Category Archives: Volunteers

Lt Col Ken Johnson Retirement Ceremony 15 MAY 2017

Lt. Colonel Kenneth H. Johnson, Civil Air Patrol

Born: September 3, 1927; Navy Service completed  on November 7, 1952  as Electricians Mate Third Class; Private Pilots License issued April 12, 1971; Joined Civil Air Patrol Hawker Senior Squadron 128 on May 1, 1995; Retired from Civil Air Patrol on May 15, 2017

Grade Promotions: 2nd Lt.  July 1995; 1st Lt. June 1996; Captain May 1998; Major August 2001; Lt. Colonel August 2005

Staff Positions at Civil Air Patrol Hawker Senior Squadron 128:

August 1997 Scheduling Officer; November 1997 Administrative Officer; November 1, 1999; Squadron 128 Commander, Flight Release Officer; July 1, 2001 Administrative Officer; February 2004 Administrative Officer, Unit Membership and Finance Committees; January 2005 Administrative Officer, Records Officer; September 2006 Administrative Officer, Assistant Finance Officer; January 2007 Administrative Officer


CAP National Commander Visits Hawker Squadron

Gen Vazquez visits Hawker Squadron
Lt Col Leslie Vazquez, Maj Gen Joe Vazquez, Capt Alan Yudkowsky, Capt Charles Christian

At our regular Monday meeting on the evening of March 13, Squadron 128 was treated to a couple of special guests, none other than CAP National Commander, Maj Gen Joe Vazquez, along with his wife, Lt Col Leslie Vazquez.


Gen. Vazquez joined in a discussion of ADS-B, providing some valuable insight into CAP’s adoption of NextGen, the FAA’s overhaul of the National Airspace System.  He and Leslie both also gave some candid and informative remarks about CAP and their own personal involvement in the organization.  Gen. Vazquez commented that attending a squadron meeting was a refreshing experience for both he and his wife, noting that as national commander, he often exists “inside a bubble,” and reminded us that the heart of CAP is at the squadron level.

Gen Vazquez and the Hawkers
Maj Gen Vazquez and the Hawkers

Gen. Vazquez has been National Commander since Aug. 15, 2014 and first joined CAP as a cadet over 40 years ago.  Over the decades he has served as Group Commander, Wing Commander, Region Commander and is still a qualified Check Pilot Examiner.  Lt Col Leslie Vazquez most recently served as the CAP’s National Standardization/Evaluation Advisor.

Did you know?: Civil Air Patrol provides high tech aerial reconnaissance and photography when disaster strikes!

Civil Air Patrol “Eyes of the Home Skies”

From the CAP archives:

Aerial reconnaissance and photography of disaster areas is one of the high tech services CAP provides to the nation.

In 1993 CAP covered the Missouri floods, in 2001, Civil Air Patrol documented the devastation following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2002, CAP provided aerial security over the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tested the abilities of numerous agencies. CAP pilots flew over 670 missions in support of the relief efforts. CAP ground team members spent countless hours locating ELTs on boats and going door-to-door searching for stranded citizens.

The California Wildfires in 2007 brought CAP members out again as they searched for stranded residents, staffed command centers, and provided aerial documentation of the aftermath. In 2010, CAP responded to the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster along the Gulf Coast and in 2012 responded to Hurricane Sandy which devastated the Northeast; many members responding were also severely affected by the storm, but continued to serve their neighbors.

Every year, CAP performs approximately 95% of inland aerial search and rescue missions as directed by the USAF. Searching for missing airplanes and lost hikers, CAP saves roughly 100 lives every year. Three of the most covered searches in the last decade profiled CAP’s capability to conduct searches over an extensive area while coordinating with multiple other agencies.

In 1999, CAP assisted with the search for John F. Kennedy Jr.’s airplane, which crashed at sea off the Massachusetts coast. In February 2003, the nation watched while CAP, the USAF, and several other agencies searched for wreckage from the space shuttle Columbia. The disappearance of famous aviation pioneer and millionaire Steve Fossett in September 2007 led to the largest search in CAP history involving several CAP wings and lasting nearly a month.

Watch CAP in the Hollywood Christmas Parade on TV December 16 and 21st

The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade With Grand Marshal Olivia Newton-John To Air December 16th Nationwide On The CW Network And December 21st on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel.

Hollywood Christmas Parade
Christmas Parade in Hollywood

And for the second year in a row, cadets and senior members from Group 1 participated in the parade, including Group 1 Commander, Lt Col Marc Cohen.

For more info about the parade, click on the link below (and see if you can find 2 separate mentions of CAP) – and tune in Friday night at 8:00 pm!

1st Lt Daniel Goldman, Public Affairs Officer

Hawker Senior Squadron 128 Awards and Promotions

Hawker Senior Squadron 128 held its annual awards ceremony November 7 at its Van Nuys Airport headquarters.

Yudkowsky is Squadron Commander of the Year
Capt Yudkowsky accepts Group 1 Outstanding Squadron Commander of the Year award from Lt Col Cohen
Lt Col Chase and Capt See
Lt Col Chase and Maj See

After a call to order and Pledge of Allegiance, Capt Alan Z. Yudkowsky welcomed Lt Col Gregory P. Chase and Lt Col Marc E. Cohen as the Squadron’s distinguished guests.

Lt Col Cohen presented Group 1 Awards to David Gauthier (Professional Development Officer of the Year), Daniel Goldman (Public Affairs Officer of the Year) and Yudkowsky (Outstanding Squadron Commander of the Year).

Maj Larry See
Larry See makes Major
Capt Grant is promoted
Capt Grant, Lt Col Cohen and Capt Yudkowsky









Promotions earned were:
Major: Larry See
Captain: Bill Daniels, David Grant, Bob Ross
1st Lt: David Gauthier
2d Lt: John Cassidy, Sherwood Richers

Other awards included:
Membership Ribbons and Certificates: John Cassidy, Bill Daniels, Alexander Daunis, Arthur Khayat, Frances Kwan, Dennis Lau, Arek Long, Seth Meriwether, Sherwood Richers and Bob Ross

David Gauthier is promoted
1st Lt David Gauthier wins his promotion.

Recruiter Ribbon: Alan Z. Yudkowsky
Leadership Ribbon: David Gauthier, Dennis Lau, Bob Ross (with Aerospace
Education Badge)
Lt. Col Chase presented Certificates of Appreciation to 1st Lt David Gauthier, Maj Larry See and Capt Bill Daniels for pitching in to help Wing Headquarters in securing new office furnishings obtained courtesy of the United States Air Force.

Capt Bill gets a service ribbon
Capt Bill gets a service ribbon
Capt Ross and Lt Col Cohen
Lt Col Cohen presents Capt Ross with CAP’s Aerospace Education Badge

Hawker Squadron Volunteers in Bakersfield for the annual California Wing exercise.

Hawker Squadron volunteers Lt Col Tom Sayer, Capt Larry See and SM Bill Daniels traveled to Bakersfield to participate in the annual California Wing exercise.

Bill Daniels served as a Public Information Officer trainee and authored this press release for local media:

PRESS RELEASE — April 30, 2016

California Wing Mobilizing In Exercise Simulating Two Major Earthquakes

CAP Briefing
CAP Briefing at Area Command

BAKERSFIELD, California – U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol (“CAP”) is mobilizing this weekend in an exercise simulating disaster relief efforts following two major west coast earthquakes.

The exercise scenario has a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hitting the Hayward Fault in northern California this past Thursday, followed by a second quake off the Oregon coast.  The imaginary twin seismic events are triggering mobilization of CAP’s all-volunteer organization, which counts emergency services disaster response as a primary mission.

Bakersfield Area Command Center
Area Command Center in Bakersfield

The exercise is utilizing the incident command system (ICS) with 3 primary locations.   Bakersfield is designated as the Area Command, coordinating efforts between two operational bases located at Gillespie field in San Diego and Sacramento executive airport in Sacramento

The exercise scenario has the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tasking CAP to conduct damage assessment and tsunami watch operations over the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California coastline.  Additionally, the exercise includes a reported missing single engine civilian aircraft travelling from southern to northern California, with the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida tasking CAP in search and rescue efforts for the missing aircraft.

Over 100 volunteers across California are involved in the disaster exercise, flying nearly twenty single engine Cessna aircraft and operating numerous other vehicles.

“This is a big event for California’s Civil Air Patrol community and we’re honored that Bakersfield is hosting our organization,” said Capt Charles Christian, incident commander at the Bakersfield command center.  “Exercises like this these assure Civil Air Patrol volunteers and resources are ready to help our communities should disaster strike in the future.”

Hawker Squadron 128 at Los Angeles Air Show 2016

Capt Larry See and a CAP C182
Hawker Squadron 128 Capt Larry See greets air show attendees at the 2016 LA County Air Show

Hawkers Squadron volunteers joined a Civil Air Patrol contingent helping out at the 2016 Los Angeles County Air Show at General Wm. J. Fox Airfield (KWJF) in Lancaster, CA .

Civil Air Patrol and Blue Angels
Civil Air Patrol Volunteers watch out for the Blue Angels on the flight line

Spread out across a Saturday and Sunday (March 19-20),  the KWJF event is Los Angeles County’s only air show.  Hawker Squadron member and Air Show board member SM Robert Ross said over 55,000 people were expected to attend.

Blue Angels C130 "Fat Albert"
Blue Angels C130 “Fat Albert” gets ready for his routine

Antelope Valley aerospace powerhouse Lockheed Martin was the major event sponsor, which highlighted the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational program in Los Angeles.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels headlined the air show, celebrating their 70th year as a premiere precision flying team.  From Texas, a T-6 flight made up as Japanese war planes dazzled the crowd with a pyrotechnic/flying display, “Tora Tora Tora.”

T6 Texans are Tora Tora Tora
T6 Texans turn Japanese for a reenactment of the Pearl Harbor raid in Tora Tora Tora

Planes of Fame warbirds flew in from Chino, CA (KCNO) in abundance, including a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, F-86 Sabre and the restored Northrop N9MB Flying Wing, a predecessor to today’s B-2 Stealth Bomber.

F-86 Sabre from Planes of Fame in Chino, CA
A F-86 Sabre taxis after its aerial routine

Show opened with former Navy SEAL jumpers performing as the Patriot Parachute Team.  Also thrilling the crowd were the Texas Flying Legends Museum squadron, aerobatic flyers Skip Stewart, Melissa Pemberton, Chuck Coleman and Kent Pietsch, the Shockwave Jet Truck, Third Strike Wingwalking.  A NASA ER-2 High Altitude Platform (NASA’s U-2 variant) completed a perfectly -tuned show.