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Des Moines Composite Promotions

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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.

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July 31, 2014 at 10:03 am

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Iowa Wing Members receive Find Ribbon

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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.

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July 31, 2014 at 9:57 am

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High Five News Letter

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July 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

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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.

 

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For more information, please visit www.Governor.Iowa.gov

 

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

July 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm

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2013 Annual Awards Banquet

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2013 Annual Awards Banquet

On May 31st 2014 was our Annual awards banquet in the Dodge House at Camp Dodge. The Awards given out were for the year 2013. The night began with getting the grill going for our dinner. We had a great turn out.

The following awards were given out:

  • The 2013 – Iowa Wing Squadron of the Year is

IA 002 Des Moines Composite Squadron

  • The 2013 – Iowa Wing Cadet Officer of the Year is

C/2Lt Luke Lewandowski

  • The 2013 – Iowa Wing Cadet NCO of the Year is

C/TSgt Josiah Schmidt

  • Our 2013 – Iowa Wing Senior Member of the Year is

Lt Col Anita Elliott

  • The IAWG 2013 Squadron Commander of the Year is;

Captain Ron Mutchler

  • Now to the IAWG 2013 Wing Staff Officer of the Year is

Lt Col Donald Hahn

  • The IAWG 2013; Cadet Programs Officer of the Year is;

Captain Stephen Kropp

  • The IAWG 2013 Aerospace Officer of the Year is;

1Lt Harris Bochoven

  • The IAWG 2013 Drug Demand Officer of the Year is;

1Lt Randi Blair

  • The IAWG 2013 Cadet Drug Demand Officer of the Year is;

C/1Lt Jacob Lewandowski

  • The IAWG 2013 Chaplin of the Year is;

Major Terry Vance

  • The IAWG 2013 Safety Officer of the Year is;

Major George Cobley

  • The IAWG 2013 Communicator of the Year is;

1Lt Drue Powers

 

 

After such a great year 2013 lets keep the momentum going for 2014 and have another Great Year.   Good Job to All.

Pictures taken by 1st Lt Sara Mutchler https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.728376737218858.1073741831.428706960519172&type=3 

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July 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm

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Maj Jim Currie 20 years Membership

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In the picture Capt Jim Wachholz is presenting  Maj Jim Currie commander of 007 with his 20 year membership pin.

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July 6, 2014 at 1:01 pm

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Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Cpl. Adam Wolff

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 27, 2014

CONTACT: Governor’s Office 515-725-3518

 

Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Cpl. Adam Wolff

 

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. on Friday, June 27, 2014, until 8 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, in honor of Marine Corps Corporal Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Ottumwa, Iowa.

 

Cpl. Wolff was killed following an attack with an improvised explosive device in the Nad Ali district of Afghanistan. Two other Marines and a military service dog were also killed in the attack.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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For more information, please visit www.Governor.Iowa.gov

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June 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm

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Graduation Ceremony

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The NCR-IA-007 had the privilege and honor of presenting the Colors at the Iowa Home School Commencement Ceremony Sponsored by Teenworks Iowa on Saturday, May 10, 2014 for the Class of 2014 Graduation Ceremony.  Cadets that participated in the Color Guard were (From Left to Right): C/2dLt Luke Lewandowski, C/1stLt Jacob Lewandowski, Class of 2014 High School Graduate C/1stLt Isaac Wachholz, C/SrA Austin Hermanson, and C/SrA Anna Lewandowski. What made this graduation ceremony particularly special for the Color Guard participants was that C/1stLt  Isaac Wachholz was one of the graduates being honored at the event! Several members of the NCR-IA-007 were present at the graduation ceremony and at the graduation reception held in Isaac’s honor later that afternoon. Isaac has been an active member of the Iowa Civil Air Patrol (the auxiliary of the United States Air Force), since 2008, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant and has served as Cadet Commander, Color Guard member, and Cadet Advisory Council member. In 2013 Isaac completed his first glider solo. Isaac has been a role model to cadets in his emergency services and leadership duties. In April 2014 Isaac fulfilled a long standing desire to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. Isaac will be missed at the squadron meetings and Wing/Region events. His enthusiasm to help others reach their potential and his wonderful smile and willing attitude will be missed. Best wishes to Isaac! 

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May 19, 2014 at 9:20 pm

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Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol

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May 19, 2014

In historic vote, House approves Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol

Medal to honor founding members’ World War II service

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – When the founding members of Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, risked life and limb to help protect the home front during the early days of World War II, they weren’t looking for recognition.

Some seven decades later, though, they’re receiving it, thanks to the U.S. House of Representatives’ voice vote Monday afternoon to award CAP a Congressional Gold Medal for its volunteer service during the war, when more than 120,000 members stepped up to support the military effort and help keep the nation secure. The Senate approved the gold medal legislation a year ago. A new CAP website provides full coverage of CAP’s Congressional Gold Medal journey, including vintage photos, bios of living World War II veterans, nationally renowned veterans, B-roll video and blog posts.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who introduced the Senate legislation in February 2013, hailed the House vote Monday. “I am delighted to see this bill receive final approval,” said Harkin, commander of CAP’s Congressional Squadron. “The men and women of Civil Air Patrol stepped up and served their country when it needed them during the darkest days of World War II, and it’s time we recognized them and thanked them for their service.”

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who introduced the gold medal proposal in the House, praised the legacy CAP’s founders established.

“The awarding of the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the members of the Civil Air Patrol ensures that long overdue and proper recognition has finally been bestowed upon these brave men,” McCaul said.

“The Civil Air Patrol’s valiant efforts in defending our coastline, providing combat services and flying dangerous humanitarian missions in America during World War II embodies the American Spirit of volunteerism. These brave men were an integral part in defending not only our homeland but also our principles of freedom and liberty.

“I am proud Congress has taken this step to recognize all of the important work the Civil Air Patrol did,” he said.

CAP was founded Dec. 1, 1941, a week before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Within three months, CAP members were using their own planes to fly anti-submarine missions off the East and Gulf coasts, where German U-boats were sinking American ships carrying oil and other vital supplies to the Allies. By the time that mission ended Aug. 31, 1943, CAP’s coastal patrols had flown 86,685 missions totaling 244,600 hours and than 24 million miles. Seventy-four planes sent out from coastal patrol bases crashed into the water; 26 CAP members were killed.

Elsewhere, CAP’s airborne missions throughout the U.S. included border patrols, target-towing for military trainees, fire and forest patrols, searches for missing people and aircraft, disaster relief, emergency transport of people and supplies, and orientation flights for future pilots. Many from the organization’s ranks went on to join the Army Air Forces.

Civil Air Patrol’s national commander, Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, said, “The heroic service provided by our members during World War II helped save lives and preserve our nation’s freedom. I am very grateful they are finally receiving the recognition they so deserve.”

CAP’s legacy of selfless service for the nation and its communities continues today. In all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, CAP members stand ready to respond to such challenges as natural and manmade disasters and searches for missing aircraft or individuals.

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Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Contact info: Julie DeBardelaben – jdebardelaben@capnhq.gov – 334-953-7748, ext. 250
                         Steve Cox – scox@capnhq.gov – 334-953-7748, ext. 251

        

 

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May 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm

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Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival

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Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival

April 12 2014

Dubuque IA

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http://superhits106.com/event/dubuque-area-family-stem-festival/

Families from school districts throughout Northeast Iowa will be making their way to Dubuque on Saturday, April 12, to drive robots, conduct science experiments, visit a star lab and explore 3D modeling at the second annual Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival.   The festival is a free event that will take place at the Grand River Center in Dubuque from 10AM to 2PM.  Third through 8th grade students receive unique opportunity to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on experiments and activities, though all are welcome. The 60+ exhibitors schedule to attend include University of Dubuque, Loras College, Clarke University, NICC, University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Iowa State University, University of Iowa as well as many other Iowa STEM related organizations.

 

http://www.neiowastem.com/scale-up-programs

University of Northern Iowa website

In 2013-2014, Iowa Legislature awarded $523,978 of funding to each of Iowa’s six STEM hubs for implementing STEM scale-up programs.  Nine programs were offered to Northeast Iowa’s prek-12 schools (public and private) and non-profit organizations.  Each program offered a unique blend of curriculum, materials, professional development and/or mentoring to engage students, educators and local communities.

This was our second appearance at this event. My objective was to reach out to educators and show them the benefits and materials available to an educator for becoming a Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Member (AEM). Our display included the educational material the educator would receive for signing up as an AEM. I also had on display three of our STEM Kits; Astronomy, Robotics, and Rockets.

 

Lt Colonel Bill Mausser and 1st Lt Jean Napp was also in attendance. 1st Lt Napp is an amateur astronomer. She brought some of her displays of space as well as equipment to show how to view the heavens.

 

Susan Mallet from the NHQ AE department provided us with great materials for this event. I received 500 Aero Props and 500 balsa flyers to hand out to the children as well as a typical AE lesson plans for children and parents to take with them. While Lt Col Mausser and 1st Lt Napp distributed the handouts I spoke with public, private and home school educators about the benefits and materials available to them as an AEM. NHQ also offered a 50% off the normal enrollment fee if they enrolled as an AEM using the special application specifically for this event. National also loaned us a portable CAP Cadet display to help to get us recognized. Susan Mallet

 

There are other STEM festivals in the NE Iowa Region. I have selected this one because there is also a local CAP unit in Dubuque; 13043. This also turned out to be an excellent recruiting tool for the local unit.

 

The event lasted 4 hours. We distributed over 800 pieces of the aero prop and balsa flyer. I handed out about 75 AEM applications. I greatly appreciated their support of Lt Col Mausser and 1st Lt Napp in our booth and their interaction with members from the community.

Written by Lt Col. Donald Hahn

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May 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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