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

1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

HISTORY
of
ILLINOIS WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL
AUXILIARY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

Prepared By
Captain Raymond Mucha, CAP
Illinois Wing Historian

Reviewed By
Col.Jerry G. Scherer, CAP
Illinois Wing Commander

COMMANDERS APPROVAL LETTER
I have reviewed the submitted contents and agree with the information that has been
provided by the wing directors. It appears that this report has not been completed in
recent years. Captain Mucha has had to rebuild processes that are needed to support the
generation of this report. Although some areas may not be represented well, they are
minimal and do not impact the historical impact of the report.
It should be noted that in 2016, the Illinois Department of Transportation removed funding
for the wing headquarters at the DuPage Airport in West Chicago. The removal of this
funding was not provided until after the lease had already lapsed. Working with the
DuPage Airport Authority, we were able to establish an agreement to self-fund a reduced
monthly lease. Although the rate was reduced, it is a significant part of the wing budget
accounting for almost 80% of the budget. But the wing needed to continue the lease until a
new headquarters could be located.
Letters were sent to Governor Rauner, the Department of Transportation and State
Legislative requesting assistance in locating a new headquarters. With the aid of state and
federal representatives we were able to work with the Department of Aviation to locate a
new candidate for wing headquarters. Work will be continued in 2017 to solidify a new
headquarters location. It is expected that it may be possible to relocate to a new
headquarters building by mid-2017.
I approve the contents of this report and recognize that all of the members of the Illinois
Wing contributed to our success in 2016.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
TITLE PAGE ......................................................................................................... 1
COMMANDER’S APPROVAL LETTER ............................................................. 3
INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF ........................................................ ............. 2
TABLE OF CONTENTS ....................................................................................... 4
NARRATIVE
CHAPTER I: DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS................................................................ 6
Search and Rescue ............................................................................................... 6
Disaster Relief ..................................................................................................... 6
Homeland Security .............................................................................................. 6
Counterdrug ........................................................................................................ 6
CHAPTER II: DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION ........................................ 6
Internal Aerospace Education .............................................................................. 6
External Aerospace Education ............................................................................. 6
CHAPTER III: DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS .................................................. 6
Cadet Programs ................................................................................................... 7
Cadet Activities ................................................................................................... 7
Drug Demand Reduction ..................................................................................... 7
APPENDIX I: Chapters I-III - Data and Statistics ........................................................... 8
Operations ........................................................................................................... 8
Aerospace Education ........................................................................................... 9
Cadet Programs ................................................................................................... 9
APPENDIX II: Unit Staff - Data and Statistics .............................................................. 12
Unit Map (showing geographic subdivisions within a REGION/WING) ............ 12
Unit Organization Chart..................................................................................... 13
Unit Command and Staff Listing ....................................................................... 14
APPENDIX III: Director of Logistics – Data and Statistics ........................................... 17
Supply ............................................................................................................... 17
Transportation ................................................................................................... 17
Maintenance ...................................................................................................... 17
APPENDIX IV: Director of Communications – Data and Statistics ............................... 18
Communications Operations .............................................................................. 18
Communications Facilities and Equipment ........................................................ 18
APPENDIX V: Director of Professional Development - Data and Statistics .................. 19
Professional Development ................................................................................. 19

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APPENDIX VI: Staff Officers - Data and Statistics....................................................... 20
Administration ................................................................................................... 20
Personnel ........................................................................................................... 20
Recruiting and Retention ................................................................................... 20
Plans and Programs ........................................................................................... 20
Public Affairs .................................................................................................... 20
Information Technology .................................................................................... 20
Finance - Financial Statement ............................................................................ 20
Chaplain ............................................................................................................ 21
Historian............................................................................................................ 21
Health Services .................................................................................................. 21
APPENDIX VII: Special Staff Officers – Data and Statistics ........................................ 23
Inspector General .............................................................................................. 23
Safety ................................................................................................................ 23
Government Relations ....................................................................................... 23
Legal ................................................................................................................. 24

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INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF & BRIEF UNIT NARRATIVE
The Illinois Wing
Wing Commander
Vice Commander
Chief of Staff

Col Jerry G. Scherer
Maj Jim Griggs
Lt Col Tod Whitmore

SUMMARY NARRATIVE OF MAJOR ACTIVITIES
Chapter I

OPERATIONS

Search and Rescue
FLEW NUMEROUS ACTUAL ELT MISSIONS WITH 5 FINDS.
Disaster Relief
DEPLOYED 2 AIRCRAFT, 2 CREWS, AND 2 GROUND TEAMS ALONG WITH BASE
STAFF TO HURRICAN MATTHEW RELIEF.
SUPPORTED NWS AND FEMA AFTER
BRAIDWOOD AND COAL CITY, IL.

TORNADOES

TOUCHED

DOWN

IN

Homeland Security
DEPLOYED CREWS TO SUPPORT NYANG PREDATOR MISSION.
Counterdrug
SUPPORTED ILLINOIS STATE POLICE AND LOCAL
THROUGHOUT THE WING IN COUNTER DRUG MISSIONS.
Chapter II

COUNTY

SHERIFFS

AEROSPACE EDUCATION

Internal Aerospace Education
MAJOR URBAN GAVE ROCKET TRAINING SESSIONS TO SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE
DECATUR SQUADRON. WING AE PROVIDED AN AEROSPACE CONFERENCE WITHIN THE ILLINOIS WING CONFERENCE, PRESENTING 5 WORKSHOPS WHICH WERE
ALL HANDS-ON. THE WING SAW AN INCREASE OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION
MEMBERS FROM 16 IN FEBRUARY TO OVER 90 BY YEARS END.
External Aerospace Education
MAJOR URBAN GAVE 5 ROCKET TRAINING SESSIONS TO BOY SCOUT LEADERS.
MAJOR URBAN DID NUMEROUS PRESENTATIONS TO AREA SCHOOLS AND OTHER
ORGANIZATIONS.
Chapter III

CADET PROGRAMS

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Cadet Programs
THE ILWG CADET PROGRAM HAD SEVERAL UNITS PARTICIPATE IN CYBER
PATRIOT AND THERE IS AN ACTIVE CADET ADVISORY COUNCIL. THE FIRST
EDITION OF THE ILWG CADET NEWSLETTER WAS PUBLISHED.
Cadet Activities
ILWG hosted a Spring Encampment, a Summer Encampment, and the Johnson Flight Academy.
The ILWG conference featured a Cadet track.
Drug Demand Reduction
THE ILWG CADET PROGRAM SUPPORTS THE DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION
PROGRAM AND 13 UNITS MET THE DDR REQUIREMENTS IN THE QCUA.

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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

Lt Col Joe Long
NONE
Capt Joe Kotowski
Lt Col Judith Healy
Lt Col Joe Long
Capt E. E. "Rusty" Wright
Col Rickey Oeth
Lt Col Andy Welch
NONE
Lt Col Ray Walden

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
OPERATIONS
Director of Operations
1. DEPLOYED 2 AIRCRAFT AND 2 CREWS TO HURRICANE MATTHEW
RELIEF.
Aircraft Coordinator
1.
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
1. FORM 5 NUMBERS FOR POWERED WERE 54 ANNUAL, 26 INITIAL,
AND 12 ABBREVIATED, FOR 92 TOTAL.
2. FORM 5G NUMBERS FOR GLIDER WERE 6 ANNUAL, 0 INITIAL, 0
ABBREVIATED, FOR 6 TOTAL.
3. FORM 91 NUMBERS WERE 19 ANNUAL, FOR 19 TOTAL.
4. TOTALS WERE THUS 79 ANNUAL, 26 INITIAL, 12 ABBREVIATED,
FOR A TOTAL OF 117.
5. THERE WAS 1 ABBREVIATED FAILURE.
CIS Officer
1. THE ILWG CISM IS COMPRISED OF 11 QUALIFIED TEAM
MEMBERS AND THE ILWG CISM OFFICER, LT. COL. JUDITH
HEALY.
2. THE TEAM SUPPORTED THE WING BY PROVIDING TRAINING TO
LOCAL SQUADRONS AND GROUPS IN BASIC PSYCHOLOGICAL
FIRST AID, SUICIDE AWARENESS, AND RESILIENCY
EDUCATION.TEAM SUPPORTED THE WING BY PROVIDING
TRAINING TO LOCAL SQUADRONS AND GROUPS IN BASIC
PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID, SUICIDE AWARENESS, AND
RESILIENCY EDUCATION.

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3. THE CISM TEAM PARTICIPATED IN THE WING LEVEL SAREX
SEPTEMBER 16, 17, & 18 IN BLOOMINGTON, IL. THEY PROVIDED
DEBRIEFINGS TO GROUND TEAMS AND AIR CREWS, AS WELL AS
SUPPORT TO MISSION BASE STAFF AS NEEDED FOR STRESS
RELATED ISSUES.D
4. THE CISM TEAM PROVIDED SUPPORT AT THE ILWG 2016 CADET
SUMMER ENCAMPMENT.
5. THE ILWG CISM TEAM RESPONDED TO A REQUEST BY THE
MIDDLE EAST REGION CISM OFFICER TO MAKE FOLLOW UP
CALLS TO ILWG ES PERSONNEL WHO WERE DEPLOYED TO
SUPPORT HURRICANE MATTHEW RELIEF EFFORTS. THE
PURPOSE OF THE CALLS WERE TO CHECK ON THEIR WELLBEING AND PROVIDE SUPPORT IF NEEDED AFTER RETURNING
HOME.
Homeland Security Officer
1. DEPLOYED CREWS TO SUPPORT NY ANG PREDATOR MISSION.
Director Counterdrug Operations
1. SUPPORTED ILLINOIS STATE POLICE AND LOCAL COUNTY SHERIFFS
THROUGHOUT THE WING IN COUNTER DRUG MISSIONS.
Counterdrug Administrative Officer
1. 105 MARIJUANA PLANTS WERE ERADICATED, WITH A STREET
VALUE OF $135,000. THERE WERE 5 RELATED ARRESTS.
Director of Emergency Services
1. DEPLOYED 2 GROUND TEAMS ALONG WITH BASE STAFF TO
HURRICANE MATTHEW RELIEF.
2. SUPPORTED NWS AND FEMA AFTER TORNADOES TOUCHED DOWN IN
BRAINDWOOD AND COAL CITY, ILLINOIS.
Disaster Relief Officer
1.
ES Training Officer
1. EACH GROUP ASSIGNED ONE MID-LEVEL SAREX PER YEAR,
WITH MANY OTHER SMALL SCALE EXERCISES COMPLETED.

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

Maj Art Urban
N/A
N/A

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Aerospace Education
1. THE WING SAW AN INCREASE OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION MEMBERS
FROM 16 IN FEBRUARY TO OVER 90 BY YEARS END.
Internal Aerospace Education
1. MAJOR URBAN GAVE ROCKET TRAINING SESSIONS TO SENIOR
MEMBERS OF THE DECATUR SQUADRON.
2. WING AE PROVIDED AN AEROSPACE CONFERENCE WITH-IN THE
ILLINOIS WING CONFERENCE, PRESENTING 5 WORKSHOPS
WHICH WERE ALL HANDS-ON.
External Aerospace Education
1. MAJOR URBAN GAVE 5 ROCKET TRAINING SESSIONS TO BOY SCOUT LEADERS.
2. MAJOR URBAN DID NUMEROUS PRESENTATIONS TO AREA SCHOOLS AND
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.
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 Robert Dempsey Jr.
Lt Col Fred Genge
N/A
N/A
C/Lt. Col Joshua Lambert
Lt Col John Domke

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Cadet Programs
1. THE ILWG ENCAMPMENTS INVOLVED ALMOST 200 CADETS. THE
SPRING ENCAMPMENT AT GREAT LAKES NAVAL BASE INVOLVED 90
BASIC CADETS AND 30 CEAP AWARDS. ILWG HOSTED THE JOHNSON
FLIGHT ENCAMPMENT AT COLES COUNTY AIRPORT WITH 11 ILWG
CADETS PARTICIPATING. SUMMER ENCAMPMENT AT CAMP LINCOLN
INVOLVED 95 BASIC CADETS WITH 37 CEAP AWARDS. ILWG ALSO
INCLUDED A CADET TRACK AT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE.
2. FOUR UNITS PARTICIPATED IN THE CYBER PATRIOT COMPETITION. 1
OF THE UNITS EARNED ILWG RANKING, WHILE 2 EARNED RANKING AT
GLR.
3. THE FIRST EDITION OF THE ILWG CADET NEWSLETTER WAS
PUBLISHED.

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4. 14 ILWG SQUADRONS EARNED THE QUALITY CADET UNIT AWARD.
NATIONALLY, THIS PLACES ILWG AT #2 IN THE NATION ON A
PERCENTAGE BASIS. OF THESE 14 UNITS, 13 OF THEM MET THE DDR
REQUIREMENTS IN THE QCUA.
5. ILWG HAD ONE SPAATZ AWARD IN 2016. CADET MATTHEW WALDEN
EARNED THE SPAATZ AWARD ON 18 AUGUST 2016.
2016-2016 SER Cadet Advisory Council representatives:
1. REPRESENTATIVES:
GROUP 22 PRIMARY: C/LT. COL. JOSHUA LAMBERT
GROUP 22ALTERNATE: C/MAJ. JODIE GAWTHORP
GROUP 2 PRIMARY: C/SMSGT ANDREW STUTESMAN
GROUP 2 ALERNATE: C/MSGT FELIX ZHENG
GROUP 3 PRIMARY: C/2LT ROSS PETERSON
GROUP 3 ALTERNATE: C/1LT TIMOTHY DENNER
GROUP 1 PRIMARY: C/2LT NOAH CASH
GROUP 1 ALTERNATE: C/CMSGT AARON FERGUSON
Cadet Conference
1.
Region Cadet Leadership School (RCLS)
1.
Cadet Honor Academy (CHA)
1.
REGION Cadet Competition or
1.

Wing Cadet Competition

Director of Drug Demand Reduction
1. OF THE 14 ILWG SQUADRONS THAT EARNED THE QUALITY CADET UNIT
AWARD, 13 OF THOSE SQUADRONS MET THE DDR REQUIREMENTS IN
THE QCUA.

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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

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Unit Command and Staff Listing
ILWG UNITS and COMMANDERS

ILWG HQ IL-001
Commander Col. Jerry Scherer
Vice Commander Maj. Jim Griggs
ILWG RESERVE SQDN IL-000
ILWG LEGISLATIVE SQDN IL-999
Commander : Lt. Col. Harold Damron
CORNELIUS COFFEY SQDN IL-332
Commander : Maj. Carol T. Curtis
GROUP 1 HQ IL-006
Commander : Lt. Col. Paul R. Hertel
286TH COMP SQDN IL-286
Commander : Maj. R. Daniel ‘Dan’ Hunt
SCOTT COMP SQDN IL-205
Commander : Maj. Charles P. Gillespie
CIVIC MEMORIAL SR SQDN IL-122
Commander: Capt. Sylvia E. Morrisette
SHAWNEE COMP SQDN IL-061
Commander: Capt. Evan R. Youngblood
GROUP 2 HQ IL-016
Commander: Maj. Michael C. Larson
MAGNUS COMP SQDN IL-067
Commander : Capt. Michael G. Carpenter
CHGO SENIOR SQDN IL-312
Commander : Capt. Damon D. Card
SHORTY POWERS COMP SQDN IL-189
Commander: Maj. Curtis Kmiecek
THUNDER COMP SQDN IL-317
Commander : Maj. Gary E. Sprigg

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LEWIS COMP SQDN IL-329
Commander : Maj. Val Mertens
GROUP 3 HQ IL-003
Commander : Lt. Col. Kirk Thirtyacre
CHAMPAIGN COMP SQDN IL-327
Commander: 2nd Lt. Kenneth Lambeth
MCLEAN COUNTY COMP SQDN IL-240
Commander: Capt. Ryan A. Stalets
DECATUR CADET FLIGHT IL-303
Commander: 1st Lt. Bruce A. Haubner
PEORIA COMP SQDN IL-004
Commander: Maj Chad Kee
SPRINGFIELD COMP SQDN IL-036
Commander: Capt. Lori R. Van Meter
GROUP 4 HQ IL-104
Commander: Maj. John W. Fletcher
QUAD CITIES COMP SQDN IL-008
Commander: Lt. Col. Brian A. Nielsen
WHITESIDE COMP SQDN IL-334
Commander: Capt. Howard Helms
ILLINOIS VALLEY CADET SQDN IL-284
Commander: 1st Lt Matt Denner
DEKALB COMP SQDN IL-271
Commander: Maj. Steven K. Weber
FOX VALLEY COMP SQDN IL-274
Commander: Capt. Gary A. Brown
GROUP 22 HQ IL-245
Commander: Maj. John-Paul Kilanski
ROCKFORD COMP SQDN IL-251
Commander: Capt. Richard Jensen

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LAKE IN THE HILLS COMP SQDN IL-282
Commander: Capt. Michael W. Marzano
MCHENRY COMP SQDN IL-263
Commander: Capt. Ross A. Gruenwald
LAKE COUNTY COMP SQDN IL-042
Commander: Capt. Juliet E. Richey
PALWAUKEE COMP SQDN IL-049
Commander: Maj. Michael Hatkevich
COL CHARLES COMPTON COMP SQDN IL-090
Commander: Maj. David E. Gillingham
WOODFIELD COMP SQDN IL-075
Commander: Lt. Col. Robert J. Williams II

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

Lt Col John Patrizi
GRADE
Lt Col Robert Taylor
GRADE

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Logistics
1.
Supply Officer
1.
Transportation Officer
1. REFURBISHED ONE TRAILER, TURNED IN 3 UNSERVICEABLE
VEHICLES, ACQUIRED 2 NEW VEHICLES,
Maintenance Officer
1.

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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 Bob Becker
Lt Col Jim Weiland
GRADE
GRADE

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Communications
1.
Communications Licensing Officer
1.
ORMS Officer
1.
HF Coordination Officer
1.
Communications Operations
1.
Communications Facilities and Equipment
1.

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

Maj Craig Knickerbocker

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Professional Development
1. IN JUNE OF 2016 LT. COL. KIRK THIRTYACRE STEPPED DOWN, AND
THEN-CAPTAIN CRAIG KNICKERBOCKER BECAME ILWG DPD.
2. MAJOR KNICKERBOCKER, AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR FOR PRESCOTT
COLLEGE, HAS PROPOSED A COLLEGE DEGREE PROGRAM BASED ON
CAP CURRICULUM. THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN APPROVED BY ILWG AND
IS CONTINUING TO PROGRESS.
3. NINE PROFESSSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES WERE HELD: 2 SLS; 3
CLC; 3 TLC BASIC; 1 UCC.
4. ILWG AWARDS FOR 2016: 54 LEVEL I; 23 LEVEL II; 17 LEVEL III; 2 LEVEL
IV; 2 LEVEL V.
5. AT THE ILWG CONFERENCE IN OCTOBER 2016, FIVE PD BREAKOUT
SESSIONS WERE HELD: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS;
HOW-TO GUIDE FOR PD COURSES; CAP COLLEGE DEGREE - CADETS
EARNING COLLEGE CREDIT; CAP COLLEGE DEGREE - SENIORS EARNING
A COLLEGE DEGREE; CAP COLLEGE DEGREE - FAQ.

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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 Rich Miller
Lt Col John Higgins
Maj Allen Gerhard
GRADE
1st Lt Timothy Ziman
1st Lt Tim Richardson
Maj Jeff Myers
Lt Col Marcia Strahl
Capt Raymond Mucha
Maj Sydney Schneidman

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Administration
1. UPDATED SUSPENSE SYSTEMS, RELEASED MONTHLY
AWARDS/PROMOTIONS BULLETIN, ASSISTED PROCESSING 3 NEW
SQDNS, 1 NEW GROUP.
Director of Personnel
1. ASSIGNED RECENTLY, PERFORMED 10 AWARDS BOARDS, AND 7
PROMOTION BOARDS
Director of Recruiting and Retention
1. ASSIGNED LATE FOR THIS REPORT, GOAL TO INCREASE WING-WIDE
RECRUITING / RETENTION BY AT LEAST 10% FOR CY2017
Director of Plans & Programs
1. NA
Director of Public Affairs
1. ENLARGED PA PRESENCE USING MORE SOCIAL MEDIA, INSTALLED A
CADET SOCIAL MEDIA OFFICER, OFFERED WORKSHOPS AT ILWG
CONFERENCE, ENSURED REAL-TIME PA COMMUNICATIONS DURING
MISSIONS, AND BREAKING EVENTS, ENSURED PA CONTRIBUTIONS
WERE RECEIVED FROM THE ENTIRE WING.
Director of Information Technology
1. TRANSITIONED WING HEADQUARTERS FROM DOMAIN SERVER TO
SEPARATE DOMAINS AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND LOGISTICS
HEADQUARTERS ARE NOW AT TWO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS.
Information Technology Officer
1.
Finance - Financial Statement

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1. REVAMPING QUARTERLY BUDGET PROCESSES, BETA-TESTED SERTIFY,
UNDERWENT WIFA AUDIT, AND COMPLIANCE INSPECTION.
Chaplain
1. THE ILWG CHAPLAIN CORPS ENDED THE YEAR WITH 16 CHAPLAINS (1
PATRON) AND 13 CDIS.
2. DURING THE YEAR TWO CHAPLAINS (MASSEY AND DUNDZILA) AND 3
CDIS (BOLDEN, SCOT AND HELMS) ACHIEVED THEIR TECHNICIAN
SPECIALTY RATING; TWO CHAPLAINS (EASON AND PAULSON)
ACHIEVED LEVEL 4; AND CH. PAULSON WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK
OF MAJOR.
3. CHAPLAIN ERICKSON LED TWO SESSIONS AT THE WING CONFERENCE A
CHAPLAIN/CDI UPDATE AND ‘HOW TO BECOME A CDI’ FIVE MEMBERS
ATTENDED EACH SESSION. CH. ERICKSON ALSO LED THE SUNDAY
WORSHIP WITH CH. WILLIS AND CDI STAKER ASSISTING.
4. CHAPLAIN ERICKSON RETIRED FROM CAP ON 10 DECEMBER, 2016
AFTER 45 YEARS OF SERVICE. CH. WILLIS WAS APPOINTED DEPUTY
WING CHAPLAIN IS HIS PLACE.
5. CH. LORTIE WAS AWARDED THE ILWG, GLR AND NATIONAL SQUADRON
CHAPLAIN OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR 2015.
6. CDI HELMS PARTICIPATED IN A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL AWARD
PRESENTATION IN POLO, ILLINOIS ON APRIL, 2016.
7. CH. DUNDZILA SUPPORTED THE 2016 SPRING ENCAMPMENT AND
RECEIVED A COMMANDER’S COMMENDATION AND CH. BOOZER
SUPPORTED THE JOHNSON FLIGHT ACADEMY IN JUNE.
8. CH. MASSES PARTICIPATED IN ANG OPERATION PATRIOT NORTH 2016
AT VOLK FIELD 17-22 JULY AND RECEIVED AN “OUTSTANDING
PERFORMER” RECOGNITION.
Historian
1. EIGHT CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDALS AWARDS WERE PRESENTED IN
ILWG IN 2016 TO WORLD WAR TWO CAP MEMBERS OR THEIR
SURVIVING FAMILY. COLONEL JAMES HOOD; CADET WANDA RAE
(BRYANT) POWELL; SENIOR MEMBERS RUTH AND ARTHUR ERMOED;
ARTHUR LIEBL; JACK VILAS; ARTHUR MACIEJEWSKI; MELVIN HOUCK.
2. AN EXTENSIVE DISPLAY OF VINTAGE CAP UNIFORMS, MEMORABILIA,
AND PAPERWORK WAS SET UP FOR 3 DAYS AT THE OCTOBER ILWG
CONFERENCE.
3. THE SET OF SIX CAP POSTERS WAS PURCHASED AND WAS DISPLAYED
AT 5 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE WING.
4. THE WORLD WAR TWO ILWG CAP NEWSLETTERS WERE ANALYZED
AND SUMMARIZED FOR FEATURE ON THE ILWG WEBSITE.
5. ONLINE HISTORICAL DATABASE CREATED, CATALOGING PHYSICAL
ITEMS FOR ELECTRONIC SHARING, IDENTIFIED OVER 275 PRIOR ILWG
UNITS OVER THE YEARS.
6.

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Health Services
1. THE WING HEALTH SERVICES POSITION SERVES LARGELY AS AN
ADVISORY POSITION TO THE WING COMMANDER
2. MAJOR SCHNEIDMAN SUPPORTED THE SPRING ENCAMPMENT AND
ANSWERED VARIOUS MEDICAL AND SAFETY QUESTIONS THROUGHOUT
THE YEAR.
3. MAJOR SCNEIDMAN HAS BEEN WORKING WITH LT COL WELCH WITH
AN EYE ON BECOMING A RED CROSS OR AMERICAN HEART
ASSOCIATION TRAINING CENTER SO AS TO OFFER OUR OUR OWN FIRST
AID COURSES. THIS IS STILL IN THE WORKS.
4. MAJOR SCHNEIDMAN HAS EVALUATED TWO PROFESSIONAL
APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS FOR MEMBERS LOOKING FOR
PROMOTIONS OR GRADE ASSIGNMENTS BASED ON PROFESSIONAL
HEALTHCARE DEGREES.

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APPENDIX VII: Special Staff Officers – Data and Statistics
Inspector General
Safety
Government Relations
Legal

Maj Steven Caldrone
Maj Mark Razny
Lt Col Harold Damron
Lt Col Scott Bagnall

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Inspector General
1. NEW IG RECENTLY INSTALLED, HOWEVER 35% OF THE WING HAD
INSPECTIONS PERFORMED, AUGMENTEE PROGRAMMED WIDENED.
Safety
1. THE SAFETY PROGRAM WAS LED BY MAJ. MARK RAZNY. LT. COL.
HAROLD DAMRON WAS APPOINTED WING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF
SAFETY.
2. THE SAFETY PROGRAM TRIPLED THE NUMBER OF MISSION SAFETY
OFFICERS AND TRAINEES IN 2016.F
3. THE OFFICER REFINED THE "MISSION SAFETY BATTLE BOOK" WITH
PRE-PLANNED SAFETY ORMS, BRIEFS, AND PLANS FOR A STATEWIDE
MISSION.
4. MAJ. RAZNY QUALIFIED AS A SENIOR INCIDENT COMMANDER
5. THE EDITOR OF THE WING SAFETY NEWSLETTER, "SAFETY PINS," WAS
CADET LT. COL. JODIE GAWTHORP.
Government Relations
1. THE ILLINOIS WING GOVERNMENT RELATIONS ADVISER, LT. COL.
HAROLD DAMRON, REPORTED DIRECTLY TO THE WING COMMANDER,
ADVISING ON MATTERS PERTAINING TO CAP’S INTERRELATIONSHIP
WITH FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENTITIES.
2. THE OFFICE FACILITATED WORKING RELATIONSHIPS, HELPING TO
EDUCATE GOVERNMENT ENTITIES ABOUT CAP, AND ENSURING THE
WING COMMANDER WAS APPRISED OF MATTERS WHERE CAP’S
INTERESTS INTERSECT WITH GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES.
3. LT. COL. DAMRON SERVED AS COMMANDER OF THE ILLINOIS
LEGISLATIVE SQUADRON, A UNIQUE SQUADRON WITHIN ILLINOIS
WING COMPRISED OF MEMBERS FROM THE ILLINOIS STATE
LEGISLATURE. THE LEGISLATIVE SQUADRON SAW THE ADDITION OF
TWO NEW MEMBERS TO ITS RANKS.
4. A CONTINGENT OF SENIOR AND CADET MEMBERS FROM ILLINOIS WING
TOOK PART IN CAP’S LEGISLATIVE DAY IN WASHINGTON, DC. THIS
EVENT PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITH ILLINOIS MEMBERS
OF CONGRESS TO DISCUSS CAP AND REMIND THEM OF OUR VALUE TO
THE NATION.

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5. ILWG PARTICIPATED IN VARIOUS EXERCISES THAT WERE CONDUCTED
WITH OUR GOVERNMENTAL PARTNERS, PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES TO
LEARN ABOUT OUR MUTUAL CAPABILITIES AND METHODS OF
OPERATION.
Legal
1.

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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
Raymond Mucha, Capt, CAP
Illinois Wing Department of the Historian

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