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Arizona Wing - Nov 2008

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“Progress through Leadership” 
Volume 6, Issue 11
November 2008
Office of Public Affairs
Maj James L. Nova 1Lt Rob Davidson Capt J. Brandon MasangcayChief, Public Affairs Wing PAO Assistant Wing PAOWingTips Editor-in-Chief 
WingTips is
published monthly by the Arizona Wing · Civil Air Patrol, a private, charitable, benevolent corporation andAuxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of CAP or the U.S. Air Force.
WingTips welcomes
manuscripts and photographs; however, the Arizona Wing · Civil Air Patrol reserves the right to edit orcondense materials submitted and to publish articles as content warrants and space permits. Please send allcorrespondence to
Editor-in-Chief, Capt J. Brandon Masangcay, 150 W. Sheffield Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85233,call 480.620.1942 or e-mail: wingtips@azwg.us
In This Issue
Commander’s Desk 
Chaplain’s Corner 
NCASE 2008 
 Award Guidelines
2009 AZWG Cadet Competition
Group 4 Combat Dining-In
London Bridge Com- posite Sq 501 Ban-quet 
Glendale CompositeSq 308 attend City of Peoria Safety Event 12 
Frank Luke Jr. Ca-det Sq 356 initiates17 New Cadets13AZWG Promotions 14AZWG HonorableMentions15November Calendar 16
ARIZONA WINGChanges of Command
Maj Dale Steinmetz Maj Rita Bivens-Sherer Newly Appointed Newly Appointed Group 1 Commander Group 4 Commander 
New CommandersWm. Rogers Senior Sq. 104 - 1Lt Laurence BernoskyTucson Composite Sq. 105 - 1Lt Debra BlasGlendale Composite Sq. 308 - 1Lt Peter MountainYuma Composite Sq. 508 - Capt Marilee Taylor
Volume 5, Issue 11Page 2
Wing Commander’s Desk
Col John M. EggenArizona Wing
We all learn the traditional “meaning” of Thanksgiving Day in grade school. My memoriesof Thanksgivings past, however, do not include Pilgrims and Indians.Instead, the day was a gathering of the clan – grandparents, moms, dads, aunts, uncles,sisters, brothers and lots of cousins. I remember having to sit “beneath the salt” at one of thelesser tables and briefly longing for the day in the future when I would have earned a place at thedais with the adults. As a child, I doubt it occurred to me that this privilege would come to me bythe mere act of ageing. It was a fleeting concern driven from my mind by the joy of having so manyother children to play with and such a bounty of goodies upon which to feast. Ah – and the promiseof pumpkin pie slathered with whipped cream to come.Eventually, my place at the “high table” became secure but not all at once. There weretimes when there weren’t enough seats. Those were the years when aunts and uncles who livedfar away made a special effort to enjoy another celebration with as much of the family who couldmake it, especially to see Grammie and Pop.Later, Pop was the first to leave us and many years later Grammie passed away at age 96.By this time, my place at the adult table was assured. I remember watching as a new generation of children, my children, nieces, nephews and second cousins began to occupy the lower table.This is the most interesting of holidays to me made more so because I have such conflictedfeelings throughout the day. I remember going to Grammie and Pop’s house where my mom andher sisters would be in the kitchen making a feast while we kids and my dad and uncles would beplaying and loafing around waiting to be fed. When the matriarch and patriarch had passed on,my parents stepped up and assumed those mantles; and my wife and sisters-in-law would be theones in the kitchen cooking all day while we guys tried to stay out of the way of any work.Another seat at the big table became open when my father passed away. His seat wasfilled by his grandson, my son who is named after his grandfather. Now, my nieces are in thekitchen helping my wife and their mothers put together the feast that binds our family and marksthe passage of time.The only difference now days is that we men are no longer afforded the luxury of loungingaround waiting to eat and then laying around trying to digest what we have eaten in order to makeroom for pie. No way. We have to clean up the dishes and kitchen first.
I hope all of you have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
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Volume 6, Issue 11
December - Multicultural Holiday Celebrations
Shall we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Three Kings Day? How about St. Lucia Day or Ramadan? Fewmonths present the multicultural "moments" that December does!
Hanukkah (Jewish) -- Begins at sundown on December 4 (ends December 12)
Saint Nicholas Day (Christian) -- December 6
Ramadan -- Began September 13
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican) -- December 12
St. Lucia Day (Swedish) -- December 13
Christmas Day (Christian) -- December 25
Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish) -- December 26
Kwanzaa (African American) -- December 26 to January 1
Omisoka (Japanese) -- December 31
Eid'ul-Adha (Muslim) -- December 20-22
Epiphany (Christian) -- January 6Growing up in Michigan, December meant Christmas tree, ornaments, gift giving, and a snowy drive to visit grandpar-ents. On Christmas we celebrated the birth of baby Jesus who grew up to be crucified to save us all from our sins.Seemed simple and straight forward to a pre-teen boy! Then I grew up to find a multitude of other opinions and beliefsswarming around me.The birth of Jesus was not in snow and pine trees. It was in the desert and mountains with palm trees. Bethlehem wasa small town 5-6 miles southwest of Jerusalem situated in the Judean hills at about 2500 feet on the main route to Heb-ron and Egypt. Much like many places here in Arizona, including where I live now. Bethlehem currently has a popula-tion of 50,000+, crowded with many churches and institutions vying to be closest to the birthplace of Jesus.Hanukkah (alt. Chanukah), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah is observed for eightnights, according to the Hebrew calendar, and may occur from late November to late December on the Gregorian cal-endar.An African-American scholar and social activist, Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the only original African-Americanholiday. Karenga said his goal was to "...give a Black alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunityto celebrate themselves and history..” The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase "
matunda ya kwanza
",meaning "first fruits".Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims and Druze worldwide as a com-memoration of God's forgiveness of Ibrahim (Abraham) from his vow to sacrifice his son, as commanded by Allah.(Muslim tradition names Ishmael as the son who was to be sacrificed, whereas the Judeo-Christian tradition namesIsaac.) It is one of two
Eid ul-Fitr 
festivals celebrated by Muslims, whose basis comes from the Quran.Christmas, also referred to as Christmas Day or Christmastide, is an annual holiday celebrated on December 25
thatmarks and honors the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. His birth, which is the basis for the Christian religion, has been deter-mined by modern historians as having occurred between 7 and 2 BC. The date of celebration is not thought to be Jesus'actual date of birth, and may have been chosen to coincide with ancient Roman solar festivals that were held on Decem-ber 25. Your choice of religious belief is the reason our Nation exists as a FREE Nation. Pray it continues!

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