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Arizona Govenor Issues CAP Proclamation

In recognition of Civil Air Patrol's 70th Anniversary, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has issued an official Proclamation. The Proclamation "commends CAP for it's "Mission for America" and it's outstanding cadet and aerospace programs, which annually touch the lives and ensure the safety of thousands of American citizens."

Also cited where the various Search and Rescue, Homeland Security and Air force assistant missions performed by the Civil Air Patrol.

Click here to see image of Proclamation




by Maj. Luis Camus, Squadron 205 Commander

After planning the project for nearly a year, Verde Valley Composite Squadron 205 in Sedona launched its space balloon at sunrise on November 12. The payload consisted of a video camera and a personal GPS device. The camera was used to record video and audio from liftoff, to balloon burst in subspace, to landing. The personal GPS device was used to track the payload trajectory. 

Our squadron’s resolve to see this project through was tested


CAP Celebrates 70th Anniversary

The Civil Air Patrol and Arizona Wing are marking this year's 70th anniversary of CAP. NHQ has issued an official news release and message from the CAP National Commander, Maj General Charles L. Carr, Jr, posted in this article. An anniversary proclamation from Governor Brewer has also been issued. Click "Read More" to see these items.


Glendale Squadron Locates ELT Signal

By Lt Col Robert Ditch


During the evening of 21 November 2011 multiple airliners arriving and departing across the Phoenix Metropolitan area began reporting an Emergency Locator Transmission (ELT); indicating a possible aircraft in distress or crash.  At the time of the initial reports it was unknown if a pilot was having an emergency or if an aircraft/ELT had been accidently bumped/disrupted while in maintenance.  Ten of the aircraft reported the signal to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controllers who immediately notified the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Upon receipt of the information the AFRCC contacted the Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who sent out an immediate notification, via the State of Arizona Division of Emergency Management - Communicator Notification/Alert System, to all CAP units across the state.  Within two minutes of receiving the alert the Glendale CAP Squadron had their radio receivers turned on and were reporting that the signal was originating from Glendale Airport.  Without hesitation the CAP Squadron mobilized a Urban Direction Finding (UDF) team and was able to quickly isolate the signal to an aircraft located in a maintenance hangar at the airport.  The owner was called and promptly secured the ELT.


The record response by the Glendale CAP Squadron demonstrated once again how quickly technology and the spirit of volunteerism can come together to mitigate a potential aircraft emergency.  First the squadron was able to quickly let the State of Arizona and U.S. Air Force rescue officials know that there was no emergency so that other rescue resources could stand-down. Second by immediately securing/turning off the device they reopened the FAA emergency notification radio frequency so that if another actual emergency took place the real emergency ELT would not be confused by the false alarm one that had already been discovered. All too often many response and administrative agencies are willing to allow such emergency signals to continue to go off until the next day, or later, and thus prevent actual emergencies from being reported reliably. Fortunately this is not the case for the Glendale Squadron or the rest of the Arizona Wing of professionals who respond almost every week to ELT signals, actual overdue/missing aircraft or lost hikers/campers and other missing persons emergencies.  The response record set by the Glendale Squadron is one that is unprecedented. From the time of notification to isolation of the ELT was only over a period of minutes--A peerless response by the Glendale CAP volunteers and Glendale airport officials.



CAP Supports Scottsdale Air Fair

submitted by Capt Steve Ziomek

Civil Air Patrol cadets and seniors turned in an exemplary performance this past weekend at the Scottsdale Air Fair!


The City of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Airport Director and Manager, the Airport Advisory Commission, PSM2 the promoter, as well as several pilots who were in attendance at the air fair praised CAP’s participation.


Every display; 314's C-182 on loan; the CAP Glider brought over by Tim Carroll (who supervised the assembly and disassembly by 35 cadets); the History & Aerospace Exhibit; the Recruiting Booth; the Rocket Launch; the Mobile Command Trailer; the 30 plus Seniors; and of course, the 40 or so cadets; represented CAP well.


Our cadets marched as one unit during the Sunday Opening Ceremonies and were called upon to perform many tasks including crowd control and the management of the aircraft 'hot zone'.


Every cadet looked and acted the part-- A great weekend for CAP in front of over 20,000 people.



Sq 501 Cadet Captain Receives Earhart Award

Submitted by;

Maj George Molitor

Cadet Captain Bethany Mitchell, Sq 501, received the Amelia Earhart award. The award was presented by Senator Ron Gould, District three. Present at the ceremony were C/Capt Mitchell’s family, the  Pastor of her church and our local Marine Corps recruiter. Cadet Mitchell is to report to Marine Boot Camp November 6, 2011.

Cadet Mitchell is a past Cadet  Commander of Sq 501 and has two sisters, a brother and her father  a s  members of the Squadron also.


CAP continuing Air Force-assigned missions despite federal budget uncertainty

CAP National Headquarters has released the following information about temporary pauses of CAP activities because congress is still finalizing the 2012 budget. 


Temporary pause in effect for some operations


NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS  -- To ensure Civil Air Patrol’s continued support for critical U.S. Air Force-assigned missions, some aspects of the organization’s operations are being temporarily paused during the continuing federal budget uncertainty.


“It is necessary to take these actions in order to ensure CAP is able to support all ‘real world’ Air Force-assigned missions,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, adding, “CAP’s emergency response services provided to communities across the nation will continue uninterrupted. ”



Priority is being given to search and rescue, disaster relief,  air defense intercept and other critical missions tasked by the Air Force, said Carr. CAP’s National Executive Committee decided on this approach in response to the reduced funding authorization in effect for CAP.


Reduced funding is also impacting the Air Force and other Department of Defense agencies.  The situation will likely continue until Congress and President Barack Obama approve the final Fiscal Year 2012 DoD Appropriations Bill.


Additional details can be found on CAP VolunteerNow at the link below:

CAP NHQ has also posted information about the activity pause on Facebook and Twitter.


CAP is ensuring its ability to provide continued support for Air Force-assigned missions amid continuing federal budget uncertainty by temporarily pausing some facets of its operations. The situation is expected to continue until the final Fiscal Year 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill is approved by Congress & the president.



Support for Air Force-assigned missions continuing despite federal budget uncertainty. Some other operations temporarily paused.




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