Civil Air Patrol Meeting, Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Mt Airy Composite Squadron met for October’s third week meeting, Thursday, 2017 October 19, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10076, at 1830 (6:30 p.m.). Focus for this week is Emergency Services. As is the custom, the squadron begins with opening ceremony, honoring our flag and nation, followed by uniform inspection. This evenings uniform is Airman Battle Uniform (ABU). The purpose of  uniform inspection:

“Respect is the first step in wearing the uniform; it is your visible offering to the past, to those who served before you. When you wear it you become part of its tradition, visible proof, that time honored customs still live on. Remember, every time you put that uniform on you no longer represent yourself; you become the Civil Air Patrol, and the United States Air Force. And every one who sees you will judge you, CAP, and the Air Force based on your appearance.”

The Chief’s Gorilla Guide For Looking Good In Uniform
By Chief Master Sergeant Robert D. Chiafos
Camp Dodge, IA
3rd Edition (Revised) January 2007

Following inspections the meeting began with basic drill practice outside the VFW. Cadets practiced faces, rests, and salutes to become better at their basics. Inside, cadets began a class about Emergency Services (ES) led by Lt. Col. Trombley, the class began by talking about the courses that need to be completed for ES:

  • ICUT: Civil Air Patrol Intorductory Communications User Training
  • IS-100: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independent Study – 100 is an introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS 100). This course describes the history, features, principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • IS-700: FEMA Independent Study – 700, is an Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents
  • GES 116: Civil Air Patrol General Emergency Services 116
  • First Aid & CPR certification

Cadets learned about the organizational structure and different positions that are part of  Emergency Services: Operations, Planning, Logistics, Administrations/Finance, Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, and Liaison Officer All the officers are under one Commander known as the Incident Commander. A handout was provided to the cadets to help them work toward IS 100 & 700 certification.

Finally, cadets went outside to do more basic drill, and performed a “Bearing Test”. The objective is  to see who could maintain their “Military Bearing” (a straight face) the longest while Staff Members tried to distract the cadets and break their bearing resolve.

Article by Cadet Staff Sgt Amy Franklin, NCO – Public Affairs

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