The January 2017 issue of Air Force Magazine includes an article that outlines the many ways — both traditional and new — that Civil Air Patrol is fulfilling its role as part of the USAF Total Force. The article discusses a number of ways in which CAP contributes including: escorting remotely piloted aircraft; serving as intercept training targets; providing secure, mission-critical tactical command and control communications; photographing disaster areas during recovery operations; and offering STEM-focused aerospace education programs.
Read the article here.
The latest issue of The Fly-By, Southwest Region’s quarterly electronic newsletter, is now available for download.
In this issue, SWR Commander Col. Mark Smith notes that 2017 has been declared “The Year of the Cadet,” as October 1, 2017, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program. He also reviews the vision, mission, and priorities set for Southwest Region for the new year.
Arizona Wing news can be found on:
- Page 17: Wreaths Across America
- Page 21: Award to Maj. Chris Dusard
- Page 31: CAP participation in AOPA Fly-In in Prescott
- Page 48: Change of command at Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302
Overnight on 3 January, AZ Wing was alerted to a missing aircraft that had taken off from Scottsdale on its way to Telluride, Colorado. CAP National Radar Analysis Team members pinpointed the area. An ELT could be heard along the Mogollon Rim and CAP launched both Payson and Deer Valley squadrons’ aircraft. The ELT was located and the aircrews directed a DPS Ranger helicopter to the site. The family of four in the Cessna 210 did not survive the crash. AFRCC has awarded AZ Wing the FIND. UPDATE: See coverage of the mission in the Payson Roundup.
At three Arizona cemeteries, cadets from four Arizona squadrons joined with their fellow Civil Air Patrol members across the country in the Wreaths Across America program on December 17.
Cadets from Squadrons 205 (Verde Valley/Sedona) and 206 (Prescott Metro Area) got together to lay wreaths at the Prescott National Cemetery, where almost 5,000 veterans are buried. The activity, undertaken on a very cold, clear day, was an opportunity for cadets from both squadrons to work together and was designed to remember fallen American veterans, honor those who serve, and teach the value of freedom.
“More than one CAP Airman’s eyes, both cadet and senior, misted up during the ceremonies, and not because of the biting breeze that was blowing,” said Prescott Squadron Public Affairs Officer 2nd Lt. Stephen Echols. “The main speaker, possibly unknowingly, emphasized the concepts that we in CAP take so seriously: Integrity, Service, Excellence and Respect.” Read the full article…
The Arizona Wing of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) announces the first-ever, Arizona Wing-hosted, Above & Beyond Cadet (ABC) College Scholarship Program. This program is designed to provide five deserving Arizona Wing cadets with the opportunity to take one three-semester-hour college course, tuition free. This program is promoted by American Public University (APU), a fully accredited university that offers numerous graduate and undergraduate programs/degrees. Please do not contact the university directly; send all questions to the Wing Point of Contact listed below.
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.
Col. Jayson Altieri, chairman of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors, announced today that the board has selected John Salvador as CAP’s chief operating officer. The COO administers the day-to-day affairs at CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
Salvador, who has served as interim COO since August, has held numerous leadership positions at CAP National Headquarters over the past two decades. From July 2010 to August 2016 he served as senior director. His background at national headquarters also includes service as director of missions, director of operations and chief of aerospace education. In addition, he served as CAP-U.S. Air Force director of operations.
See the full news release from National HQ here.
From “I overslept” to “The dog ate my homework,” there are many classic excuses, but here’s a new one for you. The Subordinate Unit Inspection (SUI) team was late for the scheduled start of the inspection for the Mohave Valley Composite Squadron 231 because of … “a gunfight and burros wandering in the street in Oatman, Ariz.” Remember that one for the next time you need an excuse for being late.
At the beginning of the City Council meeting in Glendale, Ariz., on Dec. 6, Mayor Jerry Weiers recognized Capt. Klara Olcott, a member of Glendale’s 388th Composite Squadron. Olcott, who recently transitioned from the cadet program to become a senior member, was named the Civil Air Patrol Cadet of the Year at the National Conference in Nashville in August.
More than 150 members of the Arizona Wing and their guests attended a celebration for the 75th Anniversary of Civil Air Patrol at Falcon Field in Mesa, Ariz. on Dec. 3. Hosted by Falcon Composite Squadron 305, the gathering included lunch, a specially decorated cake, and the first “Ball in the Grid” volleyball tournament.
Lt. Col. Robert Ditch, CAP, the Deputy Commander for Seniors at 305 chaired the organizing committee and served as host, master of ceremonies, and volleyball referee. Col. Martha Morris, CAP, the Arizona Wing Commander, spoke to the members gathered in Falcon Field Park, adjacent to the airport and Squadron 305’s building. She also presented the “Ball in the Grid” trophy to the volleyball team from Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302.
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.