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


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.
1st Lt. CAP
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

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.

AZ Wing Color Guard Opens State Legislative Session

By Maj Jim Nova

From left to right, cadets Thomas, Olcott, Deinzer, and Riethmann. Click to see the full size photo.

From left to right, cadets Thomas, Olcott, Deinzer, and Riethmann. Click to see the full size photo.

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:

  • Courtney Deinzer C/TSgt
  • Ryan Rauch C/MSgt
  • Shauri Thomas C/MSgt
  • Bradley Riethmann C/MSgt
  • Klara Olcott C/SrA
  • Joy Olcott SM

AZ Wing Honors WWII Veteran

Phoenix, Ariz—A local WWII veteran was thrilled tonight when members of the Arizona Wing Color Guard, comprised of cadets ages 13-16, Arizona Wing representative Lt Col Frank Scherer, and 2nd Lt Kevin Deinzer, Deputy Cadet Commander of Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302, arranged a surprise presentation of an Honor Flight for local WWII veteran Arthur Herzberg. After he was told about his flight, which will take place May 22, 2012, Mr. Herzberg said, “I’m here tonight because of the real Heroes who are still over there”

Mr. Herzberg’s daughter, Nancy Herzberg Levine, helped the Civil Air Patrol members and the organization Honor Flight Arizona pull off the surprise. Mary Grandsen, board member and liaison from Honor Flight Arizona, had this to say after awarding the flight to Herzberg, “The mission of Honor Flight is to take all of our WWII veterans, at no cost to them, to see their memorial in Washington. It took 60 years after WWII ended to build this wonderful tribute to the greatest generation, the American heroes who saved the United States and the world. Our biggest concern is that these men and women are becoming older and passing away, and of course, with the economy our funding is down. We work totally on donations. It is my pleasure to honor these men and women in any way I can.”  Funds for Herzberg’s flight were donated by Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302 members and family, and an anonymous donor.

Herzberg’s wife, Florence Herzberg, daughter Nancy Levine and grandson David Levine also attended.  Members of the Arizona Wing Color Guard presenting the flight award were C/Master Sgt Reithman, CTech Sgt Deinzer, C/Master Sgt Rauch, C/Master Sgt Thomas, and Cadet Senior Airman Olcott.

Phoenix area TV stations aired stories about this presentation. Links to this coverage are listed below.

1st Lt Paul Cassano Assumes Command of Squadron 302 During Open House


Paul Cassano was called to the front of the gathering of cadets, senior members, distinguished guests, and fellow wing members twice during the squadron’s open house. The first time was to accept command of the 132 member squadron, relieving outgoing squadron commander Major Les Manser who has moved to Wing Headquarters. The second time was when Colonel John Eggen, Wing Commander for Arizona announced Lieutenant Cassano was out of uniform and then proceeded to promote Cassano from Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant.

The open house featured a number of short presentations, including Major Tim Beckwith recalling the highlights of his fifty-plus years in CAP, brief overviews of the squadron’s execution of CAP’s primary missions of emergency services, aerospace education, and cadet programs.