Cadets and senior members came together on Saturday, 20 August to practice their search and rescue (SAR) skills at Davison Army Airfield. Members flew over 20 hours of aerial search patterns and photography, while a ground team used their training in locating practice emergency transmitters.
“1st Lt Frattin prepares for his Air Ops sortie (Photo by 2d Lt Jaime Loizzo, CAP)”
The National Capital Wing held its annual Wing Conference on 30 March 2013 at Joint Base Andrews. A key part of the conference is recognition of our senior members and cadets for their achievements in the previous year. Congratulations to all awardees, and in particular to the following Arlington Squadron members:
- Capt Seldon Morgan (Commander’s Commendation for superior service)
- Capt Scott Caesar (Commander’s Commendation for outstanding service)
- 1st Lt Dan Frattin (Commander’s Commendation for outstanding service, Disaster Relief Ribbon with “V” Device)
- 1st Lt Aaron Newman (Commander’s Commendation for outstanding service, CAP Achievement Award for 2012 State of the Union Address participation, Disaster Relief Ribbon with “V” Device)
- C/MSgt Brian Ellis (CAP Achievement Award, Cadet NCO of the Year)
- Lt Col Tom Sadauskas (CAP Achievement Awards for serving as an instructor for SLS and CLC)
- Lt Col Gene Cartier (CAP Achievement Award for serving as an instructor for SLS)
- 1st Lt Victor Sanguanboon (Homeland Security Ribbon)
Please see this link for pictures from the conference.
Many of you will have heard about the untimely passing of Lt Col Paul Gardella, the National Capital Wing’s Stan/Eval officer. I did not know Lt Col Gardella well, but he was my pilot on the first Civil Air Patrol mission I flew as a scanner trainee last year. He was patient, knowledgeable, and eager to share that knowledge with me, and for that I will always be grateful.
I consider it a privilege to have flown with Lt Col Gardella. His professionalism, love of aviation, and dedication to CAP were evident to the most casual observer. He helped confirm for me that this is an organization worth supporting, and I know that we volunteers will rededicate ourselves to the missions of the Civil Air Patrol in his memory.
To his family and friends I offer my deepest condolences on behalf of the Arlington Composite Squadron.
Today, several members of the Arlington Composite Squadron participated in a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) from our mission base at Davison Army Airfield. Here’s one of our Cessna 182 aircraft as we preflighted early this morning. (Our Cessna 172 is at left in the background.)