Civil Air Patrol Cadets from 36 States Gather in Alabama for College-Level Leadership Training

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This year, 121 cadets from 36 states are participating in the 10-day, college-level leadership training course.

At Cadet Officer School, cadets learn how to think creatively and work together to solve problems. COS is the cadets’ premiere opportunity to study leadership academically and develop leadership pract

"At Cadet Officer School we are building our nation's leaders of tomorrow." - Lt. Col. Joe Winter, COS activity director

NOTE: Attendees by state listed at end of release

It’s one of the top professional development opportunities available to America’s youth but you have to be a high-achieving Civil Air Patrol cadet to participate.

It’s Cadet Officer School, which begins July 20 at Maxwell Air Force Base, the site of CAP National Headquarters and the home of Air University and professional military education for the U.S. Air Force. That makes it the ideal venue to develop the leadership skills of CAP’s top cadets.

Participation in Cadet Officer School, or COS, is a popular choice for CAP cadets from across the nation because of the rigorous academic curriculum and caliber of instruction offered by the Air Force and CAP officers. Only the top 15 percent of all CAP cadets are accepted to attend.

This year, 121 cadets from 36 states are participating in the 10-day, college-level course.
“This is a premier leadership opportunity for our cadets,” said Lt. Col. Joe Winter, the activity’s director. “The leadership skills they acquire here will lead them to exciting careers in both the military and the private sector.”

Patterned after Air Force Squadron Officer College, COS is an academically challenging program combining lectures, seminars and hands-on training designed to develop cadets’ broader understanding of leadership as a discipline. Throughout the week the cadets participate in a variety of lectures and supporting discussions to explore leadership topics. They practice what they learn through a series of comprehensive writing and speaking assignments, culminating with graduation ceremonies on July 29.

“At COS, we are building our nation’s leaders of tomorrow,” said Winter. “Our cadets gain confidence and experience as they develop their skills. Through the rigorous curriculum and activities they enhance their ability to work with others, and when they leave COS, they are better prepared to serve as leaders in their units, schools and communities.”

Throughout its 73-year-old history, CAP’s cadet program has built strong citizens for the future by providing leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to young men and women ages 12 to 20. Activities like Cadet Officer School give CAP cadets the opportunity to improve their skills in a variety of areas, including search and rescue, flight and emergency services, science, leadership fundamentals, citizenship and military courtesies, and to explore aerospace technology and aviation careers. In 2014, more than 1,200 youth participated in CAP-sponsored summer activities.

Jakob    McGaughey    AL
Robby    Jeffries        AR
Zane    Phillips        AR
Bradley    Reithmann        AZ
Tristan    Arguelles        CA
Travis    Blackmon        CA
Hadden    Geris        CA
James    Hockel        CA
David    Pauly        CA
Clayton    Wikoff        CA
Jiyoung    Yi        CA
Ian    Engebrecht        CO
Chad    Lewis        CO
Qashr    Middleton        CO
Jacob    Olson        CO
Nicholas    Timpe        CO
Alexander    Hewitt        FL
Austen    King        FL
Jonathan    Levin        FL
Daniel    Linares        FL
Angel    Pena        FL
Justin    Torres        FL
Jacob    Watford        FL
Ethan    Abercrombie    GA
Thomas    Boylan        GA
Angela    Waltman        GA
Hannah    Wright        GA
Jett    Hawk        ID
Christopher    Salcido        ID
Nicholas    Lawson        IL
Zachary    Rawlings        IL
Matthew    Wallace        IL
Hannah    Imel        IN
David    Ruark        IN
Benjamin    Chaverin        KS
Derek    Ficken        KS
Franchesca    Giroir        LA
Andrew    Koepnick        LA
Peter    Spinelli    Jr    MA
Aaron    Scanlan        MD
Matthew    Truitt        MD
Ashley    Baker        MI
Alexandra    Brown        MI
Allan    Flack        MI
Adrian    Hockin        MI
Abagail    Jongekryg        MI
Kevin    Peterson        MI
Austin    Schultz        MI
Keerthi    Sreenivasan    MI
Ashlyn    Victoria        MI
Sarah    Chanski        MN
Justin    Dokken        MN
Sebastian    Dvorak        MN
Kellen    Grundman        MN
Shannon    Hockman        MN
Elise    Johnson        MN
Juliana    Lambert        MN
Thomas    Zurales        MN
Brooke    Maynard        MO
Kole    Tilson        MO
Noa    Bender        MS
James    Barrow        NC
Kyra    Willis        NC
Hannah    Compton        NE
Kendrick    Smith        NE
Roman    Birchwale        NJ
Robert    Brown    Jr    NJ
Hayden    Coyne        NJ
Matt    Roberts        NJ
Kodandasairam Vinjamuri    NJ
Elizabeth    Pilcher        NM
Keenan    Jensen        NY
Alexander    Lam        NY
Derek    Profit        NY
Benjamin    Schiher        NY
Kevin    Vogel        NY
Vincent    Allen        OH
Joseph    Anand        OH
Timothy    Anthony        OH
Michael    Ash        OK
Samuel    Embrey        OK
Nathan    Harrell        OK
Conlan    Miller        OK
Caleb    Morriss        OK
Wade    Baltazar        OR
Ryan    Finnegan        PA
Michael    Pope    III    PA
Bryan    Toro        PR
Nicole    Schneider        SD
Matthew    McClure        TN
Jonah    Torp-Pedersen    TN
Samuel    West        TN
James    Bovenkerk    III    TX
Christopher    Crismon        TX
Justin    Hammond        TX
Jonathan    Lindstrom        TX
Nathaniel    Sanchez        TX
Laura    Turpen        TX
Aiden    Norris        UT
Deannah    Bennett        VA
Mici    Cummings        VA
Matthew    Esnardo        VA
Cory    Harding        VA
Abhishek    Mogili        VA
Emily    Stokes        VA
Justin    Sweat        VA
Anthony    Verardo        VA
Ryan    Bauman        WA
Carson    Lutterloh        WA
Raelani    Mathias        WA
Cassidy    Ratayczak        WA
Ethan    Reiniger        WA
Bethany    Stanley        WA
Xavier    Correa        WI
Zachary    Klotz        WI
Jacob    Eubank        WV
Sarah    Leslie        WV
Erin    Leslie        WV
Alexander    Perruci        WV

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for the past 73 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.

CAP contact:
Julie DeBardelaben – jdebardelaben(at)capnhq(dot)gov – 334-953-7748, ext. 250
Steve Cox – scox(at)capnhq(dot)gov – 334-953-7748, ext. 251

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