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HISTORY
OF THE

IOWA WING
Civil Air Patrol
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

01 January 2014 – 31 December 2014

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HISTORY
OF THE

IOWA WING
Civil Air Patrol
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

01 January 2014 – 31 December 2014

Prepared by

Reviewed by:

//Signed//
Major Casey L. C. Schroeder, CAP
Iowa Wing Historian

//Signed//
Lieutenant Colonel Anita S. Elliott, CAP
Interim Iowa Wing Commander

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FRONTISPIECE

Figure 1: Location of Iowa Wing Units

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

HISTORY ...................................................................................................................................... ii
FRONTISPIECE........................................................................................................................... ii
TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................................................................................ iii
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ....................................................................................................... v
CHAPTER 1—INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................. 1
CHAPTER 2—COMMAND AND WING STAFF BIOGRAPHIES ....................................... 5
Former Wing Commander: Colonel Micheal Mouw, Civil Air Patrol .................................................6
Interim Wing Commander / Vice Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Anita Elliott, Civil Air Patrol .......8
Chief of Staff: Lieutenant Colonel Roger W. Elliott, Civil Air Patrol ................................................ 10
Director of Aerospace Education: Lieutenant Colonel Donald M. Hahn, Jr., Civil Air Patrol............. 12
Former Director of Cadet Programs: Captain Quentin M. Laws, Civil Air Patrol .............................. 14
Director of Communications: Captain Chuck H. Brudtkuhl, Civil Air Patrol ..................................... 15
Assistant Director of Communications: Captain Wayne L. Harrah, Civil Air Patrol .......................... 16
Drug Demand Reduction: Captain Janice Lewandowski, Civil Air Patrol ......................................... 17
Director of Operations: Captain Michael J. Orregaard, Civil Air Patrol ........................................... 18
Director of Emergency Services: Major James M. Currie, Civil Air Patrol ........................................ 19
Finance Officer: Major Stephen C. Gara, Civil Air Patrol ................................................................ 20
Deputy Finance: Lieutenant Colonel Philip Patterson, Civil Air Patrol ............................................ 21
Health Services: Major Casey L. C. Schroeder, Civil Air Patrol ........................................................ 22
Historian: Major Casey L. C. Schroeder, Civil Air Patrol ................................................................. 24
Inspector General: Major Joseph C. Murphy, Civil Air Patrol ......................................................... 26
Director of Informational Technology: Captain Jason S. Erickson, Civil Air Patrol ........................... 27
Deputy Director Information Technology: Captain Ron P. Mutchler, Civil Air Patrol ...................... 28
Director of Logistics: Lieutenant Colonel Roger W. Elliott, Civil Air Patrol ...................................... 29
Transportation Officer: Lieutenant Colonel Donald M. Hahn, Jr., Civil Air Patrol ............................ 31
Personnel Officer: Lieutenant Colonel Anita S. Elliott, Civil Air Patrol ............................................ 33
Plans and Programs Officer: Lieutenant Colonel Randall Borton, Civil Air Patrol ............................ 35
Director of Professional Development: Captain Michael G. Healy, Civil Air Patrol .......................... 37
Public Affairs: First Lieutenant Sara M. Mutchler, Civil Air Patrol .................................................. 38
Assistant Director of Safety: Lieutenant Colonel William F. Mausser, Civil Air Patrol ..................... 39

CHAPTER 3—SQUADRON COMMANDER BIOGRAPHIES ........................................... 41
IA-002 Des Moines Composite Squadron ...................................................................................... 42
IA-003 Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron................................................................................ 43
IA-003 Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron................................................................................ 44
IA-005 Burlington Composite Squadron ........................................................................................ 45
IA-007 Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron................................................................................ 46
IA-041 Davenport Composite Squadron ........................................................................................ 47

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IA-043 Dubuque Composite Squadron .......................................................................................... 49
IA-043 Dubuque Composite Squadron .......................................................................................... 50
IA-072 Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron ................................................................................... 52
IA-129 Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron .................................................................................... 54
IA-129 Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron .................................................................................... 55

CHAPTER 4—COMMAND STAFF ........................................................................................ 56
CHAPTER 5—CADET PROGRAMS ...................................................................................... 57
CHAPTER 6—AEROSPACE EDUCATION .......................................................................... 60
CHAPTER 7—OPERATIONS/EMERGENCY SERVICES ................................................. 61
CHAPTER 8—IOWA GOVERNMENT/LEGISLATIVE RELATIONS ............................. 63
CHAPTER 9—PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ............................................................ 64
CHAPTER 10—CHAPLAIN ..................................................................................................... 68
CHAPTER 11—FINANCE ........................................................................................................ 69
CHAPTER 12—LOGISTICS .................................................................................................... 70
CHAPTER 13—INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY .............................................................. 72
CHAPTER 14—PUBLIC AFFAIRS ........................................................................................ 73
CHAPTER 15—SQUADRONS/UNITS ................................................................................... 86
IA-002 Des Moines Composite Squadron ...................................................................................... 87
IA-003 Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron................................................................................ 91
IA-005 Burlington Composite Squadron ........................................................................................ 92
IA-007 Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron................................................................................ 94
IA-041 Davenport Composite Squadron ........................................................................................ 97
IA-043 Dubuque Composite Squadron ........................................................................................ 101
IA-072 Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron ................................................................................. 102
IA-129 Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron .................................................................................. 103

APPENDIX 1: IOWA WING PATCH HERALDRY........................................................... 107
APPENDIX 2: PREVIOUS COMMANDERS ...................................................................... 108
APPENDIX 3—WING POPULATION .................................................................................. 109
APPENDIX 4—LIST OF CADET CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY .......................... 110
APPENDIX 5—LIST OF CARL A. SPAATZ CADETS ...................................................... 111
APPENDIX 6—LIST OF GILL ROBB WILSON AWARDEES ........................................ 112
APPENDIX 7—IOWA MEMBERS PASSING WITHIN LINE OF DUTY ....................... 113
APPENDIX 8—QUALITY CADET AWARDS .................................................................... 114
APPENDIX 9: AIR MEDAL RECIPIENTS ......................................................................... 115
APPENDIX 10—LIST OF PHOTOS ..................................................................................... 116
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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
FIGURE 1: LOCATION OF IOWA WING UNITS ................................................................................... II
FIGURE 2: WING POPULATION 2014 ................................................................................................ 3
FIGURE 3: IOWA WING ORGANIZATIONAL CHART .......................................................................... 5
FIGURE 4: IA-002 EMBLEM ........................................................................................................... 87
FIGURE 5: IA-003 EMBLEM ........................................................................................................... 91
FIGURE 6: IA-005 EMBLEM ........................................................................................................... 92
FIGURE 7: IA-007 EMBLEM ........................................................................................................... 94
FIGURE 8: IA-041 EMBLEM ........................................................................................................... 97
FIGURE 9: IA-043 EMBLEM ......................................................................................................... 101
FIGURE 10: IA-072 EMBLEM ....................................................................................................... 102
FIGURE 11: IA-129 EMBLEM ....................................................................................................... 103
FIGURE 12: IOWA WING PATCH .................................................................................................. 107
FIGURE 13: IOWA WING MEMBERSHIP ........................................................................................ 109
FIGURE 14: CONGRESSIONAL DAY. ............................................................................................. 116
FIGURE 15: CONGRESSIONAL DAY ............................................................................................... 116
FIGURE 16: TRAINING LEADERS OF CADETS ............................................................................... 117
FIGURE 17: TRAINING LEADERS OF CADETS ............................................................................... 117
FIGURE 18: COMMANDER'S CALL................................................................................................ 118
FIGURE 19: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 118
FIGURE 20: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 119
FIGURE 21: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 119
FIGURE 22: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 120
FIGURE 23: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 120
FIGURE 24: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 121
FIGURE 25: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 121
FIGURE 26: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 122
FIGURE 27: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 122
FIGURE 28: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 123
FIGURE 29: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 123
FIGURE 30: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 124
FIGURE 31: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 124
FIGURE 32: AWARDS BANQUET .................................................................................................. 125
FIGURE 33: BURLINGTON COMPOSITE MEMORIAL BRICK ........................................................... 125
FIGURE 34: FLYIOWA .................................................................................................................. 126
FIGURE 35: FLYIOWA .................................................................................................................. 126
FIGURE 36: FLYIOWA .................................................................................................................. 127
FIGURE 37: EVAL SAREX .......................................................................................................... 127
FIGURE 38: EVAL SAREX .......................................................................................................... 128
FIGURE 39: EVAL SAREX .......................................................................................................... 128
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EVAL SAREX .......................................................................................................... 129
EVAL SAREX .......................................................................................................... 129
EVAL SAREX .......................................................................................................... 130
DES MOINES COMPOSITE SQUADRON ....................................................................... 130
DES MOINES COMPOSITE SQUADRON ....................................................................... 131
CEDAR RAPIDS COMPOSITE SQUADRON ................................................................... 131
CEDAR RAPIDS COMPOSITE SQUADRON ................................................................... 132
CEDAR RAPIDS COMPOSITE SQUADRON ................................................................... 132

TABLE 1. MEMBERS BY SQUADRON. ............................................................................................... 3
TABLE 2. CADET GRADE DISTRIBUTION. ...................................................................................... 58
TABLE 3. ENCAMPMENT COMPLETION (CADETS ONLY) ................................................................ 58
TABLE 4. 2014 OPERATIONAL MISSIONS....................................................................................... 62
TABLE 5. SPECIALTY TRACK RATINGS EARNED IN 2014. .............................................................. 65
TABLE 6. TOTAL NUMBER OF SPECIALTY TRACK RATINGS FOR 2014. .......................................... 66
TABLE 7. SENIOR MEMBER NUMBERS BY SQUADRON AND MEMBERSHIP TYPE............................ 66
TABLE 8. SENIOR MEMBER GRADE DISTRIBUTION. ...................................................................... 66
TABLE 9. SENIOR MEMBER PD LEVEL DISTRIBUTION. ................................................................. 67
TABLE 10. SENIOR MEMBER LEVEL DISTRIBUTION BY SQUADRON .............................................. 67
TABLE 11: LIST OF CADET CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY. ......................................................... 110
TABLE 12: CARL A. SPAATZ AWARDEES. ................................................................................... 111
TABLE 13: GILL ROBB WILSON AWARDEES ................................................................................ 112
TABLE 14: LIST OF MEMBERS HAVING PASSED AWAY DURING THE LINE OF DUTY ................... 113
TABLE 15 AIR MEDAL RECIPIENTS. ............................................................................................ 115

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CHRONOLOGY
January
February
March
04—Disaster Relief Training (Mission # 14-T-4629)
08—Orientation Flights, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
15—Orientation Flights, Dubuque, Iowa
22—Orientation Flights, Ankeny, Iowa
April
04—Search and Rescue Exercise (Mission # 14-T-5040), Cedar Rapids, Iowa
May
10—Orientation Flights, Boone, Iowa
17—Orientation Flights, Fort Dodge, Iowa
20-23—DHS Photo Mission
21—Orientation Flights, Ankeny, Iowa
31—Traning Leaders of Cadets, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa
31—Wing Awards Banquet, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa
June
01—Training Leaders of Cadets, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa
01—Wing Awards Banquet, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa
20—Search and Rescue Exercise (Mission # 14-T-6089), Ankeny, Iowa
24—DOC Photo Mission
27—Search and Rescue Training (Mission # 14-T-6292)
28—Fly Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
July
02—Orientation Flights, Ankeny, Iowa
12—ELT Mission in Des Moines area (Mission # 14-M-0339)
15—Search and Rescue Exercise (Mission # 14-T-5822), Boone, Iowa
26—Orientation Flights, Dubuque, Iowa
August
09-10—Quad Cities Airshow, Davenport, Iowa
16-17—Orientation Flights, Ames, Iowa
23-24—Squadron Leadership School, Camp Dodge, Iowa
23-24—Orientation Flights, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
26-28—Thunder in the Valley Airshow, Waterloo, Iowa
September
5-6—Orientation Flights, Davenport, Iowa

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13—Orientation Flights, Davenport, Iowa
27-28—Corporate Learning Course, Davenport, Iowa
October
28—Dubuque Composite Squadron Change of Command Ceremony, Dubuque, Iowa
November
1-2—IS 300 training, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa
December
7—Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron Change of Command Ceremony, Red Oak, Iowa

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CHAPTER 1—INTRODUCTION
The Iowa Wing completed its 73rd year of service to the citizens of Iowa and to the United
States of America. The Iowa Wing was established in December 1941 following the creation of
the Civil Air Patrol under Administrative Order 9. The wing was officially placed under the
command of Major Daniel J. Hunter, CAP on 11 Dec 1941. Maj Hunter was serving as the
chairman of the State Aeronautics Commission. The vice commander was Captain Don
Johnston, whom was also on the State Aeronautics Commission.
During World War II, the Iowa Wing was tasked with an assortment of missions. Initially, the
Iowa Wing assumed authority to guard civilian airports from local police on 17 December 1941.
At the same time, the State of Iowa gave control of all civilian aircraft to the Iowa Wing, Civil
Air Patrol as most civilian aviation was banned following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, HI.
Shortly after, civilian aircraft were required to file flight plans with the War Department for
approval or risk the penalty of being shot down.
The Iowa Wing’s most notable wartime mission was its strong participation in the Civilian Pilot
Training (CPT) Program. While this program was created in 1939, it was not until 06 March
1942 when it was extended into Iowa. With the help of the Civil Air Patrol, the program opened
onto 15 airports with hundreds of applicants. Although it is unknown how many young men
were trained through CPT Programs in Iowa, the programs were instrumental in the eventual
expansion of Iowa’s general aviation. In fact, over 30 airports still in use today were the result of
the CPT programs and political lobbying by Iowa Wing members.
The Civil Air Patrol was tasked with homeland security missions early on in the war. On 25
March 1942, the Iowa Wing was given its first homeland security mission. The organization
flew 20 minute reconnaissance flights over water dams, bridges, railroads, munitions plants,
highways, and other areas considered of strategic value. Operating from the Ottumwa Airport,
the Iowa Wing provided 10 aircrews and aircraft that flew 20 Iowa State Guard personnel over
these sites. As a result, the State of Iowa was immediately impressed with the skill, dedication,
and abilities of the civilian pilots.
Throughout the war, the Iowa Wing served the community by supporting non-aviation and
aviation related events. Due to the member’s efforts, the Iowa Wing was responsible for hosting
the majority of first aid courses, artificial respiration courses (today known as CPR), weather
spotting and meteorology courses. Even a handful of airport firefighting courses were offered to
the general public. On 25 June 1942, members from Marshalltown and Sioux City squadrons
were activated to protect the Niederhauser Airport (Marshalltown) from raising flood waters.
This was considered the Wing’s first emergency services operation. Aerospace education began
to be pushed by area members. Local squadrons extended their reach into schools by offering
aerospace and aviation related courses to children enrolled from elementary to high school. As a
result of the aerospace education outreach, young minds became interested and even obsessed
with general aviation. Finally, the Iowa Wing was responsible for organizing dozens of airshows
and fly-in breakfast events throughout the state. The airshows consistently drew in tens of
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thousands of spectators. In many instances, these events were the first and only time the general
public were able to view airplanes up close.
Even though Iowa was located thousands of miles from the enemy submarine crisis occurring on
the east coast and Japanese scares on the west coasts, Iowa played an important part in the U.S.
war effort. In order to provide direct wartime support, 68 wing personnel were tasked with
Coastal Patrols from May 1942 to August 1943. Iowans were stationed at bases in Mississippi,
Louisiana, Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maine. At the end of the Coastal Patrol
operations, the Iowa Wing suffered zero loses. The Air Force awarded the Air Medal to 12 Iowans
in 1948. However, Iowa’s service did not end with the Coastal Patrols. The Wing was tasked
with courier service by the 2nd Air Force. Wing personnel flew service members, mail, parts, and
supplies around Iowa to bases, supply depots, and ammunition plants. It is unknown how many
miles, flights, or tonnage of supplies were flown. In addition, the Iowa Wing was heavily
involved with preparing Iowa National Guard personnel for war. CAP pilots participated in war
simulations by running mock “bomb” runs over troop formations and simulating airport
“saboteurs”. These exercises gave Soldiers an invaluable learning opportunity prior to heading
to Europe. Furthermore, the Wing flew in support of scrap metal collection drives by marking
farms that had excessive amounts of scrap metal. Pilots would fly over farm fields and drop
“bombs” with leaflets that would remind farmers to donate the scrap metal on their farms.
Several thousand tons were donated through these efforts. In 1944, the Iowa Wing was given
primary control of recruiting Air Women’s Air Corps (WAC) officers.
By the end of World War II, the Iowa Wing had the largest membership in the 7th Region with
over 4,000 members. While initially created with three groups, the State grew to include four
groups within its first month. During the war years, Iowa was separated into 5 groups and nearly
30 squadrons consisting of at least 50 members each. All regions of the state had a strong Civil
Air Patrol presence.
In the years after World War II, the media and the public debated whether the Civil Air Patrol
would remain. After all, it seemed as though the primary mission had ended. Instead, the
organization continued its growth and ultimately became incorporated through an act of
Congress. During this time, the Iowa Wing continued its strong Aerospace Education outreach.
Airshows continued to be supported and organized by the Iowa Wing. Schools were continuing
their aviation instruction to students. The Cadet Program grew immensely after Waterloo
Squadron first adopted it in 1943. Airshows were frequently staffed and supported by cadets,
such as the 150 cadets that were tasked at a Waterloo Airshow with guarding P-80s, B-29s, B25s, and the newly adopted helicopters. Each year, the wing was successful in sending its top
cadet to a Congressional dinner in Washington, D.C. As general aviation started to grow in
popularity after flight restrictions were lifted, the Wing quickly settled into its new operational
status in Emergency Services. Throughout this time, the members were constantly called upon
to search for overdue or missing civilian and military aircraft. Although no official numbers
have been kept, national reports from 1964 to present demonstrate that the Iowa Wing was
credited for saving at least 18 Iowans and 128 finds.
Post-World War II, the membership numbers fell as pilots and adults left the organization due to
the end of the war. However, in the years around the Korean Conflict (1950 to 1953), cadet
membership quickly peaked due a renewed youth interest in joining the Armed Forces. On the
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other hand, Senior Member numbers remained fairly stable. It was uncertain whether the Civil
Air Patrol would again be called upon to help in homeland security. Following the Korean
Conflict, cadet membership numbers quickly fell until the start of the Viet Nam War. This was
again due to the renewed interest in joining the Armed Forces. Post-Viet Nam, membership
numbers slowly started to taper off due to the fact that the Viet Nam War remained rather
unpopular. Although the Iowa Wing has seen a few increases in membership, the wing has
remained below 500 members for decades.
Currently, there are 80 cadets and 167 Senior Members. Within the Senior Member Category,
there are 155 Senior Members, 7 Cadet Sponsors, 2 Patrons, and 3 State Legislator Members.
With 247 members, the Iowa Wing remains active in all three missions of the Civil Air Patrol.

Figure 2: Wing Population 2014
Squadron

Senior
Cadets
Total
Members
IA-001 (Headquarters)
13
N/A
13
IA-002
27
8
35
IA-003
14
9
23
IA-005
8
3
11
IA-007
6
7
13
IA-041
18
24
42
IA-043
13
12
25
IA-129
51
17
68
IA-000 (“Ghost”)
14
0
14
IA-999 (Legislative)
3
N/A
3
Total:
167
80
247
Table 1. Members by Squadron.
NOTE: These numbers reflect the number of members in a squadron
at year’s end.

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Minute Men of the Air
“You’re a bunch of Boy Scout Pilots.”
The Army can’t use you, see?”
What’s what they said just a while ago
But that wasn’t the way it would be
We’re doing a lot for the army now
And most of it’s done “for free”
We are the minute men of the air
We are the C. A. P.
We’re patrolling the sea lines for submarine
For suvivors along the shore
We’re watching for forest fires
We’re doing a drayman’s chore
Carrying freight for the army—
That and a whole lot more
We’re jumping to beat the axis
Yes’m, helping to win the war.
We’re doctors and lawyers and merchants
And maybe a couple of thieves
But we’re proud in wear our emblem—
That badge on our uniform sleeves
We’re saving an army pilot
Each pilot of ours that leaves
With C. A. P. emblem gleaming
On Crafts, on Cubs, on Chiefs
Written by Melville W. Hughes
Fort Dodge Squadron on 13 July 1942.
The poem won several state and national awards.

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CHAPTER 2—COMMAND AND WING STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

Figure 3: Iowa Wing Organizational Chart

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FORMER WING COMMANDER: COLONEL MICHEAL MOUW, CIVIL AIR
PATROL
Period of Service: 12 January 2013 to 04 September 2014
Col Michael Mouw is the Commander of Iowa Wing, Civil
Air Patrol. He assumed command on 12 January 2013. A
native of Boyden, Iowa, Col Mouw first joined CAP in
1991 while on active duty with the United States Air Force.
He joined the Wichita Falls Composite Squadron at
Sheppard AFB, TX. In August of 1991 he became the
Squadron Commander of the Wichita Falls Composite
Squadron. Later Col Mouw was assigned to 114th Fighter
Wing with the South Dakota Air National Guard and
transferred to the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron and
South Dakota Wing. He served on Wing Staff for South
Dakota as the Cadet Programs Director and Emergency
Services Officer. Col Mouw transferred to Iowa Wing in
2007 where he founded the Sheldon Composite Squadron
in his hometown and served as the Squadron Commander.
He also held the positions of Director of Operations,
Director of Professional Development, Director of Cadet Programs, and was a member of the
Executive Staff for Iowa Wing. In 2009 Col Mouw relocated to Keesler AFB, MS and then on to
Scott AFB, IL. He transferred to Illinois Wing and was appointed as the Commander for Group
1. In June 2012 Col Mouw relocated to Des Moines, Iowa to take a position with the Veteran
Affairs Central Iowa Healthcare System as an Occupational Health and Safety Manager. At that
time he was assigned as the Iowa Wing Vice Commander.
Col Mouw’s achievements include a Master Rating in Cadet Programs, Professional
Development, Safety, Aerospace Education, Operations, Recruiting Retention and Emergency
Services and Senior Ratings in Command, Administration, and Personnel. He is a Mission and
Counter Drug Master Rated Observer and Scanner, Incident Commander, Operations Section
Chief, Planning Section Chief, Ground Branch Director, and Ground Team Leader. Col Mouw
was selected as Cadet Programs Officer of the year for South Dakota Wing in 2006. In addition,
he has held positions of Deputy Commander for Cadets, Safety Officer, Transportation Officer,
and Deputy Squadron Commander. Col Mouw is an Officer with the Army Reserve where he
serves as an Environmental Engineer.
Col Mouw’s decorations include: Master Observer Wings, Master Ground Team Badge, Incident
Command Badge, Command Insignia Pin with Star, CAP Command Council Badge,
Commander’s Commendation Award with three Bronze Triangular Clasps, Achievement Award
with Bronze Clasp, Lifesaving Award with Silver Star, Unit Citation Award, Gill Robb Wilson
Award (#2467), Paul E. Garber Award with Bronze Star, Grover Loening Aerospace Award,
Leadership Award with Three Silver Stars, Membership Award, A. Scott Crossfield Award,
Charles Yeager Aerospace Education Award, Command Service Ribbon with Silver Star, Red
Service Ribbon with three Bronze Clasps, Search “Find” Ribbon, Air Search and Rescue Ribbon
with 1 Propeller Attachment and Bronze Clasp, National Cadet Competition Ribbon, National

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Cadet Special Activity Ribbon, Encampment Ribbon with Bronze Clasp, and Senior Recruiting
Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1992—Squadron Leadership School
2006—CAP Senior Officer Course
2006—Corporate Learning Course
2006—Unit Commander Course
2007—Region Staff College
2007—Squadron Officer School
2008—Training Leaders of Cadets
2008—National Staff College.
Air Force Rescue Coordination Center Search and Rescue Management Course
2011—Senior Inspector General Course
2013—Wing Commanders Course
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—February 1992
First Lieutenant—Dec 1999
Captain—June 2006
Major—December 2006
Lieutenant Colonel—January 2011
Colonel—January 2013

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INTERIM WING COMMANDER / VICE COMMANDER: LIEUTENANT COLONEL
ANITA ELLIOTT, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Interim Wing Commander: 04 September 2014 to Present
Vice Wing Commander: 14 April 2014 to 04 September 2014
Lt Col Anita Elliott is the Interim Wing Commander of the
Iowa Wing, Civil Air Patrol and served as the Vice Wing
Commander. Lt Col Elliott started her career in the Iowa
Wing as a Cadet Sponsor in December 2001. After
becoming a full Senior Member, she was active in
emergency services and serving the Central Iowa
Composite Squadron as the Personnel Officer,
Administration Officer and Test Control Officer. Since
then, Lt Col Elliott has served as the CICS Deputy
Commander for Seniors (2002-2004), CICS Squadron
Commander (2004-2006), and Des Moines Metro Cadet
Squadron Interim Commander.
Lt Col Elliott’s achievements include: master ratings in personnel, administration and
professional development and a technician rating in cadet programs and command.
Her CAP decorations include Mission Observer, Command Insignia Pin, Meritorious Service
Award, Commander’s Commendation with 3 Bronze Clasps, Achievement Award, Gill Robb
Wilson Award (#3134), Paul E. Garber Awards, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership
Award with 3 Silver Stars, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Command Service Ribbon, Red
Service Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps, Search “Find” Ribbon, Disaster Relief Ribbon with VDevice, National Color Guard Competition Ribbon, Encampment Ribbon, and Senior Recruiter
Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2002 USAF Extension Course Institute (ECI) 13
2002 Squadron Leadership School
2002 Wing Runner
2002 Emergency Management Institute Basic Incident Command System
2002 Basic Communications User Training
2002 Advanced Communications User Training
2002 Corporate Learning Course
2003 Unit Commander’s Course
2003 Air Force Institute of Advanced Distance Learning Mission Scanner Course
2003 Air Force Institute of Advanced Distance Learning Mission Observer Course
2003 National Congress on Aviation and Space Education
2003 Emergency Management Institute Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency
Management
2003 Region Staff College

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2003
2003
2003
2004
2004
2004
2004
2004
2004
2004
2006
2006
2006
2006
2006
2006
2008
2013
2014
2014

Emergency Management Institute Effective Communication
Emergency Management Institute Leadership and Influence
Air Force Resource Coordination Center Search Management Course
Air Force Institute of Advanced Distance Learning Emergency Services Course
National Fire Academy Course Emergency Response to Terrorism
North Central Region Encampment
Emergency Management Institute IS-100
Emergency Management Institute IS-200
Flight Release Officer Online Course
Skills Evaluator Training
Training Leaders of Cadets
NCR Professional Development Learning Lab
Emergency Management Institute IS-700
Emergency Management Institute IS-800
Emergency Services Academy
Mission Base Staff School
Basic IG Course
Aircraft Ground Handling
Introductory Communications User Training
National Staff College (NSC)

CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2001—2006: Central Iowa Composite Squadron, Ames, Iowa
2006—2011: Iowa Wing, Des Moines, Iowa
2011—2013: Break in Service
2013—2014: Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron, Des Moines, Iowa
2014—Present: Des Moines Composite Squadron, Des Moines, Iowa
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—July 2002
First Lieutenant—July 2003
Captain—February 2005
Major—February 2008
Lieutenant Colonel—October 2013

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CHIEF OF STAFF: LIEUTENANT COLONEL ROGER W. ELLIOTT, CIVIL AIR
PATROL
Lieutenant Colonel Roger W. Elliott is the Iowa Wing Chief of Staff (2013) and the Iowa Wing
Director of Logistics (2004). Lt Col Elliott started his career in the Iowa Wing as a Cadet
Sponsor in February 2002 and transferred to the senior member program shortly thereafter. Lt
Col Elliott has served in a variety of leadership positions, including squadron commander. Lt
Col Elliott’s achievements include: a master rating in logistics, ground team leader, flight line
supervisor, general emergency service, and skills evaluator. Additionally, he has a “trainee”
status for mission scanner, mission radio operator, and communications unit leader. Previously,
he was also qualified as a logistics section chief, liaison officer, and a mission observer. He also
received the Iowa Wing Senior Member of the Year Award.
His CAP decorations include the Commander’s Award for Public Service (Army National
Guard), Command Insignia Pin, Senior Ground Team Badge, several Commander’s
Commendations, Paul E. Garber Award, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership Award
with a Silver Star, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Red Service Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps,
Search “Find” Ribbon, Cadet Special Activities Ribbon, and Encampment Ribbon with a Bronze
Clasp.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2002 – USAF Extension Course Institute (ECI) 13
2002 – Basic Communications User Training
2002 – Advanced Communications User Training
2002 – Squadron Leadership School
2003 – FEMA Disaster Preparedness 101 Training
2003 – Corporate Learning Course
2004 – FEMA IS-105 Course
2004 – IS100
2004 – IS200
2004 – NCR Encampment (Logistics Officer & Moral Leadership Officer)
2004 - National Blue Beret
2004 – SLS Instructor
2004 – CLC Instructor
2004 – SLS Director
2005 – Iowa Wing Communications Course
2006 – Emergency Services Academy
2006 – OPSEC
2007 – Liaison Officer
2007 – FEMA IS-00700 Course
2007 – FEMA IS-00800 Course
2007 - Region Staff College
2008 – Wing Runner
2008 – IG Basic Course
2008 – Investigating Officer Course
2008 – SUI Team Member Certification

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2009 – IS700
2009 – IS800
2010 – Intro to CAP Safety
2011 – ORM Basic
2011 – ORM Intermediate
2012 – ICUT
2012 – Intra Squad Radios
2012 – Basic ALE User Training
2012 – Station Authorization
2013 – Aircraft Ground Handling
2013 – Iowa Wing Encampment (Logistics Officer)
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2002—2006: Central Iowa Composite Squadron, Ames, IA
2006—2009: Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron, Fort Dodge, IA
2009—Present: Iowa Wing, Des Moines, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—August 2002
First Lieutenant—August 2003
Captain—February 2005
Major—February 2008
Lieutenant Colonel—February 2012

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DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION: LIEUTENANT COLONEL DONALD M.
HAHN, JR., CIVIL AIR PATROL
Lieutenant Colonel Donald Hahn, Jr. began his service to Civil Air Patrol in September 1989 as a
Senior Member in support of his son’s interest in the CAP program. In 1990, Lt Col Hahn
volunteered to become the Squadron Commander of the Davenport Composite Squadron. He
served in this position until 1995. During his time as Squadron Commander he was also
involved with the aerospace program and earned his ground team leader qualification in
emergency services. As the commander, Davenport Composite Squadron earned the Unit of the
Year Award. During his time with the Davenport Squadron, Lt Col Hahn and his ground team
were credited with one find; an errant ELT in a private airplane on the ramp at the Davenport
Airport.
Lt Col Hahn accepted the opportunity to serve as the Iowa Wing Transportation Officer (LGT) in
2004. In this position he has worked with NHQ Logistics Office to phase out eight worn out
vehicles with nine new vehicles since 2009. In 2011, Lt Col Hahn accepted the appointment to
serve as the Director of Aerospace Education (DAE). Lt Col Hahn has worked closely with the
Fly Iowa organization, which promotes civilian aviation in Iowa. Lt Col Hahn coordinates with
the Fly Iowa Committee and the Iowa Wing to provide CAP resources for flight line and crowd
control at their annual air show. He has been coordinating this activity since 2010. In his duties,
he is working with unit Aerospace Education Officers to encourage and support the full
implementation of the NHQ Aerospace Education Program. From 2010 to 2011, Lt Col Hahn
served on the Iowa Wing Inspector General’s Staff during the Wing SUI. In 2014, Lt Col Hahn
volunteered to take the AEO position at the Davenport Composite Squadron 13041.
Lt Col Hahn’s accomplishments include receiving the Torch Mentor Award and the Iowa Wing
Outstanding Unit Commander Award. He has earned a master rating in aerospace education, a
senior rating in finance, and a technician rating as an inspector general.
His CAP decorations include the Senior Ground Team Badge, Commander’s Commendation
Award, Unit Citation Award, Paul E. Garber Award, Grover Loening Award, Leadership Award
with Silver Star, Membership Award, A. Scott Crossfield Award, Charles Yeager Aerospace
Education Award, Command Service Ribbon, Red Service Ribbon with 25 year device, Search
“Find” Ribbon, and the Encampment Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1991—Squadron Leadership School
1991—CAP Senior Officer Course
1991—Corporate Learning Course
1993 – AEPSM
1997—Region Staff College
2008—Senior Inspector General Course
2012 – Great Lakes Region Aerospace Education Program at Wright-Patterson Museum
2013—Iowa Wing Encampment

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CAP ASSIGNMENTS
1990—1995: Davenport Composite Squadron, Davenport, Iowa
2004—Present: Iowa Wing Headquarters, Des Moines, Iowa
CAP PROJECTS
2013 – Iowa Wing Encampment – Aerospace Knowledge segment
2013 – Fly Iowa – Perry, IA
2012 – Fly Iowa – Atlantic, IA
2011 – Fly Iowa – Newton, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Major—July 1997
Lieutenant Colonel—November 2013

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FORMER DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS: CAPTAIN QUENTIN M. LAWS,
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Period of Service: 30 June 2013 to 29 October 2014
Captain Quentin Laws served as the Iowa Wing Director of Cadet Programs until October 2014.
He started his career as a cadet in 2000 and transferred to the senior member program in 2008.
Capt Laws has served in a variety of leadership positions such as Cadet Activities Officer, Safety
Officer, and Testing Officer.
Captain Laws’ accomplishments include a master rating in cadet programs and technician ratings
in safety and administration.
His CAP decorations include the Senior Ground Team Badge, Grover Loening Aerospace
Award, Leadership Award with 1 Silver Star, CAP Membership Ribbon, Charles Yeager
Aerospace Award, Amelia Earhart Award, Red Service Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps, Cadet
Special Activities Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, and Encampment Ribbon with 3 Bronze Clasps.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2002—Missouri Wing Encampment
2005—North Central 800 Encampment
2005—National Blue Beret
2009—National Blue Beret
2010—National Blue Beret
2011—National Blue Beret
2011—Squadron Leadership School
2011—CAP Senior Officer Course
2011—North Central Region Encampment
2012—Corporate Learning Course
2012—Training Leaders of Cadets
2012—National Blue Beret
2013—North Central Region Encampment
CAP PROMOTIONS
First Lieutenant—June 2010
Captain—June 2011
Major—August 2014

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DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS: CAPTAIN CHUCK H. BRUDTKUHL, CIVIL
AIR PATROL
Capt Brudtkuhl is the Iowa Wing Director of Communications and has held the position since
2008. He was first recruited into CAP in 2004 to aid with Communications and
Communications Training. The training classes Capt Brudtkuhl developed for the Iowa Wing
have been used in several wings across the USA. As IAWG DC, he oversaw the installation of
new repeaters and the transition to narrow-band communications for the Iowa Wing.
In 2013, Capt. Brudtkuhl accepted a request from CAP NHQ to develop an updated national HF
Network. A volunteer team was built from across the nation. This voice network (now called the
National Traffic Net) has trice-daily communication nets. These nets draw 90-100 volunteer
participants per day from nearly all wings including Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
In early 2014, Capt. Brudtkuhl accepted an ADY of National Traffic Net Manager as part of the
NHQ Communications Team and began building the next phase of the national network by
accepting applications from volunteers across the nation. This will be the national HF ALE
traffic network.
In late 2014, Capt. Brudtkuhl accepted an ADY of HQ CAP Communications Operations
Division Head (DOKO), reporting to HQ CAP Chief of Communications (DOK). He is now
responsible for communication across all levels of Operations.
Capt. Brudtkuhl retired from Qwest Communications in 2000 where he had been on Corporate
Staff for 10 years. He maintained a specialty of Network Management Systems. Prior, he was a
subject matter expert in several technologies to include Microwave Radio, Fiber Optics, DS-3,
Broadcast Video, Broadcast Audio, Data transmission et al.
In the communications world he is also an Amateur Radio Extra Class licensee with emphasis on
DXing, having been on the ARRL DX Honor Roll for several years.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2005—Squadron Leadership School
2008—Inspector General Basic Course
2013—CAP Senior Officer Course
2013—Corporate Learning Course
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2005—2008: Central Iowa Composite Squadron, Ames, IA
2008—Present: Iowa Wing Headquarters, Des Moines, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
First Lieutenant—March 2005
Captain—April 2013

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS: CAPTAIN WAYNE L. HARRAH,
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Captain Wayne Harrah is serving as the Iowa Wing Assistant Director of Communications since
2013. He started his CAP career in 2001, serving as a Unit Communications Officer.
Captain Harrah’s accomplishments include a technician ratings in Communication.
His CAP decorations include the CAP Observer Wings, Leadership Award, Charles Yeager
Aerospace Award, and CAP Membership Award. Capt. Harrah was also named Wing
Communicator of the Year in 2003.
Captain Harrah is also an active member of the Iowa Air National Guard as a direct result of his
membership in CAP. During a dual-based SAREX held at the 133d Test Squadron in Dubuque
and Fort Dodge Iowa during November of 2004, Capt. Harrah was assigned to Fort Dodge, and
exposed to 133d personnel during their monthly drill activities. It was there that he learned that
even after 20 years since ending his last active duty military service (USAF), that it was still
possible to return to duty as a member of the Iowa Air National Guard. Capt. Harrah
immediately enlisted, and currently holds the Air National Guard rank of Master Sergeant and
was deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010 as an
Airborne Control Warning Systems Specialist (Long Range Radar Operator).
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2004—Squadron Leadership School
2005—CAP Senior Officer Course
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2001—2012: Cedar Rapids Senior Squadron, Cedar Rapids, IA
2012—Present: Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron, Cedar Rapids, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—December 2001
First Lieutenant—October 2004
Captain—December 2006

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DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION: CAPTAIN JANICE LEWANDOWSKI, CIVIL AIR
PATROL
Captain Janice Lewandowski is the Cadet Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) Officer (2012). She
has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol since 2009. Capt Lewandowski has served in a variety
of leadership positions, including Administrative Officer, Personnel Officer, DDR Officer,
Testing Officer, and Deputy Commander.
Captain Lewandowski’s achievement includes: senior ratings in drug demand reduction,
administration, and cadet programs and a technician rating in personnel and command.
Furthermore, she has promoted the DDR program throughout the wing by encouraging
squadrons to participate in the DDR Excellence Program and organizing various DDR activities
such as Red Ribbon Week, wing conference presentations, and encampment DDR presentations.
The training she provided to cadets was credited to the discovery of a “shake and bake” meth lab
in 2013. Captain Janice Lewandowski participated in her community's Citizen's Academy, InterAgency Coalition Meetings, and is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team
(CERT).
Her CAP decorations include the Basic Ground Team Badge, Grover Loening Aerospace Award,
Leadership Award with 3 Bronze Stars, Membership Award, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award,
and Encampment Ribbon with 1 Bronze Clasp.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2008—Inspector General Basic Course
2010—North Central Region Encampment
2011—North Central Region Encampment
2011—Squadron Leadership School
2011—CAP Senior Officer Course
2011—Corporate Learning Course
2011—Training Leaders of Cadets
2012—Drug Demand Reduction Courses
2013—Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members
2014—Introductory Communications User Training
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2009—Present: Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron, Fort Dodge, Iowa
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—December 2009
First Lieutenant—January 2011
Captain—July 2012

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DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: CAPTAIN MICHAEL J. ORREGAARD, CIVIL AIR
PATROL
Captain Michael Orregaard is the Iowa Wing Director of Operations (2014). Captain Orregaard
started his career in the Iowa Wing in 2005 at the Cedar Rapids Senior Squadron. He has served
as a Squadron Commander, Squadron Emergency Services Officer, and Operations Officer.
Captain Orregaard’s achievements include technician ratings in Emergency Services and
Command. He holds both a power pilot and glider pilot license. During his squadron command
time, his unit received the Governor’s Volunteer Award for Outstanding Contribution to the
Community for their work in the 2008 Iowa floods and was named Flying Squadron of the year
in 2008. Captain Orregaard holds a Master at Laws (LLM).
His CAP decorations include CAP Observer Wings, Command Insignia Pin, Leadership Award,
CAP Membership Ribbon, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Command Service Ribbon, Red
Service Ribbon with 1 Bronze Clasp, Disaster Relief Ribbon with “V”, and Encampment
Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2007 Unit Commander’s Course
2007 Squadron Leadership School
2008 Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members (AEPSM)
2008 Corporate Learning Course
2009 Region Staff College
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2005—2012: Cedar Rapids Senior Squadron, Cedar Rapids, IA
2012—2014: Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron, Cedar Rapids, IA
2014—Present: Iowa Wing Headquarters, Des Moines, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant — March 2006
Captain — December 2006

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DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES: MAJOR JAMES M. CURRIE, CIVIL AIR
PATROL
Major James Currie is serving as the Iowa Wing Emergency Services Officer (2012) and the
Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron Commander (2013). He started his career in 1994 and has
served as a Unit Communications Officer, Emergency Services Officer, Professional
Development Officer, and Transportation Officer.
Major Currie’s accomplishments include master ratings in communications, professional
development, and finance, senior rating in emergency services, and a technician rating in
command.
His CAP decorations include the Master Ground Team Badge, Paul E. Garber Award, Grover
Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership Award with 3 Silver Stars, CAP Membership Ribbon,
Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Red Service with 20 Year Numeral, Search “Find” Ribbon,
and Encampment Ribbon with 3 Bronze Clasps.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2003—Squadron Leadership School
2004—Corporate Learning Course
2004—North Central Region Encampment
2005—Arkansas Wing Encampment
2005—CAP Senior Officer Course
2006—North Central Region Encampment
2008—Inspector General Basic Course
2008—Unit Commander’s Course
2012—Region Staff College
2013—Iowa Wing Encampment
2014—Training Leaders of Cadets
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—March 1995
First Lieutenant—November 2003
Captain—January 2006
Major—April 2009

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FINANCE OFFICER: MAJOR STEPHEN C. GARA, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Major Stephen Gara has been the Iowa Wing Director of Finance since 2006. He started his
career in 1982 by joining as a cadet in New Jersey. Major Gara received the General Carl A.
Spaatz Award (#859) and was extremely active in the cadet program. Maj Gara participated in
numerous wing, region and national activities, including summer encampment, Cadet Officer
School, IACE, Region Staff College, NESA, & NLOC. Currently, he works at Drake University
as an associate professor of accounting. Major Gara lives in Ankeny, IA with his wife and four
children.
Maj Gara’s achievements include a master rating in Cadet Programs. He was the 1986 NJWG
Cadet of the Year.
His CAP decorations include the CAP Observer Wings, Meritorious Service Award,
Commander’s Commendation, Unit Citation, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership
Award with 1 Silver Star, Membership Award, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Spaatz Award
with Silver Star, Red Service Award with 30 year numeral, I.A.C.E. Ribbon, Cadet Advisory
Council Ribbon, Cadet Special Activities Ribbon, and Encampment Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1982 – New Jersey Wing Encampment
1983 – New Jersey Wing Ground Search & Rescue School
1984 – Northeast Region Communications School
1985 – Cadet Officer Scool
1986 – International Air Cadet Exchange
1986 – New Jersey Wing Solo Encampment
1987 – Senator Jennings Randolph Soaring School
1989 - CAP Senior Officer Course
1990 - Squadron Leadership School
1993 - Corporate Learning Course
1999 - Region Staff College
2000 - New York Wing Encampment
2001 - National Emergency Services Academy/Mission Aircrew School
2001 - Natioal Legal Officers College
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
1982 – 1999: Lone Eagle Composite Squardon, New Jersey Wing
1999 – 2006: Suffolk County Cadet Squardon VII, New York Wing
2006 – Present: Iowa Wing Headquarters, Des Moines, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Captain—September 1999
Major—May 2006

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DEPUTY FINANCE: LIEUTENANT COLONEL PHILIP PATTERSON, CIVIL AIR
PATROL
Lieutenant Colonel Philip “Phil” Patterson is the Iowa
Wing Deputy Director of Finance (2008). Lt Col
Patterson started his career in the Will Rogers Composite
Squadron, Oklahoma Wing in 2000.
He has a
distinguished career as a finance officer.
Lt Col Patterson’s achievements includes a master rating
in finance and completion of ICS 100, 200, 250, 300, 400,
700, 701, 702, 703, and 800 courses. He has a B.S. in
Business Management and an MBA from Northwest
Missouri State University. Lt Col Patterson is a graduate
of the Graduate School of Credit and Financial
Management and is also a Professional Project Manager
(PMP).
His CAP decorations include: the Meritorious Service Award, Commander’s Commendation
with 1 Silver Clasp, Paul E. Garber Award, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership Award
with Silver Star, Membership Award, Red Service Ribbon with 2 bronze clasps, Search “Find”
Ribbon, and Encampment Ribbon with a Bronze Clasp.
CAP PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:
2001—Squadron Leadership School
2001—USAF Extension Course Institute (ECI) 13 course
2003—Corporate Learning Course
2007—Region Staff Course
CAP ASSIGNMENTS:
2000—2003: Will Rogers Composite Squadron, Oklahoma Wing (OK-149)
2003—2006: Chicago Midway Composite Squadron, Illinois Wing (IL-067)
2006—Present: Iowa Wing Headquarters, Des Moines, Iowa
CAP PROMOTIONS:
Second Lieutenant—February 2000
First Lieutenant—August 2001
Captain—February 2003
Major—June 2006
Lieutenant Colonel—June 2010

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HEALTH SERVICES: MAJOR CASEY L. C. SCHROEDER, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Major Casey L. C. Schroeder is the Iowa Wing Health Services Officer (2008) and the Iowa
Wing Historian (2011). Major Schroeder started his career in the Iowa Wing as a cadet in March
1999 and transferred to the senior member program in 2004. Major Schroeder has served in a
variety of leadership positions, including Squadron Commander (Hawkeye Composite
Squadron), Wing Director of Cadet Programs, Unit Aerospace Education Officer, Unit
Emergency Services Officer, and a Unit Communications Officer.
Major Schroeder’s achievements include: master ratings in aerospace education, cadet programs,
and health services; senior ratings in historian, communications and plans and programs;
technician rating in emergency services and command. He is also a recipient of the Torch
Mentor Award. Major Schroeder holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a Bachelor of
Science in clinical laboratory science from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science from
the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in
pathology from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
His CAP decorations include the Master Ground Team Badge, Command Insignia Pin,
Commander’s Commendation with 1 Silver Clasp, Gill Robb Wilson Award (#3178) with Silver
Star, Paul E. Garber Award with Bronze Star, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership
Award with 3 Silver Stars, CAP Membership Ribbon, A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Award,
Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, General Carl A. Spaatz Award with Silver Star (#1520),
Command Service Ribbon, Red Service Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps, Search “Find” Ribbon
with 2 Bronze Clasps, Search and Rescue Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps, Community Service
Award with 2 Bronze Clasps, I.A.C.E. Ribbon, National Color Guard Competition Ribbon,
National Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Gold Star, Cadet Special Activities Ribbon with 2
Bronze Stars, Encampment Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps, and Senior Recruiter Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2000 Iowa Wing Encampment
2001 Cadet Officer School
2002 International Air Cadet Exchange
2003 USAF Extension Course Institute (ECI) 13
2003 Illinois Wing Encampment
2003 National Blue Beret
2004 Squadron Leadership School
2004 Corporate Learning Course
2004 NCR Encampment
2004 National Blue Beret
2005 Unit Commander’s Course
2005 USAF Squadron Officer School
2011 Squadron Leadership School Director
2014 USAF Air Command and Staff College
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
1999—2001: Black Hawk Composite Squadron, Waterloo, IA

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2001—2003: East Iowa Cadet Squadron, Cedar Rapids, IA
2003—2005: Hawkeye Composite Squadron, Iowa City, IA
2005—2005: Iowa Wing Headquarters, Des Moines, IA
2005—2008: Break in service
2008—Present: Iowa Wing Headquarters, Des Moines, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Captain – March 2004
Major – August 2011

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HISTORIAN: MAJOR CASEY L. C. SCHROEDER, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Major Casey L. C. Schroeder is the Iowa Wing Health Services Officer (2008) and the Iowa
Wing Historian (2011). Major Schroeder started his career in the Iowa Wing as a cadet in March
1999 and transferred to the senior member program in 2004. Major Schroeder has served in a
variety of leadership positions, including Squadron Commander (Hawkeye Composite
Squadron), Wing Director of Cadet Programs, Unit Aerospace Education Officer, Unit
Emergency Services Officer, and a Unit Communications Officer.
Major Schroeder’s achievements include: master ratings in aerospace education, cadet programs,
and health services; senior ratings in historian, communications and plans and programs;
technician rating in emergency services and command. He is also a recipient of the Torch
Mentor Award. Major Schroeder holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a Bachelor of
Science in clinical laboratory science from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science from
the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in
pathology from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
His CAP decorations include the Master Ground Team Badge, Command Insignia Pin,
Commander’s Commendation with 1 Silver Clasp, Gill Robb Wilson Award (#3178) with Silver
Star, Paul E. Garber Award with Bronze Star, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership
Award with 3 Silver Stars, CAP Membership Ribbon, A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Award,
Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, General Carl A. Spaatz Award with Silver Star (#1520),
Command Service Ribbon, Red Service Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps, Search “Find” Ribbon
with 2 Bronze Clasps, Search and Rescue Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps, Community Service
Award with 2 Bronze Clasps, I.A.C.E. Ribbon, National Color Guard Competition Ribbon,
National Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Gold Star, Cadet Special Activities Ribbon with 2
Bronze Stars, Encampment Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps, and Senior Recruiter Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2000 Iowa Wing Encampment
2001 Cadet Officer School
2002 International Air Cadet Exchange
2003 USAF Extension Course Institute (ECI) 13
2003 Illinois Wing Encampment
2003 National Blue Beret
2004 Squadron Leadership School
2004 Corporate Learning Course
2004 NCR Encampment
2004 National Blue Beret
2005 Unit Commander’s Course
2005 USAF Squadron Officer School
2011 Squadron Leadership School Director
2014 USAF Air Command and Staff College
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
1999—2001: Black Hawk Composite Squadron, Waterloo, IA

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2001—2003: East Iowa Cadet Squadron, Cedar Rapids, IA
2003—2005: Hawkeye Composite Squadron, Iowa City, IA
2005—2005: Iowa Wing Headquarters, Des Moines, IA
2005—2008: Break in service
2008—Present: Iowa Wing Headquarters, Des Moines, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Captain – March 2004
Major – August 2011

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INSPECTOR GENERAL: MAJOR JOSEPH C. MURPHY, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Major Joseph C. Murphy is the Iowa Wing Inspector General (2010). Maj Murphy joined the
Civil Air Patrol in 2007. He has served in a variety of leadership positions, including Deputy
Commander and Aerospace Education Officer.
Maj Murphy’s achievements include a technician rating in the inspector general specialty track.
He actively participates as a mission pilot and as an orientation pilot. Currently, he is training to
become a CAP glider tow pilot. Maj Murphy, a graduate of the US Naval Academy, retired from
the Navy after 20 years of dedicated service. He earned the rank of Lieutenant Commander and
served in numerous leadership positions. These include a variety of nuclear engineering
positions and communications officer aboard the USS Nebraska (SSBN 739), submarine analyst
at the Office of Naval Intelligence, navigator/operation officer on the USS Maine (SSBN 741),
Submarine Launched Missile Planning Section Team Chief at USSTRATCOM, Strategic
Operations Section at the National Airborne Operations Center, and Joint Functional Component
Command for Global Strike at USSTRACTOM.
Major Murphy’s CAP decorations include the CAP Pilot Wings, Membership Award, Charles
Yeager Aerospace Award, and the Senior Recruiter Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2008—Inspector General Basic Course
2010—National Inspector General College
2012—Squadron Leadership School
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2008—2008: 91st All Iowa Composite Squadron, Des Moines, Iowa
2008—2010: Des Moines Metro Composite Squadron, Des Moines, IA
2010—2010: Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron, Red Oak, IA
2010—Present: Iowa Wing Headquarters, Des Moines, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Major—August 2008

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DIRECTOR OF INFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: CAPTAIN JASON S.
ERICKSON, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Captain Jason Erickson is the Wing Director of Information Technology since 2012 and was the
commander of the Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron since 2010. He joined the Civil Air
Patrol in 2008 as a senior member. Since then, he has served as a Unit Emergency Services
Officer, IT Officer, Administrative Officer, Operations Officer, and Recruiting and Retention
Officer. In 2013, he was the Iowa Wing Encampment Commander.
Captain Erickson’s achievements include a senior rating in administration and a technician rating
in emergency services and cadet programs.
His CAP decorations include the Mission Observer Wings, Master Ground Team Badge,
Command Insignia Pin, Commander’s Commendation, Grover Loening Aerospace Award,
Leadership Award with 1 Bronze Star, CAP Membership Ribbon, Charles Yeager Aerospace
Award, Command Service Ribbon, Red Service with 1 Bronze Clasp, Search “Find” Ribbon,
Community Service Award, Encampment Ribbon with 1 Bronze Clasp, and Senior Recruiter
Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2008—Squadron Leadership School
2010—CAP Senior Officer Course
2010—Corporate Learning Course
2011—Unit Commander’s Course
2012—Training Leaders of Cadets
2012—Camp Ashland, NE Encampment
2013—Iowa Wing Encampment
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2008—2008: 91st All Iowa Composite Squadron, Des Moines, Iowa
2008—2010: Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron, Des Moines, IA
2010—Present: Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron, Red Oak, Iowa
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—December 2008
First Lieutenant—December 2009
Captain—June 2011

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: CAPTAIN RON P.
MUTCHLER, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Captain Ron Mutchler is the Squadron Commander of Des
Moines Composite Squadron after accepting command on
11 April 2013. Capt Mutchler is a native of Des Moines, IA.
He joined Civil Air Patrol in March 2010. Capt Mutchler
was appointed as the Assistant Director of Information
Technology for the Iowa Wing in January 2013. Since
2010, Capt Mutchler has served in a variety of leadership
positions within the Civil Air Patrol, such as the Emergency
Services Officer and the Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron
Deputy Commander.
Capt Mutchler’s achievements include a master rating in
information technology. Capt Mutchler was named the 2013 Iowa Wing Commander of the Year
and the Des Moines Composite Squadron was the 2013 Squadron of the Year for the Iowa Wing.
He successfully merged the Des Moines Senior Squadron and the Des Moines Metro Cadet
Squadron in February 2014. Furthermore, he is a mission scanner and a mission observer. He
has a Bachelors of Arts in Information and Technology Management from Grand View College
and an Associates Degree in Computer Programming from AIB College of Business.
His CAP decorations include the CAP Pilot Wings, Mission Observer Wings, Command Insignia
Pin, CAP Achievement Award, Paul E. Garber Award, Leadership Award with a Silver Star,
Membership Award, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Search “Find” Ribbon with Bronze
Propeller, and the Disaster Relief Ribbon with “V” device.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2010—Squadron Leadership School
2010—AFIADL Extension Course 13 Course
2011—Corporate Learning Course
2012—NCR Region Staff College
2012—Unit Commander’s Course
2014—Course Director – Squadron Leadership School
2014—Training Leaders for Cadets
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2010—2014: Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron, Des Moines, IA
2014—Present: Des Moines Composite Squadron, Des Moines, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—November 2010
First Lieutenant—December 2011
Captain—July 2013

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DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS: LIEUTENANT COLONEL ROGER W. ELLIOTT,
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Lieutenant Colonel Roger W. Elliott is the Iowa Wing Chief of Staff (2013) and the Iowa Wing
Director of Logistics (2004). Lt Col Elliott started his career in the Iowa Wing as a Cadet
Sponsor in February 2002 and transferred to the senior member program shortly thereafter. Lt
Col Elliott has served in a variety of leadership positions, including squadron commander. Lt
Col Elliott’s achievements include: a master rating in logistics, ground team leader, flight line
supervisor, general emergency service, and skills evaluator. Additionally, he has a “trainee”
status for mission scanner, mission radio operator, and communications unit leader. Previously,
he was also qualified as a logistics section chief, liaison officer, and a mission observer. He also
received the Iowa Wing Senior Member of the Year Award.
His CAP decorations include the Commander’s Award for Public Service (Army National
Guard), Command Insignia Pin, Senior Ground Team Badge, several Commander’s
Commendations, Paul E. Garber Award, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership Award
with a Silver Star, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Red Service Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps,
Search “Find” Ribbon, Cadet Special Activities Ribbon, and Encampment Ribbon with a Bronze
Clasp.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2002 – USAF Extension Course Institute (ECI) 13
2002 – Basic Communications User Training
2002 – Advanced Communications User Training
2002 – Squadron Leadership School
2003 – FEMA Disaster Preparedness 101 Training
2003 – Corporate Learning Course
2004 – FEMA IS-105 Course
2004 – IS100
2004 – IS200
2004 – NCR Encampment (Logistics Officer & Moral Leadership Officer)
2004 - National Blue Beret
2004 – SLS Instructor
2004 – CLC Instructor
2004 – SLS Director
2005 – Iowa Wing Communications Course
2006 – Emergency Services Academy
2006 – OPSEC
2007 – Liaison Officer
2007 – FEMA IS-00700 Course
2007 – FEMA IS-00800 Course
2007 - Region Staff College
2008 – Wing Runner
2008 – IG Basic Course
2008 – Investigating Officer Course
2008 – SUI Team Member Certification

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2009 – IS700
2009 – IS800
2010 – Intro to CAP Safety
2011 – ORM Basic
2011 – ORM Intermediate
2012 – ICUT
2012 – Intra Squad Radios
2012 – Basic ALE User Training
2012 – Station Authorization
2013 – Aircraft Ground Handling
2013 – Iowa Wing Encampment (Logistics Officer)
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2002—2006: Central Iowa Composite Squadron, Ames, IA
2006—2009: Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron, Fort Dodge, IA
2009—Present: Iowa Wing, Des Moines, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—August 2002
First Lieutenant—August 2003
Captain—February 2005
Major—February 2008
Lieutenant Colonel—February 2012

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TRANSPORTATION OFFICER: LIEUTENANT COLONEL DONALD M. HAHN, JR.,
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Lieutenant Colonel Donald Hahn, Jr. began his service to Civil Air Patrol in September 1989 as a
Senior Member in support of his son’s interest in the CAP program. In 1990, Lt Col Hahn
volunteered to become the Squadron Commander of the Davenport Composite Squadron. He
served in this position until 1995. During his time as Squadron Commander he was also
involved with the aerospace program and earned his ground team leader qualification in
emergency services. As the commander, Davenport Composite Squadron earned the Unit of the
Year Award. During his time with the Davenport Squadron, Lt Col Hahn and his ground team
were credited with one find; an errant ELT in a private airplane on the ramp at the Davenport
Airport.
Lt Col Hahn accepted the opportunity to serve as the Iowa Wing Transportation Officer (LGT) in
2004. In this position he has worked with NHQ Logistics Office to phase out eight worn out
vehicles with nine new vehicles since 2009. In 2011, Lt Col Hahn accepted the appointment to
serve as the Director of Aerospace Education (DAE). Lt Col Hahn has worked closely with the
Fly Iowa organization, which promotes civilian aviation in Iowa. Lt Col Hahn coordinates with
the Fly Iowa Committee and the Iowa Wing to provide CAP resources for flight line and crowd
control at their annual air show. He has been coordinating this activity since 2010. In his duties,
he is working with unit Aerospace Education Officers to encourage and support the full
implementation of the NHQ Aerospace Education Program. From 2010 to 2011, Lt Col Hahn
served on the Iowa Wing Inspector General’s Staff during the Wing SUI. In 2014, Lt Col Hahn
volunteered to take the AEO position at the Davenport Composite Squadron 13041.
Lt Col Hahn’s accomplishments include receiving the Torch Mentor Award and the Iowa Wing
Outstanding Unit Commander Award. He has earned a master rating in aerospace education, a
senior rating in finance, and a technician rating as an inspector general.
His CAP decorations include the Senior Ground Team Badge, Commander’s Commendation
Award, Unit Citation Award, Paul E. Garber Award, Grover Loening Aerospace Award,
Leadership Award with Silver Star, CAP Membership Award, A. Scott Crossfield Award,
Charles Yeager Aerospace Education Award, Command Service Ribbon, Red Service Ribbon
with 25 year device, Search “Find” Ribbon, and the Encampment Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1991—Squadron Leadership School
1991—CAP Senior Officer Course
1991—Corporate Learning Course
1993 – AEPSM
1997—Region Staff College
2008—Senior Inspector General Course
2012 – Great Lakes Region Aerospace Education Program at Wright-Patterson Museum
2013—Iowa Wing Encampment

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CAP ASSIGNMENTS
1990—1995: Davenport Composite Squadron, Davenport, Iowa
2004—Present: Iowa Wing Headquarters, Des Moines, Iowa
CAP PROJECTS
2013 – Iowa Wing Encampment – Aerospace Knowledge segment
2013 – Fly Iowa – Perry, IA
2012 – Fly Iowa – Atlantic, IA
2011 – Fly Iowa – Newton, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Major—July 1997
Lieutenant Colonel—November 2013

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PERSONNEL OFFICER: LIEUTENANT COLONEL ANITA S. ELLIOTT, CIVIL AIR
PATROL
Lt Col Anita Elliott serves as the Personnel and Administration Officer. Lt Col Elliott started her
career in the Iowa Wing as a Cadet Sponsor in December 2001. After becoming a full Senior
Member, she was active in emergency services and serving the Central Iowa Composite
Squadron as the Personnel Officer, Administration Officer and Test Control Officer. Since then,
Lt Col Elliott has served as the CICS Deputy Commander for Seniors (2002-2004), CICS
Squadron Commander (2004-2006), and Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron Interim
Commander.
Lt Col Elliott’s achievements include: master ratings in personnel, administration and
professional development and a technician rating in cadet programs and command.
Her CAP decorations include Mission Observer, Command Insignia Pin, Meritorious Service
Award, Commander’s Commendation with 3 Bronze Clasps, Achievement Award, Gill Robb
Wilson Award (#3134), Paul E. Garber Awards, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership
Award with 3 Silver Stars, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Command Service Ribbon, Red
Service Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps, Search “Find” Ribbon, Disaster Relief Ribbon with VDevice, National Color Guard Competition Ribbon, Encampment Ribbon, and Senior Recruiter
Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2002 USAF Extension Course Institute (ECI) 13
2002 Squadron Leadership School
2002 Wing Runner
2002 Emergency Management Institute Basic Incident Command System
2002 Basic Communications User Training
2002 Advanced Communications User Training
2002 Corporate Learning Course
2003 Unit Commander’s Course
2003 Air Force Institute of Advanced Distance Learning Mission Scanner Course
2003 Air Force Institute of Advanced Distance Learning Mission Observer Course
2003 National Congress on Aviation and Space Education
2003 Emergency Management Institute Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency
Management
2003 Region Staff College
2003 Emergency Management Institute Effective Communication
2003 Emergency Management Institute Leadership and Influence
2003 Air Force Resource Coordination Center Search Management Course
2004 Air Force Institute of Advanced Distance Learning Emergency Services Course
2004 National Fire Academy Course Emergency Response to Terrorism
2004 North Central Region Encampment
2004 Emergency Management Institute IS-100
2004 Emergency Management Institute IS-200
2004 Flight Release Officer Online Course

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2004
2006
2006
2006
2006
2006
2006
2008
2013
2014
2014

Skills Evaluator Training
Training Leaders of Cadets
NCR Professional Development Learning Lab
Emergency Management Institute IS-700
Emergency Management Institute IS-800
Emergency Services Academy
Mission Base Staff School
Basic IG Course
Aircraft Ground Handling
Introductory Communications User Training
National Staff College (NSC)

CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2001—2006: Central Iowa Composite Squadron, Ames, Iowa
2006—2011: Iowa Wing, Des Moines, Iowa
2011—2013: Break in Service
2013—2014: Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron, Des Moines, Iowa
2014—Present: Des Moines Composite Squadron, Des Moines, Iowa
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—July 2002
First Lieutenant—July 2003
Captain—February 2005
Major—February 2008
Lieutenant Colonel—October 2013

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PLANS AND PROGRAMS OFFICER: LIEUTENANT COLONEL RANDALL
BORTON, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Lt Col Randy Borton is the Iowa Wing Plans and Programs Officer (XP). Lt Col Borton started his career
as a cadet in North Carolina Wing in June of 1987 and transferred to the Senior Member Program in 1993
when he joined the US Air Force. He has served in a variety of positions including Deputy Commander
for Cadets, Deputy Commander for Seniors (twice), Deputy Commander, Group Director of Cadet
Programs, Squadron Commander (twice), South Dakota Wing Director of Personnel, South Dakota Wing
Director of Professional Development, and Assistant Inspector General, in multiple wings. He has
belonged to North Carolina Wing (cadet), New York Wing (cadet), Texas Wing (senior), back to North
Carolina (senior), and most recently South Dakota Wing (senior).
Lt Col Borton’s achievements include: master ratings in Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs,
Professional Development, Personnel, and Plans & Programs, and technician ratings in Health Services,
Commander, and Inspector General specialty tracks. He has been the SD Wing Professional
Development Officer of the Year (2007), the SD Wing Personnel Officer of the Year (2007, 2012), and the
SD Wing Senior Member of the Year (2012). Lt Col Borton was the Honor Graduate from the 2004
Middle East Region Staff College, and has received several other annual awards and certificates. Lt Col
Borton is an active-duty Air Force Master Sergeant and holds two Associates Degrees (Applied Health
Science and Emergency Management) and the Professional Management Certification from the
Community College of the Air Force. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational
Leadership from Thomas Edison State College.
His CAP decorations include the Master Ground Team Badge, Basic Observer wings, Basic Emergency
Medical Technician Badge, Command Insignia Pin, Meritorious Service Award with two bronze clasps,
Commander’s Commendation with three bronze clasps, Achievement Award with one bronze clasp,
National Commander’s Unit Citation, Unit Citation with one bronze clasp, Gill Robb Wilson Award
(#2650) with silver star, Paul E. Garber Award with bronze star, Grover Loening Aerospace Award,
Leadership Award with three silver stars, Membership Awards, A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Award,
Chuck Yeager Aerospace Award, Amelia Earhart Award, Command Service Ribbon, Red Service with 20
year pin, Search “Find” Ribbon, Search and Rescue Ribbon, I.A.C.E. Ribbon, National Color Guard
Competition Ribbon, Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with silver star, Encampment Ribbon with one
silver and three Bronze Clasps, and Senior Recruiter Ribbon with one bronze clasp.
ENCAMPMENTS
1991 Camp Smith, NY Emergency Services Encampment (Cadet)
1992 Plattsburgh AFB, NY Leadership Encampment (Cadet)
2001 MC Air Station Cherry Point, NC (TAC Officer)
2007 Ft. Bragg/Pope AFB, NC (TAC Officer) 2002
2007 Camp Rapid, SD North Central Region Encampment (Commander)
2009 Ellsworth AFB, SD (Deputy Commander)
2011 Camp Rapid, SD (Chief TAC Officer)
2012 Camp Grafton, ND (Deputy Commander)
2013 Camp Rapid, SD (Commander)
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2001 Group Six Aircrew School, Fayetteville, NC
2003 Squadron Leadership School
2003 USAF Extension Course Institute (ECI) 13
2004 Corporate Learning Course
2004 Middle East Region Staff College

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2004
2005
2005
2008
2008
2011

Middle East Region SAR College
USAF Squadron Officer School
Unit Commander’s Course
Training Leaders of Cadets
USAF Air Command and Staff College
Inspector General Senior Course

CAP ASSIGNMENTS
1987 - 1988: Tar River Composite Squadron, Rocky Mount, NC
1988 - 1993: Chemung County Cadet Squadron, Horseheads, NY
1993 - 1994: Sheppard AFB Composite Squadron, Sheppard AFB, TX
1994 - 1995: Fayetteville Composite Squadron, Fayetteville, NC
1995 - 2000: Break in service
2000 - 2003: Fayetteville Composite Squadron, Fayetteville, NC
2003 - 2004: Headquarters Group Six, Pope AFB, NC
2004 - 2005: Fayetteville Composite Squadron, Fayetteville, NC
2005 - 2008: Rushmore Composite Squadron, Rapid City, SD
2008 - 2012: Headquarters South Dakota Wing
2012 - 2013: Rushmore Composite Squadron, Rapid City, SD
2014 - Present: Headquarters Iowa Wing, Des Moines, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
1st Lt - June 2000
Captain - November 2003
Major - November 2006
Lt Col - November 2010

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DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: CAPTAIN MICHAEL G.
HEALY, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Captain Michael Healy currently serves as the Director of Professional Development (2013). He
has served as a Unit Professional Development Officer and Assistant Emergency Services
Officer. Capt Healy has served as a course director and instructor for a Squadron Leadership
School and Corporate Learning Course. In addition, he has worked on the planning committee
for the 2011 and 2012 Iowa Wing Conferences.
Captain Healy’s accomplishments include a Senior Rating in Professional Development and a
Technician Rating in Cadet Programs. Captain Healy is currently a doctoral student studying
Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University. He holds a Bachelors
of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Science degree in Education Administration
and Policy Studies, both from the University at Albany, SUNY.
His CAP decorations include the Grover Loening Award, Leadership Award with Bronze Star,
Membership Award, Charles Yeager Aerospace Achievement Award, and the Red Service
Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2010—CAP Senior Officer Course
2010—Corporate Learning Course
2011—Training Leaders of Cadets
2012—Squadron Leadership School
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2010—2012: East Iowa Cadet Squadron, Cedar Rapids, IA
2012—Present: Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron, Cedar Rapids, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—February 2011
First Lieutenant—February 2012
Captain—September 2013

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS: FIRST LIEUTENANT SARA M. MUTCHLER, CIVIL AIR
PATROL
First Lieutenant Sara Mutchler is the Public Affairs Officer for the Iowa Wing and Des Moines
Composite Squadron. 1st Lt Mutchler is a native of Des Moines, IA. She joined Civil Air Patrol
in January 2013. 1st Lt Mutchler was appointed as the Public Affairs Officer for the Iowa Wing
in September 2013.
1st Lt Mutchler’s achievements include a technician rating in public affairs.
Her CAP decorations include the Leadership Award and Membership Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2013—Foundations Course
2014—Squadron Leadership School
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2013—2014: Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron, Des Moines, IA
2014—Present: Des Moines Composite Squadron, Des Moines, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—July 2013
First Lieutenant--September 2014

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SAFETY: LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILLIAM F.
MAUSSER, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Lt Col Bill Mausser serves as the Assistant Director of Safety since September 2008. Lt Col
Mausser started his CAP career in the Iowa Wing as a Safety and Administrative Officer for the
East Iowa Cadet Squadron from 1988-1993. During early 1993, he recruited enough new CAP
members in the Dubuque area to organize and re-establish the Dubuque Composite Squadron and
subsequently becoming the Commander from 1993 to 1997. He was awarded the “Iowa Wing
Squadron Commander of The Year” Award in 1996. Dubuque Composite Squadron received the
“Iowa Wing Squadron of The Year” Award in the same year. Lt Col Mausser has served on the
Iowa Wing staff as the Director of Safety plus in a number of squadron positions including:
Squadron Commander, Deputy Commander, Administrative Officer, Safety Officer, Logistics
Officer, Transportation Officer, Communications Officer, Operations Officer, Drug Demand
Reduction, Professional Development Officer and Public Affairs Officer. In October 2011, he
once again assumed command of the Dubuque Composite Squadron after Lt Col Schneider
resigned due to health issues.
Lt Col Mausser’s CAP achievements include: master ratings in finance, safety and
administration and technician ratings in cadet programs, professional development, logistics and
command. He holds a History Degree and an Iowa Teacher’s Certificate from Loras College.
He attained the rank of Storekeeper Chief in the U. S. Navy Reserve, retiring after 25 years of
continuous military service in the Reserves. He retired from John Deere Dubuque Works as an
Engineering Analyst after having worked there for 33 years.
His CAP decorations include: Observer Badge, Senior Ground Team Badge, Command Insignia
Pin, Commander’s Commendation Ribbon with 1 Silver Clasp, Paul E. Garber Award with
Bronze Star, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership Award with Three Silver Stars,
Membership Award, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Command Service Ribbon, Red Service
Award with 25 Year Numeral, Search “Find” Ribbon with Bronze Propeller, and Senior Recruiter
Ribbon with Silver Clasp.

CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1988 Foundations Completed
1989 Squadron Leadership School
1990 Corporate Learning Course
1990 CPPT Course
1990 ECI 13 CAP Officer Basic Course
1991 Certificate Of Proficiency
1991 Civil Air Patrol Safety Officer’s Course
1993 Iowa Wing SAR School
1993 Iowa Wing Communications School
1993 Iowa Wing Conference Instructor
1994 Iowa Wing Conference Instructor
2006 Squadron Officer School

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CAP ASSIGNMENTS
1987—1993: East Iowa Cadet Squadron, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1997—2007: Dubuque Composite Squadron, Dubuque, Iowa
2007—2008: Whiteside County Composite Squadron, Illinois Wing (GLR-IL-334)
2008—Present: Dubuque Composite Squadron, Dubuque, Iowa
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—January 1989
First Lieutenant—February 1990
Captain—April 1992
Major—June 1995
Lieutenant Colonel—August 2006

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CHAPTER 3—SQUADRON COMMANDER BIOGRAPHIES
IA-002 Des Moines Composite Squadron
Commander: Captain Ron P. Mutchler
Location: Des Moines, IA
IA-003 Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron
Commander: First Lieutenant Drue Powers
Location: Red Oak, IA
IA-005 Burlington Composite Squadron
Commander: Captain John D. Ellis, Jr.
Location: Burlington, IA
IA-007 Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron
Commander: Major Jim M. Currie
Location: Fort Dodge, IA
IA-041 Davenport Composite Squadron
Commander: Major John M. McDermott
Location: Davenport, IA
IA-043 Dubuque Composite Squadron
Commander: First Lieutenant Nathan Schuetz
Location: Dubuque, IA
IA-072 Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron
Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Anita S. Elliott
Location: Des Moines, IA
IA-129 Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron
Commander: First Lieutenant Paul D. Pate
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

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IA-002 DES MOINES COMPOSITE SQUADRON
COMMANDER: CAPTAIN RON P. MUTCHLER
Captain Ron Mutchler is the Squadron Commander of Des
Moines Composite Squadron after accepting command on
11 April 2013. Capt Mutchler is a native of Des Moines, IA.
He joined Civil Air Patrol in March 2010. Capt Mutchler
was appointed as the Assistant Director of Information
Technology for the Iowa Wing in January 2013. Since
2010, Capt Mutchler has served in a variety of leadership
positions within the Civil Air Patrol, such as the Emergency
Services Officer and the Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron
Deputy Commander.
Capt Mutchler’s achievements include a master rating in
information technology. Capt Mutchler was named the 2013 Iowa Wing Commander of the Year
and the Des Moines Composite Squadron was the 2013 Squadron of the Year for the Iowa Wing.
He successfully merged the Des Moines Senior Squadron and the Des Moines Metro Cadet
Squadron in February 2014. Furthermore, he is a mission scanner and a mission observer. He
has a Bachelors of Arts in Information and Technology Management from Grand View College
and an Associates Degree in Computer Programming from AIB College of Business.
His CAP decorations include the CAP Pilot Wings, Mission Observer Wings, Command Insignia
Pin, CAP Achievement Award, Paul E. Garber Award, Leadership Award with a Silver Star,
Membership Award, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Search “Find” Ribbon with Bronze
Propeller, and the Disaster Relief Ribbon with “V” device.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2010—Squadron Leadership School
2010—AFIADL Extension Course 13 Course
2011—Corporate Learning Course
2012—NCR Region Staff College
2012—Unit Commander’s Course
2014—Course Director – Squadron Leadership School
2014—Training Leaders for Cadets
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2010—2014: Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron, Des Moines, IA
2014—Present: Des Moines Composite Squadron, Des Moines, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—November 2010
First Lieutenant—December 2011
Captain—July 2013

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IA-003 SOUTHWEST IOWA COMPOSITE SQUADRON
COMMANDER: FIRST LIEUTENANT DRUE POWERS
First Lieutenant Drue Powers is the commander of the Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron
since December 2014. He joined the Civil Air Patrol in 2012 as a senior member. Since then, he
has served as a Unit Communications Officer and Logistics Officer.
1st Lt Powers’ achievements include a senior rating in communications. He is qualified in a
variety of ES specialties such as mission observer, ground team member, and communications
unit leader.
His CAP decorations include the Mission Observer Wings, Basic Ground Team Badge,
Command Insignia Pin, Leadership Award with 1 Bronze Star, CAP Membership Ribbon,
Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Red Service Ribbon, and Encampment Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2012—CAP Officer Basic Course
2012—Basic Instructor Course
2012—Corporate Learning Course
2012—Squadron Leadership School
2012—Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members
2013—Iowa Wing Encampment
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2012—Present: Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron, Red Oak, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—November 2012
First Lieutenant—November 2013

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IA-003 SOUTHWEST IOWA COMPOSITE SQUADRON
FORMER COMMANDER: CAPTAIN JASON S. ERICKSON
Period of Service: December 2010 to December 2014
Captain Jason Erickson is the Wing Director of Information Technology since 2012 and was the
commander of the Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron since 2010. He joined the Civil Air
Patrol in 2008 as a senior member. Since then, he has served as a Unit Emergency Services
Officer, IT Officer, Administrative Officer, Operations Officer, and Recruiting and Retention
Officer. In 2013, he was the Iowa Wing Encampment Commander.
Captain Erickson’s achievements include a senior rating in administration and a technician rating
in emergency services and cadet programs.
His CAP decorations include the Mission Observer Wings, Master Ground Team Badge,
Command Insignia Pin, Commander’s Commendation, Grover Loening Aerospace Award,
Leadership Award with 1 Bronze Star, CAP Membership Ribbon, Charles Yeager Aerospace
Award, Command Service Ribbon, Red Service with 1 Bronze Clasp, Search “Find” Ribbon,
Community Service Award, Encampment Ribbon with 1 Bronze Clasp, and Senior Recruiter
Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2008—Squadron Leadership School
2010—CAP Senior Officer Course
2010—Corporate Learning Course
2011—Unit Commander’s Course
2012—Training Leaders of Cadets
2012—Camp Ashland, NE Encampment
2013—Iowa Wing Encampment
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2008—2008: 91st All Iowa Composite Squadron, Des Moines, Iowa
2008—2010: Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron, Des Moines, IA
2010—Present: Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron, Red Oak, Iowa
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—December 2008
First Lieutenant—December 2009
Captain—June 2011

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IA-005 BURLINGTON COMPOSITE SQUADRON
COMMANDER: MAJOR JOHN D. ELLIS, JR.
Major John D. Ellis, Jr. is the Squadron Commander of the
Burlington Composite Squadron. Major Ellis started his career in
the Iowa Wing as a Senior Member in December 2008. Major
Ellis is serving in a variety of leadership positions, in addition to
Squadron Commander (2010), including Unit Administrative
Officer (2009), Unit Deputy Commander for Seniors (2010),
Unit Information Technologies Officer (2009), Unit Logistics
Officer (2012), Unit Personnel Officer (2009), Unit Professional
Development Officer (2009), and Unit Transportation Officer
(2009). He has also served as Unit Public Affairs Officer.
Major Ellis’ achievements include: senior ratings in logistics and professional development;
technician ratings in information technologies, administration, personnel, cadet programs, and
command. Outside of CAP, Major Ellis holds a New Holland Agriculture Level 1 Service
Technician Certification and is working on achieving Level 2 Professional Service Technician
Certifications and Level 3 Master Service Technician Certifications.
His CAP decorations include the Master Ground Team Badge, Command Insignia Pin,
Commander’s Commendation with 1 Bronze Clasp, CAP Achievement Award, Grover Loening
Award, Leadership Award with 2 Bronze Stars, Membership Ribbon, Chuck Yeager Aerospace
Award, Command Service Ribbon, and Red Service Ribbon with 1 Bronze Clasp.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2009 Training Leaders of Cadets
2010 Officer Basic Course
2010 Squadron Leadership School
2010 Corporate Learning Course
2011 Public Affairs Officer Basic Course
2011 Unit Commanders Course
2012 Inspector General Basic Course
2012 Unit Commanders Course—Director
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2008 – Present: Burlington Composite Squadron, Burlington, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant – June 2009
First Lieutenant – April 2010
Captain – April 2011
Major – September 2014

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IA-007 NORTHWEST IOWA COMPOSITE SQUADRON
COMMANDER: MAJOR JIM M. CURRIE
Major James Currie is serving as the Iowa Wing Emergency Services Officer (2012) and the
Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron Commander (2013). He started his career in 1994 and has
served as a Unit Communications Officer, Emergency Services Officer, Professional
Development Officer, and Transportation Officer.
Major Currie’s accomplishments include master ratings in communications, professional
development, and finance, senior rating in emergency services, and a technician rating in
command.
His CAP decorations include the Master Ground Team Badge, Paul E. Garber Award, Grover
Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership Award with 3 Silver Stars, CAP Membership Ribbon,
Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Red Service with 20 Year Numeral, Search “Find” Ribbon,
and Encampment Ribbon with 3 Bronze Clasps.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2003—Squadron Leadership School
2004—Corporate Learning Course
2004—North Central Region Encampment
2005—Arkansas Wing Encampment
2005—CAP Senior Officer Course
2006—North Central Region Encampment
2008—Inspector General Basic Course
2008—Unit Commander’s Course
2012—Region Staff College
2013—Iowa Wing Encampment
2014—Training Leaders of Cadets
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—March 1995
First Lieutenant—November 2003
Captain—January 2006
Major—April 2009

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IA-041 DAVENPORT COMPOSITE SQUADRON
COMMANDER: MAJOR JOHN M. MCDERMOTT
Major John McDermott is the Commander of Davenport Composite Squadron, and started his
service in Civil Air Patrol as a cadet in Florida Wing at MacDill AFB Cadet Squadron in 1981.
As a cadet, Major McDermott attained the prestigious General Carl A. Spaatz award in 1985,
receiving an F-16B orientation flight. As a cadet he participated in numerous activities to include
Wing Encampments, USAF Pararescue Orientation, the International Air Cadet Exchange
program visiting Norway, and the Florida Wing Solo Flight Encampment. After graduating high
school, Major McDermott attended college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona
Beach, completing the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Program.
Upon completion of school Major McDermott enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served as an
F/A-18 Hornet aircraft mechanic, deploying overseas to the Western Pacific. After completing
four years of active duty, Major McDermott transferred to the Marine Corps reserves and
returned to Embry-Riddle for completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science.
Following graduation Major McDermott completed Marine Corps Officer Candidates School and
was commissioned a 2nd Lt, serving on active duty as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer for a
variety of Marine aircraft types in positions of increasing responsibility at locations throughout
the United States and overseas. In July 2009 Major McDermott retired from the Marine Corps
with 23 years of service at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA completing an assignment on the Chief
of Naval Operations Staff for Air Warfare.
Throughout his military career, Major McDermott continued to support Civil Air Patrol serving
in squadrons where he was stationed in the Marines. Leadership positions included Deputy
Commander for Cadets, Emergency Services Officer, Aerospace Education Officer, and Aircraft
Maintenance Officer. Major McDermott holds FAA certifications as an Airframe and Powerplant
mechanic with Inspection Authorization, and is a CAP Pilot with a Commercial Pilot’s certificate
and over 450 mishap free flight hours.
Major McDermott’s CAP decorations include the Command Insignia Pin, Commander’s
Commendation Award, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership Award, CAP Membership
Award, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, General Carl A. Spaatz Award, Red Service Ribbon
with 30 year service numeral, I.A.C.E. Ribbon, Special Activities Ribbon, and Encampment
Ribbon.
CAP and MILITARY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1985 – Gen Carl A. Spaatz award for completion of CAP Cadet program
1986 - Marine Corps Enlisted Basic Training, Parris Island, SC
1990—CAP Squadron Leadership School
1991 - Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, Quantico, VA
1992 - Marine Corps Officer Basic School, Quantico, VA
2000 - Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Quantico, VA
2002—CAP Senior Officer Course, ECI 13
2004 - Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA
2013—CAP Corporate Learning Course

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CAP ASSIGNMENTS
1981—1986: MacDill Cadet Squadron, Tampa, FL
1987—1990: Hilton Head Composite Squadron, Hilton Head, SC
1990—1996: Daytona Beach Cadet Squadron, Daytona Beach, FL
1996—2001: Coastal Patrol Base 21, Beaufort, NC
2001—2009: Cunningham Field Cadet Squadron, MCAS Cherry Point, NC
2009—2012: Central Florida Cadet Squadron, Orlando, FL
2013—Present: Davenport Composite Squadron, Davenport, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Captain—March 1985
Major—January 2003

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IA-043 DUBUQUE COMPOSITE SQUADRON
COMMANDER: FIRST LIEUTENANT NATHAN SCHUETZ
First Lieutenant Nathan Schuetz is the Commander of the Dubuque Composite Squadron after
assuming command from Lt Col Bill Mausser in September 2014. He first joined Civil Air Patrol
as a cadet in 2009. In 2014, 1st Lt Schuetz transferred to the senior member program. He is
active in the wing’s leadership schools and emergency services training.
1st Lt Schuetz’s achievements include emergency services specialty ratings in ground team,
urban direction finding, and flight line marshalling.
His CAP decorations include the Basic Ground Team Badge, CAP Membership Ribbon, Amelia
Earhart Award, Red Service Ribbon with 1 Bronze Clasp, National Cadet Advisory Council
Ribbon, Cadet Special Activities Ribbon, and Encampment Ribbon with 1 Bronze Clasp.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2009 Winter Ranger, Davenport, IA
2010 Cadet Basic Encampment, Volk Field, WI
2011 Advanced Training Squadron Encampment, Camp Lincoln, IL
2011 North Central Region Cadet Leadership School, Camp Ripley, MN
2012 National Blue Beret, Oshkosh, WI
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2009 – Present: Dubuque Composite Squadron, Dubuque, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
First Lieutenant – August 2014

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IA-043 DUBUQUE COMPOSITE SQUADRON
COMMANDER: LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILLIAM F. MAUSSER
Period of Service: 17 October 2011 to 29 October 2014
Lt Col Bill Mausser served as the Squadron Commander for the Dubuque Composite Squadron
until October 2014. Lt Col Mausser started his CAP career in the Iowa Wing as a Safety and
Administrative Officer for the East Iowa Cadet Squadron from 1988-1993. During early 1993,
he recruited enough new CAP members in the Dubuque area to organize and re-establish the
Dubuque Composite Squadron and subsequently becoming the Commander from 1993 to 1997.
He was awarded the “Iowa Wing Squadron Commander of The Year” Award in 1996. Dubuque
Composite Squadron received the “Iowa Wing Squadron of The Year” Award in the same year.
Lt Col Mausser has served on the Iowa Wing staff as the Director of Safety plus in a number of
squadron positions including: Squadron Commander, Deputy Commander, Administrative
Officer, Safety Officer, Logistics Officer, Transportation Officer, Communications Officer,
Operations Officer, Drug Demand Reduction, Professional Development Officer and Public
Affairs Officer. In October 2011, he once again assumed command of the Dubuque Composite
Squadron after Lt Col Schneider resigned due to health issues.
Lt Col Mausser’s CAP achievements include: master ratings in finance, safety and
administration and technician ratings in cadet programs, professional development, logistics and
command. He holds a History Degree and an Iowa Teacher’s Certificate from Loras College.
He attained the rank of Storekeeper Chief in the U. S. Navy Reserve, retiring after 25 years of
continuous military service in the Reserves. He retired from John Deere Dubuque Works as an
Engineering Analyst after having worked there for 33 years.
His CAP decorations include: Observer Badge, Senior Ground Team Badge, Command Insignia
Pin, Commander’s Commendation Ribbon with 1 Silver Clasp, Paul E. Garber Award with
Bronze Star, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership Award with Three Silver Stars,
Membership Award, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Command Service Ribbon, Red Service
Award with 25 Year Numeral, Search “Find” Ribbon with Bronze Propeller, and Senior Recruiter
Ribbon with Silver Clasp.

CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1988 Foundations Completed
1989 Squadron Leadership School
1990 Corporate Learning Course
1990 CPPT Course
1990 ECI 13 CAP Officer Basic Course
1991 Certificate Of Proficiency
1991 Civil Air Patrol Safety Officer’s Course
1993 Iowa Wing SAR School
1993 Iowa Wing Communications School
1993 Iowa Wing Conference Instructor
1994 Iowa Wing Conference Instructor
2006 Squadron Officer School

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CAP ASSIGNMENTS
1987—1993: East Iowa Cadet Squadron, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1997—2007: Dubuque Composite Squadron, Dubuque, Iowa
2007—2008: Whiteside County Composite Squadron, Illinois Wing (GLR-IL-334)
2008—Present: Dubuque Composite Squadron, Dubuque, Iowa
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—January 1989
First Lieutenant—February 1990
Captain—April 1992
Major—June 1995
Lieutenant Colonel—August 2006

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IA-072 DES MOINES METRO CADET SQUADRON
COMMANDER: LIEUTENANT COLONEL ANITA S. ELLIOTT
NOTE: Squadron merged with Des Moines Senior Squadron in February 2014
Lt Col Niter Elliott served as the Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron Commander until February
2014. Lt Col Elliott started her career in the Iowa Wing as a Cadet Sponsor in December 2001.
She was active in emergency services and serving the Central Iowa Composite Squadron as the
Personnel Officer, Administration Officer and Test Control Officer. Since then, Lt Col Elliott has
served the CICS Deputy Commander for Seniors (2002-2004), and CICS Squadron Commander
(2004-2006).
Lt Col Elliott’s achievements include: master ratings in personnel, administration and
professional development and a technician rating in cadet programs and command.
Her CAP decorations include Mission Observer, Command Insignia Pin, Meritorious Service
Award, Commander’s Commendation with 3 Bronze Clasps, Achievement Award, Gill Robb
Wilson Award, Paul E. Garber Awards, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Leadership Award
with 3 Silver Stars, Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, Command Service Ribbon, Red Service
Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps, Search “Find” Ribbon, Disaster Relief Ribbon with V-Device,
National Color Guard Competition Ribbon, Encampment Ribbon, and Senior Recruiter Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2002 USAF Extension Course Institute (ECI) 13
2002 Squadron Leadership School
2002 Wing Runner
2002 Emergency Management Institute Basic Incident Command System
2002 Basic Communications User Training
2002 Advanced Communications User Training
2002 Corporate Learning Course
2003 Unit Commander’s Course
2003 Air Force Institute of Advanced Distance Learning Mission Scanner Course
2003 Air Force Institute of Advanced Distance Learning Mission Observer Course
2003 National Congress on Aviation and Space Education
2003 Emergency Management Institute Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency
Management
2003 Region Staff College
2003 Emergency Management Institute Effective Communication
2003 Emergency Management Institute Leadership and Influence
2003 Air Force Resource Coordination Center Search Management Course
2004 Air Force Institute of Advanced Distance Learning Emergency Services Course
2004 National Fire Academy Course Emergency Response to Terrorism
2004 North Central Region Encampment
2004 Emergency Management Institute IS-100
2004 Emergency Management Institute IS-200
2004 Flight Release Officer Online Course

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2004
2006
2006
2006
2006
2006
2006
2008
2013
2014
2014

Skills Evaluator Training
Training Leaders of Cadets
NCR Professional Development Learning Lab
Emergency Management Institute IS-700
Emergency Management Institute IS-800
Emergency Services Academy
Mission Base Staff School
Basic IG Course
Aircraft Ground Handling
Introductory Communications User Training
National Staff College

CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2001—2006: Central Iowa Composite Squadron, Ames, Iowa
2006—2011: Iowa Wing, Des Moines, Iowa
2011—2013: Break in Service
2013—2014: Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron, Des Moines, Iowa
2014—Present: Des Moines Composite Squadron, Des Moines, Iowa
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant—July 2002
First Lieutenant—July 2003
Captain—February 2005
Major—February 2008
Lieutenant Colonel—October 2013

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IA-129 CEDAR RAPIDS COMPOSITE SQUADRON
COMMANDER: FIRST LIEUTENANT PAUL D. PATE
First Lieutenant Paul Pate is the Squadron Commander of the Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron
(2014). He joined CAP in 2012 in order to support his grandsons Civil Air Patrol interest. 1st Lt
Pate has served as the unit’s Deputy Commander and Public Affairs Officer.
First Lieutenant Pate’s achievements include a technician rating in cadet program. In the public
sector, he has served as the Iowa Secretary of State, State Senator, Mayor of Cedar Rapids, and
President of the Iowa League of Cities. In addition, he has earned the Eagle Scout Award from
the Boy Scouts of America.
His CAP decorations include the CAP Membership Ribbon and Red Service Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2013 Squadron Leadership School
2014 Training Leaders of Cadets
CAP ASSIGNMENTS
2012—2012: East Iowa Cadet Squadron, Cedar Rapids, IA
2012—Present: Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron, Cedar Rapids, IA
CAP PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant – March 2013
First Lieutenant – May 2014

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IA-129 CEDAR RAPIDS COMPOSITE SQUADRON
FORMER COMMANDER: MAJOR HEIDI C. KIM
Period of Service: November 2012 to June 2014
Major Heidi Kim served as the commander of the Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron until June
2014. She started when the squadron was formed in 2012 after the merger of the Cedar Rapids
Senior Squadron and the East Iowa Cadet Squadron. Major Kim started her CAP career as a
cadet in 2003 and transferred to the senior member program in 2009. Since then, she has served
in numerous leadership positions in the squadron.
Major Kim’s achievements include a master rating in cadet programs, senior rating in emergency
services, and technician ratings in information technology, professional development, operations,
and personnel. She is a an instrument rated pilot, orientation pilot, incident commander, air
operations branch director, ground branch director, and various other ES ratings.
Her CAP decorations include the CAP Pilot Wings, CAP Observer Wings, Basic Incident
Commander’s Badge, Master Ground Team Badge, Exceptional Service Award, Commander’s
Commendation, Lifesaving Award with Silver Star, Unit Citation, Grover Loening Aerospace
Award, Leadership Award with 1 Silver Star and 1 Bronze Star, CAP Membership Ribbon,
Charles Yeager Aerospace Award, General Carl A. Spaatz Award (#1700), Command Service
Ribbon, Red Service with 2 Bronze Clasps, Search “Find” Ribbon, Search and Rescue Ribbon,
I.A.C.E. Ribbon, Cadet Orientation Pilot Ribbon, National Color Guard Competition Ribbon,
National Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon with Gold Star, Cadet Special Activities Ribbon with 2
Bronze Stars, Encampment Ribbon, and Senior Recruiter Ribbon.
CAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2003—Texas Wing Encampment
2003—Region Cadet Leadership School
2007—International Air Cadet Exchange
2009—Civic Leadership Academy
2010—National Flight Academy--Power
2010—Squadron Leadership School
2010—CAP Senior Officer Course
2010—Corporate Learning Course
2013—National Flight Academy--Power
2013—Inspector General Basic Course
2013—Training Leaders of Cadets
2013—Region Staff College
CAP PROMOTIONS
Captain—July 2009
Major—July 2012

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CHAPTER 4—COMMAND STAFF
Thoughts from the Wing Commander:
I would like to thank and recognize the hardwork performed by the Iowa Wing. Your
accomplishments have allowed this Wing to succeed despite the challenges and hurdles
presented to us. Notably the Squadrons were able to come together, and most
importantly work well together, in order to achieve our Congressionally mandated
missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services. This was
validated when members of our Wing accepted awards at not only the Iowa Wing Awards
Banquet but also the NCR Conference. The Evaluated SAREX demonstrated our ability
to synergize as a whole wing to provide operational assistance to members in distress.
Our continued participation in the Aerospace Education Excellence Program confirms our
desire for aviation and space education. The growth and development of our Cadets
solidifies our willingness to better today’s youth in order to become tomorrow’s leaders.
The Iowa Wing continues to embrace the true meaning of volunteer service. Even then,
that volunteer service is not to just your local community, but to the entire State of Iowa.
I regret having to step down as the Wing Commander, but I am fully confident in the
abilities of Lt Col Anita Elliott and this Wing.

Thoughts from the Vice Wing Commander/Interim Wing Commander:
2014 was a year of refocusing our sights back on training. The Iowa Wing came together
for the Air Force Evaluated exercise in July as all seven squadrons were represented.
During the USAF Exercise, the Iowa Wing worked together as one instead of individual
squadrons in order to complete the mission. This level of squadron blending has been
absent for far too long. Iowa scored a “successful”. At the same time, the wing renewed
old friendships, made new friends, and was motivated to come together again. The
members of the Iowa Wing stepped up and came together to complete the
mission. Iowa, truly, has remarkable and service minded members. It is my privilege and
honor to serve with each one of them.

Thoughts from the Chief of Staff:
The Chief of Staff position saw limited activity during 2014 due to unexpected personal
commitments and the resignation of our Wing Commander in September.
The Iowa Wing had several vacant Wing Staff positions for the 2014 year. Although we
had several qualified members for these positions, they were unable to take on additional
responsibilities. Unfortunately, there were many members that wanted the positions, but
they were unqualified. This year, I instituted monthly wing staff reports in order to better
gauge the wing’s activities. These reports were summarized and forwarded to the Wing
Commander for review.
With the resignation of the Wing Commander, the Vice Wing Commander assumed the
role as the Interim Wing Commander. Due to a possible conflict of interest (as the Lt Col
Anita Elliott is my wife), I decided to step down as Wing Chief of Staff. Next year will
require the appointment of a new Chief of Staff.
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CHAPTER 5—CADET PROGRAMS
The Iowa Wing probably has the most motivated cadets where new training is
concerned. However, the cadets lack proper communication with other squadrons within the
Iowa Wing. This has been a continuing problem for the Wing and has resulted in making intersquadron planning extremely difficult. Generally, the Wing’s Cadet Advisory Council would
help facilitate this communication. However, the CAC has been very sporadic in their meetings
and functionality. Stabilizing the CAC will help resolve inter-squadron communication issues.
As communication grows, the Cadet Program will become more efficient in planning and
executing training opportunities.
The Cadets have tremendous leadership potential and are willing to grow professionally by
progressing in the Cadet Program curriculum. In 2014, there were seven General Billy Mitchell
Awards presented and two General Ira C. Eaker Awards. The cadets’ desire to grow and lead are
key to a successful wing and to training our cadets to become the next leaders of their
community, state, and nation.
Goals for 2015:
 90% cadet retention Wing wide
 95% encampment participation of those who can attend
 Full wing participation at June SAREX at the Davenport Airport

Wing Cadet Activities:
None Reported
2014 Encampment Attendees: 13
2014 NCSA Attendees: 12
Cadet Officer School: 2
National Blue Beret: 1
National Emergency Service Academy: 1
NCR Flight Academy (Mankato): 2
Model Aircraft & Remote Control Flight Academy: 1
National Flight Academy (Power) (Oshkosh): 4
National Flight Academy (Power) (Ashland): 1
2014 Cadet Professional Development Awardees
Wright Brothers: 8
Mitchell: 7
Earhart: 0
Eaker: 2
Spaatz: 0
2014 Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) Attendees: 8

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Cadet Grade
Number
C/AB
15
C/Amn
10
C/A1C
9
C/SrA
9
C/SSgt
8
C/TSgt
2
C/MSgt
3
C/SMSgt
3
C/CMSgt
4
C/2d Lt
7
C/1st Lt
5
C/Capt
0
C/Maj
3
C/Lt Col
2
C/Col
0
Total:
80
Table 2. Cadet Grade Distribution.
NOTE: These numbers reflect the
end of the year cadet grade
distribution for the Iowa Wing.
Therefore, they do not reflect any
cadets that have left the program
during the year. In addition, they do
not reflect any cadets that have
advanced in grade.
Squadron
Completed
Need
Percent
IA-002
5
3
62.5%
IA-003
3
6
33.3%
IA-005
1
2
33.3%
IA-007
5
2
71.4%
IA-041
10
14
41.7%
IA-043
4
8
33.3%
IA-129
9
8
52.9%
Total:
41
39
51.3%
Table 3. Encampment Completion (Cadets only)
NOTE: These numbers reflect the number of cadets that have
completed and have not completed encampment by 31
December 2014. Therefore, these numbers do not reflect
those cadets that may have left the program prior to this date.

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CADET ADVISORY COUNCIL:
In February 2014, the IAWG CAC was working to start up again due to a four month stallout.
Wing Commander Col Mouw chose C/Maj Isaac Schuetz from Dubuque Composite Squadron,
former CAC Vice Chair, to serve as Chair for the 2014 term. By March, CAC was once again
full and helping to make the cadet representatives aware of upcoming activities and events. The
Vice Chair for the 2014 elected by the CAC was C/Capt Noah Schuetz from Dubuque Composite
Squadron and the Recorder was C/Capt Daniel Holt from Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron.
During the 2014 term, the CAC explored a few issues that IAWG was facing and wrote position
papers addressing them. The two most pertinent were "What Keeps Cadets From Attending
NCSAs" and "How to Increase Cadet Membership in IAWG." The only official in-person CAC
meeting was held on 31 May during the IAWG Awards Banquet, but monthly meetings were held
via the Microsoft 365 system. Since September 2014, the CAC has been in a fairly inactive state.
The goal for CAC in 2015 is to make itself more prominent and increase its use in order to
benefit the IAWG. The Wing’s CAC was able to operate at a high level when experienced cadets
were chosen. However, cadets who have this experience tend to be older and either just entering
college or joining the Armed Services.
DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION (DDR):
The Iowa Wing successfully participated in the Civil Air Patrol's Drug Demand Reduction
Program under the guidance of Capt Lewandowski, which has held the position since April 2012.
In 2013, a new CAPR 52-22 Drug Demand Reduction was published, which made specific
changes to the DDR program, the Cadet Program, and eliminated the DDR specialty track.
Therefore, the Iowa Wing continues to implement the required changes to our DDR program.
The Cadet Programs Specialty Track was amended to require Cadet Program Officers to
successfully complete specific DDR tasks in order to achieve the specialty levels. Also new to
the 2014 year, National Headquarters has now mandated specific “After Activity Reports” and
new “End of Year Reporting” requirements. Program matrices for the “End of Year” and “After
Activity Report” include:
 5 units have submitted Activity Reports
 38 After Activity Reports Submitted
 44 Participation Total
 Completed Iowa Wing End of Year Report
 Eight Cadets completed the DDRx Program

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CHAPTER 6—AEROSPACE EDUCATION
The CAPR280-2 Aerospace Education Mission was updated in August. One of the changes that
occurred changed the date for the Annual Activity Report and the AE Plan of Action end to align
with the fiscal year. The previous dates for these reports had the AE Program covering the
calendar year. Iowa had an 88% reporting rate. Upon reviewing the Annual Activity reports, I
can say that our Squadron AEOs are trying to keep the AE mission a priority. Furthermore, with
the STEM and AEX programs, they are creating meaningful lessons and activities. Next year’s
Iowa Wing Encampment will bring a host of AE opportunities for the attending cadets. In
addition, several AE activities are being proposed for the Spring 2015.

AE activities in chronological order 2014 28 June—Fly Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Yeager Exam accomplishments
 2014 AEPSM (Yeager Award): 6
 Total AEPSM: 84


215 Specialty Track
o 1 Technician and 1 Senior

AE awards and certificates
 Brewer Awards – 1 (Lt Col Donald Hahn)
Aerospace Education Members
 Recruited – 1
Aerospace Education Excellence Program – 2014
 Units Completed: 4

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CHAPTER 7—OPERATIONS/EMERGENCY SERVICES
The Iowa Wing has a total of five powered aircraft (3 Cessna 172s and 2 Cessna 182s) and one
glider (L-23). They are located at Cedar Rapids (2 aircraft), Ankeny, Davenport, and Red Oak.
There are 27 qualified pilots in the Wing, which is a loss of four pilots from last year. For 2014,
Iowa Wing powered aircraft flew a total of 477.9 hours, while Iowa Wing pilots accrued 434.7
hours of flight time. The reason for this deviation in flight hours is due to supporting flight
academies. The Iowa Wing glider had a total of 168 flights. These include 67 sorties from flight
academies and 56 proficiency flights. In this year, the Iowa Wing offered 64 powered
orientation flights (65.7 hours) and 45 glider orientation flights (21.4 hours).
The total number of emergency service missions keeps decreasing due to the lack of ELT
searches. Photo missions and counterdrug missions primarily support the Iowa Wing as there
was only a single ELT search in 2014. Five members of the Iowa Wing (Lt Col Roger Elliott, Lt
Col Anita Elliott, Capt Ron Mutchler, Capt Darrel Mullins and 2d Lt Sara Mutchler) received
“Find” credit for locating an ELT at Signature Flight Support, Des Moines International Airport,
Des Moines, IA on 12 July 2014. A Citation 5 underwent a hard landing setting off its beacon.
Most notably, during the 2014 year, the wing underwent an Air Force Evaluated Exercise on 19
July 2014. The exercise was conducted out of Boone Municipal Airport, Boone, Iowa (BNW).
Each squadron, plus wing headquarters, was represented during this exercise. It consisted of 33
Senior Members, 20 Cadets, five corporate-owned aircraft, and six corporate-owned vehicles.
There was 1 incident commander, 0 agency liaison representatives, 7 mission pilots, 14 mission
observers, 14 mission scanners, 5 ground team leaders, 24 ground team members, 3 Satellite
Digital Imaging System (SDIS) crewmembers, and 0 Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI)
crewmembers. The exercise consisted of five scenarios: 1) severe thunderstorms producing
tornadoes requiring photo flight missions; 2) missing person search; 3) overdue aircraft; 4) ELT
searches; and 5) storm-related power failures. Over all, the wing scored a “successful” rating.
The communications unit leader (Capt Richard Couch) scored the wing’s only outstanding score.
The following areas scored “highly successful”: 1) incident commander (Col Mike Mouw); 2)
mission safety officer (Lt Col Bill Mausser); and 3) planning section chief (Capt Jason
Erickson). The remaining staff scored “successful”.
Date
04 March 2014
05 April 2014
20 May 2014
23 May 2014
20 June 2014
24 June 2014
27 June 2014
12 July 2014
19 July 2014
05 August 2014
13-27 August 2014
12-26 August 2014

Mission Number
14-T-4629
14-T-5040
14-C-5959
14-C-5959
14-T-6089
14-C-6487
14-T-6292
14-M-0339
14-T-5822
14-M-0376
14-1-5867C
14-1-5488D

Mission Type
DR Training
SAR Exercise
DHS Photo Mission
DOC Photo Mission
SAR Training
DOC Photo Mission
SAR Training
ELT Search
SAR Exercise
Overdue A/C (cancelled)
Counterdrug
Counterdrug

Air Assets

Ground Assets

14
1
1
2
1

6
0
0
7
0

0
18
0
1
1

1
19
0
0
0
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02 September 2014 14-1-5488E
Counterdrug
03 September 2014 14-1-5467D
Counterdrug
Table 4. 2014 Operational Missions
*Actual missions are bolded. Others are training exercises.
ES Specialty
Aerial Digital Imaging System Operator (ADIS)
Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD)
Airborne Photographer (AP)
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Communications Unit Leader (CUL)
Finance/Admin Section Chief (FASC)
Flight Line Marshaller (FLM)
Flight Line Supervisor (FLS)
Flight Release Officer (FRO)
Ground Branch Director (GBD)
Ground Team Leader (GTL)
Ground Team Member Level 1 (GTM-1)
Ground Team Member Level 2 (GTM-2)
Ground Team Member Level 3 (GTM-3)
Incident Commander Level 1 (IC-1)
Incident Commander Level 2 (IC-2)
Incident Commander Level 3 (IC-3)
Liaison Officer (LO)
Logistics Section Chief (LSC)
Mission Chaplain (MC)
Mission Observer (MO)
Mission Pilot (MP)
Mission Radio Operator (MRO)
Mission Scanner (MS)
Mission Staff Assistant (MSA)
Mission Safety Officer (MSO)
Operations Section Chief (OSC)
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Planning Section Chief (PSC)
Transport Mission Pilot (TMP)
Urban Direction Finding Team (UDF)
ICUT

2
2

0
0

Number
3
1
9
4
1
20
9
8
4
6
4
8
24
1
1
20
5
15
26
18
2
7
1
4
15
26
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CHAPTER 8—IOWA GOVERNMENT/LEGISLATIVE RELATIONS
The Civil Air Patrol has received a tremendous amount of support from Senator Tom Harkin (D
– IA) this year. Specifically, his actions were paramount to the passing of Congressional
legislation that awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the Civil Air Patrol for its service in
World War II (Public Law 113-108). In addition, Col Mouw successfully lobbied other Iowa
Congressmen to continue support of the Senate Bill (S. 309, 2014). Iowa Congressmen cosponsor also included Senator Chuck Grassley (R – IA) for S.309. The matching House of
Representatives Bill (H.R. 755, 2014) was co-sponsored by: Rep. Bruce Braley (D – IA – 1);
Rep. David Loebsack (D – IA – 2); Rep. Tom Latham (R – IA – 3); and Rep. Steve King (R – IA
– 4). Iowa was one of the several states that had all U.S. Congressmen sign as co-sponsors. As a
result, all Congressmen became members of the Civil Air Patrol Congressional Squadron located
in Washington, D.C. Our goal for 2015 is to continue Col Mouw’s efforts by encouraging
membership and building relations with our Congressional representatives.

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CHAPTER 9—PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Iowa Wing’s professional development program is dedicated to providing the wing's senior
members with the knowledge necessary to understand the inner workings of the Civil Air Patrol
from the squadron to the corporate levels, as well as to assist them in becoming knowledgeable
leaders and furthering themselves professionally. To meet these goals, education and training
courses are regularly conducted throughout the wing that are delivered in an interactive face-toface environment. By attending these courses, senior members are provided with the ability to
progress within the Civil Air Patrol’s professional development program, as well as to meet and
interact with senior members from squadrons across the wing.
Professional Development Activities:
31 May to 01 June 2014: Training Leaders of Cadets, Camp Dodge, Iowa (7 attendees)
23-24 August 2014: Squadron Leadership School, Camp Dodge, Iowa (3 attendees)
27-28 September 2014: Corporate Learning Course, Davenport, Iowa (4 attendees)
Professional Development Awards Earned in 2014:
Wilson Awards: 2
Garber Awards: 2
Loening Awards: 1
Davis Awards: 6
Membership Awards: 12
Professional Development Learning Attended in 2014:
Unit Commander’s Course: 0
CAP Senior Officer Course (ECI/AFIADL 13): 4
Squadron Leadership School: 7
Corporate Learning Course: 4
Region Staff College Attendees (or equivalent): 2
National Staff College Attendees (or equivalent): 2
Specialty
200—Personnel
201—Public Affairs
202—Finance
203—Inspector General
204—Professional Development
205—Administration
206—Logistics
211—Operations
212—Stan/Eval
213—Emergency Services
214—Communications
215—Aerospace Education
216—Cadet Programs
217—Safety

Technician
1
1
1
2
2
1
6
1

Senior
1
1
1
1
2
-

Master
2
1
1
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219—Legal
220—Health Services
221—Chaplain
222—Command
19*
1
223—Historian
1
1
225—Moral Leadership
226—Recruiting
227—Information Technology
1
1
35
8
6
Total
Table 5. Specialty Track Ratings Earned in 2014.
NOTE: These numbers reflect the number of specialty tracks earned in
2014. Therefore, they include people obtaining multiple specialty track
levels in the same year. For example, a person would be counted in both
technician rating and senior if they obtained both levels in 2014.
*NOTE: CAPP 222, Command Speciality Training Track (dated April
2013) authorized a “jump start” for previous commanders that served prior
to April 2013. Those commanders that served prior to April 2013 for a
period of one year or longer at their respective echelons were authorized to
jump to the “command track level” commensurate to their experience. For
example, a squadron commander was authorized the “technician rating”,
while a wing commander was authorized “master rating”. This exception
expired March 2014.
Specialty
200—Personnel
201—Public Affairs
202—Finance
203—Inspector General
204—Professional Development
205—Administration
206—Logistics
210—Flight Operations (obsolete)
211—Operations
212—Stan/Eval
213—Emergency Services
214—Communications
215—Aerospace Education
216—Cadet Programs
217—Safety
218—Plans and Programs (obsolete)
219—Legal
220—Health Services
221—Chaplain
222—Command

Technician Senior
7
1
4
2
3
3
4
5
6
4
7
3
7
2
2
1
2
5
2
7
3
11
3
20
4
10
2
2
1
3
1
19
-

Master
5
5
5
7
4
1
1
3
6
7
2
1
2
1
-

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223—Historian
1
1
225—Character Development
1
226—Recruiting and Retention
2
227—Information Technology
1
1
1
228—Drug Demand Reduction (obsolete)
1
229—Organizational Excellence (obsolete)
125
39
51
Total
Table 6. Total Number of Specialty Track Ratings for 2014.
NOTE: These numbers reflect the total distribution of specialty tracks in Iowa
regardless of when achieved. These numbers only include the highest rating a
person has obtained. Therefore, if a person has a master rating, that same person
is not counted into the technician and/or senior rating.
Squadron

Senior
Cadet
Patrons
Total
Members
Sponsors
IA-001 (Headquarters)
13
N/A
N/A
13
IA-002
27
27
IA-003
11
3
14
IA-005
8
8
IA-007
6
6
IA-041
16
1
1
18
IA-043
13
13
IA-129
49
2
51
IA-000 (“Ghost”)
12
1
1
14
IA-999 (Legislative)
3
N/A
N/A
3
Total:
158
7
2
167
Table 7. Senior Member Numbers by Squadron and Membership Type
Senior Member Grade
Number
SM
25
Flight Officer (FO)
Technical Flight Officer (TFO)
Senior Flight Officer (SFO)
Second Lieutenant (2d Lt)
22
First Lieutenant (1st Lt)
31
Captain (Capt)
50
Major (Maj)
22
Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col)
16
Colonel (Col)
1
Total
167
Table 8. Senior Member Grade Distribution.
NOTE: These numbers reflect the total number of
senior members at each grade regardless of when
that grade was achieved.

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Senior Member PD Level
Number
Level 1 (Membership Ribbon)
158
Level 2 (Benjamin Davis Award)
68
Level 3 (Grover C. Loening Ribbon)
40
Level 4 (Paul E. Garber Ribbon)
20
Level 5 (Gill Robb Wilson Ribbon)
6
Table 9. Senior Member PD Level Distribution.
NOTE: These numbers reflect the total number of
senior members that have achieved a particular
professional development award. They do not
reflect the highest award achieved. Therefore, those
members that have achieved Level 5 will also be
represented in Level 1.
Squadron
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
IA-001 (Headquarters)
12
10
9
5
2
IA-002
24
8
2
2
1
IA-003
13
5
2
IA-005
8
6
4
1
1
IA-007
7
5
3
1
IA-041
16
10
5
4
IA-043
12
2
3
4
IA-129
52
16
9
2
1
IA-000 (“Ghost”)
13
6
3
1
1
Total:
158
68
40
20
6
Table 10. Senior Member Level Distribution by Squadron
NOTE: These numbers reflect the total number of senior members that have achieved a
particular professional development award. They do not reflect the highest award achieved.
Therefore, those members that have achieved Level 5 will also be represented in Level 1.

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CHAPTER 10—CHAPLAIN
No report as the Iowa Wing currently has no Wing Chaplain.

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CHAPTER 11—FINANCE
The Iowa Wing’s financial status is fairly strong, though careful monitoring is needed to ensure
continued strength. For fiscal year 2014, the Wing operated under a budget of approximately
$27,000. The fiscal year ended 30 September 2014 with a small positive balance. The challenge
the Wing continues to face is timing our expense payments with reimbursements from national
headquarters. The Wing continues to seek out additional funding opportunities, such as external
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CHAPTER 12—LOGISTICS
Logistics
Due to a mandate by National Headquarters, the Iowa Wing began collecting and disposing old
computers that were still running the Windows 98 operating system. This tasking is still
ongoing. At the end of the year, we had collected approximately 50% of the old computers. In
order to replace these computers, the Wing has received 10 new laptops using Microsoft
Windows 7. To date, eight computers have been distributed to the wing. The remaining two will
be assigned as soon as additional software is installed. Furthermore, National Heaquarters has
provided three new GPS adaptable cameras for our aircrews. These have already been assigned
to squadrons within the Iowa Wing.
For years, the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO) in Omaha, NE has been our
primary source for equipment and uniforms. Unfortunately, supplies for Air Force style dress
uniforms and Battle Dress Uniforms (BDUs) has pretty much “dried up”. As a result, we are
now having to rely on personal donations from National Guard members from around the state.
While this worked for a temporary solution, these donations are becoming scarce. In addition,
we have not been able to meet the clothing needs of our cadets in terms of uniform sizes. The
2015 year will require us to identify new uniform sources.
Transportation
In 2014, the Iowa Wing received two 2014 Chevrolet Traverse SUVs. They replaced 13696
(1996 Ford Expedition) and 13613 (2003 Chevrolet G-3500 15 Passenger Van). The vehicles
were assigned to the Wing Administrator and to the Wing Commander. Currently, the Iowa
Wing has 12 operational vehicles and 2 vehicles pending DRMO:
IA-001:
13614: 2014 Chevrolet Traverse (7 passenger)
13624: 2014 Chevrolet Traverse (7 passenger)
IA-002:
13612: 2012 Ford Expedition (7 passenger)
IA-003:
13622: 2012 Ford Expedition (7 passenger)
13623: 2003 Chevrolet Express (12 passenger)
IA-005:
13620: 2011 Ford E-350 (12 passenger)
IA-007:
13632: 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan (7 passenger)
IA-041:
13606: 2006 Ford Expedition (7 passenger)
13613: 2003 Chevrolet Express (15 passenger) (DRMO pending)

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13696: 1997 Ford Expedition (DRMO pending)
13607: 2007 Cargo Trailer
13609: 2009 Ford E-350 (12 passenger)
IA-043:
13619: 2010 Dodge Caravan (7 passenger)
IA-129:
13605: 2005 Chevrolet Express (12 passenger)
A goal for 2014 was the migration of all Corporate Owned Vehicles (COV) operators to Ops
Quals Card. This would eliminate the previous CAPF 75 Cards, which would streamline
tracking and issuance. Based on current information, this has been accomplished for the Iowa
Wing. In addition, the Iowa Wing continued to strive for 100% of monthly vehicle usage
reporting before the 10th of each month. To date, our squadrons and staff have performed
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CHAPTER 13—INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Maintaining systems was the focus this year. We have grown the use of LYNC, a
communications and collaboration platform, as well as Sharepoint for staff and commander
communication.
The website only had minor changes.
ThinkSpace IT LLC, has offered to allow us to install their antivirus and remote monitoring
software on our laptops at no cost, which we have accepted their offer. The software allows
users to remotely ask for help if there is a problem with the laptop.

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CHAPTER 14—PUBLIC AFFAIRS

A List of Press Releases.
**Please note that any spelling errors, grammatical errors, or incorrect information is the result
of the original press release author.**
DES MOINES CADET SQUADRON AWARD BANQUET 2013
January 11, 2014
Submitted by: 2d Lt Sara Mutchler
After the meeting on January 11th, 2014, the Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron (DMMCS) held
their final Awards Banquet for the 2013 Awards. The ceremony featured a POW/MIA Table,
Color Guard and a number of awards for the cadets
Capt Ron Mutcher, Commander of Des Moines Senior Squadron (DMSS) served as Master of
Ceremony and assisted Lt Col Niter Elliott, Commander of DMMCS in presenting the
promotions and awards during the afternoon. Assisting in the POW/MIA Table was C/Amn
Kallie Baughman and Chaplain Lt Col Ralph Cole.
The following cadets received promotions with their parents in attendance to pin on the ranks:
C/Amn Kallie Baughman was promoted to C/A1C, C/Amn Seth Elliott was promoted to C/A1C,
C/Amn Mark Cox was promoted to C/A1C during our December meeting, C/SSgt Justin Cox
was promoted to C/TSgt during our December meeting, C/TSgt Matthew Cox was promoted to
C/MSgt during our December meeting, and C/MSgt Seth Strohmeyer was promoted to
C/SMSgt.
The following cadets received their 2 year Service ribbons: C/SSgt Aaron Cox, C/TSgt Justin
Cox, C/MSgt Matthew Cox, and C/MSgt Seth Strohmeyer. The following will be receiving their
ribbons at a later date C/MSgt Dalton Doom and C/MSgt Derrick Doremus.
This year 9 cadets were able to attend an encampment and earn their Encampment Ribbon:
C/Amn Kallie Baughman, C/Amn Seth Elliott, C/Amn Jared Lagomarcino, C/A1C Mark Cox,
C/SSgt Aaron Cox, C/TSgt Justing Cox, and C/MSgt Matthew Cox.
There were 2 Cadets that received NRA Marksmanship Award while they were at the Kansas
Wing Encampment during Winter Break: C/Amn Seth Elliott and C/Amn Jared Lagomarcino.
There are many people that helped to make this year a success. The following received a
Certificate of Appreciation: Easton Baptist Church – For allowing the squadron to use their
facilities for meetings, Chaplain Lt Col Ralph Cole – Providing Character Development
instruction, Mrs. Beth Cox – Organizing the food for the Awards Ceremony, SM Michelle Elliott
– Organizing snacks for future Squadron Meetings, 2nd Lt Sara Mutchler – Serving as PAO for
the event, and Lt Col Roger Elliott – Facilitating PT training for the cadets.
Quote from the Commander Lt Col Anita Elliott: “C/Amn Kallie Baughman received the 2013
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awards. C/Amn Baughman and C/MSgt Strohmeyer’s actions exemplify the core values of CAP
and each demonstrates a positive “Can Do” attitude. Both C/Amn Baughman and C/MSgt
Strohmeyer quick to volunteer and demonstrate great leadership qualities.”
To conclude the ceremony, Capt Ron Mutchler shared with those in attendance the plans to
merge the 072nd DMMCS and the 002nd DMSS into the 002nd Des Moines Composite
Squadron. Capt Mutchler will remain as the Squadron Commander over the combined
squadron. The current target for this is March 1st.
REGIONAL STAFF COLLAGE
16 January 2014
Submitted by: Lt Col Anita Elliott
Col Regena Aye, North Central Region Vice Commander, directed the Region Staff College
(RSC) held at the Kansas Wing Headquarters, Salina, KS, 27 December 2013 to 1 January
2014. Lt Col Niter Elliott, Iowa Wing Director of Administration, Personnel , Test Control and
IA-072 Squadron Commander was one of the instructors , and Maj Heidi Kim, IA-129 Squadron
Commander attended the training. Eighteen Senior Members from California, Iowa, Kansas,
Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin completed the week long course. Region Staff College is a
requirement for completion of Level IV of the Senior Member program.
DES MOINES SQUADRON MERGER
22 February 2014
Submitted by: 2d Lt Sara Mutchler
Des Moines, IA–On February 10, 2014 the Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron and Des Moines
Senior Squadron merged into the Des Moines Composite Squadron (NCR-IA-002). To recognize
this merger a change of command ceremony was held at the Easton Baptist Church on February
22, 2014. Lt Col Anita Elliott relinquished command to Capt Ron Mutchler. Lt Col Anita Elliott
served as the interim commander for the Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron.
“Over the last 3 months, the squadron has come a long way. Lets continue to build on that
foundation and strive to be the best”, stated Incoming Commander Capt Mutchler during the
ceremony.
Capt Ron Mutchler joined CAP in 2010 and has served in a number of positions, including
Assistant Director of IT for the Iowa Wing and the Commander of the Des Moines Senior
Squadron. Capt Mutchler is a Mission Observer and private pilot.
Presiding over the ceremony was the Iowa Wing Chief of Staff Lt Col Roger Elliott. Lt Col
Elliott passed the ceremonial banner from Lt Col Anita Elliott to Capt Mutchler.

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The Des Moines Composite Squadron Senior members meet the first and third Tuesdays of the
month at Exec One Aviation at the Ankeny Regional Airport. The Cadets meet on the second and
fourth Saturdays of the month at the Easton Baptist Church.

Front: Lt Col Roger Elliott, Capt Ron Mutchler, Lt Col Anita Elliott
Back: C/SMSgt Seth Strohmeyer
DES MOINES COMPOSITE SQUADRON CERTIFICATION
FIRST AID.

IN

BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS

AND

29 March 2014
On 22 March 2014, the Des Moines Composite Squadron, at Easton Baptist Church, certified
eleven (11) members in Bloodborne Pathogens and First Aid. First Aid certification is a
requirement for Flight Line Marshaller and Ground Team Member. Lt Col Niter Elliott and 2d Lt
Michael Herrera instructed the training, while assisted by C/SMSgt Seth Strohmeyer who ran the
video.
Congratulations to the following members for completing the courses: Capt Ron Mutchler, Capt
Richard Couch, Capt Randy Morris, 2d Lt Carl Loffredo, 2d Lt Sara Mutchler, 2d Lt Virginia
Norris, SM Ken Kremer, SM Michelle Elliott, C/A1C Kallie Baughman, C/A1C Seth Elliott and
C/A1C Jared Lagomarcino.

Pictured C/A1C Kallie A Baughman and C/A1C Jared S Lagomarcino. Picture taken
by C/SMSgt Seth A Strohmeyer

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CONGRATULATION CAPT. CHUCK BRUDTKUHL.
29 March 2014
Please join me in welcoming our newest member of the National Comm Team: Chuck
Brudtkuhl, also known widely as Iowa CAP 4.
Chuck will be our first National Traffic Net (NTN) Manager. He has been serving as our
National NCS Team Leader for the last year and will now be combining that job into the larger
NTN Manager position. The NTN Manager position is being created IAW the new National
Comm Plan and some of Chuck’s first duties will be helping us evaluate, interview and select our
new Net 9 team.
DUBUQUE AREA FAMILY STEM FESTIVAL
April 12 2014
Submitted by: Lt Col Donald Hahn
Families from school districts throughout Northeast Iowa will be making their way to Dubuque
on Saturday, April 12, to drive robots, conduct science experiments, visit a star lab and explore
3D modeling at the second annual Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival. The festival is a free
event that will take place at the Grand River Center in Dubuque from 10AM to 2PM. Third
through 8th grade students receive unique opportunity to explore the wonders of science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on experiments and activities,
though all are welcome. The 60+ exhibitors schedule to attend include University of Dubuque,
Loras College, Clarke University, NICC, University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Iowa State
University, University of Iowa as well as many other Iowa STEM related organizations.
In 2013-2014, Iowa Legislature awarded $523,978 of funding to each of Iowa’s six STEM hubs
for implementing STEM scale-up programs. Nine programs were offered to Northeast Iowa’s
prek-12 schools (public and private) and non-profit organizations. Each program offered a
unique blend of curriculum, materials, professional development and/or mentoring to engage
students, educators and local communities.
This was our second appearance at this event. My objective was to reach out to educators and
show them the benefits and materials available to an educator for becoming a Civil Air Patrol
Aerospace Education Member (AEM). Our display included the educational material the
educator would receive for signing up as an AEM. I also had on display three of our STEM Kits;
Astronomy, Robotics, and Rockets.
Lt Colonel Bill Mausser and 1st Lt Jean Napp was also in attendance. 1st Lt Napp is an amateur
astronomer. She brought some of her displays of space as well as equipment to show how to
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Susan Mallet from the NHQ AE department provided us with great materials for this event. I
received 500 Aero Props and 500 balsa flyers to hand out to the children as well as a typical AE
lesson plans for children and parents to take with them. While Lt Col Mausser and 1st Lt Napp
distributed the handouts I spoke with public, private and home school educators about the
benefits and materials available to them as an AEM. NHQ also offered a 50% off the normal
enrollment fee if they enrolled as an AEM using the special application specifically for this
event. National also loaned us a portable CAP Cadet display to help to get us recognized. Susan
Mallet
There are other STEM festivals in the NE Iowa Region. I have selected this one because there is
also a local CAP unit in Dubuque; 13043. This also turned out to be an excellent recruiting tool
for the local unit.
The event lasted 4 hours. We distributed over 800 pieces of the aero prop and balsa flyer. I
handed out about 75 AEM applications. I greatly appreciated their support of Lt Col Mausser and
1st Lt Napp in our booth and their interaction with members from the community.
ACTING ABOVE THE CALL OF DUTY
14 April 2014
Major Casey L. C. Schroeder, of the Iowa Wing Headquarters, acted with disregard to his own
personal safety to come to the aid and assistance of a human life. In the early morning of 07
April 2014, Maj Schroeder was heading to work when he noticed an alarming situation. In front
of his car, Maj Schroeder noticed a large man chasing a woman. It was obvious that the woman
was emotionally distressed. The man was grabbing her and trying to subdue her in the middle of
the road. Believing the situation to be a domestic dispute, he immediately pulled his car to the
side of the road and called police to report the situation. After hanging up with the police
dispatcher, Maj Schroeder disregarded personal safety by leaving the safety of his car and
confronting the man and woman, which were both in the middle of heavy oncoming vehicle
traffic. The woman was frantically claiming he was going to kill her.
However, it quickly became evident that the situation was not a domestic dispute but rather a
woman having a psychotic episode. At this point, Maj Schroeder quickly assessed the new
situation. He realized that he needed to get a psychotic woman out of heavy moving rush hour
traffic without himself being hit by a passing car. Despite being nearly hit twice by moving
traffic, Casey was able to safely coax this woman to the side of the road. Unfortunately, the
woman tried to re-enter the road. While Maj Schroeder blocked her path, the woman became
violent and tried to attack Maj Schroeder. She was successful in immobilizing Maj Schroeder’s
left leg with both of her legs. The woman started violently thrashing around while verbally
threatening him. Maj Schroeder immediately knew that he had to reduce the aggressive
behavior of the woman as she was a threat to the public bystanders. Without personal injury,
Maj Schroeder was able to calm her aggressive behavior by engaging in dialogue. By appealing
to her psychotic episode, he was able to somewhat convince her not to violently thrash around
and that he would protect her from the man originally chasing her. Unfortunately, he was unable
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personnel arrived at the scene. Casey credits his training in Emergency Services for being able
to respond quickly to the changing events.
DES MOINES COMPOSITE SQUADRON TOURS THE DES MOINES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
22 April 2014
Submitted by: 2d Lt Sara Mutchler

Pictured C/A1C Kallie A Baughman, C/SMSgt Seth A Strohmeye and C/A1C Seth E Elliott.
On Saturday April 12th 2014, Des Moines Composite Squadron participated in a tour of the
Airport Operations area of the Des Moines International Airport.
The morning started with a quick briefing at Elliott Aviation. Capt Ron Mutchler briefed the
squadron about safety and security while at the airport. Craig Stephens, the Operations Manager
at DSM Airport was our tour guide. He opened with a discussion the career path he took to get
into the position as Operations Manager.
The tour continued at the terminal building where we started in the Operations Center and
learned how they monitor the airport, terminal, weather and security. We then proceeded to the
Emergency Operations Center, which is activated in a major emergency. From there we then
went to the old Control Tower at the top of the terminal, which also serves as the Snow Desk for
the airport during snow removal. Before leaving the terminal building, the tour preceded through
the baggage handling and screening area. The cadets learned about baggage screening and how
the TSA protects our airports.
The tour proceeded to the south end of the airport where we toured the maintenance facility. We
were allowed to explore the snow removal equipment that and learn about runway deicing
procedures. We then proceeded to a drive through tour of the storage facility for winter runway
treatments. The maintenance portion of the tour concluded with a lesson about maintaining the
runway markings and surface, along with the equipment used.
After the tour, C/A1C Kallie A Baughman had a different perspective on aviation: “The tour at
the Des Moines Airport opened my eyes to a whole different part of flying. It isn’t just about
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of organizing and planning between the different parts is required to keep it running smoothly
everyday.”
C/SMSgt Seth A Strohmeyer had the following observation about the tour: “Inside the old
control tower, and the security system of the airport, are just a few things we got to see. I look
forward to our next tour.”
Capt Mutchler and the squadron wish to recognize the following people for their support of this
activity: Craig Stephens, Jim, O’Donnell (not present), DSM Airport, and Elliott Aviation.
REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN IOWANS
15 May 2014
Submitted by: Capt Janice Lewandowski

C/1st Lt Isaac Wachholz; C/2d Lt Luke Lewandowski; C/1st Lt Jacob Lewandowski; C/SrA
Austin Hermanson; State Senator Daryl Beall
Many were present at the ‘Remembering Our Fallen Iowans’ Memorial Ceremony on
Saturday, April 19, 2014, located at the Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Among those
speaking at the event were Senator Daryl Beall, Representative Helen Miller, and other local
members of the community. ‘Remembering Our Fallen’ is a touring photo display with the
intention of keeping in peoples’ minds those military personnel by whom the ultimate sacrifice
was given. Printed across the display are the names and photographs of men and women who
served and died in both the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The event was solemnly begun by the NCR-IA-007 Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol’s
Color Guard presenting the colors. The color guard is made up of Civil Air Patrol cadets: C/2d Lt
Luke Lewandowski, C/1st Lt Isaac Wachholz, C/1st Lt Jacob Lewandowski, and C/SrA Austin
Hermanson.
More information regarding the ‘Remembering Our Fallen Iowans’ display can be found on the
display’s home page: http://rememberingourfallen.org/.

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C/2d Lt Luke Lewandowski; C/1st Lt Isaac Wachholz; C/1st Lt Jacob Lewandowski; C/SrA
Austin Hermanson, Picture taken by Capt Janice Lewandowski
GRADUATION CEREMONY
19 May 2014
Submitted by: Capt Janice Lewandowski

The NCR-IA-007 had the privilege and honor of presenting the Colors at the Iowa Home School
Commencement Ceremony Sponsored by Teenworks Iowa on Saturday, May 10, 2014 for the
Class of 2014 Graduation Ceremony. Cadets that participated in the Color Guard were (From
Left to Right): C/2dLt Luke Lewandowski, C/1stLt Jacob Lewandowski, Class of 2014 High
School Graduate C/1stLt Isaac Wachholz, C/SrA Austin Hermanson, and C/SrA Anna
Lewandowski. What made this graduation ceremony particularly special for the Color Guard
participants was that C/1stLt Isaac Wachholz was one of the graduates being honored at the
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graduation reception held in Isaac’s honor later that afternoon. Isaac has been an active member
of the Iowa Civil Air Patrol (the auxiliary of the United States Air Force), since 2008, achieving
the rank of 1st Lieutenant and has served as Cadet Commander, Color Guard member, and Cadet
Advisory Council member. In 2013 Isaac completed his first glider solo. Isaac has been a role
model to cadets in his emergency services and leadership duties. In April 2014 Isaac fulfilled a
long standing desire to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. Isaac
will be missed at the squadron meetings and Wing/Region events. His enthusiasm to help others
reach their potential and his wonderful smile and willing attitude will be missed. Best wishes to
Isaac!
MAJ JIM CURRIE 20 YEARS MEMBERSHIP
6 July 2014

In the picture Capt Jim Wachholz is presenting Maj Jim Currie commander of 007 with his 20
year membership pin.
2013 ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
14 July 2014
On May 31st 2014 was our Annual awards banquet in the Dodge House at Camp Dodge. The
Awards given out were for the year 2013. The night began with getting the grill going for our
dinner. We had a great turn out.
The following awards were given out:
The 2013 – Iowa Wing Squadron of the Year is
IA 002 Des Moines Composite Squadron
The 2013 – Iowa Wing Cadet Officer of the Year is
C/2Lt Luke Lewandowski
The 2013 – Iowa Wing Cadet NCO of the Year is
C/TSgt Josiah Schmidt
Our 2013 – Iowa Wing Senior Member of the Year is
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The IAWG 2013 Squadron Commander of the Year is;
Captain Ron Mutchler
Now to the IAWG 2013 Wing Staff Officer of the Year is
Lt Col Donald Hahn
The IAWG 2013; Cadet Programs Officer of the Year is;
Captain Stephen Kropp
The IAWG 2013 Aerospace Officer of the Year is;
1Lt Harris Bochoven
The IAWG 2013 Drug Demand Officer of the Year is;
1Lt Randi Blair
The IAWG 2013 Cadet Drug Demand Officer of the Year is;
C/1Lt Jacob Lewandowski
The IAWG 2013 Chaplin of the Year is;
Major Terry Vance
The IAWG 2013 Safety Officer of the Year is;
Major George Cobley
The IAWG 2013 Communicator of the Year is;
1Lt Drue Powers
After such a great year 2013 lets keep the momentum going for 2014 and have another Great
Year. Good Job to All.
DES MOINES COMPOSITE PROMOTIONS
31 July 2014
26 July 14 the Des Moines Composite Squadron promoted 5 cadets. Congratulations to C/Amn
Josiah Stearns, C/SSgt Kallie Baughman, C/SSgt Jared Lagomarcino, C/SMSgt Dalton Doom
and C/CMSgt Seth Strohmeyer. We are very proud of our cadets and their achievements.
IOWA WING MEMBERS RECEIVE FIND RIBBON
31 July 2014
Five members of the Iowa Wing, Lt Col Roger Elliott, Lt Col Niter Elliott, Capt Ron Mutchler,
Capt Darrel Mullins and 2d Lt Sara Mutchler received a “Find Ribbon” for locating the ELT at
Signature Flight Support at the Des Moines International Airport on 12 July 14. A Citation 5 had
a hard landing setting off its beacon. This was first find for 2d Lt Mutchler and also the first find
of 2014 for the Iowa Wing.

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C/1LT STEVEN MESTER TAKES COMMAND OF DAVENPORT CAP
15 August 2014
Cadet 1st Lieutenant Steven R. Mester has assumed command of the Davenport Composite
Squadron on 5 August 2014. The outgoing cadet commander, C/LTC Roy Schindler will be
heading to Vermont for college with a Senior ROTC scholarship. Schindler has been the cadet
commander for the Davenport Squadron for a year. During that year, he has led the 20+ cadets in
numerous community activities and CAP events. He has also achieved the rank of C/Lieutenant
Colonel which is the highest a cadet has ever achieved in the Davenport Squadron. His talents
and leadership will be greatly missed.
The incoming commander, C/1Lt Steven Mester brings a vast amount of experience to the
squadron. He has been part of the cadet command staff for the past year and has led the cadets of
Davenport in numerous activities throughout CAP and the surrounding community. He is also
the Commander of the CAP Honor Guard. His most recent endeavor was to be part of the Zulu
Squadron at the Great Lakes Encampment in March 2014. Those leadership qualities that he
learned there will give him the extra drive needed for him to succeed. His future goals are to
enter the Active Duty Air Force after high school graduation 2015.
Good luck to both cadets!

Picture taken by Randy Mester. Pictured picture is C/1Lt Steven Mester, C/1st Lt Steven Mester,
Maj John McDermott and C/LTC Roy Schindler

IOWA WING SUPPORTS THUNDER IN THE VALLEY
Submitted by: Capt Douglas Meyer, Operations Officer, Cedar Rapids Senior Squadron

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WATERLOO, IA – The Civil Air Patrol was well represented at the 3-day “Thunder in the
Valley” air show held August 26-28 at the Waterloo Municipal Airport.
Attending for the Iowa Wing and the Cedar Rapids Senior Squadron was Operations Officer
Capt Doug Meyer. Working alongside with Captain Meyer was Captain Klees and cadets from
the Burlington Composite Squadron as well as First Lieutenant Pitts and cadets from the East
Iowa Cadet Squadron.
Capt Meyer along with the other members of the Iowa Wing displayed the Wing’s newest
aircraft, N629CP, a Cessna 182T, to hundreds of people during the three day event. In addition,
a booth was set up displaying the capabilities of the Civil Air Patrol and the cadet section of the
Iowa wing.
The members involved displayed themselves in a professional manner that brought recognition
to the Civil Air Patrol and the those of us in the Iowa Wing.
SAFETY OFFICER OF THE YEAR
09 September 2014
Maj Cobley has a lengthy history of experience as a Safety Officer —for the North Central
Region, the Iowa Wing, the Cedar Rapids Senior Squadron and, most recently, the Cedar Rapids
Composite Squadron. He reaches out to members with a monthly e-brief, which he compiles by
hand to make sure it is relevant to the time of year and to its readers. He trained the Squadron’s
first Cadet Safety Officer, helped train his replacement and completed all safety surveys in a
timely manner. He has paid particular attention to safety standards for Squadron pilots, ensuring
hangars are striped and even hanging a ball from the hangar ceiling to encourage pilots to look
up while moving the plane. His skills as a Safety Officer and Check Pilot have made him a
critical team member for the Squadron’s success.
CADET JOINING THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
12 October 2014

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Submitted by: Janice Lewandowski, Capt
Members of the NCR-IA-007 recently took time during their squadron meeting to recognize
C/1st Lt Isaac Wachholz for his years in the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron as he will be
leaving for United States Marine Corps Training on 8 September 2014. Isaac has been an active
member of the Iowa Civil Air Patrol (the auxiliary of the United States Air Force) since 2008,
achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant . He has served as Cadet Commander, Color Guard member,
and Cadet Advisory Council member. In 2013 Isaac completed his first glider solo. Isaac has
been a role model to cadets in his emergency services and leadership duties. Isaac will be greatly
missed at the squadron meetings as well as Wing/Region events.
Although the NCR-IA-007 is a small squadron, several members have used the training from
their Civil Air Patrol experiences to serve our country:
Chandler Horak-USMC
Brett Lewandowski-USAF
Felix Knutson- USAF Academy
John Johnson- USMC- Officer Candidate School
Isaac Wachholz- USMC
Adam Wachholz- Political Director- Steve King campaign. Adam is in the application process
for the Army Officer Candidate School.

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CHAPTER 15—SQUADRONS/UNITS

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IA-002 DES MOINES COMPOSITE SQUADRON

Figure 4: IA-002 Emblem
The Des Moines Composite Squadron had a year of changes. The year started with the merger
of the Des Moines Senior Squadron and Des Moines Composite Squadron on February 10,
2014. The squadron was merged under the leadership of Capt Ron Mutchler. As a part of this
transition, the cadets now meet at the Des Moines International Airport.
The squadron continues to support all three missions of the Civil Air Patrol. As part of the
Aerospace Education curriculum, the cadets toured the operations facilities (Ops Center, Airfield
Maintenance, etc) around the Des Moines International Airport. They developed a better
understanding of airport operations, service functions, and duties. The squadron attended two
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) seminars.
In support of Emergency Services, the squadron continues to host exercises and opportunities in
order to train its members. The Squadron participated in the Iowa Wing USAF Evaluated Search
and Rescue Exercise (SAREX). Des Moines continued our long standing support for FlyIowa.
The squadron was successful in locating the Wing’s only ELT mission. Five members of the
Iowa Wing, Lt Col Roger Elliott, Lt Col Anita Elliott, Capt Ron Mutchler, Capt Darrel Mullins
and 2d Lt Sara Mutchler received “Find” credit for locating the ELT at Signature Flight Support,
Des Moines International Airport, Des Moines, IA on 12 July 2014. A Citation 5 underwent a
hard landing setting off its beacon. This was first find for 2d Lt Mutchler and also the first find of
2014 for the Iowa Wing.
The Des Moines Composite Squadron was awarded the Squadron of Year for 2013. In addition,
Capt Ron Mutchler was recognized as the 2013 Commander of the Year.
Major Activities:
March
22—First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogen Training, Des Moines, IA
April
05—Squadron ES Training, Des Moines, IA
12—Des Moines International Airport Tour, Des Moines, IA

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May
31—Iowa Wing Awards Ceremony, Camp Dodge, IA
June
28—Fly Iowa, Iowa City, IA
July
12—ELT Search, Des Moines, IA
15—Iowa Wing Evaluated SAREX

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DES MOINES COMPOSITE SQUADRON / NCR-IA-002
CIVIL AIR PATROL IOWA WING
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILARY

1 June 2014
Personnel Authorization
No: 14-005
1. All members of the Des Moines Composite Squadron are relieved of any and all staff positions
assigned prior to this date
2. The following individuals of the Des Moines Senior Squadron are appointed to the respective staff
positions, and committees effective this date. Auth. CAPR 20-1
Staff Position
Deputy Commander of Seniors
Deputy Commander of Cadets
Asst Deputy Commander of Cadets
Cadet Commander
Administration Officer
Assistant Administration Officer
Aerospace Education Officer
Communications Officer
Character Development Instructor
Drug Demand Reduction Officer
Emergency Services Officer
Finance Officer
Historian
Logistics Officer
Assistant Logistics Officer
Operations Officer
Personnel Officer
Assistant Personnel Officer
Professional Development Officer
Public Affairs Officer
Assistant Public Affairs Officer
Safety Officer
Standardization / Evaluation Officer
Testing Control Officer
Information Technologies Officer
Maintenance Officer

Name
Capt Kim Kirschman
Lt Col Niter Elliott
2d Lt Michael Herrera
C/SMSgt Seth Strohmeyer
2d Lt Virginia Norris
SM Michelle Elliott
2d Lt Diane Bassham
Capt Richard Couch
VACANT
Capt Randy Morris
Capt Kern Kemp
1st Lt Tony Short
2d Lt Carl Loffredo
1st Lt Floyd Temeyer
Capt Ed Spoelstra
Capt Kim Kirschman
Capt Ed Spoelstra
SM Michelle Elliott
Capt Randy Morris
2d Lt Sara Mutchler
2d Lt Carl Loffredo
1st Lt Ken Kremer
Capt Darrel Mullins
Lt Col Niter Elliott
Capt Ron Mutchler

3. Finance Committee
a. Capt Ron Mutchler-Chair

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b. 1st Lt Tony Short
c. Capt Richard Couch
4. Promotion Board
a. Capt Ed Spoelstra-Chair
b. Capt Randy Morris
c. Capt Richard Couch
5. Awards Board
a. Capt Ed Spoelstra-Chair
b. Capt Richard Couch
c. 2d Lt Carl Loffredo
6. Membership Board
a. Capt Ed Spoelstra-Chair
b. Capt Richard Couch
c. 2d Lt Carl Loffredo

Distribution:
IA Wing CC
IA Wing DP
Members
File

Ron Mutchler, Capt, CAP
Commander

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IA-003 SOUTHWEST IOWA COMPOSITE SQUADRON

Figure 5: IA-003 Emblem
The Squadron hosted no major activities and had no significant events for the 2014 year. It did
participate in the 2014 Iowa Wing Evaluated Search and Rescue Exercise. Capt Jason Erickson
served as the Planning Section Chief and received a “Highly Successful” rating. The Squadron
ended the year with a total of 23 members (14 Senior Members and 9 Cadets). This is a net loss
of 8 members (3 Senior Members and 5 Cadets).

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IA-005 BURLINGTON COMPOSITE SQUADRON

Figure 6: IA-005 Emblem
Burlington Composite Squadron purchased a memorial brick to be laid at the National
Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol on Maxwell AFB. The brick is located under the tail of the CAP
aircraft and states “Past and Present Members of NCR IOWA 005”. This brick memorializes the
contributions of the members ever since the Squadron was started in the 1940s. Burlington
Squadron was honored to have received a Certificate of Appriecation from the Southeast Iowa
Regional Airport Authority Board. This was to recognize the contributions to Burlington’s
Aviation Community.
Despite low numbers, Burlington made an active effort to be represented at every Wing event.
However, the Squadron did not send personnel to two of the Wing’s professional development
courses, which two members are in the need (one SLS and two CLC). Regardless, the Squadron
continues to encourage cadet professional development. The Squadron supported Aerospace
Education as cadets were able to utilize a STEM flight simulator, which the Squadron received
for its participation in the Civil Air Patrol Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)
program. Members were able to experience the differences in flight characteristics between a
Cessna aircraft and an F-18 Hornet. The Squadron hosted a community outreach activity.
Captain Michele Klees, Captain Paul Klees, and Lt Christopher Sessions hosted a “Friends and
Family CPR Training Night”. The purpose of this outreach was not to certify people in CPR, but
rather to provide attendees an awareness opportunity regarding the importance of CPR.
Unfortunately, the unit has taken a serious downturn in membership numbers. The Squadron
started the year with 19 members (10 senior members and 9 cadets), but it ended the year with
11 members (8 senior members and 3 cadets). Therefore, the Squadron’s goals for 2015 include
recruiting members to get the membership above 15, increase fundraising opportunities, and
selecting a new squadron commander.
Major Activities:
May
31—Iowa Wing Awards Banquet, Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA
June
01—Iowa Wing Awards Banquet, Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA

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21—Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) 14-T-6089, Ankeny, IA
28—FlyIowa, Iowa City, IA
July
19—USAF Evaluated SAREX 14-T-5822, Boone, IA
August
9-10—Quad Cities Airshow, Davenport, IA
October
28—Friends and Family CPR Training Night, Burlington, IA
December
13—Wreaths Across America Ceremony, Keokuk, IA
16—Southeast Iowa Regional Airport Certificate of Appreciation presentation

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IA-007 NORTHWEST IOWA COMPOSITE SQUADRON

Figure 7: IA-007 Emblem
The Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron (IA-007) continues to meet on the first and third
Saturday's of each month at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport with Major Jim Currie serving as
the Squadron Commander. Though the Squadron ended 2014 with a low member count (6 Senior
Members and 7 Cadets), the active members met regularly and promoted the three missions of
Civil Air Patrol.
Emergency Services: The squadron continues ES training and active participation in community
and Wing level events.
Cadet Programs: The cadets present the Safety Brief (that has been pre-approved by the
Squadron Safety Officer) at the start of each meeting. The squadron participated in Drug
Demand Reduction (DDR) activities, which resulted in five cadets earning the DDRx
Participation Award.
Aerospace Education: Our squadron is fortunate to have a very involved AE Officer who
presents hands-on learning and great experiences during the AE portion of our squadron
meetings. Our squadron AE Officer has was recognized as the Aerospace Education Officer of
the Year.
Northwest Iowa Composite is anticipating increased membership through promoting Civil Air
Patrol at the community events by increasing CAP participation and by distribution of CAP
literature. These include flight line marshaling at local Fly-Ins, marching in community parades,
color guard presentation events, and ES training activities.
Major Activities:
January:
Family Day and Awards Presentations:
Mitchell Award Presentation to C/2d Lt Luke Lewandowski
AFA Award Presentation to C/2d Lt Luke Lewandowski
AEX Awards Presented to squadron members

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February:
Safety Day at Squadron Meeting
March:
Regular Squadron Meeting
April:
Color Guard for Remembering Our Fallen Iowans Memorial Ceremony
Flight Line Marshaling at Fort Dodge Fly In
May:
Participation in Airport Table Top Exercise by Capt Jan Lewandowski
Color Guard at Graduation Ceremony of NCR-IA-007's C/1st Lt Isaac Wachholz
Orientation Flights
June:
March in Frontier Days Parade as Promotion of CAP
Young Eagles Event in Mason City
Practice SAR-EX Event
July:
Maj Currie's 20 year CAP Anniversary (Joined 24 June 1994)
Change of Cadet Commander from C/1st Lt Jacob Lewandowski to C/2nd Lt Luke
Lewandowski
AF OPS Evaluated SAR-Boone, IA
August:
Going Away ceremony for C/1st Lt Isaac Wachholz who is leaving for the US Marine Corps
Tour of Fort Dodge Fire Department
September:
Orientation Rides
October:
I-CUT Training
DDRx Awards presented
AEX Awards presented
Promotional table at the Airport for their "Fall Flying Fun" event
November:
Visit and presentation by WWII Veteran
December:
No squadron meetings this month

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Duty Assignments: (Only Primary listed)
Commander: Maj Jim Currie
Deputy Commander: Capt Jan Lewandowski
Historian: 1st Lt Harris Bockoven
Aerospace Education Officer: 1st Lt Harris Bockoven
Cadet Programs-Drug Demand Reduction Officer: Capt Jan Lewandowski
Communications: Maj Jim Currie
Emergency Services Officer: Maj Jim Currie
Financial Officer: Capt Eldon Gast
Logistics-Transportation Officer: Maj Jim Currie
Operations Officer: Capt Eldon Gast
Personnel-Administrative/Personnel Officer: Capt Jan Lewandowski
Professional Development Officer: Maj Jim Currie
Professional Development-Testing Officer: Capt Eldon Gast
Safety Officer: 1st Lt Harris Bockoven

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IA-041 DAVENPORT COMPOSITE SQUADRON

Figure 8: IA-041 Emblem
The Davenport Composite Squadron, NCR-IA-041, is fortunate to have a strong team of
volunteers who contribute to improving and growing our team. 2014 has seen tremendous
improvement through the hard work of all the volunteers and supporters of the Davenport
Composite Squadron.
Our facilities have improved in large part thanks to the airport manager, Mr. Tom Vesalga, along
with time and effort by all members of the squadron to clean up, paint, and make other needed
improvements to our meeting space. The squadron has received grants and donations that have
allowed us to purchase new equipment and build a computer network that covers the meeting
area with WiFi and a shared computer file space. We have set up a multi-display flight simulator
and have improved computer capabilities thanks to the work of one of our cadet’s relatives, who
is an expert in computers and software. These improved capabilities will also support a Search
and Rescue Exercise at Davenport airport with USAF observers in 2015 as we work to ensure we
can support Iowa Wing CAP’s mission in Emergency Services.
Our cadet program is growing stronger with several new cadets joining in late 2014, and with
cadets training and performing with new color guard equipment. This is in thanks to donations
from a former CAP Spaatz cadet whose son is a former Mitchell cadet. The son now flies F-18’s
in the Marine Corps. Other recent donations are being used to increase our mission capability
and effectiveness for aerial search and airborne photography to assist local emergency
management agencies.
Our cadets are working on achieving skills and training so that they can participate in ground
teams. Our Aerospace Education program is strong thanks to Lt Col Don Hahn and we plan to
achieve our 12th yearly award of the Aerospace Excellence achievement for the squadron. Other
cadet and aerospace development efforts in 2014 will pay off in 2015 with support to the local
boy scouts so they can earn their aviation merit badges and providing orientation flights to the
Rock Island High School Air Force JROTC.
Davenport continued its support to the Quad Cities Airshow in August and will have a strong
presence at the QC airshow in May 2015 that will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The
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coordinators as well as a static display of our C-172 and ground vehicles for recruiting and
awareness of CAP’s mission. We will expand this effort at the May 2015 Airshow to include
awareness of AE programs and tie in to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(STEM) education that provides no cost material to local teachers and free orientation flights for
educators.
CAP is still one of the best kept secrets but through our continued efforts we will work to change
that in the Quad Cities area by getting the word out about all the great opportunities available
such as encampments, flight training, aerospace education, and summer special activities through
programs at Air Force bases, college, and flight scholarships.
The Davenport Composite Squadron is fortunate to have a group of talented senior members that
enable our team to achieve its goals:
Deputy Commander: Lt Col Mike McCoy
Former cadet, USAF veteran, Certified Flight Instructor and past Squadron CDR
Aerospace Education Officer: Lt Col Don Hahn
Serves on Wing Staff for Transportation, former Squadron Commander
Advisor to the Commander: Lt Col Robert Rowe
Retired school teacher, former Aero Ed officer, past Squadron Commander
Administration & Personnel Officer: Lt Col William Rubel
Retired Army Reserve LtCol
Operations Officer: Lt Col Bruce Wright
Retired Navy Captain, pilot with over 30 years of service to CAP
QC Airshow Logistics & Transportation Officer: Lt Col Marlo Baetke
Retired Army Reserve LtCol,
Squadron Safety Officer: Capt Christine Visco
Former USAF officer, Air Force Academy Grad, Aerospace Engineer, Flight Instructor
Finance Officer: Capt Elizabeth Spoerl
Former Gen Spaatz award Cadet
Flight Standards & Evaluation Officer: Capt Dean Jones
Certified Flight Instructor, engineer with John Deere
Flight Standards & Evaluation: Capt Rob Smith
Former Cadet earned Gen Mitchell award, engineering from Parks College, CFI and
Airline pilot
Wife Rachel Smith just joined and she is a professional nurse and EMT
Deputy Commander of Cadets: Capt Andreas Jessen
,
Former CAP cadet, logistics officer, Emergency services officer;
Activities/Public Affairs officer: Capt Randy Mester
Retired Air Force Reserve officer,
Communications Officer: Capt John Hoenshell
Retired RI Arsenal civil servant, HAM radio and radio communications expert
Activities & Administration: SM Christine Smith
Parent, volunteer for cadet activities, along with husband Randy ensure our cadets have
meals at squadron activities
Information Technology: SM Mohammed Pasha

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Pilot, Computer and IT professional
Major Activities:
February:
1st: Squadron Awards Dinner, MG Smith Deputy Commander 1st Army Guest of Honor
22nd: Squadron maintenance day, cleaning meeting space at airport building, repairs, sorting
outdated equipment
March:
4th: Annual Safety Stand down night, Topics and Presenters (15 minutes each):
 PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, Cadet Mester, S.
 TORNADOES, FLOODS, OR THUNDERSTORMS/LIGHTENING - Cadet Gibson
 I'M SAFE CHECKLIST – flying, Maj McDermott
 LOCAL NEWS REPORTS, Safety Lessons, Cadet Mikami
 FIRE SAFETY, Cadets Ketron and Schindler
 ORM, Capt Visco
 SAFETY AROUND AIRCRAFT, Lt Col McCoy
 WHAT IS OSHA? How does it affect the workplace? 1st Lt Jessen
14th: St Patrick’s Day parade Rock Island to Davenport
22nd: 2-4 pm; Squadron fitness test, physical training at Bettendorf Life Fitness Center
29th: Aircrew back in the saddle refresher training for pilots, observers, scanners.
April:
5th: Cadet Fitness test, physical training at Bettendorf Life Fitness Center
26th: Camp Dodge Wing Training Activity (WTA), Training Leaders of Cadets course.
25th-27th: IL Wing Encampment, Great Lakes Naval Station 3 cadets and 1 senior attending
May:
2nd-4th: IL Wing Encampment, Great Lakes Naval Station 3 cadets and 1 senior attending
3rd: Cadet Fitness test, physical training at Bettendorf Life Fitness Center
June:
3rd: Cadet Promotions, moral leadership class. IA Wing Deputy Commander, Lt Col A. Elliot
visit, review and IA Wing update to squadron
th
10 : Army birthday recognition night at squadron with IA Army Guard members
14th: Flag Day, start of annual Optimist Lawn Flag display fund raising
17th: Physical Fitness Training night, afterwards cadet teams play a game of touch football.
24th: Emergency Services compass training class given by Capt Justin Sawyer. Promotion
and installation of the Cadet First Sergeant.
th
28 : Maj McDermott and 5 cadets supported Fly Iowa air show in Cedar Rapids.
July:
1st: Cadet Promotions, Moral Leadership/Ethics class; Suicide awareness and prevention
class by guests presenters from Davenport Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
th
4 : Flag fundraiser in Davenport neighborhoods

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12th: Squadron area clean up, paint, and maintenance day
13th: Davenport Shooting Association target scoring fundraiser
15th: Davenport airport runways re-opens, re-position N919CP at DVN hangar from Moline
22nd: Tuesday meeting: Drill, Color Guard practice, Ground Team equipment and training
26th: DVN Orientation flights
29th: CPR class at the Arsenal Fire Department for 12 cadets and seniors; Cadet Commander
interviews/selection of cadet staff for 2014-2015
August:
5th: Cadet Promotions, Safety Presentation for Airshow prep
9th—10th: Davenport Airshow with squadron participating in crowd safety and security.
12th: Change of Cadet Commander Ceremony was held: Congratulations to Cadet Lt Col Roy
Schindler for completion of his tour as Cadet Commander. New Cadet Commander 2d Lt
Steve Mester. Cadet Lt Col Schindler took the exams for the General Carl A. Spaatz
award before his departure for his first semester of college at Norwich University in
Vermont.
th
26 : Emergency Services and Leadership class, Parents Night with squadron commander
September:
1st: Flags on the Avenue fund raising activity
6th: Orientation Flights, 5 cadets took first flights in CAP aircraft
13th: Cadet Orientation Flights and Remote Control Airplane flying day, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
14th: Davenport Shooting Assoc. target pull and scoring fundraiser, from 11:00am- 4:00pm
16th: Guest speakers from USAF Reserve in Roles and Missions of the Air Force in
celebration of USAF birthday on Sept 18th.
27th: Wing Training event hosted by Davenport Squadron, Corporate Leadership Course, Maj
McDermott, Course Director
th
30 : Held Emergency Services Annual Training requirement for aircrew and ES qualified
personnel – aircraft ground handling video renewal
October:
14th: Navy birthday recognition, roles and missions of the US Navy by Petty Officer 1st Class
from Navy Reserve at Rock Island Arsenal
November:
1st: Cadet physical fitness test, Bettendorf Life Fitness Center
11th: USMC birthday recognition, roles and missions of the Marine Corps by Maj
McDermott, USMC Retired
December:
6th: Cadet physical fitness test, Bettendorf Life Fitness Center
16th: Last squadron meeting of the year, Holiday Party

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IA-043 DUBUQUE COMPOSITE SQUADRON

Figure 9: IA-043 Emblem
Dubuque Composite Squadron has made positive strides towards recruiting and retaining active
cadet members. The Squadron’s cadet core of learning has strengthened from last year as well as
cadet involvement in activities. While the Squadron has made progress, there are still a number
of weak areas that need improvement. These include the retention of essential senior staff,
customs and courtesies, and lack of administrative space. Also, senior administrative duties need
attention.
In order to address these weak areas and to increase membership, future squadron plans include
1) the creation of a cadet color guard for community involvement and promotion; 2) have 50%
SAREX attendance at a minimum of Urban Direction Finding (UDF); and 3) fill essential senior
staff positions. Dubuque Composite Squadron is planning on hosting two aerospace education
activities with local area schools. Lastly, the Squadron is anticapting leadership training for at
least 75% of incoming cadet NCOs and senior member staff.
Major Activities:
July
19 – Wing USAF Evaluated SAR Exercise, Boone, IA
August
9 - Quad Cities Air Show, Davenport, IA
September
14 - EAA Fly-in Breakfast, Dubuque, IA
21 - Fly-in Breakfast, Monticello, IA
October
19 – Model Rocketry Launch, Dubuque, IA

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IA-072 DES MOINES METRO CADET SQUADRON

Figure 10: IA-072 Emblem
Despite a relatively short 7-year history, Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron performed
admirably for the Iowa Wing. We were honored with four exceptional squadron commanders
that had a plan and a vision for the squadron’s cadets. Due to a variety of reasons, the squadron
leadership in consultation with the wing leadership decided to decharter the unit. It was agreed
that combining Des Moines Senior Squadron and Des Moines Cadet Squadron would benefit
both the cadets and the seniors. Therefore, the majority of January and February was spent
accomplishing the required tasks for dechartering a squadron. On 22 February 2014, the
squadron was merged with Des Moines Senior Squadron (IA-002). Capt Ron Mutchler officially
became the squadron commander with Lt Col Anita Elliott as the outgoing commander.

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IA-129 CEDAR RAPIDS COMPOSITE SQUADRON

Figure 11: IA-129 Emblem
The Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron has had an extremely successful year. The Squadron
continues its long-standing support of all three CAP missions. Furthermore, the squadron
continues its history as the largest CAP squadron in the Iowa Wing with 68 members.
For Cadet Programs, our program continues to mentor and lead cadets into being successful
aerospace leaders. The squadron sent three members to the Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC)
course at Camp Dodge. This course helped CRCS members become more effective senior
leaders in the Cadet Program. In addition, several cadets participated in the Wisconsin Wing
Encampment. These include C/Maj Daniel Holt, C/CMSgt Jeremiah Holt, and C/A1C John
Madden. C/Maj Holt was serving on the Standardization and Evaluation Team during the
encampment. For his dedication and efforts, he was commended on the final day of the
encampment. The squadron also supported the Kansas Wing Winter Encampment by sending
three cadets (C/Maj Holt, C/A1C James Breitbart, and C/Amn Finlay Abdoney). Lastly, Cadets
Madden, Breitbart, and Abdoney earned the NRA “Pro Marksman” Badge for successfully
completing the required course of fire on the M-16 rifle simulator. C/CMSgt Holt completed
Honor Guard training, while C/A1C Madden completed Color Guard training at the Kansas
Wing Ceremonies School.
Of particular note, our very own CyberPatriot Team will compete with the Colorado Springs
Cadet Squadron and the Big Sioux Composite Squadrons in the final rounds of the CyberPatriot
VII National Championship. Team members began training for this event in August 2014 and
their hardwork pulled off in the regional rounds. The Squadron scored 196 points in the
CyberPatriot VI Regional Round, which earned them the distinction of the Midwest Regional
Runner-Up. Their coach was Marshall Barker. They’ll be competing in late March 2015 with
JROTC teams from the Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps programs and the Naval Sea Cadet
Corps.
For Emergency Services/Operations, the Squadron continues its active program by ensuring
various training opportunities were available to cadets and senior members. For orientation
flights, the squadron offered four power O-flights and nine glider O-flights. Des Moines
Composite Squadron (IA-002) helped support the activity by sending Capt Kirschman, Capt
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Squadron participated in the Evaluated SAREX at Boone, Iowa and helped the Wing score a
“Successful” rating. Two additional cadets, Cadet Breitbart and Cadet Abdoney, earned their
ground team member qualifications. Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron participated in the
“Thunder in the Valley II Airshow” in Waterloo, Iowa.
The Squadron also had a presence at the Corporate Learning Course held in Davenport, IA. Lt
Lorena Madden served on the course staff and taught the “Resources at Work” course and the
“Introduction to Teamwork” course.
The Squadron looks forward for next year and hopes to continue its long-standing support in
Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services. In addition, it anticipates that
will hold the distinction as Iowa’s largest squadron.

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CEDAR RAPIDS COMPOSITE SQUADRON
CIVIL AIR PATROL
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY
50 2nd Ave Bridge
CEDAR RAPIDS IA 52401
11 October 2014
MEMORANDUM FOR NCR-IA-001 WING COMMANDER
TO: Col. Mike Mouw and Lt. Col. Anita Elliott
FROM: Captain Douglas Meyer
SUBJECT: Thunder in the Valley II Airshow – Letter of Appreciation
1. When the approval was given for the Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron to represent the
Civil Air Patrol at the Thunder in the Valley II air show at the Waterloo Regional
Airport, there were many unknown factors about how we could support such an event. It
was a very ambitious undertaking which required the coordinated and dedicated efforts of
many people.
2. But despite the obstacles and the shortage of time, the members of the 129th Cedar Rapids
Composite Squadron, led by Captain James Pitts and Senior Member Lorena Madden,
got the job done. They hit the ground running and recruited enough cadet and senior
member help to cover the manning needs that the air show required. The end result was a
professional, well-choreographed machine that represented the Iowa Civil Air Patrol in
the light of which it should be seen in.
3. Your members accomplished an impressive mission and I’d like to single them out to
express my sincere appreciation.
Capt.
James Pitts
1st Lt.
Paul Pate (Commander)
st
1 Lt.
Randi Blair
2nd Lt. Austin Lightner
SM
Lorena Madden
C/Capt. Daniel Holt
C/CMSgt. Jeremiah Holt
C/CMSgt. Josiah Schmidt
C/MSgt. Israel Lightner
C/SSgt. Andrew Szewc
C/SSgt. Kyle Bransky
C/A1C
Brandon Pate
C/A1C Charity Barker
C/Amn
Elijah Barker
C/Amn John Madden
Cadet Finley Abdoney

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4. Your team, and I mean team in the truest sense of the word, worked tirelessly, in high
humidity heat, to keep this complicated event on schedule. The success of our mission at
the Thunder in the Valley II air show is a direct result of your unit’s support. I can’t
adequately express my admiration of your unit’s professionalism and pride or my
gratitude for their selfless efforts. Please accept my thanks for a job well done.

DOUGLAS C. MEYER
Captain, CAP

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APPENDIX 1: IOWA WING PATCH HERALDRY

Figure 12: Iowa Wing Patch
Designer: Unknown
Date Approved: 27 June 1949
Approved by: CAP National Headquarters / USAF
Previous patches: No other patches exist for this unit
Description:
The Iowa Wing emblem contains three elements. The first element is a solid white hawk
positioned in the nombril point of the disc. The hawk is positioned with its wings in a
“V” shape with its tips at the dexter chief and sinister chief locations. The hawk is facing
sinister. The second element, located at the middle base position and within the hawk’s
talons, is a green and yellow ear of corn. The third element is the word “IOWA” written
in red and located at the chief position. Surrounding the three elements is a thin white
circle. The background is Air Force blue.
Significance:
The white hawk represents the state’s nickname: The Hawkeye State. This nickname
was chosen as a tribute to the Native American leader, Chief Black Hawk. The hawk is
reversed as the patch was designed to be worn on the right shoulder (1949). When the
CAP emblem was removed from the uniform’s left shoulder and wing patches moved to
the left shoulder, the hawk was never reversed. The shape of the hawk’s wings (a Vshape) is to represent “Victory” in World War II. The ear of corn represents the state as
the “The Corn State”.

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APPENDIX 2: PREVIOUS COMMANDERS
Maj Daniel J. Hunter, Dec 1941-Mar 1944
Col Don C. Johnston, Mar 1944 - Feb 1948
Col Williard O. Fuller, Feb 1948 - Jan 1950
Col Harold E. McKinney, Jan 1950 - Dec 1955
Col Robert J. Wade, Dec 1955 - May 1958*
Passed away while serving as wing commander
Col Hal D. Rogers, May 1958 - Feb 1964
Lt Col Edward J. Whisler, Feb 1964 - Sep 1965
Col Allen E. Towne, Sep 1965 - Feb 1968
Col William B. Cass, Feb 1968 - Dec 1970
Lt Col Robert A. Graybill, Dec 1970 - Mar 1971*
Killed in an aircraft accident after clipping a powerline during his term
Col William R. Gold, Apr 1971 - May 1972
Col William B. Cass, May 1972 - Jun 1975
Col Patricia J. Gigstad, Jun 1975 - Aug 1979
Col Donald M. Bailey, Aug 1979 - Dec 1981
Lt Col Evan R. Winters, Dec 1981 - Nov 1982
Col James M. Black, Nov 1982 - Nov 1985
Col Phyllis A. Dolin, Nov 1985 - Sep 1986
Col Eugene C. Kellogg, Sep 1986 - Jul 1988
Col Ramona J. Shaver, Jul 1988 - Nov 1992
Col Lawrence D. Toigo, Nov 1992 - Nov 1996
Col Sheila J. Waldorf - Nov 1996 - Aug 1998
Col John F. Lalla - Aug 1998 - Jan 2000
Col Rex E. Glasgow - Jan 2000 - Jun 2002
Col Russell E. Smith, Jun 2002 - Nov 2003
Maj Gerald P. Lowry (Interim), Nov 2003 - Jan 2004
Col Ralph Tomlinson, Jan 2004 - Jan 2008
Col Ronald J. Scheitzach, Jan 2008 – Jan 2013
Col Michael Mouw, Jan 2013— Sep 2014
Lt Col Anita S. Elliott (Interim), Sep 2014—Present

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APPENDIX 3—WING POPULATION
Senior Members
Cadets

500
450
400
350
300
250
200
150
100
50
0

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2011 2012 2013 2014

Figure 13: Iowa Wing Membership
*Data taken from corresponding CAP Report to Congress, Annual Report, Legislative Day
Report, or eServices

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APPENDIX 4—LIST OF CADET CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY
Certificate #

Name
Richard Pogue
Joan Rumph
Jake Baker
Eugene Boss
Jim Dickens
Edwin F. Farrell, Jr
Ruth Korilla
Ken Smith
Nick Weede
Margaret Keeley
Gary Bauer
Jane Patton
Robert G. Adams
Robert L. Anderson
Robert E. Beian
Marvin L. Brown
Steve Schuneman
Darwin J. Smith
Jarry E. Twyman
Kathyrn Chisholm
Sheila Buescher
Harold Sweeney
Larry Orr

Issue Date
Early 1950s
Early 1950s
Mid 1950s
Mid 1950s
Mid 1950s
Mid 1950s
Mid 1950s
Mid 1950s
Mid 1950s
Late 1950s
Late 1950s
Late 1950s
May 1956
May 1956
May 1956
May 1956
May 1956
May 1956
May 1956
1960
1959
1962
1962

Unit
Red Oak Composite Squadron
Waterloo Composite Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Cedar Rapids Cadet Squadron
Cedar Rapids Cadet Squadron
Cedar Rapids Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Cedar Rapids Cadet Squadron
Cedar Rapids Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Des Moines Composite Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron
Burlington Cadet Squadron

Table 11: List of Cadet Certificate of Proficiency.
The Cadet Certificate of Proficiency (COP) was created in December 1954 as the capstone of the
cadet program. In 1957, a third clasp attached to the COP represented completion of
achievement nine of Phase III (the highest at the time). The COP was rescinded in March 1964
and replaced with the Carl A. Spaatz Award as the capstone achievement.

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APPENDIX 5—LIST OF CARL A. SPAATZ CADETS
Certificate #
55*
302
400
466
499
602
638
742
760
805
922
951
1067
1134
1400
1520
1624
1709
1829
1869

Name
David H. Adams
David J. Froiseth
Scott B. Zima
Eric D. Vander Linden
Thomas J. Ackerman
Dean A. Westpfahl
Erich A. Bridges
Randy W. Goodson
Edward C. Kellogg
Julie R. Plummer
Bryan P. Birchem
Kevin B. Johnson
Jude R. Sunderbruch
Lance W. Lange
Douglass R. Jansen
Casey L.C. Schroeder
Rebekah L. Kepple
Elizabeth A Spoerl
Adam Wachholz
Jacob K. Napp

Issue Date
04 Nov 1967
27 Dec 1974
02 Sep 1976
02 Mar 1978
05 Jan 1979
09 Apr 1982
15 Apr 1983
12 Apr 1985
23 Jul 1985
16 Jun 1986
29 Dec 1988
15 Aug 1989
18 Jun 1991
16 Sep 1992
18 Jun 1999
01 Jan 2004
04 Jan 2007
14 Sep 2008
16 Jan 2012
19 Jan 2013

Unit
Dubuque
Cedar Rapids
Ames-Boone
Des Moines
Des Moines
Cedar Rapids
Davenport
Waterloo
Cedar Rapids
Des Moines
Des Moines
Red Oak
Muscatine
Muscatine
Ames
Hawkeye
Cedar Rapids
Dubuque
Northwest
Dubuque

Table 12: Carl A. Spaatz Awardees.
List is from The Spaatz Association (TSA) website (www.spaatz.org)
The General Carl A. Spaatz Award was created in March 1964 during a major
restructuring of the Cadet Program. It represents the cadet capstone
achievement and replaced the “cadet certificate of proficiency”. The award
was named after, and personally approved by, General Carl A. Spaatz, the first
chief of staff of the US Air Force.
The asterisk represents cadets that have earned the Falcon Award. The Frank
Borman Falcon awarded to senior members that earned the Spaatz Award and
took additional steps to become dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders.
These steps included completion of the second year at the Air Force Academy,
admission to Air Force ROTC, or become an active Senior Member with
recommendation by unit commander. The award was phased out in 1979.

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APPENDIX 6—LIST OF GILL ROBB WILSON AWARDEES
Number

Name
Date
Unit
Judy C. Miller
1975
Dubuque
Arthur W. Long
1980
Wing HQ
Jack T. Black
1983
Red Oak
James Black
1984
Col John Lalla
1986
Wing HQ
Kurt A. Hahn
1987
1101
Lt Col Sheila Waldorf
1989
Burlington
David L. Stookey
1989
1294
Lt Col Steve Palmquist
1991
Waterloo
Col Ramona Shaver
1992
Wing HQ
1758
Lt Col Ray Ficht
Jan 1997
Burlington
1954
Col Michael Krenz
Jan 2000
Cedar Rapids
2001
Maj Terry Spitzer
Nov 2000
Washington
2051
Lt Col Doug Tindal
May 2001
Washington
2235
Lt Col Gerald Lowry
Dec 2003
Davenport
2243
Col Ralph Tomlinson
Feb 2004
Wing HQ
2270
Maj Eric Schneider
Jun 2004
Dubuque
2273
Maj Ronald Scheitzach
Jul 2004
Dubuque
2282
Lt Col Allen Chilcote
Oct 2004
Des Moines
2449
Maj Suzanne Tomlinson
Nov 2006
NW Iowa
2647
Lt Col Mike Mouw
Mar 2009
Wing HQ
2659
Maj Susan Chilcote
May 2009
Des Moines
2733
Lt Col Ralph Cole
Jan 2010
Wing HQ
3134
Lt Col Anita Elliott
Jun 2014
Wing HQ
3178
Maj Casey L. C. Schroeder
Aug 2014
Wing HQ
Table 13: Gill Robb Wilson Awardees
The Gill Robb Wilson Award was named after the founder of the Civil Air
Patrol and was the first executive officer. It represents the capstone
achievement of the Senior Member Training Program. The award was created
in 1964. Although created in 1964, it was represented the fourth level (out of
five levels) in the senior member program.
According to National
Headquarters, it was not until 1978, with the subsequent phase out of the
“National Commander Citation”, that it represented the fifth and final senior
member level.

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APPENDIX 7—IOWA MEMBERS PASSING WITHIN LINE OF DUTY
Rank
Lt
S/Sgt
T/Sgt
Cadet
Capt
Lt Col
Cadet
Cadet
Maj

Name
Orie O. Ewald
Jack M. Glider*
Leo Simmons*
John H. Daywitt
Fred J. Lavine*
Frederick M. McGriff
Robert Graybill (PIC)
James A. Belluci
Joyce E. Foster*
Mark Kabelitz (PIC?)*
Christie Battle

Date
22 Apr 1945
14 Oct 1947
14 Oct 1947
04 Aug 1958
24 Jul 1959
29 Sep 1971
13 Mar 1971
13 Mar 1971
18 Jun 1977
18 Jun 1977
22 Mar 2003

Unit
Sioux City
Des Moines
Des Moines
Cedar Rapids

Iowa Wing
Boone
Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids
Iowa Wing

How
Plane Crash
Plane Crash
Plane Crash
Boat Accident
Plane Crash
Plane Crash
Plane Crash
Plane Crash
Plane Crash
Plane Crash
Plane Crash

Event
Training
Military Support Flight
Military Support Flight
IACE--Canada
SAR
Training
Training
Training
Unknown
Unknown
Training

Table 14: List of Members Having Passed Away During the Line of Duty
*S/Sgt Glider and T/Sgt Simmons were aboard an Army Air Force aircraft when it crashed into
the side of a Colorado mountain. These members were flying to receive equipment from the
Army to help support an airshow event in Des Moines, IA. The abbreviations for Staff Sergeant
and Technical Sergeant have varied through history. These abbreviations (S/Sgt and T/Sgt) were
appropriate for the time.
*Fred J. Lavine, crashed in Colorado on a search for Thomas Allred of Auburn, Washington.
The plane was found 13 years later by hunters.
*On 18 June 1977, a plane crash resulted in the death of two cadets. News reports state the
cadets were intentionally “buzzing” a party being held at a barn. To date, no official reports or
documents have been found that support or refute this story. As such, the event is left as
“unknown”.

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APPENDIX 8—QUALITY CADET AWARDS
2010:
IA-043 Dubuque Composite Squadron
2011:
IA-007 Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron
IA-078 East Iowa Cadet Squadron
2011-2012 (Change made by National HQ):
IA-003 Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron
2012-2013:
IA-003 Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron
IA-007 Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron
IA-041 Davenport Composite Squadron
IA-072 Des Moines Metro Cadet Squadron
IA-129 Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron
2013-2014:
IA-002 Des Moines Composite Squadron
IA-003 Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron

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APPENDIX 9: AIR MEDAL RECIPIENTS
Name
Byars, Perey H.
Croft, Duane L.
Fisher, Robert S.
Jacobson, George W.
Keepers, Merle C.
Lindhart, Lawrence
Lisk, Harry E.
Madsen, Dale R.
Myers, Orval O.
Parkinson, Marion F.
Reed, Don A.
Swaney, Marion R.

Rank
Flt O
Flt O
1st Lt
2d Lt
2d Lt
Flt O
1st Lt
1st Lt
2d Lt
Capt
1st Lt
1st Lt

City
Bettendorf
Fort Dodge
Keokuk
Dubuque
Fort Dodge
Humboldt
Independence
Waterloo
Ottumwa
Easterville
Fort Madison
Fort Dodge

Serial #
7-2-1469
7-2-190
7-2-119
7-2-471
7-2-1705
7-2-303
7-2-180
7-2-217
7-2-1568
7-2-660
7-2-1567
7-2-1454

Base
11
9
4
11
1
11
13
1
11
11
18
1

Function
Obsr
Obsr
Pilot
Obsr
Pilot Obsr
Obsr
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot Obsr
Engr O
Pilot Obsr
Pilot

Order
15
14
12
15
12
15
15
12
15
15
17
12

Order Date
19 April 1948
16 April 1948
14 April 1948
19 April 1948
14 April 1948
19 April 1948
19 April 1948
14 April 1948
19 April 1948
19 April 1948
21 April 1948
14 April 1948

Service From
15 September 1942
11 December 1942
14 May 1942
16 January 1943
12 November 1942
31 August 1942
15 September 1942
15 June 1942
08 January 1943
05 July 1942
23 November 1942
12 November 1942

Service To
10 March 1943
31 August 1943
21 October 1942
31 August 1948
31 August 1943
31 August 1943
31 August 1943
24 November 1942
31 September 1943
31 August 1943
15 August 1943
31 August 1943

Table 15 Air Medal Recipients.
The Air Medal was awarded to Civil Air Patrol members that demonstrated heroic actions during World War II Coastal Patrols.

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APPENDIX 10—LIST OF PHOTOS

Figure 14: Congressional Day.
Pictured: Rep. Dave Lobsack, Col Mike Mouw, Lt Col Randy Borton. Washington, D.C.

Figure 15: Congressional Day
Pictured: Senator Tom Harkin, Col Mike Mouw, and Lt Col Randy Borton. Washington, D.C.

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Figure 16: Training Leaders of Cadets
Camp Dodge, Iowa

Figure 17: Training Leaders of Cadets
Camp Dodge, Iowa

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Figure 18: Commander's Call
Camp Dodge, Iowa

Figure 19: Awards Banquet
Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron attendees

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Figure 20: Awards Banquet
Camp Dodge, Iowa

Figure 21: Awards Banquet
POW Table with Cadet Lightner

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Figure 22: Awards Banquet
Lt Col Bill Mausser receiving his 25-year longevity certificate from Col Mouw

Figure 23: Awards Banquet
Capt Ron Mutchler receiving a Commander’s Commendation from Col Mouw

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Figure 24: Awards Banquet
Maj Heidi Kim receiving her 10-year longevity certificate from Col Mouw

Figure 25: Awards Banquet
Capt Ron Mutchler receiving the “2013 Squadron of the Year” Award from Col Mouw

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Figure 26: Awards Banquet
Cadet Luke Lewandowski receiving the “2013 Cadet Officer of the Year” Award from Col
Mouw

Figure 27: Awards Banquet
Cadet Josiah Schmidt receiving the “2013 Cadet NCO of the Year” Award from Col Mouw

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Figure 28: Awards Banquet
Lt Col Anita Elliott receiving the “2013 Senior Member of the Year” Award from Col Mouw

Figure 29: Awards Banquet
Capt Ron Mutchler receiving the “2013 Squadron Commander of the Year” Award from Col
Mouw

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Figure 30: Awards Banquet
Lt Randi Blair receiving the “2013 DDR Officer of the Year” Award from Col Mouw

Figure 31: Awards Banquet
Maj Terry Vance receiving the “2013 Chaplain of the Year” Award from Col Mouw

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Figure 32: Awards Banquet
Des Moines Composite Squadron

Figure 33: Burlington Composite Memorial Brick
The members of Burlington Composite Squadron purchased this memorial brick. It is located
under the tail of the Civil Air Patrol aircraft on display at the National Headquarters, Civil Air
Patrol, Maxwell AFB.

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Figure 34: FlyIowa
Iowa City, IA

Figure 35: FlyIowa
Capt Ron Mutchler explaining how airplanes work. Iowa City, IA

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Figure 36: FlyIowa
Iowa City, IA

Figure 37: Eval SAREX
Lt Col Roger Elliott planning for the Evaluated Search and Rescue Exercise.
Boone, IA

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Figure 38: Eval SAREX
Evaluated Search and Rescue Exercise. Boone, IA

Figure 39: Eval SAREX
Ground Team preparing equipment for the Evaluated Search and Rescue Exercise. Boone, IA

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Figure 40: Eval SAREX
Preparing the aircraft before heading out on a mission. Boone, IA

Figure 41: Eval SAREX
Mission base staff working during the evaluated search and rescue exercise. Boone, IA

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Figure 42: Eval SAREX
Attendees of the Iowa Wing Evaluated Search and Rescue Exercise. Boone, IA

Figure 43: Des Moines Composite Squadron
Des Moines Composite Squadron cadets touring the Des Moines International Airport Fire
Station

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Figure 44: Des Moines Composite Squadron
A cadet tries on the Des Moines Airport Firefighter’s equipment

Figure 45: Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron
Members of the Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron pose for a picture in front of Thunderbird #5
at the “Thunder in the Valley” Airshow, Waterloo, IA

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Figure 46: Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron
Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron conducts glider orientation flights

Figure 47: Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron
Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron conducts glider orientation flights

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