Public Affairs Academy - TBA - MacDill AFB

National Check Pilot SchoolFLWG Public Affairs Academy

This academy is designed to develop, enhance and reinforce the basic skill set of squadron and group Public Affairs  Officer’s, unit commanders, and all interested in furthering the Florida Wing Public Affairs program, and to meet the annual training requirement set forth in CAPR 190-1.



Event Description

The Public Affairs Academy is an annual course with focus on Social Media (Basic & Advanced course), media release formats; target messaging; interviews; emerging media; web content optimization; media relations; project management; and more. Participants will learn through active participation in exercises designed to develop the skills necessary to perform job related duties.

In addition to the 14-hours of classroom training, academy planners have organized social gatherings to allow participants to network with other members. These informal sessions are a great way to exchange ideas and develop relationships that serve as an important resource in your CAP career.


All members in good standing who have completed Level One, CPPT (Seniors) or Achievement One (Cadets) may participate. Cadets must have earned the Wright Brothers Award and have their squadron commander’s permission.

Cadets attending will provide their own Senior Member escorts and will be under the supervision of their Senior Member escorts for the entire duration of the Academy, including transportation, during the day, and overnight.  PAO Academy is NOT a cadet activity, but cadets are welcome to attend. Cadets are strongly encouraged to attend the Cadet PA Workshops in a one day format beginning in the first quarter of 2018. 

Event Details

 When & Where

Saturday, Sept. 30th, 0800 - 1800; Sunday, Oct 1, 0800 - 1500.

MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL


BASE ACCESS: MUST have attendee information: Name, Grade, Driver License number by SEPT 15th - HARD DEADLINE
(do not need driver license number for underage cadets accompanied by senior member)

All vehicles coming on Base will be subject to search and/or inspection by Base personnel. 
Must have current vehicle registration and proof of insurance. 
No firearms or other weapons permitted on Base


Participation Fee

Participation Fee Payment ($25 per person).
Payment on site either cash or money order.

 Registration Process

Important! Registration ends 22 Sept 2017
Enrollment is limited to 75 attendees.  Due to this limitation, priority will be given to currently assigned Public Affairs Officers and Commanders.  Second priority will be given to senior members enrolled in the public affairs specialty track and to cadets with a history of involvement in public affairs. Applications from CAP members outside of Florida Wing will be approved on a space-available basis.

 Lodging Information

Hotel Information Registration
MacDill Inn (on Base lodging)
7637 Bayshore Blvd., Bldg. 350
MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL
Reservation Block Number: 
Group Block #20650094919 CIVIL AIR PATROL AIR SEPT 29th thru OCT. 1ST, 2017




Meals will be the responsibility of each member, and options include several nearby establishments and/or ordering delivery.


Participants must arrive between 0700 – 0730 to sign in; Safety briefing at 0745 each day

 Uniform of the Day

Air Force-style short sleeve blues or CAP equivalent.
Advisory  The proper wear of the uniform is paramount.  Please take time to insure your uniform is in good serviceable condition and an accredit to you, your classmates, and the Civil Air Patrol to avoid any embarrassment.  If you have any concerns or questions, refer to CAPM 39-1, CAP Uniform Manual or contact a resident adviser. 
Advisory Transportation to and from such activity is not the responsibility of CAP and is provided "as available”.  Transportation during the activity will NOT be provided. Privately owned vehicles (POVs) traveling to or from such activity is performed solely at the risk of the individual CAP members and their passengers.CAP assumes no right of control, liability or responsibility for such transportation (reference CAPR 77-1, Operation and Maintenance of Civil Air Patrol Vehicles, para 1-8 b.). 


Forward all questions, comments to: Capt Sybrian Castleman at
Thank you,
Captain Sybrian Castleman
FLWG Director of Public Affairs