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Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron Presents Milestone Awards

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Photo by 2Lt Betsy Becker – L to R: C/2d Lt Isaac Wachholz, C/Capt Felix Knutson, Capt Cindi Wachholz, Lt Col Eric Schneider, C/Maj Adam Wachholz

Betsy Becker, 2d Lt, CAP
Public Affairs Officer, IA-007

Members of the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) were honored to have Lt Col Eric Schneider, the CAP Vice Commander of the Iowa Wing, on hand to present two Milestone Awards at their meeting Saturday 5 February, 2011.  

C/Capt Felix Knutson was presented the Amelia Earhart certificate by Lt Col Schneider.  The Earhart milestone is a very prestigious award.  The award commemorates Amelia Earhart, who in 1928, was the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air and attempted, in 1937, to circumnavigate the world in a twin engine Lockheed Electra. Less than 5% of Civil Air Patrol cadets reach this milestone.  “I have a goal to reach the Spaatz Award in CAP and I am on my way to achieving that milestone,” states Cadet Knutson, who also applied to the United States Air Force Academy for the fall of 2011.  Cadet Knutson has been involved with CAP since April 2008.

C/2d Lt Isaac Wachholz was presented the General Billy Mitchell certificate by Lt Col Schneider.  The Mitchell milestone is a hard sought award to receive as well.  This award honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate, and staunch supporter of an independent air force for America. Fewer than 15% of CAP cadets reach this milestone. 

“The Mitchell milestone has been a goal of mine for some time.  By receiving this award I was promoted to a cadet officer,” stated Wachholz.  “I am looking forward to continuing my training in CAP and assuming more responsibilities with this promotion.”  Cadet Wachholz has been involved with CAP since February 2008.

Others squadron members who were recognized were Cadet Adam Wachholz with a promotion to the grade of Cadet Major.  Cadet Jozef Lamfers was promoted to the grade of Cadet Senior Airman (Mary Feik achievement).  Senior member Jim Wachholz was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and 2d Lieutenant Betsy Becker received her leadership ribbon. The Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron meets at the Ft. Dodge Regional Airport.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Wachholz Gains Unparalleled Access to Nation’s Capitol Through Civil Air Patrol Academy

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Des Moines, IA – Cadet Major (C/Maj) Adam Wachholz, 17, of Ottosen, IA, will participate in the Civil Air Patrol’s Civic Leadership Academy from Feb. 26 to March 5 in Washington, D.C., He is one of 24 top cadets selected for this activity.

The CLA, an academically intense, interactive study of U.S. government in action, provides participants the opportunity to grow as citizens and young leaders through lessons in persuasive leadership, federal government, public service careers and American heritage.

Wachholz, a member of Iowa’s Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron, based in Ft. Dodge, has distinguished himself in numerous ways. He is currently serving as Iowa’s Cadet Advisory Council Chairman and was selected as the state’s Cadet of the Year in 2009. Wachholz attended the Aerospace Technology Honors Camp in New Mexico in 2009 and was the Honor Squadron Commander at the WI Cadet Academy in 2009. In 2010 Wachholz received the Honor Squadron Award while staffing at the WI Basic School.  From 2008-2010, he served as the Cadet Commander for his home squadron in Ft. Dodge. Wachholz holds several CAP emergency service qualifications and has been a CAP cadet since August 2007.  

“The Civic Leadership Academy provides cadets an unrivaled opportunity to gain a well-rounded understanding of leadership, public service and the principles that guide our nation,” said Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, CAP’s national commander and CLA’s founding director. “The activity empowers them to apply those principles in their lives and to be thoughtful participants in our nation’s future.”

In addition to a blend of field trips, lectures, seminars and assigned readings from historic and current sources, Wachholz and the other CLA cadets will visit the U.S. Capitol; the Supreme Court; the State Department; Arlington National Cemetery, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; the Central Intelligence Agency; the Pentagon; the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.; legislative offices; and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, as well as the World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Women in Military Service and Lincoln memorials. They will also encounter VIP speakers at these locations who will provide insights designed to deepen their understanding of government in action. Their CLA tasks will culminate with a final project – a presentation on their CLA experience to their peers in their home squadrons and wings.

“The success of CLA has been to keep the cadets engaged in activities they could not do on their own,” said Lt. Col. Bill Brockman, CLA activity director and founding faculty member. “They are not just learning about government, but also how to interact with government, how they can be involved to make a difference, and how to look for internship opportunities.”

In recognition of the program’s outstanding academic value, the National Association of Secondary School Principals has again placed CLA on the National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2010-2011.

In addition to their activities, Wachholz and the other CLA cadets will participate in CAP’s 2011 Legislative Day on March 3 by working alongside their wing commanders to brief legislators on how CAP’s primary missions – emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs – have benefited their communities.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Top CAP cadets to gather in nation’s capital

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Weeklong academy one of America’s leading civic education activities

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Twenty-four of Civil Air Patrol’s top cadets from across the nation are gaining a head start in their public service careers by participating in one of America’s premier civic education activities, the Civic Leadership Academy, from Feb. 26-March 5 in Washington, D.C.

CLA, an academically intense, interactive study of U.S. government in action, provides participants the opportunity to grow as citizens and young leaders through lessons in persuasive leadership, federal government, public service careers and American heritage.

“The Civic Leadership Academy provides cadets an unrivaled opportunity to gain a well-rounded understanding of leadership, public service and the principles that guide our nation,” said Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, CAP’s national commander and CLA’s founding director. “The activity empowers them to apply those principles in their lives and to be thoughtful participants in our nation’s future.”

In addition to a blend of field trips, lectures, seminars and assigned readings from historic and current sources, the cadets will visit the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court; the State Department; Arlington National Cemetery, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; the Central Intelligence Agency; the Pentagon; the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.; legislative offices; and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, as well as the World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Women in Military Service and Lincoln memorials. They will also encounter VIP speakers at these locations who will provide insights designed to deepen their understanding of government in action. Their CLA tasks will culminate with a final project – a presentation on their CLA experience to their peers in their home squadrons and wings.

“The success of CLA has been to keep the cadets engaged in activities they could not do on their own,” said Lt. Col. Bill Brockman, CLA activity director and founding faculty member. “They are not just learning about government, but also how to interact with government, how they can be involved to make a difference and how to look for internship opportunities.”

In recognition of the program’s outstanding academic value, the National Association of Secondary School Principals has again placed CLA on the National Advisory List of Activities for 2010-2011.

CLA cadets also will participate in CAP’s 2011 Legislative Day on March 3 by working alongside their wing commanders to brief Capitol Hill legislators on how CAP’s primary missions – emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs – have benefited their communities.

Legislative Day will be held in conjunction with CAP’s Winter National Board meeting, which is slated for March 4-5 at the Crystal City Marriott, Arlington, Va. The National Board, which meets twice a year – in the winter and the summer – consists of 67 members representing each state, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, within the organization’s eight regions. The board is CAP’s policy-making arm and, in conjunction with the CAP Board of Governors, proposes amendments to the governing constitution and bylaws.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Iowa Civil Air Patrol Honors Local Business For Its Generosity

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Lt Jessa Brace
Public Affairs Officer
Iowa Wing

OMAHA, NE. — Lt Col Allen Chilcote, commander of the Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron, visited the Sapp Brothers Truck Stop in Omaha, NE on December 14, 2010 to present a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Iowa Wing Commander to Mr. Lee Sapp and his 30-year manager Paulet.  Mr. Sapp played host to Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members on their recent trip to Nebraska and treated them to a free all-you-can-eat breakfast at his restaurant.

“During our presentation, they were so kind to put us in their VIP room with a huge TV screen and a free meal,” commented Lt Col Chilcote.  “We are sending two of the pictures to them.  They will put them in a glass frame with the certificate.”

This amazing display of generosity was not lost on anyone.  “We owe it all to Mr. Sapp,” noted one cadet.

The trip, organized by Capt Jon Sawyer and Lt Justin Sawyer of the Davenport Composite Squadron, drew increased excitement from additional members in other squadrons to participate and on November 26, 2010, over 42 CAP members from around Iowa made the journey west.

During the trip, members were able to tour Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, as well as stop at the Base Exchange (PX), tour the SAC Museum at Camp Ashland and enjoy a night’s supper from Olive Garden.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Quality Cadet Unit Award Winners Announced

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Today NHQ published the list of the Quality Units and posted the data used at www.capmembers.com/qcua. 118 units met at least five of the criteria needed to earn the award. Only three Squadrons in our Region were on the list, and one of them was our very own NCR IA043 Dubuque Composite Squadron. Congratulations to the Dubuque Composite Squadron for a very proactive and highly successful 2010. The award will be sent to Wing HQ this week and I look forward to presenting it as soon as possible. I encourage everyone to read the criteria and what goes along with this award. This is the first time the Iowa Wing has had a Squadron recognized for this award. Again, congratulations to the Dubuque Composite Squadron for winning this award.

Ron Scheitzach, Col, CAP
Commander, Iowa Wing

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Des Moines Metro Aerospace Program Includes Helicopters

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(or Cessnas, Gliders and Choppers…Oh My!)

Capt. Cindi Wachholz
Asst Public Affairs Officer
Iowa Wing

As part of the Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron’s (DMMCS) November Aerospace Education program, Mike Peterson, a certified helicopter flight instructor with Iowa Helicopters, shared his helicopter knowledge and experience with unit members.  The November 4, 2010 event was held in Exec 1 Aviation at the Ankeny Regional Airport where Peterson briefed the squadron on helicopter safety, landing pad operations, and helicopter aerodynamics. The cadets learned about the safety considerations of helicopter operations at fly-ins, but this took their education to a whole new level.   

Safety is always forefront in the Civil Air Patrol.  “CAP members are exposed to helicopters when they help out at air shows,” stated Capt Jay Newell, Director of Glider Operations for the Iowa Wing, “now DMMCS members  have a much better  understanding of what the pilots are seeing (and even more importantly, not  seeing) when loading, taking off and landing.”

The cadets also gained an understanding of how helicopters generate lift.  Late last year some of the cadets from the DMMCS flew on Nebraska Air Guard Blackhawks, and now they have an in-depth knowledge of how the machines work. Peterson instructs and flies with Iowa Helicopters, a chopper fleet at Ankeny Regional Airport that provides aerial video for Des Moines television stations.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 10, 2011 at 11:10 am

Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron February 2011 Newsletter

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The newsletter has now been posted, click here to take a peek.

Written by Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron

February 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm