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.
Arizona Wing has done a good job using funding allocated for Cadet Orientation Flights, spending almost 90 percent of the $17,000 allocated for the fiscal year (FY). There is still time to spend the remaining budget before FY18 ends on September 30 and Col. Morris pointed out that additional funding could be made available if needed. With 479 cadets in the wing, 327 O-rides have been conducted, for a 68 percent completion rate.
In the nationwide FY2018 rankings for aircraft utilization, Arizona Wing is third in the nation behind the North Carolina and Washington, DC Wings. Arizona Wing leads the Southwest Region in this category with an average of 162.2 hours flown in each of the aircraft assigned to the Wing. There are 4.5 VFR pilots per aircraft and 3.5 Search and Rescue/Disaster Relief mission pilots per aircraft assigned to the Wing, against a target of 5.0 pilots/plane.
The Wing has shown steady growth in the number of units participating in the Aerospace Education Excellence Awards program, rising from six units in Fy15 to 12 units in FY18. There was also discussion about the Quality Cadet Unit Awards, with squadron commanders encouraged to focus on earning this achievement. The QCUA criteria are diverse including, for example, the number of cadets who have: attained the Wright Brothers Award, completed encampment, and participated in at least one orientation flight.
Squadron commanders have additional information from the meeting.