Civil Air Patrol

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Three training opportunities have been added to the Wing calendar.

  • February 24-25: FEMA Intermediate Incident Command System course, ICS-300.
  • March 31: FEMA Advanced Incident Command System course, ICS-400.
  • April 7-8: Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) Basic Inland Search and Rescue course

All courses will be taught at Falcon Composite Squadron 305,  4730E Falcon Drive, Mesa, Arizona 85215.

Contact Lt. Col. Bob Ditch for more info at

Check the Wing calendar for other training opportunities including mission observer, airborne photographer, G1000 operations, etc.

New Issue of Fly-By Posted

The latest issue of the Southwest Region newsletter, the Fly-By, has been posted here. You’ll find these articles from Arizona Wing: Cadet AE activity at Pima Air & Space Museum on page 6; Third outstanding OpEval in a row for AZ Wing on page 13; Presentation at Pinnacle High School for their disaster relief exercise on page 22; the new Code Talker Bahe Ketchum Composite Squadron in Shonto on page 29; Operation Pulse Lift blood drive on page 31; and, participation of a Sky Harbor Composite Squadron member in the funeral for a Daisy Mountain Fire Department captain on page 38.

CAP’s Cellphone Forensics Team Rocks!

Did you know? Civil Air Patrol’s cellphone forensics team’s success in finding missing people, often in record time, attracts an increasing number of missions each year. To date, the cellphone forensics team has conducted more than 1,300 missions and saved 372 lives over the past 11 years. The team was founded by three members of the Arizona Wing: Maj. Jerad Hoff, Maj. Justin Ogden, and Col. Brian Ready.

10 Things You Don’t Know About Civil Air Patrol

How good is your knowledge of CAP? Check out this article from General Aviation News. You might learn something you didn’t know, such as:

  • How many hours did CAP planes fly in fiscal year 2016?
  • What is the annual cost to run CAP? And what is the value of the volunteer hours CAP provides?
  • How do drones fit into the CAP mission?
  • How many pilots are there in CAP?
  • How many Search and Rescue “saves” was CAP credited with is fiscal year 2017.


CAP National Commander’s Video Series

Get to know your National Commander’s priority initiatives and his thoughts and ideas
on achieving success in each of these areas by viewing his Friday video series posted on YouTube

The only exception to this schedule will be for presentation of holiday messages,
such as Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Topics already set for presentation include:

Professionalism Safety
Compliance Aircrew professionalism
History Self-improvement
Leadership training
and education

Plus, an entire series of videos will be generated on Leadership and Recruitment and Retention.

Please spread the word about the availability of Gen. Smith’s videos. Link to the video series here.

It’s a Three-Peat!!!

In the Operations Center, (l.-rt.) Capt. Dolly Mickle, Lt. Col. John Kruger (back to camera), Capt. Andrew Zedrick, and Maj. John Schofield.

For the third time in a row, the Arizona Wing earned an “outstanding” rating in the biennial Evaluated Exercise (EvalEx) that took place during the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 4. The EvalEx is an opportunity for the U.S. Air Force to review and assess the effectiveness of each wing in the Civil Air Patrol. Sixteen Air Force representatives evaluated all aspects of the Wing’s operations and support activities from aircrews and ground teams to logistics, safety, and communications. Lt. Col. Jordan Lee, USAF Southwest Region Liaison Commander, led the Air Force evaluation team.

“I am proud of everyone’s dedication and commitment and I appreciate the time invested to make (the EvalEx) such a great success,” said Wing Commander Col. Martha Morris in an email to senior members across the Wing. “To get an outstanding twice in a row (in 2013 and 2015) was remarkable. A three-peat is pretty much unheard-of.”

Tasks were entered in the Web Management Information Reporting System (WMIRS) at the beginning of the week and the first two sorties were flown on Nov. 1. The scenario started with a number of meteorites striking locations across the state. Four aerial photography sorties were flown on Nov. 2 and nine more on Nov. 3. The flights provided hundreds of high-resolution photographs of rivers, power plants, and other infrastructure such as dams and railroad tracks.

Some tasks in far-flung locations such as the Hoover Dam and Page were “virtually” handed off to Civil Air Patrol squadrons in the California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah Wings, to support Arizona Wing’s response to the widespread effects of the meteor strikes. At the in-brief on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 4, Lt. Col. Lee said he was pleased that Arizona Wing had completed all of the aerial photography tasks before the final day of the EvalEx. Read the full article…

CAP wrapping up Maria mission

CAP National Headquarters issued the following news release on October 13, 2017:

Twenty-two days into the massive federal response to Hurricane Maria, Civil Air Patrol is beginning to ramp down its air operations in Puerto Rico and the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands. CAP has been supporting flying operations for the full-scale disaster relief mission in Puerto Rico since Sept. 22, two days after Maria made landfall on the Caribbean island.

“We’re starting to wrap up our current mission in Puerto Rico,” said John Desmarais, CAP’s director of operations. Nearly 250 members from the Puerto Rico Wing and 20 other CAP wings and regions across the U.S. have been involved in the mission, providing local first responders, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other U.S. government agencies with aerial photography to document damage on the islands.


CAP aircraft from the mainland are expected to return home this weekend, but flights are expected to continue through the early part of next week — likely supported by Puerto Rico Wing planes and aircrews with minimal augmentation by mainland crews.

Read the full article…

AZ Wing Crew/Plane Head to Texas

Will support aerial photography mission in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey

Aircrew members (l.-r.) 1st Lt Aaron Feller, 2nd Lt Brad Curcio and Lt Col Chris Erdos left Falcon Field in Mesa early on Sept. 6.

A Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 with a crew of three Arizona-based members aboard left for San Marcos Regional Airport in Texas early Wednesday morning to support the CAP’s aerial photography mission in areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

The crew consists of Lt. Col. Christopher A. Erdos, CAP, the mission pilot, who flies with the William Rogers Memorial Senior Squadron 104 in Tucson; 2nd Lt. Bradley A. Curcio, CAP, the mission observer, a member of Willie Composite Squadron 304 in Mesa/Chandler; and mission scanner/aerial photographer 1st Lt. Aaron R. Feller, CAP, a member of Scottsdale Senior Squadron 314.

Read the full article…

Search & Rescue Saves Surpass Century Mark for Fiscal 2017

Cell Phone Forensics Team Credited; Desmarais, Operations Director: ‘Technology is the Key’

Sheila Pursglove
Contributing Writer

Col. Martha Morris, Arizona Wing commander, calls Civil Air Patrol’s National Cell Phone Forensics Team “The League of Secret Super Heroes.” “They work in the dark of night, many hours, sifting data and saving lives with no one knowing who they are or what they do,” she said. 

The team, consisting of Col. Brian Ready and Maj. Jerad Hoff in Arizona and Maj. Justin Ogden in Virginia, is one of the main reasons CAP has been credited with 101 saves so far in fiscal year 2017, far above the organization’s annual average of 80. CAP crossed the search and rescue century mark for the year this past weekend, when the cell phone team was credited with two more saves by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

“Technology is the key,” said John Desmarais, CAP’s director of operations. “The cellular forensics guys are continuing to provide more and more assistance every day, and making huge impacts.”

The weekend missions involved an injured hiker on Crestone Peak in Segauche County, Colorado, and a missing brother and sister who had been hiking Three Fingered Jack, a mountian in Linn County, Oregon.“In the latter case,” Hoff said, the pair “had called 911 but the coordinates from the 911 system didn’t match with the location the objectives said they were at.”

The cellphone team works with ground search and rescue teams to narrow search areas by using data obtained from cellphones to focus on specific locations.

Read the full article…

Two AZ Wing Cadets Chosen to Represent American Youth Leaders in New Zealand and South Korea

Cadet Maj. Jacob Little (l.) and Cadet Lt. Col. Cameron Roach were selected to participate in the 2017 IACE program.

Two Arizona Wing cadets were selected to participate in the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE), which represents the United States to citizens of countries all over the world. Cadet Maj. Jacob Little is visiting New Zealand and Cadet Lt. Col. Cameron Roach is visiting South Korea this month to work with other teenagers from more than 19 countries, learning about them and sharing their mutual love for aviation and youth leadership.

Cadets Little and Roach are two of only 36 people in the country to be selected for this year’s exchange. Lt Col. Peggy Myrick is the director of the Exchange in America. “It’s very competitive,” said Myrick, “and being selected means showing a maturity far beyond one’s age and being a true leader in their community.” Applicants must have earned the Amelia Earhart Award in the CAP cadet program, which fewer than 5 percent of all cadets achieve.

Read the full article…

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