“At NCOTS, leaders and mentors were built. They will be ready.”

1st Lt Patrick Mulligan, 4th CTG Commandant for Cadets

Article by Cadet Second Lieutenant Peter Herrington, West Oahu Composite Squadron

HONOLULU, Hawaii — The classroom is not where most people living in paradise would choose to spend their weekend. However, those who are willing to do so in Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol (CAP) gain something totally worth the sacrifice: leadership skills which can be put to use not only within CAP but in all aspects of their lives.

Civil Air Patrol cadet youth and adult volunteers from neighbor islands joined Oahu-based members at Hawaii Wing’s headquarters in Honolulu to train for and teach at the 2019 Hawaii Wing Non-Commissioned Officers Training School (NCOTS), held on May 4th and 5th. The weekend was dedicated to training new and upcoming cadet Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs).

Cadet NCOs represent an intermediate level of leadership among the cadet ranks. The forty-seven young men and women in attendance were taught classes such as “Servant Leadership – Lead by Example,” “Tact – Conflict Resolution,” “Stress Management – Identifying Stressors and How to Mitigate them,” and “Command Presence – Leading without Intimidation.” The majority of the training was planned and executed by youth who have attained officer ranks within the cadet program. Adult senior members provided oversight, guidance, and additional training for the school.

Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Xiana Crenshaw of Maui County Composite Squadron and Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Emery Ramirez of Kona Composite Squadron teach students at Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol’s Non-Commissioned Officers Training School about the organization’s Cadet Protection Policy. Photo by Major Lisa Myrick, Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol.

The cadets who attended NCOTS this year are expected to take their new skills and knowledge back to their home squadrons and put what they’ve learned into practice. Some of them will return to future sessions of NCOTS as trainers for the next generation of NCOs.

Graduates and staff of the 2019 Hawaii Wing Non-Commissioned Officers Training School. Photo by Capt. Jen Herrington, Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol.

In addition, the training school provided a pool of applicants for NCO leadership positions in Hawaii Wing’s upcoming summer encampment. Civil Air Patrol’s cadet encampments provide fun, week-long opportunities for participants to be immersed in cadet life with positive, age-appropriate activities which help develop leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence in a safe environment consistent with CAP and Air Force traditions.

The youth NCOs selected to staff this year’s encampment represent not only some of the best and brightest of the NCOTS class, but also those deemed most capable of successfully navigating the unique challenges of encampment leadership:

  • from Kona Composite Squadron
    • C/CMSgt Ruby Mandini
    • C/MSgt Maximillian Gupton
    • C/MSgt Michael Evans
  • from Lyman Field Composite Squadron
    • C/CMSgt Jessica Cogan
    • C/SSgt Summer-Dawn Chamberlain
  • from Maui County Composite Squadron
    • C/SSgt Isaac Bulmer
  • from St. Louis Crusaders Composite Squadron
    • C/MSgt Irina Quinn
  • from Hickam Composite Squadron
    • C/CMSgt Isaac Gochenouer
  • from Wheeler Composite Squadron
    • C/SrA Charlotte Steenbergen

“At NCOTS, leaders and mentors were built,” said 1st Lt. Patrick Mulligan, this year’s encampment Commandant for Cadets. “They will be ready.”

Cadet officers and non-commissioned officers selected to lead Hawaii Wing’s 2019 summer encampment, pictured at Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol Headquarters on 05 May, 2019. Photo by Capt. Jen Herrington, Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol.

Cadet Second Lieutenant Peter Herrington is the Cadet Deputy Commander for West Oahu Composite Squadron and will command the 8th Cadet Training Squadron at this year’s summer encampment.


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