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Falcon Field Sqrn. 305 and the AZ AE Team Participates in the Falcon Filed Open House 2015.

By Lt Col Pete Feltz

Picture 040Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona has a great history.  It was originally established on September 1941 as a training airport to train Pilots for the second world war.  Pilots from several countries received their training here.  After the war, the city of Mesa eventually took it over.  It has two runways and pilot training FBOs so flight training still goes on.  The Arizona State Commemorative Air Force and Historical War Plans have their home base at this airport for Arizona.  A more complete history can be obtained at their web site

This is a BIG affair.  Besides the air shows, there was also a very large Classic Car Show; Historical Exhibits; Model Railroad Exhibit and much more.  The Civil Air Patrol Squadron had two location.  One was a recruiting booth and flight simulator in the War Birds hangar and very importantly, the P3070406main food court.  With a very large crowd in attendance they served up a lot of food in a good variety.  This has developed into a major fund raiser for the squadron.  Almost enough to cover squadron expenses for the whole year.  It sure looked like a lot of work and they had a long continuous line to get their food.  I was also impressed with two large railroad exhibits and the large classic car show.  A good time was had by all. The Squadron 305 Color Guard posted the colors to start the ceremony with a fly over of a B17 -  “Sentimental Journey”, CAF’s aircraft 


The AZ AE Team Joined the Family Fun at the AZ SCI-TECH Festival at West-MEC “START the SPARK”

By Lt. Col. Feltz

In conjunction with the STEM idea, this festival was to invite parents and their children to illustrate the hands on training for high school students in many areas.  As the flyer attached shows, some of these hands-on activities include:


Computer Coding, Media and Green Screen Technology, Catapults, Laser Engravers, Electronics & Robotics and more.


We were privileged to be invited to set up our booth to present how the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Aerospace Education program fits in.  We joke a lot about how the CAP is one of the best kept secrets and this is our attempt to rectify that.  As you can see we had a nice display and many of the parents and children stopped by and gave us an opportunity to educate them on the CAP programs. 

To find out more about the West-MEC school program, visit


Congressional Gold Medal Invitation to all Arizona Wing Members

To All Wing Members:


Civil Air Patrol has been awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for its service during WW II.

During a ceremony on Dec.10 in Washington, DC, three CAP members from that era were awarded their medals.  Other recipients could not attend.

Next Saturday, March 14 at 1 P.M. three more individual medals will be awarded in Tucson at the Navy Operational Support Center, 3655 S. Wilmot Road, Tucson.

Congresswoman Martha McSally will be presenting the medals and numerous military and political dignitaries have been invited to attend and the media have also been notified.

Please accept this invitation to the ceremony to show how much you appreciate the efforts of our honorees and to show your support for the ongoing activities of CAP.  The Wing Commander and I would appreciate your attendance at this one-time only event.


Jim Nova, LtCol, CAP



AE Team and the Color Guard from the Deer Valley Squadron attend Aviation Day at the Arizona Capital

By Lt. Col. Pete Feltz

Aviation Day at the State CapitalAviation Day at the Capital is very important to emphasize the importance of the aviation industry to the state of Arizona.  A declaration from the Governor was read indicating this day as Aviation Day.  A large number of the Aviation industry were present setting up their displays and show their importance to the state economy.  Our cadets presented the colors to start the meeting.  Our legislators took a break from a heavy day in their sessions to assemble in the area to give their constituents an opportunity to discuss their needs in the Aviation industry.  A very good lunch was served during these sessions.  

We had a good number of visitors at our booth giving us an opportunity to advertise the Civil Air Patrol and all of our missions.  As usual many of the visitors didn’t know about the Civil Air Patrol Illustrating the importance of our being present to familiarize the public and the legislators about Civil Air Patrol and our missions.  It was a beautiful day and it appeared everyone present enjoyed the day.


Civic Leadership Academy prepares CAP cadets for future success

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Twenty-four of Civil Air Patrol’s outstanding cadets are gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the Civic Leadership Academy, part of a real-world, hands-on experience long recognized as one of America’s premier civic education activities.

Scheduled from Feb. 21-28, the weeklong academy provides CAP cadets interested in politics and careers in public service to participate in behind-the-scenes tours and briefings at the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, State Department, Pentagon, CIA, Arlington National Cemetery and other places of interest in the nation’s capital.

“This is not your average field trip to Washington,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity afforded to our very best cadets, who receive a well-rounded understanding of government leadership, public service and the principles that guide our nation.”

Now in its 14th year as one of CAP’s National Cadet Special Activities, CLA allows a select group of cadets to experience the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government firsthand. It is an academically intense, interactive study of U.S. government in action, providing participants the opportunity to grow as citizens and young leaders through lessons in persuasive leadership, federal government, public service careers and American heritage.

In recognition of CLA’s outstanding academic value, the National Association of Secondary School Principals has again placed it on the National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2014-15. The NASSP’s National Committee on Student Contests and Activities annually evaluates the educational value and organizational structure of school-related program opportunities nationwide and recommends those worthwhile to principals, teachers, parents and students. CLA has made the organization’s National Advisory List in each of the past eight years.

In addition to a blend of lectures, seminars and assigned readings from historic and current sources, the cadets also visit the National Archives:  legislative offices; and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, as well as the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam Veterans, Women in Military Service and Lincoln memorials. At each of these locations, they hear from VIPs who provide insights designed to deepen their understanding of government in action. Their CLA tasks culminate with a final project – a presentation on their CLA experience to their peers in their home squadrons and wings.

“This is a chance to not just learn about government, but to interact with it,” said CLA director Lt. Col. Bill Brockman, who is a founding faculty member of the academy. “Our cadets learn that individuals and small groups are often the agents for change, and they realize the power of persuasive leadership. These are two of the many powerful lessons they take home with them when they return to their communities.”

On Feb. 26, the CLA cadets will participate in CAP’s 2015 Legislative Day, where they will meet with their elected leaders on Capitol Hill. As part of the annual event, the cadets assist their region and wing commanders in briefing their representatives and senators on how CAP’s primary missions of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs have benefited their communities.  

“Each year I’m amazed at the outstanding service the cadets provide on Legislative Day,” said Brockman. “Having articulate, squared-away cadets in uniform explain what Civil Air Patrol is about, and what our volunteers have done leaves a very favorable impression on the Hill.”  

Vazquez said CLA is one of CAP’s most important activities because the 24 cadets chosen for the experience represent America’s future.

“We want these cadets to be thoughtful participants and leaders in their communities,” he said. “The principles they learn in Washington will help them do just that.”

Participants in the 2015 academy:

Alabama Wing
Gadsden Composite Squadron
Zachary Baeza   

Maxwell Composite Squadron
Jakob R. McGaughey   

Arizona Wing
Verde Valley Composite Squadron 205
Jessica L. Parsons       

Arkansas Wing
95th Composite Squadron
Samantha V. Bell          

California Wing
Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47
Josiah R. Bierle

Colorado Wing
Thompson Valley Composite Squadron
Emma R. Hanley          

Delaware Wing
Eagle Cadet Squadron
Klayten E. Visser            

Florida Wing
Cecil Field Composite Squadron
Nathan R. Martus          

Miami Springs Optimist Cadet Squadron
Glenn A. Camilo-Reoyo

Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron
Kyle A. Curabba and Andrea D. Slouha                                                             

Hawaii Wing
Wheeler Composite Squadron
Ariana Bean     

Maryland Wing
Towson Composite Squadron
Mark A. Kreynovich and Kira D. Stiers   

Minnesota Wing
North Hennepin Composite Squadron
Patrick Doyle      

Nevada Wing
Las Vegas Composite Squadron 70
Ryan W. Blount                       

New Jersey Wing
Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron
Chance T. Euchler        

New York Wing
Phoenix Composite Squadron
Sean Skeeters  

Ohio Wing
Columbus Composite Squadron
Patrick J. Smith

Tennessee Wing
McGhee-Tyson Composite Squadron
Paul J Schwarzentraub  

Utah Wing
Weber Minutemen Composite Squadron
Rosalyn C. Carlisi             

Virginia Wing
Southside Composite Squadron
Michael A. Stokes                   

Wisconsin Wing
Waukesha Composite Squadron
Jacob Bane                                                                

Milwaukee Composite Squadron 5
Zachary E. Klotz                      

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 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 for more information.


AZ Aerospace Education Team Attends Buckeye Air Fair Though Invitation of AZ SCI-TECH Sponsor

By Lt. Col. Pete Feltz, Arizona Aerospace Officer

Buckeye Airshow 1This air fair has developed  into a major aviation and STEM event at the Buckeye air port. With the help of the Glendale Squadron Cadets and Senior Members, we had a booth in the line up of booths featuring and promoting the STEM programs and ideas.  Check out the attachment and web sites enclosed for more information.  We also had our CessnaBuckeye Airshow 2 182 from  Glendale on static display.  The crew was kept busy most of the day doing  a preflight inspection with and for an estimated 130 Boy  Scouts for their Aviation Merit Badges.  The SCI-TECH attachment shows the lineup of the organizations promoting the STEM ideas.


Level 1 Foundations Training Course Offered in Sedona

Verde Valley Composite Squadron in Sedona will be hosting a Level 1 Foundations training course. If you're a new Senior Member, this event will help you learn the basics of the program and get started on completing your Level 1 Training.

The training will be conducted on February 14 at the Sedona Shadows Clubhouse starting at 10am. To RSVP, contact Capt. Jean-Marie Nixon by 12 February 2015.


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