2017 - XXII

Cascade Falcon XXII

29 June - 7 July 2017

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Day 1: June 29, 2017

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Day 2: June 30, 2017

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Day 3: July 1, 2017

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On the first day of Pre-Encampment at CFXXII, the cadre checked in and jumped right into training and preparing for the students to arrive. In the evening, C/Lt Col Reiniger and Maj Amann taught the required staff training.

During the second day of pre-encampment, the cadre continued to standardize the training for the students. In the afternoon, they practiced the final parade ceremony for the end of encampment.

On the last day of pre-encampment, the cadre simulated the students checking in to ensure its smoothness for the actual one the following day. Throughout the day, they also refined their skills in drills and ceremonies.


Day 0: July 2, 2017

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Day 1: July 3, 2017

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Finally, the day the cadet cadre has been waiting for: day 0. In the morning, the cadre have their final briefings and prepare the finishing touches. After lunch, the students begin to inprocess. After the welcome, the cadets work on standardizing their wall lockers and bunks. All of the flight photos can also be found in this album.

Day 1 is the first full day at encampment for the student. For some, it seems like the longest day of their lives. The day was filled with classes ranging from core values to staying fit.

Day 2: July 4, 2017

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Day 3: July 5, 2017

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Day 2 continued with classes on topics such as teamwork and leadership. Half of the encampment visited Naval Air Station Whidbey Island where they toured the Radar Control Tower and the Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4). In the evening, the cadets celebrated Independence Day along with the Navy Sea Cadets who we shared Camp Casey with. We played games such as a water balloon toss, three legged race, and volleyball.

On Day 3, the other half of the encampment toured Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The cadets also toured Fort Casey, Washington, and the lighthouse. In the afternoon, the cadets participated in the PT Competition. To end the night, the students competed against each other in soccer.

Day 4: July 6, 2017

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Day 5: July 7, 2017

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Day 4 was one of the most exciting days at Cascade Falcon XXII. It was the day where the cadets had the chance to learn about many different career opportunities in the Air Force. After the career field day, the students rotated through stations on cyber security instructed by members of the 262 Network Warfare Squadron based out of Joint Base Lewis–McChord. In addition, the students built paper rockets and launched them high into the blue. To top it off, the cadets ate MREs for lunch. At the end of the day, everyone took the encampment photo.

Day 5 consisted of morning class on aerospace by the Northwest Group Commander, Lt Col Russ Garlow, and Washington Wing Director of Aerospace Education, Maj Carl Lindberg. The afternoon was stressful for the students as they went through a series of evaluations and tests. However, at the end of the day, the cadets enjoyed a banquet where individual awards were announced and the students received their encampment ribbons. Afterwards, the cadets celebrated with a dance.

Day 6: July 8, 2017

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Graduation Day! The last day of Cascade Falcon is finally here when all of the parents arrive and the students show off the discipline and skills they have learned over the week. The morning consisted of cleaning before graduation. All of the students and cadre are sad to leave but look forward to CFXXIII in 2018.