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2024 Connecticut Wing Encampment

Overview

Basic Year

Cadet Staff

Senior Member Staff

Meet the Command Staff

Overview

Encampment is one of the highlights of the cadet program. Every summer, Connecticut Wing hosts an encampment, which is a one week cadet training program designed to encourage calculated risk-taking in a safe environment. To develop resilience, cadets may encounter momentary setbacks toward their personal and team goals during the carefully designed activities.

Fellow Student Cadets, Cadet Staff, and Senior Member Staff should contribute to Encampment by giving guidance and encouragement to form a supportive environment. Encampment displays the Cadet Program’s regimented, military-like training model in a positive, age-appropriate manner consistent with Civil Air Patrol and United States Air Force traditions.

Encampments operate at a higher level of intensity in respect to the military aspects of cadet life than virtually any other cadet activity. All Staff Members will remain professional, stay true to their core values, and must commit to a growth mindset, while participating in the activity. All students are encouraged to stay true to their morals as well. Overall, encampments should be fun, in part because they challenge cadets and enable them to earn a sense of accomplishment.

Staff Dates: 27 June - 7 July.

First-time/Inflight Dates: 29 June - 6 July

If you have any questions about Connecticut Wing’s Encampment please send an email to the following email address: encampment2024@ctwg.cap.gov

To stay updated on Connecticut Wing’s Encampment, please check in on this website and take a look at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CTWGencCAP

Basic Year

If you are looking to attend an encampment for the first time, that is awesome, Connecticut is a great place to begin! Along with the typical curriculum, Connecticut brings a variety of fun activities to those cadets who choose to basic, typically including, flights in a Black Hawk, a trip to Stones Ranch Leadership Course, and visits from military recruiters.

Without the staff structure completed yet and without the budget finalized, Connecticut isn’t prepared to begin processing basic year applications yet, however, we encourage you to fill out the following form to show your interest and take a look at the resources available on this website: https://forms.gle/PeuK9GuapcJ5R7DL9

We will be holding parent information nights as well, if you are interested in attending one, please fill out the Google Form above so we can send you some more information. These parent information nights will be held digitally over zoom on the following schedule: March 30th at 1400 (2pm), April 16th at 1900 (7pm), May 17th at 2000 (8pm), and June 10th at 1800 (6pm).

Please note: All Cadet Basic/ Participant applications close on - May 30th at 2359 (11:59 pm). We look forward to hearing from you!

Cadet Staff

Whether it is your first time staffing, or you’ve staffed before, Connecticut Wing Encampment is a great place to develop your leadership skills.

We are now accepting applications for staff! Please take a look into the document titled “Cadet Position Descriptions - 2024 CTWG Encampment” before applying. The application process will consist of collecting some personal information, contact information, information on what position you are seeking, a quick paragraph response or essay as to why you should be selected, and a professional resume. The link to apply can be found here: https://forms.gle/BwVo3ewqb6sq1EFN9. We are looking for all positions except Cadet Command.

The following are important dates to note about when your application has to be in and activities you must attend:

Application Deadlines

  • Squadron Staff (Squadron Commander and First Sergeant) and Training Department Cadet Officer in Charge - March 15th at 2359 (11:59 pm)

  • All Cadet Officer in Charge Positions and all Training Staff Applications - April 5th at 2359 (11:59 pm)

  • All other Staff applications close - April 26th at 2359 (11:59 pm)

Virtual Staff Selection Workshop

  • Support staff - May 11th at 0900 - 1400 (9am to 2pm) (lunch built in)

  • Line staff - May 11th at 1500 - 2000 (3pm to 8pm) (dinner built in)

Required Staff Training

  • All staff must attend virtually on May 25th at 1300 - 1500 (1pm to 3 pm)

In-person staff training

  • June 8th, location and time still to be determined

If you apply for a Squadron Staff or Officer in Charge Position, you must go through an interview process. If you apply for Flight Staff or Department Staff you must attend the Staff Selection Workshop.

We look forward to seeing your application!

Senior Member Staff

If you are a Senior Member and are interested in helping to mentor Cadets through running an encampment or just want to contribute to the development of future leaders, Connecticut Wing Encampment is just right!

We are now accepting applications for staff! Please take a look into the document titled “Senior Member Position Descriptions - 2024 CTWG Encampment” before applying. The application process will consist of collecting some personal information, contact information, information on what position you are seeking, a quick paragraph response or essay as to why you should be selected, and a professional resume. The link to apply can be found here: https://forms.gle/BwVo3ewqb6sq1EFN9. We are looking for all positions except Senior Member Command Staff.

The following are important dates to note about when your application has to be in and activities you must attend:

Application Deadlines

  • Squadron Staff (Chief FTO) and Training Department Mentor - March 15th at 2359 (11:59 pm)

  • Assistant Chief FTOs and all Training Department Assistant Mentors - April 5th at 2359 (11:59 pm)

  • All other Staff applications close - April 26th at 2359 (11:59 pm)

Virtual Staff Selection Workshop

  • Senior Member Staff Selection Workshop - May 4th at 1300 - 1700

Required Staff Training

  • All staff must attend virtually on May 25th at 1300 - 1500 (1pm to 3 pm)

In-person staff training

  • June 8th, location and time still to be determined

If you apply for a Squadron Staff or Officer in Charge/Mentor Positions, you must go through an interview process. If you apply for any other staff positions you must attend the Staff Selection Workshop.

We look forward to seeing your application!

Meet the Command Staff

Encampment Commander

Major Christian Granda

Former cadet in California Wing in from 1988 - 1992. Entered into the United States Air Force in 1993 and served as a Logistics Specialist and Air Force Recruiter until retiring in 2013. Maj Granda rejoins CAP NYWG in May 2016, at the Orange County Cadet Squadron, NY-030 where he serves in various positions, until obtaining the position of Unit Commander from Oct 2017 to Dec 2019.  Maj Granda has served as the NYWG DCP and most recently was appointed as the NYWG Chief of Staff, Cadet Programs. Maj Granda has participated in over 14 Encampments, serving as Commandant of Cadets, Director of Operations and Director of Support and is currently the Encampment Commander for NYWG and CTWG respectively. Maj Granda obtained his Master Degree in Business Administration and has been an Air Force JROTC Instructor for 12 years and currently runs the  AFJROTC Unit at Newburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, NY.

Deputy Encampment Commander for Operations

SMSgt John D. Minasian, Jr.

SMSgt John D. Minasian, Jr. serves as the Connecticut Wing Command NCO and Character Development Instructor. He joined the Civil Air Patrol in January 2017 and was subsequently appointed as a Character Development in December of 2017 and was appointed the Squadron Commander for the Waterbury Squadron (NER-CT-011) in June 2018.

On 4 August 2023 he was appointed SMSgt and assumed the position of the Connecticut Wing Command NCO. SMSgt John D. Minasian, Jr. is assigned as the Deputy of Operation for the 2024 Encampment, having served as the Commandant at the 2023 Encampment. In 2020, he received the Connecticut Wing, 1Lt Christina Posca, Character Development Officer of the Year award, and graduated from the Chaplain Emergency Services School at NESA as a Chaplain Support Specialist.

SMSgt John D. Minasian, Jr. has served in a variety of Wing and squadron leadership positions to include cadet programs officer, deputy commander, and ground team leader.

SMSgt John D. Minasian, Jr., served in the United States Army for ten years as a Military Policeman and retired as a Master Sergeant from the Connecticut Army National Guard (CTANG) in 2008 after serving eleven additional years. SMSgt John D. Minasian, Jr., deployed to Baghdad, Iraq from 2003-2004 with the 143 rd Military Police Company (CTANG), where he served as an Operations NCO.

Deputy Encampment Commander for Support

Lt Col Joe Palys

Lt Col Joe Palys joined CAP as a cadet over 40 years ago, earning the rank of C/Lt Col. During his time as a cadet, he was a cadet commander, led a drill team at the region level, earned a rating as a cadet mission coordinator, and participated in the 1983 IACE program to Israel. As a senior member, Lt Col Palys has served in command positions, having a unique distension in CAP as the chartering commander of both a squadron and a group. He served CTWG as The Drug Demand Reduction Administrator, Director of Safety, and in his current role as Wing Inspector General.

Lt Col Palys attended the CAP National Staff College at Maxwell AFB and the CAP Inspector General College at Kirkland AFB. He has earned seven Master Ratings in the Senior Professional Development Program and has acted as the Ground Branch Director for several statewide emergencies.

In 2016 Lt Col Palys was recognized as CAP’s National Safety Officer of the Year. His CAP awards include the Meritorious Service Award, Commander’s Commendation, and CAP Achievement Award as well as CAP Observer Wings and the CAP Master Ground Team Badge.

Lt Col Palys currently serves in the Connecticut National Guard as a Sergeant First Class assigned to HHC, 192nd Military Police Battalion. He has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with SOUTHCOM and volunteered to support Connecticut’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, serving as an Operations NCO at the Connecticut Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ). SFC Palys continues to work full time at the JFHQ as a Staff Duty Officer. He is a certified Master Resilience Trainer for the battalion providing soldiers with tools to mitigate stress.

SFC Palys’ schools include Senior Leader Course, Master Resilience Trainer, and Basic Military Mountaineer Course. His awards include the Army Commendation Medal(2), Army Achievement Medal (2), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (2), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/M device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Reserve Overseas Training Medal (3).

Commandant of Cadets

Captain Carlos J Vega

Captain Carlos J Vega Former cadet from Puerto Rico Wing in the 80s and 90s. He rejoined Connecticut Wing (CTWG) Civil Air Patrol in May 2016, at Minuteman Composite Squadron NER-CT-073 where he served in various positions. Until obtaining the position of Unit Commander in February 2022. Captain Vega has participated in four CTWG Encampments since 2018, three of them as Field Training Officer (FTO). Captain Carlos J Vega obtained his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and currently works in Public Safety at Yale University for over 20 years.

Cadet Commander

Cadet Captain (C/Capt) Kyle Golden

Cadet Captain (C/Capt) Kyle Golden, will serve as the 2024 Connecticut Wing Encampment Cadet Commander. C/Capt Golden has been in Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for four years and is from Vanguard Composite Squadron in the Mid-Eastern Group of New York Wing.

C/Capt Golden completed his basic encampment in 2021 at Connecticut Wing’s Encampment and since then has attended a variety of CAP activities. These activities include, the Northeast Region Cadet Leadership School (2023), Hawk Mountain Ranger School (2022), Air Force Civil Engineering Academy (2023), State Legislative Day (2023), and National Legislative Day (2024).

In addition to his attendance in such programs, C/Capt Golden has staffed many events. He has staffed four encampments (2022, 2022, 2023, 2023), staffed New York Wing’s Ground Search and Rescue Academy (2023), Northeast Region Cadet Leadership School (2024), Mid-Eastern Group Cadet Advisory Council (2022, 2023, 2024), Committee Chair of New York Wing’s Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (2024), has served in multiple squadron positions in the past, and currently serves as Cadet Commander of his home unit.

Within Civil Air Patrol (CAP) C/Capt Golden has been awarded the Meritorious Service Award for Outstanding Duty Performance (2023), a Commanders Commendation from the New York Wing Commander (2023),  four Achievement Awards (2022, 2022, 2023, 2023), Veterans of Foreign Wars Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Volunteer Service Award (over 120 hours), and multiple group level and squadron level awards.

Outside of Civil Air Patrol, Captain Golden is an Eagle Scout Award Recipient, member of two volunteer ambulance corps, an athlete, participates in six extracurricular clubs, is a student glider pilot, and is salutatorian of his graduating class.

Captain Golden is excited and enthusiastic to lead this year's encampment along with all of the loyal, integral, knowledgeable, and dependable staff members.

Deputy Cadet Commander for Operations

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel (C/Lt Col) Chase Hamilton

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel (C/Lt Col) Chase Hamilton will serve as the 2024 Connecticut Wing Encampment Deputy Cadet Commander for Operations. C/Lt Col Hamilton has been in Civil Air Patrol for five years. In Ohio Wing, his home, he serves as the Cadet Commander of the 121st Rickenbacker Composite Squadron, Wing Assistant Activities Officer, and Wing Assistant Representative to the Great Lakes Region CAC. At past encampments, he has served as a Logistics Officer in Charge and Squadron Commander. C/Lt Col Hamilton is a graduate of both Colorado’s Space Force Familiarization Course and National Cadet Officer School. He looks forward to attending Civic Leadership Academy in March and participating in National Legislative Day. Chase is enthusiastic to serve as the Deputy Commander of Operations for the 2024 Connecticut Wing Encampment!

Deputy Cadet Commander for Support

Cadet First Lieutenant (C/1st Lt) Siona Christy

Cadet First Lieutenant (C/1st Lt) Siona Christy will serve as the 2024 Connecticut Wing (CTWG) Encampment Deputy Cadet Commander for Support.

Lt. Christy has been an active member of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet program since 2019. At her home squadron, Royal Charter Composite (NER-CT-071), she serves as the Deputy Commander of Operations and Public Affairs Officer. Lt. Christy completed her basic encampment in 2021 at the CT wing; This will be her third time attending a CTWG Encampment. 

In her time with CAP, Lieutenant Christy has also served with the Airman Introductory Academy, National Legislative Day, Red Ribbon Leadership Academy, and as the Standards Evaluation Officer in Charge of the 2023 Encampment.

Lt. Christy has been the recipient of the Crisis Service Award and Red Service Ribbon for her time spent with the cadet program. She has also received an Achievement Award and the Maj.Gen. Mark E Smith challenge coin for her volunteer service at the North East Regional Conference (2021).

Lt. Christy is excited to serve alongside an amazing team, as they strive to make this encampment an outstanding experience for all students and staff attending.

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