2018 Texas Wing Summer Encampment Patch (Photo Credit C/SSgt Jack Judkins)

The Texas Wing Summer Encampment was held from 01 July 2018 – 08 July 2018 at the Texas Army National Guard Camp Swift in Bastrop, TX. TX-388 Fort Worth Phoenix Composite Squadron sent the largest cadre of cadets to this year’s encampment. Eleven cadets attending Basic Encampment and one cadet attended Intermediate Encampment.

Basic Encampment challenges cadets to grow beyond their individual comfort zones. Cadets work to become more self-disciplined, lead others, and work as a team. Each cadet participates in hands-on activities including drill, orientation flights, daily exercise, confidence course, firearms training, and other team-building exercises. Cadets develop stronger leadership, character, and life skills. Finally, cadets spend time exploring all the many opportunities available to them in their CAP careers.

Intermediate Encampment builds upon everything the cadets have learned at Basic. However, it focuses primarily on developing the cadet’s leadership capabilities. They will use these enhanced leadership skills back at their home squadron every week. In addition, Intermediate Cadets leave encampment as qualified National Rifle Association Marksmen and have earned their Model Rocketry Badge.

Graduates of Wing Encampment are prepared to attend additional training and cadet special activities at both the wing and national levels. Cadets who have attended encampment are more enthusiastic about their CAP career and tend to advance in rank expeditiously. Cadets who have not attended encampment yet are encouraged to apply for Winter Encampment, which is scheduled for the week immediately after the Christmas holiday later this year.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 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 an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Cadets attending Wing Encampments are placed into squadrons and flights. These cadets are proudly wearing their individual flight colors.

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