North Central Region Chaplain Corps Staff College Builds the Future

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MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol’s North Central Region (NCR) Chaplain Corps Staff College of Professional Development for 2018 took place from 23 to 26 April at the Columban Fathers Retreat Center in Bellevue, Nebraska. The NCR Chaplain (Lt. Col.), Don Mikitta hosted the college which was directed by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Dan Hudson, Phd.  Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jill Holm served as Staff Chaplain.  The event included the CAP Chief of Chaplains, Chaplain (Colonel) Charles Sattgast and a former CAP Chief of Chaplains, Chaplain (Colonel) David Van Horn, now serving in the Missouri Wing, and former Deputy CAP Chief of Chaplains, Personnel, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Ron Tottingham.  Col. Regena Aye, NCR Commander, addressed the attendees.

Attendees: Back row l to r, Ch., Lt Col, Don Mikitta (NCR), Ch., Capt, Roger Gillming (NE Wing), CDI, Lt Col, Jeffrey Michalski (NE Wing), Ch., Col, David Van Horn (MO Wing), Ch., Capt, Terry McIlvain (KS Wing), Ch, Capt, Ron Yarnell, (IA Wing), CDI, 2nd Lt, Kevin Wallace (MO Wing), Ch., Lt Col, Ron Tottingham (NHQ), Ch., Maj, David Knight (MT Wing), Ch., Lt Col, Leonard Hale (MO Wing), CDI, Anna Marie Bistodeau (NCR), 2ndLt Ashley Belmundez-Fracks(NE Wing), CMSgt. (ret.) Bob Dandridge (NHQ), Ch., Lt Col, Dan Hudson (NCR) (Director).
Front row l to r, Ch., Lt Col, Jeffrey Williams (RMR), Ch., Lt Col, Larry Biederman (NE Wing), CDI, Capt, Sylvia Small (SD Wing), Ch., Maj, Jill Holm (MN Wing), CDI, Capt, John Reed (MN Wing)., Lt Col, Ken Van Loon (NCR).

The primary focus was training based on the Chaplain Emergency Service School lessons, led by Mikitta. The college provided the foundational classes that prepare chaplains and character development instructors to serve in future Chaplain Support Teams.  A field training exercise had the students practice to improve responding to a mission base. An Advanced Cadet Protection Course led by Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) Bob Dandridge, took place as well as training in writing After Action Reports. Additional Chaplain Corps sessions on Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education were conducted.  Daily devotions focused the students on their ministry of presence.

The graduation banquet was held at the Papillion Latter Day Saint Stake Center. The banquet speaker was Chaplain Sattgast, and the Cadet Color Guard came from the Gen. Curtis Lemay Composite Sq. Additional guests included members of the 99th Pursuit Squadron


Five graduates participated in the training and received certificates of attendance while the College Staff received certificates for their support.


The 2019 event is scheduled 22-25 April.


The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit or for more information.


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