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The official publication of Minnesota Wing Civil Air Patrol January 2006

Viking hosts North Hennepin Squadron holds cadet change of

Cirrus/BRS command and more at annual awards banquet
training by Lt. Col. Dick Johnson
North Hennepin Squadron
by 1st Lt Mark Helseth
Viking Squadron North Hennepin Squadron,
located in Crystal, Minn.,
Viking Squadron, locat- awarded the General Billy
ed in Eden Prairie, Mitchell award to C/Chief
Minn., hosted a Ballistic Master Sgt. Mitchell Arnet
Recovery System and to C/Chief Master Sgt.
demonstration and train- Emily Vinge at the
ing seminar at Flying squadron's annual awards
Cloud Airport Dec. 17. banquet held at the Golden
The unit had a good Valley VFW Dec. 13.
turnout. Participants The Mitchell Award, named
learned a tremendous after Brig Gen. Billy
amount about the BRS Mitchell, is the first of
parachute and Cirrus air major achievement awards
bags, as well as the which are granted by the
potential hazards these cadet program of CAP. Lt. Col. Joe Volding, Group 3 commander, reads the
items could pose to first citation for C/Chief Master Sgts. Mitch Arnett and
responders. The BRS is a A change of command cer-
Emily Vinge's Mitchell Awards.
live rocket and can kill if emony was also held where
handled improperly. C/1st Lt. Patrick Vinge the Squadron's Cadet of the ly killed in 2003 in an air-
relinquished command of Year and Capt. Gina craft training accident. The
Due to the risk associat- the unit’s cadet squadron to
ed with the rocket, the Chavez was named the Robillard family honored
C/2d Lt. Mitchell Arnet. Senior of the Year. North Hennepin Squadron
participants concluded
that hands-on training Squadron Commander, Lt. C/Chief Master Sgt. Jason with memorials as a token
should be a mandatory Col. Richard Johnson LeBahn was awarded the of their appreciation to
requirement for all CAP received the Gill Robb first scholarship award CAP for a rescue in Nevada
search and rescue ground Wilson Award from Group from the James Robillard of their family by CAP
team members. 3 Commander Lt. Col. Joe Scholarship Fund. LeBahn many years ago.
Volding. This award signi- will soon receive his pri- The banquet was attended
BRS said they would be fies the completion of the
willing to do another vate pilot's license. by some 80 people repre-
senior member training pro- senting CAP members and
seminar this spring, and gram and is named after The scholarship fund is
Viking is planning to their guests.
one of the CAP founders. named after Jim Robillard,
host it again. a Crystal Airport flight
Emily Vinge was named instructor who was tragical-
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Commander’s Column: Year passes without safety incidents

by Col. Steve Miller, Some, obviously, have sis items.
wing commander more weight than others. The timeliness of units sub-
Congratulations to all Safety is a major emphasis mitting their reports is an
Minnesota Wing members! item. Growth in member- emphasis item. The Unit of
We went a full year without ship, attendance at the two the Year is earned by the
a safety incident. wing commander's calls unit which receives the
This is excellent! It shows and commanders' workshop most emphasis item points.
that when we all focus on are other major factor in Remember, what we get
safety, it works. The safety the emphasis items.
out of CAP is directly pro-
pledge we read before Participation in the three portional to what we put
meetings, search and rescue missions of CAP (aero-
into CAP. Let's all have a
exercises and other Civil space education, cadet pro- great, SAFE and prosper-
Air Patrol activities is not grams and emergency serv-
Col. Steve Miller ous 2006.
just a bunch of words. It ices) also affects a unit's
performance on the empha- -Semper Vigilans
illustrates the way we do in all of our missions for
business - safely. America. Let's all keep up
the great work.
That pledge helps keep us
focused on doing the right As we begin a new year, I
Changes occuring at wing
thing, by promoting an want to provide you with Two month’s ago in
uncompromising safety an overview of the 2006 WingTips, Col. Steve
environment for ourselves "Commander's Emphasis Miller announced that the
and others and by prevent- Items." The commander's new wing maintenance
ing the loss of, or damage emphasis items are used to facility is now operational.
to, CAP assets entrusted to evaluate which unit Here are some updates:
us. It reminds us to perform receives the Minesota Wing Lt. Col. John Quilling,
all activities in a profes- Unit of the Year award. chief of staff for opera- This means that mail will
sional and safe manner. It tions, and Capt. Nick be processed daily and
Emphasis Items are
further reminds us we are Scherger, wing, are work- entered into the mail data-
assigned a numeric value.
accountable for our actions ing on the fleet. Wing base so units can see if
administratior Kirsty their doucments have
McCracken has moved in
WingTips is a publication of arrived at wing. The wing
to the wing office and has will be cancelling the P.O.
Minnesota Wing Civil Air Patrol,
begun her work. Box that has been in use
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary
6275 Crossman Lane There is a new address for for the past few years.
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 wing mail, as well as an If you have items to be office phone and fax line. faxed to the wing staff, They are: please use 651-552-7007
The views expressed, either written or implied, are not neces- Minnesota Wing, CAP and not the state director's
sarily those of the U.S. Air Force, the Civil Air Patrol or 6275 Crossman Lane fax line.
Minnesota Wing. Submissions should be sent to the above Inver Grove Heights, MN A dedication ceremony for
email address. 55076 the new facility is planned
Wing Commander: Col. Steve Miller Phone 651-291-0462 for April 2006. Details
Wing Public Affairs Officer: Capt. Al Pabon Fax 651-552-7007
Wingtips Editor: Maj. Shannon Bauer will be announced soon.
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Fort Snelling Squadron hosts military-style dining out

by Lt. Col. Tony Tarpy
Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling Squadron,
located in Minneapolis at
the Air Reserve Station,
conducted a "Dining-Out"
to celebrate the cadet pro-
gram and a year of service
to CAP Dec. 1.
Maj. Gen. Doyle Larson,
president of the E.F.
Rawlings Chapter of the
Air Force Association,
served as the president of Col. Kevin Sliwinski, Minnesota Wing; Capt. Jay Sliwinksi, Fort Snelling Squadron;
the mess. Lt. Col. Doug Kilian, Fort Snelling Squadron; C/Maj. Josh Wadell, C/1st Lt. Cory
Members of the squadron Titus, C/Staff Sgt. Julie Crevier and TFO Jason Suby, all Viking Squadron; and
invited all members of friend Linda Odegard at the Fort Snelling Squadron Dining Out Dec. 1.
Minnesota Wing and sever- and his wife Nancy and Matheson received the ed the squadron's cadet
al dignitaries, including Wing Finance Officer Col. Mitchell Award and was commander, who, in turn,
Wing Commander Col. Kevin Sliwinski and his promoted to C/2d Lt. by appointed C/Sgt. Maxwell
Steve Miller and his wife wife Bobbi. Larson. Meyer as the squadron's
Charlotte, Wing Chief of
C/Chief Master Sgt. Trevor Matheson was also appoint- first sergeant.
Staff Chaplain Don Mikitta

Wing offers training opportunities for seniors this spring

Cadet Programs will be This course is a require- SLS is a requirement for conducted at Red Wing
conducting a Training of ment for the senior rating in the senior member Squadron in Red Wing,
Cadet Leaders Course cadet programs. Senior Certificate of Proficiency, Minn., March 17-18. For
Feb. 10 and 11 at members (sorry no cadets) or Senior Member Level II. more information, contact
Flemming Field in South interested in participating The course provides CAP's course director Lt. Col.
Saint Paul, Minn. can register by clicking on adult members with a basic Vicki McGuire.
Training Leaders of Cadets, the TLC link at the understanding of CAP oper- CLC discusses the relation-
Minnesota Wing Website. ations at the squadron level
or TLC, is a curriculum for ship the CAP squadron has
adults who implement the Members can get more and how those operations with wing. Specifically,
information from Capt. affect CAP's national mis-
cadet program at the CLC discusses how wing-
squadron level. This two- Janelle Gates, the course sions. Additionally, mem- level operations help to
director. bers learn more about CAP
day course provides senior accomplish CAP's three
members with a strategic A Squadron Leadership customs, core values and missions. It describes the
communications. Case stud-
perspective of the cadet School, or SLS, will be working relationships wing
program, leadership skills conducted March 18-19 in ies, discussion and group staff officers have with
assignments are integral
for helping youth achieve Duluth, Minn. For more each other and their
their goals and training in information, contact course facets of the SLS. squadron level counterparts.
how to manage a successful director Capt. Brian A Corporate Learning
program. Freseman. Course, or CLC, will be
January 2006 WingTips Page 4

Worthington Squadron recognizes law enforcement officers

Capt. Joe Bradfield craft was discovered upside
Worthington Squadron down in a cornfield east of
Worthington Composite the airport. There were no
Squadron recognized a fatalities or injuries in this
Minnesota State Highway accident.
Patrolman and the Jackson To recognize the officers
Co. Sheriff and three of his for their assistance in the
deputies for their assistance find, and out of a sense of
in the squadron's distress camaraderie between the
find near Jackson agencies, Worthington pre-
Municipal Airport last year, sented each officer with a
on Sept. 11, during their framed certificate, a
annual Christmas party, Minnesota CAP mug and a
Dec. 19. wing patch. Each office
The law enforcement offi- Jackson Co. Sheriff and deputies receive recognition also received a decal ver-
cers, who had been search- from Worthington Composite Squadron for their par- sion of the "Find Ribbon."
ing for the aircraft for near- ticipation on the ground teams that located an aircraft
NOTE: The squadron just
ly two hours, eagerly met which went down near the Jackson Municipal Airport
recently made another find
the CAP air and ground last year.
on Dec. 12 near Arco,
crews that night at the air- search teams had located with the air crew, forming Minn. This is a different
port. the aircraft even before two separate parties led by incident from the one
Relieved that the CAP landing, the officers joined CAP members to the air- referred to above.
the ground teams, along craft into the field. The air-

Momentous occasions ...

Senior member & cadet
Lt. Col. Warren Rowher and Maj. Barney Harstad, both Worthington
officer promotions Squadron, retired from the Civil Air Patrol Dec. 19. (Longer story will appear
next issue.)
Lt. Col.
Dennis Yeager, Minnesota Wing C/2nd Lt. Mitch Arnet became the cadet commander of North Hennepin
Squadron Dec. 13. He assumed command from C/1st Lt. Patrick Vinge.
Terrence Best, Northland C/Capt Patricia Friese, 130th Squadron, was selected to serve as the cadet
commander of this year’s cadet Noncommissioned Officer School.
1st Lt.
Steven Sawyer, Southeast Minnesota C/Capt Patrick Vinge, North Hennepin Squadron, was seleced to serve as the
cadet commander of this year’s Basic Cadet Officers Course.
2nd Lt.
Susan Blessman, North Hennepin; C/Lt. Col. Michah Stanley became the cadet commander of Wothington
Gary Schaedler, Saint Paul; Squadron Dec. 21. He assumed command from C/Capt. Ryan Stanley.
Kenneth Schauf, 130th;
and Nichulis Zak, 130th.
Where are they now?
C/2nd Lt. Former C/1st Lt. Kevin Sperling is attending
Jason Lebahn, North Hennepin; the aeronautics program at the University of
Andrew Puckett, Hutchinson; and North Dakota and recently earned his instru-
Kyle Steever, Southeast Minnesota ment rating. Photo at right.