I've been honored to be able to give a presentation (or two) and/or serve as m/c at every one of Civil Air Patrol's National PAO Academies since the first in 2008. I've especially enjoyed the Q&A, networking, and handing out Balsem Awards to our very deserving PAO superstars.
|Defending my capstone project's paper to the faculty and students.|
But I was unable to attend CAP's 8th National PAO Academy, Aug. 30 -Aug. 31, in San Antonio due to a colossal scheduling conflict - it was also the final week of the FEMA Master PIO course I was completing at the Emergency Management Institute in Maryland.
Over the course of the three-week program I and the 20 other participants looked at the public information officer's job from a strategic standpoint and our capstone project was writing a master's level paper (we were told it'll be in the EMI Library and cataloged by the Library of Congress) about the application of advanced concepts in public information and communications in emergency management leadership.
I'm the first member of CAP to complete this course (and I am authorized by EMI to use the initials "MPIO" after my name!