About Encampment

This is the official website for photos, videos, and updates from the 2017 Virginia Wing Encampment. The 2017 encampment will be held July 9-16  at Fort Pickett, Virginia.


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, Lieutenant Colonel Tim Day
Encampment  Operations Support Group Commander, Major Charles Beeson
Commandant of Cadets, Captain Ryan Blanding

Encampment Cadet Command Staff

Cadet Training Group Commander, C/Lt Col Julie Demyanovich
Cadet Training Group 1 Commander,  C/Maj Justin Sweat
Cadet Training Group 2 Commander,  C/Lt Col Dietrich Fassero
Cadet Training Group 3 Commander,  C/Lt Col Sarah Brewster
Cadet Training Group Command Chief, C/CMSgt Tim Whitney
Cadet Operations Support Group Commander, C/Maj Abhishek Mogili


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 200 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.