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Orienteeing Skills Workshop Weekend: 12 Oct to 14 Oct 2018

posted Sep 27, 2018, 11:05 AM by Alisa Vural   [ updated Sep 27, 2018, 11:10 AM ]

Orienteering Skills Workshop at West Point's Lake Frederick, 12 Oct to 14 Oct 2018

Calling all cadets! The United States Military Academy Orienteering Team will host a weekend workshop at Lake Frederick, NY, in order to teach the fundamentals of Orienteering. Participants do not require any background in orienteering, only a desire to learn. We will bivouac, an excellent experience for those who have not done it before. Need to know more about orienteering? Click HERE.


Cadets will get experience on introductory and advanced level orienteering courses. Everyone will participate in various exercises and practical applications, culminating in a team-level orienteering competition. This weekend is rigorous, competitive and sure to be exciting for all participants, and is an annual favorite for our squadron. 


Reserve your spot first on our Online RSVP Form for the OSW.


Total Cost: $50. That is $25 for food, payable via check to CAP. $25 registration fee payable directly to West Point, details to be provided along with West Point waivers for each participant.


Required forms (4):

a. CAPF 161 Emergency Information (keep in your right BDU/ABU pocket with your CAPID at all times)

b. CAPF 160 Member Health History (submit to Lt. Vural with other forms)

c. CAPF 32 Parent Permission Slip (attached below; submit to Lt. Vural with other forms)

d. CAPF 31 Application for activity (attached below; submit to Lt. Vural with other forms)


1.       All forms and the $25.00 food check (payable to CAP) and $25 registration check for West Point must be submitted to Lt. Vural by 8:00 pm, Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

2.       All cadets and adults must be SAFETY CURRENT.  We will have our monthly safety briefing, Tuesday, October 2.  If you are unable to attend (and have submitted your forms and registration and food payments), you MUST complete an online SAFETY CLASS to become Safety Current.

3.       Please advise no later than Tuesday evening, October 9, if you have any special dietary restrictions.  We are planning to serve camp food, which may include burgers, hot dogs, chili, pasta, salad, etc.  Breakfasts will be bagels, fruit, juice.

4.       Bring a bag dinner for Friday evening.

5.       Meet at 4:00 pm, Friday, October 12, at the Red Cross Building to load the vehicles. 

6.       Uniform for Friday evening is full BDU/ABU.  Uniform on Saturday and Sunday is CAP PT (Black t-shirt, gray or dark shorts. Running pants, sweatshirt optional but highly advised.)

7.       Be prepared for rain.  Poncho or raingear is required. Extra socks and running shoes are highly advised. 

8.      Showers are available and highly advised. Bring a towel and soap.

9       Bring a set of “civilian” clothes for Saturday evening.  Jeans OK.

10.       Bring CAPID and medical documents, and signed USMA waiver form (attached to squadron email.)

 

GEAR LIST

       Tent to Share (for those who have one.  Please ensure the tent is 100% complete and functional.)  *** We will finalize tent arrangements Tuesday, October 9. ***

       Sleeping Bag and Pad (45 Degree or lower recommended)

       Flashlight or Head Lamp with extra batteries

       Canteen/Hydration Pack

       Mess Kit (Cup, Plate, Utensils)

       Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, as needed, etc.)

       Towel and soap

       Sunscreen

       Bug spray or lotion

       CAPID

       (1) BDU/ABU Shirt (travel)

       (1) BDU/ABU Pants (travel)

       BDU/ABU Cover (travel)

       BDU/ABU Boots (travel)

       (1) Boot socks, pair (travel)

       (1) Black T-Shirt ( travel)

       (2) Undershorts / Undergarments

       (1) Fleece (black preferred)

       Poncho or raincoat (Woodland Camo pattern preferred but not mandatory)

       Sleep Clothes

       Sneakers

       (2) Pair PT socks

       (2) Pair PT shorts

       (3) Black t-shirts for PT

       (1) Pair running pants for PT

       (1) Sweatshirt (dark preferred)

       (1) Set of civilian clothes for Saturday evening (t-shirt, jeans)

       Plastic bag for put wet clothes

       Backpack or duffle bag for personal gear

       Folding camp chair (optional)

 

Please contact Lt. Vural if you have any questions.

O-Flight RSVP for Group 221 Cadets 7 April 2018

posted Mar 20, 2018, 4:49 AM by Alisa Vural   [ updated Mar 20, 2018, 4:53 AM ]

Attention, Group 221 Cadets! Sign up NOW for a powered O-Flight out of Essex County Airport in Caldwell, NJ, meeting at Airbound Aviation, 27 Wright Way,  Fairfield, Saturday, 7 April 2018.

The spots are limited so registration is first-come, first-served. SIGN UP BY TUESDAY, 3 APRIL at 1700. 

To register, complete requirements 1, 2, and 3 below and fill out the brief survey below.  Your membership must be current and you must have the complete BDU/ABU uniform and be able to wear it within CAPM 39-1 regulations.

There is no rain date; so hope for fine weather.  Flight cancellation due to weather will be sent via email, so be CERTAIN you check your CAP email. (You should be checking your CAP email daily.) If you have problems with your CAP email, follow the password reset instructions. If it still does not work, email your squadron commander.

you and your parents should both read the Parents Guide to Orientation Flights: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/cadets/parents/cadet-orientation-flights/

SPACE IS LIMITED! SIGN UP NOW! 

What you need to know:

1) You must have completed Aircraft Ground Handling in eServices. (Eservices > Online Learning > Learning Management >Operations)
2) You must be safety current. Check your record in eServices. If you are not safety current, complete one of the online safety modules. (Eservices > Online Learning > Learning Management > Safety: Monthly Education)
3) Prepare by reading the O-Flight Syllabus CAPP 52-7, found here: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/cadets/activities/cadet-flying/
4) UOD: BDUs, boots. Dress warmly with layers under your BDUs and bring a jacket. 
5) Arrive 15 minutes before your flight.
6) Bring with you: your CAPID, a gallon ziplock bag, a snack and water. Keep a complete CAPF 161 in the right pocket of your BDUs. CAPF 161 https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/CAPF_161_4277E3691FD61.pdf
7) Your parents should not leave you until you have gone up with the pilot. Your parents should return to the airport half an hour before your flight is scheduled to end.
8) Be sure to thank your pilot.

After signing up you will be redirected to the Announcements page on our squadron website. You can find all of this information and relevant links there. 

Questions? Email Lt. Vural (alisa.vural@njwg.cap.gov)

Sign up HEREhttps://goo.gl/forms/ttCOA9fmtBGmfHEB2

Save the date: Basic Encampment 2018

posted Mar 13, 2018, 8:14 PM by Alisa Vural

If you or a fellow cadet has not attended Basic Encampment (BE) yet, save the date for this year's encampment: NJ BE 2018 will run from Saturday, 30 June to 7 July 2018. Registration is not open yet (soon!) but we want to be sure that you save the time in your summer schedule and plan to attend. Basic Encampment is one of the fundaments of the CAP cadet program.

Pre-requisite for attending encampment is that you have earned your first stripe (the Curry Award.) Study hard now so you can have the first, and maybe even the second, stripe.

Encampment will take place at Joint Base Maguire Dix Lakehurst (JBMDL.) It is an amazing experience that EVERY cadet attends. It is where cadets learn the most important fundamentals of teamwork, and each cadet grows in their confidence and self-discipline. Encampment is hard, challenging, fun and motivating. Once a cadet has attended encampment, they are able to apply for National Cadet Special Activities and take on more leadership opportunities in their squadron.

If you cannot attend NJ BE, you may attend BE in another state if that works best for you. We have several cadets who have done this. If you choose this path, get in touch NOW with the commander so we can work on your out of state encampment paperwork. You can find a list of other states' encampments on the national website.

For more general information on BE - and how to apply for financial assistance - please visit the national website: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/cadets/activities/encampment/

Congratulations, Lt Col McCloud!

posted Mar 4, 2018, 6:06 AM by Alisa Vural   [ updated Mar 4, 2018, 6:07 AM ]

Congratulations to Lt. Col. McCloud on her recent promotion. Adding to the honor of her promotion, she received her rank on Thursday, 1 March 2018, from Maj. General Smith, CAP National Commander, and Brig. General Phelka, CAP National Vice-Commander on Thursday at CAP Legislative Day in Washington, DC. Lt Col McCloud currently serves as our Deputy Commander of Cadets. She holds many specialty ratings and brings decades of Civil Air Patrol experience to our squadron.

Volunteer for Power in the Pines, May 2018

posted Mar 4, 2018, 5:40 AM by Alisa Vural   [ updated Mar 4, 2018, 5:41 AM ]

Curtiss-Wright Cadet sand Senior Members, we need you!


Sign up now to volunteer at the Power in the Pines Air Show at JB MDL. Volunteer service is one of our core values. This is an excellent opportunity to volunteer, learn, and participate in a great event. C/2d Lt Vural is the Cadet Public Affairs Officer (PAO) for the event. Join the team! How many Curtiss-Wright members can we get to show our support?

 

Dates: 4 to 6 May 2018. Pick one, two or all three days. Staying overnight with the team at the AFB is a really fun experience.


Times

Friday, 4 May: as early as you can get there, given that it is a school day.  It is "Family Day" at the Open House & Air Show and CAP members can participate in those special events.

Saturday and Sunday  0800 to 1700 for both days.


Where: JB MDL 


Details:

1) Overnight accommodations (billeting) are available for NO FEE. 

2) Dining facilities (DFAC) are available (fee). 

3) Info you need for registration: Our team is NJ-073 Curtiss-Wright. Our charter number is NER-NJ-073. 

4) Register EARLY as our team slots will likely fill up. Registration closes at 11:30 PM on Friday, April 27th.

5) Register HERE.


More information:

The JB MDL Open House and Air Show is a major opportunity for CAP to work directly with the Air Force. Volunteers of all ranks are needed to do a variety of tasks like manning the CAP STEM Demonstrations and Recruiting Booth, manning the CAP Aircraft Static Displays, CAP Van Drivers, Event Program Sales, etc.


Additionally, Cadet Officers have the honor and opportunity to escort Distinguished Visitors at show center stage.


Additional information such as Rally Points, Uniform of the Day and Duty Assignments, and packing list will be sent to registered participants during the week before the event.


As with all CAP Activities, you must bring your CAP ID Card and a current copy of your CAP Form 161.


RSVP West Point Camporee: 27 April to 29 April 2018

posted Feb 3, 2018, 7:02 AM by Alisa Vural

Reserve your space NOW for this amazing weekend. *** Note: The deadline for submitting your $25 fee is 10 February 2018.  NO EXCEPTIONS, NO EXTENSIONS! *** Checks for $25 must be made payable to, “West Point Scoutmaster’s Council.” Read carefully below for details.

Attention, Cadets and Senior Members!

Curtiss-Wright is fortunate to have a spot in the 2018 West Point Scout Master’s Camporee. This event is open to Cadets and Senior Members. Participants experience a variety of military and outdoor skill-based competitions and sites to include: land navigation, first aid, weapons safety and maintenance, zodiac boat race, fire building, military drill, and physical fitness. The Camporee also includes military equipment static displays, mock demonstrations of military operations such as air assault missions with helicopters, an extremely large bonfire Saturday night, and, on Sunday, a military review parade involving the Academy leadership. You will meet West Point cadets, and have the chance to show the cadets of the Civil Air Patrol to the thousands of scouts who will participate. The event is rain or shine. 

This is limited to 25 people. Registration is first-come, first-served, based on your time stamp in the attached form AND receipt of your registration fee. You must RSVP AND PAY THE FEE by 10 February. Details below.

You may ONLY sign up with your @njwg.cap.gov email and all communication regarding this trip will be sent to that email. 

There are two options for attending:

1) Day trip. Saturday morning leaving American Red Cross at 0630 and returning to the Red Cross at 2100.

2) Hike in and Camp the weekend. Friday night leave Caldwell area at 1530. 2.5 mile hike in carrying all your own gear. You will need to have sleeping pad, sleeping bag, backpack. We will coordinate food. Sunday morning 2.5 mike hike out home by noon. 

3) Registration fee is $25, must be received by 10 February. Check payable to West Point Scoutmaster's Council. Bring your check to the Curtiss-Wright squadron meeting this week, OR mail NLT 8 Feb to: 1stLt Tracey Marashlian, 308 Mountain Ave, N Caldwell, 07006. If you mail the check to Lt Marashlian, send her an email to notify her to watch for the check. 

4) IF you have to cancel, we will make every effort to fill your spot, but there are no guarantees. The registration fee that we pay to West Point is non-refundable, their rules, not ours. 

It will be an AWESOME experience! Questions? Contact Lt Marashlian tracey.marashlian@njwg.cap.gov

Register HERE or https://goo.gl/forms/6PFpFsIRH4HlGdTP2
*****

o-Flights: 3 Dec 2017

posted Nov 29, 2017, 7:41 PM by Alisa Vural   [ updated Nov 29, 2017, 8:01 PM ]

Attention, Curtiss-Wright Cadets! Sign up NOW for a powered O-Flight out of Essex County Airport in Caldwell, NJ, meeting at Airbound Aviation, 27 Wright Way,  Fairfield, THIS Sunday, 3 December 2017. 

The spots are limited to 6, so first-come, first-served. SIGN UP BY THURSDAY, 30 Nov at 1800. After that, any spots left available will be offered to other cadets in Group 221.

To register, complete requirements 1, 2, and 3 below and fill out the brief survey HERE by TOMORROW, 30 Nov 2017 at 1800.  Your membership must be current and you must have the complete BDU/ABU uniform and be able to wear it within CAPM 39-1 regulations.

There is no rain date; so hope for fine weather.  Flight cancellation due to weather will be sent via email, so be CERTAIN you check your email. (You should be checking your CAP email daily.) If you have problems with your CAP email, follow the password reset instructions. If it still does not work, email Lt. Vural.

Have your parents read the Parents Guide to Orientation Flights: https://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/OFlight_Fact_Sheet_for_Parents_BCB31A5D62382.pdf

SPACE IS LIMITED! SIGN UP NOW! 

What you need to know:

1) You must have completed Aircraft Ground Handling in eServices.
2) You must be safety current. Check your record in eServices. If you are not safety current, complete one of the online safety modules.
3) Prepare by reading the O-Flight Syllabus. https://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/P052_007_9F576CAE3B358.pdf
4) UOD: BDUs, boots. Dress warmly with layers under your BDUs and bring a jacket. 
5) Arrive 15 minutes before your flight.
6) Bring with you: your CAPID, a gallon ziplock bag, a snack and water. Keep a complete CAPF 161 in the right pocket of your BDUs. CAPF 161 https://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/CAPF_161_4277E3691FD61.pdf
7) Your parents should not leave you until you have gone up with the pilot. Your parents should return to the airport half an hour before your flight is scheduled to end.

After signing up you will be redirected to the Announcements page (here!) on our squadron website. You can find all of this information and relevant links here. 

Questions? Email Lt. Vural (alisa.vural@njwg.cap.gov)

NJ-073 Receives National Award

posted Nov 28, 2017, 11:46 AM by Alisa Vural

Recognition for Excellent Leadership and Aerospace Programs for Teens


Fairfield, NJ - November 28, 2017


The Curtiss-Wright Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has earned the prestigious 2017 Quality Cadet Unit Award. The national Civil Air Patrol award recognizes high-achieving squadrons based on rigorous criteria.


The squadron exceeded national criteria with over 40 cadet members, exceptional annual growth of nearly 20% and nearly 60% annual retention of cadet members. The squadron achieved these results by offering high-quality, well-planned cadet leadership and aerospace programs. Nearly 60% of the cadets have successfully completed basic encampment, a rigorous eight-day basic training. The squadron was further recognized for its Aerospace Education program for cadets, and the high number of senior member adult leaders who have pursued advanced training to support the cadet program.


Nationally only 29% of the more than 1,000 eligible Civil Air Patrol squadrons earn the Quality Cadet Unit Award. In New Jersey, the Curtiss-Wright Composite Squadron is one of six squadrons recognized with the distinctive award. The squadron also earned the award in 2016 and 2014. The squadron is active in community events, special trainings, and works to develop leaders between the ages of 12 and 18. Cadet members are from Essex, Morris, Passaic and Union Counties.


The Curtiss-Wright Composite Squadron meets at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at the American Red Cross in Fairfield, NJ. Prospective cadets, ages 12-18, and their parents are always welcome. For more information, visit http://curtiss-wright.njwg.cap.gov/


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 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. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.


26 Nov 2017 (Sunday) Orientation Flights

posted Nov 24, 2017, 12:19 PM by Alisa Vural   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 11:47 AM ]

Note that flights were cancelled due to weather. We will reschedule.

Attention, Curtiss-Wright Cadets! 

Sign up NOW for a powered O-Flight out of Essex County Airport in Caldwell, NJ, meeting at Airbound Aviation, 27 Wright Way,  Fairfield, THIS Sunday, 26 November 2017. 

The spots are limited to 6, so first-come, first-served. 

To register, complete requirements 1, 2, and 3 below and fill out the brief survey HERE by 25 November 2017 at 1800.  Your membership must be current and you must have the complete BDU/ABU uniform and be able to wear it within CAPM 39-1 regulations.

There is no rain date, so hope for fine weather.  Flight cancellation due to weather will be sent via email, so be CERTAIN you check your email. (You should be checking your CAP email daily.) 

Have your parents read the Parents Guide to Orientation Flights https://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/OFlight_Fact_Sheet_for_Parents_BCB31A5D62382.pdf

SPACE IS LIMITED! SIGN UP NOW! 

What you need to know:

1) You must have completed Aircraft Ground Handling in eServices.
2) You must be safety current. Check your record in eServices. If you are not safety current, complete one of the online safety modules.
3) Prepare by reading the O-Flight Syllabus. https://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/P052_007_9F576CAE3B358.pdf
4) UOD: BDUs, boots. Dress warmly with layers under your BDUs and bring a jacket. 
5) Arrive 15 minutes before your flight.
6) Bring with you: your CAPID, a gallon ziplock bag, a snack and water. Keep a complete CAPF 161 in the right pocket of your BDUs. CAPF 161 https://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/CAPF_161_4277E3691FD61.pdf
7) Your parents should not leave you until you have gone up with the pilot. Your parents should return to the airport half an hour before your flight is scheduled to end.

After signing up you will be redirected to the Announcements page our our squadron website. You can find all of this information and relevant links there. 

Questions? Email Lt. Vural (alisa.vural@njwg.cap.gov)

2017 Orienteering Skills Workshop at West Point

posted Sep 11, 2017, 8:59 AM by Alisa Vural   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 9:08 AM ]

Orienteering Skills Workshop at West Point's Lake Frederick, 29 Sep 2017 to 1 Oct 2017

Calling all cadets! The United States Military Academy Orienteering Team will host a weekend workshop at Lake Frederick, NY, in order to teach the fundamentals of Orienteering. Participants do not require any background in orienteering, only a desire to learn. We will bivouac, an excellent experience for those who have not done it before.


Cadets will get experience on introductory and advanced level orienteering courses. Everyone will participate in various exercises and practical applications, culminating in a team-level orienteering competition. This weekend is rigorous, competitive and sure to be exciting for all participants, and is an annual favorite for our squadron. 


Reserve your spot first on our Online RSVP Form for the OSW.


Cost: $25 for food, payable via check to CAP. $25 registration fee payable directly to West Point, details to be provided along with West Point waivers for each participant.


Required forms (4):

a. CAPF 161 Emergency Information (keep in your right BDU/ABU pocket with your CAPID at all times)

b. CAPF 160 Member Health History (submit to Lt. Marashlian with other forms)

c. CAPF 32 Parent Permission Slip (attached below; submit to Lt. Marashlian with other forms)

d. CAPF 31 Application for activity (attached below; submit to Lt. Marashlian with other forms)


1.       All forms and the $25.00 food check (payable to CAP) and $25 registration check for West Point must be submitted to Lt. Marashlian by 8:00 pm, Tuesday, September 26.

2.       All cadets and adults must be SAFETY CURRENT.  We will have our monthly safety briefing, Tuesday, September 11.  If you are unable to attend (and have submitted your forms and registration and food payments), you MUST complete an online SAFETY CLASS to become Safety Current.

3.       Please advise no later than Tuesday evening, September 20, if you have any special dietary restrictions.  We are planning to serve camp food, which may include burgers, hot dogs, chili, pasta, salad, etc.  Breakfasts will be bagels, fruit, juice.

4.       Bring a bag dinner for Friday evening.

5.       Meet at 4:00 pm, Friday, September 29, at the Red Cross Building to load the trailer. 

6.       Uniform for Friday evening is full BDU/ABU.  Uniform on Saturday and Sunday is CAP PT (Black t-shirt, gray or dark shorts. Running pants, sweatshirt optional but highly advised.)

7.       Be prepared for rain.  Poncho or raingear is required. Extra socks and running shoes are highly advised. 

8.      Showers are available and highly advised. Bring a towel and soap.

9       Bring a set of “civilian” clothes for Saturday evening.  Jeans OK.

10.       Bring CAPID and medical documents, and signed USMA waiver form (attached to squadron email.)

 

GEAR LIST

       Tent to Share (for those who have one.  Please ensure the tent is 100% complete and functional.)  *** We will finalize tent arrangements Tuesday, September 26. ***

       Sleeping Bag and Pad (45 Degree or lower recommended)

       Flashlight or Head Lamp with extra batteries

       Canteen/Hydration Pack

       Mess Kit (Cup, Plate, Utensils)

       Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, as needed, etc.)

       Towel and soap

       Sunscreen

       Bug spray or lotion

       CAPID

       (1) BDU/ABU Shirt (travel)

       (1) BDU/ABU Pants (travel)

       BDU/ABU Cover (travel)

       BDU/ABU Boots (travel)

       (1) Boot socks, pair (travel)

       (1) Black T-Shirt ( travel)

       (2) Undershorts / Undergarments

       (1) Fleece (black preferred)

       Poncho or raincoat (Woodland Camo pattern preferred but not mandatory)

       Sleep Clothes

       Sneakers

       (2) Pair PT socks

       (2) Pair PT shorts

       (3) Black t-shirts for PT

       (1) Pair running pants for PT

       (1) Sweatshirt (dark preferred)

       (1) Set of civilian clothes for Saturday evening (t-shirt, jeans)

       Plastic bag for put wet clothes

       Backpack or duffle bag for personal gear

       Folding camp chair (optional)

 

Please contact Lt. Vural if you have any questions.


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