Mankato Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol


St Peter Parade PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 09:24

Cadets and Seniors participated in the St Peter 4th of July parade.  In addition to providing a color guard, they had a BD-5 jet that was pulled in the parade and on display at the park.  Everyone was invited to get in the jet.  It was a real hit with many children at the park.

CAP bd-5


 Color Guard

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 July 2011 09:43 )
Cadet Change of Command PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 July 2011 09:12

On 30 June 2011, C/2Lt Jarek Connolly relinquished command to C/A1C Hunter Brindley.  Major JoEllen Peters presided over the brief but very important ceremony.   A short reception followed.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 July 2011 08:46 )
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
Mankato Composite Squadron
Last Updated ( Monday, 13 February 2012 15:17 )
Lt Col John Barsness presented the MSA PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 October 2010 05:52

It was with great pleasure to have awarded Lt Col John Barsness of the Mankato Squadron with the Meritorious Service Award at the Mankato Squadron on 15 July 2010. Capt Jo Ellen Peters, the Mankato Squadron Commander, requested the award through channels via CAPF 120, which stated:
LTC John E. Barsness has been an outstanding member of Minnesota Wing since 1996. He was Group 4 Commander from Sept. 2006 to Sept. 2009 as well as the Mankato Squadron Commander for six years from 1999 to 2005.
LTC Barsness' level of involvement in the functions of the Wing as well as Group 4 and Mankato Squadron has been far and above his assigned duties.  He has been instrumental in the Region Archer program as a pilot and instructor in the Gippsland. He has provided mission support in the Gippsland to Minnesota Wing since December 2006.  He has also been an instructor for the MN Wing Flight Academy for four years and is well known throughout the wing for providing CAPF 5 and CAPF 91 flight checks to not only our local squadron pilots, but to anyone in the Wing who requests a Form 5 or 91.  He has also been a pilot in the Wing counterdrug program for over four years.
LTC Barsness eagerly provides Cadet Orientation flights.  He is the primary provider of cadet orientation rides for both Mankato and Owatonna Squadrons.  He has given over 550 "O" flights and is eagerly looking forward to completing 600. He has been a Check Pilot and Mission Check Pilot for over five years and a Stan/Eval Pilot for over three years.  He has recently been assigned to serve as the Group 4 Stan/Eval leader.
LTC Barsness received his Aerospace Technician in March 2004, Emergency Services Senior in May 2003, Flight Operations Master in October 2007, Operations Senior October 2006 and Standards and Evaluations Senior in April 2007.  He also makes himself available for other duties as well, such as transporting aircraft to and from Wing Headquarters for maintenance.
LTC Barsness has always been a role model and inspiration for CAP members in Minnesota Wing. He has always performed above and beyond. With the above list of activities that he is currently juggling, he still steps up to perform additional duties when requested of him, all with a great deal of enthusiasm.  He is well versed in CAP regulations and has been instrumental in the growth of MN Wing, Group 4, and Mankato Squadron by welcoming new recruits and guiding them through the maze of training, achievements, and specialty tracks.

Col Thomas Theis
Commander, Minnesota Wing

LtC Barsness


Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 06:03 )
Cadet Programs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 April 2008 09:32

Welcome to the Mankato Squadron Cadet Programs Webpage.  Here, we will post:

Cadet News

Cadet Events

Cadet Resources

Check this site for updates, and direct any questions to C/2dLt Connolly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Support staff position openings!!

Cadets, you can apply to be promoted to a squadron position today.  

Just click here, choose a position, and APPLY


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:30 )

National CAP News