda Frazell also of Omaha. [caption id="attachment_76" align="alignright" width="300"]<a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/IMG_1115.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-76" title="IMG_1115" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/IMG_1115-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></a> Cadet Frazell's Parents "pin on" his Colonel's insignia as Congressman Terry looks on[/caption] Cadet Frazell  receivedhis Spaatz Award and  promoted to Cadet Colonel on Friday 27 July 2012.  The Award was presented by  2<sup>nd</sup> District Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry.  Congressman Terry congratulated Cadet Colonel Garrett Frazell who joins an elite group of fewer than 1900  young men and women that have earned the award since its inception in 1964. Representative Terry stated that THE GENERAL CARL A. SPAATZ AWARD is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education”. Also attending the award ceremony were Robert Todd, North Central Region Commander, Col David Plum,Nebraska Wing Commander and Major Tom Pflug,Omaha Composite Squadron Commander; Frazell’s home unit. Col Plum stated: Cadet Frazell joined the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program on his 12th Birthday. He has progressed through the Cadet Training Program in five and one half years to achieve the highest award in the program. Cadet Colonel Frazell joins only 21 other Nebraska Cadets who have earned the Spaatz Award since its inception. 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 was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Call Lt. Col. Dave Halperin for more information at 402-880-4803 or Visit <a href="http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com">www.gocivilairpatrol.com</a> or <a href="http://www.capvolunteernow.com">www.capvolunteernow.com</a>. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message42/ Weeklong training prepares cadets to be future leaders http://messages.com/message53/ <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/7523163962_ee3a4262d0_m.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-59 aligncenter" title="Cadets after orientation flight in Blackhawk helicoptor" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/7523163962_ee3a4262d0_m.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="160" /></a></p>   <a href="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/7516112168_f9eaf134e5_m.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-56 alignright" title="cadets rappelling during encampment" src="http://news.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/7516112168_f9eaf134e5_m.jpg" alt="" width="160" height="240" /></a> More than 70 Civil Air Patrol members from Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri attended this year's Nebraska Wing Encampment, a weeklong activity that provides cadets training on the basic fundamentals of Civil Air Patrol.  This year’s encampment was held recently, at Camp Ashland, Nebraska, the National Guard's training facility. Encampments are held by Civil Air Patrol to give cadets a better understanding of Civil Air Patrol and U.S. Air Force, as well as to instill a strong foundation of leadership, followership, and teamwork in those attending.  Encampments are one of the most popular and worthwhile activities available to cadets.  They challenge cadets to develop self-discipline and teamwork while broadening their understanding of aerospace, aerospace careers, and U.S. Air Force fundamentals. Activities at this year’s encampment included rappelling, marksman shooting, a visit to the Strategic Air and Space Museum, and an orientation ride in Nebraska National Guard Blackhawk helicopters.  Guest speakers included two former Tuskegee Airman.  These pilots served as some of the first African American pilots in World War Two. Other speakers included a former Air Force SR-71 squadron commanders, current Air Force active duty members, members of the Heartland Organization of Rocketry, and a local K-9 search dog team. The training weekend provided further definition of the flight and squadron command positions as well as a staff discussion about individual expectations of this year's encampment. Staff members attended various classes throughout the weekend including hazing prevention, basic medical, chain of command, and train the trainer. In addition to all of this, the cadet staff worked on basic drill and were evaluated on the quality of their uniforms with uniform inspections conducted by the cadet staff standards and evaluation team. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://messages.com/message53/