Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol

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Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol
Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol logo.png
The Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary
Associated branches
United States Air Force
Command staff
CommanderUS-O6 insignia.svg Col Gary Fleming
Vice CommanderUS-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col Kevin Berry
Chief of StaffUS-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col Suzanne McBride
Current statistics
Squadrons55
Cadets882
Seniors895
Total Membership1777
AwardsUnit Citation Award CAP Unit Citation Award (Streamer).png
Statistics as of August 6, 2017[1]

The Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the highest echelon of CAP in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Wing headquarters is located at Fort Indiantown Gap, an Army National Guard installation near Harrisburg, PA. Pennsylvania Wing is abbreviated as "PAWG", and is often referred to by its members as "PA Wing". A Pennsylvania keystone is a symbol commonly used in patches and designs of PAWG.

History[edit]

Pennsylvania Wing is one of the original 48 wings in Civil Air Patrol.

In the spring of 1942, the Pennsylvania Wing conducted a 30-day experiment with the intention of convincing the Army Air Forces that they were capable of flying cargo missions for the nation. PA Wing transported Army cargo as far as Georgia, and top Army officials were impressed. After the 30 day trial period, the War Department gave CAP permission to conduct courier and cargo service for the military, often flying mail, light cargo, and important military officials between USAAF bases.[citation needed]

One of the Civil Air Patrol's very first "Aviation Cadet Programs" was established at the Pittsburgh Army Air Field in the Spring of 1943. Accepting young men as "Aviation Cadets" in a delayed enlistment program for the Army Air Forces, the Pittsburgh Squadron trained these boys (as young as 15) in Aerospace and Military subjects and vetted them for service as Army Air Force Pilots. Graduating a total of 16 Aviation Cadets for the Army in less than ten months, the Pittsburgh Squadron model was copied by units in Philadelphia, New York City and as far south as Florida. Today, the current Squadron with direct lineage to that Aviation Cadet Unit is the CAP's second longest, continually operated unit on a Military Installation.

On December 31, 1999, PA Wing units were put on stand-by in case of any problems arising from the Y2K bug.[citation needed]

During the September 11 attacks, Pennsylvania Wing was ordered to a stand-by state. Although not officially tasked with any missions in direct support, PAWG radio communications centers were operational and prepared to offer assistance.

In 2006, PA Wing was activated to fly reconnaissance missions during the 2006 flood. PAWG aircraft flew over major waterways to provide detailed photographs of flood-affected areas and to monitor floodwaters as they moved downstream.

31 Members from Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol traveled 28 hours to Pascagoula, Mississippi to aid in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. PAWG Ground Teams went door-to-door ensuring that local residents had adequate food, water, and medical care.[2]

In August and September 2011, all CAP emergency service teams in Pennsylvania Wing and CAP members from Maryland,West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana Wings were activated to assist communities affected by Hurricane Irene (2011) and Tropical Storm Lee (2011).

During the time between September 1, 2010 to December 1, 2011, the Pennsylvania Wing saved eleven lives,[citation needed] provided emergency response in Pennsylvania during the 2011 flooding and severe winter storms.

In November 2012, CAP Pennsylvania Wing emergency services air crews and ground teams were activated to assist communities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware during flooding and high wind of Hurricane Sandy.

Pennsylvania Wing Commanders[edit]

CAP volunteers collect uniforms donated to Delaware and Pennsylvania CAP units by the Delaware National Guard.
Lt. Cmdr. Tim Murphy, psychologist with the Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, sprays fake blood on the bandages of a Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol Cadet as part of preparation for a National Disaster Medical System Exercise.
Cadet Tech. Sgt. Jessica Bower, with the Civil Air Patrol Harrisburg International Composite Squadron 306, listens on how to adjust a parachute harness.
From left to right are Civil Air Patrol members Lt. Col. Jerry Patterson, Capt. Bob Thorn and Capt. Frank Sattler, who are holding battle dress uniforms donated from the 512th Airlift Wing to Delaware and Pennsylvania CAP units at Dover Air Force Base, Del., January 8, 2012.
Staff Sgt. Joseph Tremblay shows how to rig the combat equipment onto a parachute jumper with assistance from Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Dempsey, Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol.
Members of the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 801 Honor Guard in Allentown, Pa., listen to instruction given by, retired Tech. Sgt. Anthony Kearse.
  1. Lt. Col. William L. Anderson — December 1, 1941 to August 18, 1945
  2. Lt. Col. Philip F. Neuweiler — August 18, 1945 to March 26, 1946[3]
  3. Lt. Col. Carl A. Reber — March 26, 1946 to August 15, 1947[3]
  4. Col. Philip F. Neuweiler — August 15, 1947[3] to March 21, 1970
  5. Col. Angelo A. Milano — March 22, 1970 to November 5, 1977
  6. Temp. Col. Andrew E. Skiba — November 5, 1977 to June 28, 1978
  7. Lt. Col. Edward T. Kelly (Int.) — June 28, 1978 to January 1, 1979
  8. Col. Angelo A. Milano — January 1, 1979 to December 7, 1987
  9. Col. Raymond F. Schuler — December 7, 1987 to February 16, 1990
  10. Col. M. Allen Applebaum — February 16, 1990 to November 14, 1990
  11. Col. Larry Kauffman — November 14, 1990 to November 20, 1993
  12. Col. Joseph A. Guimond, Jr. — November 20, 1993 to August 19, 1995
  13. Col. Jean-Pierre J. Habets — August 19, 1995 to August 15, 1999
  14. Col. Fredric K. Weiss — August 15, 1999 to June 14, 2003
  15. Col. M. Allen Applebaum — June 14, 2003 to September 29, 2007
  16. Col. Mark A. Lee — September 29, 2007 to November 12, 2011
  17. Col. Sandra E. Brandon — November 12, 2011 to May 16, 2015
  18. Col. Gary Fleming — May 16, 2015 to Present

Pennsylvania Spaatz Awards[edit]

  1. Michael F. S. Hanford — February 14, 1966
  2. Kenneth B. Hibbert — September 12, 1967
  3. Ramon L. Bennedetto — May 16, 1968
  4. Michael A. Allen — November 22, 1968
  5. Richard B. Smith — January 7, 1969
  6. James I. Heald — May 15, 1969
  7. Paul S. Draper — January 14, 1970
  8. Harry Z. Mertz — January 14, 1970
  9. Gary J. Kirkpatrick — May 14, 1970
  10. Roy K. Salomon — April 11, 1972
  11. Marie E. Stutz — June 28, 1972
  12. Donald P. Flinn — July 24, 1972
  13. Mark L. Sweeney — March 15, 1973
  14. George S. Rose — June 18, 1973
  15. Robert P. Pelligrini — August 2, 1973
  16. Gary p. Standorf — November 7, 1974
  17. Keith D. Kries — March 7, 1975
  18. Konrad J. Trautman — February 14, 1977
  19. Robert Mattes — October 2, 1977
  20. Lawrence L. Trick — November 22, 1977
  21. Jerrold Warthman — March 1, 1978
  22. Richard Magners — July 3, 1978
  23. Richard Graves — August 22, 1978
  24. James Kraftchak — January 2, 1979
  25. William Snee — May 1, 1979
  26. Bryan Watson — November 13, 1979
  27. Robert Atwell — November 16, 1979
  28. Terry Hawes — November 19, 1979
  29. Jeff Riley — August 8, 1980
  30. Terry Friend — September 3, 1980
  31. Tim Hawes — October 27, 1980
  32. Richard Yingling — May 6, 1981
  33. R. Steven Rickert — October 7, 1981
  34. Edward Czeck — June 25, 1982
  35. Sean Neal — December 13, 1982
  36. Anthony Sodano — December 17, 1982
  37. Walter Garnett — April 1, 1984
  38. Kurt Hack — February 28, 1985
  39. Robert Lutz — January 22, 1986
  40. Daniel Weston — May 8, 1986
  41. David Mertes — September 5, 1986
  42. Paul Andrew — April 6, 1988
  43. John Angeny — July 1, 1988
  44. Lawrence L. Stouffer — April 18, 1989
  45. John Talaber — August 8, 1989
  46. Henry Lutz — August 29, 1989
  47. William Davis — June 12, 1990
  48. Kerim Yasar — January 16, 1991
  49. Joseph Shirer — August 27, 1991
  50. Randy Lentz — August 27, 1991
  51. Isaac Zortman — November 21, 1991
  52. Richard Gray — December 9, 1991
  53. Nathaniel Szewczyk — February 25, 1992
  54. Kara Grimaldi — January 18, 1993
  55. Timothy Cheslock — June 29, 1993
  56. Sarah Ferdinand — June 29, 1993
  57. Julian Rivera — January 12, 1995
  58. Julius Armstrong — December 22, 1995
  59. Joel A. Martin — December 3, 1995
  60. Broderick A. Jones — December 3, 1995
  61. Michael T. Bauer — July 19, 1998
  62. Jason Secrest — July 16, 1999
  63. Sean T. Conroy — June 9, 2000
  64. Joshua Plocinski — December 21, 2002
  65. Shawn M. Cressman — March 13, 2003
  66. Erin M. Nelson — February 21, 2006
  67. David J. Spillane — April 21, 2007
  68. Robert A. Nolt — July 26, 2007
  69. Matthew J. Postupack — August 28, 2007
  70. Thomas P. Carr — December 22, 2007
  71. Courtney Gallagher — December 23, 2009
  72. Dane V. Carroll — August 19, 2010
  73. Noah D. Bendele — April 21, 2011
  74. Abigail R. Hawkins — August 9, 2013
  75. Ethan J. Dunlap — May 20, 2014
  76. Nicholas A Cavacini — June 19, 2015
  77. Nicholas G Basile — September 28, 2015
  78. Jared K. Przelomski — January 19, 2016
  79. Adam I. Parker — May 17, 2016
  80. Josiah L. Acosta — August 1, 2017
  81. Matthew J. Chirik — November 6, 2017
  82. Brandon M. Webber — January 21, 2018
  83. Matthew D. Robinson - June 15, 2018

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20100921024555/http://www.spaatz.org/mbr/list.php

Structure[edit]

Pennsylvania Wing is the highest echelon of Civil Air Patrol in Pennsylvania. PA Wing reports to Northeast Region CAP, who reports to CAP National Headquarters.

Pennsylvania Wing Headquarters is located in a renovated former World War Two Post Exchange (PX) and Non Commissioned Officers Club (NCO Club) complex at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Pennsylvania. Offices, classrooms, a communications center and an emergency operations center are located inside the Headquarters. Additionally, the headquarters building is located approximately one mile from Muir Army Airfield.

Reporting to the Wing level, Pennsylvania is divided into six geographic groups. Each group conducts training, activities, classroom learning and programs, with actual missions assigned to a group from the Wing. Originally, the state was divided into three groups (western, central, and eastern); but with an increasing number of squadrons, PAWG divided split each group into northern and southern sections, creating six groups in 2007.[4]

Reporting to each group are 60 squadrons. Squadrons are the local level of organization and serve the local community, and squadrons meet weekly to conduct conducts training, activities, classroom learning and programs to carry out the three missions of Civil Air Patrol - Emergency Services, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education.

There are three types of Civil Air Patrol squadrons.

  1. A cadet squadron focus primarily on providing for cadets (ages 12 to 21).
  2. A senior squadron is a unit dedicated to allowing senior members to focus on CAP's missions.
  3. Composite squadrons have both cadets and senior members working together.

As of December 1, 2014, the PA Wing operates 60 squadrons, in six groups, 15 aircraft, 34 ground vehicles and a state-wide radio communications network that is operational 24/7 and is part of a national network.

Groups and Squadrons[edit]

Staff Sgt. Joseph Tremblay tells Civil Air Patrol cadets that they need to yell “AIRBORNE!,” June 29 during training at the 193rd Special Operations Wing Pennsylvania Air National Guard Base.
Cadet Senior Airman Jeremy Shaver, Pennsylvania Wing CAP, folds the free running end on the harness’ chest strap.
Col. Gary Fleming, wing commander of the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol Wing, takes a turn on a mobile zip line.
Brig. Gen. David Wood, Pennsylvania National Guard, and Col. Gary Fleming, wing commander of the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol Wing, present Cadet Col. Josiah Acosta with the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award.
Shawn (left) and Kevin Utermohlen, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, conducted an inspection of a flight of Civil Air Patrol cadets.

Group 1[edit]

Group 1 is responsible for operations in and around the Pittsburgh area.

Squadron Number Name/Location/Type Website
Group 1 Headquarters Allegheny County Airport gp1.pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 601 Washington Composite www.pasquadron601.org
Squadron 602 Allegheny County Composite capsqd602.com
Squadron 603 Golden Triangle Composite sqd603.org
Squadron 606 Greene County Composite www.squadron606.us
Squadron 704 Beaver County Composite Beaver-County-Composite-Squadron-704
Squadron 712 Butler Composite sq712.pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 1502 Somerset Composite pawg.cap.gov

Group 2[edit]

Group 2 operates around Harrisburg.

Squadron Number Name/Location/Type Website
Group 2 Headquarters Fort Indiantown Gap gp2.pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 301 York Composite home.earthlink.net/~nerpa021 [1]
Squadron 302 Capital City Composite CapCitySquadron302.weebly.com/
Squadron 304 Jesse Jones Composite squadron304.us
Squadron 306 Harrisburg International Composite pacap306.com [2]
Squadron 307 Lebanon Composite Squadron 307 Lebanon Composite Squadron 307 Facebook Page
Squadron 308 Gettysburg Composite gettysburgcap.com
Squadron 811 Reading Composite facebook.com/squadron811

Group 3[edit]

Group 3 operates in the greater Philadelphia area.

Squadron Number Name/Location/Type Website Notes
Group 3 Headquarters Willow Grove JRB gp3.pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 101 Lower Bucks Cadet capsquadron101.com
Squadron 102 Philadelphia Composite squadron102.com Unit Citation Award CAP Unit Citation Award (Streamer).png
Squadron 103 Philadelphia Composite pawg.cap.gov Unit Citation Award CAP Unit Citation Award (Streamer).png
Squadron 104 Northeast Philadelphia Composite pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 105 North Philadelphia Senior pawg.cap.gov
Communications Flight 312 Meets via CAP Radio pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 812 General Carl A. Spaatz Composite pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 902 Willow Grove JRB Composite sqdn902.org Unit Citation Award CAP Unit Citation Award (Streamer).png
Squadron 1006 West Philadelphia Composite pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 1007 Delco Composite squadron1007.org
Squadron 1008 Chester County Composite capsquadron1008.org

Group 4[edit]

Group 4 conducts operations in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Lehigh Valley areas.

Squadron Number Name/Location/Type Website
Group 4 Headquarters Quakertown Airport pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 201 Scranton Composite [3]
Squadron 203 Hazleton Composite caphazletonsqdn203.webs.com
Squadron 207 Mt Pocono Composite cap207.com
Squadron 251 Hilltown Senior pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 805 Lehigh Valley Composite Squadron [4]
Squadron 807 Bangor Slate Belt Composite cap807.com
Squadron 904 Quakertown Composite squadron904.com Unit Citation Award CAP Unit Citation Award (Streamer).png
Squadron 907 Doylestown Composite pawg.cap.gov Unit Citation Award CAP Unit Citation Award (Streamer).png

Group 5[edit]

The Group 5 region encompasses much of North Central Pennsylvania, including State College, Altoona, and Williamsport.

Squadron Number Name/Location/Type Website
Group 5 Headquarters State College gp5.pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 125 Armstrong County Composite sqdn125.org
Squadron 335 Bedford Composite bedford.pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 338 Nittany Composite 338.gp5.pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 401 Williamsport Composite williamsportcap.org
Squadron 522 Selinsgrove Composite pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 714 Jimmy Stewart Composite pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 1504 Keystone Country Cadet pawg.cap.gov

Group 6[edit]

Group 6 is responsible for operations near Erie.

Squadron Number Name/Location/Type Website
Group 6 Headquarters Greenville pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 124 Tri City Composite pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 332 Mercer County Composite pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 337 Lawrence County Composite squadron123.org
Squadron 501 Major Don Beatty Composite pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 502 Erie Composite pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 503 Crawford County Composite pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 504 Clarion Composite Clarioncap.org
Squadron 505 Warren County Composite pawg.cap.gov
Squadron 507 Elk County Composite pawg.cap.gov

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "eServices, National Headquarters". Civil Air Patrol., login required
  2. ^ 1st Lt Elizabeth Hornbach (September 2005). "Pennsylvania Wing Aids in Disaster Relief". Retrieved September 30, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Neprud, Robert E (1948). Flying Minute Men: The Story of the Civil Air Patrol. Duell, Sloan and Pearce. OCLC 401797.
  4. ^ "About the CAP". Archived from the original on July 24, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2008.

External links[edit]

Official websites
PA Wing cadet activities