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Broome-Tioga
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Squadron News

Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron Moves from Longtime Headquarters

June 25, 2017

Binghamton, NY - On June 29th, 2017 at 6:30 pm the Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron will hold its quarterly Awards and Promotions ceremony.
The ceremony will be the last event held at the squadron's longtime headquarters on the Greater Binghamton Health Center Campus. "A Civil Air Patrol unit has been headquartered in building #31 since 1999", said Lt Col Douglas Jensen, South Central Group Commander. Jensen said, "Broome-Tioga has been there since 2004"
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo will be on hand to help honor the members of the Squadron. Lupardo, an honorary Major in the Civil Air Patrol is helping the unit secure a new meeting place due to the deteriorating condition of the current facility.
The squadron will temporarily meet at the Greater Binghamton Airport beginning July 13th at 6:30 pm until a permanent solution is reached.
Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron meets every Thursday night from 6:30pm-9:00 pm. Civil Air Patrol membership is open to youth 12 years old and above. It's three missions are Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.cap.news for more information.


Civil Air Patrol Cadets Shadow Members of the Air National Guard

January 7th 2017


On Saturday January 7th 2017, 18 Civil Air Patrol cadets from New York Wing's Central and South Central New York groups traveled to Hancock Field Air National Guard base in Syracuse, NY to participate in an Air National Guard sponsored Shadow Program. The cadets were paired up with members of the Air National Guard in several different areas of operation. (Engineering, Maintenance, Air Operations, Security Forces). The cadets "shadowed" the Air National Guard Members as they went about their daily routine.
This was a great opportunity for the cadets to learn more about military life in general and specifically in areas that interest them. Cadet Benjamin Crane (15 Binghamton) said "I bet I am the only one in my school that has touched a MQ-9 Reaper Drone" Crane shadowed members of the 174th Maintenance Group. "That was awesome!" exclaimed Cadet Holden Wasko (15 Binghamton). Wasko, who plans on becoming a Naval Aviator spent the day with the 174th Operations Group. "Most teenagers are at home playing a $60 video game all day, I got to see them work on a 4 million dollar video game" Cadet Andre Birt ( 14 Harpursville) said of MQ-9's Ground Control Station. They gained a greater understanding of what the Air National Guard offers in a wide range of part time and full time career fields.
Hancock Field is home to the 174th Attack Wing headquarters. The 174th Attack Wing's mission includes providing qualified Airmen and weapon systems engaging in global air, space and cyberspace operations; supporting homeland defense, joint operations and aid to civil authorities at the direction of the Governor. (for more information visit the 174th Attack Wing's website )


Civil Air Patrol Cadets Take Flight Over Binghamton

January 7th 2017


On Saturday January 7th 2017, 3 Civil Air Patrol cadets from New York Wing's Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron took flight over Binghamton. C/Amn Paul D. Militello (13 Binghamton), C/Amn Alexandra R. Smith (17 Binghamton) C/Amn Luis E. Osorio, Jr. (14 Binghamton) all had their first orientation flight. Their orientation pilot for the flights was Major Shawn Herrmann, CAP from Central New York's Mohawk-Griffiss squadron.
The O-Flight Program Motto: Safe, Fun, Educational
The cadet orientation flight program shares with cadets the thrill of flying. Every CAP cadet under age 18 is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft (usually a single-engine Cessna), five flights in a glider aircraft, and an unlimited number of backseat flights when conditions allow. Flying is always free to cadets. Because survey data has repeatedly shown that the #1 reason youth become CAP cadets is an interest in flying, to motivate cadets fly them regularly.


Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron Cadets Present The Colors At Nfl'S Buffalo Bills Last Home Game

December 24th 2016


Cadets from NY-292 presented the colors prior to the Buffalo Bills last home game on December 24th 2016 at New Era Field. The Bills Lost to the Miami Dolphins 34-31 in overtime.
Cadet 2d Lt Andre Birt (14 Harpursville), Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Crane (15 Binghamton), Cadet Senior Airman Travis Jones (13 Apalachin), and Tonie Ruttciewicz (15 Afton) Comprised the color guard for the event. They were accompanied by Cadet Program Officer 2D Lieutenant Kennan Jensen and Commander Lt Col Douglas Jensen from New York Wing's South Central Group.
Broome-Tioga Cadets have also presented the colors at New York Jets and Giants football games at MetLife stadium, NASCAR events at Watkins Glen Speedway and numerous sporting events in the Greater Binghamton Area.


Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron Cadets Earn Billy Mitchell Award

December 21st 2016


Cadets Gavin Lipko (17 yro Greene) and Andre Birt (14 yro Harpursville) both recently earned the General Billy Mitchell award. They will be presented with their awards at the Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron's next quarterly awards and promotion ceremony on January 5th 2017 at 6:30pm. Building #31 GBHC Campus 425 Robinson St Binghamton, NY. South CentralĀ Group Commander Lt Col Douglas Jensen, CAP and NYS Senator Fred Akshar will be on hand to present the awards.


Assemblywoman Donna A. Lupardo 'Flies' with Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron

November 18th 2016


After joining the Civil Air Patrol's Legislative Squadron this week, Assemblywoman Lupardo 'flies' with the Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron in today's Boscov's Holiday Parade in Binghamton. A beautiful day for a parade and a lot of fun!


Assemblywoman Lupardo Joins New York Wing's Legislative Squadron

November 18th 2016

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo received her official Civil Air Patrol membership certificate and ID card Thursday night at a meeting of the Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol. Lt Col Douglas Jensen, CAP presented her certificate on behalf of interim NY Wing Commander Lt Col Thomas Carello, CAP. Assemblywoman Lupardo is now a member of New York Wing's Legislative Squadron and holds the honorary grade of Major.
"It's an honor to join CAP's Legislative Squadron and hold the honorary rank of Major," said Lupardo.
Lupardo's interest in aviation stems from her father's service in World War II. Frank Lupardo was a flight mechanic in the US 13th Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theater. She shared some of her personal history with the cadets of NY-292 Thursday night. She brought some of her late father's military memorabilia to show the cadets.
"I got my love of country and of public service from my father," Lupardo said. "He was a great man who loved to share his flight stories; he shared them right to the end."
Assemblywoman Lupardo is the Co-Chair of the Legislative Aviation Caucus. In this role, she works to sponsor and pass legislation that helps promote and grow the aviation industry.


Cadet teaches Uniform Class via Skype from Wisconsin

October 29, 2016


Binghamton, NY- Cadet 1stLt Madison Black (Former Deputy Cadet Commander) teaches cadets a uniform class via skype from her new home in Wisconsin. C/1stLt Black was known to her fellow cadets in Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron as having a perfect uniform. She was also very good at teaching newer cadets some of her secrets of success when it comes to looking sharp in uniform. Therefore, when the current cadet staff was looking for instructors for their Basic Skills Bivouac, they knew where to turn.
C/1stLt Black graciously accepted the assignment and after some technical difficulty she was on the big screen in the squadron's drill hall. The resourceful cadet staff used Skype to bring C/1stLt Black to the newest cadets of the squadron. C/CMSgt Andre Birt (Acting Deputy Commander for Cadets) said "her uniform class is 'world famous', there was no one better to teach the new cadets"
C/1stLt Black was a member of Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron until the end of the 2015-2016 school year when her family moved to Wisconsin. She plans to join a new squadron in Wisconsin once she settles in.


Three cadets of the Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol took to the skies over Binghamton, NY

October 17, 2016


Binghamton, NY- Three cadets of the Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol took to the skies over Binghamton, NY today on their first orientation flights. Capt Vincent Monticello a CAP pilot was their pilot for the day.
Cadet Ruttkiewicz, Tonie of Afton,NY
Cadet Sibley, Langdon of Windsor, NY
Cadet Daniels, Jarrett of Windsor, NY
CADET FLYING
The O-Flight Program Motto: Safe, Fun, Educational
The cadet orientation flight program shares with cadets the thrill of flying. Every CAP cadet under age 18 is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft (usually a single-engine Cessna), five flights in a glider aircraft, and an unlimited number of backseat flights when conditions allow. Flying is always free to cadets. Because survey data has repeatedly shown that the #1 reason youth become CAP cadets is an interest in flying, to motivate cadets fly them regularly. Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.


50 cadets and officers from South Central Group, traveled to Wright- Patterson AFB in Dayton Ohio

October 8, 2016


Horseheads, NY - Approximately 50 cadets and officers from South Central Group, New York Wing, Civil Air Patrol traveled from Horseheads, NY to Wright- Patterson AFB in Dayton Ohio to visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Members departed from the Chemung-Schuyler Cadet Squadron headquarters on October 8th 2016. Transportation was provided by First Transit, Inc of Horseheads, NY free of charge for the group. 1st Lt Christopher Lasnick, commander of the squadron said "This trip would not of been possible without the generous donation of the bus and driver from First Transit".
Once in Ohio the group spent all day, Sunday October 9th 2016 at the United States Air Force Museum. Members broke up into smaller groups and were able to enjoy the different buildings in the museum. After Lunch the group assembled together again in front of the Civil Air Patrol display within the museum for a special ceremony. Cadet Nicolas Burdick had completed his General John Curry achievement just days earlier. Cadet Burdick was "pinned" with his first wings there by 1st Lt Lasnick and South Central Group commander Lt Col Douglas Jensen. Col Jensen said "This is the first and only time a SCG cadet has been promoted in the museum" "This will be a very memorable promotion for Cadet Burdick" Cadets also enjoyed the many simulators, movies and shopping at the museum's gift shop.
On Monday October 10th 2016 (Columbus day) the members boarded the bus to head back home. "This was a once in a lifetime experience for these cadets and hopefully they will all take a piece of that, and some knowledge back home to share with their squadrons" said Chemung- Skylar's deputy commander 2d Lt Chris Vrabel.
South Central Group, Civil Air Patrol is made up of three squadrons; Broome-Tioga Composite squadron in Binghamton, NY, Chemung-Schuyler Cadet squadron in Horseheads, NY, and the Ithaca Composite Squadron in Ithaca, NY. Civil Air Patrol is the longtime civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force and has three main missions; Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services.


Local Civil Air Patrol Cadets Present The Colors At The New York Giants Preseason Game

August 12, 2016


Binghamton, NY - Cadets and Officers of Broome Tioga Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol prepare to depart for Metlife Stadium. They will present the colors at the New York Giants preseason game vs. the Miami Dolphins tonight starting at 1900.


Local Civil Air Patrol Cadets Present The Colors At The Opening Ceremony Of Animal Adventure's "ava's Little Heros"

August 8, 2016


Harpursvil, NY - Cadets of Broome Tioga Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol presented the colors for the opening ceremony of Animal Adventure's "Ava's little heros" They also had a recruiting/information table at the event.


Local Civil Air Patrol Cadets Assisted At The 2016 Spiedie Fest And Balloon Rally

August 5-7, 2016


Binghamton, NY - Cadets and Officers of South Central Group, Civil Air Patrol assisted at the 2016 Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally. Members set up a recruiting and information booth. They assisted the Balloon pilots and Safety team with crowd control and safety around the hot air balloons.

South Central Group, CAP is made up of members from BroomeTioga Composite Squadron, Chemung Schuyler Cadet Squadron and the Ithaca Composite Squadron.


5 members of BroomeTioga Composite Squadron Attended Cap Basic Leadership Encampment

July 23rd - 30th 2016

Schenectady, NY 5 members of BroomeTioga Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol attended the New York Wing, CAP basic leadership encampment at Stratton Air National Guard Base. This week long encampment taught members leadership skills, proper uniform wear, military drill and ceremony and customs and courtesies. All Cadets also got to fly in either a Military C17 or C130 as well as a CAP Cessna 172 or 182. Cadets also participated in fun activities, physical fitness and team building exercises.

3 additional members returned to this year's encampment as staff members. C/Lt Col Jennifer Elliott attended the NYWg Flight Academy held in conjunction with the basic encampment.

Local Civil Air Patrol Cadets Participated In A State Wide Training Exercise

March 19, 2016


Fenton, NY - One of Civil Air Patrol's 3 missions is Emergency Services. Today members of CAP throughout New York State participated in a state wide training exercise to prepare them to respond in case of an emergency. South Central Group, CAP participated in this training focusing on a simulated missing camper at Chenango Valley State Park in Fenton, NY. Approximately 20 members of Civil Air Patrol South Central Group's ground team took part in the training to hone their search and rescue skills.

Search and Rescue Training in Newfield

May 28, 2012

From Lt Dan Babcock, Public Affairs, Headquarters South Central Group

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Newfield, NY - Members of the local Civil Air Patrol Search annd Rescue trained with New York State Forest Rangers and Tompkins County Search and Rescue Thursday in the town of Newfield. The exercise began with a briefing at the Tompkins County 911 Center. Air and ground crews departed for a rendezvous point in the Connecticut Hill State Forest in the town of Newfield. On the first sortie, aircrews directed the ground team to some obscure manmade objects. Ground crews set up a search pattern while aircrews provided direction from above via air to ground radio. After completing this mission, the aircrew returned to Ithaca Airport to swap crew members while the ground team prepared for the second and more challenging mission. For the second mission, crews were searching for two live role players who were bedded down in two separate fields. One simulated a lost person and the other, deceased. After about five minutes of searching, Aircrews spotted the first victim and directed Ground Team #1 in for the rescue. Not long after, Aircrews spotted the second victim on the edge of a field approximately 3/4 mile from the first and directed Ground Team #2 in for the recovery.

The training mission was a huge success. It demonstrated the effectiveness of the Civil Air Patrol and how quickly and effectively it can be integrated into Local and State Emergency Services. The Civil Air Patrol performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

Local Civil Air Patrol Cadets Tour West Point Military Academy

May 2, 2012

From Lt Dan Babcock, Public Affairs, Headquarters South Central Group


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Binghamton, NY - Local Civil Air Patrol Cadets from the Broome Tioga Composite Squadron had the opportunity to visit the prestigious West Point Military Academy on Saturday, April 28. Upon arriving they were met by West Point Cadet Captain Angela Smith, a Vestal High School Graduate. Smith is the 4th Regimental Commander, and former Civil Air Patrol Cadet Commander of the Broome Tioga Squadron.

Smith took the cadets on a tour of the Military Academy which included a walk along the Hudson River to the place where the Continental Army placed a chain across the river to stop the British from sailing up river. The mounts and a piece of the large chain remain there to this day. The CAP cadets got to see the large mess hall where General MacArthur gave his famous farewell retirement speech in 1962 and where all 4700 cadets eat their meals all at the same time. They toured the academy barracks, the expansive indoor sports facility, and residence of the First Captain, the highest ranking cadet at the Military Academy.

The CAP cadets had the opportunity to see and learn about the Military Academy's virtual/ laser firing weapons training facility. These laser firing training weapons fully simulate the shooting experience, including sound and recoil. The laser is used to score hits on targets presented on a full motion very wide and loud screen system that counts shots by the firing team and scores a hit percentage.

"We had a great time! The Cadets were active all day, as were the Officers", said CAP LtCol William Shafer. Walking in the footsteps of Grant, Patton, MacArthur, Arnold, Eisenhower, and the like is sure to leave a lasting impression, an experience the CAP Cadets won't soon forget.

Persons interested in joining the Civil Air Patrol or wanting more information should contact LtCol Richard Bohman at (607)785-1623 or LtCol Jay Strickland at (607)237-3687, or visit the squadron's web site at ny292.org

Cadet Orientation Flights

April 26, 2012

From Lt Dan Babcock, Public Affairs, Headquarters South Central Group

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Binghamton, NY - Lt Col Larry Brinker and Capt. Vince Monticello, Pilots for the Civil Air Patrol South Central New York Group, provided orientation flights to cadets of the Broome/ Tioga Composite Squadron. 17 year old Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Keenan Jensen, a student at Tioga Central and 15 year old Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Josiah Elliott, home schooled in Johnson City, took to the air Wednesday afternoon. This was Jensen's third flight and Elliott's second. These flights emphasized basic aircraft handling skills as well as navigation planning, techniques, and procedures.

The Civil Air Patrol was chartered by Congress in 1946 with three missions: Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, and the Cadet Program. As part of its mission, orientation flights introduce youth between the ages of 12- 18 to the thrill of flying through a hands on experience that is safe, fun, and educational.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com, www.capvolunteernow.com or www.ny292.org for more information.

Cadet Orientation Flights

April 21, 2012

From Lt Dan Babcock, Public Affairs, Headquarters South Central Group

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Binghamton, NY - Lt Col Larry Brinker, Pilot for the Civil Air Patrol South Central New York Group, provided orientation flights for several cadets of the Broome Tioga Composite Squadron this past Thursday and Friday. Cadet Shain McGovern, a 9th grader at Afton School, took his first flight with the Civil Air Patrol Thursday. "I completely enjoyed my flight with Cadet McGovern. He grasped the basics of flight very quickly and overcame his "first flight" apprehension to do outstanding work" said Col Brinker. Also taking their first Civil Air Patrol Flight were cadets Josiah Niles, a 7th grader at Harpursville School and Tristan Cull, a 7th grader at Ross Corners Christian Academy.

The Cadet Orientation Flight Program introduces youth to general aviation through hands-on orientation flights in single engine aircraft and gliders. The program's motto describes what cadet flying is all about: "Safe, Fun, and Educational."

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com, www.capvolunteernow.com or www.ny292.org for more information.

Soaring High With Achievement

April 5, 2012

From WBNG Action News

Vestal, Afton Youths Take to Skies in Civil Air Patrol Aircraft

Febuary 21, 2012

From newschannel34.com

From The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program:

Three area young people experienced the thrill of aviation, through orientation flights with the Civil Air Patrol at the Greater Binghamton Airport Feb. 19. The cadets flew a combined total of three hours in CAP's sophisticated Cessna 182R.


From left: Cadets Connor Erckert, Nolan Erckert and Evan Hofmann pose in front of the Cessna 182R aircraft in which they took their first Civil Air Patrol flights at Greater Binghamton Airport.

"It was awesome!" said Cadet Evan Hofmann, a 12-year-old student at Vestal Middle School. "I've always wanted to fly, and today, for the first time, I got to handle the controls and see what flying is all about."

The flights in the singe-engine Cessna aircraft introduced the cadets to the science that makes flight possible. They learned about navigation, weather, aircraft instruments, flight maneuvers, and more.

The cadets' experience began by helping pre-flight their aircraft. Working with their pilot, they taxied the aircraft to Greater Binghamton's runway 34, gave it full throttle and took off, climbing to 3000 feet. While aloft, it was the cadets who were handling the controls, during the non-critical stages of the flight.

"You really have to pay attention when you are at the controls," explained Cadet Conner Erckert, a 15-year-old student at Afton Central High School, "but once you get past your initial nervousness, it's fantastic."

Cadet Nolan Erckert, a 13-year-old student at Afton Central School, agreed. "It was an experience that I will not forget. I can't wait for the next time to fly!"

"I've been flying cadets for many years, and it's always exciting for me just to see the look on their faces as they experience the beauty of flight," said CAP Mission Pilot Lt. Col. Lawrence Brinker. Colonel Brinker, a retired US Air Force pilot, volunteered his time, while the Civil Air Patrol provided the aircraft and fuel, at no cost to the cadets or the pilot.

The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program is open to youth aged 12 through 18. Additionally, there are volunteer opportunities for adults, pilots and non-pilots alike. For more information contact Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron Commander, Lt. Colonel Rich Bowman, CAP, at 607-773-4584 or visit GoCivilAirPatrol.com.

Ithaca-area Civil Air Patrol seeks new members for public service missions. Demand increases for aerial photos

December 5, 2011

They have planes and missions, but now they need more pilots to fly both.

In recent years, the South-Central Civil Air Patrol Group (CAP) has been increasingly tasked to help in disaster response, such as the April tornado in Danby and flooding in the wake of Hurricane Irene, according to CAP mission pilot Vince Monticello. This increased demand for their services -- mostly aerial photography -- has created a need for volunteer pilots, said Monticello, who is also an Ithaca police lieutenant.


Captain Vincent Monticello takes pictures of a field near Barton where the Tioga County Sheriff's Department had asked them to look for a missing person. Photo Credit: SIMON WHEELER

"The biggest problem we're facing now is that we're short-handed," he said, adding that the group operates out of Ithaca, Binghamton, Elmira, Cortland and Oneonta. The aerial photographs they take of disaster areas give incident commanders valuable information to guide their responses to those incidents, Monticello explained.

CAP members have been answering calls to duty such as this since before WWII, according to the CAP website. More than 150,000 volunteers lobbied to have their planes and flying skills used for America's defense in the late 1930s, and the CAP was formed a week before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Overseen by the United States Army Air Corps, thousands of CAP volunteers logged a half-million flight hours rescuing hundreds of crash victims and performing other missions, including the sinking of two German submarines, the website said. Legislation after the war founded the CAP as a benevolent, nonprofit U.S. Air Force auxiliary with three main missions: aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services, such as search-and-rescue operations.

The 60-member South-Central CAP has trained ground search teams and three pilots, but only two of them are trained for aerial search-and-rescue missions, Monticello said. Nonetheless, their aircrews have flown their Cessna Skylane aircraft on aerial photography missions over Tompkins, Cortland, Tioga, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Schuyler and Otsego counties, he said.

In addition to helping incident commanders assess tornado damage in Danby and recent flood damage in Owego, the photos allowed the state Department of Environmental Conservation to evaluate the strength of Broome County dams swollen with rain and runoff from Hurricane Irene, Monticello said. The aircrews photographed 17 Broome County dams in 2 1/2 hours, he recalled.

"We were able to do that very quickly and effectively, and get them those photos so they could do assessments," Monticello said. "They were very happy about that." The aircrews spent about three to four minutes circling each dam, photographing them from all angles, he added.

While flights by other organizations and aircraft for such missions can run up to $3,000 an hour, a CAP flight usually costs between $100 and $150 per hour, he said.

"It's a cost-effective way of doing aerial assessments," Monticello said. "All our members are volunteers. We're almost a volunteer fire department, but for aircraft." They can deliver supplies as well, he added.

The CAP's cadet program gives youths 12 to 18 years old things like aerospace education and orientation flights, Monticello said. In addition to taking advantage of educational opportunities and training CAP provides, pilots and others can get satisfaction from keeping their skills sharp and helping their communities, he added.

"I've been flying since I was in my teens," Monticello said. "To put that skill to a purpose, I find very rewarding."

For more information to join the South-Central CAP, e-mail ipd251@hotmail.com or go to www.gocivilairpatrol.com.


Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron Partners with the American Legion Riders

February 4, 2010

Binghamton, NY - On January 28, 2010, The American Legion Riders from Post #86 made a special delivery to the Civil Air Patrol Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron (NY292). The Legion Riders generous donations are part of the growing partnership between the two organizations.

American Legion Riders Tom Gallagher, Jim Brewer and Terry Rockwell presented the donations, including four new Parade Rifles and a new Casket Flag for ceremonies. Cadets from NY292 will proudly use these items for practice and events. Perhaps the rifles may even be used in the upcoming St. Patrick's Day Parade in Binghamton on March 6.

American Legion Riders Tom Gallagher, Jim Brewer and Terry Rockwell

For Emergency Services, NY292 also received a dozen Hard hats and a used but still working Stokes Basket. As the squadron builds their Search and Rescue Team, no doubt their services will be requested more often. Thus, the Legion Rider's donations are timely and most welcome.

This event has further strengthened the relationship as the squadron was reminded that one of the visiting Legion Riders, Jim Brewer, was instrumental in obtaining the Squadrons Headquarters Facility for CAP use on the Grater Binghamton Health Center Campus, ten years ago. The NY 292 squadron moved into the building in 2004, leaving their old home at the Tri-Cities Airport.

CAP NY292 and American Legion Riders Post 86 look forward to working together in the future.


Broom-Tioga Composite Squadron Cadet receives General Ira C. Eaker award

September 10, 2009

Cadet Major Marc Ghiron receives award
Cadet Major Marc Ghiron receives General Ira C. Eaker award

Binghamton, NY- At the Autumn Promotions and Awards Ceremony, Civil Air Patrol Cadets of the local Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron witnessed a rare Civil Air Patrol cadet promotion. Cadet Major Marc Ghiron was presented the General Ira C. Eaker Award by U.S.Navy Captain Robert Wuestner, (Retired) and promoted to the rank of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel by the Squadron Commanding Officer, LtCol Richard Bohman.

This award was earned after completing all of the achievements in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, completing the Cadet Officer School equivalent, and passing written and speech requirements. Nationwide, only about 200 cadets per year receive this award.

Capt Wuestner presented the Billy Mitchell award to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Daniel Hecktor, who was also promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant. The Billy Mitchell award is the second of the three major milestone awards in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet program.

Four cadets, Kristi Aksay, Sidney Borne, James Pietrosanti and Evan Shelp were presented the first milestone award, the Wright Brothers Award, by Capt Wuestner. They were also promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeant.

Friends and family members participated in and watched the promotions of 21 other cadets. Ethan Dudden was promoted to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant. Samuel Carman, Kyri Jones, and Beverly Martin were promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant. James Bryan, Jr, Brian Conn and Logan Redolphy were promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant. Abraham Caceres, David Conn, James Ellis and Noah Kiekel were promoted to Cadet Senior Airman. Noah Garland, Ethan Hahn and Jesse Redington were promoted to Cadet Airman First Class. Peter Day, James Donlon, Jordan Frazier, Jake Owens, Jacob Rossie, Nicholas Shelp and Trevor Wright all earned their first promotion to Airman.