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OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF MINNESOTA WING – CIVIL AIR PATROL JANUARY 2002


SEARCH & RESCUE TRAINING IT’S TRAINING; NO, IT’S THE REAL THING!
- by 1st. Lt. David J. Sullivan-Nightengale - by Lt. Col. Nick Modders
Five members of the St. Paul Composite Squadron On December 19, 2001 Lt. Col. Nick Modders, 1st. Lt.
graduated from the Inland Search and Rescue Plan- Steve Jazwinski and 1st. Lt.. Antonio Rossini of the
ning Course on 14 September 2001. The week long 130th Composite Squadron were utilizing the North
course teaches search and rescue planners how to Hennepin Composite Squadron's airplane to complete
best utilize resources to conduct both air and ground airborne training requirements.
search and rescue operations.
After a productive hour and a half practicing GPS
The members from St. Paul joined federal, state, and searches, Direction Finding techniques and low level
local law enforcement personnel navigation the trio returned to
and Minnesota Air and Army Crystal Airport. While performing
National Guard aviators while the radio listening check on
conducting tabletop exercises. 121.5 Mhz (the emergency fre-
The graduates from St. Paul quency) they heard an Emer-
were senior members Harlan gency Locator Transmi tter
Bloom, Jim Cushing, Ryan Kel- sounding. Further checking with
zenberg, David Sull ivan - an aviation handheld also de-
Nightengale, and cadet Ryan tected the signal.
Hilger. Lt. Col. Barry Eid from
North Central Liaison Region After putting the airplane into the
CAP/USAF also graduated from hanger the signal was again
the course. According to Air checked on the handheld radio
Force Lt. Col. Mark Fowler, the and it was still heard. (There was
course director, Ryan Hilger be- hope that it would go away.)
came the youngest graduate in 1st Lt. Kidambi Narasimhan (right), Viking Squadron, Crystal Tower was checked and
the history of the course. He instructst ground team member trainees during a they did not hear the signal.
was 16. Viking, Valley and 130th unit search and rescue Utilizing "body shielding" tech-
exercise last November.
The St. Paul Composite Squad- niques with the handheld it was
ron hosted guest speakers and canines from the Min- determined that the source of the
nesota Search and Rescue Dog Association on Octo- signal was north. MN Wing ES Director Major Stan
ber 25th 2001. The group of dog handlers presented Kegel was called and he assigned a sortie number
a class on conducting search and rescue operations and wished us well in the search.
with different type of scenting dogs. Driving to the north revealed increasing signal
The St. Paul Area Chapter of the American Red strength. Driving along the perimeter road on the west
Cross announced that 1st Lieutenant Harlan Bloom side of the Crystal hangars caused the signal strength
from the St. Paul Composite Squadron was one of to build, then fade. We reversed course and deter-
the top three volunteer Emergency Medical Techni- mined the area of maximum signal.
cians on the Emergency Medical Services Team in The area of maximum signal was not very strong but it
number of hours served. was strong enough to work with utilizing body shield-
Four members of Group III are on the team including ing and antenna removal. LTC Modders checked with
three Emergency Medical Technicians from St. Paul the fixed base operator management.
Composite Squadron. The volunteers represent the Normally presence of a uniformed person will cause
American Red Cross by providing emergency medi- the resident to ask why we were in the area. In this
cal care at Minnesota Wild Games, The Taste of Min- instance the first thing out of the FBO manager's
nesota, Cinco de Mayo. the Minnesota State Fair, the mouth was "Glad you are here, that ELT has been
St. Paul Winter Carnival, and many other big events going off for a week and we can't find it."
in the Twin Cities.
(continued on page 4)
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PARC PATROL ALUMNI RADIO CLUB COMMANDER’S CORNER
- Capt. Jay Craswell - Col. Dale Hoium
Civil Air Patrol Members who are interested in the exciting The new year is here and as we say
world of Ham/Amateur Radio are invited to join by e- good by to the old, we look forward to
mailing me at: jay@integraonline.com the challenges of this new year. As we
Please send your name, address, Callsign, phone number reflect of 2001, so much of what hap-
and a little about yourself. PARC has free training software pened has been overshadowed by the
and loaner videos to help you pass your FCC License attack of September Eleventh. Amer-
exam. In addition PARC has some radio equipment avail- ica and I dare say Civil Air Patrol will
able to help you get started once you are licensed. not be the same for many years to
Planned activities are operating a short-wave station on come, if ever. CAP involvement with
Field Day (a weekend campout outdoors) hosting a VE Homeland Defense will bring new
meaning to our training.
exam session in late March and more.
To face these new challenges, 2002 will be a year of reju-
4TH CTG venation. Last year we all keyed on retention and our
Mark your calendars now! The 2002 Minnesota Wing membership grew almost ten percent. The best way to
Summer Encampment will be held 15-23 Jun 02. The lo- start the rejuvenating process is to get excited about Civil
cation was not known as the Wingtips went to the printers. Air Patrol and our involvement in it. To rejuvenate the
Wing, it starts within each one of us as individuals. Do
This weeklong activity serves as the foundation for the ca- you remember how excited you were when you first
det program and an opportunity to experience the CAP joined the Civil Air Patrol? How you wanted to be a part of
leadership laboratory like no other activity. Encampment and contribute to the missions of CAP. Well, let's get ex-
attendance is required for every CAP national special ac- cited again.
tivity, and the MNWG Flight Academy. The encampment
also is a requirement for the Brig Gen Billy Mitchell Award, Many of our programs are being rejuvenated. This year
and promotion to the cadet officer ranks. we will see a rejuvenated Counter Drug program, with our
involvement with the DEA and Customs as well as on the
Please stay tuned to http://www.mnwg.cap.gov/cp/ for the local level. We are told the screening process will now be
latest info on the Minnesota Wing Encampment!! done in a timely manner. The new ES training programs
The following cadets have been appointed to the staff for are to give our ground teams and mission management
the 4th Cadet Training Group: teams more extensive training.
Deputy Commander: C/Lt Col Keelan Diehl I understand this will require more time and sometimes
Executive Officer: C/1st. Lt Lori Sobolewski may even be a pain. On the same hand, just think of the
7th Cadet Training Squadron Commander: education you are receiving. That 101 card you have
C/Capt Josh Gulbranson earned is your ticket, the first step to your involvement
8th Cadet Training Squadron Commander: with ES, CD and Homeland defense. That 101 card was
C/2d Lt David Burgio not just given to you, you earned it. Now that you have
Just a reminder to those cadets applying for any other earned it, you must keep current with your training to in-
staff positions, the application deadline is 25 Feb 2002. A sure you are ready to respond.
list of all remaining positions and the application can be Instructors, make your classes interesting and exciting.
found on the encampment website at:
http://www.mnwg.cap.gov/cp/4ctg/ Unit commanders, remember if you are excited about
or a CAPF 31 can be mailed to: Maj. Todd Mandel at your squadron, so will your members.
3158 Elm Dr #3, La Crosse, WI 54601. Senior and Cadet leaders, make your meetings the high-
light of everyone's week.
PROMOTIONS Seniors, there are Cadets that need your help and men-
toring.
2nd Lt. Mark Helseth, Viking Squadron
2nd Lt. Scott Ziemer, Viking Squadron Wing Staff Personnel, let's help our units achieve within
1st Lt. Jim O'Donnell, Viking Squadron the framework of CAP, let's never be a stumbling block.
Maj. Shannon Bauer, Viking Squadron On every level, rejuvenation and excitement are the key
words in 2002.
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NEWS FROM AROUND THE WING THUNDERBIRDS RELEASE 2002 SHOW SCHEDULE
CROW WING SQUADRON is proud to announce that Cadet The USAF aerial demonstration team is scheduled to per-
Keelan Diehl was recently promoted to Cadet LTC after form more than 60 shows in 27 states.
completing his Eaker Award requirements. Cadet Mat-
thew Heffron successfully passed his Spaatz test and March
will be promoted to Cadet Colonel at WING conference 23-24 Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
in May. Congratulations to these outstanding cadets!
April
NORTH STAR CADET SQUADRON has scheduled a Lock-in. 6-7 MacDill AFB, Fla.
The date for this years Lock-In is 9-10 February 2002. 13-14 Punta Gorda, Fla.
The location is at Halenbeck hall on the Campus of St. 20 Fresno, Calif.
Cloud State University. It will start sign in at 18:30 local 27-28 Eglin AFB, Fla.
with lock down occurring at 20:15 local. Walk ins are
more than welcome. The cost is $15.00 per person. For May
more information visit the North Star Cadet Squadron 4-5 Millville, NJ
website at www.mnwg.cap.gov/northstar. 11 Dyess AFB, Texas
12 Laughlin AFB, Texas
NORTH STAR CADET AND ST. CLOUD SENIOR Squadrons 18-19 Chattanooga, Tenn.
are hosting a SLS. The SLS will be hosted by and lo- 25-26 Dover AFB, Del.
cated at St. Cloud State University. The date of the SLS 29 USAF Academy, Colo.
is March 16-17 2002. As you know this is one of the re- 31 West Point, N.Y. (Flyover only)
quired courses to advance in the Senior Program. If you
have attended this is your opportunity. Please contact June
Craig Lommel at: Craig.Lommel@bestbuy.com or 612- 1-2 Hanscom AFB, Mass.
201-2906. 8 Davenport, Iowa
9 Whiteman AFB, Mo.
BLACK CAP 18 will be held April 5-7 at the Red Wing 15-16 TBD
Squadron Headquarters. We are once again accepting 17 Hoover Dam, Nev. (Flyover only)
applications for the 2002 Black Cap Cadet Commander. 22 Langley AFB, Va.
Requirements of this positions are: Ability to have fun, 23 Charleston AFB, S.C.
knowledge of Emergency Services, past attendee of 29-30 N. Kingstown, RI
Black Cap and other requirements as assigned by com-
mander. July
All cadets interested in applying for this position must 4 Battle Creek, Mich.
show their creativeness and submit a CAP resume no 6-7 Syracuse, N.Y.
later than February 20, 2002 to Major Vicki Eckhoff 711 13 Terre Haute, Ind.
W. 4th Street Red Wing, MN 55066. E-mail 14 Fort Wayne, Ind.
applications will NOT be accepted. 20-21 Dayton, Ohio
24 Cheyenne, Wyo.
A NOKA SQUADRON’S Color Guard Team beat North Hen- 27 Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
nepin’s team by a very narrow margin in a very close, 28 Fairchild AFB, Wash.
tough competition.
August
C/1LT BENJAMIN J.U. BANWART received the President's 10-11 Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.
Student Service Award - Gold in January 2002 and the 17 Portland, Ore.
Congressional Award - Bronze Metal in October 2001. 18 Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
31 Cleveland
WINGTIPS IS NOW ON THE MNWG WEBSITE September
Capt. Chet Wilberg has added all of the 2001 Wing- 1-2 Cleveland
tips on the Wing Website. You can view and print a 7-8 Lubbock, Texas
copy of any issue with Adobe Acrobat. Issues will be 14-15 NAS Willow Grove, Pa.
added every month as they are published. 21 Grand Junction, Colo.
http://www.mnwg.cap.gov/wingtips 22 Holloman AFB, N.M.
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M INNESOTA WING CALENDAR . . . IT’S THE REAL THING (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1)
With assistance from the manager, our team started going
FEBRUARY through the hangar where the signal seemed to be strong-
5 TUE FLIGHT CLINIC, HUTCHINSON SQDN, AIRPORT est. The metal building did cause some exasperation with
7 THU FLIGHT CLINIC, ST. CLOUD SQDN, AIRPORT
14 THU FLIGHT CLINIC, RED WING SQDN, AIRPORT reflected signals. Each airplane in the hangar shop area
23 SAT FLIGHT ACADEMY SELECTION BOARD was checked and determined not to be a source.
27 WED WINTER BOARD MTG, WASHINGTON DC
Still the signal persisted. With Lt. Rossini running the hand-
MARCH held, it was suggested that we check the upper level of the
22-24 FRI-SUN NCR CADET COMPETITION, CAMP ASHLAND
28 THU PASSOVER STARTS hanger which housed the Upholstery Shop. The manager
29 FRI GOOD FRIDAY said that there would never be a radio up there but we were
31 SUN EASTER free to check. In the Upholstery shop the signal increased
A PRIL somewhat.
3-6 WED-SAT NATL. CONGRESS ON AVIATION & SPACE ED.
7 SUN DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME (SET CLOCK AHEAD)
A paper clip was substituted for the normal radio antenna
20-21 SAT-SUN CHECK PILOT COURSE, MNWG HQS and the signal was still detected. When the signal was
22 MON FLIGHT CLINIC, DULUTH SQDN, DULUTH AIRPORT strongest the paperclip was removed and the signal was
23 TUE FLIGHT CLINIC, GRAND RAPIDS SQDN, AIRPORT centered on a big box of cloth remnants. Checking of other
24 WED FLIGHT CLINIC, CASS COUNTY SQDN, WALKER
25 THU FLIGHT CLINIC, NW MN, THIEF RIVER FALLS boxes lost the signal. The signal generating box was
26 FRI FLIGHT CLINIC, CROW WING SQDN, BRAINERD opened and while removing the contents an ELT antenna
was discovered.
MAY
3-5 FRI-SAT WING CONFERENCE, BREEZY POINT RESORT Running his hand down further in the cloth parts Rossini
8 WED FLIGHT CLINIC, WORTHINGTON SQDN, AIRPORT
9 THU FLIGHT CLINIC, PIPESTONE SQDN, AIRPORT
detected a non-cloth, hard metallic object, which when re-
17-19 FRI-SUN MNWG Compliance Inspection moved looked an awful lot like an ELT without an antenna.
Turning off the switch on the ELT silenced the signal.
The FBO manager was happy. Thanked us all and then
said he was off to remove the battery pack from the offend-
ing noisemaker. From time of initial detection to turning off
WING CONFERENCE the ELT switch was 45 minutes.
3 May 2002
Our team reported our good work to Major Kegel and then
retired for lunch.
Breezy Point Resort It was a great training day!

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Wing Commander: Col. Dale Hoium


Wingtips Editor: 1st. Lt. Mary Johnson
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