Greetings Cadets, Parents, and Senior Member Staff

 

Welcome to New Jersey Wing Basic Encampment 2018 (BE 18) and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  This summer you will embark on a weeklong adventure on the edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, at the United States Department of Defense’s only tri-service Joint Base…all the other Joint Bases represent two services.  Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is rich in history and home to Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard units.  The main airfield, McGuire Air Force Base, is augmented by Westfield at Lakehurst, with heavy fixed-wing refueling tankers, cargo aircraft, and rotary wing aircraft based there.  The military-style training opportunities and military life immersion will give cadets an idea of what careers are available throughout the military and the rigors of life in today’s military.

Cadets will graduate this encampment with new lifelong skills, an appreciation for military training, new friends, and great memories.  The new encampment graduates will also be poised to proceed to the first major milestone in the cadet program, the Billy Mitchell Award.  Earning this award prepares the cadet for new learning experiences as a cadet officer and also secures a higher rank and pay if he or she enlists in the Air Force.  Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) also awards college credit of one semester for each major CAP cadet milestone earned.  So encampment is the gateway to the next level of learning and achievement in the CAP cadet program.

 This year’s executive leadership staff at New Jersey Wing Encampment is unique.  The Cadet Commander and Cadet Deputy Commander are both recent Spaatz Award winners, and have experience as cadet cadre in multiple line and support positions at previous encampments. 

 The Encampment Commander, Deputy Encampment Commander, Commandant of Cadets, and Assistant Commandant of Cadets are all former cadets.  We all completed the CAP Cadet Program back in the 1980s and 1990s, each earning the Eaker Award or equivalent of its time.  Each of us was heavily involved in Emergency Services or National Cadet Special Activities.  Each of us has attended multiple encampments and served on staff.  Finally, the combined CAP experience of the top four senior member officers is over 125 years!

 Cadet safety is our number one priority, and the encampment training plan will use time-tested techniques to provide high-quality training in a controlled environment.  Cadet students learn about following, CAP, and military life, while improving confidence; cadet cadre learn to lead, building high performing teams, and attaining group goals.  Every cadet will emerge on graduation day with new knowledge and skills to apply in the real world.

 I join the Deputy Encampment Commander, Commandant of Cadets, and Assistant Commandant of Cadets in welcoming you to BE 18 and sharing this journey with us.  We will all be better for it.  See you at in-processing.

 

Sincerely

Lt Col Bruce Brown
Lt Col Harvey Gonzalez
Lt Col Michael Sperry
Maj Carlos Pineda

Contact the NJWG BE2018 Staff - encampment@njwg.cap.gov


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