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Mo. Wing color guard advances to National Cadet Competition with region triumph

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Capt. Joseph Bradfield
Public Affairs Officer Minnesota Wing

NORTH CENTRAL REGION –  The Missouri Wing color guard team bested entries from four other wings to win top honors April 14 at the North Central Region Cadet Competition at Minnesota’s Camp Ripley, thanks to a remarkably steady performance – first in one category, second in the other six.

The Missouri cadets now advance to represent the region in the National Cadet Competition, set for June 20-25 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
The team consists of Springfield Region Composite Squadron members:

  • Cadet Master Sgts. Jeremiah Gathright and Hunter Shepard.
  • Cadet Airmen Austin Roberson and Edward Gathright.

Cadet Master Sgt. Kylan Campbell is the alternate member. Escorts were 1st Lt. Brian Shepard, the Springfield unit’s squadron leadership officer, and Master Sgt. Mike Mudry, who holds the same position with the Cass County Composite Squadron.

The Missouri Wing team finished first in Inspection and second in Standard Drill, Indoor Practical, Outdoor Practical, Mile Run, Panel Quiz and Written Exam.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Posted in IACAP - Cadets

Wachholz receives AFA Silver Medal

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photo and story by the Ft. Dodge Messenger

Justin Faiferlick, vice chairman of the board for the Air Force Association, visited the Civil Air Patrol Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron on April 7 to discuss current activities in the Air Force Association.

Discussion included the AFA mission and the impact on the USAF, USAF family, and the local community.

Faiferlick presented the AFA Silver Medal Award to Cadet 2d Lt. Isaac Wachholz in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

Pictured are Wachholz and Faiferlick.   

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Posted in IACAP - Cadets

Members Prepare Themselves to Lead

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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Members of the Cedar Rapids Senior Squadron, East Iowa Cadet Squadron, and Burlington Composite Squadron spent their Friday evening and Saturday preparing themselves to serve as staff officers at their squadrons by completing CAP’s SLS course. CAP’s Squadron Leadership School teaches CAP members leadership, creative thinking, communication skills, officership, and the public trust in CAP officers.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

The Iowa Wing Safety Bulletin for April 2012 is Available!

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The Iowa Wing Safety Bulletin for April 2012 is now Available!  Click here to learn more about finishing up your Annual Safety Survey, making sure your Annual Safety Down Day counts and most all celebrating another month without a safety accident or incident!

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

Posted in IACAP - Safety

AE Newsletter for Spring 2012

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AE Newsletter for Spring 2012

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Receives Air Force Association Silver Award

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Capt Cindi Wachholz
Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron

FT. DODGE, IA – Cadet Second Lieutenant (C/2d Lt) Isaac Wachholz, member of the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron (IA-007) of the Civil Air Patrol was named the recipient of the 2011 AFA Silver Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in his squadron.

C/2d Lt Wachholz had the honor of being presented the AFA Silver Award April 7, 2012 by Maj Justin Faiferlick, Vice Chairman of the Board, Field Operations of the Air Force Association and a Director with the 133rd Test Squadron.

Wachholz has been an active member of the IA-007 squadron since February 2008. His leadership skills and dedication to the integrity of CAP Core Values has gained him the respect of both cadets and senior members. Cadet 2dLt Wachholz is progressing through the CAP ranks and is taking on added responsibilities with enthusiasm.

Wachholz sets an example of excellence, both in his CAP endeavors and in his high school education. He was privileged to be selected as a student in the North Central Region Gilder Academy in 2011 and is currently working towards obtaining his glider solo flight. He is actively serving as Squadron Representative in the Iowa Cadet Advisory Council and has been active in planning and organizing wing wide events.

After his basic encampment in 2008, Wachholz participated in the 2009 WI Wing Color Guard Academy followed by the WI Wing Cadet Leadership Academy in 2010. He is utilizing those leadership skills in his squadron as the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron Cadet Commander. Wachholz is also taking the lead in preparing his squadron’s cadets for participation in color guard ceremonies.

As the IA-007 Cadet Commander, Wachholz looks forward to setting an example of CAP’s Core Values: integrity, excellence, respect, and volunteer service, to the cadets in his squadron as well as the Iowa Wing.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Iowa Civil Air Patrol Cadet Flying High with Air Force Academy Appointment

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1st Lt Betsy Becker
Public Affairs Officer
Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron

FORT DODGE, IA –  Cadet Capt Felix Knutson of the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron (NWICS) Civil Air Patrol has received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy’s class of 2016.

Knutson joined Civil Air Patrol in 2008.  He attended the Nebraska Wing Encampment in 2009, served on the Iowa Cadet Advisory Council for one year and was the squadron cadet commander for the NWICS in 2010-11.  Knutson led many of the aerospace studies mentoring sessions at the squadron meetings.

After graduation from high school in 2011 and not receiving an appointment to USAFA, Knutson enrolled at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.  There he studied Aerospace Engineering with a Russian Studies minor.  Knutson also joined the Iowa State University Air Force ROTC program.  He is currently serving as the Public Affairs Officer for the Arnold Air Society of the ISU ROTC.

“I am very excited and thankful for this opportunity that’s been given to me,” stated Knutson, “I know that life at the academy is going to take a lot of hard work, but it’s going to be worth it in the end.”

Knutson may have an idea how difficult life may be at the academy.  He has an older brother, Brady Knutson, who is in the class of 2012 at USAFA.  The brothers also have an uncle, Clark Knutson, who also graduated from USAFA.

Knutson’s advice to cadets is, “Don’t let failure drag you down.  Let it be the very thing that pushes you to success.  I didn’t get into the academy when I applied the first time.  That drove me to work harder in school and in ROTC when I came to Iowa State University, because I knew that USAFA was where I wanted to be.”

Competition for an appointment to USAFA is extremely high.  Knutson was one of roughly 1,050 candidates to receive an appointment out of an initial group of 10,000.  Approximately ten percent of USAFA cadets have CAP experience.

Knutson’s parents are Dallas and Danielle Knutson of Hubbard, IA.  He reports for in-processing at Colorado Springs June 28, 2012

Written by Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron IA-007

April 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

Posted in IACAP - Cadets