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Air Force Academy Cadet Matarazzo Comes Home to Visit Local Civil Air Patrol Squadron

posted Jul 9, 2019, 1:30 PM by Alisa Vural

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Photo credit: Alisa Vural. Pictured: USAFA Cadet Michael Matarazzo and cadets of the Curtiss-Wright Composite Squadron

 

Air Force Academy Cadet Comes Home to Visit Local Civil Air Patrol Squadron

 

Fairfield, New Jersey – July 9, 2019


United States Air Force Academy Cadet Michael Matarazzo came home to visit New Jersey Wing’s Curtiss Wright Composite Squadron recently. 

 

Matarazzo was a Civil Air Patrol member while a student at Cedar Grove High School. Asked about his involvement, he said, “I joined CAP because of the flying opportunities and the leadership program. It helped me prepare for the Air Force Academy.”


Matarazzo is currently in his second year at USAFA. He told the cadets about his experience in the Falcon Scholar program. In the program high-potential USAFA candidates attend a one year prep school. 


Asked for advice on applying to colleges or service academies, Matarazzo encouraged the cadets to focus on their academics and stay involved with Civil Air Patrol. He credited his time in the Civil Air Patrol with helping him develop leadership skills and a desire to serve. Matarazzo had joined Civil Air Patrol for flying opportunities and stayed for the leadership.


Interested youth ages 12 through 18 are welcome to visit their local squadron. The Curtiss-Wright Composite Squadron meets at 7:00 p.m. 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/


The squadron runs cadet programs for youth ages 12 to 18, focused on aerospace education, fitness, and character and leadership development. The Civil Air Patrol’s mission includes Aerospace Education, Search and Rescue and Cadet Programs. 


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 63,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.


July Commander's Challenge: General Emergency Services Qualification

posted Jun 4, 2019, 12:59 PM by Alisa Vural   [ updated Jul 10, 2019, 1:16 PM ]

The July Commander's Challenge is for ALL cadets and seniors members to earn their GES Qualification. 

How? Read the attached "How to Start" document and do it today! 

Why? Learning this first level of training opens doors to you for further Emergency Services training, and prepares you to be of service in your life. Emergency Services is part of the CAP mission. Furthermore, it increases your cadet profile when applying for staff positions and NCSAs. No training is ever wasted!

Be part of a Quality Cadet Unit and earn your GES Qualification!

All GES Qualified cadets will be included in a prize drawing at the end of the month (must be present to win.)

Memorial Day Parade 2019 with the American Legion

posted May 19, 2019, 12:27 PM by Alisa Vural

Sign up HERE for the Memorial Day Parade on 27 May 2019 with the American Legion. This is a great opportunity for us to exercise our core value of Volunteer Service and honor the veterans of the American Legion. Cadets, you have been working diligently on uniform compliance and drill, and you are all looking sharp. This will be a fun activity to showcase both uniform and drill.
  • Rally at the American Legion Hall, 303 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell at 0800.
  • UOD ABU/BDU. Bring water, sunscreen, and rain gear of weather looks rainy. Bring the attached permission slip.
  • We will march in the parade with the American Legion members. The activity ends approximately 1100 at the American Legion. Cadets and parents are welcome to stay for hot dogs.
  • Your response is required on the form no later than Sunday, 26 May 2019 at 1800.

Parent & Cadet Open House through Group 221

posted Apr 24, 2019, 8:16 AM by Alisa Vural

There is a Parent Open House to be held on Sunday 28-APR from 1000-1300 at Lincoln Park Airport-N07. Our squadron is in Group 221, and this open house will help cadets and parents learn about CAP opportunities. 

 

Tentative Schedule of the Day:

1000-1015 = Welcome and Accountability

1015-1030 = O-Flight Program Overview

1030-1100 = Static Display Q&A: Flight A @ Fixed Wing Aircraft / Flight B @ Rotary Wing Aircraft

1100-1130 = Static Display Q&A: Flight A @ Rotary Wing Aircraft / Flight B @ Fixed Wing Aircraft

1130-1230 = Refreshments/Weather Permitting BBQ

1230-1300 = Cleanup and Departure

 

Many thanks to Lt. Col. Isom for graciously allowing Group 221 parents and cadets to have access to his aircraft and for providing a venue to educate attendees about the safety and benefits of the CAP O-Flight program.

 

For Cadets to sign up, they must use the Registration Link below and they need to bring the completed CAPF 60-80 (attached), their CAPID, and CAPF161 to the event.  

 

Registration Link: https://goo.gl/forms/GcCsZ05h6rKB9Sbr2

 

Please let Lt Vural know if you will attend.

o-Flights, 28 April 2019

posted Apr 16, 2019, 5:32 PM by Alisa Vural   [ updated Apr 24, 2019, 8:19 AM ]

Attention, Curtiss-Wright Cadets! Sign up HERE for a powered O-Flight out of Essex County Airport in Caldwell, NJ, meeting at Airbound Aviation, 27 Wright Way,  Fairfield, on Sunday, 28 April 2019. 

To register, complete requirements 1, 2, and 3 below and fill out the brief survey below by Thursday, April 25 at 1700.  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, including hair and grooming standards.

There is no rain date.  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 1stLt Vural.

Have your parents 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. https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/cadets/activities/cadet-flying
4) UOD: BDUs, boots. 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 on our squadron website. You can find all of this information and relevant links there. 

Questions? Email Lt. Vural (alisa.vural@njwg.cap.gov) 201.819.2219

Group 221 Special Drone Presentation, 25 March, 2019

posted Mar 13, 2019, 9:15 AM by Alisa Vural

Come to the Group 221's Special Drone Presentation on Monday, March 25th, 1900-2100 at Teterboro. We will be having a very important briefing on the NJ Wing Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (aka Drone) Program given by NJ Wing Aerospace Officer, Lt Col Mike Castania. Please accept this special invitation! RSVP either Yes or No HERE. The event will be at CAP Group 221 Headquarters, 90 Moonachie Ave, Teterboro, NJ. We will arrange a carpool as needed from the American Red Cross, departing at 1800.

Watching the news you see that drones are everywhere, often performing innovative and positive work, and sometimes being operated irresponsibly and posing a great public danger. CAP is now entering this new world and the technology promises to greatly enhance our mission capabilities.

At this meeting we may also get to talk about the 2019 Wings & Wheels planning, a great Volunteer Service opportunity. The show is scheduled for June 15-16 at Essex County Airport.  This is an important and fun event that many of you have supported in the past.  It is the main fundraising activity for the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum, a non-profit organization that preserves the aerospace heritage, contributions and accomplishments of New Jersey.

Participating in CAP events outside of our squadron gives you the opportunity to meet other CAP members, learn new things, and experience more of the fun that CAP offers.

Let's have a great turn out from Curtiss-Wright Cadets & Senior Members!

Again, please RSVP either Yes or No HERE.

West Point Scoutmaster's Camporee Sign Up!

posted Mar 3, 2019, 5:15 AM by Alisa Vural

Sign up below for the West Point Camporee - by Monday, 4 March, 2019 at 2000. We have two options for participating: camp the whole weekend or take the day trip Saturday only.
  • The weekend: 26 April (after school) to 28 April in the afternoon.
  • Saturday only: early morning to early evening.
The participation cost is $25. There will be individual food costs, between $10 and $20, depending on whether you are coming for the weekend or Saturday only.

We will have packing lists and a planning meeting closer to the event. Be sure to save your spot by signing up. Bring your check for $25 payable to "West Point Scoutmaster's Council" to the meeting on 5 March 2019. No refunds, but we will try to find a replacement for you if you cannot attend.

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/

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