From the Commander, Col. Matthew R. Creed:

I am VERY pleased to announce that an Indiana Wing cadet has been certified by National Headquarters for completion of all requirements of the General Carl A. Spaatz Award.

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Shinabarger from the RiverCity Cadet Squadron (GLR-IN-220) in Group XII has earned Spaatz Award #1957 and promotion to Cadet Colonel, the Cadet Program's highest grade.

Cadets qualify for the Spaatz Award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. After completing all other Cadet Program requirements, the final step a cadet must complete to earn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education. Upon passing the Spaatz Award exams, the cadet is promoted to the grade of Cadet Colonel.

The Spaatz Award is named in honor of Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. One of the giants in the history of airpower, in 1929 Spaatz, together with another pilot, set an important flight endurance record of 150 hours and 40 minutes in the early days of aviation. During World War II, he commanded the Allied air campaign against the Nazis. In the Pacific Theater, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place under his command. After retiring from the Air Force, General Spaatz served as the first chairman of the Civil Air Patrol National Board.

On average, two cadets in one thousand earn this extremely rare award. Cadet Shinabarger's award is #1957 for all of Civil Air Patrol since 1964 when the award was created, and only the 48th in Indiana Wing. He joins C/Col Sierra Parsons and C/Col Christopher Weinzapfel, also of the RiverCity Cadet Squadron, as one of three active cadet colonels in the Indiana Wing.

Please take a moment to congratulate Cadet Colonel Shinabarger!


Matthew R. Creed, Colonel, CAP
Commander, Indiana Wing


11 September 2013

From the Commander, Col. Matthew R. Creed:

As a nation, we paused this morning at 8:46 AM to remember the events of September 11, 2001. Many of us remember where we were that clear-and-a-million day twelve years ago.

Each of us has a story about how 9/11's terrorist attacks affects our own legacies as Americans, as family members, as neighbors, as volunteers. Within each of our stories, there lies a deep sense of duty, and for that we should be thankful how, in something so inherently evil, good can overcome.

Like the Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes, like Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and like the flooding Indiana experienced in 2011, Civil Air Patrol was there. We were in the sky over Ground Zero, where so many perished, heeding the call to help.

And like those times of national urgency, today Indiana Wing's "every day heroes" were in the air assisting the Indiana Air National Guard's 181st Intelligence Wing with everyday missions, preparing for that one day we'll be working together to serve our nation in a time of critical need.

On this, the occasion of the twelfth anniversary of this dark day in history, I ask you to join me in recommitting to making Indiana Wing the highest-quality Air Force Auxiliary wing we can be.

While we reflect on tragedy today, we remember our dedication and reasons we are in Civil Air Patrol: to be the best unpaid professionals our Country deserves.

Thank you for your service.

Semper vigilans,

Matthew R. Creed, Colonel, CAP
Commander, Indiana Wing


3 July 2013

From the Commander, Col. Matthew R. Creed:

The 2013 Indiana Wing encampment will commence on July 14th and we are playing host to cadets from all over the Midwest. We will update members about our activities at Camp Atterbury via the encampment web site [1] and our social media. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Instagram and Pinterest. Some of these are new and debuting in honor of encampment. Make sure to hashtag #INWGEncampment if you're updating your social media.

Please take a moment to note whether you are in the Congressional District of Rep. Jackie Walorski, Rep. Marlin Stutzman, or Rep. Larry Bucshon. These are the three remaining Indiana congressional members who have yet to sign on to House Resolution 755, the bill to grant CAP's World War II veterans a Congressional Gold Medal. Please make it your duty to look up your Congress member and contact them to cosponsor this important piece of legislation, a bipartisan initiative. For those of you who have already written, thank you, we are well on our way because of your work.

CAP's National Conference is coming up in August. The early bird registration cutoff is July 12. Rates and a listing of presentations and classes are available here:

Finally, have a safe and happy Fourth of July. Remember that we are still in the midst of the 100 Critical Days of Summer and both myself and Maj. Matthew Chastain, Indiana Wing Director of Safety, encourage you to observe the safest practices during CAP and non-CAP activities.

Semper vigilans,
Matthew R. Creed, Colonel, CAP
Indiana Wing, Civil Air Patrol


24 May 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1300 Hoosiers comprising Indiana’s Civil Air Patrol welcomed their newest commander recently at a ceremony in Indianapolis. Col. Matthew R. Creed took command of Indiana’s U.S. Air Force Auxiliary wing, whose members perform search and rescue and disaster relief missions under the direction of the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

Civil Air Patrol’s unpaid professionals have been called upon for expertise in flying aerial photography missions during 2011’s widespread flooding, the 2012 Henryville Tornado and Hurricane Sandy, where Col. Creed, a pilot by trade, traveled to New Hampshire to fly disaster assessment sorties .

In 2012 the Wing flew security missions in advance of the Super Bowl as part of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region’s exercise preparing to protect the airspace around Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. In 2012, the Wing responded to the Greensburg plane crash where volunteers were instrumental in successfully locating the aircraft and silencing the emergency locator equipment.

Col. Creed takes over command from Col. Richard Griffith, under whose leadership the Wing achieved strong growth and new community partners in the 181st Intelligence Wing in Terre Haute, Hamilton County Government, the Evansville/Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Agency, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana State Police and countless other agencies throughout the state.

“It is a great honor to serve the state of Indiana and the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary as Wing Commander,” Creed stated. “When I joined Civil Air Patrol as a cadet, I never thought I would face such an extraordinary responsibility—I am honored and humbled to continue in Col. Griffith’s footsteps.”

Col. Creed makes his home in Bloomington and works as a First Officer for SkyWest Airlines. He is a volunteer firefighter for the Bloomington Township Fire Department and retains licensure as a Paramedic.


Members Advocate for the Funding of CAP

1 MARCH 2013

Indiana Wing volunteer professionals met with members of the Indiana Congressional delegation recently to educate and inform them of Civil Air Patrol's three missions: aerospace education, emergency services and cadet programs. These missions are directed and overseen by Congress. Our emergency services program is especially important as Indiana has been victim to severe natural disasters recently. Our unpaid professionals swung into action immediately after tornadoes that swept through the Henryville and Marysville areas leveled homes, schools and businesses throughout southeastern Indiana. In the days afterward, CAP pilots flew members of the emergency management community from the Clark County EMA to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

On the groud, CAP volunteers from Clark, Vanderburgh and Marion Counties worked under the direction of the EMA alongside neighbors, citizen volunteers and emergency response workers throughout the night, Friday, and into the daylight hours on Saturday, performing welfare checks. Additional volunteers from all corners of Indiana were standing ready to deploy. “Each week throughout Indiana, countless Civil Air Patrol volunteers prepare and conduct training to make our communities safer,” said Col. Richard Griffith, Indiana Wing Commander. “At times of tragedy, CAP stands ready to assist in any way we can.”

This is why we humbly ask that Congress continue to fund Civil Air Patrol. We save lives. And we are able to do it more cheaply than any other resource. It's why the U.S. Air Force tasks us with more than 90% of inland search and rescue missions. These things we do so that others may live.

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