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2022 Wing Conference

 

The Wing Conference is just a few days away. See the up-to-date schedule here. There are more than 25 breakout sessions to choose from covering a wide variety of topics. Download the Excel file and click on any cell to learn more about the presenter(s) and the topic.

All ticket sales end at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20. This is your last chance to Register to attend the 2022 Arizona Wing Annual Conference. (Banquet ticket sales ended on April 13.) Get the latest news about CAP at the wing, regional, and national level. Visit with long-time CAP friends, and meet new CAP members from Arizona Wing.

Maj. Gen. Ed Phelka, Civil Air Patrol CEO and National Commander, will attend along with Southwest Region Commander (and former Arizona Wing Commander) Col. Martha Morris. The CAP Board of Governors will be meeting at the conference site earlier in the week and some of the Governors are expected to stay over for the conference.

LEVEL III AND IV CLASSES AVAILABLE. On Friday, there will be a Level III class offered in the morning and Level IV in the afternoon. Contact Lt. Col. Linda Yaeger for more info on what will be presented. There is pre-class work to be done, so don't wait until the last minute.

At 5 p.m., there will be a pre-conference mixer for senior members on the Event Lawn.

On Saturday, the conference begins with a general session that will include remarks from Gen. Phelka, Board of Governors Vice Chair Col. Curtis Boehmer, the CAP-USAF Southwest Liaison Region commander, and Wing Commander Col. Rob Pinckard. A question and answer session with Gen. Phelka, Col. Morris, and Col. Pinckard will conclude the morning session. We plan to live stream the morning session and will announce more information about that as soon as details are available.

After the morning general session, there will be a wide variety of breakout sessions. Here are just some of the sessions you may choose to attend:

  • Operations briefings on emergency services, technology innovations, the sUAS program.

  • Aerospace Education workshops including some opportunities for hands-on involvement. Come play with the Snaptricity STEM kit.

  • Mission Support roundtables -- from Administration to Personnel to Transportation, here's your chance to ask questions and build your knowledge. 

  • Education & Training: A Retention Strategy -- Getting your new senior members through Levels I and II.

  • A meeting for wing pilots; another for check pilots.

  • A session about the plans for the 2022 summer encampment at Ft. Huachuca.

  • A return of the sUAS Flying Competition that first occurred at the 2019 wing conference. This time, we'll be flying indoors in one of the ballrooms. That should be interesting!

The Cadet Advisory Council worked hard to schedule a full day of activities – designed specifically for cadets by cadets. Cadet breakouts include:

  • A session with Gen. Phelka to hear about his journey from cadet to national commander.

  • From CAP Cadet to B1-B Pilot and Beyond. Your chance to talk with Lt. Col. John Cappello, USAF (retired), who is also the keynote speaker at the evening banquet.

  • First aid training.

  • Demonstrate your flying skills in the sUAS competition and learning more about becoming a certified sUAS pilot or technician.

  • Learn more about the experience of attending encampment.

Cadets who registered for the conference are invited to attend a pizza party at the end of the day.

There will be an Operation Pulse Lift blood donation center at the hotel on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Go to the Red Cross site to sign up for an appointment to donate using sponsor code capconference.

Saturday evening is the awards banquet at which some "of the year" and other awards will be presented. The keynote speaker is Lt. Col. John Cappello, who retired after a 25-year career in the U.S. Air Force.  Lt. Col. Cappello is a former CAP cadet, U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, and B1-B pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours. He served as a military attaché at the U.S. Embassies in Belgrade, Serbia and Tel Aviv, Israel and as a political military officer at Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. He currently leads the Halyard Mission Foundation. Founded in 2015, the goal of the foundation is to educate, commemorate, and increase awareness of the Halyard Mission, the rescue of over 500 U.S. airmen during WWII, and the role the Serbs played in the success of the mission.

Sunday morning, there will be a Commander's Call for Arizona Wing unit commanders.

It's been three years since the last time we had a chance to gather as a wing. This is an event you don't want to miss!

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PLEASE NOTE: CAP safety requirements related to COVID-19 will be enforced according to guidance from national headquarters that applies at the time of the conference.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: (Download a detailed schedule.)

FRIDAY

0800-1200 – VolU Level III class

1300-1700 – VolU Level IV class

1700-1900 Mixer (over 21 only please)

SATURDAY (Detailed Schedule TBA)

0745-0830 – Registration and Coffee Service

0830-1045 – General Session

1045-1100 – Break

1100-1700 – Breakout Sessions (Schedule is available for download here.)

1700-1800 – Cadet Pizza Party; Free Time for Senior Members

1800-1900 – Pre-Banquet Cocktail Hour

1900-2130 – Annual Awards Banquet with Speaker Lt. Col. John Cappello, U.S. Air Force (retired)

SUNDAY

1000-1130 AZWG Commander’s Call for Unit Commanders

LODGING

Though the initial deadline has passed  to reserve rooms at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino at the guaranteed conference rate of $160/night for a standard room or $260/night for a suite (plus applicable taxes), reservations may still be made on a space available basis. Attendees may call the hotel reservations department at 520-796-4900 and mention "Civil Air Patrol" to receive the group room rate. You may also book your room online using this link.  

Guests will provide their own credit card number to hold their reservation at the time of booking.

Any modifications or additional reservations after the March 25 cutoff date are subject to availability.

UNIFORMS OF THE DAY

FRIDAY EVENING SOCIAL

Navy Blue Polo Combination

Civilian Business Casual

GENERAL CONFERENCE

USAF Style Service Dress (Class A)

USAF Style Long- or Short-Sleeve (Class B)

Blazer Combination

Aviator Shirt Combination

Navy Blue Polo Combination

Civilian Business Casual

SATURDAY BANQUET

Mess Dress Uniform

Semi-Formal Uniform

USAF Style Service Dress (Class A)

Blazer Uniform

Civilian Business Suit, Tux, Cocktail, Semi-Formal or Formal Attire

SUNDAY COMMANDER'S CALL

Navy blue polo combination

Aviator shirt combination

Senior Members: No utility uniforms (ABUs, Blue Utility, Distinctive Blue Field Uniform, or Flight Suits) are authorized for wear during the conference activities.

Cadets: ABUs, USAF Style Service Dress (Class A), or USAF long- or short-sleeve (Class B) uniforms may be worn for daytime activities.

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