Civil Air Patrol

Squadron News

Members Learn at Comm U

More than 30 CAP members from around the state spent Saturday learning about radios and other communications tools available in an emergency. “Comm U” was the idea of LtCol. Chuck Cook, Michigan Wing Director of Communications, to offer high quality, intensive communication learning for interested members of Michigan wing. Members gathered at the Oakland County Sheriff office in Pontiac for classes for Mission Radio Operators (MRO), and Communications Unit Leaders (CUL), and even offered training for members’ I-Cut licensing making them eligible to use the long list of CAP radios. They learned about what communications equipment is available for use and what equipment is best suited for any particular mission, how to assemble the items, and how to use them and how to assemble antenna systems in the field. Students were also tasked to write a full communications plan for simulated rescue missions including completing necessary paperwork for command purposes. A debrief of he missions was reviewed.


Cadets Recognized At Graduation Of Great Start  Program

Over the past year our unit has implemented CAP’s National program called the Great Start Program. In the resent two quarters we have graduated seven cadets from this training system. Their names are C/Luck, C/Arunandhi, C/Nicholson, C/Williams, C/Fitch, C/Van Leuven, and C/Nelson. Great Start familiarizes and introduces new cadets to the CAP program teaching foundations which will allow the cadet to grow quickly and advance into future leaders.

Since initiating this program, all graduates of the Great Start Program have both continued with their service and are thriving within Civil Air Patrol today.

The core philosophy of the Great Start Program is standardized training and retention through specifically designed exercises and classes to promote team work, followership, and esprit de corps. The best way to retain cadets, is to busy them with worthwhile activities. This course brings a fresh approach to cadet indoctrination through meaningful, exciting, well-organized activities designed to transform prospective cadets into cadet airmen.

Congratulations, Airmen!


National Legislative Day Application Are Open

Cadets and Seniors wishing to participate in National Legislative Day (NLD) must make application to Wing not later than 27 October. Cost to attend is $150 for either cadets or seniors. See the information below for details on how to apply.

National Legislative Day is an event where CAP’s annual reports are presented to members of the United States Congress. Cadets/Seniors selected for this activity will have the opportunity to meet with Michigan’s U.S. Senators and Representatives, to present the annual report and to talk about the value of CAP to Michigan and the United States. Dates for this event are 1-3 March 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Interview information: Interviews will be held at the Capital Region International Airport in Lansing, MI on 04 November 2017. Interviews will be conducted between 0830 and 1230.

Uniform of the Day: Cadets/Seniors meeting the CAP height/weight regulations will wear the USAF Service Dress uniform. Cadets/Seniors not meeting the CAP height/weight regulations will wear the CAP Corporate Service Dress Uniform. Note: A service coat (service dress) or blazer (Corporate Service Dress) is mandatory for the National Legislative Day event.

Minimum Requirements (Cadets): Cadets must have at least one-year membership in CAP and have held a leadership position within the squadron.

Minimum Requirements (Seniors): Seniors must have at least two-years membership in CAP, one-year of experience working with Cadets (experience working with Cadets outside the squadron is also helpful), and a CAP driver’s license.

Events: The selected MIWG team members will leave Michigan in the morning of 28 February 2018 and travel to the Washington, D.C. area via corporate van. Upon arriving in the Washington, D.C. area, the team will attend a mandatory briefing with members of the NHQ Government Relations team and receive our meeting packets. The meetings with members of Congress (or staff) will take place on Thursday (1 March 2018) and conclude in the late afternoon. The site-seeing portion of the trip will take place on Friday (2 March 2018) and will include a trip to Arlington National Cemetery and the National Mall. The team will depart the Washington, D.C. area Saturday morning (3 March 2018) and make a stop at the Flight 93 memorial site (depending on the weather).

How to apply (Seniors): Seniors interested in applying will need to submit a completed CAPF 17 to Lt Col James Matthews (at the email address provided below). Senior members will use box #27 to provide information regarding working with cadets.

How to apply (Cadets): Cadets interested in applying will need to submit a completed CAPF 31, CAPF 32, and letter explaining why you are interested in the National Legislative Day trip to Lt Col James Matthews (at the email address provided below).

Trip Cost: Each member selected must submit an activity fee of $150.00. This fee helps pay for the cost of meals, fuel, and lodging.



13-15 October, several members of OCS (cadets and seniors) travelled to Battle Creek to take part in Operation Timberwolf. Timberwolf is a full-blown exercise including air and ground unit coordination, logistics, planning, finance, communications, and all other aspects of an actual mission.

This type of training allows Michigan Wing to be ready to respond to a search and rescue or other emergency mission quickly and efficiently.




Members of the Oakland Composite Squadron recently took part in the Airport Disaster – Full Scale Exercise – FSE at the Oakland County International Airport in conjunction with Oakland County’s Department of Homeland Security, airport and local fire fighters, Waterford police, and the Oakland County Sheriff.

The airport fire training certification is required under federal regulation for all airports and must be renewed every seven years. Training verifies readiness and preparation of several aspects of airports including Operational Coordination, Operational Communications, Situational Assessment, Fire Management &
Suppression, Environmental Response / Health & Safety, On-Scene Security & Law Enforcement. OCS members handled crowd management, gate access and routing errors.

Emergency preparedness requires constant training and practice and the members of Oakland Composite Squadron maintain the highest level of training in order to be ready to help protect the community, state and nation whenever called upon.