CROEM-Mayaguez, Puerto Rico – Civil Air Patrol’s Puerto Rico Wing hosted a 2014 Southeast Region Cadet Leadership School at the Centro de Oportunidades Educativas de Mayaguez (CROEM) in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Twenty cadets attended the five-day school held 16 -20 July 2014. Lt Col Ismael J. Rodríguez, Puerto Rico Wing, and Lt Col Sonia Soto, Florida Wing, directed this year’s school assisted by 12 instructors and seminar leaders.
Students attended over 30 curriculum hours from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday morning and completed a variety of assignments like writing journals, presenting three different speeches, completion of two essays, and a group project. The leadership school’s curriculum included officership and character, communication skills, interpersonal relations, creative and critical thinking, and leadership theory.
Lt Col Ismael Rodriguez and Lt Col Sonia Soto were satisfied with the final results at the school. All 20 cadets successfully completed the school and graduated in a ceremony on Sunday morning. Tech Sgt. Luis Nazario of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard led the graduation ceremony by serving as the honored guest speaker of the event. “This young group of cadets from our wing demonstrated that nothing it is impossible and that the sky is the limit” said Lt Col Rodriguez .
The Puerto Rico Wing enjoys a great relationship with CROEM and holds great value for the use of all the facilities within the school area. This year’s RCLS successfully created a scholastic environment for all of the cadet participants and senior members who helped the students to reach their goal. Lt Col Sonia Soto added, “I would especially like to thank all the instructors and staff who gave their time to help develop this group of our future leaders.”
Graduates of CAP’s Region Staff College and personnel from Puerto Rico Air National Guard 140th Air Defense Squadron and 156th Airlift Wing treated students to special classes and seminars. Use of Air National Guard resources for teaching helped the students recognize the professional-level of training offered by the school and motivated the cadets to focus their attention and learn even more. PRANG personnel included, Tech Sgt. Lemuel Soto, 156th AW; Tech Sgt. Kathy Hernández, 140th ADS; and Tech Sgt. Luis Nazario, 140th ADS.
The goal of RCLS is to develop Phase III, or Command Phase, leadership skills. Students attending RCLS should have completed an encampment and hold the grade of C/MSgt or higher. The primary goal of leadership education in CAP’s Phase III is for cadets to learn how to lead indirectly. Upon completion of Phase III training of the CAP cadet program, a cadet is eligible to receive the Amelia Earhart Award and begin Phase IV called the Executive Phase.