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MEET OUR COMMANDER 

COLONEL M. ALLEN COLONEL ALLEN APPLEBAUM APPLEBAUM,, COMMANDER COMMA NDER PA PA WING

Colonel Applebaum joined Civil Air Patrol 10-Dec-68 as a cadet, with continuous service. He was the  first Pennsylvania Wing Commander to progress to this position from the cadet ranks. He was born and educated in Philadelphia. Dedicated to CAP, he has also served as the Vice Commander of the Pennsylvania Wing; Group 10 Commander for nine years as well as Commander of the Philadelphia Squadron 103. While in Command of Squadron 103, it developed into the largest most active unit in the Northeast Region. A Ranger since 1969 he has earned the Advanced Advanced Ranger Ranger Rating and served as a Senior and Cadet member of the Ranger Staff Staff in Pennsylvania and Florida. Active in search and rescue, he attended the National Search and Rescue School at Governors Island, New York and has been involved in over 250 Air Force authorized missions. Col Applebaum was appointed as the Commander of Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol on 14 June, 2004. Col Applebaum also served as Commander of the Pennsylvania Wing during 24 Feb 90 to 14 Nov 90. Other positions held include; Pennsylvania Wing Supply Officer, Advisor to the Commander, Public Affairs Officer, Demand Reduction Officer, Director of Resource Development. He also served as the Squadron 103 Historian. Colonel Applebaum served on the National Appeal Board from 01 Jan 99 to 30 Sept 99. He served as Squadron 904 ìInterimî Commander from 25 Aug 99 to 05 Oct 99. Colonel Applebaum served as the Interim Commander for the New Jersey Wing from 13 Aug 04 to November 04. Col Applebaum received the Distinguished Service Medal in 1990, 25 Year Service Device in 1994, Grover Loening, Level III in 1994, Exceptional Service Award in 1994, exceptional Service Award (1 st Clasp) in 1997and the Commanderís Commendation in 1999. Col Applebaum makes his home in Oreland, Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife Brenda and 4 of his 5 children. He is self employed in the commercial printing field. His company is known as Printing Resources.

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Wing Slip Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol  United States Air Force Auxiliary  Bldg. 3-108, Fort Indiantown Gap   Annville, Pennsylvania 17003  1Lt Linda A. Irwin, Public Affairs  Headquarters - 717-861-2335  Fax - 717-861-2164   [email protected]

Januar y 2005 Specia Spe ciall Edi Editio tion n  Vol  V olum ume e7 WISHING AND A

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 

--“Floodgate” system, (an automated alerting system which contacts each member in a group and delivers a voice message South Williamsport Boy regarding the mission), Captain Reported Missing Pena was able to quickly put a . Toys for Tots Campa Campaign ign team together. Captain Arnie With temperatures in the teens  Another Success  Andresen served as the agency and a wind chill factor making it liaison between Civil Air Patrol feel closer to zero, the . “Looking Back 2004”  and the Department of Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol Conservation and Natural Search and Rescue Ground Resources, (the lead agency for . Squadron News Teams, found themselves this mission.) There were were several several amongst hundreds of other volunprofessional teams and hundreds teers, combing the rugged moun. Eye on Safety  of volunteers that were also tainous area of South involved involve d in the search. Williamsport, to look for a missing . Cadet News Major Jeff Riley, from the State nine year old autistic boy. College Squadron, gathered his On the 19th of December, PAWG ground team and proceeded to . PA Wing Civil Air Patr Patrol  ol   Alerting Officer Lt Col Michael the search area and the in Philadelphia School  Hayes received notification from Williamsport Squadron’s ground the AFRCC requesting CAP’s servteam was enroute to also search ice to help search for nine year . Search for Missing  the area. area. As the search continued continued old Logan Mitcheltree, who had Nine Year Old Male ground teams from Bedford, wondered from his home someLancaster,, Lebanon and New Lancaster time around 5:00 PM on Cumberland assisted on the ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS Saturday Saturday,, December December 18. The IN THE KEYSTONE WING SLIP  young child was last seen wearing search. There were a total of 36 CAP a long sleeved gray shirt, blue personnel involved in the search Would you be interested in sponsoring  jeans and brown slippers. the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol by on December December 20. In addition, addition, Everyone was hoping that he had placing an ad in the Keyst Keystone one Wing Slip? Group 3, of the PAWG was asked found a place where he could be  You or your company can help to sponto assist, after Group 2 resources sheltered from the freezing temsor this non-profit organization by plachad been exhausted, and another ing an ad in this monthly magazine peratures. He was described as a 18 CAP members traveled to with the ad running for 4 months or a friendly loveable child with a winwhole year and the cost of your sponsorWilliamsport. Three air crews some personality but due to his ship ad donati donation on is tax deducti deductible! ble! You were on standby to assist had mental disability could not speak. can place a whole page ad to a business they been needed. Group 2, of the Pennsylvania card size ad or anything anything in-between. in-between. Call  Young Logan Mitcheltree was now for a copy of the pricing chart! Wing, was contacted and through found deceased, approximately 6 Please call the Pennsylvania Wing Civil their Group Alert Officer, Of ficer, Captain  Air Patrol Headquarters at 717-861feet off of the roadway about a Robert Pena, accepted the mismis2335 for more details. mile and a half from his home, by sion as incident commander. (see samples on page 11) a state forester, ending the search Utilizing the new Group 2 ------on a sad note.

 Articles of Interest 

TOY TO YS FO FOR R TO TOT TS 200 004 4

ìEYE ON SAFETYî by Joseph Pelletier, Lt Col CAP, PAWG Assistant SE  (Taken from the Pennsylvania Drivers Manual)

COMMUNICATION - Crashes often happen because one driver does not see another  driver, or one driver driver does something the other driver driver does not expect. It is important for drivers to COMMUNICATE. COMMUNICATE. Communicating means letting letting others know where you are and what you plan to do. Do this by; signaling when when changing direction, signaling signaling  when slowing down or stopping, using your horn, using emergency signals. SIGNALING WHEN CHANGING DIRECTION - Drivers expect you to continue traveling in the same direction. Let others know when you plan to do something something different. Give them time time to react to your moves. USE YOUR TURN SIGNALS before you; change lanes, turn at an intersection, pull away from a curb, pull over to the side of the road. Get into the habit habit of signaling every time you you make a change. Bear in mind that that turn signals DO NOT give you the right right to make a turn. Signal even when you do not see anyone else around. For the second year in a row, Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol participated in the Toys for Tots Campaign. Members that attended the December Holiday Party, brought along  with them an unwrapped new toy and placed it in the Toys for Tots collection box. A grateful John E. Gingrich, Sr., Sr., (Retired (Retired Marine Sgt and Local Chairman for the Toys Toys for Tots program), stopped by the Pennsylvania Wing Headquarters and

UNDER PENNSYLVANI PENNSYLVANIA A LAW - you must always use your turn signals at least 100 feet before turning if you are driving less than 35 miles per hour. SIGNAL AT LEAST 300 If you are driving 35 miles per hour or more  YOU MUST SIGNAL FEET BEFORE TURNING. (more on ìEye on Safety - page 4)

In fond memory of our recently deceased members;

John Stokes Luis Arellano, Jr.

picked up the toys for distribution. A  heartfelt thank you and a ìCertificate of  Appreciation Appre ciationîî was given to the PA Unit.

The PA Wing Ranger Banquet will be held on Janu Ja nuary ary 22 22,, 200 2005. 5. Co Conta ntact ct Lt Co Coll Ric Richar hard d Ludwig at 610-437-1429 for more information.

SQUADRONS 102 AND 103 Squadrons 102-103 are working together to rebuild their Units for 2005. During the month of December, these two Squadrons participated in orientation flights. It had been quite a long time since they were able to have that opportunity and thanks to pilot Col Fredric  Weiss, they were able to receive valuable instructions using CAP aircraft. (Photos were supplied by Col Applebaum. Applebaum. He is quite pleased with the reorganization that is going on with the two Philadelphia based Squadrons.)

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Squadron 302 Travels to Washington By Capt. Ruth Hoffman The members of Capital City Composite Squadron 302 and their families recently enjoyed their annual fall fall trip. This year, the Squadron again chose to visit Washington D.C. Members stayed at the Hilton Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, and drove in to D.C. and the surrounding area to see the sights. The trip started out on Friday with a special treat. The Squadron's commander, commander, Major Paul McDonough, arranged for a private tour of the U.S.N.S. Comfort. This is a super tanker that was refurbished as a hospital ship. The Director of Surgical Services and third in command of the vessel, Capt. Ralph Jones, was a C.A.P C.A.P.. cadet with Maj. McDonough, and gave special permission for this tour. tour. The evening ended  with a visit to the Jefferson and F.D.R. F.D.R. Memorials and the newly dedicated W.W. II Memorial. On Saturday, the group toured the Holocaust Museum, the Spy Museum, and the National Air and Space Museum. After  dinner at a local mall, the Squadron returned to downtown D.C. and viewed the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War  Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial, all

 we study in our Aerospace Education program, and we really enjoy including our families in experiencing our  Nation's capital." capital." Plans are already already in the works for next year's trip.

Viewed the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War  Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial, all by moonlight. "I really enjoyed seeing the Lincoln Memorial," said Cadet Brandon Webb. "I never  thought I would get to see it. It was an awesome experience."

Alex M. Bodnar  Aviation: PP-SEL Amateur Radio: KB3FCU Emergency Services: EMT-BD,

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PAWG, Ranger Coordinator 

W.W. II B29 bomber, Enola Gay

plane that ended W.W. II." "Our Squadron looks forward to this trip all year," year," said Maj. McDonough. McDonough. "We value the opportunity to view first hand things that

1. For those members with a 101 card  who have have NOT take taken n the new  CAPT 116 GES test since since 01 June 2004 your your CAP 101 card is now now invaliinvalidated. ALL membe members rs with 101 101 cards must take this test. 2. All Squadron/Group commanders and assistants can see who the above members are in their unit by selecting on the national web site e-Services page "MIM "MIMS(FMS) S(FMS)", ", then "FMS Reports", then select "ES CAPT 116" . This report will ONLY ONLY show members  who have NOT NOT take taken n the test and who had a 101card.

Hawk Mt Ranger Staff Helps Kick Off  the First Florida Falcon Ranger  Academy. -By Maj Herbert Cahalen,

National History Museum.

by moonlight. "I really enjoyed seeing the Lincoln Memorial," said Cadet Brandon Webb. "I never thought I would get to see it. It was an awesome experience." Sunday, the Squadron started their day  with a brief tour of the National History Museum. Then the group traveled to Dulles Airport to experience the new Annex to the National Air and Space Space Museum. Highlights were viewing the Space Shuttle, Enterprise, the W.W. II B29 bomber, Enola Gay, which dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, and experiencing a mock up of a air  traffic control tower overlooking the airport. "Seeing the Enola Gay was definitely the best part for me," said 2nd Lt. Pete Shuntich. "I have always always wanted to see the

Emergency Services Corner:

ìplans are already in the works for next year's trip.î - Major McDonough

CAP TRA TRAVELS VELS TO FT SUMTER, SUMTER, S.C. During the Christmas holiday, several CAP members traveled to Ft. Sumter. Ft Sumter, named after a South Carolina Revolutionary War hero, was designed as part of a defensive system for Charleston Harbor. Located on a man-made island of  sea shells and granite from northern quarries, it was a pentagonal structure, fifty feet high, with walls eight eight to twelve feet thick. A  educational and rewarding experience for  all. The trip was organized by Capt Dan Pompei. - see photos, page 11 -3-

Members of the Hawk Mt. Ranger Staff  traveled to the Snake River Ranger  Training Area in Miramar, Florida to staff  the first Florida Falcon Ranger Academy. The Academy is a product of the Hawk Mt. Distance Learning Center and is to establish a standard for recruitment, training and certification of Rangers in the Florida Wing and South East Region. Florida has a long history with the Ranger Program, hosting the Florida Glades School during the 70's and 80's with several of the former staff  members, Lt Col Art Giles, Capt Randall Cason, and Capt Daniel Levitch of the Glades School being responsible for the development of the Falcon Ranger  Academy. It should be noted that Col A. Applebaum, while attending the U. of Miami served on the staff of the Glades School and is a strong supporter of the Falcon Ranger Academy and Pennsylvania's involvement in the Academy. On 23 Dec. 04 Maj Jeff Riley led an advance team of Staff Cadets to Florida to help setup the academy and register  incoming students. C/Lt Col David Spillane  was selected by the Florida Staff to Command the Academy with C/Lt Col Tim Grabowski as Deputy Commander. Commander. C/Lt Col Spillane along with Staf Stafff Cadets, J. Blumenfield, K. Smith, Z. Brizek, J. Tartalone, and M. Simon, traveled via POV  with C/Lt Col Spillane's uncle and Maj Riley hauled haule d most of the the gear in in a large box box truck to Florida. Upon arriving in Florida the Staff was treated to a Christmas Dinner  by the Florida Staff and then got to work setting up the (story continued on page 10 )

PAWG Health Services Program to launch in 2005 Members of the Wing will be able to take part in the new new CAP Health Program in  2005. ì The The CAP Health Services program  is kicking into high gear at the National level, and it is my goal to make sure that the PAWG plays an integral role in itís successî, says LTC Tim Cheslock, who will  be heading up the program for the Wing. ì2005 will be a year of renewed effort to place the health and well being of our  members in the the forefront. The CAP has always been an organization that takes care of its own. This program will help to pro vide tools to keep our members current in  emergency training, prepared to take on the challenges of our missions and to accomplish it in a way that may also enhance their own personal health and mindset.î The CAP Health Services Program is still still in itís itís infancy. The regulation guiding this program is CAPR 160-1. It was totally revamped in 2002. Since that time, the  National working group has been working to solidify the role of the program and put together the other essential components of  this program. At the March National Board Meeting in Washington, D.C. the new Health Services Specialty Track will be presented to the the Board. CAPP 220 ñ the Health Services Specialty track will be added to the Professional Development program and allow members to work within this specialty at their units. It will be similar in design to the other specialty tracks in that there are three levels of progression ñ technician, senior, and master. Each level will have a knowledge component and an OJT OJT component. Watch for  more information information on the CAPP CAPP 220 in the coming months! The Health Services Program was expanded with the revamp of CAPR 160-1 to include a variety of health occupations. It is important that we recognize the talents of our individual members and allow them  to contribute to the organization in a way which will more effectively utilize their  talents. With With the addition of the health  services officer position within the unit, a commander may now assign someone other than a physician to a position in the health arena. Although only physicians may still hold the title of Medical Officer  within a unit, the Health Services Officer  may be a Paramedic/EMT Paramedic/EMT , or a Physical Therapist, Dietician, Dietician, or any one of a num ber of allied health professions. (see page 10)

15th Annual Awards Ceremony for the 306 Cadets of the Yea Yearr award presented by Lt Col Greenfield to; Anthony D. Johnson (left) and Robert  B. Lesisko (right).

Guest speaker, (center), Major  General Karol A. Kennedy, Commanding General, 99th Regional Readiness Command, takes a moment to pose with Lt Col Greenfield, Commander  of the 306, (left) and Lt Col Charles Bechtel, Commander  Group 2 (right).

Cadet members enjoying the delicious refreshments at the 306ís  Award Ceremony held at The Hershey Italian Lodge. Inspiring photographer, Cadet Michael Miller  awaits next award while Major Michael Huffstutler  serves as the emcee.

Highlighting the event, Lt Col Greenfield held a Change of Cadet Command Ceremony. Ceremony. Outgoing Commander, C/Capt Francis Szekeres passing the colors to new Commander, C/Capt Victoria P. P. Lesisko.

CIVIL AIR PA PATROL SQUAD SQUADRON RON 306 HOLDS HOLDS ANNUAL ANNUAL AWARDS PROGRAM- By Major Sara Shenefelt  Harrisburg Interntional Composite Squadron 306, Pennsylvania Wing Civil  Air Patrol, held its 15th Annual Awards Awards Program at the Hershey Italian Lodge, Hershey,, on January 8th, 2005. Major General Karol A. Kennedy, Hershey Kennedy, Commanding General of the 99th Regional Readiness Command, was the Guest Speaker and Presenter. Several cadets were promoted, four cadets were presented with the ìBilly Mitchell Awardî Awardî and one cadet received the prestigious ìAmelia Earhart Award.î Award.î In addition, cadets and cadet officers of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters were presented with awards. The Cadets of the Year  were   were also also honored. They were Robert B. Lesisko and Anthony J. DiJohnson. ìBilly Mitchell Awardî and promotion to Cadet/2nd Cadet/2nd Lieutenant: Ryan M. Laird, Justin T. T. Smith, Anthony J. DiJohnson, Jennifer Kline (Squadron 1504, Altoona, PA). ìAmelia Earhart Awardî and promotion to Cadet/Cap Cadet/Captain: tain: Victoria P. P. Lesisko.

Icing Alert from CAP NHQ NTSB Issues Icing Alert to Pilots   Alert To To Pilots: Wing Upper Surface Ice Accumulation  As a result of a recent takeoff accident that has generated much discussion about the effects of wing upper surface ice accumulations, the National Transportation Safety Board is issuing the following alert letter to pilots: Wing Upper Surface Ice Accumulation Alert The National Transportation Safety Board has long been concerned about the insidious nature of the effects of small amounts of ice accumulated on an airplane's upper wing surface. The Safety Safety Board's preliminary investigation of the November 28, 2004 accident  involving a Bombardier Challenger 604 in Montrose, Colorado, (1) has revealed that  atmospheric conditions conducive to upper wing surface ice accumulation existed at  the time of the accident (airplane performance issues, including the possibility of upper   wing ice contamination, are being investigated). investigated). For years most pilots have understood that visible ice contamination on a wing can cause severe aerodynamic and control penalties; however, it has become apparent that many pilots do not recognize that minute amounts of ice adhering to a wing can result in similar penalties. Research results have shown that fine particles of frost or ice, the size of a grain of table salt and distributed as sparsely as one per square centimeter over an airplane (continued on page 10)

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Cadet Heritage Commemorating 40 Years of the 'Modern' Cadet Program History of the Cadet Program  Young people have been serving their communities as CAP cadets since 1 October 1942. But in the early years, cadet mem Young bership was limited to teens aged 15-17 who, except for their age, could meet all requirements necessary for beginning military service. Men sponsored boys and women sponsored girls in the CAP Cadet Program. But in 1964, CAP aimed higher and developed a new curriculum for its cadets. It would be a more structured Cadet Program, Program,  with cadets progressing through five main elements: activities, leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral leadership. Today's Today's system of achievements and milestone awards is part of that legacy. Now, CAP is expanding into the classroom. Several months ago, a delegation of Pennsylvania Wing Senior Members, travNow, eled to Florida to witness first hand the CAP school programs held there. Florida has a total of 11 11 schools participating in the program. Pennsylvania CAP has moved into the halls of the Thomas Creighton Creighton School in Philadelphia. Under the direction of Major Reginald McDonald, the program got its jump start just a few short short months ago and is flourishing. .

THOMAS THOM AS CREIGHTON CREIGHTON SCHOOL WELCOM WELCOMES ES CAP! - by Katherine Smith, TTL, Thomas Creighton School  The faculty, staff, staff, students and parents of Thomas Creighton School in the North Region of the School District of Philadelphia are delighted to announce our new partnership with the Civil Air Patrol. Through the persistent efforts of Captain Reginald McDonald, the Civil Air Patrol received funding to sponsor a special unit composed of middle school students at our school. Invitations went out to 32 students to participate participate as charter members of CAP Unit 821. Sixteen students completed all their  paperwork and secured parental permission within the timeframe required and, VOILA! , we have our charter members. Joining them in this venture are ten staff members, including Principal Katherine McKellar-Carter and Assistant Principal Eugene Golson, who have agreed to train as CAP officers, so that they can help expand our Unit in the months and years to come. We are all excited to bring to Creighton an organization whose Core Values of Integrity, Volunteer Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect, underscores the values we want for our students. The CAP Cadet Program will give our students the chance to develop leadership skills and technical skills, and to learn more about aviation and space. All Cadets progress through a program filled with exciting aviation and aerospace activities, most of which will be held at Creighton, with some additional opportunities being offered at other locations. One huge advantage for CAP Cadets that persist with their training is the access to scholarship dollars if they are successful. No matter where where their path takes them, their leadership training and team building skills will have lifelong benefits.  At report card conferences at Creighton in December, December, Captain McDonald brought his CAP display. It It was located by the office on the first floor of our main building and drew quite a lot of attention from students and parents. parents. Three CAP Cadets accompanied him and really made a huge impression on our students! Interestingly, two of the Cadets had been former students at our school. One of the Cadets was a freshman at the Philadelphia Military Academy along with three of Creighton's 2004 graduates.

ìWe at Thomas Creighton School are thrilled to have this opportunity for our  students. We are certain that there will be much good news forthcoming from Unit 821. Stay tuned!!î

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Successful Holiday Party The 2004 Holiday Party was a complete success due to the organizational skills and dedication on getting the job done, by 1Lt Elomar Harder-Siennick. Just as she has done in the past, 1Lt Harder-Siennick displayed her talents as if in the ranks of professional caterers. The Biddle Hall, a beautiful architectural building with military history decorating the walls, was secured to use for  the Holiday Party and the members thanked Lt Col Roysetta Bruner for making that possible. Col Applebaum briefly addressed the cadets in attendance on the importance of getting information out to the other  cadets that may not be aware of all the cadet activities that are being offered to them. He told them them he would like to start a ìcommunique type systemî, perhaps through the Internet so that he could personally be able to reach the cadet membership. membership. He was confused as to why there were not more cadets interested in applying for the Powered Flight Encampment that will be offered in the summer of 2005. While socializing socializing with several of the senior members and cadets, I asked that very common, end of the year  question; ìAre you going to make a New Yearís Yearís resolution this year?î  NOTICE:

Captain Carol Pasquella said, ìNo, I do not make them. People make them but do not keep them. For  instance they say they will go on a diet but by three days they are off of itî. Lt Col Richard Runyan also said no to my question. ìI usually do not keep themî, he said.

2004 Holiday Party

Just a sample of the delicious treats prepared by Captain Elomar Harder-Seinnick.

Cadet Greg Thompson said he  was going to make a resolution. ìMy resolution is that sometime this year I am going to get my Mitchell,î he said. ìNew Yearís resolution; no I never even thought about doing that,î said Lt Col Dave Chubski.

Colonel Applebaum, addressing the Cadets.

 And Cadet Codie Rufener  said, ìI never really kept track, (of resolutions), just kind of  forgot about them.î

Still available; Extra Large Long BDU

Shirts and Small Regular BDU Cold Weather Pants. If  interested, please contact Capt Tullo by Email; Email; [email protected] or Lt Col Lindermuth at 610-398-1409.

(See more photos from the 2004 PA Wing Holiday Party  on this page.)

Yesteryear! G B ACK 

Major Wayne L. Goho, member member of Squadron 302, is pictured here standing by his 1939 WACO UPF-7 open cock pit Bi-Plane that he used for acrobatic flying after returning from WWII. -6-

Cadets listening to the Commanderís comments.

Honored guest, Colonel Richard Greenhut, NER Commander, takes time to chat with  1Lt Edwin Jones.

Powered Flight Encampment Update and Return of a Falcon -by Captain Bill Doyle This article has two components. The first component is an update on the 2005 Powered Flight Encampmentt for PA Wing Slip readers. The second Encampmen second component is about a Falcon who comes back to the roost. Things are progressing very positively for the 2005 Powered Flight Encampment. We have selected a site for the encampment - Indiana, Pennsylvania. The staff and cadets will live in dormitories at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Flight activities will be conducted at Indiana County Airport, also known as Jimmy Stewart Field. The airport has a single runway (10-28), measuring 4,000 feet long and 75 feet wide.

We are now working at recruiting the encampment staff. We are planning on six flight instructors (CFIs) and two ground instructors. So far were have both of the ground instructors and five of the six   flight instructors. Our two Ground Instructors are: PA Wing staff as Assistant Standardization and Evaluation Officer. He Capt Vinny Zicolello is on PA is an instrument rated private pilot, working on his commercial pilot certificate. His ground instructor certificates are instrument and advanced. Capt Gerry Vaerewyck is a member of Squadron 711. He is an instrument rated private pilot. His ground instructor certificates are instrument and advanced. Four of our five flight instructors are: PA Wing staff as the Standardization and Evaluation Officer. Capt Bill Doyle. Capt Doyle is on PA He is also the Encampment Commander for the 2005 Powered Flight Encampment. He is an instrument rated commercial pilot for single- and multi-engine, a flight instructor instrument and airplane, and a ground instructor instrument and advanced. PA Wing staff as the Special Special Operations Officer and is Legal Officer for Maj Doug Glantz is on PA Group 3. He is an instrument rated commercial pilot for single- and multi-engine, and a flight instructor instrument and airplane. Capt Dan Sist is a check pilot and instructor pilot in the Group 3 Hazelton Squadron. He is an instrument rated commercial pilot, a flight instructor instrument and airplane, and a ground instructor basic. Capt Don Cramer  is Group 1 Standardization and Evaluation Officer. He is an instrument rated commercial pilot and a flight instructor instrument and airplane.

c/Lt COL Josh Hall is our returning Falcon. (Josh's story is continued on page 8) -7-

The Return of a Falcon

It was July 2000 and we were at Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station on Lakehurst, NJ. It was New Jersey Wing's annual powered flight encampment. They called it Falcon Flight. Since I was the only Pennsylvania Wing flight instructor, the "powers that were" back then decided that I should have the only two Pennsylvania Wing cadets, a girl named Maryssa from Harrisburg and a boy named Josh  from Erie, as my cadet student pilots. And so it happened that I trained these two wonderful cadets in the Group 3 Cessna 172 N99553. My two young charges performed with aplomb, keeping me well and truly entertained. As we progressed through the landing phase of their training, their landings went from good to great. For the record, good landings are defined as any one that you walk away from, and we walked away from all of them. Great landings, however, are those where the airplane can be used again. Since N99553 is still flying in Group, these two cadets obviously did more great landings than merely good landings. Both of these cadets were cadet Lieutenant Colonels, an attestation to their commitment, capability and determination. Both soloed that week. Maryssa was 17 at the time. Though a capable pilot, she had a knack for attracting "heavy metal." One day we were flying the Jersey shoreline. We were abeam Atlantic City International International (ACY) Airport at 6,500 feet MSL (Mean Sea Level) when Atlantic Atlantic City Approach gave us a traffic advisory that a 747 was at our nine o'clock position (directly off Maryssa's left wing). The 747 passed about a thousand feet below us on final approach to ACY. That really spiked Maryssa's adrenaline. adrenaline. A couple days later we were at pattern altitude on Lakehurst's Lakehurst's downwind when a U.S. Air Force KC-10 blasted by us at 200 feet off the deck, doing a low approach. Maryssa's adrenaline got another spike. One of the FAA's prerequisites for solo is that the student pilot must receive flight instruction on how to "slip" an airplane. Most student pilots do not like to do slips. During that encampment I noticed that Josh was quite fond of slips. In actuality he loved slips. My most memorable moment of flying with him that week was his demonstration of a maneuver that, for lack of a better word, I shall name the "Enroute slip." We were approaching Lakehurst at 3,000 feet MSL when we contacted Lakehurst Tower. Tower. The Tower Tower told us their airspace ended at 1,500 feet MSL and that we should contacted McGuire McGuire Approach. Approach. The next thing I knew my right cheek was thrust against the side window as my young charge initiated a full control deflection (rudder pedal to the floor, the windshield where the right wing should have been, and left wing where the windshield should have been) slip. For a moment I thought I was in an Otis Elevator instead of a Cessna 172 as we did a very high drag descent out of 3,000 for 1,500. By that time my young charge called the Tower and was cleared for a straight-in on runway 1-5. The week ended after the banquet on the second Sunday. I felt a sense of sadness as these two young people headed west. I remember hoping that it would be my karma to see them again. Both of these cadets went on to achieve great things. Maryssa matriculated in Perdue University's aviation program. She earned her private pilot certificate and went on to get her instrument rating and commercial pilot certificate. She also became a wife and a mother. Her second child will be four months by the time we have our powered flight encampment. Maryssa is the same age as my daughter so that makes me old enough to be a grandfather. (Story continued on page 9) -8-

Josh was 16 at the time he soloed. What I found truly impressive was that he came to the 2000 NJ Wing Falcon Flight Encampment as a Pennsylvania licensed EMT (Emergenc (Emergency y Medical Technicia Technician). n). Though I periodically corresponded with Maryssa via email, I lost touch with Josh for a few years. I met him at the 2003 Pennsylvania Wing Conference in Pittsburgh. During the subsequent he got his private pilot certificate using the Erie Squadron's Cessna 172. After that he matriculated at the College of  the Ozarks in Missouri. There in February 2004, Josh got his instrument rating. He had hoped to get his commercial certificate near the end of the term. Unfortunately, the college's Cessna 182RG (retractable gear) went down for maintenance just before he would have taken his commercial check ride. In May 2004, I had the privilege of giving giving Josh his initial CAP Form 5 check ride. Ironically Ironically,, it was in N99553, which was still flying nearly four years later. The biggest change with it was that when Josh soloed in it the airplane had a 160 horsepower engine. Now it had a 180 horsepower engine. Josh per formed flawlessly flawlessly.. During the instrument portion of the CAP Form 5, Josh's instrument approaches approaches were so good that the "needles" appeared to be welded. The last week in July 2004, Josh stayed at our home. I gave him an intensive immersion into the preparation for his commercial pilot check ride. When we weren't flying we were doing ground instruction. Josh's airmanship skills were outstanding. outstanding. He maneuvered the PA PA Wing Cessna 182RG with great finesse and dexterity. On 2 August August 2004, Josh took his FAA flight test and is now a commercial pilot. pilot.

Josh passed the FAA FAA written exam, the dread Fundamentals of Instruction and the Flight Instructor, necessary to be a CFI - Certificated Flight Instructor. Instr uctor. All that remains is the FAA FAA Flight Instructor check ride. Josh had planned on doing this before the holidays. Unfortunately, his plans were thwarted (again) by his college's "hangar queen" Cessna 182RG. We are rooting that the College of the Ozarks' Cessna 182RG will be up long enough for Josh to complete his FAA CFI check ride. Josh will turn 21 in May 2005. At that point, he will become Capt Joshua Hall. He has promised to bring the Erie Squadron's Cessna 172R to the 2005 Powered Flight Encampment. We have a spot reserved both for Josh and for N981CP. On 16 July 2005, our Falcon will have come back to the roost. This time he will be teaching other little  fledglings to fly.

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Hawk Mt Ranger Staff Helps Kick Off the First Florida Falcon Ranger Academy - continued Academy. On December 26, 2004, Major  Herbert Cahalen and 2nd Lt Dave Quatse via a CAP van took the remainder remainder of the cadet staff; T. Grabowski, B. Rigez, R. Hoffman, G. Guatse, K. Hontz and B. Hrycko, to the Snake River Training area. The site of the school is an abandoned missile site that is currently utilized by the National Guard for training. It is completely completely overgrown with vegetation, littered with trash and inhabited by every type of creature known to south south Florida. After several hard days of work the area of the academy  was transformed into a fully functional and comfortable training site. Showers were provided by the Miami Beach Fire Department, utilizing their decontaminati decontamination on showers and enclosures with water supplied by a pump truck. truck. Electricity was supplied by BellSouthís portable generators and lights - thanks to Capt Levitch along with a large gas grill on a trailer. The Academy operated on the Hawk Mt. Ranger School format for operations and training. The staff staff was also responsible responsible for  training the new cadet staff of Florida so that they will be able to run their own Ranger program throughout the year. Training areas included Ranger Operations, Navigation, Search and Rescue, Field Operations, Disaster Relief Operations, Communications as well as Survival and Woodsmanship Skills. It was a real treat for the Pennsylvania Staff St aff to be operating in the tropical environment of Florida with everyone having to learn about the possible dangers that were to be found there. C/Lt Col Spillane Spillane learned a valuable lesson - that one should not sit on top of a fire ant colony!  They may be small but they pack a big punch, one that put him out of service for a day. The Academy was also treated to demonstrations by the local K-9 rescue units and a visit and demonstration by the Broward County Sheriffs Departmentís helicopter and crew. The school also also responded to two ELTís (Emergency Locator Transmitters), missions which resulted in two finds; one on Thursday and one on New Yearís Eve. Brigadier General Tony Pineda; National Vice Commander, Col Eileen Parker; Southeast Region Vice Commander, and Colonel Joseph Martin, Jr.; Florida Wing Commander,, made a mid-week inspection Commander of the Academy Academy and staff. staff. They were given a tour of the site and briefed by C/Lt Col Spillane Spillan e on the format and operation of the Academy with Brigadier General Pineda and staff spending several hours at the facility speaking with the staff and students and showing their support for the program. Brigadier General Pineda made several presentations to the students and staff of the

Academy. This was the first year of the Academy and it was a great success. Continued cooperation between the two programs  will insure the success and growth of  the Ranger Program.

PHOTOS FROM THE FALCON RANGER ACADEMY

Eye on Safety continued.......

 wing's upper surface can destroy enough lift to prevent that airplane from taking off. The Safety Board has commented on the hazards of upper wing ice accumulation in several previous aircraft accident reports; some excerpts from these reports follow: According to wind tunnel data, a wing upper surface roughness caused by particles of only 1-2 mm [millimeter] diameter  [the size of a grain of table salt], at a density of about one particle per square centimeter, -10-

PAWG Health Services Program continued

You donít even need to be a health professional! A member with an interest interest in  Health Services will be able to train in the specialty under the mentorship of a health  services officer. The whole idea is to make the program open and available to all that are interested in participating. Over the next several months I will be sending out information to the groups and soliciting input from members on what they would like to see as part of the program. Watch the February Wing mail for a unit Health Services survey, which will be used to determine the current number of  health services personnel we have within  the Wing. Wing. I will also be assessing assessing the level of first aid, aid, CPR, and BBP training in in our  units. I will be gathering other data from  the units as well to help lay the groundwork for other programs down the road. There will soon be a link to a Health  Services Homepage from the Wing website that should be a one stop shop for everything a unit health service officer will need to accomplish their duties. Watch for itís appearance early this spring! The overall goal of the CAP CAP Health program is Preparation, Prevention and Physical Fitness. To To that end, I look forward to working with those involved in  Health Services to capitalize on these goals and make this new effort a success! If you would like to be involved in the Health Services Program or have comments or suggestions you can reach me by email at [email protected] [email protected] om.edu. (Eye on Safety continued:) can cause lift losses of about 22 and 33 percent, in ground effect and free air, respectively.. (2) Research has shown that respectively almost imperceptible amounts of ice on an airplane's wing upper surface during takeoff  can result in significant performance degradation. Therefore, the Safety Board has urged pilots to conduct visual and tactile inspections of airplane wing upper surfaces in past safety recommendations (including Safety Recommendation A-04-66, which  was issued to the FAA FAA on December 15, 2004). (3) Ice accumulation on the wing upper surface is very difficult to detect. It may not be seen from the cabin because it is clear/white and it is very difficult to see from the front or back of the wing. The Safety Board believes strongly that the only  way to ensure that the wing is free from critical contamination contamination is to touch it. For  additional information, see summary of the Board's actions and recommendations in this area on icing at http://pawg.cap.gov/ StanEval/icing_alert.html.

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