Cadet Events

388th Helps Arizona Wing Meet Blood Donation Goals Early

posted Aug 9, 2020, 9:12 AM by George Risinger

Arizona Wing Achieves Blood Donation Goal 32 Days Early

PHOENIX (July 30, 2020) – When the Arizona Wing began its mission to support the Red Cross during the COVID-19 pandemic by opening its squadron facilities as emergency blood donation centers on March 20, the goal was to collect 500 units of blood by Aug. 31. That goal was exceeded a month early, on July 30, when 31 units donated at the 388th Composite Squadron in Glendale brought the overall total to 519 units.

“This was the 15th blood donor center mission in 106 days. That’s unprecedented,” said Lt. Col. Bob Ditch, incident commander for the Arizona Wing’s effort. “But we still have more lives to help save,” he said, noting that six more blood drives are already scheduled for August.

Bo Schultz-Andersen of Sun City West donated the 500th unit. When he walked into the squadron building wearing a Red Cross “We’re All in This Together” T-shirt, it was clear he wasn’t a first-time donor.

“I began donating as a member of the Danish Army in the late ‘60s and have continued to donate over the years,” Schultz-Andersen said. Many of his fellow soldiers weren’t eager to donate blood, he recalled. “When we offered them a beer in return for donating, they changed their minds,” he said.

Kurt Kroemer, the Red Cross regional CEO for Arizona and New Mexico, visited the blood drive along with Donor Recruitment Manager Rita Anderson, who brought some gifts from the Red Cross for the 500th-unit donor. Schultz-Andersen also received a CAP Operation Pulse Lift challenge coin and an Arizona Wing patch. 

Both Kroemer and Anderson thanked the wing for its continuing support. “Many of our partners will host a blood drive once a year,” Kroemer said. “The fact that you have sponsored 15 blood drives since mid-April is remarkable.”

Brig. Gen. Ed Phelka, CAP’s national vice commander, was impressed to hear about the wing’s blood donation efforts. “The Arizona Wing has demonstrated the powerful reach our lifesaving missions can have when Civil Air Patrol cooperates with partner organizations like the Red Cross,” he said. “Well done!”


Acting as a Total Force partner and the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol helps First Air Force rapidly respond to nonmilitary threats domestically in a Defense Support of Civil Authorities capacity to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian assistance.

388th Supports American Red Cross Blood Drive 15 & 17 June 2020

posted Jun 20, 2020, 8:56 AM by George Risinger   [ updated Jun 20, 2020, 11:46 AM ]

  On Monday 15th of June and Wednesday 17th of June 2020, the 388th Supported the American Red Cross with two more Blood Drives.   Cadets form the Deer Valley (302) also assisted in this Critical event.  It was a long day for both Seniors and Cadets.  It was a very successful Blood Drive and we expect more to be scheduled in the near future.  Total units from the 388th to date: 77

388th Supports American Red Cross Blood Drive 15 April 2020

posted Apr 18, 2020, 7:49 AM by George Risinger

Wednesday morning, the Top Dog Squadron members rallied to support the American Red Cross with an emergency blood drive at our squadron.  

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers came with his wife Sandy, who donated blood.  We are his home squadron and we greatly appreciate his support by visiting and for all his efforts to provide for and connect the Glendale community during this time. 

Tremendous thanks to the 22 staff members, including 11 cadets and 3 Wing staff, who helped make it the success that it was. 

It was an urgent/short notice call for a donation site and was possible because of the mission readiness our staff had prepared, for alerting and standing by.  Glendale Municipal Airport was swift to approve and support our request.  MSgt George Risinger, our DCC, worked tirelessly from the moment we got a green light, just five days before, to both reach out to our cadets and their parents and to prepare our facility to ARC’s specifications.  Capt Ben Conlin, our DCS, alerted all officers to the mission and invited them to support and we had every area covered.  Lt Col Roger Yaeger was instrumental to mission communications, logging, and reporting.

Lt Col Bob Ditch and Lt Col Paul Rehman were high level organizers who made sure we could focus on the tactical preparations.  Thanks to Capt Margot Myers, PIO, and Capt Gordon Helm, government relations, for their work in community publicity. All donation appointments were full 12 hours after the Red Cross posted it! 

Members were safe, separated, and sanitized for the 11-7 operation - thanks to Lt Col Corey Stohlquist for monitoring as the mission Safety Officer. 

Buckeye Air Fair/Copper State Fly-In

posted Feb 17, 2020, 6:38 AM by George Risinger

Cadets and Senior Members of the 388th Composite Squadron participated in the 2020 Buckeye Air Fair/Copper S
tate Fly-In on 8-9 February 2020.  The 388th Aircraft (N879CP, Cessna 182) was on Static Display and Senior Members and Cadets were able to brief visitors on the Mission Of the Civil Air Patrol and also do recruiting for the local Civil Air Patrol units.  

F-16 Simulator 31 January 2020

posted Feb 1, 2020, 12:04 PM by George Risinger

  Cadet on from the 388th went to Luke AFB on 31 January 2020 to fly the F-16 Simulator.   Cadet that participated in this event were C/CMSgt Lindgren, C/A1C Giarrusso, C/Amn Washington, C/Amn Tuhy, and C/Amn Mosely.  Senior Members for the event were Capt Olcott and MSgt Risinger.  It was a great learning experience for the Cadets and also a fun activity.

302/388 OPEX/FTX 18-19 January 2020

posted Jan 26, 2020, 8:31 AM by George Risinger

on 18-19 January 2020, the Glendale Composite Squadron and the Deer Valley Composite Squadron Participated in a Joint Operational Exercise (OPEX) and Field Training Exercise (FTX) in the Tonto Wilderness.   For the OPEX, the scenario was to find a downed helicopter with Victims.   Aircrews from the 302 and 388 were tasked to find the aircraft and to relay to a mobile Communication Center.   Cadets did Land Navigation Training out to the exercise crash site to then do basic First aid Training.   The FTX consisted of an overnight Camp out and other Cadet Activities.   It was excellent Training for Cadets and Senior Members.

Cadet Orientation Flights 11 January 2020

posted Jan 12, 2020, 10:43 AM by George Risinger

  The 388th conducted Orientation Flights on 11 January 2020.  Pilot for the Flights was Lt Col Dave Mickle.   We had four Cadets on their first Orientation Flight.  Cadet Airmen Evans, Voisard, Eke, and  Weihert.

388th Cadet Wins Red Flag 2020 Competition

posted Jan 12, 2020, 10:17 AM by George Risinger

  On 11 January 2020, the Eloy Squadron hosted the Red Flag 2020 Competition.  The Competition was Simulated Air to Air Combat.  Cadet SSgt Alexander Flores of the 388th Composite Squadron was the winner of the Competition.

Cadet Orientation Flights 21 December 2019

posted Dec 30, 2019, 7:23 AM by George Risinger

  The 388th conducted Orientation Flights on 21 December 2019.  Pilot for the Flights was Captain Frants Madsen.   Cadet Airmen Taylor, Moseley, and Tuhy were on the first Flight and Cadet Airman Groves was on his second Flight.

Cadet Orientation Flights 15 December 2019

posted Dec 16, 2019, 7:12 AM by George Risinger

  On 15 December 2019 the 388th Composite Squadron conducted Cadet Orientation Flights (COF).     Lt Col Dave Mickle was the Pilot for the Days Flights.   We had C/A1c Pease-Wingenter and C/Amn Coscia on their Send Orientation Flights and C/Amn Vazquez and Cadet Murphey on the First Orientation Flights.

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