Local Civil Air Patrol member Stafford attends National Staff College

Staff reports
Harry Stafford

MAXWELL AFB, Ala. – Lt. Col Harry Stafford of  Prairieville will be primed for executive-level success thanks to Civil Air Patrol’s 2008 National Staff College held Oct. 26-31.

This annual professional development opportunity enhances the leadership abilities of members who are, or will be, assuming positions of regional or national importance within CAP through a challenging curriculum. Through seminar discussions, case studies and exercises, students will focus on executive leadership, management, organizational behavior and policy formulation, while examining in great detail CAP’s national-level operations.

Stafford, a CAP member since 1993, has earned the following awards or commendations and credentials through his involvement in CAP: The Gill Robb Wilson Award, Meritorious Service Award, four commanders commendation awards. Former commanding officer of the Ascension Parish Composite Squadron and currently Director of Operations for the Louisiana Wing Civil Air Patrol.

The seven-day course benefits class participants beyond their CAP roles. The leadership, communication and executive management skills – made available through the course at a fraction of the commercial cost – are in high demand by employers in all industries.

Instructors are drawn from senior CAP leadership, instructors from the U.S. Air Force’s Air University and other leadership experts, including:

• Dr. Johnnie Cain, organizational psychologist/behaviorist, Cain and Associates;

• Dr. John A. Kline, director, Troy University Institute for Leadership Development;

• Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, CAP national commander;

• Don Rowland, Civil Air Patrol executive director;

• Maj. Dan Connelly, U.S. Air Force; and

• Chaplain (Maj.) John F. Tillery, U.S. Air Force Staff Chaplain, Development and Education Chaplain Service Institute.

“The professional development of our members is a high priority,” said Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter. “Through courses like National Staff College, our members gain the opportunity to polish the skills they need to be better partners in CAP and in their community.”

NSC is a requirement for earning the Gill Robb Wilson Award, CAP’s highest award for professional development. Because of the graduate-level design of NSC, as well as its focus on national-level operations, attendance at National Staff College is restricted to those members who hold the grade of major or above, who have completed CAP’s Region Staff College or its equivalent, and who have the endorsement of their wing commander.