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official "I'm here!" thread.

Started by whatevah, March 24, 2005, 04:52:08 am

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Eclipse

January 10, 2019, 07:10:00 pm #1460 Last Edit: January 10, 2019, 10:12:29 pm by Eclipse
Quote from: BrokenZebra on January 10, 2019, 06:36:23 pm
The SQ/CC has no clue where I fit in with those limitations


Really, I would suggest not fixating on it, beyond any accommodations you might need for regular meetings.

By far the vast majority of CAP activities and work are done sitting at a desk or table typing on a laptop,
or presenting a class, or similar office-type situations.

Ground ES might be an issue, but Urban DF could be OK, and assuming you can fly in a GA plane, aircrew.

There's also a whole host of ES roles in the Command post that don't require much physical exertion, but
are critical to success.

I would suggest attaneding meetings, seeing what CAP is about and where the needs are, and then seeing
about filling a role.

There's also nothing which is "all or nothing" and if you take on something that is too much, or that you need to
occasionally step away from, no harm or foul, just have to make sure things are covered.



baronet68

Quote from: BrokenZebra on January 10, 2019, 06:36:23 pm
The SQ/CC has no clue where I fit in with those limitations


As a former Squadron CC, I had someone just like you... and she was an amazing asset to the unit!! 

Besides appointing herself as the "Squadron Mom" (where she took special note of birthdays, arranged squadron potlucks, and helped with open houses), she also worked with coordinating fundraising activities, was our assistant Testing Officer, was a driving force on the Finance Committee, and occasionally assisted the Squadron Chaplain. 

She even participated in a first aid class with one of her cadet sons that ended up saving her life:

Quote from: Lifesaving Award Citation
At approximately 6:20pm on October 19, 2003, Beverly Curtice (mother of Cadet Kenneth Griswold) was sitting at the kitchen table while Cadet Griswold was assisting with dinner preparations.

Ongoing medical conditions require Cadet Griswold's mother to take a large number of daily prescription medications twice daily. While sitting at the kitchen table taking her evening medications, Beverly began to choke.

At first, Cadet Griswold thought his mother was playing some kind of prank but he quickly realized that her sudden silence, panicked look, and the grasping of her hands around her own neck (the international choking sign) were not in jest but that this was a serious, life-threatening condition.

After recognizing the situation, Cadet Griswold remained calm and began to administer abdominal thrusts (commonly known as the "Heimlich Maneuver") in an attempt to dislodge the blockage in his mother's throat. His first attempts were unsuccessful so Cadet Griswold continued the abdominal thrusts until the blockage was dislodged and his mother began to gasp for air.

Luckily, Cadet Griswold was among the Cadets and Senior Members of his squadron who had just completed an American Red Cross Standard First Aid Course only a few days prior to his mother's choking incident.

Cadet Griswold's ability to recognize an emergency, remain calm, and follow the appropriate emergency steps learned through his American Red Cross training resulted in him saving his mother's life.


Sadly, she stopped participating after her boys had all graduated high school and left the program.


If you are motivated to fill similar niches yourself, and your Squadron Commander still has no clue where you fit in... tell him I said, "He's not trying very hard."

Michael Moore, Maj, CAP
National Recruiting & Retention Manager

West MI-CAP-Ret

Quote from: SAREXinNY on January 05, 2019, 01:24:54 pm
Quote from: BrokenZebra on January 05, 2019, 12:40:37 am
Hi

My name is Megan-louise Tharp but I just go by Megan. My husband is a former CAP Member and I have decided to join. I have submitted my application we are in the process of moving from FL to WV.

I am 34 and have a rare connective tissue disorder known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome so I am limited as to what I can participate in. Even the Squadron Commander is not sure what position I can fill.


Welcome to CAP! While I don't know the exact limitations you're working with, I can think of a dozen different ways I could utilize someone who was motivated but had some physical limitations.  Public affairs, finance, character development, communications, aerospace education, administration/personnel...most of our duties don't require much more than time, or some typing, or taking photographs, or instructing, or working a radio.



First things first:  Get your neurologist or PCF to write out what you can't do.  I have multiple sclerosis, and i just retired from CAP after 28 years.  What's best is for you to discuss with your spouse to help you list what you can't do, and then use this list to create a letter for the doctor's signature.  It'll be needed.  CAP worked with me, mostly.  Good luck.
MAJ DAVID J. D'ARCY, CAP (Ret) 8 Apr 2018 (1974-1982, 1988-2018)
A former member of:
West Michigan Group MI-703,
Hudsonville Cadet Sqdron MI-135 (name changed to Park Township, Al Johnson Cadet Sqdrn)
Lakeshore Cadet Sqdrn MI-119
Van Dyke Cadet Sqdrn, MI-117
Phoenix Cadet Sqdrn MI-GLR-MI-065 (inactive)
Novi Sixgate Cadet Sqdrn (inactive), MI-068
Inkster Cherry Hill Cadet Sqdrn MI-GLR-MI-283 (inactive)


Lawson

Hello everyone, this isn't so much as an "I'm here" but maybe more-so an "I'm back" (after about 10-years). I was a cadet back in 2001-2003 then around 2009 I was a Senior Member for a bit. I'm interested in possibly returning as a senior to the program (I live about 2000 miles from my old squadron), but I'm hoping to talk to someone about being a Senior while having a busy outside-CAP life (part of that being that I wouldn't be able to attend meetings every single week). I know others out there are busier than I am and still make it work, hoping to find someone to "advise" me so-to-speak on how they make time for CAP and how their membership looks on a monthly or quarterly basis.

usaf_defender

April 05, 2019, 01:36:18 pm #1464 Last Edit: April 05, 2019, 01:52:52 pm by usaf730
Hey all, just posting a quick intro. Nate here and I recently joined the 77th Composite in the Maine Wing. 6 years active duty Security Forces officer followed by about 9 years of federal service. Hopefully I'll be putting on my old rank if Captain once/if approved. Looking forward participating and thanks all hearing me out. ~ Defensor Fortis, Nate

toast

>replying to 14 year old post
[lmgtfy]Hello everyone![/lmgtfy]
C/CMSgt Collin Brandt
"Toast"
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Stonewall

Quote from: usaf730 on April 05, 2019, 01:36:18 pm
Hey all, just posting a quick intro. Nate here and I recently joined the 77th Composite in the Maine Wing. 6 years active duty Security Forces officer followed by about 9 years of federal service. Hopefully I'll be putting on my old rank if Captain once/if approved. Looking forward participating and thanks all hearing me out. ~ Defensor Fortis, Nate


Welcome, Nate.  Fellow Defender here.

The Chief of the Mountains

C/CMSgt
Safety NCO

Dwight Dutton

Quote from: usaf730 on April 05, 2019, 01:36:18 pm
Hey all, just posting a quick intro. Nate here and I recently joined the 77th Composite in the Maine Wing. 6 years active duty Security Forces officer followed by about 9 years of federal service. Hopefully I'll be putting on my old rank if Captain once/if approved. Looking forward participating and thanks all hearing me out. ~ Defensor Fortis, Nate


I left Special Forces as a Captain after 6 years, then 17 years working for the Army as a GS-09 Log specialist.  After about 3 months as a SMWOG I became a Captain based on that.  (My old cadet rank was good for Lt. but I didn't bother)

It took 33 years for my Civil Air Patrol PD to overtake that and me to become a Major based only on CAP Performance.  Hopefully you can do better.....

wsonner

Hi everyone. I am a new SR member at NH-016 composite squadron in Nashua, NH. My daughter joined as a cadet at the same time and we're having fun learning the ropes together. I have been passionate about aviation since I was very young and am sorry I didn't find CAP much sooner.  I'm a USAF veteran, Castle AFB 88-92. I worked in approach control at Castle so if you trained in the Buff or KC-135 during that time I probably gave you a few PAR approaches :).  I studied aviation at San Jose State University and am very interested in following the AE track. First stop, Yeager test.

Wes

NIN

Welcome on board, and good to see a face from New Hampshire!
Darin Ninness, Col, CAP
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audiododd

Welcome, wsonner!

I used to live in North Chelmsford when I was stationed at Hanscom ('98-'02).  Used to go up to Nashua all the time.
Dodd Martin, MSgt, CAP
MSgt, USAF (Ret.)
Squadron NCO
Safety/Comm/Admin/Personnel
TMP - MS - MRO

Pylon

Quote from: audiododd on May 22, 2019, 06:27:13 pm
I used to live in North Chelmsford when I was stationed at Hanscom ('98-'02).  Used to go up to Nashua all the time.



North Boston?  ;D
Michael F. Kieloch, Maj, CAP

CBennett

Hi all.

Another new guy just checking in. I'm very green, but I got my silver bar for the Earhart as a cadet in the 80's.  I'm trying to get up to speed as a senior, so I have a lot of reading to do. ;)

I was Security Police when active, then cross trained to Combat Arms.


I'm kind of jumping in with both feet, as I signed up for NESA MS/AP (week 1), and MO (week 2).  Looking for other NESA MAS attendees to hopefully learn from before I show up there this year. :)
C. Bennett  1st Lt
Clarksburg Composite Squadron
MER-WV-038

AndyA60

Hey everyone I'm here! let the fun begin.

AndyA60

looking forward to this great opportunity and great organization. Is there anyone who is going to the convention later this year?

Dad Jokes

Another new guy.  I dabbled in CAP when I was in my late teens after one of my older brothers pointed me in the right direction.  I come from a military family, how ever I never joined (blew my knee out a few weeks before I was due to go).  I found my way into public safety and retired from that a few years ago.

Any way, my oldest daughter has a huge drive to get into the Air Force Academy and then NASA and I was telling her about CAP.  I decided to join as a Sr member to support her and I know I will enjoy it as well.

I'm likely going to be full of questions so I'll apologize in advance. I promise to do a search before posting any.

Out of curiosity are there any others here that transferred from the public safety world to CAP?  I'd love to hear your experience and how you related training and background to this field.

Mitchell 1969

Quote from: Dad Jokes on July 02, 2019, 04:34:44 am
Another new guy.  I dabbled in CAP when I was in my late teens after one of my older brothers pointed me in the right direction.  I come from a military family, how ever I never joined (blew my knee out a few weeks before I was due to go).  I found my way into public safety and retired from that a few years ago.

Any way, my oldest daughter has a huge drive to get into the Air Force Academy and then NASA and I was telling her about CAP.  I decided to join as a Sr member to support her and I know I will enjoy it as well.

I'm likely going to be full of questions so I'll apologize in advance. I promise to do a search before posting any.

Out of curiosity are there any others here that transferred from the public safety world to CAP?  I'd love to hear your experience and how you related training and background to this field.


Welcome to CAP and to CAPTALK.

I didn't exactly transfer from the public safety world to CAP. In fact, I did the opposite. I was a cadet for 6 years, turned Senior and about two years after that I entered law enforcement. I did that for 30 years, including 8 years as a Chief of Police.

If anything, CAP rubbed off on my Department more than LE influenced anything I did in CAP.


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Mitchell 1969; Earhart 1971; Eaker 1973. Cadet Flying Encampment, License, 1970. IACE New Zealand 1971; IACE Korea 1973.

CAP has been bery, bery good to me.

ItalianPony


JohhnyD

Hello, just rejoined my old Idaho unit. Senior folks there speak well of this site as a place for news and help.