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Civic Leadership Academy prepares CAP cadets for future success

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Twenty-four of Civil Air Patrol’s outstanding cadets are gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the Civic Leadership Academy, part of a real-world, hands-on experience long recognized as one of America’s premier civic education activities.

Scheduled from Feb. 21-28, the weeklong academy provides CAP cadets interested in politics and careers in public service to participate in behind-the-scenes tours and briefings at the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, State Department, Pentagon, CIA, Arlington National Cemetery and other places of interest in the nation’s capital.

“This is not your average field trip to Washington,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity afforded to our very best cadets, who receive a well-rounded understanding of government leadership, public service and the principles that guide our nation.”

Now in its 14th year as one of CAP’s National Cadet Special Activities, CLA allows a select group of cadets to experience the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government firsthand. It is an academically intense, interactive study of U.S. government in action, providing participants the opportunity to grow as citizens and young leaders through lessons in persuasive leadership, federal government, public service careers and American heritage.

In recognition of CLA’s outstanding academic value, the National Association of Secondary School Principals has again placed it on the National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2014-15. The NASSP’s National Committee on Student Contests and Activities annually evaluates the educational value and organizational structure of school-related program opportunities nationwide and recommends those worthwhile to principals, teachers, parents and students. CLA has made the organization’s National Advisory List in each of the past eight years.

In addition to a blend of lectures, seminars and assigned readings from historic and current sources, the cadets also visit the National Archives:  legislative offices; and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, as well as the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam Veterans, Women in Military Service and Lincoln memorials. At each of these locations, they hear from VIPs who provide insights designed to deepen their understanding of government in action. Their CLA tasks culminate with a final project – a presentation on their CLA experience to their peers in their home squadrons and wings.

“This is a chance to not just learn about government, but to interact with it,” said CLA director Lt. Col. Bill Brockman, who is a founding faculty member of the academy. “Our cadets learn that individuals and small groups are often the agents for change, and they realize the power of persuasive leadership. These are two of the many powerful lessons they take home with them when they return to their communities.”

On Feb. 26, the CLA cadets will participate in CAP’s 2015 Legislative Day, where they will meet with their elected leaders on Capitol Hill. As part of the annual event, the cadets assist their region and wing commanders in briefing their representatives and senators on how CAP’s primary missions of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs have benefited their communities.  

“Each year I’m amazed at the outstanding service the cadets provide on Legislative Day,” said Brockman. “Having articulate, squared-away cadets in uniform explain what Civil Air Patrol is about, and what our volunteers have done leaves a very favorable impression on the Hill.”  

Vazquez said CLA is one of CAP’s most important activities because the 24 cadets chosen for the experience represent America’s future.

“We want these cadets to be thoughtful participants and leaders in their communities,” he said. “The principles they learn in Washington will help them do just that.”

Participants in the 2015 academy:

Alabama Wing
Gadsden Composite Squadron
Zachary Baeza   

Maxwell Composite Squadron
Jakob R. McGaughey   

Arizona Wing
Verde Valley Composite Squadron 205
Jessica L. Parsons       

Arkansas Wing
95th Composite Squadron
Samantha V. Bell          

California Wing
Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47
Josiah R. Bierle

Colorado Wing
Thompson Valley Composite Squadron
Emma R. Hanley          

Delaware Wing
Eagle Cadet Squadron
Klayten E. Visser            

Florida Wing
Cecil Field Composite Squadron
Nathan R. Martus          

Miami Springs Optimist Cadet Squadron
Glenn A. Camilo-Reoyo

Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron
Kyle A. Curabba and Andrea D. Slouha                                                             

Hawaii Wing
Wheeler Composite Squadron
Ariana Bean     

Maryland Wing
Towson Composite Squadron
Mark A. Kreynovich and Kira D. Stiers   

Minnesota Wing
North Hennepin Composite Squadron
Patrick Doyle      

Nevada Wing
Las Vegas Composite Squadron 70
Ryan W. Blount                       

New Jersey Wing
Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron
Chance T. Euchler        

New York Wing
Phoenix Composite Squadron
Sean Skeeters  

Ohio Wing
Columbus Composite Squadron
Patrick J. Smith

Tennessee Wing
McGhee-Tyson Composite Squadron
Paul J Schwarzentraub  

Utah Wing
Weber Minutemen Composite Squadron
Rosalyn C. Carlisi             

Virginia Wing
Southside Composite Squadron
Michael A. Stokes                   

Wisconsin Wing
Waukesha Composite Squadron
Jacob Bane                                                                

Milwaukee Composite Squadron 5
Zachary E. Klotz                      

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 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 for more information.


AZ Aerospace Education Team Attends Buckeye Air Fair Though Invitation of AZ SCI-TECH Sponsor

By Lt. Col. Pete Feltz, Arizona Aerospace Officer

Buckeye Airshow 1This air fair has developed  into a major aviation and STEM event at the Buckeye air port. With the help of the Glendale Squadron Cadets and Senior Members, we had a booth in the line up of booths featuring and promoting the STEM programs and ideas.  Check out the attachment and web sites enclosed for more information.  We also had our CessnaBuckeye Airshow 2 182 from  Glendale on static display.  The crew was kept busy most of the day doing  a preflight inspection with and for an estimated 130 Boy  Scouts for their Aviation Merit Badges.  The SCI-TECH attachment shows the lineup of the organizations promoting the STEM ideas.


Level 1 Foundations Training Course Offered in Sedona

Verde Valley Composite Squadron in Sedona will be hosting a Level 1 Foundations training course. If you're a new Senior Member, this event will help you learn the basics of the program and get started on completing your Level 1 Training.

The training will be conducted on February 14 at the Sedona Shadows Clubhouse starting at 10am. To RSVP, contact Capt. Jean-Marie Nixon by 12 February 2015.



AZ Wing AE Contingent Attends the West-MEC School Ground Breaking In Buckeye

West-MEC is a West Valley Public School district supported by private enterprise business partners and 12 member school districts.  They have 30 locations throughout the west valley and prepare high school students today for tomorrow’s careers.  Aviation and Aerospace are among their priorities and one of their major schools is located at he Glendale airportP2060382 and AZ CAP has been associated with them in many ways for a number of years.  This new location in Buckeye is across the street from the APS, Palo Verde Nuclear Emergency Management building.  APS is and has been one of the schools primary supporters. 

For more information on West-MEC go to their web site at www. 


MAG400: Advanced Incident Command System offered in Buckeye

State Training Offering

MAG400: Advanced Incident Command System

ERMA Event #1004336

Arizona State Prison Complex - Lewis, Training Room 1

26700 S. Highway 85, Buckeye, AZ 85326

March 24th & 25th, 2015

8:00AM – 5:00PM on March 24rd

8:00AM - Noon on March 25th

* Register On-Line through ERMA at using the above event number *

Description: This course expands upon the material covered in ICS-100 through ICS-300. ICS-400 focuses on large single-agency and complex multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional incident response. The course addresses area command and staff issues, as well as the planning, logistical, and fiscal considerations associated with complex incident management and interagency coordination. Course topics include: Command and General Staff; Deputies and assistants; Unified Command; Organizational relationships between Area Command, Unified Command, Multi Entity Coordination Systems, and Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).   Eligibility criteria: Persons expected to perform in a management capacity in an area command/complex incident environment.


Prerequisites: Successful completion of IS-700.a: NIMS, An Introduction, IS-100.b: Introduction to ICS and IS-200.b: ICS for Single Resources & Initial Action Incidents is recommended. You can find these independent study courses at Completion of MAG300: Intermediate ICS is mandatory & is presented in classroom format. Statewide offerings of MAG300: Intermediate ICS are listed at


Target Audience: Emergency Management staff; Local, County and State Government Units; Fire, Law Enforcement, EMS, and Hospital providers; School Staff and Administrators; Volunteer Agencies active in disaster or exercise.


Registration: It is recommended that participants enroll no later than 14 days prior to the start of the course. Enroll On-Line through ERMA at First time users will be required to create an account prior to enrollment. You must provide a valid email address and phone number for contact information.


Costs: Training is provided at no cost to eligible jurisdictions. DEMA will not provide any overtime, backfill, or travel-related reimbursements for this course.


Civil Air Patrol supports homeland security air-defense operations

TUCSON, Ariz. – Members of the Arizona Wing are scheduled to take to the skies today, 10 days before Super Bowl XLIX, as part of a Continental U.S. region of NORAD air-defense exercise preparing fighters to protect the airspace around Phoenix’s University of Phoenix Stadium, site of the football championship game. 

The air-defense exercise is set for this morning, terminating around 1:30 p.m., to allow inter-agency partners to practice airspace violation procedures. The exercise consists of a series of training flights conducted in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, Customs and Border Protection and CONR’s Western Air Defense Sector, along with the Civil Air Patrol. 

Three Civil Air Patrol aircrews will be involved, with two planes serving as intercept target aircraft for an F-16 fighter from the 162nd Fighter Wing, based at Tucson International Airport. Another plane will fly “high bird,” handling communications from the ground and other aircraft. 

The Arizona CAP aircrew is trained to simulate either threat or duress flights that inadvertently or purposely enter into restricted airspace, warranting the scramble of, and resultant intercept by, the U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft.

First Air Force/CONR officials have conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Southwest Region Newsletter January, 2015

The January, 2015 issue of Southwest Region The Fly-By is posted at

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