Civil Air Patrol

Change of Command Ceremony Held at Squadron 302


Lt. Col. Heather Muehleisen (left) hands the flag to Maj. Mark Schadt as he accepts command of Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302. Capt. Jeffrey Landister (right), the outgoing squadron commander, looks on.

Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302, the largest squadron in the Arizona Wing, has a new commander. On Monday, Nov. 28, Lt Col Heather Muehleisen (left), AZ Wing Vice Commander for the West Sector, presided over the change of command ceremony. Outgoing squadron commander, Capt Jeffrey Landtiser (right), thanked the senior members and cadets for their support and singled out his senior staff for “getting the real work done.”

Incoming squadron commander, Maj. Mark Schadt (center), told more than 100 assembled senior members, cadets, family members, and distinguished guests that he is ready to meet the challenge of serving as 302’s leader. “Command of such a storied and accomplished squadron is a cherished and honored opportunity for me and I will do my best to represent the men and women of this fine squadron,” Schadt said. “My role as your commanding officer will be to foster a welcoming environment for all where everyone’s vision and motivation will be realized. My mission and that of our dedicated members is ensure Squadron 302’s continued unparalleled contributions to the Arizona Wing, the State of Arizona, the United States Air Force and Civil Air Patrol.”

© 2021 Arizona Wing. All rights reserved.