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Volume 81, Issue 2, December 23, 2022

Commander's Emphasis Items

  • Winter Storm: Thank you to those who have reported ready for SDWG possible winner storm tasking. We are not aware of any yet, and of course, safety would be a key consideration. We remain in contact with the EOC.
  • Awards season is here:  Enter your award nominations in eServices. Go to Personnel and Award Recommendation.  The better the write-up you submit, the better the chances of the award being approved. Deadline is January 15.
  • Updating the SAREX training Concept of Operations (ConOps): We plan to do fewer intro-level task signoffs on Saturday SAREXs and exercise higher levels of proficiency. Squadron commanders and wing staff were briefed during a recent teams meeting about upcoming changes in the way we will do our OPs/ES training.
  • Possible Redfield Squadron: We had to postpone our Dec 9 in Redfield about a possible school-based cadet squadron due to weather. Looking to reschedule soon.
Important Updates
  • SAREX January 14 Eventbrite signup.
  • N832CP is back home in SDWG. Justin Johnson and Kurt Johnson flew the swap on Sunday Dec 11. It had been on loan to Kansas Wing for use in their glider program. 
  • News Story and video: Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron cadets sent an experiment 20 miles into the sky in CAP's High Altitude Balloon Challenge this year.  Follow the link to see more information and the video they produced of their research findings.
  • Wreath Across America: Crazy Horse Composite Squadron and Lincoln County Composite Squadron participated in wreath-laying ceremonies on Saturday Dec 17.   You can see photos of the two events on the CHCS and LCCS Facebook pages. 
  • News Story: SDWG Tests Communications Capabilities
  • News Story: Members from Lincoln County Composite Squadron Composite Squadron and Sioux Falls Composite Squadron worked together recently for an airplane wash, with help from some wing staff members and parents. (See story on SDWG website) (See more photos)
  • New leases for Sioux Falls have been signed at National Headquarters and sent to Signature Aviation for the aircraft hangar, squadron meeting place, and "wing room" in Sioux Falls.
  • State MOU: The revised Memorandum of Understanding between SDWG and the state of South Dakota is at National HQ for approval.
  • Lt Col Leo Becht. Long-time SDWG pilot and wing staff member Leo Becht died December 16 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, at the age of 84. Leo had been one of SDWG's most proficient and active pilots while employed by East River Electric in Madison and after his retirement in Spearfish. A funeral service is planned for June in Webster, SD. 
  • Lt Col Glen Jensen. We have learned that Glen died earlier this year in Rapid City at age 91. He joined CAP in 1990 and was an active member, including serving as wing finance officer for several years. Although he had been inactive, he continued his membership each year. Here is his obituary.
  • Space Force Cadet Corps (SFCC). Have you heard anything from this organization? They are not affiliated with CAP, the US Space Force, or the US Air Force. Use caution in any contact you have with them.
  • MSgt Jonathan Hays has completed his C-172 onboarding and passed his Form 5 check ride. He also completed his WINGS Part 107 sUAS initial - Part 61 pilot's course and has applied for a part 107 remote pilot with sUAS rating.
  • Squadron Commander's Course: Eight CAP members completed the recent online Squadron Commander's Course, organized by Lt. Jodi Williams:
    Buck DeWeese- SD
    Aaron Giddings- SD
    Howard Steiner- SD
    Brad Lofland- SD
    Denise Clement- SD
    Brett Rung- SD
    Bethany Unruh- ND
    Jonathan McLemore- ND
  • JDE Leadership: The following Cadets have been offered and accepted the Cadet Executive roles for the 2023 Joint Dakota Encampment:
       Cadet Deputy Commander for Operations – C/2nd Lt Grace Ingebretsen
       Cadet Deputy Commander for Support – C/Maj Keon den Hoed
       Cadet Executive Officer – C/Lt Col Julia McGee
       Cadet Adjutant – C/1st Lt Paul Fleckenstein
       (Latest news at Encampment website)
Staff Reports
  • None this month
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? Second week?
  • LCCS SUI Feb 4
  • Winter Ground Team Academy Feb 17-19
  • TLC Basic Feb 25 virtual
  • National Legislative Day March 2
  • Winter Command Council March 3-4
  • NCR Cadet Competition Mar 10-12, Sioux Falls
  • Cyberpatriot National Finals March 17-21
  • Intermediate TLC March 25 virtual
  • SAREX Apr 1
  • Flight Clinic April 13-16
  • SDWG Conference May 5-7, Pierre
  • Come-All SAREX May 20, Sioux Falls
  • Encampment last week in June 23 - July 2, Camp Rapid
  • Split SAREX July 15
  • SF Airshow last weekend in July 29 & 30 and maybe earlier –
  • 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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