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Volume 81, Issue 3, January 13, ,2023

Commander's Emphasis Items

  • Six SDWG priorities for 2023 from SD Wing Commander Co. Michael Marek.
  • Encampment: The next round of cadet cadre and senior staff applications for the 2023 Joint Dakota Encampment has been posted. (Details here)
  • Feeding South Dakota: Kudos to SDWG members who continue to support the important work of Feeding South Dakota.
  • Awards Deadline January 15: "Of the Year" awards and other awards proposed for presentation at Wing Conference. See CAPR 39-3 for details. Submit via eServices, except send Squadron of the Year nominations direct to SDWG/CC.  
  • Instructor Profile Flights - South Dakota Wing was one of 20 wings in the top tier of completion of proficiency flights with instructor pilots, directed by the CAP National Commander.  SDWG had the highest completion rate in NCR, with 90.5% of pilots completing the training. Pilots were funded for selected proficiency flight profiles with a CAP instructor pilot before December 31.
  • Legislative Day January 25: Primary goal is citizenship experience for cadets. Selected leadership staff will meet with state agencies. Wing will fund one West River and one East River van. Squadron CCs have received information from Lt. Tom Anez, SDWG Government Relations Advisor.
  • SAREX Tomorrow, January 14 Eventbrite signup.
  • Winter Ground Team Academy February 17-19, Johnson Siding, Black Hills Eventbrite signup
  • Safety Down Day: Don't forget to hold your Safety Down Day this month and report the attendance in eServices. 
  • SDWG's MOU with the State of South has been renewed. Members with SDWG login credentials can find the updated MOU in the Operations section of the SDWG SharePoint intranet.
  • Social Media: NHQ says at this time we are not to create new official social media presences on Mastodon, TikTok, or Discord. This does not affect your personal use of social media outside your membership in CAP. 
  • News Story: KOTA-TV reports on CAP's support for Feeding South Dakota.  
Promotions are based on NHQ notifications; ceremonies may still be pending.

  • Tyler Gross promotion to Major. Ceremony scheduled January 19, Big Sioux Composite Squadron
  • Trey Stroup of Pierre Composite Squadron passed his Commercial Pilot’s checkride on December 27
  • Moira Conley promotion to 2nd Lt., Rushmore Composite Squadron
  • Daniel Lautenschlager promotion to 2nd Lt., Rushmore Composite Squadron
  • Dawn Macgregor promotion to 2nd Lt., wing staff
  • Devin Griffin, C/1st Lt., relieved Josiah Kilburn, C/2nd Lt., as Rushmore Composite Squadron Cadet Commander, on 5 January 2023 (Photo)
  • Luke Giddings completed Cadet Program Phase I and promotion to Cadet Staff Sergeant, Sioux Falls Composite Squadron 
  • Zechariah Garland completed Cadet Program Phase I and promotion to Cadet Staff Sergeant, Rushmore Composite Squadron 
  • Isabella Brewer  promotion to C/Amn, Lincoln County Composite Squadron
Staff Reports
  • None this issue
Upcoming Events Summary
The SDWG Internal Master Calendar is the primary listing of SDWG events
  • SAREX Jan 14
  • Awards due January 15
  • Cyberpatriot Semifinals Jan 20-21
  • Legislative Day in Pierre Jan 24 
  • SUI, LCCS  Feb 4
  • Squadron of the Year nominations due Feb 10
  • Ground Team Academy Feb 17-19
  • TLC Basic Feb 25 virtual
  • National Legislative Day Washington DC March 2, 
  • Winter Command Council March 3-4
  • NCR Cadet Competition Mar 10-12, Sioux Falls
  • Cyberpatriot National Finals March 17-21
  • TLC Intermediate March 25 virtual
  • Mission Pilot Ground School April 1
  • SAREX Apr 15 (date subject to change)
  • SDWG Conference May 5-7, Pierre
  • SAREX May 20, Sioux Falls
  • Encampment June 23 - July 2, Camp Rapid
  • SAREX, split July 15
  • SF Airshow July 29 & 30
  • CAP National Conference August 17-19, Bellevue, Washington
  • Wing Cadet Comp Aug or Sept?
  • SAREX Sept 9
Skychaser Update
Published by South Dakota Wing, Civil Air Patrol
Col Michael Marek, Commander - Lt Col Craig Goodrich, Vice Commander
4275 Airport Rd, Suite A, Rapid City, SD 57703

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