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April 2018 Command Trajectory

The third area of emphasis in Major General Smith’s plan is a continued effort on recruiting and retention.  This area of emphasis has three parts:  recruiting, retention, and diversity.  He wants to see CAP grow so we can perform missions for all our new partners!  We grew by 5% in CY17.  He wants to continue to grow but also to keep the members we have.  He would also like to increase our diversity so that we look more like the communities we serve.  How can you help with these initiatives? 

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February 2018 Command Trajectory

Last month, we talked about the credo Major General Smith introduced in San Antonio.  This month I want to touch on his first area of emphasis which is institutional excellence in mission accomplishment. 

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January 2018 Command Trajectory

I am excited for the new year in North Central Region.  It can be a little tricky to balance CAP duties with work duties in January as it is a very busy time at the college also, preparing for the spring semester to begin.  Speaking of beginnings, I wanted to take a little time in my column to talk about the six areas of emphasis that Major General Smith unveiled when he took command in late August 2017.  We have had a bit of time to think about and understand his vision and how it impacts us as members.  Over the next six months, I want to discuss his credo and his areas of emphasis in more detail. 

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December 2017 Command Trajectory

December is a great month to reflect on the year past and look forward to the next year. I can certainly say I am proud of what North Central Region accomplished in 2017. I hope all of you are proud of your accomplishments as well and looking forward to an...
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November 2017 Command Trajectory

On November 4th, I was in Minnesota for the North Central Region Cadet Honor Academy at Camp Ripley. This was my first visit to Camp Ripley and it is quite an impressive location for an event. The facilities are very nice! Lt Col Bonnie Braun led a dedicated team of...
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October 2017 Command Trajectory

October was a busy month! The cavalcade of calls continued and my travel schedule increased as well. This allowed me to visit some amazing events and see some great volunteers in action!

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August 2017 Command Trajectory

I am going to combine August/September as it will mainly focus on the Command Council meeting in San Antonio, which bridges the two months.

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July 2017 Command Trajectory

I spent the first few days of July in Dayton, Ohio at the National Cadet Competition. I’ve never had the privilege of attending NCC; what an amazing event! I would encourage all wings to try to field a team. Your cadets can really benefit from this opportunity! If they are...
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June 2017 Command Trajectory

On the 1st of May, I attended the meeting at Topeka Eagle Composite Squadron. This was a special visit for me to the unit I was a member of as a cadet; it is always nice to come home! The unit meets in a new location but it still had...
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