In the run-up to the CAP national conference on August 14-15, Arizona Wing has been notified of two national award winners. The Wing’s safety program was selected for the Paul Turner Safety Award and Wing Public Affairs Officer Capt. Margot Myers was selected as the Col. Robert V. “Bud” Payton Public Affairs Officer of the Year.
Each year, the Arizona Wing nominates members and programs for national recognition during the annual conference. Wing nominees compete against their peers in the other five Southwest Region wings for the regional awards in their categories and the regional nominees then go up against their counterparts from the other seven regions in the quest for the national awards.
This year, three Arizona Wing members and one program were selected to represent the Southwest Region:
- Senior Member of the Year: Maj. Peter L. Iannone, Jr., Prescott Composite Squadron
- Safety Officer of the Year: Capt. Dolly M. Mickle, Group 7
- Col. Robert V. “Bud” Payton Public Affairs Officer of the Year: Capt. Margot A. Myers, Deer Valley Composite Squadron and Arizona Wing
- Paul Turner Safety Award: Arizona Wing
This is the second time in recent years that Arizona Wing has received the Paul Turner Safety Award. This is an annual award, named for a former CAP national commander, presented to the CAP wing with the most outstanding safety program based on a demonstrated emphasis on risk management and mishap prevention. The wing also received this award in 2017.
“Lt. Col. Corey Stohlquist and his team have done an outstanding job managing the safety program in Arizona Wing,” said Wing Commander Col. Rob Pinckard. “The safety team focuses on ensuring safe operations for our people and equipment, both during CAP activities and in members’ everyday lives.”
Myers currently serves as PAO for the Deer Valley Composite Squadron and Arizona Wing. She also is a member of the Arizona-based National Cell Phone Forensics Team, serving as the team’s public information officer. The award nomination cites her work publicizing the work of Arizona Wing members at the local, regional, and national levels; working with squadron PAOs to develop their public affairs plans; managing the 2019 Arizona Wing/Southwest Region annual conference including a meeting of the CAP Board of Governors; and serving as the PIO on a virtual incident management team for the Puerto Rico earthquake disaster relief mission.