Collaboration and feedback highlight cadet programs conference

1st Lt Tell Asner, Captain Ryan Blanding, and 1st Lt David Spence engage in a simulated CAP Form 50 feedback session.

1st Lt Tell Asner, Captain Ryan Blanding, and 1st Lt David Spence engage in a simulated CAP Form 50 feedback session.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Twenty-six conference attendees consisting of dedicated unit commanders, deputy commanders for cadets, and cadet program support staff, representing 16 out of 24 units of the Virginia Wing participated in the 2016 Cadet Programs Conference hosted by Lieutenant Colonel Tim Day, Virginia Wing director of cadet programs, the weekend of August 26-28th, 2016, at Camp Pendleton State Reservation, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The conference included the roll out of the new Training Leaders of Cadets Intermediate curriculum developed by National Headquarters which was well received by all attendees. The intermediate curriculum covered topics including cadets as learners, positive leadership, program elements in depth, and safe and challenging activities. Through these topics many ideas, lessons learned, and proposed ways to move forward were shared among all attendees of the conference.

One of the most valuable portions of the weekend was collaborating techniques on utilizing the Civil Air Patrol Form 50s feedback series properly. Scenarios were given of cadets in different phases of leadership and situations with the challenge of effectively providing feedback. Attendees volunteered to role-play the review board process and the group as whole evaluated their performance and discussed the possible outcomes and alternatives.

Lt Col Day leads discussion at the 2016 VAWG Cadet Programs Leadership Conference

Lt Col Tim Day leads discussion at the 2016 VAWG Cadet Programs Leadership Conference

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Day shared that the goal of the conference was to build a network of teammates supporting the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Programs and sharing best practices. “I’ve always known the volunteers who lead our cadet programs are dedicated unpaid professionals, but actually seeing them in action as they instruct each other, learn, and practice these skills was deeply inspiring and encouraging. This weekend was all about building one another’s effectiveness as mentors and leaders, and it was even more successful than I imagined.”

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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

CONTACT: Captain Jacob Bixler, CAP, jacob.bixler at vawg.cap.gov

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