Iowa Wing Civil Air Patrol

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Iowa Wing Civil Air Patrol
Iowa Wing Civil Air Patrol logo.png
The Iowa Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary
Associated branches
United States Air Force
Command staff
CommanderUS-O6 insignia.svg Col Joe Hackett
Vice CommanderUS-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col Brian Mishmash
Chief of StaffUS-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col George Kellison
Current statistics
Total Membership259
Statistics as of 2014[1]

The Iowa Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the highest echelon of Civil Air Patrol in the state of Iowa. Iowa Wing headquarters are located in Johnston, Iowa. The Iowa Wing consists of over 250 cadet and adult members at 9 locations across the state of Iowa.[2]


The Iowa Wing performs the three missions of the Civil Air Patrol: providing emergency services; providing a cadet program for youth; and offering aerospace education for both CAP members and the general public.[3]

Emergency services[edit]

The Civil Air Patrol conducts emergency service missions, including: inland search and rescue missions, disaster relief missions including aerial surveillance missions, and air evacuation of the sick and injured. The Civil Air Patrol maintains a network of radio stations to maintain communications during an emergency. The Civil Air Patrol has also conducted homeland security missions by providing airborne reconnaissance of critical infrastructure.[4]

Cadet programs[edit]

The Civil Air Patrol offers a cadet program which provides leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to youth aged 12 to 21. The program includes CAP encampments and access to glider and powered aircraft flights.[5]

Aerospace education[edit]

The Civil Air Patrol provides aerospace education to both its members and the general public. Teachers may receive educational materials through the CAP's Aerospace Education Membership program.[6]


Civil Air Patrol members frequently have the opportunity to visit Air Force facilities and experience flights in the service branch’s planes and helicopters.
Squadrons of the Iowa Wing[7]
Designation Squadron Name Location Notes
IA002 Des Moines Composite Squadron Des Moines
IA003 Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron Atlantic
IA005 Burlington Composite Squadron Burlington
IA041 Davenport Composite Squadron Davenport
IA043 Dubuque Composite Squadron Epworth
IA129 Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron Cedar Rapids

Legal protection[edit]

Employers in Iowa are required to grant a leave of absence to their employees who are members of the Civil Air Patrol when these employees are called to fulfill a Civil Air Patrol mission. Employers are forbidden by law from punishing in any way an employee for being a member of the Civil Air Patrol or for taking a leave of absence for a Civil Air Patrol mission. Employers may not require their employee to use vacation time or sick leave to cover the employee's leave of absence, and may not reduce the employee's bonus or other employment benefits relating to the employee’s particular employment.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "eServices, National Headquarters". Civil Air Patrol., login required
  2. ^ "2014 Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Civil Air Patrol". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Emergency Services". Iowa Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Cadet Programs". Iowa Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Aerospace Education". Iowa Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Civil Air Patrol Unit Directory" (PDF). Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  8. ^ "29A.43 Discrimination prohibited — leave of absence — continuation of health coverage". Justia. 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2017.

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