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Civil Air Patrol joins Total Force ‘Airmen’

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Civil Air Patrol joins Total Force ‘Airmen’

Staff Sgt. Whitney Stanfield

Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON – Following 74 years of support to emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs, the Civil Air Patrol, when conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force Auxiliary is now included in the Air Force’s definition of the Total Force.

The Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, Leadership, in August 2015 expanding the Air Force’s descriptions of Total Force and Airmen to now consist of regular, Guard, Reserve, and Auxiliary members.

Historically, the broader term Airmen referred to uniformed and civilian members of the US Air Force (officer or enlisted; regular, Reserve, or Guard) regardless of rank, component, or specialty.

With this newest change, Air Force leaders should consider each part of the Total Force, including the Auxiliary, when determining the most effective and efficient ways to complete the mission. CAP has approximately 57,000 volunteers and 550 aircraft assigned to more than 1,500 units stateside available or currently supporting non-combat missions on behalf of the Air Force.

“As a strategic partner, these unpaid professionals have boldly served our nation saving the Air Force almost 40 times the cost of using military assets for each hour served,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “Inclusion in the Total Force reflects the continuing key contributions of this highly trained and equipped organization.”

The Auxiliary members who fly the nearly 100,000 hours per year performing disaster relief, counterdrug, search and rescue, fighter interceptor training, aerial observation and cadet orientation flights will now be included in the Total Force and referred to as Airmen during the performance of official duties in recognition of their contributions to the Air Force.

“Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez, CAP National Commander. “Our ability to augment the Air Force is second to none. We provide 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions and disaster-relief support to local, state and national agencies as well as aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, and remain continually postured to offer more.”

Beyond CAP’s support to achieve its homeland responsibilities for non-combat operations, the organization has been recognized for their efforts to inspire hundreds of thousands of cadets and K-12 students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and training.

“Civil Air Patrol’s increased exposure has a direct impact on attracting youth interest in STEM-based activities which are skills necessary to develop the innovative Airmen our Air Force needs,” said Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III. “We proudly welcome the Air Force Auxiliary by extending our badge of honor as Airmen.”

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

September 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm

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August Iowa Wing Newsletter

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

August 19, 2015 at 7:48 pm

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High Five – August Newsletter

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Burlinton patchBURLINGTON COMPOSITE SQUADRON

NCR-IA-005 CIVIL AIR PATROL

2527 Summer Street

Burlington, IA 52601

“HIGH FIVE”

Congratulations to new senior member, Virginia Ekstrand, who completed all the activities and requirements for Level One Orientation of the Senior Member Professional Development Program. SM Ekstrand is the grandmother of Collin and Connor Wilson, who are new cadets in the squadron.

 

2015 Calendar Considerations:

15 Aug – Practice SAREX – Red Oak

20-21 Aug – Iowa Wing Conference – “Celebrate Our Successes” – Camp Dodge

30 Aug – Flight Line Exercise

Fire Safety:

Earlier this month, members of the squadron were instructed in fire safety by the Burlington Fire Department staff at the airport station. The instruction included fire extinguisher training as well as the opportunity to use a fire hose.

Aerospace Activities:

Cadets Karlee Sessions, Collin Wilson, and Connor Wilson passed the written section of the third Saturn Model Rocketry module. Hands-on activities continue this month with rocket building. The firing of the rockets is planned for September.

Compliance with Required Training:

One hundred percent of the active members of the squadron have completed the Basic Cadet Protection Course.   Efforts are being made to contact the inactive members who do not attend meetings on a regular basis to encourage them to also complete this required training. That way the squadron will truly be 100% compliant.

Cadet Jerry Bay earned his Cadet A/1C before he left for summer encampment at Camp Dodge in July. Capt. Paul Klees is pictured pinning the new grade insignia to Cadet Bay’s collar.

Aug news letter

Thought for the Month:

To be persuasive, we must be believable. To be believable, we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful.

–Edward R. Murrow

For more information about Burlington Composite Squadron or Civil Air Patrol, please contact Lt Chris Sessions at 319-376-8286.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

August 19, 2015 at 7:41 pm

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High Five May news letter

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BURLINGTON COMPOSITE SQUADRON

NCR-IA-005 CIVIL AIR PATROL

2527 Summer Street

Burlington, IA 52601

Burlinton patch                                                                                          

 


 

“HIGH FIVE”

2015-7

Congratulations to new senior member, Gisela Wilson, who completed all the activities and requirements for Level One Orientation of the Senior Member Professional Development Program. SM Wilson is the mother of Collin and Connor Wilson, who are new cadets in the squadron.

 

2015 Calendar Considerations:

15 Aug – Practice SAREX – Red Oak

20-21 Aug – Iowa Wing Conference – “Celebrate Our Successes” – Camp Dodge

This edition of “High Five” has pictures of the summer activities that the squadron members have enjoyed so far.

Bottle Rockets – Aerospace Education

May news letter 1  May news letter 2

(left): Cadets Connor Wilson, Jerry Bay, and Collin Wilson along with SM Ricky McClellan wait for the launch of their bottle rockets.

(right):  Aerospace Education Officer Lt. Byron Olson prepares the launch of Connor Wilson’s rocket.

Powered Flights with Captain Kirschman

May news letter 3Briefing

May news letter 4Pre-Flight

May news letter 5Good to Go!

For more information about Burlington Composite Squadron or Civil Air Patrol, please contact Lt Chris Sessions at 319-376-8286.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

August 19, 2015 at 7:33 pm

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Biomedical Sciences Academy

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Cadets, are you interested in Biomedical Science? Medicine? Do not know if you want to pursue a career path in Military or Civilian Medicine or Science? Do you want to learn about Aerospace Medicine and Biomedical Science? Do you want to discuss important topics in the Biomedical Sciences career field? Learn about Bioethics? Biosafety? Visit with professionals in various healthcare fields? Then you may be perfect for this announcement.

Col Elliott and I would like to announce the Biomedical Sciences Academy. Currently, there are no other activities that focus on Medicine and Biomedical Science within the Civil Air Patrol. The Academy will use a diverse array of learning techniques to educate Cadets on a variety of educational topics. More information is presented in the attached documents.

The dates for the Academy are 26 December 2015 to 02 January 2016. The cost will be $150. Cadets are required to have achieved the Wright Brothers Award (C/SSgt) prior to attendance and must be at least 15 years of age. Prior encampment attendance is preferred, but not required. Cadets will be required to submit a CAPF 31 (as well as other required forms), a Cadet Résumé, and a short essay (~300 words) as to how the Academy will benefit you. The selection criteria will judge an applicant as a whole. No one criterion will be “more important” than others. There are only 20 available slots for this Academy. Deadline is 01 November 2015.

More information can be found on the attached announcement.

We understand that this scheduled week may not be the most opportune time for many as it is the winter holidays for schools. Unfortunately, Camp Dodge becomes extremely busy during the summer months. In addition, we do not want to conflict with any established summer activities or the ability to attend an encampment or NCSAs.

Cadets–Biomedical Sciences Academy

Cadets, if you or your parents have any additional questions, please contact me at casey.schroeder@iawgcap.com

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

August 19, 2015 at 7:19 pm

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Congratulations C/TSgt Austin Hermanson

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Cadet Austin Hermanson Award

C/TSgt Austin Hermanson earned the AFA Award for Outstanding Cadet of the Year for
2014-Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron, NCR-IA-007.

C/TSgt Austin Hermanson has been a member of Civil Air Patrol-Northwest Iowa
Composite Squadron-since November of 2012.
Cadet Hermanson attended his Basic Encampment in the summer of 2013 at Camp
Dodge. He has been an active member at both squadron and Wing events. C/TSgt
Hermanson displays great leadership skills and has been a role model to the
newer cadets and is quick to volunteer to help wherever needed.
C/TSgt is deserving of the AFA Award for Outstanding Cadet of the Year-2014.

Award Presented by LtCol Justin Faiferlick (AFA Director Emeritus)
representing AFA Chapter 267 Fort Dodge.

Photo taken and written by Capt Jan Lewandowski.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 16, 2015 at 11:14 am

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Congratulations to C/1st Lt Jacob Lewandowski

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C/1st Lt Jacob Lewandowski; Picture taken by Capt. Janice Lewandowski

The members of the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron took time during their squadron meeting on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 to mark the last squadron meeting for C/1st Lt Jacob Lewandowski.

C/1st Lt Lewandowski will be graduating at the end of this month and leaving to serve in the United States Air Force. Cadet Lewandowski has been in CAP since May of 2009. He has been an active member participating in squadron and Wing events, as well as activities in other Wings. Encampments attended: Basic in KSWG in 2010, WIWG Encampment Support Staff in 2012, and served as Flight Commander at IAWG Encampment in 2013. C/1st Lt Lewandowski had his RCLS training in Kansas in 2012. He has served as the Squadron Cadet Safety Officer, Squadron Cadet DDR Officer, the squadron’s Cadet Advisory Council Representative, and as the Squadron’s Cadet Commander. Lewandowski was recognized with the AFA Award for NCR-IA-007 as the outstanding cadet in 2012 and earned the Iowa Wing 2013 Cadet DDR Programs Cadet Officer of the Year Award. Cadet Lewandowski also was a member of the Cyber Patriot V (2012-2013) and Cyber Patriot VI (2013-2014) teams. The NWICS Cyber Patriot team won First Place in the All Service Division in Iowa for 2012-2013. Achievements of C/1st Lt Lewandowski include CERT Team training in December of 2012 and earning his ES and Basic Ground Team patches. Some of Lewandowski’s favorite CAP experiences include Orientation flights, Fly-Ins and Flight Line Marshaling, SAR-EX’s, serving in the Color Guard at Wing, Squadron and community events, AE at squadron meetings, staffing at encampments, and being able to meet and assist new cadets.

C/1st Lt Lewandowski will be missed at his local squadron and in the Iowa Wing.

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Group photo: C/SrA Anna Lewandowski, Capt Jan Lewandowski, C/1st Lt Luke Lewandowski, C/1st Lt Jacob Lewandowski
All members of NCR-IA-007.

Written by Capt Janice Lewandowski

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 13, 2015 at 8:04 am

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