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Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) Information


There is a TLC course scheduled for October 18-19  in Sedona.  Those who wish to attend this course please submitt your CAPF011 to Maj Shaun X, Adams at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  as soon as possible.  Shaun has listed the accommodations in Sedona and he has planned an interesting course.


Meals:  Verde Valley Composite Squadron 205 can provide lunch, snacks, & acontinental breakfast service for Sunday for an additional $30 per person.

There is also a patio with BBQ grills & a full kitchen. You may bring your own meals, go locally to get fast food, or use the squadron provided meal plan. For local meals please contact Capt. Jean-Marie Nixon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Accommodations: Sedona Shadows has a swimming pool & hot tub for participants to enjoy after a day of classes.


Sedona Super 8: Offers a 10% discount off the $139 rate which will be $125 plus tax. Call the hotel direct (928)-282-1533 and make reservation; mention that you are part of the CAP group and you will receive the discount and secure the room at that time with their own credit card. The hotel will extend the discount to the group up to 30 days prior to the arrival date, after which they will no longer be entitled to the discount, so participants just make sure they reserve before September 18th.

Sedona Days Inn: The discounted rate would be $86.99 plus tax. Call (928)282-9166 and ask for the 'CAP Block' and they will be given the rate quoted and secure the room at that time with their own credit card. The hotel will extend the discount to the group up to 30 days prior to the arrival date, after which they will no longer be entitled to the discount, so participants

must make sure they reserve before September 18th.

Guest rooms available at 4 of the homes of the senior members of Verde Valley Composite Squadron 205: contact Maj. Victor La Sala at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to coordinate on a first come first serve basis.

Thank You

Capt Neil J Miller



AE Symposium at the AZ Wing Conference in Flagstaff a Huge Success.

By Lt. Col. Pete Feltz

AZ WG Conf. 2014 Peted AEO of yearThis year’s Arizona Wing Conference was in Flagstaff on June 27-28 at the Little America Resort.  Because AZ WG Conf. 2014 Dave Tucek RC presentationof the hot temperatures in the Phoenix Area and the mid 80s high in Flagstaff we had a larger turn out than expected.  Everybody really enjoyed the cooler temperatures.  As usual we had a number of really good break out sessions including the AE Symposium.  We had the largest attendance compared to the last couple years at well over 45 SM and some cadets.  This year we had two outstanding presenters.  Rich Laherty, our rocketry expert and Brian Tucek our highly experienced RC presenter.  They developed excellent Power Point presentations.  Our current plans are to develop a Rocketry Contest this next fiscal year including some advanced rocketry operations.  This will be headed up by Rich Laherty.  We also plan to expand the RC Program throughout the AZ Wing under the direction of Briam Tucek.  This all sounds exciting and we are looking forward to these  programs.

AZ Wing Conf 2014 TOY Amy BartlettOur Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Amy Bartlett was presented her award by Col Brian Ready and Col Frank AZ WG Conf 2014 Advance Rocketry Rick LahertyBuethe.  They also presented the Aerospace Education Officer of the Year Award to LtCol A. Peter Feltz. 


AFA honors CAP with Lifetime Achievement Award for 70-plus years of contributing to national defense

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – The Air Force Association has honored Civil Air Patrol with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of its more than 70 years of helping secure the American homeland, especially its service during World War II.

Brig Gen. Larry Myrick, CAP national vice commander, accepted the award during the association’s Air & Space Conference in National Harbor, Md.

·         During the presentation ceremony CAP was recognized: “For selflessly protecting our shorelines and borders with personal aircraft …

·         “For encouraging women and more than 80,000 young Americans with an opportunity to serve during World War II …

·         “And flying more than 750,000 mission hours by the war’s end.”

That legacy of heroism and sacrifice has also been recognized by Congress, which is awarding CAP the Congressional Gold Medal honoring the organization for its wartime service. President Barack Obama signed the medal into law May 30, and it will soon be presented in Washington, D.C., with a possible date of Dec. 10 for the ceremony. Additional information on the Congressional Gold Medal and CAP’s World War II service can be found at


New AE POA Requirements – End of Year 2014


In the past, Unit and Group Aerospace Education Plans of Action (POA) have, perhaps mistakenly, been held at a lower priority than annual Unit AE Activity Reports.  With the release of CAPR280-2,  dated 3 June 2014, it is now required that squadron and group level units write and submit POAs beginning with late 2014 with an attached roster showing their AEO staff positions (Acting AEO, AEO, Asst. AEOs, etc.) by name and CAPID.  This NHQ decision was made to provide higher level AE staffs with better visibility into the AE goals and yearly plans for lower level units, to measure units’ AE effectiveness from the previous year, and to keep AE staff rosters current.  Squadron AEPOAs are due at Group by 15 Oct.  Group AEPOAs are due at Wing by 15 Nov.

NOTE:  Writing such plans is also a requirement for achieving the Track 215 Senior Rating.

In the process of constructing a POA for a new year, the unit staff is provided the opportunity to look at the ending year’s unit AE achievements and focuses, and decide if deficiencies exist and/or if changes in emphasis are necessary.  With the construction of the new year’s POA, the unit staff can then provide the year-to-year AE mission continuity while establishing effective measurements in key areas.  The new POA can then be a guideline for the new year’s AE efforts and serves as a declaration of the unit’s intentions to higher level AE staffs. 

CAPP 15, Pages 24 & 25 provide an example format of a Squadron AE Plan of Action.

Below, are listed some suggested measurement and goal-setting areas that unit staffs might consider: 


Arizona Wing Hosts Cadet Activities During Conference

By C/Major Meghan ParsonsLt. Col. Friend talks to Arizona Wing Cadets about the JROTC program at NAU

Flagstaff Ariz.- The Civil Air Patrol Arizona Wing Conference was held on Saturday June 28, 2014 and had a dozen cadets in attendance. Many of these cadets participated in the Cadet Day Program presented by the Arizona Wing.

The first component of Cadet Day included a tour of the local Northern Arizona University (NAU) campus, and meeting with Lt. Col. Mark Friend, Commander of the 027 AFROTC Detachment at NAU. "We're very selective and look for the   vCadets were given a tour of the NAU campusery best." Lt. Col. Friend explained, briefly explaining the units programs and benefits "We care a lot about academics." Lt. Col. Friend then hosted a short game, showing different aircraft and asking cadets to guess the designation and model.

Cadets were then treated to a tour of NAU's campus, including its fitness facilities and dorms. The tour ended in the NAU buffet-style cafeteria for lunch, where cadets were able to relax before heading back to the Little America Hotel for the afternoon's event.

The final event of the Cadet Day was the Recruiter Meet and Greet, coordinated by CAC representative C/Maj Jessica Parsons. Sergeant Baker, United States Army has been a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for 11 years and is currently working towards a Bachelor's in Forensic Science at NAU. "Sergeant Flores answers questions about opportunities available in the Air ForceThe Army isn't a job," Sergeant Baker explained to the cadets. "It's a lifestyle." Sergeant Flores, United States Air Force, has been in the Air Force for 7 years and currently works in Logistics. "The Army and the Air Force have many of the same benefits." Sergeant Flores explained. "We’re actively looking for recruits interested in Electronics and Mechanics, so it's easy to get into those fields in the Air Force." Both were on hand to talk about their military experiences and answer any questions that the cadets had about their branches of service.

"We really appreciate Sergeant Baker and Sergeant Flores coming to speak with us," C/Maj Jessica Parsons explained after the event. "I hope it opened the cadets to some of the opportunities available in both the Army and the Air Force. Today was really about helping cadets start thinking about their futures, either in the military or in the civilian world."


AZWG HQ and Support Group Personnel Changes

I am pleased to announce the following personnel changes at the Arizona Wing HQ and in the Cadet and Mission Support Groups. 

  • Lt Col Layne Slapper has assumed command of the Mission Support Group in addition to his duties as Arizona Wing Vice Commander.
  • Lt Col Frank Scherer has assumed the position of the Wing Coordinator for the Arizona Wing.
  • Lt Col Newton Muehleisen has assumed the position of the General Carl A Spaatz Testing Coordinator for the Arizona Wing. 

I want to express my gratitude to Lt Cols Slapper, Scherer and Muehleisen for their exemplary duty performance, leadership and continued dedication to the Arizona Wing and the Civil Air Patrol.

Please congratulate these Officers on their new positions.

Thank you.



Removal of US Flag Patch

Many Cadet and Senior Members have expressed concern at the removal of the US Flag from the BDU and Field Uniforms mandated by the recent CAPM 39-1 change released by National on 26 June, 2014. During a recent talk with Col. Brian Ready, he explained the reasons behind this issue, and this explanation was similiar to the National Commander's perspective.

"The Flag was added to the BDU's in 2007 when CAP was renamed the U.S. Civil Air Patrol." Col Ready explained. "It's only been in service for seven years, and is now being retired."

Here is NHQ's reason for the removal of the US Flag Patch, received in response to  'Ask the National Commander':

"CAP’s USAF-style uniform policies will adhere to USAF standards found in the appropriate USAF instructions. The American flag is being removed from the CAP BDU because the Air Force does not wear the flag on their field uniform while serving stateside."


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