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Archive for July 2011

National Cadet Competition 2011 Highlight Reel

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Competition Highlight Reel
Now Available!
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July 31, 2011 at 9:33 am

NEW! Recruitment PSAs

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Click here to listen to the 3 new recruitment PSAs courtesy of 1st Lt Rick Rutledge from Oklahoma Wing.

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July 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

National Staff College (NSC) 2011

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National Staff College
(15-22 October 2011)

National Staff College (NSC) is the capstone course in professional development.  Held annually at CAP National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol, NSC is designed for members who are, or will be, assuming positions of regional or national importance within CAP.  This year’s NSC dates are 15-22 October 2011.

NSC is taught by senior CAP leaders and USAF instructors from Air University, the curriculum challenges students in the areas of executive leadership, management, organizational behavior, and policy formulation.  Much time is spent examining CAP’s national-level operations. Students engage in seminar discussions, case studies, and exercises throughout this intensive seven day course.

Because of the graduate-level design of NSC, as well as its focus on national-level operations, attendance at National Staff College is restricted to those members who hold the grade of Major (or above), who have completed CAP’s Region Staff College (or equivalent), and who have the endorsement of their wing commander.

National Staff College for 2011 will be conducted 15-22 0ct 11, at Maxwell AFB in beautiful Montgomery, AL, home of CAP’s National Headquarters.  You should plan to arrive at Maxwell AFB on a date 15 Oct 11; student registration and orientation will be conducted on that day as well.  A date will be provided that should be used as your departure travel day.


The tuition for the 2011 National Staff College is $195 (not including transportation, lodging, and meals). For more information, the NSC 2011 Brochure will be available at a later date.

Deadline to apply is: 20 Sep 11.
To apply to NSC 2011 Application click here.  (Note: the CAPF 17 will not be used to apply to NSC this year.)

Payment is due not later than: 5 Oct 11
To pay your NSC 2011 registration fee online click here.

Please contact Lt Col Wiest with any questions you may have via email at

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

July 29, 2011 at 9:18 am

USAC Memorial Service For Major Al Pabon

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The U.S. Army Cadet Corps (USAC) will conduct memorial services for Major Al Pabon, CAP at the National Cadet Training Center 2 Aug 11 at 1900.   Services will also be held at the Minnesota Wing Headquarters on a date TBD.

USAC and CAP personnel are strongly encouraged to attend as we celebrate the life of a great patriot. The uniform for personnel *participating* in the ceremony is Class “A”.   The uniform for all others is their respective duty uniform.

Direct questions to​.

A fund has been established to assist with the final arrangements for Maj Al Pabon.   Unfortunately, he has no next of kin; therefore, it is up to USAC and CAP family to take care of him.

Please send contributions to:

Anibal Pabon Memorial Fund
C/O David Palmer, Branch Manager
Merchants Bank
7300 147th Street West
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

July 29, 2011 at 7:46 am

ICS 400 to be Offered

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An ICS 400 course will be offered September 10 – 11, 2011 in Ankeny, IA.  Contact Col Casler if you would like to register for this training (

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

July 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Posted in IACAP - Training

SOC-inspired course hones CAP cadets’ leadership skills

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ALABAMA — One hundred and twenty Civil Air Patrol cadet officers flew in from all over to participate in Cadet Officer School last week. The school at Maxwell Air Force Base is patterned after the Air Force’s Squadron Officer College and features an academically challenging curriculum and in-depth leadership training activities. It is the premier school for CAP, according to Lt. Col. Margarita Mesones, the deputy chief of staff for the school. “There is a selection process each student goes through in their home state. When they get here, they come to develop their leadership skills and their executive management skills,” Mesones said. “They get to hear guest speakers on topics including leadership skills, followership skills and how to manage small groups. They take that information and discuss those in seminar. Then we have activities where they actually put those lessons into practice.”

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

July 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm

North Central Region’s First Glider Flight Academy – A Success!

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Capt Cindi Wachholz
Asst. Public Affairs Officer
Iowa Wing

ST. PETER, MN – 19 cadets and 19 senior staff members from the North Central Region (NCR) of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) participated in NCR’s first Glider Flight Academy, held July 8-16, 2011 in St. Peter, MN.

After a week of dodging thunderstorms, Iowa cadets C/2dLt Isaac Wachholz (NW Iowa Composite Squadron), C/TSgt Luke Hess (Dubuque Composite Squadron), and C/Amn Ali Nielson (Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron) received their wings from the Glider Flight Academy Commander Lt Col Roger Brogren and North Central Region Commander Col Sean Fagan during the graduation ceremony held at the close of the academy.

Over 500 flights took place at the Mankato, MN airport with zero mishaps. “That is over 2000 flying events by gliders and tow planes,” stated Brogren enthusiastically, “and not a single incident.”

Although the weather caused a few problems with the schedule, all cadets received their supervised solo and two cadets were able to solo entirely on their own. This feat is especially impressive considering that prior to the academy only 2 cadets out of 19 had any prior flying experience.

“This was one of the best experiences of my life,” commented C/2dLt Wachholz.  “I didn’t know that I could learn that much in such a short amount of time.”

On its busiest day, July 13th, staff members noted that a record 120 flights took place.

“If you’ve never watched the action on the airstrip during a glider academy, it’s quite amazing,” commented staff member SM Julie Stillwell Sorenson.  “The air boss and radio operator are on a platform mounted on top of a camper trailer, facing the airfield. The starting point is right in front. In this case, they are using the grass alongside the runway, not the runway itself. The gliders approach the starting line single file from one end of the runway and the tow plane rolls in from the other direction, does a 180, and the cadets attach the plane’s tow rope to the glider. When all systems are ‘go’, the tow plane and glider take off. When they are high enough, the glider releases the tow rope.  The glider flight academy’s system runs like a well-oiled machine. The cadets know what they are supposed to do, whether flying or serving on the ground team.”

Participants were housed at the Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter and transported to the Mankato Airport where ground school and glider training was held.  Cadets were briefed several times a day on safety near the aircraft, with the gliders and on dealing with the heat.

Utilizing social media to keep people updated on the week’s events, staff members, parents and anyone wishing to could post on the group’s Facebook page.  Several parents took the opportunity to leave well wishes for their cadets and got the chance to view photos and even videos of a few of the flights.

At the conclusion of the graduation ceremony, Col Fagan presented a plaque to Lt Col Brogren and read the NCR resolution introducing this Glider Academy as the first NCR Roger Brogren Glider Flight Academy.

Since 1996, the NCR has conducted a glider program in some form to provide for the ever increasing interest in this type of aviation.  In 2011, CAP reorganized the glider program from 27 wings with gliders to 13 Regional Glider Centers of Excellence with approximately 2 GCE’s per region. Presently, in the North Central Region, the GCE’s are MNWG, NDWG, with IAWG as a subsidiary to MNWG.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

July 23, 2011 at 8:00 am