Raleigh Wake Squadron recognizes the successes of its members at recent meeting.

By: 1st. Lt. Bryan Weil, Squadron PAO

Raleigh, NC April 17, 2014—During the second Meeting of the Month, the members of Raleigh Wake Squadron met to celebrate the many accomplishments of its members.

Prior to the presentation of awards, Major Pete Bohler was presented with a bible by Lt. Cozzolino who is also commander of the local Veterans of Foreign War chapter. The bible was presented to Maj. Bohler in recognition of the service his son, who was killed last year in Afghanistan, gave to his country.

M. Bohler

Maj. Bohler presented with bible by Lt. Cozzolino

Captain Rich Laviano was presented a copy of the cadet t-shirt, worn by the cadets during their recent Middle East Region first place win, by Lt. Col Jay Langley, Deputy Commander/Cadets.


Lt. Col Langley Presents Capt. Laviano with winning cadet t-shirt







Many of the members noted below were acknowledged for several successes.

Professional Development

M. Swanson – Level 1

M. Swanson

SM Michael Swanson is congratulated on completion of Level 1

J. Loebach – Yeager, Davis


Lt. Loebach Receives both Davis and Yeager awards

B. Weil – Davis


Lt. Weil receives Davis award

D. Gilchrist – Loening


Maj. Gilchrist receives Loening award

E. Baird – Yeager, T. Willis – Yeager, A. Vlack – Davis (Not pictured)



W. Cozzolino – 2nd. Lt


Lt. Cozzolino is promoted by Capt. Laviano and Lt. Col. Langley

A. Griffa – Capt


Capt. Griffa is promoted to Captain by Capt. Laviano and Major Bohler

D. Gilchrist – Maj


Major Gilchrist receives his oak leaves from Capt. Laviano and Mrs. Gilchrist

G. Laznicka – 2Lt


Lt. Laznicka is recognized for 2nd. Lt

W. Robertson – 2LT


Lt Robinson recognized as 2nd. Lt.

A. Vlack – Capt, J. Leveille – 2nd Lt,  J. Browning – 2nd Lt,  R. Byrd – 2nd Lt,  P. Franzon – 2nd Lt (Not Pictured)




Character Development Officer

R. Sunman


Capt. Sunman receives Character Development Officer credentials from Capt. Laviano



S. Lowery (Not Pictured)


Member of the Year

P. BohlerBohler2


Major Bohler receives Sr. Member of the Year (2013)

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2014 Minuteman Muster Race – May 17th

Please follow link to register to run in the muster on May 17th, if you are interested.

Lt. Terri Richards is working with race coordinators to determine if the squadron can put up a booth and provide assistance (cadet and senior) at various hydration stations throughout the course as we did last year. More will be communicated as this is ironed out.



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Full Story on NCWG Cadet Drill Team Win at MER competition!


Please follow the link below to read the full story.


1st. Lt. Bryan Weil, Unit/Wing PAO




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Ralieigh Wake Participates in largest O Flight day in wing history

Follow link below for story.


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Raleigh Wake Squadron expresses appreciation to RDU Airport Authority

By: 1st. Lt. Bryan Weil, Unit PAO

Raleigh, NC, February 17, 2014- One of the essential components of the success of the Raleigh Wake Squadron can be directly tied to the long history of cooperation from the RDU Airport Authority. The squadron has enjoyed a 35 year history of support from the airport authority, and looks forward to this relationship continuing for many, many more years.

This year, during the airport authority’s first meeting of the year, Cap. Rich Laviano, Squadron Commander of Raleigh Wake Composite Squadron had the opportunity to express its appreciation. Laviano presented Tommy Hunt, Chairman of the Board of the RDU Airport Authority a plaque stating the squadron’s appreciation for their support.

Cap. Rich Laviano presents certificate of appreciation to Tommy Hunt, Chairman, RDU Airport Authority

Cap. Rich Laviano presents certificate of appreciation to Tommy Hunt, Chairman, RDU Airport Authority


Certificate of Appreciation

Certificate of Appreciation

In addition, the squadron’s cadet color guard was honored with presenting the colors at the beginning of the meeting.

Squadron Color Guard Presents colors at RDU Airport Authority Meeting

Squadron Color Guard Presents colors at RDU Airport Authority Meeting as Cap. Laviano looks on

In summing up the relationship between the airport authority and the squadron, Laviano offered “We could never have achieved all we have without their (RDU Airport Authority) support in the past, and their continued support in the future is certainly integral to the squadron’s ability to meet its mission to support the United States Air Force, and the State of North Carolina.”

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Squadron dues for 2014 are now payable

Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron dues for 2014 are now payable.
Senior members dues for 2014 have been set at $48. Dues are assessed yearly for the calendar year.

Checks can be made payable to Civil Air Patrol and mailed to the squadron address at PO Box 80064, Raleigh, NC 27623-0064 or can be brought to our senior meeting.

Thank you for your support of squadron activities by payment of your annual squadron membership dues.

Civil Air Patrol, whose taxpayer identification number is 75-6037853, is a non-profit organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions to Civil Air Patrol may be deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Good Afternoon

MER is now accepting applications for the MER Honor Guard Academy to be held 12-19 July at the Justice Academy EAST in Salemburg, North Carolina.

***Location change from last year***

The Academy will be open to all cadets who have completed a basic encampment by the start of the activity.

There are 50 slots available and those will be filled on a first come, first served basis. So apply as soon as possible.

To apply, please mail (1) A Completed CAPF31 and (2) a Check made out to MER CAP (make sure to include the members CAPID on the bottom left of the check) ***See prices below

Lt Col Phyllis Griffin 400 Sudbrook Lane Pikesville, MD 21208

We will be accepting applications until MARCH 31. If slots are filled before that time a notice will be sent out.

BASIC CADET COST $340 - this includes all costs for the week including the Honor Guard Equipment (rifle, ascot, pistol belt, gloves, cord, etc.). The equipment will go home with the cadet at the end of the academy.

If a cadet already has the Honor Guard equipment, the cost will be $210.


The following staff positions are available:

5 Senior Mentors

1 Health Services Officer

1 Finance and Administrative Officer

1 Safety Officer

1 PAO (Can be a cadet with the apply to take pictures and write articles)5 Cadet Flight Commanders (Cadets HG experience preferred)


 If you have any further questions please send to merhga@mer.cap.gov

Thank you

Jett Mayhew, Lt Col, CAP

MER HGA Director

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Modified Meeting Schedule for January


Due to the proximity of the holidays, we will have a modified meeting schedule in January.  We will meet on January 9th and 23rd instead of January 2nd and 16th.

We will return to our normal 1st and 3rd week of the month meeting schedule in February.

Thanks and regards,

Rich Laviano, Capt, CAP
Commander, MER NC-048

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War in Afghanistan Hits home for the Raleigh Wake Squadron

By: 1st. Lt. Bryan S. Weil, Squadron PAO

This week, the members of Raleigh wake squadron were shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Sgt. Chris Bohler. Sgt. Bohler was the son of Major Pete Bohler, Jr the deputy Commander of our squadron.


Sgt. Chris Bohler

Sgt Bohler was serving our country in the United States Army as a crew Chief on a Blackhawk helicopter in Afghanistan, in support of the United States military operation there, when his helicopter went down killing 6 members of the United States military. Currently, no reason for the accident has been issued, as it is still under investigation.

Sgt. Chris Bohler

Sgt. Chris Bohler

As many of you know, Chris was continuing a proud tradition of service to the country reaching all the way back to World War 1. Our own Major Bohler retired from the US Army after over 20 years of active duty at the rank of 1st. Sgt.

Major Pete Bohler (date uncertain) from his active duty time in the Army

Major Pete Bohler (date uncertain) from his active duty time in the Army


Major Bohler’s pride in his son’s service to the country was evident to everyone who interacted with Pete. There were countless stories and pictures almost weekly, and we all were happy to share in the successes that Chris had in his military career.

Please find a few minutes to reach out to Major Bohler when you next see him to let him know that we, along with his family, grieve for the loss of a great patriot, and that we hold Pete and his family in our collective arms as they move forward.

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Raleigh Wake Composite Squadron provides honor guard duties for the state’s annual tree lighting

By:  1st. Lt Bryan Weil, Squadron PAO

12/12/2013-Raleigh, NC -  On a bitter cold December Thursday evening, the cadets and senior members of the Raleigh Wake Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol provided Honor Guard duties for the annual lighting of the state Christmas tree on the grounds of the state capital.

members and cadets form honor cordon for the Governor and dignitaries at the tree lighting ceremony

members and cadets form honor cordon for the Governor and dignitaries at the tree lighting ceremony


As the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard, led by the North Carolina Wing Commander Col. David E. Crawford, posted their honor cordon on the south plaza of the state house, Governor and Mrs. Pat McCrory accompanied by children the governor’s staff, lit the state Christmas tree, symbolizing the beginning of the holiday season.  Live state-wide television coverage broadcast the festivities as they began with the lighting of luminaries and musical performances on the Capitol grounds. After the ceremony, visitors were invited inside the Capitol for an open house to enjoy the many holiday decorations.

Members and  Cadets pose

Members and Cadets pose


Prior to the ceremony, Governor McCrory posed with the, cadets and senior members who attended the ceremony.  Lt. Col Jay Langley, deputy commander of cadets, stated he was proud of the honor given to the cadets, “It provides the cadets an opportunity to show the public the positive impact participation in the Civil Air Patrol can have on the kids.”  “Our color guard drills constantly to provide a professional image during the events,” Langley said.

Senior members brave the cold prior to the ceremony

Senior members brave the cold prior to the ceremony


Cadets Pose in front of the recently lit Christmas Tree

Cadets Pose in front of the recently lit          Christmas Tree


In addition to the tree lighting ceremony, the cadet Honor Guard has performed at several flag ceremonies, veteran’s day ceremonies, and a 9/11 tribute this year. Next year, the cadets will be performing at the Durham Bulls game in April.  “We have been asked to perform in several events this year, said Lt Col Langley, and I expect that next year we will be given the opportunity to perform in even more events. It’s a true testament to the hard work that these young men and women have done.”


Col. David E. Crawford with The Wake Tech Eagle

The Col. Poses with another Eagle

Capt. Rich Laviano, commander of the Raleigh Wake squadron offered “I am so pleased of the work Lt. Col Langley and his assistants have done with the cadets. Providing encouragement and opportunities for the cadets to show what they have worked so hard on, keeps them interested in our program and gives them a reason to tell their friends about the great educational opportunities and most importantly, the fun that can be had while participating in the Civil Air Patrol.”

Cadets and Senior Members pose together prior to the ceremony

Cadets and Senior Members pose together prior to the ceremony


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