Civil Air Patrol

CAP Celebrates 77th Anniversary of Volunteer Service

Civil Air Patrol’s rich heritage of volunteer service will be celebrated this coming weekend, as the longtime U.S. Air Force Auxiliary observes its 77th anniversary. See the 77th Anniversary video here.

“Our legacy is well worth celebrating,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and chief executive officer. “Each year, on the first day of December, we are reminded of the sacrifices of CAP’s earliest members, whose extraordinary contributions to America continue today in our citizen volunteers’ vigilant service to country and community.”

CAP was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in World War II. Its members quickly proved their worth by conducting aerial patrols on their own, heroism that discouraged and eventually helped stop deadly German U-boat attacks along U.S. coastlines and waterways.

The wartime service of CAP’s “subchasers” helped stop the loss of American and Allied merchant vessels, saving the lives of untold thousands of sailors and countless millions of dollars of war materiel destined for the battlefields in Europe and the Pacific.

In addition to coastal patrols, CAP aircrews assisted with other essential wartime missions on the home front, such as search and rescue, disaster relief, border patrol, forest fire patrol, target towing for military practice and transporting critical supplies. Members also managed hundreds of airports and trained aviators – many of them teenage cadets – for future service in CAP and the military.

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Cell Phone Forensics and Radar Analysis Teams Help Locate Missing Aircraft

This image shows the radar track of the air ambulance, from takeoff to 12,000 feet and then a rapid descent that resulted in three fatalities

Members of the CAP National Cell Phone Forensics and Radar Analysis teams were activated at 2 a.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 19, to assist with the search for a missing Cessna 441, twin-engine air ambulance that disappeared from Federal Aviation Administration radar screens shortly after takeoff from Bismarck, N.D. The plane, carrying a pilot, paramedic, and nurse, was bound for Williston to pick up a patient.

“Combining and analyzing data from both the Cell Phone Forensics and Radar Analysis teams allows us to pinpoint the most likely area to search for a missing aircraft,” said Major Justin Ogden, a technical specialist on the cell phone team. “Within two hours of being assigned the mission, CAP was able to provide highly accurate location information to first responders.”

Unfortunately, there were no survivors of the crash. Read more on

About the National Cell Phone Forensics Team

The concept of using historical cell phone data to support Civil Air Patrol search and rescue (SAR) missions originated in 2006 when Maj. Justin Ogden, CAP, developed software that helped predict the most likely area to search for a missing person. Ogden was joined by Col. Brian Ready and Maj. Jerad Hoff, and the three became the core of the National Cell Phone Forensics Team, which was designated a national CAP asset in 2009. As the number of missions has grown, the team now includes eight members, all of whom are members of Arizona Wing. 

Mohave Valley Cadet Achieves Spaatz Award

Katherine (Katie) Hamiel, of the Mohave Valley Composite Squadron has received the General Carl A. Spaatz award, which places her among the top 1 percent of CAP cadets nationwide. This achievement comes with promotion to the grade of cadet colonel, the highest grade attainable for a CAP cadet. Hamiel didn’t have much time to be a cadet colonel before her 21st birthday arrived, automatically making her a senior member with the grade of captain.

Hamiel is a student at Mohave Community College and a licensed realtor with Best Results Real Estate, LLC, in Bullhead City. She recently earned her private pilot certificate.

About the Spaatz Award

The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology.The final step a cadet must complete to earn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education. Upon passing the Spaatz Award exams, the cadet is promoted to the grade of cadet colonel.The Spaatz Award is named in honor of Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.

Maj. Gen. Mark Smith on Cadet Lift Program

CAP’s National Commander and CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith talks about the new Cadet Lift Program, part of the Youth Aviation Initiative designed to inspire CAP cadets to pursue careers in STEM-related fields, including aviation. With funding from the Air Force, more CAP cadets will have opportunities to pursue flight training, including acquiring their private pilot certificates.

See the YouTube video here.


Wing Cadet Competition Set for January 2019

The 2019 AZWG Cadet Competition will be held at the Phoenix Police Academy on Jan. 26, 2019. Registration/sign-in is tentatively scheduled to begin at 0700 with the competition starting promptly at 0800. Further information on start times as well as location directions will follow as the date gets closer.

The competition events will come directly from CAPP 52-4 and will focus on the CORE events to include the following:

  • Physical challenge
  • Written test
  • Drill/Color Guard
  • Uniform inspection
  • Uniform preparation

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2019 Wing Conference Date and Location Set

The 2019 Arizona Wing Conference will take place April 26-27 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel in Chandler, Arizona. The CAP National Board of Governors meeting (on April 25-26) and the Southwest Region Conference will be held at the same time and place.

Additional details about lodging, registration, the schedule of events, etc. will be released as they are finalized.

New Southwest Region Fly-By is Available

The quarterly Southwest Region e-magazine, the Fly-By, is now available for download.

There are several stories from Arizona Wing in this issue including:

  • Southwest Region Staff College Challenges Arizona Wing Students
  • Arizona Family Receives Three Posthumous Congressional Gold Medals for WWII Civil Air Patrol Service
  • Arizona Wing’s Newly Chartered Composite Squadron (Eloy)
  • Cadet 2nd Lt Kaelyn Marble Attends National Cadet Officer School
  • Arizona Wing Cadet Learns Real-World Skills During Operational Exercise
  • Summer Ends with Colorado River Precautionary SAR Mission
  • Arizona Wing Cadet Achieves “First-Ever” State Veterans of Foreign Wars Recognition

Any squadron or individual in Arizona Wing may submit a story to be considered for inclusion in the Fly-By (as well as on the Wing website, and in Desert Wings, the Wing magazine). Submit an article here. The deadline for the Fly-By is the 20th of the month at the end of each quarter (i.e., March, June, September, December).

Mohave Valley Cadet Earns Eaker Award

Cadet/Lt. Col. Abigail Brown received the Gen. Ira C. Eaker award during a ceremony at the Mohave Valley Composite Squadron in Bullhead City, Ariz., on September 18. In addition to squadron members, family, and friends, the award and promotion ceremony was attended by U.S. Representative Paul Gosar and Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady.

Brown is currently the cadet commander in her squadron and also served as the chairperson of the Arizona Wing Cadet Advisory Council for the past year. The 17-year-old cadet is a senior at Mohave High School where she also is the corps commander of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. She has devoted 370 hours to community service, is an honors student, athlete, and still manages to hold down a job.

This summer, Brown attended the CAP Cadet Officers School. Her goal is to enter the U.S. Naval Academy after graduation.

Wilson, Secretary of Air Force, Hails CAP’s 70-Year Role as Auxiliary

Maj. Gen. Mark Smith (left), CAP national commander, and Brig. Gen. Ed Phelka, national vice commander, flank Wilson in a photo taken during the National Commander’s Reception.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson was the keynote speaker at the 2018 Civil Air Patrol National Conference in Anaheim, Calif. She related the story of her grandfather, who was a CAP member during World War II, talked about her experience learning to fly as a young woman, and laid out her expectations for the members of the 70-year-old Air Force auxiliary. Read the story, see photos and listen to Secretary Wilson’s keynote speech in

Honors for Arizona Wing at CAP National Conference

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The 2018 Civil Air Patrol National Conference concluded on August 25. After pre-conference courses and activities, plus two days of general sessions and learning labs, more than 850 CAP members from across the country headed for home.

Col. Martha Morris accepts the Paul W. Turner Safety Award from Maj. Gen. Mark Smith on behalf of the Arizona Wing.

The Arizona Wing received three significant awards during the conference. On Friday, August 24, Wing Commander Col. Martha Morris accepted Southwest Region mission awards for Search and Rescue and Aerospace Education. On Saturday, Morris accepted the Paul W. Turner Safety Award on behalf of Arizona Wing. The citation read, “A wing-wide commitment to safety from the top down is evident throughout Arizona Wing.”

Col. Brian Ready received a Distinguished Service Award for his work on the national IT Steering Committee.

Former Arizona Wing Commander Col. Brian Ready was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony on August 25, for his work as the command representative to the CAP Information Technology Steering Committee. Over the past two years, Col. Ready has worked to prioritize proposed IT projects and on the CAP website consolidation project, contributing to the design, functionality, and testing of the new website.

Capt. Klara Olcott of the 388th Composite Squadron in Glendale was recognized earlier in the week, receiving a Public Affairs Balsem Awards Certificate of Merit for a photograph she took during the National Blue Beret activity in Oshkosh, Wisc.

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