Civil Air Patrol
Advanced Technologies Academy
United States Air Force Auxiliary
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920
1 Mar 2012
MEMORANDUM FOR ATA 2012 Primary Cadets
FROM: Civil Air Patrol, National Cadet Special Activities, Director of ATA
SUBJECT: Advanced Technologies Academy (ATA) – Colorado 2012
1. Congratulations! You have been selected as a Primary to attend Civil Air Patrol’s Advanced
Technologies Academy National Cadet Activity at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado! My name
is Lt Col Mike McNeely, and I will be your activity director, and point of contact, for this activity.
Our goal is to make this a safe, fun, and exciting activity, while we learn about the latest technology
CAP is using to accomplish its missions. If you do not plan on attending this year’s ATA, please let
me know as soon as possible!
2. Some important items to remember:
a. You need to ensure you send your activity fee ($400) to National Headquarters (HQ CAP/CPA,
105 S. Hansell St., Maxwell AFB AL., 36112-6332) as soon as possible, and not later than 15
April 2012. Please make the check out to “Civil Air Patrol NCSA”, and ensure you have on the
check your name and CAPID, and the abbreviation “ATA - Colorado”.
Or, you can go to National’s web site and pay on-line – no later than 15 April.
b. Please remember that if you have to cancel, the following rules apply:
1) If you cancel more than 30 days prior to the activity (which would be 21 June 12…) you will
get a 100% refund of your $400 activity fee.
2) If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the activity you get 0% -- or NO REFUND !
c. For those of you that will not be driving to the activity, you will be flying into the Colorado
Springs (COS), Colorado, airport. Please make sure you make your plane reservations far enough
in advance to get the best airfare! Our activity will run from Saturday, 21 July until Saturday, 28
July. You need to ensure you make plane reservations to arrive on the 21st (anytime during the
day) and depart on the 28th (after 12:00 noon if possible). That is very important! So please plan
on those dates, and only those dates, for your arrival/departure. There will be a CAP member
(probably me!!) meeting your flights, and CAP will provide transportation over to Peterson AFB.
d. As a reminder, you must have attended an encampment prior to this activity. I will be sending
out more information in the coming weeks on the details for ATA, so be watching your e-mail for
more messages from mmickman…..
3. There is a recommended packing list attached. Similar to attending an encampment, we want to
make sure you don’t forget anything. For some of the activities, you will be allowed to wear shorts
and a t-shirt (it can be hot in Colorado Springs in July….) We will be staying in the NCO
Academy School lodging on Peterson Air Force Base. Peterson is the home of Air Force Space
Command and U.S. Northern Command. We will be eating in the dining facility on base.
4. Hopefully, you like flying in CAP aircraft! Almost half of ATA involves flying operations, so come
prepared to take flight. You will have the unique opportunity to fly in CAP’s GA-8 Gippsland
Airvan and learn about ARCHER. Cadets are usually not allowed to fly in the Airvan, so this really
is an outstanding learning opportunity for you.
5. This will be my 11th year as the AD for ATA (In fact, I have been the only Activity Director for
ATA since it began…) E-mail is going to work best for communicating. Please ensure I have your
current e-mail address. If you change your e-mail address, please notify me! If you have any
questions about the above information, please do not hesitate to contact me at e-mail:
email@example.com , or you can call me: 719-282-1636 (home) , or 703-565-6535 (cell). Also, if
you need to contact me by snail mail, my address is:
Lt Col M.T. McNeely
8998 Melbourne Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO., 80920
Please send me your signed CAPF 31, when you get a chance….
Looking forward to seeing you in Colorado Springs in July!
< SIGNED >
MICHAEL T. MCNEELY, Lt Col, CAP
ATA 2012 Activity Director
Please bring the following items: For everything below, pack enough for 7 days.
Washer/dryer facilities WILL be available, if you don’t want to pack 7 of everything.
- CAP ID Card
- 1 set of Blues – and associated items: shoes, hat, appropriate ribbons, devices, etc but no coat
- 1 set of BDUs – remember your BDU hat and boots
- T-shirts – white
- T-shirts – Black/brown
- Civilian shorts (khaki brown if possible)
- T-shirts (no vulgar or profane T-shirts please)
- Civilian shoes
- Civ hat/ballcap
- Other civilian clothes (jeans, jerseys, etc) for nighttime activities
- Toiletry/Personal hygiene Items
- Personal medications (please notify me that you have these items)
- A watch, and/or an alarm clock
- Swim suit
- Spending money! We do fun stuff at night, and it costs a little money, estimate: $50-$75??
- Laptop. Bring your laptop computer if you have one! But don’t go buy one just for the
activity, there will be CAP laptops available to use…
- Camera. There will be lots to take pictures of.
If there is something not on the list you want to bring, please ask, and I’ll
tell you if you can bring it or not: firstname.lastname@example.org