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posted Apr 6, 2014, 4:18 AM by CAP Erie Squadron 502   [ updated Apr 6, 2014, 4:19 AM ]

CAP National Headquarters Public Affairs
April 4, 2014
Selection is first made by organization’s Board of Governors
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Brig. Gen. Joe Vazquez has been selected as Civil Air Patrol’s next chief executive officer and national commander by the organization’s Board of Governors, which made the choice today after interviewing four candidates for the position during a meeting in Washington, D.C.
A change of command ceremony with Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, the current national commander, will be held Aug. 15 during CAP’s National Conference in Las Vegas. Vazquez, CAP’s national vice commander since August 2011, will serve as the organization’s chief executive officer for the next three years.
As CAP’s 23rd national commander, Vazquez will lead CAP’s nearly 60,000 volunteers across the nation in fulfilling the organization’s three congressionally chartered missions of emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education. The national commander is a member and presides over the CAP Command Council, which consists of the organization’s 52 wing commanders, eight region commanders, national chief of staff, command chief, chief operating officer, commander of CAP-USAF and national vice commander.
“The past few years as CAP’s vice commander has given me a great appreciation for the outstanding dedication of our members throughout the nation,” said Vazquez, who plans to “enhance the value of CAP membership and expand CAP missions with an eye toward new mission development.”
Vazquez joined CAP as a cadet in 1975. During nearly four decades of service, he has served as commander at every level. Before becoming national vice commander, he served as commander of the Middle East Region commander from 2008-2011, the Virginia Wing from 2001-2003, the Virginia Wing’s Group 4 from 1993-1995, the Maryland Wing’s Wicomico Composite Squadron from 1990-1992 and the Georgia Wing’s Warner Robins Cadet Squadron from 1976-1978. He also served as vice commander of the Middle East Region from 2003-2007 and the Virginia Wing from 1997-2001.
A CAP command pilot with more than 3,400 flying hours, Vazquez is a single and multi-engine commercial pilot. He has participated as a mission pilot on 82 search and rescue or disaster relief, 52 counterdrug, 13 bay patrol and 12 homeland security sorties. In addition, his emergency services experience includes service as an incident commander for 21 missions. He is also an FAA commercial-rated glider instructor pilot and has given more than 250 cadet glider orientation rides.
Vazquez was one of 10 applicants for the position. Candidates were required to be a CAP member in good standing, hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have completed Level V of the CAP Professional Development Program. They were also required to have served as a CAP wing commander and successfully completed their term of office.
The selection marked the first time in CAP’s 72-year history that the organization’s CEO/national commander was chosen by the BoG. The new selection process became official in October 2012 when the BoG approved an updated Constitution and Bylaws incorporating the organization’s new governance structure.
Previously, commanders were elected by a majority vote of the organization’s National Board. “Gen. Vazquez’s lifelong commitment to Civil Air Patrol has focused on leadership positions of increased responsibility,” said retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Speigel, BoG chairman. “As such, he is fully prepared to lead CAP as the new CEO/national commander. The members of the board of governors look forward to working with him as we address the future challenges of CAP.”
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for over 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Group 6 FTX

posted Feb 25, 2014, 3:21 PM by CAP Erie Squadron 502

Date: 10 – 11 May 2014
Location: 94 Genger Road Fredonia Pa 16124 (41° 20’ 07”N 80° 14’ 12” W)
Time: Sign in Starts 0700 10 May 14/ Dismissal 1600 11 May 14
Uniform: BDUs or Blue Utility Only


Ground Team Member Course: This course will be a round robin where members will be broken down into groups where members will put through multiple scenarios and navigation problems. ICUT hands on will also be available.

Ground Team Leader Seminar: Perspective and current GTL candidates will engage in multiple courses about managing ground teams, responsibilities, and managing search operations and teams in the field.

CPR & First Aid: 10 May 14 in the evening a CPR and First Aid course will be offered for those that need it. Cost is $15.00 per member.

Preregistration for this is required. Full name and address should be sent to exranger224@gmail.com.

72 hours gear is required. Full Day gear with sleeping gear is acceptable.

All members are REQUIRED to submit a SIGNED CAPF 31, CAPF 160, CAPF 161 to exranger224@gmail.com NO LATER THAN 1 MAY 2014. Registration for CPR and First aid is due at the same time.

Captain Jason Tartalone
Expert Ranger #224
Group 6 ESO


posted Feb 25, 2014, 3:14 PM by CAP Erie Squadron 502

Dates: 25-27 April 2014
Location: Hawk Mountain Ranger School
Van Meeting Location: Sqdr. 125 (108 Valley View Dr, Ford City PA 16226)
Time: 1900 Departure time 25 Apr 14 / approximately 1900-2000 Return Arrival Time 27 Apr 14

There are no prerequisites for this training event.

This is going to be a fun training weekend where our members will be exposed to rope systems, scenario based training, and also have the opportunity to Repel from our 65Ft Rope tower. Students will be taught how to tie essential knots, anchors and be exposed to the fun and challenging problem solving of rescue scenarios requiring rope systems. This is a great team building weekend that will challenge the participants to problem solve effectively. This will be a great experience. GTM testing and Ranger Testing will also be readily available for this weekend as well so take advantage of that!!

At this time two vans are allocated to make this an accessible event for anyone interested. The Meeting point is listed above. Any members wishing to attend the event will just have to get to Ford City and the ride will be provided from there. Vans will leave promptly at 1900. If more are needed based on registration more will be added to the convoy.

Cost: $30.00 Per Person ($10.00 wear and tear on gear, $15.00 fuel per person, $5.00 to memorial fund)

Members should bring 72 hour gear, or Day gear with all safety equipment, and sleeping bags and ground pads. Sleeping arrangements will be outdoors under a pole building.

Sign in will begin at 1800 and end promptly at 1845.


It is required that all participants pre-register to with rangerstaff@yahoo.com and exranger224@gmail.com by April 18 2014.

Any questions please contact Capt Jason Tartalone at exranger224@gmail.com or at 724-840-2985.

ES - Group 1 Winter Training Annual Winter Weekend

posted Jan 25, 2014, 6:05 AM by CAP Erie Squadron 502   [ updated Jan 25, 2014, 6:28 AM ]

Emergency Services—Group 1 Winter Training 

Annual Winter Weekend (mission simulation) 
in Friedens, Pennsylvania 
15 & 16 February 2014 

 Please note: This activity is not to be confused with the PAWG Winter School West that is being held in Indiana County by the Hawk Mountain Ranger Program. (That exercise is being held 1-2 February 2014)  This is a mission simulation under the guidance of the U.S. Air Force, Northeast Region and PA Wing Civil Air Patrol through the National Operating Center (NOC) at Maxwell AFB, AL. It will be managed under the ICS principles outlined under NIMS. 

The objective of this event is to afford members an opportunity to work with other agencies in harsh weather conditions to develop skills necessary for successful mission completions, safely and with minimal waste. This shared experience will build the confidence of the membership in their own skills and demonstrate the importance of teamwork and cooperation by working with other agencies. 

 At present, many staff positions are open and members are urged to apply to the IC to serve on this mission. Squadron commanders are asked to discuss this training opportunity and help their members, (ground, air and base personnel) complete the CAPF 31s for participating members.  Squadron commanders are to forward all completed form 31s to the IC at edgar.flick@gmail.com  by 1 February to allow time to build teams and crews.


 This exercise will be held extreme weather conditions. All participants should review task: O-0004, PREVENT AND TREAT COLD WEATHER INJURIES prior to attending this event! 

 Mission Staff to meet Friday, 14 Feb. 2014 @ 1900 hrs at the Somerset County Airport terminal building. 
 Mission Sign in opens on Saturday, 15 Feb. 2014 @ 0730 at the Somerset County Airport terminal building with the general and safety briefing at 0900 with dispatching on tasking following immediately. 
 Participants can expect to be released by 1400 on Sunday, 16 February 2014. 

 Edgar R. Flick, Lt. Colonel, CAP 
Emergency Services Training Officer 
Pennsylvania Wing

Note:  Here is the link to the packing list suggested by the Hawk Mountain Ranger School for Winter Weather Training- Pack: http://www.pawg.cap.gov/sites/default/files/winter%20weekend%20packing%20list_0.pdf

Hawk Mountain Winter Training School West

posted Jan 25, 2014, 6:00 AM by CAP Erie Squadron 502   [ updated Jan 25, 2014, 6:29 AM ]


Dates: 1-2 FEB 2014
Location: Camp Seph Mack (1590 Ray Road, Penn Run PA 15765)

Courses Being Offered: 

1. INTRODUCTION TO WINTER OPERATIONS – this is an elementary two-day introduction to cold 
weather operations course, with emphasis on primary health and field safety issues including gear, 
equipment, medical, basic navigation, field mobility, and basic survival techniques. 

2. BASIC COURSE – This course is a two-day course that emphasizes on search and rescue in 
cold weather conditions. Areas that students will receive training in include: cold weather operation, 
medical, casualty evacuation, woodsmanship, navigation, winter campsite selection, navigation, and 
basic survival techniques. 

3. ADVANCED COURSE - This course is a two day course which continues the experience of 
conducting search and rescue operations in cold weather environments. Prerequisite is completion of the 
Basic Course in a PAWG Basic Winter School. This training will give more in-depth training in survival 
techniques, navigation, patient care, patient evacuation and packaging, as well as advanced rescue 
techniques in a cold weather environment. 

4. SPECIAL ADVANCED COURSE – This course is a two day course that incorporates advanced 
search and rescue techniques as well as team leadership and prolonged winter operations. Students will 
receive training in advanced survival techniques, navigation, advanced search and rescue techniques, 
leadership concepts, winter operations, and patient evacuation techniques. 

Cost: $10.00 Per Person (Covers materials and site rental fees)

Sign in will begin at 0700 and end promptly at 0830. 

SIGNATURES and FORM 160, 161 and 163. Please state which course you wish to take for students. It 
is suggested that all participants pre-register to exranger224@gmail.com or with rangerstaff@yahoo.com 
by Feb 4 2014. 

Anyone wishing to staff Winter School West please contact Capt Jason Tartalone at 
exranger224@gmail.com or at 724-840-2985.

American Heart Association CPR/AED Class

posted Jan 25, 2014, 5:49 AM by CAP Erie Squadron 502

Squadron 502 will be hosting an American Heart Association CPR/AED Class on both Monday, 27 JAN 2014, as well as on Wednesday, 29 JAN 2014.

Prior signup is required. Class starts promptly at 1830, and no late arrivals will be admitted.  Please contact 2nd Lt. Seegar with any questions you may have.

Reminder: No REGULAR meeting 27 JAN 2014

posted Jan 25, 2014, 5:45 AM by CAP Erie Squadron 502   [ updated Jan 25, 2014, 5:45 AM ]

The Squadron will be hosting a CPR/AED class on Monday, 27 JAN 2014 - which will take place during the same time frame as our regularly scheduled meeting.  We will meet again next week, Tuesday, 04 FEB 2014 - for our regular weekly meeting.

To attend the CPR/AED training, you must have signed up in advance.  Please contact 2nd Lt. Seegar if you have any questions.

Reminder: No Meeting 30 December 2013

posted Dec 22, 2013, 11:45 AM by CAP Erie Squadron 502   [ updated Dec 22, 2013, 11:45 AM ]

Just a reminder that we will not be meeting on Monday, 30 December.  We will meet for our regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014.

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

Wreaths Across America

posted Dec 9, 2013, 6:49 AM by Wendy Seegar   [ updated Dec 9, 2013, 6:50 AM ]

Erie Composite Squadron 502 will again be participating in the Wreaths Across America event, honoring the service and sacrifices of our nation’s veterans at the Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home.  Please feel free to join us for this wreath laying ceremony:

560 East Third Street Erie, PA 16507
December 14, 2013   11:00-2:00 


National Cadet Special Activities

posted Dec 9, 2013, 6:40 AM by Wendy Seegar

-The system is now live for the application process in e-services. Information is being updated on the NCSA website which is: http://www.ncsas.com/.  Please direct your cadets to check out the information and to be ready to get their applications in the system. It is again a short turn around from application to approval to interview process. 

-Deadline for submitting completed and approved applications is Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

-Interviews will be conducted in-person on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Wing HQ. 

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