Pictured are (from left) Major David Carlstrom and Captain Brenda Carlstrom, Red Wing; Cadet Kaleb Kangar, Diamond Bluff; and Kaleb Williamson and Adrian Mombo from River Falls. Photo courtesy of Capt. Brenda Carlstrom
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Local Civil Air Patrol squadron flies on Black Hawk helicopter

BAY CITY – Members of the Red Wing Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron recently participated in flying a Black Hawk helicopter. More than 40 Civil Air Patrol members from four Minnesota squadrons received a tour of the Black Hawk base.

2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter (2-147 AHB) is an Army National Guard utility helicopter battalion headquartered on Holman Field in St. Paul that supports the 34th Infantry Division and the State of Minnesota by providing air lift, scouting, mobility, and support of civil authorities. The aviators of the 2147 AHB fly the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

2-147 AHB has six subordinate units; A Company, D Company, and E Company at St. Paul's Holman Field as well as B Company in the Kentucky National Guard and C Company in the Iowa National Guard.

Members attending from the Red Wing Squadron were Cadet Capt. Kaleb Kangar (Diamond Bluff); Cadet Adrian Mombo (River Falls), Cadet Kaleb Williamson (River Falls), Major David and Captain Brenda Carlstrom (Red Wing).

Youth between 12 and 18 are invited to join Civil Air Patrol as Cadets. Individuals older than 18 may join as adult members.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still possible to visit and even become a member of C.A.P, since many squadrons hold online meetings. Email [email protected] for more information.

The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the United State Air Force and their mission statement is supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development_and promotion of air, space and cyber power._It has three primary missions: Aerospace education of the American people, emergency services, and the Cadet Program.

The Cadet Program provides opportunities for the learning, maturing, accepting, and nurturing of leadership to over 26,000 young Americans from 12 to 20 years of age. With the advice and assistance from CAP Senior Members and the US Air Force, cadets are exposed to a structured program comprised of aerospace education, leadership, special activities, physical fitness, and moral and ethical values through group and individual activities.

Contact Red Wing Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron Commander at [email protected] for more information.

Submitted by Capt. Brenda Carlstrom, Public Affairs Officer

November 10, 2021