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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.”

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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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CAP observing Red Ribbon Week

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS — As they do every fall, many of Civil Air Patrol’s more than 61,000 members are promoting healthy, drug-free lifestyles during their nationwide observance of Red Ribbon Week.

The oldest, largest drug prevention campaign in the U.S., Red Ribbon Week is observed across America Oct. 23-31. This year’s national campaign theme is “The Best Me is Drug Free.”

Throughout the week, CAP wings are encouraging their officers and cadets to show support for a drug-free America by wearing and distributing red ribbons emblazoned with the slogan “Follow Your Dream & Stay Clean” — submitted as the winning entry by a New Mexico Wing cadet, Cadet Tech. Sgt. Spencer Graham of the Thunderbird Composite Squadron, in a nationwide contest last year.

“We normally give out over 200,000 ribbons for all of the volunteers to use,” said Margaret Probst, program assistant for the drug demand reduction program at National Headquarters.

Members are also conducting educational programs at schools in their communities. Using the DDR program’s Red Ribbon Leadership Academy curriculum, officers and cadets speak out against drug use and share leadership lessons with local middle school students.

“We have leaders who are chosen from each of the wings and units. Their job is to promote a drug-free message to cadets,” said Probst, whose office provides many of the materials for community outreach efforts across CAP.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

October 25, 2012 at 9:01 am

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 (wingadmin@iawg.cap.gov) 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 -> http://iawgconference2012.eventzilla.net, 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.

QCUA 2011-2012 Winners Announced

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An outstanding 194 units earned the title “Quality Cadet Unit” for 2011-2012.  The criteria will remain the same for the 2012-2013 period.  The certificates will be sent out the first week of October.  Visit www.capmembers.com/qcua to view the list of winners.

 

Congratulations to the Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron!

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

September 12, 2012 at 11:24 am

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 (wingadmin@iawg.cap.gov) after October 1st will incur an additional $5 fee. 

Okla. Wing’s Keller, Va. Wing’s Litchford honored as top Sr. Member, Cadet

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Col. Virginia P. Keller and Capt. Dominique Litchford, CAP’s Senior Member and Cadet of the Year, respectively.

MARYLAND – The Oklahoma Wing’s vice commander, Col. Virginia P. Keller, was honored Saturday at Civil Air Patrol’s Annual Conference & National Board as the organization’s Senior Member of the Year, and Capt. Dominique Litchford of the Virginia Wing’s Roanoke Composite Squadron was recognized as Cadet of the Year.

Keller and Litchford head the list of CAP members presented with national recognition awards for service to the organization  with exceptional commitment and effectiveness.

Keller, who joined CAP as an aerospace education member in 1985, has served as commander of the Stillwater Composite Squadron and, at the wing level, as assistant finance officer, public affairs officer and acting commander.

Litchford, who recently advanced from cadet colonel to senior member status, has been a CAP member since May 2003. A year ago she joined her sister, Capt. Katrina Litchford of the Roanoke squadron, as a recipient of the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award – presented to less than one-half of 1 percent of all cadets.

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