Lyman Field Composite Squadron enhances Hawaii Wing mission readiness
HILO, Hawaii – Civil Air Patrol (CAP) emergency response capabilities at Hilo’s Lyman Field Composite Squadron (LFCS) are expanding. Lyman Field aircraft upgrades and member response training are enhancing mission readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aircraft upgrades include a new engine installed into the squadron’s Cessna 182 aircraft last month. In addition, pilots and mission observers can now see nearby aircraft movement and altitudes on new cockpit displays.
During emergency response planning, CAP commanders minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread by selecting appropriate aircraft and aircrew. Lyman Field’s Cessna is too small a plane for social distancing. However, LFCS can field a husband-wife aircrew qualified for aerial assessment, airborne photography and tsunami warning missions. This will reduce exposure to other members.
Online Wing and Unit meetings have included subjects such as Hurricane Preparedness, a Space Exploration course, and a fun Zumba meeting.
Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer Training School (NCOTS) is an annual Wing training weekend for cadet NCOs to learn leadership and hone their leadership skills. This year the training was hosted online with 54 cadets in attendance.
Cadet Captain Brant Tanaka remarked on the effect of the online classes: “My cadets who attended the online training were already stellar cadets and leaders. The lessons that the classes provided furthered their knowledge and leadership abilities. They’ve become even greater assets to my staff and the cadet program as both students and leaders.”
Cadets are maintaining fitness at home and motivating each other to work toward promotions. Cadet Technical Sergeant Zana Kimura explains: “During this pandemic, I’ve been staying motivated by working on PT [physical training]. I’m walking with my dogs, working out, and learning new skills to help me improve my health which helps me to motivate myself.”
C/2nd Lt Madison Endo explains her method of using clear goals to stay active, “I set clear goals for myself and those I’m mentoring with promotions and such. I’m also continuing PT on my own to keep busy.”
By supporting one another through online platforms, cadets will be ready to jump back into conventional training when stay-at-home restrictions are lifted.
C/1st Lt Madisen Endo
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Article by C/2d Lt Jessica Cogan, Lyman Field Composite Squadron Public Affairs Officer