Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Lydia Klosterman, of Brandon, is the new cadet commander of Civil Air Patrol (CAP)’s Big Sioux Composite Squadron, following a change of command ceremony on Thursday, January 20, 2022, held at the Brookings Airport. Colonel Michael Marek, South Dakota Wing’s Commander, participated in the ceremony and fielded questions from squadron members afterward.
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Five Big Sioux Composite Squadron cadets completed their first orientation flights, or O-Rides, earlier this month. Captain Ben Kallas, with the assistance of other senior members from Big Sioux, provided this opportunity to the cadets.
South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol has tightened procedures due to the upswing of COVID-19 cases in the state. The heightened safety precautions align with the national CAP policy about virus safety.
South Dakota Wing will hold its annual conference April 9. Plans call for the event to be held at the K Bar S Lodge, near Keystone, S.D.
Members of South Dakota Wing excelled during the 2021 Kansas Wing Winter Encampment December 26 – January 2. Nine South Dakota members attended, eight from Sioux Falls Composite Squadron and one from Lincoln County Composite Squadron.
The Big Sioux Composite Squadron, Lincoln County Composite Squadron, and Sioux Falls Composite Squadron hosted their holiday parties in December.
Pierre Composite Squadron hosted an open house at the American Legion in Pierre Tuesday evening (12/21)
South Dakota Wing is mourning Capt. Neil Schmid, who died in Arizona December 19.
Two squadrons in South Dakota Wing were responsible for over 450 wreaths for the graves of veterans. The wreaths were placed in separate ceremonies on the national Wreaths Across America day, Saturday, December 18.
Big Sioux Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, recently received a $3,000 check resulting from planned fundraising at SDSU football games this fall.