On January 28th, 1986, the NASA shuttle orbiter mission STS-51-L and the tenth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, taking the lives of all seven crew memebers, which consisted of four NASA astronauts and two payload specialists and one school teacher. Today marks the 33rd Anniversary of the this tragedy, as we remember Capt. Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik and Ellison Onizuka.
All the Cadets and Senior Members Of Squadron 1986, would like to offer our heart felt condolences to our Deputy Commander for Cadets, Maj. Mary Savage for the loss of her father.
Please know we are all here offering strength and encouragement to you and your family.
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It is with an extremely heavy heart that I report the passing of our friend, colleague and Region Vice Commander, Colonel Carleton Morrison. Col Morrison died late Friday evening at the controls of his personal aircraft outside of Petaluma, California. Col Morrison began serving CAP in 2006 when he joined Fallbrook Senior Squadron 87 in the California Wing and was soon recruited onto the wing staff as a legal officer and legislative affairs officer. There he was instrumental in helping to pass landmark employment protection legislation to protect CAP members called out to perform our missions. In 2016, Col Morrison joined the Pacific Region staff as one of our two vice commanders, handing strategic planning, recruitment and retention and new missions. Prior to joining CAP, Col Morrison served our country as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps and retired after 20 years of honorable service. Col Morrison was a proud Vietnam veteran.
Col Morrison was the type of Airman that we should all aspire to be; dedicated, compassionate and always forward looking. He will be missed every day. Please keep his wife Mary, his children and grandchildren in your thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come. As information becomes available about services, I will pass it along.
Col Jon Stokes, CAP
C/CMSgt Austin Penchoen-lind received his Mitchel Award tonight. Now as a cadet officer, C/2Lt. Penchoen-lind is eligible to enter the US Military at an advanced rank. C/2Lt. Penchoen-lind will be entering the US Marine Corps next month as a Private First Class (PFC).
Our cadets were honored to be invited to the 2017 Western Region FIDF Gala, at the Beverly Hills Hilton. They were asked to present the colors for this event. The last few years a few of our Senior members are honored for their Military Service, which includes Honoring the Israeli Defense Forces. Our cadets performance was amazing!
Attention, all CAP members in AKWG, CAWG, ORWG and WGWG:
Beginning on January 22, 2018, Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington will be on travel restrictions due to the REAL ID Act of 2005. As a result, the drivers licenses in these states will no longer be accepted for airline travel and people in these states will need either a passport or a passport card to board a flight. This could affect CAP members traveling to the 2018 Legislative Day/Winter Command Council meeting March 1-3 in Washington, D.C., and/or any other CAP travel after Jan. 22 of next year.
Please consider that there will be an expected rush on getting passports/passport cards in these noncompliant states, so everyone is encouraged to apply for a passport/passport card today.
A wet rocket launch by C/CMSgt Pedersen:
Congratulations to these units!!!
These 11 CAWG units have earned the 2016/2017 Quality Cadet Unit Award with their vibrant and diverse Cadet Programs.
SIMI VALLEY CHALLENGER COMPOSITE SQUADRON 1986
SAN FERNANDO CADET SQDN 137
FRESNO COMPOSITE SQUADRON 112
SKYHAWK COMPOSITE SQDN 47
DIABLO COMPOSITE SQDN 44
EDWARDS AFB COMPOSITE SQDN 84
JON E. KRAMER COMPOSITE SQDN 10
BAKERSFIELD COMPOSITE SQDN 121
LOS ANGELES CADET SQDN 138
BEALE COMPOSITE SQUADRON 19
CLOVER FIELD COMPOSITE SQDN 51
REMINDER: No meeting is scheduled!
Updated Squadron calender - Will work on permissions for users to add/edit in the near future.
Safety briefing tonight! All members need to remain Safety current. You can contact Maj Berro to get a copy of the outline to read over and reply back as "read" or feel free to take the online safety quiz in e-services.
** Camarillo Airshow 8/19 & 20. Report time for ride at Sq is 0500. Report time to Camarillo is 0600. Contact Maj. Savage for other details.