Encampment – What a great experience!

Summer time for many pre-teens and teenagers consists of skateboards, playing the latest video game on the hottest gaming system and sleeping in. However in our circle, Civil Air Patrol – California Wing, summer means Encampment.

Encampment is a long tradition in California. The Cadet Training Group (CTG) was founded in 1975 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California and has graduated almost 10,000 cadets, many of which come back for years to serve as cadet and senior staff members. Several of these cadets have gone on to hold successful careers as respected leaders in the military, business and aviation.

This year, July 1 – July 8, Squadron 56 had 17 members attend Encampment during the 40th Anniversary of the CTG. Of those 17 members, seven served on Cadre and Support Staff, including C/Maj. Lydia Philip (CTG Superintendent), C/2nd Lt. Mitch Ryder (Flight Commander) and C/SMSgt Alex Cortez (Mess Staff), Squadron Commander 1st Lt. Doug Miller (Mess Officer), Capt. Paula Shope (Admin. Officer), Capt. Jeff Goeggel (Encampment PAO), and 2nd Lt. Jet Miller (Asst. POA/Photographer).

The cadets, as well as their staff members, learned and applied the meaning of followership, leadership, teamwork and mentoring through a series of classroom presentations, hands-on activities and drill. It was a great experience our squadron members will never forget.

If you have the opportunity, ask them about their time at Encampment, but be ready to hear non-stop enthusiasm from each and every one of them. We hope to see you at next year’s Encampment!



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