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Cadets Participate at UD Fly-In Breakfast

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C/1st Lt Isaac Schuetz
Dubuque Composite Squadron

On April 15, 2012, several cadets from Dubuque Composite Squadron volunteered their time to help park cars at the annual UD Fly-In Breakfast. While high winds and cloudy skies prevented many planes from flying in, there were still a number of planes on display. Some of the owners were even kind enough to let several of the cadets sit inside of them.

The cadets who participated in the event were Cadets Sean and Keoni McCoy, C/Amn Erin Cram, Cadet Colton Hoover, C/SSgt Trenton Grierson, C/2d Lt Noah Schuetz, C/1st Lt Isaac Schuetz, and C/1st Lt Nathan Schuetz.

C/SSgt Grierson stated, “I had fun seeing friends and talking to them during the breakfast.” He added, “I think it was a fun and useful time.” C/2d Lt Noah Schuetz also “enjoyed helping park and direct vehicles.”

All of the cadets thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the event.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Red Oak Flight Breakfast a Success Despite Early Storms

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FO Samantha Salvato
Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron

On Sunday May 6,2012, the annual Red Oak Fly-in and breakfast was held at the Red Oak Airport, and of course the 003rd Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron was on hand.  Participating along side Red Oak’s own Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron was the Des Moines Cadet Squadron and the Des Moines Senior Squadron.

As the members were getting ready to head over to the airport early that morning the sky turned black, the wind picked up, and the rain started to fall. At that point in time, no one was sure if this fly-in was even going to happen, but that didn’t stop everyone from making final adjustments to their uniforms and packing up their gear.

Captain Jason Erikson, commander of the Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron, directed the members to the hanger where they would eventually set up a Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) presentation.

Thankfully, by the time the Fly–in started, the sky had cleared and the rain had stopped. The planes were brought out, breakfast was made, and the people came.

A lot of visitors stopped by the CAP table.  Some were interested in what CAP does, but most were interested in the alcohol goggles used to simulate drunkeness in an educational attempt to keep kids away from alcohol.   Kids and even adults had a ball with them, thanks to Cadet Sponsor members Teresa Hohenberger and Stacey Bean.

Kids also enjoyed making paper airplanes for the paper airplane competition, which had quite a turn out.   With the help of Capt Jason Erickson and Cadet Sponsor Theresa Hohenberger, the kids made some really great planes, and had a blast competing against each other.

The Red Oak National Guard made an appearance bringing some of their vehicles for the crowed to check out. Helicopter and powered aircraft orientation flights were offered to the public and the annual ping pong ball drop was a sight to behold.

Despite Mother Nature’s unsettling start to the morning’s proceedings, the event was a success and the day turned out to be a fun morning for all who made it out to the airport.

Written by Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron

May 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

CAC April Summary Report

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C/Capt Katelyn Mishmash
East Iowa Cadet Squadron

Every month, a group of cadets, one representative from each squadron meet via teleconference and have a meeting. We know them as the Cadet Advisory Council. Why do they meet once a month? Well, the answer to this question is that they want to improve the wing by bringing in new ideas. They are the ones that were responsible for the UDF training that happened the 27th of April – 29th April 2012.

Below I will explain some of the new stuff that the CAC wants to do and why it is important. Some of these ideas may get approved by the wing commander and some may not.

The CAC has a strong urge to have their own website for future CAC members. This website would include a schedule of when the next meeting is, squadron contact information, and other features. Currently, a temporary website is on the Davenport Squadron’s webpage. Unfortunately, the website has to be a part of the Iowa Wing Website so that others can view it. The plan is to try to move the information off of the Davenport Website, onto the Iowa Wing Website. This is important for cadets and other members because they may get involved in CAC at some point in their CAP career.

One important thing that the CAC wishes to accomplish is to have an Iowa Wing Encampment. Holding an encampment is one of the most difficult tasks to plan. Obviously this is important to cadets so that they do not have to travel to Minnesota or to Wisconsin to go to encampment. The plan is to work with Nebraska Wing and build a mutual partnership so that they can help plan and possibly staff this possible encampment. After the partnership is built, the CAC hopes that Nebraska will continue to help out with staff and planning.

The most important piece of information that needs to be addressed is the CAC itself. There is a growing concern about CAC being disconnected. The feeling is that members are not communicating with their squadrons about CAC, what it is, and what they have been doing. The plan for this is to publish the CAC meeting notes in the newsletter so that members can read them.

So why is all of this information relevant to members and cadets outside of CAP? The reason is that CAC needs feedback. We want to know what ideas to bring up during our meetings to try and improve our squadrons. If there is an idea that the CAC mentioned and nobody likes it or thinks it will work, then members need to speak up. The most important tool that the CAC needs is communication and without it, the CAC will not get anything done.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 19, 2012 at 8:08 am

Red Cross Big Bash

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C/Capt Katelyn Mishmash
East Iowa Cadet Squadron

On a typical Friday night, most people are usually spending their night by working, hanging with friends, doing homework, or other things they may have planned. On May 4th, 2012, members of the East Iowa Cadet Squadron and members from the Cedar Rapids Senior Squadron joined together to help serve at the Red Cross Big Bash that was held at the Cedar Rapids Airport.

The Red Cross Big Bash is a fundraising event for the Red Cross. Cadets and seniors helped park cars and helped with security to make sure people left at the right exits. Cadets and seniors were given a meal and a reserved table for their efforts at the Big Bash. Despite the fact that members had to sacrifice a Friday night, many members enjoyed being at the activity.

Cadet Airman Basic Daniel Lovig said, “I liked being outside and marshalling cars. It was good getting some experience with training.”

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Harkin, colleagues hail Senate vote for Congressional Gold Medal for CAP

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. senators from both sides of the aisle joined Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, today in paying tribute to Civil Air Patrol members’ World War II service to the nation and lauding their chamber’s passage of a bill that would recognize that record with a Congressional Gold Medal.

In his floor statement Thursday, after the Senate passed S. 418 by unanimous consent, Harkin — commander of CAP’s Congressional Squadron – declared that “this legislation will offer long overdue recognition to a courageous group of people who answered the call to duty at our nation’s time of greatest danger.”

“When the war ended,” he said, “CAP members did not receive the recognition they deserved. Their story, over time, was lost to much of the nation. This Congressional Gold Medal will ensure that this story is told over and over again for future generations, and it recognizes CAP and its WWII members for their critically important service to our nation.”

The measure now goes on to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

Senate approves CAP Congressional Gold Medal Bill by unanimous consent

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A major step in the campaign to secure a Congressional Gold Medal recognizing Civil Air Patrol members’ service to the country during World War II was taken today when the U.S. Senate unanimously approved S. 418, introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

“This legislation will offer long overdue recognition to a small group of people who answered the call to duty at our nation’s time of maximum danger,” Harkin, commander of CAP’s Congressional Squadron, told his colleagues during his floor statement.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, where an identical measure, H.R. 719, is pending, well over half the 290 co-sponsors needed to guarantee passage have been secured. Additional co-sponsors are sought, and those interested in helping with the effort can contact can contact their congressional representative.

The measure, if also approved by the House, will authorize creation of a single gold medal to honor CAP’s pioneering members for their contributions in helping safeguard the nation’s shores and shipping early in the war. Those members, often using their own aircraft, displayed heroism that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks on supply ships leaving American ports headed to support the Allied war effort.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 10, 2012 at 7:00 am

Cadet Awards: April 2012

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Gen. Billy Mitchell Award

• Logan H. Rathjen, IA

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm