Wing Change of Command
Ft. Leonard Wood, MO – On March 21, 2015, the Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol welcomed a new commander, during a change of command ceremony held on Fort Leonard Wood. During the ceremony, Colonel Erica Williams, Missouri Wing Commander since 2011, relinquished command to Colonel John O'Neill.
Colonel O'Neill, currently from the Waynesville, MO area, began his Civil Air Patrol career as a cadet, earning the coveted Spaatz award, before transitioning into the Senior Member ranks at age 21. He served honorably, in the United States Air Force, The Alabama Army National Guard, and the United States Army, where he retired in 2008. As a Civil Air Patrol officer, he has served in numerous positions throughout his tenure, holding Master ratings in Cadet Programs, Communications, Personnel, Administration, Logistics, and Professional Development, a Senior rating in Emergency Services, and Technician ratings in Safety, Finance, Aerospace Education, and IT. His credo, boldly stated, is "Tell me if there's a problem, and we'll figure out how to fix it."
The ceremony, narrated by Civil Air Patrol Lieutenant Colonel Brad Sanker, boasted several dignitaries in attendance, to include, from Fort Leonard Wood, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Major General Leslie Smith, the Missouri Assistant Adjutant General, Air Brigadier General Greg Champaign, Command Sergeant Major for the Fort Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Command Sergeant Major Tony Williams, and the Director of Fort Leonard Wood Incident Training Department, Mr. Dan Arden.
From Missouri District 122, State Representative Steve Lynch, and from Missouri District 151 State Representative Tila Hubrecht.
Civil Air Patrol dignitaries in attendance included North Central Region Commander, Colonel Robert Todd, and North Central Region Vice Commander, Colonel Regina Aye. Kansas Wing commander, Colonel Rick Franz, former Missouri Wing Commanders, Colonel Emmit Williams, and Colonel John Mais, were also on hand for the event.
During the ceremony, three members were promoted; Steve Aubuchon, Raun Hamilton, and Esther Grupenhagen, all promoted to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel, and receiving the 30 Year Certificate for Outstanding and Faithful Service to Civil Air Patrol was Lt. Col. David Jadwin. Two members were presented with National Headquarters Certificates of Appointment, Capt. John Harth to the National Chaplains Corps, and Lt Troy Young as a Character Development Instructor.
And finally, several Missouri Wing members were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments. Col. O'Neill and Mike Regan each received the Commander's Commendations. The Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service as Group Commanders, for the period of March 2011 to March 2015, was presented to Major Austin Worcester, Major Jeff Cunningham, Lt. Col. Steve Aubuchon, Bill Sanders, and John Burrows.
Following the conclusion of the ceremony, a Commander's Call was held, hosted by Col. O'Neill, during which he outlined his hopes for the duration of his term, and introduced his choices for the Missouri Wing staff.
The Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons across the state of Missouri has approximately 1200 members, 10 light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions.
AVIATION DAY AT THE CAPITOL
AVIATION DAY AT THE CAPITOL
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
MO State Capitol - 3rd Floor Rotunda - 201 West Capitol Avenue Jefferson City, MO 65101
*UPDATED* 4 March 2015 -- Attached is detailed agenda. Thanks to Capt Dave Chilenski, MO-111 for making these arrangements.
Cadets and Senior Members of the Missouri Wing - Civil Air Patrol visits the State Capitol on Aviation Day to increase awareness with our partner state Government and Legislators. CAP will have a display set up in the 3rd floor rotunda. Members will also visit legislators and be able to go up to the top of the Capitol dome.
For more information, please download the attached flyer.
AE Newsletter Backlog
The AEO Picayune, Missouri Wing's Aerospace Education Directorate's newsletter, Volume 1 - Number 10, and Volume 2 - Numbers 1 & 2 have been published, for December 2014, January and February 2015!
Due to mowgcap.us site maintenance, we were not able to share these newsletters until now.
12th Cadet Leadership School
The 12th Cadet Leadership School (CLS), hosted by Missouri Wing's Group V and Springfield Regional Composite Squadron, will be conducted from the 13th through the 15th of February 2015 at the Springfield National Guard Armory in Springfield, Missouri.
The CLS is an intense and highly focused weekend training event that models its structure, activities, and tone after that of the Missouri Wing Encampments. The CLS has two types of flights: Cadet Airman and Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO). The Cadet Airman Course teaches basic skills such as self-discipline, teamwork, and followership. The NCO Course teaches Phase II leadership skills such as team leadership, situational leadership, and communication skills.
Furthermore, attending the CLS further prepares Cadet Airmen for this Summer's Missouri Wing Encampment scheduled for 20-28 June at Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri. And the NCO course bolsters leadership skills that are highly desirable of Cadet Cadre for the encampment.
Cadets who are Cadet Staff Sergeant and above, and have attended an encampment are invited to apply for a staff position at the 12th CLS. The deadline to apply for a staff position is 1 December 2014: https://sites.google.com/site/ncrmo070srcs/cadet-leadership-school/apply/apply-for-cls-staff.