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Aerospace Education Day

I finally got back into CAP (Civil Air Patrol) today and attended the Aerospace Education Day at wing headquarters in Burlington, North Carolina. We had about 50 cadets I think where they had the opportunity to launch their model rockets and participate in orientation rides in Cessnas.

Sadly, I had to be in uniform which required shaving off the goatee. Looks like I still clean up pretty well...


I took several pictures of the model rocketry launches. The wind was a huge challenge and I think we lost one or two rockets in the trees in the distance. :( Anyway, here was the money shot that I captured...


It was tricky trying to capture a rocket taking off. I had the camera setup to take 3 FPS and still could not capture the rocket itself as they took off so fast. You can see the entire set on my flickr account and see what I mean.

Got to catch up with lots of friends and get up to speed on encampment. The executive staff in place for it are excellent people with a lot of work done. Lots of work to do, but most of it will be directing the cadets staff on what they need to do. Things are looking pretty damn good right now.


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May. 4th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Looks like I still clean up pretty well...

Yup, definitely! But the facial hair can come back afterwards, right? Please? :-)
May. 4th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, it will be back, but might take some time. We'll see.
May. 4th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
you look really clean cut and nice in that uniform!!!
May. 4th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
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May. 4th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Awww...., thanks! For some reason, I always think I will lose some friends because I go clean cut everyone now and then. I realize that it's silly, but is still weighs on my mind.
May. 4th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
If your friends quit you because of a lack of fur on your face... they weren't your friends to begin with.

Facial hair and body is just frosting on the cake. :P

May. 4th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Mm, money shots and a man in uniform.
May. 4th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can see the whole uniform thing exciting a few people. ;) It does for me!
May. 4th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
So cute. :) Sad to see the goatee go, but you're still a cutie without it :)
May. 4th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mat! Glad to know people think I can still be a "cutie" with or without the goatee. I think it's mostly because it makes me look younger since you don't have that gray staring at you!
May. 4th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but the gray's kinda hot *G*
May. 4th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)

Looking pretty sharp there, Major.
May. 4th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, eh..., what was your grade in the military? I need to show proper respect for those who have served. ;)
May. 4th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
I was a grunt, just a PFC. I joined under the Quality Enlistment Program, which meant that you took six years active in return for immediately being a PFC, a set of dress blues, and guaranteed E-3 by the end of the first year. I was planning on doing my 20 anyway. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on one's viewpoint), I kept getting injuries -- probably from running in sand while wearing combat boots -- which would come back sooner and sooner after recovery. I probably could have done a lateral to something administrative, but recon training fixed my little military itch and I was ready to get on to the next thing.
May. 4th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Ah, cool. Another bit about your interesting military past. Honestly, you struck me as some drill sergeant type. Not sure why. :p

While I do have the grade of Major, I'm still a civilian and I get paid nothing as a volunteer. While I am required to salute all military officers, they are not required to salute me. However, when we explain to them what CAP is (and the not so camouflage items on our uniform) and that we do all this work on a volunteer basis (and explain to them it's optional for them to salute us), they quickly pop one anyway.
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May. 4th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was a fine day for everyone. Cadets were being kids and learning cool stuff.
May. 4th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
You look..... the way it makes we wanna grab you :)
May. 4th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, that's sweet! Thanks!
May. 4th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Sweet and true :)

Have a good one!
May. 4th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Your still a knockout, Joe! *grins*

Judging by your photostream, I'd say that Aerospace Education Day was a success!

May. 4th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, my, a knockout? You are too kind.

Yes, AE day was a huge success. I can sense that I will enjoy CAP more as long as I learn to pace myself and not get into too many things.
May. 4th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, a knockout! You're quite the package, Joe.

Glad to hear that all went well. Pacing yourself is important. The last thing you need to do is burn out!

May. 4th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Wow! The uniforms have changed since my days. You look good in uniform, soldier boy! :)

And rocketry! We never did that sort of thing as a cadet, how cool...
May. 4th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Damn, I keep forgetting this is at least one person on my friends list who knows exactly what I'm talking about when I mention CAP. :)

Yeah, we've had these uniforms for years. I guess about 12 years? They're going to change again in another 5 years as the USAF moves towards the "digitized" version that the Marines and other branches have been using for years.

Model rocketry? Oh, yeah, I did that as a cadet. I guess that was back in 1983 as a cadet in Lynchburg VA. I actually still have that little rocket too.
May. 5th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
May. 5th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
Glad you're back to doing something that means so much to you, and hope that the issues with CAP that you'd mentioned to me over dinner are not a big deal now.
May. 5th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
You surely look different in clean shave and in uniform. Guess I have to salute to you since I was only a 2nd Lieutenant back to my military days. :)
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