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Posted on behalf of the National Emergency Services Academy Staff. Also, cadets and senior members alike, I know this communication tells you to contact them directly if you have questions, and you should do so, but please keep your commander in the loop. It isn’t acceptable for unit commanders to know nothing about your plans, as every activity requires your unit commanders signature.

This message is being sent to all CAP cadet and adult members that will be at least 13 years of age by the 21st of July. We know some of you have only joined CAP in the last few months, and probably thought you would not be able to attend any national events this summer. Or maybe you’re a long time member looking to get additional training. Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 National Emergency Services Academy (NESA) held at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana. Applications will be accepted through the 3rd of June for courses being held during our two session weeks from the 21st of July through the 4th of August 2012. There are courses for all members interested in emergency services, and this is a great opportunity for both new and old members to come train with hundreds of other personnel from across the country that have already signed up to attend. Slots fill up fast though.

Apply online at: https://missions.cap.af.mil/nesa/. Slots will be filled on a first come first served basis through the 12th of June or until slots are filled. We encourage you to apply soon to get into the course or courses you desire. Some courses only have a limited number of slots and some traditionally fill up fast. NOTE: Registration is hosted on the NTC secure site on the .mil; you may need to load the security certificates in order to access it if you have not done so before; certificates can be downloaded at: http://www.cap.af.mil/certificates.cfm.

Please note that participants can register to take multiple courses back to back, but not at the same time.

Additional information about NESA and the courses available this year can be found at: http://nesa.cap.gov/. In addition to our normal complement of courses for ground teams, aircrews, and the incident staff we have added several short courses this year to allow personnel to participate if they have limited vacation time or need training in varied areas.

There are also a limited number of staff positions available for the 2012 NESA as well. Generally, staff members are prior NESA graduates, but some exceptions may be made by the NESA Director to ensure the best qualified personnel are used to provide this training.

The current early bird registration fee to attend NESA available through the 29th of January is $90 for the short courses, and $180 for a full course. In order to receive this discounted rate members must register and pay their registration fee by the 29th of January. The registration fee includes, meals, lodging on site, printed training materials and aircraft and ground vehicle sortie costs for training on site. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from NESA, though many personnel are able to travel in corporate vehicles and aircraft as they are needed on site for training.

If you have any additional questions please direct them to the NESA staff at NESA-ADMIN@nesa.cap.gov or call 1-888-211-1812 extension 323.

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This message is being sent to all CAP cadet and adult members that will be at least 13 years of age by the 21st of July. We know some of you have only joined CAP in the last few months, and probably thought you would not be able to attend any national events this summer. Or maybe you’re a long time member looking to get additional training. Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 National Emergency Services Academy (NESA) held at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana. Applications will be accepted through the 3rd of June for courses being held during our two session weeks from the 21st of July through the 4th of August 2012. There are courses for all members interested in emergency services, and this is a great opportunity for both new and old members to come train with hundreds of other personnel from across the country that have already signed up to attend. Slots fill up fast though.
Apply online at: https://missions.cap.af.mil/nesa/. Slots will be filled on a first come first served basis through the 12th of June or until slots are filled. We encourage you to apply soon to get into the course or courses you desire. Some courses only have a limited number of slots and some traditionally fill up fast. NOTE: Registration is hosted on the NTC secure site on the .mil; you may need to load the security certificates in order to access it if you have not done so before; certificates can be downloaded at: http://www.cap.af.mil/certificates.cfm.
Please note that participants can register to take multiple courses back to back, but not at the same time.
Additional information about NESA and the courses available this year can be found at: http://nesa.cap.gov/. In addition to our normal complement of courses for ground teams, aircrews, and the incident staff we have added several short courses this year to allow personnel to participate if they have limited vacation time or need training in varied areas.
There are also a limited number of staff positions available for the 2012 NESA as well. Generally, staff members are prior NESA graduates, but some exceptions may be made by the NESA Director to ensure the best qualified personnel are used to provide this training.
The current early bird registration fee to attend NESA available through the 29th of January is $90 for the short courses, and $180 for a full course. In order to receive this discounted rate members must register and pay their registration fee by the 29th of January. The registration fee includes, meals, lodging on site, printed training materials and aircraft and ground vehicle sortie costs for training on site. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from NESA, though many personnel are able to travel in corporate vehicles and aircraft as they are needed on site for training.
If you have any additional questions please direct them to the NESA staff at NESA-ADMIN@nesa.cap.gov or call 1-888-211-1812 extension 323.

Visa Gift Cards – Smart Move

16 January 2012 2 comments

With numerous cadet activities, in various stages of planning, looming on the horizon, I wanted to highlight something that has been a problem ever since I can remember. People lose cash on a regular basis, and cash cannot be replaced.

Normally I wouldn’t consider it very ethical to use the bully pulpit to promote a product, but I chose Visa because they are well known. I believe Mastercard and Discover also offer gift cards.

Anyway, with cadets traveling all over the country, perhaps for the first time, it is a terrible thing when one loses one’s wallet containing all the money they brought with them. So here are some of my recommendations to avoid monetary issues while away from home.

1. Do give your cadets some cash, or bring some cash with you if you are and adult cadet, but don’t overdo it. 20 to 30 dollars should be plenty of cash for most outings.

2. Do look at the governments daily per diem rate for the part of the country your cadet will be going to. An example is Washington DC, where the rate is capped at 46 dollars a day. Don’t get confused by the per diem table though. There are two different rates, one for food and misc costs and one that includes lodging on top of that one. Usually cadets will not be paying out of pocket for hotel rooms. In fact, it’s likely hotels will be booked ahead of time, just like air or ground travel. The rates are a little high, so I would reduce the rate by a quarter or a third to find out what three meals a day will cost, provided the cadets are in fact on their own for meals.

3. Look into Visa gift cards to hold the bulk of the money you intend to bring and /or spend. So if you need about 100 dollars, you should probably bring about $20 in cash, and the remainder on the card. There is no limit on the amount of money or denominations you may put on the card, at least not from Visa. However merchants that sell the cards do set limits on how much may be added to a single card and what size cards are available. It’s kind of like travelers cheques in that regard. If they only go to $100 and you need $200 than you need to get two $100’s or four $50’s and so on.

4. Shop around if you go the gift card route. The initial purchasing fee seems to be higher on a dollar for dollar basis (between 3 and 6 dollars depending on the store and how you are putting on the card) than with travelers cheques (usually 1-2% of the face value). There are ups and downs to both the cheques and cards, but I think the gift cards are a slightly superior product.

5. Watch out for fees. Wal-Mart sells Visa Prepaid cards in denominations of 10, 25, 50 and 100 dollars. The fee I mentioned in number 3, is pretty low and pretty fair I think. Fee policies vary depending on where you purchase the card, that’s why I say to shop around. For example, Wal-Mart does not charge any monthly fees until you have gone without making a purchase on the card for 12 consecutive months, the monthly maintenance fee is a whopping $0.94. Oh the horror.

The bottom line is, that you will spend a few dollars to get one of these cards, but it won’t be money down the drain if the card is lost, stolen or destroyed in some manner. I would like to see the common scenario where a cadet loses their wallet, has to borrow money from someone else, and than still has to pay the person who loaned them money back. I can’t stand the idea of cadets and parents ending up paying for everything twice.

Last thing. Like I said before, I’m not cheer leading for Visa, do a small amount of research and you may find a better offer. If so, please drop some info in the comments section below this post for all to see and take advantage of. I only looked at this card to get some background.

Nathan Fellows, 1LT
Director of Cadet Programs
Maine Wing, CAP

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The Michael Wallace Memorial Glider Scholarship

 Dear friends in soaring;

It’s time again for me to send you a reminder. The Michael Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund will be giving TWO $1,000.00 grants this year. The deadline for receipt of Scholarship applications is March 15. So please encourage your young students who deserve some help to apply for a grant.

We’re beginning our eleventh year. We have been pleased to provide scholarships every year to young student pilots who have a love for soaring. Last year we helped a young man achieve his CFIG certificate, and another to solo at age 14.

The grant is $1,000.00, to be paid to a flight school or club for the benefit of the recipient of the scholarship. Applications for the grant are due by March 15, 2012. The grant will be awarded by April 30, 2012.

Students 14 to 22 years of age are eligible to apply. Please talk to your students and their parents about the Scholarship. It is not difficult to apply, and we really want to find those students who are passionate about soaring but may need a little help to achieve their goal. And, the Scholarship is also open to those who have not yet started flight training. What we are looking for is that special love of flying that a select few possess.

Attached to this e-mail is an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file that contains everything you need. A small color poster/flyer, an application form and instructions. You can forward this file to your students, or print it out, post it, and have it available for them. You can also download the file from the Cypress Soaring club website. www.cypresssoaring.org. Click on the Scholarship button.

Don’t forget, the deadline is MARCH 15!

 Thank you for your help.

 Art Wallace

The Michael Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund

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