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In Memoriam
First Lieutenant Bunny Sies

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of 1st Lt Bunny Sies.  She succumbed on 13-Nov-2010, after fighting a long battle with a serious illness.
"The passing away of Bunny Sies is a tremendous loss to the Illinois Wing. 
Our prayers and condolences go out to her family and many friends," stated Colonel Gordon Larson, Illinois Wing Commander.
Bunny joined CAP in 2006 and was currently serving as the Illinois Wing Transportation Officer.  Up until two weeks ago, she was coordinating vehicle inspection items for the Compliance Inspection, from her hospital bed.  She also remained a mainstay at her home unit, the Springfield Composite Squadron.
Bunny impacted the lives of many cadet and senior members in the Wing.  She attended every Cadet Summer Encampment since joining CAP.  In addition, she was active in Emergency Services as a qualified UDF team member, radio operator, and other specialties.
Additional information will be emailed once the family has announced the funeral arrangements.
Colonel Joe King

 

Scott Composite Squadron Cadet Awards
December 2009

(L) C\Capt Kathryn Brien
(R) C\2d LT Josiah Gulick

 

29 June 2009
09M0595
Airborne Report of an ELT
Aircrew (ILWG & MOWG), ILWG Ground Team, Virden \ Girard, IL area
FIND


Photos by 1st LT Bunny Sies


Photos by Lt Col Paul Hertel

 

NEWS: House passes bill to expand CAP homeland security role

May 13, 2009

WASHINGTON — A bill by U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) requiring an assessment of how Civil Air Patrol can support homeland security missions was approved May 12 by the House of Representatives.

Dent is a member of both the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Homeland Security Committee.

The bill, H.R. 1178, directs the U.S. Government Accountability Office to study the ways CAP may assist state, local and tribal governments and the Department of Homeland Security by:

  • Providing aerial reconnaissance or communication capabilities for border security.

  • Providing assistance in a collective response effort, including damage assessment, search and rescue, and evacuations.

  • Assisting in departmental training exercises.

GAO’s report to Congress must assess the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of utilizing CAP assets and the ability of federal and state agencies to request CAP support.

Upon completion, DHS must review and analyze the report and, within 90 days, submit recommendations to the Congress for further action.

Dent has long advocated the use of CAP pilots and aircraft for homeland security missions. He conceived this legislation in 2007 after a visit to the border town of Laredo, Texas, to address concerns U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers had raised to him, saying they lacked sufficient aviation assets and resources for their important mission.

“Continuing a proud tradition, a CAP force of 57,000 volunteers and over 500 aircraft across the country stand ready to support the nation’s homeland security mission,” Dent said. “I believe this study will find that using CAP resources to bolster our border security and assist in disaster response is a sensible and cost-effective measure.”

Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, CAP national commander, said, “The passage of Congressman Dent's Civil Air Patrol Homeland Security bill in the House today marks a major step forward in ensuring that Civil Air Patrol's emergency capabilities are fully utilized by all federal agencies.

“With 550 aircraft, thousands of trained and experienced aircrews and a nationwide communications system, CAP can be a valuable component of our national defense.”

By CAP National Headquarters Public Affairs
 

 


Congratulations to
Lt Col Norm Morrisette and Lt Col Brian "Irish" Porter
The newest Lt Col's in Group 1

 

This is in the APOA Online today;

Discarded ELTs could prompt massive search
By Ian J. Twombly

Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)The Civil Air Patrol and AOPA are teaming up to remind pilots to properly dispose of their old emergency locator transmitters (ELTs). Because many pilots are upgrading to newer, more capable 406 MHz ELTs—even though 121.5 MHz ELTs still meet the FAA’s regulatory requirement—the possibility exists that the old 121.5 MHz ELT will be set off and prompt a search if not discarded properly.

As part of the program, each CAP squadron is being given access to a poster that reminds pilots, mechanics, and FBOs to disconnect the ELT battery and send the ELT and battery to the local electronics waste facility.

Unfortunately, the campaign became necessary after CAP headquarters received multiple reports of its volunteers spending time and money searching for a beacon that turned out to be in the trash. In California, one squadron searched through trash for six hours at a local recycling facility to locate an ELT and disconnect its battery.

“Emergency beacons were not meant to be discarded like common trash,” the CAP said.

Rob Hackman, AOPA senior director of regulatory affairs, said that while pilots may not be discarding their old beacons personally, it’s a good idea to remind their mechanic to do so. “Pilots can help save vital search and rescue resources,“ he said. “Make sure to remind your mechanic to dispose of your ELT properly.”

February 26, 2009

 

 

 

I am writing to point you towards some television news coverage of the Illinois Wing's Guided Training Exercise which occurred over the weekend:  good press for CAP in the Central Illinois area from the NBC and ABC affiliates.  They aired our story at 5:00, 10:00, and WICS ran it again on their morning show today.  I hear these stories don't stay up long, so get them while they're hot.


I had the good fortune to assist Lt Col Paul Hertel in his role as Mission Information Officer.  I learned a lot from him and from Maj Curtis Kmiecek and Maj Eric Templeton, Incident Commander, who allowed me to participate on his mission base staff in this role.  I've been wanting to build IO experience for quite a while now, and it was great to be a part of this team.

V/R,

Jeff Gustafson, 1st Lt, CAP
Deputy Commander for Senior Members
Springfield Composite Squadron IL-036
217-652-3553 cell

 

Group 1 Map

Illinois Wing Map

After the GRAC (Group Realignment and Closing Commission) was completed in mid October 2007, Illinois Wing Groups were re-configured.

Groups 12 and 19 were deactivated and reactivated as Group 1,

we now cover all of Southern Illinois.

 

FAASTeam - FAASafety.gov
Termination of 121.5 MHz Beacons for Satellite Alerting is Coming Soon
Notice Number: NOTC0981

 

On 1 February 2009, the International Cospas-Sarsat [1] Organization (U.S. included) will terminate processing of distress signals emitted by 121.5 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs). This means that pilots flying aircraft equipped with 121.5 MHz ELTs after that date will have to depend on pilots of over flying aircraft and or ground stations monitoring 121.5 to hear and report distress alert signals, transmitted from a possible crash site.

 

Why is this happening?

 

Although lives have been saved by 121.5 MHz ELTs, the downside has been their propensity to generate false alerts (approximately 98 percent of all 121.5 MHz alerts are false), and their failure to provide rescue forces with timely and accurate crash location data. Both of which actually delay rescue efforts and have a direct effect on an individual's chance for survival. Rescue forces have to respond to all 121.5 MHz alerts to determine if they are real distress alerts or if they are being generated by an interferer, an inadvertent activation (by the owner) or equipment failure.

 

Is there an alternative?

 

Yes, the Cospas-Sarsat System (U.S. included) has been and will continue processing emergency signals transmitted by 406 MHz ELTs. These 5 Watt digital beacons transmit a much stronger signal, are more accurate, verifiable and traceable to the registered beacon owner (406 MHz ELTs must be registered by the owner in accordance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation). Registration allows the search and rescue authorities to contact the beacon owner, or his or her designated alternate by telephone to determine if a real emergency exists. Therefore, a simple telephone call often solves a 406 MHz alerts without launching costly and limited search and rescue resources, which would have to be done for a 121.5 MHz alert. For these reasons, the search and rescue community is encouraging aircraft owners to consider retrofit of 406 MHz ELTs or at a minimum, consider the purchase of a handheld 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) which can be carried in the cockpit while continuing to maintain a fixed 121.5 MHz ELT mounted in the aircraft's tail.

 

Remember, after February 1, 2009, the world-wide Cospas-Sarsat satellite system will no longer process 121.5 MHz alert signals. Pilots involved in aircraft accidents in remote areas will have to depend on pilots of over flying aircraft and or ground stations to hear emergency ELT distress signals. For further information concerning the termination of 121.5 MHz data processing visit www.sarsat.noaa.gov


 

[1] The Cospas-Sarsat Organization provides a satellite based world-wide monitoring system that detects and locates distress signals transmitted by Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs), Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). The system includes space and ground segments which process the signals received from the beacon source and forwards the distress alert data to the appropriate Rescue Coordination Center for action.

 

Address SARSAT inquiries to:

NOAA SARSAT
NSOF. E/SP3
4231 Suitland Road
Suitland, MD 20746
Phone: 301.817.4515
Toll free: 888.212.7283
Fax: 301.817.4565

Safety is a learned behavior...Learn to be safer at the Learning Center found on FAASafety.gov

 

3 August 2007
Two Scott Composite Squadron Cadets earned their Ground Team Member 3 Qualification. SMSgt Dennis McFadden III and TSgt James Pratt were presented the Basic Ground Team Badge for their accomplishments.

 

24 June 2007
Scott Composite Squadron has moved to a new location on base. The Chapel 2 Annex (Building 5713) is the their new Headquarters. More info to follow.

 


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Civil Air Patrol trains for its role in a potential local emergency

                    C/SSgt James Pratt from Scott Air Force Base keeps in contact with ground and air crews during a mission sortie. (DIANE WILKINS PHOTO)


By Diane Wilkins, Marion Daily Republican,
Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2007 11:25 AM CDT


WILLIAMSON COUNTY — A 24-hour torrential downpour with severe thunderstorms and massive flooding has hit Southern Illinois and you have been activated.

That is the scenario that officials of the Illinois Wing of the Civil Air Patrol were faced with as an evaluated training mission began in Williamson County.

The mission brought resources from the entire state, including seven aircraft, five ground teams and approximately 60 people to the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency building. The WCEMA was a natural choice for command headquarters, with communications equipment already in place to augment equipment brought by each squadron.

One of the first assignments for crews was to do damage assessment and search for those who may be trapped due to the flooding.

Throughout the two-day exercise, different incidents were added to the mission to evaluate response capability.
On Sunday, in addition to the tasks already being performed, a call of a plane down in Cairo was added to agenda. A search plane was launched and ground teams responded to the location to search and secure the area.

All of these tasks were being done under the watchful eye of evaluators who scored the responses and how each task was handled.

“The Southern Illinois area was chosen because of it proximity to the New Madrid Fault,” Illinois Wing Commander Col. Maurice Givens said. “This area has the potential of being an area where extensive resources would be needed in the event of a disaster. ”Air sorties were limited in the early hours of each morning because of low cloud ceilings, but as the morning cleared over 20 sorties were able to launch.

The CAP received numerous tasking assignments including disaster assessment photo reconnaissance, a missing person search and several overdue aircraft scenarios initiated by Emergency Locator Transmitters.

The Air Force evaluates each wing every two years to insure proficiency and a high state of readiness.
The Illinois Wing received an overall excellent rating in 13 categories,

For the entire mission, there were nine ground sorties; 36 air sorties with at total of 79 hours flown.

Lt. Col. Rick Oeth was Incident Commander with the ultimate responsibility of keeping all the various functions running efficiently. During the weekend, Cadets and officers camped at Giant City Lodge.

 

Coast Guard Enlistment Incentives

As of 22 June 2006 the US Coast Guard matches USAF incentives for cadets that have earned the Billy Mitchell Award (enlistment as E-3). 

From the CG Recruiting Manual:   
   4. U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol (CAP).   
        a. Applicants with two years of experience are eligible to enlist in pay grade E-2.   
        b. Applicants with three years of experience or cadets who receive the General Billy Mitchell Award are eligible to enlist in the pay grade of E-3. 24 Apr 07

 

ILWG Members Graduate from the National Search and Rescue School

Six members of the Illinois Wing attended the National Search and Rescue School - Inland SAR Planning Course. It was held the week of 5-9 March 2007 at the Will County Health Department in Joliet, IL.

The US Air Force SAR School instructors worked at the AFRCC before there current assignment.

The mission of the National Search and Rescue School is to promote standardization and professionalism within the search and rescue community by providing comprehensive Search and Rescue training to selected Coast Guard, Air Force and other US and foreign Military personnel. The course not only included tabletop exercises, but the curriculum has been changed over the years to include newly developed computer search planning programs and advances in search theory and application. Additionally, many instructional technology changes have been incorporated which allow the school to maintain its distinction as the premier school of its type in the world.

Attending from ILWG were:
Major Robert Taylor (IL-001) - ILWG ES Officer
Major Eric Templeton (IL-001) - ILWG Current Operations Officer
Lt Col Ted Lohr (IL-286) - ILWG Assistant ES Officer & Group 19 ES Officer
1st Lt Matthew Brown (IL-999) - ILWG Search and Rescue Officer
1st Lt Jeremy Hendricks (IL-240) - Squadron ES Officer
Cadet James Schroeder (IL-337)

 

17 February 2007
Scott AFB, Illinois
By, Lt Col Ted E. Lohr

Group 19 is located in the Illinois Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (US Air Force Auxiliary)

The 2007 Group 19 Annual Awards Banquet was sponsored by the Scott Composite Squadron and held at the Scott AFB golf course clubhouse on 17 February 2007. The event attracted almost 90 people. Chief Master Sergeant Tony Wyatt (USAF, Ret.) was the Keynote Speaker. Chief Wyatt spoke about three points that would inspire CAP Cadets to be the future of the Air Force and the United States; He also thanked all Civil Air Patrol Members for their service.

Notable visitors included:

  • Col Maurice Givens – Illinois Wing Commander

  • Lt Col Ricky Oeth – Illinois Wing Chief of Staff

  • Maj Jimmy Boozer – Illinois Wing Chaplain

  • Capt John Brendel – Illinois Wing Safety Officer

  • Maj Norman Morrisette – Civic Memorial Senior Squadron Commander

  • Maj Scott Sommer – Scott Composite Squadron Commander

  • Maj Mike Thompson – 286th Composite Squadron Commander

  • Maj Brian Greer – CAP-USAF Liaison Officer

  • Staff Sergeant Morgan Young – Air Force Sergeant’s Association

  • Guest Speaker and Guest of Honor – Chief Master Sergeant Tony Wyatt

  • Col Alan Hunt – 375th AW Commander visited to congratulate the incoming
    Group commander.


    The Scott Composite Squadron Award recipients include: (Note-Ranks are at the time of the award)
    Cadet of the Quarter Awards

  • 1st Quarter – C/A1C Dennis McFadden III

  • 2nd Quarter – C/Amn Sean Roberts

  • 3rd Quarter - C/Amn James Pratt

  • 4th Quarter – C/A1C Austin Jeanneret

 

  • Cadet of the Year – C/MSgt Caitlin Mueller

  • Commander’s Award – C/SSgt Benjamin Sies

  • Air Force Sergeant’s Award – C/MSgt Caitlin Mueller

  • Senior Member(s) of the year – 2nd Lt Darrell Martin & 2nd Lt Lori Martin
    (1st time for co-recipients)

Lt Col Gale presented Commanders Commendation Awards to Maj Norm Morrisette and 1st LT Bill Wirth. He also presented Certificates of Appreciation to Maj Dave Felber, Maj Jacqueline Miller, and Capt John Brendel for their help on Group staff and, Maj Norm Morrisette, Maj Mike Thompson, Maj Scott Sommer as Squadron Commanders within Group 19.

In addition to the Banquet, there was a change of Command at Group 19 Headquarters.

Col Maurice Givens, the Illinois Wing Commander officiated the change of command from Lt Col Richard Gale to Lt Col Paul Hertel.

Lt Col Gale served for 9 years as the Group 19 Commander. Prior to that he was the Commander of the Scott Composite Squadron. We applaud him for many years of dedicated service. Col Givens presented Lt Col Gale with a Commanders Commendation Award for his accomplishments.


Lt Col Paul Hertel brings with him years of experience and training in CAP as well as retiring from the United States Air Force after 20 years. Lt Col Hertel started in CAP as a cadet in Wisconsin Wing, and then in the USAF he traveled the world as a technician in Air Force Combat Communications such as "Hammer Ace". He has achieved Level V in the CAP Officer Professional Development Program. Lt Col Hertel is a Mission Observer, Mission Information Officer, and Urban Direction Finding Team Member. Lt Col Hertel said he is honored and humbled to be selected as the new Group 19 Commander and he thanks all of those that work very hard every day to make Group 19 such a success.

 

The Banquet Cake

 

The Head Table

 

L-R: Cadet Matthew Lippum and Maj Richard Louderstadt
This is a cake ceremony where the youngest Cadet shares a small cake with the oldest Officer in the Group

 

Chief Master Sergeant Tony Wyatt (USAF, Ret.) and his Wife Ann

 

Cadet of the Quarter Awards
1st Quarter – C/A1C Dennis McFadden III
(Not Present)
2nd Quarter – C/Amn Sean Roberts
3rd Quarter - C/Amn James Pratt
4th Quarter – C/A1C Austin Jeanneret

 

L-R:
Cadet of the Year – C/MSgt Caitlin Mueller
Commander’s Award – C/SSgt Benjamin Sies
Air Force Sergeant’s Award – C/MSgt Caitlin Mueller

 

Senior Member(s) of the year – 2nd Lt Darrell Martin and 2nd Lt Lori Martin
(1st time for co-recipients)

 

Lt Col Gale presents Commanders Commendation Awards to 1st LT Bill Wirth and Maj Norm Morrisette

 

Lt Col Gale gives Certificates of appreciation to his Group 19 Staff
L-R: Capt john Brendel and Maj Jacqueline Miller (Maj Dave Felber was not present)

 

Lt Col Gale gives Certificates of appreciation to all three Squadron Commanders
L-R: Maj Norm Morrisette, Maj Mike Thompson, and Maj Scott Sommer

 

Col Givens presents Lt Col Gale with a Commander Commendation Award

 

Col Givens officiates the Group 19 Change of Command from Lt Col Gale to Lt Col Hertel

 

Lt Col Paul Hertel presents Chief Master Sergeant Tony Wyatt (USAF, Ret.) a token of our appreciation for him being our guest speaker

 

L-R:
Col Maurice Givens (Illinois Wing Commander)
Lt Col Rick Oeth (Illinois Wing Chief of Staff)
Lt Col Paul Hertel (Group 19 Commander) and his wife, Maj Carol Hertel

 

Group 19 Change of Command

There was a change of Command in Group 19 on 17 February 2007. The ceremony was held during the annual Group 19 awards banquette held at the Scott AFB Golf Course Clubhouse.

Col Maurice Givens, the Illinois Wing Commander officiated the change of command from Lt Col Richard Gale to Lt Col Paul Hertel.

Lt Col Gale served for 9 years as the Group 19 Commander. Prior to that he was the Commander of the Scott Composite Squadron. We applaud him for many years of dedicated service. Col Givens presented Lt Col Gale with a Commanders Commendation Award for his accomplishments.

Lt Col Paul Hertel brings with him years of experience and training in CAP as well as retiring from the United States Air Force after 20 years. Lt Col Hertel started in CAP as a cadet in Wisconsin Wing, then in the USAF he traveled the world as a technician in Air Force Combat Communications such as "Hammer Ace". He has achieved Level V in the CAP Officer  Professional  Development  Program. Lt Col Hertel is a Mission Observer, Mission Information Officer, and Urban Direction Finding Team Member. Lt Col Hertel said he is honored and humbled to be selected as the new Group 19 Commander and he thanks all of those that work very hard every day to make Group 19 such a success. 

 

Illinois Wing Commander, Col Maurice Givens and Lt Col Richard Gale

 

Change of Command Ceremony

 

Lt Col Paul Hertel
New Group 19 Commander

 

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