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The Mountain Flyer Col Rodney Moore —Wing Commander Major Jeffery Schrock—Wing Public Affairs Officer/Editor Wing Calendar
The Mountain Flyer Col Rodney Moore —Wing Commander Major Jeffery Schrock—Wing Public Affairs Officer/Editor Wing Calendar

The Mountain Flyer

Col Rodney Moore —Wing Commander

Major Jeffery Schrock—Wing Public Affairs Officer/Editor

Wing Calendar

SAREX Feb. 20-22 Bluefield, W.Va.

Wing Cadet Competition Feb. 28 Buckhannon Upshur High School Buckhannon W.Va.

National Check Pilot Standardization Course — TBD

Training Leaders of Cadets Course April 4-5 Clarksburg Squadron

Graded SAREX May 16-17 Clarksburg Squadron

WV/Delaware Joint SAREX— TBA Petersburg, W.Va.

Wing Cadet Summer Encampment July 11-18 Camp Dawson, W.Va.

Final Salute

Col Rodney F. Moody West Virginia Wing/ National HQ

Lt Col John L. Hollandsworth Clarksburg Composite Squadron

Lt Col Thomas C. Hager Parkersburg Composite Squadron

Lt Col Ron Slaughter West Virginia Wing HQ

West Virginia Wing Headquarters 112 Airport Road Charleston, W.Va.

25311

304-343-8866

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January 2009

Obama congratulates CAP Spaatz cadet

By Lt Col Dennis Barron Wing Chief of Staff Capt Russell Voelker Martinsburg Sqdn PAO

One week after he took the oath of office, newly-elected U.S. President Barack Obama was on Capitol Hill congratu- lating one of the Civil Air Patrol’s most accomplished cadets.

Much to the delight and total surprise of Cadet Colonel David F. Hill IV and 14 mem- bers of West Virginia Wing’s Martinsburg Composite Squadron accompanying him, Obama left a Jan. 27 luncheon and meeting with Republican senators in the U.S. Capitol to personally meet and greet each of the cadets and senior officers gathered for Hill’s

official Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award presentation. Named for a former Air Force gen- eral, the Spaatz award is CAP’s highest cadet honor. U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. Shel- ley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., made the official Spaatz pres- entation in Capitol.

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The Mountain Flyer Col Rodney Moore —Wing Commander Major Jeffery Schrock—Wing Public Affairs Officer/Editor Wing Calendar
The Mountain Flyer Col Rodney Moore —Wing Commander Major Jeffery Schrock—Wing Public Affairs Officer/Editor Wing Calendar

President Obama greets and shakes hands with cadets of the Martinsburg Composite Squadron.

Right, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., for- mally present Hill with the Spaatz Award.

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Members of the Martinsburg Squadron and Cadet Col David F. Hill IV with his highest achievement award in the CAP cadet program—the Gen Carl A. Spaatz Award. Left, President Obama meets with Hill and his father.

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“This donation will allow the Greenbrier Composite Squadron to accomplish short and long term goals.” Mrs. Catherine Hubert Fox —Hubert Charitable Foundation

“This donation will allow the Greenbrier Composite Squadron to accomplish short and long term goals.” Mrs.

Did you know?

Aerospace

Education:

Educates the mem- bership and the community on the importance of aero- space. Develops, publishes and dis- tributes aerospace education curricula for kindergarten through college classrooms. Provides classroom materials, teacher training, and other educational pro- grams and products at no cost to Amer- ica’s educators.

Greenbrier Squadron gets $50,000 grant

By SM Libby Childers Greenbrier Squadron PAO

“Miracles never cease” pro- claimed Greenbrier Squadron Commander Major Walter Lockhart when he accepted a check in the amount of $50,000 for the Greenbrier Composite Squadron. The grant will upgrade and give capacity to the unit, which has been struggling to stay ahead with outdated equipment and

training of its members in areas of emergency services, recruit- ment, safety, personnel and ad- ministration, communications, and cadet programs. The grant came from Mrs. Cath- erine Hubert Fox and the Hubert Charitable Foundation. “Our foundation is dedicated to the advancement of numerous edu- cational and humanitarian needs,” said Fox. “ This dona- tion will allow the Greenbrier

Composite Squadron to accom- plish short and long term goals which directly support Green- brier County and all of West Virginia. We hope this donation will encourage others in our community and statewide to also help by volunteering or donating to the Civil Air Pa- trol.”

Martinsburg unit visits Air and Space Museum

By Capt Russell Voelker Martinsburg Squadron PAO

The Martinsburg Squadron of the West Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol took an aerospace education field trip to the Na- tional Air Space and Musuem’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles Interna- tional Airport.

Upon arrival at the museum, 32 members and guests were met by two docents, who were for- mer CAP members. Mr. Chuck Aston and Mr. Sam Fenati provided a highly enjoy- able and informative tour, with an emphasis on the development of fighter aircraft from 1914 to the present.

After completion of guided tour and lunch, some of the attendees watched an IMAX film while the others continued touring independently. The visit to the Air and Space Museum was part of the Squad- ron’s continuing aerospace edu- cation training program for both the cadet and senior officers.

“This donation will allow the Greenbrier Composite Squadron to accomplish short and long term goals.” Mrs.

National Air and Space Museum Docent Chuck Aston talks to Martinsburg Squadron members about WWII Aircraft.

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Four W.Va. Wing CAP units train includes work with canine

By 1st Lt George Stepp Beckley Squadron PAO

More than 30 members from four West Virginia Wing squad- rons converged on Camp Creek State Park near Ghent, West Virginia back in November. The training included emer- gency services training that in- cluded search and rescue work with canines. Members of the Beckley, Boone and Mercer County Composite Squadrons, and Charleston Ca- det Squadron participated in the

exercise, held to provide train- ing and operational experience for CAP ground team members at all specialty levels in a realis- tic mission environment. A sce- nario was developed to target specific emergency services specialties. Donald Kelley, W.Va. Division of Forestry fire investigator and bloodhound handler was on site with his hound, Saddie Mae. Kelley and Saddie Mae led the scenario to give members a first hand opportunity on how a ca-

nine is handled during a search and rescue mission. Other training classes were offered for beginner and advanced ground team members based on their emergency services training and experience level.

Four W.Va. Wing CAP units train includes work with canine By 1st Lt George Stepp Beckley

An evening with the Apollo 8 astronauts

Four W.Va. Wing CAP units train includes work with canine By 1st Lt George Stepp Beckley

Apollo 8 Astronauts Frank Borman, William Anders, and James Lovell take questions after the audience enjoys “An Evening

Did You Know?

Cadet Programs:

Includes nearly 22,000 members ages 12-20. Offers orientation flights in powered and glider aircraft, and flight training scholarships. Challenges youth to be ambassadors of a drug- free lifestyle. Provides about 10 percent of each year’s new classes entering U.S. Air Force Academy.

with the Apollo 8 Astronauts” at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Photos by Major Jeffery Schrock

By Major Jeffery Schrock Wing Public Affairs Officer

Several members of the West Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol traveled to Washington DC on Dec. 13 to listen about the Apollo 8 moon mission from the astronauts that took that jour- ney. A sold out audience heard from Frank Borman, William Anders, and Jim Lovell about traveling

to the moon in late December of

  • 1968. Major Jeffery Schrock,

Capt Russell Voelker, 2Lt Dirk and C/Amn Ty Stansbury of Martinsburg Squadron, traveled to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to attend the Annual John H. Glenn Lecture. Mercury 7 Astronaut and Space Shuttle Payload Mission Spe- cialist John Glenn introduced the astronauts.

During the mission, the three

astronauts witnessed something no other human had ever seen-- Earth rising over the lunar sur- face. Captured on camera, that image has become one of the most well-known of the last forty years. Apollo 8's success paved the way for Apollo 11, the first hu- man landing on the Moon.

Four W.Va. Wing CAP units train includes work with canine By 1st Lt George Stepp Beckley

John Glenn

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Beckley Composite Squadron members hit road for Adopt-A-Highway By 1st Lt George Stepp Beckley Squadron PAO
Beckley Composite Squadron
members hit road for Adopt-A-Highway
By 1st Lt George Stepp
Beckley Squadron PAO
The Beckley Composite Squad-
ron of the Civil Air Patrol
(CAP) West Virginia Wing re-
cently completed the second
Adopt-A-Highway clean up for
izes volunteer teams to pick up
litter along our roadways.
All groups involved in the
Adopt-A-Highway program
must have at least one adult
member for every four partici-
pants under the age of 15 and
2008.

one adult for every six mem- bers between the age of 15-17 years old. Teams must have at least six members and every volunteer must attend a safety training session which is ad- ministered by the groups adult supervisor. Members on hand were Maj. David Chaney Squadron Commander, Capt. James Childress, Capt. Tom Plass, 1 st Lt James Lewis, 1 st Lt George Stepp and Cadets Lendon Childress, Ryan Stepp, Michael Chaney, J.J. Becker, Sabrina Becker, and Brian Cook.

On Nov 8 th , 12 members of the Beckley CAP were on hand to pick up litter on the two-mile stretch of highway they adopted in the Airport Industrial Park near the Raleigh County Memo- rial Airport. The Beckley Squadron collected a total of nine bags of litter along the highway compared to 13 bags of litter during their initial clean up day in August. The Squadron will perform a minimum of three clean ups per year. Adopt-A-Highway is a public service program that util-

Beckley Squadron pick up litter during its Adopt-A-Highway project.

Photo by Lt George Stepp

Parkersburg unit conducts weekend training

The Parkersburg News

After a weekend of train- ing, Mid Ohio Valley resi- dents can rest easy know- ing the Parkersburg Squad- ron of the Civil Air Patrol is ready to be called. “We spend all this time training and hope we never get called out, said Lt Col Ron Harmon, commander of the Parkersburg Squad- ron of CAP. “This is a very unique organization. A lot of people don’t know we’re

here. We go about our business without fanfair.” CAP members trained for search and rescue missions,

practiced communica- tions and mission plan- ning, and participated in several classes. CAP members from different

areas of the state partici- pated in the training, said

Lt Ellen White.

CAP

cadets are between 12 and 21. Senior members

must be over 18. White said CAP’s main mission is to find downed planes, help during disasters, assist Homeland Security, and find missing persons.

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Beckley Composite Squadron members hit road for Adopt-A-Highway By 1st Lt George Stepp Beckley Squadron PAO

Five W.Va. Wing units participate in Wreaths Across America ceremonies

By Major Debbie Boggs Charleston Cadet Sqdn PAO

The Charleston Cadet Squadron

conducted a wreath-laying cere- mony in the Capitol’s Lower Rotunda in anticipation of the nationwide Wreaths Across America observation held Dec

ficed more than most states for the nation’s freedom. The governor also thanked CAP members for their service to the state and nation. Yeager, a retired Air Force brigadier general, was greeted by a standing ovation. He shared a bit of his personal

  • 13. history and also expressed thanks to CAP for its service to the country. Observances were held in West Virginia at Beckley American Legion Cemetery, West Virginia National Ceme- tery, Grafton National Ceme- tery and Spring Hill Cemetery Park in Charleston. Five units Morgantown, Clarksburg, Beckley and Mercer Compos- ite squadrons and the Charles- ton Cadet and Squadron pro- vided support.

Gov. Joe Manchin III, along with his special guest, aviation legend Chuck Yeager, and Ca- det Airman Andrew Moss of the Charleston squadron, presented a wreath to honor veterans from all branches of the military. Manchin made brief remarks in support of U.S. military men and women and their families for the sacrifices they have made. He noted West Virginia’s rich heritage and patriotism, adding that the state has sacri-

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