High Desert Composite Squadron


I have been in the "left seat" for five months, and have come to deeply appreciate all the people I have around me in key positions who make my job of Commander a lot easier than it could be. No matter what your experience in life is, this is an instant overload when you accept the position. You have to have passion, CAP experience, and management skills, or else you will be behind the power curve from the start. I have people around me who pick me up if I am found lacking in any of the above, and they are worth their weight in gold!

There have been a few teething problems, but that is to be expected in any new change of command in any organization. What has been remarkable is people have been shuffled around to different positions without any typical A-type personality behavior!

I have been asked to come up with a phrase that will describe our way forward for the foreseeable future, and the phrase "Building Bridges" comes to mind. For too long we have been the Squadron on the other side of the Cascades. For too long we have not had relationships with other Squadrons, be they Senior, Cadet or Composite Units. That is changing, and I want to thank all of you that have bought into this simple vision and are actively getting out there, showing off our Squadron's strengths and work ethic.

Part of "Building Bridges" is also reaching out to our local community. We do have a presence, participating in the Veterans Day Parade, the Highway Cleanup and school and CAP Aerospace Education outreaches. We have some very exciting prospects on the horizon, but these are mostly built around Emergency Services/Search and Rescue.  We need to do more!

We are a growing Squadron, and I look forward to the days, weeks and months to come. I have been told by many people from other Squadrons that we are not the usual CAP Unit, and that we have something special. Let's build on that to become the best!

Semper Vigilans

Mike Wissing,

Captain, Civil Air Patrol


High Desert Squadron

Bend, Oregon

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