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Portraits of Tuskegee Airmen
Feb
24
11:00 AM11:00

Portraits of Tuskegee Airmen

Air Group One BBQ & General Member Meeting

 

Special guest Speakers...

Tuskegee Airmen

Bob Friend & Nelson Robinson

 
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The history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen is inspirational to people of all ages. Their life lessons can impart a special meaning for people from all walks of life. From a child in awe of a red-tailed airplane, to the elderly veteran full of gratitude for their fellow war heroes, there is something in each of their stories that can inspire us all to live better, fuller and braver lives.

One such hero is Robert Friend, one of the oldest living original Tuskegee Airmen pilots.  Born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1920, Friend was interested in aviation from a young age. He read stories of World War I pilots in old magazines and made his own makeshift airplanes for imaginative play. Friend had wanted to enlist in the Army to fly for our country, but was turned away. Even though the country was making preparations for war, black Americans could not join the Armed Forces to serve as pilots.

 
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Another such here is Nelson Robinson. At 17 years of age, and serving as a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol, Nelson voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) at Smokey Hill AAB, Salina Kansas, in February 28, 1946. He began Basic Training at Shepherd AAB, Texas and finished at Scott Field, Illinois. He then completed aircraft mechanics school at Keelser Field, Mississippi and P-47 fighter aircraft specialist school at Chanute Field, Illinois. He was then assigned to Lockbourne Army Air Base, Columbus, OH; an all-black military base which was commanded then by Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. At Lockbourne, Nelson was assigned as a P-47N (Jug) fighter aircraft, flight line “Crew Chief,” in the famous all-black 99th Fighter Squadron of the 477th Composite Group & the 332nd Fighter Group known formally as the “Tuskegee Airmen,” which Nelson proudly was.

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CODE TALKERS: THE NAVAJO WEAPON
Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

CODE TALKERS: THE NAVAJO WEAPON

Air Group One BBQ & General Member Meeting

 

Special guest Speaker...

CODE TALKERS: THE NAVAJO WEAPON

In honor of Navajo Code Talker Sam Tsosie Sr, his son, Michael Tsosie, will do a presentation on the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII.

 
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Growing up, young Navajo were told not to speak their language.  But as young Marines in a country at war, men like Samuel Tsosie Sr., Chester Nez and Carl Gorman found their words were their mightiest weapons.

Many scholars credit Philip Johnston with initiating the Code Talker idea. Johnston was a Caucasian who grew up in Leupp, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation.  He approached the Marine Corps in 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor and proposed using Native American Navajo language for combat communications.

His knowledge of the Navajo culture led him to bring four Navajo volunteers to Camp Elliott in San Diego, California (an area that is now part of MCAS-Miramar) for a demonstration. Impressed with successful and efficient English and Navajo translations, the Marine Corps began recruiting Navajos. The first group of twenty-nine recruits entered boot camp, took courses in military communication procedures and developed the code. Approximately 400 Navajo recruited by the Marines learned the code.

The code required proficiency in both English and Navajo. Each letter of the alphabet and common names and words corresponded to English and Navajo code words. Frequently used letters received alternate code words, requiring Code Talkers to memorize hundreds of terms in both languages.

Navajo Code Talkers located on both ends of the radio spoke their own language while using coded phrases not used in their language. For example, the Navajo word for buzzard, jeeshóóʼ, was used for bomber, while the code word used for submarine, béésh łóóʼ, meant iron fish in Navajo.

The Marine Corps deployed the Code Talkers to the Pacific, where the code proved effective and indecipherable. In addition to relaying communications, Marines in the Code Talker program performed other valuable military duties in battles such as Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Working around the clock during the first two days of Iwo Jima, six Navajo Code Talkers sent and received over 800 messages, all without error. According to Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division Signal Officer, “Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima”.

The Navajo code is the only spoken military code that was never deciphered.  The code remained classified until 1968.

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Air Group One, CAF thanks the Mike Tsosie Family for sharing their knowledge of the Navajo Code Talkers story.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor | Commemorative Flyover at 1pm
Dec
10
10:00 AM10:00

Remembering Pearl Harbor | Commemorative Flyover at 1pm

Remembering Pearl Harbor

 

Air Group One's SNJ-5 "Sassy" will perform a Commemorative flyover of Fort Rosecrans in Honor of the Past and to Inspire the Future

 

Overview of the event:

We are celebrating the National Park Service centennial all throughout 2016 and the culminating event for this historic milestone at Cabrillo National Monument will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States entrance into World War II. The theme is life of the home front, honoring the past and inspiring the future. We aim to share with the public how the war affected the daily lives of people living in the United States.

As we look forward to the next 100 years of stewardship, how will we interpret the stories and events of the 21st century in our parks? We invite you to join us for this important event.

The event will feature:

  • Tours of the restored military history bunker Battery Command E by reenactors dressed in period correct attire.
  • A flyover by a WWII era plane, a 1943 SNJ-5, "Sassy.” THE AIRPLANE THAT TRAINED MANY OF OUR AMERICAN AND ALLIED WWII PILOTS!
  • Lady Liberty Car Show, featuring cars from 1940’s and earlier. Vote for the people’s choice award and get your photo taken with classy ladies dressed in the finest 1940’s period dresses.
  • An interpretative exhibit displaying the Medal of Honor awarded to William Cronan in 1906 for his heroic actions during the explosion of the gunboat USS Bennington in 1906. William Cronan went on to serve as a Lieutenant Commander in Hawaii during WWII.
  • Guided Ranger walks to the searchlight bunker and generator room.
  • Presentations by men and women who lived on the home front in San Diego during the war.
  • Ranger programs about what life was like in the United States during the war.
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AG1 A-STEM at SD Festival of Science & Engineering
Mar
5
9:00 AM09:00

AG1 A-STEM at SD Festival of Science & Engineering

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!

Contact Matt Jernejcic for details

Air Group One's A-STEM program will be showcased at The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering on March 5th. The festival is a ten-day educational experience including interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in all that encompasses STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The week kicks off with its largest event EXPO Day (March 5th) at PETCO Park. EXPO Day is free and open to the public. Hundreds of community businesses and organizations will participate in EXPO Day in addition to over 60 programs and events that will follow throughout the week all throughout the county of San Diego. More than 75,000 kids, parents, teachers, industry leaders and community members are anticipated to attend during Festival Week.

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YOUTH AVIATION EDUCATION DAY AT AIRSHOW SAN DIEGO 2015
Jun
19
9:00 AM09:00

YOUTH AVIATION EDUCATION DAY AT AIRSHOW SAN DIEGO 2015

Friday June 19, 2015, 9AM – 3PM at Gillespie Field before the 2015 AirShow San Diego. Scheduled reserved escorted group tours for all ages of students, about 2 hours. Visit display aircraft and related aviation education booth displays. Experience hands-on aviation with knowledgeable experts, pilots, engineers, college students.

Reservations required.

Volunteers are needed for student administration, organization, knowledgeable tour guides, safety escorts.

CONTACT:  John Telles at AG-1:  burnernow@gmail.com,  and/or cell  760-458-4230. Many more details available upon request.

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EXPO - SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

EXPO - SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

Saturday March 21, 2015, 10AM – 5PM at Petco Park. A joint education display in collaboration with GKN Aerospace, Inc. of El Cajon to provide real aerospace materials examples for hands-on experience, for students of all ages, to motivate and encourage students towards aviation and college/career paths in Engineering. No reservations required.

Volunteers are needed for display setup/breakdown, booth attendants, knowledgeable about aerospace topics and college/career paths in Engineering.

CONTACT:  John Telles at AG-1:  burnernow@gmail.com,  and/or cell  760-458-4230. Many more details available upon request.

JT  1/22/2015

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SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
Mar
19
9:00 AM09:00

SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

Thursday March 19, 2015, 9AM – 3PM at the San Diego Air & Space Museum Annex, Gillespie Field. A-STEM classes for Middle School students. Topics include Principles of Flight, Aerospace Materials, and Space Operations, Propulsion Systems, Weather/Meteorology, Robotics Communication, intended to motivate students towards college education/career paths in Engineering. Reservations required.

Volunteers are needed for student administration, organization, escorts, and class instructors.

CONTACT:  John Telles at AG-1:  burnernow@gmail.com,  and/or cell  760-458-4230. Many more details available upon request.

JT  1/22/2015

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Weekly Wednesdays A-STEM Youth Education Event
Feb
18
to Mar 25

Weekly Wednesdays A-STEM Youth Education Event

  • Boys & Girls Club of East County (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weekly Wednesdays Feb. 18 to Mar. 25, 2015, 3-4PM at the Santee B&GC for Middle School students. Subjects are Principles of Flight and Weather/Meteorology for Kids. Subsequent periods for all B&GCs of East County are yet to be scheduled, but instructors are needed to begin class preparation for the expanded schedule (To be announced).

CONTACT:  John Telles at Air Group One:  burnernow@gmail.com,  and/or cell  760-458-4230. Many more details available upon request.

JT  1/22/2015

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Air Group One:  A-STEM Educational Program
Dec
30
9:00 AM09:00

Air Group One: A-STEM Educational Program

  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Annex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WE MOTIVATE STUDENTS: Air Group One A-STEM

NATIONAL GOAL:  To positively influence the imaginations, and career ambitions of America’s young people, A-STEM focuses on engaging and retaining students to encourage their pursuit of educational disciplines critical to America’s future engineering, scientific, and technical missions.

A-STEM is a youth education and motivation program with scheduled sequential topics. Subjects include Aerodynamics, Aerospace Materials, and Space Operations. Students groups are divided into escorted smaller groups that rotate through several learning stations with experienced aerospace instructors and technicians discussing aerodynamics, propulsion, aerospace materials, space operations, communications, and aerospace careers. Students are in direct contact with real aircraft and equipment, with the assistance of qualified pilots/instructors and engineers from various industries, such as GKN Aerospace in El Cajon, California.


The program is organized and executed by Air Group One, and is a synergistic effort by many in the aerospace community of San Diego County. Volunteers from many different specialties have organized for the sake of our nation’s youth, particularly in San Diego and East San Diego County.

Please note: This 9AM-3PM event takes place at Gillespie Field, El Cajon for up to 40 attendees (teachers, parents & chaperons NOT included). To sign up, please contact  John Telles (760)458-4230 or burnernow@gmail.com  

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Air Group One wins AIAA award!
May
15
5:30 PM17:30

Air Group One wins AIAA award!

Air Group One wins The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) award for Outstanding Corporate Contribution to the Community.

This award is in celebration of Air Group One's efforts in Aviation STEM (A-STEM) and in preserving aviation history.

Previous winners include:

NAVAIR North Island
Northrop Grumman-Unmanned Systems
Malin Space Science Systems
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.
Northrop Grumman Information Systems

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

Click here to attend the Award Ceremony

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@caf1957

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ECEDC Welcome at the Air Group One A-STEM Event
Feb
8
9:00 AM09:00

ECEDC Welcome at the Air Group One A-STEM Event

The program is organized and executed by Air Group One, based at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, CA, and is a synergistic effort by many in the aviation community. Volunteers from many different aviation environments have organized for the sake of our nation’s  youth, in San Diego County.

Aviation Day consists of scheduled sequential topics every 50 minutes. Subjects will include Power Plants, Aerodynamics, Helicopters, Aviation Materials, Space-age topics, Robotics and Aviation Careers. Students will be divided into escorted smaller groups that rotate through several learning stations with experienced aviation instructors and technicians. Students will be in direct contact with real aircraft and equipment, with the assistance of qualified pilots/instructors.

Any questions, please contact  Col. John Telles, AG-1 Youth Education Coordinator at 
(760)458-4230 or burnernow@gmail.com


Marketing Director: Rich Kenney 858-837-2068 or  airgroup1caf@gmail.com

http://ag1caf.org/a-stem/

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"AIR RAID Point Loma" Pearl Harbor Commemoration by Air Group One
Dec
7
to Dec 8

"AIR RAID Point Loma" Pearl Harbor Commemoration by Air Group One

AIR RAID POINT LOMA 2013

In 2011, Air Group One of the Commemorative Air Force began it’s 44 month program of honoring the 70th Anniversary of World War II with fly over’s of the “AIR RAID – Pearl Harbor, Fort Rosecrans Goes to War” event December 3 & 4th at the Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, CA. Air Group One participated with an information booth, historians and members plus providing our beautifully restored SNJ-5 “Sassy” flyovers to provide additional authenticity for this unique and timely San Diego event.

Air Group One continues this tradition in 2013 with its Remembrance of Pearl Harbor with fly overs by our beautifully restored SNJ-5 “Sassy” which will provide additional authenticity for this unique and timely San Diego event. 

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WAISD - You can be a Pilot" Careers in Aviation Girl ScoutCamp
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

WAISD - You can be a Pilot" Careers in Aviation Girl ScoutCamp

The San Diego Women in Aviation Chapter & The Commemorative Air Force Wing are hosting a Girl Scout Camp on Saturday October 19, 2013 from 9am-12pm at Gillespie Field Airport inside the Commemorative Air Force Hanger. This camp will educate girls from 6th-12th grade about the opportunities in the Aviation & Aerospace Industry! 

"Go up, up and away as you discover what it’s like to fly an airplane around the world! Step into the boots of commercial, helicopter and military pilots, then put on your aviator sunglasses and slide into the cockpit of a real airplane. Learn what it’s like to be a “Top Gun” flight instructor, flight surgeon or attendant. Avoid a crash landing as you explore air traffic control and airport safety. Whether you want to blast off into space or keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, the sky’s the limit!"

We are looking for helping hands of individuals in the  San Diego  Community as well as the Aviation Industry to help motivate the girls to pursue their dreams & education goals. 

Who are we looking for to volunteer?

Men & Women in the Industry:

  • Pilots (Commercial, Commuter, Cargo, Corporate, Military, Recreational, Flight Instructor)
  • Mechanics A&P
  • Flight Attendants
  • Aircraft Dispatcher
  • Station Agent
  • Station Managers
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • UAV (All Careers)
  • Space
  • Airport Manager
  • ATC Controller 
  • Safety Inspector
  • NTSB employees
  • FAA employees
  • Airport Authority employees
  • Airline employees
  • Aviation or Aerospace  Company employees
  • Military Personnel 
  • Flight surgeon
  • All Careers are Welcome! 

***Anyone willing to help with the camp stations, set up, tear down, photography, social media, and timekeeping are all welcome and very important! This will be an excellent networking opportunity for you as we  have various Airline & Aviation Companies volunteering! ****

Tell me more about the Camp: 

In a nutshell, the camp will be set up with roughly 5 stations. At each station, the Girl Scouts will learn about ALL of the careers of the industry. (Not only Pilots) . The Girl Scouts will interact with the volunteers by asking questions and gaining knowledge about the industry. (Many girls might not even know women fly planes!) The girls will mainly be interacting with the volunteers on a panel but there are opportunities such as trying on a flight suit, taking tours inside the aircrafts, along with listening to the volunteers talk about how he or she was able to attain their career.

There will be a volunteer meeting for  the" You can Be a Pilot" camp which will be held on 

Monday September 23, 2013 at 6pm 

Location: Casa Machado Restaurant (in Kearny Mesa @ MYF Airport)

Address: 3750 John J Montgomery Drive, San Diego, CA 92123
This meeting is for anyone that is planning to volunteer or teach a station (Career pannel) and for those of you who would like more information about the camp. You will be able to  pick up your volunteer Packet at this meeting!

If you know someone that would be a perfect volunteer or speaker for this camp please forward this email or post at the office! 

Attached is a flier for the camp, feel free to print & hang with this email. 

If you would like to sign up to Volunteer for the Camp please utilize the link below:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZZVH77V

Thank you for considering being a volunteer, we are looking forward to educating these young women about their potential!!!!

“Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off. But if you don't have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you.” 
― Amelia Earhart

Paris M. Clement

Director of Community Outreach & Social Media

San Diego Chapter 61

Women in Aviation International

619.944.3077

Interested in enrolling your daughter in "You Can Be a Pilot" camp or want a little more info on the camp form the Girl Scout Website?  click the link below: 

https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=157778866

Here is a list of our Women in Aviation upcoming events for your convenience:

http://www.waisd.greenrope.com/EventsList.html

 

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Cabrillo Monument Trip - A Member Event
Sep
28
10:30 AM10:30

Cabrillo Monument Trip - A Member Event

Following the Air Group One general meeting we are going to do something a little different: a field trip to the Cabrillo Monument! There is lots to do there both military and non-military:

  • Military Bunker with reenactors dressed in period clothingMilitary Museum--really good and only takes a few minutes to tour20-minute movies in Visitor Center on whales, Cabrillo and tide pool life--very good!Cabrillo Centennial--art show in Visitor's Center Short hike to lighthouseTide Pools--low tide is at 11:54 am (we may need to park down by water earlier...  lot can fill up quickly)Spectacular views of San Diego--great backdrop for group photosGreat places for a group picnic--bring our own or shareEvent time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm or so

Bring your camera, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, water and snacks. And a jacket if you tend to get chilly as sometimes the wind up there drops the temperature dramatically.The Fort Rosecrans Cemetery is breathtaking for several reasons and everyone should walk down an aisle and express their gratitude. Cabrillo website: http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm We can carpool from hangar or closer to Cabrillo if we want. The entrance fee is $5 per car. 

Further details at the meeting. See you there!

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