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

1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

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

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

Reviewed By
Col.James Garlough, CAP
Minnesota Wing Commander

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

TABLE OF CONTENTS
TITLE PAGE ..............................................................................................................1
COMMANDER’S APPROVAL LETTER ................................................................3
INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF ........................................................................ 7
TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................................................................5
NARRATIVE
CHAPTER I: DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS ...................................................................7
Search and Rescue ...................................................................................................7
Disaster Relief ..................................................................................................
Homeland Security...........................................................................................
Counterdrug .....................................................................................................
CHAPTER II: DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION .........................................11
Internal Aerospace Education ................................................................................11
External Aerospace Education ...............................................................................13
CHAPTER III: DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS ...................................................13
Cadet Programs ......................................................................................................13
Cadet Activities ......................................................................................................13
Drug Demand Reduction .......................................................................................14
APPENDIX I: Chapters I-III - Data and Statistics ............................................................15
Operations ..............................................................................................................15
Aerospace Education .............................................................................................16
Cadet Programs ......................................................................................................17
APPENDIX II: Unit Staff - Data and Statistics .................................................................19
Unit Map (showing geographic subdivisions within a REGION/WING) .............19
Unit Organization Chart .........................................................................................21
Unit Command and Staff Listing ...........................................................................22
APPENDIX III: Director of Logistics – Data and Statistics..............................................24
Supply ..............................................................................................................
Transportation ..................................................................................................
Maintenance .....................................................................................................
APPENDIX IV: Director of Communications – Data and Statistics .................................25
Communications Operations ............................................................................
Communications Facilities and Equipment .....................................................
APPENDIX V: Director of Professional Development - Data and Statistics....................26
Professional Development ...............................................................................

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APPENDIX VI: Staff Officers - Data and Statistics .........................................................28
Administration .......................................................................................................28
Personnel ................................................................................................................28
Recruiting and Retention .......................................................................................28
Plans and Programs ................................................................................................29
Public Affairs .........................................................................................................30
Information Technology ........................................................................................31
Finance - Financial Statement ................................................................................31
Chaplain .................................................................................................................31
Historian.................................................................................................................31
Health Services ......................................................................................................31
APPENDIX VII: Special Staff Officers – Data and Statistics ...........................................32
Inspector General ...................................................................................................32
Safety .....................................................................................................................32
Government Relations ...........................................................................................32
Legal ......................................................................................................................33

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INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF & BRIEF UNIT NARRATIVE

The Minnesota Wing Staff
Wing Commander
Vice Commander
Vice Commander
COS-Operations
Chief of Staff

Col James Garlough
Lt Col Don Sorenson
Lt Col William Hienz
Capt James Jagow
COS-Support

Maj Blane Pierson

SUMMARY NARRATIVE OF MAJOR ACTIVITIES
Chapter I

OPERATIONS

Search and Rescue
MINNESOTA WING PARTNERED OR JOINED THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:
SRRRMN/ SEARCH RESCUE AND RECOVERY RESOURCES MN. CONDUCTS
MULTIAGENCY TRAINING AND CO-SPONSOR OF MUSTANG.
MNVOAD MINNESOTA VOAD IS THE ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES
AND THEIR PARTNERS INVOLVED IN DISASTER RESPONSE, RECOVERY, AND
PREPAREDNESS.
MNICS THE MISSION OF THE MINNESOTA INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (MNICS)
IS TO COORDINATE AND IMPLEMENT THE INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM TO
SUPPORT FIRE AND ALL RISK INCIDENTS IN MINNESOTA AND NATIONWIDE.
MINNESOTA GEOSPATIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL THE MINNESOTA GEOSPATIAL
INFORMATION OFFICE, KNOWN AS MNGEO, WAS ESTABLISHED IN MAY 2009 AS
THE FIRST STATE AGENCY WITH LEGISLATIVELY DEFINED RESPONSIBILITY FOR
COORDINATING GIS WITHIN MINNESOTA. THEY ARE NOW FOCUSING ON 1ST
RESPONDERS TRAINING FOR THE US NATIONAL GRID SYSTEM.
EAA CHAPTER25, PARTNERED WITH THEM ON YOUNG EAGLE FLIGHTS AND
CADET ORIENTATION RIDES.
DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES'S TRAINING FOR 2017 INCLUDED
COMPLETION OF THE INLAND NATIONAL SEARCH & RESCUE SCHOOL IN
ILLINOIS, A COURSE ON THE US NATIONAL GRID SYSTEM AT UNIVERSITY OF
WISCONSIN AT LA CROSSE, PARTICIPATION IN A TABLE TOP EXERCISE AT
HUBBARD COUNTY FOR RAILROAD HAZMATS, UAS REMOTE PILOT CERTIFICATE
AND COMPLETED IC3 REQUIREMENTS.

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JANUARY 2017
WINTER SURVIVAL. 17-T-3989, JANUARY 17-23 WINTER SURVIVAL IN BEMIDJI, MN
PROJECT OFFICER LT. COL. CHET WILBERG. IC 1ST LT. ROBERT DOAR
44 MEMBERS ATTENDED LEARNING WINTER SURVIVAL SKILLS AND
CONDUCTED SIMULATED SAR MISSIONS.
MISSION SCANNER COURSE 17-T-4019
21-22 JANUARY 2017 WING HQ SOUTH ST PAUL.
PROJECT OFFICER MAJOR JEFF KNUTSON
10 MEMBERS ATTENDED WITH ALL SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING TASK THAT
DID NOT REQUIRE FLYING.
FEBRUARY 2017
SAREX PLANNING SEMINAR 17-T-4176
SAREX PLANNING SEMINAR. FEBRUARY 4,5TH 2017. WING HQ
PROJECT OFFICER LT. COL. STANLEY KEGEL
SEMINAR FOR ES LEADERS THAT WILL BE PLANNING TRAINING MISSIONS.
MEMBERS WILL GO THROUGH A SERIES OF STEPS TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH
HOSTING AND CONDUCTING A SAREX.
14 MEMBERS PARTICIPATED.
ELT MISSION 17-M-0084 FEBRUARY 10,11 2017
REQUESTING CAP ASSISTANCE LOCATING ABN RPTS SIGNAL IVO TVF THIEF
RIVER FALLS, MN.
ELT FOUND AT D81/ RED LAKE FALLS AIRPORT. NON-DISTRESS FIND OF A C150
DUE TO HARD LANDING.
IC LT COL. DONALD SORENSON
10 MEMBERS PARTICIPATED.
MISSION PILOT & OBSERVER COURSE 17-T-4367
FEBRUARY 18,19TH AT WING HQ, SOUTH ST PAUL
CLASSROOM SQTR TRAINING FOR MISSION PILOTS AND OBSERVERS
PROJECT OFFICER MAJOR JEFF KNUTSON
21 MEMBERS ATTENDED AND COMPLETED ALL THE NON-FLYING TASK.
BASIC RADIO COMMUNICATIONS COURSE. 17-T-4405
MARCH 4,5TH 2017 WING HQ, SOUTH ST PAUL
BASIC TRAINING FOR CAP MEMBERS ON CAP RADIOS FOR SENIOR AND CADETS.
SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THOSE WISHING TO BE MRO'S AND COMMUNICATIONS
OFFICERS.
PROJECT OFFICER LTCOL. RON MACCARTHY.
10 MEMBERS ATTENDED.
MARCH 2017
ELT MISSION MARCH 9 2017

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REQUESTED MN CAP TO LOCATE AND SILENCE ELT PLOTTING AT AIRPORT
KANE. BEING HEARD ON 406 AND 121.5. SIGNAL CEASED BEFORE MN CAP COULD
MAKE CONTACT
IC LT COL STAN KEGEL.
NO CREWS OR TEAMS ACTIVATED.
ADVANCED AIRCREW COURSE 17-T-4483
MARCH 11,12TH AT WING HQ, SOUTH ST PAUL.
PROJECT OFFICER MAJOR JEFF KNUTSON.
CLASSROOM TRAINING FOR AIRCREWS FOCUSING ON MISSION AIRCRAFT
EQUIPMENT AND PROCEDURES.
17 MEMBERS PARTICIPATED AND COMPLETED ALL THE NON-FLYING TASK.
WING WIDE SAREX 17-T-4585
APRIL 6-10TH, 2017.
PROJECT OFFICERS CAPT. SHAWN HOKUF / CAPT. TONY ROSSINI
WING WIDE SAREX LOCATED AT ANOKA SQUADRON KANE AIRPORT.
81 MEMBERS PARTICIPATED.
11 AIRCRAFT PARTICIPATED.
27 AIR SORTIES.
10 GROUND SORTIES.
ELT MISSION 17-M-0243
APRIL 13 2017
IC LT COL. KEITH BISCHOFF
REQ'D MN CAP ASSISTANCE TO LOCATE AND SILENCE 121.5 SIGNAL. CAP
LAUNCHED 1 DF TEAM AND LOCATED AND SILENCED ELT AT 8Y6 BY ST CLOUD
GROUND TEAM.
6 MEMBERS PARTICIPATED. NON-DISTRESS FIND.
MAY 2017
GROUP 4 SAREX 17-T-4921
MAY 5-7TH 2017 WHITE WATER STATE PARK.
PROJECT OFFICER 1ST LT. ANTHONY KNAUE
WHITE WATER STATE PARK MULTI AGENCY EXERCISE.
INCLUDED MN STATE PATROL, ROCHESTER PD, OLMSTED COUNTY SHERIFFS
OFFICE, COAST GUARD AUXILIARY, LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS.
40 CAP MEMBERS PARTICIPATED ALONG WITH MANY OTHER AGENCY
MEMBERS.
2 AIRCRAFT & 4 VEHICLES.
THERE WERE NUMEROUS TRAINING SESSIONS.
THEY ALSO SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYED A REMOTE TACTICAL RADIO REPEATER
OPERATOR BY GENERATOR ON TOP OF A RIDGE THAT HAD RADIO COVERAGE
THOUGHT THE ENTIRE EVENT.
JUNE 2017
SAR/ MISSING PERSON 17-M-0439A

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REQUESTING AIR SEARCH FOR A MISSING 47 Y/O MALE ON RED LAKE INDIAN
RESERVATION
IC. LT. COL DON SORENSON
2 AIRCRAFT LAUNCHED AND THEN TOLD TO RTB. PERSON FOUND BY OTHER
RESOURCE.
9 MEMBERS PARTICIPATED.
WING-WIDE SAREX /MUSTANG 17-T-5228
JUNE 21-26TH 2017 130TH SQUADRON, KLVN AIRPORT, LAKEVILLE, MN
MUTLI-AGENCY TRAINING EXERCISE INVOLVING MULTIPLE DISCIPLINES.
PROJECT OFFICER MAJOR TOM FITZHENRY.
11 AIRCRAFT 6 VEHICLES.
13 GROUND SORTIES.
48 CAP MEMBERS.
51 NON CAP MEMBERS.
NON-CAP UNITS INCLUDED, UAS UNIT, HORSE PATROL / POSSE, MARC /
COMMUNICATIONS TEAMS.
PARTICIPANTS RECEIVED TRAINING ON USING THE US NATIONAL GRID SYSTEM
AND CONDUCTED THEIR SEARCHES AND REPORTING USING THAT SYSTEM.
RADIO RELAY STATIONS WERE SETUP TO TRANSMIT MESSAGES.
THE JUNE 2017 MUSTANG /SAREX AN OUTSTANDING EVENT. WE HAD 35 AIR
SORTIES AND 13 GROUND SORTIES. THERE WERE 47 CAP MEMBERS WHO SIGNED
INTO THE MISSION. ALL THE TARGETS WERE LOCATED. THIS MULTI-AGENCY
SAREX WAS A REAL EYE OPENER FOR ALL. THERE WERE K9S, HORSE, GROUND
TEAMS AND DRONES. MISSION STAFF DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB SORTING OUT
ALL THE DIFFERENT TEAMS AND HOW TO DEPLOY THEM. AIRCREWS DID A
FANTASTIC JOB LOCATING THE REMOTE TARGETS. IN ALL WE LEARNED FROM
EACH OTHER AND NOW HAVE MORE FRIENDS / PARTNERS IN THE SEARCH AND
RESCUE COMMUNITY. THE MOST IMPORTANT PART IS THERE WERE NO
INJURIES.
JULY 2017
ELT SEARCH 17-M-0542
JULY 19,20 2017
REQUESTING MN CAP ASSISTANCE LOCATING AND SECURING A 121.5MHZ
SIGNAL BEING HEARD IN THE VICINITY OF BRAINERD, MN
3 MEMBERS PARTICIPATED
1 AIRCRAFT.
ELT STOPPED TRANSMITTING.
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER MEETING. 17-T-5417
JULY 22ND 2017 ST CLOUD, MN
DISCUSSION OF VARIOUS ISSUES INVOLVING PERSONNEL, PROCEDURES, AND
EQUIPMENT.
9 MEMBERS PARTICIPATED.
WING WIDE SAREX SAR/ EVAL 17-T-5525

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JULY 30 TO AUGUST 7TH 2017. KBJI / BEMIDJI AIRPORT.
FULL-SCALE SAR/DR EXERCISE / EVAL & CD EVAL.
PROJECT OFFICER MAJOR TOM FITZHENRY
68 MEMBERS PARTICIPATED.
9 AIRCRAFT 11 VEHICLES.
32 AIR SORTIES FLOWN
21 GROUND SORTIES.
MULTIPLE MISSION WERE CREATED BY CAPUSAF AND COMPLETED BY CAP
TEAMS.
THE USE OF AN AIRBORNE HIGH BIRD WAS USED.
THE FINIAL RATING WAS SUCCESSFUL.
THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATED IN ELT MISSION NUMBER 17-M0084, NEAR THIEF RIVER FALLS, 10- 11 FEBRUARY, 2017, IN THE DUTY POSITIONS
INDICATED. LT COL ODETTE, DAVID N. NCR-MN-001 MRO/MSA LT COL
SORENSON, DONALD L.
NCR-MN-001 INCIDENT COMMANDER MAJ HIGH,
RICHARD W. NCR-MN-010 MISSION PILOT MAJ HEFFRON, JACOB L. NCR-MN-012
MISSION PILOT CAPT ODETTE, PAULETTE M.
NCR-MN-115 MRO/MSA 1LT
VALENTO, PAUL A. NCR-MN-010 MISSION OBSERVER 2LT MANTELL, JEREMY D.
NCR-MN-001 MISSION OBSERVER 2.
THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS HAVE EARNED THE SORTIES AND AWARDS
LISTED. LT COL ODETTE, DAVID N. 1 GROUND N/A LT COL SORENSON, DONALD
L. 1 GROUND N/A MAJ HIGH, RICHARD W. 1 AIR FIND RIBBON (AIRCREW) MAJ
HEFFRON, JACOB L. 2 AIR FIND RIBBON (AIRCREW) CAPT ODETTE, PAULETTE M.
1 GROUND N/A 1LT VALENTO, PAUL A. 2 AIR FIND RIBBON (AIRCREW) 2LT
MANTELL, JEREMY D. 1 AIR FIND RIBBON (AIRCREW)
Disaster Relief
NO INFORMATION RECEIVED.

Homeland Security
NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Counterdrug

Chapter II AEROSPACE EDUCATION

Internal Aerospace Education
MINNESOTA WING AEROSPACE EDUCATION PROGRAM IS AN AWARD-WINNING
PROGRAM. WE HAVE WON THE NORTH CENTRAL REGION, 1ST PLACE IN REGION
AS BEST AEROSPACE EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR: 2016-2017; 2015-2016; 2014-2015;
2011-2012; 2009-2010. WE HAVE WON THIS AWARD 5 TIMES. BREWER

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NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS GIVEN IN 2017,2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
NORTH CENTRAL REGION - MAJOR GENERAL JEANNE M. HOLM A.E OFFICER OF
THE YEAR 2017 - 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012
100.00% OF THE WING STAFF HAS A YEAGER; 69.22%
OF THE ENTIRE WING
HAS A YEAGER AWARD. DAE HAVE MASTER RATING AND YEAGER
CURRENTLY THIS YEAR 37 YEAGERS HAVE BEEN EARNED - TOTAL YEAGERS 407
AEX UNIT PARTICIPATION COUNTS 4
AEM 48; AEO 55
CURRENT YEAR - NEW MASTERS 2, SENIORS 1, TECHINCIAN 3, NONE 17
TOTAL SPECIALTY TRACK RATINGS MASTER 13 SENIORS 17, TECH 24 NONE 65
EQUALS 119 IN THE SPECIALTY TRACK OF AE
50% OF THE SQUADRON HAVE AN AE BULLETIN BOARD
WING ENCAMPMENT HAD AN AE PROGRAM
6 AE PROGRAMS WERE PRESENTED AT SCHOOLS 2017
14 AE PROGRAMS WERE PRESENTED TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS 2017
DNR 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF SMOKEY THE BEAR FLY-IN AND CAR SHOW.
SUPPORT OF AIRSHOWS (AVIATION DAYS - ANOKIA, LA CROSSE WI AIRSHOW RED WING, WINGS OF THE NORTH - VIKING, DULUTH AIRSHOW -DULUTH) 2017

WING CONFERENCE IN APRIL HAD AN AE WORKSHOP. TWO WORKSHOPS WERE
HELD: BUILDING AN AIRPORT (HANDS ON ACTIVITY) BY JIM ZURALES AND
STELLAR EXPLORERS. ADDITIONALLY A DRONE CONTEST WAS HELD.

MONTHLY REPORTS ARE SENT OUT TO THE WING COVERING AN AEROSPACE
TOPIC.
MINNESOTA’S UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (UAV) PROGRAM WAS DEVELOPED
BY TWO MEMBERS IN THE ST. CROIX AND VIKING SQUADRONS. IT WAS SENT TO
NATIONAL IN 2015 AND THE PROGRAM WAS ADOPTED BY THE NATIONAL HEAD
QUARTERS INTO THEIR NEW UAV PROGRAM FOR 2016. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF
THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT. LT COL. PAUL PRIOR AND CAPT. JAMES WIFF WERE THE
CO-AUTHORS OF THIS PAPER. THEY WERE AWARDED FOR THEIR EFFORTS.

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External Aerospace Education
AEX SCHOOL PARTICIPATION COUNT 2; WE HAD A BOOTH AT THE WOMEN IN
AVIATION EVENT. JULY WAS THE ANNUAL FLYING CLOUD AIREXPO WHICH
DRAWS LARGE CROWDS.
Chapter III

CADET PROGRAMS

Cadet Programs
JANUARY 2017 SPAATZ AWARD EARNED BY CADET COLONEL ZOPHIA E.
RALEIGH.
MARCH 2017 SPAATZ AWARD EARNED BY CADET COLONEL JAMES A. CRAIG OF
THE 130TH COMPOSITE SQUADRON.
C/COL KELLEN GRUNDMAN (#2114) RECEIVED HIS SPAATZ AWARD FROM
GENERAL STACY BEST AT THE 130TH COMPOSITE SQUADRON ON AUGUST 15,
2017.
C/1ST LT. CHEYENNE NELSON OF FORT SNELLING CADET SQUADRON PASSED
HER CHECKRIDE ON MONDAY, 21 AUGUST, TO EARN HER PRIVATE PILOT
CERTIFICATE
ENCAMPMENT WAS HELD 23 JUNE-JULY 2 AT CAMP RIPLEY, LITTLE FALLS, MN.
112 FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS AND 27 ADVANCED STUDENTS WERE LED BY A
CADET CADRE OF 55 WITH FULL- AND PART-TIME SENIOR STAFF OF 454.
DISTINGUISHED VISITORS WERE LT. COL. JEFF MEYERS, CAP-USAF/NCLR
COMMANDER, CAP COL. THOMAS THEIS, NCR VICE COMMANDER, AND
MORRISON COUNTY SHERIFF SHAWN LARSON.
THIS 19TH CADET LEADERSHIP TRAINING/ENCAMPMENT WAS THE THIRD ONE
LED BY LT. COL. JAY SLIWINSKI, FORM SPAATZ CADET, 1 LT. MATTHEW FRAME,
SERVED AS COMMANDANT WITH MAJ. ELLEN BROWNING AS THE CHIEF
TRAINING OFFICER, CAPT. CAITLIN ALBRECHT, DEPUTY COMMANDER FOR
ADVANCED LEADERSHIP, CAPT. GLORIA OLSON, COMMANDER FOR SUPPORT,
C/LT. COL. SARAH CHANSKI, CADET COMMANDER, C/MAJ ELISE JOHNSON,
COMMANDER FOR BASIC LEARNING, C/COL. DANIEL HALL, CADET COMMANDER
FOR ADVANCED LEARNING, C/CAPT. EVAN WIGHAM, C/EXECUTIVE OFFICER.
STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN CHINOOK RIDES, RAPPELLING, OBSTACLE COURSE,
EMERGENCY SKILLS TRAINING, LAND NAVIGATION, LEADERSHIP, RANGE DAY
AND CANOEING. THE ENCAMPMENT USED "CADETLEADERHIP" PAGE ON
FACEBOOK.
Cadet Activities

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COLOR GUARD COMPETITION WAS HELD AT ST. CLOUD SQUADRON ON 29
SEPTEMBER. ANOKA COMPOSITE SQUADRON BECAME THE 2018 MNWG COLOR
GUARD TEAM.
DUE TO OUR COLD, ICY WINTERS, THE WING TRIES TO HAVE COMPETITION
EARLY, THUS THE 2018 DESIGNATION. OTHER SQUADRONS WITH COMPETING
TEAMS WERE VIKING, 130TH, N HENNEPIN, AND SOUTHEAST MN.
MINNESOTA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY AND NCR CADET OFFICER SCHOOL WAS
HELD 18-22 OCT AT CAMP RIPLEY, LITTLE FALLS, MN.
THE WING HOSTED THE NCR REGION CADET HONOR ACADEMY, 3-5 NOVEMBER,
WITH APPROXIMATELY FIFTY CADETS FROM MINNESOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA,
NEBRASKA, MISSOURI, AND WISCONSIN GATHERED AT CAMP RIPLEYTO
PARTICIPATE IN THE FIRST NORTH CENTRAL REGION CADET HONOR ACADEMY.
THE WEEKEND CONCLUDED WITH THE GRADUATION CEREMONY RECOGNIZING
THE CADETS’ HARD WORK DURING THE WEEKEND. CONGRATULATIONS TO
C/AMN NOVIA PELZ FROM THE RED WING COMPOSITE SQUADRON, ON THE
‘MOST IMPROVED’ AWARD, C/CMSGT JOSHUA BROWN FROM THE LEES SUMMIT
COMPOSITE SQUADRON, FOR THE ‘DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE’ AWARD, C/SRA
BENJAMIN WACHTEL FROM THE MANKATO COMPOSITE SQUADRON, ON THE
‘ESPRIT DE CORPS’ AWARD, AND C/1ST LT EMILY ZIMMER FROM THE 130TH
COMPOSITE SQUADRON, ON RECEIVING THE ‘OUTSTANDING CADET STAFF’
AWARD.
NCR DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION OFFICER, LT COL BONNIE BRAUN, SERVED AS
THE ACTIVITY DIRECTOR WITH FORMER MINNESOTA WING, NOW NCR CADET
ACTIVITIES OFFICER C/LT. COL. BOAZ FINK, AS THE CADET ACTIVITY DIRECTOR.
LT. COL. SUSAN BLESSMAN ACTED AS THE MNWG LIAISON OFFICER AND
ASSISTANT ACTIVITY DIRECTOR.
Drug Demand Reduction
No information was received.

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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
Lt Col Jo Ellen Peters
GRADE
Lt Col Dave Odette
Maj Tom Fitzhenry
Maj Tom Fitzhenry
Maj Tom Fitzhenry
Maj Nash Pherson
Lt Col Ron MacCarthy

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2017 – DEC 2017
OPERATIONS
Director of Operations
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Aircraft Coordinator
1.
Standardization/Evaluation Officer

31 OCT 2017 LT. COL. DAVID YOST PASSED THE PRACTICAL TEST FOR MY GLIDER
RATING, ADDED TO HIS COMMERCIAL PILOT CERTIFICATE. THE EXAMINER WAS
STEVE FISCHER, AND INSTRUCTORS WERE BILL PAGEL AND BRAD HECK.
LT. COL KEVIN DUNLEVY PASSED THE PRACTICAL TEST TO BECOME THE WINGS
NEWEST CFI ON WEDNESDAY 27 DECEMBER 2017 WITH FAA SAFETY INSPECTOR
DAN LENCOWSKI.
CIS Officer

Homeland Security Officer
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Director Counterdrug Operations
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Counterdrug Administrative Officer
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Director of Emergency Services

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1. SEE NARRATIVE ABOVE.
Disaster Relief Officer
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
ES Training Officer
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.

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

Lt Col David Coates
GRADE
GRADE

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2017 – DEC 2017
Director of Aerospace Education
1. SEE PREVIOUS NARRATIVE
Internal Aerospace Education
1.
External Aerospace Education
1.
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
GRADE
GRADE
Lt Col Susan Blessman
C/Lt Col Alex Dvorak
1st Lt Nanette Stevens

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2017 – DEC 2017
Director of Cadet Programs
1. MAJ. BLANE PIERSON
YEAR-YEAR REGION Cadet Advisory Council representatives:
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Cadet Conference
1. CADET CONFERENCE IS PART OF THE WING CONFERENCE.
Region Cadet Leadership School (RCLS)
1. RCLS IS HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH MINNESOTA LEADERSHIP
ACADEMY. NO OTHER INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Cadet Honor Academy (CHA)
1. MNWG HOSTED THE NCR CHA WITH NCR DRUG DEMAND
REDUCTION OFFICER, LT COL BONNIE BRAUN, AS THE
ACTIVITY DIRECTOR WITH FORMER MINNESOTA WING, NOW
NCR CADET ACTIVITIES OFFICER, C/LT. COL. BOAZ FINK, AS THE
CADET ACTIVITY DIRECTOR. LT. COL. SUSAN BLESSMAN ACTED
AS THE MNWG LIAISON OFFICER AND ASSISTANT ACTIVITY
DIRECTOR.
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REGION Cadet Competition or MN Wing Cadet Competition
1. SEE PREVIOUS NARRATIVE ABOUT THE ANNUAL WING
COMPETITION.
Director of Drug Demand Reduction
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.

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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)
MINNESOTA WING HEADQUARTERS
Wing Commander
Col. James Garlough
Wing Administrator
Wing Banker
Mr. George Supan

Vice Wing Commander
Lt Col. Don Sorenson

Chief of Staff
Capt. James Jagow

Government Relations
Advisor
Col. Kevin Sliwinski

Gp1 Commander

Director of

Director of

Finance Officer

Director of

Maj. James Harris

Aerospace Education

Communications

Capt. Bruce Anthony

Professional Development

Lt Col. David Coates

Lt Col. Ron MacCarthy

Gp2 Commander

Information

Wing Chaplain

Public Affairs

Administrative

Maj. Don Raleigh

Technology Officer

Lt Col. David Myers

Officer

Officer

Vacant

Vacant

Gp3 Commander

Recruiting & Retention

Wing Historian

Health Services

Personnel

Officer

Lt Col. Susan Blessman

Inspector General
Capt. Lion Templin

Lt Col. Stan Kegel

Lt Col. William Hienz

Officer

Officer

Dr. (Maj.) Robert Taylor

Lt Col. Shannon Bauer

Director of Logistics

Plans & Programs

Lt Col. Bill Rutten

Officer

Director of
Operations

Lt Col. Anna-Marie Bistodeau

Maj. Dale Armstrong

1Lt. Dennis Swanson
Gp4 Commander
Lt Col. Matt Wiskow

Director of
Cadet Programs

Lt Col. Doug Kilian

Maj. Blane Pierson

Legal Officer
Lt Col. Kevin Dunlevy

Director of Safety
Col. Brent Halweg

Advisor to the Commander
Col. Brent Halweg

Director of

Emergency Services
Maj. Tom Fitzhenry

Advisor to the Commander
Lt Col. Michael Moen

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

MN-001 MINNESOTA WING HQ Unit Manning List
Adams, Paul Lt Col
Asst Director of Logistics, Supply Officer, Asst
Transportation Officer
Anderson, Corie Capt
Asst Legal Officer
Anthony, Bruce Capt
Director of Finance
Armstrong, Dale Maj
Director of Operations
Bauer, Shannon Lt Co
Asst Director of Professional Development,Personnel
Officer
Berg, Nanette 1st Lt
Drug Demand Reduction Administrator
Berg, Theodore Capt Asst
Director of Logistics, Asst Inspector General, Asst
Transportation Officer
Bistodeau, Anna-Marie
Plans and Programs
Blessman, Susan Lt Col
Historian
Borchardt, Craig Capt Asst Inspector General
Browning, Ellen Maj Asst
Director of Cadet Programs
Coates, David Lt Col
Director of Aerospace Education
Craig, William Maj Asst
Supply Officer
Craswell, James Maj
Communications Engineering Officer
Duncan, Bryce Maj Asst
Director of Communications
Dunlevy, Kevin Lt Col
Legal Officer
Finger , Ronald Maj Asst
Director of Communications
Fitzhenry, Thomas Maj
Counterdrug Officer, Director of Emergency Services,
Asst Director of Operations, Asst Emergency Services Officer
Frame, Matthew Maj
Asst Director of Professional Development
Garlough, James Col
Commander
Halweg, Brent Col
Director of Safety
Hamilton, Jonathan 2d Lt
Communications Training Officer
Hetherington, James Maj
Maintenance Officer
Hienz, William Lt Col
Asst Legal Officer
Hollenhorst, Thomas Lt Col Asst Legal Officer
Jagow, James Capt
Chief of Staff, Asst Director of Safety, Public Affairs
Officer
Kaufman, Shelly Maj
Asst Inspector General
Kegel, Stanley Lt Col
Asst Director of Emergency Services; Director of IT; Asst
Director of Operations
Khan, Mahbubur 1st Lt
Asst Director of Operations
Kilian, Douglas Lt Col
Director of Professional Development, Asst Personnel
Officer, Testing Officer
Knutson, Jeffrey Maj
Asst Emergency Services Training Officer
Krause, John 2d Lt
Asst Plans and Programs Officer
MacCarthy, Ronald Lt Col
Director of Communications, Emergency Services
Training Officer
Mantell, Jeremy 2d Lt
Asst Director of IT

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Martin, David Lt Col
Asst Chaplain
Myers, David Lt Col
Chaplain
Niemann, Carrie Maj
Asst Director of Safety; Plans and Programs (Oct 2017)
Odette, David Lt Col
Homeland Security Officer
Pacheco, Anthony CMSgt Command NCO
Pagel, William Capt
Asst Director of Operations
Peters, JoEllen Maj
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
Pherson, Nash Maj
Disaster Relief Officer
Pierson, Blane Maj
Asst Chief of Staff, Director of Cadet Programs
Rosenzweig, Gerald Lt Col Director of Administration
Rutten, James Lt Col
Asst Director of Communications, Director of Logistics, Asst
Director of Operations, Transportation Officer
Schilling, James Maj
Asst Inspector General
Sherman, Wayne Maj
Asst Director of Communications
Simonet, Thomas Lt Col Asst Director of Safety
Skaar, David Lt Col
Character Development Instructor, Asst Director of
Operations
Sliwinski, Kevin Col
Asst Director of IT, Asst Director of Operations, Government
Relations Advisor, Web Security Administrator
Sommer, Martin Maj
Asst Director of Communications, Asst Director of Finance
Sorenson, Donald Lt Col Vice Commander
Swanson, Dennis 1st Lt
Director of Recruiting & Retention
Taylor, Robert Maj
Health Services Officer
Templin, Lion Capt
Inspector General
Wall, Stephen Maj
Asst Transportation Officer
Wilberg, Chet Lt Col
Asst Emergency Services Officer
Yost, David Lt Col
Asst Standardization/Evaluation Officer

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

Lt Col James "Bill" Rutten
Lt Col Paul Adams
Lt Col James "Bill" Rutten
Maj James Hetherington

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2017 – DEC 2017
Director of Logistics
1. NO INFORMATION RECEIVED.
Supply Officer
1. NO INFORMATION RECEIVED.
Transportation Officer
1. No information received.
Maintenance Officer
1. NO INFORMATION RECEIVED.

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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
GRADE

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2017 – DEC 2017
Director of Communications
1. COMMEX 17-1 RESULTS THE FINAL COUNT WAS 300 HF STATIONS
(NATIONWIDE) TAKING PART IN THIS EXERCISE. STAR FISH 39 (RON
FINGER), STAR FISH 40 (RICH JOSEPHSON), AND STAR FISH 41 (WAYNE
SHERMAN) WERE OUR REPRESENTATIVES. IN THEORY, THERE SHOULD
BE THREE MORE OF THESE EXERCISES THIS CALENDAR YEAR.
2. COMMEX 17-3 AS AN ALTERNATE NET CONTROL STATION FOR THE NET ON
THE R-61 REPEATER. THE FOLLOWING STATIONS CHECKED INTO THE NET AT
VARIOUS TIMES:
SF3202 MAJ. MARTY SOMMER FUNCTIONED AS NET CONTROL STATION FOR THE
R-61 REPEATER NET.
SF3802 1LT. MATT STEPANIAK ALSO FUNCTIONED AS ALTERNATE NET CONTROL
STATION FOR THE R-61 REPEATER NET.
SF 42 MAJ. JAY CRASWELL ALSO FUNCTIONED AS ALTERNATE NET CONTROL
STATION FOR THE R-61 REPEATER NET. HE ALSO CREATED A REPLY MESSAGE
TO NHQ TO AVENGING SPIRIT ON THE STATUS OF BJI RUNWAYS AND PASSED IT
TO ME. SF40 RELAYED THE MESSAGE TO NTN
SF 41 MAJ. WAYNE SHERMAN MONITORED HF RADIO NETS IN THE AFTERNOON
AND EVENING AND CHECKED INTO THE R-61 AND MONITORED IT.
SF 2504 MAJ. CHUCK JENTS CHECKED IN ON R-61 AND MONITORED IT. HE ALSO
CHECKED IN SF2500 IN THE EVENING.
SF 1 CHECKED IN DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON ON CC1. HE REALLY
NEEDS RADIOS AND ANTENNAS TO MAINTAIN CONTACT IN CASE WE GET A
TASKING THAT REQUIRES HIS ACTION, HOWEVER, IF HE IS AT WORK, IT IS ONLY
3 MILES AWAY FROM ME AND I COULD DEPLOY MY MOBILE STATION TO HIS
LOCATION. HOWEVER, THEN I COULD NOT MAINTAIN HF CONTACT, BUT WITH
THE USABILITY OF THE NCR NET, THAT WAS NOT MUCH. I ALSO CAN RELEASE
FLIGHTS AND APPROVE MISSION REQUESTS, SO WE COULD ACCOMPLISH THOSE
MISSIONS.
COL. KEVIN SLIWINSKI CHECKED IN TO THE NORTH CENTRAL REGION NET AT
1405Z WITH HEARTLAND 4 ON NCB, HOWEVER, THAT WAS THE LAST TIME HE
WAS ABLE TO GET CONTACT WITH HEARTLAND 4 ON NCB, NCC, NCD, NCE, NCF
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COL. SLIWINSKI REPORTED ON HIS MOBILE STATION: MY MOTOROLA MOBILE
STATION (VEHICLE) WAS INTERMITTENT BASED ON HILL OR VALLEY LOCATION
ENROUTE TO EDEN PRAIRIE, BUT ONCE IN EDEN PRAIRIE ON MY E.F. JOHNSON
HANDHELD, I DID NOT HAVE TROUBLE MAINTAINING CONTACT ON R-61, BOTH
ANALOG AND DIGITAL. I DID NOT ATTEMPT TO USE THE R-44 REPEATER SINCE
OTHER STATIONS WERE ON R-61 AND NET CONTROL WAS HAVING PROBLEMS
MAINTAINING CONTACT ON R-61 AND MUCH FARTHER AWAY FROM THE R-44
REPEATER. SF41 WAS ABLE TO TRANSMIT AND RECEIVE CLEARLY ON R-61 FROM
RED WING. FOR SOME REASON, THAT IS OUR BEST REPEATER. WE NEED TO DO
WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO KEEP THAT REPEATER FUNCTIONING. MY
EXPERIENCE WITH R-21 IN RECENT PAST IS IT IS OK, BUT NOT GREAT. R-44 IS THE
WEAKEST OF THE THREE IN THE METRO AREA.
Control of the MN Wing’s participation in COMMEX 17-4 was given to Rich Josephson.
COMM EMAILS A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER WITH TIPS, SUGGESTIONS, AND
REMINDERS ABOUT THE REGULATIONS.
2.
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

Lt Col Doug Kilian

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2017 – DEC 2017
Director of Professional Development
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.

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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 Jerry Rosenzweig
Lt Col Doug Kilian
1st Lt Dennis Swanson
Lt Col Anna-Marie Bistodeau
Capt Jim Jagow
Lt Col Stan Kegel
Capt Bruce Anthony
Lt Col David Myers
Lt Col Susan Blessman
Capt Robert Taylor

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY JAN 2017 – DEC 2017
Director of Administration
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Director of Personnel
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Director of Recruiting and Retention
1. MINNESOTA WING WAS HEART-HEAVY WITH THE PASSING OF LT. COL.
DAVID KENAN IN AUGUST. LT COL KENAN JOINED CAP IN JANUARY OF
1987 AT THE ST. CROIX SQUADRON, AND MOST RECENTLY HE WAS
ASSIGNED TO WING HEADQUARTERS. LT. COL. KENAN SERVED IN A
VARIETY OF POSITIONS DURING HIS THIRTY-YEARS WITH CAP, MOST
RECENTLY AS THE MINNESOTA WING RECRUITING AND RETENTION
OFFICER, AND ASSISTANT RECRUITING AND RETENTION OFFICER. HIS
ENTHUSIASM FOR RECRUITING AND FOR TALKING TO YOUNG PEOPLE
ABOUT CAP WERE WELL KNOWN BY ANYONE WHO SPOKE WITH HIM.
LT. COL. KENAN WILL BE GREATLY MISSED IN THE CAP FAMILY.
2. MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS: THROUGHOUT CY2016, THE MN WING MONTHLY
MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS VARIED BETWEEN 1310 & 1349. FINALLY, IN CY2017Q1,
MN WING BUSTED OUT, AND EXCEEDED THE 1350 BARRIER IN FEB, WITH 1358
COUNTED. AND WE KEPT SOARING! MAY JUNE & JULY NUMBERS ALL EXCEEDED
1400, WITH JULY TOPPING OUT AT 1415.
• MN WING WAS SUCCESSFUL AT INCREASING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE
LEGISLATIVE SQUADRON BY ABOUT 25, THANKS TO THE EFFORT OF OUR
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICER, COL KEVIN SLIWINSKI.
• THE RED WING SQUADRON (NCR-MN-104) SHEPHERDED THE LAUNCH OF A NEW
UNIT AT STANTON AIRFIELD IN JANUARY 2017. THAT MEMBERSHIP IS
APPROACHING 15.
• IN FY2016, THE MN WING DIRECTOR OF RR WAS TASKED TO ESTABLISHED A
PROCESS FOR THE SQUADRONS TO TRACK EXPIRING MEMBERSHIPS, AND LOG
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TO RENEW. THE PROCESS IS ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE THE MINDSET OF THE
SQUADRONS, SO THAT THEY ACTIVELY REACH OUT TO EXPIRING MEMBERS.
SEVERAL MEMBERS HAVE DECIDED TO RENEW AFTER BEING CALLED.
• THE MN WING DIRECTOR OF RR ALSO ACTIVELY WORKED WITH SQUADRONS
TO SET UP RECRUITING BOOTHS AND VARIOUS VENUES.
• ONE TYPE OF TARGETED ACTIVITY WAS THE ROBOTICS TOURNAMENTS THAT
ARE HELD FROM OCTOBER THROUGH FEBRUARY. IT WAS WITHIN THREE
MONTHS FOLLOWING THE END OF THE ROBOTICS SEASON THAT THE MN WING
MEMBERSHIP HAD JUMPED BY 75 MEMBERS. (DISCLAIMER - THIS TIME FRAME
ALSO INCLUDED THE GROWTH IN THE LEGISLATIVE SQUADRON.)
• DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE MN WING RRD ALSO ARRANGED TO
HELP SEVERAL OF THE SMALLER, STRUGGLING SQUADRONS, TO HELP THEIR
RECRUITING EFFORTS AT COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, FAIRS, FLY-IN BREAKFASTS,
ETC.

THE MN WING RRD HAS CREATED A CLOUD-BASED REPOSITORY OF
RECRUITING IDEAS, AND HE INCLUDES A LINK TO THE REPOSITORY IN HIS
SIGNATURE BLOCK.SOME OF THE IDEAS INCLUDE:
• ORDERING ATTRACTIVE 'GIVE-AWAYS', SUCH AS CAP-BRANDED TOTE BAGS &
FRISBEES, WHICH ARE OFFERED TO BOOTH GUESTS WHO PROVIDE THEIR
CONTACT INFORMATION
• TIPS FOR MAKING A RECRUITING BOOTH 'KID-FRIENDLY', WITH A PAPER
ROCKETRY CRAFT AND THE RC SIMULATOR
• CLOUD-BASED TRAINING VIDEOS WITH TIPS ON HOW TO OPERATE A
RECRUITING BOOTH, AND CLOUD-BASED INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PAPER
ROCKETRY CRAFT
• A BANNER STAND WAS CREATED THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE THREE MISSIONS OF
CAP, AND WHICH WAS COMPACT AND PORTABLE.
• EVENTS TARGETED BY THE MN WING RRD INCLUDED:
• ROBOTICS TOURNAMENTS, SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE, STATE & COUNTY FAIRS,
TWO HOME-SCHOOL CONVENTIONS
• MN WING RRD WAS ALSO SEEKING TO MENTOR INDIVIDUALS IN EACH
SQUADRON TO BECOME EFFECTIVE AT OPERATING A RECRUITING BOOTH AND
AT SELECTING TARGET EVENTS AT WHICH TO RECRUIT, WHERE THE EFFORT
WOULD BE MOST EFFECTIVE.
3• MN WING RRD IS ALSO ONE OF THE WING FACEBOOK PAGE EDITORS,
AND POSTS SELECTED STORIES THAT PIQUE THE INTEREST OF THE PAGE
FOLLOWERS
Director of Plans & Programs
1. THE 2017 MNWG CONFERENCE IN APRIL IS THE PRIMARY DUTY FOR THE
MNWG XP. THE DIRECTOR FOR EVENT SINCE 2010 WAS LT. COL. ANNA-MARIE
BISTODEAU.
THE HEAD TABLE, VIPS, DIGNATARIES INCLUDED
COL JAMES GARLOUGH, CAP, MNWG COMMANDER,
LT COLONEL JEFFREY MEYERS, USAF, NCLR COMMANDER
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LT COLONEL DOUGLAS RUTHERFORD, ASSISTANT NATIONAL LEGAL OFFICER
COLONEL REGENA AYE, NCR COMMANDER
LT COLONEL DONALD SORENSON, MN WING VICE COMMANDER
CAPTAIN JAMES JAGOW, MN WING CHIEF OF STAFF
CHAPLAIN (LT COL) DAVID MYERS, MN WING CHAPLAIN
DAN MURPHY, PRESIDENT, E. W. RAWLINGS CHAPTER, AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION
INTRODUCTION OF FORMER WING COMMANDERS
INTRODUCTION OF VIP’S, DIGNITARIES AND SPECIAL GUESTS
MAJOR CALEB CHRISTOPHERSON, USAF, NCLR DIRECTOR OF RESERVE FORCES
COLONEL THOMAS THEIS, NCR VICE COMMANDER
COLONEL THOMAS WESTON, NCR VICE COMMANDER
COLONEL JOHN STEINER, ND WING COMMMANDER
KATHLEEN VESELY, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR MNDOT AERONAUTICS
2017 WAS A OUTSTANDING ATTENDANCE OF 325 – 350, EQUALLY DIVIDED
BETWEEN CADET AND SENIOR MEMBERS. TWENTY-FOUR BREAKOUT SESSIONS
RAN FROM 1:00 – 4:00 PM. SIX OF THOSE, TWO PER SESSION, WERE FOR CADETS
THOUGH CADETS WERE WELCOME AT ANY OF THE OTHER SESSIONS AS WELL.
THERE WAS A TOWN HALL MEETING FOR THE WING COMMANDER AND THE
REGION COMMANDER TO SPEAK TO “THE TROOPS” AND ANSWER QUESTIONS IN
AN INFORMAL SETTING. DURING THE MORNING ASSEMBLY THERE WERE
PRESENTATIONS FOR THE SPECIALTY OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS AND THE
PRESENTATION OF A NEW CHARTER. THERE WERE TWO LIFETIME MEMBERSHIPS
PRESENTED, COL. KEVIN SLIWINSKI, AND LT. COL. RICHARD JOHNSON.
BRIG. GEN. JOHN KUBINEC, USAF, COMMANDER OF THE WARNER ROBINS AIR
LOGISTIC COMPLEX, ROBINS AFB, GEORGIA, WAS THE BANQUET SPEAKER. THE
QUALITY CADET UNIT AWARDEES WERE LISTED AND ACKNOWLEDGED FOR
THEIR ACHIEVEMENT ALONG WITH MANY "OF THE YEAR" AWARDS INCLUDING
SENIOR (LT. COL. MARCEL KOBBERDAHL, CROW WING COMPOSITE), CADET
(C/CAPT ELISE JOHNSON, VIKING COMPOSITE), SQUADRON OF THE YEAR (130TH
COMPOSITE) AND SQUADRON OF MERIT (130TH COMPOSITE).
2. MAJ CARRIE NIEMANN BECAME THE NEW DIRECTOR IN OCTOBER.
3. WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA HAS BEEN DELEGATED TO THE XP WITH A
PERSON IN THAT SPOT WHO REPORTS TO THE XP. THERE WERE A RECORD
NUMBER OF WREATHS PLACED THIS YEAR AT TWO, POSSIBLY THREE,
CEMETERIES IN OUR WING. THE MAIN ONE HAS A PROGRAM COORDINATED BY
THE WING WAA PERSON. THIS WAS VERY WELL ATTENDED AND OVER 20,000
WREATHS WERE LAID BY CAP MEMBERS AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS AT FORT
SNELLING NATIONAL CEMETERY.
1.
2.
Director of Public Affairs
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
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Director of Information Technology
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Information Technology Officer
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Finance - Financial Statement
1. No information was received.
Chaplain
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Historian
1. LT. COL. SUSAN BLESSMAN PREPARED THE ANNUAL HISTORIAN
REPORT FOR 2016 AND 2017. ASSISTANT HISTORIAN, CHAPLAIN (LT.
COL.) DON MIKITTA HAS METICULOUSLY BEEN GATHERING PAST
COMMANDER'S PHOTOS.
Health Services
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.

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

Capt Lion Templin
Col Brent Halweg
Col Kevin Sliwinski
Lt Col Kevin Dunlevy

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY MONTH YEAR – MONTH YEAR
Inspector General
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Safety
1. NO INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED.
Government Relations
1. IN FEBRUARY, FACT SHEETS ABOUT THE WING'S CADET PROGRAM AND
DDR GIVEN TO THE STATE LEGISLATURES IN WASHINGTON D.C.
2. STATE SENATOR CARRIE RUUD (BREEZY POINT) AND STATE
REPRESENTATIVE JOSH HEINTZEMAN (BRAINERD) AND THEIR SPOUSES
ATTENDED THE ANNUAL WING CONFERENCE BANQUET.
3. CONGRESSMAN JASON LEWIS JOINED THE CONGRESSIONAL
SQUADRON. NOW, ALL 10 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM MINNESOTA
ARE MEMBERS OF CIVIL AIR PATROL.
4. WE HAVE 127 OF THE 201 MEMBERS OF THE MN LEGISLATURE AS
MEMBERS OF CIVIL AIR PATROL. THOSE THAT HAVE JOINED
CHRONOLOGICALLY BY APRIL 2017: SEN PAUL ANDERSON, DISTRICT 44,
PLYMOUTH; SEN GREG CLAUSEN, DISTRICT 57, APPLE VALLEY; SEN
MATT LITTLE, DISTRICT 58, LAKEVILLE & FARMINGTON; SEN PAUL
ANDERSON, DISTRICT 44, PLYMOUTH; REP MARY KUNESH-PODEIN,
DISTRICT41B, NEW BRIGHTON; SEN MATT KLEIN, DISTRICT 52,
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, WEST ST PAUL; SEN MARK KORAN, DISTRICT 32,
NORTH BRANCH, CAMBRIDGE; SEN CAROLYN LAINE, DISTRICT 41,
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, FRIDLEY; REP CALVIN BAHR, DISTRICT 31B, EAST
BETHEL, HAM LAKE; REP REGINA BARR, DISTRICT 52B, IGH AND
MENDOTA HEIGHTS; REP BRIAN JOHNSON, DISTRICT 32A, CAMBRIDGE;
REP FUE LEE, DISTRICT 59A, MINNEAPOLIS; REP ERIN MURPHY,
DISTRICT 64A, ST PAUL; REP LAURIE PRIOR, DISTRICT 48A,
MINNETONKA, EDEN PRAIRIE; SEN RICH DRAHEIM, DISTRICT 20,
MADISON LAKE, NORTHFIELD; SEN B. KENT EKEN, DISTRICT 4, TWIN
VALLEY, MOORHEAD; SEN JERRY RELPH, DISTRICT 14, ST CLOUD; REP
PEGGY BENNETT, DISTRICT 27A, ALBERT LEA; RAYMOND DEHN,
DISTRICT 59B, MINNEAPOLIS; REP PETER FISCHER, DISTRICT 43A,
MAPLEWOOD; REP LAURIE HALVERSON, DISTRICT 51B, EAGAN; REP
BOB LOONAN, DISTRICT 55A, SHAKOPEE; REP JULIE SANDSTEDE,
DISTRICT 6A, HIBBING; REP NOLAN WEST, DISTRICT 37B, BLAINE; SEN

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ANDREW LANG, DISTRICT 17, OLIVIA, WILLMAR; REP ANDREW
CARLSON, DISTRICT 50B, BLOOMINGTON.
5. JULY 2017: REQUESTS TO FLY FROM SENS. MICHELLE BENSON, RELPH,
SCOTT JENSEN, UTKE, CARLA NELSON, SENJEM AND REPS. REGINA
BARR, LILLIE, SONDRA ERICKSON, CAL BAHR, MAYE QUADE, THEIS,
VOGEL -FLEW STATE REP. TONY JURGENS ON AN ORIENTATION FLIGHT
AT SGS, MANY THANKS TO LT COL. PAUL ADAMS FOR HIS ASSISTANCE.
- 131 LEGISLATORS (65%) ARE MEMBERS. - ALL10 MEMBERS OF THE MN
DELEGATION TO CONGRESS ARE MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL
SQ.
6. AUGUST 2017 FLEW SEN RELPH ON 8/29 AND REP SONDRA ERICKSON ON
8/31 AT STC, REP MAYE QUADE ON 8/30 AT LVN, SEN HOFFMAN ON 9/6
AT MIC, SEN BRUCE ANDERSON ON 9/6 AND REP THEIS ON 9/7 AT STC FLEW STATE SEN PAUL UTKE 8/19 AT ON AN ORIENTATION FLIGHT AT
PKD, PILOT LT. SAM WALSH - ATTENDED REP. BARR'S ROOT BEER
SOCIAL AND VISITED WITH IGH RESIDENTS - FLEW STATE REP REGINA
BARR 8/15 ON AN ORIENTATION FLIGHT AND VIDEO AT SGS, PILOT LT
COL. KEVIN DUNLEVY
7. ON 14 DECEMBER, COL JAMES GARLOUGH, THE MN CAP WING
COMMANDER PRESENTED A WREATH ACROSS AMERICA WREATH FOR
THE STATE GOVERNMENT TO MINNESOTA SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE,
REP. KURT DAUDT AND SEN GAZELKA, MAJORITY LEADER IN THE
STATE OFFICE BUILDING, ST. PAUL, MN.
Legal
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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
Minnesota Wing Department of the Historian

History of the Minnesota Wing Patch During World War
II, artist Walt Disney created a "Gremlin" character. The Gremlin likeness was seen on
patches, jackets, and aircraft nose art, dropping bombs and destrooying the enemy's
planes and ships. There were many variations of the Gremlin, most resembling Disney's
character. One of his concept drawing became the basis for the Minnesota Wing patch
after the war ended. In the late 1940s, a new wing patch design based on Disney's
concept drawing, was submitted to Civil Air Patrol's National Headquarters. The new
design was approved as Minnesota Wing's distinctive patch on 4 April 1950. (See patch
at beginning of this report.

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