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Minnesota may add to its list of aviation giants
A Lindberg trainer hailed from Hinckley? Family requests MN Wingʼs help
Some of aviation’s greatest names have ties to Minnesota, names big enough to challenge Paul Bunyan’s and Babe’s claim for most indelible footprints on the state’s mythos. Minnesota Civil Air Patrol members can proudly hold their own around a cracker barrel armed with a nonstop list of notable dates and personalities: Where did Amelia Earhart learn to swim? With her family summering on Lake Okabena in southwest Minnesota at Worthington, naturally. Where were Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25s refitted before the morale-boosting raid on Japan? In St. Paul, of course. From whom did Charles Lindbergh, of Little Falls, get his start in aviation? Now there’s a question under debate. It may not only be another Minnesotan but a senior Civil Air Patrol member soon after CAP started. If you know anything about him, please contact Capt. Bradfield right away. Minnesota Wing has been asked to help provide its share of the biography for pilot and instructor Happy O’Malley. Capt. David Ihme, Minn. Wing Historian, is searching our archives, but perhaps you yourself know something that will help piece together the rest of the puzzle. Here’s what is known so far. Charles Harold “Happy” O’Malley was born May 8, 1894, in Minneapolis. The family then moved to Hinckley, Minn., in 1902. O’Malley joined the U.S. Army Air Service in 1917. He trained and flew with "Speed" Holman during WWI (Ring a bell? St. Paul Downtown Airport bears his name). O’Malley owned an oil station and luncheonette about 4 miles north of Hinckley on Highway 61. There he had his own private air field and took people for rides in his plane. A few years later he built “Happy's Pavilion” on the same site. Continued in Aerospace Education section, page 9

! Charles Lindberg, (le") while training the year before his flight. In the middle is Charles (Happy) O’Ma$ey, his instructor and %iend, and on the right their local mechanic (name unknown at this time). The picture was taken in Texas. The megaphone was needed because the plane was a single person, so the trainer ran beside the plane shouting instructions. The original picture hangs in the the Lindberg section in the Smithsonian.



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Over the past three weeks my "real" job has taken a back seat to Civil Air Patrol. Five days in Washington, D.C., for the Winter National Board meeting and Congressional Day at the Capitol, as well as seven days at National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base for the Wing Commander's Course. We need to periodically take the time to thank those around us who allow us to volunteer - our families, our employers and our friends.

If you haven't done so yet, please sign up now for our Wing Conference – the committee has done a lot of work putting together a conference to Fortunately for me and for most remember. On-line registration is available on our web site. of us senior members, we have excellent support from our We are starting into the busiest employers who understand the time of the year for CAP value of Civil Air Patrol volunteer activities. The good news is we service in our communities.   have the budget to support an Also, many of our members are increased level of training and self-employed but take time away education. All of you should be from their work to volunteer – at a putting the various events you're cost to them personally. And then interested in on your calendar now. there are the retirees who also Thank you all for your commit their free time to commitment to making the volunteer for CAP, when they Minnesota Wing the best in the could be spending time golfing or North Central Region and one of boating or whatever activity the best in the nation. they've settled on for retirement.   Jerry Rosendahl, Col., CAP MN Wing Commander

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Gen. Carr reports major milestone for Congressional Gold Medal
Award to recognize CAPʼs WWII heroes
Maxwell AFB – Gen. Charles L. Carr, Jr, national
commander of the U.S. Civil Air Patrol, announced that the Civil Air Patrol’s pursuit of the Congressional Gold Medal to recognize the sacrifices of its World War II heroes has reached a major milestone. “Today, thanks to your tenacity and hard work, we have obtained the number of cosponsors needed in the U.S. Senate to bring the bill forward for action by the committee,” Carr said in a letter to the National Board Mar. 19th.    “Once the committee acts on the bill, the next steps are a full vote in the Senate and then on to the House for action. All of this should occur in the next few months.”  Carr continued in the letter: “We are at a critical juncture in ensuring passage of the bill: we still need additional cosponsors in both the Senate and House so that once the bill comes up for a vote, it will easily pass.” He requested that the members keep the national project at the forefront of their priorities.  Julie Debardelaben, who is deputy director of public affairs for the U.S. Civil Air Patrol, commented on the letter in a heads-up email to public affairs directors across the country. She asked that they be prepared for an exciting event to promote in the near future, which will undoubtedly earn media attention nationwide.



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Rosendahl serves on NHQ Natʼl Board
WASHINGTON, DC – Col. Jerry Rosendahl, Minnesota Wing Commander of the U.S. Civil Air Patrol served as a member of the organization’s 2012 Winter National Board meeting held. National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr presented Rosendahl with a National Board Pin, recognizing Rosendahl’s service to the board. The presentation was made March 2.

CAP Public Awareness campaign motto.
National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr presented Rosendahl with the National Board Pin. Photo by Susan Schneider, CAPNHQ photographer.

MN Wing commander hones skills during Natʼl leadership course
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Col. Jerry Rosendahl was one of 19 Civil Air Patrol wing commanders will hone their leadership skills during the 2012 Region & Wing Commanders Course held March 11-16 at CAP National Headquarters. Officials of the program said that the graduatelevel course “postures participants to be better commanders at the state and region level as well as members of the CAP National Board, a key CAP governing body.” Rosendahl was selected for the course by North Central Region Commander Col. Sean Fagan and then needed approval by CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr. “Everything a Civil Air Patrol commander should know in order to be an effective leader will be discussed,” said Carr, who addressed the new wing commanders and region vice commanders before their graduation luncheon on March 16. “As with all of our training, this course is thorough, and its effect will be long-lasting, preparing these commanders with the leadership skills they will need to be successful.”  The program focused on three main blocks of study: leading the organization, tools for corporate officers and tools for commanders. Its curriculum featured seminars, lectures and hands-on exercises in more than 20 enriching sessions on such topics as ethics, legal matters, managing volunteers, finances and other resources.



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Minn. Daughter and Father receive Grover Loening Award
Capt. George Supan, Public Affairs Officer, Anoka County Composite Squadron, Minnesota Wing

Col. Jerry Rosendahl presented Grover Loening Awards to father-daughter members Capt. George Supan and Capt. She$y Supan Feb. 11 at the Anoka County Composite Squadron’s award banquet. Col. Jerry Rosendahl, commander of Minnesota Wing, Civil Air Patrol, had the unique opportunity to present two Grover Loening Awards not only at the same awards banquet but to members who just happen to be father and daughter, Capt. George Supan and Capt. Shelly Supan, both of Anoka County Composite Squadron. The double presentation was made all the more exciting by the relationship of the recipients. The Grover Loening Award is the third milestone in the Civil Air Patrol’s Professional Development Program for senior members. Only about 350 of the more than 35,000 Senior members in CAP receive the award each year. To have two of them awarded the same night in one Squadron, and then for those two to be a father and daughter, is quite unusual. The presentations were just two of the many achievements recognized that evening. Rosendahl also presented Cadet Capt. Don Raleigh the Amelia Earhart Award. Group 3 Commander Lt. Col. Don Sorenson presented Cadet 2nd Lt. Mikayla Fray the Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell Award. Sr. Members Betty Ziskovsky and Greg Grau received level one certificates. From the beginning Capt. Shelly Supan joined CAP in 2006 as a pilot and became very involved. In 2007 her father asked, “How can I fly with you”? Shelly replied, “Oh, just sign here and come to a meeting every now and then.” It wasn’t long after that her father was putting in 30 to 50 hours a week as the Squadron Public Affairs Officer and ground team and aircrew member. Shelly served as his Ground Team Leader and Mission Pilot while he worked his way from Scanner to Observer. Contributions to squadron From 2009 through June of 2011, Capt. Shelly Supan served as Anoka County Composite Squadron Commander, while her father was promoted first to 1st Lt. and then later to Captain. Her father served as Deputy Commander for Cadets as well as Public Affairs Officer and Public Information Officer for the squadron and for Group 3. In 2010 Anoka County Composite Squadron earned recognition as Minnesota Wing Squadron of the Year. The Squadron grew to 110 members to become the largest in the state and one of the top squadrons in Civil Air Patrol nationally. The Supans and the squadron are involved in many public events, including Discover Aviation Days at the AnokaBlaine Airport, Anoka Airport Promotion Group, parades and many Community functions.



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Grover Loening Award, continued
 Members attend and lead the Minnesota Wing Encampment, International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE), Emergency Service (ES) missions and other events. Shelly is helping the city of Blaine to become a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon City, recruiting more than 25 teachers at the University Avenue Magnate School into the CAP ACE program, and she leads presentations for young students at the airport. The squadron’s Color Guard won the Minnesota Wing Color Guard Competition and has been presenting the Colors at major sporting events, parades and city meetings. Tom Ryan, Mayor, City of Blaine said, “When I go to events, I see CAP members involved in my City. The Cadets are so nice and polite along with helping where ever they can. Their leadership shows. When I ask the count of their membership, it continues to grow.”

Top right: Lt. Col. Don Sorenson, Group 3, Commander, presents Cadet 2d Lt. Mikayla Frey  the Brig. Gen Bi$y Mitche$ Award. Right: Col. Jerry Rosendahl poses with Cadet Capt. Don Raleigh  a"er receiving his Amelia Earhart Award. A$ photos courtesy of 1st Lt. Tim Frame and Capt. George Supan

Col. Jerry Rosendahl, Sr. Member Greg Grau, Capt. She$y Supan, Cadet Capt. Don Raleigh, Cadet 2nd Lt. Mikayla Frey, Capt. George Supan, Sr. Member Betty Ziskovsky, Lt. Col. Don Sorenson



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Change of Command held at Grand Rapids Squadron
by Cadet 2nd Lt. Antonio V anReese Jasso On March 5th, 2012 Grand Rapids Composite squadron had a change of command. Former Squadron Commander 1st. Lieutenant Justin Binion relinquished command to 2nd Lt. James Kochevar. Among those in attendance were Lt. Col. David Odette, Maj. Paulette Odette, and Col. Thomas Theis. The event was led by Group 1 Commander Capt. Richard High. The evening was both an honor and learning experience for the cadets in attendance. For some it was their first chance to view an Air Force-style change of command ceremony.

Top right: Grand Rapids Composite Squadron’s Color Guard is an essential component for marking the dignity of the formal Change of Command ceremony held March 5th. Bottom: 1st Lt. Justin Binion, former commander at Grand Rapids Composite Squadron; Group 1 Commander Capt. Richard High; 2nd Lt. James Kochevar, new commander of Grand Rapids Composite Squadron.



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Gen. Nash speaks at Mankato CAP banquet
by David Dlugiewicz, Maj., U.S. Civil Air Patrol
MANKATO – Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash spoke to over 100 Civil Air Patrol members, family members and local dignitaries at the Mankato Composite Squadron’s awards banquet held Saturday evening March 3, 2012, in the Executive Hangar at the Mankato Airport. Gen. Nash gave a reflective and inspirational talk to the cadets emphasizing their need to follow their dreams and not to let others tell them who they can be or what they can achieve. They can attain success with hard work, perseverance, and education. The evening began with the posting of the colors followed by a POW/MIA presentation by Maj. David Dlugiewicz and Cadet 1st Lt. Jarek Connolly. After dinner the yearly awards were presented. One of the highlights of the senior award presentations was Lt. Col. John Barsness, who was presented the Robert J. Gaffer award. The award was created in memory of Lt. Col. Robert J. Gaffer, who passed away last year. Gaffer, a dedicated senior member, was always actively involved with training and mentoring cadets as future leaders. Maj. JoEllen Peters received Senior of the Year; Capt. Earl J. Isaacs was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Maj. David Dlugiewicz was recognized with the Aerospace Education Award. Capt. Steve Csizmadia was presented the Communications Award, and the Cadet Program Award went to Capt. Luke Frederick. CAP service pins were awarded to Lt. Col. Mariann H. Wildt and Capt. Earl J. Isaacs for 35 years of service, Maj. JoEllen Peters for 20 years and Lt. Col. John E. Barsness for 15 years. The cadet recognized as most improved cadet was Cadet Staff Sgt. Daniel C. May Jr. The Superb Uniform Award went to Cadet Airman Gerald Veaux. Volunteering and serving outside the Civil Air Patrol is a very import part of cadet life. The Community, State, and Nation Award for this year went to Cadet Airman. Andrew B. Schultze. This year’s Actively Participating Award went to Cadet Dustyn T. May. Cadet Senior Airman Tanner D Johnson was recognized for “setting the example by going above and beyond the standard,” and going out of his way to help others to become this year’s Servant Leadership Award winner. The Drill Excellence Award was awarded to the Cadet Senior Airman Steven L. Csizmadia for his mastery of drill command executions. The evening concluded with the squadron change of command. Group IV commander Maj. Bartelt presided over the ceremony during which Maj. JoEllen Peters relinquished command to new squadron commander Maj. David Dlugiewicz. Peters has been commander of the squadron for the past three years. She was awarded the Commander’s Commendation Award for her service as commander by Minnesota Wing Vice Commander Lt. Col. David Odette. Maj. Dlugiewicz joined CAP three years ago after a twenty-year career in the U.S. Air Force. He received a special promotion to major in January, paving the way for him to assume command of the Mankato Composite Squadron. Dlugiewicz explained his goal for the Mankato squadron to become the “Go-to” Squadron for the Minnesota Wing. He explained the only way to reach this goal will be through a focus on training, saying: “The better we do the job, the bigger the savings, the more professional we look. And one of the most important things is that we do it safely. When we learn how to do something well, we know how to do it safely.” PAGE 7


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Grand Rapids Composite Squadronʼs Cadets experience Raven Drone
by Cadet 2nd Lt. Antonio V anReese Jasso It started out as just another pack. Second lieutenant James Kochevar quickly changed that as he quickly assembled what became the Raven Drone. The raven is a reconnaissance drone used by the US Army. Lt. Kochevar, a qualified drone pilot, took the cadets through a class explaining how the drone worked. A full throttle demonstration was given to show the power of the drone. The cadets really enjoyed the experience and look forward to future similar events. Cadets of Grand Rapids Composite Squadron feel fu$ force of thrust generated during power demonstration of a drone. Happy O’Malley, continued %om page 1 O’Malley’s nephew, who is requesting our assistance, said there are many stories of the great bands that played at the Pavilion, which was built out of logs. One feature for many years was a tame bear that lived just outside the entrance to Happy’s Pavilion. After selling the Pavilion he operated the NP Lunch room in Hinckley, now the site of the Fire museum. Near Pine Lake he build a trout farm that fed into Grindstone Lake. He was active in the American Legion. Donald said he had been told his uncle Happy originally learned to fly from one of the Wright brothers, he believed Orville. Happy's photograph book shows pictures he took while training in Texas. His own childhood memories remind him his uncle was hard of hearing, and he surmised this was from all the hours flying open cockpit Curtis “Jennie” bi-wing planes. He remembered that as a child, he knew he was being too noisy when he saw Uncle Happy turning off his hearing aid. A percentage of the trout Happy raised he was required to release to the wild, dropping them from his seaplane into northern Minnesota lakes for the DNR. Many of the others were raised to 5 years of age and then sold live to restaurants like Jack's in Minneapolis. “I loved visiting him at the trout farm. He allowed my brother and me to fish in the ponds. Any fish we caught he would fry while they were still flipping.” Lindberg lived about 20 miles from Hinkley and Happy has one of the few planes in the area. Happy was with Lindbergh when Lindbergh was receiving his military aviator training at Brooks Airfield in San Antonio, Texas. He believes that Happy was one of his trainers there. Lindbergh’s association with Happy was apparently begun much earlier, however. Donald O’Malley said: “We were told that Charles Lindberg was a frequent visitor to the O’Malley house in Hinckley and also at picnics at Aunt Charolette's. He continued to bother Happy to teach him to fly. Eventually Happy said okay. “Happy and Lindberg stayed in touch until the Lindberg baby was kidnapped. At that point Lindberg became a recluse and stopped corresponding. They had no further contact.” If you know, or know of someone who knows, Charles Harold O’Malley, please contact Capt. Bradfield at or leave voicemail at (507) 360-1774. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.



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Colo. team takes CAPʼs 2nd straight CyberPatriot national title
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – It's official! Civil Air Patrol defended its claim to the Commander-in-Chief Cup today, capturing the top spot again in the championship round of CyberPatriot IV: The National High School Cyber Defense Competition. Cadets from the Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron, known as the “Wolf Pack,” bested 11 other All Service Division finalists – including the Alabama Wing’s Springville Composite Squadron, Ohio Wing’s Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron and South Dakota Wing’s Big Sioux Composite Squadron – to lay claim to the national title. Their triumph followed a full day of competition during the Air Force Association’s CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Members of the Wolf Pack, who successfully defended virtual networks from a professional aggressor team during the Friday competition, were • Cadet 1st Lt. Thomas Jessop • Cadet 2nd Lt. Carlin Idle • Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Kyal Lanum • Cadet Sr. Master Sgt. Chris Vasquez, team captain • Cadet Senior Airman Christopher Ottesen. • Cadet Airman Basic Stephen Parish. Capt. Bill Blatchley coached the Wolf Pack, while Senior Member John Parish was team mentor. The Colorado Wing team is the second straight CAP team to capture the Commander-In-Chief Cup. Last year, cadets from several central Florida units hoisted the cup after CyberPatriot III. The Big Sioux Composite Squadron team, meanwhile, finished first in the morning Cyber Forensics competition. That team consisted of: • Cadet 2nd Lts. Daniel Klosterman, team captain, and Josh Klosterman. • Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Simon Pulscher.    • Cadet Senior Master Sgt. James Skon. • Cadet Staff Sgt. Tyler Gross. Team coach was 1st Lt. Shannon Hofer, with 2nd Lt. Michael Klosterman serving as team mentor. CyberPatriot IV began Oct. 28 with more than 1,000 teams signed up to participate, representing all 50 states, U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific, and Canada.

By any other name ...
In the lead article Holman Field’s namesake might have been fresh news to you. Check out these ariport trivia questions. Careful! A couple are packed with history. 1. Minnesota Wing headquarter is at Fleming Field. Who’s Fleming? 2. Why is the identifier for Chicago O’Hare “ORD”? (Tip: One a day keeps doctors away) 3. What country would you be in if landing at “Batman Airport” 4. A single letter in an airport’s 4letter International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) code identifies it as a U.S. airport. What is that letter? 5. What is the difference between U.S. ICAO and IATA identifiers?

NHQ updates press release boilerplate
National Headquarters Public Affairs has updated the text that public affairs officers can provide at the end of news releases. The text, which is often called “boilerplate” in journalism jargon, gives information about the U.S. Civil Air Patrol to those outside of the organization who may not know of it or its mission. The revised boilerplate follows. ※※※ Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.



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Minn. Wing encampment staff members sharpen leadership skills
by Maj. Richard J. Sprouse, Public Affairs Officer, Group 2, Minnesota Wing
MINNESOTA – Good leaders need a toolkit of useful tips and information at their disposal to help them navigate the leadership highway. The Minnesota Wing’s 2012 encampment cadet and officer staff added a few more tools to their kits through Staff Training Weekends held Feb. 10-12 and this past weekend at Camp Ripley, Minnesota’s 53,000-acre National Guard training facility. The weekends, held annually, are designed to provide required staff training for encampment staff to enhance their ability to provide basic cadets attending encampment a safe, nurturing environment while maintaining an acceptable level of intensity. “Each of us carries our positive and negative experiences with us throughout our lives,” said Capt. Nash Pherson, encampment Staff Development Squadron director as well as the Minnesota Wing’s assistant emergency service training weekend. The training weekends “are a reminder for cadet and senior staff members alike to be mindful of their actions, be helpful and provide lots of positive reinforcement to the basic cadets attending encampment,” Pherson said. Fostering a positive training and learning encampment environment doesn’t mean lessening the intensity level, said Cadet Lt. Col. Matt Frame, 14th Cadet Training Group commander. “Intensity is a large concept, either under- or overutilized,” Frame said. “Used correctly, raising stress can be productive. Used incorrectly, it’s hazing. “Knowing the difference between both is why we conduct staff training weekends.” The training sessions covered such topics as situational and persuasive leadership, mentorship and feedback, team building, practice inspections, drill, uniform standards and much more. “These skills are taught at different levels of the cadet and senior member programs, but it is always good to reinforce skills,” said Maj. Brian Freseman, 2012 encampment commander and the wing’s assistant director of cadet programs. The wing encampment is set for Aug. 5-12 at Camp Ripley.

March temperatures in the 50s made for some enjoyable outside dri$ activities for cadets during the second Staff Training Weekend. Photo courtesy of Maj. Richard Sprouse.

Sixty cadets and officers participated in the second Staff Training Weekend. Photo courtesy of Maj. Richard Sprouse.

This story first ran in the March 12, 2012, edition of VolunteerNow. I can be found online at



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Cadets speak out on impact made by CAP Cadet Programs & Leaders
by Maj. Paul V Brunt, Public Affairs Officer 130th Squadron, U.S. Civil Air Patrol, Lakevi$e, Minn. an Ever wonder what impact we have on people? What we do for others and how we honor our commitments? What we do will be remembered for years to come, both good and bad. At the 130th Composite Squadron in Lakeville, Minn., we take our jobs seriously. We want to impact people in a positive way for the future as well as the present. If we commit to others, then we follow through and don’t use excuses for what we know we are supposed to do. “Adapt and overcome?” I have asked former and current cadets to tell me how CAP has influenced them and what it has done for them. I have asked for all feed back to allow usto change our program if we see areas that need attention. This can be something that other squadrons can try so we all can improve the CAP experience for both seniors and cadets. Cadet Lt. Col. Wi$iam Hoffman, 130th Squadron, Lakevi$e, Minn. Maj. Doug Ployhar led us through countless memorable, influential, and humorous life experiences serving the community through emergency services. nearly every aspect through the Civil Air Patrol. My name is Luke Hubers, and I am a Cadet at the 130th composite squadron. My entire journey as a cadet started (and is continuing) with an interest in aviation. At a local flight school, I was told about the Civil Air Patrol and all it had to offer. The next week I stopped by one of the meetings and was surprised to see such involvement with each and every member. Within a month or two, I was an active member ready to engage myself in the program. Within five months I had my aviation training and was a solo pilot in a Cessna 172. Now, roughly a year after joining the Civil Air Patrol, I am incredibly close to achieving my private pilot license. Step by step, flight by flight, I was able to grow nearer to what seemed an impossible goal.

The generosity of individuals such as Maj Paul Van Brunt helped Here are some examples of the me to achieve huge achievements I never thought possible such as a feedback that I received. private pilot’s license. Without a doubt, CAP has allowed me to Cadet Lt. Col. William Hoffman grow into the person I am, and I I will ever be grateful for the will forever remember the great experiences I have in CAP. I am mentors and experiences that will fortunate to have been guided and launch me into my career in the mentored by excellent adults and Air Force and in Medicine. youth in leadership, Thank you! communication skills, and excellence. I will always be grateful Cadet Sr. Airman Luke Hubers and remember influences from Ever since the first salute, first people such as 1st Lt. Karen color guard competition, or first Anderson. Her support pushed me to achieve excellence and achieve powered solo flight, I have been learning and advancing myself in a strong sense of confidence.

Cadet Sr. Airman Luke Hubers, 130th Squadron, Lakevi$e, Minn.



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Hubers, continued ... With the help of Maj. Paul Van Brunt (my flight instructor) and of many others, I took the challenge and have come a long ways. Not very many people get the opportunity that I was able to receive, and for that I am truly grateful. Every takeoff into the sky above allows me to live the dream I have been given. Now, I can only wonder what the future may hold, thanks to the support of so many around me in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program.
Cadet Jackson Kranz

changed my life completely. It has He donates his personal life to changed my view point on life and us cadets that fly. Whenever we how great it feels to volunteer want to fly and take a free lesson, with this wonderful organization. he is willing to do so and does not complain about having to go up CAP also gave me the ability with us or be at the airport. He is to get a job at Ace Hardware by excited for us and excited himself. showing me how to be a good person. He is an all around great guy. He treats us with respect and gives I have always wanted to fly us advice and he is always there for and be a pilot ever since I was young. I never thought I would be us. able to because of finances and If it was not for Major Van personal doubts. But Civil Air Brunt, I would not be flying. I Patrol allowed me to do this. would not be able to fly a plane by I took my Orientation flights myself, fly cross countries, have with Capt. Alwin, who showed me confidence to fly a plane and know the basics of flight and encouraged a single thing about an airplane. I me and brought me to the point of would not be even close to the loving flight even more. So I’d like point I am today with my flying career. He has made the dream to thank Capt. Alwin for volunteering on these outstanding come true. Orientation flights for us and pushing us to love flying more. There really is no possible way that I could thank him for volunteering his time and hard After I did my Orientation work he has gave to us. Maj. Van flights I finally got the chance to take flying lessons. The one person Brunt has made the biggest from our squadron volunteering to difference in my life by far. teach us Cadets is Maj. Van Brunt. Thank you Maj.Van Brunt for making a miraculous difference in When I heard that there was not a fee on the instructor, I was my life and keeping the dream blown away. My dream had finally alive.

My participation in Civil Air Patrol started last April. Since then I have noticed stupendous

Cadet Jackson Kranz, 130th Squadron, Lakevi$e, Minn. improvement all around in myself as well as people around me in Civil Air Patrol. At my very first meeting I was scared to see how disciplined all of the cadets were, and thought I could never do that. Now when I see new Cadets, I say to myself, “I cannot believe I got this far.” Things I have learned are customs and courtesies as well as self discipline. Civil Air Patrol has

become true by being able to afford to pay for lessons, all because one person wanted to make a difference in our lives. All that we have to pay for is the gas and tach time, which is great. He is a superb instructor even though he is not getting paid for it. Any question I have ever asked him he has known. Anything I ever do wrong in the cockpit, he corrects it. Best of all he cares for us, he wants us to succeed and have fun at what we are doing.



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Springtime flight training, service opportunity for 130th
Monitoring 121.5 pays off during 2 cadet cross-country missions
They reported the ELT signal to Eau Claire’s tower, who in turn called other inbound traffic asking if they would check for the signal. Within minutes other air crews confirmed that they, too, heard the signal, placing it generally east of Eau Claire. Van Brunt said that with a cadet on board and without being on an authorized mission, he could not deviate to check it out, but he said they could continue to monitor it as they flew east, giving updates to the tower. Within a few miles Van Brunt said, “I had the ELT going off strong on the No. 2 comm and we were just south of Menomonie Airport, so I reported this to the tower at Eau Claire. The tower gave me a big thank you and took it from there.” Then just two days later, on March 18, while on a VFR cross country from Air Lake to Rochester International Airport, Van Brunt and a student picked up yet another ELT signal on 121.5. After departing Air Lake, they reported to Princeton Flight Service that the signal appeared to be just southeast and maybe 10 to 15 miles distant. Once again Van Brunt and his student monitored the signal, giving updates. “We suspected it was at the Stanton airfield, but flight service took it from there,” the flight instructor said. “We may have helped with two finds and also accomplished our training flights – just all in a day’s work for a CAP pilot,” said Van Brunt. “We are always on the lookout for others that my need us, and listening to 121.5 while on flights or driving is a huge service to others.” He reminds CAP members, “Enjoy the flights, remembering that tuning into 121.5 is a great idea for all CAP pilots to help others.

Maj. Paul V Brunt an

Monitoring frequency 121.5 from time to time is a public service from any air crew. For Civil Air Patrol pilots and crews, it’s just part of what they do. But it pays off, as one Minnesota flight instructor likes to point out, proving it twice within a couple days of each other. On March 16, as part of a cross country training flight, Cadet Kranz and instructor Maj. Paul Van Brunt from the 130th Composite Squadron had just departed Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, in Eau Claire, Wisc., for a direct VFR flight back to Airlake Airport near Minneapolis. Van Brunt said it was a nice day around 6 p.m. local time. He recalled noting that there were some gusty winds in the area and spotty showers to the east. After communicating with the tower, CAP 97465 had departed Eau Claire, climbing to 4,500 feet. Shortly after takeoff and 6 miles east of Eau Claire they picked up an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal on the emergency frequency 121.5 with the plane’s direction finding equipment and then began monitoring it on the No. 2 comm radio.



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Mark your calendar Wing Conference nears
April 1 deadline for early registration
Unquestionably one of the Minnesota Wing’s most notable events, Wing Conference is now just weeks away. This year’s conference will be held at Breezy Point Resort, April 27-29. Have you made your reservations? Visit the registration page at Special guests this year include Brig. Gen. Joe Kelly, ret. Gen. Kelly is currently Deputy Director of the Minnesota Homeland Security Emergency Management Division.

Upcoming events
24-25 Mar C182TAA G1000 Training Course 29-1 Apr St. Paul Shrine Circus 31-1 Apr Advanced Observer Course 31 Mar Farmington ATC Tour by MN104 13-15 Apr MN hosts NCR Cadet Competition

Emergency management exercise to be held in June
Call for volunteers — Deadline April 1
The cities of Anoka, Coon Rapids, and Blaine, as well as other entities will be hosting a full scale emergency management exercise on 23 June 2012. They are requesting volunteers to serve as victims and roleplayers for the event. All volunteers must be 18 years of age by the date of the event and will have to sign a release at the event. The full nature of the exercise is not being discussed at this time in order to enhance the value for responders.

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21 Apr The event will take place at the Federal Cartridge facility, located in the City of Anoka along Main GRAND RAPIDS, FLAPJACK BREAKFAST Street near the Coon Rapids border on June 23 from about 5 a.m. to noon. All volunteers will be fed. NCR Regional Staff College to be held in Participants will not likely wear CAP uniforms for June the event, as a CAP ground team response is not Mark your calendar for June 3-8 for the 2012 anticipated to be a part of the drill itself. North Central Region Staff College at Offutt Air All interested in participating, please respond to Force Base near Omaha. Lt. Jim Schilling no later than 1 April 2012. at For more information contact Col. Donley. See flier, next page.



FEB - MAR 2012

Registration:    $90    Cost includes:  materials, banquet, social  Billeting:  available on base:  approximately $40  per night.  Rooms include:  microwave, refrigera­ tor, wi­fi, iron, coffee pot  Meals:  Dining Hall on base—very  reasonable  Many fast food and dining options on base and just  off base 

North Central Region Staff College 

June 3­8, 2012  Offutt AFB, NE  Omaha, NE 

Region Staff College is a formal in­residence course held at Offutt AFB, NE.   This course is required for completion of Level IV and allows CAP Officers a  chance to better prepare them to fulfill the duties and responsibilities that are  associated with command and staff positions at Squadron level and above.  Some of the things you will  have an opportunity to learn about are:  leadership  styles  and skills, management theories and working with volunteers.  We also  work on communication skills­both written and spoken.  You will deliver a 10  minute speech on a CAP related topic.  You will also be given information on  problem­solving,  core values and planning CAP related events.  All of this learning will be done in a group setting.  Some things will be done  in a large group setting and much will be done in a smaller, seminar group set­ ting.  The best part of Region Staff College:  getting to meet all the other people  from the other wings and regions.  You will be able to network with these peo­ ple and make lifelong friends!  Best of all you will have fun!!!  

Contact Information:  Col Mary F Donley  605­321­8056 

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