Hayward squadron welcomes new Commander
Hayward, Wis. – The Wild River Composite Squadron, located in Hayward, has its first new commander in 25 years. Second Lieutenant Fred Steinhaus replaced Lieutenant Colonel Alan Foeckler at an April 8th change of command ceremony held at the squadron’s facility located at the Hayward airport.
The ceremony, presided over by the Wisconsin Wing Vice Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Rose Hunt, had more than 30 guests in attendance including Civil Air Patrol members and community supporters. Honored guests included Major James Delaney, who commands CAP’s Northwest Group, and Mr. De Witt Woodworth, the State Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Foeckler has served in the Civil Air Patrol for the past 35 years, having spent most of that time leading the Hayward-based unit. His commitment to the unit can be seen in many facets, including the hangar, a structure he helped build.
He attributes his long service to his love of working with the Civil Air Patrol cadets that make up part of the unit. Over the years many cadets have come back, and thanked him for the effort and time he put in to teach them and work them. He looks forward to continue to help out and be a part of the cadets’ lives.
Steinhaus has been a member for almost a year, having joined because of his love of aviation and desire to find a new calling now that he is retired. Prior to assuming command Steinhaus oversaw the squadron’s Emergency Services training as well as the unit’s IT and communications infrastructure.
He has enjoyed his time so far, and looks forward to growing and strengthening the unit. Steinhaus hopes to build on the strong legacy left by Foeckler, and expand the unit’s readiness and involvement in search and rescue operations.