South Dakota CAP Wing wins award

South Dakota’s Civil Air Patrol Wing has been awarded the North Central Region’s Search and Rescue Missions Award.

The commander of the North Central Region, Colonel Robert Todd, remarked that the award is well merited as the Wing has been aggressive finding new missions for its aircraft and personnel. Despite its small size, South Dakota Wing ranks 10th in the nation (each state is a Wing) in aircraft utilization.

In addition, the Wing received the rarely awarded grade of “Highly Successful” in its U.S. Air Force graded operational evaluation in May of this year.

CAP’s North Central Region consists of the Wings in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri.

The NCR Search and Rescue Missions Award will be presented to South Dakota Wing Commander Colonel John Seten at CAP’s National Convention in Las Vegas Aug. 14-16.

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.

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