OCS – Squadron of Merit and Top Composite Squadron in the Nebraska Wing for 2013

Members of the Omaha Composite Squadron at the 2014 NE Wing Conference

The Omaha Composite Squadron (OCS) – Squadron of Merit for 2013

This photo shows the Omaha Composite squadron being acknowledged by the Nebraska Wing Commander as the Nebraska Wing Squadron of Merit.  This means that the Omaha Composite Squadron’s Cadet Program was best in its category in the Nebraska Wing for Calendar Year 2013.  The OCS Commander, LtCol Robert McCartney acknowledged and thanked the OCS Deputy Commander for Cadets, Major John Pineda, outgoing Cadet Commander C/LtCol Matt Haijsman, incoming Cadet Commander C/Capt Austin Henry, Cadets Jacob Carter, Matthew Norrie, James Norrie, the remaining cadet staff, and the parents who valiantly supported their sons and daughters in this unit.  He also stated that it was “a team effort” which started with Cadet Christopher Haijsman who now is a cadet at the United States Air Force academy.

 

The Omaha Composite Squadron (OCS) – Top Composite Squadron for 2013

The Arthur Storz Victory Award for CY 2013 was claimed at the Nebraska Wing Conference by the Omaha Composite Squadron.  This award acknowledges the top composite squadron in the Nebraska Wing, which in itself, covers all of Nebraska plus one unit in Sioux City, Iowa.

Arthur Storz Victory Award for CY 2013 was claimed at the Nebraska Wing Conference by the Omaha Composite Squadron.

 Considerations were: being the Squadron of Merit, the growth of the unit, promotions per capita, and the manner in which the unit supports the three goals of the Civil Air Patrol: Aerospace Education, a one-of-a-kind Cadet Program, and Emergency Services.  In 2013, the OCS supported the community by working with a Science teacher at Burke High School to build a stronger Aviation Education Program, supported community air shows/fly-ins from Council Bluffs to Tarkio, Missouri, and presented the colors at Werner Park and the College World Series.  The squadron strength grew from 17 to 36 active cadets, and from 5 to 9 active pilots in CY 2013. 

   It takes dedication and a great deal of personal hard work, both by youth, and by adult volunteers to garner an award like the Storz Award.

   When interviewed, the OCS Commander stated that the main goal of the squadron is to “grow” youth so they have a goal for when they graduate from High School, by attending college, finding a good and productive job, and/or by entering one of the military services.  He said: “All a young boy or girl (12 to 18 years old)has to do  to take advantage of this program is to visit a unit like ours to see if it “fits” properly”.

2014 Nebraska Wing Conference Events

  Members of the Omaha Composite squadron attended the 2014 Nebraska Wing Conference during March 21-23.  The three day conference was hosted in Omaha at the Comfort Inn and Suites.  The conference was called to order on Saturday at 8am on March 21st, and following the opening ceremonies and formal briefings, North Central Region (NCR) Commander, Col. Robert Todd, provided the State of the Corporation address, followed by Col. David Plum and the State of the Wing address.  This was followed by several breakout sessions for both Seniors and Cadets.  Among the sessions offered  to cadets were the following: FBI Drug Demand Reduction presentation, Aerospace Presentation by the Boeing Company, National Cadet Special Activity briefing, cadet-led Leadership exercises and Emergency Services presentations.

FBI Special Agent Gregory Beninato addresses cadets in a special breakout session on Drug Demand Reduction (DDR)

The Saturday conference schedule culminated with the Banquet, Awards and Change of Command Ceremony for the Nebraska Wing Commander.  Awards were presented to several Senior and Cadet members, and various units recognized for their excellence and accomplishments.  The banquet ended with the Change of Command ceremony, in which Col. David Plum gave a heartfelt farewell, and an introduction to the incoming Wing Commander, Col. Darrell Nelson.

Col. Robert Todd (left), Col. David Plum (Right), introduce the new Commander for the Nebraska Wing, Col. Darrell Nelson (Center) following the Change of Command Ceremony.

The Omaha Composite Squadron would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to outgoing Wing Commander Col. David Plum for his many years of leadership and success, and congratulations to our incoming Wing Commander Col. Darrell Nelson.  We look forward to growing our talents,  leadership and excellence under his command.

Incoming Nebraska Wing Commander, Col. Darrell Nelson takes the Oath of Office from NCR Commander, Col. Robert Todd.

Royal Air Force comes to Omaha

RAF Comes to Omaha Burke:
On Friday, January 25, 2014, RAF Flight Sgt Elizabeth Brady visited Omaha Burke High School for a presentation to 21 students of LeeAnn Vaughan’s aviation and aerospace class. FS Brady gave the students an overview of her RAF career with highlights from her training, deployments, other experiences.

FS Brady with the Aviation and Aerospace students from Burke High School

FS Brady with the Aviation and Aerospace students from Burke High School

FS Brady was, by her own admission, a relatively indifferent student in high school and left college before graduation. After working in a number of unsatisfying positions, she decided to join the RAF because she “needed a job.” She discovered the military tested her physically and intellectually, teaching her things about herself and her strengths she would not have discovered in any other way. Though small in stature, she stood up to the challenges of learning several foreign languages, mastering weapons training, and quite literally “surviving” survival training. After over 20 years in the RAF and numerous overseas deployments, FS Brady is Weapons  systems Officer (Linguist) and a qualified instructor in a variety of air crew courses including maritime survival and Survival Evasion Resistance and  escape (SERE).

Perhaps her most important message to the class was not to fear failure. “Don’t be afraid to fail,” Brady said, “just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back at it.” She encouraged the students to pursue their dreams and be true to themselves, whatever career they choose. “Don’t let others define you by your race, gender, or whatever”, she said. “You will encounter obstacles and prejudice, but don’t give up, and let your actions demonstrate that you are up to the task.”

FS Brady shares her experiences as a Weapons Systems Officer (Linguist) in the Royal Air Force.

FS Brady’s presentation was well received and generated several follow up questions from the students who enjoyed her self-described “dodgy” English/Scottish accent. FS Brady is in the US as part of a joint US/UK team preparing for the delivery of Rivet Joint aircraft to the RAF. She is also helping facilitate a budding relationship between CAP’s Omaha Composite  Squadron cadets and Royal Air Cadets of 47F Squadron in the UK.

The visit to Burke was arranged with assistance from CAP’s Omaha  Composite Squadron which is supporting Burke’s newly designated Aviation  and Aerospace Academy. Photos were taken by Maj John Pineda.

OCS crews aid in search for missing couple

The Nebraska Civil Air Patrol spent a weekend early in January 2014 assisting in the search for a couple missing for eight days in Antelope County Nebraska.  According to Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore, the Couple was last seen Sunday Evening, Jan 5, 2014, near O’Neil NE.

Omaha Composite Squadron aircraft took part in the search.

Nebraska Civil Air Patrol aircraft flew over 25 hours in the search mission launching one aircraft from Omaha and one from Lincoln Nebraska. According to CAP’s Incident Commander Lt. Col. Darrell Nelson, the Aircraft

Aircrew is debriefed after returning from the search area.

conducted a grid search in an area bounded by O’Neil, Chambers, and Inman NE. A CAP communications vehicle staffed with CAP members from Fremont Nebraska provided air to ground communications and coordination with the Antelope & Holt County Sheriff’s Departments as well as the Nebraska State Patrol. The Fremont CAP Squadron also spent hours conducting a ground search in the primary search area.  While the search efforts did not locate the missing couple, CAP activities did generate several leads according to Sheriff Moore that may lead his department to the missing couple.

All aircrews performed in a professional, competent and safe manner.

OCS Aircrew prepares for flight. From L to R: 2dLt. Alexander Cleaveland, Maj. Steven Johnson and Lt. Col. Daniel Peterson.

Photo Credits: Maj. Tom Pflug

Target area.

Departure of OCS Operations Officer

Lt. Col. Dennis Warren receives the OCS Commander’s commendation from Lt. Col. Robert McCartney

 

On the occasion of his leaving the Omaha Composite Squadron (OCS) for the Oklahoma Civil Air Patrol Wing, Lt Col Dennis Warren (CAPTAIN, United States Navy) proudly wears the famous “Husker Corn Head cap”.   He has been the “lynch pin” of flying and Emergency Service operations for the OCS, and has been the role model for both senior members and cadets by his dedication and Professional Development.  We bid Dennis “Fair Winds and Following Seas”.

Third Annual OCS Dining Out

Lt. Col. Robert McCartney, Col. Rick “Ginzu” Ostermeyer and his wife Kim.

The Omaha Composite Squadron held its third annual Dining Out on December 9, 2013 at Omaha’s Arbor Hall to recognize the accomplishments of its members.  Close to 70 members, families and friends attended the event.

The evening began with traditional military courtesies, toasts, recognition of those who gave their lives in service to our country through the MIA/POW missing man table, and some fun as the cadet commander, Cadet Lt. Col. Matthew Haijsman, led the group in the grog bowl ceremony.

Honored guests included:

Col. Rick Ostermeyer, United States Marine Corps
Col. David Plum, Commander, Nebraska Wing, CAP
Lt. Col. Darrell McMillan, Vice Commander, Nebraska Wing, CAP

 

AWARDS / RECOGNITIONS

Col. David Plum, Lt.Col. Darrell McMillan, Col. Rick Ostermeyer and Lt.Col. Bob McCartney

After dinner, Col. Rick “Ginzu” Ostermeyer addressed those in attendance on his leadership experience as as a wartime pilot and Colonel in the United States Marine Corps, and personally recognized several cadets for their excellent demeanor, dedication and motivation.  He expressed his and his wife’s gratitude for the invitation and invited all the cadets to approach the head table and personally greeted each one of them.

Lt. Col. Bob McCartney, OCS commander, recognized the Nebraska Wing Commander and Vice Commander for their attendance and presented them with a special “Travel Award.”  Several seniors, parents and cadets were also awarded commendations and achievement certificates for their efforts.

The following Cadets were recognized:

  • C/LtCol. Matthew Haijsman – Cadet Officer of the Year Award
  • C/Capt. Matthew Norrie – Amelia Earhart Award
  • C/SMSgt McKenna L Krueger – Cadet NCO of the Year Award
  • C/TSgt Ty C Sarvis – Jr. Cadet of the Year Award
  • C/CMSgt. Mark Hoover – Commander’s Commendation Award

Cadet LtCol Haijsman receiving “Cadet Officer of the Year” Award

Cadet Capt. Matthew Norrie receiving the Amelia Earhart Award

C/SMSgt McKenna Krueger received the “Cadet NCO of the Year” award

Cadet TSgt. Ty Sarvis receiving the “Junior Cadet of the Year” award.

The following Seniors received Special Commander’s Commendations:

  • Maj. Thomas Pflug
  • 2d Lt. Monica Dwyer
  • Lt. Col. Jim Arbuckle
  • Maj. John Pineda

Lt. Col. Jim Arbuckle receiving one of the the Commander’s Commendation awards.

The Omaha Composite Squadron is located at the Chalco Hills Recreation Area, Omaha, NE, and meets weekly on Monday nights. The squadron’s website is www.omahacap.org.

 

 

Civil Air Patrol, an official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years.

More than 500 members of CAP serve in Nebraska. For more information, visit www.nebraskacivilairpatrol.org.

OCS 2013 Year in Review Video

Omaha Composite Squadron
2013 Year in Review

OCS Cadets Assist the Tarkio Air Show

NEBRASKA – Twenty members of the Omaha Composite Squadron traveled to Tarkio, Mo., to help out with the Wing Nuts Flying Circus, sponsored annually by the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
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 The Nebraska Wing members provided flight line support services for the event’s sponsors, including marshaling more than 100 aircraft during the air show and the practice days preceding it.
Lt. Col. Robert McCartney, the Omaha squadron’s commander, said the organizers were very pleased with the Civil Air Patrol members’ support.
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 Air show highlights included an aerial demonstration by the Aeroshell T-6 Demonstration Team, the Texas Legends Corsair and Japanese Zero.  Also featured were a number of aircraft on display, including a Ford Trimotor, a B-25, a P-51 and a Skyraider.
The show’s sponsors have invited the squadron back for next year’s event, McCartney said.
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Omaha Cadet Earns High Honor

Congressman Lee Terry presents Cadet Frazell’s promotion.

Omaha, NE. Cadet Garrett Frazell of Omaha Nebraska has been awarded CAP’s highest Cadet Honor; the General Carl A Spaatz Award.

Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through

sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology. The final step a cadet must complete to earn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education. Upon passing the Spaatz Award exams, the cadet is promoted to the grade of cadet colonel.

 

Congressman Lee Terry congratulates Cadet Frazell as NE Wing Commander Daivd Plum Looks on.

Cadet Frazell, a member for almost six years, has availed himself of many of the opportunities afforded him by CAP. He previously was selected to attend the USAF sponsored Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course and the prestigious National Powered Flight Academy. Frazell is beginning his senior year at Millard West High School. After Graduation he intends to attend Embry Riddle University to study Aerospace engineering and pursue a career a career as an Air Force Pilot. Frazell is the son of Rick & Brenda Frazell also of Omaha.

Cadet Frazell’s Parents “pin on” his Colonel’s insignia as Congressman Terry looks on

Cadet Frazell receivedhis Spaatz Award and promoted to Cadet Colonel on Friday 27 July 2012. The Award was presented by 2nd District Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry. Congressman Terry congratulated Cadet Colonel Garrett Frazell who joins an elite group of fewer than 1900 young men and women that have earned the award since its inception in 1964. Representative Terry stated that THE GENERAL CARL A. SPAATZ AWARD is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education”.

Also attending the award ceremony were Robert Todd, North Central Region Commander, Col David Plum,Nebraska Wing Commander and Major Tom Pflug,Omaha Composite Squadron Commander; Frazell’s home unit. Col Plum stated: Cadet Frazell joined the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program on his 12th Birthday. He has progressed through the Cadet Training Program in five and one half years to achieve the highest award in the program. Cadet Colonel Frazell joins only 21 other Nebraska Cadets who have earned the Spaatz Award since its inception.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

FAA Learns First Hand About CAP’s Mission

Major Dave Cooves & FAA ATC Manager Brian Fabry before orientation flight

Brian Fabry, a manager at Omaha’s Approach Control Facility, took part in an orientation flight on July 31st with the Omaha Composite Squadron.  The purpose of the flight was to familiarize controllers with the local flying area, learn more about CAP’s mission, and to gain perspective about pilot workload.  After completing a normal preflight walk-a-round, Fabry and pilot, Major Dave Coover reviewed approach plates and briefed the flight.  During the mission, Fabry set up and monitored RNAV (area navigation) approaches on the G1000 integrated flight instrument system. He also made the majority of the radio calls to ATC.  Fabry commented that he “…was surprised at how busy the cockpit gets,” especially near the larger airports.  Approaches were flown at Omaha’s Eppley airfield as well as the Tekamah, Fremont, and Millard Nebraska airports.

Fabry is one of the newest managers at the Omaha ATC facility and is always looking for ways to enhance job satisfaction and excitement among his controllers.  He is currently investigating the feasibility of flying new controllers with CAP pilots as a part of a local area orientation.  Fabry believes that “…CAP’s aircraft provide the perfect training platform because their advanced avionics closely mimic systems found in larger aircraft.”  Other potential orientation topics include airmanship, emergency procedures, local geography, and instrument approaches.  Controllers are trained extensively on instrument procedures during their time at the Oklahoma City training center, but Fabry noted there are no actual flights in an aircraft as a part of their syllabus.  After the flight, he commented that he “…really gained a lot of perspective” about the pace of cockpit tasks.

Finding a funding source for ATC orientation flights will be a challenge, but Fabry feels that it is definitely worth investigating.  “Controllers that have actually flown the instrument procedures for which they direct aircraft dozens of times each day obviously have a fuller perspective than those who haven’t had that opportunity, ” Fabry said.  He also is glad to know that the Omaha Composite CAP Squadron is willing and eager to work with Federal agencies like his.  He plans to begin searching for ways to develop a working relationship right away.

Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft, including 6 in Nebraska. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

Cadets Fly Airborne Refueling Mission

F-16 in formation with the KC-135 from Nebraska Air National Guard.

Six cadets from The Omaha Composite Squadron of the Nebraska Civil Air Patrol were treated to an up close and personal look at an integral part of America’s aerospace defense recently.  On July 26ththe cadets were treated to an orientation flight aboard a KC 135 from the Nebraska Air National Guard.

 

Cadet Terrence Collins (forground) & Cadet Nathan Pruitt observe an aerial refueling aboard KC 135.

Cadet Pineda observes tanking operations between the KC-135 and an F-16 from the boom operator’s station while flying over South Dakota.

During the two hour refueling mission, the Stratotanker nicknamed “the husker” refueled six F-16s at twenty two thousand feet over Lake Andes South Dakota.  Each Cadet had an opportunity to lay next to the boom operator as he passed three thousand pounds of fuel to a “Fighting Falcon”.  Four of the six cadets also had the chance to ride in the cockpit jump seats during the aircraft’s take off and landing.

 

Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft, including 6 in Nebraska. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

Cadets Nathan Pruitt, Daniel Mulder,Terrence Collins, Chris Pineda, Micah Holmes, and Nathan Lui aboard a KC 135 “the Husker”.