Monday, July 24, 2017

July 2017 All Hands Meeting

By 1st Lt Karin Hollerbach, photos by 1st Lt Alexei Roudnev

Squadron members at the all hands meeting, from L to R:
Capt Eichelberger, Capt Stevulak, 1st Lt Adams, Maj Wang
Due to the 4th of July holiday, this month’s All Hands meeting was held on the second Tuesday, i.e., the 11th.

Welcome new member, Dana Fogle!   

Monthly Recap

June was another busy month for our squadron, including:

10-14 Jun: Missing aircraft search in Columbia with Maj Blank, Maj DeFord, Maj Fridell, Maj Johnson/C, Maj Michelogiannakis, Capt Brown, Capt Hayes, Capt Perreira, Capt Rivas, Capt Stevulak, 1st Lt Choate, 1st Lt Hollerbach, 1st Lt Roberts, 1st Lt Rugroden, 1st Lt Spears, and 2d Lt Baldwin participating from our squadron.

More information on this search can be found by clicking here

15 Jun: ELT mission in the Visalia area, with Maj DeFord acting as IC2.

26-30 Jun: Drone debris mission, with Maj Michelogiannakis, Capt Hayes and Lt Hollerbach participating.  (Unfortunately, we did not get very far, as we had to ground the plane due to a maintenance issue – better to be safe than sorry!) 

1-2 Jun: Other June squadron events included the MAS NorCal Ground School held at OAK, which included participation from:
Lt Baldwin
  • Maj Blank (instructor)
  • Maj Luneau (instructor)
  • Capt Hayes (project officer and instructor) 
  • 1st Lt Devine (MO trainee)
  • 1st Lt Spears (MO trainee)
  • 2d Lt Baldwin (MO trainee)
  • 2d Lt Booth (MP trainee)
  • 2d Lt Campbell (MO trainee)
  • 2d Lt Roudnev (MO trainee)
  • SM Sharma (MO trainee)
More information on the MAS Ground School can be found by clicking here

Capt Hayes

16-18 Jun: Capt Hayes participated in an international HF radio exercise with UK Air Cadets.

Thanks to Lt Roudnev for ferrying the van to/from CAWG Encampment!

New Ratings, Promotions and Professional Development

Congratulations to the following members for their new / renewed ES ratings:
  • Maj Ironfield: renewed F5
  • Capt Brown: initial F5 - congratulations! (we now have 15 active pilots in our squadron!)
  • Capt Stevulak: renewed MO 
  • Capt Perreira: renewed MO
  • 1st Lt Choate: appointed Tow Pilot Trainer - well done!
  • 1st Lt Hollerbach: renewed CD
Congratulations, Lt Cambell (C)! 
And congratulations to Capt Brown for investing time and energy into her professional development and: 
  • completing the SENIOR level in the Aerospace Education specialty track
  • being appointed Group 2 Emergency Services Officer 
We now have 12 Squadron 188 members with 14 Group jobs. Thanks to all squadron members that have stepped up to the additional level of responsibility - keep up the great work! 

Other promotions and awards include:
Maj Wang (R) receives the 15 year Red Service Ribbon
from Capt Rivas (L)
  • SM Chris Devine was promoted to 1st Lt 
  • SM Robert Campbell was promoted to 2d Lt
  • Capt Brown: Level III Grover C Loening Award 
  • Maj Wang: 15 year Red Service Ribbon (3 bronze clasps) 
  • SM Mello: Membership Ribbon for completion of Level I
Congratulations – well done!

Upcoming Events
Maj Blank and other members/guests

13 Jul 13: G1000 IFR class @ OAK 5-8pm, led by Maj Michelogiannakis

21-23 Jul: CAWG MAS flight school @ KBFL (IC Maj DeFord)

8-15 Jul: NESA @ Camp Atterbury in Indiana - Maj DeFord, Capt Brown and Lt Hollerbach, attending for Advanced (DeFord) and Intermediate (Brown and Hollerbach) MP training

Capt Gast setting up this month's safety presentation
1 Aug: Change of Command ceremony – please attend this important meeting – come show your support for your outgoing and new squadron commanders! 

Safety Update

Capt Gast talked about how ADS-B works and what it means for pilots, and did a demonstration for electronic flight bag users to show traffic in the area of the Oakland airport. 

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