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TLC Basic Course

posted Apr 19, 2017, 5:16 PM by Jed Taylor

On 3 June 2017 a Training Leaders of Cadets – Basic Course will be held at Abilene Composite Squadron, Abilene, Texas. TLC-Basic is a senior training activity that focuses on individuals that work with the cadet program at the squadron level. All squadrons which have cadets are required to have a minimum of two senior members with at least TLC-Basic. TLC-Basic is also required for the Senior rating in the Cadet Programs specialty track.

Some of the topics covered during the course include:

• Putting excitement into squadron meetings

• Getting cadets off to a great start

• Developing partnerships with parents

• Mentoring cadets to develop their potential

• Providing each cadet with a tailor-made challenge

 Most of all, TLC is a great venue for sharing best practices and seeing how other squadrons cope with the perennial challenges of leading a cadet unit, so there’s something for newcomers and experienced leaders alike.

BASIC INFORMATION
Eligibility:
Open to seniors who have completed Level One (sorry, no cadets allowed – this is a forum where adults can freely discuss their challenges in mentoring cadets)
Dates & Times: 3 June 2017, 0800-1630 (sign-in 0715)
Location: Abilene Composite Squadron, 4886 Newman Rd, Abilene TX 79601
Uniform: AF-style blues, aviator combo, or polo uniform. BDUs/ABUs and flight suits are not authorized.
Fee: $20.00

HOW TO REGISTER
To register, please submit a CAPF 17 signed by your unit commander, electronic signatures are authorized per CAP Index 0-9, to Maj Jed Taylor at jtaylor@abilenecap.org and pay via the Event Brite link https://abilene-tlc-basic.eventbrite.com NLT 31 May 2017.

Applications will only be accepted if the application is complete and signed by the commander as well as payment submitted.

STUDENT PREPARATION
Before attending, please invest about 45 minutes by completing the online modules in eServices > Online Learning > Learning Management System > Cadet Programs > Training Leaders of Cadets - Basic Course


Maj Jed Taylor, CAP
Abilene Composite Squadron Commander
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary
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ABILENE CIVIL AIR PATROL TO HOLD MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

posted Sep 20, 2016, 8:17 AM by Jed Taylor

The Abilene Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary, will conduct a membership drive for both cadet and adult members during the month of October.  The membership drive will include a unit Open House on Tuesday, October 11th at the Abilene Garden Club 300 Westwood Dr in Abilene beginning at 7:00 pm.  Membership is open to young people from 12 to 18 years of age for the cadet program, and adults 18 and older.

Civil Air Patrol, the official U. S. Air Force Auxiliary, is a civilian, volunteer, nonprofit, service organization. Its unpaid members perform more than 80 percent of inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue and Coordination Center. Volunteers also take a leading role in aerospace education and conduct one of America’s finest youth programs, the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program

Civil Air Patrol won fame during World War II for its coastal patrol and other all-volunteer civilian defense activities.  Today, the organization conducts a wide variety of emergency service missions, including search and rescue, disaster relief, counter-drug activities and carries on a comprehensive program of aerospace education and youth leadership training.

Abilene Composite Squadron Helps Cub Scouts Blast Off

posted May 3, 2016, 6:31 AM by Jed Taylor

ABILENE, Texas – The Abilene Composite Squadron recently had an opportunity to take aerospace education to several local Cub Scout troops during the Buffalo Mountain District Cub-O-Ree. The event was hosted at Camp Tonkawa outside of Buffalo Gap, Texas, and the theme for the event was “Take Flight.”


The event promoted outdoor activity in Scouting and raise awareness of aviation themed community interaction, took place over three days.


Maj Jed Taylor watches as Cadet Sr. Master Sgt. Lauren Najera helps a group of scouts with their rockets.

On Saturday, scouts and their families rotated through a series of stations designed to meet the goals of the Cub-O-Ree. At the Civil Air Patrol’s station, the scouts were given the opportunity to explore the principles of rocket propulsion by building Alka-Seltzer rockets with 35mm film canisters and paper. While only a few rockets survived the soaking that ensued, all of the scouts went away with a better understanding of rocket propulsion and a fun memory. Each scout was able to keep what was left of the rocket and encouraged to experiment and learn more about rockets on their own.


Working with the scouts is one of the many ways that Civil Air Patrol is able to accomplish its mission of educating the public on aerospace matters. It is also an excellent venue to learn different techniques for teaching leadership to America’s youth.


“Scouting is the vessel that we use to introduce today's youth into leadership, teamwork and community efforts to better their life.  Getting the scouts in an outdoor environment, takes many out of their element, but it allows everyone to experience new things,” said Howard Taylor, Buffalo Mountain District Training Chairman.


Over 100 people from various troops participated in the Cub-O-Ree.


Members from the Abilene Composite Squadron who participated in the event were Maj. Jed Taylor, 2nd Lt. Crystal Najera and Cadet Sr. Master Sgt. Lauren Najera.

Abilene Civil Air Patrol Open House & Recruiting Night – April 12th 2016

posted Mar 22, 2016, 9:49 AM by Jed Taylor   [ updated Mar 22, 2016, 9:49 AM ]

The Abilene Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol’s local unit in Abilene, Texas, will host its Spring Open House and Recruiting Night on Tuesday April 12th starting promptly at 6:30pm at the Abilene Garden Club, 300 Westwood Dr in Abilene. Membership is open to young people from 12 to 18 years of age for the Cadet Program and adults 18 and older.


Civil Air Patrol won fame during World War II for its coastal patrol and other all-volunteer civilian defense activities.  Today, the organization conducts a wide variety of emergency service missions, including search and rescue, disaster relief, counter-drug activities and carries on a comprehensive program of aerospace education and youth leadership training.

If you are interested in joining but cannot visit during the Open House, don’t despair! Contact Maj Jed Taylor via email (jtaylor@abilenecap.org) or phone (325-704-0301) for other arrangements.

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