|SER Cadet Leadership School - Hosted by PR WG|
Eleven cadets attended the 2018 Southeast Region Cadet Leadership School, hosted by the Puerto Rico Wing at the Liga Atletica Policiaca in Guaynabo on July 12-16. Lt. Col. Ivelisse Peña directed this year’s school assisted by eight instructors and seminar leaders.
Students attended over 30 curriculum hours from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon and completed a variety of assignments like writing journals, presenting two different speeches, completion of one essay, and a group project. The leadership school’s curriculum included officership and character, communication skills, interpersonal relations, creative and critical thinking, and leadership theory.
Peña said he was satisfied with the final results at the school. All 11 cadets successfully completed the school and graduated in a ceremony on the morning of July 16.
Lt. Col. Margarita Mesones from the Southeast Region staff led the graduation ceremony by serving as the honored guest speaker of the event.
|From Wings to the Sea - A Cadet's Naval Journey Begins with CAP|
The following is excerpts from an interview between C/1st Sgt Putman and former Civil Air Patrol cadet, C/2d Lt Douglas Lumpkin who recently received his appointment to the United States Naval Academy.
Putnam: What steps did you take and what are your thoughts?
Lumpkin: “The Naval Academy has been my dream school since the 8th grade and it felt great to accomplish that goal. I made sure that I had very good grades, a heavy course load, experience on varsity sports and a lot of leadership experience. CAP and The STAR Community Youth Development Programs provided the leadership training. You've got to keep your head up and power through. I attended the Naval Academy Summer Seminar and in order to get in, you must train, study, and fill out applications. Overall its long nerve racking process. Waiting on The Naval Academy 's decision was extremely tough. I was super nervous and doubtful the entire time, however, then the moment I learned of my acceptance, it was pure joy.”
The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, with the numerous community service opportunities, leadership, character development and emergency services, helps to develop the necessary skills and character to serve at a service academy. Lumpkin is a fine example of how to put all of the training into excellent use; showing that putting your heart and mind into working hard and smart can turn one’s goals and dreams into reality.
Putnam: Do you have any words of encouragement for cadets who want to join a service academy?
Lumpkin: "Well first and foremost, stay out trouble. That’s the easiest way to not even be considered by a Service Academy. Secondly, you've got to keep your head up during the application process. First semester of my senior year is difficult because of all these applications necessary, but you've got to power through. Lastly, I'd advise all cadets who want to attend a Service Academy to stay in CAP for a leadership experience. CAP is a great place to learn how to lead, which looks great on your resume and is an important life skill."
Putnam: “Do you miss Civil Air Patrol?”
Lumpkin: "I do miss CAP. I enjoyed being there every Monday and it was a great learning experience. All the cadets should cherish their time in the squadron."
Lumpkin visited a recent CAP squadron meeting before shipping out. Many of the cadets found the visit bitter-sweet. They had to say good bye to a friend, at the same time see him begin an exciting journey.
|Change Of Command At Marco Island|
A Change of Command Ceremony for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Marco Island Senior Squadron, (FL-376) was held on Wednesday evening July 11, 2018 at the United Church of Marco Island. The ceremony included the incoming squadron commander, 1st Lt Robert Boone assuming command from the outgoing Commander, Major Robert Corriveau who has been commander since 2014.
The Change of Command Ceremony is a military tradition that represents great symbolism to this formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a Unit from one command officer to another. The passing of the Colors from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and its members are never without official leadership, a continuation of trust, and confirms the members' allegiance to their Unit’s new Commander.
The ceremony couldn’t be held in the Squadron’s hangar at the Marco Island Executive Airport, as that hangar was flattened during Hurricane Irma by a freakish microburst that smashed the metal building as though with a giant fist, while leaving adjacent structures untouched.
Dealing with Irma’s aftermath has made this a challenging year for the Marco CAP Squadron, and both Corriveau and Boone have been in the thick of dealing with the situation, with Boone as deputy squadron commander. Both will continue to work on replacing the hangar, as well as the roof on the balance of the squadron headquarters, with Corriveau stepping into Boone’s position as deputy commander. “It’s the only way I could get him to take the commander's job,” said Corriveau.
Corriveau added – Boone, “took on dealing with FEMA,” submitting an application for funds to rebuild the hangar that “was rejected one, two – many times. Bob spent a lot of time talking to FEMA.” The good news, said Corriveau, is that FEMA has authorized a grant of approximately 75% of the rebuilding project costs.
In addition to serving as deputy commander, Boone has been functioning as the squadron’s emergency services officer. He is a mission pilot, flight release officer, safety officer, radio operator, counter-drug officer and air operations branch director.
The counter-drug operations have been second nature to Boone, who spent over 40 years as a sworn law enforcement officer, including more than 25 years as chief executive of five different agencies. He is best known locally for having been Marco Island’s first police officer, first police chief, and first director of public safety.
Boone served as president of the New Mexico Chiefs of Police Association, and chairperson of the New Mexico Office of National Drug Control Policy, and as a briefing board member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. He holds a master’s degree in law enforcement administration as well as an MBA, and taught as an adjunct faculty member at schools including the University of New Mexico and Columbia College.
Boone’s wife Trish came to the front of the room to affix the pin denoting command onto his uniform; their two sons, Bob and T.J., were among the audience. Special guests attending were Squadron Commanders from the Naples Senior and Cadet Squadrons, 1st Lt Tom DiBernardo, FL-023 and Major Kevin Dinger, FL-373, past commanders of FL-023 Major Judy Schiff and Lt Col Tom Kuznar. Also in attendance were Gene Burson, commander of the Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron, Marco Island City Council Chairman Jared Grifoni, and City Councilor Charlette Roman, a retired Army colonel. Grifoni agreed the City Council could take a page from the CAP in moving their meetings along; the CAP Change of Command took less than one hour from call to order and Presentation of the Colors to adjournment for cake and coffee.
Color Guard duties were performed by cadets from the Naples Cadet CAP squadron, FL-373.
|Imagine Soaring Like a Bird Through the Summer Skies!|
Imagine soaring like a bird through the summer skies over Tennessee. That’s how twenty Civil Air Patrol cadets spent part of their summer vacation.
CAP’s Southeast Region hosted the National Flight Academy-Gliders during the week of July 8 through July 14, 2018. The academy is a special activity held each summer in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Twenty cadets from across the nation attended the aerospace education event. The aviation camp is a week of intensive glider-pilot training that prepare the youth for solo flight. The activity includes both a knowledge-based ground school and practice sessions in the glider with an instructor. Traditional CAP cadet activities are included in the camp.
“They kept those tow-planes and gliders moving, launching almost 330 sorties during the week,” said Col. Barry Melton, Commander, CAP Southeast Region.
Of the twenty, five cadets completed the training to qualify for solo flight, another ten completed the pre-solo flight. “This is a 75% success rate with no safety incidents or damage to resources. I very much appreciate the effort of the volunteer professionals -- many from SER-- who made this event so successful,” said Melton.
Southeast Region cadet, 1st Lt Aaron Loya, from the Bartow-Etowah Composite Squadron in Georgia Wing was voted “2018 Top Cadet” by the flight academy staff. (Contributing author: Lt Col Judy Steele, Southeast Region Public Affairs)
|Leadership Lectures at FLWG Encampment|
Two leadership lectures were held at the Red Horse facility located at Camp Blanding led by Encampment Cadet Commander C/Colonel Austin King and Encampment Cadet Deputy of Operations C/Lieutenant Colonel Amon Russell.
Cadet Lt Colonel Amon Russell opened his training lecture named ‘Intensity” that he defined as an extreme level of presence. He showed a visual graphic that displayed the Yerkes-Dodson Curve that represents performance vs pressure as a negative (down sloping) curve on a graph. Russell presented his list of concepts that constitute intensity. He said that intensity can include the level of volume in your voice when addressing others in a closed or open area.
Russell continued to describe presence as how you are perceived by you carry yourself including how you wear your uniform and your body language. Are you engaging or a fast-paced person? Be aware of nonverbal cues you project like crossed arms or scowling facial expressions. Your open or closed stance may indicate how approachable you may be. The volume you use in your voice can be heavy as in a command voice or a soft to normal volume can be inviting or nonthreatening. Russell said “Remember that silence can be a very effective tool.”
Russell said that leadership must ‘set a standard.’ It has two important components. The first is for the standard to be clearly stated so there is no doubt to the intent. Second, it must be applied consistently to be fair and accepted by your peers. Russell said “Create a feedback loop to monitor the standard. You may have to adjust the standard up or down to obtain the required results.” He emphasized that the feedback loop must have a link to the desired expectations and time frame. “Set an appropriate and realistic long or short time deadline necessary to complete the tasks” he said. People may give up if they feel the standard is unattainable.
Cadet Colonel Austin King discussed the duties and performance expectations at encampment. He said printed schedules will be circulated with times and programmed activities clearly listed with classes, set or rotating activities and meals.
He said “Transportation will be provided to any distant activity.” King also stated that there will be daily parade practice. The schedule includes many fun activities returning cadets look forward to including the Learning Reaction Course, weapons simulations, obstacle course and the repel tower. Camp Blanding also has a museum which cadets will visit during encampment.
He spoke directly to the Advance Training Squadron (ATS) cadre that leadership may also mean what not to do: unreasonable inspections and intruding on cadet’s personal time. The ATS squadron is comprised of cadets who have attended one or more encampments and are not serving as a cadet staff member. Their schedule includes additional leadership and training activities apart from the first time student cadet encampment.
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