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Archive for July 2010

Interview with Col Ron Scheitzach

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by Capt Cindi Wachholz

Col Scheitzach has been a pilot with the EAA since 1985. In his local chapter of EAA, several pilots were also flying for Civil Air Patrol. He was encouraged to join CAP. In 1996 he joined the Dubuque squadron, which at the time was under the command of Bill Mausser. One memorable area that CAP focused their missions on at that time, recalled Scheitzach, was working with local sheriff’s departments in narcotics. Col Scheitzach became the Deputy Commander for seniors in his squadron and then Squadron Commander in 1997. His focus soon became Cadet Programs where he has earned his Master rating. “Mentoring kids that were introverted and see their growth is very rewarding,” says Scheitzach.

Senior members’ mentoring cadets and each other has been successful in our wing because of the diversity of our backgrounds. “We have senior members who have come from military, business, and agriculture backgrounds,” states Scheitzach, “they all bring something beneficial to the table.”

Col Scheitzach served in various wing roles of CAP, including Personnel Officer, Vice Commander, and now as the Iowa Wing Commander. Through his years in CAP, Col Scheitzach can see the importance of giving back to the community and the state and how much the cadets learn in the CAP environment of integrity, excellence, volunteer service and respect. Looking ahead, Col Scheitzach wants to continue working to rebuild the ES program and increase membership, while staying focused on the growth of all 3 Missions of CAP- Aerospace, Emergency Service, and Cadet Programs.

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July 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Northeast Iowa Floods of 2010

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by 1Lt Jessa Brace
Iowa Wing Public Affairs Officer
27 July 2010

Due to the large amount of rain that has fallen across Iowa in the last few months flooding has developed from the Missouri to the Mississippi and the Civil Air Patrol squadrons in and around Dubuque are well aware of that.  “Today we were requested by Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division to perform aerial reconnaissance for the Maquoketa River from area’s south of Delhi to Monticello. We have been asked to provide a window of the next 14 days to include areas south of Independence to DeWitt (Wapsipinicon River), Maquoketa to the Mississippi River from Clinton to Muscatine,” commented Iowa Wing Commander Colonel Ron Scheitzach.  “We are currently flying the first mission as I write this, taking photos that will be used to determine a course of action and survey the current damage.”

According to an update sent at 9:30 am Tuesday morning, one photo mission has been flown with the end result photos being delivered to the customer.  No ground teams have been tasked to assist at this time but air crews remain on call for additional air missions as needed at the discretion of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division.

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July 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Over the Shoulder Exercise Improves Search & Rescue Skills of Civil Air Patrol

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by Cindi Wachholz, Capt, CAP
Assistant Public Affairs Officer – Iowa Wing
17 July 2010

DUBUQUE, IA  The Iowa Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the auxiliary of the United States Air Force, conducted “Over the Shoulder” Search and Rescue Exercises (SAREX) in Dubuque and surrounding areas on Saturday, July 17, 2010. More than 40 CAP members from across Iowa worked together for a day of training in air and ground crew exercises.

The incident commander for the SAREX was Maj Leo Bertling, Wing Director of Operations, and is from Cedar Rapids. Under his command, both ground and air crews worked together to successfully complete the assigned sorties within the Search and Rescue Exercise parameters. “We improve our skills every time we hold a SAREX,” said Bertling. At this SAREX, Otto Wachholtz, the Air Force/CAP State Director, a liaison between the two, was on hand, along with three members of the USAF to help improve the efforts of the CAP members in their search and rescue training. Included in the days scenarios were: A missing farmer in La Motte, IA. He was successfully located by both air and ground teams. An Emergency Locater Transponder (ELT) was detected in the Dubuque Regional Airport, IA. Locating an ELT, a beaconing device, is necessary for locating missing or downed aircraft. Photo missions were used to train air crews in Mission Scanner and Mission Observer roles. Photos taken of the upstream and downstream sides of the dam in Gutenberg, Iowa will aid in future flood threats. Mission Scanners and Observers have been officially tasked during the flooding which occurred in Iowa and Minnesota in recent years. The CAP is tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center or the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. It is during these actual emergency situations that the benefits of these types of exercises are realized. Training is the key for the success of Civil Air Patrol missions.

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July 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Dubuque Composite Squadron Presents Awards

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 Wright Brothers Award. Successfully complete all Phase I requirements.  This is the first major milestone award in the CAP Cadet Program, awarded as the cadet enters the ranks of  non-commissioned officers.

Recipients of the Wright Brothers Award:
Cadet First Sergeant Samuel Koranda, Scotch Grove, Iowa
Cadet Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Hess, Fennimore, Wisconsin
Cadet Staff Sergeant Austin McCann, Asbury, Iowa
Cadet Staff Sergeant Isaac Schuetz, Hazel Green, Wisconsin
Cadet Staff Sergeant Nathan Schuetz, Hazel Green, Wisconsin
Cadet Staff Sergeant Noah Schuetz, Hazel Green, Wisconsin
Cadet Staff Sergeant Brian Valentine, Dyersville, Iowa

General Billy Mitchell Award. Successfully complete the specific requirements in Phases I and II of the CAP cadet program. This award is certified and awarded only by National Headquarters. This is the second major milestone award in the CAP Cadet Program, awarded as the cadet attains officer rank.

Recipient of the General Billy Mitchell Award:
Cadet Second Lieutenant Jacob Napp, Stitzer, Wisconsin

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July 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Cadet Awards: June 2010

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Gen. Billy Mitchell Award

•Katelyn M. Mishmash, IA
•Jacob K. Napp, IA

For a complete listing of all awards, click here

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

July 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm