7/20/2006–Reisterstown, MD–More than 230 Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets and senior members from nine wings and three regions came together for the annual Tri-Wing Encampment, which was held at Camp Fretterd in Maryland from June 24-July 2.
Tri-Wing Encampment, hosted by the Maryland, National Capital, and Delaware wings of CAP, is a prerequisite for advancement in the cadet program. This year saw 160 cadet basics attend the activity, assisted by a staff of cadets and senior members.
Cadets not only learn about CAP and the U.S. Air Force, aerospace, and leadership in lecture-style classes and hands-on training within their flights, but they also have opportunities to go rappelling, work as a team in a leadership reaction course, take part in orientation rides in a C-130J and a Chinook helicopter, along with tours of the Warfield Maryland Air National Guard base and career day activities.
One of the highlights of the encampment was a visit by CAP Col. Mary Feik, who spoke to the cadets about her aviation career that includes service as a civilian in the Army Air Force, research and development at Wright Field, and at the Smithsonian Institution. Today, Feik specializes in the restoration of antique airplanes. She has restored hundreds of WWI and WWII aircraft.
Capt. Joseph Winter, the Maryland Wing's director of cadet programs, was commander of the encampment and led a team of senior members and cadet staff as they worked with the cadet basics. Basics were divided into eight flights in four squadrons. As the week progressed, the flights and squadrons competed in academics, drill, volleyball, and room inspections. Cadet staff members worked directly with the basics in their training, while senior members mentored the cadet staff during the activity.
Cadet Lt. Col. Conor Franklin, of the National Capital Wing, was the cadet commander, and was assisted by cadet lieutenant colonels Gregory Groves, deputy cadet commander, and Janice Watson, cadet executive officer. This team was charged with overseeing the training of the cadets and management of the program.
In addition to the encampment, a Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (NCOA) was also held at Camp Fretterd at the same time. The academy, comprised of cadets who have already graduated encampment, taught advanced leadership skills. Cadet Maj. Colin Carmello served as commandant of the NCOA, with Cadet Lt. Col. Joanna Weiss and Cadet Capt. Jason Ewing serving as instructors.
A graduation banquet was held at the end of the activity. Brig. Generals Charles A. Morgan III, assistant adjutant general for air at the Maryland Air National Guard (M-ANG); Guy M. Walsh, commander of the M-ANG's 175th Wing; and Frederic N. Smalkin, commander of the Maryland Defense Force, were on hand to help the cadets celebrate their success. Col. James Grove, commander of Camp Fretterd, rounded out the head table. Each was presented a thank you gift for their efforts and support of the encampment.
Three members from the Air National Guard were specifically honored for their work in helping the encampment be a success. Master Sgt. Rob Pounders, along with Technical Sgts. Robert Sweeny and Mark Prorock, were presented gifts by Winter.
Before the banquet was over, the honors for the week were announced. Individual awards and group awards went to:
The encampment ended with a pass and review parade on the grounds a Camp Fretterd for families and friends on the final day of the encampment.
Photos from each day of the Tri-Wing Encampment, along with additional information about the event, can be viewed at www.carrollcap.org/triwing.
CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. CAP volunteers perform 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies.
Members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP Cadet Program. CAP's cadet programs provide young men and women with a safe and motivating environment in which to grow and explore opportunities in the military and aviation industries. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 63 years.
There are approximately 1,300 members of CAP in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 34 search and rescue missions and were credited with 23 finds.
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