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The Torch: AZ Wing's Safety Newsletter

Arizona Wing Safety Newsletter


by Lt Col Mark Hardison

Welcome to the Arizona Wing’s Safety Newsletter! . I am pleased to announce the release of the first issue of “The Torch” our new safety newsletter for Arizona Wing. This would not be possible without the assistance of Lt. Col Mark Hardison. I asked Mark if he would take on the role as the Editor for the Wing Safety newsletter and he graciously accepted the position. Lt. Col Hardison clearly has demonstrated the ability to meet this challenge head on. I think we can all agree that he has done an outstanding job. 


Sky Harbor Squadron 301 Cadets View Presidential Helicopter

Submitted by Sgt John Horne, Public Affairs Officer, Sky Harbor Squadron 301, Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol Cadets and Senior Members of Sky Harbor Squadron 301 in Phoenix, AZ had a surprise opportunity to view Marine One, the Presidential helicopter, housed at the Arizona Air National Guard base during President Obama's January visit to the Valley. 


AZ Wing Members Join Anthem STEM Celebration

Anthem Elementary School was joined by members of the AZ Wing Staff to celebrate their annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Night on January 26.  The event was provided to bring academic and industry partner technology exhibits, and to display the STEM talents of the students to their parents, teachers, and peers.



Three Weekends - February 25-26, March 10-11, and March 24-25.

See training announcement for details  

SARTECH II certification is a professional, national, NIMS compliant certification as a Search And Rescue Technician.  
SARTECH II certification is not required by Civil Air Patrol.  CAP members active in search and rescue are encouraged to attain this nationally recognized level of professional qualification.  
The Civil Air Patrol does recognize NASAR SARTECH certification.  
SARTECH certification is included in e-services and SARTECH II testing and certification is included in the Ground Search And Rescue Speciality School at the CAP Lonestar Emergency Services Academy (LESA). 
NASAR SARTECH II meets or exceeds the SQTR skills requirements for Ground Team Member 3 & 2.
CAP Ground Team Members completing SARTECH II certification will simultaneously complete the skills testing requirements for GTM 3 & 2.
(The only GTM topics not included in SARTECH II are UDF and First Aid.)
CAP and SARTECH II 24 hour pack requirements are substantially the same.
PREREQs - General Emergency Services 101 Card
(GTM Familiarization and Preparatory Training is included in the SARTECH II class.)
The FUNSAR/SARTECH II class is basically equivalent to attending NESA or LESA and completing GTM 3 & 2 in one program.
CAP members completing SARTECH II, First Aid, UDF, and OPEX participation will qualify for Ground Team Member 3 & 2.

Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Glendale, Ariz.--  Colonel Brian Ready  assumed Command of The Arizona Wing of The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) on Saturday January, 2012 at the Change Of Command Ceremony.  Colonel Ready succeeds Colonel John Eggen, who commanded the Wing since 2008, as the Wing’s 31st Commander.

Awards recognizing the service of Col. Eggen and Lt Col. Robert Ditch, Wing’s Emergency Services Director were also presented during the ceremony.

The event was held at the new CAP Hangar, which opened last fall at the Glendale Municipal Airport.  The Color Guard from 308th Composite Squadron presented the colors.


Four CAP teams to compete in CyberPatriot IV finals


19 January 2012
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Civil Air Patrol cadet teams will make up one-third of the 12 spots in the All-Services Division finals of CyberPatriot IV, the national high school cyber defense competition.
When the two days of national finals begin March 23 at the Gaylord National Harbor Convention Center in Gaylord, Md., CAP will be represented by teams

Cadet Competition

Cadet Competition

ENTRY DEADLINE: January 13, 2012

Competition Location: Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302

932 West Deer Valley Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85027

POC: 1Lt. Mike Matteson
(602) 722-5273

Please send entries to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
COMPETITION DATE: February 11th, 2012
Check In time: 0700 - 0800

Please send a list with competitors’ names, ranks and escort names
Please remember to bring a CAPF 31 & CAPF 60
Food & Beverage to be available for purchase


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