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Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 PCR-CA-273 Winter Quarter 2011 INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Special 30th Anniversary Edition

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Special 30th Anniversary From the Cadet Commander From the CAWG Commander Promotions and Awards From the Squadron Commander Color Guard 1980 - Then and Now Sq. 85 - 30 Years in the Making Parents: Help! Safety Calendar

December 2010 marks the 30th Anniversary of Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85s official charter as a Civil Air Patrol Squadron. In the next four issues of the Maroon Marauder, we will explore our past through contributions from various current and past squadron members. Learn from our history and proud heritage as a squadron, and what it means to be Always on Parade

A cadet ribbon rack from circa 1964- 1985, also know as the Captain Crunch ribbons

A Message from the Cadet Commander

Squadron 85, To all of the Parents, Senior Officers, Cadets, and Cadet Staff, I want to extend the most outstanding congratulations. We finished the year 2010 strong and well! With more Cadets than ever! Good Job! This year is presenting us with new challenges left and right. I believe that with Teamwork, Communication, and Dedication, our Sq will continue to blossom and grow! I have set new Vision and Goals for the Cadet Sq, including: 50 % higher participation at all activities, 4 promotions per year per Cadet, and 10 UDF (Urban Direction Finding) Cadets qualified at the end of the year. This is all designed to give you all the opportunities that CAP can provide. I look forward to this year with excitement! Thank you again.

A Message from the California Wing Commander

Per CAPR 36-1, all Senior Members are required to complete Equal Opportunity on-line training. This regulation establishes the background, authority, and purpose of the Civil Air Patrol Nondiscrimination Program. It defines CAPs Nondiscrimination Policy, as specified in the Civil Air Patrol Constitution, and the practices and procedures for ensuring the membership is aware of CAPs intolerance for discrimination in any form. This Program implements provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (PL 88-352), Title III of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (PL 94-135), Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 5500.11, Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs, DOD Directive 1020.1, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs and Activities Assisted or Conducted by the Department of Defense, and Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2707, Nondiscrimination in Programs and Activities Assisted or Conducted by the Department of the Air Force, and other statutes and directives governing nondiscrimination. Note: This is a new regulation. If you have not completed this training, please do so ASAP, online @

C/2Lt. John Barb Cadet Commander Sq. 85

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Congratulations to the following Cadets for their Promotions and Awards for Q4 2010 (October/November/December)

Cadets: Anderly,
Jacob Barb, Julianne Grady, Justin Gregory, Clarissa Hanson, Josef Henry, Andre Mejias, Calob Paglucia, Mathew Schumann, Kenneth Sherman, Jacob Slaight, Riley Slaight, Justin VanWormer, Alexander

Cadets: Appel,
Alanna Ferry, Joshua Malone, Thomas

Cadets: Neil,
Samuel Smiley, Durand

Clark, Daniel

Kaita, Kevin




Cadet: Smith, Cadet:

Jordan, Jeff

Cadet: Barb,
Mary Yanagihara, Evan

Kaita, Kimberly

Anthony Whitaker, Dylan

C/MSgt C/Amn




Squadron 85s 30th Anniversary and Awards Ceremony

Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 celebrated its 30th year anniversary with a celebratory Awards Banquet, on December 4th at the Diamond Springs Motherlode Lions Club facility. The event was attended by over 100 guests and dignitaries, from the community and the ranks of Civil Air Patrol, past and present. The evening awards were enhanced with the presentation of the General Billy Mitchell awards to both Cadets John Barb and Mary Barb, by El Dorado County Sherriff John DAgostini. The award ceremony concluded with the naming of the Squadrons NonCommissioned Officer of the Year and the Cadet Officer of the Year. The NCO of the Year for 2010 was awarded to C/2Lt Mary Barb for her exemplary duty performance as a NCO over the past year and support and training of cadets. The Cadet Officer of the Year for 2010 was awarded to C/1Lt. Evan Yanagihara, for his noteworthy service as the Squadron Cadet Commander and the Cadet Drill Team Commander (having recently taken the team to the National Cadet Competition).
For a full recap of the event and a detailed listing of Award recipients, see the official press release at:

Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85s 2010 Cadet Officer of the Year C/1Lt. Evan Yanagihara (left) and Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year C/2Lt. Mary Barb (right).

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From the Squadron Commander

Greetings Squadron 85!
Hope everybody had a great holiday and Happy New Year! At the first meeting of 2011 I talked about participation in squadron activities and how this relates to your progression in the CAP Cadet Program. In this article I will continue the discussion of progression and review what I spoke about at the first meeting. Did you know that in the Cadet Program there is a recommended minimum of two promotions per year? We get concerned when we do not see cadets progressing through the program. Some of you were part of the great growth we experienced last year. We make an effort through our Great Start program to get you through the first promotion. After that it is mainly up to you (with some encouragement from Staff) to make progress. It requires you to have the initiative to manage your time so that you can study the materials and take the tests. Unlike Great Start, the material becomes more involved and because we need to focus on a great many things the regular meetings alone will not give you the knowledge to pass the test. So, what do you need to do to progress: Study your Leadership Manual Study your Aerospace Module (check your Super Chart to make sure it is a requirement for that achievement) Pass your CPFT (we regularly schedule these to meet the requirement, stay fit, always strive for better, requirements for passing get harder as you get older/progress) Attend a Character Development Meeting (we also regularly schedule these to meet the requirement) Participation (remember, just coming to the regular meetings is not Volunteer/Community Services, you must attend a squadron activity). Pass your PRB For Great Start (C/AB) Must have your BDUs uniform in order For C/A1C Must have your Blues uniform in order What is the benefit to this all? RECOGNITION! Your peers, community and military services all recognize achievements. You will also gain in leadership experience because with each achievement our expectations of what you do for the squadron increase as well. As you gain in your leadership experience you may someday become our next Cadet Commander. Imagine that! Lets make a New Years Resolution and continue to grown in CAP. Rick Kaita, Capt., CAP Squadron Commander

Be Apart of the Prestigious Color Guard

One of the fun opportunities that we have in Civil Air Patrol is to be a part of a color guard. We provide a service to the community at many local events each year by "presenting the colors." You get to carry the flag or bear a (non-functioning) rifle and get a chance to show off your skill at drill. We're currently training a lot more members in preparation for the Group 5 cadet competition on February 19th at the Mather Field Armory. Our squadron plans to enter at least two teams and maybe even three in the color guard portion of the competition and that means we have lots of positions available including team command positions. If you're interested, please talk to your flight staff and plan to attend the next practice on January 29th from 1-6 at the armory and plan to come compete on February 19th! Read here for more information: Ronald Thompson, Capt., CAP Deputy Commander,

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Thirty Years Ago - Then and Now

In conjunction with our Squadrons 30th Anniversary, lets look back to what was going on in the world in 1980: Not quite yet: MTV was not yet on the air (1981) The Space Shuttle had not yet made its maiden flight (1981) The Internet was not made for public use. Its use was exclusive for NASA and some select Federal Agencies. Some prices from 1980: Median Home Price: $68,714 (compared to a high of $221,000 in 2006, prior to the current recession) Average Income: $19,170 (compared to $50,303 in 2008) Mobile Car Phone (the Brick): $788 (and all it did was take and place calls) Ronald Reagan Elected President Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington Premier of Star W ars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back First flight of Douglas KC-10 Extender McDonnell F/A 18 Hornet enters service The Blue Angels flew A-4 Skyhawks John Lennon is killed Hewlett Packard introduces its HP-85. A microcomputer with 16kB of RAM and a 5-inch CRT display IBM hires Paul Allen and Bill Gates to create an operating system for a new PC. The pair buy the rights to a simple operating system manufactured by Seattle Computer Products and use it as a template. IBM allows the two to keep the marketing rights to the operating system, called DOS (whoops!). CNN 24 Hour News is launched In January 1980 gold hit a record $850 an ounce. Today gold is $1300$1400. USA defeats USSR in Olympics' "Miracle on Ice" Game - "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" Al Michaels, ABC Commentator Pac-Man was released in the United States. Ironically the first person to achieve a perfect possible score (3,333,360 points, 1999) was Billy Mitchell of Hollywood, Florida, who performed the feat in about six hours. After much speculation, DOD officials went public with explicit confirmation of the stealth aircraft program

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Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 - 30 Years in the Making

Welcome to all of the members of Squadron 85 and to our 30th Anniversary Year. This year we will be featuring in our newsletter a series of articles to better acquaint members with the years gone by in Squadron 85 history. We will be inviting past squadron members to contribute their memoirs of what Squadron 85 was and what they dreamed it would become through their efforts. To make sure the timeline of articles makes sense, because I am sure they will ramble with the grandeur of storytelling; I will start off with a chronology of the squadron leadership:

CommandersofSquadron85 Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Eugene L. Carnahan Lt. Col. Judson E. Adamy Major James A. Szykowny Capt. Hugh L.Taylor Major Andrew J. Peters Capt. Rick R. Kaita Years of Service 1980 1985 1985 1999 1999 2002 2002 2004 2004 2009 2009 Today

To lead off this series of articles, I would like to highlight the last 17 years of the squadron. During my time with the Squadron we have witnessed the command of four of the six commanders. Each has had a different style and technique of how to run a unit. Since 2009 and leading up to today we are under the command of Captain Rick Kaita. Capt. Kaita is a commander who is built upon proven team leadership and promotes a camaraderie amongst his members. It has been a pleasure to watch the squadron flourish under Capt. Kaita`s command as he develops each individuals pride in making this unit great. During Capt. Kaita`s tenure the squadron has brought home numerous achievements amongst those being at the group, wing, region, and national level. Having cadets active at all levels of CAP has brought a rejuvenation and overall influence of the bigger picture of the CAP programs. In the years between 2004 and 2009, I had the honor of holding the reigns of Squadron 85 through some very difficult times in the squadrons local history. In early 2004, while I was finishing my attendance in college, I had received news that the squadron was on the verge of closing its doors. While the squadron membership was itself intact, the squadron commander had been stricken with health issues and a waning senior staff. I stepped up to the plate and assumed command of the squadron. From that point on it was a matter of keeping the motivation going and recruiting more support staff to get the cadets the programs they need. Committed to the cadets, spurred my command to work on a permanent meeting location, secure transportation, and to work on finding new senior members with a passion toward helping the cadets achieve. Even though the transportation was one of the oldest CAP vans in the California Wing fleet, it was such a bit of pride for the cadets at the time to keep old 04501 running and looking as sharp as you can make an Dodge van. During my time as commander, the squadron grew but held a modest few cadets. Of those cadets we achieved few Mitchell Awards, some honor cadets of activities, and began connections with many community service groups we still work with today. The most notable of those community organizations being the Hangtown EAA Chapter 512; their relationship with our squadron has really allowed the squadron to grow and offer Our Old Squadron Van & EAA Hangar on our Appreciation Day cadets a connection to aviation unavailable while meeting in locations off an airport. Just prior to my command were the years of Captain Hugh Taylor, 2002-2004. Capt. Taylor was an extremely motivated and inspiring commander for our unit. He was a friend to all of the members along with being a very strong supporter of military bearing and discipline. Capt. Taylor's years of experience in law enforcement and the Air Force gave him a keen sense of how to interrelate to any person with tact and military bearing which continued the tradition of excellence that Squadron 85 has always shown. Under the leadership of Capt. Taylor the squadron developed opportunities for cadets to attend more activities at the wing level and the squadron supported a rifle instruction program. The cadets won numerous awards for their performance and the squadron truly embodied an Always on Parade spirit through Capt. Taylor's attention to detail.
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From 1999-2002, the squadron was under the command of Major James Szykowny. Major Szykowny was simply a commander who demanded results for his membership. During his time as commander the squadron was motivated into upper echelon activity participation not only as an attendee but in leadership roles. Squadron 85 hosted and staffed a multitude of activities in Northern California as NorCal Group 5 was being built upon the transition from the Gold Country Group 25 of the years before. Major Szykowny supported the squadron attending and placing at the CAWG Color Guard competition from 2000-2002. The cadets under Major Szykowny were very motivated to become cadet leadership role models and achieve. Cadets achieved numerous awards and progressed in grade rapidly under Major Szykownys leadership. Major Szykowny was a re-motivation for a unit that was already successful at producing sharp cadets; his leadership came as a relief to LtCol Adamy who was commander over 15 years. LtCol Judson E. Adamy could honestly be referred to as the Father of Squadron 85. While Eugene Carnahan was the founding father and spirit of the squadron principles, LtCol Adamy was the embodiment of those principles and inspiration of this squadron's longevity. LtCol Adamy brought his years of public service and military experience in both the Marine Corps and Air Force to the table to drive the squadron by stern yet gentle influence. LtCol Adamy had a one of a kind tact for being able to influence the staff members to make decisions and feel enabled to lead while he maintained complete control and oversight. LtCol Adamy truly inspired peoples trust, admiration, and loyal cooperation in continuing the squadron's devotion to allowing cadets to lead. Under LtCol Adamy`s leadership cadets were motivated to fulfill whatever destiny they sought in the CAP program. If cadets were in need of an encampment, o-ride, NCSA, college scholarship, CAC representation, or anything else, LtCol Adamy LtCol Adamy and the "Cadets in Maroon Covers" - 1996 made sure he was fully supporting each individual. LtCol Adamy was a commander who simply enabled the cadets to choose their own adventure, enabling them to make errors to learn from and successes to be proud of. I had the honor of serving under LtCol Adamy`s command for almost five years. At the beginning of that time in 1994, the squadron had waned to four cadet members due to many of the squadron's cadet officers heading off to careers and college. It was LtCol Adamy, C/ FO Peterson, C/TSGT Holt, and I there for a short time. It was time for a rebuild and recruitment campaign, within one year the squadron grew from four cadets to about fifteen. We were all pretty new but that really gave us motivation to attend activities and compete over who would achieve the next grade. During that year of growing and achieving as much knowledge as we could gain, a cadet staff was formed and yours truly was at the cadet helm. I remember LtCol Adamy`s inspiring comments and persuasion vividly, his ability to move you to the right answer while making you a complete owner in the solution was truly the key to his success. Cadets under LtCol Adamy`s command absolutely and unquestionably learned to lead by doing.

Group 25 CC Lt Col Donna Starr, LtCol. Jud Adamy and a young C/FO Peters receiving his Mitchell Award - 1996

The most inspiring conversations I had with LtCol Adamy were upon my assumption of the cadet commander role in 1995 and in 1998. In those conversations LtCol Adamy simply said, I am entrusting in you the command of this squadron and will support your decisions 100%; if the day comes that I cannot trust and support your decisions you will no longer be the cadet commander. Those words, however simple they were, would echo in my mind for my entire tenure as cadet commander and onward into life; giving that quality of integrity to each of my bosses in CAP or career. Through the leadership of LtCol Adamy, CAP became a family to me and many other cadets who needed a direction, guiding hand, and leadership laboratory for forming the rest of their lives. This article is simply the beginning of the four part series celebrating our 30th Anniversary year; we hope to bring that squadron a better vision of where we have been. The future installments of our 30th Anniversary articles will lead us through the early 1990`s and 1980`s during the leadership of LtCol Judson Adamy and LtCol Eugene L. Carnahan. These articles will give us motivation to move the squadron proudly on to many more years of success in being Always on Parade. Maj. Andrew Peters

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Parents - How Can You Help?

In the past year, our Squadron Cadet Corp size has more than doubled. This has put a strain on some our Senior members, especially when it comes to transporting cadets to activities. How can you help without having to put on a uniform? become a Cadet Sponsor Member! Cadet Sponsor Member (CSM) is a membership category established to allow parents, grandparents and guardians of current CAP cadets to assist their units cadet program by providing adult supervision, transportation, overnight chaperons, and any other CADET related tasks deemed necessary and proper by the unit commander. A cadet sponsor member is a financial supporter who maintains current membership through payment of annual dues, but does not participate in any unit duty capacity. Cadet Sponsorship Membership dues are only $30! For more information, please contact the Squadron Public Affairs Officer: Capt. Aaron Yanagihara / (916) 257-2815 /

Safety: Its a Matter of Integrity Too!

Safety is a way of life that goes beyond our actions. In fact our actions will show how we think and what is important to us. The most recent emphasis on the subject of safety in Civil Air Patrol is in regard to the proper reporting of mishaps and accidents. Is the information in your report clear and concise; is it accurate in detail; does it address the relevant facts so as to convey a proper representation of the incident? These are all important areas of consideration in filing a report, but there is another area that has received attention due to a failure another kind. It isnt enough to file an accurate, detailed report, it must also be filed in a timely manner. What is the specified time for a mishap report to be filed? The regulations state, Unit/activity commanders are responsible for ensuring an on-line Form 78 is accomplished within 48 hours of a mishap. There are exceptions to this rule, for example, as soon as is feasibly possible in the event of a critical incident. CAPR 62-2 addendum 1 contains a call list of individuals to be notified under critical circumstances. I encourage all members to read CAPR 62-2 with the goal of becoming familiar with procedures and policies as they relate to safety reporting. But there is still another area of even greater importance as I see it. That being your personal mind set and attitude toward reporting of a mishap or accident. Have you already thought through how you would handle reporting a mishap you are involved in? What if it means having to report that one of your friends was at fault for a problem? What if it meant reporting a mistake you made that doesnt put you in a very good position, but it would be the right thing to do? Is your integrity so strong that you are willing to be objectively honest even if it brings your performance or actions into question? I would rather work with people who are willing to fix a problem rather than making sure they dont get into trouble. I trust honest people more that those who hide who they really are. Have you ever made a mistake or had an accident? Did you tell the proper authorities and work to fix the problem? If that describes you, then Im glad to be on your team and I look forward to a safe and successful future as we work and achieve together. Richard Barb, 1Lt., CAP Safety Officer

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Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 PCR-C A-2 73 W inter Quarter 2011 Contact Information: Aaron P. Yanagihara, Capt., CAP Public Affairs Officer / Editor Phone: 916-257-2815 E-mail: Meeting: On the Web @
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