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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


BoG Receives BoardSource Governance Study Report

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — At the December 7th meeting, Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors received an external governance study report submitted by BoardSource, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. The report includes recommendations designed to ensure best practices in the organization’s governance structure.  BoardSource was selected to conduct the study based on its extensive expertise in defining nonprofit governance practices, including governance structures, board/staff partnerships and current and evolving trends.  BoardSource’s research included interviews with board members, National Headquarters staff, volunteer leaders and selected wing and region commanders.  The research also included surveys of CAP members.  The BoardSource study fully complements the internal study that was done by the CAP Governance Committee.

CAP Brig Gen Richard Anderson, Chairman of the Board of Governors, and Maj Gen Chuck Carr, CAP National Commander,  issued the following joint statement after the meeting:  “The study's purpose is to help strengthen CAP’s governance and ensure that our governance structure is consistent with best practices in other nonprofit public service organizations. The comprehensive recommendations made by BoardSource will be thoroughly studied by the Board of Governors and CAP’s leadership before any changes are made,” they stated, adding, “CAP leaders will be involved in the process every step of the way.”

Anderson and Carr concluded with, "The BoG will provide regular updates as the review process progresses."


Civil Air Patrol partners with FAA for safety training

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol has established a safety education partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration that will provide CAP members with automatic education credits for completing safety education within the FAA’s WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program.

Record 13 Civil Air Patrol teams advance to Round 3


MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol‟s cyber defense dominance continues with a record number of Civil Air Patrol teams scoring high enough to compete next month in Round 3 of CyberPatriot

Nogales Media Coverage of Wreaths Across America

The Nogales International has published an article about local Wreaths Across America (WAA) ceremonies. Click the link below to read the article about the first WAA event to be held in Nogales.


Astronomy Club Shows Off the Stars to Civil Air Patrol

On October 22, the Little Colorado River Valley Astronomy Club invited the cadets of Show Low Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol to enjoy a night of education and observation.  Astronomy Club members presented educational programs to the cadets  about coordinate systems, telescope design, telescope mounts, astronomy planning and a basic orientation of the sky.  The club then provided 8 telescopes for viewing and observation.   Among other sights, the cadets were able to see a satellite reflect sunlight, a comet and Jupiter and several of its moons.


The Little Colorado River Valley Astronomy Club meets twice a month.  One meeting is an indoor meeting at EWS Hobby in Show Low and the other is an outdoor observation meeting.  The club has approximately 25 members and is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and education of astronomy and related subjects to members and the general public.  The club is interested in promoting astronomy in the schools by providing an educational program similar to that presented to the Civil Air Patrol Cadets.  Anyone interested in the club or in arranging for an educational program can visit their web site at


First ever 501 FTX



On Nov 18, 19 and 20th, the cadets of the Lake Havasu City Composite squadron put on their first FTX. Members from Deer Valley 302 joined them for 3 days of training for a learning and fun environment. The cadets got to fine tune their ELT searching skills, build fires, and build desert shelters with only what could be found in nature, and their 24 hour pack. Everyone got to eat good food cooked up by the 501 Squadron Commander. All the cadets had fun and learned the value of team work, team building by working together on an endurance course on the second day and performing tasks in a timed event. Of the 2 flights that attended, bravo was the overall winner, but everyone did a great job. Next year will be bigger and better.


Capt Joel Cosmano CAP


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