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Sheldon Cadet Squadron - Dec 2013

Sheldon Cadet Squadron - Dec 2013

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Civil Air Patrol - Texas Wing
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This weekend started off pretty normal for a Camp Cur-ry. Friday night the cadets checked in (known as in-processing), got their bags checked for contraband and proceeded to their assigned flights. Cadets then participat-ed in the safety briefing and  were given a run down of ex-pectations for the weekend. When the speech was finished, the Flight Sergeants  were instructed to drill their cadets. A few hours later it was time to send the cadets to sleep, so they marched to their barracks, prepared for bed and lights out was called. It  was a pretty peaceful night. For a few it took a little longer to sleep, but soon all cadets  were asleep with a long day coming ahead. Bright and early the next morning, cadets who didn’t pass their PT test before Camp Curry, were up taking their PT test. After PT time, the remain-der of the cadets were woken up and everyone had to start the day off with a little drill. Then every ones’ favor-ite part of the day came, the lessons and quizzes!!! Most of
Camp Curry XLVI
Upcoming Activities
Texas Wing Winter Encampment, Camp Bowie, Brownwood, TX, 27 December 2013 to 3 January 2014
Texas Wing Cadet Competition , TXWG HQ Nacogdoches, TX, 10 to 12 January 2014
SLA/ALS @ KMS, Friday, 17 January 2014 to Saturday 18 January 2014
Squadron Fun Night, @KMS, Saturday, 18 January, 2014
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 4 19 DECEMBER 2013
Camp Curry 46 1 Catching up with Cadets 2 & 3 Commander’s Corner 4 Squadron Boosters 4
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the cadets paid close attention to what their instructors taught because they knew it was cru-cial towards their experience.  After each session cadets take quizzes in preparation for the eventual test. Those are not the only test they have to take, they al-so have to take… a drill test and learn reporting in to an of-ficer. These are very important tests because if they don’t pass it they don’t-get promoted!!! Our flight sergeants make sure they learn the necessary com-mands.  After a day full of learn-ing and testing the cadets par-ticipated in some fun PT, fol-lowed by personal time and lights-out. Everyone went to sleep much faster Saturday night. Sunday morning cadets finished up PT tests and their achievement tests. Followed by working together to clean the school and out-processing. Over all Camp Curry 46 was a great success with a majority of the 104 cadets passing and now ready to promote!! We hope to see everyone at the promotion ceremony this Thursday @ 7:00 p.m.!
 
Catching up with Old Cadets...
We would like you to meet former Civil Air Pa-trol cadet
 Jordan Wright
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STATS:
 Age: 24 Graduated High School in 2006 (No exact date - I was homeschooled) I was in CAP for roughly six years. Attended Kingwood College (NHMCCD) for two years (2006-2007), and currently attending Texas State. Majoring in Business Finance and hope to graduate in 2016.
Highest grade earned in CAP:
C/LtCol
How did CAP help prepare me for college:
CAP provided a great amount of real-life lead-ership experience that was pertinent to both my time in the Army and in school. As a 17 year-old, I was elected the Student Government Associa-tion President of the junior college I was attend-ing. I brought the skills that I learned in Texas Wing leadership schools to Student Govern-ment conferences and taught older students how to speak and teach publicly. The great thing about CAP that is non-existent in most oth-er development organizations is the real-life, hands-on experience in leading fellow cadets, publicly speaking, and planning activities. I had so much experience in teaching and planning, that it wasn't even a challenge when I had to  write papers or discuss topics with fellow stu-dents/professors.
Favorite CAP Activity:
My favorite activity  would either be the CTEP Leadership Schools or Encampments. The CTEP-LS' were fantastic at challenging cadets to rise out of their shells and lead. They taught the skills and gave lim-ited time to practice those skills necessary to lead and follow fellow cadets. Likewise, En-campment was leadership training on a larg-er scale. You can actually put skills to test in a real-time leadership laboratory in ways you can't do anywhere else. You learn from mis-takes and successes and move up the ladder if worthy at the next encampment. It's amaz-ingly exciting and some of my favorite times as a teenager. Words of wisdom for cur-rent/future cadets: Sit back and learn! One of my favorite sayings from the Army is, "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast." Essentially, it's stating that you have to learn the basics before you can move to more advanced skills. Learn how to follow directions, learn how to pay atten-tion to detail, learn how to give feedback, learn how to communicate, learn how to work as a team, learn how to iron your uniform,
 
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learn how to polish your boots, and practice those skills before moving up. Your fellow cadets and leaders will notice your persistence and reward it. However, the best walkers are always those who mastered crawling.
 After leaving the squadron,
I joined the Army in January 2008. Went to Infantry Basic Training at Fort Benning Georgia. Deployed to Iraq as a Radio Telephone Operator and SAW Gunner. De-ployed to Afghanistan as an Arms Room Supervisor. I was stationed at Fort Wainwright Alaska for five years. I was in the Infantry and had several jobs ranging from Radio Telephone Operator to Team Leader to Arms Room Supervisor. I can't remember the date but I did receive the Mitchell award and it did help me when I enlisted by giving me E3 rank (College credits helped with that as well). Words of wisdom for cadets considering joining the military: Don't trust the recruiter! No matter how cool they might seem, most of them are focused on meeting quotas. They will tell you half-truths to get you to enlist for things like, "needs of the army", or they'll tell you that you can sign up for schools after you get to basic training. Both of those are dangerous ideas! Make sure you are getting the job you want and make sure that the job you want can make you market-able for a job in the civilian world. Just being a veteran won't get you a job. No matter how much you think you'll be a career soldier or airman or seaman, you might not like it. I planned on be-ing in the Army for decades, but found out quickly that the Army was not what I was expecting. My last little piece of wisdom is the most important; if you are going to enlist, sign up for the least

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