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Safety Officer of the Year

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2014 Annual Award Winners

Safety Officer of the Year
Major George A. Cobley, Iowa Wing
Maj Cobley has a lengthy history of experience as a Safety Officer —for the North Central Region, the Iowa Wing, the Cedar Rapids Senior Squadron and, most recently, the Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron. He reaches out to members with a monthly e-brief, which he compiles by hand to make sure it is relevant to the time of year and to its readers. He trained the Squadron’s first Cadet Safety Officer, helped train his replacement and completed all safety surveys in a timely manner. He has paid particular attention to safety standards for Squadron pilots, ensuring hangars are striped and even hanging a ball from the hangar ceiling to encourage pilots to look up while moving the plane. His skills as a Safety Officer and Check Pilot have made him a critical team member for the Squadron’s success.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

September 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

DDR Activities at 2012 Wing Conference Highlight Red Ribbon Week

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Capt Janice Lewandowski
Drug Demand Reduction Administrator
Iowa Wing

DSCN1891CAMP DODGE – JOHNSTON, IA – The 2012 Iowa Wing Conference was held October 12-14, 2012 at Camp Dodge in Johnston, IA . The session on Drug Demand Reduction was led by Iowa Wing Drug Demand Reduction Administrator (DDRA) Capt Janice Lewandowski, with assistance by North Central Region Drug Demand Reduction Coordinator (DDRC) Lt Col Bonnie Braun. Members of the IA-007, C/2dLt Jacob Lewandowski and C/MSgt Luke Lewandowski, both DDR Officer assistants in their squadron, prepared the materials and guided the participants through the activities. The DDR program was explained and information on Red Ribbon Week was shared through the distribution of the red ribbons and red ribbon bookmarks. A group photo was taken with all participants wearing their red ribbons.

Following the discussion, participants went to various activity stations. These included: Distract-O-Match, a homemade Barany Chair, and Fatal Vision goggles. “The goggles are a great way for cadets to experience one aspect of impairment,” stated Iowa DDRA Janice Lewandowski. Cadets and senior members attempted walking the yellow tape line, playing checkers, stacking cups, and reading the letters on a Snellen Eye Chart while wearing the Fatal Vision goggles. While the cadets had fun doing these activities, they were all reminded that to be impaired in any way is a danger to themselves and others.

Following the session, each participant was given a Red Ribbon tote bag filled with DDR promotional items to take with them to encourage a drug-free lifestyle to their peers. Red Ribbon Week was October 23-31. Members were encouraged to wear their Red Ribbon to show their support for a drug-free world and to “Follow your dream and stay clean.”

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

October 27, 2012 at 1:39 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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Only 7 days left to register ONLINE for Iowa Wing Conference!

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There’s still a spot waiting for you at the 2012 Iowa Wing Conference so be sure to get your online registration completed by October 1st!  After that all reigstrations will need to be made directly with Theresa Carroll at wing HQ ( and will incur an additional $5 fee.

The process is simple and your payment isn’t even due until October 8th at wing HQ!  To get registered click here ->, then choose your option(s), fill in your information, and click submit.  Easy, right?

Here’s the cost breakdown…

  • Conference ONLY – $20
  • Banquet ONLY – $20
  • Conference & Banquet – $30
  • open bay barracks billeting – $5 per night, per person (available BOTH Friday and Saturday nights)
  • single person billeting – $16/night
  • family billeting – $46/night

For more details on what sessions are being offered plus registration and billeting (including area hotels) information please check out this link.

T-Minus 36 Days to the 2012 Iowa Wing Conference!

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The 2012 Iowa Wing Conference is fast approaching, have you registered yet?

If your answer is no, what are you waiting for?

This year Camp Dodge will play host to the big event starting on Friday October 12th with a DDR activity (for cadets AND senior members!) and social time, and concludes on Sunday October 14th with a Commander’s Call and Wing Staff Meeting.  Saturday’s highlights include the morning general assembly, learning lab sessions geared towards all CAP members including family members (CAP and non-CAP) of cadets and closes out with a banquet, guest speaker and awards presentation.

The cost for the weekend is as follows:

  • Conference ONLY – $20
  • Banquet ONLY – $20
  • Conference & Banquet – $30
  • open bay barracks billeting – $5 per night, per person (available BOTH Friday and Saturday nights)
  • single person billeting – $16/night
  • family billeting – $46/night

For more details on what sessions are being offered plus registration and billeting (including area hotels) information please check out this link.

Online registration will close on October 1st so be sure to get registered right away.  Payments for online registrations need to be mailed to Theresa Carroll by October 1st.

Iowa Wing Civil Air Patrol
Attn: Theresa Carroll – Wing Conference
75 E Army Post Rd
Des Moines, IA 50315

Any registrations received by Theresa Carroll ( after October 1st will incur an additional $5 fee. 

Have You Registerd for the NCR Conference Yet?

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You are invited by Col Robert Todd


North Central Region CAP

To attend the North Central Region 2012 Conference

September 7 – 9, 2012

Holiday Inn & Suites Des Moines Northwest 4800 Merle Hay Road Des Moines, IA 50322 515-278-4755
September 7: Hospitality/social event @ 1730 hrs
September 8: General Session, Awards, Cadet Programs, Breakout Sessions, Banquet
September 9: Region Staff Meeting

Cost: $35.00 Conference and banquet. $20.00 Conference only $25.00 Guest banquet

Accommodation: Contact the hotel directly to reserve your room. 515-278-4755 Double queen or Executive King:  $82.50 Junior & Extended:  $102.95 Family & Parlor Suites:  $122.95 Whirlpool Suites:  $152.95 Reference Civil Air Patrol when making reservation.

There may be another option for Cadet accommodations at Camp Dodge. Please refer to NCR CAP Cadet Programs Facebook page for updates or Contact Maj Conrad Peterson, NCR Cadet Programs


Click on the link:

Login by clicking the “login” tab in the upper right hand corner

Enter your eServices login information

Click on North Central Region Conference 2012, this will open the registration information. If  you are bringing a guest for the banquet only you will have the option  to add them to your registration or use the other link titled NCR  Conference 2012 – Banquet ONLY link.

If you have any issues or questions, please contact SM Kirsty McCracken


Schedule of events for 2012 NCR  Conference

Friday, September 7

1730 – 2030 Registration  open
1830 – 2130 Region Commander’s  Welcome Reception

Saturday, September 8

0700 – 1700 Registration  open
0845 General  Session/awards

NHQ CAP  Representative:
Mr. Steven  Trupp
Program Manager, Cadet  Programs

Learning Labs held throughout the remainder of the  day, subjects to include:

Cadet Sessions:

  • · Cadet Program Update from  NHQ
  • · National Rifle  Association
  • · Cyber  Patriot
  • · Drug Demand  Reduction
  • · NCR Flight Academy &  Glider Center of Excellence

Senior Sessions:

  • · Finance  Procedures
  • · Personnel, Promotions &  Awards
  • · Logistics,  ORMS
  • · Communications
  • · Emergency Services, Google  Earth
  • · Cyber  Patriot
  • · National Rifle  Association
  • · Drug Demand  Reduction
  • · NCR Glider Center of  Excellence
  • · Cadet Program Update by NHQ  representation

1800 – Reception
1900 – Dinner and  awards

Sunday, September 9

0800 – 1200 NCR Staff Breakfast  Meeting

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

August 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Honored as the State’s Best Two Years in a Row

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Betsy Becker, 1st Lt, CAP
Public Affairs Officer, IA-007
Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron

Excellence and hard work are rewarded to local CAP cadet and squadron

FORT DODGE – IA.  Applying the Civil Air Patrol’s Core Values to his daily life, 17-year-old Adam Wachholz received the Cadet of the Year award from an organization that promotes leadership and character development at the Iowa Civil Air Patrol Wing Conference on November 12, 2011, held in Dubuque, Iowa.

Wachholz, a member of the Civil Air Patrol’s Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron, was selected by the Iowa Wing Promotion and Awards Board as Outstanding Cadet of the Year for the state of Iowa.

“It is an honor to be named Cadet of the Year,” stated Wachholz, “and I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”

C/Lt Col Wachholz, who was chosen out of 102 cadets statewide for his leadership and service, was presented the award by the Iowa CAP Wing Commander Col Ronald Scheitzach.  Wachholz also received this award in 2010.

“Civil Air Patrol has so many outstanding young men and women who are dedicated to the Core Values of integrity, excellence, respect, and volunteer service,” stated Squadron Commander Capt Cindi Wachholz.  “For C/Lt Col Adam Wachholz to receive this award in the state of Iowa two years in a row is an honor for our squadron (and for our family).”

During his time with Civil Air Patrol, Wachholz has participated in a variety of regional and national activities related to the organization including Civic Leadership Academy (a National Cadet Special Activity) and the International Air Cadet Exchange in 2011.  He attended the Wisconsin Basic School Encampment as Squadron 1 Deputy Commander in 2010 where Wachholz’s squadron received the Honor Squadron Award under his leadership.  He also attended the Wisconsin Cadet Academy in 2009 where he received the Honor Squadron Commander Award and Achievement Award for Outstanding Duty Performance while participating in the Regional Cadet Leadership School.  He was also the Cadet Commander for the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron from 2008-2010.  While he was the Cadet Commander he served on the Iowa Cadet Advisory Council and one year as the Council Chairperson 2010-2011.  Cadet Wachholz received the General Ira C. Eaker Award which promoted him to the grade of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel in October of 2011.  The next and final promotion for Wachholz as a CAP cadet is the General Carl A. Spaatz which could occur in December of 2011 or January of 2012.

“I am proud to be a part of this terrific organization that has given me so many opportunities to development my leadership skills and serve my community,” stated Cadet Wachholz.

The Air Force presents an award to the individual whom the Cadet of the Year feels has mentored them through in their CAP career. Cadet Wachholz selected his mother, Cindi Wachholz, as the recipient of the USAF Torch Award. This award was presented to Wachholz by USAF Maj Jeff Peterson at the Wing Conference.

Other awards presented to members of the NWICS were: C/Lt Col Adam Wachholz as he received two Commander’s Commendations (for two separate time periods) and Capt Cindi Wachholz as she received a Commander’s Commendation from the Iowa Wing.

The Civil Air Patrol organization is the auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and its mission is to provide aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. Cadet training is designed to motivate young men and women in the ideals of leadership and service through military-style training, discipline and education. Through orientation flights with experienced Civil Air Patrol volunteer pilots, cadets learn about navigation and aircraft instrumentation. According to the national organization, cadets fly about 16,000 hours in powered aircraft each year.  Cadet Wachholz’s squadron meets the first and third Saturdays at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport in the lower level conference room.  The Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron includes members from Algona, West Bend, Humboldt, Klemme, Sac City, Fort Dodge, Belmond, and Hubbard, IA areas.

Written by Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron IA-007

November 29, 2011 at 9:00 am