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Eclipse
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« Reply #1460 on: January 10, 2019, 07:10:00 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.
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« Reply #1461 on: January 10, 2019, 09:07:14 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."

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Michael Moore, Maj, CAP
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« Reply #1462 on: February 05, 2019, 11:25:20 PM »

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.
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Lawson
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« Reply #1463 on: March 17, 2019, 08:45:06 PM »

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.
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« Reply #1464 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 Iíll be putting on my old rank if Captain once/if approved. Looking forward participating and thanks all hearing me out. ~ Defensor Fortis, Nate
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« Reply #1465 on: April 29, 2019, 11:39:37 PM »

>replying to 14 year old post
Hello everyone!
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« Reply #1466 on: April 30, 2019, 01:27:54 AM »

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 Iíll 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.
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The Chief of the Mountains
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« Reply #1467 on: April 30, 2019, 02:47:21 AM »

Hello. :D
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« Reply #1468 on: April 30, 2019, 12:59:17 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 Iíll 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.....
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wsonner
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« Reply #1469 on: May 19, 2019, 02:43:28 AM »

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
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« Reply #1470 on: May 20, 2019, 03:15:09 PM »

Welcome on board, and good to see a face from New Hampshire!
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audiododd
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« Reply #1471 on: Yesterday at 06:27:13 PM »

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.
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« Reply #1472 on: Today at 04:35:23 AM »

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
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