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Commander's Corner

By Lt. Col. Deborah Pierce, CAP
Nevada Wing Commander


Hi there, everyone! I hope you're having a fun and safe summer. I'm just happy to finally stop shoveling snow. Lots of things are going on around the Wing; you'll read about some of them right here in Silver Wings. And those folks doing things that DIDN'T get in this issue - there's always the next one! We all want to know what's happening around the Wing and Silver Wings is a good way for that. Another way to keep track of what's going happening is through the Wing website

One of the big events just completed is the 2019 Nevada Wing Encampment. I spoke with several cadets while I was there and they all related they were having a good time and learning a lot, along with making a bunch of new friends. Big kudos to 1st Lt. Mark Aguiar, Encampment Commander; Lt. Col. Pete Goertzen, Commandant of Cadets; and Cadet Capt. Kenneth Carson (CAWG), Cadet Commandant. These folks put forth a TON of work over the past several months to help make Encampment a shining success. If you haven't been to Encampment and want to know what it was like, ask a cadet who was there - then you'll want to start planning to be at next year's Encampment. It will be here before you know it...

Nevada Wing has its first Cadet Wings program graduate - Cadet Maj. Justin Hoekman from Tahoe-Truckee Composite Squadron! He was the 11th cadet to successfully complete the program and earn his private pilot certificate. Well done, Cadet Maj. Hoekman! Any of you cadets out there who might want to fly, take a look at the Cadet Wings program - check it at - It CAN be done... just ask Cadet Maj. Hoekman.

I have some super exciting news! This year's Nevada Wing Conference at Texas Station in Las Vegas will be awesome. In addition to honoring Col. Carol Lynn for all her hard work in service to Nevada Wing, we have some VERY special guests - Maj. Gen. Mark Smith (National Commander) and Brig. Gen. Ed Phelka (National Vice Commander) will be in attendance, along with VIPs from National HQ and all the Region Commanders! We're working hard to plan several classes and workshops along with lots of fun. Cadets, Cadet 1st Lt. Dana Surwill is on the Conference Planning Team, designing activities for YOU. Folks, this is our change to show them how we do it BIG here in Nevada - come on over to YOUR Conference. Registration is now open; check the Wing website for details.

As always, my thanks to all of your contributions to our Wing's success. Hope to see you all at the Wing Conference!

Best Regards,

Col. Deb Pierce

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