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Wingtips News and Photos

Arizona Wing Commander Position Open

Col Mark Smith, SWR/CC is announcing the notification of upcoming opening for the Arizona Wing Commander position today.

Applications will be accepted today through the 10 September 2015.

The change of command will be approximately 9 Jan 2016.


AZ Wing AE Event at the Challenger Space Center in Peoria AZ Went Real Well.

There were a total of 103 members in attendance on Saturday May 23, 2015.  The members were divided into three groups to attend three different events, “Liquid Nitrogen”, “Heat Shield” and “Tour/Light”.  Liquid Nitrogen demonstrated the effects and usages for the substance and kept the members somewhat spellbound with the uniqueness of the substance.  The Heat Shield was an experiment to build the most effective heat shield from the materials provided: Aluminum Foil, Canning lid (large), Canning lid (small), paper clip, Popsicle stick, Graham Crackers and a toothpick.  The resulted shield would have to hold up for 120 seconds before falling of a wooden dowel that it was glued to.  They then had to figure out a formula to find out the “Mass Cost” and the lowest Mass Cost would be the winner of those that lasted the 120 seconds.  I never did find out who the winners were but all the cadets did real well.  The Tour/Light showed the various types of light and everyone got to check to see how well they could conduct the light energy and light up a fluorescent light tube.  Some did real well.  Pizza was delivered for the lunch break and it seemed everyone had their fill.  Each event took about an hour and there were three classes for each event.  It was conclude by about 3:00 PM and all returned home safely.  All the Cadets and Senior Members enjoyed the day and the events.   The photos are somewhat self explanatory.

If you are interested in more information about the Challenger Space Center got to


Encampment Facebook Page

Arizona Wing's Encampment has a facebook page

Cadets, parents and Squadron leadership are encouraged to watch the page before and during Encampment for updates about their cadets' progress during the course of Encampment


STEM night at San Tan Elementary of Higley School District

PhotoGil & Carla Day help out with an AE booth to represent the AZ Wing AE program.  Gil Day, a former AZ Wing commander, and his wife  Carla contribute to the AZ AE program by setting up the STEM kit at the San Tan Elementary school STEM night.  Carla Day tends the booth.  Gil Day made the connection with the Higley Unified School District through Donna Jagielski, M.Ed.  She is the Instructional Coach of Technology for the school district.  She and Gil Day are well acquainted since they are both “runners” and  participate in some of the same running events.  As one thing leads to another, she wondered if CAP would be interested in participating in the District’s STEM program at several of the school district’s schools  Gil Day got in touch with me and I was not able to handle it because of other commitments so he volunteered with his wife Carla to set up the display.   This is really an excellent example of how the CAP “External” program can work.  I want to thank Gil & Carla for taking on the task.  A number of good contacts where made and you never know where they might lead to. 



Arizona Wing Conference

The Arizona Wing Conference registration website is up and running. It can be accessed at the following link:

This will be an exciting, educational and fun filled conference you don't want to miss. If you have not made your hotel registration, our special room rate expires this Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Hotel reservations can be made at the following link or by calling 877-777-4212.


Col. Mark Smith announced as Southwest Region Commander

From the National Commander:

Effective 27 June 2015, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Col. Mark Smith, CAP as Commander of Southwest Region.

Col. Smith is currently the commander of New Mexico Wing, and completes his four year term on June 27th. He is a retired Air Force officer and graduate of the Air Force Academy, has a Master’s Degree in Aviation Management from Embry Riddle and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. He joined CAP in 2005 and has served in numerous jobs at the squadron, wing and region levels of the corporation. He is a CAP orientation pilot and has earned CAP’s highest professional development award, the Gill Robb Wilson for completion of level 5.

Please extend a welcome to Col. Smith as the new SWR Commander, and congratulations to Col. Frank Buethe for completing his assignment in such a distinguished manner!

Maj Gen Joseph R. Vazquez, CAP
National Commander and CEO


Cadet Advisory Council Position Application Procedures

From the Cadet Advisory Council Chair:

It's that time of the year again, The current CAC Staff (C/Lt Col Jessica Parsons, Chair. C/Capt Katie Hamiel, Vice Chair. C/2nd Lt Andrew Varnes, Recorder.) will be stepping down in June to make way for a new CAC Staff.

Requirements for application: Interested Cadets must have served as a CAC rep in the past (in any capacity). Officers are preferred but there is no rank requirement. To apply you will need to submit a CAP Resume and a Cover Letter explaining why you would like the position and what you would like to achieve. Please send this to C/Lt Col Jessica Parsons. Applications are due on May 10.

The positions that are open for application are Chair, Vice Chair and Recorder. Please encourage the Cadets in your Unit to apply for any and all of these positions that interest them.

C/CAC Staff will announce which Cadets have applied for which positions and send the Resumes and Cover Letters out to all of the Squadron Reps to review with their Squadrons.

Thank you,

C/Lt Col Jessica Parsons

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