Five other members around the state reported that they have given blood at their local donation centers in the last week, bringing the current total blood donation from the Wing to 35 units. These donations essentially give the Wing six potential saves over the next couple of weeks as the blood is used to help accident victims and others in desperate need of donated blood.
Phase II of Operation Pulse Lift is scheduled for August 11, 2017, at Falcon Field. The longer-term plan is to hold a third blood donation event on Saturday, December 2, 2017, as a part of the Spirit of 76 – 76th Anniversary/Birthday Party at Falcon Field.
The American Red Cross workers were extremely pleased with the Falcon Squadron capabilities and support, saying that it is a perfect blood drawing center. As a result, it has been now listed as an Emergency Blood Drawing Center for them. Should there be an unannounced call-out for blood (for example, in a distant emergency in the state or if another donation center has to cancel at the last minute), the Red Cross will call on CAP to back them up by providing a location for an Emergency Blood Draw.
All Arizona Wing members are invited to attend a ceremony on Saturday, April 15, at 1 p.m. at the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, during which Robert Joyner of Apache Junction, Arizona, will receive a Congressional Gold Medal. The medal is awarded by the United States Congress and is the highest civilian award in the U.S., on par with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In 2014, Congress approved legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to members of the Civil Air Patrol who served during World War II. Last month, after Joyner contacted CAP National Headquarters, it was determined that his World War II-era service made him eligible to receive the medal. U.S. Representative Andrew Biggs and CAP Arizona Wing Commander Col. Martha Morris will recognize Joyner at the ceremony and present his medal. Arizona State Senator David Farnsworth and Apache Junction Mayor Jeff Serdy also are expected to attend.
Robert E. “Bob” Joyner joined the CAP as a cadet in 1942 while attending high school. When asked why he joined the CAP, Joyner said, “It was the thing to do back in those days and because I loved airplanes so much. It was my way to contribute to the national war effort.” He transferred to the Senior Squadron located at Weir Cook Municipal Airport in Indianapolis in June 1945. In September 1945, he was promoted to the grade of Warrant Officer, which he held until his enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Forces.
Joyner became an airborne photographer and was selected as an instructor on B-24 bombers for active duty airborne photography operations. He served two and a half years, leaving the newly formed U.S. Air Force as a Non-Commissioned Officer. After his military service, he worked in the nuclear and chemical industries. He returned to his home state of Arizona and currently resides in Apache Junction. Joyner and his wife, Verna, have eight children. Two of their sons carried on the family tradition, serving proudly in the U.S. Air Force.
Location: Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, AZ (NE corner of Greenfield and McKellips Roads)
Learn more about the Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal.
SM Nancy Parra-Quinlan, a new member of Falcon Composite Squadron 305 in Mesa, has been selected by the Frank Luke Chapter of the Air Force Association as its nominee for 2017 Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year. She will compete with the three nominees from Arizona AFA chapters for the state title, and if successful, will go on to the regional and national competition. Parra-Quinlan is a master teacher and has been teaching aerospace and science for more than 20 years for the Mesa Public Schools. She was previously a CAP Aerospace Education Member.
The 2017 Arizona Wing Conference will be held on June 2-3 at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona. Expect a Friday evening mixer and a full day of informational sessions on Saturday. The Wing Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday evening.
Room reservations are available now and must be made by phone to get the conference rate. Please call 1-800-352-4386 and ask for the Arizona Wing, Civil Air Patrol rate. Deluxe Standard rooms at $127 plus tax single or $147 plus tax double, plus $20 for each additional adult. Cutoff date for this rate is May 12, 2017, so make your reservations now.
March 16, 2017
Over 300 lives saved through cellular forensics team’s efforts since 2006
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Alabama – Civil Air Patrol’s National Cellular Forensics Team participated in its 1,000th mission earlier today. The mission ended, like hundreds before it, in a “save.”
“The 1000th cell phone mission has been conducted and it was a success,” said Col. Brian Ready, former Arizona Wing commander and one of the members of the cellular forensics team, which the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center has credited with helping save more than 300 lives over the past 11 years. Maj. Justin Ogden and Maj. Jerad Hoff, both members of Arizona Wing, are also key members of the Team.
Message from AZ Wing Commander Col. Martha Morris:
This morning, Capt. Roy Coulliette passed away in hospital with family around him. He was a member of the 388th Composite Squadron in Glendale and joined CAP in 1987. Coulliette was inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004.
He was a fixture in our CAP glider program with more glider experience than anyone – more than 20,000 individual flights. Every time I flew with him, I learned many things. His concern always was our cadets and safety. He donated much time and expertise to our program and let us use his flight school gliders at the Lake Pleasant Airport, which greatly expanded our abilities to fly many cadets at the same time.
He will be missed.
Congratulations to Cadet/1st Lt Brookelin J.V. Collins (Prescott Composite Squadron 206) and Cadet/2nd Lt Reyna Armbrust (Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302), the first cadets selected for the American Public University (APU)/Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Above & Beyond Cadet (ABC) College Orientation Program. Both cadets will be entering college this semester and attending APU, taking a tuition-free, three-semester-hour course of their choice.
The first-ever, Arizona Wing-hosted, Above & Beyond Cadet (ABC) College Scholarship Program was designed to provide deserving Arizona Wing cadets with the opportunity to take one APU course. APU is a fully accredited university that offers numerous graduate and undergraduate programs/degrees.
Collins will begin her collegiate odyssey by taking an Introduction to Intelligence Studies course. Armbrust will be taking a course in Personalities Theories.
The objective of the ABC program is to orient deserving CAP cadets to college academic rigor, study requirements, and assignments, promoting higher education and follow-on attendance in college. A novel program, it is intended to raise the bar of professionalism and academic excellence within CAP and the selected members.
The annual Civil Air Patrol Legislative Day took place on March 2, 2017, in Washington, DC. Legislative Day brings CAP members from throughout the country to meet with their representatives and senators to discuss matters that are important to CAP.
This year, the focus was on a need for increased funding to support the implementation of ADS-B, a relatively new technology that allows pilots and air traffic controllers to more accurately determine their position using satellites rather than radar. This allows better tracking by air traffic control and better situational awareness for pilots.
The Federal Aviation Administration has mandated the implementation of ADS-B by 2020. With the CAP fleet of 560 airplanes, it is critical to plan ahead and begin the transition to the new equipment as soon as funding becomes available. The estimated cost is $2.9 million.
Members of the Arizona Congressional delegation were briefed on CAP’s emergency services, aerospace education, and cadet programs efforts, with AZ Wing cadets describing their personal experiences in the cadet program. The representatives and senators also were invited to join the CAP Congressional Squadron.
The Arizona Wing representatives included: Col. Martha Morris, Wing Commander; Lt. Col. Rob Pinckard, Chief of Staff; Lt. Col. James Nova, Government Relations Advisor; Capt. Gordon Helm, Deputy Commander for Seniors, Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302; Capt. Margot Myers, Wing Public Affairs Officer; C/Lt. Col. Morgan Brewington, Cochise Composite Squadron 107; C/Capt. Mackenzie Mollohan, Mohave Valley Composite Squadron 201; and C/Capt. Andrew Varnes, East Tucson Cadet Squadron 229.
This message sent on Feb. 28, 2017, from Arizona Wing Commander Col. Martha Morris:
We just found out Arizona Wing (the entire Wing) has earned the coveted Unit Citation award for the inclusive dates of 1 NOV 2013 to 31 DEC 2015. This is to recognize all the Outstanding ratings earned by the Arizona Wing under the command of Col Brian Ready. These high ratings have never been equaled across the nation by any other wing.
A hearty well done and a new green ribbon for your uniform for every person who was a member of the wing during that time period.
An article appeared recently on the AOPA Pilot website regarding the Civil Air Patrol National Radar Analysis and Cellphone Forensics Teams. The high-tech solutions aided in quickly pinpointing missing aircraft and speeding the rescue of the downed pilots and passengers.
The Cellphone Forensics Team originated in Arizona Wing with members Maj. Jerad Hoff, Maj. Justin Ogden, and Col. Brian Ready. It is just one of several technology tools developed in Arizona Wing to support CAP search and rescue programs.
Read the AOPA article here.