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National Cadet Team

We are a youth development practice comprised of full-time paid and part-time unpaid professionals working together in support of today's cadets. Team members include educators, aviators, retired military, other professionals, and cadet alumni. Our office is located in Montgomery, Alabama on Maxwell Air Force Base. 


(334) 953.5352

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

October 2019

National Cadet Team vacancies are posted online as they occur.  


Cadet News + Innovations

Download the CAP cadet community’s annual summary of what’s new and on the horizon in cadet life

Current Priorities   

1. Youth Aviation Initiative
Assist the Air Force in responding to the worldwide pilot shortage; implement Cadet Wings, Cadet Lift, Cadet Take-Off Programs

2. Cadets at School
Make CAP more attractive to schools; update program guide and develop a regulation that provides relief from many CAP compliance items

3. Cyber Module
Assist the Air Force in responding to America’s urgent need for cyber professionals; integrate cyber into the core cadet curriculum via an Aerospace Dimensions module; add an AE task to Achievement 8

4. Cadet Great Start
Update content and provide new and better tools for squadrons, from advertising the open house to training to graduation and a successful first year

5. Training Intensity
Provide additional guidance on how to calibrate the “look and feel” of cadet life; implement the Encampment Visitor Program

6. Youth Development Conference
Learn, cross-talk, and improve how wings implement the cadet program; introduce the DCP community to new, external points of view on positive youth development

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


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