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Air Force Assn. Honors Wis. Cadet for Aerospace Education Achievements
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:56:30 -0500

Cadet Capt. Casey Owen of the Wisconsin Wing’s Eau Claire Composite Squadron is the Air Force Association’s Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Cadet of the Year.

Owen, the cadet commander of his squadron, was honored at the AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference and Technology Exposition 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland.

He helped develop the Eau Claire unit’s balsa wood glider program, which is used to teach the basic principles of flight to cadets, who can adjust the gliders’ weight and balance, center of lift and angle of attack to maximize flight characteristics and glide slope.

He also assists during the squadron’s flight simulator class, not only helping set up beforehand and pack up afterward but also answering his fellow cadets’ questions. In addition, he frequently provides informative presentations on different aspects of aviation and aeronautics, and he assists with the model rocketry program.

Over the last year Owen devoted more than 60 hours to the Science Olympiad program, dedicated to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for K-12 students nationwide. He officiated at the Wisconsin Science Olympiad Regional Middle School Tournament and at the National Science Olympiad Tournament in Menomenee, Wisconsin.

At the Wisconsin Wing Conference in April 2016, Owen and his four-member team from the national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest displayed the device they built for the competition, which launched a foam Goddard Rocket using 15 separate steps. The team finished first, winning a radio-controlled plane kit for the Eau Claire squadron.

The squadron’s assistant aerospace education officer, 2nd Lt. John Kuehn, praised Owen’s role in instructing fellow cadets during an aerospace education session. He cited the cadet’s “excellent knowledge of the subject … reflected in his relaxed and professional manner.”

“He did a great job of establishing a peer-to-peer rapport while maintaining his professional bearing as an instructor,” Kuehn said.

“He asked appropriate questions and gave example problems to the students to validate that his instruction was understood,” he said. “Cadet Owen did an excellent job of instruction in every way!”

Earlier this month Owen was awarded the Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award, Cadet Category, at the CAP National Conference in San Antonio. He also recently achieved his private pilot's certificate.

Air Force Celebrates 70th Anniversary With Total Force Partners
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:04:23 -0500

As the U.S. Air Force celebrates its 70th anniversary, officials with Civil Air Patrol — the official Air Force auxiliary — are mindful and appreciative of the organization's status as a strategic partner with its parent organization.

A CAP delegation led by new National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith was in Washington, D.C., as part of the Air Force celebration on Thursday at the Pentagon, which included the cutting of a giant cake featuring the Air Force’s 70th anniversary logo.

An Air Force invitation to the celebration was extended to all members of the Total Force — members of the regular Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, Air Force retired military and civilian employees, as well as Civil Air Patrol. CAP is the newest member of the Total Force, receiving that designation in 2015 when the Air Force officially named its auxiliary as a strategic partner.

“Inclusion in the Total Force means the Air Force can now consider how to use any mix of these assets to best complete its noncombat missions,” said Smith. ”Being a part of the Total Force affords CAP great respect and entails added responsibilities.

“CAP’s assets and capabilities represent a cost-effective force multiplier for the Air Force,” he added. "As a result, the Air Force often relies on CAP to help train its members.”

CAP’s all volunteer membership consists of 58,000 volunteers — more than 32,000 of whom are involved in operations and over 9,000 who are qualified aircrew members. CAP’s fleet of single-engine planes, one of the largest in the world, provides low-and-slow capabilities for a wide variety of missions, including disaster relief aerial reconnaissance and search and rescue, and some CAP aircraft mimic the Air Force’s MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper -- unmanned planes that are capable of providing real-time training to U.S. service members. In addition, CAP aircraft serve as mock enemy airspace intruders for training that allows military pilots to practice air defense intercepts.

“We are trusted partners and members of the Total Force team,” said Smith. “CAP’s Airmen are professionally trained and stand ready to fill these and other emerging needs of the Air Force.”

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