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National Weather Service Severe Weather Spotter Network Training Available

The following message from Lt Col Bob Ditch, AZWG Director, Emergency Services concerns training available to all AZ Wing members. All year the CAP deals with weather and many times we respond to its effects. One of those Emergency Services (ES) activities is our active Severe Weather Spotter Network of volunteers that stretches across the entire state; including both seniors and cadets. We offer the National Weather Service (NWS the largest single group of professional weather spotter volunteers who do so from both aerial and ground observations. We are also actively involved in supporting the state with Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) and aerial photography of weather affected regions.


Additional Photos From the Wing Change of Command Ceremony

See more photos from the Change of Command ceremony on 9 January, shot by former Arizona Wing Commander Col John Eggen. 

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Col Brian Ready and Col (Select) Martha Morris pose for a photo before the Change of Command Ceremony.


Civil Air Patrol Color Guard Opens 2016 Arizona House Legislative Session

By Lt Col James Nova

A Civil Air Patrol color guard opened the 2016 Arizona House of Representatives legislative session for the very first time.

At the invitation of House Speaker David Gowan, the color guard from Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302 participated in the event. They were led into the House Chamber by the Arizona Firefighters Pipe and Drum Band. This is the first time that any CAP color guard unit has been invited to open an annual session and is a recognition of the many thousands of hours of volunteer time given annually by CAP members in Arizona.

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The members of the Color Guard are:

C/1st Lt Jacob Little, Phoenix, AZ
C/1st Lt Cameron Roach, Glendale, AZ
C/MSgt Madison McKown, Phoenix, AZ
C/MSgt Kyra Martinez, Phoenix, AZ

Also in attendance were:

1st Lt Ronald Roach, Color Guard Advisor
2nd Lt Vanessa Little, Color Guard Advisor
Col Martha Morris, Arizona Wing Commander
Col Brian Ready, CAP SW Region Vice Commander
Lt Col James Nova, Government Relations Advisor to the AZWG Commander


AZ Wing Featured in KTAR story

Arizona Wing Commander Col Martha Morris was interviewed by KTAR radio in Phoenix the day after she assumed command. Read the story, "Civil Air Patrol's Arizona Wing Makes History Behind the Scenes"  on KTAR's website.

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Col Martha Morris Assumes Command of Arizona Wing

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On 9 January 2016, in a ceremony at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, Arizona, Col Martha Morris assumed command of the Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. The setting included an L-16 Aeronca Grasshopper, painted in CAP livery on display behind the speakers, with more historic warbirds exhibited throughout the hangar.

Approximately 200 people witnessed the traditional passing of the Wing flag. With the words, "Sir, I relinquish command," outgoing Wing Commander Col Brian Ready handed the flag to Southwest Region Commander Col Mark Smith. Morris stepped forward to accept the flag from Smith and said, "Sir, I assume command." Thus began Morris' four-year term leading the Arizona Wing.

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Ready praised the members of the Arizona Wing in his farewell remarks, saying, "I have never met nor worked with a finer group of volunteer professionals." He reviewed some of the accomplishments of the Wing in the past for years including:

- 10,948 total aircraft hours flown

- More than 480 Cadets have attended encampments

- Four Cadets have earned the General Carl A. Spaatz Award

- Four new Cessna aircraft added to the Arizona Wing fleet

- Six new vehicles acquired

- Outstanding grades for our 2013 and 2015 Air Force Operations Evaluations

- And an Outstanding grade for our 2013 Compliance Inspection

- A Low financial risk rating from our Annual Audits

- Fifty-seven mission finds and three mission saves

- Seven national-level awards

- Seventeen regional-level awards

- From 25th to 4th out of 52 wings in the nation for aircraft utilization 

In her remarks, Morris noted that the goal for the Wing moving forward is to build on the successes of Ready and others who preceded her and "rise to an even higher level." She talked about the recent change that makes CAP part of the Total Force of the Air Force and said that this means CAP joins "active-duty, Guard and Reserve as a resource to be considered when determining the most effective and efficient ways to complete the mission." Morris also quoted Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James who praised the work of the CAP, saying, "As a strategic partner, these unpaid professionals have boldly served our nation, saving the Air Force almost 40 times the cost of using military assets." 

As the CAP begins its 75th Anniversary year, Morris noted that the organization has changed dramatically. "We have evolved from our early days of mission scanners and observers who had to rely solely on their eyes during searches," she said. "Today, we equip aircrew members with high-resolution digital cameras to shoot airborne images." She mentioned several technological innovations including the use of the wing-mounted Garmin Virb cameras and one that originated in Arizona Wing – the Cell Phone Forensics Team. 

"Remotely operated radios and Wi-Fi hotspots in our planes will lead to many innovations," Morris added, "improving our ability to delivery products to our customers. This will make the information we collect available immediately to agencies such as the Air Force, FEMA, Arizona Department of Emergency Management, and county disaster officials."

Looking forward, Morris said that despite the challenge it poses for a volunteer organization, "we will continue to recruit new cadets and senior members and develop strategies for keeping our current members active and engaged with meaningful tasks." She mentioned training opportunities, streamlining how people get involved in programs, and ensuring that members can have fun while performing their duties as ways to support recruiting and retention efforts.

Concluding her remarks, Morris said, "I ask all of you for your help and support in the coming months. I will do my best for this wing and will depend upon your good deeds, hard work, and friendship. Together, we will do great things – on the ground and in the sky."


Advanced Command & Control ES Academy Scheduled for March

What: The Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will be conducting the Advanced Command & Control Emergency Services (AC2ES – pronouncedACESAcademy in  March  and April 2016. The ACES Academy will be providingFEMA 0-305 All-Hazards Level III Incident Management Team (IMT) Certification Course.The course will be held over 4-days (two weekends) and one already scheduled OPEX day (30 April).  The deliveries will all be on Saturday-Sunday from 0800-1700. They include the following days.
  • 5-6 March 2016
  • 16-17 April 2016
  • 30 April 2016 (OPEX done at home station Incident Command Posts)

Where: 388th Composite Squadron Hangar, Glendale Airport (KGEU), Glendale, Arizona

Prerequisites: ICS 300 and 400, and approval by Wing Commander. 

Available Seats: Limited to 20

Laptops or IPADs will be needed as all the course materials will be e-mailed to those accepted into the class.

To Enroll: Notify Bob Ditch at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  of your interest

Enrollees must attend all four classroom days and participate in the  30 April OPEX at a Wing Incident Command Post (Area Command, Tucson Command, Deer Valley Command, Prescott Command, or Falcon Command) to graduate from the course. Unfortunately there are no make-up dates so you need to plan on attending all four classroom days and the OPEX.


National Cadet Special Activities Deadlines Extended

1. NCSA Announcement. Applications for National Cadet Special Activities have traditionally opened on 15 December. This year that timeline is being adjusted slightly. All NCSAs will be announced on by Saturday 9 January.

2. Application Window. Cadets and senior staff will have from 9 January (or earlier) through 31 January to apply for “primary” status. As always, the application process remains open through summer, but latecomers who apply after 31 January will be applying for “alternate” status.

3. Approvals Window. Traditionally, wings have had until mid-February to “green light,” approve, or “red line” their applicants. That deadline is being extended to  1 March.

4. Slotting Deadline. NHQ will slot cadets into the activities by 1 April, roughly two weeks later than the traditional timeline.


NCSA Timeline at a Glance

Now through 31 January 2016 Partial portfolio of ’16 NCSAs announced 
eServices open for applications 9 January through 31 January 2016 Full portfolio of ’16 NCSAs announced 
eServices open for applications 31 January 2016 Last date for cadets to apply for “primary” status 1 March 2016 Deadline for wings to designate their applicants as green light, approved, or red line status. 1 April 2016 NHQ announces primary and alternate slotting for NCSAs 
Activity Directors provide welcome materials, including travel requirements, to primary cadets. 15 April 2016 Deadline for cadets to accept their “primary” slot by paying $150 down payment toward activity fee 15 May 2016 Deadline for “primary” cadets to pay balance of activity fee Until activity begins If vacancies develop, cadets listed as “alternates” will be contacted by their activity director throughout the summer. 

5. Final Thoughts. We did not expect needing to adjust our traditional NCSA timeline, so we thank everyone in the cadet community for their patience and cooperation. We’re confident that the activities themselves will nevertheless be fabulous, life-changing experiences.

Deputy Director for Cadet Programs

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