When Arizona State Rep. Jerry Weiers introduced his then 12-year-old daughter to the Civil Air Patrol Cadet program in 1996, his vision of building a permanent meeting place for the program in the state was born. Since then he has used every opportunity to urge community leaders, CAP members, airport managers, city attorneys, and others to bring his vision to reality.
On March 12, Weiers, CAP Squadron 308 Commander Peter Mountain, AOPA, Glendale Municipal Airport Manager Judy Skeen, and 10 more participants dipped golden shovels into the desert clay, breaking ground for construction of the squadron’s new facility at Glendale Municipal Airport.
“It’s been a long uphill journey since we began 14 years ago,” Weiers said during a dedication speech, “and there are many people to thank for making it happen.” Weiers said he hopes to complete construction and dedicate the building on July 4.
The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and provides aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.