Welcome to the Cleveland Lakefront Thunderbirds Composite Squadron's website! You can learn more about Civil Air Patrol at our national website; www.gocivilairpatrol.com
We generally meet at Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 North Marginal Road, Cleveland, OH on Thursday evenings from 19:00 to 21:00 (7-9p.m.) Please check the calendar in case there are any changes. We also have offices at Grays Armory, 1234 Bolivar Road, just east of Progressive Field. Please contact us at the number below if you would like to attend one of our meetings, in most cases the public is welcome to attend.
The Civil Air Patrol is the auxiliary arm of the U.S. Air Force (under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security) and is a local volunteer organization made up of both adults and cadets with three main missions:
  • Emergency Services
  • Aerospace Education
  • Cadet Programs
Girls and boys between the ages of 12-18 may join our cadet program, men or women can join our senior program after passing an FBI background check.
We are proud of the unique duties assigned to us such as:
  • C.A.P. is the first responder to E.L.T. transmissions (Electronic Location Transmitters—the little black boxes that are installed in all aircraft).
  • Flight Training for cadets
  • Emergency response such as Search and Rescue and Disaster Assistance
  • Training for Model Rocketry, Meteorology, Radio Operation, Computers, Leadership, and of course Aerospace Education.
In the last year we involved guest speakers from the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service/Skywarn, EMS Technicians, Premier Flight Academy, and NASA.
Our squadron meets weekly at Burke Lakefront Airport on Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the executive meeting rooms in the center of the concourse.
1st Lt Peet McCain, CAP
(440) 821-7442
Upcoming Events:
While I am sending this out, I'll update you on some other news with the squadron.
  • At the bottom of this email, I am including information regarding the upcoming Professional Development Training Weekend in Mansfield on Sept. 28th and 29th. Sign up and lets work on rides and accomodations!
  • Regarding the offices at Grays Armory, I had a meeting with the person in charge of the building, Scott Hutcherson. He says if we cannot find other accomodations, we can use the third floor of the building as our storage space. 
  • Grays Armory is also looking for volunteers to work as docents (guides to bring people through the museum) If any cadets or senior officers are interested in learning a lot about the civil war, this might be a great opportunity for you to help others while building a resume.
  • Although having our regular meetings at Grays is problematic due to the parking situation there, the place could be ideal for some of our other functions. I am considering using it for our holiday party, or perhaps have our next friends and family meeting there, since we seem to be growing out of our spot at the airport.
  • Orientation rides that were supposed to have happened this weekend have been cancelled due to our plane going in for repairs and no other planes available. We will reschedule when the new budget comes out.

We have been invited to a Laser Tag event by Major Michael Sidman along with some of the other squadrons. Information below:
All - I've schedule a Laser Tag event on 16 November.  All the details you want are at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dC1MSEh2NlNLU0hBa2hxOUMwYWlXanc6MA .I only ask that if you have a Cadet from your unit, please have at least 1 Senior Officer to be at the activity (participation in Laser Tag is optional).
The cost per participant is $15 for two rounds of Laser Tag.
Let me know of any questions, thank you for your promoting this at your unit !!

1Lt. Boazzo sent me a link to this great news: http://www.hivelocitymedia.com/features/OhioAerospace081513.aspx
Bookmark the International Womens Air & Space Museum calendar if you want to keep up with some great events!  

Here is a TED talk that most people on the internet on the planet Earth have already seen (17.5million people), but it is still worth watching: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

Semper Vigilans!
1Lt. Peet McCain, Civil Air Patrol
OH-236 Lakefront Thunderbirds Squadron

Members of Ohio Wing,

Registration for the Fall 2013 Training weekend is now open.Registration will close on Wednesday September 25, 2013. The dates for this event will be September 28-29, 2013 at the Mansfield Lahm Air Force Base in Mansfield Ohio. Cost will be $15.00. Uniform of the day will be Air Force Style light blue shirt and dark blue pant short sleve no tie, White aviator shirt short sleeve gray pants no tie, or blue golf polo shirt gray pants. 

We will be offering the following 12 courses:

Squadron Leadership School
Corporate Learning Course
Unit Commanders Course
Training Leaders of Cadets
Public Affairs Course
ICS 300
Inspector Generals Course (Senior Rating) 
Airborne Photographers Course/AirBorn Repeaters Course
Mission Pilots Course
Cadet Officers Course
Cadet NCO Course
Cadet Basic Course

Please note the following; we need at least 17 students to hold the IG course.The Public Affairs Course is brand new and the Director is coming from National Headquarters. The Airborne Photography Course and the Airborne Repeaters Course are both 1 day courses so we're combining them to make a weekend course. Cadets will be located in a separate build next to the Seniors.

To register please go to the following address where all related information is posted. http://goo.gl/92Tzi   

Thank you and we hope to see you there.

Bruce Tresz Lt Col

March 14th, 19:00 to 21:00

Just like you would expect it to mean, our entire meeting will be devoted only to safety. This is a mandatory meeting for all squadron members.  But that doesn't mean it can't be fun.

Dan McCormick from Champion Fire Equipment will be showing us how fire extinguishers work. The best way to see how they work is to set things on fire and put them out. This will be a hands-on meeting .

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The uniform of the day will be BDU's since we have visitors let's make sure we look sharp.

The meeting will be held at Burke Lakefront Airport 1501 North Marginal
Road, Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, March 14th from 19:00 to 21:00 (7-9pm) Parking in Lot #3 right behind the display aircraft in front of the main concourse. 

For some edutainment:

Michael Dickinson: How a fly flies #TED : http://on.ted.com/gTD3

The following weeks meeting, March 21st, will be Aerospace education training.

OH-236 and guests,

The topic for the Civil Air Patrol Meeting is Emergency Services. There will be a safety briefing and we will be going over information on setting up your SQTR forms and also 24 hour packs. List of items in the packs attached. Uniform of the day will be BDU's or acceptable corporate alternates.

I want to thank everyone who participated in last weeks meeting going through the Plus/Delta worksheets regarding the Cleveland Air Show. Thank you all for your hard work at one of the most successful Air Shows we've had in years, and the planning we spoke about last week will make next years effort even better.

As I mentioned at the last meeting, there is a lot going on, I will try to cover as much as I can in this e-mail.
I would like to congratulate the 4 cadets who flew this weekend C/TSgt Boazzo, C/AB Graham, C/AB Harris and C/AB Wiggins.  3 of them were on their first flight. Please make sure all of you who flew write a thank you letter to Captain Patrick Kelly and bring it to the squadron meeting with you. I will make sure it gets passed along to him. I also want to thank the other senior officers who helped make this happen, Capt. Summers, 1Lt. Boazzo, and Capt. Dennis Allen of OH-003, our group o-flight coordinator. A combination of bad weather, engine issues with our plane, and maybe just bad luck had left our squadron with no flights over at least the last two years, so it is good to know the streak has ended! (For the guests, the engine had a complete overhaul and is fully operational and safe).
Please send me any pictures you have of the flight. 
Cadet O-Flights 9/16/2012

Upcoming events and meetings
Regular meetings at Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Road, Cleveland OH from 19:00 to 21:00 every Thursday

February 7th Leadership and make up Character Development for those  working towards their first stripe. Blues Uniform

February 14th Emergency services and Safety--Fire Extinguisher use and Fire Safety. BDU Uniform

February 21st Aerospace Education Blues Uniform

February 28th PT (Physical Training and Drill) PT Uniform 

Other Upcoming Events

Wednesday February 13th
Group Commanders Call and 
Cadet Advisory Council
at Burke Lakefront Airport 7-9 PM

Friday February 22nd 

Saturday March 9th

Sign up now for the Spring PDO Weekend April 13th and 14th

And lastly, just thought you might want to see what some other countries are doing with their equivalent programs to Civil Air Patrol
Canada available in French or English
JapanThis weeks meeting will be on Aerospace Education, led by our Aerospace Education Officer, Lt. Janet Chokan.  UOD will be service dress (Blues) or acceptable corporate alternates. Address is Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Road, Cleveland, OH. We meet in one of the two meeting rooms in the middle of the concourse. Parking is available in lot #3, which is on the east side of the main airport. If the gate is down, just buzz the guard and let them know you are there for Civil Air Patrol.

Next weeks meeting topic will be PT/Drill. PT uniform will be UOD
October 6th will be a Change of Command for Group IV held at Burke Lakefront Airport
As a reminder of last weeks meeting, our goal is for all cadets to have a complete 24 hour pack by our November Emergency Services meeting on November 8th.
Just to keep you up to date on Burke Lakefront Airport and the city of Cleveland in general. Lean Dog, Inc. is one of the fastest growing companies in technology, and they have bought up most of the office space at the airport, and recently purchased the boat that housed the old Hornblower Restaurant, which is also used for offices for the company. Here is their website, http://leandog.com/what-we-do/agile-coaching/ If anyone wants a little guidance on what they do, check out the website, I can also give you some help as well. If you have any interest in a job in the business of technology, they would be an amazing resource.

1. First the PDO/Training weekend is coming up October 20-21. Click on the link to check out the information. The cost is $20 per person, and you would need to arrange for an overnight stay nearby to Mansfield Lahm Air Force Base. Please contact me if you need rides or other information. The classes include:
Cadet Basic Course
Cadet NCO Course
Cadet Officers Course
Corporate Learning Course
CPR/First Aid and Communications class
Emergency Services Table Top Exercise
ICS 300
Squadron Leadership School
Training Leaders of Cadets Course
Unit Commanders Course
You may only choose one course. You can download the required CAPF17 and Cadets must include the CAPF31 which are both available from the link above and from the Ohio Wing website.
2. There is an available Yeager Award Camp in December, see text of the invitation at the bottom of this e-mail
3. Ingenuity Fest is this weekend, the festival of Arts and Sciences will be held at it's new home at the Port of Cleveland Buildings just north of Browns Stadium. The executive director of the festival, James Krouse, has asked me to see if we can have an aerospace presentation there for next year, perhaps in conjunction with the Air Show since the events are only about two weeks apart. Information at http://ingenuitycleveland.com/ I truly recommend that everyone attend this exciting and fun event, even if is just for ideas of what we can do with it next year.
4. It is always worth checking out whats going on at the International Women's Air and Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport. Follow the link to see whats up.
That will be it for now, if I add anymore, your head will explode.
Semper Vigilans!
May Events
As usual we have a lot of things going on in the next month and a half, so I'll get right to it.
This Thursday May 17th 19:00-21:00
Our regular meeting at Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Drive, Cleveland in one of the executive meeting rooms in the middle of the concourse will be Emergency Services training. Uniform of the day will be BDU's or acceptable corporate alternates. C/TSgt Boazzo is on loan to OH-131 Brecksville Squadron to complete his Drill achievement.  
This Saturday May 19th
International Learn to Fly Day at Lorain County Regional Airport with the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association)
Cadets will be manning a recruiting booth, manning the parking lot, and perhaps some air marshalling. In return for this, cadets can get a free airplane ride with a trained pilot at the end of the show (with signed parental permission slip available at the event)
 More information at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/Chapter1252
Thursday May 24th 19:00-21:00
Our regular meeting at Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Drive, Cleveland in one of the executive meeting rooms in the middle of the concourse Topic Aerospace Education led by our Aerospace Education Officer, 2Lt Adam Prusick. Uniform of the day will be Sevice dress blues or suitible corporate alternate
Thursday May 31st 19:00-21:00
This is a "fifth" Thursday and this will be an event to invite friends and relatives to our weekly meeting. We will have presentations on our three main missions:
Cadet Programs
Emergency Services
Aerospace Education
Semper Vigilans!
April events

Squadron and guests

The upcoming meetings and events in April are as follows, contact me if you have any questions or comments. Meetings are held at Burke Lakefront Airport in one of the Executive meeting rooms unless otherwise noted (April 12th at Strongsville Recreation Center!) Guests are always welcome unless otherwise noted.

For the most up to date information, go to our website at http://oh236.ohwg.cap.gov and check the calendar. A copy of this e-mail will also be posted there.

April 5 Emergency Services training, Staff meeting
Uniform of the Day: BDUS
April 12 Safety, Aerospace
 Cuyahoga County Skywarn Spotter Training.
Time:6:30 pm Location: Strongsville Recreation Center
18100 Royalton Rd (Rt 82), Strongsville OH 44136-9500 
Uniform of the Day: Class A or B Dress Blues
Anyone who needs a ride Please contact Lt. McCain
If you cannot make this meeting, you can take online training at https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id=23 Please let us know if you take the test and pass.
April 19 Aerospace Education, Professional Development
Tour of BKL support services at Landmark Aviation 
Senior Specialty Track progress reports
Uniform of the Day: BDU's
April 21 (Saturday) MAPS (Military Aviation Preservation Society) tour in North Canton Ohio 
Uniform of the day: Class A or B Blues
Free to cadets and Seniors http://mapsairmuseum.org/ 
April 26 PT (Physical Training) and Drill
Uniform of the Day PT uniform if you will be participating, BDU's or acceptable corporate alternates if not.
We may try to fit in Cadet O-flights on this meeting night. 
May 5 and 6 are Ohio Wing PDO (Professional Development Operations) Weekend dates, you will need to enroll in the classes at https://docs.google.com/a/ohwg.cap.gov/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGZoeW9lWWJUc0p4SzBjV2pOaUFmMlE6MA#gid=0 
Registration is open now and closes May 3. There are 11 classes available, for both Seniors and Cadets. Overnight accommodations
will need to be coordinated via Lt. McCain. The classes are held at DSCC (Defense Supply Center Columbus)
Other groups upcoming events:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Law Enforcement Exploring Program
April 14 6:00 PM
Customs and Border Protection
6747 Engle Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Ages 14 (and completed 8th grade)-20 years old
to sign up contact CBP Officer Jennifer Dang 216-267-3600 ext 1
2Lt. Boyd, our finance officer found this great link http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/full/tour-pkg.html 
Another great TED Talk this time from a 15 year old young man who built a nuclear fusion reactor when he was 13! http://www.ted.com/talks/taylor_wilson_yup_i_built_a_nuclear_fusion_reactor.html 
Upcoming IWASM (International Womens Air/Space Museum) Events http://iwasm.org/wp-blog/visit/events/ 
Semper Vigilans!
want to join? www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information