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collapse - : 01 - This week's uniform and topic ‎(1)
Blues - Character Development
collapse - : 02 - Announcements ‎(6)
7th Annual Ultimate Bear & Wings Challenge
NEW Uniform Requests Procedure
Non-Commissioned Officers School (NCOS) - 29 Sept-01 Oct
Senior Members ~ Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC)
Veteran Stand Down - September 30th
collapse - : 03 - Staff Announcements ‎(3)
Bravo Flight
Cadet Commander
Alpha Flight
collapse - : 1 - Aerospace ‎(1)
Air Force Not Able to Fly Enough Flights to Train Pilots
As the U.S. military continues to rely heavily on air power in its combat missions abroad, a shortage of maintainers needed to keep Air Force planes flying is preventing the force from completing its training mission.

“We’re not able to produce the sorties at home for training for our pilots,” Lt. General John Cooper said in an exclusive interview with VOA.

Cooper, who is in charge of managing maintenance manpower, said the Air Force had been “living on the edge” with its maintainer numbers and hit a 3,800 maintainer shortage in 2015 due to a series of shrinking budgets from Congress.
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Search and Rescue: Lessons from the Field
Each year, park rangers and search and rescue (SAR) personnel respond to approximately 250 emergency incidents in Yosemite National Park. The park's Preventive Search and Rescue (PSAR) program posts selected SAR incident reports on this blog in the hopes that readers can learn from the experiences of others
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Keep your Pets Cool During the Dog Days of Summer
`The “dog days of summer” is a phrase used to describe the hot and humid days of summer. It can be traced back thousands of years to the days of the Roman Empire. It refers to the dates from July 03 through August 11, which is 20 days prior and 20 days after the star Sirius rises and falls in conjunction with the sun. Sirius was knows as the “Dog Star”, because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog).

The dangerous heat and humidity of these "dog days" can be harmful to not only humans, but human's best friend and other animals as well. Pets are considered family to many people, and in the event of an emergency, sometimes people will not evacuate if their pets have to be left behind. To gather information on how to protect your pets this summer, the National Weather Service reached out to Donnie Embrey, the Team Leader for Louisa Virginia Community Animal Response Team. Donnie and his team are part of a non-profit organization dedicated to emergency preparedness, response and management specifically focused on preparedness and response for pets and their owners. Here are a few things to keep in mind during the "dog days" this summer to help keep your pets safe."

Pets, just like humans, are susceptible to heat illness - make sure to keep your animals hydrated! For dogs, Donnie says “A good general guideline is that a healthy dog should drink between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day under normal conditions. Of course, any pet will need more water on hot and humid days and your pet’s age, hair type, level of activity, medical history and any prior history of a prior heat related illness may dictate that your pet needs more water than the average dog.” When it comes to diet, Donnie says “reducing a pet’s food intake on warmer days can help the pet cope with the heat, especially reducing the intake of grain based foods that cause a metabolic spike in body temperature.” A common misconception is that giving your pet a buzz cut in the summer is a good idea, but that may not be best for your pet. “A pet’s coat acts as insulation, it keeps it warm in the winter and cool in the summer by blocking the heat of the sun from reaching the skin.” For example, “the several layers of the dog’s coat keep the heat out and air circulating. If you remove the natural cooling process the dog will have a harder time coping with the heat.” Check with a veterinarian or professional groomer to find out what’s best for your pet.
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collapse - : 4 - Promotions ‎(1)
Congratulations to:
C/2dLt Cordaellia Farrell
Congratulations to:
C/2dLt Cordaellia Farrell

 Squadron Events (click here for full calendar)

Start Time
9/22/2017 12:00 PMUltimate Bear & Wings Challenge
9/28/2017 6:30 PMSquadron Meeting - Character Development
9/29/2017 4:00 PMNon-Commissioned Officers School (NCOS) - Central
9/30/2017 6:00 AMTraining Leaders of Cadets (TLC)
9/30/2017 10:00 AMVeteran Stand Down
10/1/2017 1:00 PMColor Guard Practice
10/5/2017 6:30 PMSquadron Meeting- Leadership and Safety
10/7/2017 8:00 AMPlacerville Airport Event

 Points to Ponder

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal -- a commitment to excellence -- that will enable you to attain the success you seek."
-- Mario Andretti, race car driver​