As one of the largest contingents in many years, eight members of the Missouri Wing recently attended Civil Air Patrol’s National Staff College held April 22-29 at CAP’s National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base.
by Lt Col (Dr.) David Miller
NSC is the capstone course in CAP’s professional development program, celebrating its 50th year in 2018. It is designed for members who are, or will be, assuming leadership positions at the wing, regional or national levels within the organization.
The college is taught by senior CAP leaders and U.S. Air Force instructors from Air University; the curriculum challenges students in areas of executive leadership, management, organizational
behavior, and policy formulation. Much time is spent examining CAP’s national-level operations. Students engage in seminar discussions, case studies, and exercises throughout the seven-day course.
“National Staff College goes a long way in developing our adult officers’ executive level management skills for future service in high levels within the organization,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP National Commander. “These skills will allow the participants to become more effective leaders, both in CAP as well as their communities.”
Missouri Wing attendees (alphabetically by rank):
- Lt. Col. Raun Hamilton, Group V Headquarters
- Lt. Col. Charles Keith Harter, Group II Headquarters
- Lt. Col. Johnnie Nichols, Springfield Regional Composite Squadron
- Lt. Col. Charles Stone, Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron
- Lt. Col. Austin Worcester, Group I Headquarters
- Maj. Joseph St. Clair, Missouri Wing Headquarters
- Maj. Jennifer Smith, Wentzville Composite Squadron
- SMSgt. Robert Miller, Wentzville Composite Squadron
“This was a challenging but rewarding week for all of us attending,” said Maj. Joseph St. Clair, Missouri Wing Chief of Staff for Operations. “In addition to daily lectures, each seminar group completed a practicum that addressed current issues facing CAP as an organization. NSC not only advanced our own professional development but also advanced CAP’s continued excellence.”
Completion of NSC is a major requirement for the Gill Robb Wilson Award, which is CAP’s highest award for senior member professional development. The award honors Wilson, who is regarded as the founder of the Civil Air Patrol and served as CAP’s first executive officer.
(From left) Maj. Jennifer Smith, Lt. Col. Charles Stone, Lt. Col. Raun Hamilton (in back), Lt. Col. Johnnie Nichols (foreground), Lt. Col. Austin Worcester, Maj. Joseph St. Clair, SMSgt. Robert Miller, and Lt. Col. Charles Keith Harter