Search-and-Rescue Team Finds Distress Beacon at UPS

UPS Managers and CAP teamSYRACUSE — A UPS facility in Syracuse recently got a surprise evening visit from a Civil Air Patrol search-and-rescue team looking for an emergency locator beacon (ELT) that the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) was tracking after receiving multiple reports from pilots and air traffic control.

The distress beacon, like an airbag, is activated automatically when a plane goes down.

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Krupa Named National Cadet NCO of Year

Cadet Krupa

Cadet Krupa

FULTON — The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has named Nicholas A. Krupa of Cato, NY as its national Cadet NCO of the Year, New York Wing Commander Col. Steven Perta announced.

Cadet Master Sgt. Krupa, also selected as New York Wing and Northeast Region Cadet NCO of the Year, is active with Central New York Group’s F.R. Sussey Composite Squadron in Fulton. The award was announced at CAP’s 2014 national conference in August in Las Vegas.

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New Central New York Group Patch Announced

CNY Group patchCentral New York Group recently redesigned the patch worn by Group staff members and used in Group correspondence.

The patch is a result of a design contest, with Maj Earl Holdren of the F.R. Sussey squadron submitting the winning design. Click on the patch to see a high resolution version.

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Cadets a Big Hit at New York State Fair

SU Mascot with Cadets

SU mascot in ranks

By Capt. Michelle Williams-Swing
Each year Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members from around New York Wing are invited to participate in the New York State Fair in Syracuse. This year, cadets and senior members from squadrons across Central New York Group joined forces to represent CAP, support military personnel, and connect with veterans groups during the ten-day event that ran from Aug. 22 to Sept. 2.

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New Commander at Ft. Drum-Watertown Squadron

Capt Michaela OrmsbeeWATERTOWN — Capt. Michaela Ormsbee of Lowville is the first woman commander of Fort Drum-Watertown Composite Squadron (NY-406).

Central New York Group Commander Lt. Col. John Jones presided at the Change of Command Ceremony on July 13 at Watertown International Airport.

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