By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO, Legal Officer, FL 182
Dateline: July 15, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport
Pinellas Senior Squadron (FL182) joined up once more with the St. Petersburg Cadet Squadron (FL066) for another gathering, sharing pizza, brownies, and birthday cake, as well as some all important training on June 29, 2015, at Albert Whitted Airport.
Commander 1st Lt Ronalee Klase (FL 066) and Deputy Commander 2d Lt Ron Klemm, the Cadet Laisson (FL 182), arranged for the joint meeting and training, another in a series that began last summer after Maj Adrian Cuarta took command of FL 182. Cuarta wanted more interaction with the cadets, as that is one of the three important missions of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Cuarta asked Klemm to serve as the liasson to the cadet squadron. Klemm has a young son who is ready to sign up as a cadet as soon as he reaches twelve, the age of eligibility.
Klemm gave the cadets instruction on an all-important skill, especially for cadet winter and summer encampments, the art of knot- tying with rope. Klemm served in the US Army as a demolition expert. He emphasized in his presentation to the cadets that “knot tying is a very important skill, and may prove to be very valuable in a variety of situations that you might find yourself. It was a valued skill in my area of expertise during my army career.”
Col Larry Fernald assisted Klemm, and provided the cadets with additional knot tying techniques for different purposes.
A work sheet was provided to the cadets by Klemm so that they could take notes on the different types of knots and their various purposes. Hands-on training was given to the cadets, with a rope strung across the front table, and each cadet given some rope to work with.
Cuarta also provided the cadets with an introduction and overview of the Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation Portable (GIIEP) system, used by CAP to generate and utilize real time digital imagery in support of CAP’s Emergency Services mission.
After the GIIEP slideshow, the cadets and seniors from both squadrons enjoyed pizza and other treats, and lots of good conversation. 1st Lt Katrina Ray, a senior member of FL 066, was serenaded with a rousing rendition of “happy birthday”, sung by the 25 cadets and seniors who attended.
Another joint meeting will be planned in the fall. Cuarta , Klemm, and Klase are planning at least 3 to 4 joint gatherings annually, along with emergency services training and orientation flights.
Civil Air Patrol, 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 Air Force auxiliary 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 73 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.
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