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Ballistic Missile Threat at Commander's Call

posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:03 AM by Tyler Bennett   [ updated Jan 15, 2018, 4:56 PM ]


The Pacific Region Wing Commanders convened in Kauai, Hawaii this weekend for their annual commander's call. Among the multitude of items on the agenda was the new Continuous Compliance Program that is being developed in Pacific Region. Today, the commanders were joined by their new Compliance Officers to work through the second stage of the new program.

At the beginning of the meeting, a ballistic missile launch alert was received that Hawaii was the target. The region staff sprang into action and not only handled our Airmen but hundreds of civilians at the hotel. Pacific Region Vice Commander Col Tim Hahn was immediately appointed as the on-site incident commander.

Also present from the Pacific Region staff was the former Hawaii Wing Commander Col Jeff Wong, who is also a State of Hawaii Emergency Services Director. Both he and Col Hahn took control of the situation, began organizing Incident Command System (ICS) personnel, organized a shelter in place and kept hundreds of people calm during the 30 minutes until the alert was determined to be a false alarm. The actions of Col Hahn, Col Wong and the other members of the PCR team epitomize the professionalism and dedication of our entire organization.
By: Col Jon Stokes,CAP, Pacific Region Commander


Source: https://www.facebook.com/PacificRegionCivilAirPatrol/photos/a.315903498487811.72698.306137056131122/1542095022535313/?type=3&theater

2018 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards

posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:07 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 2:12 PM ]


Serve Washington advances national service, volunteerism and civic engagement to improve lives; expands opportunity to meet the local critical needs of residents of Washington; and strengthens community capacity while creating healthy and resilient communities.

Accepting nominations for 2018 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards

Do you know an outstanding volunteer - someone who devotes incredible energy to making your community and our state a better place to live? How about a national service member whose volunteer service goes above and beyond the requirements of the designated program? What about a well-run program at an organization, business or corporation that supports volunteerism? If so, you can help them get the recognition they deserve. We are pleased to announce the nomination guidelines and online nomination form for 2018 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards are now available! 

Important dates

  • February 8, 2018 - Nominations due
  • March 12-16, 2018 - Recipients selected and notified
  • April 9, 2018 - Serve Washington will host a ceremony to honor recipients at the Executive Mansion in Olympia.
  • April 16, 2018 - Seattle Mariners Salute to Volunteers Night where they will hold a pre-game on-field ceremony to honor recipients.
Contact: 
360-902-0657

Read about 2015 GVSA recipient, (now) Capt Daniel Boudreau of Skagit Composite Squadron!

Wreaths Across America at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA

posted Dec 16, 2017, 9:20 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Dec 16, 2017, 10:19 PM ]

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

Kent, Wash. -- Every December on National Wreaths Across America Day, Washington Wing Civil Air Patrol members converge at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington, and at other locations in Washington state, to honor American military members and their families. Our mission is to "Remember, Honor and Teach," and it is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies with those happening simultaneously at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.


Left: Colonel Rebecca J. Sonkiss, USAF, Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, meets with CAP 2d Lt Dennis W. Smith of Renton Composite Squadron, and thanks him for his service to the United States. (WA Wing CAP Photo).

Top: The Air Force Memorial at Wreaths Across America 2017 (WA Wing CAP Photo).

Bottom: Non-commissioned officers from the United States Marine Corps render a 21-gun salute for Wreaths Across America at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA (WA Wing CAP Photo).

Colonel Rebecca Sonkiss, USAF, Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, served as Keynote Speaker for Wreaths Across America 2017 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. (WA Wing CAP Photo)

Check out all of the photos from this year's ceremony!

First Woman to Command Civil Air Patrol’s Washington Wing

posted Dec 16, 2017, 5:16 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 7:56 PM ]

Washington Wing's Next Commander Selected   

Story by Capt. Jessica, Jerwa, Washington Wing Public Affairs

December 16, 2017

McChord Field – Civil Air Patrol’s Washington Wing will see its first female commander installed in April 2018 at the organization’s annual training conference and banquet in Wenatchee, Washington. Colonel (Select) Shelly J. Norman will assume command from Colonel James P. Furlong. The Washington Wing state headquarters is at McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and has nearly 1,500 members statewide.

Norman joined Civil Air Patrol's Fire Mountain Composite Squadron in Lewis County in 2002 and was initially appointed the Emergency Services Training Officer. She later served as both Deputy Commander for Cadets and Seniors and then Squadron Commander. Not surprisingly, Norman has continued to hold increasingly demanding roles in the organization in Washington Wing and at the Pacific Region headquarters. She has served the region as Health Services Officer and Assistant Inspector General and was instrumental in the success of Region Staff College from 2007 to 2017 while serving in positions such as Co-Director, Seminar Advisor, Medical Officer and Evaluations Officer. Prior to her selection for Wing Commander, Col. (Sel.) Norman served as the Washington Wing Deputy Inspector General Continuous Compliance Officer where she was responsible for implementing a “continuous compliance” initiative in Washington Wing to increase mission readiness among the membership.

Outside of Civil Air Patrol, Norman is licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner and holds two national board certifications to practice Family Medicine. She is a member of several Nurse Practitioner organizations and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Norman was born and raised in California before relocating to Washington in 1981. She currently lives in Winlock, Washington with her two sons and considers the state her home.



Locally, Washington Wing Civil Air Patrol members operate a fleet of 23 vehicles and 14 aircraft (Cessnas 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 774 adult members (ages 18+) and 707 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 state of Washington in 2016. Visit www.wawg.cap.gov for more information.

Six Washington Wing units earn 2016/2017 Quality Cadet Unit Award!

posted Sep 26, 2017, 10:48 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 10:55 AM ]

Six Washington Wing units earn 2016/2017 Quality Cadet Unit Award!


Pacific Region members, 


It is with a great deal of pride that we congratulate the 34 cadet and composite squadrons in the Pacific Region that have earned the 2016/2017 Quality Cadet Unit Award. These units have demonstrated through their high levels of Adult Leadership, Aerospace Education, Cadet Achievement,  participation in the Red Ribbon Leadership Academy program, encampment participation, recruiting and retention, orientation flights, and participation in CyberPatriot and Emergency Services that they are among the top cadet and composite units in the nation. Please join us in congratulating these units and thanking their senior and cadet leadership for taking them to new heights.




Wing Charter Unit Name
AK  PCR-AK-071  EIELSON 71ST COMPOSITE SQDN
 CA  PCR-CA-015  EAST BAY CADET SQDN 18
 CA  PCR-CA-096  DIABLO COMPOSITE SQDN 44
 CA  PCR-CA-116  SAN FERNANDO CADET SQDN 137
 CA  PCR-CA-140  EDWARDS AFB COMPOSITE SQDN 84
 CA  PCR-CA-146  LT COL ARTHUR KING COMPOSITE SQUADRON 50
 CA  PCR-CA-169  FRESNO COMPOSITE SQUADRON 112
 CA  PCR-CA-193  CABLE COMPOSITE SQDN 25
 CA  PCR-CA-214  JON E. KRAMER COMPOSITE SQDN 10
 CA  PCR-CA-224  BAKERSFIELD COMPOSITE SQDN 121
 CA  PCR-CA-292  LOS ANGELES CADET SQDN 138
 CA  PCR-CA-324  SKYHAWK COMPOSITE SQDN 47
 CA  PCR-CA-397  BEALE COMPOSITE SQUADRON 19
 CA  PCR-CA-410  CLOVER FIELD COMPOSITE SQDN 51
 CA  PCR-CA-448  SIMI VALLEY CHALLENGER COMPOSITE SQUADRON 1986
 HI  PCR-HI-009  WHEELER COMPOSITE SQDN
 HI  PCR-HI-043  LYMAN FIELD COMPOSITE SQDN
 HI  PCR-HI-060  KONA COMPOSITE SQDN
 HI  PCR-HI-077  77TH SAINT LOUIS CRUSADERS COMPOSITE SQUADRON
 NV  PCR-NV-027  TAHOE TRUCKEE COMPOSITE SQUADRON
 NV  PCR-NV-054  RENO COMPOSITE SQDN
 NV  PCR-NV-065  HENDERSON COMPOSITE SQDN
 NV  PCR-NV-070  LAS VEGAS COMPOSITE SQUADRON 70
 NV  PCR-NV-077  VEGAS VALLEY COMPOSITE SQUADRON
 OR  PCR-OR-034  WASHINGTON COUNTY COMPOSITE SQDN
 OR  PCR-OR-055  MAHLON SWEET COMPOSITE SQDN
 OR  PCR-OR-065  AURORA COMPOSITE SQUADRON
 OR  PCR-OR-073  COLUMBIA COMPOSITE SQDN
 WA  PCR-WA-002  GREEN RIVER COMPOSITE SQDN
 WA  PCR-WA-011  COLUMBIA BASIN COMPOSITE SQDN
 WA  PCR-WA-015  BELLINGHAM COMPOSITE SQDN
 WA  PCR-WA-044  YAKIMA COMPOSITE SQDN
 WA  PCR-WA-068  NORTHSHORE COMPOSITE SQDN
 WA  PCR-WA-100  NORTHERN DESERT COMP SQ


Regards,

 

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Col Jon Stokes, CAP

Pacific Region Commander
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary
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Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) # 24388

posted Sep 21, 2017, 12:32 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Sep 21, 2017, 12:45 PM ]

Are you or someone you know a federal employee, retiree, or contractor?

Federal employees are eligible to join the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) which runs October 2, 2017 to January 12, 2018!

Civil Air Patrol is the all-volunteer uniformed civilian auxiliary of the Air Force. We are "Citizens Serving Communities" with 27 units across the state of Washington. But while we do the bulk of America's air search and rescue, help in disaster response, and serve proudly as Airmen alongside our Total Force partners, we're a non-profit organization. Your help through the CFC supports teens who want to fly and furthers STEM and community aerospace education. Our cadets develop the skills to be tomorrow's leaders while learning about aerospace, physical fitness, and ethical responsibilities.

Please consider selecting Washington Wing, Civil Air Patrol — CFC # 24388 as your charity this fall. You can sign-up through your employer or in many cases online. Retirees and contractors can also make a one-time cash-donation.

For more information about the youth program your donation serves, visit www.wawgcap.org.


Cadet Officers Retreat

posted Sep 18, 2017, 5:42 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 11:28 AM ]

Cadet Officers Retreat

Puyallup, Wash. -- Cadet Officers gathered August 25 to 27 for a retreat full of networking, obstacle courses, and discussion with fellow peers and senior members from around the state on how to improve Civil Air Patrol's Washington Wing. 

Thank you to all of the instructors and staff who made this event possible!

To take a look at all of the photos, check out this album.



Left to right: Cadet Capt. Matthew Kusman, Peninsula Composite Squadron; Cadet 1st Lt. Hannah Kusman, Peninsula Composite Squadron; Cadet Lt. Col Jakob Ludwig, 21st Fairchild Composite Squadron; Cadet 2nd Lt. Luke Matlock, Twin W Composite Squadron; Cadet Capt. Thomas Mcguire, 21st Fairchild Composite Squadron; Cadet Capt. Kail Lynn, Twin W Composite Squadron; Cadet Capt. Vincent Le, Bellingham Composite Squadron; Cadet 1st Lt. Peter Schmitt, Northshore Composite Squadron; Cadet 2nd Lt. Daffyd Tyler, Mt Rainier Composite Squadron; Cadet Lt. Col Ethan Reiniger, Northshore Composite Squadron; Cadet 2nd Lt. Christopher Balke, Renton Composite Squadron; Cadet Col. Zachary Lam, Washington Wing Headquarters


Left to right: Cadet Capt Thomas Mcguire, 21st Fairchild Composite Squadron; Cadet Capt Matthew Kusman, Peninsula Composite Squadron; Cadet 1st Lt Peter Schmitt, Northshore Composite Squadron; Cadet 2d Lt Christopher Balke, Renton Composite Squadron; Cadet 2d Lt Luke Matlock, Twin W Composite Squadron; Cadet Capt Vincent Le, Bellingham Composite Squadron; Cadet Lt Col Ethan Reiniger, Northshore Composite Squadron; Cadet Capt Kail Lynn, Twin W Composite Squadron; Cadet 2d Lt Daffyd Tyler, Mt Rainier Composite Squadron


December 16, 2017 - Wreaths Across America

posted Sep 15, 2017, 12:33 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 1:50 PM ]

December 16, 2017 - Wreaths Across America
Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Wash. 

Civil Air Patrol's Washington Wing would like to invite you to our Wreaths Across America ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery at 9 a.m. sharp on 16 December!

Please consider sponsoring a wreath today, then join us in December when we honor all current and former members of the military with a special remembrance ceremony. 

Please visit http://www.wawg.cap.gov/wreaths for more information and to donate a wreath for a fallen veteran.

  
  



CAP Offers Free STEM Kits to Educators

posted Sep 14, 2017, 6:14 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 6:17 PM ]

Join CAP as an Aerospace Education Member (AEM) and become eligible for free STEM Kits!

Did you know CAP provides the CAP STEM Kit Program to nationwide CAP Unit Aerospace Education Officers and CAP Members who are educators, including AFJROTC Instructors? 



Sand Point Aviation History Celebration

posted Sep 12, 2017, 10:39 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 10:47 PM ]

Sand Point Aviation History Celebration


Invitation to the public!

Come celebrate Sand Point Aviation History with members of Civil Air Patrol's Washington Wing!
  • Visit our aerospace education booth and make a paper airplane or stomp rocket
  • Discuss Civil Air Patrol membership with one of our officers and see if it's right for you
  • Celebrate Civil Air Patrol's local history at Sand Point
  • A cadet Color Guard will present the colors at 3 pm
Members may attend in non-CAP capacity. Please follow the registration process listed. We have fully staffed this event.
www.sandptnavsta.org

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