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Quote from: Spam on October 17, 2020, 05:21:50 pmJohhnnyD is on target with this, Billy.  This supports my thrust - stay within YOUR specific reopening plan, as approved by your higher command, regardless of what parents, reporters, and individual members desire. Follow your approved plan IAW policy.
Indeed, that my unit and Wing CC approved our safety plan and all aspects made it work. Do NOT be a cowboy!
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Cadet Programs Management & Activities / Re: Organizing a small outdoor...
Last post by Spam - October 17, 2020, 05:24:21 pm
Ps, also he's on target with messaging re: another topic, political endorsements. Be sure that no masks with endorsement of parties, candidates, movements or ideologies (particularly extremist or offensive ideologies or slogans) are worn.

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Cadet Programs Management & Activities / Re: Organizing a small outdoor...
Last post by Spam - October 17, 2020, 05:21:50 pm
Quote from: JohhnyD on October 17, 2020, 12:51:04 pmBe very, very careful with messaging. We did an outdoor cadet COC ceremony. The reporter and parents asked for a mask-free pic, and screams from karens across the globe started!

JohhnnyD is on target with this, Billy.  This supports my thrust - stay within YOUR specific reopening plan, as approved by your higher command, regardless of what parents, reporters, and individual members desire. Follow your approved plan IAW policy.

That keeps you on a sound basis, no matter what people say. If you however depart from that plan and policy, you may face discipline; if one of my members knowingly (after training/briefing on the reopening policy) intentionally broke it, I'd probably have suspended all the members involved, probably re-closed the unit pending mass retraining, and possibly removed the unit commander via lack of confidence in his command ability.  That specific question (a hypothetical, what to do in a case of no masking/policy breaking) was a selective question in my application interview for Group Command in my Wing, and I take it seriously.

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Never mind.
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Be very, very careful with messaging. We did an outdoor cadet COC ceremony. The reporter and parents asked for a mask-free pic, and screams from karens across the globe started!
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Cadet Programs Management & Activities / Re: Organizing a small outdoor...
Last post by Spam - October 17, 2020, 07:07:30 am
Hi, Billy.

You're going to possibly get a very wide variation in terms of advice on this one, due to the wide variability between state and local ordinances currently impacting CAP at a local level. Therefore, let me give you my advice based on two recent local awards ceremonies similar to what you describe, in two of the 5 units I currently command (I'm a Group/CC again).

1. With such a wide variety of back-logged awards to celebrate, the temptation to have a big "bash" is certainly genuine. However, to avoid becoming a "super spreader event", my best advice is to ignore the extremes of advice from the other 49 states and focus on your own. Consult your (approved) unit-level reopening plan. Call your own Group or Wing command staff for advice. You need to seek their guidance, rather than ours on Captalk, because what worked in my Wing may not work for you. Note: what worked for one of my units did NOT work for another, in another county, and two of my five units are still declining to meet in person - which is very OK!

2. Some of your members (particularly the older members, or those with compromised immune systems, like my wife and most of those in the Senior Squadron in my Group) will not want to be there physically. It is very important to not make them feel, or appear, as if they are second class members for this. Be sure to set up a camera and live cast, or record and post, video of the ceremony, and do NOT LEAVE THEM OUT, by any means. It may not be appropriate to mention their individual health concerns either, so don't dwell on that individually - just emphasize that however a member chooses to participate, their time and efforts and achievements are much appreciated and are equally celebrated. So, plan equal time and weighting for describing their award, don't just mutter, "Joe ain't here" and toss his certificate behind you on the table and move on!

I'll stop there.
Best wishes for your reopening safely.

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Hello, I am tasked with helping design a timeline, or itinerary for a Squadron awards ceremony.  We will have several wing officers, a few group officers, and a dignitary state rep.   We are just out of Covid, and getting back together with an award ceremony to cover everything that was delayed and also earned during this past year.   From Curry's from brand new members. 2 Wright Bros, 3 Mitchell's, and 3 Earhart's.  We have disaster relief ribbons. Vclasps, AE awards, a Benjamin Davis, several commander accomodations, CAC appointees.   We have an outdoor seating plan.   Does anyone have experience in a program, or plan for this type of event?
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Aviation & Flying Activities / Re: Onboarding New Pilots
Last post by JohhnyD - October 17, 2020, 12:04:47 am
Quote from: NovemberWhiskey on October 16, 2020, 11:39:07 pm
Quote from: JohhnyD on October 16, 2020, 11:22:29 pm
Quote from: etodd on October 16, 2020, 05:08:30 pmWhats your average time from new member to qualified Mission Pilot? Took me 6 months, but seems some are getting it done quicker, and others taking years.
I am hearing the same, would love to trim that, we really want to ramp up O Flights and AC training flights.
If you're interested in orientation flights and flight instruction, you would be better off looking at the requirements/qualification times for CAP Orientation Pilots and Instructor Pilots rather than the Mission Pilot ES specialty qualification, which is a completely different set of requirements.

Being qualified as a Mission Pilot does not permit you to give O-rides nor instruct. In fact, there is no commonality between the MP specialty qualification and the CAP pilot qualifications required to do those things beyond basic CAP Pilot onboarding.
Indeed, we want both. AC training is in the MP arena, but with our CP nearly double 24 months ago, we also need more O flights.
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Aviation & Flying Activities / Re: Onboarding New Pilots
Last post by etodd - October 17, 2020, 12:01:44 am
Quote from: NovemberWhiskey on October 16, 2020, 11:39:07 pmIf you're interested in orientation flights and flight instruction, you would be better off looking at the requirements/qualification times for CAP Orientation Pilots and Instructor Pilots rather than the Mission Pilot ES specialty qualification, which is a completely different set of requirements.

Being qualified as a Mission Pilot does not permit you to give O-rides nor instruct. In fact, there is no commonality between the MP specialty qualification and the CAP pilot qualifications required to do those things beyond basic CAP Pilot onboarding.

All true. Its easy when you're getting your first F5 and being made a Transport Pilot to also get signed off as an O'Ride Pilot.

And maybe it varies by Wing (?) but Mission Pilots get more free time. As in free proficiency flying and free F5s.

And if you happen to be available on O-Ride days, you might get a sortie or two once or twice a year. I guess it varies by Squadron, but we seem to see many more opportunities to fly for MPs.

So I always encourage new pilots to go the distance and get Quals for everything. You have a much better chance of getting time in the plane. When the call goes out, you can always raise your hand.
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Aviation & Flying Activities / Re: Onboarding New Pilots
Last post by NovemberWhiskey - October 16, 2020, 11:39:07 pm
Quote from: JohhnyD on October 16, 2020, 11:22:29 pm
Quote from: etodd on October 16, 2020, 05:08:30 pmWhats your average time from new member to qualified Mission Pilot? Took me 6 months, but seems some are getting it done quicker, and others taking years.
I am hearing the same, would love to trim that, we really want to ramp up O Flights and AC training flights.
If you're interested in orientation flights and flight instruction, you would be better off looking at the requirements/qualification times for CAP Orientation Pilots and Instructor Pilots rather than the Mission Pilot ES specialty qualification, which is a completely different set of requirements.

Being qualified as a Mission Pilot does not permit you to give O-rides nor instruct. In fact, there is no commonality between the MP specialty qualification and the CAP pilot qualifications required to do those things beyond basic CAP Pilot onboarding.
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