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HISTORY OF
SOUTH DAKOTA WING
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

01 January 2016 - 01 December 2016

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

Prepared By
Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Kipp, CAP
Assistant Wing Historian

Reviewed By
Col.David G. Small Jr., CAP
South Dakota Wing Commander

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

TABLE OF CONTENTS
TITLE PAGE ..............................................................................................................1
COMMANDER’S APPROVAL LETTER ................................................................4
INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF ........................................................................ 7
TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................................................................5
NARRATIVE
CHAPTER I: DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS ...................................................................7
Search and Rescue .................................................................................................12
Disaster Relief ........................................................................................................12
Homeland Security.................................................................................................13
Counterdrug ...........................................................................................................13
CHAPTER II: DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION .........................................13
Internal Aerospace Education ................................................................................13
External Aerospace Education ...............................................................................14
CHAPTER III: DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS ...................................................15
Cadet Programs ......................................................................................................17
Cadet Activities ......................................................................................................17
Drug Demand Reduction .......................................................................................21
APPENDIX I: Chapters I-III - Data and Statistics ............................................................23
Operations ..............................................................................................................23
Aerospace Education .............................................................................................24
Cadet Programs ......................................................................................................24
APPENDIX II: Unit Staff - Data and Statistics .................................................................27
Unit Map (showing geographic subdivisions within a REGION/WING) .............27
Unit Organization Chart .........................................................................................28
Unit Command and Staff Listing ...........................................................................29
APPENDIX III: Director of Logistics – Data and Statistics..............................................31
Supply ....................................................................................................................29
Transportation ........................................................................................................29
Maintenance ...........................................................................................................29
APPENDIX IV: Director of Communications – Data and Statistics .................................31
Communications Operations ..................................................................................31
Communications Facilities and Equipment ...........................................................31
APPENDIX V: Director of Professional Development - Data and Statistics....................33
Professional Development .....................................................................................33

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APPENDIX VI: Staff Officers - Data and Statistics .........................................................34
Administration .......................................................................................................34
Personnel ................................................................................................................34
Recruiting and Retention .......................................................................................34
Plans and Programs ................................................................................................34
Public Affairs .........................................................................................................34
Information Technology ........................................................................................34
Finance - Financial Statement ................................................................................35
Chaplain .................................................................................................................35
Historian.................................................................................................................35
Health Services ......................................................................................................35
APPENDIX VII: Special Staff Officers – Data and Statistics ...........................................36
Inspector General ...................................................................................................36
Safety .....................................................................................................................36
Government Relations ...........................................................................................36
Legal ......................................................................................................................36

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INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF & BRIEF UNIT NARRATIVE
The South Dakota Wing completed its 75th year of service to the people of the State of South
Dakota and to the United States of America.
South Dakota Wing Origin
The South Dakota Wing was established on 1 December 1941 as “Wing 77” and was placed
under the Command of Lt. Col. Thomas B. Roberts, Jr. On 30 May 1955, Wing 77 was redesignated “Wing 40000”. In 1999, Wing 40000 was re-designated as “SD-001” the designation
it bears today. The wing is currently commanded by Col David G. Small Jr.
Wing Organization
The South Dakota Wing is organized into a Wing Headquarters located near Rapid City Regional
Airport, Rapid City, SD and currently has six subordinate squadrons. The squadrons are located
at Brookings, Custer, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Spearfish. The total combined active
strength of the wing is about 300 Cadets and Senior Members. The wing also has a Legislative
Squadron with over 40 members, nearly one-half of the state’s legislators.
Wing Status
The South Dakota Wing completed 2016 on a high note. It was an active year for the wing in
providing emergency services responses to AFRCC-tasked missions (missing aircraft, missing
persons). The wing enhanced its liaison with Native American tribal authorities by providing
emergency services on reservation land.
Aerospace Education had a substantial role in wing activity for 2016 featuring model rocketry,
powered model aircraft and model gliders.
The wing’s Cadet Programs for 2016 were equally active with an encampment, leadership
academies, character development and drug demand reduction events, cadet and color guard
competitions, participation in National Cadet Special Activities and a lot of just plain fun
activities.
2016 was also a year of community activity. Wing units supported and/or took part in numerous
community events across the state. Color Guards were especially active in that respect. A great
deal of support was provided to aviation related events such as air shows and aviation days.
Greatly enhanced community awareness and public goodwill was generated by the wing’s
presence at, and participation in these activities.
Wing Commander
Vice Commander
Chief of Staff

David G. Small Jr.
Rodney DeWeese
Nicholas Gengler

Col
Lt Col
Lt Col

SUMMARY NARRATIVE OF MAJOR ACTIVITIES

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Chapter I

OPERATIONS

Search and Rescue
SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE - 23 JANUARY: THE SOUTH DAKOTA WING
CONDUCTED A SEARCH AND RESCUE TRAINING EXERCISE (SAREX) ON
SATURDAY, 23 JANUARY. THE FOCUS WAS ON TRAINING AIRCREWS, GROUND
SEARCH TEAMS AND COMMAND STAFF PERSONNEL THROUGH REALISTIC
SEARCH AND RESCUE SCENARIOS THAT MIRROR CAP’S REAL-WORLD ACTIVITY.
WING AIRCRAFT, VEHICLES, OFFICERS AND CADETS TOOK PART IN THE
TRAINING EXERCISE.
AT ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, A STAGING AREA WAS SET UP AT THE
HEADQUARTERS OF THE RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON. CAP AIRCRAFT
FLEW SEARCH AND RESCUE SORTIES FROM THE RAPID CITY REGIONAL AIRPORT.
IN ADDITION, A GROUND SEARCH TEAM CONDUCTED INDEPENDENT BUT
SIMILAR TRAINING EXERCISES AND COMMUNICATED WITH THE AIRCRAFT BY
RADIO AND SIGNAL MIRRORS. ADDING A BIT OF FUN TO THE TRAINING, AFTER A
RARE (SIMULATED) WINTER TORNADO DEVASTATED THE TOWN OF WALL
PASSERSBY REPORTED A LARGE GREEN BRONTOSAURUS HAD ESCAPED AND
WAS ROAMING NEAR THE EASTBOUND I-90 EXIT FOR WALL.
AT SIOUX FALLS, AN INCIDENT COMMAND POST WAS SET UP AT THE
HEADQUARTERS OF THE SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON AT THE SIOUX
FALLS AIRPORT. THEY WERE JOINED BY AIRCRAFT, VEHICLES AND PERSONNEL
FROM THE BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON IN BROOKINGS. UNDER THE
OVERALL CONTROL OF INCIDENT COMMANDER COL. JOHN SETEN, THE CAP
GROUND TEAMS CONDUCTED TRAINING EXERCISES SIMILAR TO THOSE IN THE
WEST RIVER AREA WHILE THE AIRCREWS CONDUCTED CLASSROOM TRAINING
ON NEW TECHNOLOGIES AS THE WEATHER KEPT THEM ON THE GROUND ALL
DAY.
WING CHIEF OF STAFF MAJ. DAVID SMALL EXPLAINS, “THIS SAREX
INCORPORATED TWO NEW PROGRAMS; FIRST IT WAS RUN WITH RAPID CITY AS
A "STAGING AREA" WITH ME AS STAGING AREA MANAGER. THE MISSION BASE
STAFF INCLUDING THE INCIDENT COMMAND, PLANNING, AND AIR AND GROUND
OPERATIONS WAS IN SIOUX FALLS. THE MISSION BASE STAFF DIRECTED THE
OVERALL MISSION WHILE THE STAGING AREA MANAGER ENSURED RESOURCES
WERE AVAILABLE AT THE STAGING AREA, COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE
TWO SITES WORKED AND OVERALL OPERATIONS RAN SMOOTHLY. THE SECOND
NEW PROGRAM FOCUSED ON AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, SPECIFICALLY NEW
TOOLS AVAILABLE TO CAP INCLUDING THE NIKON D-7100 CAMERA AND THE
GARMIN VIRB, WHICH HAS AN AIRCRAFT MOUNTED CAMERA CONTROLLED
FROM INSIDE THE AIRCRAFT BY THE AIRCREW, AND THE GIIEP VIDEO CAMERA
AND LAPTOP.”

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ADDING TO THE EXCITEMENT, COL. SETEN RECEIVED A TELEPHONE CALL LATE
IN THE MORNING FROM THE CAP NATIONAL OPERATIONS CENTER IN
MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, THAT AN EMERGENCY LOCATOR BEACON (ELT) WAS
REPORTED BY THE AIR FORCE RESCUE COORDINATION CENTER AT TYNDALL
AIR FORCE BASE IN FLORIDA AS BEING ACTIVE FROM A CAP AIRCRAFT AT RAPID
CITY. THIS WAS A REAL CALL, NOT A SAREX SIMULATION. UPON EXAMINATION,
THE CREW OF THE AIRCRAFT DETERMINED THE ELT WAS NOT CURRENTLY
TRANSMITTING AND THAT NO DAMAGE HAD OCCURRED. THEY THEN
PROCEEDED ON THEIR MISSION. IT WAS NEVER DETERMINED HOW THE ELT WAS
TRIGGERED.
ONE AIRCREW, VIEWING SIMULATED TORNADO DAMAGE NEAR WALL, SAW A
HOUSE FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES. COORDINATES WERE RADIOED TO THE
STAGING AREA COMMUNICATIONS CREW WHO MADE A 911 CALL. IT WAS
QUICKLY DETERMINED THAT THIS WAS A "CONTROLLED" BURN OF A
STRUCTURE. THOUGH IT TURNED OUT NOT TO BE A REAL-WORLD EMERGENCY
IT PROVIDED GREAT IMPROMPTU TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE FOR AIR CREWS
AND GROUND SUPPORT STAFF.
SOUTH DAKOTA WING COMMANDER COL. JOHN SETEN OBSERVED, “LARGESCALE EXERCISES OF THIS KIND ARE AN EXCELLENT WAY FOR US TO TRAIN
WITH OUR NEW HIGH TECH SEARCH AND RESCUE GEAR AND TO HONE
INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM SKILLS.”
• TABLETOP SAREX: THE SQUADRON’S OFFICERS CONDUCTED A TABLETOP
SAREX IN MID-MARCH TO BEGIN PREPARING FOR THE MAJOR SAREX COMING UP
IN APRIL. CLASSES WERE HELD ON A VARIETY OF TOPICS AS WELL AS A
COMPREHENSIVE DISCUSSION ON THE ROLES EACH WAS TO PLAY AS PART OF
THE MISSION BASE STAFF, GROUND TEAM OR AIRCREW. IN SOME CASES IT WAS
BACK-TO-THE-BASICS, FOR EXAMPLE IN MAP READING AND LAND NAVIGATION
TO GET AWAY FROM OVER RELIANCE ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES.
• REDCAP: ON 17 MAY, THE OGLALA SIOUX TRIBE (OST), IN CONSULTATION
WITH THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS (BIA), STATE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AND THE AIR FORCE RESCUE COORDINATION CENTER,
REQUESTED SDWG AIR AND GROUND ASSETS BE ACTIVATED TO ASSIST IN THE
SEARCH FOR THREE MEN MISSING FROM PINE RIDGE. WITHIN HOURS
PERSONNEL, VEHICLES AND AIRCRAFT ARRIVED AND BEGAN OPERATIONS.
AIRCREWS FROM THE WING, SIOUX FALLS, RAPID CITY, SPEARFISH, BROOKINGS,
AND CUSTER FLEW NUMEROUS SORTIES OR FERRIED AIRCRAFT. A GROUND
TEAM FROM CUSTER, RAPID CITY AND SPEARFISH ASSISTED. PERSONNEL FROM
THE WING, RAPID CITY, SPEARFISH AND CUSTER PROVIDED MISSION STAFF
SUPPORT. OVER THREE DAYS SDWG FLEW OVER 6,000 MILES IN SEARCH OF THE
MISSING MEN WHO, UNFORTUNATELY, WERE NOT FOUND. THE OGLALA SIOUX
TRIBE WAS PLEASED WE WERE THERE TO HELP AND WE

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WERE TREATED WITH KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY BY THE PEOPLE OF PINE
RIDGE.
UPDATE: OGLALA SIOUX TRIBE INCIDENT COMMANDER JOHN SEIDSCHLAW
SAYS THE THREE MEN WERE FOUND DEAD LATE ON 23 MAY INSIDE A CAR
UPSIDE DOWN IN THE WHITE RIVER. THE SUPPOSITION IS THAT THE CAR
CAREENED OFF A DIRT ROAD NEAR THE PRAIRIE WIND CASINO, WENT OVER A
SMALL RIDGE NEAR SLIM BUTTES AND CRASHED INTO THE RIVER. THE CAR WAS
DISCOVERED BY AN INDIVIDUAL RETURNING HOME FROM A SOCIAL EVENT
WHO NOTICED TRACKS GOING OFF THE DIRT ROAD. HE FOLLOWED THEM AND
SPOTTED THE BADLY DAMAGED CAR DOWN IN A RAVINE WHERE IT COULD NOT
BE SEEN FROM THE ROAD.
CONCERNING THE PINE RIDGE REDCAP COL. SETEN SAID, "IT WAS AN HONOR TO
HAVE GOTTEN TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE OGLALA SIOUX TRIBE ON THIS
SEARCH MISSION. THE TRIBE IS A CLOSE KNIT GROUP OF PEOPLE AND
EXPENDED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF EFFORT TO FIND THE THREE MEN AND
WENT TO GREAT LENGTHS TO ENSURE THE CIVIL AIR PATROL WAS TAKEN CARE
OF IN REGARDS TO FOOD AND SHELTER. WHILE IT IS NOT THE OUTCOME WE
WISHED IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WE HOPE THE FAMILY CAN NOW FIND CLOSURE
AS THE MEN HAVE BEEN FOUND. IT WAS ALSO A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK
WITH THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS AND WE THANK THEM FOR THE USE OF
THEIR MOBILE COMMAND POST FOR US TO OPERATE OUT OF."
• REDCAP: ON 18 MAY, AT THE REQUEST OF LAWRENCE COUNTY’S SHERIFF’S
OFFICE AND EMERGENCY MANAGER THE AIR FORCE RESCUE COORDINATION
CENTER AT TYNDALL AFB, FLA., PLACED SDWG ON ALERT TO SEARCH FOR A
POSSIBLE DOWNED AIRCRAFT IN THE VICINITY OF DEADWOOD. TWO SDWG
AIRCRAFT CONDUCTED SEARCH SORTIES OVER THE AREA. INCREASINGLY
UNSTABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE AREA RESULTED IN THE SEARCH
BEING SUSPENDED UNLESS AND UNTIL CREDIBLE FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION
WAS RECEIVED. SUCH INFORMATION WAS NOT FORTHCOMING AND THE
MISSION WAS CANCELLED.
• REDCAP: ON 5 JUNE, SDWG JOINED THE SEARCH FOR AN AUTISTIC TEENAGER
REPORTED MISSING IN THE RAPID CITY AREA. THE PENNINGTON COUNTY
SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND PENNINGTON COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT IN CONSULTATION WITH THE AIR FORCE RESCUE COORDINATION
CENTER REQUESTED WING AIR AND GROUND ASSETS BE ACTIVATED TO ASSIST
IN THE SEARCH. THE WING ASSIGNED AIRCRAFT AND A GROUND TEAM TO
SEARCH THE AREA AROUND NORRIS PEAK. THE TEEN WAS FOUND JUST BEFORE
NOON MST. FOLLOWING AN EVALUATION BY PARAMEDICS THE UNINJURED BUT
VERY TIRED YOUTH WAS RELEASED TO HIS FAMILY.
AS SOON AS THE CALL CAME IN THE ANNUAL WING CONFERENCE UNDERWAY
IN PIERRE WAS CURTAILED IN ORDER TO RESPOND TO THE REDCAP. MAJ. CRAIG
GOODRICH WAS APPOINTED INCIDENT COMMANDER AND HE AND SEVERAL

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OFFICERS FLEW TO RAPID CITY WHERE THEY SET UP A MISSION BASE AT WING
HEADQUARTERS. A SDWG CESSNA-182, PILOTED BY LT. COL. BUCK DEWEESE
WITH LT. ANDY WEATHERS AS MISSION OBSERVER AND SM TRICIA WEATHERS
AS MISSION SCANNER, FLEW A SEARCH SORTIE. A GROUND SEARCH TEAM
HEADED BY MAJ. BILL COLLISTER WITH CADETS FROM THE WEST RIVER
SQUADRONS WAS DISPATCHED TO THE NORRIS PEAK AREA. IN ADDITION, A
NORTH DAKOTA WING PREDATOR BALL AIRCRAFT EQUIPPED WITH FORWARDLOOKING INFRA-RED RADAR (FLIR) WAS ALERTED AND ON STANDBY TO ASSIST
IF NEEDED.
ALSO PARTICIPATING IN THE SEARCH FOR THE MISSING TEEN WERE TWO DOG
TEAMS, TWO PEOPLE ON HORSEBACK, A HELICOPTER FROM BLACK HILLS
LIFEFLIGHT, SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS FROM PENNINGTON, CUSTER AND
LAWRENCE COUNTIES AND A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS ON ATVS AND UTVS.
THE AFRCC CLOSED MISSION 16-M-0337A AND CREDITED SDWG WITH BOTH A
FIND AND A SAVE. ACCORDING TO CAPR 39-3 THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE
REDCAP ARE ELIGIBLE FOR AN AWARD.
• SAREVAL “HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL”: EVERY TWO YEARS THE U.S. AIR FORCE
SENDS A TEAM TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF EACH WING’S
EMERGENCY SERVICES COMPETENCY. THIS MONTH IT WAS SOUTH DAKOTA
WING’S TURN. ON SATURDAY, 18 JUNE, UNDER THE CONTROL OF INCIDENT
COMMANDER COL. JOHN SETEN OVER 50 SDWG MEMBERS, OFFICERS AND
CADETS FORMED A MISSION BASE STAFF, TWO GROUND SEARCH TEAMS AND
SEVERAL AIRCREWS. THE AIR AND GROUND TEAMS SUCCESSFULLY LOCATED
TWO TRAINING BEACONS THAT SIMULATED A DOWNED AIRCRAFT’S
EMERGENCY LOCATOR TRANSMITTER AND A SIMULATED MISSING ALZHEIMER
PATIENT IN RECORD TIME. “WING MEMBERS FROM ACROSS SOUTH DAKOTA
WORKED TOGETHER EFFICIENTLY TO ACHIEVE ALL OF THE OBJECTIVES SET FOR
US”, SAID WING COMMANDER COL. DAVID SMALL. THE EIGHT-MEMBER
CAP/USAF EVALUATION TEAM AWARDED OUR WING A "HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL"
GRADE IN THE EVALUATED SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE (SAREVAL), ONE OF
THE HIGHEST GRADES THAT CAN BE AWARDED. COL. SMALL WENT ON TO SAY
THAT “OUR GRADE OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL IS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE
TRAINING AND ACTUAL MISSION PARTICIPATION OF ALL OUR MEMBERS. GOOD
JOB SOUTH DAKOTA WING!”
• SPEARFISH SAREX: ON 20 AUGUST A SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE (SAREX)
WAS HELD AT THE BLACK HILLS AIRPORT IN SPEARFISH. SOME 50 PERSONNEL
FROM ALL SIX SQUADRONS OF THE WING PARTICIPATED IN A COMBINED AIR
AND GROUND SEARCH FOR A SIMULATED DOWNED PLANE AND A SEARCH FOR
A SIMULATED MISSING PERSON. THE MAIN FOCUS WAS ON TRAINING FOR
MISSION BASE STAFF, AIRCREWS AND GROUND SEARCH TEAMS. THE TWO
SCENARIOS MIRRORED THE REAL-LIFE EMERGENCY SITUATIONS SOUTH
DAKOTA WING CARRIES OUT IN SUPPORT OF THE STATE’S EMERGENCY

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MANAGEMENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS. WE TRAIN OFTEN SO THAT
WE WILL BE READY ALWAYS.
• PILOT INSTRUMENT REFRESHER CLINIC: ON 10 SEPTEMBER, PILOTS FROM
ACROSS SDWG MET AT THE SQUADRON IN SIOUX FALLS TO DISCUSS
INSTRUMENT FLYING AND LEARN WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO BE SAFE AND
LEGAL WHEN FLYING IN INSTRUMENT CONDITIONS. THE EVENT WAS
COORDINATED WITH THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION’S SAFETY
TEAM, SO PILOTS RECEIVED FAA WINGS PROGRAM CREDIT. BY MAKING THIS AN
OFFICIAL FAA EVENT, IT WAS ALSO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THREE GENERAL
AVIATION PILOTS CAME TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DAY-LONG CLASS, AND WORK
SIDE BY SIDE WITH CAP PILOTS.
MAJ. CRAIG GOODRICH PRESENTED A SCENARIO IN WHICH EACH TEAM OF
THREE PILOTS DEVELOPED THEIR PLAN FOR FLYING A HUMAN HEART FOR
TRANSPLANT ALONG WITH A MEDICAL ATTENDANT FROM MITCHELL, SD TO
PIPESTONE, MN. THE PILOTS COVERED RISK MANAGEMENT OF DEALING WITH
THE HUMAN FACTOR, AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT, INSTRUMENT APPROACHES, FAA
AND CAP REGULATIONS, EMERGENCIES, AND WEATHER. SIX OTHER CAP
INSTRUCTORS HELPED WITH THE TEACHING. MAJ. GOODRICH SAID, “I WAS
THRILLED TO SEE SUCH A GREAT TURNOUT. WE HAD PILOTS FROM NEARLY
EVERY SQUADRON IN THE WING HERE, AND EVERYONE LEARNED A GREAT
DEAL AND HAD FUN.”
THIS EVENT BROUGHT ALL SEVEN OF THE SDWG ASSIGNED CAP AIRCRAFT TO
SIOUX FALLS, AND THE WING TOOK ADVANTAGE OF IT. MAJ. KARLA WEST
TOOK SOME GREAT PHOTOS, MAJ. E.W. FILLER WAS ABLE TO ENSURE ALL THE
AIRPLANES HAD THE NEW SURVIVAL KITS PLACED IN THEM AND
STANDARDIZED THE AIRCRAFT INFORMATION FILE BOOKS KEPT IN THE PLANES,
CAPT. KURT JOHNSON DID A SURPRISE SAFETY CHECK OF THE AIRCRAFT, AND
MAJ. GOODRICH PASSED OUT NEW CAP SHELL MASTER CARDS AND NEW
LAMINATED CHECKLISTS FOR EACH AIRCRAFT.
ON 11 SEPTEMBER, MOST OF THE PILOTS PRACTICED FLYING WHAT THEY HAD
JUST LEARNED. CADET ORIENTATION RIDES WERE PLANNED AS WELL, BUT THE
WEATHER WAS VERY BUMPY – WHICH MADE FOR GREAT TRAINING FOR
INSTRUMENT FLYING, BUT NOT VERY GOOD FOR CADET O-RIDES.
• OCTOBER SPLIT SARX: SATURDAY, 15 OCTOBER, IN SIOUX FALLS AND RAPID
CITY, CAP MEMBERS REHEARSED THEIR SEARCH AND RESCUE SKILLS, AS WELL
AS FLYING, INCIDENT COMMAND, RADIO, AND PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS.
IN EAST RIVER THIRTY-SIX MEMBERS FROM SOUTH DAKOTA, NORTH DAKOTA
AND MINNESOTA WINGS CONVENED AT SIOUX FALLS REGIONAL AIRPORT. THEY
"FOUND" THREE MISSING PEOPLE AND A "CRASHED" AIRCRAFT IN HARRISBURG.
THEY ALSO TOOK PHOTOS OF "FLOODING" IN FAIRVIEW AND A POSSIBLE

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"BREACH" IN A SEWER LAGOON IN CHESTER DUE TO A "TERRORIST" ATTACK. IN
TEA, MEMBERS USED AN HF RADIO TO TRY TO COMMUNICATE WITH
COLLEAGUES IN RAPID CITY.
IN WEST RIVER A NO-PRIOR-NOTICE ALERT SENT ABOUT 30 SDWG MEMBERS TO
ROCKERVILLE FIRE STATION #2 TO JOIN WITH MEMBERS OF PENNINGTON
COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE, PENNINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND
THE ROCKERVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN THE SEARCH FOR TWO
AIRCRAFT INVOLVED IN A SIMULATED MID-AIR COLLISION. IN ALL ABOUT 45
PEOPLE TOOK PART. SDWG AIRCRAFT QUICKLY LOCATED THE EMERGENCY
BEACON FROM ONE OF THE DOWNED PLANES AND GROUND TEAMS WERE SENT
TO “RESCUE” ACTORS PLAYING SIMULATED CASUALTIES. DUE TO MISSION
CONSTRAINTS OUR AIRCRAFT WERE NOT ABLE TO FIND THE PIECES OF
ALUMINUM REPRESENTING THE SECOND CRASHED AIRCRAFT THAT HAD BEEN
PLACED A FEW MILES NORTH OF THE OTHER SIMULATED CRASH LOCATION.
MOST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE OTHER PARTICIPATING AGENCIES HAD NOT
WORKED WITH SDWG BEFORE. THEY ALL SAID THEY’D LIKE TO WORK WITH US
MORE, AND WERE IMPRESSED WITH THE PROFESSIONALISM DISPLAYED BY OUR
OFFICERS AND CADETS.
• AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY SAREX: AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS ONE OF SDWG'S
KEY MISSIONS. IT IS USED FOR DAMAGE ASSESSMENT AFTER FLOODS,
TORNADOES, AND BLIZZARDS AS WELL AS IN MISSING PERSON SEARCHES. ON 3
DECEMBER 2016, THE SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON HOSTED A SDWG
SAREX ON PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIRB SKILLS. VIRB IS A NEW TECHNOLOGY,
SORT OF LIKE A GOPRO CAMERA. IT IS MOUNTED ON THE WING OF OUR CESSNA182S AND TAKES A PHOTO EVERY TEN SECONDS. THE PILOT FLIES A PREPLANNED ROUTE AT A SET ALTITUDE AND SPEED. THE VIRB IS CONTROLLED BY
THE AIRBORNE PHOTOGRAPHER WITH THE USE OF A SAMSUNG TABLET. THE
HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS CAN THEN BE STITCHED TOGETHER INTO A PHOTO
MOSAIC AND ANALYZED. HAND-HELD PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE NIKON D7100
AND RELATED CAMERAS WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO BE IMPORTANT. THE D7100
ARE HIGH-END PROFESSIONAL CAMERAS AND TAKE TIME AND EXPERIENCE TO
MASTER. AT THE SAREX, PARTICIPANTS HAD CLASSROOM LECTURES ON THE
VIRB AND NIKON CAMERAS THEN "FLEW" IN VANS, GETTING HANDS-ON
EXPERIENCE IN USING THE EQUIPMENT THEN DOWNLOADING THE
PHOTOGRAPHS INTO WMIRS AND TO A SPECIAL FEMA SITE.
Disaster Relief
• SAR/DISASTER RELIEF EXERCISE: ON SATURDAY, 23 APRIL, OVER 70
MEMBERS FROM ALL SIX SQUADRONS GATHERED IN SIOUX FALLS SATURDAY
TO CONDUCT A SEARCH AND RESCUE/DISASTER RELIEF EXERCISE. OPERATIONS
INCLUDED FLYING SEARCH MISSIONS, AERIAL PHOTO RECONNAISSANCE
MISSIONS, AND GROUND TEAM SEARCHES. THE EXERCISE FOCUSED ON
TRAINING AIRCREWS, GROUND TEAMS, AND COMMAND STAFF THROUGH
REALISTIC SCENARIOS THAT MIRROR OUR REAL-WORLD ACTIVITIES.

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SATURDAY'S SAREX WAS A DRESS REHEARSAL FOR THE USAF EVALUATED
SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE IN JUNE WHERE THEY WILL EVALUATE OUR
READINESS AND EFFECTIVENESS IN CONDUCTING SEARCH AND RESCUE AND
DISASTER RELIEF MISSIONS. TWO LOCAL STATIONS (KDLT AND KSFY) SENT A
CAMERA CREW TO FILM THE ACTIVITY AND INTERVIEW PERSONNEL. SEVERAL
MEDIA OUTLETS CARRIED REPORTS OF OUR SAREX.
Homeland Security
NO DATA PROVIDED
Counterdrug
NO DATA PROVIDED
Chapter II

AEROSPACE EDUCATION

Internal Aerospace Education
• YEAGER AWARD: CONGRATULATIONS TO CAPT. RICHARD GEETING AND SM
PETER BIERWIRTH, BOTH OF CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON, WHO
EARNED THE BRIGADIER GENERAL CHARLES E. “CHUCK” YEAGER AEROSPACE
EDUCATION AWARD!
• NEW AEROSPACE EDUCATION CHALLENGE: NATIONAL HAS SENT ME TWO
FOUR-GYRO PLATFORMS WITH CONTROLLER, MOTORS, PROPS, THE WHOLE
WORKS! THEY KITS ARE IDENTICAL AND REQUIRE ASSEMBLY. I WOULD LIKE TO
AWARD THE KITS AT THE WING CONFERENCE TO THE TOP TWO ESSAY WINNERS.
A SIMPLE ESSAY, 500 WORDS MAXIMUM, ADDRESSING THE UTILIZATION AND
THE FUTURE OF THESE REMOTELY PILOTED PLATFORMS. EACH SQUADRON MAY
SUBMIT AS MANY ESSAYS AS THEY PLEASE, OR TEAM UP TO COMBINE IDEAS
AND TALENTS IN A SINGLE ESSAY. DEADLINE FOR ESSAYS IS MAY 15TH. SEND
YOUR ESSAYS TO ME BY EMAIL AND I WILL FORWARD THEM TO A WING STAFF
MEMBER (TBD) FOR FINAL EVALUATION. LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE
ACCEPTED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A SNEAK PEEK AT WHAT WE ARE TALKING
ABOUT
GO
TO:
HTTP://QUADLUGS.COM/COLLECTIONS/FRAMEKITS/PRODUCTS/BOX-QUADFRAME-KIT-450MM-RANGE. YOU CAN SEE THE ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS, A
VIDEO, LIVE FLYING, ETC.
• CADET SOLO FLIGHT: CONGRATULATIONS TO C/CAPT NICHOLAS NASH OF
THE SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON, ON SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING HIS
SOLO FLIGHT ON 7 MAY. NICK FINISHED HIS SOUTH DAKOTA WING SOLO
SCHOLARSHIP WITH FOUR PERFECT SOLO LANDINGS AT THE LINCOLN COUNTY
AIRPORT AT TEA. IN RECOGNITION OF HIS ACHIEVEMENT HE’LL RECEIVE CAP
SOLO PILOT WINGS. THANKS TO LT COL GREG LAIR FOR WORKING WITH NICK
ON HIS WAY TO A PRIVATE PILOT’S LICENSE!

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• FIREFIGHTING FLIGHTLINE VISIT: WITH SOME CADETS AT ENCAMPMENT
OTHER MEMBERS OF LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN COMPOSITE SQUADRON CAME TO A
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT (CD) CLASS ON 30 JUNE. WHAT THEN HAPPENED IS
AN INTERESTING TURN OF EVENTS: MANY IN THE WING ARE AWARE THAT
THERE IS A FOREST FIRE 4 MILES WEST OF SPEARFISH. DUE TO THE NATURE OF
THE FIRE MANY FIRE-FIGHTING HELICOPTERS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN TO
SPEARFISH REGIONAL AIRPORT. MAJ COLLISTER OFFERED THE USE OF THE
SQUADRON HEADQUARTERS TO THE FIREFIGHTERS AND THEY OFFERED TO
SHOW US THEIR HELICOPTERS. THE CADETS TOURED THE VARIOUS
HELICOPTERS AND EQUIPMENT ON THE SPEARFISH FLIGHTLINE. THIS WAS DONE
BETWEEN SORTIES. IT WASN’T CLEAR IF THE CREWS OR THE CADETS WERE
MORE EXCITED AT THIS OPPORTUNITY. AFTER BEING SHOWN THE SIKORSKY S64 “SKYCRANE” AND BOEING-VERTOL CH-107 UP CLOSE, AND THE “BAMBI
BUCKET” AND HOW IT WORKS, THE CADETS HAD EXPLANATIONS GIVEN TO
THEM FOR THREE OTHER HELICOPTERS ON THE RAMP AS WELL.
• BOMBER SIMULATOR: SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE
SQUADRON WENT ON AN AEROSPACE EDUCATION FIELD TRIP TO ELLSWORTH
AFB WHERE WE WERE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE THE
B-1 BOMBER FLIGHT
SIMULATOR INSTRUCTED BY USAF MAJ. RICHARD MORRISON. THE
PARTICIPANTS WERE: BACK ROW: SM DARWIN KOPFMANN, CAPT JAMES DILLON,
2ND LT TIM MODDE, MAJ RICHARD MORRISON, C/SSGT HUNTER RICE, C/TSGT
ANTHONY DILLON, C/AMN ROBERT HEWITT, FRONT ROW: C/AMN ALEXANDER
HEINRICH, C/CMSGT THOMAS DILLON AND C/SRA ETHAN UPDIKE.
• WE WIN AEX: CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON RECEIVED THE
AEROSPACE EDUCATION EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR 2015-2016. THIS IS THE THIRD
CONSECUTIVE YEAR WE HAVE RECEIVED THIS AWARD BY PARTICIPATING IN
HANDS-ON AVIATION AND SPACE-RELATED ACTIVITIES. WE RECEIVED A
COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE AND PARTICIPANTS RECEIVED AN AEX AWARD
CERTIFICATE. BACK ROW: C/CMSGT THOMAS DILLON, C/SSGT HUNTER RICE,
C/A1C JON LARCHER, C/SRA ETHAN UPDIKE. FRONT ROW: C/A1C ROBERT
HEWITT, C/MSGT ANTHONY DILLON, C/AMN ALEXANDER HEINRICH.
• AEX AWARD: RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON HAS BEEN NOTIFIED BY
NHQ THAT WE HAVE FULFILLED THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AEROSPACE
EDUCATION EXCELLENCE AWARD. THIS HAS INVOLVED OUR SQUADRON
MEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN HANDS-ON AVIATION AND SPACE-RELATED
ACTIVITIES. IN THE NEAR FUTURE THE SQUADRON WILL RECEIVE A
COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE AND PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE AN AEX AWARD
CERTIFICATE.
• YEAGER AWARD: CONGRATULATIONS TO 2ND LT TIM MODDE OF HILL CITY,
A MEMBER OF THE CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON IN CUSTER, WHO
EARNED THE BRIGADIER GENERAL CHARLES E. “CHUCK” YEAGER AEROSPACE
EDUCATION AWARD!

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External Aerospace Education
• CUSTER AIRPORT HOSTS CAP AVIATION DAY: ATTRACTIONS AT THE FIRST
EVER CAP AVIATION DAY HELD AT THE CUSTER COUNTY AIRPORT WERE A
FLIGHT SIMULATOR WITH DEMONSTRATIONS BY THE CADETS FOR EAGER
YOUNGSTERS, A DISPLAY OF MODEL AIRPLANES, AIR-POWERED ROCKET
FLIGHTS, AND THE VERY POPULAR PAPER AIRPLANE TABLE WHERE A LARGE
CROWD OF CHILDREN LEARNED HOW A PLANE STAYS IN THE AIR BY MAKING
THE PAPER PLANE IN SECTIONS THAT SHOWED AILERONS AND FLAPS THAT
CONTROLLED FLIGHT. TO BOOST THEIR AVIATION EXPERIENCE WE ALLOWED
THEM TO TOUR A CAP PLANE AND WATCH FOUR OF OUR CADETS TAKE FLIGHT
ORIENTATION RIDES.
Chapter III

CADET PROGRAMS

Cadet Programs
• CYBERPATRIOT-VII: BROOKINGS COMPOSITE SQUADRON IS PARTICIPATING
IN CYBERPATRIOT, THE NATIONAL YOUTH CYBER DEFENSE COMPETITION. THEY
ARE COMPETING IN THE ALL-SERVICES DIVISION AGAINST 1,280 TEAMS, 447 OF
THEM CAP TEAMS. THE ALL-SERVICES DIVISION CONSISTS OF TEAMS FROM THE
CAP, NAVAL SEA CADET CORPS, AND ARMY, AIR FORCE, NAVY AND MARINE
CORPS JUNIOR ROTC. CYBERPATRIOT TEAMS COMPETE FROM THEIR HOME
LOCATIONS IN A SERIES OF ONLINE QUALIFYING ROUNDS THAT CHALLENGE
THEM TO FIND AND FIX SECURITY VULNERABILITIES IN A VARIETY OF
SIMULATED NETWORKS. THIS YEAR’S ROUND THREE TOOK PLACE ON 31
DECEMBER. TEAM BIG SIOUX’S MEMBERS ARE: C/LT. JADEN PETERSEN
(BROOKINGS) (TEAM CAPTAIN), C/CMSGT. GRAHAM DINNEL (LAKE BENTON, MN),
C/MSGT. ANDREW TOFT (ELKTON), C/A1C ANDREW SWEEBE (BROOKINGS) AND
C/AMN PETER ENGELS (MINNEOTA, MN).
• NATIONAL CADET COMPETITION: NINETY-SIX CADETS FROM ACROSS
AMERICA GATHERED AT CAP NHQ AT MAXWELL AFB IN ALABAMA FROM 30
DECEMBER TO 2 JANUARY FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL CADET COMPETITION.
CADETS FROM THE BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON IN BROOKINGS
CONSISTED OF: CADET LIEUTENANT CHRISTOPHER DINNEL AND CADET CHIEF
MASTER SGT. GRAHAM DINNEL FROM LAKE BENTON, MN; CADET LIEUTENANT
JADEN PETERSEN AND CADET AIRMAN FIRST CLASS ANDREW SWEEBE FROM
BROOKINGS; AND CADET MASTER SGT. ANDREW TOFT OF ELKTON, SD. THEY
ARE JOINED BY CADET LIEUTENANT JADEN ROBLEWSKY FROM SIOUX FALLS
COMPOSITE SQUADRON IN SIOUX FALLS. THEY WERE SUPERVISED BY
LIEUTENANT JOSH HARTELT OF BROOKINGS, A MEMBER OF THE BIG SIOUX
COMPOSITE SQUADRON AND MAJ NICHOLAS GENGLER OF BERESFORD, OF THE
SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON.
TEAM ADVISOR LT. JOSH HARTELT REPORTS, “THE COMPETITION WAS TOUGH,
THE BEST OF THE BEST WERE COMPETING FOR THE TITLE OF 2015 NCC
CHAMPIONS. OUR CADETS HAD BEEN TRAINING FOR MONTHS IN PREPARATION
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FOR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR COLOR GUARD, PHYSICAL TRAINING, LEADERSHIP
TRAINING, AND SO ON. DURING THE COMPETITION SEVERAL CADETS FROM BIG
SIOUX SHOWCASED THEIR PHYSICAL ABILITY BY BREAKING PUSHUP RECORDS.
COMPETING IN THE INDOOR COLOR GUARD PRESENTATION WAS A CHALLENGE
AS OUR CADETS WERE GIVEN A SCENARIO THEY HAD NEVER FACED BEFORE.
SIMILARLY, OUR CADETS HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO PERFORM OUTDOOR
PRESENTATION OF THE COLORS DUE TO OUR BITTER WINTER WEATHER. IN
OTHER AREAS OF THE COMPETITION WE PERFORMED EXCEPTIONALLY, IN
ADVANCED ROCKETRY THEIR ROCKET FLEW THE FASTEST UPWARDS OF 780+
MPH. OUR CADETS HANDLED THEMSELVES PROFESSIONALLY AND WERE
SUPPORTIVE OF FELLOW COMPETITORS; OUR TEAM WAS PRACTICALLY
INSEPARABLE FROM MINNESOTA WING’S VIKING COMPOSITE SQUADRON. EACH
CADET WAS PROUD TO HAVE EARNED THE CHANCE TO GO TO NATIONALS AND
APPRECIATE WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN AT A NATIONAL LEVEL.” EACH MEMBER
• JOINT DAKOTAS CADET LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: A JOINT DAKOTAS CADET
LEADERSHIP ACADEMY WAS HELD IN PIERRE AT THE COMMUNITY BIBLE
CHURCH 26-28 FEBRUARY. 35 CADETS AND EIGHT SENIOR MEMBERS FROM BOTH
SOUTH DAKOTA AND NORTH DAKOTA WINGS ATTENDED. C/LT. NICK NASH WAS
CADET COMMANDER. MAJ. NICHOLAS GENGLER WAS SENIOR MEMBER IN
CHARGE. THIS WAS A GREAT WEEKEND DEDICATED TO DEVELOPING
LEADERSHIP SKILLS IN CADETS. CLASSES INCLUDED A TABLETOP SAREX, A
CLASS ON THE CIVIL AIR PATROL'S CORE VALUES, A DDR CLASS BY LT. COL.
BUECHLER, AND MANY OTHERS. CADETS ESPECIALLY ENJOYED THE GROUP
LEADERSHIP PROJECTS INSTRUCTED BY THE CADET STAFF MEMBERS. GREAT
PARTICIPATION BY THE CADETS WHO DID THE TEACHING, COOKING,
ORGANIZING, ETC.
• AFSA OUTSTANDING CADET NCO AWARD: CONGRATULATIONS TO C/SSGT
HUNTER RICE OF CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON IN CUSTER WHO
RECEIVED THE AIR FORCE SERGEANTS ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING CADET
NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD. THE CERTIFICATE AND
MEDAL WERE PRESENTED TO HIM BY USAF FIRST SERGEANT (RET). SCOTT
MARSICH. THE AWARD PRESENTATION WAS REPORTED ON PAGE 5B IN THE
CUSTER COUNTY CHRONICLE NEWSPAPER FOR 9 MARCH 2016.
CADET CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT JULIA LAIR OF SIOUX FALLS AND A MEMBER
OF THE SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON RECEIVED THE AIR FORCE
SERGEANTS ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING CADET NCO AWARD. THE AWARD
WAS PRESENTED ON 21 APRIL BY MAJ. NICK GENGLER, THE SQUADRON’S
DEPUTY COMMANDER FOR CADETS.
C/CMSGT THOMAS DILLON OF CUSTER, A MEMBER OF THE CRAZY HORSE
COMPOSITE SQUADRON IN CUSTER, RECEIVED THE AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION’S
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TO CADET DILLON BY CUSTER COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER MR. KEN
IRWIN.
• ROCKETRY: BY C/1STLT BLAKE HAYDEN. THIS MONTH, THE CADETS OF SIOUX
FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON PARTICIPATED IN A ROCKETRY PROGRAM EVENT
HELD ON SATURDAY, 1 OCTOBER. AT THIS EVENT, THE CADETS LEARNED ABOUT
ROCKET MECHANICS AND THEN BUILT AND SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED THE
ROCKETS THEY BUILT. THE CADETS HAD A LOT OF FUN AND THERE WILL BE
MORE ROCKETRY CLASSES BEING HELD MONTHLY AT THE REGULAR MEETINGS
FOR CADETS TO FURTHER THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND ACHIEVE THEIR ROCKETRY
BADGE, WHICH IS AWARDED UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE
ROCKETRY PROGRAM.
Cadet Activities
• WING CADET COMPETITION: BY C/LT. COL. JOSHUA KLOSTERMAN. ON 9
APRIL, THE WING CADET COMPETITION TOOK PLACE IN SIOUX FALLS. MOST OF
THE COMPETITION WAS HELD AT THE SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON’S
HEADQUARTERS. HOWEVER, THE OUTDOOR COLOR GUARD COMPETITION WAS
HELD AT ABN ARMY SURPLUS CORP. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR FLAGPOLE.
THE GRADED ACTIVITIES INCLUDED INDOOR AND OUTDOOR COLOR GUARD
PRESENTATION, A TEAM LEADERSHIP PROBLEM, A WRITTEN EXAM ON CAP
KNOWLEDGE, A PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST, A UNIFORM INSPECTION, AN
IMPROMPTU PUBLIC SPEAKING SEGMENT, AND THE EXCITING CAP JEOPARDY! I
WAS THE CHIEF JUDGE AND WAS ASSISTED BY C/CAPT. NICHOLAS NASH AND
C/LT. ANIKA BOHMER. MAJ. NICHOLAS GENGLER WAS THE SENIOR MEMBER IN
CHARGE. THE SQUADRONS COMPETED TO ADVANCE TO THE REGIONAL
COMPETITION, WITH THE WINNER EARNING THE NATIONAL CADET
COMPETITION RIBBON. BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON (BROOKINGS)
EMERGED VICTORIOUS! THEY WILL ADVANCE TO THE NORTH CENTRAL REGION
COMPETITION THIS FALL WHERE THEY WILL COMPETE AGAINST TEAMS FROM
SEVEN OTHER WINGS!
• JOINT CAP/BSA WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SCHOOL: THE WEEKEND OF 13-15
MAY A JOINT CIVIL AIR PATROL/BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA WILDERNESS
SURVIVAL SCHOOL WAS HELD AT THE LOUIS AND CLARK BOY SCOUT CAMP
NEAR YANKTON. OFFICERS AND CADETS FROM NDWG AND SDWG AND THE BOY
SCOUTS LEANED THE SKILLS OF LAND NAVIGATION, EMERGENCY SHELTER
BUILDING, FIRE MAKING, FIELD FIRST AID AND OTHER ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL
SKILLS. ONE HIGHLIGHT WAS SMALL ARMS MARKSMANSHIP USING 22-CAL.
RIFLES. THE SOUTH DAKOTA WING EXPRESSES ITS SINCERE THANKS AND
APPRECIATION TO BOY SCOUT TROOP 48 OF SIOUX FALLS FOR HOSTING US
DURING THIS EVENT!
• JOINT DAKOTA ENCAMPMENT: THE 2016 JOINT DAKOTA CADET LEADERSHIP
ENCAMPMENT (JDCLE) WAS HELD 25 JUNE TO 2 JULY AT CAMP GRAFTON, THE
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THE ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT ALTERNATES BETWEEN CAMP GRAFTON IN EVEN
NUMBERED YEARS AND CAMP RAPID, SD IN ODD NUMBERED YEARS. SOME 50
PERSONNEL FROM FIVE WINGS (MINNESOTA, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NORTH
DAKOTA AND SOUTH DAKOTA) ATTENDED THIS YEAR. THE ENCAMPMENT’S
THEME WAS “CADET LEADERSHIP”.
UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE
ENCAMPMENT COMMANDER AND HIS STAFF, THE CADET STAFF, FROM CADET
COMMANDER DOWN TO THE FLIGHT SERGEANTS AND SUPERNUMERARIES,
PLANNED AND CONDUCTED THE ENCAMPMENT; CADETS LED AND TAUGHT
CADETS. SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES AT THE ENCAMPMENT INCLUDED MILITARY
CUSTOMS AND COURTESIES, DRILL AND CEREMONIES, PHYSICAL FITNESS,
SMALL ARMS MARKSMANSHIP, FIELD FIRST AID, OBSTACLE AND LEADERSHIP
CONFIDENCE COURSES, AND TRAINING ON THE TECHNIQUES OF LEADERSHIP.
ATTENDANCE AT AN ENCAMPMENT QUALIFIES CADETS FOR ADVANCED
SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS FLIGHT ACADEMIES. GENERAL
ENCAMPMENT ATTENDEES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN AS CADET
STAFF/INSTRUCTORS.
C/A1C ETHAN UPDIKE OF CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON IN CUSTER
COMMENTED, “ON THE NIGHT THAT WE RECEIVED OUR CERTIFICATE OF
COMPLETION I REALLY FELT I HAD ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING BIG! IT WAS A
GOOD FEELING. I FELT TESTED IN WAYS I NEVER HAD BEFORE. IT WAS A GREAT
EXPERIENCE!”
COL. MARY DONLEY COMMENTED, “THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING MORE
REWARDING TO ME AS A FORMER CADET, WING COMMANDER, TEACHER AND
MOTHER THAN TO SEE THE CHANGES THAT TAKE PLACE IN A CADET ONCE
THEY HAVE ATTENDED AN ENCAMPMENT.”
THE SOUTH DAKOTA WING EXPRESSES IT GRATEFUL THANKS TO THE CAMP
GRAFTON CADRE OF THE NORTH DAKOTA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD AND
ESPECIALLY TO THE MESS HALL STAFF FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING CULINARY
SUPPORT TO OUR PERSONNEL.
NEARLY 800 PHOTOS OF THE 2016 JDCLE HAVE BEEN POSTED ON THE SDWG
FLICKR
PAGE.
WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/102270464@N02/ALBUMS/72157668359584314/WITH/281
26760450/ .
• NCSA PARARESCUE: BY C/LT. BLAKE HAYDEN - THE 7-DAY PARARESCUE
ORIENTATION COURSE (PJOC) AT KIRTLAND AFB, NEW MEXICO IS A NATIONAL
CADET SPECIAL ACTIVITY TO INTRODUCE PARTICIPANTS TO THE GUARDIAN
ANGEL (GA) WEAPON SYSTEM. THE GA WEAPON SYSTEM’S PRIMARY MISSION IS
RETRIEVING INDIVIDUALS IN DISTRESS, EVEN IF THEY ARE BEHIND ENEMY
LINES. THE COURSE IS TAUGHT BY SIX INSTRUCTORS: FOUR PARARESCUEMEN
AND TWO SURVIVAL, EVASION, RESISTANCE, AND ESCAPE (SERE) SPECIALISTS.
PARARESCUEMEN AND SERE SPECIALISTS ARE EACH PART OF THE AIR FORCE’S
SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNITS. WHILE WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DISCUSS THE
DETAILS OF THIS COURSE TO MAINTAIN ITS MYSTERY TO CADETS WHO HAVE
NOT YET ATTENDED, I CAN SAY THAT IT IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE MOST
DIFFICULT THING MANY OF US HAD DONE. OUR INSTRUCTORS WERE

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PROFESSIONALS, AND IT’S NEEDLESS TO SAY THAT THEY WERE GOOD AT WHAT
THEY DO. FROM THE FIRST MOMENT THEY MARCHED OUT AND WE HAD OUR
FIRST “MEET AND GREET” UNTIL THE END OF THE COURSE, IT WAS HARDCORE
AND INTENSE. WE LEARNED MANY OF LESSONS ON THE GROUND IN THE
MIDDLE OF BEING “DROPPED” WHICH IS WHEN ONE OF THE INSTRUCTORS
ORDERS US TO “DROP”, AND WE GET IN THE PUSHUP POSITION AND BEGIN TO
“KNOCK ‘EM OUT”. THE INSTRUCTORS KNOW THAT THE LESSONS LEARNED IN
THE FIRE ARE THE ONES WE ARE GOING TO REMEMBER, AND THEY KNOW HOW
TO GET US IN THE FIRE. DURING PJOC WE GAINED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING IN
LAND NAVIGATION, SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES, ROCK CLIMBING, RAPPELLING AND
OTHER VARIOUS SKILLS USED IN RESCUE OPERATIONS. THE ACTIVITY
PROMOTES TEAMWORK, PHYSICAL FITNESS AND BUILDS CHARACTER.
ALTHOUGH THIS ALL MAY SOUND EXTREMELY CHALLENGING AND A LITTLE
INTIMIDATING, CADETS SHOULDN’T BE SCARED AWAY BY THE COURSE. AMID
THE DIFFICULTIES AND TRIALS OF THE COURSE, WE WERE LEARNING LESSONS
THAT WILL STICK WITH US FOREVER AND ULTIMATELY HAVING A LOT OF FUN.
ONE THING I DEFINITELY BROUGHT AWAY FROM THIS COURSE IS JUST BEING
ABLE TO FOCUS ON THE 25-METER TARGET AND PUSH THROUGH WHEN IT
SUCKS, WHICH MAY SEEM LIKE AN EASY THING TO DO, BUT ACTUALLY BEING
PUT IN THE SCENARIO WHEN YOU DO HAVE TO PUSH THROUGH AND NOT THINK
ABOUT THE FUTURE AND ALL THE TIMES YOU ARE GOING TO GET DROPPED IN
THE DAYS TO COME REALLY SHOWS YOU WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF. IF YOU
ARE THINKING ABOUT MILITARY—ESPECIALLY SPECIAL OPERATIONS—OR JUST
LOOKING FOR A CHALLENGE, PJOC IS FOR YOU.
NCSA E-TECH (ROBOTICS): [C/CMSGT JOSIAH HUNTINGTON] IN 2015, I WENT TO
THE CAP’S NEWEST NATIONAL CADET SPECIAL ACTIVITY - “ENGINEERINGTECHNOLOGY ACADEMY IN ROBOTICS” (NCSA E-TECH ROBOTICS) AT MARINE
CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON IN CALIFORNIA. IT WAS A NEW ACTIVITY
DESIGNED TO TEACH THE BASICS OF ROBOTICS; CONSTRUCTION AND
PROGRAMMING. WE WORKED WITH THE LEGO EV3 “MINDSTORM” PLATFORM TO
LEARN THROUGH HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES. 22-31 JULY 2016 WAS THE SECOND
YEAR FOR NCSA E-TECH ROBOTICS. THEY WERE TESTING AN ADVANCED TRACK
AND I WAS PART OF THIS GROUP. WE WORKED ON MORE ON COMPLEX
PROGRAMMING; BUILD A SIMPLE ROBOT AND HAVE IT COMPLETE A TASK LIKE
COLLECTING ROCKS, LAUNCH A ROCKET AND RAISE A COMMUNICATIONS
ANTENNA. I HAD A GREAT TIME, LEARNED A LOT, RECONNECTED WITH FRIENDS
FROM LAST YEAR AND MADE A FEW MORE.
• CYBERPATRIOT-IX: TEAM BIG SIOUX, THE BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON
CYBERPATRIOT TEAM, COMPETED IN THE FIRST ROUND OF COMPETITION IN THE
2016-2017 CYBERPATRIOT IX-SEASON ON 13 NOVEMBER. THIS IS THE SIXTH
CONSECUTIVE YEAR THEY HAVE FIELDED A TEAM AND THEY ARE OFF TO A
GREAT START SCORING IN THE TOP 25% IN THE FIRST ROUND. THIS YEAR’S
TEAM BIG SIOUX CONSISTS OF C/LT JADEN PETERSEN (BROOKINGS), C/CMSGT
GRAHAM DINNEL (LAKE BENTON, MN), C/TSGT ANDREW SWEEBE (BROOKINGS),

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C/TSGTS ANNABELLE AND MARIEL KLOSTERMAN (BOTH OF BRANDON) AND
C/A1C AUSTEN KING (VOLGA).
• SFCS CYBERPATRIOT TEAM: AFTER A FOUR-YEAR BREAK SIOUX FALLS
COMPOSITE SQUADRON PARTICIPATED IN CYBERPATRIOT-IX, THE ANNUAL
NATIONAL YOUTH CYBER DEFENSE COMPETITION. ON 12 NOVEMBER THE TEAM
TOOK PART IN ROUND-1. THE SQUADRON’S TEAM, THE "STONEWALL SPARTANS",
HAVE BEEN STUDYING THE MATERIALS AND PRACTICING TOGETHER SINCE THE
SUMMER. AT THE END OF ROUND-1, OF THE 923 TEAMS IN THE ALL SERVICE
DIVISION, THEY PLACED #509 WHICH PUTS THEM IN THE TOP 55% OF ALL THE
TEAMS; PRETTY GOOD FOR THEIR FIRST YEAR. THE TEAM IS COACHED BY LT.
MIMI KLOSTERMAN AND MENTORED BY LT. MICHAEL KLOSTERMAN. THE
“STONEWALL SPARTANS”, ROW-1 C/SRA ISAIAH KLOSTERMAN, ROW-2 TEAM
CAPTAIN C/MSGT CHRIS SCHUPPAN AND C/SRA DAVID WILLISON, ROW-3 TEAM
CO-CAPTAIN C/A1C SAMUEL MOSER, C/A1C PETER WILLISON AND C/AMN
HUNTER ZIMMERMAN.
• 2016 WING COLOR GUARD ACADEMY: ON THE FIRST WEEKEND OF
DECEMBER, 14 CADETS FROM FIVE SQUADRONS GATHERED AT THE RUSHMORE
COMPOSITE SQUADRON, ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE IN RAPID CITY TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE WING COLOR GUARD ACADEMY. TWO COURSES WERE
OFFERED – BASIC, FOR CADETS WITH LITTLE OR NO COLOR GUARD EXPERIENCE
AND ADVANCED, FOR CADETS WITH PRIOR EXPERIENCE LOOKING FOR MORE
ADVANCED TECHNIQUES. TOPICS COVERED WERE THE HISTORY OF COLOR
GUARDS, COLOR GUARD REGULATIONS, BASIC MARCHING DRILL, RIFLE
MOVEMENTS, FLAG MOVEMENTS, INDOOR PRACTICAL DRILL AND OUTDOOR
PRACTICAL DRILL. CAPT. MICHAEL JOHNSON DEMONSTRATED MORE
ADVANCED HONOR GUARD DRILL SKILLS SUCH AS DIFFERENT CADENCES AND
MARCHING MOVEMENTS AND RIFLE SPINNING. THIS GOT EVERYONE EXCITED
AND THEY SPENT SOME OF THEIR DOWNTIME LEARNING TO SPIN THEIR RIFLES.
“I LEARNED A LOT ESPECIALLY IN THE BASIC COURSE. I LEARNED STUFF I
DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT DRILL IN GENERAL ... I LEARNED THE RIGHT WAY TO DO
PORT ARMS AND THE RIGHT WAY TO DO RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS. I LOVED THE
INSTRUCTORS AND THOUGHT THEY DID A GREAT JOB ON WHAT THEY DID!” C/SMSGT ANTHONY DILLON FROM CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON
“I LEARNED HOW TO FLIP A RIFLE AND DO OTHER COOL COLOR GUARD STUFF IN
A GROUP IN CADENCE.” - C/SMSGT. KYLE KREGER FROM SIOUX FALLS
COMPOSITE SQUADRON
THE LAST EVENT WAS A MOCK CADET COMPETITION WHERE THREE COLOR
GUARD TEAMS WERE JUDGED ON UNIFORM INSPECTION, THE INDOOR
PRACTICAL DRILL, AND OUTDOOR PRACTICAL DRILL. TWO OF THE CADETS
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NOW BE PREPARING FOR THE WING CADET COMPETITION TO BE HELD ON 18
MARCH 2017.
IN ADDITION TO CAPT. JOHNSON, WE THANK INSTRUCTORS C/2ND LT JADEN
PETERSEN, C/LT COL JOSHUA KLOSTERMAN, C/CMSGT CONNOR CANEVA, C/1ST
LT LEVI AND C/2D LT KYLE CLEMENT.
• CYBERPATRIOT-IX UPDATE: ON THE AFTERNOON OF 11 DECEMBER, TEAM BIG
SIOUX OF THE BIG SIOUX COMPOSITE SQUADRON COMPETED IN ROUND TWO OF
THE CYBERPATRIOT-IX COMPETITION. DUE TO THE INCLEMENT WEATHER AND
THE FACT THAT THE KLOSTERMAN'S RURAL ROAD HADN'T BEEN PLOWED YET
THE TWO TEAM MEMBERS THERE COMPETED REMOTELY WHILE THE REST OF
THE TEAM COMPETED AT THE HOME OF TEAM COACH C/1ST LT TYLER GROSS. A
VIDEO CHAT LINK WAS SET UP SO THE TWO LOCATIONS COULD COMMUNICATE.
ROUND TWO CONSISTED OF THREE SYSTEMS TO SECURE (WINDOWS-8,
WINDOWS SERVER 2008 AND UBUNTU-14) AS WELL AS A CISCO PACKET TRACER
EXERCISE AND A NETWORKING QUIZ. OUT OF 930 TEAMS IN THE ALL SERVICE
DIVISION, BIG SIOUX RANKED151. OF 261 CAP TEAMS IN THE DIVISION, THEY
RANKED 38. THE SCORE PUT THEM IN THE PLATINUM TIER (TOP 30%), WHICH
MEANS FUTURE ROUNDS WILL BE AGAINST OTHERS IN THAT TIER. PLATINUM
TIER MAKES THEM ELIGIBLE TO GO TO THE NATIONAL FINALS.
CYBERPATRIOT-IX UPDATE: ON 11 DECEMBER, THE SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE
SQUADRON CYBERPATRIOT-IX TEAM, THE “STONEWALL SPARTANS”, COMPETED
IN ROUND TWO. THIS ROUND CONSISTED OF THREE SYSTEMS TO SECURE
(WINDOWS-8, WINDOWS SERVER 2008 AND UBUNTU-14) AS WELL AS A CISCO
PACKET TRACER EXERCISE AND A NETWORKING QUIZ. AFTER ROUND TWO, OF
930 TEAMS IN THE ALL SERVICE DIVISION OUR STONEWALL SPARTANS ARE
RANKED NUMBER 506. OF THE 261 CAP TEAMS IN THE DIVISION WE ARE RANKED
NUMBER 134. OUR SCORE PUTS US IN THE GOLD TIER. THE NEXT TWO ROUNDS
WILL BE AGAINST OTHERS IN THAT TIER IN THE STATE ROUND IN JANUARY AND
THE REGIONAL ROUND IN FEBRUARY.

Drug Demand Reduction
• NATIONAL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT DAY: [WRITTEN BY CAPT. JAMES
DILLON, CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON] 24 SEPTEMBER WAS A SPECIAL
DAY FOR SEVERAL MEMBERS FROM CRAZY HORSE COMPOSITE SQUADRON,
SIOUX FALLS COMPOSITE SQUADRON AND RUSHMORE COMPOSITE SQUADRON.
THIS DAY WAS A DAY OF AWARENESS, LEARNING, FUN, ACTIVITIES AND
COMRADERY. AT 0830, LT. COL. LINDA BUECHLER, WING DIRECTOR OF CADET
PROGRAMS, GOT THE SHOW GOING WITH ACTIVITIES AND TALKS PERTAINING
TO DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION (DDR). ONE CLASS WAS ON OVER-THE-COUNTER
DRUGS TO SEE WHAT WAS IN THEM AND HOW THEY COULD IMPAIR JUDGEMENT
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ONE ACTIVITY SPLIT THE CADETS INTO TWO TEAMS WHICH WERE GIVEN
GLOVES AND “DRUNK” GOGGLES. EACH CADET HAD TO UNWRAP A HERSHEY’S
KISS THEN BRING IT TO THE NEXT CADET IN LINE. THE LAST CADET IN LINE HAD
TO UNWRAP A HERSHEY’S KISS AND BRING ALL FIVE KISSES BACK TO THE
GROUP AND SAY “FINISHED!” IT WAS INTERESTING TO SEE THEM HANDLING THE
LITTLE CHOCOLATE KISSES WITH THE EQUIPMENT; ACTUALLY IT WAS PRETTY
FUNNY. HOWEVER, AS FUNNY AS IT WAS TO WATCH, WE LEARNED MUCH
ABOUT IMPAIRED JUDGEMENT. THROUGHOUT THE DAY WE HAD OTHER
SPEAKERS; WING COMMANDER COL. SMALL AND CAPT. MIKE JOHNSON CAME
TO SHARE THE DAY AND INTERACT WITH THE CADETS.

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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 Craig Goodrich
Maj Justin Johnson
Capt Joseph Oye
Lt Col Mark Huntington
NONE
Lt Col Linda Buechler
NONE
Lt Col Myra Christensen
NONE
NONE

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. NO DATA PROVIDED
CIS Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Homeland Security Officer
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
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 Rodney DeWeese
NONE
NONE

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Aerospace Education
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Internal Aerospace Education
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
External Aerospace Education
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
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

Lt Col Linda Buechler
NONE
NONE
NONE
MAJ Nicholas Gengler
Lt Col Linda Buechler

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Cadet Programs
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
2.
2016-2016 NCR Cadet Advisory Council representatives:
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Cadet Conference
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Region Cadet Leadership School (RCLS)
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Cadet Honor Academy (CHA)
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
REGION Cadet Competition or SOUTH DAKOTA Wing Cadet Competition
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Director of Drug Demand Reduction
1. NO DATA PROVIDED

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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)

WING COMMAND STAFF
SMALL, David Jr. Col
DeWEESE, Buck
Lt Col

CC Commander
CV Vice Commander

WING ADMINISTRATOR
KUECKER, Rachel Mrs.

WA Wing Administrator

WING ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
GENGLER, Nick
Maj
CS Chief of Staff
BEASON, Mike
Col
FM Director of Finance
BUECHLER, Linda Lt Col
CP Director of Cadet
BUECHLER, Linda Lt Col
DDRA Drug Demand Reduction Administrator
BUECHLER, Linda Lt Col
HS Health Services Sioux Falls
CHRISTENSEN, Myra Lt Col
DOS Emergency Services Officer
DONLEY, Mary
Col
PD Director of Professional Development
DONLEY, Mary
Col
DRR Director of Recruiting & Retention
DONLEY, Mary
Col
DP Personnel Officer Sioux
EPP, Todd
Maj
HO Historian
JOHNSON, Justin
Maj
AMO Aircraft Maintenance Officer
FOY, Jerry
Capt
LGM Director of Logistics
GABERT, Jerry
Capt
DC(A) Director of Communications (assistant)
GOODRICH, Craig Lt Col
DO Director of Operations
HINESLEY, Ted
Maj
JA Legal Officer
HOFER, Shannon
Maj
IT Director of IT, Web Security Administrator
HINKHOUSE, Rob Capt
DA(A) Director of Administration (assistant)
HUNTINGTON, Mark Lt Col
SE Director of Safety, CIS Officer
HUNTINGTON, Samuel 1st Lt
DO(A) Director of Operations (Ground Ops)
KIPP, Bruce
Lt Col
PA Director of Public Affairs
MEERT, Matt
Capt
LGT Transportation Officer
METZGER, Shelly Lt Col
IG Inspector General
OYE, Joe
Capt
DOV Standardization/Evaluation Officer
PETERSEN, Jaden C/2dLt
CAC CAC Chair
RAE, Gary
Lt Col
HC Chaplain
SHAWD, Jeff
2nd Lt
DC Director of Communications
SCHMID, Neil
Capt
DO(A) Director of Operations (Assistant)
STEELE, Manny
2d Lt
GR Government Relations Advisor
TBD (DeWeese acting) Lt Col
AE Director of Aerospace Education
WEST, Karla
Maj
DA Director of Administration
SQUADRON COMMANDERS
JOHNSON, Mike
1st Lt
BECKER, Jon
1st Lt
EPP, Todd
Maj
FILLER, EW
Maj

Rushmore Composite Squadron (Rapid City)
Pierre Composite Squadron (Pierre)
Sioux Falls Composite Squadron (Sioux Falls)
Big Sioux Composite Squadron (Brookings)
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COLLISTER, Bill
BIERWIRTH, Kris

Maj
Capt

Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron (Spearfish)
Crazy Horse Composite Squadron (Custer)

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

Capt Jerry Foy
NONE
Capt Matt Meert
NONE

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Logistics
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
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

2d Lt Jeff Shawd
NONE
NONE
NONE

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Communications
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
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

Col Mary Donley

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Professional Development
1. NO DATA PROVIDED

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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

Maj Karla West
Col Mary Donley
Col Mary Donley
NONE
Lt Col Bruce Kipp
Maj Shannon Hofer
Col Mike Beason
Lt Col Gary Rae
Maj Todd Epp
Lt Col Linda Buechler

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Director of Administration
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Director of Personnel
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Director of Recruiting and Retention
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Director of Plans & Programs
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Director of Public Affairs
1. 12 MONTHLY ISSUES OF THE SOUTH DAKOTA WING SKYCHASER ENEWSLETTER PRODUCED IN FOUR DIFFERENT EDITIONS (INTERNAL
WING EDITION (FOR WING PERSONNEL), JROTC EDITION (FOR ALL
SOUTH DAKOTA JROTC UNITS EMPHASIZING CADET ACTIVITIES),
COMMUNITY EDITION (FOR SMALLER COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS AND
NEWSBLOGS EMPHASIZING ACTIVITIES, ACHIEVEMENTS AND
SUCCESSES), AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (FOR SENIOR ELECTED AND
APPOINTED STATE OFFICIALS AND KEY STAKEHOLDERS EMPHASIZING
EMERGENCY SERVICES ACTIVITIES AND TRAINING, NEW EQUIPMENT
AND ENHANCED CAPABILITIES).
2. 3 ISSUES OF THE SOUTH DAKOTA "WING ROUNDUP" MAGAZINE
PUBLISHED DURING 2016. NEW FOCUS ON RECRUITING BY SENDING
HARDCOPIES OF THE MAGAZINE TO ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH
SCHOOL LIBRARIES IN THE STATE.
3. ISSUED 16 WING NEWS RELEASES TO PRINT AND BROADCAST MEDIA
Director of Information Technology
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Information Technology Officer

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1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Finance - Financial Statement
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Chaplain
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Historian
1.
Health Services
1. NO DATA PROVIDED

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

Lt Col Shelly Metzger
Lt Col Mark Huntington
2d Lt Manny Steele
Maj Ted Hinesley

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2016 – DEC 2016
Inspector General
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Safety
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Government Relations
1. NO DATA PROVIDED
Legal
1. NO DATA PROVIDED

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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
Bruce Kipp, Lt Col, CAP
South Dakota Wing Department of the Historian

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