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Welcome to Squadron 302!

Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302 is part of the Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

Deer Valley Composite Squadron
932 W. Deer Valley Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85027

  • Cadet Meetings: Monday nights from 7:00PM to 9:30PM
  • Senior Meetings: The 2nd & 4th Wednesday each month at 7:00PM
  • Staff Meetings: The 3rd Wednesday each month at 7:00PM

Click here to see the current Squadron 302 Organization Chart.

Squadron 302 Color Guard Opens 2016 Arizona House Legislative Session

It has been a busy few weeks for the Squadron 302 Color Guard. Just back from their successful participation in the National Cadet Competition, the color guard was called upon for two significant events. On 9 January, they posted the colors at the Wing Change of Command Ceremony at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa. Then, on 11 January, for the first time ever, a CAP color guard opened the 2016 Arizona House of Representatives Legislative Session. Read more and see a photo on the Wing website.

Cadets Visit Brookdale Sun City West Sandridge

The residents of Brookdale Sun City West Sandridge recently enjoyed a special and unique visit by Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302.

Our cadets honored the many veterans and the widows of veterans by presenting them with embroidered stars from retired United States flags as part of the “Stars for Our Troops” program. Enclosed with the star was a special message from the Deer Valley Squadron thanking the veterans for putting their lives on the line and expressing lasting gratitude and respect.

Much to the delight of the Brookdale residents, our cadets demonstrated a resounding military Jody (cadence call), with many of the veterans joining in to recite the lyrics. The cadets expressed a collective and positive reaction when asked if they enjoyed volunteering for their community.

Penelope Weber, Brookdale Resident Program Manager, hopes to remain in touch with the Deer Valley Squadron cadets, stating, “We are so grateful to partner with these young people; they truly are our future.”

Written by Capt Lynda Reithmann

See photos of the visit here.

Squadron 302 Members Complete SLS/CLC

Four senior members of Squadron 302 participated in the combined Squadron Leadership School and Corporate Learning Course at the Arizona Wing HQ on 13-15 November. In this photo, AZ Wing Commander Brian Ready (center) congratulates Squadron 302 members (left to right) 2nd Lt Margot Myers, Lt Col Norman Spector, 2nd Lt Gordon Helm, and SM Daryl Hudnall upon completion of the courses, which are part of Level 2 training requirements.


1 December 2015

Civil Air Patrol turns 74 today, with its 58,000 members poised to celebrate their rich heritage of volunteer service.

“What a year it has been!” exclaimed Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP’s national commander and chief executive officer.

“Last December, shortly after our 73rd anniversary, Civil Air Patrol was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of our World War II veterans from America’s Greatest Generation,” Vazquez said. “The Capitol Hill celebration of the extraordinary contributions of these founding members of CAP showcased our proud legacy of sacrifice and service.”

CAP was founded Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in World War II. Its members quickly proved their worth by conducting aerial patrols on their own, heroism that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks along U.S. coastlines and waterways. The wartime service of CAP’s “subchasers” helped stop the loss of American and Allied merchant vessels, saving the lives of untold thousands of sailors and countless millions of dollars of war materiel destined for the battlefields in Europe and the Pacific.

In addition to coastal patrols, CAP aircrews assisted with other essential wartime missions on the home front, such as search and rescue, disaster relief, border patrol, forest fire patrol, target towing for military practice and transporting critical supplies. Members also managed hundreds of airports and trained aviators – many of them cadets – for future service in CAP and the military.

That legacy lives on in today’s all-volunteer force, which still contributes greatly to America’s defense by providing aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, giving Air Force fighter pilots practice in protecting America’s airspace and helping train U.S. military troops for service overseas.

CAP members also make a profound difference in more than 1,500 communities across the nation, saving lives through search and rescue and other emergency services and conducting aerospace education and youth programs that help develop the nation’s next generation of leaders.

Civil Air Patrol’s contributions to national defense were recognized in August when the U.S. Air Force added the longtime Air Force Auxiliary to its Total Force team. Changes to Air Force doctrine officially made Civil Air Patrol a strategic partner of the Air Force and CAP members “Airmen” when conducting Air Force-assigned missions.

The 74th anniversary observance includes an annual “CAP Sunday” activity in which chaplains, character development officers and other members are encouraged to wear their uniforms to their place of worship. The activity is scheduled for the upcoming weekend, Dec. 4-6.

See a video message from Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez here.

New DCS announced

Squadron Commander Jeff Landtiser made the following announcement on 15 November 2015:

Capt. Neil Miller has stepped down as the Deputy Commander for Seniors to take a new position at Wing. I’d like to thank Neil for his service to the Squadron and support, as well as wish him good luck in his new role.

With that in mind, please help me in welcoming 2nd Lt. Gordon Helm to the duty position of Deputy Commander for Seniors (DCS). I have confidence that Gordon will do a fine job and I ask that you give him your full support.


Squadron Leadership Changes

10 November 2015

Squadron Commander Jeffrey Landtiser made the following announcement today regarding leadership changes in Squadron 302:

With Capt. Lynda Reithmann and Capt. Tom Reithmann both stepping down, we want to take this opportunity to thank them for their tireless service to our Country, our Community and to our 302 Cadets. Our Squadron has grown and become a model for Cadet Programs under their leadership and they will be missed. As you see them at the Squadron over the next month during their transition, please take the opportunity to thank them for their service.

With that in mind please help me in welcoming 2nd Lt. Amber O’Donnell to the duty position of Deputy Commander for Cadets (DCC). In addition, Maj. Mark Schadt has taken the position of Asst. DCC, and Maj. Stephen Stoller has taken the job of Orientation Officer.

I have confidence that Amber, Mark and Stephen will do a fine job and I ask that you give them your full support.

Capt. Jeffrey G. Landtiser, CAP
Squadron Commander

Squadron 302 Tops in Flying/Pilot Hours

At the Senior Member meeting on 14 October 2015, Squadron Operations Officer Major Chris Shehi presented some statistics regarding total pilot hours and flight hours in Fiscal Year 2015, which ended on 30 September.

Squadron 302 was number one in the country for actual hours flown (Hobbs time) with 390 hours.

Total Flight Time in FY15

Hours (Hobbs)

Squadron 302 also had the most pilot hours in the Arizona Wing in FY15, flying 488.9 hours for 14 percent of the total 3406.59 hours. Deer Valley Squadron was followed by Scottsdale at 11 percent and Glendale at 10 percent.

AFRCC Basic Inland Search and Rescue Course Offered

14 October 2015

The following message was received from Dr. Robert L. Ditch, CAP, Colonel – USAF Retired, AZ Wing Emergency Services Director:

We are very happy to announce that registrations are now open for the second delivery, this fiscal year, of the two-day/national-level Air Force Rescue Coordination Center’s – Basic Inland Search & Rescue Course (BISC). It will be held at the Glendale Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Composite Squadron Headquarters; Hangar 14, Glendale Municipal Airport; on Saturday-Sunday 16-17 January 2016. Class runs from 0800 to 1700 both days. All Search & Rescue (SAR) personnel are welcome to attend; albeit seating is limited to the first 36 enrollees (then we have a wait list for any drop outs prior to class start day).

Please make widest dissemination of this announcement to all your personnel who may be interested in attending. We are very fortunate that the AFRCC is supporting us with another delivery, only three months after their offering in Prescott Valley; where we had a record 36 participants from 10 Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, National Guard, and six other SAR organizations from across the State of Arizona and the nation.

Have all interested individuals request enrollment by sending me a message at robert.ditch@azwg.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contacting me at that e-mail address or (480) 298-2603.

Squadron Dues Payment Policy

The memorandum below concerning the payment policy for squadron dues was issued by Squadron Commander Jeff Landtiser.

16 Sept 2015

TO: All SQ 302 Members
SUBJECT: FY 2016 Squadron Dues Payment Policy

Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302 will collect from each member of the squadron, both cadet and senior members, annual squadron dues. The current dues amount collected from each member is $40 per fiscal year. The amount is due at the start of each fiscal year, which occurs on October 1. The responsibility to pay squadron dues has no tie, relation, or association with a member’s responsibility to pay national CAP dues.

Squadron dues are used to pay for utilities (electricity, water, and trash collection), general office supplies, general facility maintenance, fuel for squadron motor vehicles, and items and programs that are determined as being in the best interest of Squadron 302’s mission, and, as applicable, approved by the squadron Finance Committee.

New members joining Squadron 302 will have their first year’s squadron dues amount prorated by fiscal quarter, depending on their join date in accordance with the schedule below:

Oct -Dec $40
Jan -Mar $30
Apr-Jun $20
Jul-Sep $10

The squadron finance officer will begin collecting squadron dues this month for the new fiscal
year. Again, all members’ squadron dues are to be paid by Oct 1, 2015 for the new fiscal year
and are not dependent or related to your CAP annual national dues join/due date.

In regard to delinquent dues payment, three weeks after the Oct. 1 payment due date, an initial
overdue notice will be sent to the member. A second reminder notice will also be sent to the
member when his/her dues are five weeks overdue. If annual squadron dues are not received by a member after seven weeks past the due date, the member will be placed in inactive status, and the member must contact me or a deputy commander within 48 hours in order to arrange for dues payment and return to active member status. Finally, if dues are more than nine weeks overdue, the member may be notified that his/her CAP membership has been terminated.

Checks are to be made out to “Civil Air Patrol-AZ Wing”, and can be submitted to the finance officer, a deputy commander, or me. Checks can also be mailed to the squadron at:

PHOENIX AZ 85027-2151

While payment via check is strongly preferred, members paying in cash are to obtain a receipt from the finance officer or the commander or a deputy commander, or their designated assistant.



Squadron 302 Featured in CAP Volunteer Magazine

The April 2015 issue of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer magazine includes the article, “Arizona Wing Supports Super Bowl Missions.” One section of the article focuses on the mission carried out by cadets and senior members of Squadron 302 at Deer Valley Airport. The following is an excerpt from the article:

A tremendous number of private and commercially owned aircraft flew into the Phoenix area during Super Bowl weekend. As a result, the vehicular traffic between Phoenix Deer Valley Airport and Super Bowl events increased dramatically. To assist with directing traffic at the airport, 29 cadets and 11 senior members provided a total of 275 volunteer hours, beginning the day before the championship game and ending the day after.

Ed Faron, Deer Valley Airport manager, decided the additional help was needed after he reviewed lessons learned from Super Bowl XLII in nearby Glendale in 2008. CAP provided the capability to segregate taxis, limousines and rental cars from vehicles driven by regular airport patrons and restaurant customers. Because his staff numbers only 20, Faron said that “having CAP cadets here essentially doubled my work force.”

1st Lt. Lynda Reithmann, project coordinator for the cadets and senior members at Deer Valley Airport, said the impression CAP made on airport officials and the community as a whole was positive. “We were very proud and appreciative of our cadets and senior members who spent their weekend serving our community at Deer Valley Airport. Many visitors made positive comments about the mature demeanor of our cadets,” Reithmann said.

The sentiment was reiterated by Faron, who said he received very positive feedback from customers about how courteous and polite the cadets were. He found them “very knowledgeable, very cordial,” he added.

Read the entire article, written by Lt. Col. Lori A. Raska, an Arizona Wing Public Information Officer, at http://cap.imirus.com/Mpowered/book/vcap15/i2/p10.