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2018 SD Wing and NCR Region Conference

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South Dakota Wing Color Guard Academy

Friday, December 2, 7:00 PM – Sunday, December 4, 12:00 PM CST
Rushmore Composite Squadron

SD Wing National Character Weekend

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM (MDT)
Rushmore Composite Squadron – 750 Kenney Drive Building #609, Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706

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2016 Evaluated Exercise

Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)
Sioux Falls, SD

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Sioux Falls Airshow and Hangar Dance

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM – Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 4:00 PM (CDT)
Sioux Falls, SD

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Thank You QuestionPro

The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol expresses its sincere thanks to QuestionPro for sponsoring the non-profit license for our internal survey software. As a non-profit organization, CAP depends on the generosity of businesses such as QuestionPro. Being able to quickly and easily communicate with our members will greatly enhance our capability to accomplish our Congressionally mandated core missions of Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs

CAP Pilot Earns South Dakota Aviation Award

Congratulations to Civil Air Patrol pilot Captain Neil Schmid of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron who earned a significant aviation achievement on 29 October. Flying one of the South Dakota Wing’s CAP aircraft, Captain Schmid completed his “Fly South Dakota” Gold Level Award.

The Fly South Dakota program, which began in 2010, is sponsored by the South Dakota Pilots Association (SDPA) to promote general aviation within the state. The three-level program (bronze, silver, gold) involves attending aviation safety seminars, visiting South Dakota museums with aviation displays and landing at South Dakota’s public airports. The Gold level requires a pilot to have have landed at all 74 of the state’s public-use airports. The SDPA issues each pilot-participant a “passport” in which his activities are logged and certified.

Schmid has been a pilot for over 25 years and has seen much of the country from the air. In June 2010 he discovered there is much to see right here in South Dakota. He registered for the Fly South Dakota program and began flying to the airports near his home in Sioux Falls. By 2012, he had flown to over half the state’s airports and in 2013 to over three quarters of them. In October he landed at the final six airports in a Civil Air Patrol Cessna-172. His four year journey was accomplished in nine different single engine aircraft.

Capt. Schmid mused, “My fondest memory is my first landing at Custer County airport in the Southern Black Hills after flying by the Mount Rushmore monument and the Crazy Horse mountain sculpture. This airport is breathtakingly beautiful, surrounded by pine trees.

Later he commented, “While checking off the airports in the Passport logbook, about half of the flights were solo. I’ve also landed at many of the airports with others on board. I enjoyed sharing the experience with all of the co-pilots who traveled with me to some of these remote and stunning places in South Dakota.”

The Passport South Dakota – Gold Level Award consists of an “I Flew South Dakota” patch and a “74 Airports” tab for wear on his flight jacket.

The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with squadrons in South Dakota in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish has approximately 300 members, six light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information on SD CAP visit the wing’s website at and Facebook page at For general information on CAP visit or