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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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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

July 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

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