RAF Flight Sergeant visits Omaha Aerospace class

RAF Flight Sgt Elizabeth Brady visited Omaha Burke High School recently for a presentation to 21 students of LeeAnn Vaughan’s aviation and aerospace class. Brady gave the students an overview of her RAF career with highlights from her training, deployments, other experiences. MS Vaughan is an aerospace education member of Civil Air Patrol.

RAF Flt Sgt Brady adressing the Aviation & Aerospace Academy at Burke High School in Omaha

Brady was, by her own admission, a relatively indifferent student in high school and left college before graduation. After working in a number of unsatisfying positions, she decided to join the RAF because she “needed a job.” She discovered the military tested her physically and intellectually, teaching her things about herself and her strengths she would not have
discovered in any other way. Though small in stature, she stood up to the challenges of learning several foreign languages, mastering weapons training, and quite literally “surviving” survival training. After over 20 years in the RAF and numerous overseas deployments, FS Brady is Weapons Systems Officer (Linguist) and a qualified instructor in a variety of aircrew courses including maritime survival and Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE).
Perhaps her most important message to the class was not to fear failure. “Don’t be afraid to fail,” Brady said, “just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back at it.” She encouraged the students to pursue their dreams and be true to themselves, whatever career they choose. “Don’t let others define you by your race, gender, or whatever”, she said. “You will encounter obstacles and prejudice, but don’t give up, and let your actions demonstrate that you are up to the task.”

Flight Sergeant Brady with the class after her presntation

Flight Sergeant Brady’s presentation was well received and generated several follow up questions from the students who enjoyed her self-described “dodgy” English/Scottish accent. FS Brady is in the US as part of a joint US/UK team preparing for the delivery of the RC 135 Rivet Joint aircraft to the RAF. She is also helping facilitate a budding relationship between Nebraska CAP’s Omaha Composite Squadron cadets and Royal Air Cadets of 47F Squadron in the UK.

The visit to Burke was arranged with assistance from Nebraska CAP’s Omaha Composite Squadron which is supporting Burke’s newly designated Aviation and Aerospace Academy which Vaughan heads.

 

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with almost 550 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 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 80 lives annually. Its volunteers 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for over 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatr

 

Nebraska CAP on Ice Patrol

On 11 February, in response to a request from the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (NRD), Lt Col Dan Peterson of the Omaha Composite Squadron flew a Nebraska Wing Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 with two NRD staffers on board to survey the Platte River from its mouth at the Missouri River upstream to Columbus, NE. NRD Assistant General Manager, Marlin Petermann, and Operations and Maintenance Superintendent, Bill Warren, accompanied Peterson. The flight allowed Petermann and Warren to evaluate the ice coverage on the river in anticipation of potential ice jams and flooding should seasonal thawing occur rapidly. “We can’t see the whole river from the levees,” according to Warren, “The overhead view gives us a better picture of potential trouble spots.” Spring flooding of the Platte River caused by ice jams is a regular occurrence on the Platte River. Peterson stated that CAP resources will be available throughout the spring to provide additional airborne reconnaissance support to the NRD should the need arise. “It was a good flight,” said Peterson, “and, we are always there, ready to help.”

Pictured after their flight are, from left to right, Bill Warren (NRD Operations and Maintenance Superintendent), Lt Col Dan Peterson, and Marlin Petermann (NRD Assistant General Manager).

 

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with more than 550 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 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 80 lives annually. Its volunteers 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for over 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatr

 

Nebraska CAP aids in search for missing couple

The Nebraska Civil Air Patrol spent a weekend early in January 2014 assisting in the search for a couple missing for eight days in Antelope County Nebraska.  According to Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore, the Couple was last seen Sunday Evening, Jan 5, 2014, near O’Neil NE.

A Nebraska CAP Cessna 182 taxing in after a sortie in the search for a missing Antelope Nebraska Couple

Nebraska Civil Air Patrol aircraft flew over 25 hours in the search mission launching one aircraft from Omaha and one from Lincoln Nebraska. According to CAP’s Incident Commander Lt. Col. Darrell Nelson, the Aircraft conducted a grid search in an area bounded by O’Neil, Chambers, and Inman NE. A CAP communications vehicle staffed with CAP members from Fremont Nebraska provided air to ground communications and coordination with the Antelope & Holt County Sheriff’s Departments as well as the Nebraska State Patrol. The Fremont CAP Squadron also spent hours conducting a ground search in the primary search area.  While the search efforts did not locate the missing couple, CAP activities did generate several leads according to Sheriff Moore that may lead his department to the missing couple.

 

A Nebraska CAP aircrew briefing before a sortie in the search for a Antelope County Couple

 

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with more than 550 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 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 80 lives annually. Its volunteers 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for over 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatr

Burke High Aviation Students get up close & Personal with CAP Aircraft

35 Omaha Burke High School aviation students visited Millard Airport recently to inspect two CAP aircraft. Majors John Pineda and Tom Pflug of the Omaha Composite Squadron hosted the tour.

The Burke High Aviation Science class in the CAP Hanger at the Millard Airport

Following up on recent classroom lessons, the students participated in “pre-flight inspections” of the Cessna 182 airplanes. Everyone had a chance to move ailerons, sump fuel, and manipulate flight controls. Major Pineda demonstrated the capabilities of the  G1000 “glass cockpit” to the amazement of the class.

Major John Pineda explains the “Glass Cockpit” in a CAP Cessna 182 to members of the Burke High Aviation Science Class

For many of the visitors, this was their first chance to get close to a real airplane. LeeAnn Vaughan, the aviation science instructor at Burke, expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to enrich her students’ classroom experiences with time in and around operational airplanes. More involvement with the Burke aviation science program is planned later in the school year.

Burke High Aviation Science students learn the proper way to “pre-flight” an aircraft.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 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 80 lives annually. Its volunteers 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for over 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/or more information.

 

Nebraska Cadets assist “wing nuts”.

Twenty members of the Omaha Composite Squadron traveled to Tarkio, Mo., to help out with the Wing Nuts Flying Circus, sponsored annually by the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Cadet members of the Omaha Composite Squadron at the Wing Nuts Flying Circus in Tarkio Missouri

The Nebraska Wing members provided flight line support services for the event’s sponsors, including marshaling more than 100 aircraft during the air show and the practice days preceding it.
Lt. Col. Robert McCartney, the Omaha squadron’s commander, said the organizers were very pleased with the Civil Air Patrol members’ support.

A Nebraska CAP cadet receives a memorable orientation ride from “wing Nut” Bill Herzog

Air show highlights included an aerial demonstration by the Aeroshell T-6 Demonstration Team, the Texas Legends Corsair and Japanese Zero.  Also featured were a number of aircraft on display, including a Ford Trimotor, a B-25, a P-51 and a Skyraider.

A Nebraska CAP cadet on the brink of takeoff during his orientation flight i n a North American AT-6D at the Wing Nuts Flying Circus Air Show.

The show’s sponsors have invited the squadron back for next year’s event, McCartney said.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 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 80 lives annually. Its volunteers 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for over 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/or more information.

Foreign Air Cadets Visit Nebraska

Camp Ashland NE. Six young men & women from three countries were guests of the Nebraska Civil Air Patrol in late July.  Two air cadets each from the U.K. Australia and Turkey  visited our state as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange. During their visit they experienced Midwestern life as well as a wide range of aviation activities. Highlights of their visit included a visit to a family farm for horseback riding & a barbeque, “grey water tanking” on the Calamus River, a tour of the Winnebago Indian Reservation and a day at “Worlds of Fun”. Aviation oriented activities included flights in sailplanes and CAP powered aircraft, a tour of the Strategic Air & Space Museum, and “flights” in a KC-135 simulator as well as a tour of Stratcom Headquarters.

Lt. Col Robert McCartney of Nebraska’s Omama Composite Squadron conducting a tour at The Strategic Air & Space Museum. The International cadets got a up close and personal look at the museum’s SR-71

According to Major Doug Tweedt of CAP’s Omaha Composite Squadron and Nebraska’s IACE Project Officer: “the exchange is a life shaping experience. Participants meet fellow exchange members from all over the world to promote fellowship & goodwill through their common interest in aviation”. While in Nebraska the visiting cadets stayed with host families from Nebraska CAP.

Nebraska CAP cadets regularly participate in the IACE program visiting participating foreign countries.

International Air Cadets between soaring flights at the Blair NE Airport

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 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 80 lives annually. Its volunteers 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for over 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/or more information.

A gathering of young hawks & Skyhawks in Fremont

Fremont, NE. Twenty six young men and women from all across the country converged on Midlands College and the Fremont Airport for two weeks to attend a Civil Air Patrol national flight academy. The academy offers CAP cadet members an opportunity to learn to fly the Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft. Aspiring pilots received formal ground instruction and cockpit time with a certified flight instructor. Many cadets even solo at the academy!

Col David Plum briefing academy attendees at opening session.

Among the attendees are Nebraska Cadets Samuel Buckmaster of Schuyler  & Christopher Pineda of Omaha.  Cadet Buckmaster resides with his Mother & Father Jean & Bruce Buckmaster.  Chris resides with his parents John & Betty.

Cadet Buckmaster preparing for his instruction flight

The learning environment is specially designed for cadets, and the low instructor to student ratio (normally one instructor for two students) provides opportunities for mentoring and individual attention. Instructors, all CAP members, donate their time and skills.

Col. Bob Todd of Gretna debriefs Cadet Matt TenEyck of Littleton CO. after his flight.

Participants in the flight academy receive 10 hours of “hands on” flight time learning the basics of flying a powered aircraft (Cessna 172) and then switch over and fly as an observer when their student partner receives instruction. In addition they receive approximately 25 hours of ground instruction.

A CAP Cessna 172 taxiing out for an instruction flight.

According to Col. Dave Plum, long time academy director and Nebraska Wing Commander, other activities include orientation flights in an Army Blackhawk helicopter as well as an opportunity to experience the high altitude chamber at Offutt AFB. Participants lived and dined at Midlands College during the two week course.

 

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 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 80 lives annually. Its volunteers 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for over 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/or more information.

 

 

 

Omaha Educators recieve “Top Flight”

Two Omaha Educators recently received a hands-on look at the subject they teach from Major Tom Pflug of the Omaha Composite Squadron of the Nebraska Civil Air Patrol.  Major Pflug provided the pair an orientation flight as part of CAP’s “top flight” program.  The program is designed to provide a hands-on flight experience that will enhance educators’ classroom presentation and teaching skills of aerospace education.

Omaha Educators Vaughan & Moisset prepare for their “Top Flight”

Ms’s LeeAnn Vaughan and Deanna Moisset lead the Aviation Mini-Magnet/Flight Academy at the Harry A. Burke High School in Omaha. MS Vaughan is the lead educator in the Mini-Magnet program.  She had previously been awarded a national award for excellence while teaching at the North Omaha Magnet School. MS Moisset is the program’s curriculum specialist. Both are Aerospace Education Members of CAP & are currently exploring the feasibility of forming a CAP Squadron in support of the school’s flight academy. Both Vaughan & Moisset reside in Omaha.

Moisset & Vaughan during their recent Orientation Flight over Omaha

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 volunteers in Nebraska. CAP operates the nation’s largest single engine aircraft fleet with 550 aircraft including six in Nebraska.  CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 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 80 lives annually. Its volunteers 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for over 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org/or more information.

 

Offutt Squadron wins 7 State Region Cadet Competition

After winning a most competitive 2013 Nebraska Wing Cadet Competition, the Color Guard from the General Curtis Lemay Offutt Cadet Squadron traveled to Salina Kansas to compete in the North Central Region Cadet Competition.

Members of the winning team(L-R) Cadets Andrew Agner of Papillion, Dylan Dostal of Springfield, Nathan Agner of Papillion, Jamie Sargent of Papillion & Melissa Krebs of Bellevue

The Color Guard Competed against teams from five of the other six wings in the region. The Team sparred with the other teams in academics, physical fitness as well as drill & wearing of the uniform. According to Squadron Commander Lt. Col. David Waite, the team was judged the best overall team and will represent the Region in the Upcoming National Cadet Competition. Team Commander C/TSgt Melissa Krebs of Papillion Nebraska was

judged overall competition honor cadet.

Team Commander & Competition Honor Cadet Melissa Krebs

C/SrA Nathan Agner of Papillion and C/SrA Dylan Dostal of Springfield NE tied for highest written test score.

The competition was held at the Kansas National Guard facility in Salina.  The judge’s panel consisted of members of the Kansas Army & Air National Guard.

Nebraska’s award winning team lowering the colors at the North Central Region Cadet Competition.

Col. David Plum Nebraska Wing Commander stated that CAP’s Cadet Competition favors teams that excel in academics and physical fitness as well as proficiency in drill and ceremonies. Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 in Nebraska. It operates a fleet of 550 aircraft, including 6 in Nebraska. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 32lives in fiscal year 2012. Its volunteers 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Call Dave Halperin, Nebraska Public Affairs Officer at 402.880.4803 or Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Nebraska CAP Exercises Statewide Search Capabilities

Members from 11 Squadrons of the Nebraska Wing recently conducted the year’s first Search & Rescue exercise.  Col. Ward Shires, Incident Commander, stated that the exercise included 12 emergency services vehicles and six aircraft.

Col. Ward Shires, exercise incident commander discusses aircraft sorties with planning section chief, Lt. Col. Darrell Nelson

The wing utilized its High Frequency ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) radio network to link the geographically dispersed teams. ALE is a feature in an HF communications radio system, that enables the radio station to make contact, or initiate a, between itself and another HF radio station or network of stations. The purpose is to provide a reliable rapid method of calling and connecting during constantly changing HF ionospheric propagation, reception interference, and shared spectrum use of busy or congested HF channels.

Cadet Thomas Lassek checks in with Mission Base, Cadet Brady Beiermann serves as navigator, also pictured are cadets Coltyn Vazquez, Logan Cryzter and Justin Lassek of the Fremont Cadet Squadron.

The exercise included taskings related to aerial search, coordination between search aircraft and ground rescue teams as well as aerial photo recon missions. In early sorties, the Fremont Cadet  & Omaha Composite Squadrons’ ground teams were dispatched on simulated Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) Searches.  The teams exercised their skills on using a specialized direction finder designed to pinpoint the location of downed aircraft. The ELT is designed to activate when an aircraft crashes. Virtually all Aircraft in the U.S. are equipped with an ELT.

The practice exercise was one of several to be conducted this year, and was designed to hone the search & rescue & other disaster preparedness skills of the Wing’s emergency responders.

Members of the Omaha composite Squadron preparing their ELT direction finder while searching for a simulated downed aircraft. From Left Cadet Asher Cutler, Captain John Pineda & Cadet Jesse Seiler.

Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide with nearly 600 in Nebraska. It operates a fleet of 550 aircraft, including 6 in Nebraska. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 32lives in fiscal year 2012. Its volunteers 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Call Dave Halperin, Nebraska Public Affairs Officer at 402.880.4803 or Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.