Announcements

Weekly Agenda: 29 AUG 11 Meeting

posted Aug 29, 2011, 3:19 AM by King, Zachary Z Capt CAP/NJ Wing AGRA

Good Afternoon Cadets, Seniors, and Parents of Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron:

Our squadron will hold its weekly meeting tonight.  Attached to this message, you will find the agenda for this evening's meeting.  The UOD is PTU/CIV.

Very respectfully,

ZACHARY Z. KING, 1st Lt, CAP

Deputy Commander for Seniors

Leadership Officer

Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron

Weekly Agenda: 22 AUG 11 Meeting

posted Aug 24, 2011, 3:05 PM by King, Zachary Z Capt CAP/NJ Wing AGRA

Good Afternoon Cadets, Seniors, and Parents of Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron:

Our squadron will hold its weekly meeting tonight.  The Cadet Change of Command Ceremony will take place at 2000.   Attached to this message, you will find the agenda for this evening's meeting.   The UOD is Blues.  The Wing Commander will be in attendance.

Very respectfully,

ZACHARY Z. KING, 1st Lt, CAP

Deputy Commander for Seniors

Leadership Officer

Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron

Weekly Agenda: 15 AUG 11 Meeting

posted Aug 11, 2011, 2:12 PM by King, Zachary Z Capt CAP/NJ Wing AGRA

Good Afternoon Cadets, Seniors, and Parents of Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron:

Our squadron will hold its weekly meeting this Monday.  Attached to this message, you will find the agenda for Monday's meeting.  The UOD is BDU/FDU.

Very respectfully,

ZACHARY Z. KING, 1st Lt, CAP

Deputy Commander for Seniors

Leadership Officer

Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron

Weekly Agenda: 08 AUG 11 Meeting

posted Aug 9, 2011, 11:07 AM by King, Zachary Z Capt CAP/NJ Wing AGRA

Good Afternoon Cadets, Seniors, and Parents of Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron:

Our squadron will hold its weekly squadron meeting this evening.  Attached to this message, you will find the agenda for tonight's meeting.  The UOD is BDU/FDU.

Very respectfully,

ZACHARY Z. KING, 1st Lt, CAP

Deputy Commander for Seniors

Leadership Officer

Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron

Weekly Agenda: 01 AUG 11 MEETING

posted Jul 31, 2011, 9:36 PM by King, Zachary Z Capt CAP/NJ Wing AGRA   [ updated Aug 10, 2011, 12:11 PM ]

Good Afternoon Cadets, Seniors, and Parents of Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron:

Our squadron will hold its weekly squadron meeting this evening.  Attached to this message, you will find the agenda for tonight's meeting.  The UOD is Blues.

Very respectfully,

ZACHARY Z. KING, 1st Lt, CAP

Deputy Commander for Seniors

Leadership Officer

Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron

Weekly Agenda: 25 JUL 11 Meeting

posted Jul 25, 2011, 11:20 AM by King, Zachary Z Capt CAP/NJ Wing AGRA

Good Afternoon Cadets, Seniors, and Parents of Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron:

Our squadron will hold its weekly squadron meeting this evening.  Attached to this message, you will find the agenda for tonight's meeting.  The UOD is PTU/CIV.

Very respectfully,

ZACHARY Z. KING, 1st Lt, CAP

Deputy Commander for Seniors

Leadership Officer

Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron

Weekly Agenda: 18 JUL 11 Meeting

posted Jul 18, 2011, 12:52 PM by King, Zachary Z Capt CAP/NJ Wing AGRA

Good Afternoon Cadets, Seniors, and Parents of Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron:

On behalf of the commander, I would like to once again thank all of the parents who attended last week's quarterly parents meeting.

Our squadron will hold its weekly squadron meeting this evening.  Attached to this message, you will find the agenda for tonight's meeting.  The UOD is BDU/FDU.

Very respectfully,

ZACHARY Z. KING, 1st Lt, CAP

Deputy Commander for Seniors

Leadership Officer

Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron

Weekly Agenda: 11 July 2011 Meeting

posted Jul 11, 2011, 8:29 AM by King, Zachary Z Capt CAP/NJ Wing AGRA   [ updated Jul 11, 2011, 12:32 PM ]

Good Afternoon Cadets, Seniors, and Parents of Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron:

Our squadron will resume with its regular weekly meeting this evening at 1900.   

Attached to this message, you will find the agenda for this week's meeting.  The UOD is blues.

NOTE: Our quarterly parents meeting will be taking place this evening at 1930.

Very respectfully,

ZACHARY Z. KING, 1st Lt, CAP

Deputy Commander for Seniors

Leadership Officer

Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron

Space Shuttle Atlantis launch will be iconic event, the last of its kind

posted Jul 7, 2011, 4:03 PM by King, Zachary Z Capt CAP/NJ Wing AGRA


Thursday, July 7, 5:55 PM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/space-shuttle-atlantis-launch-will-be-iconic-event-the-last-of-its-kind/2011/07/07/gIQAKI0a2H_story.html

NASA is holding to its target launch date for the Space Shuttle Atlantis, even as rainy weather threatens to delay the space shuttle from blasting off until the weekend. As Jason Samenowreported :

A tropical wave gliding into the Florida peninsula Friday threatens to push back the final flight of U.S. space shuttle Atlantis. The launch is scheduled for 11:26 a.m. Friday in Cape Canaveral, coinciding with the possible arrival of showers and thunderstorms.

Spectators hoping to catch the launch Friday need to hope that rain holds off until the afternoon. However, those prospects don’t seem terribly high due to the arrival of an ample feed of tropical moisture.

NASA officials are not optimistic about Friday’s launch prospects.

“It’s not looking favorable right now for launch,” said launch weather officer Kathy Winters this morning at a news conference. Winters said there’s a 70% chance weather will prohibit the launch.

If Friday’s launch is canceled, NASA will try again on Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday. Saturday’s launch prospects, however, are also iffy with a 60 percent chance of showers and storms. The best weather conditions are likely to occur on Sunday, when the chance of rain drops to 50 percent. 

NASA is expecting between 500,000 and 750,000 spectators for the last-ever mission in the agency’s 30-year space plane program.

For those who grew up surrounded by the excitement of NASA’s previous manned missions this will be the last chance to live the space dream. As Brian Vastag explained:

I'm sitting in BWI, ready for my flight to Orlando to cover the final space shuttle launch for The Post, and I'll confess – this is a safe place, right? – that I'm excited. I've been a space nerd my whole life, and this last shuttle flight will be my first in-person. It’s the last chance to feel the blast of those big engines -- it hits you in the chest, reverberates. At least, that's what I hear. 

Like so many of my generation (I'll be 40 any minute now), my space dream ignited with the release of Star Wars in 1977 and blasted ahead four years later when I watched the Columbia and its bright white fuel tank soar off the launch pad with my 4th-grade classmates. Not as cool as an X-wing fighter, but it was real. People were flying into space. Someday, I would too, I dreamed.

So did millions of others. The shuttle held out hope that the regular people -- the non-fighter jocks, the teachers, the engineers, the reporters -- could all zoom into orbit.

Recently, I spoke with National Air & Space Museum curator Valerie Neal, who got closer to the dream than most. In the 1980s, she worked at Johnson Space Center, donned scuba gear and guided astronauts in underwater training. Neal got a little misty as she recounted the history of the shuttle, and her own space dreams. At one point, she told me, NASA sketched plans to launch a passenger cabin in the shuttle's cargo bay. Load it up with 40 or 50 seats and haul up a gang of dreamers for the greatest thrill ride of all time.

Commuities around the country are feeling the effects of the end of NASA’s manned space program, particularly Houston, home to NASA Mission Control. As AP reported :

The end of the space shuttle program is hitting its Florida launch home in the pocketbook with some areas practically becoming economic ghost towns. But Houston, home of Mission Control, is getting hit somewhere else: in the ego.

Aerospace ranks only fourth among booming industries, far, far behind king oil, Mayor Annise Parker said. It’s a pride thing for a city whose baseball team is the Astros and whose basketball team is the Rockets.

Space is “part of our psyche here,” Parker said. “It’s how we view ourselves as a city.”

This is a metropolis of 4 million people that has tied its identity to space and to the shuttle specifically. But that identity has taken three hard hits and the loss of thousands of jobs is just one of them.

The first blow came in 2004, when then-President George W. Bush announced the end of the space shuttle program. His plan was to replace it with a return-to-the-moon program run out of Houston.

Then in 2010, President Barack Obama canceled that over-budget Houston-centric shuttle replacement program. He proposed going to an asteroid in a plan that at the moment is less detailed, especially when it comes to Houston’s role. The concept relies on private companies to take NASA’s place when it comes to shuttling people to Earth’s orbit and the International Space Station, with NASA buying rides on these private ships. Many of those private companies — including the acknowledged leader, SpaceX, have little connection to Houston.

Schweiker Represents NJ Wing Well at Lonestar Emergency Services Academy

posted Jul 7, 2011, 3:06 PM by King, Zachary Z Capt CAP/NJ Wing AGRA   [ updated Jul 7, 2011, 4:03 PM ]

    

Seven members of Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron spent 8 hot days in Big Sandy TX last week to attend the nationally accredited Lonestar Emergency Services Academy (LESA).  Nearly 150 CAP members from NHQ, and 10 Wings representing 4 Regions attended this intense training course.  NJ Wing and our 7 members were the second largest wing represented, following only Texas Wing members.

The Schweiker attendees were:

  • C/SSgt Abraham Dera, Advanced GSARSS (GTM2, GTM1, Senior GT Badge)
  • C/TSgt Dylan DeRosa, Advanced GSARSS (GTM3)
  • C/Maj Nicholas Jennings, LESA Cadet Commander (ICS-300)
  • Capt Paul Jennings, Mission Aircrew School (MO, FLM renewal, Basic Observer Wings)
  • Lt Col Robert Jennings, LESA Chief of Staff
  • 1st Lt Zachary King, Mission Aircrew School (MO, Basic Observer Wings)
  • Lt Col J. Israel Thompson, Mission Aircrew School (MO, Basic Observer Wings)

NJ Wing didn't just make our mark with the numbers, we left a lasting impression with the honors we took:

  • C/SSgt Dera completed the difficult and demanding National Association of Search & Rescue (NASAR) SARTech II rating
  • 1st Lt King was the Mission Observer Honor Graduate and, along with his pilot, earned "Top Crew" honors

LESA offers more than 10 courses across ground, air and mission management operations.  Weather conditions each day typically broke 100F with moderate humidity, so it truly was a challenge for everyone who attended.  Texas Wing Commander, Col Brooks Cima, thanked us all for our participation and challenged us to bring down even more NJ Wing members next year!  I have no doubt with all of the buzz we'll have surrounding the outstanding experience this year, we'll have NJ Wing members anxious to attend this outstanding ES training opportunity.

Congratulations to all of the Schweiker members on your accomplishment!

V/r,

Lt Col Bob Jennings, CAP
Commander

Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron
NJ-059/CC

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