In a first for Naples Cadet Squadron, a leadership camp was held at the Naples Civil Air Patrol hangar. The brainchild of C/Capt Kyler McCown and C/SSgt David Kaufmann, they conceived and implemented the multi-level training.
This year Naples squadron is very young where 21 of 34 cadets rank C/A1C or under. “I looked around and realized that we need to accomplish some serious training to advance these cadets” said McCown. Seventeen Naples Cadets participated in the weekend event.
Six cadets conducted the program and eleven cadets joined in the training. C/Maj Hockel commanded the cadets and C/Capt McCown developed and provided oversight for the classes. Naples Flight Commanders C/MSgt Stephen Havens, C/MSgt Connor McIntyre, C/SSgt Collin Duke, and C/SSgt Sean Phillips and assisted by C/SSgt GianCarlo Roggiero led most of the hands-on training.
The schedule included various activities and lectures using self-made power point presentations, CAP resources, videos, physical demonstrations and practical drills.
The leadership camp started with a lecture on Leadership and continued with an overview of Character, the Chain of Command and the Order of Authority to round out his contribution. All the cadets then practiced reporting-in to reinforce discipline when standing at the Cadet Commander’s office, Special Boards or a CAP function.
The three types of commands were explained and demonstrated along with the command voice demonstrated loudness, projection, distinctiveness and snap so that subordinates understand what is required. The class was given time to practice on one another with some added fun. The class also practiced rest positions of; attention, parade rest, at ease and fall out supervised by the flight sergeants. He continued with the hand salute and the different situations when to use it indoors or outdoors, in group or formation, or between military and in public. He finished up with arms, order arms, and eyes left and right.
The second day kicked off with breakfast. It was a full-day schedule for all cadets to meet qualifications for their next promotion. Most of the participants were very close to advancement and the camp will be help meet the remaining requirements. The cadet officers would lead most of the training assisted by the flight commanders.
A discussion was held on wearing the uniform with a slide deck used as a visual aid. The topics included Class B’s and the proper position of the various plates and insignia on the Air Force blue shirt along with proper grooming standards and footwear. BDU’s were next with a review of the uniform and all aspects from cover to boots.
The cadets were dismissed and formed up in the hangar for Drill Test. The team was led through their practice, executing the various moves and positions to hone their skills. The day was not all drill and classes: after drill the cadets broke up for fun and games like capture the flag. Hungry cadets then fell out for lunch to refuel and relax before resuming afternoon tests.
Hockel said “I am pleased with the results and subsequent advancement of all the Cadets during this Leadership Camp.” All cadets completed mandatory testing to assure their next promotion.