Group 5 Squadron Leadership School – A Great Success
Friday, March 31, 2017
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Graduates of Group 5's 2017 Squadron Leadership School. Group 5 Professional Development Officer, Major Corriveau (right) and course director, Capt Odland (center).


By Major Marian Motyl-Szary, Public Affairs Officer, Marco Island Senior Squadron
Cape Coral, Fla.--
Florida Wing Group 5 continued the pursuit of excellence in professional development with a one-day Squadron Leadership School (SLS) capstone session. 

SLS is a CAP Level II requirement and uses a blended-learning format. In order to qualify for this course attendees must have completed the online portion of the course on the Wing eLearning website.  The course provides CAP adult "senior" members with an understanding of CAP operations at the squadron level and how those operations affect CAP's national missions. Additionally, members learn more about CAP customs, core values, and communications. Case studies, discussion, and group assignments are integral facets of the SLS. 

Gulf Middle School of Cape Coral was the site for the Saturday class.  CAP senior members from four southwest Florida attended. The professional development was facilitated by five experienced officers including: Lt. Col. Dave Moruzzi, Maj. Bob Corriveau, Capt. Lyle Odland, Capt. AnnMarie Kozloski, and 1st Lt. Louis Corda. 

The course included challenging role playing exercises and encouraged group interaction to solve real-life CAP issues.  The students came away better equipped to fill squadron leadership positions.  The SLS director, Capt Lyle Odland of Marco Island Senior Squadron, said after the class: "I do believe that the SLS presented this Saturday was a great success."
 
The venue for the class was hosted by Lt. Col. Jim Spieth and Maj. Nancy Spieth, both of whom are long-standing CAP members, commanding the Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron, and past faculty members of the middle school. 
 
The Group 5 Professional Development Officer, Major Corriveau, concluded: "I have to compliment the staff and the participants on their enthusiasm and preparedness for this event."


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Reviewed by: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5
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