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2016 Colorado Wing Cadet Encampment

The "Phantom" Encampment

C/Capt Chad Lewis of Mustang Cadet Squadron has been selected as Cadet Commander of the 2016 COWG Cadet Encampment.

One of the COWG Encampment traditions is that the new Cadet Commander gets to select an Air Force aircraft of current or historical significance as the "theme" aircraft for the encampment. C/Capt Lewis has selected the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II as the theme aircraft for the 2016 encampment.

The two-place, twinjet, all-weather F-4 Phantom II, with top speeds more than twice that of sound, was one of the most versatile fighters ever built. It served in the first line of more Western air forces than any other jet. The Phantom entered service in 1960 and has been used by the Air force, the Navy and the Marine Corps. The Phantom is the only aircraft to be flown by both the Air Force Thunderbirds AND the Navy Blue Angels. Production of the Phantom ended in 1979 after delivery of 5068 aircraft.

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Entry to the Air Force Academy for Encampment requires that identifying information be submitted for vetting by AF Security Forces. This procedure MUST be followed. This applies to anyone attending, visiting, dropping off cadets, picking up cadets, or attending graduation ceremonies

Click HERE for information or to enter required data.


Student Cadet Application Process

Updated - 25 March 2016 - The 2016 Application Packet for Student Cadets (first time encampment attendees) is NOW Available!! Application deadline is 16 May 2016. Limited encampment slots are available. Slots are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Get your applicaton submitted ASAP!

Click HERE to access the 2016 Student Cadet Applicaton packet. 

Encampment Pre-Registration

2016 Encampment Pre-Registration for Student Cadets (first time attendees) is now available. This Pre-Registration IS NOT the encampment application. The encampment application will be available in late March. Look for E-Mail announcements when the application is available.

The purpose of the Pre-Registration is to collect contact information and determine the number of potential student cadet participants.  This information will allow encampment staff to develop a mailing list of cadets interested in attending encampment and their parents. 

Once again, this Pre-Registration is for first time attendees only. If you are not certain if you will attending, submit this Pre-Registration anyway. There is a place in the Pre-Registration to indicate that you are not sure that you will attend.

Click HERE to access the online Pre-Registration form.

General Encampment Information

UPDATED - 6 March 2016 - 

Student Cadet Fee for Encampment - $ 205.00

Cadet Staff Fee for Encampment - $ 230.00

Encampment Arrival and Departure Instructions

 Not available at this time.


For more information about medications and the encampment medical/illness policy, see the policy letters on these subjects on the Current Policy Letters Page.

Encampment Commander

Encampment Commander: Lt. Col. Buddy McCormick

EMail Lt. Col McCormick

Encampment Policy Letters

Click HERE to view policy letters

Arrival Documents and Information

This box contains important documents for encampment preparation, the packing list, and arrival information. Check back often for updates and additions to these documents.

Encampment Weight/Grooming Standards Policy

Photo Maps to Encampment Location 

Student Cadet Arrival/Departure Instructions

Cadet Staff Arrival/Departure Instructions

What's in the Documents Above?

Why are the documents in the box above so important?

AFMAN 36-2203 Drill & Ceremonies is the US Air Force Drill "Bible". Everything you ever wanted to know about drill is in the manual. If you want to become a real expert, this is where you need to look! BE PATIENT - This is a large file and will be a slow download.

Learn-to-Lead Cadet Drill Guide is the very, very abbreviated CAP version of the Air Force Drill & Ceremonies Manual. This is probably all you will need to study prior to encampment.

Preparing for Encamment - Parents Guide is a lot of useful information for parents about encampment. This is "must read" for parents of a Basic Cadet (first time attendee) that is going to encampment.

Student Cadet Guide - Preparing for Encampment is a great document to help the cadet, who is a first time attendee, to prepare for encampment.

CAP Manual 39-1 CAP Uniform Manual is the complete reference to wearing the CAP uniforms. Everything that you will ever need to know about CAP uniforms is in this manual - if you can find it!

Grooming and Appearance in Uniform is information that is taken from CAPM 39-1 and provides a "one-stop-shopping" source that provides a cadet (and parents) with all of that important information about what kind of jewelry you can and cannot wear with the uniform, CAP's policy toward "body piercing", male and female grooming standards for haircuts, hairstyles, (don't show up with green hair) and makeup, etc. This is an important document. It should be reviewed by cadet applicants and parents, before encampment.

Encampment Grooming Standards Policy is the 2015 Encampment policy regarding personal grooming standards (such as haircuts and hairstyles).

CAP Pamphlet 151 - Respect on Display is the source for learning about CAP/Military Customs and Courtesies. This is a "must read"  for new cadets. This is your source for learning who to salute, when to salute, how to salute, and other important military traditions, customs, and courtesies. Be sure to study this before encampment.   

Encampment Mailing/E-Mail Addresses

Colorado Wing CAP Encampment
19210 East Breckenridge Avenue, Stop 33
Buckley Air Force Base, CO 80011-9525