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2018 Mississippi Wing Annual Conference and Awards Banquet

  2018 Mississippi Wing Annual Conference

and Awards Banquet

  Scheduled for May 18th through the 20th at the Hilton Jackson, the weekend promises to be educational and great we begin with a Friday night Soiree & Fais Deaux Deaux, (Street Dance). There will be plenty of food, friendship, fun, music and dancing for young and old. As Boudreau would say, "Yawl come as you is an pass a good time now, you hear?"

  Reservations can only be made online by clicking on HILTON JACKSON below. When you get to the reservations page, simly click on BOOK A ROOM in the lower right of the page. This is the only way to get the guaranteed $93.00 rate (plus 11% State/Local sales tax), which is only open until APRIL 27, 2018. So pleaese book early and often and make your plans to attend.


1001 East County Line Road

Jackson, MS USA 39211


  Registration will be via Eventbrite which will be coming to this site early next week. So please check back again as we continue to add content and program information as it develops.



MSWG Gets A New Director of Communications

   I am very proud to announce that Major Gary Turner has graciously accepted to serve in the position of Director of Communications for the Mississippi Wing.

  As many of you already know, Gary is a MSWG Senior Member of many talents. Not only does he search the skies and the woods for missing anythings, he has been a Squadron Commander, MSWG Inspector General and from all that I hear he is a fairly talented fisherman...particularly with a fly-rod.

  A long time HAM (home amateur radio operator) Gary is no novice when it comes to communicaitons. He has already made several changes within the MSWG and I for one am looking forward to many exciting things to come. So pick up that microphone and give Mockingbird Four a call. Chances are he will answer in less time that it takes to spell Marconi.

  Mockingbird One...standing by.


Message from the Commander

Col David A. 'Hank' RogersAs I begin my tenure as the Commander of the Mississippi Wing, I become more and more aware of that which I already knew…I have the honor of leading a really noble group of individuals.

As Southeast Region Commander Col Barry Melton said several months ago and reprised just recently at the Southeast Region Conference; “The Mississippi Wing performs like a Wing much larger than its member numbers.” He is right of course; we do more with fewer people than almost any other Wing in the Nation.

The Mississippi Wing and the Civil Air Patrol extends to every Mississippian the opportunity to serve your Community. If your interests are in general aviation, Aerospace Education, youth related activities such as those found within our Cadet Programs and many others; there is something here for you in the CAP.

We have Squadrons situated all throughout the State; from Olive Branch to Biloxi, Vicksburg to Meridian.  These include Columbus, Tupelo, Moss Point, Diamondhead, Oxford, Jackson, Madison, Brandon, Cleveland and Wiggins, MS. We come from all parts of the State, with only one thought in mind, serving our fellow Mississippians.

Mississippi is home to one of the original Squadrons that were started a few days after the beginning of World War II, the Singing River Squadron in Moss Point. Back then it was known as Submarine Patrol Base Number 9. We have a proud history and we continue to serve our local community and our nation to this day.

If you have an interest in youth activities, aviation, technology, aerospace studies, communications and others, we have a place for you in the Mississippi Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. You will find the location, place and time for a Squadron meeting near you on this website. Come join us, you won’t be disappointed.

Col David A. ‘Hank’ Rogers
Mississippi Wing Commander


MSWG Aircrew Leads Coast Guard to Stranded Boaters

Volunteers from Civil Air Patrol's Mississippi Wing spotted and helped rescue four boaters whose vessel was stranded without power Saturday in the Mississippi.

Lt. Col. David Rogers, the wing's vice commander, said Monday an aerial "sundown patrol" over the waters along the Harrison and Jackson county lines spotted the vessel about 6:15 p.m. with its passengers waving frantically.

The two-member CAP aircrew, Maj. Ronald Turner and 1st Lt. Carroll Fontenot, rocked the wings of their Cessna 182 plane to acknowledge they received the boaters' distress signals.

Rogers said the vessel did not appear to have power. Winds were high, seas were running 4 to 6 feet and there was a small-craft warning in effect at the time, he said.

Turner and Fontenot alerted the U.S. Coast Guard, which asked the aircrew to stay on station with the vessel until they reached the site, Rogers said. The CAP aircrew remained at the scene until the Coast Guard towed the vessel to port about 7:20 p.m.

More than 50 wing members conduct aerial patrols of the coastal waters of the Mississippi Sound and the Barrier Islands each year.

Rogers said the sundown patrol, which extends from the Pearl River at Louisiana to the Alabama line, is conducted two hours before sundown each weekend.

Working closely in unison with the Coast Guard, Rogers said, Mississippi Wing aircrews look for boaters in distress, hazards to navigation and anyone who might need assistance on or near the barrier islands.


The Special Relationship - the UK and the USA

Bill Henry welcomed by Tony Cowan
The Special Relationship
Many of us, particularly those who have served in the military, will recognise the ‘special relationship’ that binds our two great countries, the UK and the USA, together.  Particularly as we remember the liberation of Europe and the D-Day landings that took place 70 years ago in Normandy, France. This ‘special relationship’ also extends to the Civil Air Patrol in both countries. One of the UK CAP’s most recent recruits is Bill Henry who is also a member of The US CAP Mississippi Wing.  Bill is resident in the UK this summer and he will now pursue his CAP activities on this side of the ‘pond’.  The attached photograph shows Bill being welcomed on board the UK CAP by the Chairman, Tony Cowan at Aero Expo, one of the UK’s premier aviation events. Further information about the UK CAP may be found at

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