Civil Air Patrol

South Dakota Civil Air Patrol

The South Dakota Civil Air Patrol has a new wing commander. The organization is an all-volunteer branch of the Air Force.

C-A-P members are often the eyes in the sky during disaster response and search and rescue efforts.

The new C-A-P leader took office during the organization’s annual meeting.

Colonel David Small Jr. became the highest ranking Civil Air Patrol officer in the state last week. Colonel Small says the Civil Air Patrol helps agencies in a number of different situations.

Civil Air Patrol Joins Pine Ridge Search

May 18, 2016
Pine Ridge Police Department

Three men are still missing on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Juan Lamont, Tevin Tyon and Tyrell Wilson are all in their early twenties. They were last seen by family on May 7th.

The Civil Air Patrol is now joining the search. CAP personnel are currently searching Pine Ridge and the surrounding area.

Major Bruce Kipp is the Wing’s Public Information Officer. He says the C-A-P doesn’t get called in for these kinds of situations very often.

Two South Dakota women are Congressional Gold Medal recipients for their work during World War Two. The official ceremony in Washington, D.C. in December awarded the medals. Monday afternoon Governor Dennis Daugaard hosts a ceremony honoring the women. 

The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the highest honors for civilians. South Dakotans Lois Schmidt and Pauline Hanson Brehe are recipients.

Civil Air Patrol Major Todd Epp says American leaders are acknowledging their service. He says Brehe and Schmidt were part of the original South Dakota Civil Air Patrol.

South Dakota Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol was born one week before Pearl Harbor after volunteers with a love for aviation lobbied for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of the country. After World War Two, the Civil Air Patrol was given the mission areas of aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.

The cleanup of this weekends blizzard in western South Dakota continues with efforts from multiple groups around the state. As cleanup continues there's good news and bad news.

The good news is the search for missing elk hunters in the black hills is being dismissed. Major Bruce Kipp with the Civil Air Patrol says there were two reports of missing hunters and planes went out searching in remote areas.