NM Civil Air Patrol Wing Hosts Training In Los Alamos

Course Director Bill Wolfe, left, SLS graduates and NM Wing Professional Development Officer Chuck Grosvenor. Courtesy.CAP

By Dan Gabel, Public Affairs Officer
Los Alamos Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary)

Eight Civil Air Patrol volunteers from six CAP Squadrons throughout New Mexico attended two days of training Oct. 24-25 at Fire Station 3 in White Rock.

This training known as Squadron Leadership School was hosted by the Los Alamos Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. According to Squadron Commander and Course Director Bill Wolfe, “It has been a great learning experience for me as well as the class. I want to thank the Los Alamos Fire Department for the use of their beautiful facility.”

The primary goal of SLS is the professional development of CAP Squadron adult volunteers. Members learn responsibilities, leadership skills, as well as the various job functions within CAP squadrons.

Students appreciated the learning and the practical tips provided to support their Squadron job functions. 1st Lt. Shonna Rice from the Gallup Squadron said, “The best part is learning and working with other members. You get a lot from their experiences, ideas, and advice.”

Senior Member Brian Sackett from Los Alamos agreed. “I appreciate the group discussions and interaction with members from different squadrons. Everyone brings different experiences and insights,” he said.

A feature new to the SLS this year was a hands-on presentation by Major Mark Peters on CAP Online Resources. Peters along with Senior Master Sgt. Chuck Grosvenor used both screen shots and live online demonstration to help attendees find CAP regulations, operations, online training and other resources. 

CAP students were able to follow along on the internet and research their own CAP duty assignments with their personal laptops using the Los Alamos County public WIFI service.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, has three primary missions: Aerospace Education of the American people, Emergency Services, and the Cadet Program. It is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 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 is credited by the AFRCC with saving more than 80 lives each year.

Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The Cadet Program provides opportunities for the learning, maturing, accepting, and nurturing of leadership to over 26,000 young Americans from 12 to 20 years of age.

With the advice and assistance from CAP Senior Members and the US Air Force, cadets are exposed to a structured program comprised of aerospace education, leadership, special activities, physical fitness, and moral and ethical values through group and individual activities.

For more information about opportunities volunteering with Civil Air Patrol, visit http://gocivilairpatrol.com or contact Los Alamos Composite Squadron Commander Bill Wolfe at 505.662.7652.