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DALLAS CAP Senior Members and Cadets meet the future

posted Nov 16, 2011, 11:49 AM by Winston Cutshall
CAP Senior Members and Cadets got an up close look at the future Monday September 26th during their weekly meeting at Business Jet Center, Dallas Love Field.

Engineers Ivan Rodriguez and David Markiewicz who work for Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies displayed some of the latest optical technologies used by U.S. Armed Forces.  After a brief slide show highlighting the research and development life cycle, squadron members were invited to explore “hands-on” some of the products developed by ELCAN Optical Technologies.

Demonstrations of current technology included infrared scopes that could detect the presence of latent hand and foot prints by detecting a temperature differential of  as little as a fraction of a degree.  This was demonstrated to the audience by having a member touch a wall and then view the heat hand-print where the hand had touched the wall. Squadron members also explored target identifiers fitted to rifles, along with various metal and composite materials used in the manufacture of these and other “wonder weapons”.

Both Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Markiewicz emphasized the industry need and opportunities for engineers of all types and underscored a continuing need for mechanical, electrical and optical engineers by defense contractors such as Raytheon.

At the conclusion of the evenings presentation both men were presented with certificates of appreciation by Squadron Commander, Captain Ian Jaeger, who said “We are grateful for the support of Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies and to Ivan and David for demonstrating the real world application of concepts foundational to Civil Air Patrol’s cadet leadership and aerospace education programs.”

The CIVIL AIR PATROL is the auxiliary of the United States Air Force with three primary missions aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.  CAP handles over 90%  of inland search and rescue missions, saving approximately 75 lives each year.  CAP members are usually the first on the scene sending digital satellite images of damage around the world within seconds after arrival.  CAP provides disaster relief and emergency services following natural and man made disasters, including such events as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Texas and Oklahoma wildfires, tornadoes in the South and flooding in the Central U.S.  CAP members also fly counterdrug reconnaissance and teach Cadet and Aerospace Programs.

For more information contact :  1st Lt Robert R. Bruton
                                                     Public Affairs Officer
                                                     391st Composite Squadron
                                                     Dallas, TX
                                                     @817 685 9658 or