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Upcoming Events October 2016 and Beyond

posted Sep 6, 2016, 7:37 PM by Aaron Corbett   [ updated Sep 6, 2016, 7:38 PM ]

Greetings and Salutations!!!

Our Squadron calendar is filling up FAST - and we need your help to make each and every event a success!  October offers something every. single. weekend.

If you cannot participate in every activity in October, that's ok, but everyone should be able to pick at least one activity to participate in - remember, "participate actively in unit activities" is part of our Oath and a requirement for advancement within Civil Air Patrol, and these all qualify as unit activities.
There is also the additional benefit of advancing your own training and developing those leadership skills that you will be confident practicing in real world situations as you become a Dynamic American adult  - while having fun with other dynamic folks at the same time!!

October 8:  ALL MEMBERS - Culpeper AirFest
The Culpeper Airport has been so very gracious and generous with supporting our squadron.  This is our one big chance every year to give back to them and assist them.  Please make sure you're available.

The Culpeper Air Fest 2016 features the world's only Harrier, aerobatic aircreft, and vintage airbirds. Civil Air Patrol will be assisting the Culpeper Air Fest Foundation in parking and other functions to ensure the smooth running of the airport's largest event of the year! PLEASE PARK AT EITHER EASTERN VIEW OR CULPEPER HIGH SCHOOLS. FREE SHUTTLES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO AND FROM THE AIR SHOW.

October 14-16: FOR ANY AND ALL cadets raking from Sr Airman to Chief Master Sergeant
NCOA (Non-commissioned Officer Academy)  Sign up NOW - space is limited!!   This is going to be an invaluable training and will help you learn leadership skills AND will make  the professionalism and customs and courtesies of our squadron even stronger than they are now!    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-2016-ncoaadcs-tickets-27205550534
The intention of the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy is to teach cadet NCOs the critical skills they need for developing their mentoring, teamwork, and leadership skills. NCOA students will get real world chances to interact with serving NCOs from the U.S. Armed Forces, team up with others on practical and theoretical leadership challenges, and develop partnerships to begin life long leadership excellence.

The intention of Drill and Cermonies School is to bring the perfection, discipline, and FUN of drill to cadets. In CAP today it is easy to forget the experience and value that drill and ceremony should bring to the Cadet Program. At DCS students will learn proper technique, terminology, common mistakes to avoid, the fun of a well-called jody, the art of innovative drill, and the skill of interpreting the drill manual, as well as a love and appreciation for drill.

Cost: $30, due October 1
Transportation: May be provided from various units across the wing to location, will be provided during activity
Meals: Provided on Saturday and Sunday, eat dinner prior to arrival on Friday
Equipment needed: to be provided with welcome letter
Emergency Phone: 540-664-4376

Uniform: BDUs


OCTOBER 22: ALL MEMBERS
Hike Old Rag - this is a reschedule of our previously scheduled hike.  It will be an all day event, with the enjoyment of Ffll colors at the Peak of Old Rag!  

October 28-30:  ALL MEMBERS
WING SAREX
This SAREX will be hosted by our squadron AT OUR AIRPORT!!  and will involve AIR AND GROUND ops - make sure you get your SQTRs in order.  Talk to your chain of command if you are not sure what to do, but want to advance your training in a specific area/qualification.

December 3ALL MEMBERS
CAP 75th Anniversary Dinner Dance at the CAF Hanger at the Culpeper Airport.  We are hosting this event for all of group 3 so we really need all hands on deck for that one.  More details will be forthcoming - in the meantime, I am looking for any contact info for local SWING BANDS who are reasonably priced and good.

April 8-10, 2017: ALL MEMBERS 
WING CONFERENCE - CHARLOTTESVILLE VA

-C/Capt. Aaron Corbett, Minuteman PAO

Minuteman Cadet Travels to Canada with Civil Air Patrol IACE Program

posted Aug 18, 2016, 4:12 PM by Aaron Corbett   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 4:12 PM ]

One of the most prestigious programs for Civil Air Patrol cadets is the IACE (International Air Cadet Exchange) Program. One of Minuteman's own cadets was accepted in the IACE Program to go to Canada. For two and a half weeks, Lt. Colonel Tony Verardo traveled around the Atlantic coast of Canada with other air cadets from Canada, Australia, China, France, England, and other countries. Lt Colonel Verardo traveled throughout the French-speaking regions of New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia to visit local air bases and various local officials, as well as major sites in the area including Peggy's Cove and naval destroyers.

 

Verardo found the host family stays particularly interested him because it allowed him to experience another culture and another family. Having never been out of the United States, Verardo found the entire experience fascinating and looks forward to continuing his travels. Here's to the first of many stamps in Lt. Colonel Verardo's passport!



C-17 Orientation Flight

posted Jul 26, 2016, 7:33 AM by Ronald Nicholas   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 7:33 AM by Aaron Corbett ]




On Friday, July 22, 2016, 50 
Civil Air Patrol members from Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol and WV Wing, Civil Air Patrol flew on a C-17 courtesy of the 167th Airlift Wing - West Virginia Air National GuardWest Virginia National Guard. Virginia Wing squadrons represented included: Lynchburg CAP,Winchester Composite SquadronMonticello Composite Squadron, Civil Air PatrolPrince William Composite Squadron- Civil Air PatrolLeesburg Composite Squadron VA117, Civil Air Patrol, and Minuteman Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol.Martinsburg Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol of West Virginia Wing also attended. 

Many thanks to all the personnel at the 167th who helped make this happen! Please check out the photos at the link below.

Squadron Bivoac July 2016

posted Jul 20, 2016, 8:21 AM by Ronald Nicholas   [ updated Jul 25, 2016, 7:48 AM by Aaron Corbett ]



14 July 2016

From SAREXs to Wing Conferences to Encampments, no event in Civil Air Patrol is more anticipated (or dreaded) than the annual squadron bivouac. Most Civil Air Patrol squadrons from around the nation conduct bivouacs, and Minuteman Squadron’s bivouac occurred this past weekend. Led by Cadet Major Gina Scalzo, cadets and senior members traveled to Prince William National Forest to learn more about the search and rescue aspect of the Civil Air Patrol. 14 cadets participated in this year’s bivouac, teaching and learning from classes including knot tying, communications, search and rescue, and radios. As architect and visionary of the bivouac, Cadet Major Gina Scalzo adapted quickly to the changes and challenges the bivouac brought upon. She was most pleased with the cadets’ progress in the ground team member training program the bivouac had to offer, which will allow Minuteman Squadron more visibility in the greater Virginia emergency management field.

 

While the classes leading up to the practice operations are important, most cadets found the night training operations the most exciting, as they got to take their skills that they had learned during the day, and utilize those skills in the evening. For Cadet Airman Sarai Harris, the night ops stood out in her mind because it allowed her (a relatively new member of our squadron) to feel like an integral part of the team. Her favorite part of the night ops was carrying the stokes basket, in which the ‘injured person’ was carried through the woods back to the camp. The staff also found the bivouac educational and bonding, as they were able to use their leadership skills outside of the weekly meetings. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, the squadron cadet commander, found that despite the many changes in schedule that occurred during the weekend, everyone pushed through the heat and the trekking all the way until the end.

 

One of our senior members who helped oversee the event was Marybeth Slocumb, jokingly calls herself the camp cook, camp mom, and camp meanie.  She enjoyed bringing smiles to the cadets at each mealtime at the campfire, where she was kind enough to bring delicious home-cooked food and s’mores. The bivouac and the cadets exceeded her expectations, she said, despite run-ins with raccoons and the heat. What she lacked in sleep during the weekend, watching cadets growing, learning, and bonding was enough to make it all worth it.

  • C/Lt. Aaron Corbett, Minuteman PAO

Minuteman attends VAWG encampment 2016

posted Jul 20, 2016, 8:20 AM by Ronald Nicholas   [ updated Jul 25, 2016, 7:50 AM by Aaron Corbett ]


During the past week, three cadets and one senior member from Minuteman journeyed down to Fort Pickett in Farmville, VA to attend one of Virginia Wing’s most anticipated (and infamous) events: VAWG Encampment.  Encampment is a wing-wide program for both seniors and cadets alike to meet other members, push their limits, and depend on one another as they go through the challenges of the week.

Cadets Ethan Cole, Conall Slocumb, Nicholas Landon, and Senior Member Adrian Joye experienced very different sides of encampment, even though they were all on the base together for its eight-day duration. For Cadet Cole, this was his first wing wide event in his four month Civil Air Patrol career. Through obstacle courses, PT, and rappelling towers, Cadet Cole was able to meet cadets from other units across the state. Although Cole was injured due to a back injury mid-way through the week, the excellent cadets and senior members from the medical team were able to get him back on his feet in order to participate in the truck and gun simulators as well as the orientation flights and a cockpit tour in a C-17 plane.  Cole had a very special orientation flight, with the National Commander Major General Vasquez himself piloting the plane he rode in!

For Senior Airman Slocumb, Encampment 2016 was his second encampment, but this time he was able to be a part of the advanced flight, which held him to a higher standard than most of the other cadets. Slocumb found the leadership course particularly engaging, saying that “it was really difficult trying to get over the water to get to the other side, but we still did really well.” His flight, Kilo, was awarded honor flight of the day twice during the course of encampment, which he was quite pleased with. Slocumb enjoyed this year’s encampment, and is ready to attend Encampment 2017, though he is undecided whether he is ready to take on the role of managing cadets as staff next year.

Encampment, with its over 300 cadets, was once again a success and showed us how successful a cadet-led program can be. From the management of the cadets’ activities, health, and dining, cadets were in charge of every facet of the cadet experience at encampment. As Lieutenant Adrian Joye said, “It was great being able to facilitate and oversee the delegation of cadet activities, as they led their respective programs with dignity.” Within his group at dining services, he said his cadets were able to quickly provide food to all the cadets at the squadron. Cadet Cole seemed to agree, as it was one of the highlights of his day. Here’s to another great Encampment!

-Aaron Corbett, Minuteman PAO

Civil Air Patrol joins total force ‘Airmen’

posted Jul 20, 2016, 8:15 AM by Ronald Nicholas   [ updated Jul 20, 2016, 8:34 AM by Aaron Corbett ]

By Staff Sgt. Whitney Stanfield , Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information / Published August 28, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — When conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol is now included in the Air Force’s definition of the total force. CAP has provided 74 years of support to emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.
In August 2015, the Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, “Leadership,” expanding the Air Force’s descriptions of total force and Airmen to now consist of regular, Guard, Reserve, civilian and auxiliary members.

Historically, the broader term Airmen referred to uniformed and civilian members of the U.S. Air Force (officer or enlisted, regular, Reserve, or Guard) regardless of rank, component or specialty.

With this newest change, Air Force leaders should consider each part of the total force, including the auxiliary, when determining the most effective and efficient ways to complete the mission. CAP has approximately 57,000 volunteers and 550 aircraft assigned to more than 1,500 units stateside available or currently supporting non-combat missions on behalf of the Air Force.

“As a strategic partner, these unpaid professionals have boldly served our nation saving the Air Force almost 40 times the cost of using military assets for each hour served,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “Inclusion in the total force reflects the continuing key contributions of this highly trained and equipped organization.”

The auxiliary members, who fly the nearly 100,000 hours per year performing disaster relief, counterdrug, search and rescue, fighter interceptor training, aerial observation and cadet orientation flights, will now be included in the total force and referred to as Airmen during the performance of official duties in recognition of their contributions to the Air Force.

“Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez, the CAP national commander. “Our ability to augment the Air Force is second to none. We provide 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions and disaster-relief support to local, state and national agencies as well as aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, and remain continually postured to offer more.”

Beyond CAP’s support to achieve its homeland responsibilities for non-combat operations, the organization has been recognized for their efforts to inspire hundreds of thousands of cadets and K-12 students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and training.

“Civil Air Patrol’s increased exposure has a direct impact on attracting youth interest in STEM-based activities which are skills necessary to develop the innovative Airmen our Air Force needs,” said Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III. “We proudly welcome the Air Force auxiliary by extending our badge of honor as Airmen.”

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