Lt. Col. Greg Bell Retires After 20
Years in CAP
Tuesday night, November 20, 2108, Lt. Col. Greg Bell, formally retired from the
Civil Air Patrol after 20 years of service. Kentucky Wing Commander, Col.
Darrell Williamson was there to commemorate the event along with Group III
commander, Major Mike Weimer. To see some photos from the ceremony, click the
photo at left.
KY-214 Pilot Participates in
Mission Scanner School in BWG
KY-214 Deputy Commander, Lt. Col. Greg Bell, along with Major Evan Jones from
KY-221, Bluegrass Senior Squadron in KLEX, flew down to Bowling Green on
Saturday morning, November 10, 2018, to fly some training flights with new
mission scanners and aerial photographers. It was SO COLD!!! . Everyone there at
KY-057/KY-300 treated us very nice and we got Chik-Fil-A for lunch to boot!
Thanks to everyone down there who made this happen and made it an enjoyable
experience. Here are some pics from the training. SMSGT Cory Felts had this to
say. "Thank you to Lt Col Greg Bell for flying and assisting with training with
the Mission Scanner School in Bowling Green on Saturday. The students were very
impressed with the knowledge gained!" To see some photos from the event, click
the airplane photo.
New Squadron Commander Takes Charge
Last night's squadron meeting (6-Nov-18) ushered in the Lt. Bob Langley era of
leadership. Bob made a short speech asking each member of the squadron to help
him make the squadron the best it can be. He asked for suggestions and comments.
He asked everyone to see what they could do to make things better. He also plans
to meet with every member to discuss their thoughts and desires for the
direction that the squadron will move in. We wish Bob well in his new challenge
as squadron commander.
Squadron Honors Member Who Passed
the regular first meeting of the month in November meeting, the squadron
conducted a memorial for Major Mark Feld who recently "Flew West." Here are a
couple of photos from the meeting. This YouTube
video was shown on Tuesday night,
(November 6, 2018) and highlights some of the exploits of Major Feld's career in
CAP. Major Feld has been a member of the squadron since 2001. We honor Major
Feld and his contributions over the years with this presentation. Salute!
KY-214 Squadron Change of Command
Tuesday evening, October 30, 2018, the leadership of the Bowman Field Senior
Squadron (KY-214) was passed from current squadron commander, Major Hal Frary,
to incoming squadron commander, Lt. Bob Langley. The emcee for the event was
KY-214 deputy commander, Lt. Col. Greg Bell. Major Mike Weimer, the Group III
commander also was part of the command change ceremony. There were also several
awards presented before the change of command. Thanks also goes to the cadets
who provided the honor guard for the event.
KY-214 Members Attend/Participate
in Wing Conference
Several airmen from the Bowman Field Senior
Squadron attended this year's Kentucky Wing CAP Conference conducted on the
campus of Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky the weekend of October 5-7,
2018. Here are a few pics showing some of those who attended. Overall,
attendance was down from the last conference held in Louisville. So see
more of what went on, click on the photo at left.
Squadron Discusses Recent SAR for
The regular August 7, 2018 meeting of the Bowman Field Senior Squadron was well
attended. Capt. Larry Austin gave an interesting safety brief. We covered some
squadron business and discussed important upcoming dates and activities. The
main focus of the meeting was on the recent SAR mission where an aircrew from
our squadron found the missing aircraft and unfortunately the pilot who was
deceased. Here are some photos from the meeting.
Bowman Field Airmen Fly O-Rides in
Saturday, July 7, 2018, pilots from the Bowman Field Senior Squadron, flew cadet
orientation rides (O-Rides) at Stuart Powell Field in Danville, KY (DVK) for
cadets in the Stuart Powell Cadet Squadron (KY-122). The two pilots were Capt.
Larry Austin and Lt. Dean Rice. Also assisting with the O-Rides was Lt. Bob
Langley. To see some photographs from the event, click this photo.
Squadron Member Chases The Reaper
Lt. Col. Greg Bell spent a week in Syracuse, NY flying as part of an aircrew
chasing the MQ-9 Reaper UAV. Col. Bell was there July 7-13. This program is open
to any CAP pilot or observer who meets the established criteria for the mission.
To find out more about it, contact your squadron commander or check online on
the CAP National Website. Due to OPSEC considerations, more cannot be said about
the mission. Here are a couple of pics from the mission and a link to a
video of the Reaper in flight.
O-Ride Pilots from KY-214 Participate in This Year's Encampment
Cols. Bill Hayes and Greg Bell flew cadet orientation rides (O-Rides) at this
year's Cadet Encampment out of Elizabethtown's Addington Field Airport (EKX).
Here are some photos from the event. Before leaving Louisville, Col. Bell ran
into Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs fame) at the Louisville Executive Aviation FBO.
Pilots from Lexington and Paducah also flew cadets. The weather was perfect and
all the cadets seemed to enjoy their rides. Mike Weimer was the coordinator and
FRO for the event.
KY-214 Airmen Provide Airplane for
Airmen from the KY-214 Squadron flew an aircraft to Cynthiana-Harrison County
Airport as part of their Young Eagles and Safety Day celebration held on
Saturday, June 9, 2018. Since 1992, more than 1.9 million Young Eagles have
enjoyed a flight from EAAís network of volunteer pilots. For many, it was the
start of their journey to becoming a pilot, aircraft mechanic, air traffic
controller, or many other career possibilities. This was a great opportunity for
CAP to do some recruiting of both senior and cadet members. Here are some pics
courtesy of Lt. Col. Bill Hayes who flew it there along with Lt. Doug Logan.
KY-214 Members Participate in 2018
Members of the KY-214 Squadron participated in the 2018 USAF/SAREVAL as both
aircrews and as members of the mission base staff. The evaluation was highly
successful with Kentucky Wing getting an overall "Excellent" by the evaluation
team. This was a joint SAREVAL conducted along with the Indiana and Ohio Wings
of CAP. The mission base was at Lunken Field (LUK) in Cincinnati, OH. The
aircrews staged from their local airports. Aircrews got an EXCELLENT in the
evaluation. Here are some photos from a couple of the missions flown on June
KY-214 Pilots Swap Aircraft for
Maintenance After SAREVAL Mission
Lt. Col. Bill Hayes landing N815CP back at Bowman on runway 24. Col. Hayes and
Lt. Col. Greg Bell went on a maintenance flight round robin from LOU to LEX to
LUK and then back to LOU. An aircraft was dropped off at Lexington for
maintenance. An airplane coming out of Lexington was found to Lunken Field to
drop it off. Col. Hayes flew chase and then back to Louisville. Great job guys!
To see the landing at Bowman click on the image at left.
KY-214 O-Pilots Do Some Flying
Saturday, February 3, 2018 cadet Orientation Rides (O-Rides) were conducted at
Bowman Field for the cadets from the KY-123 Squadron. The event was organized by
Lt. Sharon Howarth and Lt. Col. Bill Hayes. Squadron Deputy Commander, Lt. Col.
Greg Bell flew five flights that day for a total of 4.5 hours. Another pilot,
Shaun Collins, from Ft. Campbell, also flew 3 sorties for 3.9 hours. Nine cadets
were given front seat rides and all appeared to have a great time! Pizza was
served for lunch and despite the cold weather, it all worked out great. Take a
Squadron Parking Area Upgraded!
Recently the Louisville Airport Authority repaved and refurbished the ramp area
at Bowman Field utilized by our squadron's aircrafts. This included new
pavement, tie downs, markings and fencing. The tie downs look like they would
hold in a tornado. The fence looked like it would be flimsy but after closer
inspection, it is very solid. This made for some very happy airmen at the KY-214
Squadron and our airplanes appreciate it too! Twenty years but worth the
wait.... To see more photos of the refurbished ramp area, click on the photo at
KY-214 Members Participate in the
2017 Kentucky Wing Conference
The 2017 Kentucky Wing Conference was held on
October 6-8, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY. These photographs
are from the Saturday session. There were a number of speakers and topics and there were also
awards and promotions. Squadron members both conducted and attended workshops at
the conference. To see more photos of the conference, click on the photo at
CAP Reaches a Milestone Again!
the second straight year, Civil Air Patrol has amassed 100,000 flying hours for
its 560-plane fleet, which is recognized as one of the largest assemblages of
single-engine aircraft in the world. John Desmarais, CAPís director of
operations, said the milestone was met during a flight Thursday morning in
Puerto Rico, in which a CAP aircrew was taking photographs of damage by
Hurricane Maria throughout the island. ďI really didnít think we were going to
make it to 100,000 flying hours a month ago,Ē said Desmarais, who had set the
lofty goal for the 2017 fiscal year, which ends Saturday. To find out more about
this, click on the photo at left.
Harvey Participants Give After Action Review to Squadron
Despite a small turnout at the September
17, 2017 squadron meeting, Lt. Col Greg Bell, Lt. Michelle Nordman and Lt. Bill
Rason discussed the Hurricane Harvey Mission they participated in, To date, this
is one of the largest CAP DR missions ever flown. (Photos courtesy of
Major Hal Frary)
Senior Squadron Undertakes Ops Quals Training in June
The squadron has undertaken Operations
Qualifications training on two Saturdays in June. This training was an effort to
get as many people as possible qualified to participate in CAP training and
actual missions. The first session was held on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The
second session was held the following Saturday, June 24th and
lasted all day. To see more of what went on at the Ops Quals training sessions,
click on the photo at left.
Members Prepare for SAREVAL (Updated)
preparation for this year's USAF Search and Rescue Evaluation (SAREVAL), the
squadron participated in a SAR training exercise the weekend of June 2-3, 2017,
airmen from the Bowman Field Senior Squadron performed a variety of functions
flying as aircrew and participating as mission base staffers. To see more of
what went on, click on the photo at left.
Aircraft Gets Virb Mount
Thanks to Colonel Bill
Hayes, our squadron
now has one Cessna
equipped with the new
Virb mount on the
right wing. Bill took
the airplane and
waited around while
the shop performed the
installation. We are
now ready to prosecute
any Virb missions were
are called upon to
perform. (Mount photo
courtesy of Col.
Hayes. Virb mounted on
wing courtesy of Capt.
Squadron Hosts Operation
weekend of February 3-6, 2017, airmen from the Bowman Field Senior
Squadron and the Kentucky Wing CAP participated in a joint Search and
Rescue Exercise (SAREX) with the Indiana Wing CAP. The exercise involved
all aspects of the SAR mission. Seniors and cadets participated in aerial
and ground based SAR training. The Jefferson County Search Dog Association
also participated in this event. To see more of what went on, click on the
Squadron Learns About the
Future of UASs
our squadron meeting held on 17-Jan-17, KY-214 member, David Rummler put on a
presentation from a conference he attended in Washington D.C. on how the U.S.
Air Force and Civil Air Patrol will be using Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS and UAV,
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the future. A BIG crowd turned out for the
presentation and we had several visitors from other local SAR organizations in
attendance. Here are some pics from the meeting.
KY214 Conducts a Table Top SAR
Exercise Over Holiday
are some photos from the
tabletop SAREX held on
December 31, 2016 at our
squadron's headquarters. A
lot of good training took
place for those who were
able to attend. Bad
weather prevented actual
courtesy of Lt. Bill
What Would You Do?
Squadron Learns About AEDs
December 6, 2016 squadron
meeting, Dr. Jim Bosler
gave a presentation about
his experience with an
airline passenger who
needed his assistance and
the assistance of an
Defibrillator) or AED. It
was very interesting. To
see more of what went on,
click on the defibulator
The Squadron is Going to
13,2016, two sorties flown
for the Jefferson County
Search Dog Association (JCSDA).
The Yellow Lab is Ranger.
He flew from Louisville to
Frankfort. The Border
Collie is named Bart. He
flew from Frankfort to
Louisville. The ladies in
photo were handlers who
flew on both sorties two
at a time. Lt.
Col. Bob Sobotka was the
mission pilot and supplied
the photos. Hope they were
CAP Reaches a Milestone!
On September 6, 2016, Civil Air Patrol reached 100,000 flying hours for Fiscal Year 2016 across its fleet of aircraft. In Fiscal Year 2015 on this same date CAP had flown 93,256 hours, making this an over 7% increase in CAPís flying at this time over last year. I know our squadron has done it's part! Good job CAP!!!
Teach and Train at the
Mountain Flying Clinic
Saturday and Sunday, 27-28
August, 2016, members of
the Kentucky Wing CAP held
a mountain flying clinic
at the Kentucky National
Guard base in London,
There was a ground school
and then the students were
introduced to actual
mountain flying techniques
at airports in Hazard,
Harlan and Middlesboro.
Each of these airports
were selected for their
conditions. A lot of good
training went on at this
event. Here are some pics
showing a bit of what went
a BIG thank you to the
Kentucky Army National
Guard for letting us
utilize their awesome
Squadron Member Flies Cadets at
Squadron Participates in Group III
Here are some photographs from the Group III
SAREX that was conducted at the headquarters of the Bowman Field Senior Squadron
(KY-214) at the Bowman Field Readiness Center and at Bowman Field Airport. The
weather played havoc throughout the two day event (July 30-31st). When it wasn't
foggy or storming, airmen were training on the ground and in the air for the
various jobs performed by Civil Air Patrol.
Squadron mission pilot, LTC Bill Hayes, flew cadet orientation rides (O-rides)
on Sunday, April 17, 2016 . Here are a couple of pics courtesy of Col. Hayes.
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