Friday, December 4, 2015

All Hands Meeting, 1 December, 2015.

By Lt Col Juan Tinnirello (and pictures)

Deputy Commander Capt Jordan Hayes welcomed everyone and invited Lt Col Juan Tinnirello to lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Commander Maj Rivas is in New York on business.

 Capt Jordan Hayes

November was a quiet month, compared to September. In the events department, the glider is back from its yearly inspection in Nevada. About 15 CAP members, from Squadron 188 as well as other units, helped to assemble the glider on Saturday 21 November. It was a fun day and the writer had a chance to be the second member to fly in the glider.

Lt Patrick Bitz

1st Lt Bitz thanked everybody participating in sales for the Wreaths Across America project and invited members to help in placing the wreaths at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, Saturday, 12 December at 8:30 AM.  Anyone wanting a ride, go to the squadron that Saturday by 7:00 AM. Please contact Lt Bitz to coordinate.

For the Aero Space Education moment, Lt Bitz showed a video regarding the advancements done by NASA during work experiments right at the Space Station, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  The main effort of the project is to grow food for future space travelers going to Mars. For more information go to You may have to copy and paste the information in your browser.

1st Lt Al Chavez
1st Lt Al Chavez attended a meeting at the California Earthquake Authority and made a presentation to us about all the information available about “Hazards” related to all types of natural disasters.  Going to the following Web site  will provide information about earthquake, flood, fire and tsunami. Placing your home or business address in the designated block will provide customized information for your particular location.  Lt Chavez also talked about the expected weather influence of El NiƱo.  More information can be found at  He distributed a Fact Sheet about both events. This presentation was the Safety Education for the month.  If you were not at the meeting, you missed a lot of good information.
One mission took place 5 November for an ELT in Auburn. Maj Chris Johnson was the IC3-T, Maj Noel Luneau the MP, and Maj Mark Fridell the MS.  This was the first find for Maj Fridell. Maj Kathy Johnson completed her CD certification. Capt Rivas and Lt Choate renewed their Form 5 and Lt Gast completed his CAP Instructor Pilot for Gliders. The aircraft flew 18.2 hrs. and the van was driven 457 miles. 

Capt Hayes reminded us that squadron’s dues must be paid now.

The Squadron’s Holiday Party will be held at the Oakland Aviation Museum on 15 December at 6:00 PM. Contact 1st Lt Eric Choate for details.

The squadron will be dark until 5 January, 2016, our All Hands Meeting. On 9 January a G1000 ground school is scheduled to take place. Contact Capt Georgios Michelogiannakis for details.

Capt Jordan Hayes and Maj Mark Fridell
 receiving the Find Ribbon
Maj Fridell received his rescue Find Ribbon (with propeller) for his first find.

The entire staff of Squadron 188 wishes everyone very Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year 2016!

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