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Civil Air Patrol Cadet Soars SOLO

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Maj Cindi Wachholz
Asst. Public Affairs Officer
Iowa Wing

AMES, IA – It was a dream come true for Cadet First Lieutenant (C/1st Lt) 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/1st Lt Wachholz.

Logging more than 20 hours with his instructors from the Glider Academy and Capt Paul Kaufmann, Certified Flight Instructor for Gliders (CGIF) 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/1Lt 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/1st Lt Wachholz responded; “KEEP FLYING and encourage others to go through the process.” He concluded, “Conquering the challenges of powerless flight is an amazing feeling!”


Written by Iowa Wing CAP

July 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

Civil Air Patrol Receives Grant for Pilot Training

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1st Lt Ron Mutchler
Des Moines Senior Squadron

DMSS_GrantReceiptDES MOINES, IA – The Des Moines Senior Squadron, a unit of the Iowa Wing, Civil Air Patrol, was recently awarded a $2500 grant from Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant Program.

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 assessments, to list a few. The organization also provides aerospace education and character development programs for area cadet members ages 12-21.

Prairie Meadows Community Grant Program is affiliated with Prairie Meadows Racetrack, Casino, and Hotel which provides gaming opportunities for Iowa residents at their facilities in Altoona, Iowa.

The Des Moines Senior Squadron will be using the grant funds to provide pilot proficiency training in aerial search and rescue as well as provide flight time for air crew personnel. The squadron currently has 8 active pilots in its membership along with 10 support members for air and ground operations. The squadron predominately serves the areas of central and western Iowa from our home base at the Ankeny Regional Airport. For more information about the Des Moines Senior Squadron and the Civil Air Patrol, contact 1Lt Ron Mutchler at (515)783-7056.

AFA names 20 new educator grant recipients

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air Force Association announced the 20 recipients of the Civil Air Patrol Educator Grant, an education initiative funded by AFA and managed by the Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters. The CAP Educator Grants are each up to $250, and provided to teachers who are members of either the Air Force Association or Civil Air Patrol. This initiative funds classroom activities or materials that benefit the entire group of students and promote knowledge of aerospace power.

Squadrons receiving AFA Grants are as follows:

  • Bangor State Belt Composite Squadron, Bangor, Pennsylvania
  • Black Sheep Senior Squadron, Englewood, Colorado
  • Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Col Johnnie Pantanelli Composite Squadron, Yorktown Heights, New York
  • Crow Wings Squadron, Brainerd, Minnesota
  • Floyd Bennett Composite Squadron, Garden City, New York
  • Gainesville Composite Squadron, Gainesville, Florida
  • Iona CAP Flight, Alto, Michigan
  • Jacksonville Composite Squadron, Jacksonville, Florida
  • La Crosse Composite Squadron, La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Naples Senior Squadron, Naples, Florida
  • Phoenix Composite Squadron, New York, New York
  • Prince William Composite Squadron, Manassas, Virginia
  • Sheridan Cadet Squadron, Sheridan, Indiana
  • Steven Schiller Composite Squadron, Burnt Hills, New York
  • Southeast Group, Delavan, Wisconsin
  • Tehachapi Composite Squadron, Tehachapi, California
  • Thunderbird Composite Squadron, Oakley, Utah
  • Washington County Composite Squadron, Hillsboro, Oregon
  • Wylie Apte Cadet Squadron, Conway, New Hampshire

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

ACE Program for K-6 students receives $5,000 from FLIR Systems Inc.

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace Connections in Education Program now has $5,000 more to devote to its continuing efforts to emphasize lessons in the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – for the nation’s K-6th-graders, thanks to FLIR Systems Inc.

FLIR’s manager for Air Force programs, Jarrod Nutter, presented a check for that amount to Don Rowland, CAP’s chief operating officer, this morning at National Headquarters. FLIR is the global leader in infrared cameras, night vision and thermal imaging systems.

The ACE Program benefits some 700 teachers and almost 20,000 students in 29 states, and a U.S. Department of Defense school in Turkey, providing educators with lessons plans and teaching materials designed to integrate the aerospace theme in a cross-curricular manner in classrooms.

“We appreciate all that the ACE Program provides for the future members of the U.S. Air Force” and for others who pursue aerospace-related careers, Nutter said after the presentation. “We at FLIR look forward to continuing to provide resources to assist this great effort.”

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

AE Newsletter Winter 2013

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AE Newsletter Winter 2013

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

January 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Iowa Members Gather to Learn, Lead and Celebrate

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Capt Jessa Erickson
Public Affairs Officer
Iowa Wing

The 2012 Iowa Wing Conference was held October 12-14, 2012 at Camp Dodge in Johnston, IA.  The weekend, which featured 24 learning lab sessions, Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) activities, a Cadet Advisory Council (CAC) meeting and awards banquet, was attended by roughly 100 members from Iowa and surrounding wings including non-CAP family members and other special guests.

The event kicked off on Friday evening with an informal social gathering and DDR activity hosted by the Iowa Wing DDR Officer Capt Jan Lewandowski and North Central Region (NCR) DDR Officer Lt Col Bonnie Braun.  Educational and information materials were on hand for members to look through with a special emphasis on Red Ribbon Week, and cadets were encouraged to participate in creating an anti-drug themed diorama which was then judged the following morning by Iowa Wing Commander Col Ron Scheitzach and NCR Commander Col Robert Todd.  Four awards were handed out: 1st Place – C/2d Lt Jacob Lewandowski, 2nd Place – C/MSgt Luke Lewandowski, 3rd Place – C/CMSgt Austin Lightner and Honorable Mention – Anna Lewandowski.

The general assembly led off Saturday’s events highlighting the state of the Iowa Wing and featured three special guests of the weekend; NCR Commander Col Robert Todd, North Central Liaison Commander Lt Col Paul Peterson and retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) Robert Dandridge as well as each of the nine Iowa Wing Squadron Commanders, or their representatives, who gave a short message on the state of their squadrons.  To cap off the morning assembly, a few special awards were presented to deserving members and Cadet Luke Hohenberger was presented his promotion to the rank of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant by Col Scheitzach and CMSgt Dandridge.

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AE Newsletter for Fall 2012

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AE Newsletter for Fall 2012

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

October 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm