Three Rivers Squadron

Civil Air Patrol

Chartered 6 May 2010

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3RCS next meeting is Tuesday, 28 October, 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center.

Activities are Safety, Awards & Decorations. Uniform for cadets is blues. Cadets need to bring to every meeting: CAP ID card, water or sports drink, writing paper and writing utensil.

Looking for an exciting volunteer opportunity that you can do as a family? Anyone 12 and older are eligible to join. CAP stresses STEM topics and incorporates them into CAP's 3 missions: aerospace education,emergency services, and cadet programs. For more information, go to

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Updated 14 Mar 2014


   If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining the Civil Air Patrol, click on the Contact Link at the top of this page for more information.

   Three Rivers Squadron can now offer CERT training, in-house. If you are interested in getting the CERT certification for Emergency Services, please contact us.

Who we are

   The Three Rivers Composite Squadron is looking for new members. The Civil Air Patrol is a 501(c)3 organization comprised completely of volunteers. While there is no pay for the "job" you'll be doing, there is great satisfaction in helping others, being a part of the action, and meeting people who have a like-minded spirit. The Civil Air Patrol has both cadet and senior memberships available. Cadets are between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age, and are included in all activities undertaken by the Civil Air Patrol to include Search and Rescue, Emergency Services, Aerospace, and of course, Cadet Programs. Senior members must pass an FBI fingerprint screening and be willing to spend time with cadets, learn new skills, and enjoy helping others.

Wreath's Across America - Grape Creek CemeteryWreath's Across America

Three Rivers Composite Squadron will be hosting a Wreath Across America ceremony on December 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the

Grape Creek Cemetery on West Grape Creek Rd.

Wreaths Across America's goal is to place a wreath on every veteran grave across the nation. Three Rivers Squadron's goal is to place a wreath on every veteran grave at Grape Creek Cemetery, Water Valley Cemetery, and Pioneer Memorial Park. Our goal is 300 wreaths.

There is still time to sponsor a wreath at the following businesses:

Morey's Sports Bar P & F Pizza Fisher's Food Mart I'm In Stitches! Uniform Alterations
7886 N Farm to Market Road 2288 in Grape Creek 8502 North Grape Creek Rd in Grape Creek 8137 US Highway 87 North 1444 N. Bell St.
Donation jar on counter Donation jar on counter Three Rivers Composite Squadron will be accepting donations on October 18 (Saturday) from noon to 5 p.m. Donation jar on counter and all tips through December 1 will be donated to Wreaths Across America

Wreath sponsorship's are $15 each. You can sponsor a wreath at the link above. Click on the link, complete the form and submit.

Or you can order by sending a check or money order made out to: Wreath's Across America
In remarks: TXGRPC/TX0077P
And mail to:
Three Rivers Composite Squadron
P.O. 292
Carlsbad, TX 76934

Thank you for your support!

Congratulations to our newest cadet promotee.

Cadet Airman Russell

Three Rivers participates in West Texas Family & Education Expo 2014

Three Rivers Composite Squadron members held a class for pre-teen boys at the West Texas Family & Education Expo 2014 hosted by the San Angelo Home School Association. The 2 1/2 class covered map reading, compass usage, and flying on the aircraft simulator. Maj. Dave Augustine, C/Maj Cody McCallum, C/SSgt Connor McCallum, and C/Amn Isabelle Russell assisted the students.

The Expo was held at the McNease Convention Center in San Angelo, June 6 and 7. Squadron members also had the opportunity to speak to prospective members.

NONDISCRIMINATION letter from Gen. Carr

21 May 2014



SUBJECT: Nondiscrimination

1. Civil Air Patrol is committed to equality of opportunity in offering access to its educational and operational programs and activities. Nondiscrimination and diversity are critical to our success as an organization. 

2. CAP provides an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members and ensures that educational, membership and operational decisions are based on each individual’s abilities and qualifications.  Consistent with this practice and applicable laws, it is CAP policy not to discriminate in offering access to its programs and activities, or with respect to membership terms and conditions, on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability. This policy ensures that only relevant factors are considered and that equitable and consistent standards of conduct and performance are applied. 

3. Commanders at all levels are responsible for ensuring that members under their command are aware of and adhere to CAP’s nondiscrimination policy.  

4. Allegations of violations of the CAP Nondiscrimination Policy will be sent to the Equal Opportunity Officer (EOO), Lt Col Walter Vertreace. Submission of allegations and/or complaints directly to the CAP/EOO will not be considered a violation of the chain of command. 

      a. Those wishing to submit a discrimination complaint should review CAPR 36-2 for procedures and guidance. Additional guidance may also be obtained by contacting the EOO.
      b. The CAP/EOO can be contacted at 971-9442, or by writing to Equal Opportunity Officer, 105 South Hansell Street, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112. 
5. Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to the CAP/EOO. 

Major General, CAP 
National Commander

Congressional Gold Medal

Congress approved the Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol. Read more here.

Aerospace Education & Interesting CAP articles

Here are a couple of interesting links for aerospace from the NASA website and Air Force Magazine regarding the value of the Civil Air Patrol as a Force Multiplier. online streaming HDEV link Interesting CAP article

Vector & Volunteer Magazine

You should have received your new version of the Volunteer magazine in the mail. If not, contact Maj. Johanna Augustine for more information.

January 2014 Promotions & Awards

C/SSgt Connor McCallum receives his Wright Bros. certificateC/SSgt McCallum and parentsCadets Connor McCallum and Chris Stroud were promoted during the monthly promotion ceremony on January 27.

Cadet Senior Airman McCallum completed the requirements for the Wright Brothers Award and received the Wright Brothers certificate and ribbon and was promoted to Staff Sergeant during the January ceremony. Mr. Sean McCallum and 2nd Lieutenant Lauri McCallum, parents of Cadet McCallum, pinned on the new rank. Maj. Johanna Augustine, squadron commander, presented the certificate and ribbon.

McCallum was the 20,060 Civil Air Patrol Cadet to receive the Wright Brothers Award. The award is given upon completion of Phase I of training. The cadet must pass a comprehensive exam covering information from the first 3 chapters of the leadership module, a drill test, a physical fitness test, be able to recite the cadet oath, and be an active member in the CAP.

Cadet McCallum also received the Red Service Ribbon for 2 years service in the CAP.

C/A1C Chris Stroud is pinned to A1CCadet Airman Stroud completed the requirements for the Hap Arnold Achievement and was promoted to Airman First Class. Stroud passed tests on leadership, drill, aerospace, physical fitness, and participate in a character development lesson, recite the cadet oath, and be an active member. Cadet Commander Maj. Cody McCallum and Squadron Commander Maj. Johanna Augustine pinned on the new rank.

Three Rivers participates in Midland Airsho 2013

B253RCS at Midland Airsho 2013Three Rivers Composite Squadron members participated in the Midland Airsho for the fourth year. The Airsho, held at Midland International Airport, and hosted by the Commemorative Air Force.

Seniors and cadets worked the bomber ramp and had the opportunity to get up close and personal with bombers from WWII. The most famous aircraft on the ramp was Fifi, a B-29 Superfortress, and the only one in the world currently flying. Squadron members also had the opportunity to talk to pilots and their crews, and even meet spectators who flew during WWII. Along with all that, 3RCS even received tasking for an Urban Direction Finding (UDF) mission and was able to locate and silence an ELT at the airsho.

Other Group 1 squadrons participating were El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, San Angelo, and Texas Charter Leadership Academy.

For more information about the CAF, go to airsho.html.  To see all of the pictures from the Airsho, go to media/set/?set=a. 475686892538528.1073741866. 120929678014253&type=1&l= 840699fa32

 Cadet Promotions and Awards for September 2013

C/SrA Connor McCallumC/Amn Chris StroudCadet Airman First Class Connor McCallum completed all of the requirements for achievement 3, Mary Feik and was promoted to senior airman during the monthly ceremony.  Also, Cadet McCallum was presented the Mary Feik certificate, signed by Mary Feik.
Cadet Airman Christopher Stroud received his first o'flight certificate.
Squadron members have been working on their second STEM kit from CAP National HQ - 2 aircraft simulators. Cadets who completed the minimum 6 hours were Amn Stroud, Amn Schlake, CMSgt Griggs, Amn Brumley, SrA McCallum, and Maj McCallum.

R/C Certified fliersThe National Defense Education Program, as managed by the Air Force STEM Outreach Coordination Office at the Pentagon, is partnering with CAP, CAP-USAF, and AFJROTC to provide financial support to promote increase STEM education for America's youth in the 21st century.
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Cadet Promotions for August 2013

C/Amn Brumley  C/SMSgt Augustine
Two cadets were promoted on August 26, 2013.  Cadet Airman Basic Noah Brumley completed all of the requirements for achievement 1, Major General John F. Curry and was promoted to airman.  Cadet Brumley's parents, Justin and Christine,  assisted with pinning on the new rank.

  Cadet Master Sergeant A.J. Augustine completed all of the requirements for achievement 6, General Jimmy Doolittle and was promoted to senior master sergeant. Cadet Augustine parents, Major Dave and Johanna Augustine assisted pinning on the new rank.

First Orientation Flight for TX-123 CadetCadets McCallum & Stroud ready for o-flights

Cadets Airman First Class Connor McCallum and Airman Christopher Stroud received an orientation flight from Midland Composite Squadron pilot Major Randy Auburg.

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Three Rivers Composite Squadron tours Dyess AFB, TX

Summer is a busy time for most Civil Air Patrol members and that includes members of the Lubbock and Three Rivers Composite Squadrons. Those who weren't attending encampments or National Cadet Special Activities took time out of their busy schedules and were treated to a tour of Dyess AFB on July 31. Senior Airman Charles Rivezzo, 7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs, planned a full day of activities and was our tour guide for the day.

Upon arriving at Dyess, members of the 7th Security Forces provided a military working dog demonstration. Two dogs assigned to the unit charmed the group with their abilities to be a regular dog one moment and a working police dog the next. Both dogs look like your typical household pet, but they were all business when asked. Demonstration included escorting a detainee, and preventing the detainee from running away, even when the detainee tried to jump a fence.

Next on the agenda was a tour of a B-1 hangar and B-1. Maintainers were providing regularly scheduled maintenance on the aircraft and took time from their schedule to explain the capabilities of the aircraft and what their job entails.

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FreedomFest 2013

3RCS FreedomFest 13 boothThree Rivers Composite Squadron participated in Freedom Fest on 4th of July for the 2nd year in a row.

Major Dave and Johanna Augustine and Cadets Master Sergeant A.J. Augustine and Airman First Class Connor McCallum manned the recruiting booth. Using the RC aircraft simulator software and controller provided with the STEM kit from CAP National HQ, squadron members assisted future pilots who lined up to try their hand at flying.

As dusk approached, the joint squadron color guard prepared to present the colors. San Angelo Composite Joint Color GuardSquadron Cadets Major Brian DeLaughter and Second Lieutenant Luke Harper and Three Rivers Composite Squadron Cadets Major Cody McCallum and Airman First Class Connor McCallum presented the colors during the singing of the National Anthem.

Future pilots in trainingAs the verse "the Rockets Red Glare" rang out, fireworks began bursting in the sky over Foster Stadium. The crowd cheered as the color guard left the stage and the fireworks began. Patriotic music rang throughout the stadium as the fireworks exploded overhead bringing the crowd to their feet as the music reached a crescendo.

Freedom Fest is hosted by Paul Ann Baptist Church and sponsored by local San Angelo businesses.

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Civil Air Patrol, National Commander

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Completing the STEM

3RCS STEM cadetsThree Rivers Composite Squadron completed the first of five STEM kits available from the Civil Air Patrol.     3RCS  requested the Model and Remote-controlled Aircraft kit and received the following: Popular Sky Streak. Cub, and/or Stinson model aircraft are included in the Model and Remote-controlled Aircraft kit for building and learning to fly RC aircraft via Real Flight Simulator computer program, hand-held controller, curriculum, and two DVDs: Wings Aircraft and Aerolab.

RC practiceCadets had the opportunity to assemble and fly two different types of aircraft and use the RC aircraft simulator.  The squadron will continue with the RC aircraft program by purchasing and building remote-controlled foam gliders.   The kit is designed to promote a beginning interest in aviation and/or remotely-piloted aircraft vocations and avocations and by complementing the kit with future aerospace activities, the squadron hopes to instill an interest in aerospace in all of the cadets.

Other kits available from the Civil Air Patrol are: Astronomy, Flight Simulator Trainer, Robotics, and Rocketry.  Kit3RCS requested the Flight Simulator Trainer and was it approved on June 25 and should receive the kit in approximately two weeks.

This program complements the new CAP AEX Model Aircraft and Remote-Controlled (MARC) module development by a CAP volunteer which are included in the kit.  The kit is intended to take advantage of the added bonus of the opportunity for you to receive a free membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautic (AMA) and work with area AMA clubs for mentorship in learning to fly real remote-controlled airplanes in TAG (Take-off and Grow) programs. 

Delta DartReady, set, flyCivil Air Patrol was designated as a recipient of National Defense Education Program (NDEP) to initiate a nationwide CAP science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education program beginning January 25, 2013. Managed by the U.S. Air Force STEM Outreach Coordination Office (AFSOCO) in Washington, D.C., the funds are distributed on a yearly basis to organizations that create programs to build interest in STEM education and careers, an effort paramount to maintaining America's future defense and economic strength in a globally competitive environment.  The NDEP funds are intended to help develop the next generation STEM workforce, especially for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the United States Air Force (USAF).

Winding upAway we go!As the Auxiliary of the USAF, CAP was a natural fit to receive funds to promote a nationwide STEM program. CAP was selected as a recipient of NDEP funds by the AFSOCO due to CAP's: position as the official Auxiliary of the USAF, working under the oversight of CAP-USAF; strong connection to and support of the Air Force Junior Reserve Training Corps (AFJROTC) due to the functionality structure of CAP/USAF and AFJROTC at the Jeanne M. Holme Center for Officer Accession and Citizen Development located at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL; structured national network comprised of 52 Wings in 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and overseas CAP squadrons that could ensure a wide disbursement of STEM resources; and stellar STEM/aerospace education and youth development programs for CAP Cadets (ages 12 & above) and K-12 students/teachers.

100 years in no time

Three Rivers Composite Squadron was honored to have Mr. William “Bill” Carter as a guest speaker at the June 3, 2013 meeting.  Mr. Carter, a former Army Air Corps Warrant Officer or“blue pickle” and former Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, has had quite adventurous life, beginning with his flying career as a teenager to owning six radio and television stations in Texas and Louisiana.

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio , Bill and his friend, Billy Lear learn to fly in a Arrow Sport.  Bill soloed by the age of 16; 36 years after the Wright Brothers flew their first airplane.

During the next two years, he made every effort to entice his mother to sign the paperwork that would allow him to join the Army.  Bill’s mother was quite apprehensive.   World War II was ongoing and the U.S. was fighting on two fronts – Europe and Japan, so she refused.

Instead, he managed to joined the Ohio State Guard, even though he was not old enough. Standing 6 foot, 4 inches tall at the age of 16, his high school basketball coach, who was also the guard commander didn't think anyone would question his age and encouraged him to join.

On his seventeenth birthday, Bill’s mother finally agreed to sign his enlistment paperwork.  The German's had recently surrendered and she assumed the war would be over soon. 

Bill planned to join the Army Air Corps with Billy Lear, but when Billy didn't pass the physical, Bill headed to San Antonio alone for basic training.   Having accrued over 65 hours flight time prior to joining,  his prior flying experience allowed him to be assigned as a pilot.  He quickly mastered the Stearman and advanced to multi-engines within 3 ½  months of training.

Advancement in the program was faster than he expected, so he felt he was headed for combat even more quickly than he previously believed. However, his lifelong ambition of flying a fighter aircraft was quashed when he discovered that due to the spar running down the center of the overhead portion of the glass cockpit cover known as the greenhouse, he was too tall for the aircraft, so he was assigned to fly the B-25.

Upon graduation from flight training, Bill was sent to Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas to pick up the crew's bombardier.  From there, the crew was scheduled to fly to the west coast so the aircraft could be loaded on to a ship headed to the Pacific Theater.

En route to Goodfellow, the crew had to report their position to Carswell AFB, Texas and were notified the Japanese had surrendered, ending World War II. Instead of staying at Goodfellow for six weeks, he was there six days.  Bill and his navigator were sent to Westover Field, Ma. and he received a new assignment as  a "ferry" pilot.

Bill was one of the few male ferry pilots.  Assigned to work with the Women Airforce Service Pilots or WASP, he was shipped overseas to pick up aircraft and fly them back to the U.S. to be decommissioned. The aircraft were headed to the infamous boneyard in Arizona to be scrapped. The majority of the aircraft still had damage from wartime sorties.  Since they only had to fly high enough to require oxygen on few occasions, such as to conserve fuel, they weren’t worried about the integrity of the skin on the aircraft.  

They would fly from England to Greenland or Iceland, then to Nova Scotia, and then down to Westover, Mass. Upon arrival in Westover, Bill would jump on another flight back overseas and do it all over again. During his eight months of ferrying aircraft, he flew 36 sorties bringing back shot-up aircraft to the U.S., losing only one aircraft. Finally, the U.S. realize it was not cost-effective to bring these aircraft back and simply abandoned the program all together.

With the war over and many troops getting out of the military, the government also believed there was little need for flight training at a level necessary to keep pilots proficient for combat.  Bill had to scramble with the other pilots in his unit to get the required 4 hours of flight time to maintain the required proficiency for the Army Air Corps.

 This difficulty led him to choose a new career as a communications officer, which led to an assignment at Barksdale AFB, La. where he learned about Radio Detection and Ranging better know as RADAR. This was a new concept to the U.S. Military and even through the British had developed it during World War II  the U.S. was “jumping on the microwaves.”

With his training in RADAR, he became proficient enough to become an instructor.  Bill  taught classes on he subject  this led to an interest in radio signals.   With little work to maintain his interest in his current position, Bill chose to leave the active military and transfer to the the Air Force Reserves. 

While assigned to Barksdale AFB, he returned to school at the University of Texas in Austin.  Shortly after returning to college, the Berlin Airlift began and he was recalled to active duty.  For the next seven to eight months, Bill flew sorties of relief to those folks behind the blockade.  At the end of the airlift, he returned to the reserves and once again, to his college education.

 Before getting too comfortable with school he was recalled to active duty for the Korean War.    With the war going on in Asia, Bill was assigned to the 9th Air Force in Europe. He flew transports, taking airplane parts around Europe. The Italians owned Libya at that time, and Bill went to a base in Tripoli. “There were some cute little cabins that the pilots stayed in while there” Bill stated, “ and later found these were originally stables for Mussolini's horses.”

After approximately 12 months, his services were no longer needed and he returned to reserve status and to college.

 Bill served 20 years in the active military and reserves, but to retire in the reserves he needed to accrue 50 points. Attending meeting were worth 40 points, and 10 more were available for attending the annual 2 week training. However, because Bill now had a family and the only time for a family vacation or outing was during the training time so he would miss out on the additional 10 points each year keeping him from retiring after 20 years.

One of his friends was in the Navy,  so Bill decided to transfer to the Naval Reserves to get his time in for retirement. Bill went to the recruiter and attempted to join as an officer, however, Bill's lack of a college degree led to his enlisting in the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer.  Not to be deterred, his electronics background provided him with the opportunity to continue in an electronics career and he began working with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) allowing him to gain the required points to retire with full benefits  for a total of 43 years of active and reserve duty.  He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal from three services -- Army, Air Force, and Navy and the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Campaign Medals.

In addition to his military service, his broadcast career spanned an impressive 60 years from radio to television.  He established KIDY-TV, the 14th stations to sign with the new FOX Network. On May 12, 1984 Bill signed the station on the air in San Angelo.  He later established KXVZ/KIDZ-T Abilene. He stayed with the stations until his unofficial retirement in 2007.

At 85 years of age, Mr. Carter has seen many changes in aviation.  In a blink of an eye, 100 years of aviation has gone by in no time!

Thank you to Bill and his wife Anne-Marie for sharing their life story with the squadron.  We really appreciate you sharing your experiences and passing on your wisdom from your many different careers.