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 on: January 19, 2018, 11:09:51 PM 
Started by jfkspotting - Last post by CAPLTC
This.  If it takes little time for a bad CP officer to trash the program, and it takes a good CP officer much, much longer to restore the program.  Been there, seen that.

It's never wrong to step back from a leadership role or training role for which you realize you are not fitted or for which you have insufficient time; plenty of work for everyone so no need to fear non-contributor status!

If you haven't got the time for the training then you haven't got the time for the role.  That applies to CP and everything else we do.

There are also some phenomenally bad CP "leaders" with large-ish cadet squadrons.
Cleaning up after a toxic DCC is just as challenging.

 on: January 19, 2018, 11:05:19 PM 
Started by Cicero - Last post by CAPLTC
A password for the Hawaii emergency agency was hiding in a public photo, written on a Post-it note

Whole fiasco is a total embarrassment.

 on: January 19, 2018, 10:21:12 PM 
Started by Starbird - Last post by CAPLTC
Not really. Civil Defense (as associated with the original Office of Civilian Defense/Federal Civil Defense Administration) = Homeland Security & Emergency Management. Separate of and not equivalent to Homeland Defense and DSCA, which are military functions.

Depends upon your state hombre...
At the Federal level my statement is correct.
Homeland Defense
Defense Support of Civil Authorities...

 on: January 19, 2018, 10:06:31 PM 
Started by darkmatter - Last post by darkmatter
Say I was digging award my squadron and subsequently found a plack that says my squadron was award a squadron of merit but on the unit colors there's a missing streamer. Is there a way I can order a stream with the corresponding year the award was giving or an I out of luck

 on: January 19, 2018, 05:36:46 PM 
Started by Geber - Last post by Robborsari
This is the light I have settled on for just about everything.  It has a very dim moon mode that is the first setting and can be increased from there or turned off without increase.  It also has a mode that flashes the battery level.  Very handy pocket light.


I also have this one for red:


It has a separate button with a different texture for the red LED.   This is my backup light now.

 on: January 19, 2018, 05:25:46 PM 
Started by Geber - Last post by Geber
Thanks for the suggestions so far. The white light comments seem to be not-to-inconsistent with what I've read, that green is a good choice because the eye is most sensitive to it, so the lowest amount of light can be used if it's green. I've also read that for red to really have a negligible effect on night vision, it would have to be so far toward the longer wavelengths that you could hardly see it.

When I read Spam's comments about pulse width modulation and cheap, the first thought that popped into my head was radio frequency interference, which we would like to avoid.

 on: January 19, 2018, 04:25:15 PM 
Started by Geber - Last post by Spam

As a working human factors engineer who designs cockpits for NVG compatibility (among other things such as symbology and control design) you've warmed my heart, Blanding. This might be my favorite post yet in Captalk. Quoting 1472, forsooth! (I was one of the contributing authors to rev. E and up).

For those interested, he's right: there are many examples of underlying research there (a search "operational use of low level white lighting" might get many). For aircraft with canopy coatings in particular (e.g. F-22, -35), we've worked to control beam paths as much as to be careful with spectrum and total energy (canopy reflections are bad things to have in tacair platforms). So as a systems solution, once you look at the whole design, the judicious use of white buys its way into the design (e.g. white ownship and sensor symbols, white alphanumerics, etc. for emphasis items, while range rings may be in dark blue, and map underlays with dark saturated hues to provide adequate color contrast).

For CAP though, as a GBD/GTL SET type, I gotta go with the current SQTR gear check requirement which is: red lens flashlight.  Should we EVER get off the dime with an effort to update our ground team TTPs (and document them) I'd be interested in development of the topic here. Dimmable LEDs... you're really talking about a PWM (pulse width modulator) which varies the on/off pulses to stimulate the diode, creating lower levels. Not sure if there are cheap consumer market solutions out yet. So, my practical conclusion is that I stick by my original reply to the OP, for now.

Fun stuff!


 on: January 19, 2018, 03:42:24 PM 
Started by cobra6987 - Last post by etodd

^^^ And I would obey orders as I alway have.  ;)

 on: January 19, 2018, 02:40:28 PM 
Started by cobra6987 - Last post by NIN
I predict that squadrons will end up using memes as the sole method to provide local instructions.

 on: January 19, 2018, 02:34:50 PM 
Started by Geber - Last post by Blanding
Looking for recommendations for a red flashlight for ground team use. Looking at some models intended for amateur astronomers, who have pretty much the same need we have: read charts without ruining night vision.

I recommend you find a white LED flashlight that can be dimmed to zero (or near it) for use in dark environment. Reading things under red light presents challenges because red text (like warnings or map features) can be invisible under the right light.

The military is slowly catching up[1] to what the Human Factors community realized 30+ years ago; that for the light levels we all operate in typically, dim white light is the safest and most effective. Examples of white lighting at night are everywhere - Cessna uses dimmable white LEDs for cockpit light, cars use white light for map lights, etc.

Not to mention, if you're out at night on a ground team, you'll be using bright lights to navigate anyway - there's no need to operate at maximum scotopic threshold (night vision) on a ground team because you're not trying to hide.

[1] http://everyspec.com/MIL-STD/MIL-STD-1400-1499/MIL-STD-1472G_39997/


Quote Dark adaptation and night vision.
a. Night vision. When night vision is required, low-level white lighting (with the capability to dim to zero) shall be used. Where night vision imaging devices are anticipated to be used in the proximity, night vision imaging system (NVIS) green shall be used.

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