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.
Five members of the Iowa Wing, Lt Col Roger Elliott, Lt Col Niter Elliott, Capt Ron Mutchler, Capt Darrel Mullins and 2d Lt Sara Mutchler received a “Find Ribbon” for locating the ELT at Signature Flight Support at the Des Moines International Airport on 12 July 14. A Citation 5 had a hard landing setting off its beacon. This was first find for 2d Lt Mutchler and also the first find of 2014 for the Iowa Wing.
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Governor Terry E. Branstad « Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
CONTACT: Governor’s Office 515-725-3518
Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor World War II veteran repatriated Missing in action World War II Airman Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard
After remaining missing for 69 years, Moulton, Iowa, native to return home Saturday to final resting place at Sunset View Cemetery in Moulton
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Iowa from 5 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, until 8 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert “Bobby” E. Howard, formerly of Moulton, Iowa. A photo of Staff Sgt. Howard may be found here.
Howard, a 21-year old serving with the 450th Bomber Squadron, 322nd Bomber Group, Medium, 9thAir Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, was last seen April 16, 1945, as his unit was conducting a bombing mission over Germany. His flight was shot down and crashed near Wittenburg, Germany. Only one of the six crew members was able to parachute from the aircraft and was taken prisoner by German forces. Howard and four other crewmembers were declared deceased, but their remains were never found.
In 2012, the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command – Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC) received information from German Officials of human remains found within a burial site located close to the possible aircraft crash site. In 2014, JPAC’s Research and Analysis Group concluded a historical association drawn from Missing Air Crew Report #14463 and artifacts and human remains recovered at the excavation site. Mitochondrial DNA testing positively identified part of the remains belonging to Staff Sgt. Howard.
Robert Howard was born December, 19, 1923, in Moulton, Iowa. He graduated from Moravia Public School in Moravia, Iowa, in 1941, and participated in marching band, orchestra, concert band and dramatics.
Howard enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 19, 1943, and transferred into the U.S. Air Army Air Corps. His military awards and honors include the Purple Heart, Air Medal (with one silver and two bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with three bronze service stars), World War II Victory Medal and Enlisted Crew Wings.
Howard is survived by brothers Harold and Dennis, both of Des Moines, sisters Evelyn Lewin of Indianola, Janie Ballanger of Coatsville, Mo., and Evelyn June Nance of Tulsa, Okla., and by many nieces, nephews and extended family members. His parents and his sister, Betty Howard Harvey are deceased.
The Governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.
A memorial service will be held at Sunset View Cemetery in Moulton, Iowa, on July 19, 2014, at 11 a.m., with full military honors provided by the Iowa National Guard. The cemetery is located north of Moulton, at the northeast corner of highway 202 and 535th Street. The memorial service is open the public.
Flags will be 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.
For more information, please visit www.Governor.Iowa.gov