Encampment challenges you. It pushes you so you’ll grow. Are you self-disciplined? Can you lead? Can you truly work as a team? These are some of the questions the cadre will help you answer for yourself as you participate in awesome, hands-on activities and tours. Specifically, our goal is to inspire you to
• develop leadership skills,
• learn about aviation, space, and technology,
• commit to a habit of regular exercise, and
• live the Core Values.
As cadets of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, your training will emphasize not only leadership and character, but fitness and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as you explore career opportunities in those areas and so much more.
Cadets and senior members from the Fort Smith Composite Squadron attended encampment. Camp Gruber, OK hosted the Joint Arkansas Oklahoma Wing Encampment this year. Members from both Arkansas and Oklahoma came together to staff the encampment. 16 Cadets and 5 senior members from the Fort Smith Composite Squadron attended the Encampment.
Attending senior members filled the positions of training officers, first sgt, and support staff to operate various simulators.
This year, the encampment also included a Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, and a Regional Cadet Leadership School.
During the week, some highlights from this year’s encampment included tours of the Ebbing Air National Guard Base. The Ebbing ANG Base in Fort Smith, AR is home of the 188th Wing. Attendees were able to observe some of what it takes to make an ANG unit function.
Finally, attendees capped of the week with military orientation rides in US Army helicopters.
The week concluded with a pass and review at Camp Gruber where attendees officially graduated from encampment.
All in all, a great time was had by all, and plans are already well underway for next year’s encampment.