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Meet the Command Staff

Encampment Commander, Major Charles "Chuck" Beeson

Major Charles 'Chuck' Beeson began his Civil Air Patrol adventure in the fall of 2008. Since that time, he has served at both the Squadron and Group levels and participated in both real-world and exercise Emergency Services activities. His absolute favorite CAP activity is Encampment. He is serving as this year's Encampment Commander and has held numerous positions in his eight previous VAWG Encampments. Outside of CAP, Maj Beeson is responsible for VDOT Interstate Safety Service Patrol on a state-wide basis. He loves the mountains, rafting and spending time in the woods with family and friends. "The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary." Vince Lombardi

Commandant of Cadets, 1st Lt Matthew Esnardo 
1st Lt Esnardo became a Senior Member in August of 2015. He was a Flight Training Officer and Senior Training Officer in the 2016 and 2017 Encampments respectfully. Outside of CAP, he served as an enlisted reservist for six years. Recently, he completed his undergraduate degree in International Studies but also studied Computer Science on the side. He is currently working at a Leadership Center while he waits to begin as an active duty officer in September.

Cadet Training Wing Commander, C/Lt Col John Sharp
C/Lt Col John Sharp is a member of the Golden Eagles, Lynchburg Composite Squadron.  At his squadron, C/Lt Col Sharp serves as a Public Affairs Officer where he hosts the weekly online podcast, SquawkTALK Radio.  Within the Virginia Wing, he serves as the VAWG Primary Representative to the Middle East Region Cadet Advisory Council.  C/Lt Col Sharp has attended a total of three encampments and is looking forward to serving as this year’s Cadet Commander.  Outside of CAP, C/Lt Col Sharp enjoys getting involved in political debates, listening to political podcasts, and working hard for grass-roots campaigns.  Some of his hobbies include research for a new debate-centered business he is starting and dabbling with basic video editing for his YouTube channel “JohnSharpVlogs.”  Overall, what he hopes to see from all the students at encampment is a willingness to learn from mistakes and a desire to strive to be better leaders.  Most importantly, he wants cadets to value character, honor, and dignity above all else.  Encampment is not about trying your hardest to make everything turn out perfect, it’s about learning to take what’s thrown at you and overcome the challenges with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn and grow!  "Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." Albert Einstein