Ft. McHenry cadet graduates Cadet Officer School PDF Print E-mail

Maj. Gen. Amy Courter, national commander of Civil Air Patrol, congratulates Cadet 2nd Lt. Laura Boehk during Cadet Officer School in Montgomery, Ala. (Photo credit: C/Maj Carlos Pineda, CAP)Cadet 2nd Lt. Laura Boehk of Maryland Wing's Fort McHenry Composite Squadron recently graduated from Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Officer School (COS), held at Huntington College, Alabama. COS is patterned after the U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School offering an academically challenging, in-depth study of the skills of leadership. Graduates of the course are authorized to wear a silver star on their Gen. Billy Mitchell Award ribbon.

While at the course, Boehk had two instructors; one was an Air Force officer and the other was a CAP officer. She learned about the Air Force approach to the psychology of leadership, problem solving techniques, effective writing, effective speaking, and group dynamics. The course was divided between lecture, seminar, and hands-on training.

She remembers most the stacks and stacks of reading material. “I really didn’t want to go because I was worried about the academics,” she said. She was right to be worried. She rose at six each morning, went to classes until eight in the evening, and studied until midnight or one in the morning.
Her work paid off as she earned Academic Ace for her flight. On the final exam, she scored second of the 120 cadets attending the school.

For additional information about Cadet Officer School, visit: www.cap.gov/index.cfm?nodeID=6530&audienceID=4

The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force, was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U. S. into World War II. CAP is a nonprofit organization with more than 56,000 members nationwide. The organization’s members perform 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and were credited by the AFRCC with saving 103 lives in fiscal year 2007. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

Members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP Cadet Program. CAP’s cadet programs provide young men and women with a safe and motivating environment in which to grow and explore opportunities in the military and aviation industries. CAP has been performing mission for American for more than 63 years.

There are approximately 1,300 members of CAP in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 42 search and rescue missions and were credited with 31 finds. For more information, visit www.mdcap.org.

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