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Three Arizona Wing members head to Alabama for National Staff College

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Beginning May 21, 86 of Civil Air Patrol’s rising leaders will gather
in Alabama for a weeklong activity that will sharpen their skills for executive-level success in CAP.
National Staff College, coordinated out of CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell AFB, is an annual
professional development opportunity instrumental in CAP’s success as a premier public service
organization in America and as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary.

The college is designed for Civil Air Patrol senior members who are, or will be, assuming leadership
positions at the wing, regional or national levels within CAP.

From Arizona Wing Headquarters, Lt. Cols. Rob Pinckard, Chief of Staff and Linda Yaeger, Executive Officer are attending. Tucson Composite Squadron 105 Commander Lt. Col. A.C. Sperling also is a member of the 2017 NSC class.

“National Staff College helps our adult officers build their professional development portfolios and
enhance their leadership experience,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez. “Their
week at Maxwell will help them become better leaders in CAP and in their communities.”

The curriculum includes seminar discussions, case studies and exercises, along with presentations by top
officials inside and outside the organization. Participants in the seven-day course concentrate on
executive leadership, management, organizational behavior and policy formulation while examining
CAP’s national-level operations in great detail.

The benefits extend beyond Civil Air Patrol. The leadership, communication and executive management
skills, made available through the course at a fraction of what such classes would cost at various schools
and universities, are in high demand by employers in all industries.

Col. Jean Desmarais, CAP’s national professional development officer, is director for National Staff
College.

“We’re really excited about this year’s class,” said Desmarais, adding that it is one of the largest classes
in recent years. “We have a very diverse group of leaders coming here from 33 different states, plus
Puerto Rico, to learn from our Air Force, Army and CAP experts.”

The training at National Staff College is a requirement for earning the Gill Robb Wilson Award, CAP’s
highest professional development achievement. Because of the course’s graduate-level design and its
focus on national-level operations, participation is usually restricted to members who hold the CAP grade
of major or above and chief and senior master sergeants who have completed CAP’s Region Staff
College or its equivalent and have received their wing commanders’ endorsement.

Amateur Radio Technician Course Offered at Sq. 305

The Falcon Composite Squadron 305 will be hosting an Amateur Radio Technician License Course for CAP members interested in testing for their HAM Radio Technician’s License. All Cadets and Seniors are welcomed to participate. Please go to eWing on this website to sign up. Registration will be open until 2 June 2017. Maj. Ruben Kafenbaum will be instructing the course and providing all materials electronically.

Details

  • Where: Falcon Composite Squadron 305 Building/Classroom
  • When: Thursday Nights, from 8 June to 29 June 2015, at 1900-2100
  • Cost: None
  • Sign-up: Go to eWing – Activity Interest Reporting System on Arizona Wing Web page at https://ewing.azwg.org/AIRS/
  • Contact Falcon Squadron 305 commander Lt. Col. Bob Ditch (robert.ditch@azwg.org) if you have any questions.  More information will be posted before the course begins.

    New Air Force Secretary’s Aviation Roots Run Deep

    Wilson Family’s Flying Legacy Dates Back to World War I
    By Steve Cox, NHQ Public Affairs

    Dr. Heather A. Wilson, confirmed recently as the 24th secretary of the U.S. Air Force, has a very special connection to Civil Air Patrol.

    Her beloved grandfather, George G. “Scotty” Wilson, was among the original members of CAP, joining the New Hampshire Wing during the earliest days of World War II and later serving as one of the first commanders of the wing.

    Scotty Wilson’s influence on Wilson is undeniable.

    “He certainly told a lot of flying stories,” said Wilson, recalling her grandfather’s tales of being a barnstorming pilot in New England in the 1920s and 1930s and towing targets for Civil Air Patrol in the 1940s.

    “He and I were always pretty close,” she said. “I felt he had a sweet spot for me.”

    Read the full article here.

    Don’t Miss It! Wing Conference Registration is Open

    The registration site for the 2017 Arizona Wing Conference on June 2-3 is now open. Escape the heat in the central and southern areas of Arizona and come to Little America in Flagstaff for the conference.

    We start with a social mixer on Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. Saturday’s schedule begins at 8:30 a.m. with a general session and continues with breakout sessions in the afternoon in three tracks: Operations, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs, and Mission Support. Saturday evening is the awards banquet with Wing-level awards being presented and a special guest speaker.

    Don’t delay. Register by May 24 to ensure your spot at the awards banquet on Saturday evening.

    Operation Pulse Life Provides Much-Needed Blood Donations

    On April 12, CAP members arrived to give blood at Falcon Composite Squadron 305 as part of the Operation Pulse Lift blood donation mission. A total of 30 units of blood were collected.

    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.

    Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to Arizona Vet

    In a ceremony at the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, Robert Joyner of Apache Junction, Arizona, received a Congressional Gold Medal for his service in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.

    During the ceremony, Joyner said, “I have belonged to many different organizations in my life, but the one that had the most impact was the Civil Air Patrol. It opened doors for me that I never would have imagined.”

    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. 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 recognized Joyner at the ceremony and presented his medal. Arizona State Senator David Farnsworth and Apache Junction Mayor Jeff Serdy also attended.

    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.

    Learn more about the Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal.

    AFA Frank Luke Chapter Selects its AE Teacher of the Year

    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.

    Wing Conference Dates Announced

    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. 

    CAP marks 1,000th cellphone mission

    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.

    Read the full article…

    Death of Capt. Roy Coulliette

    Capt. Roy Coulliette at Lake Pleasant Airport.

    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.

     

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