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I spy one of our former Cadet Commanders. Former C/Capt Kayla Kim is seen experiencing zero-G as part of her AFA journey. ... See MoreSee Less

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Get your forms in ASAP to Maj S Benson. Finances an issue? There are scholarships available, ask Maj Shope or Maj Miller about them. Don’t have your first promotion? We can help!!!Registration information for CAWG Summer Encampment!

Registration Deadline: 09 July 2022

Student Registration Cost: $350

The Encampment will be held at Camp Roberts, CA, from 06 – 14 August. We will NOT be having an Advanced Training Squadron this summer. 

Registration for first time students at Encampment are open!

Encampment is a great opportunity to learn important skills which will build a strong foundation for future success, to create lifelong relationships, and to overcome challenges and accomplish more than you ever thought possible; this training event is highly encouraged for all cadets and is a prerequisite for the General Billy Mitchell Award (C/2d Lt).

STUDENT PRE-REQUISITES: be a CAP member in good standing, complete Achievement 1 (Curry) by 09 July 2022, signed permission (CAPF 60-81) from Parent and Squadron Commander.


Out-of-State Applications: Due to the number of CAWG cadets needing to complete encampment, all out of state applicants will be immediately placed on the Wait-List. Personnel on the wait-list will be notified of acceptance of denial after the application deadline.

In-State Wait-List: If the encampment reaches capacity, the applicant will be placed on the wait-list. This is on a first-come, first-served basis. Personnel on the wait-list will be notified of acceptance or denial after the application deadline.


Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Cadet Encampment Assistance Program (CEAP) Scholarships and info on how to apply, please click here.
Tony Upton Memorial Scholarship: cawgcadets.org/scholarships
Cadet Character and Leadership Foundation (CCLF) Scholarships: cclfscholarships.org
The CAWG Encampment has been one of the premier cadet training activities across the country for decades. We are grateful for that heritage and are excited about continuing this standard of excellence in training for all who will participate this summer. We eagerly invite the cadets of California Wing to sign up soon and become part of the legacy and the future of The Cadet Training Group.
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Get your forms in ASAP to Maj S Benson.  Finances an issue?  There are scholarships available, ask Maj Shope or Maj Miller about them.   Don’t have your first promotion? We can help!!!

As we close out #memorialday2022 members of South Coast Group 7, Civil Air Patrol would like to say ”Thank you to all who have sacrificed their lives for this Nation. Your service and sacrifice has not been forgotten.&rdqLos Alamitos Cadet Squadron 153 Civil Air PatrollCivil Air Patrol - Squadron 68, Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa ... See MoreSee Less

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As we close out #MemorialDay2022 members of South Coast Group 7, Civil Air Patrol would like to say ”Thank you to all who have sacrificed their lives for this Nation.  Your service and sacrifice has not been forgotten.” 🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸

Los Alamitos Cadet Squadron 153 Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol - Squadron 68, Costa Mesa

Get your forms to Maj S Benson for signatures so you can register. This is a GREAT event!!! We will have at least one van available to transport cadets. Don’t miss out!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Getting closer and closer to CPC — the best CAWG activity!!!CPC Staff Intro: Meet C/Maj Ashley Lee, the Cadet Programs Cadet Commander for 2022!

As the Cadet commander, C/Maj Lee oversees the operations before, during and after the event to ensure a successful planning and execution of CPC. She works with the SM and Cadet Executive staff to oversee all departmental planning to make sure everything runs smoothly. Since this is the first in-person CPC in two years, she is excited to see cadets from around the Wing to be able to experience one of the biggest California Wing events, explore new opportunities for their development both inside and outside of CAP, and to make life-long friends.

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Getting closer and closer to CPC — the best CAWG activity!!!


Since college acceptance letters have been going out, just a reminder -- for anyone planning on attending Embry-Riddle (Prescott, Daytona or Worldwide) -- make sure you reach out to a ERAU alumni member and have them file an alumni tuition grant, which allows you to receive $1,000 off each year of attendance. This must be done prior to the first day of class.

Contact Maj S. Benson to get you into contact with an Alumni.
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Congratulations former Cadet Commander Kalya Kim #usafa Class of 2025 ... See MoreSee Less

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Civil Air Patrol celebrates 74 years of volunteer service

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – The U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol turns 74 today with its 58,000 members poised to celebrate their rich heritage of volunteer service.

“What a year it has been!” exclaimed Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP’s national commander and chief executive officer.

“Last December, shortly after our 73rd anniversary, Civil Air Patrol was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of our World War II veterans from America’s Greatest Generation,” he said. “The Capitol Hill celebration of the extraordinary contributions of these founding members of CAP showcased our proud legacy of sacrifice and service.”

CAP was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in World War II. Its members quickly proved their worth by conducting aerial patrols on their own, heroism that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks along U.S. coastlines and waterways. The wartime service of CAP’s “sub chasers” helped stop the loss of American and Allied merchant vessels, saving the lives of untold thousands of sailors and countless millions of dollars of war materiel destined for the battlefields in Europe and the Pacific.

In addition to coastal patrols, CAP aircrews assisted with other essential wartime missions on the home front, such as search and rescue, disaster relief, border patrol, forest fire patrol, target towing for military practice and transporting critical supplies. Members also managed hundreds of airports and trained aviators – many of them cadets – for future service in CAP and the military.

That legacy lives on in today’s all-volunteer force, which still contributes greatly to America’s defense by providing aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, giving Air Force fighter pilots practice in protecting America’s air space and helping train U.S. military troops for service overseas.

CAP members also make a profound difference in more than 1,500 communities across the nation, saving lives through search and rescue and other emergency services and conducting aerospace education and youth programs that help develop the nation’s next generation of leaders.

Civil Air Patrol’s contributions to national defense were recognized in August when the U.S. Air Force added the longtime Air Force Auxiliary to its Total Force team. Changes to Air Force doctrine officially made Civil Air Patrol a strategic partner of the Air Force and CAP members “Airmen” when conducting Air Force-assigned missions.

The 74th anniversary observance includes an annual “CAP Sunday” activity in which chaplains, character development officers and other members are encouraged to wear their uniforms to their place of worship. The activity is scheduled for the upcoming weekend, Dec. 4-6.

Civil Air Patrol, as the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Total Force role, performs about 85 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 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs.
Performing missions for America for the past 74 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.

CAP contact:
Julie DeBardelaben – jdebardelaben@capnhq.gov – 334-953-7748, ext. 250; 334-549-2224
Steve Cox – scox@capnhq.gov – 334-953-7748, ext. 251; 334-296-5881

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!