Who is Encampment?

 

Since CAP is such a military-centered organization, it should not be a surprise that Encampment is set up in a way that closely resembles aspects of the Armed Forces. However, CAP is unique in that almost all aspects of Tri-Wing Encampment (TWE) are cadet-run. Although senior members, or officers, supervise and supplement, the majority of the staff of TWE is a cadet population.

The students are organized into eight flights, named after the first eight letters of the phonetic alphabet: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, and Hotel. These, in turn, form four squadrons of two flights each. A flight sergeant runs each flight, and a cadet officer, called a flight commander, supervises the flight sergeant. The two flight commanders of each squadron report to a cadet squadron commander. The first sergeant is the squadron commander's right-hand man (or woman) - supervising and motivating both flights. Each squadron also has a medic and a senior tactical (or TAC) officer on hand. The TAC officer makes sure that cadets are healthy and motivated. A single Cadet Command Chief also motivates all four squadrons. The four squadron commanders and the Command Chief report to the Top Three: the Cadet Chief of Staff, Vice Commander, and Commander. These positions comprise the line staff.

 

Although the line staff do their best to take care of their students, it would be impossible for them to train, feed, inspect, and publicize them while maintaining an orderly and professional operation. Hence the executive, or support, staff - specialized branches dedicated to providing specific services to students. The support staff is made up of Logistics, Personnel, Standards and Evaluations (or StanEval or SET), Food Services, and Public Affairs. Each of these branches has a senior mentor to assist them as well. Finally, the senior Encampment Commander, Vice Commander, and Commandant ensure that the whole activity is running smoothly. Through all these levels of operation, TWE keeps running, providing a great experience to all its students.

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