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HISTORY OF
SOUTH DAKOTA WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL

Official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015
NARRATIVE

HISTORY
of
SOUTH DAKOTA WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL

Official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

Prepared By
Major Bruce Kipp, CAP
Assistant Wing Historian

Reviewed By
Major Todd Epp
Wing Historian

Col John N. Seten, CAP
South Dakota Wing Commander
South Dakota Wing Headquarters
Rapid City Regional Airport
South Dakota

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FRONTISPIECE

South Dakota Wing
Wing Headquarters – Rapid City (Pennington County)
Squadron Locations
1. Brookings
2. Custer
3. Pierre
4. Rapid City
5. Sioux Falls
6. Spearfish

Big Sioux Composite Squadron
Crazy Horse Composite Squadron
Pierre Composite Squadron
Rushmore Composite Squadron and Wing Headquarters
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron

Figure 1. Location of South Dakota Wing Units

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
VOLUME I - NARRATIVE
Title Page ....................................................................................................................
Frontispiece ………………………………………………………………….….……
Table of Contents.........................................................................................................
List of Illustrations ......................................................................................................
Chronology ..................................................................................................................

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CHAPTER I

INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................ 1

CHAPTER II

EMERGENCY SERVICES ......................................................................... 2

CHAPTER III

AEROSPACE EDUCATION ...................................................................... 18

CHAPTER IV

CADET PROGRAMS ................................................................................. 31

CHAPTER V

CADET ORIENTATION FLIGHTS .......................................................... 53

CHAPTER VI

OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS ................................................................... 58

LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS ................................................................................ 89
VOLUME II - SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Figure

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1 – Location of South Dakota Wing Units

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2 – Two aircrew members plan for their flight

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3 – Cadet Ground Team member trains with new radio-detection-finding equipment

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4 – Cadet Radio Ops maintain contact with aircraft and ground teams

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5 – G1000 VFR class at Rushmore Composite Squadron

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6 – Victims of a terrible accident

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7 – Turn-about is fair play

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8 – Pierre SAREX Incident command staff

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9 – Pierre SAREX Ground Team operations room

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10 – Pierre SAREX Flightline

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11 – Command Liaison: Larson, Dravland, Seten

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12 – Command Liaison: Seten, Titze, Steele

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13 – Corson grain elevator fire

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14 – Delmont’s newly built fire hall

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15 – Delmont Lutheran Church

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16 – Custer SAREX flightline

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17 – Custer SAREX Incident command center

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18 – Custer SAREX Cadet barracks

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19 – Custer SAREX West River Ground team arriving

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20 – Custer SAREX West River Ground team briefing

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21 – Maj Filler/Capt Schmid prepare to fly the airborne repeater mission

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22 – Lt Hinkhouse, Cadets Holmberg and Ortega, Lt Col Huntington and Capt Gabert

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23 – SM Shawd in his very well equipped “radio shack”

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24 – Cadets lay out signal panels

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25 – Cadets rearrange signal panels

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26 – Spidertracks showing the CAP aircraft search pattern

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27 – Emergency responder ground search vehicles and boat trailers

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28 – Extent of the search area

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29 – Search boat checks snags and sand bars for the body of the missing swimmer

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30 – Split SAREX Incident command post at Wing Headquarters

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31 – Split SAREX West River ground team plans their search mission near Pactola Lake

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32 – Split SAREX Air National Guard pilot “Bob” who ejected was located alive and well

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33 – Mountain Fury Spidertracks of mission sorties flown in and around Custer

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34 – Mountain Fury pilots Jones/Hall, Rushmore Composite Squadron, prepare for flight

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35 – SDWG Cessna-172 (GlassHawk) first mission

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36 – Cadets at Rushmore Composite Squadron survival training class

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37 – C/SMSgt Gregory and Lt Col Christensen discuss operation of one of the RDF units

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38 – C/SMSgt Gregory and C/SrA Hall compare the two RDF models

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39 – Pierre SAREX incident command post staff in action

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40 – Pierre SAREX incident command post staff between missions

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41 – Lookout Mountain composite Squadron Ground team members plan a mission

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42 – Starlab inflatable planetarium night sky display

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43 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron hosts the Starlab inflatable planetarium

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44 – Yeager Award ribbon

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45 – Cessna-172 model airplane kit

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46 – Boy Scout aviation merit badge

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47 – Boy Scout aviation merit badge candidates

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48 – Pierre Composite Squadron Operation Joint Effort

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49 – Sioux Falls Air National Guard Base Tour

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50 – F-16 afterburner after dark

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51 – Congresswoman Noem helps judge Operation Joint Effort aircraft

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52 – CAP’s National Blue Beret contingent at AirVenture 2015

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53 – Horace Mann School student enjoys a flight simulation program

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54 – Horace Mann School students receive an aircraft briefing

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55 – SDWG’s static display at Ellsworth AFB Open House

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56 – Visitors tour a SDWG aircraft

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57 – Visitors to the CAP table learn about SDWG

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58 – USAF Thunderbirds perform at the Ellsworth AFB airshow

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59 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron cadets meet two Thunderbird pilots

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60 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron members visit Anoka Fly-In

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61 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadrons members pose with a WWII Warbird

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62 – Custer Composite Squadron members with the AE Certificates

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63 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron members fly to Mankato

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64 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron crew heading to Mankato

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65 – CAP glider in tow at Mankato

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66 – CAP Glider comes in for landing

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67 – View from the glider cockpit

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68 – Preflight glider checks

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69 – New Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Aerospace Education Officer

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70 - “Team Big Sioux” cadet cybersecurity specialists relax after a grueling session

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71 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron change of Cadet Command Ceremony

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72 - Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron Character Development Course

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73 – Rushmore Composite Squadron Cadet Fire Fighter

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74 – Rushmore Composite Squadron Commander fights training fire

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75 - Team Big Sioux at CyberPatriot-VII Awards ceremony

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76 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron CPR Course

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77 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron Color Guard

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78 – C/Lt Parry and First Sergeant Marsich

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79 – C/Lt Parry and MSgt McCormick

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80 – C/Capt Schneider receives award from Col Lair

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81 – C/MSgt Steven Diaconu receives award from Col Lair

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82 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron Color Guard at Elkton

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83 – Lt. Col. Keith Collins Memorial Service

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84 – Lt. Col. Keith Collins Memorial Service Right Honor Cordon

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85 – Lt. Col. Keith Collins Memorial Service Left Honor Cordon

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86 – Logo of the 2015 Joint NDWG/SDWG Encampment

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87 – Joint Dakotas Encampment SDWG Col. Seten speaks with staff

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88 – Joint Dakotas Encampment SDWG Lt. Col. Larson speaks with attendees

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89 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron Color Guard

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90 – Lookout Mountain composite Squadron Ground Team

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91 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron cadets lay signal panels

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92 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron cadets rearrange signal panels

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93 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron change of cadet command

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94 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron guidon surrender

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95 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron acceptance

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96 – Harris receives Mitchell Award

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97 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Cadet Change of Command Ceremony

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98 – Huntington VFW NCO of the Year

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99 – VFW NCO of the Year Certificate

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100 – Nash VFW Officer of the Year

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101 – VFW Officer of the Year Certificate

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102 – Wing Great Start Class

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103 – Wing Great Start First Formation

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104 – Wing Great Start O-Rides

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105 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Color Guard

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106 – Rushmore Composite Squadron Survival Training

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107 – Team Big Sioux CyberPatriot-VIII Practice

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108 – Team Big Sioux CyberPatriot-VIII Round Two

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109 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron Color Guard

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110 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron Color Guard in Action

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111 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron seeking WAA Donations

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112 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron Ground Team Works a Mission

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113 – Rushmore Composite Squadron seeks WAA Donations

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114 – Rushmore Composite Squadron on Local TV seeking WAA Donations

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115 – Two CAP Members in reflective vests walk next to a vehicle during the parade

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116 – Team Big Sioux ponders a security vulnerability problem

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117 – Team Big Sioux resolves a cyber issue

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118 – Big Sioux Composite Squadron Color Guard at WAA Event

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119 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron float in Custer’s Parade of Lights

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120 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron at WAA Ceremony

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121 – Rushmore Composite Squadron at WAA Ceremony

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122 – Rushmore Composite Squadron cadet honors fallen veteran

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123 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron at WAA Ceremony

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124 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Honors veterans of all services

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125 – Lt Col Lair congratulates C/Maj West following check ride in a CAP Cessna-172

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126 – Capt Neil Schmid and Cadets Oscar Holmberg and Chris Schuppan

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127 – Cadets Anthony Dillon, Thomas Dillon, Hunter Rice and Ethan Updike

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128 – Cadets Keri Bentley and Ana Mckeehan after their first o-ride

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129 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron o-ride crews

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130 – Capt Neil Schmid with C/Lt Nick Nash at the controls

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131 – CAP glider and CAP tow plane going aloft

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132 – CAP Glider coming in for a landing

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133 – View from the CAP glider cockpit

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134 – Preflight check on the CAP glider

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135 – “Team Big Sioux” cybersecurity specialists relax after a grueling session

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136 – Captured bobcat awaits attachment of a radio tracking collar

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137 – Mr. Tycz holds bobcat before attaching a radio tracking collar

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138 - Two aircrew members plan for their flight

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139 - Cadet ground team member trains with new radio-detection-finding equipment

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140 - Cadet radio operators maintain contact with aircraft and ground teams

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141 - SD Governor poses with SDWG contingent on Rotunda staircase

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142 – Team Big Sioux at CyberPatriot-VII National Awards Ceremony

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143 – Pierre SAREX Mission Base staff in action

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144 – Pierre SAREX Ground Team Operations Center

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145 – Pierre SAREX Flightline

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146 – Colonel Seten on SDPB-TV

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147 – Chaplain (Lt Col) Rae on SDPB-TV

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148 – Captain Schmid on SDPB-TV

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149 – Corson out-of-control burn

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150 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron members at Custer Trade Show

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151 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron booth at Spearfish Home Show

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152 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Kingswood contingent

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153 – Kingswood activity briefing and packet handout

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154 - Col (CAP Lt Col) Lair (right) is congratulated after landing

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155 – Gen Vazquez in Sioux Falls with attendees

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156 – Gen Vazquez in Sioux Falls speaks to attendees

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157 – U.S. Rep. Noem presents CGM to Chaplain Rae to honor his father

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158 – U.S. Rep. Noem receiving her CAP credentials from Col Seten

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159 – Lt Col Larson, U.S. Rep. Noem and Col Seten

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160 – CAP Cadet Peter Iverson receives the BSA Eagle Scout Award

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161 – Wreckage of Delmont’s newly built fire hall

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162 – Wreckage of Delmont Lutheran Church

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163 – Custer SAREX Flightline

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164 – Custer SAREX Mission Base Operations

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165 – Custer SAREX cadet baracks

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166 – Custer SAREX Ground Team Arrives

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167 – Custer SAREX Ground Team mission briefing

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168 – Constant Watch Preparation for High Bird Flight

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169 – Constant Watch Mission Base Radio Room

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170 – SM Shawd in his Radio Shack during ConstantWatch 2015

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171 – AJROTC FOP-1 Flight

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172 – U.S. Sen. Rounds presents posthumous CAP CGM to son of Vernon Jeffries

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173 – Capt Schmid, Observer Maj Filler and Scanner Lt Many Steele

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174 – A LLRS in Northeastern Nebraska discovered a message, possibly for UFOs

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175 – Mickelson Trail Marathon main support table

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176 – Mickelson Trail Marathon aid to runners

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177 – St. Joseph Indian School students sit in a CAP aircraft

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178 – Lt Col Christensen presents a briefing to students

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179 – SDWG members at KRAP Open House

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180 – SDWG aircraft on static display at KRAP Open House

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181 – LLRS survey area map

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182 – Mountain lion with a radio-telemetry collar

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183 – Spidertracks showing the cap aircraft search pattern

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184 – Vehicles/boat trailers of Union County Sheriff and State Game Fish and Parks

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185 – Extent of the REDCAP search area

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186 – Search boat (center left) checks snags and sand bars for missing swimmer

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187 – West River Incident command post at wing headquarters

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188 – West River ground team plans their search mission near Pactola Lake

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189 – CAP static display at Ellsworth AFB Airshow

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190 – Newly refurbished SDWG Cessna-172

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191 – SDWG Cessna-172’s digital avionics suite

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192 – Portion of the CAP Exhibit at the Canton Public Library

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193 – Another portion of the CAP Exhibit at the Canton Public Library

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194 – Photos and documents at the CAP Exhibit at the Canton Public Library

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195 – Gov. Daugaard presents the CAP CGM to Pauline Brehe

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196 – Gov. Daugaard presents the CAP CGM to Lois Schmidt

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197 – CAP CGM recipients Lois Schmidt and Pauline Brehe

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198 – Spidertracks showing training sorties in and around Custer, SD

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199 – Lt Jones and Capt Hall prepare for their training flight

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200 –Squadron members at Custer Courthouse CAP Exhibit grand opening

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201 – Part of the Custer Courthouse CAP Exhibit

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202 – Rank insignia portion of the Custer Court House CAP Exhibit

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203 – Radio equipment portion of the Custer Courthouse CAP Exhibit

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204 – Part of the Custer Courthouse CAP Exhibit

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205 – Uniforms at the Custer Courthouse CAP Exhibit

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206 – Pierre SAREX mission briefing

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207 – Pierre SAREX Mission Base staff

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208 – CAP Cadet Walter Wilson (in red box) in 1945

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209 – Walter Wilson’s CAP ID Card dated 19 July 1945

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210 – Walter’s widow, Shirley Wilson, accepted the medal on her husband's behalf

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SOUTH DAKOTA WING CHRONOLOGY 2015
January
07
10
14
15
15
15
17
22
22
23
24-26
26
27
29
30

Mission #15-C-5673 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
AFRCC Mission #15-M-0016A Missing Person Search
Mission #15-C-5673 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-5673 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. Portable Planetarium Visit
Crazy Horse Comp. Sqdn. Wilderness Injuries/Rescue Course
Wing G-1000 VFR Class (Rapid City, SD)
Mission #15-C-5673 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Lookout Mountain Comp. Sqdn. Change of Cadet Commander
Mission #15-C-5673 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-T-5361 Split SAREX (Brookings, SD/Rapid City, SD)
Rushmore Comp. Sqdn. Fire Suppression Training
Mission #15-C-5673 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-5673 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-5237 MX Pickup/Dropoff (Pierre, SD/Sioux City, IA)

February
04
07
11
12
13
13-15
15
17
18
19
21

Mission #15-C-6373 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-6083 Cadet Orientation Ride (Sioux Falls, SD)
Mission #15-C-6569 Wing Legislative Day (Pierre, SD)
Mission #15-C-6373 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-6373 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-6585 Wing Cadet Leadership Academy (Pierre, SD)
Mission #15-C-6373 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Joint NDWG/SDWG Training Leaders of Cadets Crs. (Brookings, SD)
Mission #15-C-6373 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-6373 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-6083 Cadet Orientation Ride (Sioux Falls, SD)

March
05
06
07
07-08
07-08
11
14
15
18
19
20

Mission #15-C-6880 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-6880 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
SDWG Hosts BSA for Aviation Merit Badge (Rapid City, SD)
Crazy Horse Comp. Sqdn. (Custer, SD) At Custer Trade Show
Lookout Mountain Comp. Sqdn. At Black Hills Home Show/Health Fair
Team Big Sioux (Brookings, SD) at CyberPatriot-VII Nat’l Finals
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. at Kingswood Rummage Sale Fundraiser
Rushmore Comp. Sqdn. (Rapid City) at Kiwanis Pancake Fundraiser
Mission #15-C-6880 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. tours Joe Foss Field (SD Air NG Base)
Mission #15-C-6880 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills

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20-22
27
28
29
30

Mission #15-T-6684 SAREX (Pierre, SD)
Mission #15-C-6880 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-1-7373 SUI (Brookings, SD)
SDWG on SDPB-TV (Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. (Sioux Falls, SD)
Mission #15-C-7453 SD OEM Familiarization Flights

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Lookout Mountain Comp. Sqdn. gets grant from Optimist Club

06
07
07
08
09
11
12
16
17
18-19
19
22
23
24
28
28
29

AFRCC Mission #15-M-0154 ELT Search
Mission #15-C-7501 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. at FAA Safety Conference in Sioux Falls
CGM Ceremony for Earl Wilkenson,
Mission #15-C-7501 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Pierre Comp. Sqdn. supports American Legion monthly members’ meal
CAP National Commander visits Sioux Falls, SD
Mission #15-C-7501 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-7501 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Wing Conference (Pierre, SD)
CGM Ceremony for John Gibson “Jack” Rae Jr. (Pierre, SD)
Mission #15-C-7501 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-7501 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Pierre Comp. Sqdn. pilots go to FAA WINGS Program
Mission #15-C-7501 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-7484 AFJROTC Orientation Flight
Mission #15-C-7501 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills

02
08
09
12
15-16
17
18
20
22
23
23
25
26
26
28
29
29
29-31

Mission #15-A-8390 AFJROTC Orientation Flight
Mission #15-C-8833 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-8390 Cadet Orientation Flights (Sioux Falls, SD)
Delmont tornado damage assessment photo recon mission
Mission #15-T-8325 Constant Watch 2015 COMEX
Mission #15-A-8390 MX Pickup/Dropoff (Pierre, SD/Sioux City, IA)
Mission #15-C-8833 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-8390 MX Pickup/Dropoff (Pierre, SD/Sioux City, IA)
Mission #15-A-8390 MX Pickup/Dropoff (Pierre, SD/Sioux City, IA)
Mission #15-A-8390 Cadet Orientation Flights (Brookings, SD)
Crazy Horse & Rushmore Comp. Sqdns. help clean up Camp Volunteer
Pierre Comp. Sqdn. at Pierre city-wide Memorial Day event
Mission #15-C-8833 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-8390 AFJROTC Orientation Flight (Rapid City, SD)
Mission #15-C-8833 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Wing/CC & Wing/CV at Sanford Health Emergency Management Conf.
Mission #15-C-9281 SUI (Pierre, SD)
Mission #15-T-8885 SAREX (Custer, SD)

April

May

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June
01
01
06
07
07
07
08
08
08
11
13
14
15
15
15
16
17
20
21
22
22
23
24-29

Mission #15-1-8562A Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard
20th Anniversary of Crazy Horse Comp. Sqdn. (Custer, SD)
Mission #15-C-9543 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-9543 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-1-8562A Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard
Lookout Mountain Comp. Sqdn. supports Mickelson Trail Marathon
Mission #15-C-9543 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-8390 MX Pickup/Dropoff (Sioux Falls, SD/Huron, SD)
Lookout Mountain Comp. Sqdn. Honor Guard for Lt. Col. Collins burial
Mission #15-1-8562B Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard
Wing SAV/CI at Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn.
Crazy Horse Comp. Sqdn. helps Custer VFW at flag folding ceremony
Mission #15-1-8562A Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard
Mission #15-C-9543 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Pierre Comp. Sqdn. supports St. Joseph Indian School Field Day
Big Sioux Comp. Sqdn. at Elkton, SD Harvest Festival
Mission #15-1-8562A Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard
Rapid City, Custer, Spearfish sqdns.at Rapid City Airport Open House
Mission #15-A-8390 MX Pickup/Dropoff (Sioux Falls, SD/Huron, SD)
Mission #15-1-8562A Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard
Mission #15-C-9543 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-9543 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-1-8562B Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard

29

CGM Ceremony for Vernon Jeffries (Rapid City, SD)

30

Mission #15-C-9543 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills

04
04
09
07
10
10-19
11
13
19
21
22
23
23
24
24
25
27

Lookout Mountain Comp. Sqdn. in Spearfish 4th July Parade
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. at Sioux Falls Mayor’s 4th July Picnic
Mission #15-C-10518 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-1-8562B Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard
Mission #15-C-10518 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Joint Dakotas Encampment (Camp Rapid, SD)
Mission #15-1-8562B Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard
Mission #15-C-10518 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. cadet attends National Cadet Officers School
Horace Mann School students visit Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn.
Mission #15-C-10518 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-10518 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-10319 MX Dropoff (Pierre, SD/Sioux City, IA)
Mission #15-1-8562B Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. cadet at National Blue Beret (Oshkosh, WI)
Mission #15-1-8562B Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard
Mission #15-1-8562B Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard

July

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27
29
30
30
30

Mission #15-C-10518 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-1-8562B Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard
Mission #15-C-10518 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-10319 MX Pickup (Pierre, SD/Sioux City, IA)
Mission #15-A-10319 Cadet Orientation Flight (Spearfish, SD)

August
05
06
08
08-10
12
13
14
15-16
19
20
20
21
21
21
24
24
24
25
26
26
27
28-30
29
29
29
30
30-31
31

Mission #15-C-11073 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. change of Cadet Commander Ceremony
Mission #15-C-11073 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-10772 Cadet O-Rides (Rapid City & Sioux Falls, SD)
Mission #15-C-11073 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-11073 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-10772 Cadet O-Ride (Rapid City, SD)
SDWG supports Ellsworth AFB Airshow (Rapid City, SD)
AFRCC Mission #15-C-11483 Missing Person (Union County, SD)
Lookout Mountain Comp. Sqdn. change of Cadet Commander Ceremony
Lookout Mountain Comp. Sqdn. Billy Mitchell award presentation
Mission #15-C-11073 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
CAP/SDWG exhibit set up in public library in Canton, SD
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. attends AOPA Anoka Fly-In (Anoka, MN)
Mission #15-C-11073 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
CGM Ceremony for Pauline Brehe (Pierre, SD)
CGM Ceremony for Lois Schmidt (Pierre, SD)
Mission #15-1-11470 Low Level Route Survey for SD Air Nat’l Guard
Mission #15-A-10772 MX Pickup/Dropoff (Sioux Falls/Sioux City, IA)
Mission #15-C-11073 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-10772 Cadet O-Rides (Spearfish, SD)
Mission #15-T-11340 Split SAREX (Sioux Falls, SD/Rapid City, SD)
Mission #15-A-10772 MX Pickup/Dropoff (Sioux Falls/St. Paul, MN)
SDWG wins NCR Homeland Security/Counterdrug Mission Award
SDWG officer wins CAP DDR Member of the Year for 2015
Mission #15-A-10772 Cadet O-Ride (Sioux Falls, SD)
Mission #15-A-10772 MX Crew (St. Paul, MN/Sioux Falls, SD)
Refurbished C-172 returned to SDWG.

September
01
02-03
04
07
11
12
12
13
13

Mission #15-C-11396 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-11869 MX Pickup (Various Locations)
Mission #15-T-11850 SUI (Custer, SD)
Mission #15-C-11396 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-T-11851 Mountain Fury Flying Clinic (Custer, SD)
Mission #15-T-11851 Mountain Fury Flying Clinic (Custer, SD)
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. supports Sioux Falls Sidewalk Arts Festival
Mission #15-T-11851 Mountain Fury Flying Clinic (Custer, SD)
Mission #15-A-11869 Cadet Orientation Flights (Custer, SD)

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Mission #15-A-11869 MX Pickup (Pierre, SD)
History, Genealogy, Heraldry sections added to Wing website
Mission #15-C-11396 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-11869 MX Activities (Rapid City, Custer, Pierre, SD)
Mission #15-C-11396 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-11396 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-11869 Cadet Orientation Flights (Brookings, SD)
Big Sioux Comp. Sqdn. supports Brookings Red Cross Prepare-a-Thon
Mission #15-A-11869 Cadet Orientation Flights (Brookings, SD)
Mission #15-C-11396 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Crazy Horse Comp. Sqdn. (Custer, SD) wins CAP AE Excellence Award
Mission #15-A-11869 Cadet O-Ride (Pierre, Rapid City, Brookings, SD)
SDWG Great Start Program at Rushmore Comp. Sqdn. (Rapid City, SD)
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. Color Guard at Special Olympics Convoy
Mission #15-C-11396 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-C-11396 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills

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Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. receives Bueckens Flight scholarship
Wing/CV retires from SD Air NG after 34 years military service
SDWG survival training at Rushmore Comp. Sqdn. (Rapid City, SD)
Rushmore Comp. Sqdn. supports Mickelson Trail Marathon
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. commander competes in Twin Cities Marathon
CAP/SDWG exhibit set up at Custer County Courthouse
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. Open House
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-11869 MX Activities (Sioux Falls, SD/Sioux City, IA)
Big Sioux Comp. Sqdn. (Brookings, SD) registers for CyberPatriot-VIII
Big Sioux Comp. Sqdn. cadets attend MNWG Leadership Academy
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #16-A-3114 Cadet O-Rides (Sioux Falls/Brookings, SD)
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. glider flying at Mankato, MN.
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #15-A-11869 MX Activities (Rapid City, SD/Pierre, SD)

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Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
New commander for Big Sioux Comp. Sqdn. (Brookings, SD)
Mission #16-A-3114 Cadet Orientation Flights (Brookings, SD)
Mission #16-T-3559 SAREX (Pierre, SD)
Mission #16-A-3112 MX Activities (Various Locations/St. Paul, MN)

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Crazy Horse Comp. Sqdn. Color Guard at Veterans Day ceremony
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. Color Guard at Veterans Day ceremony
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #16-1-3718 Falcon Keynote (Sioux Falls, SD)
Wing A/Historian meets former SDWG Band members (Flandreau, SD)
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. supports Sioux Falls Parade of Lights

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Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Crazy Horse Comp. Sqdn. in Custer Holiday Parade of Lights
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #16-A-3112 MX Crew (Sioux Falls, SD)
Mission #16-C-3912 State Night Hunting Compliance Aerial Survey
Big Sioux Comp. Sqdn. in Wreaths Across America ceremony
Sioux Falls Comp. Sqdn. in Wreaths Across America ceremony
Crazy Horse Comp. Sqdn. in Wreaths Across America ceremony
Rushmore Comp. Sqdn. in Wreaths Across America ceremony
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Pierre Composite Sqdn. cadet receives flight scholarship
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
CGM Ceremony for Walter Wilson
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey – Black Hills
Big Sioux Comp. Sqdn. competes in National Cadet Competition

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NARRATIVE
CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION
The South Dakota Wing completed its 74th year of service to the people of the State of South
Dakota and to the United States of America.
South Dakota Wing Origin
The South Dakota Wing was established 1 December 1941 as “Wing 77” and placed under the
Command of Lt. Col. Thomas B. Roberts, Jr. On 30 May 1955, Wing 77 was re-designated
“Wing 40000”. In 1999, Wing 40000 was again re-designated as “SD001” the designation it
bears today.1 The wing is currently commanded by Col John N. Seten.
Wing Organization
The South Dakota Wing is organized into a Wing Headquarters located at Rapid City Regional
Airport, Rapid City, SD and, currently, six subordinate units. The total combined active strength
of the wing is about 300 Cadets and Senior Members. The wing also has a Legislative Squadron
with over 30 members, approximately one-third of the state’s legislators.
Wing Status
The South Dakota Wing completed 2015 on a high note. It was an active year for the wing in
providing emergency services responses to AFRCC-tasked missions (missing aircraft, missing
persons and ELT searches), and county, state and federal tasking for disaster relief (flooding,
tornadoes).
Aerospace Education had a substantial role in wing activity for 2015 featuring model rocketry,
powered model aircraft and model gliders.
The wing’s Cadet Programs for 2015 were equally active with an encampment, leadership
academies, competitions, participation in National Cadet Special Activities and regional
academies and a lot of just plain fun activities.
2015 was also a year of community activity. Wing units supported and/or took part in numerous
community events across the state. Color Guards were especially active in that respect. A great
deal of support was provided to aviation related events, especially fly-ins. Greatly enhanced
community awareness and public goodwill was generated by the wing’s appearance at and
participation in these activities.

Unpublished Monograph “The Birth and Growth of South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol” by Col. Lester
W. Snyder, Jr., CAP. Revised, 1 January 2010. Electronic file held by the Wing Assistant Historian.
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CHAPTER II – EMERGENCY SERVICES
JANUARY 2015
REDCAP: AFRCC Mission 15-M-001 - Early on 10 January, the Air Force Rescue
Coordination Center at Tyndall AFB, Florida notified the South Dakota Wing that the Lawrence
County Office of Emergency Management requested CAP assistance in the search for a missing
person in the rugged, heavily forested hills near Spearfish. A Rapid City-based Cessna-182T
aircraft was used for the search. The aircrew consisted of Lt. Col. Gary Hewett (Mission Pilot),
Capt. Joshua Hall (Mission Observer) and Maj. David Small, Jr. (Mission Scanner). The Incident
Commander was J.D. Guigoe of Lawrence County OEM. Col. John Seten coordinated the CAP
activity. The individual was found alive and all CAP assets were stood down.
SPLIT SAREX: The Wing’s first exercise for 2015 was held Saturday, 24 January. The
focus was on training aircrews, ground search teams and command staffs through realistic search
and rescue scenarios that mirror CAP’s real-world activity. All five of the Wing’s aircraft, six
vehicles and 75 officers and cadets took part in the training exercise.

In the West River area an Incident Command Post was set up at the headquarters of the
Rushmore Composite Squadron on Ellsworth AFB. Three CAP aircraft flew search and rescue
sorties from the squadron’s hangar at the Rapid City Regional airport. In addition, one ground
search team operated from the squadron headquarters conducting independent but similar
training exercises as the aircraft.
In the East River area, a Staging Base was set up at the headquarters of the Big Sioux Composite
Squadron at the Brookings Airport. Big Sioux’s personnel were joined by aircraft, vehicles and
personnel from the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron. Under the control of Incident Commander
Col. Mike Beason at Ellsworth AFB two CAP aircraft and two ground teams conducted training
exercises similar to those in the West River area.
The Split SAREX was a chance to work with Wing units that don’t often have the chance to train
together. The benefit is teamwork, the coordination between command staff, aircrews and
ground teams. A great deal of individual skills training was also accomplished.

Figure-2 – Two aircrew members plan for their flight
Figure-3 – Cadet Ground Team member trains with new radio-detection-finding equipment
Figure-4 – Cadet Radio Ops maintain contact with aircraft and ground teams
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G1000 VFR CLASS: On 17 January, six aviators took part in a G-1000 VFR training class

hosted by Rushmore Composite Squadron and presented by Maj. Craig Goodrich and Lt. Col.
Gary Hewett. The class spent most of the day at SDWG HQ exploring the functions and
capabilities of the Cessna-182 “glass cockpit”. Present around the table were (clockwise) Lt. Col.
Gary Hewett, Maj. Craig Goodrich (both CFI class instructors), SM Jack Jensen, Col. Mike
Beason, Mr. Cliff Wippel, Lt. Col. Chuck Trumble and SM Tim Shannon, all members of
Rushmore Composite Squadron. G-1000 equipped aircraft have tremendous potential for those
properly trained to utilize it. Classes such as this are required for those who have never flown
with it before and an important review for those of us who seldom see it. Classroom discussion is
much cheaper than aviation gasoline. Article and photo submitted by Lt. Col. DeWeese

Figure-5 – G1000 VFR class at Rushmore Composite Squadron
WILDERNESS INJURY & RESCUE: Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer hosted
National Parks Service Paramedic Dan Fairchild from the Devils Tower National Monument to
teach a class on wilderness injuries and rescue. It was amazing to learn how items you have in
your backpack can be used to help someone. Who knew a sweatshirt had so many uses, and just
think many of us thought the sleeves were only used as napkins.

Figure-6 – Victims of a terrible accident
Figure-7 – Turn-about is fair play
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MARCH 2015
PIERRE SAREX: SDWG conducted a Search and Rescue Exercise in Pierre 20-22 March.
It focused on training aircrews, ground search teams and command staff to react to an emergency
services situation. It tested their ability to plan, coordinate and conduct missions based on
realistic training scenarios that mirror the CAP’s real-world activity. Four of the Wing’s aircraft,
several vehicles and some 40 officers and cadets took part. A Mission Base was set up at the
Mustang Aviation Facility at Pierre Regional Airport. The aircraft flew sorties searching for a
simulated crashed aircraft crash (ELT search) and carried out a photo survey of ice jams on the
Missouri River south of Pierre. Three Ground Search Teams conducted similar training
exercises.

SAREXs such as this give participants the opportunity to work with other SDWG units that don’t
often have the chance to train together with massed assets. For the Pierre SAREX there were
participants from five squadrons present. In addition, there were two observers present from the
CAP-USAF North Central Liaison Region, Lt. Col. Jeff Meyers and Mr. Greg Meyer, the
Director and Assistant Director of Operations respectively. Lt. Col. Meyers complimented
everyone for their training, communication and ability to self-critique at the after action review.
The principal benefit of training such as this is teamwork; the coordination between command
staff, aircrews and ground teams. In addition, a great deal of individual skills training was
accomplished.
SDWG thanks Mustang Aviation of Pierre for use of their state of the art facility.

Figure-8 – Pierre SAREX Incident command staff
Figure-9 – Pierre SAREX Ground Team operations room

Figure-10 – Pierre SAREX Flightline
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COMMAND LIAISON: On 5 March, Col. Seten, Lt. Col. Larson and Lt. Manny Steele

flew to Pierre to meet senior state officials. They spoke with Mr. Todd Dravland, Chief Engineer
of the SD State Radio System on the status of radio repeaters and to express SDWG’s
appreciation for the support we get from the state’s Bureau of Information and
Telecommunications. They also met with Ms. Tina Titze, Director of the Office of Emergency
Management, to discuss ways CAP could help with the upcoming motorcycle rally in Sturgis and
other ways SDWG. Finally, they spoke with the Trudy Wastweet, Deputy Secretary of the
Department of Agriculture, on how SDWG may be able to assist them with wildland fire spotting
and other possible missions. On 30 March, Col. Seten and Lt. Col. Larson returned to Pierre to
meet Mr. Kelly Hepler, the new Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks and Mr. Lucas Lentsch,
Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

Figure-11 – Command Liaison: Larson, Dravland, Seten
Figure-12 – Command Liaison: Seten, Titze, Steele
CORSON OUT-OF-CONTROL BURN: On 26 March, Col. Seten learned that what was

supposed to have been a controlled burn of lumber from a dismantled grain elevator had gotten
out of control and spread. Having decided to take photos of the fire from the air that SDWG
would share with local responders he went to our hangar at the Sioux Falls airport and took one
of the Wing’s aircraft aloft. On landing he uploaded the photos and made them available to the
local media. In addition, he sent the photos to all of the fire chiefs in Minnehaha County along
with a note about the services SDWG can provide and how to task us in the event of need.

Figure-13 – Corson grain elevator fire
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APRIL 2015
REDCAP: Mission 15-M-0154 ELT/EPIRB: The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
at Tyndall AFB, FL. placed South Dakota Wing on alert late in the evening on Easter Sunday.
AFRCC had received multiple reports from aircraft over the Sioux Falls area of an Emergency
Locator Transmitter (ELT) active. The aircraft hear the signal when coming in to Sioux Falls, but
do not hear it when they are on the ground. The geographic area encompasses the tri-border area
of southeast South Dakota, southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa.
A Sioux Falls based Cessna-182/G1000, with an aircrew of Mission Pilot Lt. Jerald Hayden,
Capt. Karla West (MO) and SSgt. David Stockinger (MS), took off and began executing an
expanding circle search pattern. Shortly after takeoff the aircraft’s radio-direction-finding sensor
picked up the ELT’s signal. Through analysis the aircraft crew determined the signal was coming
from vicinity of Larchwood, IA.
In addition to the aircraft, two ground search teams were dispatched: one from Sioux Falls under
command of Capt. Karen Espeland with C/Lt Nicholas Nash, C/Capt Nicole Schneider and
C/Maj Brandon West; the other from Brookings under command of Lt. Thomas Delany, with SM
Josh Hartelt, C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman and C/Lt Laura Rudnik.
The signal was pinpointed as coming from the Zangger Vintage Airpark which is about two
miles east of Larchwood. The airpark manager was contacted and he stated that one of the
aircraft there had experienced a hard landing that must have caused the beacon to activate. The
airpark manager went to the aircraft and silenced the ELT.
With mission accomplished, the aircraft and ground teams returned to base shortly after midnight
Monday morning. Lt. Col. Rick Larson was the Incident Commander.
FAA WINGS PROGRAM: Two Pierre Composite Squadron pilots, Lt. Col. Myra
Christensen and Maj. Lee Vaughan, recently participated in the FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency
Program. They went to Rapid City to attend the program that is designed to increase safety in
general aviation. Completion of this phase of WINGS satisfies the requirement for a flight
review. Lt. Col. Jerry Densmore organized the Rapid City presentation.
FAA SEMINAR: The Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, representing CAP, set up a table

and talked about what we do at a seminar on 7 April at the Main Terminal Conference Room of
Sioux Falls Regional Airport. The event, the “2015 annual Pilot & Airport Evening User
Meeting”, provided current information on runway safety and airspace operational concerns. In
addition, attendees had the opportunity to meet with FAA personnel from the Air Traffic
Control, Flight Standards and South Dakota FAA Air Safety Team. As it turned out the event
was packed, standing room only. Capt. Jason Erickson led the CAP contingent playing host,
mingling and shaking hands. Senior members in attendance were Capt. Kurt Johnson, Capt.
Karla West, Capt. Jerry Zurovski, Lt. Dale Palmer and Capt. Joe Oye. The cadets; C/CMSgt
Jaden Roblewsky, C/Lt Nicholas Nash, C/Amn Taylor Moyer and C/SSgt Kyle Clement did us
proud as they always do, looking sharp.
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SIOUX FALLS MINI-SAREX: The Sioux Falls Composite Squadron held a mini-SAREX

on 30 April. Exercise alert messages were issued by text and email for aircrew, ground teams and
mission base personnel to assemble at the squadron headquarters. Two aircraft, two ground
teams and 35 members participated as aircrew, ground search team members or mission base
staff. . In the first scenario the squadron’s Cessna-182, flew a “High Bird” mission to relay radio
communications between mission base, the ground teams, and the Pierre squadron. In the second
scenario the unit’s Cessna-172 flew an air search for persons stranded after a line of severe
storms passed through the area. In the third scenario two ground search teams were dispatched to
locate a missing turkey hunter. The unit’s Cessna-172 spotted the missing hunter and directed the
ground search teams to the man’s location.
MAY 2015
DELMONT TORNADO: On Sunday, 10 May, at 10:45 local time an EF-2 tornado with
winds over 100mph roared through the small town of Delmont, located about 90 southwest of
Sioux Falls. The town of about 200 lost all power, water and telephone service. 84 structures in
and around Delmont were damaged or destroyed. Fortunately there were no fatalities, however at
least nine people were injured and some livestock were killed. Hardest hit was the western edge
of the town suffering the majority of the damage. The town’s new fire hall and a Lutheran
Church bore the brunt of the tornado’s fury.

Figure-14 – Delmont’s newly built fire hall
Figure-15 – Delmont Lutheran Church
South Dakota Wing Commander Col. John Seten authorized a Sioux Falls-based Civil Air Patrol
Cessna-182/G1000 aircraft to fly over the area and take photos of the damage. An aerial photo
sortie over Delmont was conducted on 12 May. The aircrew was Mission Pilot Col. John Seten,
Mission Observer Capt Neil Schmid, and Mission Scanner Capt. Karla West. Nearly 200 high
resolution photos were taken and provided to emergency management officials, first responders
and the media.
CUSTER SAREX: Aircraft, vehicles and personnel from four SDWG’s squadrons and
members and an aircraft from Nebraska Wing’s Pine Ridge Composite Squadron (Chadron, NE)
gathered at the Custer County Airport for a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) the weekend
of 29-31 May. The goal of the exercise was to provide task-specific training for Civil Air Patrol
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members. Short, realistic scenarios were presented to the aircrews, ground teams and mission
base staff members to work through. Aircrews searched for simulated aircraft emergency locator
beacons, rehearsed search patterns, and took simulated damage assessment photos. Ground team
personnel also searched for simulated aircraft emergency locator beacons and worked with
Custer County Search and Rescue during a missing person scenario in which CAP ground teams
searched for an actor in a forested area near the Custer County Airport.
According to CAP Maj. Craig Goodrich, Incident Commander for the exercise, “Thunderstorms
on Friday and fog on Saturday morning did not stop the show. The aircrews and ground teams
were ready to go Saturday when the weather cleared and we got a lot of training done.”
Thanks to the generosity of the First Baptist Church of Custer, CAP members were able to use
Camp Volunteer next to the airport over the weekend. The camp was also used as a staging area
for the ground teams during the exercise. SDWG also thanks Custer County Search and Rescue
for their participation in this SAREX.

Figure-16 – Custer SAREX flightline

Figure-17 – Custer SAREX Incident command center
Figure-18 – Custer SAREX Cadet barracks

Figure-19 – Custer SAREX West River Ground team arriving
Figure-20 – Custer SAREX West River Ground team briefing
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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE: Wing Vice Commander Lt. Col. Rick

Larson attended the 4th Annual Sanford Health Emergency Management Conference held in
Sioux Falls May. The conference focused on trends in preparedness and response. Some of the
topics covered were communications failures, rural disasters, and tornado events. A round table
discussion on planning and response was held on the 29th.

CAP NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS EXERCISE: SDWG participated in the National

Communications Exercise (COMEX) “Constant Watch 15” on 15 and 16 May. The exercise tests
CAP’s ability to pass messages throughout the nation on high frequency (HF) radio. New this
year was the relay of messages from HF stations to other units over very high frequency (VHF)
radios. SDWG’s portion of the exercise was directed by Capt. Jerry Gabert, Wing Director of
Communications.
The exercise began the afternoon of 15 May. Capt. Jerry Gabert and Lt. Rob Hinkhouse checked
in on an HF radio in Sioux Falls. Lt. Todd Dravland checked in on his HF radio in Pierre. SM
Jeff Shawd operated his HF radio in Valley Springs. He received several Whiskey Tango
(numerically encoded) messages and entered them into the CAP computer system. Lt. Col. Dave
Jefferies was on the HF radio in his vehicle and took Whiskey Tango messages while supporting
Red Cross disaster relief efforts after the tornado in Delmont.
Capt. Gabert and Lt. Hinkhouse were also busy on Friday night planning messages to send on
Saturday. They made up a practice coder/decoder and then formulated several coded messages.
Saturday morning the exercise expanded to include an airborne radio signal repeater. The
airborne repeater was in a Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Cessna-182 piloted by Capt. Neil
Schmid. Maj. Elliott Filler was Mission Observer. The purpose was three-fold: first, to test the
range of the VHF airborne repeater. The aircraft made contact with participating squadrons along
the flight route; second, to test inter-squadron VHF radio links; and, third, to send encoded
Whisky Tango messages by VHF for relay by the long range HF stations. Through the repeater
communications were established from Sioux Falls to Brookings, Brookings to Valley Springs,
Valley Springs to Sioux Falls, and from Pierre to Delmont. Practice Whiskey Tango messages
were sent between Sioux Falls, Brookings and Valley Springs. The messages were then
deciphered by the receiving station and verified by the sending station.
Participating on Saturday were Lt. Col. Mark Huntington, Lt. Rob Hinkhouse, Capt. Jerry Foy,
Capt. Jerry Gabert and Cadet Eric Ortega and C/Amn Oscar Holmberg at the Sioux Falls Mission
Base, Capt. Shannon Hofer, C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman and C/Capt Tyler Gross at the
Brookings Mission Base, Lt. Col. Tam Gatje and Lt. Todd Dravland in Pierre, SM Jeff Shawd in
Valley Springs and Lt. Col. Dave Jefferies in Delmont. Col. John Seten and Lt. Col. Rick Larsen
also were involved in the exercise.
Overall this was a very successful COMEX. Although thunderstorms hampered communications
somewhat SDWG successfully checked in on the national HF net and passed traffic to or
monitored traffic from all eight CAP USA regions, mostly from Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana,
Idaho, Michigan and Washington Wings.
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Thanks to all who participated. We hope to expand participation in Exercise Constant Watch
exercise next year.

Figure-21 – Maj Filler/Capt Schmid prepare to fly the airborne repeater mission
Figure-22 – Lt Hinkhouse, Cadets Holmberg and Ortega, Lt Col Huntington and Capt Gabert

Figure-23 – SM Shawd in his very well equipped “radio shack”
EMERGENCY SERVICES TRAINING: Crazy Horse Composite Squadron’s C/Lt Jason

Parry taught an ES class on running a ground search. Some of the topics addressed included
organization and operation of a telephone alert system, conducting a line search, marking a
search route, and post mission individual refit. Not only did the cadets learn a great deal, they got
to practice their newly learned skills between the rain drops.
Congratulations to the following individuals who updated and/or completed various
Emergency Services qualifications at the Custer SAREX 29-31 May 2015:
Maj Craig Goodrich – Updated IC3 and PSC
Lt. Andy Weathers – Completed Mission Observer
Capt. Doug Robbins – Completed Mission Scanner
Lt. Col. Gary Hewett – Updated Mission Pilot/Mission Check Pilot
Lt. Col. Chuck Trumble – Regained status as Mission Pilot/Check Mission Pilot
Capt. Lisa Swanson – Completed Mission Observer
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JUNE 2015
NEW WING TRANSPORT PILOT: Congratulations to C/Maj Brandon West of the Sioux
Falls Composite Squadron, the Wing’s newest Transport Mission Pilot (TMP)! To become a
TMP, Cadet West had to accrue 100 hours as Pilot-in-Command and 50 cross country flight
hours. As a TMP, he will be able to transport senior members to conferences, meetings, and
SAREX’s and be able to fly the airborne repeater missions.

JULY 2015
EMERGENCY SERVICES TRAINING: On 23 July, several cadets of the Sioux Falls

Composite Squadron trained on ground-to-air signals. The cadets laid out the various colored
panels used to communicate information from a ground search team to a CAP aircraft overhead.
In the left photo are C/SrA Taylor Moyer, C/SrA Catherine Foy, C/SSgt Robert Boecker and
C/SrA Christopher Schuppan.

Figure-24 – Cadets lay out signal panels
Figure-25 – Cadets rearrange signal panels
AUGUST 2015
REDCAP: AFRCC Mission 15-C-11483. On 18 August, the Union County OEM asked
SDWG to assist the Union County Sheriff to search for the body of a swimmer reported missing
near Elk Point on the Missouri River. On 19 August, a Sioux Falls based CAP Cessna-182 took
off and flew to the beach where the swimmer entered the water then searched downstream
towards Ponca City making several passes along the area. A second sortie was planned for late
afternoon, however the body was located by ground units and the second sortie was not needed.

Figure-26 – Spidertracks showing the CAP aircraft search pattern
Figure-27 – Emergency responder ground search vehicles and boat trailers
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Figure-28 – Extent of the search area
Figure-29 – Search boat checks snags and sand bars for the body of the missing swimmer
SPLIT SAREX: On 29 August, the South Dakota Wing held its second state-wide training
exercise for 2015. The activity is referred to as a “Split SAREX” (Search and Rescue Exercise),
split because coordinated training is conducted simultaneously in the East River and West River
areas. The focus was training aircrews, ground search teams and command staffs by using
realistic search and rescue scenarios that mirror Civil Air Patrol’s real-world activity.

In the West River area an Incident Command Post was set up at the Wing Headquarters in Rapid
City. They were joined by aircraft, vehicles and personnel from the Pierre Composite Squadron
in Pierre and from the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer. Under the control of Incident
Commander Col. Mike Beason three CAP aircraft flew search and rescue sorties from the
squadron’s hangar at the Rapid City Regional airport. In addition, one ground search team
operated from the squadron headquarters conducting similar training exercises as the aircraft.
The Ground Team and the aircraft used interoperable communications to provide updated search
information to each other.

Figure-30 – Incident command post at Wing Headquarters
Figure-31 – West River ground team plans their search mission near Pactola Lake
Figure-32 – Air National Guard pilot “Bob” who ejected was located alive and well
In the East River area, a Staging Base was set up at the headquarters of the Sioux Falls
Composite Squadron at the Sioux Falls Airport. They were joined there by aircraft, vehicles and
personnel from Big Sioux Composite Squadron from Brookings. Three CAP aircraft and three
ground teams conducted training exercises similar to those in the West River area.
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A Split SAREX gives participants the chance to work with Wing units that don’t often have the
opportunity to train together with massed assets. The benefit of such training is teamwork and
coordination between command staff, aircrews and ground teams. In addition, a great deal of
individual skills training was also accomplished.
AUGUST SAREX: Pierre Composite Squadron’s Lt. Jon Becker acted as the transport
pilot to get Lt. Col. Myra Christensen, Maj. Lee Vaughan and himself to the SAREX base in
Rapid City on 29 August. During the mission Lt. Col. Christensen and Maj. Vaughn provided
communications coverage by flying the airborne repeater for several hours. This allowed
personnel that might not have had radio coverage to work in contact with base and others,
especially during the ELT searches. Three photo missions were flown with Lt. Col. Chuck
Trumble as Pilot-in-Command, Lt. Becker as Observer and Capt. Lisa Swanson and Capt. Doug
Robbins alternating as photographers. Lt. Col. Christensen and Maj. David Small worked with
the ground teams during an ELT search.

SEPTEMBER 2015
MOUNTAIN FURY: From 11 to 13 September, eleven Civil Air Patrol pilots from across
the South Dakota Wing participated in “Mountain Fury”, CAP’s Mountain Search Pilot Course.
The purpose of the course was to train CAP Mission Pilots to be mountain-qualified CAP
Mission Pilots. The activity was directed by Maj. Craig Goodrich, Commander of the Rushmore
Composite Squadron in Rapid City. Day one and part of day two were spent in classes on the
physics, skills, techniques and perils of mountain flying. The classroom training was at the Crazy
Horse Composite Squadron Headquarters in Custer. The blocks of classroom instruction were
held on high altitude flying (Capt. Josh Hall), mountain weather (Maj. Craig Goodrich),
mountain flying (Col. Mike Beason) and mountain searching (Capt. Matt Meert).

The rest of day two and day three were spent flying training sorties. Flight operations were at the
Custer County Airport at Custer. Each mission pilot flew four mission training sorties. Although
the elevation of the Black Hills of South Dakota do not provide the kind of mountainous terrain
that other mountain states can provide, many of the sorties were flown up around 10,000 feet
MSL, and reduced power settings simulated “real” mountain flying. Plus, Custer County Airport
and Custer State Park Airport are no walk-in-the-park. A pilot must be thinking about mountain
flying to operate in and out of these challenging airports. A total of 25 sorties were flown
during the training with seven of the pilots earning or renewing their Mountain Flying
Certification.
Capt. Kurt Johnson of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, one of the mission pilots that went
through the training said, "I personally gained a great deal of experience and respect for
operating safely in "hot and high" environments. Our aircraft take on a whole new set of flight
characteristics under these conditions. As pilots, we all read about this...but, the practical
experience provided in this clinic was priceless! I feel no mission pilot should exercise their
ratings in mountainous terrain without this training or similar practical experience!”

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Maj. Goodrich remarked, “Everyone stepped in to help with meals, cleanup, sortie management,
and watching over safety. I especially want to thank the First Baptist Church of Custer, who
operates Camp Victory, across the road from the airport, for their hospitality in allowing us to
use their facilities for lodging and meals. The nearly perfect weather, camaraderie, and
storytelling around the campfire each night helped make this weekend a great event.”

Figure-33 – Mountain Fury Spidertracks of mission sorties flown in and around Custer
Figure-34 – Mountain Fury pilots Jones/Hall, Rushmore Composite Squadron, prepare for flight
FIRST GLASSHAWK MISSION: From 4 – 6 September, pilot proficiency training and
familiarization with our new glass panel Cessna-172 (N97947), dubbed “GlassHawk” took place.
By coincidence the LifeLight Music Festival, held annually over the Labor Day weekend on the
Pederson Farm just east of Worthing was taking place. It provided the aircrew an excellent
opportunity to practice mission skills such as aerial observation, aerial photography and a chance
to test radio interoperability with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Experience was gained
using Spidertracks, the in-flight, near-real-time aircraft tracking system. Personnel involved with
the activity on 4 September were Capt. Kurt Johnson (MP), Lt. Col. Rick Larson (MO) and SM
Kevin Kayser (MS); on 5 September they were Lt. Jerry Hayden (MP), Lt. Col. Rick Larson
(MO) and Lt. Shane Warne; and on 6 September they were Maj. Justin Johnson (MP), Lt. Col.
Rick Larson (MO) and Lt. Melanie Schuppan (MS).

Figure-35 – SDWG Cessna-172 (GlassHawk) first mission
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LOANER AIRCRAFT: The Big Sioux Composite Squadron reports that the Minnesota

Wing has temporarily loaned a Cessna-182RG, a variant with a retractable landing gear, to
SDWG. We are fortunate the aircraft is parked here in Brookings where it is available for
operational missions. This was one of the planes shown on the news from our last SAREX.
OCTOBER 2015
SURVIVAL TRAINING: On 3 October, nine cadets and seniors Maj. Craig Goodrich and
Capt. Ryan Jones from the Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid City went into the Black
Hills to learn how to bivouac and for some survival training. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a
cold, rainy weekend, so instead of camping in Black Hills National Forest as planned, we asked
for help from Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer. The commander, Capt. Kris
Bierwirth, gave us a warm, dry section of floor to sleep on. The cadets learned land navigation
skills, how to use a compass, how to start a fire (in the rain) and even got to practice some drill
movements under the direction of C/SSgt Noah Misselt.

Figure-36 – Cadets at Rushmore Composite Squadron survival training class

Congratulations to Cadet Lieutenants Bradley Blansett and Justin Harris, both
of Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron in Spearfish, who completed the
requirements for certification as a Ground Team Leader!
EMERGENCY SERVICES TRAINING: The Pierre Composite Squadron held Emergency

Services training for cadets and seniors at an area near the Pierre Airport in October. Terrain
there varies from level to hilly and has several types of cover material. Lt. Col. Myra
Christensen, Lt. Col. Tam Gatje, C/SMSgt Jonathan Gregory and C/SrA Cordell Hall took turns
searching for and finding a practice emergency locator beacon. Two types of hand-held radiodirection-finding (RDF) equipment we have available for a ground search for a missing aircraft
were used. Training included an explanation of search operations in the field, followed by handson operation of the equipment by each person. A discussion of the equipment and operation
followed to give more information. Each member operated the equipment and successfully
tracked and ultimately found the target.
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Figure-37 – C/SMSgt Gregory and Lt Col Christensen discuss operation of one of the RDF units
Figure-38 – C/SMSgt Gregory and C/SrA Hall compare the two RDF models
NOVEMBER 2015
SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE IN PIERRE: [By Maj. Craig Goodrich] On Saturday,
7 November the SD Wing conducted a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) in Pierre, SD. The
Project Officer, Maj. Nick Gengler created multiple scenarios for the aircrews and ground search
teams to conduct electronic and visual searches, as well as airborne photography.

That same morning we learned of a real-world missing person search going on in Pierre and
around the state. The Pierre Police Department (PPD), leading the search, felt the resources that
we offered wouldn’t be needed. However, we notified our aircrews and ground search teams to
be on the lookout for a specific vehicle, and were given the description of the missing person.
Coordination with the PDD and working with their data was a good exercise for the mission
planning staff. Any time the Wing can coordinate with local law enforcement and emergency
managers, even on small tasks, the relationship building, education and experience goes a long
way.
Here’s a quick summary of the SAREX:
42 CAP personnel participated from across the wing
5 CAP aircraft and 5 CAP vans were a part of the mission
We flew 16 sorties. Many of our aircrews were receiving training and received new
qualifications
We had 12 ground sorties
We had two large ground search teams that received excellent Ground Team Training
Overall, a lot of people got a lot of great training on a beautiful November day in Pierre. A big
thanks to Mustang FBO for the use of their great facilities.
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Figure-39 – Pierre SAREX incident command post staff in action
Figure-40 – Pierre SAREX incident command post staff between missions
GROUND SEARCH TEAM QUALS: The Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron in

Spearfish has begun a push to get all Ground Search Team cadet members to upgrade their
qualifications to the GTM1 level. On 21 November, seasoned cadets, worked with Maj. David
Small and new Senior Member Cyndy Collister on ground team quals. The squadron takes great
pride in the high degree of skill and professionalism of its Ground Search Teams, a critical
component of SDWG’s Emergency Services support to local law enforcement and first
responders in the rugged Black Hills area.

Figure-41 – Lookout Mountain composite Squadron Ground team members plan a mission
NEW SQUADRON COMMANDER: Please join Wing Commander Col. Seten in

congratulating Major E. W. Filler of Big Sioux Composite Squadron for meeting all FAA
requirements for the grade of Commercial Pilot. This significant accomplishment enhances the
professionalism of our pilot base and enhances our Wing’s mission capabilities going forward. A
key aspect of Maj. Filler’s achievement is that he used a CAP aircraft and CAP instructor and in
so doing demonstrated that it is possible to attain a commercial pilot rating using our own
internal assets. Great work Maj. Filler!!
DECEMBER 2015
NEW WING ES OFFICER: Please join SDWG Director of Operations Maj. Gengler in

congratulating and welcoming our new Wing Emergency Services Officer, Lt. Col. Myra
Christensen. Myra has over 30 years of CAP experience and has accomplished several ES
qualifications from Ground Team Leader to Mission Pilot. As ES Officer she will be working
closely with the squadrons on their ES training and the SAREXs. Welcome aboard!
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CHAPTER III – AEROSPACE EDUCATION
JANUARY 2015
STARLAB: Lt. David Stockinger, Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Aerospace Education
officer arranged a cool AE program on 15 January. A crew from Siouxland Heritage Museum
brought their portable stardome to the squadron. From the museum’s website – Gaze into the
night sky in our portable planetarium and discover the secrets of the seasonal constellations.
Starlab gives viewers the tools to begin their own sky exploration. Starlab encompasses
astronomy and mythology. 40 squadron members and guests were transported through the
universe as our navigator guided us through the stars of the Northern Hemisphere as they appear
at this time of year. We were introduced to Greek mythological characters as we explored how
heroes of the past can be found in the night sky as we learned to identify stars and constellations.
Capt. Erickson said, "What a great thing to have right at our squadron. It will help me remember
how to identify the constellations and how they came about".

Figure-42 – Starlab inflatable planetarium night sky display
Figure-43 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron hosts the Starlab inflatable planetarium
YEAGER AWARD: Congratulations to Capt. Richard Geeting and SM Peter Bierwirth,

both of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron, who earned the Aerospace Education Yeager Award!
Figure-44 – Yeager Award ribbon

FEBRUARY 2015
MODEL AIRPLANE BUILDING COMPETITION: I have ordered six Cessna-172 plastic
model kits with CAP markings for a model aircraft building contest! Hopefully the kits get here
soon so that I can distribute them. Each squadron will receive one model kit to build. It can be a
solo effort or group effort. We plan to judge the six squadron-built models at the Wing
Conference in mid-April. I have ordered some cool prizes to be awarded to the top three model
builders: a rotor gyrocopter with camera, a remote controlled electric powered airplane, and a
model rocketry kit including launch pad.
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Figure-45 – Cessna-172 model airplane kit
MARCH 2015
BOY SCOUT AVIATION MERIT BADGE EVENT: On 7 March, Scott Wurzburger,
Aviation Merit Badge Counselor, brought five Boy Scouts from Wyoming and South Dakota
with two leaders to Rapid City Regional Airport in conjunction with visiting Ellsworth AFB. The
Scouts were present to work on their Aviation Merit Badge. SDWG’s Lt. Col. Gary Hewett
showed the group through the flight planning facilities at Westjet Air Center, described and
demonstrated the preflight checks of a CAP Cessna-182T aircraft, and escorted them through the
aircraft maintenance facility at L&D Aero. He also spoke about the origin of CAP and our
missions. The scouts were also going to visit the Rapid City Regional Airport control tower.
This merit badge event is held every year in early March so it is likely the Boy Scouts will want
to coordinate this with us again.

Figure-46 – Boy Scout aviation merit badge
Figure-47 – Boy Scout aviation merit badge candidates
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OPERATION “JOINT EFFORT”: Calling all Team Builders! Stop talking about FLYING

airplanes and actually BUILD one for a change! That’s right. A plastic model Cessna 172 or
182 has been delivered to each squadron for a “JOINT EFFORT” between Senior Members and
Cadets to see who can build the best of the best. The finished aircraft must be delivered to Wing
Conference on Saturday, 18 April for judging by Wing Staff and a “SPECIAL” guest judge who
shall remain nameless at this point. There no losers in this competition because each unit gets to
proudly display their “teamwork” in their home Squadron. The top 3 finishers get to choose
from a Remote Piloted Vehicle with camera, a Remote Controlled Aircraft, and a Rocket with
launcher. So let’s get out your utility tools, glue and paint brushes get started. Show us what
you can do together as a team. Deadline is only 3 weeks away!
OPERATION JOINT EFFORT: Cadets and seniors of Pierre Composite Squadron began
work on “Operation Joint Effort”, the Wing’s model aircraft building competition. The team
worked on the model during a meeting and will continue to do so at meetings and outside of
them. The glue, paint, paint brushes and other tools were collected from members to get the
project under way. Judging of each squadron’s aircraft will be at the Wing Conference.

Figure-48 – Pierre Composite Squadron Operation Joint Effort
AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE TOUR: On 19 March, Sioux Falls Composite Squadron

arranged a special tour of Joe Foss Field, the SD Air National Guard Base, the F16s and to view
the fighters taking off on night sorties.

Figure-49 – Sioux Falls Air National Guard Base Tour
Figure-50 – F-16 afterburner after dark
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APRIL 2015
LETTER OF APPRECIATION: SDWG, more specifically Lt. Col. Gary Hewett, received
a Letter of Appreciation from Mr. Scott Wurzburger, an Aviation Merit Badge Counselor for
Boy Scouts of America. On 7 March, Mr. Wurzburger brought five Boy Scouts and two adult
leaders to the Rapid City Regional Airport in conjunction with visiting Ellsworth AFB. The
Scouts were working on their Aviation Merit Badge. Lt. Col. Hewett escorted the group through
the flight planning facilities at Westjet Air Center, described and demonstrated the preflight
checks of a CAP Cessna-182T aircraft, and escorted them through the aircraft maintenance
facility at L&D Aero. He also spoke about the origin of CAP and our missions. The scouts were
also going to visit the airport’s control tower. This merit badge event is held every year in early
March so it is likely the Boy Scouts will want to coordinate this with us again.
OPERATION JOINT EFFORT JUDGEMENT: Awards presentations at the 2015 Wing
Conference began with the announcement of the winners of the model airplane build-off dubbed
“Operation Joint Effort”. The aircraft were on display from 1200-1800 in the hotel breezeway
where everyone could see, admire and compare. All entries were exquisitely assembled and
adorned with appropriate colors and appendages. Some had crewmembers standing by to
marshal out of the chocks. Some had special features such as animal tracking antennae or cockpit
crewmembers. They were all “special” in one way or another. Wing Staff were the judges.

Sioux Falls Composite Squadron took top honors and chose the camera-equipped, radio-operated
Hover-copter. Second place went to Rushmore Composite who chose the Powered Remote
Controlled Airplane. Third place was Big Sioux Composite Squadron who was awarded an air
launched rocket for their efforts. Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron did not place but their
replica 1950 Cessna-170 was chosen to be placed in the SD Air National Guard Museum in
Pierre for everyone to enjoy. Rushmore donated theirs as well.
South Dakota Congresswoman Kristie Noem also got in on the judging. She chose to be the
deciding vote in case of a tie, which did not happen. We did, however, award the winning
aircraft to her to display in her trophy case for her efforts. Everyone was a winner in this
competition. A special thanks for everyone who pitched in to help build these models.

Figure-51 – Congresswoman Noem helps judge Operation Joint Effort aircraft
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Crazy Horse Composite Squadron may not have won Operation Joint Effort, the Wing
model airplane building competition, but we did have fun building our model aircraft! In our
eyes we did win, we got to enjoy our hard work in our squadron.
FAA SAFETY CONFERENCE: The Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, representing CAP,

set up a table and talked about what we do at a seminar on 7 April at the Main Terminal
Conference Room of Sioux Falls Regional Airport. The event, the “2015 annual Pilot & Airport
Evening User Meeting”, provided current information on runway safety and airspace operational
concerns. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to meet with FAA personnel from the Air
Traffic Control, Flight Standards and South Dakota FAA Air Safety Team. As it turned out the
event was packed, standing room only. Capt. Jason Erickson led the CAP contingent playing
host, mingling and shaking hands. Senior members in attendance were Capt. Kurt Johnson, Capt.
Karla West, Capt. Jerry Zurovski, Lt. Dale Palmer and Capt. Joe Oye. The cadets; C/CMSgt
Jaden Roblewsky, C/Lt Nicholas Nash, C/Amn Taylor Moyer and C/SSgt Kyle Clement did us
proud as they always do, looking sharp.
MAY 2015
Please join Wing Commander Col. John Seten in congratulating our FY15 Cadet Flight
Scholarship recipients:
$1000 C/CMSgt Jaden Roblewsky Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
$1000 C/2nd Lt Nicholas Nash
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
$ 700 C/MSgt Hannah Becker
Pierre Composite Squadron
JULY 2015
CADET ATTENDS NATIONAL BLUE BERET: C/Lt Devon Brown of the Sioux Falls
Composite Squadron attended this year’s National Cadet Special Activity “Blue Beret” at the
Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual airshow “AirVenture 2015” held at Wittman
Regional Airport at Oshkosh, WI.

Figure-52 – CAP’s National Blue Beret contingent at AirVenture 2015
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HORACE MANN STUDENTS VISIT: On 21 July, the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron

was visited by students and teachers from Horace Mann Elementary School in Sioux Falls. The
students had read a book on wilderness flying and wanted to get a better understanding of what
they had read. Their teacher, Mr. Todd Peterson, contacted Lt. Col. Larson for assistance. Lt.
Col. Larson arranged for the squadron to set up flight simulators and had cadets on hand to assist
and answer questions. Then the group trooped over to the hanger where they received a briefing
and got to examine the squadron’s aircraft. The students gained an elementary understanding of
how a plane works, what it takes to fly a plane and experienced siting in the pilot seat.
Participants were Members that assisted the visit were Lt. Col. Larson, Maj. Todd Epp, Capt.
Jerry Zurovski, C/ Lt Nash, and C/CMSgts Hayden and Roblewski. We will host several more
students soon and hope to get Mr. Peterson a "fly a teacher" flight.

Figure-53 – Horace Mann School student enjoys a flight simulation program
Figure-54 – Horace Mann School students receive an aircraft briefing
AUGUST 2015
ELLSWORTH AFB AIRSHOW: Saturday, 15 August, dawned warm and clear - a perfect
day for an air show. By 0900 the crowds were pouring in, by the end of the weekend it was
reported that over 17,000 people had visited the airshow. World War II and Korean War vintage
aircraft performed for the crowd. The Air Force Thunderbirds performed as the highlight of the
show. Some 20 CAP members from the Rushmore, Pierre and Lookout Mountain Composite
Squadrons hosted visitors wanting a peek in a CAP Cessna-172 and Cessna182. Many asked lots
of questions and learned about CAP's role in the community. Maj Craig Goodrich worked with
Ellsworth AFB personnel to get a CAP table and two aircraft in a prominent location at the show.
On Sunday the crowds were a bit thinner but the CAP table stayed busy. Even USAF personnel
from F-15 aircrew to Academy cadets came by to learn about CAP. Lt Kris Bierwirth brought a
contingent of cadets from Custer to enjoy the show on Sunday. Lt Col Greg Lair and C/SMSgt
Julia Lair came from as far away as Sioux Falls. The Pine Ridge Squadron at Chadron, Nebraska
squadron sent a contingent and one visitor introduced himself as a CAP senior member from the

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Las Vegas Composite Squadron. Sunday afternoon we left for home sunburned and tired but
with a list of over fifty people who showed an interest in CAP.

Figure-55 – SDWG’s static display at Ellsworth AFB Open House

Figure-56 – Visitors tour a SDWG aircraft
Figure-57 – Visitors to the CAP table learn about SDWG
DAKOTA THUNDER AIRSHOW: Several of us from Crazy Horse Composite Squadron

attended the Dakota Thunder Air Show on the 15th and 16th at Ellsworth AFB. What an amazing
event. It was so fascinating it renewed our energy! Our members were able to watch the
Thunderbirds perform after which we were able to chat with a couple of the pilots. Awesome!

Figure-58 – USAF Thunderbirds perform at the Ellsworth AFB airshow
Figure-59 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron cadets meet two Thunderbird pilots
AOPA ANOKA FLY-IN: [By C/Lt Nicholas Nash] On 21-22 August, Sioux Falls

Composite Squadron members attended the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Fly-In at the
Anoka County Airport in Minnesota. Friday morning we toured the FAA Air Traffic Control
Center in Minneapolis. We were briefed on the missions and procedures, led through the
Center’s work modules on the “floor”, and actually got to sit one-on-one with an Air Traffic
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Controller and watch them in action. The next event was a tour of a WWII aviation museum. The
docents were a WWII veteran fighter pilot and a WWII veteran helicopter mechanic. We learned
the functions and design of an ejection seat, saw exclusive footage from 9/11, toured hangers full
of old training cockpits and jet engines, and walked through a static display of WWII aircraft.
That evening was the “Cirrus Life” Reception for Cirrus owners. We listened to the President of
Cirrus speak about the new Cirrus Vision Jet, and toured a private hanger full of completely
restored vintage aircraft. The Fly-In officially began Saturday morning. We were on the airfield
bright and early to see as many airplanes as possible, talk to the pilots, and sit in a few cockpits.
The Main Stage held interesting guest speakers all with the same passion for aviation as we have.
One of the most unique and entertaining Aerospace Education trips of the year!

Figure-60 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron members visit Anoka Fly-In

Figure-61 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadrons members pose with a WWII Warbird
SEPTEMBER 2015
MODEL ROCKETRY: Capt. Victoria Bierwirth of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron

taught a Goddard rocketry class to several Custer High School 9th grade classes.

AEROSPACE EXCELLENCE AWARD: Crazy Horse Composite Squadron has earned the
Aerospace Excellence Award for the second year in a row. What a great team we are building!

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Figure-62 – Custer Composite Squadron members with the AE Certificates
OCTOBER 2015
GLIDING IN MINNESOTA: By Capt. Neil Schmid. It was a great day for flying for the

Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on Saturday, 17 October. A fortuitous confluence of events led
to the availability of two Sioux Falls based SDWG aircraft, a MNWG glider, six cadets and
several senior members for a day of powered orientation flights and gliding over the Mankato
Minnesota countryside.
Getting from Sioux Falls to Mankato was half the fun. Lt. Jerry Hayden was pilot in command
and orientation pilot for Cadet Kyle Clement, with Cadets Taylor Moyer and Kyle Kreger as
backseaters in the squadron’s new Cessna-172 “GlassHawk”. This aircraft features state of the
art Garmin G500 and GTN650 “glass” cockpit instrumentation and navigation systems. Capt.
Neil Schmid piloted the squadron’s Cessna-182 G1000 equipped aircraft and was the orientation
pilot for Cadet Nick Nash. This was Nash’s final powered orientation flight, which covered
aviation topics such as weather, compensating for wind by crabbing, wake turbulence avoidance,
and how climb rate is affected by temperate and altitude. Back seat flyers were Cadets Max
Moline and Robert Boecker.
Once the crews landed at Mankato at 1130, an initial introduction to gliders was given by
MNWG Maj. Carl Hallum. After pre-flight checks the glider was moved to Mankato’s long
grass runway. Then the Cessna-172 tow-plane underwent pre-flight checks. This aircraft has a
special “climb” propeller and flying it is somewhat tricky because the difference between the
stall speed of the Cessna and the maximum speed of the glider isn’t all that great. This was Capt.
Schmid’s first time as a tow-pilot trainee and at the conclusion of seven glider tows he was
getting the hang of it.
The gliders were towed to an altitude of 2,500 feet and released. The glider remained aloft for
about 15 minutes for each flight. The glider was flown by orientation pilot MNWG Capt.
William Pagel and he successfully mentored SDWG Cadets Kreger (glider flight #3), Moyer
(glider flight #1), Boecker (glider flight #1), Clement (glider flight #1 & 2), Moline (glider flight
#1), and Nash (glider flight #3). It was a cool day and by the end of the glider flights pilot Pagel
was a bit chilly because the glider is drafty and without a heater.
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On the way home, Lt. Hayden piloted the Cessna-182 with Cadet Boecker at the controls and
Capt. Schmid piloted the Cessna-172 with Cadet Moyer receiving his third powered flight
experience. Everyone was smiling at the end of the day with the great experience of flight
Thanks to Lt. Col. Greg Lair for herding the cats on this one and to Lt. Jerry Hayden for
coordination on the ground.

Figure-63 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron members fly to Mankato

Figure-64 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron crew heading to Mankato

MANKATO GLIDER FLIGHT OPERATIONS

Figure-65 – CAP glider in tow at Mankato
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Figure-66 – CAP Glider comes in for landing

Figure-67 – View from the glider cockpit
Figure-68 – Preflight glider checks
BEUCKENS FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP: Rosemary Beuckens and family visited Sioux

Falls Composite Squadron on 1 October. She has been a strong supporter of our cadet program
for many years. Her son Brett was killed in a plane crash in 2010 and she started a memorial
flight scholarship in his honor. The Beuckens family and friends have donated money for the
past several years to further Sioux Falls Composite Squadron cadets’ aspirations to learn to fly.
In recognition of their support Capt. Erickson presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation as
a champion of Civil Air Patrol, our cadet program, and encourager of our young pilots to pursue
their dreams.
AE SENIOR LEVEL: Congratulations to Capt Victoria Bierwirth of the Crazy Horse

Composite Squadron in Custer on earning “Senior” level in Specialty Track - Aerospace
Education in CAP’s Senior Member Professional Development Program!
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DECEMBER 2015
NEW SQUADRON AE OFFICER: We would like to introduce the Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron’s new Aerospace Education (AE) officer, 1st Lt. Andrew Moline. Andrew and his
son, Max, joined our squadron a few months ago from the Northeast Missouri squadron. The
Moline family moved from Missouri to Sioux Center, Iowa in August, and now travel three
hours round trip to attend meetings with Sioux Falls on Thursday nights.

Andrew comes to us with a great deal of experience in safety, Drug Demand Reduction, cadet
programs, and training. When asked how he became interested in the AE program Andrew
stated, "It didn't take long after joining CAP before I became aware of the proud history of
aerospace education CAP has to offer young people. While perusing an old rocketry package
with my son, my background in engineering and personal interest in 20th century history was
piqued.”
Andrew took the rocketry program to the limits in his former squadron. The cadets there earned
their rocketry badges, he got the STEM program going, and he traveled with cadets to wing
activities to help facilitate their AE experience. Andrew's goal, along with that of the cadet AE
leadership, is to take Sioux Falls to the same place in the AE program. They hope to start the
cadets off with rockets, then move on to radio controlled aircraft. SFCS is very lucky to have
new members willing to offer not only their expertise, but also their time in order to provide
cadets with the opportunity to learn, lead, and pursue excellence. Welcome 1st Lt. Andrew
Moline and C/MSgt. Max Moline.

Figure-69 – New Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Aerospace Education Officer

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CHAPTER IV – CADET PROGRAMS
JANUARY 2015
WE’RE GOING TO THE NATIONAL FINALS:

“Team Big Sioux”, the Big Sioux
Composite Squadron’s cadet cybersecurity team, is going to the national finals of the
CyberPatriot-VII competition for the fourth year in a row! To earn the all-expenses-paid trip the
cadet cyber-sleuths placed first in regional round of the competition. The national finals of the
competition will be in March in Washington, D.C.
In the finals, the only in-person round, the team will compete to defend virtual networks and
mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The finalists will also face-off in three
additional competition components: Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge, Cisco Networking
Challenge, and Digital Forensics Challenge. These extra challenges broaden the cybersecurity
experience and expose teams to new elements of the many career opportunities available to
them. The team will be scored on how quickly and effectively they establish and maintain secure
networks.
Team Big Sioux consists of Team Captain C/Maj Joshua Klosterman of Brandon, C/2nd Lt Chris
Dinnel, C/SMSgt Jaden Petersen, C/SSgt Sergeant Nathaniel Fleet, all from Lake Benton, MN,
and C/2nd Lt Laura Rudnik of Brookings. The team is coached by Capt. Shannon Hofer of
Hendricks, MN and mentored by Cadet Captain Tyler Gross of Volga.

Figure 70 - “Team Big Sioux” cadet cybersecurity specialists relax after a grueling session
CADET COMMAND CHANGE: The torch of cadet responsibility for leadership of the

Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron was passed on 22 January. Cadet Chief Master Sergeant
Justin Harris handed over the reins of command to Cadet Second Lieutenant Bradley Blansett
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with the assistance of Chief Master Sergeant Connor Caneva. Squadron Commander Captain Bill
Collister presided.

Figure 71 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron change of Cadet Command Ceremony
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron’s Capt Sylvia
Small conducted a character development course on "The Ethics of Fiscal Responsibility – Part
2". Eight cadets and six seniors were present for the lively course.

Figure 72 - Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron Character Development Course
FIRE, FIRE, BURING BRIGHT: On 26 January the Rushmore Composite Squadron had a
special training opportunity. A couple members needed to extinguish a fire as part of their
Ground Team Leader training. So, Maj Goodrich thought it would be good to train everyone in
this valuable skill and take advantage of the special CAP/USAF relationship. He shared the

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surprise during the commander’s call briefing – and all the members of the squadron drove to
Ellsworth AFB’s Fire Department. Everyone got to extinguish a fire with a Halon extinguisher
(Maj Goodrich and Lt Col Hewett had an “opportunity” to find out what breathing in a small
amount of the gas feels like). Afterwards everyone headed back to the squadron where the
Ground Team members completed training using the task guide and overseen by a special
Ground Team Leader Skills Evaluator/Trainer - Capt Collister. One cadet remarked that night,
“This was one of the most fun things we’ve done at a meeting!" Special thanks go to A1C Jordan
LaPoint, and SSgt Zach McCormick of the 28th Bomb Wing Fire Department.

Figure 73 – Rushmore Composite Squadron Cadet Fire Fighter
Figure 74 – Rushmore Composite Squadron Commander fights training fire
FEBRUARY 2015
TRAINING LEADERS OF CADETS: On 17 February, a joint NDWG/SDWG training
session was held for the “Training Leaders of Cadets” course. The program was held at the Big
Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings. Nine members from the two wings attended: ND-119
(Fargo) members included Capt. Darryl Hick, SM Diana Billick, Lt. Ashley Ehret, and Capt.
John Hoeck. Those from SDWG included: Capt. Karen Espeland (SD-050), and Capt. Elliott
Filler and Lt. Thomas Delay (SD-058). Lt. Col. Linda Buechler was course director assisted by
Col. Mary Donley. Senior Members learned how to become better mentors of cadets and more
effective managers of cadet squadrons. The course is a component of Specialty Track - Cadet
Programs Officer Specialty Track in the Senior Member Professional Development Program.
Great discussions were held between members attending this course.

MARCH 2015
CYBERPATRIOT WIN: The cadet cyber-security team of Big Sioux Composite Squadron

took second place in the national finals of the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot-VII
Competition held in Washington, D.C. from 11-15 March. In addition, they were the top Civil
Air Patrol team in the competition.
The team from Brookings competed in the “All Service Division” national finals for the fourth
year in a row against teams from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Junior ROTC programs,
the Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Civil Air Patrol. In CyberPatriot-VII 1,007 teams competed
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in the All Services Division, 400 teams from CAP units. Only the top two teams from each
organization in the All Services Division got to go to the national finals. “We are extremely
proud of the accomplishments of the Big Sioux squadron in their pursuit of being the top team in
the competition. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into preparation for this competition and
to be the top Civil Air Patrol team in the nation is no easy feat.” Said Colonel John Seten, the
Wing Commander of the South Dakota Civil Air Patrol.
In the national finals 28 teams, 13 from the All Service Division, competed to defend virtual
networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The national finalists also
faced off in four additional competition components: the Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge
from the Digital Forensic Consortium, the Cisco Networking Challenge, the Leidos Digital
Forensics Challenge and a Mobile Application Challenge hosted by AT&T. The teams were
scored on how quickly and effectively they established and maintained secure networks.
Team Big Sioux consists of Team Captain C/Maj Joshua Klosterman of Brandon, C/2 nd Lt Chris
Dinnel, C/CMSgt Jaden Petersen and C/TSgt Nathaniel Fleet, all from Lake Benton, MN, and
C/2nd Lt Laura Rudnik of Brookings. The team is coached by Capt. Shannon Hofer of Hendricks,
MN, who is the Big Sioux Composite Squadron commander as well as the South Dakota Wing's
Director of Information Technology and Web Security Administrator and mentored by Cadet
Captain Tyler Gross of Volga.
CyberPatriot VII began last October with more than 2,100 teams from all 50 states, Canada and
Department of Defense dependent schools in Europe and the Pacific. After two months of
rigorous online challenges, the Open Division and All Service Division teams were divided into
three tiers: Platinum, Gold and Silver. Team Big Sioux was placed in the Platinum Tier. The
teams continued to compete within their tiers for state awards and advancement to the
regional/category round. Only teams in the top Platinum tier were eligible to advance to national
finals competition. Team Big Sioux at the CyberPatriot-VII competition awards ceremony (l-r)
Col. Larry Ragland, NHQ Chief Of Staff, C/Maj Joshua Klosterman, C/CMSgt Jaden Petersen,
C/Lt Laura Rudnik, C/Lt Chris Dinnel, C/TSgt Nathaniel Fleet.

Figure 75 - Team Big Sioux at CyberPatriot-VII Awards ceremony
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CPR COURSE: On 12 March the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron hosted a CPR class

for the community. Eight squadron members and one civilian certified in the technique. Aaron
Bostel from Regional Health taught the class. In the photo Cadet Hunter Rice (left) and C/A1C
Anthony Dillon (right) practice their newly learned skill on a training device.

Figure 76 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron CPR Course
COLOR GUARD PERFORMANCE: The Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron Color
Guard helped kick off the annual convention of the Fraternal Services National Mutual Benefit.
On 28 February, Spearfish cadets posted and guarded the colors at The Lodge in Deadwood.
C/CMSgt Justin Harris, C/Lt Jared Doyle, C/MSgt Austin Rauscher and C/SSgt Peter Iverson
made up the Color Guard while C/CMSgt Connor Caneva added his expertise in inspection and
coaching of the posting party. Senior Members Capt. Bill Collister and Lt. Col. Buck DeWeese
added to CAP’s presence. This was a repeat performance for the Color Guard as they have
performed for the group at their conferences in the past. The professionalism of the Color Guard
in the past was in the minds of the organizers as they planned this meeting.

Figure 77 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron Color Guard
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DOUBLE OUTSTANDING CADET AWARD: C/Lt Jason Parry of Crazy Horse Composite

Squadron was presented with the Air Force Association Award for Outstanding Cadet by USAF
1st Sergeant Scott Marsich (Ret.). C/Lt Parry was also presented with the Air Force Sergeants
Award for Outstanding Cadet by USAF MSgt Christina McCormick.

Figure 78 – C/Lt Parry and First Sergeant Marsich
Figure 79 – C/Lt Parry and MSgt McCormick
APRIL 2015
WING CONFERENCE: South Dakota Wing held its 2015 Wing Conference on Saturday,

18 April at the Clubhouse Hotel and Suites in Pierre. About 85 officers and cadets from SDWG
attended. The highlight of the morning session was a skit titled “Daddy’s Girl” performed by
cadets, under the supervision of Lt. Col. Buechler, on the consequences of drunk driving.
Following the general session the senior member participants split up to attend breakout sessions
on a variety of administrative and operational issues. The cadets attended breakout sessions on
DDR, AE, and the National Cadet Competition. In addition, the Wing Cadet Advisory Council
met. The senior member and cadet breakout sessions lasted until the late afternoon when it was
time to begin to prepare for the evening’s banquet and awards ceremony.
CADET WINGMAN COURSE: The Crazy Horse Composite Squadron is 100% into the
new Cadet Wingman Course. The course is in building trust that even if you are unable to have
all of your faculties your "wingman" is there to help and guide you.
OUTSTANDING CADET OFFICER AWARD: C/Capt Nicole Schneider of the Sioux Falls
Composite Squadron received an Outstanding Officer Award from the Air Force Association on
26 March. The award was presented to her by USAF Col. (CAP Lt. Col.) Greg Lair.

Figure 80 – C/Capt Schneider receives award from Col Lair
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OUTSTANDING CADET NCO AWARD: C/MSgt Steven Diaconu of the Sioux Falls

Composite Squadron received an Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer Award from the Air
Force Association on 26 March. The award was presented to him by USAF Col. (CAP Lt. Col.)
Greg Lair.

Figure 81 – C/MSgt Steven Diaconu receives award from Col Lair
CAP ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP: Congratulations to C/Maj Brandon West of Sioux
Falls Composite Squadron on being awarded a CAP academic scholarship! Each year CAP
partners with its academic and organizational partners to award over $350,000 in scholarships to
its members. Just recently C/Maj West was notified that he had been awarded a $1,000 academic
scholarship provided by the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) insurance
company. Cadet West was awarded the scholarship based on “superior performance as a student,
citizenship, and Civil Air Patrol achievements”, according to Steven Trupp, CAP Cadet Program
Manager. USAA provides academic scholarships each year to three outstanding cadets for
assistance in pursuing undergraduate education. Brandon is working towards a degree in the
University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing Honor Program.

MAY 2015
WING FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS: Join Wing Commander Seten in congratulating our
FY15 Cadet Flight Scholarship recipients:

$1000 C/CMSgt Jaden Roblewsky
$1000 C/2nd Lt Nicholas Nash
$700 C/MSgt Hannah Becker

Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Pierre Composite Squadron

CADET LEADERSHIP: Crazy Horse Composite Squadron has been working on

improving our programs and giving the cadets more responsibility. One example of such was
C/SMSgt Thomas Dillon led a Character Development class. We are moving forward with the
DDR portion of CAP. Our first class was “React with a kiss” where the cadets learned how being
impaired can even affect opening a candy kiss. C/Lt Jason Parry taught an ES class on running a
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ground search. Topics addressed included organization and operation of a telephone alert system,
conducting a line search, marking a search route, and post mission individual refit. The cadets
learn a great deal and got to practice their newly learned skills between the rain drops.
CADET AWARDS: Congratulations to Capt. James Dillon of Crazy Horse Composite
Squadron who received a Certification of Appreciation and a challenge coin for all of his the
hard work and challenges he has overcome to get to where he is today.
CADET AWARD: Congratulations to C/SMSgt Thomas Dillon of Crazy Horse Composite
Squadron who received a Certification of Appreciation for his excellent leadership skills and for
using those skills to further the squadron’s cadet program. Thomas really enjoys teaching and
sharing his knowledge with others.

JUNE 2015
WING CADET ADVISORY COUNCIL: The 2015 Wing Cadet Advisory Council is at the

end of its term. The current term ends at the end of July and the new CAC is effective on 1
August. The CAC planned and executed a Cadet Leadership School in Pierre in February and a
color guard training activity in Sioux Falls in June. The CAC met regularly and discussed many
cadet-related topics. The 2015 CAC was chaired by C/Capt Nicole Schneider. Other primary
members were Cadets Jaden Petersen, Jason Parry, Hannah Becker, Errol Kelly, Nicholas Nash
and Jared Doyle. Assistants were Cadets Chris Dinnel, Thomas Dillon, Silas Busch, Steven
Diaconu and Justin Harris. The South Dakota Wing was represented at the North Central Region
by Cadet Joshua Klosterman, assisted by Cadet Silas Busch. C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman,
assisted by C/CMSgt Blake Hayden, will represent the South Dakota Wing on the NCR
CAC. Klosterman has also been named as assistant NCR representative to the National CAC.
COLOR GUARD: On 16 June, the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron’s Color Guard
marched in the Elkton Harvest Festival. The event consisted of a parade, a carnival and the Miss
Elkton pageant. The cadets looked sharp and performed flawlessly. Many favorable comments
were overheard about our presence at the event.

Figure 82 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron Color Guard at Elkton
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HONOR CORDON: The cadets of Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron derive

pleasure and pride in their interactions with various community activities. Less often, bug
significantly, they have been called upon to participate in more solemn roles. Such was the case
with the internment of CAP Lt. Col. Keith Collins at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Lt. Col. Keith Collins was one of the key figures in the founding of the Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron in the West River area in 1987. He served the squadron for many years and,
while not the very first, was one of the early squadron commanders there. Civil Air Patrol and
LMCS was a very important part of his life.
After Keith passed away several months ago his wife, Lorraine, in planning the memorial service
for internment of his ashes, specifically requested LMCS cadets present a flag line in his honor at
the ceremony.
The cadets were honored to fulfill her request on Monday, 8 June. Two impressive flag lines of
four cadets each greeted the guests at the entrance to the chapel at the Black Hills National
Cemetery. After all were gathered, they marched inside to flank the assembly during the service.
They preceded the guests out and flanked them as they exited the chapel.
The cadets comprising the CAP entourage were Cadet Commander C/Lt Bradley Blansett, C/Lt
Jared Doyle, C/CMSgt Justin Harris, C/CMSgt Connor Caneva, C/SMSgt Ryan Harris, C/MSgt
Austin Raucher, C/MSgt Keyvin Raucher, and C/SSgt Peter Iverson. Anchoring each of the flag
lines were Capt. Bill Collister, and Lt. Col. Buck DeWeese.

Figure 83 – Lt. Col. Keith Collins Memorial Service

Figure 84 – Lt. Col. Keith Collins Memorial Service Right Honor Cordon
Figure 85 – Lt. Col. Keith Collins Memorial Service Left Honor Cordon
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JULY 2015
JOINT DAKOTAS ENCAMPMENT: The 2015 Joint Dakota Encampment was held from
10-19 July at Camp Rapid, SD. This year’s encampment logo bears the motto “Omnia Vincit
Animus” (Courage Conquers All). The theme for the encampment was “Cadet Leadership”.
Under the supervision of Encampment Commander Maj. Nick Gengler and his staff of senior
members, the cadet staff, from Cadet Commander down to the Flight Sergeants and
supernumeraries, planned and conducted the encampment. Cadets leading and teaching cadets.
Military customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, physical fitness, small arms
marksmanship, night field training maneuvers, obstacle course and leadership confidence course,
and training on the skills and techniques of leadership were just some of the activities at the
encampment. Attendance at an encampment qualifies cadets to participate in more advanced
summer opportunities such as flight academies. Of course, this year’s general encampment
attendees will have the opportunity to return next year, this time as cadet staff/instructors.

Maj. Gengler reports 81 members attended the encampment: 22 Senior Members (3 NDWG and
19 SDWG), and 59 cadets (16 NDWG, 1 each from MOWG, IDWG, MNWG, and 40 SDWG).
Two of the highlights of the encampment were tours of the SDANG Helicopters at the Army
Aviation Support Facility at the Rapid City Regional Airport and the Air and Space Museum
outside Ellsworth AFB. The cadets did some great team building exercises at the Leadership
Reaction Courses at Camp Rapid West. We also got to see live training of the Officer Basic
Course going on at Camp Rapid West for NCOs that the Army National Guard selected to train
as Officers. To wrap it all up we had a big banquet at the end at Ellsworth AFB. We had 20
guests show up to view the graduation of cadets. Overall it was a successful Encampment and
everyone had a great time. Wing Commander Col. John Seten and Wing Vice Commander Lt.
Col. Richard Larson travelled to Camp Rapid for a briefing on Encampment operations and to
meet and speak with the staff and participants.

Figure 86 – Logo of the 2015 Joint NDWG/SDWG Encampment
Figure 87 – Joint Dakotas Encampment SDWG Col. Seten speaks with staff
Figure 88 – Joint Dakotas Encampment SDWG Lt. Col. Larson speaks with attendees
COLOR GUARD: The Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron participated in a big way

in the Spearfish 4th of July parade. A color guard consisting of the C/Lt Justin Harris, C/SMSgt
Ryan Harris and C/CMSgt Connor Caneva lead the squadron van while BDU clad cadets C/Lt
Doyle, C/AB Anderson and C/Col William Small followed the van demonstrating L-PER radiodirection-finding gear. After the parade a recruiting table was set up in Spearfish Park. Cadet
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Doyle, who inexplicably had brought along his trombone, spontaneously joined the 7th Cavalry
Drum & Bugle Corp out of Rapid City in performing patriotic songs in Spearfish Park. We had
some distinguished guests as World’s Junior Teen Miss South Dakota Tourism 2015 and
World’s Teen Miss Sturgis Tourism 2015 requested that their pictures be taken with our group.
Senior member participants were: Lt. Col. Jim Hopewell, Capt. Sylvia Small, Lt. David Small III
and Maj. David Small. After all events were completed the CAP contingent retreated to Culver's
to cool off with ice cream treats.

Figure 89 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron Color Guard
Figure 90 – Lookout Mountain composite Squadron Ground Team
SIGNAL PANELS: 23 July, several Sioux Falls Composite Squadron cadets trained on
ground-to-air signals. The cadets laid out the various colored panels used to communicate
information from a ground search team to a CAP aircraft overhead. In the left photo are C/SrA
Taylor Moyer, C/SrA Catherine Foy, C/SSgt Robert Boecker and C/SrA Christopher Schuppan.
In the right photo are C/SrA Moyer and C/SSgt Boecker.

Figure 91 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron cadets lay signal panels
Figure 92 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron cadets rearrange signal panels
NATIONAL CADET OFFICERS SCHOOL: Sioux Falls Composite Squadron’s Cadet
Major Nicole Schneider attended CAP’s prestigious National Cadet Officers School from 19-29
July. The NCOS is an academically challenging program designed to develop cadets’ broader
understanding of leadership as a discipline. She joined 120 cadet colleagues from 36 states at
NHQ at Maxwell Air Force Base for the 10-day, college-level course.

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NCSA BLUE BERET: Sioux Falls Composite Squadron’s C/Lt Devon Brown attended the

2015 National Cadet Special Activity “Blue Beret” at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s
annual airshow “AirVenture 2015” held at Wittman Regional Airport at Oshkosh, WI.
AUGUST 2014
CADET COMMAND CHANGE: On 20 August, a ceremony was held at Lookout
Mountain Composite Squadron on the campus of the Black Hills Airport. With the ceremonial
passing of the unit guidon C/2nd Lt. Bradley Blansett transferred authority as Cadet Commander
to C/1st Lt Jared Doyle. Lt. Col. Buck DeWeese presided, assisted by C/CMSgt Connor Caneva.

Figure 93 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron change of cadet command
Figure 94 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron guidon surrender
Figure 95 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron acceptance
BILLY MITCHELL AWARD: On 20 August, C/2nd Lt Justin

Harris of Lookout Mountain Composite squadron was presented
with the Billy Mitchell Award. This prestigious award is earned
through considerable time, study and testing. The Billy Mitchell
Award, the second of four “milestone” awards, is most notable as it
marks a cadet’s progress as he transitions from the cadet enlisted
ranks into the cadet officer ranks. Wing Chief of Staff Maj. David
Small, Jr. presented the award certificate to C/2nd Lt Harris.
Figure 96 – Harris receives Mitchell Award
CADET COMMAND CHANGE: On 6 August, a traditional

and time honored ceremony was held at Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron headquarters. Cadet Major Nicole Schneider passed
command of the squadron’s Cadet Corps to Cadet First Lieutenant
Nicholas Nash. Maj. Justin Johnson, who at the time was the
Squadron Deputy Commander for Cadets, presented the squadron
guidon to C/1st Lt Nash. In doing so he symbolically and officially
passed to him the authority and responsibility of command.
Figure 97 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Cadet Change of Command Ceremony
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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: Capt. Jason Erickson held a Character Development

seminar for cadet members of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron at the meeting on 6 August.
The seminar was focused on the importance of mutual respect and the positive impact it can have
on unit discipline and morale. The seminar was well received by the cadets and engendered some
interesting discussion, comments and suggestions.
OUTSTANDING CADET NCO: Congratulations to C/CMSgt Josiah Huntington of Sioux

Falls Composite Squadron who was recognized by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Chapter as the Outstanding Squadron NCO of the Year! The award is based on demonstrating
outstanding leadership qualities in CAP, having high moral character, patriotism and
professionalism. The award was presented on behalf of the VFW by squadron Commander Capt.
Jason Erickson.

Figure 98 – Huntington VFW NCO of the Year
Figure 99 – VFW NCO of the Year Certificate
OUTSTANDING CADET OFFICER: Congratulations to C/Lt Nicholas Nash of Sioux

Falls Composite Squadron who was recognized by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Chapter as the Outstanding Squadron Officer of the Year! The award is based on demonstrating
outstanding leadership qualities in CAP, having high moral character, patriotism and
professionalism. The award was presented on behalf of the VFW by squadron Commander Capt.
Jason Erickson.

Figure 100 – Nash VFW Officer of the Year
Figure 101 – VFW Officer of the Year Certificate
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SEPTEMBER 2015
WING GREAT START: On 26 September, new CAP cadets from all three west-river
squadrons joined together at the Rushmore Composite Squadron for a Great Start clinic. Some of
the classes covered leadership, aerospace education, chain of command, the CAP rank structure
and proper wear of the uniform. After great grilled burgers and grilled corn by Chef (Capt.) Ryan
Jones, The cadets also completed a physical fitness test composed of pushups, sit-ups and a onemile run. The course is the first of its type held in western South Dakota. Crazy Horse Composite
Squadron sent one cadet and Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron sent one cadet. C/Lt Doyle
also came from Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron and played a key role as instructor for a
portion of the day. He was a huge help with teaching. The course is designed to help our newest
cadets earn their first stripe and the Curry Award. In total the course resulted in 10 cadets
receiving their first stripe. It was a very successful day, the new cadets left for home at the end
of the day more motivated than ever about CAP. See the Cadet Airman Promotions section
below for the names of our squadron’s six new Cadet Airmen.

As a special bonus at the end of the day, Cadets Bentley, Mckeehan, Spence and Helgeland all
got to fly in their first CAP orientation flights, thanks to pilots Col. Mike Beason and Lt. Col.
Gary Hewett.

Figure 102 – Wing Great Start Class
Figure 103 – Wing Great Start First Formation
Figure 104 – Wing Great Start O-Rides
COLOR GUARD: On 26 September, the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Color Guard
performed at the Sioux Falls Special Olympics Truck Convoy. The World's Largest Truck
Convoy is held annually in September. Drivers from across the state drive their big rigs on a
route circling Sioux Falls in an effort to raise money and public awareness for the Special
Olympics. Many drivers are accompanied by Special Olympics athletes during this trek. After
the convoy, drivers and athletes were joined by family members, friends and law enforcement
personnel for lunch, entertainment, an auction, and a presentation of awards.

Figure 105 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Color Guard
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OCTOBER 2015
CYBERPATRIOT-VIII: The Air Force Association announced that the 2015-2016

CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition has registered 3,379 teams
representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands,
Canada, and Department of Defense Dependent schools in Germany, the United Kingdom,
Japan, and South Korea. This marks a 55% increase in team registrations from last season’s
CyberPatriot-VII.
Beginning with a practice round this month, the CyberPatriot-VIII teams will compete from their
home locations in a series of online qualifying rounds that challenge them to find and fix security
vulnerabilities in a variety of simulated networks. The top teams from the online rounds will
travel all-expenses-paid to Baltimore, Md., for the CyberPatriot-VIII National Finals
Competition April 10-14, 2016.
The Big Sioux Composite Squadron (Brookings) will have one team competing in this year’s
CyberPatriot-VIII competition. “Team Big Sioux” has enjoyed success at the national level in all
four years that they have competed. Last year they placed second in the nation. In addition, they
were the top CAP team in the competition. This year they compete against 1,280 teams in the
All-Services Division, 447 of them CAP teams.
Their Team Big Sioux roster will be completed by the 6 November deadline. This year’s team
will be mentored by C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman and coached by C/Maj Tyler Gross. The Team
Captain is C/Lt Jaden Petersen.
SURVIVAL TRAINING: On 3 October, nine cadets and Maj.
Craig Goodrich and Capt. Ryan Jones of Rushmore Composite
Squadron went into the Black Hills to learn how to bivouac and for
some survival training. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a cold,
rainy weekend, so instead of camping in Black Hills National
Forest as planned, we asked for help from Crazy Horse Composite
Squadron in Custer. The commander gave us a warm, dry section
of floor to sleep on. The cadets learned land navigation skills, how
to use a compass, how to start a fire (in the rain) and even got to
practice some drill movements under the direction of C/SSgt Noah
Misselt. Mostly they just had a good time getting to know each
other while out for the weekend. All but one cadet joined our
squadron just last month.
Figure 106 – Rushmore Composite Squadron Survival Training

Congratulations to Cadet Lieutenants Bradley Blansett and Justin Harris, both
of Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron in Spearfish, who completed the
requirements for certification as a Ground Team Leader!
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NOVEMBER 2015
CYBERPATRIOT UPDATE: The Big Sioux Composite Squadron is participating in this
year’s CyberPatriot, the premier National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. “Team Big Sioux”
has enjoyed success at the national level in all four years that we have competed. Last year we
placed second in the nation and were the top CAP team in the competition.

This year we will field two teams in CyberPatriot-VIII’s All-Services Division. They will
compete against 1,280 teams, 447 of them CAP teams. The All-Services Division consists of
teams from the Civil Air Patrol, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine
Corps Junior ROTC.
CyberPatriot teams compete from their home locations in a series of online qualifying rounds
that challenge them to find and fix security vulnerabilities in a variety of simulated networks.
This year’s Round One took place on 14 November. Teams race against the clock - those who
successfully finish with the fastest time advance to the next Round. Round Two will take place
4-6 December. The top teams from the online rounds receive all-expenses-paid to Baltimore,
Md., for the National Finals Competition 10-14 April 2016.
Big Sioux’s Team-1 members are: C/Lt. Jaden Petersen of Brookings, SD (Team Captain),
C/CMSgt. Graham Dinnel of Lake Benton, MN, C/MSgt. Andrew Toft of Elkton, SD, C/A1C
Andrew Sweebe of Brookings, SD, C/Amn Peter Engels of Minneota, MN and Byron Hawk
Bear of Flandreau, SD (Alternate). The team will be mentored by C/Lt. Col. Joshua Klosterman
and coached by C/Maj. Tyler Gross, both veteran CyberPatriot competitors.

Figure 107 – Team Big Sioux CyberPatriot-VIII Practice
Figure 108 – Team Big Sioux CyberPatriot-VIII Round Two
NATIONAL CADET COMPETITION: Big Sioux Composite Squadron been selected as
one of two teams from the North Central Region to compete in the National Cadet Competition
(NCC) from 29 Dec 15 to 2 Jan 16 at CAP NHQ at Maxwell AFB, Ala.
COLOR GUARD: The Big Sioux Composite Squadron provided a Color Guard for the
local chapter of the VFW on Veterans Day.

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COLOR GUARD: The Crazy Horse Composite Squadron provided a Color Guard for

Veterans Day ceremonies held at the Custer High School. Our cadets looked sharp, performed
superbly and were a very positive example of all that Civil Air Patrol stands for. Members of the
Color Guard were C/Lt Jason Parry, C/Amn Ethan Updike, C/CMSgt Thomas Dillon, C/TSgt
Kyle Stiffarm, C/A1c Hunter Rice

Figure 109 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron Color Guard
Figure 110 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron Color Guard in Action
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: The Crazy Horse Composite Squadron has been busy
seeking donations for the Wreaths Across America program. We will conduct a wreath laying
ceremony at Hot Springs National Cemetery on 12 December.

Figure 111 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron seeking WAA Donations
GREAT START: Ten members turned out for a Cadet Great Start program on 21
November at Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron under the supervision of Maj Bill
Collister. After completing Great Start the new cadets worked on their GES qualification to
prepare to become ground team members. All profited from the day's program before enjoying
lunch at Pizza Ranch.

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GTM1 QUALS: The Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron has begun a push to get all

Ground Search Team cadet members to upgrade their qualifications to the GTM1 level. On 21
November, seasoned cadets, worked with Maj. David Small and new Senior Member Cyndy
Collister on ground team quals. The squadron takes great pride in the high degree of skill and
professionalism of its Ground Search Teams, a critical component of SDWG’s Emergency
Services support to local law enforcement and first responders in the rugged Black Hills area.

Figure 112 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron Ground Team Works a Mission
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: The Rushmore Composite Squadron has been working
hard to sell as many wreaths as we can. We’ve set up a table for wreath sponsorship sales at the
Family Thrift Center, the Rushmore Mall, Sam’s Club, and at the Rush Hockey Game. We’ve
also helped out the Rush Foundation by selling 50/50 raffle tickets for them at Rush Hockey
games. We hope to get a donation from the foundation for our help. We will be placing wreaths
on veterans’ graves at Black Hills National Cemetery on 12 December.

Figure 113 – Rushmore Composite Squadron seeks WAA Donations
Figure 114 – Rushmore Composite Squadron on Local TV seeking WAA Donations
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PARADE OF LIGHTS: Twenty-One South Dakota Wing members provided crowd

control for Sioux Falls’ 24th Parade of Lights on 27 November. The annual parade with dazzling
lighted holiday floats, music, dancers and Santa is the official start to the downtown holiday
season. CAP’s contingent was made up of 11 cadets and one Senior from Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron, seven cadets and one Senior from Big Sioux Composite Squadron, and even one
Senior from Rushmore Composite Squadron. The horde of always-hungry cadets were treated to
pizza beforehand and then patrolled parade line of march down Philips Avenue keeping people,
especially little parade goers, out of harm’s way. Photo credit – Elisha Page/Argus Leader.

Figure 115 – Two CAP Members in reflective vests walk next to a vehicle during the parade
DECEMBER 2015
CYBERPATRIOT UPDATE: The Big Sioux Composite Squadron is participating in
CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. We are competing in
CyberPatriot-VIII’s All-Services Division against 1,280 teams, 447 of them CAP teams. The
All-Services Division consists of teams from the Civil Air Patrol, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and
Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Junior ROTC.

CyberPatriot teams compete from their home locations in a series of online qualifying rounds
that challenge them to find and fix security vulnerabilities in a variety of simulated networks.
This year’s Round Two took place on 6 December. Teams race against the clock - those who
successfully finish with the fastest time advance to the next Round. Round 3, the state round,
will take place on 31 January 2016. Team Big Sioux’s members are: C/Lt. Jaden Petersen
(Brookings) (Team Captain), C/CMSgt. Graham Dinnel (Lake Benton, MN), C/MSgt. Andrew
Toft (Elkton), C/A1C Andrew Sweebe (Brookings) and C/Amn Peter Engels (Minneota, MN).
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Figure 116 – Team Big Sioux ponders a security vulnerability problem
Figure 117 – Team Big Sioux resolves a cyber issue
NATIONAL CADET COMPETITION: Ninety-six cadets from across America gathered at

Maxwell AFB in Alabama from 30 December to 2 January for the 2015 National Cadet
Competition. The team of cadets from Big Sioux Composite Squadron consisted of: C/Lt
Christopher Dinnel and C/CMSgt Graham Dinnel from Lake Benton, MN; C/Lt Jaden Petersen
and C/A1C Andrew Sweebe from Brookings; and Cadet Master Sgt. Andrew Toft of Elkton, SD.
They are joined by C/Lt Jaden Roblewsky from Sioux Falls Composite Squadron. They were
supervised by Lt Josh Hartelt of Brookings, a member of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron and
Maj Nicholas Gengler of Beresford, a member of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron. The
cadets demonstrated skills that included indoor and outdoor color guard challenges, a written test
of leadership and aerospace knowledge, a Jeopardy!-style CAP knowledge game, physical
fitness test, an obstacle course-like fitness challenge, public speaking, model rocketry, team
leadership problems (group problem solving challenges) and a uniform inspection.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: The Big Sioux Composite Squadron's Wreaths Across

America ceremony took place at the Brookings Greenwood Cemetery with members from the
Brookings VFW George Dokken Post #2118 present and participating in the ceremonial wreath
laying. Cadet Major Gross presented the speech while the color guard presented the colors. The
ceremony was done very professionally. Brookings community members complimented our
cadets and assisted in laying some of the wreaths. Photo by Ms. Wanda Mix, VFW.

Figure 118 – Big Sioux Composite Squadron Color Guard at WAA Event
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PARADE OF LIGHTS: The Crazy Horse Composite Squadron entered a float in the 24th

Annual Custer Christmas Parade on 5 December. This annual parade of lights signals the kickoff of the holiday season in the Southern Black Hills. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus
appeared at Way Park for the Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Crazy Horse Composite
Squadron’s float represented a Civil Air Patrol plane conducting a simulated search and rescue
mission. Our eco-friendly aircraft was made of recycled white coolers.

Figure 119 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron float in Custer’s Parade of Lights
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: The Crazy Horse Composite Squadron along with the
Battle Mountain American Legion Post #71 from Hot Springs conducted the Wreaths Across
America Ceremony at the Hot Springs National Cemetery at Hot Springs, SD.

Figure 120 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron at WAA Ceremony
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: Seniors and cadets from the Rushmore Composite
Squadron participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Black Hills National
Cemetery near Sturgis, SD. In the left photo the squadron contingent. In the right photo a cadet
honoring a veteran

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Figure 121 – Rushmore Composite Squadron at WAA Ceremony
Figure 122 – Rushmore Composite Squadron cadet honors fallen veteran
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: Members of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Hills of Rest Memorial Park in
Sioux Falls on 12 December. Lt. Col. Tim Steppan acted as Master of Ceremonies and later blew
taps. The Color Guard performed and senior members represented the uniformed services in the
ceremony honoring all service members. Later assistance was provided to organizations laying
wreaths on veterans’ graves.

Figure 123 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron at WAA Ceremony

Figure 124 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Honors veterans of all services
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CHAPTER V – CADET ORIENTATION FLIGHTS
MARCH 2015
On 20 March, C/Maj Brandon West of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron supervised by
Lt. Col. Greg Lair successfully completed an initial check ride in a CAP Cessna-172. Per CAPR
60-1, CAP Flight Management, para 3-1, a successfully completed Flight Evaluation denotes
qualification to fly a particular model of CAP aircraft. A check ride consists of ground and flight
evaluations. Brandon is now qualified to fly a CAP Cessna-172 alone or take up senior members.
Further laurels - he successfully checked out in a CAP Cessna-182 about eight months ago.

Figure 125 – Lt Col Lair congratulates C/Maj West following check ride in a CAP Cessna-172
MAY 2015
On 9 May, Capt. Neil Schmid of the Sioux Falls
Composite Squadron took C/Amn Oscar Holmberg and
C/A1C Chris Schuppan aloft on an orientation flight to
the Mitchell Municipal Airport, about 75 miles west of
Sioux Falls.
Oscar was at the controls for the sortie to Mitchell. Then
they landed so Chris could move to the co-pilot’s seat.
Chris was at the controls for the sortie back to Sioux
Falls.
It is believed that this was a milestone for Capt. Schmid
- his 50th Cadet Orientation flight!
Figure 126 – Capt Neil Schmid and Cadets Oscar Holmberg and Chris Schuppan

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SEPTEMBER 2015
Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings was pleased to have been able to conduct
cadet orientation flights in September. C/A1C Darin Burke and C/Amn Andrew Sweebe were
each able to fly twice in September.
Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer hosted the SDWG Mountain Fury Course.
Many pilots got some awesome air time and they were even gracious enough to give four of our
cadets a feel for the air. For C/SrA Anthony Dillon, C/SMSgt Thomas Dillon, C/A1C Hunter
Rice, and C/AB Updike it was a thrill of a lifetime. They thought the landings were pretty cool as
they were bumpy and a lot of fun. Two cadets did take the controls and thought it was pretty
sweet, the other two decided to wait until next time as it was their first time in a plane.

Figure 127 – Cadets Anthony Dillon, Thomas Dillon, Hunter Rice and Ethan Updike
On 26 September, new CAP cadets from all three west-river squadrons joined together at
the Rushmore Composite Squadron for a Great Start clinic. As a special bonus at the end of the
day, Cadets Bentley, Mckeehan, Spence and Helgeland all got to fly in their first CAP
orientation flights thanks to pilots Col. Mike Beason and Lt. Col. Gary Hewett.

Figure 128 – Cadets Keri Bentley and Ana Mckeehan after their first o-ride

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OCTOBER 2015
It was a great day for flying for the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on Saturday, 17
October. A fortuitous confluence of events led to the availability of two Sioux Falls based
SDWG aircraft, a MNWG glider, six cadets and several senior members for a day of powered
orientation flights and gliding over the Mankato Minnesota countryside.
Getting from Sioux Falls to Mankato was half the fun. Lt. Jerry Hayden was pilot in command
and orientation pilot for Cadet Kyle Clement, with Cadets Taylor Moyer and Kyle Kreger as
backseaters in the squadron’s new Cessna-172 “GlassHawk”. Capt. Neil Schmid piloted the
squadron’s Cessna-182 G1000 equipped aircraft and was the orientation pilot for Cadet Nick
Nash. This was Nash’s final powered orientation flight, which covered aviation topics such as
weather, compensating for wind by crabbing, wake turbulence avoidance, and how climb rate is
affected by temperate and altitude. Back seat flyers were Cadets Max Moline and Robert
Boecker.
After the crews landed at Mankato, an initial introduction to gliders was given by MNWG Maj.
Carl Hallum. After pre-flight checks the glider was moved to Mankato’s long grass runway.
Then the Cessna-172 tow-plane underwent pre-flight checks. This was Capt. Schmid’s first time
as a tow-pilot trainee and at the conclusion of seven glider tows he was getting the hang of it.
The gliders were towed to an altitude of 2,500 feet and released. The glider remained aloft for
about 15 minutes for each flight. The glider was flown by orientation pilot MNWG Capt.
William Pagel and he successfully mentored SDWG Cadets Kreger (glider flight #3), Moyer
(glider flight #1), Boecker (glider flight #1), Clement (glider flight #1 & 2), Moline (glider flight
#1), and Nash (glider flight #3).
On the way home, Lt. Hayden piloted the Cessna-182 with Cadet Boecker at the controls and
Capt. Schmid piloted the Cessna-172 with Cadet Moyer receiving his third powered flight
experience. Everyone was smiling at the end of the day with the great experience of flight

Figure 129 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron o-ride crews
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Figure 130 – Capt Neil Schmid with C/Lt Nick Nash at the controls

MANKATO GLIDER FLIGHT OPERATIONS

Figure 131 – CAP glider and CAP tow plane going aloft

Figure 132 – CAP Glider coming in for a landing
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Figure 133 – View from the CAP glider cockpit

Figure 134 – Preflight check on the CAP glider

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CHAPTER VI – OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS
JANUARY 2015
REDCAP AFRCC Mission 15-M-0016: Early on 10 January, the Air Force Rescue
Coordination Center at Tyndall AFB, Florida notified the South Dakota Wing that the Lawrence
County Office of Emergency Management requested CAP assistance in the search for a missing
person in the rugged, heavily forested hills near Spearfish. A Rapid City-based Cessna-182T
aircraft was used for the search. The aircrew consisted of Lt Col Gary Hewett (Mission Pilot),
Capt Joshua Hall (Mission Observer) and Maj David Small, Jr. (Mission Scanner). The Incident
Commander was J.D. Guigoe of Lawrence County OEM. Col John Seten coordinated the CAP
activity. The individual was found alive and all CAP assets were stood down.
CYBERPATRIOT UPDATE: Big Sioux Composite Squadron’s “Team Big Sioux” cadet
cybersecurity team is heading to the national finals of the CyberPatriot competition for the fourth
year in a row! To earn the all-expenses-paid trip the cadet cyber-sleuths placed first in regional
round of the competition. The national finals of the CyberPatriot-VII competition will be in
March in Washington, D.C. In the finals, the only in-person round, the team will compete to
defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The finalists
will also face-off in three additional competition components: Digital Cyber Crime Scene
Challenge, Cisco Networking Challenge, and Digital Forensics Challenge. These extra
challenges broaden the cybersecurity experience and expose teams to new elements of the many
career opportunities available to them. The team will be scored on how quickly and effectively
they establish and maintain secure networks.

Team Big Sioux consists of Team Captain C/Maj Joshua Klosterman of Brandon, C/2nd Lt Chris
Dinnel, C/SMSgt Jaden Petersen, C/SSgt Sergeant Nathaniel Fleet, all from Lake Benton, MN,
and C/2nd Lt Laura Rudnik of Brookings. The team is coached by Capt Shannon Hofer of
Hendricks, MN and mentored by Cadet Captain Tyler Gross of Volga.

Figure 135 – “Team Big Sioux” cybersecurity specialists relax after a grueling session
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AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEY: SDWG flew Mission #15-C-5673 Aerial Wildlife Survey

on seven days in January in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South
Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU
surveys elk and bobcats. The result was 21.5 hours flying over western South Dakota and the
Black Hills. The CAP pilot for the flights was Lt Col Gary Hewett. Depending on whom the
sortie supported he was accompanied by either Mr. Brandon Tycz or Ms. Sarah Nevison from
SDSU (19.5 flying hours) or Ms. Lauren Wiechmann from GF&P (2 flying hours). During the 27
January mission 26 bobcats were located over an area from Rapid City toward Faith, to east of
Bison, to north of Spearfish. Mr. Tycz, the SDSU tracker who flies with CAP, with a bobcat he
trapped. The bobcat is sedated.

Figure 136 – Captured bobcat awaits attachment of a radio tracking collar
Figure 137 – Mr. Tycz holds bobcat before attaching a radio tracking collar
WING SPLIT SAREX: SDWG’s first SAREX for 2015 was on 24 January. The focus was
on training aircrews, ground search teams and command staffs through realistic search and
rescue scenarios that mirror CAP’s real-world activity. All five of the Wing’s aircraft, six
vehicles and 75 officers and cadets took part in the training exercise.

In the West River area an Incident Command Post was set up at the headquarters of the
Rushmore Composite Squadron on Ellsworth AFB. Three CAP aircraft flew search and rescue
sorties from the squadron’s hangar at the Rapid City Regional airport. In addition, one ground
search team operated from the squadron headquarters conducting independent but similar
training exercises as the aircraft.
In the East River area, a Staging Base was set up at the headquarters of the Big Sioux Composite
Squadron at the Brookings Airport. Big Sioux’s personnel were joined by aircraft, vehicles and
personnel from the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron. Under the control of Incident Commander
Col Mike Beason at Ellsworth AFB two CAP aircraft and two ground teams conducted training
exercises similar to those in the West River area.
The Split SAREX was a chance to work with Wing units that don’t often have the opportunity to
train together with massed assets. The benefit from training such as this is teamwork, the
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coordination between command staff, aircrews and ground teams. In addition, a great deal of
individual skills training was also accomplished.

Figure 138 - Two aircrew members plan for their flight
Figure 139 - Cadet ground team member trains with new radio-detection-finding equipment
Figure 140 - Cadet radio operators maintain contact with aircraft and ground teams
FEBRUARY 2015
LEGISLATIVE DAY: 11 February was SDWG’s “Legislative Day”. Some 50 members
representing five of our squadrons converged on the state capitol. The CAP officers and cadets
met with Gov. Daugaard and posed with him on the staircase of the Capitol Rotunda. Afterwards
the SDWG members attended legislative sessions of the House and Senate where they received
special recognition when legislators of both houses gave the CAP members a standing ovation.

During the afternoon break in the legislative sessions CAP hosted a snack for the legislators. Lt
Kuecker arranged for cupcakes decorated with CAP insignia. While mingling with the legislators
the officers and cadets handed out informational materials about SDWG and CAP and spoke
with them about Civil Air Patrol and what CAP’s South Dakota Wing does for communities,
counties and the state.

Figure 141 - SD Governor poses with SDWG contingent on Rotunda staircase
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AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEY: SDWG flew Mission #15-C-6373 Aerial Wildlife Survey

on six days in February in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South
Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU
surveys elk and bobcats. The result was 24.6 hours flying over western South Dakota and the
Black Hills. The CAP pilot for the flights was Lt Col Gary Hewett. Depending on whom the
sortie supported he was accompanied by Brandon Tycz or Sarah Nevison or Adam Kauth from
SDSU (21.2 flying hours) or Lauren Wiechmann from GF&P (2.3 flying hours).
MARCH 2015
CYBERPATRIOT RESULTS: The cadet cyber-security team of the Big Sioux Composite

Squadron won second place in the national finals of the Air Force Association’s seventh annual
CyberPatriot Competition held in Washington, D.C. from 11-15 March. In addition, they were
the top Civil Air Patrol team in the competition.
The team from Brookings competed in the “All Service Division” national finals for the fourth
year in a row against teams from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Junior ROTC programs,
the Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Civil Air Patrol. In CyberPatriot-VII 1,007 teams competed
in the All Services Division, 400 teams from CAP units. Only the top two teams from each
organization in the All Services Division got to go to the national finals. “We are extremely
proud of the accomplishments of the Big Sioux squadron in their pursuit of being the top team in
the competition. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into preparation for this competition and
to be the top Civil Air Patrol team in the nation is no easy feat.” Said Colonel John Seten, the
Wing Commander of the South Dakota Civil Air Patrol.
In the national finals 28 teams, 13 from the All Service Division, competed to defend virtual
networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The national finalists also
faced off in four additional competition components: the Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge
from the Digital Forensic Consortium, the Cisco Networking Challenge, the Leidos Digital
Forensics Challenge and a Mobile Application Challenge hosted by AT&T. The teams were
scored on how quickly and effectively they established and maintained secure networks.
Team Big Sioux consists of Team Captain C/Maj Joshua Klosterman of Brandon, C/2 nd Lt Chris
Dinnel, C/CMSgt Jaden Petersen and C/TSgt Nathaniel Fleet, all from Lake Benton, MN, and
C/2nd Lt Laura Rudnik of Brookings. The team is coached by Capt Shannon Hofer of Hendricks,
MN, who is the Big Sioux Composite Squadron commander as well as the South Dakota Wing's
Director of Information Technology and Web Security Administrator and mentored by Cadet
Captain Tyler Gross of Volga.
CyberPatriot VII began last October with more than 2,100 teams from all 50 states, Canada and
Department of Defense dependent schools in Europe and the Pacific. After two months of
rigorous online challenges, the Open Division and All Service Division teams were divided into
three tiers: Platinum, Gold and Silver. Team Big Sioux was placed in the Platinum Tier. The
teams continued to compete within their tiers for state awards and advancement to the
regional/category round. Only teams in the top Platinum tier were eligible to advance to national
finals competition.
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Figure 142 – Team Big Sioux at CyberPatriot-VII National Awards Ceremony
PIERRE SAREX: SDWG conducted a Search and Rescue Exercise in Pierre 20-22 March.

It focused on training aircrews, ground search teams and command staff to react to an emergency
services situation. It tested their ability to plan, coordinate and conduct missions based on
realistic training scenarios that mirror the CAP’s real-world activity. Four of the Wing’s aircraft,
several vehicles and some 40 officers and cadets took part. A Mission Base was set up at the
Mustang Aviation Facility at Pierre Regional Airport. The aircraft flew sorties searching for a
simulated crashed aircraft crash (ELT search) and carried out a photo survey of ice jams on the
Missouri River south of Pierre. Three Ground Search Teams conducted similar training
exercises.
SAREXs such as this give participants the opportunity to work with other SDWG units that don’t
often have the chance to train together with massed assets. For the Pierre SAREX there were
participants from five squadrons present. In addition, there were two observers present from the
CAP-USAF North Central Liaison Region, Lt Col Jeff Meyers and Mr. Greg Meyer, the Director
and Assistant Director of Operations respectively. Lt Col Meyers complimented everyone for
their training, communication and ability to self-critique at the after action review. The principal
benefit of training such as this is teamwork; the coordination between command staff, aircrews
and ground teams. In addition, a great deal of individual skills training was accomplished.
SDWG thanks Mustang Aviation of Pierre for use of their state of the art facility for the
SAREX.
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Figure 143 – Pierre SAREX Mission Base staff in action
Figure 144 – Pierre SAREX Ground Team Operations Center

Figure 145 – Pierre SAREX Flightline
AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEY: SDWG flew Mission #15-C-6880 Aerial Wildlife Survey
on 5 days in March in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South Dakota
State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU surveys elk,
bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 21.7 hours flying over western South Dakota and the
Black Hills. The CAP pilot for one of the flights was Maj Craig Goodrich, the rest were flown by
Lt Col Gary Hewett. Depending on whom the sortie supported he was accompanied either by
representatives from SDSU or from Game, Fish & Parks.
SDWG ON SDPB-TV: 29 March was a special day for SDWG. That afternoon several
members of the wing were interviewed on camera by a crew from South Dakota Public
Broadcasting for the television program “Dakota Life”. Paul Ebsen, an associate producer from
SDPB is very enthusiastic about CAP and interested in our Wing’s history. Wing Commander
Col John Seten addressed CAP’s aviation, missions, funding, and history. Wing Chaplain Lt Col
Gary Rae, dressed in WWII-era CAP uniform, addressed CAP’s WWII history and current cadet
programs. He also built a large scale replica of a J-3 that CAP used during its wartime subchasing missions that he brought to display. In addition, Chaplain Rae spoke about his dad, John
"Jack" Rae, who was a WWII era CAP member in Pennsylvania and who will posthumously
receive a Congressional Gold Medal from Rep. Kristi Noem at the wing conference in April.
Capt Neil Schmid, of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron also addressed aviation and CAP
operations. Wing Historian and Government Relations Advisor Maj Todd Epp who arranged and
coordinated the event also spoke about the history of the CAP and of the South Dakota Wing.
The Sioux Falls based Cessna-172 and “glass cockpit” Cessna-182 were in the hangar for
filming. Later Maj Todd Epp commented, “This is a great opportunity for the Wing to get some
excellent exposure and celebrate what we have done and what we do.” The segment SDPB shot

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in Sioux Falls is scheduled to air on Dakota Life at 8 p.m. CT Thursday on SDPB-1. It will also
be available online at sdpb.org.

Figure 146 – Colonel Seten on SDPB-TV
Figure 147 – Chaplain (Lt Col) Rae on SDPB-TV
Figure 148 – Captain Schmid on SDPB-TV
CORSON BURN: On 26 March, Col Seten learned that what was supposed to have been a
controlled burn of lumber from a dismantled grain elevator in Corson had gotten out of control
and spread. Having decided to take photos of the fire from the air that SDWG would share with
local responders he went to our hangar at the Sioux Falls airport and took one of the Wing’s
aircraft aloft. On landing he uploaded the photos and made them available to the local media. In
addition, he sent the photos to all of the fire chiefs in Minnehaha County along with a note about
the services SDWG can provide and how to task us in the event of need.

Figure 149 – Corson out-of-control burn
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CUSTER TRADE SHOW: Squadron members of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron served

as welcomers/ greeters at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Trade Show on 7 March at
Custer High School. The show hosted a variety of exhibitors ranging from financial services and
building materials to jewelry and artwork. Some of the visitors were interested in learning more
about CAP and others congratulated us for great efforts that they read about in the paper.

Figure 150 – Crazy Horse Composite Squadron members at Custer Trade Show
SPEARFISH HOME SHOW: Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron members had a
booth at the Optimist Club-sponsored Home Show and Health Fair held at Black Hills State
University in Spearfish on 7/8 March. In the huge Young Center Field House, flanked by trade
representatives and vendors, and civic groups, the squadron staffed an information booth for the
erudition of the thousands of attendees. Spearheading the undertaking was Capt Bill Collister
with Lt Col Buck DeWeese and Lt Col Jim Hopewell furnishing support and adjunct staffing.
Multimedia displays, model rockets and aircraft, and static displays of R/C UAV’s bedecked the
booth, along with printed informational brochures. The display attracted a number of inquiries
about CAP from adult guests, many accompanied by cadet-age-eligible relatives.

Figure 151 – Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron booth at Spearfish Home Show
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KINGSWOOD BLITZ: On Saturday, the 14th of March, in a fund-raising event, members

of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron caravanned to the west side of Sioux Falls to deliver
Kingswood Rummage Sale packets. On arrival we picked up 1,800 packets and distributed them
to each door in the assigned neighborhoods within a four hour period. The Kingswood Rummage
Sale is the largest organized rummage sale in South Dakota. Each year this four-day event is held
in April. Some 300-350 rummage sales are held in Kingswood area homes in this event. The
squadron receives a donation from the Kingswood Rummage Committee for delivering packets

Figure 152 – Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Kingswood contingent
Figure 153 – Kingswood activity briefing and packet handout
AVIATION MILESTONE: CAP pilot Lt Col Greg Lair of Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron achieved a significant aviation milestone. In his day job, he is USAF Col Lair,
Operations Group Chief of the 114th Fighter Wing of the SDANG. On 11 March he completed
3,000 career flight hours in the F-16 Fighting Falcon after a training sortie at Joe Foss Field in
Sioux Falls. Upon landing he was met by family, friends and his SDANG colleagues who
congratulated him. Firefighters from the 114th Fighter Wing gave him a traditional “wetting
down”, spraying him with water from their fire trucks. According to the 114th Fighter Wing
Public Affairs Office so far only 260 military pilots have reached 3,000 hours in the F-16 fighter.

“The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is honored to have Lt Col Lair as a member. His
experience as an Air Force pilot is of great value to our organization.” said Colonel John Seten
the Wing Commander for the SD Civil Air Patrol.
When not on duty with the South Dakota Air National Guard or flying for the Civil Air Patrol,
Greg Lair is a pilot for United Airlines.

Figure 154 - Col (CAP Lt Col) Lair (right) is congratulated after landing
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APRIL 2015
REDCAP AFRCC Mission 15-M-0154: The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at
Tyndall AFB, FL. placed South Dakota Wing on alert late in the evening on Easter Sunday.
AFRCC had received multiple reports from aircraft over the Sioux Falls area of an Emergency
Locator Transmitter (ELT) active. The aircraft hear the signal when coming in to Sioux Falls, but
do not hear it when they are on the ground. The geographic area encompasses the tri-border area
of southeast South Dakota, southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa.
A Sioux Falls based Cessna-182/G1000, with an aircrew of Mission Pilot Lt Jerald Hayden, Capt
Karla West (MO) and SSgt. David Stockinger (MS), took off and began executing an expanding
circle search pattern. Shortly after takeoff the aircraft’s radio-direction-finding sensor picked up
the ELT’s signal. Through analysis the aircraft crew determined the signal was coming from
vicinity of Larchwood, IA.
In addition to the aircraft, two ground search teams were dispatched: one from Sioux Falls under
command of Capt Karen Espeland with C/Lt Nicholas Nash, C/Capt Nicole Schneider and C/Maj
Brandon West; the other from Brookings under command of Lt Thomas Delany, with SM Josh
Hartelt, C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman and C/Lt Laura Rudnik.
The signal was pinpointed as coming from the Zangger Vintage Airpark which is about two
miles east of Larchwood. The airpark manager was contacted and he stated that one of the
aircraft there had experienced a hard landing that must have caused the beacon to activate. The
airpark manager went to the aircraft and silenced the ELT
MG VAZQUEZ VISIT: National Commander, Major General Joseph Vazquez, paid a visit
to Sioux Falls on 12 April to meet with members of SDWG. Accompanying him was his wife,
CAP Lt Col Leslie Vazquez, Civil Air Patrol’s Aviation Industry Liaison. He briefed the
attendees on upcoming/proposed organizational changes, operational issues, on closer relations
with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the effort to make CAP’s data interfaces
more user-friendly. At the end he took questions from Wing members. SDWG Commander Col
Seten commented, “What a great opportunity for our members to hear the way ahead from the
top, while we give leadership the view from the field. We really appreciate this visit.” Maj Gen.
Vazquez assumed command at a formal ceremony at CAP’s 2014 National Conference.

Figure 155 – Gen Vazquez in Sioux Falls with attendees
Figure 156 – Gen Vazquez in Sioux Falls speaks to attendees
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AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEY: SDWG flew Mission #15-C-7501 Aerial Wildlife Survey

over eight days in April in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South
Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU
surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 31.4 hours flying over western South
Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for six sorties was Lt Col Gary Hewett; the other four
sorties were flown by Lt Col Buck DeWeese. Depending on whom the sortie supported he was
accompanied by one or more representatives from SDSU or from Game, Fish & Parks.
2015 WING CONFERENCE: South Dakota Wing held its 2015 Wing Conference on 18

April at the Clubhouse Hotel and Suites in Pierre. About 85 officers and cadets from SDWG
attended. Distinguished visitors were: North Central Region Commander, Col Robert Todd;
Nebraska Wing Commander Col Darrell Nelson; Lt Col Bonnie Braun, NCR DDR Coordinator;
Lt Col Don Barbalace, NHQ IG Team; and Capt Chuck Brudtkuhl, NHQ Communications
Team/IAWG Director of Communications.
The first part of the morning was a general session with wing staff officers and squadron
commanders making presentations. The highlight of the morning was a skit titled “Daddy’s Girl”
performed by cadets, under the supervision of Lt Col Buechler, on the consequences of drunk
driving. Following the general session the senior member participants split up to attend breakout
sessions on a variety of administrative and operational issues. The cadets attended breakout
sessions on DDR, AE, and the National Cadet Competition. In addition, the Wing Cadet
Advisory Council met. The senior member and cadet breakout sessions lasted until the late
afternoon when it was time to begin to prepare for the evening’s banquet and awards ceremony.
The guest speaker at the banquet was South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Highlights of
the banquet were presentation of the CAP Congressional Gold Medal to Wing Chaplain Lt Col
Gary Rae, the son of WWII CAP veteran John Gibson “Jack” Rae Jr, and presentation of CAP
membership credentials to Ms. Noem. In addition, a number of wing, squadron and individual
awards were presented (see last page for award recipients).

Figure 157 – U.S. Rep. Noem presents CGM to Chaplain Rae to honor his father
Figure 158 – U.S. Rep. Noem receiving her CAP credentials from Col Seten

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Figure 159 – Lt Col Larson, U.S. Rep. Noem and Col Seten
EAGLE SCOUT: It is good to recognize that our members are involved in other activities.

There are many good programs out there; one is the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). On April
25th, C/SSgt Peter Iverson, of the Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron, was honored by his
local Scout Troop. He invited all of his squadron mates to enjoy a happy day with him as he was
presented with the Eagle Scout award, the highest rank attainable in the BSA’s Boy Scouting
program. This award takes years to earn through much hard work and perseverance. Peter joined
the scouting program as a Cub Scout in Nebraska. He advanced through every stage of the
program and “bridged over” from Webelos to Boy Scouting to continue his scouting career. A
comparison to CAP’s cadet program would equate this to our Spaatz Award, the highest
attainable level for youth in the CAP program. Neither Eagle Scout nor the Spaatz Award is
common. Only the top few in each organization reach this level. We look forward to increased
activity that he has pledged to CAP now that he has reached this goal. We are sure that CAP will
benefit from his leadership abilities as well as his other knowledge that he brings to our program.

Figure 160 – CAP Cadet Peter Iverson receives the BSA Eagle Scout Award
MAY 2015
DELMONT TORNADO: On Sunday, 10 May, at 10:45 local time an EF-2 tornado with

winds over 100mph roared through the small town of Delmont, located about 90 southwest of
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Sioux Falls. The town of about 200 lost all power, water and telephone service. 84 structures in
and around Delmont were damaged or destroyed. Fortunately there were no fatalities, however at
least nine people were injured and some livestock were killed. Hardest hit was the western edge
of the town suffering the majority of the damage. The town’s new fire hall and a Lutheran
Church bore the brunt of the tornado’s fury. South Dakota Wing Commander Col John Seten
authorized a Sioux Falls-based Civil Air Patrol Cessna-182/G1000 aircraft to fly over the area
and take photos of the damage. An aerial photo sortie over Delmont was conducted on 12 May.
The aircrew was Mission Pilot Col John Seten, Mission Observer Capt Neil Schmid, and Mission
Scanner Capt Karla West. Nearly 200 high resolution photos were taken and provided to
emergency management officials, first responders and the media.

Figure 161 – Wreckage of Delmont’s newly built fire hall
Figure 162 – Wreckage of Delmont Lutheran Church
AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEY: SDWG flew Mission #15-C-8833 Aerial Wildlife Survey
over four days in May for the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South Dakota State
University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU surveys elk, bobcats
and big horn sheep. The result was 21.8 hours flying over western South Dakota and the Black
Hills. The CAP pilot for five of the sorties was Lt Col Gary Hewett; one was flown by Lt Col
Buck DeWeese and one by Maj Craig Goodrich. Depending on whom the sortie supported they
were accompanied by one or more researchers from SDSU or from GF&P.
CUSTER SAREX: Aircraft, vehicles and personnel from four SDWG’s squadrons and

members and an aircraft from Nebraska Wing’s Pine Ridge Composite Squadron (Chadron, NE)
gathered at the Custer County Airport for a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) the weekend
of 29-31 May. The goal of the exercise was to provide task-specific training for Civil Air Patrol
members. Short, realistic scenarios were presented to the aircrews, ground teams and mission
base staff members to work through. Aircrews searched for simulated aircraft emergency locator
beacons, rehearsed search patterns, and took simulated damage assessment photos. Ground team
personnel also searched for simulated aircraft emergency locator beacons and worked with
Custer County Search and Rescue during a missing person scenario in which CAP ground teams
searched for an actor in a forested area near the Custer County Airport.
According to Maj Craig Goodrich, Incident Commander for the exercise, “Thunderstorms on
Friday and fog on Saturday morning did not stop the show. The aircrews and ground teams were
ready to go Saturday when the weather cleared up and we got a large amount of training done.”
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Thanks to the generosity of the First Baptist Church of Custer, CAP members were able to use
Camp Volunteer next to the airport over the weekend. The camp was also used as a staging area
for the ground teams during the exercise. SDWG also thanks Custer County Search and Rescue
for their participation in this SAREX.

Figure 163 – Custer SAREX Flightline

Figure 164 – Custer SAREX Mission Base Operations
Figure 165 – Custer SAREX cadet baracks

Figure 166 – Custer SAREX Ground Team Arrives
Figure 167 – Custer SAREX Ground Team mission briefing
CONSTANT WATCH 2015: SDWG participated in CAP’s National Communications

Exercise (COMEX) “Constant Watch 15” on 15 and 16 May. The exercise tests CAP’s ability to
pass messages throughout the nation on high frequency (HF) radio. New this year was the relay
of messages from HF stations to other units over very high frequency (VHF) radios. SDWG’s
portion of the exercise was directed by Capt Jerry Gabert, Wing Director of Communications.
The exercise began the afternoon of 15 May. Capt Jerry Gabert and Lt Rob Hinkhouse checked
in on an HF radio in Sioux Falls. Lt Todd Dravland checked in on his HF radio in Pierre. SM Jeff
Shawd operated his HF radio in Valley Springs. He received several Whiskey Tango
(numerically encoded) messages and entered them into the CAP computer system. Lt Col Dave
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Jefferies was on the HF radio in his vehicle and took Whiskey Tango messages while supporting
Red Cross disaster relief efforts after the tornado in Delmont.
Capt Gabert and Lt Hinkhouse were also busy on Friday night planning messages to send on
Saturday. They made up a practice coder/decoder and then formulated several coded messages.
Saturday morning the exercise expanded to include an airborne radio signal repeater. The
airborne repeater was in a Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Cessna-182 piloted by Capt Neil
Schmid. Maj Elliott Filler was Mission Observer. The purpose was three-fold: first, to test the
range of the VHF airborne repeater. The aircraft made contact with participating squadrons along
the flight route; second, to test inter-squadron VHF radio links; and, third, to send encoded
Whisky Tango messages by VHF for relay by the long range HF stations. Through the repeater
communications were established from Sioux Falls to Brookings, Brookings to Valley Springs,
Valley Springs to Sioux Falls, and from Pierre to Delmont. Practice Whiskey Tango messages
were sent between Sioux Falls, Brookings and Valley Springs. The messages were then
deciphered by the receiving station and verified by the sending station.
Participating on Saturday were Lt Col Mark Huntington, Lt Rob Hinkhouse, Capt Jerry Foy,
Capt Jerry Gabert and Cadet Eric Ortega and C/Amn Oscar Holmberg at the Sioux Falls Mission
Base, Capt Shannon Hofer, C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman and C/Capt Tyler Gross at the
Brookings Mission Base, Lt Col Tam Gatje and Lt Todd Dravland in Pierre, SM Jeff Shawd in
Valley Springs and Lt Col Dave Jefferies in Delmont. Col John Seten and Lt Col Rick Larsen
also were involved in the exercise.
Overall this was a very successful COMEX. Although thunderstorms hampered communications
somewhat SDWG successfully checked in on the national HF net and passed traffic to or
monitored traffic from all eight CAP USA regions, mostly from Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana,
Idaho, Michigan and Washington Wings.
Thanks to all who participated. We hope to expand participation in Exercise Constant Watch
exercise next year.

Figure 168 – Constant Watch Preparation for High Bird Flight
Figure 169 – Constant Watch Mission Base Radio Room
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Figure 170 – SM Shawd in his Radio Shack during ConstantWatch 2015
PIERRE MEMORIAL DAY: Pierre Composite Squadron members Lt Col Lois Schmidt,

Lt Col Tam Gatje, Lt Jon Becker and C/MSgt Hannah Becker participated in the Pierre citywide
Memorial Day event. It was held at the Riggs Theater on Monday, May 25. Veterans of all
branches of the United States Armed Forces were in attendance. A wreath was placed for each of
the veteran’s organizations in attendance, including Civil Air Patrol. Father Michael Griffin was
this year’s guest speaker. He was a Chaplain in the National Guard. Pierre’s Capital City Band
provided the musical program that enhanced the ceremony. Lt Becker performed Taps, ending
the program. In the photo Chaplain Griffin addresses the audience.
AFJROTC O-RIDES: On 2 May, Col Mike Beason of the Rushmore Composite Squadron

flew the second of three planned Flight Orientation Program (FOP) flights for Air Force Junior
Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadets. Three cadets, C/MSgt Levi Beckwith,
C/A1C Michael Hendricks and C/A1C Michael Swan from Douglas High School’s AFJROTC
program in Box Elder went aloft. On 26 May, Lt Col Chuck Trumble flew the third of the three
FOP flights. Three more cadets from Douglas High School’s Air Force JROTC program, C/SrA
Tristan Fletcher, C/SrA Bryce Lambert and C/SrA Riley McMeekin went aloft. The first FOP
flight was flown on 28 April by Maj Goodrich with AFJROTC C/SSgt Nick Kochutin and C/SrA
Kevin Armstrong on board. In the photo (L-R) are AFJROTC C/A1C Hendricks, C/A1C Swan
and C/MSgt Beckwith. SDWG looks forward to doing more of these flights in the future.

Figure 171 – AJROTC FOP-1 Flight
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JUNE 2015
CGM PRESENTATION: On 29 June, South Dakota U.S. Senator Mike Rounds presented
a CAP Congressional Gold Medal to the family of the late Vernon Jeffries of Rapid City who
was a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol during WWII. After the presentation Dave Jeffries, Vernon’s
son, commented, "For many years, the CAP pilots of WWII, the whole air crew, the
whole operation of WWII, was kind of buried in history. When it was happening, many people
knew about it. After the war, many people forgot." Vernon Jeffries flew small single–
engine, fabric covered aircraft off the coast of New Jersey during the war, trying to spot German
U–Boats. They were civilian volunteers flying dangerous missions with the CAP. Also in
attendance were the South Dakota Wing Commander Colonel John Seten and Vice Commander
Lt Col Richard Larson as well as many other SD Wing members.

Figure 172 – U.S. Sen. Rounds presents posthumous CAP CGM to son of Vernon Jeffries
LOW-LEVEL ROUTE SURVEY: Each year the SD Air National Guard requests SDWG
carry out low-level route surveys (LLRS) of selected military aerial training routes and of aerial
Military Operations Areas (MOA). These routes cover southeastern South Dakota, northwestern
Iowa and northeastern Nebraska leading to and from the O’Neill and Lake Andes MOAs. The
purpose of these sorties is to search for uncharted hazards such as antenna towers, changes to
charted towers, and noise sensitive areas - stock pens/feedlots; areas to be avoided by low-flying
military pilots. There are a vast number of them between Sioux City and Omaha.

Over the course of three days in June, SDWG flew six sorties for a total of 19 flight hours. A
marathon LLRS was flown covering the Lake Andes MOA. The mission lasted eight hours and
two new targets were observed. The aircrew consisted of Col Greg Lair (Mission Pilot), C/Maj
Brandon West (Mission Observer), and Capt Karla West (Mission Scanner/Photographer). Wing
Commander Col John Seten (Mission Pilot), Vice Commander Lt Col Rick Larson (Mission
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from Iowa into Nebraska. When landing for fuel the aircrew was able to visit the powered flight
academy that was taking place in Freemont, Ne.
When SDWG flies a LLRS, a command post is set up for C3 support for the aircraft. SDWG
Capt Neil Schmid served as Incident Commander. Lt Jerry Hayden is this year’s Operations
Section Chief and Capt Matt Meert is the Planning Coordinator.

Figure 173 – Capt Schmid, Observer Maj Filler and Scanner Lt Many Steele
Figure 174 – A LLRS in Northeastern Nebraska discovered a message, possibly for UFOs
AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEY: SDWG flew Mission #15-C-9543 Aerial Wildlife Survey

over seven days in June in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South
Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU
surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 28.4 hours flying over western South
Dakota and the Black Hills. Two sorties were flown by Col Mike Beason, three by Capt Albert
Trumble and four by Maj Craig Goodrich. Depending on whom the sortie supported they were
accompanied by one or more representatives from SDSU or from Game, Fish & Parks.
NATIONAL DDR AWARD: Lt Col Linda Buechler, SDWG’s Director of Cadet Programs,
Drug Demand Reduction Administrator, and Health Programs Officer, who has been selected as
the 2015 Civil Air Patrol Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year! In his congratulatory
letter to her Maj Gen. Joseph Vazquez wrote: Congratulations! I am happy to inform you of your
selection as 2015 Civil Air Patrol Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year. As the Drug
Demand Reduction Member of the Year you will be honored by CAP at the upcoming National
Conference in Orlando, Florida, August 27-29, 2015. I am confident you will continue to provide
outstanding service to Civil Air Patrol and to the United States of America.
MICKELSON TRAIL MARATHON: The annual Black Hills marathon, run along the

Mickelson Trail, was held on 7 June. Once again cadets and seniors from the Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron attended to the runners by distributing water, sports drinks and fruit and, to
some, Vaseline to treat underarm chafing. Four runners were transported with minor maladies
back to the race finish line. Mother Nature provided beautiful weather for the marathon. At mile
marker 20 (of the 26.2 mile marathon) the members earned the appreciation of the over 3,000
participants and thanks from the sponsors of the race. Cadets having a hand in the community
service enterprise were C/Lt Jared Doyle, C/CMSgt Connor Caneva, C/MSgt Keyvin Rauscher,
C/SSgt Peter Iverson, CB Jerry Fahrenbruck and CB George Fahrenbruck. Seniors participating
were Capt Bill Collister, Lt Col Buck DeWeese and Capt Brandon Caneva.

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Figure 175 – Mickelson Trail main support table
Figure 176 – Mickelson trail aid to runners
INDIAN SCHOOL VISIT: Pierre Composite Squadron members Lt Col Myra Christensen

and Capt Richard Helton met with students of St. Joseph Indian School (SJIS) in Chamberlain in
June. SJIS occasionally holds a Field Day, this time it was at the Chamberlain airport. Students
visited the mechanics’ shop with some aircraft being serviced. Then they visited hangers with
larger aircraft so they could get a wider perspective. A CAP Cessna-172 was flown to
Chamberlain and displayed on the tarmac. Students tried on the headset, asked about portions of
the instrument panel, about antennas on the outside of the aircraft, and other items of interest to
them. Eleven students attended the presentation along with three adult helpers. Materials were
provided for each of them to make a pencil rocket to demonstrate aerodynamic principles
explained by Lt Col Christensen and Capt Helton. This was an excellent meet and greet with the
students and staff of SJIS. CAP was promoted to the students, staff and some area residents. The
students reported having a great time looking at the airplanes and learning a bit about them.

Figure 177 – St. Joseph Indian School students sit in a CAP aircraft
Figure 178 – Lt Col Christensen presents a briefing to students
OPEN HOUSE AT KRAP: On, June 20, Rapid City Regional Airport had an Open House.

The squadron worked hard along with other members from Custer and Spearfish to provide
crowd control and parking detail for the day. We also helped set up/take down the event
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barricades. Although busy, we still managed to recruit two new members and share CAP with
many others. Lt Jack Jensen and SM Jordan Tremblay had our aircraft on static display. Our
squadron provided nine members participating, Crazy Horse had five, and Lookout Mountain
had two. It was a great team effort.

Figure 179 – SDWG members at KRAP Open House
Figure 180 – SDWG aircraft on static display at KRAP Open House
JULY 2015
LOW-LEVEL ROUTE SURVEY: Each year the South Dakota Air National Guard requests

SDWG carry out low-level route surveys (LLRS) of selected military aerial training routes and
of aerial Military Operations Areas (MOA). These military air training routes cover southeastern
South Dakota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska leading to and from the O’Neill
MOA. The task is to search for uncharted hazards to low-flying military pilots such as antenna
towers, changes to charted towers, and to locate noise sensitive areas - stock pens/feedlots of
which there are a vast number between Sioux City and Omaha.
Over six days in July, SDWG aircrews flew fourteen sorties for a total of 41.4 flight hours.
On 29 July, a crew of Capt Neil Schmid (Mission Pilot), SM Kevin Kayser (Mission Scanner),
and Capt Jerry Zurovski (Mission Observer) flew the final two LLRS sorties for this year. The
initial 3.5 hour sortie was flying over the south half of the O’Neill MOA. The crew landed for
fuel and a much needed rest stop at the airport in Norfolk, Nebraska.
When SDWG flew a LLRS, a command post is set up for C3 support for the aircraft. SDWG
Capt Neil Schmid served as Incident Commander. Sioux Falls Composite Squadron’s Lt Jerry
Hayden was this year’s Operations Section Chief and Capt Matt Meert was the Planning
Coordinator.
Wing Commander Col John Seten commended all of people involved, “The annual Low-Level
Route Survey Mission is a very important one for the safety of military pilots training in the area.
We are pleased and proud that the South Dakota Air National Guard entrusts this critical mission
to us. All of our volunteer CAP aircrew members are to be commended for their dedication and
professionalism in carrying out this mission.”

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Figure 181 – LLRS survey area map
AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEY: SDWG flew Mission #15-C-10518 Aerial Wildlife Survey
over seven days in July in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South
Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU
surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 32.6 hours flying over western South
Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for three sorties was Lt Col Gary Hewett; two sorties
were flown by Lt Col Buck DeWeese, and four sorties by Lt Col Albert Trumble. Depending on
whom the sortie supported he was accompanied by one or more representatives from SDSU or
from Game, Fish & Parks.

Figure 182 – Mountain lion with a radio-telemetry collar
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AUGUST 2015
REDCAP AFRCC Mission 15-M-0016: On 18 August, the Union County Office of
Emergency Management requested SDWG assist the Union County Sheriff in the search for the
body of a swimmer reported missing near Elk Point on the Missouri River. On 19 August, a
Sioux Falls based CAP Cessna-182 flew to the geographic coordinates of the beach where the
swimmer entered the water then searched downstream towards Ponca City making several passes
along the area. The CAP aircrew consisted of Capt Neil Schmidt (Mission Pilot), C/Maj Brandon
West (Mission Observer) and Lt Manny Steele (Mission Scanner). A second sortie was planned
for late afternoon to take advantage of shadows cast by the changing position of the sun.
However the body was located by ground units after the first sortie had returned to base and a
second sortie was not needed.

Figure 183 – Spidertracks showing the CAP aircraft search pattern
Figure 184 – Vehicles/boat trailers of Union County Sheriff and State Game Fish and Parks

Figure 185 – Extent of the REDCAP search area
Figure 186 – Search boat (center left) checks snags and sand bars for missing swimmer
WING SPLIT SAREX: On 29 August, the South Dakota Wing held its second state-wide

training exercise for 2015. The activity is referred to as a “Split SAREX” (Search and Rescue
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West River areas. The focus was training aircrews, ground search teams and command staffs by
using realistic search and rescue scenarios that mirror Civil Air Patrol’s real-world activity.
In the West River area an Incident Command Post was set up at the Wing Headquarters in Rapid
City. They were joined by aircraft, vehicles and personnel from the Pierre Composite Squadron
in Pierre and from the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer. Under the control of Incident
Commander Col Mike Beason three CAP aircraft flew search and rescue sorties from the
squadron’s hangar at the Rapid City Regional airport. In addition, one ground search team
operated from the squadron headquarters conducting similar training exercises as the aircraft.
The Ground Team and the aircraft used interoperable communications to provide updated search
information to each other.

Figure 187 – West River Incident command post at wing headquarters
Figure 188 – West River ground team plans their search mission near Pactola Lake
In the East River area, a Staging Base was set up at the headquarters of the Sioux Falls
Composite Squadron at the Sioux Falls Airport. They were joined there by aircraft, vehicles and
personnel from Big Sioux Composite Squadron from Brookings. Three CAP aircraft and three
ground teams conducted training exercises similar to those in the West River area.
A Split SAREX gives participants the chance to work with Wing units that don’t often have the
opportunity to train together with massed assets. The benefit of such training is teamwork and
coordination between command staff, aircrews and ground teams. In addition, a great deal of
individual skills training was also accomplished.
ELLSWORTH AFB AIRSHOW: 15 August, dawned warm and clear - a perfect day for the

Ellsworth AFB Air Show. By 0900 the crowds were pouring in, by the end of the weekend it
was reported that over 17,000 people had visited the airshow. World War II and Korean War
vintage aircraft performed for the crowd. At 1430 the Air Force Thunderbirds performed as the
highlight of the show. Through it all over 20 CAP volunteers from Rushmore, Pierre and
Lookout Mountain, cadets and seniors, hosted the hordes of visitors wanting a peek in a CAP
Cessna-172 and Cessna-182 - and perhaps a chance to climb in the cockpit. Many more asked
lots of questions and learned about CAP's role in the community. Maj Craig Goodrich worked
with Ellsworth AFB personnel to get a CAP table and two aircraft in a prominent location at the
show. On Sunday the crowds were a bit thinner but no less traffic at the CAP table. Even USAF
personnel from F-15 aircrew to Academy cadets came by to learn about CAP.

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Members from all squadrons save Brookings made it to the show. Lt Kris Bierwirth brought a
contingent of cadets from Custer to enjoy the show on Sunday. Lt Col Greg Lair and C/SMSgt
Julia Lair came from Sioux Falls. The Pine Ridge Squadron at Chadron, Nebraska squadron sent
a contingent and one visitor introduced himself as a CAP senior member from the Las Vegas
Composite Squadron. By Sunday afternoon we left for home sunburned and tired but with a list
of over fifty people who showed an interest in CAP.

Figure 189 – CAP static display at Ellsworth AFB Airshow
N97947 IS BACK: As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in the terminator movies “I’ll be back”

Lt Col Rick Larson, Capt Neil Schmid and Maj EW Filler went to Carson City, Nevada on 31
August to retrieve our refurbished Cessna-172 (N97947). Our aircraft underwent a complete
makeover by Carson City Air Services. Our pilots will train on the new “GlassHawk” systems
before they fly it back to Sioux Falls. The aircraft received a new paint job, a new interior, an
all-new Garmin G500 "glass" avionics suite, and more. The refurbished CAP Cessna-172 will
add yet another technologically advanced aircraft to South Dakota Wing’s two Garmin G1000equipped Cessna-182s. We are also currently operating a Minnesota Wing Cessna-182 with
retractable landing gear out of Brookings Regional Airport.

Figure 190 – Newly refurbished SDWG Cessna-172
Figure 191 – SDWG Cessna-172’s digital avionics suite
AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEY: SDWG flew Mission #15-C-11073 Aerial Wildlife Survey

over seven days in August in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South
Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU
surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 29 hours flying over western South
Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for six sorties was Maj Craig Goodrich; three sorties
were flown by Lt Col Buck DeWeese and two sorties by Lt Col Albert Trumble. Depending on
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whom the sortie supported they were accompanied by one or more representatives from SDSU or
from Game, Fish & Parks.
SDWG WINS NCR AWARD: South Dakota Wing was recognized as North Central Region
winner of the Homeland Security/Counterdrug Mission Award. Col Seten accepted this award on
behalf of the Wing during the General Assembly session of the 2015 CAP National Conference
in Orlando, Fl. It is a testament to the dedication and professionalism of our members that South
Dakota Wing is preeminent in CAP.
CAP HISTORICAL DISPLAY: On 21 August, Wing Historian Maj Todd Epp set up a
CAP exhibit in the lobby of the public library in Canton, just south of Sioux Falls. Items
included are a "Smurf suit" loaned by Lt Col Myra Christensen, a Corporate Dress Uniform
loaned by Maj Epp, various rank insignia and patches, DDR materials, model rockets, models of
a Cessna-172 and Cessna-180 in CAP livery, various awards and plaques, photos of Sioux Falls
cadets at the airport in 1945, blow-ups of WWII era newspaper articles about the creation of
SDWG and CAP, and informational placards on SDWG’s history and missions. Our thanks to
head librarian Edith Nelson and to librarians Jonette Chaon and Jane Klemme in helping to make
this exhibit possible.

Figure 192 – Portion of the CAP Exhibit at the Canton Public Library
Figure 193 – Another portion of the CAP Exhibit at the Canton Public Library

Figure 194 – Photos and documents at the CAP Exhibit at the Canton Public Library
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CGM PRESENTATION: More than 70 years ago, two young women from South Dakota

decided they wanted to do something to help their country during World War II. Pauline Brehe
of Pierre and Lois Schmidt of Agar were part of a small group of women who served in the
South Dakota Civil Air Patrol during the war; something most girls weren’t doing in the 1940s.
A lot has changed in the past seven decades, but their service hasn't been forgotten. On 24
August, Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented Congressional Gold Medals to Pauline and Lois for
their WWII CAP service.
Lois and Pauline were founding members of the Pierre Composite Squadron and among the first
women in not just South Dakota but the United States to become CAP members. Pauline joined
CAP in 1942 as a senior member. She later served in the Army as a medical/surgical technician.
The day after the ceremony Pauline celebrated her 88th birthday. Lois joined CAP in 1943 as a
cadet. She returned to CAP in the 1960s and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
The medal is being given to members of the Civil Air Patrol during WWII for their role in
protecting the U.S. coasts against German U-boat attacks during the war and in carrying out a
wide variety of wartime domestic missions. Daugaard said during the ceremony at the state
Capitol that he was glad to honor the women for helping create a great legacy of service to the
nation.

Figure 195 – Gov. Daugaard presents the CAP CGM to Pauline Brehe
Figure 196 – Gov. Daugaard presents the CAP CGM to Lois Schmidt
Figure 197 – CAP CGM recipients Lois Schmidt and Pauline Brehe
SEPTEMBER 2015
MOUNTAIN FURY: From 11 to 13 September, eleven Civil Air Patrol pilots from across
the South Dakota Wing participated in “Mountain Fury”, CAP’s Mountain Search Pilot Course.
The purpose of the course was to train CAP Mission Pilots to be mountain-qualified CAP
Mission Pilots. The activity was directed by Maj Craig Goodrich, Commander of the Rushmore
Composite Squadron in Rapid City. Day one and part of day two were spent in classes on the
physics, skills, techniques and perils of mountain flying. The classroom training was at the Crazy
Horse Composite Squadron Headquarters in Custer. The blocks of classroom instruction were
held on high altitude flying (Capt Josh Hall), mountain weather (Maj Craig Goodrich), mountain
flying (Col Mike Beason) and mountain searching (Capt Matt Meert).

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The rest of day two and day three were spent flying training sorties. Flight operations were at the
Custer County Airport at Custer. Each mission pilot flew four mission training sorties. Although
the elevation of the Black Hills of South Dakota do not provide the kind of mountainous terrain
that other mountain states can provide, many of the sorties were flown up around 10,000 feet
MSL, and reduced power settings simulated “real” mountain flying. Plus, Custer County Airport
and Custer State Park Airport are no walk-in-the-park. A pilot must be thinking about mountain
flying to operate in and out of these challenging airports. A total of 25 sorties were flown with
seven of the pilots earning or renewing their Mountain Flying Certification.
Capt Kurt Johnson of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, one of the mission pilots that went
through the training said, "I personally gained a great deal of experience and respect for
operating safely in "hot and high" environments. Our aircraft take on a whole new set of flight
characteristics under these conditions. As pilots, we all read about this...but, the practical
experience provided in this clinic was priceless! I feel no mission pilot should exercise their
ratings in mountainous terrain without this training or similar practical experience!”
Maj Goodrich remarked, “Everyone stepped in to help with meals, cleanup, sortie management,
and watching over safety. I especially want to thank the First Baptist Church of Custer, who
operates Camp Victory, across the road from the airport, for their hospitality in allowing us to
use their facilities for lodging and meals. The nearly perfect weather, camaraderie, and
storytelling around the campfire each night helped make this weekend a great event.”

Figure 198 – Spidertracks showing training sorties in and around Custer, SD
Figure 199 – Lt Jones and Capt Hall prepare for their training flight
AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEY: SDWG flew Mission #15-C-11396 Aerial Wildlife Survey
over eight days in September in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and
South Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU
surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 30.1 hours flying over western South
Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for one sortie was Maj Craig Goodrich; one sortie
was flown by Lt Col Buck DeWeese and 11 sorties were flown by Lt Col Gary Hewitt.
Depending on whom the sortie supported they were accompanied by representatives from SDSU
or from Game, Fish & Parks.

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WING WEBSITE UPDATE: The new “Wing History” section of the wing website is now

available for viewing. It is part of the celebration of SDWG’s 75th Anniversary in 2016. There
are three parts: “History” - documents on the history of CAP and South Dakota Wing;
“Genealogy” - a list of the units that have been part of South Dakota wing since its founding in
1941; and “Heraldry” – photos and descriptions about the Region, Wing and Squadron patches.
OCTOBER 2015
AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEY: SDWG flew Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey
over seven days in October in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South
Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU
surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 19.9 hours flying over western South
Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for the sorties was Lt Col Gary Hewitt. Depending on
whom the sortie supported they were accompanied by one or more representatives from SDSU or
from Game, Fish & Parks.
CAP HISTORICAL DISPLAY: At the request of the Custer County Courthouse Art
Council the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron created a Civil Air Patrol exhibit at the Custer
County Courthouse on 6 October. The exhibit was on display until 4 January 2016. On the 6 th
there was a grand opening reception with about 30 people attending. Capt Bierwirth gave a brief
speech about CAP and its history and relation to the community.

Figure 200 –Squadron members at Custer Courthouse CAP Exhibit grand opening
Figure 201 – Part of the Custer Courthouse CAP Exhibit

Figure 202 – Rank insignia portion of the Custer Court House CAP Exhibit
Figure 203 – Radio equipment portion of the Custer Courthouse CAP Exhibit
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Figure 204 – Part of the Custer Courthouse CAP Exhibit
Figure 205 – Uniforms at the Custer Courthouse CAP Exhibit
NOVEMBER 2015
PIERRE SAREX: On 7 November SDWG conducted a Search and Rescue Exercise
(SAREX) in Pierre. Project Officer, Maj Nick Gengler, created multiple scenarios for the
aircrews and ground search teams for electronic and visual searches and airborne photography.

That same morning we learned of a real-world missing person search going on in Pierre and
around the state. The Pierre Police Department (PPD), leading the search, felt the resources that
we offered wouldn’t be needed. However, we notified our aircrews and ground search teams to
be on the lookout for a specific vehicle, and were given the description of the missing person.
Coordination with the PDD and working with their data was a good exercise for the mission
planning staff. Any time the Wing can coordinate with local law enforcement and emergency
managers, even on small tasks, the relationship building and experience goes a long way.
Here’s a quick summary of the SAREX:
42 CAP personnel participated from across the wing
5 CAP aircraft and 5 CAP vans were a part of the mission
16 air sorties flown
12 ground sorties

Figure 206 – Pierre SAREX mission briefing
Figure 207 – Pierre SAREX Mission Base staff
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AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEY: SDWG flew Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey

over five days in November in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South
Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU
surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 22.3 hours flying over western South
Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for the sorties was Lt Col Gary Hewitt. Depending on
whom the sortie supported he was accompanied by one or more representatives from SDSU or
from Game, Fish & Parks.
NEW SQUADRON COMMANDER: Col Seten announced the appointment of Maj E.W.

Filler as Commander of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings effective 6 November.
DECEMBER 2015
CGM PRESENTATION: South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune led a ceremony to honor a

lifelong Sioux Falls resident who was awarded a Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal
posthumously for service during World War II. The event on 21 December honored Walter
Wilson. His widow, Shirley Wilson, accepted the medal on her husband's behalf.
Wilson was a CAP cadet in training when World War II ended. He was trained in recognizing
aircraft, the dynamics of flight and Morse code, in addition to other skills. Shirley Wilson said
while her husband didn't speak much about his time in the Civil Air Patrol. "He'd be very
pleased." Wilson's sister, son and daughter in-law, along with representatives from the Civil Air
Patrol, looked on during the ceremony.

Figure 208 – CAP Cadet Walter Wilson (in red box) in 1945
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Figure 209 – Walter Wilson’s CAP ID Card dated 19 July 1945

Figure 210 – Walter’s widow, Shirley Wilson, accepted the medal on her husband's behalf
AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEY: SDWG flew Mission #16-C-3005 Aerial Wildlife Survey

over eight days in December in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and
South Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU
surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 26 hours flying over western South
Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilots for the sorties were: Lt Col Gary Hewitt, three
sorties; Maj Craig Goodrich, one sortie; Lt Col Buck DeWeese, one sortie; Lt Col Albert
Trumble, three sorties. Depending on whom the sortie supported they were accompanied by a
representative from SDSU or from Game, Fish & Parks.

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LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
No. Title
1.

SDWG Electronic Newsletter - Skychaser - January 2015

2.

SDWG Electronic Newsletter - Skychaser - February 2015

3.

SDWG Electronic Newsletter - Skychaser - March 2015

4.

SDWG Electronic Newsletter - Skychaser - April 2015

5.

SDWG Electronic Newsletter - Skychaser - May 2015

6.

SDWG Electronic Newsletter - Skychaser - June 2015

7.

SDWG Electronic Newsletter - Skychaser - July 2015

8.

SDWG Electronic Newsletter - Skychaser - August 2015

9.

SDWG Electronic Newsletter - Skychaser - September 2015

10.

SDWG Electronic Newsletter - Skychaser - October 2015

11.

SDWG Electronic Newsletter - Skychaser - November 2015

12.

SDWG Electronic Newsletter - Skychaser - December 2015

13.

South Dakota Wing Roundup Magazine #1 2015

14.

South Dakota Wing Roundup Magazine #2 2015

15.

South Dakota Wing Roundup Magazine #3 2015

16.

Wing News Release #1-15 – REDCAP 10 January 2015

17.

Wing News Release #2-15 – Split SAREX 24 January 2015

18.

Wing News Release #3-15 – Cadet Cyber-Sleuths Advance

19.

Wing News Release #4-15 – SDWG Meets Governor

20.

Wing News Release #5-15 – SDWG Cyber Team at National CyberPatriot-VII

21.

Wing News Release #6-15 – SDWG Lt in Engineering Order

22.

Wing News Release #7-15 – Lair Hits 3000 Hours

23.

Wing News Release #8-15 – Big Sioux 2nd in CyberPatriot-VII

24.

Wing News Release #9-15 – CAP Conducts SAREX

25.

Wing News Release #10-15 – Earl Wilkinson CGM

26.

Wing News Release #11-15 – National Commander in Sioux Falls

27.

Wing News Release #12-15 – Cadet Receives Scholarship

28.

Wing News Release #13-15 – Big Sioux Wins Squadron of the Year
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29.

Wing News Release #14-15 – Flight Scholarships

30.

Wing News Release #15-15 – CAP Flies AFJROTC Cadets

31.

Wing News Release #16-15 – SDWG in CAP National COMEX

32.

Wing News Release #17-15 – SDWG Officer Gets National Award

33.

Wing News Release #18-15 – USAF Encampment Scholarships

34.

Wing News Release #19-15 – SDWG Seeks CGM Candidates

35.

Wing News Release #20-15 – CAP Cadets Begin Encampment

36.

Wing News Release #21-15 – Cadet at CAP National Officers School

37.

Wing News Release #22-15 – CAP Trains in Mountain Flying

38.

Wing News Release #23-15 – SDWG Evaluates South Carolina Flood Damage

39.

Wing News Release #24-15 – SDWG Competes in National Cyber-Security Competition

40.

Wing News Release #25-15 – SDWG Competes in National Cadet Competition

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“THE SKYCHASER”
South Dakota Wing Electronic Newsletter for January 2015
Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force - Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond
Publishers: Wing Commander Colonel John Seten / Wing Vice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Larson
Editor: Major Bruce Kipp Wing Public Affairs Officer (605) 261-4507 paa.sdwg@gmail.com

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP and Like us on Twitter at @SDWingCAP

WING TIPS
REMINDER: CAP Legislative Day at the State Capitol is February 11, 2015. Col. Seten encourages all who
can go that day to attend. Attend the house and senate sessions, meet and greet our state legislators.
REDCAP Mission 15-M-0016: Early on 10 January, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall

AFB, Florida notified the South Dakota Wing that the Lawrence County Office of Emergency Management
requested CAP assistance in the search for a missing person in the rugged, heavily forested hills near Spearfish.
A Rapid City-based Cessna-182T aircraft was used for the search. The aircrew consisted of Lt. Col. Gary
Hewett (Mission Pilot), Capt. Joshua Hall (Mission Observer) and Maj. David Small, Jr. (Mission Scanner).
The Incident Commander was J.D. Guigoe of Lawrence County OEM. Col. John Seten coordinated the CAP
activity. The individual was found alive and all CAP assets were stood down.
CYBERPATRIOT-VII UPDATE: We’re going to the National Finals! “Team Big

Sioux” cadet cybersecurity team is heading to the national finals of the CyberPatriot
competition for the fourth year in a row! To earn the all-expenses-paid trip the cadet
cyber-sleuths placed first in regional round of the competition. The national finals of the
CyberPatriot-VII competition will be in March in Washington, D.C.
In the finals, the only in-person round, the team will compete to defend virtual networks
and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The finalists will also face-off in three additional
competition components: Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge, Cisco Networking Challenge, and Digital
Forensics Challenge. These extra challenges broaden the cybersecurity experience and expose teams to new
elements of the many career opportunities available to them. The team will be scored on how quickly and
effectively they establish and maintain secure networks.
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Team Big Sioux consists of Team Captain C/Maj Joshua Klosterman of Brandon, C/2nd Lt Chris Dinnel,
C/SMSgt Jaden Petersen, C/SSgt Sergeant Nathaniel Fleet, all from Lake Benton, MN, and C/2nd Lt Laura
Rudnik of Brookings. The team is coached by Capt. Shannon Hofer of Hendricks, MN and mentored by Cadet
Captain Tyler Gross of Volga. Article and photo submitted by Maj. Gengler and Capt. Hofer.

“TEAM BIG SIOUX” CADET CYBERSECURITY SPECIALISTS RELAX AFTER A GRUELING SESSION

SPLIT SAREX 23-25 JANUARY: The Wing’s first exercise for 2015 was held Saturday, 24 January. The

focus was on training aircrews, ground search teams and command staffs through realistic search and rescue
scenarios that mirror CAP’s real-world activity. All five of the Wing’s aircraft, six vehicles and 75 officers and
cadets took part in the training exercise.
In the West River area an Incident Command Post was set up at the headquarters of the Rushmore Composite
Squadron on Ellsworth AFB. Three CAP aircraft flew search and rescue sorties from the squadron’s hangar at
the Rapid City Regional airport. In addition, one ground search team operated from the squadron headquarters
conducting independent but similar training exercises as the aircraft.
In the East River area, a Staging Base was set up at the headquarters of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron at
the Brookings Airport. Big Sioux’s personnel were joined by aircraft, vehicles and personnel from the Sioux
Falls Composite Squadron. Under the control of Incident Commander Col. Mike Beason at Ellsworth AFB two
CAP aircraft and two ground teams conducted training exercises similar to those in the West River area.
The Split SAREX was a chance to work with Wing units that don’t often have the opportunity to train together
with massed assets. The benefit from training such as this is teamwork, the coordination between command
staff, aircrews and ground teams. In addition, a great deal of individual skills training was also accomplished.

LEFT: TWO AIRCREW MEMBERS PLAN FOR THEIR FLIGHT
CENTER: CADET GROUND TEAM MEMBER TRAINS WITH NEW RADIO-DETECTION-FINDING EQUIPMENT
RIGHT: CADET RADIO OPERATORS MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH AIRCRAFT AND GROUND TEAMS

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AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEYS: SDWG flew aerial surveys of terrestrial wildlife on seven days in

January in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South Dakota State University. GF&P
surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU surveys elk and bobcats. The result was 21.5 hours
flying over western South Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for the flights was Lt. Col. Gary Hewett.
Depending on whom the sortie supported he was accompanied by either Mr. Brandon Tycz or Ms. Sarah
Nevison from SDSU (19.5 flying hours) or Ms. Lauren Wiechmann from GF&P (2 flying hours). During the 27
January mission 26 bobcats were located over an area from Rapid City toward Faith, to east of Bison, to north
of Spearfish. Mr. Tycz, the SDSU tracker who flies with CAP, with a bobcat he trapped. The bobcat is sedated.

G-1000 VFR CLASS: On 17 January, six aviators took part in a G-1000 VFR training class hosted by
Rushmore Composite Squadron and presented by Maj. Craig Goodrich and Lt. Col. Gary Hewett. The class
spent most of the day at SDWG HQ exploring the
functions and capabilities of the Cessna-182 “glass
cockpit”. Present around the table were (clockwise)
Lt. Col. Gary Hewett, Maj. Craig Goodrich (both CFI
class instructors), SM Jack Jensen, Col. Mike Beason,
Mr. Cliff Wippel, Lt. Col. Chuck Trumble and SM
Tim Shannon, all members of Rushmore Composite
Squadron. G-1000 equipped aircraft have tremendous
potential for those properly trained to utilize it.

Classes such as this are required for those who have
never flown with it before and an important review for
those of us who seldom see it. Classroom discussion is
much cheaper than aviation gasoline. Article and
photo submitted by Lt. Col. DeWeese
“CIVIL AIR PATROL HISTORY” FACEBOOK PAGE: The CAP national history staff has acquired digital

versions of some 1950s-era Air Force films about the Civil Air Patrol. Enjoy CAP (1950), an introductory film
about CAP at https://history.cap.gov/video/AF_SPF_251.m4v and Ambassadors with Wings (1957) about the
1957 IACE at https://history.cap.gov/video/Ambassadors_with_Wings.m4v. [Editor: If you haven’t viewed this
Facebook page you should check it out. It has amazing information and old photos of CAP]
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NORTH DAKOTA CADET LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: SDWG cadets are invited to the North Dakota

Cadet Leadership Academy 20-22 February at the Fargo ANG Base. It should be a great event with attendees
from around the Tri-State area. Note that the NDWG CLA is the week after the South Dakota Wing CLA in
Pierre. You are welcome and invited to go to both events. It is always good to get another Wing's perspective on
CAP. Follow the link to sign up, https://und.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5gRXGNNGwyOEMIZ, or contact
Capt. Graham Frost at Cell: 206-743-7411 or ae@ndcap.us with any questions, comments, or concerns.
POWDER RIVER BOMBING RANGE EXPANSION: The Air Force has approved the plan to quadruple
the airspace of the Powder River Training Complex over the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana
and Wyoming. This is to give B-52 crews from Minot AFB in North Dakota and B-1 crews from Ellsworth
AFB in South Dakota the ability to train more realistically and efficiently close to home. The expansion will
create the largest training airspace over the continental United States. Among the advantages, the extra airspace
will allow the Air Force to conduct several large-force exercises each year where some 20 airplanes will train
together as they would fight in actual combat. The Federal Aviation Administration must now approve the plan
and then modify and establish the requisite airspace.
Source: Air Force Magazine Daily Report, 20 January 2015.

ELLSWORTH B-1BS DEPLOY TO SUPPORT OIR, OFS: Some 350 airmen from Ellsworth AFB, S.D.,
deployed to Southwest Asia on Jan. 20, where they will support B-1B in both Operation Inherent Resolve and
Operation Freedom's Sentinel in Afghanistan. The aircrew members, maintenance, and support personnel from
Ellsworth's 28th Bomb Wing are deploying to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Udeid AB, Qatar, where
they will help provide US Central Command air presence, precision strike assets, and surveillance and
reconnaissance capabilities, while other airmen will work to assist sortie generation and mission assurance
tasks. For the last nine months, airmen have worked extensively to train for scenarios they're looking to be
involved in during the deployment, including hours of personal and tactical studies as well as numerous training
sorties, said Capt. Jonathan Vogel, a 34th Bomb Squadron instructor pilot. The 28th BW deployment will take
the place of airmen from the 9th BS from Dyess AFB, Texas, who deployed to CENTCOM in summer 2014.
Source: Air Force Magazine Daily Report, 26 January 2015.

USAF CYBER SQUADRON ACTIVATED AT HICKAM: As a sign of the growing importance of cyber
security, the Air Force earlier this month stood up the 690th Cyberspace Operations Squadron (COS) at Joint
Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The new unit hosts some 144 airmen who will conduct cyber operations 24
hours a day in order to provide "agile cyber combat support" around the world. "What is improving with the
690th COS activation is an effort to develop better network situational awareness [and] to become less reactive
and more proactive," said Col. Chad Raduege, commander of the 690th Cyberspace Operations Group. "The
690th COS can provide a more proactive mission of identifying and closing vulnerabilities, as well as
interpreting cyber intelligence and implementing new network configurations," he said.
Source: Air Force Magazine Daily Report, 27 January 2015.

STAFF NOTES
WING CHIEF OF STAFF
Maj. David Small, Jr., CAP

Please remember to use the CAPF-32 Cadet Permission Form for all activities other than regular weekly
squadron meetings, where cadets under the age of 18 participate. This includes SAREX and actual searches.
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The SD Wing modified CAPF-32 allows parental input via telephone, text or e-mail. This form can be found
on the Wing website at: http://sdcap.us/cadet-programs/. Let me know if anyone has any questions.
All of us are volunteers in CAP. All of us have lots of things in our life that pull us in many directions.
Clear and concise communications helps us accomplish our goals and work efficiently with others.
Here are some rules-of-thumb for e-mailing:
1. Respond quickly. I know that some CAP members like to check CAP related e-mails only a couple of times
a week, others of us are neurotic enough to check them twenty times per day. Whichever system you use please
check and respond at least weekly. If you can't do that reliably please let me know so that we won't hold up
critical action items waiting for a response.
2. Be crisp in your delivery - don't ramble, get to the point. Make sure that your topic is clear and
unambiguous.
3. Clean out your inbox constantly - the more things pile up the harder it is to get to them.
4. Handle e-mails in a LIFO (Last In First Out) order. Sometimes the issue has been addressed by the time
you might read the oldest e-mail. (Don't use this as an excuse to check your e-mails only rarely)
5. You are a router - if you get something useful to someone else, and it isn't confidential, pass it on.
6. Make it easy to follow up on requests. Yes/no questions work well. Don't ask 20 questions in an e-mail if
possible. Likewise, if you are the recipient of an e-mail with questions please respond to all of them.
7. Save your e-mail for future reference. Personally I print all e-mails as PDF files that are stored on my hard
drive. These can be searched by word later if needed. Many others save old e-mails in and old e-mail folder.
8. Use BCC. If you are broadcasting something to many people or to the wing and don't need everyone to
respond to everyone else please use BCC (Blind Copy). This prevents a lot of clutter at the beginning of an email and also reduced extraneous communication amongst a lot of people.
9. Reply. If you have received an e-mail that the sender might want to confirm that you have seen please reply
with "got it" or some other quick response letting them know that they don't have to follow up with you later.
10. Don't put anything in writing that you will regret later. E-mails have remarkable staying power and you
don't want to be embarrassed by something that you might have said in the heat of the moment years ago.
11. Don't hide behind e-mails. There are times when face to face or telephone communication is needed.

SQUADRON HIGHLIGHTS
CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-068, CUSTER)
(Items and photos by Lt. K. Bierwirth)
WELCOME ABOARD: Diane Geeting has joined our ranks, welcome aboard Nurse Geeting. We are

pleased that you decided to join CAP and are proud that you are a member of our squadron!
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SOON TO BE WELCOMED ABOARD: Tim Modde from the former squadron in Philip will soon join our

squadron. We look forward to having you with us!
STAR POWER: C/CMSgt Jason Parry once again blessed the stage with his wonderful acting talents.
This time he was Quinn in the one act play called “Deal With It & Carry On.”
VISITORS: Apparently Maj. David Small Jr. and Capt. Sylvia Small heard about the wild times we have
and decided to come and investigate our mayhem. Hope we didn’t traumatize you too much.
CRITTER ALERT: On one of our dark and cold nights we had a furry four legged friend show up on our

door step. This was odd as our building is surrounded by fencing but this little pup found his way in and knew
where to come after being lost and frightened. Luckily he had dog tags and we were able to contact the owners
who rescued the little guy.
WILDERNESS INJURIES & RESCUE: National Parks Service Paramedic Dan Fairchild from the Devils
Tower National Monument came to teach us about wilderness injuries and rescue. It was amazing to learn how
items you have in your backpack can be used to help someone. Who knew a sweatshirt had so many uses, and
just think many of us thought the sleeves were only used as napkins. A great time was had by all.

TURN-ABOUT IS FAIR PLAY

VICTIMS OF A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-063, SPEARFISH)
(Items and photos by Maj. David Small Jr.)
CHANGE OF CADET COMMAND: The torch of

cadet responsibility for command and leadership of the
squadron was passed on 22 January.
Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Justin Harris (far left) handed
over the reins of command to Cadet Second Lieutenant
Bradley Blansett (right) with the assistance of Chief Master
Sergeant Connor Caneva (center). Squadron Commander
Capt. Bill Collister (far right) presided.

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Capt Sylvia Small conducted a character development course on "The Ethics of Fiscal Responsibility –
Part 2". Eight cadets and six seniors were present for the lively course.

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT COURSE

RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-031, RAPID CITY)
(Items and photos by Maj. Goodrich)
FIRE, FIRE, BURNING BRIGHT: On 26 January the squadron had a special training opportunity. A
couple members needed to extinguish a fire as part of their Ground Team Leader training. So, Maj. Goodrich
thought it would be good to train everyone in this valuable skill and take advantage of the special CAP/USAF
relationship. He shared the surprise during the commander’s call briefing – and all the members of the squadron
drove to Ellsworth AFB’s Fire Department. Everyone got to extinguish a fire with a Halon extinguisher (Maj.
Goodrich and Lt. Col. Hewett had an “opportunity” to find out what breathing in a small amount of the gas feels
like). Afterwards everyone headed back to the squadron where the Ground Team members completed training
using the task guide and overseen by a special Ground Team Leader Skills Evaluator/Trainer - Capt. Collister.
One cadet remarked that night, “This was one of the most fun things we’ve done at a meeting!" Special thanks
go to A1C Jordan LaPoint, and SSgt Zach McCormick of the 28th Bomb Wing Fire Department.

NEWEST MEMBERS: Welcome aboard to new members – Senior Members Keven Gross and Clifford
Wippel and Cadets Theodore Tornow and Owen Weller. We are pleased that you have chosen to join CAP and
proud to have you as members of our squadron.

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BACK WITH US: Lt. Col. Chuck Trumble just transferred back to active status in the Rushmore

Composite Squadron. He had been in the “Ghost Squadron” while out of state. Welcome back Chuck! Chuck
is a CFI for both aircraft and gliders, and has been a senior member in CAP since 1977. He previously held
positions in the SD Wing as the Director of Operations and the Wing Stan/Eval Officer.
SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-050, SIOUX FALLS)
(Items and photos by Capt. Erickson, Capt. Karla West, and Capt. Schmid)
STARLAB: Lt. Stockinger, our Aerospace Education officer arranged a cool AE
program on 15 January. A crew from Siouxland Heritage Museum brought their
portable stardome to the squadron. From the museum’s website – Gaze into the night
sky in our portable planetarium and discover the secrets of the seasonal constellations.
Starlab gives viewers the tools to begin their own sky exploration. Starlab encompasses
astronomy and mythology. 40 squadron members and guests were transported through
the universe as our navigator guided us through the stars of the Northern Hemisphere as
they appear at this time of year. We were introduced to Greek mythological characters
as we explored how heroes of the past can be found in the night sky as we learned to
identify stars and constellations. Capt. Erickson said, "What a great thing to have right
at our squadron. It will help me remember how to identify the constellations and how
they came about".

SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON MEETS THE STARLAB

NIGHT CURRENCY FLIGHTS: On 15 January Capt. Neil Schmid and Capt. Matt Meert were aloft for
night currency flights. A major metropolitan area such as Sioux Falls is a kaleidoscope of colors at night and the
aerial view is spectacular. In the darkness the two pilots took some very cool photos, although on a clear night
photos don’t do justice to the brilliance of the colors when viewed in person. The photo at left is a panoramic
overview of Sioux Falls by night. The photo on the right shows the approach and runway lights at Sioux Falls
Regional Airport.

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PROMOTIONS

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Senior Member Promotion
Congratulations to Roy Weller of Rushmore Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Second Lieutenant!
Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Promotions
Congratulations to Justin Harris of Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron and to Jaden Roblewsky
of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on their promotion to the rank of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant and
receipt of the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Award!

Congratulations to Keyvin Rauscher of Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron on his promotion to
the rank of Cadet Master Sergeant and receipt of the Charles Lindbergh Award!

Congratulations to Graham Dinnel of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank
of Cadet Staff Sergeant and receipt of the Wright Brothers Award!

Cadet Airman Promotions
Congratulations to Samuel Lawrence of Rushmore Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank
of Cadet Airman First Class and receipt of the General Hap Arnold Award!

Congratulations to Melissa Spruill of Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron on her promotion to the
rank of Cadet Airman and receipt of the General J.F. Curry Award!

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KUDOS

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Congratulations to SM Jordan Tremblay of the Rushmore Composite Squadron! He finished Level I of
the Senior Member Professional Development Program
Congratulations to Capt. Richard Geeting and SM Peter Bierwirth, both of Crazy Horse Composite
Squadron, who earned the Aerospace Education Yeager Award!
Congratulations to Capt. James Dillon of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron. He became a grandfather
this month to a beautiful baby girl: Aullora she came into the world at 6lbs 3oz and according to Jim
“she is a peanut”. C/MSgt Thomas Dillon and C/Amn Anthony Dillon are both proud Uncles.
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Congratulations to Capt. Richard Geeting, 1st Lt. Vicki Bierwirth and SM Peter Bierwirth of the Crazy
Horse Composite Squadron who attended the ICS 300 class in Rapid City! We hear CAP saved the
day by bringing treats for the class. Now that’s good PR!
Congratulations to C/CMSgt Jason Parry of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron on being inducted into
the National Honors Society! The NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize
outstanding high school students. NHS serves to honor students who have demonstrated excellence in
the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Congratulations to Cadet Hunter Rice of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron who received all “A’s on
his report card! He even brought some of his grades from an A- to A+.
Congratulations to Capt. Richard Geeting, 1st Lt. Vicki Bierwirth of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron
who attended the ICS 400 class in Rapid City!
Congratulations SM Jordan Tremblay of the Rushmore Composite Squadron on his appointment as
Squadron Assistant Emergency Services Officer!

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PROJECT BLUE BOOK

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The truth is out there - and it's now on the Web. The fabled Project Blue Book, the Air Force's files on UFO
sightings and investigations, have tantalized and frustrated extraterrestrial enthusiasts for decades. But this past
week, nearly 130,000 pages of declassified UFO records - a trove that would make FBI Special Agent Fox
Mulder's mouth water - were put online. Project Blue Book was based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near
Dayton, Ohio. Between 1947 and 1969, the Air Force recorded 12,618 sightings of strange phenomena — 701
of which remain "unidentified." Here is the link: http://www.theblackvault.com/ [Editor: According to Project
Blue Book there have been a few UFO sightings in South Dakota]

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black
hills
drill
down
2 MAY 2015
Rapid City Central High School
433 Mt. Rushmore Road
Rapid City, SD 57701

events include: armed and unarmed
regulation and exhibition, color guard,
& individual drill down

For information contact Major Conley at
Michael.conley@k12.sd.us or (605)394-4001#257

“THE SKYCHASER”
South Dakota Wing Electronic Newsletter for February 2015
Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force - Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond
Publishers: Wing Commander Colonel John Seten / Wing Vice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Larson
Editor: Major Bruce Kipp Wing Public Affairs Officer (605) 261-4507 paa.sdwg@gmail.com

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP and Like us on Twitter at @SDWingCAP

WING TIPS
LEGISLATIVE DAY: 11 February was South
Dakota Wing’s “Legislative Day”. Some 50
members representing five of our squadrons
converged on the state capitol. The CAP officers and
cadets met with Gov. Daugaard and posed with him
on the staircase of the Capitol Rotunda. Afterwards
the SDWG members attended legislative sessions of
the House and Senate where they received special
recognition when legislators of both houses gave the
CAP members a standing ovation.

During the afternoon break in the legislative sessions
CAP hosted a snack for the legislators. Lt. Kuecker
arranged for cupcakes decorated with CAP insignia.
While mingling with the legislators the officers and cadets handed out informational
materials about SDWG and CAP and spoke with them about Civil Air Patrol and what
CAP’s South Dakota Wing does for communities, counties and the state.
Several individuals are to be thanked for bringing off this event. Kudos to former state
representative Lt. Manny Steele who met with his former colleagues and invited them to
join the Legislative Squadron. Overall we gained seven new members. Kudos also to Maj.
Small for arranging transportation, event scheduling and photography, to Lt. Kuecker for
the great snacks, and to Maj. Epp for arranging the event.
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AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEYS: SDWG flew aerial surveys of terrestrial wildlife on six days in February

in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South Dakota State University. GF&P surveys
deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU surveys elk and bobcats. The result was 24.6 hours flying over
western South Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for the flights was Lt. Col. Gary Hewett. Depending
on whom the sortie supported he was accompanied by Brandon Tycz or Sarah Nevison or Adam Kauth from
SDSU (21.2 flying hours) or Lauren Wiechmann from GF&P (2.3 flying hours).
SOUTH DAKOTA OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT is offering two courses required for CAP
Emergency Services professional development in Pierre, FEMA IS-300 on 27-28 April and FEMA IS-400 on
29-30 April. Each course is free to attend. Prerequisites for IS-300 are IS-100, IS-200, and IS-700. Prerequisites
for IS-400 are IS-100, IS-200, IS-300 and IS-700. Classes will be held 8:00am-5:0pm each day.

Col. Seten has advised that Wing will provide a corporate vehicle for attendees. All they'd need do is provide
the fuel. If we know that someone is planning to attend from outside the Pierre area we could try to get it turned
into an AFAM which would pay for fuel in the corporate vehicle. I don't know that we've ever done these as an
AFAM but don't know why we couldn't. I'd be willing to give it a go but we'd need to know soon who is
planning to attend.
Please click on the link below if you would like to register for the IS 300 or IS 400 in Pierre.
ICS 300 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ics-300-pierre-tickets-15975129041
ICS 400 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ics-400-pierre-tickets-15975188218
For a list of all South Dakota Office of Emergency Management courses go to:
http://dps.sd.gov/emergency_services/emergency_management/training_schedule.aspx

STAFF NOTES
WING COMMANDER
Col. John Seten, CAP

I just returned from Washington D.C. where I attended the Winter 2015 CAP Command Council on 2728 February. While there I also visited with our congressional delegation and gave them a briefing about what
SDWG has been doing since I met with them last year. This was the first year for Senator Rounds so it was a
good meeting with him as he is already well aware of what CAP is about as he was a CAP cadet. In attendance
with me at the meeting with Senator Rounds was the CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, North
Central Region Commander Col. Robert Todd and two very sharp cadets from the MD wing. I presented each
of our delegation a framed picture of Mt. Rushmore with a CAP aircraft flying by as well as a coin replica of
the Congressional Gold Medal our WWII members received. The main CAP topic discussed was the CAP
budget. The President's proposed budget leaves CAP short about 11M dollars from what we really need for
Operating and Maintenance, aircraft procurement and vehicle procurement. All stated that they'd take a look at
the CAP budget when it comes before them and seemed eager to assist with getting the funding to the levels we
need. Senator Rounds signed on to be a member of the CAP Congressional squadron joining Senator Thune
and Representative Noem.
Here is the link for the Winter 2015 Command Council meeting reports: http://capmembers.com/events/legday/.
They encompass Staff Update briefings, Region Breakout meeting reports and Topic Session breakout reports
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Senator Thune

Representative Noem

SDWG Presentation Photo

I've been looking at our members Flickr links on their emails and noticed that many are going to the
photo page instead of the album page. It's much nicer to go to the arranged album page. Here’s the link you may
want to use on your Flickr icon instead of the one you're using: www.flickr.com/photos/102270464@N02/sets

WING CHIEF OF STAFF
Maj. David Small, Jr., CAP

Lt. Manny Steele has been appointed Wing Assistant Government Relations Advisor. He has been very
active in helping South Dakota Wing prepare for the Legislative Day in Pierre. Manny represented Lincoln and
Minnehaha counties in the State Assembly for many years. His knowledge of how the state legislature works
and personal friendships with many serving legislators is a real asset to SDWG.
WING CONFERENCE: The 2015 South Dakota Wing Conference is being held 18-19 April in Pierre at

the Clubhouse Inn and Suites. The guest speaker at the banquet will be U.S. Representative Kristi Noem. The
South Dakota Wing of Civil Air Patrol has negotiated special rates at two hotels for Wing Conference, 17-19
April in Pierre, SD: Clubhouse Hotel & Suites - this is where the conference is being held. Call (605) 4942582 and ask for the CAP rate, and, the Super 8 Hotel. This lower cost alternative is only about 1/4 of a mile
down the road. Call (605) 224-1617 and ask for the CAP rate to make reservations. Eventbrite conference sign
up: www.eventbrite.com/e/south-dakota-cap-wing-conference-2015-tickets-15818974980. You can also sign up
by sending a check to Wing Headquarters for the indicated amount made out to "South Dakota Wing Civil Air
Patrol. Include a note saying that it is for wing conference. Call Wing Administrator Rachel Kuecker at (605)
393-4215 for more information.

WING DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Maj. Nicholas Gengler, CAP

We have a SAREX coming up in Pierre on the 20-22 of March. The main exercise will be taking place on the
21st. Mission Base will be at Mustang Aviation. For those arriving on the 20th, sleeping accommodations are
still being worked out and I will update you in the near future. Please email me back with any staff positions
you wish to have. Nick_gengler@hotmail.com

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WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
If you have a smart phone or digital camera with you on a CAP activity then you are a CAP photographer. A
good photo is essential to a good article about what you and your colleagues will do, are doing or just did. For a
photo to be useable it must be of an authorized CAP activity, the members in the photo if in uniform must be in
the proper uniform and properly groomed. Photos should be taken at the highest resolution your smart phone or
camera allows. Action photos are preferable to people just sitting around. Always be alert for the opportunity to
take a great photo! Contact Lt. David Stockinger, Assistant Wing PAO for Photography, with questions or to
upload photos to the wing Flickr account. Let me know if you have photos suitable for the Skychaser, the Wing
Roundup or a news release.

WING DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION
Maj. Rodney “Buck” DeWeese, CAP

MODEL AIRPLANE BUILDING COMPETITION: I have ordered six Cessna-172 plastic model kits with CAP

markings for a model aircraft building contest! Hopefully the kits get here soon so that I can distribute them.
Each squadron will receive one model kit to build. It can be a solo effort or group effort. We plan to judge the
six squadron-built models at the Wing Conference in mid-April. I have ordered some cool prizes to be awarded
to the top three model builders: a rotor gyrocopter with camera, a remote controlled electric powered airplane,
and a model rocketry kit including launch pad.

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WING DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS
Capt. Jerry Foy, CAP
South Dakota Wing has received a 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan (#40030) and is getting it mission
ready. After the first wash and wax Capt. Foy and Capt. Wallace put CAP decals on the new van. Which unit
will receive the new vehicle is yet to be determined.

WING DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS
Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, CAP

On 17 February, a joint NDWG/SDWG training session was held for the “Training Leaders of
Cadets” course. The program was held at the headquarters of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings.
Nine members from the two wings attended: ND-119 (Fargo) members included Capt. Darryl Hick, SM Diana
Billick, Lt. Ashley Ehret, and Capt. John Hoeck. Those from SDWG included: Capt. Karen Espeland (SD-050),
and Capt. Elliott Filler and Lt. Thomas Delay (SD-058). Lt. Col. Linda Buechler was course director assisted by
Col. Mary Donley. Senior Members learned how to become better mentors of cadets and more effective
managers of cadet squadrons. The course is a component of Specialty Track - Cadet Programs Officer Specialty
Track in the Senior Member Professional Development Program. Great discussions were held between
members attending this course. Senior members unable to attend this training session have the opportunity to
attend a session 24-26 April in NDWG. More information will be disseminated to squadron commanders.
Contact me at 605-212-7032 with any questions. Col. Donley and I are working on another session to be
presented during the encampment this year at Camp Rapid in Rapid City.

SQUADRON HIGHLIGHTS
BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-58, BROOKINGS)
(Item by Maj. Gengler)
Next week “Team Big Sioux”, our team of topnotch cadet cyber-sleuths, leaves on the
all-expenses-paid trip to the CyberPatriot-VII National Finals Competition 11-15 March
in Washington, D.C. Thirteen teams will compete in the All Service Division; two each
from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force JROTC and the Sea Cadets, two
CAP teams and one wildcard team.
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In the finals, the only in-person round, the team will compete to defend virtual networks and mobile devices
from a professional aggressor team. The finalists will also face-off in three additional competition components:
Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge, Cisco Networking Challenge, and Digital Forensics Challenge. These
extra challenges broaden the cybersecurity experience and expose teams to new elements of the many career
opportunities available to them. The team will be scored on how quickly and effectively they establish and
maintain secure networks.
Team Big Sioux consists of Team Captain C/Maj Joshua Klosterman of Brandon, C/2nd Lt Chris Dinnel,
C/SMSgt Jaden Petersen, C/SSgt Sergeant Nathaniel Fleet, all from Lake Benton, MN, and C/2 nd Lt Laura
Rudnik of Brookings. The team is coached by Capt. Shannon Hofer of Hendricks, MN and mentored by Cadet
Captain Tyler Gross of Volga.
CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-068, CUSTER)
(Items by Lt. K. Bierwirth)
EXTERNAL AUDIENCE: Lt Kris Bierwirth spoke to the local Rotary Club about the history of Civil Air
Patrol, it capabilities and the benefits it provides to communities, counties, states and nation.
LEGISLATIVE DAY: Lt Kris Bierwirth, C/2nd LT Jason Parry, C/MSgt Thomas Dillon, C/A1C Antony
Dillon and C/AB Hunter Rice attended the Legislative Day in Pierre. We were impressed with the Capitol
building and the way legislation works. For some cadets it was their first time to the Capitol and meet with the
Governor. Lt Bierwirth arranged for a private tour of the Supreme Court room and the Law library.
WINTER SURVIVAL SCHOOL: C/MSgt Thomas Dillon, C/A1C Anthony Dillon and C/AB Hunter Rice
attended the Winter Survival School and Cadet Leadership Academy. They came back more confident in their
skills and in their training. They realized they do know their duty positions and what is expected of them.

RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-031, RAPID CITY)
(Item by Maj. Craig Goodrich)
NEW MEMBERS: Welcome aboard to new Senior Member Carl Lustywallis and new Cadets Theodore

Tornow and Caleb Weller! We are pleased that you’ve decided to join Civil Air Patrol and proud that you are
members of our squadron.

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PROMOTIONS

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Senior Member Promotions
Congratulations to Tucker Ulmer of Big Sioux Composite Squadron and to Douglas Robbins and
Timothy Shannon of Rushmore Composite Squadron on their promotion to the rank of Captain!

Congratulations to Tom Delaney of Big Sioux Composite Squadron and to Roy Weller of Rushmore
Composite Squadron on their promotion to the rank of Second Lieutenant!
Congratulations to Travis Woodard of the Rushmore Composite Squadron on his promotion to the
rank of Flight Officer!
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Cadet Officer Promotions
Although not a promotion per se, congratulations to Tyler Gross of the Big Sioux Composite
Squadron on attaining Leadership Officer (Achievement 12/Phase IV - Executive), the first
ghost rank in rising to Cadet Major!
Congratulations to Jason Parry of the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank
of Cadet Second Lieutenant and receipt of the milestone General Billy Mitchell Award!

Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Promotions
Congratulations to Jaden Petersen of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron and to Josiah Huntington of
the Sioux Falls Composite squadron on their promotion to the rank of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant
and receipt of the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Award!

Congratulations to Hannah Becker of the Pierre Composite Squadron, to Steven Diaconu of the Sioux
Falls Composite Squadron and to Austin Rauscher of the Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron on
their promotion to the rank of Cadet Master Sergeant and receipt of the Charles Lindbergh Award!

Congratulations to Nathaniel Fleet of Big Sioux Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Technical Sergeant and receipt of the Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Award!

Cadet Airman Promotions
Congratulations to Andrew Toft of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Senior Airman and receipt of the Mary Feik Award!

Congratulations to Malia Goodrich and Noah Misselt of the Rushmore Composite Squadron, to Robert
Boecker of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, to Anthony Dillon of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron
and to John Hall of Pierre Composite Squadron on their promotion to the rank of Cadet Airman First
Class and receipt of the General Hap Arnold Award!

Congratulations to Darin Burke of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron and to Taylor Umland-Moyer
of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on their promotion to the rank of Cadet Airman and receipt of the
General J.F. Curry Award!

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KUDOS

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Congratulations to Capt. James Dillon of the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron on earning
Technician Level in the Specialty Track – Cadet Programs in the Senior Member Professional
Development Program!

Congratulations to Lt. Kris Bierwirth of the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron
on a double achievement! She earned Senior Level in the Specialty Track –
Personnel and Senior Level in the Specialty Track - Administration in the
Senior Member Professional Development Program!
Congratulations to SM Kevin Gross and to SM Clifford Wippel of Rushmore Composite Squadron on
their receipt of the Membership Ribbon! The award is presented for completion of Level I of the
Senior Member Professional Development Program. SM Wippel has been assigned as the squadron’s
Homeland Security Officer. SM Gross has been assigned as squadron’s Assistant IT Officer and as
the Assistant Communications Officer.

Congratulations to 1st Lt. Victoria Bierwirth on her induction into the "Order of the Engineer" in a ceremony on
17 February at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. According to the Order’s website, “the
Order of the Engineer was instituted in the United States to foster the spirit of pride and responsibility in the
engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and
to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. Since then,
annual ceremonies are held at which graduate and registered engineers are
invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and having done so are
presented with a stainless steel ring.” In the U.S. the engineer’s Ring is worn
on the fifth finger of the working hand by engineers who have accepted the
Obligation of an Engineer in a Ring Ceremony.

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TRIBUTE TO A LEGENDARY TEST PILOT

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Fitzhugh "Fitz" Fulton, a highly decorated Air Force and NASA test pilot, died on Feb. 4 at the age of 89.
Fulton joined the Air Force in 1943. He flew 225 Berlin Airlift missions from 1948-1949 in C-54s. During the
Korean War, Fulton flew 55 combat missions in the Douglas B-26 Invader and was awarded the Distinguished
Flying Cross and five air medals for combat heroism. In 1952, Fulton graduated USAF's Experimental Test
Pilot School (later honored as the school's first "distinguished alumnus"). He is credited as one of the "greatest
multi-engine test pilots of his generation” and was awarded an additional three Distinguished Flying Cross
medals for his test pilot work. Fulton was chief of the Bomber Transport Operations Test Division at Edwards
AFB, Calif., and was the only USAF pilot to fly the atomic-powered NB-38H, according to his profile in the
National Aviation Hall of Fame. He set an international altitude record of 85,360 feet flying the B-58 in 1962
and was awarded that year's Harmon International Aviation Trophy for his work with the program. After a 23year Air Force career, Fulton became a civilian research pilot for NASA. He participated in tests of the 747
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shuttle carrier aircraft, the XB-70 prototype supersonic bomber, as well as the YF-12A and YF-12C. By the
time he retired from NASA in 1986, Fulton had more than 15,000 hours in over 200 types of aircraft.
Source: Air Force Magazine Daily Report, 6 February 2015.

THEN-CAPTAIN FITZ FULTON ON THE RADIO AT FLIGHT TEST OPERATIONS AT EDWARDS AFB, CALIF., APRIL 1951.
AIR FORCE FILE PHOTO

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“THE SKYCHASER”
South Dakota Wing Electronic Newsletter for March 2015
Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force - Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond
Publishers: Wing Commander Colonel John Seten / Wing Vice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Larson
Editor: Major Bruce Kipp Wing Public Affairs Officer (605) 261-4507 paa.sdwg@gmail.com

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP and Like us on Twitter at @SDWingCAP

WING TIPS
HOT NEWS: A ceremony will be held to present a posthumous CAP Congressional Gold medal to the family
of Earl Wilkenson. The ceremony will be at 9:00am on Wednesday, 8 April in the Dorr Room in the Surbeck
Center on the SD School of Mines campus in Rapid City. U.S. Rep Kristi Noem will make the presentation to
the family. There will be a reception afterwards.
HOT NEWS: The 2015 South Dakota Wing Conference is set for 17-19 April in Pierre. The host hotel is the
Clubhouse Inn and Suites. The guest speaker for the banquet is U.S. representative Kristi Noem. In addition, she
will present a posthumous CAP Congressional Gold medal to the family of John Gibson “Jack” Rae Jr., father
of Wing Chaplain Rae. You can register for the conference on Eventbrite or you can send a check to the Wing
Administrator. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-dakota-cap-wing-conference-2015-tickets-15818974980
CAP’S TEAM BIG SIOUX WINS SECOND PLACE IN NATIONAL CYBERPATRIOT-VII: The cadet
cyber-security team of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron won second place in the national finals of the Air
Force Association’s seventh annual CyberPatriot Competition held in Washington, D.C. from 11-15 March. In
addition, they were the top Civil Air Patrol team in the competition.

The team from Brookings competed in the “All Service Division” national finals for the fourth year in a row
against teams from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Junior ROTC programs, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps
and the Civil Air Patrol. In CyberPatriot-VII 1,007 teams competed in the All Services Division, 400 teams
from CAP units. Only the top two teams from each organization in the All Services Division got to go to the
national finals. “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of the Big Sioux squadron in their pursuit of
being the top team in the competition. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into preparation for this
competition and to be the top Civil Air Patrol team in the nation is no easy feat.” Said Colonel John Seten, the
Wing Commander of the South Dakota Civil Air Patrol.
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In the national finals 28 teams, 13 from the All Service Division, competed to defend virtual networks and
mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The national finalists also faced off in four additional
competition components: the Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge from the Digital Forensic Consortium, the
Cisco Networking Challenge, the Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge and a Mobile Application Challenge
hosted by AT&T. The teams were scored on how quickly and effectively they established and maintained
secure networks.
Team Big Sioux consists of Team Captain C/Maj Joshua Klosterman of Brandon, C/2 nd Lt Chris Dinnel,
C/CMSgt Jaden Petersen and C/TSgt Nathaniel Fleet, all from Lake Benton, MN, and C/2nd Lt Laura Rudnik of
Brookings. The team is coached by Capt. Shannon Hofer of Hendricks, MN, who is the Big Sioux Composite
Squadron commander as well as the South Dakota Wing's Director of Information Technology and Web
Security Administrator and mentored by Cadet Captain Tyler Gross of Volga.
CyberPatriot VII began last October with more than 2,100 teams from all 50 states, Canada and Department of
Defense dependent schools in Europe and the Pacific. After two months of rigorous online challenges, the Open
Division and All Service Division teams were divided into three tiers: Platinum, Gold and Silver. Team Big
Sioux was placed in the Platinum Tier. The teams continued to compete within their tiers for state awards and
advancement to the regional/category round. Only teams in the top Platinum tier were eligible to advance to
national finals competition.

TEAM BIG SIOUX AT CYBERPATRIOT-VII COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY (L-R) COL. LARRY RAGLAND, NHQ CHIEF OF STAFF,
C/MAJ JOSHUA KLOSTERMAN, C/CMSGT JADEN PETERSEN, C/LT LAURA RUDNIK, C/LT CHRIS DINNEL, C/TSGT NATHANIEL FLEET

PIERRE SAREX: SDWG conducted a Search and Rescue Exercise in Pierre 20-22 March. It focused on

training aircrews, ground search teams and command staff to react to an emergency services situation. It tested
their ability to plan, coordinate and conduct missions based on realistic training scenarios that mirror the CAP’s
real-world activity. Four of the Wing’s aircraft, several vehicles and some 40 officers and cadets took part. A
Mission Base was set up at the Mustang Aviation Facility at Pierre Regional Airport. The aircraft flew sorties
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searching for a simulated crashed aircraft crash (ELT search) and carried out a photo survey of ice jams on the
Missouri River south of Pierre. Three Ground Search Teams conducted similar training exercises.
SAREXs such as this give participants the opportunity to work with other SDWG units that don’t often have the
chance to train together with massed assets. For the Pierre SAREX there were participants from five squadrons
present. In addition, there were two observers present from the CAP-USAF North Central Liaison Region, Lt.
Col. Jeff Meyers and Mr. Greg Meyer, the Director and Assistant Director of Operations respectively. Lt. Col.
Meyers complimented everyone for their training, communication and ability to self-critique at the after action
review. The principal benefit of training such as this is teamwork; the coordination between command staff,
aircrews and ground teams. In addition, a great deal of individual skills training was accomplished.
SDWG thanks Mustang Aviation of Pierre for use of their state of the art facility for the SAREX.

SAREX MISSION BASE STAFF

AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEYS: SDWG flew aerial surveys of terrestrial wildlife on 5 days in March in
support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer,
goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 21.7 hours
flying over western South Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for one of the flights was Maj. Craig
Goodrich, the rest were flown by Lt. Col. Gary Hewett. Depending on whom the sortie supported he was
accompanied either by representatives from SDSU or from Game, Fish & Parks.
COMMAND LIAISON: On 5 March, Col. Seten, Lt. Col. Larson and Lt. Manny Steele flew to Pierre to

meet senior state officials. They spoke with Mr. Todd Dravland, Chief Engineer of the SD State Radio System
on the status of radio repeaters and to express SDWG’s appreciation for the support we get from the state’s
Bureau of Information and Telecommunications. They also met with Ms. Tina Titze, Director of the Office of
Emergency Management, to discuss ways CAP could help with the upcoming motorcycle rally in Sturgis and
other ways SDWG. Finally, they spoke with the Trudy Wastweet, Deputy Secretary of the Department of
Agriculture, on how SDWG may be able to assist them with wildland fire spotting and other possible missions.
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On 30 March, Col. Seten and Lt. Col. Larson returned to Pierre to meet Mr. Kelly Hepler, the new Secretary of
Game, Fish and Parks and Mr. Lucas Lentsch, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

COL. SETEN, LT. COL. LARSON AND MR. DRAVLAND

COL. SETEN, LT. STEELE AND MS. TITZE

CORSON OUT-OF-CONTROL BURN: On 26 March, Col. Seten learned that what was supposed to have

been a controlled burn of lumber from a dismantled grain elevator had gotten out of control and spread. Having
decided to take photos of the fire from the air that SDWG would share with local responders he went to our
hangar at the Sioux Falls airport and took one of the Wing’s aircraft aloft. On landing he uploaded the photos
and made them available to the local media. In addition, he sent the photos to all of the fire chiefs in Minnehaha
County along with a note about the services SDWG can provide and how to task us in the event of need. Check
out KELO’s report: http://kelo.com/news/articles/2015/mar/26/corson-grain-elevator-fire-close-highway-11/

BOY SCOUT AVIATION MERIT BADGE EVENT: On 7 March, Scott Wurzburger, Aviation Merit Badge

Counselor, brought five Boy Scouts from Wyoming and South Dakota with two leaders to Rapid City Regional
Airport in conjunction with visiting Ellsworth AFB. The Scouts were present to work on their Aviation Merit
Badge. SDWG’s Lt. Col. Gary Hewett showed the group through the flight planning
facilities at Westjet Air Center, described and demonstrated the preflight checks of a CAP
Cessna-182T aircraft, and escorted them through the aircraft maintenance facility at L&D
Aero. He also spoke about the origin of CAP and our missions. The scouts were also going
to visit the Rapid City Regional Airport control tower. This merit badge event is held every
year in early March so it is likely the Boy Scouts will want to coordinate this with us again.
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BOY SCOUT AVIATION MERIT BADGE CANDIDATES AND THE THREE SCOUT LEADERS (IN UNIFORM, STRIPED SHIRT AND KNEELING)

SDWG ON SDPB-TV: 29 March was a special day for SDWG. That afternoon several members of the

wing were interviewed on camera by a crew from South Dakota Public Broadcasting for the television program
“Dakota Life”. Paul Ebsen, an associate producer from SDPB is very enthusiastic about CAP and interested in
our Wing’s history. Wing Commander Col. John Seten addressed CAP’s aviation, missions, funding, and
history. Wing Chaplain Lt. Col. Gary Rae, dressed in WWII-era CAP uniform, addressed CAP’s WWII history
and current cadet programs. He also built a large scale replica of a J-3 that CAP used during its wartime subchasing missions that he brought to display. In addition, Chaplain Rae spoke about his dad, John "Jack" Rae,
who was a WWII era CAP member in Pennsylvania and who will posthumously receive a Congressional Gold
Medal from Rep. Kristi Noem at the wing conference in April. Capt. Neil Schmid, of the Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron also addressed aviation and CAP operations. Wing Historian and Government Relations Advisor Maj.
Todd Epp who arranged and coordinated the event also spoke about the history of the CAP and of the South
Dakota Wing. The Sioux Falls based Cessna-172 and “glass cockpit” Cessna-182 were in the hangar for
filming. Later Maj. Todd Epp commented, “This is a great opportunity for the Wing to get some excellent
exposure and celebrate what we have done and what we do.” The segment SDPB shot in Sioux Falls is
scheduled to air on Dakota Life at 8 p.m. CT Thursday on SDPB-1. It will also be available online at sdpb.org.

COLONEL SETEN

CHAPLAIN (LIEUTENANT COLONEL) RAE

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CAPTAIN SCHMID

NEW OVERSEAS CAP SQUADRON: In March a new CAP squadron was activated at the U.S. Air Base

at RAF Mildenhall in England. SMSgt Sharreen Taylor, of USAF’S 100th Operations Support Squadron, was
appointed to the grade of CAP First Lieutenant and assumed command of the unit. “The focus for our cadets is
aerospace education, along with leadership, character building and physical training," Taylor said. "We will also
provide some training on ground search and rescue qualifications for the cadets, so that when they go back to
the states and join whatever unit they go to they will already be trained and qualified in some of those things.”
24TH AIR FORCE BOSS CITES VALUE OF CYBERPATRIOT: [Edited] Maj. Gen. Burke Wilson, the
commander of 24th Air Force, extolled the value of the Air force Association’s CyberPatriot program during
testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on 4 March, saying the program helps students develop
skills needed to become part of the future cyber security force. He highlighted the CyberPatriot-VII National
Finals competition as an example. The event, sponsored by the AFA and supported by several industry partners,
"as well as cyber professionals from the Air Force," seeks "to encourage students to pursue cybersecurity and
other STEM careers," said Burke. This year's competition involved over 2,100 teams with more than 10,000
students from the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Defense Department schools overseas.
Article by Otto Kreisher. Source: Air Force Magazine Daily Report for Friday, 6 March 2015.

POWDER RIVER AIR TRAINING COMPLEX EXPANSION APPROVED: The FAA approved USAF’s

plan to expand the Powder River Training Complex to create the continental US' largest training airspace by
year's end. "After nearly nine years working with the Air Force on this important expansion project, we're not
only going to see savings to the tune of $23 million a year at Ellsworth [AFB, S.D.], but we're also going to
offer better training opportunities to our airmen," said Sen. Jon Thune (S.D.), who pushed the project. Powder
River will expand to 35,000 square miles—nearly four times its current size—spanning the Dakotas, Montana,
and Wyoming. The expanded range will give B-1s from Ellsworth and B-52s from Minot AFB, N.D., training
venues close to home, saving time, fuel, and wear and tear on aircraft commuting to and from distant ranges.
Powder River will be divided into high, medium, and low-altitude sectors, with provision for 10 days of largeforce exercise annually.
Source: Air Force Magazine Daily Report for Friday, 27 March 2015.

STAFF NOTES
WING CHIEF OF STAFF
Maj. David Small, Jr., CAP

Many of you may not be aware that the South Dakota Wing has a YouTube channel. Col. Seten has put
a short video on how to put fuel receipts into WMIRS. More useful clips will be added on other CAP Wing
topics. If you subscribe to the channel you will automatically notified of new material. Please put it on your
watch list: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtQ-80lRIhiOThw4IYBo89Q
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WING DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION
Lt. Col. Rodney “Buck” DeWeese, CAP

OPERATION “JOINT EFFORT”: Calling all Team Builders! Let’s stop talking about FLYING
airplanes. Let’s actually BUILD one for a change! That’s right. A plastic model Cessna 172 or 182 has been
delivered to each squadron for a “JOINT EFFORT” between Senior Members and Cadets to see who can build
the best of the best. The finished aircraft must be delivered to Wing Conference on Saturday, 18 April for
judging by Wing Staff and a “SPECIAL” guest judge who shall remain nameless at this point. There no losers
in this competition because each unit gets to proudly display their “teamwork” in their home Squadron. The top
3 finishers get to choose from a Remote Piloted Vehicle with camera, a Remote Controlled Aircraft, and a
Rocket with launcher. So let’s get out your utility tools, glue and paint brushes get started. Show us what you
can do together as a team. Deadline is only 3 weeks away!

SQUADRON HIGHLIGHTS
BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-58, BROOKINGS)
(See item in Promotions Section under Cadet Officer Promotion)
CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-068, CUSTER)
(Items and photos by Lt. K. Bierwirth)
CUSTER TRADE SHOW: Squadron members served as welcomers/
greeters at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Trade Show on 7 March
at Custer High School. The show hosted a variety of exhibitors ranging
from financial services and building materials to jewelry and artwork. Some
of the visitors were interested in learning more about CAP and others
congratulated us for great efforts that they read about in the paper. In the
photo are C/Lt. Jason Parry and Capt. Richard Geeting.

DEVIL’S GULCH: C/Lt Jason Parry was involved in the Custer Area Arts Council dinner theater “The

Legend of Devil’s Gulch” in the role of Cowboy Rick. Many squadron members were in attendance. Jason has
had substantial experience on the stage in a variety of roles.
DESTINATION IMAGINATION: Cadet Hunter Rice travelled to Huron to compete in the Destination

Imagination (DI) competition. If his team wins they will compete in the Global Finals in Tennessee. DI is an
educational non-profit organization that teaches 21st century skills and STEM principles to students through
creative and collaborative problem solving challenges. Teams work to develop a solution to one of seven openended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. At a tournament teams solve two types of
Challenges: Team and Instant. Teams perform their challenge solutions to a group of Appraisers. DI teams that
advance past tournaments are invited to the Global Finals, the culminating event of the DI season - the world's
largest celebration of creativity. Good luck Cadet Rice!
NEW MEMBER: Welcome aboard to Jon Larcher our newest cadet! We are pleased you decided to join

CAP and proud that you are in our squadron.
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CPR CLASS: On 12 March the squadron hosted a CPR class for the community.

Eight squadron members and one civilian certified in the technique. Aaron Bostel
from Regional Health taught the class.
In the photo Cadet Hunter Rice (left) and C/A1C Anthony Dillon (right) practice
their newly learned skill on a training device.
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-063, SPEARFISH)
(Items by Lt. Col. Hopewell, photos by Capt. Collister)
COLOR GUARD PERFORMANCE: A cadet Color Guard helped kick off the annual convention of the

Fraternal Services National Mutual Benefit. On 28 February, Spearfish
cadets posted and guarded the colors at The Lodge in Deadwood where
NMB held its gathering. C/CMSgt Justin Harris, C/Lt Jared Doyle,
C/MSgt Austin Rauscher and C/SSgt Peter Iverson made up the Color
Guard while C/CMSgt Connor Caneva added his expertise in
inspection and coaching of the posting party. Senior Members Capt.
Bill Collister and Lt. Col. Buck DeWeese added to CAP’s presence.
This was a repeat performance for the Color Guard as they have
performed for the group at their conferences in the past. The
professionalism of the Color Guard in the past was in the minds of the
organizers as they planned this meeting.
CAP BOOTH AT SPEARFISH HOME SHOW: On the weekend
of 7/8 March the Optimist Club-sponsored Home Show and Health
Fair was held at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. In the huge
Young Center Field House, flanked by trade representatives and
vendors, and civic groups, the squadron staffed an information booth
for the erudition of the thousands of attendees. Spearheading the
undertaking was Capt. Bill Collister with Lt. Col. Buck DeWeese and
Lt. Col. Jim Hopewell furnishing support and adjunct staffing.
Multimedia displays, model rockets and aircraft, and static displays of
R/C UAV’s bedecked the booth, along with printed informational
brochures. The display attracted a number of inquiries about CAP from adult guests, many accompanied by
cadet-age-eligible relatives.

PIERRE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-38, PIERRE)
(Item and photo by Lt. Col. Gatje)
OPERATION JOINT EFFORT: Cadets and seniors began work
on “Operation Joint Effort”, the Wing’s model aircraft building
competition. The team worked on the model during a meeting and will
continue to do so at meetings and outside of them. The glue, paint,
paint brushes and other tools were collected from members to get the
project under way. Judging of each squadron’s aircraft will be at the
Wing Conference. Everyone is hopeful of building the winning entry
and winning one of the cool prizes.

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RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-031, RAPID CITY)
(Item submitted by Maj. Goodrich)
KIWANIS PANCAKE FUNDRAISER: Members of the squadron
provided support to the local chapter of the Kiwanis International at their
pancake breakfast fundraising event Sunday, 15 March. We helped with
general duties, served juice, bussed tables and helped with clean up at
the VFW facility in downtown Rapid City. The Kiwanis has traditionally
been a great supporter of CAP programs. Squadron Commander Maj.
Goodrich commented, “We just wanted to show our gratitude to the
Kiwanis Club for all their support to us in the past.”

SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-050, SIOUX FALLS)
(Items Capt. Erickson, Capt. West, photos by SDANG/PAO)
KINGSWOOD FUNDRAISER: On Saturday, the 14th of March, in a fund-raising event, members of the

squadron caravanned to the west side of Sioux Falls to deliver Kingswood Rummage Sale packets. On arrival
we picked up 1,800 packets and distributed them to each door in the assigned neighborhoods within a four hour
period. The Kingswood Rummage Sale is the largest organized rummage sale in South Dakota. Each year this
four-day event is held in April. Some 300-350 rummage sales are held in Kingswood area homes in this event.
The squadron receives a donation from the Kingswood Rummage Committee for delivering the packets

AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE TOUR: On 19 March, the squadron arranged a special tour of Joe Foss

Field, the SD Air National Guard Base, the F16s and to view the fighters taking off on night sorties. As no
personal vehicles are allowed on-base we drove over in CAP vans.

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PROMOTIONS

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Cadet Officer Promotion
Congratulations to Joshua Klosterman of Big Sioux Composite Squadron on his promotion to
the rank of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel and receipt of the milestone Ira Eaker award! The Eaker
Award marks the final level of Phase IV – The Executive Phase of the Cadet Program. It takes a
tremendous amount of time, energy, enthusiasm and dedication to reach this milestone.
Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Promotions
Congratulations to Blake Hayden of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Chief Master Sergeant and receipt of the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Award!
Congratulations to Julia Lair of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron and to Graham Dinnel of Big Sioux
Composite Squadron on their promotion to the rank of Cadet Technical Sergeant and receipt of the
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Award!
Congratulations to Kyle Clement of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank
of Cadet Staff Sergeant and receipt of the Wright Brothers Award!
Cadet Airman Promotions
Congratulations to Dylan Purkapile of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron and to Johnathan Busch of
Rushmore Composite Squadron on their promotion to Cadet Airman First Class and receipt of the
General Hap Arnold Award!

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KUDOS

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C/Lt Jason Parry of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron was presented with the Air Force Association
Award for Outstanding Cadet by USAF 1st Sgt Scott Marsich (Ret.). C/Lt Parry was also presented the Air
Force Sergeants Award for Outstanding Cadet by USAF MSgt Christina McCormick.

C/LT PARRY AND FIRST SERGEANT MARSICH

C/LT PARRY AND MSGT MCCORMICK

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C/LT PARRY, MOM AND DAD

Congratulations to Lt. Lisa Swanson of the Rushmore Composite Squadron for completion of Level II
of CAP’s Senior Member Professional Development Program! In recognition thereof she has received
the Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Award!

On 20 March, C/Maj Brandon West, supervised by Lt. Col. Greg Lair, successfully completed his initial
check ride in a CAP Cessna-172. According to CAPR 60-1, CAP Flight Management, para 3-1, a successfully
completed Flight Evaluation denotes qualification to fly a particular model of CAP aircraft. The check ride
consists of ground and flight evaluations. Brandon is now qualified to fly a CAP Cessna-172 alone or take up
senior members. Further laurels - he successfully checked out in a CAP Cessna-182 about eight months ago.

LT. COL. LAIR CONGRATULATES C/MAJ WEST FOLLOWING HIS CHECK RIDE IN A CAP CESSNA-172

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AVIATION MILESTONE

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CIVIL AIR PATROL PILOT HITS AVIATION MILESTONE:
CAP pilot Lt. Col. Greg Lair, a member of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, achieved a significant aviation
milestone. In his day job, he is USAF Col. Lair, Operations Group Commander of the 114th Fighter Wing of the
SDANG.
On 11 March he and USAF Lt. Col. Eric Knutson, completed 3,000 career flight hours in the F-16 Fighting
Falcon when they landed after a training sortie at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls. Upon landing they were met by
family members, friends and SDANG colleagues who congratulated them. Firefighters from the 114 th Fighter
Wing gave the pilots a traditional “wetting down” by spraying them with water from their fire trucks.
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According to the Public Affairs Office of the 114th Fighter Wing, so far only 260 military pilots have reached
3,000 flying hours in the F-16 fighter jet. In addition to Col. Lair and Lt. Col. Knutson, the commander of the
175th Fighter Squadron, Lt. Col. Todd Sheridan, is the only other current member of the SDANG to have
reached this milestone.
“The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is honored to have Lt. Col. Lair as a member. His experience as
an Air Force pilot is of great value to our organization.” said Colonel John Seten the Wing Commander for the
SD Civil Air Patrol.
When not on duty with the South Dakota Air National Guard or flying for the Civil Air Patrol, Greg Lair is a
pilot for United Airlines. USAF Lt. Col. Eric Knutson is Chief of Safety at the SDANG 114th Fighter Wing.

USAF LT. COL. ERIC KNUTSON (LEFT) AND USAF COL. (CAP LT. COL.) GREG LAIR (RIGHT) CONGRATULATE
EACH OTHER AFTER LANDING

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“THE SKYCHASER”
South Dakota Wing Electronic Newsletter for April 2015
Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force - Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond
Publishers: Wing Commander Colonel John Seten / Wing Vice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Larson
Editor: Major Bruce Kipp Wing Public Affairs Officer (605) 261-4507 paa.sdwg@gmail.com

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WING TIPS
REDCAP (Mission 15-M-0154 ELT/EPIRB): The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall AFB,

FL. placed South Dakota Wing on alert late in the evening on Easter Sunday. AFRCC had received multiple
reports from aircraft over the Sioux Falls area of an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) active. The aircraft
hear the signal when coming in to Sioux Falls, but do not hear it when they are on the ground. The geographic
area encompasses the tri-border area of southeast South Dakota, southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa.
A Sioux Falls based Cessna-182/G1000, with an aircrew of Mission Pilot Lt. Jerald Hayden, Capt. Karla West
(MO) and SSgt. David Stockinger (MS), took off and began executing an expanding circle search pattern.
Shortly after takeoff the aircraft’s radio-direction-finding sensor picked up the ELT’s signal. Through analysis
the aircraft crew determined the signal was coming from vicinity of Larchwood, IA.
In addition to the aircraft, two ground search teams were dispatched: one from Sioux Falls under command of
Capt. Karen Espeland with C/Lt Nicholas Nash, C/Capt Nicole Schneider and C/Maj Brandon West; the other
from Brookings under command of Lt. Thomas Delany, with SM Josh Hartelt, C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman and
C/Lt Laura Rudnik.
The signal was pinpointed as coming from the Zangger Vintage Airpark which is about two miles east of
Larchwood. The airpark manager was contacted and he stated that one of the aircraft there had experienced a
hard landing that must have caused the beacon to activate. The airpark manager went to the aircraft and silenced
the ELT.
With mission accomplished, the aircraft and ground teams returned to base shortly after midnight Monday
morning. Lt. Col. Rick Larson was the Incident Commander.
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CAP NATIONAL COMMANDER VISITS SIOUX FALLS: National Commander, Major General Joseph

Vazquez, paid a brief visit to Sioux Falls on 12 April to meet with members of SDWG. Accompanying him was
his wife, CAP Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Vazquez, Civil Air Patrol’s Aviation Industry Liaison. He briefed the
attendees on upcoming/proposed organizational changes, operational issues, on closer relations with the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association, and the effort to make CAP’s data interfaces more user-friendly. At the end he
took questions from Wing members. SDWG Commander Col. Seten commented, “What a great opportunity for
our members to hear the way ahead from the top, while we give leadership the view from the field. We really
appreciate this visit. Maj. Gen. Vazquez assumed command at a formal ceremony at CAP’s 2014 National
Conference. Prior to his appointment for a three year term as National Commander he served a three-year term
as National Vice Commander with the grade of Brigadier General. The National Commander and National Vice
Commander are the only two CAP officers who hold general’s grade.

MAJ. GEN. VAZQUEZ

GENERAL VAZQUEZ WITH ATTENDEES

GENERAL VAZQUEZ SPEAKS TO THE GROUP

AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEYS: SDWG flew ten aerial surveys of terrestrial wildlife over eight days in

April in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South Dakota State University. GF&P
surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result
was 31.4 hours flying over western South Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for six of the sorties was
Lt. Col. Gary Hewett, the other four sorties were flown by Lt. Col. Buck DeWeese. Depending on whom the
sortie supported he was accompanied by one or more representatives from SDSU or from Game, Fish & Parks.
LETTER OF APPRECIATION: SDWG, and more specifically Lt. Col. Gary Hewett, received a Letter of
Appreciation from Mr. Scott Wurzburger, an Aviation Merit Badge Counselor for Boy Scouts of America. As
reported in the Skychaser last month, on 7 March, Mr. Wurzburger brought five Boy Scouts and two adult
leaders to the Rapid City Regional Airport in conjunction with visiting Ellsworth AFB. The Scouts were
working on their Aviation Merit Badge. SDWG’s Lt. Col. Gary Hewett escorted the group
through the flight planning facilities at Westjet Air Center, described and demonstrated
the preflight checks of a CAP Cessna-182T aircraft, and escorted them through the aircraft
maintenance facility at L&D Aero. He also spoke about the origin of CAP and our
missions. The scouts were also going to visit the Rapid City Regional Airport’s control
tower. This merit badge event is held every year in early March so it is likely the Boy
Scouts will want to coordinate this with us again.
2015 WING CONFERENCE: South Dakota Wing held its 2015 Wing Conference on Saturday, 18 April

at the Clubhouse Hotel and Suites in Pierre. About 85 officers and cadets from SDWG attended. Distinguished
visitors were: North Central Region Commander, Col. Robert Todd; Nebraska Wing Commander Col. Darrell
Nelson; Lt. Col. Bonnie Braun, NCR DDR Coordinator; Lt. Col. Don Barbalace, NHQ IG Team; and Capt.
Chuck Brudtkuhl, NHQ Communications Team/IAWG Director of Communications.
The first part of the morning was a general session with wing staff officers and squadron commanders making
presentations. The highlight of the morning was a skit titled “Daddy’s Girl” performed by cadets, under the
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supervision of Lt. Col. Buechler, on the consequences of drunk driving. Following the general session the senior
member participants split up to attend breakout sessions on a variety of administrative and operational issues.
The cadets attended breakout sessions on DDR, AE, and the National Cadet Competition. In addition, the Wing
Cadet Advisory Council met. The senior member and cadet breakout sessions lasted until the late afternoon
when it was time to begin to prepare for the evening’s banquet and awards ceremony.
The guest speaker at the banquet was South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Highlights of the banquet
were presentation of the CAP Congressional Gold Medal to Wing Chaplain Lt. Col. Gary Rae, the son of WWII
CAP veteran John Gibson “Jack” Rae Jr, and presentation of CAP membership credentials to Ms. Noem. In
addition, a number of wing, squadron and individual awards were presented (see last page for award recipients).

CHAPLAIN RAE RECEIVES HIS FATHER’S CGM

CONGRESSWOMAN NOEM RECEIVES CAP MEMBERSHIP

WING VICE COMMANDER LT. COL. RICK LARSON, SOUTH DAKOTA CONGRESSWOMAN KRISTI NOEM,
WING COMMANDER COL. JOHN SETEN

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STAFF NOTES
WING DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Maj. Nicholas Gengler, CAP

The 2015 Joint Dakota Encampment sign up page is now live! Please go to www.sdcap.us/encampment to sign
up! Sign up by the end of May before prices go up. Cadets, the forms you will need are on the webpage; CAPF
31, 32, 160, 161, 163. A packing list will soon be uploaded to the website. Please download the forms, and fill
them out. Bring them with you to encampment. Please email me with questions at Nick_gengler@hotmail.com.
Hope to see you all there!

WING CHIEF OF STAFF
Maj. David Small, Jr., CAP

A FEMA ICS-300 course will be held in Sioux Falls on 14-15 May. This course is needed for those who want
to become an Emergency Services GBD, AOBD or other branch director. This course is infrequently taught in
South Dakota and seldom in Sioux Falls. Sign up if you think that you might want to work as a branch director
someday: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ics-300-intermediate-ics-for-expanding-incidents-sioux-falls-tickets-16617479328

WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP

SDWG conducts sorties each month in support of wildlife research programs of the state's Department of Game,
Fish & Parks and South Dakota State University. The wildlife survey mission has been ongoing since 1999.
SDWG's wildlife survey mission deserves a logo! This is not the design for a patch, but rather an emblem/logo
that I can insert in all reporting on the wildlife survey mission. I’m calling on all budding graphic designers out
there to come up with a cool logo. Don’t send words describing a logo, send me a jpeg of the logo you come up
with. Be creative! You can submit as many logos as you wish. You can submit someone else's logo; however,
you must obtain prior written approval from the copyright owner for us to use it. Judging will be by Col. Seten,
Lt. Col. Larson and me. The deadline for logo submissions is Monday, 25 May.

WING DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION
Maj. Rodney “Buck” DeWeese, CAP

Awards presentations at the 2015 Wing Conference began with the announcement of the winners of the model
airplane build-off dubbed “Operation Joint Effort”. The aircraft were on display from 1200-1800 in the hotel
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breezeway where everyone could see, admire and compare. All entries were exquisitely assembled and adorned
with appropriate colors and appendages. Some had crewmembers standing by to marshal out of the chocks.
Some had special features such as animal tracking antennae or cockpit crewmembers. They were all “special” in
one way or another. Wing Staff were the judges.
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron took top honors and chose the camera-equipped, radio-operated Hover-copter.
Second place went to Rushmore Composite who chose the Powered Remote Controlled Airplane.
Third place was Big Sioux Composite Squadron who was awarded an air launched rocket for their efforts.
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron did not place but their replica 1950 Cessna-170 was chosen to be
placed in the SD Air National Guard Museum in Pierre for everyone to enjoy. Rushmore donated theirs as well.
Congresswoman Kristie Noem also got in on the judging. She chose to be the deciding vote in case of a tie,
which did not happen. We did, however, award the winning aircraft to her to display in her trophy case for her
efforts. Everyone was a winner in this competition. A special thanks for everyone who pitched in to help build
these models.

SQUADRON HIGHLIGHTS
BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-58, BROOKINGS)
(See Promotions Section under Cadet Officer Advancement)
CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-068, CUSTER)
(Items by Lt. K. Bierwirth, photos by Lt. K. Bierwirth, lt. V. Bierwirth and Capt. Foy)
Our squadron is 100% into the new Cadet Wingman
Course. The course is in building trust that even if you are
unable to have all of your faculties your "wingman" is there to
help and guide you.
In the trust building exercise in the photo neither person can
touch the stick. The “wingman” has to guide the vision
impaired cadet with voice commands and not drop the stick. It
was pretty cool to watch it happen and guide them around the
room without hitting an object.
(L-R) Cadet Larcher, Cadet Dillon and Cadet Rice
C/2nd Lt Jason Parry was in his final play for the season in the show “Baker Street Irregulars”, where he
played the role of Finnegan an orphaned street boy who helped Sherlock Holmes solve a murder. As previously
reported in the Skychaser, Jason is an accomplished actor and has played several roles in several productions of
his High School theater group.
We may not have won Operation Joint Effort, the Wing model airplane building competition, but we did
have fun building our model aircraft! In our eyes we did win, we got to enjoy our hard work in our squadron.
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LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-063, SPEARFISH)
(Items by Lt. Col. Hopewell, photos by Capt. Collister)
CADET ACHIEVES EAGLE SCOUT: On occasion, it is good to recognize that our members are involved
in other activities. There are many good programs to be involved in; one very recognizable one is Boy Scouts of
America (BSA). On Saturday, April 25th, 2015, C/SSgt Peter Iverson was honored by
his local Scout Troop and invited all of his squadron members to enjoy a happy day
with him. Nine squadron members joined him as he was presented with the Eagle
Scout award, the highest rank attainable in the BSA’s Boy Scouting program. This
award takes years to earn through much hard work and perseverance. Peter joined the
scouting program as a Cub Scout in Nebraska. He advanced through every stage of
the program and “bridged over” from Webelos to Boy Scouting to continue his
scouting career. A comparison to CAP’s cadet program would equate this to our
Spaatz Award, the highest attainable level for youth in the CAP program. Neither
Eagle Scout nor the Spaatz Award is common. Only the top few in each organization reach this level. We look
forward to increased activity that he has pledged to CAP now that he has reached this goal. We are sure that
CAP will benefit from his leadership abilities as well as his other knowledge that he brings to our program.

SQUADRON RECEIVES OPTIMIST GRANT: On Main Street

in downtown Spearfish the beautifully restored Matthews Opera
House has hosted many events since 1906. On 1 April, the grand
hall was host to the Optimist Club grant presentations. Much to our
pleasure we were one of the recipients. Squadron Commander Capt.
Bill Collister and Cadet Commander C/Lt Bradley Blansett were
present to receive a $900 check from Optimist Club President Bob
Mayer. Dressed in uniform, the duo elicited from the presenters the
comment that they were the best dressed guests of the evening. Lt.
Col. Buck DeWeese, a steady liaison with the Optimist Club of
Spearfish, had submitted the grant request and followed it through
the approval process. After thanking the Optimist Club, Blansett and
Collister briefly described CAP missions and activities.
Related article in the Black hill Pioneer - http://www.bhpioneer.com/local_news/article_8ba9d084-da14-11e4-ab52-9b818bfbe033.html

PIERRE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-038, PIERRE)
(Items submitted by Lt. Col. Gatje)
SQUADRON PILOTS TAKE PART IN FAA WINGS PROGRAM: Lt. Col. Myra Christensen and Maj. Lee
Vaughan recently participated in the FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program. They went to Rapid City to
attend the program that is designed to increase safety in general aviation. Completion of this phase of WINGS
satisfies the requirement for a flight review. Lt. Col. Jerry Densmore organized the Rapid City presentation.
PIERRE CONTINUES TO HELP AMERICAN LEGION PROGRAM: Squadron members Lt. Jonathan

Becker, Lt. Col. Tam Gatje and C/Amn Margot Pearson along with Cadet Pearson’s father helped the American
Legion serve the monthly member’s meal at the Pierre American Legion Cabin. This month’s meeting had been
delayed while an improved floor was installed in the cabin. Squadron members have been providing help for the
Legion and in return the Legion has made the cabin available providing a larger indoor space where cadets are
able to practice drill indoors, especially during the winter and other inclement weather.
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RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-031, RAPID CITY)
(Items and photo submitted by Maj. Goodrich)
Maj. Goodrich flew the first of three planned Junior Reserve Officers
Training Corps flights on 28 April. Two cadets from the Douglas High
School USAF JROTC program in Box Elder, Cadet Staff Sergeant Nick
Kochutin and Cadet Senior Airman Kevin Armstrong, went aloft.
USAF JROTC C/SSgt Kochutin is also Civil Air Patrol C/SrA Kochutin of
Rushmore Composite Squadron.
In the photo Cadet Kochutin (Left), Cadet Armstrong (Right)
Capt. Tim Shannon received his first Form-5 check ride. He’s now checked out as an Instructor Pilot
(CFI - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII - Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument) in the Cessna-172.
Capt. Lisa Swanson has been assigned as Professional Development Officer and Personnel Officer.
SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-050, SIOUX FALLS)
(Items by Capt. Erickson and Capt. West, photos by Capt. West)
CHALLENGE COIN AWARD: On 2 April, the cadets had a surprise for their squadron commander at the
weekly meeting. In an unusual twist, the cadet corps presented Squadron Commander Capt. Jason Erickson with
a challenge coin to thank him for all the hard work he puts in for the cadets and for the squadron.

FAA SAFETY CONFERENCE: The squadron, representing CAP, set up a table and talked about what we
do at a seminar on 7 April at the Main Terminal Conference Room of Sioux Falls Regional Airport. The event,
the “2015 annual Pilot & Airport Evening User Meeting”, provided current information on runway safety and
airspace operational concerns. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to meet with FAA personnel from the
Air Traffic Control, Flight Standards and South Dakota FAA Air Safety Team. As it turned out the event was
packed, standing room only. Capt. Jason Erickson led the CAP contingent playing host, mingling and shaking
hands. Senior members in attendance were Capt. Kurt Johnson, Capt. Karla West, Capt. Jerry Zurovski, Lt.

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Dale Palmer and Capt. Joe Oye. The cadets; C/CMSgt Jaden Roblewsky, C/Lt Nicholas Nash, C/Amn Taylor
Moyer and C/SSgt Kyle Clement did us proud as they always do, looking sharp and acting respectful.
MINI-SAREX: The squadron held a mini-SAREX on 30 April. Exercise alert messages were issued by
text and email for aircrew, ground teams and mission base personnel to assemble at the squadron headquarters.
Two aircraft, two ground teams and 35 members participated as aircrew, ground search team members or
mission base staff. . In the first scenario the squadron’s Cessna-182, flew a “High Bird” mission to relay radio
communications between mission base, the ground teams, and the Pierre squadron. In the second scenario the
unit’s Cessna-172 flew an air search for persons stranded after a line of severe storms passed through the area.
In the third scenario two ground search teams were dispatched to locate a missing turkey hunter. The unit’s
Cessna-172 spotted the missing hunter and directed the ground search teams to the man’s location.

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PROMOTIONS

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Senior Member Promotions
Congratulations to Elliott W. Filler of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron on his promotion to the
rank of Major!
Congratulations to Victoria Bierwirth of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron and to Lisa Swanson of
Rushmore Composite Squadron on their promotion to the rank of Captain!
Cadet Officer Advancement
Although not a promotion per se, congratulations to Tyler Gross of the Big Sioux Composite
Squadron on attaining Cadet Aerospace Officer (Achievement 13/Phase IV - Executive), the
last ghost rank before rising to Cadet Major!
Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Promotions
Congratulations to Nathaniel Fleet of Big Sioux Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Master Sergeant and receipt of the Charles Lindbergh Award!

Congratulations to Andrew Toft of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Staff Sergeant and receipt of the Wright Brothers Award!
Cadet Airman Promotions
Congratulations to Robert Boecker of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank
of Cadet Senior Airman and receipt of the Mary Feik Award!
Congratulations to Taylor Umland-Moyer on his promotion to the rank of Cadet Airman First Class
and receipt of the General Hap Arnold Award!

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Congratulations to Jon Larcher and Hunter Rice, both of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron, on their
promotion to the rank of Cadet Airman and receipt of the General J.F. Curry Award!

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KUDOS

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Congratulations to C/Maj Silas Busch of Rushmore Composite Squadron who was awarded a $1,000
flight scholarship from SDWG. The scholarship covers aircraft maintenance and fuel during flight
training with an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor, in this case SDWG Lt. Col. Gary Hewett

C/MAJ BUSCH PREFLIGHTS A CESSNA-172 ON 3-31-15

Congratulations to C/Capt Nicole Schneider of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on receiving an
Outstanding Officer Award from the Air Force Association on 26 March. The award was presented to
her by USAF Col. (CAP Lt. Col.) Greg Lair.

C/CAPT SCHNEIDER RECEIVES AWARD FROM COL LAIR

Congratulations to Capt. Morgan “Dani” Black of Rushmore Composite Squadron who received a
$6,000 Jean Bartel Scholarship for Military Awareness from the Miss America Organization. Capt.
Black’s participation in CAP was a boost for this scholarship. Congratulations of a different sort are
also in order for Dani. On 25 April, she and Nick Kelley were married.
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Congratulations to C/MSgt Steven Diaconu of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on receiving an
Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer Award from the Air Force Association on 26 March. The
award was presented to him by USAF Col. (CAP Lt. Col.) Greg Lair.

C/MSGT STEVEN DIACONU RECEIVES AWARD FROM COL LAIR

Congratulations to C/Maj Brandon West of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on being awarded a CAP
academic scholarship! Each year CAP partners with its academic and organizational partners to award
over $350,000 in scholarships to its members. Just recently C/Maj West was notified that he had been
awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship provided by the United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
insurance company. Cadet West was awarded the scholarship based on “superior performance as a student,
citizenship, and Civil Air Patrol achievements”, according to Steven Trupp, CAP Cadet Program Manager.
USAA provides academic scholarships each year to three outstanding cadets for assistance in pursuing
undergraduate education. Brandon is working towards a degree in the University of Minnesota’s School of
Nursing Honor Program.
On 27 April, Brandon attended the 2015 Associated School Boards of South Dakota
Academic Excellence Recognition banquet in Pierre. The luncheon honors the top 1% of
South Dakota high-school seniors who excel in student achievement. Approximately 500
students, parents and educators attended the annual event. South Dakota Governor
Dennis Daugaard was the keynote speaker.

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CAP SURROGATE PREDATOR

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By Jeanne Dailey, Air Force Research Laboratory Kirtland Air Force Base - [Edited] The Air Force Research
Laboratory's Surrogate Predator program has given the warfighter a way to train in the U.S. before deploying
overseas. AFRL's Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland modified a CAP Cessna-206T aircraft as a Surrogate
Predator for military training exercises. The aircraft has intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
sensors that mimic a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. AFRL, part of the Surrogate Predator program since
2008, recently delivered the Enhanced Surrogate Predator 3 to CAP, according to program manager J. P. Sena.
According to Sena, “The Enhanced Surrogate Predator 3 is a redesign of the first two surrogate predators which
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had a wing-mounted turret. We designed the CAP Cessna-206T with a retractable turret stowed in the belly of
the aircraft that allows for longer flight times by reducing drag when the turret is not in operation. The operator
station was ergonomically designed to allow for more leg room, ease of controls, a central location for all the
equipment and a plethora of capabilities for the sensor operator."
The Surrogate Predator is used in green flag exercises, where the Air Force and its allied air forces engage in
air-land integration combat training exercises. "With the use of the Surrogate Predator during green flag
exercises, troops training for deployment get experience with what they will see overseas while the government
can keep the high-value assets overseas to continue to complete missions," said Sena. "Our government saves
millions by keeping the assets in theater and completing training using the Surrogate Predators."
CAP has used Surrogate Predators 1 and 2 in relief efforts for disasters such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and for
homeland security and search and rescue missions as well as military combat exercises such as Green Flag.
In the photo a Surrogate Predator 3 is prepared for takeoff. ISR sensors were added to the CAP Cessna-206T to
mimic a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. AFRL’s Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland AFB, modified the
CAP aircraft for use in military training exercises.
Sources: Air Force Material Command, www.afmc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123445887, accessed 22 April 2015.and Air Force Magazine, Daily Report for Friday, 24
April 2015

CHECK OUT THE NEXT PAGE FOR UNIT/INDIVIDUAL AWARD RECIPIENTS AT THE 2015 WING CONFERENCE

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UNITS/INDIVIDUALS WHO RECEIVED AWARDS AT THE 2015 SOUTH DAKOTA
WING CONFERENCE BANQUET
NORTH CENTRAL REGION “Of The Year” AWARD
Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, NCR Drug Demand Reduction Officer of the Year
SOUTH DAKOTA WING "Of the Year" AWARDS
Col Robert V. “Bud” Payton Public Affairs Officer of the Year
1st Lt. Kris Bierwirth
Crazy Horse Composite Squadron
Aerospace Education Officer of the Year
1st Lt. Victoria Bierwirth
Crazy Horse Composite Squadron
Public Affairs Officer of the Year
Lt. Col. William Hopewell

Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron

Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year
Lt. Col. Linda Buechler
Wing Staff
Professional Development Officer of the Year
Capt. Karen Espeland
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Cadet Program Officer of the Year
Lt. Col. Myra Christensen
Pierre Composite Squadron
Cadet NCO of the Year
C/MSgt Steven Diaconu

Sioux Falls Composite Squadron

Cadet of the Year
C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman

Big Sioux Composite Squadron

Senior Member of the Year
Capt. Neil Schmid

Sioux Falls Composite Squadron

Squadron of the Year
Big Sioux Composite Squadron

Sioux Falls

Quality Cadet Unit Award
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
Rushmore Composite Squadron
Squadron of Merit Award
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron

Spearfish
Rapid City

Sioux Falls

SOUTH DAKOTA WING INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Achievement Awards
Capt. James Dillon

Crazy Horse Composite Squadron

SDWG Staff

Lt. Col. Gregory Lair

Sioux Falls Composite Squadron

Commander’s Commendations
2nd Lt. Manford Steele
Maj. David Small Jr.
Capt. Jerome Foy
Capt. Elliot Filler
Capt. Karen Espeland
Capt. Sylvia Small
Maj. Sharon Moad
C/Capt Nicole Schneider
C/Capt Samuel Huntington
C/2nd Lt Bradley Blansett
C/CMSgt Justin Harris
C/2nd Lt Devon Brown
C/Col William Small

Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Wing Staff
Wing Staff
Big Sioux Composite Squadron
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Wing Staff
Crazy Horse Composite Squadron
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron

Search and Rescue “Find” Ribbon
Col. Mike Beason
C/2nd Lt Bradley Blansett
Capt. William Collister
C/1st Lt Jared Doyle
Maj. Craig Goodrich
C/A1C Malia Goodrich
Capt. Joshua Hall
C/SMSgt Ryan Harris
C/CMSgt Justin Harris
Lt. Col. Gary Hewett
1st Lt. Ryan Jones
Maj. Bruce Kipp
Lt. Col. Deryl Miles
Capt. Patrick Nowlin
C/MSgt Austin Rauscher
C/MSgt Keyvin Rauscher
Maj. David Small Jr.

Wing Staff
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
Rushmore Composite Squadron
Rushmore Composite Squadron
Rushmore Composite Squadron
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
Rushmore Composite Squadron
Rushmore Composite Squadron
Wing Staff
Wing Staff
Rushmore Composite Squadron
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
Wing Staff

“THE SKYCHASER”
South Dakota Wing Electronic Newsletter for May 2015
Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force - Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond
Publishers: Wing Commander Colonel John Seten / Wing Vice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Larson
Editor: Major Bruce Kipp Wing Public Affairs Officer (605) 261-4507 paa.sdwg@gmail.com

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WING TIPS
DELMONT TORNADO: On Sunday, 10 May, at 10:45 local time an EF-2 tornado with winds over
100mph roared through the small town of Delmont, located about 90 southwest of Sioux Falls. The town of
about 200 lost all power, water and telephone service. 84 structures in and around Delmont were damaged or
destroyed. Fortunately there were no fatalities, however at least nine people were injured and some livestock
were killed. Hardest hit was the western edge of the town suffering the majority of the damage. The town’s new
fire hall and a Lutheran Church bore the brunt of the tornado’s fury.

DELMONT’S NEWLY BUILT FIRE HALL

DELMONT LUTHERAN CHURCH

South Dakota Wing Commander Col. John Seten authorized a Sioux Falls-based Civil Air Patrol Cessna182/G1000 aircraft to fly over the area and take photos of the damage. An aerial photo sortie over Delmont was
conducted on 12 May. The aircrew was Mission Pilot Col. John Seten, Mission Observer Capt Neil Schmid, and
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Mission Scanner Capt. Karla West. Nearly 200 high resolution photos were taken and provided to emergency
management officials, first responders and the media.
AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEYS: SDWG flew seven aerial surveys of terrestrial wildlife over four days in

May for the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South Dakota State University.
GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU surveys elk, bobcats and
big horn sheep. The result was 21.8 hours flying over western South Dakota and the Black
Hills. The CAP pilot for five of the sorties was Lt. Col. Gary Hewett; one was flown by Lt.
Col. Buck DeWeese and one by Maj. Craig Goodrich. Depending on whom the sortie
supported they were accompanied by one or more researchers from SDSU or from GF&P.
CUSTER SAREX: Aircraft, vehicles and personnel from four SDWG’s squadrons and members and an
aircraft from Nebraska Wing’s Pine Ridge Composite Squadron (Chadron, NE) gathered at the Custer County
Airport for a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) the weekend of 29-31 May. The goal of the exercise was to
provide task-specific training for Civil Air Patrol members. Short, realistic scenarios were presented to the
aircrews, ground teams and mission base staff members to work through. Aircrews searched for simulated
aircraft emergency locator beacons, rehearsed search patterns, and took simulated damage assessment photos.
Ground team personnel also searched for simulated aircraft emergency locator beacons and worked with Custer
County Search and Rescue during a missing person scenario in which CAP ground teams searched for an actor
in a forested area near the Custer County Airport.

According to CAP Major Craig Goodrich, Incident Commander for the exercise, “Thunderstorms on Friday and
fog on Saturday morning did not stop the show. The aircrews and ground teams were ready to go Saturday
when the weather cleared up and we got a large amount of training done.”
Thanks to the generosity of the First Baptist Church of Custer, CAP members were able to use Camp Volunteer
next to the airport over the weekend. The camp was also used as a staging area for the ground teams during the
exercise. SDWG also thanks Custer County Search and Rescue for their participation in this SAREX.

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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE: Wing Vice Commander Lt. Col. Rick Larson attended

the 4 Annual Sanford Health Emergency Management Conference held in Sioux Falls May. The conference
focused on trends in preparedness and response. Some of the topics covered were communications failures,
rural disasters, and tornado events. A round table discussion on planning and response was held on the 29th.
LOW-LEVEL ROUTE SURVEYS: Each year the South Dakota Air National Guard requests SDWG carry
out low-level route surveys (LLRS) of selected military air training routes and aerial Military Operations Areas
(MOA). These military air training routes cover southeastern South Dakota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern
Nebraska leading to and from the O’Neill MOA in northeastern Nebraska. The purpose of the sorties is to look
for uncharted antenna towers, changes to charted towers, and noise sensitive areas such as stock pens/feedlots;
areas to be avoided by the SDANG pilots. The LLRS Mission for 2015 has been approved and the planning is
well advanced. This year Sioux Falls Composite Squadron’s Capt. Matt Meert is SDWG’s planning officer and
Lt. Jerry Hayden is the Operations Section Chief. The first LLRS sorties will be in flown in June.
WEST POINT HONORS PIONEERING BLACK AIRMAN: The U.S. Army Military Academy will name

its newest cadet barracks at West Point in honor of the late Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., a leader of the World
War II Tuskegee Airmen, who graduated from the academy in 1936. The barracks are expected to house cadets
beginning in January 2017. Davis, whose father was the Army's first black general,
was the academy's only black cadet in 1932 and spent his time ostracized from his
fellow white cadets. His ambition was to enter into aviation but due to segregation,
he would have to wait until 1941 to be accepted as one of the first Tuskegee
Airmen, earning his aviation wings a year later. In 1942, he commanded the 99th
Pursuit Squadron and, later, the all-black 332nd Fighter Group known as the
legendary “Red Tails”. He transferred from the Army to the U.S. Air Force in 1947
when the new service was established. There he led the development of ethnic
integration and spent the next two decades focused on equal treatment and
opportunities for all. He held various command and staff positions before
culminating his service as a lieutenant general. Davis’ final promotion to general
(four stars), U.S. Air Force, occurred on December 9, 1998. Davis passed in 2002
at the age of 89.
The Civil Air Patrol honored General Davis by creating the Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Award. It is presented to
CAP members who complete Level II of the Senior Member Professional Development Program. It recognizes
those who have dedicated themselves to leadership and personal development in the CAP.
Source: Article by June L. Kim, Air Force Magazine, Daily Report, Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
Source: http://www.militarytrader.com/military-trader-news/west-point-barracks-named-for-tuskegee-airman?et_mid=751000&rid=241892389, accessed 15 May 2015.

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STAFF NOTES
WING COMMANDER
Col. John Seten, CAP

Please join me in congratulating our FY15 Cadet Flight Scholarship recipients:
$1000
$1000
$700

C/CMSgt Jaden Roblewsky
C/2nd Lt Nicholas Nash
C/MSgt Hannah Becker

Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Pierre Composite Squadron

WING DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Maj. Nicholas Gengler, CAP

The 2015 Joint Dakota Encampment at Camp Rapid in Rapid City is coming sooner than you think! Cadet Staff
selection is complete and now everyone can sign up to come! On the website (http://sdcap.us/encampment/)
there is also a list of forms that the cadets will need to bring with them to Encampment. The only thing I
need beforehand is their CAPF-31 (Parental permission). You can email them to me or mail them to our Wing
HQ (address on the website). For those that wish to pay by check you can also send that to our Wing HQ. Cadet
Packing list coming soon! Check us out on Facebook as well. We’ll be updating our Facebook page for parents
and public during encampment to keep everyone informed of daily activities. See you there!

WING DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Capt. Jerry Gabert, CAP

SDWG participated in CAP’s National Communications Exercise (COMEX) “Constant Watch 15” on 15 and
16 May. The exercise tests CAP’s ability to pass messages throughout the nation on high frequency (HF) radio.
New this year was the relay of messages from HF stations to other units over very high frequency (VHF) radios.
SDWG’s portion of the exercise was directed by Capt. Jerry Gabert, Wing Director of Communications.
The exercise began the afternoon of 15 May. Capt. Jerry Gabert and Lt. Rob Hinkhouse checked in on an HF
radio in Sioux Falls. Lt. Todd Dravland checked in on his HF radio in Pierre. SM Jeff Shawd operated his HF
radio in Valley Springs. He received several Whiskey Tango (numerically encoded) messages and entered them
into the CAP computer system. Lt. Col. Dave Jefferies was on the HF radio in his vehicle and took Whiskey
Tango messages while supporting Red Cross disaster relief efforts after the tornado in Delmont.
Capt. Gabert and Lt. Hinkhouse were also busy on Friday night planning messages to send on Saturday. They
made up a practice coder/decoder and then formulated several coded messages.
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Saturday morning the exercise expanded to include an airborne radio signal repeater. The airborne repeater was
in a Sioux Falls Composite Squadron Cessna-182 piloted by Capt. Neil Schmid. Maj. Elliott Filler was Mission
Observer. The purpose was three-fold: first, to test the range of the VHF airborne repeater. The aircraft made
contact with participating squadrons along the flight route; second, to test inter-squadron VHF radio links; and,
third, to send encoded Whisky Tango messages by VHF for relay by the long range HF stations. Through the
repeater communications were established from Sioux Falls to Brookings, Brookings to Valley Springs, Valley
Springs to Sioux Falls, and from Pierre to Delmont. Practice Whiskey Tango messages were sent between Sioux
Falls, Brookings and Valley Springs. The messages were then deciphered by the receiving station and verified
by the sending station.
Participating on Saturday were Lt. Col. Mark Huntington, Lt. Rob Hinkhouse, Capt. Jerry Foy, Capt. Jerry
Gabert and Cadet Eric Ortega and C/Amn Oscar Holmberg at the Sioux Falls Mission Base, Capt. Shannon
Hofer, C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman and C/Capt Tyler Gross at the Brookings Mission Base, Lt. Col. Tam Gatje
and Lt. Todd Dravland in Pierre, SM Jeff Shawd in Valley Springs and Lt. Col. Dave Jefferies in Delmont. Col.
John Seten and Lt. Col. Rick Larsen also were involved in the exercise.
Overall this was a very successful COMEX. Although thunderstorms hampered communications somewhat
SDWG successfully checked in on the national HF net and passed traffic to or monitored traffic from all eight
CAP USA regions, mostly from Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Idaho, Michigan and Washington Wings.
Thanks to all who participated. We hope to expand participation in Exercise Constant Watch exercise next year.

LEFT: MAJ. FILLER AND CAPT. SCHMID PREPARE TO FLY THE AIRBORNE REPEATER MISSION
CENTER: (L-R) LT. HINKHOUSE, CADETS HOLMBERG AND ORTEGA, LT. COL. HUNTINGTON AND CAPT. GABERT
RIGHT: SM SHAWD IN HIS VERY WELL EQUIPPED “RADIO SHACK”
PHOTOS BY CAPT. GABERT/CAPT. FOY

WING DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION
Maj. Rodney “Buck” DeWeese, CAP

There is support for another trip to the Oshkosh Airshow. The EAA is sponsoring a bus and they still have room
for about 20 more folks. Each person is responsible for making their own reservation with EAA. However,
CAP/AE will give $100.00 scholarships to help offset cadet expenses after they return from Oshkosh. Seniors
and parents fund their own trip. If cadets want to go without parents, we’ll consider helping sponsor up to two
Seniors. If you cancel for any reason, the $100.00 scholarship is forfeited along with your deposit to EAA. If
you have any questions contact me at deweese@rushmore.com or 605-641-2362.
Attached as the last page is the current Oshkosh Airshow flyer.
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SQUADRON HIGHLIGHTS
CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-068, CUSTER)
(Items by Lt. K. Bierwirth)
INTEGRATING CADET INSTRUCTORS: The squadron has been working on improving our programs
and giving the cadets more responsibility. One example of such was C/SMSgt Thomas Dillon led a Character
Development class.
DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION: We are moving forward with the DDR portion of CAP. Our first class
was “React with a kiss” where the cadets learned how being impaired can even affect opening a candy kiss.
EMERGENCY SERVICES TRAINING: C/Lt Jason Parry taught an ES class on running a ground search.

Some of the topics addressed included organization and operation of a telephone alert system, conducting a line
search, marking a search route, and post mission individual refit. Not only did the cadets learn a great deal, they
got to practice their newly learned skills between the rain drops.
CAMP VOLUNTEER CLEANUP: Crazy Horse and Rushmore squadrons combined efforts to clean up
Camp Volunteer in preparation for the May SAREX. The facilities of the church-affiliated camp, about 3 miles
south of Custer and across from the airport, will be used for billeting. We learned the value of team work to get
things done working together. Members of both units shared a great meal and enjoyed each other’s company.

PIERRE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-038, PIERRE)
(Item and photo by Lt. Col. Gatje)
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY: Pierre Squadron members Lt. Col. Lois

Schmidt, Lt. Col. Tam Gatje, Lt. Jon Becker and C/MSgt Hannah
Becker participated in the Pierre citywide Memorial Day event. It was
held at the Riggs Theater on Monday, May 25. Veterans of all branches
of the United States Armed Forces were in attendance. A wreath was
placed for each of the veteran’s organizations in attendance, including
Civil Air Patrol. Father Michael Griffin was this year’s guest speaker.
He was a Chaplain in the National Guard. Pierre’s Capital City Band
provided the musical program that enhanced the ceremony. Lt. Becker
performed Taps, ending the program. In the photo Chaplain Griffin
addresses the audience.
RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-031, RAPID CITY)
(Item submitted by Maj. Kipp with input from Lt. Col. (Ret) Marc Miller, Douglas HS AFJROTC)
AFJROTC FLIGHT ORIENTATION PROGRAM: On 2 May, Col. Mike Beason flew the second of three
planned Flight Orientation Program (FOP) flights for Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets.
Three cadets, C/MSgt Levi Beckwith, C/A1C Michael Hendricks and C/A1C Michael Swan from Douglas High
School’s AFJROTC program in Box Elder went aloft. On 26 May, Lt. Col. Chuck Trumble flew the third of the
three FOP flights. Three more cadets from Douglas High School’s Air Force JROTC program, C/SrA Tristan
Fletcher, C/SrA Bryce Lambert and C/SrA Riley McMeekin went aloft. The first FOP flight was flown on 28

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April by Maj. Goodrich with AFJROTC C/SSgt Nick Kochutin and C/SrA Kevin Armstrong on board. In the
photo (L-R) are AFJROTC C/A1C Hendricks, C/A1C Swan and C/MSgt Beckwith. SDWG looks forward to
doing more of these flights in the future.

SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-050, SIOUX FALLS)
(Item by Capt. Schmid)
CADET O-RIDE: On 9 May, Capt. Neil Schmid took C/Amn

Oscar Holmberg and C/A1C Chris Schuppan aloft on an orientation
flight to the Mitchell Municipal Airport, about 75 miles west of
Sioux Falls.
Oscar was at the controls for the sortie to Mitchell. Then they landed
so Chris could move to the co-pilot’s seat. Chris was at the controls
for the sortie back to Sioux Falls.
It is believed that this was a milestone for Capt. Schmid - his 50th
Cadet Orientation flight!

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PROMOTIONS

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Senior Member Promotions
Congratulations to Morgan “Dani” Black of Rushmore Composite Squadron on her promotion to the
rank of Captain!

Congratulations to Peter Bierwirth of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank
of Second Lieutenant!
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Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Promotions
Congratulations to Thomas Dillon of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer on his promotion to
the rank of Cadet Senior Master Sergeant and receipt of the General Jimmy Doolittle Award!

Congratulations to Graham Dinnel of Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings and to Kyle Kreger
of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on their promotion to the rank of Cadet Master Sergeant and
receipt of the Charles Lindbergh Award!

Cadet Airman Promotions
Congratulations to Anthony Dillon of the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron on promotion to the rank
of Cadet Senior Airman and receipt of the Mary Feik Award!

Congratulations to Shauna Fogarty of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on her promotion to the rank
of Cadet Airman and receipt of the General J.F. Curry Award!

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KUDOS

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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTOR: In May, Wing Chaplain

(Lt. Col.) Gary Rae presented Lt. Thomas Delaney of the Big Sioux Composite
Squadron in Brookings with the certificate appointing him as a CAP Character
Development Instructor (CDI). CAP CDIs are part of the CAP Chaplain Corps
and are appointed to provide character development instruction as part of the
cadet program under the guidance of the Wing Chaplain. The CDI works
directly for the squadron commander while maintaining liaison with the Wing
Chaplain. Senior Members selected for appointment as a CDI are required to
undergo a stringent vetting process by NHQ before appointment by National
Chaplain, Col. James Hughes. Lt. Daleney is one of the first to be appointed
under the revised CAPR-265-1 and the first CDI to be appointed to the
squadron. Following appointment, and upon completion of training, CDIs may
wear the specialty track badge.
TECHNICIAN LEVEL BADGE FOR A CDI.
IN THE PHOTO CHAPLAIN RAE PRESENTS THE CDI CERTIFICATE
TO LT. DELANEY

Congratulations Capt. James Dillon of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron who received a Certification
of Appreciation and a challenge coin for all of his the hard work and challenges he has overcome to
get to where he is today.
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Congratulations to C/SMSgt Thomas Dillon of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron who received a
Certification of Appreciation for his excellent leadership skills and for using those skills to further the
squadron’s cadet program. Thomas really enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge with others.
Congratulations to Maj. Bruce Kipp of the Wing Staff on earning “Senior” level in specialty track
– Historian in the Senior Member Professional Development Program!

Congratulations to Maj. David G. Small Jr., SDWG Chief of Staff, who attended the week-long
National Staff College at CAP NHQ at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. CAP’s capstone professional
development course enhances executive management and leadership skills. The National Staff
College is a requirement for CAP’s highest professional development achievement, the Gill Robb
Wilson Award.
Congratulations to the following individuals who updated and/or completed various Emergency
Services qualifications at the Custer SAREX:
Maj Craig Goodrich – Updated IC3 and PSC
Lt. Andy Weathers – Completed Mission Observer
Capt. Doug Robbins – Completed Mission Scanner
Lt. Col. Gary Hewett – Updated Mission Pilot/Mission Check Pilot
Lt. Col. Chuck Trumble – Regained status as Mission Pilot/Check Mission Pilot
Capt. Lisa Swanson – Completed Mission Observer
Congratulations to Capt. Patrick and Lt. Jamie Nowlin of Rushmore Composite Squadron welcomed
their son Josiah Patrick Nowlin on 20 May 2015 at 9:40pm. The future cadet weighed in at 6lbs, 15oz,
and was 20 inches long.

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SOLAR IMPULSE-2

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5 Days, 5,000 Miles, Fueled Only by the Sun: Solar Impulse-2’s Pacific Crossing

By Emily Rouhala for Time Magazine [Edited]: On 26 May, a Swiss man named André
Borschberg will take off from an airport in Nanjing, China, and fly for roughly 120 hours
straight. He will travel east and south across the vast Pacific, spending days and nights
over deep, dark sea as he hurtles toward Hawaii in an airplane powered by the sun.
Borschberg and fellow pilot Bertrand Piccard have spent more than a decade preparing to
fly their solar powered aircraft, Solar Impulse-2, around the globe. There will be 12 flights
total, with the pilots taking turns at the helm of the single-seat aircraft. The around the world trip began 9 March
in the United Arab Emirates.
“Adventure is where when you learn to be more open to the unknown,” says Piccard.
Once Solar Impulse-2 leaves Nanjing, there will be few certainties. A flight like this has never been done.
The 5,000-mile leg will be a technical and physical test. Priority No. 1 is marshaling the sun, Borschberg says.
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During the day, Solar Impulse-2 will fly high while capturing energy. When darkness falls, the engines will be
cut and the plane will soar for several hours, losing altitude. At some point, the engine will start drawing on
battery power. Then, at daybreak, the cycle begins again.
The flight will not be easy on the pilot. Seated in tiny cockpit, the 62-year-old will be awake for most of the
flight, resting only for 20 minutes at a time. The conditions in the plane will be far from first-class comfort: the
space is small, and the temperature and air pressure will vary dramatically through the trip. At some points, he
will be able to communicate with mission control in Monaco. If things go wrong, he could be on his own.
Flying a plane like Solar Impulse-2, which is incredibly light, means working with the elements, not racing
through them. “The more extreme the airplane, the more you have to have nature on your side and not the other
way around,” Borschberg says.
UPDATE: The Solar Inpulse-2, which took off from Nanjing, China on 31 May bound for Hawaii, was forced
to land at Nagoya, Japan because of bad weather. The around-the-world journey started in March in Abu Dhabi,
and the plane has stopped in Oman, India, Myanmar and China. The 8,175-kilometer (5,079-mile) flight from
Nanjing to Hawaii was the seventh of 12 flights and the longest and most dangerous.
Source: http://time.chtah.net/a/tBVYxGKBASRffB84oq1BRdMCx7f/time14
Photos are screen captures from the article

SOLAR IMPULSE-2 IN FLIGHT

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SOLAR IMPULSE-2 COCKPIT VIEW AT NIGHT IN CHINA

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“THE SKYCHASER”
South Dakota Wing Electronic Newsletter for June 2015
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WING TIPS
• CGM PRESENTATION CEREMONY: On 29 June, South Dakota U.S. Senator Mike Rounds presented a
CAP Congressional Gold Medal to the family of the late Vernon Jeffries of Rapid City who was a pilot for the
Civil Air Patrol during WWII. After the presentation Dave Jeffries, Vernon’s son, commented, "For many
years, the CAP pilots of WWII, the whole air crew, the whole operation of WWII, was kind of buried in history.
When it was happening, many people knew about it. After the war, many people forgot." Vernon Jeffries flew
small single–engine, fabric covered aircraft off the coast of New Jersey during the war, trying to spot German
U–Boats. They were civilian volunteers flying dangerous missions with the CAP. Also in attendance were the
South Dakota Wing Commander Colonel John Seten and Vice Commander Lt. Col. Richard Larson as well as
many other SD Wing members.

SENATOR ROUNDS (RIGHT) PRESENTS THE CGM TO DAVE JEFFRIES (LEFT),
SON OF THE LATE WWII CAP VETERAN VERNON JEFFRIES

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LOW-LEVEL ROUTE SURVEYS: Each year the

South Dakota Air National Guard requests SDWG
carry out low-level route surveys (LLRS) of selected
military aerial training routes and of aerial Military
Operations Areas (MOA). These military air training
routes cover southeastern South Dakota, northwestern
Iowa and northeastern Nebraska leading to and from the
O’Neill and Lake Andes MOAs. The purpose of these
sorties is to search for uncharted hazards such as
antenna towers, changes to charted towers, and noise
sensitive areas - stock pens/feedlots; areas to be avoided
by low-flying military pilots. There are a vast number
of them between Sioux City and Omaha.
Over the course of three days in June, SDWG flew six sorties for a total of 19 flight hours. A marathon LLRS
was flown covering the Lake Andes MOA. The mission lasted eight hours and two new targets were observed.
The aircrew consisted of Col. Greg Lair (Mission Pilot), C/Maj Brandon West (Mission Observer), and Capt.
Karla West (Mission Scanner/Photographer). Wing Commander Col. John Seten (Mission Pilot), Vice
Commander Lt. Col. Rick Larson (Mission Observer) and SM Kevin Kayser (Mission Scanner photographer)
also flew a route that went from Iowa into Nebraska. When landing for fuel the aircrew was able to visit the
powered flight academy that was taking place in Freemont, Ne.
When SDWG flies a LLRS, a command post is set up for C3 support for the aircraft. SDWG Capt. Neil Schmid
serves as Incident Commander. Sioux Falls Composite Squadron’s Lt. Jerry Hayden is this year’s Operations
Section Chief and Capt. Matt Meert is the Planning Coordinator.

PILOT CAPT. NEIL SCHMID (RIGHT), OBSERVER MAJ. E.W. FILLER (LEFT), AND SCANNER TRAINEE LT. MANY STEELE (CENTER) ON A
LLRS MISSION ON A FLIGHT ROUTE IN NORTHEASTERN NEBRASKA DISCOVERED A MESSAGE, POSSIBLY FOR UFOS.

• AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEYS: SDWG flew nine aerial surveys of terrestrial wildlife over seven days in
June in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South Dakota State University. GF&P
surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result
was 28.4 hours flying over western South Dakota and the Black Hills. Two of the sorties were flown by Col.
Mike Beason, three by Capt. Albert Trumble and four by Maj. Craig Goodrich. Depending on whom the sortie
supported he was accompanied by one or more representatives from SDSU or from Game, Fish & Parks.
• AFA CHAPTER MEETING: On 25 June, Maj. Todd Epp attended the meeting of the Sioux Falls Chapter
of the Air Force Association held at the Air National Guard base at Joe Foss Field. Keynote speaker was Brig.
Gen. Matthew Jamison, South Dakota Assistant Adjutant General for Air. He spoke about upgrades to the F-16
aircraft currently flown by the SDANG and about the possible posting of the new F-35 aircraft in Sioux Falls.
The Sioux Falls AFA Chapter is looking to become more active. They are assisting with the 2016 Sioux Falls
Air Show. Brig. Gen. Ron Mielke, one of the leaders of the AFA in Sioux Falls, has been a great friend to the
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Sioux Falls Composite Squadron and to SDWG. The meeting was attended by staff from all three congresspeople, representatives of the air show, and a number of officers and enlisted members of the SDANG. Maj.
Epp will try to get out a notice for the AFA Chapter’s next meeting.
• AOPA FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS: The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation
would like to inform you of two flight training scholarship opportunities:
1. Flight Training Scholarships: In an effort to support outstanding student pilots, the AOPA Foundation will
award 25 scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $12,000, in 2015. These scholarships are meant for student pilots
that have not yet completed their FAA checkride and do not hold a pilot certificate of any type. Scholarships are
available for student pilots at least 16 years old. Applications are due 9 August and winners will be announced
on 2 October. Scholarship details/online application - http://flighttraining.aopa.org/ftscholarship.html. A
printable flyer to post or hand out - http://download.aopa.org/images/benefits/2015_FT_scholarship_flyer.pdf.
2. Grants to nonprofits that fund flight training scholarships: Nonprofit organizations seeking to offer flight
training scholarships to aspiring aviators can receive funding for the scholarships through AOPA Foundation's
new grant program. The deadline to apply for one of two $5,000 grants is 24 July. Eligibility requirements and
instructions for applying can be found online at http://flighttraining.aopa.org/ftscholarship.html
If you have any questions about the flight training scholarships or the grants for nonprofits please email
FTscholarship@aopa.org or call Kristi Stilen-Lare at 301.695.2037.

STAFF NOTES
WING COMMANDER
Col. John Seten, CAP

Please join me in congratulating Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, SDWG’s Director of Cadet Programs, Drug Demand
Reduction Administrator, and Health Programs Officer, who has been selected as the 2015 Civil Air Patrol
Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year!

Lt. Col. Buechler

In his congratulatory letter to her National Commander Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez wrote:
Congratulations! I am happy to inform you of your selection as 2015 Civil Air Patrol
Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year. As the Drug Demand Reduction Member
of the Year you will be honored by CAP at the upcoming National Conference in
Orlando, Florida, August 27-29, 2015. I am confident you will continue to provide
outstanding service to Civil Air Patrol and to the United States of America.

WING SAFETY OFFICER
Lt. Col. Mark Huntington, CAP

Some significant changes are being made to CAP’s safety policy. In a nutshell: monthly safety education is
still mandatory for all members of the Civil Air Patrol. However, effective 26 June all references to safety
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“currency” were removed from CAPR 62-1, CAP Safety Responsibilities and Procedures. "Currency" will no
longer be checked and will not prevent participation in missions. Several changes will also go into effect in
eServices, primarily removing the checks for safety “currency” and the barriers to mission participation for
those previously considered “noncurrent.”

WING DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS
Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, CAP

• NATIONAL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WEEKEND: National Character Development Weekend is
September, 2015. Commanders please check with your cadets and seniors - possible dates would be September
11-13 or September 25-27. One possible location is Pierre at the Community Bible Church but I’m open to
other suggestions. I will need to procure the location so the sooner the better in knowing date and location.
• RED RIBBON WEEK: Don't forget Red Ribbon week in October. Squadrons, this is a great time to hold
an open house as some churches and organizations are doing "Trick or Treat". If you need any materials or help,
please do not hesitate to let me know.

WING CHIEF OF STAFF
Maj. David Small, Jr., CAP

The 2015 Wing Cadet Advisory Council is reaching the end of its term and the new 2016 CAC is being formed.
The current term ends at the end of July and the new CAC is effective on 1 August.
First off I'd like to thank the outgoing CAC for its participation during the past year. The CAC planned and
executed a Cadet Leadership School in Pierre in February and a color guard training activity in Sioux Falls in
June. The CAC met regularly and discussed many cadet-related topics.
The 2015 CAC was chaired by C/Capt Nicole Schneider. Other primary members were Cadets Jaden Petersen,
Jason Parry, Hannah Becker, Errol Kelly, Nicholas Nash and Jared Doyle. Assistants were Cadets Chris Dinnel,
Thomas Dillon, Silas Busch, Steven Diaconu and Justin Harris. The South Dakota Wing was represented at the
North Central Region by Cadet Joshua Klosterman, assisted by Cadet Silas Busch.
The incoming, 2016 CAC is chaired by C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman. The vice chair is C/CMSgt Blake
Hayden. Representing Brookings is C/CMSgt Matias Kowang assisted by C/CMSgt Jaden Petersen. Custer is
represented by C/SMSgt Thomas Dillon assisted by C/Lt Jason Parry. From Pierre is C/MSgt Hannah Becker.
Rushmore nominated C/SrA Nicholas Kochutin and C/A1C Tyler Eberle. Sioux Falls is represented by C/Lt
Nicholas Nash and C/CMSgt Steven Diaconu. Spearfish is represented by C/TSgt Peter Iverson and C/MSgt
Austin Rauscher.
C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman, assisted by C/CMSgt Blake Hayden, will represent the South Dakota Wing on the
NCR CAC. Klosterman has also been named as assistant NCR representative to the National CAC.
The South Dakota Wing can expect great input from this group of very talented and energetic cadets.
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SQUADRON HIGHLIGHTS
BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-58, BROOKINGS)
(Item and photos submitted by Maj. Filler)


ELKTON HARVEST FESTIVAL: On 16 June, the squadron’s Color Guard marched in the Elkton Harvest

Festival. The event consisted of a parade, a carnival and the Miss Elkton pageant. The cadets looked sharp and
performed flawlessly. Many favorable comments were overheard about our presence at the event.

CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-068, CUSTER)
(Items by Lt. K. Bierwirth, photos by Kathy Dill)
• ANNIVERSARY: As of June 2015, Crazy Horse Composite Squadron has been serving the southern
Black Hills area for 20 years. Squadron members paused to pose for a photo of this historic occasion. The
squadron received its charter on 6 June 1995.

BACK ROW C/SMSGT THOMAS DILLON, SM TIM MODDE, C/AMN JON LARCHER, CAPT. JAMES DILLON. FRONT ROW: CAPT. VICKI
BIERWIRTH, LT. KRIS BIERWIRTH, C/SRA ANTHONY DILLON, C/AMN HUNTER RICE, C/LT JASON PARRY



FLAG FOLDING CEREMONY: Our squadron assisted the Custer VFW with a flag folding ceremony on

Custer’s main street. The flag was taken down as the flag pole is being moved from the middle of the street to a
new Veteran’s Memorial currently under construction.
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LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-063, SPEARFISH)
(Items and photos submitted by Lt. Col. Hopewell and Capt. Collister)
• MICKELSON TRAIL MARATHON: The annual Black Hills marathon, run along the Mickelson Trail,
was held on 7 June. Once again cadets and seniors from the squadron attended to the runners by distributing
water, sports drinks and fruit and, to some, Vaseline to treat underarm chafing. Four runners were transported
with minor maladies back to the race finish line. Mother Nature provided beautiful weather for the marathon. At
mile marker 20 (of the 26.2 mile marathon) the members of LMCS earned the appreciation of the over 3,000
participants and thanks from the sponsors of the race. Cadets having a hand in the community service enterprise
were C/Lt Jared Doyle, C/CMSgt Connor Caneva, C/MSgt Keyvin Rauscher, C/SSgt Peter Iverson, CB Jerry
Fahrenbruck and CB George Fahrenbruck. Seniors participating were Capt. Bill Collister, Lt. Col. Buck
DeWeese and Capt. Brandon Caneva.

PIERRE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-038, PIERRE)
(Item and photos submitted by Lt. Col. Gatje)
• ST. JOSEPH INDIAN SCHOOL VISIT: Squadron members Lt. Col. Myra Christensen and Capt. Richard
Helton met with students at the St. Joseph Indian School (SJIS) in Chamberlain in June. SJIS occasionally holds
a Field Day, this time it was at the Chamberlain airport. Students visited the mechanics’ shop with some aircraft
being serviced. Then they visited hangers with larger aircraft so they could get a wider perspective. A CAP
Cessna-172 was flown to Chamberlain and displayed on the tarmac. Students tried on the headset, asked about
portions of the instrument panel, about antennas on the outside of the aircraft, and other items of interest to
them. Eleven students attended the presentation along with three adult helpers. Materials were provided for each
of them to make a pencil rocket to demonstrate aerodynamic principles explained by Lt. Col. Christensen and
Capt. Helton. This was an excellent meet and greet with the students and staff of SJIS. CAP was promoted to
the students, staff and some area residents. The students reported having a great time looking at the airplanes
and learning a bit about them.

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RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-031, RAPID CITY)
(Items by Maj. Goodrich and Lt. Kuecker, photos by Lt. Kuecker)
• NEW MEETING NIGHT: Effective 2 July, the new squadron weekly meeting night is on Thursdays. We
invite everyone who would like to visit us to come by on our new meeting night.
• G1000 TRAINING: Maj. Craig Goodrich provided two days of G1000 training at the Wing HQ building
on the 18th and 19th of July. Five pilots attended.
• FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Our family fun night was on 29 June at Sheridan Lake. We were pleased to have
had special guests attend – Col. Seten, Lt. Col. Larson, Maj. David Small, Capt. Sylvia Small, and Lt. Manny
Steele. The cadets were brave enough to jump into the cold water from SM Doug Robbins’ boat, while the
wimpy parents watched. We got to practice waterborne rescue skills as Maj. Goodrich had a boat full of cadets
on the lake when his motor went out. The cadets were making progress with paddles, but then Lt. Kuecker and
her husband cruised by on their jetski. Rapidly assessing the situation (with ORM of course!) they decided to be
nice and towed the boat to shore. Rescue done! It was a great evening out with food, fun and sun.


OPEN HOUSE AT KRAP: On, June 20, Rapid City Regional Airport had an Open House. The squadron

worked hard along with other members from Custer and Spearfish to provide crowd control and parking detail
for the day. We also helped set up/take down the event barricades. Although busy, we still managed to recruit
two new members and share CAP with many others. Lt. Jack Jensen and SM Jordan Tremblay had our aircraft
on static display. Our squadron provided nine members participating, Crazy Horse had five, and Lookout
Mountain had two. It was a great team effort.

PROMOTIONS
Senior Member Promotion
Congratulations to Jeffrey Dill of Rushmore Composite Squadron on his permanent appointment
as a CAP Lieutenant Colonel! His retired USAF rank has been accepted by the North Central
Region.
Cadet Officer Promotions
Congratulations to Tyler Gross of Big Sioux Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Major! In addition, C/Maj Gross has been appointed to his squadron’s cadet staff as Operations
Officer.
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Congratulations to Nicholas Nash of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the
rank of Cadet First Lieutenant! In addition, C/Lt Nash has been appointed to his squadron’s
cadet staff as Administrative Officer.
Congratulations to Levi Woodard of Rushmore Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Second Lieutenant and receipt of the milestone Billy Mitchell Award!

Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Promotions
Congratulations to Steven Diaconu of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Chief Master Sergeant and receipt of the Dr. Robert H Goddard Award!

Congratulations to Nathaniel Fleet of Big Sioux Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Senior Master Sergeant and receipt of the Jimmy Doolittle Award!

Congratulations to Julia Lair of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on her promotion to the rank of
Cadet Master Sergeant and receipt of the Charles Lindbergh Award!

Congratulations to Kyle Clement of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, to Andrew Toft of Big Sioux
Composite Squadron, and to Peter Iverson of Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron on promotion to
the rank of Cadet Technical Sergeant and receipt of the Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Award!

Congratulations to Robert Boecker of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Staff Sergeant and receipt of the Wright Brothers Award!

Cadet Airman Promotions
Congratulations to Christopher Schuppan and Taylor Umland-Moyer, both of Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron, on promotion to the rank of Cadet Senior Airman and receipt of the Mary Feik Award!
Congratulations to Darin Burke of Big Sioux Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Airman First Class and receipt of the General Hap Arnold Award!

Congratulations to Mark Sweebe of Big Sioux Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Airman and receipt of the General J.F. Curry Award!
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KUDOS
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Buck DeWeese of the Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron who has
completed Level V of the Senior Member Professional Development Program!

Congratulations to C/Maj Brandon West of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, the Wing’s newest
Transport Mission Pilot (TMP)! To become a TMP, Cadet West had to accrue 100 hours as Pilot-inCommand and 50 cross country flight hours. As a TMP, he will be able to transport senior members
to conferences, meetings, and SAREX’s and be able to fly the airborne repeater missions.
Congratulations to SM Carl Lustywallis of Rushmore Composite Squadron on completion of Level I
of the Senior Member Professional Development Program! In addition, he has been appointed the
squadron’s Assistant Aerospace Education Officer.

Congratulations to Capt. Jordan Tremblay of Rushmore Composite Squadron who has been appointed
as the squadron’s Vehicle Officer.

TAPS
The cadets of Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron derive pleasure and pride in their interactions with
various community activities. Less often, bug significantly, they have been called upon to participate in more
solemn roles. Such was the case with the internment of CAP Lt. Col. Keith Collins at the Black Hills National
Cemetery.
Lt. Col. Keith Collins was one of the key figures in the founding of the Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
in the West River area in 1987. He served the squadron for many years and, while not the very first, was one of
the early squadron commanders there. Civil Air Patrol and LMCS was a very important part of his life.
After Keith passed away several months ago his wife, Lorraine, in planning the memorial service for internment
of his ashes, specifically requested LMCS cadets present a flag line in his honor at the ceremony. As Keith was
a veteran, military honors would have been accorded him at the Black Hills Cemetery. However, as CAP was
such a large part of his life Lorraine asked that only a CAP Honor Guard be posted at the internment service.
The cadets were honored to fulfill her request on Monday, 8 June. Two impressive flag lines of four cadets each
greeted the guests at the entrance to the chapel at the Black Hills National Cemetery. After all were gathered,
they marched inside to flank the assembly during the service. They preceded the guests out and flanked them as
they exited the chapel.
The cadets comprising the CAP entourage were Cadet Commander C/Lt Bradley Blansett, C/Lt Jared Doyle,
C/CMSgt Justin Harris, C/CMSgt Connor Caneva, C/SMSgt Ryan Harris, C/MSgt Austin Raucher, C/MSgt
Keyvin Raucher, and C/SSgt Peter Iverson. Anchoring each of the flag lines were Capt. Bill Collister, and Lt.
Col. Buck DeWeese.

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“THE SKYCHASER”
South Dakota Wing Electronic Newsletter for July 2015
Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force - Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond
Publishers: Wing Commander Colonel John Seten / Wing Vice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Larson
Editor: Major Bruce Kipp Wing Public Affairs Officer (605) 261-4507 paa.sdwg@gmail.com

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WING TIPS
CAP CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL CEREMONIES:
Governor Dennis Daugaard will present World War II era CAP
members Pauline Brehe and Lois Schmidt their Congressional
Gold Medals at 1330 on Monday, 24 August, at the governor's
office at the Capitol in Pierre. Lois and Pauline were founding
members of the Pierre Composite Squadron and among the first
women in not just South Dakota but the United States to become
CAP members. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Maj.
Todd Epp (todd.epp@sdcap.us) by 1700 CT, 20 August. Maj.
Epp needs to let the Governor's staff know how many will be in attendance. There will be a news crew from
Pierre station KGFX covering the event.

The 2015 Joint Dakota Encampment was held from 10-19 July at Camp
Rapid, SD. This year’s encampment logo bears the motto “Omnia Vincit Animus”
(Courage Conquers All). The theme for the encampment was “Cadet Leadership”.
Under the supervision of Encampment Commander Maj. Nick Gengler and his staff
of senior members, the cadet staff, from Cadet Commander down to the Flight
Sergeants and supernumeraries, planned and conducted the encampment. Cadets
leading and teaching cadets. Military customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies,
physical fitness, small arms marksmanship, night field training maneuvers, obstacle
course and leadership confidence course, and training on the skills and techniques of
leadership were just some of the activities at the encampment. Attendance at an
encampment qualifies cadets to participate in more advanced summer opportunities such as flight academies. Of
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course, this year’s general encampment attendees will have the opportunity to return next year, this time as
cadet staff/instructors.
Maj. Gengler reports 81 members attended the encampment: 22 Senior Members (3 NDWG and 19 SDWG),
and 59 cadets (16 NDWG, 1 each from MOWG, IDWG, MNWG, and 40 SDWG). Two of the highlights of the
encampment was the tour of the SDANG Helicopters at the Army Aviation Support Facility at the Rapid City
Regional Airport and the Air and Space Museum outside Ellsworth AFB. The cadets did some great team
building exercises at the Leadership Reaction Courses at Camp Rapid West. We also got to see live training of
the Officer Basic Course going on at Camp Rapid West for NCOs that the Army National Guard selected to
train as Officers. To wrap it all up we had a big banquet at the end at Ellsworth AFB. We had 20 guests show
up to view the graduation of cadets. Overall it was a successful Encampment and everyone had a great time.
Wing Commander Col. John Seten and Wing Vice Commander Lt. Col. Richard Larson travelled to Camp
Rapid for a briefing on Encampment operations and to meet and speak with the staff and participants.

COL. SETEN SPEAKS WITH STAFF (LEFT), LT. COL. LARSON SPEAKS WITH ATTENDEES (RIGHT)

LOW-LEVEL ROUTE SURVEYS: Each

year the South Dakota Air National Guard
requests SDWG carry out low-level route
surveys (LLRS) of selected military aerial
training routes and of aerial Military Operations
Areas (MOA). These military air training routes
cover southeastern South Dakota, northwestern
Iowa and northeastern Nebraska leading to and
from the O’Neill MOA. The task is to search for
uncharted hazards to low-flying military pilots
such as antenna towers, changes to charted
towers, and to locate noise sensitive areas - stock
pens/feedlots of which there are a vast number
between Sioux City and Omaha.
Over six days in July, SDWG aircrews flew
fourteen sorties for a total of 41.4 flight hours.
On 29 July, a crew of Capt. Neil Schmid
(Mission Pilot), SM Kevin Kayser (Mission Scanner), and Capt. Jerry Zurovski (Mission Observer) flew the
final two LLRS sorties for this year. The initial 3.5 hour sortie was flying over the south half of the O’Neill
MOA. The crew landed for fuel and a much needed rest stop at the airport in Norfolk, Nebraska.
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Pictured here, the three aircrew members stand next to the airport’s
courtesy car for use by visitors. Fortunately for us, in the building is
an excellent restaurant with an unbelievable $9.00 hamburger, so
driving off-airport wasn’t necessary. Following lunch the intrepid
SDWG air crew completed the final three-hour LLRS sortie of the
year without any weather issues, which is rare at this time of the
year.
When SDWG flew a LLRS, a command post is set up for C3 support
for the aircraft. SDWG Capt. Neil Schmid served as Incident
Commander. Sioux Falls Composite Squadron’s Lt. Jerry Hayden
was this year’s Operations Section Chief and Capt. Matt Meert was the Planning Coordinator.
Wing Commander Col. John Seten commended all of people involved, “The annual Low-Level Route Survey
Mission is a very important one for the safety of military pilots training in the area. We are pleased and proud
that the South Dakota Air National Guard entrusts this critical mission to us. All of our volunteer CAP aircrew
members are to be commended for their dedication and professionalism in carrying out this mission.”
AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEYS: SDWG flew nine aerial
surveys of terrestrial wildlife over seven days in July in support of
the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South Dakota
State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and
elk while SDSU surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The
result was 32.6 hours flying over western South Dakota and the
Black Hills. The CAP pilot for three of the sorties was Lt. Col.
Gary Hewett; two sorties were flown by Lt. Col. Buck DeWeese,
and four sorties by Lt. Col. Albert Trumble. Depending on whom
the sortie supported he was accompanied by one or more
representatives from SDSU or from Game, Fish & Parks. The
photo shows a mountain lion with a radio-telemetry collar.
LT. COL. MCKENNEY DEPLOYS TO PEORIA: SDWG’s Lt. Col. Nancy McKenney deployed to

Peoria, IL, on 20 July to assist the Red Cross. “They had a little bit of everything; flooding, tornadoes and more
rain,” she said. The bad weather, tornadoes, torrential rain, flooding, started in June and has been ongoing. In
Peoria she’ll handle government liaison work with the Red Cross. Previously, she has handled “mass care” making sure the various Red Cross shelters have enough personnel, supplies and equipment. She had just left
the 2015 Joint Dakotas Encampment when the Red Cross called asking her is she would be willing to deploy.
Lt. Col. McKenney is frequently called on to deploy for weeks at a time when disaster strikes. Earlier this year,
she was sent to Corpus Christi, Texas, for three weeks when flooding hit the state.[Update: Lt. Col. McKenney
is back home safe and sound.]
Source: The Capitol Journal, Posted: Monday, July 20, 2015 10:25 pm/Updated: 10:31 pm, Mon Jul 20, 2015.
http://www.capjournal.com/news/pierre-volunteer-assists-with-disaster-efforts-in-illinois/article_312fed66-2f58-11e5-bb3c-b70044ebe321.html

ELLSWORTH AIRMEN DEPLOY TO AFGHANISTAN: 350 airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base are
deploying to southwest Asia to provide support to forces in Afghanistan. A portion of the 28th Bomb Wing’s B1 bomber fleet shipped out from the base in western South Dakota on 24 July. The airmen are going to provide
air support and presence over Afghanistan. Officials say they’ll also conduct a variety of tasks to provide
critical battlefield support and long-range strike capabilities. The deployment is expected to last six months.
Source: Argus Leader, Sunday, 26 July 2015, Page 3A.

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STAFF NOTES
WING DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS
Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, CAP

SUBJECT: NATIONAL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WEEKEND
TUBING DOWN THE NIOBRARA RIVER 11-13 SEPTEMBER 2015
Squadrons - please send names of all seniors and cadets planning to attend this activity to Lt. Col. Linda
Buechler no later than August 28, 2015. We need a list of names for tube reservations. There is a $30.00 tube
rental per person. Either make payment via Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/niobrara-rafting-tickets17975232404 (there is a service fee for Eventbrite) or send the $30.00 to SD Wing HQ, 4275 Airport Road,
Suite A, Rapid City, SD 57703. Deadline for fee and names of persons attending is August 28, 2015. No
additions after this date.
Please bring enough coolers for your squadron to hold water for your members to prevent dehydration, or, tube
coolers rent for $10 each at the activity. Payment for coolers rented must also be remitted by the August
28 deadline. NO SODA ALLOWED ON THE TUBING ACTIVITY itself. Wing will be providing the meals
for Saturday.
We will be bivouacking at Stormy's in downtown (Main Street) Winner. It is suggested squadrons arrive on
Friday evening (even late in the evening). There are no showers available at this facility. Bring sleeping bags,
etc. as you would for a SAREX. We will leave early Saturday morning - it is a 1 hour drive to the site. From our
pickup site, they will transport us by bus to the drop off point where they will have all the requested tubes
waiting. Very Important - There Are No Last Minute Adds For Additional Tubes. This will be a six-seven
hour tubing experience. Life jackets are provided with the tube. We will be stopping throughout the activity for
lunch, waterfall, etc.
Suggested wear for Saturday is either black or blue shorts and black t-shirts. Bring sunscreen, bug repellent,
towel (optional), water camera, etc. Please wear footwear - suggested is water shoes or water sandals, no flip
flops footwear.
We have food from encampment for meals - hamburgers, etc., available on Friday evening. You will need to
pay for your own breakfast on Sunday morning as you leave for home. Planning is to provide meals
for Saturday - more on this later. There is no cost for the meals at this event except Sunday breakfast.
At this time, transportation will be paid for corporate vehicles.

SQUADRON HIGHLIGHTS
BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-58, BROOKINGS)
(See Cadet Officer Promotions Section)

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CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-068, CUSTER)
(Items submitted by Lt. K. Bierwirth)
SUBORDINATE UNIT INSPECTION: The squadron is in a frenzy preparing for our SUI which will take
place in early September. We are diligently working to ensure everything is ready and everyone is standing tall.
NEW CADET: Welcome to our newest cadet, Ethan Updike. We are pleased that you have joined CAP

and proud that you are a member of our squadron!
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-063, SPEARFISH)
(Items submitted by Lt. Col. Hopewell, photos by Capt. Collister)
SPEARFISH INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE: The squadron participated in a big way in the Spearfish
4th of July parade. A color guard consisting of the C/Lt Justin Harris, C/SMSgt Ryan Harris and C/CMSgt
Connor Caneva lead the squadron van while BDU clad cadets C/Lt Doyle, C/AB Anderson and C/Col William
Small followed the van demonstrating L-PER radio-direction-finding gear. After the parade a recruiting table
was set up in Spearfish Park. Cadet Doyle, who inexplicably had brought along his trombone, spontaneously
joined the 7th Cavalry Drum & Bugle Corp out of Rapid City in performing patriotic songs in Spearfish Park.
We had some distinguished guests as World’s Junior Teen Miss South Dakota Tourism 2015 and World’s Teen
Miss Sturgis Tourism 2015 requested that their pictures be taken with our group. Senior member participants
were: Lt. Col. Jim Hopewell, Capt. Sylvia Small, Lt. David Small III and Maj. David Small. After all events
were completed the CAP contingent retreated to Culver's to cool off with ice cream treats.

PIERRE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-038, PIERRE)
(See Cadet Airman Promotions Section)
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RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-031, RAPID CITY)
(Item submitted by Lt. Black)
ELLSWORTH AFB AIRSHOW: The squadron will be participating in the Ellsworth Air Force Base Air
Show 15-16 August. We will set up and staff a recruiting booth. There will be two CAP aircraft on static
display, our Cessna-182 and a Cessna-172 from Pierre Composite Squadron. In addition, personnel from Crazy
Horse, Lookout Mountain, and Pierre Composite Squadrons will be supporting this event.

SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-050, SIOUX FALLS)
(Items by Capt. Erickson, Capt. West, Lt. Col. Larson, photos by Capt. West)
HORACE MANN STUDENTS VISIT: On 21 July, the squadron was visited by students and teachers from

Horace Mann Elementary School in Sioux Falls. The students had read a book on wilderness flying and wanted
to get a better understanding of what they had read. Their teacher, Mr. Todd Peterson, contacted Lt. Col. Larson
for assistance. Lt. Col. Larson arranged for the squadron to set up flight simulators and had cadets on hand to
assist and answer questions. Then the group trooped over to the hanger where they received a briefing and got
to examine the squadron’s aircraft. The students gained an elementary understanding of how a plane works,
what it takes to fly a plane and experienced siting in the pilot seat. Participants were Members that assisted the
visit were Lt. Col. Larson, Maj. Todd Epp, Capt. Jerry Zurovski, C/ Lt Nash, and C/CMSgts Hayden and
Roblewski. We will host several more students soon and hope to get Mr. Peterson a "fly a teacher" flight.

EMERGENCY SERVICES TRAINING: On 23 July, several cadets trained on ground-to-air signals. The
cadets laid out the various colored panels used to communicate information from a ground search team to a
CAP aircraft overhead. In the left photo are C/SrA Taylor Moyer, C/SrA Catherine Foy, C/SSgt Robert Boecker
and C/SrA Christopher Schuppan. In the right photo are C/SrA Moyer and C/SSgt Boecker.

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CADET ATTENDS CAP’S NATIONAL OFFICERS SCHOOL: Cadet Major Nicole Schneider attended

CAP’s prestigious National Cadet Officers School from 19-29 July. The NCOS is an academically challenging
program designed to develop cadets’ broader understanding of leadership as a discipline. She joined 120 cadet
colleagues from 36 states at NHQ at Maxwell Air Force Base for the 10-day, college-level course.
CADET ATTENDS NATIONAL BLUE BERET: C/Lt Devon Brown attended this year’s National Cadet
Special Activity “Blue Beret” at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual airshow “AirVenture 2015”
held at Wittman Regional Airport at Oshkosh, WI.

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PROMOTIONS

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Cadet Officer Promotions
Although not a promotion per se, congratulations to Nicole Schneider of the Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron on her appointment as Cadet Operations Officer (Phase IV – Executive/Achievement 14), the
first ghost rank before rising to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel!
Congratulations to Blake Hayden of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, to Jaden Petersen of Big Sioux
Composite Squadron, and to Justin Harris of Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron on promotion to
the rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant and receipt of the milestone Billy Mitchell Award!

Cadet Airman Promotions
Congratulations to Tyler Eberle of the Rushmore Composite Squadron and to John Hall of the Pierre
Composite Squadron on their promotion to the rank of Cadet Senior Airman and receipt of the Mary
Feik Award!
Congratulations to Oscar Holmberg of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank
of Cadet Airman First Class and receipt of the General Hap Arnold Award!

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Congratulations to Peter Engels of Big Sioux Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Airman and receipt of the General J.F. Curry Award!

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KUDOS

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Wing Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Gary Rae has been appointed as an Assistant Wing Historian for his
outstanding skills in locating and helping verify the eligibility of South Dakota World War II CAP
veterans for the award of the CAP Congressional Gold Medal!
Congratulations to 2nd Lt. James Meert of the Rushmore Composite Squadron who completed the
CAP Officer Basic Course!

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“THE SKYCHASER”
South Dakota Wing Electronic Newsletter for August 2015
Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force - Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond
Publishers: Wing Commander Colonel John Seten / Wing Vice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Larson
Editor: Major Bruce Kipp Wing Public Affairs Officer (605) 261-4507 paa.sdwg@gmail.com

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP and Like us on Twitter at @SDWingCAP

WING TIPS
REDCAP – On 18 August, the Union County Office of Emergency Management requested SDWG assist the
Union County Sheriff in the search for the body of a swimmer reported missing near Elk Point on the Missouri
River. On 19 August, a Sioux Falls based CAP Cessna-182 took off and flew to the geographic coordinates of
the beach where the swimmer entered the water then searched downstream towards Ponca City making several
passes along the area. The CAP aircrew consisted of Capt. Neil Schmidt (Mission Pilot), C/Maj Brandon West
(Mission Observer) and Lt. Manny Steele (Mission Scanner). A second sortie was planned for late afternoon to
take advantage of shadows cast by the changing position of the sun. However the body was located by ground
units after the first sortie had returned to base and a second sortie was not needed.

LEFT - SPIDERTRACKS SHOWING THE CAP AIRCRAFT SEARCH PATTERN
RIGHT - GROUND SEARCH VEHICLES AND BOAT TRAILERS OF UNION COUNTY SHERIFF AND STATE GAME FISH AND PARKS

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LEFT – EXTENT OF THE SEARCH AREA
RIGHT – A SEARCH BOAT (CENTER LEFT) CHECKS SNAGS AND SAND BARS FOR THE BODY OF THE MISSING SWIMMER

SPLIT SAREX: On 29 August, the South Dakota Wing held its second state-wide training exercise for

2015. The activity is referred to as a “Split SAREX” (Search and Rescue Exercise), split because coordinated
training is conducted simultaneously in the East River and West River areas. The focus was training aircrews,
ground search teams and command staffs by using realistic search and rescue scenarios that mirror Civil Air
Patrol’s real-world activity.
In the West River area an Incident Command Post was set up at the Wing Headquarters in Rapid City. They
were joined by aircraft, vehicles and personnel from the Pierre Composite Squadron in Pierre and from the
Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer. Under the control of Incident Commander Col. Mike Beason three
CAP aircraft flew search and rescue sorties from the squadron’s hangar at the Rapid City Regional airport. In
addition, one ground search team operated from the squadron headquarters conducting similar training exercises
as the aircraft. The Ground Team and the aircraft used interoperable communications to provide updated search
information to each other.

LEFT – INCIDENT COMMAND POST AT WING HEADQUARTERS
CENTER – WEST RIVER GROUND TEAM PLANS THEIR SEARCH MISSION NEAR PACTOLA LAKE
RIGHT – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD PILOT “BOB” WHO EJECTED WAS LOCATED ALIVE AND WELL

In the East River area, a Staging Base was set up at the headquarters of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron at
the Sioux Falls Airport. They were joined there by aircraft, vehicles and personnel from Big Sioux Composite
Squadron from Brookings. Three CAP aircraft and three ground teams conducted training exercises similar to
those in the West River area.
A Split SAREX gives participants the chance to work with Wing units that don’t often have the opportunity to
train together with massed assets. The benefit of such training is teamwork and coordination between command
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staff, aircrews and ground teams. In addition, a great deal of individual skills training was also accomplished.
ELLSWORTH AFB AIRSHOW: By Maj. David Small. Saturday, 15 August, dawned warm and clear - a

perfect day for an air show. By 0900 the crowds were pouring in, by the end of the weekend it was reported
that over 17,000 people had visited the airshow. World War II and Korean War vintage aircraft performed for
the crowd. At 1430 the Air Force Thunderbirds performed as the highlight of the show. Through it all over 20
CAP volunteers from Rushmore, Pierre and Lookout Mountain, cadets and seniors, hosted the hordes of visitors
wanting a peek in a CAP 172 and 182 - and perhaps a chance to climb in the cockpit. Many more asked lots of
questions and learned about CAP's role in the community. Maj Craig Goodrich worked with Ellsworth AFB
personnel to get a CAP table and two aircraft in a prominent location at the show.
On Sunday the crowds were a bit thinner but no less traffic at the CAP table. Even USAF personnel from F-15
aircrew to Academy cadets came by to learn about CAP. Lt. Col DeWeese regaled two Academy sophomores
with his stories as a T-38 instructor.
Members from all squadrons save Brookings made it to the show. Lt. Kris Bierwirth brought a contingent of
cadets from Custer to enjoy the show on Sunday. Lt. Col. Greg Lair and C/SMSgt Julia Lair came from as far
away as Sioux Falls. The Pine Ridge Squadron at Chadron, Nebraska squadron sent a contingent and one visitor
introduced himself as a CAP senior member from the Las Vegas Composite Squadron
By Sunday afternoon we left for home sunburned and tired but with a list of over fifty people who showed an
interest in CAP. Hopefully, we will have several new members who found CAP last weekend.

PERIPATETIC NANCY: Once again SDWG’s Lt. Col. Nancy McKenney is deploying to assist the Red

Cross. This time she is off to Browning Montana. The Red Cross is providing support and assistance to just
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about everybody, responders and victims of the wildfires plaguing the western states. Lt. Col. McKenney
commented that as Canada is right next door she will have to have her passport with her.
I’LL BE BACK: As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in the terminator movies “I’ll be back” Lt. Col. Rick
Larson, Capt. Neil Schmid and Maj. EW Filler went to Carson City, Nevada on 31 August to retrieve our
refurbished Cessna-172 (N97947). Our aircraft underwent a
complete makeover by Carson City Air Services. Our pilots
will train on the new “GlassHawk” systems before they fly it
back to Sioux Falls. The aircraft received a new paint job, a
new interior, an all-new Garmin G500 "glass" avionics suite,
and more. The refurbished CAP Cessna-172 will add yet
another technologically advanced aircraft to South Dakota
Wing’s two Garmin G1000-equipped Cessna-182s. We are
also currently operating a Minnesota Wing Cessna-182 with
retractable landing gear out of Brookings Regional Airport.

CAPT. SCHMID, MAJ. EW FILLER, LT. COL. LARSON PRIOR TO MISSION

NEW "GLASSHAWK" INSTRUMENT PANEL

AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEYS: SDWG flew eleven aerial surveys of terrestrial wildlife over seven days

in August in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South
Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while
SDSU surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 29 hours flying over
western South Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for six of the sorties was
Maj. Craig Goodrich; three sorties were flown by Lt. Col. Buck DeWeese and two
sorties by Lt. Col. Albert Trumble. Depending on whom the sortie supported they
were accompanied by one or more representatives from SDSU or from Game, Fish &
Parks.

STAFF NOTES
WING COMMANDER
Col. John Seten, CAP

I am pleased to inform you that South Dakota Wing was selected for recognition as the North Central Region
winner of the Homeland Security/Counterdrug Mission Award. I accepted this major award on behalf of the
Wing during the General Assembly session of the 2015 CAP National Conference in Orlando, Fl. I can think of
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no greater accolade for the Wing than to be recognized by our peers with this award. It is a testament to the
dedication and professionalism of our members that South Dakota Wing is preeminent in CAP.
I am equally pleased to inform you that Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, SDWG Director of Cadet
Programs, Drug Demand Reduction Program Administrator and Health Services Officer, was
named the Civil Air Patrol Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year for 2015. She was
presented this prestigious national award by CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joseph
Vazquez at the 2015 CAP National Conference in Orlando, Fl. Her award is further testament
to the outstanding caliber of people we have administering our Wing programs.

WING DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS
Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, CAP

Great things are happening with Cadet Programs! Go to the national CAP website and click on cadet news.
Read the booklet Cadet News + Innovations. A few items of interest include:
There is a change to physical training; due to injuries cadets no longer do the shuttle run. A change is coming
that allows mile runs to be "banked" during inclement weather such as in the winter. For now - commanders are
asked to stop the shuttle run. Also, a possible "pacer run" is being worked on - more on that to come.
Cadet Aviation Ground School is a partnership with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets. This is a two week course with
intensive classroom training and a modern curriculum that leads cadets to passing a practice version of the FAA
written exam. Participants must have passed an encampment. It’s an inexpensive alternative to flight
academies. Go to capmembers.com/GroundSchool for more information
Cyber Defense Training Academy in 2016. With support of the 24th Air Force at Lackland AFB, TX, CAP is
hosting cyber-themed NCSAs in 2016. This will include schools for new students, advanced students, and
instructors. Also aiming for regional in-person workshops for prospective Cyber Patriot coaches - supported by
CAP NHQ funding and personnel.
Subject to the National Uniform Committee assisting with technical uniform-related matters, in the works is a
Cadet STEM Badge. Because cadets tend to do more with Model Rocketry through the STEM program,
CAP/CC is working on a Cadet STEM Badge which would encourage cadets to include working on other
STEM projects. This would have a Technician, Senior, and Master level program. Look for this possible change
in the future.
The Training Leaders of Cadets Course is in revision. National Timeline is as follows:
1. Develop TLC Basic Course and TLC intermediate Course prototypes in Spring 2015, field test at the CAP
Annual Conference - which was done.
2. Launch full TLC Basic and Intermediate Courses in December 2015.
3. Launch TLC Advanced Courses in April, 2016.
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Check out http://www.capmembers.com/cadet_programs/library/proving_grounds.cfm. CAP is developing an
advanced leadership program for college-aged cadets (must be at least 18 years of age) who wish to remain
active in CAP though they are often living away from home and not able to serve in a traditional role in the
squadron.
CPFT proposed changes would replace CPFT with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Rewrite CAPP 5218 with practical ideas for squadron fitness activities, nutrition information and testing protocols. Move to
quarterly CPFTs and allow results to "count" for six months. Gain appropriated (AF) funding for fitness
equipment and activity kits.
Introduce a new Fitness Excellence Badge for cadets who surpass promotion requirements; cadets would requalify every six months to keep the badge. Testing events would be about the same - 1-mile run, push-ups,
curl-ups, and sit-and-reach, though rules for latter have changed slightly. Shuttle run will be replaced with "the
pacer". Pacer objective is to run as long as possible across a 15-meter field (e.g. long hallway) at a specified
pace that gets faster over time. There will be a big difference in scoring and interpretation of results. Again, I
recommend everyone read the booklet for detailed information. One great thing with the new program would
be cadets test quarterly - testing is good for 6 months and would be used with each achievement during that six
month time. This will be field tested by squadrons invited to trial this new program before being approved.

WING HISTORIAN
Maj. Todd Epp, CAP
On 21 August, I set up a CAP exhibit in the lobby of the public library in Canton, just south of Sioux Falls.
Items included are a "Smurf suit" loaned by Lt. Col. Myra Christensen, a Corporate Dress Uniform loaned by
Maj. Todd Epp, various rank insignia and patches, DDR materials, model rockets, models of a Cessna-172 and
Cessna-180 in CAP livery, various awards and plaques, photos of Sioux Falls cadets at the airport in 1945,
blow-ups of WWII era newspaper articles about the creation of SDWG and CAP, and informational placards on
SDWG’s history and missions. I thought you might like to see some photos of the exhibit. My thanks to head
librarian Edith Nelson and librarians Jonette Chaon and Jane Klemme in helping to make this exhibit possible.

CAP HISTORICAL EXHIBIT AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN CANTON

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WING STANDARDS/EVALUATION OFFICER
Maj. Craig Goodrich, CAP

Around 7 September, SDWG, NDWG, and MTWG will start to fly Low-Level Route Surveys of the newly
expanded Powder River Training Complex – a series of Military Operations Areas (MOA’s). The areas of the
Powder River MOA Training Complex that require a Low Level Survey measure approximately 15,400 Sq NM.
Watch your email for news about it. We will be looking for crews to fly a lot, very soon.

POWDER RIVER TRAINING COMPLEX

DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Col. Mary Donley, CAP

I went to several interesting sessions at the National Board Meeting held last week in Orlando. I hope all
squadrons have found the New Level I implemented last fall to be a better fit when new members join. It is so
important to get them started right away and involved in the training they need to be active, productive
members. Make sure all Seniors have completed the new CPPT before working with or being around cadets!
We have many Seniors that could be promoted but are missing just one part of the puzzle for promotion. With
the new Level I a member must enroll in a Specialty Track before Level I is complete. Remember: Specialty
Tracks have levels! You start out with none, then Technician, Senior and Master. Do you know how to get from
one level of your rating to the next? Here’s what you do: Read CAPR 50-17 Senior Program Regulation. It has
a chart in the back that shows everything you need to progress through each level. The good news is you can do
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anything on that chart in any order (except Region Staff College and National Staff College). Now that you
know what your Specialty Track is you need to go to the Pamphlet section of the Publications and find your
Specialty Track. They start with number 200 through 227. It tells you all about your Specialty Track and what
you need to do to progress and the timeline it will take to go from Technician to Senior to Master. Find
someone in your squadron or the wing that can mentor you, someone in the same Specialty Track or the
Squadron Commander. Some have online tests to progress but 99% of each Specialty Track is on the job, doing
the job, and using the outlines in the pamphlet that correlates with your track.
Every Senior should also keep track of all their activities: SAREX’s, Wing or Region Conferences, Awards.
They all count as far as promotions and awards are concerned. Use the CAPF-45 found online. I don’t know
about you but I can’t remember everything and need to write things down. This is where you can do it!!
I challenge every member to go to eServices and find out what you need in order to finish the Level you are in
and then DO IT!!! If you need help contact me at: mary.donley@sdcap.us and we can figure it out together!!
Next month I am going to focus on Awards—so be prepared!!

WING ADMINISTRATOR
Ms. Rachel Kuecker

Please do not let me forget something you sent. If you do not hear back from me, please remind me. It’s easy
to overlook an e-mail or misplace a file (have you seen my desk?) at times, but if that one is your check request
or a Squadron members check, I will feel bad. So please remind me, let me know you sent something and have
not heard back from me. Calling me would be a good idea as well.

SQUADRON HIGHLIGHTS
BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-58, BROOKINGS)
(See Promotions Section under Cadet NCO Promotions below)
CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-068, CUSTER)
(Items by Lt. K. Bierwirth, photos by Capt. V. Bierwirth)
SUBORDINATE UNIT INSPECTION: In Real Estate location is the key word for selling property BUT,

we’re not selling property we’re selling us; our unit, that is, for the SUI. So the last few months our members
have been hearing organize, organize, organize! Preparing for the upcoming inspection is making us look better
and feel better. What a job it is preparing for one, but after this the next one will go smoother.
PROSPECITVE CADETS: We’ve had three cadet prospects attend our meetings. Hopefully we’ll grow.
DAKOTA THUNDER AIRSHOW: Several of us attended the Dakota Thunder Air Show on the 15th and

16th at Ellsworth AFB. What an amazing event. It was so fascinating it renewed our energy! Our members were
able to watch the Thunderbirds perform after which we were able to chat with a couple of the pilots. Awesome!
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RACK ROW: THUNDERBIRD PILOT CAPT. ALEXANDER GOLDFEIN, C/LT JASON PARRY, C/SMSGT THOMAS DILLON, THUNDERBIRD
PILOT MAJ. JOSH BOUDREAUX. FRONT ROW: C/AMN HUNTER RICE, C/SRA ANTHONY DILLON

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-063, SPEARFISH)
(Items by Lt. Col. Hopewell, photos by Capt. Collister)
CADET COMMAND CHANGE: On 20 August, a ceremony was held at the squadron headquarters on the
campus of the Black Hills Airport. With the ceremonial passing of the unit guidon C/2nd Lt. Bradley Blansett
transferred authority as Cadet Commander to C/1st Lt Jared Doyle. Lt. Col. Buck DeWeese presided, assisted by
C/CMSgt Connor Caneva.

BILLY MITCHELL AWARD: Also at the ceremony on 20 August, C/2nd

Lt Justin Harris was officially presented with the Billy Mitchell Award. This
prestigious award is earned through considerable time, study and testing. The
Billy Mitchell Award, the second of four “milestone” awards, is most notable as
it marks a cadet’s progress as he transitions from the cadet enlisted ranks into
the cadet officer ranks.
Wing Chief of Staff Maj. David Small, Jr. presented the award certificate to
C/2nd Lt Harris.
PIERRE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-038, PIERRE)
(Items by Lt. Col. Gatje)
AUGUST SAREX: Lt. Jon Becker acted as the transport pilot to get Lt. Col. Myra Christensen, Maj. Lee

Vaughan and himself to the SAREX base in Rapid City. During the mission Lt. Col. Christensen and Maj.
Vaughn provided communications coverage by flying the airborne repeater for several hours. This allowed
personnel that might not have had radio coverage to work in contact with base and others, especially during the
ELT searches. Three photo missions were flown with Lt. Col. Chuck Trumble as Pilot-in-Command, Lt. Becker
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as Observer and Capt. Lisa Swanson and Capt. Doug Robbins alternating as photographers. Lt. Col. Christensen
and Maj. David Small worked with the ground teams during an ELT search.
ELLSWORTH AFB OPEN HOUSE DISPLAY: Lt. Col. Myra Christensen flew Cessna-172P (N98776) to
Ellsworth AFB on 14 August to have it in place for a CAP static display on 15-16 August at the 2015 Dakota
Thunder Airshow. Large crowds attended on both Saturday and Sunday with more spectator activity on Sunday.
CAP had two aircraft on display; one from Rapid City, and the Pierre bird. The members involved included Lt.
Col. Christensen, Col. Mike Beason and Maj. Craig Goodrich.
MINNESOTA WING ENCAMPMENT: C/SMSgt Jonathan Gregory attended the 2015 Minnesota Wing
Cadet Encampment recently held at Camp Ripley, MN. C/SMSgt Gregory transferred to the Pierre Composite
Squadron after his family moved to the area. Welcome to Pierre!

RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-031, RAPID CITY)
(See Ellsworth AFB Airshow above)
SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-050, SIOUX FALLS)
(Items by Capt. West, photos by Maj. Johnson)
AOPA ANOKA FLY-IN: [By C/Lt Nicholas Nash] On 21-22 August, squadron members attended
the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Fly-In at the Anoka County Airport in Minnesota. Friday morning
we toured the FAA Air Traffic Control Center in Minneapolis. We were briefed on the missions and
procedures, led through the Center’s work modules on the “floor”, and actually got to sit one-on-one with an
Air Traffic Controller and watch them in action. The next event was a tour of a WWII aviation museum. The
docents were a WWII veteran fighter pilot and a WWII veteran helicopter mechanic. We learned the functions
and design of an ejection seat, saw exclusive footage from 9/11, toured hangers full of old training cockpits and
jet engines, and walked through a static display of WWII aircraft. That evening was the surprise event planned
by Capt. Erickson: the “Cirrus Life” Reception for Cirrus owners. We listened to the President of Cirrus speak
about the new Cirrus Vision Jet, and toured a private hanger full of completely restored vintage aircraft. The
Fly-In officially began Saturday morning. We were on the airfield bright and early for pancakes before splitting
up to see as many airplanes as possible. The day consisted mostly of walking from airplane to airplane, taking
pictures, talking to the pilots, and even sitting in a few cockpits. The Main Stage held interesting guest speakers
all with the same passion for aviation as we have. All in all, the event was a resounding success; one of the most
unique and entertaining Aerospace Education trips of the year!

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CADET COMMAND CHANGE: On 6 August, a traditional and time
honored ceremony was held at squadron headquarters. Cadet Major Nicole
Schneider passed command of the squadron’s Cadet Corps to Cadet First
Lieutenant Nicholas Nash.

Maj. Justin Johnson, who at the time was the Squadron Deputy Commander
for Cadets, presented the squadron guidon to C/1st Lt Nash. In doing so he
symbolically and officially passed to him the authority and responsibility of
command.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: Capt. Jason Erickson held a
Character Development seminar for cadet members of the squadron
at the meeting on 6 August. The seminar was focused on the
importance of mutual respect and the positive impact it can have on
unit discipline and morale. The seminar was well received by the
cadets and engendered some interesting discussion, comments and
suggestions.

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PROMOTIONS

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Senior Member Promotions
Congratulations to Carl Lusty-Wallace, and to Kevin Gross, both of Rushmore Composite Squadron on
their promotion to the rank of Second Lieutenant!
Cadet Officer Advancement
Congratulation to C/1st Lt Devon Brown of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on appointment as
Cadet Administrative Officer (Phase III – Command/Achievement 10),

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Cadet Officer Promotion
Congratulations to Jaden Roblewsky of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank
of Cadet Second Lieutenant and receipt of the milestone Billy Mitchell Award!
Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Promotions
Congratulations to Hannah Becker of the Pierre Composite Squadron, to Julia Lair of the Sioux Falls
Composite Squadron, and to Graham Dinnel of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron on their promotion
to the rank of Cadet Senior Master Sergeant and receipt of the Jimmy Doolittle Award!

Congratulations to Andrew Toft of Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings on his promotion to
the rank of Cadet Master Sergeant and receipt of the Charles Lindbergh Award!

Congratulations to Robert Boecker of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Technical Sergeant and receipt of the Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Award!

Congratulations to Taylor Umland-Moyer of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the
rank of Cadet Staff Sergeant and receipt of the Wright Brothers Award!

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KUDOS

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Congratulations C/CMSgt Josiah Huntington of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron who was recognized
by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Chapter as the Outstanding Squadron NCO of the Year!
The award is based on demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities in CAP, having high moral
character, patriotism and professionalism. The award was presented on behalf of the VFW by squadron
Commander Capt. Jason Erickson.

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Congratulations to C/Lt Nicholas Nash of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron who was recognized by
the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Chapter as the Outstanding Squadron Officer of the Year!
The award is based on demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities in CAP, having high moral
character, patriotism and professionalism. The award was presented on behalf of the VFW by squadron
Commander Capt. Jason Erickson.

Congratulations to Capt. Karla West of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on being awarded a
squadron Challenge Coin in appreciation of her excellence in everything she does in support of the
senior members, the cadets and the missions of the squadron.
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Matt Martin of Rushmore Composite Squadron on successful completion
of his Form-5.

Thank you to Lt. Col. Jerry Densmore for taking care of the Wing HQ’s office while the Wing
Administrator was on vacation.

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CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL UPDATE

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More than 70 years ago, two young women from South Dakota decided they
wanted to do something to help their country during World War II. Pauline
Brehe of Pierre and Lois Schmidt of Agar were part of a small group of women
who served in the South Dakota Civil Air Patrol during the war; something most
girls weren’t doing in the 1940s. A lot has changed in the past seven decades,
but their service hasn't been forgotten. On 24 August, Gov. Dennis Daugaard
presented Congressional Gold Medals to Pauline and Lois for their WWII CAP
service.
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Lois and Pauline were founding members of the Pierre Composite Squadron and among the first women in not
just South Dakota but the United States to become CAP members. Pauline joined CAP in 1942 as a senior
member. She later served in the Army as a medical/surgical technician. The day after the ceremony Pauline
celebrated her 88th birthday. Lois joined CAP in 1943 as a cadet. She returned to CAP in the 1960s and rose to
the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
The medal is being given to members of the Civil Air Patrol during WWII for their role in protecting the U.S.
coasts against German U-boat attacks during the war and in carrying out a wide variety of wartime domestic
missions. Daugaard said during the ceremony at the state Capitol that he was glad to honor the women for
helping create a great legacy of service to the nation.

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“THE SKYCHASER”
South Dakota Wing Electronic Newsletter for September 2015
Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force - Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond
Publishers: Wing Commander Colonel John Seten / Wing Vice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Larson
Editor: Major Bruce Kipp Wing Public Affairs Officer (605) 261-4507 paa.sdwg@gmail.com

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WING TIPS
MOUNTAIN FURY: From 11 to 13 September, eleven Civil Air Patrol pilots from across the South
Dakota Wing participated in “Mountain Fury”, CAP’s Mountain Search Pilot Course. The purpose of the course
was to train CAP Mission Pilots to be mountain-qualified CAP Mission Pilots. The activity was directed by
Maj. Craig Goodrich, Commander of the Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid City. Day one and part of
day two were spent in classes on the physics, skills, techniques and perils of mountain flying. The classroom
training was at the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron Headquarters in Custer. The blocks of classroom
instruction were held on high altitude flying (Capt. Josh Hall), mountain weather (Maj. Craig Goodrich),
mountain flying (Col. Mike Beason) and mountain searching (Capt. Matt Meert).

The rest of day two and day three were spent flying training sorties. Flight operations were at the Custer County
Airport at Custer. Each mission pilot flew four mission training sorties. Although the elevation of the Black
Hills of South Dakota do not provide the kind of mountainous terrain that other mountain states can provide,
many of the sorties were flown up around 10,000 feet MSL, and reduced power settings simulated “real”
mountain flying. Plus, Custer County Airport and Custer State Park Airport are no walk-in-the-park. A pilot
must be thinking about mountain flying to operate in and out of these challenging airports. A total of 25 sorties
were flown during the training with seven of the pilots earning or renewing their Mountain Flying Certification.
Capt. Kurt Johnson of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, one of the mission pilots that went through the training
said, "I personally gained a great deal of experience and respect for operating safely in "hot and high"
environments. Our aircraft take on a whole new set of flight characteristics under these conditions. As pilots,
we all read about this...but, the practical experience provided in this clinic was priceless! I feel no mission pilot
should exercise their ratings in mountainous terrain without this training or similar practical experience!”
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Maj. Goodrich remarked, “Everyone stepped in to help with meals, cleanup, sortie management, and watching
over safety. I especially want to thank the First Baptist Church of Custer, who operates Camp Victory, across
the road from the airport, for their hospitality in allowing us to use their facilities for lodging and meals. The
nearly perfect weather, camaraderie, and storytelling around the campfire each night helped make this weekend
a great event.”

LEFT – SPIDERTRACKS SHOWING THE TRAINING MISSION SORTIES FLOWN IN AD AROUND CUSTER DURING MOUNTAIN FURY
RIGHT – LT. RYAN JONES AND CAPT. JOSH HALL, BOTH OF RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON, PREPARE FOR THEIR FLIGHT

FIRST GLASSHAWK MISSION: From 4 – 6 September, pilot proficiency training and familiarization
with our new glass panel Cessna-172 (N97947) took place. By coincidence the LifeLight Music Festival, held
annually over the Labor Day weekend on the Pederson Farm just east of Worthing was taking place. It provided
the aircrew an excellent opportunity to practice mission skills such as aerial observation, aerial photography and
a chance to test radio interoperability with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Experience was gained using
Spidertracks, the in-flight, near-real-time aircraft tracking system. Personnel involved with the activity on 4
September were Capt. Kurt Johnson (MP), Lt. Col. Rick Larson (MO) and SM Kevin Kayser (MS); on 5
September they were Lt. Jerry Hayden (MP), Lt. Col. Rick Larson (MO) and Lt. Shane Warne; and on 6
September they were Maj. Justin Johnson (MP), Lt. Col. Rick Larson (MO) and Lt. Melanie Schuppan (MS).

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SHE’S BACK-GONE-BACK: Lt. Col. Nancy McKenney of Onida, and a member of

the Wing Staff, deployed to assist the Red Cross in Browning Montana from late August to
early September. Home barely long enough to catch her breath she deployed to California
from late September to early October to assist in disaster relief/shelter operations. The Red
Cross provided assistance to just about everyone; responders and victims of the wildfires
plaguing the western states. Lt. Col. McKenney is now home again, safe and sound.
AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEYS: SDWG flew 13 aerial surveys of terrestrial wildlife over eight days in

September in support of the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South
Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while
SDSU surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 30.1 hours flying over
western South Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for one of the sorties was
Maj. Craig Goodrich; one sortie was flown by Lt. Col. Buck DeWeese and 11 sorties
were flown by Lt. Col. Gary Hewitt. Depending on whom the sortie supported they
were accompanied by one or more representatives from SDSU or from Game, Fish &
Parks.
B-1 TRANSITIONS TO GLOBAL STRIKE: By Amy McCullough. [Edited] The 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess
AFB, Texas, and the 28th BW at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., will hold realignment ceremonies on 28 September,
marking transition of the B-1 fleet from Air Combat Command to Air Force Global Strike Command. The move
means the Air Force's entire bomber fleet - B-52, B-2, and B-1 - will be consolidated under the command of 8th
Air Force. The transition should be relatively seamless for the roughly 7,000 airmen involved. 8th AF
Commander Maj. Gen. Richard Clark told Air Force Magazine, "They will wear a different patch, but aside
from that it won't be a significant change". Even though all three of the service's bombers are "unique weapon
systems," Clark said "the core competency of long-range strike is something common to all" and the B-1
transition will help "build synergy" within the bomber community.
Source: Air Force Magazine, Daily Report for Monday, September 28, 2015.

3-D METAL CESSNA-172 MODEL: Amazon is advertising a 3-D metal

model Cessna-172 (Skyhawk) in CAP livery. The model is marked down from
$22 to $6.62 for Prime members. Supposedly there are only 20 left in stock.
Might be a nice item to add to your CAP collection or to use as a squadron gift or
award.
The
link
is:
http://www.amazon.com/Metal-Earth-3D-ModelSkyhawk/dp/B009UZ7CCK

STAFF NOTES
WING HISTORIAN
Maj. Todd Epp, CAP

I am pleased to announce that the new “Wing History” section of the wing website is now available for viewing.
The new section is part of the celebration of CAP’s and concurrently South Dakota Wing’s 75th Anniversary in
2016. The new section consists of three parts. The first part is “History”. This is where the Wing Historical Staff
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will place documents relating to the history of South Dakota Wing. The second part is “Genealogy”. Maj. Kipp
has worked hard to come up with a list of the units that have been part of South Dakota wing since its founding
in 1941. The third part is “Heraldry”. It contains photos, descriptions and information about the Region, Wing
and Squadron patches. All three parts are works in progress. If anyone has a suggestion as to a document to be
uploaded to history, new, amplifying or correcting information on former SDWG units, or more information on
the patches we wear, please contact a member of the Wing Historical Staff.

DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS
Capt. Jerry Foy, CAP
1 October 2015 is the start of another fiscal year for Civil Air Patrol and a great time for our annual inventory
when we need to account for all CAP items entrusted to our wing. While this message is focused on those in
charge of protecting our wing’s aircraft, vehicles, communication and other equipment and supplies, we are all
responsible to make sure we get the most utilization out of those assets that are entrusted to us. If you know
that any of the above items are no longer needed, not operational, no longer safe, degraded or missing, please
report that information to your Logistics Officer as soon as can. If you are approved to take item(s) out of your
squadron, be sure you have that items signed out on your squadron log book. Sign it back in when it returns and
let your Logistics Officer know immediately if that item is not operational or safe
Yes, we do like to get rid of junk. One year we got rid of 114 items and that included 3 or 4 vehicles. Let your
Logistics Officer know about potential junk who will start the possible disposal through SDWG.
If an item needs repair, we will try to repair it. If you need a spare while your item is being repaired let us know
and will get you a spare. If the item cannot be repaired as determined by your Logistics Officer and SDWG, we
will work to replace that item as funds allow.
If you feel your squadron needs additional equipment, please let us know. We might have stock on what you
need, new or slightly used. We can also receive items from other agencies that no longer need the products.
If your squadron is offered a donation of any equipment, please contact your Logistics Officer before you
accept it. Unless you are the commander, you do not have that authority.
If you have items that do not have the CAP asset tag on them, tell your Logistics Officer. National HQ has
raised the dollar value prior to requiring the items to be tagged and added to our inventory.
If you no longer need equipment, let your Logistics Officer. Another squadron might need it.
If you find an item that you thought was lost (maybe for more than “a while”), bring it back and we will be
happy. Yes, people who cannot find items during our annual inventory sometimes suddenly find that missing
item a month later. It happens a lot. You are ok, just bring it back!
Please take care of your equipment - keep the vehicles cleaned, waxed, oiled and gassed up. Keep your
computers and radios operating properly. You will need our inventory.
Keep your entire inventory ready to use immediately. If you are the Logistics Officer and need assistance, give
me a call.
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SQUADRON HIGHLIGHTS
BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-58, BROOKINGS)
(Items submitted by Capt. Hofer)
MINNESOTA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: We have three members who will attend the Minnesota Wing
Leadership Academy 15-18 October at the Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley, near the city of Little
Falls in central Minnesota. They are: Lt. Josh Hartelt, C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman and C/Lt Jaden Petersen.
SUPPORT TO THE RED CROSS: The squadron provided support to the Red Cross’ Prepare-a-Thon and
Disaster-Themed Fun Walk/Run in Brookings on 19 September. It was an afternoon filled with disaster-themed
events. There were community booths to educate people on how to be prepared when disaster happens and a
children’s obstacle course where they splashed through “flood waters” and climbed over “storm debris”.
LOANER AIRCRAFT: The Minnesota Wing has temporarily loaned a Cessna-182RG, a variant with a
retractable landing gear, to SDWG. We are fortunate that the aircraft is parked here in Brookings where it is
available for operational missions. This was one of the planes shown on the news from our last SAREX.
CADET O-RIDES: We were pleased to have been able to conduct cadet orientation flights in September.
C/A1C Darin Burke and C/Amn Andrew Sweebe were each able to fly twice in September.

CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-068, CUSTER)
(Items submitted by Lt. Bierwirth, photos by Lt. Bierwirth and Capt. Bierwirth)
SUI IS OVER: Whew, our SUI is over. We did very well (whew, big happy sigh!).
GREAT START PARTICIPANT: Cadet Ethan Updike attended the Great Start program recently held by
the Rushmore Composite Squadron. Many thanks to Maj. Goodrich and his crew for holding the event.
MODEL ROCKETRY: Capt. Victoria Bierwirth taught a Goddard rocketry class to several Custer High

School 9th grade classes.

MOUNTAIN FURY/O-RIDES: We hosted the Mountain Fury Course and what an exciting time it was.
Many pilots got some awesome air time and they were even gracious enough to give four of our cadets a feel
for the air. For C/SrA Anthony Dillon, C/SMSgt Thomas Dillon, C/A1C Hunter Rice, and C/AB Updike it was
a thrill of a lifetime. They thought the landings were pretty cool as they were bumpy and a lot of fun. Two
cadets did take the controls and thought it was pretty sweet, the other two decided to wait until next time as it
was their first time in a plane. Lt. Kris Bierwirth even had her first time in a CAP plane and she has decided it
may be a little while before she goes up again.

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AEROSPACE EXCELLENCE AWARD: For a second year in a row our squadron earned the Aerospace

Excellence Award. What a great team we are building!

LT. TIM MODDE, CAPT. JAMES DILLON, C/LT JASON PARRY, C/SMSGT THOMAS DILLON, CADET ETHAN UPDIKE, C/A1C HUNTER RICE,
C/SRA ANTHONY DILLON, CAPT. VICTORIA BIERWIRTH

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-063, SPEARFISH)
(See Cadet Airman Promotions)
PIERRE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-038, PIERRE)
(Items by Lt. Col. Gatje)
RIVER TUBING TRIP CANCELLED: The planned tubing trip down the Niobrara River for members of
the South Dakota Wing was cancelled due to colder than normal weather at the intended location. Due to other
upcoming events and the weather deteriorating into fall, it was determined that it would probably not be feasible
to hold the trip this year. Cadets and seniors that are interested in this trip for next year should contact Lt. Col.
Myra Christensen, Pierre, or Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, Wing Staff. The date for the event will probably be earlier
in the year with the hopes of good weather. Watch for an announcement of the dates for next year.
PIERRE FUN NIGHT: The Squadron recently held their “Fun Night”, which occurs on the fifth Tuesday
of any month that has five Tuesdays. Pizza and soda was served and a movie shown. The squadron and a cadet
parent provided pizza. Everyone definitely had their fill. Best of all, four potential cadets attended the event.

RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-031, RAPID CITY)
(Item and photos submitted by Maj. Goodrich, Capt. Ryan Jones)
CADET GREAT START: On 26 September, new CAP cadets from all three west-river squadrons joined

together at the Rushmore Composite Squadron for a Great Start clinic. Some of the classes covered leadership,
aerospace education, chain of command, the CAP rank structure and proper wear of the uniform. After great
grilled burgers and grilled corn by Chef (Capt.) Ryan Jones, The cadets also completed a physical fitness test
composed of pushups, sit-ups and a one-mile run. The course is the first of its type held in western South
Dakota. Crazy Horse Composite Squadron sent one cadet and Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron sent one
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cadet. C/Lt Doyle also came from Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron and played a key role as instructor
for a portion of the day. He was a huge help with teaching. The course is designed to help our newest cadets
earn their first stripe and the Curry Award. In total the course resulted in 10 cadets receiving their first stripe. It
was a very successful day, the new cadets left for home at the end of the day more motivated than ever about
CAP. See the Cadet Airman Promotions section below for the names of our squadron’s six new Cadet Airmen.
As a special bonus at the end of the day, Cadets Bentley, Mckeehan, Spence and Helgeland all got to fly in their
first CAP orientation flights, thanks to pilots Col. Mike Beason and Lt. Col. Gary Hewett.

WELCOME ABOARD: September was a BUSY month for recruiting!!! We welcome aboard 10 new
cadets and four new senior members to the Rushmore Composite Squadron. The new cadets are: Keri Bentley,
Nathan Carlin, Lucas Dimitt, Keithen Griffin, Mason Helgeland, Amelia Jensen, Ana Mckeehan, Noah Moore,
Andrew Olsen and Brandon Spence. The new Senior Members are: Cheryl Dimitt, David Galluzzo, Merlyn
Mccoy, and Kenton Mckeehan. We are very pleased that you have joined CAP as members of our squadron.

SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-050, SIOUX FALLS)
(Items submitted by Lt. Col. Buechler and Capt. Erickson, photos by Lt. Col. Buechler and Capt. West)
COLOR GUARD PERFORMANCE: On 26 September, the squadron Color Guard performed at the Sioux
Falls Special Olympics Truck Convoy. The World's Largest Truck Convoy is held annually in September.
Drivers from across the state drive their big rigs on a designated route circling Sioux Falls in an effort to raise
money and public awareness for the Special Olympics. Many drivers are accompanied by Special Olympics
athletes during this trek. After the convoy, drivers and athletes were joined by family members, friends and law
enforcement personnel for lunch, entertainment, an auction, and a presentation of awards.

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FROM CADET TO SEAMAN: Lt. Col. Linda Buechler and family attended
her grandson's (Brandon Purkapile) graduation from Great Lakes Naval Training
Center, Chicago, Ill, on Friday, September 4, 2015. Seaman Recruit Purkapile was
a cadet member of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron from 2008-2009 with the rank
of C/Airman. Brandon said CAP training through encampment, cadet curriculum,
and the physical training helped him prepare for training with the Navy and
military life.

After some additional training Brandon will go to the fleet for a month to decide
what his military occupational specialty will be. Currently he is thinking of training
as a Gunner’s Mate. The training focuses on the operation, maintenance, and
troubleshooting of naval guns, missile launchers and torpedoes as well as a strong
emphasis on basic explosives, guidance and tracking systems, small arms, Naval
ammunition classification, and safety. Upon completion of this training, seamen
often continue on to a specialized school, where they learn a particular weapons
system.
SIDEWALK ARTS FESTIVAL: A hardy group of seniors and

cadets dragged themselves out at o-dark thirty (actually 0430) to
provide support to the Sioux Falls Sidewalk Arts Festival. While still
dark the members set up tents, tables and chairs, and placed garbage
and recycling cans throughout the event area.
The one-day downtown festival, held on 12 September, is a fundraiser
for the Visual Arts Center of the Washington Pavilion. The festival
featured over 225 vendors from over 10 states, a large food court and
live entertainment. 40,000 were expected to attend this annual event.
NEW DEPUTY COMMANDER FOR CADETS: As the Irish playwright
George Bernard Shaw wrote, "Progress is impossible without change.” Progress
through change is what the squadron is looking forward to in the coming months.
Maj. Justin Johnson has stepped down as Deputy Commander for Cadets for the
squadron and Maj. Nick Gengler has assumed the role. Johnson stated that his
work schedule is not allowing him to devote the time it takes to run the cadet
program at this time and is pleased that Maj. Gengler is willing to accept the
challenge. Capt. Jason Erickson is looking forward to positive advancement from
the cadet program with leadership from the cadet staff. Maj. Johnson’s mantra was that “the cadets run the
show; seniors are around to offer guidance when needed.” This is something Maj. Gengler plans to uphold. The
cadets at SFCS have a solid program and with the leadership from C/Lt Nick Nash and his staff they will
continue to make the program a success. In the photo C/Lt Nash and Maj. Gengler discuss plans for the cadet
program.
SQUADRON OPEN HOUSE: The squadron will host an open house for the community on 10 October

from 0900-1200 at the hangars northwest of Nelson Engineering on 500 W. Hanger St. Come tour our hangar
and our aircraft, as well as talk to our pilots about their experiences. There will be cadet-led tours of our
Squadron Headquarters. Burgers and dogs will be provided at no charge, members please bring something to
add to the grill out. Those participating, please be at the hangar by 0800 to help setup.
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PROMOTIONS

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Senior Member Promotions
Congratulations to William Collister, commander of Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron, on his
promotion to the rank of Major!
Congratulations to Tim Modde of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Second Lieutenant!
Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Promotions
Congratulations to Nathaniel Fleet of Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings on his promotion
to the rank of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant and receipt of the Dr. Robert H Goddard Award!

Congratulations to Kyle Clement of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the rank of
Cadet Master Sergeant and receipt of the Charles Lindbergh Award!

Cadet Airman Promotions
Congratulations to Hunter Rice of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer on his promotion to the
rank of Cadet Airman First Class and receipt of the General Hap Arnold Award!

Congratulations to Kari Bentley, Spence Brandne, Lucas Dimitt, Ana Mckeehan, Noah Moore, Nathan
Carlin I and Logan Wallace, all of Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid City, and to Brooklyn
Raber of Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron in Spearfish on their promotion to the rank of Cadet
Airman and receipt of the General J.F. Curry Award!

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KUDOS

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Congratulations to Senior Member Cheryl Dimitt of Rushmore Composite Squadron on her receipt of
the Membership Ribbon! The award is presented for completion of Level I of the Senior Member
Professional Development Program.

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“THE SKYCHASER”
South Dakota Wing Electronic Newsletter for October 2015
Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force - Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond
Publishers: Wing Commander Colonel John Seten / Wing Vice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Larson
Editor: Major Bruce Kipp Wing Public Affairs Officer (605) 261-4507 paa.sdwg@gmail.com

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WING TIPS
GLIDING IN MINNESOTA: By Capt. Neil Schmid. It was a great day for flying for the Sioux Falls

Composite Squadron on Saturday, 17 October. A fortuitous confluence of events led to the availability of two
Sioux Falls based SDWG aircraft, a MNWG glider, six cadets and several senior members for a day of powered
orientation flights and gliding over the Mankato Minnesota countryside.
Getting from Sioux Falls to Mankato was half the fun. Lt. Jerry Hayden was pilot in command and orientation
pilot for Cadet Kyle Clement, with Cadets Taylor Moyer and Kyle Kreger as backseaters in the squadron’s new
Cessna-172 “GlassHawk”. This aircraft features state of the art Garmin G500 and GTN650 “glass” cockpit
instrumentation and navigation systems. Capt. Neil Schmid piloted the squadron’s Cessna-182 G1000 equipped
aircraft and was the orientation pilot for Cadet Nick Nash. This was Nash’s final powered orientation flight,
which covered aviation topics such as weather, compensating for wind by crabbing, wake turbulence avoidance,
and how climb rate is affected by temperate and altitude. Back seat flyers were Cadets Max Moline and Robert
Boecker.
Once the crews landed at Mankato at 1130, an initial introduction to gliders was given by MNWG Maj. Carl
Hallum. After pre-flight checks the glider was moved to Mankato’s long grass runway. Then the Cessna-172
tow-plane underwent pre-flight checks. This aircraft has a special “climb” propeller and flying it is somewhat
tricky because the difference between the stall speed of the Cessna and the maximum speed of the glider isn’t
all that great. This was Capt. Schmid’s first time as a tow-pilot trainee and at the conclusion of seven glider
tows he was getting the hang of it.
The gliders were towed to an altitude of 2,500 feet and released. The glider remained aloft for about 15 minutes
for each flight. The glider was flown by orientation pilot MNWG Capt. William Pagel and he successfully
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mentored SDWG Cadets Kreger (glider flight #3), Moyer (glider flight #1), Boecker (glider flight #1), Clement
(glider flight #1 & 2), Moline (glider flight #1), and Nash (glider flight #3). Under the CAP Orientation Flight
Program each cadet is entitled to five powered orientation flights and five glider flights. It was a cool day and
by the end of the glider flights pilot Pagel was a bit chilly because the glider is drafty and without a heater.
On the way home, Lt. Hayden piloted the Cessna-182 with Cadet Boecker at the controls and Capt. Schmid
piloted the Cessna-172 with Cadet Moyer receiving his third powered flight experience. Everyone was smiling
at the end of the day with the great experience of flight Thanks to Lt. Col. Greg Lair for herding the cats on this
one and to Lt. Jerry Hayden for coordination on the ground.

SIOUX FALLS AVIATORS: CAPT. SCHMID, LT. HAYDEN, CADETS KREGER, MOYER, BOECKER, CLEMENT, MOLINE AND NASH

L-R: C/LT NICK NASH, C/MSGT ROBERT BOECKER, C/MSGT MAX MOLINE AND CAPT. NEIL SCHMID

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GLIDER FLIGHT OPERATIONS

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AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEYS: SDWG flew eight aerial surveys

of terrestrial wildlife over seven days in October in support of the state
Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South Dakota State University.
GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU surveys
elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 19.9 hours flying over
western South Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for the sorties
was Lt. Col. Gary Hewitt. Depending on whom the sortie supported they
were accompanied by one or more representatives from SDSU or from
Game, Fish & Parks.
EXPANDED POWDER RIVER COMPLEX OPENS FOR TRAINING: By Arie Church. The Air Force

recently opened the expanded Powder River Training Complex to military flight operations and plans to host its
first large-scale training exercise there early next month, officials announced. Powder River is now the largest
training airspace in the Continental United States, spanning 35,000 square miles over the Dakotas, Montana,
and Wyoming, to provide nearby bases with closer training areas. The expanded sectors are limited to 10 days
of use each year, and large-forces exercises in these sectors are restricted to no more than three days at a time,
every three months, according to the Nov. 2 release. The Federal Aviation Administration updated civil
aeronautical charts and cleared the Air Force to begin military training flights in the new sectors on Sept. 17,
and the first large-force exercise is planned for Dec. 2-3, according to officials at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. The
expanded range specifically provides training space for Air Force Global Strike Command bombers based at
neighboring Ellsworth and Minot AFB, N.D.
Source: Air Force Magazine, Daily Report, Thursday, 5 November 2015

WEBINAR WEBSITE: NHQ has established a website for Ops Training Webinars. It has downloads

from

past ops webinars: www.capmembers.com/emergency_services/operations_support/education_and_training/operations-

training-webinars/

The new “CAP Vector”, a quarterly, online news/information tool designed to get the word out on CAP
initiatives, events and programs is at: www.capmembers.com/cap_national_hq/cap_vector_staff_updates/.
The digital Oct-Dec 2015 issue of Volunteer is at www.capvolunteernow.com/cap_volunteer/. Just click
on the Volunteer cover or the link under the cover. In addition to the story about an Air Force grant that helped
disadvantaged cadets attend CAP encampments nationwide, the E-edition of the Volunteer includes CAP’s
response to historic flooding in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri earlier this year. In addition, there is coverage of
CAP’s efforts to improve pilot proficiencies and promote aerospace education through the use of STEM Kits.
Be sure to check out the videos on pages 8, 19, 38 and 44.

STAFF NOTES
WING COMMANDER
Col. John Seten, CAP

A while ago I announced a Wreaths Across America contest. The WAA program is endorsed by the CAP and
is a great way to honor our fallen veterans and get involved with our communities. More information can be
found at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. This fundraiser is a great way to put some money into your unit’s
bank account, honor fallen veterans and get involved with your community.
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The SD Wing will reward participating squadrons as follows:
The squadron selling the most wreaths in the program will receive $500
The squadron selling the second most wreaths in the program will receive $300
The squadron selling the third most wreaths in the program will receive $250
The remaining participating squadrons will receive $100 each
In order to receive any of the awards from Wing the squadrons will have to sell a minimum of 100 wreaths.
The contest will end on 30 November.
I wish you all a great selling season and am excited to see the results.

WING DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS
Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, CAP

Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings is one of two units selected by North Central Region to attend the
National Cadet Competition in December 2016. Each Region HQ has the opportunity to send two squadrons in
their Region for the competition. Wing Directors of Cadet Programs were asked to notify their Wing’s units so
they could decide if they wish to attend. Big Sioux is the only squadron that responded positively. I notified the
NCR DCP and was informed a Minnesota Wing squadron had also requested to attend the competition.
Congratulations Big Sioux Composite Squadron on your selection. We wish you well!

WING HISTORIAN
Maj. Todd Epp, CAP

The new “Wing History” section of the wing website continues to evolve. An NHQ order dated 1
October 1942 that created the CAP cadet program has been added to the “History” category as have two photos
of Sioux Falls cadets probably taken in 1946 at the Sioux Falls Airport. The red box in the photos shows Cadet
Walter Wilson, whose family will soon receive the Congressional Gold Medal for his CAP WWII service. A
revised list of South Dakota Wing units has been added to the “Genealogy” category, and the patch for the
Sioux Falls Cadet Squadron has been added to the “Heraldry” category. The Wing History section is part of the
celebration of CAP’s and concurrently South Dakota Wing’s 75th Anniversary in 2016. All three sections are
works in progress. If anyone has a suggestion as to a document to be added to the “History” section; some new,
amplifying or correcting information on former SDWG units for the “Genealogy” section; or information on
patches for the “Heraldry” section, please contact a member of the Wing Historical Staff.
South Dakota Wing - anticipate CAP’s 75th Anniversary in 2016! Chaplain Rae has obtained six small
sized WWII Uniforms, including Eisenhower coats in both Army and US Air Force 1950's blues, summer khaki
shirts, two covers and khaki service coat/utilities. All are best suited for smaller cadets who want to be part of
displaying CAP uniforms from that era. Any units that wish to make use of these uniforms, which still need to
be completed, should contact Chaplain Lt. Col. Rae at gwrae@juno.com. The wool uniforms have been dry
cleaned and pressed; cotton uniforms have been wash and ironed. Now is the time to begin planning your local
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celebrations in anticipation of our upcoming Wing Conference! Vanguard has available patches and devices
such as wings, CAP shoulder patches and more at www.vanguardmil.com/collections/cap-historical-insignia

WING ADMINISTRATOR
Ms. Rachel Kuecker
October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. No one is more aware than I am. This month has
always been awareness month, and with a sea of pink everywhere it is hard to overlook. I think everyone is
“aware” but when you are the one fighting for your life – aware is just not enough.
I have recently joined an organization no one ever plans to join. No one ever volunteers to join it, but it is a
very sincere, family oriented group and we are all trying to saves lives. We are suddenly members trying to save
and support our own lives. I have joined a breast cancer sisterhood of fighters.
Some of you know and some of you may not know. I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This was a
huge shock as I suppose it is to anyone who hears this news. I have no family history and I am young. I have an
8 year old and an 11 year old. Cancer? Are you sure?
Breast cancer is not a find that I wish to have on my resume. But it is there and I feel as if I must share that
awareness is not always fool proof. I did the right things, I had my yearly mammograms, I may not exercise or
eat right all the time, but I tried. Still, like being swept away from a flash flood, I was suddenly helpless and in
need of being saved. I wish I could have “found” this lump earlier. Mammograms don’t always find or see what
we can feel. So my public service announcement and safety report for the month is: Do your monthly exams.
Get checked out and report anything that is not right to you. Request an ultrasound and find out if you have
dense tissue. It could have helped me find this earlier, if only I had only known. The other tip I have is that – I
had absolutely none of the symptoms that I read were cancer. I just had a lump. So protect yourself and never,
ever ignore anything new even if it is not “textbook”.
Well that was in August. Since then I have had four sessions of the first round of chemotherapy. Due to the size
of my tumors and the type of cancer (triple negative, stage 3) I will need to undergo an aggressive treatment
plan. I have opted to do my treatment in Sioux Falls vs. Rapid City due to the availability of a “team” of care
that I cannot receive here. In November I start a new round of chemo for 12 weeks. So if you ever want to stop
by and say hi. I welcome it. Col. Seten and Capt. Erickson have both been by for a visit.
I planned all along to continue to work after all “how hard could it be?” I thought. Well as it turns out – it is
very hard. Some days are worse than others of course. I am still working,
but I would not be without the help of our Wing Commander and Director
of Finance who have both stepped in and taken over so many of the
behind the scene items. They got a fast lesson in wing banking. In addition
we are blessed to have the help of a former Wing Administrator who has
returned. Some you may remember Mrs. Terrie Thurston. She ran the
wing a long time ago, got married and left, but has returned and has
already helped me clean off my desk and get my files organized, so
between Terrie, Col. Seten, Capt. Sylvia Small and so many more that I
fail to mention here, but who I name in my heart. I hope to keep things as
seamless as possible. My e-mail still gets read and the payments still go out, I just need a little more time and
patience for some things. In an effort to keep work as normal as possible and to keep family and friends aware I
have created a blog you can follow and post on or just read; lots of pictures and a journal of sorts at
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www.caring bridge.org/visit/rachelkuecker. In the photo (l-r) are Dan Kuecker, Rachel Kuecker and Terrie
Thurston. Photo by Lt. Col. Gary Hewett
My prognosis is good with a long haul ahead, but I know that I have a great God, a wonderful family and an
unequivocal extended family with all of you and I will fight and I will win. I have heard from other SD Wing
members that they have had loved ones fight this beast. I welcome those stories as I am strong and positive and
a fighter, some days it is just hard to find the strength. So please share (just not during work hours).

SQUADRON HIGHLIGHTS
BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-58, BROOKINGS)
(Item submitted by C/Maj Tyler Gross)
CYBERPATRIOT-VIII: The Air Force Association announced that the 2015-

2016 CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition has registered 3,379
teams representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, US
Virgin Islands, Canada, and Department of Defense Dependent schools in Germany,
the United Kingdom, Japan, and South Korea. This marks a 55% increase in team
registrations from last season’s CyberPatriot-VII.
Beginning with a practice round this month, the CyberPatriot-VIII teams will compete
from their home locations in a series of online qualifying rounds that challenge them to find and fix security
vulnerabilities in a variety of simulated networks. The top teams from the online rounds will travel allexpenses-paid to Baltimore, Md., for the CyberPatriot-VIII National Finals Competition April 10-14, 2016.
The Big Sioux Composite Squadron (Brookings) will have one and possibly two teams competing in this year’s
CyberPatriot-VIII competition. “Team Big Sioux” has enjoyed success at the national level in all four years that
they have competed. Last year they placed second in the nation. In addition, they were the top CAP team in the
competition. This year they compete against 1,280 teams in the All-Services Division, 447 of them CAP teams.
Their Team Big Sioux roster will be completed by the 6 November deadline. This year’s team will be mentored
by C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman and coached by C/Maj Tyler Gross. The Team Captain is C/Lt Jaden Petersen.
The squadron has been working with a group of students at Flandreau Indian School, who may participate as
another team under our auspices if they join CAP.
CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-068, CUSTER)
(Items and photos submitted by Capt. K. Bierwirth and Maj. David Small)
CIVIL AIR PATROL EXHIBIT: At the request of the Custer County Courthouse Art Council we created

a Civil Air Patrol exhibit at the Custer County Courthouse on 6 October. The exhibit will be on display until 4
January 2016. On the 6th there was a grand opening reception with about 30 people attending. Capt. Bierwirth
gave a brief speech about CAP and its history and relation to the community. This was a great way for us to
interact with the public. We had one person attend our next meeting and is interested in joining.
SPOOKY RECRUITING: Since Halloween is upon us this gives us chances to hand out CAP information

attached to each piece of candy we give out at our residences.
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WELCOME ABOARD/BACK ABOARD: Welcoming to our newest cadet Robert Hewitt. Rejoining us is

C/TSgt Kyle Stiffarm. Welcome Robert and welcome back Kyle!
RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-031, RAPID CITY)
(Items and photos submitted Maj. Goodrich)
SURVIVAL TRAINING: On 3 October, nine cadets and seniors Maj. Craig

Goodrich and Capt. Ryan Jones went into the Black Hills to learn how to
bivouac and for some survival training.
Unfortunately, it turned out to be a cold, rainy weekend, so instead of camping in
Black Hills National Forest as planned, we asked for help from Crazy Horse
Composite Squadron in Custer. The commander, Capt. Kris Bierworth, gave us a
warm, dry section of floor to sleep on.
The cadets learned land navigation skills, how to use a compass, how to start a
fire (in the rain) and even got to practice some drill movements under the
direction of C/SSgt Noah Misselt. Mostly they just had a good time getting to
know each other while out for the weekend. All but one cadet joined our
squadron just last month.
MICKELSON MARATHON SUPPORT: On 4 October, the nine-cadet/two senior team packed up, and set

up the aid station along the Mickelson Trail near Crazy Horse. Capt. Jones made great bacon, toast, and egg
sandwiches for breakfast over a contained wood fire to get the day started. Over 1,000 runners took part in the
race, and hundreds of folks expressed thanks for the water, power-aid, fruit and other things we handed out.

LEFT PHOTO (L-R): CADETS GRIFFIN, CARLIN, OLSEN, MISSELT, MOORE, BENTLEY, HELGELAND, JENSEN AND SPENSE

NEW SENIOR MEMBER: Welcome to SM Sam Huntington. He transferred from Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron and changed status from Patron Member to active Senior Member. We’re pleased you are with us.
NEW CADET: Welcome Patience Sundstrom. We are pleased to have you with us.
WELCOME BACK: We welcome Capt. T.J. Nicolai back to active status from the “Ghost” squadron. He

has joined our squadron’s safety staff.
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RECORD GROWTH: Things are going very well at Rushmore Composite Squadron right now. Current

membership is 52 members, the largest membership the squadron has had for more than a decade. In the last 12
months, senior membership has grown 31% and cadet membership has grown 67%.
SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-050, SIOUX FALLS)
(Items and photo submitted by Capt. Jason Erickson)
MARATHON MAN: Capt. Jason Erickson took part in the 34th Annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

held on 4 October. He completed the 26.2 mile run which began in Minneapolis and finished in St. Paul with a
time of 4 Hours 28 Minutes 4 Seconds, a personal best, and 20 minutes faster than when he ran the marathon in
2013. This year, his third full marathon, Capt. Erickson finished 5,019th out of the 8,543 runners.
BEUCKENS FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP: Rosemary Beuckens
and family visited us on 1 October. She has been a strong supporter
of our cadet program for many years. Her son Brett was killed in a
plane crash in 2010 and she started a memorial flight scholarship in
his honor. The Beuckens family and friends have donated money for
the past several years to further Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
cadets’ aspirations to learn to fly. In recognition of their support
Capt. Erickson presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation as a
champion of Civil Air Patrol, our cadet program, and encourager of
our young pilots to pursue their dreams. (L-R) Capt. Erickson,
Francis Beuckens, Rosemary Beuckens and Wanda Beuckens.
SQUADRON OPEN HOUSE: The squadron hosted an open house for the community on 10 October at

the hangars northwest of Nelson Engineering. Around 50 visitors and family enjoyed a beautiful day at the
hanger visiting with cadets and senior members and checking out our planes. The cadets also led tours of our
nearby squadron headquarters. The nice weather stimulated appetites for the grilled burgers and dogs and side
dishes. All-in-all it was a successful event with the potential to generate some new members.

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PROMOTIONS

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Senior Member Promotions
Congratulations to Kris Bierwirth of the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer and to David
Galluzzo of Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid City on their promotion to the rank of Captain!
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Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Promotions
Congratulations to Julia Lair of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron in Sioux Falls and to Graham Dinnel
of Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings on their promotion to the rank of Cadet Chief Master
Sergeant and receipt of the Dr. Robert H Goddard Award!

Congratulations to Kyle Kreger of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron in Sioux Falls on his promotion to
the rank of Cadet Senior Master Sergeant and receipt of the General Jimmy Doolittle Award!

Congratulations to Robert Boecker of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron in Sioux Falls on promotion to
the rank of Cadet Master Sergeant and receipt of the Charles Lindbergh Award!

Congratulations to Taylor Umland-Moyer of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the
rank of Cadet Technical Sergeant and receipt of the Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Award!

Congratulations to Tyler Eberle and Noah Misselt, both of Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid
City on promotion to the rank of Cadet Staff Sergeant and receipt of the Wright Brothers Award!

Cadet Airman Promotions
Congratulations to Andrew Sweebe of Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings on his promotion
to the rank of Cadet Airman First Class and receipt of the General Hap Arnold Award!

Congratulations to Keithen Griffin, Amelia Jensen and Andrew Olsen, all of Rushmore Composite
Squadron in Rapid City, and to Ethan Updike of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer, on their
promotion to the rank of Cadet Airman and receipt of the General J.F. Curry Award!

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KUDOS

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Captain Victoria Bierwirth of Custer, and member of the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron,
graduated cum laude from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on 9 May with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering with a minor in Geospatial Technology and a
minor in German from Northern State University. She has accepted a job as a Geological Engineer with
TriHydro; an environmental and engineering consulting firm in Jacksonville, Florida. She will continue to
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interact with the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron for the near future. Once settled into her new job she will
look for a flight instructor and a local squadron of the Florida Wing. We all will miss and wish her well.

Congratulations to Capt. Victoria Bierwirth of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer on
earning “Senior” level in Specialty Track - Aerospace Education in CAP’s Senior Member
Professional Development Program!

Congratulations to Cadet Lieutenants Bradley Blansett and Justin Harris, both of Lookout
Mountain Composite Squadron in Spearfish, who completed the requirements for certification
as a Ground Team Leader!

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“THE SKYCHASER”
South Dakota Wing Electronic Newsletter for November 2015
Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force - Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond
Publishers: Wing Commander Colonel John Seten / Wing Vice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Larson
Editor: Major Bruce Kipp Wing Public Affairs Officer (605) 261-4507 paa.sdwg@gmail.com

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP and Like us on Twitter at @SDWingCAP

WING TIPS
SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE IN PIERRE: [By Maj. Craig Goodrich] On Saturday, 7 November

the SD Wing conducted a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) in Pierre, SD. The Project Officer, Maj. Nick
Gengler created multiple scenarios for the aircrews and ground search teams to conduct electronic and visual
searches, as well as airborne photography.
That same morning we learned of a real-world missing person search going on in Pierre and around the state.
The Pierre Police Department (PPD), leading the search, felt the resources that we offered wouldn’t be needed.
However, we notified our aircrews and ground search teams to be on the lookout for a specific vehicle, and
were given the description of the missing person. Coordination with the PDD and working with their data was a
good exercise for the mission planning staff. Any time the Wing can coordinate with local law enforcement and
emergency managers, even on small tasks, the relationship building, education and experience goes a long way.
Here’s a quick summary of the SAREX:
42 CAP personnel participated from across the wing
5 CAP aircraft and 5 CAP vans were a part of the mission
We flew 16 sorties. Many of our aircrews were receiving training and received new qualifications
We had 12 ground sorties
We had two large ground search teams that received excellent Ground Team Training
Overall, a lot of people got a lot of great training on a beautiful November day in Pierre. It’s always fun to get
together with our CAP brothers and sisters across the state, especially when we all work well together to
accomplish an important goal! A big thanks also to Mustang FBO for the use of their great facilities.
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PIERRE SAREX INCIDENT COMMAND POST STAFF IN ACTION

AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEYS: SDWG flew 8 aerial surveys of

terrestrial wildlife over five days in November in support of the state
Department of Game, Fish & Parks and South Dakota State University.
GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions, and elk while SDSU surveys
elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 22.3 hours flying over
western South Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilot for the sorties
was Lt. Col. Gary Hewitt. Depending on whom the sortie supported he
was accompanied by one or more representatives from SDSU or from
Game, Fish & Parks.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: Each year several squadrons of the South Dakota Wing take part in the

annual Wreaths Across America program to honor our fallen veterans and to provide holiday decorations for
veteran
gravesites.
Squadron
members solicit subscriptions from
individuals, families and businesses
to purchase the wreaths and then
participate in ceremonies across the
state to pay tribute to our deceased
veterans and place wreaths on their
graves. This year members of the
Big Sioux Composite Squadron in
Brookings will participate at the Greenwood Cemetery, the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron in Sioux Falls will
participate at the Hills of Rest Cemetery, the Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid City will participate at
the Black Hills National Cemetery and the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer will take part in wreath
laying ceremonies at the Hot Springs National Cemetery.
LIGHTSPEED FOUNDATION AWARD WINNERS: by Amy Laboda - November 14, 2015, [Edited]
Allan Schrader enjoys seeing good causes rewarded. Each year his company’s Lightspeed Foundation awards
grants to causes that use aviation as a means to do good. This year’s winners were Pilot N Paws, The NinetyNines, Civil Air Patrol, New Tribes Mission Aviation and JAARS. The cash grants help the organizations fulfill
their missions. This year two winners were rewarded for reaching out to the next generation of aviators, said
Schrader, referring to the Civil Air Patrol and the Ninety-Nines.” A grant check for $6,000 was sent to NHQ.
Source: AIN Online, https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/general-aviation/2015-11-14/lightspeed-foundation-announces-2015-pilots-choice-award-winners

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STAFF NOTES
WING COMMANDER
Col. John Seten, CAP

It gives me great pleasure to announce that on 6 November, Maj. E.W. filler was appointed Commander
of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings.
Please also join me in congratulating Major E. W. Filler of Big Sioux Composite Squadron for meeting
all FAA requirements for the grade of Commercial Pilot. This significant accomplishment enhances the
professionalism of our pilot base and enhances our Wing’s mission capabilities going forward. A key aspect of
Maj. Filler’s achievement is that he used a CAP aircraft and CAP instructor and in so doing demonstrated that it
is possible to attain a commercial pilot rating using our own internal assets. Great work Maj. Filler!!
Mark your calendars! The 2016 Wing Conference is set for 3-5 June at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel
in Pierre. The tentative schedule is: Friday: 1900-2200 – Social Time. Saturday: 0800 to 1000 – General
Session, Change of Wing Command, and Awards, 1000 to 1700 – Breakout Sessions, 1800 to 2100 – Banquet.
Sunday: 0800 to 0900 – Commander’s Breakfast, 0900 to 1200 – Large Group Sessions.

WING HISTORIAN
Maj. Todd Epp, CAP

As part of the upcoming celebration of CAP’s 75th Anniversary,
members authorized to wear CAP pilot or observer badges will be
allowed to wear the WWII version of their badge. In a memo to CAP
unit commanders, the national commander authorized the change
effective from 1 December 2015 until 31 December 2016. Members
choosing to wear the WWII badge will wear only one aviation badge.
No other badges, military or CAP, will be worn in this position above
the ribbons, including occupational badges with the exception of the
Chaplain insignia. Members who aren’t pilots or observers can also observe the anniversary. Vanguard will
offer the official CAP WWII lapel pin, which can be worn on the corporate blazer or out of CAP uniform by
cadets and seniors. Cadets have always payed tribute to their WWII pioneers. The cadet enlisted cap device is
the same design since 1942, although since 1984 the device is a metal pin rather than an embroidered patch.
On 19 November, Maj. Kipp travelled to Flandreau where he met with six members of the former South
Dakota Wing Civil Air Patrol Band. Most wing members probably don’t know that SDWG once had an official
97-member strong CAP marching band. Once research is completed, he will write a paper on the band and post
it on the wing website in the Wing History section. Maj. Kipp has begun initial discussion on the possibility of
creating a new SDWG Band forty-five years after the first one to take part in our 75th Anniversary activities.
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WING DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Col. Mary Donley, CAP
Mark the calendar: Saturday, 6 February 2016 we will be holding a Squadron Leadership
School (SLS) and a Corporate Learning Course (CLC) in Sioux Falls at squadron headquarters. I’ll send each
squadron commander a list of their members that need these courses. I apologize that I did not get the SLS/CLC
accomplished West River this fall. Retirement got busier than I thought it could. I will plan on doing one late
spring in West River.
I am also planning for a Unit Commander’s Course in the near future. The UCC is for all member whether you
ever plan on the commanders job or not! It includes pertinent information that benefits every senior member.
Please send me an email if you would like to attend this course and what dates work best for you. When I get
some feedback then I can start planning a time and place!
Lt. Col. Buechler and I are also trying to plan a Training Leaders of Cadets Course. I know some units are in
need of this course since units must have a certain number of seniors that have completed the course. We will
do our best to get these courses to those who need them!
Merry Christmas to all!! Enjoy this season with family and friends and STAY SAFE!

SQUADRON HIGHLIGHTS
BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-58, BROOKINGS)
(Item submitted by C/Maj Tyler Gross)
CYBERPATRIOT-VIII: The squadron is participating in this

year’s CyberPatriot, the premier National Youth Cyber Defense
Competition. “Team Big Sioux” has enjoyed success at the national
level in all four years that we have competed. Last year we placed
second in the nation and were the top CAP team in the competition.
This year we will field two teams in CyberPatriot-VIII’s AllServices Division. They will compete against 1,280 teams, 447 of
them CAP teams. The All-Services Division consists of teams from
the Civil Air Patrol, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Junior ROTC.
CyberPatriot teams compete from their home locations in a series of online qualifying rounds that challenge
them to find and fix security vulnerabilities in a variety of simulated networks. This year’s Round One took
place on 14 November. Teams race against the clock - those who successfully finish with the fastest time
advance to the next Round. Round Two will take place 4-6 December. The top teams from the online rounds
receive all-expenses-paid to Baltimore, Md., for the National Finals Competition 10-14 April 2016.
Big Sioux’s Team-1 members are: C/Lt. Jaden Petersen of Brookings, SD (Team Captain), C/CMSgt. Graham
Dinnel of Lake Benton, MN, C/MSgt. Andrew Toft of Elkton, SD, C/A1C Andrew Sweebe of Brookings, SD,
C/Amn Peter Engels of Minneota, MN and Byron Hawk Bear of Flandreau, SD (Alternate).
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Big Sioux’s Team-2 members are: Justin Rhoades (Team Captain), Zandria Ramon, Ruben Taken Alive, Jaden
Parker, Arnold Parker and Reyanna Uses Many (Alternate), all reside in Flandreau, all attend Flandreau High
School and all will soon to become cadets in the Big Sioux Composite Squadron.
Both teams will be mentored by C/Lt. Col. Joshua Klosterman and coached by C/Maj. Tyler Gross, both veteran
CyberPatriot competitors.

NATIONAL CADET COMPETITION: As Lt. Col. Buechler announced in her Cadet Programs part in last

month’s Skychaser, we have been selected as one of two teams from the North Central Region to compete in the
National Cadet Competition (NCC) from 29 Dec 15 to 2 Jan 16 at CAP NHQ at Maxwell AFB, Ala. The NCC,
an annual program to evaluate CAP’s best drill teams and color guards, encompasses the National Drill
Team Competition and National Color Guard Competition. Teams from across the U.S. will compete for the Air
Force Chief of Staff Sweepstakes Trophy and other top awards.
VETERANS DAY: We provided a Color Guard for the local chapter of the VFW on Veterans Day.

CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-068, CUSTER)
(Items submitted by Capt. K. Bierwirth, photos by Capt. K. Bierwirth and Maj. Small)
CIVIL AIR PATROL EXHIBIT: At the request of the Custer County Courthouse Art Council we created
a Civil Air Patrol exhibit at the Custer County Courthouse on 6 October. The exhibit will be on display until 4
January 2016. There was a grand opening reception with about 30 people attending. Capt. Bierwirth gave a brief
speech about CAP and its history and relation to the community. The photos, taken by Maj. David Small, were
inadvertently omitted from last month’s Skychaser.

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VETERANS DAY COLOR GUARD: The squadron provided a Color Guard for Veterans Day ceremonies

held at the Custer High School. Our cadets looked sharp, performed superbly and were a very positive example
of all that Civil Air Patrol stands for.

LEFT: C/LT JASON PARRY, C/AMN ETHAN UPDIKE, C/CMSGT THOMAS DILLON, C/TSGT KYLE STIFFARM, C/A1C HUNTER RICE
RIGHT: CADETS RICE, DILLON, STIFFARM AND UPDIKE

ANNIE: C/Lt. Jason Parry played Daddy Warbucks in Custer High School’s production of Annie.

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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: We have been busy seeking donations for the Wreaths Across America

program. We will conduct a wreath laying ceremony at Hot Springs National Cemetery on 12 December.

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-063, SPEARFISH)
(Items submitted by C/TSgt. Peter Iverson and Maj. Small)
GREAT START: Ten members turned out for

a Cadet Great Start program on 21 November at
Spearfish under the supervision of Maj Bill
Collister. After completing Great Start the new
cadets worked on their GES qualification to prepare
to become ground team members. All profited from
the day's program before enjoying lunch at Pizza
Ranch.
GROUND SEARCH TEAM QUALS: The squadron has begun a
push to get all Ground Search Team cadet members to upgrade their
qualifications to the GTM1 level. On 21 November, seasoned cadets,
worked with Maj. David Small and new Senior Member Cyndy
Collister on ground team quals. The squadron takes great pride in the
high degree of skill and professionalism of its Ground Search Teams,
a critical component of SDWG’s Emergency Services support to local
law enforcement and first responders in the rugged Black Hills area.

WINTER SURVIVAL TRAINING: We are planning a squadron-level winter survival training course some

time in the coming months. When, will largely depend on actually getting winter weather this winter.

PIERRE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-038, PIERRE)
(Items and photos submitted by Lt. Col. Gatje)
PIERRE CONDUCTS EMERGENCY SERVICES TRAINING: Emergency Services Training for cadets
and seniors took place at an area near the Pierre Airport in October. Terrain there varies from level to hilly and
has several types of cover material. Lt. Col. Myra Christensen, Lt. Col. Tam Gatje, C/SMSgt Jonathan Gregory
and C/SrA Cordell Hall took turns searching for and finding a practice emergency locator beacon. Two types of
hand-held radio-direction-finding (RDF) equipment we have available for a ground search for a missing aircraft
were used. Training included an explanation of search operations in the field, followed by hands-on operation of
the equipment by each person. A discussion of the equipment and operation followed to give more information.

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Each member operated the equipment and successfully tracked and ultimately found the target.

LEFT: C/SMSGT JONATHAN GREGORY AND LT. COL. CHRISTENSEN DISCUSS OPERATION OF ONE OF THE RDF UNITS USED
RIGHT: C/SMSGT JONATHAN GREGORY AND C/SRA CORDELL HALL COMPARED FEATURES AND DISPLAYS OF THE TWO RDF MODELS

WELCOME ABOARD: The squadron recently recruited two new cadets. We are glad that you chose to

join CAP and are pleased to have you in our squadron. Welcome Aboard!

RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-031, RAPID CITY)
(Item submitted by Maj. Goodrich, screen capture by Maj. Kipp)
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: The squadron has been working hard to sell as many wreaths as we can.

We’ve set up a table for wreath sponsorship sales at the Family Thrift Center, the Rushmore Mall, Sam’s Club,
and at the Rush Hockey Game. We’ve also helped out the Rush Foundation by selling 50/50 raffle tickets for
them at Rush Hockey games. We hope to get a donation from the foundation for our help. We will be placing
wreaths on veterans’ graves at Black Hills National Cemetery on 12 December.

SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-050, SIOUX FALLS)
(Items and photo submitted by Capt. West)
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: In keeping with past practice the squadron will participate in the

Wreaths Across America ceremony to be held at the Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls on 12 December.
Our participation usually consists of a cadet Color Guard, uniformed supernumerary personnel to assist with the
ceremony and wreath placement and Lt. Col. Tim Steppan who performs the “taps” bugle call.
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USMC BOUND: One of our former cadets, Eric Menholt, currently attending the

U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis has been notified that on graduation he will go into the
Marine Corps with an aviation contract for pilot training. Semper Fi Eric! And best wishes
for success in your military service.
VETERANS DAY: The squadron provided a Color Guard for the Veterans Day ceremony at Lincoln

High School in Sioux Falls.
PARADE OF LIGHTS: Twenty-One South Dakota Wing members provided crowd control for Sioux
Falls’ 24th Parade of Lights on 27 November. The annual parade with dazzling lighted holiday floats, music,
dancers and Santa is the official start to the downtown holiday season. CAP’s contingent was made up of 11
cadets and one Senior from Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, seven cadets and one Senior from Big Sioux
Composite Squadron, and even one Senior from Rushmore Composite Squadron. The horde of always-hungry
cadets were treated to pizza beforehand and then patrolled the parade’s line of march down Philips Avenue
keeping people, especially little parade goers, out of harm’s way. Photo credit – Elisha Page/Argus Leader.

TWO CAP MEMBERS IN REFLECTIVE VESTS WALK NEXT TO A VEHICLE DURING THE PARADE

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PROMOTIONS

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Senior Member Promotions
Congratulations to Tyler Cavin of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron in Sioux Falls on his promotion
to the rank of Captain!
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Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Promotions
Congratulations to Thomas Dillon of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer on his promotion to
the rank of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant and receipt of the Dr. Robert H Goddard Award!

Congratulations to Christopher Schuppan of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron in Sioux Falls on his
promotion to the rank of Cadet Staff Sergeant and receipt of the Wright Brothers Award!

Cadet Airman Promotions
Congratulations to Patience Sundstrom of the Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid City on her
promotion to the rank of Cadet Airman and receipt of the General J.F. Curry Award!

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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Senior Master Sergeant Richard W. Larson retired from active duty with the South Dakota
Air National Guard on 1 October 2015 after 34 years of military service. He began his
service career in 1981 when he attended Air Force Basic Training at Lackland Air Force
Base at San Antonio, Texas. Since that time he has served in the Air Force, Army Reserve,
Army National Guard and Air National Guard. He has served in a wide variety of military
jobs, from Weapons Technician working on F-4 Phantom Jets, to Army trombone player,
Army Public/Civil Affairs Broadcast NCO, to a Disaster Preparedness Chemical Warfare
instructor.
At the time of his retirement, SMSgt Larson was Superintendent of the South Dakota Air National Guard 114th
Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) Emergency Management/Readiness Flight, and Emergency Manager for the
114th Fighter Wing at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls. He also served as Unit Deployment Manager for the 114th
CES organization, ensuring on time worldwide force projection. Special Duty assignments have included tours
as a deployed First Sergeant in Canada, in Southwest Asia as Expeditionary First Sergeant during Operation
Desert Fox in Kuwait, and as one of three USAF Deployed Functional Managers, guiding theater wide
Chemical-Biological Defense operations, leading over 500 personnel at 22 locations during the initial major
combat portion of Operation Iraqi Freedom / Enduring Freedom. He is a credentialed South Dakota Certified
Emergency Manager, having responded to a variety of real world contingencies.
You probably know SMSgt Larson better as Lieutenant Colonel Rick Larson, Vice
Commander of the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. His CAP involvement
started in 1976 as a cadet member of the North Dakota Wing’s Fargo-Moorhead Cadet
Squadron, earning the General Billy Mitchell Award. He earned his FAA Private Pilot
License in 1980 and has over 600 hours in a variety of aircraft. From 1985 to 1995, Larson
served in a variety of positions in Minnesota’s Mankato and Pipestone Composite
Squadrons and on South Dakota Wing Staff. From 2005-2009, he served as Commander of
the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron. Lt. Col. Larson is also a CAP Incident Commander
and Search and Rescue / Disaster Relief Pilot and aircrew member. He was named “2004
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Cadet Mentor of the Year” by USAF, 2005 “Senior Member of the Year” for 2005 by South Dakota Wing,
Commander, 2005 “Squadron of the Year” and honored as 2006 “Military Reservist of the Year” by the Sioux
Falls Chamber of Commerce Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
His military decorations include the National Defense Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint
Service Commendation Medal , Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal , Air Force
Outstanding Unit Award w/ 4 Oak Leaf Clusters and “V” for Valor, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service
Medal w/ 6 devices, National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,
Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Small Arms Expert
Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle), Army Service Ribbon, Air Force Overseas Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service
Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal and South Dakota
Desert Storm Ribbon.
Rick and his wife, Izzie, live in Sioux Falls. At his retirement dinner in September 2015, SMSgt Kevin Scanlin,
representing Headquarters, Air National Guard, presented the ANG Emergency Management "Order of the
Dragon" award to SMSgt Larson for his dedication to and excellence in Emergency Management. He is just the
15th recipient of the prestigious Order since its inception.

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WING CALENDAR

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To access the December 2015 Wing Calendar go to:
http://sdcap.us/calendar-2/action~month/exact_date~1448949600/request_format~html/
To access the January 2016 Wing Calendar go to:
http://sdcap.us/calendar-2/action~month/exact_date~1451628000/request_format~html/

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“THE SKYCHASER”
South Dakota Wing Electronic Newsletter for December 2015
Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force - Citizens Serving Communities: Above and Beyond
Publishers: Wing Commander Colonel John Seten / Wing Vice Commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Larson
Editor: Major Bruce Kipp Wing Public Affairs Officer (605) 261-4507 paa.sdwg@gmail.com

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP and Like us on Twitter at @SDWingCAP

WING TIPS
CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL: South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune led
a ceremony to honor a lifelong Sioux Falls resident who was awarded a Civil Air
Patrol Congressional Gold Medal posthumously for service during World War II.
The event on 21 December honored Walter Wilson. His widow, Shirley Wilson,
accepted the medal on her husband's behalf.
Wilson was a CAP cadet in training when World War II ended. He was trained in
recognizing aircraft, the dynamics of flight and Morse code, in addition to other
skills. Shirley Wilson said while her husband didn't speak much about his time in the
Civil Air Patrol. "He'd be very pleased." Wilson's sister, son and daughter in-law, along with representatives
from the Civil Air Patrol, looked on during the ceremony.

LEFT – CADET WALTER WILSON (IN RED BOX), CENTER AND RIGHT WALTER WILSON’S WWII-ERA CAP ID CARD

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IMPORTANT - ACTION REQUIRED: FAA UAS REGISTRATION: As many of you are aware,
in the last few days the FAA has released requirements to register recreational/hobby UASes that weigh more
than .55 pounds (approx.. 9 oz.) starting next week. These requirements apply to our CAP resources including
the model airplanes and copters provided through the STEM program as well as any UAS that our CAP units
have received or procured through other means. CAP NHQ will accomplish this registration for all CAP owned
resources. DO NOT INDIVIDUALLY REGISTER THEM YOURSELVES. If you have already done so, please
contact me via email immediately. Below is our path forward:

First, we must register all of the units we have fielded for educational purposes. Dr. Jeff Montgomery is
providing my staff the information on the STEM kit UASes fielded by his office. If your unit owns a model
airplane, copter or other system that could be considered a UAS (see http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/faqs/)
that was NOT provided as part of a STEM kit that you are using for educational purposes, please have your unit
POCs email my administrative assistant, LaShonda Frazier (lfrazier@capnhq.gov) with the make and model of
the system, the unit charter number it is assigned to, and the email address and CAPID of the POC for the
system by COB on 21 Dec; we will gladly accept emails from one wing POC if you have someone already
coordinating these issues, but because of the short time frame if individual units need to send answers direct,
that is ok. Once we have accomplished our bulk registration next week, we will email the certificate to the
POCs collected above, CAP units that have received STEM kits, commanders and key staff personnel, and also
make it available online for future use and download. After 20 Dec, the FAA is requiring that we mark each
educational UAS with our unique bulk registration number before we operate the units outdoors, and when
flying these UAS outdoors the operators must be able to present the certificate in either print or electronic
format if asked for proof of registration.
Second, we must individually register UASes that will be used for operational mission purposes like imagery
collection for disaster relief, search and rescue, etc and expect we will also have to provide details to our
insurance carrier as well. We do not have any approved UASes for operational mission use yet, but I know
some of you have either already received units from your state counterparts or other means with that intention,
will soon, or would like to dual purpose the STEM kits above. The online process for us to register UASes for
this purpose with the FAA is expected to be available sometime after the new year, and my office will register
those units as well. We will need more information in order to register those units and will put out more detailed
guidance on that after the new year. Until otherwise registered and approved, do not fly UASes for operational
mission purposes on behalf of CAP. If any of your units have a UAS already or are expected to receive one any
time soon that they intend to use for operational missions, please also have the unit’s UAS POC contact
LaShonda via email (see above) so that we can work together to chart a path ahead. I intend to host a conference
call or webinar that we will announce the first week of January. For now, do not plan to re-purpose STEM kits
for operational mission use immediately; NHQ will develop guidance for how we can do so legally and
effectively in the coming months.
Last, because of the above registration issues and the insurance and liability associated with them, we will need
to track all model aircraft, copters, and other types of UASes that CAP owns across the country. Expect more
guidance on this after the New Year once tools have been put in place to do so.
Sent by: John W. Desmarais, Sr., HQ CAP Dir. of Ops, (O) 877.227.9142 ext. 301, (O) 334.953.7748 ext. 301,
(DSN) 493.7748 ext. 301
FOR THOSE WHO OWN A PERSONAL UAV:
The FAA has put new regulations in place effective 21 December 2015; anyone owning a small unmanned
aircraft (model airplane, model helicopter, or drone) is required to register with the FAA. Failure to register
could result in civil and criminal penalties. Go to http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration to register.
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The owner must be:
13 years of age or older. If the owner is less than 13 years of age, a person 13 years of age or older must
register the UAS.
A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
Owners must register their USA (model aircraft, model helicopters, drones) online if it weighs more than 0.55
pounds (250 grams/about 9 ounces) and less than 55 pounds.
Registration takes about 5 minutes. You will receive a registration number which must be written on the aircraft
either with a marker or a label. You will also receive a certificate with your name and registration number on it.
There is no limit to the number of aircraft you can have under your registration number. So, even if you do not
own a UAS now, you can still register and save your registration number for later.
If you register before 20 January 2016, the FAA will refund your $5 registration fee. Registrations are valid for
3 years. After three years you will have to re-register and pay the 45 fee.
AERIAL WILDLIFE SURVEYS: SDWG flew eight aerial surveys of terrestrial
wildlife over eight days in December in support of the state Department of Game, Fish
& Parks and South Dakota State University. GF&P surveys deer, goats, mountain lions,
and elk while SDSU surveys elk, bobcats and big horn sheep. The result was 26 hours
flying over western South Dakota and the Black Hills. The CAP pilots for the sorties
were: Lt. Col. Gary Hewitt, three sorties; Maj. Craig Goodrich, one sortie; Lt. Col. Buck
DeWeese, one sortie; Lt. Col. Albert Trumble, three sorties. Depending on whom the
sortie supported they were accompanied by a representative from SDSU or from Game, Fish & Parks.

STAFF NOTES
WING HISTORIAN
Maj. Todd Epp, CAP

For those interested in the history of the CAP Cadet Program since its inception in October 1942 here is
an interesting, unofficial website on that topic. It has information, photos and research on CAP uniforms
through the years: http://capchistoryproject.org/Home.php

WING DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Maj. Nick Gengler, CAP
Please join me in congratulating and welcoming our new Wing Emergency Services Officer, Lt. Col. Myra
Christensen. Myra has over 30 years of CAP experience and has accomplished several ES qualifications from
Ground Team Leader to Mission Pilot. As ES Officer she will be working closely with the squadrons on their
ES training and the SAREXs. Welcome aboard!
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WING DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS
Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, CAP
The timeline for National Cadet Special Activities has been pushed back 2-3 weeks. This is
the new timeline.
1. NCSA Announcement - Applications for National Cadet Special Activities have traditionally opened on 15 December.
This year that timeline is being adjusted slightly. All NCSAs will be announced on www.ncsas.com by Saturday 9 January.

2. Application Window - Cadets and senior staff will have from 9 January (or earlier) through 31 January to apply for
“primary” status. As always, the application process remains open through summer, but latecomers who apply after 31 January
will be applying for “alternate” status.
3. Approvals Window - Traditionally, wings have had until mid-February to “green light,” approve, or “red line” their
applicants. That deadline is being extended to 1 March.
4. Slotting Deadline - NHQ will slot cadets into the activities by 1 April, roughly two weeks later than the traditional
timeline.

For more information go to: http://capmembers.bmetrack.com/c/v?e=886B64&c=2B380&t=0&l=D66EE60&email=iYWCh9yX8mfnxetT8ynj9v%2Bqx5UA1qha

SQUADRON HIGHLIGHTS
BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-58, BROOKINGS)
(Item submitted by Lt. Hartelt)
CYBERPATRIOT-VIII:

The squadron is participating in
CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. We are
competing in CyberPatriot-VIII’s All-Services Division against 1,280
teams, 447 of them CAP teams. The All-Services Division consists of teams
from the Civil Air Patrol, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Army, Air Force,
Navy and Marine Corps Junior ROTC.
CyberPatriot teams compete from their home locations in a series of online qualifying rounds that challenge
them to find and fix security vulnerabilities in a variety of simulated networks. This year’s Round Two took
place on 6 December. Teams race against the clock - those who successfully finish with the fastest time advance
to the next Round. Round 3, the state round, will take place on 31 January 2016. Team Big Sioux’s members
are: C/Lt. Jaden Petersen (Brookings) (Team Captain), C/CMSgt. Graham Dinnel (Lake Benton, MN), C/MSgt.
Andrew Toft (Elkton), C/A1C Andrew Sweebe (Brookings) and C/Amn Peter Engels (Minneota, MN).

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NATIONAL CADET COMPETITION: Ninety-six cadets from across America gathered at Maxwell AFB

in Alabama from 30 December to 2 January for the 2015 National Cadet Competition (NCC), an annual event
that began in 1947. The competition was held in front of guests that included senior USAF and CAP personnel.
The team of cadets from the Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings consisted of: Cadet Lieutenant
Christopher Dinnel and Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Graham Dinnel from Lake Benton, MN; Cadet Lieutenant
Jaden Petersen and Cadet Airman First Class Andrew Sweebe from Brookings; and Cadet Master Sgt. Andrew
Toft of Elkton, SD. They are joined by Cadet Lieutenant Jaden Roblewsky from Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron in Sioux Falls. They were supervised by Lieutenant Josh Hartelt of Brookings, a member of the Big
Sioux Composite Squadron and Maj Nicholas Gengler of Beresford, of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron.
The cadets, in six-member teams, demonstrated skills that included indoor and outdoor color guard challenges,
a written test of leadership and aerospace knowledge, a Jeopardy!-style CAP knowledge game, physical fitness
test, an obstacle course-like fitness challenge, public speaking, model rocketry, team leadership problems(group
problem solving challenges) and a uniform inspection.
The winning cadet team took home the Air Force Chief of Staff Sweepstakes Award Trophy. Second- and thirdplace team trophies were also presented, as were individual awards for cadets competing in several categories,
including top written score and fastest mile-run time.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: The squadron's Wreaths Across America ceremony
took place at the Brookings Greenwood Cemetery with members from the Brookings VFW
George Dokken Post #2118 present and participating in the ceremonial wreath laying. Cadet
Major Gross presented the speech while our color guard presented the colors. The ceremony
was done very professionally. Brookings community members who attended complimented
our cadets and assisted in laying some of the wreaths. Photos by Ms. Wanda Mix, VFW.

CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-068, CUSTER)
(Items submitted by Capt. Bierwirth)
PARADE OF LIGHTS: The squadron entered a float in the 24

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Annual Custer
Christmas Parade on 5 December. This annual parade of lights signals the kick-off of the
holiday season in the Southern Black Hills. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus
appeared at Way Park for the Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Crazy Horse
Composite Squadron’s float represented a Civil Air Patrol plane conducting a simulated
search and rescue mission. Our eco-friendly aircraft was made of recycled white coolers.
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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: The Crazy Horse Composite Squadron along with the

Battle Mountain American Legion Post #71 from Hot Springs conducted the Wreaths Across
America Ceremony at the Hot Springs National Cemetery at Hot Springs, SD.

C/AC HUNTER RICE, C/AMN ETHAN UPDIKE, C/SRA ANTHONY DILLON, C/TSGT KYLE STIFFARM, LT. COL. DENNIS CORNELL, C/LT
JASON PARRY, C/CMSGT THOMAS DILLON

GUEST SPEAKER: We had a guest speaker. Author J.E. "Scotty" Terrall, who

writes western short stories and novels, romance novels and mystery/suspense/thriller
series and is currently writing his 26th book, spoke to us about the importance of writing
skills. He emphasized that the two most important books you need are a good quality
dictionary and a thesaurus. He told us that when writing an email we should read and reread what we have written at least three times. He also suggested we read the email out
loud before we press “send”! He warned us not to rely solely on spell check as a word
may be spelled correctly but the automatic system does not differentiate between
homonyms such as “wear” and “where.” It was very interesting and informative talk.

WHITE ELEPHANT: The squadron held Christmas pot luck where family and friends
gathered for a wonderful meal. Holiday spirits were high, smiles and laughter were everywhere.
We then held a “white elephant” gift swap with many interesting and unusual items exchanged.

PIERRE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-038, PIERRE)
(Item submitted by Lt. Col. Gatje)
CADET RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP: C/SMSgt Hannah Becker of Pierre has

received the Distinguished Young Women of South Dakota scholarship for next year.
She is a senior at Pierre’s Riggs High School. She will advance to the national program
in Mobile, Alabama where they give a total of $150,000 in cash tuition scholarships.
The program is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards
scholarship, leadership and talent in young women. The program is open only to
seniors in high school. In the photo C/SMSgt Becker is at the controls of a CAP aircraft
while taking part in the Mankato Flight Academy held last July.
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RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-031, RAPID CITY)
(Item submitted by Maj. Goodrich, photos by Maj. Goodrich)
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: Seniors and cadets from the squadron participated in

the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
In the left photo the squadron contingent. In the right photo a cadet honoring a veteran

WELCOME ABOARD: Welcome to new members to the Rushmore Composite Squadron. We welcome
Cadet Erik Allen, and to SM Zachary J Erickson (a student at the School of Mines), SM Blake Griffin (Cadet
Blake Griffin’s dad who has decided to become more involved and help out), and SM Steven V Helgeland
(Cadet Mason Helgeland’s dad who has decided to become more involved and help out). We are pleased to
have you as members of our squadron.
WELCOME BACK: Lt Michel Johnson will be coming back to the Rushmore Squadron! This is exciting
news for us. He brings a level of excitement and leadership upon which our cadets will thrive. Lt Johnson is an
active duty USAF NCO at Ellsworth AFB.

SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SD-050, SIOUX FALLS)
(Items and photo submitted by Capt. West)
NEW SQUADRON AE OFFICER: We would like to introduce our new Aerospace Education (AE)

officer, 1st Lt. Andrew Moline. Andrew and his son, Max, joined our squadron a few months ago from the
Northeast Missouri squadron. The Moline family moved from Missouri to Sioux Center, Iowa in August, and
now travel three hours round trip to attend meetings with Sioux Falls on Thursday nights.
Andrew comes to us with a great deal of experience in safety, Drug Demand Reduction, cadet
programs, and training. When asked how he became interested in the AE program Andrew
stated, "It didn't take long after joining CAP before I became aware of the proud history of
aerospace education CAP has to offer young people. While perusing an old rocketry package
with my son, my background in engineering and personal interest in 20th century history was
piqued.”
Andrew took the rocketry program to the limits in his former squadron. The cadets there earned their rocketry
badges, he got the STEM program going, and he traveled with cadets to wing activities to help facilitate their
AE experience. Andrew's goal, along with that of the cadet AE leadership, is to take Sioux Falls to the same
place in the AE program. They hope to start the cadets off with rockets, then move on to radio controlled
aircraft. SFCS is very lucky to have new members willing to offer not only their expertise, but also their time in
order to provide cadets with the opportunity to learn, lead, and pursue excellence. Welcome 1st Lt. Andrew
Moline and C/MSgt. Max Moline.
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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: Seniors and cadets from the squadron participated in

the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Hills of Rest Memorial Park in Sioux Falls on
12 December. Lt. Col. Tim Steppan acted as Master of Ceremonies and later blew taps. The
squadron Color Guard performed and senior members represented the uniformed services in
the ceremony honoring all service members. Later assistance was provided to organizations
laying wreaths on veterans’ graves.

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PROMOTIONS

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Senior Member Promotions
Congratulations Samuel Huntington of Rushmore Composite Squadron! By virtue of earning the
Earhart Award as a Cadet he has been promoted directly from Senior Member to First Lieutenant.
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Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Promotions
Congratulations to Robert Boecker of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on his promotion to the
rank of Cadet Senior Master Sergeant and receipt of the General Jimmy Doolittle Award!

Congratulations to Taylor Umland-Moyer of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron on promotion to the
rank of Cadet Master Sergeant and receipt of the Charles Lindbergh Award!

Congratulations to Tyler Eberle of Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid City on his promotion to
the rank of Cadet Technical Sergeant and receipt of the Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Award!

Cadet Airman Promotion
Congratulations to Hunter Rice of the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer on his promotion to
the rank of Cadet Senior Airman and receipt of the Mary Feik Award!

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WING CALENDAR JANUARY-FEBRUARYH

Be sure to check the calendar on the Wing Website for any changes and updates.

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South Dakota
Wing Roundup
CIVIL AIR PATROL • WINTER 2015 • UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY

Emergency Services REDCAP
30 November 2014

In This Issue . . .
CAP Congressional Gold Medal
South Dakota Wing, Civil Air Patrol
4275 Airport Rd., Ste. A, Rapid City, SD 57703
Office: 605-393-4215, Fax: 605-393-4216
Email: wa@sdcap.us
Website: http://sdcap.us, Facebook: www.facebook.com/
SDWingCAP
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/102270464@N02/
Col. John N. Seten
Commander, South Dakota Wing
Civil Air Patrol
South Dakota Wing Roundup Staff
Publishers
Col. John Seten, South Dakota Wing Commander
Lt. Col. Richard Larson, South Dakota Wing Vice
Commander
Editor
Maj. Bruce Kipp
South Dakota Wing Public Affairs Officer
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Commander’s Corner

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CyberPatriot-VII

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Professional Development Courses
in Custer

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Flying In or Near a Thunderstorm

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How to Request Use of the Civil Air Patrol 15
Cadet Orientation Rides

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November Joint REDCAP

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Shades of Blue

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Studying Mandarin in China

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Operation Windmill

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Inspections...UGGH!

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SDWG Pilot Earns South Dakota Aviation
Award
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South Dakota Wing’s Newest Lieutenant
Colonels

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COVER PHOTO: SDWG’s Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron’s ground team moves up the
side of a finger butte near Alzada, MT during a
tri-state REDCAP on 30 November. The crash site
is behind the knob at the center of the photo. A
SDWG aircraft from Rapid City orbits overhead.



CAP Congressional Gold Medal
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing Public Affairs Officer

Obverse and reverse of the Congressional Gold Medal presented to CAP honoring its WWII service to the nation.

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n 0 December, at a ceremony in Statuary
Hall at the U.S. Capitol a Congressional
Gold Medal (CGM) was presented to
collectively honor World War II members of the
Civil Air Patrol whose valor and dedication during the war helped thwart the enemy submarine
attacks against our vital shipping lines, saved lives,
secured our nation’s borders, conducted missions
to support the war effort, and helped train members of the armed forces.
Presided over by House Speaker Boehner,
Senate Majority Leader Reid, Senate Republican
Leader McConnell, and House Democratic Leader
Pelosi, the CGM was accepted by Col. Lester
Wolff, a WWII CAP subchaser and former U.S.
representative from New York and by CAP
National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez. The
gold medal will be placed on permanent display in
the Smithsonian Institution.
Later that evening at a gala dinner celebration was held for surviving veterans, families of


Mrs. Norma Kraemer is presented with her husband’s
bronze replica medal by CAP National Commander
Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez at the evening dinner
celebration. North Central Region Commander Col.
Robert Todd is in the foreground.



The CGM was accepted by Col. Lester Wolff, a WWII CAP subchaser and former U.S. representative from New
York, and by CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez.

deceased members, CAP members and distinguished guests in nearby Crystal City. Maj. Gen.
Vazquez personally presented a bronze replica
medal to each CAP WWII veteran or to a member
of the family of a deceased veteran.
South Dakota has four who will receive the
bronze replica medal; Mrs. Sylvia Henkin, a resident of Sioux Falls, and three deceased individuals

– Luverne “Vern” Kraemer, Vernon Jeffries, and
earl Wilkinson. Mrs. Henkin and a member of
Jeffries and Wilkinson families will receive the
bronze replica medal at ceremonies to be held in
South Dakota. Mrs. Norma Kraemer, widow of
Vern Kraemer, travelled to Washington, D.C. for
the ceremony and was presented her husband’s
bronze replica medal by Gen. Vazquez.

The men and women of CAP’s First Patrol Force (also known as Patrol Base-1) in Atlantic City, NJ pose for a final
photograph before the unit was stood down. Vernon Kraemer is in the front row far left. The photo is dated August
31, 1943.





Commander’s Corner
By Col. John Seten
South Dakota Wing Commander

Over the past few months we’ve been busy in
the South Dakota Wing. We ranked the highest in
the North Central Region for aircraft utilization
for FY 4 and finished well above the national
average for hours flown in FY 4. We were able
to use nearly all of our allocated funding for Cadet
Orientation flights in FY4 and we are expecting
an increase for FY Orientation Ride funding so
we can look forward to getting even more cadets in
the air. This is a valuable program and we need to
continue to support it going forward.
Since  October, the wing has been tasked
with flying in support of a Radar Site test mission,
two missing person searches, a missing aircraft
search and an electronic beacon search which has
resulted in one “find” credit awarded to the SD
Wing. We’ve shown our ability to reach out to
surrounding wings as we worked with the North
Dakota Wing on one of the searches and the
Wyoming Wing on another. Just this past weekend
we were called upon by Lawrence County to
assist in a missing person search near Spearfish,
SD. We’re happy to say that the missing person
was found and was in good health. Great job to all
that assisted with these search missions.
We continue to assist the State of South Dakota
with aerial animal tracking missions and flew 88
hours in support of this mission in FY4. So far
in FY we’ve flown nearly 0 hours in support
of the animal mission. Thanks to all that assist
with this mission with a special thanks to Lt. Col.



Gary Hewett for stepping up and being the lead
on this mission. Lt. Col. Hewett has made himself
available and logged 46 hours flying Civil Air
Patrol aircraft in FY4 with the bulk of those hours
in support of the animal tracking mission. That’s
what I call dedication!
Our cadets were hard at work in 04 as they
attended many National Cadet Special Activities;
some of which were Blue Beret, flight academies
across the country and also CyberPatriot where
the Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings
was the top Civil Air Patrol team in the nation.
Great job to Big Sioux on that accomplishment. I
know they are working hard to get to the national
competition again this year. I’ve received many
applications for NCSAs for FY and we’ll
have a number of our cadets participating across
the country.
By the time you read this article we’ll have
been at our state capitol for our annual legislative
day where we will actively recruit more legislative
members to our Legislative Squadron and to thank
all of them for their support of our organization. I’ll
also have attended the Command Council meeting
in Washington D.C. where I’ll meet with the South
Dakota legislative delegation to inform them of our
activities and accomplishments and thank them for
their support of the Civil Air Patrol.
We’ve have a really special group of people
in the South Dakota Wing and I’m honored to say
that I am a member of our great organization.



CYBERPATRIOT-VII
By Capt. Shannon Hofer, CAP, and
Maj. Nick Gengler, CAP, of Big Sioux Composite Squadron, and
Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP, Wing Public Affairs Officer

The Big Sioux Composite
Squadron’s cyber-security team
placed sixth overall in the All
Services Division and second
among CAP teams in the third
round (state) of the Cyber
Patriot-VII competition that was
held from - December. The
squadron’s crew of ace cybersleuths now goes to the fourth
round (regionals).
CyberPatriot is a unique
educational competition that
challenges high school students
Big Sioux Composite Squadron’s cyber-security team that took part in
to resolve real-life cybersecuCyberPatiot-VI (2013). Three of team members (Klosterman, Dinnel
rity situations faced by industry
and Rudnik) are in the current competition. As in CyberPatriot-VI,
Capt. Hofer and Cadet Capt. Gross are coach and mentor respectively in
professionals. Created in 009
CyberPatriot-VII.
by the Air Force Association,
the CyberPatriot competition
provides students with hands-on learning about
Division go to the national finals to be held in
securing computer networks while educating, and
Maryland in March.
motivating them toward careers in science, techDuring the online qualification rounds the Big
nology, engineering, and mathematics, disciplines
Sioux team faced realistic computer network threats
critical to the nation’s future.
at their home location seeking out weaknesses in
The 04 Big Sioux Composite Squadron simulated online networks and working to defend
CyberPatriot team consists of Cadet Major Joshua
those networks from threat scenarios. A Cisco netKlosterman (Team Captain), Cadet Lieutenant working challenge was also a part of the competiChris Dinnel, Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Jaden
tion. The team was scored according to how quickly
Petersen, Cadet Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Fleet, and
and effectively they established and maintained the
Cadet Lieutenant Laura Rudnik. They are being secure networks. In the regionals the team will be
coached by Capt. Shannon Hofer and mentored by
faced with similar but more complex and sophistiCadet Captain Tyler Gross.
cated online computer network threats.
Civil Air Patrol competes in the “All Services
If the Big Sioux team succeeds in the regional
Division” which consists of teams from Army,
round they advance to the National Finals, the only
Air Force and Marine Corps Junior ROTC units,
in-person round. In the finals the team will comthe Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and CAP. Only the
pete to defend virtual networks and mobile devices
top two teams in each category of the All Services from a professional aggressor team. The National
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CyberPatriot-VII

Continued . . .

Finalists also face-off in three additional
competition components: Digital Cyber
Crime Scene Challenge, Cisco Networking
Challenge, and Digital Forensics Challenge.
These extra challenges broaden the cybersecurity experience and expose teams to new
elements of the many career opportunities
available to them.
In last year’s CyberPatriot-VI competition the Big Sioux cyber-security team made
it all the way to the national finals that were
held in Maryland. They placed seventh
overall, no mean achievement considering
there were 864 teams competing in the AllService Division. However, they won first
place among the 0 Civil Air Patrol teams
competing. In recognition of this achievement the Air Force Association presented
the team with the CAP Champion Award.
The Air Force Association (AFA), the
sponsoring organization, is a non-profit,
independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Its mission is
to promote a dominant United States Air
Force and a strong national defense, and to
honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.
AFA has 00 chapters nationally and internationally representing more than 00,000
members. Visit AFA at www.afa.org.
The annual CyberPatriot competition
greatly benefits from the support and technical expertise of its presenting sponsor, the
Northrop Grumman Foundation. Other sponsors include Cyber Diamond Sponsors, AT&T
Federal, Cisco, Microsoft, Raytheon, USA
Today, the Department of Homeland Security,
the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cyber
Gold Sponsors URS, Splunk, Symantec
Corporation, Cyber Silver Sponsors Air
Force Research Laboratory, embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University, Leidos, MIT’s
Lincoln Laboratory, and University College
of the University of Maryland. For more
information about CyberPatriot, go to www.
uscyberpatriot.org.

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PROFEssIOnAL
DEVELOPMEnT
COURSES IN CUSTER
By Col. Mary Donley, CAP
Wing Professional Development Officer

In October 2014, the Crazy Horse Composite
Squadron in Custer hosted the CAP Squadron Leadership
School (SLS) and the Corporate Learning Course (CLC)
for members of North and South Dakota Wings. Maj.
Sharon Moad of the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron
directed the SLS for Lt. Ruth Carley of the Pierre
Composite Squadron and Graham Frost, Daniel Villas
and Ashley Ehret of the North Dakota Wing’s 119th
Fargo Cadet Squadron. The SLS is part of the Level II
of CAP’s Senior Member Professional Development
Program. It focuses on training members at the squadron
level on subjects such as leadership, personal communication, professionalism and the administrative and
operational workings of a squadron. All senior members
need this course to complete Level II and be eligible for
promotion and awards.
Col. Mary Donley, SDWG Professional Development
Officer, directed the CLC with the help of former Wing
Commander Col. Mike Beason who taught some of
the modules. The CLC was attended by 1st Lt. Kris
Bierwirth, 1st Lt. Victoria Bierwirth, Capt. Richard
Geeting of the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron and
Capt. John Hoeck, commander of the 119th Fargo Cadet
squadron. The CLC is part of the requirements of Level
III of CAP’s Senior Member Professional Development
Program. This course is focused on the relationship of
the squadron with the next major echelon of command
– specifically the Wing. Specifically, CLC discusses
how wing-level operations help to accomplish CAP’s
three missions of Aerospace Education, Emergency
Services, and Cadet Programs. It describes the working
relationships wing staff officers have with each other
and with their squadron-level counterparts. All senior
members need to complete Level III and be eligible for
promotions and awards.
If any senior members have questions about
Professional Development do not hesitate to contact
me at: mfdonley@gmail.com. My goal is to see senior
members progress in the areas of their specialty tracks,
and get the awards and promotions they deserve.
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Flying In or near a Thunderstorm
Retrieved from General Aviation News, Salt Lake City Department of Airports,
Volume 22, Issue 9, September 2014
Edited by Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP, Wing Public Affairs Officer

Inclement weather conditions in the high
northern plains, especially over South Dakota’s
Black Hills can present a pilot with entirely
new set of challenges, not the least of which is
thunderstorms.
1. Turbulence associated with thunderstorms
can be extremely hazardous, having the potential
to cause overstressing of the aircraft or loss of
control. A thunderstorm’s vertical currents may
be strong enough to displace an aircraft up or
down vertically as much as 2,000 to 6,000 feet.
The greatest turbulence occurs in the vicinity of
adjacent rising and descending drafts. Gust loads
can be severe enough to stall an aircraft flying at
rough air (maneuvering) speed or to cripple it at
design cruising speed. Maximum turbulence usually occurs near the mid-level of a storm, between
12,000 and 20,000 feet, and is most severe in

clouds of the greatest vertical development.
Severe turbulence is present not just within
the cloud. It can be expected up to 20 miles from
severe thunderstorms and will be greater downwind than into the wind. Severe turbulence and
strong out-flowing winds may also be present
beneath a thunderstorm. Microbursts can be especially hazardous because of the severe wind shear
associated with them.
2. With lightning, static electricity may build
up in the airframe interfering with operation of the
radio and affecting the behavior of the compass.
Trailing antennas should be wound in. Lightning
blindness may affect the crew’s vision for 30 to
50 seconds at a time making instrument reading
impossible during that brief period. Lightning
strikes on aircraft are not uncommon. The proba-

Forks of lightning splits the sky over the high plains.





A thunderstorm building over the high plains area.

bility of a lightning strike is greatest when the temperature is between -5ºC and 5°C. If the airplane is
in close proximity to a thunderstorm, a lightning
strike can happen even though the aircraft is flying
in clear air. Lightning strikes pose special hazards.
Structural damage is possible. The solid state
circuitry of modem avionics is particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes. Electrical circuits may
be disrupted. The possibility of lightning igniting
the fuel vapor in the fuel cells is also considered a
potential hazard.
3. Hailstones are capable of inflicting serious
damage to an airplane. Hail is encountered at
levels between 10 and 30 thousand feet. It is, on
occasion, also encountered in clear air outside
the cloud as it is thrown upward and outward by
especially active cells.
4. Heavy icing conditions occur above the


freezing level where the water droplets are super
cooled. Icing is most severe during the mature
stage of the thunderstorm.
5. Rapid changes in barometric pressure associated with the storm cause altimeter readings to
become very unreliable.
6. Abrupt changes in wind speed and direction
in advance of a thunderstorm present a hazard
during take-off and landing. Gusts in excess of
80 knots have been observed. Very violent thunderstorms draw air into their cloud bases with
great intensity. Sometimes the rising air forms an
extremely concentrated vortex from the surface of
the ground well into the cloud with vortex speeds
of 200 knots or more and very low pressure in its
center. Such a vortex forms tornadoes.
7. Thunderstorms contain vast amounts of
liquid water droplets suspended or carried aloft


by the updrafts. This water can be as damaging as
hail to an aircraft penetrating the thunderstorm at
high speed. Heavy rain showers associated with
thunderstorms encountered during approach and
landing can reduce visibility and cause refraction
on the windscreen of the aircraft, producing an
illusion that the runway threshold is lower than it
actually is. Water lying on the runway can cause
hydroplaning which destroys the braking action
needed to bring the aircraft to a stop within the
confines of the airport runway. Hydroplaning can
also lead to loss of control during take-off.
Because of the severe hazards enumerated
above, attempting to penetrate a thunderstorm is
asking for trouble. In the case of flight the best
advice on how to fly through a thunderstorm is
summed up in one word - DON’T.
Detour around storms as early as possible when
encountering them en route. Stay at least 5 miles
away from a thunderstorm with large overhanging areas because of the danger of encountering
hail. Stay even further away from a thunderstorm
identified as very severe as turbulence may be
encountered as much as 15 or more nautical miles
away. Vivid and frequent lightning indicates the
probability of a severe thunderstorm. Any thunderstorm with tops at 35,000 feet or higher should be
regarded as extremely hazardous. Avoid landing
or taking off at any airport in close proximity to an
approaching thunderstorm or squall line.
Microbursts occur from cell activity and are
especially hazardous if encountered during landing
or take-off since severe wind shear is associated
with microburst activity. Dry microbursts can
sometimes be detected by a ring of dust on the surface. Do not fly under a thunderstorm even if you
can see through to the other side since turbulence
may be severe. Especially do not attempt to fly
underneath a thunderstorm formed by orographic
lift. The wind flow that is responsible for the
formation of the thunderstorm is likely to create
dangerous up and down drafts and turbulence
between the mountain peaks.

A thunderstorm like on aircraft radar.

unless you have airborne radar. Do not attempt
to fly through a narrow clear space between two
thunderstorms. The turbulence there may be more
severe than flying in the storms themselves. If the
clear space is several miles in width, however, it
may be safe to attempt to fly through the center,
but always go through at the highest possible
altitude. When flying around a thunderstorm, it is
better to fly around the right side of it. The wind
circulates counter-clockwise and you will get more
favorable winds.
Source: www.slcairport.com/cmsdocuments/GA_
News_Sep14.pdf, accessed January 7, 2015.

Reduce airspeed to maneuvering speed when
in the vicinity of a thunderstorm or at the first indication of turbulence. Do not fly into a cloud mass
containing scattered embedded thunderstorms




How To Request Use of the
Civil Air Patrol
By Col. Mike Beason, CAP, former Wing Commander,
current Inspector General and Member of the Wing Incident Command Team

From time-to-time local officials, county and state emergency managers, law
enforcement, and other agencies and organizations request Civil Air Patrol support
for a mission. It is useful for everyone to be aware of the process that allows CAP’s
South Dakota Wing to be tasked for missions.
The type of mission will determine who will fund CAP support. If the task is to
search for a missing person or a missing aircraft, normally the U.S. Air Force pays for
Civil Air Patrol
Emergency
the CAP mission. That’s because the USAF has overall search responsibility within
Services
the continental United States and CAP is its executive agent for those type searches.
uniform patch
Mission requests are coordinated through the Air Force Rescue and Coordination
Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall, AFB in Florida. Funding for other types of CAP
emergency responses can come from a locality, a county, the state, or the requesting agency or organization depending on the type of mission. Contact the South Dakota Office of emergency Management for
further information.
Emergency Response Request for CAP Support
To use CAP to assist in an emergency response the requesting agency should contact the local county
emergency manager (eM).
• The county eM will contact the state Office of emergency Management (OeM).
• OeM will contact the AFRCC and/or the CAP National Operations Center to obtain CAP
assistance.
• OeM will contact the South Dakota Wing and provide general mission information.
• South Dakota Wing will then contact the requesting agency to obtain specific mission
information.
If the requesting agency/organization has a local CAP contact, it is helpful to also contact that individual and provide notice of a pending mission request. This “heads-up” helps improve response time of
CAP personnel and availability of assets. If a local CAP member is contacted s/he should in turn contact
the CAP Wing Commander or Incident Commander.
Non-Emergency Request for CAP Support
If an agency or organization wishes to use South Dakota Wing assets for a non-emergency request
(assistance with parades, fairs, aerial photography, or other volunteer activities) contact the nearest South
Dakota Wing squadron (Sioux Falls, Brookings, Pierre, Rapid City, Custer, Spearfish). Contact information for the squadrons is on the South Dakota Wing website at www.sdcap.us under “About CAP”.
Alternatively, phone the South Dakota Wing Headquarters in Rapid City at (60) 9-4 or by
email at wa@sdcap.us. South Dakota Wing Headquarters is only manned about 0 hours per week. After
hours, a non-emergency request can also be sent to the South Dakota Wing Commander, Col. John Seten,
at john.seten@sdcap.us.




Cadet Orientation Rides
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing Public Affairs Officer

Tweens and teens join the Civil
Air Patrol for a variety of reasons.
Surveys, however, have shown
that the # reason why they join
is the opportunity to fly. CAP has
a formal program to do just that
called the Cadet Orientation Flight
(COF) Program. The motto of the
program is: Safe, Fun, educational.
COF is designed to introduce CAP
cadets, under 8 years old, to general aviation through hands-on
orientation flights in single engine
aircraft and gliders.
Under COF, cadets are authorized five flights in the co-pilot’s
seat in a powered aircraft, usually Summer encampment familiarization ride in a National Guard UH-60
a CAP-owned Cessna, and five Black Hawk helicopter.
flights in the front seat of a glider.
town will serve as the day’s base of operations.
In addition, cadets are permitted an unlimited
The cadets may stay in the immediate vicinity,
number of backseat flights. Cadets fly only in
or fly to a nearby airport, land, switch seats, and
fair weather, under conditions that the FAA calls
return to the original airport. In South Dakota, for
“visual flight rules.” In powered aircraft, cadets
are aloft for 4 to 60 minutes. If two cadets fly at example, orientation flights in the West River area
usually are over the Black Hills. In the east River
once, they share 90 to 0 minutes of flight time.
area orientation flights are usually around the
Generally, an airport near a CAP unit’s homeSioux Falls/Madison/Vermillion/
Yankton areas. Gavin’s Point Dam
is a popular destination.
While fun and educational, orientation flights are not intended as
formal flight training. Orientation
flights are commanded by experienced and certified CAP pilots.
S/he is in control of the aircraft at
all times and performs all takeoffs
and landings. A cadet may handle
the controls once the aircraft is
above ,000 feet. each orientation
flight has a syllabus of activities to
be accomplished. The syllabi focus
Cadet student pilots at the powered flight academy last summer at Mankato. on such things as preflight checks,
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basic maneuvers, aircraft instruments, weather, etc.
Cadets can also participate in orientation flights
in military aircraft. During the annual summer
encampment cadets can experience a familiarization ride in a military helicopter such as a UH-60
Black Hawk operated by the National Guard.
In the summer months each year CAP holds a
number of flight academies for powered aircraft
and gliders. There is even a CAP flight academy
for hot air ballooning. At these academies cadets
can earn the CAP cadet Solo Pilot Badge!

Cadet Tech. Sgt. Hannah Becker
works toward her solo wings at
last summer’s powered flight
academy at Mankato.





november Joint REDCAP “FInD”
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
REDCAP Public Information Officer

Late in the evening of Saturday, 9 November
the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC)
at Tyndall AFB, Florida notified South Dakota
Wing that an aircraft had been reported overdue to
return to Spearfish, SD. The AFRCC also placed
the Wyoming Wing on alert as rough forensic data
on the pilot’s cell phone pointed towards Colony,
Wyoming as a potential search site.
Very poor weather conditions in the area
that night prevented either Wing from launching
an immediate search. At first light on Sunday,
0 November, an eight-man ground search and
rescue team was dispatched from South Dakota
Wing’s Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
(Spearfish). They were sent to Colony, WY where

they conducted a local search for an aircraft emergency beacon (eLT).
Later that morning three aircraft; two from
South Dakota Wing and one from Wyoming Wing
were launched to conduct an aerial search for the
missing aircraft’s eLT. Using onboard sensors the
CAP aircraft began picking up the eLT’s signal
and worked to refine the location. About an hour
later, using aerial triangulation and refined cell
phone forensics data the Wyoming Wing aircraft
sighted the missing aircraft on the ground in the
snow-covered Finger Buttes area near the tiny
town of Alzada, MT.
The ground search and rescue team was redirected from Colony, WY to Alzada, MT; a three

The Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron’s Ground Search Team approaching the crash site near Alzada, MT.
They are climbing the side of a saddle in the Finger Buttes area toward the knob in the center of the photo. The
crash site is on the reverse slope behind the knob. Photo courtesy of Montana’s Carter County Sheriff’s Office

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state ground search mission for
a single SAR team. While the
ground team was en route the
WYWG and SDWG aircraft
took turns orbiting the crash
site to direct the ground team to
the location. Once officers from
Montana’s Carter County Sheriff
Office arrived at the crash site
the SDWG ground team and
both wing’s aircraft returned to
their bases.
South Dakota Wing support
for the ReDCAP was provided
by personnel from Rushmore
Composite Squadron (Pierre),
Lookout Mountain Composite
Squadron (Spearfish) and
Wing Staff members throughout the state.

The South Dakota Wing Ground Search Team secures the crash site
awaiting arrival of the county sheriff. Photo courtesy of Montana’s Carter
County Sheriff’s Office

A member of Montana’s Carter County Sheriff’s Office inspects the aircraft.

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SHADES OF BLUE:
The Road to the United states Air Force
By Elizabeth Foy, CAP Cadet Major and
North Dakota State University AFROTC Cadet 3rd Class

“Aviation is proof, that given the will, we have the capacity to
achieve the impossible” - Capt. Edward Rickenbacker
United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)
everyone has certain parts of the United States Air Force Academy
that are forever engrained in their memory. It is our nation’s premier
Officer Training Program, graduating hundreds of cadets every year
as new Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force. I was able
to experience the famed painted red footprints on the ground showing
new cadets where to stand, run the halls for physical training and attend
services in the beloved Chapel. I stood in front of the black Graduate
Memorial Wall and sat (and stood) at attention while listening to briefings in Arnold Hall. The experience there is like none other.
Day 0, which is the start of Basic Training, marks the beginning of a
new life for about ,000 students. You mark your progression by where NDSU AFROTC Cadet
you learn essential pieces of information throughout your cadet career. Elizabeth Foy and U.S. Army
First Sergeant Marvin Nicklay at
Depending on your squadron, you arrive at the gate of the Academy with a military ball.
your small backpack full of personal belongings. This is all you carry
with you of your previous life through Basic Cadet Training. The first
half of your morning is spent meandering with future classmates through the halls of the reception center,
where you receive your nametape and flight assignment. Waiting silently at the end of the welcome tape
is the bus to the cadet area. Guarded by athletic cadets in white gloves, this is where you first learn the
position of attention.
On the bus, the seven basic responses are pressed into memory, where your name is now “Basic
Cadet”. The position of attention while sitting is
quickly absorbed into muscle memory. When the
bus stops you learn how fast you can run, and at
the red footsteps you learn what it’s like to be a
Preparatory school cadet. I learned that I can repeat
the seven basic responses seven times in perfect
push-up cadence with my fellow Northwestern
Preparatory School chums before the cadre gets
annoyed with us.
I learned so much more about myself during Basic Cadet Training, lovingly referred to as
BeAST, than I have in quite some time. Civil Air
Patrol prepared me greatly for the correct mindset
during my time there. I had everything from Air
Force-style unit organization to summer encampCadet Foy with her AFROTC Honor Guard colleagues
ments - I understood why our cadre was yelling at
at a NDSU “Bison” football game.




us to perform better and just how important it was
to keep our flight commander happy. As part of the
prior enlisted and preparatory school group, I was
able to teach and lead my flight in the good times
and bad.
There were 9 of us, all from different backgrounds and with different attitudes. Our cadre
was a dynamic mix; five upperclassmen with
different career desires and unique leadership
styles. We were designated “Bravo Flight” of the
Aggressor Squadron. We ran everywhere. They
pushed us hard and ran us harder, but they did so
with us the whole way. We learned in our hallway
how to show respect to our cadre, and from the
push-up position how to build it back up. We
learned how to shine our shoes and prepare our
rooms for a white glove inspection. We learned
that everyone has something to contribute and we
needed everyone’s leadership to get there.
In front of the Memorial Wall we learned just
how sacred the ground was that we walked on. I
touched the names of those inscribed there and
learned just how heavy a salute can be. I saw each
of my flight-mates faces reflected off the stone, the
weariness of BeAST carried away on the breeze
for a few passing moments.
I will never forget my time at the United States
Air Force Academy. It is a period in my life I will
treasure along with memories of friends there I
will keep for a lifetime. After attending BeAST I
came to the decision that the USAFA was not the
lifestyle approach I needed in order to become an
outstanding officer in the United States Air Force.
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
(AFROTC)
I am now enrolled in Air Force Reserve Officer
Training Corps Detachment 60 at North Dakota
State University in Fargo.
At AFROTC your progress is marked by
the individual cadets around you. The average
Detachment size is around 00 cadets. each person
plays a more personal role in forming your Air
Force career. We’re an extended family, with all
its grandeur and challenges. It’s a college course
that requires a few hours of your time to complete.
Just like the academy, you receive what you put
in. each program has its own difficulties. I was



blessed enough to have the choice between both.
I made the decision to stay with AFROTC
because when I become an Air Force officer I
want to be able to relate to my Airmen. I made it
to the United States Air Force Academy, one of the
world’s top schools. I have stood “on the shoulders
of giants” as CAP Major epp once stated. The
unique challenge about AFROTC is it is your
choice. It is no longer an environment of absolute
integrity and excellence. It is the real world,
complete with car trouble and apartment rent and
grocery bills. It’s balancing your professional life
with academics and your personal life. It’s where
your integrity will be enforced by a small group
of like-minded people on campus. AFROTC
cadets don’t get scholarships, nor are we slotted
for high-demand jobs such as pilots as easily. In
the end, however, my former colleagues in Bravo
Flight will graduate with a single gold bar on their
shoulders exactly like mine.
I continue to pursue my commission in the Air
Force every day. Due to the experience Civil Air
Patrol gave me I was placed in a Wing Staff position after only having one semester in the program.
I am currently the Honor Guard Commander. I’ve
used my knowledge acquired at BeAST to help
define a better training program for incoming
AFROTC cadets and to help my fellow cadets
prepare for our version of BeAST, that is field
training at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. If
all goes as planned, I will complete my second
basic training semester this summer and continue
as an upperclassman this fall.
I would like to thank everyone who helped me
achieve so much through Civil Air Patrol in North
Dakota and South Dakota over the years. I would
be more than happy to contribute to CAP in any
way I can. And to any of you looking to pursue
a commission at a Service Academy or through
ROTC, please feel free to contact me. I would be
more than happy to help you achieve your dreams.
[Editor: AFROTC Cadet 3rd Class Foy can currently
be reached at elizabeth.foy@ndsu.edu. Due to security
concerns, photos of the NDSU AFROTC facility, its training
sites, and of members of its cadre have been removed from
their Facebook page. The photos included with this article
are from random extracurricular activities.]



Studying Mandarin in China
By Cadet Col. William Small, CAP
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron

China Adventure (中国冒险)
- During the months of March,
April, and May of 04 I lived
in Wuhan China for the purpose
of learning the Mandarin dialect
of the Chinese language. I chose
to learn Chinese mainly was due
to its usefulness. More business
is going to China and they are an
emerging power, so it seemed
like a good choice to become
familiar with their language
and culture. The difficulty was
another reason in a way. I didn’t
go after the easiest choice I went
after what was hard so it means
more to me to be able to learn it.
This was a worthwhile opportunity in that not only did it allow
me to learn a foreign language,
but it also exposed me to living
abroad on my own. Also, I took
advantage of my time there by
going to various different places
on some weekends.
There were multiple reasons
why I went to Wuhan to learn
Mandarin. Some of the prominent reasons were to get more

My teacher Zhong and I.

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language credits to graduate
high school, to learn how to live
on my own in a different environment, and how to be responsibly independent. My parents
said that if I can survive three
months in China by myself, I
should not have a problem with
college. The reason I went to
Wuhan and not a school in the
US or in a city like Beijing or
Shanghai, is because Wuhan is
thoroughly Chinese. Meaning
I was completely immersed
in the language and culture of
China. If I went to Beijing or
Shanghai I would have found
places with familiar people,
foods, etc. In Wuhan I really
had to search to find something
familiar (besides McDonalds).
My father was with me for
the start of my stay in China. I
flew over to meet him in Hong
Kong and then we went by
train together to Wuhan. Once
in Wuhan we met up with my
soon-to-be teacher and another
employee of Rainbow Reading

Map of China showing the city of
Wuhan in Hubei Province.

(the language school I went to).
They first took me to my accommodations for my stay. This
was a two bed, one bath apartment with a small kitchen and
living area. I stayed in one of
the bedrooms and an english
teacher from the Philippines
(Archie) stayed in the other.
During my stay I got to know
Archie some and enjoyed talking to him. After I put my suitcase in the apartment my dad
and I went out to do some basic
shopping for things that I would
need such as bed linens some
light bulbs and coat hangers.
I also got a cellphone. Getting
a cellphone in China is a little
different than getting one here.
The basic premise is you buy a
phone and then you buy a card
for the phone which has so many
minutes and data on it. It took a
little time to figure this process
out, but in the end I had a phone
that allowed me to call others
in China, and even the US (at a
greater cost).

An overview of a part of Wuhan taken
from the Yellow Crane Tower.

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The view from my apartment balcony.

Once I was settled in Wuhan
my three months of learning routine started. Not every week was
the same, but I had a basic daily
routine. My school schedule
was I had class every day from
0 to noon, and then from  to
. except on Thursdays when
the afternoon class consisted of
going somewhere in the city, be
it a museum or park. So, every
morning I would set an alarm for
around 9. Once I got up, I would
try to have breakfast. What I
mean by try is I normally would
have some cereal and milk, but
when I did not I would either
grab something from McDonalds
on the way to class, or just wait
until lunch. To get to class, I had
multiple options. I could either
walk one of several routes, take
the above-ground train, or the
below-ground train (subway).
Normally I took the subway,
but towards the end of my stay I
started walking more, exploring
all the possible routes. I also was
interested in the looks that I got
from the people on the streets.

My room in the apartment where I
stayed.



A park along the river visited during
one of my afternoon class excursions.

Usually I was the only nonChinese person around and some
people looked a little puzzled by
my presence, especially when I
got onto the smaller streets away
from the main areas. Once I got
to school, I would find the classroom we were in for the day and
start class with my teacher. With
my program I was the only student so it was just one on one with
my teacher Zhong (who went
by the english name of Kevin).
He was only teaching part-time
as he was a student at Wuhan
University. Once our morning
class was over we would head
out for lunch. Lunch quite often
consisted of KFC (the China
version), but we also went to a
number of other eating places.
In the end I got quite good with
chopsticks and had a higher spice
tolerance. After lunch we would
have our afternoon class and then
I was free for the rest of the day.

A map of Rainbow Reading.

With this free time, I did many
different things. Sometimes I
just went back to my room and
relaxed, but other times I would
go exploring. I just would walk
around various parks of the city,
especially the parks. Other times
I would go to a movie, which by
itself was an experience.
Going to a movie took multiple steps. First, I had to figure
out what movies were playing. I
could go to the theatre, but they
didn’t have pictures, only the
names in Chinese characters. So
I ended up getting an app on my
China phone and had someone
show me how to look up current
movies on it. I just memorized
which buttons to press and it
worked. Then I had to actually
go to the movie. I found the theater without too much trouble,
but getting a ticket was harder.
What I ended up doing was pulling up a picture of the movie I
Continued on page 28 . . .

A shopping trip in Wuhan taken
during one of my afternoon class
excursions.

The “lobby” in rainbow reading
where I would wait if I was early to a
class.



OPERATION
WINDMILL
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing Public Affairs Officer

Unofficially dubbed
“Operation Windmill”, in official
parlance it was called the “Wind
Turbine Radar Interference
Operation Windmill test area, one of the windfarms near Tyler, Minn.
Mitigation” (WTRIM) test. In
mid-to-late October 04, the
Department of Defense/Department of Homeland Security Long Range Radar Joint Program Office
conducted field tests in the vicinity of the Tyler Minnesota Common Air Route Surveillance radar site
east of Brookings.
Operation Windmill was part of a
two-year interagency effort to characterize wind turbine interference effects
on existing air surveillance radars, to
assess how wind farms hamper the
ability to detect objects in the area,
and to evaluate commercial off-theshelf wind turbine radar interference
mitigation technologies. The on-site
tests were conducted by executive
agents Sandia National Laboratories
and Massachusetts Institute of
Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory.
Test operations included a South
Dakota Wing (SDWG) Cessna-8
aircraft equipped with the Garmin
Screen of the Garmin G1000 aircraft navigation system showing the
G000 navigation system for flights
day’s programmed flight patterns.
on both sides of the South DakotaMinnesota state line, north and west
of Tyler, Minn. Daily during the test period the
SDWG aircraft flew parallel track search patterns,
expanding square search patterns and sector search
patterns within the target area for a total of about
0 flight hours. essentially, the CAP aircraft flew
patterns at an assigned altitude with a data logger
for eight hours a day. The data collected is being
analyzed by the DOe, DOD, DHS, DOT/FAA,
and DOC/NOAA.
The South Dakota Wing participated this
The initial Operation Windmill flight crew, (L-R)
project once before, in 0. In 04, Capt. Neil
Project Officers Mr. Bryan Miller and Mr. Jason
Schmid of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Biddle, Capt. Karla West, Capt. Jerry Zurovski, Col.
John Seten, and Lt. Jerry Haden.
was the project officer.




China
Cont. from page 25 . . .

wanted to see on my phone and
showed it to the person at the
ticket counter. Then that person
would show me a seat map and I
would point to the seat I wanted.
Finally they printed a ticket and
I handed them the right amount
of money. In the end, it took me
a month to figure out how to do
this, and I ended up doing it not
that many times.
For the actual language
classes, there were multiple
methods used. We had a series of
books we were working through
that consisted of reading, speaking, and listening exercises. How
it worked was when we started a
new chapter in the book first
I would learn how to properly
say the list of new words, then
I would listen to them used in
sentences which I would then
repeat. Generally, there were
some exercises with the words
like match the right image with
the right sentence. We would
stay on that chapter doing the
exercises again and my teacher
would make up some of his own
until I had a decent understanding of the words and concepts
addressed. Then the process was
repeated with the next chapter
while occasionally revisiting
previous chapters. Sometimes
it got tedious, but overall I was
happy with the process. I found
listening to the hardest because
I could not understand at the
speed with which they spoke. So
it sometimes took a while to get
through the exercise, but I did.
Walking the streets in China
is different from in the US. A
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particular vehicle made the
experience memorable. This
vehicle is the electric scooter.
The scooter is very popular in
China. What made it so interesting though was where and how
they drove. A scooter literally
would drive anywhere - on the
road, on the sidewalk, with traffic, against traffic, across traffic,
on pedestrian overpasses, etc.
And as they are electric they are
silent. I was never sure where I
might find one and I could not
hear them. One never hit me, but
they got really close.
One of the fun things I did
was ride the trains in China.
I took trains to Hong Kong
one weekend, and to Shanghai
another weekend. Like going to
a movie, it was a process I had
to work out, although I didn’t
find it as hard. I found a website
where I could look up the train
schedules and then go to the station at the right time. At the station I had to find a ticket booth
where I just said the name of the
city I wanted and they gave me
a ticket. All things considered,
I am impressed I always got the
ticket I wanted. Then I would go
to the gate and get on the train.
What I really liked about the
trains in China is their punctuality and speed. If a train was
schedule to leave at 0, it left
at 0. The latest I think one
ever was for me was about 40
seconds late. It was the same at
the other end. If it was supposed
to arrive at 80, it arrived at
80. It was very nice knowing the schedule was absolute.
These were high speed trains
which truly are high speed, they
would go about 00 MPH.

At the end of the three
months I would not say that I
knew the language well, but I
knew enough to get around. I
couldn’t have conversations with
people, but I could ask questions
when shopping, understand
announcements on the subway,
read some road signs, ask where
the bathroom is, order food, etc.
Mandarin Chinese is a tonal
language. There are five tones
in Mandarin and that was one of
the things I struggled with most.
I could get the words right, but
get the tone wrong. It got frustrating at times. An example is
the word “nar”. In one tone it
means “where” and in another
it means “there”. So I could be
trying to say “where is he?”,
but actually end up saying, “he
is there” because I change the
tone of one word. To put it in
perspective, if we had tones,
the word “cat” could have five
(or more) different meanings. It
might mean cat, hair, run, is, and
bakery for example. So, I really
had to work to remember to get
the tones right and remember all
the meanings. I hope to continue
learning but I have not a found
a way so far. My college does
not have a Mandarin class, but
I am currently in a Chinese Pop
Culture class, so my learning of
China continues.
Overall, I enjoyed my time
in China. It was a little stressful at times but I got through it
and learned a lot. I now have
fun translating for others what
is actually said in movies and
TV shows when they speak
Mandarin. I am not sure if I
want to live in China, but I do
hope to visit again someday.
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INSPECTIONS… UGGGH!
By Col. Mike Beason, CAP, former Wing Commander,
current Inspector General and Member of the Wing Incident Command Team

“It’s that time again. Another inspection… I hate these things!” Have you ever
said that? I have. But maybe we should reconsider. What if an inspection can help
you turn a good program into a GREAT program? “We’re here to help!” says the
inspector. Are they really there to help? Maybe, it depends on your attitude and what
you’ve done with your CAP program. Let’s review the process.
Why do we do inspections? As the official auxiliary of the u.S. Air Force the
Civil Air Patrol receives federal funds through the uSAF budget. For this reason
the uSAF is charged with ensuring we maintain certain standards and comply with
the written regulations. The inspection process is the method the CAP Inspector
General (IG) program uses to ensure units meet the standards and are complying
with regulations.

Logo of the
Civil Air Patrol
Inspector
General Program

There are three types of inspections:
• Subordinate Unit Inspections (SuI): A SuI is a triennial inspection of squadrons by the Wing
IG and other designated personnel, typically former commanders or selected wing staff personnel. These
subject matter experts know how CAP programs are supposed to work. They have a wealth of knowledge
to share on how to make specific programs better.
• Compliance Inspections (CI): A CI is a triennial inspection of the Wing staff by CAP national
level inspectors and uSAF inspectors, active AF members whose current “job” is oversight of CAP.
Virtually every functional area of administration is closely examined to insure it has met and currently
meets all applicable regulations.
• Staff Assistance Visits (SAV): A SAV is a visit by higher headquarters and/or regional uSAF
liaison personnel to assist a unit in improving mission effectiveness or preparing for an upcoming inspection. In South Dakota Wing, this typically is the uSAF North Central Region liaison personnel conducting a SAV of the wing staff. A SAV is conducted using the same process as a CI.
The preparation for all types of inspections is simple, know the regulations that apply to your program
and apply them to your program. Piece of cake, right? Well, maybe not quite that simple. The regulations
keep changing, the people in your unit keep changing, and you are a volunteer with limited time. So,
where to start? Sit down and read the appropriate regulations. Pay special attention to items that start with
“The unit shall (or will)…”. Reading the regulations will leave you with questions. See if there is a guide
for your program. Many programs have them. Read that. Still have questions, ask your commander or the
wing staff officer who is responsible for the same program at the Wing level.
Whether it is a SuI, a SAV or a CI, the inspectors want to give you a good grade. To do that, they need
you to tell them about the great things you’ve done with your program, especially things that exceed what
the regulations require. Simply complying with regulations won’t get you a “well done”. Determine what
you’ve done “over and above” what’s required then be sure you tell the inspector about it.
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sDWG Pilot Earns south
Dakota Aviation Award
By Major Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing Public Affairs Officer

Captain Neil Schmid of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
attained a significant aviation achievement last October. Flying a
SDWG aircraft he completed the final requirements for the “Fly South
Dakota” program’s Gold Level Award. The program, which began in
00, is sponsored by the South Dakota Pilots Association to promote Capt. Schmid’s Fly South Dakota
general aviation within the state. It involves attendance at aviation Passport logbook.
safety seminars, visiting South Dakota museums with aviation displays
and to land at South Dakota’s public-use airports. There are three levels in the program; Bronze, Silver
and Gold, each with a varying number of requirements.
When a pilot registers with the Fly South Dakota
program he is issued a “Passport”, a logbook, in
which he records and has verified completion of each
requirement. The Gold Level Award required Neil to
land at all 4 public-use airports in the state, attend
four air safety seminars, and visit four South Dakota
museums with aviation-related displays.
After three years of working towards his goal
Neil completed the Gold Level Award requirement of
visiting all the public-use airports in South Dakota by
landing at Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Sturgis, Philip,
Kadoka and Presho.
The Fly South Dakota Gold Level Award consists
of an “I Flew South Dakota” patch and, for the Gold
Level Award, a “4 Airports” tab for wear on his
civilian flight jacket.
Fly South Dakota Gold Level Award patch and tab for
wear on Neil’s civilian flight jacket.

Map of all 74 South Dakota airports where Capt.
Schmid landed to earn the Gold Level Award.



Capt. Schmid next to the CAP aircraft.



sOUTH DAKOTA WInG’s nEWEsT
LIEUTENANT COLONELS
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing Public Affairs Officer

South Dakota Wing can
boast of two new Lieutenant
Colonels; Joyce Jeffries and
Nancy McKenney. Both were
promoted to their new rank in
October of 04.

the rank of Lieutenant Colonel
in the Civil Air Patrol.

A silver oak leaf, the
rank insignia of a CAP
Lieutenant Colonel.

Lieutenant Colonel (abbreviated Lt. Col.) is the highest
rank a wing member can attain
without being a wing commander. The path to Lieutenant
Colonel is an arduous one. First,
it takes many years of excellent service with stops along the
way at Second Lieutenant, First
Lieutenant, Captain, and Major.
It also usually entails serving
in a variety of duty positions as
well as advancement through
the various levels of the CAP
Senior Member Professional
Development Program that
focuses on education and training. Finally, not only must
an individual attend various
courses, conferences, seminars,
staff colleges and academies as
a student but must also later be a
member of the cadre of, or teach
at these activities. There are a lot
of steps to go through to reach



CAP Lieutenant Colonel Nancy
McKenney

CAP Lieutenant Colonel Joyce
Jeffries

Lt. Col. Joyce Jeffries joined
CAP’s Mississippi Wing in
9. When her USAF family
was reassigned to Misawa Air
Base, Japan she transferred to
the base’s CAP unit. Upon reassignment of her family back to
the US she transferred to the
CAP unit at ellsworth AFB
where she is assigned today.
Joyce is also very active as a
Red Cross Disaster Response
Volunteer as well as working with the Amateur Radio
emergency Service and USAF
MARS radio.

Lt. Col. Nancy McKenney
joined CAP in the fall of 99.
She currently serves on the Wing
Staff in several duty positions
and frequently assists in Cadet
Programs. Over the years she
has participated in ReDCAPS
as an aircrew member and took
part in innumerable SAReXs.
She has attended eight encampments in both North and South
Dakota. As a cadet activity
chaperone she has spent her
share of time sleeping on hard
floors. Nancy is also a longtime member of the Red Cross
and has travelled around the
United States helping manage
shelters at disaster locations.



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CAP National Commander Visits South
Dakota Wing

5

CAP Congressional Gold Medal Update

7

Cadets Present Challenge Coin to
Squadron Commander

8

CAP Officer Inducted into Engineering
Order

9

Exercise “Constant Watch-15”

11

Congressional and Wing Legislative
Squadron

14

Recreating a WWII-Era CAP Uniform

15

The 2015 South Dakota Wing Conference
and Awards Banquet
18
Wing Cadet Leadership School

21

What’s an ELT and How Does CAP
Track It?

23

Wings of Our Founders - 1942 CAP
Piper J-3 Cub

28

Team Big Sioux Wins Second Place in
National CyberPatriot-VII

31

South Dakota Wing’s First Senior
Member NCO

33

Wing Legislative Day at the State Capitol

34

Winter Survival Training

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COVER PHOTO: A 1/6 scale Piper J-3 in 1942 CAP
livery built by South Dakota Wing Chaplain (Lt.
Col.) Gary Rae to honor his late father, WWII CAP
veteran John Gibson “Jack” Rae Jr., a recipient of
the CAP Congressional Gold Medal. The photo is
of Jack in WWII CAP uniform circa 1943. Next to it
is the CAP CGM presented to the Rae family by SD
Congresswoman Kristi Noem.



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The church’s brick construction did not spare it from
the tornado’s fury.

The tornado demolished the town’s new fire hall.

DELMONT TORNADO
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing PAO

On Sunday, 0 May, at
0:45 local time an EF- tornado with winds over 00mph
roared through the small town
of Delmont, located about
90 southwest of Sioux Falls.
The town of about 00 lost all
power, water and telephone
service. 84 structures in and
around Delmont were damaged
or destroyed. Fortunately there
were no fatalities, however at
least nine people were injured
and some livestock were killed.
Hardest hit was the western edge
of the town with Seaman Street
Severely damaged and destroyed homes on the town’s west side.
suffering the majority of the
damage. The town’s new fire
hall and a Lutheran Church bore the brunt of the
8/G000 aircraft to fly over the area and take
tornado’s fury.
photos of the damage. However, the poor weather
Shortly after learning of the tornado South conditions on the 0th prevented effective aerial
Dakota Wing Commander Col. John Seten authophotography. The aircrew for that sortie was
rized a Sioux Falls-based Civil Air Patrol Cessna- Mission Pilot Capt. Matt Meert, Mission Scanner
Capt. Karla West and Mission Observer Capt.
Jason Erickson. A second aerial photography
sortie over Delmont was conducted on the th.
The aircrew was Mission Pilot Col. John Seten,
Mission Observer Capt. Neil Schmid, and Mission
Scanner Capt. Karla West. Nearly 00 high resolution photos of the damage were taken and provided
to emergency management officials, first respondBadly damaged grain bins being unloaded.
ers and the media.




Commander’s Corner
By Col. John Seten
South Dakota Wing Commander

It seems like I just wrote an article for the
last Wing Roundup and I’m being told it’s time
to sharpen the pencil and do another one. That
means spring is here and summer just around
the corner. Goodbye winter! - although the
second week of May brought tornadoes and
devastation to the eastern South Dakota while
a snowstorm was closing roads in the western
part of the state.
As I write this I’m listening to the Exercise
“Constant Watch-5” radio traffic in my office.
We have people across the state participating
in this communications exercise and we have
an airborne repeater covering the state. We are
gearing up for another search and rescue exercise at the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in
Custer at the end of May and we are again supporting the South Dakota Air National Guard
by performing Low-Level Route Surveys of
their training areas. We’ll likely have numerous Low-Level Route Surveys for the newly
expanded Powder River Military Operations
Area as well. We are hosting the Joint Dakotas
Encampment at the South Dakota National
Guard’s Camp Rapid in Rapid City this year
and I know the staff has been busy preparing
for that.
Our wing conference was in April and I we
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had a great turnout. The highlight of the conference was the presentation of a Congressional
Gold Medal to the family of the late WWII
CAP veteran John Gibson “Jack” Rae Jr by
US Representative Kristi Noem. Accepting
the award on John’s behalf was Lt. Col. Gary
Rae, our wing chaplain. Our members received
many well deserved awards as well.
We are still actively seeking individuals
and/or relatives living in South Dakota to
receive the CAP Congressional Gold Medal.
Anyone that served in CAP during WW II is
eligible for the award and we’re getting more
and more leads that we’re following up on. I
expect to have a number of medals that we’ll
be presenting around the state in the next few
months. If anyone is aware of members of
CAP during WW II please let us know.
The South Dakota Wing is not large in
numbers of members but we’ve got quality
members and they do a great job for us. When
called upon for a REDCAP we always put
together a team to get the job done. We’ve got
a great group!

Have a great summer
and stay safe!
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CAP NATIONAL COMMANDER
VISITS SOUTH DAKOTA WING
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing PAO

The National Commander of the Civil Air
Patrol, Major General Joseph Vazquez, paid a brief
visit to Sioux Falls today to meet with members of
CAP’s South Dakota Wing. The meeting took
place at the Holiday Inn Sioux Falls – City Center.
Accompanying Maj. Gen. Vazquez was his wife,
CAP Lt. Col. Leslie Vazquez, Civil Air Patrol’s
Aviation Industry Liaison.
Major General Vazquez briefed the attendees
on upcoming and proposed organizational changes,
various operational issues, on closer relations with
General Vazquez talks with a few of the cadets in
attendance.

General Vazquez speaks to the attendees about CAP
organizational and operational issues.

South Dakota Wing members pose with General Vazquez.

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the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and
making CAP’s data interfaces more user-friendly.
At the end he took questions from Wing members.
SDCAP Wing Commander Col. John Seten commented, “What a great opportunity for our members
to hear the way ahead from the top, while we give
leadership the view from the field. We really appreciate the General and Lt. Col. Vazquez visit.
CAP Major General Vazquez was appointed to
a three-year term as CAP’s National Commander/
CEO on April 4, 04 and
assumed command at a formal
change-of-command ceremony
on August 5, 04, at CAP’s
04 National Conference. Prior
to his appointment as National
Commander he served a threeyear term as National Vice
Commander with the grade of
CAP Brigadier General. The
National Commander and
National Vice Commander are
the only two CAP officers to
hold general’s grade.
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CAP Congressional
Gold Medal Update
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing PAO

CAP was founded December , 94, a week
before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United
States’ entry into WWII. CAP units quickly formed
along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts to conduct anti- The front (obverse) and back (reverse) of the CAP
submarine patrols Congressional Gold Medal.
to help ward off
German U-boat attacks on American oil tankers and cargo ships. Over
the next 5 months, CAP members used their own planes to hunt
German subs. The patrols accounted for 8,85 missions that involved
44,00 flight hours and over 4 million air miles. They sighted 
submarines, are credited with dropping bombs that sank two subs,
and located more than 00 survivors of U-boat attacks. Overall the
members of the Civil Air Patrol logged an estimated 50,000 hours of
flight time during the war, Sixty-four members died in service during
World War II. In the interior of the US, CAP’s early members also
Congresswoman Noem presents the took to the skies to patrol the nation’s borders, tow targets for military
CAP CGM to Tom Senesac, Earl
Wilkinson’s grandson, representing training, watch for forest fires, conduct search and rescue missions,
provide disaster relief, transport people and parts and conduct orientathe family.
tion flights for future pilots.
On 0 December, at a ceremony in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol a Congressional Gold Medal
(CGM) was presented to collectively honor World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol whose valor
and dedication during the war helped thwart the enemy submarine attacks against our vital shipping lines,
saved lives, secured our nation’s borders, conducted missions to support the war effort, and helped train
members of the armed forces. The CGM was accepted by Lester Wolff, a WWII CAP sub-chaser and
former U.S. representative from New York and by CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez on
behalf of all WWII-era CAP members.
Later that evening a gala dinner was held for surviving veterans, families
of deceased members, CAP members and distinguished guests. General
Vazquez personally presented the CGM to each CAP WWII veteran or to a
member of the family of a deceased veteran who were present.
The South Dakota Wing currently knows of six WWII CAP veterans
who are to receive the CGM; two
living, Sylvia Henkin, a resident of
Sioux Falls and Ms. Pauline Hanson
Brehe, a resident of Pierre, and four
deceased individuals – Luverne
“Vern” Kraemer, Earl Wilkinson,
John Rae Jr. and Vernon Jeffries
whose families reside in the state.
Norma Kraemer, widow of Vern
Mrs. Norma Kraemer, widow Kraemer, receives her husband’s
Congresswoman Noem presents
of Vern Kraemer, travelled to CGM from CAP National
the CAP CGM to Gary Rae, “Jack”
Rae’s son, representing the family.



Continued on page 36 . . . Commander Maj. Gen. Joe
Vazquez.



Cadets Present Challenge Coin
to Squadron Commander
By Capt. Karla West, CAP, Sioux Falls Composite Squadron and
Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP, Wing PAO

On  April, at the weekly meetS F C S ”
ing of the Sioux Falls Composite
engraved on Challenge coin presented
to Capt. Jason Erickson,
Squadron in Sioux Falls the cadets
the reverse. commander of Sioux Falls
had a surprise for their commander.
T h e s e Composite Squadron. The
In a rare turn of events the cadet corps
c o i n s a r e coin has “2015 SFCS”
presented Squadron Commander
s t i l l c u s - engraved on the reverse.
Capt. Jason Erickson with a chaltomarily called “challenge coins”
lenge coin to thank him for all of the
primarily due to military social tradihard work he puts in for the cadets
tion. A challenge is a common way
and for the squadron.
to check that unit members have their
coin with them. At a social event the
In the Civil Air Patrol, challenge
coins are normally presented by comchallenge begins with the challenger
manders to a member of their unit as an
displaying his/her coin and loudly
announcing “Coin Check”. Everyone
award for outstanding service, a reward Capt. Jason Erickson,
for excellent performance of duty, or commander of Sioux Falls challenged must show their own coin.
to recognize a specific act worthy of Composite Squadron
Anyone failing to do so must buy a
thanking the cadets for the
special recognition but not meeting the honor they bestowed on
round of drinks for everyone showcriteria for an official medal. For cadet him.
ing their coin. If everyone challenged
members of a CAP unit to present one
shows their coin then the challenger
to their commander is most unusual.
must buy the round of drinks.
In the military and civilian word challenge
According to Wikipedia, a challenge coin is a
coin or medallion bearing an organization’s insigcoins are also presented for other reasons, for
nia or emblem. Challenge coins are small, ranging
example to prove membership in an organization
as a way to boost morale and enhance esprit de
in size from ” to ”. They may be cast or die struck
and have a variety of finishes. Many have an ornate
corps. Military officials give them to non-military
and colorful design. Some challenge coins have
personnel for outstanding service or as a reward. In
space on the back (the reverse) for an inscription.
addition, challenge coins can be presented by any
The coin presented to Capt. Erickson has “05 organization as a memento.
Recognized as an “Americanism”, challenge
coins have steadily grown in popularity among
U.S. military units and even to foreign militaries.
Challenge coins have also become popular with
non-military organizations such as law enforcement and emergency services and fraternal groups.
Even the news and entertainment industry uses
challenge coins finding them an excellent way to
foster team spirit and build goodwill. An entire
hobby of collecting challenge coins has sprung up.
For an excellent article on challenge coins
Ceremony at which Capt. Jason Erickson received
see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin,
his challenge coin from the cadets of the Sioux Falls
accessed for this article on 4 April 05.
Composite Squadron.
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CAP Officer Inducted into
Engineering Order
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
SDWG Public Affairs Officer

First Lieutenant Victoria Bierwirth of the
Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer, a
member of the Civil Air Patrol’s South Dakota
Wing, was inducted into the Order of the Engineer
at a ceremony on  February at the South Dakota
School of Mines and Technology. 98 graduating seniors of 05 from the computer sciences
and various engineering disciplines accepted the
Obligation of the Engineer.

CAP Lt. Victoria Bierwirth wearing her
Engineer’s Ring.

Lt. Bierwirth will graduate in May 05
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological
Engineering with minors in Geospatial Technology
and German. If all goes as planned, she will pursue a Master of Science degree in Groundwater
Management in Germany beginning in 0.
The Order of the Engineer was founded in
the United States to foster pride, dedication and
responsibility to the engineering profession.
The first induction ceremony was held in 90.
Since then, induction ceremonies have been held
across the U.S. at which graduate and registered
engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of
the Engineer, a formal ethical code of an engineer’s responsibilities to the profession and to
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The logo of the Order
of the Engineer

the public. Only those who meet high standards
of professional engineering training or experience are invited to accept the obligation, which
is voluntarily received for life. The commitment
is not a trivial act but is, rather, like the merging
of the individual and profession. One voluntarily
pledges to uphold the standards and dignity of
the engineering profession and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious
and limited resources.
Upon induction the individual is presented
with a stainless steel engineer’s ring to present to
the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. In the United States the ring is worn on the
fifth finger of the working hand.
South Dakota, which falls within Region III
of the Order, has two chapters (called Links) in
the state; at South Dakota State University (Link
, established in 95) and at the South Dakota
School of Mines and Technology (Link , established in 980).
Victoria is a remarkable young woman. Her
passion for geological engineering began with a
job with the National Park Service as a Park Guide
at Jewel Cave National Monument. This was
followed by a position as a research co-op with
NASA working with satellite and airborne imagery
Continued on page 13 . . .

The Oath Certificate and Steel Ring of the
Order of the Engineer.

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EXERCISE “CONSTANT WATCH-15”
By Capt. Jerry Gabert, CAP
Wing Communications Officer

The South Dakota Wing participated in the
Civil Air Patrol’s National Communications
Exercise “Constant Watch 5” on Friday and
Saturday, the 5th and th of May. This exercise
is held annually to test CAP’s ability to pass messages throughout the nation on long-range high
frequency (HF) radio. This year we were also
allowed to pass messages from HF operators to
other units over short range very high frequency
(VHF) radios. The South Dakota Wing’s portion
of the exercise was organized and directed by Capt.
Jerry Gabert, Wing Director of Communications.
The overall exercise began on the afternoon
of 5 May Friday.
Several SDWG radio
operators participated
on Friday afternoon
and evening. Capt.
Jerry Gabert and Lt.
Rob Hinkhouse of
Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron, checked
in on an HF radio in
Sioux Falls. Lt. Todd
Dravland of Pierre
Lt. Hinkhouse passes message Composite Squadron
traffic during the exercise.
checked in on his HF
radio in Pierre. SM
Jeff Shawd of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
operated his HF radio in Valley Springs and took
several Whiskey Tango (numerically encoded)
messages and successfully entered them into the

Mission Pilot Capt. Neil Schmid and Mission Observer
Maj. Elliott Filler prepare for their airborne repeater
mission.



The Sioux Falls Mission Base crew prepares for the
exercise.

CAP computer system. Lt. Col. Dave Jefferies
of Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid City
checked in from his mobile HF radio and took
Whiskey Tango messages while also volunteering
with the Red Cross at Delmont, SD. The weather
conditions were not conducive for HF reception
due to the thunderstorms passing through the
western part of the state but we still managed to
successfully pass some messages.
Capt. Gabert and Lt. Hinkhouse were also
busy on Friday night planning messages to send
on Saturday. They made up a practice decoder to
simulate sending coded messages and then formulated several coded messages.
On Saturday morning the exercise was expanded
to include an airborne radio signal repeater. The
airborne repeater was carried in the Sioux Falls
Composite Squadron’s Cessna-8 piloted by
Capt. Neil Schmid with Maj. Elliott Filler as the
Mission Observer. Through the airborne radio
signal repeater we were able to establish communications from Sioux Falls to Brookings, from
Brookings to Valley Springs, from Valley Springs
to Sioux Falls, and from Pierre to Delmont.
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Continued . . .

Continued from page 9 . . .

SM Shawd at his awesome radio shack in Valley
Springs.

Sioux Falls Mission Base, Capt. Shannon Hofer,
Cadet Lt. Col. Joshua Klosterman and Cadet Capt.
Tyler Gross at the Brookings Mission Base, Lt.
Col. Tam Gatje and Lt. Todd Dravland in Pierre,
SM Jeff Shawd in Valley Springs and Lt. Col.
Dave Jefferies in Delmont.
Many practice coded messages were sent
between Sioux Falls, Brookings and Valley Springs.
The messages were then deciphered by the receiving station and verified by the sending station.
Overall this was a very successful communications exercise. There were a few unexpected
obstacles we needed to work around such as the
stormy weather, a few technical difficulties, and
one of our key HF operators being called for Red
Cross disaster duties. Lt. Col. Jefferies found a
way around that
by operating the
mobile HF radio
in his vehicle
when he was
not on his Red
Cross duty shift.
Thanks to all who
participated and
hope to expand
our participation
in the Constant
Watch exercise
next year.
SM Shawd preps his HF antenna
for exercise Constant Watch-15.



at the Goddard Space Flight Center. She moved
on to be a Geoscience-Public Policy intern at the
Washington, DC-based American Geosciences
Institute (AGI)-Government Affairs Program
where she was the liaison between the geosciences
community and Congress. At both NASA and AGI
she published articles in various technical magazines. Her next adventure led her to the Beartooth
Mountains of Montana where she was a geology
intern at the United States’ lone platinum and
palladium mine at Stillwater Mining Company.
Immediately following Stillwater she left for
Germany as she had been awarded a fellowship
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Young Professionals where she represented the
United States as a student ambassador in Germany
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Student Aid Researcher in a water quality research
in Custer, as a Young Ambassador representing the
German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher
Akademischer Austausch Dienst) at the South
Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
If that were not busy enough, Ms. Bierwirth
also serves as a First Lieutenant in the South
Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the allvolunteer official civilian auxiliary of the U.S.
Air Force. She is a member of the Crazy Horse
Composite Squadron in Custer where she is the
Deputy Commander for Cadets and the unit’s
Aerospace Education Officer. She enthuses, “I
have always had a love for aerospace and teaching.
My cadets make me super proud everyday inside
and outside of CAP. To be honest, they make my
job really easy.”



Congressional and Wing
Legislative Squadron
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing Public Affairs Officer

CAP Regulation 0- authorizes each state’s
Civil Air Patrol Wing to establish a special
squadron for members of their state legislature.
Membership in the state Legislative Squadron is
open to state legislators, elected state officials and
key members of their staff. In 0, South Dakota
Wing set about forming a Legislative Squadron by
filing the charter paperwork with CAP National
Headquarters after which we began recruitment.
Each member of a state Legislative Squadron
receives a CAP membership certificate and identification card and is promoted to the honorary grade
of CAP Major. Legislative Squadron members are
authorized to fly in CAP aircraft, visit CAP unit
meetings and attend social events.
Currently, membership in the South Dakota
Wing Legislative Squadron stands at ; three
state senators and eight state representatives.
At the national level there is a special Civil
Air Patrol Congressional Squadron open to members of congress and their staffs. All three South
Dakota members of congress have joined the
Congressional Squadron.
Congressional Squadron
Sen. Mike Rounds
Sen. John Thune
Rep. Kristi Noem
Legislative Squadron
Sen. Betty Olsen
Sen. Bruce Rampelberg
Sen. Tim Rounds
Rep. Blaine Campbell
Rep. Spencer Hawley
Rep. Leslie Heinemann
Rep. Dan Kaiser
Rep. Isaac Latterell
Rep. Tona Rozum
Rep. Jim Stalzer
Rep. Mathew Wollmann
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A member of a state Legislative Squadron is eligible to
wear the CAP uniform. This is the epaulet sleeve for
a CAP Major that is worn with the male and female
Aviator shirt uniform.

The South Dakota Wing is especially fortunate
that Manny Steele, a former state Representative
and member of the State Legislative Squadron,
is now a Lieutenant in the Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron. Lt. Steele, who serves as the Wing’s
Assistant Government Relations Officer, maintains
contact with his former legislative colleagues and
has been instrumental in recruiting new members
to the Legislative Squadron.
South Dakota Wing plans to enliven the experience of the members of the state Legislative
Squadron by holding such activities as a “Flya-Legislator Day”, inviting them to observe and
perhaps participate in a search and rescue training
mission, and welcoming them to attend squadron
meetings and social events.

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Recreating a WWII-ERA CAP Uniform
By South Dakota Wing Chaplain Gary Rae (Lt. Col., CAP)

Back to our Roots: 0 marks
the 5th Anniversary of the Civil
Air Patrol. I have been a member of CAP for  years and
over that time I’ve accumulated
keepsakes from CAP’s 50th,
0th and 0th anniversaries.
But the recent awarding of the
CAP Congressional Gold Medal
and the upcoming 5th anniversary caught my attention!
Especially as my own father,
John Gibson “Jack” Rae, Jr.
was a WWII CAP veteran. His
picture in a 94 CAP uniform,
and learning he could receive
the Congressional Gold Medal
posthumously inspired me to
look closer at our CAP roots.

using an authentic 94 CAP
uniform. Why 94? It was the
year when my father was in CAP
as evidenced by his dated photograph with the CAP shoulder
patch in clear view.

WWII Civil Air Patrol award
ribbon for 500 hours of volunteer
service.

Assembling the Uniform a Piece
at a Time: It took months of
searching the Internet, eBay and
other sources I could to find to
obtain the uniform’s insignia; silver
cut out CAP metal collar insignia,
the silver prop and wings collar
insignia, and the distinctive WWIIera CAP officer’s cap insignia.
Because I had my father’s original
CAP shoulder patch, I wanted
the uniform to be as authentic as

Chaplain Rae in his recreated
WWII CAP uniform preparing
for his interview on South Dakota
Public Broadcasting Television’s
“Dakota Life” program.

Ideas began to flow when I
was asked by Maj. Todd Epp,
our Wing Historian, to serve on
the 5th Anniversary History
Task force. I felt that one of
the best ways to tell our story
was make it walk and talk again
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Chaplain Rae wearing his recreated
WWII CAP uniform (right side).
Note the collar insignia.

Chaplain Rae wearing his recreated
WWII CAP uniform (left side).
Note the collar insignia, patch,
pilot’s wings, and award ribbon.

possible. Next I found a site that
had original 500-Hour Service
Ribbons left over from the war.
Ribbons were different then but
still tell important stories about
the person to whom they were
awarded! Eventually I found a pair
of real sterling silver WWII CAP
pilot’s wings worn by a man who
flew courier service in CAP off the
coast of Massachusetts.

Close-up of WWII CAP peaked cap
with distinctive CAP badge.

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Sioux Falls • 338-5387
The first 3 letters in workplace safety…YOU
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www.cpsagu.com

(605) 692-9705

Dan & Jerry’s
Greenhouse, Inc.

4 45th Ave., Madison

www.djgreen.com

(605) 256-6995
Serving the area with pride
and dependable service.

Industrial Machine
& Engineering, LLC.
Precision Tool & Die

Thanks C.A.P.!
3028 US Hwy. 14 Bypass
Brookings
(605) 697-7467

We are proud to
support our C.A.P.

Quinn Construction, Inc.
4404 Universal Dr., Rapid City

787-6500
We are proud to support our
South Dakota Civil Air Patrol.

Medicine
Shoppe
1304 Mt. Rushmore

Rapid City

348-6305

Right Way
Automotive

Excellent Automotive Repair
At A Fair Price...The RIGHT WAY

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4 W. th St., Sioux Falls

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342-2636

Century Glass Company
1950 Samco Road, Rapid City
342-6261

West River
Electric, Inc.

Contracting, LLC
Proud to Support South Dakota C.A.P.
3416 W. Hovland Ave.
Sioux Falls
339-8834

D & W Industries, Inc.
40 N. Ellis Rd.
Sioux Falls, SD 50
Phone (605) 336-0435
D & W Construction
fax (605) 336-9569
Grain Elevator &
Feed Mill Design
Construction & Repair

Our management and staff
are proud to salute and support the
Civil Air Patrol!
393-1500 • 888-279-2135
Rapid City & Wall, South Dakota

We salute & support
the volunteers of
the Civil Air Patrol!

Animal Hospital
Dr. Twitero, Dr. Anderson, Dr. Mez, and Staff are
proud to salute and support the men, women,
and young cadets of the South Dakota Civil Air
Patrol . . . Thanks and keep up the good work!

P.O. Box 293
Dickinson, ND 58602

Proud supporters of the South Dakota
Civil Air Patrol!

We are proud to have a helping hand
in the fine work of the Civil Air Patrol.


1525 W. Havens Ave.
Mitchell
(605) 996-6501

Black Hills

Thanks, C.A.P.! 2909 Cambell St., Rapid City • 343-6066

(701) 225-4619

Ramada Inn & Suites
Conference Center

(605) 339-4411
212 S. Phillips Ave., Ste. #200
Sioux Falls

We deliver recruiting and staffing excellence.
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4320 S. Arway Dr.
Sioux Falls
335-6010

Jay’s Welding
& Repair
2551 E. St. Charles St.
Rapid City

(605) 341-5610


Next I searched for a replica
khaki uniform. That’s when I
came across the on-line U.S.
Wings Company. I purchased the
cotton trousers, shirt, belt/buckle,
and the coveted khaki crushed
pilot’s cap. It did not take long
to see that without the modern
cotton/polyester blend they would
wrinkle easily and require more
care than present day uniforms!
Because U.S. Wings clothing
ran small I was unable, with my
longer arms, to wear the long
sleeve khaki uniform shirt which
would bear the individual’s service record on the sleeve. That
is one inaccuracy. Although I
already had khaki socks, the other
inaccuracy was my refusal to buy
tan shoes!

“Jack” Rae Jr. in WWII CAP
uniform wearing garrison cap,
hand dated 21 July 1943.

Still uncertain that the uniform was accurate enough, I
scoured all the regulations, stories of CAP history and photographs that I could from those
days. That’s when Maj. Kipp,



SDWG PAO, gave me the name
and email address of a CAP
member in the Pennsylvania
wing that is part of a CAP reenactment group.
History came alive! At first
I asked George Brezik about the
strange red epaulettes that were
only worn for two years, never to
be seen again! George was very
encouraging and excited to help
me on my quest! He sent me a set
of epaulets which would serve as
a pattern. With red material on
hand I took a modified pattern
to my military seamstress. I now
have the pattern and plenty of
material for anyone that would
like to sew their own. According
to George, in those days, everyone pretty much had to make
their own as well!
With plenty of old metal
rank insignia sitting in my drawers to place on the red epaulets, I reduced my grade from
Lieutenant Colonel to Major in
order to be true to CAP’s rank
structure in 94. You see, there
were no authorized Lieutenant
Colonel’s until 944! However,
those who wore Major’s rank
in those days were usually the
Wing Commander!
Later, Mr. Brezik sent
me a copy of the “1944 CAP
Handbook from the Texas
Southern Flight”. It was a gold
mine of history and information
on uniforms, and on CAP’s missions, training and regulations.
It became the authority for my
telling our story!
At the 05 Wing Conference
in April, Maj. Epp led a session
seeking ideas for celebrating
CAP’s 5th Anniversary. The
task force wants CAP history to

come alive again. We would like
to replicate CAP radio transmissions, re-enact anti-submarine or
tow target missions, and teach
today’s members the values and
commitments that formed our
Core Values. We are encouraging each squadron to take time
to explore their local history

Undated photo of “Jack” Rae Jr.
in WWII CAP uniform wearing
peaked cap.

during the year.
The DNA of CAP lies within
the men, women, and cadets of
94. To study history just for
it to be a Wikipedia of trivia is
meaningless unless it can teach
and re-connect us to the missions of the present day. The
scripture Isaiah 5: says “Look
to the rock from which you were
cut and the quarry from which
you were digged”. 94 was
the quarry from which we were
digged, and the men and women
are the rocks that were shaped so
that we could stand upon their
shoulders. If we are cut from
that same quarry, and shaped by
their values, future generations
will stand upon OUR shoulders.

Semper Vigilans!


THE 2015 SOUTH DAKOTA WING
CONFERENCE AND AWARDS BANQUET
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing PAO

The South Dakota Wing held its 2015 Wing
Conference and Awards Banquet on Saturday, 18
April at the Clubhouse Hotel and Suites in Pierre.
Approximately 85 officers and cadets from SDWG
attended along with several guests.
Distinguished visitors attending were: Col.
Robert Todd, North Central Region Commander;
Col. Darrell Nelson, Nebraska Wing Commander;
Lt. Col. Bonnie Braun, North Central Region
Director of Drug Demand Reduction Programs;
Lt. Col. Don Barbalace, National Headquarters
Inspector General Team; and Capt. Chuck Brudtkuhl,
National Headquarters Communications Team and
Iowa Wing Director of Communications.
The first part of the morning was a general
session with wing staff officers and squadron
commanders making presentations. The highlight
of the morning was a skit performed by cadets,
under the supervision of Lt. Col. Linda Buechler,
on the collateral consequences of drunk driving.
Following the general session the senior member
participants split up to attend breakout sessions on
a variety of administrative and operational topics.

Congresswoman Kristi Noem presents the CAP
Congressional Gold Medal to Wing Chaplain (Lt.
Col.) Gary Rae, son of deceased WWII Civil Air Patrol
veteran John Gibson “Jack” Rae Jr.

The cadets attended breakout sessions on Drug
Demand Reduction, Aerospace Education, and
the National Cadet Competition. In addition, the
Wing‘s Cadet Advisory Council met. The senior
member and cadet breakout sessions lasted until
the late afternoon when it was time to prepare for
the evening banquet and awards ceremony.
The guest speaker at the evening banquet was
South Dakota’s Congresswoman Kristi Noem.
Two highlights of the awards ceremony were the
presentation of the CAP Congressional Gold Medal
to Wing Chaplain Lt. Col. Gary Rae, the son of
deceased WWII CAP veteran John Gibson “Jack”
Rae Jr, and the presentation of Civil Air Patrol
membership credentials to Ms. Noem. In addition,
a number of wing, squadron and individual awards
were presented.
NORTH CENTRAL REGION “OF THE
YEAR” AWARD

Wing Commander Col. John Seten presents Civil
Air Patrol membership documents to South Dakota
Congresswoman Kristi Noem.

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DDR Officer of the Year
Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, Director of Cadet
8

Programs, South Dakota Wing Staff
WING “OF THE YEAR” AWARDS
Col Robert V. “Bud” Payton Public Affairs
Officer of the Year
1st Lt. Kris Bierwirth, Crazy Horse Composite
Squadron (Custer)
Aerospace Education Officer of the Year
1st Lt. Victoria Bierwirth, Crazy Horse Composite
Squadron (Custer)
Public Affairs Officer of the Year
Lt. Col. William Hopewell, Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron (Spearfish)
Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year

Wing Vice Commander Lt. Col. Richard Larson, Guest
of Honor SD Congresswoman Kristi Noem, and Wing
Commander Col. John Seten.

Squadron of Merit Award
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron (Sioux Falls)

Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, South Dakota Wing Staff
Professional Development Officer of the Year

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Capt. Karen Espeland, Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron (Sioux Falls)

Search and Rescue “Find” Ribbon

Cadet Program Officer of the Year

Capt. William Collister, Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron (Spearfish)

Lt. Col. Myra Christensen, Pierre Composite
Squadron (Pierre)
Squadron of the Year
Big Sioux Composite Squadron (Brookings)

Mike Beason, South Dakota Wing Staff

Maj. Craig Goodrich, Rushmore Composite
Squadron (Rapid City)

Senior Member of the Year

Capt. Joshua Hall, Rushmore Composite
Squadron (Rapid City)

Capt. Neil Schmid, Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron (Sioux Falls)

Lt. Col. Gary Hewett, Rushmore Composite
Squadron (Rapid City)

Cadet of the Year

1st Lt. Ryan Jones, Rushmore Composite
Squadron (Rapid City)

C/Lt Col Joshua Klosterman, Big Sioux
Composite Squadron (Brookings)

Maj. Bruce Kipp, South Dakota Wing Staff

Cadet NCO of the Year

Maj. Deryl Miles, South Dakota Wing Staff

C/MSgt Steven Diaconu, Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron (Sioux Falls)

Capt. Patrick Nowlin, Rushmore Composite
Squadron (Rapid City)
Maj. David Small Jr., South Dakota Wing Staff

UNIT AWARDS
Quality Cadet Unit Award
Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron
(Spearfish)
Rushmore Composite Squadron (Rapid City)

C/2nd Lt Bradley Blansett, Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron (Spearfish)
C/1st Lt Jared Doyle, Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron (Spearfish)
C/A1C Malia Goodrich, Rushmore Composite
Squadron (Rapid City)

Continued on page 27 . . .

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Colman Headquarters:
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ROBERT G. FITE, ATTORNEY
salutes and supports the
members of South Dakota Civil
Air Patrol. Thanks for all your
hard work on behalf of the
citizens of our great state!
316 4th St., Brookings • 692-9415

We are proud to
support the fine
men and women of
the Civil Air Patrol!

8420 Blackbird Ct.
Rapid City
605-390-2564
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Brett’s Spraying
Service, Inc.

We are proud to salute & support the fine
men, women & young cadets of the C.A.P.!

1304 Oregon St., Rapid City
348-2335 www.mickselectric.com

VERMILLION
Police Department

Chief Matt Betzen & Staff are proud to be a
part of the lifesaving efforts of
the Civil Air Patrol.

“Delivering quality aerial spraying
services to our customers”

(605) 258-2743

15 N. Washington, Vermillion

677-7070

Onida, SD

www.vermillionpd.org

Farmers Supply
WE SUPPORT THE CIVIL AIR PATROL!

SIOUX FALLS REGIONAL AIRPORT

(605) 336-0762
2801 Jaycee lane, Sioux Falls
www.sfairport.com

Joe’s Place

4302 Pendleton Drive
Rapid City

605-394-7716
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FAA Repair Station #KU2R965K
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Spencer, IA

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Magnum Enterprises, LLC
P.O. Box 3861
Rapid City, SD 57709
605-719-9488
www.rubberbandguns.com

Nielsen
Crop Insurance

766-4108
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105 N. Main St. # 2
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Air Compressors
Pumps
Wells
Windmills

2401 Bridgeview Drive, Rapid City
342-0800
Toll Free: 888-343-0800
Proud to Support the C.A.P.!

Mark’s
Machinery, Inc.
New & Used
Farm
Equipment
3211 East Hwy. 50, Yankton
665-4540 www.marksinc.com

Dr. James Torsney

and Staff salutes the
Civil Air Patrol
members and cadets.
Keep up the good work!
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Wing Cadet
Leadership School
By Cadet Second Lt. Nicholas Nash, CAP
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron

In February, South Dakota Wing held a Cadet
Leadership School (CLS) in Pierre. It was an
opportunity for cadets, both airmen and noncommissioned officers, to learn the fundamentals of
leadership, followership, customs and courtesies,
and much more.
In addition to the traditional classroom setting,
the cadets participated in activities focusing on teamwork and on aerospace related topics. In addition, the
cadets were able to work on their drill maneuvers, as
well as attend an Emergency Services winter survival
training session taught by Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron’s Capt. Dan Schneider.
Aside from all the training over the course of
the weekend the cadets had sufficient downtime to
engage in a game of soccer, basketball, Frisbee, or
simply spend time with other cadets from throughout the wing.

Morning formation.

Every day requires preparation.

The fine art of leadership being studied.
Finally, breakfast is ready.

Feeding 12 hungry teenagers requires a well-stocked
and staffed kitchen.



Not all the kitchen staff were highly proficient.



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We are proud to salute & support the men,
women, & young cadets for their hard work!

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Department

Proud to Support our C.A.P.

Builders
3501 Lewis, Sioux Falls

605-339-3450

336-2790

6200 W. 12th St., Sioux Falls

Aircraft
Maintenance
Les & Donna Mittleider

701-852-4092

3900 Airport Rd., Hangar #5, Rapid City

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the lifesaving efforts of the Civil Air Patrol.
Keep up the good work cadets!

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Gregory Airport is proud to be a part of
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Calvary Episcopal Cathedral

605-336-5004
500 S. Main Ave., Sioux Falls
(605) 336-3486
www.calvarycathedral.net
We proudly support the Civil Air Patrol!

701-567-4358
220 South Main

1848 Lombardy Drive, Rapid City

Hettinger, ND

605-342-0051
(605) 692-6223

B.S.R.

Construction
100 Main Ave., Brookings

376-5649

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The City of Gregory, South Dakota
120 W. 6th St., Gregory
605-835-8270 www.cityofgregory.com

Freeman’s Electric
Service, Inc.
605-342-4099
401 Maple Ave., Rapid City

We proudly support the Civil Air Patrol,
Keep up the great work!

Adee Honey Farms
We are proud to support the
C.A.P. & Cadets!

517 Jay St.



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605-627-5621
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80 W. Main St., Lead
584-1615
AGRICULTURAL AVIATOR – CHEMICAL SALES
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Municipal Airport
Timber Lake
865-3500

We salute the C.A.P.!

West River Monument Company, Inc.

We
salute
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the
C.A.P.!

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www.kdappliance.com

PLAGMAN’S

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Carrington, North Dakota

Proudly supports the lifesaving efforts of
28043 SD Hwy. 19, Ste. 2, Hurley
the men and women of Civil Air Patrol.
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We are proud to support the C.A.P.!

701-652-2911



What’s an ELT and How Does
CAP Track It?
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing PAO

Background
In 90, Congress passed a law requiring general
aviation aircraft registered in the U.S. to be equipped
with an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT). The
intent of the law was to try to provide for quicker
searches for crashed aircraft and to reduce the suffering of survivors of a crash. All private aircraft were to
have an ELT installed by mid-94.
The concept was that in the event of the crash
of a general aviation aircraft, other aircraft flying
overhead would pick up the ELT signal and notify
Air Traffic Control of the signal’s general location.
This information would be passed to either the U.S.
Air Force or the U.S. Coast Guard, the executive
agents for search and rescue (SAR) on land and
on water respectively. The concept evolved when
the United States began launching ELT-detecting
satellites in 98. These two methods provide
ELT-detection coverage in the United States.
What Is An ELT?
An ELT is a small emergency radio beacon
that when activated sends out a distress signal. The
ELT’s signal aids in the rapid detection and location of the crash site. There are two primary types

Ground search team member trains with the newer
handheld radio-direction-finding unit.



of aircraft ELTs in use today, the older analog
model that operates on .5 MHz and the newer
digital model that operates on 40 MHz.

Ground search team members train with the older
model handheld radio-direction-finding unit.

121.5 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitter
ELTs operating on .5 MHz transmit a
low-power analog “siren” tone in the VHF band.
There are some limitations to broadcasting on this
frequency. Radio waves travel in a straight line-ofsight and can be blocked by terrain or by manmade
objects. The signal can also be degraded by poor
weather conditions.
Initially, .5 ELTs were picked up by satellite but the signal discrimination was not precise
and often resulted in a very large search area. In
addition coverage was only partial because the
satellite had to be in view of both the ELT and
its ground station at the same time. Further, the
.5 MHz frequency was the standard aviation
emergency frequency, and there can be interference from other electronic and electrical systems,
resulting in false alarms.


Becker DF-517 Antenna-Receiver Unit on a South Dakota Wing aircraft.

When the ELT-detecting satellite system
switched from monitoring .5 MHz to monitoring 40 MHz the result is the .5 ELT frequency
now is only detected by ground-based receivers
such as those at local airports and air traffic control
facilities. The .5 MHz ELT frequency is also
monitored by most commercial airliners and some
military aircraft while in flight. This method is not
very precise and can result in large search areas.
406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitter
In February 009, the satellite network switched
from monitoring .5 ELTs to monitoring 40
MHz ELTs (hereafter 40 ELT). The 40 ELTs are
digital and when activated transmit a digital burst
signal every 50 seconds. These ELTs have greater
frequency stability and a higher power output that
the older .5 ELTs.
The burst signal includes an encoded digital
serial number unique to that airplane. The signal is
received by the satellite system which decodes the
information and provides that data to the appropriate search and rescue center. In the U.S., NOAA
provides the alert data to the appropriate US Air
Force or Coast Guard rescue center. They can then
try to contact the owner to verify the status of the
aircraft. This feature expedites search and rescue
efforts and helps avoid alerting and launching
search forces for false alerts.
For some models of 40 ELT the burst signal
includes the GPS latitude and longitude of the
beacon, which provides instant distress-location
information. One of the major benefits of the 40
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ELT is that the accuracy of signal location is about
 to .5 miles without GPS, and to less than 00
yards with GPS.
In addition to its high-power digital signal, 40
ELTs transmit a continuous low-power .5 MHz
signal for close-in homing. The low-power .5
MHz “homing” transmitter aids near-by searchers
in finding the aircraft.
Current FAA policy does not require already
installed .5 ELTs be replaced with a 40
ELT. Due to the relatively high cost of a digital
40 ELT many general aviation pilots continue
to use their analog .5 MHz ELT. They do not
need to upgrade until their .5 ELT fails to
operate correctly.
What Causes An ELT To Activate?
ELTs are designed with a gravity switch that
automatically activates the beacon when a specific
amount of gravity (impact) forces the switch
closed. The primary reason for activation of an ELT
is a crash. There are, however, other reasons why
an ELT might activate: if the aircraft experiences
an unusually hard landing; if the ELT’s battery
begins to fail; or, if there is a malfunction in the
aircraft’s electrical circuits. ELTs can also activate
due to improper maintenance procedures, or by
inadvertent activation from the cockpit. Generally,
when activated a .5 MHz ELT transmits until
the battery is depleted. A 40 ELT is designed to
transmit for 4 hours on high power after which its
low-power .5 MHZ signal transmits for about
48 hours, until the battery is drained.
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Cockpit Control-Display Unit of the Becker DF-517
radio-direction-finding unit.

How Does The Civil Air Patrol Become
Involved?
Rescue Coordination Centers (RCCs) in the
U.S. are operated by the Coast Guard for maritime emergencies and the Air Force for inland
emergencies. The RCCs receive distress alerts and
coordinate SAR responses to the distress.
The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
(AFRCC) at Tyndall AFB, Florida is the executive agent for conducting inland SAR missions for
ELT signal activations. The AFRCC coordinates
SAR activities, but does not directly conduct the
missions. In most situations, the actual search and
rescue is carried out by the Civil Air Patrol, state
police or local rescue services.
When AFRCC is notified of ELT activation it
also receives preliminary locational data. This data
is used to determine the initial location for a SAR
mission. If it is determined that the Civil Air Patrol
is best positioned to conduct the SAR the AFRCC
notifies the appropriate CAP Wing (each state is a
Wing). Each year around 95% of all inland SAR
missions are carried out by the volunteer personnel, aircraft and vehicles of CAP.
How the South Dakota Wing Tracks An ELT
The South Dakota Wing currently has six CAP
aircraft; three Cessna-s and three Cessna-8s.
Five of the six aircraft are equipped with a high
tech radio-direction-finding device, a “Becker
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SAR-DF-5”, which can track the .5 MHz
ELT signal. In addition, the Wing has several
hand-held radio-direction-finding (RDF) devices
for use by ground search teams.
When South Dakota Wing is placed on alert for
an ELT search the Wing will activate one or more
of the air and ground assets nearest to the initial
locational data provided by the AFRCC. Aircrews
and ground search team members assemble and
are briefed on the mission.
Initially one or more aircraft take off and fly to
the general location provided by the AFRCC and
conduct a search pattern using the Becker to try
to pick up the ELT signal. This can be a lengthy,
tedious process as the aircraft hunts for the signal.
Each time the Becker picks up the ELT’s signal
the cockpit control display shows a line-of-bearing
and whether the signal is coming from the left or
right side of the aircraft. In addition, the Becker registers signal strength; if the signal grows weaker the
aircraft is flying away from the ELT, an increasingly
strong signal indicates the aircraft is flying towards
the ELT. The aircrew further analyzes the location
of the ELT by including data from the aircraft’s
GPS, by reading old-fashioned paper maps and,
during daylight, by using their eyes.
Around the same time one or more Ground
Search Teams (GST) are formed, briefed and
dispatched towards the initial locational data provided by the AFRCC. As a GST moves along its
designated route it uses its hand-held radio-finding-equipment to also search for the ELT’s signal.
The search aircraft can communicate directly with
the GST and provide it with updated, Beckerderived locational information.
Once the search aircraft has determined the
optimal location of the ELT’s signal it orbits the
area and directs the GST to that spot. The GST
them dismounts and using its hand-held RDF gear
pinpoints the ELT’s location and moves in to provide assistance or to secure the area and await the
arrival of law enforcement and first responders.
As South Dakota shares a border with five
other states there are times when an ELT search
may involve CAP Wings of other states in a cooperative search and rescue effort or, in some cases
South Dakota Wing may resolve an ELT search by
entering an adjacent state.
An example of a multi-Wing search mission
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Meade County Sheriff’s Office

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& women of Civil Air Patrol.
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734-6551

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& SUPPLY, INC.

1201 W. 12th St., Sioux Falls

605-357-8920

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South Dakota Civil Air Patrol...
673-5819

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343-4424

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Rapid City

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605-348-1459
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Thanks, and keep up the good work!
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118 Main St., Rapid City
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506 Falcon Dr., Boxelder
605.348.0665



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Proudly Supporting C.A.P.!

716 Main St.

God is good all the time,
Alan Zahn supports
Civil Air Patrol!

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605-357-8354

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2704 S. Williams Ave., Sioux Falls

Kline Funeral Home
klinefuneralchapel.com
892-3964
838 State St., Belle Fourche

Heritage

Dry Cleaners
341-3550

Rapid City
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1203 E. Saint Patrick St.

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12888 Prairie City Rd., Prairie City

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518 Main St., ABERDEEN

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Proudly supporting
Civil Air Patrol...

334-9727

DAVE GILBERT is proud to
salute and support the
volunteers of the C.A.P.!

80 East 54th St. N.
Sioux Falls
(05) 9-889
Doug O’Bryan Contracting, Inc.
Well Drilling • Excavation
Water System Installation • Redi Mix Concrete
Custom Dirt & Gravel Hauling
Commercial Building Construction
21617 U.S. Hwy. 18 • Martin, SD 57551
Office: 605-685-6281 Fax: 605-685-6960

L&L

Insulation, Inc.
605-348-4012
We are proud to support CAP!
P.O. Box 1258, Rapid City, SD 57709

Gillette Fence
Manufacturing
605-892-3562

416 Industrial St.

R J Ries
Vallet Dry Cleaners
605-274-7437

2312 West 69th St., Ste. 110

Belle Fourche

Sioux Falls

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923-3030 227 Main Gate Rd., Box Elder

Davis Ranches
605-892-2217 • Belle Fourche
11022 Davis Road


What’s an ELT

Wing Conference & Banquet

Continued . . .

Continued from page 19 . . .

came in late November 04. A pilot, a resident of
Lead, SD was reported missing and his aircraft was
not at the Spearfish airport. On the presumption
that he was out flying, the South Dakota Wing was
alerted by the AFRCC and, as Spearfish is close to
the Wyoming state line Wyoming Wing was also
put on alert. Each Wing launched aircraft to search
for the missing aircraft’s ELT. In addition, the CAP
squadron in Spearfish formed a Ground Search
Team which was sent into Wyoming based on initial locational data. The Wyoming Wing and South
Dakota Wing aircraft were able to narrow the search
area and, with CAP cell phone forensic support,
ultimately spotted the aircraft crash site in southeastern Montana near the Wyoming border. The
South Dakota Wing GST travelled from Spearfish
into Wyoming and ultimately into Montana where
they were first on the scene and worked with the
local sheriff to secure the accident site.
An out-of-state search mission came more recently.
On  April 05, the AFRCC put South Dakota Wing
on alert as aircraft coming into Sioux Falls reported
hearing the signal from a .5 MHz ELT. Initial
locational data was vague citing southeast South
Dakota, southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa.
South Dakota Wing launched an aircraft which almost
immediately picked up the ELT’s signal. Two Ground
Search Teams, one from the squadron in Brookings
and one from the squadron in Sioux Falls were formed
and dispatched to travel search routes in the area also
hunting for the signal. The CAP aircraft used its Becker
to quickly ascertain that the ELT’s signal was coming
from the area of Larchwood, IA. Further aerial search
work pinpointed the ELT as coming from an airstrip
near Larchwood. The airstrip manager was contacted
and it was discovered that the ELT signal was coming
from an aircraft there that had experienced a hard landing. The manager then went out and silenced the ELT.
With the mission successfully accomplished the CAP
aircraft and the two Ground Search Teams returned to
their bases and stood down.
The Civil Air Patrol’s South Dakota Wing stands
ready to carry out its emergency services missions by
day or by night to help safeguard the lives, health and
welfare of the citizens of this great state.


C/SMSgt Ryan Harris, Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron (Spearfish)
C/CMSgt Justin Harris, Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron (Spearfish)
C/MSgt Austin Rauscher, Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron (Spearfish)
C/MSgt Keyvin Rauscher, Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron (Spearfish)
Achievement Awards
Capt. James Dillon, Crazy Horse Composite
Squadron (Custer)
Lt. Col. Gregory Lair, Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron (Sioux Falls)
Commander’s Commendation
2nd Lt. Manford Steele, Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron (Sioux Falls)
Maj. David Small Jr., South Dakota Wing Staff
Capt. Jerome Foy, Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron (Sioux Falls)
Maj. Elliot Filler, Big Sioux Composite Squadron
(Brookings)
Capt. Karen Espeland, Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron (Sioux Falls)
Capt. Sylvia Small, South Dakota Wing Staff
Maj. Sharon Moad, Crazy Horse Composite
Squadron (Custer)
C/Capt Nicole Schneider, Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron (Sioux Falls)
C/Capt Samuel Huntington, Sioux Falls
Composite Squadron (Sioux Falls)
C/2nd Lt Bradley Blansett, Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron (Spearfish)
C/CMSgt Justin Harris, Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron (Spearfish)
C/2nd Lt Devon Brown, Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron (Sioux Falls)
C/Col William Small, Lookout Mountain
Composite Squadron (Spearfish)


Wings of Our Founders –
1942 CAP Piper J-3 Cub
Lt. Col. Gary W. Rae, CAP
Wing Chaplain

My love of aviation is part of the Rae family’s
DNA. Both Mom and Dad were in B-4 bombers
in World War II. Mom was a mechanic on the
Norden and Sperry bombsights and Dad was a
tail gunner. I grew up on New York’s Long Island
where Dad would preserve the last grass airstrip
on the island from commercial growth. I had a
chance to fly in a 99 Fleet, Navy SNJ, Stearman,
and more. Dad loved to build balsa wood model
airplanes. Perhaps it was a prelude to his building a
full scale replica of a 99 Petenpol Sport Aircraft
in his garage.
A few years back as we were going through
Dad’s things in preparation for moving him to
an assisted living facility when we found a CAP
shoulder patch. We learned he had been in CAP
in 94, prior to his entering the U.S. Army Air
Forces (forerunner of the USAF) in August of
94. His shoulder patch will soon be on my recreation of a 94-style CAP officer’s uniform that
I will wear to promote CAP’s 5th Anniversary
in 0. Although I had been a model airplane
builder in my youth, 40 years of ministry kept
me from pursuing it again until I retired. Dad’s
CAP patch inspired me to make my first serious
model, a 94 Piper J- Cub; one of the planes the
German’s cursed whenever they were on submarine patrol along the U.S. coast.
Building a -foot wingspan (/ scale) begins
with studying the plans for days. Next I created a

8

Action figure of baseball great Ted Williams sits in the
cockpit. Williams joined the Navy Reserve in May 1942,
went on active duty in 1943, and in May 1944 was a
lieutenant in the Marine Corps as a naval aviator.

workspace large enough to accommodate the large
wing and fuselage. Foam board on a table works
great because it is flat and I can stick T-Pins into it.
Wax paper is essential on top of the plans to protect
them when I glue the spars and ribs together. Other
essential tools include good lighting, a supply of
Xacto knives, mini-saws, carpenter’s glue, paint
brushes, paints, thinners, sandpaper and a good
straight edge ruler. I covered my wooden frames
with monocoat, a heat shrink cover not all that
different than the Ceconite used on modern day
rag aircraft. A special iron attaches and shrinks the
fabric like skin. But the greatest tools are patience
in the process and willingness to get lost in the
details. Creativity helps; the plans don’t always

8

tell you how to make a cockpit or doors that open.
Mistakes happen so you learn how to camouflage
them, though I always see them.
The birth of my J- began with the end goal
in mind. A picture is in front of me. It will be
yellow with doors that open, a / scale pilot
(Ted Williams), and 94 CAP markings made
for the wings. I study the National CAP History
site to learn exactly where those marking are to be
placed. Not everything comes in the kit. The web
helps me search for scaled cylinders to put on the
cowling, find a wood propeller I can attach, get
real air filled tires and more. NC500 took six
months in 04 to build. The rest is patience, persistence and practice. I began with the wings, the
elevators and rudder sections before moving on to
the fuselage. There I modified the plans to include
a cockpit. Many a day I would cough on the
balsa dust. The wing’s leading edge and rounded
surfaces all required careful shaping. The spars
in the wings and the landing gear were reinforced
with bass wood or plywood and then epoxied for
strength. Over the months the pieces slowly came
together. The birth of my J- began with the goal
in mind. I substituted aluminum struts found at
a hobby store for the bass wood struts. I learned
how to spray and paint. The most difficult part was
learning how to get wrinkles out of the monocote
covering on curved surfaces. The model, which is
for display only and not intended to fly, cost about
$00 to make by the time you buy the kit, paint,
tools, covering and special markings.
Today many people like to buy “Ready to Fly”
(RTF) models. Not me! I wanted my 94 Piper
J- Cub to be a faithfully scaled model, a work of
art and to tell the history of CAP in the early days.
My model connects me to CAP history.
In my mind’s eye I see myself sitting in the

9

drafty cockpit of a Piper J-. My aircraft weighs a
mere 5 lbs. empty. Its top speed was 80 MPH. It
held two persons in tandem. Early models boasted
a 40HP engine that was increased to 5HP during
the war. I try to imagine what it must have been
like to leave the airfield in Atlantic City, New
Jersey or Mitchell Field on Long Island and to fly
out over the Atlantic Ocean. As my Continental
engine throttles up, the plane bumps, zigs and zags
as it taxis along the grass strip. I turn it into the
wind, give it full power and hold the stick in my
gut for the first few seconds until I can gently ease
it forward to bring the tail up. She gathers speed. I
hold it to the runway until it’s ready to leap into the
air. With a slight pull back on the stick, the engine
chews into the sea coast air, the wings waver as I
get the feel of flight. I bank left towards the sea
and search the ocean with expectation, looking for
the silhouette of a German Unterseeboot (submarine). U-Boats filled our eastern coastal waters in
search of merchant supply ships travelling up and
down the coast and those bound for Europe. With
limited communications, in vulnerable little aircraft, CAP’s men and women gave our nation time
to build up its air forces, chased the U-boats from
our shores, and protected vital supply lines.
With so many Piper J- Cubs being produced
and owned by civilians it had become the primary
trainer for the Civilian Pilot Training Program by
the time World War II broke out. During the war
it was one of the most common aircraft used by
the newly formed Civil Air Patrol. Like so many
in those days, from Rosie the Riveter to the CAP
men and women who towed targets for antiaircraft
gunners, couriered parts and personnel for the war
industry, flew border patrol, acted as skywatch for
forest fires, or those who stood on rooftops as air
raid wardens, all did their part.
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We are proud to support the men and
women of the Civil Air Patrol.
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MARION Lumber Co.
45 N. Broadway Ave.
Marion

335-3452

A&B
914 E. Chicago St.
Rapid City
WELDING
343-5365
SUPPLY

Hanson Surveying & Mapping

Buffalo Butte Ranch

757-6866

Landmark REALTY & DEVELOPMENT
642-4540

Total Restoration, Inc.
605-334-1983

2000 S. Western Ave., Sioux Falls
Supporting the SD Civil Air Patrol!

Heinemann Snow Removal

of Rapid City
Email: Karen@karensoderquist.com
341-4300 40 Jackson Blvd., Rapid City

Elegant
Nails

1430 Haines Ave., Ste. 103

Rapid City

605-343-9424

Proudly supporting CAP!

2600 Paramount Drive
Spearfish
642-4787
348-3600
2310 Commerce Rd.

1211 State Ave., Dell Rapids

Rapid City

351-0818

Carl’s Trailer Sales

At Rapid City Regional Airport

Custom Concrete Cutting
814 Flormann St.
Rapid City
721-6600

411 S. Berry Pine Rd., Rapid City

R & R Spraying, Inc.

Crop Care By Air
507-597-2020 / cell: 605-941-9779
240 161st St. • Garretson

Hart Ranch

Camping Resort Club - Rapid City
605-399-2582

23756 Arena Dr.

Home Dynamics
605-366-8160

4516 W. 37th St.

Sioux Falls

Lamps & Shades Lighting Gallery
2511 S. Minnesota Ave.
Sioux Falls • 332-6680
M & W Towing
699-1755
P.O. Box 3267, Rapid City, SD 57709
www.towingrapidcitysd.com
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carlstrailersales.com

2700 Jackson Blvd.
Rapid City
343-0077

Yankton, South Dakota
Yankton Mall 665-1902

Chief David Kull and Staff are proud
to salute the men and women of
C.A.P. for their lifesaving efforts.

892-4032

OSHEIM-SCHMIDT FUNERAL HOME

PHINNEY’S Pub & Casino

Brandon Police Department

W. Hwy. 212, Belle Fourche

900 Airport Rd., Rapid City
09-54 / 9-54

Haeder Appraisal Service
605-343-6166

Spearfish

Paramount Technical Products, Inc.

LLC
600 N. Main Ave., Suite 100, Sioux Falls

673-3600
24992 Sylvan
Lake Rd.
Custer

1130 N. Main, Suite 4

P.O. Box 8
Valley Springs, SD 508

(605) 388-9652

Concrete Products
605-335-7807
0 E. 9th St. N., Sioux Falls
(605) 338-6668

Black Hills RV

800-203-6678

33376 Buffalo Butte Rd., Gregory
Parker Automotive

832 Horace Mann Dr., Rapid City

HANCOCK

507-534-2431
665 N. Wabasha, Plainview, MN

605-648-3411

824 E. 50th St. N.
Sioux Falls

PIERCE SALES & SERVICE, INC.

Mashek Food Center

(605)
852-2245

100 2nd St. S.E., Highmore
www.mashekfoodcenter.com

MCINTOSH PROPANE
23677 US Hwy. 12, McIntosh

605-273-4323
John Koskan,

proudly supports the men and
women of Civil Air Patrol!

Arnott Self Storage
1304 E. 52nd St. N., Sioux Falls

334-9940

Bart’s Flying Service, Inc.

173 Scott Street
Storm Lake, Iowa
Phone: 712-7326494
Dewey County Sherriff
Les Mayer and Staff

are proudly supporting the South Dakota C.A.P.,
For we too are dedicated to saving lives!
702 C Street, Timber Lake 865-3330

FIRST NATIONAL BANK
IN PHILIP P.O. Box 187

P.O. Box 910
Philip, SD 57567
(605) 859-2525

Faith, SD 57626
(605) 967-2191

www.fnbphilip.com

Custom Cage
Johnny H. Niehaus salutes the C.A.P.!
642-7609

www.policecages.com

Mr. & Mrs. Joe S. Painter
salutes and supports the volunteers
of the SD Civil Air Patrol!

«Knives
«Boots
«Camping gear
ABN Army Surplus Corp.

10% DisCount for Cap memBers
605-357-8855 Fax: 605-357-8265
1520 W. 3rd St., Sioux Falls
proudly salutes the Civil Air Patrol!

NORTHERN HILLS
642-3405 Sign Shop
1301 Ash St.

Moberly’s

Whitewood
* Foil Stamping
* Diecutting
* Embossing

(605)
338-7613

Print Shop . . . . . . . . . .
moberlys.com

804 W. Cherokee St., Sioux Falls

“In Loving Memory of . . .

Richard A. Keuser
. . . Forever a Pilot”
Appliance & Electronics Outlet

745-6251

713 N. River Street

Hot Springs
Great Job CAP!

0

Team Big Sioux Wins Second
Place in National CyberPatriot-VII
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing PAO

The cadet cyber-security
team of the Big Sioux Composite
Squadron won second place in
the national finals of the Air
Force Association’s seventh
annual CyberPatriot Competition
held in Washington, D.C. from
-5 March. In addition, they
were the top Civil Air Patrol
team in the competition.
The team from Brookings
competed in the “All Service
Division” national finals for
the fourth year in a row against
teams from the Army, Air Force,
Navy and Marine Junior ROTC
programs, the Naval Sea Cadet
Corps and the Civil Air Patrol.
In CyberPatriot-VII ,00 teams
competed in the All Services
Division, 400 teams from CAP
units. Only the top two teams
from each organization in the All
Services Division got to go to the
national finals. “We are extremely
proud of the accomplishments of
the Big Sioux squadron in their
pursuit of being the top team in
the competition. A lot of hard
work and dedication goes into
preparation for this competition
and to be the top Civil Air Patrol
team in the nation is no easy
feat.” Said Colonel John Seten,
the Wing Commander of the
South Dakota Civil Air Patrol.
In the national finals 8 teams,
 from the All Service Division,
competed to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a
professional aggressor team. The
national finalists also faced off in


Team Big Sioux at CyberPatriot-VII Competition Awards Ceremony (L-R)
NHQ Chief of Staff Col. Larry Ragland, Cadet Maj. Joshua Klosterman,
Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Jaden Petersen, Cadet Lt. Laura Rudnik, Cadet Lt.
Chris Dinnel, Cadet Tech. Sgt. Nathaniel Fleet.

four additional competition components: the Digital Cyber Crime
Scene Challenge from the Digital
Forensic Consortium, the Cisco
Networking Challenge, the Leidos
Digital Forensics Challenge and
a Mobile Application Challenge
hosted by AT&T. The teams
were scored on how quickly and
effectively they established and
maintained secure networks.
Team Big Sioux consists of
Team Captain Cadet Maj. Joshua
Klosterman of Brandon, Cadet
nd Lt. Chris Dinnel, Cadet Chief
Master Sgt. Jaden Petersen and
Cadet Tech. Sgt. Nathaniel Fleet,
all from Lake Benton, MN, and
Cadet nd Lt. Laura Rudnik of
Brookings. The team is coached by
Capt. Shannon Hofer of Hendricks,
MN, who is the commander of the
Big Sioux Composite Squadron

and Wing Director of Information
Technology and Web Security
Administrator. The team was
mentored by Cadet Capt. Tyler
Gross of Volga.
CyberPatriot VII began last
October with more than ,00
teams from all 50 states, Canada
and Department of Defense dependent schools in Europe and the
Pacific. After two months of rigorous online challenges, the Open
Division and All Service Division
teams were divided into three
tiers: Platinum, Gold and Silver.
Team Big Sioux was placed in the
Platinum Tier. The teams continued to compete within their tiers
for state awards and advancement
to the regional/category round.
Only teams in the top Platinum
tier were eligible to advance to
national finals competition.


605-279-2501

Driveline Service, Inc.
0 N. Western, Sioux Falls

(605) 332-5686
G & G Home Inspection
and Repair
Proudly supporting CAP!
605-342-1020
RAPID CITY

GODFREY’S BRAKE SERVICE & SUPPLY
343-5030
P.O. BOX 799, RAPID CITY, SD 57709

Electro-Test &
Maintenance, Inc.

P.O. Box 1527, Rapid City, SD 57709 • 787-4688

Conrad & Company
00 Sheridan Lake Rd., #0
Rapid City. . . . . . . 605-348-7600

A&M

368-2813
Warehouse & Self Storage
47079 98th St.
Sioux Falls
1755 S. Valley Dr.
Rapid City

342-5911
www.melsautobody.com

Wood Stock Supply, Inc.

We are proud to support the fine
efforts of the Civil Air Patrol.

PETE LIEN
& SONS
2843 Samco Rd.
Unit U

605-716-0880

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Alt Med Services

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901 S. Minnesota Avenue

Commercial Door & Specialties
2525 Dyess Ave., Rapid City
341-8667 Good Job C.A.P.!

All Fours & Moriah Kennels
Pet Boarding & Grooming
Piedmont, SD
787-5431
Coyote Blues Village B & B
23165 Horseman’s Ranch Rd., Rapid City

574-4477

coyotebluesvillage.com

DALE’S Tire &

Retreading, Inc.

3200 S. Hwy. 79, Rapid City • 348-1244

WIRTJES Repair & Auto Sales
4 Main Ave., Brandon

582-6936

8035 Black Hawk Road
343-2682 Black Hawk

Icing on the Cake

(605) 339-0720

5 S. Judy Ave., Sioux Falls

Farmers & Merchants
State Bank
550 Main St., Scotland • 583-2234

Community Bank
118 N. Main
Avon

VFW Post 1273
605-342-9804
420 Main Street
Rapid City

Compliments of . . .

Skip Vanderhule
Member South Dakota Aeronautics Commission

Bechtold Jewelry
325 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls

Rapid City Airport

605-332-3099

3900 Airport Rd. 605-393-0300

“Your 24/7/365 Days
a Year Total Security Service”

1811 W. Main St.
Rapid City

348-3232
www.tmastores.com

2340 E. St. Patrick

Rapid City
(605) 348-2222

Gerstner Oil
3004 E. Hwy. 50
Yankton 665-5568

All Metal Mfg.
4290 Universal Dr.
Rapid City 787-4677

Rapid Refrigeration, LLC
341-2431
111 POPLAR AVE. • RAPID CITY

334-9357

Sioux Falls
www.siouxmerchantpatrol.com

2018 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City

salute and support the C.A.P.!

605-716-9079

MEMBER FDIC

286-3213

Dale Aviation, Inc.

Shari Haufschild is proud to

Rapid City



6739 W. Elmwood Dr., Black Hawk

(605)
399-1510

www.petelien.com • Rapid City • 342-9250

STORAGE, LLC

Heavenly Touch

Servall Uniform & Linen Supply

Mastel Precisions
2843 Samco Rd., Rapid City

605-341-4595

Miller Funeral Home
507 S. Main Ave.
Sioux Falls
336-2640

We are proud to support the fine efforts
of the Civil Air Patrol!
343-0680

James Eisenmenger

appreciates the valuable contribution to our
aviation community by the members of C.A.P.!
Uncle Milt’s Alignment Service
0 N. Cherry Ave.
We salute
Rapid City
& support
C.A.P.!
(05) 48-044

RAPID CITY
348-3313
1313 N. LaCross St. We support C.A.P.!

ICON Weld & Paint

1133 N.W. 2nd St., Madison

605-427-4266

Morningside Cafe
0 N. Lacrosse St.

Rapid City

48-

Hamlin county Sheriff
Chad Schlotterbeck proudly salutes C.A.P.!

Hayti

783-3232

Dakota Appraisal & Consulting
13046 Sonquist Ln., Rapid City

605-341-7886
Dougherty & Company, LLC
110 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls
(605) 339-9800


South Dakota Wing’s First
Senior Member NCO
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP, Wing PAO and
Lt. Lori Seten, CAP, Wing Personnel Officer

David Stockinger is South
Dakota Wing’s first and so far
only senior member to hold CAP
noncommissioned officer (NCO)
rank. When David joined the
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
in April 0 he entered into
the rank system for CAP senior
members. After a probationary
period he was promoted to the
rank of Second Lieutenant in
October 0.
At the time David joined
CAP he was on active duty with
the South Dakota Air National
Guard and was advancing
through their rank structure as
an enlisted man. In 05, David
had eight years of service with
the SDANG and had reached the
rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt).
In August 04, with
the approval of its executive
Chart showing the US Air Force NCO rank insignia and the corresponding
agency, the U.S. Air Force, CAP
CAP NCO rank insignia
modified its NCO rank system
for senior members with the
publication of a revised verWhen David became aware of this change he
sion of CAP Regulation 5-5, CAP Officer and
submitted paperwork to be reduced in grade from
Noncommissioned Officer Appointments and
Lieutenant to Staff Sergeant to match his SDANG
Promotions. Under the old system CAP had NCO
ranks for senior members. However, the old system rank. On his paperwork he indicated that he would
like to continue his CAP service as an NCO. As
did not allow for promotion within the NCO ranks.
David looks forward to promotion through the
If you entered CAP and opted for NCO rank then
SDANG NCO ranks he can now look forward
that was the rank you held throughout your CAP
service. The revised system contains the criteria to advancing to the equivalent grade in the CAP
NCO rank system as he gains experience, training
for promotion within the NCO ranks. Now one can
advance from the entry grade of Staff Sergeant to and longevity in CAP.
the top NCO grade of Chief Master Sergeant.




Wing Legislative Day at the State Capitol
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing PAO

 February was South Dakota Wing’s
“Legislative Day” at the State Capitol. Some 50
officers and cadets representing five squadrons
converged on the state capitol. There they met with
Governor Daugaard and posed with him on the
Grand Staircase of the Capitol Rotunda. Afterwards
the SDWG members attended the legislative sessions of the House and Senate where they received
special recognition when legislators of both houses
gave the SDWG members a standing ovation.
During the afternoon break in the legislative
sessions SDWG hosted a snack for the legislators.
st Lt. Rachel Kuecker arranged for cupcakes
decorated with CAP insignia. While mingling with
the legislators the officers and cadets handed out
informational materials about SDWG and CAP
and spoke with them about the Civil Air Patrol and
what South Dakota Wing does for our communi-

ties, our counties and the state.
Wing Commander, Col. John Seten commented, “The Legislative Day for Civil Air Patrol
is a great way for us to tell our story to the legislators. We are able to brief them on what we’ve done
for the past year and answer any questions that
they may have about our organization. We also
managed to recruit many new members into our
legislative squadron. We always look forward to
our trip to Pierre.”
Several SDWG officers were key to the success of this event. Kudos go to former state representative nd Lt. Manny Steele who met with his
former colleagues and invited them to join CAP’s
State Legislative Squadron. Kudos also go to Maj.
David Small Jr. for arranging transportation, event
scheduling and photography, and to Maj. Todd
Epp for arranging the event itself.

Officers and cadets of the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol pose with Gov. Daugaard on the Grand
Staircase of the Capitol Rotunda.

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Overview of survival gear and its uses.

How fire can help keep you alive.

Winter Survival Training
Cadet Capt. Nicole Schneider, CAP, Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
Maj. Sharon Moad, CAP, Crazy Horse Composite Squadron
and Maj. David Small, CAP, Wing Chief of Staff

The winter of 04/05 was not a typical
South Dakota winter. Yes, it was cold, and yes it
was windy but what was lacking in many places
was snow. Having completed a successful Cadet
Leadership School the previous day approximately 0 cadets from all squadrons save one
trained in the basic skills of winter survival in an
emergency situation.
First and foremost, st Lt. Dan Schneider of the
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, a professional
firefighter, explained that maintaining a positive
attitude greatly improves a person’s chance of sur-

Home Sweet Home.

2015 SDWG winter survival training participants.

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vival. Our brain
is our best survival resource.
Sunday, 5
February, was
cold and blustery. Lt. Dan
illustrated
how one can
keep warm in
adverse weather
with minimal
equipment from
a 4-hour pack. Building a functional emergency shelter.
Organized into
small groups
the cadets demonstrated their recent
learning by safely starting small
fires using natural materials they
scavenged and items from their 4hour packs. Under his watchful eye
each group started a fire and built
it into about a 4” sustaining blaze
that could be fed indefinitely to keep
everyone warm. Afterwards, each
fire was carefully extinguished and Ahhhh, warmth!
then double checked to ensure there
was no danger of an uncontrolled
event later.
Schneider then demonstrated
how to build a shelter from wind and
weather using only sticks, bushes
and items from a 4-hour pack, and
by taking advantage of natural wind Success on a small scale.
breaks. He demonstrated that making
a shelter behind a natural wind break
allows it to be much warmer and
more durable than one built out in
the open. The cadets then scavenged
for shelter building materials and
built a functional emergency shelter.
By noon everyone was colder
but wiser and ready to head home
in the warm, toasty CAP vans.

OBSERVE---THINK--REACT
Building a fire isn’t as easy as it
looks.



CGM Update
Continued from page 7 . . .

Washington, D.C. for the ceremony last December and was
presented her husband’s CGM
by Gen. Vazquez.
S o u t h
D a k o t a
Congresswoman Kristi Noem
presented the CGM to the family
of Earl Wilkinson at a ceremony
on 8 April at the South Dakota
School of Mines and Technology
in Rapid City. It was received
on behalf of the family by his
grandson Tom Senesac.
S o u t h
D a k o t a
Congresswoman Noem presented the CGM to the family
of John G. “Jack” Rae Jr. at
a ceremony on 8 April during the South Dakota Wing
Conference in Pierre. It was
received on behalf of the family
by his son Gary W. Rae who is a
CAP Lieutenant Colonel and the
South Dakota Wing Chaplain.
Henkin, Brehe and the
Jeffries family will be presented
with the CGM at ceremonies
to be held in South Dakota at a
later date.

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In This Issue . . .
Cessna-172 from Skyhawk to Glasshawk
South Dakota Wing, Civil Air Patrol

4275 Airport Road, Suite A, Rapid City, SD 57703

Office: 605-393-4215, Fax: 605-393-4216

Email: wa@sdcap.us
Website: http://sdcap.us,
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Col. John N. Seten
Commander, South Dakota Wing
Civil Air Patrol
South Dakota Wing Roundup Staff

Publishers
Col. John Seten, South Dakota Wing Commander
Lt. Col. Richard Larson, South Dakota Wing Vice Commander
Editor
Maj. Bruce Kipp, South Dakota Wing Public Affairs Officer
Email: bruce.kipp@sdcap.us, Cell: 605-261-4507
The South Dakota Wing Roundup is an authorized journal of the South
Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S.
Air Force. It is published by a private firm in no way connected to the
U.S. Air Force or the Civil Air Patrol Corporation. The comments and
opinions expressed in the articles are those of the contributors and do
not reflect the position of the U.S. Government, the U.S. Air Force, the
Civil Air Patrol Corporation, or the South Dakota Wing. The appearance
of advertisements, supplements or inserts, does not constitute an
endorsement by CAP or the U.S. Air Force of the products and services
advertised.
The South Dakota Wing Roundup encourages contributions from
CAP members, the military, related agencies and the general public.
Articles must be original and free of copyright constraint. The Roundup
magazine reserves the right to approve, reject, edit, abridge or expand
any submission. Articles must be in Associated Press style. Do not
embed photos or graphics in the article - send them as attachments in
jpeg format and provide complete captions. Photos must be a minimum
of 1 Megabyte resolution or higher. Always include contact information
at the top of your submission. Email articles to bruce.kipp@sdcap.us.
Other material should be sent to South Dakota Wing Public Affairs,
Attn: Roundup, 6016 S. Bremerton Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57106. Ideas
for future articles should be discussed in advance with the Editor, Maj.
Bruce Kipp.
The Civil Air Patrol is a non-profit volunteer organization federally
chartered by Congress under 36 U.S.C. §§201-28, which is dedicated
to emergency services, aerospace education and motivation of
America’s youth to the highest ideals of leadership and public service.
Funds received by the advertising sales are used to support this
publication and to support various CAP activities throughout the state of
South Dakota.
For information on advertising rates and space, please call:
1-800-635-6036



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Commander’s Corner

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CAP Congressional Gold Medal Update

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1943 Jacob’s Aircraft advertisement

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South Dakota Public Television

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Exercise Constant Watch-15

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3,000 Hours, An Aviation Milestone

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Fill ‘er Up, Sir?

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From CAP Cadet to Navy Seaman

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Let’s Fly Mom

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Mountain Fury

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National Cadet Special Activity

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Heraldry of the Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron

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2015 Joint Dakotas Encampment

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COVER PHOTO: Cessna-172 “Glasshawk” - South
Dakota Wing’s Newest Search and Rescue Aviation
Asset Rae family by SD Congresswoman Kristi Noem.



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CESSNA-172 FROM “SKYHAWK” TO “GLASSHAWK”

South Dakota Wing’s Newest Search and
Rescue Aviation Asset
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing Public Affairs Officer

In September of 04, the South Dakota
Wing received some good news. CAP National
Headquarters gave its approval for a complete
overhaul, modernization and upgrade of one
of our Cessna-7 “Skyhawk” aircraft to the
Technologically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) Standard.
Many thanks to Wing Maintenance Officer Maj. E.
W. Filler of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron in
Brookings who worked closely with NHQ Logistics
to get the aircraft into refurbishment.
On 7 September 04, Capt. Josh Hall and
Lt. Ryan Jones, both of Rushmore Composite
Squadron in Rapid City, took off in the Cessna7 headed to Carson City, NV to drop off the
airplane at the upgrade depot. After dealing with

an unexpected runway closure, the two pilots
delivered the aircraft to Carson City Air Services.
The work on our Cessna-7 was expected to take
up to a year to complete.
Our aircraft underwent a complete makeover.
It received a new paint job, a new interior, and an
all-new Garmin G500 “glass” avionics suite, and
more. The Garmin G500, much like its big brother
G000 avionics found in our Cessna-8s, features
primary and multifunction displays, coupled with a
new Garmin GTN-650 GPS/NavCom that allows
for more exacting navigation, complex instrument
flight rules procedures, autopilot linkage and
increased situational awareness for aircrews.
Almost one year later, on  August 05,

(L-R) Capt. Neil Schmid, Maj. E.W. Filler and
Lt. Col. Rick Larson

Capt. Kurt Johnson and his crew depart on a
proficiency/familiarization training flight





Wing Vice Commander Lt.
Col. Rick Larson and Capt.
Neil Schmid of the Sioux Falls
Composite Squadron went to
Carson City to retrieve our
newly refurbished Cessna-7,
Registration Number N97947.
The aircraft will be assigned
to the Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron and based there.
Although the official name
of the aircraft is the Cessna-7
“Skyhawk”, Lt. Col. Larson
informally dubbed the refurbished aircraft the “Glasshawk” Cessna-172 Glasshawk’s new instrument panel
in recognition of the instrument
4 to 6 September when CAP aircrew members
panel change from the old gauges to the new flat
from Sioux Falls Composite Squadron took to the
panel displays.
skies to put the aircraft through its paces.
The three pilots trained on the new “Glasshawk”
The refurbished Cessna-7 “Glasshawk” will
systems before they flew the aircraft back to Sioux
add another technologically advanced search and
Falls. The TAA upgrade will require proficiency
rescue asset to South Dakota Wing’s two Garmin
and familiarization training for South Dakota
G000-equipped Cessna-8s.
Wing aircrew. The initial training took place from

Navigational display on the Cessna-172 Glasshawk’s
Garmin G500 system

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Cessna-172 Glasshawk’s advanced navigational display

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Commander’s Corner
By Col. John Seten, CAP
South Dakota Wing Commander

When I received the reminder that my article for this magazine
was due soon I realized that I was a short timer in the position of Wing
Commander for SD. I assumed command in June of 0 and will have completed my four year term this
coming June. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. Time truly flies when you’re having fun. What a great
group of people I’ve gotten to work with.
It’s been a busy summer in the SD Wing. Just when it seems like things are going to slow down,
something new pops onto our RADAR screen and we’re off and running once again.
We’ve been honored to have found more recipients for the Congressional Gold Medal that Congress
awarded to Civil Air Patrol members that served in CAP during World War II. We continue to follow
leads on eligible past members and are busy scheduling two more ceremonies to be held at Sioux Falls
and Rapid City. It’s fun to talk to the recipients and their families and to hear the stories of how they
helped during the war. We look forward to finding a few more that are eligible for the medal so we can
properly honor them as well.
We worked hard for the State of SD Game Fish and Parks as well as the South Dakota State University
as we flew their trackers around the state and assisted them with finding the various animal species that
they are studying. Deer, Elk, Mountain Lion, Mountain Sheep and Bobcats as well as a few other species
that I’m probably forgetting about. We thank them for their business and enjoy working with them. It is
estimated that we flew over 5,000 nautical miles supporting the animal mission in FY 5. Wow!!
We also completed successful Low Level Route Survey missions and air intercept missions for both
the SD Air National Guard and Ellsworth Air Force Base covering approximately ,000 nautical miles
in FY 5. These missions bring a great sense of pride to all that participate as we know that it makes a
difference in the protection of our nation’s skies.
It was South Dakota’s turn to host the Joint Dakotas Encampment and we did so at the wonderful
Camp Rapid National Guard facilities. We had a good turnout and some very meaningful training during the encampment. I can always tell when an encampment goes well by both the feedback I receive
afterwards and the amount of mishap reports I have to process. Feedback was positive and mishap reports
were to a minimum.
We’ve been informed that an interim budget has been approved in congress so we can continue with
our training events right away after  October. We’ve already received an allocation of funds for pilot
proficiency flying and cadet orientation flights. Let’s take advantage of these great programs and also our
upcoming training exercises.
I could go on and on with all of the accomplishments that our wing has experienced throughout the
past few years. Our members are the best there are. While we are not a large wing, we are a very productive wing and don’t think what we’re doing goes unnoticed. Those working for the National HQ know
who we are and they appreciate all that we do. Keep up the good work and I look forward to leading you
for another few months.
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CAP CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL UPDATE

South Dakota Wing Honors Two More Recipients
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing Public Affairs Officer

The Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal
(CGM) became law on 4 May 04 when the bill
authorizing the award was signed by President
Obama. The CGM recognizes and honors the
service and sacrifice of more than 0,000 men,
women and teens who joined the Civil Air Patrol
immediately before or during World War II.
Wartime CAP members helped guard our
coastlines to protect our nation’s vital shipping
lanes, patrolled our borders, watched for forest
fires, conducted search and rescue missions and
disaster relief tasks, operated an extensive military
air courier service, helped train military personnel
and carried out a wide variety of important domestic military and civil defense missions. By the end
of 94, CAP had flown over 86,000 missions
totaling over 44,000 hours and more than 4 million miles. The missions were not without risk. 74
CAP coastal patrol planes crashed into the sea with
the loss of 6 CAP personnel.
The initial presentation ceremony took place in
Washington, DC on 0 December 04. Speaker
of the House John Boehner presented the medal to
CAP National Commander Major-General Joseph
Vazquez and former U.S. Representative Lester
Wolff who himself was a WWII member of the

Front of the bronze replica of the
CGM.

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Gov. Daugaard presents the CGM to Pauline Hanson
Brehe.

CAP. Attending the presentation ceremony were
the majority and minority leaders of the House and
Senate. That evening a gala celebration was held
where Maj. Gen. Vazquez personally presented
CGMs to more than 00 WWII CAP veterans or to
family members of those no longer with us.
After the national ceremony each CAP Wing
was tasked to continue to seek out individuals
eligible for the CGM. To date South Dakota Wing
has identified nine individuals. The family of one

Back of the bronze replica of the CGM.

Pauline Hanson Brehe in her
CAP uniform in 1944.

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Lois Schmidt (left) and Pauline Brehe with their CGM.

Gov. Daugaard presents the CGM to Lois Marso
Schmidt.

South Dakota CAP veteran received his CGM at
the national ceremony. Five South Dakota WWII
CAP veterans have been presented their CGM
at in-state ceremonies by dignitaries such as
Governor Dennis Daugaard, U.S. Senator Mike
Rounds, and U.S. Representative Kristi Noem.
Most recently presentation ceremonies were
held for Lois Marco Schmidt and Pauline Hanson
Brehe. More than 70 years ago, two young women
from South Dakota decided they wanted to do
something to help their country during World War
II. Pauline Hanson Brehe of Pierre and Lois Marso
Schmidt of Agar were part of a small group of
women who served in the South Dakota Civil Air
Patrol during the war; something most girls weren’t
doing in the 940s. A lot has changed in the past
seven decades, but their service hasn’t been forgotten. On 4 August, Gov. Dennis Daugaard
presented bronze replicas of the Congressional
Gold Medals to Pauline and Lois for their WWII
CAP service.
Lois and Pauline were founding members
of the Pierre Composite Squadron and among
the first women in not just South Dakota but the
United States to become CAP members.
Pauline joined the Civil Air Patrol in 94.
For her it was a way to help her country during

a time of war. She served as an adult member of
the Pierre Squadron as an administrative officer
with the grade of First Sargent. “We had to learn
to identify all the aircrafts - our own, German and
Japanese. So in case they flew over we would know
what they were,” she recalled. In March 945, she
enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve as a Medical
Surgical Technician. The day after the CGM ceremony Pauline celebrated her 88th birthday.
Lois joined the Civil Air Patrol, Pierre
Squadron, as a Cadet at the age of 6 in 94. She
returned to CAP in the 969 and attained the rank
of Lt. Colonel, which she holds today. Lois says it
was her love of airplanes that led her to join CAP.
“It was all study at that time. I still have my Civil
Air Patrol book,” she said.
Governor Daugaard said during the ceremony
at the state Capitol that he was glad to honor the
women for helping create a great legacy of service
to the nation.
Presentation ceremonies are currently being
planned for Walter Wilson and Thomas Roberts.
We are especially pleased to present the CGM to
the family of CAP Lieutenant Colonel Roberts. He
was the first commander of the South Dakota Wing
from its formation in  December 94 throughout
the war until 5 October 945.

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DAKOTA PUBLIC TELEVISION
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing Public Affairs Officer

March 9, 05 was a special day for SDWG. That
afternoon several members of the wing were interviewed on camera by a crew from South Dakota Public
Broadcasting for the television program “Dakota Life”.
Paul Ebsen, an associate producer from SDPB is very
enthusiastic about CAP and interested in our Wing’s history. Wing Commander Col. John Seten addressed CAP’s
aviation, missions, funding, and history. Wing Chaplain
Lt. Col. Gary Rae, dressed in his WWII-era CAP uniform,
addressed CAP’s WWII history and current cadet programs. Capt. Neil Schmid, of the Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron also addressed aviation and CAP operations.
Wing Historian and Government Relations Advisor Maj.
Todd Epp who arranged and coordinated the event also
spoke about the history of the CAP and of the South
Dakota Wing. The Sioux Falls based Cessna-7 and Wing Commander Col. John Seten gets set for his
“glass cockpit” Cessna-8 were in the hangar for filming. interview with SD Public Television.
Later Maj. Todd Epp commented, “This is a great opportunity for the Wing to get some excellent exposure and celebrate what we have done and what we do.”
In addition, Chaplain Rae spoke about his dad, John “Jack” Rae Jr., who was a WWII era CAP subhunter from Pennsylvania. He flew patrol missions out of CAP’s base in Atlantic City. On his father’s
behalf Chaplain Rae was presented a Congressional Gold Medal from South Dakota’s U.S. Representative
Kristi Noem at the wing conference in April posthumously recognizing his father’s courage. The segment
SDPB shot in Sioux Falls aired on Dakota Life at 8 p.m. on
 April on SDPB-. It is available online at sdpb.org.

Capt. Neil Schmid, a member of the Sioux Falls
Composite Squadron, gives an overview of CAP
flight operations.



Wing Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Gary Rae, dressed in
his World War II era CAP uniform, prepares to
be interviewed.



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EXERCISE “CONSTANT WATCH-15”
By Capt. Jerry Gabert, CAP
Wing Communications Officer

The South Dakota Wing participated in the
Civil Air Patrol’s National Communications
Exercise “Constant Watch 15” on Friday and
Saturday, the 15th and 16th of May. This exercise
is held annually to test CAP’s ability to pass messages throughout the nation on long-range high
frequency (HF) radio. This year we were also
allowed to pass messages from HF operators to
other units over short range very high frequency
(VHF) radios. The South Dakota Wing’s portion of
the exercise was organized and directed by Capt.
Jerry Gabert, Wing Director of Communications.
The overall exercise began on the afternoon
of 15 May Friday.
Several SDWG radio
operators participated
on Friday afternoon
and evening. Capt.
Jerry Gabert and Lt.
Rob Hinkhouse of
Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron, checked
in on an HF radio in
Sioux Falls. Lt. Todd
Dravland of Pierre
Lt. Hinkhouse passes message Composite Squadron
traffic during the exercise.
checked in on his HF
radio in Pierre. SM
Jeff Shawd of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
operated his HF radio in Valley Springs and took
several Whiskey Tango (numerically encoded)
messages and successfully entered them into the

Mission Pilot Capt. Neil Schmid and Mission Observer
Maj. Elliott Filler prepare for their airborne repeater
mission.



The Sioux Falls Mission Base crew prepares for the
exercise.

CAP computer system. Lt. Col. Dave Jefferies
of Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid City
checked in from his mobile HF radio and took
Whiskey Tango messages while also volunteering
with the Red Cross at Delmont, SD. The weather
conditions were not conducive for HF reception
due to the thunderstorms passing through the
western part of the state but we still managed to
successfully pass some messages.
Capt. Gabert and Lt. Hinkhouse were also
busy on Friday night planning messages to send
on Saturday. They made up a practice decoder to
simulate sending coded messages and then formulated several coded messages.
On Saturday morning the exercise was expanded
to include an airborne radio signal repeater. The
airborne repeater was carried in the Sioux Falls
Composite Squadron’s Cessna-182 piloted by
Capt. Neil Schmid with Maj. Elliott Filler as the
Mission Observer. Through the airborne radio
signal repeater we were able to establish communications from Sioux Falls to Brookings, from
Brookings to Valley Springs, from Valley Springs
to Sioux Falls, and from Pierre to Delmont.
SDWG members that participated on Saturday
were Lt. Col. Mark Huntington, Lt. Rob Hinkhouse,
Capt. Jerry Foy, Capt. Jerry Gabert and Cadet Eric
Ortega and Cadet Airman Oscar Holmberg at the
Continued on page . . .



3,000 HOURS, AN AVIATION MILESTONE
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
SDWG Public Affairs Officer

Civil Air Patrol pilot Lt. Col.
Greg Lair, a resident of Sioux
Falls and member of the Sioux
Falls Composite Squadron of
CAP’s South Dakota Wing,
achieved a significant aviation
milestone. In his day job, Greg is
USAF Colonel Lair, Operations
Group Commander of the 4th
Fighter Wing of the SDANG.
In March he and USAF Lt.
Col. Eric Knutson, completed
,000 career flight hours in the
F-6 Fighting Falcon when they
landed after a training sortie at
Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls.
Lt. Col. Knutson (left) and Col. Lair (right) pose following their milestone flight.
Upon landing they were met by
family members, friends and
member of the SDANG to have reached this
SDANG colleagues who congratulated them.
milestone.
Firefighters from the 4th Fighter Wing gave the
“The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol
pilots a traditional “wetting down” by spraying
is honored to have Lt. Col. Lair as a member. His
them with water from their fire trucks.
According to the Public Affairs Office of the experience as an Air Force pilot is of great value
4th Fighter Wing, so far only 60 military pilots to our organization.” said Colonel John Seten the
have reached ,000 flying hours in the F-6 fighter Wing Commander for the SD Civil Air Patrol.
When not on duty with the South Dakota Air
jet. In addition to Col. Lair and Lt. Col. Knutson,
National Guard or flying for the Civil Air Patrol,
the commander of the 75th Fighter Squadron,
Greg Lair is a pilot for United Airlines. USAF Lt.
Lt. Col. Todd Sheridan, is the only other current
Col. Eric Knutson is Chief of Safety at the SDANG
4th Fighter Wing.

Col. Lair and daughter Julia, currently a CAP Cadet
Senior Master Sgt., who assisted in the wetting down
ceremony for her father.

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Lt. Col. Knutson (left) and Col. Lair (right)
congratulate each other after landing.

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FILL ‘ER UP, SIR?
Son Refuels Dad’s Fighter Jet 23 Years Later
By Senior Member Ronald Evenson, CAP
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron

From 99 to 99, I was
a U.S. Air Force Captain stationed at Kunsan Air Base in
the Republic of Korea. I had an
F-6 assigned to me. In keeping
with tradition my name was
painted on the canopy frame as
pilot. The aircraft tail number
was 86-0.
Sometime after I left South
Korea my F-6 was transferred
to Eielson Air Force Base in
Alaska. There it was assigned
to the 8th Aggressor Squadron
of the 54th fighter Wing and
repainted in colors that mimic
Russian fighter jets. The
Aggressor Squadron flies in
the style of foreign air forces
to train USAF combat pilots
and joint and allied aircrews

Then USAF Captain Ron Evenson
poses with his F-16 at Kunsan Air
Base, South Korea

5

USAF Captain Evenson poses with his father’s former F-16 at Eielson
AFB, Alaska

Then USAF Captain Ron Evenson poses with his F-16 at Kunsan Air Base,
South Korea

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Fill ‘er up, Sir
Continued . . .

through challenging, realistic
threat scenarios.
A few months back in 05,
my middle son, currently an
Air Force Captain and pilot of a
KC-5R tanker, was on temporary duty at Eielson AFB. While
there he flew a mission that
included refueling Aggressor
Squadron F-6, Tail Number
0, not knowing it previously
was my jet.
My son happened to call to
me during his temporary duty at
Eielson AFB. Knowing that my
F-6 had been transferred there
I told him to keep an eye out
for my former jet. He shuffled
through some paperwork then
remarked that he had refueled
“my” F-6 a few days earlier.
He was able to coordinate
with the base photo shop and
they took some pictures of him
next to the jet on the ramp.
A thousand of miles apart
and  years in the making,
my jet with my son next to it,
encountered on a chance visit.
What were the odds?
I retired from the Air Force
as a Lieutenant Colonel. When
I joined CAP they counted
much of my military service
and assigned me a joining date
of December 997. Based on
my prior military experience I
expect shortly to be appointed
to the grade of CAP Lieutenant
Colonel. All three of our sons
currently serve in the military
and all three have been in the
Civil Air Patrol.

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FROM CAP CADET TO
NAVY SEAMAN
By Lt. Col. Linda Buechler, CAP
Wing Director of Cadet Programs

Lt. Col. Linda
Buechler and
family attended
her grandson’s
( B r a n d o n
Purkapile)
graduation from
Great Lakes
Naval Training
Center, Chicago,
Ill, on Friday,
September 4,
05. Seaman
Recruit Purkapile
was a cadet
member of Sioux
Falls Composite
Squadron from
008-009 with
the rank of
Cadet Airman.
Brandon said
CAP training
through encampment, cadet curriculum, and the
physical training
helped him prepare for training
with the Navy U.S. Navy Recruit Brandon Purkapile poses with his
Grandmother, CAP Lt. Col. Linda Buechler.
and military life.
After some
additional training Brandon will go to the fleet for a month to decide
what his military occupational specialty will be. Currently he is
thinking of training as a Gunner’s Mate. The training focuses on the
operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of naval guns, missile
launchers and torpedoes as well as a strong emphasis on basic explosives, guidance and tracking systems, small arms, Naval ammunition
classification, and safety. Upon completion of this training, seamen
often continue on to a specialized school, where they learn a particular weapons system.

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“Let’s Fly Mom”
By Capt. Karla West, CAP
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron
While other teenagers were learning how to drive, Brandon West was
learning to fly. Now, the Brandon
Valley High School graduate is on
a quest to fly to all 7 public-use
airports in South Dakota. Only five
pilots have completed that feat since
the South Dakota Pilots Association
started its “FLY South Dakota
Airports!” award program in 00. The South Dakota Pilots Association
FLY South Dakota Airports! Passport
“He would be by the far the youngest (Logbook).
person to complete it,” said Steve
Hamilton, executive director of the South Dakota Pilots Association. The average time it takes to complete the program is three to four years.
West isn’t flying alone. His mother, CAP Capt. Karla West, has been along
Cadet Maj. Brandon West. Photo for every takeoff and landing. They were introduced to Civil Air Patrol when
by Joe Ahlquist/Argus Leader
Brandon was thirteen years old. He went to his first meeting and was hooked.
Media.
According to Karla, “As we both learned more about this unique organization
that trained its members in search and rescue, we jumped in with both feet.”
Each Civil Air Patrol cadet is offered 0 orientation flights before he or she turns 8. Most cadets spread their
flights over several years, but Brandon, who was  at the
time, took much less time. Within the first month Brandon
flew on his first orientation flight in a small airplane and
was hooked on flying.
The subject of flying lessons came up after that first
flight but it was not until his second year of high school
that he actively began to pursue this dream. We went to
Legacy Aviation, a flight school in Tea, SD to learn more
about flying lessons. There is no minimum age required
for flight lessons, but the Federal Aviation Administration

Brandon has already earned the FLY South Dakota
Airports! Patch with 20 Airports Tab.

Brandon’s next goal, the FLY South Dakota Airports!
Patch with 40 Airports Tab.

8

Map showing the location of all public-use airports in
South Dakota.

8

does require students to be at least 6 before taking solo
flights and at least 7 before getting a private pilot’s
license. Brandon began training for his private pilot’s
license in June 0 at age 6, thanks in large part to a
CAP flight scholarship.
His flight instructor, Jordan Hall, said he was the
first person to give Brandon an orientation flight in
the Civil Air Patrol. After receiving his private pilot’s
license in September 0, Brandon went to work for
Hall at Legacy Aviation in Tea, where he still works.
Earning a private pilot’s license was only the first step
for Brandon. Having just passed his instrument rating he
is now looking forward to getting his commercial rating.
As the mom who sat at the airport observing his
every take-off and landing, I was honored, but a little
scared, to be the first passenger with him after he
received his license. I was amazed to see him in the
pilot’s seat; he was not the typical teenager, but a serious (Brandon with CAP Aircraft.jpg)
Cadet Maj. Brandon West stands next to a CAP Cessnayoung man - a pilot who understood the responsibility 182. Photo by Joe Ahlquist/Argus Leader Media.
that comes with being in control of an aircraft.
Next was his goal of being certified to fly for the
Civil Air Patrol. He completed the numerous requirements to become qualified to fly CAP aircraft. After 00 hours
of flying he qualified as a CAP transport mission pilot. Now he is looking forward to qualifying as a CAP Search
and Rescue Mission Pilot.
Working at Legacy Aviation and being in CAP has given Brandon opportunities that many young people never
experience. Many of the pilots he met at work have offered him invaluable advice, and some have even trusted
him to fly their planes. One such adventure stands out: after an afternoon of flying, we went to chat with some of
his mentors at the airport, and they offered us a ride in their Beechcraft A6 Bonanza (the Cadillac of the skies).
Not being one to pass up a ride in a plane, Brandon eagerly accepted. As we were getting in the plane, the owner
stopped Brandon and said, “You’re pilot-in-command.” Never have I seen a bigger smile on his face than when his
friend gave him such an awesome experience.
As most Moms can tell you, finding things to do together with a teenage boy is not easy; most teenagers want
to spend as little time with their Mom as possible. I am proud to say that my son is not that typical teenager. For my
birthday he bought me a pink flying headset and said “let’s fly Mom.”
As his High School graduation approached, we struggled to decide what to get him knowing all he wanted
was to fly. I had heard about the “Fly South Dakota Airports” program from a fellow CAP member who had just
completed it and it sounded interesting. The program is sponsored by the South Dakota Pilots Association. The
program has three levels: Bronze for landing at 0 airports, silver for landing at 40 airports, and gold for landing
at all 7 of South Dakota’s public-use airports. In addition there are requirements for attendance at FAA aviation
safety seminars and visits to South Dakota museums that have aviation themed displays. A stamp and signature is
entered into a logbook called a “passport” at each airport, seminar and museum.
As graduation rolled around, he decided to set forth on the journey to complete the program. We took a major trip to
the west side of the state this past summer landing at  airports all over the Black Hills. The most interesting airport was
the small one inside Custer State Park. Landing with herds of buffalo just to the side of us was an amazing experience. At
the time I write this, we have landed at 9 airports. One more and Brandon qualifies for the Silver Level Award.
Brandon has been very lucky in realizing his dream, thanks in large part to the support system in CAP and
working at a job that gives him access to numerous aviation learning opportunities as well as the money to spend on
his passion. “I absolutely love it,” Brandon said.
He hopes to inspire other young people to never give up on their dream of taking to the skies. The hobby of
flying does take a tremendous amount of time and money but it is well worth the effort.

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“MOUNTAIN FURY”
South Dakota CAP Trains in Mountain Search Flying
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing Public Affairs officer

In mid-September, eleven
Civil Air Patrol pilots from
across the South Dakota Wing
participated in “Mountain Fury”,
CAP’s Mountain Search Pilot
Course. The purpose of the
course was to train CAP Mission
Pilots to be mountain-qualified
CAP Mission Pilots. The activity was directed by Maj. Craig
Goodrich, Commander of the
Rushmore Composite Squadron
in Rapid City. Day one and part
of day two were spent in classes
on the physics, skills, techniques
and perils of mountain flying.
The classroom training was at
the Crazy Horse Composite
Squadron Headquarters in Two CAP pilots prepare for a Mountain Fury training flight.
Custer. Classroom instruction
was held on high altitude flying
the Custer County Airport at Custer. Each mission
by Capt. Josh Hall, mountain weather by Maj. Craig
pilot flew four mission training sorties. Although
Goodrich, mountain flying by Col. Mike Beason
the elevation of the Black Hills of South Dakota
and mountain searching by Capt. Matt Meert.
The rest of day two and day three were spent do not provide the kind of mountainous terrain
flying training sorties. Flight operations were at that other mountain states provide, many of the
Mountain Fury aircraft undergoing pre-flight checks.





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Mountain Fury

Continued . . .

Constant Watch-15
Continued from page . . .

Col. Mike Beason prepares a Mountain Fury training
flight.

sorties were flown at 0,000 feet with reduced
power settings to simulate “real” mountain flying.
Plus, Custer County Airport and Custer State Park
Airport are no walk-in-the-park - a pilot must be
thinking about mountain flying to safely operate in
and out of these challenging airports. A total of 5
sorties were flown during the training with seven
of the pilots earning or renewing their Mountain
Flying Certification.
Capt. Kurt Johnson of the Sioux Falls
Composite Squadron, one of the mission pilots that
went through the training said, “I personally gained
a great deal of experience and respect for operating
safely in “hot and high” environments. Our aircraft
take on a whole new set of flight characteristics
under these conditions. As pilots, we all read about
this...but, the practical experience provided in this
clinic was priceless! I feel no mission pilot should
fly in mountainous terrain without this training and
practical experience!”
Maj. Goodrich remarked, “Everyone stepped
in to help with meals, cleanup, sortie management, and watching over safety. I especially want
to thank the First Baptist Church of Custer, who
operates Camp Victory, across the road from the
airport, for their hospitality in allowing us to use
their facilities for lodging and meals. The nearly
perfect weather, camaraderie, and storytelling
around the campfire each night helped make this
weekend a great event.”


SM Shawd at his awesome radio shack in Valley
Springs.

Sioux Falls Mission Base, Capt. Shannon Hofer,
Cadet Lt. Col. Joshua Klosterman and Cadet Capt.
Tyler Gross at the Brookings Mission Base, Lt.
Col. Tam Gatje and Lt. Todd Dravland in Pierre,
SM Jeff Shawd in Valley Springs and Lt. Col.
Dave Jefferies in Delmont.
Many practice coded messages were sent
between Sioux Falls, Brookings and Valley Springs.
The messages were then deciphered by the receiving station and verified by the sending station.
Overall this was a very successful communications exercise. There were a few unexpected
obstacles we needed to work around such as the
stormy weather, a few technical difficulties, and
one of our key HF operators being called for Red
Cross disaster duties. Lt. Col. Jefferies found a
way around that
by operating the
mobile HF radio
in his vehicle
when he was
not on his Red
Cross duty shift.
Thanks to all who
participated and
hope to expand
our participation
in the Constant
Watch exercise
next year.
SM Shawd preps his HF antenna
for exercise Constant Watch-15.



NATIONAL CADET SPECIAL
ACTIVITY

Engineering-Technology Academy
(Robotics)
By Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Josiah Huntington, CAP
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron

From 6 July 6 to  August, I was at U.S.
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
attending the Engineering-Technology Academy
in Robotics, one of CAP’s National Cadet Special
Activities (NCSA) emphasizing where science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
This is the first year that this robotics NCSA has
existed; it was set up by Activities Director CAP
Lt. Col. John DiGiantomasso. The purpose of the
activity was to learn the basics of robotics, programming, construction and support.
I arrived at the airport where there were senior
members waiting to pick up cadets as they showed
up. Once we got to Camp Pendleton we were given

The logo of CAP’s NCSA
Engineering-Technology Academy.

our NCSA t-shirts and assigned to one of six teams
(each consisted of four students and one team lead,
an experienced cadet mentor).
Over the course of the week we:
Explored techniques to engineer solid and
durable structures
Built custom bridges that optimized load
capability and weight, and tested them to
point of failure
Experimented with gearing for torque and
speed
Constructed linkages to convert motion from
one form to another
Adapted a common robotic platform to per-

2015 E-Tech (Robotics) Students and Staff tour a Navy LCAC.

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Each team battles for victory in robot wars.

form multiple tasks
Utilize Computer Aided Design software to
experiment, prototype, and document our
work
Engineered and constructed our own remote
controlled racing robot
Wrote programs allow our bot to operate fully
autonomously and interact with others at a

Brainstorming to create the ultimate robot.

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“Robot Party”
Designed and built a robotic fly-by-wire
airplane cockpit demonstrator
Engineered, constructed, and operated a
“Combat Robot” to try to defeat all our
rivals in the ring
The first activities that we did included learning about origami and building balsa wood bridges.
After that each team received an identical
set of state-of-the-art “Mindstorms EV”
components to create several different
robots throughout the week. Each project
consisted of a quick presentation of information that we would need to know, and
then we had a few hours to come up with
a design and build it. We would then have
a competition comparing the design, function, and overall looks of our creations.
There was also a week-long creative project where we were free to design and build
a robot that did something amazing to
impress the other teams. Every member of
Continued on page . . .

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HIGHMORE

Municipal Airport
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Broke Arrow
S Ranch

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Chief Jeff Miller & Staff are proud to
support the Civil Air Patrol.

201 Prospect Ave.

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st

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605-882-2371
We salute the C.A.P.!
1022 6th St. S.E.



Watertown

is proud to help support the Civil
Air Patrol. Keep up the good job!

Witten • South Dakota

605-879-2277

11198 272nd Ave.
McLaughlin, SD 57642

823-4892

Ree Heights Real Estate Service
Thank you C.A.P. for your lifesaving
efforts. Good luck to the Cadets!

943-5597

ALL AMERICAN FOOD
Benita Baus thanks the Civil Air Patrol
for their many fine efforts.

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1405 E. Wells Ave.
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(605)224-7580 office
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856-4416

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and Staff proudly salute
and support the
lifesaving efforts of our
South Dakota Civil Air Patrol!

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605-823-4407

888-326-9693

Brookings Police Dept.

of Mitchell

206-0481
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C.A.P.!
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262-3667
708 S. Melgaard Rd.

Aberdeen
We are proud to support the volunteers
of the Civil Air Patrol...Great Work!
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Heraldry of the

SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Assistant Wing Historian

The Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, CAP
designation NCR-SD-050, is located in Sioux
Falls, SD. It is one of six squadrons in the South
Dakota Wing.
The squadron is named after the city where it
is located. The squadron is one of the oldest in the
South Dakota Wing and can document its lineage
to 950 and, anecdotally to 94, when it was the
location of one of the eight Area Group Commands
in the South Dakota Wing.
The squadron’s distinctive unit patch is in the
traditional shape of a shield with a scroll at the bottom bearing an abbreviated form of the squadron’s
name. The patch is outlined in white. At the top
of the shield is a horizontal black bar bearing the
Civil Air Patrol motto “Vigilant Always” in Latin
in white. Below the black bar is a nose-on view of
a Cessna aircraft in Civil Air Patrol colors flying

through the vivid hues of a South
Dakota evening. Below the aircraft is an abbreviated form of
the squadron’s CAP designator.
Horizontally, just below the center of the shield is a depiction of
the Sioux Falls skyline. The brown and blue area
below the skyline represents the waterfall on the
Sioux River. At the bottom of the shield is a composite of an older version of the Civil Air Patrol’s
winged logo over stylized Air Force style wings.
This symbolizes that the Civil Air Patrol is the
official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.
The squadron patch was designed in 006
by Lt. Col. Rick Larson and the then Squadron
Public Affairs Officer Lt. Shawn Anderson. It was
approved for wear shortly thereafter.

NCSA
Continued from page . . .

every team gained hands-on experience in designing, testing, building, operating, and documenting
their robotic builds throughout the week.
The robots we created include a candy grabbing
robot, remote controlled racing robots, an airplane
with a functioning cockpit and control surfaces
(but it didn’t fly), a fully autonomous party robot,
and a remote control wrestling robot.
During the week we did have some fun activities outside of the class room. We were able to
get a tour of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(the center for robotic exploration of space), then
we visited the Griffith Observatory. We were also
able to tour the U.S. Navy’s Landing Craft Air
Cushioned (LCAC) base nearby, and we spent an
evening at the beach (including a beach BBQ).
Over all it was an amazing week, we learned
about robots, we built robots, we were able to have
some fun activities outside of the classroom, and
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Turning a design concept into reality.

we were able to meet Civil Air Patrol people from
all around the US (we even had a cadet from Puerto
Rico). If you are a cadet reading this who hasn’t
yet attended a NCSA, I would strongly urge you to
check them out and try to go to one next year (you
will have to attend one encampment before you
can attend a NCSA). Also, if you are interested in
robotics, engineering, or just STEM in general, I
suggest checking out E-Tech Robotics.
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Propane & Well Service
564-2173
Lodgepole

Dakota Kennels

87 7th Street, Aberdeen

605-865-3481
P.O. Box 404
Timber Lake,SD 57656

Beef Products, Inc.
891 Two Rivers Dr., Dakota Dunes

605-217-8000

229-1126

RONALD L. HINS
is proud to salute the C.A.P.
in their lifesaving missions.

Blackhills Aerial Adventures, Inc.

Www.OctaFlex.Com

Paul Huffman
- Owner www.lemmonlivestock.com Our Staff Proudly

P.O. Box 477, Lemmon, SD 57638

Salutes the C.A.P.!

24564 U.S. Hwy., 16-385, Custer
673-2163 Saluting Civil Air Patrol!
Brides Expressions & Floral
806 Jenson Ave., S.E., Watertown
882-1010
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SLUDGE’S

sludgesseed.com

Seed & Spraying, LLC

472-3100

38598 165th St., Ashton

823 54 St. S.W.

Northern Electric Cooperative
P.O. Box 457, Bath, SD 57427
605-225-0310
www.northernelectric.coop

Heavy Hauling Hvy Haulers
3 Wellington Court, Mount Holly
607-437-7245

Wayne Willman
of Gann Valley is a proud
supporter of S.D. Civil Air Patrol!

Dakota Electronics

423 County Rd. 19 South, Aberdeen
Proudly supporting C.A.P.! 225-1672

envirotechwaste.com
605.224.4804
4010 SD Hwy. 34, Pierre

Electric

Motors &
Moore, Inc.

th

Watertown
882-4028

DRAYER
ESTATES CONTRACTING
P.O. Box 410, Murdo, SD 57559

Cool Spot
605-223-9062

201 N. 1st St., Fort Pierre, SD

Hick’s Mowers

448-5600 Salutes C.A.P.!
P.O. Box 2, Britton, SD 57430

Prairie Tool Co.
225-4028

723 Commerce St., Aberdeen

Schumacher’s

Pullman Well Drilling • Wolsey

110 Commercial Ave., Wolsey 605-883-4554
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Free Estimates Call: 883-4532
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Custom Boots & Saddles

605-226-2492

www.heftyseed.com
38352 U.S. Hwy. 12 • Aberdeen
Pigors Trucking, LLC
4050 4nd Street
Groton We support C.A.P.!
605-395-6535

Premier Equipment, LLC
466-2119 210 S. Hwy. 20, Isabel

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Diagnostic & interventional raDiology

807 Dakota Ave. S., Huron

605-352-7070 Supporting CAP!

Gettysburg Police Department

Rosebud Aviation

proudly salutes Civil Air Patrol!
109 E. Commercial Ave., Gettysburg/765-9600

169 N. Ash Ave., Draper
605-669-2420

Carpet Cleaners
4 7th Avenue S.W.
Aberdeen . . . . . . . (605) 5-6866

Oahe Veterinary Hospital

Marina & Resort
605-845-9129

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724-2323
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Repair

2201 6th Ave. S.E., Ste. 1, Aberdeen
81 Kwik Stop

Danette Peterson

605-835-9623
322 W. 6th St., Gregory

w

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605-229-4582

103 5th St. S.E., Watertown
605-886-9563

Truh Family Practice

995-2246

23 S. Dakota, Aberdeen
Ink Spot Tatoo & Body Piercing
229-7400 Saluting CAP!

In Memory of Dave Bass

Dr. Carey Buhler

Karst Car Care

Lemmon Municipal Airport
701-376-3259
202 26th St. S.E., Lemmon
We Support the C.A.P.!

Specker Enterprises

G & R Body Shop
600 E. Grand Xing, Mobridge
605-845-7067

COMMON SENSE MFG., INC.
commonsensemfg.com 598-4157
35791 160th St., Faulkton

Boydston Builders
605-949-1448

721 20th St. E., Mobridge
845-3634

2500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre 224-7771

CAMRUD-FOSS CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
3300 EIGHTH STREET SOUTH
MOORHEAD, MN 218-233-0065

Midwest Concrete & Redi Mix
(605) 946-5286

Conteau View Hunts & Labradors
coteauviewhunts.com 610-1559

P.O. Box , Railway St., Corsica, SD 578

40752 144th St., Conde, SD Supporting CAP!

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418 2nd St. N.E., Watertown

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STARLAB INFLATABLE PLANATARIUM
By Capt. Karla West, CAP
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron

Staff Sgt. David Stockinger,
the Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron’s Aerospace
Education Officer, arranged
a cool Aerospace Education
activity for the unit. Mr. Paavo
Rasmussen from the Siouxland
Heritage Museum brought a
portable planetarium to the
squadron meeting.
The Siouxland Heritage
Museum’s website describes the
Starlab experience – Gaze into
the night sky in our portable
planetarium and discover the
secrets of the seasonal constelThe winter night sky over Sioux Falls projected on Starlab’s stardome.

Members of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron and guests about to experience the wonders of Starlab.

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lations. Starlab gives viewers
the tools to begin their own sky
exploration. Starlab encompasses
astronomy and mythology.
Some 40 squadron members and guests were transported through the universe
as Mr. Rasmussen guided us
through the stars of the Northern
Hemisphere as they appear at
this time of year. We were introduced to Greek mythological
characters as we explored how
heroes of the past can be found
The portable Starlab planetarium is set
up in the hangar under the squadron’s
headquarters.

in the night sky as we learned to identify
stars and constellations.
Squadron Commander, Capt. Jason
Erickson said, “What a great thing to
have right at our squadron. It will help
me remember how to identify the constellations and how they came about”.
The squadron thanks Mr. Rasmussen
for transporting, erecting and operating
the Starlab and for his expert navigation
and explanation of the heavens.

The stardome shows the position of the constellations as seen from
Sioux Falls in winter.

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2015 JOINT DAKOTAS
ENCAMPMENT
By Maj. Bruce Kipp, CAP
Wing Public Affairs Officer
With input from Maj. Nick Gengler, Encampment Commander
and Staff Sgt. David Stockinger, Encampment PAO

It was South Dakota’s turn to host the 05
Joint Dakota Encampment from 0-9 July at
the Camp Rapid National Guard facilities in
Rapid City, SD. The encampment’s motto was
“Omnia Vincit Animus” (Courage Conquers
All). The theme for the encampment was “Cadet
Leadership”.
Under the supervision of Encampment
Commander Maj. Nick Gengler and his staff

“Omnia Vincit Animus”
(Courage Conquers All).

of senior members, the cadet staff, from Cadet
Commander down to the Flight Sergeants and
supernumeraries, planned and conducted the
encampment. The focus was on Cadets leading and
teaching cadets.

Cadets learn small arms marksmanship on the
simulator.

Some of the subjects covered were military customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, physical
fitness, firearms training simulator, and night field
training maneuvers. The cadets did some great

Confidence Course exercise.



Confidence course exercise.



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Gettysburg Inn & Suites
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605-352-1300 / 877-552-1300
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www.realestateconnection.biz

719 E. Highway 212, Gettysburg

Dial-A-Haul

Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home

Frohling Law Office

422 5th Ave., Aberdeen

Q

225-0065
Winkler Chiropractic Clinic
605-225-8288 • Aberdeen
803 South Main Street

CenDak Realty, Inc.
725-7000
1205 6th Ave. S.W., # 3, Aberdeen

We proudly support the SD Civil Air Patrol
Lemmon • 374-3805
www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com

605-225-0577
midwestpump.com

12999 386th Ave., Aberdeen

Primrose Retirement Communities
salutes the volunteers of Civil Air Patrol!
6-464

Aberdeen

A-1 Sanitation & Recycling
Free WiFi • Cable TV • Air Conditioned

Compliments of

David Johnson

Keldron, South Dakota

H R 1 STOP
815 N. Main St., Waubay
605-947-4271 Great Job C.A.P.!
LDL Cattle Co.
36168 138TH ST., IPSWICH

605-426-6803
Cone AG AviAtion, LLC
DBA
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4100 Airport rd.

224-1666

pierre

Teton River Traders
GUN SHOP

801 W. Hwy. 14 & 34, Ft. Pierre • 224-1371
Northstar Aviation Insurance, Inc.
1801 23rd Ave. North
Fargo, ND 58105
701-235-2041

HEATING
O ELECTRICMETAL, INC.
& SHEET
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&

125 N. Adam, Winner • 842-1117
Air Dakota Flite

701-567-2069
Hettinger, ND

Myers Flying Service

852-2944

38435 133rd Street
226-2971
Aberdeen

Charles Mix County Sheriff
Randy Thaler and Staff
wish to thank C.A.P., great job!
487-7625 • Lake Andres

605-225-1305

Oak Keg Bottle Shop
845-2985

P.O. Box 909
Aberdeen, SD 57402

605-226-2215

Mobridge

801 E. Grand Xing

Willoughby, Benson & Jacobsen
775-2656

P.O. Box 301, Burke, SD 57523

Compliments of . . .

Don Bice of Winner
Proud to support C.A.P.!

Gas Station
202 6th Ave. S.W.
Aberdeen • 229-2876

4740 6th Ave. S.E., Aberdeen

Big Stone Motel
650 Main St.

862-8118

Big Stone City

Harrold Terminal, LLC

Luce Funeral Home

www.harroldterminal.com

502 E. Commercial, Gettysburg

19723 321st Ave., Harrold
605-875-3278 • 800-626-1554

Todd and Paul Hofer, Doland, SD
are proud to be a part of the
lifesaving efforts of the C.A.P.

Neil Peters
1002 10th Street, Britton

448-5545

We support the C.A.P.!

113 W. Dakota Ave.
224-0206
Pierre
D’s Fast Food & Catering
225-1566
405 N. Hwy 281, Aberdeen

Potter County
Land & Abstract

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Richard D. Fuller & Family

Pierpont Service & Supply
325-3300 • Supporting the C.A.P.!
210 W Main St., Pierpont

765-9637

Meyers Auto, Inc.
225-3809

12812 390th Ave., Aberdeen

Hedahls

We at
are proud to support the Civil Air
Patrol. Keep up the good work!

Security Lock Service

109 N. Exene St., Gettysburg
605-765-2858 Keep up the great work!



15 N. State St., Aberdeen

225-9153

B & H Masonry

Britton

Cabinets Universal

RENT A CAR

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Proudly Salute South Dakota C.A.P.!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

724 Main St.

448-2273

426-6899

P.O. Box 366,
Ipswich, SD 57451

v Joe Kruse v
is proud to salute the
South Dakota Civil Air Patrol!

H

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Civil Engineers & Land Surveyors

225-1212 Toll Free: 1-888-378-4394
221 Brown County Hwy., #19, Aberdeen

Lyle W. Ebert

is Proud to Support
Civil Air Patrol!


Marching in formation.
Tactical problem solving exercise.

Participants tour an SD National Guard helicopter.
Tactical problem solving exercise.

team building exercises at the Leadership Reaction from South Dakota Wing). Wing Commander Col.
Courses at Camp Rapid West. Classroom and field
John Seten and Wing Vice Commander Lt. Col.
training on the skills and techniques of leadership Rick Larson travelled to Camp Rapid for a briefing
were also some of the activities at the encampon Encampment operations and met and spoke
ment. Although the encampment was a high-intenwith the staff and participants.
sity experience for the cadets,
Highlights of the encampfun frequently broke out to
ment was the tour of SD Army
enhance the experience. The
National Guard Helicopters at
facilities in which the cadets
the Army Aviation Support
got a taste of military life such
Facility at the Rapid City
as barracks and a mess hall
Regional Airport, a visit to
were simply outstanding.
the Air and Space Museum
outside Ellsworth AFB, and
Maj. Gengler reports 8
members attended the encampobserving live training at the
Officer Basic Course going
ment:  Senior Members (
from North Dakota Wing and
on at Camp Rapid West for
NCOs that the Army National
9 from South Dakota Wing),
Guard selected to train as
and 59 cadets (6 from North
Officers.
Dakota Wing,  each from
Missouri Wing, Idaho Wing
The 05 Joint Dakota
and Minnesota Wing, and 40 Wing Commander Col. John Seten talks
Encampment ended with a
to encampment staff members.





We are proud to support the men, women and young cadets
that give of themselves to make our state a safer place to live.

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Field training exercise.

Physical fitness activity.

banquet and awards presentation at Ellsworth
AFB. We were pleased to that 0 guests show up
to view the graduation of the cadets. The overall
assessment of the encampment by the staff and
participants, seniors and cadets, was that it was
successful and everyone had a great time. Wing
Commander Seten said, “We had a good turnout
and some very meaningful training during the

encampment. I can tell when an encampment goes
well by both the feedback I receive afterwards and
the number of mishap reports I have to process
- feedback was positive and mishap reports were
few.”
Attendance at an encampment qualifies cadets
to participate in more advanced summer opportunities such as aircraft, glider and hot air balloon flight
academies as well as a wide variety National Cadet
Special Activities. Of course, this year’s general
encampment attendees will have the opportunity to
return next year as cadet staff/instructors.
The South Dakota Wing expresses it grateful
thanks appreciation to the South Dakota National
Guard for the use of their exceptional facilities and
for the cooperation, support and assistance of their
personnel. We offer a special thanks to the staff
of the dining facility who kept our always-hungry
teenagers well fed.

Night maneuvers.

Learning military courtesies.

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Wing Vice Commander Lt. Col. Rick Larson speaks
with encampment attendees.

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Brother’s
Pharmacy

HURON
REGIONAL
AIRPORT

605-692-2088
1004 6th St., Brookings
“We support the Civil Air Patrol!”

Salutes the
Civil Air Patrol.

Shane’s
Pharmacy

605-223-9200
202 Island Dr. #2, Fort Pierre
“Keep up the great work CAP!”

Daily Flights from Huron to Denver

• 24 Hour Physician-Staffed
Emergency Department
• CAREFLIGHT Helicopter Transport
Huron Welcomes CAP
Squadron NCR-SD-052

Northside
Pharmacy
605-352-9222
100 Dakota Ave. N., Huron
“Feel better for less”

www.flygreatlakes.com

305 S. State St. • Aberdeen, SD 57401
www.averastlukes.org

ROB SHERER

Landis Ranch

AIR REPAIR, INC.

We salute the men, women and
cadets of the Civil Air Patrol for
all of their lifesaving efforts!

605-222-0559
Sturgis, SD 49B

13400 Promise Rd.
Mobridge

Trailer Parts & Repair
Sprayed-in Bedliner
Custom Grill Guards

605-845-2591

(605)
845-3787
We are proud
to support the
men & women
of the Civil Air Patrol!

“Ol time blacksmithing
done with a
modern twist!”

“We are proud to support
the men and women of
Civil Air Patrol who give
of themselves so others
may live.” Thanks and
keep up the good work!

807 W. Grand Crossing • Mobridge

www.reubes.com
605-223-2566
888-523-2566
1001 Sale Barn Rd.
Fort Pierre

B & B Auto
Repair
605.352.9325
1159 Dakota
Ave. N.

Huron

SOUTH DAKOTA
WING ROUNDUP
CIVIL AIR PATROL
4275 Airport Rd., Ste. A
Rapid City, SD 57703

PRSRT STD
U.S. POSTAGE

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SALEM OR
PERMIT NO. 526

Serial #1-2015

10 January 2015
CIVIL AIR PATROL SEARCH FOR MISSING PERSON IN LAWRENCE COUNTY
Early on 10 January, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall AFB, Florida notified the South
Dakota Wing that the Lawrence County Office of Emergency Management requested CAP assistance in the
search for a missing person believed to be southeast of Spearfish.
A specially-equipped, Rapid City-based CAP Cessna-182T aircraft was used for the search. The CAP aircrew
consisted of Lt. Col. Gary Hewett (Mission Pilot), Capt. Joshua Hall (Mission Observer) and Maj. David Small,
Jr. (Mission Scanner). The Incident Commander was JD Guigoe of Lawrence County OEM. Col. John Seten
coordinated the CAP activity.
The individual was found alive and all CAP assets were stood down.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in South Dakota in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer
and Spearfish has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal,
state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security,
disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information on SD CAP visit the wing’s website at
http://sdcap.us and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit
www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.

Serial #2-2015

25 January 2015
CIVIL AIR PATROL STATEWIDE SEARCH AND RESCUE TRAINING
Each year the Civil Air Patrol’s South Dakota Wing holds statewide search and rescue training exercises. The
first for 2015 was held Saturday, the 24th of January. The activity is referred to as a “Split SAREX” (Search and
Rescue Exercise), split because coordinated training is conducted simultaneously in the East River and West
River areas. The focus was on training aircrews, ground search teams and command staffs through realistic
search and rescue scenarios that mirror Civil Air Patrol’s real-world activity. All five of the Wing’s aircraft, six
vehicles and 75 officers and cadets took part in the training exercise.
In the West River area an Incident Command Post was set up at the headquarters of the Rushmore Composite
Squadron on Ellsworth AFB. Three CAP aircraft flew search and rescue sorties from the squadron’s hangar at
the Rapid City Regional airport. In addition, one ground search team operated from the squadron headquarters
conducting independent but similar training exercises as the aircraft.
In the East River area, a Staging Base was set up at the headquarters of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron at
the Brookings Airport. Big Sioux’s personnel were joined by aircraft, vehicles and personnel from the Sioux
Falls Composite Squadron. Under the control of Incident Commander Col. Mike Beason at Ellsworth AFB two
CAP aircraft and two ground teams conducted training exercises similar to those in the West River area.
The Split SAREX gave participants the chance to work with Wing units that don’t often have the opportunity to
train together with massed assets. The great benefit from training such as this is teamwork, the coordination
between command staff, aircrews and ground teams. In addition, a great deal of individual skills training was
also accomplished.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in South Dakota in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer
and Spearfish has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal,
state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security,
disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information on SD CAP visit the wing’s website at
http://sdcap.us and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit
www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.

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Photo-1 –CAP aircraft being prepped for flight during the exercise
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Photo-2 - Cadet Radio Operators maintain contact with deployed aircraft and ground search teams

Serial #3-2015

28 January 2015
CADET CYBER-SLEUTHS ADVANCE TO NATIONALS
The cadet cybersecurity team from Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings is heading to the national
finals of the CyberPatriot competition for the fourth year in a row! To earn the all-expenses-paid trip the crack
team of cadet cyber-sleuths placed first in regional round of the competition. The national finals of the
CyberPatriot-VII competition will be held in March in Washington, D.C.
CyberPatriot is a unique educational competition that challenges high-school age youth to resolve real-life
cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals. Created in 2009 by the Air Force Association, the
CyberPatriot competition provides students with hands-on learning about securing computer networks while
educating, and motivating them toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,
disciplines critical to the nation’s future.
In the finals, the only in-person round, the team will compete to defend virtual networks and mobile devices
from a professional aggressor team. The finalists will also face-off in three additional competition components:
Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge, Cisco Networking Challenge, and Digital Forensics Challenge. These
extra challenges broaden the cybersecurity experience and expose teams to new elements of the many career
opportunities available to them. The team will be scored on how quickly and effectively they establish and
maintain secure networks.
The “All Service Division” in which the Brookings cadets compete is made up of Army, Air Force and Marine
Corps Junior ROTC units, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Civil Air Patrol squadrons. In the CyberPatriot-VII
competition there are 1,007 teams in this division.
The 2014 Big Sioux Composite Squadron’s “Big Sioux” cyber-security team consists of Team Captain Cadet
Major Joshua Klosterman of Brandon, Cadet Lieutenant Chris Dinnel, Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Jaden
Petersen, Cadet Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Fleet, all from Lake Benton, MN, and Cadet Lieutenant Laura Rudnik
of Brookings. The team is coached by Capt. Shannon Hofer of Hendricks, MN and mentored by Cadet Captain
Tyler Gross of Volga.
The Air Force Association (AFA), the sponsoring organization, is a non-profit, independent, professional
military and aerospace education association. Its mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and
a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. AFA has 200 chapters nationally
and internationally representing more than 100,000 members. Visit AFA at www.afa.org.
The annual CyberPatriot competition greatly benefits from the support and technical expertise of its presenting
sponsor, the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Other sponsors include Cyber Diamond Sponsors, AT&T Federal,
Cisco, Microsoft, Raytheon, USA Today, the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Secretary of
Defense, Cyber Gold Sponsors URS, Splunk, Symantec Corporation, Cyber Silver Sponsors Air Force Research

Laboratory, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Leidos, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, and University College
of the University of Maryland. For more information about CyberPatriot, go to www.uscyberpatriot.org.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in South Dakota in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer
and Spearfish has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal,
state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security,
disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information on SD CAP visit the wing’s website at
http://sdcap.us and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit
www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.

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The Big Sioux cyber-security team

Serial #4-2015

12 February 2015
SOUTH DAKOTA WING MEETS THE GOVERNOR
Wednesday, February 11th was the Civil Air Patrol’s “Legislative Day” at the State Capitol. Some 50 members
of CAP’s South Dakota Wing, representing all six squadrons, converged on the state capitol where they met
with Governor Daugaard and state legislators. The CAP officers and cadets met with Gov. Daugaard shortly
before Noon and then posed with him on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda for a group photo. Afterwards they
attended the legislative sessions of the House and Senate where they received special recognition when
legislators of both houses gave the CAP members a standing ovation. During the afternoon break in the
legislative sessions CAP hosted a snack for the legislators during which they handed out informational materials
and spoke with them about Civil Air Patrol and what CAP’s South Dakota Wing does for communities, counties
and the state.
Across the nation officers and cadets of each of the 50 Wings of the Civil Air Patrol visited their state’s capitol
to meet their legislators and talk about CAP and how it supports each state. At the national level, senior CAP
officers met with their state’s federal senators and congressmen on the same mission.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in South Dakota in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer
and Spearfish has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal,
state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security,
disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information on SD CAP visit the wing’s website at
http://sdcap.us and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit
www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.

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Officers and cadets of the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol pose with Gov. Daugaard on the steps of
the Capitol Rotunda on 2-11-15.

Serial #5-2015

11 March 2015
CADET CYBER-SLEUTHS AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
A team of cadet cyber-sleuths from the Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings, members of the Civil Air
Patrol’s South Dakota Wing, are competing in the national finals of CyberPatriot-VII which began today in
Washington, D.C. The national finals competition runs from11-15 March.
Team Big Sioux consists of Team Captain C/Maj Joshua Klosterman of Brandon, C/2nd Lt Chris Dinnel,
C/SMSgt Jaden Petersen, C/SSgt Sergeant Nathaniel Fleet, all from Lake Benton, MN, and C/2nd Lt Laura
Rudnik of Brookings. The team is coached by Capt. Shannon Hofer of Hendricks, MN and mentored by Cadet
Captain Tyler Gross of Volga.
During the online qualification rounds the Big Sioux team faced realistic, complex and sophisticated online
computer network threats at their home location seeking out weaknesses in simulated online networks and
working to defend those networks from threat scenarios. The team was scored according to how quickly and
effectively they established and maintained the secure networks.
In recognition of their success, Team Big Sioux earned an all-expenses paid trip to the national finals. In the
finals, the only in-person round, the team will compete to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a
professional aggressor team. The finalists will also face-off in three additional competition components: Digital
Cyber Crime Scene Challenge, Cisco Networking Challenge, and Digital Forensics Challenge. These extra
challenges broaden the cybersecurity experience and expose teams to new elements of the many career
opportunities available to them. The team will be scored on how quickly and effectively they establish and
maintain secure networks.
Civil Air Patrol teams compete in the “All Services Division” which consists of teams from Army, Air Force
and Marine Corps Junior ROTC units, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and CAP. Only the top two teams in
each category of the All Services Division go to the national finals. Thirteen teams will compete in the All
Service Division; two each from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force JROTC and the Sea Cadets, two
CAP teams and one wildcard team.
In last year’s CyberPatriot-VI competition the Big Sioux cyber-security team made it to the national finals
where they placed seventh overall, no mean achievement considering 864 teams competed in the All-Service
Division. However, Team Big Sioux won first place among the 320 Civil Air Patrol teams competing. In
recognition of this achievement the Air Force Association presented the team with the CAP Champion Award.
CyberPatriot is a unique educational competition that challenges high school students to resolve real-life cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals. Created in 2009 by the Air Force Association, the
CyberPatriot competition provides students with hands-on learning about securing computer networks while

educating, and motivating them toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,
disciplines critical to the nation’s future.
The Air Force Association (AFA), the sponsoring organization, is a non-profit, independent, professional
military and aerospace education association. Its mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and
a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. AFA has 200 chapters nationally
and internationally representing more than 100,000 members.
The annual CyberPatriot competition greatly benefits from the support and technical expertise of its presenting
sponsor, the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Other sponsors include Cyber Diamond Sponsors, AT&T Federal,
Cisco, Microsoft, Raytheon, USA Today, the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Secretary of
Defense, Cyber Gold Sponsors URS, Splunk, Symantec Corporation, Cyber Silver Sponsors Air Force Research
Laboratory, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Leidos, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, and University College
of the University of Maryland. For more information about CyberPatriot, go to www.uscyberpatriot.org.

The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and county
governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief,
humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions.
For information visit:
Wing website at http://sdcap.us,
Wing Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP,
Wing Twitter at @SDWingCAP
Wing photos on Flickr at https://twiter.com/photos/102270464@N02/sets.
For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which
consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian
employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland
search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an
average of 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug
interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen additionally play a leading role in aerospace
education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Civil Air Patrol
received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered
74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach
about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Serial #6-2015

13 March 2015
CAP OFFICER INDUCTED INTO ENGINEERING ORDER
First Lieutenant Victoria Bierwirth of the Crazy Horse Composite Squadron in Custer, a member of the Civil
Air Patrol’s South Dakota Wing, was inducted into the Order of the Engineer at a ceremony on 17 February at
the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Lt. Bierwirth will graduate in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering with
minors in Geospatial Technology and German. If all goes as planned, she will pursue a Master of Science
degree in Groundwater Management in Germany beginning in 2016.
The Order of the Engineer was founded in the United States to foster pride, dedication and responsibility to the
engineering profession. The first induction ceremony was held in 1970. Since then, induction ceremonies have
been held across the U.S. at which graduate and registered engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of the
Engineer, an ethical code of an engineer's responsibilities to the profession and to the public.
Upon induction the individual is presented with a stainless steel engineer’s ring to present to the public a visible
symbol identifying the engineer. In the United States the ring is worn on the fifth finger of the working hand.
South Dakota is within Region III of the Order. The chapter (called a Link) at the South Dakota School of
Mines and Technology was established in 1980.
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Photo-1 Caption: The logo of the Order of the Engineer.
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Photo-2 Caption: The Oath Certificate and Steel Ring of the Order of the Engineer
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Photo-3 Caption: CAP Lt. Victoria Bierwirth wearing her Engineer’s Ring.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and county
governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief,
humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions.
For information visit:
Wing website at http://sdcap.us,
Wing Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP,
Wing Twitter at @SDWingCAP
Wing photos on Flickr at https://twiter.com/photos/102270464@N02/sets.
For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which
consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian
employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland
search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an
average of 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug
interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen additionally play a leading role in aerospace
education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Civil Air Patrol
received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered
74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach
about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Serial #7-2015

18 December 2015
CIVIL AIR PATROL PILOT HITS AVIATION MILESTONE
Civil Air Patrol pilot Lt. Col. Greg Lair, a resident of Sioux Falls and member of the Sioux Falls Composite
Squadron of CAP’s South Dakota Wing, achieved a significant aviation milestone. In his day job, Greg is
USAF Col. Lair, Operations Group Commander of the 114th Fighter Wing of the SDANG.
On 11 March he and USAF Lt. Col. Eric Knutson, completed 3,000 career flight hours in the F-16 Fighting
Falcon when they landed after a training sortie at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls. Upon landing they were met by
family members, friends and SDANG colleagues who congratulated them. Firefighters from the 114 th Fighter
Wing gave the pilots a traditional “wetting down” by spraying them with water from their fire trucks.
According to the Public Affairs Office of the 114th Fighter Wing, so far only 260 military pilots have reached
3,000 flying hours in the F-16 fighter jet. In addition to Col. Lair and Lt. Col. Knutson, the commander of the
175th Fighter Squadron, Lt. Col. Todd Sheridan, is the only other current member of the SDANG to have
reached this milestone.
“The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is honored to have Lt. Col. Lair as a member. His experience as
an Air Force pilot is of great value to our organization.” said Colonel John Seten the Wing Commander for the
SD Civil Air Patrol.
When not on duty with the South Dakota Air National Guard or flying for the Civil Air Patrol, Greg Lair is a
pilot for United Airlines. USAF Lt. Col. Eric Knutson is Chief of Safety at the SDANG 114th Fighter Wing.
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Caption: Lt. Col. Knutson (left) and Col. Lair (right) congratulate each other after landing.
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Caption – Lt. Col. Knutson (left) and Col. Lair (right) pose following their milestone flight.
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Caption – Col. Lair and daughter Julia, a CAP Cadet Staff Sergeant, who assisted in the wetting down
ceremony for her father.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and county
governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief,
humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions.

For information visit:
Wing website at http://sdcap.us,
Wing Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP,
Wing Twitter at @SDWingCAP
Wing photos on Flickr at https://twiter.com/photos/102270464@N02/sets.
For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which
consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian
employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland
search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an
average of 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug
interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen additionally play a leading role in aerospace
education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Civil Air Patrol
received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered
74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach
about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Serial #8-2015

16 March 2015
CAP’s Team Big Sioux Wins Second Place in National CyberPatriot-VII
The cadet cyber-security team of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings, part of the Civil Air Patrol’s
South Dakota Wing, won second place in the national finals of the Air Force Association’s seventh annual
CyberPatriot Competition held in Washington, D.C. from 11-15 March. In addition, they were the top Civil Air
Patrol team in the competition.
The team from Brookings competed in the “All Service Division” national finals for the fourth year in a row
against teams from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Junior ROTC programs, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps
and the Civil Air Patrol. In CyberPatriot-VII 1,007 teams competed in the All Services Division, 400 teams
from CAP units. Only the top two teams from each organization in the All Services Division got to go to the
national finals. “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of the Big Sioux squadron in their pursuit of
being the top team in the competition. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into preparation for this
competition and to be the top Civil Air Patrol team in the nation is no easy feat.” Said Colonel John Seten, the
Wing Commander of the South Dakota Civil Air Patrol.
In the national finals 28 teams, 13 from the All Service Division, competed to defend virtual networks and
mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The national finalists also faced off in four additional
competition components: the Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge from the Digital Forensic Consortium, the
Cisco Networking Challenge, the Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge and a Mobile Application Challenge
hosted by AT&T. The teams were scored on how quickly and effectively they established and maintained
secure networks.
Team Big Sioux consists of Team Captain C/Maj Joshua Klosterman of Brandon, C/2nd Lt Chris Dinnel,
C/CMSgt Jaden Petersen and C/TSgt Sergeant Nathaniel Fleet, all from Lake Benton, MN, and C/2nd Lt Laura
Rudnik of Brookings. The team is coached by Capt. Shannon Hofer of Hendricks, MN, who is the Big Sioux
Composite Squadron commander as well as the South Dakota Wing's Director of Information Technology and
Web Security Administrator and mentored by Cadet Captain Tyler Gross of Volga.
CyberPatriot VII began last October with more than 2,100 teams from all 50 states, Canada and Department of
Defense dependent schools in Europe and the Pacific. After two months of rigorous online challenges, the Open
Division and All Service Division teams were divided into three tiers: Platinum, Gold and Silver. Team Big
Sioux was placed in the Platinum Tier. The teams continued to compete within their tiers for state awards and
advancement to the regional/category round. Only teams in the top Platinum tier were eligible to advance to
national finals competition.
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Photo – Team Big Sioux at the awards ceremony of the national CyberPatriot-VII competition. (L-R) Col. Larry
Ragland, National Headquarters Chief of Staff, C/Maj Joshua Klosterman, C/CMSgt Jaden Petersen, C/2nd Lt
Laura Rudnik, C/2nd Lt Chris Dinnel, C/TSgt Sergeant Nathaniel Fleet.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and county
governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief,
humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions.
For information visit:
Wing website at http://sdcap.us,
Wing Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP,
Wing Twitter at @SDWingCAP
Wing photos on Flickr at https://twiter.com/photos/102270464@N02/sets.
For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which
consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian
employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland
search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an
average of 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug
interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen additionally play a leading role in aerospace
education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Civil Air Patrol
received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered
74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach
about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Serial #9-2015

21 March 2015
CIVIL AIR PATROL CONDUCTING SEARCH AND RESCUE TRAINING
The Civil Air Patrol’s South Dakota Wing is conducting a training exercise today. The activity is referred to as
a SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise). The focus is training aircrews, ground search teams and the command
staff to react to a simulated emergency services situation. It tests their ability to plan, coordinate and conduct a
mission based on realistic training scenarios that mirror Civil Air Patrol’s real-world activity. Four of the
Wing’s five aircraft, several vehicles and 24 officers and 14 cadets are taking part in the training.
An Incident Command Post, also referred to as Mission Base, has been set up at the Mustang Aviation Facility
at the Pierre Regional Airport in Pierre. The CAP aircraft will fly search and rescue sorties from there. In
addition, a ground search team will operate from the same facility to conduct independent but similar training
exercises as the aircraft.
SAREXs gave participants the chance to work with other South Dakota Wing units that don’t often have the
opportunity to train together with massed assets. The great benefit from training such as this is teamwork, the
coordination between command staff, aircrews and ground teams. In addition, a great deal of individual skills
training will also be accomplished.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in South Dakota in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer
and Spearfish has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal,
state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security,
disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information on SD CAP visit the wing’s website at
http://sdcap.us and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit
www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.

DRAFT – DRAFT – DRAFT
DO NOT RELEASE - PENDING IC APPROVAL

Serial #10-2015

9 April 2015
CIVIL AIR PATROL’S EARL WILKINSON RECEIVES CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL
FOR WORLD WAR II SERVICE
When the U.S. entered World War II, everyday American civilians helped to defend the home front. The allvolunteer Civil Air Patrol, formed shortly before the war, was in the forefront of defending our coastlines from
enemy attack. On Wednesday, 8 April, Earl Wilkinson, who served in CAP during WWII, was posthumously
honored for his service with the award of the Congressional Gold Medal
South Dakota’s U.S. Respresentative Kristi Noem presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Tom Senesac,
Wilkinson’s grandson, at a ceremony Wednesday, 8 April in the Dorr Room in the Surbeck Center on the SD
School of Mines campus. Other members of the Wilkinson family were also in attendance. There was a short
reception after the ceremony.
CAP was founded December 1, 1941, a week before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry
into WWII. Within three months CAP organizations formed along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts to carry out
anti-submarine patrols to help protect the nation by warding off German U-boat attacks on American oil tankers
bound for Allied nations. Over the next 15 months, CAP members used their own planes to watch for German
subs. Those patrols accounted for 86,685 missions that involved 244,600 flight hours and over 24 million air
miles. They sighted 173 submarines, are credited with dropping bombs that sank two subs, and located more
than 300 survivors of U-boat attacks.
In the interior of the US, CAP’s early members also took to the skies to patrol the nation’s borders, tow targets
for military training, watch for forest fires, conduct search and rescue missions, provide disaster relief, transport
people and parts, and conduct orientation flights for future pilots.
Over 120,000 men, women and teenagers joined CAP immediately before and during the war. Overall the
members of the Civil Air Patrol logged an estimated 750,000 hours of flight time during the war, Sixty-four
members died in service during World War II.
In December 2014, a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor civilians can receive, was awarded
collectively to CAP members whose valor and dedication during World War II helped thwart the enemy and
save lives.
South Dakota has three natives who will receive the bronze replica medal; Mrs. Sylvia Henkin, a resident of
Sioux Falls, and two deceased individuals – Luverne “Vern” Kraemer and Vernon Jeffries. Mrs. Norma
Kraemer, widow of Vern Kraemer, travelled to Washington, D.C. for the ceremony and was presented her
husband’s bronze replica medal by CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez. Mrs. Henkin and the
Jeffries family will receive the bronze replica medal at ceremonies to be held in South Dakota later this year.

Although Earl Wilkinson was a Minnesotan, his family resides in South Dakota. In addition, South Dakota
Wing Chaplain (CAP Lt. Col.) Gary Rae, the son of John “Jack” Rae Jr who flew during WWII for CAP’s
Pennsylvania Wing, will receive his father’s medal at a ceremony at the South Dakota Wing Conference on 18
April in Rapid City.

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Earl Wilkinson, a WWII-era Lieutenant in CAP, flew anti-submarine patrols during out of CAP’s base in
Atlantic City New Jersey. In addition, he flew courier missions and towed target sleeves to train military
personnel.
Photo courtesy of Tom Senesac, grandson of Earl Wilkinson
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Tom Senesac accepted his grandfather’s Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the family.
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Front of the bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal presented to the family of WWII era CAP pilot
Earl Wilkinson.
Photo courtesy of the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol
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Back of the bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal presented to the family of WWII era CAP pilot
Earl Wilkinson.
Photo courtesy of the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in South Dakota in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer
and Spearfish has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal,
state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security,
disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information on SD CAP visit the wing’s website at
http://sdcap.us and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit
www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.

Serial #11-2015

12 April 2015
CIVIL AIR PATROL NATIONAL COMMANDER VISITS SIOUX FALLS
The National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol, Major General Joseph Vazquez, paid a brief visit to Sioux
Falls today to meet with members of CAP’s South Dakota Wing. The meeting took place at the Holiday Inn
Sioux Falls – City Center. Accompanying Maj Gen Vazquez was his wife, CAP Lieutenant Colonel Leslie
Vazquez, Civil Air Patrol’s Aviation Industry Liaison.
Major General Vazquez briefed the attendees on upcoming and proposed organizational changes, various
operational issues, on closer relations with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and making CAP’s data
interfaces more user-friendly. At the end he took questions from Wing members.
SDCAP Wing Commander Colonel John Seten commented, “What a great opportunity for our members to hear
the way ahead from the top, while we give leadership the view from the field. We really appreciate the General
and Lieutenant Colonel Vazquez visit.
CAP Major General Vazquez was appointed to a three-year term as CAP’s National Commander/CEO on April
4, 2014 and assumed command at a formal change-of-command ceremony on August 15, 2014, at CAP’s 2014
National Conference. Prior to his appointment as National Commander he served a three-year term as National
Vice Commander with the grade of CAP Brigadier General. The National Commander and National Vice
Commander are the only two CAP officers to hold general’s grade.
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National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol

The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and
county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster

relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information visit the wing’s website at http://sdcap.us and
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or
www.capvolunteernow.com.

Serial #12-2015

24 April 2015
SOUTH DAKOTA WING CADET RECEIVES ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP
Cadet Major Brandon West, a resident of Brandon and a member of the Civil Air Patrol South Dakota Wing’s
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron has been awarded a CAP academic scholarship. Each year CAP partners with
its academic and organizational partners to award over $350,000 in scholarships to its members. Just recently
C/Maj West was notified that he had been awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship provided by the United
Services Automobile Association (USAA) insurance company. Cadet West was awarded the scholarship based
on “superior performance as a student, citizenship, and Civil Air Patrol achievements”, according to Steven
Trupp, CAP Cadet Program Manager. USAA provides academic scholarships each year to three outstanding
cadets for assistance in pursuing undergraduate education. Brandon is working towards a degree in the School
of Nursing Honor Program at the University of Minnesota.
In addition to his academic successes, Cadet West, who holds a private pilot’s license, is now qualified to fly a
Civil Air Patrol Cessna-172 and Cessna-182 aircraft.
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CAP Lt. Col. Greg Lair (left) congratulates Cadet Major West after qualifying in a CAP Cessna-172

The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and
county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster
relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information visit the wing’s website at http://sdcap.us and
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or
www.capvolunteernow.com.

Serial #13-2015

5 May 2015
Civil Air Patrol Brookings Squadron wins Squadron of the Year at Wing Conference

The Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings won the "Squadron of the Year Award" at the South Dakota
Wing Conference and Awards Ceremony last month in Pierre.
During the awards ceremony South Dakota Wing Commander Colonel John Seten expressed his pride in the
Big Sioux Composite Squadron, “Big Sioux is an outstanding squadron in all respects. The award presented
tonight is clear testimony to the quality and professionalism of its people and of its programs.”
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and
county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster
relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information visit the wing’s website at http://sdcap.us and
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or
www.capvolunteernow.com.

Serial #14-2015

18 May 2015
South Dakota Civil Air Patrol Awards Flight Scholarships to Three Cadets
South Dakota Wing Commander Colonel John Seten has announced the winners of the 2015 Civil Air
Patrol/South Dakota Wing Flight Scholarships.
Cadet Second Lieutenant Nicholas Nash and Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Jaden Roblewsky, both residents of
Sioux Falls and members of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, were awarded a $1000 flight scholarship.
Cadet Master Sergeant Hannah Becker, a resident of Pierre and member of the Pierre Composite Squadron, was
awarded a $700 flight scholarship.
In making the announcement, Col. Seten commented, “It gives me great pleasure to award the scholarships to
these three outstanding cadets to help them continue their aviation education.”
Each year cadets in the South Dakota Wing are afforded the opportunity to apply for a flight scholarship which
is to be used for primary flight instruction towards their private pilot certificate.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and county
governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief,
humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions.
For information visit:
Wing website at http://sdcap.us,
Wing Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP,
Wing Twitter at @SDWingCAP
Wing photos on Flickr at https://twiter.com/photos/102270464@N02/sets.
For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which
consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian
employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland
search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an
average of 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug
interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen additionally play a leading role in aerospace
education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Civil Air Patrol
received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered
74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach
about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Serial #15-2015

31 May 2015
South Dakota Civil Air Patrol Flies Air Force JROTC Cadets

The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) and the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air
Patrol (CAP) have teamed up to provide AFJROTC cadets under the Flight Orientation Program. Funding for
these flights became available this year for Box Elder’s Douglas High School AFJROTC cadets to take to the
skies.
The primary objective of the Flight Orientation Program is to provide exposure for AFJROTC cadets to flight
operations. Orientation flights are conducted to reward and motivate cadets, providing them a better
understanding of aviation opportunities in the Air Force.
The orientation flight missions utilized CAP Cessna 172 and 182 aircraft. In all, eight AFJROTC cadets
experienced aviation first hand.
Three CAP pilots from the South Dakota Wing’s Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid City conducted the
flights. Colonel Mike Beason, Lieutenant Colonel Chuck Trumble and Major Craig Goodrich, all former
military pilots, flew the missions through May.
South Dakota CAP Wing Commander, Colonel John Seten commented, “We are pleased to have the
opportunity to provide flights to cadets of Douglas High School’s AFJROTC program. There is no better way to
convey the excitement and adventure of flying than by putting these cadets in the cockpit. CAP is again proving
its value as part of the Air Force team!"
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and
county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster
relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information visit the wing’s website at http://sdcap.us and
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or
www.capvolunteernow.com.

Serial #16-2015

30 May 2015
South Dakota Wing in Civil Air Patrol National Communications Exercise

South Dakota Wing participated in the Civil Air Patrol’s National Communications Exercise “Constant Watch
15” in May. This annual exercise tests CAP’s ability to pass messages throughout the nation on high frequency
(HF) radio. New this year was the relay of messages from HF stations to other CAP units over very high
frequency (VHF) radios. South Dakota Wing’s participation in the exercise was directed by Capt. Jerry Gabert,
Wing Director of Communications.
Initially, participants set up intra-Wing radio communications. HF stations were activated at Sioux Falls, Pierre,
Valley Springs and Delmont. Routine and encrypted messages were passed and entered into the national CAP
computer system.
Later the exercise expanded to include use of an airborne radio signal repeater in a Sioux Falls based CAP
Cessna-182. The purpose was three-fold: to test the range of the VHF airborne repeater; to test inter-squadron
VHF radio links; and to send messages by VHF for relay by the long range HF stations.
South Dakota Wing successfully passed message traffic on the CAP national HF net and monitored message
traffic from all eight CAP regions, primarily from the Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Idaho, Michigan and
Washington Wings.
Wing Commander Colonel John Seten commented, “This communications exercise demonstrates the Civil Air
Patrol's capability to provide short range and long range communications support within South Dakota, within
the region and nationally in the event of a major disaster or other type of emergency situation.”
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and
county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster
relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information visit the wing’s website at http://sdcap.us and
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or
www.capvolunteernow.com.

Serial #17-2015

6 June 2015
South Dakota Wing Officer Receives National CAP Award

Lt. Col. Linda K. Buechler, a senior officer of the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, has been named
the 2015 Civil Air Patrol Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year!
In his congratulatory letter to her, CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez wrote: I am happy to
inform you of your selection as 2015 Civil Air Patrol Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year. As the
Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year you will be honored by CAP at the upcoming National
Conference in Orlando, Florida, August 27-29, 2015. I am confident you will continue to provide outstanding
service to Civil Air Patrol and to the United States of America.
Lt. Col. Buechler is a resident of Sioux Falls and holds the South Dakota Wing Staff positions of Director of
Cadet Programs, Drug Demand Reduction Administrator, and Health Programs Officer.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and
county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster
relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information visit the wing’s website at http://sdcap.us and
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or
www.capvolunteernow.com.

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Serial #18-2015

26 June 2015
USAF AWARDS SOUTH DAKOTA CADETS ENCAMPMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Civil Air Patrol summer aviation-related educational opportunities that were out of reach became reachable this
year for more than 1,000 American young people, in large part courtesy of a grant from the U.S. Air Force.
Through the Cadet Encampment Assistance Program, Civil Air Patrol cadets who would have a difficult time
covering the costs for attending their wings’ encampments received help to pay for lodging, meals, uniforms,
transportation and other related costs. In the past, financially disadvantaged cadets have received scholarships
through donations, generally from individual CAP adult members. But this year, funds from the Air Force have
created a centralized program and significantly increased the number of cadets being served. As a result, the
usual summer encampment attendance has jumped from 5-6,000 to as much as 7,000.
This year four South Dakota Wing cadets received a scholarship to attend the Civil Air Patrol Joint Dakotas
Summer Encampment to be held in July at Camp Rapid.
Encampments are week-long learning academies. Held across the country and in Puerto Rico, encampments are
big events in cadets’ lives, providing ways for the cadets to advance in rank, with classes in leadership, physical
fitness and life skills. This year’s curriculum emphasizes character development and education in STEM —
science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“While there are still many financially needy cadets un-served, this has gone a long ways to allow some young
Americans to experience aviation in a way they never would have if not for this initiative,” said Daniel R.
Sitterly, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
“The Air Force grant has significantly increased the number of cadets who can attend summer programs,” said
Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP’s national commander. “Historically cadets who attend encampments achieve
more and advance further in the CAP Cadet Program. They learn valuable leadership skills among others and
use these skills to mentor the next generation of cadets. This learning experience is very important for the
cadets, their families, their communities, CAP, and, in years down the line, for America.”
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and
county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster
relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information visit the wing’s website at http://sdcap.us and
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or
www.capvolunteernow.com.

Serial #19-2015

26 June 2015
CAP ASKS FOR HELP LOCATING CANDIDATES FOR CGM AWARDS

The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is looking for qualifying applicants to receive the Congressional
Gold Medal. The award is given to those who were a member of the CAP during the period from December 7,
1941 to the end of hostilities on September 2, 1945, during World War II.
CAP veterans or their families must provide some evidence that shows that an individual served during this
period; photos, identification documents copies of orders, or mention in a news article are some of the items
accepted for verification purposes.
“It is believed that there are many more that would be eligible for the CGM,” said Col. John Seten, the South
Dakota Wing’s commander. “We discover more names almost every month as we comb through our own
historical records and carry out research at state, county and local archives.”
We are currently seeking to contact the individual or the families of John Moodie, Edward Anderson, Carl
Baker, Lewis Beckwith, Jack Davis, Chuck Keown, Max Kuehn, Walter Mollers, Martin Schroeder, Cecil
Urban, Ross Wehe, Leo Weber, and Roger L’Esperance, Clyde Ice, Floyd Barlow, Franklin Hyde, Ken Neville,
Dwight Campbell, Ralph Hubbard, Cecil Shuoe, and Knapp Brown.
“One difficulty when we discover a potential candidate is that there is often no contact information at all,” said
Wing Historian Major Todd Epp. “We hope news articles such as this will spark someone’s memory and maybe
someone will know someone and can put me in touch with either them or their family. I will then set up a time
to meet with them and verify any information that they have. We would love to identify more candidates for the
award.”
Maj. Epp said there were two ways people could contact him if they believed they or someone they know might
qualify for the award. He can be reached by cell: 605-351-5021 or by email: todd.epp@sdcap.us.
The CAP Congressional Gold Medal bill was signed into law on May 30, 2014. South Dakota’s Senator Thune,
then Senator Johnson and Representative Noem co-sponsored the bill. A ceremony was held in Washington,
DC last December to make the initial presentations. Since that time two presentations have been made in South
Dakota and two more are planned.
“Our goal is for every WWII CAP veteran to receive the recognition they deserve for their service and their
sacrifice in defense of our nation,” said Maj. Bruce Kipp, South Dakota Wing Public Affairs Officer.
For more information on the Civil Air Patrol and for honoring WWII CAP veterans, please visit
www.capgoldmedal.com.

Anyone who thinks they may qualify for the Civil Air Patrol's Congressional Gold Medal award or knows the
family of a former WWII-era CAP member is asked to notify Maj. Todd Epp by cell at: 605-351-5021 or by
email: todd.epp@sdcap.us.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre,
Custer and Spearfish has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These
assets are available to federal, state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement
agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and
counter-drug missions. For more information visit the wing’s website at http://sdcap.us and Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or
www.capvolunteernow.com.

Serial #20-2015

7 July 2015
CAP CADETS TO BEGIN WEEK-LONG ENCAMPMENT

Civil Air Patrol cadets from across the region start a week-long encampment on Friday, 10 July. The cadets,
ranging in age from 12-20 years old, participate in a week of military-style basic training where they stay in
barracks and eat in a military dining facility.
Each year the South Dakota and North Dakota Wings of CAP hold a joint encampment. The two Wings
alternate hosting the event. This year the encampment will be held at South Dakota Army National Guard
facilities at Camp Rapid in Rapid City, SD.
Some of the activities planned for this year’s encampment include training in survival skills, an obstacle course,
rappelling, marksmanship training, a group problem solving course, and learning leadership skills. The cadets
also learn military customs and courtesies, how to march in formation and they take part in a variety of physical
fitness activities.
“Encampment will test a cadet’s mind and body”, said Encampment Commander Maj. Nick Gengler. “It’s
designed to be a challenge from start to finish. It’s also a lot of fun and an experience they will never forget.”
South Dakota Wing Commander Colonel John Seten commented “We are fortunate to have such fine facilities
for our encampment. The staff at Camp Rapid has been great to work with and have provided us with much
behind the scenes support."
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre,
Custer and Spearfish has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These
assets are available to federal, state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement
agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and
counter-drug missions. For more information visit the wing’s website at http://sdcap.us and Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or
www.capvolunteernow.com.

Serial #21-2015

19 July 2015
SD CADET TO ATTEND CAP’S NATIONAL OFFICERS SCHOOL
Cadet Major Nicole Schneider of Sioux Falls, and member of the Civil Air Patrol’s Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, has been
selected to attend CAP’s prestigious National Cadet Officers School this summer. She will join 120 cadet colleagues from 36 states at
CAP’s National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama to attend the 10-day, college-level course.
Participation in the National Cadet Officer School is a popular choice for CAP cadets because of the rigorous academic curriculum
and caliber of instruction offered by Air Force and CAP officers. Only the top 15 percent of all CAP cadets are accepted to attend.
Wing Commander Colonel John Seten said, “Cadet Major Schneider’s selection to attend the National Cadet Officers School shows
that South Dakota Wing has some of the finest cadets in all of CAP.”
The National Cadet Officers School is an academically challenging program designed to develop cadets’ broader understanding of
leadership as a discipline. Throughout the week the cadets participate in a variety of lectures and supporting discussions to explore
leadership topics. Through the rigorous curriculum and activities they enhance their ability to work with others. When they leave they
are better prepared to serve as leaders in their units, schools and communities.
“At the National Cadet Officer School we are building our nation’s leaders of tomorrow,” said Lt. Col. Joe Winter, the activity’s
director. “Our cadets gain confidence and experience as they develop their skills.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and
county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster
relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information visit the wing’s website at http://sdcap.us and
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP. For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or
www.capvolunteernow.com.
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Caption: Cadet Nicole Schneider receives the Sioux Falls Chapter of the Air Force Association Cadet Officer of the Year Award
presented by SDANG Lt. Col. Greg Lair (April 2015)

Serial #22-2015

17 September 2015
SOUTH DAKOTA CAP TRAINS IN MOUNTAIN SEARCH FLYING
From 11 to 13 September, eleven Civil Air Patrol pilots from across the South Dakota Wing participated in
“Mountain Fury”, CAP’s Mountain Search Pilot Course. The purpose of the course was to train CAP Mission
Pilots to be mountain-qualified CAP Mission Pilots. The activity was directed by Maj. Craig Goodrich,
Commander of the Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid City. Day one and part of day two were spent in
classes on the physics, skills, techniques and perils of mountain flying. The classroom training was at the Crazy
Horse Composite Squadron Headquarters in Custer. Classroom instruction was held on high altitude flying
(Capt. Josh Hall), mountain weather (Maj. Craig Goodrich), mountain flying (Col. Mike Beason) and mountain
searching (Capt. Matt Meert).
The rest of day two and day three were spent flying training sorties. Flight operations were at the Custer County
Airport at Custer. Each mission pilot flew four mission training sorties. Although the elevation of the Black
Hills of South Dakota do not provide the kind of mountainous terrain that other mountain states provide, many
of the sorties were flown at 10,000 feet with reduced power settings to simulate “real” mountain flying. Plus,
Custer County Airport and Custer State Park Airport are no walk-in-the-park - a pilot must be thinking about
mountain flying to safely operate in and out of these challenging airports. A total of 25 sorties were flown
during the training with seven of the pilots earning or renewing their Mountain Flying Certification.
Capt. Kurt Johnson of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, one of the mission pilots that went through the
training said, "I personally gained a great deal of experience and respect for operating safely in "hot and high"
environments. Our aircraft take on a whole new set of flight characteristics under these conditions. As pilots,
we all read about this...but, the practical experience provided in this clinic was priceless! I feel no mission pilot
should fly in mountainous terrain without this training and practical experience!”
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and
county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster
relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions.
For information visit:
Wing website at http://sdcap.us,
Wing Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP,
Wing Twitter at @SDWingCAP
Wing photos on Flickr at https://twiter.com/photos/102270464@N02/sets.
For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.

Serial #23-2015

11 October 2015
South Dakota CAP Assists with South Carolina Flood Damage Assessment
Although it is over 1,200 miles away from South Carolina, the Civil Air Patrol’s South Dakota Wing is assisting
with impact assessments of the massive flooding there. Several members of the South Dakota Wing are taking
part in FEMA’s second use of crowdsourcing to evaluate imagery of the massive flooding in South Carolina.
The crowdsourced images are being evaluated in order for FEMA to obtain quick and effective damage
assessments.
Col. John Seten, commander of CAP’s South Dakota Wing, said “a growing number of wing members are
viewing the crowdsourced photos to help identify the extent of the damage”
“Civil Air Patrol is on the front lines supporting search and rescue, disaster assessment and relief efforts in
South Carolina,” said Col. John Knowles, commander of CAP’s Middle East Region. Col. Francis Smith, the
wing commander in South Carolina, is leading a team of dedicated airmen from South Carolina, North Carolina,
Maryland and Georgia Wings taking aerial photos of the flooding for emergency management officials on the
ground. The images, taken with CAP’s geotagging-capable cameras, provide officials with real-time
information that helps them assess damages and assign critical response resources.
In a message sent by John Desmarais, Director of Operations at CAP National Headquarters, wing commanders
were encouraged to ask members in their wings to assist FEMA in reviewing the images through online
crowdsourcing tools fielded by crisis mapping volunteers via FEMA’s GeoPlatform. This crowdsourcing helps
FEMA make many decisions and helps people in the affected areas.”
The first time FEMA used crowdsourcing of imagery was in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on the East
Coast in November 2012 to obtain quick and effective damage assessments.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and county
governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief,
humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions.
For information visit:
Wing website at http://sdcap.us,
Wing Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP,
Wing Twitter at @SDWingCAP
Wing photos on Flickr at https://twiter.com/photos/102270464@N02/sets.
For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which
consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian
employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland
search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an

average of 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug
interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen additionally play a leading role in aerospace
education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Civil Air Patrol
received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered
74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach
about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Serial #24-2015

14 November 2015
South Dakota Wing Cadets Compete for National Cyber-Security Honors
The Civil Air Patrol’s Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings, part of the South Dakota Wing, will again
participate in this year’s CyberPatriot, the premier National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. “Team Big
Sioux” has enjoyed success at the national level in all four years that they have competed. Last year they placed
second in the nation. In addition, they were the top CAP team in the competition.
This year Big Sioux Composite Squadron will field two teams in CyberPatriot-VIII’s All-Services Division.
They will compete against 1,280 teams, 447 of them CAP teams. The All-Services Division consists of teams
from the Civil Air Patrol, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Junior ROTC.
CyberPatriot-VIII teams compete from their home locations in a series of online qualifying rounds that
challenge them to find and fix security vulnerabilities in a variety of simulated networks. This year’s Round
One will take place on 14 November. Teams race against the clock. Those who successfully finish with the
fastest time advance to the next Round. The top teams from the online rounds will receive all-expenses-paid to
Baltimore, Md., for the CyberPatriot-VIII National Finals Competition April 10-14, 2016.
Big Sioux’s Team-1 members are: C/Lt. Jaden Petersen of Brookings, SD (Team Captain), C/CMSgt. Graham
Dinnel of Lake Benton, MN, C/MSgt. Andrew Toft of Elkton, SD, C/A1C Andrew Sweebe of Brookings, SD,
C/Amn Peter Engels of Minneota, MN and Byron Hawk Bear of Flandreau, SD (Alternate).
Big Sioux’s Team-2 members are: Justin Rhoades (Team Captain), Zandria Ramon, Ruben Taken Alive, Jaden
Parker, Arnold Parker and Reyanna Uses Many (Alternate), all reside in Flandreau, all attend Flandreau High
School and all soon to become cadets in the Big Sioux Composite Squadron.
Both teams will be mentored by C/Lt. Col. Joshua Klosterman and coached by C/Maj. Tyler Gross, both veteran
CyberPatriot competitors.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish
has approximately 300 members, six aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and county
governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief,
humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions.
For information visit:
Wing website at http://sdcap.us,
Wing Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SDWingCAP,
Wing Twitter at @SDWingCAP
Wing photos on Flickr at https://twiter.com/photos/102270464@N02/sets.
For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which
consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian

employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland
search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an
average of 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug
interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen additionally play a leading role in aerospace
education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Civil Air Patrol
received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered
74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach
about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.