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North Central Region News
Volume 2009 March

Col Steve Kuddes Commander, North Central Region Our new motto for 2009 is "Proactive and Ready". According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Proactive is defined as "pro-reactive: acting in anticipation of future problems, needs or changes." As we approach spring time (finally) it is becoming apparent that we will likely be responding to flooding situations as we did last year. Minnesota and North Dakota appear the most likely to be affected but as we know, our weather can be unpredictable and late winter blizzards are quite normal for us. We need to make sure our resources are ready to respond and even though you’re Wing may not be directly affected, be ready to assist long DR missions in our other Wings. We need to be proactive and ready. There is much emphasis placed on the New Madrid Fault area of our Region when thinking about disaster planning. This is mainly for the Missouri Wing but there can be collateral effects for other Wings in our Region. The re-routing of traffic and displacement of people can directly affect us as with the Gulf hurricanes a few years ago. We are all aware of the violent weather we experience in the heartland with thunderstorms and tornadoes so we still must be prepared. But what other disaster lurk in our area waiting to happen? How many of you know of the danger under Yellowstone Lake? Continued on Page 2

In this Issue:
• NCR Leaders Participate Legislative Day Activities
I have formed a team to evaluate our potential for disasters in the North Central Region and the resources we have • Wings them. They will be respond to emergencies available to handleprepare for and looking at the training we have as well as the aircraft and vehicles to ensure that we can respond completely and safely when called upon. There will be suggestions which I will share with you

News NCR•News and Updates from the Wings of North Central Region March 2009

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Proactive and Ready from Page 1

I have formed a team to evaluate our potential for disasters in the North Central Region and the resources we have available to handle them. They will be looking at the training we have as well as the aircraft and vehicles to ensure that we can respond completely and safely when called upon. There will be suggestions which I will share with you and especially with the Wing commanders to ensure our total mission readiness and safety. But I also feel that it is imperative to include the Liaison Region commander and his staff in this process. They have seen first hand our mission readiness status and are very qualified to assist in making suggestions for our mission readiness also. Proactive is the word that I want all of our members to get used to in NCR. Whether it is mission readiness or safety, we need to look straight ahead and see what we need to do before it happens. Anticipate what may happen or be capable of happening and be prepared. We can't predict all of the disasters but we can be ready to help. We will train and respond for all of our missions and we will do it safely at all times. The days of just reacting after the fact are in the past in this Region. No matter what mission we are called upon to perform, whether it is emergency services, cadet programs or aerospace education, we will be ready, willing and able to perform at the highest level possible.

Former NCR Commander Recovering From Injuries
Col Kevin Sliwinski Government Relations Officer, Minnesota Wing

Col. Gerald Quilling, past Minnesota Wing Commander and North Central Region Commander is recovering from a serious slip on the ice. He has been in and out of the hospital. He is currently recovering in the Chapel View Care Center Room 276, 615 Minnetonka Mills Rd., Hopkins, MN 55343. Cards and well wishes can be sent to the Center. Please keep Col. Quilling and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Photos from this issue of NCR News are available for download at the NCR Photo Album hosted at the Region PAO’s Resources and Training Website:

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62 year Minnesota CAP member and war hero dies
Capt Richard Sprouse Public Affairs Officer, Group 2 Minnesota Wing A 62-year member of the Minnesota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and World War II hero has died. Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Krause (pictured) a member of the Mankato Composite Squadron, passed away on February 24, 2009. He was 87. Lt Col Krause joined CAP in 1946 after serving in the ChinaBurma-India (CBI) Theater of operations during WWII. He was one of the C-47 pilots that flew critically needed supplies over "The Hump," a dangerous 530-mile long passage over the Himalayan Mountains where nearly 1,000 men and 600 planes were lost. The planes were often loaded to twice their normal capacity. “We always think of the P-51 fighters and B-17 bombers as planes that won WWII,” said Lt. Col John Barsness, Minnesota Group 4 commander. “What would we have done without the C47 cargo planes and the brave men that flew them?” Lt Col Barsness had the honor and privilege of hearing Krause share his wartime experiences during an Experimental Aircraft Association Banquet 2004. “Ken held the audience spellbound as he told us how his plane was shot down and how he attempted an emergency landing to save a wounded crewmember’s life. Unfortunately the crewmember died. Only at the end of the story did Ken mention he did all of this after being badly injured and wounded himself.” First Lieutenant Earl Isaacs, a long-time member of Mankato Squadron, said CBI is largely an unknown part of a much larger war to most Americans and CAP members. "Flying ‘The Hump’ required perfect navigation; plenty of C-47’s and their crews were lost carrying provisions to the Chinese army fighting the Japanese,” Isaacs said. “CBI is a part of WWII that is not heard much of these days. We were honored to have had Ken Krause around to tell the story of these brave airmen.” Krause flew 72 missions over “The Hump”. Among his many military awards are two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Purple Heart. He served as Commander of the Mankato Squadron as well as a Group Commander in Minnesota Wing. His wife, Dolores of Mankato; two sons; seven grandchildren; and one sister survive Ken. His parents, first wife and other family members preceded him in death. The Standard Oil Company employed Krause for 31 years. He and Dolores owned and operated the Nor-V-Gen Oil Company for 20 years. Lt Col Krause was also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, CBI Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, the Air Force Association, and Rotary Club of Mankato.

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Commanders Meet with Legislators

Cadets Hoffman, Cox and Esari-Jones meet with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar during the 2009 Legislative Day.

Kansas Wing Commander, Col Regena Aye meets with a Legislative Staffer during the 2009 Legislative Day.

On Feb 26th, the organization’s 52 wing and eight region commanders, as well as youth involved in the cadet program, met with congressmen and their staffs in Washington, D.C., on how CAP’s primary missions – search and rescue, emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs – have made a difference in their communities during fiscal year 2008. Highlights of CAP’s missions in 2008 include emergency services and homeland security. CAP members provided more than 18,700 man-hours during ground and air missions after Hurricane Ike slammed into Texas last fall. In addition, CAP aircraft simulated potential threats to the nation’s capital during Falcon Virgo missions. National Capital Wing and Congressional Squadron Cessna 182s flew more than 150 hours acting as targets to support the ground and air forces that protect the nation's capital. “Our legislators, and the citizens they represent, are CAP’s stakeholders,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter. “We want them to know what an incredible job CAP volunteers are doing in their communities both in the air and on the ground.” Legislative Day was conducted in conjunction with the Winter National Board meeting held from Feb. 27-28 at the Marriott Crystal City in Arlington, Va. The CAP National Board consists of 69 members representing each state, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, within the organization’s eight regions. The board is CAP’s policy-making arm and, in conjunction with the CAP Board of Governors, proposes amendments to the governing constitution and bylaws.

Col John Mais, Col Regena Aye and Col Steve Kuddes prepare for the 2009 Legislative Day.

Col Sheila Waldorf and Col Ron Scheitzach listen to a presentation during preparations for the 2009 Legislative Day.

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Members from the North Dakota Wing met with Representatives
Lt Col Troy Krabbenhoft Public Affairs Officer, North Dakota Wing The North Dakota Wing Commander Col Karl Altenburg along with the C/Col Heidi Klein of the Grand Forks squadron who is the North Central Region Cadet Advisory Council Chair and C/SSgt Bjorn Altenburg from the 119th ANG Cadet squadron met with their federal legislators on Feb 26th in conjunction with CAP’s Legislative Day... The team met with Congressman Earl Pomeroy to discuss the Civil Air Patrols size and capabilities they have to support the state of ND. Col Altenburg respectfully requested the 4.4 million dollars that was allocated to the Civil Air Patrol and slashed from the budget, be restored. Pomeroy agreed the CAP is a cost effective entity to the Air Force and to the State of North Dakota.
From left to right C/Col Heidi Klein, Congressman Earl Pomeroy, C/SSgt Bjorn Altenburg and North Dakota Wing Commander Col Karl Altenburg.

C/Col Klein also prepared and presented a speech to Congressman Pomeroy and he was very impressed.

The members from ND went over plans and preparation on their vital role in the upcoming months for flood fighting efforts due to the record snow falls in Dec of 2008. Every year the CAP integrates with the Department of Emergency Services to show our dedication and professionalism as we act our many roles in our states spring flooding issues. The members went on to meet with Senator Kent Conrad’s office and met with Senator Byron Dorgan with the same request. Senator Dorgan is also an aviation enthusiast with having a private pilot license himself. He thought the CAP was a great compliment to the State of ND and a good feeder program with all the Aviation institutions in the state. He was referring to the two flying Air Force bases, a flying Air National Guard base, and flying Army Guard posts, along with one of the most prestigious aviation schools the University of ND Aerospace program. The meeting with the state representatives went very well and the message from members of ND was heard and appreciated.

Minnesota Wing Leaders Meet with Legislators
Minnesota Wing Commander Col Tom Theis and Wing Government Relations Officer Col Kevin Sliwinski met with Minnesota Congressmen Tim Walz and Erik Paulsen where they discussed a variety of issue of importance to the organization.

Col Theis with Representative Erik Paulsen & Col Sliwinski.

Col Sliwnski and Representative Tim Walz with Col Theis.

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Missouri Wing responds to ice storms
Capt. Eric Dean Commander, Laclede County Composite Squadron and Maj. David A. Miller Public Affairs Officer, Missouri Wing

More than 30 members stepped up Jan. 30th when the State Emergency Management Agency called on the Missouri Wing to provide disaster relief to residents of Dunklin County, specifically the city of Malden, after an ice storm paralyzed several counties in southern Missouri earlier in the week. The Civil Air Patrol response including six ground teams from Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Malden, Springfield and St. Louis. Mission base was established at Malden High School, where power initially was provided only by generators. Members set up residence in the school’s library and used the Junior ROTC room for briefings and planning. A communications room was set up in the teacher’s lounge. The high school also served as the community’s shelter. Under the initial direction of incident commander Lt. Col. Randy Fuller, commander of the Missouri State Legislative Squadron, and then under the subsequent direction of on-scene incident commander Lt. Col. Carolyn Rice, Gateway Senior Squadron commander, the ground teams worked long hours providing shelter assistance, distributing relief material, identifying those who might need medical assistance, and providing door-to-door health and wellness checks of Malden residences.

After more than four days without power, the ground teams found many houses vacant and informed remaining residents of the shelter facilities set up in the high school. They also distributed disaster flyers provided by the mayor’s office.

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Missouri responds continued from Page 6 Although no major medical problems presented, two CAP members’ actions proved particularly noteworthy in what could have escalated into a medical emergency. Cadet Master Sgt. Timothy Shelby of the Laclede County Composite Squadron came across a family huddled inside a house with no electricity and discovered an elderly woman on a breathing machine dangerously low on oxygen. Recognizing that without power she could run out of oxygen, Shelby immediately reported the problem to his team leader, Capt. Eric Dean, who put the call out over the radio as a medical request. Capt. Angie Peterson, commander of the Springfield Regional Composite Squadron and also a nurse as well as the mission’s medical officer, heard the call and hurried to the location to assist. She quickly sized up the situation and within minutes had oxygen en route to the residence. Electrical crews worked diligently night and day, slowly returning power to damaged sections of the state. By Feb. 1 almost 35 percent of the power had been restored to Malden. Ground teams began to slowly work out into the surrounding and more rural areas, a process limited by the enormous amount of downed power lines and trees. Later that day, an aircrew consisting of pilot Lt. Col. Keith Monteith and observer Maj. Linda McCullough, both from the Gateway squadron, flew out of Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield and landed at Cape Girardeau to pick up scanner 1st Lt. Rita LaVanchy of the Trail of Tears Composite Squadron. The three then proceeded with an aerial photo damage assessment of the cities of Sikeston, Kennett and Malden that yielded more information on how widespread the ice storm damage was. The day earlier, an early morning mission from Spirit of St. Louis Airport was attempted but ultimately scrubbed because of poor weather over Cape Girardeau and Malden. Pilot Capt. Mike Smith, commander of the Mid Rivers Senior Squadron, observer Lt. Col. Dan Ranson of Missouri Wing Headquarters and scanner 2nd Lt. B.J. Lange of the Mid Rivers squadron were clearly frustrated as they stood in the warm sunshine of a clear day in Chesterfield, unable to take off because of the weather over southeast Missouri. Capt. Tommy Shepard, commander of the Bootheel Composite Squadron in Malden, was directly affected by the ice storm. He not only organized the community’s shelter but also stayed in it himself, since his own home lacked power. Shepard, who worked closely with Malden’s mayor and director of emergency management throughout the disaster, said “I felt a strong responsibility to do as much as possible to help where needed. My cadets separated and went out with the ground teams since they were the ones familiar with the area. “After the sorties, all CAP members came together to help me take care of the people in the shelter. I am so very proud to be associated with these CAP members. They sat and listened to families and did as much as possible to make them as comfortable as possible.” Mohr said, “I’ll tell you what impressed me. As soon as the power came back on (at the high school) the school staff had their buffers out and were cleaning the hallways and rooms. It looked like a hospital, like school was in session, the trash cans were all emptied and the floors were shiny. “These small towns sure do know how to come together during disasters like this.” And so do the members of the Missouri Wing.

“It looks like a war zone,” said Capt. Tim Mohr, ground branch director and commander of St. Louis Composite Squadron 1, referring to the 1 to 2 inches of ice covering everything, the destroyed tops of most trees, miles of broken utility and telephone poles, and wires down everywhere. “The safety of ground teams is paramount; we consider all downed lines as live,” Mohr said.

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North Dakota Members prepare for flood
Lt Col Troy Krabbenhoft Public Affairs Officer, North Dakota Wing The Red River valley is plagued with spring thaw and the potential annual flooding. This year the potential for the river to hit flood stage is even more prevalent with record snow fall in December of 2008. The local officials are hoping for a mild thaw and low precipitation for the weeks to come. Regardless North Dakota Civil Air Patrol is ready to lend a hand at all stages of the flood fight. On March 7th members from the Fargo Red River Squadron, 119th ANG Cadet Squadron and the Grand Forks Composite Squadron participated in an aero photography mission. The targets selected are vital resources located close to the river. There are also targets of local dams and low spots of the red river basin the will flood first. The Emergency Services Officer 1st Lt. John Stadter took the place of the customer today as he gave the assigned targets to the Incident Commander Col Walt Vollmers. 1st Lt Stadter said “the reason intended for this exercise is to get our air crews familiar with taking pictures and learning how to process the pictures for delivery to the customer”. When we are called to duty we will run the missions just as we have trained. We will be ready, reliable and relevant to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and the local officials that will call us to action. While pilots are readying their aircraft during pre-flight, 1st Lt Lynn Boese of the Grand Forks Composite Squadron organizes her equipment to take photos of the requested targets. 1st Lt Boese is one or North Dakota’s top aerial photographers and has been on several missions for the state of North Dakota.

BREAKING NEWS: NCR Wings Called to Flood Duty
Members of the North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota wings have been called to duty to deal with the flooding in the Red River and in other northern areas of the region. The Red River borders North Dakota and Minnesota and is expected to crest on Saturday March 28th at 41 feet. Disaster assessment flights are being conducted as well as ground teams filling sandbags in the Fargo area since Tuesday March 24th. South Dakota and Minnesota Wings are also conducting assessment flights. A website has been set up with the latest updates, releases and images of the damage and members in action. It can be accessed at:

We will have complete coverage in the April Issue of NCR News.

NCR NEWS is the official newsletter of the North Central Region, Civil Air Patrol. The views expressed, either written or implied are not necessarily those of the U.S. Air Force or the Civil Air Patrol. Submissions are welcome and can be sent to pao@ncr.cap.gov Col Steve Kuddes, Region Commander Major Al Pabon, Director of Public Affairs

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Beating the Winter Blues
Capt Richard Sprouse Public affairs Officer, Group 2 Minnesota Wing

Finding fun ways for the whole family to beat the winter blues wasn’t hard for 200 Minnesota Wing members of the Civil Air Patrol on March 7-8. Wing members and their families had too many choices for entertainment on what turned out to be a sunny spring weekend during the annual Lock-In and Volleyball Tournament held in St. Cloud. Starting with a bevy of teams competing in a volleyball tournament in the morning, the day led to an evening and overnight of food, rock climbing, flight simulators, movies, games, swimming, dodge ball and shooting hoops at St. Cloud State University’s state of the art student recreation center. Smiling faces could be seen throughout the event dedicated to building camaraderie among Wing members and families, and it appears that this mission was accomplished.
“The goal of the event is to provide cadets, seniors members and families from across the Minnesota Wing an opportunity to socialize and interact with each other in a safe, holistic environment,” said 1st Lt Steven Parker, organizer of the Lock-In portion of the event. “It seems everyone had a positive experience.” In the volleyball competition, cadets from Viking Squadron took top honors, with a cadet team from St. Croix Squadron finishing second. The Wing Headquarters “Wing Nuts,” a team of senior officers, finished third. Congratulations to the more than 160 cadets who participated in the 19team volleyball tournament,” said Captain Laura Broker, organizer of the volleyball competition, “and thank you for all of your infectious enthusiasm!” At the conclusion of the event on Sunday morning, it was a tired but happy group. “Awesome.” “Excellent.” “It rocked” were some of the words cadets used to summarize their experience, as well as “We’ll be back again next year!”

More pictures from this year’s competition and lock-in can be found at: http://www.mncap.org/pictures/2009/VBall_LockIn.cfm
The Viking Squadron team is presented their trophy by Colonel Tom Theis, Minnesota Wing commander.

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Minnesota Wing Commander Col Tom Theis presiding at the Group 3 Change of Command Ceremony with (l) Lt Col Tom Hollenhorst, Lt Col Dick Johnson and (r) Lt Col Mike Moen. Photo by 2d Lt Ruben Tahir

1st Lt George Supan Public Affairs Officer, Group 3

New Group Three Commander Installed

The hanger at North Hennepin Composite Squadron on March 3, 2009 was filled to capacity. CAP members were standing in the hallway leading to the hanger. Lt Col Michael Moen relinquished command of Group 3 and Lt Col Richard Johnson was given command of Group 3 during the ceremonies. Family, friend and CAP members arrived early at the Squadron in Crystal, MN. Filled the seating area, stood along the walls in the hanger and others were in the hallway leading to the meeting area. Lt Col Tom Hollenhorst, North Hennepin Squadron, Commander, who hosted and was the MC for the event welcomed family; friends and CAP members along with a number of distinguish guests. Lt Col Moen thanked the Group 3 members for their support over the years of his time as Commander. He congratulated Lt Col Johnson on accepting the position along with assuring the group of Lt Col Johnson’s leadership abilities to carry on.
Col Tom Theis, Minnesota Wing, Commander, thanked Lt Col Moen for his services in leading Group 3.

Lt Col Johnson accepted the command along with asking for continual support of the members to accomplish our three missions of Aerospace, Emergency Services and the Cadet program.

Another very important part of the night was for Cadets to earn a new grade and be promoted while having Col Theis, other CAP members and their families in attendance. The Squadron had promotions within the Cadet program. Lt Col Hollenhorst, honored and with assistance by family members who changed grade on 10 Cadets. One Cadet was so small in size, but big in pride, that Lt Col Hollenhorst bent down low to return the Cadets salute. Seeing the progression of the Cadets in one of the six squadrons that Lt Col Johnson is now in Command of in Group 3, we know they will all achieve the CAP missions.

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Brovold assumes command of Minnesota Wing's Group II
Capt Richard Sprouse Public Affairs Officer, Group II Maj. Ryan Brovold (pictured) has been named commander of Group II of the Minnesota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Group 2 includes 245 CAP members from Anoka, Crow Wing, Hutchinson, St. Cloud, and Wesota squadrons. Brovold, who resides in Becker, had been serving as commander of the St. Cloud Composite Squadron before accepting the Group II command. According to National Headquarters a group commander represents the wing commander in their group and is responsible for ensuring that objectives, policies, and operational directives are effectively executed within the group. In addition to exercising command over the five units in Group II, Brovold will be expected to promote the objectives and purposes of CAP by encouraging the achievement of established goals and programs by all units and by establishing new goals and programs within the group in support of the objectives. Brovold, 35, has been a CAP member since December 2001. He was named Minnesota Wing's squadron commander of the year in 2008. Also that year he received a community service award from the Air Force Association. Brovold is a certified CAP Mission Pilot and Ground Team Leader. His CAP specialty tracks include Operations, Aerospace Education and Professional Development. Brovold grew up in Erskine, Minn. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in technology/career technical education from Bemidji State University. He also has a master's degree in space studies from the University of North Dakota where he's now pursuing a PhD in educational leadership. He's currently the academic dean at Rasmussen College in St. Cloud.

St. Cloud Squadron gets new commander

"Sir, I relinquish command." "Sir, I assume command." With those words, Major Ryan Brovold relinquished command of the St. Cloud Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol to Captain Blame Pierson in a change-of-command ceremony March 2 at the St. Cloud Armory. Lt Col Mike Moen, Minnesota Wing vice commander, presided over the ceremony. "One of the finest CAP traditions we have is the seamless passing of command from one squadron commander to another," said Lt Col Moen. "We celebrate the achievements of the outgoing commander and we also know the dedicated senior officers, cadets, and family members of the St. Cloud Composite squadron will carry on the tradition of excellence under the new commander." Pierson, a CAP member since age 12, had previously served as deputy commander of the squadron’s senior members as well as a number of other positions in the squadron. “It takes a team to be a successful squadron so I ask for the support and cooperation of every senior officer, cadet and parent in this squadron,” Pierson said. "I realize the importance of responsibilities and duties of the position I've been appointed to. As your commander, my responsibility and my promise to you is to provide an environment that allows every member of this squadron to succeed. It is an honor to assume command of this squadron.”

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Civil Air Patrol assists Missouri DOT on Bridge Project
2d Lt Tom Baker Public Affairs Officer, Springfield Regional Composite Squadron, Missouri Wing The Missouri Department of Transportation requested the assistance of the Missouri Wing, Civil Air Patrol for traffic control while demolition of a bridge over I-44 was in progress. On February 21st and 22nd an overpass, crossing I-44, was demolished in an ongoing highway project and the interstate had to be closed down for nearly 17 hours. In an effort to afford an alternate route, a detour had to be established. This meant there would be many opportunities for excessive traffic back up on several of the alternate routes. To keep on top of the situation, a request was made for the Missouri Wing to fly a continuous pattern over the traveled areas. CAP would then notify MODOT of any obvious traffic problems and the area they were occurring in. MODOT could then direct their attention to the problem area before it got out of hand. Major Jensen, Group 5 Commander, was the Incident Commander for the mission, and had four pilots, three observers, three scanners and a radio operator on hand to perform the mission. The pilots were Col Forester from Wing, Capt Hamilton, Capt Wyle and 1st Lt Kendrick. Mission Observers were Lt Col Wiley, Maj Leonard and 2d Lt Henderson. Mission Scanners were Capt Hensen, 2d Lt Cunningham and Capt Potocki. Mission communications were handled by Capt Petersen. At the end of the mission the wing received outstanding remarks from MODOT and the Green County Emergency Management.

Iowa Wing Cadets Explore World’s Fastest Business Jet
Capt Jay Newell Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron, Iowa Wing Members the Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron got a first-hand look at the new Citation X business jet, considered to be the world’s fastest civilian aircraft. In touring the airplane, they also received a lesson in the value of determination. Townsend Aviation’s chief pilot, Bill Wagner, invited the cadets to see the aircraft at its home base of Des Moines International Airport. After “lighting up” the digital displays in the cockpit, Wagner outlined his own career in aviation. He started out flying model airplanes as a young man in Cedar Rapids. He went on to become a Navy fighter pilot, flew 86 missions in Viet Nam, and then started a career as a flight instructor and corporate pilot. He now has over 17,000 hours logged, and is a Gold Seal flight instructor. “When I was in school I wasn’t an A or even a B student, “ Wagner told the cadets. “But the thing that got me through was determination. I was determined to become a pilot.” The lesson of determination was eagerly received by the cadets, who plan careers of their own in aviation.

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Missouri members expand life-saving skills
Capt. Tim Mohr Emergency Services Officer, Group II Missouri Wing Forty cadets and senior members from six Group II squadrons worked on their life-saving skills Jan. 22 by attending a basic first aid class for initial certification or to renew their training. The course, hosted by St. Louis Composite Squadron 1 at the Missouri Air National Guard Base at LambertSt. Louis International Airport, was held in conjunction with Ground Team Member 3 familiarization and preparatory training sessions conducted on three Thursday evenings in January for new cadet and senior member GTM-3 trainees. “It’s through courses such as this that our members can continuously improve their training and remain an asset for our communities in times of need,” said Maj. David A. Miller, Group II commander. “We’ve certainly proven that with the Mississippi River flooding last spring and the recent ice storms in the southeast part of the state.” The training course was taught by AmeriCorps St. Louis members who volunteered their time and service.

1st Lt Paul Markegard Emergency Services Officer St. Paul Composite Squadron Minnesota Wing St. Paul Composite Squadron cadets and seniors again headed out into the cold winter for more emergency services training at the Minnesota National Guard’s Arden Hills Army Training Site. The mission? An ELT Search with 2 missing and possibly injured pilots. The teams set out and independently and using direction finders, map and compass shot bearings of the signal. The teams using triangulation were able to narrow the search to a small area near the reservoir. Team 2 was first to arrive. Together they set up rope operations and recovered both "pilots" who were found on steep sandy/snowy terrain. Both ground teams were in constant radio contact with mission base giving regular progress reports. Again we headed out into the weather and elements to practice our skills. We had a very good turn out. 20 cadets and seniors braved the chill of February to spend 12 hours outside preparing to help people in need. An added element was tossed in at the last minute. 4 inches of new snow! Continued on Page 15

St. Paul trains to save lives in the cold

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Cold Weather Training continued from Page 14

The roads had not been plowed and 4 wheel drive was the order of the day. Poor GT-1 was forced to march about a 1/2 mile to the "scene" because ye old one wheel wonder would not make it up the road. But they did it! I never heard one complaint. We got some tough cadets. We practiced radio direction finding, lines searches, hasty searches, 1st aid (c/Lt. Fox was most honored to wear a Ccollar during his rescue) and our now infamous RADAA skills. We also divided up into teams and built improvised shelter using what we had at the time. Team DeMuse/Fox managed to construct a small log cabin. Most did the standard lean-too with tarp/poncho style.
SAFETY FIRST!!!! Ground team members negotiating icy terrain at the Arden Hills National Guard Training Site.

This was again very successful. But it could not have been done with out the help of seniors who also give there time to help the cadets. Lt. Leif who always has good ideas and remains positive no matter what. Lt. Phar who is our newest GT leader. And two new seniors. SM. Niemann who brought cooking equipment (something I totally forgot in January) making a dinner that all but disappeared. SM. Sebesta whose electronic skills saved the day when we "hot wired" the ELT in 10 degree weather. Solving out Technical Difficulties. He also volunteered his expertise in electronics to rehab our equipment. A very special thanks for that!
A simulated victim being cared for until medical aid arrives.

Sioux Falls Squadron Marches in St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Members of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron marched in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in downtown Sioux Falls. The honor guard marched in the parade with the flags behind the squadrons’ banner in the event, while the newest CAP vehicle with additional members followed. The event which attracts thousands of parade goers in the region. “The event is really a great opportunity for us to practice, and also gain public recognition for our organization”, said 1Lt. Lori Anderson, the squadron Public Affairs Officer. The event which attracts thousands of parade goers in the region.

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It’s Time for Encampment!
Each year many of the wings in North Central Region conduct an activity known as an encampment. These week long training experiences have been referred to as “the most meaningful training a CAP Cadet can receive” and accomplish several important objectives for our cadets. These are: • • • Applying what cadets have learned in the cadet program at the home squadron in a “Leadership Laboratory” Gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the capabilities and missions of the Civil Air Patrol and the US Air Force Provides changes for cadets and seniors to learn, grow and excel in a dynamic environment

CAP Encampments have been held literally since the beginnings of the Cadet Program and while different wings use different models and have many varied traditions there is one constant; to provide an outstanding week of learning, growth and fun for our cadets. Completion of an encampment is a requirement for the Mitchell Award and for participation in National Cadet Special Activities. We have provided information on this year’s encampments in the region on page ____. For the latest information please go to the respective encampment websites.

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etc will be announced in early April. The cost of encampment for all cadets will be $125

Nebraska Wing Cadet Encampment
Dates: 26 July – 1 August 2009 Location: Camp Ashland, NE (Near Lincoln, NE) Website: http://www.newgcap.org/encampment/index.htm Commander: Lt Col David Waite encampment@newg-cap.org

Minnesota Wing Cadet Encampment
Dates: 20-27 June 2009 Location: Camp Ripley, MN (Near Brainerd) Website: http://www.mncap.org/cp/11ctg/ Commander: Major Josh Puhl encampment@mncap.org Basic cadet applications will be accepted beginning in early April. There are still some slots open for senior member staff positions Minnesota Wing conducts an activity for encampment graduates called the “Staff Development Squadron” (SDS). The SDS is a physically and mentally challenging week that focuses on enhancing the leadership skills of selected cadets with the goal of preparing these cadets for positions on an encampment staff or for a leadership position at their home squadron. To be eligible a cadet must have graduated from an encampment. More information is available at http://mncap.org/cp/11ctg/sds.cfm

Applications for cadet and senior staff are being accepted as well as for basic cadets.

Joint Dakota Encampment
Dates: 10 - 19 July 2009 Location: Ellsworth AFB, SD (near Rapid City, SD) Website: http://cadets.ndcap.org/JDCLE/index.html Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=275019645 64 Commander: Lt Col Michael Marek michael@themareks.com This is an Emergency Services themed encampment. We will be living in base Airmen's quarters, eating at the Bandit Inn dining hall, and taking advantage of the various facilities on base. We will do staff training on Friday July 9, with Cadet Basics arriving on Saturday the 10th and everybody heading for home on Sunday the 19th. The cost for cadets to attend will be $125.

Missouri Wing Cadet Encampment
Dates: 21-27 June 2009 Location: Camp Clark, MO (Near Nevada, MO) Website: http://mocapsgf.net/1ctg/ Commander: Major Julie Oldham julie.oldham@gmail.com Applications are being accepted for senior member staff positions. Information for basic attendees including application procedures, equipment lists, reporting procedures,

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Training for that moment when every second counts
By Val Paget Soaring Society of America
This article was forwarded to NCR News by Lt Col Roger Brogren of Minnesota Wing. It shows how good training can prepare you for an emergency situation. It was originally published on the AOPA’s Website. – Editor.

Glider pilots develop a unique situational awareness. Glider instructors drill their students about landing decisions: At 2,000 feet agl, out of glide range, pick a spot. At 1,500 feet agl, commit to that spot. Glider pilots train to think outside the box. If a river is the best solution, they can immediately commit to landing there before too much altitude is lost. U.S. Air Force Capt. Danny Sorenson, who instructs in F-16s, is a glider pilot. He stated, “As a result of my glider training, I’m always thinking, ‘Where can I land this thing?’” He also noted that during his F-16 training, simulated flame-outs were never a problem for him, “It’s instinctive,” he said. “I’d just fly my pattern and glide in.” Instincts like this save precious seconds. When Sullenberger took the controls, the aircraft was a glider, at 3,200 feet over New York City. Mountain flying can be the ultimate test of stick and rudder skills, especially when getting home is in doubt. Mark Montague, a captain currently flying 767-757s for United Airlines and a certificated flight instructorglider (CFIG), observed, “Glider flying promotes the sort of informed self-reliance that is essential in successfully handling any emergency. Having taken off, a glider pilot is of course obligated to land — aren't we all? — but can't count on having the option of diverting to an alternate or of delaying the landing. It doesn't matter how turbulent it is on final, or how vicious the crosswinds might be; the landing must be accomplished. Gliding is full of opportunities such as this to test oneself, to unblinkingly measure one's ability against one's selfconfidence.”

When an emergency occurs in flight, three skills are in great demand: situational awareness, creative problem solving, and energy management. One doesn’t have to be flying a large aircraft with 155 people over a crowded urban environment to recognize the value of developing these skill sets. Piloting an Airbus 320, US Airways Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger made a successful emergency landing on the Hudson River after the loss of engine power essentially turned the airliner into a giant glider. This was not his first glider landing. Along with thousands of hours as pilot in command and a career as a safety expert, the captain holds a glider rating. A spokesman for US Airways said that it is difficult for ditching to be replicated in a flight simulator. According to media reports, a US Airways pilot who has flown the A320, said that the chances of ditching are rare and that pilots don’t routinely practice the maneuver beyond ground school.

Caught by deteriorating weather over un-landable terrain, this pilot chose a lake as the safest landing option. Glider pilots in Sweden, where lakes and bogs are more common than farm fields, refined water landing techniques and shared them with the world. While rare, most glider pilots are confident in their abilities to water land with minimal risk or damage.

In a glider, every landing is a dead stick approach. Energy management is everything. Pilots carry energy in the form of speed and altitude. There’s only a finite amount of energy to use before the plane will land. The goal is to keep enough speed in the turns, pull spoilers to dissipate the energy, use ground effect, and touch down exactly as planned. Continued on Page 19

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Training continued from page 18 More wind than expected? Cut the approach short. More altitude than needed? Slip it in. Stall-spins are more likely if a pilot panics. Learning to deal with energy issues gives the pilot the confidence to face emergencies with equanimity. With practice, effective energy management becomes instinctive and gives pilots a real edge in emergencies. “Glider training provides real insight as to exactly how and why an aircraft flies. As compared to most other heavier-than-air aircraft, a sailplane is large for its speed. The dimensions of the glider are not negligible when compared to the radius of a curved flight path. This means that in maneuvering flight, the various parts of the airframe are moving with markedly different speeds and directions,” Montague stated. “Because of this, a glider exaggerates all the subtle nuances of aircraft handling: adverse aileron yaw, the tendency to overbank in turns, the penalty for poor coordination of the controls, and so on. “A good grounding in these details is worth its weight in gold when a pilot is suddenly faced with the need to operate at the very edge of the envelope or to do anything that falls outside of the canned profiles practiced in the simulator.” For more information about soaring and soaring operations in your area, see The Soaring Society of America’s Web site.

“The scope of the program is leaders are individuals who possess a freedom of mind enabling them to think creatively. This seminar begins with a discussion about what constitutes creative thinking”. 20 Civil Air Patrol members from squadrons throughout the state came together for the professional development program. The members were from Anoka, Duluth, Mankato, North Hennepin, St Cloud, St Croix, Valley and Viking Squadrons. Having a diverse group from different areas and backgrounds added to the value of the two-days. “Leaders rely on their staff to manage programs and help them make decisions. CAP officers perform important missions for America. Sometimes peoples’ lives are on the line”. The presenters were the best in the State and shared their experiences along with the course material throughout the days. • • • Col Steve Miller, former MN Wing, Commander, shared information about being wing commander. Lt Col Charlotte Miller, MN Wing, Chief of Staff Mission Support, added information from her employment. Lt Col Tom Kettell, former MN Wing, Vice Commander, who does professional development across the Country, enlightened us. Lt Col Mike Moen, Group 3 Commander and MN Wing, Director of Professional Development, identified how each CAP member is impacted through what we do and say. Capt David Yost, Commander, St. Croix Composite Squadron, identified how squadrons fit into and are the heart of CAP. Capt David Mansheffer, Anoka Composite Squadron, Professional Development Officer, shared how important senior members are Maj David Kenan, Maj. Don Sorenson, and Capt Stefan Sylvander, coordinated the team of talented presenters.

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1ST Lt George Supan Public Affairs Officer, Group 3 Minnesota Wing

Minnesota Wing members attend Squadron Leadership School

In the early morning on February 28, 2009, with the temperature –22 degrees, 6 members of the Duluth Composite Squadron headed south 160 miles to Lake Elmo Composite Squadron, located east of St. Paul, MN, for a two-day Squadron Leadership School.

“To lead, you need the ability to make your ideas clear to others and to arrange your thoughts in a way that persuades subordinates, peers, and superiors”. Each attendee will be a better Officer and Leader in their respective squadrons. Lt Col Mike Moen and Maj David Kenan presented certificates to the class on the finial day.

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1st Lt Lori Anderson Public Affairs Officer, South Dakota Wing

Sioux Falls Squadron Assists at Air Guard Easter Egg Hunt

Even though there was still remaining traces of snow on the ground, the South Dakota Air National Guard Family Program’s Easter Egg Hunt was held recently. The current weather conditions didn’t allow the hunt to be held outside, but inside the Headquarters of the South Dakota Air National Guard, the cafeteria was decorated with bright Easter decorations, assisted by members of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron. Members of the squadron hung decorations, set up the games, and manned “fun stations” for the Air Guard families during the event. “I really enjoy being here and helping out”, said CAP Cadet Colonel Francesca Fogarty. Some of the smaller children attending the event needed assistance with the games such as the “Pin the Nose on the Bunny” game and the ring toss.

Lt. Col Linda Buechler assists a family member during “Pin the Nose on the Rabbit”

With a large turnout, the squadron’s help was greatly appreciated for their efforts toward making the afternoon successful. Some of the families attending the event were those of deployed Air Guard members. “Events like this make the trials of missing a parent that’s overseas a little easier…and we’re proud to help!” said Squadron Commander Lt Col Rick Larson.

Easter Egg Hunt Volunteers included: CAP 1st Lt1 and Air Guard TSgt Matt Sly, Air Guard SSgt Rachel Landegent, 114 Services Flight; CAP members Cadet Airman Thom, Cadet Airman Purkapile, Lt Col Linda Buechler, 114 Communications Flight and 114 Fighter Wing Air Guard CMSgt Bruce Anderson, CAP C/Col Francesca Fogarty, CMSgt Dave Simons, CAP C/Senior Airman Eric Menholt, 2Lt Jason Beeninga, SDANG Family Program Manager Rachel Vander Zee Photo by 1st Lt Jerry Foy, Sioux Falls Composite Squadron

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Recognition in Iowa Wing’s Burlington Composite Squadron

C/SRA Davyn Phelps is a very dedicated cadet from the Fairfield area. She is a very good leader and has proven to be a role model in the squadron.

C/A1C Walter Joseph is a very enthusiastic member and is developing into a good leader. His plans are to be a military helicopter pilot in the future.

C/A1C Tim Hinkle is a very active cadet, involved in several activities including Boy Scouts where he is working toward is Eagle Scout achievement. SM John Ellisis our Transportation Officer and our web master. John has proven himself to be a real asset in the IS support and transportation areas. We welcome John to our squadron.

C/Amn Jesse Wailalso earned her solo wings. Cadet Wail is currently working toward her private pilot license and plans to join the Air Force to become a transport pilot. She will graduate from High school this year and will be attending college in the fall.

SM Carol Hinkle has proven to be a very valuable asset to the squadron. She is very enthusiastic and enjoys working with the cadets. Her enthusiasm and creative ability has helped make the program more interesting and exciting for the cadets and seniors alike.

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