Civil Air Patrol

Brig. Gen. McCoy sees 109 graduate from Wisconsin Wing Encampment

By 1st Lt. Patricia Miara - The reviewing board, pictured below left to right, consisted of Director of the Joint Staff, USAF, Brigadier General John E. McCoy; Wisconsin Wing Commander, Colonel Clarence Peters; Wisconsin Wing Vice Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Rose Hunt , Wisconsin Wing Encampment Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Slater; Commandant of Cadet, Major Jacqueline Miller.  Back row:  Wisconsin Cadet Academy Director, Major Nina Schmitt; Great Lakes Region Cadet Honor Academy Director, Major Thomas Kondziella; Wisconsin Wing Chaplain and Wisconsin Wing Encampment Chaplain, Chaplain Major Kerry Wilson (not pictured) and Wisconsin Basic School Director, Major Terrance Schmitt.

By 1st Lt. Patricia Miara – The reviewing board, pictured below left to right, consisted of Director of the Joint Staff, USAF, Brigadier General John E. McCoy; Wisconsin Wing Commander, Colonel Clarence Peters; Wisconsin Wing Vice Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Rose Hunt , Wisconsin Wing Encampment Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Slater; Commandant of Cadet, Major Jacqueline Miller. Back row: Wisconsin Cadet Academy Director, Major Nina Schmitt; Great Lakes Region Cadet Honor Academy Director, Major Thomas Kondziella; Wisconsin Wing Chaplain and Wisconsin Wing Encampment Chaplain, Chaplain Major Kerry Wilson (not pictured) and Wisconsin Basic School Director, Major Terrance Schmitt.

Madison, Wis. – Special guest, Brigadier General John E. McCoy, director of the joint staff, United States Air Force, joined over 140 Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members during closing ceremonies Friday afternoon at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Camp Douglas, Tomah, Wis.  Cadets marched in formation during the Pass in Review Parade in which the General inspected them.

During the closing banquet that evening, friends and family joined the cadets as they graduated. Cadets and senior members won the following awards:

Wisconsin Basic School Awards

  • Squadron Honor Award of the Week – Squadron 2 (Alpha & Bravo Flights)
  • Flight Honor Award of the Week – Bravo Flight
  • Alpha Honor Cadet of the Week – Cadet Airman Sarah Parr
  • Bravo Honor Cadet of the Week – Cadet Airman Geet Pandya
  • Charlie Honor Cadet of the Week – Cadet Staff Sergeant Olga Boukhvalova
  • Delta Honor Cadet of the Week – Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Samuel Kocen
  • Overall Honor Cadet of the Week – Cadet Airman Sarah Parr
  • Honor Cadet Staff of the Week – Cadet First Lieutenant Patrick Robbins
  • Commander’s Commendation Award – Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Scott Steele

Wisconsin Cadet Academy Awards

  • Honor Cadet of the Week: Cadet Master Sergeant Zachary Klotz                        
  • Perseverance Award: Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Andrea Miara

Great Lakes Region Cadet Honor Academy

  • Distinguished Graduate:  Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Austin Witthun
  • Distinguished Graduate:  Cadet Airman First Class Alexis Meyer
  • Distinguished Graduate:  Cadet Airman First Class Tyler Kasperski
  • Honor Cadet:  Cadet Technical Sergeant Tanner Williamson
  • Honor Cadet Staff:  Cadet First Lieutenant Travis Maxwell
  • Honor Cadet of the Week:  Cadet Airman First Class Rebecca Harkness

Senior Member Awards

  • Achievement Award:  Second Lieutenant Michelle Michalski
  • Commander’s Commendation Award: First Lieutenant Gregory Turdo

The week-long activity ran from June 29-July 6 and comprised of four different schools meant to train the cadets as future leaders.

The 44 Wisconsin Basic Academy cadets learned the basics of CAP.  The cadets are first year cadets and new to the program.  Learning marching, proper uniform wear and customs and courtesies are part of the program.

The Wisconsin Cadet Academy saw 28 cadets who previously finished the Basic Academy.  WCA gives the cadets the tools they need to become leaders; be it in CAP, school, work or other organizations. 

The Great Lakes Region Cadet Honor Academy was for those wishing to participate in a color guard.  The 11 second-year cadets learned all there is to know about the nation’s flag and how to honor it. They return to their home squadrons in order to train others to be part of a color guard. 

For 26 cadets who have been at encampment twice before, the Wisconsin Staff School was for them.  Cadets are put in leadership and support positions that utilized their skills and knowledge as they worked on their leadership skills.

The 32 senior members mentored and supported the encampment in various positions, working with the cadets as they watched them develop into young men and women.  Civil Air Patrol pilots converged on Volk Field with the CAP Cessna 172 and 182 planes, providing orientation rides to many of the cadets. 

Cadets participated in such activities as a 126th Weather Flight demonstration; visiting the Volk Field Fire Department and control tower; participate in the land navigation course; make and shoot rockets made from soda bottles; participate in a Leadership Reaction Course and marched in the Tomah 4th of July parade.

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