Civil Air Patrol
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While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone.  Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program.  The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.  Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program.  Each year, cadets have the opportunity  to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level.  Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy.  Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.

Cadet Program Regulation Updates

In November of 2017, National Headquarters released updates to the Cadet Program. Those updates took place at the beginning of February 2018.

Click HERE for the PDF slideshow from NHQ explaining what changes have been made.

2018 MOWG Cadet Competition

The 2018 Missouri Wing Cadet Competition will be held at Fort Leonard Wood Army Post on 16-18 March 2018.

Units wishing to participate in this year’s competition should register through Eventbright ( NLT Friday 2 March 2018.  The cost of this year’s competition is $20.00 per person which covers a simple breakfast and sack lunch for both days of competition.  Teams will be allowed to go off post each evening for dinner, at their own cost.  Teams will receive additional arrival instructions and activity information after registration has closed, however team should begin familiarizing themselves with CAPP 52-4 and at minimum the minimum required events listed in the pamphlet.  Currently the Wing is looking at offering the following additional events: Jeopardy, Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking, and Robotics.

Applications are also open for cadet and senior members wishing to participate as event staff.  Event Judges, Event Marshals and scorekeepers are asked to be from units not sending a team to the competition in effort to keep the judging process non-biased.  Cadets and Senior Members wishing to participate as event staff my contact the Activity Director, Major Adam Daubach, via email or register through the Eventbright website.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact either Major Mike Toedebusch at or Major Adam Daubach

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Justin A Smith has been selected as the 10th Cadet Training Group Commander & Cadet Commander of the 2018 Missouri Wing Summer Encampment.

At the 10th CTG the duties which Cadet Lt Col Smith plans to accomplish as cadet commander include, establish plans, policies & procedures; make personnel recommendations; coordinate cadet staff activities; direct the cadet corps; promote excellence; and lead drill & ceremonies throughout the cycle of staff selection, staff training, and execution of the Summer Encampment.

At his home squadron, Wentzville Composite Squadron Cadet Lt Col Smith recently took on his second term as cadet commander. Prior to his second command he filled the positions of Operations and Leadership Officer, and many other positions within the squadron. During his first command Cadet Lt Col Smith helped lead the squadron in excellence and received the Squadron of Merit for the Wing and Squadron of Distinction for the Region.

During prior Missouri Wing CTGs Cadet Lt Col Smith has held of position flight commander and safety officer. In 2017 he attended and completed the North Central Region Cadet Leadership School. Also in 2017 he attending Missouri Pathfinders and finished as Pathfinder of the year. He has attending National Cadet Special Activities to include National Blue Beret and PJOC.

For the 2017 Missouri Wing Conference Cadet Lt Col Smith was selected to be the attaché to the National Commander, Major General Smith. At Wing Conference Cadet Lt Col Smith received the Wing Cadet of the Year Award. In 2016 he received the Air Force Association Award for the squadron and in 2015 was named the Cadet Junior Officer of the Year.

Cadet Lt Col Smith’s goals for the tenth CTG encampment are to:

  • Ensure students receive training as required in CAPP 52-24.
  • Create a learning environment that will generate future leaders of Civil Air Patrol, on the student and cadre level.
  • Readdress standards and mindset required of cadre during the 2018 encampment.
    Set the standard for future encampments.
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