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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


Air Force Evaluated Exercise Results.

The Arizona Wing received grades for all functional areas during the morning briefing with Air Force Evaluation Team on April 26, 2015.

Mission Safety Officer: Highly Successful.
Mission Chaplain: Outstanding
Public Information Officer: Outstanding
Operations Section Chief: Highly Successful
Planning Section Chief: Outstanding
Air Operations: Highly Successful
Air Crews: Outstanding
Ground Teams: Outstanding
Logistics: Outstanding
Communications: Outstanding
IT: Outstanding
Admin/Finance: Outstanding
Incident Commander: Outstanding

Overall Air Force Rating: Outstanding


High Flying Cadets

By C/2dLt Gabriel DeLeon

Cadets Fly HighOn Friday, March 20th, 2015 six cadets from the London Bridge Composite Squadron and one from Glendale’s Composite Squadron participated in the F-16 Simulators on Luke Air Force Base. The cadets were sat in a briefing room and were familiarized with the controls, HUD view, and the various modes of the aircraft.

After the briefing and the all clear was given cadets were taken into different rooms of the simulation building and they strapped up slid into the 360 degree simulation dome and flew around with unlimited ammo trying to shoot each other down.

“The experience was really cool”, said C/SSgt. Avery Andreasen “ the hardest part for me was to get the Mig-29 off my tail.” Even the senior member that drove the cadets to the base got to participate in the simulators. All of the cadets and senior members left the simulators with a smile on their face and hope to come back again sometime in their CAP careers.



Upcoming FAA Safety Event

See below flyer for information on an Arizona Pilots Association FAA Safety Event held in Sedona on April 11, 2015.

APA Sedona April 2015

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