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Wreaths Across America, 2017
By: Capt. Jeff Goeggel, CAP
Public Affairs Officer

Brea, CA: 16 December 2017. Annually on the third Saturday in month of December, people around the nation simultaneously participate in a wreath laying ceremony at our nation’s cemeteries, known as Wreaths Across America.

Wreaths Across America was founded to ensure that all American veterans who served and who also gave their lives in the service of our country are not forgotten. “We are not here to “decorate graves." We're here to remember not their deaths, but their lives.” —Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America

Sponsored wreaths are placed at the graves of veterans at locations spread out across the United States. Karen Worcester further reminds those in attendance throughout the nation, "We encourage every volunteer who places a wreath on a veteran's grave to say that veteran's name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country. It's a small act that goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive.”

Wreaths Across America is the largest community service project that Civil Air Patrol participates in nationally. This is year, as in years past, Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 participated in the event at the Memory Gardens Memorial Park in the City of Brea. Participating alongside Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 (CAP) were members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Sonora High School (La Habra, CA) Army JRTOC Honor Guard and Sabre Team, Goldstar Mothers, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and several other community service organizations and citizens at large.

Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen a total system failure in the database for Wreaths Across America, the 564 wreaths that were to be delivered to the Brea location, had not arrived in time for the planned ceremony. Location coordinator Mr. Jim Tucker was able to secure 75 wreaths from Pacific View Memorial park in Corona del Mar nearby, allowing the ceremony to take place and to ensure the spirit of the event took place.

The event turned out to be very successful, and the missing wreaths were delivered for placement on the remaining headstones by the week’s end.
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Sq. 56 Holiday Family Potluck
By: Capt. Jeff Goeggel, CAP
Public Affairs
Fullerton, CA: On Tuesday evening, 12 December, 2017, the usual squadron meeting for Sq. 56 was pre-empted by the annual Squadron Holiday Family Potluck Celebration.

In past years, the potluck has always been planned in large part by the senior members of the squadron. This year was a little different. A committee of cadets, NCO’s and Cadet Officers were formed to plan the event themselves, so that with some minor exception, and a little oversight from Leadership Officer Capt. Shaleana Benson and assistance from Activities Officer Capt. Paula Urbom-Shope the cadets planned the evening activities themselves to account for a cadet run event. Members of the squadron were assigned to bring main dishes and desserts to share. To say the least, the food was outstanding.

Wing Command Chief, CMSgt Noel Furniss was a special guest of Squadron 56, and it was an honor to have him in attendance. It was rumored that Chief Furniss was really enjoying himself at the dessert table! The evening also brought out a few other guests and friends. It was great to see Lt Col Ed Ruwe, who hasn’t been able to attend much this year, and Lt Col Jim Welliver of Squadron 41 both of whom stopped in to say hi.

The highlight of the evening was the change of command ceremony marking the end of command for Cadet 1st Lt Rashid Tauqir, and the acceptance of command by Cadet 1st Lt Sarah Wiggins. Following the change of command, several cadets were recognized for promotions and various awards. The cadets presented a special award to Squadron Commander Capt. Miller -- the “Driving Miss Daisy” squadron chauffeur award and a black chauffer’s cap with the squadron patch.

As always, everyone had a great time enjoying each other’s company and delicious food. A huge well done to the cadets for putting on a great event. We are looking forward to another successful year in 2018!
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Patiently waiting ...... chauffeur’s cap in hand.

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Patiently waiting ...... chauffeur’s cap in hand.

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Last Tuesday at our Squadron holiday banquet Capt. Miller announced his excitement at seeing his classmate at the Wreaths Across America ceremony. Luckily we were able to capture the moment.

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Last Tuesday at our Squadron holiday banquet Capt. Miller announced his excitement at seeing his classmate at the Wreaths Across America ceremony.  Luckily we were able to capture the moment.  

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Cyberpatriot Team ready to go for round #2
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Cyberpatriot Team ready to go for round #2
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Sq 56 Honor Guard Posts Colors at Veterans Day Event
Capt Jeff Goeggel, CAP
Public Affairs Officer

On Friday evening, 10 Nov 2017, the Honor Guard from Sq 56 posted the colors for a Veterans Day ceremony held by At-Ease Veterans Ministry in the City of Westminster. The staff who made the arrangements had seen video of our Honor Guard, and were very impressed with how sharp they looked in the Ceremonial Guard uniform. They called us to ask if we would be available to have cadets attend to assist with the seating of some of the elderly veterans who would be attending the program, and to provide an Honor Guard.
On completion of the program, the Honor Guard received many well deserved compliments on their performance from those in attendance. Great Job to all who participated!

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Thank you so much for answering our call, being the child of a Vietnam era retired Marine I can safely say I have been to many functions that have Color Guards and Honor Guards.... Exceptional! I was stunned at how absolutely perfect they were! We had so many compliments that I can safely say has never happened before. Words like exemplary, precise, dedicated, professional come to mind! Thank you so much for coming and I hope we can have you all again next year!

Thank you, it was awesome!!

Photos from our November promotions and awards ceremony, including C/2ndLt Daniel Hayase receiving his Officer epaulets from his parents as he has earned his Mitchell Award. #South Coast Group 7, Civil Air Patrol #CAP Cadet Programs #California Wing Cadet Programs ... See MoreSee Less

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ATTENTION CADETS —- Capt. Buentgen has reserved the plane for Sunday, Nov. 19th for powered O-Rides. Funding has been restored, but is limited. If interested, contact Capt. Shope ASAP via your CAWG email.

Remember, cadets under the age of 18 are eligible for 5 powered flights AND 5 glider flights for FREE, but it is based on annual funding and availability. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.
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CyberPatriot season is under way. Meet our team and alternates! Hoping this is a great season. #South Coast Group 7, Civil Air Patrol #CyberPatriot #Civil Air Patrol - California Wing ... See MoreSee Less

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CyberPatriot season is under way.   Meet our team and alternates!  Hoping this is a great season.   #South Coast Group 7, Civil Air Patrol #CyberPatriot #Civil Air Patrol - California Wing

 

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Squadron 56 Officers Receive CAP Achievement Award
By: Capt Jeff Goeggel, CAP Public Affairs

Each year the various Groups within the California Wing host an awards banquet to honor their squadrons and individual member achievements throughout the past year. The awards banquet for South Coast Group 7 was held on October 15th and Squadron 56 received several recognitions.

Seen receiving the CAP Achievement Award for Outstanding Duty Performance are Capt. Richard Benson and Capt. Jeff Goeggel. Also receiving the award but not pictured here is Squadron 56 Commander, Capt. Doug Miller.

Accepting the award for Composite Squadron of the Year for Sq 56 is Leadership Officer Capt. Shaleana Benson, CAP.

Each member of Squadron 56, cadet and senior member alike, are recognized for their continued support and efforts to award these awards and living up to the core value of “excellence in all we do.”
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Civil Air Patrol celebrates 74 years of volunteer service

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – The U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol turns 74 today with its 58,000 members poised to celebrate their rich heritage of volunteer service.

“What a year it has been!” exclaimed Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP’s national commander and chief executive officer.

“Last December, shortly after our 73rd anniversary, Civil Air Patrol was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of our World War II veterans from America’s Greatest Generation,” he said. “The Capitol Hill celebration of the extraordinary contributions of these founding members of CAP showcased our proud legacy of sacrifice and service.”

CAP was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in World War II. Its members quickly proved their worth by conducting aerial patrols on their own, heroism that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks along U.S. coastlines and waterways. The wartime service of CAP’s “sub chasers” helped stop the loss of American and Allied merchant vessels, saving the lives of untold thousands of sailors and countless millions of dollars of war materiel destined for the battlefields in Europe and the Pacific.

In addition to coastal patrols, CAP aircrews assisted with other essential wartime missions on the home front, such as search and rescue, disaster relief, border patrol, forest fire patrol, target towing for military practice and transporting critical supplies. Members also managed hundreds of airports and trained aviators – many of them cadets – for future service in CAP and the military.

That legacy lives on in today’s all-volunteer force, which still contributes greatly to America’s defense by providing aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, giving Air Force fighter pilots practice in protecting America’s air space and helping train U.S. military troops for service overseas.

CAP members also make a profound difference in more than 1,500 communities across the nation, saving lives through search and rescue and other emergency services and conducting aerospace education and youth programs that help develop the nation’s next generation of leaders.

Civil Air Patrol’s contributions to national defense were recognized in August when the U.S. Air Force added the longtime Air Force Auxiliary to its Total Force team. Changes to Air Force doctrine officially made Civil Air Patrol a strategic partner of the Air Force and CAP members “Airmen” when conducting Air Force-assigned missions.

The 74th anniversary observance includes an annual “CAP Sunday” activity in which chaplains, character development officers and other members are encouraged to wear their uniforms to their place of worship. The activity is scheduled for the upcoming weekend, Dec. 4-6.

Civil Air Patrol, as the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Total Force role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue
Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs.
Performing missions for America for the past 74 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

CAP contact:
Julie DeBardelaben – jdebardelaben@capnhq.gov – 334-953-7748, ext. 250; 334-549-2224
Steve Cox – scox@capnhq.gov – 334-953-7748, ext. 251; 334-296-5881

Encampment – What a great experience!

Summer time for many pre-teens and teenagers consists of skateboards, playing the latest video game on the hottest gaming system and sleeping in. However in our circle, Civil Air Patrol – California Wing, summer means Encampment.

Encampment is a long tradition in California. The Cadet Training Group (CTG) was founded in 1975 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California and has graduated almost 10,000 cadets, many of which come back for years to serve as cadet and senior staff members. Several of these cadets have gone on to hold successful careers as respected leaders in the military, business and aviation.

This year, July 1 – July 8, Squadron 56 had 17 members attend Encampment during the 40th Anniversary of the CTG. Of those 17 members, seven served on Cadre and Support Staff, including C/Maj. Lydia Philip (CTG Superintendent), C/2nd Lt. Mitch Ryder (Flight Commander) and C/SMSgt Alex Cortez (Mess Staff), Squadron Commander 1st Lt. Doug Miller (Mess Officer), Capt. Paula Shope (Admin. Officer), Capt. Jeff Goeggel (Encampment PAO), and 2nd Lt. Jet Miller (Asst. POA/Photographer).

The cadets, as well as their staff members, learned and applied the meaning of followership, leadership, teamwork and mentoring through a series of classroom presentations, hands-on activities and drill. It was a great experience our squadron members will never forget.

If you have the opportunity, ask them about their time at Encampment, but be ready to hear non-stop enthusiasm from each and every one of them. We hope to see you at next year’s Encampment!