Civil Air Patrol command staff and squadron commanders from across Arizona met at the 388th Glendale Composite Squadron Aug. 4 for the quarterly Arizona Wing Commander’s Call.

Arizona Wing Cmdr. Col Martha Morris briefed the group on “where we are and where we want to go,” beginning with the Wing Vision:

• To provide a rewarding experience and growth opportunities for volunteers looking to exercise leadership while learning, utilizing aviation with search and rescue related skills in support of statewide emergencies.

• To provide a learning and maturing environment for CAP cadets to help them become the leaders of tomorrow.

• To educate, inspire and instill an appreciation for and an understanding of aerospace in today’s and tomorrow’s world.

Morris then reviewed several key metrics, sharing data with the group on how the Arizona Wing is performing 10 months into the 2018 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

Arizona Wing has used almost 90 percent of the allocated flying budget for cadet orientation flights. With 479 cadets in the wing, 327 orientation flights have been conducted so far. Each Civil Air Patrol cadet is entitled to up to five orientation flights in powered aircraft and gliders.

Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters keeps a close eye on how the 560 single-engine Cessna airplanes in its fleet are used and may reallocate planes based on need. In the nationwide 2018 rankings for aircraft utilization, Arizona Wing is third in the nation behind the North Carolina and Washington, D.C., Wings. Fourteen planes are assigned to the Arizona Wing.

The Wing has shown steady growth in the number of units participating in the Aerospace Education Excellence Awards program, rising from six units in 2015 to 12 units in 2018. The award is presented to units that participate in an activity-based voluntary aerospace education program. Cadets or senior members participate in six aerospace activities and an additional two-hour activity (such as building and launching rockets or taking a field trip to an airport or air/space museum).

The 388th Glendale Composite Squadron is based at the Glendale Municipal Airport. The squadron has 46 cadets and 47 adult members. Cadets meet at 6 p.m. Mondays and senior members meet at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s total force. CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search-and-rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to more than 25,000 youths participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.