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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


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.


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