31 December, 2015

CAP Members Enjoy C-17 Incentive Flight with Air National Guard

This month several members from Millington Composite Squadron and Group IV (West TN) joined with members from Desoto Composite Squadron in North MS to enjoy an incentive flight with the Air National Guard aboard a C-17 cargo plane.

Incentive flights are rare events contingent on numerous factors.  This one had been in the works for quite a while and was made possible by the personnel at the 164th Airlift Wing ANG in Memphis. CAP members had the opportunity to learn about the C-17 and witness an aerial refueling.

13 December, 2015

CAPtain Santa Visits MCS

We know Santa is an outstanding pilot.  All those take-offs and landings in one night must require alot of skill and energy.  In spite of being so tired, he made a surprise visit to share his Christmas candy and spread good cheer.  Thanks, CAPtain Claus!

26 October, 2015

FedEx Hosts Millington CAP for Flight Simulator Experience

Seventeen members of Millington Composite Squadron recently participated in some flight simulator training courtesy of FedEx.  The event was attended by ten cadets and seven senior members who got to experience what it was like to fly a jumbo jet.  FedEx opened two Boeing 777 flight simulators and one MD-11 for the four hour event held at the FedEx Air Operations Training Center in Memphis. Prior to the event, one of the instructors from FedEx came to a cadet meeting and conducted a ground school cockpit familiarization course to help prepare them for the experience.

 Aerospace Education is one of the three missions of Civil Air Patrol, with Emergency Services and Cadet Programs being the other two.  This was a great hands-on AE learning opportunity that was both fun and educational.  Thank you to FedEx and the sim operator employees for your generosity and interest in promoting aviation to our members.

09 October, 2015

Memphis Airshow 2015

Members of Millington Composite Squadron once again participated as event staff for this year's Memphis Airshow, which featured numerous performers including the US Air Force Thunderbirds.

MCS was joined by three other West Tennessee squadrons (Jackson, Paris, Bolivar) along with members of Group 4 staff who all helped with parking cars, traffic control, manning the recruiting booth, and crowd management.

One special treat was getting a personal tour of the Thunderbird planes by one of their crew chiefs and meeting some of the Thunderbird pilots.  The annual event took place at Millington Regional Jetport September 25-27.

08 October, 2015

September SAREX

Members of Millington Composite Squadron participated in a state-wide search and rescue exercise the 19th of September in the Jackson, TN area.  Mission base was set up at the McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (MKL) and both aircrews and ground teams were involved.  An aircrew flew two sorties in search of a simulated downed plane, and two ground teams were dispatched on the search.  Members present were able to complete numerous training tasks working toward various levels of certification.  Exercises like this help equip the members of Civil Air Patrol to be ready when a true emergency beacon goes off and the Air Force calls on CAP to conduct a search mission.

Mission Base briefing
Setting up the antenna for Mission Base
Completed antenna installation

Ground Team planning out their search

Mission Radio Operator communicates with both Ground Teams
and Aircrews, keeping a log of all communications

Ground Team member using DF (Direction Finding) equipment
to close in on the signal generated by our simulated homing beacon (ELT)

07 October, 2015

September Senior Meeting

Millington Composite Squadron's recently re-launched Senior Program saw a record set on Tuesday, 8 September, with twelve people present. Four new membership applications were received and individuals were fingerprinted as part of the required joining process.  Senior membership is for anyone aged 18 and up, and the meetings are being held at Squadron Headquarters the second Tuesday night of each month at 1900 hrs.  A second meeting is held on the first Saturday morning of the month at 0900.  We wrapped up our quarterly emphasis on Radio Communications training.


16 August, 2015

August Events

August has been a busy month for Millington Composite Squadron. We saw a few cadets promoted and some new members join.  A recruiting booth was set up at an area homeschool meeting, and cadets started a new school year.  During one of the meetings cadets held a Field Training Exercise, giving instruction and practicing their search and rescue skills.    In another meeting a radio class was held then everyone went outside to practice what was learned during a Communications Exercise.

Cadets and Senior Members in formation

Cadets at Mission Base practice their radio skills

Capt Barrett teaching a Radio Communications class

Cadets practicing some of their search and rescue skills
during a Field Training Exercise

MCS members form a search line during an FTX in August.

July ReCAP

July was one hot month!  However, the heat did not keep Millington Composite Squadron from getting together. Meetings were held each Saturday except 4 July, as well as a Senior meeting on the second Tuesday night.  We continued with our emphasis this quarter on radio communications, and several members were able to be signed off on their basic radio certifications. 

Seniors are now meeting regularly on the first Saturday morning and second Tuesday evening.  We had good attendance and worked on Mission Radio Operator certifications.  We'll continue with an emphasis on radio training throughout this third quarter.  In addition to this considerable attention was given to administrative duties, catching up on some much needed paperwork!

21 June, 2015

MCS To Host Open House and Parent's Meeting

Millington Composite Squadron will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at the Millington Public Library's Meeting Room from 6:00-7:15pm.  The event will include a parents' meeting to address future plans and to promote the program to our community.  Newly-appointed Squadron Commander Capt Ruben Barrett will be on hand to meet parents and visitors.

If you and/or your child are interested, this will be a great time to come meet us, learn about our programs, and consider joining us. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact us.  The Millington Public Library is located at 4858 Navy Rd.

Come join the adventure!

05 March, 2015

Civil Air Patrol Responds to Tennessee Winter Storms

Members of the Civil Air Patrol Tennessee Wing from across the state have been responding to the damage caused by recent winter storms.  Tennessee saw level 3 and 2 states of emergency as winter storms hit the area.  At the request  of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, CAP members have assisted with debris removal, aerial photography, and supply transport.

Disaster Relief is one of the key components of our Emergency Services mission.

According to TEMA, state  agencies working the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee.  Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.

Source: TEMA