Timmerman Squadron receives special visit
The Timmerman Composite Squadron, and its predecessors, have met in the same facility for more than 50 years. The facility is named for Colonel Benjamin Moeller, a former Wisconsin Wing commander and on May 19, the Timmeman-based squadron received a visit from Henrietta Bartel, the younger sister of Colonel Moeller. David Bartel, grandnephew to Colonel Moeller, arranged the visit for his mother. Henrietta had not been to the facility previously.
In March of 1950, Colonel Moeller perished while returning home in a twin Beechcraft from Washington, D.C. along with five others when theiraircraft crashed in Lake Michigan. The loss stunned the members of Wisconsin Wing, as well as the families which supported these men during service to the country and Civil Air Patrol. News reports after the crashed described Moeller’s dedication to the cadet program. The reports highlighted how he enrolled at-risk youth whom he felt could benefit from the values and structure provided by the CAP cadet program.
Bartel’s visit provided the squadron members with a touchstone to their history, and provided her with an example of her brother’s lasting legacy. She delighted in making acquaintances and seeing her big brother’s hanger full of cadets. She gleamed, observed attentively, and commented often on how wonderful the cadets all were. She was delighted to see that CAP, after so many years, still thrives in Milwaukee. A legacy, due in part, to her brother Ben and his contributions and sacrifice to the organization.