Civil Air Patrol

Hurricane Rosa May Cause Problems for Arizona

As information, the Search and Rescue community is starting to get a heads up for a potential weather situation in Arizona for late Sunday night into early next week from what will be the remnants of Hurricane Rosa.

Air crews and ground team members on alert status should keep an eye on this storm.

Rosa is currently a Cat. 2 Hurricane 530 miles SW of Baja, but is expected to strengthen to a major hurricane (Cat 3+) overnight.

You can follow Rosa and get updates from NOAA here.

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.

Commander’s Call Held at 388th in Glendale

Squadron commanders, members of the Arizona Wing staff, and others met at the 388th Composite Squadron building at the Glendale Municipal Airport on Saturday, August 4, for the quarterly Commander’s Call.

Arizona Wing Commander Col. Martha Morris briefed the group on “where we are and where we want to go,” beginning with the Wing Vision:

  • To provide a rewarding experience and growth opportunities for volunteers looking to exercise leadership while learning and utilizing aviation and SAR related skills in support of statewide emergencies.
  • To provide a learning and maturing environment for CAP cadets to help them become the leaders of tomorrow
  • To educate, inspire, and instill an appreciation for and an understanding of aerospace in today’s and tomorrow’s world.

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Changes to Wing Staff Announced

Wing Commander Col. Martha Morris announced several changes to Wing staff on July 31. AZWG Vice Commander Lt. Col. Paul Rehman moves to a SW Region assignment as Wing Coordinator and AF liaison. Lt. Col. Rob Pinckard moves from chief of staff to AZWG Vice Commander. Maj. Jerad Hoff, completing his assignment as group commander for cadet programs and aerospace education, becomes chief of staff. Maj. Ken Smith takes over cadet programs and AE. Maj. Dave Girolami will serve as Southern Sector Commander, replacing Lt. Col. Newton Muehleisen. Finally, Lt. Cols. Luis Camus and Jim Nova with share the responsibilities of the Wing Executive Officer position.

AZ Wing Officers Graduate From SW Region Staff College

Arizona Wing graduates and staff members celebrated at the Dining Out at the end of the 2018 Southwest Region Staff College. (Standing) Capt. Michael Miller, Capt. Margot Myers, Capt. Clarence Rebello, Capt. Keith Knotek, Maj. Mark Maciha, Capt. Gordon Helm, Lt. Col. Heather Muehleisen, Lt. Col. Newton Muehleisen, Maj. Stuart Smith, (seated) Capt. Peter Iannone, Maj. Seth Grenke, Lt. Col. David Alegre.

Nine members of the Arizona Wing recently completed the week-long Southwest Region Staff College, held at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. Three additional Wing members served in staff positions at the college.

The college is an intensive learning experience with a widely varied curriculum. Students tackle both individual and group projects, working in their seminar groups each evening to discuss and formulate strategies to address various scenarios that a commander may face.

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Wing Conference Speaker Blogs About Her AZ Wing Weekend

Lt. Col. Jennifer Aupke, USAF. Photo by Col. John Eggen, CAP.

Arizona Wing was fortunate to have two banquet speakers at the Wing Conference in Tucson in May — Representative Martha McSally (USAF retired) and Lt. Col. Jennifer Aupke, USAF.

Lt. Col. Aupke spent the whole weekend at the conference, meeting one-on-one and in small groups will cadets and senior members. She asked a lot of questions, listened and learned about CAP and its missions. On June 2, Aupke posted an article about her experience on her Linked In page.

As of June 8, she assumes command of her new unit at Maxwell AFB and already has plans to meet CAP National HQ staff members there to further her relationship with CAP.

Shonto Squadron Orientation Flights Featured on AZ PBS

Eights cadets from the Shonto, Arizona-based Code Talker Bahe Ketchum Composite Squadron had the chance to take their first orientation flights in Page, Arizona on April 7. CAP planes and pilots from across the Wing were on hand to take the cadets up for what was the first flight ever for most of them. There also was one CAP 172 that arrived from Albuquerque with a distinguished pilot — CAP National Commander and CEO Maj. Gen. Mark E. Smith.

Olivia Richard, a reporter for AZ PBS (KAET, Phoenix) was on hand to record the event. Her report on the new squadron and the orientation flights aired on April 23.

Former Arizona Wing Commander Has Died

Col. Paul Handverger passed away on Feb. 16, 2018, just shy of his 83rd birthday. He served 22 years in the Civil Air Patrol and was Arizona Wing Commander from October 1995 until January 1998.

According to current Wing Commander Col. Martha Morris, Handverger is the person who coined our radio call sign “RedRock” when the wing was ordered to give up the call sign “Thunderbird.”

Read Col. Handverger’s obituary from the Verde Valley News. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Roberta, as well as three children and 9 grandchildren.

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