Civil Air Patrol

Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Wild Rivers Composite Squadron support EAA’s 2013 AirVenture

Photo by Lt. Col. Denese Helgeland:  Hayward’s Wild Rivers Composite Squadron emergency services team at Appleton, Wis. Pictured left to right, First Lieutenant Donald Bergstrom, Cadet Airmen Amber Helwig and Ashley Erickson, Master Sergeant Marc Helwig, Senior Member Naomi Sieben, Cadet Airman Alizabeth McCracken, Cadet First Lieutenant Gabriel Snider, Cadet Technical Sergeant Ronald Snider, Cadet First Lieutenant Taylor Snider and First Lieutenant Fred Steinhaus.

Photo by Lt. Col. Denese Helgeland: Hayward’s Wild Rivers Composite Squadron emergency services team at Appleton, Wis. Pictured left to right, First Lieutenant Donald Bergstrom, Cadet Airmen Amber Helwig and Ashley Erickson, Master Sergeant Marc Helwig, Senior Member Naomi Sieben, Cadet Airman Alizabeth McCracken, Cadet First Lieutenant Gabriel Snider, Cadet Technical Sergeant Ronald Snider, Cadet First Lieutenant Taylor Snider and First Lieutenant Fred Steinhaus.

Appleton, Wis. – Civil Air Patrol members from Hayward recently returned from three days at Appleton, Wis. in support of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture 2013, the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”  The ten members were part of the newly formed Wild Rivers Composite Squadron’s emergency services team that helped with the Air Force assigned mission.

The Appleton airport is one location near Oshkosh where CAP members from all over Wisconsin help provide support to pilots and passengers attending the show.  On a daily basis, over 200 CAP volunteers work this 17 day mission logging tail numbers, locating and disabling electronic locator transmitters, helping pilots close their flight plans and if needed, help secure perimeters around aircraft at four locations.

The Hayward team performed daily ramp checks at the three transit aircraft parking areas at the Appleton airport, logged tail numbers of inbound and outbound aircraft and entered the information into databases to help with overdue aircraft searches, conducted hourly ELT checks and assisted the TSA in monitoring the “blue line” between the passenger terminal and general aviation areas of the airport. 

Two aircrew members from Hayward, Bergstrom and Steinhaus, also flew in five of the CAP air sorties during the mission.  During down time, the team received training in various ground team, mission base staff and urban direction finding tasks.

This year, the Wild Rivers Composite Squadron in Hayward is celebrating 40th years of community service.  Our newly formed ES team began training in June and is actively seeking additional members. 

If you are interested in joining our squadron or would simply like to check us out, call 715-634-6835 or attend a meeting. Members meet every Monday at 6 pm at the hanger on the north end of the Sawyer County airport.  Students, ages 12-20, as well as adults with or without flying or military experience, are encouraged to join.

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