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2015 Cleveland National Airshow: A Consolidated Recruiting and Aerospace Education Event for Group IV

posted Aug 8, 2015, 2:29 PM by
8 August 2015
FROM: Cleveland National Air Show CAP Host Unit Commander (GLR-OH-236/CC)
SUBJECT: Consolidated Recruiting and Aerospace Education Event for Group IV

1. PURPOSE: The Cleveland National Air Show (CNAS) is the successor to the historic Cleveland National Air Races and is a major public attraction in Northeast Ohio every Labor Day Weekend. Each year the Air Show draws a large audience of 60,000 to 100,000 people from the general public. The highlight of the show is a performance by the aerial demonstration team from either the U.S. Navy or U.S. Air Force; the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds alternate years on the schedule. This year the USAF Thunderbirds will perform! The Cleveland National Air Show is a good venue to achieve Civil Air Patrol’s external Aerospace Education mission. Furthermore, it is a great source to recruit interested candidates for membership in local/regional Civil Air Patrol units. 

2. GOALS: All goals are aligned with unit and higher headquarters’ initiatives.
a. 2015 specific goal is to attract and recruit for the following:
i. aerospace education members, 
ii. cadet members and,
iii. professionals in the fields of clergy, finance, legal and medical
b. Promote aerospace education and the U.S. economy’s aerospace supremacy
c. Build and maintain public relations with aviation community and general public
d. Foster teamwork and mutually beneficial relationship between units and members
e. Overall goal is to attract and recruit like minded individuals as members of CAP.

3. OPERATION: A Civil Air Patrol information and recruiting booth will be staffed during CNAS. The Cleveland National Air Show will provide a suitable area, 60 feet by 60 feet. CNAS will also rent to CAP a 10 feet by 20 feet tent with grounding rod suitable for portable generator operations. 
a. Host unit is Cleveland Lakefront Thunderbirds Composite Squadron 236
b. Human resources are requested from the following squadrons 
i. Lorain County Composite Squadron 003
ii. Eagle Composite Squadron 004
iii. Cuyahoga County Cadet Squadron 131
iv. Frank H. Kettlewood Composite Squadron 252
v. Any other Civil Air Patrol unit that makes arrangements with project officer.
c. Aircraft static display. Any CAP aircraft custodian unit may make arrangements with the undersigned for aircraft static display if authorized by the Ohio Wing Commander. 

4. FUNDING: This is a unit/self funded event. USAF reimbursement is not requested nor authorized. Civil Air Patrol corporate funding is not requested nor authorized. Aircraft custodial unit may have other financial instructions from Ohio Wing Headquarters regarding position flight to and from KBKL. 

5. WHERE: Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport, 1500 N. Marginal Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. Recommended parking location and entry points will follow with other instructions closer to CNAS start. 

6. WHEN: Civil Air Patrol’s participation at The Cleveland National Air Show is held on Labor Day Weekend. This year’s dates and times are as follows:
a. Saturday, September 5, 2015, from 8:30 am (0830hours) to 4:30pm (1630hours)
i. shift 1, 8:30am to 12:45pm
ii. shift 2, 12:30pm to 4:45pm
b. Sunday, September 6, 2015, from 8:30 am (0830hours) to 4:30pm (1630hours)
i. shift 3, 8:30am to 12:45pm
ii. shift 4, 12:30pm to 4:45pm
c. Monday, September 7, 2015, from 8:30 am (0830hours) to 4:30pm (1630hours)
i. shift 5, 8:30am to 12:45pm
ii. shift 6, 12:30pm to 4:45pm

7. WHO: All active members of Group IV are invited and encouraged to actively participate. All members participating must be safety current.  Each shift will consist of a team  made up of CAP members filling the following roles: 
a. Officer in Charge (OIC)
b. Senior Member Recruiter (may be more than one)
c. Cadet Officer in Charge (C/OIC)
d. Cadet NCO in Charge (C/NCOIC)
e. Cadet Recruiter  (4 per shift)

8. APPLICATION PROCEDURES: CAP members may sign-up online to participate in the Cleveland National Air Show via website
a. Follow this link for more information 2015 CNAS Volunteer Sign Up Form 
b. Members must:
i. Carry a current CAP ID. Temporary cards are acceptable
ii. be Safety Current according to CAP E-Services
iii. have two copies of: 
5. CAP Form 163 PERMISSION FOR PROVISION OF MINOR CADET OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION (only applicable if medication required)
iv. Have completed Level One (senior members only).

9. SQUADRON COMMANDERS: Please have your members sign up through the Cleveland Lakefront Thunderbirds Composite Squadron’s webpage no later than 31 August 2015.  You will be sent a list of members that have signed up around 01 September 2015 for your review. Here is the direct link 

10. SCHEDULE: The activity/event will follow the schedule outlined in paragraph 6. Shorter individual schedules based on shifts will be generated. It is the CAP member’s responsibility to adhere to his or her scheduled shift. Other members are depending on your efforts; if you are unable to fulfill your commitment please find a suitable replacement and notify your chain of command.

11. UNIFORM OF THE DAY: The best uniform in your closet will do. This is an aerospace education, public relations and recruiting opportunity. You will want to look your best! Uniform wear and care must be in accordance with Civil Air Patrol’s Uniform Manual CAPM 39-1. In the event of a uniform infraction, you will be give an opportunity to correct it; however if you are unable, you may be asked to leave the Air Show or change out of uniform.  Grooming and Height to Weight standards will be strictly enforced for the USAF style uniform. A fresh haircut, a properly pressed and creased uniform with highly polished shoes speaks volumes about your dedication to Civil Air Patrol. BDUs, if worn, will be sleeves down. 

12. TRANSPORTATION: It is the member’s responsibility to secure transportation to and from the event. The CNAS/CAP Project staff will not be making travel arrangements. Unit commanders can arrange ride sharing opportunities within their units. Reminder: Civil Air Patrol Senior Members must follow CAPR 52-10 CADET PROTECTION POLICY. Chapter Two of the regulation is STANDARDS OF PRACTICE and it highlights TWO DEEP LEADERSHIP and TRANSPORTATION restrictions.  

13. STAFF POSITIONS: Many and varied! Sign up via 2015 CNAS Volunteer Sign Up Form portal
a. Project Officer 
b. Safety Officer
c. Operations Officer
d. Officer in Charge (OIC) per shift
e. Senior Member Recruiter (may be more than one) per shift
f. Cadet Officer in Charge (C/OIC) per shift
g. Cadet NCO in Charge (C/NCOIC) per shift
h. Cadet Recruiter  (4 per shift)

14. COST TO MEMBER: Air Show tickets are free to CAP participants who have registered via the VolunteerLocal portal and work a shift. Parking is $15 per car. Carpooling is recommended.  A limited number of parking passes are available, however use is not guaranteed. Members are responsible for their own meals in the afternoon, a minimum of $10 to $15 is recommended. The purchase of Air Show souvenirs is up to the member discretion and budget. 

15. MEALS: Not provided, but available from on site vendors. It is recommended to bring at least $10 for meals from the onsite vendors. Coolers are not allowed to be brought into the air show, except by the early volunteers. Early morning attendees might enjoy donuts provided by CNAS. 

16. EQUIPMENT/CONTRABAND LIST: See the Cleveland National Air Show’s website for prohibited items. The list is extensive. Members must exercise common sense and good judgment.

17. POINT OF CONTACT or QUESTIONS: Any questions about this activity, contact Lt.Col. Robert P. Hartigan, CAP at or on the days of the event via phone at 216-236-8892. We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Cleveland Lakefront Thunderbirds Composite Squadron 236


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