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National Cadet Team

We are a group of full-time paid and part-time unpaid professionals working together in support of today's cadets. Team members include cadet alumni, retired military, educators, aviators, and other professionals. Our office is located in Montgomery, Ala., at Maxwell AFB. 



Team Mission

Provide research-based and strategic-level educational, policy, and programatic leadership to the CAP cadet community.

Team Vision

Constantly improving the cadet experience for today's cadets

Key Leadership Circle



Curt LaFond*

Director   bio

Col Ned Lee, CAP

National Cadet Programs Manager   bio    

Wendy Hamilton*

Activities Group

Joanna Lee*

Education Group

Margarita Mesones*
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Aviation Group

Lt Col George Ishikata, CAP      

Staff Coordinator

Andrea Love*

Program Coordinator

Denotes full-time employee

Organizational Chart

January 2019

National Cadet Team vacancies are posted online as they occur.  

Current Priorities   

1.  Youth Aviation Initiative
Increase cadet opportunities to fly and get involved in aviation in the broadest sense of the term

2.  Cadets at School
Make the Cadet Program easier for schools to implement as an extra-curricular, on-campus activity

3.  Cyber Module   (Development underway; launches 2020)
Integrate cyber into the core curriculum via a new module in the Aerospace Dimensions series

4.  Cadet Great Start
Refresh the content, collect and share best practices, and make the overall program easier for squadrons to implement

5.  Training Intensity 
Equip cadet cadre and adult staff with new tools for implementing an age-appropriate training environment at encampment

6.  DCP Conference   (Fall 2019)
Via a weekend event, learn together, share best practices, and improve how wings and regions implement the Cadet Program


Last updated January 2019. Stay tuned to the Cadet Blog and the Proving Grounds for information on these initiatives.


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