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By Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary
March 19, 2018
The Marco Island Senior Squadron, FL-376, Civil Air Patrol (MICAP) hosted a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAR/EX) on March 10 and 18. This mission was a joint venture including members from the Naples Senior Squadron, the Charlotte County and Sarasota ...
By Lt. Col. Jeff P. Carlson
March 14, 2018
Senior members and cadet participate in community outreach events and recognized for achievements in CAP program.
By Lt. Col. Jeff P. Carlson
March 4, 2018
CAP members from two Group 5 squadrons conduct weekend training exercise. The air crews practiced electronic and visual searches in addition to aerial photography.
By Lt. Col. Jeff P. Carlson
February 24, 2018
Two-day symposium and technology exposition attracts top Air Force leadership, defense and aerospace professionals and CAP members.

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CAP Chef Studies Italian Cuisine, Culture During Apprenticeship Abroad
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:40:06 -0500

Capt. Adam Eudy has one word for Civil Air Patrol: “Grazie!”

Beginning when he was barely a teenager, CAP has supported Eudy in his quest to become a chef. Graduating from the family kitchen, Eudy arranged to work under the wing of renowned chef Robert Irvine of Food Network fame at a restaurant in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, to further his home schooling. Soon after, when the cadet was only 14, the South Carolina Wing turned over its encampment kitchen to him, and he stylishly dished up three meals a day to 150 campers.

Along the way, Eudy encountered military chef and U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Derrick Davenport. Petty, combined with continued support from CAP, helped pave the way for Eudy with cooking stints at various events for high-ranking military officials, including occasions at the White House and the Pentagon.

Eudy has considerably upped his customer count, serving on the culinary team at Sky Ball, an American Airlines fundraiser for the Airpower Foundation held annually in Texas with as many as 4,000 guests. Recently, after completing studies at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Eudy was tapped for an apprenticeship in the epicenter of epicurean masterpieces — Italy.

The 22-year-old returned to the U.S. earlier this year with a renewed commitment to his chosen profession.

“This experience will serve me very well in the future,” he said. “I now have this extensive knowledge of Italian cuisine, not just in general but also regionally.”

Eudy’s trip abroad was designed specifically for him to study Italian cuisine and culture. He spent 15 weeks in Italy – 12 weeks in Ugento, Puglia, and three weeks in Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Guila.

“My 12 weeks in Ugento was for the studies of regional cuisine, both food and wine. And my three weeks in Pordenone was for an internship at Electrolux Professional World Headquarters,” Eudy said, adding he was heavily influenced by the Southern Italy culture, as that’s where he spent much of his time.

“As far as culinary endeavors, this has taught me to use the best and freshest ingredients possible, taking into account what is in season and what is available to you. I also became pretty great at pasta and risotto while over there, and that’s a major part of the cuisine.”

Regardless of all he learned in the kitchen, Eudy said it’s the culture he will remember most from his study abroad and his visits to Rome, Naples, Florence and Venice.

“I really enjoyed the small cafe shops for coffee, pastries and gelato during the day, and pizza at night,” he said. “These cafes are all over Italy, except the high tourist traffic areas. I will also remember the diverse culture, food and architecture throughout the country. No two regions are alike – the grand buildings and lighter food of Rome is so different from the Renaissance-detailed and heavier foods of Florence, and these regions border each other. So the diverse culture is what I will remember the most.”

While in Italy, Eudy also got a chance to visit his old deputy cadet commander from CAP’s Low Country Composite Squadron on Hilton Head Island.

Carlos Latorre is now a U.S. Marine stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, at the Marine Corps Command for Europe and Africa. Latorre is still active in Civil Air Patrol, serving as a major and cadet programs officer for CAP’s Ramstein Cadet Squadron, based at nearby Ramstein Air Base.


Capt. Adam Eudy shared a couple of recipes from his Italian visit, crediting them to chef Odette Fada:

(Ravioli “Caprese” Filled with Caciotta Cheese in a Pureed Tomato Sauce)
Servings: 4

For the pasta:

250 grams 00 flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of salt

For the filling:
1 tablespoon grated Parmigiano Reggiano
150 grams Caciotta cheese, grated
200 grams of ricotta
Salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste

For the sauce:
500 grams ripe fresh tomato, peeled and seeded
1 bunch basil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Mix all the cheeses very well and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Prepare the pasta dough as usual. Set aside for ½-hour to rest.

Roll the dough as thin as you can and place it on a cutting board, well-dusted with flour.

Put a mound of filling big as a half walnut every 2 inches on the pasta, then cover with another strip of pasta. With a round cookie cutter 1½ inches in diameter cut the ravioli. Press firmly on the borders.

Tomato sauce: Cut tomatoes in half. Put them in pot, cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Then pass them in blender to obtain a tomato puree.

Put 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pot with 1 clove of garlic and 2 basil leaves. When it is warm, not hot, add in the tomato puree. Let it cook on a low flame for 10 minutes, season with sea salt.

Cook the ravioli in salted water about 3 minutes, drain and place on a platter that already contains the sauce. Sprinkle with a chiffonade of basil and some extra virgin olive oil.


(Risotta with Speck and Savoy Cabbage)
Servings: 6

400 gram Ostigliato Rosso rice (or arborio)
60 grams speck, finely diced
2 liters meat broth
30 grams Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 shallot, finely chopped
1/4 Savoy cabbage, finely sliced and sautéed in 20 grams extra virgin olive oil
30 grams of extra virgin olive oil
Pinch fennel seeds

Cook the shallot with 15 grams of oil until transparent. Add the rice, keep mixing and when it is hot pour in enough boiling broth to just cover the rice.

Keep stirring and adding more broth when necessary. Cook for 20 minutes; usually Ostigliato Rosso needs a longer cooking time (for arborio 15 minutes are sufficient).

Add cabbage, fennel seeds and diced speck, cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add cheese and butter, let sit for 1 minute, then stir it thoroughly and serve.

*Speck is a flavorful smoked, aged Italian ham. Use Google for retail availibility in your area.




Ore. Wing Team Returning to StellarXplorers National Finals
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0500

One Civil Air Patrol cadet team has earned a return trip to the national finals of the Air Force Association's StellarXplorers IV competition, set for April 28-20 at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

The Oregon Wing’s Aurora Composite Squadron 56 team, based in Portland, is one of 10 national finalists in the national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competition, which is in its fourth year. The 2017-2018 competition involved 180 high school teams from 31 states and three overseas locations.

The Aurora squadron has made it to the national finals both years it’s participated.


“Congratulations to you for the fine work you have already done,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander. “Thanks for representing CAP so well.”

Using Systems Took Kit (STK) from Analytical Graphics, the StellarXplorers program is open to all high school students. The competition is designed to inspire and attract students to pursue STEM careers through hands-on learning about technology by exercising critical thinking skills and emphasizing teamwork.

Teams are provided a self-contained academic/education component accessed online as a curriculum supplement, as well as specific training in the use of system simulation software, STK.

From October through March, the teams progress through three qualifying rounds and a semifinalist round via a challenging space system design competition involving all aspects of system development and operation with a spacecraft/payload focus.

The Aurora team's adult director, Maj. Carl Knox, who also coaches the squadron's CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Security Competition team, is proud of the cadets. With three returning cadets and two new cadets, including the one selected as team captain, Knox said the team has learned the most important aspect of this space-themed, problem-solving program: “Read and understand directions before ever beginning.”

In his role as director, rather than coach, Knox is instructed to provide educational assignments, training and guidance, as well as help develop team esprit de corps. The cadets are guided toward implementing their own team problem-solving skills during the competition.

Members of this year’s Aurora team are:

  • Cadet Chief Master Sgts. Jareck Jellison and Luke Van Sickle, team captain;
  • Cadet Senior Master Sgts. Rhett Miller and Peyton Reed; and
  • Cadet Tech. Sgt. Douglas Clayton.

Clayton, Jellison and Miller are second-year team members; Jellison also competed on the squadron’s CyberPatriot team. Reed and Van Sickle are first-year members.

Joining the team at the national competition, as he did for last year’s competition, will be 2nd Lt. Henry Miller, the squadron’s finance officer.

The finalists receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Space Foundation’s 34th annual Space Symposium for the national competition.

Knox feels his team is “up to the task” to work as a cohesive team at the finals and bring home a first-time national title for CAP.

“We are all rooting for you,” added Smith.

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Searching from the Sky: N.H. Aircrew Braved Brutal Weather to Locate Hiker
Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:14:48 -0600

By Jennifer Gerhart
Contributing Writer

It’s a story about an adventurer. It’s a story about an extremely smart, highly talented woman with a go-getter attitude and determination. It’s a story about creating a plan, decisions, consequences and ultimate tragedy.

It’s the story of Kate Matrosova.

Ty Gagne’s book, “Where You’ll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova,” begins on a windy mountain in New Hampshire on Feb. 15, 2015. Matrosova, 32, and her husband, Charlie Farhoodi, arrived in New Hampshire the weekend of Valentine’s Day. Matrosova planned a solo hiking adventure across the summits of mounts Madison, Adams, Jefferson and Washington.

She intended to climb over and through a 16-mile Northern Presidential Loop in alpine style — quick and light over the four summits. She would start on Mount Madison before dawn, climb over mounts Adams and Jefferson, and finally drop down from Mount Washington along the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail at the end of the day. Because the weather was expected to be extreme, she wanted to be up and back down before conditions became too rough.

A month earlier, she had hiked part of the trail with Farhoodi. This time, however, they agreed she would go by herself. For her solo hike, Matrosova was carrying food, water, a good winter jacket, ­insulated pants, a balaclava, goggles, gaiters, crampons, poles, double boots, her camera, a satellite phone and a GPS device that would record her movements. She also had an ACR ­ResQLink ­personal locator beacon.

By 3:30 p.m., Matrosova activated her beacon to call for help. Her beacon signal was relayed to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The dispatcher reported the alert to the New Hampshire State Police dispatch center, which referred the emergency to the state Fish and Game Department would handle the emergency. It was after 8 p.m. when Civil Air Patrol’s New Hampshire Wing was called and asked if it had an airplane with beacon-tracking capabilities available and ground resources for a missing person search.

Col. Bill Moran was first on the alert roster for incident commander when he received the call.

“I knew this was going to be a bad situation, because I knew what the weather was going to be like — extreme cold and wind,” said Moran, the wing’s director of emergency services. “I told AFRCC we could provide air but not ground, because our ground members were not qualified for those weather conditions.”

After receiving the Air Force mission number and one set of coordinates, Moran contacted Lt. Jim Goss, the Fish and Game search and rescue officer. Goss said he would let the wing know by 8:30 a.m. the next day if he needed them to fly.

The call came in at 5 a.m.: Civil Air Patrol was needed to fly. Moran called Lt. Col. Mead Herrick, the next shift’s incident commander, and told him the Fish and Game agency had requested CAP take off as soon as possible.

A crew was formed with members of the Hawk Composite Squadron, the closest CAP unit to the search area. Lt. Col. Bruce Determann would serve as mission observer and Capt. Bruce Neff as mission scanner. At that time, the Mount Washington Observatory, 1,000 feet above and 1 mile northeast of Mount Madison, had an aviation meteorological report showing the overnight temperature was minus 35 degrees. The wind was blowing more than 140 mph, resuling in a minus 88 degrees wind chill.

“It was the second-coldest place on Earth that night; only the South Pole was colder,” Moran said. “Having lived in New Hampshire for 15 years and being somewhat of a weather enthusiast, I knew those conditions were some of the worst ever.”

When Moran got to the CAP hangar at Laconia Municipal Airport, he had to shovel snow accumulated in front of the hangar doors. During the preflight inspection he had to use a hair dryer to unfreeze a blocked fuel tank sump drain. The sky was bright and sunny, but the temperature was in the teens and the wind was blowing 25 knots down the runway. By comparison, Mount Madison was 40 miles to the northeast, and the Appalachian Trail that Matrosova hiked was over 5,000 feet in elevation.

As they flew to the area, Moran computed a search altitude and decided to fly at 10,500 feet. The wind was at 100 knots and gusting to 110. The downdraft took the airplane down to 9,000 feet, and the updrafts lifted it to more than 12,000 feet.

“We were extremely diligent to our position and altitude,” Moran reflected. “I was relying upon my 26 years as a bomber pilot flying many low-level routes through the USA.”

The aircraft’s direction finding equipment picked up Matrosova’s 406-MHz signal personal locator beacon, but the 100-knot winds and signal propagation made pinning down a location difficult. Between the personal beacon in Matrosova’s backpack and the extreme conditions, several false coordinate locations added to the search’s complexity.

As a blizzard ravaged the Presidential Range, the CAP members used a software app on an iPad to record their tracks over the search area with a high degree of precision.

“I was glad to have the opportunity to put all our training to use to save a life,” said Determann, the New Hampshire Wing's director of operations. “Unfortunately, I knew from the extreme conditions that day, it would be a difficult search and even more difficult for someone to survive in the mountains with those temperatures and winds.”

Neff, the mission scanner, agreed. Moran had called him and told him to be ready to go on a search the next day. 

“I didn’t sleep much that night; my thoughts were of some poor soul exposed to the fury of the White Mountains on this particular night,” recalled Neff, an emergency services officer who has participated in CAP’s aerial photography program since 2006. “Through the clarity of the pictures, it was obvious that at ground level there was an absolute blizzard occurring, with clouds of billowing snow blowing horizontally.”

During the flight, Neff took a series of photos with the thought that if they couldn’t locate Matrosova from the air, the pictures could be scrutinized for anything amiss and help the ground search teams.

Tragically, for Kate Matrosova, the search teams were unable to locate her until it was too late.

For author Ty Gagne, Matrosova’s story gave him a deeper appreciation of rescue personnel and the commitment required to perform search and rescue.

“I didn’t know much about Civil Air Patrol,” Gagne said. “I have a lot of respect for Civil Air Patrol and what they do. I’m grateful for their support and sharing their story with me. I hope that after reading the book, people will gain a greater sense of empathy. We’re all susceptible to making decisions that lead to unexpected outcomes.”

Mulanax Named CAP National Historian
Sun, 04 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0600

Lt. Col. Richard B. Mulanax officialliy begins his role today as Civil Air Patrol’s next national historian.

Mulanax, who lives in Vero Beach, Florida, has been Research Division Head on the CAP National History Program staff since 2013. Before that he was region historian for CAP's Southeast Region. He previously served as deputy chief of staff for aerospace education on the Rocky Mountain Region staff, and has filled various other CAP assignments on the Florida Wing and Southeast Region staffs.

“I am confident that Col. Mulanax will continue the tradition of excellence that we have enjoyed with CAP’s historory program,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP's national commander and CEO. “This program provides a richness to our culture, helping us to understand and appreciate our past, put perspective into performing our missions today, and capturing the history we are currently making for future generations of CAP members. I welcome Col. Mulanax to the team and look forward to partnering with him to help him and his team to be highly successful.”

Mulanax received his doctoral degree in history from Florida State University and served for 20 years on the faculty of Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida, retiring as a full professor of history.

Before that he served as a regular officer in the U.S. Air Force, with assignments as an assistant professor of history and executive officer of the Department of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

He also served on the faculty of the Air Force Special Operations School at Hurlburt Field, Florida, where he was an international politico-military affairs officer and chief of the Africa Branch. He holds a master’s in African area studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and master's in international relations and in public administration from Troy University in Alabama.

Other Air Force assignments included commander of the Headquarters Squadrons of the 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Zweibruecken Air Base, Germany, and 39th Tactical Wing, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

“I am honored to be appointed CAP national historian and to be part of Gen. Smith’s staff,”  Mulanax said. “Our organizational history is the corporate memory of Civil Air Patrol, its foundation for the future, and we on the National History team look forward to working with all CAP members in continuing the tradition of service to our nation reflected in our history.”

Mulanax joined CAP as a college student and senior member in 1967. He was called to active duty with the Air Force in 1972 after completing graduate school at UCLA, and over the years he served in various squadron-level CAP staff positions in California and Texas, and as commander of the overseas Zweibruecken Cadet Squadron in Germany. He was also commander of the Texas Wing's Group 2.

His awards include the U.S. Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two clusters, the CAP Exceptional Service Award with four devices, the CAP Meritorious Service Award with four devices and the CAP Achievement Award. He is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Military Officers Association.

Mulanax succeeds Col. Frank A. Blazich Jr., who has served as CAP national historian since April 2013.