|Squadron 188 members unloading equipment at HWD in |
preparation for the event.
Several Squadron 188 members met early at KOAK to load up mission critical equipment, including the Squadron 188 grill for barbecuing, as well as UDF and radio equipment for training. Thanks to all who were able to show up early and pitch in for this.
|Future pilot practicing on a flight simulator.|
|Lt Devine operating the grill.|
At HWD, Squadron 18 Commander, 1st Lt Hurst, gathered the squadron's cadets and explained the purpose of the combined event. She then introduced Capt Hayes, who provided details of how the training would take place.
Eleven Squadron 18 cadets participated in hands-on Emergency Services (ES) activities after some classroom training sessions with Squadron 188 members. The emphasis was on radio communications (training led by 1st Lt Roberts) and Urban Direction Finding, i.e., searching for a practice beacon (led by 1st Lt Chavez), and on having fun, too. After the classroom training, two teams searched for - and both successfully found - a practice beacon.
|Lt Roberts providing classroom training for Comm.|
SM Pagels reported having fun to interact with the cadets, as this was her first time doing so, and found the review of radio communications and UDF basics to be a helpful learning experience –not just for the cadets!
The overall intent was to: support Squadron 18, introduce ES, and hopefully get some additional members interested in and beginning on their training for their ES ratings.
|Lt Chavez providing classroom training for UDF.|
|Cadets and senior members putting their UDF training to use in the field.|
|Capt Hayes speaking to Squadron 18 cadets.|
|Lining up for food!|
Another cadet on her 4th syllabus flight understood the flight instruments well, and did the GPS navigation on her o-ride, navigating to LVK and to CCR, and working on other flight instruments including airspeed and altimeter, and became very good at understanding trim and coordinated flight. Her summary, “that was fun!”
|Cadet Fontanilla (L) on her 4th syllabus flight,|
with Capt Fenolio (R). Photo by Capt Fenolio.
While all the training was taking place, senior members and parents prepared dinner, led by 1st Lt Devine at the BBQ. When the food was ready, everybody gathered at the mess hall and had a yummy dinner as well as a great time conversing with each other and making new friends.
Finally, a group picture of all the cadets and senior members was taken to document the memorable event.
The event was a great success: Training was successful; fun was had; everyone stayed safe. A number of squadron leaders asked for additional sessions in the future and some of the senior cadets expressed interest in participating in future exercises.
|Enjoying an excellent meal together.|
- Lt Col Tinnirello
- Capt Hayes
- Capt Rivas
- Capt Fenolio – provided o-rides to Squadron 18 cadets
- 1st Lt Chavez – led UDF training
- 1st Lt Choate
- 1st Lt Roberts – led Comm training
- 1st Lt Devine – awesomely worked the grill
- 2d Lt Roudnev
- 2d Lt Valeur
- 2d Lt Campbell
- 2d Lt Sharma
- 2d Lt Rainville
- 2d Lt Mello – provided o-rides to Squadron 18 cadets
- SM Ferland
- SM Pagels
|Members of Squadrons 188 and 18.|