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National Character Day

Arizona Wing Cadets will be participating in the first annual National Character Day on 17 Sep 2011 at Falcon Field.  The program is designed to give cadets an opportunity to "take  issues of character and honor seriously, and to recommit themselves to the drug-free ethic"*.  The Drug Demand Reduction Program was officially integrated into the Cadet Program last spring.  Check the Cadet Programs site on the NHQ website for new programs to help build your cadet program and serve the community.


*quote from a letter dated 8 June 2011 from Maj General Courter


Arizona Wing Enters Exercise Mode

As part of preparation for a state-wide exercise this coming fall, members of the Arizona Wing have been receiving messages via the AZ Division of Emergency Management's phone notification system.  All Wing units need to report availability of all qualified ES personnel, vehicles and aircraft in support of the fall exercise.


A week of ELTs for Arizona Wing

It's been a busy week for both ground team and aircrew members from the Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.  Searches for Emergency Locator Transmitters on Thursday alone resulted in two finds at seperate airpots in the east valley of the Phoenix area.  A third ELT was reported this morning, in the same general area.

While most ELT activations are fals alarms, which can result from an aircrafts hard landing, these alarms must be quickly located and silenced.  Signals from these ELTs can smother those same signals from activations resulting from an aircraft crash, or a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) used by many hikers and hunters.


AZ Wing Conducting ELT Search

AZ Wing teams began an ELT search Saturday, August 13. One UDF team from Falcon Field and an aircraft  from
Payson was diverted from a training mission to assist.


AZ Wing Spots Wreckage

News Release from Coconino County Sheriff’s Office

Flagstaff AZ- On Saturday, July 30, 2011 a crew member aboard a Civil
Air Patrol search plane spotted the wreckage of an aircraft in the


Glendale Squadron Opens New Hangar

by Capt Peter Mountain

Photos by Sian Proctor



On July 18 2011, Capt. Peter Mountain opened the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Glendale Composite Squadron hangar with the introduction of honored guests who included State Representative Jerry Weiers, Glendale Vice Mayor Steve Frate, Council Member Joyce Clark (Yucca District) and Colonel John Eggen, Arizona Wing Commander. Also present were Lt. Col. Brian Ready, Vice Commander Arizona Wing and 3 retired Squadron 308 Commanders; Lt. Col John Kruger, Major Frank Scherer and Major Rita Bivens-Scherer. Squadron Commanders that came to celebrate with us were:
Squadron 313, Capt, Jerry Kerr
Squadron 302, 1st Lt. Paul Cassano
Squadron 356, 1st Lt. Cesar Lora.

Preceding the ceremony Squadron 308 put on a barbeque and everyone of the 200 people present enjoyed good food, soft drinks and banter.

Squadron 302 Color Guard presented the Colors and did an outstanding job. This squadron’s Color Guard also presented and retired the Colors at the recent Wing Conference 2011. Thanks to Mike Matheson and Composite Squadron 302 for sending out their best!

Although it was a little warm in the hanger and the dust andrain did it's best to ruin the mood, all enjoyed the speeches by the distinguished visitors.

After the barbeque, the Ribbon was officially cut by Representative Weiers and Colonel Eggen.


AZ Offers Advanced ICS Course

State Training Offering

Enroll Online--See instructions below


MAG400: Advanced Incident Command System

Event # 1001525

Pima County Emergency Operations Center/Level B

130 W. Congress, Tucson, AZ 85701

August 25 - 26, 2011

Class Hours: 8/25    0800 – 1700 hours

8/26   0800 – 1200 hours


Register On-Line in ERMA

Description: This course expands upon the material covered in ICS-100 through ICS-300. ICS-400 focuses on large single-agency and complex multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional incident response. The course addresses area command and staff issues, as well as the planning, logistical, and fiscal considerations associated with complex incident management and interagency coordination. Course topics include: Command and General Staff; Deputies and assistants; Unified Command; Organizational relationships between Area Command, Unified Command, Multi Entity Coordination Systems, and Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).   Selection criteria: Persons expected to perform in a management capacity in an area command/complex incident environment.


Prerequisites: Successful completion of IS-700: NIMS, An Introduction, IS-100: Introduction to ICS, IS-200: Basic ICS, and MAG300: Intermediate ICS is required.


Target Audience: Pima County Partners.


Additional Information:   This course is a NIMS compliant ICS course.


Registration:  Participants must enroll no later than 14 days prior to the start of the course.

Enroll On-Line through ERMA at First time users will be required to "activate" an account prior to enrollment. You must provide a valid email address and phone number for contact information. Additional information on our online registration system can be found on our website at:




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