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Civil Air Patrol officially included in definition as fourth member of Air Force Total Force

By C/LtCol Meghan Parsons

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. – The Official Auxiliary of the Air Force, the Civil Air Patrol has been performing missions for the Air Force for over 70 years. It was officially announced today at the National Conference in Florida that the Civil Air Patrol has been added to the definition of Total Force Support in Air Force Doctrine, and members, both Senior and Cadet, will now be known as Airman.

"I was really excited when I received an email earlier this week, and it had to do with Air Force Doctrine Volume Two which has to do with Leadership. It defines the term Total Force." Brigadier General Paul Guemmer, the Commander of the Jeannie M. Holm Center said as he delivered a message on behalf of Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark Welsh. "There has been an addition to the definition that was signed earlier this week. It now includes the sentence 'In addition, the Total Force includes the Civil Air Patrol, as the Official Air Force Auxiliary.'"

The Total Force includes Active Duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserves, and now, Civil Air Patrol. Members within the Civil Air Patrol now can be addressed as Airmen under this new definition and will no longer be referred to simply as members of the program. "Greater awareness of Civil Air Patrol from our Total Force support partners also ushers in a new era of understanding and presents an untold opportunity as it looks to its missions for tomorrow." Maj. Gen. Joe Vasquez, CAP National Commander explained in a video recently released.

"As the Official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, Civil Air Patrol has been acting as a member of the Total Force since 2004 when all of our Air Force Missions and Taskings came under the supervision of the First Air Force." Maj. Gen. Joe Vasquez, explained. "The Air Force Senior Leadership has long considered Civil Air Patrol to be part of the Air Force Family relying on us to support Homeland Security missions. I congratulate the 57,000 volunteers, now called Airmen, of the United States Air Force Auxiliary for achieving this important National Recognition of their outstanding service to our nation."

In addition, it was announced that as a part of the Air Force's Total Force of Active Duty, Reserves, Air National Guard and now, Auxiliary, members of the Civil Air Patrol will be referred to as Airmen, rather than simply Members or Volunteers.

The Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol actively participates in all three of Civil Air Patrol's Congressionally mandated missions of Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services.

Cadet units located across the state actively present The Colors at local civic events and learn about leadership and aerospace at local meetings. These young men and women aged 12-21 serve a vital role throughout Civil Air Patrol missions, serving as instructors to junior cadets while developing their own leadership skills and participating in Arizona's Award Winning Ground Team and at local Mission Bases during local training and Air Force Assigned Missions.

The support from the Senior Members make Emergency Services possible, and they serve as mentors to fellow members and cadets. Members are actively trained in aerial search and rescue techniques including mission photography and scanner techniques. Arizona Wing is actively involved in Civil Air Patrol's Cell Phone Forensics and Radar Analysis teams.

Civil Air Patrol also has participated in Exercise Angel Thunder, the largest and most realistic joint service, NATO multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise designed to provide training for personnel recovery assets using a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies.  CAP has participated since 2003, and the Arizona Wing annually stands up mission bases across Arizona and the Wing Ground Team is available for the exercise.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force Auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for the past 73 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit more information.



Appointment of New Wing Safety Officer

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Maj Corey Stohlquist as the Arizona Wing Director of Safety. Maj Stohlquist recently transferred from the Illinois Wing where he was their Director of Safety and we are excited to have him join our team. Maj Stohlquist assumes the reins from Lt Col John Kruger who has been appointed as the Southwest Region Director of Safety. I want to thank Col Kruger for his vision, dedication and commitment to the AZWG Safety program and wish him well in his new position.

Congratulations to both of these fine officers.

Thank you,

Col Brian Ready

Arizona Wing Commander


Arizona Wing Facebook Pages

If you have not already, but sure to check out the Arizona Wing Social Media presence!


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Arizona Wing Commander Position Open

Col Mark Smith, SWR/CC is announcing the notification of upcoming opening for the Arizona Wing Commander position today.

Applications will be accepted today through the 10 September 2015.

The change of command will be approximately 9 Jan 2016.


AZ Wing AE Event at the Challenger Space Center in Peoria AZ Went Real Well.

There were a total of 103 members in attendance on Saturday May 23, 2015.  The members were divided into three groups to attend three different events, “Liquid Nitrogen”, “Heat Shield” and “Tour/Light”.  Liquid Nitrogen demonstrated the effects and usages for the substance and kept the members somewhat spellbound with the uniqueness of the substance.  The Heat Shield was an experiment to build the most effective heat shield from the materials provided: Aluminum Foil, Canning lid (large), Canning lid (small), paper clip, Popsicle stick, Graham Crackers and a toothpick.  The resulted shield would have to hold up for 120 seconds before falling of a wooden dowel that it was glued to.  They then had to figure out a formula to find out the “Mass Cost” and the lowest Mass Cost would be the winner of those that lasted the 120 seconds.  I never did find out who the winners were but all the cadets did real well.  The Tour/Light showed the various types of light and everyone got to check to see how well they could conduct the light energy and light up a fluorescent light tube.  Some did real well.  Pizza was delivered for the lunch break and it seemed everyone had their fill.  Each event took about an hour and there were three classes for each event.  It was conclude by about 3:00 PM and all returned home safely.  All the Cadets and Senior Members enjoyed the day and the events.   The photos are somewhat self explanatory.

If you are interested in more information about the Challenger Space Center got to


Encampment Facebook Page

Arizona Wing's Encampment has a facebook page

Cadets, parents and Squadron leadership are encouraged to watch the page before and during Encampment for updates about their cadets' progress during the course of Encampment


STEM night at San Tan Elementary of Higley School District

PhotoGil & Carla Day help out with an AE booth to represent the AZ Wing AE program.  Gil Day, a former AZ Wing commander, and his wife  Carla contribute to the AZ AE program by setting up the STEM kit at the San Tan Elementary school STEM night.  Carla Day tends the booth.  Gil Day made the connection with the Higley Unified School District through Donna Jagielski, M.Ed.  She is the Instructional Coach of Technology for the school district.  She and Gil Day are well acquainted since they are both “runners” and  participate in some of the same running events.  As one thing leads to another, she wondered if CAP would be interested in participating in the District’s STEM program at several of the school district’s schools  Gil Day got in touch with me and I was not able to handle it because of other commitments so he volunteered with his wife Carla to set up the display.   This is really an excellent example of how the CAP “External” program can work.  I want to thank Gil & Carla for taking on the task.  A number of good contacts where made and you never know where they might lead to. 


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