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Upcoming Training Opportunities and OPS lessons learned

In this update, we share lessons learned in operations administration, remind what we should be doing, and list upcoming training opportunities in the amazing world of AZWG OPS…


Same Day / Different Missions. While this doesn’t happen often, when it does, accounting requires the proper mission gets “billed” for the proper sortie. For example, a pilot flies a sortie under one mission, then flies another sortie under a different mission, that pilot may not simply charge all the fuel to the second sortie; that pilot must refuel between the two sorties so there is a receipt for the first mission’s sortie and another receipt for the second mission’s sortie, each receipt reflecting the fuel expense for the respective mission sortie. Again, this does not happen often. “Round-tripping” fuel is still allowable when all sorties are flown under the same mission number. But, if your day’s worth of activities involve more than one mission number, be sure to refuel while “switching hats.” Each mission number has its own “bucket of money” – ensure you are expensing the correct bucket.


Standard Fuel Loads. When you are done with the vehicle or aircraft you’ve been using, that machine should be secured, ready to go for the next activity. This includes parking with the proper fuel onboard. “Standard” fuel for our vehicles/aircraft:

  •          Ground vehicles: full tank of fuel
  •          Cessna 182’s: 54 gallons onboard
  •          Cessna 206’s: 64 gallons onboard


Fuel Slips. For accounting purposes, fuel slips must contain certain information for Air Force reimbursement purposes. Before uploading fuel receipts in WMIRS, please ensure the following information is on the legible fuel slip:

  •          Vendor information (name, address, phone number)
  •          Date of sale (refueling must occur on the same date of sortie, and reflected on receipt)
  •          Registration (N-number for aircraft, vehicle CAPID for ground vehicles)
  •          Gallons
  •          Amount
  •          Mission Number
  •          Sortie Number
  •          Pilot or Driver name


A-12 Flights. Frequently asked question of the week: “I can’t find the A-12 mission for November – when will it be available?” Several pilots have asked this question, and several more are equally curious but just haven’t asked yet. The answer: the A-12 mission is somewhat unique in that it has been designated by NHQ as “Annual Pilot Proficiency” with an end date of 30 SEP 16. So, there is no A-12 for November. But, there is an A-12 for FY16! Eligible pilots must read and adhere to the preamble for the proficiency profile they will fly. This preamble provides the intent, guidelines and restrictions of each profile. Not all preambles are the same – read the one for your profile. Also, try different profiles (within the constraints of the preamble). Don’t be the guy who only does profile 10 every month!


21 November OPEX. This month’s OPEX incorporates wing-wide scenarios, designed to provide real-world training for our wing. Everybody is highly encouraged to participate. However, make sure your SQTR is ready! Are your Prerequisites properly documented? Do you have commander approval? Is your Familiarization & Preparation training complete? Do you have commander approval? Now is the time to get ready as well as appease the OpsQuals electrons – not the day before (or morning of) the OPEX! If your documentation is not in order, you will not be able to participate!


Upcoming Classes. The following classes are on the horizon. If you are planning on attending one of these classes, please RSVP to our Operations Training Coordinator, Maj Larry Bernosky via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


  •         ForeFlight Workshop - 7 Nov at the DVT - TransPac Facility - 0900-1500
  1. o   A new training offering given the wide use of the ForeFlight app by our crew members. Will focus on app features with high value for CAP ops. Also, Gene Caisse will present his CAP search pattern techniques. Also, will discuss some WMIRS 2.0 pre andflight functions and some basic Ops Quals procedures - SQTR.
  •         G1000 IFR - 14-15 Nov at the Deer Valley Sq302 Facility - Sat. - 0830-1700; Sun. 0830-1300
  1. o   Official CAP class required to be checked out to fly IFR in CAP G1000 aircraft. Will cover entering, storing, retrieving and editing flight plans; loading and activating instrument procedures and holding patterns. Required for IFR pilots but a good MFD training session for all pilots and MO's. All are welcome.
  •         Aerial Photographer - Preparation & Familiarization - 5-6 Dec at the Deer Valley - Sq 302 Facility - Sat. 0830-1700; Sun. 0830-1700
  1. o   AP Prep & Fam for all wishing to earn the CAP AP certification.
  2. o   Prerequisites: New students will need to have completed GES; Ground Handling Video; and have an endorsement from their Squadron CC on their AP SQTR.  
  •         Urban Direction Finding (UDF) - 30 Jan 16 - TBD - Dallas Lane is the POC for this class.
  1. o   Basic ground class on finding and shutting off ELT beacons on the ground. How to use the ELT DF equipment and the proceduressilencing them.


Fun Facts. In October 2015, AZWG conducted 15 ground sorties and flew 242 hours on 189 air sorties in support of 13 missions. Among these missions, two were successful ELT searches and one involved our Teacher Orientation Flight Program.


Falcon Double Change of Command

By Lt Col J. Brandon Masangcay

FCS 305 Deputy Commander for Cadets

Mesa, Ariz. – There was a double Change of Command at the Falcon Composite Squadron 305.

DSC03493Pictured:  Capt David S. Roden relinquished command of the squadron to his predecessor Maj Albert Barker. Lt Col Jim Oliver, former FCS 305 Commander presided and Guidon Bearer was C/CMSgt Griffin Sharkey.

Pictured:  C/2d Lt Cora Scholz relinquished command of the cadet cadre to her DSC03505brother C/2d Lt Jeremy Scholz. Lt Col J. Brandon Masangcay, Deputy Commander for Cadets presided and Guidon Bearer was C/CMSgt Griffin Sharkey.


Arizona Wing Cadet Competition Video

Check out this video from the Cadet Competition!




Arizona Wing Congratulates Two New Spaatz Cadets

It is with great pleasure and honor I announce Cadet Jessica Parsons and Cadet Meghan Parsons have achieved the highest Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program Milestone, the General Carl A Spaatz Award. This achievement is earned by only five out of one thousand cadets (one half of one percent) during their service as CAP cadets and will enable Cadet Jessica Parsons and Cadet Meghan Parsons to be promoted to the rank of Cadet Colonel.

Cadet Jessica Parsons has been active at the Arizona Wing including; Squadron Cadet Commander and Chair of the Wing Cadet Advisory Council. Cadet Jessica Parsons has also attended the Cadet Officer School, Civic Leadership Academy in Washington, DC and International Air Cadet Exchange.

Cadet Meghan Parsons has been active at the Arizona Wing as the Editor of the Wing Magazine and social media sites. Cadet Meghan Parsons has also attended the Cadet Officer School, Civic Leadership Academy in Washington, DC and International Air Cadet Exchange.

Cadet Jessica Parsons and Cadet Meghan Parsons' hard work and dedication to Arizona Wing and Civil Air Patrol is inspiring.

Congratulations Cadet Jessica Parsons and Cadet Meghan Parsons

Col. Brian Ready
Arizona Wing Commande


Announcement of New Wing Commander

Members of Arizona Wing,

I am pleased to announce that I have selected Lt Col Martha Morris to become your next wing commander when Col Brian Ready completes his term.

Please congratulate Lt Col Morris for her selection, and thank Col Ready for his excellent contributions.  I look forward to seeing you at the change of command ceremony in January. 

Thanks for all you do for CAP.


Col Mark Smith, CAP

Southwest Region Commander


Air Force Official News Release - Civil Air Patrol joins Total Force ‘Airmen’

Staff Sgt. Whitney Stanfield

Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON – Following 74 years of support to emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs, the Civil Air Patrol, when conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force Auxiliary is now included in the Air Force’s definition of the Total Force.

The Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, Leadership, in August 2015 expanding the Air Force’s descriptions of Total Force and Airmen to now consist of regular, Guard, Reserve, and Auxiliary members.

Historically, the broader term Airmen referred to uniformed and civilian members of the US Air Force (officer or enlisted; regular, Reserve, or Guard) regardless of rank, component, or specialty.

With this newest change, Air Force leaders should consider each part of the Total Force, including the Auxiliary, when determining the most effective and efficient ways to complete the mission. CAP has approximately 57,000 volunteers and 550 aircraft assigned to more than 1,500 units stateside available or currently supporting non-combat missions on behalf of the Air Force.

“As a strategic partner, these unpaid professionals have boldly served our nation saving the Air Force almost 40 times the cost of using military assets for each hour served,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “Inclusion in the Total Force reflects the continuing key contributions of this highly trained and equipped organization.”

The Auxiliary members who fly the nearly 100,000 hours per year performing disaster relief, counterdrug, search and rescue, fighter interceptor training, aerial observation and cadet orientation flights will now be included in the Total Force and referred to as Airmen during the performance of official duties in recognition of their contributions to the Air Force.

“Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez, CAP National Commander. “Our ability to augment the Air Force is second to none. We provide 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions and disaster-relief support to local, state and national agencies as well as aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, and remain continually postured to offer more.”

Beyond CAP’s support to achieve its homeland responsibilities for non-combat operations, the organization has been recognized for their efforts to inspire hundreds of thousands of cadets and K-12 students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and training.

“Civil Air Patrol’s increased exposure has a direct impact on attracting youth interest in STEM-based activities which are skills necessary to develop the innovative Airmen our Air Force needs,” said Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III. “We proudly welcome the Air Force Auxiliary by extending our badge of honor as Airmen.”


Civil Air Patrol officially included in definition as fourth member of Air Force Total Force

By C/LtCol Meghan Parsons

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. – The Official Auxiliary of the Air Force, the Civil Air Patrol has been performing missions for the Air Force for over 70 years. It was officially announced today at the National Conference in Florida that the Civil Air Patrol has been added to the definition of Total Force Support in Air Force Doctrine, and members, both Senior and Cadet, will now be known as Airman.

"I was really excited when I received an email earlier this week, and it had to do with Air Force Doctrine Volume Two which has to do with Leadership. It defines the term Total Force." Brigadier General Paul Guemmer, the Commander of the Jeannie M. Holm Center said as he delivered a message on behalf of Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark Welsh. "There has been an addition to the definition that was signed earlier this week. It now includes the sentence 'In addition, the Total Force includes the Civil Air Patrol, as the Official Air Force Auxiliary.'"

The Total Force includes Active Duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserves, and now, Civil Air Patrol. Members within the Civil Air Patrol now can be addressed as Airmen under this new definition and will no longer be referred to simply as members of the program. "Greater awareness of Civil Air Patrol from our Total Force support partners also ushers in a new era of understanding and presents an untold opportunity as it looks to its missions for tomorrow." Maj. Gen. Joe Vasquez, CAP National Commander explained in a video recently released.

"As the Official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, Civil Air Patrol has been acting as a member of the Total Force since 2004 when all of our Air Force Missions and Taskings came under the supervision of the First Air Force." Maj. Gen. Joe Vasquez, explained. "The Air Force Senior Leadership has long considered Civil Air Patrol to be part of the Air Force Family relying on us to support Homeland Security missions. I congratulate the 57,000 volunteers, now called Airmen, of the United States Air Force Auxiliary for achieving this important National Recognition of their outstanding service to our nation."

In addition, it was announced that as a part of the Air Force's Total Force of Active Duty, Reserves, Air National Guard and now, Auxiliary, members of the Civil Air Patrol will be referred to as Airmen, rather than simply Members or Volunteers.

The Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol actively participates in all three of Civil Air Patrol's Congressionally mandated missions of Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services.

Cadet units located across the state actively present The Colors at local civic events and learn about leadership and aerospace at local meetings. These young men and women aged 12-21 serve a vital role throughout Civil Air Patrol missions, serving as instructors to junior cadets while developing their own leadership skills and participating in Arizona's Award Winning Ground Team and at local Mission Bases during local training and Air Force Assigned Missions.

The support from the Senior Members make Emergency Services possible, and they serve as mentors to fellow members and cadets. Members are actively trained in aerial search and rescue techniques including mission photography and scanner techniques. Arizona Wing is actively involved in Civil Air Patrol's Cell Phone Forensics and Radar Analysis teams.

Civil Air Patrol also has participated in Exercise Angel Thunder, the largest and most realistic joint service, NATO multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise designed to provide training for personnel recovery assets using a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies.  CAP has participated since 2003, and the Arizona Wing annually stands up mission bases across Arizona and the Wing Ground Team is available for the exercise.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force Auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for the past 73 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit more information.


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