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State Represenative presents Eaker Award to Yuma cadet

taylorState Representative Lynne Pancrazi paid a visit to Civil Air Patrol Squadron 508 on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011. Representative Pancrazi was on hand to present the Civil Air Patrol Ira C. Eaker Award to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jacquelyn “Jacque” Taylor. Cadet Taylor is the first cadet from Yuma to receive this prestigious award. While visiting, Representative Pancrazi also talked to the cadets about leadership and opportunities for them through the military academies. She encouraged all the cadets to set goals, work hard to attain them, and continue in the CAP program to help develop their leadership potential.


Arizona Wing Refocuses Exercise Goals To Fulfill Real Mission Needs

By 1st Lt Jerad Hoff

Phoenix, Ariz - Hurricane Pancho was supposed to whirl into Arizona with winds gusting to 135mph leaving a wake of damage and flooding throughout southern portions of the state. That was the plan anyway for a statewide exercise that was going to be held by the Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol on August 20th, instead the phone started ringing after Thursday’s storms with requests from the Arizona Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS) requesting aerial photographs of storm affected areas. Throw a request by the Air Force to fly a mission for them and the day became quite busy for the Arizona Wing.


Wing officials tweaked the plan for Saturday, re-tasking aircraft from their planned exercise sorties to instead cover requests for photographs from areas spread across nine different counties.  The previous week’s severe storm created flooding and possible microbursts and tornadoes. The NWS was looking for photograph evidence to support the reports they were hearing from the effected areas. ADEM also was looking for photographs of areas affected by recent wildfires, protective dikes to assess their condition, and the condition of several washed out roads.


Vice Wing Commander Lt Col Brian Ready said the timing just happened to work out very well that so many requests were able to be managed on a single day. “We already had plans for setting up a mission base, had aircrews assigned, and an ambitious exercise to execute. It was simply a matter of changing assignments for the aircrews before they departed.”


Ken Waters, the Warning Coordination Meterologist for the Phoenix office of the NWS is hopeful having aerial photography will help in their work. “This is something new for us to have access to [aerial photographs],” Waters said. “We’re always looking for any documentation of storm damage,” Waters explained. He said the information becomes part of the official record and that the data is placed into a national database that is used by scientists, emergency managers, and private industries like insurance companies to study storm damage. Getting photographs from the air provides a perspective that tells the story of what happened where according to Waters, “it’s very difficult to do that on the ground.”


The NWS will review the photos provided by the Arizona aircrews for patterns in the damage that may reveal the direction of the winds, such as straight line or rotational winds that could be further evidence of a tornado.


The refocus of the exercise didn’t slow down the ground team training that was planned for the day, making the mission base at the Deer Valley Airport a busy place bursting with people. Over twenty senior and cadet members participated in classroom sessions and field training to further their ground team qualifications.


Mission base personnel kept busy with tracking the aircraft and staffing the communications equipment. Four officers from CAP-USAF were also on hand to observe and share their expertise.


Lt Col Ready was thrilled with the end result Saturday. “I couldn’t be more pleased with how we were able to change our training objectives on the fly to meet the needs of our partners. We have some great people working in this Wing and I’m very proud of them,” he said.


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


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