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Minnesota Wing - Mar 2012

Minnesota Wing - Mar 2012

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OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF MINNESOTA WING U.S. CIVIL AIR PATROL FEB - MAR 2012
PAGE 1
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while training the year before his flight. In the middle is Charles
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ey, hisinstructor and 
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iend, and on the right their local mechanic
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. The picture was taken i 
n
 Texas. The megaphone was needed because the plane was a single person, so the trainer ran beside the plane shouting instructions. The original picture hangs in the the Lindberg  section in the Smithsonian.
WINGTIPS
Minnesota may add to its list of aviation giants
 
A Lindberg trainer hailed from Hinckley?Family requests MN Wing
ʼ
s help
Some of aviation’s greatest names have ties toMinnesota, names big enough to challenge PaulBunyan’s and Babe’s claim for most indeliblefootprints on the state’s mythos. Minnesota Civil AirPatrol members can proudly hold their own around a cracker barrel armed with a nonstop list of notabledates and personalities: Where did Amelia Earhartlearn to swim? With her family summering on LakeOkabena in southwest Minnesota at Worthington,naturally. Where were Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’sB
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25s refitted before the morale
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boosting raid on Japan? In St. Paul, of course. From whom didCharles Lindbergh, of Little Falls, get his start inaviation?Now there’s a question under debate. It may notonly be another Minnesotan but a senior Civil AirPatrol member soon after CAP started. If you know anything about him, please contact Capt. Bradfieldright away. Minnesota Wing has been asked to helpprovide its share of the biography for pilot andinstructor Happy O’Malley.Capt. David Ihme, Minn. Wing Historian, issearching our archives, but perhaps you yourself know something that will help piece together therest of the puzzle. Here’s what is known so far.Charles Harold “Happy” O’Malley was born May 8,1894, in Minneapolis. The family then moved toHinckley, Minn., in 1902.O’Malley joined the U.S. Army Air Service in 1917.He trained and flew with "Speed" Holman during WWI
Ring a bell? St. Paul Downtown Airportbears his name
 )
. O’Malley owned an oil station andluncheonette about 4 miles north of Hinckley onHighway 61. There he had his own private air fieldand took people for rides in his plane. A few yearslater he built “Happy's Pavilion” on the same site.
Continued in Aerospace Education section, page 9
 
OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF MINNESOTA WING U.S. CIVIL AIR PATROL FEB - MAR 2012
PAGE 2
COMMANDER’SCORNER 
Over the past three weeks my "real" job has taken a back seat toCivil Air Patrol. Five days inWashington, D.C., for the WinterNational Board meeting andCongressional Day at the Capitol,as well as seven days at NationalHeadquarters at Maxwell AirForce Base for the Wing Commander's Course.Fortunately for me and for mostof us senior members, we haveexcellent support from ouremployers who understand the value of Civil Air Patrol volunteerservice in our communities.Also, many of our members areself 
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employed but take time away from their work to volunteer
 – 
at a cost to them personally. And thenthere are the retirees who alsocommit their free time to volunteer for CAP, when they could be spending time golfing orboating or whatever activity they've settled on for retirement.
 Jerry Rosendahl, Col., CAP  MN Wing Commander 
Maxwell AFB –
Gen. Charles L. Carr, Jr, nationalcommander of the U.S. Civil Air Patrol, announcedthat the Civil Air Patrol’s pursuit of theCongressional Gold Medal to recognize thesacrifices of its World War II heroes has reached a major milestone.“Today, thanks to your tenacity and hard work, wehave obtained the number of cosponsors needed inthe U.S. Senate to bring the bill forward for actionby the committee,” Carr said in a letter to theNational Board Mar. 19th.“Once the committee acts on the bill, the nextsteps are a full vote in the Senate and then on to theHouse for action. All of this should occur in the nextfew months.”
 
Carr continued in the letter: “We are at a criticaljuncture in ensuring passage of the bill: we still needadditional cosponsors in both the Senate and Houseso that once the bill comes up for a vote, it willeasily pass.” He requested that the members keepthe national project at the forefront of theirpriorities.
 
 Julie Debardelaben, who is deputy director of public a 
ff 
airs for the U.S. Civil Air Patrol,commented on the letter in a heads
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up email topublic a 
ff 
airs directors across the country. She askedthat they be prepared for an exciting event topromote in the near future, which will undoubtedly earn media attention nationwide.
Gen. Carr reports major milestone for Congressional Gold Medal
Award to recognize CAP
ʼ
s WWII heroes
 
We need to periodically take thetime to thank those around us who allow us to volunteer
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ourfamilies, our employers and ourfriends.If you haven't done so yet,please sign up now for our Wing Conference
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the committee hasdone a lot of work putting together a conference toremember. On
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line registration isavailable on our web site.We are starting into the busiesttime of the year for CAPactivities. The good news is wehave the budget to support anincreased level of training andeducation. All of you should beputting the various events you'reinterested in on your calendar now.Thank you all for yourcommitment to making theMinnesota Wing the best in theNorth Central Region and one of the best in the nation.
Safety FirstDon't Break the RegsHave Some Fun
 
OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF MINNESOTA WING U.S. CIVIL AIR PATROL FEB - MAR 2012
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Rosendahl serves on NHQ Nat
ʼ
l Board
WASHINGTON, DC
 – 
Col. Jerry Rosendahl,Minnesota Wing Commander of the U.S. Civil AirPatrol served as a member of the organization’s 2012Winter National Board meeting held. NationalCommander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr presentedRosendahl with a National Board Pin, recognizing Rosendahl’s service to the board. The presentation was made March 2.
 National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr presented  Rosendahl with the National Board Pin. Photo by Susa
n
 Schneider,
CAPNHQ
photographer.
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala.
 – 
Col. Jerry Rosendahl was one of 19 Civil Air Patrol wing commanders will hone their leadership skills during the 2012 Region & Wing Commanders Course heldMarch 11
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16 at CAP National Headquarters.O
cials of the program said that the graduate
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level course “postures participants to be bettercommanders at the state and region level as well asmembers of the CAP National Board, a key CAP governing body.”Rosendahl was selected for the course by NorthCentral Region Commander Col. Sean Fagan andthen needed approval by CAP National CommanderMaj. Gen. Chuck Carr.“Everything a Civil Air Patrol commander shouldknow in order to be an e
ff 
ective leader will bediscussed,” said Carr, who addressed the new wing commanders and region vice commanders beforetheir graduation luncheon on March 16.“As with all of our training, this course is thorough,and its e
ff 
ect will be long 
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lasting, preparing thesecommanders with the leadership skills they will needto be successful.”
 
The program focused on three main blocks of study: leading the organization, tools for corporateo
cers and tools for commanders. Its curriculumfeatured seminars, lectures and hands
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on exercises inmore than 20 enriching sessions on such topics asethics, legal matters, managing volunteers, financesand other resources.
MN Wing commander hones skills during Nat
ʼ
l leadership course
Ci#zensServingCommuni#es
CAP Public Awareness campaign motto.

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