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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.


ICS 300 & 400 Courses to be offered this spring

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This March there will be an ICS 300 and 400 course offered in Des Moines. The dates for this will be 12-13 March for the 300 and 14-15 March for the 400. These courses are offered free of charge and will fill up fast. So if you want to take them, get signed up now.

If you are traveling to Des Moines, you have a number of options. Here is a flyer with all the information for both courses. If you decided to attend, please contact them directly and send an email to Lt Col Mouw.

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January 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Dealing with the Media: A Short Course for Rural First Responders

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The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium is bringing its free Department of Homeland Security-certified course on media awareness and response to Toledo, IA on 2/23/13– register by 2/9/13. More details, including how to register, can be found on the RDPC Website


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January 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm

GAO push for Civil Air Patrol expansion featured in ‘Air Force Times’

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VIRGINIA — The Government Accountability Office is urging the U.S. Air Force to work with the Department of Homeland Security to expand the work of its auxiliary wing in training and homeland security missions. The Civil Air Patrol, a nonprofit auxiliary of the Air Force, could expand its ability to respond to homeland security missions, if the service and DHS study legal parameters, mission funding, capabilities and operating capacity of the volunteer force, according to the Nov. 1 report. Find out more about the push for CAP expansion in this article in the Air Force Times, which is based in Springfield.

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November 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

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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New online Air Crew Emergency Training course available through eServices

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – Civil Air Patrol’s new Air Crew Emergency Training course is now available online through the organization’s eServices site for members.

The course, found in eServices’ Learning Management System, targets both instructors and crew members. Designed to provide the material and tools required to teach the course, it also focuses supplying information that will help build the members’ knowledge, confidence and basic skills in:

  • Interpreting      flight control positions and instrument indications, as well as charts and      navigation instruments.
  • Using      radios and proper phraseology to communicate needs and intentions in an      emergency.

The course materials are presented in detail, in part because of the possibility that participants may fly regularly as mission observers and can contribute to the operational risk management and crew resource management of the flight. The course’s main purpose, though, is to provide training to nonpilot mission observers, furnishing them with the basic knowledge and skills to respond to an emergency situation in the cockpit should the pilot become incapacitated.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

October 24, 2012 at 9:48 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 ( 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.