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North Central Region Dinner and Recognition Awards Ceremony

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Capt Cindi Wachholz
Asst. Public Affairs Officer
Iowa Wing

DES MOINES, IA. – Saturday, October 16, 2010, the North Central Region of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) held its annual Conference and Recognition Ceremony Banquet in Des Moines, Iowa. This year’s theme was “Focus On the Future”.

The Color Guard from North Hennepin Composite Squadron, Minnesota Wing, opened the ceremony with the presentation of the colors. Several dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the achievements of members of the North Central Region. Brig Gen Charles Carr, the National Vice Commander, gave remarks honoring the commitment to excellence that the Civil Air Patrol members share. Col Steven Kuddes, Commander of the North Central Region, shared the Keynote Address, “The Future of Civil Air Patrol”, with Col Thomas Weston, Col Dale Hoium and Lt Col Michael Pederson.

During the 2010 NCR Conference, both cadets and senior members had the opportunity to take part in “learning labs”, classroom settings where knowledge and experiences were shared and “students” could freely ask questions.

A few of the cadet secessions included National Cadet Competition, Public Speaking, a ”dizzying”  hands-on class in Drug Demand Reduction, led by Lt Col Bonnie Braun. Lt Col James Peace, NCR Cadet Programs Director conducted a learning lab on Building Cadet Programs. Many wonderful and innovative examples were shared by Lt Col Peace and the attendees.

Senior members had a full schedule as well, with a focus on new technology, communication, finances and of course SAFETY. Included in the learning lab schedule was the ARGUS Imaging System, led by Lt Col Campbell. Balancing Your Budget as well as a financial Q&A was facilitated by Lt Col Melissa Plum. A wealth of Public Affairs resources was shared by Maj Al Pabon, National Public Affairs Team Leader. Health Services Officers Issues and Medical Unit Leader Training were two secessions led by Lt Col Dennis Pearson, the NCR Health Services Officer.

To conclude the learning lab portion of the conference, everyone from cadets to Colonels had the opportunity to participate in a Town Hall meeting with the Regional and National CAP leadership.

Honored guests who were in attendance included Col James Rushing, Commander, Southeast Region. Representing our National Headquarters Staff were Mr. Malcom Kyser, Chief of Operations Support and Mr. Frank Jirik, Executive Assistant for Safety. Maj Al Pabon, the National Public Affairs Team Leader. Col Patrick Bielby represented the First US Air Force (1 AF)/ Air Forces North (AFNORTH).  Present from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center was Col Eric Vander Linden. Several CAP-USAF Liaisons were in attendance; from the North Central Region, Lt Col Mike Pederson, Commander, from the North Central Region State Directors; Mr. Richard Almeida (Kansas and Missouri), Mr. Greg Maier (North and South Dakota), Mr. Otto Wachholtz (Iowa and Nebraska), and Mr. Bill Willis (Minnesota). Col Dale Hoium, Chief of Staff, North Central Region, served as the Master of Ceremonies for Region Dinner and Recognition Ceremony. The North Central Region Commanders were represented by Col Ronald Scheitzach (Iowa), Col Regina Aye (Kansas), Col Thomas Theis (Minnesota), Col Sean Fagan (Missouri), Col David Plum (Nebraska), Col Dean Reiter (North Dakota), Col Teresa Schimelfening (South Dakota).

2010 NCR Awards and Special Recognitions:

  • Gill Robb Wilson Award – Col Sean Fagan
  • Paul Garber Award – Maj Al Pabon
  • Citation To Accompany the Distinguished Service Award – Col Karl Altenburg (ND)
  • Exceptional Service Award – Lt Col Eric Schneider (IA)
  • Frank Brewer Memorial Aerospace Education Award – Cadet- Cadet Aaron Hooper (MO)
  • Frank Brewer Memorial Aerospace Education Award – Senior Member- Maj Glenn Formayer (KS)
  • Frank Brewer Memorial Aerospace Education Award – Organization- Iowa Aviation Promotion Group (IA)
  • Frank Brewer Memorial Aerospace Education Award – Lifetime Achievement – Mr. Tom Busch (IA)
  • Aerospace Officer of the Year – Maj Catherine Mages (KS)
  • Cadet Program Officer of the Year – Maj Glenn Fortmayer (KS)
  • Drug Demand Officer of the Year – SM April Smith
  • Communications Officer of the Year – Maj Tom Schaeffer (NE)
  • Col Ed Lewis Incident Command Staff member of the Year – Col Joe Casler (NCR)
  • Public Affairs Officer of the Year – 1Lt Gerald Lange (MO)
  • Character Development Officer of the Year – 1Lt Michelle Oakes (MO)
  • Squadron Chaplain of the Year – Chaplain (Lt Col) Homer Ontman (KS)
  • Senior Chaplain of the Year – Chaplain (Lt Col) Gene Abrams (NCR)
  • Legislative Officer of the Year – Lt Col Michael Smith (MO)
  • Finance Director of the Year – Lt Col Daniel Ranson (MO)
  • Safety Officer of the Year – Capt John Moore (KS)
  • Cadet of the Year – Cadet Tyler Hetland (ND)
  • Senior Member of the Year – Maj Jason Johnsen (NE)
  • Lifesaving Award with Star – Capt Linette Lahan (KS)
  • Sgt Philip Svitak American Patriot Award – Lt Col Michael Pederson (NCR Liaison)
  • Sgt Philip Svitak American Patriot Award – Lt Col Phillip H. Aye, Jr. (KS)

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

October 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Cadets & Seniors Take to the Skies

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Lt Jessa Brace
Public Affairs Officer
Iowa Wing

Iowa Wing members got the chance to do a little flying on Sunday October 17th following a busy weekend in Des Moines at the NCR Conference.  Tweetie Bird, as she is known due to her brightly colored yellow paint job, was in Ames on loan from Minnesota to give eager members a chance to get up in the air.

“I want to thank you all for an outstanding day of CAP glider flying. Yesterday we flew 9 orientation flights plus 2 senior familiarization flights. Participants came from IA 002, IA 007, IA 072 DSM and IA 072 RDK.” commented Capt Jay Newell. “It would not have happened without your piloting/running wing/towing/promoting efforts.”

For more photos of the event, click here.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

October 19, 2010 at 10:11 am

North Central Region Conference 2010

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Dear NCR Members,

This is my personal invitation to you to attend the North Central Region 2010 Conference.

Our conference this year will be at the Holiday Inn-Northwest in Des Moines, IA from October 15-17.  Our Region website,  has more information including hotel and on-line registration.

Here is a direct link to the Online Registration site.

Why should you attend the North Central Region conference?  The conference is a time for CAP members from the Region to meet other members from the seven Wings of the Region, members of the Civil Air Patrol-United States Air Force (CAP-USAF) team, from our National Headquarters and our National leadership.  It’s also a chance to learn what has been happening in the Region and what is planned for the future.

For Senior Members, we have learning labs covering some of the areas experiencing changes and updated program information.  It will be a true learning experience.

Cadets have helped plan and organize a series of their own learning labs for the conference. The labs will help to update you on changes to the Cadet Program and a chance to have input on how to better the Cadet Program in the North Central Region and CAP.

The Dinner on Saturday evening will celebrate the achievements of our members, our Region and our organization.

The price for the entire day of activity including the buffet style Dinner Saturday night is just $32.00!  That is a real bargain to meet new friends, learn more about CAP and celebrate the great achievements you have been part of this past year.

Commander, North Central Region

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

October 1, 2010 at 11:46 am