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.
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.
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
Congratulations to Spaatz Recipient #1990 C/Col Noah Schuetz.
C/Col Schuetz is the Iowa Wing Cadet Advisory Council Chairperson and Cadet Commander of the Dubuque Composite Squadron.
THE GENERAL CARL A. SPAATZ AWARD is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.
Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology.
The final step a cadet must complete to earn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education. Upon passing the Spaatz Award exams, the cadet is promoted to the grade of cadet colonel. The Spaatz Award is named in honor of Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. One of the giants in the history of airpower, in 1929 Spaatz, together with another pilot, set an important flight endurance record of 150 hours and 40 minutes in the early days of aviation. During World War II, he commanded the Allied air campaign against the Nazis. In the Pacific Theater, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place under his command. After retiring from the Air Force, General Spaatz served as the first chairman of the Civil Air Patrol National Board. On average, only two cadets in one thousand earn the Spaatz Award. Since the award’s inception in 1964, Civil Air Patrol has presented the Spaatz Award to only 1,990 cadets nation-wide, including XX from the state of Iowa.
Spaatz Cadets are expected to serve as role models for junior cadets, and become leaders in their communities as they enter adulthood. The first recipient of the Spaatz Award, Michigan’s Douglas C.
Roach, became a pilot with the Air Force Thunderbirds.
Integrity Volunteer Service Excellence Respect
On 11 Apr 15 – the Iowa Wing graduated 5 CAP members (4 from Iowa Wing and 1 member from the Oklahoma Wing) from the Unit Commanders Course in Davenport. Col Anita Elliott and Lt Col Mike McCoy instructed the course.
The Unit Commanders Course provides advice and guidance on leadership, management and ethics in a standardized format for the training of current and potential squadron and group commanders in Civil Air Patrol. Squadron and group commanders are responsible for providing local leadership, administering programs, and managing the volunteer members in the field as they perform the critical missions of the Civil Air Patrol as well as provide support to the United States Air Force as the official Air Force Auxiliary.
The UCC discusses the traits and skills new unit and group commanders will need to develop to effectively lead and manage their units. Topics include command and responsibility and accountability, recruiting, safety, how to work with families, management, leadership, communication, and elements of successful units and leaders.
Congratulations to Lt Col Bill Rubel, Maj Beth Ryan (OKWG), 2d Lt Chris Sessions, 2d Lt Michelle Elliott and 2d Lt Mike Herrera.