Southside Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

Southside Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol Southside Composite Squadron is a relevant and vibrant Civil Air Patrol unit with both Cadets and Senior Members in Richmond Virginia. Civil Air Patrol: A Proud Legacy Continues Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades.
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The first Civil Air Patrol members of 1941 were a heroic breed, men and women who served their country by sinking or chasing away German submarines off America's East and Gulf coasts. As a result of their bravery, patriotism and tenacity, CAP subchasers effectively thwarted German U-boat attacks and, in the process, saved countless lives. Today, CAP handles 90 percent of inland search and rescue missions, with approximately 75 lives saved each year. Our members are generally the first on the scene transmitting satellite digital images of the damage within seconds around the world and providing disaster relief and emergency services following natural and manmade disasters, including such phenomena as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Texas and Oklahoma wildfires, tornadoes in the south and central U.S., North Dakota flash flooding and the October 2006 earthquake in Hawaii, as well as humanitarian missions along the U.S. and Mexican border. In addition, CAP members are dedicated to counterdrug reconnaissance and to teaching a new generation about aerospace and its impact on our future. And our cadet programs ensure our youth receive some of the finest leadership training the nation has to offer. Unlike our founding CAP fathers, many of whom flew their own airplanes and performed life-threatening missions without any formal training, our more than 60,000 members are now provided with top-notch, year-round professional development training opportunities and with aircraft equipped with the most advanced technologies available for search and rescue. Indeed, Civil Air Patrol makes a huge impact each and every day, going above and beyond to make a profound difference in America's communities. As a vigilant CAP volunteer, you save lives and preserve liberty for all. Thank you for your service. Semper vigilans! Maj. Gen. Joseph R. Vazquez CAP National Commander

The first Civil Air Patrol members of 1941 were a heroic breed, men and women who served their country by sinking or chasing away German submarines off America's East and Gulf coasts. As a result of their bravery, patriotism and tenacity, CAP subchasers effectively thwarted German U-boat attacks and, in the process, saved countless lives. Today, CAP handles 90 percent of inland search and rescue missions, with approximately 75 lives saved each year. Our members are generally the first on the scene transmitting satellite digital images of the damage within seconds around the world and providing disaster relief and emergency services following natural and manmade disasters, including such phenomena as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Texas and Oklahoma wildfires, tornadoes in the south and central U.S., North Dakota flash flooding and the October 2006 earthquake in Hawaii, as well as humanitarian missions along the U.S. and Mexican border. In addition, CAP members are dedicated to counterdrug reconnaissance and to teaching a new generation about aerospace and its impact on our future. And our cadet programs ensure our youth receive some of the finest leadership training the nation has to offer. Unlike our founding CAP fathers, many of whom flew their own airplanes and performed life-threatening missions without any formal training, our more than 60,000 members are now provided with top-notch, year-round professional development training opportunities and with aircraft equipped with the most advanced technologies available for search and rescue. Indeed, Civil Air Patrol makes a huge impact each and every day, going above and beyond to make a profound difference in America's communities. As a vigilant CAP volunteer, you save lives and preserve liberty for all. Thank you for your service. Semper vigilans! Maj. Gen. Joseph R. Vazquez CAP National Commander

Mission: Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services

Operating as usual

Civil Air Patrol Joins Operation Warp Speed
01/14/2021
Civil Air Patrol Joins Operation Warp Speed

Civil Air Patrol Joins Operation Warp Speed

Civil Air Patrol executed a mission in January 2021 for Operation Warp Speed, delivering COVID-19 vaccines for the Indian Health Service to reservations in Michigan using a Gippsland GA8 Airvan.

Start your new year off right by shaping the lives of America’s youth 🎊🎉! Your donation will give cadets life-changing e...
12/31/2020

Start your new year off right by shaping the lives of America’s youth 🎊🎉! Your donation will give cadets life-changing experiences in 2021 such as flight lessons, encampments and aerospace education classes.
Your donation of...
• $35 will pay to support a teacher to access our aerospace education program,
• $50 will pay for one school-aged child to participate in aerospace education,
• $125 provides onehour of flying time for a cadet,
• $250 funds a scholarship to attend an encampment, or
• $1,000 or more provides a full academic or flight scholarship for a deserving cadet.

Start your new year off right by shaping the lives of America’s youth 🎊🎉! Your donation will give cadets life-changing experiences in 2021 such as flight lessons, encampments and aerospace education classes.

Your donation of...

• $35 will pay to support a teacher to access our aerospace education program,
• $50 will pay for one school-aged child to participate in aerospace education,
• $125 provides onehour of flying time for a cadet,
• $250 funds a scholarship to attend an encampment, or
• $1,000 or more provides a full academic or flight scholarship for a deserving cadet.

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol
12/27/2020

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Congratulations C/Col. Evan Heidenreich for earning the Gen Carl A. Spaatz Award (#2313). #civilairpatrol #cadetsareawesome #MARVA102

Civil Air Patrol
12/22/2020

Civil Air Patrol

Yesterday marked the beginning of winter and we are feeling icy thanks to this photo by the Wyoming Wing Civil Air Patrol ❄️☃️!

Virginia Wing Encampment, Civil Air Patrol
12/22/2020

Virginia Wing Encampment, Civil Air Patrol

Attention VAWG Senior Members!

VAWG Spring Encampment 2021 is looking for senior support in the following areas:
-Administration
-Chaplain + Support
-Leadership
-Public Affairs
-Training Officers and more

Please take a moment to review the event timeline and register your interest.

Visit our website for more information
https://vawg.cap.gov/programs/cadet-programs/spring-encampment

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol
12/22/2020

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Cadets, apply for financial assistance through CadetInvest before Dec 31st!

Cadets can sign up for CadetInvest to potentially be selected to receive financial assistance in Flight Training, Career Exploration in STEM and service-oriented fields like at NCSAs, or Undergraduate Education.

Programs under the CadetInvest application include the Cadet Wings Program, Academic Scholarships, Cadet Encampment Assistance Program, and potential internships with CAP Partners! Read more in the link in our bio!

#civilairpatrol #cadetsareawesome

13 WMAZ
12/10/2020
13 WMAZ

13 WMAZ

He has one of the highest combat totals and longest active-duty careers by any Air Force fighter pilot in history. Wish him a happy birthday!

Reporting with great sadness, the death of another Aviation Pioneer and icon!
12/08/2020
Chuck Yeager, 1st to break sound barrier, dies at 97

Reporting with great sadness, the death of another Aviation Pioneer and icon!

Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles “Chuck” Yeager, the World War II fighter pilot ace and quintessential test pilot who showed he had the “right stuff” when in 1947 he became the first person to fly faster than sound, has died. He was 97.

Civil Air Patrol
12/03/2020

Civil Air Patrol

As we continue to celebrate Civil Air Patrol's 79th birthday week, we want to express our gratitude to the entire CAP family. THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who serve their communities and THANK YOU to everyone who supported Civil Air Patrol on #GivingTuesday!

Thanks to your generosity, we will continue to shape the lives of America's youth through positive life-changing experiences in aerospace education and aviation. Happy 79 years, everyone 🎉!

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It's never too late to make a difference and help us save lives, shape lives and create America's future ... today!: 🔗 >> https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/giving

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol
11/26/2020

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Greetings Virginia Wing,

On this day, we reflect on our lives and give thanks. As a nation we have done so continuously for more than 150 years and these thanks are as varied as our members.

2020 has been an odd and taxing year. While we started with the activities which we are normally involved, this normality came to an abrupt halt with the emergence of the COVID-19 virus. This virus impacted not only our activities but also every aspect of our lives. Our daily routines were altered, our health and the health of those we cherish was threatened.

Through all this, Virginia Wing found innovative ways to meet its traditional obligations in addition to providing services to our fellow citizens in our great commonwealth. Units found ways to cover weekly requirements, staff sections ensured training was conducted to mitigate any loss of mission effectiveness, and the entire Wing came together to support the community and one another.

As we gather in our small groups and maybe sit down to a meal together and give the thanks for that which we are grateful, please accept my and SMSgt Soave’s sincere thanks to be associated with each and everyone one of you. Encampments, flying both aircraft and drones, and the countless other activities we do are fun and serve a valuable purpose but what makes Civil Air Patrol and Virginia Wing special is all of you. You are the soul of the the Wing and on this Thanksgiving Day should be proud of your contributions.

We look forward to seeing everyone in the near future.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Col Dean E. Gould, CAP
SMSgt Marco Soave, CAP

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol
11/08/2020

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol

During today's virtual commanders call, an in-person change of command occurred at wing headquarters. Maj Charles M Beeson relinquished command and Lt Col Dennis J Borgerding accepted command of Virginia Wing's Group 2, MAR-VA-081. Maj Beeson also received a Commanders Commendation award for his dedicated efforts as commander. Congratulations! #CivilAirPatrol

First Air Force
10/10/2020

First Air Force

Productive year - Civil Air Patrol, our AFNORTH United States Air Force auxiliary, helped save 130 lives in FY2020; 4th straight year with 100+ lives saved. Cell phone tech key enabler. U.S. Northern Command Air Combat Command

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol
09/19/2020

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Happy Birthday to the United States Air Force 🎉

Happy 73rd Birthday to the United States Air Force!
09/18/2020

Happy 73rd Birthday to the United States Air Force!

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol
09/16/2020

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Virginia Civil Air Patrol responds to aircraft distress beacon in Manassas

RICHMOND, VA. –

The Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) successfully located an aircraft with an active Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) at the Manassas Regional Airport in VA after being tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC). On Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Tim Day, CAP from the Prince William Composite Squadron had completed a renewal check ride when he was contacted by Colonel Dean Gould, CAP, the assigned Incident Commander of the mission, to find and take appropriate action to locate an ELT. Prior to the flight, Lt. Col. Day and his check pilot, Capt. Ryan Dlugash, had heard the beacon on the emergency channel and reported it to air traffic control but were not assigned the mission.

After tracking down the beacon to one of two hangars at the Manassas Regional Airport, the airport operations manager contacted the tenants of the hangars, and the tenant of one hangar had already confirmed it wasn’t their beacon. The other tenant came and gave access to the aircraft, where the beacon was found and silenced.

Safely returning home, Lt. Col. Day shared, “I credit Virginia Wing’s emergency services training program with preparing me to perform a variety of mission tasks, ground or air. The more diverse training a member has, the more they are prepared to serve their community, state, and Nation in any scenario.” In supporting the Virginia National Guard, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and local relief programs, CAP’s Virginia Wing continues to support the community while staying safe and following COVID preventative measures.
#CivilAirPatrol #CAPMission

Prince William Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

https://vawg.cap.gov/about/news/virginia-civil-air-patrol-responds-to-aircraft-distress-beacon-in-manassas

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol
09/10/2020
Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol

SM Christopher Freeze, of Leesburg Composite Squadron, shared: I am one of more than three dozen pilots from across America who signed up to participate by flying one of 15 legs flown in 1920 - and I was given the honor of accepting the first sack of mail from the U.S. Postal Service to carry on the relay, ending for me yesterday morning at Bellefonte, Penn. when I landed in the Cessna 182 I was flying, provided by Aero Elite Flight Training of Leesburg, Virginia.

U.S. Air Force Detachment 1
08/30/2020

U.S. Air Force Detachment 1

Out of this world! 🚀

Astronaut Jeanette Epps, along with astronauts Josh Cassada and Sunita Williams, will launch in the Boeing Starliner-1 for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. This marks the first operational Boeing mission with the NASA Commercial Crew Program.

Astronaut Jeanette Epps graduated from Lemoyne College with a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 1988 and earned a Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1994 and 2000 respectively.
In July 2009, Dr. Epps was selected to be a part of the 20th NASA astronaut class where she participated in Russian language training, robotics, T-38 jet training, spacewalk training, geology and National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) training.

More info on Dr. Epps can be found on the NASA website.
https://go.nasa.gov/32EvulA

#InspireAF #Space #NASA #AimHigh #USAF #USSF

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration | U.S. Air Force and Space Force Recruiting | NASA Technology | NASA Explores

U.S. Air Force Detachment 1
08/28/2020

U.S. Air Force Detachment 1

For this #ThunderbirdThursday we are featuring Major Michelle "Mace" Curran! She is one of five women to ever fly with the Thunderbirds and is the Lead Solo Pilot!

“You can kind of see that light-bulb moment happen in little girls I get to meet at air shows when they think, ‘That’s someone that looks like me. Maybe that’s something I could do someday.’ It inspires them to chase their dreams. And that’s very rewarding for me.”

Major Curran is from Medford, WI and graduated from the University of St. Thomas and earned her commission through Air Force ROTC. She has logged over 1,300 flight hours, with over 130 of those in combat over Afghanistan supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Operation Resolute Support.

#InspireAF #AimHigh #USAF

United States Air Force | U.S. Air Force and Space Force Recruiting | Air Force Thunderbirds | University of St. Thomas | Air Force ROTC | Women in Aviation International

Did you know❓We have 21 qualified small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) pilots in the wing. 5 of those are sUAS Instruct...
08/24/2020

Did you know❓We have 21 qualified small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) pilots in the wing. 5 of those are sUAS Instructor pilots and 2 of those are Mission Pilots. We also have 4 qualified UAS Technicians (a sUAS safety observer who can be part of a Mission Team). Many more cadets and senior members are in training and hopefully a few more will qualify next weekend!
#CivilAirPatrol

Did you know❓We have 21 qualified small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) pilots in the wing. 5 of those are sUAS Instructor pilots and 2 of those are Mission Pilots. We also have 4 qualified UAS Technicians (a sUAS safety observer who can be part of a Mission Team). Many more cadets and senior members are in training and hopefully a few more will qualify next weekend!
#CivilAirPatrol

On this day in history, in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the United States, from Lo...
08/24/2020

On this day in history, in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the United States, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey in just over 19 hours.

Happy birthday to the aviation pioneer, Amelia Earhart! She became the first female pilot to complete the solo flight across the Atlantic.

#nationalameliaearhartday #synergyhomecare #synergyhomecareeastvalley #thesynergyexperience #synergystrong #homecare #seniorcare #socialcare

Guertin, Charter Member, Passes at 92
08/11/2020
Guertin, Charter Member, Passes at 92

Guertin, Charter Member, Passes at 92

Col. Carolyn A. Guertin, who joined Civil Air Patrol the day it was founded, died Aug. 8 in Virginia. She was 92. CAP’s national commander, Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, referred to her on Twitter as “an extraordinary volunteer” who was a “mentor for many, inspiration for all.” When Guertin turned...

Proclaiming himself “proud, yet humbled,” Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., was officially installed Aug. 6 as the Air Force’s ...
08/07/2020

Proclaiming himself “proud, yet humbled,” Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., was officially installed Aug. 6 as the Air Force’s 22nd Chief of Staff, becoming the first African-American in history to lead a military service as its highest ranking officer. In remarks following the formal “Change of Responsibility” ceremony in which he took over from retiring Gen. David Goldfein, the 21st Chief of Staff, Brown acknowledged an array of people who influenced his life. Among them were his wife Sharene and his parents as well as a list of Air Force colleagues, including Goldfein and other “extraordinary leaders.” Yet, cognizant of the moment in history, Brown also noted, “Today is possible due to the perseverance of those who went before me serving as an inspiration to me and many others.

“Those like the Tuskegee Airmen, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Chappie James, African-American leaders across our Air Force and military, past and present to include today’s special guest Mr. Ed Dwight, America’s first African American astronaut candidate,” he said. “It is due to their trials and tribulations in breaking barriers that I can address you today as the Air Force Chief of Staff.”

Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xfvy6

Proclaiming himself “proud, yet humbled,” Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., was officially installed Aug. 6 as the Air Force’s 22nd Chief of Staff, becoming the first African-American in history to lead a military service as its highest ranking officer. In remarks following the formal “Change of Responsibility” ceremony in which he took over from retiring Gen. David Goldfein, the 21st Chief of Staff, Brown acknowledged an array of people who influenced his life. Among them were his wife Sharene and his parents as well as a list of Air Force colleagues, including Goldfein and other “extraordinary leaders.” Yet, cognizant of the moment in history, Brown also noted, “Today is possible due to the perseverance of those who went before me serving as an inspiration to me and many others.

“Those like the Tuskegee Airmen, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Chappie James, African-American leaders across our Air Force and military, past and present to include today’s special guest Mr. Ed Dwight, America’s first African American astronaut candidate,” he said. “It is due to their trials and tribulations in breaking barriers that I can address you today as the Air Force Chief of Staff.”

Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xfvy6

MARI International Magazine
08/03/2020

MARI International Magazine

On this day 30 July 1971 : Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin land on the moon with the first lunar rover used to begin exploring the moon's surface.

Military.com
07/04/2020
Military.com

Military.com

"Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States..."

Let’s come together and celebrate that we overcame, adapted, and embraced semper gumby!Join us to make another historic ...
07/02/2020

Let’s come together and celebrate that we overcame, adapted, and embraced semper gumby!

Join us to make another historic first - the biggest conference with members from all across the wing!

-No travel -No Expenses -No Excuse!

Join us August 8th, 2020 on Microsoft Teams for this one of a kind historic experience!

Hyperlink not working? Visit https://vawgcon20.eventbrite.com to register!

#CivilAirPatrol

Let’s come together and celebrate that we overcame, adapted, and embraced semper gumby!

Join us to make another historic first - the biggest conference with members from all across the wing!

-No travel -No Expenses -No Excuse!

Join us August 8th, 2020 on Microsoft Teams for this one of a kind historic experience!

Hyperlink not working? Visit https://vawgcon20.eventbrite.com to register!

#CivilAirPatrol

Civil Air Patrol
07/01/2020

Civil Air Patrol

Coming soon 📌: Volunteer University is a new education and training program for senior members that launches on Aug. 4. The program offers:

✍🏼 Maximum flexibility
✍🏼 A customizable educational experience
✍🏼 Both online and on-site classes
✍🏼 An exciting, new way to learn
✍🏼 Level 1-Level V

More info to follow!

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Raising the colors at last Tuesday meeting.
Thanks to 1Lt. Manning and 2Lt. Morrison for providing transportation (COV) to Langley AFB this past weekend's CSE.
Thanks Tony! CAP Orientation Ride with Ben Konikoff Saturday! Tony, your patience and ability to communicate complex subjects in such an understandable manner is AweSome!!
As a member of the United States House of Representatives, I have the privilege to nominate qualified young women and men to our nation's distinguished service academies. Students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of military culture and expectations while pursuing a college degree and then serving in one of our military branches should consider the unique educational opportunities offered through service academies. My good friend, Senator Tim Kaine, and I are pleased to announce our 2017 Academy Day. I hope to see interested students on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Matoaca High School. Participants will be able to learn about the nation’s military academies and a career in military service from directly from service academy representatives. You can RSVP to confirm your attendance here:
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National Museum of the Marine Corps
ENCAMPMENT - Cadets and Parents: Just a reminder that there will be a short cadet/parent meeting after promotions on Tuesday 6 June. We will have a short video of last years encampment and then try and answer any questions you may have.
POTLUCK night on 05/30/2017 - invite your friends and family :)
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