About Encampment

This is the official website for photos, videos, and updates for the 2018 Virginia Wing Encampment. The 2018 VAWG Encampment will be at Fort Pickett, Virginia and start on June 24, 2018. Encampment will end with a graduation ceremony on July 1 2018.


The purpose of the cadet encampment is for cadets to develop leadership skills, investigate the aerospace sciences and related careers, commit to a habit of regular exercise, and solidify their moral character.


The vision for the cadet encampment is “an immersion into the full challenges and opportunities of cadet life.”

Encampment Senior Staff

Encampment Commander, Major Charles 'Chuck' Beeson
Encampment  Operations Support Group Commander, Captain Mike McCabe
Commandant of Cadets, 1st Lt Matthew Esnardo

Encampment Cadet Command Staff

Cadet Training Group Commander, C/Lt Col John Sharp
Cadet Training Group Deputy Commander - Operations, C/Col Sarah Brewster
Cadet Training Group Deputy Commander - Support,  C/Maj Mary Black
Cadet Training Group 1 Commander,  C/Col Justin Sweat
Cadet Training Group 2 Commander, C/Capt Nathaniel Hatfield
Cadet Training Group Command Chief, C/CMSgt Lauren Lamb


Encampment is one of the most significant experiences in a cadet’s career, and it is the premiere cadet programs event in the Wing, involving around 350 cadets and senior members from across the Commonwealth.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.