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HISTORY OF THE
R O C K Y M O U N TA I N R E G I O N
C I V I L A I R PAT R O L
AUXILIARY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

1JANUARY 2014-31 DECEMBER 2014

HISTORY OF THE
ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION
CIVIL AIR PATROL
AUXILIARY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

1 JANUARY 2014-3 I~ECEMBER 2014

HISTORY
OF THE

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION
CIVIL AIR PATROL
AUXILIARY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

1 JANUARY 2014-31 DECEMBER 2014

Prepared by
LtCol. Barry E. Sullins, CAP
Region Historian

Reviewed By
.

Rocky Mountain Region Commander

Region Headquarters
1867 Indian Hills Lane
Layton, Utah 84040

NARRATIVE
INTRODUCTION
The Rocky Mountain Region completed its 60th year of service to the people of the
United States of America. As the year ended command and decision rested with
the Region's 22nd Commander, Colonel Robert M. Bost, CAP.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION ORIGIN
The Rocky Mountain Region was established and placed under the Command of
Colonel Thomas E. Knight in May 1954.

REGION ORGANIZATION AND STATUS
The Rocky Mountain Region is organized into a Region Headquarters which is
located at 1867 Indian Hills Lane, Layton, Utah 84040. There are two Vice
Commanders. The Region has five Wings that include Colorado, Wyoming, Utah,
Montana and Idaho with their various Groups and Squadrons.

The Rocky Mountain Region completed the year 2014 with very much to be proud
of concerning all aspects of operations. Examples of this were successful training
exercises held in the various Wings which included SAREX's, Mountain Flying
Clinics, Aerospace Education Symposiums, Wing Encampments, Check Pilot
Courses, and Schools, Region Staff College, Aircrew Training and the individual
r"
Wing Conferences. All of these successful ev~ts conducted by the individual
Wings proved the Rocky Mountain Region is steadily moving forward in its quest
for total.professionalism. The Region will continue to work towards being the
number one Region in the nation.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Cover Page ....................................................................................... i
Region Cover Page ......................................................................... ii
Signature PaRe

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Narrative ........................................................................................
iv
Table of Contents ................................................................ , vi, vii
v
Chapter One Rocky Mountain Region 2014 ................................
1
Rocky Mountain Region Map/Region 7 ....................................... 2
List of Wing Squadrons .......................................................2-B, 2-C
Rocky Mountain Region Commanders ..................................... 3,4
RMR Staff ...................................................................................... 5,6
National Winter Washington D.C. Board .....................................
7
Engineering Design Process at University of WY ........................
8
Chapter Two Colorado Wing 2014 ................................................ 9
Colorado Wing Commanders ................................................. 10,11

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Colorado Wing Conference Awar ............................. 12,13
Colorado Wing Search & Find ......................................................."14
V

Colorado Wing/Pagosa Springs Search .................................. 15,16
Colorado Wing Outstanding Squadrons ...................................... 7
1
Colorado Wing Congressional Gold Medal Members ................ 1 8
New Colorado Wing Commander .................................................. 9
1
Chapter Three Idaho Wing 2014 .................................................... 0
2
Idaho Wing Commanders ............................................................... 2 1
Yellow Pine Plane Crash .................................................................. 2 2
Idaho Wing Gets New Cessna 206 .......................................... 23, 24
Idaho Wing Historian ................................................................ 26
25,
Chapter Four Montana Wing 2014 ............................................... 7
2
Montana Wing Commanders ......................................................... 8
2
Confirmed Plane Crash ............................................................. 29, 30
Montana Wing Organizational Chart ........................... Pages 1 to 3
Chapter Five Wyoming Wing 2014 ................................................ 1
3
Wyoming Wing Commanders .................................................. 2, 33
3
Wyoming Wing and Canada .............~.~. .....................................34-36
Gillette Search and Rescue Exercise .............................................. 3 7

WYWG Advanced S&R ........................................................ 38, 39, 40
Utah Wing 2014 ............................................................................... 1
4
Utah Wing Commanders ................................................................ 2
4
Utah Wing in Top Flight Program .................................................. 4 3
Aircraft Missing in San Juan County .............................................. 4
4
Crashed Plane Found, UTWG ......................................................... 5
4
New Utah Wing Director of Professional Development ............. 6
4
UTWG Static Display ........................................................................ 4 7
List of Sources ................................................................................... 4 8
Glossary of Abbreviations ......................................................... 49, 50

CHAPTER ONE

ROCKY
MOUNTAIN
REGION
2014

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION
3IVIL AIR PATROL REGION 7

Montana

Idaho
Wyoming

Utah
Colorado

LIST OF WING SCtUADRONS-2014
COLORADO WING
Air Academy Composite
Arvada Cadet Squadron
Banning Lewis Ranch Cadet Squadron
Black Sheep Senior
Boulder Composite
Broomfield Composite
Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron
Dakota Ridge Composite
Douglas Cadet
Evergreen Composite
Foothills Cadet
Fremont Starfire Composite
Greeley Composite
Jefferson County Squadron
Mile High Cadet
Mustang Cadet
North Valley Composite
Parker Cadet
Pikes Peak Senior
Pueblo Eagles Composite
Steamboat Springs Composite
Thompson Valley Composite
Valkryie Cadet
Vance Brand Cadet
Cortez Senior
Heart of the Rockies Composite
Mesa Verde Cadet
Montrose Composite
San Juan Composite
Thunder Mountain Composite
Adams County School Squadron

IDAHO WING
Nampa Composite Squadron
Boise Composite Squadron
Mountain Home Cadet Flight
Twin Falls Composite Squadron
Eagle Rock Composite Squadron
Pocatello Composite Squadron
Joe Engle Composite Squadron
Madison Cadet Squadron
MONTANA WING
Beartooth Compsite Squadron
Malstrom AFB Composite
Missoula Composite Squadron
Butte Composite Squadron
Big Sky Composite Squadron
Flathead Composite Squadron
Lewis & Clark Composite
UTAH WING
Blackhawk Cadet Squadron
Cache Valley Squadron
Castle Valley Composite
Cedar Mustangs Cadet Squadron
Phantom Cadet Squadron
Phoenix Cadet Squadron
St. George Composite Squadron
Thunderbird Composite
Weber Minuteman Composite

LIST OF WING SQUADRONS 2014
WYOMING WING
492nd EMS Composite Squadron
Captain Michael S. Walker Memorial Composite Squadron
Cheyenne Composite Squadron
Powder River Composite Squadron
Laramie Composite Squadron
Yellowstone Regional Composite Squadron
Cloud Peak Composite Squadron
Teton Senior Squadron
Sublette County Flight

Rocky Mountain Region Commanders
Col Thomas K Knight - Jul 1951 to Sep 1954
Col Clmfles Boettd~ II - Sep 1954 to 2 Mar 1958
Col Emest E. Allaby- 2 Mar 1958 to 15 Jul 1960
Col Robert M. Jacksol - 15 Jul 1960 to 1Sep 1961
Col Charles F. Howard - 1 Sep 1961 to 16 Oct 1962
Col Harlon W. Bement- 16 Oct 1962 to 14 Nov 1963
Col John T. Vance- 14 Nov 1963 to 7 Jan 1966
Col Donald E. Hale- 7 Jan 1966 to 16Jul 1970
COl Richard D. Law- 16 Jul 1970 to 13 Apr 1972
COl Frank L. Swaim - 13 Apr 1972 to 4 Nov 1974
COl Clarence M. Fountain-4 Nov 1974 to 10 Jul 1976
COl Larl3z D. Miller- 10 Jul 1976 tO4 Aug 1984
Col Vitgh~ E. Smilh- 4 Aug 1984 to 18 Nov 1993
Col James C. Bobick- 18 Nov 1993 to 17 Au~q994
Col R~ W. Kilkwood - 17 Aug 1994 to 17 Feb 1996

Col Gary H. Tob~ - 17 Feb 1996 to 27 Feb 2000
Col David L. Floyd - 27 Feb 2000 to 22 S~ 2001
Col Lynda C. Robinson - 22 Sep 2001 to 8 Oct 2005
Col Russell E. Chazell - 8 Oct 2005 to 28 Sept 2008
Col Phillip J. Biersdoffer (Interim) - 28 Sept 2008 to 6 Nov 2008
Col Donald G. Corama- 6 Nov 2008 to 2 Nov 2012
Col Robert lVt Bost- 2 Nov 2012 to Present

RMR Staff
Commander CC
Colonel Bost
Vice Commander
Colonel Cormm
Vice Commander, Assistant Lt Col Holton
Chief of Staff
Colonel Skrabut
Inspector General
Colonel Robinson
L al omcer (JA)
Lt Col Gamache
Health Services
Lt Col Hattrup
Officer/Medical Officer
Director of Safety
Colonel Biersdorfer
RM Liaison Region CC
Lt Col Keene
Idaho Wing CC
Montana Wing CC
Colorado Wing CC
Wyoming Wing CC
Utah Wing CC
.Aeros_Race Education
Director of Aerospace
Education
External AE
External AE
DCS, Cadet Programs
Drug Demand Reduction
Coordinator

Robert M
Greg
Rodney S
Stan
Lynda
Celeste R

robert.bost@~hill, af. mil
mutroc~comcast.net
rholtonrmrdo@gmail, com
rmr.cos.cap~gmail.com
lrobinson~rotc.utah.edu
celesterg~hotmail, com

Leo M

clblmh@comcast.net

Philip J
Mark C

PYB-TLB-N312@juno.corn
mark.keener@us, af. mil

Colonel Breshears
Colonel Teel
Colonel Aceves
Colonel Johnston
Colonel Niedfeldt

George
Nolan
William E
H. Kenneth
Jon

gbcaph@yahoo.com
Nolanteel@hotmail. com
cc~cowg.cap.gov
hkjohnstonii@msn.com
j on.niedfeldt@gmail.com

LtCol Ebelt

Kaye

kebelt@xnsn.com

Lt Col Christensen Dorothy
Lt Col Smiley
Brian

chris@dorothychristensen.com
bfianfsmiley@comcast.net

Lt Col Atanacio

Ray

rmrdcl~gmail.com

Lt Col Colson

William

bcolson@q.com
.°.

OperationalMission
Management
Director of Operations
Rodney S
Lt Col Holton
DCS, Operations, Asst
Lt Col Schein
Richard D
DCS Operations, Asst
Lt Col Pfickett
Elena
Director Emergency
Lt Col Schein
Ri~[~rd D
Services
t ~ r
Counter Drug Officer
Lt Col Schein
Richard D
CIS Officer
Major Metzger
Shelley
HLS Liaison to FEMA VIII Major Schoen
Paul
Communications
DCS Communications (DC) Major Blakeman Harry
Alt Net Control Officer
Major Blucher
Stephen

rholtonrmrdo@gmail, corn
rick@sschein.com
eprickett~yahoo.com
rick~rschein.com
rick@rschein.com
smetzger@hotmail.com
schoensr@pcibroadband.net
aspengold4@gmail.com
RMRPAO@JUNO.COM

Communications Training Major
Blucher
Officer, Asst
DCS Communications, Asst Capt Terrell
Flight Management
Standardization/Evaluation
Officer
Aircraft Management
Maintenance Officer,
Lt Col Holton
Aircraft
Professional Development
Director of Professional
Development
Chaplain
Chaplain
Finance
Director of Finance
Administration
Director of
Administration
Personnel
Director of Personnel
Public Affairs
Director of Public
Affairs
Logistics
DCS Logistics
Transportation Officer
Transportation Officer,
Asst
Government Relations
Government
Relations/Legislative
Liaison
Recruiting and Retention
Director of Recruiting
& Retention
Historian
Region Historian

Captain Smith

Stephen

RMRPAO@JUN0.COM

Robbin

robbin.terrell(~centurylink, net

Rodney S rholtonrmrdo@yahoo, com

Cynthia

msgt_smith_cap@hotmail, com

Lt Col Packer

Eugene

g_packer@live.com

Lt Col Todd

Donna L

dltodd46@gmail.com

Major Nash
Capt
Capt

Terrell
Terrell

Lt Col Todd

Kim Alan

(Al)

al.nash~q~'-cap.us

Robbin
Robbin

robbin.terrell@centurylink, net
robbin.terrell@centurylink.net

Donna L

dltodd46@gmail.com

Major Blakeman Harry

aspengold4@gmail.com

Lt Col KannwischerLois R

Ioisrkann@aol.com

Lt Col Sullins

sullins 13450@comcast.net

B~"E

NATIONAL WINTER WASHINGTON D.C. BOARD
COWG Vice Commander, Lt Col Dave Novotny took this
photo of Rocky Mountain Region Commander, Col Bob
Bost's team during a break at the Winter 2014 Commanders
Council in Washington, D.C.
(L-R) Col Ken Johnston, Commander Wyoming Wing;
Col Jon Niedfeldt, Commander Utah Wing; Col Bob Bost,
Commander Rocky Mountain Region; Col Tom Ketel, Vice
Commander Rocky Mountain Region standing in for
Montana Wing Commander; Lt Col David "Ollie" Oliver,
Commander Rocky Mountain Liason Region, Col Mike
Vorachek, Commander Idaho Wing; and Col Earl Sherwin,
Commander Colorado Wing.

ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS AT UNIVERSITY OF
WYOMING
RMR Cadets were introduced to the Engineering Design Process. They participated in two
competitive engineering design challenges. They experienced virtual reality and ended the day
by viewing Saturn through a 16 inch reflector. Engineering Senior Staff, Capt Tim Cole, Lt Col Ray
Atanacio, Capt Mary Cast and Lt Col Kaye Ebelt -- at University of Wyoming.

COME
TO THE
VERSITY

CHAPTER TWO

COLORADO
WING
2014

Colorado Wing Commanders

Maj W. W. Agnew- 1 Dec 1941 to 8 Apr 1942
Maj H. F[ An&egg - 8 Apr 1942 to 13 Jul 1942
Maj J. D. Spencer- 13 Jul 1942 to 7 Aug 1942
Lt Col Harold R. Smelhills - 7 Aug 1942 to 22 Aug 1945
Lt Col John A~ Smethills- 22 Aug 1945 to 18Sep 1947
Col Harold R. Smethills - 18Sep 1947 to 26 Jul 1949
Col Charles ~ II - 13 Sep 1949 to 18 Oct 1954
Col Donald C. Camey - 18 Oct 1954 to 23 Oct 1956
Col Benjamin S. Jordan - 23 Oct 1956 to 30 Sep 1957
Lt Col Edgar C. Armes (Interim)- 30 Sep 1957 to 15 Oct 1957
Lt Col Lloyd IL Hashman (Interim) - 15 Oct 1957 to 27 Nov 1957
Col Roix~M. Jadcson- 27 Nov 1957 to 11 Mar 1958
Col Charles F. Howard - 11 Mar 1958 to 6 Feb 1961
Col Richard D. Law- 6 Feb 1961 to 27 Sep 1961
Col Eugene B. Adams - 27 Sep 1961 to 8 Mar 1963
Col Munay C. MeC~ - 8 Mar 1963 to 1 Jul 1963
Col Arthur E Putz- 1 Jul 1963 to 18 Dee 1968
Col Frank L. Swaim - 15 Jan 1969 to 11 Nov 1970
Col Clarence M. F~- 11 Nov 1970 to 1 Jul 1972
Col Wayne E. Russert- 1 Jul 1972 to 2 Oct 1973
Col ~ G. Patton - 2 Oct 1973 to 31 Aug 1976
Col Roger E. Maced- 1 Sep 1976 to 1 Oct 1980
Col Her~ A, Elgin, Jr- 1 Oct 1980 to 25 Sep 1982
Col Harry E. Kouts - 25 Sep 1982 to 1 Feb 1987
Col Roger E Maced - 1 Feb 1987 to 1 Dec 1989
Col James C. Bobick- 1 Dec 1989 to 1 Dec 1992
Col ~H. Tobey- 1 Dec 1992 to 17Feb 1996
Col William F. Hines -17 Feb 1996 to 27 Feb 2000
Col John R. ~ - 27 Feb 2000 to 12/~ 2003
Col Andrew J. Alexa (Interim) - 12 Aug 2003 to 4 Apt 2004

Col Donald G. Corttan -4 Apr 2004 to Nov 2007
Col Edward Phelka - Nov 2007 to Mar 2011
Col Earl B. Sherwin-Mar 2011 to 10 May 2014
Col David R. Novomy (Interim)- 10 May 2014 to 11 Aug. 2014
Col. William E. Aceves--11 Aug. 2014 to Present

AWARDS PRESENTED AT 2014 COLORADO
WING CONFERENCE 10MAY14
Congratulations to the recipients of the following awards that were presented at the 2014
Colorado Wing Conference:
Cadet of the Year C/2nd Lt Kooper Hackmann
Cadet Officer of the Year C/lst Lt Nicholas Timpe
Cadet NCO of the Year C/CMSgt Cody Hedrick
Aerospace Education Cadet of the Year C/lstLt Carlin Idle
Aerospace Education Senior of the Year Capt William Blatchley
Communicator of the Year Maj Gary Oplinger
Sorenson Cadet Programs Officer of the Year-Maj Donald Bolles
Wing PAO of the Year Lt Col Michael Daniels
Squadron PAO of the Year 2rid Lt Lyn Parker
Chaplain of the Year Maj Alan Garner
Senior Member of the Year Lt Col John Butler (postumosly)William Hines Aircrew Member of
the Year 1Lt Randy Settergren
James G. Alsum Wing Counter Drug Member of the Year
Lt Col James Jenkins
I

Rocky Mountain Region AFA Aerospace Education Cadet of the Year C/lst Lt Carlin B. Idle
Rocky Mountain Region Legislative Officer of the Year
Col Gary H. Tobey
Rocky Mountain Region PAO of the Year
Lt Col Michael C. Daniels
Rocky Mountain Region Squadron Chaplain of the Year
Maj Alan K. Garner
Exceptional Service Award Maj Morris "Mo" Hall
Exceptional Service Award Maj Gail E Jergensen
Meritorious Service Award Maj Karen Dale
Meritorious Service Award Maj G-ail Jergensen
Meritorious Service Award Maj Thomas N. Scheffel ~.
Meritorious Service Award Maj William J O'Connor
Region Commanders Commendation
Chap (Lt (~ol) Jeffrey Williams

Commanders Commendation 1Lt Keith Watson
Commanders Commendation Capt Jon Bucher
Commanders Commendation Capt Michael Schulte
Commanders Commendation Let Col Tom Eggers

Colorado Wing-Civil Air Patrol
Search & Find
20 June 2014

COWG:
As per the announcement sent out by the Mission Incident Commander, Maj Bill
O'Connor, we recently participated in an AFRCC mission with the Utah Wing in a
search for a missing aircraft. One of our western slope mission pilots, Maj Ed
Behen, who was involved in the search was interviewed by KREX TV CBS 5
Grand Junction and the link is below to the story that aired by photojoumalist
Travis Khachatoorian. Here is what Maj O'Connor shared with the Wing:
The COWG was alerted at 2200 hours on Wed for a mission in support of UTWG.
A Cessna 172 departed DRO (Durango) for BMC (Brigham Airport in Utah) and
was reported missing. Group 2 was alerted and was prepared to fly an electronic
search Wednesday night. We did not launch as the State of Utah division of
aeronautics had multiple helos in the search area with limited comm capability
with CAP so .the risk profile was too high to launch CAP aircraft.
A crew from Grand Junction and one from Montrose were given grid assignments
on Thursday morning. Both crews were supported by a high bird crew out of
Cortez. The search area was defined by radar forensics as the La Sal mountain area
that swaddles CO and UT.
The missing aircraft was located at the top of a pass, just about where the last radar
hit was received, on the Utah side of the pass. A UTWG crew spotted the target
and directed a helo to the site. The pilot, and only occupant, did not survive.
Thanks to all the COWG personnel who responded and to Maj Ed Behen who ran
the mission as AOBD based in Grand Junction.
Maj Bill O'Connor
IC

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Colorado Wing/Pagosa Springs Search
Missing Plane Found
20 November 2014
A plane out of New Mexico that was reported missing earlier this week was found shortly after
noon on Wednesday.
The plane was found at 12:37 p.m. in southern Archuleta County, north of the Colorado-New
Mexico state line, Archuleta County Sheriff Rich Valdez reported Wednesday afternoon.
Both occupants known to be in the plane were found deceased, Valdez said.
According to Valdez, the Air Force contacted the Archuleta County Sheriff's Office Division of
Emergency Management at 7:23 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, reporting that a small, private plane
may be missing.
The last locational ping from the airerait was located in Archuleta County, Valdez said.
The New Mexico State Police also received a report of the incident Monday night, according to a
press release..
According to that press release, the NMSP Albuquerque District received a call from the
Albuquerque Police Department regarding locating a missing airplane occupied by two people.
Those people, according to the NMSP, were Howard Cnrdafie, 55, and Melissa Watson, 42, both
of Albuquerque. Both were deemed missing aider Watson failed to show up for work.
The press release indicates that the pair lett the Moriarty, N.M., airport in a Mooney M20C, with
tail number N6466U, last weekend en route to Pagosa Springs. Further information indicated the
plane was turned around due to inclement weather and was not able to land in Pagosa.
Archuleta County search personnel formed three ground teams to begin searching a portion of
Archuleta County around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, and three aircratt and one military helicopter were
involved in the search, Valdez reported.
On the New Mexico side, the NMSP aircraft (ABLE0t~)'Worked to triangulate the most "logical"
avenues of travel.

A Tuesday morning update by the ACSO stated that a U.S. Air Force C-130 flew the area with
FLIR (forward looking infrared) Monday night, but was "unsuccessful in locating any evidence
of the missing aircraft."
Upper San Juan Search and Rescue met Wednesday morning with members from La Plata
County and Mineral County search and rescue teams, Southern Ute rangers, and roughly 10
ground teams were deployed to the area in question to continue searching for any physical
evidence that would confirm a downed aircraft.
Valdez said Wednesday's search took place east of the area searched Tuesday and, at 12:37 p.m.,
the plane was found by ground crews.
After it was found, crews confirmed that the tail number matched that of the missing aircraft.
Also assisting USJSAR and the ACSO in this mission were the Civil Air Patrol, New Mexico
Search and Rescue, AMOC (Air Marine Operations Center) and AFRCC (Air Force Rescue
Coordination Center).
"I was extremely impressed with everybody that was willing to take their time to put into this,"
Valdez said, noting that some search and rescue volunteers took vacation from their jobs in order
to help on the search.
Too, Valdez said he considers USJSAR to be "one of the best in the state," adding that he knew
the team would,find the plane, even if it were a needle in a haystack.
"We couldn't have done it without them," he said.
The crash remains under investigation.

COLORADO WING OUTSTANDING SQUADRONS
Congratulations to the following COWG units for
having earned the Quality Cadet Unit Award for
2014:
CO-030 Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron
CO-031 Foothills Cadet Squadron
CO-072 Boulder Composite Squadron
CO-099 Broomfield Composite Squadron
CO- 148 Mustang Cadet Squadron
CO- 157 Douglas Cadet Squadron
CO- 159 Air Academy Cadet Squadron
CO-183'Valkyrie Cadet Squadron
CO-186 Dakota Ridge Composite Squadron
CO-189 Mesa Verde Cadet Squadron
CO-803 Adams County Cadet Squadron

W.E. ACEVES II, Col, CAP
Commander, COWG

COLORADO WING CONGRESSIONAL
GOLD MEDAL WORLD WAR TWO
MEMBERS
Paul Gilmore, Wayne Field, James Cooksey, and the late John Butler.

New Colorado Wing Commander Colonel William Aceves
Although he officially took command of the Colorado Wing on Monday, 11AUG14, Col Bill
Aceves participated in a Colorado Wing Change of Command Ceremony at the 2014 CAP
National Conference in Las Vegas on 15AUG14 with Rocky Mountain Region Commander, Col
Robert Bost, RMR Chief of Staff, Col S~an Skrabut and former COWG Interim Commander, Lt
Col Dave Novotny, as other Rocky Mountain Region Wing Commanders and RMR staff looked
on. Congratulations to our new Colorado Wing Commander, Col Bill AcevesT
Although he officially took command of the Colorado Wing on Monday, 11AUG14, Col Bill
Aceves participated in a Colorado Wing Change of Command Ceremony at the 2014 CAP
National Conference in Las Vegas on 15AUG14 with Rocky Mountain Region Commander, Col
Robert Bost, RMR Chief of Staff, Col Stan Skrabut and former COWG Interim Commander, Lt
Col Dave Novotny, as other Rocky Mountain Region Wing Commanders and RMR staff looked
on. Congratulations to our new Colorado Wing Commander, Col Bill Aceves!

CHAPTER THREE

IDAHO WING

2014

Idaho Wing Commanders
Maj A. ~ Bennett- 1Decto 1941 to 29 Apr 1943
Col Leverett Davis-29 Apr 1943 to 17 Jan 1949
Col Wilson Kellogg- 17 Jan 1949 to 16Jan 1952
Lt Col Reed W. Rawson (Interim) - 16 Jan 1952 to 5 Nov 1953
Col Clifford L. Suhm- 5 Nov 1953 to 26 Oct 1954
Col Paris T. Martin - 26 Oct 1954 to 23 Nov 1955
Col Wilson Kellogg - 23 Nov 1955 to 5 Jun 1958
Col Jolm Farrar- 5 Jtm 1958 to 23 Jan 1961
Col Dwight L. Shaw- 23 Jan 1961 to 18Oct 1966
Lt Col George P. A. Forschler- 18 Oct 1966 to 13 Sep 1970
Lt Col George W. Falkner 13 Sep 1970 to 17 Feb 1974
Col Mary C. Harris- 17Feb 1974 to 10Jul 1976
Col Arthur D. Zierold- 10Jul 1976to 1 Jan 1978
Col Keith L. Lysinger- 1 Jan 1978 to 31 May 1984
Col Craig L./vlickelson - 31 May 1984 to 1 Jul 1987
Col Paul G. Dougherty- 1 Jul 1987 to 1 Mar 1989
Col Calvin G. I-[ Russell - 1 Mar 1989 to 1 Oct 1990
Col Glen R. P~n- 1 Oct 1990 to 30 Sep 1992
Col James V. Haldy- 30 Sep 1992 to 30 Sep 1995
Col Milton W. Nodacker- 30 Sep 1995 to 26 Apr 1997
Col David L. Floyd - 26 Apr 1997 to 25 Sep 1999
Col Kenneth P. ~-25 Sep 1999 to29 Sep 2001
Col 1V[ Lynn Ahrens (Interim) - 29 Sep 2001 to 5 Dec 2001
Col Bobby A~ Picker - 5 Dec 2001 to 15 Jan 2005
Col James E. Fletcher - 15 Jan 2005 to 2009
Col David A_ Cauman - 2009 to 2 Aug 2011
Col Fredeadck Thompson- 2 Aug 2011 to OtiS012
Col Mike Vorachek- Oct 2012 to 13 Sept 2014
~1 George Breshears 13 Sept 2014-Present

Two men killed in plane crash near Yellow
Pine
10 August 2014
IDAHO COUNTY -- Two Salt Lake City men were killed when a small plane
crashed in the Idaho wilderness near Yellow Pine Tuesday evening.
The Idaho County Sheriffs Office has identified the crash victims as 57-year-old
David Ray Fitzgerald and 61-year-old Randy Scott Butters.
At 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriffs office was notified of possible plane crash
between Warren and Mackey Bar.
The Idaho Bureau of Aeronautics, with assistance of the Civil Air Patrol and Idaho
National Guard, launched a search on Wednesday and located the crash site near
Yellow Pine.
Idaho County Undersheriff Jim Gorges and Corporal Brian Hewson were flown
into the site where the bodies of the victims were recovered and taken to
Blackmere's Funeral Home in Grangeville.
Investigators say Fitzgerald was the pilot of the two-seat, single-engine,
experimental high-wing airplane. The men frequently went on sightseeing trips
together and were traveling from Sulpher Creek Ranch near Cascade to Dixie on
this leg of their tour ofbackcountry airstrips.
Families of the victims have been notified.
The NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.

IDAHO WING GETS NEW CESSNA 206
The turbo charged Cessna model 206 is currently based in Idaho Falls
with the Eagle Rock Squadron.
Jim Haldy has been a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol since 1988 and
says this new 700 thousand dollar aircraft was paid for by the
United States Air Force.
"They have a plan to renew our fleet on a continuing basis to
provide us with good equipment," says Jim Haldy, mission pilot in
Eagle Rock Squadron.
This aircraft is the most advanced in Idaho Civil Air Patrol, with
state of the art electronics and six passenger seat with a turbo
charged engine.
'The instrument panel on this airplane is every bit of capable as
most airliners and military jets today," adds Haldy.
Haldy says there is a significant difference in the newer aircraft
from the older planes in the fleet. The older planes have a 1980's
vintage GPS display, as opposed to the dual computer like screen
display with maps of the area they are flying over in the new
Cessna 206.
"It allows us to respond in more adverse weather conditions,
because a lot of times we can fly over the weather to get to where
we need to go, where we might have been grounded before,"
says Haldy.
~

Incident Commander Mike Vorachek says the new Cessna is a
quantum leap in both capability and the electronics. It has a built
in oxygen system and can operate at higher altitude than the
smaller planes currently used, giving it improved performance
over Idaho's mountains.
"rm very excited. It's the first new airplane we have gotten in
Idaho in over seven years and technologically and capability wise,
it's just far better than anything we have ever had," says Mike
Vorachek, Incident Commander.
The Idaho Civil Air Patrol operates out of nine different locations
with seven of the smaller Cessna 182 Aircraft.
Last year members flew more than 850 hours, 363 of those in
direct support of search and rescue missions or other state and
local government missions.

Idaho Wing Historian
Lt. CoL Lynn Colson
Historian~Idahowingcap.com

Purpose of the CAP Historical Program
The purpose of the CAP Historical Program is to systematically collect historical data and
prepare accurate and useful accounts of the organization,
development, administration, operations, and other features of the Civil Air Patrol and its
antecedents. The program's principal objectives are to provide historical data for CAP planning,
operational and educational purposes; to preserve and disseminate the history of Civil Air Patrol;
and to prepare and publish scholarly books and studies that keep the public informed about
Civil Air Patrol and its cadet progrmn, aerospace education, and emergency services missions.
The CAP Historical Program is designed to:

Prepare annual national, region, and wing histories and encourage their preparation at the
group and squadron level.
Assemble and maintain copies of CAP historical documentation.
Prepare,historical material for orientation purposes and building esprit de corps.
Assist and advise military personnel and qualified civilians concerning research;
preparing lectures, papers, and staff studies; and other activities that require historical
knowledge or the use of historical materials.
Arouse and develop increased interest in and an improved understanding of military
history among CAP personnel, historians, and students.
Develop an Oral History Program as an adjunct to the traditional written one.

The historian, to be effective, must be familiar with CAPR 210-1, CAPP 223, CAPM 20-1,
current policies and activities of his/her unit.

Duties of the Wing Historian
At each region and wing, the historical program is conducted under the guidance of the
region/wing historian. This special staff'officer shall u~e
whatever resources are available in order to:

Supervise all historical activities and monitor the histories and studies prepared by lower
echelons.
Prepare wing histories on a calendar year basis. Send to the current National Historian's
home address (CI) the original narrative plus a copy with two complete sets of
supporting documents no later than 30 June. Also send two copies of a detailed letter of
transmittal (inventor) that lists all materials by name and shows the number of copies of
each item. One copy of the wing narrative plus the supporting documents will be
provided to the region. Histories are sent through command channels.
Prepare monographs and special studies as directed, NHC must coordinate on schedules
and review the final product before publication.
Prescribe procedures for obtaining significant historical data from units under its control.
Perform special research as required by the commander and other CAP elements, other
military agencies, and non-military agencies and individuals.
Conduct oral history interviews in coordination with NHC.
Collect and preserve copies of documentation of historical significance.
Coordinate on recruiting and selecting qualified historians within the command to make
sure they meet the CAP Historical Program requirements.
Encourage the preparation of periodic histories at the group and squadron level.

CHAPTER FOUR

MONTANA
WING
2014

MONTANA WING COMMANDERS
LtCol Herman H. Henrickson Dec 1941 - Aug 1945
Col Roy W. Milligan Aug 1945 - Sep 1947
Col Richard A. KuUberg Sep 1947 - Sep 1950
LtCol Joseph I. Chitwood Sep 1950 - Jan 1951 (Interim)
Col Wesley H. Barnes Jan 1951 - Sep 1952
Col William A. Carson Sep 1952 - May 1954
Col William P Murich May 1954 - Jtm 1957
Col Clarence R. Antony Jun 1957 - Mar 1958 (Interim)
Maj David E. Coy Mar 1958 - Jan 1959 (Interim)
Col John T. Vance Jan 1959 - Nov 1963
Col Joseph B. Reber Nov 1963 - Jan 1966
Col Jack R. Harper Jan 1966 - Feb 1968
Col Charles R. Adams Feb 1968 - Jul 1968
Col Richard T. King Jul 1968 - Jul 1969
Col Charles E. Halleman Jul 1969 - Feb 1971
Col Lawrence F. Wilkinson Feb 1971 - Sep 1972
Col George W. Bonnes Sep 1972 - Aug 1973
Col O. Pete Morrow Aug 1973 - Mar 1974
LtCol David D. Smith Mar 1974 - May 1974
Col Celeeia A. Patterson May 1974 - Jul 1976
Robert E. Fears Jul 1976 - Aug 1978
Russel L. Sartain Aug 1978 - Jul 1982
William W. Hewitt Jul 1982 - Feb 1986
Lance J. Edwards Feb 1986 - Aug 1989
Ruth J. Edwards Aug 1989 - Aug 1990
Glyndon V. Scott Aug 1990 - Sep 1991
Robert P. Meadors Sep 1991 - May 1995
Charles R. Hunt May 1995 - May 1996
Carl M. Koeber May 1996 - May 1998
Jerry W. Hover May 1998 - Dec 2000
Martin D. Bourque Dee 2000 - Oct 2002
Jan E. Van Hoven Oct 2002 - Apr 2006
Robert M. Hoffman May 200~~- Oct 2007
Patti A. Tweden Oct 2007 - Sep 2008
Robert M. Hoffman Sep 2008 - Feb 2009
Herbert C. Cahalen Feb 2009 - Oct 2012
Bob L. Radcliffe Oct 2012 - Oct 2013
Nolan S. Teel Oct 2013 - Present

Confirmed plane crash west of Lolo Pass,
location still unknown
29 July 2014
MISSOULA - Authorities are confirming a small plane has crashed in the rugged
mountains west of Loio Pass. But the exact location of the crash and condition of
any people on board is still unknown.
The first indications the plane was in trouble were radioed into Helena Regional
Airport around mid-morning. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton tells
MTN the pilot reported he was having mechanical problems, with oil on his
windshield and might not make his planned landing in Helena.
The initial focus of emergency crews was the area south of Helena, but that shifted
westward to the mountainous area along the Bitterroot Divide, where the pilot gave
his last radio transmission.
The Missoula County Sheriffs Office now reports agencies have confirmed the
plane went dewn in the area, but the plane's specific location isn't known, nor is the
information on the pilot.
Detective Lieutenant Scott Newell says search and rescue teams have been
dispatched to the general area.
The Montana Civil Air Patrol has also confirmed it's dispatching aircraft to help
search for the downed plane. Idaho authorities haven't released information yet on
their role in the response to the crash.
This will be the second time this summer a plane has crashed in the Bitterroot
Mountains. A vintage float plane crashed and burned at Lost Trail Pass back in
June, killing the pilot.

LOLO PASS - Authorities have been checking out reports of a possible plane crash
in the rugged Bitterroot Mountains several miles west of Lolo Pass.

Search and rescue crews out of Missoula are headed to Idaho at this point, and
authorities say that while nothing is confirmed at this point, a "may day" report had
the plane last located over Idaho, west of the Montana border.
Details are still very preliminary at this point, but there have been indications
within the past hour of a plane that initially called into Helena, reporting he was
having problems and might not be able to reach Helena Regional Airport.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton tells MTN the pilot indicated there
was oil on his windshield. Initially it was thought the plane was somewhere south
of Helena. But now efforts are focusing on the remote mountains west of Lolo Pass
in Idaho.
Although Idaho Civil Air Patrol told MTN they had not been placed on alert as yet,
Montana Civil Air Patrol is working to get planes in the air to begin checking
along the flight path. Idaho authorities had "no comment at this time" on whether a
search is being launched for the plane.

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CHAPTER FIVE

WYOMING
WING
2014

Wyoming Wing Commanders
Maj W. Ditlard Walker- 1 Dee 1941 to 31 Aug 1943
Maj Robert S. King, Jr - 31 Aug 1943 to 14 Mar 1944
Lt Cot Albert W. Dickinson, Jr - 28 Dee 1944 to 20 May 1946
Maj William V. Brinegar - 20 May 1946 to 14 May 1947
Col Allen H. Chaffee - 14 May 1947 to 29 May 1948
Col Thomas E. Knight - 14 Dee 1948 to 9 Jun 1950
Col Edward T. Mileski - 9 Jun 1950 to 17 Oct 1952
Col M. Glenn Capps - 17 Oct 1952 to 23 Sep 1953
Col Alton B. Nuss - 23 Sep 1953 to 20 Oct 1954
Col Lial D. Branson - 20 Oct 1954 to 21 Dee 1955
Col Robert W. Morrison - 21 Dee 1955 to 2 Nov 1959
Lt Col Daniel C. Leach, Jr - 2 Nov 1959 to 21 Nov 1960
Col Robert N. Maupin - 21 Nov 1960 to 22 Mar 1963
Norbert G. Catellier - 22 Mar 1963 to 27 Jan 1964
Eugene L. Isaacs - 27 Jan 1964 to 20 Sep 1965
Robert E, Foster - 1 Oct 1965 to 1 Jul 1967
John H. Johnson - 1 Jul 1967 to 1 Aug t970
Ronald R. Kelso - 1 Aug 1970 to 19 Jan 1974
Albert D. Lamb - 19 Jan 1974 to 16 Aug 1976
Leah L. Sampson - 16 Aug 1976 to 1 Aug 1980
Jack Prince- 1 Aug 1980 to 4 Aug 1981
Albert D. Lamb- 4 Aug 1981 to 18 Dee 1981
Willis L. Larson - 18 Dec 1981 to 18 Jun 1982
Leah L. Sampson - 18 Jim 1982 to 12 May 1984
Jose A. Vialpando, Jr - 12 May 1984 to 21 Mar 1985
Jack Prince- 21 March 1985 to 3 May 1986
Gregory F. Bell - 3 May 1986 to 1 Jul 1987
Darlene G. Gilmore - 1 Jul 1987 to 24 Aug 1991
David T. Lang - 24 Aug 1991 to 21 Feb 1993
Jack Prince - 21 Feb 1993 to 3 Nov 1993 ;~"
Robert W. Kirkwood - 3 Nov 1993 to 17 Aug 1994
Ronald R. Kelso - 17 Aug 1994 to 1 Jul 1995

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Betty L. Cash - 1 Jul 1995 to 1 Jul 1999
John M. Scorsine - 1 Jul 1999 to 14 Sep 2002
William R. Morton, Jr - 14 Sep 2002 to 15 Sep 2005
Robert Cook - 15 Sep 2005 to Mar 2007
Stanley A. Skrabut - Mar 2007 to 1 Dec 2010
John E. Mitchell - 1 Dec 2010 to 1 Feb 2013
Harold K. Johnston - 1 Feb to Present

WYOMING WING AND CANADA
Canada
Honoring Allies and Remembering Together (HART) ceremony in
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 1:30 pm
By JEANETTE JOHNSON
Membership in the Civil Air Patrol is an important part of life for 1st Lt.
Jerry Cowles, 66, of Cody. He and a group of area CAP members
recently took it a step further by crossing the Canadian border.
Honoring Allies and Remembering Together (HART) brought America
and Canada CAP members together in Lethbridge Alberta. tt was the
first time the groups gathered together. Joining pageantry and fun
resulted in officers on both sides forming relationships. Youth in the
CAP have already made plans to continue meeting on a yearly basis to
cement new fi-iendships.
Demonstration drills showed how they're done in both countries.The
ceremony included a solemn detail, carrying three wreaths in unison.
The silence was palatable and completed by the Act of Commitment,
Cowles said. They exchanged wreaths with the Silver Cross Morns (who
lost military sons) and RMR Lt. Col. Antancio.
The Act of Remembrance, performed by a Canadian Cadet, was
followed by Last Post with bagpipe and Taps with trumpet.
The ceremony culminated with Canada'sanational anthem, God Save the
Queen.

The nine-hour trip was made possible using a Civil Air Patrol van to
transport the Wyoming and Montana members. Making the trip were Lt.
Col. Mike Carlson of Burlington, TSgt. Mcznarich of Cody and Cut
Bank, Mont., and Capt. Linda Dandy from Powell.
"It was a spectacular, rewarding trip," Carlson said. From his point of
view, it was a uniting of the two countries. "It was rewarding to see the
representatives from the two countries coming together," he said. "The
music tlmt went with the ceremony brought tears to our eyes."
He's already planning to attend next year' s ceremony in Toronto. Not
knowing what to expect this year, next year's trip will be "more
finessed," he said. 'TI1 drive the 526 miles," the 63-year-old said with a
laugh. Dandy, 66, was ebullient about the trip, seeing it as a great
opportunity for the cadets and adult members to meet people on the
other side of the border.
The highlight was forming friendships with two honorees for the HART
ceremony who lost sons in Afghanistan. "We had a heart-to-heart.
Losing a child is not the same as losing a husband," the widow said.
"We had a bonding time." The trip also was good for the youth to see
what's possible in life, she said. The experience solidified her belief: "If
you go a~r something, you can attain a level of excdlence."
All attendees toughened up and used accommodations at the Lethbridge
Armory, eating meals and sleeping in the complex.
The culmination was a feast of 60 pizzas, celebrating with games and
camarderie.
"We let our hair down," Cowles said.
Drill teams from each side performed for a friendly competition,
something Cowles enjoyed.

"It was beautiful and the pageantry was great," he said. "The cadets
became ambassadors."
Games included obstacle courses and flight simulators. There was a
presentation of the U.S. CAP membership requirements. Canada
followed up with an air-sea-army cadets presentation.
About 100 members from both countries met this year.
"We were all great ambassadors, spreading a common heritage," Cowles
said.
The CAP group is the largest of the eight regions in the U.S. It includes
Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado and Idaho.
Cowles was especially happy his daughters Samantha, 15, and Rebekah
Pelfrey, 12, were able to participate.
Samantha is a Sr. Master Sergeant and Rebekah is an Airman First Class
in the CAP.
At first glance, Samantha noticed similarities as well as differences in
the way the two countries are structured.
"They march really weird," she said.
Rebekah was impressed how the Canadians use French to give orders.

CAP Gillette Search and Rescue Exercise
by Lt CoL AI Nash, Wyoming CAP
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A long and at times grueling weekend ended in success for Civil Air Patrol
volunteers who gathered in Gillette last weekend, Sept. 6-7, to participate in a major search and
rescue exercise.
CAP is the official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and through them receives funding and
equipment for training and operations.
Every other year each state organization, known as a wing, conducts a large search and rescue
exercise which is directed and reviewed by a team of Air Force evaluators, as a way to ensure the
value of this investment.
The CAP volunteers are provided an ongoing series of scenario inputs designed to test the
Wing's ability to gather together the right people, aircraft and equipment and then make
decisions to successfully complete the missions.
This weekend, CAP was tasked with a series of challenging missions, including aerial photo
reconnaissance, a mission using the Wing's forward looking infrared capability, conducting a
simulated search for an aircraft with an elderly student pilot missing on a flight from Dubois to
Gillette, and an?ther simulated search for two Florida residents missing in Keyhole State Park.
"Missing hikers - especially in the woods - are probably the most challenging" noted Lt. Col.
John Burkett, who served as the incident commander for the exercise, "because you're dealing
with a life and death situation there."
CAP volunteer professionals train on a regular basis in order to be ready to respond when called
to serve their local community, their state, and their nation.
By late Saturday afternoon, CAP volunteers were well on their way to completing all the many
and often conflicting tasks presented by the evaiuators. Col. Ken Johnston, the commander of the
Wyoming Wing, was confident of a successful outcome. "It will be due to all the folks that have
come here to participate in this evaluated exercise" said Johnston. "And it's been great - we've
got folks from Montana, Idaho, Colorado and Utah helping us."
A brief after-action review was held at the conclusion of the exercise Saturday evening, with the
Air Force evaluators singling out several areas where .~ volunteers excelled, and giving the
Wyoming Wing an overall grade of "successful".

WYWG Advanced' S&R available in Park
County
RAYMOND HILLEGAS
With the use of a joystick and iPad, 1st Lt. Richard
Denison of Wyoming's Civil Air Patrol demonstrates the
operation of a Forward Looking Infrared Imaging Systems
(FLIR) camera mounted on the belly of a CAP aircraft
used in search and rescue operations Monday at Choice
Aviation. The camera detects thermal radiation and will be
used to locate people missing in the dark in the mountains
and wilderness.
By CHRIS FROST
Park County Search and Rescue (S&R) efforts have taken
a dramatic step forward.
Forward Looking Infrared (FUR) capabilities have been
added to'Civil Air Patrol (CAP) aircraft based in Casper
and Jackson and is available for statewide missions.
The Park County Sheriff's Office has partnered with the
Wyoming Ofl'¢e of Homeland Security, Wyoming Military
Department and the CAP to make the advanced
technology available in Park County.
FUR cameras use imaging technology that sense infrared
radiation, typically emitted from a heat source, to create a
"picture" assembled for video output.
The equipment operator uses a joystick-like device to
control the camera under the pla~, with the image
projected onto a tablet computer':
Civil Air Patrol pilot Lt. Richard Denison calls FLIR a
"terrific tool.

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"S&R will get the coordinates of the aircraft during a
rescue," he said. =We give a ballpark offset and fly right
over the site."
FLIR capabilities wilt reduce search time.
"This is especially true in difficult places," S&R Coordinator
Martin Knapp said. =Around here, you can pass within 20
feet of someone and not see them."
Numerous search and rescue operations occur each year
and the technology will assist in some of those efforts.
"If someone is hurt and cannot call out, FLtR operations
will find the person," Knapp said.
Tourists traveling through Park County during the summer
accentuate that need.
"Last summer, a couple of people from the East Coast
took off on a hike and got lost for three days," he said. "No
one knew they were missing."
The FLIR team is usually assigned a rescue grid when
called into service.
"We will fly in a pattern to cover every inch of that area,"
Denison adds. "As we narrow the search through FLIR or
electronic beacon, we have radios that can put us in touch
with most state agencies and other resources."
If a rescue has a potential fatality, the temperature signal
of the victim will vary, depending on the weather.
"A body will cool off faster in cold, rainy weather and stay
warm longer in the summer," Knapp said.
A vehicle at the scene can also give a heat signal.
'We can pick up reflected or radiated heat," Denison says.
Given.the right circumstances, the technology can see
people and objects in great detail.
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"VVe have controls that can change the game by adjusting
the contrast or focus," he said.
Education for the equipment is extensive. Denison had
factory training and flew eight missions.
"That's about 10 hours in the air," he added. "Proficiency
takes constant training."
The county had to meet certain criteria to get the service,
Knapp said, and it's costly.
"A rescue can cost up to $5,000 per hour, depending on
the situation," he said.
Homeland Security and the military will absorb the
expense in Park County.
Sheriff Scott Steward says FLIR could mean the difference
between life and death.
"This equipment provides unprecedented support for
ground search teams," he said. "We're excited to partner
with the Wyoming CAP in these efforts."

CHAPTER SIX

U TA H W I N G
2014

Utah Wing Commanders
Col. Jose~ S. Betgjn 1 Dec 41 to 20 Dec 49
Lt. Col. Ralph Winn 20 Dec 49 to 20 Oct 50
Col. Roy C. Metcalf20 Oct 50 to 23 Jul 51
Col. ~ J. Enos23 Ju151 to 22 Ju152
13. Co1. Angus V. McKay (AO.) 22 Ju152 to 30 Oct 52
Col. Ralph B. ~eimer 30 Oct 52 to 14 Sep 57
COl. Joseph S. Bergjn 23 Sep 57 to 30 Jun 69
Lt. COl. Bobby V. Walker 1 Ju169 to 18 Nov 69
COl. Thomas C. Jadfstm 18 Nov 69 to 1 Ju172
Co1. LmW D. Miller 1Ju172to 1 May 76
Col. I-/m~ld M. Hilbum 1 May 76 to 1 Ju178
Col. Roy A. Hopkilron 1 Ju178 to 28 May 79
Col. V'uginia E. Smith 28 May 79to 13 SepS1
Col. Ralph F. Findlay 13 Sep 81 to 25 Oct 83
Col. John V~. Barainca 25 Oct 83 to 24 Feb 87
Co1. E. Woodrow Walton 24 Feb 87 to 21 Nov 89
Col. Alan C. Rehkemt~ 21 Nov 89 to 1 Oct 90
Col. Craig L. Thomas 1 Oct 90 to 7 Jan 92
Col. ~d M. Maass 7 Jan 92 to 3 Nov 93
Col. John D. Newman 3 Nov 93 to 14 Oct 95
Col. John J. O~11, Jr. 14 Oct95 to 8 Apr97
Co1. Terry I-I, Robinson 8 Apr 97 to 22 Ju12000
Col. David L ~22 Ju12000 to 20 Jan 2001
Col. Lynda C. Robinson 20 Jan 2001 to 22 Sep 2001
Maj. Russell E. Chazel122 Sep 2001 to 1 Dec 2001
Col. Jack D. Buttgrfield 1 Dec 2001 to 16 Apr 2005
COl. Russell E. Cha~ll 16 Oct 2005 to 20 Oc~009
COl JerryWellman 20 Oct 2009 to 15Mar2013
COl Jon Niedfeldt 15 Mar 2013 to Present

U TA H W I N G F L I E S T E A C H E R S I N TO P
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Kimberly Crowther, left, a 4th-grade teacher at
Bonneville Elementary in Orem, gets acquainted with the
plane she's about to fly in with pilot Kent Wright during
the Civil Air Patrol's TOP Flight program at the Provo
Airport on Saturday, March 29, ~014. SPENSER
HEAPS/Daily Herald

Aircraft missing in San Juan County, Utah
19 June 2014
SAN JUAN COUNTY - A Cessna aircraR departing from Colorado and headed
for Idaho went missing Wednesday. The search is being conducted in La Sal
National Forest by Utah Civil Air Patrol, Utah Highway Patrol and San Juan
County Sheriff's Office.
The aircra~ departed from Durango, Colorado, at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday
The aircraR departed from Durango, Colorado, at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. The
missing pilot linked up with a friend who departed from New Mexico. Both pilots
were headed for Johnson Creek, Idaho.
The friend noticed that the missing pilot was no longer answering his radio, Lt.
Col. Matt Johnson, Civil Air Patrol incident commander, said. The fi'iend
proceeded to try and get a visual contact but was unsuccessful. The friend did
arrive safely in Idaho.
The last contact from the missing male pilot was received at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday.
The pilot filed no flight plans.
Utah Civil Air Patrol was alerted Wednesday, at approximately 8:30 p.m., that the
aircraft was missing and the family has been informed.
We believe at this point it's just the pilot
"We believe at this point it's just the pilot," Johnson said, "we have not heard of
any passengers."
Four aircra~ from Utah and three aircraR from Colorado are currently helping with
the search, Johnson said. Ground search is being conducted by the San Juan
County Sheriff's Office.
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said, "that kind of thing."

CRASHED PLANE FOUND NEAR
C O L O R A D O - U TA H B O R D E R
20 June 2014
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Search efforts for a missing aircrait have
concluded, alter officials confirmed they've found the wreckage from a plane lost
over the Colorado-Utah border to the west of Montrose.
The last radar hit from a Cessna 172 aircraft came while flying over the La Sal
Mountains early Wednesday morning. The plane was flying from Durango to
Brigham, Utah.
The Civil Air Patrol from both Utah and Colorado lead the search, and planes from
Cortez, Montrose, and Grand Junction were flown into action.
The pilot of the wrecked plane was the only person reported to be on board and is
confirmed to have died in the crash.
Efforts have ~u~ned into a recovery mission and will be completed by the Utah
division of the Civil Air Patrol.

NEW UTWG DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT
March 23, 2014
Greetings CAP members in Utah.
Although every position in CAP is important and necessary, some are
focused in the position of helping others gain knowledge, succeed, and
progress in the CAP program.
One such position is the Director of Professional Development at the
Wing and PD at every Unit in our Wing.
Lt. Col. "Pops" Stewart has performed these duties since last May, and
has successfully met the training needs of our members around the
Wing. Pops recently informed the Wing that he is going to need to step
down from the position in order to better focus on his local squadron and
some new," additional personal callings that he has accepted.
I am extremely pleased to announce that Maj. Inken Christensen has
accepted the Wing Director of Professional Development position. We
look forward to a smooth transition between Lt. Col. Stewart and Maj.
Christensen.
Please join with me in congratulating Lt. Col. Stewart on a job well
done, and welcoming and supporting Maj. Christensen in this vital
position.
Sincerely,
JONATHAN NIEDFELDT, Colonel, C~
Wing Commander
Utah Wing Civil Air Patrol

UTWG STATIC DISPLAY AT HILL AFB
OPEN HOUSE
July 2. 2014

Hill AFB, UT

Popular attraction! And why not! This aircratt received plenty of
attention at the Hill AFB Open House. Civil Air Patrol has been and still
is the U.S. Air Force's best kept secret. Displays such as this get the
word out to many who in some cases never heard of the C.A.P.

LIST OF SOURCES

FACEBOOK AND WING WEBSITES
Rocky Mountain Region, Faeebook.eom
Colorado Wing, Facebook.eom
Wyoming Wing, Faeebook.eom
Utah Wing, Facebook.com
Wyoming Wing, Facebook.eom
Coloradowingcap.org
Idahowingeap.com
Mtwg.eap.gov
Wywing.cap.com
Cap.utah.gov
REGION WEBSITE
Rmrcapnews.org

GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS
AE
AEMS
AEO
AEX
AFNORTH
AFRB
AFRCC
AFB
ANGB
ARS
CAA
CAP
CAR
CDEX
CPR
CPTP
.
CY
DDR
DHS
DOD
DREX
ES
FBI
FEMA
FM
FY

Aerospace Education
Aerospace Education Members
Aerospace Education Officer
Aerospace Excellence Program
Air Forces Northern
Air Force Reserve Base
United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
Air Force Base
Air National Guard Base
Air Reserve Station
Civil Aeronautics Administration
Civil Air Patrol
Civilian Air Reserve
Counterdrug Exercise
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Civilian Pilot Training Program
Calendar Year
Drug Demand Reduction
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Defense
Disaster Relief Exercise
Emergency Services
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Frequency Modulation
Fiscal Year

GTE
HF
1ACE

Guided Training Exercise
High Frequency
International Air Cadet Exchange

ICS
IG
NAA
NCO
NCOLA
NESA

NHQ

NMUSAF
NORAD
OCD
O-rides
PDO
RMR
SAR/DR
SAREX
S T S .
SWAT
TAC
TLC
TREX
USAAF
USAF
USMC
USN
VHF

Incident Command System
Inspector General
National Aeronautics Association
Non-Commissioned Officer
Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Academy
National Emergency Services Academy
National Headquarters
National Museum of the United States Air Force
North American Aerospace Defense Command
Office of Civilian Defense, 1941 - 1945
Orientation Rides
Professional Development (also Professional
Development Officer)
Rocky Mountain Region
Search and Rescue / Disaster Relief
Search and Rescue Exercise
Space Transportation System
Special Weapons and Tactics
Tactical Officer
Training Leaders of Cadets
Training Exercise
United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
Very High Frequency