Civil Air Patrol

Over 140 Wisconsin Wing members train at Volk Field, ANGB

Photo by Dale Mitchell, 153rd Madison Composite Squadron: An unidentified cadet learns how to use the Elper in order to locate the electronic transmitting device (ELT).

Madison, Wis. – Over 140 Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members met at Volk Field at Camp Douglas for a weekend of training in professional development, emergency services and cadet training February 17-19.

Three specialty tracks in Professional Development were offered to senior members.   A Basic and Advanced Ground Team Academy were offered for senior and cadet members wishing to work in emergency services.  The Airman School and Airman Leadership School, designed for cadets, was also added this year.

Ensuring training for their membership, Wisconsin Wing trains regularly to ensure their members are ready for community service and leadership roles.

The third annual professional development courses are designed to help CAP officers in their various responsibilities.  Approximately 40 senior members participated in the following courses this year:

  • Corporate Learning Course, directed by Major Ron Sorenson, Assistant Wisconsin Wing Professional Development Officer.   The course discussed the relationship that a CAP squadron has with the next major echelon of command – the wing.
  • Unit Commanders Course, directed by Lieutenant Colonel Greg Schulz, Wisconsin Wing Professional Development Officer.  Commanders must know and understand all three missions of CAP as well as be able to manage their staff, know all of the regulations governing the organization, and be knowledgeable in problem solving.
  • Public Affairs, directed by Captain Jeri Gonwa, Wisconsin Wing Public Affairs Officer.  For those who wish to tell the CAP story and to protect the image of CAP, this course was for them as they learned how to write a press release among other public affairs duties.

Under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Krueger, Timmerman Composite Squadron, two tracks were offered for those wishing to pursue being a ground team member.

  • The Basic Ground Team Academy saw 32 participants and was designed for members with little to no ground team experience.  By participating in this course, members had the opportunity to complete the majority of tasks needed to be rated as a basic (level 3) ground team member.
  • The Advanced Ground Team Course was offered for those already qualified as a level 3 (basic) ground team member.  Six members were able to complete the majority of the tasks required to become ground team one or two rated or a ground team leader.

Under the direction of Majors Nina Schmitt, deputy commander for cadets and Jacqueline Miller, assistant leadership officer at Fox Cities Composite Squadron, the first ever Airman School and Airman Leadership Academy was a success.  Over 40 cadets from throughout the state participated in the weekend event.

  • The Airman School, also known as Camp Curry, was offered to cadets new to CAP.  Named for the Curry Achievement, cadets learned basic knowledge of the organization. Meant for the cadet airman basic and airman, they should have gained the knowledge they needed to achieve their first milestone – the Curry Achievement.  Honor cadet for Camp Curry was Cadet Airman Basic Jacob Ahlf, Fox Cities Composite Squadron; Appleton, Wis.
  • The Airman Leadership Academy was offered for those cadets who were airman first class or senior airman, offering the opportunity to learn leadership skills.  Honor Cadet for Airman Leadership School was Cadet Airman 1st Class Jacob Bane, Waukesha Composite Squadron; Waukesha, Wis.

Due to the training provided, members are better equipped to serve their communities.  The twenty-one total staff members assured that members received the best possible education. Plans are already underway for next year’s classes.

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