Mankato Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol


Mankato Hosts SLS and Competes in CyberPatriot Round 3.5 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 06:06

The fist weekend was a busy weekend for Mankato.  The squadron hosted the Group IV Squadron Leadership School (SLS) class. SLS is a 12 hour course designed to take Senior Members to the first level of leadership and management in Civil Air Patrol.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 February 2013 06:23 )
2012 Encampment Finished PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 July 2012 04:20

On June 30th, Six Mankato cadets graduated from the 2012 Minnesota Encampment.  The graduates were Cadets Conan Bock, Steven Csizmadia, Cooper Dalluge, Dustyn May, Dane Strom and Nicolas VanErdewyk. Cadets Hunter Brindey and Tanner Johnson were on the Cadet Staff.  Major Dlugiewicz and Capt Brindley assisted the staff during the week.

A special congratulations to Cadet Czismadia on being a Honor Graduate and Cadet Johnson on his flight being named Honor Flight.

Encampment 2012 Group

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 July 2012 06:06 )
2012 Encampment PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 01:25

Six cadets are attending the 2012 Encampment.  Cadets Brindley and Johnson are on the staff.  8 cadets from Mankato attending is outstanding.  Good luck to all.

Encampment 001

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 July 2012 06:03 )
Cadets Meet Bud Anderson PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 01:20

Mankato Cadets Meet a Triple Ace

Five Cadets from Mankato helped out at the 2012 Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow at Granite Falls. The Ray A. Fagen Memorial Airshow is dedicated to promoting patriotism by honoring the men and women of the military. Its mission of "brightening the future by illuminating the past" focuses on World War II veterans.

After the airshow, the cadets had the opportunity to see the P-51’s and P-38 up close, visit the new WWII control tower, the new museum hangar, and ride in a WWII deuce and a half. The highlight was meeting Colonel Clarence ‘Bud’ Anderson. Col Anderson was a “triple ace” during WWII and a test pilot after the war. He encouraged the cadets to go on as many aviation field trips as they could. He went on to explain that museums are a great way to find out about aviation history and mentioned that “you know you are old when two of your actual aircraft, you flew, are in the museum.”


Mankato Cadets

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 June 2012 01:29 )
2011 Minnesota Leadership Academy PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 December 2011 00:00

Four Mankato Cadets graduated from the Minnesota Leadership Academy on October 23, 2011

Cadet Dustin May

Cadet Hunter Brindley

Cadet Tanner Johnson

Cadet Daniel May




Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 December 2011 06:24 )
2011 Cadet O-Flight Extravaganza PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 December 2011 00:00

From KEYC TV Mankato: (By Molly Miles)

Saturday the Mankato Civil Air Patrol, a group of professionally trained civilian volunteers that often help with search and rescue and disaster relief, had training for some of its youngest members.

We were there as young cadets experienced the joy of flight for the first time.

Many of the cadets don't even have their driver's licenses yet, but today they got to fly. It was part of the cadet orientation flight day.

Mankato Composite Squadron Commander Maj. JoEllen Peters, "What we are doing today is making a day of giving as many cadets as many glider rides and power rides as possible."

The instructor is in charge of takeoff, but once in the air, the controls are in the hands of the cadets, some of them as young as 12 years old."

Cadets get to try their hand at both powered airplanes and gliders.

15-year-old Daniel May says, "You get towed up then when you get a ways up there, you just drop of the cable and you are on your own, it feels pretty free."

Hunter Brindley says, "It's your airplane, its pretty cool."

The cadet program was started during World War II as a way to provide training for future pilots, but flying isn't the only thing the cadets learn with the Civil Air Patrol.

May says, "There is a lot of other programs in it like emergency services and stuff like that, and I like to do that."

They also have aerospace education, leadership training, and physical fitness.

Peters says, "What the cadets get out of it over all is character development and leadership skills, they really grow."

15-year-old Hunter Brindley says while he doesn't know if he will take up flying as a career, he has learned valuable skills as a cadet.

Brindley says, "What I get out of this will without a doubt help me out throughout my future, so when I decide, this will definitely prepare me for it."

For Brindley and the rest of the cadets, the sky is the limit.

To learn more about the Mankato Civil Air Patrol or how to get involved go to the Mankato Composite Squadron website.


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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 December 2011 06:25 )
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