Monday, October 31, 2016

October 2016 All Hands Meeting

By 1st Lt Karin Hollerbach, photos by Lt Col Juan Tinnirello

The meeting was conducted by Capt Lou Rivas and opened with a pledge of allegiance, led by Lt Col Tinnirello.

Capt Rivas
Jim Savino

Welcome to the following guests who were present at the meeting:

  • Jim Savino, a CAP member visiting from Grand Rapids, Michigan 
  • Mr. Griffith, a former cadet, visiting from Boston

Members and guests in our meeting room
Capt Rivas addressing members and guests

Squadron Monthly Recap
  • 11 Sept ELT mission: Maj DeFord: IC3-T; Capt Brown, SM Valeur: base staff (congratulations on SM Valeur’s 1st mission!) 
  • 13 Sept ELT mission: Maj Luneau: MP; Capt Hayes: MO – resulting in a find – congratulations! 

Capt Rivas and Lt Rugroden
  • 10-11 Sept: Basic Exercise @ KOAK with participation by - Lt Col Tinnirello: PIO; Maj DeFord: IC3-T; Maj Luneau: MP; Capt Brown: AOBD; Capt Hayes: MSO; Capt Rivas: LSC; 1st Lt Fall: MO; 1st Lt Spears: MS; 2d Lt SM Aisien: MS; SM Valeur: MRO/MSA
  • 20 Sept: pot-luck @ KOAK with 15 members trying out the new grill
  • 27 Sept: Squadron clean-up with a huge thank you to Lt Col Tinnirello; Maj Fridell; Capts Gast, Hayes, Michelogiannakis, Ramsey, Stevulak; 1st Lts Choate, Fall, Hipp; 2d Lts Baldwin, Forenza, Roudnev; SM Valeur
  • 1 Oct: Livermore Open House – another big thank you to Lt Col Tinnirello; Maj Luneau; Capts Rivas, Stevulak; 1st Lts Adams, Choate, Hipp; SM Aisien

New/Renewed Emergency Services (ES) Ratings 
Congratulations to the following members, who have achieved new and/or renewed existing ES ratings: 
Capt Rivas and Lt Roberts
  • 1st Lt Spears: Completed Mission Scanner (MS) + ES Patch for 1st ES rating
  • 2d Lt Forenza: Completed MS + Mission Radio Operator (MRO) + ES Patch for 1st ES rating
  • SM Aisien: Completed MS + ES Patch for 1st ES rating
  • SM Valeur: Completed ICUT, MRO & Mission Staff Assistant (MSA) + ES Patch for 1st ES rating

Professional Development 
Congratulations to 1st Lt Bitz who completed the CLC and the Senior level of the Aerospace Education specialty track

Awards and other Noteworthy Items 
Congratulations to 
Capt Rivas and SM Valeur
  • Maj DeFord: appointment as the new CAWG Deputy Director for ES Training (IAOD), reporting to Lt Col Aylesworth 
  • 1st Lt Rugroden: Red Ribbon first bronze clasp, 5 years  
  • 2d Lt Roberts: Leadership Award for completion of first Technician Speciality Track 
  • SM Valeur: Membership Award for completion of Level I

Coming up 
Members and guests, please join us at the following upcoming events: 
Lt Bitz
  • 16 Oct: Hayward Airport Open House (Lt Col Tinnirello)
  • 4-6 Nov: CAWG Education Conference, Bakersfield
  • 8- Nov: no meeting on election night
  • 12 Nov: Group 2 Advanced Communications Course @ HWD or OAK (Capt Hayes)
  • 13 Dec: Holiday party 
  • 17 Dec: Aerospace Moment: Wreaths Across America 

Safety Update
2d Lt Baldwin presented this month’s Safety Update – on Earthquake Preparedness
Lt Baldwin

Sunday, October 16, 2016

California Wing and El Dorado Sheriff searching for Missing Aircraft

For immediate release. 

16 October 2016

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. A Cessna aircraft returning to the Sacramento area from Idaho with a single pilot on-board has been reported overdue. The California Wing of the Civil Air Patrol was activated by the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base and the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department has been activated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to search for the missing aircraft. The CAP National Radar Analysis Team and the CAP Celluar Forensics Team are also supporting the search.

The last known position of the aircraft is in a rugged area of the Sierra Nevada Mountains southwest of Lake Tahoe. Weather is hampering the ability to launch search aircraft but ground teams are assembling to hike into the area. Once weather clears, both the Civil Air Patrol and the El Dorado County Sheriff are prepared to launch search aircraft.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. 

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CAP contact:
Col Jon Stokes, CAP Public Affair Officer


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

20th Annual Open House and Air Show at LVK

By Capt Louie Rivas, photos by Lt Col Juan Tinnirello and by 2d Lt Alexei Roudnev

Lt Adams with the CAP van, by Lt Col Tinnirello
Squadron 18 booth, by Lt Roudnev
It was a clear sunny day over the Livermore, CA airport and their 20th Annual Open House and Air Show was about to get underway. The open house features exhibits, food, sky diving demonstrations, aerobatics and a display of vintage aircraft and automobiles.

Lt Col Tinnirello being interviewed by Mark Davis of KKIQ,
 photo provided by Lt Col Tinnirello
Booth and aircraft, by Lt Roudnev
Capt Rivas, by Lt Roudnev
The Amelia Earhart Senior Squadron 188 and the East Bay Cadet Squadron 18 are regular participants in this fun event and they set up their recruiting booths side by side with a Cessna 182T in between, and the CAP van behind them. The Cessna is an air show favorite, as it attracts kids and parents alike. Squadron members spend their day explaining the aircrafts capabilities, demonstrating the G1000 system, and lifting kids into the cockpit.

Lts Hipp and Adams, by Lt Col Tinnirello
The kids get a real kick out of sitting in the pilot seat with their hands on the control yoke, and two large monitors displaying maps and systems. The parents enjoy watching the excitement and wide eyed smiles on the faces of their children and are busy capturing the moment on their cell phones. This usually results in follow up questions inquiring about CAP and what it takes to become a member. This is the time to introduce them to the recruiters.

Capt Stevulak showing off the CAP plane to eager future
pilots, by Lt Col Tinnirello
Air shows such as this are great opportunities for squadron members to introduce CAP to the public who are not familiar with who we are, what we do and share their CAP experiences. It’s also a great opportunity to spend a fun day with their squadron mates.

Squadron 188 members that visited the Open House included:
  • Lt Col Tinnirello
  • Maj Noel Luneau
  • Capt Rivas
  • Capt Doug Perreira
  • Capt John Stevulak
  • 1st Lt Eric Choate
  • 1st Lt Robert Adams
  • 1st Lt James Hipp
  • 2d Lt Roudnev
  • 2d Lt Tim Roberts
  • SM Dhawallah Aisien 
Maj Luneau and Capt Perreira, by Lt Col Tinnirello
Other air show photos captured by Lt Col Tinnirello and Lt Roudnev are shown below. 

Lt Hipp and civilian, by Lt Col Tinnirello
by Lt Roudnev
      by Lt Roudnev
    by Lt Roudnev 

 by Lt Roudnev
Part of our CAP fleet,
by Lt Col Tinnirello

by Lt Roudnev

 by Lt Col Tinnirello

by Lt Roudnev

 by Lt Col Tinnirello

 by Lt Col Tinnirello

 by Lt Col Tinnirello