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Training Group Staff



Cadet Deputy Commander of Operations, C/Col Sarah Brewster


Cadet Training Group 1 Commander, C/Col Justin Sweat

Cadet Training Group 2 Commander, C/Capt Nathaniel Hatfield

Chief Training Officer
Major Dennis Borgerding serves as Chief  Training Officer for the 2018 Virginia Encampment. Major Borgerding joined CAP in September 2009 and currently serves as Squadron Commander for Coastal Composite Squadron. He has previously served as DCC and Emergency Service Officer.. Major Borgerding holds a Master Rating in Cadet Programs, a Senior Rating Emergency Services and a Technician Rating in Aerospace Education. Emergency Qualifications include Air Operations and Ground Branch Director, Mission Observer, Airborne Photographer, Ground Team Leader, Mission Radio Operator, and Mission Staff Assistant.

Major Borgerding served in the United States Navy as an Aircrewman aboard the P-3 Orion long range patrol aircraft for twenty years. He has completed deployments to Misawa Japan, Kadena Okinawa, Cubi Point Philippines, Keflavik Island, and four deployments to Adak, Alaska. He served in Misawa Japans Anti-Submarine Warfare Center and completed two instructor tours.

Outside of Civil Air Patrol Major Borgerding holds a Master’s Degree in Education and works as a Sixth Grade U.S. History Teacher in Virginia Beach where he has taught for eighteen years. He also taught for four years in Norfolk. He has earned honors as the Daughters of the American Revolution History Teacher of the Year for Virginia, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Virginia Teacher of the Year and The John Marshall Teacher of the Year. Additionally he mentors teachers at James Madison’s Montpelier Center for the Constitution for “We the People – the Citizen and the Constitution”.




Training Officer: A
Capt Marshall Wilkins



Training Officer: B
SM Hannah Wright


Training Officer: C
Capt Richard Qualls


Training Officer: D
Lt Paulette Spence


Training Officer: F
Lt Kevin Hawkins


Training Officer: G
Maj Carl Derfler


Training Officer: H
Lt Lacie Dickens



Training Officer: I
SM Jeffery Gibson



Training Officer: J
Lt James Wright: I grew up in cold, snowy New England. Many of my fondest memories of youth are hiking, camping and skiing in the White and Green mountains with my family. I learned early about serving the Lord as I served others, being involved in church ministries such as nursing homes, special needs classes, Spanish church, Sunday school teaching, choir and congregational song leading, and Church Bus driving. My self-employment in landscaping facilitated my love for the outdoors, coupled with a compassion for people, by allowing me the flexibility to join and train with Civil Air Patrol and where I have served for 6 years in Hanover Composite Squadron as Deputy Commander, Emergency Services Officer and Recruiting & Retention Officer. I am currently serving with Piedmont SAR. My daughter Hannah is home from Bible college for the summer and serving as an ENC training officer. My son Jonathan, (US Navy) went through the CAP program and I am continually thrilled and amazed at the quality of the young leaders serving in Civil Air Patrol. This is my second Encampment and I plan to serve in the next 32 or so. My life mantra comes from the Bible: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths.”   Prov. 3:5,6



Training Officer: K
Lt Cynthia Smith



Training Officer: L
Lt James Manning


Training Officer: M
2Lt Kurt Feigel started with Civil Air Patrol in August of 2017. He is currently the Phase 1 Leadership Officer and Assistant Aerospace Education Officer at Lynchburg Composite Squadron. At Encampment 2018 he is serving as a training officer.  It has been many years since he was a cadet but he remembers his encampment experience well. He is looking forward to sharing this experience with his new cadet son. Outside of CAP he is a website manager for a small company in Bedford, VA. He enjoys hiking, running, biking and spending time homeschooling his two boys with his wife Amy.


Training Officer: N

Lt Col James (Mick) McDevitt was a CAP cadet in Sqdn 102 / 31st Wing for 6 years, during which he was fortunate enough to go to Spain on the International Air Cadet Exchange. After high school, he underwent USMC boot camp at Parris Island and Infantry training at Camp Geiger, then he spent 2.5 years in a Marine reserve artillery battalion and 2 years in an Army reserve Infantry battle group while going through Army ROTC. Graduating from college, he was commissioned as a field artillery officer. After serving in the 82d Airborne Division, he went to Vietnam where after 6 months he was shot while attacking a Viet Cong  camp and was med-evac’ed home. He later served another combat tour in VN with the 4th Infantry Division and the 92d Field Artillery. He served for 26.5 years as an artillery officer and a Southeast Asian Foreign Area Officer (FAO). As a FAO, he lived in Bandung for 15 months attending the Indonesian Army Staff College. At the end of 1988, he retired from the Army and served another 26.5 years as a DoD civilian at the Defense Intelligence Agency. In October 2017, he rejoined CAP and is a cadet programs officer in the Mount Vernon Squadron

Training Officer: O
Lt Andrew Morrison



Training Officer: P

Captain Bob Allam started his Civil Air Patrol adventure as a cadet in Pennsylvania Wing where he achieved the rank of C/LtCol.  He rejoined CAP in Oct 2017 at West Richmond Cadet Squadron. He will serve as a Training Officer for Encampment 2018.  At the squadron level, he is the Emergency Service Officer. Outside of CAP he has been active in the Virginia Search and Rescue (SAR) program where he is a Search Mission Coordinator (equivalent of CAP Incident Commander) and has filled that role on 120+ missing person incidents.  He is also the President of the Virginia Search and Rescue Council and a SAR Adjunct Instructor for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. He enjoys spending time with his family trying to get to as many of his 5 grandkids’ activities as possible.



Training Officer: Q

Lt Jane Proell started her Civil Air Patrol journey at Florence Composite Squadron in 2016.  She is currently the Training Officer for Quebec Flight.  At the squadron level, she serves in multiple positions including Aerospace Officer, Finance Officer, Professional Development Officer and recently Deputy Commander of Cadets.  Outside of CAP, she is a homeschool parent to a rising ninth grader and a part time third grade teacher at a private academy.  She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, sewing and crocheting.  She has had many opportunities to  serve on local and international mission trips with her church. She is training to run a half marathon in November.  Her personal mission statement is "Faith, Family, and Fitness."



Training Officer: S
Lt Tim Anderson



Training Officer: T
Capt Rachael Sydow



Training Officer: U
Martin Simpkins



Training Officer: W
Lt Christopher DeForge has been a Civil Air Patrol member since 2016. He is serving as a Training Officer at the 2018 VA Wing Encampment. 2d Lt DeForge is the Squadron Historian and Assistant Squadron Leadership Officer at Langley Composite Squadron. He is also one flight away from his Mission Screener qualification. Outside of CAP, Lt DeForge is an active duty enlisted member of the United States Air Force and has an Associate’s Degree from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor’s of Science from Excelsior College in National Security, a Bachelors of Arts in History from Clark University, and a Masters of Arts in History from Clark University. He is also a competitive pistol and rifle shooter. He believes strongly in the merit of discipline, hard work and overcoming personal barriers to achieve one’s goals.



Training Officer: X
Lt Andrew Maresca





TRS 3-4
Lt Col Scott Nicholsen is a member of the Leesburg Composite Squadron, where he serves as the Deputy Commander for Cadets. He currently lives in Ashburn with his wife of 23 years and their 12 and 13-year-old boys. Lt Col Nicholsen joined CAP in November 2015 and both of his sons have become Cadets since that time.

Scott was a Marine Corps officer and AV-8B Harrier pilot until he retired from active duty in June 2016. He currently flies the B737 for United Airlines out of their Washington DC base.

“We make leaders!” Lt Col Nicholsen is inspired to help Cadets and Seniors to develop into the most awesome version of themselves.