Character Development Instructor Appointed

Character Development Instructor Appointed

5 Feb 2014

North Carolina Wing Chaplain (Lt Col) Wayne Byerly visited the Sugar Valley Composite Squadron on 4 February 2014 to present Capt Thomas White with a certificate appointing Capt White as a Character Development Instructor. Ch Byerly presented the appointment on behalf of Ch (Col) J. Delano Ellis II, Chief of the Chaplain Corps.

North Carolina Wing Chaplain (Lt Col) Wayne Byerly (left) and squadron commander Lt Col Eric Orgain (right) presented Capt Thomas White (center) with his appointment as a Character Development Instructor (photo by 2d Lt Deborah Leighton, NC052/PAA).

North Carolina Wing Chaplain (Lt Col) Wayne Byerly (left) and squadron commander Lt Col Eric Orgain (right) presented Capt Thomas White (center) with his appointment as a Character Development Instructor (photo by 2d Lt Deborah Leighton, NC052/PAA).

Ch Byerly, who has been a consistent supporter of the Sugar Valley squadron and has delivered a number of character development sessions with cadets, noted that there are relatively few officers around the country who are credentialed to provide this important service, and Capt White’s appointment speaks well of the dedication of the squadron as well as Capt White’s own commitment to volunteer service.

Capt White brings a wealth of experience in the private sector to his new duty assignment; he and his partners have developed a comprehensive character-based leadership program and he has extensive experience in executive education and training.

Civil Air Patrol cadets have a focused character development discussion once a month, and regulations require that this discussion be supervised by a chaplain, a character development officer, or the commander. Character development officers are endorsed and supervised by the chaplain corps, but they do not exercise the spiritual responsibilities or authorities of chaplains, focusing instead on education and development.

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