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AE Applied at the Composite/Cadet Squadron 

Capt Stuart Moon

For AE Officers and Commanders looking for familiarization or a refresher of AE program components focused on the unit level. There will also be discussion of how to get the STEM kits and use them in your unit.

AE Officers, Commanders and other interested Seniors

How to Get Your Unit Involved in the Unmanned High-Altitude Balloon Program

1st Lt. Michael W. Kappas

This session will provide a basic understanding of the equipment and funds needed for your unit to begin participating in the High-Altitude Balloon Program.

All Members

Space the New Frontier  - Choose Your Own Adventure

Capt Ed Schroder

Capt Edward Schroder, USSF, CAP member, and PhD candidate will discuss the MANY activities, opportunities and studies involving space today. He will begin with a general discussion and then allow the audience to select from a list of topics to go into more detail.

All Members


Applications for Cadet Staff - Make Yours Stand Out

Maj Sarah Heitzmann

This session will guide cadets in making their activity staff applications stand out amongst their peers.

Cadet Members

Building and Growing a Successful Cadet Program

Maj Brian Kilian

This interactive session will cover senior and cadet recruiting, seasonal Great Start programs, meeting organization and philosophy, and other topics to grow a successful cadet led, senior mentored cadet program.

Senior Members

Cadet Advisory Council (CAC) in-person Meeting

Lt Col Jed Taylor

This is a general meeting of the Texas wing Cadet Advisory Council. Members will be allowed to observe but not participate in the meeting.


Cadet Advisory Council (CAC) Town Hall

Lt Col Jed Taylor

This is a general meeting with the wing Cadet Advisory Council. All cadets are invited to attend and participate in the meeting. 


Climbing the Cadet Programs Ladder for Seniors

Lt Col Jane Smalley &
Maj Sarah Heitzmann

This session will guide seniors in satisfying the requirements to achieve rating levels in Cadet Programs.

Senior Members

Learn About NCSAs and CadetInvest

Lt Col James Peace
& Lt Col Jed Taylor

Learn about NCSA opportunities, how to apply to attend them as well as how to apply for financial assistance.


Navigating eServices  - Cadet Programs

Maj Val Schroder 

Pick up tips and tricks using eServices for cadet programs.

Senior Members

Techniques to Make Required Staff and Cadet Protection Training More Relevant

Maj Eric Opiela &
Maj Rob Hogan

Required Staff Training and Cadet Protection Training are a key part of cadet activities involving overnight residential stays.  Learn how to make these courses go beyond the PowerPoint and make them relevant to cadet and senior staff alike.

Senior Members

TLC -Basic

Lt Col James Peace

The TLC - Basic course prepares adult leaders to contribute as Cadet Program Officers on a squadron staff.  This course will help graduates articulate the CP vision and explain the roles and responsibilities of squadron level CP officers.  Furthermore, students will be able to describe the operating principles of squadron-level CP weekly meetings and activities.  

Senior Members

TLC -Intermediate

Lt Col James Peace

The TLC - Intermediate course expands on the Basic course and assists local CP Officers in leading a squadron's Cadet Program.  Participants will discuss how local leaders might serve cadets with special needs and methods for positive, indirect leadership.  Students will also investigate various national and wing activity programs.

Senior Members


Air National Guard Opportunities

Lt Col Steven Taylor

Air National Guard members will discuss the MANY opportunities available to members of the Air National Guard.


How to Become an Air Force Pilot

Lt Col Corey Hermesch

This is a discussion of the requirements, advice, myths(?), backup plans, Air Force vs Air National Guard vs Air Force Reserve, Q&A.


K-9 Demonstration

San Antonio Police Department

The SAPD will discuss how they work with K-9 Police Officers and provide a demonstration. 

All Members

Learn About Attending USAFA or USNA 

Lt Matthew Farrar, USN &
2Lt Carlos Arreola, USAF

Representatives from US Air Force and Navy will discuss how to apply to the military academies, the requirements to apply as well as what is unique to each of their services.


Learn About Police Career Opportunities

San Antonio Police Department

The SAPD will highlight various career paths available in most police departments as well as the normal hiring requirements and process.



Chaplain and CDI meeting

Chaplain (Lt Col) David Northcutt

Wing led meeting for all Chaplains and CDIs

Chaplains and CDIs

Implementing the Character Development Program at Your Squadron

Chaplain (Lt Col) David Northcutt

Implementation suggestions for CDIs and Commanders at the squadron level

Chaplains, CDIs, Commanders and other interested members


Can CAP Communications become National Incident Management System compliant?

Capt Gary Parker

All responders and response agencies were mandated by Presidential Directive 2 to adopt and utilize the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to assure interagency interoperability; this included CAP.  Recently CAP was identified as the largest entity that has not fully complied with this directive.  What will it take to evolve CAP Communications positions, ICUT, MRO and CUL into the NIMS compliant positions, RADO and COML to fully comply with this directive? 

Communications Officers, Command and Sections Chiefs, and other interested members

Status of Communications in Texas Wing and Q&A Session

Capt Br&on Parker

Discussion of current Communications status, Future Projects, and Q&A session

Communications Officers and other interested members

and Training

Education and Training
office hours (2 sessions)


Meet with Education and Training Officers to discuss your specific needs.

All Senior Members

Level 2

Lt Col Dana Gray & Capt Ivan Torres

In the morning the discussion modules for Level 2 part 1 will be presented. In the afternoon, the discussion modules for Level 2 part 2 will be presented. Refer to https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/Level_II_Modules__Revised_71323_b032946aae07b.pdf for list.

Senior Members who have completed Level 1 and need Level 2 parts 1 and/or 2

Understanding the Senior Education and Training program

Maj Val Schroder &
Capt Val Moczygemba

Are you looking for a better understanding of the Senior Education and Training program? Here is your opportunity to learn how to promote in CAP, where to find information about the various levels and how to find the required courses.

All Senior Members


First Aid - 2 sessions

Capt Chris Boullion &
Maj Steven Riddiough

This a 4-hour First Aid class including CPR.

Cadet and Senior Members


Navigating eServices  - General Info,  Reports

Capt Val Moczygemba

Navigate eServices easily for Commanders, Admin and Personnel Officers. Tips and shortcuts.  Bring your tablet or laptop. Use your cell phone hot spot or venue wi-fi so you can log into eServices and follow the presentation.

Admin, Personnel and Interested Seniors


Finance and WMIRS 101

Lt Col Sue Kristoffersen

High-level review of finance and why it is important to units. Answer questions concerning finance. We will also discuss WMIRS and how to enter sorties properly.

Commanders, Finance Officers, Mission Staff and other interested senior members


CAP Q&A Session with National Staff

Maj Gen Edward Phelka &
Brig Gen Regena Aye

This is your opportunity to speak with our National Commander and Vice Commander. Submit your questions ahead of time. A form will be provided closer to the conference date for question submissions.

All Member


Health Services for Cadet Programs and Activities Officers

Maj Jason Quick

Planning, managing, and staffing any activity can be both challenging and rewarding.  While the safety of our members is always top of mind when planning, one of the most challenging areas is the health and wellness of our attendees. From food allergies, picky eaters, preexisting health issues to cadet medications and when to call parents, this class looks at organizational best practice’s and recommendations from the National Health Services Advisory Team (HSAT) as they apply to these activities. 

Activity Directors (Unit, Group, Wing, Region, and National), Deputy Activity Directors, Members who oversee organized activities such as ALS, CTEP, Weekend/Overnight AE/CP/ES Training

Health Services for Commander's and HSO's

Maj Jason Quick

The health and wellness of our membership is a pivotal component to the success of our organizational missions.  As leaders it is important that we understand how to appropriately leverage our Health Services Officers and the critical role their expertise brings to the table. This class looks as the roles and responsibilities HSO play in the command structure, how they support your vision, and works to clarify general misconceptions of the CAP HS program. 

Commanders, Activity Directors, Deputy Commanders, Members Considering Command Tracks


Create your Squadron Website 

Maj Stephen Shultz

Create your Squadron Website - NHQ has implemented a new website management system that allows the free and easy creation of unit websites.  Learn how to create and manage your unit’s website with a jumpstart to this new system as well as tips and tricks.

Senior Members

Cyber Security -  Understanding Technology Security Threats

Maj Stephen Shultz

Review security threats to the CAP environment such as phishing and malware and how to prevent them at the individual member level.

All Members


Handling IG Complaints

Lt Col Debbie Torres

This session will review the proper process of handling complaints within CAP.

Senior Members

Preparing for your SUI 

Lt Col Chris Baker,
Lt Col Stan Trull,
& Maj Mary Kay Starnes

This session provides detailed information  on how to prepare for your SUI and will discuss some lessons learned from previous SUIs.

Senior Members


National Mentoring Program

Lt Col Peter Morford

This session discusses the CAP Mentoring Program, how mentors and mentees are paired up, and the benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship.

Senior Members


Learning About Logistics - Inventory and Vehicle Processes

1LT Leonel McAllister

Learn how to use ORMS for retirement and inventory. This session will also discuss vehicle maintenance processes and vehicle usage reports. 

Commanders and Logistics Officers

Logistics Solutions - Q&A

1LT Leonel McAllister

Bring your logistics questions and challenges to an open question and answer session with the wing Logistics team.

Commanders and Logistics Officers and other interested members

Marketing and
 Public Affairs

Navigating the Digital Landscape: Maintaining an online presence for squadrons, groups, and wings

Capt Roman Vitanza

Having problems utilizing your social media channels? This course will show you the best practices for the current social platforms and maximize your return on investment.

All Members


NCO Extravaganza

SMSgt Rob Dimel

This session will provide a brief history of the NCO Corps and describe the function of the senior and cadet NCO in a CAP unit.

All Members


Aircraft Management Discussion

1st Lt Darryl Voss


Commanders, Logistics, Maintenance and other interested members

Getting a Better Training Program going forward for Texas Wing

Lt Col Ray Walden

Discussion will cover Wing Lead Exercises (WLE’s), table top opportunities, information about an effort to reconstruct the Lone Star Emergency Academy (LESA), ES Qualifications, and other important ES items. 

All Members

Operations - General Update

Lt Col Rick Woolfolk

The Texas Wing is involved in 5 major military support missions, 2 major TX Agency support missions and several ordinary routine missions. Come find out what we are supporting, how you can get more time on your aircraft and how you can support Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs and Disaster Response. Texas Wing has never been busier supporting so many different missions.

All Members

Pilot Stan Eval

Lt Col Rick McElroy


CAP Pilots

What are the Newer Technology Equipment and Programs that Enhance Emergency Services?

Lt Col Lawrence Spinetta,
Lt Col Donald Jones,
Lt Col Ray Walden,
Lt Col Rick Woolfolk

Wing Operations will cover many of the tools available to Pilots and ES Staff in support of disaster situations.

All Members

and Admin

Writing Award Wining Nominations

Lt Col Dennis Eibe

Do you struggle writing award nominations? Here is your chance learn how to write award winning nominations and get members their well-deserved recognition. 

All Senior Members

Squadron Membership Boards:  Screening for Quality Mission-Capable Members

Maj Eric Opiela &
Maj Rob Hogan

Squadron Commanders need to attend this session!  Every unit is required by CAPR 39-2, Sec. 1.5 to convene a Membership Board to evaluate each new senior member candidate prior to recommending their application for membership.  This is an important process which is necessary to ensure quality mission-capable members join our ranks.  Learn about the Membership Board, questions to ask, red flags, and preventing discriminatory bias in the membership evaluation process.

Commanders, Personnel Officers and interested senior members


Keys to Retaining Members

Lt Col Lindsy Jackson

Lt Col Jackson will be discussing what is retention, when and where does it start, who is responsible, and what can be done to make it better.



Becoming a Safety Officer

Lt Col Phillip Crawford &
 Maj John Dorie

How to become an SE and MSO to assist your squadron members to perform their duties safely and efficiently.  How to develop the "safety culture" within your CAP Squadron and your workplace and family communities.

All Senior Members

Safety - Learning From Our Past Mishaps

Lt Col Phillip Crawford &
Maj John Dorie

 "If we don't learn from history, we will repeat our mistakes."  A review of the past year's mishaps in the Texas Wing as well as National CAP.  What can we learn from the past?  A breakdown of the errors and mistakes and how to prevent them in the future.  "Everything that happens to you in life is the direct result of something you DID - or did NOT - do."

Commanders, Safety Officers and other interested members
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