Serving Northern Illinois Squadron 4 is 501(c)3 Registered Non-Profit

Social Media Officer
Steve Pagels

Steve was born in Northern Illinois. His early interest in flight, mechanics and electronics formed his future. Having friends that were pilots and being around Experimental Aircraft Association throughout the years. ‘There’s a point when you step out to help.’ Joining Warbirds Squadron 4 in 2008, he became a board member and has had the opportunity to work on many events. He crews on a Grumman TBM Avenger as they display it at airport open houses around Illinois.

Quartermaster
Stacy Kolls

For the past 10 years, Stacy has lived in Belvidere, Illinois. She decided to join the Squadron in 2000 because of her location and the many members that she had met through her Airventure experiences. After becoming a board member in 2003, Stacy has played an important role in the Squadron with her Quartermaster duties as well as her organization of the B-17 tour stops. In addition, Stacy has been working on her private pilot license and has 2 solo flights. Aside from Squadron activities, Stacy has been volunteering at Airventure since 1999. She is also involved in the Rockford airshow and is a member of EAA Chapter 22. Stacy’s favorite Warbirds are the Stinson L-5 Sentinel, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, and the North American P-51 Mustang. She also runs a care package drive for Squadron 4.

Young Eagles Officer
Robert (Butch) Bejna

A resident of Addison, Illinois, Robert ‘Butch’ Benja recently joined Squadron 4 because of his life long interest in Warbird type aircraft. He has also known several Squadron 4 members for many years. Butch began flying in 1984 and holds his private pilots license. For many years, he has operated a Cessna 150 out of Schaumburg airport. In addition to Squadron 4, Butch is heavily involved in the Young Eagles program and has flown nearly 2000 missions for the program. His favorite Warbird is the P-40 Warhawk as it was the first model that he ever built. He also enjoys photographing many different aircraft.