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May 27, 2011 at 10:52 am

CAP Members Take Part in Search and Rescue Activity

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Valuable Community Search and Rescue Exercise for IA-007 Squadron Members

Betsy Becker, 2d Lt., CAP
Public Affairs Officer, IA-007
Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron

FORT DODGE – Iowa, On 7 May 2011, eight members of the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron (NWICS) took part in the Webster County Large Scale Search and Rescue Exercise. The Large Scale Exercise took place at Dolliver State Park near Lehigh. A goal of this exercise was to incorporate different agencies in a search and rescue scenario. Ron Vought, Webster County ARES Coordinator the Webster County CERT Training Coordinator, coordinated the multi agency exercise.

“The Webster County Multi-agency Search and Rescue Exercise were developed to test the overall group’s response and ability to effectively communicate in reaction to a potential, real-life event at a local public park.” stated Vought. “Additionally, this exercise tested each volunteer agency’s Emergency Response Plan.

Members of the NWICS who took part in the exercise were: Capt Cindi Wachholz, Maj Jim Currie, Capt Pam Lehman, 1st Lt Jan Lewandowski, 2nd Lt Betsy Becker, C/Maj Adam Wachholz, C/2nd Lt Isaac Wachholz, and C/TSgt Jacob Lewandowski.

The scenario was established that four Girl Scouts, two chaperones, and three “good Samaritans” had become lost in the woods of Dolliver State Park. The NWICS worked as one search group with the exception of Capt Lehman who was assigned to another search group (this group did have three finds). There were a total of four search and rescue groups comprised of differing agencies.

The CAP ground team leader, Maj Jim Currie, used a CERT radio assigned to them to communicate with Incident Command while our ground team members used ISR radios to communicate with each other. The terrain was quite challenging and the search group broke into three smaller groups to more effectively search the assigned area. After two hours of searching the groups were called back to the Command Center to be reassigned to a new search area.

The area where NWICS was assigned to search did not have any missing persons, but they did get valuable practice of applying CAP search and rescue techniques and looking for clues.

A total of 58 participants took part in this Large Scale Exercise from three counties representing, CERT from Webster and Humboldt counties, HAM operators from Webster, Humboldt, and Kossuth counties, first responders and fire fighters from six local communities.

“It was a very good experience working with other agencies as this is how an actual large scale event would play out. I have been to a multi-agency table top exercise and a local multi agency meeting in the last month and I can see the need for CAP to participate in these opportunities,” stated Capt Wachholz.

The NWICS will have members participate with the Iowa Wing SAREX when they are evaluated by the USAF on 25 June 2011.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 27, 2011 at 10:35 am

May 2011 NCR News Has Been Posted

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The May 2011 issue of NCR News has been posted to the NCR PAO Resources Website ( or you can download it directly at

In this issue you will find features on

*   Northern States Flooding Missions involving Missouri Wing
*   NCR’s Color Guard Competition
*   The South Dakota Wing Conference
*   Future “Soaring Eagles” selected for NCR’s Glider Flight Academy
*   Former MN Wing cadet selected for Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training

We also have a commentary from the Region Commander, a column on how members can use Social Media to tell their CAP Stories, the Member Recognition feature and interesting 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.

We welcome your feedback as well as any stories or images that you would like to share. They can be sent to

Thanks and have a great night.
Al Pabon, Major, CAP

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 17, 2011 at 8:52 am

Civil Air Patrol to Participate in Quake Drill

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By Stephen Pope / Published: May 11, 2011
Flying Magazine | The World’s Most Widely Read Aviation MagazineThe Civil Air Patrol has been tapped to participate in a major homeland security and disaster response exercise starting on May 16 that will test emergency responders’ ability to handle a massive earthquake in America’s heartland along the seismic-sensitive New Madrid fault.

“CAP is a nationwide organization with a tremendous amount of resources it can provide to the nation in a disaster, no matter how large,” said Col. James Rushing, CAP’s Southeast Region commander, who is the senior agency liaison for this year’s four-day exercise called Ardent Sentry. He performed a similar job during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The exercise will include a number of federal, state and local agencies and a large contingent of CAP members. As many as 36 CAP airplanes and aircrews will participate in the drill, said Rushing, including members from six wings — Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky — from four CAP regions. The New Madrid plan also includes support from the Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas wings.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Members urged to wear uniforms to worship services preceding Memorial Day

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – Civil Air Patrol members are encouraged to wear their service dress or corporate uniform while attending worship services the Saturday or Sunday before Memorial Day.

CAP’s National Executive Council has requested that the organization’s region commanders encourage members to wear their uniform on their day of worship both before Memorial Day and the first weekend in December. CAP will mark its 70th anniversary Dec. 1, and the organization plays a vital role in the Wreaths Across America campaign to honor American veterans throughout the nation and the world the second Saturday of every December.

“Wearing our uniforms in surroundings and circumstances that incorporate reverence and respect reflect some of Civil Air Patrol’s deepest core values,” said Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, CAP national commander. “We hope our members choose to represent our organization at this important time in our history – when the nation pays tribute to veterans who have served, fought and died to preserve America’s freedoms.”

Memorial Day this year is observed Monday, May 30.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

the PD Connection – April/May 2011

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Recognition, rewards, and respect… Find out what these have in common in the April-May PD Connection!

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 11, 2011 at 10:18 am

Two New ICS 400 Class Offerings Posted to the Calendar!

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Col Joe Casler has just informed us that two ICS 400 class offerings are happening this month, both of which have been posted to the Wing calendar for additional reference.

Also, a note from Col Casler… “For those who are interested but cannot attend a mid-week course, please contact me.  I am willing to teach a weekend course if we can find an available and mutually agreeable date.”

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm