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April 2011 NCR News Has Been Posted

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The April 2011 issue of NCR News has been posted to the NCR PAO Resources Website. Link:

We are working on getting the newsletter page of the region website updated shortly.

In this issue you will find features on
*   The Missouri Wing Missing Aircraft Search
*   Northern States Flooding Missions involving North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota Wings.
*   NCR’s New Organizational Emblem
*   The Minnesota Wing Conference
*   2 of our recent participants at the Civic Leadership Academy
*   A story about each of NCR’s Wings

We also have a commentary from the Region Commander, a column on Social Media, a Member Recognition feature and stories from each our wings as well as a few surprises.

When you are reviewing the newsletter you will find a variety of links to other CAP media. Please take a moment to review that content as well.

The newsletter is also available for download as either a High or Low resolution PDF at these links:

High Res –
Low Res – (Smaller File Size)

Maj Al Pabon
Director of Public Affairs, North Central Region Civil Air Patrol


Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 29, 2011 at 8:00 am

Unit Commander’s Course (UCC) 2011

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A Unit Commander’s Course (UCC) has been scheduled for May 21-22, 2011 at Exec 1 Aviation in Ankeny, IA. 

Billeting has been arranged with Camp Dodge and members have two options – individual billeting @ $19/night or family billeting @ $32/night. 
For those are interested, please fill out a CAPF 17 as well as the following items and send to myself ( & Capt Cindi Wachholz ( no later than Tuesday May 10th:
• Name & Rank
• Squadron Name
• Billeting Accommodations – Do you need a room?  If so, individual or family?
Thank you, and if anyone has any questions please let me know.
Lt Jessa Brace (course director)

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

Bloodborne Pathogens Training – What You Need to Know to Stay Healthy

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Capt Casey Schroder, our Wing Health Services Officer, has prepared a PowerPoint presentation about bloodborne pathogens and other diseases of concern for squadrons to use.  Stay healthy everyone!

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

The May 2011 Edition of Health News is Now Available!

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Click here to read the latest in Health News from our Wing Health Services Officer.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 28, 2011 at 9:23 am

CAP Members to Hone Their Skills During Training & Fly-In

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RED OAK – Members of several Civil Air Patrol Squadrons will be participating in flight line training conducted at the Red Oak Airport on Saturday, April 30, to help increase the number of qualified flight line marshallers who assist at fly-ins and airshows.

Lt Jason Erickson, squadron commander of the Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron and qualified flight line supervisor, will be conducting a majority of the training with assistance from other qualified flight line marshallers. Training will include both classroom education focusing on an introduction to flight line marshaling and hands on experience out on the apron at the airport.

The training will serve as a an introduction for newer members and a refresher course for already qualified members who will be putting their skills to use on May 1st at the Red Oak Fly-In.  CAP has been tasked with parking incoming aircraft and crowd control. The event is being hosted by the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association Ambassadors.

Written by Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron

April 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

CAP and USAF Inspection Team Observes Civil Air Patrol’s Iowa Wing

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Lt Jessa Brace
Public Affairs Officer
Iowa Wing

DAVENPORT, Ia. – The Iowa Wing of the Civil Air Patrol recently completed a Compliance Inspection (CI) April 9-11 at the Davenport Composite Squadron headquarters, based at the Davenport Municipal Airport. Principal activity began on Saturday, April 9 with about half of the wing staff being interviewed and inspected in their respective positions.  The remaining staff completed their inspections on Sunday, April 10 and an out- briefing took place on Monday, April 11.

The CI takes place every 48 months and is conducted by a team of United States Air Force (USAF) and CAP members from around the US whose backgrounds are diverse.  The purpose of the inspection is to ensure that all functional areas of the Iowa Wing are performing their duties successfully.  Each area is thoroughly assessed and has the possibility of receiving one of the following four grades: highly successful, successful, marginally successful or unsuccessful.

During the out briefing Monday night, Iowa Wing Commander (CAP) Col Ron Scheitzach received a report outlining both individual grades for the functional areas under his command and the overall grade for the wing.  Out of the 21 possible functional areas, 17 received a rating of “successful”, 2 received a rating of “marginally successful” and 2 received a rating of “highly successful”.  Overall, the Iowa Wing received a “successful” rating based on its performance during the previous 48 months since its last inspection.

The Public Affairs team was one of two areas to receive the “highly successful” rating, the other being the Wing Commander.

“I would like to “Congratulate” the Public Affairs team, 1st Lt Jessa Brace and Capt Cindi Wachholz for receiving a “Highly Successful” rating for the program that they have worked hard to develop,” said Iowa Wing Commander Col Ron Scheitzach.

The Iowa Wing had been preparing for this inspection long before its Staff Assisted Visit (SAV) in May 2010, though preparations certainly ramped up towards the end as its members were able to put the finishing touches on four years of hard work and dedication.

Col Scheitzach commended his wing staff for their efforts. “I want to “Thank” everyone who spent their weekend presenting their functional areas to the inspection team in Davenport; I understand the precious time and energy that you have expended getting ready for this CI. I also want to “Thank” Maj Joe Murphy, Col Sheila Waldorf and our State Director Mr. Otto Wachholtz for the tremendous effort that they put into getting us ready for this CI, without their effort we would not have achieved our goal.”

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Civil Air Patrol Squadron Plans Open House

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Walnut, IA — The Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron, local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, is hosting an open house at 6:30pm on Monday April 25th at the Walnut School library. According to Lt Jason Erickson, squadron commander, the entire community is welcome to attend and learn more about CAP.

Members of the squadron will be present to greet visitors and explain CAP’s missions for America, inviting adults and teenagers to join the all civilian, all volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.

Formed on December 1, 1941, the organization performs more than 90 percent of all U.S. Air Force directed search and rescue and performs missions for NASA, FEMA, the DEA and other emergency and community organizations.

Flying a fleet of 530 aircraft, 63 sailplanes and operating an extensive radio communications network, the Civil Air Patrol also operates a highly regarded teenage cadet program for girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 21 which includes considerable flight time and educational opportunities and partners with the U.S. Air Force in recognized aerospace education programs for schools, the community and the Civil Air Patrol membership.

The Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron, based in Red Oak, is one of 9 squadrons in Iowa with other local squadrons in Des Moines, Ft. Dodge, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Davenport and Burlington. Nationwide the Civil Air Patrol is in all 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and on USAF bases in Germany.

There is no military obligation associated with membership, and it is not necessary to have a military or aviation background. Through CAP cadets can earn college scholarships as well as a host of unique opportunities such as powered and glider orientation flights and emergency services training, just to name a few. Adults are also encouraged to join as CAP has something for everyone.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug 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 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 67 years. For more information, visit

Written by Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron

April 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm