AZ Wing Returns to Phase III COVID-19 Remobilization
On February 24, 2022, Wing Commander Col. Rob Pinckard notified Arizona Wing members that the wing has returned to Phase III of COVID-19 remobilization. Following is his message to wing members:
You may not be aware that Civil Air Patrol’s response to COVID-19 is and has been a nationally directed response since this pandemic began. NHQ formed an extremely robust National Health Services Response Team early on in this crisis, who CAP National Command has worked with closely in forming and directing the response of each of the 52 wings, including our wing. They’ve established our phases, what those phases will look like, and what our group behavior and safety protocols are required to be.
Arizona Wing, all of us, all of you, have done all that we can do to comply with that direction throughout this event. Our purpose as members of CAP has always been to carry out missions that involve actively helping people, but for the CAP COVID response, our mission orders have been to … wait. Don’t gather. Avoid large crowds. Keep your distance. Wear masks. Stay away. Wait. It hasn’t been very much fun, has it?
None of us have liked it, but we’ve been doing it, consistently and well. You’ve done an amazing job of … waiting!
This afternoon, I received an email from Brig. Gen. Regena Aye, our national vice commander, and the operational leader of the National Health Services Response Team, approving Arizona Wing’s return to COVID-19 Phase 3 status. All units and members of the Arizona Wing can immediately return to in-person meetings of unrestricted numbers, and we can resume overnight activities. We are generally restricted to CDC guidelines for each of Arizona’s counties as regards Personal Protective Equipment requirements, but if you’ve been fully vaccinated, and will attest to that, according to CAP direction, you are not required to wear a mask. At least for now!
Thank you for all that you’ve done, and will continue to do, to safeguard yourselves, your fellow members, and your communities. Your efforts have been outstanding, and I thank you sincerely for your professionalism and dedication throughout this difficult time.
/s/ Col. Rob Pinckard
AZ Wing Commander