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
When Arizona Wing was contacted with a last-minute request for a Civil Air Patrol Color Guard to open the 30th Annual 1940s Dance for the Commemorative Air Force on 14 March 2015, the honor was given to Squadron 302 cadets.
Cory McCloskey from FOX 10 hosted the event and he was provided with some background information about CAP to share with the audience during his introduction of the Color Guard at the beginning of the evening’s festivities.
The Color Guard was greatly appreciated by the audience. Col. Brian N. Ready, Commander, Arizona Wing, CAP, received the following email from event organizer Francois Bergeon of the Commemorative Air Force:
On behalf of CAF Airbase Arizona, I want to thank the Cadets and all Senior Members involved in Saturday’s presentation. The Cadets did an outstanding job presenting the colors in front of over 1,200 people including many veterans – even a few WWII survivors. Their flawless performance positively reflects on their Squadron, the Arizona Wing, and Civil Air Patrol as a whole.
Thank you for a job well done. Semper Vigilans!
Cadets from Squadron 302 served as the Color Guard for Arizona Aviation Day at the Arizona Capitol on 26 February 2015. Color Guard participants included: C/LT Cameron Roach, C/SMsgt Torrye Morre, C/SSgt Madison McKown, and C/SSgt Michael Petit.
The Color Guard’s presentation of the colors kicked off the lunchtime event, which involved many members of the Arizona Legislature who learned about the impact of aviation on the Arizona economy.
Some interesting facts about aviation in Arizona:
This past Sunday three of our cadets Ronzo, Jeffer and Madsen had the pleasure of stopping for breakfast in Marana as part of their Cadet orientation flight. It was a lovely cool morning and the highlight of the flight was the transition of Class Bravo airspace at 3500′ on the South bound leg and 5000′ on the later, North bound leg.
Every day in Arizona, 1175 of our friends, neighbors, and family get up and go to work, or school, or enjoy retirement, all the while leading what seem to be ordinary lives – but with one important difference: they’re each dedicated to Service Above Self.
That service puts them on alert 24/7/365 to assist federal, state and local authorities in looking for missing persons, lost and overdue aircraft, unreported wildfires as well as assessing flood and storm damage, just to name a few of their many skills and talents. These incredible individuals are a part of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol, with primary service to Arizona.
Squadron 302 at Deer Valley Airport is the largest squadron of the Arizona Wing, and we are fortunate to have 78 Cadets and 51 Adult members who serve in Cadets Programs, Aerospace Education and Emergency Services, all as unpaid volunteers!
Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program is recognized as one of the premier Jr. ROTC programs in the country, teaching leadership, air and space exploration and integrity to the next generation of young people between the ages of 12 to 21. As a Cadet led program, they learn from doing and represent the best and brightest of this next generation as they prepare for lives of responsibility and challenge.
Our Adult members serve in various ways that include mentoring our Cadets, teaching the arts and sciences of Aerospace, as well as piloting our aircraft, manning our extensive communication networks and manning our ground Search and Rescue Teams in the fervent mission that others may live. These dedicated adult professional volunteers range in age from 21 to well past 80, recognizing that Missions for America benefit from selfless service of all ages.
Standing upon the shoulders of the giants that came before, who’ve lead Squadron 302 to the elite unit it has become, it is a great privilege and honor to take command.
1st Lt. Jeffrey G. Landtiser
Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302
When the United States Air Force inspectors come to town, you’d better be sure to put your best foot forward. That’s exactly what members of Squadron 302 did while working along side their fellow CAP members from throughout the state during the November evaluated operations exercise. Squadron members contributed to the Arizona Wing earning the coveted “Outstanding” evaluation, the highest evaluation level possible.
Squadron 302 members contributed in areas of communications, ground teams, air crews, mission management, and information technology. C/CMSgt Clarissa Hand earned special recognition from the evaluation team for her work as a Mission Radio Operator during the exercise.
The purpose of the evaluated exercises is to demonstrate to the Air Force that the Arizona Wing conducts its search missions in a safe, cost-effective, and efficient manner consistent with the expectations and requirements of the Air Force. A “Successful” rating would have indicating the wing was doing everything expected by the Air Force, the “Outstanding” rating means Arizona Wing is going above and beyond what the Air Force expects from its civilian auxiliary, demonstrating concepts and technology that set a new standard for exceptional mission execution.
Members of Squadron 302 are preparing for an upcoming exercise that will be evaluated by personnel of CAP-USAF, the Air Force unit that is responsible for the oversight of the Civil Air
As a wing-wide exercise, squadron 302 personnel are
participating as aircrew members, communications unit leaders, mission radio operators, and ground team leaders and members. Squadron 302 is proud to play a part in the demonstration of the Arizona Wing’s readiness and professionalism to the Air Force.
As you may have read on eServices recently, CAP has established a new Skills Evaluator approval process supporting CAPR 60-3, section 2.2.a.1 covering Operational Specialty Ratings/Performance Standards. SQTR Task and Achievement sign offs must now be done by approved Skills Evaluators in that achievement area.
Effective immediately, SQ302 will handle approvals for Skills Evaluators up thru the respective functional areas of ES, Ops and Communications. For example, if you desire to be approved as a Skills Evaluator for a ES related tasks or achievement in SQ 302, please contact your SQ302 ESO/AESOs to request Skills Evaluator endorsement in achievements which you feel you are qualified and possess a high degree of proficiency. Example ES achievements will include MS, MO, AP, MB staff, etc.. Skill Evaluators for ground team achievements will continue to be handled by the current process within that functional area. Endorsement by your SQ302 ES staff is a major factor in considering approval for you as an ES Skills Evaluator for any given ES achievement in SQ302.
Ops related (i.e. for pilot achievements, flight line, etc.) and Comm related achievements will be handled in a similar manner via the SQ302 Ops and Comm officers unless otherwise specified by AZWG.
By Maj Jim Nova
The Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard presented the colors at the opening of the April 4th, 2012 session of the Arizona House of Representatives at the state Capitol at 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix, Arizona.
In addition to the presentation of the colors, Arizona Wing Commander Col Brian Ready led the House of Representative members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Lt Col Steve Rountree, Chaplain Emeritus, gave the opening prayer. 2Lt Kevin Deinzer, Deputy Cadet Commander of the Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302 assisted with event coordination.
Members of the Arizona Wing Color Guard are listed below: