READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT AT LEAST TWICE! THERE IS A LOT OF INFORMATION THIS WEEK.
The Cleveland National Airshow was a blast! We met fellow CAP members from surrounding units. Some of us ventured out and made friends with foreigners while others were fanatics for the Blue Angels. Still others made friends with Super Fly dance moves! Then there was the field promotion to Cadet Airman! How ever we all took in the Air Show, we did it like Thunderbirds... ...All the Way!
Now, keep in mind your CAP "sales pitch" or "30 second elevator speech" because we will all need them when we have guests attend over the next few months. I will be asking to hear them periodically so, keep practicing.
We are going to need a few more manual labor days over at Grays Armory to get us back in their good graces. If you are available during the week let me know? Otherwise keep your eyes and ears peeled for one or two Saturdays this month. We can do lunch again from the sandwich shop around the corner, Rothchild Farms. Sandwiches were about $7.
I need at least 2 cadets with at least their Curry Awards to be available on Saturday, September 13, 2014 for orientation flights! Flights will be out of Cuyahoga County Airport on the east side. Preference will be given to the cadets that have not flown in a CAP aircraft, yet.
Psst! Let me put a bug in your ear about Color Guards. We need one. Which mean we need at least four cadets. I would prefer everyone participate and rotate the duty. We need a Color Guard commander and at least 2 senior members to supervise. More later.
A word about achievements and promotions. Do yourself a favor -- knock out the promotion requirements long before the time in grade requirement. Procrastination is not a core value!
As for Thursday night, we have a full schedule and things to accomplish. Everyone needs pitch in and do their part to make Thursday, "Must See!" Senior members, I need your help to finish a schedule for Sept and October. Cadets, If you have never been tailor measurement taped for uniform sizes please PRINT OUT the BLANK uniform size sheets and bring them with you. This was mentioned in last week's meeting notice. The sheet is one of the attachments to this email.
For those that are interested in getting BDU's see my PS at the bottom of this announcement.
04 SEP 2014: Officer of the Day, Uniform of the Day & Schedule
Officer of the Day is 2nd Lt. Brian Folo
Cadet Officer of the Day is Cadet 2nd Lt. Brent Ellis
Uniform of the Day is Short Sleeve Blues, no tie & no ribbons.
All cadets should prepare for Character Development Discussion and Group Exercise.
Agenda and Schedule is below.
04 SEP 2014 - Decision Making
1850-1900 Sign-In/ ID card Check/ Medical Emergency Forms Check
1900-1910 Opening Ceremonies/ Uniform Inspection
1915-1930 Flight Commander’s Time (Drill & Ceremonies) 15 min
1930-1940 Break 10min
Character Development 70min
1940-2020 The Pick of the Crop p.152 40min
2020-2050 PUZZLE ME THIS Team Leadership Problem 30min
2050-2100 Commander’s Call 10min
2100-2130 Squadron Commander’s Open Office
ROBERT P. HARTIGAN, Lt.Col., CAP
Cleveland Lakefront Thunderbirds Composite Squadron 236
P.S. Here is a link to the cheapest source for the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). The BDUs are the woodland camouflage patterned field uniform. Civil Air Patrol still wears the woodland camouflage pattern even though the Air Force changed patterns in 2006. That means the uniform is getting difficult to find.
Getting a used military specification (MIL-SPEC) government issued (GI) uniform is the best bet because it will most likely be the 50% nylon 50% cotton (NYCO) blend. The commercially available uniforms that are available in local and online police/tactical uniform shops are okay but, they are not as durable because they are made of a polyester/cotton blend.
Check out the size chart. You will need your height, chest size, arm length, waist and inseam sizes to order. I recommend ordering 2 shirts and 2 pants, they are not returnable but are exchangeable so, if one item is too used or damaged you can send it back and get a replacement.
You will also need a patrol hat and belt. I recommend a rigger's belt if they have one, otherwise you will want to get a USAF blue belt with subdued (black) finish.
Lastly, you will need a pair of black boots. I recommend measuring your foot at a shoe store; you will need size and width. Good fitting shoes mean a happy cadet!
Call me with any questions before you order!