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PENNSYLVANIA WING GROUP ONE NEWSLETTER Group One Cadets who attended the 2017 Group One Conference having fun with the lumberjack props in the photo booth corner.

Spring 2017

Pennsylvania Wing Group One Newsletter

Spring Edition 2017

Upcoming Events May 10

PA Wing Day/PA Capitol

May 12-14

Wings Over Pittsburgh

May 12-13

Group 6 SAREX, information TBA

June 2-4

WWII Weekend/Reading PA

June 11

PA Wing / USAF Evaluation

June 18-25

PA Wing Encampment/CTS

July 7-16

Hawk Mountain Ranger School

August 3-5

PA Wing ES Academy

August 6

Group 1 Mobility Exercise

Aug 24-28/Sept 28-Oct 2

Vietnam Traveling Memorial

October 12-15

Fort Ligonier Days

November 11

Veteran’s Day Parades & Applebee’s

December 9

Wreaths Across America Wreath Laying Ceremony at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Group One of the Pennsylvania Wing encompasses the lower 11 counties of Southwestern Pennsylvania including; Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland Counties, almost 8500 square miles. Currently there are 6 composite squadrons that make up Group One.



Commanders Corner What do you plan to achieve together in Group 1 this spring? The weather is shaping up to be very nice this year! Let’s get outside and get active. Take advantage of the warmer weather to: Study Aerospace Host a SAREX Provide Trainings Hold an Open House If we all work together, the possibilities are endless!


We are actively planning the Wings Over Pittsburgh Open House which is set from May 12 through the 14th. We will also be hosting a squadron fundraiser at the Moon Township Wal-Mart on May 27th from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. The squadron has been asked to march in the Coraopolis Memorial Day Parade, and also working with the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. The squadron has added 4 new members since the beginning of the year (3 cadets and 1 senior.) Major Adam Springmeyer, CAP Commander, Squadron 603

Currently C/Capt. Robinson is the Golden Triangle Composite Squadron’s Cadet Commander, and is ADY at the Beaver Squadron as their Cadet Commander. Robinson also serves as the Wing CAC Chair and is helping with the encampment staff as the Cadet Commander this year. In addition to his normal activities, he has also been actively helping to plan the cadet side of the Wings over Pittsburgh Open House.

“C/Capt. Robinson has trained his staff well, and we have seen an uptick in the quality of training on some of our newest members. Cadet Robinson has made it his personal responsibility to ensure that every cadet has the basic knowledge before going to encampment.”~ Major Adam Springmeyer, CAP




Professional Development is one of the key things that you can undertake as a Senior Member to become a better officer within CAP. One should never stop learning, and even if you “know” something, there always seem to be little tidbits or nuggets of information that can help you in doing your job within CAP that are provided during those courses. I know that is certainly true for me! Every time I’ve taken a class, I’ve learned something new. Even when I teach classes or observe others teaching I learn new things! That is why I am such a great proponent of the training that CAP provides to its members.

Within CAP, Pennsylvania Wing, and Group 1, there are multiple ways to get the training you need and progress in your Professional Development levels as well as with your Specialty Track. Pennsylvania Wing has created an annual schedule for the training that is offered across the wing over the course of 2017. Squadron Leadership School will be offered by Group 1 in September, but if you that timeframe does not work for you, and you do not mind travelling a bit, it will also be offered by Group 3 (Philadelphia area) in early May; Group 4 (Allentown) in late October; Group 5 (Williamsport) in late May. Corporate Learning Course has changed the way it is being offered this year. It is being made available in Allentown in late October as well. For those interested in the Unit Commander’s Course, you have the option of taking it in late July in Clarion or late October in Allentown. Finally, while this is not a Professional Development offering, Training Leaders of Cadets is also being made available at multiple dates and locations: Group 2 will offer these in connection with Encampment; Group 3 in early May; Group 4 in late October; and Group 5 in early May



If you desire to attend any of these, please discuss them with your squadron PDO and Squadron Commander so that you can get the details and fill out the right forms so you can go and get credit! Every member of CAP should also be striving to progress in their Specialty Tracks. Many of us wonder how to do so and who to turn to for help. Group 1 has developed a list of people who are willing to mentor you in your Specialty Track. These people are all SENIOR or MASTER rated in various Specialty Tracks and are looking forward to helping you. While we do not have every Specialty Track covered, please work through your Squadron’s PDO if interested and we will try to match you up! 1st Lt Naor Wallach, CAP Pennsylvania Wing Group 1 Professional Development Officer




Members, It’s shaping up to be another outstanding summer this year! There are many activities being offered and I encourage everyone to attend at least one. For the Cadets, Encampment is right around the corner. Now is the time to begin preparation if you are planning on attending. Packing lists are now available on the CTS website:, under Summer Schools > Inprocessing. As a word to the wise, make sure your boots are worn-in before attending. Blisters are the #1 injury every year, and 9 times out of 10, it is caused by brand new boots. Cadet Encampment Assistance Program If you are in need of financial assistance to attend Encampment, make sure you sign-up for it now! This year, there are 3 categories for assistance. Even if you do not need full assistance, funds are available if you are not able to obtain uniform items. The Deadline for registering is about a month before Encampment begins. For more information, visit, or talk to your Squadron Commander. Keep up the outstanding work!

Major Tim Steiner, CAP Pennsylvania Wing Group 1 Cadet Programs Officer



To all Group 1 Squadrons,

I hope that the spring like conditions are making a way to spend more time outside and a segue for Aerospace endeavors. I have always loved the history of aviation and I often become sentimental about the past but as technology marches on I find myself driven to go back to the books and look to the future; things that we take for granted here on terra firma (mother earth) are changed once we leave the confines earth. Things like gravity, temperature, pressure, time, distance, velocity have such new and different meanings once we enter into outer space. The AEX programs offer a lot of educational starting points. Discussions on space travel and rocketry are things that Cadets love to learn about as well as seniors and anyone else. Learning about it is fun and teaching about it is even “funner” in a manner of speaking. I am going to start moving in a new direction for Aerospace and I am planning on picking up where I left off on model rocketry and especially with new cadets coming into our squadron. Of course the existing cadets will be a big help with assisting in the model rocketry program. At any rate please give outer space a bit of consideration (if you haven’t already) and use it as a platform to launch your model rocketry program while we slowly transition into spring and summer on the horizon. Captain Alex M. Ladzinski, CAP Pennsylvania Wing Group 1 Aerospace Education Officer




Adam is currently a Junior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Robert E. Cook Honors College, majoring in Criminology and holds a 4.0 GPA. He is a contracted MS3 with the Army ROTC Program and has been awarded a 3 ½ year scholarship.





This newsletter safety brief comes from the April 2017 edition of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management ReadyPA Newsletter and from the Homefacts website. Pennsylvania Severe Weather Changing Seasons The changing of seasons often brings some drastic swings in weather across Pennsylvania. The transition from cold to warm triggers thunderstorms the spring months while heat and humidity can help build thunderstorms in the summer. Severe weather is possible at any point during the year, but April marks the beginning of the “severe weather” season in Pennsylvania—a time when these types of storms typically become more frequent. Thunderstorms can produce hail, severe wind gusts, and even tornadoes anywhere within the borders of our Commonwealth. Plus, thunderstorms can produce lightning and flooding hazards, which are categorized on their own. Let’s talk a little about what makes a storm severe and look at Pennsylvania’s severe weather numbers. What makes a storm severe? There are three factors which make a thunderstorm severe: · · ·

Wind Gusts of 58mph or faster Hail of 1” diameter or larger (quarter sized) A Tornado

You only need one of these to make a storm severe. Lightning and flooding are not requirements for a severe storm, even though they present a danger. By definition, you need lightning to have thunder, so it’s technically present in every thunderstorm. But the unpredictability of strikes allows for little almost no alert time. Flooding from heavy rains in thunderstorms is a common hazard and is alerted separately. Know Your Weather Terms The National Weather Service (NWS) will issue a Watch when they expect favorable conditions to allow for severe thunderstorm development. Watches are usually issued for several counties for a period of 6-8 hours. You should prepare for severe weather by reviewing your family plan, securing loose objects outdoors, closing doors and windows, and monitoring weather forecasts. Always have at least two methods to receive weather alerts. (Continued…)



The NWS will issue a Warning when thunderstorms are creating severe weather, either seen on radar or reported by the public. Warnings usually last less than one hour and cover a small area. A severe thunderstorm warning is issued when a storm contains damaging winds, hail, or the potential for a tornado. Tornado warnings are issued when a storm shows rotation on radar or a tornado is spotted. When a warning is issued, you should immediately take action! Seek shelter in the lowest, most central room and stay away from doors and windows. Don’t delay, the storm hazards may be seconds away from you. What to Do in Case of a Tornado The tips below were provided by Dr. Greg Forbes, severe weather expert at The Weather Channel, and NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. 1. Figure out a safe place to ride out the storm 2. Get away from windows and get underground 3. If a tornado appears while you're on the road ... You should make every effort to find a safe building for shelter. 4. Put on your shoes – and a helmet 5. Keep your pets on a leash or in a carrier, and bring them with you 6. Don't leave your home and try to drive away from a tornado 7. Know your severe weather terms Severe thunderstorm watch: Conditions are conducive to the development of severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area. These storms produce hail of ¾ inch in diameter and/or wind gusts of at least 58 mph. Severe thunderstorm warning: Issued when a severe thunderstorm has been observed by spotters or indicated on radar, and is occurring or imminent in the warning area. These warnings usually last for a period of 30 to 60 minutes. Tornado watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes in and around the watch area. People in the affected areas are encouraged to be vigilant in preparation for severe weather. Tornado warning: Spotters have sighted a tornado or one has been indicated on radar, and is occurring or imminent in the warning area. When a tornado warning has been issued, people in the affected area are strongly encouraged to take cover immediately. PEMA ReadyPA Newsletter Homefacts

Captain Cindy Gironda, CAP Pennsylvania Wing Group One Safety Officer



On March 11th members from Squadron 602, along with 182 other marching units and about 200,000 spectators, braved some cold weather and participated in the Pittsburgh St Patrick’s Day Parade. While not anywhere near the blistery, snowy weather of the famous 1993 parade, having real feel temperatures in the single digits and frequent wind gusts. The Pittsburgh St Patrick's Day Parade has enjoyed a 147-year history in the city, having occurred nonstop since 1950, and is one of the Country’s largest. Our Squadron looks forward to its continued participation in the years to come. Captain Cindy Gironda, CAP Public Affairs Officer, Allegheny County Squadron 602



On March 4th and 5th members of Squadron 602 were joined by members from squadrons 603 and 712 for a visit to National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, OH. The two-day trip gave the cadets a chance to explore all four hangars of the museum. There were exhibits ranging from the early years of flight all the way through space flight and current experimental aircraft. Cadets got the opportunity to see airplanes from across history and were even able to walk through past presidential aircraft. However, the exhibits were not limited to just planes. Cadets also immersed themselves into United States history through the lens of the Air Force. Some favorite exhibits included the Doolittle Raiders, The Tuskegee Airmen and a display on the influence of Walt Disney on World War II planes. The cadets and senior members alike enjoyed the search for the Civil Air Patrol. Besides the full Civil Air Patrol exhibit and the “Little Yellow Planes� that we are all familiar with, there were six other Civil Air Patrol plaque displays throughout the four hangars. Each described a different type of plane that CAP has used in the past or currently uses. There was so much to see in each area that two full days almost did not seem like enough. Members are looking forward to a repeat visit in the future. 1Lt Melissa Parker, CAP Allegheny County Composite Squadron 602 Asst Public Affairs Officer



The Greene County Composite Squadron 606, of the Civil Air Patrol, presented their newly-acquired charter to the Waynesburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4793 on March 20, 2017, where it will be on display. The following officers were on hand to represent the Civil Air Patrol and present awards and promotions to members of the Squadron and present the Charter to the Waynesburg VFW Post 4793: Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol-Commander Colonel Gary Fleming Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol Vice-Commander Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Berry

The following were on hand to congratulate members on the formation of the new squadron: Nate Regotti, Chief of Staff for Representative Pam Snyder, PA State Representative Eric Cowden, Field Representative for Senator Camera Bartolotta, PA State Senator SSgt Eric Kizina of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. Trooper Ken Gluth of the Waynesburg Barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police Doug Wilson from WANB Radio Station. President Jeff McCracken and Vice President Janice Blair-Martin from the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Waynesburg VFW Post 4793 Commander Dave Logan, and members. Great Nephew Bernard F Wendler of General Edward Martin, representing the family. Interested individuals from the community. (Continued‌)




President Jeff McCracken presented the Squadron a membership in the Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Chamber’s members. Wing Commander Colonel Gary Fleming, Wing Vice-Commander Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Berry, and Squadron Commander Captain David Shaw called forward Squadron members for their promotions and awards.

Cadet Kodi Dains earned the John Curry Award, the First National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol and a strong advocate for female aviators. For this was promoted to Cadet Airman. Cadet Airman Chase Hixenbaugh and Mitchell Murdock earned the Hap Arnold Award, Commanding General of U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II promoting them to Cadet Airman First Class. Cadet Airman First Class Chase Hixenbaugh earned an Award for Recruitment

Senior Members T.J. Shaw, Shane Hixenbaugh, Lucy DeFrank and Chase Owens earned their Level One Membership awards. Senior Members Lucy DeFrank and Chase Owens earned their Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award. Parents proudly participated in the pinning on of newly-earned rank for the cadets. Civil Air Patrol seeks to involve youth and their family in achieving goals that serve the community, nation and country. The Greene County Composite Squadron 606 meets every Monday evening from 6:30pm to 8:30PM at the Waynesburg VFW Post 4793. If you would like to be a part of this all-volunteer auxiliary of the United States Air Force please contact Captain David Shaw at (724) 627-8545 or Senior Member Lucy DeFrank at (724) 966-2115.

Captain David Shaw, CAP Commander, Squadron 606

Senior Member Lucy DeFrank, CAP Public Affairs Officer, Squadron 606



Two major items that I want to talk about at this time. Item one; Over the past year the Wing Message Initiative (WMI) from National Headquarters has been working and messages from each wing are scheduled to be passed approximately once a month to NHQ/DOKO. The purpose of the WMI is to familiarize and train all units with passing of formal messages via CAPF 105 by radio to National Headquarters. Pennsylvania Wing (PAWG) is now going to expand this program to all units in PAWG. The purpose is to practice and make sure that communications are open from National through the Wing and Group to the local unit without relying on commercial communications that could be interrupted. When you are requested to send a message to Wing it shall be sent on a CAPF 105. More information is available on e-services in the Learning Management System under Communications in course, T12, Message Traffic. There is a power point presentation under this topic. Once the local unit has composed the message it can be sent on the regular VHF net to one of the HF stations, currently Whitetail 14 and Whitetail 53 and they will send the message on to Whitetail 52 who manages the Wing message center on the Wing HF net. This also highlights the importance of the nets, I know they are under used, but each unit should make an effort to check in at least once a week. There are plans in the works to start sending messages to induvial units via the radio network. Item two; Many of you know that the Wings Over Pittsburgh Airshow is to be held the second weekend of May this year. All units are requested to bring any corporate owned VHF and ISR portable communications equipment to the event. I would also like to encourage anyone who has personal equipment to bring it as well. Our primary communications will be on R-63 with a back on CC1. We will also make extensive use of ISR channels. When you report please bring corporate equipment to the communications room in squadron 603’s headquarters, a receipt will be given to you for the equipment. Also if you bring you own equipment please tell the CUL on duty so your call sign can be noted or one can be assigned if you do not have one. For safety and to improve operations we need to be able to have two way contact with each team as well as smaller groups that are working the show at all times.




I hope to see an upswing in net usage and remind everyone that the I-CUT is still required to operate radios. Major Glenn Ward, CAP Pennsylvania Wing Group 1 Communications Officer

5.2. Introductory Communications Users Training (ICUT). The initial training for all CAP personnel using CAP radios is the Introductory Communications User’s Training (ICUT). This course replaced both the Basic Communications User training (BCUT) and the Advanced Communication Users training (ACUT), which are no longer taught. ICUT is offered online and includes several segments of produced video instruction. Subsequent skills evaluation by a mentor/evaluator is also required. The only prerequisites for ICUT are being an active CAP cadet or senior member, as defined by CAPR 39-2, Civil Air Patrol Membership, and completion of OPSEC training, which is part of Level One training. CAPR 100-1


The Escape Room Group One Cadets had the opportunity at the Group One Conference to participate in a local Escape Room. The Escape Room encouraged teams of cadets to work together to “escape” before time ran out.

Some of them almost made it.

Maybe next time!



Maj. Howell Balsem Exceptional Achievement Awards Submissions for the 2017 Maj. Howell Balsem Exceptional Achievement Awards are now being accepted through May 29. (Note: Entries will be not be accepted after midnight May 29. No exceptions will be made. Please plan accordingly.) Material submitted must have been completed during the 2016 calendar year. The Balsem awards recognize excellence in nine major categories of the CAP Public Affairs program, as listed below. Award certificates will be mailed out by NHQ/PA. Individuals are limited to no more than five applications. Material should be submitted through the eServices template when feasible. Larger submissions can be mailed via disc or USB drive.

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