First Aid Training – 28 March 2020

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A First Aid/CPR Class is being conducted by Maj Racite. The First Aid certification is needed for those members wishing to qualify as a Ground Team Member – Level 3. Certification is through the American Red Cross. Parents are invited to register and attend as well. The tuition fee is due at the time of the class to cover materials. Registration cut-off is 15 March 2020 at 1800 hrs.

Date: 28 March 2020
First Aid: 0900-1200
CPR: 1200-1600
Location:48 Maranatha Ln, Cornwall, NY
Cost: $45/student – covers certification card, books, and training materials
Instructor: Chaplain (Maj) Racite


CAP sUAS O-Flights

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The squadron will be hosting a sUAS (small unmanned aerial systems) training activity on Saturday, November 23rd at Algonquin Park in Newburgh. We will be starting at 11:00 am and will run until about 2:30 pm. Uniform will be ABU. In event of rain or snow, we’ll have to reschedule. 

Sign up here:

Please send me an email if you have any questions.


C/Lt Col Sean T. Flynn, CAP


Catskill Mountain Group Review Boards



Catskill Mountain Group will be holding a review board on 30 November, 2019. This review board will take place at Signature Flight Support from 1230 to 1500. The following members MUST apply for this review board to the Squadron Commander at no later than 22 November 2019 if you meet one or more of the following criteria:


  1. You have been nominated by the Squadron Commander for an “Of the Year Award”
  2. You are applying for a National Cadet Special Activity (NCSA)
  3. You are applying for a Staff Position listed below at the New York Wing Encampment:
    1. Squadron Commander
    2. Squadron First Sergeant
    3. Officer in Charge (OIC)
    4. Cadet Command Staff (Cadet Commander, Cadet Deputy Commander, Cadet Executive Officer)

Those members who have been selected as the Squadron nominee for an “Of the Year” award have already been notified of their nomination and need to attend this review board.


I recognize that the date of our review boards is prior to the official opening of NCSA applications, but we are up against the 01 DEC deadline set by NYW Cadet Programs.
For those not familiar with this process:


Finally, members attending this review board should contact me as soon as possible for the requirements and what they will need to bring with them. Due to the time crunch on this, Cadets are authorized to contact me directly at with any questions about this process. Make sure when you contact me you “CC” your cadet staff and the Squadron Deputy Commander at


Thank you,


1st Lt Michael Mazanec, CAP

Squadron Commander

Signup – New York Wing TRAEX – 2 Nov 2019

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A New York Wing TRAEX is scheduled for 2 Nov 2019. Any members who are interested in participating please sign up at the link here – SIGNUP


Ground Team Training

Ground Team training will be held based out of Orange County Airport (KMGJ). We currently have one Ground Team Leader and may have a second, so we are looking for as many Ground Team Members as possible.

Report Time: 0800

Dismissal Time: 1600

Senior Member POC: 1st Lt Kuliszewski or 1st Lt Gessman (click name to email)


Mission Base Staff Training

Mission Base Staff training will be held based out of Westchester County Airport (KHPN). If you plan to train in one of these specialties, you will need to arrange your own transportation to KHPN as both of the Catskill Mountain Group vans will be committed to the ground team training. If you sign up for Mission Base Staff training, you will receive an email at the email addresses listed in eServices with details regarding report time, dismissal time, location, and senior member POC. Please make sure your eServices profile is updated.


Any questions, contact 1st Lt Kuliszewski

Emergency Services Training – Ground Team Packs

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In the upcoming meetings, we will be putting together Ground Team 24-hour packs for Emergency Services. Begin to gather items to put inside your pack for this week’s meeting. The document has a list of the different items needed for a complete 24-hour pack and the items that need to be on your person. Cadets only need to have the items under the “24 Hour Gear ‘Day Pack'”, “24 Hour Gear Continued”, and “On your person at all times.”

NYW Ground Equipment List



C/1st Lt Connell

UAS Training

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The squadron will be holding a UAS flight clinic. This will be a one or two-day event to introduce cadets to UAS flying. In the future, this will lead to UAS mission training and eventual certification as UAS Pilots and Technicians. Please respond to the survey below so we can find the best date to start this activity.

UAS Survey Form

Cadets:  To be a part of this program as a cadet, you must be a member of the AMA (Association of Model Aeronautics). We’re forming a squadron AMA club where cadets can join for free. 

Senior members:  Please email me if you’re interested in participating.


C/Lt Col Sean T. Flynn


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Hello All,

As you know registration is open for this year’s  Air Force Association CyberPatriot team. We have started training for CyberPatriot XII already and training will be through online and in-person meetings. Basic computer skills (how to navigate file systems, familiarity with Windows operating system) and a computer running Windows are all that’s required. Competitions will be held at Newburgh Free Academy once a month from Nov through Feb 2020 and typically last from 3:00PM to 10PM.

If you would like to participate please attend the next practice session and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Very Respectfully,
C/1st Lt Connell


What is CyberPatriot?

At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money. – CyberPatriot Website. The video below provides an overview of the program.

CyberPatriot Video

ES Training Opportunity – 2019 National Emergency Services Academy

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Members interested in furthering your emergency services training and developing new skills, the application process for the 2019 National Emergency Services Academy (NESA) is now open. NESA is held in Camp Atterbury, Indiana across two sessions – 14-20 July and 21-27 July – and consists of three schools – Ground Search and Rescue School, Mission Aircrew School, and Incident Command System School. Other shorter courses are also held during the school, including an sUAS Course, a Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course, Aircrew Survival, and numerous other courses.

Members interested in attending should visit the NESA website here. Applications are handled in eServices here.

The cost for a full week course is $190, and short courses are $95. There are some scholarships available through NESA.

If you are interested in attending, or need assistance applying or attending, contact me at

ES Training Opportunity – May NY Wing TRAEX

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The NY Wing May TRAEX is scheduled for 4-5 May 2019. Catskill Mountain Group will be hosting a staging area. We are looking to see who is interested in attending.

There are several areas open for training. You must be in trainee status prior to signing in for the mission. If you need pre-qualification tasks in order to be placed in trainee status, an evaluator may be available with advanced notice for Ground Team, MRO, and MSA. You must notify me ASAP if you need to complete pre-qualification tasks.

Sign-up here – Google Form

ES Training Opportunity – NY Wing Ground School 2019

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New York Wing is pleased to announce that the Emergency Services Ground School is now open for Registration on the NY Wing Website.

The dates of the event are:
Wed, 7 Aug 2019 – Sun, 11 Aug 2019

Training will be offered in the following specialties:

Space is limited and once a specialty reaches its limit, it will be closed. Use the following link to register: Once you have registered, notify me or 1st Lt Gessman.

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