North Central Region Staff College staff and students.
Maj. Richard J. Sprouse
Public Affairs Officer
NEBRASKA -- Fifteen members from six squadrons and region headquarters recently sharpened the skills they exercise in Civil Air Patrol command and staff positions by participating in the North Central Region Staff College at Offutt Air Force Base.
“It was a great place to interact with colleagues from other wings and regions and allowed us to exchange ideas and methods used in our organization,” said 1st Lt. Pamela Morris, officer of personnel and of public affairs for the Kansas Wing’s Flint Hills Composite Squadron.
Region Staff College is the fourth of five levels of professional development for CAP senior members. The training provides participants with in-depth studies of management, leadership and communications skills and shows how CAP's missions are accomplished at the region level.
Seminar discussions, case studies, and practical exercises are integral parts of the program.
In addition, valuable lessons were learned about accountability and enforcing standards through a presentation about the crash of a B-52 and the steps that could have been taken to avert such a disaster.
“The discussions that ensued were animated and served to show that we are all, individually, responsible as officers to speak up and do the right thing when it is needed,” Morris said.
Although the class was split into three groups, by week’s end a tangible bond had formed between them, and strong friendships were forged.
The participants, along with Morris –
North Central Region
- Headquarters – Maj. Al Pabon, director of public affairs and national public affairs team leader.
- Headquarters – Maj. J-D Schlesener and Capt. Nichole Schlesener, both assistant cadet activities officers.
- Lawrence Composite Squadron – Capt. Paul Bayless, emergency services officer, and 1st Lt. Lauri Emery, supply officer.
- New Century Composite Squadron – Maj. Roger Eaton, aerospace education and operations.
- Livonia Thunderbolt Cadet Squadron – Capt. Chris Felton, commander.
- Group II – Maj. Richard Sprouse, public affairs officer.
- Lake of the Ozarks Composite Squadron – Maj. Major Ronald Beller, aerospace education and operations officer.
- Headquarters – Capts. Regenna Kristner, critical incident stress management and health services officer, and Robert Kristner, external aerospace education officer and assistant director of aerospace education.
- Capital City Senior Squadron – Capt. Mike McClellan, commander.
- Seward County Composite Squadron – Maj. Doris Willert, commander.
- Timmerman Composite Squadron – Maj. Greg Schulz, aerospace education officer and wing director of professional development.