Civil Air Patrol

Two Timmerman Squadron cadets to attend Naval Seminar

Written by Julie Nicholds,  parent of Cadet Liam Nicholds, Timmerman Composite Squadron.

Photo by Julie Nicholds - Cadets Master Sergeant Jacob Fuiton and First Lieutenant Travis Maxwell will report to the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar in June.

Photo by Julie Nicholds – Cadets Master Sergeant Jacob Fuiton and First Lieutenant Travis Maxwell will report to the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar in June.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Doors have opened for two of Civil Air Patrol’s Timmerman Composite Squadron cadets. Cadets First Lieutenant Travis Maxwell and Master Sergeant Jacob Fuiton were recently accepted to attend the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar, June 1-6 at Annapolis, Maryland.

Not a Civil Air Patrol activity, the Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school.  Maxwell and Fuiton will have an opportunity to experience first-hand the Academy’s exceptional academic, athletic, extracurricular activities and leadership training programs. 

This intense seminar will also give these cadets a sample of what daily life is like at the Naval Academy.  They will be expected to attend physical training at 5:45 a.m. and mid-morning academia led by Naval Officers that serve as professors at the academy. A series of 90-minute workshops will focus on topics ranging from political science to oceanography and aerospace flight-testing

Daily activities include enhanced physical activity or military drill and evening programs such as the U.S. Marine Corps Sunset Parade in Washington D.C.; career opportunity presentations by Navy and Marine Corps officers; Sea Trials and the popular mock plebe indoctrination session, which simulates some of the strictest Naval Academy training.  The cadets will also experience college life as they live in the midshipmen’s dormitory hall. 

Fellow Timmerman cadet, Second Lieutenant Carter Welsh attended the program last summer and highly recommended the program to Maxwell and Fuiton.  They applied to the Seminar and were accepted in early April on the basis of grades, volunteer service and athletics.  They must submitted responses to a three-question short-answer essay explaining who they are, their future plans and what they expect to benefit by attending.

The cadets will rely on their experience and leadership skills during their attendance to the Seminar.  Maxwell plans on using what he learns as valued experience for CAP.  “The aspect of teamwork, working and communicating with others effectively while learning to manage your time and overcoming hardships,” he explains, are some of the skills he find most helpful on his return home.

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