Saturday, 21 January 2017 15:29
You are cordially invited to the 2017 Mississippi Wing Annual Conference
Change of Command Awards Banquet
6th May 2017
1001 E County Line Road
Jackson, MS 39211
Special Guest & 'Host of the Toast'
Lt Col H. Richard Hodges
A Celebration of Mission Success
Network with fellow CAP members; recognize the
efforts of our teammates from 2016; learn new skills, and celebrate our
professional service to the Nation as volunteers in the Civil Air Patrol.
Following a change of command, we will also welcome our new Wing Commander, as
well as say farewell to Col Woodcock having completed his term as our
On Friday night from 7pm to 9pm, Col Woodcock
will host a Wing Commander's open reception with refreshments and hors
d'oeuvres. All ticketed adult members are invited to attend this event (no cost
Saturday will begin with a general assembly with
an awards ceremony; followed by learning-labs designed to enhance your
knowledge and skills. The day will conclude with a special awards banquet to
recognize our finest achievements in 2016, as well as a formal Change of Wing
Following the banquet, the new Wing Commander will host an open receiption for adults.
All cadets are invited to attend a cadet social party for karaoke fun!
Monday, 12 December 2016 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:10
Friday, 11 January 2013 16:08
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:
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
As I come to the end of my term as your commander, I am constantly reminded of just how proud I am of your many wonderful accomplishments over these past four years. Each of you contributed to the safe and successful execution of our missions, while maintaining the highest standards and in the finest traditions of the Mississippi Wing and Civil Air Patrol. There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to you all. However, I will simply say that it has been an honor and a privilege to have had this opportunity to serve with you.
Though it is only natural to look back, I am even more excited by our future. 2017 has already begun with the bar being raised higher once again. We will face inevitable challenges; but, I remain confident in your skills, professionalism and dedication to meet those challenges head on. Soon we will also have the great privilege of welcoming our next wing commander. I do hope you will all join me on May 6th as I officially hand over command and be the first to introduce you to our next boss!
For now, I would like to thank you one final time from the bottom of my heart for your selfless service, dedication and loyalty to our amazing wing.
Yours very sincerely,