Civil Air Patrol - 129th Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron

Civil Air Patrol - 129th Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron Volunteer Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a Congressionally chartered, federally supported, non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF).[2] CAP is a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations.

It performs three congressionally assigned key missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth. In addition, CAP has recently been tasked with homeland security and courier service missions. CAP also performs non-auxiliary missions for various governmental and private agencies, such as local law enforcement and the American Red Cross. The program is established as an organization by Title 10 of the United States Code and its purposes defined by Title 36. While CAP is sponsored by the USAF, it is not an operating reserve component under the Air Force or the federal government. Since CAP is not a reserve component of a uniformed service of the military and its membership is made up of volunteer civilians, CAP members are not subject to the laws governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Membership in the organization consists of cadets ranging from 12 to 21 years of age, and senior members 18 years of age and up. These two groups each have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of pursuits; the Cadet program contributes to the development of the former group with a structured syllabus and an organization based upon United States Air Force ranks and pay grades, while the older members serve as instructors, supervisors, and operators. All members wear uniforms while performing their duties. Nationwide, CAP is a major operator of single-engine general aviation aircraft, used in the execution of its various missions, including orientation flights for cadets and the provision of significant emergency services capabilities. Because of these extensive flying opportunities, many CAP members become licensed pilots. The hierarchical and military auxiliary organization is headed by the National Headquarters (with authority over the national organization) followed by eight regional commands and 52 wings (each of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico). Each wing supervises the individual groups and squadrons that comprise the basic operational unit of the organization.

It performs three congressionally assigned key missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth. In addition, CAP has recently been tasked with homeland security and courier service missions. CAP also performs non-auxiliary missions for various governmental and private agencies, such as local law enforcement and the American Red Cross. The program is established as an organization by Title 10 of the United States Code and its purposes defined by Title 36. While CAP is sponsored by the USAF, it is not an operating reserve component under the Air Force or the federal government. Since CAP is not a reserve component of a uniformed service of the military and its membership is made up of volunteer civilians, CAP members are not subject to the laws governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Membership in the organization consists of cadets ranging from 12 to 21 years of age, and senior members 18 years of age and up. These two groups each have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of pursuits; the Cadet program contributes to the development of the former group with a structured syllabus and an organization based upon United States Air Force ranks and pay grades, while the older members serve as instructors, supervisors, and operators. All members wear uniforms while performing their duties. Nationwide, CAP is a major operator of single-engine general aviation aircraft, used in the execution of its various missions, including orientation flights for cadets and the provision of significant emergency services capabilities. Because of these extensive flying opportunities, many CAP members become licensed pilots. The hierarchical and military auxiliary organization is headed by the National Headquarters (with authority over the national organization) followed by eight regional commands and 52 wings (each of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico). Each wing supervises the individual groups and squadrons that comprise the basic operational unit of the organization.

Mission: In 2012 the East Iowa Cadet Squadron and the Cedar Rapids Senior Squadron merged to form the Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron. CADET PROGRAM - AEROSPACE EDUCATION - EMERGENCY SERVICES

Operating as usual

11/25/2020

Iowa Wing Receives Unit Citation Award
The Iowa Wing has been awarded the Civil Air Patrol Unit Citation Award for the period from 1 April 2016 to 1 May 2020.

The award, for which the wing was nominated by former wing commander Col Joesph Hackett, is presented to the membership which has "distinguished themselves by increasing their mission readiness through exceeding goals in Aerospace, Cadet Programs, Emergency Services and Support functions. (Members') performance of these duties in Iowa Wing went above and beyond their normal volunteer efforts moving the three missions of Civil Air Patrol forward in a safe and expertly manner."

During the award period, the members of Iowa Wing planned, coordinated, and successfully increased the deliverables set in the Aerospace Education program. The number of units achieving the Aerospace Education Excellence (AEX) award doubled during the award period, the number of AEX participating schools tripled, and AEM members increased by a factor of five.

In emergency services, the wing conducted more than 20 imaging sorties in support of state and local agencies during the 2018 and 2019 river flooding. The wing also tripled its number of qualified incident commanders, added a mission-qualified chaplain, and received a successful rating on its most recent SAR Evaluation. Aircraft maintenance officers excelled at delivering a successful maintenance program with a 70% reduction in aircraft out-of-service time in 2019.

During this time, the wing's capabilities in cadet programs also increased, with an increase of at least two TLC graduates in each squadron, a 20% increase in milestone awards, and one Spaatz recipient in 2018. The wing's summer encampment attendance tripled in 2019. Iowa Wing increased its cadet orientation flights by 12% in 2019 compared to the previous year and also doubled its cadre of orientation pilots.

This award entitles all senior and cadet members who were assigned to Iowa Wing during the award period to wear the unit citation medal or ribbon.

11/23/2020

The squadron will not have a meeting this week. Everyone have a great and safe holiday!

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps
11/19/2020

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps

'CAP Worship Weekend' Scheduled for Dec. 4-6

"CAP Worship Weekend" has been approved for Dec. 4-6. On this weekend, members who participate in worship services of any faith tradition are authorized to wear their service dress or CAP corporate equivalent uniform in commemoration of the organization's 79th anniversary.

Wearing the CAP uniform, encouraged by Chief of Chaplains (Col.) John Murdoch, is a longstanding CAP tradition created by the Board of Governors in the 1970s and continued today as an inclusive activity that shares aerospace, character development and other CAP missions inside its members’ spiritual communities.

Members are asked to share photographs from their activities on social media with the hashtag #CAPWorship.

For those who cannot attend worship in person, the Chaplain Corps will offer an interfaith service online on its social media channels Dec. 4-6. The online service will include the chief of Air Force chaplains, CAP's national commander and the chief of CAP chaplains.

The 129th has gone virtual due to the upswing in COVID cases.  This week the squadron had a guest come in and teach us p...
11/13/2020

The 129th has gone virtual due to the upswing in COVID cases. This week the squadron had a guest come in and teach us pilates for physical fitness night. Thank you Mrs. Sadler!

11/10/2020

Due to the rise in COVID cases all in person meetings are cancelled until further notice. Stay safe out there!

Pictures for this week’s squadron ceremony.  Congratulations to all the cadets that promoted!
11/09/2020

Pictures for this week’s squadron ceremony. Congratulations to all the cadets that promoted!

Iowa Wing Civil Air Patrol
11/08/2020

Iowa Wing Civil Air Patrol

Congratulations to the following cadets who recently earned the Wright Brothers Award and were promoted to cadet Staff Sergeant! Well done, and Semper Vigilans!

Des Moines Composite Squadron
c/SSgt Draeden Lewis
c/SSgt Timothy Farver
c/SSgt Tyson Grosz
c/SSgt Robert Evans

Burlington Flight
c/SSgt Kason Martin
41st Iowa Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol
c/SSgt Connor Schachow

Civil Air Patrol - 129th Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron
c/SSgt Sarah Wilson

Osage Fight
c/SSgt Susana Meier
c/SSgt Benaiah Meier
c/SSgt William Van Quathem
c/SSgt Andrew Meyers

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11/01/2020

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Thank you for everyone that came out and made the 129th Halloween party a success!  Congratulations to all the medal win...
10/30/2020

Thank you for everyone that came out and made the 129th Halloween party a success! Congratulations to all the medal winners!

Had a great time visiting the Waterloo flight last night.  If your ever in the Waterloo area on a Thursday night from 19...
10/16/2020

Had a great time visiting the Waterloo flight last night. If your ever in the Waterloo area on a Thursday night from 1900-2030 check them out.

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10/03/2020
Civil Air Patrol - 129th Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron
10/03/2020

Civil Air Patrol - 129th Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron

The squadron was back at the veterans memorial building last night with promotions and character development training.  ...
10/02/2020

The squadron was back at the veterans memorial building last night with promotions and character development training. Congratulations to cadets Stoops, Gaylor, and Hodge in their promotions!

10/01/2020

We are now back to meeting at the veterans memorial building in downtown Cedar Rapids! Come on out and see what CAP is all about!

09/21/2020
Ernst, Grassley to Host Virtual Service Academy Open House

Ernst, Grassley to Host Virtual Service Academy Open House

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will host a U.S. Service Academy Virtual Open House on the evenings of Monday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 22. This will be an opportunity for Iowa students and their families to learn more about the five military s...

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The cadets had a great time shooting rockets off tonight!  Thank you 2LT Stoops for hosting us and 2LT Kongable for teac...
09/18/2020

The cadets had a great time shooting rockets off tonight! Thank you 2LT Stoops for hosting us and 2LT Kongable for teaching rockets to the cadets!

09/04/2020

Congratulations LtCol Cobley!

09/04/2020

More from our ceremony last night.

The 129th had a great night!  First we celebrated LtCol George Cobley’s 50 years with Civil Air Patrol!  We also also ha...
09/04/2020

The 129th had a great night! First we celebrated LtCol George Cobley’s 50 years with Civil Air Patrol!
We also also had cadet promotions and awards to senior members that participated in disaster relief missions related to the derecho.
Congratulations to Cadet Captain Peters on earning her Earhart award.
Congratulations to Cadet 2LT Sadler for earning his Mitchell award.
Congratulations to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Hasley for earning his Doolittle award.

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08/29/2020

This Thursday’s meeting (September 3) will be at Center Point United Methodist Church at 275 Green St Center Point, IA from 1900-2030.

The squadron had a great night supporting our new Waterloo flight at their open house!  Thank you to all that came out t...
08/21/2020

The squadron had a great night supporting our new Waterloo flight at their open house! Thank you to all that came out to see the new flight!

The cadets were hard at work tonight training to flight marshal planes for the Marion airport fly in on Saturday.
08/07/2020

The cadets were hard at work tonight training to flight marshal planes for the Marion airport fly in on Saturday.

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In December 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Civil Air Patrol was founded by more than 150,000 citizens who were concerned about the defense of America’s coastline. Under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces, CAP pilots flew more than 500,000 hours, were credited with sinking two enemy submarines and rescued hundreds of crash survivors during World War II. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman established CAP as a federally chartered benevolent civilian corporation, and Congress passed Public Law 557 on May 26, 1948. CAP was charged with three primary missions – aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. With the passage of Public Law 106-398 in October 2000, Congress provided that “The Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer civilian auxiliary of the Air Force when the services of the Civil Air Patrol are used by any department or agency in any branch of the federal government.”

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Origins/1936-1941 The origins of Civil Air Patrol date to 1936, when Gill Robb Wilson, World War I aviator and New Jersey director of aeronautics, returned from Germany convinced of impending war. Wilson envisioned mobilizing America’s civilian aviators for national defense, an idea shared by others.

In Ohio, Milton Knight, a pilot and businessman, organized and incorporated the Civilian Air Reserve (CAR) in 1938. Other military-styled civilian aviation units emerged nationwide, training for homeland defense.

In 1941, Wilson launched his perfected program: the Civil Air Defense Services (CADS). That summer, tasked by Fiorello H. LaGuardia (New York mayor and director of the federal Office of Civilian Defense and also a World War I aviator), Wilson, publisher Thomas H. Beck and newspaperman Guy P. Gannett proposed Wilson’s CADS program as a model for organizing the nation’s civilian aviation resources.

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This isn't CAP related but is in USAF. Thought the Cadets might be getting bored at home and they need a little something to dream about...
I might be interested in getting my son involved as a cadet but it seems the site capcr.org is not working. How do I get more info?
129th Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron
I left CAP in 2008 as a Captain and think it's time to get involved again. Life changed course in 2008 with a major job promotion and dissatisfaction with the direction CAP was going. It's time to put that behind and move forward. I am a pilot and a commo geek. I'm retired from the state and now work for DHS Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency as a Telecommunications Specialist. Please let me know the process to get active again.
Can one of the 129th pilots call me with their sectional chart covering FOD handy? I need some help finding a tall TV (etc) tower. Leave me a message if I can’t answer right away. CAP Capt. Wayne Harrah 319-651-9366
Hi would it be possible to buy a squadron patch for my collection. I was a cadet years ago, prior USAF and USN, and now a CAP patron member. If you have any other CAP patches new or used I would buy or trade for them also. I can also send a return envelope Thank you Roger LaShomb 1592 Co. Rt. 38 Norfolk, New York 13667
The 129RQW’s MEB process is top notch!!!Only took two years from my first LOD to he start of the MEB process.
IA-129 has completed the install of their HF capability in the squadron van. Congratulations to Senior Member Andy Kuehl and Cadet Logan Kuehl (with guidance from Comm Officer Wayne Harrah) on their hard work on completing this project. 👍