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Pre-Conference Workshops

G291: Joint Information System/Center Planning for Public Information Officers (PIO)

This one-day course is designed to equip Public Information Officers (PIOs) to establish and operate in a Joint Information System/Center (JIS/JIC).  The purpose of the course is to build on the solo PIO competencies gained in the Basic PIO courses and apply those skills in an expanding incident.  Participants will also gain a working knowledge of operational practices for performing PIO duties within the NIMS multiagency coordination system.

Target audience is individuals who have public information responsibilities as their main job or as an auxiliary function primarily at State, local or Tribal levels of government.

Presenter: FEMA

Date: Tuesday, 9 August

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Duration: 1 Day Course

Cessna G-1000 Ground School

Cessna instructors will provide the ground training portion of the Cessna FITS Accepted Training Program for the Cessna/Garmin G1000 Integrated Cockpit System. 

The training will include: 

1. A discussion of the components that make up the G1000 Integrated Cockpit System  

2. An overview of the flight instruments as displayed on the Primary Flight Display  

3. An overview of the additional information available on the Multi Function Display 

4. Practical techniques and principles for entering data into and navigating your way through the G1000 system 

5. An introduction to the GFC700 Flight Director / Auto Pilot 

6. An introduction to WAAS and its application to GPS approaches 

7. A discussion of specific G1000 component failures and how they affect the operation of the system  

Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a Cessna certificate and credit for the ground school portion of the G-1000 checkout.

Presenter: Cessna Pilot Training Department from Independence, KS

Date: Tuesday, 9 August

Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Duration: 1 Day Course


Do You Want to be a Wing Commander?

This fast-paced 1-day educational class will give members who one day might like to apply for the job of wing commander a little insight into the necessary skills and areas of emphasis for the job.  Seminar members will learn about the scope of the wing commander’s position, learn about what to start thinking about and what management and leadership areas to learn more about, and finally what CAP expects of a wing commander.  Members will hear from subject matter experts in a variety of areas as well as from a panel of current and/or former wing commanders who will provide a personal perspective. 

Members in the grade of Major or above will be given priority for attendance.

Presenter: NHQ Staff and guests

Date: Wednesday, 10 August

Time: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (Lunch Provided)

Duration: 1 Day Course


Operations Conference

This one day session is being hosted by the national operations staff to foster sharing of ideas and lessons learned from operations across the country, while also developing solutions to issues impacting wings. 

All Wing and Region Directors of Operations, Directors of Emergency Services, Standardization and Evaluation Officers, Counterdrug Officers, Homeland Security Officers, and Directors of Communications are invited to participate. 

The morning session, from 8:30am to 11:30am, will be dedicated to common briefings for all participants.  Participants will then have from 11:30am to 1:00pm for lunch on their own. In the afternoon and early evening there will be focused sessions by functional area and critical topics impacting operations like updates to operations regulations, mission training, as well as the annual communications managers meeting.

Presenter: John Desmarais and Operations Staff Officers from across the country.

Date: Wednesday, 10 August

Time: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Duration: 1 Day Course


PAO Academy VII

Sessions will focus on the effective use of social media, branding, how to create and post compelling videos, mission public affairs best practices and CAP's 75th anniversary.

Presenter: TBA

Date: Wednesday & Thursday, 10 & 11 August

Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day

Duration: 2 Day Course


Training Leaders of Cadets

Newly redesigned, the TLC course equips adult leaders with youth mentoring skills, policy knowledge, and practical tools for implementing the CAP Cadet Program.

The new "TLC Basic Course" is open to all senior members and produces adult leaders who are prepared to contribute as Cadet Programs Officers on a squadron staff.  Experienced Cadet Programs Officers will find the Basic Course useful as refresher training.

The new "TLC Intermediate Course" produces Cadet Programs Officers prepared to lead a squadron's Cadet Program.  Participation is limited to seniors who previously completed the original TLC course or are participation in the TLC Basic Course with us on 10 August.

This is your opportunity to discuss youth development topics with some of CAP's top Cadet Programs experts.

Teaching Team: Curt LaFond, Col. Ned Lee, Lt. Col. Margarita Mesones, and Joanna Lee

Date: Wednesday 10 August - TLC Basic Course & Thursday 11 August - TLC Intermediate Course

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Duration: Participants may register for either one or both days.  Participants will need to complete about 45 minutes of web-based training prior to arrival (90 minutes of training if participating both days).


Government Relations: The Art and the Science

This daylong Government Relations course focuses on the basic skills and essential knowledge needed by wing and squadron commanders, government relations advisors and others (such as public affairs officers) to be able represent CAP at all levels of government.

Presenter: Lt Col James Nova, Lt Col Gerald Marketos, and Lt Col Lindsay Shipps

Date: Thursday, 11 August

Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Duration: 1 Day Course


Your role in the CAP Legacy

Participants will receive a broad overview of what the Legacy program is and the benefits to CAP at the local level.  Topics will include: What is the Legacy program at CAP?  What can legacy do to improve the quality of CAP programs and units? Simple Ways you can make a difference in your local unit and CAP as an organization.  What are the direct benefits to the member from the Legacy Program?  Information on tax wise giving.  We will look to explore the personal benefits from the program to include "Estate Planning without the Taxes"; Increase your retirement income with gift instruments.  Multiple handouts will be provided.  This is not a legal presentation.

Presenter: Dr. Skip Dotherow

Date: Thursday, 11 August

Time: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm

Duration: Partial Day Course


Inspector General Senior Course

This course has a prerequisite of the IG Basic Course or both the Inspection Augmentee and Investigating Officers courses. This course is a mandatory requirement for attending the Inspector General College and to achieving a Senior rating in the Inspector General Specialty Track. Registration is done through Lt Col Larry Julian, CAP/SER IG

Presenter: Lt Col Larry Julian

Date: Thursday & Friday, 11 & 12 August

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Duration: 2 day Course (16 hours in class)


Recruiting and Retention Boot Camp

Everybody from the squadron recruiting officer to the wing director of recruiting will benefit from this one-day bootcamp focusing on the “5 Ws and 1 H”  of recruiting: “Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?”

Participants will learn about recruiting management, recruiting with social media, how every echelon is engaged in getting prospective members within the “maximum effective range of recruiting,” and how to close the deal at the end of the day to maximize your efforts. Retention aspects of recruiting will also be discussed, and participants will get a chance to try out their “elevator pitches.”

Presenter: Lt Col Larry Julian

Date: Thursday, 11 August

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Duration: 1 Day Course

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