AuxBeacon News Comments: Current Year 2017
This is in direct violation of OSHA Federal Regulations. Forklift operators must be trained in the proper use of attachments (and people) because they alter the performance of the forklift. Attachments affect the truck’s performance by changing its center of gravity, visibility, and capacity.
OSHA strictly forbids lifting and holding workers on forks unless they use an approved work platform with railings. A forklift operator is required to wear a seat belt. People cannot use the tire to stand on or be near a moving forklift.
With all the safety classes the CAP requires you to do, this is the end result. The CAP has no business with tree removal, debris clearing, chainsaw usage, forklift operation, etc unless they are properly trained, certified and insured. Clearly, they are NOT!
– Safety Guru | January 26, 2017
I am a less than 3 years member of GAWG Civil Air Patrol who recently met a former member who showed me some history. She and her son were forced out of CAP when her squadron was shut down in an attempt to block communications regarding what happened to Tonya Boylan and those who found Greenwood and Knight covering up financial and aviation fraud and abuse of authority in Georgia Wing. She directed me to your website so I could read these events for myself.
Recently, a list of the Georgia Legislative Squadron Members was sent out by 1st Lt Candace Serafin of Georgia Wing. I hope you can find a way to use this.
Legislative Squadron Commander
Lt Col Hon. Rep. Terry Rogers
Legislative Majors 2-year
Hon. Rep. David C. Belton
Hon. Rep. Michael Caldwell
Hon. Rep. Jeff Jones
Hon. Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick
Hon. Sen. P.K. Martin
Hon. Rep. Paulette Rakestraw
Hon. Rep. Valencia Stovall
Hon. Rep. Erica Thomas
Hon. Rep. Keisha Waites
Hon. Rep. Bill Werkheiser
Hon. Sen. Elena Parent
Hon. Rep. David Ralston
Hon. Rep. Greg A. Morris
– Lawrenceville | January 18, 2017
Someone took some quality time to organize a solid argument exposing the fraud of CAP-NRAT’s claims in Colorado. Here is an extract from the latest on that blog.
– NRAT Fraud | January 14, 2017
These two characters [Theodore L. Shaffer and Robert Ray Hill] are in my CAP wing, Ohio Wing. One is the Wing Ding. Both are ridiculed. To find out why, look up Robert Ray Hill’s Diploma Mill PhD.
– Ohio Knows | January 13, 2017
If you tell the lie often enough and with enthusiasm, eventually it is believed and incorporated into the group.
I was sad last night at our squadron meeting. Our 2LT recruiting officer met with a parent and his daughter and recounted story after story about how CAP responds to mission after mission and saves lives on a weekly basis (or so it sounded).
I wanted to just politely ask our 2LT if he had actual basis of fact but being the “senior” officer (10-year veteran and major) I just sat and listened. Meanwhile, looking around, our cadets were nodding off, seniors looking bored, “instructor” rambling on with out of date materials and telling mostly urban legend stories, I wondered why I was still attending.
I guess I am one of the dupes that is hooked. Or there is nothing better to do on a meeting night. Or I keep hoping we will have a mission. Or I hope something will change.
Eventually our rabid 2LT will figure out the facts and leave the program. Our newly recruited cadets will not renew.
Sad fact is we have no missions for the CAP masses. That’s OK, but we keep selling that as a recruiting deal. Why not have a first-class youth program? Or build a neighborhood (i.e. squadron) CERT team. Or actually work with some local agency and become relevant. We don’t. We keep the cult alive with half-truths and urban legend. Veterans like me show up, smile, and keep the dream alive.
If I were to ask the hard questions I’d be kicked out by wing. Our wing commander has made it clear that truth is not wanted. It is all about recruiting numbers. Retention is an after thought. Retention doesn’t happen because we have no relevant missions or instruction. The wing commander made huge promises when he was elected king and now just blames the squadrons for poor numbers. No accountability at the top. I will never make Lt. Col. because I don’t want to spend the money to take the indoctrination courses. If I were to remind the wing king about his empty promises I would be the bad guy.
So I sit in silent hope things will improve, knowing in my heart until something changes at the top nothing will improve.
I remember fondly wing commanders with ethics and examples of core values. Now our core values seem to be only a publication, not something leaders actually embrace.
– Trader John | January 11, 2017
Unchecked, cultist behavior can develop in any organization or religion, and the Civil Air Patrol has a history of limited oversight with few checks/balances. Insulation, central-control and the flow of membership dues and tax monies seems to promote power grabs by sociopaths and other human monsters like Tony, Al and Henry. It is clear that neither organization can reform itself. Truthful exposure is the only recourse and the membership is starting to vote against this style of leadership with their hiking boots.
Let your readers know that there are very few CAP cadets among the service academy classes for a reason. Team sports, JROTC, and STEM clubs are time better spent.
– LOGregg | January 10, 2017
It’s no wonder agencies don’t contact CAP any more.
Today a twitter post from CAP NHQ touted how CAP saved more lives. If you read the post (bit.ly/2jrgwLw) you were led to believe CAP did it all, with very little help from others. CAP set up the joint incident command, they called the shots, they sent out the search planes and even did the rescue. CAP claimed that their radar analysis made it possible for this very rapid safe search to happen. Well done CAP?
Years ago, I would have believed this and might have even repeated the urban legend. I might have told the cadets and senior in the squadron of CAP’s heroic deeds.
If you Google “Garfield county air crash” a very different picture of this Colorado event emerges. There was another plane in the area. KKCO news interviewed the other pilot who spotted the wreckage and contacted air traffic control.
Other articles quote the Garfield County Sheriff consistently about who really ran the search (he did) and how other agencies helped out, including the two medical choppers that made the rescue (only briefly mentioned by CAP news release). The sheriff listed a lot of agencies that did help in a joint operations command, but, what? Did NOT mention CAP in ANY news release.
The ONLY mention of CAP is in CAP’s news release. One news outlet actually used the CAP release, for a while, and then posted a follow-up with the facts. Don’t believe me? Go look yourself. Compare the CAP “news” with a dozen or more news reports. This is pathetic. CAP makes it sound like they did it all. No wonder agencies won’t call CAP. We lie. We take credit away from people who actually do the work and risk their lives.
Did CAP launch any aircraft? Not according to any news release. Yet, the CAP release quotes a CAP incident commander who takes credit for it all. This is the cult mentality. The sad part is our OWN people need to lie and take credit to keep the cult alive and keep luring in more people who are brainwashed into thinking we’re really something.
We wear bling and make-believe uniforms so people will see us and think we are “every day heroes” (NHQ website) and yet we are everyday frauds. Most of us are just duped into paying dues and buying expensive uniforms to further fund the NHQ nest. I am starting to learn this is one big falsehood. Yes CAP does some good some places. But now, every time I read of CAP’s involvement, I will want a second source. I no longer trust CAP leaders or the PR machine that is really pushing false news.
– Anonymous | January 9, 2017
Consider the trend in the dropping [CAP] membership numbers now that people know what has been done to the disappeared who reported petty crime and incompetence in this program.
Ray Hayden exposed the numbers on his CAP Insights page.
When Amy Courter took over command of CAP back in 2007, the CAP had 64,000 members. Today, in official documentation from the Civil Air Patrol, that number has dropped to “approx. 56,000” members. How many of them are inactive in ghost squadrons or kept on rosters just to keep units from closing?
– CAP Insights | January 8, 2017