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Oklahoma Wing Cadets Learn Cross-country Flight Navigation

by Capt. Brandon Lunsford Sr., CAP, Oklahoma Wing

JENKS, Okla. – On March 9, 2020, Riverside Flight cadets underwent training for cross-country navigation. The training helps to prepare cadets and other youth for flight planning before any orientation flight or further flight experience. The training took place at Tulsa Technology Center’s Riverside Campus... 

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Jenks Civil Air Patrol cadets train to honor tradition.

by Capt. Brandon Lunsford Sr., CAP, Oklahoma Wing

JENKS, Okla. – On March 12, 2020, Riverside Flight cadets began their first training to join the unit’s color guard team. The training, which took place at Tulsa Technology Center’s Riverside Campus, focuses on paying tribute to our nation’s colors and the hard work and loyalty of all service members. The initial training began with physical conditioning and team building exercises... 

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Oklahoma Wing Conducts a Multiple-Disaster Field Exercise

by 2nd Lt. Eric Holtzclaw, CAP, Oklahoma Wing

PIEDMONT, Okla. – On February 15, 2020, 117 Civil Air Patrol (CAP) volunteers participated in a simulated multiple-disaster exercise, designed to test the wing’s emergency services and disaster response capabilities in dealing with a hypothetical large-scale earthquake and a huge tornado that resulted in much highway infrastructure damage, a devastated town, flooding, loss of communications, a downed aircraft, and lost crewmembers... 

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Oklahoma Wing Conducts a Training Leaders of Cadets Course

by 2nd Lt. Eric Holtzclaw, CAP, Oklahoma Wing

JENKS, Okla. – On Jan. 25, 2020, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members from units around the state met in Jenks to attend the Oklahoma Wing presentation of Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC). This is the premiere training venue for cadet program officers to learn how to better mentor cadets and be more effective managers of cadet squadrons. The course is part of a 3-course program and a component of the Cadet Program Officers Specialty Track. All adult members are encouraged to receive this training so as to gain a better understanding of the cadet program and how to retain and recruit youth.

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Learning lifts off for Oklahoma cadets

by Capt. Brandon Lunsford Sr., CAP, Oklahoma Wing

JENKS, Okla. – On January 13, 2020 the Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) Jenks Flight took Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning to new heights. The unit, which formed in July 2019, has been focusing on hands-on learning. The classroom instruction was Rocket Principles...

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Oklahoma Wing Goes Live on Air to Honor Veterans

by 1st Lt. Brandon Lunsford, Sr, CAP, Oklahoma Wing

TULSA, Okla. – On December 13, 2019, two Oklahoma Wing Riverside Flight cadets went live on local newscast to invite the public to join their unit in laying wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day. The ceremony took place at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa.

Good Day Tulsa, KTUL Channel 8’s midmorning live telecast anchored by Katy Kramer, hosted the cadets at approximately 8:30 a.m., with the broadcast beginning at 9:25 a.m.

Cadet Lt. Col. Bailey Lunsford and Cadet Airman First Class Chloe Shannon tackled the world of live television in support of honoring veterans.

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Oklahoma CAP Cadets converge on Shawnee for Glider Flights

OKLAHOMA CAP CADETS CONVERGE ON SHAWNEE FOR GLIDER FLIGHTS
by 2nd Lt. Eric Holtzclaw, CAP, Oklahoma Wing

Shawnee, Okla. – On November 16, 2019, the Gordon Cooper Composite Squadron hosted glider and powered orientation rides for cadets new to the Civil Air Patrol. Several cadets were provided their first glider aircraft flights along with others finalizing their powered and glider orientation sorties. Twelve seniors and cadets participated in the event. New cadets under age 18 are allowed up to five powered and five glider flights as they progress in the orientation and training with the civil air patrol. Lt. Col. Robin Rowden, Commander, of Gordon Cooper and Lt. Col. Bill Rowden, Wing Standards and Evaluation Officer, have organized and provided these orientation flights for cadets several times a year for the past five years. Rowden stated “it’s all about the cadets and providing quality instruction and orientation within the CAP structure to youth coming up in the program is very important.”

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Oklahoma Civil Air Patrol Tests Drone Search Capabilities

OKLAHOMA CIVIL AIR PATROL TESTS DRONE SEARCH CAPABILITIES
by 2nd Lt. Eric Holtzclaw, CAP, Oklahoma Wing

STROUD, Okla. – On November 16, 2019, the Muskogee, Enid, Tulsa, Edmond, and Grove Composite Squadrons of Civil Air Patrol participated in the first ever Oklahoma sUAS (Small Unmanned Aerial System) training exercise in Stroud, Oklahoma. “The unit members were evaluated on their ability to assess and locate damaged facilities, unconscious hikers in deep woods, mapping operations and link ground support teams in rescue efforts,” said Public Affairs Officer Maj. Jason Unwin, of the Muskogee Composite Squadron, who was the project coordinator and heads the Oklahoma Wing’s training efforts.

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Oklahoma Civil Air Patrol Looks to Expand Services

OKLAHOMA CIVIL AIR PATROL LOOKS TO EXPAND SERVICES
by 2nd Lt. Eric Holtzclaw, CAP, Oklahoma Wing

ENID, Okla. – On the evening of October 21, 2019, the Oklahoma Wing’s Enid Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) hosted an informational seminar on small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) capabilities, also known as drones. The seminar was attended by seniors, cadets and members of the community.  CAP National Headquarters hopes to bring these systems to field units in the near future. Maj. Jason Unwin, an Oklahoma Wing Aerospace Education Officer, briefed the squadron on the capabilities and use of drones, as well as the possibility of having some assigned to the unit.

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Oklahoma Wing Flight Conducts Cadet Change of Command Ceremony

OKLAHOMA WING FLIGHT CONDUCTS CADET CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY
by 1st Lt. Brandon Lunsford, Sr, CAP, Oklahoma Wing

TULSA, Okla. – On October 14, 2019, Cadet Lt. Col. Bailey Lunsford, of Tulsa, Okla., handed over cadet command of Riverside Flight's cadet squadron to Cadet 2d Lt Jeremiah Groves, of Grove, Okla.

"Over the last five years, I have watched Groves grow into an excellent leader," outgoing Cadet Commander Lunsford, said. "I have no doubt he will command the cadet squadron well."

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