OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Governor Terry E. Branstad « Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Contact: Governor’s Office 515-281-5211
Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff Thursday to honor those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014, to honor those who perished in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Flags will be flown at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.
2014 Annual Award Winners
Safety Officer of the Year
Major George A. Cobley, Iowa Wing
Maj Cobley has a lengthy history of experience as a Safety Officer —for the North Central Region, the Iowa Wing, the Cedar Rapids Senior Squadron and, most recently, the Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron. He reaches out to members with a monthly e-brief, which he compiles by hand to make sure it is relevant to the time of year and to its readers. He trained the Squadron’s first Cadet Safety Officer, helped train his replacement and completed all safety surveys in a timely manner. He has paid particular attention to safety standards for Squadron pilots, ensuring hangars are striped and even hanging a ball from the hangar ceiling to encourage pilots to look up while moving the plane. His skills as a Safety Officer and Check Pilot have made him a critical team member for the Squadron’s success.
HEADQUARTERS DAVENPORT COMPOSITE SQUADRON, CIVIL AIR PATROL
United States Air Force Auxiliary
Post Office Box 2154
Davenport, Iowa 52806-2154
C/1Lt Steven Mester takes Command of Davenport CAP
Cadet 1st Lieutenant Steven R. Mester has assumed command of the Davenport Composite Squadron on 5 August 2014. The outgoing cadet commander, C/LTC Roy Schindler will be heading to Vermont for college with a Senior ROTC scholarship. Schindler has been the cadet commander for the Davenport Squadron for a year. During that year, he has led the 20+ cadets in numerous community activities and CAP events. He has also achieved the rank of C/Lieutenant Colonel which is the highest a cadet has ever achieved in the Davenport Squadron. His talents and leadership will be greatly missed.
The incoming commander, C/1Lt Steven Mester brings a vast amount of experience to the squadron. He has been part of the cadet command staff for the past year and has led the cadets of Davenport in numerous activities throughout CAP and the surrounding community. He is also the Commander of the CAP Honor Guard. His most recent endeavor was to be part of the Zulu Squadron at the Great Lakes Encampment in March 2014. Those leadership qualities that he learned there will give him the extra drive needed for him to succeed. His future goals are to enter the Active Duty Air Force after high school graduation 2015.
Good luck to both cadets!
Picture taken by Randy Mester. Pictured picture is C/1Lt Steven Mester, C/1st Lt Steven Mester, Maj John McDermott and C/LTC Roy Schindler
26 July 14 the Des Moines Composite Squadron promoted 5 cadets. Congratulations to C/Amn Josiah Stearns, C/SSgt Kallie Baughman, C/SSgt Jared Lagomarcino, C/SMSgt Dalton Doom and C/CMSgt Seth Strohmeyer. We are very proud of our cadets and their achievements.