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CAP National Historian Seeks Squadron Patches

Arizona Wing Squadron Commanders: If you would like to have your squadron patch included in a display at the CAP National Conference in Nashville in August, please read and follow these instructions:…/Documents/Nat_Historian_Letter.pdf Squadron Patches to send your patch to the National Historian.


CAP-USAF Transfers Officially to Air Combat Command

On 24 June, at Tyndall Air Force Base, a Transfer of Authority ceremony was held to recognize the realignment of the Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force – or CAP-USAF – from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command. According to the 1st Air Force news release, "The ceremony began with the arrival of a CAP C-182 Cessna carrying CAP’s National Commander CAP Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez and the CAP-USAF commander, Col. Mike Tynismaa. The aircraft landed and approached Tyndall Air Force Base’s base operations, rolling through a ceremonial greeting of fire trucks pumping arching water sprays high over the aircraft."

Read more Transfer-of-Auth-ceremonyabout the event here.



SLS/CLC Training Offered in Tucson in July

The AZ Wing Southern Sector will offer the combined Squadron Leadership School/Corporate Learning Course for senior members on 8 July
(1600-2100), 9 July (0800-2100) and 10 July (0800-1730). The training will be held at the Kennedy PDO Center on Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson. The SLS course is required for those wishing to complete Level II and the CLC course is required to complete Level III. The cost to attend the SLS/CLC training is $17.00 per person. 
The Southern Sector also is seeking instructors to volunteer to teach portions of these classes.

CAP Participates in Luke AFB Open House

Luke Days Group Shot - 1By Lt Col Pete Feltz

The Luke Days Airshow on 2-3 April celebrated 75 Years of Airpower in 2016.  Interestingly, the Civil Air Patrol also is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. 

There was a lot of preparation for the event by Civil Air Patrol, in part because of tighter security at the Air Force Base entrance. Maj Matt Fields served as project officer and was the primary point of contact between CAP and Luke AFB. Thirty-two seniors and 87 cadets signed up to participate in this activity from Friday to Sunday. Some of the participants camped overnight on base and had their breakfast and dinner in the Luke Dining Facility. Arizona Wing provided lunch both days at the activity headquarters. 

CAP participation was divided into three sections: Static displays, the Aerospace Education exhibit, and cadet participation.


Southwest Region Positions - Director of Aerospace Education and Director of Recruiting and Retention

The Southwest Region Headquarters is looking for two active and enthusiastic members to fill the positions of Director of Recruiting and Retention and Director of Aerospace Education. The Recruiting and Retention position is now open and the Director of Aerospace Education position will open at the end of April 2016. If you are interested in either position, please email your CAP resume to the CS for the SWR/HQ at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click "Read More" to see the position descriptions for both positions that are available at Southwest Region.


Southwest Region Glider Academy

Southwest Region's Glider Academy details are listed below.Southwest Region Glider Encampment


CAP Well Represented at the Biennial Open House and Air Show at Davis-Monthan AFB

By 2Lt Michael H Ossipov and Capt Steven R. Hulland

The weekend of 12/13 March 2016 featured the return of Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona, the biennial event hosted at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

As always, there were numerous static displays, aerobatic demonstrations and of course, the storied Thunderbirds. In addition, CAP was well represented. Our show centerpiece, the newly washed and polished C182T N882CP, was ferried from the William Rogers Memorial Squadron 048 (commonly known as CAP AZ Wing Squadron 104) base at KTUS to KDMA by Maj Barbara Harper, accompanied by Lt Col Tony McFarland, acting as Mission Observer. N882CP, aka CAP236, was front and center of the static display.

All of the Tucson squadrons were present. Neotoma Cadet Squadron 109 in Marana, was represented by Lt Cols McCord and Markiewicz, both in their Search and Rescue uniforms on Saturday, and some of their cadets participated in the display both days. Both the Commander Lt Col Mike Meiers and Deputy Commander 2Lt Wendy Iskiyan, from the East Tucson Cadet Squadron 229, were present on Saturday. Lt Iskiyan was present both days. Lt Cols A.C. Sperling and Barbara Mathews, the CC and DC respectively, represented the Tucson Composite Squadron 105. In addition, we were joined by members of the 388th Composite Squadron from Glendale.

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