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.

 

Sq. 302 Cadets Open Commemorative Air Force Event

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 Participate in Arizona Aviation Day

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:

  • There are 83 public use airports in Arizona
  • 16.8% of all Arizona jobs are aviation-related
  • Total economic impact of aviation in Arizona is $58 billion per year

Flying and food, what could be better.

returnHomeThis 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.breakfastInMarana

Command Staff Announcement

All,

Please help me in welcoming 1st Lt. Neil Miller to the duty position of Deputy Commander for Seniors.
I have confidence that Neil will do a fine job and I ask that you give him your support.
Thanks,
Jeff
1st Lt. CAP
Commander
Squadron 302

2014 – A New Command

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
Squadron Commander
Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302

Squadron 302 contributes to “OUTSTANDING” rating

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.

Squadron Prepares For Wing-Wide USAF Evaluated Exercise

C/SMSgt Clarissa Hand (front) works the radios in the communications room with C/1st Lt Jessica parsons from Squadron 388.

C/SMSgt Clarissa Hand (front) works the radios in the communications room with C/1st Lt Jessica Parsons from Squadron 388.

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
Patrol.

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.

New SET approval process

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.