A Quarterly Newsletter of the
News Highlights From Around the Region
In the second quarter of 2011, a new commander for NewMexico Wing was selected. Texas Wing’s Frisco CadetSquadron Color Guard and Sheldon Cadet Squadron DrillTeam won the SWR Cadet Competition. SWR offered an IGPracticum and a Region Chaplain Staff College, andwelcomed a new commander. Emergency Services missionsran across the region.To avoid errors or omissions, I’ve asked each wing PAO tosend in a summary of notable events, which are posted belowin the order in which they were received. My thanks to all.
New Mexico Wing
earned an "Excellent" rating in its AprilOPSEVAL. On the Memorial Day weekend, the wing ranmissions to assist local authorities and the Coast GuardAuxiliary in patrolling state recreational lakes. During a JuneSAREX sortie, a CAP aircrew spotted and reported a majorwildfire near Santa Fe, making statewide TV and media news.Summer encampment took place at the Santa Fe NationalGuard complex. In late June, an Aerospace Extravaganza,with workshops, field trips, hot-air balloon rides, and a lineupof aerospace experts as speakers proved very popular. Itconcluded with a banquet during which SWR ViceCommander Col. John Varljen conducted a ceremonytransferring wing command from Col. Richard Himebrook toCol. Mark Smith. Maj. Gen. Amy Courter attended the event.
conducted a Squadron Leadership Schoolhosted at wing headquarters in Little Rock, followed by a golfscramble fundraiser at Ben Geren Golf Course in Ft. Smith,both in April. In May, aircrews flew in the four-day ARDENTSENTRY Exercise, and color guards from several squadronsparticipated in Memorial Day services. In June, the 115thComposite Squadron in Rogers hosted a wing-wide flightclinic. The wing’s Cadet Encampment took place at Little RockAFB in mid June.
was very busy flying flood responsemissions during the second quarter of 2011. The semi-annualTraining Academy was held in Lafayette and a flight clinic formission pilots was held in Alexandria. A cadet received anappointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Cadets from fivesquadrons experienced a C-17 orientation ride in Mississippi.Major air show events were held at Barksdale Air Force Baseand NAS JRB New Orleans.
encampment had nearly 100 cadets in
Southwest Region Staff
CommanderCol. Frank Buethe, CAPVice Commander (TX, AR, LA)Col. André B. Davis, CAPVice Commander (AZ, NM, OK)Col. John J. Varljen, CAPChief of StaffLt. Col. Lawrence Mattiello, CAPCAP-USAF Liaison RegionCommanderLt. Col. Donald M. “Don” HensleyDirector of Public Affairs &Newsletter EditorMaj. Arthur E. Woodgate, CAP
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