Archive for April 2013
Lt. Col. David Halperin
Gen. Curtis LeMay Offutt Cadet Squadron
NEBRASKA – The Nebraska Wing Color Guard will represent the North Central Region this summer at the National Cadet Competition after finishing first in region competition.
The Nebraska team, consisting of members of the Gen. Curtis E. LeMay Offutt Cadet Squadron, took the overall title on the strength of first-place finishes in the written exam and panel quiz.
Runner-up was the Missouri Wing entry, which placed first in the standard and outdoor phases of the competition. The Minnesota Wing team finished third, including first place in inspection and indoor.
Host Kansas Wing’s cadets placed first in the mile run.
The Nebraska Wing’s color guard commander, Cadet Tech. Sgt. Melissa Krebs, was chosen honor cadet for the competition.
The teams squared off at the Army National Guard facility in Salina, Kan.2013 Nebraska Wing Cadet. Members of the Kansas Army National Guard and Air National Guard made up the judges’ panel.
The region color guard now goes on to the National Cadet Competition, set for July 16-20 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Maj Cindi Wachholz
Asst Public Affairs Officer
FT. DODGE, IA – Cadet First Lieutenant (C/1st Lt) Jacob Lewandowski, member of the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has been named the recipient of the 2013 Air Force Associations (AFA) Silver Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in his squadron.
C/1st Lt Lewandowski had the honor of being presented the AFA Silver Award April 20, 2013 by Major Justin Faiferlick, Vice Chairman of the Board, Field Operations of the Air Force Association and a Director with the 133rd Test Squadron. Major Faiferlick presented Cadet Lewandowski with an award package that included a silver medal accompanied by a sky-blue ribbon and a certificate.
Lewandowski has been an active member of the IA-007 squadron since May 2009. His leadership skills and dedication to the integrity of CAP Core Values has gained him the respect of both cadets and senior members. Cadet Lewandowski is progressing through the CAP ranks and is taking on added responsibilities with enthusiasm.
Lewandowski sets an example of excellence, both in his CAP endeavors and in his high school education. He was privileged to be selected as a staff member of the 2013 Iowa Wing Encampment being held at Camp Dodge, Iowa, this June. He has participated in the 2012 Region Cadet Leadership Academy in Kansas followed by staffing the Wisconsin Encampment in 2012. Lewandowski is utilizing those leadership skills in his squadron as the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron’s Cadet Safety Officer. He is also actively serving as Assistant Drug Demand Reduction Officer in the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron.
C/1st Lt Lewandowski looks forward to continuing to set an example of CAP’s Core Values: integrity, excellence, respect, and volunteer service, to the cadets in his squadron as well as the Iowa Wing.
1st Lt Ron Mutchler
Des Moines Senior Squadron
ANKENY, IA – The Des Moines Senior Squadron(DMSS) of the Civil Air Patrol held a Change of Command on April 16, 2013 at the Ankeny Regional Airport. Capt Ed Spoelstra relinquished command after 4 years to 1st Lt Ron Mutchler. Capt Spoelstra’s leadership allowed the squadron to increase its capabilities.
“We need to continue to embrace our core values while striving for Excellence in our missions”, stated Incoming Commander 1st Lt Mutchler during the ceremony.
1st Lt Ron Mutchler joined CAP in 2010 and has served in a number of positions, including Assistant Director of IT for the Iowa Wing. 1st Lt Mutchler is a Mission Observer and private pilot.
Presiding over the ceremony was the Iowa Wing Chief of Staff Lt Col Roger Elliott. Lt Col Elliott passed the ceremonial banner from Capt Spoelstra to 1st Lt Mutchler.
The Des Moines Senior Squadron meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Exec One Aviation at the Ankeny Regional Airport.
Cadets, pin this tracker to your wall and record your progress in the Cadet Program. This new document, CAPVA 52-101, “Personal Cadet Tracker” is sort of like a mini “Cadet Super Chart” that’s tailor-made for the individual cadet. We should’ve had something like this available a long time ago.
Note that the Tracker is formatted for “Learn to Lead” cadets only.
And, for future reference, you can access the Tracker via the “Stripes to Diamonds” and “New Cadet Help” pages.