Colonel Robert M. Karton, CAP
Commander, Great Lakes Region
Welcome to the Great Lakes Region Website…
The summer season finds Great Lakes Region cadet and senior members participating in a number of different events.
Cadets can choose from a wide variety of special activities, including Wing encampments, designed to enhance their cadet training and hone leadership skills. This year, the GLR was represented by the Michigan Wing (Color Guard) and the Ohio Wing (Drill Team). Congratulations to all the cadets who represented the GLR and made us so proud. Cadets still have the opportunity to receive flight instruction at wing and national flight academies conducted in the region.
Once again, CAP cadet teams did extremely well in the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot IV. GLR was represented in the national finals by the Ohio Wing’s Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron. The all-services division was won by a team from Florida. CAP teams can register for CyberPatriot V until September
An active schedule of Emergency Services training involves members at all echelons. The crown jewel of ES events is the National Emergency Services Academy that takes place in the Indiana Wing. NESA offers two weeks of intensive air and ground ES training.
The 2012 CAP Annual Conference and National Board meeting is scheduled for August 23-25 in Baltimore, MD. This year there are more opportunities for learning experiences through classes prior to the commencement of the NB and numerous new break-out sessions.There will also be the first ever National Conference “Cadet Day” on Saturday, 25 August. It will be a fun and exciting day just for cadets. The MD wing has made alternative parking arrangements for those of us who are driving and don’t want to absorb the expense of parking at a hotel. Let’s all participate and join our friends and colleagues at the Annual Conference and National Board. I look forward to seeing a great turn-out from the GLR.
The GLR Staff College, July 15-21, is widely recognized as one of the best region staff colleges in the country. Senior members should make every effort to attend this premier event.
Members of the GLR have been very active in garnering Congressional support for CAP’s effort to recognize World War II volunteers with a Congressional Gold Medal. Your efforts have been instrumental in having the CGM bill pass the Senate. Success is in jeopardy, however. Unless we get an additional 105 House sponsors before the close of this session, all our work will be in vain. Your continued support is needed to seek additional cosponsors for the House bill. Time is running short, so please contact your representatives who are not presently listed on the national website as sponsoring HR 719.
Add to this jam-packed calendar a number of airshows, fly-ins, parades and other local events, and we have another summer of excellent opportunities for GLR members to interact, make new friends and continue their service to United States Air Force, Homeland Security and our local communities.
Enjoy your summer, have fun and, above all, be safe!