Started by Holding Pattern, August 18, 2020, 04:52:05 pm
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Quote from: baronet68 on August 19, 2020, 08:42:05 amWhen I was in the Army, the MOVSM didn't exist. My chain of command didn't quite understand the finer details of CAP but considered it worthy enough to include a bullet point for one of my Army Achievement Medals which said I was a role model for youth by volunteering as a "Lieutenant in the Civilian Patrol."
Quote from: farsightusf2017 on August 18, 2020, 11:38:27 pmUsually we don't write ourselves up for awards. Ideally your leadership is involved and know what you do in your free time and if they are worth their grain in salt they do what they can to recognize you.
Quote from: Eclipse on August 19, 2020, 04:49:41 pmBe careful with "permissive TDY" and similiar leave situations. Yes, it is a perfectly legitimate way to get some low-impact leave, etc., but make sure that all parties understand completely what the situation is so it doesn'tcome back to bite them. Usually the issue is an inattentive commander or manager who approves the TDY or leave, only to have to circle back around on it later when some disinterested party complains.I have personal and direct knowledge of service members and federal EE's being disciplined, and in one case having to pay back the time PTO.
Quote from: Holding Pattern on August 19, 2020, 06:57:12 pmCan you break down what happened in a bit more detail so we know how to properly coach people to avoid this situation?
Quote from: Eclipse on August 19, 2020, 07:09:53 pmQuote from: Holding Pattern on August 19, 2020, 06:57:12 pmCan you break down what happened in a bit more detail so we know how to properly coach people to avoid this situation?Don't in any way insinuate that a CAP activity or service is "under orders" or "duty" related to the USAF,or that participation is a requirement in the same way as normal AD or Res service and training is.
Quote from: coudano on August 19, 2020, 11:13:24 pmI would raise an eyebrow at an /expectation/ or quid pro quo arrangement
QuoteMEMORANDUM FOR COMMANDING OFFICER, COMPANY C, 3RD BN, 116 INF, 29 ID, VA ARNG2 Jan 97FROM: Commander, Mount Vernon Composite Squadron, Civil Air PatrolSUBJECT: Nomination for Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal1. I nominate Corporal Peter K. Bowden, Virginia Army National Guard, for receipt of the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM). In addition to his service as a member of the Virginia Army National Guard, Corporal Bowden has been a volunteer member of the Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary, for more than ten years. He currently holds the rank of Civil Air Patrol Captain and is the Deputy Commander for Cadets of the Mount Vernon Squadron located at Ft. Belvoir, VA. To put it simply and quite literally, Corporal Bowden is the driving force behind the renaissance of the Mount Vernon Composite Squadron and is the sole reason that the Squadron now has a viable and vibrant cadet program having resurrected it from a dormant state. Additionally, Corporal Bowden acts as my principal advisor on most every aspect of squadron operations. I base this nomination of the following elements:a. Membership Recruiting and Retention: Shortly before Corporal Bowden assumed his duties, five (5) cadets were in regular attendance and total active membership numbers never went into double digits. Through program development and aggressive recruiting through school, flyers, posters, the media, and the Internet, regular attendance has increased eight-fold. His cadet program retention rate is 100% with every single active cadet renewing his membership. In fact, two former members rejoined the squadron after hearing about and seeing a dynamic cadet program.b. Cadet Schedule: Corporal Bowden established a six (6) month meeting schedule and training plan for the cadet program. He published a cadet schedule in January and July and distributes them to the cadet corps so that they appropriately prepare for and anticipate each meeting. He does not take action in a vacuum; rather he guides and facilitates the cadet staff, from the cadet commander to the element leaders, in devising their own goals and objectives and translating them into a training schedule. He even solicits inputs from cadets over the Internet. Results have been dramatic in that all scheduled training has taken place while allowing room for necessary adjustments. After establishing and implementing the structure, he is able to mentor cadets providing guidance and direction to them as well as monitoring their progress. Corporal Bowden has also increased senior member participation in the cadet program by having three (3) full time assistants where before there were none. Providing a workable structure has been the key to program viability as evidenced by:(1) Twelve (12) cadets earning Emergency Services qualifications, a 400% increase over our previous posture.(2) Nine (9) cadets earning Radio Operator Authorization, a 300% increase over our previous posture.(3) Thirty (30) cadets have completed Phase I, one (1) cadet has completed Phase III, and one (1) cadet has completed Phase IV. Within Phase II, cadets are progressing appropriately according to ability with most cadets completing three (3) achievements. All progression represents a 100% increase from previous years.(4) Cadet orientation flight completions have increased 750% from last year's baseline.(5) Three (3) cadets participated in national special activities, up from zero the year before.(6) First time encampment attendance was (9) up from zero (0) the year before.c. Training Flight: A novel concept has been institutionalized in the form of Training Flight which Corporal Bowden established. The goal of Training Flight is to take new members and convert them into fully qualified cadets who have completed Phase I requirements in nine (9) weeks. Training Flight is more just classroom instruction on drill and ceremonies and other Curry Achievement requirements, it is also a mind set and way of life. New cadets are segregated from other cadets until they complete Training Flight which culminates with a graduation ceremony where they are awarded rank, a squadron hat, a squadron t-shirt, and a squadron patch. That all wear an alternative uniform until permanent CAP uniforms are available and all wear special name tags. Group trips are made to the Wing Warehouse and local clothing sales outlets to obtain uniforms. Afterwards, there are classes not just in uniform wear but how to iron and sew uniforms as well. The program is administered through the established framework by a senior cadet.d. E-Mail: Corporal Bowden makes extensive use of e-mail for cadet communications and has even motivated senior member ranks to do the same. The squadron now boasts over 50 active e-mail addresses as a result of his efforts. It has quickly become the definitive source of all squadron information.e. Other Accomplishments:(1) He has his staff handle all cadet personnel and administrative actions thereby assisting the squadron personnel and administration officer. Cadets have been appropriately rewarded for recruiting, rescue finds, encampment attendances, and special activities when before they were not.(2) Corporal Bowden visited his cadets at special activities to insure they were maximizing their learning experience. At the national Ground Rescue School, he was even invited by the Senior Staff to assist as an instructor for that day.(3) Fostering cooperation, Corporal Bowden conducted two joint meetings with Fairfax Composite Squadron and attended two events hosted by the Prince William Composite Squadron, Virginia Wing. He also led a ground team in assisting with a practice mission with Leesburg Composite Squadron, Virginia Wing. (4) With respect to Emergency Services, Corporal Bowden was again at the forefront showing cadets proper procedures. He planned and executed two squadron field training exercises providing realistic ground training experiences and even integrated air support for one of the exercises. Additionally, he was a key member in locating Emergency Locator Transmitters on nine (9) separate missions and was extensively involved in ground team operations during a missing child search, conducting six (6) sorties.(5) In addition to his service in the Virginia Army National Guard as an Infantry Team Leader, he is a full-time student at George Mason University studying Criminal Justice and employed by the Central Intelligence Agency.2. As you can see, Corporal Bowden has accomplished the impossible in a year's time breathing new life into a squadron while making it all look easy. In my 24 year association with Civil Air Patrol, I have never before seen such a dynamic, well-rounded, motivated, complete, and capable an individual as I see in Corporal Bowden. He is held in the highest regard by his peers and is distinctively mature beyond his years. Twice before having served as an Air Force Squadron Commander, I only wish I had the luxury of having a dozen Peter Bowden's in my squadrons. I know you will agree that he a must select for the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal as there is no one more deserving.Name Redacted, Lieutenant Colonel, CAPCommander
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