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Commander's Corner

COL DEBORAH A. PIERCE

Hello, everyone!  As you all know, we’ve been dealing with the challenge of this COVID-19 pandemic for over a year now.  It’s been a tough ride.    

But here is some GOOD news.  Nevada Wing is now at Phase II, working to get to Phase III so we can have Cadet Encampment this year.  If it goes, it will be July 25-31 in Wendover, UT (just across the Nevada/Utah state line on Interstate 80).  Fingers, toes, arms, feet, etc. are crossed.  The Encampment Command Team is working hard to have everything ready to go.

A good thing arising from the pandemic is the enhancement of members’ computer skills.  We’ve learned to use Microsoft Teams and Zoom to do virtual activities.  We had a GREAT virtual Wing Conference last October, with over 250 attendees and 37 Wings/Regions represented.  Feedback was incredibly positive with most saying they would attend our Conference again if it were virtual.  Although it was an amazing Conference, we are hoping to do this year’s Conference live.  Watch this space for more details as they become available.  

Nevada Wing is coming out of this COVID hibernation.  Squadrons are having limited in-person meetings.  O-rides are occurring.  Pilots are refreshing their skills.  Emergency Services training is happening again.  Planning is starting to take place for the months ahead.  However…the COVID pandemic is not over.  We still have to maintain appropriate COVID protocols – masks and distancing.  Temperature checks at in-person events.  Consider getting vaccinated to help stop the spread.  Let’s do our part to help ensure a healthier tomorrow!

Nevada is the seventh largest state in the union in terms of geographic size, with a lot of open space where people like to hunt, fish, hike, and explore.  Folks get out into the “hinterlands” and sometimes get into trouble.  Our Emergency Services qualified personnel may be called upon to help, through air crew and ground team efforts.  Just in 2019, the lives of 19 people were saved in Nevada by our dedicated volunteers.

We have great cadets here in Nevada too!  In 2019, our cadets participated in numerous community events:  various parades, Operation Santa Claus, air shows such as the National Championship Air Races, Aviation Nation, and the Truckee Tahoe Airshow.  They also serve as color guards for flag presentations.  They learn about leadership, character, dedication, attention to detail, and accountability, among other subjects.  Cadets learn how to be good citizens and contribute positively to our Nation and our local communities.

Aerospace education is another part of our mission.  Our members learn about principles of flight and the like as part of their CAP training.  They then take their knowledge to classrooms and CAP meetings to assist others with learning about the wonders of flight.  Many a person has had their interest in aviation sparked by our aerospace education efforts.  

We invite you to visit our LOCAL SQUADRONS see what we do.  Maybe you’ll want to join us in service to our communities, our State and our Nation.  Thanks for visiting our site and we look forward to meeting you soon!

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