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Archive for July 2014

Des Moines Composite Promotions

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26 July 14 the Des Moines Composite Squadron promoted 5 cadets. Congratulations to C/Amn Josiah Stearns, C/SSgt Kallie Baughman, C/SSgt Jared Lagomarcino, C/SMSgt Dalton Doom and C/CMSgt Seth Strohmeyer.   We are very proud of our cadets and their achievements.

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July 31, 2014 at 10:03 am

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Iowa Wing Members receive Find Ribbon

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Five members of the Iowa Wing, Lt Col Roger Elliott, Lt Col Niter Elliott, Capt Ron Mutchler, Capt Darrel Mullins and 2d Lt Sara Mutchler received a “Find Ribbon” for locating the ELT at Signature Flight Support at the Des Moines International Airport on 12 July 14. A Citation 5 had a hard landing setting off its beacon. This was first find for 2d Lt Mutchler and also the first find of 2014 for the Iowa Wing.

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July 31, 2014 at 9:57 am

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High Five News Letter

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July 31, 2014 at 9:53 am


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Governor Terry E. Branstad « Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CONTACT: Governor’s Office 515-725-3518


Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor World War II veteran repatriated Missing in action World War II Airman Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard 

 After remaining missing for 69 years, Moulton, Iowa, native to return home Saturday to final resting place at Sunset View Cemetery in Moulton


(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Iowa from 5 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, until 8 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert “Bobby” E. Howard, formerly of Moulton, Iowa. A photo of Staff Sgt. Howard may be found here.


Howard, a 21-year old serving with the 450th Bomber Squadron, 322nd Bomber Group, Medium, 9thAir Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, was last seen April 16, 1945, as his unit was conducting a bombing mission over Germany. His flight was shot down and crashed near Wittenburg, Germany. Only one of the six crew members was able to parachute from the aircraft and was taken prisoner by German forces. Howard and four other crewmembers were declared deceased, but their remains were never found.


In 2012, the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command – Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC) received information from German Officials of human remains found within a burial site located close to the possible aircraft crash site. In 2014, JPAC’s Research and Analysis Group concluded a historical association drawn from Missing Air Crew Report #14463 and artifacts and human remains recovered at the excavation site. Mitochondrial DNA testing positively identified part of the remains belonging to Staff Sgt. Howard.


Robert Howard was born December, 19, 1923, in Moulton, Iowa. He graduated from Moravia Public School in Moravia, Iowa, in 1941, and participated in marching band, orchestra, concert band and dramatics.


Howard enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 19, 1943, and transferred into the U.S. Air Army Air Corps. His military awards and honors include the Purple Heart, Air Medal (with one silver and two bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with three bronze service stars), World War II Victory Medal and Enlisted Crew Wings.


Howard is survived by brothers Harold and Dennis, both of Des Moines, sisters Evelyn Lewin of Indianola, Janie Ballanger of Coatsville, Mo., and Evelyn June Nance of Tulsa, Okla., and by many nieces, nephews and extended family members. His parents and his sister, Betty Howard Harvey are deceased.


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.


A memorial service will be held at Sunset View Cemetery in Moulton, Iowa, on July 19, 2014, at 11 a.m., with full military honors provided by the Iowa National Guard. The cemetery is located north of Moulton, at the northeast corner of highway 202 and 535th Street. The memorial service is open the public.


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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July 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm

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2013 Annual Awards Banquet

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2013 Annual Awards Banquet

On May 31st 2014 was our Annual awards banquet in the Dodge House at Camp Dodge. The Awards given out were for the year 2013. The night began with getting the grill going for our dinner. We had a great turn out.

The following awards were given out:

  • The 2013 – Iowa Wing Squadron of the Year is

IA 002 Des Moines Composite Squadron

  • The 2013 – Iowa Wing Cadet Officer of the Year is

C/2Lt Luke Lewandowski

  • The 2013 – Iowa Wing Cadet NCO of the Year is

C/TSgt Josiah Schmidt

  • Our 2013 – Iowa Wing Senior Member of the Year is

Lt Col Anita Elliott

  • The IAWG 2013 Squadron Commander of the Year is;

Captain Ron Mutchler

  • Now to the IAWG 2013 Wing Staff Officer of the Year is

Lt Col Donald Hahn

  • The IAWG 2013; Cadet Programs Officer of the Year is;

Captain Stephen Kropp

  • The IAWG 2013 Aerospace Officer of the Year is;

1Lt Harris Bochoven

  • The IAWG 2013 Drug Demand Officer of the Year is;

1Lt Randi Blair

  • The IAWG 2013 Cadet Drug Demand Officer of the Year is;

C/1Lt Jacob Lewandowski

  • The IAWG 2013 Chaplin of the Year is;

Major Terry Vance

  • The IAWG 2013 Safety Officer of the Year is;

Major George Cobley

  • The IAWG 2013 Communicator of the Year is;

1Lt Drue Powers



After such a great year 2013 lets keep the momentum going for 2014 and have another Great Year.   Good Job to All.

Pictures taken by 1st Lt Sara Mutchler 

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July 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm

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Maj Jim Currie 20 years Membership

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In the picture Capt Jim Wachholz is presenting  Maj Jim Currie commander of 007 with his 20 year membership pin.

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July 6, 2014 at 1:01 pm

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