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EVERGREEN SQUADRON CADET RECEIVES USAFA APPOINTMENT-SERVICE ACADEMY INFORMATION DAY 26APR14 - Posted on: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
The COWG congratulates C/2nd Lt Kooper Hackmann, a senior at Conifer High School with the Evergreen Composite Squadron who recently learned of the terrific news that he has received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy after being nominated by U.S. Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado's 2nd Congressional District. The Evergreen Composite Squadron has now produced three service academy cadets over the last four years! Perhaps having a squadron commander, Maj Daryll Keeling, who is a USAFA graduate gives them an edge? For detailed information about how to successfully prepare a Service Academy application, attend the Colorado Service Academy Information Day on Saturday April 26, 2014 at Hinkley High School on 250 Chambers Road, Aurora. The program begins promptly at 1:00 pm and the auditorium is typically very full. The U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives Liaisons who grant nominations for all of the academies will provide information. Representatives from the five Service Academies will also be available. 
COLORADO WING SAREX at Fort Collins-Loveland Airport Makes the News! - Posted on: Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Colorado Wing's SAREX at the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport this weekend was written up in the Reporter-Herald newspaper. Take a look at the article and photos that were published.

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FEATURE ARTICLE ON COWG IN VOLUNTEER NOW - Posted on: Thursday, December 26, 2013
READ this feature article in the recently published 40th Edition of CAP Volunteer Now:
COLORADO FLOODING: WING'S RESPONSE TO DISASTER DRAWS RAVE REVIEWS  read more ...
Colorado Civil Air Patrol Foundation Grant Applications Now Available - Posted on: Saturday, December 21, 2013

Colorado Civil Air Patrol Foundation Grant Applications for individuals and units can be found here.

 
Get Your Colorado CAP License Plates in January - Posted on: Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The beautiful Colorado Civil Air Patrol license plate will be available beginning January 2, 2014, at your regular county clerk and recorder license plate offices.

Click on the "read more..." link for more info.

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CIVIL AIR PATROL APPROACHES 72nd ANNIVERSARY WITH EYE ON CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL - Posted on: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – As Civil Air Patrol prepares to celebrate its 72nd anniversary, the all-volunteer service of 61,000 members looks to honor its founding members who, propelled by duty and love of country, valiantly defended their homeland during World War II.

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National Commander's Blog - Posted on: Friday, November 08, 2013

CAP National Commander, Maj. Chuck Carr, has posted a new blog entry regarding Thanksgiving. Please take a look!

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CAP NCO CORPS' NUMBERS, ROLE TO EXPAND THROUGH RESTRUCTURING - Posted on: Thursday, October 24, 2013

CAP NCO CORPS' NUMBERS, ROLE TO EXPAND THROUGH RESTRUCTURING- MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol’s noncommissioned officer corps is poised to become a larger and far more significant and dynamic facet of the all-volunteer organization’s operations and missions.
Under a plan approved and signed by Air Force Manpower and Reserve Affairs Assistant Secretary Daniel Ginsberg, CAP’s NCO program is being restructured to align with the U.S. Air Force’s structure for NCOs.
Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, CAP’s national commander, himself a retired Air Force master sergeant, said he looks forward to the NCOs’ expanded role in bolstering the organization’s capabilities and mission readiness.
“NCOs are the backbone of the military services,” Carr said. “They will fulfill just as valuable a role throughout CAP.”
Until now, only former active-duty NCOs were allowed to join CAP’s NCO corps, and then only at the ranks they held in the military. No upgrade training was available for promotion within the NCO ranks.
Under the restructured program, though, that will change. The newly approved corps structure will mirror the Air Force NCO force structure, with an established process to promote and develop NCOs.
In addition, NCOs will be eligible for any CAP position, including pilots, at all organizational levels – squadron, group, wing, region or national – except for those reserved for officers, such as unit commander.
For now, eligibility for the NCO corps is limited to those who now hold or have previously held the military grades of E-5 through E-9 – staff sergeant, technical sergeant, master sergeant, senior master sergeant and chief master sergeant – in the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard.
Along with making the organization more appealing to past and present military NCOs, the restructured program is also designed to provide CAP commanders at all levels with greater access to the professional military skills, training and experience that the NCOs can readily provide. CAP members without military backgrounds are also expected to benefit from their NCO colleagues’ expertise in military organization, leadership and management.

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CAP National Commander's Blog Launched - Posted on: Friday, October 18, 2013

CAP National Commander, Maj Gen Chuck Carr, launched a blog today, which he will use to discuss major CAP events as well as his vision for our organization. The blog is posted on www.capmembers.com. Ready access is available at this link: http://www.capmembers.com/national_commanders_blog/

Also, please encourage your fellow COWG members to use the “share” feature on the footer of that page to give the Commander’s Blog maximum social media exposure.

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Civil Air Patrol To Perform Critical Missions During Government Shutdown - Posted on: Tuesday, October 01, 2013


October 1, 2013

Air Force auxiliary will still serve Americans in need
Civil Air Patrol to perform critical missions during government shutdown

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, will continue to perform emergency and disaster response missions authorized by the Air Force during the federal government shutdown.

CAP annually participates in 90 percent of America’s inland search and rescue missions and during the past year conducted more than 50 disaster relief operations, including damage assessment flights during recent Colorado flooding, the Oklahoma tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy. In addition, CAP saved 32 lives in 2012 while conducting 700 search and rescue missions, nine of which were attributed to the expertise of CAP’s cell phone forensics and radar experts.

“The Air Force depends on Civil Air Patrol to perform these critical missions,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr.

“During emergencies, CAP provides FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) and state and local governments with digital photos of the damage and where help is urgently needed in real time, ensuring a rapid response,” he said. “Our search and rescue services also rely on high-tech tools and technology to produce exceptional, life-saving results.”
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with nearly 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 is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals 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 more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Contact info: Julie DeBardelaben – jdebardelaben@capnhq.gov – 334-953-7748, ext. 250
Steve Cox – scox@capnhq.gov – 334-953-7748, ext. 251

 
Colorado Wing Featured on Colorado and National TV News! - Posted on: Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Colorado Wing received unprecedented television coverage due to the Civil Air Patrol's support missions for FEMA and the State of Colorado in assessing the damage from flooding with aerial photography. If you've yet to view the various television news reports, all are posted on the Colorado Wing's official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ColoradoWingCAP or go to the links below:

KUSA 9News Denver NBC
http://www.9news.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2683574542001

KMGH 7News Denver ABC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTJrRgYpicM

KDVR FOX31 News Denver FOX
http://kdvr.com/2013/09/20/video-civil-air-patrol-volunteers-fly-critical-missions-over-flooded-areas/

KJCT 8News Grand Junction ABC
http://www.kjct8.com/news/local-civil-air-patrol-helps-with-flood-relief/-/163152/22085954/-/udertxz/-/index.html

ABC World News Tonight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=l2zdkfN_GOc

ABC Good Morning America
http://abcnews.go.com/watch/good-morning-america/SH5587637/VDKA0_1jeesgfr/gma-918-colorado-flood-rescue-caught-on-tape

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New COWGF 174 (fillable) - rev Aug 2013 - Posted on: Thursday, August 29, 2013
At last! COWG Form 174 Request for Reimbursement, rev. Aug 2013, is now a FILLABLE FORM! It can be found under Publications and Forms, COWG Forms, and also under COWG Services/Finance/Documents and Forms Related to Finance. 
Colorado Wing Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ColoradoWingCAP - Posted on: Saturday, August 17, 2013
The Colorado Wing now has an official Facebook page! If you have a Facebook account please go to www.facebook.com/ColoradoWingCAP and "Like" the page which was created for and about the Colorado Wing.  
Peaks & Planes Earns National Award - Posted on: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Your Colorado Wing Magazine has earned the Hal Balsem Award at the 2013 National Public Affairs Academy in Denver, Colorado.
"“Very attractive magazine. Nice photos used effectively, engaging stories, content covers CAP missions well.”

We would like to thank all the Wing members who have submitted articles and photos. Without YOU our magazine would not exist!!! 
Summer Encampment Facebook Page - Posted on: Friday, May 31, 2013
2013 Summer Encampment has a Facebook page!! Please visit and "like" to keep up with all things encampment!! Share with your friends and family if you are attending. read more ...
Spring Issue Peaks & Planes - Posted on: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Look for the lastest issue of Peaks & Planes to land in your mailbox soon!

In this issue:
Pinyon Canyon UAV Mission
Winter Emergency School
Group III Private Pilot Ground School
Cadets Tour Lockheed Martin Space Systems

 
Colorado CAP License Plate Approved by Gov. Hickenlooper - Posted on: Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Colorado Civil Air Patrol License Plate will soon be available for your car or truck! On May 13, 2013, Govenor John Hickenlooper signed a bill authorizing the Civil Air Patrol License Plate.
Be sure to read the next issue of Peaks & Planes to learn how the efforts of some Colorado Wing members helped make this specialty license plate a reality and watch for announcements about how to get your CAP plates!

 
Colorado Wing Conference 2013 - Posted on: Thursday, May 02, 2013

The 2013 Colorado Wing Conference took place Saturday April 27th at Peterson Air Force Base.
Below are the recipents of Wing Awards for 2012:

Brewer Award- Cadet- C/Maj. Chase Peters
Brewer Award -Senior- Lt. Col. Robert Johnson
Public Affairs Officer of the Year- Maj. Denise Thompson
Counterdrug Officer of the Year- Maj. Eyal Sittenfeld
Property Manager of the Year- Capt. Mark Hudgins
Safety Officer of the Year- Capt. William Ryan
Communicator of the Year-Capt. Michael Linn
Drug Demand Reduction Officer of the Year- Capt. John Connolly
Senior Member of the Year- Col. Gary Tobey
Historian of the Year- Maj. Edward O'Brien
William F. Hines Air Crew Award- Milton Moores
Unit Public Affairs Officer of the Year - 1Lt. Mary Cast


Congratulations to all of the recipients!!

 
COWG Group Realignment - Posted on: Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Effective 2 April 2013, the Colorado Wing has been reorganized into 2 Groups instead of 4 Groups.  The units in the old Groups 1, 2, and 3 have been reassigned to the new Group 1.  The units in the old Group 4 have been reassigned to the new Group 2.

 
Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron Advances to Cyberpatriot Finals - Posted on: Sunday, January 20, 2013

For the third year in a row Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron has advanced to the All Service Division finals for the Cyberpatriot competition. They will compete with 13 other teams for the national title. The team, led by Capt. Bill Blatchley, will join two ther CAP squadrons; Big Sioux Composite, South Dakota and Youngstown ARS Composite, Ohio.
The national competition will take place March 14-15 in National Harbor, MD.
Congratulations to the team and good luck in March!!!

Coach- Capt. Bill Blatchley
Assist Coach: Capt Richard Jessop
Team Captain: C/2d Lt Carlin Idle
Team Members:
C/2d Lt Kyle Fields
C/SMSgt Darius Hines-Cross
C/MSgt Christopher Ottesen
C/TSgt Victor Griswold
 

 
Level III Now Requires Yeager - Posted on: Friday, December 28, 2012

Level III of the Senior Member Professional Development Program now requires completion of the online Yeager Aerospace Education Test.  CAPR 50-17, dated 28 Dec 2012, has added the requirement.  Heads up if you are working on your Level III.  The requirement becomes mandatory effective 31 March 2013.

 
Wing Calendar Moved - Posted on: Sunday, December 09, 2012

 The Wing Calendar has been moved from the COWG home page onto its own page.  Please find the link "Wing Calendar" in the Site Navigation panel on the left, under "Colorado Wing CAP".

 
COWG ANNUAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER SEMINAR AT USAFA 20OCT12 0900-1630 - Posted on: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

 

Sign up NOW for Wing Public Affairs Seminar SATURDAY 20OCT12 0900-1630 at USAFA

 You are invited to attend a one-day COWG Public Affairs Officer Seminar on Saturday, 20OCT12 from 0900-1630 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The annual PAO training seminar is open to any member of the Colorado Wing (Seniors and Cadets) and will be held in Arnold Hall Room 181. If you are a unit PAO or in the PAO track, a unit commander or deputy commander this seminar is for YOU! There is no fee for this training, a Subway sandwich lunch of your choice will be provided and CAP promotional door prizes will be awarded to attendees. 

Please RSVP or ask questions via email no later than Thursday, 18OCT12, to Lt. Col. Mike Daniels, COWG Director of Public Affairs at goodknightbooks@juno.com or call 303 674-7070 or 720 261-3880(Cell)  
 
CAPT. BILL BLATCHLEY OF COWG CSCS SELECTED AS THE 2012 CAP AE OFFICER OF THE YEAR! - Posted on: Friday, June 15, 2012

Congratulations to Capt. Bill Blatchley of the Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron who was selected as the winner of the 2012 Major General Jeanne H. Holm Aerospace Education Officer of the Year Award. The award is given to the aerospace education officer with the most outstanding aerospace achievements in Civil Air Patrol. The selection process was based upon his numerous achievements within CAP and favorable recognition by his commanders. As the winner of the Major General Jeanne H. Holm Aerospace Education Officer of the Year Award, Capt. Blatchley will be honored by CAP at the upcoming National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, August 23-25, 2012.

Capt. Blatchley also coached and mentored the National Champion CSCS CyberPatriot Team. His dedication to the Aerospace Education mission is a benchmark for the Colorado Wing.

 
FORMER COWG CHAPLAIN JEFF JOHNSON RECEIVES SILVER MEDAL OF VALOR - Posted on: Saturday, June 02, 2012

By Lt. Col. Samuel House, Wyoming Wing:

Lt. Col. Jeff Johnson, former COWG Chaplain and now the Chaplain for the Wyoming Wing, Civil Air Patrol in Cheyenne, received the Silver Medal of Valor, on May 8, during the Wyoming Military Department service awards ceremony. The honor was presented to Johnson for heroic action when he witnessed the rollover of a large tanker truck that was filled with diesel fuel on March 31, 2011. With complete and total disregard for his own safety, Johnson stopped and assisted the two victims, saving their lives. Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, adjutant general for the Wyoming Military Department presented the award. Johnson has been a member of the Wyoming Wing, Civil Air Patrol for one year, and transferred to Wyoming from the Colorado Wing where he also served as a chaplain. "This is the highest award given out to members of the Civil Air Patrol," Col. John Mitchell, Wyoming Wing commander said. "We are honored to have Jeff in our Wing, as he exemplifies the true meaning of volunteerism, and our Code of Ethics." Johnson lives in Arvada, Colo., and is a teacher with the Jefferson County School District.
 
Colorado Cadets, CyberPatriot National Champs, Featured on Local TV News - Posted on: Thursday, May 10, 2012

KRDO NewsChannel13, a local ABC affiliate in Colorado Springs, recently aired a story about the cadets and coach from the Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron who earned the CyberPatriot National Championship in March.

Read and watch the story aired earlier this month, "Local Cadets Are Next Generation Of Cyber Defenders," here:

http://www.krdo.com/news/30988830/detail.html (web article with small-frame video)

http://www.krdo.com/video/30989933/index.html (large-frame video)

 
Colorado Squadron to Represent Rocky Mounatin Region at National Cadet Competition - Posted on: Monday, April 30, 2012

Colorado to Represent Rocky Mountain Region at NCC

Boise, ID - The Rocky Mountain Region Cadet Competition was held April 27-28, 2012, at Gowen Field Air National Guard Base, Boise, Idaho. Four wings were represented - Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.

The Colorado Wing prevailed by winning the competition and moves on to the National Cadet Competition in Dayton, Ohio, June 22-24, 2012.

Thunder Mountain Composite Squadron, based in Grand Junction, CO, is the team that will represent the Rocky Mountain Region.

First Place in:
Outdoor Practical Drill
Panel Quiz
In Ranks Inspection

Second Place in:
Indoor Practical Drill
Written Exam
Standard Drill

Team members:
C/MSgt Shamron Willison, team captain
C/TSgt. Tony Cavaliere- winner of raffle for a bicycle
C/SA. Sienna Watkins- Lead Guard

We wish the team good luck, bring home a win for Colorado and RMR at NCC!

 
Colorado Wing Cadet Competition - Posted on: Monday, March 26, 2012

Colorado Wing held its Cadet Competition March 24 at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. Thompson Valley Composite Squadron will represent the Rocky Mountain Region at the National Cadet Competition in June at Wright-Patterson AFB. There are no other entries for drill team; their spot at NCC is automatic. Thunder Mountain Composite Squadron Color Guard will travel to Boise, ID, to compete at the Region Competition representing the Colorado Wing on April 27-28.

Congratulations to both teams! Good luck to Thunder Mountain!

 
COLORADO SPRINGS CADET SQUADRON CYBERPATRIOT NATIONAL CHAMPS! - Posted on: Saturday, March 24, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS to the Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron on being the National Champs for the All Service CyberPatriot Competition. Members of the CSCS Wolf Pack who successfully defended virtual networks from a professional aggressor team during the competition are:

Cadet 2nd Lt. Carlin Idle
Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Kyal Lanum
Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Chris Vasquez, team captain
Cadet Senior Airman Christopher Ottesen
Cadet Airman Basic Stephen Parish
Senior Member John Parish

Capt. Bill Blatchley coached and mentored the Wolf Pack champs with assistance from 1st Lt. Simeon Blatchley and 1st Lt. Thomas Jessop.

The CSCS CyberPatriot Team is featured in the forthcoming issue of the COWG Peaks & Planes magazine.

More than 1,000 teams signed up to participate in the CyberPatriot competition representing all 50 states, U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific, and Canada. A record 218 teams from CAP competed in at least one of the first three virtual rounds of competition before the four finalists made it to the fourth and final round.

Follow this link below for the full story on the National CyberPatriot competition in the on-line CAP Volunteer magazine:

http://www.capvolunteernow.com/todays-features/?colo_team_takes_caps_2nd_straight_cyberpatriot_national_title&show=news&newsID=12769

 
COWG 2011 Quality Cadet Unit Awards Announced - Posted on: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

 Congratulations to the following Colorado Wing squadrons recently awarded the Quality Cadet Unit Award for 2011 resulting from excellence in their cadet programs. Asterisk denotes unit also received the award in 2010: 

COLORADO SPRINGS CADET SQDN*

NORTH VALLEY COMPOSITE SQDN

BOULDER COMPOSITE SQDN

MUSTANG CADET SQDN*

DAKOTA RIDGE COMPOSITE SQDN*

EVERGREEN COMPOSITE SQDN

MESA VERDE CADET SQUADRON

For complete details on criteria and the data on this award visit the website at: http://www.capmembers.com/cadet_programs/library/quality_cadet_unit_award.cfm 

 
Colorado Wing Encampment 2012 - Posted on: Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cadets who plan to attend the COWG encampment this coming summer and have not yet applied need to do that now! Information on encampment and how to register is below:
Cadets will spend an exciting week in the Colorado Springs area participating in experiences at the United States Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base and Fort Carson. The program focuses on teaching cadets about aerospace power and heritage, the three missions of Civil Air Patrol (emergency services, aerospace and cadet programs), character, physical fitness and drill and ceremonies.

Experienced cadets will mentor and instruct basic cadets throughout the week using the demonstration-performance method; using more experienced cadets to "tell - show - do - review" is a very effective way for newer cadets to learn how to be the best Civil Air Patrol cadet they can be and take those skills back to their home squadron. The week will conclude with a formal Dining-In on Friday evening and a Pass-in-Review ceremony for family, friends and fellow cadets on Saturday morning.

In addition to participating in exciting activities and learning about CAP and its missions, basic cadets will meet other CAP cadets from many different areas of Colorado and learn how to participate in state, region and nation-wide activities such as: Powered Flight Academy, Ground Search and Rescue School, Space Command Familiarization Course, Advanced Technologies Academy, Regional Cadet Leadership School, Cadet Competition, Cadet Advisory Council and much more.

Encampment will be held from June 23rd -- June 30th at the United States Air Force Academy. Attendance at an encampment is required in order to earn the Mitchell Award and the rank of 2nd Lt. Space is limited, so we encourage cadets to apply early to secure their slot. Encampment applications for basic cadets will be accepted until all positions are filled or June 2nd. We anticipate that all slots will be filled by March.

Please forward any questions to:

encampment@coloradowingcap.org

Regards,
Col Philip Biersdorfer, CAP
Encampment Commander
2012 COWG Basic Cadet Encampment
encampment@coloradowingcap.org

 
Valkyrie Squadron Attends Military Appreciation Day at the State Capitol - Posted on: Tuesday, January 24, 2012
January 23, 2012 was Military, Veterans and MIA/POW Appreciation Day at the State Capitol. Colorado Wing, as part of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, participated. Colorado Wing Commander Col Earl Sherwin was introduced at a morning reception hosted by The Adjutant General, Maj Gen H. Michael Edwards, and attended by military leaders and legislators. Afterwards the Senate and House opened their daily sessions.

Cadets from Valkyrie Cadet Squadron: C/Capt. John Harhai, C/2Lt. Alex Ashford, C/CMSgt. Bryan Fisher and C/CMSgt. Daniel Pershing, whose names were entered into the Journal for the record, led the Pledge of Allegiance in the House. The Senate joined the House in its chamber and several joint resolutions were introduced, the first of which, House Joint Resolution 12-1005, mentions Civil Air Patrol. Among the guests in the House were two Tuskegee Airmen from Colorado. In their remarks honoring the military and veterans, several legislators talked about having seen the movie "Redtails" with their children.
 
Colorado Cyber Patriot Team Advances to Nationals - Posted on: Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron Cyber Patriot Team has advanced to the National Finals to be held in Washington, DC. The final competition will be March 22-23 at the Air Force Association Cyberfutures Conference and Technology Exposition at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland.

They will compete with 11 JROTC and Civil Air Patrol  squadrons from around the US.

Congratulations to Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron and their support staff.

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CAP Lends Glider and Knowledge to School's Aviation Week - Posted on: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thunder Mountain Composite Squadron along with Colorado Wing members are sharing their knowledge of aviation this week with Messiah Lutheran School in Grand Junction. Wing Chaplain Jeff Williams and External AE officer Gail Jergensen came over from the front range to teach several classes. C/CMSgt. Joshua Christiansen has also come along to assist. On Tuesday, Jan. 14 Thunder Mountain seniors brought a glider and set it up for a static display. The school, K-8, loved the glider!! Local news station KJCT Channel 8 covered the story.

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COWG Spaatz Awards Recipients - Posted on: Friday, January 06, 2012
COWG recognizes two members of COWG that recently received their Spaatz Award:
 
#1819, Brandon G. Maso, 8 Nov 11, Air Academy Composite Squadron
#1820, Caitlynn M. Graham, 20 Dec 11, Dakota Ridge Composite Squadron
 
Please congratulate these cadets for the accomplishments.  Less than .5% of all CAP cadets earn this award. 
 
For more information about The Spaatz Association and the Spaatz Award, click the "read more" link.
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Colorado Civil Air Patrol Foundation Grant Forms Available - Posted on: Thursday, December 01, 2011

 The grant application forms for 2012 are now available.  Click on the "read more..." link to access the forms.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2011 COLORADO WING AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION ANNUAL AWARD RECIPIENTS - Posted on: Sunday, May 01, 2011

On Saturday, April 9th at the 2011 Colorado Wing Conference Awards Banquet at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, CO, attended by CAP National Commander, Maj. Gen. Amy Courter and Colorado Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Michael Edwards, Colorado Wing and Rocky Mountain Region Annual Awards were presented: 

Colorado Wing Annual Awards: Each year, excellence in specialty areas is recognized through annual awards. This year, the Colorado Wing is proud to recognize the following individuals for their outstanding efforts in their individual specialties:   

Safety Officer of the Year: Maj. Buddy McCormick
Historian of the Year: Capt. Ed O'Brien
Public Affairs Officer of the Year: Lt. Col. Mike Daniels
Communicator of the Year: Capt. Eric Schwarm
Cadet Programs officer of the Year: Capt. Steve Schneider
Senior Member of the Year: Maj. Andrew Rajca
Finance Officer of the Year: 1st Lt. Thomas Porcaro
Logistician of the Year: Capt. Helen Gray
Incident Staff Member of the Year: Maj. Bruce Hertelendy
Brewer Aerospace Award, "CAP Cadet": C/2d Lt. Chase Peters
Brewer Aerospace Award, "CAP Senior Member": Lt. Col. William Aceves
Cadet of the Year: C/Col. Dillon Garvin
Col. William Hines Aircrew Member of the Year: Maj. Brian Smiley
COWG Squadron of Distinction: Foothills Cadet Squadron/Group 1 

Rocky Mountain Region Annual Awards: Recipients of Wing-level awards were nominated for recognition at the Region Level. The following members were recognized with Region-level awards, as well as Region Commander's Commendations for their outstanding performance:

Historian of the Year: Capt. Ed O'Brien
Public Affairs Officer of the Year: Lt. Col. Mike Daniels
Brewer Aerospace Award, "CAP Cadet": C/2dLt. Chase Peters
Brewer Aerospace Award, "CAP Senior Member": Lt. Col. Bill Aceves 
Finance Officer of the Year: 1st Lt. Thomas Porcaro
Incident Staff Member of the Year: Maj. Bruce Hertelendy
Logistician of the Year: Capt. Helen Gray
Cadet of the Year: C/Col. Dillon Garvin     

In addition, the Meritorious Service Award was presented by Region Commander, Col. Greg Cortem to Maj. Ryan Lord, for meritorious service rendered over a period of three years while serving as commander of Group 2.    

Also, prior to the change of command ceremony, outgoing Colorado Wing Commander, Col. Ed Phelka was presented with the Colorado Meritorious Service Medal By Colorado Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Michael Edwards, as well as a Commendation from the Colorado General Assembly that was presented by Col. Jack Buschmann and the Distinguished Service Award for his years as Wing Commander was presented by CAP National Commander, Maj. Gen. Amy Courter. 

    

 
MISSION SCANNER CLASS SATURDAY, APRIL 16th IN PARKER, CO - Posted on: Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Open to all Colorado Wing members: Group 1 will be conducting a Mission Scanner Class.  The date is Saturday, April 16th.   The venue will be in Parker at the Parker Fire Protection District Headquarters.   Lt. Col. Bruce Hulley will be your Training Director and Capt. Ben Krieger will serve as your Course Director.  In addition to Senior members who have completed Level 1, the training is also open to cadets who are 18 years of age.

The Mission Scanner (MS) is the first mission aircrew position for those wishing to participate as a crew member during aerial search and rescue assignments.  Advanced crew positions are Mission Observer (MO) and for rated pilots, Mission Pilot (MP).
 The 8-hour class will cover ground school tasks necessary to qualify as a Mission Scanner Trainee (*MS).  The course will be in accordance with the Mission Aircrew and Flightline Curriculum and Task Guide and the Mission Aircrew Reference Text (MART) for Mission Scanner.  Due to the large amount of material to be covered, pre-course work will require individual preparation ahead of the class.  The pre-course intent of the class is to cover material already familiar with the student through reading, amplify important points and skills and answer any questions or resolve any conflicts.
This is a great opportunity to train with other CAP Seniors and learn from qualified mission crew members.  Follow the instructions below to sign up.
Requirements When You Register:
  • Current senior membership OR current cadet over 18 years of age
  • CAP ID Card
  • Completion of Level 1 for Seniors
  • Completed Prerequisites for Mission Scanner Specialty Qualification Training Record (SQTR)
  • Unit Commander approval of MS Prerequisites
  • Colorado Gazetteer/Atlas (DeLorme)
  • Aeronautical Sectional Chart (Colorado – does not need to be current)
  • Map Plotting tools, protractor, straight edge, etc.
  • Pre-study assignments completed
  • Space is currently limited to the first 20 qualified registrants, first-come, first-served.
When:
0800 to 1700 Saturday April 16th, 2011
Where:
Parker Fire Protection District Headquarters Building
10235 Parkglenn Way
Parker, CO 80134                          Mapquest:  http://mapq.st/gympPn
 
Fee:
A course fee of $5 covers refreshments, supplemental handout materials, and administrative expenses. We will use e-mail to avoid postage and phone expenses. Your fee does not cover overnight accommodations, travel, or meals. You should keep these records for tax purposes.
Confirmation:
You can register by e-mail (benifer0607@hotmail.com) or by telephone (720-238-5726).  When you register your e-mail subject line should read CAP: MS Registration. You will get a Confirmation by return e-mail from the Course Director.  We will require your name, CAPID, e-mail, unit number, and phone number where you can be reached.  If you do not have e-mail, please tell us whose e-mail address we can send it to. 
Registration Deadline:
The Deadline is Friday, April 8th 2011.  Register as soon as possible.  Late registrations accepted on a case by case basis.  We need time to get supplementary training materials finalized and printed, to straighten out any problems, and to arrange for refreshments.  If you do not receive e-mail confirmation by Monday, April 11th, 2011 or if you cancel, send mail to: benifer0607@hotmail.com or leave a phone message at 720-238-5726.  Leave your name, a time to reach you (day and evening, if necessary), and your telephone number and/or e-mail address.
On the day of the class, please bring:
  • $5 for your fee (cash please).
  • A completed copy of the CAPF 60 (http://members.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/u_122903124500.pdf), just fill out both front and back of the sheet.
  • Your CAP ID card.
  • Any blue uniform combination (if you meet grooming and weight standards), or gray pants/skirt and white aviator shirt combination, or the blue golf shirt alternate uniform, as prescribed in CAPR 39-1, Civil Air Patrol Uniform Manual.  Flight suits or BDU’s acceptable.
  • Laptops optional (WiFi is available)
Maj. Hank Eng, CAP
Emergency Services Officer
Black Sheep Senior Squadron CO-162
(720) 490-1591 (c)
 


 

 
Colorado Wing to Represent Rocky Mountain Region at National Cadet Competition - Posted on: Monday, March 28, 2011
The Colorado Wing Cadet Competition took place Saturday on the Colorado State University campus, with 2 Drill Teams and 4 Color Guards vying for victory and the chance to represent the Colorado Wing at the regional competition in Idaho in April.  As Col Phelka noted during the awards ceremony, our Wing can be proud of the dedication and teamwork displayed by all of the participants. Col Phelka also announced that because no other state in our region was able to field a drill team this year, the COWG Drill Team would bypass the regional competition and represent Rocky Mountain Region at the National Cadet Competition in Ohio in June!
 
Congratulations to all of our competing cadets (and their senior escorts) and our state champions!
 
Overall Results

Drill Team:

Thompson Valley Composite Squadron - 1st place
Mustang Cadet Squadron - 2nd place
  
Color Guard:

Thompson Valley Composite Squadron - 1st place
Mustang Cadet Squadron - 2nd place
Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron - 3rd place
Dakota Ridge Composite Squadron - 4th place 

Individual awards:

Color Guard:
Written Test Highest Score:  C/SMSgt Reece (TVCS) C/CMSgt Tim Rice (CSCS) (tie)
Fleet Foot Male (fastest mile run time): - C/SrA Knab (TVCS)
Fleet Foot Female: C/MSgt Santillanez (TVCS)
 
Drill Team: 
Written Test Highest Score: C/2dLt Murphy (TVCS)
Fleet Foot Male (fastest mile run time): C/A1C Whittle (TVCS)
Fleet Foot Female: C/Amn Higgins (TVCS)
 

Liz Caldwell, Capt, CAP
COWG Cadet Competition Project Officer
tel: 970 213 3094

 
COLORADO WING CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE MARCH 31 - Posted on: Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Colorado Wing annual conference at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs April 8-10 is quickly approaching. Registration deadline is March 31. The Civil Air Patrol's National Commander, Maj. Gen. Amy Courter will be attending and speaking at the opening session and Colorado State Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Michael Edwards, will be the keynote speaker at the awards banquet Saturday evening, April 9th. In addition, we will be bidding farewell to our current Wing Commander, Col. Ed Phelka and welcoming a new commander at this conference.

There are some interesting, informative and educational sessions scheduled. You can view the conference program on this site by clicking on the 2011 Wing Conference under Site Navigation to the left on the Home Page.

Please click on the link below to see the article that was recently published in the Glenwood Springs newspaper about the Colorado Wing Conference.

http://www.postindependent.com/article/2011110319856

 
Colorado Wing Cadet Competition March 26th in Ft. Collins - Posted on: Sunday, March 13, 2011
This year's Wing Cadet Competition, the COWG round of the National Cadet Competition, will be held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins at the Moby AUX gym on Saturday 26th March 2011

We are looking for support staff to assist in making this Competition a successful event - showcasing the capability and dedication of our Wing's cadets. If you are interested in helping out please contact Capt Liz Caldwell at LCaldwell@tvcseagles.com.
 

 

 
Buckley Access - Posted on: Thursday, November 11, 2010

Effective IMMEDIATELY (10 November 2010) - CAP ID cards, with or without picture, are no longer valid for access to Buckley AFB. Yes, this is sudden.

At this time the ONLY CAP access lists are for the Finance team that works on base and Mile-Hi Squadron. If you are not a member of either of these groups, do not try to access the base by telling the guards that your name is on a list. CAP personnel with DoD issued ID cards can use those to access the base. A current DBIDS card marked "Peterson AFB only" may or may not be accepted. We've been told those marked "Front Range" will.

Unfortunately, the base is not yet ready to issue DBIDS cards to CAP members. As a result, we have to create lists that the base security force will then computerize. They will not be using paper lists at the gates.

Here is the process:
a. Each unit will compile a list of members who require access to Buckley. The form that MUST be used can be found in the COWG Forms area of the website or by clicking here. Complete only the list of names per the instructions highlighted in yellow. Note that the form requires the names to be in alphabetical order, and contains private info, so simply circulating the form at a meeting won't work.

b. Email the completed form in original format (do not modify, convert to PDF or another version of Word) to Lt Col Mike McDonald.  His email address can be found here.

c. Gerald Peaslee and Mike McDonald will verify the names are in the proper format, complete the form and submit it to the 460 SFS.

d. The 460 SFS states that it may take up to 72 hours before the names appear in the computerized access list.

Everyone's cooperation is appreciated to make this a smooth transition.

 
2011 Civil Air Patrol Foundation Grant and Scholarship Application - Posted on: Thursday, November 11, 2010

This application is now available on the COWG website under "Publications and Forms -> COWG Forms".

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COWG Aircrew Meets Hiker They Rescued - Posted on: Thursday, July 22, 2010
Save! Colorado CAP aircrew finds lost hiker - Posted on: Thursday, July 01, 2010
Wing Calendar - Posted on: Thursday, April 01, 2010

To improve the coordination of Wing Calendar events, all additions to the calendar must be made through the Wing Administrator.  An event entry form is available via a link found immediately below the calendar.

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Logistics Training Cancelled! - Posted on: Saturday, March 27, 2010
The Group 4 Logistics Training for today, Saturday March 27th, has been cancelled. We will make another attempt to hold the class when the weather is better. Cynthia Smith 
2010 Region Staff College - Posted on: Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Registration is now open. read more ...
COWG Key Personnel and Unit Listing - Posted on: Monday, January 25, 2010

(updated 7 January 2010)

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Uniform Discussion - Posted on: Sunday, November 29, 2009
Please see the attachment from the National Commander.  Many members may be concerned about the elimination of the corporate service dress.  For the reasoning behind this National Executive Committee decision, select the PDF or the Powerpoint
2010 Colorado CAP Foundation Application Now Available - Posted on: Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The application deadline is 12 Feb 2010. read more ...
COWG PAO Videos - Posted on: Sunday, August 09, 2009
Videos now on the public Media and Public Information page. read more ...
Command Shift Reaches National Level - Posted on: Monday, December 01, 2008
The Rocky Mountain Region Commander, Col Russel E. Chazell, is now serving as the National Chief of Staff.
Colorado Wing Commander Col Greg Cortum was selected as the new Region Commander.
Colorado Wing Vice Commander Lt Col George Mixon was asked to serve as his Region Vice Commander and was promoted to Col. 

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The Civil Air Patrol is a great way to serve America. Our three primary missions are Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs and Emergency Services. CAP is an all-volunteer organization, made up of everyday people with a wide variety of skills.

Federal, state and local authorities rely on the CAP's volunteer pilots and ground personnel to provide search and rescue assistance, disaster relief, homeland security, counter-drug operations support and cadet leadership training. The Colorado Wing of the CAP offers a wide variety of opportunities for citizens from all walks of life to serve Colorado, and America. With nearly 60,000 members nationwide, the CAP is one of the largest volunteer organizations in the country.

The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the United States Air Force, performing "Missions For America". In Colorado, the CAP is headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. We operate 35 squadrons throughout the state.
 
 The COWG squadrons stand ready to
assist those in need. Missions range from search-and-rescue of lost hikers or hunters, location of downed aircraft and transport of emergency personnel or medical materials. When there is a disaster in a Colorado community, the State's CAP squadrons respond by transporting doctors, firefighters or emergency personnel to the areas in need.
 
Volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief, reconnaissance and counter drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.
 
Our members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs.  CAP has been performing missions for America
for more than 60 years.
 
For more information about joining Colorado Wing, click "How Do I Join CAP? on the left menu.  For more information about Civil Air Patrol in general, click CAP National Headquarters.

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Commander: Col Earl Sherwin
Vice Commander: Lt Col David Novotny
Chief of Staff:

Lt Col Jay Miles
cowg.cs@coloradowingcap.org
4620 Anjelina Cr. No
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
719-572-5741 (H)
719-524-0315 (W)
719-231-2861 (Cell)

Director Of Operations: Maj William Waite
Director Of Safety: Capt Stefanie Hudgins
719-482-6574 
Director Of Cadet Programs: Lt Col Gary Falls
Director Of Aerospace Education: 1st Lt Mary E. Cast
Director of Communications:

Capt Richard Jessop
719-337-0185 (cell) 

Director of Public Affairs:

Lt Col Mike Daniels
303-674-7070 (H) 
303-325-7876 (W) 
303-674-7070 (FAX) 
720-261-3880 (cell) 

Recruitment and Membership Info: Maj Sam C. Turner
720-939-9586
Wing Administrator: Ian Carman 
719-556-8280 (Wing HQ)
Wing Chaplain: Lt Col Jeff Williams
Wing Inspector General: Lt Col William Aceves
Wing Webmaster: Lt Col Karl Schultz
State Division Program Manager: Lt Col Michael McDonald
720-847-5003
USAFA/ROTC Admissions Officer: Lt Col Chris Yakabe (USAFR)
303-946-6771

CAP National HQ Contacts
Agencies requesting CAP Mission Support
should contact the CAP National Operations Center (NOC) at 888-211-1812

Colorado Legislative CO-999
State Capitol Bldg, Denver 80203
Meets at State Capitol Building
Commander: State Senator, Lt Col Kent Lambert
303-866-2937

COWG HEADQUARTERS

Physical Address:
Hangar 133
Peterson AFB CO

Mailing Address:
HQ COWG CAP
325 W. Hamilton Ave Bldg 133
Peterson AFB CO
80914
719-556-8280
fax 719-556-6186

COWG Annex
Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol offices 
19210 East Breckenridge Avenue, Stop 33
Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado 80011-9525
Fax: (DEN)720-847-5009


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