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Arizona Wing • Civil Air Patrol

Volume 4 Issue 5 September 2006

Inside this issue:

Commander’s Desk
Chaplain’s Corner 2 Colonel Ernest R.
Happy 60th 3
U.S. Air Force This will be my last Commander’s Corner. I ac-
New Wing Safety 4 cepted a new CAP assignment as Director of South-
Officer Appointed ern Border Operations in the Southwest Re-
gion. These are new positions created by NHQ for
the northern and southern borders of the United
Willie Composite 5 States. I did not intend to step down as the Wing
Sqdrn 304 Change Commander was looking forward to the next two
of Command years as your Commander as there are still a number
Deer Valley Com- 6 of procedures and activities in the AZ Wing that
posite Sqdrn 302 need addition work, but I could not turn down a
Appointments chance to help in this added CAP activity at our

Cadet News 7 borders. I will continue serving the Arizona Wing in new operations along our southern bor-
WCS 304 Color der.
Guard We have an Aerospace Education group that is second to none and a Cadet Program that has
produced outstanding cadets who are tomorrow’s leaders and is continuing to accomplish the
FFCS 305 at the 8 goals of the Cadet Program. The Emergency Services group are doing great work with what
Jerry Lewis MDA little they have to work with and still get the job done. But, the Wing needs more members
Telethon interested in working in Aerospace Education and in the Cadet Program. We need more quali-
Final Take Off 9 fied mission pilots, observers, scanners and wing staff. Wing staff is there to help the units and
keep the Wing functional in all areas and need help in specific areas. More qualified members
are needed in ES as mission base personnel. Those that are interested in working in mission
base functions, and becoming Incident Commanders should start their training now so they can
be available when needed to replace those that will eventually step down. Most of the mem-
bers who have been working in ES have been doing the job for some time and now is the time
to learn from them as the experienced professionals before they turn over the job to their re-
placements. The Arizona Wing will be part of future Homeland Security activities, CAP mis-
sions and border patrol activities. The CAP is continually changing to meet current needs.
Members must also prepare themselves to meet future needs. The Wing needs more members
to step up to the plate and help. I will be transferred to the Southwest Region in my new job,
but I will still be working with those in the AZ Wing to help perform the new tasks that are on
the horizon.
I want to sincerely thank all of those who are helping the Wing perform its missions. National
Capt J. Brandon Masangcay
is observing what the Arizona Wing can be depended upon to do. Only you as members can
help the Arizona Wing be ready for future tasks. It will be important that all of us to work as
Submissions to:
one and maintain communications to do the job before us. Thank you for your service and volunteering your time and talents to the Civil Air Patrol and to the Arizona Wing.
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Chaplain’s Corner
Chaplain (Lt Col) Morris Courtright
Arizona Wing Chaplain

The following encouraging poem written by Edgar A. Guest:

It is all very well to have courage and skill,
And it’s fine to be counted a star,
But the single deed with its touch of thrill
Does not tell the man you are.
For there’s no lone hand in the game we play,
We must work to a bigger scheme.
And the thing that counts in the world today,
Is how do you pull with the team?
They may sound your praises and call you great,
They may single you out for fame,
But you must work with your running mate
Or you will never win the game.
Oh, never the work of life is done,
By the man with a selfish dream,
For the Battle is lost or won
By the spirit of the team.

As CAP members we must never forget that we are part of a team contributing
our expertise in the fuller spectrum of things. Some members prefer the flying
activities, some are wrapped up in search and rescue and a dedicated few work
with the cadets. I need not remind you all of the three missions of CAP, you all
know them. The total mission of CAP is support of all THREE as a total team.
When we act independently of the other team members, or ignore one in favor of
one of the others, we lessen the total effect upon the mission. To be successful
we must be a team and meld our particular skills with those of the others to
achieve the goals of the missions at hand.

Officer or Cadet ------ BE A TEAM PLAYER!

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Happy 60th Birthday U.S. Air Force!

Happy USAF Birthday,
Air, Space & Cyberspace
Originally part of the U.S. Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the U.S. Armed
Forces on Sept. 18, 1947 as a result of the Security Act of 1947.

After many years of planning, an independent air arm was formed, an equal to the Army and
Navy. Based on achievements in air superiority, the Air Force became the "first line of de-
fense" in a post-war world. W. Stuart Symington was sworn in as the first secretary of the Air
Force, this day 1947.

Since that time, many of you, our Veteran brothers and sisters have proudly worn the USAF uni-
form, fighting to protect the many freedoms that our great nation guarantees, carrying out the -
USAF Mission:

"To Deliver sovereign options for the defense of the United States of America and its
global interests — to fly and fight in Air, Space, and Cyberspace"

Global Vigilance, Reach and Power

Today, the USAF is the largest and most technologically advanced modern air force in the world,
with over 9,000 aircraft in service and over 352,000 active duty men and women.

Throughout history, yourselves and millions of other heroic USAF personnel have fought in many
wars, from WWI-II through to the Korean War & Vietnam, to the Gulf War and the current War
on Terrorism, proudly serving our nation.

USAF Key Historical Dates:

• Aug. 1, 1907 - U.S. Army Signal Corps established a small Aeronautical Division to take
charge of all matters pertaining to military ballooning & air machines.

• May 20, 1918 - WWI, President Woodrow Wilson issued an executive order transferring avia-
tion from the Signal Corps to two agencies under the Secretary of War: the Bureau of Aircraft
Production, headed by Mr. John D. Ryan, and the Division of Military Aeronautics, directed by
Maj. Gen. William L. Kenly.

• 1926 - Air Corps Act of 1926 changed the name of the Air Service to the Army Air Corps.
During WWII, the U.S. Army Air Forces was then established in 1941.

• 1964 - USAF was heavily deployed during the Vietnam War following the Gulf of Tonkin inci-

• 1991 - The USAF provided the bulk of the Allied air power during the first Gulf War. The F-
117 Nighthawk stealth fighter was utilized.

2003 - In the invasion of Iraq, following the defeat of Saddam Hussein’s regime, the USAF took
over Baghdad International Airport as a base.

Happy Birthday USAF! And thank you to all of our USAF, Army, Navy,
Marines & Coast Guard Veterans, active and reserve military.
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New Wing Safety Officer Appointed

Lt. Col. Mark Hardison has taken over as Director of Safety. Mark has
been a CAP member since 1974, and has a Masters rating in Safety. In
addition, he is employed as a supervisor of the Safety Action Team by
the Department of Homeland Security and will be filling the position
vacated by the retiring Lt. Col. Ed Daror.

National Preparedness Month

LtCol Mark D Hardison, CAP

September was National Preparedness Month. So, now that it’s over, we can go
back to what we were doing before, right? Of course! We are prepared all the time
anyway, right? Right?
While I hope that our standards of preparedness are always high, there is often
something that can be done to improve our readiness. Recently General Pineda sent a
memo to all CAP members reminding us of our obligation to be prepared for any emer-
So if the plane is gassed up, and your flight suit is ready, and you’ve got batter-
ies for the two meter radio, you’re all set. We are all about flying right?
Well, we are also about a LOT more than flying. Also, not only do we need to be
able to perform our flying missions, we have other missions as well. Our Emergency
Services Missions are a broad portfolio in and of themselves, and then we can add in
the help that other agencies and organizations may call on us for.
Plus, how can we perform ANY mission if our families need help? One of our pre-
paredness tasks is to have our families and loved ones provided for. There are many
ways of doing this, and an easy one should be available to anyone reading this on their
computer: Go to that website and you’ll be connected to the Depart-
ment of Homeland Security. Look for the “Ready America” section, and look for the
part about emergency checklists.
Remember! A checklist isn’t even worth the paper it’s written on if it isn’t prac-
ticed! Drill yourself on actually USING the checklist; test the items in it. Make SURE
that you really DO have all of the important documents (or copies) that you think you
should have. Can you actually carry the kit with you if you need to evacuate? If not,
do you have a way to roll it with you? Are some doses of your necessary medications
in the kit? And they are up to date?!?
Our cadets need our help too, even if we aren’t there with them. Have you pre-
pared them, reminding them to be ready; and talked to their parents about this issue?
Or at least sent home copies of a preparedness checklist with them?
This subject is a great way to reach out to the community as well. I know that
there are Community Emergency Response Team members (and Instructors!) active in
Arizona Wing. While CERT is not one of our core “missions”, it is a great compliment to
our Emergency Services program. Like First Aid and CPR, let’s use it to our advantage.
The good these programs can do will help all of us.
This is not just National Preparedness MONTH. It’s a year ‘round responsibility.
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Willie Composite Squadron 304

Change of Command
Articles by Capt J. Brandon Masangcay, WingTips Editor
Photo by Capt Allan Pearlstein, Group III PAO

Capt W. Bruce McKie accepts the Guidon from Maj James Nova,
Group III Commander on 31 Aug 06. Capt McKie takes command
from Maj John Alexander, moving up from his previous position as
deputy commander for cadets. The squadron hosted an open house
to celebrate the ceremony.
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New Deer Valley

Composite Squadron 302
Deputy, Commander for
Cadets Named
The appointment of CAP Officer Casey Young of
Glendale was announced by CAP Lt. Col. Ken
Ramage, squadron commander. Deer Valley
Composite Squadron 302 is headquartered at
Deer Valley Airport in north Phoenix.

New Cadet Commander

also Named
A highly decorated cadet has been ap-
pointed cadet commander of Deer Valley
Squadron 302, C/Lt. Col. Elliott Korona was
announced jointly by Lt. Col. Ken Ramage,
squadron commander.
C/Lt. Col. Korona, a resident of Gold
Canyon in the far east Valley of the metropoli-
tan Phoenix area, is a junior majoring in
global security and intelligence studies and
minoring in defense studies at Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University in Prescott.
The appointment of C/Lt. Col. Korona
ensures the squadron’s continuity of excellent
leadership in the post of cadet commander,”
Capt. Young said.

Articles and Photos by: CAP Officer Jerry Porter, DVCS 302 PAO
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Willie Composite Squadron 304

Color Guard performs at a
9/11 Memorial

On the evenings of 9/10 and 9/11/06, the WCS 304

Color Guard presented the Colors at Trinity Cathedral in
Phoenix. The event was Memorial Performance of an
American Requiem dedicated to the memory of those who
lost their lives on 9/11/01.
Pictured above are C/A1C Nathan Zitek; C/A1C J.
Andrieu; C/Amn L. Torres; and C/AB K. Andrieu, who per-
formed with honor and set the tone of the composition.
The Color Guard was invited by Helene Bergeon, a
member of the Falcon Field Composite Squadron 305 and a
member of the Memorial Support Committee.
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Falcon Field Composite Squadron 305

Volunteers at the
2006 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon
Story by Capt J. Brandon Masangcay, WingTips Editor
Photo by Capt Allan Pearlstein, Group III PAO

Officers and Cadets of the Falcon Field Composite Squadron 305

volunteered in the afternoon session of the 2006 Jerry Lewis MDA
Telethon on September 4, 2006.
Phone calls from Arizona donors totaled as shown above which
contributed to the national total of $61,013,855, a new record.
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The Final Takeoff

In Remembrance of our fellow

Members whom have been called
on their final mission.

Lt Col Gerry Lands

Charles A. Coats

Maj Jeff Ohman