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Cadet Ball and Conference!

posted Aug 7, 2017, 8:46 AM by Alisa Vural

Save the date of 2 Dec 2017 for the Annual NJWG Cadet Conference and Ball. Do not miss this opportunity! We want NJ-073 to have heavy representation. Mark your calendars now and plan around it.

From the NJWG Cadet Advisory Council: 

"Per Col Abegg's vision and on behalf of the NJWG Cadet Advisory Council (CAC), December 2, 2017 has been designated as the date of the Annual NJWG Cadet Conference and Ball. Please save the date! The NJWG CAC will be working diligently to provide an engaging conference and outstanding ball for cadets! Keep an eye out for more details."

Send your NCSA/BE Photos to the PAO

posted Jul 13, 2017, 8:33 AM by Alisa Vural

After you attend an NCSA or encampment this summer, send the following in an email to the Public Affairs Officer!

1) Send a couple of photos.
2) Answer at least two of these questions:
a) Why did you decide to go?
b) What is your favorite memory?
c) What was a surprise for you at the activity?
d) What states are your new CAP friends from?

You may see yourself on Facebook, our website and possibly even in the local press! Help spread the word about the awesome accomplishments that CAP Cadets achieve.

Tell your friends and family to follow us on Facebook.

West Point Scoutmaster's Camporee: 28 April to 30 April 2017

posted Jan 31, 2017, 5:24 PM by Alisa Vural

*** Note: Deadline for pre-payment is Tuesday evening, February 7 ***




Each year, the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, holds an Invitational Scout Camporee.  The event is planned, organized, and executed entirely run by USMA cadet members of the Scoutmaster’s Council.  These cadets are typically former members of Boy Scout, Venture Crew (coed) and Girl Scout units, many of whom have earned their program’s highest rank, i.e., Boy Scout Eagle and Girl Scout Gold awards. 


The Camporee site is HERE.


Photo Album from our GREAT EXPERIENCE in 2015 is HERE.

The annual Camporee is a weekend-long event in which Scout Troops (and CAP) experience a variety of military and Scouting -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, a large bonfire, and a military review parade involving the Academy leadership.


Curtiss-Wright applied to attend the 2017 Camporee  as a CAP unit, and we were accepted!    NJ073’ own USMA CDT John Rogacki is sponsoring us this year! We will likely be the ONLY CAP unit among over 250 scouting troops, consisting of over 7000 participants!  This will be an excellent opportunity for us to show others what CAP is all about, interact with USMA cadets, and participate in many “cool” activities and challenges.   Like Scouting, CAP has similar goals and objectives with regard to their youth programs.  So, CAP fits right in. 


The event starts Friday evening, April 28, 2017, and will conclude mid-afternoon, Sunday, April 30, 2017.  We will meet at the Fairfield Red Cross building around 4:30 pm (tentative).  We could have multiple departure times, TBD.


It’s a camporee, so we will be camping in tents and cooking our own food. More details will follow. You will provide or share a tent, and need a sleeping bag and a mess kit.  We will lend you a sleeping bag if you need one.  Don’t worry about not having the right gear.  We will help you out, so that everyone wanting to attend will be properly equipped.  It will be an AWESOME experience!


We have 25 cadet spots and 6 adult spots available.  The registration fee is $25.00 per person.  It is non-refundable, but if you have paid and cannot attend, we will try to transfer your fee to another cadet who decides to go (or joined the Squadron) later.  Note: there will be a separate fee (approx. $25) collected later to cover meals.


RSVP here, and bring your $25 check NO LATER than 7 February. *** We need to prepay before February 10th, so the deadline for submitting your fee is Tuesday evening, February 7.  NO EXCEPTIONS, NO EXTENSIONS! Checks must be made payable to, “West Point Scoutmaster’s Council”, not CAP or Curtiss-Wright.


Please forward your check to Lt. Tracey Marashlian.  She will consolidate and handle the Squadron’s registration.   You can give her or me the check in person, or mail to the address below. 


Remember, the check needs to be in our hands at or before the Squadron meeting, Tuesday, February 7.


Please contact Major Rogacki if you have any questions.


Incredible Chance for C-17 O-Flight

posted Jan 19, 2017, 8:00 AM by Alisa Vural

Attention all Cadets and Senior Members!

On Sunday, February 12, 2017, the Curtiss-Wright squadron has been invited for a group orientation flight on a C-17 Globemaster III at MDL McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base.  This type of flight is a special opportunity that is rarely offered. 

There are limited openings and our maximum is 20 total. 

It is a full day event with departure time from the American Red Cross in Fairfield at approximately 0530 and returning late afternoon.  More details will be forthcoming.

Sign up NOW on this FORM

25 Nov 2016 O-Flight out of Essex County Airport

posted Nov 17, 2016, 7:24 AM by Alisa Vural

Attention, Curtiss-Wright Cadets! 
Sign up NOW for a powered O-Flight out of Essex County Airport in Caldwell, NJ, on Friday, 25 November (the day after Thanksgiving.) Complete the brief survey below by 22 November 2016 at 2000.  

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 as part of being a responsible cadet.)


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.
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.
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.

Sign up HERE (or here: https://goo.gl/forms/aeqS2ZTyTJwC8bM83)

Learn more about O-Flights HERE

Questions? Email Lt. Vural (alisa.vural@njwg.cap.gov) or Capt. Kim (robin.kim@njwg.cap.gov)

Fall Party with the Picatinny Squadron

posted Oct 19, 2016, 12:05 PM by Alisa Vural

RSVP HERE for the next week's Fall Party at the Picatinny Squadron next Tuesday, from 1800 to 2100. If you need a ride you MUST indicate it on the RSVP.

Be sure to bring your CAPF32 (attached) and CAPF 161 Emergency Information (keep it in your right pocket.)

UOD is Costumes, but casual clothes are also acceptable. There is a prize for the Best Aviation Themed Costume. There will be games, and pizza and drinks will be served.

If you have any questions, please ask Lt. Vural.

Orienteering Skills Workshop: all the details!

posted Sep 15, 2016, 5:50 AM by Alisa Vural   [ updated Sep 15, 2016, 7:05 AM ]

Orienteering Skills Workshop at West Point's Lake Frederick, 30 Sep 2016 to 2 Oct 2016

The United States Military Academy Orienteering Team will host a weekend workshop in order to teach the fundamentals of Orienteering. Participants 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 sure to be exciting for all participants.

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

Required forms (4):

a. CAPF 161 Emergency Information (keep in your right BDU pocket 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 registration check and the $30.00 food payment must be submitted to Lt. Vural by 8:00 pm, Tuesday, September 27. .

2.       All cadets and adults must be SAFETY CURRENT.  We will have our monthly safety briefing, Tuesday, September 20.  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 MREs – “Meals Ready to Eat” for Saturday lunch.  Saturday’s dinner will be 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 30, at the Red Cross Building to load the trailer. 

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

7.       Be prepared for rain.  Poncho or raingear is required.

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

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



       Tent to Share (for those who have one.  Please ensure the tent is 100% complete and functional)  *** We will finalize tent arrangements Tuesday, September 27. ***

       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.)


       Bug spray or lotion


       (1) BDU Shirt (travel)

       (1) BDU Pants (travel)

       BDU Cap (travel)

       BDU 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


       (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 to put wet clothes in

       Backpack or duffle bag for personal gear

       Folding camp chair (optional)


Please contact Lt. Vural if you have any questions.

Fall Activities

posted Aug 9, 2016, 5:44 PM by Alisa Vural

Don't miss these opportunities to learn new outdoor and incredibly useful skills, not to mention try something completely different. You can always check the Squadron Calendar for details, it is HERE

Ground Team Academy. 23 Sep 2016 through 25 Sep 2016. NJ Wing will be holding the first Ground Team Academy in many years this coming 23-25 SEP at Camp Glen Gray in Mahway NJ. We will be focusing on GTM3 training this year. If you are interesting in Ground Search and Rescue, this course is great way to get started. Very little back ground is needed to attend (basic requirements listed in the sign-up system) and this should promise to be a fun and challenging way to get a very strong start in ES Ground Operations. We will be discussing the prerequisites at squadron meetings in August and September, so make every effort to attend. Register HERE.

Orienteering Skills workshop at West Point's Lake Frederick. Orienteering Skills Workshop at West Point's Lake Frederick. Friday 30 Sep 2016 through Sunday 2 Oct 2016. 
The United States Military Academy Orienteering Team will host a weekend workshop in order to teach the fundamentals of Orienteering. This workshop can also be used by scouts to complete tasks 1-7 of the Orienteering Merit Badge Requirements, while getting experience on introductory and advanced level orienteering courses. Scouts will participate in various exercises and practical applications, culminating in a troop-level orienteering competition. This weekend is sure to be exciting for all participants. Save the date and stay tuned for sign up information.

June 2016 Activities

posted Jun 6, 2016, 11:07 AM by Alisa Vural

Don't miss the many fun and unique activities coming up. Please add these to your calendars and be sure to sign up on the RSVP forms - let us know if you will or will not attend. This helps us plan and ensures that nobody gets left behind.

You can always check the Squadron Calendar for details, it is HERE

11 June 2016 1030 to 1230: Trip to CAE Pilot Training Facility. Have you wondered how pilots stay current in their training? Have you ever seen the enormous, hydraulic simulators they train in? Join us for this fascinating visit. The staff at CAE are opening their doors to this world-class private training facility so we can learn about careers in aviation and see behind the scenes. (This trip was proposed and planned by cadets!) RSVP for CAE Here. FREE!

13 June 2016 1900 to 2100: Elks West Orange Flag Day Ceremony. Represent the Civil Air Patrol at this once a year event. Learn the surprising history of the flag and participate in the ceremony. RSVP for Flag Day Here. FREE!

14 June 2016 1900 to 2100 Lincoln Park Airport Visit. In lieu of our regular meeting, at the special invitation of our Group 221 Commander, Major David Isom, CAP, we have been invited to tour his plane and a helicopter at the airport. This will be a fascinating opportunity to learn about different aspects of aviation. Parents should plan to stay for the duration. RSVP for Lincoln Park Here. Do not go to the Red Cross in Fairfield on this evening. FREE!

21 June 2016 Graduation Celebration and Change of Command Ceremony. Come celebrate the graduation of several of our cadets, wish them well as they head off to their next endeavors, and participate in our change of command ceremony. Do not miss this special meeting!

25 June 2016 1000 to 1730 Intrepid Visit. What could be more interesting than touring the Space Shuttle? We will take the ferry from Weehawken to the Intrepid, tour the Space Shuttle, have lunch and explore the museum. This is a Friends & Family Event! (This trip was proposed by cadets!) RSVP for The Intrepid Here. COST: $28 per person. Contact Major Rogacki if you need financial assistance.

2016 West Essex Memorial Day Parade

posted May 23, 2016, 2:29 PM by Alisa Vural   [ updated May 23, 2016, 2:45 PM ]

We have been invited to march with the American Legion in the West Essex Day Parade again this year. This is a fun, meaningful and memorable experience as we support our veterans in a very visible, public way. It is also great public outreach for CAP.

Meeting Timeno later than 0830
Meeting Location
James Caldwell Post 185 Building, 303 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell.  Best drop off: Forest Ave in Caldwell.
Pick up timeapproximately 1130, at end of parade.
Pick up location end of the parade, Crane Park Parking in West Caldwell Library lot, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell.
Bring with you: Water, CAPF32 (attached) and CAPF 161
You should keep in mind that Bloomfield Avenue will be a busy and crowded with parade preparations, with likely shutdown at 0830 in front of the building.  The best drop off location will be on Forest Avenue, Caldwell, close to Bloomfield Avenue. There is a parking lot just behind the building, just, accessible just before Bloomfield Avenue.  There is a NY Community Bank on the corner of Forest and Bloomfield. Turn right just before the bank into the parking lot.  Forest Avenue may be closed off to traffic, the last block before Bloomfield Avenue.  Parents MAY be able to drive past barricades to drop off.  If not, they can drop off their cadets.  

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