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South Dakota Wing - Oct 2002

South Dakota Wing - Oct 2002

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Volume I · Issue VIII · October 2002
CIVIL AIR PATROL, The Official Auxiliary of the US Air Force
CAP called in for search of missing medical helicopter 
By C/1
Lt Susanna Marking
South Dakota CAPmembers quickly responded to amissing medical helicopter onMonday night, September 9. TheBell 206 L1 crashed while taking apatient to a hospital in Sioux Falls,killing all four people on board. TheLife Flight helicopter departing from Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen en route to Avera HeartHospital in Sioux Falls and wentmissing around 10:45 PM. Thehelicopter was found 3 miles eastand 2 ½ miles south of Dolan, SDTuesday morning.
“We quickly narrowedthe search area
 - LtCol Donald Barbalace
Civil Air Patrol search and rescueaircrews were activated by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at 1:48 AM Tuesday. LtCol DonaldBarbalace of Aberdeen wasassigned as the IncidentCommander.“We immediately identified the flightpath taken by the helicopter andimmediately launched two searchaircraft, both located right on theflight path, to do a route search,”said Barbalace.The first CAP flight departedMadison, SD at 3:30 AM piloted byColonel George Colombe andCaptain James Eykamp. Thesecond flight departed shortlythereafter from Sioux Falls pilotedby Major Greg Bade and LieutenantColonel Richard Forman. Thesearch area was quickly narrowedfollowing information about the lastknown position, hospital check-indata and aircraft performance to anarea between Highway 212 andHwy 14.Despite highly publicizedannouncements from theGovernor’s office, there was noELT to DF, therefore, no groundteams were asked to assist.However, according to LtColBarbalace, CAP was workingclosely with the State HighwayPatrol in handling the groundsearch area.Both CAP aircraft had cell phoneson board, and there was a hospitalcell phone on the helicopter. CAPplaced a call to the downedhelicopter in an attempt to narrowthe search area by finding the celltower that responded to thehelicopter’s phone.CAP aircraft 88 Hotel found thewreckage at 9:41 AM. Civil Air Patrol aircraft were the firstsearchers on the scene.
Historical Foundation lays groundwork for national museum
By: Drew Stekette
The CAPHistorical Foundation, continues itswork to preserve and promote theproud history and heritage of theCivil Air Patrol and WWII CAPCoastal Patrol.The Foundation, supported bycontributions from CAP membersand others with ties to CAP’s 60-year history, has raised some$25,000 to date. (see Foundationon page 4)
 Army Guard/ROTC works with CAP CAP national museum a reality
. . . page 2 . . . page Front Page/Page 4
2002 2003 Calendar of Events APPLICATION ON PAGE 3
. . . page 4
Spearfish SAREX:
Going high and high-tech
By: Roundup Staff 
– Over 100 members from around the stateconverged on Spearfish, September 13, 14 and 15 for asearch and rescue training exercise. Ground teams,however, found out there was much more in store for them then just the typical DF search for an ELT. ThisSAREX would introduce ground teams to a search usinghigh tech night vision goggles and reppelling from a 34-foot, all part of the weekend training regiment.The morning started off as normal with a briefingconducted by LtCol Mike Beason, Director of Operationsand Maj Daryl Hayes, Emergency Service Director.The morning operations consisted of class work in mapreading, navigation, patient evacuation and line search.In addition, teams were tasked to search in the Butte,Lawerence and Meade Countys for targets that simulateda missing aircraft and its occupants.
There were a few cadets that peopleare still debating how they actuallygot down.
Spearfish SAREX Reppell Tower 
By mid afternoon, restlessness set in and it was time for some adventurous traning. Ground teams weretransported to the Black Hills State University, wereSergeant First Class Cres Tumngday, Army ROTC Cadrewas waiting to take command of the ground teams. Hisobjective was simple, “get every ground team member,cadets and officers a like to reppell the tower.”“This tower is an aide in helping you conquer fears andbuild confidence,” explained Sgt Tumngday to theformation of ground teams. And that is exactly what tookplace. Ground teams took a brief class on tying a SwissSeat facilitated by 2d Lt Michael Odle, Ground TeamLeader from Lookout Mountain. Lt Odle’s interestingusage of language in teaching the class added somehumor and earned him smiles and laughs from the teams.“Hey, whatever works!”Laughs, screams and even complete silence wereobserved. Many reppelled like pros, while some camedown upside down and sideways. There were a fewcadets that people are still debating how they actually gotdown.“Let’sgoL .T.”Rushmore Squadron yelled as 1
Lt Michael Johnson,Ground Team Leader from Rushmore Squadron as heleaned over the edge. Even the officers got involved inthe training, leading by example.“One of the best SAREXs I’ve been too,” commentedCaptain David Shultis, Aberdeen Squadron Commander.
Cadet Second Lieutenant Susana Marking, Custer CompositeSquadron.
 _____________________________________________ Even Captain Shultis made the lean of faith andconquered the tower.However, there was still more in store for the groundteams. Teams were dismissed for dinner and told toreconvene at the 842D Engineering Detachment Guard Armory in two hours.Sergeant First Class Steve Silvernagel, Readiness NCOfor the 842D conducted a class on the use of Night VisionGoggles, or NVGs as they are more commonly called.Upon completion of the class, ground teams were briefedon a mission using the NVGs. A special chemlight, onlyvisible with NVGs would be placed on a practice grenadecourse. Pits, dirt hills, walls, fences and logs werescattered through the course. The introductory missionwas to get ground team acquainted with the NVGs.“There’s no peripheral vision,” laughed Sgt Silvernagel, asground teams walked around with hands strait out.The training day ended with an after action review andground teams headed to their bivouac site with as senseof pride and accomplishment and a great big smile.
Lt Michael Johnson, Rushmore Squadron and Capt MyraChristensen, Pierre Squadron poses with Night Vision Goggles.
Fill out this form completely and returned to:SDWG/FM, PO Box 84626, Sioux Falls, SD 57118-2626
CAPID EXP (mm/yy):
Squadron Commander’s Signature:_____________________________ Date: ____________ 
Name:________________________________________________________________________ (last)(first) (M.I.)Physical Address:_______________________________________________________________ (street number)(city)(zip)Ship to Address:________________________________________________________________ (street number)(city)(zip)Phone Number: (_______)_________________ Work Number: (________)_________________ 
1. Vehicle Make:_____________________ Model: ____________________ Year: ___________ Color:_______________________Registration Exp. (mm/yy):________________2. Vehicle Make:_____________________ Model: ____________________ Year: ___________ Color:_______________________Registration Exp. (mm/yy):________________3. Vehicle Make:_____________________ Model: ____________________ Year: ___________ Color:_______________________Registration Exp. (mm/yy):________________
I _________________________ have read the regulations pertaining to the use of the CAP decal on a POV (privatelyowned vehicle) and by placing my signature below abide by all CAP and South Dakota State rules, regulations and lawsgoverning the use of the decal and plates.Signature:________________________________________ Date (mm/dd/yy):_______________ 
Decals (2) for each vehicle costs
$10. Make checks payable to:SDWG Civil Air Patrol. In the MEMO section write: Public Affairs. No CASH.EXAMPLE: ___3____ vehicles @ $10.00 = $__$30.00___ ________ vehicles @ $10.00 = __________ 
$______________ SDWG CAPF 190-1 AUG 2002
Some six WWI, post-war and Cold War CAP aircraft arenow associated with CAPHF and its officers. Two Stinton10As, two historical Fairchild 24s, and a T-34 and a 1948USAF-CAP L-16B search plane.The Foundation in 2001 received a collection of WWIICostal Patrol photographs and artifacts by arrangementwith a distinguished former national CAP nationalhistorian and CAP National Headquarters. The collectionis unique because it includes photos by CAP Sub chasersthemselves, thus revealing a very human, day to-day viewof WWII anti-sub operations by CAP pilots in light planes.

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