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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


 

Miss. Wing 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.

 

Civil Air Patrol's 75th Anniversary Gala

Civil Air Patrol celebrated the 75th Anniversary in grand style on December 1, 2016 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, DC.  Over the past seventy five years, Civil Air Patrol volunteers have performed a variety of services to the nation starting with war support in 1941.  Today’s volunteers continue to support the United States Air Force in training activities, the Cadet Program and Aerospace Education.





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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 www.ukcivilairpatrol.co.uk
 

Civil Air Patrol Honors Fallen Veterans with ‘Wreaths Across America’

 

Civil Air Patrol Honors Fallen Veterans with ‘Wreaths Across America’

Members of Civil Air Patrol are proud to partner yearly with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the holiday season.

Many organizations, including the American Legion, VFW, Civil Air Patrol, other veteran’s organizations, local citizens and law enforcement units, have pitched in since 2006. The other veterans organizations mentioned are traditionally biking clubs, representing the biker vets associated with the ceremonies since the beginning.

In 2012 our fallen and our POW/MIA’s were again honored in more than 600 locations this December 15 (the second Saturday in December is designated for the yearly event) to meet the Wreaths Across America mission statement - “Remember, Honor, Teach.”

Civil Air Patrol was certainly a part of it all here in Mississippi. CAP participated in honoring our fallen and missing, from Corinth National Cemetery in the north to Biloxi National Cemetery in the south.

In the far north end of the state, Oxford CAP squadron honored the nation’s heroes at Corinth. Overcast skies, with rain holding off, and a somber and respectful mood characterized the ceremonies. CAP senior members were CAP Squadron Commander Major James A. Petermann, assisted by other CAP officers 2dLt Hugh J Sloan IV, Capt John Cantele, 2dLt Fran Fuller, and 1stLt Sally Petermann. These squadron officers oversaw the CAP portion of the ceremonies and the laying of wreaths on veterans’ graves by the unit.

The CAP Color Guard was comprised of cadets C/SSgt Nick Erwin, C/TSgt Courtney Conway, C/Amn Ricky Varner, and C/SMSgt Johnathan Norman. Then, joined by C/2dLt Dylan Bennet, who earlier presented the Coast Guard wreath in a traditional ceremony honoring all military branches and the Merchant Marine, the five cadets and six senior members from the unit honored the sleeping warriors by laying more than 80 other wreathes on graves selected at random for all wars and services.

Oxford CAP 2d Lt Sloan quietly observed after the Corinth ceremonies, “Many fine people missed many Christmases so we can enjoy ours in peace and freedom … and today we honor them.”

In the far south, CAP 1stLt Darrin Stewart, with a similar cadre from his Keesler Squadron present, participated in the ceremonies. Honoring the fallen with them were representatives from the area‘s Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine units. Ceremonies were similar in Corinth in the northern end of the state and at Biloxi National cemetery in the south. Over 300 wreaths were laid during ceremonies upon various warriors’ graves at Biloxi. CAP Major Hank Rogers, and CAP Lt Col Wesley Bennett of Mississippi Wing Headquarters were also assisting. LtCol Bennett placed the USAF service wreath during the central memorial ceremonies.

Stewart observed, “We are gathered here today at this memorial site and in memorial sites all across America to remember that we are one nation with one flag. We are all proud to be Americans that live in a free society made up of many peoples, many races and from many walks of life.” The Biloxi Lieutenant added, “We are here today to say ‘thank you’ and we are honored to know you.”

Other WAA sites honored on this day in Mississippi were: Magnolia Cemetery (Batesville), War Memorial Monument (Pontotoc), Oddfellows Cemetery (Okolona), Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery (Newton), and Natchez National Cemetery.

The unexpected inspiration for this moving tribute across the entire nation today originated with Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Co. in Maine. In 1992 he had a “…surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season.” And “…Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s Veterans. Worcester arranged for his surplus wreaths to be placed at Arlington (National Cemetery) in one of the older sections of the cemetery, a section which had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.” From such humble and inspired origins, a new American tradition was born.

The 307 WAA Wreaths arriving at Biloxi

Biloxi squadron cadet places wreath

Biloxi Squadron Color Guard

Pictures by Lt Col’s Jim and Kathy Wiley (see 3 below)

 

Contributors/sources for this article:

1. NHQ CAP, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. (Para 1)

2. http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ (Para 2, 3 Mission, last Para)

3. For all 148 Biloxi photos point your browser to:

https://picasaweb.google.com/114952220844945826856/WreathsAcrossAmerica2012InBiloxiMS#

4. Ms. Priscilla Loebenberg, Special to the Sun Herald, and photos in Sun Herald article. Submitted by

e-mail from Major Hank Rogers. (Para 8)

5. Maj James Peterman, MS050 CC, and 2dLt Hugh Sloan IV, MS050

5. Lt Col Hugh Sloan, MS Wing PAO

 

 

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