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South Dakota Wing
Civil Air Patrol

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Volume 79 Issue 18
November 19, 2021

SFCS Deactivates ELT

Members of Sioux Falls Composite Squadron turned out during their Thursday meeting last evening (Nov 18) to deactivate an ELT on the airport grounds. Three squadron DF teams spread while staff in the squadron offices contacted hangar owners.  Members located the aircraft on the ramp, where a maintenance worker had neglected to check the ELT after working on the plane Thursday afternoon. (Read more)


Twin SAREXs Held

South Dakota Wing conducted twin east and west river SAREXs on Saturday, November 6.  The west river exercise was based at wing headquarters at Rapid City Regional Airport.  The east river exercise was at Sioux Falls Composite Squadron headquarters. The two events were coordinated but were separate exercises. (Read more)
 

CAP Remembers its STEM Education Origins 
on National STEM-STEAM Day

South Dakota Wing, Civil Air Patrol, commemorated its eighth decade of STEM Education on National STEM-STEAM Day, Nov 8.  South Dakota Wing Commander Col. Nick Gengler noted that CAP has offered Aerospace Education for members and the public for decades.  Chief of Staff Lt. Col. Todd Epp, who supervises Aerospace Education in the wing, highlighted the wing's professional-quality wing tunnel, used for internal and external AE. (Read more)
 

Rushmore Squadron Copes with
DoD Vaccination Requirement

Rushmore Composite Squadron members are working to address how they will operate in the wake of a DoD requirement for COVID vaccination for active duty, DoD employees and guests in military facilities base, including Ellsworth AFB. The squadron has an excellent facility on base at Ellsworth AFB, and they plan on continuing to utilize it while navigating the DoD mandate. Maj. Gen. Edward Phelka, CAP national commander, has instructed wing and squadron commanders to coordinate with base leadership about the implementation of the Pentagon’s vaccination requirement.

 


 Unit News

Earhart Award Approved for Williams

Cadet Captain Abigail Ann Williams of Lincoln County Composite Squadron has been informed that she has earned the Amelia Earhart Award in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The award places her among the top 5% of all CAP cadets nationwide. A formal presentation ceremony will be scheduled after the first of the year.


Retired Air Force Major Speaks to
Pierre Squadron Members

Air Force Major Daniel Vaughan (retired), joined Pierre Composite Squadron on Nov 2 via Microsoft teams. He talked about his career and how the military allowed him to raise his family. Daniel Vaughan is the son of CAP Major Lee Vaughan and brother of CAP Captain Ruth Carley. (Read more)
 

Crazy Horse Fund Raises for
Wreaths Across America
 

On October 29th, members of Crazy Horse Composite Squadron held a Wreaths Across America fundraising event at Lynns Dakotmart in Custer.  The group raised $705.00 to purchase an additional 47 wreaths for veteran graves at the Custer City Cemetery.  The unit will place over 200 wreaths this year as part of the National Wreaths Across America Day on December 18th.  
 

Crazy Horse Supports Custer
Veterans Day Program

On Thursday, November 11, Cadets Preston Drew,  Blaise Arp, Garrett Weiand and Jordan Weiand served as the Honor Guard for the 27th annual Custer High School Veterans Day Program. Also, Cadet Zayden Laplaca played Taps at the conclusion of the ceremony. 

 



Upcoming:

ICS 300
Dec 6, Rapid City (Register)

TableTop SAREX and COMEX
January TBA

SDWG Conference
Apr 8-10, K-Bar-S Lodge, Keystone
(Training Leaders of Cadets class Apr 7)

MNWG/NCR Conference
Apr 22-24, Brainard, MN

AFRCC Basic Inland SAR Course
June 16-17, Sioux Falls

CAP National Conference
Aug 25-27, Louisville, KY

 

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