April Squadron Events

On April 13th, senior members gathered for training at Davison Army Airfield.  Among the events ocurring that evening were routine safety training, and specialized training on the operation of the CAP Technisonic FM radio.  Installed in CAP aircraft, these radios are used by aircrews to communicate with other CAP aircraft, ground teams, and mission base during exercises and real world operations.  The combination of knobs, buttons, and switches on this radio is complex and CAP volunteers who may not use the radio on a frequent basis benefit from occasional review and instruction on settings, tips, and best practices that will keep communications flowing smoothly during CAP missions.

2d Lt Robert Graham presents safety training to squadron members. Photo by Lt Col Mark Patrick.
Capt Joe Gruber presents training on the CAP FM radio. Photo by Lt Col Mark Patrick.

On April 27th, senior members again came together for training.  Lt Col Lou Volchansky presented instruction on search and rescue flight patterns used by CAP aircrews during emergency services missions.  Volchansky discussed altitude, airspeeds, flap configurations, track spacing, scanning techniques, as well as the specific reasons a particular search pattern should be chosen based upon weather and other conditions.  Whether members are working toward initial aircrew qualifications, or are seasoned veterans, review of these procedures is essential for keeping skills sharp.

Later that same evening, Mount Vernon cadets stood in formation for a promotion and awards ceremony. Capt James Kavanagh, the squadron’s deputy commander for cadets, presided over the ceremony during which four cadets were promoted and several were recognized for participation in the annual Wreaths Across America event.

C/Amn James Brewer is promoted having accomplished the requirements for the Maj Gen John Curry Achievement. Photo by Lt Col Mark Patrick.
C/SrA Stephen Hamilton is promoted for completing requirements associated with the Mary Feik Achievement. Photo by Lt Col Mark Patrick.
C/SSgt Bryce Buchanan is promoted for completing requirements associated with the Wright Brothers Award. Photo by Lt Col Mark Patrick.
Capt James Kavanagh presents C/Capt Leilani Kavanagh with a certificate for her receipt of the Amelia Earhart Award. Photo by Lt Col Mark Patrick.