Captain Steven Hulland Sr., commander of Squadron 104 in Tucson, AZ, turned a chance encounter with the editor of the Green Valley News into a comprehensive article about Civil Air Patrol, its missions, the 75th anniversary, and specific information about local members and missions. Read the story here.
Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302, the largest squadron in the Arizona Wing, has a new commander. On Monday, Nov. 28, Lt Col Heather Muehleisen (left), AZ Wing Vice Commander for the West Sector, presided over the change of command ceremony. Outgoing squadron commander, Capt Jeffrey Landtiser (right), thanked the senior members and cadets for their support and singled out his senior staff for “getting the real work done.”
Incoming squadron commander, Maj. Mark Schadt (center), told more than 100 assembled senior members, cadets, family members, and distinguished guests that he is ready to meet the challenge of serving as 302’s leader. “Command of such a storied and accomplished squadron is a cherished and honored opportunity for me and I will do my best to represent the men and women of this fine squadron,” Schadt said. “My role as your commanding officer will be to foster a welcoming environment for all where everyone’s vision and motivation will be realized. My mission and that of our dedicated members is ensure Squadron 302’s continued unparalleled contributions to the Arizona Wing, the State of Arizona, the United States Air Force and Civil Air Patrol.
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers presented a proclamation honoring the 75th anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol at the 388th Composite Squadron in Glendale on Nov. 21.
Cadets from Glendale’s 388th Composite Squadron conducted a formation and flag-raising ceremony, followed by the presentation of the proclamation by Mayor Weiers. Weiers is an accomplished pilot as well as a member of the Civil Air Patrol with more than two decades of flying experience. He owns his own plane and flies out of his home base at the Glendale Airport.
All Arizona Wing members are invited to attend the Civil Air Patrol/Arizona Wing 75th Birthday Party on Saturday, December 3, at Falcon Field.
The digital version of Civil Air Patrol’s 75th Anniversary Volunteer (a special 84-page October-December 2016 issue) is now available here. The Volunteer cover features Cadet Maj. Megan Laubhan.
This e-edition of the Volunteer includes an article from CAP National Historian Col. Frank Blazich about CAP’s first commander, Army Air Forces Col. Earle L. Johnson. There is also an updated timeline of CAP’s 75 years of service and an article about notable members past and present, along with a new look at CAP’s Total Force partnership with the Air Force and a look back at memorable missions.
Civil Air Patrol’s Arizona Wing and the organization’s two National Cell Phone Forensics Team experts have been selected to receive all three of the International Association of Emergency Managers’ inaugural Volunteerism in Emergency Management Awards.
The award recipients:
Arizona Wing — Emergency Management Volunteer Organization of the Year Award
Col. Brian Ready (right in photo) — Uniformed Service Auxiliary Member of the Year Award
Maj. Justin Ogden (left in photo) — USA Emergency Management Volunteer of the Year Award
Congratulations to Maj. Ogden and Col. Ready for this international recognition of excellence in Emergency Services.
Read more about the awards in CAP Volunteer Now.
As the Civil Air Patrol celebrates its 75th anniversary, a book that highlights the role CAP members played, particularly with coastal patrols, during WWII is getting some attention. Check out this links to a story and interview with author Roger Thiel about his book, “America’s Homefront Air War: The Untold Facts of Armed U.S. Civilians and Their Successful Light Plane Retaliation to the Invasion of America’s East Coast.”