Pathfinder Technical School
- Written by Lt Col Bill Sander
If you are looking for something to do this summer and would like to further your Emergency Services (ES) knowledge and experience, then you need to attend Pathfinder Technical School.
There is no better way to earn your Ground Team Level 3 and advanced ES specialties!
We currently have just a few slots still open for applicants. Cadets need:
- Curry Achievement - Encampment (Can be this summer’s encampment)
- Current Cadet Protection Training
- Willingness to learn!
Seniors need: - Level 1
- Current Cadet Protection Training
- CAP driver’s license
The requirement for GTM 3 has been lifted! You will complete all the requirements for GTM 3 at the school in addition to CERT and many other items!
Visit our website at www.pathfindertechschool.org to download forms and information about the school today!
Also visit the Pathfinder Technical School Facebook Page: facebook.com/pathfinderstechschool
Missouri Civil Air Patrol Participates in State Aviation Day
- Written by Capt David Chilenski
CHESTERFIELD, MISSOURI – Members of the Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, descended upon Jefferson City on Tuesday, April 14th to take part in Missouri State Aviation Day.
As part of the day, eighteen cadets and over a dozen senior members from across the state were able to interact with legislators and top government officials.
Cadets were able to take part in a specially designed program to expose them to the inner workings of state government. As part of the program the cadets met with legislators, received a briefing about current legal issues in the state from a deputy Attorney General, visited the Secretary of State’s office, and received a VIP tour of the State Capitol with a trip to the very top of the Capitol dome.
In addition, cadets were introduced on the Missouri House of Representatives floor by former CAP cadet and current legislative squadron member Representative Shane Roden, and on the State Senate Floor by legislative squadron member State Senator Jamilah Nasheed.
Senior and cadet members often work closely with the Missouri National Guard, State Emergency Management Agency and multiple other state agencies. Officially, the Civil Air Patrol serves as Missouri’s Office of Air Search and Rescue.
“It’s important to let decision makers in our state know we are here and ready to serve,” said Lt. Col. Steve Aubuchon, Missouri Wing Vice Commander. “The highly trained and motivated volunteer members of the Missouri Wing continue to explore new technology and implement innovative solutions for the ever-challenging disaster relief and search and rescue missions for which we are tasked.”
Navigating the Website
- Written by Wing Admin
The wing is now using the new branded template from NHQ. Most of the links are the same however some items have been moved to the members only section known as WIMS (Wing Information Management System.
To navigate WIMS you must have a log in. New accounts take 24-72 hours to verify. If you had an account with the previous site, your access information is the same.
What is in WIMS?
Wing Change of Command
- Written by Eric Dean
Ft. Leonard Wood, MO – On March 21, 2015, the Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol welcomed a new commander, during a change of command ceremony held on Fort Leonard Wood. During the ceremony, Colonel Erica Williams, Missouri Wing Commander since 2011, relinquished command to Colonel John O'Neill.
Colonel O'Neill, currently from the Waynesville, MO area, began his Civil Air Patrol career as a cadet, earning the coveted Spaatz award, before transitioning into the Senior Member ranks at age 21. He served honorably, in the United States Air Force, The Alabama Army National Guard, and the United States Army, where he retired in 2008. As a Civil Air Patrol officer, he has served in numerous positions throughout his tenure, holding Master ratings in Cadet Programs, Communications, Personnel, Administration, Logistics, and Professional Development, a Senior rating in Emergency Services, and Technician ratings in Safety, Finance, Aerospace Education, and IT. His credo, boldly stated, is "Tell me if there's a problem, and we'll figure out how to fix it."
The ceremony, narrated by Civil Air Patrol Lieutenant Colonel Brad Sanker, boasted several dignitaries in attendance, to include, from Fort Leonard Wood, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Major General Leslie Smith, the Missouri Assistant Adjutant General, Air Brigadier General Greg Champaign, Command Sergeant Major for the Fort Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Command Sergeant Major Tony Williams, and the Director of Fort Leonard Wood Incident Training Department, Mr. Dan Arden.
From Missouri District 122, State Representative Steve Lynch, and from Missouri District 151 State Representative Tila Hubrecht.
Civil Air Patrol dignitaries in attendance included North Central Region Commander, Colonel Robert Todd, and North Central Region Vice Commander, Colonel Regina Aye. Kansas Wing commander, Colonel Rick Franz, former Missouri Wing Commanders, Colonel Emmit Williams, and Colonel John Mais, were also on hand for the event.
During the ceremony, three members were promoted; Steve Aubuchon, Raun Hamilton, and Esther Grupenhagen, all promoted to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel, and receiving the 30 Year Certificate for Outstanding and Faithful Service to Civil Air Patrol was Lt. Col. David Jadwin. Two members were presented with National Headquarters Certificates of Appointment, Capt. John Harth to the National Chaplains Corps, and Lt Troy Young as a Character Development Instructor.
And finally, several Missouri Wing members were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments. Col. O'Neill and Mike Regan each received the Commander's Commendations. The Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service as Group Commanders, for the period of March 2011 to March 2015, was presented to Major Austin Worcester, Major Jeff Cunningham, Lt. Col. Steve Aubuchon, Bill Sanders, and John Burrows.
Following the conclusion of the ceremony, a Commander's Call was held, hosted by Col. O'Neill, during which he outlined his hopes for the duration of his term, and introduced his choices for the Missouri Wing staff.
The Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons across the state of Missouri has approximately 1200 members, 10 light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions.