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Washington Civil Air Patrol Members Test Crisis Response in Statewide Exercise: “The Perfect Storm”

posted Jun 22, 2017, 2:34 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated ]

Washington Civil Air Patrol Members Test Crisis Response in Statewide Exercise: “The Perfect Storm”
By Capt Jessica Jerwa and Lt Col Jeffrey A. Lustick, Washington Wing Public Affairs, published June 22, 2017

– Civil Air Patrol members from around the state are participating in a multi-day training exercise this weekend, beginning Thursday, June 22, and concluding Sunday, June 25. The Pierce County Airport-Thun Field (PLU) in Puyallup, Wash., will serve as the mission base, while five remote staging areas will be activated across the state including Yakima, Spokane, Walla Walla, Bellingham, and Vancouver.

According to Colonel James Furlong, Commander of Washington Wing, “We are calling it the ‘Perfect Storm,’ and it is a training exercise to test the readiness of our local members and to employ our aircraft, aircrews, and emergency services teams to assist state and national organizations during a simulated state-level emergency. We don’t really know what twists and turns the training mission will be dealt to us until it happens.”

This weekend’s exercise will be directly overseen by a field evaluation team from the U.S. Air Force and could include various hypothetical scenarios ranging from simulated natural disasters, crashed aircraft, to terrorism incidents. “We look forward to these exercises all year,” Colonel Furlong added.

Responsibilities for CAP members working in the exercise will include ground search and rescue, airborne reconnaissance and photography, as well high-frequency radio communications. CAP Cessna aircraft will fly missions from around the state.

While specific details of the exercise are sparse in advance of the exercise, Incident Commander Major Brett Knapp, notes that simply the name of the exercise infers it will be a busy weekend, “a ‘Perfect Storm’ is a particularly bad or critical state of affairs, arising from a number of negative and unpredictable factors, which in this context could include simulated events such as wildfires, earthquakes, missing aircraft or hikers, and more.”

Adult and youth members of the Washington Wing Civil Air Patrol regularly take part in homeland security and disaster preparedness exercises and response missions, assisting local, state and national organizations with crisis and terrorism preparedness. Most recently, Washington Wing members participated in OPERATION ARDENT SENTRY, which was part of the region-wide Cascadia Rising 9.0 earthquake simulation. CAP members worked alongside mission specialists from the Washington National Guard, FEMA, and many county sheriff’s offices.

Washington Wing will fly several missions for their disaster response exercise: "The Perfect Storm" (CAP photo/1st Lt Scott Story)

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 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. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

Locally, Washington volunteers operate a fleet of 23 vehicles and 14 aircraft (Cessna 172s, 182s, and a 206, as well as 2 Blanik gliders) for inland search and rescue missions and cadet orientation flight instruction. The wing is comprised of 744 adult members (ages 18+) and 626 cadets (ages 12-21), organized into 27 squadrons, who contributed a value of $4.9 million in volunteer hours to their local communities and the citizens of Washington in 2016. Visit for more information.

Employee Volunteer Grants!

posted Jun 15, 2017, 5:19 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Jun 16, 2017, 10:10 AM ]

Get your unit paid by your employer while you volunteer!

Have you checked with your employer's HR department to see if they have a charitable matching program? For example, Bank of America, Boeing, and Microsoft each have programs that will donate to your unit in exchange for your volunteer time! Talk to your HR department, then contact​ if you have any questions on how to get started! It's almost like getting paid to volunteer!

Bank of America

Bank of America employees and retirees volunteer thousands of hours globally in our neighborhoods each year. In fact, more than 3,000 charitable organizations benefit from our employees and retirees’ dedication each year. To honor those who give their time and service to causes important to them, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation awards volunteer grants, which are up to $500 per employee or retiree for each calendar year and are made in the name of the employee or retiree, to eligible charitable organizations.

(more info)


Boeing matches employee and retiree donations to most nonprofits. The company provides a dollar for dollar match on the first $6,000 donated per employee and a 50% match on donations from retirees. 

Boeing offers two types of volunteer grants for employees:
  1. Individual Volunteer Grants
    Boeing offers volunteer grants to recognize employees who volunteer with nonprofit organizations. The company provides a $250 grant for every 25 hours of volunteering (max $6,000)

  2. Cause Related Walk Grants
    Boeing provides a $100 grant for every fundraising walk, run, bike, bowl-a-thon, etc. that an employee participates in.


Microsoft is widely known to have one of the leading employee giving programs. In past years the company has matched more than $47 million in employee donations to a wide variety of charities. 

Microsoft provides grants to nonprofits where its employees volunteer on a regular basis.

Microsoft employees who volunteer can request a grant of $17 per every hour volunteered (minimum of 4 hours per calendar year.)

(page source: WAWG/PA)

Cadet First Lieutenant Mai Le accepts Air Force Academy Appointment

posted May 30, 2017, 2:43 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated May 30, 2017, 2:46 PM ]

By Senior Member Brandi Mitchell, Bellingham Composite Squadron 

Cadet First Lieutenant Mai Le has accepted appointment to the United States Air Force Academy Class of 2021!

The Air Force Academy is among the most selective colleges in the United States. Many Candidates for admission are judged on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, athletics, and character. To gain admission, candidates must also pass a fitness test, undergo a thorough medical examination, and secure a nomination from a U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative in the candidate's home district.

The United States Air Force Academy offers a four-year program of instruction and experience designed to provide cadets the knowledge and character essential for leadership, and the motivation to serve as Air Force career officers. Each cadet graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

Recent incoming classes have had about 1,400 cadets; historically fewer than 1,000 of those will graduate. About 10% of incoming students have also been Civil Air Patrol cadets. Upon graduation, Cadet Le receives a 2nd Lt Commission in the USAF along with a Major in Aeronautical Engineering and a Minor in French.

Cadet First Lt. Le leaves this advice for the cadets she has had the honor of leading and those she looks forward to leading in the future, “Things don’t go the way you plan. There are sacrifices to be made for bigger and better outcomes. Hard work can get you anywhere. Don’t procrastinate. You don’t have to have a lot of shiny stuff [medals and awards] to be a good cadet. BUT it doesn’t hurt to strive to get them.”

Cadet First Lt. Le currently serves as a Flight Commander in the Bellingham Composite Squadron.

C/1st Lt Mai Le poses with Col Tracey Meck, USAF, retired, her Air Force Academy Liaison Officer and Joe the Falcon, the U.S. Air Force Academy Mascot. (Photo: C/SSgt Rachel Reed, Bellingham Composite Squadron)

McChord Composite Squadron Presents the Colors for Museum of Flight Memorial Day Ceremony

posted May 30, 2017, 9:43 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated May 30, 2017, 9:47 AM ]

By Lt. Col. Jeffrey A. Lustick, Washington Wing Public Affairs

Honor Guard Cadets from McChord Composite Squadron (located on McChord Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord) presented the colors at The Museum of Flight's Memorial Day Ceremony on May 29, 2017, in Tukwila, Washington. 

After, the guest of Honor, Colonel Leonard J. Kosinski, United States Air Force, 62nd Airlift Wing commander at JBLM, took the time to meet the cadre and shared his truly inspiring personal stories.


Col. Leonard J. Kosinski, 62nd Airlift Wing commander at JBLM meets with Cadets from McChord Composite Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Todd Wivell, 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs)

Cadet Officers Retreat

posted May 26, 2017, 6:11 PM by Zachary Lam   [ updated May 30, 2017, 9:29 AM by Jessica Jerwa ]

Are you a brand new cadet officer looking to find more activity experience and meet cadet officers from around the wing? Are you a cadet officer who has a lot of staffing experience and enjoys working with other cadet officers in the wing? 

Either way, the Cadet Officers Retreat is a great opportunity for you! Tentative plans include discussing ways to improve the wing and implementing the solutions, planning out your goals while hiking up a mountain, and building friendships with other cadet officers while navigating the Fort Lewis obstacle course. The retreat will mix academics with adventure and fun.

Dates: 25 - 27 August 2017
Where: Mt Rainier Composite Squadron
             16807 103rd Avenue East
             South Hill, WA 98374
Cost: $55
Who: C/2d Lt - C/Col

Registration will open 20 June and close 20 July. 

Civil Air Patrol provides O-Flights for University of Washington AFROTC Cadets

posted May 22, 2017, 3:13 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated May 22, 2017, 3:20 PM ]

Story/Photos: UW AFROTC Detachment 910 / Public Affairs

SEATTLE -- The University of Washington's Detachment 910 had two cadets fly an orientation “O” flight this weekend led by Civil Air Patrol pilot 1st Lt Phil Peters of South Sound Composite Squadron. The flight toured the Puget Sound region and made several stops on a beautiful sunny day. The cadets pictured are Jacob Bernardi and Giovanni Inouye. Both are UW Sophomores, 2nd year AFROTC cadets and aspiring pilots headed to AFROTC Leadership Evaluation And Development (LEAD) this summer. Big thanks goes to CAP’s Washington Wing and Lt Peters in particular for phenomenal support.



Attend the FAPA Future Pilot Program (free) on 26 August!

posted May 8, 2017, 2:19 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated May 8, 2017, 2:27 PM ]

Cadets, Parents & Future Pilots take note!

Mark your calendar for the Future & Active Pilot Advisors (FAPA) Future Pilot Program (free) on 26 August! 

  • Speak with attending aviation colleges and flight schools and airline recruiters from multiple regional & major airlines
  • Learn about Loans, Grants, and Scholarships
  • Have an opportunity to network within the professional pilot industry

If you’re a pilot interested in attending the FAPA Pilot Job Fair on 25 August, click here.

This is not a CAP activity. Members shall not attend in uniform.

Alaska Airlines Aviation Day 2017

posted May 8, 2017, 9:33 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated May 8, 2017, 10:26 AM ]

Thank you to everyone who attended Alaska Airlines Aviation Day on 6 May!

This was our third year sending Civil Air Patrol cadets, and our first year participating as exhibitors! Through our strengthened partnership with Alaska Airlines, we were able to host a membership booth alongside aviation colleges with Civil Air Patrol mission pilots giving tours of one of the Wing's Cessna aircraft. 

Additionally, a cadet officer from Paine Field Composite Squadron was selected to work individually with an Alaska Airlines Captain and a professional public relations firm to develop news reports on the event. The Washington Wing public affairs team also spent the day promoting the event alongside Alaska Airlines with live social media updates. Several of our feed posts were even featured on the Alaska Airlines Twitter feed!

There were more than 1,200 local middle and high school students in attendance!

Here’s a glimpse of our day on the web!

Alaska Airlines - Twitter

Cadets are featured in two of the three photos seen below, in this post from Alaska Airlines’ official Twitter feed.


C/1st Lt Avery Hammerman of Paine Field Composite Squadron applied for a special role and was selected to work with Alaska Airlines’ public relations firm and a mentor over a week-long period. His experience was featured in this coverage of the event.

Washington Wing - Facebook

Watch video of King County Sheriff’s helicopter landing at Alaska Airlines Maintenance Hangar.


See photos of our recruitment booth and Cessna 206 Stationair on display.

Check out the rest of our posts from the day on Facebook.

Washington Wing - Twitter

Seattle Composite Squadron cadets posed for a photo at the tail of an Alaska Air/Horizon Air Embraer E175.

Check out the rest of our posts from the day on Twitter.

Washington Wing - Instagram

Washington Wing joined Instagram on the eve of Alaska Airlines Aviation Day! We didn’t want to miss an opportunity to feature photos of our cadets participating in this outstanding event!


Check out our new Instagram page!

Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award

A belated honor as Washington Wing Commander Colonel Jim Furlong presents the 2015 Washington Wing Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award to First Officer Allen Cassino of Alaska Airlines, for all of his work in establishing and operating Alaska Airlines Aviation Day. This annual event is held at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) and combines Civil Air Patrol and AFJROTC Cadets, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, high school and college students, and the U.S. Navy, local law enforcement aviation, Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting, and numerous regional aviation education and training partners into one regional aviation orientation. 

Each year, over 1,200 young people see aircraft static displays, go on cockpit tours and aircraft workaround tours, attend career broadening seminars and get to fly Boeing flight simulators and go through aircraft evacuation drills. The event employs hundreds of incredible
 Alaska Airlines employees who volunteer their time and it grows larger every year. There is now a parallel Alaska Aviation Day at Portland International Airport, as well.

Washington Wing is proud to be a participant in
 Alaska Airlines Aviation Day, and we are happy to finally present this long overdue award to the event's founder, FO Allen Cassino. Congratulations on a job well done.


Extra special thanks to everyone who participated in this event as an ambassador to our program!

Public Affairs
Capt Jessica Jerwa, Public Affairs Officer,
Washington Wing
Lt Col Jeffrey A. Lustick, Deputy Public Affairs OfficerWashington Wing
1st Lt Victoria Wonser, Assistant Public Affairs OfficerWashington Wing

Membership Booth
Lt Col Russell Garlow (Boeing employee), NW Group CommanderWashington Wing
Maj Michael Moore, Recruitment OfficerWashington Wing
C/Col Zachary Lam, Assistant Public Affairs OfficerWashington Wing
C/1st Lt Hannah Kusman, Peninsula Composite Squadron

Lt Col Steven W. Bass (Alaska Airlines Captain), Pilot, Paine Field Composite Squadron
Maj Ralph A. Black, Director of OperationsWashington Wing

Cadet Reporter
C/1st Lt Avery Hammerman, Paine Field Composite Squadron

Senate recognizes Washington Wing, Civil Air Patrol volunteers for their "unwavering dedication to our citizens"

posted Apr 19, 2017, 6:28 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 7:35 AM ]

Senate recognizes Washington Wing, Civil Air Patrol volunteers for their "unwavering dedication to our citizens"

OLYMPIA… Last week the men and women of the Washington wing of the Civil Air Patrol were front and center as the Washington State Senate welcomed CAP cadets, leaders and supporters for the reading of a resolution in honor of the organization.

Sen. Jim Honeyford, a Sunnyside Republican who is a CAP member and commander of the Washington wing’s legislative squadron, said he introduced Senate Resolution 8616 to recognize the contributions of an organization that usually goes unrecognized, as it quietly and faithfully serves the people of Washington. As the resolution points out, in 2016 alone, 144 CAP volunteer aircrew personnel and 779 emergency responders flew their 14 aircraft 1,537 hours in service to our state: service that would ordinarily be valued at $4.9 million.

The resolution traces the Civil Air Patrol’s history from its inception 75 years ago this coming December, just before the United States entered World War II, through its role in providing response and relief supplies during the deadly Oso landslide in 2014.

“Whether it was helping evacuate cities and towns during natural disasters such as the eruption of Mount Saint Helens or Darrington following the Oso slide, or using cutting-edge technology to help find the passengers and crews of missing planes, the Civil Air Patrol has been there, helping protect our communities and our people,” Honeyford said.

SR 8616 mentions how the CAP Washington wing's commitment to service includes three nationally recognized leaders: 2014 Chaplain of the Year, (Lt. Col.) Dave Franklin; 2015 Legislative Squadron Commander of the Year, Senator (Lt. Col.) Jim Honeyford; and 2016 Public Affairs Officer of the Year, (Capt.) Jessica Jerwa, along with approximately 744 senior members and 626 cadets.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 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 for more information.

Air Force Association - Greater Seattle Chapter / Q1 Newsletter

posted Apr 1, 2017, 9:43 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Apr 1, 2017, 11:38 AM ]

Air Force Association - Greater Seattle Chapter / Q1 Newsletter
Take a look at the Air Force Association Seattle Chapter newsletter for the first quarter of 2017!

Since this is a digital release newsletter, the AFA was receptive and eager to re-publish nearly each of the articles from our latest Evergreen, and in full color!

From the entire Public Affairs Department, we want to thank each of the cadet and senior officer authors, and extend a HUGE thank you and congratulations to the Evergreen staff for sourcing stories, editing, and publishing our magazine! On a side note, each of our legislators will be receiving a copy of the latest Evergreen when we visit the Capitol for Legislative Day on the 13th!
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