Teens To Hone Leadership Skills At Civil Air Patrol Course

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Seven New Jersey teens will gain a comprehensive perspective on leadership, teamwork and problem-solving at Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Officer School, one of the top professional development opportunities available to youth. The 10-day course will be held at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., July 13-23.

Patterned after the U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, Cadet Officer School is an academically challenging, in-depth study of leadership combining lectures, seminars and hands-on training. Instructors will guide cadets through the psychology of leadership and problem-solving techniques. They will practice what they learn through a series of writing and speaking assignments that will culminate with a group project that tests their ability to overcome obstacles through planning and teamwork.

The course will be conducted through the combined efforts of CAP members and Air Force active duty, reserve and Air National Guard personnel.
“Cadet Officer School will give these young people a stronger foundation in leadership and problem-solving, which will help them as they navigate a challenging world,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter.

“This course will do more for these cadets than helping them advance in the CAP Cadet Program. They will reap the rewards of these skills for years to come as more well-rounded individuals and future business leaders, and their communities, families and colleagues will also, in turn, benefit from the skills taught here. The possibilities are endless.”

This leadership opportunity is one of 30 National Cadet Special Activities sponsored by CAP this summer. These activities allow cadets to hone their skills in a variety of areas, including search and rescue, flight and emergency services, science, citizenship and military courtesies, and to explore aerospace technology and aviation careers. In 2008, 1,064 youth participated in CAP-sponsored summer activities.

Through its cadet program, CAP builds strong citizens for the future by providing leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to young men and women ages 12 to 20.

The New Jersey residents taking part in the program are:
Audubon: Cadet 1st Lt. Alexander E. Haas
Hadden Township: Cadet 2nd Lt. Peter F. Sanchez
Interlaken: Cadet 2nd Lt. Philip D. Savitsky
Lake Hiawatha: Cadet 2nd Lt. Matthew J. Adamo
Moorestown: Cadet Capt. Kevin M. Bennett
Union: Cadet Capt. Steven Ryan Smith
W. Orange: Cadet 2nd Lt. Edmont Caffarra

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 56,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 91 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

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