Mississippi Wing - CAP

The Special Relationship - the UK and the USA

Bill Henry welcomed by Tony Cowan
The Special Relationship
Many of us, particularly those who have served in the military, will recognise the ‘special relationship’ that binds our two great countries, the UK and the USA, together.  Particularly as we remember the liberation of Europe and the D-Day landings that took place 70 years ago in Normandy, France. This ‘special relationship’ also extends to the Civil Air Patrol in both countries. One of the UK CAP’s most recent recruits is Bill Henry who is also a member of The US CAP Mississippi Wing.  Bill is resident in the UK this summer and he will now pursue his CAP activities on this side of the ‘pond’.  The attached photograph shows Bill being welcomed on board the UK CAP by the Chairman, Tony Cowan at Aero Expo, one of the UK’s premier aviation events. Further information about the UK CAP may be found at www.ukcivilairpatrol.co.uk

Mississippi Wing Celebrates During 2014 Annual Conference

The Mississippi Wing came together between March 28-29 at the Jackson Marriott for their 2014 Annual Conference and Awards Banquet. Colonel Mallory Woodcock, Mississippi Wing Commander, commented: "this is always a special time for the Wing; members come together to share experiences, learn new skills, celebrate achievements and enjoy the fellowship". The weekend kicked off on Friday night with a soiree hosted by the Wing Commander; the general assembly was held on the Saturday morning where numerous awards and decorations were presented; an exciting array of workshops followed; finally an Awards Banquet was held in the evening where a few special awards and presentations were made. The Mississippi Wing was honored to have MDOT Commissioner Dick Hall attend as the honored guest who delivered an inspiring keynote speech. We were also delighted to have MDOT's Aeronautics Director Mr. Tomas Booth in attendance. Representing NHQ was Col Mike Murrell. Other distinguished visitors included Col Al Bedgood (SER/CC), Col Barry Melton (SER/CV), Col Carlton Sumner (CAP/DOV & Former MSWG/CC), Col Tim Carroll (Former MSWG/CC), Col Becky Tilton (Former MSWG/CC), Mr. John Carnduff (CAP-USAF SER/ADO), Lt Col James Howell (SER/HC), Lt Col Joseph Knight (GAWG/CV), Lt Col Pedro Torres (SER/DP) and special guest Mrs. Millie Meaders.

The conference theme was Our Missions - Our Members - Our Future. During Colonel Woodcock's address he took a look back over our goals and achievements as set in the MSWG's strategic plan; took time to recognize the hard work of our membership and pointed towards an exciting future for the wing.

Special thanks goes to Conference Directors Col Becky Tilton and Lt Col Edith Street. They were assisted by an army of support staff - THANK YOU to all for your support! Also thanks to our Master of Ceremonies - Capt Jon Maynard, and to the Wing's Color Guard Team (members from MS-072) for posting the Colors.

A full listing of the awards and achievements presented:


End of Year Awards (CY2013)



Aerospace Education Cadet of the Year

C/TSgt Michael Pounders

Aerospace Education Officer of the Year

Capt Shaun Kelly

Emergency Services Officer of the Year

Lt Col James Wiley

Cadet Programs Officer of the Year

Capt Orvis Shiyou

Col. Berta Edge Communicator of the Year

Lt Col Robert Kilroy

Inspector General of the Year

Capt Gary Turner

Squadron Safety Officer of the Year

Capt George Hill

Squadron Award For Excellence in Safety


Professional Development Officer of the Year

Lt Col David Younce

Chaplain of the Year

Chp Lt Col David Smelser

Cadet NCO of the Year

C/TSgt Noa Bender

Cadet Officer of the Year

C/2d Lt T. Christian Shiyou

Top Gun Award (most hours flown)

Capt Gary Turner

Public Affairs Officer of the Year

2d Lt William Wedgeworth

Jeff Meaders Check Pilot of the Year

Capt Jerry Eichelberger



Special End of Year Awards

Wing Staff Member of the Year

Maj David A. Rogers

Cadet of the Year

C/1st Lt Anna Quintanilla-Wayman

Officer of the Year

Lt Col Wesley Bennett

Squadron Commander of the Year

Capt Randy Broussard

Squadron of the Year

SER-MS-109 (Vicksburg Comp Sdrn)

T. G. Fortune Lifetime Achievement Award

Lt Col Charlie Conerly & Maj Ann Conerly



2014 Squadron of Merit:

Pine Belt Comp Squadron (SER-MS-072)


CAP Achievement Awards:

Capt Kristy Williams

Capt Charles Wells

1st Lt Lee Perry


Commander's Commendation Awards:

Capt Robert Fritzuis

Capt Gary Turner

Capt Danny Carter

Capt Jon Maynard

Lt Col Wes Bennett


Meritorious Service Award:

Capt Shaun Kelly


Wing Commander's Special Award For Excellence:

Mrs. Cindy Sayre

Maj David A. Rogers

Lt Col Stephen Warner

Lt Col H. Richard Hodges

Lt Col Edith Street

Col Becky Tilton


Local Cadet Promoted to Highest Rank

CCol. Howard Pins on his Eagles

By Lt Col David Younce, Commander

Photos taken by C/CMSgt Wes Presnall

Key Field ANG, MS- On 27 February 2014 Cadet Ryan Howard of the G.V. Montgomery Composite Squadron was promoted to the highest rank of the cadet program, Cadet Colonel, by his parents Maj’s Scott and Cathy Howard during the squadrons weekly meeting. Cadet Colonel is the highest rank a cadet can achieve.

“I made a promise to a cadet even before I joined that that I would make it to the top,” Cadet Howard stated. He followed that up with, “I am very grateful to have been allowed to fulfill that promise.”

Cadet Howard joined the Squadron, which is part of the Civil Air Patrol, in 2007, and began his more than 5 year journey through the cadet program to achieve the highest rank possible in the cadet program, and he has earned the Spaatz Award, the highest achievement in the Civil Air Patrol cadet programs.

The Civil Air Patrol cadet program is composed of 16 achievement and 5 milestone awards. Each achievement requires the cadet to study and pass tests in leadership and aerospace education subject matter. They are also required to participate in a character development and a physical fitness program. The cadet must be an active participant in the squadron, and display character and maturity commensurate with the achievement or milestone award that they are competing for.

The G.V. Montgomery Composite Squadron is located on Key Field ANG in Meridian, MS, and meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm. The cadet program consists of teenagers from 12 to 21 years old. There is also an adult program for people interested in our program which is open for people over the age of 18. More information can be attained at our website, http://www.ms102cap.org.


CAP Cadets Take to the Air in Cleveland, MS

cadets take to the airCadet Hamhari Brown and Cadet Steven Gort took the air last Saturday with orientation pilot Jerry Eichelberger in Cleveland Mississippi.   Cadets Brown, and Gort, members of the Cleveland squadron had a great experience in the CAP 182T Cessna. Cadet Brown, a ninth grader attending Cleveland High School, said that the steep turns and the actual “hands on” flying were very exciting.  Cadet Gort, a 13 year old 7th grader from D.M. Smith Middle School, was more interested in the technology of the G-1000 navigation system that the C-182T uses. Both cadets are studying Aerospace History and Aerospace Science in addition to their required school studies.


Message From the Commander: Summer is here!

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Congratulations to the entire wing on earning an OUTSTANDING on our recent Operations Evalulation administered by CAP-USAF. This evaluation is a biennial test which certifies the wing to be able to respond to 1AF taskings i.e. search and rescue and disaster relief missions. This was the first time the Mississippi Wing received the highest grade possible. I applaud and thank each and everyone who participated and secured this magnificent result.

As a reminder, heat is always a factor this time of year, so please keep an eye on one another and stay hydrated!

Be safe, have fun and thank you for your continued service and dedication to the wing, your community and our country.

Semper Vigilans,



Col. Mallory D. “Mal” Woodcock, CAP

Commander, Mississippi Wing

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