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    WingspanSpring/Summer 2010 Newsletter of the Oklahoma Wing Civil Air Patro

    A member of the 101st

    Airborne Divisions parachute demonstration team opens

    the show at Tinker Air Force Base this summer. USAF photo


    Commanders Corner page 13

    Air shows and exercises page 1-2

    Walk Around squadron news

    page 5-7

    On a mission honoring a World

    War II pilot page 3-4

    Getting high high altitude

    training with the FAA page 7-8

    National CAP news page 9-10

    Calendar page 11

    Why we serve page 12

    Final approach page 14

    The Last Word page 15

    Wingspan is the quarterly newsletter of the

    Oklahoma Wing Civil Air Patrol. Send

    submissions to [email protected]


    By 2ndLt. Howdy Stout Oklahoma Wing Public Affairs Officer

    Despite one of the hottestand driestsummers on record,

    members of Oklahomas Civil Air Patrol stayed busy with training

    exercises, cadet encampments and numerous activities around thestate.

    Summer is air show season and cadets and senior member lent a

    hand at shows around the state, including the annual air show in

    Ada and Tinkers Star-Spangled Salute. The first air show at Tinker

    Air Force Base in Oklahoma City in two years drew record-breaking

    crowds despite 100-degree heat. Story continued page 2

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    Summer is air show season and Tinker A

    Force Base pulled out all the stops with

    open house air show in June, the Star-

    Spangled Salute. Air show acts included

    the Thunderbirds, the 101st

    Airborne, an

    the Commemorative Air Force and their

    simulated Pearl Harbor attack. The first

    show at Tinker in two years prompted a

    large crowd turnout over the Fathers D

    weekend despite temperatures in the

    100s. More than 100 Oklahoma Civil Ai

    Patrol cadets assisted Tinker security

    forces with crowd control, vehicle parki

    and other air show-related duties. The

    wing also flew several photo missions

    during the two-day show to help Tinker

    officials measure crowd size.

    Photo by Tania Stout

    from page one

    Cadets and senior members helped with crowd control during the two-day show in June while Oklahoma

    CAP aircrews flew numerous missions in support of the bases open-house air show. Flight missions included

    taking photographs of the crowds to assist the Air Force in estimating crowd size and future air show


    The Air Force was happy, said Oklahoma Wing Commander Col. Robert Castle. The cadets were hot and

    tired but they had a great time.

    Oklahoma CAP members also assisted in the annual air show in Ada, which consistently draws a large crowd

    every year to the free air show.

    The Oklahoma Wing also hosted one of the CAPs annual National Flight Academies in Shawnee. The week-

    long Flight Academy gives CAP cadets the opportunity to undergo initial flight training.

    Lt. Col. Ed Angala said 23 students attended this years Flight Academy in Oklahoma, with 16 students going


    More than 100 cadets also attended this years annual Cadet Encampment, assisted by members ofOklahomas National Guard. Cadets at the encampment have the chance to meet fellow cadets from around

    the state and to learn some of the fundamentals of the Civil Air Patrol, including aviation education and

    emergency services.

    In addition, Oklahoma squadrons participated in numerous exercises, including low-level route mapping and

    search-and-rescue events. The events are good practice as the wing is currently preparing for a full evaluation

    of the Wings search-and-rescue capabilities next year.

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    On a missionCAP members remember World War II veterans

    Newsletter of the Oklahoma Wing Civil Air Patrol Wings

    Howdy Stout Oklahoma Wing Public Affairs Officer

    Ardmore, OKDavid Rule is a man with a mission.

    For the past several years, Mr. Rule has handcrafted

    plaques to honor the states surviving World War II

    veterans. Called The Greatest Generation, the number

    of surviving World War II veterans are rapidly

    dwindling. And with the youngest of WWII veterans

    now in their 80s, Mr. Rule wants to make sure they

    receive their due recognition before it is too late.

    I make these plaques for our World War II veterans

    and Ive done about 40 of them for veterans in the Tulsa

    area, he says. Its an honor way past due.

    His latest plaque, however, is a bit more personal.

    Made from polished black granite and etched with th

    veterans unit emblem and details, this plaque is for


    Lt. Theodore J. Spurgeon, a former B-24 bomber

    pilot who was shot down and captured by the


    Mr. Spurgeon, now a resident of Ardmore, trained

    with Mr. Rules wifes uncle, 2nd Lt. William R.

    Sumpter. The two recently corresponded by phone

    after more than half a century. Story continued page 4

    A Consolidated B-24 bomber like the one flown by

    Oklahoma resident and World War II veteran Theodor

    J. Spurgeon.. Photo courtesy of the USAF.

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    My wifes uncle was a P-38 pilot and they were in flight

    school together in 1944, Mr. Rule says. He remembered


    Mr. Rule says he found Mr. Spurgeons details through

    the Ardmore military museum. After contacting him, Mr.

    Rule discovered that Mr. Spurgeon and his uncle servedtogether.

    A captain in the Civil Air Patrol, Mr. Rule enlisted the

    help of his local squadron to help present the award to Mr.

    Spurgeon in person. Mr. Rule says presenting the plaques

    in person is more than just courtesy, it is a mark of respect

    to Americas veterans.

    A B-24 is hit in the wing by flakanti-aircraft fire while on mission over Germanyin 1945. Lt. Spurgeons aircraft was al

    down during a combat mission. He was captured by the Germ

    and spent time in a Prisoner of War camp. USAF photo

    The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the Unit

    States Air Force, also takes great pride in rememberin

    the nations veterans. Each December, the CAP lays

    wreaths at military cemeteries around the world inhonor of the countrys fallen service members.

    Created only a week before Pearl Harbor, Civil Air

    Patrol members served in a variety of duties during

    World War II, freeing pilots like Mr. Spurgeon for

    overseas combat missions.

    Mr. Rule and Lt. Colonel Joe Cavett, commander of t

    Starbase Composite Squadron in Tulsa, will be flying

    Ardmore to present the plaque in person. In addition,they will also take Mr. Spurgeonwho volunteered t

    serve with the CAP after World War IIon a short

    orientation flight in one of the squadrons aircraft.

    For Mr. Rule, the reward is in recognizing Americas

    remaining World War II veterans.

    They deserve it, he says.

    The B-24 Liberator participated in some of the toughest and

    deadliest bombing raids of World War II, such as the daring low-

    level bombing raid on the German-controlled oil refineries in

    Ploesti, Romania . The high-altitude bombers attacked from just

    300 feet. USAF photo

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    Civil Air Patrol cadet Nathan Webb sits strapped in behind

    instructor pilot Captain James Snyder. Cadet Webb spent a dayin the life of an Air Force trainee pilot at Vance Air Force Base.

    Incentive flights such as these give CAP cadets a taste of

    military aviation. Photo courtesy of Juanita Webb.

    A day in the life

    Grove Squadron cadet Nathan Webb experienced

    a day in the life of a trainee Air Force Pilot in June

    during a US Air Force-sponsored incentive flight

    in a T-6 trainer used to train future Air Force


    Webb, who wants to become an Air Force pilot,

    reported for duty at Vance Air Force Base, a

    major training airfield for new Air Force pilots.

    His first day on base was spent dealing with the

    ubiquitous paperwork, flight physical and ground

    briefings. He learned the fundamentals of the

    aircrafts ejection seat system and also

    experienced high-altitude effects in the hyper

    baric chamber.

    There were other pilots checking in at the same

    time for their flights and undergoing the same

    processes, explained his mother and fellow

    SWR-OK-123 squadron member Juanita Webb.

    Nathan was very impressed with the experience

    he had.

    With a day of briefings and training behind him,

    the next day saw Webb climbing into the cockpitof a T-6 Texan II trainer for a realistic, five-g

    pulling training flight.

    Veteran Instructor Pilot Captain James Snyder put

    the aircraft through its paces with Webb, going

    through many of the same maneuvers used to

    teach trainee pilots.

    Vance Air Force Base is home to many of the T-6

    trainers used for the Air Forces primary flight


    Incentive flights are a way for many CAP cadets

    to get a taste of military aviation. For Webb, the

    flight sealed the dealhe reported last month for

    the US Air Force Academys prep school in

    anticipation of attending the four-year university.

    Air Force Association scholarships

    Arlington, VAThe Air Force Association in July

    announced twenty grants promoting aerospaceeducation for hundreds of students through Civil Air

    Patrol squadrons, including grants to two Oklahoma


    These AFA grantseach $250are awarded four

    times each year, twice to units and twice to educators.

    These AFA grants were distributed to 20 squadrons

    for use in any Science, Technology, Engineering or

    Math (STEM) activity or materials that promote

    aerospace education.

    The Air Force Association advocates education in

    these crucial subjects to develop the skills necessary

    for the 21st Century jobs in fields sustaining U.S. air

    power. Use of the grants includes purchasing

    textbooks, materials, or activities such as field trips to

    aerospace museums.

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    We must have enough skilled aerospace

    professionals at all times to keep our nation strong

    and prosperous, said S. Sanford Schlitt, AFAs

    Vice Chairman of the Board for Aerospace

    Education. AFA sponsors these activities to catchthe interest of some students early enough to allow

    them to choose an aerospace education and career


    Oklahoma squadrons receiving AFA Grants

    included the Flying Castle Composite Squadron,

    Tinker AFB, and the Starbase Composite

    Squadron in Tulsa.

    The AFA is a nonprofit organization promotingpublic understanding of aerospace power and the

    pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation.

    Going solo

    Broken Arrow Squadron 155 cadet Dillan Petty

    went solo in July at Shawnee during the annual

    National Flight Academy hosted by the Oklahoma


    More than 20 CAP cadets from around the

    country attended one of the flying academies,

    where each student received 10 hours of flight


    Cadet TSgt. Petty earned the Daedalion Flying

    Training Scholorship to attend the Flight

    Academy based on his essay submission on his

    goal of becoming a military aviator.

    This year CAP sponsored eight Flying Acadamies

    around the country, training more than 300 cadets

    in both powered and glider flying.

    Solo studentsincluding Sgt. Pettylost their

    shirttails and were doused with water on returning

    from their initial solo flights.

    Grants from the Air Force Association to two Oklahoma squadr

    will help pay for aerospace education visits to local museums.

    Earlier this year cadets from the Edmond Composite Squadron s

    the day learning about aerodynamics during a visit to the Tulsaand Space Museum.

    Encampment experience

    By Cadet Patrick Hoehn Broken Arrow Composite

    Squadron 155

    I recently attended the encampment held here in

    Oklahoma at Camp Gruber. It was the best time of my

    life and I would recommend it to everyone.

    I stuck out like a sore thumb as the only member from

    the squadron to attend, but I quickly made friends with

    members of my whole flight, who I consider my

    brothers and sisters.

    The days were pretty hectic and tended to run together

    but the first was spent unpacking and meeting our

    flight while the second and third days started at 6:30

    with PT.

    Day four we went to the Tulsa Technology Center

    learning about airplanes while day five saw us


    Day six consisted of running the obstacle course, a

    banquet and then passing in review.

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    Getting highA member of the Broken Arrow Squadron gains some high

    altitude training from the FAA

    Second Lt. Scott Johnson of the Broken ArrowComposite Squadron got a taste of the high life in

    June after attending a high-altitude hypoxia course

    sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration

    in Oklahoma City.

    The course started with a couple of hours of class

    activity explaining how your body will respond to

    low pressure environments, explained Lt.

    Johnson. The higher you fly, the lower the

    pressure and the more quickly your body willsuccumb to hypoxia.

    Hypoxia is the bodys lack of oxygen at low-

    pressure environments due to reduced atmospheric

    pressure. At high altitudes, the low pressure

    means the body cannot get enough oxygen to

    function properly.

    Hypoxia is insidious in that suffers have no idea they

    are being affected. Hypoxia can result in death or bra


    After the classroom instruction, Lt. Johnson and the

    others entered a decompression chamber.

    Initially they took us to 8,000 feet and then they

    simulated a rapid decompression to 18,000 feet, whic

    caused a cloud to form inside the chamber. Lt.

    Johnson said. My heart was really pounding as you

    really dont know how your body is going to respond

    They then took us to 25,000 feet where we then tried

    some very simple tasks that became amazingly

    difficult, he added. It was a real eye-opener that Im

    glad I experienced so that now I can recognize when

    hypoxia starts to take affect and as a pilot take

    corrective action.

    The FAA uses hyperbaric chambers such as this to give pilots

    and air crews first-hand experience of the effects of hypoxia in a

    safe environment. FAA photo

    Pilots and air crews suffering from hypoxia often have no idea

    they are being affected and even simple commands and tasks

    become difficult. NASA photo

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    Newsletter of the Oklahoma Wing Civil Air Patrol Wings

    National news

    Guarding the gulfCivil Air Patrol undertakes the largest mission since World War II

    The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after an explosion that claimed 11 lives. The resulting oil spill was the largest in US history an

    prompted the largest single-event response the Civil Air Patrol since World War II. United States Coast Guard photo

    MOBILE, Ala.Civil Air Patrols Deepwater

    Horizon Response reached significant milestones,

    surpassing 10,000 volunteer hours and 1,000

    hours of flight time while providing aerial oil spill

    reconnaissance along the Gulf Coast.

    The level of CAP members response to the oil

    spill is significant and an indication of the

    continued diversification of Civil Air Patrols missions,

    said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Amy S.


    Acting in its role as the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air

    Force, CAP pilots flew the coastline daily to monitor and

    document oil control efforts, while scanners onboard too

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    photos of booms deployed along the shoreline.

    The images, as many as 3,000 each day, provided

    valuable information to agencies managing the


    It is critical to (the response), because a day is an

    eternity in this event, said Eric Songer, data

    management group manager for Geographical

    Information Systems, one of several agencies that

    worked at the command center. If a boom gets out

    of place or is misplaced, its not there to protect

    what its supposed to.

    Courters comments came during a visit to the

    incident command center in Mobile on the 60th


    of Civil Air Patrols sustained operation on the

    Gulf Coast. Southeast Region Commander Col.

    James M. Rushing, who briefed Courter on CAPs

    Gulf response to the oil spill, describing it as

    CAPs biggest mission since World War II, when

    civilian pilots who founded the organization used

    their own aircraft to keep German U-boats away

    from Americas East and Gulf coasts.

    CAP has made great strides since those early days,

    becoming one of the nations premier volunteer

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    organization with a workforce of more than 60,000

    members and one of the largest fleets of single-engine

    aircraft in the world.

    Its wonderful to see the trained, experienced,

    competent CAP members working shoulder-to-shoulder with their Air Force and Coast Guard

    counterparts as part of the whole team, Courter said.

    We are partnered at such high levels with other

    services and agencies. This speaks volumes about

    CAPs ability to handle incident command structures

    and imagery standards.

    To date, CAP aircrews have launched 497 sorties in

    support of the response, logging 1,099 flight hours in

    33 of the organizations signature red, white and blueplanes. In all, 239 CAP volunteers have put in 10,361

    hours in support of the mission.

    For now, Courter said CAP will maintain a presence in

    Mobile. From the briefings I heard today, I believe

    there will continue to be a need to support the

    communities and environment of the Gulf Coast and to

    respond with smart people who are capable of

    continually modifying their responses as the crisis

    unfolds, she said.

    US Air Force C-130 aircraft spray chemicals on the

    Deepwater Horizon oil spill in an effort to disperse floating

    oil before it reached the US coastline. United States Air

    Force photo

    The United States Air Force was assisted by the Civil Air Patrol

    in its largest single effort since World War II. United States Air

    Force photo

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    Newsletter of the Oklahoma Wing Civil Air Patrol Wings

    Oklahoma Wing CalendarSeptember: 1-4 National Board Meeting, San Diego California; 25-26 CLC in Tulsa, OK-125; 27 Oklahoma WingGolf Tournament fundraiser for annual wing conference.October: 9 Wing Safety DayDecember: 10-12 CAP and USAF pre-staff assistance visit in anticipation of the December 2011 complianceinspection.

    For more information and the latest updates to the Wing Calendar, go to www.okcap.org

    Moving and growingChanges to the Oklahoma Wing with new staff appointments

    Oklahoma Wing Commander Col. Bob Castle recently announced the appointments of several new members

    to the wing staff.

    Deputy wing commander Col. Virginia Keller is now Vice Commander OKW West while Lt. Joe Cavett

    gives up command of OK-151 squadron to become Vice Commander OKW East. Filling his shoes as

    squadron commander of Ok-151 is Captain Samuel Ory. Captain Ory will also serve as the Assistant Wing

    Legal Officer.

    Lt. Latonya McHale will take over as the new Plans and Programs officer while Capt. Richard Fitzgerald

    assumes the post of Assistant Communications Officer.

    Capt. Jordan Edmond relinquishes command of his squadron to take over as the wings Inspector General

    while Capt. Chris Painter becomes the Director of Safety.

    Please join me in congratulating these members and thanking me for their willingness to serve in these

    important positions, said Col. Castle.

    Say again?The only consistent thing about aviation is that it is

    always changing. This time, though, its the words

    and phraseology that are changing.

    In keeping with international standards, tower

    instructions to aircraft are changing, explains Capt.

    Chris Painter, wing safety officer.

    Instead of the familiar taxi clearance, taxi instructions

    to aircraft must now include instructions to cross or

    hold short of any intervening runways.

    In the past, clearance to taxi to a runway cleared

    aircraft to cross any intervening runways unless

    specifically told to hold short. Pilots must also repea

    clearances to cross.

    Also, the phrase line up and wait will replace the

    familiar position and hold. Although the phrase

    may sound unfamiliar, it means the same and is

    phraseology used internationally. The change comes

    as the FAA attempts to standardize terminology in

    an effort to promote international aviation safety.

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    Why we serve

    e all have our reasons for joining the Civil Air Patrol. Lt. Clay Mor

    of the Muskogee Nighthawks shares his

    My good friend Larry Vaughn and I were making the

    long drive from our homes to Muskogee for our bi-

    weekly meeting with CAP. We were discussing why we

    joined in the first place.

    Of course the first reason was for all the free flying that

    we soon discovered didnt happen all that often. In fact

    the flying club we both belong to afforded us with muchcheaper ways to feed our flying hunger. Since that fact

    had been established, the reason must lie much deeper

    than the obvious.

    After the conversation slowed down I asked Larry if he

    ever saved somebodys life. Larry, after a long pause

    said, Yeah I have. How about you?

    I replied Yes I have, but it was a long time ago. I told

    him about my story and he relayed his.

    Larry and his family had gone to Branson for a well-

    deserved vacation. When they arrived at Silver Dollar

    City, they had to go through two gift shopsits kind of

    an impulsebuyers prison and you just have to buy

    something before you can leave.

    While Larry was standing there a man fell to the floor.

    The man did not get back up and he was starting to turn

    blue. People gathered around the fallen man but werent

    doing a thing to help him. Larrys a 20-year veteran fire

    fighter and knows CPR.

    Larry felt the mans neck for a pulse. There was none.

    Larry started pumping the mans chest. One, two, three,

    four, five. Breathe. Check for pulse. No pulse. One,

    two, three, four, five. Breathe. No pulse. Come on man!

    Hel me out here, Larr thou ht to himself.

    Standing a few feet away was a small girl. Larry said

    she looked very scared.

    Please Daddy, get up the girl said in a tearful voice

    Larry said he couldnt quit now even if he had to. Thi

    man has to live.

    The minutes dragged by and still no response from th

    man on the floor, but Larry didnt quit. After 11 minu

    the paramedics arrived and took over. They hooked th

    man up to an EKG monitor and charged the paddles.

    They hit the man twice before they got a heartbeat. A

    they loaded the man up to take him to the hospital,

    police took Larrys information for the report. Larry

    said the adrenaline flow had stopped and all he could

    was just sit there exhausted and shaking.

    A few months later Larry received a Christmas card.

    was from the little girl. Her dad had made it. Larrys

    skills from emergency services had paid off

    handsomely. They had placed a pacemaker in the man

    chest and he was going to be around to see his daught

    graduate from high school.

    There is no feeling in the world like knowing that

    someone is around to enjoy another day with loved on

    and you had a small part in making that happen.

    Let me summarize: cost of yearly dues$53 dollars.Monthly cost of fuel to attend meetings$40 dollars

    Cost to train in a 182$100 dollars an hour.

    Value of receiving a thank you card from someone w

    would not be alive if it werent for your actions and


    That is why we spend so much to fly for free.

    By Lt. Clay Morton Muskogee Nighthawks

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    Commanders Corner

    Another hot summer has come to an end and as

    temperatures cool, thoughts turn to football and

    other fall seasonal pursuits.

    It was a busy summer for Oklahoma Wing members,

    who participated in various squadron, wing andnational activities. My personal highlight was

    participating in the National Flight Academy in

    Shawnee, Ok.

    Activity Director Lt. Col Ed Angala assembled one

    of the best staffs and group of cadet pilots that Ive

    ever had the pleasure of associating with. The

    weather cooperated and while it was hot, everyone

    had a great time.

    The Oklahoma Wing currently stands at just over

    700 members. Not the most members weve ever

    had, but up from just a few months ago.

    Recruiting new members must be done with care, to

    insure that we have people who genuinely care about

    volunteering their time to help us perform our


    While its good to have lots of new recruits, we are

    also responsible to train them on CAP history, wearof the uniform and military customs and courtesies i

    addition to the specialized training for their chose

    specialty tracks and emergency service skills.

    If we fail to train them properly, we arent doing our

    jobs and ultimately the member drops out. Not only

    do we lose that member, we also lose other potential

    members who hear that CAP is a waste of time.

    If you are chose to mentor a new member, take yourresponsibility to that new member seriously and help

    them become the best CAP member that they can be

    Ill be the first to admit that CAP rules, regulations

    and e-services can be overwhelming to a new

    member. Take the time to explain our procedures an

    help that member get the training they need to be a

    contributing member of our organization.

    With every successful member, more will follow an

    the Oklahoma Wing will continue to grow.

    Encourage your fellow members to attend wing

    training events. With every newly-trained and

    qualified emergency services member, the better the

    wing can respond to assist when called to duty.

    And thank you for all you did and for all the hard

    work this summer!

    Membership is up, but we need to teach our members we

    Col. Robert Castle Oklahoma Wing Commander

    Left, taxying out for training and, above, a hangar full of

    sleeping airplanes at the National Flight Academy in Shawnee

    this summer.

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    By 2nd

    Lt. Howdy Stout Oklahoma Wing Public Affairs


    The signs are everywhere.

    In Big Spring, Texas, it is in the form of an

    advertisement on the back of a bench outside the

    airports terminal building. In Lafayette, Louisiana, its

    emblazoned on the side of an aircraft on the ramp. In

    Oklahoma City, its written on the side of a van in the

    parking lot. And in Tulsa, it adorns a plaque on thewall.

    The signs? Civil Air Patrol, of course.

    Like most pilots, I spend a lot of time either in the

    airplane or at the airport. And since joining the Civil

    Air Patrol last year, Ive spent a lot of time looking for

    signs of the Civil Air Patrol.

    Seek and you will findif you know what to look for

    In the daily grind, I sometimes forget how widespreadthis organization is. The Civil Air Patrol operates in al

    50 states and has ties with similar organizations around

    the world. As the official auxiliary of the United States

    Air Force, it supplements and assists the Air Force in

    accomplishing its various missions.

    But the CAP goes beyond that. On a regular basis the

    Civil Air Patrol is called on by state and local

    authorities to assist in disaster relief, search-and-rescue

    missions and counter-drug enforcement operations.What CAP does daily might surprise you.

    On any given day, I might hear a CAP flight obtaining

    their flight clearance through air traffic control in

    Arkansas. I might see a CAP flight crew in Louisiana

    checking on the local weather, their faded blue flight

    suits a testament to hours in the cockpit of small plane

    Elsewhere I might see CAP cadets with shiny shoes

    touring a flight museum in Dallas while others in

    camouflage BDUs assist air show spectators find the

    nearest water station or toss a ball back to a young

    spectator not much younger than themselves.

    Whether it be launching a mission to search for a

    missing person or flying a photo crew to keep track of

    an oil spill, the Civil Air Patrol is everywhere and on

    calloften at a moments notice to help others.

    Perhaps the most amazing thing is that all of us are

    volunteers. We dont have to do this. And although ou

    motivations might be different. In the end, we all

    volunteered to help, when and where we can. Willingly

    The next time you travel, look around for the signs of

    the Civil Air Patrol. Look carefully and youll find

    them. That is, youll find you if you know what you ar

    looking for. The signs are everywhere.

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    EL RENO-- Civil Air Patrol members from both Edmond and Oklahoma City Composite Squadrons gatheredSaturday May 15th at the El Reno Regional Airport in El Reno, Oklahoma for the 2nd Annual Warbirds OverOklahoma model airshow and exhibition. More than 100 model airplanes, crews and pilots arrived to a less than 5foot ceiling and dense fog, but by 10am the weather had improved, the attendees spirits had liftedand the modeairplanes dotted the skies over western Oklahoma. In addition to the air show the airport's Hangar 1 was utilized the Model Aircraft Association for a model airplane simulator, the United States Air Force's F-22 Engine cutaway well as a variety of other activities.

    The Civil Air Patrol cadets participated in a variety of duties including flightline security, air traffic advisory and sup crew for the attendees. This was the second year for the Civil Air Patrol to be involved in this event; WarbirdsOver Oklahoma Show Director Steve Kessey said, "The event volunteers for Warbirds Over Oklahoma 2010 reallyappreciate the Civil Air Patrol's eagerness to come out and assist us for this big event. Their training and ability tperform tasks that we need done truly do serve a big role in Warbirds Over Oklahoma. My experience working withe young men and women of the CAP give me pride in the future of our Country."

    Mr. Kessey went on to say, "The vital roles the Cadets played during this event with gate security, crowd control,and spotting for full scale (manned aircraft) helped with the event's success, not only in safety, but professionalisI will always request their assistance during this event." The event drew close to 1,000 spectators over two days the El Reno Regional Airport. Photo by Edmond Composite Squadron Black Knights