2017 Colorado Wing "Eagle" Encampment

Following COWG Encampment tradition, the new Cadet Commander selects the “theme aircraft” of the encampment from current or historically significant U.S. Air Force aircraft. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Victoria Schmidt, 2017 Cadet Commander has selected the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle as the theme aircraft.

The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) to gain and maintain air supremacy in aerial combat. The Eagle first flew in July 1972, and entered service in 1976. It is among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 victories and no losses in aerial combat, with the majority of the kills scored by the Israeli Air Force.

The Eagle has been exported to Israel, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. The F-15 was originally envisioned as a pure air superiority aircraft. Its design included a secondary ground-attack capability. The aircraft design proved flexible enough that an all-weather strike derivative, the F-15E Strike Eagle, was developed and entered service in 1989. The F-15 Eagle is expected to be in service with the U.S. Air Force through 2025. Newer models are still being produced for foreign users. The F-15 production line is set to end in 2019, 47 years after the type's first flight. More than 1,500 F-15 aircraft have been produced with over 1,150 still in service worldwide with the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, and with the air forces of Israel, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

2017 COWG "Eagle" Encampment Basic Cadet Pre-Registration

2017 Encampment Pre-Registration for Basic Cadets (first time attendees) is NOW available.

This Pre-Registration IS NOT  the encampment application. The Basic Cadet encampment application packet will be available later in March 2017. Look for E-Mail announcements and announcements on this webpage when the application is available.

The purpose of the Basic Cadet Pre-Registration is to collect contact information and determine the number of potential Basic 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 go to the online Pre-Registration Form (Be patient - The form loads slowly)


Basic Cadet Application Process

The 2017 COWG "Eagle" Encampment Basic Cadet Application Packet (for first time encampment attendees) is available.

Access the packet using the link below. Encampment staff recommends using Google Chrome®, Mozilla Firefox®, or MS Internet Explorer® to access the application packet. Microsoft Edge® can be used to view the application packet but the packet cannot be completed from within Edge. Staff recommends that you download the application packet and save it to your computer regardless of which browser you use. Complete the packet, save it, and print it after checking to ensure that you have entered information in ALL data fields.  Scan and save the packet AFTER obtaining all signatures in case you need to resubmit it for any reason.

The application packet must be signed by the applicant, parents (to include witnesses for parent signatures), and your squadron commander. Parent signatures are required in several places in the packet. Follow instructions carefully to ensure that the application is complete. Encampment will not accept incomplete applications.  

Click HERE to access the application packet.

Click HERE to go to the Eventbrite Page for Credit Card Payments


The CESSnA Cadet Staff Selection Activity is scheduled for Saturday, 1 April 2017 at the South Metro Fire District facility at 9195 East Mineral Avenue, Centennial CO 80112.

This is a ONE DAY ONLY activity!

Click HERE to Register for the CESSnA Activity - Mandatory for Cadet Staff Applicants. (Be patient, the form loads slowly)

NEW -> Click HERE for Cadet Staff Application Packet. (for CESSnA applicants) When completing the application. (corrected for "Current Grade Selection" error 11 Mar)

Click HERE for additional information about the Cadet Staff Applicant eligibility requirements and the Cadet Staff Application Process.

General Encampment Information

2017 Encampment Dates:

Staff Arrival - 6 June 2017
Student Cadet Arrival - 10 June 2017
Graduation - 17 June 2017
Student Cadet Encampment Fee - $225.00

Cadet Staff Encampment Fee - $235.00

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 - Not Yet Available

Cadet Staff Arrival/Departure Instructions - Not Yet Available

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