Three Rivers Squadron

Civil Air Patrol

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Next Meeting       

3RCS next meeting is Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 7887 U.S. Hwy 87 N.

Cadets need to bring to every meeting: CAP ID card, water, writing paper and writing utensil.

Cadet uniform of the day is CPFTs. Senior member uniform corporate or Air Force.

Looking for an exciting volunteer opportunity that you can do as a family? Anyone 12 and older are eligible to join. CAP stresses STEM topics and incorporates them into CAP's 3 missions: aerospace education,emergency services, and cadet. For more information, go to www.gocivilairpatrol.com

Remember, only two more meetings for this year. Please be on time and remember,

"Don't retain - repeat!"


Uniform tip of the week!

"Service uniforms are the everyday uniform for CAP business.   The appropriate combination depends on the commander’s direction and the type of event, but these uniforms are usually worn for unit meetings, professional development events, conferences, etc."

Service uniforms include: Class A, Class B, Corporate Service Dress, or Aviator Shirt uniform.



       

Updated 25 June 2017


Interested?

   If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining the Civil Air Patrol, click on the Contact Link at the top of this page for more information.


   Three Rivers Squadron can now offer CERT training, in-house. If you are interested in getting the CERT certification for Emergency Services, please contact us.


Who we are

   The Three Rivers Composite Squadron is looking for new members. The Civil Air Patrol is a 501(c)3 organization comprised completely of volunteers. While there is no pay for the "job" you'll be doing, there is great satisfaction in helping others, being a part of the action, and meeting people who have a like-minded spirit. The Civil Air Patrol has both cadet and senior memberships available. Cadets are between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age, and are included in all activities undertaken by the Civil Air Patrol to include Search and Rescue, Emergency Services, Aerospace, and of course, Cadet Programs. Senior members must pass an FBI fingerprint screening and be willing to spend time with cadets, learn new skills, and enjoy helping others.&


3RCS supports Healthy Families

of San Angelo Childrens Fair

For the fifSan Angelo Healthy Families Children's Faith year, Three Rivers Composite Squadron has had a rocket making booth at the Healthy Families of San Angelo Children's Fair held at Unidad Park on College Hills Blvd.

Squadron members build junk rockets and the child gets to pick out two different colors of duct tape to personalize the rocket. Once completed, it's off to the rocket launcher where the can launch as many times as they like.

Maybe one of the 117 kids who launched a rocket today might be inspired to be an astronaut or engineer some day!
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Three Rivers member receives $25K scholarship

Article by Maj. Johanna Augustine, Three Rivers Composite Squadron PAO

Photo - Presenting the check to Air Force ROTC Cadet 4th Class Cody McCallum were Angelo State University ROTC Detachment 847 Commander, Lt. Col. Scott Partin and Angelo State University Dean of College of Business, Dr. Clifton Jones.  Photo by Angelo State University AFROTC Cadet 3rd Class Wyatt Bersch.Three Rivers Composite Squadron Senior Member Awarded $25,000 AFROTC Scholarship
Civil Air Patrol 1st Lt. Cody McCallum was awarded a three-year Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Type 2 scholarship worth approximately $25,000 to continue his education through Angelo State University’s AFROTC Detachment 847.

Lt. McCallum is a member of the Three Rivers Composite Squadron in Grape Creek.  He joined CAP in 2006 at the age of 12, reaching the rank of cadet major and upon turning 21 he became a senior member.

As a cadet, he attend nine encampments, eight as a staff member to include serving as encampment commander for New Mexico Wing in 2012. He also attended National Blue Berets in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2013 and traveled to England as a member of the International Air Cadet Exchange program in 2015.

McCallum continues to be an active member of the squadron while continuing his education.  He is currently majoring in Intelligence, security studies and analysis and plans to be a pilot in the Air Force.

He attributes much of his success in the program at this point to his time in the Civil Air Patrol.  “CAP has been my biggest help in ROTC.  I was able to start a few steps ahead of my peers,” said McCallum.  “There’s no way I would’ve earned a full scholarship without my CAP experience.  Good grades, CAP experience and hard work were the biggest factors in earing this scholarship.”

Lt. McCallum received the scholarship through the AFROTC In-College Scholarship Program.   By accepting the scholarship he agreed to the following:

 Enroll in the academic major for which the scholarship is offered

 Complete a 24-day summer field training course at Maxwell AFB, Alabama sometime between his sophomore and junior years

 Complete an AFROTC General Military Course his freshman and sophomore years and the Professional Officer Course his junior and senior years.

 Accept a commission as an Air Force officer and serve at least four years on active duty.


 

LESA South accomplishment

  LESA South Commander Lt. Col. Juan Arredondo presents Civil Air Patrol Cadet Technical Sgt. Jamison B. Vest his graduation certificate.Vest was also a member of the honor graduation flight.Cadet/Technical Sergeant Jamison Vest attended the LoneStar Emergency Services Academy South December 26 – 31 in Brownsville, Texas. During the week long training at Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport and Boca Chica Beach, students received instruction in ground search and rescue to include land navigation, line searches, urban direction finding, using radios and proper radio procedures. Training culminated with missing aircraft search in the dark.


3RCS cadet & senior accomplishments

Three Rivers Composite Squadron held the monthly promotions and awards ceremony during the weekly meeting on November 24, 2015, and would like to congratulate the following promotees and award recipients:

Cadet Airman Basic Holden Kohles was promoted to cadet airman. He also received a certificate of first flight for his first orientation flight and a recruiting ribbon for recruiting two new members.

Cadet Major Cody McCallum joined the senior ranks and was promoted to 1st Lt. Lt. McCallum received an accelerated promotion to the rank of 1st Lt., credit for Level 1 training and the technician rating in Cadet Programs for achieving the cadet Earhart Award.

Senior members Richard Kohles and James McDanolds both received their certificate of completion of Level 1 training.

Cadets Senior Master Sgt. A.J. Augustine, Staff Sgt. J.B. Vest, Airman Basic Marie Crenshaw and Senior member Capt. Les Roblin received a Commemorative Air Force volunteer patch for their assistance at the Midland Airshow in August.

All images are available on the Three Rivers Composite Squadron Facebook page.


Wreaths Across America

For the 6th year, Three Rivers Composite Squadron will host a Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Grape Creek Cemetery on December 12 at 11:00 a.m.  After the ceremony, wreaths will be placed on all marked veteran graves at Grape Creek Cemetery, Water Valley Cemetery, and Pioneer Memorial Park (behind Shaffer Funeral Home on Hwy 87) in  that order if we have enough wreaths. Our goal this year is to lay 200 wreaths.   To accomplish this goal, we need you to help sponsor a wreath. 

 All wreaths are hand made of fresh pine by the Worcester Wreaths Company in Maine. Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization whose goal is to place a wreath on every veteran's grave each year during the ceremony held at the same time across the country each year.  Each wreath is $15.

To sponsor a wreath with a credit card, go to:http://secure2.convio.net/was/site/Donation2;jsessionid=D8A8F2DD3107A5A9B94FCDAFA20BE838.app202a?IDB=1107421763&df_id=1&FR_ID464&PROXY_ID=9320&PROXY_TYPE=22&1395.donation=form1  

Please make sure you are sponsoring a wreath for Grape Creek Cemetery( ID is TXGRPC) and Three Rivers Squadron (ID is TX0077P). If you would like to sponsor a wreath by check or money order, make out to Wreaths Across America and mail to:

Three Rivers Composite Squadron, P.O. 292, Carlsbad, TX 76934

Donation collection points:

I'm In Stitches! Alterations. 1444 S. Bell St., San Angelo

Goodfellow AFB Santa's Market and Community Appreciation Day, Nov 21.  Come by Johanna Augustine's craft booth.  Look for Three Rivers Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol's table.

Stop by Three Rivers Composite Squadron's weekly meeting.  Tuesdays, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 7887 US Hwy North.

For info about WAA, go to wreathsacrossamerica.org


Glider Orientation Flights

Three Rivers Composite Squadron members traveled to Hobbs, New Mexico for the opportunity fly in an aircraft without an engine. Over a two day period, cadets and senior members had the opportunity to experience what it was like to fly without the noise of an engine.

Cadet KneenThe hot temperature and clear skies were perfect flying weather and the pilots were able to take advantage of the thermals and kept flying late into the afternoon. The cadets were able to get some extremely long flights staying up for over an hour on a few of the trips.

Participating this year were Cadets Staff Sgt. Jamison Vest, Airman Ashley Kneen and Airman Basic Marie Crenshaw. Maj. DaveCadet Vest Augustine also had the opportunity to experience flying in a glider.

Thank you to the New Mexico Wing for taking the time to fly the cadets.

Cadet DavisAll Civil Air Patrol cadets can receive up to five glider and power orientation flights at no charge to the cadet. The squadron hopes to return to New Mexico in the fall for glider and powered flight.

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What was it like?

Maj. Augustine's father, Albert Oliva, was a Civil Air Patrol cadet in 1944/1945. Here is a recruiting pamphlet from that era. The file was scanned into single pages from two pages, so you'll have to "turn" them to make them easier to view.


April 2015 Promotions

Cadet Staff Sergeant Jamison B. VestCadet Senior Airman Jamison Vest was promoted to the rank of cadet staff sgt. and  awarded the Wright Brothers Award during the April promotion ceremony. Requirements for the award consist of passing a comprehensive exam on all leadership knowledge taught during Phase I of the program, passing the Cadet Physical Fitness Test  and attending weekly meetings.

Cadet Airman First Class Mason LemonsCadet Airman Mason Lemons was promoted to the rank of Airman 1st Class and was awarded the Hap Arnold Award.  Requirements for the award consist of passing a leadership and aerospace exam,  Passing the CPFT, attending a character development forum and attending weekly meetings.

Cadet Airman Basic Emily Lemons First Flight certificateCadets Airman Basic Emily Lemons and Airman 1st Class Mason Lemons received their first o'flight certificate. All CAP cadets receive up to 5 flights in a power aircraft.  The hour-long flight in a single-engine Cessna aircraft introduces the cadet to the science that makes flight possible. The cadet learns about navigation, weather, aircraft instruments, flight maneuvers, and more. The cadet helps pre-flight their aircraft and while aloft they gets to handle the controls during the non-critical stages of the flight. Pilots volunteer their time, while CAP provides the aircraft and fuel, at no cost to the cadets or the pilots. The cadet program is open to youth ages 12 through 18.


Children's Fair 2015

Three Rivers Composite Squadron had a rocket making booth at the Healthy Families of San Angelo Children's Fair on April 26. Squadron members stayed busy all day building junk rockets out of paper towel tubes, washers and chipboard and each child was allowed to pick out up to 3 types of duct tape to personalize the rocket. Once the rocket was completed, the child was allowed to launch the rocket with the squadron's air compressor launcher with the assistance of a squadron member. There was no limit to the number of times they could launch the rocket. Senior members and cadets built 140 rockets during the 5 hour fair. This is the third year that the squadron has participated. Thank you to Cadets Albert Augustine, Ashley Kneen, Emily Lemons, Mason Lemons and Jamison Vest for helping.


Skywarn Training

Hector Guerrero of the National Weather Service explains severe weather spotting With severe weather season upon us, it is important to be able to recognize dangerous weather conditions and know what to do when severe weather approaches. Three Rivers Composite Squadron hosted Skywarn training for the local Grape Creek community on March 28. Local residents and members of various volunteers organizations to include Civil Air Patrol, attended the training to learn more about meteorology. Hector Guerrero and Mark Cunningham of the San Angelo National Weather Service taught the two hour course. Topic covered were:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development

  • Fundamentals of storm structure

  • Identifying potential severe weather features

  • Information to report

  • How to report information

  • Basic severe weather safety

Mark Cunningham provides training for Skywarn membersSkywarn is a volunteer program that consists of more than 250,000 trained severe weather spotters. These spotters provide timely and accurate weather reports to their local national Weather Service office. Skywarn volunteers are an essential port of the warning process and have had a positive impact on the improvement in server weather detection and warning lead times.

The weather may effect CAP's ability to perform emergency services duties when required. It's vital that all members are able to identify severe weather and know what actions to take to protect themselves from danger,” said Maj. Johanna Augustine, squadron commander. “Skywarn training provides all of the necessary information so a CAP member can assess the risk of approaching weather and decide whether it is safe to go out on that mission.”

Trained spotter come from all walks of life, but many of the volunteers are first responders, public utility workers and HAM radio operators. Training is free and is for anyone with an interest in severe weather. To find a class in the local area, go to www.srh.noaa.gov/sjt/?n=skywarn-schedule2015


Promotions 2014

C/Amn Mason Lemons Curry awardSM Cheyenne Opiana Level 1 completion

Congratulations to Cadet Airman Basic Lemons who was promoted to cadet airman during the December promotion ceremony. Squadron Commander Maj J. Augustine and Deputy Commander of Cadets Maj. D. Augustine pinned on his new rank.

Congratulations to Senior Member C. Opiana for completing Level 1 training. Presenting her certificate is Squadron Commander Maj J. Augustine.


Wreaths Across America

For more images, click this image.Under an overcast, gray sky, seven ceremonial wreaths representing the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA were presented in honor of those who have served.

Three Rivers Composite Squadron hosted the Wreaths Across America ceremony for the 5th year at Grape Creek Cemetery. Members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter, Concho Valley 23-12 and residents of the local community came together to remember and honor those who served our country.
After the ceremony, 168 wreaths were placed on veteran graves at Grape Creek Cemetery, Water Valley Cemetery and Pioneer Memorial Park.

Grape Creek was one of 1000 locations throughout the country placing over 800,000 wreaths on veteran graves during this year's Wreaths Across America ceremony. The ceremony is held each year on the second Saturday in December. For more information about WAA, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. For more images click here.

Civil Air Patrol to be Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

President Franklin D. Roosevelt presents the nation’s first-ever Air Medals, given for valor in flight, to a pair of CAP subchasers – Maj. Hugh R. Sharp, center, and 1st Lt. Edmund “Eddie” Edwards, second from right, in the Oval Office in February 1943. The two were recognized for their heroic rescue July 21, 1942, of a fellow CAP member, 1st Lt. Henry Cross, whose plane had crashed in the Atlantic 20 miles off the coast of Delaware. Looking on is James M. Landis, wartime chief of the Office of Civilian Defense. By the end of World War II, CAP members had received 824 Air Medals.MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – On Dec. 10, Civil Air Patrol will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Capitol Hill in honor of its founding members’ role in protecting the homeland against deadly German U-boat attacks during World War II and carrying out other vital wartime domestic missions.

The Congressional Gold Medal ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in Statuary Hall at the Capitol. About 40 living veterans and dozens of members of their families as well as the families of deceased veterans will be in attendance. Later that evening a celebratory dinner sponsored by CITGO will be held at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Virginia, where bronze replica medals will be presented to the World War II-era CAP members courtesy of the oil giant. Sunoco and Sunoco Logistic are also major sponsors of the events.

Some 200,000 men, women and teenagers from all walks of life – including stars of the silver screen and successful businessmen, future Tuskegee Airmen and aspiring pilots – in CAP during the war years, largely without recognition or reward. The organization was founded Dec. 1, 1941, six days before Pearl Harbor.

Veterans in attendance at the event will include:

  • A pair of centenarians – T. Guy Reynolds, who turns 102 on Nov. 30, and Jeri Truesdell, who celebrated her 100th birthday Feb. 16. Reynolds, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, founded the West Virginia Wing Martinsburg Composite Squadron in 1943. Truesdell, who lives in Winnetka, California, joined CAP in 1942 and served until 1944 as a pilot in the Illinois Wing.

  • Along with Truesdell, early female aviators like Jayne Pace of Houston, who flew as a Louisiana Wing pilot starting in 1945, and Etta “Kitty” Bass Knight of Spruce Creek, Florida,.

  • Gail Halvorsen of Amada, Arizona, the U.S. Air Force’s “Uncle Wiggly Wings,” who is famed for dropping chocolate to deprived children on the Soviet-controlled side of Berlin during the 1948 Berlin Airlift, and who credits CAP with teaching him how to fly after he joined in 1942.

    Also attending will be the families of:

  • George Boyd of Wichita, Kansas, and Wallace C. Higgins of Alfred Station, New York, who joined the Tuskegee Airmen after training as CAP cadets in New Jersey and New York, respectively.

  • Lester L. Wolff of East Norwich, New York, who flew anti-submarine missions for CAP’s New York Wing, more than two decades before he served as a U.S. representative for New York in the House from 1965-1980.

  • Five of Wolff’s fellow subchasers – Robert Arn of Westerville, Ohio, who served at CAP’s Coastal Patrol Base 14 in Panama City, Florida, from September 1942-June 1943; James Fletcher of Sugar Land, Texas, who served at Coastal Patrol Base 4 in Parksley, Virginia; Carl Jividen of Londonderry, Ohio, who not only flew out of but also helped build Base 14 in Panama City; Emery Overcash of Moore, South Carolina, who served at Coastal Patrol Base 21 in Beaufort, North Carolina; and Gilbert Russell of Granite Quarry, North Carolina, who served at Coastal Patrol Base.

  • Otha H. Vaughan, of Huntsville, Alabama, whose experiences and training as a CAP cadet in South Carolina helped lead to an Air Force stint and, ultimately, a career with NASA that included involvement in developing Saturn series rockets for the Apollo program and in designing the Lunar Rover.

  • Willa Brown, the first African-American woman to earn a private pilot’s license and to hold a commercial pilot’s license in the U.S.

  • Vernon Rudolph, the founder of Krispy Kreme Donuts Inc.

  • Richard L. Yuengling Sr., the fourth co-president and manager of D.G. Yuengling and Son, the oldest brewery in the U.S. that’s still active today.

Other high-profile CAP members during the war years included a significant Hollywood contingent, most notably famed actors Robert Cummings and Mary Astor, Meinhardt Raabe, who portrayed the Munchkin coroner in “The Wizard of Oz;” Henry King Jr., a noted Hollywood director from 1915-1961 and one of 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and Jose Iturbi, a world-famous pianist and harpsichordist who also appeared in several Hollywood films in the 1940s;

During the war members of CAP’s coastal patrols, flying their own or borrowed planes, flew 24 million miles from March 1942-August 1943 over the Atlantic and Gulf coasts in order to ward off German U-boat attacks against U.S. shipping – especially domestic oil tankers bound for Europe to help fuel the military machine. They did so at the request of the U.S. Petroleum Industry War Council, because the U.S. Navy lacked the resources to guard against the submarine attacks and provide escorts for commercial convoys.

The CAP coastal patrols, flying out of 21 bases located along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Maine to the southern tip of Texas, spotted 173 U-boats and attacked 57. They also escorted more than 5,600 convoys and reported 17 floating mines, 36 bodies, 91 ships in distress and 363 survivors in the water.

Other pioneering Civil Air Patrol members patrolled the country’s borders by air, vigilant for potential saboteurs. In addition, they towed targets for military trainees, watched for forest fires, conducted search and rescue missions, provided disaster relief and emergency transport of people and parts and conducted orientation flights for future pilots.