Civil Air Patrol

Milwaukee Squadron receives Civil Air Patrol’s National Ground Team of the Year Award

Photo by Capt. Jeri Gonwa – Some of Timmerman’s ground team members: (Seated) Cadet Senior Airman Avery Currie; (row 2) Cadet Technical Sergeant Jacob Fuiten, Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Travis Maxwell, Cadet Senior Airman Taide Romero, Cadet Technical Sergeant Andrew Parr (holding the award), Cadet Senior Airman Kristopher Hildebrand, (row 3) Senior Member Nathan White, Lieutenant Colonel John Lange, Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Carter Welsh, First Lieutenant Dan Turkal and Lieutenant Colonel Chris Trossen.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Timmerman Composite Squadron, located at the Milwaukee County’s Timmerman Airport, was recently presented the Colonel Dion E. DeCamp Ground Team of the Year Award.  The Civil Air Patrol’s national award was officially presented to the squadron recently at their Open House by Colonel Clarence Peters, Wisconsin Wing commander to Major Thomas Kondziella, Timmerman’s commander on behalf of the ground team.

The award was established to recognize significant efforts of ground teams or urban direction finding teams. The award is given in memory of Col. DeCamp, who was a strong advocate for development of ground team personnel

Never having turned down a mission, Timmerman Composite Squadron’s ground team has in the six years of its existence distinguished itself with an impressive record.  They participated in 23 actual and 17 training missions that required a ground team; two of which were presidentially declared disasters.

A 2009 mission was declared by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) as a “save” when the team participated in a mission in whom a missing person was found.  They have been credited with 22 non-distress finds.  Members have volunteered more than 11,300 man-hours and carried out 850 ground sorties (assignments). In addition, team personnel have participated in another 134 actual or training missions in other roles. That equates to members participating in one mission every two weeks for five years.

The experienced staff has one member with over 40 years experience and three other members having more than 20 years of experience each.  These team members have played an integral part in training events throughout Wisconsin hosting ground team academies and emergency services workshops and schools.

The team participates in the annual Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture precautionary Search and Rescue (SAR) mission in Oshkosh, Wis.  They have averaged 560 man-hours and log more than 100 ground sorties each year by supporting the mission at the Fond du Lac County Airport.

The team’s dedication to missions is evident when on Christmas Day 2006; members traveled more than 250 miles to locate an electronic locator transmitter (ELT) which had been active for four days.  They found the device, silenced it and returned home the following day well aware that missions do not take a holiday.

Other documented missions occurred in September 2007, members searched for a mentally-handicapped adult for two days.  In June 2008, the team volunteered over 600 man-hours in more than six days to help flood victims when many of their own homes were flooded.

Timmerman’s ground team prides itself in responding within 90 minutes of being called for a mission.  In the past four years, ten missions that they responded to were in excess of 50 miles from “home.”

With the dedication to the emergency service mission of Civil Air Patrol, Timmerman Composite Squadron’s ground team has earned the national Col. Dion E. DeCamp Ground Team of the Year Award.

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