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Cadet Encampment

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Welcome to the 2020 Indiana Wing Encampment Website!

The 2020 Indiana/Kentucky Wing Encampment will be held at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, 7-13 June 2020.

Some Exciting news!  We have invited our neighbors from Kentucky Wing to join us for this year’s encampment.  This will not only increase the number of students, but also allow for additional leadership opportunities for cadet and senior staff.  Applications for cadet staff will open soon.


As of 0000 today, 16 March, line staff applications are closed.  Any applications received after that time will be rejected as not meeting the published deadline.

My staff and I are working through the process of interviewing over 50 outstanding cadets, and hope to wrap that up in the next week or so.  Once that’s done, we’ll begin the process of slotting everyone.

Any cadets interested in support staff should start getting their resume together as we will be opening those applications as soon as we’re done with the line staff.


Just a reminder, we are still seeking applications for CADET LINE STAFF (ONLY), the application deadline is 2359 EDT on 15 March.  If you’re on the fence about whether to apply or not, well, you won’t get a position if you don’t apply.  Instructions to apply are in the post below dated 2/23/2020.

We’re working on finalizing dates for our two staff training weekends.  Remember, you will be expected to attend at least one training weekend, but we’d like to see you at both.


Attention all Cadets.

Thanks to Air Force support, CAP has special funding available to cover encampment fees and uniforms with an emphasis on serving economically disadvantaged cadets through the Cadet Encampment Assistance Program or CEAP (say, “seep”).  An inability to afford encampment should not hold back cadets who want to participate in encampment.

Cadets and their families can apply for assistance with encampment tuition, obtaining uniforms for encampment, or both.

Assistance is targeted towards families who cannot easily afford encampment. Priority is given to families enrolled in federal programs (Snap, WIC, Title I, SSDI disability, etc.) but other families self-identifying a financial need are welcome to apply, including families with two or more cadets in CAP, recently unemployed, or those experiencing other financial challenges.

The priority for assistance through CEAP is for first time attendees.  Cadets returning for second or third encampments are welcome to apply, but will be placed on a waitlist, and approval for these cadets is very low.  If you are a returning cadet who is in need of financial assistance, please contact us at, there are options for alternate funding sources available, and we would be glad to point you in that direction.

The summer CEAP application period opens tomorrow, March 1st.  While the IN/KY Summer Encampment is still about a month away from opening registrations, if you need assistance, please apply starting tomorrow. 

To begin the CEAP application process, visit  eServices, open the “Cadet Encampment Assistance Program” module, and follow the onscreen instructions.  Please note that this is not the registration process for the encampment itself, you will still need to do that once registration opens.

For more information on CEAP, please visit the CEAP website HERE

We’re looking forward to seeing YOU at Camp Atterbury in June.


I am pleased to formally announce the cadet executive staff for the 2020 IN/KY Wing Summer Encampment.  There were several highly qualified applicants, and made our selections very difficult.  The cadet executive staff is:

  • Cadet Commander:  C/Capt Tristan Brooks
  • Cadet Deputy Commander: C/Capt Sam Allford
  • Cadet Executive Officer:  C/Capt Desiree Lauridson

With that announced, we are now accepting applications for cadet line staff. We are looking to fill the following line staff positions:

  • Cadet First Sergeant –1
  • Squadron Commander – 3
  • Squadron Executive Officer – 3
  • Squadron First Sergeant – 3
  • Flight Commander – 12
  • Flight Sergeant – 12
  • Advanced Training School Staff 2-3  (ATS staff applicants will interview with the ATS director, not the encampment staff)

Applicants will go to the following website Applicatons are closed and fill out the paragraph of intent listing the desired positions applying for, and upload a CAP resume IN PDF OR WORD FORMAT ONLY.  Once completed, the applicant will be directed to another website to schedule thier phone interview at that time.  We will be holding two staff training weekends at Camp Atterbury in April and May, attendance at at least one weekend is a requirement.  Dates will be released at a later time.

The application deadline is 2359 EDT on 15 March 2020.  At that time, the page will deactivate, and will not accept any more applications.

We are not soliciting for applications for cadet support staff at this time, that process will be announced at a later date.


The 2020 Indiana/Kentucky Wing Summer Encampment is looking for a few good senior members!  As a reminder, the encampment will be held at Camp Atterbury JMTC from 7-13 June, 2020.  Senior staff officers are asked to report on 6 June for training prior to the start of encampment.

We are now accepting applications for senior members to assist with the production of this year’s summer encampment.  We have a number of positions available, and are looking not only for section heads to supervise and lead each section, but assistants are always welcome.

  • Chief Training Officer (formerly called chief TAC officer
  • Training Officer (formerly TAC officer) – up to 12 are needed
  • Finance Officer
  • Administrative Officer
  • Logistics Officer
  • Transportation Officer
  • Public Affairs Officer
  • Health Services Officer
  • Chaplains
  • Scheduling Officer
  • Kitchen Staff

Job descriptions and typical duties are outlined HERE. If you see a position that interests you, but don’t think you meet the qualifications, reach out to us. We have a command team that has many years of encampment experience. We can find a position to suits your needs, or train you into a new area.

Whether you’re new to CAP, or an experienced veteran, I would encourage you to come out to encampment for the week, or even a few days to see one of the best parts of the cadet program in action.

Interested applicants are asked to email a letter of interest outlining what positions you’d like to


Dates for this year’s encampment have bee confirmed as 7-13 June 2020.  Due to a large exercise scheduled at Camp Atterbury in July, our facilities weren’t available, and this was the latest possible date.

We will be conducting interviews for cadet executive staff soon.

3 November 2019

Congratulations to 1st Lt Zachary Griswold on being selected assistant commandant of cadets.

I am pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for cadet executive staff for the 2020 Indiana Wing Summer encampment.  Dates for encampment have been confirmed as 7-13 June 2020 at Camp Atterbury.  Cadet staff will be expected to report to encampment on 4 July 2020.

Interested and qualified candidates must submit a CAP resume, letter of intent and a CAPF 31 signed by your squadron commander (group and wing if applying from outside of Indiana Wing).  Application packets should be submitted to no later than 2359 EST on 20 November 2019.

Interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible afterwards.

Position Descriptions:

Encampment Cadet Commander:  Responsible for supervising and directing the cadet students and cadre.  Participates in the selection and training of subordinate cadet cadre members.  Leads cadet cadre training activities before and during encampment.  Leads morning PT for cadet cadre officers, as well as mail call, and evening PT for the cadet encampment.  Leads the cadet encampment at the Pass In Review ceremony.  Assists in the selection of awards for encampment performance.  Conducts daily cadet staff meetings during encampment.  Speaks at the encampment welcome briefing and graduation ceremony.  Performs other duties as assigned by the Encampment Command Staff.  Reports directly to the Encampment Commandant of Cadets.  Minimum grade upon arrival at encampment:  Cadet Captain.

Encampment Cadet Deputy Commander:  Responsible for supervising and directing the cadet cadre.  Works with the Curriculum and Plans Officer to ensure that required training elements are accomplished and that the encampment proceeds according to the training schedule.  Performs other duties as assigned by the Encampment Cadet Commander.  Minimum grade upon arrival at encampment:  Cadet First Lieutenant.

Encampment Cadet Executive Officer:  Responsible for coordinating and directing the cadet support cadre.  Works in conjunction with the squadron staff to ensure that inspection scores are properly recorded.  Performs other duties as assigned by the Encampment Cadet Commander.  Minimum grade upon arrival at encampment:  Cadet First Lieutenant.

Encampment Cadet First Sergeant:  Responsible for coordinating with the cadet NCO chain of command.  Responsible for leading the cadet encampment through morning PT.  Ensures all training and instruction are in compliance with encampment curriculum and other directives (CAPM 39-1, Drill & Ceremonies manual, etc).  Assists with other executive staff duties as directed by the cadet commander.  Minimum grade to apply:  C/MSgt, Maximum grade upon arrival at encampment:  C/CMSgt.

16 October 2019

Even though we’re about 9-10 months away from gathering at Camp Atterbury for summer encampment, planning is well underway!  A lot of work goes into putting encampment together, and it’s almost a year-round process.

Dates for next year’s encampment are still not definite, though we anticipate it will fall somewhere around the first week of July, 2020.  We will announce the dates once they have been confirmed.

That being said, it gives me great pleasure to announce the command team for next year’s summer encampment:

  • Commander:  Lt Col Chris Freytag
  • Deputy Commander:  Capt Tony Vining
  • Executive Officer:  1st Lt Mike Terry
  • Commandant of Cadets:  Capt Ed Butler

We are also looking to fill the position of assistant commandant of cadets this year.  This person would work directly with the commandant of cadets and the rest of the command team with the purpose of learning the position and mentoring under the guidance of experienced members to take on increased responsibility within the command structure.  Prior encampment experience as a senior member is required.  If you are interested, please submit a letter of intent and CAP resume outlining your experience to no later than 31 October 2019.

I’m already excited for next year’s encampment, and I’m looking forward to working with everyone again!  It may not seem like it, but encampment will be here before we know it.

For quickest response, please direct all encampment email correspondence to

Lt Col Chris Freytag
Encampment Commander

Capt Anthony Vining
Deputy Commander

1st Lt Mike Terry
Executive Officer

Capt Edward Butler
Commandant of Cadets

1st Lt Zachary Griswold
Assistant Commandant of Cadets

C/Capt Tristan Brooks
Cadet Commander

C/Capt Sam Allford
Cadet Deputy Commander Operations

          C/Maj Jackson Yates         Cadet Deputy Commander Support

C/Capt Desiree Lauridson
Cadet Executive Officer

Cadet First Sergeant

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