I joined Civil Air Patrol (CAP) sixteen-years ago and never regret making the decision to volunteer. CAP has three primary missions, Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education and Emergency Services. I have always taken a leadership role in Emergency Services through the training of other members in program specific techniques related to inland search and rescue and radio communications. I have also served as a Deputy Commander twice for cadet centered units and enjoyed working with our youth, helping them achieve their goals. Having several cadets go to prestigious Universities, such as Embry-Riddle and the USAF Academy, has shown me that small influences can make a big difference.
Over the years most of the training CAP offered was local, or short distances, and I have taken care of the expenses out-of-pocket. My last major training program was Region Staff College several years ago. I now have the opportunity to attend National Staff College, which is the highest educational opportunity our volunteers can attend. Less than one percent of members make it to National Staff College, so I am grateful that I was selected.
National Staff College is a graduate-level, in-residence, course held in Montgomery, Alabama. The course covers topics related to leading at the regional and national staff and command levels. Some coursework topics are:
The lessons learned in Region Staff College helped me better understand myself, and provided a great overview of what it means to be a volunteer. National Staff College will push that knowledge even further, allowing me to make better professional decisions as a volunteer and in my work/personal life.
Expenses which I need assistance in covering are travel, hotel, meals, registration, and some uniform items.
Although donations are for my personal volunteer work, they are not tax-deductible.
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