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Congratulation Anita Elliott for receiving Rank of Lt Col

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October 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron Competes in CyberPatriot VI

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Pictured L-R: C/1st Lt Wachholz, C/A1C Hermanson, C/CMSgt Lewandowski, C/1st Lt Lewandowski. Not pictured, C/Amn DeLaO.

18 October 2013

Submitted by Maj Cindi Wachholz, CAP

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Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron Competes in CyberPatriot VI

Ottosen, IA-CyberPatriot, the national high school cyber defense competition was created by the Air Force Association. Its goal is to inspire high school aged students toward careers in cybersecurity or other disciplines that are vital to our nation’s future. CyberPatriot VI Competition is in full swing. The Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron (IA-007) is participating for their second consecutive year. The IA-007 Cyber Patriot Team consists of C/1stLt Jacob Lewandowski, C/1st Lt Isaac Wachholz, C/CMSgt Luke Lewandowski, C/A1C Austin Hermanson, C/ Amn Ruben DeLaO. The first national practice round is held from October 10-24.

 

The IA-007, based out of Ft. Dodge, holds their CyberPatriot practices at a member’s house. “We have the opportunity work together as a team to solve problems that are presented in a protected environment,” stated C/1st Lt Jacob Lewandowski. The squadron’s official practice round took place on 18 October in conjunction with an Aerospace focused bivouac. “CyberPatriot competition is an excellent learning experience for everyone,” stated Capt Jim Wachholz, IA-007 CyberPatriot coach.

Official competition rounds are held in November and December, with Semifinals in January. 

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October 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

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Burlington Composite Squadron| High Five - September 2013

Burlington Composite Squadron| High Five – September 2013

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October 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm

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Civil Air Patrol Cadet Soars SOLO

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Press Release

7 July 2013

Submitted by Maj Cindi Wachholz, CAP

cindi.wachholz @iawg.cap.gov

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Civil Air Patrol Cadet Soars SOLO

Ames, Iowa- It was a dream come true for Cadet First Lieutenant (C/1stLt) Isaac Wachholz, of the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron (NWICS), Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who on 2 July 2013, flew his first glider solo at the Ames Regional Airport.

            After attending the North Central Region Glider Academy in Mankato, MN, in 2011, Cadet Wachholz was determined to do what was necessary to solo in the Civil Air Patrol’s glider program. “Coordinating glider instructors and tow pilots and the two hour drive to the glider’s location were only small challenges compared to the uncooperative weather we have here in Iowa,” stated the enthusiast C/1stLt Wachholz.

Logging more than 20 hours with his instructors from the Glider Academy and Capt Paul Kaufmann, Certified Flight Instructor for Gliders (CFIG) in the Iowa Wing, Wachholz was given the opportunity to solo in a Blanik L23s. Being a Center of Excellence in CAP’s glider program, the Iowa Wing uses every opportunity to train cadets to achieve this high point in their CAP career. The Blanik L23s is new to Iowa as it was recently donated from the U. S. Air Force Academy. “Cadet Wachholz made history for our squadron,” commented Maj Jim Currie, NWICS Commander, “by becoming our first student glider pilot to solo.”

The Civil Air Patrol’s Glider Program gives cadets a rich experience in aviation by promoting aerospace education, soaring, and introducing aviation opportunities for America’s youth. C/1stLt Wachholz is the Cadet Commander at his squadron, which meets at the Ft. Dodge Regional Airport. He mentors his fellow cadets in Aerospace Education and received the USAF Silver Award for his outstanding performance in his squadron. When asked about his future in aviation, C/1stLt Wachholz responded; “KEEP FLYING and encourage others to go through the process.” He concluded, “Conquering the challenges of powerless flight is an amazing feeling!”

           

The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the United States Air Force and provides area Emergency Services agencies with aerial and ground search and rescue support for downed aircraft, missing persons, and disaster relief. The organization also provides aerospace education and character development programs for area cadet members ages 12-21.

 The Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron meets at the Ft. Dodge Airport on the 1st and 3rd Saturday’s of each month. For more information contact Squadron Commander Maj Jim Currie at 712-660-1120.

Both images taken by Maj Cindi Wachholz

 

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

October 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm

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Glider Flights for Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron

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2nd Lt Sara Mutchler

Public Affairs Officer

Des Moines Senior Squadron

Boone, IA – – The Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron (DMMCS) with assistance from members of the Des Moines Senior Squadron (DMSS) completed 5 powered orientation rides along with 9 glider flights on September 14th, 2013 at the Boone Municipal Airport. 

 The DMMCS hosted the Boone Airport, activity in conjunction with their regularly scheduled meeting to allow cadets the opportunity to gain experience in aircraft.  This would not have been possible without the assistance of members of the DMSS. 

 The pilot for the powered flights was Capt Darrel Mullins. He was able to take 5 flights with the following cadets: Jared Lagomarcino Seth Elliott, Calvin Pieper Aaron Cox, Mark Cox, Dalton Doom. This was the first experience in an aircraft for several of the cadets. 

 The glider instructors were Capt Paul Kaufmann and Capt Jay Newell. The tow pilot was Capt Kim Kirschman.  Assisting on the ground were 1st Lt Richard Couch and Capt Ron Mutchler.  During the day, there were 9 glider flights with the following cadets: Jared Lagomarcino, Aaron Cox, Justin Cox, Matthew Cox, Seth Elliott, Calvin Pieper, Derrick Doremus.  

 Some cadets had glider experience before and were able to expand on their skills and knowledge with the glider. The experience was memorable and educational for the cadets. The confidence that the cadets showed after they landed demonstrated their appreciation for the knowledge and experience gained with the flights.  

 The Civil Air Patrol’s Glider Program gives cadets a rich experience in aviation by promoting aerospace education, soaring, and introducing aviation opportunities for America’s youth. 

 Thank you to the members who assisted in organizing and executing this successful activity.  Their dedication to the program is a positive example for the cadets to follow in achieving their aviation dreams. 

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

October 10, 2013 at 10:35 pm

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