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April 30, 2014 at 10:39 am

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Des Moines Composite Squadron tours the Des Moines International Airport

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Pictured C/A1C Kallie A Baughman, C/SMSgt Seth A Strohmeye and C/A1C Seth E Elliott. Picture taken by 2nd Lt Sara Mutchler

On Saturday April 12th 2014, Des Moines Composite Squadron participated in a tour of the Airport Operations area of the Des Moines International Airport.

The morning started with a quick briefing at Elliott Aviation. Capt Ron Mutchler briefed the squadron about safety and security while at the airport.  Craig Stephens, the Operations Manager at DSM Airport was our tour guide. He opened with a discussion the career path he took to get into the position as Operations Manager.

The tour continued at the terminal building where we started in the Operations Center and learned how they monitor the airport, terminal, weather and security. We then proceeded to the Emergency Operations Center, which is activated in a major emergency. From there we then went to the old Control Tower at the top of the terminal, which also serves as the Snow Desk for the airport during snow removal. Before leaving the terminal building, the tour preceded through the baggage handling and screening area. The cadets learned about baggage screening and how the TSA protects our airports.

The tour proceeded to the south end of the airport where we toured the maintenance facility. We were allowed to explore the snow removal equipment that and learn about runway deicing procedures. We then proceeded to a drive through tour of the storage facility for winter runway treatments. The maintenance portion of the tour concluded with a lesson about maintaining the runway markings and surface, along with the equipment used.

After the tour, C/A1C Kallie A Baughman had a different perspective on aviation: “The tour at the Des Moines Airport opened my eyes to a whole different part of flying. It isn’t just about being a pilot, There are many other roles that are just as important to aviation. At the airport, lots of organizing and planning between the different parts is required to keep it running smoothly everyday.”

C/SMSgt Seth A Strohmeyer had the following observation about the tour: “Inside the old control tower, and the security system of the airport, are just a few things we got to see. I look forward to our next tour.”

Capt Mutchler and the squadron wish to recognize the following people for their support of this activity: Craig Stephens, Jim, O’Donnell (not present), DSM Airport, and Elliott Aviation.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

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Acting above the call of Duty

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Major Casey L. C. Schroeder, of the Iowa Wing Headquarters, acted with disregard to his own personal safety to come to the aid and assistance of a human life.  In the early morning of 07 April 2014, Maj Schroeder was heading to work when he noticed an alarming situation.  In front of his car, Maj Schroeder noticed a large man chasing a woman.  It was obvious that the woman was emotionally distressed.  The man was grabbing her and trying to subdue her in the middle of the road.  Believing the situation to be a domestic dispute, he immediately pulled his car to the side of the road and called police to report the situation.  After hanging up with the police dispatcher, Maj Schroeder disregarded personal safety by leaving the safety of his car and confronting the man and woman, which were both in the middle of heavy oncoming vehicle traffic.  The woman was frantically claiming he was going to kill her.
However, it quickly became evident that the situation was not a domestic dispute but rather a woman having a psychotic episode.  At this point, Maj Schroeder quickly assessed the new situation.  He realized that he needed to get a psychotic woman out of heavy moving rush hour traffic without himself being hit by a passing car.  Despite being nearly hit twice by moving traffic, Casey was able to safely coax this woman to the side of the road.  Unfortunately, the woman tried to re-enter the road.  While Maj Schroeder blocked her path, the woman became violent and tried to attack Maj Schroeder.  She was successful in immobilizing Maj Schroeder’s left leg with both of her legs.  The woman started violently thrashing around while verbally threatening him.   Maj Schroeder immediately knew that he had to reduce the aggressive behavior of the woman as she was a threat to the public bystanders.  Without personal injury, Maj Schroeder was able to calm her aggressive behavior by engaging in dialogue.  By appealing to her psychotic episode, he was able to somewhat convince her not to violently thrash around and that he would protect her from the man originally chasing her.  Unfortunately, he was unable to get her to release her grip on him.  Within in a few minutes after calming her, police and EMS personnel arrived at the scene.  Casey credits his training in Emergency Services for being able to respond quickly to the changing events.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 14, 2014 at 9:34 pm

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Governor Terry E. Branstad « Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 10, 2014

CONTACT: Governor’s Office 515-725-3518


Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor World War II pilot 1st Lt. Louis Longman 

 After remaining missing for 70 years, Clinton native 1st Lt. Longman to return home Saturday to final resting place at Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery


(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Iowa from 5 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, until 8 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, in honor of U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. Louis L. Longman, formerly of Clinton, Iowa. A photo of 1st Lt. Longman may be found here.


Longman, a 26-year old Clinton, Iowa native serving with the 433rd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, was last seen April 16, 1944 as his unit returned from a B-25 bomber escort mission over Hollandia, New Guinea. A Lockheed P-38 “Lightning” fighter pilot, Longman was on the return leg of the mission in a P-38J aircraft when his unit encountered severe weather in the Markham Valley. Longman’s last reported location was in the vicinity of Bogadjim, New Guinea, as his formation broke up. The 5th Air Force lost 53 pilots and crewmen that day in what became known as “Black Sunday.”


Longman was officially declared deceased on Feb. 27, 1946, but his remains were never recovered. In February 2005, the Joint Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command – Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC) received information of a possible aircraft crash site in Madang province, Papua New Guinea. In August 2007, human remains, as well as parts of a U.S. P-38J aircraft were recovered by a JPAC Investigation Team. Additional remains and physical evidence were also recovered in 2009 and 2010 by JPAC personnel.


In 2011, JPAC’s Research and Analysis Group concluded a historical association drawn from Missing Air Crew Report #4501 and the excavation site. The location of the excavated aircraft crash site and the wreckage reported by JPAC personnel, consistent with a Lockheed P-38J Lightning, support this historical association.


Louis Longman was born Jan. 23, 1918 in Murdock, Minn. to George F. and Ellen T. (Cleary) Longman. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Clinton, Iowa in 1936, and participated in a wide variety of school activities, including basketball, football (All-State honorable mention), yearbook sports editor, dramatics, and class officer positions.


Longman enlisted in the U.S. Army on Feb. 19, 1942, and transferred into the U.S. Army Air Corps in June. Longman completed his primary flight training at Cal-Aero Academy in Ontario, Calif., then completed Basic (Merced Army Airfield, Merced, Calif.) and Advanced (Williams Army Airfield, Mesa, Ariz.) Flight Training, receiving his pilot wings on April 12, 1943. He left the U.S. for duty in the Pacific theater in July 1943 and was assigned to the 433rd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps.


Among his military awards and honors is the Air Medal (with numeral “2”), American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/4 Bronze Service Stars), World War II Victory Medal and Pilot Wings. 


He was preceded in death by his parents. His four brothers and four sisters are also deceased.


A memorial service and interment will be held at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery, 1 Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill. on April 12, 2014 at 1 p.m., with full military honors provided by the Iowa National Guard. Please use the Moline entrance. The public is welcome to attend the memorial service.


The Governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.


Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.




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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 10, 2014 at 9:26 am

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