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Spring Conference 2013

posted Apr 15, 2013, 1:37 PM by Scott Dean
Six members of the South Sound Composite Squadron made the trek over the mountains to participate in the Washington Wing Spring Conference in Yakima. C/Maj DeSoto joined C/1st Lt Mullins, C/2d Lt Milligan, C/SrA Dean, and Senior Members 1st Lt Dean and 2d Lt Alameda. Spring Conference is an opportunity to attend classes and training in various aspects of Civil Air Patrol as well as networking with other members from across the Wing that you may not see often.

C/Maj DeSoto instructed cadet classes and chaired the Cadet Advisory Council, getting input from cadets across Washington Wing to bring to the attention of the Wing Commander and helping to shape their program.

C/1st Lt Mullins helped to organize cadets and provided assistance to event staff when needed, including assisting in the presentation of awards.

C/2d Lt Milligan provided many of the photographs of the event, providing excellent documentation of the memories made at Spring Conference.

In addition to the training and information gained in the various sessions offered at the conference, Lt Scott Dean received an Achievement Award for his role in the success of Cascade Falcon XVII. Lt Dean was the encampment's Communications Officer. Despite many logistical and medical challenges, such as the temporary loss of DFAC and several days with temperatures over 100 degrees, every basic cadet completed their training and graduated.

Lt Dean was also awarded a Commander's Commendation for his extensive work over the last year. In addition to earning the Communications Badge and the Communications Unit Leader qualification, Lt Dean re-established the South Sound Composite Squadron as the Net Control Station for the Thursday VHF Net on the Olympia Repeater, headed the Olympic Air Show, acted as Communications Officer for Cascade Falcon XVII and WTA, participated in actively Search & Rescue Exercises including the SAR Evaluation by CAP-USAF, and was active in training new communicators for Washington Wing. Lt Col Sinclair, the Director of Communications for Washington Wing, presented Lt. Dean with a challenge coin in appreciation for his contributions.

C/SrA Michael Dean received the Cadet Communicator of the Year award for his dedication to Communications throughout the year. Cadet Dean acted as Net Control for the Olympia Repeater, participated as both a Mission Staff Assistant and a Mission Radio Operator for the SAR Evaluation last year where he was recognized by evaluators for his exemplary efforts, helped to set up radio communications for both mission base and the remote base as well as acting as a communications relay for the Olympic Air Show, and has actively engaged in the training of cadets and senior members in communications. This award also includes a new call sign - Washington CAP 10.

The Washington Wing Fall Conference will be on 9 November at JBLM.