Encampment Day 1
Nearly 300 Civil Air Patrol cadets from across the country descended on the steps of the Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia today to begin the 2023 Georgia Wing Encampment. As parents said goodbye to cadets, most of whom had never attended an encampment before, it was a mix of emotions: both anxiety and excitement!
Hillary Johnston, mother of Cadet SSgt. Gemma Johnston from St. Simons Island, said she felt this was the right time for her daughter to attend encampment. Johnston had initially signed up for the 2022 encampment but was brand new to CAP and opted to wait a year instead.
“She loves CAP,” said Mrs. Johnston, “In the last year she has grown so much and she’s looking forward to this.”
Johnston said she feels a lot more prepared this year. “It’s just a thrill,” she said. “I really like the environment of encampment.”
Cadet A1C Ethan Montclair from Cumming said he expects to learn a lot of drill during the week but he’s most excited about making new friends and seeing old ones. His dad, Curtis Monclair, said he’s looking forward to the confidence his son will learn through his experiences throughout the week.
“I’m sure he’s most excited to be away from me for a week!” Montclair said.
Day One of encampment included in processing, room assignments, the initial skills assessment, and briefings for medical and safety. Cadets will end the day learning about the Warrior Spirit and how discipline is the key to success.
Written by Jennifer Peace, GA160/PA
For More Information:
2d Lt Abigail Palmieri
Georgia Wing Encampment Public Affairs Officer
(O) 770-428-9031 x153