This page is dedicated to the personal achievements and CAP milestones of our cadets. We are very proud of all our cadets. We celebrate these special moments with them here, and share their joy in their triumphs. The articles are arranged as information was received. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all our cadets' accomplishments.
Lt. Col. Jim Fendley (Squadron 314) flew six of our cadets on 8 SEPT. For five of them it was their first O-Flight and despite warm temperatures, the smiles indicate mission accomplished! Pictured is Cadet Moya, Lt. Col. Fendley, and C/Amn Emig.
Congratulations to (l-r) C/A1C Cakebread, C/A1C Frandsen, C/Amn S. Bubby, C/Amn Emig, C/Amn R. Bubby, C/CMSgt Hernandez, and (not pictured) C/SrA Marvin, C/CCMSgt Grant
8 Cadets (including two staff members) from Squadron 310 successfully completed the AZ Wing Summer Encampment 2018 at Ft. Huachuca. Congratulations to all of you!
Congratulations to C/1Lt. Zaro, C/CMSgt. Raymond, C/A1C Pathio, and C/Amn Marvin on their recent promotions! Great work cadets!
Congratulations to C/1st Lt. Rich, C/SMSgt. Grant, and C/MSgt. Hernandez on their recent promotions! Outstanding work cadets!
Former 310 Cadets Reunite at All Academies Ball
Three former Squadron 310 Cadets now attending service academies had an opportunity to reconnect at the Arizona All Academies Ball in December 2017. Pictured left to right is Cadet 4th Class Casey Cooper (USAFA '21), Midshipman 1st Class Grant Zaro (USNA '18) and Midshipman 4th Class Sam Mills (USMMA '21). We're proud of you guys!
Congratulations to C/TSgt. Jeremiah Hernandez, C/SrAmn. Zachary Carlson, and C/SrAmn. William Eelkema on their recent promotions!
Congratulations to former Squadron 310 Cadet, Ensign Paul Kruger for his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy and commissioning as a U.S. Naval Officer!
On 6 FEB 2017, Staff Sergeant Ryan Wentzel, a U.S. Marine Corps Recon team leader gave a presentation to the squadron on Situational Awareness, Leadership, and life as a Marine Recon member. Staff Sgt. Wentzel also did some hands on activities with the cadets that included familiarization with some of his combat equipment and a memory observation activity. A great presentation from one of our heroes in uniform!
Squadrons 310 and 314 helped make Sky Kids a dream come true for 130 disabled children on 5 NOV. The 'Sky Kids' were given free airplane rides thanks to the Sky Kids foundation and volunteer pilots. We had beautiful weather, great fun, and lots of smiles! Thank you cadets and seniors for your continued service to the community!
Congratulations to C/SMSgt. Jack Schulte, C/TSgt. Casey Rich, C/A1C Andrew James, and C/Amn Jayme Reed for your recent promotions! Job well done!
On 20 June 2016, the squadron promoted 8 cadets! It was great to see so many cadets promoting -- keep it up 310! Congratulations to C/Capt. Mills (Achievement 13, AEO), C/TSgt. Zaro, C/CSSgt Self (Wright Brothers Milestone), C/A1C Davis, C/A1C Grant, C/A1C VanHeemst, C/Amn James, and C/Amn Raymond.
Squadron 310's Color Guard presented the colors at Archway Scottsdale's graduation ceremony on 25 May 2016. Special thanks to C/1st Lt. Wesley Goldenetz for preparing the cadets for the event. C/Capts. Samuel Mills and Zachary Yang also folded the school's American flag which was flown above the state capitol as part of the ceremony.
Congratulations to the following cadets on the recent promotions on 18 April:
C/SSgt. Troy Zaro, C/SrAmn. Nick Fournier, C/SrAmn. Casey Rich, C/SrAmn. Noah Self, and C/Amn. Michael VanHeemst.
Congratulations also go to C/Capt. Zachary Yang for being chosen Cadet of the Month!
Squadron 310 cadets and seniors helped at the Luke Days Air Show at Luke AFB and the Collings Foundation Air Show at Scottsdale Airport this month. Cadets helped with crowd control and safety of spectators as well as prepping some of those amazing WW2 warbirds at the Collings Foundation show.
February 29th was not only Leap Year, but a 5th Monday! On these rare occasions, the squadron will plan a fun activity. This time it was rock climbing at AZ on the Rocks. The cadets did free climbing, belaying, and even some competitive climbs against each other. It was great fun and a terrific team building experience. Special thanks to Maj. Prokopow and Capt. Hoza for providing their belaying expertise!
On 22 February 2016, 310 shared CAP's annual Safety Day and ORM Training with our neighbor Senior Squadron 314. Among the training was how static electricity can pose a danger around gasoline and aviation fuel. The training included a hair-raising experiment!
Congratulations to the following cadets for their recent promotions!
C/Amn Bartlett, C/Amn Beher, C/CMSgt DeWeese, C/A1C Fournier, C/A1C Rich, C/A1C Self, and C/Capt Yang. Keep promoting cadets!
Two former Squadron 310 Cadets are currently attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Midshipman 2nd Class Paul Kruger ('17) and Midshipman 3rd Class Grant Zaro ('18). Upon graduation, Midshipman Kruger plans on entering Naval Aviation, specifically flying F/A-18s. Midshipman Zaro is planning on Special Operations, Marine Intelligence or Marine Ground.
One of the Core Values of the Civil Air Patrol, also mentioned in the Cadet Oath, is "Service to others in our community, state, and nation." This past Sunday, 17 Aug 2014, three of our Sqn 310 cadets, Felmlee, Yang, and Yang, together with 2 other cadets, Reithman and Payne, from Sqn 302, Deer Valley Squadron, worked as Flight Line Marshallers at the Fort Huachuca Airport to support the Cadet Orientation Flight Road Show for the cadets of the Cochise Squadron 107 at Sierra Vista. Thanks for your hard work.
Sqn 310 had a record number of cadets supporting Encampment this year. Among the 310 cadets attending, seven cadet officers worked as encampment staff. Notable achievements include Harmon, Mills, and Yang Z led their flights to achieve Honor Flight during encampment, with Yang Z accomplished this distinction twice. In addition, Mills was awarded the overall Flight Commander of Encampment 2014 Award.
The squadron also added another cadet officer, C/2Lt N Yang this month...and, Goldenetz received his C/SSgt chevrons. Keep up the good work!
Our senior officers and cadets participated in the Angel Thunder exercise this month. Maj Yang was the Air Operations Branch Director, C/2Lt Z Yang worked as MSA, part of the Forward Area Support Team deployed at Payson Airport; Maj Prokopow as GTL and C/2Lt Kuhlman as Ground Team Member in the search area near Flagstaff.
The squadron also added two brand new cadet officers in May: Deweese, S and Yang, Z, were promoted to C/2Lt. Congrats!
Following the trend in the past few months, cadets had worked hard in AE and leadership curricula. Felmlee was promoted to C/1Lt this month; Tobias achieved C/MSgt rank, Pall got her first stripe; Goldenetz and Deweese became SrA and A1C, respectively.
The squadron also supported two events at the Scottsdale Airport. Our senior officers and cadets were present to assist with crowd control at the "Run the Runway", a 10K, 5K, and fun walk round, and ON the Scottsdale Airport Runway. Fortunately the runners did not have to dodge the Jets landing and taking off as the management closed off the airport for the morning. Whew! Our CAP airplane was also on display and generated a lot of publicity.
A week later the squadron supported the Collings Foundation's annual airshow at valley airports. We assisted in crowd control at Scottsdale Airport. The Collings Foundation's vintage B-17, B-25, and P-51 airplanes were on static display as well as offering rides. The public was impressed with the way our cadets presented themselves. Good Job, You All.
We have a good turnout of Sqn 310 cadets in support of Luke Days. Our cadets stayed overnight at the base in quonset style tents. During the day they assisted with directing vehicles, crowd control in the mall area, greeting visitors in the CAP aerospace education vintage uniform display, staffing the visitor information booth, and FOD patrol. They had the thrilling opportunity of watching the aerobatic show overhead while performing these duties. The pilots of the Thunderbird team came and met with all the cadets in a special presentation. Great fun was had by all!
Our cadets were deligent in applying themselves to studying AE and Leadership curricula Several cadets were advancing in grade in the minimum time allowed (every 2 months). We finished the year 2013 with Kuhlman and Mills promoted to C/2Lt; Alberts, Deweese, Harmon, Yang N, and Yang Z advanced to C/CMSgts; Cooper to C/MSgt; and Tobias to C/SSgt. Great Job Cadets!
[18 Apr 2013] C/TSgt David Stockdale is to be congratulated for being awarded an AFROTC scholarship to the prestigious Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. David will be majoring in Aeronautical Engineering and Computer Science. Col Michael Dooley, U.S. Army (retired) will present his nephew David the award certificate at the Chaparral High School's Honor Assembly on May14th. HooRah!
[16 Apr 2013] C/Maj Zaro was one of 4 Rotary Youth Salute winners last night at the Scottsdale Community College. He was awarded scholarship and an all expenses paid trip to the Town Meeting on Tomorrow conference, hosted by the National Council on Youth Leadership. The conference will be held at the Washington University, St. Louis. C/Maj Zaro was one of 12 finalists to be selected among 70 plus nominees. Each nominee was recommended by their school based on leadership, academics and leadership role in extra-curriculum and community activities participation. Congrats!
[13 Apr 2013] Sqn 310 cadets helped with the Wings of Freedom show at the Scottsdale airport. The Collins Foundation aircrafts on display included B17, B24, P51 Mustang, and a Me 262, WWII era German fighter jet, shown in the background in these photos of the cadets.
[18 Mar 2013] Several cadets achieved their milestone awards this month. Scottsdale Councilman Robert Littlefield, AZ Wing Commander Col Brian Ready, CAP Southwest Region Director of Cadet Programs LtCol Adam Such, AZ Wing Chief of Staff LtCol Paul Rehman, Director of Operations LtCol Martha Morris, CAP-USAF Representative Maj Elizabeth Petersen, and countless parents and family members were present to celebrate with the cadets at the ceremony. Two of our new cadets: Dana Butcher and Conrad Tanasy received their first stripe. Casey Cooper is on his second step to advance through the ranks. Nathaniel Yang received his milestone award promotion and joined the NCO rank. Daniel Harmon and Samuel Mills attained their Senior Master Sgts ranks. Our Deputy Cadet Commander, Lucas Ziomek, received his Captain rank and cadet commander Grant Zaro his Major diamond. That is EIGHT cadets promoting in one night. Congrats to all the cadets that worked hard for their achievements.