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2015 Colorado Wing Cadet Encampment

The "Blackbird" Encampment

The Cadet Commander for the 2015 Colorado Wing Encampment has chosen the Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" as the name for the 2015 Encampment. The SR-71 was developed as a "black" project by the Lockheed "Skunk Works" and entered service in 1966. Developed as a long-range, high altitude strategic reconnaissance aircraft, the SR-71 was capable of Mach 3.2+ at an altitude of 85,000. In the late 1960's, some SR-71 aircraft were based at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa. The local people thought that the strange, somewhat wicked looking airplane looked like the local Habu snake. They started calling the SR-71s the Habu airplane. The name came to be recognized with the blackbird program and was even incorporated into the insignia worn by SR-71 crewmembers.    


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United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Access Information – IMPORTANT!

 DEADLINE: Saturday, 30 May 2015

We have recently received information about the procedures for access to the US Air Force Academy during encampment. The procedures for accessing any military installation are set by the Security Personnel at that installation and may change at any time based on any existing or potential security threats. CAP has NO CONTROL over these established procedures. 

The following requirements are set by USAFA Security Forces. Anyone that desires access to USAFA at any time for any encampment related reason must be in compliance. This includes encampment participants, parents, relatives, or guests. 

CAP must collect certain information and provide that information to USAFA Security Forces for an Entry Access List (EAL).  

Note that these procedures do not apply to active duty military personnel, dependents, or retirees who possess a Department of Defense (DoD) ID Card.  

The CAPID Card IS NOT a DoD ID Card.


We must collect this information from anyone 18 and older (16 and older if driving a vehicle to encampment) who desires access to USAFA to:

  • participate in the encampment
  • drop off or pick up anyone from encampment
  • attend the graduation ceremony.

·   This includes parents, family members, guests, student cadets, cadet staff, and senior staff unless they have a DoD ID Card.  

·     This requirement is for all occupants of any vehicle and not just the driver. 

·    Anyone in the following categories entering USAFA and who DOES NOT HAVE a Department ofDefense (DoD) ID Cards must supply specific information and be vetted by USAFA Security. 

  • Anyone 18 or older
  • Anyone 16 or older who is driving a vehicle to encampment. 


  • Last Name, First Name, and Middle Initial (if any) Name must be listed as it appears on the Driver’s License or other submitted ID.
  • Date of Birth
  • Driver’s License Number and State of Issue. (preferred)

·      The following alternate forms of identification are acceptable for those without a driver’s license: 

  • State Issued ID Card (alternate), or
  • Passport Number and Country of Issue (second alternate method)

·      In addition, contact information will be collected so that individuals may be contacted in case additional information is needed. 


Encampment Staff has developed an online web form to collect this information. This form is intuitive and will only request the needed information based on certain criteria. Information must be submitted for parents, family members, guests, basic cadets, cadet staff, and senior staff 18 or older unless they have a DoD ID Card.

This online form is not secure; however, you should have not problems as long as you use a computer connected to a password protected network or a secure business computer. Encampment Staff recommends that you DO NOT submit the form using a laptop in a “coffee shop” or “retail business” that does not have an encrypted wireless network.

Although the risk of compromising personal data is minimal if you observe the precautions, above, if you are not comfortable submitting the online form, go the online form and complete the questions to determine what data is required but DO NOT select the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the form. Once you have determined the required data, you may Email the data by clicking HERE and entering the required data in the Email window that opens.
This information must be submitted no later than Saturday 30 May 2015!

This is not much time! Before accessing the form, be sure that you have all of the required information available. You will need to access the form separately for each individual entering USAFA. If you have doubts or questions about an individual, enter their information anyone.

The online form may be accessed by using the following link:




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UPDATED - 23 April  2015 - Student Cadet Applications Packets are now available in the box below!

UPDATED - 15 Oct 2014 - C/Capt Nicholas Essek of Mustang Cadet Squadron (CO-148) has been selected as the Cadet Commander for the 2015 COWG Cadet Encampment

UPDATED - 16 July 2014

Confirmed dates  for the 2015 Colorado Wing Cadet Encampment are:

Staff Arrival and Training - Tuesday, 09 June through Friday, 12 June 2015. (times to be announced)

Student Cadet Arrival - Saturday, 13 June 2015. (times to be announced)

Graduation - Saturday, 20 June 2015. (times to be announced)

Student Cadet Fee for Encampment - $200.00

When details are finalized, an email announcement will be sent to wing email subscribers and this site will be updated.


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23 April 2015 - The 2015 Application Packet for Student Cadets (first time encampment attendees) is now available by clicking on the link below. This link SHOULD NOT be used by cadet staff or senior staff members. The application packet includes detailed instructions and should be completed on your computer, saved, printed and mailed to the Encampment Admin Office as described in the packet instructions.  Due to some problems in completing the application form with some web browsers, we recommend that you use Internet Explorer to access the form.

Click HERE to Access the Student Cadet Application Packet

Application Packets for cadet staff and senior will be available later.


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All information about medications and pre-existing medical conditions must be disclosed during the application process. After applications are submitted, any changes to medical conditions that might restrict a cadet’s full participation during encampment must be communicated to encampment staff, in advance, to determine if any special accommodations can be made. Some illnesses or medical conditions may be disqualifying. If a cadet is found to have an unreported or undisclosed medical condition during the check-in process, and that condition restricts participation, the cadet may be dismissed from encampment without a refund.

In accordance with CAP regulations, the taking of prescription medication is the responsibility of the individual member for whom the medication was prescribed or, if the member is a minor, the member’s parent or guardian. Except in extraordinary circumstances, CAP members, regardless of age, will be responsible for transporting, storing, and taking their own medications, including inhalers and epinephrine pens.

CAP is not a health care provider, and CAP members are not permitted to act in the role of health care providers during the performance of official CAP duties. Consequently, CAP members are not permitted to function as pharmacists, physicians, nurses, or in any other role that would permit the administration and dispensing of drugs under various federal and state laws and regulations.

If a cadet has not attained the necessary level of maturity or is unable to safely self-medicate, you should consider postponing encampment attendance until the cadet can handle the self-medication task.

By CAP Regulations, medical care within CAP is limited to emergency care, only (i.e., first aid and stabilization) within the training and qualifications of the person rendering such care, until such time that private professional or authorized military care can be obtained.

Encampment health service staff’s level of training is often limited to basic First Aid and CPR. Encampment staff will only treat minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, bruises, and mild cases of dehydration to the limits of their training. This is similar to medical care that might be conducted in the home.

Medical emergencies will be handled by 911 calls and, if necessary, transport to appropriate medical facilities. In these situations, parents/guardians will be contacted as soon as possible using the emergency contact information that is submitted during the application process.

In cases where an injury or illness is not an emergency but encampment staff decides that the cadet should be seen by a physician as a precaution, encampment staff will contact parents/guardians as soon as possible and advise them of the situation and discuss options. Options will include transport to an Emergency Room by CAP personnel or pick-up by parents and subsequent treatment. Depending on the nature and severity of an illness/injury, dismissal from encampment is possible.



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 Arrival Documents and Information Minimize

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 2015 

Photo Maps to Encampment Location 

Student Cadet Arrival/Departure Instructions - NOW AVAILABLE


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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.   


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

Encampment E-Mail Address:


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