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WEBSITE REVAMPING PDF Print E-mail
  
Friday, 06 January 2017 13:20

HELLO ALL!  WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING AND RE-VAMPING THE CONTENT OF THE SITE.  PLEASE BE PATIENT AS NEW CHANGES ARE COMING SOON. 

 
Lt. Col. Robert J. Gaffer PDF Print E-mail
  
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 14:56

It is with great regret that I write to inform you of the passing of Lt Col Robert Gaffer of Mankato Composite Squadron.  Lt Col Gaffer passed away at his home Tuesday morning from a heart attack at the age of 79.  A veteran of the United States Navy and a member of Civil Air Patrol since 1991, his active participation has long been a corner-stone of our squadron.  Lt Col Gaffer served in nearly every position in the unit at one time or another and spent many years as the Deputy Commander for Cadets.  

 
There are many former cadets who will remember his dedicated service to the Cadet Program.  Lt Col Gaffer always made himself available in whatever capacity necessary so that cadets could participate in activities like SAREXs and Wing Conference.  He would chaperon activities, lead ground teams, or just drive the van if that was what the cadets needed.  He provided supervision to PT testing on Saturdays and would organize achievement testing opportunities whenever a cadet was interested.  Lt Col Gaffer's support enabled cadets to learn and grow, and many of those cadets have gone on to leadership positions in Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force.
 
Visitation is Friday, February 4, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and Chapel, 1605 Woodland Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001.
 
Funeral is Saturday, February 5, at 10:30 am, at St. John the Baptist Church, 632 South Broad Street, Mankato, MN  56001
 
Cards can be sent to Rita and family at 19997 State Hwy 22, Mankato, MN  56001
 
Memorial has been designated for CAP, Mankato Composite Squadron
 

JoEllen Peters, Major, CAP
Commander
Mankato Composite Squadron
Last Updated ( Monday, 13 February 2012 15:21 )
 
Squadron Organizational Chart PDF Print E-mail
  
Monday, 03 January 2011 20:18

 

 

Text Box: Supply Officer
FO Emily Dewes
Text Box: Maintenance Officer
Lt Col John Barsness
Text Box: Public Affairs Officer
2d Lt Tessa Donato
1st Lt Libby Berg
Text Box: Standardization/Evaluations Officer
Maj JoEllen Peters
Text Box: Emergency Services Officer
Lt Col John Barsness
Text Box: Operations Officer
Lt Col John Barsness
Text Box: Professional Development Officer
2d Lt Ethan Troe
Text Box: Communications Officer
Lt Col Mariann Wildt
Text Box: Cadet Activities Officer
2d Lt Joan Quiram
Assistant CAO
Capt Fred Berg
2d Lt Timothy Cherney
2d Lt Christine Olsen
2d Lt Dwight Tostenson
Text Box: Leadership Officer
Vacant
Text Box: Aerospace Education Officer
Capt Paul Skjeveland
Assistant AEO
Maj Vincent Winstead
Capt Fred Berg
Capt Catherine Plasschaert
Capt Michael Hartell

Text Box: Deputy Commander for Cadets
Capt Catherine Plasschaert
Assistant Deputy Commander for Cadets
2d Lt Kristine Skjeveland
Text Box: Deputy Commander for Seniors
2d Lt Ethan Troe
Text Box: Transportation Officer
Lt Col John Barsness
Text Box: Logistics Officer
Vacant
Text Box: Aerospace Education Officer
Capt Paul Skjeveland
Assistant AEO
Maj Vincent Winstead
Capt Fred Berg
Capt Catherine Plasschaert
Capt Michael Hartell
Text Box: Testing Officer
Vacant
Assistant TO
Capt Catherine Plasschaert
2d Lt Joan Quiram
2d Lt Kristine Skjeveland
2d Lt Ethan Troe

Text Box: Character Development Officer
Capt Catherine Plasschaert
2d Lt Joan Quiram
Text Box: Drug Demand Reduction Officer
Vacant
Text Box: Recruiting & Retention Officer
2d Lt Dwight Tostenson
Text Box: Information Technologies Officer
Maj Vincent Winstead
Text Box: Historian
Vacant
Text Box: Administrative Officer
Lt Col Mariann Wildt
Text Box: Personnel Officer
Lt Col Mariann Wildt
Text Box: Finance Officer
Maj JoEllen Peters
Text Box: Safety Officer
2d Lt Michael Diercks
Text Box: Squadron Commander
1st Lt Libby Berg
Deputy Commander
Capt Catherine Plasschaert
Mankato Composite Squadron Chain Of Command (Seniors)

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:18 )
 
Mankato Composite Squadron 2009 Awards PDF Print E-mail
  
Sunday, 31 January 2010 14:28

2009 Awards


 

Ground Team Member of the Year  C/CMSgt Jarek Connolly

Aircrew Member of the Year  LtC John Barsness

Cadet of the Year C/1Lt Carl Swanson

Senior Member of the Year SMSgt David Dlugiewicz

 
Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 September 2010 07:31 )
 
Cadet May a Distinguished Graudate from Basic Cadet Training School PDF Print E-mail
  
Saturday, 20 December 2008 13:08
After months of preparation, cadet staff from the 130th, Valley and Mankato composite squadrons stood ready at their assigned stations while cadets arrived at Airlake Airport in Lakeville for the 2008 Basic Cadet Training School.

Basic Cadet Training School, or BCTS, is an intense training weekend that began with just four students and four staff in early 2007. A year later, the program has grown to more than 40 cadet students and staff.

"Cadets were instructed by the cadet staff in all programs the CAP has to offer," said Capt. Billy Hoffman of the 130th Composite Squadron, cadet commander for the event. "The weekend provided all the building blocks for those new to CAP to succeed as cadets and at encampment."

Hoffman noted that the weekend was mentally and physically intense, but with the teamwork of their peers, the cadets were able to conquer the challenge.

Cadets began the weekend by pulling into the airport’s main gate, equipment in hand, at which point they were quickly loaded into a CAP van and driven to the hangar where the cadet staff waited. The cadets were in-processed, assigned to one of three flights and sent right into the weekend with drill instruction.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 December 2008 13:34 )
 
CAP Experience Helps Member Complete Air Force Navigator Training PDF Print E-mail
  
Sunday, 30 November 2008 15:14
Lt Col John Barsness congratulates his son, 1st Lt Ben Barsness upon completion of Navigor School as NAS Pensocola, Florida.
Minnesota Wing Group IV Commander, Lt Col John Barsness, congratulates his son, USAF Second Lieutenant Ben Barsness, on his graduation from the navigator school. (Photo courtesy of Lt Col John Barsness)
Group IV Commander, Lt Col John Barsness, congratulates his son, US Air Force 2d Lt Ben Barsness, on his graduation from the navigator school in Pensacola, Florida.

Lt. Barsness received his silver wings on November 21, 2008, after 16 months of intensive training at the Naval Air Station (NAS).

Training at the NAS provides primary, intermediate, and advanced navigator training for the Navy and Air Force. The training Wing consists of 1,500 military personnel, 25 civilian personnel and over 100 aircraft.

After graduating first in his class, Lt. Barsness was selected to fly the B-1B Lancer.

Lt. Barsness is a senior member of Mankato Composite Squadron. As a cadet in Mankato, he served as cadet commander and completed Minnesota Wing Flight Academy. He went on from Flight Academy to earn his private pilot license while a cadet in CAP. He felt his CAP flying experience helped him in the initial phases of navigator training.

The NAS is home base for the Navy's Blue Angles. He said it was very interesting to see them practicing in the air space above Pensacola.
Last Updated ( Monday, 01 December 2008 12:18 )
 
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