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HISTORY OF
Minnesota Wing
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

HISTORY
of
Minnesota Wing
CIVIL AIR PATROL
AUXILIARY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

Prepared By
Susan Blessman, Lt. Col., CAP
2016 Wing Historian

Reviewed By
Col.James Garlough, CAP
Minnesota Wing Commander

COMMANDERS APPROVAL LETTER
( ATTACH  HERE  AS  PDF  OR  MS  WORD  DOCUMENT)  

2017-004-03 Historian Annual Memorandum_Garlough.pdf

TABLE OF CONTENTS
TITLE PAGE ..............................................................................................................1
COMMANDER’S APPROVAL LETTER ................................................................2
INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF........................................................................ 7
TABLE OF CONTENTS............................................................................................5
NARRATIVE
CHAPTER I: DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS ...................................................................7
Search and Rescue ...................................................................................................7
Disaster Relief..........................................................................................................8
Homeland Security...................................................................................................8
Counterdrug .............................................................................................................8
CHAPTER II: DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION ...........................................8
Internal Aerospace Education ..................................................................................8
External Aerospace Education ...............................................................................10
CHAPTER III: DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS ...................................................10
Cadet Programs ......................................................................................................10
Cadet Activities......................................................................................................11
Drug Demand Reduction .......................................................................................15
APPENDIX I: Chapters I-III - Data and Statistics ............................................................18
Operations ..............................................................................................................18
Aerospace Education .............................................................................................20
Cadet Programs ......................................................................................................21
APPENDIX II: Unit Staff - Data and Statistics .................................................................23
Unit Map (showing geographic subdivisions within a REGION/WING) .............24
Unit Organization Chart .........................................................................................25
Unit Command and Staff Listing ...........................................................................26
APPENDIX III: Director of Logistics – Data and Statistics..............................................29
Supply ....................................................................................................................29
Transportation ........................................................................................................29
Maintenance ...........................................................................................................29
APPENDIX IV: Director of Communications – Data and Statistics .................................30
Communications Operations..................................................................................32
Communications Facilities and Equipment ...........................................................32
APPENDIX V: Director of Professional Development - Data and Statistics ....................33
Professional Development .....................................................................................33

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APPENDIX VI: Staff Officers - Data and Statistics .........................................................35
Administration .......................................................................................................35
Personnel ................................................................................................................36
Recruiting and Retention .......................................................................................36
Plans and Programs ................................................................................................38
Public Affairs .........................................................................................................40
Information Technology ........................................................................................40
Finance - Financial Statement ................................................................................40
Chaplain .................................................................................................................41
Historian.................................................................................................................42
Health Services ......................................................................................................42
APPENDIX VII: Special Staff Officers – Data and Statistics ...........................................43
Inspector General ...................................................................................................43
Safety .....................................................................................................................43
Government Relations ...........................................................................................43
Legal ......................................................................................................................45

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INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF & BRIEF UNIT NARRATIVE
The Minnesota Wing NCR MN 001
Wing Commander
Vice Commander

James Garlough
Lt. Col. Don Sorenson

Col

Chief of Staff

Capt. James Jagow

GRADE

Lt Col

The mission of Minnesota Wing, Civil Air Patrol, is to represent CAP to the state of Minnesota
by providing instruction and information in regard to aerospace education, opportunities to serve
through emergency services preparedness and be a mission support to the professional
emergency services, and to provide a vibrant learning experience in leadership, aerospace, and
emergency services to youth, age 12-20.
SUMMARY NARRATIVE OF MAJOR ACTIVITIES
Chapter I

OPERATIONS

Search and Rescue
6-7 AUG 16T5962 MN WING GP III SAREX HUTCHINSON, MN AIRPORT. LT COL
KEITH M. BISCHOFF SERVED AS MISSION SAFETY OFFICER WHILE MAJOR GARY
L. LEMASTERS SERVED IN AIR BRANCH. LT COL CHET WILBERG WAS THE
INCIDENT COMMANDER. OVER 56 MN WING MEMBERS PARTICIPATED
CONDUCTING 40 AIR AND 7 GROUND SORTIES. EIGHT AIRCRAFT AND ONE
GROUND TEAM WERE MANAGED BY THE MISSION STAFF. ABOUT 60 FLYING
HOURS WERE USED.
USAF OBSERVERS WERE PRESENT TO OBSERVE
OPERATIONS. EMPHASIS WAS GIVEN TO IMPROVING MISSION SORTIE
MANAGEMENT.
10-11 SEP SAREX AT THE BEMIDJI AIRPORT. LT. COL. KEITH BISCHOFF IS THE
INCIDENT COMMANDER. NORTHLAND COMPOSITE SQUADRON IS THE HOST
SQUADRON WITH GROUP 1 UNITES PROVIDING SUPPORT. MAJ. JIM HARRIS IS THE
PROJECT OFFICER. NORTHLAND IS THE HOST SQUADRON WITH GROUP 1 UNITS
PROVIDING SUPPORT. MAJOR JIM HARRIS IS THE PROJECT OFFICER
• MISSION BASE STAFF IS NEEDED AND SHOULD APPLY AT THIS TIME
(QUALIFIED, TRAINEES, MSA'S)
• EMPHASIS AREA FOR MISSION BASE STAFF INCLUDE:
REDUCING THE TIME AIRCRAFT ARE ON THE GROUND AT THE MISSION BASE.
TRAINING ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AN ACTUAL MISSION AND A
PLANNED SAREX.
DEVELOPING STAFF WHO CAN WORK MORE THAN ONE STAFF POSITION.
• THE PLANNING SECTION IS REQUIRED.
• RV PARKING AND CAMPING IS PERMITTED AT THE CAP HANGAR IN BEMIDJI.
AFTER ACTION REPORT FROM IC, LT. COL. KEITH M. BISCHOFF

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DEDICATED MN WING MEMBERS WHO SIGNED IN AND PARTICIPATED SAFELY IN
THE SAREX ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10 AT BEMIDJI AIRPORT UNDER
EXCELLENT WEATHER CONDITIONS. ABOUT 26 AIR SORTIES WITH ABOUT 38
FLIGHT HOURS AND FOUR GROUND TEAM SORTIES WERE CONDUCTED BY THE
72 MEMBERS WHO SIGNED IN TO THE SATURDAY MISSION. THESE FOLKS WERE
WILLING AND ABLE TO UPGRADE AND PRACTICE THEIR ES SKILLS. WE ONLY
USED ABOUT 2/5THS OF FUNDING AVAILABLE.
THE NORTHLAND COMPOSITE SQUADRON HOSTED THE GROUP 1 SAREX AT
BEMIDJI AIRPORT ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WITH MAJOR JAMES HARRIS,
GROUP 1 COMMANDER HEADING UP THE MISSION PLANNING FUNCTION. ON
SATURDAY WE HAD EIGHT AIRCRAFT PARTICIPATE AND TWO GROUND TEAMS
CONDUCTING TRAINING AND UPGRADING THEIR GTM SKILLS. THREE AIRCREWS
COMMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN ADDITIONAL TRAINING ON SUNDAY SO OUR
AOBD, GEORGE ANDERSON AND HIS STAFF CONDUCTED AIR SORTIE TRAINING
WITH MAJOR JAMES HARRIS AND DIANE HARRIS SUPPORTING THEM IN THE MSO
AND COMMUNICATIONS AREAS AT THE BEMIDJI MISSION BASE. ADDITIONAL
AIRCREWS WHO WISHED TO RESPOND FOR SUNDAY MISSIONS CONTACTED THE
AOBD AT THE PREVIOUS PHONE NUMBERS PUBLICIZED.
OUR SATURDAY ACTIVITIES DID IDENTIFY SEVERAL MISSION DEFICIENCIES
INCLUDING THE AIRCREWS NOT COMPLETING THEIR WIMRS ENTRIES
CORRECTLY OR COMPLETELY PRIOR TO BRIEFING AND DEBRIEFING AND RADIO
COMMUNICATION FAILURES WHEN THE BJI REPEATER FAILED. SOME AIRCRAFT
RADIOS PROBLEMS WERE ALSO IDENTIFIED. OUR AIRCREWS DID A MUCH
BETTER JOB WITH AIRCRAFT SECURITY ON THE RAMP THAN AT THE GROUP III
SAREX THOUGH IT WAS QUITE A HIKE TO AND FROM MISSION BASE.
GROUP III SAREX -- NO DATE PROVIDED
Disaster Relief
NO DATA PROVIDED.
Homeland Security
NO DATA PROVIDED.
Counterdrug
NO DATA PROVIDED.
Chapter II

AEROSPACE EDUCATION

Internal Aerospace Education
MINNESOTA WING’S DEPARTMENT OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION ENJOYS AWARD
WINNING SUCCESSES. THE MAY 2010 COMPLIANCE INSPECTION (CI) RECEIVED
AN A-1 SUCCESSFUL RATING WITH ONE COMMENDABLE REMARK WHILE UNDER
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THE LEADERSHIP OF LT. COL. BLAZE CUNNINGHAM, DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE
EDUCATION (DAE), AND MAJ. DAVID COATES, DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL
AEROSPACE EDUCATION. THREE YEARS LATER ON 28 SEP 2013 AT THE SAV, LT.
COL. MATSON, DAE, AND MAJOR DAVID COATES GARNERED ANOTHER A-1
SUCCESSFUL RATING WITH THREE COMMENDABLE REMARKS. A REPEAT
PERFORMANCE ON A CI ON 28 SEP 2014 LED TO AN A-1; HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL
AND ONE COMMENDABLE REMARK WITH NOW LT. COL. DAVID COATES AT THE
HELM AS DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION. THE 2016 SAV RESULTS ARE
“HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL” RATING WITH ONE COMMENDABLE.
THE UAV (UNMAN AIR VEHICLE) PROGRAM WAS DEVELOPED BY LT. COL. PAUL
PRIOR OF THE ST. CROIX SQUADRON AND CAPT. JAMES WIFF OF THE VIKING
COMPOSITE SQUADRON. IT WAS SENT TO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS IN 2015. A
YEAR LATER THIS UAV PROGRAM WAS ADOPTED BY NHQ AS THE NEW UAV
PROGRAM.
THE WING WORKS WITH SEVERAL OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, THE GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA, JROTC, WOMEN WITH
WINGS (WOMEN IN AVIATION PROGRAM), AVIATION DAYS AND WINGS OF THE
NORTH - AIR EXPO, THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND POLICE TO ADVANCE
THE EXTERNAL AE PROGRAM THROUGH WORKSHOPS, HANDS ON ACTIVITIES,
SIMULATORS AND DEMONSTRATIONS.
THE AE OFFICERS ADVANCE THE MINNESOTA AE PROGRAM THROUGH A
VARIETY OF AVIATION AND AERONAUTIC ENDEAVORS. WE HELD THE
NATIONAL AVIATION FLIGHT ACADEMY HERE IN MINNESOTA, AND OFFER BOTH
GLIDER AND POWER FLIGHTS TO OUR CADETS. WE CONDUCT BOTH THE MODEL
ROCKETRY PROGRAM AND THE NEW UAV PROGRAM FOR OUR CADETS TO
ADVANCE AERONAUTIC ENDEAVORS.
IN MINNESOTA, WE HAVE 22 AEM (AEROSPACE EDUCATION MEMBERS) AND 56
AEO (AERSOSPACE EDUCATION OFFICERS). OUR AEM ADVANCES AWARENESS
OF AEROSPACE ISSUES AND EDUCATES STUDENTS. OUR AEO USES THE TOOLS,
LIKE THE STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH) KITS, TO
INFORM, INSPIRE AND CREATE A GENUINE INTEREST IN AERONAUTICS,
ROBOTIC, UAV AND ASTRONOMY.
THE AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION FUNDED CYBER PATRIOT PROGRAM HAS ACTIVE
PARTICIPATION THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA WING. THE PROGRAM ADVANCES
COMMUNICATION AND HARDENING COMPUTERS FROM CYBER-ATTACKS. THE
PROGRAM ALSO PROMOTES THINKING AND INSPIRES COLLABORATION AMONG
THE PARTICIPANTS. THIS PROGRAM IS GAINING POPULARITY AMONG OUR
SQUADRONS. WE HAVE NINE SQUADRONS PARTICIPATING IN THE CYBER
PATRIOTS PROGRAM IN 2016.

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LT. COL. COATES REPORTS, “I AM VERY PROUD OF OUR AE PROGRAM IN
MINNESOTA. A TOTAL OF 68.18 % OF OUR SENIOR MEMBERS HAVE TAKEN THE
YEAGER TEST AND HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE YEAGER CERTIFICATE AND
RIBBON. IN THE AE SPECIALTY TRACK WE HAVE A CURRENT TOTAL COUNT OF:
11 – MASTERS RATINGS; 17 – SENIOR RATINGS; 29 – TECHNICIAN RATINGS AND 54
WITH NO RATINGS IN AE. AT WING HQ, WE HAVE 39 SENIOR MEMBERS, ALL BUT
ONE HAS A YEAGER. AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, OUR PERCENTAGE WAS
MUCH LESS ABOUT 64%. I HAVE ENCOURAGED OUR WING STAFF TO LEAD BY
EXAMPLE. I DEMANDED AND HOUNDED THEM TO TAKE THE YEAGER TEST. AT
THIS POINT, I HAVE 100% SENIOR STAFF MEMBERS AT WING HEAD QUARTERS
WITH YEAGER’S. WE HAVE RECEIVED THE NORTH CENTRAL REGION – AE
OFFICERS OF THE YEAR AWARDS: (2011-2012); (2012-2013); (2013-2014); (2014-2015);
AND THIS YEAR (2015-2016). OUR WING HAS BEEN AWARDED THE NCR AE
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR AWARDS: (2010-2011); (2011-2012); (2012-2013); (2013-2014);
(2014-2015); AND THIS YEAR (2015-2016).”
External Aerospace Education
THE WING WORKS WITH SEVERAL OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, THE GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA, JROTC, WOMEN WITH
WINGS (WOMEN IN AVIATION PROGRAM), AVIATION DAYS AND WINGS OF THE
NORTH - AIR EXPO, THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND POLICE TO ADVANCE
THE EXTERNAL AE PROGRAM THROUGH WORKSHOPS, HANDS ON ACTIVITIES,
SIMULATORS AND DEMONSTRATIONS.
Chapter III

CADET PROGRAMS

Cadet Programs
UNDER THE DIRECTION OF LT. COL. SUSAN BLESSMAN SINCE 2010, THE MNWG
CADET PROGRAMS HAS GROWN AND FLOURISHED. ACHIEVING HIGH SCORES
FOR INSPECTIONS AND COMMENDATIONS, THE PROGRAM SUCCEEDS DUE TO
THE COMMITED SENIOR MEMBERS, DEPUTY COMMANDERS FOR CADETS, AND
THE DESIRE OF THE CADETS TO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND.
2016 WAS NO EXCEPTION. LT. COL. JAY SLIWINSKI IMPROVED AN ALREADY
SUCCESSFUL ENCAMPMENT BY LEADING THE CHANGE TO NATIONAL'S
PROGRAM. MINNESOTA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY STEPPED INTO ITS 16TH YEAR
CONTINUING TO OFFER THE REGION LEADERSHIP SCHOOL. THE ANNUAL
VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT, OR CABIN FEVER ACTIVITY, WAS PLANNED AND
EXECUTED BY THE CADET ADVISORY COUNCIL. PLUS THE MYRIAD OF UNIT
ACTIVITIES WHICH INVITE WING-WIDE PARTICIPATION: BLACKCAP (RED WING
COMPOSITE SQUADRON),
AEROSPACE EDUCATION (ANOKA COUNTY
COMPOSITE SQUADRON).
OVERALL ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2016 INCLUDED 215 O-FLIGHTS FOR CADETS, 86
WRIGHT BROTHERS AWARDS (CADET STAFF SERGEANT), 28 MITCHELL AWARDS
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(CADET SECOND LIEUTENANT), 12 EARHART AWARDS (CADET CAPTAIN), 4
EAKER AWARDS (CADET LT. COLONEL), AND 1 SPAATZ AWARD (CADET
COLONEL).
IN THE LAST FEW YEARS SEVERAL CADETS TOOK THE GENERAL CARL SPAATZ
EXAM IN MINNESOTA WING. FOR A SEVERAL YEARS FORMER MNWG
COMMANDER COL. THOMAS B. THEIS PROCTORED AND ADMINISTERED THE
EXAM FOR THE WING. WHEN COL. THEIS ACCEPTED THE NORTH CENTRAL
REGION VICE COMMANDER POSITION, THE SPAATZ PROCTOR POSITION WAS
HANDED TO A SPAATZ AWARD RECIPIENT #442, LT. COL. DOUGLAS M.
RUTHERFORD, A MEMBER OF MINNESOTA WING WHO SERVES ON THE NHQ
STAFF. THE WING IS VERY PROUD OF THESE CADETS COLONELS: JACOB JONES
#1976 (6 DEC 2014 OF DULUTH COMPOSITE SQUADRON, NATHAN J. HOFFMAN
#1989 (27 APRIL 2015) OF NORTH HENNEPIN COMPOSITE SQUADRON, CAITLIN E.
ALBRIGHT #2004 (17 AUG 2015) OF ANOKA COUNTY COMPOSITE SQUADRON, AND
ANDREW R. CARTER #2043 (17 MAY 2016) OF THE 130TH COMPOSITE SQUADRON.
HTTP://WWW.SPAATZ.ORG/THE-AWARDS/THE-GENERAL-CARL-A-SPAATZAWARD/SPAATZ-AWARD-RECIPIENTS
2016 ALSO BROUGH A CHANGE OF WING COMMANDER. THE CEREMONY WAS
HELD AT THE ANNUAL WING CONFERENCE WHICH SEEMED LIKE AN
APPROPRIATE TIME FOR LT. COL. SUSAN BLESSMAN TO RELINQUISH THE
POSITION OF DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS. MAJ. BLANE PIERSON, A FORMER
CADET, WAS APPOINTED TO THE DUTY POSITION.
Cadet Activities
CADET PROGRAMS BEGAN THE YEAR WITH THE ENCAMPMENT SELECTION
PROCESS, INTERVIEWS, TRAINING, ENCAMPMENT PREPARATORY SCHOOLS, ALL
OF WHICH CULMINATED WITH THE 18TH MNWG ENCAMPMENT. TRADITIONALLY
ENCAMPMENT PREPARATORY SCHOOLS (EPS) ARE HELD TO INTRODUCE BASIC
CADETS, THOSE 12 YEARS OLD OR NOT YET ATTAINED C/SSGT, TO THE
ENCAMPMENT EXPERIENCE. EPS1 MEET 29 APRIL – 1 MARCH AT CAMP RIPLEY,
MN, UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPT. MATT FRAME WITH C/1ST LT. SHANNON
HOCKMAN AS THE CADET COMMANDER. TWENTY-SEVEN STUDENTS ATTENDED
CLASSES AND DRILL UNDER THE DIRECTION AND INSTRUCTION OF 37 CADRE
ALONG WITH THE GUIDANCE OF FOUR SENIOR MEMBERS. THE SECOND
ENCAMPMENT PREPARATORY SCHOOL, EPS2 WAS ALSO HELD AT CAMP RIPLEY,
3-5 JUNE. EPS2 WAS UNDER THE COMMAND OF MAJ. ELLEN BROWNING WITH
C/CAPT. ELISE JOHNSON AS THE CADET COMMANDER. FOLLOWING A SIMILAR
SCHEDULE AS THE FIRST EPS, THERE WERE 34 STUDENTS, 25 CADRE, AND 12
SENIORS.
FROM 23 TO 30 JULY, THE MINNESOTA WING ENCAMPMENT WAS HELD AT CAMP
RIPLEY UNDER THE COMMAND OF LT. COL. JAY SLIWINSKI. THE 18TH CADET
TRAINING GROUP WAS LED BY CADET COMMANDER C/LT. COL. ELIAS STRAW
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ALONG WITH HIS DEPUTY COMMANDERS, C/MAJ. SARAH CHANSKI (BASIC
LEARNING), C/MAJ. KELLEN GRUNDMAN (ADVANCED LEADERSHIP) AND C/CAPT.
ETHAN COMPTON (EXECUTIVE OFFICER). IN ATTENDANCE WERE 87 FIRST YEAR
CADETS, 33 RETURNING STUDENTS, 50 CADET CADRE AND 43 SENIORS. THREE
MEMBERS OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE AND U.S. NAVY HELPED WITH TRAINING.
THIS ENCAMPMENT HAD THE UNIQUE EXPERIENCE OF PARTICIPATING IN AN
ACTUAL SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSION. THE ENTIRE ADVANCED LEADERSHIP
COURSE (ALC) ANSWERED THE CALL FOR HELP WHEN A PERSON WENT MISSING
NEARBY. WHAT THE LOCAL SHERIFF THOUGHT WOULD TAKE SEVERAL DAYS
TO SEARCH TOOK THE CIVIL AIR PATROL ONLY A FEW HOURS."
THE FOLLOWING AWARDS WERE EARNED AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY:
C/1LT ETHAN SPAID
HONOR FLIGHT COMMANDER
C/CMSGT KYLE WILLIAMSON
HONOR FLIGHT SERGEANT
1LT GAIL WINTERBOTTOM
HONOR FLIGHT TRAINING OFFICER
C/1LT AZALEA HORTON
HONOR ALC TEAM LEADER
LT COL JOEL STEPANEK
HONOR ALC TEAM TRAINING OFFICER
C/AMN ALYSSA THIELEN
38TH CTS DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE
C/AMN TREVOR M ANDERSON
39TH CTS DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE
C/SSGT CAMERON DAHLSTROM
CTS DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE
C/CMSGT SARAH SKJEVELAND
ALC DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE
C/SSGT EVAN MCNAIR
LEADERSHIP
OFFICER’S
AWARD
FOR
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
C/CMSGT GEORGE HARE
ENCAMPMENT
COMMANDER’S
FOR
LEADERSHIP AWARD
C/CMSGT MACY KLEIN
COMMANDANT’S CADRE EXCELLENCE AWARD
C/2LT HANNAH COMPTON
SUPPORT CADRE EXCELLENCE AWARD
1LT COLETTE CRAIG
SENIOR STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARD
CMSGT DON VANCE
“ORACLE’S” FIELD LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE
AWARD
C/TSGT IVA HAMMITT-KESS
ENCAMPMENT DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE
CADETS SUBMITTED ONLINE
ACTIVITIES, 35 WERE ACCEPTED.

APPLICATIONS

FOR

NATIONAL

SPECIAL

OUR ANNUAL WING-WIDE VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT WAS HELD IN MARCH AT
HALENBECK FIELD HOUSE, ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY WITH 16 TEAMS
VYING FOR THE COVETED FIRST PLACE TROPHY. ST. CLOUD COMPOSITE
SQUADRON PLACED FIRST. THIS YEAR’S CONTEST WAS ORGANIZED BY THE
CADET ADVISORY COUNCIL (CAC) UNDER MAJ. ELLEN BROWNING SUPERVISION.
THE EVENT WAS FOLLOWED BY A ST. CLOUD COMPOSITE SQUADRON LOCK-IN
FEATURING SWIMMING, WALL CLIMBING, MOVIES, AND OTHER CONTESTS
THROUGHOUT THE EVENING.

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MINNESOTA WING’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE HELD THE LAST WEEKEND OF APRIL
IN BREEZY POINT, MINNESOTA, HAD A “FIRST” FOR THE CADETS - THEIR OWN
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER! LT. COL. JANON “JD” ELLIS, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE
SPAATZ ASSOCIATION, JOINED US FROM WASHINGTON D. C. HE SPOKE AT THE
CADET GENERAL ASSEMBLY ABOUT HIS YEARS AS A CADET AND THE LESSONS
HE LEARNED THAT HELPED HIM SUCCEED IN LIFE. FOR CADETS, THE
CONFERENCE BEGAN ON FRIDAY EVENING WITH A PIZZA SOCIAL, POOL, PING
PONG, FOLLOWED BY AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A DANCE LESSON TO PREPARE
FOR THE SATURDAY NIGHT MILITARY BALL. CADETS ATTENDED THE GENERAL
ASSEMBLY ON SATURDAY MORNING TO HEAR THE WING COMMANDER AND
OTHER DIGNITARIES. THE AFTERNOON HAD A VARIETY OF BREAKOUT SESSIONS
DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR CADETS AT ALL LEVELS. C/CAPT. IZABELLA
RALEIGH, CADET ADVISORY COUNCIL CHAIR, AND MAJ. ELLEN BROWNING,
CADET ADVISORY COUNCIL ADVISOR, LED A TRAINING SESSION ON THE CADET
ADVISORY COUNCIL. UNDER MAJ. BRIAN FRESEMAN, CADET AIRMEN AND NCOS
MET TO DISCUSS OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CADET WHO IS ADVANCING IN THE
PROGRAM. A SESSION ON THE NEW CADET COMPETITION RULES WAS HELD BY
SENIOR MEMBER JAN CHANSKI WHO HAD ESCORTED A TEAM TO THE NATIONAL
CADET COMPETITION IN DECEMBER OF 2015. HELPING HER WITH THE
PRESENTATION AND SOME COLOR GUARD TRAINING WAS THE NORTH
HENNEPIN COMPOSITE SQUADRON CURRENT AND PAST COLOR GUARD TEAM
MEMBERS. THE CAC SPONSORED A SPEECH CONTEST FOR THE CADETS. THE
WINNER, C/1ST LT EMILY HACKBARTH, PRESENTED THE SPEECH AT THAT
EVENINGS’ AWARDS BANQUET. THE AWARD WINNING MNWG DRUG DEMAND
REDUCTION PROGRAM LED TWO SEMINARS. NORTH CENTRAL REGION DDR
DIRECTOR LT. COL. BONNIE BRAUN AND MNWG DDR DIRECTOR 1LT. NANETTE
BERG CHALLENGED CADETS TO GET ACTIVE AND MAKE EDUCATION FUN. THE
SECOND SESSION FOR CADETS AND SENIORS CONCENTRATED ON SETTING AND
ACCOMPLISHING DDR GOALS WITH A “HOW TO” ON COMPLETING THE AFTER
ACTION REPORTS ON ESERVICES. ALL CADETS WERE ASKED TO ATTEND “FROM
STRIPES TO DIAMONDS” LED BY LT. COL. “JD” ELLIS (SPAATZ RECIPIENT #663)
WHO SPOKE ABOUT USING ONE’S CADET CAREER TO PREPARE FOR THE SPAATZ
EXAM AND THEN LIVE LIFE AS A SPAATZ RECIPIENT. COL. ELLIS MADE HIMSELF
AVAILABLE TO THE CADETS BY PARTICIPATING AT THE SPECIALTY FAIR. THE
SPECIALTY FAIR OFFERS TABLES OR “BOOTHS” FOR MEMBERS TO MEET WITH
DIRECTORS AND VENDORS OR RECRUITERS LIKE THE AIR FORCE AND AIR FORCE
ASSOCIATION. CADETS ALSO ATTENDED A DISCUSSIONS ON THE NEW CADET
PHYSICAL FITNESS TRAINING, AEROSPACE EDUCATION’S STEM (SCIENCE,
TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS) KIT PRESENTATION AND THE
EVER POPULAR FLIGHT SIMULATORS WITH A FLIGHT SIMULATOR COMPETITION.
THE ANNUAL MINNESOTA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY WAS HELD 20-23 OCTOBER AT
CAMP RIPLEY UNDER THE COMMANDER OF MAJ. ANDREW “ANDY” DEW AND
CADET COMMANDER C/MAJ SARAH CHANSKI. ATTENDANCE WAS EXCEPTIONAL
WITH 70 CADETS ATTENDING AS STUDENTS AT THE AIRMAN TRAINING SCHOOL
AND NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER SCHOOL. THIRTY-FIVE STUDENTS ATTENDED
THE REGION CADET LEADERSHIP SCHOOL WHICH RAN JOINTLY WITH MLA.

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CADETS CAME FROM NINE DIFFERENT STATES: MINNESOTA, IOWA, MICHIGAN,
TEXAS, TENNESSEE, ARIZONA, HAWAII, NEBRASKA AND OREGON WHICH IN
TURN REPRESENTS FIVE REGIONS. TWENTY-SIX CADETS SERVED AS STAFF
UNDER THE MENTORSHIP OF 30 SENIOR MEMBERS.
THE MNWG WING CADET COMPETITION WAS HELD ON 5 NOVEMBER AT THE
ARMY AVIATION SUPPORT FACILITY IN ST. CLOUD WITH FIVE SQUADRONS
VYING FOR THE COVETED TITLE OF MINNESOTA WING COLOR GUARD. DURING
THE COMMAND OF COL. BRENT HALWEG THE WING DECIDED TO HAVE AN
ANNUAL COMPETITION REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT NATIONAL HELD A
COMPETITION. IF NATIONAL HOLDS A COMPETITION, THE MNWG COLOR GUARD
OR THE SECOND PLACE WINNER REPRESENTS THE WING. NORTH HENNEPIN
COMPOSITE SQUADRON (NHS), KNOWN FOR WINNING COLOR GUARD TEAMS,
ONCE AGAIN TOOK FIRST PLACE, FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY ST. CLOUD
COMPOSITE SQUADRON AND OWATONNA COMPOSITE SQUADRON TAKING
THIRD PLACE. PLACINGS IN THE VARIOUS AREAS OF COMPETITION WERE AS
FOLLOWS: INDOOR POSTING - 1ST NHS, 2ND ST. CLOUD; OUTDOOR POSTING - 1ST
NHS, 2ND VIKING; TEAM LEADERSHIP - 1ST ST. CROIX, 2ND ST. CLOUD; WRITTEN
EXAM - 1ST 130TH, 2ND NHS; PHYSICAL TRAINING - 1ST 130TH, 2ND ST. CLOUD;
INSPECTION - 1ST NHS, 2ND OWATONNA. THE HIGHEST TEST SCORE ON THE
WRITTEN EXAM WAS ACHIEVED BY C/MSGT. EVAN THORESON, VIKING
COMPOSITE SQUADRON. THE MALE FLEET FOOT WINNER WAS C/CAPT. EVAN
WIGHAM, ST. CLOUD COMPOSITE SQUADRON. THE FEMALE FLEET FOOT WINNER
WAS C/MSGT. KATHERINE OLSON OF ST. CLOUD COMPOSITE SQUADRON.
29 APRIL – 1 MARCH ENCAMPMENT PREPARATORY SCHOOL 27 STUDENTS, 37
CADRE,14 SENIORS
3 – 5 JUNE ENCAMPMENT PREPARATORY SCHOOL 34 STUDENTS, 25 CADRE, 12
SENIORS
23 – 30 JULY ENCAMPMENT COMMANDER LT COL JAY SLIWINSKI 87 BASIC
STUDENTS 33 ADVANCED STUDENTS 50 CADRE 43 SENIORS
20 – 23 OCTOBER MINNESOTA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY COMMANDER MAJ
ANDREW DEW
70 ATS/NCOS STUDENTS 35 RCLS STUDENTS, CADETS FROM 9 DIFFERENT STATES
IN ATTENDANCE
26 CADET STAFF 30 SENIORS
5 NOVEMBER MN WING CADET COMPETITION
Drug Demand Reduction
MINNESOTA WING CIVIL AIR PATROL’S DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION PROGRAM
(DDR) OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS EARNED DDR OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS THROUGH A
VARIETY OF OUTREACH PROGRAMS FOR THE COMMUNITY AND CADET
ACTIVITIES AT ALL LEVELS OF INTEREST.

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MINNESOTA WING STRIVES TO EMPOWER CADETS TO STEP UP AND FILL THE
VOID FOR DDR EDUCATION IN THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN LIEU OF BUDGET
CUTS AND THE ENDING OF THE DARE PROGRAMS IN MANY MINNESOTA SCHOOL
DISTRICTS. A FORMULATION OF A CADET TASK FORCE BY MINNESOTA WING
CONTINUES TO SPARK INTEREST AMONG THE CADETS AS SHOWN IN THEIR
ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AND INVOLVEMENT. THIS SERIOUS INVOLVEMENT IS
DEMONSTRATED BY THE FACT THAT MINNESOTA WING SUBMITTED A CADET
OFFICER AS THEIR CHOICE FOR DDR OFFICER OF THE YEAR FOR 2016. IT IS THE
GOAL OF MINNESOTA WING TO ENCOURAGE ALL CIVIL AIR PATROL WINGS
NATIONWIDE TO OFFER A CADET TASK FORCE TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES.
MINNESOTA WING PROMOTED DDR AT WING LEVEL BY INCLUDING DDR AT ALL
CADET ACTIVITIES AND STRONGLY ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION IN DDR ON A
MONTHLY BASIS BY ALL SQUADRONS. MINNESOTA WING COMPLETED AND
SUBMITTED 78 DDR AFTER
ACTIVITY
REPORTS
FOR
PRESENTATIONS,
INCLUDING
CHARACTER
DEVELOPMENT, WING CONFERENCE SESSIONS, PRESENTATIONS IN SCHOOLS,
TRAINING LEADERS OF CADETS SEMINARS (TLC), AND DDR SESSIONS DURING
THE ANNUAL CADET ENCAMPMENT.
MINNESOTA WING DDRO’S HAD A TOTAL OF 541.75 PRESENTATION HOURS
WHICH IS REFLECTED IN THE 78 AFTER ACTION REPORTS. MINNESOTA WING
STATISTICS:
NUMBER OF MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN DDR
ACTIVITIES: 5,411
NUMBER OF HOURS DEDICATED TO DDR ACTIVITIES: 541.75
NUMBER OF UNITS THAT PARTICIPATED IN DDR: 11 INCLUDING WING HQ AT
WING CONFERENCE AND ENCAMPMENT
NUMBER OF MILES TRAVELED FOR DDR PRESENTATIONS/EVENTS: 2,183
THE WING DDR OFFICER’S LOG OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDES:
MINNESOTA WING ENCAMPMENT – CADET DDR PRESENTATIONS AND
ACTIVITIES
DULUTH AIR SHOW – DULUTH COMMUNITY OUTREACH BOOTH AT AIR SHOW
MINNESOTA WING CONFERENCE SEMINAR – DDR OVERVIEW FOR SENIORS
SEMINAR SYNOPSIS: SETTING AND ACCOMPLISHING GOALS FOR DDR FOR 20162017 AND HOW TO GET CREDIT BY
COMPLETING DDR AFTER ACTION REPORTS
MINNESOTA WING CONFERENCE SEMINAR - DDR ACTIVITIES FOR CADETS AND
SENIORS
SEMINAR SYNOPSIS: GET ACTIVE! MAKE EDUCATION FUN! DO YOU HAVE YOUR
DDR GAME ON?
MINNESOTA WING VOLLEYBALL COMPETITION/LOCK IN –DDR PRESENTATION
TO ALL ATTENDING
GRAND RAPIDS – DDR COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND TRAINING
BEMIDJI – DDR COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND TRAINING
TRAINING LEADERS OF CADETS (TLC) – DDR TRAINING

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MINNESOTA WING STAFF MEETING – DDR/SAFETY BRIEFING ON BEING SOBER
AND NO BUZZ DRIVING PRESENTED BY WING CHAPLAIN/SAFETY OFFICER
MINNESOTA WING CONTINUES TO PROVIDE A DDR NEWSLETTER KNOWN AS
DDR TIDBITS TO DDROS THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA WING WHICH PROVIDES
ADEQUATE INFORMATION AND IDEAS FOR DDR PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THEIR
SQUADRONS ALLOWING CADETS ACCESS TO REGULAR UPDATES TO DDR
INFORMATION AND EXPECTATIONS. THIS NEWSLETTER IS OPEN TO ALL DDROS
TO SUBMIT TOPIC IDEAS TO INSPIRE OTHERS WITHIN THE WING AND PROVIDE
AN OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK AND SHARE ESSENTIAL DATA TO PROVIDE
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES.AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE 2016 ARTICLES IS THIS
ONE ABOUT THE POP MUSIC ICON PRINCE WHO PASSED AWAY LARGELY
THROUGH THE MISUSE OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS. WE USED THE
NOTORIETY AND POPULARITY OF THIS NATIONALLY KNOWN RECORDING
ARTIST’S DEATH TO BRING HOME AND BRING “CLOSE TO HOME” THE
CONSEQUENCES OF THE MISUSE OF DRUGS.
PURPLE RAIN
A GREAT MUSICIAN, PRINCE, RECENTLY PASSED AWAY. HE WAS BEST KNOWN
FOR A SONG CALLED PURPLE RAIN. THERE ARE MANY STORIES ABOUT WHAT
THE WORDS PURPLE RAIN REFER TO IN THE SONG. WE MAY NEVER KNOW THE
EXACT MEANING. HOWEVER, IT IS INTERESTING THAT THERE IS ALSO A DRUG
CALLED PURPLE RAIN, AS WELL AS “PURP” AND MANY OTHER DRUG NAMES
CLOSELY RELATED. PURPLE RAIN IS A PCP LACED MARIJUANA CIGARETTE, OR
JUST PCP. IT CAN ALSO REFER TO COUGH SYRUP MIXED WITH SODA AND/OR
JOLLY RANCHERS. IT IS VERY DANGEROUS AND SOME CELEBRITIES HAVE DIED
FROM USING IT. THE ARTICLE PROVIDED A WEBSITE FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION.
MINNESOTA WING EMPOWERS CADETS WITH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT DRUG USE
AND ADDICTION PREVENTION AND REQUIRES THE PROMOTION OF DDR AS
COMPULSORY FOR ALL WING LEVEL ACTIVITIES. BECAUSE OF THIS AMBITIOUS
GOAL ACTIVITY/PROJECT OFFICERS MUST INCORPORATE A DDR COMPONENT OR
BRIEFING IN ALL ORGANIZED CADET ACTIVITIES. THE DDRA ASSIST OR
CONDUCTS ACTIVITIES AT SQUADRON EVENTS TO ENCOURAGE AND EMULATE
EXPECTED APPLICATION OF THE DDR PROGRAM.
MINNESOTA WING’S DDR PROGRAM HAS ENGAGED CADETS IN THE PROMOTION
OF THE PROGRAM AND IS ON THE ROAD OBTAINING THE AGGRESSIVE GOALS
THE WING HAS SET. THE CREATIVITY OF MINNESOTA WING DDROS AND THEIR
WILLINGNESS TO BE AN INSTRUMENT OF CHANGE PLUS THEIR DESIRE TO BUILD
DISCERNMENT AMONG YOUTH IS EVIDENT BY THE HOURS OF VOLUNTEERISM
AS WELL AS THE OUT OF POCKET EXPENDITURES USED TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR
OBJECTIVES. THE HOURS OF VOLUNTEERISM AS WELL AS THE OUT OF POCKET
EXPENDITURES USED TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR OBJECTIVES. THIS EXEMPLIFIES

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THE VALUE MINNESOTA WING PLACES ON THE DDR PROGRAM AND
DISTINGUISHES IT FROM AMONG ITS PEERS.

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APPENDIX I: Chapters I-III - Data and Statistics
OPERATIONS
Director of Operations
Aircraft Coordinator
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
CIS Officer
Homeland Security Officer
Director Counterdrug Operations
Counterdrug Administrative Officer
Director of Emergency Services
Disaster Relief Officer
ES Training Officer

Capt Dale Armstrong
GRADE
Capt James Zuralas
GRADE
GRADE
Maj Thomas Fitzhenry
GRADE
Lt Col Stan Kegel
GRADE
Lt Col Ron MacCarthy

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
OPERATIONS
Director of Operations
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
Aircraft Coordinator
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
1. THE STANDARDS AND EVALUATIONS WORLD CONTINUES IN
ACCORDANCE TO THE REGULATIONS AS CHECK PILOTS GIVE
CHECK RIDES AND THE DIRECTOR, CAPT. JAMES “JIM” ZURALES
ALONG WITH LT. COL. DAVID “DAVE” YOST ATTEND THE
MONTHLY WING COMMANDER’S CALL AND STAFF MEETING.
“WE DO COME UP WITH SOME INITIATIVES (OR ATTEMPTED
INITIATIVES) LIKE TRYING TO PAIR STUDENTS WITH
INSTRUCTORS, A FUELING INITIATIVE FOR CESSNA 182S TO
ALLOW MORE EFFICIENCY, ETC.” REPORTS ZURALES. “THE
BIGGEST SPECIFIC THING I'VE DONE IS WRITE MY 8TH
MONTHLY PILOT NEWSLETTER.” STAN/EVAL HOLDS THE
NATIONAL CHECK PILOT STANDARDIZATION COURSE EVERY
MAY AND A SEMINAR AT THE WING CONFERENCE. THE
CONFERENCE SESSION CONCENTRATED ON BEING A PILOT
MENTOR. SIXTY (60) FORM 5 CHECKRIDES GIVEN BY THE
CHECK PILOTS IN THE 2ND HALF OF 2016.
CIS Officer
1. .
Homeland Security Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.

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Director Counterdrug Operations
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
Counterdrug Administrative Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
Director of Emergency Services
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
Disaster Relief Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
ES Training Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.

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AEROSPACE EDUCATION
Director of Aerospace Education
Internal Aerospace Education
External Aerospace Education

Lt Col David Coates
Lt Col David Coates
Lt Col David Coates

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Aerospace Education
1. MINNESOTA WING’S DEPARTMENT OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION ENJOYS
AN AWARD WINNING SUCCESSES. THE MAY 2010 COMPLIANCE
INSPECTION (CI) RECEIVED AN A-1 SUCCESSFUL RATING WITH ONE
COMMENDABLE REMARK WHILE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF LT. COL.
BLAZE CUNNINGHAM, DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION (DAE),
AND MAJ. DAVID COATES, DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL AEROSPACE
EDUCATION. THREE YEARS LATER ON 28 SEP 2013 STAFF ASSISTED
VISIT GARNERED ANOTHER A-1 SUCCESSFUL RATING WITH THREE
COMMENDABLE REMARKS WITH LT. COL AL MATSON AS THE DAE AND
EXTERNAL AE MANAGED BY MAJ. DAVID COATES. A REPEAT
PERFORMANCE ON A CI ON 28 SEP 2014 LED TO AN A-1; HIGHLY
SUCCESSFUL AND ONE COMMENDABLE REMARK WITH NOW LT. COL.
DAVID COATES AT THE HELM AS DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE
EDUCATION. THE 2016 SAV RESULTS ARE UNKNOWN AT THE TIME OF
THIS WRITING BUT A “HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL” RATING IS EXPECTED.
Internal Aerospace Education
THE AE OFFICERS ADVANCE THE MINNESOTA AE PROGRAM THROUGH A
VARIETY OF AVIATION AND AERONAUTIC ENDEAVORS. WE HELD THE
NATIONAL AVIATION FLIGHT ACADEMY HERE IN MINNESOTA, AND OFFER BOTH
GLIDER AND POWER FLIGHTS TO OUR CADETS. WE CONDUCT BOTH THE MODEL
ROCKETRY PROGRAM AND THE NEW UAV PROGRAM FOR OUR CADETS TO
ADVANCE AERONAUTIC ENDEAVORS.
IN MINNESOTA, WE HAVE 22 AEM AND 56 AEO. OUR AEM ADVANCES
AWARENESS OF AEROSPACE ISSUES AND EDUCATES STUDENTS. OUR AEO USES
THE TOOLS, LIKE THE STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH)
KITS, TO INFORM, INSPIRE AND CREATE A GENUINE INTEREST IN AERONAUTICS,
ROBOTIC, UAV AND ASTRONOMY.
THE AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION FUNDED CYBER PATRIOT PROGRAM HAS ACTIVE
PARTICIPATION THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA WING. THE PROGRAM ADVANCES
COMMUNICATION AND HARDENING COMPUTERS FROM CYBER-ATTACKS. THE
PROGRAM ALSO PROMOTES THINKING AND INSPIRES COLLABORATION AMONG
THE PARTICIPANTS. THIS PROGRAM IS GAINING POPULARITY AMONG OUR
SQUADRONS. WE HAVE NINE SQUADRONS PARTICIPATING IN THE CYBER
PATRIOTS PROGRAM IN 2016.
External Aerospace Education

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1. THE WING WORKS WITH SEVERAL OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS
INCLUDING THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, THE GIRL SCOUTS
OF AMERICA, JROTC, WOMEN WITH WINGS (WOMEN IN
AVIATION PROGRAM), AVIATION DAYS AND WINGS OF THE
NORTH - AIR EXPO, THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND
POLICE TO ADVANCE THE EXTERNAL AE PROGRAM THROUGH
WORKSHOPS, HANDS ON ACTIVITIES, SIMULATORS AND
DEMONSTRATIONS.
CADET PROGRAMS
Director of Cadet Programs
Cadet Programs Development
Region/Wing Cadet Leadership School Coordinator
Cadet Honor Academy Coordinator
Cadet Advisory Council Chair
Director of Drug Demand Reduction

Maj Blane Pierson
Maj Blane Pierson
GRADE
GRADE
Maj Ellen Browning
1st Lt Nanette Stevens

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Cadet Programs
29 APRIL – 1 MARCH ENCAMPMENT PREPARATORY SCHOOL 27 STUDENTS 37
CADRE 14 SENIORS
3 – 5 JUNE ENCAMPMENT PREPARATORY SCHOOL 34 STUDENTS 25 CADRE 12
SENIORS
23 – 30 JULY ENCAMPMENT COMMANDER LT COL JAY SLIWINSKI 87 BASIC
STUDENTS 33 ADVANCED STUDENTS 50 CADRE 43 SENIORS
20 – 23 OCTOBER MINNESOTA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY COMMANDER MAJ
ANDREW DEW
70 ATS/NCOS STUDENTS 35 RCLS STUDENTS, CADETS FROM 9 DIFFERENT STATES
IN ATTENDANCE
26 CADET STAFF30 SENIORS
5 NOVEMBER MN WING CADET COMPETITION
2016-2016 REGION Cadet Advisory Council representatives:
1. LT. COL. BOAZ FINK
2. MINNESOTA'S COUNCIL SQUADRON REPRESENTATIVES: C/CAPT. ETHAN
COMPTON
C/CAPT. ALEX DVORAK
C/1ST LT. ANNALISE TOSTENSON
C/CMSGT DAKOTA ST. JOHN
C/SMSGT JOSIAH THOMAS
C/2ND LT. MICHAEL WOLFGRAM
C/CMSGT LAUREN WISELEY
C/CAPT. EMILY HARKBARTH
C/CAPT. ETHAN WENTLER
C/2ND LT. KIRSTEN OLSON

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C/CAPT. ANTHONY CAMPAGNOLA
C/2ND LT. JACK TROMBLEY
C/CMSGT CALEB GREGORY
C/CMSGT JONATHAN SCHROEDER
C/1ST LT. COURTNEY ROGAT
C/2ND LT. MACY KLEIN
C/2ND LT. ANA TOSTENSON
C/CMSGT SARAH SKJEVELAND
C/MSGT CAMERON ARGO
Cadet Conference
1. SEE NARRATIVE FOR CADET PROGRAMS.
Region Cadet Leadership School (RCLS)
1. THIRTY-FIVE STUDENTS ATTENDED THE REGION CADET
LEADERSHIP SCHOOL WHICH RAN JOINTLY WITH MLA. CADETS
CAME FROM NINE DIFFERENT STATES: MINNESOTA, IOWA,
MICHIGAN, TEXAS, TENNESSEE, ARIZONA, HAWAII, NEBRASKA
AND OREGON WHICH IN TURN REPRESENTS FIVE REGIONS.
Cadet Honor Academy (CHA)
1. N/A
REGION Cadet Competition or MINNESOTA Wing Cadet Competition
1. The MNWG Wing Cadet Competition was held on 5 November at the Army
Aviation Support Facility in St. Cloud with five squadrons vying for the
coveted title of Minnesota Wing Color Guard. During the command of Col.
Brent Halweg the wing decided to have an annual competition regardless of
whether or not national held a competition. If national holds a competition,
the MNWG Color Guard or the second place winner represents the wing.
North Hennepin Composite Squadron (NHS), known for winning Color
Guard teams, once again took first place, followed closely by St. Cloud
Composite Squadron and Owatonna Composite Squadron taking third place.
Placings in the various areas of competition were as follows: Indoor Posting
- 1st NHS, 2nd St. Cloud; Outdoor Posting - 1st NHS, 2nd Viking; Team
Leadership - 1st St. Croix, 2nd St. Cloud; Written Exam - 1st 130th, 2nd
NHS; Physical Training - 1st 130th, 2nd St. Cloud; Inspection - 1st NHS,
2nd Owatonna. The highest test score on the written exam was achieved by
C/MSgt. Evan Thoreson, Viking Composite Squadron. The male fleet foot
winner was C/Capt. Evan Wigham, St. Cloud Composite Squadron. The
female fleet foot winner was C/MSgt. Katherine Olson of St. Cloud
Composite Squadron.
Director of Drug Demand Reduction
MINNESOTA WING DDRO’S HAD A TOTAL OF 541.75 PRESENTATION HOURS
WHICH IS REFLECTED IN THE 78 AFTER ACTION REPORTS. MINNESOTA WING
STATISTICS:

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NUMBER OF MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN DDR
ACTIVITIES: 5,411
NUMBER OF HOURS DEDICATED TO DDR ACTIVITIES: 541.75
NUMBER OF UNITS THAT PARTICIPATED IN DDR: 11 INCLUDING WING HQ AT
WING CONFERENCE AND ENCAMPMENT
NUMBER OF MILES TRAVELED FOR DDR PRESENTATIONS/EVENTS: 2,183
THE WING DDR OFFICER’S LOG OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDES:
MINNESOTA WING ENCAMPMENT – CADET DDR PRESENTATIONS AND
ACTIVITIES
DULUTH AIR SHOW – DULUTH COMMUNITY OUTREACH BOOTH AT AIR SHOW
MINNESOTA WING CONFERENCE SEMINAR – DDR OVERVIEW FOR SENIORS
SEMINAR SYNOPSIS: SETTING AND ACCOMPLISHING GOALS FOR DDR FOR 20162017 AND HOW TO GET CREDIT BY COMPLETING DDR AFTER ACTION REPORTS
MINNESOTA WING CONFERENCE SEMINAR - DDR ACTIVITIES FOR CADETS AND
SENIORS
SEMINAR SYNOPSIS: GET ACTIVE! MAKE EDUCATION FUN! DO YOU HAVE YOUR
DDR GAME ON?
MINNESOTA WING VOLLEYBALL COMPETITION/LOCK IN –DDR PRESENTATION
TO ALL ATTENDING
GRAND RAPIDS – DDR COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND TRAINING
BEMIDJI – DDR COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND TRAINING
TRAINING LEADERS OF CADETS (TLC) – DDR TRAINING
MINNESOTA WING STAFF MEETING – DDR/SAFETY BRIEFING ON BEING SOBER
AND NO BUZZ DRIVING PRESENTED BY WING CHAPLAIN/SAFETY OFFICER

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APPENDIX II: Unit Staff - Data and Statistics
Unit Map (showing geographic subdivisions within a WING)

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Unit Organization Chart
(ATTACH  UNIT  ORGANIZATION  CHART  HERE)  

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Unit Command and Staff Listing
(ATTACH  COMMAND  AND  STAFF  DOCUMENT  HERE)  

Member
Duty
Adams, Paul Asst Director of Logistics; Supply Officer; Asst Transportation Officer
Lt Col
Anthony,
Director of Finance
Bruce Capt
Armstrong, Director of Operations
Dale Capt
Bauer,
Asst Director of Professional Development; Personnel Officer
Shannon Lt
Col
Berg,
Asst Inspector General
Theodore
Capt
Bistodeau, Character Development Instructor; Asst Personnel Officer; Plans and
Anna-Marie Programs Officer
Lt Col
Blessman, Historian
Susan Lt Col
Borchardt, Asst Inspector General
Craig Capt
Chanski,
Asst Director of Administration; Asst Public Affairs Officer
David 1st Lt
Coates,
Director of Aerospace Education
David Lt Col
Craig,
Asst Supply Officer
William Capt
Craswell,
Communications Engineering Officer
James Maj
Duncan,
Asst Director of Communications
Bryce Maj
Dunlevy,
Legal Officer
Kevin Lt Col
Finger
, Asst Director of Communications
Ronald Maj
Fitzhenry,
Counterdrug Officer;Director of Emergency Services;Asst Director of
Thomas Maj Operations
Asst Emergency Services Officer
Garlough,
Commander
James Col
Halweg,
Asst Advisor to the Commander
Brent Col

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Heck, Frank Asst Director of Operations
Capt
Hetherington, Maintenance Officer
James Maj
Hienz,
Asst Legal Officer
William Lt
Col
Hollenhorst, Asst Legal Officer
Thomas Lt
Col
Jagow, James Chief
of
Staff
Capt
Director of Safety
Kaufman,
Asst Inspector General
Shelly Maj
Kegel,
Asst Director of Emergency Services; Director of IT;Asst Director of
Stanley
Lt Operations
Col
Kenan,
Asst Recruiting & Retention Officer
David Lt Col
Khan,
Asst Director of Operations
Mahbubur
1st Lt
Kilian,
Director of Professional Development; Asst Personnel Officer; Testing
Douglas Lt Officer
Col
Knutson,
Asst Emergency Services Training Officer
Jeffrey Maj
MacCarthy, Director of Communications; Emergency Services Training Officer
Ronald
Lt
Col
Mantell,
Asst Director of IT
Jeremy 2d Lt
Martin, D Lt Asst Chaplain
Col
Myers, David Chaplain
Lt Col
Niemann,
Asst Director of Safety;Asst Personnel Officer;Asst Plans and Programs
Carrie Maj Officer
Odette,
Homeland Security Officer
David Lt Col
Pacheco,
Command NCO
Anthony
CMSgt
Pagel,
Asst Director of Operations
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William Capt
Pherson,
Disaster Relief Officer
Nash Maj
Pierson,
Director of Cadet Programs
Blane Maj
Rutten,
Asst Director of Communications; Director of Logistics; Asst Director of
James Lt Col Operations
Transportation Officer
Sherman,
Asst Director of Communications
Wayne Maj
Simonet,
Asst Director of Safety
Thomas Lt
Col
Skaar, David Character Development Instructor; Asst Director of Operations
Lt Col
Sliwinski,
Asst
Alerting
Officer
Jay Lt Col Director
of
Administration
Asst Director of Communications
Sliwinski,
Asst Director of IT; Asst Director of Operations; Government Relations
Kevin Col Advisor
Web Security Administrator
Sommer,
Asst Director of Communications; Asst Director of Finance
Martin Maj
Sorenson,
Vice Commander
Donald
Lt
Col
Stevens,
Drug Demand Reduction Administrator
Nanette 1st
Lt
Swanson,
Director of Recruiting & Retention
Dennis 1st Lt
Tarara, Corie Asst Legal Officer
Capt
Taylor,
Health Services Officer
Robert Maj
Templin,
Inspector General
Lion Capt
Wilberg,
Asst Emergency Services Officer
Chet Lt Col
Yost, David Asst Standardization/Evaluation Officer
Lt Col
Zurales,
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
James Maj

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APPENDIX III: Director of Logistics – Data and Statistics
LOGISTICS
Director of Logistics
Supply Officer
Transportation Officer
Maintenance Officer

Lt Col Bill Rutten
Lt Col Paul Adams
N/A
N/A

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Logistics
MAJOR EQUIPMENT ISSUES IN SUPPORT OF ACTIVITIES:
3/18/16 CTW
4/22 WING CONFERENCE
4/30/16 EPS
6/4/16 EPS
7/23/16 CTG
10/13-15/16 SAV
11/19/16 WG FILE CABINET PROJECT
MAY 2016 ABU DISTRIBUTION
NOV 2016 WEX CARD RECALL
1. DEC 2016 SHELL CARD DISTRIBUTION
Supply Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
Transportation Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
Maintenance Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.

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APPENDIX IV: Director of Communications – Data and Statistics
COMMUNICATIONS
Director of Communications
Communications Licensing Officer
ORMS Officer
HF Coordination Officer

Lt Col Ron MacCarthy
GRADE
GRADE
Capt Ron Finger

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Communications
2016 was a rebuilding year for Minnesota Wing Communications. A number of individuals were
brought on board as Assistant Directors of Communications with specific areas of responsibility:
Logistics – Maj. Martin Sommer, 800 MHz – Lt. Col. Jay Sliwinski, HF Radio – Capt. Ron
Finger, Repeaters – Maj. Wayne Sherman, Communications Engineering Officer – Maj. Jay
Craswell and Maj. Bryce Duncan
The Byron Repeater failed and was sent National. It is now operational. The Maple Grove
Repeater had to have its antenna repaired. The Hutchinson Repeater is scheduled to be improved
and reinstalled on the local water tower.
Work began on a better method of tracking the reprogramming of EF Johnson VHF radios. This
will continue into 2017. Meanwhile, logistics was moved from Red Wing to Wing Headquarters
in S. St. Paul to facilitate the logistic function of the wing. A secure cage was assembled in the
hanger for the equipment.
The repair of equipment has been simplified. All equipment that needs repair is turned into the
Wing and forwarded to the National Technology Center in Alabama. On the other hand, the
disposal of communication equipment continues as we actively assist the squadrons in turning in
obsolete equipment. Non-Department of Defense equipment is recycled with Best Buy. DOD
equipment goes to Camp Ripley.
The Air Force mandated that all HF call signs have no more than two numbers. This prompted a
redo of the wing call signs for both HF and VHF. Another change with HF radios began when
National changed the code plug. With the help of Ron Finger, all Wing HF radios were updated.
For his hard work Ron Finder was recognized as the Wing Communicator of the Year.
The Wing purchased and received some donations of narrow band compatible HF radios. These
are generally 16 channel radios, but are more easily programmed than the EF Johnson radios
which was accomplished by Lt Col. Jay Sliwinski.
The State of Minnesota utilizes a system called ARMER for most public safety communications.
The wing was able to train operators in this system and, therefore, was able to utilize some
donated 800 MHz radios.
Negotiation began on acquiring permission to install one of the wing’s portable repeaters at
Camp Ripley. This is a continuing project. Another project is Constant Watch 16, a national CAP
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communications exercise, which was held 29 April with good participation from MN Wing. The
DOD communications exercise, COMMEX 16-4 was completed in the fall. This exercise is
designed to test the ability of National to communicate with local squadrons, without using the
internet or commercial phone communications.
Two Wing Communications meetings were held. The first one on 26 March as of a general
nature and was held in St. Cloud Composite Squadron. The second meeting was on HF
operations at Brainerd Composite Squadron on 10 December. The Director was invited to
participate in the monthly conference call with the FEMA Regional Emergency Communications
Coordination Working Group. Minnesota Wing is within the area covered by FEMA Region
2016 was a rebuilding year for Minnesota Wing Communications. A number of individuals were
brought on board as Assistant Directors of Communications with specific areas of responsibility:
Logistics – Maj. Martin Sommer, 800 MHz – Lt. Col. Jay Sliwinski, HF Radio – Capt. Ron
Finger, Repeaters – Maj. Wayne Sherman, Communications Engineering Officer – Maj. Jay
Craswell and Maj. Bryce Duncan
The Byron Repeater failed and was sent National. It is now operational. The Maple Grove
Repeater had to have its antenna repaired. The Hutchinson Repeater is scheduled to be improved
and reinstalled on the local water tower.
Work began on a better method of tracking the reprogramming of EF Johnson VHF radios. This
will continue into 2017. Meanwhile, logistics was moved from Red Wing to Wing Headquarters
in S. St. Paul to facilitate the logistic function of the wing. A secure cage was assembled in the
hanger for the equipment.
The repair of equipment has been simplified. All equipment that needs repair is turned into the
Wing and forwarded to the National Technology Center in Alabama. On the other hand, the
disposal of communication equipment continues as we actively assist the squadrons in turning in
obsolete equipment. Non-Department of Defense equipment is recycled with Best Buy. DOD
equipment goes to Camp Ripley.
The Air Force mandated that all HF call signs have no more than two numbers. This prompted a
redo of the wing call signs for both HF and VHF. Another change with HF radios began when
National changed the code plug. With the help of Ron Finger, all Wing HF radios were updated.
For his hard work Ron Finder was recognized as the Wing Communicator of the Year.
The Wing purchased and received some donations of narrow band compatible HF radios. These
are generally 16 channel radios, but are more easily programmed than the EF Johnson radios
which was accomplished by Lt Col. Jay Sliwinski.
The State of Minnesota utilizes a system called ARMER for most public safety communications.
The wing was able to train operators in this system and, therefore, was able to utilize some
donated 800 MHz radios.
Negotiation began on acquiring permission to install one of the wing’s portable repeaters at
Camp Ripley. This is a continuing project. Another project is Constant Watch 16, a national CAP

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communications exercise, which was held 29 April with good participation from MN Wing. The
DOD communications exercise, COMMEX 16-4 was completed in the fall. This exercise is
designed to test the ability of National to communicate with local squadrons, without using the
internet or commercial phone communications.
Two Wing Communications meetings were held. The first one on 26 March as of a general
nature and was held in St. Cloud Composite Squadron. The second meeting was on HF
operations at Brainerd Composite Squadron on 10 December. The Director was invited to
participate in the monthly conference call with the FEMA Regional Emergency Communications
Coordination Working Group. Minnesota Wing is within the area covered by FEMA Region V.
Both a change-of-command inventory and an annual inventory of communications equipment
were accomplished. Shortly after the annual was completed, the Air Force conducted a Staff
Assistance Visit (SAV). There were no problems with the inventory and subsequently the Air
Force has used Minnesota Wing’s communication logistics system as an example for other Air
Force personnel.
Both a change-of-command inventory and an annual inventory of communications equipment
were accomplished. Shortly after the annual was completed, the Air Force conducted a Staff
Assistance Visit (SAV). There were no problems with the inventory and subsequently the Air
Force has used Minnesota Wing’s communication logistics system as an example for other Air
Force personnel.
Communications Licensing Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
ORMS Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
HF Coordination Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
Communications Operations
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
Communications Facilities and Equipment
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.

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APPENDIX V: Director of Professional Development - Data and Statistics
Professional Development
Director of Professional Development

Lt Col Doug Kilian

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Professional Development
SENIOR MEMBERS AROUND MINNESOTA WING WORKED ON ACHIEVING THEIR
TRAINING LEVELS. THE WING WELCOMED 63 NEW MEMBERS WHO COMPLETED
LEVEL I, CAP ORIENTATION, PROVIDING THEM WITH THE INFORMATION
REQUIRED FOR ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP IN CAP. THIS LEVEL CONSISTS OF A
BLENDED COURSE CONTAINING A SERIES OF LESSONS TAKEN BY THE NEW
MEMBER ONLINE SUPPLEMENTED WITH IN-RESIDENCE CONTENT TAUGHT BY
THE UNIT’S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (PDO). THE COURSE ALSO
INCLUDES A “PLAN OF ACTION” WHICH THE MEMBER, PDO AND COMMANDER
WORK ON TOGETHER TO MAP OUT THE NEW MEMBER’S FIRST 18 MONTHS IN
CAP.
LEVEL II AND ITS AWARD NAMED AFTER TUSKEGEE AIRMAN BENJAMIN O.
DAVIS AWARD WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY 18 MINNESOTA WING MEMBERS AND
CONCENTRATES ON TECHNICAL TRAINING. IN THIS LEVEL, THE MEMBER
ACQUIRES A TECHNICAL SKILL AND BEGINS RECEIVING BASIC LEADERSHIP AND
MANAGEMENT TRAINING. CAP PRESENTS STUDY MATERIAL IN PAMPHLETS
CALLED SPECIALTY TRACK STUDY GUIDES. EACH MEMBER, IN COORDINATION
WITH THE UNIT COMMANDER AND UNIT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
OFFICER, SELECTS A SPECIALTY BASED ON INDIVIDUAL INTERESTS AND THE
NEEDS OF THE UNIT. THE MEMBER COMPLETES THE OFFICER BASIC COURSE,
WHICH GIVES THE MEMBER FURTHER INSIGHT INTO THE CAP ORGANIZATION
AND INTRODUCES THEM TO BASIC MANAGEMENT, COMMUNICATION AND
LEADERSHIP CONCEPTS.
SEVEN MEMBERS EARNED THE GROVER LEARNING AEROSPACE AWARD BY
COMPLETING LEVEL III WITH ITS CONCENTRATION ON MANAGEMENT.
LEVEL IV CONCENTRATES ON MEMBERS DESIRING TO BECOME LEADERS IN CAP.
EVERY WING AND REGION COMMANDER, AND THOSE MEMBERS BEING
GROOMED TO REPLACE THEM, COMPLETES LEVEL IV. CAP ALSO REQUIRES
MEMBERS TO COMPLETE REGION STAFF COLLEGE (RSC) AT THIS LEVEL OR THE
USAF SQUADRON OFFICER SCHOOL (SOS) BY CORRESPONDENCE OR ANY OF THE
PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION (PME) EQUIVALENTS. ONE MINNESOTA
WING SENIOR MEMBER SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED LEVEL IV AND EARNED THE
PAUL E. GARBER AWARD.
THE WING HELD THREE SQUADRON LEADERSHIP SCHOOL (SLS) TO TRAIN
SQUADRON-LEVEL MEMBERS TO PERFORM THEIR SQUADRON JOBS AND

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INTRODUCES LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES. ANOKA
COMPOSITE SQUADRON TRIED A UNIQUE APPROACH BY HOLDING SEVERAL
CLASS SESSIONS OVER SEVERAL WEEKS ENDING IN MARCH. ST. PAUL
COMPOSITE SQUADRON ACCOMPLISHED THE TRAINING OVER THE 9-10 MARCH
2016 WEEKEND. SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA COMPOSITE SQUADRON OFFERED THE
SLS, 17-18 SEPTEMBER IN ROCHESTER.
SUMMARY:
LEVEL COMPLETIONS
63 LEVEL I COMPLETIONS
18 LEVEL II COMPLETIONS
7 LEVEL III COMPLETIONS
1 LEVEL IV
SLS HELD SEPT 17-18 IN ROCHESTER MN
SLS HELD MARCH IN ANOKA
SLS HELD 9-10 MARCH IN ST PAUL

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APPENDIX VI: Staff Officers - Data and Statistics
Director of Administration
Director of Personnel
Director of Recruiting and Retention
Director of Plans and Programs
Director of Public Affairs
Director of Information Technology
Finance - Financial Statement
Chaplain
Historian
Health Services

Lt Col Jay Sliwinski
Lt Col Shannon Bauer
1st Lt Dennis Swanson
Lt Col Anna-Marie Bistodeau
1st Lt Renee Belina, David Chanski
2d Lt Jeremy Mantell
Capt Bruce Anthony
Lt Col David Myers
Lt Col Susan Blessman
Maj Robert Taylor

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Administration
UNDER THE COMMANDER OF COL. BRENT HALWEG, LT. COL. THOMAS SIMONET
MAINTAINED THE SUPPLEMENTS AND OTHER DUTIES OF THE ADMINISTRATION
OFFICER. SIMONET, A RETIRED USAF COLONEL, LABORED UNDER PERSONAL
HARDSHIP TO MEET THE IMMEDIATE DEMANDS OF THIS DUTY POSITION.
IN OCTOBER LT. COL. JAY SLIWINSKI, A 911 SHIFT SUPERVISOR AT AN
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER, WAS DESIGNATED AS THE WING
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION. HE IMMEDIATELY BEGAN WORK ON THE
BACKLOG OF PARTICIPATION LETTERS AND FIND RIBBONS FOR 2016 MISSIONS
ENSURING THIS AREA WAS UP TO DATE. HE SET AND ACHIEVED SEVERAL GOALS
IN HIS FIRST THREE MONTHS AS ADMINISTRATOR TO IMPROVE THE PAPERWORK
OF THE WING BY GOING PAPERLESS. THESE GOALS INCLUDED IMPLEMENTING A
WING-WIDE ATTENDANCE SYSTEM USING WWW.BESTATTENDANCE.COM. THIS
ATTENDANCE SYSTEM, AVAILABLE FOR WING AND SQUADRON, ALLOWS
ACCESS TO ATTENDANCE RECORDS ONLINE FROM HOME, WORK, ETC., WITHOUT
HAVING TO FIND THE ROSTER OR DRIVE TO THE SQUADRON. IN ADDITION, IT
TRACKS WHICH SENIOR MEMBERS ARE AT ACTIVITIES, SO WHEN AN SUI OR CI
COME UP, IT IS EASY TO SHOW THAT THERE WERE TWO CPP TRAINED SENIOR
MEMBERS AT EVERY EVENT. FINALLY, IT HELPS FOR LARGER, OVERNIGHT
ACTIVITIES, AS IT IMMEDIATELY KEEPS AN ONLINE ATTENDANCE SYSTEM THAT
IS AVAILABLE TO THE DIRECT OF CADET PROGRAMS IN CASE THERE IS AN
EMERGENCY SITUATION AND A HEAD COUNT IS NEEDED.
FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE WING STAFF, AN ONLINE MONTHLY WING STAFF
MEMBER REPORT WAS CREATED. THESE REPORTS PROVIDE THE STAFF WITH
EACH OTHER’S GOALS, SHORT AND LONG TERM PLANS, AND
ACCOMPLISHMENTS. ADDITIONALLY, AN ONLINE NOTE-TAKING SYSTEM OF THE
WING STAFF MEETING IS USED AND THE RESULTS ARE PUBLISHED IN AN EMAIL
AND STORED ELECTRONICALLY AS A GOOGLE DOCUMENT. MEMBERS WHO
COULD NOT ATTEND THE WING MEETING IN PERSON ARE ABLE TO GO ONLINE,
OPEN THE MEETING NOTES AND WATCH AS THEY WERE BEING COMPLETED IN
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REAL TIME. ONLINE FORMS AND SUPPLEMENTS RECEIVED AN UPDATE BY
CHANGING
THE
USER-INTERFACE.
THESE
ARE
AVAILABLE
AT
WWW.MNCAP.ORG. PUBLICATIONS ARE UNDERWAY WHICH DOCUMENT THE
VARIOUS PROCESSES UNIQUE TO MINNESOTA WING.
FOR YEARS MINNESOTA WING MEMBERS ENJOYED THE WINGTIPS NEWSLETTER
BUT IT FELL BY THE WAY. THIS WAS REINVENTED AS A SHORT, ONE-PAGE "HOW
TO" GUIDE WITH VARYING TOPICS AVAILABLE THROUGH EMAIL AND ON OUR
WING’S WEBSITE.
Director of Personnel
PERSONNEL CLEANED HOUSE, AS IS THE FILES, ELECTRONIC OR PAPER. IN
ADDITION TO THE USUAL PROCESSING OF PROMOTIONS, 50-YEAR LETTERS, ETC.,
WHICH ARE RECORDED AS STATISTICS AT NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS, A
COUPLE OF “BIG TICKET” ITEMS WERE ACCOMPLISHED. LT. COL. BAUER BEGAN
THE YEAR AS A VALUED MEMBERS OF THE MINNESOTA WING AWARDS BOARD.
THIS BOARD REVIEWS THE ANNUAL AWARD NOMINATIONS AND MAKES
RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE WING COMMANDER. IN MARCH THE ANNUAL
REVIEW OF MINNESOTA WING SUPPLEMENTS,(THE ONES THAT PERTAIN TO
PERSONNEL, WERE COMPLETED. APRIL 2016: ATTENDED MINNESOTA WING
CONFERENCE AND MADE JOINT PRESENTATION WITH THE PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER AS A BREAKOUT SESSION. THROUGHOUT 2016 LT. COL.
BAUER SERVED ON THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.
Director of Recruiting and Retention
PERSONNEL:
AT THE START OF 2016, LTC DAVID KENAN WAS THE MN WING DIRECTOR OF
RECRUITING & RETENTION, WITH 1LT DENNIS SWANSON AS AN ASSISTANT. AT
WING CONFERENCE IN APRIL, LTC KENAN CHOSE TO STEP BACK FROM BEING
THE DIRECTOR DIRECTOR, WHILE REMAINING AN ASSISTANT, WHILE 1LT
SWANSON WAS APPOINTED TO BECOME THE DIRECTOR. LATE IN 2016, CAPT
THOMAS SETTELL FROM MN021 EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN ASSISTING THE
WING EFFORT WITH RECRUITING & RETENTION, AND EVENTUALLY HELP AT ONE
OF THE EVENTS.
WING CONFERENCE
1LT SWANSON PROVIDED A BRIEFING AT THE MN WING CONFERENCE, TO
OUTLINE HIS VISION FOR COLLABORATION AND SHARING OF RECRUITING &
RETENTION IDEAS, IN ADVANCE OF ASSUMING DIRECTORSHIP OF THE WING
RECRUITING & RETENTION FUNCTIONS.
RETENTION SURVEYS PROJECT:
IN LATE 2015, 1LT SWANSON WAS TASKED BY THE WING COMMANDER TO
CONTACT MEMBERS WHOSE MEMBERSHIPS WERE EXPIRING, AND FIND OUT
WHY THEY WERE NOT CONTINUING THEIR MEMBERSHIPS. EARLY IN 2016, 1LT
SWANSON DEVELOPED A PROCESS FOR IDENTIFYING THE MEMBERS, AND
DISTRIBUTING THE INFORMATION TO THE R&R POCS AT EACH SQUADRON, WHO
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CONTACTED THE MEMBERS AND REPORTED RESULTS. 1LT SWANSON COMPILED
THE DATA AND MADE IT AVAILABLE TO THE WING COMMANDER. LATER IN THE
YEAR, THE PROCESS WAS SIMPLIFIED BY USING GOOGLE FORMS, WHICH
AUTOMATICALLY COMPILED THE DATA, AS THE SQUADRON R&R POCS ENTERED
IT. AS THE PROJECT MATURED, EACH SQUADRON WAS ENCOURAGED TO
REGULARLY LOG THEIR ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT THE EXPIRED MEMBERSHIPS,
AND A REPORT WAS PROVIDED AT THE END OF THE YEAR
RECRUITING EVENTS:
OVER THE COURSE 2016, BOTH LTC KENAN AND 1LT SWANSON WERE OFTEN
FOUND DISTRIBUTING BUSINESS CARDS THAT PROMOTED CIVIL AIR PATROL TO
WHOMEVER WOULD ACCEPT THEM.
1LT SWANSON REFINED HIS TECHNIQUES TO USE WHEN HOSTING A RECRUITING
BOOTH. WHEN A BOOTH WAS SET UP AT AN EVENT THAT INVOLVED YOUTH, A
CRAFT TABLE WAS USED TO ATTRACT YOUNG GUESTS WHO COULD BUILD AND
HAND-LAUNCH PAPER ROCKETS AT A SMALL TARGET. SOME EVENTS WERE
COOPERATIVE WITH A SQUADRON THAT COULD PROVIDE A SIMULATOR AND
THE STAFF TO SUPPORT IT - AND THE SIMULATOR WOULD ATTRACT AN OLDER
GUEST TO THE BOOTH. A SIGN-UP SHEET WAS USED TO COLLECT CONTACT
INFORMATION, WHICH WAS DISTRIBUTED TO THE SQUADRON THAT WAS
CLOSEST TO THE HOME OF THAT GUEST. AS THE YEAR PROGRESSED, GIVEAWAYS (BOTTLED WATER AND CAP-BRANDED FLYING DISKS) WERE ALSO
OFFERED WHEN A GUEST PROVIDED CONTACT INFORMATION.
1LT SWANSON HOSTED A BOOTH AT THE FOLLOWING 21 EVENTS:
• JAN (ST CLOUD): VEX ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT.
• APR (CROOKSTON): MOUNTED SHOOTERS COMPETITION, WITH MN134,
AIRCRAFT FLOWN BY LT. COL. PAUL PRIOR
• JUN (BLAINE): DISCOVER AVIATION DAYS, WITH MN021
• JUN (ALEXANDRIA): ALEXANDRIA FLY-IN, AIRCRAFT FLOWN BY LT. COL.
PAUL PRIOR
• JUN (ALEXANDRIA): ALEXANDRIA UNIT KICK-OFF, VAN DRIVEN BY MAJOR
GEORGE SUPAN
• JUN (LAKE ELMO): FLY-IN BREAKFAST, WITH MN122
• JUN (CRYSTAL): AIRPORT OPEN HOUSE WITH MN017
• JULY (BRAINERD): JULY 4TH PARADE, WITH MN012
• JULY (DULUTH): AIRSHOW, WITH MN016
• AUG (RED WING): RED WING DAYS, WITH MN104
• AUG (934 AW): FAMILY DAY, WITH MN131
• AUG (133 AW): FAMILY DAY, WITH MN042
• AUG (STATE FAIR): STEM DAY, WITH MN131 & OTHERS
• SEP (INVERGRVHGT): CAF HANGAR DANCE, WITH MN042
• SEP (STPAUL): AUTO SHOW, WITH AIRCRAFT FROM MN122
• SEP (STPAUL): GIRLS IN AVIATION DAYS, WITH AIRCRAFT FROM MN122

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ATTENDING THE STATIC AIRCRAFT WAS LT. COL. PAUL PRIOR. LT. COL. DAVID
YOST AND MAJOR CHUCK JENTS FERRIED. AT THE INSIDE DISPLAY BOOTH WAS
MAJOR COLLEEN MCARTHUR, MAJOR JASON SUBY, CAPT. STEPHEN WALL, AND
CAPT. CORIE TARARA. THE OUTSIDE ROCKETRY CRAFT TABLE WAS UNDER THE
LEADERSHIP 1LT. DENNIS SWANSON WITH SM MICHAEL DIERCKS, C/SR.AMN.
ALEXANDER TARARA, C/A1C NICHOLAS SCHWEIGER.
MAJOR JAMES ZURALES AND C/2 LT. ANDREW TARA HELPED WHERE NEEDED.
PAPER ROCKETS (113 COUNT!) WERE BUILT, AND MANY BROCHURES AND
FLYERS WERE GIVEN TO ATTENDEES.
• SEP (STANTON): INFORMATIONAL MEETING, WITH MN104
• OCT (MARSHALL): AMERICAN LEGION CONFERENCE
• NOV (MANKATO): VEX ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT, WITH MN048
• NOV (STANTON): INFORMATIONAL MEETING, WITH MN104
• DEC (BURNSVILLE): FIRST (FOR INSPIRATION AND RECOGNITION OF SCIENCE
AND TECHNOLOGY) ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT, WITH CAPT THOMAS SETTELL
• NOTE: IN ADVANCE OF SEVERAL RECRUITING EVENTS, 1LT SWANSON HAD
VISITED SEVERAL OF THE SQUADRONS TO PROVIDE TRAINING FOR RECRUITING
BOOTH OPERATIONS.
MEMBERSHIP
ON 10-DECEMBER 2015, THE MEMBERSHIP OF MN WING WAS 1322 MEMBERS,
WHILE ON 08-DECEMBER 2016; THE MEMBERSHIP OF MN WING HAD GROWN TO
1345 MEMBERS, SHOWING A NET GROWTH OF 23 MEMBERS.
1.
Director of Plans & Programs
THE MAIN RESPONSIBILITY FOR PLANS AND PROGRAMS IS THE ANNUAL WING
CONFERENCE WITH ITS AWARDS PRESENTATIONS. THE 69TH MINNESOTA WING
CONFERENCE WAS HELD APRIL 22-24, 2016 AT BREEZY POINT CONFERENCE
CENTER, PEQUOD LAKES, MN WHICH IS GEOGRAPHICALLY LOCATED IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE STATE. “CELEBRATING 75 YEARS, ALWAYS VIGILANT FOR
AMERICA, 1941-2016 WAS THE THEME UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF WING
COMMANDER, COL. BRENT HALWEG. VISITING DIGNITARIES WERE BRIGADIER
GENERAL LARRY MYRICK, NATIONAL VICE COMMANDER, COLONEL MICHAEL
TYYNISMAA, NATIONAL COMMANDER CAP-USAF, LT. COLONEL JEFFREY
MEYERS, NCLR, COMMANDER COLONEL ROBERT TODD, NCR, COMMANDER,
COLONEL REGENA AYE, NCR VICE COMMANDER, LT. COLONEL DWAYNE STICH,
USAF RET.,LT. COLONEL CLARK CARLSON, MN WING VICE COMMANDER, LT
.COLONEL JAMES GARLOUGH, MN WING CHIEF OF STAFF, MAJOR GENERAL
DWIGHT WHELESS, CAP CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL, MAJOR GENERAL GARY
BATINICH, USAF RET., LT COLONEL JANON D. ELLIS, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE
SPAATZ ASSOCIATION, CAPTAIN KATHLEEN CROCKETT, AIDE DE CAMP,
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS, DAN MURPHY, PRESIDENT, E. W. RAWLINGS
CHAPTER, AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION, KEVIN MORRIS, FAASTEAM PROGRAM
MANAGER, OPERATIONS CASSANDRA ISACKSON, DIRECTOR MNDOT
AERONAUTICS, COLONEL ANITA ELLIOTT, IA WING COMMANDER.

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ON FRIDAY, APRIL 22, MEMBER GATHER TO REGISTER OR ATTEND MEETINGS
SUCH AS THE WING CHAPLAIN MEETING, FIRST AID COURSE, EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE, THE SENIOR OR CADET SOCIAL, DANCE INSTRUCTION AND AN ICE
CREAM SOCIAL. THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MET ON SATURDAY MORNING WITH A
BREAKOUT LATER ON FOR THE CADET ASSEMBLY. THE AFTERNOON OFFERED A
VARIETY OF BREAKOUT SESSIONS PLUS A SPECIALTY FAIR IN WHICH WING
DIRECTORS ARE AVAILABLE TO TALK TO MEMBERS OR OTHER LIKE THE AIR
FORCE ASSOCIATION OFFERING INFORMATION. THE ANNUAL TOWN HALL
MEETING WITH THE WING COMMANDER OFFERS MEMBERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO
PARTICIPATE IN A QUESTIONS/ANSWERS SESSIONS. A WORSHIP SERVICE IS
OFFERED FOLLOWED BY THE ANNUAL BANQUET. THE SPEAKER FOR THE
BANQUET WAS MAJOR GENERAL GARY M. BATINICH, MOBILIZATION ASSISTANT
(MA) TO THE CHIEF OF AIR FORCE RESERVE, THE PENTAGON, WASHINGTON, D.C.
A WING COMMANDER CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY WAS HELD WITH COL.
BRENT HALWEG RELINQUISHING COMMAND TO LT. COL. JAMES GARLOUGH. THE
EVENING ENDED WITH A MILITARY BALL.
SUNDAY MORNING WAS THE CADET ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING AND
COMMANDER’S CALL.
ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE TIMES A YEAR, PLANS AND PROGRAMS IS TASKED WITH
PROVIDING A 5TH MONDAY SOCIAL. IN THE TRADITION OF THE SQUADRONS’
“BLUE MOONS”, AN EVENING OF SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY AND
MOSTLY JUST FOR FUN, THE WING STAFF AND AREA COMMANDERS ARE
INVITED TO GATHER AND BRING FAMILY MEMBERS FOR A POTLUCK DINNER.
WING PURCHASED A GAS BARBEQUE TO ADD VARIETY DURING THE WARMER
MONTHS. OFTEN MEMBERS GATHER AROUND THE GRILL FOR A SOCIAL CHAT
AND FIND THEIR MOUTHS WATERING IN ANTICIPATION OF THE GRILLED MEAT.
WHETHER A WARM SUMMER NIGHT OR ONE OF OUR BONE CHILLING SUB-ZERO
WEATHER DAYS, MEMBERS LOOK FORWARD TO ENJOYING THE 5TH MONDAY
SOCIALS TO CONVERSE WITH FELLOW MEMBERS IN A RELAXED, NON-UNIFORM
SETTING. LET’S FACE IT, WE LIKE EACH OTHER’S COMPANY.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA. LEST WE FORGET... ON 17 DECEMBER 2016
MINNESOTA WING AND SQUADRONS IN THE TWIN CITIES AREA PARTICIPATED IN
THE NATIONAL WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA AT FORT SNELLING NATIONAL
CEMETERY. WE HAD OVER 10,000 WREATHS TO PLACE WITH OVER 300 SPECIAL
REQUEST PLACEMENTS. THE DAY WAS A SOMBER GREY AND COLD WITH A
LITTLE SUN WHICH CAME AND WENT, DROPPING THE TEMPERATURES
DRASTICALLY AND INCREASING THE WIND. THE PREDICTION OF EXTREME COLD
AND VERY COLD WIND CHILLS CAUSED US TO CANCEL THE ANNUAL FORMAL
CEREMONY AND GET RIGHT TO WORK SETTING OUT THE WREATHS.
SURPRISINGLY, WE HAD A HUGE TURNOUT OF CIVILIANS ALONG WITH CAP
MEMBERS FROM ST PAUL, VIKING, 130TH, ST CROIX AND ANOKA COUNTY
COMPOSITE SQUADRONS AND FT. SNELLING CADET SQUADRON. CHAPLAIN (LT.
COL.) DONALD MIKITTA MADE HIS YEARLY PILGRIMAGE TO PLACE WREATHS

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ON THE GRAVES OF COLONEL ALAN BRANDON, COLONEL JOSEPH KASPER,
COLONEL GERRY QUILLING AND HIS WIFE, SHIRLEY, AND CADET JON MARC
MCCOLLUM.
Director of Public Affairs
1 LT. RENEE BELINA STEPPED INTO HER LAST YEAR AS THE WING PUBLIC
AFFAIRS OFFICER TO COMPLETE THREE MAJOR TASKS IN THREE MONTHS. THE
WINTER 2016 ISSUE OF NORTHERN FLIGHTS MAGAZINE CAME OFF THE PRESSES.
LT. BELINA SUBMITTED THE 2016 WING CRISIS COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC
AFFAIRS PLAN TO THEN WING COMMANDER COL. BRENT HALWEG. 2016
SQUADRON CRISIS COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS PLANS WERE
SUBMITTED TO THE WING. 1LT. DAVID CHANSKI STEPPED INTO THIS DUTY
POSITION IN SEPTEMBER 2016. HE ASSISTED IN WORKING THE CAP BOOTH AT
THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR AS PART OF STEM DAY, HELPED IN PRODUCING A
NORTHERN FLIGHTS MAGAZINE FOR WINTER/SPRING OF 2017 PLUS PLAYED A
PART IN REACHING OUT TO THE MEDIA REGARDING CIVIL AIR PATROL’S 75TH
ANNIVERSARY.
Director of Information Technology
1. Data not provided.
Information Technology Officer
1. DATA NOT PROVIDED.
Finance - Financial Statement
FROM JANUARY THROUGH APRIL 2016 VARIOUS STEPS WERE PUT INTO PLACE
FOR THE CHANGE OF FINANCE OFFICER AFTER A VERY SUCCESSFUL AND
AWARD WINNING TERM WITH MAJ. RAY PHILLIPS. AS THE MN WING DIRECTOR
OF FINANCE, PHILLIPS CREATED AN OPERATING MANUAL THAT WENT ABOVE
AND BEYOND THE PERTINENT INFORMATION NEEDED FOR A WING FINANCE
OFFICE. A REVISION WAS PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER BUT THE PROCESS OF
TESTING AND PROOFING CARRIED INTO JANUARY. WITH THIS CAME HIS
ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF HIS INTENTION OF STEPPING
DOWN AT THE WING CHANGE OF COMMAND AT THE END OF APRIL.
ROUTINE FINANCIAL TASKS WERE COMPLETED IN FULL AND ON TIME. MSA
CREDIT CARDS WERE PROCESSED EACH WEEK WITH ANY NECESSARY FOLLOWUPS WITH MEMBERS WHO MAY HAVE NEEDED TO SUPPLY ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION. THE MONTHLY SQUADRON BACKDRAFT WAS PERFORMED AND
EACH SQUADRON RECEIVED ITS BUDGET REPORT. BANK RECONCILIATIONS
WERE ROUTINELY COMPLETED.
AT EACH MONTHLY FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING A BUDGET REVIEW WAS
PERFORMED FOR THE MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE. FOLLOWING EACH FINANCE
COMMITTEE MEETING PHILLIPS PREPARED AND DISSEMINATED THE MINUTES
TO THE MEMBERS. EACH MONTH A VARIETY OF MISCELLANEOUS FUNCTIONS
WERE PERFORMED INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ASSISTING WING

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MEMBERS WITH QUESTIONS, REVIEWING AND RECONCILING A/R AGING,
PERFORMING SERTIFI FUNCTIONS, TRACKING STATE OF MINNESOTA FUNDS,
ETC. PHILLIPS RECRUITED CAPT. BRUCE ANTHONY TO BE AS HIS REPLACEMENT.
WING ADMINISTRATOR GEORGE SUPAN AND PHILLIPS TEAM-TAUGHT A
FINANCE CLASS AT WING CONFERENCE. THIS COURSE TOOK TWO VIEWPOINTS:
THE WING APPROACH AND CHAIN OF CUSTODY ISSUES AND THE UNIT VIEW
POINT DISCUSSION ON REGULATIONS FOR FINANCE, FINANCE FORMS, BUDGETS,
AND REPORTS.
MAJ. RAY PHILLIPS RECEIVED AN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AND COMMANDER'S
COMMENDATION FROM MINNESOTA WING AND THE NCR DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
AWARD.
ON 1 MAY 2016 CAPT. BRUCE ANTHONY ASSUMED THE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
(FM) RESPONSIBILITIES. HE WORKED WITH WING ADMINISTRATOR (WA), MR.
GEORGE SUPAN, TO LEARN THE FM RESPONSIBILITIES AND PROPER
PROCEDURES, PLUS THE USE OF QUICKBOOKS. HE REVIEWED MSA (AIRCRAFT
FUEL CREDIT CARD VENDOR) INVOICES TO RECONCILE CHARGES WITH WMIR
FLIGHT INFORMATION AND RESOLVED DISCREPANCIES WITH PILOTS,
SQUADRONS, AND OTHER WING MEMBERS. CREDIT CARD INVOICES, PROPOSED
BUDGETS, CHECK REQUESTS AND OTHER FINANCE RELATED DOCUMENTS FOR
FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVAL WERE ROUTINELY UPLOADED TO SERTIFY.
COLLECTED AND PROCESSED FOR DEPOSIT CHECKS FROM AIRCREW FLYING
WING AIRCRAFT ON NON-WING OR NON-AIR FORCE MISSIONS. ANTHONY
RECONCILED LAKE ELMO BANK ACCOUNT AFTER BEING REVIEWED BY WA, MR.
SUPAN. REVIEWED THE QUICKBOOKS RECEIVABLE AGING REPORT TO MONITOR
AND COLLECT LONG OUTSTANDING RECEIVABLES. PREPARED WING FINANCE
COMMITTEE MONTHLY AGENDA, PARTICIPATED IN THE MEETINGS, AND
RECORDED AND PREPARED THE MEETING MINUTES FOR COMMITTEE APPROVAL.
ISSUED MONTHLY AND QUARTERLY FINANCE STATEMENTS PROVIDED BY MR.
SUPAN TO SQUADRONS AND ADDRESSED COMMENTS ON DISCREPANCIES.
ADVISED SQUADRON FINANCE OFFICERS ON RESPONSIBILITIES, CAP RULE
REQUIREMENTS, AND VARIOUS PROCEDURES RELATED TO THEIR POSITIONS.
MET WITH MR. SUPAN, CAPT. SOMMER, AND OTHER WING PERSONNEL TO
ADDRESS MISCELLANEOUS WING FINANCE ISSUES AND DEVELOP PROCEDURES.
30 JUNE 2016 IS THE END OF STATE OF MINNESOTA FISCAL YEAR AND END OF
WING EXPENDITURES FUNDED BY STATE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FIRST
THREE QUARTERS OF CAP FY 2016. 1 JULY 2016 BEGAN THE NEW STATE OF
MINNESOTA FISCAL YEAR AND THE APPROPRIATIONS SUMMARY, PREPARED BY
MR. SUPAN, IMPLEMENTED FOR WING FINANCE PLANNING FOR THE LAST
QUARTER OF CAP FY 2016 AND THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS OF CAP FY 2017.
FROM JULY TO SEPTEMBER 2016 ANTHONY ASSEMBLED BUDGET INFORMATION
FROM VARIOUS WING DEPARTMENTS TO PREPARE THE FY 2017 WING BUDGET. 1
OCTOBER 2016 MARKED THE BEGINNING OF CAP FY 2017. IN NOVEMBER CAPT.

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MARTY SOMMER WAS RECRUITED TO ASSUME THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF ASST.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE. CAPT. SOMMER ALSO VOLUNTEERED TO SUPPORT WA,
MR. SUPAN, WITH WING FINANCE RESPONSIBILITIES. BY DECEMBER THE
NATIONAL DRAFT BACK ACCOUNT WAS SET UP IN QUICKBOOKS. THIS ACCOUNT
RECORDS MONEY ACCUMULATED FROM AIRCRAFT USE AND STATE
APPROPRIATIONS TO PAY THE CAP NATIONAL DRAFT BACK WHICH OCCURS
EACH QUARTER. THE ACCOUNT WAS SET UP TO PREVENT GENERAL CASH FLOW
ISSUES THAT MIGHT RESULT FROM LARGE DRAFT BACK WITHDRAWALS FROM
THE WING ACCOUNT.
Chaplain
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
Historian
1. This duty position was empty for many years finally being filled in May 2016 when
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Don Mikitta agreed to take the position with Lt. Col. Susan
Blessman assisting. Both began work on the History Technician Rating and
contacting squadron historians. In July, Ch. Mikitta was reassigned to region so
switched wing duty assignment with Lt. Col. Blessman to help the wing as the
Assistant Historian. The wing commander asked the historians to create a 75th
Minnesota Wing slide presentation. Ch. Mikitta took on this project. Blessman took
on the project of compiling the 2016 Minnesota Wing Historian’s Report.
Health Services
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APPENDIX VII: Special Staff Officers – Data and Statistics
Inspector General
Safety
Government Relations
Legal

Capt Lion Templin
Lt Col Thomas Simonet
Col Kevin Sliwinski
Lt Col Kevin Dunlevy

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Inspector General
1. NO DATA PROVIDED.
Safety
LT COL DONALD MIKITTA SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF SAFETY FROM JULY OF 2015
TO JULY 2016.
WE HAD SAFETY BRIEFINGS ON THE MONTHLY STAFF MEETING NIGHTS.
ATTENDANCE WAS TRACKED AND ABSENT STAFF MEMBERS WE PROVIDE
TRAINING MATERIAL TO MAKE UP. MATERIAL WAS ALSO PROVIDED TO THE
UNIT SAFETY OFFICERS TO BE USED IN THE UNITS. ALL ATTENDANCE WAS
TRACKED IN THE SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
THE MONTHLY SAFETY BEACON WAS DISTRIBUTED TO THE UNIT SAFETY
OFFICERS, WITH COMMENT OF WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE DOCUMENT.
WE HELD TWO SAFETY DOWN DAYS DURING THIS PERIOD. ONE WAS THE
ANNUAL REQUIRED, AND ADDITIONAL ON WAS REQUIRED BY THE WING
COMMANDER WHEN SEVERAL SAFETY INCIDENTS WARRANTED THE
ADDITIONAL TRAINING
100% OF ANNUAL SAFETY SURVEYS WERE COMPLETED ON TIME.
THE DIRECTOR ATTENDED 30 UNIT MEETINGS, AND VISITED WITH THE LOCAL
UNIT SAFETY OFFICERS. HE ALSO ATTENDED THE WING CONFERENCE WHERE HE
TRAINED SAFETY OFFICERS. AND AT THE SUMMER ENCAMPMENT HE SERVED AS
AN ASSISTANT SAFETY OFFICER.
LT COL MIKITTA WAS REPLACED BY LT COL THOMAS SIMONET, AS MIKITTA
WAS REASSIGNED TO NORTH CENTRAL REGION.
Government Relations
COL. KEVIN F. SLIWINSKI WAS THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS ADVISOR FOR THE
ENTIRE CALENDAR YEAR 2016. STARTING THE YEAR ALL 10 OF THE MEMBERS
OF THE MINNESOTA DELEGATION TO CONGRESS WERE MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL
AIR PATROL CONGRESSIONAL SQUADRON. THERE WERE 104 MEMBERS IN THE
MN WING LEGISLATIVE SQUADRON OF THE 200 MEMBERS IN THE MN
LEGISLATURE AFTER REP. ANN LENCZEWSKI RESIGNED AT THE END OF THE
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THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL PRESENTATION IN 2016 WAS ON
JANUARY 7TH TO MRS. CECELIA BELL BY MAJOR GENERAL STAYCE HARRIS IN
FARIBAULT, MN.
ON 23 FEBRUARY COL. SLIWINSKI AND COL. HALWEG DEPARTED FOR THE
MEETINGS WITH CONGRESS IN DC. WE MET MEMBERS IN ALL 10 OFFICES AND
DISCUSSED CIVIL AIR PATROL AND THE FY2017 CAP BUDGET. ON FEBRUARY
25TH LT. COL. BONNIE BRAUN, NORTH CENTRAL REGION DRUG DEMAND
REDUCTION OFFICER, AND C/1ST LT. ANTHONY CAMPAGNOLA, WHO WAS
ATTENDING THE CADET LEADERSHIP ACADEMY IN DC, JOINED US FOR THE
MEETINGS. IN ADDITION TO THE HANDOUTS FROM CAP NATIONAL
HEADQUARTERS, COL. SLIWINSKI DISTRIBUTED A HANDOUT ON MINNESOTA.
ON MARCH 9TH CADETS DELIVER HANDOUTS TO THE MN LEGISLATURE. C/LT
COL. GIDEON WIFF, C/CAPT. SARAH CHANSKI, C/LT COL. BOAZ FINK AND C/CAPT.
JUSTIN DOKKEN JOIN LT COL. JAMES GARLOUGH AND COL. SLIWINSKI (NOT
PICTURED) AT THE NEW MN SENATE BUILDING. COL. HALWEG AND I ALSO MET
WITH ISAAC RUSSELL, SEN. METZEN’S (WHO REPRESENTS THE PART OF FLEMING
FIELD THAT THE MISSION AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE FACILITY IS LOCATED ON )
STAFFER AND ALSO THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE SENATE CAPITAL
INVESTMENT COMMITTEE.
ON MARCH 17TH COL. HALWEG AND COL. SLIWINSKI MET WITH REP. MARK
ANDERSON IN ST PAUL TO DISCUSS HOW TO APPROACH FINANCING THE
COMPLETION OF THE MISSION AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE FACILITY. ON MARCH
23RD THEY MET WITH GAVIN HANSEN THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE HOUSE
CAPITOL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE AND HE MADE AN APPOINTMENT FOR
MARCH 29TH WITH THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE, REP. TORKELSON, TO
DISCUSS THE CONSTRUCTION.
ON MARCH 18TH COL. HALWEG AND COL. SLIWINSKI MET WITH REP. JOE ATKINS
WHO REPRESENTS THE PART OF FLEMING FIELD THAT MISSION AIRCRAFT
MAINTENANCE FACILITY IS LOCATED ON TO SPONSOR THE BONDING BILL FOR
THE CONSTRUCTION IN THE MN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
ON MARCH 29TH COL. BRENT HALWEG PRESENTED MN LEGISLATIVE SQUADRON
MEMBERSHIPS TO SEN. BILL WEBER, REP. TAMA THEIS, REP. JOSH HEINTZEMAN,
AND REP. CONNIE BERNARDY .
ON MARCH 30TH COL. BRENT HALWEG PRESENTED MN LEGISLATIVE SQUADRON
MEMBERSHIPS TO REP. BRIAN DANIELS, REP. PHYLLIS KAHN, REP. DREW
CHRISTENSEN, REP. ROB ECKLUND, REP. BUD NORNES, SEN. JIM ABELER, AND LT
COL. JAMES GARLOUGH JOINED COL. HALWEG FOR THE PRESENTATION TO SEN.
TONY LOUREY, AND REP. KELLY FENTON. SEN. GARY DAHMS WAS NOT
AVAILABLE. THE GROUP ALSO MET WITH REP. PAUL TORKELSON, THE CHAIR OF
THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE, TO DISCUSS BONDING FOR THE
COMPLETION OF THE MISSION AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE FACILITY.
ON MARCH 31ST COL. BRENT HALWEG PRESENTED MN LEGISLATIVE SQUADRON
MEMBERSHIPS TO REP. BOB VOGEL, REP. ROZ PETERSON, REP. DUANE QUAM,
REP. JIM NASH, REP. DALE LUECK, REP. TOM HACKBARTH, REP. YVONNE SELCER,
AND SEN. GARY DAHMS.

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THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL PRESENTATION WAS ON APRIL
11TH TO MR. RICHARD C. LAMOTTE BY CONGRESSMAN JOHN KLINE AT FLEMING
FIELD IN SOUTH ST. PAUL, MN. ON APRIL 23RD COL. SLIWINSKI SET UP A BOOTH
AT THE SPECIALTY FAIR AT THE WING CONFERENCE AND PROVIDED MEMBERS
INFORMATION ON RECRUITING LEGISLATIVE MEMBERS.
ON APRIL 27TH COL. HALWEG AND COL SLIWINSKI MET WITH REP. DAN SCHOEN
FROM SOUTH ST PAUL WHO INFORMED US THAT BECAUSE OF LACK OF
INFORMATION, THE BONDING BILL FOR THE CONSTRUCTION WAS NOT SENT OUT
OF COMMITTEE BUT THAT HE WOULD ASSIST US NEXT YEAR.
STARTING IN JUNE, MN WING FLEW 14 MN LEGISLATORS AND ONE
CONGRESSMAN ON ORIENTATION FLIGHTS. THE FOLLOWING SPREADSHEET IS A
LIST OF THE LEGISLATORS, AIRPORT, PILOT AND DATE OF THE FLIGHTS:
NAME AIRPORT
PILOT DATE FLOWN
SEN. INGEBRIGTSEN
AXN CAPT. BRAD HECK 6/17/2016
SEN. CARLA NELSON
RST CAPT. KAREN BARRIE
6/21/2016
SEN. CARRIE RUUD
BRD 2/LT. BRUCE MOENCK
7/1/2016
REP. JOSH HEINTZEMAN BRD 2/LT. BRUCE MOENCK
7/1/2016
REP. BOB VOGEL BRD 2/LT. BRUCE MOENCK
7/1/2016
REP. ROZ PETERSON
LVN MAJ, ULLRICH ROEDDER 7/12/2016
REP DREW CHRISTENSEN
LVN MAJ, ULLRICH ROEDDER 7/12/2016
REP. JON KOZNICK LVN MAJ, ULLRICH ROEDDER 7/12/2016
SEN. MARY KIFFMEYER STC LT COL. GREG NASTROM 7/13/2016
REP. DAN FABIAN WALKER
LT COL. JAMES WILLIAMSON 7/25/2016
REP BRIAN DANIELS
LVN MAJ, ULLRICH ROEDDER 8/3/2016
REP. TOM EMMER STC LT COL. GREG NASTROM 8/16/2016
SEN. DAVID SENJEM
RST CAPT. KAREN BARRIE
9/18/2016
REP. KELLY FENTON
SGS LT COL. PAUL ADAMS
9/29/2016
SEN. JEREMY MILLER
ONA MAJ, ULLRICH ROEDDER 9/30/2016
WHEN REPS. JOE SCHOMACKER AND JOHN PERCELL JOINED THE LEGISLATIVE
SQUADRON EARLY IN JULY, THE SQUADRON REACHED ITS MAXIMUM NUMBER
OF 113 MEMBERS. HOWEVER, I AM SAD TO SAY THAT WE LOST SEN. JIM METZEN
TO CANCER ON JULY 11TH. SEN. METZEN WAS A STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF CAP
AND HAD SERVED AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE. DURING THAT TIME HE
RECEIVED A CAP LIFE SAVING AWARD FOR SAVING SEN. TOMASSONI’S LIFE BY
PERFORMING THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER ON HIM.
ON SEPTEMBER 28TH, CAPT. BRAD HECK FLEW COL BRENT HALWEG AND COL
KEVIN SLIWINSKI TO DETROIT LAKES AIRPORT WHERE THEY JOINED MAJS.
JAMES AND DIANE HARRIS AND VISITED WITH CONGRESSMAN COLLIN
PETERSON’S STAFFER JODY DEY TO DELIVER THE 2015 REPORT TO CONGRESS
AND OTHER REPORTS. ON SEPTEMBER 30TH, COL. KEVIN SLIWINSKI AND COL.
BRENT HALWEG DROVE TO DULUTH TO MEET WITH CONGRESSMAN RICK
NOLAN’S DISTRICT DIRECTOR, JEFF ANDERSON, AND STAFFER, MARK
PRIVRATSKY. THEY DELIVERED THE 2015 REPORT TO CONGRESS AND OTHER
REPORTS.
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THIS ANNUAL REPORT IS FAITHFULLY EXECUTED AND SUBMITTED BY THE
BELOW SIGNED CIVIL AIR PATROL HISTORIAN REPRESENTING THE
AFOREMENTIONED UNIT. ALL INFORMATION IS RECORDED AS SUBMITTED BY
THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS AND ASSIGNED PERSONNEL “AS IS” AND
REPRESENTS STATISTICAL DATA, FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, AND UNIT
ACTIVITIES FOR THE SPECIFIED PERIOD OF ASSESSMENT AND RECORDING. THE
UNIT HISTORIAN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VERACITY OR ACCURACY OF
INFORMATION.
Submitted by
Susan Blessman, Lt Col, CAP
Department of the Historian

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