Lifesaving Awards Highlight Central NY Group Banquet

Cadet Color Guard

Cadet Color Guard ceremony opened the banquet.

Civil Air Patrol lifesaving awards, recognition for Super Storm Sandy service, and honoring top members and the top squadron highlighted the Central New York Group Annual Banquet held May 19 at Harts Hill Inn in Whitesboro.

New York Wing Vice Commander Lt. Col. Tom Carello and Central NY Group Commander Lt. Col. John Jones presented two national lifesaving awards to 2nd Lt. Mark Swing of Syracuse Cadet Squadron.

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Cadet McLean Receives Coveted Spaatz Award

Caleb McLean

C/Col. Caleb McLean

Civil Air Patrol’s Legislative Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. at the end of February proved even more memorable than usual for one of the participants – Caleb McLean of Syracuse Cadet Squadron, who was presented his Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award by Barry Black, U.S. Senate chaplain.

McLean qualified for the award, the highest honor available to CAP cadets, during the fall. He also was promoted to cadet colonel.

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2 Cadets Earn Gen. Billy Mitchell Awards

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Gen. Billy Mitchell Award Logo

Cadet Lyndsey Ladd of Fulton and Cadet Gregory Blasczienski of Oswego earned the General Billy Mitchell Award.

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3 Pilots Train Aircrews in Latest Techniques for FEMA Photo Sorties

NY Wing Imagery TeamROME, Nov. 6 — Three local pilots spent the past weekend helping to train Civil Air Patrol (CAP) aircrews flying post-Hurricane Sandy photo sorties along the Northeast coast.

The crews are all trained in CAP’s standard image capture and processing, but New Jersey Wing wanted to go the extra step and introduce aircrews to cutting edge software and techniques not widely available yet.
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Assemblyman Brindisi Inducted into CAP

Lt. Col. Tom Carello welcomes Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi to the Civil Air Patrol as he and Lt. Col. John Jones present him with membership credentials.

UTICA — Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-Utica, recently was inducted into the Civil Air Patrol’s New York Wing Legislative Squadron and received a briefing on homeland security, search-and-rescue and disaster relief missions.

During a ceremony in his Utica office, Brindisi received membership credentials from a New York Wing delegation that included Wing Vice Commander Lt. Col. Tom Carello, Central New York Group Commander Lt. Col. John Jones, and National Legislative Officer Lt. Col. Larry Brinker. Two Utica Cadet Squadron cadets, C/2nd Lt. Aaron Dostie and C/Staff Sgt. Jonathon Wells, were on hand to present the assemblyman with a wing commander’s challenge coin.
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