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Welcome to the Civil Air Patrol Indiana Wing Group III official website!

Here you can keep up with upcoming events and the latest news from around the Group.



Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. 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 has been credited by the AFRCC with savi

ng more than 100 lives this fiscal year. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 68 years. For more information on CAP, visit gocivilairpatrol.com

Latest News from Around the Group

Anderson Composite Squadron Is Introduced to Model Aviation and Rocketry
June and July 2014 were busy for the cadets of the Anderson Composite Squadron.  During the months of June and July, cadets visited the Academy of Model Aeronautics to build model rockets and airplanes as well as launch or fly their models.

c/SrA Parker Booker takes aim with a Goddard Rocket with Anderson Composite Squadron Commander 1Lt Dan Stackpoole looking on.


c/SrA Nathaniel Spell awaits his turn to launch his Goddard Rocket.

Cadets Nathaniel Spell, Josiah Rodriquez and Nathaniel Hallett building rockets with 1Lt Dan Stackpoole instructing.

c/A1C Abraham Beyersdorfer assisting an Academy of Model Aeronautics Instructor with pre-flight checks

c/SrA Nathaniel Spell prepares to launch with 1Lt Dan Stackpoole supervising

Members of the Anderson Composite Squadron pose with their model airplanes and members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.



Group Commander Shares love of Model Aviation with Cadets
Recently, Maj. Mike Hively, Group III Commander visited the Anderson Composite Squadron, Anderson, IN to share his love of Model Aircraft and to present awards to two new senior members.

Maj. Hively and members of the Anderson Composite Squadron with one of Maj. Hively's Radio Controlled aircraft.


Maj. Hively presented a Level I Completion Certificate to SM Robert Hallet. Level I is the first milestone senior members achieve upon joining. After six months of membership and completion of Level I, Senior Members are eligible for promotion to Second Lieutenant.


Maj. HIvely presents the Level I Completion Certificate to SM Summer Hellis.



Cadets Complete Johnson Flight Academy

We want to congratulate Cadet's Bermes, Grothaus, and Palmer for completing Johnson Flight Academy recently. Cadet Bermes completed his solo earning his solo wings along with Grothaus and Palmer completed their pre-solo and earning their pre solo wings. Here are the photo's of all three cadets during their time at JFA.

201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.
201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.

201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.


















Anderson Cadet Squadron Explores Model Rockets

MUNCIE, IN--Anderson Cadet Squadron recently spent the day at the Academy of Model Of Aeronautics Headquarters in Muncie, IN learning about, building and launching model rockets as part of the Civil Air Patrol's Model Rocketry Program. Under the supervision of squadron commander, 1st Lt Dan Stackpoole and SM Robert Hallett, the cadets built, created and launched several types of rockets.

The cadets gained knowledge in mathematics by learning how to estimate the heights reached by the rockets, engineering as well as analyzing failures including the failure of a parachute to deploy as necessary and then applied this new information to design systems to prevent future failures.

Cadets will be continuing their journey into rocketry as the summer progresses.

All information and photos courtesy of 1st Lt David Spell, Deputy Commander.











Cadets Chosen to attend the Johnson Flight Academy


We want congratulate three of our cadets who have been selected and slotted for Johnson Flight Academy and will be attending within a week. Good luck and have fun!! Congratulations to C/2Lt. Cameron Bermes, C2Lt. Alyssa Grothaus, and C/SSgt Palmer.

The Johnson Flight Academy is a national event conducted in Mattoon, IL for cadets who want to learn to fly.  This academy is a week long program that starts cadets on the road to becoming pilots.  This academy provides flight and ground training necessary to begin the journey to becoming FAA certificated private pilots and has had many cadets take their first solo flight at the academy.




201st Fort Wayne Composite Squadron Commander Named a Hometown Hero
1st Lieutenant John Deitrick was recently named a "Hometown Hero" in Fort Wayne, IN. See the link below for more information:

http://www.fortwaynehomepage.net/story/d/story/hometown-hero-lieutenant-john-deitrick/22945/zglBWYLq3kWhlzvJzaDeAQ





New Commander for Anderson Cadet Squadron

ANDERSON, IN—On May 19, 2014, the Anderson Cadet Squadron of the Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol welcomed a new commander when First Lieutenant Dan Stackpoole, formerly of Michigan Wing assumed command.

Stackpoole, a former Billy Mitchell Award recipient, comes to Indiana Wing by way of Michigan wing where he served in several positions for the past 7 years. He is a mission observer, private pilot and has served as a Combat Medic for the U.S. Army. Stackpoole also has two children involved in the program, his son is a cadet Chief Master Sergeant and his daughter, a Cadet First Lieutenant.

Stackepoole says his proudest moment in CAP came when both he and his daughter were awarded a “find” ribbon upon finding and rescuing missing hikers in Northern Michigan where he served on the aircrew and his daughter served on the ground team.

Under his leadership, Stackpoole plans to change the squadron from a cadet squadron to a composite squadron and begin developing a SAR aircrew as well as a ground team. They also look forward to completing the Aerospace Excellence program as well as the model rocketry program.

The unit meets at the Salvation Army post in Anderson on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Persons interested in learning more about the squadron can contact Lt. Stackpoole at 586-292-4071 or via email danstackpoole@hotmail.com

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. 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 has been credited by the AFRCC with saving more than 100 lives this fiscal year. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 68 years. For more information on CAP, visit gocivilairpatrol.com.


Critical Days of Summer Campaign Starts Today for US Air Force




image from USAF Safety Center.

Each year, while many of us are preparing for a three-day weekend of sun and fun to celebrate the unofficial start of summer and memorial day, the U.S. Air Force is ramping up their annual safety campaign :”Critical Days of Summer”. 

This campaign is designed by the Air Force Safety Center to remind their members and as we are part of the Air Force family, CAP members, to be safe with our choices and to end the summer with no fatalities. 

This year’s theme “Risk: Double Checks, Not Second Thoughts” is focusing on risk management.  You know that thing we usually complain about at SAREXs and at every activity we conduct within CAP?  Well, there’s a good reason for that. The Air Force reports that this year alone, as of May 15, they had lost 27 airmen and last summer, 21 airmen died. 

The Air Force is reminding us to weigh the risks with the benefits before undertaking any activity and this is something we should always do. Asking questions like” Should I fly today even though there’s a thunderstorm near my flight path?” or “Do I have enough water for that hike in the woods?” or “Should I have that extra alcoholic beverage before I drive home?” can help keep us safe.

The Air Force chief of ground safety Bill Parsons says in an article on the Air Force website that every airman has role in reversing the trend of fatalities and end the summer with zero fatalities.   He says “We can achieve that goal by using all the risk management techniques available, including activity planning and being responsible wingmen”.  

Just as the Air Force relies on its airmen to complete these missions, CAP relies on its members to complete its missions.  So, lets celebrate the holday and summer by following the lead of the Air Force and conduct risk management activities to keep ourselves, our families and our fellow CAP members safe this summer.

As Parsons says: Each [Airman} member is critical to our mission. As you plan your summer activities, use the same risk management skills you apply on the job to ensure a safe return and assure mission success.”

For some tools to use for this summer visit the Wingman Toolkit..

Information from Air Force Website.

 


Promotions abound at the 201st Composite Squadron


Newly promoted c/Amn Stier!

Newly Promoted c/Amn Bilderback

Newly promoted c/2Lt Alyssa Grothaus! Congratulations on both the promotion and achieving the Billy Mitchell Award, a milestone award signifying a cadet's entrance to the Officer corps and Phase III of the Cadet Program.

Newly Promoted c/Amn Wohlfiel

Newly promoted c/A1C McDevitt!

Congratulations to all cadets!

201st Composite Squadron Purchases New Search and Rescue Equipment



Recently, the 201st Composite Squadron of Fort Wayne, IN purchased this new search and rescue equipment. the equipment, a L-PER LL-16 is used to track down signals from emergency locator transmitters or ELTs. ELTs are small boxes placed in all aircraft that emit a signal if the aircraft is involved in a crash and are designed to help rescuers pinpoint the aircraft's location.


House Approves Congressional Gold Medal for CAP
On May 19, 2014, the US House of Representatives approved the Congressional Gold Medal for CAP's wartime service during the Second World War.



New Commander for an Old Unit


KOKOMO, IN—The Grissom Cadet  Squadron of the Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol will receive a new commander on May 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the  Kokomo Municipal Airport located on East County Road 400 N, Kokomo, IN.  Second Lieutenant Mendie Hornbuckle of Marion, Indiana will be taking the reins after a period of inactivity by the squadron as they reorganized. 

 

Lieutenant Hornbuckle has served and currently serves the Grant County Composite Squadron in Marion, IN as the Safety Officer and as the Indiana Wing Cadet Advisory Council Senior Advisor. Lieutenant Hornbuckle is a former cadet having earned the Billy Mitchell Award which denotes the transition from cadet enlisted to cadet officer.  She has served CAP in both Indiana and Mississippi.

 

Working alongside former commander and newly appointed deputy commander Major Sharon Groome, Lieutenant Hornbuckle hopes to recruit members to bring the membership to 10 to 15 active cadets and at least 6 active senior members. They hope to engage the cadets in more wing-level activities, assist at least one cadet to earning the Billy Mitchell Award and five Wright Brothers awards which signify the entrance of a cadet into the cadet non-commissioned ranks. They hope to attend 3 parades and undertake an active recruiting campaign. 

 

She states that “I have been and will continue to work hand in hand with my new deputy commander, Major Sharon Groome. She has been an amazing asset to help get things up and going. We have made a few necessary changes to hopefully bring the Grissom Cadet Squadron back to life.” Among these was to move the meeting location from the Grissom Air Reserve base to its new home at the Kokomo Municipal Airport and changed the meeting days from Mondays to Thursday Nights from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. 

 

For more information, people are encouraged to contact Lt. Hornbuckle at men_dieh@yahoo.com. 



2Lt. Mendie Hornbuckle


























Cadets Promoted at Grant County Composite Squadron
Several cadets received new ranks at the Grant County Composite Squadron:
Cadet Gabriel Hornbuckle was promoted to c/Airman First Class by Squadron Commander Maj. Gertrud Presswood and Indiana Wing Assistant Chief of Staff and Proud Dad Lt. Col. Sam Hornbuckle:

Cadet Jonathon Green is now c/Airman First Class Jonathon Greene after receiving his promotion from Maj. Gertrud Presswood:

Cadet Cameron Newsome is also now c/Airman First Class Cameron Newsome. Pinning on his stripes is Maj. Presswood:

The three new cadet Airman First Classes salute squadron commander Gertrud Presswood after reciting the airman's creed:

c/Senior Airman Stephanie Hornbuckle was promoted to c/Staff Sergeant following the awarding of the Wright Brothers Award. The Wright Brothers award is the first milestone award a cadet can earn indicating their completion of Phase I of the cadet program and entrance into Phase II.  Cadet Hornbuckle was presented her stripes by her father Lt. Col. Sam Hornbuckle and (stand in Grandpa) Andy Presswood. Mr. Presswood also presented the Wright Brothers Award to c/SSgt Hornbuckle:



Good going cadets! Keep up the good work!
201st Fort Wayne Composite Squadron Helps Honor Flight 
April 30, 2014

201st squadron members participate in the morning portion of the first Honor Flight of 2014 at the 122nd Fighter Wing.

201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.
201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.
201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.




201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.
 



Cadets Bilderbeck, Wohlfiel, Palmer, Shannon, Bermes, Suggs,Doctor, Delagrange, Kogin, McDevitt, Stier, Stiles Spires, Doran, Kite of the Fort Wayne 201st Composite Squadron were on hand April 30, 2014 to welcome World War II veterans returning home from a recent Honor Flight.  The Honor Flight is a program designed to fly WWII Veterans to Washington D.C. to the National World War II Memorial

201st Fort Wayne Composite Squadron Helps Local Kids
201st members along with Harvey the Hawkeye "Squadron Mascot" get a special photo with the star of the event for whom the fundraiser was for. Members get together to have a special photo with 4 year old Caleb who is fighting Leukemia along with his twin brother and parents.

201st members along with Harvey the Hawkeye "Squadron Mascot" get a special photo with the star of the event for whom the fundraiser was for. Members get together to have a special photo with 4 year old Caleb who is fighting Leukemia along with his twin brother and parents.

201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.
201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.
201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.
201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.










201st Cadets help on Friday helping to prepare for the fundraiser and Easter egg hunt on Saturday 19 April.


201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.
201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.
201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol  US Air Force Aux.'s photo.

201st members were honored to participate in the promoting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the fundraiser for a four year old boy named Caleb who is fight...



Grant County Composite Squadron takes part in Community Service Program
MARION, IN--The Grant County Composite Squadron recently completed a community service program in Marion, IN where they conducted a clean-up after the Grant County Easter Pageant held on April 15, 2014. The unit including commander Maj. Gertrud Presswood, 2Lt Mendie Hornbuckle, SM Sanford, c/Ssgt Hornbuckle, c/Amn Hornbuckle, c/A1C Newsome, c/Amn Johnson, c/Amn Briner, c/A1C Green and c/Amn Faunce and future members, Briner and Briner, helped out at the Easter Pageant held at the YMCA building in Marion, IN and then returned to clean up the next morning. 


GROUP III CONGRATULATES WINNERS OF GREAT LAKES REGION AWARDS
The Great Lakes Region, Civil Air Patrol has announced its annual awards. One winner is c/CMsgt Alyssa Grothaus of the Fort Wayne 201st Composite Squadron. c/CMsgt Grothaus was awarded the Cadet NCO of the Year and a nomination to National Headquarters for the Air Force Sergeants Association Cadet NCO of the Year award. 
Col. Matthew Creed, Indiana Wing Commander presents c/CMSgt Alyssa Grothaus with the 2014 Outstanding National Cadet of The Year Award at the Annual Indiana Wing Banquet on March 22, 2014. c/CMsgt Grothaus is a member of the Fort Wayne 201st Composite Squadron.  photo from Robert Grothaus