CAP Lt Col Bruce Kipp died this past Saturday, June 10th, at Oaklawn Nursing and Rehab Center in Mankato. His wife, Bonnie, tells us that they will not have a funeral service. Bruce is best known in CAP for his work in Public Affairs, having served as SDWG PAO, as well as a range of other South Dakota positions, on NCR staff, North Dakota Wing, and in Montana Wing, where he joined CAP. (Will link to obituary, if available)
Lawrence County Missing Person Search - Lawrence County authorities called for South Dakota Wing support in a search for a missing autistic teenager. A CAP aircrew scoured the area around Iron Lake. CAP ground and drone teams were on the way to the remote location when the boy was found safe in Sturgis, miles away.
SDWG Members Instruct at National Activities
Lt Col Craig Goodrich is a flight instructor at the National Flight Academy - Northcentral Region Powered Flight Academy this, June 15-29 in Fremont, NE. Follow the academy Facebook.
Air Guard Exercise - Members from Lincoln County Composite Squadron and Sioux Falls Composite Squadron played the role of mass casualty victims for a South Dakota Air National Guard training exercise, June 3. (Read more)
Crazy Horse Memorial - Members of CAP's Crazy Horse Composite Squadron supported the 75th-anniversary celebration of the start of work on the giant Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carving. The squadron has a long-term relationship with the memorial, north of Custer, which served as the squadron's namesake. (See photo)
Col Marek visited Rushmore Composite Squadron June 8 and participated in several promotion pinnings on and award presentations. See more on the Rushmore Facebook page.
Encampment - Staff, cadre, cadet basics, and advanced leadership course attendees are in the final phases of getting ready for the 2023 Joint Dakota Encampment, beginning June 23 at Camp Rapid. During the encampment, you can see daily information with photos/videos at: https://www.facebook.com/CAPJDE
Crazy Horse Composite Squadron is holding an open house and cadet recruiting event Wednesday afternoon June 28 from 1-5 pm at their squadron building, Custer County Airport.
Lincoln County Composite Squadron cadets, senior members, and family enjoyed a potluck meal and perfect weather May 30 to launch rockets they have been working to earn the rocketry Badge.
Congratulations Promotions are based on NHQ notifications; ceremonies may still be pending.
Marc Schlect was promoted to MSgt and is now Rushmore Composite Squadron Commandant of Cadets.
Devn Griffin completed the Amelia Earhart Award with promotion to C/Capt (Rushmore Composite Squadron)
Joseph Lasseter completed the General Billy Mitchell milestone award with promotion to C/2Lt (Rushmore Composite Squadron)
C/2nd Lt Josiah Kilburn was awarded the Rushmore Composite Squadron Wolfpack Award, established in 2003 to honor the top cadet in the unit with outstanding performance in Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, and Cadet Programs.
Alexander Smith completed Achievement 10 with promotion to C/1stLt (Sioux Falls Composite Squadron)
Morgan Gingerich completed Achievement 7 with promotion to C/CMSgt (Rushmore Composite Squadron)
Seth Johnson completed Achievement 7 with promotion to C/CMSgt (Rushmore Composite Squadron)
Aaden Ehrichs completed Achievement 6 with promotion to C/SMSgt (Sioux Falls Composite Squadron)
Blaise Arp completed Achievement 5 with promotion to C/MSgt (Crazy Horse Composite Squadron)
Esten Biegert completed Achievement 5 with promotion to C/MSgt (Big Sioux Composite Squadron)
Luke Giddings completed achievement 4 with promotion to C/TSgt (Sioux Falls Composite Squadron)
Byron Wengert completed achievement 4 with promotion to C/TSgt (Lincoln County Composite Squadron)