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CAP pays tribute to ‘Mama Bird,’ legendary aviator and longtime member

May 15, 2012

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — An honor guard of Civil Air Patrol cadets will salute CAP’s, and the entire aviation community’s, “Mama Bird” when she is laid to rest Wednesday morning in Jefferson City, Tenn.
The scheduled cadet presence is part of CAP’s tribute to Col. Evelyn Bryan Johnson, one of its most storied members. She joined the all-volunteer organization’s ranks Dec. 28, 1949. 

Johnson, who was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007 and had been presented with CAP’s 50-Year Member Award and a life membership in May 2005, died Thursday in Elizabethtown. She was 102.

Her “Mama Bird” nickname referred to


Wing Aerospace Education Instruction at Horizon High School

by Major Phil Hubacek – 15 MAY, 2012

By CAP’s Aerospace Education Staff’s association with the Paradise Valley School District’s Center for Research, Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST) program, AZ Wing DDAE Major Phil Hubacek was recently invited by Horizon High School science teacher, Mr. Steve Vedral, to instruct aerospace classes for his students.   Mr. Vedral explained that his science classes were approaching the end of class projects to design and fly wooden gliders, and he would appreciate the opportunity to have someone instruct his students on airplane flight mechanics and aerodynamics.  Fortunately, these subjects were in Major Hubacek’s Aerospace Engineering degree background. 

On Tuesday, 15 May, Major Hubacek addressed three of Mr. Vedral’s classes to instruct them on airplane flight mechanics, stability and control, and aerodynamics, and of course, a little bit about Civil Air Patrol.  White board drawings and a sample glider were used to educate the students about the three airplane axes and motions around those axes, design considerations that promote stability, and the basics of aerodynamics, including Bernoulli’s Principle and Newtonian Lift. 


CAP Member Receives Military Volunteer of the Year Award

Army Lt Col Tim Timmons was recently honored as Military Volunteer of the Year at a ceremony at Fort Huachuca. Timmon's award was for volunteer work performed in 2011. Timmons served as a CAP mission pilot during a July 2011 mission which saved the lives of 11 people lost in the desert without food or water. Timmon's and members from other volunteer organizations, were heralded as the "Force behind the Force" in comments by Maj General Gregg Potter during the awards ceremony. 


CAP Member Recognized by FEMA


 News Release from FEMA:

Bob Ditch, an Air Force Retired Colonel and Emergency Services Director for the Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), has been recognized by FEMA as a Bronze Level Indirect Authorized Trainer for training over 100 responders


CAP Flies Tolleson Teacher

By Lt Col Pete Feltz 

Carla Hedge, a 4th grade teacher at Sheely Farms Elementary School in Tolleson, AZ, recently had the time of her life with her first flight in a small aircraft.  She has promised to work hard to get other teachers in her district to become involved in this worthwhile program.  It is almost without fail, when CAP flies a teacher they become recharged boosters for the CAP AEM program.  Arizona has a number of teachers wanting to fly and are working to get them scheduled to get up in the air.


2012 Encampment Information

The encampment staff is looking forward to another fantastic encampment this year!

Registration is now open for encampment and RCLS.  Cost of encampment is $250.

All documents may be obtained at:  The Cadet Training Guide has been temporarily removed due to some printing issues.  Be sure to follow the directions for submission of the documents.  If you have not received the email with my address, please contact me at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

RCLS is for those cadets who have completed a basic encampment and are C/MSgt or above, or on encampment staff.  If you have already attended RCLS or COS you do not need to attend again.  Cost for RCLS is $120. 

The documents for RCLS are at the above website under the staff tab.

Don't miss out on these training opportunities!  You will learn a lot!





Submitted by Major Barbara L. Harper

Tuscon, Ariz--This past weekend, April 13 and 14, Tucson had the privilege to see the Air Force Thunderbirds perform and display with pride and precision their one hour team of “America’s Ambassadors in Blue.” Many of the Civil Air Patrol members participated in this event.  CAP Cadets were assigned to sell programs at several public entry points. Similarly, in previous years they rented chairs. The safety team led by Lt. Col John Kruger, jointly with the Arizona Highway Patrol, division of the Department of Public Safety, showed a video on driving distractions especially with large tractor vehicles. There were many handouts for the public on the CAPs role and mission. Helping Col Kruger with the exhibit were Lt. Col. Lee Hutchins, Maj Barbara Harper from the CAP, and Sgt. Philip Johnson, Officer Paul Drake, Officer Brian Shields of the Arizona Highway Patrol.


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