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Louisiana Wing launches inaugural training academy Pineville, LA - Pineville High School served as the site of the inaugural Louisiana Wing Training Academy held 19-20 November, 2005. The academy was spearheaded by Lt Col Mike DuBois, academy director and Louisiana Wing emergency services training officer. Its goal, according to Col DuBois is to provide all our members with the structure to carry out our national emergency services curriculum, professional development and other CAP training programs. Training support group instructors and staff included Lt Cols DuBois, Art Scarbrough, Mickey Marchand, Maj Mark Ducote, Capt Pat Yglesias, 1st Lts Scott Hunsaker, Kay Weaver, and Sue Yglesias. Also attending were Mr. John Zaremba, State Director, CAPUSAF, and U.S. Air Force Reservists Maj Robert Morgan and MSgt Jim LaChutte. Louisiana Wing Commander Col Rodney Ammons presented certificates to the twenty-six senior members and cadets who completed the two-day training. The training support group mission is to provide basic initial training as well as advance training to expand the capabilities of the Louisiana Wing. The courses included a basic academy encompassing general emergency services, level one, cadet protection, and basic communication. Other classes offered were urban DF team, mission scanner, and squadron leadership school. Three other sessions are scheduled for 2006 and will include a ground search and rescue school, mission base staff school, and mission aircrew school. Professional development courses will also be offered with the goal of providing standardized training to meet the needs of the Louisiana Wing.



PHOTO OF MAJ. GEN. PINEDA WITH LA WING MEMBERS HERE Left to right: Maj. Kerry Ordes, Maj. Steve Caldas, 1st Lt. Diana McGimsey, Maj. Gen. Antonio J. Pineda

CHAPLAINS CORNER Chaplain Richmond Thweatt SWR-LA-007 With schools in session, it should be fall why is it so hot? This is not about weather! With the beginning of classes for the fall term comes an increase in other kinds of activities. What we have pursued in the field over the summer months, we now review and expand with further study of methods and theory. Some will think: Enough! I know this already. The real expert is always alert and reviewing, honing and training. Who really knows from where the next lesson will come? Perhaps at the next squadron meeting someone will tell a story of a family trip or mishap that will cause us to rethink many things. It might happen, also, at work, at school, bowling, tossing a Frisbee with friend, walking beside someone very special. The teller or teacher could be of any age or relationship to us. The important part here is to never permit oneself to become so caught up in self that others or the environment get tuned out. If I talk to myself all the time, I have no time to listen to others. The subtle warning the breeze that wasnt there a moment ago, the indrawn breath, the widened eyes looking over my shoulder I will fail to perceive. What I am able to do afterward will always then be past the curve and I wont be riding the crest. I may be able to recover, but I will always be hurried and pressured much more than had I remained in touch with others and my environment and kept an humble heart. This is one area where we can ask our squadron or flight to help us! Punctured misconceptions may be painful, but they are rarely fatal. False pride may well lead us into really dangerous places where serious expertise is required for survival. Always vigilant! It may look strange in English; but, it stands tall among the phrases that call us to service on behalf of others.



Maj Robert Morgan, USAFR Barksdale AFB, LA Space shuttle visits Barksdale AFB NASA's space shuttle Discovery began its cross-country trip back to Florida's Kennedy Space Center from California on top of a modified Boeing 747-100. The 747/shuttle landed at Barksdale AFB for a refueling stop on 19 August, 2005. The 747 was loaded with less fuel to compensate for the weight of the 230,000-pound shuttle. It is strengthened and equipped with extra stabilizers and instruments. Most interior equipment, including the coach seats, had been removed. The plane carries about 3.5 tons of gravel in its cargo bay to ensure balance. It's spectacular in flight. SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY PHOTOS HERE

1st Lt Michael James, CAP LA Wing PAO Cenla Composite Squadron Cenla squadron views space shuttle Discovery Members of the Cenla Composite Squadron watched the space shuttle land last Friday, 19 August, 2005 at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. The base was closed to the general public. According to Michael James, Public Affairs Officer of Civil Air Patrols Louisiana Wing, the group was allowed on the base since it is an auxiliary of the US Air Force. James stated that there are 22 CAP units in the Louisiana Wing. This event seldom happens and it offers a great aerospace field trip for our cadets as well as senior members. The space shuttle was on its way back to Florida via a piggyback ride on a modified Boeing 747 when it stopped at Barksdale AFB for refueling. SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY PHOTOS (JAMES) HERE

PHOTO OF CAP-CENLA CAP CADET WEEK HERE PHOTO CUTLINE: 1st Lt. Michael James, Public Affairs Officer for Cenla Composite Squadron receives a proclamation from the City of Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields declaring Dec. 1-7, as Civil Air Patrol Week.

1st Lt Marie C. Hughes, CAP Lake Charles Composite Squadron What is critical incident stress management? Civil Air Patrol has adopted The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) model of crisis intervention. This was released to the membership in 2001, as the CAPR-60-5. It is an organized way for members to get together and share common experiences. (Something similar to what the members in my squadron call hangar talk with a little more structure.) A crisis or critical incident involves a situation that is out of the ordinary and with enough impact to overwhelm an individual. Crisis Intervention is not therapy even though a mental health professional is part of the team. It is a group of people who were involved in the incident along with peers and others who are trained to understand. None of the discussion is ever revealed. No notes are taken. The activity is reported to have occurred by naming the time, place and how many attended CISM team members and participants were present. It has been shown that this type of group can help resolve much of the personal trauma. It is then easier to understand that you are a normal person reacting normally to an abnormal situation. Chaplain, Lt. Col. Donald Don Brown II of the Texas Wing, is the person in charge for the Southwest Region. His roster lists three CAP members from Louisiana. We hope to educate our members more about CISM in the future.

Maj Michael Wilkinson, CAP PAO Lafayette Cadet Squadron Lafeyette Cadet Squadron welcomes new commander Lafayette, LA - In a Change of Command ceremony conducted 18 July 2005, Maj (then Captain) Michael Wilkinson assumed command of the Lafayette Cadet Squadron from Capt Dale LeBlanc who retired from Civil Air Patrol.

Maj Wilkinson began his Civil Air Patrol experience in 1964 as a cadet in the Lafayette (LA) Composite Squadron, rising to the rank of Cadet/2d Lt, having earned the Billy Mitchell Award. Wilkinson remained with the squadron for three years. A veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, Wilkinson is a recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star (with V device for valor in combat). He also was employed as a Veterans Service Officer with the Disabled American Veterans Department of Colorado. He is a lifetime member of the organization as well as The Military Order of the Purple Heart. Maj Wilkinson rejoined Civil Air Patrol in 1998 and served with the Colorado Wings Thompson Valley Composite Squadron as a cadet programs officer and MLO for the cadet side of the squadron. In October 2002, Wilkinson moved back to Louisiana due to family concerns, resettling in Lafayette. He rejoined the Lafayette Cadet Squadron in March, 2003. Wilkinson became the public affairs officer for the squadron. He looks forward to serving as the squadrons commander. I feel as though Ive come full circle. I began my CAP career with the Lafayette squadron and Ill most likely end it with the Lafayette squadron. CHANGE OF COMMAND PHOTO HERE

Lafayette cadets receive awards Lafayette, LA - Cadet Drew Boyd was recognized with the Wright Brothers Milestone Achievement Award for successful completion of Phase 1 of the Civil Air Patrols Cadet Programs. Cadet Boyd was also presented with the Wright Brothers ribbon and promoted to C/SSgt. Sgt. Boyd is an Element Leader and had been previously recognized as Lafayette Cadets first cadet of the quarter for 2005. His brother, Gareth, was a former cadet commander in the squadron. Also recognized with the Wright Brothers Milestone Achievement Award and promoted to C/SSgt. was Cadet Charles Blankenship. Sgt. Blankenship is the squadron first sergeant. His brother, James, received the Billy Mitchell Achievement Award and subsequent promotion to C/2d Lt. He is the cadet commander. Also receiving recognition as the new cadet of the quarter is C/Amn Many Broussard. She was named Tango (training) flight leader. All new cadets will be under her wing until they earn the General John Curry Achievement ribbon, after which they will be placed within a regular element. Cadet Broussards father is currently stationed in Iraq with the Louisiana National Guards 256th Mechanized Infantry Brigade. To be named cadet of the quarter, a cadet must first show superior knowledge of Civil Air Patrol, customs and courtesies, leadership skills, military bearing and discipline, military drill, academic excellence and community involvement.

New reservist for Louisiana Wing The Louisiana Wing welcomes new reservist Capt Michael J. Murphy. Capt Murphy began his military career in the Louisiana National Guard in 1986. He was assigned to Company C, 527th Heavy Engineering Battalion as a heavy equipment operator. He was activated for Operation Desert Storm from December, 1990 through May, 1991. In 1994 he transferred to the 307th Red Horse Squadron, USAF, at Barksdale AFB. Murphy became a commissioned officer in April 1995. Capt Murphy was also activated for Operation Enduring Freedom from January to October, 2003. Capt Murphy has designed and worked on various projects from building construction with utilities in Antigua; roads at Cold Lake AFB in Canada; underground electrical at Tinker, AFB, OK; water wells in the country of Panama; several concrete parking lots at Barksdale AFB, LA; and a base camp with underground utilities in Guatemala. He also spent time in the country of Oman overseeing several construction projects. Murphy is a 1989 graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering. He is married and has three children. He is employed by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Dr. (Maj) T. Cole Flournoy Shreveport Senior Squadron The Shreveport Senior Squadron (LA013) held its first New Member/Pilot Training Class on Tuesday, 23 AUG 05. The purpose of the class was to help new members, especially pilots, learn how to navigate the maize of rules, regulations, and training required to become active as Scanners, Observers, and CAP Pilots. The Operations Staff has noticed that there is a trend for new members, some of whom are active pilots, to attend several meetings and then fade away, never to be heard from again. By helping to connect new members with personnel who can help keep them become involved in CAP activities, it is hoped membership retention may be increased. The class was taught by Major Cole Flournoy, LA013 Aerospace Education Officer, Counter Drug Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. Topics included: What do I need? Level I Training, CAP ID, CAPF 101, CAPF 101-T (for Scanner, etc.) What to wear? CAP Uniforms, CAPMART prices on suggested uniforms, CAPR 39-1 requirements

How to get involved? Ruston SAREX, Counter Drug Ops (after 2 years), Emergency Services Can I fly the planes? CAP Pilot, Transport Pilot, Mission Pilot, Cadet Orientation Pilot, Instructor Pilot What does it cost? C172 $55/hour, C182 $60/hour Can I get an advanced rating? Yes, after one year, Commercial and/or Instrument Ratings w/ LAWG CC permission Can I serve on the ground? Staff positons: Communications, Operations, Finance, Public Relations, etc. What about training? SLS/CLC Region Staff College CAP Flight Instruction How do I do a CAPF 5 checkride? CAPR 60-1, Flight Releases, Forms from National and LAWG, PTS Standards What about Scanner Training? Contact MAJ Cooper for course, attended SAREX for training What is needed most? Start small- be willing to help with house and grounds, mow the lawn, empty trash cans.

Albarado selected for advanced flight training USAF 2d Lt Brian Albarado has been selected for advanced flight training. He will report to Corpus Christi, TX at the end of September, 2005. He will begin training in the TC-12 (King Air 200). Once he completes training he will receive his wings and report to the C-130 school at Little Rock, AFB, Arkansas. Lt Albarado is a 2004 graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA and is a member of the Ruston Composite Squadron.

PHOTO CUTLINE OF ORIENTATION FLIGHT: From left to right, Cadet Robert Gilley (Ruston Composite Squadron), Maj Cole Flournoy (Sheveport Senior Squadron) and Cadet Brier Avara (Ruston Composite Squadron) get together for an orientation flight.

Below are four photos taken the weekend of 17-18 DEC 05 during which Shreveport Senior Squadron Cadet Orientation Pilots flew area CAP and ROTC Cadets. PIC 1: LAWG DOV Major Thomas "Doc" Barnard with LA Tech ROTC Cadet Candace Smith at the Ruston Airport PIC 2: LA Tech ROTC Cadets participating in cadet flights at Ruston Airport 17 DEC 05 PIC 3: LA Tech ROTC Cadet Brandon Wood with proud dad Major Steve Wood, Shreveport Senior Squadron Vice-Commander. Brandon was in possession of a brand new Private Pilot Certificate! PIC 4: Shreveport Senior Squadron AEO Major Cole Flournoy with Cadets Robert Shoults and brother Neil Shoults together with Barksdale Cadet Squadron Commander Captain Joseph Streetman





The Pelican Flight is an unofficial newsletter in the interest of the members of the Louisiana Wing, Civil Air Patrol. Opinions expressed by writers and editors are their own and are not to be considered official expressions by the Civil Air Patrol Corporation, the United States Air Force or the publisher. The Pelican Flight will be published on a quarterly basis. Deadlines for submission shall be the 5th of March, June, September and December. Colonel Rodney Ammons, LA Wing Commander, 1st Lt Suzann Ford, Editor. (July, August, September, October, November, December 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita delayed edition)