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Gallatin Composite Squadron Helping Hand at Bozeman Polar Plunge!

March 5, 2020

Bozeman, Mont. – Every winter, all across the Montana hundreds of people plunge into freezing water to raise money for Special Olympics Montana. Throughout this frigid season, the Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run, with the support of other organizations, will organize and conduct 12 events in cities across Montana. These events served to benefit over 3,000 Montana Special Olympics Athletes.

This past weekend a very successful event was held in Bozeman Montana. At this plunge, 150 people supported Special Olympics Athletes by either plunging into Glen Lake or supporting those who did. Altogether this event raised an incredible $40,000.

The Gallatin Composite Squadron, a unit of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), was among the many organization that made this event successful. The Squadron, as in past years, contributed by managing car parking and assisting with the setup and teardown of the event site. One challenge of this event is that the majority of participants and spectators arrive and depart from the lake within a very short time period. The Civil Air Patrol cadets, with planning and professional radio communication, overcame this extreme flow of traffic, directing vehicles to the best parking locations. This service was paramount to the successful flow of this event, as the sudden and large influx of traffic could quickly cascade into traffic jams and perhaps even collision.

Furthermore, the Squadron, with 18 members present, was vital to the speedy set up and teardown of the site. “We couldn’t have done this without you.” said Bozeman Deputy Sheriff Mark Hernandez to the CAP members after teardown was complete. He continued by referencing past year when, without CAP members to assist, he need to arrive early in the morning for the set up and stayed long after the event to put all the gear away.

The Gallatin Composite Squadron is always willing and ready to lend a helping hand to the community. It is happy to support Special Olympics Montana and eagerly anticipates future involvement in the Polar Plunge and other community events.

Civil Air Patrol, The Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 62,000 members nationwide. CAP’s missions are Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by AFRCC with 155 lives in fiscal year 2018. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief, and counterdrug 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 adults currently participating in CAP’s cadet programs. Cadets learn and practice skills in Communication, Leadership, Followership, and Character Development through the Cadet Program. CAP has been performing missions for America for 67 years. For more information, visit and

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Written by:

Cadet 1st Lt. David Hogenson

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1st. Lt. Austin M Troth - - 406-599-2462

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