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Safety article features Iowa Wing photo of Delhi Dam failure

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IOWA — Record rainfall, faulty gates and inherent design issues contributed to the July 2010 breach of Iowa’s Delhi Dam, investigators found. The overtopping caused the earthen embankment to erode and eventually emptied Lake Delhi, causing millions in property damage. Read more about the breach in this online article published by HydroWorld.com and see an aerial view of the Delhi Dam failure taken by the Iowa Wing of Civil Air Patrol.

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August 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm

CAP Members Participate in Training Leaders of Cadets Course and RST

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Capt Cindi Wachholz
Asst. Public Affairs Officer
Iowa Wing

ANKENY, IA – A total of 11 members from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) participated in the newly required Training Leader of Cadets (TLC) course on 27-28 August 2011, at Exec 1 Aviation in Ankeny, Ia. TLC Director Capt Brian Mishmash, Assistant Deputy of Cadet Programs for the Iowa Wing, took the training in the winter of 2011 in Minnesota and promptly put it on the Iowa training schedule.

Students attending the TLC have a better grasp of the CAP Mission- Cadet Programs. Topics included Partnering with Parents, Leading Indirectly, Cadet Welfare & Legal Issues, Cadet Achievement & Testing and Planning Activities.

“I was impressed with the wide variety of information that was presented at the course,” stated Capt Elizabeth Spoerl, Iowa’s 19th Spaatz Cadet and instructor at the TLC, “the material offered at this course included many of the nuts and bolts that often get overlooked  in the running of the cadet program.”

Other instructors for the TLC were Col Ron Scheitzach, Lt Col Eric Schneider, Maj Joe Murphy, Capt Brian Mishmash, and Capt Cindi Wachholz.

“I know how much it requires for our members to take a weekend away from home and family,” commented Lt Col Eric Schneider, Iowa’s Vice Commander and Commander of the Dubuque Composite Squadron, “but I have never been disappointed by their willingness to do so, for CAP and especially for our cadets.”

The weekend training also included Required Staff Training for those who may be thinking of attending an encampment this year. This two hour course was held on Friday evening. Course instructor, Capt Mishmash, taught Operational Risk Management and Avoiding the Hazing Trap to several students.

Graduates of the Iowa Wing’s first TLC included:
Col Ron Scheitzach, Lt Col Eric Schneider, Capt Kern Kemp, Capt Elizabeth Spoerl, Capt Cindi Wachholz, 1Lt Jan Lewandowski, 2dLt Betsy Becker, 2dLt Anita Eggers, 2dLt Michael Healy, 2dLt Tina Young, and SM Kelly Kemp.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

August 30, 2011 at 7:43 am

Iowa’s Director of Emergency Services Brings Expertise to NESA

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Capt Cindi Wachholz
Asst. Public Affairs Officer
Iowa Wing

EDINBURGH, IN –   More than 500 Civil Air Patrol members took part on the National  Emergency Services Academy (NESA) which held its annual two-week intensive training event from July 23 – Aug 7, 2011, at Camp Atterbury, IN. Col Joe Casler, Iowa’s Director of Emergency Services, was an integral part of the success for this year’s NESA.

Col Casler worked as an Incident Command System course instructor, teaching portions of ICS 300 and 400. During the two-week ES training schedule, Col Casler also mentored students as well as arranged for monitored hands-on training at the Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD). He also worked with three students in the aircrew school.

A variety of instruction is conducted at the NESA.  Mission Aircrew School, Ground Search and Rescue School and ICS training are broken down into Basic and Advanced training sessions. Many students receive basic training the first week and stayed for more advanced education the second week. During the two weeks of courses, ES training taught the students how to plan and execute effective exercises. Col Casler was involved in monitoring and controlling table top drills.

NESA, CAP’s largest event, is an opportunity for members from around the country to work together to improve their ES skills and help their communities.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

August 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm

East Iowa Cadet Squadron Members Onboard the Last Space Shuttle Flight

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Capt Francisco Molina
Public Affairs Officer
East Iowa Cadet Squadron

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA –  As part of the NASA “face in space” program, a picture of members of the East Iowa Cadet Squadron accompanied astronauts in the historic last flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis (Mission STS-135) as part of the squadrons Aerospace Education activities. At the conclusion of the flight the squadron received a certificate of participation signed by the Atlantis mission Commander Chris Ferguson.

The EICS has received the 2009-2010 Aerospace Excellence Award and is working towards the 2011 award.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

August 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm

East Iowa Cadet Squadron leads the colors 4th of July presentation in Cedar Rapids

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Capt Francisco Molina
Public Affairs Officer
East Iowa Cadet Squadron

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Members of the East Iowa Cadet Squadron lead the presentation of colors during the opening ceremony of the July 4th Kernels game at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. The ceremony and game culminated a week of celebrations across the city during the 2011 Freedom Festival.

The EICS representation included Lt. Pitts, squadron commander, C/1Lt Michael Leedy, C/1st Lt Luke Serafin, C/Msgt Nathan Serafin, and Capt Francisco Molina.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

August 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Cadet Awards: July 2011

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Gen. Billy Mitchell Award

• Nathan J. Schuetz, IA
• Christopher D. Sessions, IA

 

For a complete listing of all awards, click here.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

August 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

9/11 ten years later: The trio of pilots who took to the skies on 9/12 to document WTC wreckage

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NEW YORK — From 1,000 feet above lower Manhattan, Lt. Col. Warren Ratis looked down on the smoldering rubble and twisted steel of the World Trade Center. The devastation was everywhere and the pain, one day after the nation was rocked by the terrorist attack, still raw. An airborne photographer in the Civil Air Patrol assigned to document the destruction, Ratis didn’t have time to mourn the victims, including 18 former co-workers. He had instructions from the highest reaches of government. Ratis picked up his camera and began shooting. Nearly a decade later, he and Lt. Col. Jacques Heinrich, the mission’s pilot, are talking publicly for the first time about the aerial mission. Click here for their story, published Sunday in the New York Daily News. Similar coverage was in Newsday on Saturday.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

August 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm