Red Wing has an ELT Find and observed Plane Crash

July 2, 2018

While a cadet was taking flying lessons, the instructor and cadet heard a ELT signal, they reported it and latter in the day Red Wing Squadron was requested to find it.

While the ground team was on the taxiway at Red Wing Airport, they witness an airplane in distress, and crash. The team provided assistance to the pilot, medical rescue, and law enforcement. They resumed the search for the ELT, upon discovery it was determined that the ELT had be going off for 3 days.

The crew return to the crash site and after the NTSB released the plane crash, they helped move the plane parts to a hanger for safe keeping.

Stanton becomes new squadron

On May 22, 2018

New Stanton Squadron

Several Senior members and cadets participated in the establishment of the Stanton Civil Air Patrol Squadron, a very rare event in the Civil Air Patrol as only a couple squadron are established in the United States a year. Stanton was started as a flight of Red Wing. After some discussion we were in support of a flight at Stanton Airfield because there is not enough youth getting involve in aviation, and area youth wanted a CAP cadet squadron program. Stanton Airfield was an Army Air Corp Cadet Training Facility during WWII, and a CAP Cadet Squadron would add to the nostalgia. The two squadrons built some lasting friendships. At the monthly commanders call in June, Stanton flight was identified as one of the fastest squadron in the region, with that Red Wing Leadership has been helpful with the fast growth. I would like to thank Lt Col Don Mikitta and Major Bob Cole for their efforts to support Stanton.

Stanton Flight Open House

On 30 Jan 2018, the Stanton Flight will be holding an open house to celebrate their one-year anniversary.  Please stop by and meet the cadets and senior members.

The open house will start at 1900 (7 pm).  The flight is located on the Stanton Airfield, 1235 Highway 19 Blvd, Dennison, MN.

Squadron Meeting – Thursday, 11 Jan 2018

Red Wing Composite Squadron 104

This Thursday, 11 Jan 2018, will be physical fitness testing for the first hour.  We will be using the new Cadet Physical Training Program guidelines. Following PT will be cadet training. The uniform of the day for cadets will be PT clothes and your BDU/ABUs. Senior members will be in BDUs/ABUs or corporate uniforms. Please look sharp and set the proper example for everyone.

At the end of the training (approximately 2030 (8:30 pm), I would like to meet with all members (seniors and cadets) and parents to discuss the future of the squadron for 2018. Please bring your ideas for the squadron and thoughts about what we can do to succeed in 2018.

The squadron meetings start promptly at 1900 (7:00 pm), so it is important that all members arrive at 1845 and be ready to go. If you cannot attend a meeting, please advise your chain of command.


Red Wing Cadets and Senior Members attend the Minnesota Leadership Academy

From 18-22 October 2017, three cadets and three senior members of the Red Wing Composite Squadron and Stanton Flight attended the 2017 Minnesota Leadership Academy at Camp Ripley, MN.   The cadets, SrA Brady Rezac, SrA Laura Rezac, and SrA Willie Wagner attended the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCOS) Course.  Senior members (Adults), 2nd Lt Andrew Rezac and 2nd Lt Jeffrey Rezac worked as seminar leaders for the Airman Training School.  Major Stephen Wall attended the Training Leaders of Cadets (Intermediate) course.

The Minnesota Leadership Academy consists of training programs for all levels of cadets as well as advanced training for the senior members.  The Airman Training School teaches new cadets the basic requirements in military drill and leadership, the proper wearing of the uniform, and opportunities available to them through the Civil Air Patrol.  The Non-Commissioned Officer School provided cadet NCOs basic leadership training for leading at the flight level, how to effectively prepare and present a speech, and how to manage the basic development of subordinate cadets. The Basic Cadet Officer School provided instruction into the art and science of leadership and the responsibilities of command.   Senior members provide the overall supervision of each school and also have opportunities to attend advanced training programs such as the Corporate Learning Course and Training Leaders of Cadets.


The Red Wing Composite Squadron celebrates its 50th Anniversary

07 Oct 2017 was the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Red Wing Composite Squadron, so to celebrate, we held a hangar dance and awards ceremony at the Red Wing Squadron facility.  We had over 100 people attending the event, including Roger Pohlman, Chief of Police for the City of Red Wing, and Ms. Peggy Rehder, Red Wing Council Member.  We also had many former members of the squadron stop by to renew friendships and celebrate. It was a wonderful time for all who attended.

At the awards ceremony, C/CMSgt Skylar Bennyhoff was honored as the Cadet of the Year for 2017.  C/CMSgt Bennyhoff is the senior ranking cadet in the squadron and has been an outstanding cadet commander.  C/CMSgt Brandon Wichser was awarded the honor of  Cadet NCO of the Year for 2017.  C/CMSgt Wichser is the First Sergeant for the squadron and works hard to keep the cadets on track.  We were fortunate to have the rare opportunity to select two senior members of the squadron as Senior Member of the Year for 2017. 1st Lt Wayne Grudnoske, the Deputy Commander for Cadets and Lt Col Victoria McGuire, Safety Officer, were honored as the two Senior Members of the Year.  Lieutenant Grudnoske has performed above and beyond in his duties as the deputy commander for cadets.  His knowledge of aviation, history, and leadership have made him an indispensable member of the command team.    Colonel McGuire has been the primary advisor and “go to” person for the new members of the Stanton Flight.  Without her guidance and counsel, the Stanton Flight would not be as successful as it has become.

In 2016, we apparently had never awarded the Senior Member of the Year award to Maj David Carlstrom, so to correct that terrible error, he was presented the honor at this awards ceremony.  Maj Carlstrom is another one of those members who are always available to help out.  He not only provides training to the pilots and crew, he also is heavily involved in the teaching of cadets the fine art of flying an airplane and provides support for the Civil Air Patrol glider flight program.  Without his support, the squadron would not be able to provide the necessary training required to maintain our mission to the public.

United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol Minnesota Wing – Red Wing, MN