Hanscom Composite Squadron

Civil Air Patrol - US Air Force Auxiliary

New Members - Welcome to Hanscom Composite Squadron

 

Whatever your background and skills are, Hanscom Squadron has something to offer that can interest and challenge you. As members of the Hanscom Composite Squadron, we take great pride in our squadron, and the services it provides to our community and nation. We are recognized as one of the leading squadrons in the Massachusetts Wing and are very proud of this accomplishment.

 

The Civil Air Patrol is Congressionally tasked with three main missions of:

  • Emergency Services
  • Cadet Programs
  • Aerospace Education

Within the scope of these three main missions there are many different skills, roles and opportunities As you to become involved with the squadron, you will have many opportunities to contribute your talents, and refine your technical and leadership skills as we carry out these very important missions.

 

This Guide

This guide has been prepared to help our new members assimilate into the squadron and understand the tasks you will need to complete to lay the solid foundations of your Civil Air Patrol membership and moving on within the squadron. The level one (new member) tasks are:

  • Become conversant with online resources
  • Get into uniform
  • Attend Squadron Meetings
  • Complete Level 1 of CAP training. (Safety, Orientation, Cadet Protection and Operational Security)
  • Select an operational specialty track to participate in, so that you may participate in squadron events and missions .

The things you need to accomplish are listed more or less in the order in which it is recommend you complete them, but you can do most of them in any order you choose.


To help you assimilate into Hanscom Composite Squadron, you will be assigned to the new members group known as Tango Flight.

 

You can download the complete Tango Flight guide pdf document by selecting the link "Tango Flight Guide"

 

So jump in and get involved, and don't be afraid to ask for assistance, we have a great team at Hanscom and are here to help you get involved and be successful!

 

New Member Grades

Once your Civil Air Patrol application has been processed and accepted you will receive your Civil Air Patrol membership welcome pack in the mail. You will also receive your Civil Air Patrol membership number.

At this stage of your Civil Air Patrol membership your designated grade is Senior Member (SM).
As a Senior Member you will need to complete a number of steps before you can be considered for your first and subsequent promotions. For most senior members the first promotion is to Second Lieutenant.

Note: Civil Air Patrol takes into account military ranks and grades that members have attained during and civilian professional qualifications, for instance FAA pilot certifications, medical and law education / qualifications that will be used during your Civil Air Patrol service. If you believe you may eligible for promotion under this scheme, you should contact the squadron commander for more information.

 

Attending Squadron Meetings

Squadron meetings are the scheduled times we come together as a team and discuss the important issues that concern the squadron. On many occasions we use the squadron meeting to hold Civil Air Patrol related training. All members are encouraged to participate in training.

The squadron usually meets on the first and third Monday of each month at the squadron headquarters at:


30 Patrick Loop,
Bldg 1121,
Hanscom AFB
Lexington, Massachusetts
01731

 

Safety

Safety is both the Civil Air Patrol's and Hanscom Squadron's number one priority in all we do. Once a month a safety brief is given during the squadron meeting to help ensure that you are "safety current". Any member who is not deemed "safety current" may not participate in any CAP activities until they become safety current. Attending a safety brief is the best way to keep your safety status as current.

 

Gaining Access to Hanscom Air Force Base.

Until you have completed the required steps and subsequently received your Civil Air Patrol ID you will need to be escorted onto Hanscom Air Force Base (unless you have another form of valid identification that allows you access to the base). Arrangements for you to access the base can be made for you by the Tango Flight Commander or the Hanscom Squadron Commander.

 

Basic Military Customs and Courtesies

As members of Civil Air Patrol, we are the Auxiliary of the United States Air Force.  We are located on an active Air Force installation and we should know how to conduct ourselves when in uniform.  In addition, following military protocol is a significant part of our Cadet mission. 
 
As Senior Members you are expected you to set the standards.  A great place to start would be to review the Drill for Seniors brochure.  Pay special attention to the sections on Attention, Saluting and Introduction to Ceremonies. In addition, I am including a series of videos that will provide the basics for what is expected of Senior Members.  As part of your continued training, we will periodically conduct group review sessions at the squadron building as well.  Members are encouraged to practice these movements on your own time: Attention  Proper Salute

 

Get Into Uniform

Proper wear of the Civil Air Patrol uniform not only shows that you belong to Civil Air Patrol, but it is also gives the viewer a first impression of your (and by default the organization's) professionalism. Uniforms also meet a certain standard for functionality and safety for the environment they are designed for. The Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) for example is suited for operating safely in a field environment whereas a flight suit meets minimum fire resistant criteria for the safety of the aircrew.

There are many uniforms and options for senior members - the most popular and regularly used are covered in this guide. Popular uniform options for senior members (and are covered in this guide) in the Hanscom squadron are:

  • CAP Knit (Golf) Shirt Uniform. This is the most popular uniform for squadron meetings.
  • CAP Distinctive Uniform - Appropriate for squadron meetings / training courses etc
  • AF-Style Uniform - Appropriate for squadron meetings / training courses etc
  • Flight Suits - Appropriate for flying missions / training etc
  • Utility, and Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) Appropriate for outdoor missions / training courses etc

Vanguard Civil Air Patrol store http://www.vanguardmil.com is your source for the Civil Air Patrol knit (golf) shirt. To start, you can get the less expensive blue golf shirt with screened CAP seal. You may optionally buy the more expensive polo shirt with an embroidered Civil Air Patrol logo.

Civil Air Patrol members are authorized to wear Civil Air Patrol distinctive uniforms as well as uniforms similar to the U.S. Air Force. Civil Air Patrol uses distinctive emblems, insignia, and badges to identify individuals wearing the Air Force-style uniforms as CAP members.

Wear of the Air Force style uniforms, as well as the insignia, badges, and devices worn on these uniforms are as prescribed by the Commander CAP-USAF with the approval of Headquarters USAF. Members electing to wear the Air Force-style uniforms must meet the weight and grooming standards prescribed in CAPM 39-1

Civil Air Patrol prescribes wear policy and the use of CAP emblems, insignia, and badges on the CAP distinctive uniforms. This policy can be found in CAPM 39-1

There are certain guidelines Civil Air Patrol members must adhere to when wearing both Civil Air Patrol Uniforms
and Air Force style uniforms. Members who do not meet the weight and grooming criteria must not wear Air Force Style or corporate
uniforms but instead opt for Civil Air Patrol uniforms. CAP weight standards are AF standards plus 10%

  • No waivers for beards
  • Articles such as papers, wallets, pencils, pens, pins, jewelry, handkerchiefs, combs, cigarettes, pipes, sunglass cases, etc. will not be worn or carried exposed on the uniform.
  • Jewelry: Women only may wear one small spherical (ball) conservative matched earring per lobe.
  • Other visible ornaments around the neck or on the head, ornamented eye glasses, and ankle bracelets are prohibited while in uniform.
  • Proper wear of the uniform.

Civil Air Patrol Knit (Golf) Shirt Uniform

The CAP knit / golf shirt is the uniform senior members typically choose to wear for squadron meetings.

  • The most popular choice by squadron members for regular meetings.
  • The most casual uniform for both male and female senior members.
  • This combination may be worn by senior members regardless of grade.
  • Black leather jacket is an approved outer garment.
  • Screen-printed CAP seal on left breast. -or- Embroidered CAP seal on right breast 
  • Optional name and aeronautical rating or specialty badge on left breast.)
  • The CAP knit shirts can only be worn as part of a complete uniform, including:
    - Gray trousers/slacks/skirt, (not denim)
    - Plain black civilian belt with non-decorative gold or silver buckle,
    - Black socks and shoes.
    - Head gear is not required but the CAP baseball cap may be worn.

Civil Air Patrol Distinctive Uniform

Civil Air Patrol members are authorized to wear Civil Air Patrol distinctive uniforms as well as uniforms similar to the U.S. Air Force. Civil Air Patrol uses distinctive emblems, insignia, and badges to identify individuals wearing the Air Force-style uniforms as CAP members.

  • Suitable for all senior members, including those not meeting the AF-style uniform standards of wear for reasons of grooming or weight.
  • White aviator shirt, gray 3-line nameplate, gray epaulets,
    (available from Vanguard Civil Air Patrol Store http://www.vanguardmil.com)

    Wear with
  • Gray trousers / slacks / skirt.
  • Plain black civilian belt with non-decorative gold or silver buckle.
  • Black socks and shoes.
  • CAP ribbons centered above left breast pocket. No military ribbons
  • CAP Aviation Badge ½ inch above ribbons or left breast pocket if no ribbons.
  • Head gear is not required but the CAP baseball cap may be worn
  • CAP Specialty Badge centered on left breast pocket.
  • Only one aviation and one added CAP badge authorized

 

 

Air Force Style Uniform

Senior members electing to wear the Air Force-style uniforms must meet the weight and grooming standards prescribed in CAPM 39-1

  •  Air Force uniform items may be purchased from available from Vanguard
    (http://www.vanguardmil.com) or a Base Exchange (BX) uniform store.
  • CAP specific items must be purchased from Vanguard
  • For detailed requirements see CAPM 39-1
  • No wing of other patches are permitted to be worn with this uniform
  • Air Force light blue long or short sleeve shirt / blouse
  • A USAF blue tie (& CAP tie pin) is worn with the long sleeve shirt.
  • AF blue AF-style trousers/skirts/slacks
  • Wear with blue regulation  1-1/4 “ web belt with silver buckle
  • Air Force Flight cap with Civil Air Patrol device or Field Grade service cap

 

 

Air Force Style Flight Suit

Senior members electing to wear the Air Force-style uniforms must meet the weight and grooming standards prescribed in CAPM 39-1. Typically worn by CAP mission flight crews.

 

Wear with

  • White, black or brown t-shirts
  • Leather name patch
  • Approved wear of specialty insignia as well as aeronautical rating
  • Plastic encased grade
  • Optional right shoulder patches
  • Flight cap or CAP baseball cap
  • Command Patch
  • Black combat style boots

 

 

 

Civil Air Patrol Flight Suit

Senior members electing to wear the CAP flight suit uniform must meet the weight and grooming standards prescribed in CAPM 39-1 Typically worn by CAP mission flight crews.

 

Wear with

  • White t-shirt
  • Grade insignia: Embroidered or plastic encased
  • Leather name patch
  • Aeronautical badges and specialty insignia
  • Command Patch
  • Optional right shoulder patches
  • No military badges
  • Flight cap or CAP baseball cap
  • Dark blue embroidered grade insignia
    Outer garments
  • Blue flight jacket
  • Black leather jacket
  • Civilian outer garments

 

CAP Utility Uniform

  • One-piece, flight suit style
  • No weight or grooming standards
  • Worn as CAP or AF-style flight suit
  • Grade insignia - cloth or plastic encased
  • White or black t-shirts
  • Command Patch
  • No military patches
  • No headgear required
  • Black combat style boots
  • Any civilian outer garment
  • Not Nomex!



Civil Air Patrol Field Uniform

  • Worn same as AF BDU's
  • Civil Air Patrol tape mandatory
  • Reverse American Flag on right shoulder
  • Other patches lower left pocket
  • Wing Patch optional
  • White or black t-shirt
  • Trousers may be bloused
  • Blue BDU hat authorized with grade insignia (Headgear not required)
  • Blue flight jacket authorized (If worn same devices as shirt)
  • Civilian outer garments permitted




 

 

 

 

Battle Dress Uniform (BDU’s)

  • Weight/grooming standards apply
  • Woodland green shirt and pants
  • Headgear, standard BDU cap (no boonie or USMC hats)
  • Black or Brown t-shirt
  • Black combat style boots
  • Wing patch on left arm
  • Reverse American Flag patch on right arm mandatory
  • Name tape over right hand side breast pocket
  • Civil Air Patrol tape over left hand side breast pocket
  • Embroidered grade insignia for senior member officers is mandatory
  • Gortex parka authorized
  • Uniform items available from Vanguard (http://www.vanguardmil.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A resource you will find useful is the uniform mini-posters at http://members.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/Uniform_Mini_Posters_FFEA1A0DBEC38.pdf . (Note: you will have received a copy of the mini-posters in your new member binder.)

 

If you need help assembling and wearing your uniform or have any questions, ask any member of the command staff or other senior member!

 

 

Civil Air Patrol Online Resources


Web sites are one of the main ways Civil Air Patrol distributes information and various data to its members. in order to operate effectively as a Civil Air Patrol member It is important for you to be able to get online, navigate to the correct Civil Air Patrol website(s) and access the information and training courses. If you have any issues with either getting online or accessing any of the online services, please contact the Tango Flight commander for assistance.
Some Civil Air Patrol websites you will find useful are:

  • Civil Air Patrol Public Site
 http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/
  • eServices - secured site containing member data, training, qualifications, appointments and other data  
https://www.capnhq.gov/
  • "Members" section of the public site http://www.capmembers.com/
    
The Members pages also have sections for specific interest areas
    - CAP Pilots
    - CAP University
    - Forms, Publications & Regulations
    - Safety
    - Drug Demand Reduction
    - CAP National HQ
    - Employment
    - Vanguard - CAP specific supplies

  • Web Mission Information Management System - WMIRS - management and tracking of mission activity https://missions.cap.af.mil/wmirs/index.cfm


    Items which members can access in eServices and WMIRS are based primarily on Duty Position held and/or operational qualifications held. Wing Security Administrators (WSA) can grant specific access to some applications in eServices. In WMIRS members with the proper access rights can grant additional access.

  • Hanscom Composite Squadron 
http://www.hanscomcap.org
  • Massachusetts Wing Civil Air Patrol 
http://http://www.mawg.cap.gov/
  • Vanguard (Civil Air Patrol Official Store) 
http://www.vanguardmil.com

Accessing  Civil Air Patrol E-Services


eServices is the online personnel system of CAP National Headquarters. It is a secured site (meaning you need to enter your log on credentials to gain access to it) containing member data, training, qualifications, appointments and other data. eServices can be accessed at http://www.capnhq.gov


Creating an account and accessing eServices is an important task you will need to successfully complete as there is a lot of information that you will need that is available through the e-Services website. In addition e-Services is the go to place for most of the courses you you will need to complete. Once you have created an account, you may log in under your CAPID or by the assigned login ID furnished by National Headquarters

 

Once you have created an account, you may log in under your CAPID or by the assigned login ID furnished by National Headquarters.


Within eServices, you can:

  • Log all specialty qualifications for your personal CAP 101 card
  • Review and edit your contact/member information
  • Review cadet and senior training data
  • Access online tests
  • Review/edit/add your qualifications (and tasks pertaining to your qualifications)
  • Find qualifications of other members
  • Get access to CAP publications, forms and meeting minutes (BoG, NB, NEC)
  • Access to CAP recruiting materials.
  • Access Restricted Applications depending on your privileges granted by your WSA (Web Security Administrator)
  • Download programs for your use such as a virus scanner
  • Etc.

You will need to complete the following action in E-service

  • Sign-on to the National HQ E-Services web site, create an account, (request a password and ID)
  • Review the e-Services and Operations Qualifications manual (CAPP 217)
  • Update your personal and contact information in Review/Edit My Member Info
  • Upload your picture (review the submissions guidelines first) for your ID card and CAPF 101 Operational Specialty Qualification Card, and email your Squadron Commander to let him know to validate it.

 

 

Creating an account
Go online and within any standard internet browser and navigate to the Civil Air Patrol National HQ web site. http://members.gocivilairpatrol.com/

 

You will be presented with the to the Civil Air Patrol National HQ website (above)

>>Click “ESERVICES” (Located on the left hand side menu,)

You will be presented with the to the Civil Air Patrol eServices Sign In form (below)

 

 

To gain access to the website and its many services, you will need to request an I.D and  password.

>> Click “First time eServices users click here to activate your account!”

You will be presented with the to the Civil Air Patrol eServices Sign In form (below)

 

 

Enter your details on the form. Required information is:

  • Last Name
  • Last 4 of SSN
  • Email Address (the email address you wish to receive all CAP email correspondence to)
  • Date of Birth


Note - to ensure your online privacy, this is a secure, encrypted page - you should check the page address begins with “https://”

Once  you have completed the eServices Sign In form and have submitted it, you will receive am email confirmation to the email address you have supplied. You will be issued a temporary user ID and password (which you will be required to change on first login). Using the information contained within the email, you will now be able to to log in to the website.  Once you have successfully logged into the eServices website for for the first time,  and access level 1 Foundation courses.


Go online and navigate to the Civil Air Patrol National HQ web site. http://members.gocivilairpatrol.com/

>> Located on the left hand side menu, click “ESERVICES”
You will be presented with the to the Civil Air Patrol eServices Sign In form (below)

 

>> Enter your CAPID and Password
>> Click “Sign In”
This will take you to the “Welcome to the eServices page (below)

 

 

 

This page contains the links you will need to gain access to the many Civil Air Patrol resources to complete your Level 1 Foundation training.

 

Initial Actions:

  • Review the e-Services and Operations Qualifications manual  (CAPP 217).
  • Update your personal and contact information in Review/Edit My Member Info
  • Go to Personal Characteristics, update your personal information and upload a digital picture of yourself (review the submissions guidelines first). This photograph will be used for your Civil Air Patrol ID card and CAPF 101 Operational Specialty Qualification Card. Once you have completed this you must email  the Squadron Commander to let him know to validate it.

Level 1 - foundation training.

 

Once your application has been processed and you receive your CAP ID,  the very first thing you will need to complete is Level 1 of your training. Level 1 consists of a number of online courses, covering the basics of Civil Air Patrol assimilation and  knowledge you will need in order to become familiar with Civil Air Patrol procedures and to become an effective member of the squadron.

 

Go to CAP University to view all available courses. Or, go directly to LEVEL ONE to complete these courses online, then contact your Squadron Commander to review your Foundations and CPPT quiz answers.


The items that make up Level 1 foundation training are:

  • Set up your Civil Air Patrol e-Services account
  • Complete Operational Security Course (OPSEC.)
  • Complete  the Introduction to Civil Air Patrol Safety for New Members.
  • Complete Cadet Protection Program Training  (CPPT) (For members aged 17 & older only)
  • Complete Equal Opportunity Briefing
  • Complete Level I: Foundations Course, consisting of:
    - Module 1 History & Organization article
    - Module 1 History & Organization article & History & Organization quiz
    - Module 2 Policies article & Policies quiz
    - Module 3 Uniforms article & Uniforms quiz
    - Module 4 Customs & Courtesies article & Customs & Courtesies quiz
    - Module 5 Core Values article & Core Values quiz
    - Module 6 Leadership article & Leadership quiz


Level 1 training and quizzes can be found at: http://www.capmembers.com/cap_university/level_i_foundations.cfm

Each module should take less than 15 minutes to read, and each quiz should take less than 15 minutes to complete. You will need the free Adobe PDF Reader or a compatible PDF viewer to view these materials.

Once you have completed the 5 sub courses at home, you will have a "summary conversation" with you mentor or unit commander. During the summary conversation, they will review your "Foundations Course" quizzes, as well as, answer any questions you have. They will also prepare you for the next level of achievement, Level II, and explain how you can be more active in the unit. Finally, they will have you sign a Form 11 (PD Directors Report) crediting you with completion of Level I.

Most of the material and courses you will need to learn and pass on, are available to study online. The material and subjects which Level 1 consists of  are the following courses:

 

Complete these courses online, then contact your Flight Commander, Major Mark Harrison, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to review your Foundations and Cadet Protection Program Training (CPPT) quiz answers. He will then submit CAP Form 11 Directors Report to NHQ to record your completion of Level I.

Note: You cannot do much more than attend squadron meetings until you complete Level 1.

Connect with Massachusetts Wing


We encourage all of our squadron members to sign up to the Massachusetts Wing website and its related services. Wing will provide you with information, updates, news and more once you have registered with them. Wing provides

Sign-up for MA Wing email lists.  This way, you will be informed of upcoming training classes, missions, etc.

To request a log in to access the Massachusetts Wing pages and services, go online and navigate to the Massachusetts Wing Civil Air Patrol web page http://www.mawg.cap.gov/

 



 

 

 >> Click “Members” (Located on the left hand side  “Home” menu)

This will take you to the “Welcome to MAWG.cap.gov” view (below)

 

 

 

 >> Click “Can't access your account?” (Located on the left hand side  within the “Log In” menu)

 

 

Make a note of the the email address information on the page (note: the addresses shown above are subject to change and may be different from those contained here)
Send an Email to the email addresses stating to you wish to obtain a Mass Wing Log In username and password
Provide the following information

  • Squadron (Hanscom Composite Squadron)
  • Full Name
  • Grade (Senior Member / 2d Lt / 1st Lt / Etc)
  • CAP ID

Mass Wing will reply to you with your log on information credentials and your new email Mass Wing address information

You may now log into the to Mass Wing website by going to http://www.mawg.cap.gov/

 

>> Click “Members” (Located on the left hand side  “Home” menu)

 

 


Once you are successfully  logged in, go to “EDIT YOUR PROFILE” and then “CHANGE PROFILE” to bring up the email lists.  Select from the choices that would be appropriate to your mission.

 

Pick a job to do

Please review the job descriptions in the Great Start guide as well as CAPM 20-1. Send your Squadron Commander a list of three duty assignments you would be interested in. It’s mandatory for active Squadron members to be assigned to a duty assignment. We normally start you out assisting someone already performing that function, if possible, to mentor you. And no, don’t worry, you won’t be stuck doing that assignment for your entire CAP career — we like to move people around periodically.  

 

 


 

Certificate of Completion and Membership Ribbon

Upon completion of Level I, you will formally be awarded a Certificate of Completion and receive your Membership Ribbon. 

 
Upon successful completion of the above, you will transfer out of Tango Flight and into Echo Flight.