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Squadron Brief - 2010 #5

posted Sep 16, 2010, 10:02 AM by John Hughes   [ updated Sep 16, 2010, 10:04 AM by John Hughes ]
12 Mar 2010

News for Overlake Squadron Members,

Our former Squadron Commander had surgery on Thursday at the UW Medical Center.  The last report was that things went well and that Ed is recovering at the hospital.  The thoughts and prayers of the entire Overlake organization are with Ed and his family as he continues his battle with cancer.

The Squadron was recently awarded three (3) Cadet orientation flights on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April.  There is still one (1) slot open on each day, plus I will start a standby list in case someone cancels.

This is an excellent opportunity to fly in a CAP Glider, there is no cost to you as the flights are USAF funded.  All Cadets with a membership card are eligible, no uniform required.  Email me if you want to fly.

Imagine how much better you will all look doing push-ups in your BDU's this spring when the entire Squadron are all wearing the same black uniform T-Shirt.  Please bring your creative ideas to the next meeting and give them to C/SSgt Avery Carmichael.

The shirts will cost us about $8-9 and we plan to sell them to you for $10 each to make this a no-cost item for the Squadron budget.

The encampment will run from Sunday 04 July through Sunday 11 July.  With the possible return of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets this year we could have over 100 Cadets attending.  You don't need to become Flight Line Marshaller (FLM) qualified in order to attend, but you will have a lot more fun if you do.

The first opportunity to start FLM training is next weekend 20-21 March at the Washington Training Academy - WTA.  There is still time to signup at      The Squadron Van is heading down to Camp Murray early on Saturday morning, returning Sunday afternoon if you need a ride to WTA.

Some Cadets say that this encampment is the most fun of all the CAP activities!

Five (5) Cadets have completed the GES this month, thank you for doing that.  If you took home one of the red books with CAPR 60-3, please try and take the test over the weekend.  There are 25 questions, 15 minutes at the most.  The instructions are on page two of the book.

Try and complete at least one exam this weekend.  If you are planning to get into a CAP Emergency Service Specialty like FLM or Mission Radio Operator you will need to complete the FEMA Incident Command 100 and 700 training - IS100 and IS700.  Here is the link to the CAP online exams:

Once you have completed your GES, go into E-Services, look in the left margin for "MY OPERATIONS QUALIFICATIONS", print a copy of your 101 card for your file and bring it to the next meeting.  Please return the red book when you are done.

Everyone needs to complete ORM-Basic, Equal Opportunity, and OPSEC.  Most of you have completed this already - good job!

The attached memo is the CAP National Commander's Annual Statement of Nondiscrimination mandated by CAPR 36-1 paragraph 4b(2).  The purpose of this memo is to remind the membership of CAP's Nondiscrimination Policy.  Please ensure that all members under your command are made aware of the contents of this memo and of the CAP Nondiscrimination Policy. Please click here to view the memo.    

There is a great reality show on TV in Canada which follows the adventures of Buffalo Airways, a small airline operating in the far north.  Unfortunately this program is not being shown on TV in the United States yet, but the web site has lots of interesting video and stories about the difficulties of running an airline under these extreme conditions.  

There is also some good video available on You-Tube.  If you love airplanes, this could be your new favorite show.

C/TSgt    Donnie Carroll
C/Amn    Jordan Mellinger
C/A1C    Brad Sevener
C/A1C    Sawyer Sjolin
C/A1C    Shane Wilhelm

Congratulations to each of you.

We continue to get 10-25 page views each day on our Squadron Facebook Page and our Fan base is approaching 200.  Most of the upcoming Squadron events are listed and there are links to our web site in case you need to download a promotion form.

Cadets, this is important to pass along to your parents.

Our Squadron operates completely on donated funds.  Every activity that we do costs money; rent, fuel for the van, insurance, equipment, office supplies, field trips, ect.

Overlake Squadron also provides financial support to Cadets in the form of Scholarships to attend encampments throughout the year.  Your Senior Staff members are often paying for supplies out of their own pockets to support Squadron operations.

We recently received a check from the United Way because someone (thank you) made a donation at work and specified that the funds be designated to Civil Air Patrol, Overlake Composite Squadron  (United Way ID number 4040383).

This is possible because we have Federal Tax Exempt Status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.  We are also listed with the WA Secretary of State's Office as an approved charity.  Our Federal EIN is 75-6037853.

How can you help?

If you work at a company that has a United Way Campaign, consider spreading the word among your co-workers about our program.

If you have connections to the decision makers in your company, consider presenting the case for a corporate donation to the Squadron.

We are actually in pretty good financial shape right now, but we have to start looking at the rest of the year and into 2011.  I want us to be able to continue to send Cadets to encampments with some financial support for those who need it.

The cost to attend the Desert Eagle Flight Academy will be about $1000 per Cadet this year.   Thank you for your support of Overlake Squadron and our mission to build tomorrow's leaders.

• Is classified as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation.
• Operates as the all-volunteer civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force when performing services for the federal government.
• Includes eight geographic regions consisting of 52 wings (the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia).
• Has nearly 1,500 squadrons, and 59,000 volunteer cadet and adult members nationwide.
• Operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world, with 550 currently in the fleet.
• Flies approximately 112,000 hours annually.
• Maintains a fleet of 1,125 emergency service vehicles for training and mission support.
• Provides support to cadets and adult members through 910 Chaplain Corps personnel.
• Supports members with about 100 corporate staff at the CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.